Comptroller issues consumer tips to thwart cyber criminals

Image from Public Domain Pictures As consumers enter the peak period for online holiday shopping, the office of Comptroller Peter Franchot has issued a series of tips to help shoppers thwart cyber criminals. First, shop only at known, trusted and secure sites. Look for an “s” at the end of “http” in the web address, or the “lock” icon in the browser’s bar. Other tips include: Never shop or conduct other financial transactions on public Wi-Fi, which often is unprotected and open to cyber thieves. Be wary of phishing schemes that appear to be from a trusted source asking...

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Pinecrest Park to close for renovations

Park photo by Mike Diegel The Pinecrest Local Park, adjacent to Pinecrest Elementary School at 301 St. Lawrence Dr., will close this month for extensive renovations, according to the Parks Department. The 5.6-acre park, acquired in 1944 and developed into a park in the 1950s, includes a playground, tennis courts, softball field, multiuse field, parking lot and an activity building. A temporary chain link fence and orange blaze fencing will close off all park facilities during construction. The renovations will include: Reconfiguring and re-grading the fields and surrounding area Constructing an internal loop trail Improving the field drainage conditions...

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#SourceSaturday: Small Business Saturday

It’s #SourceSaturday, which is our weekly reminder to shop our local businesses here in the area. Today is also Small Business Saturday.  We’ve featured numerous local businesses in the past year: Silver Strings (upcoming), Velatis Caramels, Skincando, Koiner Farm, and Bonjour Waffles are just a few examples. What are your favorite local businesses? What is your favorite place that we should feature next? Let us know in the comments....

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Compliments Friday: Thankful

Happy Friday! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We’re very thankful for all of our readers. So, what compliments do you have, Silver Spring? Did a business go the extra mile? Did a neighbor help you out? Let us know in the...

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Quarry House Tavern/Adega Wine Cellars Update

Construction activity is happening at the former home of Bombay Gaylord, above the original Quarry House Tavern location at 8401 Georgia Avenue.  Though the construction seems to be shrouded in secrecy (no permits are posted in any of the windows), one worker told us he thinks it will be a nightclub, with a possible March opening date. Quarry House’s last Facebook post in June indicated construction is still underway: We're still under construction at our original location. But, hey, we're definitely going back in the basement, don't worry. We'll report back soon as we have an opening date, I...

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Changes made to residential parking permit system

Photo by Mike Diegel The County Council has unanimously approved changes to the regulations concerning the residential permit parking guidelines. According to the staff report on Executive Regulation 24-16, the changes will: Increase the number of transferable visitor permits per household from one to two Split the previous Employee and Contract Work Permit into two separate permits: Employee Permits and Contract Work Permits Include a new three-month Temporary Medical Condition Permit, for which up to three transferable permits may be issued free of charge to a household, with the transmittal of certain documentation. Allow for the removal of residential...

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Upcoming Events, Nov. 22-Nov. 30

Illustration from FiveStone Church Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving Hope Restored Thanksgiving Day “Common Unity” Dinner, Silver Spring Civic Building, noon- 4 p.m. Friday, November 24 PechaKucha Silver Spring Volume X, Silver Spring Civic Building, $15, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, November 25 Small Business Saturday with the Great Christmas Moose benefit raffle for Animal Rescue Corps, Big Bad Woof, 6960 Maple St. NW, Takoma, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday Sip ‘n’ Shop benefit, The Emerald Door, 8311 Grubb Rd., noon-6 p.m. Small Business Saturday Community Fair, Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. E,., Noon-6:30 p.m. Tour of National Park Seminary, 2755...

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State’s top alcohol regulator proposes reforms for craft breweries

Comptroller Peter Franchot unveiling his proposals at Denizens. Photo by David Lay. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, the state’s chief alcohol regulator, announced a package of legislation that would bring major reforms to the state’s craft breweries. The measures were announced during an event held Monday at Denizens Brewing Company. According to a press release, the legislative package, if passed, would: Remove all limits on beer production, taproom sales and take-home sales Repeal the “buy-back “ provision that requires brewers to purchase their beer from distributors at a marked-up cost if they exceed the 2,000-barrel limit on taproom sales Lift...

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Edible Arrangements’ Silver Spring location close to opening

Photo by Mike Mowery Edible Arrangements’ new location at 915 Bonifant St. is about three to four weeks away from opening, according to owner Michael Pope. The store equipment arrived last week and he’s expecting computer systems to be delivered this week. “We’re about 90 percent there,” he said, adding that his employees need to be trained as well. In the meantime, local residents can order arrangements for the holidays or other occasions to be delivered from his Rockville store at 5050C Nicholson Lane, 301.230.4544. He plans to hold a grand opening shortly after the initial opening. As previously...

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Red Line to temporarily close between Silver Spring and Fort Totten

Graphic from WMATA Red Line trains will not operate between Silver Spring and Fort Totten for 16 days beginning Saturday, Nov. 25. During that time, the Takoma station, all of its parking lots and metered spaces will be closed. Limited free shuttle service will run between the three stations. The closure is for a capital improvement project to replace rail ties, eliminate joints, and install 800 feet of new rail along a four-mile section of track, as well as upgrading signals, replacing grout pad and installing new power cables. In addition, installation of radio communications cables and preventive maintenance...

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