Photo of Silver Spring Landmark Chosen in International Competition

Selected photo of the Georgia Avenue mosaic courtesy Ralph Blessing. A smartphone photo of a Silver Spring landmark is one of 34 selected for exhibition in the 4th International Phone-ography Competition. The photo is of the mosaic displayed under the Metro overpass above Georgia Avenue. Ralph Blessing, who lives a few blocks south of Silver Spring in Washington, D.C, took the shot back in January using a Motorola moto z. The competition, sponsored by fotofoto Gallery, a nonprofit organization in Huntington, N.Y., was open to anyone 18 years of age or older, and the entries were limited only to...

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Astrolab Brewing Weeks Away From Opening

The fermenters are installed at Astrolab Brewing. The boiler room is in the back. Photo by Mike Diegel. Brewery fans are just weeks away from enjoying a fresh cold one at Astrolab Brewing, according to cofounder Emma Whelan. “We’re currently in the process of getting our boiler up and running and properly functioning, and we’re hoping that will be early next week when that’s finalized,” Whelan said. “Our aim is to brew at the end of next week,” she added. “We have a 15-barrel brew system,” including five 15-barrel fermenters in the back of the house. The back end...

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With Public’s Help, Police Identify, Arrest Two Robbery Suspects

Screenshot of surveillance video showing suspects in July robbery; victim’s faces are blurred out. With help from the public’s tips, county detectives have identified and arrested two of the three suspects in a July 27 robbery at Esther’s Beauty Salon/Supplies at 9309 Georgia Ave., according to a press release. One suspect was identified as Curtis Pegues, age 19, of Saint Mortiz Drive in Temple Hills, Md. He was arrested and charged with armed robbery and first-degree assault and is being held without bond. Charges are pending against a second suspect, a 14-year-old male juvenile from Washington, D.C. The third suspect,...

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Silver Spring Jazz Festival Set for Sept. 8

Screenshot from the 2018 Silver Spring Jazz Festival flyer featuring Dianne Reeves. The 15th annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival will be held on Veterans Plaza Saturday, Sept. 8, the county’s Recreation Department has announced. This year’s headliner will be vocalist Dianne Reeves, a winner of the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters award, the country’s highest honor for a jazz musician. Reeves also won a Grammy in 2015 for Best Jazz Vocal Album with “Beautiful Life,” which included covers of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” and Ani DiFranco’s “32...

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Upcoming Events, Aug. 15-23

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Aug 15 Easterseals Adult Day Services Open House, 1420 Spring St., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. “Need Answers to Your Medicare Questions?” Silver Spring Civic Building, 2-3:30 p.m. 1st Session: STEM 3D Modelisation After-School, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 7-8 p.m. “Breaking Down Barriers,” Silver Spring Civic Building, 7-9 p.m. “Fungi: The Gardener’s BFF,” Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Ave., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 “The Secret Power of You,” Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave., donations accepted, 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Game Night,” Silver Screens on Sonny’s Green, The Blairs, 1290 East-West Highway, approx. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug....

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County Offering Grants to Assist with Food Security Issues

Photo of rescued food waste from Montgomery County is offering grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to community organizations working with food security issues, according to a press release. The grants are intended to assist organizations to improve capacity and infrastructure, or “to support inventive and collaborative approaches to reducing food insecurity.” Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations can also use the grants for assistance to the populations they serve, including preparing meals, distribution and delivery, or recovering food that would otherwise be wasted. According to the Department of Environmental Protection Division of Solid Waste Services, 147,000 tons of food (nearly...

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Local Nonprofit Adds Three Executives to Staff

Graphic from A Wider Circle A Wider Circle, the Silver Spring-based, anti-poverty nonprofit, has added three vice presidents to its executive team, according to a press release. “The work of A Wider Circle has grown significantly and now focuses on the delivery of comprehensive, long-term programs that can affect individual and community level change.  These three strong and accomplished professionals bring a wealth of expertise to our work and significantly raise the bar for our organization,” said Mark Bergel, the organization’s founder and president. The three new executives are: Shalini Madan Benson has been appointed vice president for headquarters and...

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Demand for Homes Exceeds Supply

Guest post and photo from Melinda Schnare You’ve probably been a part of a housing market conversation where you’ve heard “inventory is low.” Here are the numbers for the supply of homes and the demand (buyers looking for homes), compared to last year. Closed sales at the onset of summer (June) dipped below last year’s level by 6.9 percent. Active listings were far below last June’s active listing total of 2,760 (-9.5 percent). Half of the homes sold in June were on the market 11 days or less. Many homes that are moving quickly have kitchens and baths updated,...

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Tax-Free Shopping Week to Begin Sunday

Graphic from Maryland comptroller’s office The annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week will begin Sunday, Aug. 12 and run through Saturday, Aug. 18, according to an announcement from Comptroller Peter Franchot. Certain back-to-school items will be exempt from the six percent state sales tax during that week. Shoppers can choose any single qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time. The first $40 of any backpack or book bag purchase also will be tax-free. For more information on qualifying items, visit, email [email protected] or call 1-800-MD-TAXES...

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“I Could be Robert White”

About 200 people attended a rally for Robert White last Sunday. Photo courtesy Sue Udry. The following was submitted by Cyrus Sethna as a letter to the editor of the Source and is posted by request. In reference to the recent fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Silver Spring—my home—let me start by saying black lives matter. I am a person of color and poignantly aware that I could be Robert White. Mr. White was shot by Montgomery County Police Officer Anand Badgujar in an altercation captured on his body camera. My initial reaction was one...

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