Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Easter Seals is planning to construct an "intergenerational center" on the empty lot the corner of 2nd Avenue and Spring Street.

The center, to be called the Easter Seals⁄Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Inter-Generational Center, is expected to open in September 2007. It is anticipated to serve more than 15,000 children, adults and seniors with disabilities, and their families and caregivers over the next decade. The center will help those with disabilities live independently and be successful, Reeves said.
I've always been intrigued by this particular plot of land. It looks like just an overgrown, undeveloped lot, but if you look closely, it appears that there used to be something located there in the distant past. I certainly don't recall anything there but trees during my lifetime. There are some old steps with rusty handrails that lead to the top of the wooded area. I know I have a lot more questions than answers lately, but does anyone have any insight into the history of this particular lot?

- Great, we're getting an Intercounty Connector. Still waiting on the purple line...

- The Gazette has a profile of Moorenko's, the South Silver Spring ice cream parlour.

- Speaking of South Silver Spring, there will be a walking tour of the area this Saturday:
Saturday, June 3, 2006
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Silver Spring Historical Society member Karen Kail will conduct a walking tour of South Silver Spring. The tour starts from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Avenue (corner of Sligo). Tour will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (station will be open for self-guided tours until 3:00 p.m.).

Cost is $5.00 per person. Children under 13 free. Free for SSHS members with membership card. Friendly dogs are welcomed! Reservations are NOT required. For additional information email or call 301.537.1253.


C. P. Zilliacus said...

Gunnar, it sounds from your language that you are not a fan of the InterCounty Connector.

I am.

I purchased a home near the now-approved ICC master plan alignment in 1985 (after consulting the 1981 Eastern Montgomery County Master Plan), in the (foolish and naive) home that it would soon be built.

I am not always a fan of Gov. Bob Ehrlich, but on this issue, I agree with him. It's time to build the ICC.

Regarding the Purple Line, I am very much in favor of the segment between Silver Spring and Bethesda, as long as it also uses the master-planned route, running through the fancy Columbia Country Club's golf course. I am not as convinced about the line east of Silver Spring, in part because there's no definitive route. I also find it interesting that the elected officials in the City of Takoma Park, normally so enthused about rail transit lines, don't want this one running across their municipality.

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