Patch Editor Christina Paciolla Says Goodbye

Today is my last day as editor of Cinnaminson Patch.


More than two years after learning the ins and outs of Cinnaminson, its people, its government, its businesses and more, I’ll be saying goodbye to Patch.

Today is my last day as editor of Cinnaminson Patch. I’ve accepted a position as city editor with Metro Philly, managing its newsroom and local news section.

It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Patch. I grew up in Cinnaminson and have seen it in a whole new light—interesting people who truly care about this town, businesses I never knew existed and events I ignored as a teenager.

Not only learning about them, but also writing about them, has been extremely fulfilling.

Since the NEWSWeekly stopped printing, and daily newspaper efforts have been focused on bigger Burlington County towns, Cinnaminson was starving for a local outlet. When I heard Cinnaminson was chosen by AOL to be a Patch town, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be at the helm.

For the past two years, I’ve brought you stories on everything from major crime, to township issues, to school events. And I’ve loved every second of it.

All of that will continue. Rob Scott, the editor of Moorestown Patch, will be taking Cinnaminson under his wing to continue all the great news, columns, photos, announcements and calendar events we bring you each day.

As for me, well you’ll catch me on the comments section or maybe writing a column. You’ll still see me at ShopRite or Hathaway’s since I will still be living locally. I too am excited about the renovation of the old Cinnaminson Home, how Route 130 will continue to redevelop and if that roundabout really is coming to Riverton Road… (I'm OK with it...I know how to work 'em!)

There are many people to thank for making Cinnaminson what it was during my time here. To all of our freelancers and bloggers, especially: Catherine Laughlin, Janet Tumelty, Kevin Haslam (our inaugural sports editor), Jim Vassallo, Ivrie Myhre and John Shields;

To all the township officials who have been instrumental as sources of news, especially: Don Brauckmann, Tony Minniti, Tim Young, Bill Kramer, and Sal Illuzzi;

To all the residents who have taken a vested interest in Patch and have contributed either as bloggers, frequent commenters or friends in the community, especially: Cindy Pierson, Frank Szymkowski, Ken Miller, Matt Bacon, George and John Kyrtatas, Charlie Kind, Christine Turner, Rob O'Connor, Doug Sell, Stacey Blacker, and Susan Wompierski;

And also a thank-you to everyone I’ve emailed when the subject wasn’t so positive. It’s good to be kept on your toes even when both sides don’t see eye to eye.

And of course a special thank-you to: our regional editor Tim Zatzariny Jr. for trusting me with the site; our associate regional editor Lauren Burgoon for always giving the best advice, the best word to use and the best headline; Diane Fuhrer, the founding editor of Moorestown Patch, for all her guidance; and Rob Scott, the current editor of Moorestown Patch for being my partner-in-crime. 

My career in journalism was elevated to another level when I left as county and political reporter for the Gloucester County Times, to being an editor for Patch. And I’m glad Patch has served as a springboard to the next step in my career managing online and print news for the biggest daily paper in Philadelphia.

I loved my time here. I hope all of you love Patch and will continue to love, support and use Patch on a daily basis. I know I will.

See you around town. Find me on Facebook. Go Phils. 

Christina Paciolla

Rob Scott will be taking over as editor of Cinnaminson Patch. His email is rob.scott@patch.com. His phone number is 856-397-1148.

