MVA Branch Offices, Vehicle Emissions Stations Will Close Tomorrow

Photo from Flickr user Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier under license from Creative Commons. All Motor Vehicle Administration branch offices and vehicle emissions stations will be closed tomorrow (June 30), according to an announcement from the agency. In addition, the MVA online store and kiosks will be unavailable from 11:45 p.m. tonight (June 29) until noon tomorrow for maintenance. The only reason given for the shutdown is “as we make enhancements to better serve you.” A Source call to the MVA’s press office to ask for additional details has not been returned. We will update this post with new information if...

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Two New County Laws Go Into Effect on Sunday

Owners of short-term rentals through services such as airbnb will be required to register and license the properties. Graphic from Wikimedia Commons Two significant pieces of legislation will take effect in Montgomery County on Sunday, July 1. One will require owners of short-term residential rentals to register and license their rental properties. The second will raise the county’s minimum wage, based on the size of the employer. The County Council adopted a zoning text amendment and legislation to define short-term residential rentals and establish licensing regulations in October 2017. An STR is defined as “a unit/room in a single-family...

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UPDATE: Post Office Scheduled to Open in Library on July 30

Photo from Wikimedia Commons UPDATE: The post office move into the Silver Spring Library has been postponed to July 30 due to construction issues, a USPS spokesperson has confirmed. The U.S. Post Office in Spring Center on 16th Street will open in its new, temporary location in the Silver Spring Library on Tuesday, July 17, USPS officials have confirmed. The post office is the last business still operating in the center at 8600 Spring St., which is in the process of being demolished for Purple Line construction. Construction is underway on the ground floor of the library at 900...

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Housing Commission Breaks Ground on Thayer Avenue Project

Screenshot of the Fenton Street frontage of the 900 Thayer Ave. plans from document submitted to the Planning Board. After several months of preliminary excavation work, the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County officially broke ground last week on its project at 900 Thayer Ave. Plans call for development of 124 mixed-income units, with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and ground-level retail. Eighty-four of those units will serve as relocation housing for former public housing residents through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program, according to an HOC press release. “Thanks to HUD’s Rental Assistance...

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Blair High School teacher wins C-SPAN Fellowship

Photo courtesy George Mayo A Montgomery Blair High School teacher is one of three winners in a nationwide competition for C-SPAN’s 2018 Teacher Fellowship Program, the company announced. George Mayo, who teaches film production, will spend four weeks in July with the education relations team in C-SPAN’s Washington headquarters to help create content for C-SPAN Classroom, an online teaching resource for educators.  “These kinds of events are really great because you get to meet other teachers and learn from what they’re doing, and also the people from C-SPAN,” said Mayo, who has taught at Blair for seven years. Mayo...

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Riley Wins Council Campaign Sign Challenge

Photo from She didn’t win a nomination as an at-large candidate in the Democratic County Council, but Michele Riley’s campaign sign is the winner of the Source’s council campaign sign challenge. All the candidates squared off in a tournament-style showdown, and Riley came out on top, besting the sign from Evan Glass’ campaign in yesterday’s final. Congratulations, Michele, and better luck in your next campaign. And thank you, all our readers who played along. Graphic courtesy Riley...

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Elrich Leading Blair, Riemer, Glass, Jawando, Albornoz Among Winners

Councilmember Hans Riemer interviewed during a post-election party at the Quarry House Tavern. Photo by Mike Diegel. Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large) holds a slight lead over businessman David Blair in the race for the Democratic nomination for Montgomery County Executive. As of shortly before 1 a.m., unofficial results from the State Board of Elections showed Elrich leading, 34,729-34,277 (29.2 percent-28.9 percent), with 251 of 255 precincts reporting. The SBE is not reporting the number of absentee or provisional ballots outstanding. The winner will face Republican Robin Ficker, who ran unopposed. In the race for Council Council at-large nominations,...

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Upcoming Events June 27-July 5

Illustration from FiveStone Church Thursday, June 28 Interfaith Works Fundraiser Night Out, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., 6-9 p.m. Built for Comfort Band, Veterans Plaza, 7-9 p.m. Design Kickoff Meeting, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Math and Science Building, Cultural Arts Center Theater 1, 7995 Georgia Ave., 7 p.m. Friday, June 29 Art for the People Opening Reception, Back Wall Gallery at Things from Egypt and Beyond, 7002 Carroll Ave., 6-8 p.m. Long Branch Summerfest ’18, 8706 Arliss St., 6-8 p.m. Family Friday at Koiner Farm, 737 Easley St., 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 1 Greyhound Welfare Meet and...

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Glass, Riley Face Off in Final Council Candidate Sign Challenge

Photo from We’re down to the final two contestants in the Source’s County Council at-large candidate campaign sign challenge. Evan Glass and Michele Riley have survived four rounds of voting and will face each other for championship. As a reminder, here’s what design consultant Eric Robbins had today about each candidate’s sign in his initial review: Evan Glass—Good name typography. Simple and direct with non-traditional color scheme. Michele Riley—Good font treatment with blue tints. A little more bold on the name—even just the last name—could help with recognition. Look of the final results tomorrow. Choose wisely, young grasshoppers....

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Primary election underway; 80,000 voters may need provisional ballots

Photo of signs surrounding the polling place at the Silver Spring Civic Building by Mike Diegel. The Maryland primary election is underway today as voters choose winners in races from governor, senator and U.S. representatives down to local party committee members. The polls will be open until 8 p.m. tonight, and anyone who is line to vote at 8 has the right to cast a ballot. Registered voters who are unsure where to vote can find their polling place here. Some voters may need to cast provisional ballots due to a computer error in the state’s Motor Vehicle Administration...

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