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Jan 30th 2013

Hurricane Sandy: Three Months Later and the Work Continues

This past October, Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, destroying homes and lives in thousands of communities - including 329 Patch towns. Three months later, Forest Hills Patch's Local Editor Matthew Hampton traveled with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief team to see how efforts to help those affected in the Rockaways have continued months after Superstorm Sandy.

The Patch editor spoke with volunteers, locals and the Red Cross, getting a firsthand account of how residents have been making do during extremely challenging times. Lines of people deprived of food continue to rely on the emergency response vehicles that readily deliver food directly to those who need it most.

Patch is proud to support the efforts of the Red Cross and the many other organizations and individuals providing relief to those impacted by Sandy. Our editors and staff continue to provide around-the-clock coverage and essential information for those areas and beyond.

Watch as Patch rides along with the Red Cross in the Rockaways, on Forest Hills Patch!

Apr 10th 2012

Batter Up! Patch signs Yankee Mark Teixeira

We are thrilled to announce today that Patch has signed two-time All-Star and four-time Golden Glove winner Mark Teixeira as "Commissioner of Patch Baseball"! Patch is all about hometown and neighborhood, and what's more hometown than baseball? Mark will answer questions from residents of Patch towns, share baseball tips, post exclusive videos, and offer young athletes some advice about healthful eating and staying in shape. Mark is a resident of a Patch town, grew up in another, and is an avid Patch user and supporter. We're very excited to have him on the team!

Feb 16th 2012

Patch Heads to School to Find Next Generation of Journalists

At Patch we believe that many of the ideas that will shape the future of digital media and journalism will come (not surprisingly) from the next generation who are now in business and j-schools. Those passionate students will challenge established models and help us constantly reinvent the world of media. For that reason, we love to work with these schools as much as possible. We offer real-world experience and coaching to students at over 100 institutions through our PatchU program. And as often as possible we get to meet with classes and talk about what we're doing. Last night I spoke at the Iona College Mass Communications Department and had a great conversation with students, a couple Patch editors, and Professor Thomas Callahan. My message was basically this: Here's what we're doing at Patch and why; Here's my take on what we can expect in the near future; You will be a big part of how this industry develops; And finally, contrary to popular opinion, the future of local media is incredibly bright and exciting! Thanks to Iona for having me, and I'm off to Stanford's Graduate School of Business next week to talk about the future of media.

Jan 31st 2012

Patch and NETS Basketball Team Up

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 proud 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.

Jan 30th 2012

Davis Schools Win Big with Patch

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!

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