Gazette Ceases Publication: Donates Archives to LHS


In 2010, the Larchmont Gazette ceased publication. In 2011 the publishers donated all contents to the Larchmont Historical Society, which will continue to make the Gazette archives available online.



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The Larchmont Gazette Suspends Publication, Seeks New Team

The Larchmont Gazette, online since June of 2002, will suspend regular publication this week.

We’re not disappearing completely. The Gazette archives – including thousands of items published since June 2002 – will still be accessible at http://www.larchmontgazette.com.

And, should a new team of publishers and editors come forward, we will work with them to re-open the Gazette as a contemporary news site.

So, why are we closing down now?

Paula Eisenberg and Judy Silberstein, publishers of the Larchmont Gazette

It’s time for us to move on in our lives. The Gazette has been a tremendous labor of love – operating as a community volunteer effort since June of 2002, when we posted our first articles and sent out our first weekly email update. The number of contributing writers, photographers, commentators, and advertisers has continued to grow – as has our readership. We’ve had a lot of help, for which we are immensely grateful. (See Without Your Help There Would Have Been No Gazette for only a partial list of editors and contributors.)

But we feel our core objectives have been met.

Back in 2002, we started the Gazette with the aim of filling a void in quality coverage of local government, political and community news from the Village of Larchmont and Town of Mamaroneck, particularly in the 10538 postal zone.  With the loss of its print daily in previous decades, Larchmont was missing ways to disseminate important information and to sustain community-wide conversations.

Well, 10538 is no longer as media-starved as it once was.

We now have print and online media providing regular reporting of municipal, school, political, business and community events.   Citizens have more and easier access to live and on-demand video of town, village and school board meetings through LMC-TV on air or via the Internet.  Calendars, meeting agendas, minutes, budgets and other primary documents are increasingly available to the public 24/7 online via municipal or media websites.

Similarly, public conversation is being carried on – with varying levels of civility – in letters to the editor and on an ever increasing number of online forums.

Will something be missing when the Gazette stops publishing? We like to think so: with scores of knowledgeable and skilled volunteers, we’ve been able to produce first-class reporting and writing with a depth and breadth difficult for commercial or smaller outlets to match. That’s why we’re keeping the door open to a restart of the Gazette in the future.

We’ve shown that a grassroots, volunteer effort can lead to quality local journalism. What we haven’t done, however, is to locate our successors.

Are You Interested in a Future  Gazette?

That’s where YOU come in. Given the diversity of talent represented in Larchmont  – in business, publishing, journalism, advertising, marketing and related fields – we expect there are those of you out there with the ability and interest to take the Gazette into the next decade.

Now that we’re stepping down, we’re hoping the Gazette’s next team will step up.

Intrigued? Give us a call at 834-2893 or email publisher@larchmontgazette.com

Meanwhile, you can find all the back stories, recipes, obituaries and more at http://www.larchmontgazette.com

– Judy and Paula

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75 comments to The Larchmont Gazette Suspends Publication, Seeks New Team

  • Anon E Mous

    ‘Everything changes, nothing remains without change’
    (Buddha), but our community owes a debt to the Gazette!

    Best wishes!

  • E.E.

    All of us in and from Larchmont owe you, Judy and Paula, a tremendous debt we could never repay. Thank you for all you have given to us over the years. The Gazette is the gold standard for excellent local journalism and while I hope someone else will want to take it on, I also know it would be rather miraculous to find someone as skilled and dedicated as you. Thank you again, and best of luck in your future projects!

  • Marcelo Delmar

    Many thanks for all these years of dedication and professional journalism.

    REgards,

  • Eleanor

    Sorry to see this end. Every Friday I looked forward to reading the interesting local news and comments. Good luck in whatever new endeavors you have.

  • esbee

    I am a huge fan of Larchmont gazette and am sad to learn that i will no longer see Judy and Paula in my email box.
    Great source of community info and more..great format …you will be missed.
    Thank you and best wishes

  • Maria Stanton

    Good luck to you both and thank you for you incredible dedication to our community. Your level of professionalism cannot be matched.

  • Jill Simpson

    Say it ain’t so! There may be other local publications, but none with the same level of professionalism, intelligent reporting, and CIVIL discourse as the Gazette. I think the loss of the Gazette is a huge loss for Larchmont. I have some idea how long and hard Judy and Paula slaved over each issue, however, so I certainly can’t blame them for wanting a life–I can only hope some shining knights might swoop in to keep it going! Thank you for your dedicated service and for giving Larchmont a quality publication that has greatly helped promote our sense of community.

  • Janet (Blomgren) Fernqvist

    I will truly miss the Larchmont Gazette. As a 28 yr. native of Larchmont now living in the SF Bay Area, I loved keeping up with events in my hometown. Here’s hoping a new team comes forward to continue this very worthwhile publication.

