Author: Mike Diegel

County Council Campaign Sign Challenge: Elite 8

Photo from We’re now down to just eight contestants left in the Source’s County Council campaign sign challenge. Today’s poll will determine who makes Monday’s Final Four signs, just before Election Day. With the competition stiffening, we thought we’d remind you of what our design consultant, Eric Robbins, said in his initial review of these eight contestants: Brandy Brooks—Good concept but difficult to read the first name, and border of county lines interferes with last name. Evan Glass—Good name typography. Simple and direct with non-traditional color scheme. Will Jawando—Good, classic high-contrast color scheme with blue and orange (War...

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County Council Campaign Sign Challenge: Sweet 16

Photo from The first round of voting in the Source’s County Council candidate sign challenge is over and it’s on to our Sweet 16. The major candidates survived the first round, and now the challenge gets tougher. To help you make your decision on which have the best designs, take a look at our earlier post on the basics of good design. The voting for the poll of 16 signs will remain open until Sunday. We’ll then tally the results and post the challenge’s Elite Eight campaign signs. Welcome to your Sweet 16 Brandy Brooks vs. Hans Riemer...

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County Council Campaign Sign Design Review

Photo from We’ve launched a campaign sign challenge tournament where you, our readers, can pick the best sign from the at-large County Council candidates. To help, we contacted professional designer and Source friend Eric Robbins to provide some guidance on what makes a good sign. Read all the way to the end to see his comments on the entries. Then go vote today and the rest of this weekend. Put a bunch of political yard signs in one place, and the most striking designs always shine through. But what makes those signs come out above some of the...

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Join the Candidate Sign Tournament and Pick the Best

Photo from You’ve studied the at-large County Council candidates to make your choices for the best. But what about their signs? Who has the best, most effective art and message? We asked the candidates for examples of their campaign signs and collected 22. We’ve randomly seeded them in the poll below for the Tournament of Signs; some candidates were matched against those for whom we were unable to collect a sample. The Round of 32 is today. Tomorrow, look for our Sweet 16, the Elite 8 will post on Saturday, and Sunday we’ll have our Final four before...

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Councilmember for a Day Entry Deadline Extended

Montgomery County graphic The deadline for submissions in the 2018 Councilmember for a Day challenge sponsored by Councilmember Craig Rice (D-District 2) has been extended to Monday, July 16. Current students in eighth grade through junior year in high school may enter by submitting a video of two minutes or less, or written essays of 500 words or less, that address two questions: In your opinion, what is the most important public policy issue facing young people today? What suggestions do you have for national, state and local leaders to address this issue? Ten students will be chosen as...

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Post Office Scheduled to Open in Library on July 17

Photo from Wikimedia Commons The U.S. Post Office in Spring Center on 16th Street will open in its new, temporary location in the Silver Spring Library on Tuesday, July 17, USPS officials have confirmed. The post office is the last business still operating in the center at 8600 Spring St., which is in the process of being demolished for Purple Line construction. Construction is underway on the ground floor of the library at 900 Wayne Ave. in the space behind the windows facing the future Purple Line station. The post office is expected to operate in the temporary location...

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Timing is Everything in a Multiple-Offer Market

Guest post and photo courtesy Melinda Schnare If you are looking for a home in this market, know what you want and where, and be prepared to weigh any number of contingencies or offerings to put your offer in a competitive position and get the home you just fell in love with. This is a multiple-offer market. The number of available homes are fewer than last year. And the homes that are nice can go in a snap. It’s doable, if you are prepared. Here are a few tips: Be prequalified by a mortgage lender. It takes very little...

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Upcoming Events June 20-28

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, June 20 Book Discussion, “Noah’s Compass” by Anne Tyler, Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21 Carpe Diem Arts-Washington Revels Family & Community Sing, Bennington Drive Park, 599 Bennington Dr., $5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Read it and See it Summer Movie Night: Meet the Robinsons, Silver Spring Library, 900 Waynve Ave., 6:30 p.m. Silver Spring Timebank New Member Orientation, Catylator Makerspace, 8121 Georgia Ave., Suite LL1, 7-8:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social: Meet the Design Team for the Math And Science Building, Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave. 7-8:30 p.m.

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Community Members Question Police About Killing of Robert White

Screen shot of Chief Thomas Manger addressing the press following the shooting from Post by Woody Brosnan from Safe Silver Spring, reprinted with permission. About 50 community activists and neighbors of Robert Lawrence White came to the quarterly meeting of Safe Silver Spring to express frustration about the many unanswered questions surrounding White’s slaying last Monday [June 11] by a Montgomery County police officer. Captain William Montgomery, the recently installed commander of the Silver Spring district, was peppered for more than two hours with questions about White’s death, the use of lethal force, and training requirements, during the...

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Early Voting Period for Primary Continues This Week

The Silver Spring Civic Building is one of 11 early voting centers in the county. Photo by Mike Diegel. There are four more days left in the early voting period for the June 2018 primary. Eleven early voting centers in the county are open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. from now through Thursday, June 21. The most convenient center for Silver Spring and Takoma Park residents is at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Other centers include: Activity Center, Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, Map Damascus Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Dr., Damascus, Map Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St.,...

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