Portable sign can help control neighborhood street traffic

Sign originally at Grove Street and Silver Spring Avenue. Photo by Mike Mowery. The portable traffic sign that appeared this week on Grove Street in East Silver Spring is an example of how residents can request the county’s help to control street traffic. Many residents continue to express concerns over speeding other unsafe driving practices through their neighborhoods. To help to address those concerns, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Department of Police several years ago implemented a program known as Residential Traffic Calming that that works with residents to solve problems and improve the neighborhood...

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Discolored water reported around Silver Spring and Takoma Park

Discolored water has been reported in the area. WSSC is investigating the issue. (Twitter/ogslovak) We have received several reports on area listservs and Twitter that there is water discoloration: Hey @WSSCWaterNews . One of your reps just brushed me off, told me water in Silver Spring is fine. Meanwhile at my zip code…. pic.twitter.com/6AQYZSLvuQ — ondrej (@ogslovak) August 11, 2017 Is anyone else's #water in #SilverSpring & #TakomaPark brown this week? Has it happened…are we Flint? cc @WSSCWaterNews @MontgomeryCoMD — Joy Andrews (@AcupunctureJoy) August 11, 2017 WSSC stated on Twitter earlier this morning that they are investigating, and that...

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Astrolabe Brewing granted liquor license to operate in Silver Spring

Astrolabe Brewing hopes to open in early 2018. Photo by Mike Diegel. Astrolabe Brewing, which plans to become Silver Spring’s second brewery, has been granted a liquor license to operate its new facility. “Our license was approved, very exciting!” said co-owner Emma Whelan in a brief email exchange with the Source last night. Following a hearing last week before the county’s Board of License Commissioners, she and co-owner/brewmaster Matt Cronin, applied for and were granted a Class D license to sell beer and wine on and offsite during certain regulated by the county. According to a company handout, the...

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Outdoor film festival opens tomorrow in Silver Spring

Photo from AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. The Silver Screens outdoor film festival begins tomorrow evening with a showing of “Back to the Future Part II” on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. This is the second year for the series, which is sponsored by the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Tomorrow’s film was released in 1989 and stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Elisabeth Shue. “Thanks to the generosity of our own American Film Institute, Silver Screens is a great way for families to get together and enjoy some fun movies,” Councilmember Tom...

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Silver Spring Gems: Koiner Farm

Koiner Farm, at the corner of Easley & Grove Streets in Downtown Silver Spring, is an Urban Farm hidden in plain sight. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) For 30-plus years, Charlie Koiner and his daughter, Lynn, have grown over 20 types of produce in a one-acre plot behind the house that the Koiner family has owned since the 1930s.  Called ‘the only working farm in Downtown Silver Spring’ on its Facebook page, it’s an urban farm hidden in plain sight at 737 Easley Street, just blocks from the Silver Spring Library. They offer tours of the gardens, especially for children. Groups are also welcome. In...

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Upcoming Events, Aug. 9-16

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, August 9 Summer Drum Circles at the Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave., 7-9 p.m. Thursday, August 10 Carpe Diem Contra Dance, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, free to first-timers, others $5-10, 7-10 p.m. Alphabet Rockers Family Concert, Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave., 7 p.m. Flower-Branch Tenant’s Association Memorial Vigil, 8658 Piney Branch Rd., 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, August 11 Silver Screen Free Outdoor Movies: “Back to the Future II,” Veterans Plaza, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, August 12-Sunday, August 13 Fest Africa African Festival, Veterans Plaza, 1-8 p.m. each day. Saturday, August 12...

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Takoma Park police collecting school supplies for needy students

Photo from theodysseyonline.com. The Takoma Park Police Department kicked off its “Pack the Patrol Car” school supplies drive today. Donors to the program are asked to purchase a backpack and fill it with any or all of the following items: A three-ring binder, package of filler paper, pack of five-tab insert dividers, two spiral notebooks, two pocket folders; One pencil pouch, one 12-pack of No. 2 pencils (mechanical or regular), one 12-pack Crayola basic colored pencils, one 24-pack Crayola basic color crayons, one 12-pack Crayola basic colored markers; One pack of erasers, one 3-pack of glue sticks, one ruler,...

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Health department offering free vaccinations for students

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The Department of Health and Human Services is offering free vaccinations this month to help ensure students are in compliance with certain state requirements. These walk-in clinics are for students entering grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 who need proof of vaccinations against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) before the 2017-2018 school year starts. Students who are not in compliance with these requirements will not be allowed to attend school until they provide documentation of Tdap and MCV immunizations. A copy of the child’s immunization record must be presented to staff to receive...

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#SourceSunsets: Silver Spring Library

Silver Spring Library in Downtown Silver Spring. Photo by Jim Williams. If you have a Silver Spring sunset photo you’d like to share, please submit through our News Tips form, or send an email to info[at]sourceofthespring.com. Please include #SourceSunsets in the subject, along with your name and where the photo was...

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