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Friday, January 31, 2020
All East County Metro Red Line stations to close this weekend
Two free shuttle buses will operate all weekend during the closure. One will run between Glenmont and Fort Totten in the District. This bus will not stop at the Takoma Park station; it will stop at Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen and Silver Spring stations.
A second bus will run exclusively between Silver Spring and Takoma Park stations. For more details, see the WMATA website.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Ana G. Méndez University opens new Silver Spring "campus"
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
MoCo selecting vendor for Route 29 BRT digital information kiosks
|Smart City Media digital kiosk|
at Kansas City, Missouri
If chosen, SCM will provide an Interactive Digital Information Kiosk at each station along the U.S. 29 "Flash" BRT stations. Under the contract offer, Montgomery County would receive 25% of the net revenues from advertising and information shown by the kiosks. It would be a 5-year contract, with two options for additional 5-year extensions, if approved by SCM and the County Council.
SCM says it has around 30 similar contracts with cities, towns and transit agencies across the country, including Kansas City, Missouri; Harrisburg; Dallas' DART system; and Memphis. In Kansas City, for example, kiosks feature large screens with touchscreen capability. Montgomery County is set to make a decision on the contract after the close of business on February 10, 2020.
Photo courtesy Smart City Media, LLC
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Wheaton Gateway developers warn jaywalkers about safety, potential tickets at site
|Ambassador pedestrian detour|
Photo/map via Wheaton Gateway
Monday, January 27, 2020
Bar Louie closes Wheaton, Rockville locations as MoCo nightlife continues to tank
More liquor money for Virginia and D.C. We're being led by very stupid people, folks.
Friday, January 24, 2020
Temporary closure on ICC this weekend
Beginning at 9:00 PM tonight, Friday, January 24, and continuing until 5:00 AM on Monday, January 27, westbound traffic on the ICC/MD 200 will be detoured at New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650). The detour route will direct motorists north on New Hampshire Avenue to Norbeck Road, west to Layhill Road (MD 182) ,and south on Layhill Road back to westbound ICC/MD 200.
The following weekend, from 9:00 PM Friday, January 31, until 5:00 AM on Monday, February 3, eastbound ICC/MD 200 traffic will be detoured at Layhill Road (MD 182). The detour route will direct motorists north on Layhill Road to Norbeck Road, east on Norbeck Road to New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650) and south on New Hampshire Avenue back to eastbound ICC/MD 200.
Photo via MDTA
Colesville Road to close tonight for weekend between EW Hwy & Wayne Ave. in Silver Spring
Drivers are being detoured onto 16th Street, Spring Street, East-West Highway and Georgia Avenue (see the above map). Similar weekend closures will be employed as needed through the end of April, according to Purple Line Transit Partners.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Purple Line work going full steam in Silver Spring (Video+Photos)
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Montgomery County fumbles Eli Lilly factory to North Carolina
"We continue to grow North Carolina into a worldwide hub for the biotechnology industry," a jubilant North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said in a statement Tuesday.
Biotech and hospitality are the only two economic sectors in Montgomery County that even have a pulse these days, thanks to decisions made by wiser County leaders prior to the Montgomery County political cartel's seizure of the County Council in 2002 (today, the cartel controls all nine Council seats). But just days after the Washington Post reported once again that Montgomery County has fallen behind Prince George's County in job creation (while failing to report MoCo was also behind every other county in the region over the last decade in that department), Montgomery County's elected officials weren't able to score the biggest biotech get of the year so far - the Eli Lilly factory.
Not only did the County Council and economic development officials make no public campaign to attract Lilly, but their fumble also emphasizes how our inept leaders are squandering the biotech advantages their smarter, less corrupt predecessors left them at the turn of the century. North Carolina is catching up, as is Virginia. As MoCo officials continue to drop balls left and right, those and other states will soon surpass us.
North Carolina Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland correctly noted Tuesday that, "North Carolina is one of the nation’s leading centers for innovation in the life sciences." They also have two other things we don't: A friendly business climate, and superior infrastructure.
The Tar Heel state has the Research Triangle Park. Montgomery County was supposed to have a "Science City" in the I-270 corridor. Remember that?
Montgomery County elected officials couldn't even get that done. Of course, they never intended to. "Science City" was a total ruse perpetrated by the Council, and their developer sugar daddies, a decade ago. Sold to you as something like North Carolina's biotech park, that fakeout was merely a Trojan horse for more residential development.
Remember how Clarksburg, Germantown and Shady Grove were going to be booming job centers, with a Corridor Cities Transitway and expanded MARC service? None of that ever happened.
But - the housing all got built.
Jobs continued to divert to Northern Virginia, and I-270 just got more congested with all of the new housing approved by the Council without any new transportation infrastructure to support it. Heckuva job, Brownie!
Now, standing amidst the ashes of a "Science City" ghost town surrounded by stack-and-pack Soviet-style apartment blocs, the Council is saying the whole problem is...there wasn't enough housing built. LOL. [Insert cuckoo clock sound here].
You can't make this stuff up, folks.
What did we lose this week as a result?
462 new pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs, with an average salary above $72,000. 462 jobs are just a drop in the bucket given how stagnant and shrinking Montgomery County's economy is, but we're not in a position to pass any up in such a crisis. We should be, but are not, actively pursuing aerospace, biotech, and defense corporate headquarters, and their related research and manufacturing facilities.
North Carolina's Research Triangle Park's motto is, "Inspiring Bold Ideas."
The Montgomery County Council's is, "Lining our pockets with developer cash."
Our County's should be, "The Bedroom Community for the Booming Job Centers Elsewhere in Our Region."
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Kensington 7-Eleven for sale
online listing. As to why it is for sale, the owner says he is ready to retire.
Armed robbery near The Ambassador in Wheaton
Monday, January 20, 2020
Takoma Park teen missing
Police describe Lanza as around 5″6″ tall and weighing 135 pounds. She has red hair and brown eyes.
Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Sarela Nely Lanza is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).
Friday, January 17, 2020
Ellsworth Place adding new indoor children's play area in Silver Spring
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Wheaton Plaza to celebrate Chinese New Year January 25, 2020
The event will be held from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturday, January 25, 2020 in the Upper Level Center Court area. You can RSVP online now.
But, wait, there's more!
Vovinam of Maryland will hold a martial arts exhibition from 1:30-2:30 PM following the Hua Mulan appearance.
Hollywood East Cafe will host a Lion Dance parade from 3:00-3:30 PM, starting at the restaurant, but ending at the same Upper Level Center Court as the earlier event.
To get ready for the big day, MAC Cosmetics at Macy's and Sephora (inside JCPenney) are featuring special Chinese New Year cosmetics on Thursday, January 16 and Friday, January 17.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Fresh coat of paint brightening up Downtown Silver Spring
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