County Council seeks applicants for Board of Appeals

Stella B. Werner Council Office Building. Montgomery County photo. The County Council announced today that it is looking for applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Board of Appeals. The five-member board holds hearings and makes decision on variances from the zoning code, hears appeals from some decisions made by county agencies, decides appeals for decisions rendered by the hearing examiner on certain uses, and decides requests for modifications of special exceptions. The board, which is part of the legislative branch, typically meets all day on Wednesday and on an as-needed basis, and holds work sessions every other...

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County seeks internet access data to help improve service

Image from Flickr user Lars Ploughman. In an effort to learn more about internet access for residents and businesses, Montgomery County has launched a web-based survey to collect information about quality, speed and costs. Checkspeedmontgomery.com is a short survey individuals can take to test internet speed. The survey also collects and shares user-generated information about broadband service rates, quality, and customer satisfaction. “The data gathered from this website will help the county better understand where residents and businesses access high-quality internet service and where service may need improvement,” according to a recent press release. “Ensuring consistent, high-speed broadband connectivity...

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Foulger-Pratt sells Silver Spring medical office building

Medical office building photo by Mike Diegel. Local developer Foulger-Pratt has sold a medical office building that is part of the campus of Holy Cross Hospital. The Class A office space, located at 1400 Forest Glen Rd., was purchased by Nashville-based Healthcare Realty for a reported $24 million. This is the second D.C.-area medical office building the company has purchased in the D.C. area. The 64,000 square foot building was built in 2004 in a joint venture between Foulger-Pratt and a global real estate investment management firm. It houses women’s health care providers, such as Maryland Perinatal Associates and...

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Arts show includes look at Silver Spring Blues Festival

Photo from Pexels The Silver Spring Blues Festival is featured in this month’s edition of Montgomery Arts Infusion, the second show of the program featuring arts and entertainment in the county. The show also features a local producer named Michael Bailey and his efforts to promote jazz, especially to a younger generation, through media including a show on Montgomery Community television. In addition, this edition takes a look at a program by Montgomery College to revive dinner theater in the area. These shows, in which actors also served dinner to attendees, were once popular locally but have fallen off...

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Downtown pizza restaurant closed

Photo of the now-empty zpizza location by David Lay. zpizza at 815 Ellsworth Dr. has closed and the location has been removed from the company’s website. The downtown restaurant featured organic (and sometimes pricey) ingredients and offered gluten-free options as well as vegetarian and vegan items. After a remodeling, the store added a tap room with self-pour craft beers, which the company has been rolling out at other locations as well. The California-based company also has two stores in northern Virginia. There’s no word on what might take over the...

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Community Events Calendar now available

We are pleased to announce that a Community Events Calendar is now available. In order to better serve the community, we have rolled out a Community Events Calendar where you, our readers, can submit upcoming events that you are hosting. We are also working on supporting recurring events, so they won’t have to be submitted for each date. Please submit your events using the event submission form located here. Thank you!...

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Law would ensure dogs off leash are legal in municipal dog parks

Grand opening of Takoma Park Dog Park. Photo by Mike Diegel. Dogs would be legally off leash in dog parks established by municipalities under legislation recently introduced by Councilmember Sidney Katz (D-District 3). Current rules allow dogs to be off leash in county dog parks run by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, such as the Ellsworth Urban Dog Park in Silver Spring. However, those regulations don’t apply to dog parks established by municipalities within the county, such as the Takoma Park Dog Park. That park is located at the top of Takoma-Piney Local Park, at the end...

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Takoma Park business group wins grant for public art project

Photo of the Takoma Park Gazebo by Mike Diegel. The Old Takoma Business Association/Main Street Takoma has won a $15,000 grant from the state and will commission a set of five “Art Seats” that will be placed at the Takoma Park Gazebo. The grant, which came from the state’s Department of Housing & Community Development, will be supplemented by about $5,000 from the association, said Executive Director Laura Barclay. “We have an artist that we’ve worked with for a long time named Howard Connelly,” she said. “He’s fabricated seats for us . . . he’s done work for the...

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Growing theater organization expanding community outreach

Matthew Nicola, artistic director of The Highwood Theatre, with posters from recent productions. Photo by Mike Diegel. A Silver Spring-based theater organization that believes “anyone can do theater” has expanded into new spaces and is looking to increase its outreach to the community “The Highwood Theatre is all about building community through theater,” Artistic Director Matthew Nicola said of the organization, which is located at 914 Silver Spring Ave. Executive Director Kevin Kearney started the group in 2004 by when he was in high school. Its original location was the basement of his home on Highwood Drive in McLean,...

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Upcoming Events, July 5-12

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, July 5 Vietnamese American Art Festival, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, July 6 Vietnamese American Art Festival, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, noon-6 p.m. Jazz Jam, Levine Music, 900 Wayne Ave., $5, 6-8 p.m. Silver Spring Summer Concert Series, MoCo’s Got Talent performers, Veterans Plaza, 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 7 Vietnamese American Art Festival, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 8 Maryland Zoo presents Going, Going, Gone, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 11 a.m. Sunday, July 9 Silver Spring...

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