The Village Green of Maplewood South Orange is a new venture by Mary Barr Mann and Carolyn Maynard-Parisi. Both women are experienced journalists who I got to know while doing freelance photography for Patch.com. After Patch took a different turn with their local reporting, both of them decided it was time for them to leave . Mary told me that after leaving both she and Carolyn were continually approached by folks begging them to start something new, bring back the old Patch, etc. Carolyn agreed saying, “Many local news ventures don’t succeed, but I think we have a great chance making a go at this because the community knows and trusts us and has already shown such support – and we have been up and running less than a month!”
A few months ago, they approached me asking if I’d be interested in doing some more photography with a “new website they were starting.” I was excited for them and enthusiastically told them yes! I could not wait to hear more about their new project. Earlier this month, I got an email asking if I could do Fourth of July photos for the new site. Of course I agreed! I had taken photos at community events for years while working for Patch. It was always so much fun to do. I got the chance to be out and about in the community celebrating our two towns and reporting happy news. It is what I loved to do and I loved seeing the photos up on Patch.com. I was sad when that job ended so I am really looking forward to doing it again.
I loved when Patch.com was about neighborhood events and small town news. I loved that I could go to maplewoodpatch or southorangepatch and see local freelance writers and photographers reporting about the community, but after it changed, it was missing that home town feel that it used to have. The Village Green wants to bring that back and I am all for it!
The Village Green provides day-to-day, granular news coverage of the issues that matter to the people of Maplewood, South Orange, and environs — including education, redevelopment, taxes, public safety, governance, local business, the arts and culture, and lifestyle — with fairness, thoroughness, humanity and a distinct voice.
The photography job doesn’t pay a lot, but I call it my “lunch money” or “manicure money.” Truthfully for me, it isn’t so much about the money. I have written about how much I love my community many times on my blog, and promoting it through photography, my favorite hobby, is a pleasure! Getting paid for it is just a bonus!
I am so excited to start working for them! I wish them all the success in the world! Locals, check out their site. I am sure you won’t be disappointed!