Hi There, New Canaan: I'm Your New Local Editor [PHOTOS]

I'm the new kid on the block and I'd love to get to know you!

If you see a lanky blonde snapping pictures of your homes and businesses from a white, 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190e, fear not! It's just me, your new editor for New Canaan Patch! Allow me to introduce myself.  

First off, I'm a southern gal, born and raised in New Orleans until I was 17 (Careful, this means I may hug you if we've met more than twice). Growing up, I wanted to build spaceships. I wanted to be an aerospace engineer...then I found out about all that math...

I think everyone knew I would be a writer before I did. My upbringing was as literary as it gets. 

"Look it up." - that's what my mother would say after intentionally using a big word in conversation. I would have to wait an entire car ride home to rush inside and flip through the giant, bright red Websters dictionary just to figure out what 'precocious' or 'acerbic' meant. She did this almost daily. Thanks, Mom.

My older sister, Erica, went through novels like most kids went through magazines. Mom would fill the house with Caldecott and Newbery Award winners and she'd fly through one a day. I'd pick up the books she finished, which meant, at the tender age of nine, I wasn't picking up on any Communist undertones and just thought Animal Farm was about the scariest farm on the planet. 

Fast forward a decade and some of the toughest, most intriguing journalists in the field were at the University of Connecticut, putting up with my tardy, disorganized self long enough to knock out the bad habits and mold me into a decent purveyor of news. 

And now we're at present day. New Canaan is many things. It is flawless homes and pristine lawns. It is an impressive nightlife and trendsetting ladies. It is manicured pooches and a tremendous education system. It is rows of independent businesses and energetic residents and so much more. Most importantly, though, New Canaan is synonymous with dedication.

Never have I found a town with residents quite so fiercely passionate and protective. New Canaanites truly own their town and take responsibility for it. There's a no nonsense, pick-your-feet-up-and-do-something-about-it attitude here that I like. The surface is gorgeous here, but the heart of it has me excited to hear what everyone has to say.

I'm eating, sleeping, breathing New Canaan lately and I've compiled a few photographs to show you what a newcomer has absorbed in a few short weeks. 

I can't wait to meet everyone, so, please say Hi! Seriously, just walk up to me! And while you're at it:

- Tell me your experience with Patch so far. What was your impression of Patch before me?

- What do you want to see more of on Patch? What would you like to see less of? 

- Never assume I'm too busy to hear your story ideas. I love hearing what you have to say!

- What does Patch mean to you?


Thank you for reading and thank you for creating such a great town to work with. You rock. See you soon!

Evil Squirrel May 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Welcome and good luck!
Sheryl Shaker May 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Welcome to New Canaan, Emily! Welcome to Patch!
Glen K Dunbar May 29, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Good Morning and Welcome Princess Emily :) I am Glen, Glen K Dunbar. I am not the most respected person who write on this site. You may have been warned about me. But, I am trying to write somewhat nicer. Though, I still speak my mind I wish you the best of luck here. What is going to happen to the other lady who use to do what You do? Remember one thing Emily...it is not what you know in the world but WHO you know that really counts. Thanks and good luck GLEN
Dr Leonaura Rhodes May 29, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Good Luck and Welcome!
MC May 29, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Welcome Emily! That was a nice introduction. And by the way, Glen is awesome. Don't listen to his detractors. He's one of the best things that every happened to Patch.
Emily Constance (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Thanks Sheryl!
Emily Constance (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Thank you for the kind words. I love your avatar!
Emily Constance (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Thank you so much, Victoria. I'm so excited to get started!
Chandra Johnson Greene May 29, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Awesome intro, Emily! You'll be great! :)
Emily Constance (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Hi, Glen! I know who you are already and we always look forward to your contributions. Chandra has kindly been taking care of New Canaan Patch for some time, but now she will continue her work as Associate Regional Editor. Thank you for the kind words and sound advice!
Emily Constance (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Thank you Dr. Rhodes! Yours is one of the establishments in New Canaan I've yet to visit. I look forward to changing that!
Emily Constance (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Glen's comments are surely the highlight of my day! Thank you, MC, for the welcome and thank you so much for reading. As always, please contact me with any concerns or ideas you'd like heard.
Emily Constance (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Thank you, Chandra! You've been so helpful with this transition!
David Gurliacci (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Welcome to the team, Emily! I hope you write many headlines about Darien beating New Canaan on the playing fields, rinks and courts (although it doesn't seem to have been working out that way in recent months ...).
Dee May 29, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Welcome to New Canaan, Emily.
Emily Constance (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Sounds like a challenge! Haha, thank you David!
Emily Constance (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Thanks for the welcoming, Dee! We local editors truly appreciate it.
NC Teen May 30, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Finally a new editor! I tried at LEAST 3 times to get in touch with the old one about compelling stories and she never even emailed me back. Glad to see a new face
Emily Constance (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Thank you for the welcoming. I can tell already this is going to be a great experience!


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