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Dec 05, 2017

Special Season’s Greetings from The Journal Editor

Dear Friends,

During the time that I’ve spent at the editor’s desk for The Journal, I’ve opted not to include a “message from the editor” in our issues, as you often see in other publications. That’s certainly not because I didn’t have a lot to say; it was simply due to the fact that I respected how much more all of you in the community had to say instead, and that every inch of space on our pages was precious when trying to fit it all. But for this issue, I am going to make an exception to my own rule, and take this opportunity to share a message of my own to our Journal readership.

After 16 ½ years of working with The Journal, I have decided it is finally time to move on and pursue new opportunities. We currently have a search underway and by the end of this year, or soon after, I will be stepping down from my position as editor-in-chief of The Journal Publications and turning them over to new hands. Since I’ll be here through our December deadlines, I’ll still be working on our January issues, and you may continue to see my byline on any feature columns and articles I may write.

Since 2001, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of all the wonderful, exciting, successful, and inspiring people, places, businesses, organizations, and events throughout our community. Writing and publishing their stories and ads in the best possible way, and designing quality publications that our loyal readers would enjoy, has always been a responsibility of which I was very protective and to which I held the highest standards. Each month at deadline time, I found myself wishing for the wisdom of Solomon while trying to include so many stories (among the hundreds of submissions we’d receive for each issue) on too few pages – agonizing over each one that had to be edited or omitted, because I realize that every article is important to the person who submits it. I thank you for entrusting me with your information and for the working relationships we’ve cultivated, many of which have developed into friendships that I hope will endure. Over the years, I’ve seen The Journals go through a wonderful array of evolutions and the challenges that naturally arose from changes of management and staffing, corporate expansion, mergers, revised responsibilities, additions and improvements to our publications, products, events, and services, and our office relocation from Colts Neck to Shrewsbury. Through it all, I strove to maintain our focus on the quality and integrity of our publications, our services, and our outstanding Journal team, who are some of the most dedicated, talented, and hardworking people I know, and truly like family to me. I hope those efforts were successful, and I remain proud and humbled by all we’ve accomplished, and still accomplish, every month.

My life remains here in Monmouth County, and I am excited at the thought of exploring the array of opportunities that beckon. I hope we will keep in touch and if there is anything I can do to assist you, now or in the future, please don’t hesitate to let me know. In the meantime, you may continue to contact me at The Journal office at (848) 456-4824 or Thank you again for all the news that you’ve shared, the business you’ve provided, and the kind and encouraging words you’ve offered all these years to me and to The Journal as a whole. I wish you the very best and look forward to the chance to work together again if the opportunity should arise. It has been an honor to share your stories – and now it is time for me to write the next chapter of my own story, whatever that may turn out to be!

Wishing you all the happiest and healthiest of holidays!


With kindest regards,

Joanne Colella

Vice President and Editor-in-Chief