Patch, the once promising hyperlocal network, today took a scythe to its remaining workforce, laying off hundreds of employees.
Locally, Chris Orchard, editor of Somerville Patch, announced his layoff. The editors of the Belmont, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Braintree, Charlestown, Hingham, Jamaica Plain, Malden, Melrose, Milton, Roslindale, Waltham, West Roxbury and Weymouth Patch sites were apparently let go - all of their profile pages on their sites have been deleted.
Some of the sites were already being edited from remote locations, following an earlier round of layoffs between August and October.
AOL recently announced it was essentially handing over the chain of local news sites to Hale Global, a "technology holding company" with offices in Burlington.