  • nancy

    I have really enjoyed the gazette. I think there is still a need and really appreciate all the work you have done.

  • Redacted

    This is sad news!

    I have to say, when I first started reading the Gazette, I figured it was just a couple of former publishing industry women who were bored with lunch and tennis. . . but I have to say that over time I have found this publication to be quite informative; comprehensive, well laid out—I really came to depend on it for local news. And I must say, the comments published were often quite lively and entertaining!

    I am old enough to remember the local paper before it was “Ganittetized”, and I feel that Judy and Paula have done a very admirable job in fulfilling the information gap that they saw in terms of local news and reporting. .

    So, to them I say “Thank you” and a job well done! Sorry to see you go. . .

    Redacted.

  • Judy Myers

    Congratulations… you two were the pioneers and really filled a community need when no on-line community news existed. Best, best wishes in your future endeavors… and I sure hope you’re not leaving the community!

  • Chris Verni

    Paula & Judy -

    I am sad to hear that the Gazette is ceasing publication. I have grown accustomed (and looked forward) to getting my weekly email blast announcing a new edition on Thursday nights or Friday mornings, so when I got one on a Monday night, I knew something was up. Hard to believe that it has been almost nine years – Wow! You have been a tremendous community asset over the years, and will sorely be missed. Yours has been a labor of love, covering countless meetings and announcements, and reporting on local matters both fairly and professionally. You both should be proud of all that you have accomplished, and I wish you only the best in your future endeavors.

  • Penny Dana

    Well, I am a little sad about this. While there may be other coverage of local news, the Gazette was the best – by far! But of course, nothing lasts forever. Best of luck to you both, and I do hope that someone will step up to the plate.

  • Barbara Spelman

    Thank you both for giving us The Larchmont Gazette. It will be greatly missed!!!

  • Carol Hayes

    I’m so sorry to read your good-bye. As a former village resident, former neighbor-of-an-editor, and now avid follower of news about my son’s Larchmont home, I will miss your comprehensive coverage. Thank you for your responsible and varied stories, year after year. And special thanks from this loyal reader for featuring Dr. Jacqueline Plumez (the Career Doctor) in each issue.

  • I think I speak for all “displaced” Larchmontonians scattered around the country who have been able to keep in touch with our ‘hometown’ through your great efforts. Thank you so much for all you’ve done.

  • Jill Martin

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to our community. The Gazette has been such a wonderful resource. I will miss reading it every week and I hope there will be a way to continue publication. Best wishes to you both -

  • miriam curnin

    The Gazette has grown in scope, depth and importance since its inception and has filled a critical need in Larchmont. Thank you for all your diligent and effective reporting! I don’t know where I can turn for local news without you. What a loss!

  • Thank you Judy and Paula for your hardwork and bringing to those of us who grew up in the Larchmont area and now live far away a bit of what’s going on in our hometown. I especially loved the photos of the Manor Park in winter. Best of luck in finding someone to replace you to continue the journalistic standard that you set. Again it has been a wonderful journey for all of us.

  • Jennie McFarland

    Thank you Judy and Paula for your fine and tireless work for our Community! You will be missed.

  • Lisa

    Judy and Paula, Your work on behalf of our community will be greatly missed, as will your professionalism and balanced reporting. A tremendous thank you for the example you have set for community news and for open and civil discussion. You raised the bar and we can only hope that others will rise to the standard you have set.

  • Marjorie Lindblom

    Thank you, Judy and Paula, for the service that you have provided over the years. The Gazette has been a tremendous resource for the community. I’m hoping that I can figure out where these other resources are that will keep us informed about what’s going on in Larchmont.

  • Julia Steinmetz

    Congratulations on all you have accomplished! I will miss your e-publication greatly. Best wishes and thank you for eight great years!

  • Janet O'Connell

    From 2001 to 2004, my family and I lived briefly in Massachusetts. The appearance of the Gazette during this time enabled us to stay informed about Larchmont. It was wonderful. When we moved back to Larchmont, we were up to date about the plans to develop the Manor Inn, the controversy over the Kemper Memorial, school budgets and local politics, etc. The Gazette has served a very necessary purpose, and we will all miss it. Thank you, Janet O’Connell

  • Linnet Tse

    This is a very sad day for our community. As a Town of Mamaroneck resident and school board trustee, I came to rely on the Larchmont Gazette’s objective and in-depth coverage of key events/issues in the community. The LG has played a very important role in keeping our community well informed about and engaged in our school district’s work. Thank you so much, Judy and Paula. Yours will be huge shoes to fill. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

  • W. H.

    A sad day. I look forward to reading the Gazette every week. Good luck in your new ventures.

  • Steven Humes

    I’m very sad that the Gazette will suspend publication. I grew up in Larchmont and lived there from 1955 to 1966. Reading the Gazette has been a wonderful way to keep memories from my childhood alive. Thanks to both of you for your devotion to the community.

