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So Long ... But Not Goodbye

Alameda Patch Editor Eve Pearlman, who launched the site in September 2010, is passing the reins over to a new editor.

 

It is not without some sadness that I announce today that I will be stepping aside as Alameda Patch editor on April 1. This little slice of Patch-dom (a network of more than 850 sites nationwide) has been my baby and constant project since on Sept. 8, 2010.

In these months, Patch has grown from a "What is Patch?" to a "Oh, you're from 'The Patch.'" Traffic has blossomed, as has public participation on the site — user-posted announcements like and have generated discussion and engaged us as a community.

You post events on the calendar, comment on articles and . Some of the most involved of you have come on board as bloggers. Alameda Patch has become a useful and vibrant place because of all of you — its readers and contributors.

I am fortunate to be able to hand off Alameda Patch to a very capable guest editor, Dixie Jordan. An experienced journalist, Dixie started as a cub reporter for the St. Helena Star and even worked for the Alameda Times-Star for several years early in her career, before going on to run Parents' Press.

Dixie has had her hand in Patch since early 2011, working as copy editor, guest editor and also as editor of nearby Piedmont Patch. Regular readers will recognize her byline, just as I recognize her careful edits to my late-night-generated prose. Alameda Patch is in good hands.

I want to thank columnists Judy Judy and Alice Lewis who have been with Alameda Patch ever since launch, as well as Cecelia Leong, who has written dozens of small business profiles for the site. 

Carol Parker came on board a bit later and has been a powerful engine helping propel Alameda Patch forward. She has a terrific news sense and can write like the wind. You will also recognize the name of Patch regional editor Alex Gronke. His steady support for all things Alameda is undeniable. 

I myself will not being going far — I'm moving to a new position with Patch. I'll be working with other Patch sites, helping to expand their network of active participants, recruiting and tending bloggers. Speaking of which, starting soon, you'll also be able to find me right here on Alameda Patch as a blogger. 

So, see you around Alameda. And please welcome Dixie when you see her. 

Avrage Guy March 29, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Eve. The Road to Success is Always Under Construction. May you enjoy all that you do going forward. Your contribution to the community by building the Patch foundation here, is greatly appreciated. The best of luck to you . . . and I'm not just whistling dixie! Welcome Dixie to the family Eve has built.
Luann Choy March 29, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Thank you for all your hard work and for bringing Patch to us in Alameda. It is such a valuable asset as are you, you have educated us all!!!
Ian Kennedy March 30, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Congratulations Eve. Thank you for carving out a space online for Alameda online and nurturing the community. It's no easy feat but you've done it!
Sue Coberg March 30, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Congratulations Eve and thanks for getting us all hooked on Alameda Patch. Dixie, we look forward to hearing from you and seeing you around town.
Jennifer Serr April 01, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Congratulations to both Eve and Dixie! Alameda is definitely a better place with Patch and it's infinite resources. Good luck in the year to come!

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