Zoning Change Would Allow More Flexibility for Accessory Dwelling Units

Property owners in the county would have greater flexibility to add accessory dwelling units under a proposal introduced last week by Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large). Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 19-01 – Accessory Residential Units – Accessory Apartments, is intended to remove current barriers preventing homeowners from building these units. An ADU is a separate dwelling unit that is on the same lot as a single dwelling unit with its own entrance, full kitchen, and bathroom. The ADU tenant does not have access to the rest of the home. Examples cited in a fact sheet distributed by Riemer’s office...

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County Sets Schedule, Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The county has set its schedule of closings and other changes due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday Monday, Jan. 21. All county government offices and libraries will be closed for the holiday, as will state offices and courts. The Department of Recreation’s administrative offices, senior centers and community centers will be closed. However, aquatic facilities and programs will be open, while all other programs and classes are cancelled. Patrons of the county’s parks, including ice rinks and tennis centers, should check www.MontgomeryParks.org for scheduling information. Ride On will operate on a modified holiday schedule, while travelers...

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County Police Identify Suspect, Officer in Yesterday’s Shooting

The county’s Police Department has released the names of the officer and the victim involved in yesterday’s fatal shooting following an armed bank robbery in Silver Spring. The suspect has been identified as Mikyas Mehary Tegegne, age 31, of no fixed address, according to a press release. The officer involved in the shooting was identified as Christopher LaPointe, currently assigned to the 3rd District’s Patrol Services Bureau. The robbery took place at the BB&T Bank at 1100 Wayne Ave. shortly before 11 a.m. The suspect approached the bank’s manager, claimed to have a bomb, displayed a gun in his waistband...

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Upcoming Events, Jan. 18-25

Friday, Jan. 18 The UnNaugural Concert, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 7995 Georgia Ave., $75 GA, $250 VIP, $10 students, 7:30 p.m. Carroll Café presents Richie and Rosie, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. N.W. $18-$20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Opening Night, ”A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $22, 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 MLK Jr. Service Food Drive, participating Giant stores, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. MoComCon, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., noon-4 p.m. Head and Heart...

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Jawando Introduces Bill to Change Police Shooting Investigations

Councilmember Will Jawando (D-At Large) has introduced a bill that would change how investigations are conducted when a county police officer is involved in the death of an individual. Bill 1-19, Police Officer Involved Death—Independent Investigation, also known as the Law Enforcement Trust and Transparency Act, would require the county to engage at least two experienced investigators from an independent law enforcement entity to handle any investigation of the case. “Directing an independent review of police actions, when an officer is involved in the death of a resident, will protect both the integrity of the inquiry and the civil...

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Registration for County Summer Camps Begins Next Week

There may be plenty of snow on the ground, but parents can begin thinking about the county’s summer camp opportunities for children now. Registration for both the Recreation Department and Montgomery Parks summer camps begins one week from today—Tuesday, Jan. 22. The guide to the camps being offered this year is online; printed copies of the guides also are available at recreation and aquatic facilities around the county and include registration forms. The Recreation Department offers more than 150 camps covering interest areas including art, music, dance, cooking, STEM, filmmaking, sports, therapeutic recreation and more. Montgomery Parks offers outdoor...

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County Launches Shutdown Portal; Groups Offering Meals, Food Distribution

The Montgomery County website has a new portal where the county’s federal workers and contractors affected by the government shutdown can find information about assistance available to them. The portal includes summaries of information from county departments (such as Health and Human Services), local agencies, businesses, utilities, nonprofits, and community groups offering help to furloughed workers. In addition, visitors to the page will find links to additional information covering subjects such as unemployment insurance (as well as links to online claim forms). At the same time, several local community groups and other organizations are offering free meals and/or food...

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New Lyttonsville Place Bridge Now Open

The rebuilt Lyttonsville Place Bridge between Lyttonsville and Brookville roads has been opened by the Purple Line Transit Partners. For the time being, the span will carry one lane of traffic in each direction, along with an area for pedestrians. Later this year, PLTP crews will complete the bridge to include sidewalks, drop-off lanes and access to the planned Lyttonsville Station and Capital Crescent Trail. A temporary connection at Stewart Lane, opened to accommodate traffic, was scheduled to be closed at noon today. In addition, the Ride On Route 2, which used the bridge, had previously been split into Route...

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Upcoming Events, Jan. 11-18

Friday, Jan. 11 Revels After-School Workshops (Grades PreK-1) begin, 531 Dale Dr., 4:15-5:45 p.m. Shutdown Social, Montgomery Blair High School cafeteria, 51 University Blvd. East, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Live Local Music, Cissel-Saxon American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave. 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Jan. 12 Workshop: Forgiveness as a Cure, Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave., Suite 101, donations accepted, 1:30–3 p.m. Author Talk with Maskarm Haile, “Abyssinian Nomad: An African Woman’s Journey of Love Loss, and Adventure from Cape to Cairo,” Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 3:30-5 p.m. Improbable Comedy–Comedy as a Second Language, Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641...

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New Restaurant/Bar to Feature Afro-Caribbean Cuisine

A native of Liberia plans to open a restaurant/bar featuring Afro-Caribbean cuisine at 8402 Georgia Ave., the former location of Lina’s Diner and Bar, which closed in November. Grace Nwaeze, doing business under the name of C&G Group LLC, will open The Republic Garden and has applied for a Class B Beer, Wine and Liquor license for sales on the premises, according to an application on file with the Board of License Commissioners. Nwaeze, who lives in the Norwood section of the county, is listed as the sole owner of C&G Group, LLC. According to the application, the planned...

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