Good morning, Pali Patch readers! I've landed in Los Angeles, and I'm quickly getting acclimated to the neighborhood.
First off, a huge thanks is due to your previous Patch editor, , and guest editor, , for all the time and dedication they've given to covering Pacific Palisades. Pali Patch wouldn't be where it is today without their hard work.
Now that I'm here, what do you want me to write about? What local issues are most important to you? What should I be aware of? You have my full attention, and you can always reach me at Matthew.Sanderson@patch.com, PacificPalisades@patch.com or (401) 374-6286. I will get a local number very soon.
In short, I'm a native of Cranston, Rhode Island, located just south of the capital, Providence. You may have heard my hometown referenced in the classic Farrelly Brothers film Dumb and Dumber. My tiny state with big pride, Little Rhody (also known as the Ocean State), is conveniently nestled on the Interstate 95 corridor about an hour south of Boston and three hours north of New York City.
I'm a lover of food, especially seafood, good music, photography and enthralling conversation. I follow all current events from local to international. I also follow all the New England sports teams, and yes as my T-shirt indicates, I'm also a fan of certain National League baseball teams.
I'm a graduate of journalism from the University of New Hampshire, and I spent a few years writing for community newspapers in Rhode Island and neighboring Connecticut before arriving at Patch in September 2010. I'm coming off a year-and-a-half stint as the editor of Tiverton-Little Compton Patch in Rhode Island, a scenic pair of seaside communities near historic Newport, another beautiful city-by-the-sea you've hopefully heard of.
I said on June 15, and then made my journey out here to you. You've got to love a good cross-country road trip, and mine was nothing short of memorable!
And happy summer! From one beautiful coast in the east to this absolutely gorgeous one in the west, let's get started.
I look forward to covering your Fourth of July celebration on Wednesday, and I want to extend congratulations to the