O'Malley Meddles in Moco, Farewell Fried Oreos, Everything Else You Missed in These 500 Square Miles

It may be August but you'll still want to pay attention to all that's been happening in Montgomery County.


With , and , it can only mean one thing: It's the end of August in Montgomery County.

But for those of us who are still in town, there's a lot to lord over our vacationing friends and coworkers.

For example, did you know that Gov. Martin O'Malley got involved in a Montgomery County dispute last week? Or that police ? Also, school superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr is as we countdown to the start of school.

Fried Green Patch Editor

But first, a proper farewell to the county's paean to all things homegrown, local, fried, churned and bovine. Check out Gaithersburg local editor at the Montgomery County Fair, and these captivating images of the .

Get Out Your Skinny Jeans

With all this , you might be glad to know we're pretty slim in Montgomery County. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) , with Montgomery County having the lowest obesity rate in the state, at 18.1 percent. To put that in perspective, Colorado ranked the lowest among states, with 20.7 percent of adults considered obese, while Mississippi was highest at 34.9 percent.

Brickbats for Brickyard

One long-standing testament to healthy locally grown food in Montgomery County has been Nick's Organic Farm in Potomac. The county has been trying to take back the land after 30 years and turn it into soccer fields but after a slew of court cases and challenges, , calling the county's plan a bad idea. Shortly thereafter, , sparking organic joy among the farm's supporters.

It Had to Happen

You may not be ready to think about back-to-school but it's a week away for Montgomery County public schools, which kick off the 2012-2013 school year Monday, Aug. 27. To be prepared, check out the county's back to school fair Saturday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. And, remember, the .

Starr Power

Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr starts his second full year as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools and he is . In April, former Northeast Consortium community superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez was . She will report directly to Starr, the Gazette reports, which is a shift from the previous position that served under a deputy superintendent. Starr told the newspaper that he wants to build a better relationship between schools and the central office. 

In Other News

--Looking for work? has announced via Twitter that in anticipation of the store's opening at the regional mall in October. What kind of employees is Costco looking to hire? The list includes cashiers, forklift drivers, meat cutters, pharmacy sales assistants, photo lab clerks and more. See photos of the under construction.

-- is apparently officially cool. It just celebrated its fifth anniversary and Executive Director Andrea Jolly says its restaurants, stores and the county’s flagship make the town center a bonafide success. Following at least two failed previous attempts at creating such a center, this one is a success because "it’s helping make Rockville a destination,” said Jolly. It was built for $360 million as a public-private partnership of the , and .

--. The book was penned by former marine biologist Rachel Carson in her home in the White Oak area of Silver Spring. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) called it "startling and inflammatory," but in a good way.

Check Out

--Our for a chance to win Patch swag and bragging rights.

--Our by Takoma Park local editor Ryan McDermott, and get Raditude.

--This groovy car spotted at Brookside Gardens and featured on Wheaton Patch.

Theresa Defino August 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
O`Malley expressing an opinion on Brickyard hardly constitutes "meddling."


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