New Beginnings at Stonington-Mystic Patch

Today will be my last day as the Local Editor of Stonington-Mystic Patch.

When Stonington-Mystic Patch launched in December 2010, I don’t think any of us knew what to expect. I was the newbie reporter. The one who managed, “that blog.” It wasn’t easy, at first. But in the last two years we’ve figured out Patch together and I owe a huge debt to every person that visited Stonington-Mystic Patch, commented on stories, added events, announcements and blogs to the site—and gave constructive criticism.

So, it’s bittersweet for me to tell you that today, Friday, March 15, will be my last day as the site’s editor. I’ve been struggling to write this farewell column for about month and I’m still not entirely sure how to say goodbye, except to say thank you.

Thank you embracing me as part of the community, even though I grew up on the Groton side of Mystic. Thank you for making Patch a part of your daily life. And to the coffee shops including, the Yellow House, Bartleby’s Café and Wide World of Bagels, thank you for letting me use your business as my office. Patch gave me the opportunity to be a pioneer in a new field of journalism, one that couldn’t work without all of you.

During the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to interview some truly wonderful people while covering a community full of passion for the arts, education and small businesses. Together we struggled through power outages, watched businesses come and go and celebrated the town and the people who make Stonington, Stonington.

Along the way, I’ve been lucky enough to call some of the most dedicated and skilled journalists my co-workers. They helped me launch the site, pitched in with stories, photographs and videos and became treasured friends.

While I hope I am forever referred to as the original Stonington-Mystic Patch girl, from the very beginning this site was never about me but about you. And since I’m moving to the Washington, DC, area I’m counting on all of you to keep me updated on what’s happening in my hometown and in southeastern Connecticut. Continue to use the site as it continues to evolve. Sign up for the newsletter; upload events and announcements, and share photos and blogs. Get updates on Facebook and Twitter. For news tips and questions following my departure, contact Regional Editor Corey Fyke.


Kate Careb March 15, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Best wishes Bree! Thank you for your thoughtful journalism.
christopher dixon March 15, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Great good luck, you did a terrific job as one of the early patchers and I know the gang at AOL should be very proud of you. Well done. -c
Robert Henderson March 15, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Good luck Bree! You did a great job with the Patch...
Chris DeWick March 15, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Our loss is DC's gain! Highest and best for you your future, Bree. You will be missed.
Many A. Tourist March 15, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Thanks Bree,. I follow three "Patches", your' s was hands down the best and most informative. Good luck with your future endeavors.
Bree, we are going to miss you greatly. You are a huge asset to the community and to Patch and I'm proud to call you my friend. Enjoy your new life in DC! xo
Joyce Liporace March 15, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Bree: I will miss the tranquility photos. Good luck in your future endeavors! When one door closes, another door opens....
Elissa Bass March 15, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Hi Joyce, You will still get your daily dose of tranquility, don't worry!
Tom Santos March 15, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Bree, it has been a pleasure working with you on my submitted articles. The Stonington Mystic area is better to have had you in our mix of wonderful interesting people.You will be missed, but, not forgotten. Good luck in your next venture, knock 'em out like you did on Patch.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) March 15, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Best of luck Bree! I don't get to go to Stonington or Mystic much since I live so far away in the Farmington Valley, but I feel like I've learned something about your shoreline towns because of your Patch site. I'm sure you will be missed at the company and by your readers! Best of luck in D.C.! You'll love it down there. Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
Feng Xue Sure March 15, 2013 at 02:24 PM
That was such shocking news for me, and I truly believe that it will be a big loss to our community. You have done a great job in last two years, and you have been so helpful to the people, the business, and the community. I wish best of luck to your new life in the DC area. And we believe that your will always be a shining gem no matter where you will be.
Danielle Reavis March 15, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Best wishes to you! As a summer guest in Stonington, thank you for keeping me up to date throughout the year!
Edward Haberek March 15, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I wish you the best Bree. You have done a terrfic job at the Patch. We will miss you!
Ray G. Jones, Jr. March 15, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Bree, I wish you the best in the next chapter of your life. It's been a pleasure to work with you. You will be missed.
maris frey March 15, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Oh Bree! You will be sorely missed and not only for your phenomenal updating during power outages! Neither wind nor snow nor sleet nor hail got in your way! DC is a great town and I wish you continuing success in the future! Thanks for being the original Patch editor.
Barbara Hill March 15, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Good luck with your next chapter! I think Patch is wonderful. Best wishes, Barbara Hill
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) March 15, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Bye Bree! We've been through a lot together as the "original" SECT team of Patchers! It's an experience I'll never forget! I wish you and Vienna the absolute best on your new adventure in D.C. And best wishes for a future of happily wedded bliss!!!!! :) All my best to you.
Dirk Langeveld March 15, 2013 at 05:26 PM
We're all going to miss you and the great job you've been doing for the site. Best of luck in your new adventure!
Barbara Lipsche March 15, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Bree, you are such a sweetie, and a great contributor to Patch and the community overall. Thanks so much for all you've done and good luck in DC! We'll miss you at Mystic Arts Center!
Chris Griffin March 15, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Good luck to you with your next and all of you future endeavors. Always remember your roots and keep fond thoughts of Groton (both sides). Thank you.
Joan March 15, 2013 at 08:17 PM
I was so glad that a friend turned me onto "Patch" You have done a great job. Good luck in DC
Bobbie March 15, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Thanks for sharing your talent on The Patch and best of luck in D.C. I'm sure your new endeavor will give you much success. I'm thinking, though, that you won't be reporting on a kayak wedding on the Potomac! Take care.
Jean Dixon March 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM
You are so responsive and thorough; best wishes, Jean
Julie Wood Lemley March 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Thank you for keeping me connected with one of my favorite places on earth. I grew up in Pawcatuck, but now live on the other side of the world. You keep me up to date with news and images of home. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. You'll be missed! Julie Wood Lemley
Norton Wheeler March 15, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Bree, Best wishes for success in DC. You did a great job and I have enjoyed your input. I am glad to hear that you are going to DC as they really need some people with common sense and the ability to read through the menucia. Be well.
Genevieve Triplett March 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Go girl! You will be missed! Xoxoxo all my best!
Bree Shirvell March 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Thanks so much everyone! I will miss all of you.
Lynn Kimmerle March 16, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Bree, you'll be missed. Good luck in DC, I wish you the best!
Cricket Barlow March 17, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Bree, you were so helpful with announcing PennyClick to the community. Thank you for all the wonderful articles you write daily - I always enjoyed keeping up with the news and events in Stonington. What a wonderful opportunity you have to live in Washington DC. Good luck and have fun!
Frances Kelley Prescott March 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Wishing you all the best, Bree. Many thanks for your support and kind words and for all of your great work! Our little corner of the world is brighter because of your efforts. DC will be lucky to have you.


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