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CIRS Mold Toxicity Treatment in Silver Spring, MD

Experiencing mold toxicity is a terrifying thought for most people. Although it may seem like an interesting concept for a medical drama, nobody wants to experience the effects of mold exposure firsthand.

Mold is a fungus that thrives in wet environments, such as under tiles, wood floors, and ceilings, pipes, and roofs. While several types of mold exist, some are more hazardous than others, and some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to mycotoxins, the toxins that mold naturally produces. Exposure to excessive amounts of mold, or the types of mold that trigger health problems, can lead to mold toxicity and even CIRS - Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. This acute and chronic systemic inflammatory response syndrome is typically acquired after exposure to mold or other producers of biotoxins, usually from damaged water buildings.

If you believe that you're suffering from mold toxicity or mold illness, it can seem like the world is folding in on you. No matter what you do, your symptoms persist, lowering your quality of life and eliminating your peace of mind. Fortunately, there is reason to be hopeful: Proactive Wellness Centers now offers a research-backed, highly effective mold illness poisoning treatment in Silver Spring, MD for men and women just like yourself and your children as well if they have been impacted.

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CIRS and Mold Toxicity

CIRS and mold illness are on the rise, and accurate diagnosis of the issue plays a major role in this trend. Thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, there is a huge body of evidence that covers diagnosing and treating patients with CIRS. Dr. Lawson is one of less than 30 practitioners in the United States that are fully certified by Dr. Shoemaker for diagnosing and treating CIRS. The body of evidence by Shoemaker and many associates is the largest body of scientific evidence that is published in major medical journals. Around 80% of CIRS/Mold cases are caused by indoor air contaminated with mold toxins and other triggers. However, it's important to note that CIRS can also be caused by biotoxin producers such as cyanobacteria and a marine dinoflagellate that produces the Ciguatera toxin found in certain types of fish.

When mold or biotoxins are not processed effectively, a series of biochemical changes known as the Biotoxin Pathway occur. Genetic studies have revealed that approximately 24% of individuals have a genetic makeup that makes them susceptible to developing an illness related to mold or biotoxins. The remaining 76% of the population can typically eliminate these toxins from their system and avoid the development of the Biotoxin Pathway that can lead to various diseases.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Misdiagnosis

CIRS and mold exposure symptoms overlap with many other chronic illnesses, which makes diagnosis challenging and can even lead to missed diagnosis of CIRS. Based on research from Proactive Wellness Centers, CIRS is frequently misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include:

  • Lupus
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • More

Lyme disease, in particular, is often misdiagnosed. We have treated a number of patients whose symptoms were in line with Lyme disease. Fortunately, we were able to confirm the presence of CIRS and mold and were able to successfully help those patients using CIRS treatment in Silver Spring, MD.

Note that many of these patients have CIRS and Lyme disease and in that case, it is necessary to treat both in order for full recovery. Treating one or the other will invariably leave the patient with debilitating symptoms and even more frustration with their medical team. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we are skilled In diagnosing and treating both.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Symptoms

If you're reading this page, chances are you're concerned that you might have CIRS or some form of mold poisoning. You may be wondering what you have - is it CIRS, or is it something else like Lyme disease? We can't provide the answer to that question without consultation and testing at our wellness center in Virginia. However, there are common symptoms of CIRS and mold toxicity you should know.

Some of the most common symptoms of CIRS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased Word Finding
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Tingling
  • Night Sweats
  • Frequent Urination
  • Confusion
  • Mood Swings

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Tools for Diagnosing Mold Sickness and CIRS

Identifying and confirming if a patient is being impacted by CIRS and identifying the cause and source of the biotoxin are the two main steps in diagnosing CIRS and Mold Exposure. To diagnose CIRS and Mold Exposure, the following diagnostic tools are commonly used:

To learn more about the debilitating symptoms of mold sickness and to find out whether you have CIRS or something else, contact Proactive Wellness Centers. Our team of medical professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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Hope for Patients with CIRS: Proactive Wellness Centers' Mold Illness Treatment in Silver Spring, MD

Our approach to treating CIRS utilizes integrative and functional medicine, The Shoemaker Protocol along with the latest evidence-based approaches to treating mold illness and the related secondary issues that it causes. We begin by utilizing advanced diagnostics to confirm the presence of the condition and identify the specific environment causing continued exposure to biotoxins. Next, we take a stepwise approach to halt the progression of the disease, eliminate biotoxins from the body, and reverse any damage to cellular structures. Our goal is to help patients achieve a full recovery.

