Long Branch Business News Long Branch Business News Verdict: Long Branch SuperBlock Party May 2013 June 2013
— A Smashing Success! Coming This May …
Unity Festival and SuperBlock Party! Long Branch – dare we say it? – is becoming a happening place. Don’t miss out on two special events happening this month. Saturday, May 4, the 13th Annual Unity Festival at the Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road. The Long Branch Unity Festival runs from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. The festival features an exciting celebrity basketball game pitting County Left: UMDmembers student fusion Dhoom pose in Branch Council and dance otherteam VIPsMaryland against local youth, as Long well as food,t-shirts. face paintRight: Joe Largess helped create art installations and balloon animals for the Block Party. ing and crafts. Contact Durrell Drummond (240-777-6965) for information. “It was awesome!!!! of the bestBranch days ever in Long Branch. That isFlower how Saturday, May 11, One the first Long SuperBlock Party” along IMPACT Silver Spring’s Ronnie Galvin described the event on IMPACT’s Avenue and in front of the Long Branch Library. It runs from 2 p.m. tillFacebook 5 p.m., page. with most events focused on the public plaza at the library. The Branch party SuperBlock Party,music, sponsored andarts largely funded Long TheLong SuperBlock will feature dance, activities andbyanthe appearance Branch Business League, organized by MHP, and celebrated May 11th, was, by all by DC United. Unique public art crafted by University of Maryland Architecture accounts, a huge success. The Party was another in the exciting new Discover Long and Arts studio students will be displayed at the Long Branch Library and along Branch series, a marketing effort to popularize Long Branch’s commercial areas. Flower Avenue. Dan Reed’s Just Up the Pike blog also had warm words for the event. “I was blown Events and public art displays such as this, says LBBL president Carlos Perozo, away not by the amount of people who showed up, but by how diverse the crowd “provide for people come tolooked Long Branch to shop instead of going was, ” said reasons Reed. “This was an to event that like Long Branch. ” somewhere far away.” Making Long Branch a more family-friendly place is a winThe for theheMay 11 “We celebration was set allcommunity, the imaginative win context for business, adds. are focused onbythe and art we work want the placed in Long Branch by University of Maryland architecture and art students (see community to be focused on us too.” photos). Architect Magazine was so impressed by the artwork and the festival that The gave SuperBlock party is another in the “Discover Long Branch” series they both a favorable write-upevent in their nationally distributed magazine (Katie Gerfen, “Urban Renewal in Maryland, ” May 17, 2013). sponsored by the Long Branch Business League (LBBL). The SuperBlock Party is also supported MHP, Montgomery Public DHCA and Business Leagueby member and volunteerCounty cameraman ArtLibraries, Cobb interviewed lotsthe of University of streets Maryland (see above). support has from the Cafritz people on the of Long Branch Further before and during thecome celebration. Foundation, along with Giant Foods and Capital One Bank. (See: Super Block Party!, Back Cover)
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Next Business League Next Business Meeting! League Meeting! Tuesday, June 4 Next Business League
Tuesday, June 2:30 pm—4:00 pm 4 Meeting!
2:30atpm 4:00 pm El -Golfo Tuesday, May 7 8739 Flower Ave. at El Golfo 2:30 pm—4:00 pm 8739Agenda: Flower Ave.
at El Golfo AGENDA: 8739 Flower Ave.
- Super Block Party debrief - LB Sector Plan process Agenda: Festival Planning; - New business opportunities Artistic façadevideos improvement - Promotional by BSP program to launch; membership - Discover Long Branch events drive
Enterprise ZoneBudget Tax Credit Expires Soon! FY2014 County Nears Completion The Enterprise Zone Tax Credit exists to encourage new investments—whether in The Montgomery County Council will finalize next year’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 the form of expansions, major renovations, or new construction—in real property. budget this month. The tax credit expires June 14, 2013, so if you are interested, act fast!
