USA Women’s Rugby to play in World Cup semifinals

USA Women’s Rugby team poses with supporters outside of Scion restaurant. Photo by Mike Diegel. The U.S. women’s rugby team has made it to the Women’s Rugby World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1998. The team will play the New Zealand Black Ferns, who won their pool, at noon tomorrow (Aug. 22) and the match will be televised by NBC Sports. The Black Ferns have won the Cup four times and is ranked number one in the world. The Eagles qualified for the semifinals by first defeating Italy, 24-12, in the team’s opening match. They shut out...

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Some tips on when and how to watch the solar eclipse

Path of totality graphic from Wikimedia Commons. So you want to view the solar eclipse, but Monday is a workday and you can’t stand outside for hours to watch the moon’s progress across the face of the sun. has created a tool that will tell viewers, based on their zip code location, exactly when the eclipse will start, when it will end, the peak time of obscuration and how much of the sun will be covered. For example, in zip code 20901, the eclipse will start at 1:18 p.m. and end at 4:01 p.m. The peak coverage will...

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Highwood Theatre invites auditions for new year-long program

Photo courtesy The Highwood Theatre. The Highwood Theatre has issued an invitation for students to audition for a new, year-long program in theater production. The course is described as a “conservatory-style program designed to offer an intensive training experience for performers in grades 7-12,” according to a press release. The program starts in September and will run through the performances scheduled for June 2018. It will include master classes and other course work taught by professionals, allowing for a deeper exploration of the material. “The program stays true to Highwood’s established atmosphere of inclusion and building community through theatre,...

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NTSB releases Flower Branch Apartments explosion docket

The NTSB released its report on the Flower Branch Apartments Explosion. (NTSB/Public Utilities Commission of Maryland) The National Transportation Safety Board released its docket on the Flower Branch Apartments explosion this week, one year after the explosion that killed seven people, injured dozens and displaced several hundred residents. NTSB’s docket states that 68 people were injured as part of the explosion – 65 residents and 3 firefighters, with property damage over $1 Million. NTSB described the docket in its press release: “The docket includes factual reports that cover various aspects of the investigation, including operations, survival factors, materials laboratory,...

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Moorenko’s armed robbery suspect still being sought

Police are still seeking the suspect in the July 31 armed robbery of Moorenko’s Ice Cream. (Montgomery County Police) Montgomery County Police are still seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect in the armed robbery of Moorenko’s Ice Cream at 8030 Georgia Avenue. Police responded to a report of the incident at 9:50 p.m. on July 31. From the department’s press release: “The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the shop, displayed a handgun, and confronted a clerk who was working behind the counter. The suspect demanded cash from the register. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands. The...

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Fenton Street Market returns to Silver Spring in September

Graphic courtesy Fenton Street Market. The Fenton Street Market will return this fall in a new location with a broader community of vendors and additional live programming. The market will be open on Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue on the second Sunday of the month beginning Sept. 10. Two more markets will be open Oct. 8 and Nov. 12. Each market will be run from noon to 6 p.m. “We’ve been looking for a new home for the market and are excited to be partnering with Downtown Silver Spring to host our amazing vendors on one...

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Upcoming Events, Aug. 16-24

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, August 16 Immunization clinic for Tdap and or MCV, Silver Spring Health Center, 8630 Fenton St., 10th Floor, Free, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fundraiser to benefit homeless and runaway youth, Middle Eastern Cuisine, 7006 Carroll Ave., 5-8 p.m. Silver Spring Timebank New Member Orientation, Catalytor Makerspace, 8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite LL1, 7-8:30 p.m. Homebirth Information Session, Vicino’s Italian Ristorante, 959 Sligo Ave., 7-9 p.m. Takoma Park Folk Festival Planning Meeting, 7500 Maple Ave., 7-9 p.m. Thursday, August 17 Solar Eclipse Storytime, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., tickets available half hour before event, space limited,...

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Water Main Project to snag Colesville Road

WSSC’s upcoming Transmission Water Main Replacement Project will affect Colesville Road until Spring 2019. (Twitter/WSSCWaterNews) Starting Monday, a water main replacement project will clog traffic on Colesville Road between Downtown Silver Spring and the Beltway. According to WSSC’s Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the project, they “will be replacing and relocating approximately 1.88 miles of water mains along US 29/Colesville Road and water connections to intersecting streets. The new water mains will be zinc-coated, ductile iron pipe wrapped in a protective coating. These new pipes have a life expectancy of approximately 100 years.”  The water mains being replaced are...

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WSSC explains cause of water discoloration

WSSC has issued an update regarding the ongoing discolored water situation affecting Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. “Our number one goal is public health and I want all our customers to know that WSSC water is safe,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla Reid at a press conference yesterday. “But from an aesthetic standpoint, the water is unacceptable and I sincerely apologize to our customers impacted by this discolored water. Our customers should not have to think twice about their drinking water when they turn on their taps.” “We will always make decisions that are in the interest...

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Numerous car break-ins reported around Silver Spring

Numerous car break-ins have been reported around Silver Spring, including several overnight at Parkside Terrace Apartments. (Mike Mowery/Source of the Spring) Over the past week, we have received several reports of car break-ins occurring around Silver Spring, including several at Parkside Terrace Apartments overnight, as well as on Easley Street. On a local listserv this morning, Lynn Koiner wrote: “This morning I discovered that someone got into my car and pulled everything out of the glove compartment.  Nothing was taken.  They got in on the passenger side since this door was not completely shut. They tried to get into...

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