Congratulations to Patcher Peter Heyneman!
Last week, Peter, who works on our Business Engagement team, proposed to his girlfriend Erin on the set of the game show "The Price is Right." Host Drew Carey stopped and congratulated the couple from the stage while taping the show. Upon hearing that Peter worked for Patch, Drew touted the importance of covering local community news and information. It turns out that Drew is a proud native of the Cleveland area where Patch covers seventeen communities.
Great news Drew, we've still got you covered! We have over thirty Patches in the Los Angeles area, including one in your new hometown: Hollywood Patch!
About the honor, SPJ writes on their blog:
● The Hercules Patch, the local news site operated by America Online, receives the News Media award for its dogged tracking of the questionable financial management practices in the East Bay city of Hercules. Patch produced more than 13 investigative stories and 100 daily stories, and created 20 databases to follow the money.
We at Patch couldn't be any prouder of the team, especially Hercules Patch local editor Laila Kearney along with senior regional editor Ari Soglin and their team in the East Bay. Hercules Patch is relatively new to the media scene in California and is already making a major difference in the lives of residents in Hercules. To be recognized by one of the oldest and most prestigious organizations in the country representing journalists, especially for such an important series, is truly a major accomplishment by Laila and her colleagues. Go Hercules Patch!
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.
As you may know, New Jersey was the first state where Patch launched, so we're always excited to be able to honor that however we can. As such, we're happy to announce Patch has teamed up with NETS Basketball to celebrate New Jersey and our readers in a big way: For their final season in New Jersey, NETS Basketball has partnered with Patch to honor local heroes to "Celebrate New Jersey County Nights." In addition, for home games between February 1 and March 14, NETS Basketball and Patch will offer premium tickets for discounted prices, on-court promotions, and contests. We'll be in the Patch booth in The Prudential Center offering a chance to win an autographed basketball and tickets to a NETS game. For tickets, just search "NETS Basketball" on any New Jersey Patch site.
A few weeks ago, we announced that a family in Davis, CA, had won our first Deck the House holiday decorating contest, and from the moment we made it public, we couldn't wait to give away the actual prize: $100,000 to the local school district in Davis! Kristy and Jim Powell's spectacular decorating of their home, known as "Candy Cane Court," is what brought home the gold - and the green! - for their community, and Friday night's presentation of the prize was just as exciting for us as it was for the Powells and the Davis students!
Claudia Huapaya from our marketing team (a veteran Patcher) was on hand in CA to lead the way and make sure the event went off without a hitch. It was really exciting, both for Claudia and for all of us here at Patch, to hear that so many people at the game knew about the contest and the upcoming check presentation. Superintendent Roberson and Trustee Sheila Allen took the court during halftime to accept the $100,000 from Davis Patch Local Editor Justin Cox and the Powell Family. Superintendent Roberson put it best when he held the giant check overhead and said, "Hey kids, this is for you!" The crowd went wild.
I know we're the ones who gave away the money, but honestly, we feel like we're the ones who took home the big prize. It means the world to us to be to able to give back in a big way; it goes right to our mission of serving our communities whenever and however we can. And hey, all the better when there's a giant check involved - who doesn't love those?! Congratulations to Davis Schools from everyone here at Patch!
In a collective Give 5 effort, almost all Patchers in one CT region (that's 16 editors!) volunteered at the Foodshare warehouse in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Foodshare is a non-profit that serves a 42-town area in Connecticut, collects frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items, and cash every year around the holidays to help those in need. In addition to providing coverage to the cause on their respective Patch sites, these Patchers logged many hours on-site at the Foodshare warehouse, collecting turkeys and other canned goods from the many donators. Awesome work everyone!
David Moran (Local Editor, Manchester) slinging Turkeys at the Foodshare Warehouse.
Senior Advertising Manager Lee R. DeLay III donated Patch swag to the Poway, Calif. 3rd Annual Shop Hop: an auction benefiting Pomerado Elementary Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fundraising for Pomerado Elementary School. His efforts were met with much gratitude from the event organizers, who were pleased to share that they exceeded their monetary goal for the auction. Lee also donated advertising space for the Shop Hop, which event organizers directly contributed to higher traffic for the event. Way to go!
There you have it, Patchers sharing the love in many different ways. Patch employees - think you have an awesome Give 5/Patch sharing story that was not included in this post? Comment below, we'd love to hear about it!
Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Ranere, from the whole Patch family!
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.
Looks like it was a great time, but we're glad they're back on earth. We need them down here.