Articles by Phyllis Armstrong

August 8, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Montgomery County Officials Identify Changes One Year After Silver Spring Tragedy (VIDEO)

The tragic loss of seven lives in Silver Spring ¬†continues to teach Montgomery County officials lessons about what to do when a catastrophe strikes. An auditor’s report in February made 14 recommendations based on what was learned from the deadly natural gas explosion last August 10 at the Flower Branch Apartments. MyMCMedia’s Phyllis Armstrong reports […]

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August 8, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

NTSB Report Expected to Answer Key Questions About Silver Spring Explosion (VIDEO)

It is coming up on one year since the National Transportation Safety Board began its investigation of what ignited a natural gas leak at Flower Branch Apartments last Aug. 10. The federal agency is expected to provide some critical answers to questions about the explosion and fire that killed seven people, injured dozens of others […]

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August 8, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Montgomery County Plans Exercises As Silver Spring Explosion Nears Anniversary (VIDEO)

The tragic explosion at Flower Branch Apartments on August 10 last year is still prompting in-depth discussions and planning in Montgomery County. The agencies and employees involved continue to assess the response to the emergency in Silver Spring that killed seven people and left dozens of others injured and without homes. Officials at the Department […]

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August 7, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Stepped Up Housing Code Inspections Unrelated to Silver Spring Explosion (VIDEO)

Nine new housing code specialists are being hired to increase the frequency of inspections at multi-family dwellings in Montgomery County. The County Council approved a new Landlord-Tenants bill in November, a little more than three months after a natural gas explosion and fire killed seven people at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring. The […]

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August 2, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Claros Brothers Deported to El Salvador (VIDEO)

Diego and Lizandro Claros, who fled violence in El Salvador, have been deported, according to the immigrant rights group Casa of Maryland. Their plane landed in El Salvador as their emotionally distraught family attended a news conference. Casa de Maryland organized the event in Hyattsville where more than 50 people gathered to show support for […]

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June 23, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra Prepares for First Recital (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

The sounds of young musicians will fill The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Monday, June 26. It will be the first public performance by the new Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra. The group started rehearsing at the supper club in April. The Supper Club’s owner Rick Brown established a foundation to support […]

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May 31, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Historic Lyttonsville Bridge Closed But Not Forgotten (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Rusted supports and a deteriorating surface forced the closure of a bridge built in Lyttonsville almost a century ago. The Talbot Avenue structure still represents an historic connection between the Silver Spring community founded by a free black laborer in 1853 and other Montgomery County neighborhoods. The 105-foot-long bridge spans train tracks slated for use […]

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May 30, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Lone Dissenter Explains Objections to Downtown Bethesda Development Plan (VIDEO)

The newly approved Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan is moving forward without the backing of one Montgomery County Councilmember, Marc Elrich. The lawmaker is known for taking a stand against building more more homes and businesses without guaranteeing the infrastructure will keep pace with increased density and traffic. Elrich was the lone dissenter when the County […]

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May 30, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Lyttonsville Development Plan Connected to Purple Line (VIDEO)

The future development of a Montgomery County community is riding on the eventual resolution of the Purple Line. Two of the stops along the transit line would be in the Lyttonsville neighborhood of Silver Spring. The County Council approved the Lyttonsville Sector Plan in February. It calls for development of new housing on plots where […]

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April 3, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

New Capital Improvements Coming to Historic Tobytown (VIDEO & PHOTO)

The people living in the 26-townhouse community of Tobytown can expect some new capital improvements in their historic neighborhood. The Housing Opportunities Commission has already made progress on the cleanup of the Tobytown cemetery established by former slaves and their families. HOC’s Director of Legislative and Public Affairs says more work is planned for the […]

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