Good News and Goodbye

Dear Today in Montclair members,

As you may know, your faithful blogger started the Today in Montclair site on a lark.  There just wasn’t enough coverage about our Oakland Hills and, as this site grew, it started to fill gaps in local reporting.  Over the past couple years, we somehow entered the firmament of Bay Area sites and are here to stay.  This membership site was also established to share events, listings and social posts here and on the main site.

Although we have been a little quiet, the past two months have been all about transition:  handing the keys to Alex Gronke and his team at The Oakbook.  It’s been a privilege to align with this well-known and respected Oakland publication.  We’re excited about what they have begun doing with the site, especially covering more news along with features.

The Oakbook has a thoughtful and reasoned take on what makes Oakland special.  The writers love Oakland, yet aren’t afraid to report good, bad and ugly aspects about the city.  Reporting about the hills was already attractive to Oakbook’s publisher, who coincidentally had written for The Montclarion more than a decade ago.

So why did your faithful blogger bow out?  While I am missing Oakland terribly now, I left California to accept a VP position at a higher-education marketing company.  My role is to lead marketing and product management, and focus on helping schools and students find each other.  While there’s no appropriate way to say good-bye, our transition is complete — and you are in even better hands now.


Debby Richman

P.S.  Please reach Alex anytime.  He’s on this network, and reachable at Alex.Gronke@gmail.com as well.


7 Responses to “Good News and Goodbye”

  1. August 17, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Good luck Debby. I’m going to miss your interesting eye, those snapshots of interest and beauty as you worked, shopped, and just enjoyed Montclair.

  2. August 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Hi Debby — sorry to the blog go. You did a wonderful job. Good luck with your new adventure!

  3. 3 Fred Webber
    August 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you for all the hard work. I enjoyed having a *very* local perspective.

  4. 4 Fortunatus
    August 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Debby, I’ve been a reader for more than a year, and I appreciate your efforts. You really added to the conversation in the hills, and I’ll miss your updates. I’ve seen this site cited on the New York Times website, and now I see Jean Quan reads it as well!

    Congratulations on your new opportunity. Good luck.

  5. August 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Debby – Oakland’s loss! Good luck in your new job!

  6. 6 Doug Mosher
    August 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Debby, sorry to see you go, this was a great blog to read–interesting, informative and insightful! Best of luck with the new endeavor!!

  7. 7 charlie stephen and laura walsh
    August 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm


    We really enjoyed your blog, with its nice mixture of news, gossip, critique, and entertainment. You’ll be missed!

    charlie stephen
    laura walsh

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