Farmingdale Patch turns 2 Sunday. We want to say thanks: we couldn't have done it without you, the readers.
During the past year, Farmingdale has witnessed an incredible range of stories about the community: tragedies, triumphs and the vast span of the human experience captured on this site. There was a damaging hurricane and a championship football team. New businesses opened; a new school year began.
Since Farmingdale Patch went live on Dec. 16, 2010, it has carried more than 4,800 stories, including about 2,400 this year alone. Many of those stories could not have happened without the help of our readers, who serve as the eyes and ears of the community and let us know what is going on.
Scores of readers have others have contributed in their own way: Many local residents have sent us photos, made comments on the site and taken the trouble to blog for us.
Just last week, our Facebook site surpassed 1,000 "likes."
So, here's some easy ways to make Farmingdale Patch even more useful in the coming year:
Post Events to the Calendar: Get the word out about your events by adding them to the calendar. Or use the calendar to browse what's going on around town.
Become a Blogger: Farmingdale experts in their fields blog every week on the site. Have a subject area of expertise? Email email@example.com to become a local voice on the site.
Make Announcements: Need volunteers? Get married? Lose a pet? Announce it in our announcements section so the community knows.
Add Photos to the Community Gallery: We want to see your best shots. Add them to this gallery so your neighbors can see. You can also add photos to articles by clicking "Upload" near the photos we've featured.
Comment on Articles: We love discussion and smart debate and our articles are a great place for the community to do so about meetings you may have missed, new initiatives, school accomplishments, vacant properties and more.
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So thanks again for reading Farmingdale Patch. Our pledge to you continues to be the same as when we began:
We'll be here to cover the hyper-local news that matters to you most, accurately and fairly.
Joe Dowd, local editor, Farmingdale Patch
Editor's Note: Farmingdale Patch would not be possible without the leadership of Regional Editor Jason Molinet, Associate Regional Editor Pam Robinson, Senior Regional Editor David Reich-Hale and the work of Advertising Manager Maria Manaseri.