Presidents Day closings, other changes announced

Image from publicdomainpictures.net The county has released the schedule of closings and other changes to mark the Presidents Day holiday Monday, Feb. 19. All county offices and libraries will be closed for the holiday, as will state offices and courts. The county’s liquor stores will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Recreation Department’s aquatics programs and facilities will be open, though all other classes and programs for that day are canceled. The department’s administrative office, senior centers and community centers will be closed. Park patrons should check www.MontgomeryParks.org for operating schedules, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks and tennis...

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What’s wrong with the Silver Spring economy? Probably nothing

Photo by Flickr user citron_smurf Recent announcements of business closings in Silver Spring have driven an increase in online chatter asking, “What’s wrong with the local economy?” The answer? Probably nothing. Consider what’s been happening in Bethesda, a similar urban area with offices, residences, chain stores and locally owned shops and restaurants. With the help of Google News and searching Bethesda Magazine/Bethesda Beat, since November there have been 10 business closings, or announcements of closings, including (not intended to be a comprehensive list): Safeway on Old Georgetown Road will close in March Spring Mill Bread Co. closing its flagship...

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Classics co-owner releases statement on closing

Photo from Wikimedia Commons Elliott Rattley, co-owner of The Classics restaurant in Silver Spring, released the following statement on the upcoming closing of the steakhouse. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Elliott Rattley Phone: 301-588-7297 Email: [email protected] The Classics Restaurant Closing For Business The Classics Restaurant’s Last Day Of Business, February 27, 2018 SILVER SPRING MD, February 13, 2018 – The Classics Restaurant, Silver Spring MD, will close for business at the end of the day on February 27, 2018. Opened as “Ray’s The Classics” in August 2006 and continued in business as “The Classics Restaurant” from July 2013, dwindling market and support from...

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Upcoming Events, Feb.14-21

Illustration from FiveStone Church Thursday, February 15 Virtual town hall meeting with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, Silver Spring Fire Station (8110 Georgia Ave.), 3rd Floor, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Author Series: Panel Discussion with Angela J. Davis, Editor Of “Policing The Black Man,” Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, February 16 Pennyworth Thrift Shop 65th Birthday Celebration, 949 Bonifant St., 4-8 p.m. Saturday, February 17 Coffee with a Cop, Kefa Café, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 9-11 a.m. “The Human Body,” presentation by the National Museum of Health...

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Silver Spring Cares Superhero: The Davis Family

The Davis Family Maura & Aaron Davis Nate, 7 years old, Flora M. Singer Elementary School Margaret, 5 years old, St. John the Evangelist School Caroline, 1 year old What inspired you to make serving our community a part of the fabric of your family? I think it is a few things. One, we are so fortunate. We have good jobs that allow us the financial comfort to do many things. But we don’t have to look far to see those who are not as financially fortunate. Wanting to give to our community was an easy decision. We have,...

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The Classics plans to close at the end of February

The Classics specializes in steaks. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The Classics restaurant at 8606 Colesville Rd. will close at the end of February after about 4½ years of operation. The closing had been rumored since before Christmas, and news of the change began to trickle out over the weekend from restaurant guests. ARS Silver Spring LLC, the parent company of The Classics, filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Maryland Bankruptcy Court on Aug. 4, 2017. Public documents show the company listing 1-49 creditors, with $50,001-$100,000 in assets and $100,001-$500,000 in liabilities. In the latest legal action Feb. 9,...

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Takoma Park toy shop plans move to new location

Lisa Ripkin in her current shop. Photo courtesy Lisa Ripkin Fair Day’s Play, one of the area’s few independent toy stores, will move from its 10-year home at 7050 Carroll Ave. into the street-facing portion of Takoma Framers at 7312 Carroll Ave. The toy store plans to open in the new location on May 1, and the frame shop will continue to operate out of the rear of its current location, with access from Carroll Avenue. Owner Lisa Ripkin noted how hard it was to make the decision to move. “My son [Eli] and I have loved the store...

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Spring Street to house United Therapeutics new manufacturing facility

Rendering of 1101 Spring St. (left) courtesy United Therapeutics A Spring Street property that once housed United Therapeutics’ IT group will become the company’s newest manufacturing facility later this year. 1101 Spring St. will be the home of the Dinutuximab-Dedicated Oncology Medical & Analytical Laboratory (DDOMAL) that will increase the company’s capacity to produce Unituxin. UT bought the property in 2006, said Thomas Kaufman, the company’s associate director, corporate real estate, and it was a part of the Silver Spring campus. “In August 2016, our CEO [Martine Rothblatt] basically said, ‘Put everything down, focus all of our resources on...

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Local thrift shop celebrating 65 years in Silver Spring

Photo by Marsha Obusek courtesy Pennyworth Thrift Shop. A local thrift shop will mark 65 years in Silver Spring with a series of events next week. Pennyworth Thrift Shop began in 1953 when a parishioner at Grace Episcopal Church named Alice Maud Jones began collecting unwanted clothes from other church members. As the Rev. Andrew Walter, church rector, explained in a recent sermon, “[Jones] would take those clothes, put them in her car, and drive around Montgomery County; and, when she saw someone in need of those clothes, she would give them out. Her ministry eventually became the Pennyworth Shop,...

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Snowmageddon turned into a blessing for first Cupid’s Undie Run

Photo from the 2017 run from Wikimedia Commons Snowmageddon 2010 was a proverbial blessing in disguise for the founders of Cupid’s Undie Run. Silver Spring resident Brendan Hanrahan and some friends scheduled their initial charity event for what turned out to be the weekend after the storm dropped nearly 30 inches of snow on the area. “Everybody was so pent up that they were Googling ‘What can I do this weekend? Please get me out of the house,’” he recalled. “All they found was us, because we were the only ones stupid enough that [we] didn’t cancel our event.”...

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