Farewell Patch, I’m Gone But the Beat Goes On

Effective today, your inaugural Branford Patch editor will be leaving her post. You will be missed.

Dear Readers,

This isn’t the first time I’ve written to you from the heart but it will be the last as your Branford Patch editor. Effective today I will no longer be working with Patch.

The timing for this move could not be more perfect. I am going to be taking a job that allows me to have more time to take care of my growing family and Patch will soon be launching a new platform making it easier than ever for you to contribute to Patch without my help! Of course there will still be editors to deliver the trusted news about Branford happenings that you’ve come to depend on. In my absence, please reach out to Regional Editor Corey Fyke (corey@patch.com) with any questions, comments, concerns and story ideas!

When I moved to Branford in 2008 I fell in love with this town. We lived along the shoreline in Indian Neck and I grew to love the tranquil Long Island Sound but the thing that impacted me the most was the lively neighborhood where I lived. My neighbors became my friends and though I’ve moved from there since then, many of those people are still near and dear to me today.

The same can be said about the town on a whole.

I love getting a sandwich, whether it’s at Jersey Mike’s, Caron’s Corner, Harbor Street Market or Four Seasons and bumping into someone I know through Patch. I’ve really grown to develop a deep love for Branford through all the community members and will miss delivering the news to you and helping to tell your stories. It’s been a pleasure to work with so many of you to get the word out about the amazing things you do each and every day.

I have cried with you as you lost loved ones; I have rejoiced with you through victories both big and small; I have learned about many local processes so I could share the details with you. In short, I thank many of you for all your questions over the years that have fueled the fire of my reporting.  

I would like to thank Wilson and Dena Jara at Common Grounds for allowing me to run my virtual office out of their coffee shop for the past 2.5 years. It has been vital to the success of Patch – not only keeping me fueled with java but also helping me meet some many people who helped me to write and deliver the news of Branford.

I would be remiss not to thank the members of the Branford Police and Fire departments for embracing me and Branford Patch from day one. As well, I would like to thank many officials in Town Hall and various town departments like Public Works, Parks & Recreation, and the Animal Shelter for working with me over the past two years.

I also extend thanks to members of the Branford Public School system for sharing the great accomplishments of students with Patch over the years – specifically those in the performing arts program who allowed me great access to help share the awesome work Branford's young artists bring to life every season. I am so grateful that so many people in town were so open to Patch and willing to use the site as a vehicle. I encourage you to continue to do so. 

Deep thanks goes to my friends, family and colleagues for their support in launching Branford Patch back in December 2010 and being there for me every step of the way since. 

Now that I am a consumer of the news, I can’t wait for the new Patch to launch so I can start setting up groups to help make each and every day easier for my family and me! I hope to see you on Branford Patch and to share in the news of the town with you! 

Thank you so much for your support and dedication. To quote a former Patch colleague: “Onward” Branford Patch. 

