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Happy 1st Birthday Nanuet Patch! 13 Things You Need to Know & 13 Things I've Learned

Think of our site as the community water cooler—a place where you can stop by and talk about everything going on in town. Also, read below for 13 things I learned about Nanuet in the past year

Well Nanuet, it's been a great first year. Aug. 19 marks the 1-year anniversary of Nanuet Patch. A lot has happened and we've gotten to know the community and created a large following. It's been fantastic.

We wanted to take the time to remind you why we're here and what this site is all about. Simply put, it's about you.

We've built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions, post photos and announcements and add events to the community calendar. We hope that our site will strengthen the community, but we can't do it without you. 

13 things you need to know about Nanuet Patch:

1. Upload Your Photos and Video

Upload videos of the high football touchdown or your Nanuet Little Leaguer's first home run. Post photos from local festivals, or send in a snapshot of your best holiday recipes. We invite you to share the memories that you've caught on camera with the rest of the community and you can add them directly to the articles.

2. Ask a Question

So maybe you want to know when that pothole is going to get fixed, or maybe you're a local expert on native trees just dying for someone to ask why their allergies are so bad this year. Patch's Q&A section is the place for you to ask your questions and show off your expertise, all while connecting with your neighbors. Visit http://nanuet.patch.com/questions and ask a question, or answer someone else's.

3. Post an Event

Do you know of a book signing at our local bookstore, a celebrity chef appearing at cooking store or an art exhibit at a local coffee shop? Is there a garage sale or graduation ceremony coming up? If it's not on our Patch calendar, it should be. Feel free to add events to our site at http://nanuet.patch.com/events/new. 

4. Send a News Tip

At the bottom of the homepage, there's a link that says, "Send Us News Tips." Tell us about stories we should cover. Your tip will be sent straight to Kim Tran, Nanuet Patch's (incredibly grateful) editor.

5. Post an Announcement

Post births, engagements and wedding announcements. Tell us who made the honor roll or share school awards, social notes and thank you shout outs. If you're looking for volunteers or searching for your lost dog, we welcome you to call on your community for help. Just go to http://nanuet.patch.com/announcements/new. Just remember, our Terms of Service say announcements should be for personal use and not for advertising.

6. Sign Up for Newsletters

The daily Nanuet Patch newsletter brings you all articles and announcements that have been posted in the last 24 hours. It is delivered to your email every day at 6 a.m. You can also sign up for the weekly newsletter, which shows a subset of the content created and featured on our site over the last few days. It is delivered every Thursday at 10 a.m.

7. Claim Your Directory Listing

Our business and organization listings aren't skimpy. Our team of researchers actually hit the streets and visited businesses, schools, parks, libraries and more so we can provide photos as well as detailed information such as products sold and hours of operation. To contact us about the listing for your business or organization, email us at directorysupport@patch.com. If you own or manage a business or organization in our directory, claim it at http://nanuet.patch.com/search/listings.

8. Shout It Out!

You now have a way to shout out on the site without having to add a comment to an existing article. You can tell us what you have to say right now by using the new shout box at the top of the Activity Stream. Whatever you "shout" will go directly into the stream, right on the homepage.

9. Comment on an Article

We subscribe to the idea that "news is a conversation." Much of our reporting will emanate from what readers tell us in emails, comments on our sites and in conversations around town. Share your thoughts and reactions to our articles by posting a comment directly below each story.

10. Advertise With Us

For all advertising queries, please email the Rockland and Westchester counties' Regional Patch Editor Bill Demerest to get in touch with the local ad manager. williamd@patch.com 

11. Review Restaurants

Do you want to be the first to tell your friends whether the new restaurant in town gets two thumbs-up? You can post a review of your favorite (or least favorite) restaurants at http://nanuet.patch.com/restaurants. Or, search to find what you're craving—you can filter results by cuisine, price or seating accommodations.

12. Social Media Engagement

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NanuetPatch. Immerse yourself in our content and actively contribute and engage via social media. Let's start a conversation together.

13. Send a Letter to the Editor

Patch would like to extend an invitation to every member of the Nanuet community to submit a letter to the editor. Express your thoughts or concerns about anything that might be stirring up conversation around town, and we'll post it. Make sure it's not longer than 300 words and email it to Editor Kim Tran at Kim@Patch.com.

The more Nanuet Patch serves as on online space for community dialogue, the more useful our site will be. So next time you have something to share with your neighbors, consider taking a moment to send a letter to Patch. Chances are, you're not the only who feels that way.

