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Wyandotte Patch Editor Says Goodbye — Sort Of

Jason Alley has accepted a new position with Patch beginning Monday.

Dec. 13, 2010, will be a day I'll never forget.

It's the day that Wyandotte Patch was launched. It's the day my career journey with a new company kicked into full speed.

"Wyandotte Patch? What's that?" was heard countless times during our first year.

But now, we're more likely to be referred to as "The Patch" as people have become familiar with us and our sincere intent to tell stories about Wyandotte 365 days a year. 

You've embraced the site with open arms, always answering our calls for help, whether by adopting a needy child at Christmastime or by attending a Patch charity event.

You've rallied together in bad times, offering work for those who lost their jobs in the devastating fire at Lions & Tigers & Beers Sports Club and by raising thousands of dollars to support the family of Jacob Marion, the Roosevelt High School freshman critically injured after being struck by a train.

You've bonded in good times, by lining Biddle for the Wyandotte Street Art Fair or by crowding the downtown area for one of the many Third Friday festivities.

You've shown what a true community Wyandotte is, which is essential to a successful Patch site. You are proud to tell others what's going on by posting event notices to our community calendar, by writing announcements when your new baby is born and by blogging about whatever is on your mind.

It's all about building a comprehensive community conversation that everyone can get involved with and benefit from.

And that's why it's hard to say goodbye. You've truly inspired me by the amount of passion, friendliness and cooperation that you've brought to the site over the last two years.

Sunday will be my final day as editor of Wyandotte Patch. I've accepted a new position with the company that will now have me focusing on community engagement and outreach for a cluster of nine Patch sites throughout Wayne and Macomb counties.

That's where the "sort of" comes in with my goodbye.

You'll still see me around as Wyandotte is one of the sites I'll be working with, but the day-to-day operations of the site will now rest with Nate Stemen, editor of Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch. He can be reached at 734-250-4451 or at nate.stemen@patch.com

Thanks, Wyandotte. It's been a great ride. I'll see you around town.

Mike Navin February 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Sorry to see you go Jason. You did an incredible job building the Wyandotte Patch from the ground up to where it's at now and I know that drive you have will continue on with your next endeavor. Congrats on the new position and good luck with it.
Mike Ptak February 22, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Good luck Jason!
Jeremy Gyorke February 22, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Congrats Jason! I've truly enjoyed getting to know you and watching when you're done with the patch. I know you will do well in your new position.
Cheryl W. February 22, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Congratulations Jason!! We had communicated during Wyandotte's Paint the Town Pink event and you were very knowledgeable and helpful. I'm sure you will be successful in your new endeavor.
Colleen A. Keehn February 22, 2013 at 03:01 PM
What?? It feels like you just started. Jason, thank you so much for sharing your time and talent with the Wyandotte community. You should be very proud of the job you have done and the following you have created. Best wishes for continued success. Nate - Welcome!!
Sandy February 22, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Jason, congratulations on your new position. You have done a tremendous job here and I know the new position will be a good one for you. I am grateful to have been on the receiving side of Wyandotte Patch and have watched it grow from the beginning with your TLC. Thank you Jason for all you have done. Nate Steman has some big shoes to fill but I know he will do a grand job carrying on from where you leave off. God Bless you Jason and may your new position be all the best you want in life. I will miss you here though. Welcome to Nate and congratulations!
Brandon Crupi February 22, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Congrats! Sad to see you "go" but you did a wonderful job with Wyandotte Patch and deserve the new position and then some.
Sue Czarnecki February 22, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I've known you since your first job was home delivery of the News Herald in your teens. You've certainly come a long way, baby. Best of luck in your new "big boy" job. Hope it comes with a BIG raise. You will be missed by Patch .... and me.
Mary Washko February 22, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Awwwww, hate to see you go.....in past conversations I was a name dropper, yeah, I know Jason Alley, oh there's Jason Alley see?....Good luck to you, Jason and God Bless....I'm sure I'll see you around!
Melanie February 22, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Best of luck and congrats!
Patti Christie February 22, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Much success to you Jason! You will be missed! Thank you for all the great work you have done over the past year! ~Patti Christie, Hood's Doit Best
Stephanie Keffer February 22, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Much luck to you Jason in your new position.
Art Zasadny February 22, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Congratulations on the new position and thanks for everything you do!
Mark Knope February 22, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Wyandotte's (Patch) is gonna miss you, Jason - you've done a tremendous job putting "The 'Dotte" and all of it's news and citizens on the "digital map," so to speak! I wish you continued success - and I'm glad we finally met face-to-face at last December's Toys-4-Tots/Goodfellows Music & Comedy Benefit! Hope you've given "Nate" a heads-up as to how unique and special Wyandotte truly is...
Christine Orman February 22, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Jason, you've done a great service for the citizens of Wyandotte keeping us informed and allowing us a forum to come together when in need. Thank you for your time and dedication. And may your new endeavor be rewarding and fulfilling.
Al Sheldrake February 22, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Good Luck!!
poe February 22, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Congratulations are in order, but you will surely be missed in the 'dotte. Thank you for all the Friday night play-by-plays of the Bears, and for helping to empower our community to become even closer. Good luck to you Jason, and don't be a stranger!
Mary Pottorff February 22, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Jason!! I dont like changes and I certainly dont do well with goodbyes!! You didnt mention this last night!! I am going to miss you and I really enjoyed the opportunities that I had to work with you on behalf of the chamber! Best of luck to you and stay in touch!!
Mark Zielman February 22, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Bravo, Jason. Thank you for being the "guiding light" of bringing the City of Wyandotte into a digital network where we can learn and communicate with each other in an efficient and cost saving way. Also, I'd like to thank you for reporting news and not leaning toward any bias as many news outlets do today. May God continue to bless and keep you as you make use of your talents.
Kathleen Trent February 23, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Congratulations Jason! Thank you so much for letting me become a part of the Wyandotte Patch team as a contributing writer. Thanks to your assignments, I was able to cover some noteworthy stories in this wonderful community and get to know some really great people. Your accomplishments in growing the Wyandotte Patch into an effective, interactive news service for the City of Wyandotte will leave a lasting impression on this community. Wishing you all the best in your new position at Patch!
Doug Pettigrew February 24, 2013 at 02:51 PM
WHAT???!!! Jason, "The Patch" and our awesome city will miss you big time.. you better keep your promise to come back here and visit! Thanks for everything you have done for the city. Welcome Nate.. you have big shoes to fill :-)
Patt Slack February 24, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Congrats! Wow..movin' on up. You have done a fabulous job and expected others to see that. Keep in touch.
Dorothy Gee February 25, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Congratulations Jason! I just moved here in Southern California from downriver -- Trenton, Michigan May 31, 2012 and I really enjoyed being a member of Wyandotte Patch and catching up on all the events ........I really miss my NewsHerald (The Mellus) the old word for it, but you really put your mark on the Wyandotte Patch....excellent editing.......you will do well in your next classification I'm sure........ you have a talent for bringing the best news to us even us who are 3,000 miles away. Good luck Jason and don't be a stranger. check in once in awhile!! "The Patch" is your "baby" so to speak and I hope it continues on!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with Wyandotte. Just relax and go for it in this promotion, Jason. Dorothy Gee Apple Valley, California

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