While we're all celebrating our independence this weekend, I'll be celebrating it in a different fashion. Effective today, I am no longer editor of Riverhead Patch.
I say it as a joke, since I'll now actually be beholden to a group of websites rather than just one. I'm staying with Patch and was fortunate enough to have earned a promotion helping my boss, Henry Powderly, oversee our region of Patch sites, which spans from East Hampton to King's Park.
I would never be moving on if it weren't for the talented group of freelancers who have added useful information and their own personal flairs to the website. Whether it's been quality photos, special event coverage, scoops in town hall, things to do with the kids, ways to treat our four-legged friends with due respect, or a list of other things, the content provided here seems to have been informative and engaging enough to keep people coming back. Those people will continue to do their jobs, and I would be remiss if I didn't thank them generously for making my life easier – most of the time :)
It's been 360 days since Patch hired me, 11 months since I moved to Riverhead, and 10 months since Riverhead Patch launched. I've been able grow professionally and personally in a new home which has welcomed my fiance and me. We're proud to call Riverhead our home, and don't plan on going anywhere. I'll still be your neighbor and you still might find me at the occasional school board meeting or walking down Main Street, bugging business owners for a scoop on what's up downtown or passers-by for a quote on what they think about a random topic.
I sincerely want to thank all the readers of Riverhead Patch since our launch. Whether you've read one piece or 100, you all have been part of something that's never happened before in journalism, and hopefully something that will continue for a long time to come. I hope to improve your experience on Patch and am confident Paul, my replacement, will fill my shoes and more in no time.
Thanks again. See you around.