Here are the Top 7 Stories in Germantown this year.

  1. Plans to Reduce Traffic in the Area

The state of Maryland and Governor Hogan have come together to create a plan for reducing congestion and traffic along I-495 through the Montgomery County Area. Some believe that this proposal will not actually help to alleviate the issues.

2. Ranked top 100 Best Places to Live

Germantown was ranked as one of the top 100 Places to Live in Maryland. Germantown received exceptional marks for their public school system, family friendliness, and diversity. Congratulations to Germantown!

3. Ranked Top 10 Most Diverse Cities in America

Germantown was named one of the Top 10 most diverse cities in America by WalletHub. This ranking was based on size, socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, and religious diversity. Congratulations to Germantown!

4. Construction Begins on Biggest School in Maryland

Construction has begun on the new Seneca Valley High School. The school will replace the current Seneca Valley High School in the Fall of 2020. The new school boasts over 400,000 sq. ft. of space and a student capacity of 2,400. This will help the growing number of students as the area surrounding Germantown continues to grow in population.

5. 3 Schools in Montgomery County Receive National Blue Ribbon Honors

Congratulations to 3 schools in Montgomery County who received the national Blue Ribbon honors. They are recognized based on their high achievement and improvement. Of the 3 schools, one was a Germantown school, Ronald McNair Elementary.

6. Germantown Library Reaches 10th Anniversary

The Germantown Public Library celebrated their 10th anniversary back in October. The library has been a great addition to the community, providing educational and family services to the community since they opened. Keep on reading Germantown!

7. Rash of BB Gun Shootings. Reward Still Offered

There have been over 20 incidents of BB Gun drive by’s since September. The shooter or shooters have been targeting local franchises and MCDOT buses. During some of the incidents, the franchises and buses had passengers or shopper. The shootings are still occurring. If you have any information, please contact Montgomery County Police.