To do this, we not only have to identify the primary condition like CIRS or Lyme disease, but we then have to continue looking to see if you have any of the common secondary conditions like reactivated EBV, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), and others. Once we understand the totally of your condition, then we can implement a treatment plan tailored for you. Yes, it will leverage the Shoemaker protocol, but we have found that we have to extend the protocol to cover the secondary issues that we uncover.

The steps we follow to reach that goal include:

In order to initiate the recovery process, it is important to address and resolve any affected areas, or, alternatively, relocate the patient from that environment if necessary. Prolonged exposure to mold can hinder the success of the treatment plan and impede the healing process.

Two commonly used binding agents in the process of treating Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome are Welchol and Cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is particularly effective in binding biotoxins that are processed in the liver's bile ducts and helps to eliminate them from the body. It has been scientifically proven, through placebo-controlled studies, to reverse multiple aspects of the inflammatory process associated with CIRS.

Many individuals experiencing mold sickness and other chronic inflammatory illnesses may have a staph infection called MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) residing deep in their nasal cavities. This infection is resistant to antibiotics and needs to be eliminated for the patient to fully recover.

Each patient requires a customized plan based on the affected areas and CIRS severity. Retesting is necessary after each step to confirm balance restoration. Testing may include some or all of the following:
  • VIP
  • TGF Beta 1
  • MMP9
  • ADH
  • Antigliadin
  • Androgen Imbalance
  • C4a
  • More

In order to halt the growth of mold fungi, patients need to avoid foods that can cause mycotoxins. Some examples of these foods include:
  • Barley
  • Cottonseed
  • Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Black Pepper
  • Figs
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Beans
  • More
Proactive Wellness has a proven track record of treating patients who have experienced severe health issues without any clear explanation. Unlike other "syndromes," our diagnosis process involves specific tests to confirm a diagnosis rather than simply ruling out other diseases.
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Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, and Chronic Pain Syndrome are examples of illnesses that are often diagnosed without such confirmatory tests. If you are experiencing unexplained health issues or have been exposed to water-damaged buildings, it is possible that you are suffering from CIRS or a mold illness.

The good news is that we can diagnose and address this disease with a mold illness treatment program in Silver Spring, MD tailored to your body and your symptoms. That way, we can help you regain your health as soon as possible.

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5 Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold spores can easily be brought into your home on your shoes or clothing or through open windows or doors. If these spores can find a warm, damp, humid environment, they can begin to multiply. Soon, your home can be filled with toxic mold. If you think mold has invaded your home or another environment, like in an office or warehouse, it's important for you to know about the symptoms.

Unfortunately, diagnosing mold issues can be exceptionally difficult. But why? The answer can be quite frustrating.

Understanding the Difficulty of Diagnosing Mold Symptoms

Many doctors fail to recognize the impact of mycotoxins emitted by certain indoor mold species, which can lead to chemical and inflammatory reactions. While conventional medicine acknowledges that mold can cause allergies, it may overlook this crucial aspect of mold-related health issues.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • Standardized treatment protocols for mold toxicity are offered mostly by Functional/Integrative physicians as the conventional physicians are not on board despite over 20 years of published research. Due to this issue, patients spend precious months/years going from doctor to doctor in the conventional channel with no answers.
  • Though ERMI testing has been accepted in the integrative/functional medical community, there isn't a "gold standard" in mold testing that is universally accepted.
  • Mold symptoms can manifest in vastly different ways depending on the patient.
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After understanding the points above, it's no wonder that mold poisoning can be hard to diagnose. Fortunately, integrative and functional holistic medicine providers and wellness centers like Proactive Wellness are flipping the proverbial script. Unlike traditional clinics, our team considers environmental factors that can affect patient health and has advanced training to provide mold poisoning treatment in Silver Spring, MD.

Now that you understand why mold symptoms are so hard to diagnose let's take a closer look at five of the most common indicators of mold sickness.

