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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Upcoming Events Dec. 7-13

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Dec. 7 5 Percent Day benefit for Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, Whole Foods Market, 833 Wayne Ave., 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Closing Reception for “Living Well: Plants that Nourish & Heal” exhibit, Betty Kramer, Gallery and Music Room, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Place, 6 p.m. State Senate candidate vote, Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veteran’s Place, 7 p.m. Discover Long Branch 5K ceremony, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee, Discovery Communications, 1 Discovery Place, 8 a.m.,...

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A Wider circle plans major expansion

Dr. Mark Bergel holds architect’s plans for renovation and expansion of A Wider Circle’s Silver Spring location on Brookville Road. Photo by Lisa Sanders. Guest post by Lisa Sanders In the 15 years since Dr. Mark Bergel launched A Wider Circle in the living room of his Bethesda apartment, he and his nonprofit have reached many milestones in their ongoing fight to end poverty. From a few college interns working alongside Dr. Bergel in 2001, A Wider Circle’s staff has blossomed to more than 50 employees, plus nearly 20 interns and thousands of volunteers, today. In its first year, the...

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Registration for Leo’s Run benefit now open

The third annual Leo’s Run will be Feb. 5, 2017. Graphic courtesy Leo’s Run. The third annual Leo’s Run, a 5K run/walk in downtown Silver Spring, is open for registration today. The run was announced back in September and will take place on February 5, 2017. Leo’s Run was started to honor the stillborn son of Caroline Joyce and Mike Mowery and serves as a place for anyone who has suffered loss to pay tribute to their loved ones. The run will generally follow the same route as last year, beginning and ending at East Silver Spring Elementary School at 631...

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Holidaze Market to open in the Fillmore Silver Spring

Graphic by Aliana Grace Bailey courtesy Fenton Street Market. The annual Fenton Street Market Holidaze market will open Dec. 11 in the Fillmore Silver Spring at 8656 Colesville Rd. The market, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for one day only, features handmade and one-of-a-kind items from local vendors. Shoppers will find jewelry, holiday cards, ceramic mugs and bowls, prints, artwork, bags and totes, ornaments, decorations, soaps and more, along with music, food and drink. This year, the market is partnering with A Wider Circle’s North Pole program and will be accepting donations of new toys, books,...

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Residents meet with artists for Purple Line Art-in-Transit project

Residents talk about their communities and the possibilities for art in the Purple Line stations in Montgomery County. The program was organized by the Maryland Transit Administration for the Purple Line Art-in-Transit project. Photo by Mike Diegel. About 50 area residents came last night for a presentation and conversation about the Purple Line’s Art-in-Transit project held at Montgomery Blair High School by the Maryland Transit Administration. MTA put out a national call for artists for the project in September 2014. “We were able to get about 730 entries, which was pretty phenomenal,” said Jo Schneider, Art-in-Transit director for MTA....

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