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Photo by Laura Scalzo

Been getting tons of queries about that super low helicopter spotted all over Takoma, Silver Spring, Chevy Chase and elsewhere today. From the NNSA:

“The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) will conduct low-altitude helicopter flights over downtown Washington, D.C. and areas in and around the Nation’s capital beginning on October 19 in preparation for the Presidential Inauguration. The inauguration is scheduled to take place on January 20, 2021. Read More


via The Eleanor Silver Spring

From an email:

“The Eleanor Launches $1 Oysters (And No Limit!)

Hump Day never tasted so good. The Eleanor Silver Spring invites dine-in guests to mark the middle of the week with $1 oysters from War Shore Oyster Co, available from open to close. The Eleanor Silver Spring’s dining room and patio (931 Ellsworth Drive) are open for social-distance seating — and pups are welcome.

The Eleanor also hosts a Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. with wines by the glass, beer, single mix rails and house margaritas all for $5. The Happy Hour also serves up a range of other drinks from Mules to Frozen Bourbon, along with wings, nachos and hush puppies. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday. Read More



From an email:

“We’ve secured sidewalk and street lanes for outdoor dining up at the Quarry House. It will be a fairly substantial cafe seating area wrapping the corner of Georgia and Bonifant, with a large portion composed of a closed off parking lane on Bonifant which will be tented and beer garden-y. The total seating capacity will be 58. Menu [below]; beers will rotate and specials will be boozy shaved ice and pitchers of summer cocktails. Read More


Photo by Pete Piringer

Pete Piringer reports:

“Update – Silver Spring Metro Station, outbound red line train the rail off track, That platform, no serious, @mcfrs WMATA ERT on scene”

“Update – Silver Spring Metro Station, metro train derailment at platform”

From WMATA: “Red Line Alert: Due to a derailment at Silver Spring, Metrobus routes S2 & S4 available southbound as an alternative.”

“UPDATED: Red Line Delay: Train service suspended btwn Takoma & Wheaton due to a derailment outside Silver Spring. Expect delays.”

“Red Line Delay: Expect delays in both directions due to a derailment outside Silver Spring.”


a helicopter

Update: Thanks to those who passed on from MPD:

Woke up to a lot of queries about a huge police response on Georgia Ave starting just after 2am:

“did anyone just hear/see the 2 helicopters and dozens of police cars that just sped down Georgia Ave?”

“Saw about 20 cop cars heading from Silver Spring towards DC. Looks like a helicopter was in tow. Anybody know why?” Read More


8200 Dixon Ave rendering courtesy Washington Property Company

From a press release:

“Washington Property Company (WPC) plans to bring a 15,000 square foot food hall/city market to the street level of its next apartment community, scheduled to break ground in early 2020 and deliver in mid-2022. This will be the first food/city market hall in rapidly redeveloping Silver Spring.

Slated to be the tallest building in all of Silver Spring with 26 floors, Solaire 8200 Dixon will have 403 apartments and an enviable range of amenities including a rooftop fitness center, pool, and sky lounge, as well as a club room with co-working facilities, catering kitchen, 24-hour concierge and package service, pet spa, and more. Read More


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


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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