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Editorial: A Reason to Celebrate

Today, August 1 marks the official one year anniversary of the Germantown Pulse.


It has been an amazing year. The Pulse has grown stronger each month. There have been tragic stories that shocked us, such as the Hoggle case and the senseless murder in the Target parking lot.

There have been great stories of triumph, such as the Northwest football team’s run to repeat as Maryland State Champs, as well as the surprising and exciting playoff run by the Seneca Valley boys basketball team over the winter.

There have been stories that have inspired us, such as the neighbors who set up a GoFundMe account to help the family who had lost everything to a house fire on Wanegarten Court in March.

The Germantown Pulse has grown each month, thanks in large part to word-of-mouth from readers and friends. In one year, with a very small marketing budget, the Pulse has grown from 301 unique users for the entire first week of existence last August to an average weekly reach of 3,930 unique users. In July, 16,493 unique users turned to the Pulse for local news and information.

Thanks to our readers those numbers continue to grow.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

As the Germantown Pulse embarks on its second year of existence, the hope is that we’ve earned the trust of our readers and that you too are encouraged by our growth. The ultimate mission of the Germantown Pulse is to, in some small way, make our community a better place to live and work.

Since the beginning, the Germantown Pulse has wanted to somehow create a sense of civic pride in the Germantown area. And while we have expanded our coverage a bit to include more Clarksburg and Damascus news since The Gazette Newspapers stopped production, Germantown has remained our main focus.

Germantown residents have a lot to be proud of, and we could all do a better job in celebrating and advocating for the place where we live, work, and play.

Which is why it was so very encouraging, back in June, to attend the first meeting of the Germantown Alliance 2.0, as it was called. As an unincorporated town, Germantown is at a disadvantage compared to other Montgomery County towns such as Rockville or Gaithersburg, which are incorporated and have an elected figurehead that can advocate for their community. Germantown does not have a mayor. The official elected representati