Upcoming Events, Aug. 15-23

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Aug 15 Easterseals Adult Day Services Open House, 1420 Spring St., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. “Need Answers to Your Medicare Questions?” Silver Spring Civic Building, 2-3:30 p.m. 1st Session: STEM 3D Modelisation After-School, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 7-8 p.m. “Breaking Down Barriers,” Silver Spring Civic Building, 7-9 p.m. “Fungi: The Gardener’s BFF,” Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Ave., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 “The Secret Power of You,” Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave., donations accepted, 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Game Night,” Silver Screens on Sonny’s Green, The Blairs, 1290 East-West Highway, approx. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug....

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County Offering Grants to Assist with Food Security Issues

Photo of rescued food waste from robgreenfield.tv. Montgomery County is offering grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to community organizations working with food security issues, according to a press release. The grants are intended to assist organizations to improve capacity and infrastructure, or “to support inventive and collaborative approaches to reducing food insecurity.” Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations can also use the grants for assistance to the populations they serve, including preparing meals, distribution and delivery, or recovering food that would otherwise be wasted. According to the Department of Environmental Protection Division of Solid Waste Services, 147,000 tons of food (nearly...

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Local Nonprofit Adds Three Executives to Staff

Graphic from A Wider Circle A Wider Circle, the Silver Spring-based, anti-poverty nonprofit, has added three vice presidents to its executive team, according to a press release. “The work of A Wider Circle has grown significantly and now focuses on the delivery of comprehensive, long-term programs that can affect individual and community level change.  These three strong and accomplished professionals bring a wealth of expertise to our work and significantly raise the bar for our organization,” said Mark Bergel, the organization’s founder and president. The three new executives are: Shalini Madan Benson has been appointed vice president for headquarters and...

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Demand for Homes Exceeds Supply

Guest post and photo from Melinda Schnare You’ve probably been a part of a housing market conversation where you’ve heard “inventory is low.” Here are the numbers for the supply of homes and the demand (buyers looking for homes), compared to last year. Closed sales at the onset of summer (June) dipped below last year’s level by 6.9 percent. Active listings were far below last June’s active listing total of 2,760 (-9.5 percent). Half of the homes sold in June were on the market 11 days or less. Many homes that are moving quickly have kitchens and baths updated,...

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Tax-Free Shopping Week to Begin Sunday

Graphic from Maryland comptroller’s office The annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week will begin Sunday, Aug. 12 and run through Saturday, Aug. 18, according to an announcement from Comptroller Peter Franchot. Certain back-to-school items will be exempt from the six percent state sales tax during that week. Shoppers can choose any single qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time. The first $40 of any backpack or book bag purchase also will be tax-free. For more information on qualifying items, visit marylandtaxes.gov, email [email protected] or call 1-800-MD-TAXES...

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“I Could be Robert White”

About 200 people attended a rally for Robert White last Sunday. Photo courtesy Sue Udry. The following was submitted by Cyrus Sethna as a letter to the editor of the Source and is posted by request. In reference to the recent fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Silver Spring—my home—let me start by saying black lives matter. I am a person of color and poignantly aware that I could be Robert White. Mr. White was shot by Montgomery County Police Officer Anand Badgujar in an altercation captured on his body camera. My initial reaction was one...

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County Police Searching for Missing Silver Spring Sisters

Kandyce Matos (left) and her sister Karmen (right) are missing. Photo from Montgomery County Police Department. UPDATE from Police This Morning: Girls Found Safe, Unharmed Montgomery County police are searching for two sisters missing from their home on Hunters Gate Court, near the intersection of Calverton Boulevard and Cherry Hill Road. Kandyce and Karmen Matos were last seen by their parents at about 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 and when they went to check on the girls the next morning, they were gone, according to a press release. “Kandyce is described as an 11-year old black female, 5 feet...

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Upcoming Events, Aug. 8-16

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Aug. 8 Summer Drum Circles, Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave., donations requested, 7-9 p.m. Flower Avenue House Concert, Banner Arts, 7502 Flower Ave., $20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 Discover Long Branch Pop-Up SummerFest, Long Branch Pool, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., 5-8 p.m. Soul Crackers, Veterans Plaza, 7-9 p.m. Carpe Diem! Second Thursday Contra Dance, Silver Spring Civic Building, $5-$10, 7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 “Cat VideoFest,” Silver Screens on Sonny’s Green, The Blairs, 1290 East-West Highway, approx. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 “Anatomy of Sports,” National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane,...

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CuriosityStream Lowers Price, Offers Some Free Content

Graphic courtesy CuriosityStream CuriosityStream, the Silver Spring-based documentary streaming service, has lowered its subscription price and begun offering a limited number of documentaries to customers at no charge. The price of an annual subscription is now $19.99, the company recently announced. In addition, the service, launched by Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks, announced CuriosityStream SHOWCASE™. This new service offers free global consumer access to 18 free CuriosityStream titles along with sponsored content from six category-exclusive premier sponsors, according to a press release. “As viewers access premium on-demand services either directly or through their existing cable, satellite, or Internet distributor,...

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My Neighbor was Murdered on Monday

Screen shot of Chief Thomas Manger addressing the press following the death of Robert White from pscp.tv. This guest post from Anna Gilcher originally appeared on her blog and is posted here with permission. It was read at a Sunday rally in Silver Spring, organized by the Silver Spring Justice Coalition and attended by about 200 people, by Carlean Ponder, as Gilcher could not attend. The rally was held to honor Robert White following his death on Monday, June 11 and to seek greater accountability from the police department. His name was Rob. I didn’t know his full name...

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    May 16 @ 7:00 pm - August 29 @ 7:45 pm
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