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Beline Obeid

We're here to stay

This has been a busy and great year for us at the Grosse Pointe News.

November 08, 2012
This has been a busy and great year for us at the Grosse Pointe News.

We're making a strong, renewed commitment to simply be the best at providing must-read information to our readers and advertisers each week.

Among the recent changes, we've doubled the size of our inside sales department in the last month, making sure our customers get the best service possible. We're adding staff in other departments with only one goal in mind: We're going to make some great improvements to the Grosse Pointe News. Helping this cause will be veteran newspaperman J. Gene Chambers, our new CEO (story at left). Together we will work hard to improve this paper. We will learn a lot working with Gene.

At a time when many news organizations are cutting back, we're going to become better at what we do. You will see more names, photos and information in the pages of this paper. You'll see unique content on our website, too. We're going to step up our efforts.

Another big change for us came midyear, as we prepared for a move from the Hill.

As with any business that relocates, people have asked us why we moved to Mack Avenue in October.

There were several factors. Our new building has parking for our 25 employees. Our customers are able to park on three sides of our building. One lot offers private, free parking – a hot commodity in the Grosse Pointes.

It's a location that serves our base of advertisers even better. We're closer to the middle of the action with papers in Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores.

Our new building also allows our team to work together on the same floor, enhancing communication while we make several changes and move forward with an aggressive and efficient agenda. During the move we invested in all new computer equipment, servers and software. Our employees, customers and readers will reap the benefits of this change as we become proficient with our state-of-the-art technology.

Please don't misunderstand – Grosse Pointe Farms was terrific. Our neighbors, landlord, city officials and police were wonderful. And we're finding the same is true in Grosse Pointe Woods.

We're proud of this newspaper and its history. While we've moved our office from the Farms to the Woods, we've only renewed our commitment to offer you the best community newspaper available.

We will continue to sponsor and support the dozens of events in all of the communities we serve, working with municipalities, the Chamber of Commerce, clubs, associations and schools as we start our 73rd year in 2013.

We started this year by rolling out the St. Clair Shores Connection, a full-service tabloid publication delivered to 16,000 homes and businesses. We just celebrated our 40th issue and it's been a huge success.

We will continue to add to our circulation footprint for readers and advertisers in the coming year. To show our commitment, we just hired a full-time staff writer for the St. Clair Shores Connection. Our staff continues to grow.

We're excited about our new home and the changes we have planned to enhance our newspapers. Don't forget our special price for Grosse Pointe News subscriptions this month and if you're out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday, catch the spectacular Santa Claus Parade streaming live on our website, grossepointenews.com.

Details are being finalized for an open house. I'll share that information and invitation soon.

On behalf of the owners and staffs of the Grosse Pointe News and St. Clair Shores Connection, thank you for your continued commitment to us. We're proud to be part of this community, a great place to live and work.

If you have any questions or ideas for the Grosse Pointe News, please call me at (313) 343-5590, e-mail jwarner@grossepointenews.com, or better yet, stop by and see us.

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