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Au Revoir Shelby-Utica Patch

Signing off on my last day as the Shelby-Utica Patch editor.

This will be my final post as the Shelby-Utica Patch Editor. 

As of tomorrow, I will be hitting the open road to start a new chapter in my life. I am moving to the Windy City to pursue a graduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

A little over two years ago, Patch expanded its coverage territory to Michigan and I had the pleasure of launching the Shelby-Utica Patch website.

Since then, It's been a wild ride - literally. I have gone from refueling fighter jets in mid-air to learning how to shoot a handgun, getting chased out of a smoke shop by three men after I asked if they sold K2, and happening to be an eye-witness of a small brawl on election day between candidates and an outspoken blogger. 

Patch has taught me a lot about our humble community, and opened my eyes to the wonderful and dedicated people who work tirelessly to make it a safe and thriving place to live.

I hope the site has become a useful tool to the community and I have been a faithful servant to the city I was born and raised in.

Thank you everyone who put their faith in me and Patch to deliver your important and meaningful news.

But wait... That's not the end of the Shelby-Utica Patch. Jenny Whalen, editor of the Clinton Township Patch will be taking over the site. If you have any questions, suggestions or story ideas, be sure to email her at jenny.whalen@patch.com.

Une bise, (One in particular for Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan, my former high school French teacher)
Marina Cracchiolo

Karen Blaisdell January 02, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Sorry to see you go, but wishing you much luck in your endeavors!
Linda Craik January 02, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Wishing you all the best Marina!! May God bless you, Linda
Vita January 02, 2013 at 10:48 PM
You will be missed.
Christine Fox January 02, 2013 at 10:53 PM
You are a talented writer and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors Marina! Wag 'N' Tails was proud to be a part of your career with Shelby Township. Best of luck and Happy New Beginnings!
Bank2 January 02, 2013 at 11:14 PM
You are an amazing reporter. And I would like you to know that we a grateful to you for exposing the K2 dealers in Shelby Township. Good luck with your next chapter.
Teresa Mask (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Best wishes, Marina!
Joe Gazzarato January 03, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Marina, you did an awesome job with Shelby-Utica Patch! I am glad we had the opportunity to meet and to work together a few times. I know you will rock the Windy City!!!! Good luck in all you do...
John Hetzler (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 01:39 AM
We're going to miss you, Marina! Best of luck to you in Chicago!
Jenny Whalen January 03, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Farewell, Marina! I - and my fellow Patch editors in Macomb County - will do our best to do justice to the wonderful site (and community!) you leave in our hands.
Rob Montilla January 03, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Good Luck Marina!
Julianne Cusumano January 03, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Good luck. I have enjoyed your writing style . Enjoy the windy city.
Christy Arboscello (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 12:31 PM
We'll miss you, Marina!
One Who Cares January 03, 2013 at 12:51 PM
You will be missed! Good luck in Chicago. It is a great city.
Brent Freeman January 03, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Marina, I hope you have Health, Happiness and much success in your future !
Lynn Wilhelm January 03, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Thank you for supporting Turning Point! We wish you the best in your new endeavor.
David Weaver January 03, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Best of luck Marina!
Susan Kulongowski January 03, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Good Luck to you! You did a great job!
Cheryl Pickett January 03, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Best wishes to you in your new adventure. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you. I know Jenny will carry on the excellent reputation of Shelby Utica Patch
tweetie bird2 January 03, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Thanks SO much for your hard work and dedication, which I'm sure will transfer well to graduate school. You will be missed!
Larry Campbell January 03, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Thanks, Marina, for all you've done to launch Patch in Shelby Township, and for helping me. Good Luck in Chi-town! You'll do great!
Margie Conn January 03, 2013 at 06:00 PM
You'll be great in Chicago! You taught me a lot about getting the word out through the Patch regarding Relay For Life of Shelby Twp. I will miss you! Enjoy, be aware and stay in touch once in a while. :)
Carolyn Gammicchia January 03, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Marina you will be greatly missed here by the Shelby-Utica Patch readers. Please know your efforts were appreciated and best wishes for your future endeavors in journalism and at Northwestern.
Marvin Shepherd January 04, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Marina, I wish you the very best. I do appreciate your coverage of news stories regarding the Shelby Township Fire Department, especially the kind coverage of stories related to my brother, Chief Gene Shepherd. I know that thought highly of you as well.
Nancy Smith January 06, 2013 at 04:46 AM
I want to personally thank you for encouraging me try out "blogging". (and not only 1 time, but a few times) I'm hooked now. We will miss you! Best wishes on your future journey!

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