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By Norb Garrett

Five years ago when we started the DP Times, our goal was to bring Dana Point a newspaper and website packed with “Local News You Can Use.” Using our “maga-paper” approach blending reader-friendly magazine-like layouts and fresh ways of reporting the news, we continue to strive to provide Dana Point with the very best in community journalism. As the only locally owned and operated newspaper, we’re proud of our role in the community and we’d like to thank all of our readers and contributors who have helped the DP Times grow.

Since its inception, the DP Times has been led by Associate Publisher Lauralyn Loynes, City Editor Andrea Swayne and Art Director Jasmine Smith. All three of these ladies have poured their hearts into the DP Times each and every week from the very beginning, supported by our entire team at Picket Fence Media including my wife, Alyssa Garrett, Michele Reddick and Debra Wells in sales, Steve Breazeale in sports and Jim Shilander and Brian Park on the news desk. As we celebrate five years, it’s also appropriate that we welcome our newest addition to the DP Times team, Andrea Papagianis, who takes over the city editor position for Andrea Swayne, who has been promoted to our group senior editor role.

As a local community newspaper and website, we’re always looking for ways to improve. Please make sure to check out our website as well as our Facebook page and share your thoughts and comments. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our special email news blasts that keep you alerted to breaking news in town and the area. We’ll soon be adding an app for your smart phone and tablet, and you can already follow us on Twitter.

But as we enter our sixth year serving the community of Dana Point, we again want to say thanks to all of you—our readers, contributor and advertisers—who  have made the past five years so much fun.


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