Millennials Taking a Lead in the Spring Housing Market

Guest post by Melinda Schnare, Photo of flipped home courtesy Melinda Schnare. Millennials are driving the real estate market, evidenced by the abundance of homes selling in the $400,000-600,000 range. No surprise, as for over 10 years now, D.C.’s population has grown by about a 1,000 a month and Montgomery County added 10,500 residents last year alone. Millennials are either searching for a DC community that is in transition such as Bloomingdale, Eckington, Riggs Park, Trinidad and Ivy City, or they are moving to the likes of Silver Spring. The key criteria is easy access to the Metro, along with not having...

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County officials announce crackdown on distracted driving

Montgomery County graphic County officials today announced a crackdown on distracted driving in April and May in an additional effort to reduce severe and fatal collisions among vehicle occupants, bicyclists and pedestrians. The “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” campaign is part of the county’s adoption of a Vision Zero initiative. The program’s goal is a 35 percent reduction in severe injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving or walking by November 2019, and no traffic deaths by 2030. “Montgomery County remains focused on efforts to reduce severe and fatal traffic collisions on our roadways,” said County Executive Ike Leggett in...

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Open houses set for residents concerned about potential Beltway projects

Photo from Residents concerned with the potential widening of the Beltway through Silver Spring can express their views during four public open houses this month, according the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration. The open houses are the first chance for public comments on a traffic relief plan, part of an I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study intended to find ways to reduce congestion on the two highways. “Understanding the local perspective will help us determine the best plan to reduce traffic congestion, increase economic development, enhance safety and return quality of life to Maryland commuters in...

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Silver Spring Cares Superhero: Alice Schindler

Name/Neighborhood: Alice Schindler/Four Corners, Silver Spring Organization/Role: Operation Paws for Homes – Foster Mom What is Operation Paws for Homes? Operation Paws for Homes (OPH rescue) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of dogs who have overcome great odds and deserve wonderful, caring forever homes. OPH is an all-breed dog rescue, and we take in dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages. These dogs are rescued from overcrowded, high-kill shelters in the southern region of the United States, primarily shelters in South and North Carolina, as well as Virginia. Our goal is to...

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Upcoming Events, April 4-12

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 4 2018 Montgomery County Energy Summit, Silver Spring Civic Building, $35-$65, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Silver Spring Blues Festival benefit jam, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., 6-9 p.m. Bus Rapid Transit U.S. 29 Open House, White Oak Community Center Social Hall, 1700 April Lane, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Takoma Junction site plan public presentation to city council, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5 Public Hearing for 850 Sligo Ave. proposal, Park and Planning, 8787 Georgia Ave., check agenda (at link) for time Metropolitan-Area Test of National Wireless Emergency Alerts...

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Test of Wireless Emergency Alert system scheduled for Thursday

Montgomery County graphic. Montgomery County is one of 20 jurisdictions in the region, including the City of Takoma Park, that will participate in a test of the national Wireless Emergency Alert system. The test will be conducted Thursday, April 5, between 10-11 a.m. At that time, WEA-enabled phones and other mobile devices will vibrate and produce a loud warning signal. A text-like message saying, “A test of Montgomery County Emergency Wireless Alerts system. No action is required,” will follow the signals. The WEA was developed by the Federal Communications Commission in 2012 as a geographically targeted system to allow...

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County to offer free training to treat opioid overdoses

Photo from Wikimedia Commons The county will offer free training for the administration of naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The drug, also sold under the brand names Narcan® and Evzio®, among others, can treat overdoses of heroin as well as prescription drugs including hydrocodone (Vicodin®) oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®), oxymorphone (Opana®), morphine (Kadian®, Avinza®), codeine and fentanyl. Naloxone is often administered as a spray into the patient’s nostrils, but is also available as an injectable drug, which provides a faster reaction. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced a statewide standing...

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Silver Spring to Pilot Unicycle Sharing Beginning in mid-April

Bernie Van Lewelyn welcomes unicycles to Silver Spring bike paths. Photo by Steve Leiberman. Silver Spring has been chosen as the pilot site for a unique experiment in transportation. Following on the success of bike sharing, unicycle sharing will be launched in mid-April, according to a release from Uni-Share Uni-Save LLC, a Delaware-based company. “With unicycle engineering advances, riders can go faster over more rugged terrain than ever before, allowing them many off-road, shortcut options,” said company founder and CEO Juan Wheeler. This week, several local residents took test drives and were enthusiastic about the alternative to two- and four-wheel...

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Arts council issues call for works on paper to bolster public collection

Graphic from Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Public Art Trust have issued a call for art to reactivate The Contemporary Works on Paper Collection with new acquisitions from artists living in the county and the Washington metropolitan area. The county owns the artwork in this collection under the Public Art Trust program and loans works to county agencies for exhibition in public buildings. The call is “specifically for the purchase of original, unframed two-dimensional works of art that are contemporary and modern in style.” The...

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Legislature passes bond bills granting funds to two local nonprofits

Rendering of the planned media lab courtesy Gandhi Brigade Youth Media. The state legislature yesterday passed bond bills that will provide matching grants to help two nonprofits move into new spaces in the Silver Spring Library. Under the terms of the legislation, Gandhi Brigade Youth Media will receive $150,000 and Arts on the Block $100,000. Sen. Will Smith (D-District 20) sponsored the Senate bill. Del. Sheila Hixson (D-District 20) was the lead sponsor of the House bill, with Delegates David Moon and Jheanelle Wilkins (both D-District 20) as cosponsors. Gandhi Brigade signed a 20-year lease (with option to renew)...

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