Pennyworth Shop to Close on Weekdays

As of Nov. 15, the Pennyworth Thrift Shop on Bonifant Street will no longer be open on weekdays, according to board member Grace Shirey. Saturday hours will be from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. as the shop prepares to move from 949 Bonifant St. to the basement of Grace House on the grounds of Grace Episcopal Church at 1607 Grace Church Rd. Beginning tomorrow, Nov. 10, and for the three following Saturdays (Nov. 17, 24, and Dec. 1), everything in the shop except jewelry will be sold for one dollar, though coats will be priced at $4. The shop will be...

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Downtown Silver Spring Residents Looking to Form Civic Association

A group of downtown Silver Spring residents is in the early stages of forming a new civic association to represent that area. “We’ve been trying to start this organization for three years, with many stops and starts,” said Dan Reed, one of the organizers (and who blogs at Just Up the Pike). A group of them met last night at Kaldi’s Social House for a combination kickoff and happy hour for the Silver Spring Downtown Neighborhood Association. “One of the recurring things that had come up [in earlier discussions] was [that] we wanted to do more social activities, both...

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County Announces Veterans Day Schedule

The county has announced its holiday schedule for Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12. All county offices will be closed on Veterans Day, as will libraries (also closed on Sunday), state offices and courts. Trash and recycling pickups will run on the usual schedule, and the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station will be open. Aquatic and recreation centers will open as scheduled, while administrative offices and senior centers will be closed. The schedule for park facilities varies and is available here. The TrIPS Commuter Store in Silver Spring will be open, but the Mobile Commuter Store will...

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#SourceSunsets: Lenox Park

Last Night’s Sunset from Lenox Park Apartments. Photo by Pavithra Sarah George. If you have a Silver Spring sunset photo you’d like to share, please send via email to info[at] Please include #SourceSunsets in the subject, along with your name and where the photo was...

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New County Executive, At-Large Council Members Elected

Montgomery County elected a new county executive for the first time since 2006, and will send three new at-large members to Rockville to serve on the County Council. Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large), after surviving a close primary race against businessman David Blair, earned 225,900 votes (64.3 percent) in unofficial results as of 11:42 p.m. last night. Elrich soundly defeated Councilmember Nancy Floreen (D-At Large), who received 67,402 votes (19.1 percent) running as an independent. Both candidates were term limited and must leave the council at the end of their terms. Perennial candidate Robin Ficker (R) finished last with...

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Upcoming Events, Nov. 7-14

Wednesday, Nov. 7 Takoma Park Police Winter Coat Drive underway, drop-off at 7500 Maple Ave., ends 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. “From Addis to Gambella: Ensuring Older People in Ethiopia Are Not Left Behind,” Silver Spring Civic Building, 2-3;30 p.m. Robotics for Kids, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 Street Smart Virtual Reality Challenge launch, Veterans Plaza, 10:30 a.m. Cruising: Making Waves and Sense (A Travel Lecture) with David Kriso, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 6-7:30 p.m. Nonfiction Book Club discussion—Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, Long Branch...

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#SourceSunsets: Election Night Edition

Tonight’s Sunset from Woodmoor. Photo by Amy Stacy. If you have a Silver Spring sunset photo you’d like to share, please submit through our News Tips form, or send an email to info[at] Please include #SourceSunsets in the subject, along with your name and where the photo was...

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Takoma Park Council Votes to Convert to LED Streetlights

The Takoma Park City Council recently voted unanimously to replace all of its traditional streetlights with high-efficiency LED fixtures, according to an announcement on the city’s website. There are 1,505 streetlights in the city, and the replacement fixtures could save up to $100,000 per year in energy and maintenance costs, according to a Pepco estimate. Takoma Park currently pays Pepco, which owns the lights, about $233,00 per year for streetlights, including about $53,000 paid to WGL for wind-powered electricity.  “Today we take a huge step forward as a community in fighting climate change and reducing our energy consumption,” said...

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If Only We Had a Crystal Ball

We’ve all heard or read expert opinions by economists that there could be an economic downturn or recession in the 2020 time frame. The Washington area is never affected as hard as the rest of the country, as government and professional support jobs continue to remain viable. I reached out to a Travis Vollmerhausen, a mortgage lender with First Home Mortgage, to see what he would advise for those thinking of buying or selling their home, given what could come. “There’s always a risk in waiting. Every situation is different, but if you’re fiscally conservative, it would make more sense...

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PollySue’s in Takoma Park to Close at End of Year

PollySue’s Vintage Shop in Takoma Park will close at the end of the year, according to an announcement from the owner that was shared by Main Street Takoma. The announcement from owner Susan Collings came on Nov. 1, 19 years to the day after the shop opened in 1999. “Jackie and I have both decided that it was time to do different things, and that we needed a break from the hard work of retail sales,” Collings wrote. “I wanted to stay open through the holidays to say goodbye and to pull out some treasures that I have hidden...

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