County’s first STEM Summit held in Silver Spring

This homemade boom box was part of the Kid Museum’s exhibit at the summit. Photo by Mike Diegel. Educators and other stakeholders gathered Sunday to discuss how to increase students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and prepare them for jobs in those fields. The STEM Summit, held in the Silver Spring Civic Building, was designed to “do a lot more to create opportunities for kids in STEM,” said Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large), who hosted the summit. “I think we do a lot, but we could be doing more,” he said. “To me, there’s a real...

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Hundreds rally in Silver Spring against “lawless” president

A view of the crowd listening to speakers outside the Silver Spring Civic Building. Photo by Mike Mowery. Hundreds of people gathered inside and outside the Silver Spring Civic Building last night for a rally titled “How the People & Congress Can Stop a Lawless President.” Speakers included Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8th District) and others asking people to stand up against the policies they disagree with, including recent attacks on Muslims, immigrants and the LGBT community. Attendees were especially urged to get involved with voter registration drives prior to the next election. The...

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County Council seeks applicants for Planning Board

Photo of the Planning Board’s headquarters on Georgia Avenue from the Park and Planning website. The County Council has announced it is looking for applicants to replace outgoing Planning Board member Marye Wells-Harley, who is wrapping up her second term and thus not eligible for reappointment. Wells-Harley’s term ends June 14. Applications to fill the position are due no later than April 12 at 5 p.m. Board members are paid $30,000 per year for a four-year term and are expected to attend several meetings each week, including the regular Thursday weekly meeting, as well as spend time in preparatory...

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Best of Fenton Village awards presented last night

County Executive Isiah Leggett presented awards to Best of Fenton Village winners. Photo by Mike Diegel. The winners of the fifth annual Best of Fenton Village were recognized last night in a ceremony hosted by The Nora School. “This is the neighborhood that’s been here long before we started the revitalization of Silver Spring,” County Executive Isiah Leggett reminded attendees in brief remarks prior to the presentations, lauding the opportunity to recognize success of “these thriving businesses.” Prior to Leggett’s arrival, Silver Spring Regional Center Director Reemberto Rodriguez addressed the businesses’ concerns over the effect of losing about half the...

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Local ACLU chapter draws large crowd

The Montgomery County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union attracted a large crowd for its meeting last night in the Silver Spring Civic Building. Here, member Darian Unger was apologizing for the delay in fielding volunteer requests due to the volume received. Photo submitted by Jonathan...

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Upcoming Events Feb. 22-March 2

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Feb. 22 Montgomery County Chapter, ACLU meeting, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 Rock Climbing Wall pop up, Acorn Urban Park, 8060 Newell St., 3-5 p.m. Takoma Junction Community Consultation, 7201 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, 7-9 p.m. “Place Not Race” by Sheryll Cashin, author event, Silver Spring Library, 3rd Floor, 900 Wayne Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24            Reopening of Sligo Creek Golf Course, 9701 Sligo Creek Parkway, 8 a.m. Fake News: How to Spot It, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Janet’s...

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Adega Wine Cellars closed

Photo by Mike Diegel Adega Wine Cellars and Café in downtown Silver Spring has closed “indefinitely,” according to a sign posted on the door Feb. 19. The sign refers to “unforeseen circumstances.” We have emailed the owner, asking for comment, and will provide updated information if and when we get it. Photo by Mike...

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Local entrepreneurs start community wellness fund

Photo courtesy Jonna Huseman, Jonna Michelle Phtotography. A group of local entrepreneurs has started a community wellness fund inspired by a resident undergoing cancer treatment. The Community Wellness Fund Inspired by Bethany Meissner was announced on Valentine’s Day. It’s designed to help her and others in need of self-care not covered by insurance. Jonna Huseman, owner of Jonna Michelle Photography, was moved by an article Meissner posted when she was initially diagnosed that urged people not just to say something like “what can I do to help?” but to take action. “I knew that her insurance didn’t cover acupuncture and...

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Residents hope for shops, restaurants under new apartments

Central on the corner of Fenton St. and Wayne Ave. will have space for retail. Photo by Mike Mowery. A new apartment building on the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue is scheduled to open in the summer with ground-level retail spaces facing Fenton, and East Silver Spring residents are dreaming about what they’d like to see in those spaces. A recent thread on the East Silver Spring Civic Association listserv asked residents to voice their views on what should occupy the the first floor of Central, which will have more than 240 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments....

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Source of the Spring to host first tweetup March 7

Source of the Spring graphic. Cofounders Mike Diegel and Mike Mowery will host the first Source of the Spring tweetup to support local journalism Tuesday, March 7 from 6-9 p.m at Not Your Average Joe’s in Silver Spring. Not Your Average Joe’s has generously offered to support the Source’s local journalism efforts by contributing 15 percent of the proceeds from the tweetup to the organization. The bar and restaurant is located on the corner of Colesville Road and Fenton Street in Ellsworth Place (8661 Colesville Rd.). Happy hour pricing will be in effect for tweetup attendees. Get more info...

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