60% of Residents Receive At Least One Dose of Vaccine, Triggering Next Phase of Repening

Dr. Travis Gayles officially informed the County Council yesterday that the county had reached the mark of 60% of the population with a least one dose of vaccine, triggering the second phase of reopening the county. The County Council will today consider and vote on a Sixth Amended Board of Health Regulation to formalize the changes in pandemic restrictions

Local YMCA Will Be One of First Branches in the Area to Add Pickleball

The YMCA in Silver Spring will be one of the first branches of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington to add pickleball to its programs, according to a press release. The Y plans to add more than 20 courts in Silver Spring, YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and YMCA Arlington Tennis and Squash Center, with twice as many added by the end of 2022.

Discovery, AT&T to Merge Media Assets

AT&T and Discovery Inc. today announced a deal to merge AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit with Discovery, creating a streaming giant including the HBO Max and Discovery+ properties.

Construction Begins on Kiddie Academy® in East Silver Spring

Construction has begun for an educational childcare facility in the building that formerly housed Ambassador Animal Hospital at 811 Sligo Ave. The plans for Kiddie Academy® of Silver Spring were originally presented to the community in March 2019. The local franchise, part of Kiddie Academy, an Abingdon, Md. company that provides educational childcare at more than 270 locations around the country, will be owned and operated by Rakhi and Parnab De.

TKPK5K Goes Virtual for 2021

The Takoma Park Safe Routes to School 5K has returned for 2021, albeit virtually, according to a statement from Race Director Lucy Neher.