Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Tribute to America’s Veterans Concert – November 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Please support the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.’s Tribute to America’s Veterans benefit concert on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring.

The concert is sponsored by the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., in partnership with the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs and Building Bridges America, Inc.

This exciting evening of entertainment will feature performances by Silver Spring’s own singer-songwriter Jonny Grave and the dazzling blues duo Memphis Gold and Jay Summerour.

Proceeds from this exciting musical event will benefit, “Rebuilding Together Montgomery,” a non-profit housing organization that assists veterans through home renovations.

There will also special presentations to famed Buffalo Soldiers Joseph Hairston and James Harden Daugherty by members of the Montgomery County Council.

Doors open at 7 pm. The program begins at 7:30 pm.

Please join us for an exciting evening of entertainment to salute our Veterans community in Montgomery County.

The Round House Theatre is located at 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Tickets are $20.00 each.

For ticket reservations, email or call Alan Bowser at 301-523-6659.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Silver Spring Library - Unveiling of Exterior Views

On October 24, 2009, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg and senior officials unveiled pictures of the exterior views of the new Silver Spring Library. The new Silver Spring Library will be located at the intersection of Wayne Avenue, Fenton Street and Bonifant Street. More than 1,000,000 patrons are expected to use the facility every year.

Painting for Peace in Silver Spring

Meditation Museum & Pyramid Atlantic hosted “Painting for Peace” in honor of the International Day of Peace. Local businesses, organizations and artists joined together to paint a Peace Mural and Wall of Inspiration adjacent to Pyramid Atlantic.

Broad Acres Park for Community Service Day

The Friend of Broad Acres Park and the Northwest Park Oakview Weed and Seed Program celebrated Montgomery County's 23rd Annual Commuity Service Day.

The Northwest Park Oakview Weed & Seed Program along with the Silver Spring Regional Center, Broad Acres Elementary School, the State’s Attorney’s Office of Montgomery County, the Office of Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg, St. Camillus Parish, Long Branch Athletic Association, partnering organizations and local residents gathered together to celebrate Community Service Day by cleaning up the Broad Acres Community Park in Silver Spring

Monday, October 19, 2009

Obama makes surprise visit to Silver Spring school - Washington Post

By Nelson Hernandez | Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, October 19, 2009 1:45 PM

President Obama paid a surprise lunchtime visit to Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring Monday.

Montgomery County schools spokeswoman Kate Harrison said the visit lasted just 30 to 45 minutes, and that officials had been told to keep it secret. Obama "really just wanted to interact with students and he wanted to do it during lunch," Harrison said.

According to a pool report, the president visited with third- and fifth-graders. Ben Finkenbinder, a White House press aide, said Obama chose Viers Mill because in 2005 it became the first Montgomery County school with a large population of low-income students to be designated a National Blue Ribbon School for significantly closing the achievement gap. Such schools qualify for Title I federal funding.

"It's wonderful. I'm just so happy for the kids," Harrison said. "What a thrill. To be just sitting there eating your lunch, and all of a sudden the president of the United States walks in. It's so exciting."

Jerry D. Weast, the Montgomery County school superintendent, said Obama asked students about the books they were reading and their desire to go to college.

"There was an authentic connection, because he has children and he knew their books," Weast said. "He was able to relate to their books and without any kind of hesitation respond to their questions."

Weast said Obama had visited the county earlier this year when his daughter, Malia, played in a sports game in Kensington.

"One would have to be honest and say we have a good location," Weast said when asked why Obama had chosen the county. "He's had two or three or four secretaries from his cabinet here, or have children here... I could tell just by what he said he had studied what we were doing."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Breaking News - Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. Plans Veterans Tribute Concert

The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. is pleased to announce that its "Tribute to America's Veterans" concert will be held at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 from7:30 to 9:00 pm.

The concert, which will benefit a veterans service organization in Montgomery County, will be cosponsored by the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs.

This year's program will feature the acoustic blues duo of Memphis Gold and Jay Summerour, as well as Silver Spring's own, Jonny Grave!

The Round House Theatre is located at 8461 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland

Tickets are $20.00 For ticket information, contact Alan Bowser at

Buffalo Soldiers Remember Trials but Focus on Triumph - Washington Post

By Yamiche Alcindor | Washington Post Staff Writer | Monday, October 12, 2009

Joseph Hairston enlisted in the Army in 1940 as an 18-year-old and still remembers the cold stares and disgusted gazes of his white commanding officers.

