Goodbye, Naugatuck

A farewell note by your Patch editor, Ronald DeRosa, who moves on to another position in Patch.com.

This week, I bid farewell to the website I helped launch nearly two years ago.

I have accepted a new role in Patch.com, and starting this week, I am now the Associate Regional Editor in Southeastern Connecticut. I’ll be working with Regional Editor Elissa Bass, who oversees a group of Patch sites along the shoreline and on the Connecticut River. I will also be relocating to that region within the coming months.

To call this open letter “bittersweet” is really an understatement. I am extremely excited to begin my new job, but I really am going to miss managing Naugatuck Patch. More importantly, I’m going to miss Naugatuck and the people here.

Nothing made this job more enjoyable than seeing the growth we’ve undergone over the past two years. When Patch came to town back in late 2010, nobody knew what we were and, perhaps unsurprisingly, people were skeptical on whether to trust us or read our website.

But after a few months, a few dozen town meetings and some breaking news later, we went from being an obscure entity to a notable source of news and information for the borough.

For me, it’s really been fun and exciting along the way. I’ve met so many amazing people in Naugatuck and listened to fascinating stories. I’ve been able to cover major news developments, including the tumultuous winter of 2011, the Naugatuck High School referendum and Election Day.

And let’s not forget Tropical Storm Irene. Just like nearly half the town, I lost my power too, and for four days was forced to work out of Dunkin’ Donuts for 10 hours straight (those comfy chairs at the New Haven Road location are quite lovely).

I’ve taken photo galleries and done video stories that I will occasionally look at every now and again during those hard, grueling work days when I need a reminder why I love this profession. As any journalist will attest, we accept criticism, both positive and negative, all the time. But it’s those one or two “thank yous” or “great jobs” that we get during the week that make this job worth it.

As I now move on to a new position with greater responsibilities, I am leaving Naugatuck Patch in good hands. Paul Singley, who covered Naugatuck at the Republican-American before launching Oxford Patch in October, 2010, is the first person in the company to be promoted to a position called senior local editor. Starting this week, he is responsible for both the Naugatuck and Oxford Patch sites. Paul can be reached by email at paul.singley@patch.com or by phone at 646.241.6337.

And if you ever want to get in touch with me, or just want to say hi, it’s the same email (ronald.derosa@patch.com) or same phone number (203-605-3213) anytime.


- RD, editor

Jaimie Cura June 06, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Missing you already and that sledding chicken is epic.
Cynthia Vitone June 06, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Congratulations Ron! You did a great job at Naugatuck Patch. Wishing you continued success!
BJ Forlenzo June 06, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Nothing but the best is wished for you, Ron! Thank you for dragging Naugy news into the 21st Century - we needed it! Also, thanks for leaving us in such good hands with Paul! Good luck to you!
Fran Lawlor June 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Ron I wish you all the best in your new job. It's been a fun ride. I thank you for taking me on and having me cover some events that were truly awesome. I also want to thank you for some guidance, and helping a stubborn mule with a Nikon look at things a little differently. Good Luck along the shoreline!!!
Lynn June 09, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Ron, I appreciated your articles and acknowlege how you opened many readers eyes to online newspaper reporting.... I look forward to continue to read your articles from the Southeastern Patch! Congrats on your promotion!!!!


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