Theamount Council thecredit finalisauthority oncounty spending by due the on departments of County The ofisthe 80% of the taxes any improvement to Government as well thefive independent County and bi-County agencies such as your property over theasfirst years. For the subsequent five years, the credit decreases 10% County annually.Public After Schools, the ten years are up, theCollege, propertythe returns to the tax Montgomery Montgomery Washington rolls at its full assessed value. Suburban Sanitary Commission, and the Montgomery County Planning Board. TheMcGinnity, County Executive has responsibilities forfor proposing a budget Council Pete administrator of the EZ credit Long Branch, canto bethe reached and makes recommendations on the independent agency budgets. at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (240) 777-8126. Consult him fortask the latest versionallofofthe Regulations. The Council's is to review these spending proposals comprehensively (See Budget, Back Cover)
Become a Member Today! Business League members receive this beautiful new sticker
Coming This May …
ArtFestival Cobb: LBBL Member, Volunteer Unity and SuperBlock Party! and Videographer Extraordinaire
Long Branch – dare we say it? – is becoming a happening place. Don’t miss out on two special events happening this month. The Long Branch area has a great many talented and Saturday, May 4, the 13th Annual Unity Festivalenergetic at the Community Center, entrepreneurs, though perhaps so till 8700 Piney Branch Road. The Long Branch Unity Festival runsnone frommore 11 a.m. long-time league 4 p.m. The festival features an exciting celebrity than basketball gamebusiness pitting County member Art Cobb, owner of Council members and other VIPs against local youth, as well as food, face paintBSP Media Service. ing and crafts. Contact Durrell Drummond (240-777-6965) for information. It was Art Cobb, a marketing Saturday, May 11, the first Long Branch SuperBlock Party along Flower researcher with over 25 Avenue and in front of the Long Branch Library. It runs from 2 p.m. Art Cobb filming mural opening on Flower Ave. years experience, whotill 5 p.m., with most events focused on the public plaza at the library. came up with the idea of The SuperBlock willvideo-montage feature music, of dance, activities and anonappearance placing anparty exciting Longarts Branch businesses the website. The video was shot, Architecture edited and by DC LongBranchBusinessLeague.com United. Unique public art crafted by University of Maryland produced by Cobbwill as abe giftdisplayed to Long Branch. AndBranch on MayLibrary 11, Cobb once and Arts studio students at the Long and along again volunteered his services as videographer, this time for the Long Flower Avenue. Branch SuperBlock Party. Events and public art displays such as this, says LBBL president Carlos Perozo, BSP Mediafor Service is atovideo company that specializes “provide reasons people comemarketing to Long Branch to shop instead of going in producing videos for advertising business services and products. somewhere far away.” Making Long Branch a more family-friendly place is a winOne technique for producing videos, Cobb explained recently to the win for business, he adds. “We are focused on the community, and we want the newsletter, is by use of still photos to imitate motion. Such “Picture community to be focused on usquality too.” and professionally-produced using flash Motion” videos are high animationparty technology. The SuperBlock is another event in the “Discover Long Branch” series sponsored by the Longvideos, BranchCobb Business Leagueare (LBBL). The SuperBlock Party is Picture Motion explained, cost effective and are about also supported by MHP, Montgomery County Public Libraries, DHCA and one minute long. They can be used on social media sites, embedded onthe University of Maryland (see above). Further comeoffrom the Cafritz websites, placed in store digital signagesupport or usedhas instead a website. The standard price of these $299, but BSP Media Foundation, along with Giantvideos Foodsisand Capital One Bank.Services is offering a discounted price of $99 each for Long Branch Business League members.
SuperBlock Party!Nears (from page 1) FY2014 County Budget Completion “What I found,” said Cobb, “was that even this temporary and inexpensive County art had really brought Long Branch to life, thatyear was(FY) clear2014 The Montgomery Council will finalize next year’s fiscal the people I talked to.” He found people were smiling more, and budgetfrom this all month. children were delighted with all the installations along Flower Avenue The Council is the final authority on spending and at the Long Branch Library’s plaza. by the departments of County Government as well as the independent County and bi-County agencies such as Prior to the event, the SuperBlock party’s main organizer, Jamie Selvin of Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, the Washington MHP, calculated that if at least 500 people attended the event, it could Suburban Sanitary Commission, and the Montgomery County Planning Board. be considered a success. But easily two or three times that number The County Executive responsibilities for proposing a budget to the Council came, and severalhas area restaurants (especially on near-by Flower Avenue) and makes recommendations on the independent agency budgets. reported a noticeable uptick in business during the Party.
The Council's is to of review all of these spending proposals comprehensively There aretask rumors another exciting event coming this Fall, but according to Carlos Perozo, the League needs also to focus on ways to (See Budget, Back Cover) permanently integrate art and better design into the daily life of Long Branch’s commercial areas. “Working with other organizations like IMPACT Silver Spring in the person of Ronnie Galvin who did an awesome job on May 11, and other organizations like MHP, University of Maryland, MC Council members and county libraries we can accomplish the great changes the Long Branch community needs,” said Perozo. “Great ideas without action are nothing. Together we will make and see the changes.”
In the News
More photos from the Long Branch Super Block Party! May 2013 Volume 6, Issue 6
Grupo Impacto got the crowd up and dancing.
Next Business League Meeting! Tuesday, May 7 2:30 pm—4:00 pm
at El Golfo 8739 Flower Ave. UMD students helped transform the library plaza with beautiful art installations.
Agenda: Festival Planning; Artistic façade improvement program to launch; membership drive
Another happy group at the Long Branch Super Block Party.
Business League members receive Edith Yanez, Carlos Perozo,new & Ronnie this beautiful stickerGalvin show the crowd how it’s done.
Josué Chavarria sporting the new LB t-shirt.
Long Branch Business News, a monthly publication Paul Grenier, Editor 301-622-2400, x 41 pgrenier@MHPartners.org
Published on Jun 7, 2013