Vote for your favorites in Best of Fenton Village

Graphic courtesy Best of Fenton Village. Voting for the Best of Fenton Village 2016 is underway now through the end of the year. Residents can register and vote for their favorite restaurants, bars, hair salon, specialty shops, auto repair shops, music/art stores and more. Votes will be tabulated by January 31 and will be posted on the Best of Fenton Village site. Fenton Village is the area bounded generally by Wayne Avenue to the north, Georgia Avenue to the west, Fenton Street to the East, and Philadelphia Avenue to the south. Last year, County Executive Ike Leggett presented awards...

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Despite Uncertainties, Local Housing Market Holding Up

Illustration from Public Domain Pictures. Guest post by Dan Metcalf Silver Spring’s housing market saw reduced inventory and higher median sales prices year-over-year, all while seeing modestly increased median sales prices and sales prices relative to list prices in 2016, according to data supplied by MRIS, the local multiple listing service. While some homebuyers made moves in anticipation of the presidential election, for many sales agents, the feeling was that the uncertainty associated with the election slowed their fourth quarter activity. A focus for many buyers, in the context of affordable mortgage money and, for many first-time homebuyers utilizing...

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Docs in Progress moving to a new home

Graphic from Docs in Progress. Silver Spring-based Docs in Progress will move its headquarters at the end of the month, the group announced. The non-profit, which supports documentary filmmakers and those who would like to be, will remain in downtown Silver Spring, moving from 8700 First Ave. to 801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100 (on the corner of Wayne and Cedar Street). The move was forced by the recent sale of the First Avenue property, according to Executive Director Erica Ginsberg, who spoke briefly to the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. The group will be in a similar-sized space...

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Animal Services Division enforcing anti-cruelty regulation

Some dogs are bred to thrive in cold weather. Most animals are not and should be kept indoors. Photo by Mike Diegel. The Montgomery County Animal Services Division has announced that it will enforce the county’s anti-cruelty regulations through Friday night. The regulation reads in part “a person must not tether a dog under circumstances that endanger its health, safety, or well-being including: unattended tethering of the dog during a weather emergency.” This period of cold and wind is considered to be a weather emergency for the purposes of the regulation, according to an ASD press release. The penalty...

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Upcoming Events Dec. 14-19

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Dec. 14 Community Dinner, Saint Luke Lutheran Church and School, 9100 Colesville Rd., free, 6:30 p.m. Finnish Music Concert with Merja Soria and poetry recitations (with written translations) by Seija Kaarina Cleverley, Washington Revels Studio Space, 531 Dale Drive, Tickets—Online: $16 for adults, $10 for youth. At door: $18 for adults, $12 for youth, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, Silver Spring Fire Station, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3rd floor Conference Room, 3:30 p.m. Winter Solstice Celebration with the Foggy Bottom Morris Men, Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, 6...

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Takoma Park’s Jamie Raskin readies for Congress

Congressman-elect Jamie Raskin (D-Eighth District) of Takoma Park being interviewed during early voting in November. Photo by Mike Diegel. Many things changed for U.S. Representative-elect Jamie Raskin (D-Eighth District) following the election that sent him to Congress and, apparently, Donald Trump to the White House. Including the policy areas on which he wanted to focus in Washington. “My plans have changed somewhat since Nov. 8, which was both one of the happiest nights of my life and one of the saddest nights of my life,” Raskin said. “I had hoped to advance a lot of the same agenda that...

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Progress Place’s new location to open this week in downtown Silver Spring

Participants in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Progress place included (from left) Councilmembers Tom Hucker, George Leventhal, Nancy Floreen and Roger Berliner, Shepherd’s Table Executive Director Jacki Coyle, County Executive Isiah Leggett, Charles Nulsen III, president of Washington Property Co. and Councilmember Hans Reimer. Photo by Mike Diegel. County officials and representatives of the county’s nonprofit partners cut the ribbon on a new Progress Place Dec. 10. Opening the facility, located at 8106 Georgia Ave., was described as a major step forward toward the goal of ending chronic homelessness in the county. Progress Place will provide services such...

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Send photos of homes decorated for the holidays

We’re looking for photos of homes decorated for the holidays. Photo from Wikipedia. There are lots of homes now decorated for the holidays in Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Do you have a favorite? Or one that you think is particularly interesting? Take a picture and send it to the Source of the Spring. We’re looking for hi-res photos to publish in a holiday gallery of homes later this month. Please send your photos to [email protected] and include the following information: The name of the person submitting the photo The photographer (if different from the submitter) The block number...

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Smith chosen to be nominee for state senate for District 20

Del. Will Smith is greeted by supporters including members of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee who elected him as the nominee to the state Senate. Photo by Mike Diegel. Freshman state Del. William C. Smith (D-District 20) was chosen last night during a meeting of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee as the state senate nominee to replace U.S. Rep.-Elect Jamie Raskin. Smith, who resides in the Woodmoor neighborhood of Silver Spring, won on the first ballot by a vote of 19-8 (with one abstention), besting fellow freshman Del. David Moon. He will become the first African-American Maryland...

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Riemer elected council vice president

Councilmember Hans Riemer (left) shakes hands with newly elected County Council President Roger Berliner. Photo courtesy Montgomery County Council. Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park has been elected to a one-year term as vice president of the Montgomery County Council. Vice President Riemer, the council’s lead member for digital government, is beginning his seventh year on the council as an at-large member, according to a county press release. “He has been a strong advocate for funding public education and public transportation, early childhood programs, libraries, recreation, human services, housing and economic development. He chaired the council’s Ad-hoc...

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