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From the Editor's Desk

Welcome Mira Reverente, interim editor.

Today's column is a bitter-sweet one. I get to announce that I have the opportunity to work on a new Patch project, but it means that I'll be spending a lot of time in the Valley. While it is an honor to be asked to take on the project and I'll enjoy its challenges, the bitter part is that it will be taking me away from Moorpark.

Beginning Tuesday, interim editor will take over stewardship of Moorpark Patch. Mira has been a long-time contributor and sometimes stand-in editor for the Agoura Hills and Calabasas Patch sites. 

I'll still be around and helping out. You might even see my byline on some articles here and there for a while, but Mira will be the go-to person. I'll be passing along press releases and such that I get, but if you have a news tip, article idea, need help figuring out how to post an announcement or calendar item on the site or realize there's been a typo, Mira's your gal. You can write to her directly at mirarev@gmail.com.

Before moving here to launch Moorpark Patch a year and a half ago, I was living on the west side of the county and Moorpark was the place I passed through while taking the "back way" to various places. I only really knew the college, High Street and that there is an In 'n Out right off the freeway.

I didn't yet know all the beautiful parks in the city. Or that the weather was better than our neighbors. I didn't know about the events planned by the churches, all the activities going on at the Active Adult Center that I've (almost) wished I was old enough to take part in.

And, I didn't know how great the people are. I've been so impressed with the dedication of volunteers in the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, the arts and the youth sports organizations. I didn't realize how accessible the city council members and mayor are to residents or how helpful the city staff is.

But mostly, I had no idea that I'd make so many friends. Luckily, just because I'm leaving doesn't have to mean I leave the friendships behind. My email address will remain Rebecca.Whitnall@Patch.com. I hope you'll feel free to use it! Also, I'll still be out and about in town—at least for a whie—so hopefully I'll see many of you at my usual haunts.

Sean Riley May 01, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Hi Rebecca: Congratulations on your upward mobility with the Patch electronic newsletter and I wish you success in your new career challenge. You should be proud of the legacy you've established in the Moorpark Patch and I'm sure Mira will appreciate your assistance in the upcoming transition. Thank you for your efforts in the betterment of our community of Moorpark Sean Riley
Brenda Cusick May 01, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Oh no! It is too sad for our little city that you are so good you're getting a promotion. ;-) The Patch has added a lot already to Moorpark! Best wishes and DO keep in touch. (And tell me how to spread my passion about avocados as you move up and on...)
Joan Johnson May 01, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Congratulations Rebecca! Thank you for your great support of Moorpark and your great work on The Patch and best wishes for continued success! Joan
Patrick Taillon May 02, 2012 at 12:28 AM
So sorry to see you go. You did such an awesome job establishing Patch in this community. I'm sorry I couldn't contribute more (photos). I enjoyed working with you!
Debbie McGuinness Woerner May 02, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Good Luck in your new post! I especially loved the video montage you did of the Centennial Celebration Fashion Show for Moorpark Girl Scouts and the Moorpark City Library.
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Thank you, Sean. It's been such a rewarding experience and I'm sure Mira will do a great job. Be easy on her -- at least at first ;) --Becca
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Brenda, I'll keep my eyes open for places to spread the good word (and maybe I'll even find some new/very old avo varieties)!
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Thanks Joan! And thank YOU for all the MPC notes!
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Patrick, The pleasure was all mine. Thank you for all the photos and the great ideas.
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Thanks Debbie, I sure wish I could have fixed the audio on that! Something happened while recording and I couldn't coax the sound level out of part of it. But as for filming it, well the girls made that easy!
Mira Del Fonso Reverente May 03, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Thank you all for your well wishes, both for me and Becca. I know I have big shoes to fill but Becca is wonderful and she's making sure that our transition is seamless. I'm excited to get to know all of you and Moorpark better!
Roseann Mikos May 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM
The very best of luck in your new assignment and welcome to Mira too. The Patch is right that you did a great job here Rebecca, so congratulations on getting to start another newbie for the Patch. You have been an asset to our community and am glad you will still be hanging around at least some of the time.
Mira Del Fonso Reverente May 04, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Thank you, Roseann. It's heartwarming to feel so welcome around here. Looking forward to working with all of you.
Stacie Wheeler May 21, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Good luck, Becca :)
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) May 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Thanks Stacie!

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