Get to Know the Guest Editor

Guest editor Melissa Phy shares a little about herself with Ramona.

Hi, Ramona!

That's me, up at the top left corner of your screen. And while it's nice to have a face to a name, it's even nicer to know a little something about the person in charge of informing the town.

I'm so honored to be filling in as guest editor for Ramona Patch during this transition time when the baton gets passed from Julie Pendray to the new permanent replacement. I've got some big shoes to fill, as Julie is a top notch journalist, known for her quick and precise reporting; but I feel ready to take on the challenge.

Julie has shown me around town and I've got to meet some of the faces of Ramona already, making me feel more at home. If you haven't met me yet, look out for me around town chasing down the fire trucks or sitting in front of Packards Coffee typing furiously away or hiding out in the cool library.

You're probably wondering what my background in journalism is. I graduated from San Diego State University in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in English. Writing has always been a passion of mine and I feel very grateful to be doing what I love for a living.

My first official journalism job was with Coronado Patch back in 2010. I was hired as a freelance writer and wrote several columns for the site until July 2011, where I was contracted with Patch as the regional calendar editor. Since then, I've been stocking the various San Diego Patch sites with events and writing different pieces that are assigned to me, including event previews.

I have also been guest editor for Coronado, Lemon Grove and Ramona Patch when the editors of each site have taken their much-needed vacations. I have experience in writing breaking news, including a boat fire in Coronado and the untimely death of local star athlete Ryan Morgan, features, obituaries, crime reports and more.

Ramona is a great town full of stories. I know the hot issues right now are water and planning and I look forward to covering those in depth. I also am a self-proclaimed foodie, so if anyone wants to recommend some "must-eat" establishments in town or nearby, I'm all ears.

Melissa Phy July 09, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Hi all! It seems that my information hasn't been updated in the left hand corner of Patch. If you want to reach me, don't hesitate to email me at phy.melissa@gmail.com!
Doris Chambers July 09, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Welcome to this wonderful community. I am an old timer now, as I have lived here since 1969, lots of changes some good some not so good. Love this town and the people in it. So again welcome. Doris Chambers
Sharon Davis July 09, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Welcome to wonderful Ramona Melissa! I look forward to meeting you soon. Honorary Mayor Sharon Davis
Melissa Phy July 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Thanks for the welcome, Doris!
Melissa Phy July 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Thank you, Sharon! I look forward to meeting the Honorary Mayor!
San Vicente Golf Resort July 09, 2012 at 05:45 PM
All of us at San Vicente Golf Resort welcome you to our wonderful community. We are here to assist. You must meet our Chef Ben and experience his incredible culinary creations. Janice Baldridge
David B Secor July 09, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Welcome, Melissa. We depend on the Patch's for in-depth reporting on local news, issues and events. They only pick people with great talent and true commitment, so congratulations!
Dawn July 10, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Hope your time here is meaningful and satisfying! Dawn Perfect Ramona Unified Governing Board
greg Chick July 10, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Get ready for passionate conservative talk. I would like to warn you of myself too, not conservative but passionate. My time to blog is intermittent, some day show me how to be a better contributor. Julie set me up but I have not used the privileged. Have been limiting my input to replying to others...
Jennifer Diaz July 10, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Welcome to our town! Can't wait to meet you! Loved chatting with Julie around the town. Jenn Diaz
Torry Brean July 11, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Welcome! I hope you have a great experience here; Ramona is a great town. As a foodie, you will find lots of great local wines to cook and pair with, also the burgers at Cheers, Pizza at Par Lounge (Country Club), sushi at Da Tuna Shack, and I am a sucker for Salsa's California burrito.
Jane July 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
We so miss Julie but look forward to meeting you. For healthier food choices, come into Ramona Family Naturals. We have sandwiches, salads, and FROZEN BANANAS. Just a warning: they are Highly Addictive! Come sit downstairs in the air conditioning and chat with the locals that pop in. Its a family, Ramona Family.
Al Rogers July 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Welcome, Melissa. I also hope you have a wonderful experience in this unique town. Thanks to our two narrow roads down to the big cities, Ramona is one of the few close-in small towns anywhere in Southern California that has not been assimilated by urban blob. Please check out the goings on at http://eveningofprayer.blogspot.com. Coach Pete Zindler and his dedicated band of prayers has just started planning the Third Annual Ramona's Evening of Prayer on September 8. We'd love to have you look at our past events in anticipation of this one. We'll provide a press release "soon."
Julie Pendray July 31, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Thank you Jane for your comments. You'll love Melissa too! I recommend those frozen bananas! Good luck with your new location Jane, Robert, Victoria et al at Ramona Family Naturals.


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