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District 20 candidates show few differences

  • Published in State

TAKOMA PARK — Seven Democratic candidates seeking to represent District 20 voters in the Maryland House of Delegates found themselves mainly in agreement as they spoke to voters at a forum Tuesday evening.

With little daylight between them, the candidates gave similar responses to questions on a variety of topics, including Interstate 495 traffic, taxes, education, economic development, and the environment.

Hosted jointly by the Women’s Democratic Club, The District 20 Breakfast Club, The Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Montgomery Green Democrats, and the District 20 Caucus at Takoma Park Middle School, and moderated by former State delegate Karen Britto (District 16), the event featured incumbent delegates David Moon and Jheanelle Wilkins, immigration attorney Fatmata Barrie, community activist Lorig Charkoudian, data analyst Malik Lendzondzo, labor organizer Darian Unger, and lawyer George Zokle.

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GSA to decide on FDA expansion at White Oak

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Officials at the General Services Administration currently are reviewing plans and should decide by this fall whether they will greatly expand the number of employees and buildings at the Food and Drug Administration campus at its White Oak facility.

If plans are approved, the work force is expected to rise from the current 11,000 to 18,000 employees, according to a GSA spokesperson. An additional 1.2 million gross square feet of office space will be constructed on the site, which is located off New Hampshire Avenue.

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Pending hospital closure causes concern for residents of Takoma Park

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TAKOMA PARK — City officials were caught off guard after Washington Adventist Hospital officials relayed their intention on Tuesday, to potentially close critical medical facilities in the city. 

“The City Council is stunned and dismayed to hear of this decision,” said Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart. “Losing the behavioral health facility is a great concern because of its use for the police.” 

The hospital’s vice president Robert Jepson informed Stewart they intend to seek permission from the state to close the psychiatric, inpatient behavioral health, and inpatient rehabilitation units once the hospital moves to a newly-planned 48-acre site in White Oak, city manager Suzanne Ludlow said.

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White Flint, White Oak possible Amazon sites

Amazon.com logo1Sites in the White Flint area of Rockville and the White Oak area of Silver Spring may be included in Montgomery County’s proposal to Amazon to host the latter’s second headquarters.

As previously reported, as many as 100 states and localities in the United States and Canada are submitting proposals, which are due to Amazon on Oct. 19. Amazon will sift through these first-round bids, and from them choose semi-finalists and finalists in second and third rounds of bidding, before choosing a single location sometime next year. Amazon expects the second headquarters to bring 50,000 mostly high-skilled, high-paying jobs to the winning jurisdiction.

There is no clear public information on what sites, financial incentives, and other features are in the County’s proposal. Amazon is demanding that jurisdictions applying for “HQ2” keep their proposals out of the public eye. David Petr, CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, told the Sentinel that he is under a nondisclosure agreement with Amazon on this matter. MCEDC is the entity submitting the County’s proposal to Amazon.

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White Oak Duckpin Lanes strike a familiar chord

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Dani McClay in Pop Whitten Tour 20170820Duckpin bowler Dani McClay, who came in second place Sunday in the Pop Whitten Pro Tour, considers the White Oak Duckpin Lanes “a second home.” PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  SILVER SPRING — From the looks of it, the White Oak Duckpin Lanes appear to be like any other bowling alley – the familiar wooden lanes, the sounds of balls hurling down them as players seek elusive strikes.

But look closer and you’ll see that it’s not just a bowling alley but a duckpin bowling alley… and one of the last ones of this dying sport.

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White Oak catches the science bug in gateway

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white oakWHITE OAK - Making White Oak a place to live, work and play is the priority for the White Oak Science Gateway Plan.

With the Food and Drug Administration moving its offices and employees to the area and the potential of a new Washington Adventist hospital opening near the FDA campus, the county is looking for opportunities to capitalize on the thousands of jobs, commuters and residents coming to White Oak.

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