Wednesday, November 25, 2009

what's up the pike: next stop, turkey

- The National Capital Trolley Museum says they're still planning to re-open this Saturday. Located on Bonifant Road in Layhill for forty years, the museum lost much of their collection of historic streetcars in a 2003 fire and was displaced by construction of the InterCounty Connector last year. The museum's new, bricked-out facility (above) was designed by NS Architects of Rockville.

- If you like planning, could use an extra thirty grand a year, and aren't a Democrat, the Planning Board wants to hear from you. They're seeking applications to fill a seat vacated by former state Del. Jean Cryor, who passed away earlier this month. A majority of the five-person board are Democrats, meaning that the remaining seats must be filled by a Republican, independent, or member of another party.

- Park and Planning will delay construction of the proposed "skate spot" in Woodside Park after the Woodside Civic Association complained, reports friend of JUTP and middle-aged skater Skateboard Mom. The skate spot, which would have included modular ramps and jumps, was to be installed in January and made permanent pending feedback from the community.

- The bridge on Old Columbia Pike over the ICC should open this week just in time for Thanksgiving, says the Post. No word on whether the bridge will be dedicated to civic activist and Fairland resident Stuart Rochester, who passed away last July.

- The Archdiocese of Washington warns that two Catholic schools in East County could close due to decreasing enrollment. St. Catherine Labouré in Wheaton and St. Michael the Archangel in Downtown Silver Spring are two of fourteen schools in the District and Maryland targeted for closure or reorganization. Other private schools in East County have recently closed; last June, the Newport School in Calverton shut down due to dwindling finances.


Skateboard Mom said...

Regarding the construction delay on the Woodside Skate Spot, I sent an email asking Park & Planning how long the project is being delayed but did not get a response.

The Nov. 9th letter from Woodside Civic Association to Park & Planning (and cc'd to Valerie Ervin) stated that some residents are "adamantly opposed" to the project and others "support the idea in principle" but that even the supporters agreed that not enough information was provided at the Nov. 4th meeting.

They asked for the project "at minimum" to be delayed until spring of 2010, and also asked for design documents as well as answers to 17 categories of questions (there are 17 numbered items in the letter and most of those items list several questions each.)

The letter states that without this information they do not believe residents can "reasonably be expected to support the project." They also wrote that they believe the plan requires further explanation and may need to be modified.

Jay said...

RE: Newport School

I attended The Newport School for 4 years (98-01) back when they were off Newport Mill Rd in Kensington. It was they tail end of my junior year when the financial sh-t started hitting the fan. First the word that the schools was in trouble got around, then the busses got sold, next to go was lunch (which was quite lavish with hot kitchen with salad and sandwich bars), then payroll was drying up. I watched teachers walk out and not return. A noble few stayed and finished what was left of the school year. It was a great school. Music program, photo lab with a dark room, healthy athletic facilities, renowened basketball team with AND 1 sponsorship. A lot of memories at the Newport in it's former glory. Damn shame.