Sunday, January 13, 2013
No News Is Bad News
Since I moved to Middletown more than 12 years ago, my Sunday morning ritual has been to stop into Central News, on Main Street to pick up a copy of the Sunday New York Times, and then head to a local coffeeshop for caffeine and eggs.
Today was my last opportunity to do so.
Since 1946, Central News has been the go-to shop for newspapers, magazines and tobacco products. As of today, Sunday January 13, 2013, Central News will no longer be selling newspapers.
"We'll still be selling magazines and tobacco, but today is the last day for newspaper sales," Sbona said. "It's a sad day."
This is but one more sign of the decline of print news media, as paper circulation has shrunk steadily over the last decade as web news sources have cannibalized readership.
"Give me a minute to let this sink in," a regular patron said after reading the sign Sbona had posted about the end of newspaper sales.