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Fatigue

Fatigue is probably the number one symptom of well over 90% of CIRS patients. The level of fatigue varies from 5 on a 10 point scale all the way to 10 on a 10 point scale. Many patients can no longer work or remain productive as in the worst cases, the fatigue is overwhelming. College students living in moldy dorms frequently have to drop out of school until the illness is treated effectively. Older adults have to retire or stop working due the fatigue. If you have overwhelming fatigue, CIRS may be a major contributor to your illness.

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Breathing Problems

Exposure to mold can cause a host of respiratory problems, such as breathing difficulties, allergies, and asthma, especially in individuals with a weakened immune system. Mold can worsen asthma, irritate the nasal passages, lungs, and throat, and lead to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Other health issues such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis have also been associated with mold sickness.

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Sadness and Depression

Mold can cause a variety of illnesses that can show up in different ways, such as psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration problems, and memory loss. It has been reported that nearly 40% of people who live in moldy homes experience depression. Researchers suggest that exposure to toxic mold and dealing with the physical symptoms of mold illness can contribute to mental health issues.

Due to this phenomenon, many mold patients are given antidepressant medications in the conventional channels.

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Feeling "Pins and Needles"

Numbness, twitching, or tingling in the extremities, such as hands, feet, legs, and arms, is another symptom of mold illness. The sensation is similar to pins and needles, which are often felt when the body is held in an uncomfortable position for a long time. While this sensation can indicate serious nerve damage or disease, it can also be a symptom of mold sickness.

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Digestion Problems and Disorders

When exposed to mold, individuals may experience various digestive problems. Some may lose their appetite, leading to unintentional weight loss. Others may suffer from stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Furthermore, the influx of mold spores may trigger systemic inflammation, causing bloating and weight gain due to the digestive system's exposure to harmful mold.

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Controlling Mold in Your Environment

It's not possible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores from your home or place of work. However, since mold spores need moisture to grow, the best way to prevent or get rid of growth is to reduce the moisture in your environment. If you already have mold growing there, it's important to clean it up and address the issue causing dampness. If you only clean up the mold and don't address the underlying problem, the mold is likely to return.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture throughout your home or office:

  • Use A/C or Dehumidifiers. This is especially important if you live in a hot, humid area of the United States.
  • Ensure A/C drip pans are clean, dry, and obstruction-free.
  • Thoroughly dry areas that are damp or wet within 48 hours.
  • Be sure to install insulation in cold areas like your home's exterior walls and windows. Doing so will reduce condensation.
  • Work with an HVAC company to check your HVAC system. Doing so can help ensure your unit is removing as much humidity as possible.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 60% whenever possible.
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Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in your kitchen:

  • Check for leaks near your ice makers, sinks, and anywhere else water is present.
  • Make sure your exhaust fans are directing moisture outside, not into your attic.
  • If you notice your appliances are causing moisture on windows and other surfaces, turn them off as soon as you're done using them.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in crawlspaces:

  • Use a plastic covering on the dirt in your crawlspace. Doing so will prevent moisture from saturating the ground.
  • Ensure that your crawlspace or basement is ventilated well.
  • Check your home's gutters. Make sure they're directing water away from your property, not toward your foundation or crawlspace.

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Mold Toxicity Treatment in Silver Spring, MD

Trying to "tough it out" through life with CIRS isn't any way to live. If you're suffering from the effects of biotoxin illness, you should know that there are solutions available to help you reclaim your health and your life. With the help of a can-do attitude, healthy living, and mold illness treatment from Proactive Wellness, there's light at the end of the dark tunnel you're trapped within. Contact our office today to get started on your first step toward recovery!

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New Year's Eve 2023 In Silver Spring: When And Where To Celebrate

SILVER SPRING, MD — With Christmas in the rearview mirror, many people in Silver Spring are making plans and reservations for where and when they will be celebrating New Year's Eve on Sunday.Get an early start on your New Year's Eve fun with a Masquerade Brunch, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 31, at Citizens & Culture, at 8113 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring. You can feast, dance and celebrate the arrival of 2024 and still have time to carouse until midnight. ...

SILVER SPRING, MD — With Christmas in the rearview mirror, many people in Silver Spring are making plans and reservations for where and when they will be celebrating New Year's Eve on Sunday.

