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Goodbye from Your Editor

A Murrieta sunset (Photo by Maggie Avants)
A Murrieta sunset (Photo by Maggie Avants)

Stay classy, Murrieta.

Borrowing a line from the movie, “Anchorman,” I’m writing to say goodbye as the editor of Murrieta Patch as well as thank the community in which I remain a resident.

You may have heard by now that the majority of Patch editors were laid off on Jan. 29, myself included, as part of a company restructuring.

It is hard to capture in words my thoughts as I look back on the last three years and three months of my life. First it was building the site and preparing for launch, which happened in mid-December 2010. Then it was writing, videoing and photographing the news day in and day out.

Fires, accidents, and crime news also kept me busy. I also loved bringing stories about the great people of our community, some whom passed on.

Then there were the historic moments such as the City Council and School Board elections, the opening of the improved Clinton Keith and Cal Oaks freeway interchanges, the widening of I-215 through Murrieta, a new Christmas tree for Town Square Park this past holiday season, and a CIF Championship Win for Vista Murrieta High School Football. The list goes on and I am sure I have missed some.

What I found in all of this was that the community my family and I moved to in 2004 because of the great schools and family-friendly environment went way beyond that; it is a caring community. I hope that I helped it connect and stay informed through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for your patience, news tips, photos and support through it all.

It is my understanding that for the time being, some editors remain and are managing the sites. So please continue to support this hyper-local news platform by uploading your events, announcements and blogs.

I am grateful for the writers and bloggers who faithfully contributed to the site. I hope they will continue to do so.

I am unsure of what my immediate future holds work-wise. A break sounds nice right about now. But if you see me around town, please say hi. 

—Maggie Avants

Maggie Avants February 04, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Thanks to each and every one of you for your kind words! I always felt I was blessed to be hired for this job. I'm optimistic about my next opportunity, whatever that turns out to be.
Timber February 06, 2014 at 09:53 PM
Thank you for the integrity you have shown. I am saddened to hear of your departure. Best wishes to you.
lisa haight February 07, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Maggie, On behalf of the Temecula Valley Woman's Club, I want to thank you for publishing our club's activities. The article you wrote after attending our Holiday Home Tour this last November helped us increase attendance, as after reading your article, many people decided to take the tour themselves. It helped us raise money to help improve our beloved community. Your enthusiasm for our community is much appreciated, and your presence at The Patch will be missed.
Brenda February 10, 2014 at 05:03 AM
Maggie, ahh dang not like we all, errr well Steve and I, didnt see something was up around here. I am so sorry to see you get given the boot by lasdjflasjdflsjdflsdjfsdjffjj$**$%*)$ the same who are unable to get the sales to keep the Patch going. Yes, I was calling names, and cursing!! I hate that business's are doing this to our residents constantly while they keep paying the head honcho's who dont have a darn thing with getting the final product out. I will talk about all the sad stories you have been called to write to us about. The murders of children, of older loving women being run over by cars, by all innocents on bikes, skateboards, walking, or in another car getting killed by some drunk driver who, or some women in a suv who plows through a Marine, with her child in the car, cause she fails to stop at a Red Light. The domestic violence, beating stories, burlaries, robberies, chases, and all the other not so pleasant stories. Oh, and lets not forget the Freeway wrecks. You have hung in their daily while all of the above, less then nice stuff, has just gotten worse and worse in our communities of Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar and all those Cities around us. Maggie you jumped in and got as much info as the laws would allow you to publish and was up and personal to things which most of us could not stomach, or would be shooting the perpetrator instead of writing a article for the masses. Then, the worse JOB!!! To keep the mean people off the comments areas. Or try to get them to just comment nicely and not call names or insult others. And Lord have we had our fair share of THAT. But you guys, Toni, Mirna, were always trying to deal with that too as you wrote the articles. It would have been nice that the folks doing those mean things would have stopped and you could have just done your job instead of babysitting a bunch of kids too. I imagine that some time off will make your family VERY happy until something else comes your way, which of course it will. Just make sure you put in that resume how many "hats" you had to wear here at the "Patch" including babysitter which was NOT in your contract! God bless you, take care of you and yours, be safe and I will miss you. Its already been a horrible mess around here with no news for any of the areas and the "Patch" needs to step up and inform its readers what its intentions are here. At this point it will never be the same when we had You, Mirna, Toni and Peter :) Good ole times!! Be sure to let us know when you get on somewhere else.
Brenda February 10, 2014 at 05:03 AM
Oh Oh, LOL, and of course my post had to be LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! heheheheheh

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