Editor's Notebook: Goodbye, RVC

Saying farewell to my hometown.

Today is my last day as editor of Rockville Centre Patch.

Whenever I've left a job, I always felt like I couldn't wait to leave. It's different with this one. I'm from Rockville Centre. I went to school here. My family lives here.

But there comes a time in everyone's life when opportunity knocks, and when that door opens, you have to walk through it.

I built Rockville Centre Patch 2.5 years ago with the intent of creating a news source where RVC residents could go for daily news and share creative ideas. We've posted more than 3,000 articles during my tenure, and though not all comments have been constructive — you know who you are — many have used RVC Patch to better the village and make it a great place to live. And for that, I thank you.

I love this village, and though there are those who try to bring RVC down, it is filled with warm, caring, generous and simply put, good people.

There are so many people I'd like to thank for helping make RVC Patch successful, and I'd be remiss if I didn't give them their proper due.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Johnson, thank you for opening the doors of the Rockville Centre School District to an old South Side HS alum, and being so amenable to my requests to cover RVC schools.

To the SSHS sports coaches, particularly Gerry D'Angelo, Katie Dunn and Keith Lessuk. The most fun I've had at Patch over the last two years was when I covered your teams. I couldn't help but root for the Cyclones, and as a journalist, we're not supposed to take sides! Your open and honest answers to my questions — win or lose — was always a bright spot in my often hectic days.

I'll never forget watching Gerry's boys lose in the first round of the 2011 hoops playoffs — I was depressed for an entire week — only to see them celebrate a county title on the Hofstra University court a year later. It is something I'll never forget.

To the parents, in particular the basketball dads and baseball team parents. Without your help, I'm not sure that RVC Patch would have gained the traction it did in the community. I'll never forget sitting on the bleachers at Barasch Field, rain or shine, with some of the most dedicated parents I've ever met. Thank you Billy and Ellen Cameron, Nancy and Dave Howard, Tom Kane, Pete Matarazzo, the Colletti's and the Tammaro's for making me feel like a part of this community; and that my work was appreciated.

To the former village board — Mayor Mary Bossart and Trustee Dave Krasula — for accepting this new form of media with opens arms. And to the new board — Mayor Murray, Kevin Glynn, Mike Sepe and Nancy — thank you for keeping the lines of communication open even when those who negatively used Patch tried to sever our relationship.

And to Trustee Ed Oppenheimer, thank you for all your help when I couldn't make it to a fire scene, your great photos and helpful insight.

To chiefs John Busching and Charles Gennario, thank you for always filling me in on breaking news as it happened, even if it meant taking time out of your busy schedule to do so.

And my biggest thanks goes to you, the loyal readers of RVC Patch. Without you, I wouldn't be where I am today, and for that, I'm forever grateful.

Associate Regional Editor Matt Hogan will be running the site now, and you can reach him via email at matthew.hogan@patch.com.

I'll still be living in RVC, so if you see me around town, don't hesitate to stop me and say hello ... unless it's to vent about something Frank wrote in the comments section.

Frank September 11, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Good for you Anthony! Much Luck on the new venture. Hope it brings well-earned wealth and good experience Ha, this town needs a good kick in the pants... I'm sure the venters are either fat housewives or veteran section 8 moochers... Either way, I like the semi-legendary status of ball buster.
Anthony Bottan (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Thanks Frank. I appreciate the kind words. I couldn't leave you out of my farewell letter; it just wouldn't be right.
Danielle O'Hanlon September 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Well thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, I love the RVC Patch. Good luck with your next chapter.
Tara Conry September 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Best of luck Anthony! You were a superb Local Editor and colleague, and I know you'll do great things in your next venture but we'll miss you!
Kevin O'Reilly September 11, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Thanks for being at the vanguard of Net News in RVC. Good luck in the future!
joe thrapp September 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Anthony, you brought a lot of heart to the coverage that effects RVC. I'd like to think this was because you are a native son. I believe you will bring your passion for excellence in work, compassion for issues and the brilliance only a highly motivated balanced (honest)person like you will bring where ever you go in life. I will miss you and I wish you every good luck in the future,so long.
Anthony Bottan (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Kevin and Joe, Thanks for the kind words. It truly means a lot to me.
TomH September 11, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Anthony, best of luck with the new venture!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed your coverage over the years. It might be time for me to move on as well from the photo hunt every week.
Peter Babicke September 11, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I wish you future sucess in your new venture. You were exceptional in this job. Maybe I will see you in the Associated.
Anthony Bottan (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Tom and Peter, Thanks for the support. I truly appreciate it.
EJ's son September 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Anthony Patch readers are fortunate to have had you as editor for as long as we did. Good luck to you in all that you do.
Carole Gangadeen September 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Good luck Anthony, we will miss you!!!
Family Is Key September 12, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Much luck and fortune in your pursuit of happiness
That RVC guy September 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Anthony, great job and good luck! Its not easy to swim amongst fishes in an Ocean where everyone has an opinion and is always right!
Ted David September 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Best wishes Anthony! Shoot me an email and let me know where you're headed! This has been a tough sea to navigate and you always did it professionally and with grace.
Rita Etienne Blickstein September 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Anthony, It was a pleasure getting to know my son's former classmate, you, through The Patch. You will be blessed by walking through the doors opened to you. Go thought with confidence that there is another road for you to travel. Thanks for bringing the RVC news to us who live out of town. Be blessed in your journey.
Joe Negron September 12, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Anthony, thanks for a job well done.Great to see another one of our native sons succeed as pioneer in new venture and going on to greater things. Love the Patch and glad you have left it in good hands. When and if you have the opportunity, let us know where you are heading. I will pray that God will always give you Victory. Blessings and peace in all you do . Joe Negron
Andrew Coen September 12, 2012 at 01:46 PM
You will be missed Anthony! Good luck in your new adventure.
LeeAnne Paesano September 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Anthony, Thank you for all of your hard work on the RVC Patch. I wish you much luck on your new venture. I don't know where you're headed but it's our loss and their gain. They are fortunate to have you. Best of Luck in all you achieve.
Ellen Cameron September 12, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Anthony, You will be missed!! Thank you for all your support and dedication to all in RVC!! You are a diamond in the rough with a heart of gold. We always knew you would be there. Whatever you do you will be a success.....don't forget to keep in touch with your American Idol predictions!!....We love you...Ellen and Billy
Thomas Kane September 12, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Say it aint so! A tireless journalist, an outstanding citizen, THE most passionate non-parent supporter of Cyclones sports and, most importantly, one of the finest young men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. All you, Anthony. Go get 'em, kid. New field, same player - keep hitting them out of the park.
Jason Molinet September 13, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Good luck!
patti katzman September 13, 2012 at 03:42 AM
As an "old" ss alumni and former Board member, I wish you good luck and thank you for adding much to the community. Information is power and you brought us more information!
RVCLongIslander September 13, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Anthony, Lots of luck in your new venture; I wish you much success and happiness! We will miss you in RVC! Kathy B
Donna Kraus September 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Anthony, You've always been a pleasure to work with and so helpful to the causes and concerns I brought to you as Patch editor. May the road rise up to meet you and the wind always be at your back. Good luck in all that you do! Donna K
Eugene Clark October 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Anthony, Best wishes to you and your giant step to "Greener Pastures". I know that these days are difficult and that any move we make in our lives is highly speculative at best. But your youth and considerable talents have already proven that you have what it takes for a successful future wherever you go. It is refreshing to know that you will continue living here in RVC. We need your talents here to help the community continue to solve it's many problems. Mickey C. Resident Curmudgeon
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