County executive to hold public budget forum tomorrow night

A public forum on the county budget will be held tomorrow night at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Photo from Christopher Consultants Ltd. County Executive Isiah Leggett will hold a public forum on the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget Wednesday night from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Plaza. “Public forums are the residents’ opportunity to let me know what is important to them as I prepare next year’s operating budget for submission to the county council on March 14,” said Leggett said in a press release. “Input from residents for the FY18 budget is...

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County library system holds first comic convention

A steady stream of children, teens and adults visited the Silver Spring Library last Saturday afternoon as the county’s library system hosted its first comic convention, MoComCon. Exhibits, activities and events were held on three floors of the building, including game demonstrations, a virtual reality station, crafts, face painting, a room where gamers could play MInecraft and a selfie machine. Various rooms were set up as “fandom” rooms, offering photo ops for devotees of Marvel or DC Comics, Pokemon and Harry Potter. Many of the workshops, which included graphic design, science fiction and fantasy writing, how to draw comics,...

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Registration still open for Leo’s Run volunteers, participants

Graphic courtesy Leo’s Run. The organizers of Leo’s Run are looking for volunteers to help with the charitable event set for Feb. 5. Leo’s Run, a 5K Run/Walk, was founded as a memorial to a son Mike Mowery (co-founder of Source of the Spring) and wife Caroline Joyce lost at birth, he said in an earlier interview. “We were trying to figure out ways that we could make a positive difference,” he said. “We’ve been quite surprised and elated by the community that exists here. “As a runner myself, [I] was trying to figure out a way to have...

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Budget request includes Silver Spring recreation, aquatic center

The county is planning to build a recreation and aquatic center in downtown Silver Spring. Photo of the Olney Swim Center from Wikimedia Commons. Several Silver Spring projects are included in the FY2018 capital budget and amendments to the six-year FY2017-2022 Capital Improvements Program released this week by County Executive Isiah Leggett. Highlighting the budget release is $55.3 million to develop a “South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center,” which would be co-located with the Housing Opportunity Commission’s Elizabeth Square affordable housing project in downtown Silver Spring, according to a press release. Phase I of this project would include...

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Upcoming Events Jan. 18-25

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Jan. 18 “What Kind of World Do We Want?” conversation with David Grinspoon, author, Earth in Human Hands, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave. 3rd Floor, 7-8:30 p.m. Safe Silver Spring Annual Legislative Forum, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Plaza, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 Montgomery Planning Board Meeting, 8787 Georgia Ave., Auditorium, 1 p.m. Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee Meeting, Silver Spring Fire Station, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor Conference Room, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 Difference Makers grounds cleanup, East Silver Spring Elementary School, 11 a.m. UnNaugural Concert...

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County now offering health and dental discount programs

Illustration from the Montgomery County website. Silver Spring and Takoma Park residents now can get discounts on a variety of dental and health services through the county’s participation in the National Association of Counties’ Live Healthy program. The program expands on a free prescription discount program the county has offered in conjunction with NACo since 2004. Live Healthy is open to anyone regardless of whether they have insurance for a monthly fee of $6.95 a month for either the dental or the health program, or $13.90 per month to enroll in both programs. Live Healthy can supplement an insurance...

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County government will be open Inauguration Day

The Silver Spring Civic Building and other county offices will be open Inauguration Day. Photo from Christopher Consultants Ltd. Unlike at least two other jurisdictions in the area and the federal government, Montgomery County’s government offices will be open on Inauguration Day Jan. 20. The county schools and the school system’s administrative offices will be closed, however. The county’s park system offices will be closed but most of their facilities will be open. See their website for a complete list. Recreation facilities, libraries and county liquor stores will be open, as will Maryland state offices and courts. Regular parking...

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UPDATED: Comic Convention to be held in Silver Spring Library

MoComCon will include a cosplay contest. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. A host of characters are expected to take over the Silver Spring Library Jan. 21 when the county’s library system hosts its first comic convention, MoComCon. The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Registration for activities begins at 11 a.m. “There’s tremendous interest in comic books, graphic novels, movies related to these characters, writing and publishing,” said Mary Ellen Icaza, public services administrator for community engagement, programs and learning for the library system. “This type of event is happening at other libraries nationwide, too, and...

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Upcoming Events Jan. 11-19

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Jan. 11 The ABCs of Staying Safe Online and on the Telephone, Fenton Room, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Plaza, 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee meeting, Discovery Communications, 1 Discovery Place, 8 a.m., RSVP required “Post Memory: Photographs of a Certain Place and Time” Opening Reception, Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Plaza, 6-8 p.m. Montgomery Blair High School PTSA Social, The Tavern at Fire Station 1, 8131 Georgia Ave., 7-9 p.m. Docs in Progress Community Stories Student Showcase, 7500 Maple Ave.,...

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Wilkins wins nomination to fill District 20 delegate seat

Jheanelle Wilkins accepts congratulations from supporters following her nomination to become a delegate from District 20. Photo by Mike Diegel. Jheanelle Wilkins, a member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, was chosen by that group on the third ballot last night as the nominee to fill the vacant delegate seat in District 20. Wilkins, who lives in Silver Spring, defeated Lorig Charkoudian, executive director of Community Mediation Maryland, by a vote of 19-9 on the final ballot. Candidates Yvette Butler, Amy Cress and Darian Unger were eliminated by rule after the first ballot, while Daniel Koroma was cut...

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