- After being open but a couple weeks, the new skate park in Woodside appears to have already validated some of its neighbors' trepidations about it. Over the past few weeks we've been made abundantly aware that all skateboarders are choir boys who reluctantly skate only when there are no volunteer spots open at the senior centers or animal shelters. That's what makes it all the more shocking that there have already been incidences of assault and other crimes at the park. The following is a portion of an email sent by the Park Police in response to a report of middle-school kids being threatened by teenagers claiming to be gang members packing heat:
We have had a Directed Patrol in place since the skate spot opened and officers are patrolling the park frequently. In fact, on the day of this incident, officers were out in the park seven times throughout the day. One of these proactive patrols around 4pm, resulted in an arrest for marijuana and alcohol possession...We are currently investigating two other incidents at the park, one involving vandalism to the skate spot and one involving an assault by two skaters last night. We anticipate charges being filed in both cases.To be fair, I'm sure a lot of the local skateboarders are perfectly well-behaved, but with incidents like these, they will be driven away and never get to use the park. I suppose the moral of this story is that if you try and build anything nice, someone will come along and ruin it for everybody else. Maybe MoCo can hire this guy as a consultant.
- On the positive side, Silver Spring's Woodside Park neighborhood, was featured in the Post's real estate section over the weekend.
- DTSS restaurants are complaining about Nando's getting a liquor license, arguing that an additional restaurant on that block will create too much competition for them. I for one cannot wait for Nando's for the very reason that I am so burnt out on all the other options in DTSS. With that said, I would argue that there are already a few too many chicken places in Silver Spring...
- As I suggested they do a couple years ago, long before Goldberg's New York Bagels opened a block away, the New York Bakery on Georgia avenue is opening a retail storefront on August 15th. Be one of their first 25 customers this Sunday and get a dozen bagels free.
- Also re-opening in that row of shops is Bigg Wolf video (the extra "g" is for ???). Porn has returned to Georgia Avenue! Bigg Wolf, formerly located at the end of the strip, will now be using the empty space that for the longest time displayed signage for Alberto's Pizza, the only evidence of that stillborn effort. (Seriously, though - who still rents porn videos anyway? Didn't nerds invent the Internet for the express purpose of avoiding having to do that?)