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New Editor Taking the Helm at West Hartford Patch

Ronni Newton has long record of involvement in the community.

West Hartford Patch welcomes a new editor — our stalwart About Town columnist Ronni Newton — as I move into a more regional job with the Patch news organization.

Newton has been a freelance writer and editor for local and regional publications for the past 10 years. Most recently she was editor of Living in West Hartford, Living in the Valley and Living on the Shoreline magazines. Before joining the publishing world, she was a client executive with national insurance broker Marsh & McLennan in their Washington, D.C., office.

She is married to Ted Newton, a West Hartford native. Their daughter attends Conard High School and their son is at Sedgwick Middle School. Newton is an avid runner whose license plate says "RUN MOM."

"I think West Hartford is such a great town," Newton said.  "I look forward to this opportunity to interact with the community and to continue to make Patch a valuable resource for West Hartford."

Since we launched in November, I have been privileged to report on and edit the stories of our community. I have written about everything from the shooting on Abbotsford Avenue in March to snow day survival to parking meter issues, and I have learned more about our town's tax structure than I ever wanted to know. But mostly I have been overwhelmed by the interest and support from those of you who love West Hartford and want to keep the dialogue going on all the issues that face us today.

I believe strongly in the concept of local coverage, which is why I have accepted the position of associate regional editor with Patch.com. I'll be working with Regional Editor Jeanne Leblanc to coordinate the coverage in West Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and Southington, as well as a few other towns that haven't come on board yet.

Ronni Newton can be contacted at Ronni.Newton@patch.com with your story ideas, comments and suggestions. We hope you continue to use and enjoy West Hartford Patch.

Brendan Grady May 04, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Good luck in your new position Ronnie! We're big fans of Patch and the Newtons! BBG
Michelle Murphy May 04, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Looking forward to more excellent town coverage from The Patch -- and we know Ronni will pick up right where Susan left off. Good luck to both of you!
Priscilla Hooper May 04, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Congratulations Ronni! You will do a great job!
Audrey Byrnett May 04, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Congratulations to both of you! I know Ronni will do a great job in her new "full time" position. Good luck!
Amy DeGraff May 04, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Congratulations Ronni - Will be on the look out for Patch Articles for you.
Janet Pierce May 04, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Congratulations Ronni! You are going to be amazing :-)
Ronni Newton May 05, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Thanks to everyone for their support of me and Patch!
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) May 05, 2011 at 03:13 AM
Welcome, Ronni!
maria ciannavei May 05, 2011 at 11:42 AM
I wish my friend Sue Schoenberger all the best as she continues in her new position with Patch. Thank you to Sue and Ronni for bringing Patch to us...Good luck Ronni...
Laila Kain May 05, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Congratulations Ronni --- Patch is lucky to have you. Laila Kain

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