Gandhi Brigade to premiere new documentary

Graphic courtesy Gandhi Brigade Youth Media Gandhi Brigade Youth Media will premiere its new documentary “To Serve and Protect?” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Silver Spring Civic Center. The film is an examination of the use of force and police accountability; a panel discussion with Q&A will follow. Participants in the Gandhi Brigade’s summer program considered a number of different topics to focus on before deciding to pursue this project. “We voted on this one because it was the most relevant to the times and there was a lot of discussion going on about police accountability,” said...

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Health, Beauty and Wellness Store Opens

Photo by Mike Diegel Your Whole Body, a nutrition and wellness retailer, has opened at 8646 Colesville Rd. next to Kao Thai in downtown Silver Spring. The store offers a variety of health, wellness, beauty products and seasonal clothing, featuring natural and organic products, including homeopathic...

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Same-day early voter registration option available

Early voting photo from Wikipedia. Even if you haven’t registered to vote yet, you can still participate in early voting, which begins Oct. 27, according to a Board of Elections press release. Anyone with a valid Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued photo ID, and proof of residency can register at an early voting site and vote that same day. You must take advantage of this opportunity during early voting; it will not be an option on Election Day Nov. 8. The early voting period runs through Nov. 3. The Silver Spring Civic Building is one of 10 early voting...

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Street parking to be restricted during Metro safety surge

Photo by Ken Stanek Photography courtesy of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District. Street parking restrictions will be in effect in the Silver Spring Central Business District during Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s safety surge scheduled for Oct. 29 to Nov. 22, according to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. On-street parking will not be allowed from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, but will be permitted after 8 p.m. weekdays and on weekends. The restrictions will be in effect on Georgia Ave. from Spring St. to the D.C. line and on Colesville Rd. to the Silver Spring...

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School expanding to better serve special needs students

Clay Kaufman chats with a foreman at the site of The Siena School’s expansion project. Photo by Mike Diegel. A Silver Spring private school is undergoing a major expansion project to allow it to serve more special needs students. The Siena School at 1300 Forest Glen Road serves “bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences,” said Clay Kaufman, one of two heads of the school. “They are one or two grade levels behind in their reading and writing. It’s the language-based learning differences they struggle with. “These kids are big thinkers, they’re very entrepreneurial, they’re very...

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Coffee shop/café planned for downtown Takoma Park

Takoma Bev. Co. will open on Laurel Avenue. Photo by Mike Diegel. A pair of entrepreneurs are planning to open a specialty coffee shop/café early next year in downtown Takoma Park. Co-owners Chris Brown (general manager) and Seth Cook (coffee director) will operate Takoma Bev. Co., offering morning espresso drinks, coffees and teas along with a breakfast menu at 6917 Laurel Ave., according to the company website. Later in the day, they will transition to a place for people to hang out, perhaps do some work, with a menu of sandwiches, salads and snacks. In the evening, patrons can...

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Vote by mail option available for November election

Vote by mail applications are available from the Montgomery County Board of Elections for those who prefer this option for the November election. Registered voters are eligible to vote by mail as long as they have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card. This will become the voter’s official ballot and anyone choosing this option will not be able to vote at the polls on Election Day on Nov. 8, or during early voting, which is Oct. 27 – Nov. 3. Apply for the vote by mail ballot at www.777vote.org, selecting Vote by Mail in the left-hand column....

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Hotel, retail planned for 8600 Georgia Avenue

Plans for a hotel with retail space have been submitted for this corner of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring. Photo by Mike Diegel A preliminary plan application has been submitted to the Montgomery County Planning Board for a 173-room hotel with about 4,200 square feet of ground-level retail at 8600 Georgia Ave., the corner of Georgia and Colesville Road currently occupied by a gas station. The hotel would include about 5,000 square feet of meeting space, dining and stand 130 feet tall, within the 145 feet allowed in that zone. One potential sticking point might...

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Passion for Learning: prepping middle school students for college

Cynthia Rubenstein (back row, second from left) with staff and summer campers on a campus visit to the Shady Grove Center. Photo courtesy Cynthia Rubenstein. It can take time to find your niche in the world, even for an organization. What began in 2003 as a mentoring project under the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education eventually morphed into an independent organization concentrating on preparing middle school students for college. According to Passion for Learning Executive Director Cynthia Rubenstein, the Silver Spring group then launched as a nonprofit 501(c)3 in 2004. “The original focus was connecting the local and county...

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