It was exciting to see the first edition of College Park’s new newspaper “College Park Here & Now” in my mailbox yesterday.
Like many City residents, I have been looking forward to seeing this day for the past 5 years.
After the Gazette announced its decision to discontinue publication, some residents wanted to see a Citywide newsletter/paper to fill the void. Accordingly, I asked for a Council discussion to explore other ways to disseminate city-related information to its residents.
We discussed several ideas. One idea was to partner with a local newspaper publisher, such as the HL&T.
That discussion took place in July 2015. After many months of work, the Council finally decided to fund the paper late last year.
Thanks to my past and current Council colleagues, our hard-working staff, and in particular the editorial board of the paper in getting the first edition out of the door.
The timing of the newspaper’s debut is significant. Due to the current pandemic situation, most of our residents are forced to live in isolation. Let’s hope that the College Park Here & Now will give a sense of togetherness among our residents, and bring them closer.