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Takoma Park Council Votes to Convert to LED Streetlights

The Takoma Park City Council recently voted unanimously to replace all of its traditional streetlights with high-efficiency LED fixtures, according to an announcement on the city’s website. There are 1,505 streetlights in the city, and the replacement fixtures could save up to $100,000 per year in energy and maintenance costs, according to a Pepco estimate. Takoma Park currently pays Pepco, which owns the lights, about $233,00 per year for streetlights, including about $53,000 paid to WGL for wind-powered electricity.  “Today we take a huge step forward as a community in fighting climate change and reducing our energy consumption,” said...

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Gazebo in Takoma Park Gets New Public Art Installation

Takoma Park’s gazebo has a new installation of public art that people can use while enjoying a performance or other public gathering. The Old Takoma Business Association/Main Street Takoma, using a grant from the state of Maryland, commissioned “Blue Benches,” which was created by artist Howard Connelly Design.  The association worked with a small group of volunteers to come up with themes to share with Connelly, who provided sketches that were voted on by the community. The design incorporates musical references including the treble clef, bass clef and musical notes on a staff. Upon completion, the benches were galvanized...

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Unknown Artist’s Work Brightens Trail Users Day

An unknown sidewalk artist, or artists, has been brightening the days of at least one Sligo Creek Trail user for several years now. “I’d like to publicly thank the unknown artist who, for at least the last couple of years, has been leaving hopeful, inspirational messages chalked along the Sligo Creek Trail,” wrote Bob Ferguson, who sent his pictures to the Source. The temporary art appears along the trail north of Colesville Road toward Forest Glen Road and Dennis Avenue, he said. “They are always an unexpected bright point in my day, helping me feel a connection to the...

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Takoma Park Commissions Three Public Art Installations

Takoma Park is the temporary home of three new public art installations commissioned from fiber artist Stacy Cantrell, according to a press release. Cantrell, who lives in Fairfax, crocheted the works in the city’s colors of orange, yellow, green and blue, including an octopus visitors can see draped over the clock tower in Ward Sinclair Plaza at the intersection of Laurel and Carroll avenues. The work, title Oct O’Clock, includes 360 crocheted suckers on the eight tentacles and is stuffed with more than 100 pounds of recycled plastic, such bags and water bottles. “I’ve always been in love with...

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Residents Can Adopt a Pet at No Charge During Adoption Week

Residents interested in adopting a pet can do so at no charge this week from the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and Friends of Montgomery County Animals. The two organizations are holding an “Autumn Adoption Fest” and waiving the adoption fees on all species at the shelter to make room for new arrivals. “This event is going to be especially exciting because we’re temporarily changing how we do adoptions in order to decrease wait time for patrons and maximize the number of animals we can send home each day,” said MCASAC Deputy Director Lex Lepiarz in a...

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