Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Semi-portable cameras will move along the parts of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park to deter speeding in a larger section of these roads.
In an effort to curb speeding and enhance pedestrian safety, Takoma Park will have semi-portable cameras that will move periodically along New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard. Here is a map of speed cameras in Montgomery County On April 1, 2013 the Takoma Park council passed a resolution establishing Safe Speed Corridors, areas along a road where a semi-portable speed camera can be placed to prevent speeding over a larger area, on the heavily traveled New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard. Fred Shultz, councilmember for ward 6, lives near New Hampshire Avenue and said speed cameras make a difference. He said he was in favor of the Safe Speed Corridors because slowing cars down will lessen the impact of pedestrian …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Warming temps bring out flowers, sidewalk sales and bears!
Takoma Park erupts in a raibow of colors as winter's chill finally burns off and warmer temperatures become the norm.
Takoma Groove Camp is hosting the Young Musicians Jam Night to give young musicians a chance to interact.
Young musicians in Takoma Park now have a place to jam and meet-up with local peers. Takoma Groove Camp is hosting the Young Musicians Jam Night on Saturday in order to help young musicians foster “musical relationships,” according to Brian Weber, director of Takoma Groove Camp. “I believe [Young Musicians Jam Night] is necessary because a lot of young musicians don't have the means to jam out and practice with other musicians,” Weber said in an email. “Maybe there isn't space in the house they live in or the parents just don't like the idea of loud music emanating up from the basement.” Weber will personally provide drum sets, keyboards, microphones and stands, according to the event page. Attendees just have to bring their guitars, …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A report by Pew Charitable Trusts found some areas in the Washington, DC suburbs benefit more from a controversial tax credit than any other place.
A home ownership tax credit favored by the wealthy disproportionately benefits residents of Maryland and Montgomery County, particularly Bethesda, Gaithersburg and Frederick, a report from Pew Charitable Trusts found. Some members of Congress, however, are working to cut the mortgage interest deduction from the tax code. In Maryland, 37 percent of tax filers claim the deduction, while more than 40 percent of tax filers in Bethesda, Gaithersburg and Frederick claim the mortgage interest deduction, the largest percentage in the country, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported. Nationally, only 22 percent of filers claim the deduction, Bloomberg reported. The deduction is typically filed in wealthy areas with high rates of home ownership. In …
Come join the City of Takoma Park for Teens on the move summer camp where they take trips.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Acting city manager Suzanne Ludlow sat down with Patch to discuss the hiring process.
In late April, five candidates were interviewed for the Takoma Park city manager job, bringing a nine-month-long process closer to a conclusion. Patch sat down with Suzanne Ludlow, who has been serving as acting city manager since October, when Barbara Matthews left to take the city manager job in Rockville. Ludlow has served the city since 1993 in a variety of roles, including being deputy city manager since January 2008. She is a candidate for the city manager job. Patch: What differences have you experienced between being the deputy city manager and the acting city manager? S.L: I’ve been functioning as acting city manager since the beginning of September 2012, and it’s been interesting in that I’m essentially doing my old job plus new …
The spring housing market is here and along with it are increased Takoma Park home prices driven by a low inventory of homes for sale.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Takoma Park Middle places second in the national competition.
Takoma Park Middle School placed second in the 2013 National Science Bowl held in Washington, D.C., bringing home a cash prize for its science department and a personal best in the competition. The National Science Bowl is an annual academic competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and is focused on science and technology. This year, 46 of the 1,023 middle school teams that competed at regional competitions advanced to the national finals, according to a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science press release. For the academic competition, each school has a team comprised of four or five students that compete in a rapid question-and-answer format, which tests them on a range of subjects including biology, …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Looking for something exciting to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going on around Silver Spring and the rest of Montgomery County.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
An interactive map created by foragers shows where fruit grows on public grounds in Montgomery County.
"The urban harvest." Ever heard of it? According to a couple of guys who are nuts about foraging, it's basically any place where you can find fruits, veggies, nuts and even (maybe) edible food waste—all for free. According to NPR's food blog, The Salt, Caleb Phillips and Ethan Welty have mapped thousands of fruit and nut trees, beehives and anything else you could eat that comes out of the ground, on an interactive website called "Falling Fruit." From the blog: The duo says they created Falling Fruit essentially to form a community for novice and pro foragers alike. Philips, who is a computer scientist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, says there's value in pulling a carrot from the ground or an apple from a tree to eat. "If I can …