State Plans to Resurface Portion of Colesville Road

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to resurface about one mile of Colesville Road (U.S. Route 29) from Georgia Avenue to St. Andrews Way, according to a recent press release. A contractor will patch, mill, pave and restripe the road. In addition, crews will install concrete bus pads to preserve pavement, do any needed cleaning and repairs of storm water systems, upgrade sidewalk ramps to meet ADA standards, and add concrete curbs and gutters. The project is budgeted at $1.9 million and expected to be completed by the summer. Single lane closures will take place Mondays through Fridays between...

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Upcoming Events, Dec. 12-19

Wednesday, Dec. 12 Takoma Park Police Winter Coat Drive underway, drop-off at 7500 Maple Ave., ends 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. The History of Alcohol Policy in Montgomery County and Maryland, Astro Lab Brewing, 8216 Georgia Ave., 6-8 p.m. Around the World Holiday Bazaar, Silver Spring Civic Building, 6-10 p.m. Alice Stephens, discussion and signing of “Famous Adopted People,” Loyalty Bookstore, 931 Ellsworth Dr., 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 Caitlin Kunkel, discussion, “New Erotica for Feminists,” Loyalty Bookstore, 931 Ellsworth Dr., 7 p.m. Watercolor on Yupo: Discover the Power of Abstract Art, CREATE Arts Center, 914 Silver Spring Ave.,...

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Takoma Police to Conduct Active Shooter Training

The Takoma Park Police Department will be conducting four active shooter training scenarios beginning tomorrow at John Nevins Andrews School, according to a department announcement on Twitter. The school building, located at 117 Elm Ave., is currently unoccupied. The training will be held Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20, the department said. “You may at times hear what sounds like gunshots; the officers will be using non-lethal training ammunition called simunitions, which may sound real,” the announcement continued. A recent “active shooter” alert, apparently sent by mistake during a training session, caused a lockdown of Walter Reed National Military...

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Nonprofit Offered Weekend Gift-Wrapping Service

Silver Spring Timebank members provided free gift wrapping on Dec. 9 at Loyalty Bookstore, a pop-up bookstore on Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring. SSTB is a timebank in which people exchange their services for hours of credit that are “banked” so they can use the credit later for other services they may need. No cash is exchanged. However, the timebank has expenses for special activities and for supplies such as the wrapping paper used at this event, so donations rom events such as these are always welcome.  Members enjoyed doing the wrapping as a service to the community...

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Pennyworth Shop to Open Two More Days on Bonifant

Pennyworth Thrift Shop will be open for two more shopping days before shutting down in preparation for an eventual move to the basement of Grace House on the grounds of Grace Episcopal Church at 1607 Grace Church Rd. The shop at 949 Bonifant St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and again on Saturday, Dec. 15. Everything in the store will be sold for $1 on those two days. On the final day of shopping, patrons can enjoy snacks and sparkling beverages from 1-4 p.m. The shop hopes to reopen in its new location...

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Clearing Out Closets and Packing Up

So these fall and winter months have brought out a surprising number of people looking to buy a home in Silver Spring. Some have been renting and are now buying their first home; others are looking for more space in a nearby community. Usually, this time of year is slower as kids are settled in school and the holidays have us entertaining and shopping. One thing I hear a lot is how daunting it is to imagine clearing things out of their current home that are packed away in closets and storage—things that haven’t been used for years, and...

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Flying V Theatre Company Joins Theatre Consortium

Flying V Theatre has joined the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring, taking the place of Forum Theatre, which folded at the end of July. “We had been performing about once a year for the last couple of years at the Silver Spring Black Box, and I think we always hoped that if there had been a spot that opened up, the we might be able to make that a home of ours,” said Jason Schlafstein, the producing artistic director and a founder. “It’s a really amazing building and we love it. “The hope was never that a company would...

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Upcoming Events, Dec. 5-13

Wednesday, Dec. 5 Takoma Park Police Winter Coat Drive underway, drop-off at 7500 Maple Ave., ends 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Josiah Henson Park & Museum Talk, Holy Cross Senior Source, 8580 Second Ave., 1-3 p.m. Art Journaling for Stress Reduction (first session), CREATE Arts Center, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $90, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 Jump Start Family Fun Night Out with The Jelly Roll Mortals!, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., $5, 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. “Celebrate the Solstice” Collage Workshop, CREATE Arts Center, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $50, 7-9 p.m. Building Community Celebration with Montgomery Renters...

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Elrich Names Department Heads; Navarro Elected Council President

County Executive Marc Elrich has nominated three people to serve in his administration and will keep eight department heads from the Leggett administration, according to announcements from his office. As expected, Indian Spring resident Andrew Kleine, former Baltimore budget director, has been nominated to serve as chief administrative officer. The CAO supervises the county’s departments and oversees day-to-day operations of the government. “I am honored to be Marc’s nominee for Chief Administrative Officer,” said Kleine said in a press release. “I have been a resident of Montgomery County for half of my life, and I’m excited to get to...

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County DHHS, Gandhi Brigade Sponsoring Video PSA Contest

The county’s Department of Health and Human Services and Gandhi Brigade Youth Media are sponsoring a contest for middle and high school students who create a video public service announcement. The purpose of the video is to support the campaign by BTheOne.org to raise awareness about teen suicide prevention. The contest, open to county students only, asks students to produce a 30-second PSA based on the themes and information found on the BTheOne website. Some of the themes student can consider include, among others: Why suicide is a public health concern Warning signs of suicidal thoughts or mental health problems...

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