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12 Things You Need to Know About Patch

Woodbury-Middlebury Patch celebrated its one-year anniversary recently and have gained a lot of new readers since then. Here's a handy list on ways you can interact with Patch.

 

Simply put, Woodbury-Middlebury Patch is all about the communities and you, the residents.

We've built Patch so you have plenty of opportunities to comment on articles, share your opinions, post photos and announcements and add events to the community calendar. We hope that our site will strengthen the community, but we can't do it without you.

1. Comment on an Article

We subscribe to the idea that "news is a conversation." Much of our reporting will emanate from what readers tell us in e-mails, comments on our sites and in conversations around town. Share your thoughts and reactions to our articles by posting a comment directly below each story.

2. Blog

If you're passionate about something, be it politics or make-your-own-potpourri, we would love for you to blog about it! Also, informal studies show that when you blog for Woodbury-Middlebury Patch, your coolness quotient goes up by 1,000,000,000 percent.

3. Sign Up for Newsletters

The daily Woodbury-Middlebury Patch newsletter brings you all articles and announcements that have been posted in the last 24 hours. It is delivered to your e-mail every day in the morning. Whenever a breaking news item is posted, such as this , you will receive notification via e-mail. You can also sign up for the weekly newsletter, which shows a subset of the content created and featured on our site over the last few days.

4. Social Media Engagement

Like Woodbury-Middlebury Patch on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter. Immerse yourself in our content and actively contribute and engage via social media. Let's start a conversation together. There's also great photo albums on Woodbury-Middlebury Patch's Facebook page that we know you'll love!

5. Post an Event

Do you know of a book signing at our local bookstore, a celebrity chef appearing at cooking store or an art exhibit at a local coffee shop? Is there a garage sale or graduation ceremony coming up? If it's not on our Patch calendar, it should be. Feel free to add events to our site at http://woodbury-middlebury.patch.com/events/new

6. Send a News Tip

At the bottom of the homepage, there's a link that says, "Send Us News Tips." Tell us about stories we should cover.  Your tip will be sent straight to Jaimie Cura, Woodbury-Middlebury Patch's editor.

7. Post an Announcement

Post births, engagements and wedding announcements by following this link. Tell us who made the honor roll or share school awards, social notes and 'thank you' shout outs. If you're looking for volunteers or searching for your lost dog, we welcome you to call on your community for help. Just remember, our Terms of Use say announcements should be for personal use and not for advertising.

8. Claim Your Directory Listing

Our business and organization listings aren't skimpy. Our team of researchers actually hit the streets and visited businesses, schools, parks, libraries and more so we can provide photos as well as detailed information such as products sold and hours of operation. To contact us about the listing for your business or organization, e-mail us at directorysupport@patch.com. If you own or manage a business or organization in our directory, claim it at http://woodbury-middlebury.patch.com/search/listings.

9. Upload Your Photos and Video

Upload videos of the high football touchdown or your little leaguer's first home run. Post photos from local festivals, or send in a snapshot of your best holiday recipes. We invite you to share the memories that you've caught on camera with the rest of the community in our Pics & Clips gallery.

10. Review Restaurants or Other Businesses

Do you want to be the first to tell your friends whether the new restaurant in town gets two thumbs-up? You can post a review of your favorite (or least favorite) restaurants at http://woodbury-middlebury.patch.com/restaurants. Or, search to find what you're craving — you can filter results by cuisine, price or seating accommodations.

You can also review other local businesses in town by searching the directory.

11. Advertise With Us

To advertise with Patch contact Jessica Blauvelt at 203-383-0970, e-mail jessica.blauvelt@patch.com or contact Jeff Williams at jwilliams@patch.com.

12. Send a Letter to the Editor

Patch would like to extend an invitation to every member of the Middlebury and Woodbury communities to submit a letter to the editor. Express your thoughts or concerns about anything that might be stirring up conversation around town. Letters to the editor must contain first and last name, address and telephone number of the author. The name and town are the only pieces of personal information published with the letter. Letters may be e-mailed to Editor Jaimie Cura at jaimie.cura@patch.com.

The more Woodbury-Middlebury Patch serves as on online space for community dialogue, the more useful our site will be. So next time you have something to share with your neighbors, consider taking a moment to send a letter to Patch. Chances are, you're not the only who feels that way.

carol January 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM
helpful
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 12, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Thanks Carol, glad it helped!
Bob January 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Very helpful and I didnt know this patch was only a year old! Great progress in a little time. Thanks for everyone who contributes and comments.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 12, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Thanks Bob - I appreciate all my readers and commenters so much - you help make it great!

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