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Manuary 2013: NY Patchers Get Scruffy for a Cause

In what has become a very Patchy annual tradition, this year's Manuary overgrew the Patch HQ office in New York City. In the words of the highly esteemed Manuary Committee, "Beards are alive and buzzing in the hallowed halls of Patch." This year, Manuary combined the opportunity to donate to an important cause and, at the same time, helped celebrate one of Patch's most ancient cultural traditions: beard growing.

A record 35 participants across a number of HQ teams joined and, along with their sponsors, have raised $2,400 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, with multiple beards having hundreds of dollars in sponsorship!

Last year, 30 competing beards graced the competition and more than 15 trophies were awarded, including the contest's most coveted prizes, the "Best in Show" award and the "Patchiest" award.

Manuary's Golden Rule: "Love thy neighbor's beard." Some beards are easy to grow and some are not. Some beards are pretty to look at, some are not. Regardless of the beard, we celebrate each and every beard. Every beard is a personal journey of discovery and many times these journeys are arduous.

Gallery: Manuary 2013

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Hark! Were those wedding bells?!

Congratulations to Jared Ranere, Patch's Product Manager, on his recent marriage to Amanda McCroskery! The wedding took place October 15, 2011, on Shelter Island, which is located at the eastern end of Long Island, NY. The ceremony finished with a flourish: a second line band, led by Treme's Jonathan Batiste, burst into the chapel and then led a parade into the reception, which included Jared tap-dancing in the couple's first dance.

Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Ranere, from the whole Patch family!

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Patch Editors Give 5 to Help Repair Hurricane Irene Damage

On November 3, Patch editors from throughout Montgomery County, PA, visited Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, to assist with repairs on the Pennypack Preserve in the continuing recovery after Hurricane Irene. This was part of Patch's Give 5 program, through which Patchers donate 5 days a year to volunteering in their communities.

In the aftermath of the August hurricane, residents spoke with Patch Local Editor Gerry Dungan about the damage to trees and from flooding in the area. Dungan and his colleagues knew the rebuilding process would be a long and challenging one, so it felt like a great fit to use their Give 5 day toward this effort.

Restoration Manager Chris Dartley must have predicted how passionate these Patchers would be about lending a hand; upon their arrival, he told them, "We saved the biggest problem for you guys. We heard we had some muscle coming in, so we saved it for you." By the end of the event, the Patch editors were able to straighten and support nearly 100 trees downed during flooding.

As Tony DiDomizio, Local Editor of Montgomeryville-Landsdale Patch, summed up, "It was a great Give 5 and we'd love to do it again." Check out video and photos of these editors in action here.

Patch Editors Give 5 (from left, back row) Leann Pettit, Local Editor, Ambler Patch; Tony DiDomizio, LE, Lansdale Patch; James Myers, LE, Norristown Patch; Melissa Treacy, Regional Editor; David Powell, Associate Regional Editor; (middle) Ann Cornell, LE, Perkiomen Valley Patch; Kyle Bagenstose, LE, Upper Dublin Patch; (front) Gerry Dungan, LE, Upper Moreland Patch.

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A Patchy Proposal

Congratulations to Chris DePatria, one of the leaders of the Patch sales team, on his recent engagement to Kristen Licastro!

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