Council now looking for Planning Board applicants

Montgomery County photo The County Council is looking for applicants to fill a vacancy on the Montgomery County Planning Board. The first term of Natali Fani-Gonzalez (D) will expire on June 14 and she has indicated that she will apply for reappointment. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Board members serve a four-year … Read More

More BRT open houses set, part of $1M+ outreach program

Montgomery County graphic Another set of open houses covering the proposed Bus Rapid Transit system on U.S. Route 29 will begin March 15, part of a $1 million-plus outreach program. For the U.S. 29 BRT project, the County Council approved $6.5 million in the Capital Improvement Program budget for planning and design. “The portion for education and outreach is less than … Read More

County to Hold Auditions for MoCo’s Got Talent Starting Next Week

Talent winners were part of last year’s Thanksgiving parade. Photo by Mike Diegel. The county’s Recreation Department will hold auditions for the 2018 MoCo’s Got Talent competition beginning next week. The contest is open to county residents enrolled in high school or middle school, who may enter in three categories—music, dance and visual arts. The top performers from each audition … Read More

County looking for storm damage information, warns of likely scams

Photo by Mike Diegel In the aftermath of the windstorm Friday and Saturday, the county is looking for residents’ help in an attempt to qualify for federal disaster assistance, while warning of scams likely to come. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) declared an emergency last week due to the storm and if there’s enough damage, Maryland could be declared a federal … Read More

County holds public hearing on Purple Line parking restrictions proposal

County to offer physical parking permits to residents

If approved, signs like this one may appear in neighborhoods near Purple Line stations. Photo by Mike Diegel. The county’s Department of Transportation held a hearing last night on a proposal to create 12 new Residential Permit Parking Areas in East Silver Spring. The permit parking program began in 1974 as a way to help reduce the impact of parking … Read More

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