Security screening at Council Office Building to begin

This is one of two entrances that visitors will use. Montgomery County photo. Visitors to the county’s Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville will have to enter through a new security screening system at one of two entrances beginning on or about July 5, according to a press release. Visitors will pass through a metal detector. Items such as bags, briefcases, mobile phones, containers, laptop computers and purses, will pass through an X-ray machine. Security personnel using a hand-held electronic wand will screen anyone who can’t go through the metal detector. Security will ask visitors to...

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Bibibop restaurant will open in Silver Spring tomorrow morning

This was the scene at Bibibop last Wednesday. It will look quite different tomorrow. Photo by Mike Diegel. Bibibop Asian Grill, a Korean-style fast casual restaurant, will open tomorrow at 11 a.m. and offer free food until 2 p.m., according to an announcement on the store’s Facebook page. The location at 935 Ellsworth Dr. replaces Shophouse Asian Kitchen, which closed in March. The chain, based in Columbus, Ohio and founded in 2013, also operates stores in Bethesda, Rockville, Columbia and three locations in Washington, D.C. In addition to the original Ohio stores, Bibibop also has restaurants in Illinois and...

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Heavy, Possibly Severe Storms Likely Today

The National Weather Service has forecasted the probability of strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon. (National Weather Service) UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until 8PM. A line of intense thunderstorms will push through the area this afternoon, bringing the possibility of strong to severe thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. In a tweet posted by the NWS office in Sterling, Virginia, the office forecasted: “Intense thunderstorms will likely develop this afternoon into this evening. Main threats: flash flooding and locally damaging wind gusts.” The timing of the storms’ arrival should make for a slow, soggy...

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A report Kaldi’s is closing is wrong, owner says

Kaldi’s is getting new furniture, equipment. Photo by David Lay. The owner of the popular Kaldi’s Social House completely rejected a claim by a local blogger that the store would be closing. “We are going to replace some of the furniture and some of the kitchen equipment that we had,” said Tsega Haile, who opened the coffee shop at 918 Silver Spring Ave. in September of 2013. “We are planning to add one espresso machine,” he added, “because we’re getting busy on the weekend, just to cut the line.” Kaldi’s will add pour-over coffee to the menu, and after...

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Construction underway for an ALDI grocery store

The facade of the former Staples store has been opened up to allow heavy equipment inside. Photo by Mike Diegel. Construction is underway in a former Staples store on Georgia Avenue with an eye toward opening an ALDI grocery store before the end of the year, according to Frederick division vice president Jeff Baehr. “The new Silver Spring store will have five aisles and about 12,500 square feet of selling space, as is typical for new ALDI stores,” Baehr said via email. The remodeled space will include natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials such as energy saving refrigeration...

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Chick-Fil-A Reopening Today

According to a staff member, Chick-Fil-A is reopening today after a 10-day remodeling. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) After a longer-than-planned closure for remodeling, Chick-Fil-A at 825 Ellsworth Drive is reopening “later today”, according to a staff...

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Council to hold hearing on proposed Silver Spring recreation center

The plan includes a competition pool. Photo from Max Pixel for illustrative purposes only. The County Council will hold a hearing next week on Expedited Bill 18-17 that would authorize the planning, design and construction of the South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center in downtown Silver Spring. The center is part of a proposal to redevelop and expand Elizabeth Square into a mixed-use development with retail and residential units including workforce, affordable and senior housing, along with the recreational facilities. The complex is planned for the area bordered by Fenwick Lane, Second Avenue, Apple Avenue and the Metro...

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Upcoming Events June 14-21

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, June 14 Immigration 101: DACA and Detention Centers, documentary screenings and discussion, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 7-9 p.m. Blues Week performance: Cooking with Gas, Veterans’ Plaza, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 15 Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor, 3:30 p.m. Kickoff, Silver Spring Summer Concert Series, Built for Comfort Band, (in association with Blues Week), Veterans’ Plaza, 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 16 Music in the Park, Triangle Park, 4th and Blair Road, Takoma, 5-8 p.m. Blues Week performance, Mike Westcott Band, Fountain Plaza, Ellsworth Dr., 8:30-10 p.m....

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Summer concert series schedule released

Graphic from Montgomery County Department of Recreation. The county’s Department of Recreation has released the schedule of performers for its Silver Spring Summer Concert series. The free series opens this Thursday, June 15 on Veterans’ Plaza and will feature performances every Thursday evening through August 3. Shows run from 7-9 p.m. The performers include: June 15 – Built for Comfort Band – Blues, Soul, R&B, Americana and Rock favorites June 22 – Bobby & the Believers – Classic horn band June 29 – David Bach Consort – Smooth Jazz July 6 – MoCo’s Got Talent – Youth Performances July...

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