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Farewell Note from a Grateful Editor

Thank you for your support in making Sachem Patch a modern landmark in the digital community.

A little more than two years ago I launched Sachem Patch with the idea of bringing the first local news source to the entire Sachem community. I say confidently now that I succeeded in my ambitious endeavor and enjoyed every second of the journey.

It's with a heavy heart that I inform you, the community, that Friday, March 30 is my last day as editor of Sachem Patch. I have accepted an offer that will allow me to work completely in professional sports within the digital space. I'm excited to embark on a new and challenging opportunity in my life and career.

While I'm no longer the editor of this site, I am still a Sachem alum and plan on being a Sachem resident for the rest of my life. I live and die with this community, bleed its colors and love the people who have made Sachem what it is today. And make no mistake, I will still be very active in the Sachem community.

It is a great and proud honor for me to say I built Sachem Patch from the ground up and made it a constant in many people's lives who have connections to the community, both near and far. I'm proud of the 5,300-plus stories, the 10,500-plus pieces of content, the 5,600-plus followers on social media, the dozen journalism awards, the countless thank you notes and the privilege I had in serving you, the community.

I will continue to be a presence within the Sachem community, so say hi, and feel free to communicate whenever possible. To stay in touch, follow me on Twitter @ChrisVaccaro. I will also be available through email at Chris@Patch.com until Friday evening.

All the best,

Chris R. Vaccaro

Donna V. March 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Good luck Chris. You will be missed!
Joan Sondermann March 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Thanks for making the Sachem Patch what it is today. I look forward to seeing what is going on in our community and this website has made it easier to keep up to date. Good luck Chris,
Michael Savini March 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Good luck and congratulations. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to write for patch, even though its been a while.
Susan Kavanagh March 29, 2012 at 01:01 PM
It is bittersweet, I am very happy for you and sad to see you go. I wish you only the best! You have always been so kind, informative and helpful! Congrats Chris!
John Cosgrove March 29, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Chris, Thanks for the great work over the past two years. The job you did covering North's football over this time was GREAT. Ahh a full time job in Sports. Sounds great. Best of luck.
Brian March 29, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Best of luck in your new venture, Chris! Thanks for getting this site off the ground. -Brian
Mike Salerno March 29, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Congrats again on the new gig Chris. It was a pleasure working with you. Wishing you all the best in the next chapter of your career.
Michael C. Savino March 29, 2012 at 01:13 PM
You've set the bar for all those who throw around the "local news" tag. There was no assignment as easy to cover than one for Sachem Patch: just say "Chris sent me" and folks stumbled over themselves to help!
Bob Sorensen March 29, 2012 at 01:54 PM
It's been a pleasure working for/with you these past two years while photographing Sachem football along with a few other community events. I wish nothing but the best for you as you move on to your next challenge.
marisa March 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Chris, You've been a complete PLEASURE to work with! THANK YOU for all you've done for us. Best of luck, and see you on Facebook!
sharon siebert March 29, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Sorry to hear you are leaving. But happy you will do what you want even more...Kudos for the job you did for us here. I pray the next editor is as accomodating as you were. Good luck.
George Raum March 29, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Good luck Chris !
Chris Trombetta March 29, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Good luck Chris. Great Job with the Patch!
Jennifer Tinghitella March 29, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Good luck Chris! You did a GREAT job at Patch and it was a pleasure working with you!
Ray Ellis March 29, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Chris, What a fantastic job you did. Best of luck on your new venture. I think I speak for everyone when I say you'll be sorely missed
patty kittenplan March 29, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Great job!! Met you at the Cleary School for the Deaf craft fair a few years ago! You are an inspiration and quite a dedicated journalist! Good luck in your new endeavor!
Dawn Hart March 29, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Chris, BEST OF LUCK to you on what sounds like a wonderful journey. Your support to ALL of Sachem youth Sports community has been incredible. The coverage and pictures that you posted after our SSC Travel 11 Warriors won the Long Island Championship this year made it even more exciting ! The boys looked forward to your posts every week !! Your passion for the Sachem youth athletes cam through in your articles. Thank you so much for all you have done !! And, know that you were a part of their future !!! All the best !
Shana Braff March 29, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Best wishes on your exciting new endeavor, Chris! It has truly been awesome working for you over the passed two years. I have watched Sachem Patch grow in leaps and bounds, and seen how much all the hardwork contributed by you, and all who have worked on this site, is appreciated by the community. During this time, I have been inspired by your integrity, and example of excellence in journalism. I know how much your presence will be missed, but am sure you will continue to make Sachem proud!
Elise Paul March 29, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Best of luck you will be missed by all. Thank you so much for always covering Sachem's Track and Field, a sport that is not recognized hardly enough in the media. Except here on the Sachem Patch. All the best!!!
Terry Allgor March 29, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Congratulations! Maybe you will still come to the Board meetings once in awhile......
Neal Greenberg March 29, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Chris all the best and thank you for all your help and coverage in putting Sachem Ice Hockey on the map . It's been a pleasure. Neal Greenberg
Chris R. Vaccaro March 29, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I have a feeling I'll be coming to plenty of school board meetings when time permits.
DB March 30, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Best of luck, thanks for a great outlet for Sachem news.
john isernia March 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
chris............you and the patch were a perfect match.............you will be missed ..........congraulations on your new venture..............
Chris R. Vaccaro March 30, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. I appreciate it. It's been a great run. I hope you can all keep in touch one way or another.
Mary Winch March 31, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Congratulations and good luck in your new position...you will be missed. I just logged in today and sent a tweet just in case it was too late to post.
Jamie April 04, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Thank you for all you have done for this community and especially for all the help and coverage you paid to my neighborhood. It was and is appreciated!
The Lake Heritage April 05, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Chris. Thank you for all you have done for the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association. Your belief in our group has been your testimonial to what we all share- our love of Lake Ronkonkoma. Your future. Is bright. Perhaps one of our quotes says it all..... "Heritage: What is buried in the past of one generation falls to the next to claim". And you are certainly one of those leaders
Susann Crossan April 08, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Thank you for all the great work you've done for the athletes of Sachem! Our out of town relatives really enjoyed the site as well. We wish you all the best in the future and we know you will stay classy Chris! The Crossan Family

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