Once in a while it’s good to step back and take stock.

The ShoreLine Times, which has been serving readers on the shoreline for more than 135 years, celebrates one of the true jewels of Connecticut: its coastal communities.

The shoreline, the communities, the culture and the breathtaking beauty around us — which is sometimes a blur when we are racing on Route 1 or Interstate 95 for our daily errands — are the lifeblood of this news organization.

We want to make our readers stop and take notice. Each week we aim to bring you news of your neighbors, your neighborhoods, new small businesses springing up or longtime ones celebrating milestones on Main Street. This means stories and photos about what makes the shoreline unique, like no other place in Connecticut.

This means featuring everything from baby seals beached at Hammonasset Beach State Park, to local children’s colorful theatrical productions, a dilapidated grand old home being saved, to the fascinating people who live here.

But, like the rest of the newspaper industry, we have faced challenges. And one way to weather that was to change our delivery method from mail to the less costly method of driveway delivery in some towns.

We are aware that there are concerns about the driveway delivery method. Some people want the paper and are not getting it.

And, some folks do not wish to receive the paper and want to stop driveway delivery to their residence.

To serve you better, those who would like to stop receiving the ShoreLine Times may email pbarbetta@hearst.com with the words SLT delivery in the subject line. You may also email the editor, Susan.Braden@hearstmediact.com with the same subject line. We prefer you email your request so we can better track it.

Those who wish to get the paper also should email the same folks with the same subject line.

On a personal note, I have been the editor of your hometown newspaper since 2008. I care deeply about our community as does our staff. We strive to provide you, not only important news and information about our community, but also stories that move and inspire you. It is now more important than ever that the information you receive is reported fairly and accurately and you have a place to go to read your news you can trust. I sincerely hope we’ve been able to provide this for you over the years and we will continue to do so for many years to come.

Connecticut Media Group