Welcome to Midland Park Press, Midland Park's first and only online news site devoted solely to Midland Park.
I started the site to provide a platform for all members of the community — schools, government, parents, religious groups, charities, businesses, republicans, independents, etc. — to have a place to speak their voice.
I am a wife and mother of a student in Midland Park Schools. I have worked in publishing since 1997 at both the national and local level. From 2001 to 2005, I worked for North Jersey Media Group at the Fair Lawn office of the Shopper News, starting as a municipal reporter and working my way up to the editor's office.
In December 2010, I launched Franklin Lakes Patch, one of aol's hyperlocal news sites. When my son started preschool, I went part-time with Patch as a Community Editor, first in the Bergen region and expanding to all of North Jersey. All the while, I was frustrated that my hometown, Midland Park, did not have its own "hyperlocal" site.
Two events this fall — 11-days without power after Hurricane Sandy and the failed schools referendum (which I failed to vote in) — made it clear to me that Midland Park needed it's own online source of news and information. And thus, Midland Park Press was born.
Since this is a small town and the internet is forever, I've decided to be cautious with the Midland Park Press's editorial policy. I will not publish your name on this website without your permission, unless you are a public official. That means if you speak at a public meeting, I won't publish your name in the article without letting you know first. Likewise your 18-year-old son won't be named should he get arrested stealing lawn gnomes (that really happened when I was at the Shopper).
I am grateful for all the support and encouragement I have gotten from the community for starting this. As I launch today, the site is a ways away from what I envision: My hope for this site is that is will be your source for all things 07432.
And for that I will definitely need your help. I am open to any and all content you would like to provide. Whether it is an event at your church, an award your child earned, your opinion on the referendum, a feature story on a great business, your expertise on a topic or photos from the cub scouts, please pass it along to me at email@example.com.
Wishing all of Midland Park a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & a Healthy New Year,
Rebecca K. Abma, Publisher, Editor, Founder of Mildand Park Press