Goodbye and Thank You, Norcross

What a wonderful trip it has been.

Dear Norcross Patch readers: 

I just wanted to let you know that today is my last day as Editor of Norcross Patch. 

First, I want to thank you for the warm reception. Even when you had no idea what this “Patch” thing was, you allowed me to question you relentlessly, to point my camera at you and to sit in on your meetings, scribbling away. Together, I think we created something pretty awesome.

Now allow me to editorialize just a bit. When I used to work at Dominick’s over 10 years ago (yes, that’s why you recognize me) there was not much going on in downtown Norcross. Taste of Britain, the Station Café and the then-Norcross Tavern were surrounded by empty shop fronts. 

I now walk down the streets of downtown daily and see so much life. There’s mariachi music coming from Zapata, people basking in the sun with their dogs outside Mojito’s, young professionals tapping on their laptops outside 45 South and screams of kids coming from Thrasher. Downtown Norcross is a story of revitalization done right—and I have been proud to cover a place with so much energy. 

Now, I can say with 100 percent confidence that the reason all of this happened is the incredible dedication of the people who live here. This is a community that can produce hundreds of volunteers at 5 a.m. for an Art Fest. Easy.

Likewise, as a somewhat-outsider coming in, I was impressed with the openness of the city government and other community leaders. The first time I called Mayor Bucky Johnson and told him about Patch, he said, “Come on over to my office.” Whether it has been a Councilmember or Community Garden organizer (that’s you, Connie!), you've returned my calls and helped me do my job better.

Even as I leave for other opportunities, Patch lives on. While the hunt for a perfect editor is underway, please contact Guest Editor Sarah Bakhtiari (sbakhtiari1@gmail.com) with any news tips or questions. 

Thank you again for our time together,

Laura Sullivan 

LilZ February 03, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Good luck Laura!! We will miss you but wish you all the best!!
Linda Dib Wohlbach February 04, 2012 at 03:52 PM
God be with you! You have been awesome.
Splash Festivals February 04, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Someone will have some big shoes to fill! We'll miss you!
Deb Wilson Harris February 06, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I will miss reading your articles with my morning coffee! Best Wishes on your future endeavors!
Ground Chuck February 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Best wishes Laura! You will be a success whatever you choose! We'll miss your smile and warm personality. Hope you either find something close by or at least come visit occasionally. Everyone knows your name now! : )


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »