Friday, August 14, 2009

what's up the pike: brunch edition

'Golfers Tee Off On Purple Line'
- Purple Line opponents in Chevy Chase are gearing up for a fight to stop the proposed sixteen-mile transitway now that O'Malley wants it along the popular Capital Crescent Trail. Both the Town of Chevy Chase and the Columbia Country Club, who straddle the proposed route, are rumored to file a lawsuit against the project. "That trail is not coming in here as long as I'm alive and as long as you're alive, either," the Examiner quoted golfers at the country club as saying. (Thanks to The Thes for the heads-up.)

- The heat's gotten a little too unbearable in Olney, where last week residents spotted a man running while "wearing only sneakers" in the Norbeck Grove neighborhood off 108. Police arrested the 23-year-old man but, unaware as to why he was streaking, released him shortly afterwards

- If you believe this Gazette story, you'd think East County's crazy for Chick-Fil-A, even if the place it's going - in the WesTech Village Corner on Tech Road - was originally meant for a steakhouse. Much as I love Chick-Fil-A, I know I'm not the only person on the east side who will still be going to Columbia/Rockville/Downtown Silver Spring for a nice meal.

- A portrait of the late Councilmember Marilyn Praisner was hung in the library named for her last weekend. Mourning Praisner, who passed away last year, painter and Layhill resident Hava G. Seltzer says "it was very emotional" to produce.

- Robin Ficker's trying to save the Sligo Creek Golf Course, writes Adam over at MPW, but he's getting a chilly reception from supporters of the cause. "Your heart holds hate for me," he wrote on Facebook when they gave him the cold shoulder. Meanwhile Del. Ben Kramer, who's also jumped into the fray with some expert letter-writing, has been eagerly welcomed by the Save Sligo Golf crowd.


WashingtonGardener said...

The "trail" is going through their course now - assumning they meant "the rail" -- and as the article points out heavy rail was running through their course right up thru the '80s.
Looking at the map, one might asl: Who designs and builds a course anyway with a rail line running smack through the middle? But they lived with it for 80-or-so years and seemed to work fine.

silverspringtrails said...

Since the Country Club is gearing up for a fight, why not move now to remove the fence?

We could get many of the legal issues resolved early, before the Club can cause expensive delays to the Purple Line/trail project with their lawsuits.

We could also have the public using the trail without feeling that they are in a narrow cage now, instead of waiting for years for the Purple Line project to remove that fence.