Thursday, March 7, 2013
A few sights and sounds from Silver Spring on the day that many thought would bring a luscious white coating, when the town instead received a steady downpour of rain.
After many weather forecasters predicted that Washington, DC and its suburbs would be blanketed with snowfall, the light dusting that Silver Spring saw annoyed many of its residents.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
A Silver Spring Boy Scouts pack was forced to remove a non-discrimination statement from its website that did not specifically exclude gay people from participating.
By Rashee Raj Kumar of Capital News Service When the Boy Scouts of America announced this week that it was considering changing its longstanding ban on openly gay scouts and troop leaders, it came as a surprise to many Maryland scouts, especially Cub Scout Pack 442 in the Silver Spring neighborhood of Cloverly. Last month, regional scouting officials threatened to revoke Pack 442’s charter unless it removed a non-discrimination statement from its website that did not specifically exclude gays from participating. Since 1991, the Boy Scouts of America has prevented local troops from making their own decisions about admitting gay scouts and leaders. The position put the scouts, founded in 1910, at the center of a cultural war that led to a …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Nonprofit moves expands offices in Silver Spring to better serve DC metro area residents.
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind recently expanded its Silver Spring location at 8720 Georgia Avenue after relocating one of its larger locations in Riverdale Park, MD to a smaller office. The organization’s new Prince George's County location is just a few blocks away at 4404 Queensbury Rd., in suite 105. The offices in Riverdale Park are smaller, but the staff is still serving local residents. Celebrating its 113th anniversary in May, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind is a nonprofit that provides a variety services for people who are deaf, blind and visually impaired throughout the DC metropolitan area. Services provided vary from job training to teaching people how to travel independently, according to Jocelyn Hunter, communications …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
If you could make a New Year's resolution for Silver Spring, what would it be?
More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money. As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what do you want to see happen here in greater Silver Spring to make it an even better place to live? We'll start the list off, you finish: A Completed Silver Spring Transit Center: This project has had some bumps—in its foundation, that is. County officials say it should be open this summer, but the $108 million convergence of Metro, Marc, buses and cars has been delayed for years. Walker and Biker-friendly Streets: Downtown Silver Spring's a …
Friday, December 28, 2012
TIME magazine named President Obama their person of the year for the second time. Tell us who you think should win from Silver Spring.
On Dec. 19, Time magazine named President Obama its Person of the Year, again! The magazine invited votes on 40 candidates, including the president, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options included The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. But, the president took the title again four years after he first won the award as president-elect in 2008. But who cares about the same-old, same-old? Who is Silver Spring’s Person of the Year—the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse”? Tell us your pick in the comment section below!
Monday, October 1, 2012
Montgomery County police officials have to extradite the suspect from Washington, DC.
A DC man who impersonated a police officer during an attempted kidnapping in Silver Spring will be extradited to face charges, according to Montgomery County police officials. Rodney Murell, 31, of the 3600 block of Martin Luther King Avenue was identified as the attempted kidnapping suspect while he was being treated at a hospital in Washington. On Friday about 1:30 p.m., police officers in the Third District were dispatched to the McDonalds at 8407 Colesville Rd. after a report of an attempted kidnapping. A man identifying himself as a police officer walked into the Silver Spring fast-food restaurant, grabbed a 13-year-old waiting at the counter, and attempted to drag him outside, according to police. A security officer in the …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Police officials need your help to identify a suspect.
Montgomery County police are investigating a string of daytime burglaries between Sept. 10 and Sept. 18. In an initial investigation shows that residents living in high-rise apartments were targeted as they came home and residents in garden-style apartments were entered through rear doors or windows, according to police officials. The incidents occurred on the 1200 block of Fidler Lane, 800 block of Juniper Street (three incidents), 1200 block of East West Highway, 7700 block of Blair Road, 8300 block of Colesville Road, and 8700 block of Georgia Avenue. The suspect is being described as a black male between 20 to 30-years-old, standing 5-feet 7-inches to-5-feet 9-inches tall, and weighing about 150-160 pounds. Detectives are asking …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
"Just Up the Pike" author riffs on recent Salon.com piece, arguing that there's middle ground between the two types of neighborhoods.
Living in Silver Spring, it's easy to see how the words "urban" and "suburban" can mean very different things in different places. Dan Reed, author at "Just Up the Pike," argues in a recent blog post that some city dwellers' obsession with emphasizing a dichotomy between the two types of neighborhoods are missing the point. Taking aim at Will Doig's Salon.com piece, "Invasion of the Faux Cities," Reed writes: For starters, he presents "city" and "suburb" as mutually exclusive entities with no middle ground. A place can either be like Doig's former neighborhood, Columbia Heights in the District, or Reston Town Center in Northern Virginia. One represents "urban authenticity" where "scrappy entrepreneuralism and creativity" can occur, the …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
This fall season Silver Spring residents can enjoy compelling films and live concerts in December.
National Geographic Live is back and this year will be filled with plenty of events to choose from. Beginning Sept. 14 and running through Dec. National Geographic will host world-renowned photographers, travel writers, scholars, and Nobel Prize winners. All programs will take place in the Grosvenor Auditorium at 1600 M St. NW, Washington, DC (unless otherwise noted). KITE SKIING THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. NG member: $18 / 2-pt series: $34 Public: $20/ 2-pt series: $38 WHAT MAKES A SOCIETY SUCCESSFUL: A LOOK AT HUMAN AND CHIMPANZEE COMMUNITIES Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. NG member: $20/ 3-pt series:$57 Public: $22 / 3-pt series: $63 CHEETAHS: SURVIVORS ON THE RUN Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. NG member: $18/5-pt…
This year’s parade will be Nov. 17.
The 15th Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Silver Spring will be here before you know it and it's time for you to shine! The county is currently accepting applications for groups that are interested in performing during the parade. To apply, download and fill out the attached application. Once it’s completed: Mail it to: Thanksgiving Parade Application, Montgomery County Recreation 4010 Randolph Road Silver Spring, MD 20902. Fax: 240-777-6826 The deadline to apply is Sept. 17, 2012 For more information contact: 240-777-6821