Ethiopian market open on Georgia Avenue

Nazret Market opened Oct. 19. Photo by Mike Mowery A store featuring Ethiopian goods and other products is now open at 8120 Georgia Ave. in downtown Silver Spring. Nazret Market, which opened Oct. 19, sells traditional products such as injera, as well as bulk amounts of the grains used to make the sourdough flatbread. It also carries many spices including berbere, mitmita and others imported from Ethiopia, lentils and various beans. The store includes Ethiopian coffee and unroasted coffee beans, as well as traditional Ethiopian coffee makers and coffee service sets, imported canned goods and a wide variety of...

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Halloween happenings this weekend

Illustration from Public Domain Images There are more Halloween activities going on in the area this weekend than the Silver Spring Zombie Walk. Here’s a listing of some of them: Saturday Pumpkins and Power Tools, 10:30 a.m.-noon, $22 per class, Catylator Makerspace, 8121 Georgia Ave. Suite LL1 Costume Jam, Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center 2450 Lyttonsville Rd., K-Fifth graders, noon-2 p.m. Music, games, photo booth, moon bounce and more. Registration required, activity #28071 Academy Dog Training Halloween Party and Puppy Playground, noon-4 p.m. Food and drink available. 1921 Seminary Road Monster Bash in Takoma Park 1-4 p.m. Games, music, costume parade and contest....

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Zombies to lurch through Silver Spring Saturday night

Zombies invade Silver Spring, as shown in this photo taken at a previous Zombie Walk. Photo by Mike Diegel. Zombies live. At least, for one night in Silver Spring. The 2016 Silver Spring Zombie Walk is back this Saturday, Oct. 29, complete with movie and after party. Participating zombies will gather from 7-9 p.m. at Denizen’s Brewing Company and Arts Alley at 1115 East-West Highway. The walk itself will wind through downtown Silver Spring to the AFI Silver Theatre, where they can take in a 10 p.m. showing of “Night of the Creeps.” The after-party starts at 11 p.m....

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Local residents launch Source of the Spring

Two local residents today launched the Source of the Spring, a news site devoted to covering news and information from Silver Spring and Takoma Park. “For several years now, I’ve heard from a number of people about the lack of local news coverage in this area,” said co-founder Mike Diegel, who lives in Northwood/Four Corners. “Our aim is to fill that void and moreover, become a must-read for our neighbors.” “When I moved into the Columbia Heights/Petworth neighborhood down in Washington, D.C., over a decade ago, there was a ton of development happening and I was always curious as...

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What will the election mean for local housing prices?

Photo from Wikipedia Guest post by Dan Metcalf Less than two weeks from Election Day, do we have any idea what the aftermath of a rough campaign season will mean for our area? It’s appropriate that we think of the election’s effects on what for many of us is our largest asset, our homes. Fear not: While this election season has provided some distraction from our local real estate market these last few weeks, Silver Spring’s sound upward real estate trajectory should continue for the following reasons: 1) Nobody leaves: A common perception is that our region benefits from...

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Book talks at Busboys and Poets@Takoma

Roger Friedman, Ph.D, hosted a book launch event in Takoma. Photo by Heidi Lewis. Guest post by Heidi Lewis Busboys and Poets@Takoma wears many hats—restaurant/café/bar/event space/bookstore/spoken word/performance venue. Sunday evening, it donned its bookstore hat when longtime Capitol View Park resident Roger Friedman, Ph.D, hosted the Maryland book launch event for “Tower Sniper: The Terror of America’s First Active Shooter on Campus,” drawing a crowd of about 50 in the cafe’s private event space, which is named in honor of Nicolás Guillén, a Cuban poet, activist, and writer. The book, co-written by Friedman with Monte Akers and Nathan Akers, is...

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Gandhi Brigade to premiere new documentary

Graphic courtesy Gandhi Brigade Youth Media Gandhi Brigade Youth Media will premiere its new documentary “To Serve and Protect?” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Silver Spring Civic Center. The film is an examination of the use of force and police accountability; a panel discussion with Q&A will follow. Participants in the Gandhi Brigade’s summer program considered a number of different topics to focus on before deciding to pursue this project. “We voted on this one because it was the most relevant to the times and there was a lot of discussion going on about police accountability,” said...

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Health, Beauty and Wellness Store Opens

Photo by Mike Diegel Your Whole Body, a nutrition and wellness retailer, has opened at 8646 Colesville Rd. next to Kao Thai in downtown Silver Spring. The store offers a variety of health, wellness, beauty products and seasonal clothing, featuring natural and organic products, including homeopathic...

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Same-day early voter registration option available

Early voting photo from Wikipedia. Even if you haven’t registered to vote yet, you can still participate in early voting, which begins Oct. 27, according to a Board of Elections press release. Anyone with a valid Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued photo ID, and proof of residency can register at an early voting site and vote that same day. You must take advantage of this opportunity during early voting; it will not be an option on Election Day Nov. 8. The early voting period runs through Nov. 3. The Silver Spring Civic Building is one of 10 early voting...

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Street parking to be restricted during Metro safety surge

Photo by Ken Stanek Photography courtesy of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District. Street parking restrictions will be in effect in the Silver Spring Central Business District during Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s safety surge scheduled for Oct. 29 to Nov. 22, according to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. On-street parking will not be allowed from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, but will be permitted after 8 p.m. weekdays and on weekends. The restrictions will be in effect on Georgia Ave. from Spring St. to the D.C. line and on Colesville Rd. to the Silver Spring...

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