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New Year's Resolution: Connect With Your Neighbors

McLean Patch can help you connect with your neighbors.

It's almost a brand new year! And while many of us are busy scheming up resolutions to lose weight, be healthier and spend more time with family - why not make a civic-minded resolution in 2013 to be a more engaged McLean citizen?

McLean Patch is here to help to help you connect with your neighbors.

To post events to the site for free: navigate to the events page and click “Add an Event” on the right side of the page. Tell us all the details about your upcoming event, then click “post my event” at the bottom of the page.

That puts the event directly on our calendar. The end result is exactly the same as if a Patch staffer had posted it for you.

The only difference is, when you post it, it goes up right away. If you send it to us, you might have to wait until we're done reporting on local meetings, photographing an event, meeting with community members, or something else that we Patchers are always doing.

To post announcements to the site for free: simply click the announcement option under the news tab on the homepage. On the right side of the screen you’ll see the button “Add an Announcement.” This will you take you to Patch’s new announcement form.

Once there, you can tell the community all about your child's sports league win or your civic club’s new members. When you’re ready, click “publish my announcement.”

With just a few clicks, you can tell the town when you get married, have a baby, graduate or make the honor roll.

You can also write a public thank-you, provide details about your group's upcoming event, or ask for volunteers. (We have a whole bunch of categories you can choose for your announcement; you'll see for yourself when you submit one.)

For extra visibility, add a photo. If you email us the link, we may be able to help give your announcement even more exposure.

To blog: Simply click the "start a blog" button on our homepage, click "post on Patch," and fill out the required fields. When done, hit "save and preview" and then submit it to us.

At the chance you receive an error message, ("oops!" is one we see from time to time), just email the editor  to see if we can see the blog on our end. More likely than not, we'll see it in our queue and will be able to click "approve."

Thanks for supporting Patch! Happy New Year!

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