Takoma coffee bar planning to close next month

Photo from Wikimedia Commons La Mano Coffee Bar in Historic Takoma will close March 5, according to current plans announced by owner Javier Riva, and be open for limited hours until then. The announcement was posted this afternoon on the Main Street Takoma Facebook page. The full text (as it originally appeared): “After 5 years, I am sad to announce that I will be moving on from la mano on March 5th, 2018. “Over coming weeks, my staff and I want to thank all of you in person, see our favorite people, and give you a chance to stock...

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Silver Spring Cares Superhero: Chris Richardson

Name/Neighborhood Chris Richardson, Park Hills When did you first start organizing Sweep the Creeks in your community? I have served as a Friends of Sligo Creek section leader for Sweep the Creek events since 2009. What inspired you to start organizing Sweep the Creek dates? Civic pride. It’s up to us to maintain our precious green spaces. If you want to see where Sligo Creek trash ends up, take a pontoon boat ride at high tide on the Anacostia River at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. In our section of Sligo Creek, I have personally seen egrets and great blue herons, as well as listserv...

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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 of police officers in Montgomery County.” The study is being conducted by Naya Patterson, a University of Maryland student, as part of her policy engagement project course at the university. The police department’s Planning Section is overseeing the project....

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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, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corp. “We had a tour there last week with representatives from Discovery. We had a chance to actually walk the physical space to understand the configuration and how it could...

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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 costs in the current year. The latest fiscal estimates showed a net decrease in anticipated county revenues of $180.9 million ($94.9 million in FY18 and $86 million in FY19), compared to estimates assumed at the time the FY18 budget...

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Upcoming Events Jan. 31-Feb. 8

Illustration from FiveStone Church Thursday, February 1 Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery Tour, 9504 Brunett Ave., 9:15-9:45 a.m. Carpe Diem Arts’ Jump Start Family Fun Night Out, benefit for Jump Start Arts Outreach Fund, El Golfo, 8739 Flower Ave., Adults $5, 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. Screening, “This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer,” Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., 7:30-9 p.m. “The Dog Must Die,” The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $25, 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 2 “The Dog Must Die,” The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $25, 8 p.m. Saturday,...

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Eight complaints investigated by Takoma Park internal affairs last year

Photo from Flickr user Corde11 The Takoma Park Police Department conducted eight internal affairs investigations of complaints filed in 2017, according to a recently released summary report. A total of 17 formal complaints were filed during the year involving 13 sworn officers (some of whom were involved in more than one complaint) and one involving a civilian employee. Residents submitted fourteen complaints, two were from an employee and one was submitted by another law enforcement agency. One complaint was submitted anonymously. “Six of the 17 complaints were completed with a determination that resulted in sustained findings of improper conduct,...

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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 are for residents to tell me what is important to them as I prepare next year’s operating budget for submission to the County Council on March 15,” said Leggett in a press release.  “Input from residents for the FY19...

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Silver Spring Cares Superhero: Chase Spahr

Who: Chase Spahr, Age 9 Where: His Birthday Party For: Leveling the Playing Field Q: What inspired you to host a party and tie a charitable cause into it? Because I usually get a lot of presents that I don’t really need, so instead I thought I could give it to people who couldn’t afford it (plus it was my mom’s idea). To be honest, I wasn’t super excited about it until I went to meet Max [Levitt, executive director] at Leveling the Playing Field. Why Leveling the Playing Field? Because I love sports and I want other kids...

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#SourceSaturday: Recommend Your Favorite Local Businesses

It’s #SourceSaturday, which is our weekly reminder to shop our local businesses here in the area. We’ve featured numerous local businesses in the past year: Silver Strings (upcoming), Velatis Caramels, Skincando, Koiner Farm, and Bonjour Waffles are just a few examples. What are your favorite local businesses? What is your favorite place that we should feature next? Let us know in the comments....

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