Upcoming Events, May 10-17

Friday, May 10 “How Faith Communities Can Help Shape Racial Equity Legislation in Montgomery County,” Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Rd., 6:30-8 p.m. OCEAN Celtic Quartet, Carroll Café, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll Ave., N.W., $18-$20, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 Audacity of Hoops, Silver Spring Civic Building, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Techniques Of Medical Illustration: Carbon Dust, National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, 10 a.m.-noon Silver Spring Craft Market, Silver Branch Brewing Co., 8401 Colesville Rd., noon-4 p.m. Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Crossroads Spring Fest,...

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Support the Source During Small Business Week

We like to think of the Source as providing a community service and in fact, we hear from other people that we do just that. But we’re also a small business, and we have bills to pay for the services and products—web hosting, data storage, software, email providers, etc.—that allow us to bring you local news and information. So during National Small Business Week, we’re asking you, our valued readers, to lend a hand in this effort with a contribution to the Source. By visiting our Support Us page, you can scroll down to the Pay with Card button...

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Construction on Solaire II Expected to Begin in November

Construction on the Solaire Silver Spring II luxury apartment project in the Ripley District is targeted for a Nov. 1 start, according to Charles Nulsen III, president of the project’s developer, Washington Property Co. The building will be located next to the current Solaire Silver Spring at 1150 Ripley St., near the Metro tracks. Plans call for up to 420 apartments, approximately 18,000 square feet of retail space and six levels of aboveground parking. In order to facilitate the parking, the company received a height exemption of about 70 feet for the project. “We didn’t add any more building...

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Council Passes Bill to Increase Trust, Transparency in Law Enforcement

The County Council unanimously passed Bill 1-19, The Police Officer Involved Death – Independent Investigation, also known as the Law Enforcement Trust and Transparency Act. Today’s 9-0 vote was expected, since all councilmembers cosponsored the bill, introduced in January by Councilmember Will Jawando (D-At Large). When a police officer is involved in an individual’s death, the act would require a criminal investigation be conducted by an independent law enforcement entity, along with the release of a public report from that entity. Currently, Montgomery County Police conduct the initial criminal investigation of their own officers, and the findings are not...

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Parks to Present Pilot Proposal for E-bikes, E-scooters on Trails

Montgomery Parks will present a proposal to the Planning Board this week to allow a pilot program that would permit e-bikes and e-scooters on certain trails in the park system. The plan calls for a six-month trial period, on hard-surface trails only, running from June 1 to December 1, with an option to extend the program. If approved at the May 9 meeting, the pilot would evaluate use of these personal transportation vehicles on the trails, whether they should be allowed permanently and, if so, how to best to integrate e-bikes/e-scooters into the trail system. The pilot would only...

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Foulger-Pratt Signs First Tenant for Inventa Towers

Foulger-Pratt has signed its first tenant for Inventa Towers, the former Discovery headquarters building, according to a company press release. Children’s National Health System will lease about 140,000 square feet on floors three through six for 15 years, and consolidate staff from other area locations beginning in 2020. The organization’s fundraising arm, The Children’s Hospital Foundation, is already located in Silver Spring at 801 Roeder Rd. and will be part of the consolidation at Inventa Towers. “As we pursue a more collaborative work environment for our staff, we sought a space that was centrally located and offered a variety of...

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Upcoming Events, May 3-10

Friday, May 3 Opening Night, “Richard III” from Lumina Theatre, Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., $8-$18, 7 p.m. First Friday at the American Legion!, Cissel-Saxon American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave., 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, May 4 Scout Day at the Medical Museum, National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, 10 a.m.-noon WABA Adult City Cycling Classes, 8787 Georgia Ave. $10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. B&O Railroad Station Open House, 8100 Georgia Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Brewer Spring Art & Culture Crawl, meet at Penguin Mural, $50, 1-4 p.m. Shindigalicious! Garage/Punk Rock Night with Apollo 66, The...

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Solaire 8250 Georgia Will Open on May 13

Solaire 8250 Georgia will open for tenants May 13, according to Charles Nulsen III, president of the project’s developer, Washington Property Co. “We started pre-leasing the first of February and the project’s been very well received, and we have close to 100 pre-leases in the building as of [April 24] in a 340-unit project,” Nulsen said. The first levels to open, along with the common areas, will be floors three, four and five, with the rest of the project opening three floors at a time until all 20 floors are completely finished, Nulsen said. In addition, the building will...

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Highwood Theatre Leaving Current Location for Temporary Space

The Highwood Theatre is leaving its current location at 914 Silver Spring Ave. for a temporary space where its classes and rehearsals will be held beginning tomorrow (May 1), according to an announcement on the organization’s web site. The new location at 1400 Spring St., Suite 350 (on the corner of Spring and First Avenue) also will house the theater’s offices, said Artistic Director Matthew Nicola. “We’ve had tremendous growth, and we’ve been experiencing tremendous growth for quite some time now,” Nicola said. “The rate we’re growing and the numbers of students . . . the demand has been...

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Nolte Park Activity Building Gone; Community Garden Planned

The activity building at Nolte Local Park has been taken down and its foundation will serve as the base for a new community garden, according to plans from Montgomery Parks. In March of last year, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission issued a Request for Proposals for the adaptive reuse of the building, located at 200 Denver Rd., but did not receive any viable proposals. Montgomery Parks then held a public meeting in December to propose the idea of a community garden and gather feedback from residents and others. In addition, the department sought comments online in January of...

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