Goodbye, and Thank You, Maplewood and South Orange

Your local editor signs off.

After one year, Tuesday is my last day as Local Editor of Maplewood and South Orange Patches. It has been an exciting, enlightening, absorbing time – sometimes frustrating, often all-consuming and frequently a whole lot of fun. 

I am moving on to focus on some writing projects that I put on hold when I plunged into the hyperlocal news world a few years ago. Some of my extremely talented and highly able colleagues will be covering the sites until a replacement is found. In the meantime, please contact Senior Regional Editor Mike Pignataro (mike@patch.com) with any questions, tips or story ideas. 

I have enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful people in Maplewood and South Orange, my “hometowns.” I’ve learned much about the towns that I didn’t know from simply living in both for a total of 17 years. Mostly, I’ve come to appreciate even more how truly special and unique Maplewood and South Orange are. We are all lucky to call these places home. 

Of course, I will still see many of you -- the readers, bloggers, business owners, hardworking township employees, dedicated public officials and community members who made my job a joy -- around town.  I just won’t be asking (quite) as many nosy questions. Also, please feel free to stay in touch. My email is maynardparisi@gmail.com. 

Thank you for allowing Patch to become a part of your lives and our communities.

Julie Doran July 30, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Carolyn - You will be greatly missed by many and most certainly by myself and others in the Maplewood business districts. Your professionalism, dedication and good humor made it a pleasure to work with you. Good luck with your future endeavors. I'll look forward to seeing your around the towns. Best, Julie
Marcia Worth (Editor) July 30, 2013 at 09:24 PM
As the former South Orange editor and Carolyn's colleague in many projects over the past years, let me offer the best of wishes and much gratitude. Among many ups and downs, we shared a lot of laughs -- and that's what I'll remember!
Charles Chambers July 31, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Carolyn, I've worked with you on several stories and articles, and you were always pleasant and a consummate professional. Patch was lucky to have you, and our community will miss your contributions to this site. Good luck in your next steps! Chuck
Liz Mitchell Worthington July 31, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Best of luck with the new projects, Carolyn! You did such a great service to Maplewood as a Patch editor. I'll miss reading your articles. Tell Louisa I said hello!
caroline farnsworth July 31, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Carolyn, you have always been on top of any breaking news and delivered thorough and concise reporting. Have always enjoyed your writing. You'll be missed!
Dave Helmkamp August 02, 2013 at 09:19 AM
Carolyn, have faith, there is still work out there somewhere that doesn't require super-human commitment and inhumane hours! Thanks for all of it you put in for Maplewood Patch. Best of luck!
Natalie Davis (Editor) August 02, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Godspeed, colleague and friend. You are already missed.
Julie Pauly August 05, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Maybe now we can have a cuppa and talk about something off the record! You were always a great resource and support for local small businesses; and an excellent writer. Good luck!!


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