Residents of 10 apartment buildings nestled along Maple Avenue are hosting a Candidates’ Night on Monday, September 13th from 7:00 – 9:30pm. The Mapleview Residents Improvement Association and Essex House residents, in association with Impact Silver Spring and Takoma Park Ward 4 Councilman Terry Seamens, invite residents from all Maple Avenue apartments and the Seventh Day Adventist Phoenix Condos to come and met local candidates and experience diverse cuisines. The event in will be held in the Essex House Apartments Parking Lot – 7777 Maple Avenue.
Takoma Park has 17,100 residents. As of the 2007 census, 935 of those residents are renters who reside in the apartments buildings on the lower Maple Ave. Historically this group of Takoma Park residents have not participated in the political process at the local, county, and state levels. The “Tasting”and Candidates Night is designed to raise awareness and bring residents along Maple Avenue into the civic and political process. Residents from Mapleview Apartments, Essex House, The Franklin, 7 Day Adventist Condos, Park Ritchie, The Deauville, Bradford Apartments, Edinburgh House, Fairview Apartments, and Hillwood Manor are invited out for this event.
“This is a historic event,” said Christopher King, organizer and Takoma Park resident. “The Taste of Maple Avenue combines both a social component and the opportunity to awaken political awareness in the disconnected and disenfranchised residents who live in the 10 apartment buildings,” he said.