Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A helpful map of speed cameras, and their types, throughout Montgomery County
Montgomery County has become a beacon for speed cameras. Search through the map below, which details where mobile, fixed and portable speed cameras lie throughout the county, along with which direction they point in. In camera-dense areas, especially, zoom in to track just how many cameras police have at their disposal.
Police departments and public safety officials try to combat rash of pedestrian accidents in Silver Spring
Since February 2012, there have been 11 pedestrians killed by cars in Montgomery County. More recently and locally, four pedestrians and one cyclist have been killed in Silver Spring and Aspen Hill since Jan. 22. Those are substantial numbers but specific reasons and remedies are elusive. Resident Jazmine Jones assigned fault earlier this month to drivers, who should take it upon themselves to be more considerate, she said, as “90 percent of them (drive too fast).” “A lot of pedestrians are too bold, too, but they follow the traffic lights,” Jones said. “People just drive too fast here.” She was not sure how to fix the problem, though, and was hesitant to propose upping police enforcement. But, Shanda Stout—who moved to Silver Spring after…
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Reunion in Silver Spring evokes great range of emotion.
His scraggly grey hair curling from both his beard and head, Bruce Smith looked hesitantly up from his wheelchair. “I’m probably going to have some nightmares after this,” Smith said. Nearing four decades after the Vietnam War ended, the veteran spoke disgustedly about Agent Orange and its effects. He came to The Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Reunion at the Silver Spring Civic Building Monday because employees at the Silver Spring Vet Center had urged him to discover avenues available to him to deal with health treatment. The event evoked many feelings, ranging from the painful to the celebratory to the powerful, as war veterans—from Vietnam in particular—met to gather information from service organizations and hear inspirational speeches…
Friday, April 26, 2013
The County Council president tweeted a letter from the council to County Executive Leggett.
The Silver Spring Transit Center has become a $120 million headache for Montgomery County taxpayers. When the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority told the county it would not operate the transit center as planned, the pain got worse. County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring tweeted on Friday, referencing WMATA's decision and including a link to a letter the council sent to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) on the topic. The letter requested that Leggett appear before the council Wednesday to discuss the ramifications of WMATA's decision.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The entire Colesville Road/Route 29 corridor, on just one website.
Come Thursday, April 18, you may notice something different. As of that day, we will have merged Silver Spring and Colesville Patch in an effort to strengthen our coverage of both communities. Based on the ways we’ve seen you, our faithful readers and advertisers, use the two sites, it was just good common sense to combine them. Now, instead of asking you to check two sites for the news and information you need from downtown Silver Spring and greater Silver Spring, you’ll have it all in one place: right here on Silver Spring Patch! We know...change can be scary. But we hope you’ll give us a chance to show you that we’ll still be offering the same robust coverage of everything happening along the Colesville Road/Columbia Pike/Route 29 …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Two explosions went off near the finish line of the race Monday.
Two explosions, confirmed as bombs, near the finish line at the Boston Marathon have left two dead and dozens injured. The latest reports say that more than 100 are being treated for injuries. Making matters frustrating for those outside Boston is that cell phone use, which had been difficult already because of the sheer amount of people contacting family and friends, was reportedly shut down to prevent detonation of any undiscovered device. Silver Spring Patch has attempted to track down each runner from the area. According to the Boston Marathon website, which allows users to track when runners reach 5k increments until they finish, 20 Silver Spring residents registered for the marathon. Of that 20, two runners never began the race. …
“It’s a nuisance,” Jerry Bennett, store manager of Strosniders Hardware, said of the 5-cents per bag fee.
Montgomery County’s five-cent tax on disposable bags has been an almost unmitigated success. In its first year, it raked in more than $2 million in revenue, which is then earmarked for solid waste management, watershed restoration, litter pick-up and stormwater management. Yet, a little more than a year later, many in Silver Spring have misgivings about the tax. “It’s a nuisance,” Jerry Bennett, store manager of Strosniders Hardware, said. “It’s one more transaction that slows lines down, customers have to decide if they need a bag; it just takes more time.” The county is cognizant of the complaints. At a March 21 meeting, a Montgomery council committee discussed a possible exclusion of the tax at clothing stores and other non-grocery …
Monday, March 18, 2013
An outside consulting firm's report on structural problems was delayed four months.
Four pedestrians and one cyclist have been killed in the past two weeks. What does Silver Spring think is the answer?
Crosswalks, crossing guards, speed limits, vigilant police, horns, traffic lights, stop signs, turn signals; the list of precautions to ensure pedestrians and drivers coexist is endless. But in Silver Spring, this list may have to be updated, or at least reviewed and questioned. Since Jan. 22, four pedestrians and one cyclist have been killed in Silver Spring and Aspen Hill. Of the pedestrians, three died trying to cross the road, while the other stood on the sidewalk. The rash of fatalities in such a small window has residents and representatives wondering aloud what, if anything, should be done. Jazmine Jones maintained that drivers should take it upon themselves to be more considerate, as “90 percent of them (drive too fast).” “A lot of…
Friday, March 8, 2013
A Silver Spring real estate agent has reportedly been charged with burglary.
You hire a real estate agent to help sell your home and then you hand over the keys. Would a real estate professional help him or herself to some of your things? A homeowner in Arlington, VA, may have recently found out when a camera captured an agent rummaging through and taking some items from a drawer of women’s clothing, according to The Washington Post. Stephen Brumme, 60, of Silver Spring, was charged in Arlington County with burglary and possession of a burglar’s tools. Arlington police said Brumme’s real estate license was immediately suspended. The video, which was posted online by ARLnow.com, appears to show a man speaking with a potential buyer while perusing the contents of a dresser drawer and stuffing an item in his back …