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What Should Be Our Facebook Page Cover Photo?

Have a photo of your own that you think we should make the cover photo for East Hampton Patch? Share it here.

The Town of East Hampton is known for its beautiful beaches and historic charm. It's no wonder we attract so many visitors.

So when Facebook went ahead and made East Hampton Patch switch over to the new look last week, I wasn't quite sure what photo to choose for the cover shot. The first thing I could think of was the .

Do you like that photo? Is that what you want to see when you visit our Facbeook page to check out the latest news and community information?

Perhaps you have a better photo for our Facebook page. If you are willing to share it, please upload it here. Feel free to come back and add in whenever, as we don't plan to stop posting on Facebook anytime soon. So we'll always come back to the well.

We'll check back early next week and pick out our first new cover photo. Ff course, we'll give a shout out to the photographer.

And, if you haven't "liked" us Facebook, please do. If you're more of a Twitter user, follow us @EHamptonPatch.

Peter April 05, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Hi Taylor, In reply to your request -- Is it true that aol owns the Patch sites? If so, your Fa(r)ceBook cover photo should be a collage of Patch stomping to death the East Hampton Star, Southampton Press, all local print media, and so forth. Think about the destruction YOU are helping to wreak on the East End!
Henry Powderly (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Peter, thank you for your feedback. It is no secret that Aol owns Patch, but East Hampton Patch is driven by Taylor Vecsey, a Hamptons native who is as local a reporter as they come.
Audrey Stonemetz April 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
The Hook Mill
Peter April 05, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Thank you Henry for your reply. Funny that YOU replied (and not Taylor) with a Patch green "P" icon next to your name! Being a "local" is no excuse for working for a media conglomerate which has, as a basic goal, to put print media out of business, in my opinion. Indeed, to throw up the smoke-screen of "local," in this debate, is simply to confirm that there is something rotten in Denmark. I just tried to post this reply, and was asked to log in again by the aol tracking system I assume Not good. PS -- I would put up my "local" roots against Taylor's any day, if that is the discussion you and she wish to start.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I did not want to dignify the comment with a response, but I do want to say that the purpose behind Patch is not to put the local media out of business. We see it as a complement to them. I worked for six years at The East Hampton Star, and I remained at the paper during the difficult economic times. I still keep in touch with the reporters there and I have nothing but respect for the work they do. I grew up around the newspaper business, and therefore respect it, so please do not make such a claim. Also, I've had to re-sign in twice already today.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Good idea. Thanks!
Peter April 05, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Thank you Taylor for your reply (in spite of your comment that you "did not want do dignify the comment with a response"). Your indignity is quite special indeed! What aspect of my 3:27 PM reply was so offensive as to ruffle your feathers? The essence of my comment was that aol/Patch has as its goal to put print media out of business. You, Brendan, and many others have jumped ship from the Press, Star and other local print media, with a significant cut in pay from what I have heard. I understand that you cannot confirm that aol has the elimination of print media as its goal, and of course any further protestations might tacitly acknowledge this? Have a good weekend.
Peter April 05, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Thank you Joseph (the third aol/Patch persona to come to bat here), for your reply. So, to quote you, is "capitalism" a fit and proper justification for aol to snuff out the local print media? Sure, the local print media have the "freedom to compete" !!! [against BILLIONS of aol assets, are you listening?] So you also jumped ship along with Taylor, Brendan and many others? Perhaps this would be an appropriate time for all of you to disclose your financial incentives from aol/Patch to snuff out the local print media? "Capitalism?" Please explain, or get another aol/Patch "person of ill-repute" to fill in here. Have a god [sic] weekend.
