Upcoming Events, Feb. 7-15

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, February 7 Join the Resistance February general meeting, Montgomery Blair High School cafeteria, 51 University Blvd. E., 7-9 p.m. Thursday, February 8 Silver Spring Transportation Management District meeting, Discovery Communications, 8-10 a.m. RSVP required Black History and Heritage, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Carpe Diem! Second Thursday Contra Dance, Silver Spring Civic Building, $5-$10, 7-10 p.m. “The Dog Must Die,” The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $25, 7:30 p.m. “Tracking the Exploits of George Parkins, Takoma Resident Who Left His Mark in the Grand Canyon in 1903,” Historic Takoma, 7328...

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In Search of the Lost Souls of “Silver Spring”

The “water nymph” described by Gist Blair in his talk, “Annals of Silver Spring.” Circa 1920s photo. Collection of Silver Spring Historical Society. Additional photos shown below. By Jerry A. McCoy It was a mild 61 degrees and a little before 8 p.m., April 17, 1917, when members of the Columbia Historical Society began to stream into the Gold Room of the Shoreham Hotel at the corner of 15th and H St., N.W., in Washington, D.C. Scheduled to speak that evening was Maj. Gist Blair, whose talk was titled “Silver Spring.” Blair was the grandson of Silver Spring’s founder,...

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Facade work underway in Blair Park Shopping Center

Photo courtesy Pete Tan Construction work is underway on the facade of the building at Blair Park Shopping Center that formerly housed Oriental East. “We are in the process of performing some exterior improvements on the Blair Shopping Center,” said Chris Seveny, director of construction for The Tower Companies, which owns the center. “We have no update to provide regarding the former Oriental East space,” he added.  ...

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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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    January 8 @ 8:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm
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