I began with Patch back in March of 2011. I launched Ambler Patch, and since beginning my tenure with Patch.com, have run Upper Dublin Patch and most recently Lower Moreland Patch. Today, however, I must tell you that Oct. 15 was my last day due to company layoffs.
When I launched Ambler Patch, I was a still a young, fresh faced journalist ready to take on whatever a new job and a new town could throw at me. I dove in to my new surroundings head first, tackling school board issues, town budgets, disputes over the Cook Tract in Whitpain Township, the fight over billboards in Ambler Borough, and the revitalization of “The Pike” in Lower Gwynedd Township. (Ambler Patch definitely knew how to “throw” it at me.)
When I added Upper Dublin Township to my roster of towns, it brought on new challenges. A new school board, a new town council, new everything. But, like the residents of Lower Gwynedd, Ambler and Whitpain, Upper Dublin residents welcomed me, their Patch editor, into their community with open arms.
Now, nearly three years after starting with Patch, I must say my farewells, but only as the Patch editor. Having spent the better part of many days at Danielle’s in Maple Glen, or the Starbucks in Spring House, or JoJo’s Java Joint in Ambler (takin’ you back, right?), or strolling the streets of downtown Ambler window shopping (while working on a story, of course), I have become a part of these communities, and these communities have become a part of me.
So, while this is goodbye as your Patch editor, it is “Hello!” as your neighbor.Be sure to friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and connect with me on LinkedIn. I look forward to staying in touch with everyone I have met along my way at Patch.