Thursday, November 18, 2010

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Tonight (or technically tomorrow morning at 12:01) marks the grand opening of the Majestic's brand-new IMAX theater. The Harry Potter IMAX Experience midnight show, along with five(!) non-IMAX midnight screenings, has already sold out, but tickets are still available for the 3:05 AM (!!) show should you be really pressed to see it. Oh, and SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE! Wait, never mind, that was the last one.

If anyone does have the privilege of getting the IMAX "experience" tonight or tomorrow, please report back STAT. How large is the screen? How's the sound? Is it worth the $17.50 ticket price?

- The county has wisely extended the downtown Silver Spring police foot patrols, though only through June. As the Gazette article notes, unlike the downtown areas of Wheaton and Bethesda, patrols in Silver Spring are not permanent, but rather staffed by officers working overtime.

- A reminder that Silver Spring's annual Thanksgiving Parade will take place this Saturday from 9:30 to noon. (It's a small wonder that the Takoma Park/East Silver Spring lobby hasn't gotten it re-designated "The National Day of Mourning Trail of Tears Procession".)

For those who haven't been before, the parade tends to be 50% emergency vehicles, 30% bands and other performance troupes, and 20% miscellaneous groups whose applications are rubber stamped by the organizers. The Redskins Marching Band usually performs, but perhaps they are too demoralized to do so this year after being forced to endure the entirety of Monday's abomination in Raljon.

Following last year's parade I was thinking we should really have zombies march to represent the Zombie Walk, but I totally dropped the ball on that one. Next year, perhaps.

- One thing that will not be happening this weekend is the grand opening of Silver Spring's ice skating rink. It was originally scheduled to open in conjunction with the parade, but thanks to to the usual MoCo bureaucratic nonsense, the date is now TBD. (Mid-summer 2011, perhaps?) But hey, the Civic Center and ice rink were supposed to be open years ago, so what's a few more months?

Speaking of the ice rink, was the shelter always lit by changing-colored lights at night? I just noticed that for the first time yesterday evening.


- Congratulations (?) to Silver Spring's own Erik McMillan, who was recently named by Deadspin as one of the 100 worst NFL players of all time. As Silver Spring defensive backs go, he's certainly no Shawn "Silver" Springs.

- For those of you who shop at the American Apparel in Silver Spring, Groupon has a great deal today: $25 for $50 Worth of In-Store Clothing and Accessories (while supplies last). Say what you want about the company, but they do have comfy sweatshirts.

- Silver Spring is (sort of) getting a Wal-Mart. The retailer has plans to open four new stores in D.C. by 2012, and one of them will be located at the corner of Georgia and Missouri, just minutes from downtown Silver Spring.



22 comments:

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight, the county gets to pick a contractor, who then needs to get permits from the county to operate the rink? Why aren't the permits granted when the contractor is selected?

Anonymous said...

Do you have any idea what happened to the Fractured Prune?

Sligo said...

According to a commenter on an earlier post, the Silver Spring Fractured Prune was "terminated as a franchise", likely meaning they stopped paying their franchise fees since they weren't making enough money.

WashingtonGardener said...

Why not have zombies crash the parade? Just tag-in with one of the politicos who will be marching along.

BTW I think your parade ratios are off - my take: elementary school-aged Boy Scouts 40%, election year politicans 45%, emergency vehicles 15%, rest made up by dance groups, bands, floats, and balloons.

Also note that the parade is starting at Ellsworth and going in reverse direcion of previous years - should be interesing...

As to the police patrols, is anyone doing anything about the clumps of rude (cursing, flicking cigs, "just playing" fist fights) folks hanging in-between the 7-11 and McDs on Colesville? Some 'no loitering' signs and enforcement would make the walk on that side of the street a lot more pleasant.

Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks a lot. I missed that!

Anonymous said...

Washington Gardener --

There is sometimes a police patrol parked across the street from the McDs (in the area where the bike park is going to be). But that area between McDs and 7-11 continues to be a disaster. Given the regularity with which police vehicles get called to the area, I'm surprised that there isn't a more permanent police presence, or that MoCo hasn't required the McDs to pay for its own private security officer. I heard a rumor that the McDs was planning to relocate to the transit center when it is completed, but I have no clue if it's true.

As an aside, on a couple of occasions, I have noticed rats when passing by the McDs parking lot.

