Friday, June 15, 2007

Friday News 'N Notes

Around town:

- The "NPR to Silver Spring" beef with Marc Elrich and the petition begun over at Silver Spring Scene has gotten some traction with local pubs, including the Express and the City Paper.

- There was a funnel cloud over Silver Spring Wednesday afternoon. See the video here.

- If you think you have what it takes to perform at a Metro station, WMATA will be holding auditions in Downtown Silver Spring in two weeks:

Montgomery County will hold auditions from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 29, at Silver Plaza on Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring. The auditions will be open to the public and performers will have three minutes on stage to impress a panel of judges.
No word if the "I Have No Legs" guy from Kids will be auditioning or if David Hasselhoff will be one of the judges.

- The erroneous pluralization of Silver Spring goes waaaay back. Check out this article from the July 15th, 1864 edition of the Springfield Daily Republican. (Click image to enlarge.)

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silver spring penguin said...

Re: the funnel cloud

HOLY SHIT! I can't make out any of the buildings (the footage is a little shaky), but it still scores high on the freak-out meter.

Silver Springer said...

That's the Bethesda skyline in the background and it looks closer to there than Silver Spring.

silver spring penguin said...

Thank God!

So I can go without health insurance for another month, right?

Sligo said...

I couldn't make out exactly where it was, either, but the story said Silver Spring...

Anonymous said...

In 1997 there was a funnel cloud spotted over Four Corners. I did not see it myself, but I remember it because they made everyone get away from the windows at Blair for 30 minutes, and then we got to home early afterwards. I don't know how sending a bunch of kids out into a possible tornado zone is safer than staying at school, but I wasn't complaning at the time.

Bob said...

Silver Spring was actually hit by a tornado on April 5, 1923. Houses were damaged on Bonifant west of Georgia Avenue and on Dixon Avenue. A total of 5 houses were destroyed; more were damaged. Four people were injured. Photos have been published in various of the Silver Spring Friends of the Library's Historic Silver Spring Calendars. Photos are also in Jerry McCoy's "Historic Silver Spring" book.

Anonymous said...

I believe that's the video taken by one of my coworkers at NOAA. He was at work at 7pm, went up to the top floor to see the storms rolling in, and was surprised to see the tornado. It was just a random chance that he had the videocamera with him at work - his wife is about to give birth, and he had just bought the camera.

Sligo said...

Well it seems appropriate that it would be someone from NOAA.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

"Well it seems appropriate that it would be someone from NOAA."

Yes, the agency is full of folks who, when they hear about events like turbulent weather, want to get a good look at it. :D

Anonymous said...

In a move that may surprise you, the Montgomery County Council announced today that they chose as a new member of the county Planning Commission a developer. Yeah, you thought they were slow growth. You thought they were outsiders. But they picked a developer with all of the tightest connections -- Gene Lynch, a former county chief administrative officer and a former chief of staff to Gov. Glendenning who now runs a development company. See for the release.

It won't surprise you to learn that for the non-Democratic seat on the Planning Commission, the Council chose a Republican former state legislator over a Green applicant, and that no others were interviewed!

Yet another reason that those who are always begging for favors for developers and more development should be happy and quiet!