Get an early start on your New Year's Eve fun with a Masquerade Brunch, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 31, at Citizens & Culture, at 8113 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring. You can feast, dance and celebrate the arrival of 2024 and still have time to carouse until midnight. Purchase tickets.

If you can't wait to get your party on, Citizens & Culture is also offering a AFROKULTURE Pre New Year's Kickoff from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 30. an even earlier start to your New Year's Eve excitement. This Hip Hop, AfroBeats and Soca party will offer non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes with a crossover of genres in a fusion of cultures. Purchase tickets.

Here is a look at some additional events happening in and around Silver Spring:

If you have any New Year's celebrations you'd like to be added to this list, email all the details to silverspring@patch.com.

In the United States, one of the most popular New Year’s Eve traditions is the dropping of the giant ball in New York City’s Times Square. Other U.S. cities have adopted iterations of the ball drop — the Chick Drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the giant Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho, for example.

The end of one year and beginning of another is often celebrated with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish folk song whose title roughly translates to “days gone by,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica and History.com.

The history of New Year’s resolutions dates back 8,000 years to ancient Babylonians, who would make promises to return borrowed objects and pay outstanding debts at the beginning of the new year, in mid-March when they planted their crops.

According to legend, if they kept their word, pagan gods would grant them favor in the coming year. If they broke the promise, they would fall out of God’s favor, according to a history of New Year’s resolutions compiled by North Hampton Community College New Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Many secular New Year’s resolutions focus on imagining new, improved versions of ourselves.

The failure rate of New Year’s resolutions is about 80 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report. There are myriad reasons, but a big one is they’re made out of remorse — for gaining weight, for example — and aren’t accompanied by a shift in attitude and a plan to meet the stress and discomfort of changing a habit or condition.

Red Line Construction Completed Ahead of Schedule: Normal Service Resumes Saturday

Construction on Metro’s Red Line between the Dupont Circle and Gallery Place stations finished one day early and $250,000 under budget, with normal service set to resume at 7 a.m. today.The construction project that started on Dec. 18 was supposed to carry on throughout Saturday.Metro also announced that there will be no scheduled track maintenance during the New Year’s...

Construction on Metro’s Red Line between the Dupont Circle and Gallery Place stations finished one day early and $250,000 under budget, with normal service set to resume at 7 a.m. today.

The construction project that started on Dec. 18 was supposed to carry on throughout Saturday.

Metro also announced that there will be no scheduled track maintenance during the New Year’s Eve weekend; trains will remain open until 2 a.m. on Monday for New Year’s Eve partygoers. Additionally, 24/7 bus service is now offered on 14 routes for those traveling after the rail system shuts down.

“We appreciate all of our customers, businesses, the District and the effort of our Metro staff who worked through the holidays to get this critical work done,” Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Randy Clarke said in a news release. “Maintaining the safety and reliability of the system is vital. Thanks to Mayor Bowser and the District Department of Transportation, we were able to use special dedicated bus lanes created for this project to minimize the impact to customers.”

Service on the Red Line was suspended on Monday, Dec. 18, to repair deteriorating concrete beams and ceiling from the system’s original construction. The work zone was extended from Dec. 22-24, with no Red Line service between Gallery Place and Union Station. Free shuttle buses replaced trains during construction, providing over 172,000 passenger trips to date between the affected stations.

During the temporary closure, Metro’s construction team used over eight tons of concrete and 466 pounds of rebar to rebuild the Red Line tunnel ceiling, preventing concrete from falling onto trains. Crews also replaced 3,159 linear feet of running rail between Farragut North and Metro Center and installed 1,152 lights for the new platform edge lighting with brighter, more sustainable LED lights. Additional insulation was added to the third rail power cables between Gallery Place and Judiciary Square to provide a moisture barrier for the electrified third rail that powers the trains.

In preparation for Metro’s next-generation train signaling system, the agency installed 15,914 linear feet of fiber optic cables between Farragut North and Judiciary Square (video below).

This Red Line project was part of Metro’s 10-year, $15 billion Capital Improvement Program, which “will improve the customer experience and keep the region’s infrastructure in a state of good repair,” according to the agency.

For the New Year’s holiday, Metro will operate on a Sunday schedule on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Service will start at 7 a.m. and end at 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and at midnight on New Year’s Day. Passengers should check the station page and add two hours for the last train times on New Year’s Eve.

