Five Things to Know Today, Aug. 29, in Montgomery County

Below are five things to know today, Aug. 29, in Montgomery County, Maryland:

1. Rainy Day:  Don’t leave the house without your umbrella. There’s rain in the forecast, and it will be breezy.

2.  One Week and Counting: Over 161,000 Montgomery County Public Schools students head back to class one week from today. Are you ready for school to start on Sept. 5th? MCPS officials have posted an online checklist to help. Meet the district’s 26 new principals here, and watch a “welcome back” message, below:

3. Back to School Drive: Local businesses and organizations are also helping students get a Smart Start to the school year by collecting school supplies and backpacks this week. Find out how you can help here.

4. Purple Line Groundbreaking: Local leaders celebrated the long awaited Purple Line at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. Watch a video recap, below:

5. Parks and Rec Headlines: The South Germantown Splash Park is closed thru Friday. The Splash Park reopens Sept. 2- 4 for the Labor Day weekend. The Olney Indoor Swim Center is now open for swimming after two weeks of repairs. A Pop Up in Montgomery Parks make and take event is scheduled from 4 – 6 p.m. at Argyle Local Park in Silver Spring. Gaithersburg hosts Yoga in the Park from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Concert Pavilion. Finally, the recreation department is looking for volunteer youth basketball coaches for its boys and girls programs this winter.

In case you missed these road work alerts: Maryland State Highway Administration crews are working on street projects in Bethesda and Silver Spring this week. Find out more, below:

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About Sonya Burke

Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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