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12 Things About U City Patch

Think of our site as the community water cooler - a place where you can stop by and talk about everything going on in town.

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. University City Patch is designed to give you 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. 

  1. 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.  
  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. 
  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.
  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 Myra Lopez, your editor.
  5. Post an Announcement. Share 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 remember, our Terms of Service say announcements should be for personal use and not for advertising.
  6. Sign Up for Newsletters. The daily University City 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 are robust. 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!
  8. Shout It Out! Have your say  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 on our homepage. Whatever you "shout" will go directly into the stream.
  9. Upload Your Photos and Video of the high football touchdown or your University City 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.
  10. 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). Or, search to find what you're craving -- you can filter results by cuisine, price or seating accommodations.
  11. Social Media Engagement. Follow us on Twitter. Immerse yourself in our content and actively contribute and engage via social media. Let's start a conversation together.
  12. Send a Letter to the Editor. Patch would like to extend an invitation to every member of the University City 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 Myra Lopez at myra.lopez@patch.com.

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