Hairston, 87, served in the 599th Field Artillery Battalion and became one of the Army's first black commissioned officers. He deployed to Italy in 1944 and, like other black soldiers, ate, slept and trained separately from white soldiers. Even so, Hairston remained in the Army and went on to serve in Korea. He retired after 20 years. "I believe in my country," Hairston said. "As bad as the past has been, there's nowhere else I want to be."

Hairston is a Buffalo soldier, one of thousands of African Americans who served in a segregated U.S. Army during World War II. This past weekend in Silver Spring, Hairston joined dozens of other Buffalo soldiers at the annual reunion hosted by the Washington-based 92nd Infantry Division (Buffalo) Association, founded in 1982 as a means of preserving the division's history.

The 92nd was formed with African American soldiers during World War I and reactivated during World War II. The nickname traces to the one given black soldiers who fought in the 19th-century wars on the western frontier. Historians say the nickname of Buffalo soldier was given by the Indians to their African American adversaries because of their curly hair and as a sign of respect for their valor and prowess.

Some of the veterans at the Silver Spring reunion slowly walked around the room, canes in hand, greeting their old friends.

Others sat in their wheelchairs, telling stories. The men, some of whom traveled from Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are well into their 80s and 90s. An 84-year-old, in this group, ranks as a "youngster.

Monday, October 12, 2009

South Silver Spring Block Party!

More South Silver Spring Block Party pics at

South Silver Spring carves out its own sense of community - Gazette

Block party highlights how far area has come

by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer | Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

With residents examining local wares like avant-garde hats and dog clothes, munching on Indian and Mediterranean food and most either toting a puppy, a baby or a beer, one thing became abundantly clear Saturday at the South Silver Spring Block Party: south Silver Spring is not what it used to be.

The neighborhood once associated with industrial warehouses, vacant office buildings and vagrants is now home to new high-rise residential buildings, active streets and young families. It's not the Silver Spring of old and it's not even the new downtown Silver Spring. It's distinctively south Silver Spring, and, for the first time in awhile, that's a good thing.

"This neighborhood, as opposed to the downtown area, is where people who live in Silver Spring and know the area want to come," said David Richards, 29, who lives in the Aurora Condominiums on East West Highway, said from the Hook and Ladder beer garden at the Saturday's third annual block party.

Roughly 1,200 residential units have been recently completed in south Silver Spring, and about 900 more are under construction or will begin occupancy soon, according to data from the Silver Spring Regional Services Center Web site.

Takoma Park police crack down on burglaries, larcenies - Gazette

Police plan monthly meetings to update residents

by Jeremy Arias | Staff writer | Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

Despite a sharp increase in the city's crime rate over the summer, the numbers have dropped quickly now that school is back in session, according to Takoma Park Police Chief Ronald Ricucci.

Larcenies and burglaries topped the department's priorities list during the summer, according to department statistics presented to the community during a new police outreach initiative held Sept. 30. Ricucci also credited the drop in crime totals for September to his department's efforts to address patterns identified over the summer.

Youth group to hold peace summit at area college - Gazette

People and Places | Jason Tomassini and Jeremy Arias

Mixed Unity, a youth coalition and movement of peers organized to prevent youth violence and promote peace in the county, will be holding its first Peace Summit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Montgomery College's Takoma Park campus.

Mixed Unity, which formed last year after the shooting death of a Montgomery Blair High School freshman, provides opportunities for youth leadership and community organizing to create alternatives to youth violence.

The morning session will focus on preventing violence among youth while the afternoon events will include dancing, an open mic performance and live music. For more information, e-mail

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Affordable housing planned for seniors at St. Camillus - Gazette

49-unit-building is funded by HUD grant, developed by Victory Housing

by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer | Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

To care for the growing senior population in the parish, St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring will build a new affordable independent-living community on its grounds for nearby residents 62 years and older with low and moderate incomes.

"It's simple: You give people housing that need it. That goes all the way back to the Scriptures," said St. Camillus parishioner Ron Dickenson, who has been pushing for the Victory Oaks independent living community for 10 years.

Victory Oaks will be developed, maintained and staffed by Victory Housing Inc., the nonprofit housing development arm of the Archdiocese of Washington, and designed by Bethesda-based architects Grimm and Parker. The three-story, 49-unit building is funded by a $6.4 million Section 202 Capital Advance Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, awarded to one affordable senior housing project in the Washington, D.C., area each year.

