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All Things Politics on Patch, Now in One Place

To say that it's a busy time in the political world is an understatement, which is why I'm thrilled to announce the launch of our national Patch Politics website. Here's what you'll find:

  • Our only-on-Patch coverage which we're calling "Every Race in Every Town." The in-depth information on all the races that have an impact on Patch towns: Every race, every candidate, every ballot initiative, and all the information on where, when and how to vote.
  • Our Patch Polls, which go to the politically influential folks in your town, can be an early indicator of the local leanings. And curious neighbors can dive into our political donation databases to find the big donor next door.
  • Our up-to-the-minute local reporting as the presidential candidates crisscross the country, caught by locals who really know the territory and can capture the best newsmaking moments.
  • The articles that show off how we've become the preeminent platform for local discussion -- on Thursday alone, Patch hosted debates with the governors of Massachusetts and South Carolina, and posted the video from a mayoral candidates forum in California.
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A Sneak Peek: The New Patch

Three and a half years ago, Patch set out to give you a new way to connect to your neighbors, get informed, and find what you're looking for. We've changed lives with our stories and improved communities through comprehensive coverage of what matters most to you and the people that live nearby. But being a part of over 900 unique communities made us realize that Patch was capable of doing even more, so we set out to improve the Patch experience and align it better with how neighborhood life really works.

This week, we're unveiling the new Patch on five of our nearly 900 sites. Along with our vibrant, friendly new design, you'll see that the site works a little differently; the local news that you've come to know and trust can now be custom-fit to the way you live. It's a new Patch experience for staying in the know from phone, tablet, or desktop. Wherever you go, Patch works the way you do.

The new Patch will fit the everyday life of your community, and all the people, places, and groups that make it thrive. It's a more neighborly hub of common interests and activities - where learning, sharing, and doing things together is easy. Plus, it's just plain fun to use.

We hope you'll try out the new Patch and let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you!

See them here:
Bellmore, NY
Garden City, NY
Levittown, NY
Long Beach, NY
Merrick, NY

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I'm a Patcher!

What a thrill to be officially introducing myself to you as the newest Patcher! I am so excited to be joining this amazing group.

A little about me: I live in the fabulous Patch town of Montclair, New Jersey, and have been an avid Patch reader for quite a while. Plus, I have a long history of working in hyperlocal, and I think that Patch is the best realization of that endeavor that I've seen, ever. Put it all together and I feel like I've landed my dream job.

In fact, I feel like I've come full circle. I began my online career in 1995 in the local editorial space, at an office a block away from the current Patch HQ. I worked as the City Editor of New York's first online guide, a precursor to Time Out New York that was called Metrobeat.com. I moved on to run the local parenting paper network for Disney's Family.com, and since then have worked for a slew of online lifestyles sites from iVillage to Parenting.com. It turns out that working for such a broad variety of sites, combined with my stint as a reporter in D.C. covering Capitol Hill and the FDA, has given me some great lessons in how to serve a readership and a digital business.

When it comes to Patch, there's an enormous amount to learn. I want to absorb as much as I can as quickly as possible. I'm really looking forward to coming aboard. 2012 is going to be a huge year; Patch's trajectory is tremendous; and there are great things ahead.

I'm just sorry I'll have to wait another 7 months for Chris Shea Day.

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