MARTIN DREW April 05, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Mr. Peter ; Who cares if the Patch agenda is to COMPETE against print media ; in case you didn't realize ; you are using it to your advantage as well ; try submitting an article to print media ; maybe it gets printed in a week ; maybe not.. .print media is a DINOSAUR! Taylors pay is non of OUR BUSINESS ...she may work her ass off now to better her carreer ; for less ; in the NEW MEDIA format and as a result CASH in big! Again Her business; however it goes so be it . What Peter do you do? Can we compete with you in your pa$$ion ? Free market allows for competition ; it drives the economy. This town of ours has no exclusive to any media ; idea ; business .. The internet is the new way ; faster ; more community imput in a real time forum . PATCH rules ..going to get some AOL stock to boot ! Im getting in on the gravy train of a $UCE$$ful bu$inE$$ model ...who knew ..now we both do . Im local as the day is long and wish her only $uCE$$..dont belittle her as a person ; she doing her job every day ...what are you doing everyday that makes a difference ..? People jump ship when technology changes or the environment stale .. those political rag sheets you mention ..I use them to light my fireplace in winter and my camp fires in season .Taylor doesn't need to defend her business sense ; she only needs to stay true to the truth ; justice and the American way .
Patrice Dalton April 06, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Peter, I don't think the Patch is a competitor with the weekly publications. Under the Patch business model, any reader can contribute their opinion or participate as a blogger in real time. To the extent that local people participate, the Patch can present the unique, local perspective. It seems to be catching on across the country too.
Peter April 06, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Patch indeed provides a new and valuable public forum, but beware the Trojan Horse (fed from vast aol corporate feed bags) bearing this "gift." Patch is hemorrhaging aol's money, and its business model is not likely to succeed IMO. Ultimately, Patch must make a profit or sink in a sea of debt. My hunch is that the latter possibility is the more likely. The local papers, notably 27east, have risen to the occasion in response to Patch and other market forces, and this is a good thing also. The printed hard copies are still a great resource for a host of reasons, and likely will continue to be. Thank you for the discussion, and have a good weekend, and full moon this evening. PS -- Just to be clear -- Taylor, Brendan, and all the other Patch editors on the East End have done a great job, but they are working for a Trojan Horse in my personal opinion. What if, to take things to the extreme, all the local papers went out of business because of Patch's deep aol pockets: would this be good?
Peter April 06, 2012 at 04:25 PM
PS -- Mr. Lynch illustrates the problem best with his comment " . . . I did not place one advertisement with any of the above . . . " Folks, there is no free lunch!
PJ Delia April 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Peter, You have all this energy and knowledge of things local. Perhaps you could write a piece or two about something that you love or that we all should know about an submit it to the local media-- You could write a piece and submit it to the local written media--the Patches and 27 East, the Presses and the East Hampton Star I find all serve us well and a little competition is always good. As a someone raised here, I love that all of these have a local flavor and strive to do it. Why not use your energy, localness, and free time to good use. You could add to the goodness and strengthen the local roots.
Peter April 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Your points are well-taken, Dennis. I don't doubt that the Trojan Horse can be milked for what it's [sic] worth. Good marketing for you, extrapolated, may not be good for all in the long run? It is not healthy, however, that a huge corporation with deep pockets like aol can deliver its "free public forum" Kool Aid to the masses who drink it so willingly, without regard to the longer-term implications in the marketplace. There is no free lunch, and if the price of aol/Patch's endeavors is to have local print media fail, then there is no bodily sustenance in that.
Patrice Dalton April 06, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Perhaps you could rotate my cover page based on seasonality. For example, an osprey nest in the spring, the swans raising their young on Hook Pond in the summer, the Montauk Lighthouse Christmas lights in the winter and so on. I think we are so fortunate to have all of the local printed newspapers plus the Patch. There is room for all of them with so much news and interesting stories. Today's Patch story that mentioned Jason's Rock is a classic example of a story that triggers memories of local history. I knew some of the old timers and learned a lot about the historical significance of places that they learned from the Indians. I am working on a blog now.
Loretta Lynch April 07, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Love the Patch. You keep me in tune with the happenings in and around Bonac. If your rotating pictures could we have a picture of the local fishermen. I know the Lesters and Havens have some. Just a suggestion. Thanks again.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) April 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
We are going to take all of your suggestions and rotate the photos in season. We just chose three from above. Thank you to Lynn Falkowski, Brian Wosnitzer and Diane Antell for uploading so many beautiful shots. Right now, we have put up Brian's photo of the surf boards at Ditch (we think). Check East Hampton Patch's Facebook page often to see new photos from members of the community. Please, keep submitting them! Thanks, again.

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