Today we celebrate the first anniversary of Historic Annapolis Patch.
When the site launched on this day exactly one year ago, there were only two other Patch sites in Anne Arundel County. Today that number has expanded to 10.
Patch’s presence has also grown across the country, and there are currently Patch sites in 22 states.
We want to take this day to thank everyone in the community for all of your support, readership, news tips and feedback over the year. We can truly say it has been a labor of love, but without you, none of this would be possible.
As we celebrate the day (with dessert from one of our favorite Annapolis spots of course), we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the stories we’ve covered and how things have changed over the year.
While it’s impossible to pick favorite stories and assignments there have certainly been some memorable ones.
The Market House has been a big part of our coverage and it’s been interesting to watch all of the developments.
On the day the site launched, we looked back at the Market House in photos. We continued to follow the developments as the city negotiated a lease with Gone to Market,LLC. As plans moved forward with the lease despite some strong opposition from the public, many got a Valentine’s Day Surprise, when it was withdrawn from consideration on the night some thought it would be approved by the Annapolis City Council.
We brought you information about other Market House developments, as Vaccaro’s closed its doors at midnight on New Year's Eve, after Nick Vaccaro, president of Vaccaro's said he received a letter the first week of December from the city asking him to vacate the building by Dec. 31. Recently The Capital reported that Vaccoro’s has since filed a $600,000 lawsuit against the city of Annapolis.
And despite all of the controversy surrounding the building, on April Fool’s Day it united many in laughter when Mayor Josh Cohen appeared on WRNR telling listeners Eric Clapton would be visiting the building.
In March, the council approved a resolution supporting reopening the Market House temporarily for a short period of time. The goal was to have it reopen by July 1. In June, city officials named Richard Sharoff, Principal of FranPoint Partners, LLC, and on July 12, the Market House reopened its doors, with a variety of short-term local vendors.
Another big topic this year was the Blue Angels. In March we got local reaction to the news that the Blue Angels would not be performing its Annapolis flight demonstrations in 2012.
Blue Angels fans received more disappointing news during Commissioning Week, when the Tuesday and Wednesday flights were cancelled due to a “safety stand down” period following a lower-than-normal maneuver at a show in Lynchburg, VA.
We brought you reaction to the news and followed up when the graduation flyover was also cancelled.
Another development came when Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron Cmdr. Dave Koss, commanding officer of the Blue Angel was voluntarily relieved of duty following the incident.
Other exciting moments included interviewing Rear Admiral Alan B. Shepard’s three daughters when they visited the U.S. Naval Academy during a special ceremony honoring their father.
And when Annapolis experienced both an earthquake and Tropical Storm Irene in one week, Patch was there to bring you continuous updates. We followed up to bring you coverage of cleanup efforts and spoke to residents and business owners as many waited anxiously to get power back several days after the storm.
We also were the first local news publication to report that The Fusion Cos. of Annapolis was selected to build a home for an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. We followed up with Wes Sims throughout this process, solicited input from readers on deserving local families, and introduced you to the family that was selected for the episode.
The site continues to change and grow. Please let us know what stories you would like to see covered on the site and how we can better serve you and the Annapolis community.
And most importantly, we’d love to hear from you. Have a great event that you’d love to see covered on the site? Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, our new blogging feature, Local Voices, allows readers and community members to have their voices heard.
So thank you all for all your support, and thanks to all of our hard-working contributors as well. We hope to make the site even better in the coming months and years.