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A Heartfelt Thank You

Los Gatos Patch turns 1 year old today!

To celebrate today, I'll be spending most of the day partying at in the company of the entire Silicon Valley Patch team, a total of 13 local editors led by our regional Patch Editor Priyanka Sharma-Sindhar.

My reason for being there is two-fold. Our team will be celebrating the holidays, but this faithful editor of yours will be counting her many blessings and appreciating having an audience like you on the site.

Patch hired me to become your local editor on Nov. 8, 2010. The  has always been special for me. It was the place where my son was born—Good Sam Hospital right on the San Jose-Los Gatos border—and our destination for many romantic dinners after the birth of our third child.

Today, I'm thankful for you, our valued readers, for helping me grow this site into what I consider one of the best places to get the news about everything that's happening in Los Gatos.

I'm also grateful for the many writers and contributors who have supported me with this effort, pre- and post-launch.

I attribute our success to the high level of engagement in this community. Whether it's young families with children in our local schools, or seniors who live at The or the singles who like to use the site to keep up with the town, this site would not be as strong as it is without your support and feedback.

Please keep that feedback coming. We want to know where else we can serve.  local organizations. We continue to grow our directory to have every organization in town represented in it. This site is about you and for you. So please let me hear from you —either by blogging on the site or sending in letters-to-the-editor. You could also choose to be a commenter and tell me where you stand on various issues, or a citizen journalist helping me report and write about this unique and one-of-a-kind town. 

I'll be at Enoteca from 11 until about 3 p.m. today. I would love it if you stopped by to say hello. I'll have some Patch swag to give away as we celebrate. We're starting to organize an anniversary party that we hope the entire town can attend. I'll share the details on the site as soon as we finalize our plans.

Salud to you for being a Los Gatos Patch reader and user! Salud to our 1-year milestone! 

Jonathan Knowles December 20, 2011 at 03:40 PM
Thank you Sheila. I sincerely appreciate your efforts with Los Gatos Patch and look forward to your continued service and support to our community. Happy holidays!
Rachel Nathan December 20, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Congratulations on your one year mark! I enjoy reading "what's happening" in Los Gatos, its interesting and helpful to learn where my family can participate in community. Great job and I wish you and the team continued success.
Bonnie Westman December 20, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Congratulations Sheila! You are an amazing woman! I have enjoyed working with you and contributing to the Los Gatos Patch. Here's to a wonderful, informative and successful new year. Bonnie Westman
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) December 20, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, Jonathan, Rachel and Bonnie! You and all LG Patch readers mean the world to me. Your support and continued words of encouragement keep me going on this wonderful journey. Looking forward to our anniversary party in January! Here's to another year. Salud!
Dyan Chan December 20, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Happy birthday, Patch, and congratulations on making this milestone, Sheila!
Mike Calahan December 20, 2011 at 08:30 PM
I appreciate all you have done with this site, Sheila. You've given the town a much-need voice and given many of us residents a forum to express our own voices. I am looking forward to LG Patch turning 2 because, by then, you'll be walking and, hopefully, sleeping through the night.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) December 21, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Thank you, Dyan and Mike. I appreciate you two so much. Grateful for your support. Mike, you're a wonderful human being and a great journalist. Thanks for all the valuable tips and information you've given me this past year. It's all about teamwork and reader engagement. Thank you!
George Royer December 21, 2011 at 06:49 AM
Congratulations Sheila and PATCH for you first anniversary. I enjoy reading patch to find out what is happening in town and the many people who contribute. Keep up the good news and vibrations. Your comments on sidewalks with telephone poles and trees in the middle are especially appropriate to folks like me who don't ride skateboards and may have to use wheelchairs!

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