Upcoming Events June 14-21

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, June 14 Immigration 101: DACA and Detention Centers, documentary screenings and discussion, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 7-9 p.m. Blues Week performance: Cooking with Gas, Veterans’ Plaza, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 15 Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor, 3:30 p.m. Kickoff, Silver Spring Summer Concert Series, Built for Comfort Band, (in association with Blues Week), Veterans’ Plaza, 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 16 Music in the Park, Triangle Park, 4th and Blair Road, Takoma, 5-8 p.m. Blues Week performance, Mike Westcott Band, Fountain Plaza, Ellsworth Dr., 8:30-10 p.m....

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Summer concert series schedule released

Graphic from Montgomery County Department of Recreation. The county’s Department of Recreation has released the schedule of performers for its Silver Spring Summer Concert series. The free series opens this Thursday, June 15 on Veterans’ Plaza and will feature performances every Thursday evening through August 3. Shows run from 7-9 p.m. The performers include: June 15 – Built for Comfort Band – Blues, Soul, R&B, Americana and Rock favorites June 22 – Bobby & the Believers – Classic horn band June 29 – David Bach Consort – Smooth Jazz July 6 – MoCo’s Got Talent – Youth Performances July...

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Separated bike lanes coming to Spring/Cedar streets

A portion of the bike lanes on Spring Street will be separated from the street. Photo by Mike Diegel. Work is underway on the Spring Street/Cedar Street separated bike lanes. A portion of the lanes on Spring Street is in a dedicated path. Most of the lanes will be delineated by striping and flexposts. Parking along the streets will be maintained and parked cars will provide an additional buffer. The lanes will run from Second Street across Colesville Road to Wayne Avenue. Construction is expected to take about two months. The project is part of a network of bike...

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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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