On Sunday, passengers can take advantage of $2 all-day weekend fares, offering an affordable option for attending New Year’s Eve celebrations. On Monday, New Year’s Day, regular weekday fares will be in effect, including $2 fares after 9:30 p.m.

Metrobus service will run on a Sunday schedule both days, including 24/7 D.C. bus service on 14 routes in the District. Schedules vary by route, so passengers should check timetables for route-specific information.

MetroAccess will provide normal service on both days; however, scheduled recurring subscription trips will be canceled on New Year’s Day. Customers wishing to travel on Jan. 1 may make a reservation online or call (301) 562-5360.

Parking will be free at all Metro-owned garages and lots on both days, except for Morgan Blvd. and Downtown Largo where non-riders are subject to a $15 Special Event Parking Fee during events at FedExField. Metrorail riders using the same SmarTrip card to ride to Morgan Blvd. or Downtown Largo and exit the parking facility following a qualifying trip will not be charged upon exiting.

According to Metro, a qualifying Metro ride begins at a station other than Downtown Largo, Morgan Blvd, Addison Road, Capitol Heights, or Benning Road. The $15 rate is in effect at the time of kick-off and remains in effect until two hours after the event.

Riders can visit wmata.com/MetroPulse for up-to-date service information.

Photo: “Silver Spring WMATA Station” by Roadgeek Adam is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Lower Gas Prices Forecast For MD In 2024: Here's Why

MARYLAND — Gas is not expected to cost as much next year in Maryland, according to a 2024 fuel price outlook that looks at current market conditions and speculates on how they may affect fuel prices in the future.In Maryland, the average per gallon price is currently $3.16, according to AAA. GasBuddy, an app that helps users find cheap fuel in their area, forecasts prices will average between $3.23 and 3.56 a gallon in 2024.The average daily cost of gasoline in the Washington, D.C., region could go as high as $3.90 to $4....

MARYLAND — Gas is not expected to cost as much next year in Maryland, according to a 2024 fuel price outlook that looks at current market conditions and speculates on how they may affect fuel prices in the future.

In Maryland, the average per gallon price is currently $3.16, according to AAA. GasBuddy, an app that helps users find cheap fuel in their area, forecasts prices will average between $3.23 and 3.56 a gallon in 2024.

The average daily cost of gasoline in the Washington, D.C., region could go as high as $3.90 to $4.30.

AAA said the highest average price Marylanders paid for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $5.02 on June 14, 2022.

The national average for a gallon of gas fell below last year’s low just in time for Christmas travel, AAA Mid-Atlantic said. "Tepid demand and a low cost for oil, which is hovering around $70 per barrel are factors in the low prices."

Drivers can find current gas prices along their route using the AAA TripTik Travel planner.

Here’s what Gas Buddy forecasts for national gas prices by month in 2024:

U.S. fuel prices reached record highs in 2022 due to COVID-19 supply issues, near-record inflation, and Russia’s war in Ukraine. The forecast author, Patrick De Haan, GasBuddy’s head of petroleum analysis, said he expects prices will normalize next year, with prices averaging $3.38 a gallon, compared to $3.51 in 2023.

“As 2023 fades away, I’m hopeful those $5 and $6 prices for gasoline and diesel will also fade into memory,” De Haan said in a statement. “The global refining picture continues to improve, providing more capacity and peace of mind that record-setting prices will stay away from the pump this year. 2024 will feature some volatility, unexpected outages and disruptions, and potentially weather-related issues, but I do not expect it to feature record prices — anywhere.”

If the forecast is correct, 2024 prices will be around the level of 2014 price of $3.34 a gallon. The forecast makes allowances for seasonal peaks around Memorial Day when prices could go over $4 a gallon.

During other major holidays, gas prices are expected to remain well below that level, with per gallon prices ranging from $2.83-$3.16 possible by next Christmas.

Drivers nationwide are expected to spend about $446.9 billion to fuel their vehicles in 2024, compared to $479.2 billion in 2023. Both are well below $526.3 billion spent in 2022.By household, gasoline spending is expected to be about $2,407 in 2024, compared with $2,460 in 2023 and $2,715 in 2022.

