Wednesday, August 19, 2009

what's up the pike: the system is down

- Sparks may fly at the next meeting about the proposed Third District police station (above) on Milestone Drive, this one hosted by the North White Oak Civic Association. Assuming it's the same as the last meeting, representatives from the Police Department and Housing and Community Affairs will be there to speak with residents about plans to build a new station along with a mix of market-rate and affordable housing on the twelve-acre site near New Hampshire Avenue and Columbia Pike. New District 4 County Councilmember Nancy Navarro will also be there to meet constituents. The meeting's at 7:30pm next Wednesday, the 26th in the White Oak Library at New Hampshire and Heartfields Drive.

- It'll be music and spoken word on Ellsworth this weekend as the Expression Live festival returns for its second year in Downtown Silver Spring. Dozens of local artists, including spoken-word artist/my friend Jonathan Tucker, will be there (click here to see what he had to say about it). Check it out this Saturday from 4:30 to 8pm in Silver Plaza. Check out for more information.

- The State Highway Administration wants to keep you posted about the InterCounty Connector's environmental impacts. Next Saturday, they'll be having an open house to talk about the Environmental Stewardship/Compensatory Mitigation program, which includes everything from cleaning streams to moving box turtles affected by the highway construction. The meeting's from 9am to 12pm at the National Capital Trolley Museum on Bonifant Road. (It's still there: the original building was razed to make room for the highway, but a new museum has been built behind it. Read more at Maryland Politics Watch because the ICC's website either doesn't have the info or I'm not looking hard enough.

- We've got a date for the Zombie Walk's triumphant return to Downtown Silver Spring: it'll be October 24th for the second march of the undead (and costumed-undead) down Ellsworth Drive.

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