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Welcome to Jamaica Plain Patch ¡Bienvenido a Jamaica Plain Patch!

Editor Chris Helms shows how to use this site to connect with the neighborhood you love.

Since I moved to Forest Hills six years ago, I've dreamed of creating a news and community site for JP. You're looking at it!

The last two months my team and I have been putting together a directory of every business and organization in town, writing news stories and compiling events and announcements.

I've been a news reporter and editor for 14 years. One of the reasons I joined Patch is that the platform was built from the ground up to take advantage of the Web.

I hope that you'll find it easy and intuitive to use this site to better connect with your neighbors and your neighborhood. All you need is an email address and you can put your church's bake sale on the calendar. It's easy to post volunteer opportunities if you work with one of JP's hundreds of non-profits. Patch also makes it easy to make comments and add pictures and videos to articles. Just look for the links below any photograph or video.

And of course you can always email me with any information you want to put on the site.

We also want to help the news find you. You can "like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletters, which you can find on the home page.

I'm available anytime by email at chrish@patch.com or you can give me a call at 617-680-5155. Or say hello when you see me around the neighborhood.

Thanks for taking a look at Patch. We post fresh news and features every few hours, so come back soon!

Melanie Graham (Editor) October 07, 2010 at 04:15 AM
Really love the video, Chris, and the site is already looking great! (I cheated and peeked a bit early, sorry!) Congrats!
James LaFond-Lewis October 07, 2010 at 10:46 AM
Proud daddy! Love it. The work is excellent and the organizational legerdemain makes it look easy. I admire how you've done it!
Liz Taurasi (Editor) October 07, 2010 at 11:50 AM
Chris, fantastic job. Site looks amazing! Congratulations on your launch!
Meghan B. Kelly October 07, 2010 at 01:18 PM
Nice work, Chris! Love the video.
Kate Mason October 07, 2010 at 04:25 PM
Congrats on the launch, Chris! The video is fantastic. You've created a wonderful site for JP...thank you!
Chris Helms (Editor) October 07, 2010 at 06:09 PM
Thanks, Kate. I hope people find your review of <a href="http://patch.com/A-6QN">The Haven</a>, even though it is off the home page a bit.
Chris Helms (Editor) October 07, 2010 at 06:12 PM
Well, I suppose HTML doesn't work in these comments. Everyone, here's the link to copy and paste, or you can search for Haven in the box at the upper right or click on the News tab to Business! http://patch.com/A-6QN
Yasmin Nasrullah October 08, 2010 at 12:02 AM
Nice job Chris!
Roberto Scalese (Editor) October 08, 2010 at 07:17 PM
I want to return some of that Orange Line love you shared with me for my launch. Good job, Chris! The site looks great!
Michael Hardman (Editor) October 09, 2010 at 02:13 AM
Great job with the video and the site. We loved the music! Good luck Roseanne Felago and Mike Hardman
Mark Micheli October 09, 2010 at 01:31 PM
Congratulations Chris. The site looks great. Nice variety of stories and a well-done "Welcome to JP Patch" video too.

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