  • Joel Sanoff

    So sorry to see you go.

    As a former Larchmont resident – whose family lived there from 1950 through 1976, and who occasionally delivered the Daily Times! – I shall miss the Gazette.

    Though my physical ties to Larchmont diminished when I left for college in 1965, and though I haven’t been there since 1976, the Gazette often made me feel like I was still there.

    It was strange to see how much the village changed, but also interesting to see how much it stayed the same.

    Thanks for all your good work.

  • Barbara Gessler

    Dear Judy and Paula,

    There is no second Gazette in Larchmont/Mamaroneck, and your publication will be truly missed.

    Thanks to both of you for keeping us informed for so many years in such a classy way.

    Good luck!

  • quality

    Thank you for the ride. The Gazette had the best moderated comments board of all the hyperlocals and real debate was taking place here. As a contributor of dozens of comments (mostly related to school matters) I thank you in earnest for the value you added to the public information and debate.

  • Mayor Norman S. Rosenblum

    Judy Silberstein and Paula Eisenberg, for almost a decade, have underwritten one of the most basic and valuable aspects of our democracy; Fredom of Speech. Their hard work at creating a successful forum for open debate and discussion is as basic to our continued freedoms as was the Declaration of Independence. It is a continuing dedication of civic and community minded individuals, such as Judy and Paula, that allows all of us to enjoy the beauty and benefits of living and enjoying the right of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, that at times we all take for granted. One only has to remember this past weekend, the thoughts and expressions of the 9/11 ceremonies, to realize that all cannot be taken for granted and in these times of increased threat to our democratic way of life, vigilance and continued support of our basic rights must be continually supported, as has Judy and Paula for the past decade. I congratulate them for their contribution to community and wish them well in all their future endeavors.

    On behalf of the Village of Mamaroneck I say thank you for a job well done.

    Respectfully,
    Norman
    Norman S. Rosenblum
    Mayor
    Village of Mamaroneck
    09/14/10

  • Noel Dennis

    Judy and Paula, Gandhi once said, “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” If that is true, you are both well poised to succeed in your future endeavors because you have given so much of yourselves via the Gazette in service to our community. The Gazette epitomized fair and objective reportage and provided timely and essential information every week. But more than anything else, the Gazette was the sentient voice of Larchmont, providing wonderful stories about its residents and a forum to express an opinion, a rant, an idea or simply a thank you. You and the Gazette will be sorely missed. I hope that as you “move on” in your new lives you soon are able to bequeath the Gazette to new editors who will continue and enhance the wonderful medium you created.

  • Bruce A Brown

    As a former village of Larchmont resident, I have relied on this website to keep me up todate with my “home town.” You all will be missed. Thanks!

    Bruce Allan Brown, MHS 69′

  • Jesse Birnbaum

    I am totally surprised and saddened…I have been an avid reader since 2002 and you will be missed…the Larchmont Gazette was first class in everyway…you were without equal…

    All my best…

  • Sandy Constabile

    Judy and Paula I have worked with and admired you both for this gift you have given all of Larchmont! I will sorely miss your voices each week and all of the news that you bring that I don’t seem to get anywhere else. Thank you, thank you for your vision and your eight years. I hope someone will step forward to continue your legacy. Fondly, Sandy

  • Ralph Engel

    Terrific publication.
    Huge benefit to Larchmont.
    Really sorry it may be ending, but understand why–tons of work.
    Wish I had the time to be part of its future.
    All the best to you, and see you around Larchmont.

  • Judith Spikes

    The Gazette will be missed, missed, and missed some more. There is no substitute for a good local newspaper, either as a community-builder or as the repository of a community’s history. Thank you for all you’ve done over the past eight years, and thanks again for keeping the archives from those years accessible–Judith Doolin Spikes, Larchmont Village Historian 1980-2010

  • Joel Negrin

    In an age of incivility and partisanship, it was a great pleasure to read the comments from your readers. I can’t think of any other journalists who would receive such unanimously high praise. Please add me to the list.

    May I ask one more favor? You referred to numerous print and online media websites, including discussion forums, providing reporting of municipal, school, political, business and community events. If you have a list of such resources, which is undoubtedly better than any of ours, please share it. (The municipal sources are easy to find; the others are less so.)

  • Gerry Muir

    We have always enjoyed the Gazette, and hate to see you go! Please keep us on the list if you start up again. And many thanx for all your wonderful work in 8 years!

  • Jenny Carter

    Oh so sad! For the last of eight years you have been the source of responsible reporting with no bias. You filled a very big void and so admirably. I cannot thank you enough for your dedication and hard work. I often wondered, as I looked forward to reading the Gazette on Friday morning, how on earth did you do it. Well you did and thank you. All the best to you both in future years.