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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New show on the arts debuts on television, web

Montgomery Arts Infusion is now live. Photo from Pexels. The stations that make up Montgomery County PEG (public/education/government) network have debuted Montgomery Arts Infusion, a monthly 15-minute show featuring the arts and entertainment in the county and the people behind the scenes, according to a press release. The PEG network that includes County Cable Montgomery (CCM—County Government); MCM (Montgomery Community Media—public access); MCTV (Montgomery College); MCPS TV (Montgomery County Public Schools); Rockville 11 (the City of Rockville) and Takoma Park TV (the City of Takoma Park). CCM and MCM are leading this project. The MAI website includes links to...

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iPad basics course to be offered at Long Branch Library

iPads come in several sizes and configurations. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Interested older adults can take a 10-week course in basics for the iPad at Long Branch Library beginning June 6. The course is one of several technology classes being offered at different library branches this summer, sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries, the Department of Technology Services and ultraMontgomery. The courses are designed for adults 60 and older by the New York City-based Older Adults Technology Services, which operates the Senior Planet technology center in Manhattan. The iPad course will cover the basics of using an iPad including...

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Petition launched to save Silver Spring-Twinbrook bus route

WMATA announced plans to cut services to save money, among other things. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. A petition drive has been launched to save the J5 Metrobus route that runs from Silver Spring to Twinbrook. Takoma resident Jay Wilson, who takes the bus each day to and from his job across from White Flint, started the petition two weeks ago. The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority announced the change May 12 as part of a series of moves designed to close a budget gap, among other goals. Wilson, who has been taking the bus for nearly four years, acknowledged that...

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County issues tips for severe weather emergencies

Be prepared for bad weather. Photo from Simple Wikipedia. Today marks the official start of hurricane season, which runs through November. In addition, summer brings with it greater chances for severe storms, so we’re passing along these tips from the county’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Before a Storm Build an emergency supply kit, which includes such items as non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. Make an emergency plan. For example, families, roommates or housemates may not be together when disaster strikes, so it’s important to know how to contact one...

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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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