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Patch Editor Says Goodbye

Sam Fran Scavuzzo departs from Patch, but not Roxborough.

Nearly three years ago, I moved into a tiny (probably illegally rented) apartment in Roxborough to continue my career with Patch.com and launch a website for Roxborough and Manayunk—or is it Manayunk and Roxborough.

Having graduated from nearby La Salle University, I was familiar with the neighborhood's night-life aspect but knew little-to-nothing of the town's character.

Certainly, Manayunk possessed the college-town reputation and I knew Roxborough to be blue collar, but that's about it.

Today, as I prepare to depart my position with Patch, I'm happy to report that what was once an assignment for me has become my home, which is also now totally legal. Though I won't be the Patch editor anymore, I'll be a Central Roxborough Civic Association member, Manayunk-Roxborough Food Co-op volunteer and maybe take on a few more hats while I'm at it.

In my time with Roxborough-Manayunk Patch, I covered bike races, party houses and demolitions, but also new business openings, a growing young family population, and increased pride in the neighborhood.

Roxborough and Manayunk can be gritty, but it's the tireless civic, volunteer and other community leaders that preserve what makes the neighborhood unique, and help us shape the future.

My last big story involved the controversial demolition of the Bunting House. In revealing my true opinion, I'd say while I'm sad to see the Victorian go, I can empathize with the property owners who exercised their constitutional rights—they're allowed to make money.

The bigger picture that arose from the Bunting House episode is what I'd like to get involved in as a Roxborough resident. Kay Sykora and others have begun the process to better organize and prepare Roxborough to be ahead of the next Bunting House—to talk to developers before decisions are made. I want to get involved and helped grow Roxborough beyond what the outside world perceive us as.

So goodbye to me as a writer, but continued hellos to you all as neighbors. Chat with me as I walk my dog, email me (sam.fran.s@gmail.com) about local projects, or—at the very least—check out my monthly improv comedy show at the Grape Room (every third Tuesday at 8 p.m.; next show is Jan. 15. $5 cover. 21-plus)—I can plug it now!

For future Patch correspondences, email roxborough@patch.com or the new editor—the ever adept Nate Adams (nathana@patch.com, 610-350-7206).

sue majer January 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Thanks for all you have done to keep our community informed and connected! We at LevPres Church appreciated your help and interest. Glad you're staying- God bless your next adventure!
One Fit Body January 11, 2013 at 01:17 PM
All the best to you Sam! Iam new to using patch but long time Roxborough resident. I love it! I wake up seeing what's up in the neighborhood as well as share info about my business and special events. Thank you for your work and good luck in your future! Sue McInerney
Julie January 11, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Sam, thank you for everything you have done. I appreciated all of your check-in's with The Wall and enjoyed reading all of your stories. Wishing you the very best and I will hopefully see you around! There are some big shoes to fill!
Katie Katz January 11, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Wow this is big news! It has been a true pleasure to get to know you and know you will do will in your next adventure.
Jon Miller, Realtor® January 11, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Best of luck in your next adventure, Sam, and thank you for all that you've done for the community. It's been a pleasure reading your work and talking with you about the neighborhood.
Scott Geller January 11, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Good Luck Sam! Appreciate the coverage you have provided for Saul in your years at The Patch!!
Jo Ann Desper January 11, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Thank you, Sam, for the great reporting. Best wishes.
David Bass January 11, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Sam, you and Patch have been wonderfully supportive of our efforts in Manayunk and with Friends of Pretzel Park. Thank you. Plus your coverage of the Levering Street Parking Authority led to FOX TV coming to our block and immortalizing some of my neighbors. Since your improv show is walking distance I'll have to check it out - maybe we'll bring some comedy acts into our Pretzel Park concerts! See you around the neighborhood, Dave B
Ann P. January 11, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Best of luck, Sam! Thanks for your excellent reporting of "our town." Glad you decided to become one of us!
Sam Strike (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 02:14 PM
We'll miss you, Sam! - The other Sam
Karen M. Smith January 11, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Thank you Sam for all the great coverage you've given North Light! Our best wishes to you in your next endeavor.
colleen james January 11, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Good Luck Sam, We met at Gorgas Park. Thank You for being involved with our Great Community. See you at Gorgas Park. Colleen Coyle James
Louise Fischer January 11, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Good Luck and Thank You for helping to raise the consciousness level of the residents in this very special neighborhood of our beloved Philadelphia. Hope to "see you around".
Liz January 11, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Congrats on your new venture, Sam! As a business owner and fellow resident, I am so grateful for all of your reporting and volunteer work. You created a much needed bridge from businesses/events in Manayunk and Roxborough to resident. Thank you so much for your commitment to our beautiful little neighborhood! Sweet Elizabeth's wishes you all the best in 'the next chapter'. See you at Grape Room sometime soon!
Megan McGee Yinger January 11, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Good luck Sam! We are so proud of you. Can't wait yo visit the old stomping grounds again soon.
James Calamia January 11, 2013 at 03:17 PM
A job well done Sam, we were lucky to have you as an editor!
Hidden River Yarns January 11, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Best of luck to you, Sam! Thank you for the lovely welcome you gave Hidden River Yarns to Manayunk!
Jacqlyn Kaplan January 11, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Best of Luck to you Sam! I will miss you on Patch. Make sure you bring in more info about Grape Room and your improv! We can advertise it at Neducsin properties and Chimney Hill!
Jane Lipton January 11, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Wow, I am going to miss you. Thank you so much for your interest in our community and all of the great articles you wrote about Manayunk.
Christa Campbell January 11, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Thank you for welcoming Merge Dance Studio to the area this year and for all the great coverage you've given us! You will be missed. Best of luck to you!
David Schiman January 11, 2013 at 08:31 PM
You will be missed, Sam! Looking forward to working with you on the coop-, though!
Ann January 11, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Best wishes Sam! Thank you so much for helping to promote The Spiral Bookcase from the beginning!
JOAN WHITE January 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM
sorry to see you go, thanks for keeping us all abreast of so much and thanks for covering Manayunk Terrace B&B with your nice story. Hope to see your comedy show
Josh Cohen January 12, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Thank you Sam for the in depth reporting about Roxborough Manayunk. Looking forward to seeing you around town at various civic events.
Alawishes J. Kornberg January 28, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Sam: Continued good luck and success to you in all your endeavors. Thank you.
J. January 28, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Good luck Sam. We always depended on you and you always came through in getting the City trucks to salt Green lane during the storms. I haven't seen a salt truck in the area of Green Lane since you left. I don't know where you find the time to do all the positive and good things you do. Thank you.

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