Takoma Park Fourth to Feature “Parade” of Homes and Businesses

The Takoma Park Independence Day Committee announced that this year’s celebration will be a different sort of parade—a parade of local homes and businesses. The traditional parade has been cancelled again this year due to COVID-19 and in its place, the committee is asking homeowners and businesses to turn their properties into “floats” to show their Takoma Park Independence Day spirit.

County Executive to Release Climate Action Plan Today at 1 p.m.

County Executive Marc Elrich plans to release the county’s Climate Action Plan today at 1 p.m. in Wheaton at the Marian Fryer Town Plaza across from the new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters at 2425 Reedie Dr.

Owners Announce UP is Suspending Operations

The husband and wife team who owns and operates UP – Healing, Wellness, Adventure announced on Facebook that they were suspending operations. Dave Giacomin and Erin McNamara said they had lost their lease on the studio space on the second floor of 8083 Georgia Ave., largely due to pandemic-related restrictions and the economic slowdown.

Bump ‘n Grind to Open Library Kiosk on Saturday

Bump ‘n Grind will open its coffee kiosk at the Silver Spring Library this Saturday, June 26, according to a tweet posted last evening. The coffee shop and roaster is taking over the space vacated by Kefa Cafe, which decamped for the Wheaton Library last year.

Montgomery Parks Announces New Selfie Stands on National Selfie Day

Montgomery Parks is marking National Selfie Day today by announcing that staff has placed new selfie stands in 13 different parks around the county. The stands are wooden and include ledges at two different heights where park visitors can place their phones for individual or group shots.

Senate Confirms Silver Spring Judge for U.S. District Court of Maryland Seat

The U.S. Senate last week confirmed U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Lydia Griggsby to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland. Judge Griggsby, who was confirmed by a 59-39 vote and lives in Silver Spring, will be the first Black woman and first woman of color to serve as a federal district court judge in Maryland.

Couple Bringing Nips Juice House to Cameron Street

A husband and wife team who started Nips Juice House in Waldorf, Md. will open a second location in Silver Spring this summer. Chris and Chiara Donovan will bring their concept, which they opened in June 2018, to the former Jimmy John’s location at 8710 Cameron St.