Monday, September 7, 2009

what's up the pike: labor dabor day

"Labor Dabor" courtesy of Homestar Runner.

- If you're coming out to the parades in Kensington or Gaithersburg today, look for the George Leventhal float - er, SUV, because that'll be me behind the wheel. Hooray for working on Labor Day!

- If you haven't already heard, the Dutch Country Farmers Market re-opens this THURSDAY at its new home in Laurel, on Route 198 east of Route 1. I'm not happy about the move: it'll be another blow to Burtonsville's already dying business district, it's a symbol of our community's failure to keep it here, and it may be a detriment to the market's sales if shoppers aren't willing to travel farther to go there. But I'm glad to see the "Amish Market" is back in some form, and I can't wait to enjoy their lemon squares again.

- There'll be a groundbreaking tomorrow for the White Oak Transit Center, which will consolidate several bus routes into one terminal on Lockwood Drive at New Hampshire. County Executive Ike Leggett and representatives of Labquest, a civic group that convinced the FDA to set up shop down the street, will be in attendance.

- Construction on the InterCounty Connector plunges further into East County, as a lane shift will begin this week on New Hampshire Avenue near Bonifant Road. Over a few days, the southbound and then northbound lanes of New Hampshire will be moved to accomodate pilings for a new bridge that'll carry the highway over the road.

- It's another big weekend in Downtown Silver Spring: on Saturday, come out to the first Fenton Street Market from 9am to 2pm in the parking lot at Fenton and Silver Spring Avenue. After that, stick around for the sixth-annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival featuring Allen Toussaint and local boy done good Marcus Johnson. That's from 3:30 to 10:30pm, also in a parking lot, this one at the corner of Colesville and Georgia.

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