Hundreds attend Silver Spring rally for diversity and inclusion

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez urging rally attendees to work for justice. Photo by Mike Diegel. Hundreds of people filled Veteran’s Plaza in downtown Silver Spring yesterday to cheer as one speaker after another decried bigotry, racism, discrimination and hatred at a rally to “Stand Up for the Montgomery Way.” The rally was organized by the county to reaffirm “the values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all that have made Montgomery County special.” Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, a Takoma Park resident and former county council member, delivered a fiery speech describing how he’d seen in his travels...

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Four candidates vie for state senate appointment

State Del. Will Smith responds to a question at a candidates’ forum Nov. 17. The other candidates are (left to right) Darian Unger, Del. David Moon and Scott Brown. Photo by Mike Diegel. An overflow crowd packed a room at the Silver Spring Civic Center Nov. 17 to hear four candidates explain why they are the best choice to replace Congressman-elect Jamie Raskin as state senator for District 20. Longtime political organizer and state Del. David Moon, Del. Will Smith, a civil rights attorney, small business owner Scott Brown and Darian Unger, Howard University professor, firefighter and local activist...

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Dave & Buster’s to bring about 250 jobs to Silver Spring

A sports bar is one of the central features in Dave & Buster’s. Photo by Mike Diegel. Dave & Buster’s will open its 40,000-square-foot entertainment and amusement venue on Nov. 21, bringing about 250 jobs to the area, according to Andy Smith, general manager of the Ellsworth Place location in downtown Silver Spring. The venue is the third location in Maryland and brings the company back to Montgomery County a little more than three years after its White Flint location was closed. Without getting into specific numbers for projected sales volume, Smith said the tax revenue generated from the...

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Rally supporting diversity, inclusion planned in Silver Spring

Graphic courtesy of Montgomery County. Montgomery County is sponsoring a Silver Spring rally titled “Stand Up for the Montgomery Way” Nov. 20 to reaffirm “the values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all that have made Montgomery County special,” according to a flyer circulated by the Public Information Office. The rally will be held from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Veteran’s Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. County Executive Ike Leggett, council members, community and faith leaders are expected to attend. Music will precede the program beginning at 2 p.m. In addition, members of the Park Hills Civic Association have circulated an...

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Upcoming Events Nov. 16-24

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Nov. 16 Benefit for Blair Crew rowing team, Middle East Cuisine, 7006 Carroll Ave., 4-9 p.m. Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. Celebration of Partnerships, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Place, 5-7:30 p.m. The Great Pacific Race 2018 Benefit Happy Hour, All Set Restaurant & Bar, 8630 Fenton St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Flutterby: Stories about Sound, Bump ‘n Grind, 1200 East-West Highway, 6-8 p.m. Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, 7 p.m. Creating a Children’s Garden: Growing Gardeners, Takoma Horticultural Club, 7328 Carroll...

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Music organization opens Silver Spring campus

A jazz trio performed as part of the grand opening of Levine Music. Photo by Mike Diegel. Levine Music celebrated the grand opening of its campus in the Silver Spring Library Nov. 14, expanding its presence in Montgomery County. The organization is interested in responding to the needs of the Silver Spring community that surrounds its fifth campus, the second in Montgomery County (the first is at The Music Center at Strathmore). “One thing we really didn’t want to do is come in and, while we are offering our core programming, come in and say ‘This is what you...

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Students march in Silver Spring to protest election

Student protesting Donald Trump’s election as president. Photo by Lisa Sanders. Several hundred students from Montgomery Blair, Northwood and Albert Einstein high schools marched through Silver Spring and Wheaton earlier today to protest the election of Donald Trump as president. The march began at Blair at 10 a.m. as students headed up University Boulevard toward Northwood High School, where more students joined the march. Police managed rolling road closures to ensure the marchers’ safety, while urging them to stay on the sidewalks. The group got larger in Wheaton as they turned down Georgia Avenue, heading to Silver Spring. The...

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Holiday lighting party featured Positivi-Tree

The annual Re-Imagining the Holiday party Nov. 12 in downtown Silver Spring featured the Positive-Tree, a 35-foot public art installation by artists Karl Unnasch and Jon Taylor. Attendees enjoyed musical performances, games, food and drink along with the tree lighting. Here are some photos from the evening (all photos by Mike Diegel). The fire pit was popular on a chilly night. Guests enjoyed playing foosball. This giant Light Bright attracted the youngsters. Christylez Bacon, Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist, multi-instrumentalist and human beat box with a friend. Host Tommy McFly from 94.7 Fresh FM warmed up the crowd for . ....

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Kung Fu Tea, other new stores open in Ellsworth Place

Kung Fu Tea is now open in Ellsworth Place. Photo by Mike Diegel. Kung Fu Tea is celebrating its grand opening in Ellsworth Place with drink specials all this weekend. The shop is located just inside the entrance to the mall on the corner of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive. It can be entered directly from Fenton Street as well. This is the fourth area location for the New York-based company, which specializes in bubble tea and other tea-based drinks. There are stores in Annandale, Rockville and College Park as well. Bubble tea is a tea-based drink developed in...

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