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Farewell, Oakton

Oakton Patch's Nicole Trifone to leave post as local editor

Since Oakton Patch's launch Sept. 27, 2010, my name has stood at the top of the page as the site's local editor. With much gratitude to Patch for teaching me so much about the industry, I will be pursuing my career in online community journalism elsewhere.

My time with Patch and Oakton has been incredible. I've learned so much about journalism and its importance in communities often ignored. Taking on the Oakton Patch site seemed daunting: It's an unincorporated town in which many of its residents have been forced to attach themselves to the clubs and organizations in surrounding towns.

But I slowly discovered the wonderful ways Oakton residents have found to come together with their neighbors: the Vale Club, the Oakton Library, the Oakton Women's Club and the Moms of Oakton, to name a few of the groups that help provide Oakton with an identity. 

Schools also proved to be a natural gathering place. Covering Oakton High School and Flint Hill School sports has not only been one of the most popular sections of the site but also a whole new world of journalism for me. I cannot thank the sports parents, players and coaches enough for their enthusiasm for the coverage. 

I also want to take time to thank all the writers and photographers who have helped to fill this site with quality content. Two in particular have been with Oakton Patch since the beginning: Kathleen Canedo, the writer at the helm of At Home with Brutalism, and Michael Noone, the photographer who has shot more than his fair share of sports games and championships. Readers should be happy to know both will continue to work for the site.

My supervisor, Erica Hendry, will temporarily take over the site until a more permanent plan is established. You likely know her as the former local editor of Vienna Patch, which she launched in October 2010. You can reach her at Erica.Hendry@patch.com. 

For anyone who has requests or questions for me about past coverage or Patch, feel free to email me before Wednesday at Nicole.Trifone@patch.com. 

Thanks to everyone who has read this site over the past two years. I will always have fond memories of Oakton and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to spend so much time with this town.

Kathleen Canedo November 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM
We'll all miss you here. Thanks so much for all of your work bringing the Oakton Patch site to life and growing it these past two years - you have done a great job. Good luck with the new position. (And P.S., they better hire an editor who understands the importance of Peeps dioramas,)
Bob and Inge Lipp November 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Thanks so much for ur great work here! U will be missed!
Carolyn Lawson Low November 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Nicole - Best wishes on the next step for you! It was always a pleasure to work with you!
Jeannine Miller November 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Thank you so much for all you have done, Nicole. When reading your name atop so many articles, I've often wondered how on earth you were able to do so much. Best of luck to you!
Trish Strat November 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Thanks for helping to knit our vibrant little community together! Keep in touch!
Joan Reimann November 26, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Nicole, Thank you so much for your enthusiastic support of all things Oakton! I remember when you came to our OHS Football 101 program saying you weren't a football fan, but you were willing to learn!!! You embraced the Oakton sports community and they embraced you, anxiously waiting to see your latest story about our cherished child athletes. Thank you for being there for us, best of luck in all that you do, we will miss seeing you on the sidelines and courtside.
mick hanson November 26, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Nicole, Nicole Nicole, I thought we were going to learn Field Hockey together! You have mastered baseball and football and are even pretty good at basketball but we still had another couple years of work left.... BUT Williamsburg does allow us to get together again, let's say April 12 - 14 and then again in May. Thanks for everything and see you at the diamond against the Tribe.
Maria Koklanaris Bonaquist November 26, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Nicole, you've done fantastic work here. You will be missed.
abigail magnani November 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Nicole, I've lived in Oakton for over 23 years, and always knew we were a special bunch of friends and neighbors. Never would I have dramed that anyone would be able to enhance that sense of community, "neighborliness" and common purpose. But you have done all of that and much more. It was always such a pleasure to see your youthful, enthusiastic face at so many events that were important to us all. I'd like to thank you, personally. And as President of the Vale Club, I know that I speak for our membership when I say "thank you, Nicole, job well done." All the very best to you. Your shoes will be difficult to fill. Good luck in Willimasburg! - Gail Magnani
Alex Craige November 26, 2012 at 03:04 PM
lol Kathleen! May the Peeps be with you Nicole!
Mary Gonzalez November 26, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Thank you so much for your professionalism an commitment. We will certainly miss you in baseball!!! Hope your new adventure will be exciting and fulfilling. Best wishes!
Elizabeth Vandenburg November 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
It was my privilege to write freelance for Nicole. Besides being a skilled journalist (you will go far) she is also an excellent supervisor. She was open to ideas, gave constructive and helpful feedback and understood the issues for freelance employees. Hands down the best. I look forward to watching your career prosper. Take good care.
Susan Estes November 26, 2012 at 04:13 PM
On behalf of Vale United Methodist Church, good luck, Nicole! We very much appreciate the support and coverage you've given our programs over the past two years.
Laura C. November 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Best wishes and best of continued success in your career Nicole. i dont think I would have become such a fan of the Patch concept had it not been for your imprint here. Thank you!
Sarah Jebian November 26, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Good luck Nicole! It was a pleasure speaking with you! Thank you for your kindness and enthusiasm! All the best to you in your very bright future!!
Tricia Nelson November 26, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Nicole.. I'm so sad to see that you are moving on! Thanks so much for keeping our community informed.. you did such a great job! Many many thanks and best of luck to you as you move forward!
Diane Sample November 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Nicole - Your work at the Patch has helped to bring a close knit community even closer. Thank you for your support of all things Oakton - you have done a great job. Best of luck to you!
Mama C November 27, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Nicole - best wishes in all your new endeavors! Your reoporting on the Oakton community and all that goes on has been such a great resource. We will really miss you and your contributions!
Nicole Trifone (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thanks to everyone for such kind words! It's been a blast not only covering the community, but meeting all of you.
Nicole Trifone (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Mick, I think field hockey was a lost cause for me, anyway. Why do they blow the whistle so much?! But at least the girls were a lot of fun to interview. See you in April!
Nicole Trifone (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
How I managed to go nearly two years without meeting you in person is beyond me, Gail! I'm so glad you came to our event at Oakton Wine Shop this summer and that I've had the good fortune to run into you around town since then.
OHSCougar November 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Congratulation Nicole on your new gig... the Oakton community will miss you tremendously! The High School was blessed to have had such a fair, enthusiastic and professional journalist covering them. You provided us all something we desperately needed – our very own independent, consistent and entertaining voice. It is going to be real strange not seeing you on the sideline or along the edge of the pool taking pictures and scribbling something down. Who would have guessed that someday you would know the difference between a boys & girls LAX stick, that you are only allowed to use one side of a field hockey stick and how exciting a swim meet can be! Thank you for everything and good luck!

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