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Happy One-Year Anniversary, Royal Oak Patch!

Editor Judy Davids looks back at bringing news to Royal Oak through video and photographs.

One mission. One year.

When Royal Oak Patch launched Nov. 15, 2010, there was one goal in mind: To make a difference in the community.

As a 25-year resident of Royal Oak, I look forward to getting out every day (on my bike when the weather is nice) and covering the people and stories that matter to our community. As I always tell my friends, "I have the best job in the world because every day I get to write about the most exciting thing that happened in Royal Oak."

And we all know there is plenty of excitement around here. It never ends.

We've covered the Woodward Dream Cruise, , , and the recent C. The , , and our bustling dowtown are some of my favorite places to bring my camera.

I was lucky enough to capture when  after their football team won for the first time in three years. And I was at Michigan International Speedway a couple of weeks ago to see run 16:00 flat to capture an all-state medal in the state cross country meet.

We've covered the death of ,  and a "living memorial" for the in 1991.

Of course, what kind of Royal Oak editor would I be if I didn't write a few stories about?

Here are just some of the stories, in no particular order, that I am proud to have covered.

Do you have a favorite Patch story or moment? Is there something we did that you really liked – or even disliked? Do you have an idea for a story?

As always, you can email me at  judy.davids@patch.com, call 248-231-4667 or comment below.

You can also "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. And don't forget to sign up for our daily and/or weekly email newsletter, too.

Thank you Royal Oak Patch readers. Stay with us. With your help, we want to continue providing valuable and relevant information to the community.

All my best,

Judy Davids, Royal Oak Patch Editor

Mike Ripinski November 18, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Nice job Judy! Loooking forward to many great years of the Patch!
Beaumont Health System November 18, 2011 at 05:16 PM
RO Patch you've been a great supporter of Beaumont! Keep of the fantastic work.
Mark H. Stowers November 18, 2011 at 06:57 PM
That was an incredible video! You must have spent hours putting that together! GREAT JOB!
Judy Davids (Editor) November 18, 2011 at 08:18 PM
Thanks to all for the kind words!
Cindy La Ferle November 18, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Congrats, Judy and Royal Oak Patch! It's been fun watching the site grow, and I've enjoyed being a small part of it starting with the launch last year. We're blessed with a great community! Wishing you continued success, and thanks for the work you've given me.
Beth Reeber Valone November 18, 2011 at 09:55 PM
We're so pleased and proud and looking forward to many good years ahead!
Teri Williams November 18, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Great video Judy! Thanks for pulling it all together. Thanks also for your sincere efforts in sharing everything that makes Royal Oak an amazing community and Patch a wonderful source for what's happening in and around our city.
drs November 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM
We LOVE the Patch! It is wonderful to have a daily update of all that is going on in the community and schools. Get up the great work!
Around Town November 20, 2011 at 03:28 PM
As we celebrate your success I want to acknowledge how you given so many an outlet to talk about their community. Folk's like Mike Ripinski, Frank Versagi and many others add a local flavor that I look forward to reading Patch for many more years.

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