Pedestrian bridge installation planned over Piney Branch Road

A portion of Piney Branch Road will be closed this weekend for roadwork. Graphic from Wikimedia Commons. The Maryland State Highway Administration will close a section of Piney Branch Road (MD 320) this weekend to install a new pedestrian bridge over the road at the intersection with Sligo Creek Parkway in Takoma Park. The closure will begin Friday (weather permitting) and all lanes are expected to be open on or before 5 a.m. Monday, June 5, according to a department press release. Drivers can follow the detour onto to MD 410 (Philadelphia Avenue) to Fenton Street, then to Wayne...

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Maryland Suspends Purple Line ‘Key Elements’

Maryland DOT Secretary Pete Rahn today issued a Suspension of ‘Key Elements’ of the Purple Line Project, citing recent costly court litigation. (Graphic: Maryland Transit Authority) Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today suspended ‘Key Elements’ of the Purple Line Project, citing the May 30 ruling from Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon as “recent court litigation that has caused extensive and expensive delays.” In today’s press release, Secretary Rahn explained: “With a legal path forward, MDOT’s and the Purple Line’s situation has changed from the unknown circumstances of just two weeks ago,” said Secretary Rahn. “With an...

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Upcoming Events May 31-June 6

Illustration from FiveStone Church Thursday, June 1 Safe Silver Spring Community Meeting with 3rd District police, Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., 7-9 p.m. Silver Spring Timebank Screenprinting social, Catylator Makerspace, 8121 Georgia Ave., Suite LL1, $5 per shirt, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, June 3 Takoma Langley Crossroads Clean-Up Day, 6900 New Hampshire Ave., 8:30-10 a.m. Joel Friedman Lecture Series: Anatomy of a Musical in 3 Acts!, Levine Music, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 2-4 p.m. Akhmedova Ballet Academy Spring Performance,Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., 7-9 p.m. Takoma Ensemble’s Season Grand Finale, Church of...

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Long-time Thayer Avenue market to close next month

Thai Market will cease operations in June. Photo by Mike Diegel. A long-time fixture on Thayer Avenue in Fenton Village will close next month. The Thai Market and Carryout at 902 Thayer Ave. will shut its doors when its current lease expires June 30, said owner Peter Gosak. Gosak took over the store in 1997. He is the third owner of the market, which originally opened about 35 years ago, he said. The market specializes in a wide variety of Thai foods and other imported products, as well as offering a limited menu, which can be eaten in-store or...

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Regulation for short-term rentals recommended by Planning Department

The County Council will consider recommendations for regulating short-term rentals. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Owners who rent out their homes on a short-term basis through services such as Airbnb, HomeAway and similar companies would face regulation under terms of a recommendation for a zoning text amendment from the Montgomery County Planning Department. The County Council introduced ZTA 16-03 in February of last year that would allow short-term residential rentals under certain parameters. Following a public hearing, the council asked the Planning Department to gather public input about this issue. Staff also studied regulations adopted by other jurisdictions, according to...

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Volunteers needed to assist sexual assault, other victims

The county is looking for those willing to help. Photo from Ellsworth Air Force Base. The county’s Department of Health and Human Services is looking for volunteers to help sexual assault, rape and domestic violence victims and their families through the department’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program. Volunteers are expected to serve for one year and be on call for one 12-hour shift, or two 6-hour shifts, per week to provide crisis counseling and companion services at county hospitals and police stations. The department is particularly interested in finding bilingual volunteers. The program will train volunteers in crisis...

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Silver Spring’s newest restaurant officially opens next week

Juancarlo Parkhurst, owner of Lina’s Diner and Bar, with some of his crew members in the restaurant’s kitchen. Photo by Mike Diegel. Silver Spring’s newest restaurant, Lina’s Diner and Bar, will officially open Tuesday, May 30. “We opened up last Thursday, so this entire run, Thursday through Saturday is what we consider our soft open,” said Juancarlo Parkhurst. “We’ll be closed for the Monday holiday and then we’ll start Tuesday with lunch, dinner as well as happy hour.” Parkhurst started cooking in college about 20 years ago to pay the bills, he said. He also cooked during a brief...

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Memorial Day schedules announced

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Memorial Day schedules for the county and several local businesses have been announced. All county offices and libraries, along with Montgomery County schools and administrative offices, will be closed in recognition of the holiday, which honors those who died while serving in the armed forces. The Recreation Department’s administrative offices, senior centers and community recreation centers also will be closed. The county’s liquor stores will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ride On will operate on a Sunday schedule, though the TRiPS commuter store in Silver Spring will be closed, and parking...

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Purple Line partners say work continues despite court setback

While the court continued to keep the project on hold, work continues on the Purple Line. Graphic from Maryland Transit Authority. Despite a setback in a federal district court, the Purple Line Transit Partners held an open house at Montgomery Blair High School last night to introduce the partnership to the public. The partnership is three companies, Meridiam Infrastructure Purple Line, LLC (Meridiam), Fluor Enterprises Inc. (Fluor) and Star America Purple Line, LLC (Star America), who will provide the equity investment for the Purple Line. “It’s time for us to meet the community,” said Robert Chappell, CEO for PLTP,...

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Silver Spring Library will have extended summer hours

The library in downtown will operate under a summer schedule. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The Silver Spring Library will be open for extended summer hours beginning this weekend. The library, at 900 Wayne Ave., will open at 9 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, one hour earlier than usual. It will close at 9 p.m. those nights, three hours later than the rest of the year. Summer hours will be in effect from May 26 until September 2. Hours of operation on Sundays (1-5 p.m.) and Mondays through Thursdays (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) will not change. The library will be closed Monday,...

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