Cheers and Love,

Nicole Ball

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Laura I. Maniglia January 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Best of luck, Nicole!
Pete Carletti January 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Best of Luck and thank you for all your good work in growing the Branford Patch!
Wendy Cowles January 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM
The best of luck to you and your family, but you will be greatly missed.
Deb January 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Congrats and good luck Nicole! Be well and happy.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead January 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Nicole... May God bless you and your family. I wish you good health, happiness and success in your future!
Nancy Laggis Orlando January 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM
The very BEST in your next chapter of life!
Stuart Brainerd January 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Thanks for helping to get the ball rolling and best of luck in the future.
Ted Braun January 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Wish you the very best Nicole. Thanks for your feedback and support getting my feet wet in the Branford Patch. I do have an idea that I will pursue with Corey. You are a wise women to put your priorities with your children for your next chapter. Reading your review of the last few years, fIt sounds like they have been very fulfilling and I am certain the next few will also provide you also with the best of life! God bless! Ted
William O'Brien January 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM
You seemed to be everywhere Nicole.Your energy and enthusiasm were contagious and will be missed. I hope we still see you around Brandord. Best wishes.
Deborah St. Thomas January 11, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Nicole, It was so much fun writing "Five Things to Know Today" for you when Branford Patch just started. You have done a fantastic job and I wish you and your family well. Good luck with your future endeavors!
Deborah St. Thomas January 11, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Great job, Nicole!
Alicia Crismale January 11, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Good Luck Nicole!!!!!
Joe Selvaggio January 11, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Nicole, Thank you for the work you have done to keep us informed and I wish you the best on your new journey!
V.F. McNeil Insurance January 11, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Nicole we'll miss you! Thank you for all of your help. Best wishes with your new venture and blessings to you and your wonderful family.
Bill Keane January 11, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Hey Nicole! It's always great working with you and hopefully we can do so again. Be well, and be sure to hang out in the usual haunts for coffee and conversation. Thanks for all the fine work.
susan Barnes January 11, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Vaya con dios, Nicole, Elvis and Little Man.
Victor Amatori January 11, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Nicole!! Thanks for all that you have done for this community. It can never be replaced or duplicated by anyone. You re-energized the community thru your sense of committment, your loyality, and your sincerity as you reported the news to the residents of Branford. All the best as you move forward in the next stage of your life!! Keep in touch with all of us!!!! -Your friends at Branford Recreation Department
Lori Fogler Nicholson January 11, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Dear Nicole, I wish you happiness and success in your new endeavours. You have always exhibited a professional and genuine demeanor and I'll will miss seeing you around and working with you. I know no matter where you go or what you do it will be done welll because thats who you are.
Nicole Ball January 11, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Wow! Thank you everyone for your kind words! My heart is very warm today. Of course it's a very bittersweet moment in my life as well. Lots of love to you all. ~nicole ball
Lisa Feniola January 11, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Nicole, My story would not have been heard if it hadn't been for your wonderful interviews and articles. Thank you for all your help (especially when it was last minute!). I wish you well in the future and hope to bump into you arojnd town!
Dana Schmidt, RN, IBCLC January 11, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Good luck and thank you for all the support you provided me and to new mamas in Branford!
Lynn January 11, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Thank you Nicole. I appreciated your fair and unbiased reporting. I enjoyed your photos and learning more about Branford through your articles. Good luck. I'm sure you will be successful in any endeavor you pursue.
Yvonne January 11, 2013 at 06:53 PM
As a former Branford resident now living in Sonoma County, CA, I have enjoyed reading the Branford version of the Patch daily. I especially enjoyed the photos of events - parades, weather, etc. I have family and lots of fabulous, wonderful friends in and around Branford, and The Patch has made me feel a little connected to my folks there. Thanks for your work Nicole, and I look forward to seeing what's next for The Patch.
Michael Ball January 11, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Good job, Nicole! You are doing the right thing - devoting more time to your new family. You will never regret it! The best from your Older Brother! Mike Ball
LORETTA ANDERSON January 11, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Beautifully and sensitively written, Nicole. You are world-class, both as a talent and as a friend. All the best...Loretta and Walter
George Kenyon January 11, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Best Wishes to you and family Nicole, whether it was Patch or The Courier you always did an awesome job!.
shawn January 12, 2013 at 03:26 AM
You did such a good job on here! You will be missed!
Susan Weber January 13, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Thank you for helping me post our adult education information for the Branford program. Your enthusiasm and optimism for your work is evident and I'll miss you Take good care of yourself and your family. I wish you well! Susan Weber Enrichment Program Director, Branford ERACE 185 E. Main Street, Branford CT
Melissa Datre January 15, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Best of luck Nicole! You were a hard worker and you will be missed.
Laura January 26, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Nic, thank you so much for all your help with getting Jack of ALL Hearts events and more, not to mention, my son, Jack's story out there! You are amazing! Good luck on your future endeavors! Lots of love, Laura


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