Today is a bittersweet day for me. After two and a half years, this is my last day at Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch.
Next week, I will be packing my bags and moving to Chicago. While I suppose I should be ready for the cold and snowy weather after growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, I’m honestly a little bit afraid after six years in California.
Since I launched in September 2010, I have gotten to know Burlingame and how wonderful this community truly is. The best part of getting to know this town has been getting to know the people—this is a place with truly passionate and involved citizens.
From fundraisers put on by members of the Burlingame Community for Education Foundation to the Citizens Environmental Council Green Streets Fair to National Night Out parties hosted by Neighborhood Network members, people here care about their community and, more importantly, they care about each other.
This care is apparent in how fiercely residents defend what they believe in (or not), like a wireless antenna ordinance, leaf blower restrictions and a fire department merger.
It has been an honor to meet you and talk to you about the organizations and issues that are important to you. I appreciate every bit of input I have received about Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch, whether it is a story idea, constructive criticism or thank you.
Thank you for welcoming me into your community and into your everyday lives. Thank you for letting me tell your stories. Thank you for sharing your ideas and opinions. Thank you for telling me what I was doing wrong and what I was doing right.
I hope in my absence, Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch continues to grow, and you—the community members—continue to help it flourish. Don’t forget: Patch is here for you. I hope it can continue serving as a platform for community conversation, a place to share ideas and opinions, to work out community issues and to celebrate town triumphs.