Two-Year Anniversary for GT Patch
Gloucester Township Patch launched Dec. 6, 2010.
Gloucester Township Patch has been bringing local (and sometimes regional) news to township residents for two years now.
That's right! Today, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, marks Patch's second anniversary—or second birthday, if you will—in Gloucester Township.
I've had the good pleasure of serving as GloucesterTownship.Patch.com's editor for its entire two-year existence, growing it from its infancy to where it stands today—a website read by tens of thousands of people each month.
The site launched Dec. 6, 2010. On that day, the Gloucester Township Patch Facebook page had less than two dozen "likes"—and, in the interest of honesty, those were just a few of my friends, family and colleagues. That number has since increased to 1,330 "likes." Our Twitter following went from, well, non-existent to nearly 425 followers at the time I wrote up this anniversary piece.
For those accomplishments, I would like to thank the good folks of Gloucester Township for spreading the word to family and friends about "The Patch." We truly do live in an age of social media, and much of our success can be directly attributed to your help passing us along on Facebook and Twitter. So, again, thank you!
Over the two years we've been in town, we've covered all the big stories, from Erial Little League's run to the state championship game in 2011 to the banishment of Gloucester Township EMS Alliance in June 2012.
We were there when Timber Creek's football team captured the first state championship in school history in December 2011 and when the school's soccer team won its first-ever sectional title the month prior.
We covered a group of citizens' unsuccessful bid to bring stronger pay-to-play reform to the township from beginning to end. We were there when charges were announced against five Triton Regional High School educators this October as part of a teacher-student sex scandal.
We watched Timber Creek standout Quanzell Lambert don a Rutgers cap the day he committed to play football for and further his education at the state university of New Jersey.
We were there last December when a teenager pleaded guilty to stabbing his foster father to death in the man's Blackwood home during a burglary.
The above list of stories shows we've been there for the good, the bad and the ugly.
We feel we have to be there to cover all three—the good, the bad and the ugly—to give residents an accurate barometer of where Gloucester Township stands. We hope you agree. We hope you continue to read us as often as humanly possible. And we thank you!