Hello friends and readers. I'm leaving JP.
There, I said it. Whew, that was hard.
But I have a good reason to go: I've been promoted at Patch. I'll be managing a group of Patch sites on the North Shore. I'm excited about the future. But I'm sad to leave JP.
My wife and I moved here in December 2004, with our three cats and our Border Collie mutt, Molly. What a great set of years it has been.
It's been a great privilege to cover the news for my neighbors and build JP Patch from the ground up since we launched in October 2010. Since then, we weathered the Whole Foods controversy (in which I nearly got myself arrested.) We've struggled to comprehend violence (such as the triple murders at Same Old Place.) And we've shared two cycles of all the great community events that make JP JP: The Lantern Parade, Wake Up the Earth, the JP Music Festival, the Lantern Festival and dozens of First Thursdays.
One of our goals at Patch is to connect neighbors, and we've done a lot of that. Many of you have become accustomed to posting events, writing blog posts or announcing milestones through the platform we provide.
I'm proud of what we, as a community, have built using Patch tools. None of that will change just because I'm moving on. I'm happy to announce that Bret Silverberg, a 10-year veteran journalist, will be the new editor for JP Patch. He comes most recently from Wellesley Patch, which he ran for two years.
My wife Jane and I won't move to the North Shore until mid-December, though my job up there starts Monday. So it will be a pleasure to see many of you around the neighborhood in the weeks before we pack up and (heavy sigh) leave JP.