Though Agoura Hills Patch will continue under another editor, I will be moving on. Tuesday is my final day with Patch.com, as I am one of the unfortunate casualties of the nationwide AOL layoffs.
But I couldn’t leave without letting you, the community, know that being the local editor for Agoura Hills Patch has been an honor and a privilege.
Unlike most jobs, my work became an extension of my personal life. Yes, there were the traffic accidents, fires and other breaking news stories to cover, but there were also so many fascinating people to write about.
One of my favorite profiles was an informative and entertaining interview with the wonderful Marilyn Stefano, whose late husband was the screenwriter for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”
Other standout features for me included an interview with a teenage boy who raises money for breast cancer survivors, two young brothers who entertain seniors and the on-going updates of a little girl who ultimately beat cancer.
I especially enjoyed getting word that our featured “pets of the week” had found homes!
As a local resident, I always enjoyed running into readers while out and about, getting feedback, story tips and ideas. It always made my day when someone thanked me for “being out there.” I’m glad I was.
There always seemed to be an inspiring story. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s first ceremony honoring good Samaritans, Agourans helping Agourans.
I hope I was able to foster a deeper sense of community by writing about what was important to readers.
I’d like to thank my regional editors who were staunch supporters over the years, as well as my fellow L.E.’s, some remaining in place, others leaving with me.
Though this is a farewell from Patch, it is not goodbye. In addition to maintaining residence in this great city, I will soon be found at 91301.org, the official website for the Cultural Arts Council, where I hope to continue writing about the things that matter to you.