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Tornado Rips Main Street Connect Towns

Fairfield and Westchester dodged the tornadoes last week but towns in our new Massachusetts sector suffered devastating damage. Main Street Connect reporters from CentralMassNews dashed to the Springfield area, where twisters took the lives of four people and left countless others homeless. TheDailyGrafton reports damage to about 200 buildings. Click on this photo gallery to see the images.

Main Street Connect, a national community news company, opened its first local site in Norwalk, Conn., in March, 2010, and followed rapidly with sites for nine other towns in southern Fairfield County. The sites currently reach 60 percent of the households in their Connecticut coverage area, with readership climbing every week. On May 19, the company purchased the popular CentralMassNews, which covers nine towns. On June 1, it unveiled 32 new sites in Westchester County, N.Y., in the largest media launch of its type in the nation.

MSC founder Carll Tucker describes the sites as "digital town greens," where neighbors come together to find out what's going on, share their news and information and have a good time.

"Our advertising tagline is 'Come Home,' he says. "We're reviving the concept of a real hometown newspaper, this time in a digital format."

You'll find MSC reporters at civic meetings, youth league games, charity breakfasts and -- this time -- tornadoes, too.

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