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Debrah February 15, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Congrats and good luck! I just told my son who wants to get into journalism about your journey and is very inspired by your travels with writing. Best wishes.
George Meilochowski February 15, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Just won't be the same
Bill February 15, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Congratulations, and best of luck on your new adventure it is well deserved.
Patch-eyer February 15, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Congratulations Christina and all the best in your new endeavor!!!!!!! We'll miss you :-)
Christina Paciolla (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Thanks very, very much everyone.
Kaitlyn Anness February 15, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Patch will miss you, Christina! Good luck with everything!
Cindy Pierson February 15, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Congratulations, Christina! It's been a pleasure working with you. I actually read the Metro when I take the light rail into the city, so I'm looking forward to watching where this move will take you on your career path. Best of luck, stay in touch and thank you!!
PennsaukenPost February 15, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Thanks for all of your hard work on this Patch. Best of luck, Christina.
John February 15, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Christina, thanks for all the help U have given me and the others....good luck.....
Irene French February 15, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Thank you so much for your support to the Cinnaminson Community Chorus. We enjoyed when you came to our rehersal and wrote the story about our group. You will be missed by many Cinnaminson residents. I also thought you were great when you kept us up to dated during Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. I personally live in Cherry Hill but looked to your paper to get the most information during that time. Good luck to you. Irene French President and Director of Publicity Cinnaminson Community Chorus
Nosni Mannic February 15, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Congratulations, Christina! Tell the new bosses you're here to show them the JERSEY way!
Dorothy M. Roccia February 15, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Thank you. Goodbye and good luck in all you endeavors.
Melissa Lawton Deeney February 15, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Congratulation Christina!!! Sorry to see you go, you've been awesome!! But so happy for your success!!
Jack Peppard February 15, 2013 at 07:03 PM
CP: You did a wonderful launch here. It was a valuable experience for both you and your constituency. Cinnmainson has come to depend on Patch thanks to you. It's a great new form of journalism and connecting people. Best of luck - your future is bright.. Jack Peppard
Dana Ridpath February 15, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Congrats on your new position. I know there will be SEVERAL Cinnamsoners (Cinnaminsonites?) who will miss you dearly!!! See you around town!
Stacey Blacker February 15, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Wow, I am honored that you mentioned me in your article. I just wanted to wish you well on your new venture & thank you for your service to Patch & especially Cinnaminson. You did a fantastic job being FAIR & HONEST and keeping all of us together & well informed. xo
Christina Paciolla (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Thank you to everyone on this thread, and to all those who left me Facebook messages/comments, called and emailed. It really means a lot to me. I will miss everyone and this job.
Tony February 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Congratulations and good luck. We will miss you here.
Dan Reynolds February 15, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Good Luck! and Thank You!
Linda DiMassimo February 16, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Best wishes on the next step of your life!
Linda DiMassimo February 16, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Best wishes on the next faze of your life.
Dean February 16, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Congrats Christina!! Best of luck at MetroPhilly
Sean Gallagher February 16, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Christina, thanks for giving me the opportunity to blog on this site. I wish you the best of luck at your new position in Philadelphia. Good to see you are getting such a cool opportunity yourself. I know you will do a great job. Thanks again.
Deborah Stevens February 16, 2013 at 04:11 PM
You have done a great job...even when the typing got a little ruff in the comment section..:) Take care and good luck on your next endeavor..
Janet Tumelty February 16, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Christina, you did such an awesome job here, can't wait to see what the future holds for you. I'll be reading!! Congrats and good luck. Thank you for all of your help over the past two years. You will be missed! Janet
James H Weidner February 17, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Christina, I left Cinnaminson about 20 years ago after a few terms on the Zoning Board and a few years as a candidate for Committee. The inheritance of my childhood home in Merchantville, altho only 5 miles away, made it necessary to leave Cinnaminson, where we had lived for 20+ years and raised our three children, Needless to say I missed our Cinnaminson home. I want you to know that I filled that void by reading your news and somehow felt I was still there -- all the names and places I recognized. My best wishes to you in your new position. Jim Weidner
Karen Milligan February 18, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Good luck, guess you will be using the roundabout at Cinn Ave to get to the bridge, we will see if you have a change of heart! LOL
Christina Paciolla (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Sean—keep blogging. You're a great writer. Email me any time.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Thanks Janet!
Christina Paciolla (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 02:53 AM
James, that means a lot, thanks so much. Rob will continue what I started in Cinnaminson so I hope you'll keep reading!


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