Silver Spring ice skating rink now open

Photo by Mike Mowery The Silver Spring ice skating rink at Veterans’ Plaza is now open for the season. Hours are noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to midnight on Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. The rink is open for extended hours (10 a.m.-11 p.m.) on days that the county’s public schools are out. Skating sessions are $8 for 12 and under children and seniors and $9 for all others. Group rates and lessons are available as well. Skate rentals are available in sizes from toddler size 7 to adult size 14 are $5...

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First planning meeting for updating Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills set

Montgomery County Planning Department photo. The county’s Planning Department will hold the first public meeting to discuss updating plans for Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills tonight at Park and Planning headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave. The department will start the process with a traffic study along Georgia Avenue from 16th Street to the Forest Glen Metro station, according to a press release. The planning area will include the Montgomery Hills commercial section. The department lists the sector plan priorities as: Balancing regional traffic demands with the needs of enhancing and protecting the existing residential neighborhoods. Evaluating existing conditions and providing...

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Bus Rapid Transit station design report released

Graphic from Bus Rapid Transit Station Design Prototype Report. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has released a Bus Rapid Transit Station Design Prototype Report to illustrate what BRT stations could look like along various parts of the proposed routes. The BRT system is designed to provide large buses running in dedicated lanes with green light priority and fewer stops than a regular bus. The county intends to use 60’ articulated buses for this system, and the goal is to reduce traffic congestion along the routes under study, which includes U.S. Route 29. Current plans call for busses to...

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Group raising funds to continue legal fight against Purple Line

Graphic courtesy of the Maryland Transit Administration. Update: At last night’s meeting, the Town Council voted 4-1 to deny the $50,000 request mentioned below. Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail is circulating an email in an attempt to raise funds for legal fees to continue its opposition to the Purple Line construction. “If you’re reading this, you are telling the money interests pushing this wasteful project, ‘IT AIN’T OVER!’ We’re not done fighting for the Trail,” the text begins. The same email, a copy of which was obtained by the Source, urges readers to sign a petition addressed to the...

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2017 Reader Survey

We’re nearing the end of 2017, and Source of the Spring is 1 Year Old, which means it’s time for our Annual Reader Survey. We want to serve our readers as well as we possibly can. To that end, we’d like to know something about you. Please take this survey to tell us a little about yourself and what you’d like to see in the Source. Readers that complete the Survey and enter their contact information will be entered to win a $50 gift card to All Set Restaurant & Bar. The survey will close Monday, October 23. Thank...

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Council approves measures to regulate short-term rentals

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons. Short-term rentals including bed and breakfast uses will be licensed and regulated under the terms of two unanimous actions taken by the County Council this week. Zoning Text Amendment 17-03, Accessory Residential Uses–Short-term Rentals, will permit short-term rentals in most residential and mixed-use zones under services such as Airbnb, Home Away and others. under these conditions: Limits the total number of adult overnight guests in a short-term rental to six Limits the total number of adult overnight guests per bedroom to two Requires one off-street parking space for each rental contract Requires that the dwelling...

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Gandhi Brigade to premiere documentary on immigration reform tonight

Graphic courtesy Gandhi Brigade Youth Media Gandhi Brigade Youth Media will premiere its documentary on immigration reform in a joint presentation tonight with Montgomery College. “The Fabric of America” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., and be followed by a panel discussion with Councilmember Nancy Navarro, Casa de Maryland, UndocuBlack Network and the office of U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-New York’s 13th District). Eight students from Montgomery Blair, Northwood and Kennedy high schools worked in an intensive five-week program to produce the 7 1/2-minute documentary (see trailer below), according to Evan...

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Upcoming Events, Oct. 11-19

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, October 11 “Crime Prevention Basics” seminar, 3rd Police Precinct, 1002 Milestone Dr., 7 p.m. Immigration Reform: Gandhi Brigade Documentary Premiere and Community Conversation, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 12 Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee monthly meeting, Discovery Communications, 8 a.m. “The Old Man and the Sea,” afternoon book discussion, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 3rd Floor, 2-3:30 p.m. Carpe Diem! Second Thursday Contra Dance, Silver Spring Civic Building, pricing varies, 7-10 p.m. “Duck” world premiere, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $20, 8 p.m. Friday,...

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World premiere of new work by local playwright opens Thursday

Photo of installation by Tom Block on Kennett Street, courtesy Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District, by Ken Stanek Photography. “Duck,” a play by local artist and playwright Tom Block, will have its world premiere with performances Thursday, Oct. 12 at The Highwood Theatre at 914 Silver Spring Ave. Described by the Block as “a psychological thriller posing as an absurdist comedy,” Duck is a former CIA officer whose work has caused him to become unraveled and he can only communicate by quacking. Duck was a statistician with the CIA, Block said, “and he didn’t know that as he...

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