Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Now available in a variety of colors - City Sports Silver Spring t-shirts:


- I'm happy to report that the Chipotle in Four Corners is now open for business. It has a more sleek and modern interior than other Chipotles I've been to, and they actually had pretty good music playing (loudly). Glad to have one up in the '01, though one negative consequence appears to be a notably more crowded parking lot at the Woodmoor Shopping center.

- There's a neighborhood called Silver Spring East of Colesville Road? (SSEoCR?)

- Remember all the talk of a youth curfew? That whole effort is basically in limbo for the foreseeable future. I was so sick of hearing about the damn thing I'm just glad it's over, regardless of the outcome. Now hopefully the council can get back to banning panhandlers at intersections.

- Another new law the county may institute is one targeting perpetrators of so-called "flash mob thefts" like the one that occurred last month at the 7-11 up on Tech Road. The new law would make each participant criminally liable for the total value of good stolen, not just the handful of candy bars, etc. they take. I'm wondering how much they followed up on the Tech Road robbery, considering everyone involved was clearly visible on camera.

- Hey look, the latest battle in the Fox-news-manufactured  "War on Christmas" is being waged up in Aspen Hill! A group of uninvited Christmas carolers were ejected from the premises after spreading their holiday cheer inside their local U.S. Post Office.
A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service confirmed the incident occurred Saturday at branch office in the Aspen Hill Shopping Center. A trio of carolers walked into the building dressed in attire reminiscent of Charles Dickens and began singing.
The only offensive thing here is the is the author's obvious failure to take advantage of a great opportunity to use the word "Dickensian".

- Finally, it's incredible that with the legion of security employed by the Majestic, someone from Team Jacob was still able to abscond with a cardboard cutout of Taylor Lautner from this giant Breaking Dawn display in the theater's lobby.





24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would have expected an "s" at the end of Spring.

Sligo said...

That would make it 1,000X better.

Anonymous said...

I thought I read somewhere that the police did actually catch some of the delinquents on the night of the Tech Road robbery, but decided not to take them into custody. Not sure what good the new law would do if the police evidently don't think the crime is worthy of an arrest.

Anonymous said...

3:40 Anon - umm...you need to read about the new law. You're entirely missing the point. Obviously, it makes no sense for the police to try and charge people for individually stealing $1.50 worth of candy bars. This law would make it so that people could be charged for the cumulative of what's stolen and thus making it worth the police resources being expended to track down and charge the shoplifters.

Springvale Roader said...

Sligo, you should assign your crack team of reporters to uncover the cause of the following mystery: why are there piles of snow behind Veterans Plaza?

Clancy said...

Springvale Roader, is it possible that the snow is ice shavings from the ice rink's zamboni?

Anonymous said...

That's what I going to suggest as well. It has to be the ice shavings.

Anonymous said...

Does the new Chipotle serve beer? All the ones I've been to serve beer, but this is MoCo we're talking about...

Sligo said...

Hmmm I didn't notice the beer, but I wasn't looking. It's possible they are still waiting for their liquor license to come through.

Springvale Roader said...

Clancy, that must be it. Well done, Sir!

Dumbek said...

Obviously, it makes no sense for the police to try and charge people for individually stealing $1.50 worth of candy bars.

Why not? I can understand not launching into a huge investigation for a few $1.50 arrests, but if they were already caught - why not charge them?

Anonymous said...

Why not? Because it'd consume thousands of dollars of police, legal, and administrative resources in order to MAYBE get these kids a couple hours of community service? No thanks. Pass this law and make it a charge that has some bite to it.

Anonymous said...

Completely random, but does anyone know of any happy hour specials on Saturdays in Silver Spring, besides Piratz and Babe's?

Anonymous said...

Re: Happy hour specials
Nando's has happy hour until 7pm on the weekends, the highlight of which is half-price pitchers of sangria! We're fans.
~Elysiansmiles

Anonymous said...

Thanks Elysiansmiles!

Anonymous said...

It's called vicarious liability. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicarious_liability_%28criminal%29

Anonymous said...

Most of the restaurants will have a "happy hour". Saturdays or not.

Its pretty hard to find a true bar happy hour in SS outside of Quarry.

Isayaah Parker said...

I think the next flash theft mob should be held at the new Chipotle. Seriously, those burritos are good but overpriced. Legions of starving Christmas cranky people forcefully making their own burritos and overpowering the Latino workers would be pretty EPIC; especially if they arrive singing Christmas carols and dressed in the Dickens attire. BAH-HUMBUG!

Anonymous said...

Qua? I never go to Quarry thanks to the fact is has the worst happy hour in Silver Spring. Unless I'm missing something...it's just $1 off all beers (maybe even only the taps?), right? I'd never bother with Fire Station 1 for dinner, but happy hour of $3 taps is very solid.

Danielle Meitiv said...

I was wondering where the piles of snow behind the Civic Center came from until I went ice skating (for the first time this past Tues night).

When they clean (zamboni?) the ice, they shovel off the shaved stuff which looks just like snow and dump it back there

Mystery solved!

Anonymous said...

Totally OT here, but...holy hell what is going on over at the Transit Center?

From MoCo's Department of General Services Website:

Work along Colesville Road is pending modification of the Verizon vault and AT&T's communications cable. Based on the current pace of construction, final completion of the facility is expected in June 2012 provided there are no weather delays or unforeseen events.

JUNE now? Before it was November, then March, then April and now June? I am so f'ing sick of that project. The thought of having to stare at that for (at least) another 6 months is utterly depressing.

Anonymous said...

Heck, when the transit center is done I will STILL be depressed having to look at this sterile piece of civic "architecture" for the rest of my life.

Anonymous said...

June?! Effing Foulger Pratt.

Anonymous said...

That hideous transit center must be a boondoggle for the contractors, and I guess they want it to continue....forever. I still can't understand how that thing is going to end up costing well above $100 million.