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1310 East West Highway. Photo by Dan Lay

From a press release:

“District Taco, a popular fast-casual Mexican restaurant in the D.C. Metro area, is opening its second restaurant in the state of Maryland on July 1, 2019. The restaurant is located in The Blairs Shopping Center, on East West Highway. The restaurant, at 1310 East West Highway, will join Mamma Lucia, Giant Foods, CVS, and Peet’s Coffee among others in the shopping center.

This marks the second restaurant opening in Maryland for restaurateur Osiris Hoil and his rapidly growing restaurant chain. The company, which now employs more than 400 people and operates 13 locations throughout D.C, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, expects to expand with a restaurant in Abington, PA, and another Philadelphia location adding 100 employees to the company in 2019. From there, the restaurant chain plans to open multiple restaurants in 2020.

The Grand Opening for the Silver Spring location will be on Monday, July 1st at 12pm. Read More

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A reader reports just after 11am:

“Just missed this….was told someone got shot I Wayne ave and Ramsey ave. So many ambulances….”

Alan Henney reports:

“update: BANK ROBBERY w/ROBBER SHOT/ SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE- BB&T Bank (NOT M&T), 1100 Wayne Ave. Suspect was carrying a backpack with wires. ALL suspects (1) in custody. Suspect en route to hospital. Bomb techs coming for backpack.”

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1 Discovery Pl, Silver Spring, MD Photo by PoPville flickr user Brandon Kopp

From a press release:

“Discovery, Inc. announced today it has signed a lease on a 60,000 sq. ft. space with Brookfield Properties’ Silver Spring Metro Plaza in Silver Spring to be the home for Discovery’s new Maryland Network Hub. Located at 8403 Colesville Road, The Hub will house select network and support functions, as well as select other functions such as government relations, that are logically based in the Metropolitan DC area. Read More

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8455 Fenton Street via El Sapo

Well this sounds pretty great:

“I’m so happy to introduce EL SAPO, Cuban Social Club – a hip, festive, forward-thinking Cuban restaurant, and the first of its kind in the D.C. metro area. It’s been a long dream of mine to represent and promote my culture through my craft, and here it is. Bright,open, and brimming with energy, EL SAPO’s whole storefront lifts to let the breeze in. The fresh mojitos, upbeat music and bold island food really do require “no filter”. Our menu is rooted in tradition and unmistakably Cuban; full of intense flavors, colors and aromas. About half of the dishes are what I ate growing up at home or on the streets of La Habana, while the other half tell the story of my journey as a cook. Read More

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1 Discovery Pl, Silver Spring, MD Photo by PoPville flickr user Brandon Kopp

From a press release:

“Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) announced today plans to relocate its global headquarters from Silver Spring, Maryland, to New York City in 2019. Contingent upon the closing of the company’s acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, Discovery also will establish a National Operations Headquarters at Scripps’ current campus in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“The media industry is rapidly evolving, increasingly global, more consumer focused and more multi-platform and Discovery must evolve with it,” said David Zaslav, Discovery’s President and CEO, in announcing the changes first to employees this morning. “The decision to move our global headquarters from its founding home is one we do not make lightly. We remain unwavering in our support of the Maryland and Greater Washington, DC area and we thank the leadership of the State of Maryland, Montgomery County and, most importantly, our employees for their cooperation and understanding as we make this important next step for the long-term success of Discovery.”

New York Global Headquarters Read More

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“My 18-year-old cat has been missing since Saturday morning. She was spotted two streets down and someone called animal control, but animal control did not take her into custody. She should still be in our South Four Corners neighborhood, which is close to Holy Cross Hospital and Sligo Creek Park. I’ve had her since high school, and I’m devastated by her disappearance.

Details – Black, orange, and white calico. She’s about 5 lbs, has a little black “beauty mark” by her nose, and a white belly. Arthritic hind legs and deaf – once again, she’s very old for a cat.”

Please call 417-268-5552 with any sightings.

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falcon

Thanks to Sara Multanen for sending:

“I recently stayed at the Double Tree motel in Silver Spring, MD and this peregrine falcon is nesting right outside the window on the 12th floor and currently has 4 eggs. It was a treat to observe this beautiful creature up close for the 4 days that I was there. I mentioned it at the front desk–they knew about the falcon but were unaware of the eggs.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey or any interesting wildlife around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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