When we published the first issue of the West End NEWS on St. Patrick’s Day, 2001, we really had no idea what we had created or of the incredible adventure that lay ahead. Nearly twelve years, and numerous neighborhood meetings, breaking stories, political intrigues, malfunctioning computers, stolen bicycles and financial crises later, it was time to take a break. So, in the fall of 2012, the West End NEWS stopped publishing its print edition (its online edition kept chugging along) and lay low for nearly two years, waiting to see where our journalistic instincts would lead us.
Well, the time has come to put on our reporters’ hats again and get back into the newsroom. Welcome to the new West End NEWS! Our new publisher, Tony Zeli, has a lot of new ideas, and lots of energy, and is ready to roll up his sleeves and lead our little journal into the unseeable
Over the past dozen years, whenever I have been introduced to a stranger as the publisher of the West End NEWS, the one response that I
almost always received – unsolicited – was ‘Oh, I LOVE the West End NEWS!‘ You can imagine how gratifying that has been. What has made
the West End NEWS what it is has been the enthusiasm, hard work, talent and generosity of a long list of readers, writers, artists, advertisers and
other contributors, most especially my friends Harlan Baker, Steven Scharf, Liz McMahon, Orlando Delogu, Marge Niblock, Bobby Lipps and so many others who have contributed to our success in so many ways.
I hope that Tony will get all the help and feel all the love in the exciting years ahead. I know that PaperBoy and DeliveryMan will be around to keep things in order and make sure the newspaper gets into your hands. Thank you all, and welcome to the new West End NEWS!