My first day on the job a , and Hightstown approved . Less than two weeks later Hurricane Irene struck the region, .
To say I got off to a slow start is beyond an understatement – but this is exactly what I have loved at Patch. Between East Windsor, Cranbury and Hightstown, there is always something going on, and I have made a point to be in the thick of it.
After more than a year, I will be leaving Patch, as I have decided to take another reporting job. For those who want to get in touch, I can be reached at email@example.com. My last day is Friday.
Even though Patch was my first full-time job, as many of you know, I have been reporting for years – dating back to high school spent right here in Hightstown at . In college I served as the youngest managing editor for Drexel University’s student newspaper, followed by internships at NBC 10 in Philadelphia with the investigators and at ABCNews.com in New York covering the royal wedding. I then wrote freelance stories for a Patch site in North Jersey before being hired to cover East Windsor Patch.
But throughout the years of covering news, there are those stories that will stick with you – and many of them were right here in town.
For crime and breaking news, there was the ; the East Windsor recreation director was charged after police said he knew his secretary was falsifying township records to send her child to summer camp and lied about it to authorities; Hightstown police after a routine traffic stop; and a boy was which touched off a multi-agency search, and was later found in South Carolina. The grandfather had around his grandson.
Then there was the controversial and local issues, including a in East Windsor; Hightstown ; Hightstown after several months of deliberation; and East Windsor’s and .
And I can’t forget the new businesses and ones that have closed up shop, including following Hurricane Irene; in Hightstown’s corner storefront; the that many thought was too small, followed by an into Molto Bene’s former space. A new opened in Cranbury, and a shop filled with came to Hightstown.
The beloved after serving East Windsor for more than 46 years, and after closing in 2010. Most recently, the , which is 60 percent vacant, was sold.
And the feel-good stories, including the event held annually in Cranbury to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, abilities to fifth graders and the video, which happened to be my first assignment at Patch.
Let’s face it, I could go on forever if I tried to include everything, but most importantly it was you – the community – that helped me bring the stories to light. I thank each of you who called me with a news tip, commented on the site or on the East Windsor Patch Facebook page, or sent me an email with information. Patch wouldn’t be what it is without you.
News tips can be sent to guest editor Rachel Gillett firstname.lastname@example.org.