County dedicates Silver Spring hall to honor Buffalo Soldiers

County Executive Ike Leggett speaks in front of the Buffalo Soldiers flag. Photo by Mike Diegel. A number of county officials, led by County Executive Ike Leggett (D) and Council President Hans Riemer (D-At Large), last night dedicated The Buffalo Soldiers Great Hall in the Silver Spring Civic Building. The hall recognizes the Buffalo Soldiers, a segregated unit of African-Americans … Read More

Local students stage walkout, march to Washington for gun control

Students head down Colesville Road for a march on Washginton. Several hundred Montgomery Blair High School students joined others from the area yesterday to march on Washington to demand new gun controls in the aftermath of the high school killings last week in Parkland, Fla. The students began gathering at 9:30 a.m. and walked down Colesville Road accompanied by a … Read More

Presidents Day closings, other changes announced

Image from publicdomainpictures.net The county has released the schedule of closings and other changes to mark the Presidents Day holiday Monday, Feb. 19. All county offices and libraries will be closed for the holiday, as will state offices and courts. The county’s liquor stores will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Recreation Department’s aquatics programs and facilities will be … Read More

Police asking residents to complete survey about department, crime and safety

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons The county’s police department is looking for residents to participate in a short survey about the department, neighborhood crime and public safety issues. According to the survey’s introductory statement, “Understanding community views of the police is important to ensure MCPD is operating with appropriate enforcement and social service responses, improving police-community relations, and enhancing the performance … Read More

Preparations Underway to Market Discovery Headquarters to Buyers

Photo of the Discovery headquarters, which will be vacated in mid-2019, with the beloved Chompie from Wikimedia Commons A group of county and state officials were among those who came to Silver Spring as preparations get underway to market Discovery Communications’ headquarters building to potential buyers. “We need to understand the ins and outs of the building,” said David Petr, … Read More

County Council votes to approve FY18 budget savings plan

Photo from Pexels The County Council yesterday approved a resolution calling for $53.4 million in cuts to the FY18 operating budget and $9.3 million in cuts to the Capital Improvements Program. County Executive Isiah Leggett had proposed a FY18 savings plan that included $58.7 million in operating budget savings and $13.5 million in current revenue capital budget savings to reduce … Read More

County executive to hold budget forum Tuesday night

Montgomery County graphic Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will hold a Fiscal Year 2019 budget forum and briefing from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 30 in the Silver Spring Civic Building. The forum, one of a series of five being held around the county beginning last week, is intended to get input from residents about FY19 operating budget priorities.  “Public forums … Read More