World premiere of new work by local playwright opens Thursday

Photo of installation by Tom Block on Kennett Street, courtesy Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District, by Ken Stanek Photography. “Duck,” a play by local artist and playwright Tom Block, will have its world premiere with performances Thursday, Oct. 12 at The Highwood Theatre at 914 Silver Spring Ave. Described by the Block as “a psychological thriller posing as an absurdist comedy,” Duck is a former CIA officer whose work has caused him to become unraveled and he can only communicate by quacking. Duck was a statistician with the CIA, Block said, “and he didn’t know that as he...

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Beauty supply shop to open on Bonifant

Photo by Mike Diegel. A beauty supply shop will open in the former Silver Spring Books space at 938 Bonifant Ave. The owners are planning a Nov. 4 grand opening for Silver Spring Beauty Supply, according to Mark Huluka, who’s helping with the all-day event. The group explored opening several different types of businesses before settling on the beauty supply idea, he said. More information will come as we get...

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Commission to hold hearing on possible charter revisions

Montgomery County photo The county will hold a public hearing on possible revisions to the county’s charter at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. The charter is the legal basis for county government. Current law calls for an 11-member Charter Review Commission to be appointed every four years to consider possible amendments to the charter. The CRC’s next report is due to the county council in May 2018. Current amendments to the charter that are being considered include changing the number of council districts and at-large seats, changing the way the...

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Source Neighborhoods: Hillwood Manor

Guest post by Dan Metcalf Over the next several months, we’ll be rolling out a new feature, Source Neighborhoods, which will look at the communities in which we live, outlining their boundaries, community resources, and the local real estate market. This month, we’re starting with the Hillwood Manor neighborhood of Takoma Park. On the easternmost border of the City of Takoma Park, entered via and bounded by Erskine Avenue to the north, New Hampshire Avenue to the west, 15th Avenue to the east, and Sligo Creek to the south, this sylvan sliver of a neighborhood is roughly two miles...

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Takoma Park’s Mike Schleibaum produces new Capitals fight song

Darkest Hour have released “Unleash The Fury”, the Washington Capitals fight song for the 2017-2018 season. The Washington Capitals have a new fight song for the 2017-2018 season, courtesy of Takoma Park’s Mike Schleibaum, guitarist of the band Darkest Hour. “Unleash The Fury“, taken from their song “Those Who Survived“, appears on their album Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora, which was released March 10 on Southern Lord Records. Schleibaum writes: “This is Darkest Hour’s official 2017/2018 Washington Capitals “Get Stoked” Song: Unleash the Fury! Dedicated to our hometown Washington Capitals! We are life long fans and feel it is...

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Proposal would replace library with senior independent living facility (Part 2 of 2)

Victory House rendering of Spring House as seen from Ellsworth Urban Park. The former Silver Spring Library on Colesville Road would be torn down and replaced with a four-story senior independent living facility, with a child care component, under a plan proposed by the second of two finalists selected in a Request for Proposals process. The 92-unit Spring House would be owned and operated by Victory Housing, the affordable housing development arm of the Archdiocese of Washington. The organization operates or oversees 31 facilities in the area that provide more than 2,100 rental units. “The design of the building...

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Finalist for library site proposes child development center (Part 1 of 2)

The current site plan for a proposed child development center. The former Silver Spring library on Colesville Road would become a child development center under a proposal presented last night by one of two finalists in the Requests for Proposal process. The Martha B. Gudelsky Child Development Center Inc. would be operated by CentroNia, which runs similar facilities in Takoma Park and Columbia Heights. “We are looking to serve probably close to 150 children,” said Myrna Peralta, CentroNia’s president and chief executive officer. “The facility itself will have community space. CentroNia has a history of all of its centers...

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Peter Pan moves bus service to Silver Spring Transit Center

Graphic courtesy Peter Pan. Peter Pan Bus Lines has left its terminal on Fenton Street and is now operating from the Silver Spring Transit Center. The move, effective Sept. 27, is the result of an end to a 17-year partnership with Greyhound, which was official on the same date. The two companies shared ticketing, revenue and operations, said Frank Farrow, vice president of corporate relations for Peter Pan. “We wanted to move in a new direction that we can react to the needs of the customer more quickly,” he said about the split. “We wanted to go to this...

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Pilot program in Silver Spring to offer dockless bike sharing

Montgomery County will be the first suburban jurisdiction in the country to offer residents dockless bike sharing under a new agreement with Mobike, the largest such company in the world. County Executive Ike Leggett (D) said the agreement would be a pilot project that would bring 400-500 bikes to Silver Spring for riders to test the concept. The trial is expected to start later this month. [In the photo above is Matt Johnson, Department of Transportation project manager for the protected bike lanes; Jillian Irvin, Mobike’s head of U.S. government affairs; Council Vice President Hans Riemer; Washington Area Bicyclist...

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Upcoming Events, Oct. 4-12

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, October 4 Walk to School Day National Coffee with a Cop Day, Kaldi’s Social House, 918 Silver Spring Ave., 7-10 a.m. Homelessness in Long Branch, Long Branch Business Association, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., 10 a.m. Rummikub Tournament, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., 1-4 p.m. Reform on Tap Town Hall with Comptroller Peter Franchot, Denizens Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Highway, 5:30 p.m. Silver Spring African American Book Group discussion, “Cutting for Stone: a novel” by Abraham Verghese, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave. 3rd Floor, 6:30-8 p.m. Former Silver Spring...

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