Qdoba on Colesville Permanently Closed

Qdoba Mexican Eats on Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring has permanently closed, according to a sign posted on the front door. A view from the street shows an empty store, the fixtures and equipment gone. The sign indicates that at least some of the staff may have gone on to work at other locations; the closest ones are on Tech Road off of U.S. 29 north, and in Rockville and Hyattsville. The company has seen slumping sales in the last year or two. The chain of more than 700 stores nationally was sold earlier this year by parent...

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County Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule Announced

The county has announced its schedule of closings for the Thanksgiving Day holiday Nov. 22. All county offices, libraries and the Department of Liquor Control retail stores will be closed, as will all recreation programs and facilities. For Montgomery Parks programs, events and operating schedule, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks and tennis centers, go to www.MontgomeryParks.org.  Ride On will operate on a Sunday schedule, while riders can check the WMATA site for information about Metro and busses.  The TRiPS Commuter Store at Silver Spring Transit Center and the TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store will be closed. All county-provided trash and recycling collection will...

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Elrich Transition Underway, Focus is on Outcomes, Personnel

The transition to County Executive-elect Marc Elrich’s administration is well underway, as his team focuses on seven broad “priority outcomes” and potential candidates for government positions. While Elrich has announced that Andrew Kleine, his transition team chair, will serve as chief administrative officer, other positions are still in flux—except for one area. “I feel pretty good about the people that we have at the regional services level,” Elrich said. “They’re staying,” including Silver Spring Regional Director Reemberto Rodriguez. In the meantime, Elrich said, “I hope to have a group of people to present to the council for interviews on...

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Ellsworth Place Officially Under New Management

Ellsworth Place in downtown Silver Spring is officially under new management and ownership, according to a post on the mall’s Facebook page. GBT Realty Corp., based in Brentwood, Tenn., has taken over the shopping center at 8661 Colesville Rd. following the sale of the building, announced in July. Petri Richardson Ventures put the center formerly known at City Place on the market in May of 2017. The company acquired ownership and management of the mall in 2012 in a joint venture with Rockwood Capital. In addition, the new management announced that Five Below is now open in the mall. The company, which...

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More Than 110 Units Set to March in Thanksgiving Parade

More than 110 units will participate in the annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade in Silver Spring Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-noon. The marchers will begin at the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, continue down Ellsworth to turn south on Georgia Avenue, and end at Silver Spring Avenue. Units will include college and high school marching bands, Thanksgiving- and Christmas-themed floats, performances by the Maryland Youth Ballet and Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, South American musical groups and 12-foot inflatables, including a turkey, a dinosaur and a penguin. Others participating the parade include motorcycle-riding and horse-mounted police, pageant winners,...

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County Councilmember-Elect Evan Glass

Indian Spring resident Evan Glass won the most votes (263,275) in the Nov. 6 general election for an at-large position on the County Council. Prior to the primary earlier this year, Glass was one of the many candidates who responded to a questionnaire from Source of the Spring that asked contestants why they were running, as well as about policies and programs they would pursue to expand the county’s tax base. In an interview this week with the Source, Glass revisited some of those answers in light of the fact that he would now be serving on the council....

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Upcoming Events, Nov. 14-22

Wednesday, Nov. 14 Takoma Park Police Winter Coat Drive underway, drop-off at 7500 Maple Ave., ends 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. “Thinking About Trade, Tariff and the Economy,” Silver Spring Civic Building, 2-3:30 p.m. An Evening of Hawaiian Music with Ukulele Hui, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., 6-9 p.m. “Girl Legacy,” Community Bridges annual celebration, The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., $125 GA, 6-10 p.m. “Peace Dragon,” author Linda Ragsdale, Takoma Park Library, 101 Philadelphia St., 7-8:30 p.m. Friends of Sligo Creek presentation, “The American Eel:  From the Atlantic Ocean to Sligo Creek,” Sligo-Dennis Avenue Local Park building,...

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Local Author Writes Book on Changing Government Budgets

A local author and municipal budgeting expert has written a book about the principles and practices that can change how governments create and manage budgets. Indian Spring resident Andrew Kleine published “City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed Its Budget to Beat the Great Recession and Deliver Outcomes,” based on his 10 years as the city’s budget director under three mayors. Described as “parts memoir, manifesto, and manual, this book tells the story of Baltimore’s radical departure from traditional line item budgeting to a focus on outcomes like better schools, safer streets, and stronger neighborhoods.” Kleine said he was...

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CommUNITY Holiday Tree Lit in Downtown Silver Spring

The year’s holiday CommUNITY Tree was lit Saturday night on the Fountain Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring. The tree was once again designed by Karl Unnasch, who has created the Re-Imagining the Holidays art installation for the past six years, along with a partner, Michael Cimino, and three local artists—Michelle Izquierdo, Vanessa Smith and Erick Satchell II. The 35-foot tall installation is topped by a mobile sculpture, and additional mobiles are installed in the breezeway from the Wayne Avenue garage. The tree will be on display until the end of the holiday season. Top, Tommy McFly, formerly of FreshFM 94.7, once again served...

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All Ages Attended Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk

About 50 people braved the fall’s first blustery streak last Saturday to sing and carry lanterns across the Talbot Avenue Bridge in the inaugural Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk. North Woodside resident Anna White conceived the event as a way to build off of the momentum achieved during September’s centennial celebration for the bridge. Working with neighbors, artist Bertie LoPiccolo and educator Kate Elliot, White organized a morning lantern-making workshop at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center. Approximately 20 people ranging in age from 2 years old to 99 learned how to make lanterns from recycled plastic bottles, tissue...

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