We're Merging Ridgewood and Glen Rock Patch!

Two towns, one site.

As of today, we have merged Ridgewood and Glen Rock Patch in an effort to strengthen our coverage of both communities.

It makes more sense to our readers and advertisers to combine the two sites; so often we've found that news in one town is of interest to residents of the other, so it seems easier to have it in one place—right here on ridgewood.patch.com—instead of asking you to check with both sites, or for us to post it on each.

Don’t worry: We'll still offer robust coverage of both towns. We aren’t reducing our focus on either town. This is meant to help us provide better coverage of the things that matter to residents of both communities - which is always something we’re striving to do! But as always, if you think we're missing anything, let us know.

Ridgewood Editor James Kleimann will run the combined site, so you are in able hands. Former Glen Rock Editor Joe Gerace has set up shop in our Wyckoff site, which was without an editor.

John Hahn December 10, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Hey Sean Tully, Thanks for your insight from Baltimore. When you mentioned an east side Patch & a West Side patch all I could think about was The Wire. Stringer Bell vs Proposition Joe. et al. I know it is not the county but it still comes to mind.
John Hahn December 10, 2011 at 02:03 PM
I have been following the RWD Patch daily since I discovered it. When the GR Patch arrived I got updates from both. I feel RWD generates more news. Some of the local news in RWD does not directly apply to me in GR, but it is similar to events in Glen Rock. The GR Patch was often just a list of things to do that day. Since I go to RWD as often as I go to downtown Glen Rock, I am interested in news from both communities. Recently a new use of the closed Brogan site was reported in the RWD Patch. This is a story that could be taking place in Glen Rock, had the electorate voted differently in November.
jj brown December 10, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Wood and GR are both large towns with very different vibes. I do not think anyone that leads an active life will have the time to read through both. Shame. What's next?
Sean Tully December 10, 2011 at 11:52 PM
John, yes, Baltimore City and Baltimore Country are two different jurisdictions (right word?). The Wire isn't too far off base in depicting some areas of the city. While cities like Philly and Newark saw population increases in last Census, Baltimore is still shrinking, mainly due to Wire type activities. Baltimore is considered the heroin capital of the U. S. Anyway, we want a Patch to cover the entire city (to get back on point).
Felicia December 11, 2011 at 03:49 PM
What Mark doesn't realize is that there is big spillover between Ridgewood and Glen Rock in terms of its people. Countless of my GRHS classmates live in Ridgewood now, but still feel allegiance to the town we grew up in.. I like the merger idea. Perhaps, as was said earlier, other services might take note...
J.C. Lee December 11, 2011 at 11:48 PM
In short the Glen Rock Patch failed to attract enough of a following to keep it going.
Linda Fass December 12, 2011 at 12:14 AM
I honestly don't believe it was given enough time. I talked to many people who had no idea it even existed. I think it would've taken off in time. Just my opinion.
John Hahn December 12, 2011 at 12:29 AM
The Glen Rock Patch still exists. The GR Editor moved to be editor of the Wyckoff Patch. I know that postion was open for a while. The Patch seeks people with journalism backgrounds The question is how much news does GR produce enough news that would attract 'eyeballs' that advertisers want?
Cy Caine December 12, 2011 at 02:04 AM
As a booster of the Ridgewood Patch since the launch, I am just finding the new combined patch cluttered and less interesting. I don't enjoy wading through the stories about Glen Rock. Glen Rock is a great town. It just isn't my town. I'm sure I'll be back to this site from time to time when some big news is breaking. But I am no longer going to be a regular visitor. Pity that AOL took a good thing and mucked it up. I hope that they will undo this unfortunate move.
Cy Caine December 12, 2011 at 02:08 AM
James - You've done an admirable job since you became the second editor of Ridgewood patch. Too bad that your bosses have mucked things up by combining the Ridgewood and Glen Rock Patch sites. This move really undermines the appeal of the Patch offering. That is an opinion (mine), but I bet it is shared by many others.
Hank December 12, 2011 at 12:49 PM
I am protesting also I am going to Glen Rock right now and make a U turn into an angled parking place.
John Hahn December 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM
You Go, Hank. Make a U turn into a 2nd parking spot for me. Thanks for the laugh. Good way to start my Monday.
Rock December 12, 2011 at 01:37 PM
I thought the title of this page was going to change to include Glen Rock. The title of this page still says "Ridgewood Patch" -- maybe you have our DPW working on the change?
Ken F. December 12, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I'm a Glen Rocker and I feel the same way from my point of view.
