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Hello, World, From Niles-Morton Grove Patch

It's official--the Morton Grove and Niles Patch sites have merged to make a better, stronger site and bring you news, information and community.

I love you, Niles! And I love you too, Morton Grove! It's kind of like when you have two children--you love them both equally. 

The new, merged Niles-Morton Grove Patch site went live at 11 p.m. Tuesday night, and that's great news for both communities.

As someone who has lived in both towns, I know we'll have a wealth of great stories to tell and news to cover.

But the best part? The people! There are so many wonderful people in both communities, and it's great to know them. I hope you'll make Niles-Morton Grove Patch your home on the Web, posting Upcoming Events and Announcements and commenting on articles to get a good community conversation going. 

So why the merger? You’ve been telling us you’d like more coverage of Morton Grove and Niles – and we’ve heard you. With the newly-merged site, Patch has harnessed its resources to more effectively cover both communities.

It makes more sense to our readers and our local small business owners to offer coverage that extends into both towns, doesn't it? So much of the information we were offering was of interest to residents of both communities; having it all in one place will make it easier for you to keep up with all the goings-on,without flipping back and forth between sites!

Here are some of the exciting benefits this will bring to Morton Grove and Niles:

  • All of the businesses will be part of our extensive community directory, called Patch Places. Business owners will continue to be invited to claim their listings- and readers will have a comprehensive resource for finding every business in Morton Grove and Niles.
  • We already are covering Morton Grove and Niles breaking news, schools and sports. This will allow us to expand that coverage and invite residents to add their own voices to the discussion through Letters to the Editor, Announcements, Events and photos in our Neighborhood Gallery.
  • We’ll bring you regular coverage of the issues and events close to home. We’ve already started doing that.

We're excited about being able to provide better coverage of the things that matter to residents of both communities. But as  always, if you think we're missing anything, let me know:

Pam DeFiglio, your editor for Niles-Morton Grove Patch

pam@patch.com

Pat Craig March 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Just a couple of observations and comments Pam. First off, welcome and congratulations on your "new" position. I'm sure all regular users wish you well. Secondly, the new format is missing one feature that was useful... that being the ability to enter a short "tweet-like" comment not associated with any current story. Third, although Niles and Morton Grove are both your "children", it seems as though the inaugural days' page, at least, is treating Morton Grove more like a step-child than a full partner. I am also noticing that there is more coverage of Park Ridge now. Can we expect Patch to follow the lead of the Bugle, assimilate Park Ridge coverage and shunt Morton Grove to the cupboard under the stairs? I understand that the stated goal is to add to the experience for both towns, unfortunately this first day feels more like something has been taken away.
Lizzy T March 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
You are so right in your feelings Mr. Craig. I liked our Morton Grove having a unique place to express our opinions. I fear Niles will once again just overshadow our little community with their news and viewpoints. The Bugle, which has very little news of interest to us, or the Champion, which has only a page or two of news are not that interesting anymore. I suppose since we're a small community and just not that important compared to our bigger neighbors with all their larger, wealthier populations in which advertisers may see as more profitable to service.
Pam DeFiglio (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Hi Pat and Lizzy, Thanks for commenting, and I will your pass your comments on to my editors. I've just ordered the "Morton Grove" burger at Marilyn's to get more fully immersed in my new Morton Grove duties, which I look forward to. There are no plans to tie Park Ridge into this Patch site, though it's possible Park Ridge could someday get its own Patch site. I agree with you, Pat, this format lacks the ability to enter your own comment--I miss that too. This format is a test redesign that Patch is testing on 18 sites nationally, and it is an experiment. Your feedback is valuable, so thank you.
Jacky Liston March 07, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Pam, We're very excited to have someone with your extensive journalism background covering the community. I also really appreciated your coverage of the Taste of Morton Grove! I'm looking forward to meeting you in person tomorrow night!
Horacio March 07, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Hi Pam, Best of luck with your new adventures in Morton Grove and Niles! H
Pam DeFiglio (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Thanks, everybody. And, if I ever order that Deluxe Morton Grove burger again, I'm bringing someone to share it with. That's a lot of food! But good.

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