Local high-density areas now eligible for free trees

Graphic from Montgomery County Planning Department website. Property owners in three high-density areas within the Silver Spring Regional Center boundaries are eligible for free trees under the Shades of Green project, according to a recent announcement from the Montgomery County Planning Department. The project was launched as a pilot program four years ago and has expanded to 19 areas around the county that have a high level of impervious surfaces. The program is designed to increase the tree canopy cover in urban areas, many of which have lost trees due to development. Additional trees will also reduce the heat...

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Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que opening tonight

Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que has a full bar featuring specialty cocktails. Photo by Mike Mowery. Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que will open for dinner tonight in the downtown Silver Spring space formerly occupied by AG Kitchen. The restaurant is expected to start lunch service in the middle of next week, according to the company’s publicist. The extensive menu includes barbecued pork, beef and turkey, and a list of side orders that includes corn, peppers and chilies, French fries, cole slaw, Old Bay fries, mac and cheese (also available in several varieties as an entrée), potato salad, collard greens, baked beans and mashed potatoes. Diners...

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Hen Quarter holds grand opening

Hen Quarter features Southern comfort food and a wide selection of bourbons. Photo by Mike Mowery. Hen Quarter, the Southern-themed restaurant and bourbon bar on Ellsworth Drive, held its ribbon cutting and grand opening last night. The menu includes updated Southern fare including Southern-fried chicken, Virginia ham steaks, shrimp and grits, short ribs and barbecued chicken, along with accompaniments such as collard greens, pickled okra and fried green tomatoes. The bar features more than 40 different bourbons, along with a dozen types of rye whisky and a selection of Scotch and Irish whiskeys. The restaurant is open Monday-Thursday 11...

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Thunderbolts baseball prepping for 18th season

Graphic courtesy Silver Spring/Takoma Park Thunderbolts. Guest post by Ken Giglio. The Silver Spring/Takoma Park Thunderbolts will return for their 18th season of baseball in Montgomery County. The Tbolts, who compete in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, play their home games at Montgomery Blair High School. The first home game is June 9. See the complete schedule and information about this year’s team at www.Tbolts.org.   BASEBALL CAMPS The Thunderbolts will be offering weeklong camps for boys and girls ages 7-14. These camps will take place June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7 (no camp on July 4), July 10-14, and...

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Upcoming Events March 1-9

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, March 1 Public Hearing on City Election Date Change, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2 “Feminist and Progressive ‘Doctor Who’” talk, 7500 Maple Ave. Takoma Park, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 Bus Rapid Transit Open House, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 Black Feminism, Intersectionality and Building Democratic Communities, Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., 6:30 p.m. LGBTQ Community Meeting with County Police, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 4 + 1 Exhibition Opening and Reception, 7500 Maple...

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County’s first STEM Summit held in Silver Spring

This homemade boom box was part of the Kid Museum’s exhibit at the summit. Photo by Mike Diegel. Educators and other stakeholders gathered Sunday to discuss how to increase students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and prepare them for jobs in those fields. The STEM Summit, held in the Silver Spring Civic Building, was designed to “do a lot more to create opportunities for kids in STEM,” said Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large), who hosted the summit. “I think we do a lot, but we could be doing more,” he said. “To me, there’s a real...

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Hundreds rally in Silver Spring against “lawless” president

A view of the crowd listening to speakers outside the Silver Spring Civic Building. Photo by Mike Mowery. Hundreds of people gathered inside and outside the Silver Spring Civic Building last night for a rally titled “How the People & Congress Can Stop a Lawless President.” Speakers included Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8th District) and others asking people to stand up against the policies they disagree with, including recent attacks on Muslims, immigrants and the LGBT community. Attendees were especially urged to get involved with voter registration drives prior to the next election. The...

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County Council seeks applicants for Planning Board

Photo of the Planning Board’s headquarters on Georgia Avenue from the Park and Planning website. The County Council has announced it is looking for applicants to replace outgoing Planning Board member Marye Wells-Harley, who is wrapping up her second term and thus not eligible for reappointment. Wells-Harley’s term ends June 14. Applications to fill the position are due no later than April 12 at 5 p.m. Board members are paid $30,000 per year for a four-year term and are expected to attend several meetings each week, including the regular Thursday weekly meeting, as well as spend time in preparatory...

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Best of Fenton Village awards presented last night

County Executive Isiah Leggett presented awards to Best of Fenton Village winners. Photo by Mike Diegel. The winners of the fifth annual Best of Fenton Village were recognized last night in a ceremony hosted by The Nora School. “This is the neighborhood that’s been here long before we started the revitalization of Silver Spring,” County Executive Isiah Leggett reminded attendees in brief remarks prior to the presentations, lauding the opportunity to recognize success of “these thriving businesses.” Prior to Leggett’s arrival, Silver Spring Regional Center Director Reemberto Rodriguez addressed the businesses’ concerns over the effect of losing about half the...

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Local ACLU chapter draws large crowd

The Montgomery County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union attracted a large crowd for its meeting last night in the Silver Spring Civic Building. Here, member Darian Unger was apologizing for the delay in fielding volunteer requests due to the volume received. Photo submitted by Jonathan...

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