Stuart Pace December 15, 2011 at 03:34 PM
In Fair Lawn, the Patch is very active and while I shop and eat in Glen Rock, I certainly like the Fair Lawn only news. I wouldn't favor a merger like this.
James Kleimann December 16, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Everyone, The masthead now reflects that the site is Ridgewood-Glen Rock, though the URL is still ridgewood.patch.com.
John Hahn December 16, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Hey wait a cotton pickin minute...G come before R. Borough comes before Village. Looks good, James. I think you had the tri-fecta in GR stories yesterday with Ponzi schemes, Bank embezzlement & unusual parking problems on Maple Ave. I hope you can bring your good reporting of RWD councils to the GR councils & boards. It is up to everyone to report local news to James when you see it.
Jodi Crandell December 16, 2011 at 09:46 PM
I agree with Cy, I live in Glen Rock and really don't have the time to wade through all the stories to find what's happening in Glen Rock. I also find the new Patch cluttered and messy looking. No longer a regular visitor!
James Kleimann December 16, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Hello to Cy (hope you and Karen are well), Ken and Jodi, I'm trying to make it clear from the headlines if it's Ridgewood or Glen Rock news for ease of use. "RW" or "R'Wood" of course will denote if it's Ridgewood news and "GR" for Glen Rock. I'm also looking into possibly creating topic pages that will mimic the homepage you see now, but using tags to populate only news from that town. (So, as an example, the Ridgewood version would just have Ridgewood news and the Glen Rock version would just have Glen Rock news.) Hopefully that's something that can be done in the near future. As readers from Ridgewood can attest, I'm definitely interested in hearing from readers and their suggestions on how to make the site even better. Please feel free to reach out to me personally at james.kleimann@patch.com
Elizabeth Cox December 18, 2011 at 11:44 PM
i like ROCK- WOOD!
Ken F. December 19, 2011 at 12:44 PM
OK so it's been merged for awhile now and what I think would be a good change is if you could click on a GR button and get only GR related news, click on RW and get only RW news. Also there is a lot of wasted page space on the left and right that cold be utilized for something.
John Hahn December 19, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Keep in mind as the PATCH biz model evolves there is no exclusive Patch. In the GR Patch you will find many non-GR articles. They are from the region. I do not remember anyone complaining. I did comment that I did not care to learn about a manhunt in Central NJ. Patch editors replied that the person the police sought might be in our area. We the readers have one choice. Read or ignore. that's it.
Ken F. December 19, 2011 at 03:09 PM
John, My comment was a suggestion for a feature that could be added to the RW/GR patch for the "evolution" of the patch that you refer to in your first sentence. As to your last sentence, we have another choice, submit our thoughts and ideas and hope that if enough people give the same or similar suggestions that a change will come. I really only want to see the patch as it was before the merger, MY towns news along with some regonal news. That's why I read the patch. It doesn't seem so difficult to me to have a one click option to see only the news I care about.
Tom Troncone (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Ken, I agree completely with the idea. James and I have talked about the best way to accomplish this, but if you are looking for filtered Glen Rock news, bookmark http://ridgewood.patch.com/topics/glen-rock-patch ... It's not going to be as pretty as our homepage, but should serve your needs...
Linda Fass December 19, 2011 at 03:17 PM
I like that idea as well. No need for pretty.
Ken F. December 19, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Cool... I'll give it a try. Thanks.
Ken F. December 19, 2011 at 05:45 PM
I just realized that the news tab has a Glen Rock Patch topic to click on. This helps too. Thanks again for the link
Tom Troncone (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 06:28 PM
You are quite welcome.
James Kleimann December 19, 2011 at 06:29 PM
So topic pages for both towns have been set up. You can easily find them at http://ridgewood.patch.com/topics/glen-rock-patch for Glen Rock or http://ridgewood.patch.com/topics/ridgewood-patch for Ridgewood. I've added them to the news tab, so if you roll your mouse over the drop down "News" menu, you'll see the two options appear under Sports. It doesn't look exactly like the homepage, but for those that just want to see the news for their respective towns, it's set up. And please let me know how you all feel about it.
Cy Caine January 22, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Hello James, Hadn't seen your reply from December 16 as I haven't been back to the site since then. But Karen told me that you had responded to my earlier comments, so I'm back and will check in over the next few weeks to see how the new combined site "feels." Best, Cy


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