Meanwhile, local skateboarding advocate Sk8ter Mom says that skaters were blocked from entering the building until someone told Kojo himself, who then asked them to come inside. He interviewed Sk8ter Mom last week, a must-listen after you hear last night's show.
- Jackie's Restaurant owner Jackie Greenbaum will open a Mexican restaurant in Columbia Heights, says the Post. If the prices at Jackie's have scared you off, you might want to come down here instead: "Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served, with an emphasis on portability and price," writes Justin Rude. "No item will cost more than $15, and there will be selections designed to be consumed in the time it takes to walk to the Columbia Heights Metro station."
- Whitney Teal, friend of JUTP and editor of new online news source Colesville Patch, sent us a few links to stories she's been working on in East County. Here's an update on the new Third District Police Station in White Oak (newly cleansed of all that rotten affordable housing); the Colesville Giant's plans to take over a gas station across the street; and good news from the Department of Liquor Control.
- The Montgomery County Planning Department is hosting a contest to see who can best describe our diversity in less than seven minutes. The prompt: "Montgomery County is predicted to become a majority-minority county. The changing face of the county brings a wealth of new ideas, services, products and languages. Express your thoughts about the county’s diversity." (Sounds like an SAT essay, doesn't it?)
Pecha Kucha (peh-chak-cha) is a presentation style developed in Japan by architects who feared their colleagues had become too wordy when talking about their work. Presenters are given twenty seconds to go through each of twenty slides on their topic, or a total of six minutes and forty seconds. For an example of what a Pecha Kucha looks like, check out this one about Indianapolis.
To enter, visit the Planning Department's website.