Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Easter Seals is planning to construct an "intergenerational center" on the empty lot the corner of 2nd Avenue and Spring Street.

The center, to be called the Easter Seals⁄Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Inter-Generational Center, is expected to open in September 2007. It is anticipated to serve more than 15,000 children, adults and seniors with disabilities, and their families and caregivers over the next decade. The center will help those with disabilities live independently and be successful, Reeves said.
I've always been intrigued by this particular plot of land. It looks like just an overgrown, undeveloped lot, but if you look closely, it appears that there used to be something located there in the distant past. I certainly don't recall anything there but trees during my lifetime. There are some old steps with rusty handrails that lead to the top of the wooded area. I know I have a lot more questions than answers lately, but does anyone have any insight into the history of this particular lot?

- Great, we're getting an Intercounty Connector. Still waiting on the purple line...

- The Gazette has a profile of Moorenko's, the South Silver Spring ice cream parlour.

- Speaking of South Silver Spring, there will be a walking tour of the area this Saturday:
Saturday, June 3, 2006
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Silver Spring Historical Society member Karen Kail will conduct a walking tour of South Silver Spring. The tour starts from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Avenue (corner of Sligo). Tour will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (station will be open for self-guided tours until 3:00 p.m.).

Cost is $5.00 per person. Children under 13 free. Free for SSHS members with membership card. Friendly dogs are welcomed! Reservations are NOT required. For additional information email or call 301.537.1253.

Silver Spring Fire Station Photos?

I was intrigued by a number of photographic negatives being auctioned on eBay of what the seller claims are Silver Spring fire trucks circa 1942. However, looking at the pictures, I couldn't make out where in Silver Spring the photos were taken. I then got a bit suspicious because the part of the fire station included in one photo doesn't look anything like the old fire station on Georgia Avenue:

Can anyone confirm if these photos were indeed taken in Silver Spring?

Auctions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Can someone explain to me why ever time I go to the Majestic 20, there are dozens of people in the ticket line, yet almost no one using the ticket kiosks? I don't understand why people elect to queue for 10+ minutes when they can easily get their tickets from the machine in a matter of seconds. If you are a kid and don't have a credit card I can understand, but apparently a majority of the adult theatre-going population in Silver Spring is either non-creditworthy or doesn't trust modern technology. I'm not complaining because it means I never have to wait for tickets- I am just trying to comprehend the psychology behind this behavior. (P.S. X-Men: The Last Stand is pretty good.)

- The Quarry House Tavern's jukebox gets high marks in today's Washington Post. I still need to check out the "new" Quarry House one of these days.

- One of the last (the last?) Little Taverns is for sale. Maybe someone can buy it and replace the one that was torn down on Georgia Avenue...

Friday, May 26, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Silver Spring Scene has details of the planned "Fenton Village" Redevelopment (I hadn't realized it was a village). I am curious about what is to happen to Roadhouse Oldies. That store has been it's Thayer Avenue location since 1977, and looking at the redevelopment plan sketches, it appears that their spot is to become part of a new office complex. I'm not really a customer, but the store is one of the few that have been Silver Spring as long as I can remember. If you're interested, here's some more info on Roadhouse Oldies from the Takoma Voice.

- Silver Spring teenager sentenced to 4 1/2 years for stabbing two students last year at Springbrook High.

- Have you seen this man? Police have released a sketch of a suspect in this weekend's home invasion:

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Silver Spring Restaurant Notes

An anonymous reader points out that the new Silver Spring Downtown website ironically features a photo of the recently-shuttered Half Moon Bare-B-Que on their main page as a link to a list of Silver Spring restaurants.

Personally, I wasn't a big fan of the place, or at least of the food. Granted, I only ate there once or twice, but the bar-b-que was just OK, IMO.

I did get a chance to try out the new Taste of Jerusalem restaurant earlier this week. It was kind of dead when I went, but it was at an off-peak time. It is a good sign that a lot of people seem to know about the place, whether they have been there yet or not. A lot of people have independently mentioned the restaurant to me over the past couple weeks. Anyway, my meal (beef shawarma) was good, but not quite as good as the same dish at Lebanese Taverna in Woodley Park. (Of course there is a Lebanese Taverna in Silver Spring as well, but as that is a cafe rather than a full-service restaurant, so a direct comparison isn't fair.) My dining companions raved about the lentil soup. I would recommend Taste of Jerusalem for those seeking a Middle Eastern meal but who don't wish to make the trek into the city. I enjoyed the decor as well- particularly the lamps.

On a side note, the DCist review of ToJ, refers to Silver Spring as "Edge City". Has anyone else heard it called this before, or did they just make it up? I supposed the phrase is just a generic term for a town that literally is on the edge of a major city. "Edge City" is also an imaginary place in the show Smallville as well as the home of Jim Carrey's character in The Mask.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- "Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?" Apparently there are a number of species of snakes in Sligo Creek Park, although I've never seen any of them.

- It appears that the new Silver Spring Downtown website replaced the old "Silver Sprung" site, as entering will automatically re-direct you to the former.

- Tickets for the Silverdocs festival at the AFI Silver are on sale now.

- Slate Magazine points out that Silver Spring realator Cynthia Houser's name is an aptronym.

- Since we have been discussing defunct Silver Spring businesses, can anyone tell me where the Luau Hut used to be located, and when it closed down? Thanks! Duh, I know where this was. On Ramsey avenue by where the Ride-On buses stop. What other building could house a "Luau Hut"?

Monday, May 22, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- A woman on the 400 block of University Boulevard in Silver Spring was a victim of a home invasion this weekend. It's odd that NBC4 actually has a custom "home invasion" logo. If they happen so frequently that it was worth the effort to create one, that's kinda scary. The phrase itself sounds like the name of a home makeover show.

- There will be a rally in support of the "Purple Line" Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00 AM in front of the Shell Station just off the Beltway on Georgia Avenue. I'm for the Purple Line as much as the next guy, but 6:30 AM? The state of Maryland will also be hosting an open house to discuss the Purple Line at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn) in DTSS on June 12th.

- The Post pans Round House Theatre's production of A Body of Water.

We're number one! We're number one!

Congratulations to the intersection at Georgia Avenue & Forest Glen road for being recognized as the most congested spot in Montgomery County. Take that Bethesda! Rockville Pike and Cedar Lane just got punk'd!

No doubt the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" being constructed down the block will ultimately help relieve most of this congestion, as a great majority of commuters will immediately start to walk/bike to work once this is available for use...

Get a semi-live pic of the intersection here, courtesy of the Mont. Co. DPWT

Friday, May 19, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

After a long hiatus, I have returned. I am going to assume that in my absense you have all obtained your Silver Spring news elsewhere, so I will include just a couple of tidbits in today's entry. Keep checking back, as I am planning on getting back in the swing of things and make regular updates.

- Martin Scorsese will be honored in Silver Spring at this year's Silverdocs film festival.

- The Post reviews downtown Silver Spring's new restaurant, Taste of Jerusalem.

I also happy to report that the Silver Spring Downtown website is up and running.

Mystery Four Corners Building

I came across an auction on eBay for a postcard of the "Stone House Inn" in Four Corners. I don't know anything about this building, where it was, etc. Anyone have any info?

Someone must have liked it, because the beat up postcard ended up selling for over $20.

UPDATE: According to reader C. P. Zilliacus , the Stone House Inn was located where the Jerry's Subs and 7-11 now stand.