Friends of Affton and Shrewsbury,
You may have heard that Tuesday, Oct. 15 is my last day with Patch, as well as all St. Louis area Patch editors. Patch parent company AOL made drastic cuts nationwide in August. This is the result in St. Louis
Affton-Shrewsbury Patch will remain, and you are encouraged to contribute your events, announcements and blogs.
Heading toward this conclusion, Patch layoffs in the spring led to shifting duties among remaining editors, and Affton-Shrewsbury was added to my plate along with Maplewood-Brentwood, which I’ve been with since March, 2012. By the way, I live in Maplewood.
I got to know Affton and Shrewsbury more intimately than I ever imagined. I’m grateful for the friends I made, and have loved reporting local news that I hope has made a difference in your lives.
I also thank you for sharing your thoughts on Patch, because the conversation is at least half of what’s all about.
I couldn’t put it better than how my friend Maggie Rotermund, editor of University City and Clayton-Richmond Heights, did about the best part of this experience.
“The best part of being a part of Patch is without question the people. That starts with the amazingly talented people I've had the great privilege of working with over the past few years and the wonderful people I've met as a Patch editor. You have made this job rewarding and challenging and I will treasure my time covering the news” of Affton and Shrewsbury.