What's Open, Closed For On New Year's Day In Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, MD — New Year's Day falls on a Monday in 2024, so there will be various schedule changes over several days.Below are the openings and closures to know for the New Year's holiday weekend around Silver Spring and Montgomery County:Montgomery County office buildings: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.State offices and courts: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.Montgomery County Schools: Closed Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.Post offices...

SILVER SPRING, MD — New Year's Day falls on a Monday in 2024, so there will be various schedule changes over several days.

Below are the openings and closures to know for the New Year's holiday weekend around Silver Spring and Montgomery County:

Montgomery County office buildings: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

State offices and courts: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Montgomery County Schools: Closed Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.

Post offices: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

State Motor Vehicle Administration offices and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Libraries: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Alcohol Beverage Services: All stores open regular hours on Sunday, Dec. 31 and closed on Monday, Jan. 1.

SEE ALSO: New Year’s Eve 2023 In Silver Spring: When And Where To Celebrate

Department of Permitting Services: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Ride On: On Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1, Ride On will operate on a Sunday service schedule.

Ride On extRa and Ride On Flex: Will not be in service on Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1.

Ride On Flash: On Sunday, Dec. 31, will operate a Weekends and Holidays schedule service for the Orange Route until 10 p.m. The Blue Route will not be in service. On Monday, Jan. 1, will operate a Weekends and Holidays schedule for the Orange Route. The Blue Route will not be in service.

MARC Train: Regularly scheduled Penn Line weekend service on Saturday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 31. No service on Monday, Jan. 1.

TRiPS Silver Spring commuter store: Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31. Closed on Monday, Jan. 1.

TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store: Closed Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1.

Metrorail: On New Year’s Eve on Sunday, Dec. 31, Metrorail will operate on Sunday schedule, with service starting at 7 a.m., but ending at a time to be determined after midnight. On Monday, Jan. 1, Metrorail will operate on a Sunday holiday schedule from 7 a.m. to midnight. For more details, go to https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/index.cfm.

Metrobus: Will operate on a Sunday schedule on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. More details at https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/.

Public Parking Garages, Lots, Curbside Meters: Free on Monday, Jan. 1.

County-provided trash and recycling: No collections on Monday, Jan. 1. Collections for the remainder of the week will slide one day, with the final collections on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Shady Grove Transfer Station and Recycling Center: Closes early at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31. Closed on Jan. 1.

Aquatic Centers: Will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31. Closed Jan. 1.

Community Recreation Centers: Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Senior Centers: Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Montgomery Parks: Visit MontgomeryParks.org for complete information.

Automated Pizza Vending Machine Arrives in Downtown Silver Spring

An automated pizza vending machine is now available at the Arrive Silver Spring apartment building in downtown Silver Spring.Toronto-based PizzaForno, which operates unmanned pizza vending machines, claims that ...

An automated pizza vending machine is now available at the Arrive Silver Spring apartment building in downtown Silver Spring.

Toronto-based PizzaForno, which operates unmanned pizza vending machines, claims that the pizzas are stored fresh and refrigerated — not frozen — and are baked in under three minutes.

PizzaForno operates by allowing customers to order and pay for pizzas through a digital screen on the machine or via the app. Once an order is placed, a robotic arm takes the customer’s selected uncooked pizza from a refrigerated section of the machine and places it in a convection oven.

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Each vending machine has 70 12-inch pizzas with a menu that has six types of pies. The pizza choices include four cheese, pepperoni, barbecue chicken, Hawaiian, meat lovers, and vegetarian, and they range from $10 to $13. However, PizzaForno does not have gluten-free or vegan options.

The pizza bakes in three minutes and is then placed into a box, which pops out of a slot in the front of the machine, similar to an ATM.

As stated on PizzaForno’s website, the pizza has a sell-by-date of three days, and the machines are regularly stocked with fresh pizzas. Any pizzas that exceed the three-day shelf life are removed from the machines.

PizzaForno initially launched in Toronto and by 2020, the company had established locations across the greater Toronto area. These locations included hospitals, campuses, gas stations, resort towns, and various other areas. The company has successfully expanded into Texas, Georgia, and Michigan, and is now signing licensees across the United States and Mexico.

Thanks to @MyLineIsRed & @JamileeD for the tip!

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