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Southampton Patch Turns 1

On this day in 2010, southampton.patch.com went live.

One year ago, when I said "I'm calling from Southampton Patch," the inevitable response was, "What's Patch?"

For several months, when I set up shop with my computer at or in Southampton Village, passersby would see the big green Patch sticker on the back of my laptop and ask, "What's Patch?"

Now, I frequently hear when I'm out and about, "You work for Patch? I get Patch every day!"

In just 365 days, Southampton Patch has gone from new kid on the block, to the go-to source for timely local news in eastern Southampton Town for many residents and visitors. (Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch has the west of the Shinnecock Canal covered.)

One of the craziest times for Patch over the last year was the days surrounding Tropical Storm Irene. On Southampton Patch and the rest of the Long Island Patches, we reported up-to-the-minute information on storm prep, evacuations, shelters, closings, damage and post-storm aid.

This summer saw to Southampton Village, a successful Hampton Classic Horse Show, , a , among other happenings that made headlines both locally and nationally.

And in the fall, Patch was the destination for Hamptons International Film Festival coverage. We were also closely covering the town elections in November.

Thank you for reading Patch over the past year and contributing your tips, comments, announcements, photos and video. Patch would be nothing without you.

If you aren't already, please follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter so we can bring you local news over multiple platforms.

Here's to year two!

Sincerely,

Brendan J. O'Reilly
Southampton Editor, Patch.com

P.S. - Against my better judgment, I have attached to this post my "Welcome Video" that led the website the day we launched. Enjoy.

Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) December 09, 2011 at 08:38 PM
Congratulations!
Lisa Tamburini December 09, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Congratulations...great job Brendan!
GOLD FINGER December 10, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Love it and use it everyday no matter where I am I can always get my local news and events around town. My friend who grew up here in Southampton turned me on to it and he now lives in GA and reads his Patch everyday. Thanks for providing a much needed website out here on the east end and many more successful years. Merry Christmas
Paula Szafranski December 10, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Great job, I just found the site today when I searched for the Polar Bear Plunge. I am usually there to watch, but I am in NYC and now watching via a live cam feed from Coopers. I will now bookmark this page.
Ty Wenzel December 11, 2011 at 08:51 AM
Congrats!!!!

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