Five Things to Know Today, Aug. 9, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, Aug. 9, in Montgomery County:

1. One Year Later: This week marks the first anniversary of the Flower Branch Apartments fire in Silver Spring. See Phyllis Armstrong’s thought-provoking piece on the lessons learned from the catastrophic natural gas explosion.

2. The Sky Is Falling: Gaithersburg’s Observatory Park and Rockville’s Welsh Park will be open for skygazers to watch Perseid meteor showers from Friday to Sunday.

3. It’s Fair Time: For more earthbound pursuits, the Montgomery County Fair starts this weekend. Our weekend planner has that and other ways to enjoy one of the last weekends of summer.

4. Fall Tryouts: Athletic tryouts and practices for most MCPS high school fall athletic teams begin today.

5. It’s Movie Night: “Sing” will be the outdoor movie at 700 Fallsgrove Road.

One more thing: Looking for the latest in politics? Visit our #MoCoVotesMCM page for who’s running and what’s happening. Or check the #MoCoVotesMCM hashtag on Twitter. Or sign up for our weekly politics newsletter.

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About Douglas Tallman

Reporter with 35 years experience throughout Maryland. Reach me at or via Twitter at @MCM-Doug


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