Permit Issued to Chase Bank for Georgia Avenue Location

A building permit has been issued to JPMorgan Chase Bank for interior alterations as the company apparently prepares to open a branch at 8435 Georgia Ave. Chase Bank is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of the parent company, JPMorgan Chase & Co., offering personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. The work is being done at the former location of La Madeleine, which closed in April 2017 four years after opening. Chase Bank currently operates about 5,100 branches nationwide, including one in Bethesda and four in the District of...

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County Announces Schedules for Upcoming Holidays

The county government has released its schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays (Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1). All county offices will be closed both days, along with county liquor stores, state offices and courts. All library branches will close at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and be closed on the holidays. All recreation and community centers will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and all programs will be cancelled. In addition, all of those facilities will be closed Dec. 26-Jan. 7, except...

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Specialty Cake Store Coming to Seminary Place

A Texas transplant soon will open a specialty cake store at 9462 Georgia Ave. in the Seminary Place Shopping Center. Katheryn Hoerster is the owner/operator of Nothing Bundt Cakes, a national chain founded about 20 years ago in Las Vegas that has grown to about 300 franchises across the country, including locations in Gaithersburg and Vienna, Va. “There are Nothing Bundt Cakes all over in Texas,” Hoerster said. “My parents actually knew the brand. I had been living here in the D.C. area for about three years and kind of was looking for an opportunity like this. [I’ve] always...

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Upcoming Events, Dec. 19-27

Wednesday, Dec. 19 Long Branch Book Discussion, “Toby’s Room,” Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., 2 p.m. Washington Revels Day of Service, Springvale Terrace, 8505 Springvale Rd., 5:15-6:30 p.m. Homebirth Info Session, Vicino Ristorante Italiano, 959 Sligo Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 Foggy Bottom Morris Men Winter Solstice Celebration, Carroll Avenue Gazebo, 6 p.m. and Takoma Park Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave., 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 Kabbalat Shabbat in Silver Spring, Silver Spring Civic Building, 6-7:45 p.m. Carpe Diem Arts-Washington Revels Family & Community Sing, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. N.W., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 Noon Year’s...

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Barclay Joins Arts on the Block in Management Role

Former county school Board of Education member Christopher Barclay has joined Arts on the Block in the newly created position of operations director, the organization has announced. Barclay, who also served on AOB’s board of directors, will lead AOB’s upcoming move into the Silver Spring Library, scheduled for next year, as well as the expansion of the group’s studio and community program spaces. Barclay represented District 4 on the school board, a position he was appointed to in 2006 when Valerie Ervin was elected to the County Council. He was elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012. In 2014,...

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Arepas Pues Closing for Remodeling, Service Changes

Arepas Pues, the Latin American restaurant at 8555 Fenton St. in Silver Spring, is closing for remodeling, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. The outlet, which opened in 2016, intends close Dec. 24-25 and reopen on Dec. 26 with not only a new look, but also a change in their service. “We’ve decided to continue offering quality food but at a faster pace, we’ll no longer be a full service restaurant, but a hybrid,” the announcement reads. The restaurant specializes in both Colombian and Venezuelan versions of arepas, the griddled, stuffed corncakes popular in both countries, along with soups....

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SoberRide® Campaign for the Holidays Begins Tonight

The SoberRide® campaign for the holiday season from the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will begin tonight (Dec. 14) and run through New Year’s Day. Every night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., in partnership with Lyft, the program offers free rides to potentially impaired drivers in Lyft’s Washington, D.C coverage area. To use the program, riders must have the Lyft app installed on their phones and be at least 21 years old. During the campaign, there will be three different single-use promo codes issued.  Each code is valid for up to $15 off of one ride (riders are responsible...

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Adega Wine Veterans Take Over Space, Will Open New Café

A pair of veterans of Adega Wine Cellars in downtown Silver Spring will take over the space and open a similar café. Jarrod Jabre and Justin Wallace, who between them have more than 30 years of experience in wine, beer, restaurants, retail and event management, will own and operate Locavino, a wine café and retail outlet. The two said they plan to offer more than 200 wines, with an emphasis on value, focusing on wines from Maryland, well-known favorite labels as well as those from lesser-known regions, and varietals from around the world. In addition, they will offer beers...

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State Plans to Resurface Portion of Colesville Road

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to resurface about one mile of Colesville Road (U.S. Route 29) from Georgia Avenue to St. Andrews Way, according to a recent press release. A contractor will patch, mill, pave and restripe the road. In addition, crews will install concrete bus pads to preserve pavement, do any needed cleaning and repairs of storm water systems, upgrade sidewalk ramps to meet ADA standards, and add concrete curbs and gutters. The project is budgeted at $1.9 million and expected to be completed by the summer. Single lane closures will take place Mondays through Fridays between...

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Upcoming Events, Dec. 12-19

Wednesday, Dec. 12 Takoma Park Police Winter Coat Drive underway, drop-off at 7500 Maple Ave., ends 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. The History of Alcohol Policy in Montgomery County and Maryland, Astro Lab Brewing, 8216 Georgia Ave., 6-8 p.m. Around the World Holiday Bazaar, Silver Spring Civic Building, 6-10 p.m. Alice Stephens, discussion and signing of “Famous Adopted People,” Loyalty Bookstore, 931 Ellsworth Dr., 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 Caitlin Kunkel, discussion, “New Erotica for Feminists,” Loyalty Bookstore, 931 Ellsworth Dr., 7 p.m. Watercolor on Yupo: Discover the Power of Abstract Art, CREATE Arts Center, 914 Silver Spring Ave.,...

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