Two Whitestone men have started websites for the neighborhood’s business community in the past year, but both say there’s no bad blood between them.
Neither Tino Maiolo, the 47-year-old founder of Whitestone
O’Connor charges businesses a small fee to list on his burgeoning site, but the money goes toward service projects, such as his $4,000 drive to replace the weathered “Welcome to Whitestone” sign that greets visitors to his beloved hometown.
Both sites are at heart forums for local businesses, with listings of stores and organizations, promotional Facebook pages and hundreds of hits every month. Despite their similarities, however, there is no bad blood between them.
“The kid’s fine, I don’t compete with him, there’s no competition with him, we’re two different things,” Maiolo said of O’Connor. “What he’s doing is good. He’s helping the community. He helps business, too. He puts the name of businesses on the website and everything.”
O’Connor spoke of Maiolo in a similar tone, praising Whitestone
“If everyone in the community is doing something for the community, I’m all for that,” O’Connor said. “As long as it’s a positive thing for the community I’m all for it, basically. I think it’s a good thing.”
Reach reporter Connor Adams Sheets by e-mail at csheets@cn
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