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You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello: Patch Editor is Moving On

I've been the New Lenox Patch editor for almost two years, but now I'm moving to another role with the company. I want to thank the community for making Patch what it's become.

I was sitting at  yesterday, sipping coffee and answering emails, when the waitress came to take my order.

“Are we gonna need more time?”

I ponder the question for a second, before ordering my usual—wheat toast, hash browns and an omelette with sausage and green pepper. Do I need more time? No, I think, I'm ready for the next step.

Effective this week, I will no longer be the local editor for New Lenox Patch. But I won’t be going far. I’ve accepted a job as an associate regional editor for Patch, and your New Lenox site is one I’ll still be overseeing. My bylines might not be leading your morning newsletters anymore, but I’ll still maintain a presence in the community I call home.

Looking out the window, traffic crawled past Country Charm, caught in the stretch of road construction on the Route 30 widening project. Inside, the conversation is about local business, an upcoming garage sale and someone’s boyfriend. I ate quietly in the corner, admiring this small town relic in the center of a growing community.

It’s that dynamic—an involved, tight-knit community growing up together—that I think has helped New Lenox Patch fit so well in this town. And it’s what makes it so hard to say goodbye.

I launched New Lenox Patch in October 2010 and have been running the site ever since. Over nearly two years, I’ve learned a lot about the character of this community, and I personally thank all of the readers and the people in town who have helped make it a successful site.

Patch is a place for our community to participate in the news and interact with neighbors. We don’t just spit out the news and let you read it. A lot of times, you have helped report the news and add a new perspective. You’ve taken advantage of the tools on Patch by adding events to the calendar, blogging in our Local Voices section and managing your business listings in our directory.

In short, you have helped make New Lenox Patch what it is, and I sure hope you continue to do that.

I was welcomed into New Lenox with open arms, and I’ve been able to share news about the great community. This is a place where the community comes together to help those in need, and I’ve tried to reflect that spirit through Patch, whether it was getting in the dunk tank for the Relay for Life or shaving my head for St. Baldrick’s, two of my favorite memories throughout my time as the local editor.

I've had the chance to meet fascinating people and do many interesting things, and I've seen New Lenox Patch grow from an unknown website to a daily read for many people.

Later this week, I’ll introduce a guest editor who will run New Lenox Patch until a full-time replacement is found. But I’ll still be involved with the site and living in New Lenox, so if you see me in the community, come say “hello.” Perhaps over breakfast at the Country Charm.

Thank you, New Lenox!

Matt July 05, 2012 at 05:18 AM
PROMOOOOTION!! Congrats Michael, I'd say it is a well-deserved promotion! It's going to be weird reading these articles with a different editor, but I'm sure the replacement can do a great job aswell. While I've only known about Patch for a few months, the time that I've been on here has been very helpful. Thank you for a great 2 years, and best of luck to your next position.
Silver Cross Hospital July 05, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Congrats Micheal, and good luck on the next journey as well. You are awesome, Im sure you will continue to do great things!
Al Kandziorski July 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Mike, Best wishes to you. Good luck with your new endeavors. It's been a pleasure.
Marilu Gill July 10, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Congrats on the promotion Michael. It's been fun watching you grow in your Patch career.
Phil July 12, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Congrats. Love your work and personal dedication to our community. One last request before you move on...Look into the amount of forclosed, short sale homes in NL and the ever rising property taxes and report on the effect on the residents, were are they now? Focus on the 3/4 of our taxes that go to the local schools and the added and growing fees from them including the fact they are now sending the students parents to colelction agencies. Couple that with LWW wanting their fees up front. What is the real comunity impact and how can we assist residents to keep them in NL and fund the services we all need. That would be a story everyone would be reading I am sure.

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