Author: Mike Diegel

Medical marijuana dispensary to open on Fenton Street

Work is underway at the former Banner Glass location. Photo by Mike Diegel. Silver Spring could have at least one medical marijuana dispensary open before Thanksgiving. Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries plans to open Rise Silver Spring at 7900 Fenton St., the site of the former Banner Glass Inc., according to Jeff Goldman, one of the company’s founding partners and vice president of communications. “Everyone’s listening to what the growers are saying will be available, and they’re hoping for November product,” Goldman said. “We’re hopeful for early November inspections so we’ll be ready to operate.” Security will be a big...

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Bike lane project on Spring and Cedar close to completion

Bike lanes and bike boxes are in green at the intersection of Cedar Street and Ellsworth Drive. Photo by Mike Diegel. The completion of a project to create separated bike lanes on Spring and Cedar streets is at hand as the Planning Department continues to work on an updated bicycle master plan. “The purpose of the plan is to create a bicycling network that is comfortable for most people, from young kids to older adults,” said David Anspacher, the plan’s project manager, who has been working on it since 2015. The last time the bicycling plan had a comprehensive...

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Documentary explores history of Silver Spring

Gifford’s Ice Cream parlor in Silver Spring, 1956, courtesy of Silver Spring Historical Society. Anyone who hasn’t heard the story of how Silver Spring got its name can learn that and much more about local history Sunday at a free screening of “Silver Spring: Story of an American Suburb.” AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is hosting a 15th anniversary showing of this 88-minute documentary that “explores the history of Silver Spring, MD, from its earliest days, through the growth during the New Deal, its heyday as a booming retail center in the 1940s and ’50s, and its eventual...

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Upcoming Events, Sept. 20-26

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, September 20 Virtual Town Hall with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment Advisory Committee meeting, Silver Spring Civic Building, 4 p.m. Thursday, September 21 Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor, 3:30 p.m. Washington Revels-Carpe Diem Community Sing, Bennington Drive Park, 599 Bennington Dr., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, September 22 Car-Free Day Lunch with the Mayor, Campeon Rotisserie Chicken & Bakery, 902 Merrimac Dr., Takmoa Park, noon. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, September 23 DC Denizens...

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Fall means beer festival season

Photo courtesy Denizens Brewing Co. It’s fall, which means it’s beer festival season, and there are two local ones coming up. First is the Takoma Park Nuclear-Free Beer Fest IX, which runs from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Cady Lee House, 7064 Eastern Avenue, N.W. The festival will feature beers from 15 local breweries and food from about 20 area restaurants, along with live entertainment. Ticket sales from the event typically raises about $20,000 a year to benefit the Takoma Foundation and its grant program for local organizations. The following Saturday, Sept. 30, Denizens Brewing Co. hosts...

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Local entrepreneurs plan brewery, beer garden in Silver Spring

Parallel World Brewing Co. will transform portions of this plaza into a beer garden. Photo by Mike Diegel. Two local entrepreneurs have signed a letter of intent to lease 10,000 square feet of space for a brewery in downtown Silver Spring at 8401 Colesville Rd. Christian Layke and Brett A. Robison plan to open Parallel World Brewing Co., which will include a taproom, production facilities and an outdoor beer garden on the plaza level of the building. Both men have been inspired by their experiences drinking in Europe and have adopted the taglines “Explore your World/Experience Gemütlichkeit” for their brewery....

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Manna Food Center demonstrates new mobile kitchen

The converted bus was parked on Ellsworth Drive during the farmers market. Photo by Mike Diegel. “Manny,” a mobile kitchen from Manna Food Center, made its first appearance in Silver Spring over the weekend. The new program will provide a hands-on cooking classroom and will be used for targeted food distribution in areas with limited access. Manna has identified 20 census areas in the county that are most at-risk for food insecurity, including East County and Long Branch. Starting in October, the bus will be a “pop-up pantry” to deliver fresh produce in these communities on certain days. Other...

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Departments, groups create downtown pop-ups for PARK(ing) Day

The Department of Environmental Protection and WSSC demonstrated ways to reduce runoff. Photo by Mike Diegel. Several county departments and other organizations created pop-up spaces along Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring Friday to mark International PARK(ing) Day. “PARK(ing) Day is a annual, open-source, global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places,” according to the IPD website. The intent is to point out that cities need more urban open space, to talk about how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of...

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Fire and rescue service awarded federal grants for hiring, training

Photo from firepix1075.zenfolio.com The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will be able to hire 10 new firefighters following the award of a grant for $1,452,842 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “MCFRS provides innovative, high-quality community service,” said County Executive Ike Leggett in a press release announcing the grants. “They ensure the highest value for tax dollars through fire-prevention, safety, education, and training to create safe streets and secure neighborhoods. These grants will expand the capabilities tax funding has supported and to provide exemplary service to which we have grown accustomed.” This grant will enable MCFRS to reach its...

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WSSC water main excavation on Colesville to begin Monday

WSSC water main project map WSSC has finished marking underground utilities and will begin excavating Colesville Road to replace water mains on Monday, Sept. 18, weather permitting. The project will start near the intersection with Georgia Avenue and move north toward the Beltway as work progresses, the utility said in a press release. Drivers can expect to find one- and two-lane closures during the water main work, which is expected to be finished in the spring of 2019, depending on the weather. Sidewalk, roadways and landscaping restoration will follow the completion of the water main work. Most of the...

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