Today, August 1, marks the official two-year anniversary of the Germantown Pulse. Two years already! While the work to make Germantown Pulse a reality started a few weeks before, August was the first full month of operation. In those first weeks after August 1, the Germantown Pulse didn’t have much in terms of readership. In that first month just 1,723 unique visitors came to www.GermantownPulse.net, and the newborn website had just 3,810 pageviews for the entire month of Aug
What is happening in our neighborhood is not acceptable. I live on the “wrong side of the tracks” in zip code 20874 between Father Hurley Boulevard and Frederick I-270. As much as I admire the police officers who do a wonderful job, things are not alright in that area. Even though I applaud Principal, Dr. Cohen’s enthusiastic support of the good kids and worthwhile programs at Seneca Valley High School, that does not make what residents have to go through any easier to bear.
This editorial is not about LGBT rights or human rights. This editorial is about the hypocrisy, grand standing, and jumping on the band wagon that, members of the Montgomery County Council are often very quick to do when they think they can score some political points because there no-one is to call them out on it. Germantown Pulse is sick of it. Last week, the County Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 18-456 which was sponsored by Councilmember Nancy Navarro from Di
There are those among you saying, “Germantown has a Town Center? Where is it?” That question has been asked, more than once, on social media, and the answer is Yes, Germantown has a Town Center. It is on Century Boulevard, and it runs from the movie theater, past Germantown Library and BlackRock Center for the Arts, through to the shops in the Germantown Commons shopping center on Middlebrook Road. There is a fine arts theater; shops — both large and small — there are restaur
When the Board of Education released its four potential names for the new middle school in Clarksburg the list was… uninspiring to locals. While all four of the men on the list are deserving of such an accolade, the names did nothing to inspire the local community to embrace the new school as their own. A school is nothing without its community. The link between school and community is vital. And the responsibility of naming a new school in an emerging community is one that r
Last month County Executive Ike Leggett announced his recommended $4.4 billion FY17 Capital Budget and six-year FY17-22 Capital Improvements Program, also known as the CIP. Leggett’s planned capital improvements for the next six years seem not take into account that Germantown even exists when it comes to economic development and transportation. The need for some sort of economic development in Germantown is great. The UpCounty area of Germantown/Boyds/Clarksburg is one of th
Looking back on 2015, it was a sad and violent year in Germantown, but our sadness is mixed with hope for the new year. The Germantown/Clarksburg area was rocked by eight homicides in 2015, which is three more than 2014. From the recent shootout which resulted in the death of a man on Sage Way to the murder-suicide in broad daylight at a gas station on Germantown Road in August, to the tragic murder of a young woman in the Target parking lot in June — our community was visite
As millions watched the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC or the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center in New York, millions more waited to bring their little ones to stand in the December chill at their local tree lighting, which signals the official start to the holiday season at the local level. However, the almost 100,000 folks that populate Germantown will not be among them. If Germantown residents want to go out and enjoy seasonal merriment at a l
In September, the Germantown Pulse featured a story about how Montgomery County Police Officers had partnered with members of the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Mother Seton Roman Catholic Church in Germantown to help provide food or clothing to the numerous and ubiquitous panhandlers who pepper the medians and corners of intersections throughout Germantown. Germantown Pulse applauds Sergeant Mark McCoy of the Fifth District and his Central Business Unit, as well as the member
On Monday, June 1, 24-year-old Mariam Shadé Adebayo was shot and killed in the Milestone Target parking lot, allegedly by her former boyfriend, a convicted sex offender, Donald Wayne Bricker, Jr. Then last Tuesday, it happened again, only 2,900 feet away from the first shooting. Career criminal Johnnie Perkins shot and killed the woman he’d been living with, 34-year-old Shakina Perkins-Moody while filling up at a Germantown gas station. The Germantown Pulse covered a third in
When GermantownPulse.net went live on August 1, 2014, the plan was to report as much Germantown news, sports, and information as possible with a very small staff – and do that for a year, build an audience, grow a brand, and see if the Pulse could grow ever stronger. The plan was to use that first year to build up credibility in the community. If the Pulse could be sustained in the community after a year, an editorial page would be introduced in August 2015. The plan changed
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