Council to Hold Hearing Tonight on Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Plan

The County Council will hold a public hearing on the draft Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan tonight, according to the schedule released this week. The plan covers the Georgia Avenue corridor from the edge of downtown Silver Spring at Spring Street to Dennis Avenue. It is intended to consider land use and transportation strategies, including traffic conditions and redevelopment opportunities, and make recommendations that will improve the area.

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Council Votes to Prohibit Discrimination of Natural Hairstyles

Montgomery County became the first local jurisdiction to prohibit discrimination on the basis of natural hairstyles with the passage this week of the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act. The bill, which the County Council passed unanimously, would add a definition of race to the underlying anti-discrimination law to specify that race includes “traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles.”

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County Releases Schedule of Closings for Veterans Day

The county has released its schedule of closings for the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, Nov. 11. All county offices, libraries and state offices and courts will be closed. The aquatic centers will be open, while the recreation and senior centers, as well as administrative offices will close.

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Upcoming Events, Nov. 8-15

The 10th annual Community Stories film festival from Docs in Progress is this week, as is the annual Community Bridges Girl Legacy gala. Other highlights include a fundraiser for veterans at UP studios, several recitals at Levine Music, a census workshop, and an online chat with the county executive.

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Council Unanimously Confirms Jones as Chief of Police

The County Council unanimously confirmed Marcus Jones to be the county’s 17th chief of police yesterday. County Executive Marc Elrich nominated Jones, who had been serving as acting chief following Thomas Manger’s retirement in April, for the position on Oct. 21.

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Vape Lounge Owner Applies for Liquor License to Convert to Sports Bar

The owner of a vape and hookah lounge in Montgomery Hills has applied for a liquor license and indicated her intent to convert the space into a sports bar, according to documents filed with the county Board of License Commissioners. If granted, beer, wine and liquor could be sold on premises only from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday, and Friday and Saturday to 3 a.m.

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Police Seek Public’s Help to Identify Burglary Suspects

Montgomery County police are asking for the public’s help to identify two suspects in a burglary that took place in downtown Silver Spring, according to a department press release. The incident occurred at about 1:49 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Noon Store at 7902 Georgia Ave. Police responded to a 911 call that the glass front door had been shattered.

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Wayne Avenue Incident an Auto Theft, No Shooting, Police Say

County police are investigating an incident that occurred on Wayne Avenue early this morning as an auto theft, according to a department press release. Officers responded at about 7:18 this morning to a report of a vehicle collision in the 300 block of Wayne, in front of the Silver Spring International Middle School.

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Upcoming Events, Nov. 1–8

Bud Skeleton fans will have two chances to hear the band this week, at the American Legion (with friends) tomorrow night and then at the Hell’s Bottom VFW post in Takoma Park next Friday night. The Legion will also host a garage rock night on Saturday. There are also several other types of musical performances in the area throughout the week. A highlight coming up—the initial screening of the latest work from Gandhi Brigade Youth Media at Montgomery College Tuesday evening.

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Takoma Park Adopts Housing, Economic Development Plan

The Takoma Park City Council has adopted a long-term housing and economic development strategic plan, city officials announced. The 2019-2030 Housing and Economic Development Strategic Plan is designed to be a “coordinated approach needed to move Takoma Park towards a ‘Livable Community for All’ for this and future generations,” according to the introduction.

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