Discovery discovers NYC

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County to lose more than 1300 jobs in media relocation

Discovery Communications BuildingDiscovery Communications, a longtime Montgomery County-based corporation which currently employs 1,300 workers, announced Tuesday it will move its corporate headquarters from Silver Spring to New York after months of negotiations with County officials failed.

Discovery Communications President and CEO David Zaslav announced Tuesday the company will likely move from its headquarters located in downtown Silver Spring to New York sometime in the second half of 2019.

“The media industry is rapidly evolving, increasingly global, more consumer focused and more multi-platform and Discovery must evolve with it,” Zaslav said in a statement. “The decision to move our global headquarters from its founding home is one we do not make lightly. We remain unwavering in our support of the Maryland and Greater Washington, DC area and we thank the leadership of the State of Maryland, Montgomery County and, most importantly, our employees for their cooperation and understanding as we make this important next step for the long-term success of Discovery.”

County Executive Isaiah “Ike” Leggett said Discovery’s departure will be a big blow to the County, with 1,300 jobs now being moved to New York.

“When you lose that number of jobs and that number of employees and the salaries, that is not easily replaceable,” Leggett told the Sentinel.


Police investigate Christmas Eve murder

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Montgomery County Police are still investigating the homicide of 18-year-old Jose Herrera, who was murdered in Silver Spring on Christmas Eve.

On Dec. 24, police responded to calls about an assault and sounds of gunshots at the 1000 block of Quebec Terrace in Silver Spring. When they arrived, police found Herrera dead from multiple gunshot wounds.


Just Can it! This guy has them all

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beer can collectionDarrin Middleton with some of the beer cans from his collection.                      PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKSILVER SPRING — It started when Darrin Middleton was 12 years old, walking around his Calverton neighborhood with his older brother, Justin Middleton. The boys started collecting the beer cans they found while walking in the woods and in trash piles. Then the brothers started going with their father to his Wednesday night bowling league where they asked everyone who finished a beer if they could have the can.

One time, the two brothers and a friend were checking out a dumpster when they spotted a one-gallon beer can. Without hesitating, all three young men jumped right into that large, smelly trash receptacle, pulling out a German draft beer can.

The brothers went to beer conventions, but they never purchased any expensive or rare cans.

“We were just collecting anything at the time,” Middleton, who lives in Silver Spring with his wife and two children, aged 13 and 17.

“At that time, everyone was collecting cans. That’s what you did when you were a kid,” he said, acknowledging that most people didn’t collect quite so many.


Two arrested in possible gang-related murder

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Jesus Ponce Flores, 18, COURTESY PHOTO 

Montgomery County police said they arrested and charged two local males Tuesday regarding the murder of a 20-year-old man, whose body was found in a creek in Silver Spring Sept. 6.

The man, 20-year-old Cristopher Alfredo Funes Guerra, was reported missing Sept. 3.

The Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide by multiple stab wounds, according to an Oct. 18 Montgomery County Police press release.


Proposals heard for old Silver Spring library

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The former Silver Spring Library on Colesville Road may one day be a child-care center or a senior residential facility with a child-care center.

About 125 people crowded into the Silver Spring Civic Building Oct. 4 to hear proposals that the County had specified should include intergenerational use.

For the next few months in regards to those proposals, residents can comment on the County’s Office of Planning and Development website. The plans and the comments will then be presented to County Executive Ike Leggett for review.


“Our Voices” brings advocacy to Silver Spring

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Akieal WIlliams and Jarret Smith talk with interns from OVM before the meetingAkieal WIlliams and Jarret Smith talk with interns from OVM before the meeting. PHOTO BY CAROLYN KOMATSOULIS   It’s going to be an uphill battle for Our Voices Matter, a group hoping to promote civic engagement in Silver Spring and inspire activism for local issues.

The group began after Will Jawando ran for state delegate in 2014 and realized that the people in the Long Branch neighborhood where he grew up didn’t feel like their vote mattered.

“‛Why are you asking for my vote? My voice doesn’t matter,’” John Randall, OVM’s director of operations, said about what Jawando heard while canvassing. “I think people were just feeling a sense of powerlessness,” said Randall.


Purple Line clears legal step

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A week after a panel of federal judges granted a stay, giving the paused Purple Line project new life, the County Council gave the go-ahead to the state transit administration to start work on the project.

On July 24, the Council approved a franchise agreement to allow the Maryland Transit Administration to build, operate and maintain the Purple Line in County owned right-of-ways. The unanimous agreement by the Council clears a legal step by giving the MTA the franchise agreement and authority to start working on the project on County-owned land.

The County will not charge the MTA for the new 70-year franchise agreement, citing “public benefits” for the project. Most of the County-owned land that the franchise agreement covers is in the Georgetown Branch area, a strip of land between Bethesda and Silver Spring.


Fire and Rescue respond to trash fire in Silver Spring

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Trash fire 1Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to a trash fire at an apartment complex in Silver Spring. PHOTO COURTESY OF ABBY SALISU Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded to a trash fire in Silver Spring Friday morning.

MCFRS Spokesperson Pete Piringer said firefighters responded to a call about a large trash fire at the Aston Woods apartment complex on Gateshead Manor Way in Silver Spring at around 10 a.m. Friday. Piringer said no one was injured in the fire.


Tornado touches down in Silver Spring

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House damaged by tornadoDamage to a home in Silver Spring after a tornado on Monday. PHOTO BY MATT COHEN A late summer afternoon thunderstorm in the D.C. suburbs is commonplace for residents. But on Monday, June 19, this storm proved to be much more.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a tornado struck in a Silver Spring neighborhood near the Dennis and Edgewood Avenue intersection. The NWS reports the tornado to be of the EF-0 class, meaning wind gusts of 65 to 85 miles per hour.

The powerful wind gusts uprooted multiple trees, took down power lines, and two homes were rendered uninhabitable as a result of the tornado.

Julia Kemp, a homeowner of 23 years in the affected area, described her account of the windstorm, saying, “It was about 3:48, my son had just called me. I was on the phone and could hear the storm coming, the rain and the wind. The wind got really, really strong, like I had never heard it before...and there was just this crashing on the roof. Banging, banging, over and over. I thought for sure that one of these trees was coming down. I ran back and forth between a couple of bedrooms looking at the ceiling, looking for branches. It calmed down, and I finally came out and the whole front lawn was covered in branches, you couldn’t walk out the front door without moving them. The whole neighborhood looked like a war-zone.”

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