Councilmember Hucker Organizing Potluck Dinner for Furloughed Workers

Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5) is organizing a free community potluck dinner for furloughed government employees and contractors affected by the government shutdown. The “Shutdown Social” will be held Friday, Jan. 11 in the Montgomery Blair High School cafeteria at 51 University Blvd. E. A number of local restaurants are donating food and drinks for the dinner, including All Set Restaurant & Bar, El Golfo, Fire Station One, Ghar-e-Kabab, Kin Da, Manna Food Center, McGinty’s Pub, Middle Eastern Cuisine, Pacci’s Pizza, Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant and the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op. In addition, local musician Joe Uehlein of the U-Liners...

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Parks Seeking Comment on Nolte Community Garden Proposal

Montgomery Parks is soliciting public comments on a proposal to create a community garden on the grounds of Nolte Local Park at 200 Denver Rd. The garden would be created at the location of the current activity building, which is scheduled to be demolished this year. The department issued a Request for Proposals for reuse of the building in March 2018, but was unable to find a suitable tenant. The activity building would be the only part of the park disturbed by the garden proposal, according to the department—no trees or other park features would be disturbed. In its...

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Business Stories Dominate Source’s 2018 Most-Read Posts

Stories about local businesses have been the most widely read posts since the Source of the Spring launched in October 2016. Last year was no exception, as all 10 of 2018’s most-read articles were about Silver Spring businesses, though it wasn’t always good news. They are: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Plans Grand Opening This Weekend (May 18) Co-owners (and wife-husband team) Zeina Frayha and Terry Saad open HerbaFi. Classics Co-owner Releases Statement Closing (Feb. 15) Elliott Rattley issued a statement about the news of the steakhouse closing (see Number 4 below), which the Source posted verbatim. Hen Quarter Closes Silver...

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Jerry’s Subs and Pizza Opens on Colesville Road

Jerry’s Subs and Pizza has opened a new location at 8517 Colesville Rd. in downtown Silver Spring. The local chain was founded in Wheaton in 1954 and now has its corporate offices in Gaithersburg. Its outlets specialize in various types of cheesesteaks and pizzas, which it advertises as “authentic New York style.” Jerry’s menu also includes subs, salads, side dishes such as fries, fried mozzarella sticks, fried jalapenos, and other items for in-store, pickup or delivery (at participating locations). The company also offers catering and daily specials. There are currently 25 Jerry’s location in the region, including Frederick and...

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Community Events Calendar Updated for 2019

We are pleased to announce that our FREE Community Events Calendar has been updated for 2019. Along with a fresh coat of paint (and a new monthly view), our system now supports Recurring Events, an often-requested feature. A couple of things to note: If you have a recurring event, please make sure to click Schedule Multiple Events and enter the dates and times that your event will occur. Please make sure your submissions are complete, including cost, venue and organizer information. Incomplete submissions will not be published. Submit your Event Listings here. As always, submissions are free of charge....

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District 5 Population Grows by 6.5 Percent, Second Highest Rate in County

County Council District 5 had the second highest rate of population growth from 2010-2016, according to a new demographic report released by the county’s Planning Department. Councilmember Tom Hucker (D) represents the district, which includes the Source’s Silver Spring-Takoma Park coverage area and continues up the U.S. 29 corridor, along the border with Prince George’s County up to the Howard County line. The district’s population grew by 6.5 percent to an estimated 206,638 people during the period covered in the report. That represents 20.1 percent of the county’s total estimated population of 1,026,371. District 2 (upcounty, north of Gaithersburg...

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Downtown Silver Spring Office Complex Sold to Atlanta Group

The Station Square office complex in downtown Silver Spring was sold last week to Atlanta-based Bridge Office Fund Manager LLC, according to a company press release. The complex includes three buildings—1100 Wayne Ave., 1010 Wayne Ave. and 8484 Georgia Ave.—with a total of 510,200 square feet of Class A office space close to the Metro and the future Purple Line stations. Bridge Office plans to invest more that $12 million in renovations to the buildings, which were built between 1982 and 1987, the company said. Changes include revamping the courtyard and entrance to 1010 Wayne Ave. and a co-working...

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Scion, Nainai’s Closed; Unclear if Closings are Permanent

Scion Restaurant on East-West Highway and its sister outlet, Nainai’s Noodle & Dumpling Bar, have closed, according to a sign posted several days ago on Scion’s door. It’s not clear if the closings are temporary or permanent. Calls to each restaurant’s phone number are sent to a message that the numbers are “temporarily disconnected.” The original Scion, opened by sisters Joanne and Julie Liu in Dupont Circle in 2009, was closed down in August of last year. However, the owners posted a message to that effect on their website at the time. There is no such message on the...

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Upcoming Events, Jan. 3-10

Thursday, Jan. 3 Jump Start Family Fun Night Out! with Bruce Hutton and Molly Hickman, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., $5, 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 B&O Railroad Station Open House, 8100 Georgia Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Workshop: Creating More Resilience, Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Avenue, Suite 101, donations accepted, 1:30-3 p.m. Lighthouse Art Installation, Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St. N.W., 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 Greyhound Welfare Meet & Greet, Big Bad Woof, 6960 Maple St. N.W., 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 A Look Behind the Curtain—Toward a Deeper Appreciation of Live Theatre with Actor...

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PJ’s Coffee Now Open in Silver Spring

PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans is now open at its 8621 Georgia Ave. location in the ground floor of Core Apartments. The PJ’s menu includes a variety of iced, frozen, hot, cold brew, and nitro-infused coffees, along with teas, smoothies, and breakfast sandwiches and pastries (but no beignets—sorry). The coffee shop is owned and operated by Deepak, Sunil and Sabina Shrestha, along with Shaq Qureshi, and is one of five planned area locations, as was announced in September. The company was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan, a pioneer in the coffee industry, and acquired by Ballard Brands in...

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