Friday, July 22, 2011

community roundtable on youth at fenton street market tomorrow (updated)

UPDATE: Tomorrow's community roundtable was cancelled due to the heat. We'll let you know when it's rescheduled!
Kids On Ellsworth Drive
Teens engaging in non-gang-affiliated activities in downtown Silver Spring.

Just a reminder that I'm hosting a "community roundtable" at Fenton Street Market tomorrow afternoon on the issue of young people in Silver Spring and throughout the county. Unfortunately, I didn't hear about (so I wasn't able to tell y'all about) this meeting on the proposed teen curfew, which would ban youth under 18 from being out in Montgomery County after 11pm during the week and midnight on weekends. Youth issues are never far from public debate in downtown Silver Spring, particularly during the summer months, and I'm looking forward to talking to whoever stops by to talk about it.

Come on by from 12 to 1pm tomorrow afternoon to Fenton Street Market (which, as always, is open from 9am to 3pm) in Veterans Plaza at the corner of Ellsworth and Fenton.

Also: if you haven't heard, the county also plans to dramatically raise the fees they charge Fenton Street Market, potentially putting it out of business next year. County officials are surprisingly blasé about the market's usefulness, but hopefully they can be convinced otherwise. You can sign this petition to let them know how much Fenton Street Market means to you and to Silver Spring.

And if you'd like to see the county seek better solutions to dealing with our falling crime rate other than a curfew, check out the "Stand Up to the MoCo Youth Curfew" Facebook group, now over 5,300 strong, or come out to the County Council's public hearing at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville, on Tuesday, July 26 at 1:30pm. For more information or to testify, check out the Council's website. You can also sign this petition opposing the curfew.)

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