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Editor's Notebook: Saying Goodbye to East Meadow

Michael Ganci moves on to Bellmore and Merrick Patch.

I am informing you that Friday will be my final day as the local editor of East Meadow Patch.

As of Friday, I will become the local editor for both Bellmore Patch and Merrick Patch. As I think about what I have been through in my two years as the editor of East Meadow Patch, it truly boggles my mind. In fact, I don't even know where to begin.

Being that I'm truly a sports writer at heart, a lot of these new types of stories intimidated me at first, but I knew it was time for me to adjust and adapt, and it came much more naturally than I thought it would.

I have grown up as both a reporter and a manager in these two years, and the people of East Meadow have had a lot to do with that. Whether it's the , East Meadow Kiwanis or the , locals have embraced me since I took the helm in 2010.

In these past two years, I've been a part of a lot. A man came back to after they saved his life and revealed that he was a graduate. A in , and East Meadow Patch broke that story, thanks to . I have also gotten to speak to my fare share of celebrities as well. gave Patch a few minutes of his time, while the writers from "" revealed the East Meadow connection to the show.

We also had a story appear on the AOL.com homepage from East Meadow Patch, which helped raise awareness on and their work at .

I am going to miss the people of East Meadow, but I am leaving the site in the very capable hands of Danielle De Souza, who has run Bellmore Patch for the past year. She is an excellent reporter and person, and I am sure the transition will be effortless for her.

I urge you to stay in touch as I move forward with Bellmore and Merrick Patch. If you want to stay in touch with me via social media, you can like Bellmore Patch on Facebook here, and like Merrick Patch on Facebook here. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter as well! For Bellmore, click here, and for Merrick, click here.

Lastly, thanks again for all your help, and please reach out if you have any questions. You can reach me by emailing by sending a line to Michael.Ganci@patch.com or you can call 516-492-2746. Have a great day, and THANK YOU EAST MEADOW!

Susan August 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Mike, I know I emailed you already but I just wanted to (publicly) wish you all the success in the world. You are an intelligent, caring person and will go far in life. I still remember meeting you at your very first school board meeting. If that meeting didn't scare you off, then nothing would. The Patch was just a newborn then but I knew you and the Patch were going to be a hit! I'm glad I was able to help out on a few stories. I'll miss that. I'm not sure the East Meadow Patch will ever be the same without you. Good luck Michael. A marvelous future awaits you! xox ~ Susan W. (I know you'll know who I am).
Jason Molinet August 03, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Job well done Mike.
Florence Trunk August 04, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Michael Ganci: A mighty guy!! Thanks for all the prompt postings and also for being a fair "referee" when the comments got ??? to the boiling stage?! Good luck in your new venture. Also, welcome aboard to Danielle.
paul August 04, 2012 at 02:53 AM
To Mike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0bidd0Uhvk Signed: Your Greatest East Meadow asset....
Pam K August 04, 2012 at 03:06 PM
oh I'm sad... Thank you for the wonderful job of reporting our most memorable events of our little town, be it a happy or a sad one. I wish you the best~~ The only other sad part it to now 'break in' Danielle. ( Some of these people here can be a tough crowd, ) Wishing you success in your future endeavors, Mike!

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