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From the Editor: I'm Leaving Wakefield Patch

Editor Sara Jacobi is moving from editor of Wakefield Patch to senior editor in Boston.

Dear Wakefield,

It's been an amazing two years working with all of you. I've met so many residents who have gone out of their way to help me build something special in town, something that never existed before: A dedicated online community for the people of Wakefield, MA. A place to find the news that affects your everyday life here in town. A place to converse about important topics in town. And so much more. 

I found out last week that I've been promoted from editor in Wakefield to senior editor in Boston, a switch in both responsibility and location. Of course I'm excited to take on this new challenge and help to lead a team of editors in the city of Boston, but I'm also sad to be leaving behind such an amazing community.

Wakefield has a lot to offer its residents - cute shops, great restaurants, a beautiful lake, a small-town feel just miles from the heart of downtown Boston, etc. But I've learned through my time here that what really sets Wakefield apart is its amazing sense of community. Sitting in town meeting and seeing thousands of hands in the air, together, to vote for a new middle school was a powerful moment that I'll never forget. It showed me just how far you'd each go to do what's best for the entire community. 

If you're worried Wakefield Patch will cease to exist in my absense, don't be - the site will continue on with a new editor (specific person to be determined) and you'll have just as much of a place to find news and post your events an announcements as ever before. Until a transition plan is in place, I will continue to serve as your editor, so you'll still be seeing me around town for the next few weeks. I'll be in touch once I know when I'm leaving for good. Maybe we can all meet up to say goodbye. 

Wakefield is a special community, and I feel lucky to have been here to help spread news and useful information here in town for the last couple of years. Thanks again to everyone who has ever contributed an event, announcement, news tip or a blog post - you're what helps make the site as robust as it is! Please keep it up, and please keep in touch: sara.jacobi@patch.com.

Thanks,
Sara

Tasha Schlake Festel July 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Nooooooooooo!!!! We will miss you, my dear, but congratulations. You will do great things in Boston. XO
Daniel Lieber July 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Congratulations on the promotion! We will miss you. Your penchant for quality journalism will continue to serve you well.
John Bengtson July 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I have to echo Tasha's comment and add that I've been dreading this announcement. It's a testament to your hard work. Wakefield Patch will survive, but it won't be the same. Good luck and don't forget about us.
Kimberly Bova McDonald July 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Congratulations! This is a great next step/opportunity for you. However we will miss you here - you have been such a great editor to work for and you have provided an excellent product to the town. You will be missed!
Sara Jacobi July 10, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Thanks, all! It's really been a pleasure to work here in Wakefield with all of you.
Melissa Schools July 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Best of luck, Sara!
Andrew McRae July 10, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Congratulations - sorry to see you move on, but how wonderful for you. Best of luck.
Jean Sorensen July 10, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Congratulations Sara - with best wishes for all of your future endeavors. We will miss you.
Sheila Batchelder July 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I am so happy for you. You have done a great job here, but it is sad to lose you. Best of luc k in your new job.
Greg Liakos July 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Congrats Sara!
Al Turco July 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Sara--I'm thrilled to hear that you've been promoted. It's well deserved, but we in Wakefield will miss you. You've always been fair not to mention accurate and diligent about covering the news in our town. Hope our paths cross again. Al Turco
DBC July 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Our loss is their gain and Boston just added one more to it's Best of Boston list. You are amazing and it was only a matter a time before it would be noticed in the "big leagues." This environmentally-conscious, tree-saver e-newspaper has gone from a little known entity in town to THE place to go to for all breaking, daily, up-to-the-minute news and events. You made it not just good but great! By inspiring both business and community support, people responded with not only their interest, but also their involvement, comments, blogs, votes and tips. Missing you doesn't even begin to signify how empty a void you leave. However, I have hope, due to the great success throughout our area of local towns' Patch coverage, there will rise a new star to lead us forward, albeit not quite as luminous. March proudly into the Hub and show 'em how it's done, Sara. Hit it "oudda da pahk!" Wicked!
Kenny Giles July 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Sorry to see you leave-Good luck !
JSmith July 11, 2012 at 03:29 PM
You did a great job while you were here. Thanks for helping us keep on top of the goings on around town. Congratulations and best of luck on the new position.
Laurie Hunt July 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Congratulations Sara!!!
Senator Katherine Clark July 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Congratulations Sara! We'll miss your reporting on Wakefield and hope that you will stay in touch. best wishes, Katherine Clark
Sara Jacobi July 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
What a nice comment! Thanks so much, Dorothea!
Sara Jacobi July 12, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Thanks all! It means a lot to hear so much support from all of you. Please keep in touch via Facebook and email. I <3 Wakefield.
Susan Chanley July 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Good for you, Sara! A job well-done and recognized through your new role in Boston. May good fortune follow you and your hard work whereever you go!

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