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.
Here's to year two!
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.