Chess Center Moving Headquarters to Silver Spring

Photo from pxhere under Creative Commons CC0 The U.S. Chess Center is moving to new headquarters at 8560 Second Ave. in Silver Spring and is celebrating its grand opening with three free events tomorrow (Sept. 8). Grandmaster Jennifer Yu, 2014 World Girls Under-12 Champion, will play up to eight simultaneous games against all comers, adults or children, from 10 a.m. to noon outside the building. (The exhibition will be in the lobby if it’s raining.) From noon to 3 p.m., the center will hold a drop-in tournament for all kids grades K-12 who know chess rules. Participants can play...

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Discovery Sells Silver Spring Headquarters Building

Photo of Discovery’s headquarters with the famous Chompy by Flickr user and ©GlynLowe.com, published under a Creative Commons license. Discovery Communications has sold its headquarters building in downtown Silver Spring, according to reports. The buyers are a joint venture of Foulger-Pratt, based in Potomac, and Cerberus Capital Management, a New York private investment firm, reports WTOP. The radio station cites the Washington Business Journal, which broke the news in a subscriber-only story, as saying the price was $70 million. WTOP also quotes Cameron Pratt, chief executive of Foulger-Pratt, saying, “When the opportunity to purchase such an iconic, centrally-located building...

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Reinventing Yourself through Downsizing to Condo Living

Guest post and photo from Melinda Schnare Many people I meet are thinking about downsizing from their large, beautiful homes surrounded by tall trees and green grass to a condo. My first question is, “Will you be able to live without gardening, working with soil and watching your plants grow?” They ponder the question and then say, “Yes! What I want now is…easy.” Then they go on to describe their new life. A smaller space that is maintenance free, close to the metro with high “walkability” scores. They are seeking spontaneity, and the ability to walk or Metro to...

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Pepco Work to Close Portion of Fenton Street Beginning Thursday

Graphic from pixabay. A Pepco contractor is scheduled to start work that will cause the closure of Fenton Street from New York Avenue to Takoma Avenue beginning Thursday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m., according to an email circulated by Dr. Brad Stewart, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus vice president and provost. The work, expected to take several months, will completely close Fenton Street from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and traffic will be rerouted. “During the hours when Fenton Street is closed, all traffic exiting our East Garage will be required to turn left (north)...

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Jubilee Voices to Headline Talbot Avenue Bridge Centennial Celebration

The Jubilee Voices at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Photo by Bruce Guthrie. Guest post by David S. Rotenstein Andrea Blackford visited the Talbot Avenue Bridge for the first time in early August. The Silver Spring civil rights landmark made an immediate impression. “It’s a special place,” she said in a recent interview. “There are places we’ve gone where we feel we’ve been surrounded by the ancestors and that was the first thing that struck me.” Blackford is the founder and leader of Jubilee Voices, an ensemble that is part of the Silver Spring-based Washington Revels. Jubilee Voices is one of...

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Upcoming Events, Sept. 5-13

Illustration from FiveStone Church Thursday, Sept. 6 Silver Spring-Takoma Park Restaurant Week continues, various locations through Sept. 9 Citizen Heroes: Local Activists Share Their Stories, Silver Spring Civic Building, 7 p.m. Picturing the Chesapeake Lecture with Mark Hendricks, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 Lunch with Mayor Kate Stewart in The Crossroads, El Marinero Comida Latina & Grill, noon Child & Teen Auditions for the 2018 Christmas Revels begin, 531 Dale Dr., 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 Teddy Bear Clinic, National Museum of Health & Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Takoma Park’s 10th...

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Discovery to Lay Off More Than 200 in Silver Spring Office

Photo of Discovery’s headquarters with the famous Chompy by Flickr user and ©GlynLowe.com, published under a Creative Commons license. Discovery Communications will lay off more than 200 workers in its downtown Silver Spring office, according to several reports citing a state workforce adjustment filing. First reported by the Washington Business Journal, the move will affect 212 workers, effective Oct. 1, as the company prepares to relocate its headquarters to New York City and sell the Silver Spring building. The sale was announced in January, and a July report in the Washington Business Journal, said locally based Foulger-Pratt Co. and...

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Phone Scam Targeting Residents, Offering Affordable Health Insurance

Image by Alachua County on Flickr. Maryland residents are being targeted by a phone scam offering affordable health insurance plans, according to the Maryland Health Connection. The Connection, the state exchange for health insurance plans commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” warns that the calls begin with a robocall before switching to a live person purporting to be an enrollment agent. The agent claims to be able to enroll consumers in $199 plans outside of the annual open enrollment period and with no “qualifying life event,” such as marriage, having a child or losing other coverage. The agent will attempt...

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More Than 30 Local Restaurants to Participate in Restaurant Week

Screenshot from a portion of the official Restaurant Week flyer. More than 30 restaurants in Silver Spring and Takoma Park will participate in the 4th Annual Silver Spring-Takoma Park Restaurant Week. Restaurant week will start Tuesday, Sept. 4 and run through Sunday, Sept. 9, according to host Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5), who spearheaded the effort in 2015. Participating restaurants will offer two- and three-course lunches for $12 and $17, respectively. Two- and three-course dinners will cost $17 and $27. “Silver Spring-Takoma Park Restaurant Week is a six-day culinary celebration highlighting the variety of dining options in the area,”...

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With New Location, New Leader, CREATE Expanding Its Programs

Linda Marson in her office at CREATE Arts Center. Photo by Mike Diegel. With a new location and a new executive director in Linda Marson, CREATE Arts Center is expanding its programming and community outreach. Marson started her job about eight weeks ago and new programs are beginning to happen. “For the first time, we’re offering adult workshops all through the fall,” Marson said. “We’re super-excited about that.” Marson began her career at WUSA9 as a news assignment editor, worked on the Hill in both the House and the Senate as a communications director and then running political campaigns,...

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