As owner and editor of NewCanaanite.com, I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve created the news site’s first editorial board. Four longtime residents have agreed to serve on it: Laura Budd, Julia Stewart, Rob Mallozzi and Doug Zumbach. In this capacity, they’ll review and provide feedback on all opinion pieces that appear on NewCanaanite.com under my byline or the generic site byline, prior to publication, as well as recommend topics that we should be covering for editorials and news stories, and responding to a wide range of questions from me regarding New Canaanite’s tone, voice, coverage plan and guidelines. The need for an editorial board arose out of a decision to publish endorsement letters prior to the 2017 local elections, and my own feeling that New Canaanite ought to have a standing group of trusted readers/advisors to review such opinion pieces before they’re made public. While serving on the editorial board does not necessarily mean that each member will agree with every opinion piece, it does mean that each such post will get full vetting before them.