13 Things I've learned about Nanuet since Nanuet Patch started:

1. Small School, but we like it that way.

Some of you have talked to me and now know that I came from a very large school. Nanuet Schools, on the other hand, are very small. . However, parents across the board love how small the class sizes are as this forms a tighter bond among the students

2. Close Community

Yes, Nanuet is one of the hamlets of Clarkstown. However, it also seems to be a tighter hamlet than others. Nanuet Residents identify very strongly with their community and know their neighbors well. Earlier this year, the residents came together for their

3. The Volunteering Never Stops

Although a recent report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service shows that New York ranks last among states in volunteerism, Nanuet does not seem to match this report. Between the , , and many other organizations, there's much to be proud of with plenty of Nanuet residents volunteering everyday.

4. Summer Fun at Lake Nanuet

This Clarkstown Park has everything. It's 33.5 acres of swimming and recreation. There's a pool, water slide, bathhouse, refreshment stand, baseball fields, basketball courts and picnic area. No wonder it's a summer family favorite as well as the spot to be for . Unfortunately, it does experience during rainy storms.

5. Nanuet Mall

This mall was a thriving shopping center for not just Nanuet, but the county. Unfortunately, the opening of the Palisades Center and the economic downfall caused it to fall to its current state of despair. Many stores are closed and its biggest attraction is the that sets up shop now and then in the parking lot. However, it's getting ready for a big overhaul. It's on the to be demolished this September and to be rebuilt by November 2013.

6. the Volunteers of Nanuet Fire & Ambulance Corps

Did you know that the members of the and the are all community volunteers. These hard-working neighbors of yours are out there risking their lives. Recently, members of the Nanuet Ambulance Corps were for delivering a at her home. The firefighters are and are looking to . Are you a brave Nanuet resident? Then think about volunteering today.

7. Nanuet Businesses—Keep it Local

Nanuet Patch is all about keeping it local. So since it started a year ago, it's had a series of articles on how to keep it local from to celebrating . Support your local businesses and let us know in the comments which ones are your favorite Nanuet businesses.

8. Good Eats at Nanuet Restaurants

What are you craving? Chances are, Nanuet's got you covered. There are plenty of local favorite eateries in Nanuet from Pizza at and Comfort Food at to Ice Cream at and Japanese Cuisine at . Nanuet Patch has profiled many of your local favorites so give your favorite dining spot a shot out in the comments section

9. St. Anthony's Church

Saint Anthony's Church was founded in 1898 and expanded in 1920. On Nov. 14, 1978, the church was destroyed by a fire, but was restored and rededicated June 9, 1980 by Terrence Cardinal Cooke. Today, it's home to a large congregation, school and prep school. Recently, it was visited by and its .

Are you a St. Anthony Patron?

10. Flooding's no Joke

When it rains, it pours and parts of Nanuet get flooded. Whether it's a summer rain storm or runoff from large piles of snow, Nanuet, like parts of West Nyack and New City, suffers when there's too much rain.

What's your worst Nanuet flooding experience?

11. St. Agatha

St. Agatha was a group home for destitute children from New York City, either orphaned or from troubled families. Former St. Agatha resident Nancy Canfield researched and wrote the book . Over the decades, there many stories and memories grew from this site and today it's the Nanuet Outdoor Education Center. Recently, the was held there and more than 200 people came out for a .

12. Nanuet Scouts

The youths in the community are a key anchor. They are the future Nanuet generations and the girl and boy scouts of Nanuet are dedicated in all that they do. Many reach the eagle scout or gold award status. In Nanuet, the youths have done everything from , and an upcoming 9/11 Memorial makeover at .

13. Highview Community Playground

Lastly, the empty site of the Highview Playground looks abandoned and forlorn. It was torn down in due to insurance reasons and with , the Nanuet School District turned it over to the community to fundraise and rebuild the playground just like it did 20 years ago in 1990. Since then, to raise the $185,000 needed by the build dates—Oct. 5 - 9, 2011. There's been a and , a and , and those are hard to miss. The countdown's beginning and with an upcoming, they're still looking for and for the Build Date.

Be proud to live in Nanuet. It made it into 2011 top 100 places to live and I'm proud to be covering Nanuet as its editor.

Donna Schmidt August 19, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Great article Kim!
Marc Maturo August 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Well said, encompassing, informative, and hope that Nanuet residents accept your invitation to become even more involved with this site. As far as I am concerned, one can't get enough of hyperlocal news coverage. Happy birthday, and many more!
Michelle Mazzaro August 20, 2011 at 02:03 AM
Congratulations Kim! I remember meeting you for the first time in the Nanuet Library with the boys. Who knew you'd have such a huge impact in my immediate future. Thank you for all your help with the Elementary PTA events, the Playground and so much more in the community.
freddy massa August 20, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Congratulations!!!!!!! We have spoken and met many times at school and sporting events for Nanuet and the pleasure has been mine every time. Thank you for all your hard work THE MASSA BOYS FREDDY, CODY AND LOGAN are very impressed with all you have done so please keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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