It is not often that we have used this space for a letter from the publisher, but I wanted to personally inform you of some exciting changes at Community Newspapers.
Beginning Jan. 25, South Shore NOW, formerly the Bay Viewer, the Cudahy-St. Francis Reminder-Enterprise and the South Milwaukee Voice Graphic will return to Thursday delivery and begin publishing under the new name. We also will publish Oak Creek NOW, formerly the Oak Creek Pictorial, which also will include coverage of Franklin, Hales Corners and Greendale. This should be the final phase of significant changes that began last fall with the development of our www.MyCommunityNOW.com Web site.
The newspaper will include local news and sports coverage, the things you've told us to retain in the newspaper - police report maps, Government Watch and columnists such as Charlie Sykes, Dennis Shook and Matt Pommer, as well as some new items from the Web. We will feature, for example, the best of bloggers such as Sonia Simko, Greg Janisch, Jerry Ashbaugh and Jerrianne Hayslett.
For Milwaukee Journal Sentinel home delivery subscribers, South Shore NOW and Oak Creek NOW will be delivered Thursdays with the daily newspaper. Our Circulation Department is in the process of contacting subscribers with additional information. Newsstand copies of the Thursday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also will include a NOW paper. Those who don't receive a Thursday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at their home may pick up a free copy of NOW papers at select locations.
The changes are part of our continuing effort to serve the needs of our readers, advertisers and our company's shareholders. Our goal is to preserve the best aspects of our Bay View, Cudahy, St. Francis, South Milwaukee and Oak Creek newspapers, which have served these communities for 29, 97, 97, 114 and 50 years, respectively, while exploring ways to reach new readers and advertisers online.
You can always find up-to-the-minute community news at our Web site. Log on to www.MyCommunityNOW.com to submit your stories, photos and blogs, as well as to find the latest news and information about your community.
The combination of these three products - your weekly community newspaper, the local Web site and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state's largest daily newspaper - provide you with the best and most complete news and shopping information about your neighborhood.
We understand change can be difficult, and we appreciate your loyalty throughout the transition. In the long term, we anticipate these changes will enable us to provide you with a good balance of editorial and advertising information - in print and online. You can contact me at (414) 224-2427 or our editor, Roger Bartel, at (262) 317-8553.
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