Home Buying Cents—Stick to Your Budget

Buying a home can be overwhelming on so many levels. So many options. So many questions, and the pressure is often on to decide quickly or lose the home. I often hear, “Is this the right location? What renovations could we do and how much will they cost? Will this home appreciate to exceed those improvements or additions? Are the schools good? What is my commute time going to be?” A necessary place to start is to create your home purchase budget. By working with a mortgage lender, you will be able to assess your monthly budget and what...

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Upcoming Events, Oct. 17-25

Wednesday, Oct. 17 Revels World Story Time, 531 Dale Dr., 10-11 a.m. How to Apply for Jobs with Montgomery County, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 10 a.m.-noon Musicalitea, Levine Music, 900 Wayne Ave., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Safe Silver Spring meeting, 3rd District Police Headquarters, 1002 Milestone Dr., 7 p.m. Gandhi Brigade documentary premiere, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, 3rd Floor, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3:30 p.m. Bus Rapid Transit System U.S. 29 Central Corridor Advisory Committee, Silver Spring United Methodist...

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Gandhi Brigade to Premiere Newest Student-Produced Documentary

Gandhi Brigade Youth Media will present the world premiere of the organization’s latest student-produced documentary, which looks youth activism and is titled “We Are Now.” The free showing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Cultural Arts Center at 7995 Georgia Ave. During a five-week period over the past summer, eight high school students conceived, planned and produced the film. The production took students from a hearing at Gaithersburg City Hall on immigration rights to the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), a youth leader in...

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Astro Lab Brewing Grand Opening Set for Friday

Astro Lab Brewing announced the brewpub will hold its grand opening this Friday, Oct. 19, from 4 p.m. to midnight at its location at 8216 Georgia Ave. In addition to its initial line up of craft beers, the celebration will include a special launch release. The event will also feature offerings from Virginia’s Bold Rock Cidery and The Sweet Farm in Frederick County, which produces a variety of naturally fermented krauts. The brewery held a Family and Friends night last week and had a soft opening with limited hours over the weekend. It will be open five days a...

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Residents Can Adopt a Pet at No Charge During Adoption Week

Residents interested in adopting a pet can do so at no charge this week from the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and Friends of Montgomery County Animals. The two organizations are holding an “Autumn Adoption Fest” and waiving the adoption fees on all species at the shelter to make room for new arrivals. “This event is going to be especially exciting because we’re temporarily changing how we do adoptions in order to decrease wait time for patrons and maximize the number of animals we can send home each day,” said MCASAC Deputy Director Lex Lepiarz in a...

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Board Authorizes Execution of Purple Line Construction MOU

The county Board of Education this week authorized Superintendent Jack Smith to execute a memorandum of understanding with the Maryland Transit Administration regarding Purple Line construction. The MOU covers issues at the Silver Spring International Middle School and the Sligo Creek Elementary School, located along Wayne Avenue. A Purple Line station is under construction by the Purple Line Transit Partners at the corner of Wayne and Dale Drive, affecting operations at both schools now and when the light rail becomes operational on Wayne. According to a memo from Smith to the board, the MOU includes: Provisions regarding responsibility for...

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Upcoming Events, Oct. 10-18

Wednesday, Oct. 10 Everyday Fitness for Every Body SPARKLE Program, Silver Spring Library, 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 Final Virtual Town Hall with County Executive Isiah Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Carpe Diem! Second Thursday Dance, Silver Spring Civic Building, $5-$10, 7-10 p.m. Screening, “Audism Unveiled,” Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 Lunch with the Mayor, Tijuana’s Mexican Café, 949 University Blvd. E., noon “Immemorial” opening reception, Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring Civic Building, 6-8 p.m., RSVP Ashton: Appalachian Storytelling With Adam Booth, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., 7:30-9 p.m. Magpie concert,...

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Baked Goods Fundraiser Held at Harvest Moon Festival

The Silver Spring Time Bank tables offered an array of goodies as a fundraiser at the Oct. 7 Harvest Moon Festival in Silver Spring. Eight bakers made everything from brownies to cupcakes for the event. The Harvest Moon Festival is an annual event that this year featured entertainment by several ethnic groups including Hawaiian dancers and singers, Caribbean steel drums, and others. Along with entertainment, there were vendors and representatives of local nonprofit organizations including Toastmasters and the League of Women Voters. The event drew a sizeable crowd despite competition from an Indonesian Festival happening at the same time...

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Local Churches to Hold Voter Registration Drive Sunday

Two local churches are teaming up with the League of Women Voters and the District’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Stacey Lincoln for a “Procrastinators’ Voter Registration Drive” this weekend. The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election in the District of Columbia and Maryland is Tuesday, Oct. 16. The registration drive will be held Sunday, Oct. 14 from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Shepherd Park Christian Church, with assistance from DSK Mariam Church, at 7900 Eastern Ave., N.W. Volunteers will be available to assist with forms, registering online, making changes to registrations, checking registration status,...

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County Police Searching for Suspect in Commercial Burglaries

Montgomery County police are searching for a suspect in four recent commercial burglaries in downtown Silver Spring. Police were called to 8720 Georgia Ave. on Sept. 15 following the report of a burglary discovered that morning by a worker who arrived to open the building. Police found four offices had been entered by force and had items stolen.  Video surveillance reviewed by 3rd District officers showed a suspect inside the building at 6:33 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. That video has now been released by the department in hopes of learning the suspect’s identity. Anyone who recognizes the suspect or...

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