#SourceSunsets: Silver Spring Avenue

Silver Spring Avenue. Photo by Matthew Hennigan. 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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Complaints Monday: Police Chase Edition

Happy Monday! We received word of a Police Chase & Arrest on Silver Spring Avenue this morning. From the Silver Spring Ave. Listserv: “There were no fewer than 9 police vehicles in front our our house plus a fire truck and an ambulance…which were probably for something else entirely. The person the police apprehended appeared to have many tattoos, including some on his face. He was handcuffed and shirtless when we went onto the porch to have a look. No one told us to go back inside, so whatever danger there may have been was over. The people who...

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Silver Spring is home of one of area’s oldest businesses

Owner Amy Servais behind the counter at Velatis Caramels. Photo by Mike Diegel. One of Washington D.C.’s oldest continually operating businesses is in an unassuming location in downtown Silver Spring. Velatis Caramels opened in Washington at 620 Ninth St. N.W. in 1866, more than 150 years ago, serving handmade caramels and other treats. Many of displays in the current store tell some of the company’s history through old ads, different candy box designs and so forth. “The company first started in Richmond,” said owner Amy Servais. “And at the end of the Civil War, when Richmond burned, their shop...

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WSSC: Water is Safe to Drink

Amid numerous reports of discolored water around the area (even in DC), WSSC posted an update on their site yesterday: WSSC is aware of the increase in discolored water complaints coming from customers in Montgomery County served by the Potomac Water Filtration Plant. WSSC performs more than 100 water quality tests every day, and all current test results indicate that the water is safe. WSSC water quality experts have noticed a recent increase in naturally-occurring organic material in the Potomac River, possibly caused by severe weather. It is common practice to adjust the water treatment process due to changing...

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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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