Goodbye Westborough Patch, Time For a New Adventure

There are 5 things I learned on this job.


After taking a couple years out of my life to , it is time for me to move on to a new adventure. But, I have to admit, I am doing it with a heavy heart.

I believe in the mission of Patch. To create a forum where we can all join together to share ideas, opinions, photos, accomplishments and news has been one of the more fulfilling projects I have attempted. We are a community, and we now have a strong community resource for our lives where we can go to connect with friends, neighbors and family.

I came into this job thinking I knew my town pretty darn well, having lived here for nearly 20 years and choosing this town to raise and educate my children. But what I learned in the past couple years far exceeds what I ever knew about Westborough. Now more than ever before, I know this is a special place, indeed. And make no mistake about it, it’s the people who make this happen.

I also mastered the art of researching and writing 5 things you need to know today, having written about 3,000 things to know. With such practice, I decided to leave this job with a “5 Things” column of my own. Here are 5 Things I Learned as Editor of Westborough Patch:


1. Our and officers are . I have watched and listened as they attended to incidents of domestic abuse, road rage, , , drug use and . I’ve witnessed them moving items from roadways, checking the wellbeing of senior citizens, and assisting the mentally disturbed. I will always recall sitting with Police Chief Alan Gordon and listening as he described the . He explained the importance of assisting everyone involved, even the officers who witnessed the tragedy. And I know that he visited with the newly orphaned children in the days that followed, unknown to any of us in the public or the media.

2. Our community is dynamic because of who we are, and who we are is refreshingly diverse. We are , , , , , , , , , , , and more. We are and , and , and . We thrive in this collection of backgrounds, with so many willing to . Each of us has and . It is in taking the time to share that, or , that we become a strong community.

3. There are always 5 things to know today. There are always 5 things to do today. You don’t have to leave Westborough to enjoy, , , or .

4. — and if you follow Westborough Patch, you will find that we often do — but in the end, our goals are the same: to be happy and live in peace. . A pair of shoes to a runner is far more valuable than to a swimmer. Perhaps what we need to remember is that there is no right or wrong, good or bad. If you’ll humor me by listening to my two cents (and I’m aware that is all anyone would ever pay for it), democracy was designed so that we can all bring our different perspectives together. However, democracy can only work if we respect the outcome rather than holding grudges or criticizing our neighbors. As I always tell my kids, despite the billions of us on this Earth, no two of us are standing in the same place at the same time. At any given moment, we literally all have a different view of our world.

5. I have a great family. My husband, Gary, and our two terrific kids, Joey (11) and Sam (22) put up with Wacky Mom — er, I mean PATCHY Mom — over the past two years. They tolerated me when I pulled the car to a sudden stop to get a picture of or called their friends because I heard . They rolled their eyes quietly — I call that “politely” — when someone asked if I was the Patch lady. They often told me if they didn’t like what I posted, but they also reminded me that I did a good job when I was having a bad day. And, I know they all are looking forward to having me “back home” for nights and weekends. And that, since so many of you have asked me, is the main reason that I am moving on to a new adventure.


I may be leaving this job, but I'm still your neighbor and value your friendship. Please visit me on my personal website, Facebook, Twitter and Linked In. Let's stay in touch.

Thank you for being so supportive of this virtual community, Westborough. Sincerely.





