Post Office Scheduled to Open in Library on July 17

Photo from Wikimedia Commons The U.S. Post Office in Spring Center on 16th Street will open in its new, temporary location in the Silver Spring Library on Tuesday, July 17, USPS officials have confirmed. The post office is the last business still operating in the center at 8600 Spring St., which is in the process of being demolished for Purple Line construction. Construction is underway on the ground floor of the library at 900 Wayne Ave. in the space behind the windows facing the future Purple Line station. The post office is expected to operate in the temporary location...

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Timing is Everything in a Multiple-Offer Market

Guest post and photo courtesy Melinda Schnare If you are looking for a home in this market, know what you want and where, and be prepared to weigh any number of contingencies or offerings to put your offer in a competitive position and get the home you just fell in love with. This is a multiple-offer market. The number of available homes are fewer than last year. And the homes that are nice can go in a snap. It’s doable, if you are prepared. Here are a few tips: Be prequalified by a mortgage lender. It takes very little...

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Upcoming Events June 20-28

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, June 20 Book Discussion, “Noah’s Compass” by Anne Tyler, Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21 Carpe Diem Arts-Washington Revels Family & Community Sing, Bennington Drive Park, 599 Bennington Dr., $5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Read it and See it Summer Movie Night: Meet the Robinsons, Silver Spring Library, 900 Waynve Ave., 6:30 p.m. Silver Spring Timebank New Member Orientation, Catylator Makerspace, 8121 Georgia Ave., Suite LL1, 7-8:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social: Meet the Design Team for the Math And Science Building, Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave. 7-8:30 p.m.
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Community Members Question Police About Killing of Robert White

Screen shot of Chief Thomas Manger addressing the press following the shooting from pscp.tv. Post by Woody Brosnan from Safe Silver Spring, reprinted with permission. About 50 community activists and neighbors of Robert Lawrence White came to the quarterly meeting of Safe Silver Spring to express frustration about the many unanswered questions surrounding White’s slaying last Monday [June 11] by a Montgomery County police officer. Captain William Montgomery, the recently installed commander of the Silver Spring district, was peppered for more than two hours with questions about White’s death, the use of lethal force, and training requirements, during the...

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Early Voting Period for Primary Continues This Week

The Silver Spring Civic Building is one of 11 early voting centers in the county. Photo by Mike Diegel. There are four more days left in the early voting period for the June 2018 primary. Eleven early voting centers in the county are open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. from now through Thursday, June 21. The most convenient center for Silver Spring and Takoma Park residents is at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Other centers include: Activity Center, Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, Map Damascus Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Dr., Damascus, Map Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St.,...

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Lyttonsville Place Bridge to Close Monday for Replacement Work

The lot at the former FedEx Office has been fenced off and the Rite Aid next door closed in anticipation of construction. Photo by Mike Diegel. The Lyttonsville Place bridge between Brookville and Lyttonsville roads will be closed on Monday, June 18 for a six-month bridge replacement project, according to the Purple Line website. The new bridge will be longer to accommodate the trains and the Capital Crescent Trail underneath it. There will be one lane for traffic in each direction, as well as drop-off lanes for Purple Line passengers and wider sidewalks on both sides of the new...

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Residents Review Latest Options for $1.5 Million Park Project

Schematic of current park from Montgomery Parks presentation.* About 30 people attended a meeting Tuesday to review the latest options for a $1.5 million project to improve the Silver Spring Intermediate Neighborhood Park. The 3.6-acre park is on the site of the former Silver Spring Intermediate School. It is still owned by the school system, but is managed by Montgomery Parks, which installed the parking lot, basketball court, tennis court, ball fields and playground in the 1980s. The park bordered by Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston avenues, along with single-family homes, and is across from the Silver Spring/Takoma Park campus...

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Silver Spring and the Perfect Retail Mix

A study shows the Silver Spring market is saturated for some types of retail, but there’s a demand for neighborhood-serving retail. Photo by Mike Diegel. Guest post by Gwen Wright. Silver Spring has long attracted shoppers with a variety of retail. In the 1920s, its first commercial boom brought more than 60 stores to Georgia Avenue. Subsequent decades witnessed the arrival of Hecht’s, JC Penney, Jelleff’s and Hahn Shoes, among a myriad of retailers. Today, the Silver Spring submarket, which includes the downtown area, Takoma Park, Long Branch, Takoma-Langley, Four Corners and Hillandale, has a diverse mix of both locally owned...

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Upcoming Events, June 13-21

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, June 13 Talk and Potluck Picnic, Koiner Farm, 737 Easley St., 2-4 p.m. A Celebration of Coral Reefs–International Year of the Reef 2018 Science Café, Bump n’ Grind, 1200 East West Highway, 5-7 p.m. Summer Drum Circles, Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave., donations requested, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 14 Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee meeting, Discovery Communications, 8 a.m., RSVP for entry 2018 Early Primary Voting begins, Silver Spring Civic Building, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily to June 21 Virtual Town Hall with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Carpe Diem! Second Thursday Contra...

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County Council Seeking Applicants to Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals is headquartered in the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building in Rockville. Montgomery County photo. The County Council has announced it is looking for applicants to fill a four-year term on the county’s Board of Appeals. Members are expected to hear and decide on requests for variances from development standards contained in the zoning ordinance; hear appeals from certain administrative decisions rendered by county government agencies; and hear oral argument on and deciding appeals from decisions of the hearing examiner on conditional uses. The board also considers and decides requests for modifications of special exceptions....

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