Bike-Powered Holiday Tree Going Up in Silver Spring; WSSC Proposes Rate Structure Changes

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Bike-powered holiday tree comes to downtown Silver Spring

The annual Silver Spring tradition of having artists create a holiday tree next to the fountain downtown continues this year, this time with a bike-powered tree. The artists are working to place Capital Bikeshare bikes at the base of the tree. Pedaling them will light up different sections of the tree and provide energy to charge phones. [ABC7]

Indian Americans becoming more politically engaged in Montgomery County

Since Del. Kumar Barve (D-Rockville) in District 17 became the first person of Indian descent to be elected to any state legislature in the United States in 1990, others have followed him. Del. Aruna Miller (D-Darnestown) is running for Congress in 2018 and Sam Maholtra served as Gov. Larry Hogan’s chief of staff. [Capital News Service]

WSSC offers three proposals to change water rate structure

The utility proposed the different rate structures after the state’s Public Service Commission determined its 16-tier rate system discriminated against larger households by causing them to pay more per gallon than smaller households that use similar amounts of water. All three proposals keep a tiered system to try to encourage water conversation by charging more per gallon as customers use more water. The utility’s board is scheduled to adopt one of the proposals in June. [Washington Post]

Open houses to learn about Silver Spring bus rapid transit scheduled for this month

Residents can learn more about the proposed project to build a bus rapid transit system from along a 13-mile stretch of U.S. 29 from Burtonsville to the Silver Spring Transit Center during three meetings this month. The meetings take place Nov. 15, 16 and 20. [MyMCMedia]

Cold snap coming

A breezy high near 43 degrees is expected Friday with a low tonight dropping to around 24, according to the National Weather Service. Veterans Day Saturday will be chilly, too—with a high near 41 predicted and a low around 30 at night. Sunday should be a little nicer, with a sunny high near 50 and a nighttime low around 38.

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