County releases tips for coping with high temperatures

Animals can be particularly vulnerable to heat. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery County has released tips for coping with the high temperatures expected today through Wednesday. People who are at the most risk for heat-related illnesses include risk of heat-related illness include infants and children up to four years of age; individuals 65 and older; people who are ill or on certain medications; and overweight people. Also, the county has announced that, due to the high heat, the Police Animal Services Division will enforce “Executive Regulation 10-10AM, Anti-Cruelty Conditions for Dogs, Section 11-D, which states, ‘A person must not tether a...

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Mixed-use development close to being finished

Rendering courtesy of Grosvenor Americas. Central, the mixed-use apartment development under construction at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street (8455 Fenton Street), is close to being finished. “The project is nearing completion,” said Jon Carr, senior vice president of Grosvenor Americas, who is managing the development team. “We should be done in late June, July.” The Bozzuto Group, which is part of the development team, will manage the property once construction is complete. Pre-leasing is expected at the end of the month, Carr said, and residents should be able to take occupancy beginning in late July. The...

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Library Summer Read and Learn program starts tomorrow

The Silver Spring branch will participate in the summer program. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The Montgomery County Public Libraries Summer Read and Learn program for children and teenagers begins tomorrow and runs through Sept. 10. This year’s program theme is “Build a Better World.” “The program offers children exciting reading and educational activities. Participants can earn online badges and prizes (while supplies last) or raffle entries for completing tracks. Teens are also encouraged to participate in the program by reading and completing book reviews to earn badges and prizes,” according to a press release. The program’s events will include...

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Activist group’s posters spreading message of inclusion

One of the businesses displaying the posters is Addis Ababa on Fenton Street. Photo courtesy DC Denizens. A new local activist group is distributing “posters for inclusivity” to local businesses to share the message that hate is not welcome in this community—all people are. DC Denizens formed following the post-inauguration Women’s March in January, said Lauren Messina, one of the group’s founders. “The Women’s March broader organization put forth 10 actions that they were encouraging people to take within the first 100 days of the new administration,” Messina said, “and one of their early actions was to have a...

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Nominations sought for county’s arts and humanities awards

Graphic courtesy Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. County Executive Isaiah Leggett has issued his call for nominations for 2017 County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. The is the 16th year for the awards, considered to be the most prestigious honors the county confers on “individual artists, scholars, organizations and cultural patrons.” The awards will be presented during ceremonies to be held Monday, Nov. 6 at Round House Theatre in Bethesda. The award categories are as follows: Education Award An individual educator, team, or educational organization that has made a major contribution to the...

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Alliance advocates for, supports, educates county renters

Photo of the Pearl apartment’s entrance by Mike Diegel. If you’re a renter in Montgomery County, you have an advocacy, education and support group on your side. The Montgomery County Renters Alliance, Inc. grew out of a petition effort in 2006 led by Matt Losak and other tenants, with help from Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large), “to urge the county executive to do a few things,” Losak said. “One of them was to establish rent stabilization countywide, to enact just-cause eviction law, to end month-to-month lease fees, and to establish a commission of sorts to look into renters’ issues...

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Consumer office investigating two scams

Image by Alachua County on Flickr. The county’s Office of Consumer Protection is investigating two scams recently reported to the office, according to Director Eric Friedman. The more serious of the two is a variation of a water quality scam that’s been seen in the past, while the other is a Pepco billing scam. “The door-to-door water purification scam is something that’s been around before,” Friedman said, “but is apparently going on currently in which door-to-door sales people that may or may not be properly licensed are going door-to-door purporting to be conducting some type of water test.” Some...

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Upcoming Events, June 7-15

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, June 7 Kickoff of Live Music at the Blairs, weekly series, Sonny’s Green, 1290 East-West Highway, 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 9 Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts season opener, Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. East, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10 Public Forum on Changes to CUPF Reservation Process, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 9-10:30 a.m. Kids Day, Flower Avenue Urban Park, 8746 Flower Ave., 10 a.m. Silver Spring Library Tour with design team, 900 Wayne Ave., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., RSVP required Anatomy of a Musical in 3 Acts, Act 3: Rent, Levine Music,...

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Chick-fil-A closed for remodeling

The store is scheduled to reopen Saturday. Photo by David Lay. The Chick-fil-A restaurant at 825 Ellsworth Dr. in downtown Silver Spring is closed this week for remodeling. The restaurant plans to reopen Saturday, June 10. From the look of things, it will be a pretty extensive redoing of the store. Photo by David...

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Thunderbolts open 2017 season Friday

Guest post by Ken Giglio. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts open their 2017 home season this Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at Montgomery Blair High School against the Bethesda Big Train. The contest is the first of 20 home games for the Tbolts, who play in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. The Thunderbolts, in their 18th season, are coached by Doug Remer. The team comprises college players recruited from around the country. Thunderbolt home games provide a great opportunity to see high-level, competitive baseball in a family-friendly environment. In-game activities include a chance for kids to race around...

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