While travel and a general dearth of time has limited my posting frequency of late, I did want to provide a quick roundup of Silver Spring news for this past week or so. Apologies for all the recycled stuff - I will try and generate some actual original content in the upcoming weeks.
- The final (?) designs for the Silver Spring library have been released. Note the lack of a bridge over Wayne Avenue - for now.
It looks as if someone took the original design and stepped on it:
You can view a detailed presentation of the new design here (PDF).
- After the requisite Montgomery County bureaucratic delays, Silver Spring's ice rink finally has an operator, and will hopefully open before Christmas, a month late. TBD.com has more information on the rink. The ice would certainly be in no danger of melting this week.
- The County has finally released more details on the Discovery hostage situation back in August. I had always desired more information on what actually transpired, but the news cycle is so short these days the story disappeared after a day or two. It turns out Lee's explosive device, constructed from propane and oxygen, may have indeed been lethal (unlike his starter pistol). It's hard to empathize with a hostage taker, but the fact that he had his impending death scheduled in his Outlook calendar is pretty sad.
- Apparently there's a beaver operating along Sligo Creek. New Silver Spring mascot? (Though my vote is for albino squirrels. Anything but penguins.)
- The Post's Tom Sietsema has posted a fresh review of Jackie's Restaurant today.
- Should you be tipping at Nando's? Apparently yes. (I had wondered what the protocol was.)
- Someone jacked The Shack on Georgia Ave. for a PS3 Monday evening, delivering a couple left jabs to the face of the clerk in the process. I suppose that's one way to do your Christmas shopping. The good news is that the store's surveillance camera provided clear pictures of the perp, so hopefully it's just a matter of time before he's apprehended.
- Nicaro (or "Newcaro") has reportedly closed. Admittedly, I never tried this second incarnation. This development doesn't surprise me too much - the establishment didn't have much that distinguished it among Silver Spring's dining options.
- Babe's Sports Bar, originally scheduled to open prior to Thanksgiving, has a new target of the week before Christmas. Provided it is operating by the end of the year, would any non-Penguins fans be up for a Winter Classic viewing party there on New Year's Day? Perhaps we can arrange some specials.
- Random Silver Spring Factoid of the Day : Silver Spring used to have a jazz club called the Byrd's Nest, named after guitarist Charlie Byrd, who frequently performed there. It was located in the Villa Rosa Restaurant, which stood in the spot now occupied by the Ellsworth Dr. garage.