After seven years as editor for the Glen Cove Record Pilot, the time has come for me to say goodbye. It's not an easy thing to do. I can write you 2,000 words on a city council or board of education meeting, but I find a simple adieu a difficult assignment.
I have made numerous friends and associates through my position, many of whom I might not otherwise have met. For this I am grateful and I look forward to continuing our relationships. I hope the invitations to lunch that I've had to decline due to deadlines are still open.
I wish to thank the faithful readership of our community newspaper as well as all who help make the Record Pilot a better reflection of the community through submissions, suggestions and opinions.
I feel confident leaving the Record Pilot in the capable hands of Matt Piacentini, an experienced journalist as well as a North Shore resident with a knowledge of Glen Cove and surrounding communities. Matt's enthusiasm and abilities will ensure an excellent continuity of our publication.
While I am leaving the Record Pilot, I'm not leaving town. I'm sure I will still run into the "regulars" in the supermarket, at local restaurants, at community events and maybe even a meeting or two, where I'll sit and listen without pen in hand.
I would like to ask that you continue to respect the Record Pilot's deadline (end of business Monday) as well as editorial requirements (keep those letters to 500 words). As they say, change is good, and may the Record Pilot and Glen Cove only get better.
To quote my favorite on-air news celebrities, "Goodnight, and have a pleasant tomorrow."
It is with gratitude and excitement that I begin my work as editor of this newspaper. It will be a privilege both to carry on the Record Pilot's long-standing tradition of quality news and to maintain its significant connection with the people of the Glen Cove area.
This is not only a beautiful, diverse place to live and work, but it is truly an engaged community. People from all walks of life are highly involved in their schools, in fostering meaningful local activities and in participating in the workings of their governments. Therefore, a paper of the quality that Carla and the Anton staff have maintained all these years is an important part of the local picture.
I have come to believe, in my experience as an editor and reporter, that a community needs its own paper. As the world seems to move faster and faster, it can be a key part of local life, bringing people together and serving as a hub of information, news and celebration. It has thusly been good to see, as I have trained with Carla around the city, how engaged people are with the Record Pilot.
I look forward to continuing that relationship with each of you, working together to keep the Glen Cove area covered and connected. I will work to serve you and the paper with the highest journalistic standards and the sincerest interest in all goings-on.
The Record Pilot office on Glen Street is always open if you would like to sit down with me. Or I am always happy to receive phone calls or emails that will create a useful ongoing dialogue on important issues.