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Farewell: Thank You, Readers

Editor Nicole Charky thanks the Crescenta Valley community for participating on Patch.

For the past year and a half, I have had the extraordinary opportunity to work as a journalist covering my hometown. Now, it is time to thank you, readers, for your support. 

Jan. 29 will be my final day as editor of Montrose-La Crescenta Patch.

I started this journey in August 2011 with one goal: to make this website a one-stop hub for Crescenta Valley news. 

My role as editor gave me the chance to re-explore the geographic puzzle piece we fondly refer to as "the balcony of Los Angeles" or what La Crescenta local Bill Weisman dubs "Far North Glendale."

During my time at Patch, I toured the Rosemont Preserve with USC Professor of Pharmacology Jim Adams and learned how Chumash Indians used plants as medicine; helped organize a historic bike ride through Montrose with Tropico Station's Scott Lowe, Walk Bike Glendale and the Glendale Historical Society; met with a dedicated neighborhood watch group led by Glendale Police Department and even reconnected with childhood friends. 

I have had the privilege to report on many major news events, including the hurricane-force winds in November 2011 and the tragic school suicide of 15-year-old Drew Ferraro in February 2012. 

These stories and experiences drove me to work harder each day and deliver the best news I could. Chasing and breaking news is my passion and I consider myself lucky to have worked with the talented, award-winning team of editors at Patch.

In February, I will begin my new post as web producer for Los Angeles Times Community News.

It is important that I thank you for sharing your stories and feedback. You taught me how to be a better online journalist and for that I am very grateful. 

I am also fortunate to have family and friends who, regardless of their geographic location, still read this website.  

Thanks again, mom, for all the great news tips - especially that one about a furry, four-legged celebrity named "Meatball."

I've had a blast working in this tight-knit community. Feel free to stay in touch and follow me on Twitter

ELIZABETH YOUNG January 22, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Thank you for all you have done.......is this the end of Patch for our area?
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Thank you, Liz! It's been a joy.
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 08:44 PM
@Vanessa - Of course! It's been great. Thanks for all your volunteer work in the community! I'll still be around and hope to run into you soon.
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 08:46 PM
@Rick - Thank you for reading and always participating on the site. You're a great leader in our community!
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 08:47 PM
@Bob - You're one in a million. Thank you for trolling the site and staying in touch with your roots!
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 08:48 PM
@Susan - Thanks for reading and providing feedback on the site! I'll miss your comments and insight.
Mary Dawson January 22, 2013 at 08:56 PM
You are a joy Nicole! I'll miss you at Patch! Thanks for all of your support of the Montrose Shopping Park and our businesses. I hope to see you around town. Your new job sounds great! :-)
Nancy January 22, 2013 at 09:06 PM
You did a fabulous job Nichole! The Patch flourished under your guidance as did our community. Thank you so much for all you've done and will continue to do in your new job. As they say in social network "WTG Nichole!"
Ogie January 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM
You're going to be great Nicole :) So happy for you! The Patch is definitely losing a good one
Sandy Russell January 22, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Nicole, Thank you so much for covering our community and helping to get the word out about important community events! Best of luck to you in your new job!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Nicole MIGHT remember me as making her nervous in my posts. But, wishing to show off a new WURD i lernt today,,,,,Nicole has tons of Raison de Etre....or something like that (a noun)
Diana R Rising January 23, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Thank you so much for your excellent work here in the patch. Best wishes in your new job!
Betsy Wilbur January 23, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Best of luck to you! We will miss your responsive reporting!
Kendyl Young January 23, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Nicole- you are an amazing force in community journalism and I know that was noticed by the powers upstairs. Bravo. The community beat is not always the most glamourous, but you made a huge difference, here. I wish you the very best in your new post where I am confident you will continue to make a difference.
Kendyl Young January 23, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Bob- you are, indeed, one in a million.
Tom Bunn January 23, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Nichole, I enjoyed meeting you on the bike ride and I love your work. I am looking forward to seeing more of it as you move to your new position.
Bruce Weide January 23, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Charkster! It's been great to have met you and participated to my small extent. Congratulations on your new work at The Times! You have done a marvelous job of bringing The Patch from virtually non-existent to a known and integral member of this community. You deserve all the success I know you will achieve in the future.
Tarik Trad January 23, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Thanks, Nicole!
Denise January 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Best wishes Nicole!! While it must be hard to leave & it is hard for us to not have you, we must all evolve. It is that time for your next step in your career. I wish you success and most of all....that you enjoy your new job, & that way it wont feel like a job.
chuck weiss January 24, 2013 at 03:56 PM
We're going to miss you Nicole, and I wish you an amazing time on your next venture!
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Thank you, Chuck! It's been a ton of fun working with you.
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Thanks, Tarik! I appreciate all the news tips!
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 07:25 PM
@Betsy - Thanks for always reading and commenting! I appreciate your engagement on the site.
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 07:32 PM
@Diana - Thank you! I'm really excited.
Laura Friedman January 24, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Nicole, you've done a great job and you will definitely be missed. I wish you the best of luck with all your future endeavors, and hope to continue to see you around Montrose!
Missa Perron January 25, 2013 at 04:30 AM
You have been such a great light to this town. Thank you for your all of your great work! Reading your site was the best part of my morning. Montrose has lost a great one.
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Thank you for the kudos, Tom! That ride was a fantastic time.
janie lus January 26, 2013 at 03:45 AM
we are Nicole's grandparents and live in Lake Forest Ca we read the PATCH faithfully and found it so informational. It was nice to know what was going on in the community We wish Nicole all the best and know she will succeed in her new position as she has in every endeavor she has attempted. Grammy and Grampy
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Thank you, Missa! I'm so glad you tune in from San Francisco. I miss you and really appreciate you reading the site. I'll talk to you soon!
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Thank you for commenting and reading Grammy and Grampy! I'm lucky to have both awesome and Internet savvy grandparents! I'll see you guys soon and thanks again for all your support and love. ;)

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