First Friday Neighbor Night March

1st Friday_ March 1_ Meleket

Friends and Neighbors,
Please join us this Friday, March 1, at Meleket (1907 Seminary Road) from 5:00 – 7:30 pm for the Friends of Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills’ First Friday Neighbor Night.
We were at Meleket in early November and enjoyed great food and Ethiopian dancing. They were lovely hosts so please come out and support a vibrant local business that supports our community! 
There will updates on our progress to #FixGeorgiaAvenue as well as food and drink specials. Kids are welcome. Free parking in Lot 12 across from Sniders.
We hope to see you this Friday!

Georgia Avenue & Montgomery Hills: How to Get from a 1955 Suburban Design to a 2020 Neighborhood Complete Street

Please join the Transportation, Energy, and Environment (TREE) Committee of the Silver Spring Citizen’s Advisory Board (SSCAB) for a presentation and discussionIMG_2968 RESIZED (1)With Greg Slater, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration, Katie Mencarini, Senior Planner, Montgomery County Planning Department, and Gary Erenrich, Special Assistant to the Director, Montgomery County DOT

Monday, January 28th 7:00 pm

Silver Spring Civic Building

Georgia Ave serves as a gateway to downtown Silver Spring, and the section between the Beltway and 16th Street is one of the most highly-traveled, congested, and unsafe corridors in Maryland. SHA’s Purpose and Need Study reports crashes of all types occur at rates significantly higher than the statewide average for those crash types on similar roads. The current design of the roadway and intersections is both unsafe and unwelcoming to pedestrians and bicyclists, and therefore even with two nearby Metro Stations (Forest Glen and Silver Spring) few dare to walk or bike. The volume of vehicles, minimal pedestrian or bicycle safety measures, lack of greenery, hodgepodge of traffic signage, and overhead clutter make the area ugly and unwelcoming leading to stagnation of the neighborhood retail area and making it hard for businesses to thrive and for redevelopment to occur.

SHA, and Montgomery County Planning, and MCDOT have been working on a redesign of Georgia Ave that would create a pedestrian-scaled streetscape with improved sidewalks, a tree-lined median, and dedicated bike facilities. Efforts to improve traffic flow are also being studied, but within the context of prioritizing safety for all modes. Please come out and hear from Administrator Slater and Senior Planner Mencarini as they present interim- and long-term proposed roadway improvements and discuss the estimated timeline for implementation.

We hope you can join us.

Nothing Bundt Cakes is coming to Montgomery Hills! 

 

You may have seen the signs or heard the news – Nothing Bundt Cakes is opening soon! Owner Katheryn Hoerster is happy to announce a projected soft opening date of December 31st for the cake shop located in Seminary Place Shopping Center. 

 

Nothing Bundt Cakes carries a variety of sizes and flavors of delicious bundt cakes, as well as a selection of gifts, cards, candles, and balloons to enhance any celebration. When the bakery opens, the rotating flavor will be Snickerdoodle, a cinnamon and sugar cake topped with their signature cream cheese frosting. Other popular flavors include White Chocolate Raspberry, Lemon, Red Velvet, and Chocolate Chocolate Chip. With four sizes of cakes, there is a solution for all your cake needs, whether business-to-business, gift giving, holidays, birthdays, or weddings.

 

Katheryn says she feels lucky to have found space in Montgomery Hills and is looking forward to being a part of the neighborhood. Silver Spring has been so welcoming over the last few months she says, and Im excited to be part of such a great community. Though the area is facing some infrastructure challenges, she knows the vibrant and bustling neighborhood is a fantastic location for a bakery.

 

The Grand Opening party – CAKE-A-POLOOZA 2019 – will be held on Saturday, January 26th, with fun activities (and plenty of cake) for all ages. The chamber-hosted ribbon cutting will be January 23rd at 4:00. The whole community is invited to both events!

December First Friday Neighbor Night

Tired of winter already and want to escape to more tropical climes?

Ever wonder what “mofongo” means? 

Pleased to see some pedestrian-friendly action taking place on Dale Drive and want to have a celebratory drink with the crew who’s behind it? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions (and even if you didn’t), please join Friends of Forest Glen and Montgomery Hill’s second First Friday Neighbor Night this Friday, December 7, from 5-7:30 pm at La Casa del Mofongo (9441 Georgia Ave).

Friends of Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills will have information about what is happening with Georgia Avenue – including an update on the Planning Department’s preliminary recommendations that will be presented to the public on Tuesday, December 4 (and then to the Planning Board on Thursday, December 6). We will also be able to share our sense of the timing for the study’s conclusion (the expectation is that SHA will announce their preferred alternative by the end of the year). So … lots going on that could affect our neighborhoods & quality of life!

There won’t be presentations – this is just a fun opportunity to connect with neighbors, learn about work to #FixGeorgiaAve, have a beer (and some mofongo), and support a local business. Kids are welcome. We hope to see you there!