Silver Spring, Wheaton campaigns to ‘buy local' are back in business - Gazette

New approach involves connecting businesses as well as customers

by Amber Parcher | Staff Writer | Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

The Silver Spring and Wheaton county-funded "buy local" programs are picking up the reins of last year's test run and piecing together a new plan that aims to build bridges between businesses as well as luring in more customers.

The programs had a slight funding scare this spring when the County Council hesitated to refill the campaign's one-year $68,000 pilot grant. But the grant was replenished for fiscal year 2010, and after a change in the programs' leadership, Buy Local Silver Spring and Local First Wheaton are back in business.

Paula Sternberg, the programs' new manager, works out of the Latino Economic Development Corporation's Wheaton office, which is a small business-development nonprofit based in Wheaton and Washington, D.C. Last year, LEDC suggested that the county fund two buy-local campaigns, one each for Wheaton and Silver Spring. Buy-local campaigns draw consumer attention to local businesses through marketing campaigns and other practices.

Experimental musicians expand boundaries of sound in Silver Spring - Gazette

Audience tunes in to eclectic Sonic Circuits Festival

by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer | Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

For 20 minutes prior to his set Friday night, German experimental musician Odal rearranges the mass of wires, pedals, sound mixers, effects boxes and cassette players that will somehow create his strange brand of electronic music. His fingers work quickly, pressing buttons, tossing around wires and adjusting sound levels like a mad scientist.

Hunched over a midsized table, every inch of which is covered by his "instruments," he occasionally rolls his eyes or sighs in frustration if his equipment doesn't yield the precise sound he needs.

It's no easy task to ensure his set of blips, ominous tones and the occasional 10-second block of feedback will go off without a hitch, but eventually Odal is ready to perform.

"Two more minutes," Odal, whose real name is Peter Zincken, tells the crowd around 11:30 p.m. He then disappears into a supply room at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, which by day is an art gallery.

Fenton Street Market brings local arts and crafts to city - Gazette

People and Places | Jason Tomassini and Jeremy Arias

The Fenton Street Market will return 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for the second of two events at the corner of Fenton Street and Silver Spring Avenue.

More than 60 local artists, crafters, collectors and more will take over an empty lot in the neighborhood to exhibit an eclectic array of goods. It's a homegrown happening complete with live music and refreshments.

If all goes well, the Fenton Street Market will be a weekly event starting next spring. Photos and a complete list of exhibitors can be found at

For more information, contact Hannah McCann, the market's manager, at 301-787-6749 or

South Silver Spring Block Party, Saturday, October 3rd, 1-6 pm

Washington’s beautiful Autumn is already upon us and what better way to celebrate then heading outside, listening to live music, eating some international food and even do some shopping. Sound good? Well – this is what we have planned at the 3rd annual South Silver Spring block party!

On Saturday October 3rd from 1-6p you we’ll be celebrating our community in downtown Silver Spring and invite you all to join in the festivities.

Aside from the numerous artisans selling their designs, we’ll even have vendors catering to your pets and an arts area designed for your children. And if you don’t have either children or pets, you might be interested in the beer garden sponsored by Silver Spring’s own Hook & Ladder Brewery!


Silver Spring's own Hook & Ladder brewery is planning on having a beer garden

10 musical acts will perform on our stage

More than three dozen local artisans and business will display their goods and services

Local restaurants selling their food include: Tiramisu Bakery, Ghar-E-Kabab (Indian/Nepalese), Taste of Jerusalem (Mediterranean), Mamma Lucia (Italian) and southern BBQ grill

A fundraising raffle with hundreds of dollars in gifts from local businesses

Pet adoption from local animal rescue shelters

Silver Spring's Very Own Buffalo Soldier! Book Signing at B&O Railway Station, October 3rd

Montgomery Preservation Inc. & Silver Spring Historical Society Present
Free Book Signing & Discussion

Buffalo Saga by Buffalo Soldier James Harden Daugherty
Silver Spring's Very Own Buffalo Soldier!

Saturday October 3, 2009 at the Historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station
8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring.

Station Open House is 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Book Signing is at 1:00 pm.
Co-sponsored by Montgomery Preservation Inc. and Silver Spring Historical Society
Contact: Marcie Stickle, SSHS at or 301-585-3817

Mr. Daugherty entered the army at the age of 19 in 1943, writing his compelling book at the age of 23 upon his return. Buffalo Saga is published in 2009 for the very first time, coinciding with the 65th Anniversary of D-Day and with President Barack Obama's historic election. Available at Silver Spring Books, 938 Bonifant Street, 301-587-7484 or or

For more information, see:

Montgomery Preservation Inc. owns the S.S. B&O R.R. Station