MaryJo Kurtz June 27, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Thank you, Sam, for all of your help and support. Love you.
MaryJo Kurtz June 27, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Jane, YOU are the best. Thanks for all of your help in building this website! You were one of the first on board way back when we were building the Directory - and you are invaluable as a reporter, especially when it comes to the arts and business. Thank you for all of your contributions. I know I'll see you around soon!
MaryJo Kurtz June 27, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Thank you for the nice words, Carol. Looking forward to your next blog!
MaryJo Kurtz June 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Thanks, Joan. I learned a lot about the electric company that week. lol. I have a funny memory of Marc Richards, my neighbor, walking onto my snow-covered driveway to see if I was okay (as I had been in the car for hours charging my computer battery and calling National Grid)... covering that power outage will be one of my biggest memories. See you on the ball field!
MaryJo Kurtz June 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Keep 'em coming, Karl! I love to hear about Westborough history, and I know I'm not alone. Thank you for the nice words, truly.
MaryJo Kurtz June 27, 2012 at 06:53 PM
As have you, Mr. Jost! You are a staple in our fine arts department and a true feather in Westborough's cap. Now that I have a budding trombone player in the house, something tells me we'll be seeing a lot of each other in the coming years! :)
MaryJo Kurtz June 27, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Thanks, Mike. The INCREDIBLY talented Mike Kelley! Please, readers, if you haven't already done so, visit www.mtkelly.com. Mike's photographs are a gift to Westborough. I know I'll be seeing you around town, Mike, and I look forward to each visit to your website. Thank you so much for all you do for Westborough!
MaryJo Kurtz June 27, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Wow, this is such a nice note, Garry, thank you. It was such a pleasure meeting you this past week. Your work stands alone - it is just exceptional. I am so happy to share your blogs and photographs with the town, and I look forward to each edition. Thank you for these very kind words. They mean quite a bit to me... mj
MaryJo Kurtz June 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Thank you, Bob. Much, much appreciated. You know you are dating yourself with the V66 reference, right? lol. I appreciate the kind words — and all of your input on Westborough Patch!
Rob Nagi June 27, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Best of luck in whatever lies before you Mary Jo! Thanks for connecting Westborough... While I'm sad that you're leaving the Patch... I'm glad you'll still be our neighbor... I'lm sure I'll see you soon on the little league fields... or the soccer fields... or the basketball courts... or at the supermarket... or at a scout meeting... or, well... you get the point!
MaryJo Kurtz June 27, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I'm at Target fields as I read this, Rob! Thanks and see you soon!
Herman Millet June 27, 2012 at 09:42 PM
MaryJo, Thank you for all that you have done to help support all of us in our community. I wish you all the best and I hope whomever comes after to you helps us to know and learn about our community as much as you have. All the best,
GCH June 27, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Mary Jo, thanks for all your contributions and best of luck with all your future endeavors. The Patch will not be the same without you.
Laura Gilmartin June 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Mary Jo, We're going to miss your up to the minute updates on Westborough. What a fabulous job you did launching Patch for us! Enjoy your family time. Can't wait to see what you do next!!
Ruth Ann Kotosky June 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Good luck in your new adventure. You were always my first read every morning. You were always on top of things and if I needed to know if there was a truck under the bridge or where the sirens were coming from I always checked here first. Hope your replacement is as good as you.
MaryJo Kurtz June 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Thank you, Herman, especially for all you do for the Knights of Columbus! I appreciate your kind words. Thank you.
MaryJo Kurtz June 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Thank you, Gail. So nice to email with you! I hope to meet you someday. Based on our emails, I'm pretty sure we're neighbors! :)
Bruce Tretter June 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Thanks, MJ! Been a lot of fun & that's what it's all about. More soon - Bruce
Donna Kelly June 28, 2012 at 01:32 AM
MaryJo -- It may have taken me a while to appreciate the Patch, but I've always thought the very best of you. You have always been a thoughtful, thought provoking writer and a reporter that gave us well-researched, balanced stories -- I've enjoyed and trusted the work you've done (what ever the medium). I will miss you here, but am truly looking forward to the next adventure -- and how you'll share that with us! Thanks for everything. Talk to you soon -----donna
Maureen Ambrosino Library Director June 28, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I wish you all the best in your new adventure, MaryJo. It has been such a pleasure getting to know you! Thank you for all your coverage of our library events, and for introducing me to the fun of live blogging. I think we will all miss you on the Patch. Hope to see you around town!
MaryJo Kurtz June 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
And I can't wait to see what the Gilmartins do next! Thanks so much.
MaryJo Kurtz June 28, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Thanks so much!
MaryJo Kurtz June 28, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Can't wait to see what's cooking' next, Bruce. I'm a big seafood fan. Any tips or recipes?
MaryJo Kurtz June 28, 2012 at 08:48 PM
You know I'm a fan of yours, Donna! Will see you soon!
MaryJo Kurtz June 28, 2012 at 08:48 PM
thank you, Maureen! see you at the library! :)
Samina June 29, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Good luck MaryJo !! You have been like a virtual friend (ever since I moved to Westborough in Apr 11), suggesting so many wonderful things to do everyday... Lots of good wishes your way !
Bill Mills-Curran June 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Mary Jo, You've done a great job in making the patch the palace to find what's happening in Westborough. It shows all the work that you've devoted to it. I hope the next editor can keep up both the pace and the tone. Bill
MaryJo Kurtz June 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Thank you, Samy! I look forward to meeting you in person! :)
MaryJo Kurtz June 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Thank you, Mr. M-C. Thanks for all you do for the town, especially the Scouts! mj
Tony D July 02, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Maryjo, I'm sad that you are leaving. You are like a virtual friend for me each morning. I can only I imagine how much time you put into the westborough patch. Just know you made a difference. I voted because of you. I hope you run for office. You are a smart lady. Good luck. Tony d


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