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We're Making Some Changes To Cranford Patch

The Cranford Patch you rely on for local news and information will remain the same, but we're welcoming a new editor.

About a year-and-a-half ago, I had the privilege of joining Cranford Patch as the local editor. I have loved every minute of it, and have grown quite attached to the community and it's residents. But life is a journey, and as such, we have to keep moving forward. So, beginning today, I will hand over the reigns to a new local editor as I embrace my new role as the associate regional editor for all Union County Patch sites.

For the past few months, I have served as both the local editor and the regional editor simultaneously, but beginning this week, I will fully transition into my position as associate regional editor and turn the majority of local coverage over to Camilo Smith, who has spent the last year as the editor of Summit Patch.

The past 17 months have been anything but dull. A few weeks after I joined Cranford Patch, Hurricane Irene devastated the town and almost immediately, I discovered the importance of my job, as I worked around the clock to keep residents informed during the storm, and in its wake. In the months that followed, I met families who were affected by the flood. I watched as the town and its local officials worked to rebuild their homes, schools, businesses and lives. The community spirit was overwhelming and I am truly grateful to the businesses and residents who welcomed me into their houses and stores as they struggled to restore their property — even as a freak October snowstorm added insult to injury.

Then a few weeks ago, Super Storm Sandy struck, and once again the town come together in the wake of Mother Nature's fury. Sandwiched in between the natural disasters, there have been countless meetings, sporting events, school plays, street fairs, the fight against Birchwood Avenue development, local controversy, breaking news and too many feel-good feature stories to name. The more time I spent in Cranford, the more I felt like part of the community.

Having covered Union County for about 15 years of my journalism career, I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with other Patch sites in the county. But that doesn't mean I'll be leaving Cranford altogether. I still have a few features and investigative stories that I plan to publish in the coming weeks, and community members will still be able to find me and my colleagues "Patching" at places like Rockn' Joe, the Cranford Library and the Community Center. You can continue to send me feedback and questions at toniann.antonelli@patch.com or 908-380-1403.

Cranford Patch will continue its commitment to "making life ridiculously easy for you and your neighbors." As a journalist with several years of experience, Camilo will carry on our mission of keeping residents informed with constant updates on our site as well as via Facebook and Twitter. You can reach him at camilo.smith@patch.com or 908-812-6281.

Rosa Joseph November 26, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Good luck Toni!
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Aww, thanks Rosa!
Mary Mann November 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
This is a win-win for Cranford: Congratulations, Camilo, on the new gig! And, Toni, try not to work too hard being all things to all people!
LuAnn November 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Good Luck in your new venture! Thanks for all the hard work you did for Cranford.
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I'll try, Mary...but I've grown very attached to Cranford, so I have a feeling I won't be able to distance myself TOO much, lol!
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Thanks LuAnn!I really appreciate your kind words! As the the associate regional editor, I'll be overseeing all of our Union County sites, so I'll continue to work hard to make sure that Patch continues to give Cranford the best coverage possible :)
Terri November 26, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Congrats Toni! Couldn't think of anyone better then you to keep Union County informed! You rock!!!
Joseph Sorrentino November 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
LOVE IT !!! Congrats Toni!
RJS@BHS November 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I thought you checked out months ago....
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Thanks Joe and Terri! Nice to get feedback from people who were around at the start of my career :)
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Nope - I was promoted a few months ago, but I was still serving as the full-time Cranford editor at the same time.
EquitiesResearch November 27, 2012 at 02:00 PM
good luck to you, you were (are) great
Mike D'Onofrio (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Kudos, Toni!
RJS@BHS November 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM
"Full time" Cranford editor is a generous self description. Hopefully you will pay more attention to newsworthy local items rather than reporting on Def Leppard and regurgitating police blotters in your new role.

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