Toms River Patch turns three months old today. Yes, it seems like only yesterday our team of writers, photographers, reporters and editors were working to launch Toms River Patch on Dec. 9, 2010, to be a source of news and information in your town.
Here’s a look back at some of our top stories, and ways you can help us celebrate the big three. (And please, pardon our overly sentimental nature.) Thanks for joining us in our first months and here’s to many more!
- Dover Mall reconstruction
- Ritacco Watch series
- Police and Crime bulletins
- Pine Beach crash
- Officer Matlosz
- Inches and inches of snow
Going back to my “,” simply put, the site is about you.
Toms River Patch is meant to provide you with the news you want and need. But Toms River Patch is nothing if it is not interactive. We seek your input, advice, and story ideas and you can contact me at any time by e-mail or right on tomsriver.patch.com.
1. Comment on an article or shout it out
After reading an article, share your thoughts and reaction by posting a comment directly below each story. You can also comment without posting to an article. On the right side of the homepage, Patch asks you, “What do you have to say?” Your thoughts will go right into the stream on the homepage.
2. Ask or answer a question
Click on the “Q&A” tab on the top of the homepage to ask a question. This section is a place where you can not only ask questions but show off your expertise by answering someone else’s question.
3. Post an event or announcement
Whether it’s a local book signing, concert, church or non-profit event, garage sale, or a graduation ceremony, add any events that you know of right to the Toms River Patch calendar. Do the same with announcements. Add birth, engagement, or wedding or death announcements. Not only will other Toms River Patch readers be informed about what is happening locally, but the events and announcements you add can also act as additional news tips.
4. Upload your photos and video
Upload your photos from the elementary school spring concert, the varsity basketball game, or a snow storm. Toms River Patch is meant to be community driven. Share your memories.
5. Send a news tip or a letter to the editor
Have a brilliant idea for a story? At the bottom of the homepage there is a link that says, “Send us news tips.” The more that dialogue is shared on Toms River Patch, the more useful the site will be. Next time you share something with your neighbor, consider sending a letter to the editor. Send me your suggestion or letter directly from the site or e-mail me at Catherine.Galioto@patch.com.
6. Sign up for newsletters
Become a member of Patch by signing up to receive the Toms River daily newsletter and updates about Patch. The newsletter will be e-mailed to you every day at 6 a.m. keeping you updated on the stories that have been posted in the last 24 hours.
7. Social media engagement
Toms River Patch is on Facebook and Twitter. “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tomsriverpatch. Content is updated daily on each page. Engage yourself by commenting, starting a conversation or discussion, and inviting your friends.
8. Claim your directory listing
Toms River Patch has a directory of everything and anything in Toms River. If you are an owner or manage a business or organization in the directory, claim it. To contact us about the listing, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Advertise with us
For information on advertising with Toms River Patch, click here. For all advertising queries, send an e-mail email@example.com. Patch gives 5 percent of its advertising space, free of charge, to local charities from the communities Patch serves. Please contact us to see if you qualify.
Toms River Patch has a classifieds section under the Marketplace tab. All classifieds are free so add your job opportunities, merchandise, or services now.
11. Review restaurants
Is your mouth watering after tasting something delectable at a local restaurant? Give the restaurant a thumbs-up (or down) by posting a review at http://tomsriver.patch.com/restaurants.
If your cause needs local help, click on "volunteer" at the bottom of the homepage to let us know.
Toms River Patch is always looking for experienced freelancers. If you enjoy writing or are an expert in your field or an area of interest and have a story idea, e-mail me at Catherine.Galioto@patch.com.