Letter From Your Editor: Farewell, Ferndale
Jan. 6 will be my last day as Ferndale Patch editor. Though I enjoyed the work, I enjoyed the community much more.
Well, this is it for me, Ferndale. I'm saying goodbye. Jan. 6 will be my last day as editor of Ferndale Patch. On Jan. 7, I'll be moving to the East Bay, near San Francisco, to continue working for Patch.com.
And, though I'm excited for the new opportunities I'll find in northern California, it's not easy to say goodbye to the city I enjoyed covering, the community I loved being part of and the place I call home.
Ferndale Patch launched Nov. 12, 2010, and after nearly 14 months, I'm proud of what we've built. When I say "we," I'm not just talking about Ferndale Patch, I'm talking about you all, I'm talking about the community.
I've covered a lot of stories: the unsolved murder of Dollar Club Plus owner Karim Khamarko, the hotly contested millage election in May, the Ferndale Pharmacy robbery, this summer's power outages, the DIY Festival, the Woodward Dream Cruise, Ferndale Pride, the shooting outside Taft Education Center and, of course, the squirrel eating a taco.
Each one was important, each one was memorable and each one stitched the community together even tighter – yes, even a squirrel eating a taco.
But our success is truly because of you, your interaction with each other and your passion for Ferndale. I was there to bring you updates from the field, to write down what the officials said, to ask the questions and write the stories, but you were there to keep the engine moving.
You were there to ask me and each other questions, answer those questions, add insight to our stories, keep us in check, and point out every single typo ever typed by me or my writers.
But, in all seriousness, Ferndale Patch wouldn't be what it is without your insight, participation and engagement with us.
Of course, I can't leave without talking about the power outages.
The first outage in July, in my opinion, was the moment when Ferndale Patch went from a news site to a community platform.
It was at that moment, at 5:30 p.m. on July 20, when that first Facebook post hit about the outage that it all came together – and your engagement has only grown since then. I'm very proud of it and I know that Ferndale Patch will continue to be a place for not just news, but community discussion, as well.
So, I'm leaving. I'll miss it. I'll miss the espressos at Torino and Java Hutt, my "corner office" at The Emory, riding my bike in the alley in the mornings, live blogging the council meetings (I really will miss that), seeing the people I know in nearly every single establishment I enter, and every person I've met during these past 14 months.
Terry Parris Jr.
P.S. Who's the new editor? I don't know yet; but, for the time being, there will be a guest editor.
Also, stay tuned for info on a going away gathering Jan. 5. When that info is released, please come by to say hi and bye.