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Former Silver Spring Library has new life as used bookstore

 

DSC 0218The former Silver Spring Library now serves as a used bookstore for the Friends of the Library Montgomery County. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

Ryan Carmody knows with a few clicks, he can find any book he needs, order it and have it delivered to his Silver Spring home within a few days.

Still, "a few times each month," he visits one of the county's two used bookstores that are operated by the Friends of the Library Montgomery County (FOLMC). 

"There is sort of an aspect of surprise for what you are going to find," he said as he browsed through the books at the used bookstore that opened June 20 in the former Silver Spring library on Colesville Road.

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Thousands celebrate Mandela and reading

ROCKVILLE – When Carolyn Thompson’s kids first showed an interest in reading, she didn’t think the passion would bring the family to creating a nonprofit organization to encourage literacy.

Now she and her sons Julian and Jack run Velocity Books, which opened in 2014 with the hope of promoting literacy in Montgomery County.

The Thompson family has since grown their operation, sending books to people in Jamaica and South Carolina.

Thompson is preparing to set up shop July 16 for Nelson Mandela Day at Rockville Town Square in front of the library, with more than 10,000 books available for free.

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Building bonds and mentoring as a Big Sister

Big Sister feature 4Jessica Wentworth, left, and her 11-year-old "Little Sister" Lavender Wilson.  PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSICA WENTWORTH  

When the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the National Capital Area (BBBSNCA) paired 11-year-old Lavender Wilson with her “Big Sister,” 41-year-old Jessica Wentworth, the news excited Lavender.

“I really liked her even though I didn’t know a lot about her. When we were first told about her, we found her Facebook page and we found out that it seemed like she was a really nice person. We were really relatable,” Lavender said.

Jessica said she felt the same excitement Lavender did.

“I was excited. I had no idea what to expect as far as who I’d be matched up with,” Jessica said.

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Heritage Days draws thousands into county's historical background

HeritageDays2016 CoverHeritage Montgomery hosted the Heritage Days Celebration June 25 and 26, an annual festival which highlights the history of Montgomery County. COURTESY PHOTO

Last weekend, more than 10,000 people attended one or more of the events of Heritage Days, an annual countywide festival designed to tangibly introduce visitors to various aspects of Montgomery County history.

“We were thrilled that the good weather held all weekend,” said Sarah L. Rogers, executive director of Heritage Montgomery, the nonprofit historical society which sponsors Heritage days.

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Former police station in Silver Spring may become haven for artists


Old SS PD StationArtspace has plans for the old 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTO 

The former 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring may soon become both an affordable place to live and work for artists.

ArtSpace Projects, Inc., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit company that creates affordable living and working space throughout the country, has submitted plans to convert the former police station into 30 artist studios amid an affordable housing development that will include up to 68 multifamily homes and 11 townhouses.

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She was the next contestant on "The Price Is Right"

Price Is RightEva McQueen-Gates with host Drew Carey on "The Price Is Right." COURTESY PHOTO   

While waiting in line for "The Price Is Right" tickets March 29, Eva McQueen-Gates offered her pricing strategy to her three sisters and their friends if someone selected her for the show.

It was an idea the 63-year-old Brandywine resident thought about when she began watching the show while she was in high school.

“No matter what nobody did, I was going to bet $1,” McQueen-Gates said. “Even if they bid $2, I would still bet $1. It was a big joke.”

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Bethesda Blues and Jazz faces uncertain future

20151211 Sentinel Awards 5The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club was the site of last year's Sentinel Awards ceremony.   FILE PHOTO  

Disagreements between Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club’s owner and investor have led to the possibility of foreclosure on the property. Auction Markets, LLC has already set the foreclosure auction for June 29 at 11 a.m.

According to club owner Rick Brown, the conflict of interests began last spring, when the club’s investor, Kenneth Welch, filed two lawsuits regarding two other properties in North Carolina and Virginia.

Welch refused comment through his attorney David Musgrave.

Brown said this foreclosure suit is a “vengeful act” from Welch’s part from not winning the other lawsuits.

“He’s taken this action, we think, because of revenge after the other two properties have been substantially repudiated as his attempt to sue us. So it’s a shame because (with) a simple phone call, we would have been able to resolve, at least in conversation, how he would like to do something with this property to secure his interests,” Brown said.

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Gaithersburg welcomes new citizens in ceremony

 

GAITHERSBURG – Forty-six people from 29 countries took the Oath of Citizenship on Sunday during the 34th annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg festival, an event attended by several thousand people.

The festival began at noon with a naturalization ceremony for several local residents who had completed the requirements to attain United States citizenship.

“It’s a great achievement, now I’m aligned with all three of them,” said Daniela Goina, a Romanian immigrant who lives in Potomac, referring to her husband and two children. “It’s easier to travel and find good jobs.”

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Museum offers glimpse of transit’s wartime history

National Capital Trolley MuseumNational Capital Trolley Museum. COURTESY PHOTOCOLESVILLE – During Memorial Day weekend, the National Capital Trolley Museum offered visitors the opportunity to learn about the vital role public transit played in the Washington, D.C. region during World War II.

The exhibit, entitled “Homefront Street Cars,” featured displays and historical documents illustrating the role of street cars in Washington during the early 20th century.

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