Editor Leaving Arbutus and Catonsville Patch

Ending two-plus years with Patch.

After more than two years with Patch, I have decided to move on to new things. My last day as editor of Arbutus and Catonsville Patch is Tuesday, Nov. 13.

On Wednesday, I begin a new job as special assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland. One of my responsibilities will be media relations.

Serving as editor of Arbutus and Catonsville Patch has given me the opportunity to learn more about my community and the people who make it great. The experience has been very gratifying, both professionally and personally.

I hope that I've been able to contribute by informing people about things they want to know, covering local issues, and providing a place where people connect and discuss things that matter. I told some stories and took some pictures.

It's been a privilege to work with a group of energetic, talented and dedicated journalists and editors at Patch.

Although I'm leaving Patch, I'm not leaving the community. I intend on having a presence by blogging at Patch, so this isn't the last you've heard from me.

As for what's next for Arbutus and Catonsville Patch, I'll leave the introductions to my successor.

And while I've made many good friends over the last couple of years, I don't want to see any of you showing up at my new place of work—if you know what I mean.

For those who wish to keep in touch, I can be reached through Facebook.


Mike McAuliffe November 14, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Ah Man! I’m going to miss Bruce. The Arbutus Patch came upon the scene with Bruce as the first editor. While I was heading Halethorpe Improvement Association Bruce would always keep in touch with me to see what was happening in the neighborhood so that he could get the word out to a bigger audience. He was always on top of things and had his ear to the ground. He always reported very accurately and truthfully, with just enough extra pizzazz and catchy headlines to draw in the reader. One thing that impressed me about Bruce early on was when he was on site reporting on a community path reclamation project that Arbutus Improvement Association (AIA) was taking on. They were clearing a once common footpath that lead from Sulphur Spring Rd. to the Arbutus Elementary School girl’s softball fields that had been falsely claimed by an adjacent property owner and Bruce had been following the circumstances (drama included) leading up to the day. Of course, he was there to snap photos and report on the event, but he lingered much longer than needed. He had stayed the entire day and joined in the hard work of cutting down and stacking the brush and weeds. This alone convinced me that he was not just a local reporter, but an actual committed community member. His information was mostly gathered by memory while he worked, but the facts of the situation were reported precisely.
Mike McAuliffe November 14, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Bringing an edge to local news Bruce was always eager to do a little investigative digging and not afraid to ask the tough questions to government officials or anyone for that matter. I particularly remember when he reported on his difficulties and hurdles in seeking access to reports of local crime events from our police precinct and he pressed on until he was given better access to these documents, because he knew that readers really wanted to know the who, what, and where about crime in their backyards. He finally got the weekly access he wanted and always used the information from these reports responsibly. I’m going to miss Bruce at the Arbutus Patch. I like the Patch’s format and I hope the Arbutus Patch carries on with another good reporter.
Wil Heslop November 14, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Good luck Bruce!
Halethorpe Improvement Association November 14, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Speaking of community guys... look who it is--Wil Heslop. Always eager to help Halethorpe by adopting Potomac Ave. a month or two each year cleaning litter. Thanks Wil.
Christine Leuba November 20, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Wonderful work you did at the Arbutus Patch--Best wishes in your new exciting assignment!


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