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Muslim center celebrates 40 years in the county

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SILVER SPRING – While anti-Islamic hate crimes have risen nationally in recent years, the members of the Muslim Community Center on New Hampshire Avenue say they feel as welcome in Montgomery County as they have since the center opened in 1976.

The center was the brainchild of several Montgomery County residents who, at the time, attended the Islamic Center of Washington on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., and were interested in starting a community center to service the county. Sajjad Durrani, a founder of the center who still serves on its board of trustees, recalls that the center received support from the community during its construction. 

“When we applied for a permit, there was a public hearing with the County, of course,” Durrani said. “Many people around here came to the hearing to support us, which made a big impression on us. During construction, the church next door allowed us to use their power and brought water over to us.”

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Diop kicks his way to professional fighter

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At first glance, Keemaan (pronounced “kāy′-mәn”) Diop is a typical young man who has lived in Silver Spring, attended school and taken various courses, wrestled a bit and made friends. However, whereas other students aspire to become a lawyer, doctor, or other profession, the soft-spoken Diop aspires to become a professional Muay Thai kickboxer.

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Silver Spring to get new extended stay hotel

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8600 Rendering 2-17Artist's rendering of the new Silver Spring hotel.  

Developers will start construction in December on an extended-stay Residence Inn by Marriott hotel at the corner of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

The site, now occupied by a Gulf gas station, is directly across from Discovery Communications, two blocks from the Silver Spring Metro station, three blocks from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and near the heart of downtown Silver Spring.

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Maryland Congress members speak out against Trump in Silver Spring town hall

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SILVER SPRING – Members of Congress representing Montgomery County appeared at a town hall meeting to express their concerns Sunday about President Donald J. Trump’s choices on various issues, from healthcare to Syrian refugees.

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D) and Ben Cardin (D) as well as Congressmen John Delaney (D-6), Jamie Raskin (D-8) and John Sarbanes (D-3) spoke on a number of topics before taking questions from constituents in the audience. They said they did not believe Trump’s decisions and remarks on current challenges facing the U.S. coincided with community interests. 

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Muslim doctor gives back to his community

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland – For the past 10 years, Dr. Ashraf Meelu has paid out-of-pocket to offer basic health care in clinics open to the public.

The 64-year-old Muslim doctor from Lothian, Maryland, along with a few volunteers, spends Friday mornings providing flu shots, measuring blood pressure and offering other health treatments at a Guatemalan consulate in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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County seeks proposals for former library

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DSC 0218Montgomery County is seeking proposals to develop the site of the former Silver Spring library, which is now temporarily housing The Friends of the Library used bookstore. FILE PHOTO  

Montgomery County is seeking proposals to develop the site of the former Silver Spring library that range from affordable senior housing to a childcare facility, both of which need to include open space.

“This is not a no-brainer. This is a complicated small site,” noted Reemberto Rodriguez, director of the Silver Spring Regional Center.

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Woman charged with arson of her Silver Spring home

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Montgomery County fire investigators charged an adult woman with arson after a fire at her Silver Spring home Friday morning.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) responded to a call around 1 a.m. in the second floor bedroom of a home on Sea Island Court in Silver Spring. Fire investigators charged an adult woman who lives at the residence with one count of first-degree arson and three counts of reckless endangerment.

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Silver Spring for latest arena proposal

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A brand new 5,000-seat arena could be coming to Silver Spring.

On Tuesday the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) announced it is asking for proposals to turn a parking garage in Silver Spring into a mixed-use arena.

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Progressives Rally

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Raskin and Warren call for 'Resistance and Revival in Dark Times'

MPI JR-0192Incoming Congressman Jamie Raskin holds hands with Senator Elizabeth Warren in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.

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