Friday, May 25, 2018

Layhill teen missing

Gissell Alejandra Zavala, 17, who lives in the 14000 block of Cleese Court in the Layhill area, is missing. Zavala is described by Montgomery County police as a Latina, 5’ 2” tall, and weighing 150 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.  She has tattoos, including a tattoo on her left forearm.

Police and her family are concerned for Zavala’s physical and emotional welfare. Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Gissell Alejandra Zavala is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Islands Lounge finally moving forward in Wheaton

Islands Lounge, which had planned to open this spring in Wheaton, is finally moving forward. A renovation permit has been requested from Montgomery County for the old Ferdinand's space at 11300 Fern Street. The restaurant, bar and lounge will serve Caribbean cuisine.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Taste of Wheaton June 3, 2018

Taste of Wheaton returns Sunday, June 3, 2018, but in a new location. Construction of a new Montgomery County government office building has forced the event to relocate to Public Parking Lot 17 at 2320 Price Avenue. Taste of Wheaton will run from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the parking lot that day.

Sample the best of Wheaton's restaurants, a beer and wine garden and cooking demonstrations. Kids will enjoy numerous activities, including face painting, balloon sculptures and caricature drawings.

Live music performances will include:

11:30 a.m. The Scotch Bonnets (Reggae)
12:30 p.m. Wheaton Studio of Dance
1 p.m. Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band (R&B, Soul)
2 p.m. Urban Artistry
2:30 p.m. Rafael Ortiz & El Tumbao Urbano featuring Salseros
of the DMV /Karen Aguilar (Latin)
3:30 p.m. Ameanspinn

4 p.m. Nightlife (Top 40, Pop)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

El Sapo restaurant coming to Central in Silver Spring

The first details on the new venture by Urban Butcher owner Raynold Mendizabal are emerging. El Sapo, a restaurant offering the cuisine of the Spanish Caribbean, will open in the ground floor of the Central development at 8455 Fenton Street in Silver Spring. The 3600 SF space will seat around 145 people, and serve lunch and dinner.

There will also be outdoor patio seating available. El Sapo is aiming for a July opening. Fitness studio Orange Theory opened in the building last week. The new Mendizabal restaurant is eagerly awaited, after his popular Urban Butcher was recognized as serving "the best beef tenderloin in the D.C. area," among other plaudits.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Credit cards stolen and used in Woodside home burglary in Silver Spring

Credit cards were stolen during the burglary of a home in the Woodside area of Silver Spring, and the alleged burglars later used the cards in purchases in Silver Spring and Wheaton. Montgomery County police say they responded to a call from a home in the 1700 block of East-West Highway at 9:44 AM on Saturday, May 12. They determined that someone had entered the home earlier that morning through a rear door - while the occupants were at home.

Police say credit cards were among the items stolen, and that they were later used by two men at the 7-Eleven at 8455 Colesville Road, at H&M in downtown Silver Spring, and at Champs Sports at Wheaton Plaza. The last transaction was unsuccessful.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspects.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Silver Spring construction update: Astro Lab Brewing (Photos)

The makeover of the old Champion Billiards building at 8216 Georgia Avenue continues. Soon it will be downtown Silver Spring's newest brewery, Astro Lab.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Utilities being undergrounded at Wheaton redevelopment site

Pepco crews are on hand at the future site of a Montgomery County government office building this week, converting the above-ground electricity infrastructure into an underground system for the new development. This includes all utility poles along Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive, including communications cables.

Watch for traffic directions from crews, and closures of some metered street parking spaces along there this week. Traffic will continue to move in both directions during the work, however.