Silver Spring Library will have extended summer hours

The library in downtown will operate under a summer schedule. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The Silver Spring Library will be open for extended summer hours beginning this weekend. The library, at 900 Wayne Ave., will open at 9 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, one hour earlier than usual. It will close at 9 p.m. those nights, three hours later than the rest of the year. Summer hours will be in effect from May 26 until September 2. Hours of operation on Sundays (1-5 p.m.) and Mondays through Thursdays (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) will not change. The library will be closed Monday,...

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Upcoming Events May 24-June 1

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, May 24 Progressive Maryland District 5 Happy Hour, Nando’s Peri-Peri, 924 Ellsworth Dr., 6-10 p.m. “Meet the Concessionaire,” Purple Line Transit Partners, Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. East, 6:30-8:30 p.m. U.S. BRT 29 Central Corridor Advisory Committee Meeting, Silver Spring Methodist Church, Parlor Room, 33 University Blvd. E., 6:30 p.m. Katherine Heiny, author of “Standard Deviation, Silver Spring Library, 3rd Floor, 900 Wayne Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Vantage Points: Can you put down your phone?, community conversation, Denizens Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Highway, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25 Public Hearing, Park, Recreation and Open...

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Tuesday Evening Links – May 23, 2017

Your roundup of stories in and around Silver Spring: Ellsworth Urban Park will be expanded after house demolition. (Source of the Spring) Montgomery Blair HS Graduation Schedule. (Patch) DC loved Gifford’s ice cream, but for Andrew Gifford, it left a bitter aftertaste. (Washington Post) Developments about Adega Wine Cellars and Cafe. (Source of the Spring) FDA approves first cancer treatment for any solid tumor with a specific genetic feature. (BioPortfolio) Will Tesla’s New Solar Roof Drive Sales? (GoBrentTeam) Montgomery County Joins National Citizenship Initiative. (Source of the Spring) Got a News Tip? Tell...

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County joins national citizenship initiative

The county executive speaks to the press following this morning’s announcement. Photo by Mike Mowery. County Executive Isiah Leggett was on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring Tuesday morning to help launch an initiative to promote and assist eligible residents in the county to become U.S. citizens.  The county has joined Cities for Citizenship and the “Naturalize Now! Summer Citizenship Campaign,” a coordinated naturalization event and communications outreach effort to encourage 1,000,000 eligible community members to naturalize this year, according to a county press release. “We all know the great benefits and privilege of being citizens of this great...

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Ellsworth Urban Park will be expanded after house demolition

This house will be torn down to allow more space for the adjoining park. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery Parks plans to demolish a house the department owns at 8915 Colesville Rd. to expand Ellsworth Urban Park, which abuts the property. The addition will expand the park’s acreage by about 30 percent, said Dominic Quattrocchi, planner coordinator for the department. Montgomery Parks has owned the house for about 30 years, he said. A number of entities have occupied the house during that time, including a group using it as a home for developmentally challenged adults and one operating a...

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Monday Evening Links – May 22, 2017

The United Therapeutics DDomal Project construction site, part of UT’s major Unisphere expansion in Downtown Silver Spring. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) Your roundup of stories in and around Silver Spring: Council to Approve Budget with BRT, RideOn Funding. (Source of the Spring) Taste the World in Fenton Village 2017. (Jonna Michelle Photography) Silver Spring Makes ‘Best Cities for Young Professionals’ Forbes List. (Patch) United Therapeutics Construction Update. (Source of the Spring) ‘Silent Sky’ Reprised at Silver Spring Stage. (DC Metro Theater Arts) Trash Hauler’s Contract Restricted; New Hauler to Serve Silver Spring. (MyMCMedia) Judge’s Ruling Keeps Purple Line...

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Council to approve budget with BRT, Ride On funding

The new budget will include additional transportation funding. Graphic from the BRT website. The County Council is expected to formally approve the county’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget this Thursday. The budget includes $31.5 million for Fiscal Years 2018-2020 for the study, design and right-of-way purchases for the planned Bus Rapid Transit. Six million dollars of that amount is intended for the U.S. Route 29 line to the Silver Spring Transit Center. The details of the BRT station locations and other elements of that line will be identified during FY18, according to a council press release. In the last two...

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United Therapeutics Construction Update

The construction site of United Therapeutics’ Unisphere, bringing over 120,000 square feet of office space and 10,000 square feet of retail space to Downtown Silver Spring. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) Construction is in full swing at the site of United Therapeutics’ Unisphere, a massive project bringing over 120,000 square feet of new office space and 10,000 square feet of retail space to Colesville Road at Spring Street in Downtown Silver Spring. The project will also add around 100 more workers, helping the company retain its spot as one of the area’s top employers. According to the project website, the following...

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Sunday Evening Links – May 21, 2017

Recent Silver Spring stories you may have missed: Ellsworth Place is For Sale. (Source of the Spring) ALDI to Open on Georgia Avenue. (Bethesda Beat) The OUTBOX has Returned to Ellsworth Drive. (Source of the Spring) Woodside Urban Park Getting a $7 Million Upgrade. (MyMCMedia) Pollo Campero is Close to Opening on Colesville Road. (Source of the Spring) Montgomery Blair HS Quiz Bowl Team Competing Nationally. (Patch) Lina’s Diner & Bar Opened in the Former Piratz Tavern Space. (Bethesda Beat) Got a News Tip? Tell...

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Pollo Campero Now Hiring

Pollo Campero is Now Hiring for its new location on Colesville Road, next to The Fillmore. Photo by David Lay. As we previously reported, Pollo Campero is building out a location at 8666 Colesville Road, in the former Da Marco Grappa Bar next to The Fillmore: The chain specializes in chicken that’s either hand-breaded and fried or grilled Peruvian style. Juan José Gutierrez, who’s still involved in the family-owned business, opened the company’s first store in Guatemala in 1971. The initial U.S. store opened in Los Angeles in 2002. There are now more than 67 Pollo Campero outlets in...

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