Anonymous said...

"unlike the downtown areas of Wheaton and Bethesda, patrols in Silver Spring are not permanent"

Well ain't that a load of bull. Ellsworth's security force is a joke - there needs to be an officer at Ellsworth/Fenton from 5pm-1am every day and longer on the weekends. It's just a fact of the density.

I avoid that McD's like the plague. I can't believe that the people who pay 600+K for those townhomes don't raise hell about the infestations (rats and otherwise).

Anonymous said...

Wash Gardener:
I don't think the cops can enforce "loitering" statutes. For too long, those were used to, frankly, chase non-whites from white neighborhoods. There's a higher standard now -- you have to actually violate a law. Littering (flicking cigarette butts) might meet that test. Cursing and play-fighting simply will not meet the test because they are not illegal.

jeff said...

I think I'm going to call that "I-Max" screen "Mini Max". With the air quotes and affected accent.

Mike said...

The Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue club is participating in the parade for the first time. How does that affect the percentages? :-) And yes, I'm one of that group.

opportunity lol said...

Really psyched for tonight!

daniellemeitiv.com said...

I noticed the colored lights at the Civic Center for the first time last night too, although my husband mentioned them before. My guess is that they're not always on (another construction problem perhaps?)

daniellemeitiv.com said...

On a totally different note - has anyone noticed how much the error rate has gone up at the SS library since they rearranged the staff? I use the library A LOT and usually have dozens of books out or waiting at any one time. In the past months, there have been so many screw ups, times when my account says that a book is out after I know I’ve returned it (ex. it's an inter-library loan book and the lending library confirms they got it back). At the moment there are THREE such errors on my account!! Argh!

kristy said...

What was the deal with the parade today? Started 30 minutes late and there were multiple delays between the floats/groups. Sometimes the gaps were so long that no group would even be on the entire length of Ellsworth. My two-year-old lost interest pretty quickly.

Perry said...

@kristy...Yeah it was poor planning on their part because they reversed direction this year (supposedly to showcase the new Veterans Plaza??), so the groups were live on camera first at the corner of Ellsworth and Fenton, and they had to pause for commercial breaks leading to the huge gaps in between floats/groups. In previous years, when they started at Sligo and Georgia, they had to leave at 9:30 am so the groups would make live it on tv at Ellsworth at 10am. All the groups/floats would then pause and backup on Georgia Ave and wait until the groups/floats have been properly showcased. In my opinion, they should just go back to the original route for next year, so no areas of the route would be empty.

WashingtonGardener said...

Kristy - yeah, those gaps were disappointing - I walked up Geprgia and ended up watching on Ellsworth and still had many long blank periods. Made for antsy, bored adults and kids.

Mike - love seeing the Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue club! Animal groups are always a parade highlight.

Anon #6 - was thinking a "no loitering" sign was for the nearby building owners, post office manager, and surrounding businesses to be able to point to and say: "Take the kick-fighting party somewhere else."
Seems to me it is more the 7-11 opening there than solely the McD's problem.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the parade was horrendously planned. I ended up just leaving during one of the insanely long breaks. I feel bad for all the people from other parts of the county and I hate that some idiot planner put a bad taste in their mouths re: DTSS.

Anonymous said...

Where exactly is this Wal-Mart going to be? I work at the elementary school on Military/Missouri/Nicholson, right behind Georgia Ave. There isn't any open space.

Anonymous said...

It's going to be on the site of the old car dealership. I think this includes the glass building where Fenty had a campaign office, the parking lot to the left (as you face the building) where they have been having some sort of outdoor market, and a parking lot to the right. I passed by it this past weekend, and it's actually quite a large space, though still probably on the small side for a Walmart.

Anonymous said...

I've heard unreliable rumors that Sligo was abducted by alien zombies (who were disguised as local politicians) during one of the parade's 'commercial breaks' and that is why he has not been heard from since. The same quetionable source said that he is being programmed to think he is a Cairn Terrier and that he will be in Alexandria's Scottish Walk this Saturday. Has anyone else heard similar rumblings, or have more information about this troubling development?

Sligo said...

I'm on a temporary blog vacation, meaning I have way to much damn work to do.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry to hear that. On the other hand, in my opinion, one can't argue too too much about being gainfully employed - and in demand - in the current climate.