Meet the New Editor of Mill Valley Patch

I'm Cate Lecuyer, the new face on the site, and I'd like to say hello.


I first stepped foot in Mill Valley just before the Fourth of July. I was on vacation, but it was really an excuse to check out the area I would hopefully be transferring to from Boston. Success!

Muir Woods seemed like an ideal ‘I’m-a-tourist-but-I-bet-locals-still-go-here’ destination, and it was my first time seeing a redwood tree. On the drive up, a doe and three fawns frolicked in a clearing by the road. I was blown away by the amazing view. Afterward, my eyes darted toward the cute dresses displayed in the storefront windows downtown. Wine shops were calling my name, and the coffee shops – oh, the coffee shops!

It was love at first sight.

Three months later, I’m now thrilled to be your local editor. Why hello there.

I grew up in Massachusetts, graduated with a degree in journalism from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, and have been working at news organizations across those two states for the past seven years. There’s something about covering a local community that makes me smile. I love finding the issues that matter, getting to know the people who are affected, and giving them a voice.

Speaking of … Although I’m the editor of the site, this site is yours. That’s right, YOURS. Patch has transcended the idea of being an ‘online newspaper.’ Rather, it’s an extension of the amazing community that already exists in real-life, and a place for you to further connect with each other through conversations, photos, advice, news and more.

So, if you aren’t doing it already, get involved! Don’t be a passive reader. Upload an event directly to our calendar, without having to go through me. Congratulate someone by sending in an announcement. Write a review of a local business. Add a photo to our community photo gallery. Comment on an article. Start blogging.

In the meantime, I’ve got you covered. I’m excited to report on the important issues in Mill Valley, and look forward to getting to know all of you. Jim Welte is helping to make this an easy transition, as he moves into his new role managing all the Marin Patch sites.

I may have been born and raised on the East Coast, but I suspect I'm really a West Coast girl at heart. Feel free to send me any news tips, and stop and say hello when you see me out and about.

You can reach me at cate.lecuyer@patch.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/MillValleyPatch and on Twitter @MillValleyPatch.

Let’s take everything that is great about Mill Valley, and give it a place to thrive online. Together.

Cate Lecuyer September 14, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Bud - my three favorite places in Back Bay... that's a tough one because it's hard to go wrong no matter where you go. However, I'm gonna have to say: 1. Charley's Saloon is where I usually go to grab a burger or a beer. It's a solid, family friendly bar with outdoor seating, and a perfect standby. 2. Trident cafe is a great bookstore and coffee shop that reminds me a lot of the Depot Cafe. It has excellent food, is affordable, and I recommend going for their breakfast in particular. I've spent a lot of time here, and I appreciate the free coffee refills. 3. If your into jazz, or if your son is, Wally's Cafe is a great, hole in the wall jazz club that's hosted a ton of talent over the years. It's tiny and it fills up fast, so I recommend getting there early, around 9 or 10 p.m. at the latest if you want a seat, and grabbing a corner table (because corner tables are always better in jazz clubs). Berklee bands often perform there, so your son probably knows about this place. And if not he should :) Bonus answer: The Publick House is outside of Back Bay, a little ways down Beacon Street in Brookline, but is worth the drive or T ride. They have, hands down, the best craft beer list in Boston. The staff is knowledgeable, the food is excellent, and there's a wonderful pub atmosphere. So - where should go in Mill Valley?
Kathryn Callagy September 17, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Welcome Cate - Can't wait to work together!
Jessica Mullins September 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Welcome to the Marin team, Cate!
Mari September 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Welcome and Good Luck!
James Pali December 19, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Great more east coast transplants


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