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Baltimore Sun Media Group
Editorial: Clear and concise writing with especially nice feature stories (e.g. the one
about the mother and son fundraising and running the half marathon). Good compel-
ling photos - good use of color.
Typography: Easy to read fonts/masthead the paper adopted in 2014 is a lovely im-
Advertising: Clear and easy to read.
Other Comments: Found good stories to cover — appreciate this as a reader.
From Editor Melanie Dzwonchyk:
‘‘Our mission is to inform our readers and tell them stories through great reporting, compelling writ-
ing and arresting photography. We don't do it for the awards but we are gratified and honored that
the Local Media Association has recognized the work of our staff."
arlier this year, LMA
unveiled an elite
group of 23 newspa-
pers who took honors in the
coveted 2014 Newspaper of
The Year contest and in Janu-
ary we began a continuing
series of spotlighting these
publications. In this edition
we congratulate the win-
ners in Class C, representing
non-daily newspapers with
circulation between 22,500
Special thanks to the
Medill School of Journalism,
Media, Integrated Marketing
western University, Chicago,
Ill. for judging this contest
and to Newspaper Toolbox
for hosting the online contest
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Black Press Community Media
Editorial: Clean writing and good variety of stories. The ‘Run For
Water’ feature was nicely done. Good photos that add to stories.
Typography: Clear layout and reader friendly fonts. Good use of
graphics to notify readers of parts of stories that are online.
Advertising: A lot of advertising but nicely laid out and easy to
read. Good classified section — well organized.
Other Comments: Nice — an enjoyable read!
From Editor Andrew Holota:
“While community newspapers have faced significant challenges in the past decade, they remain as
important and integral as ever to the fabric of an informed, engaged community. The Abbotsford News
team strives to follow our mandate of providing a dynamic, accurate reflection of our city to print and
online readers, and we're very honoured to be recognized for our efforts.”
Runners hit the road at the start of the 5K event at the Run for Water on Sunday morning on Bevan Avenue. Approximately 4,500 people participated in the seventh
annual race series, which also included 10K, half-marathon, full marathon and ultra marathon distances.
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on South Fraser Way
A3 Animal cruelty cited in case
of supposedly stolen dogs which
actually died of heat stroke
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Observer Media Group
Editorial: Solid and clear writing.
Good variety of stories (hard news
and features) and a lot of stories to
Typography: Clean and attractive
layout (front page and front of sections especially); good use of color
with easy to read fonts and headlines.
Advertising: Attractive color advertising that is well organized.
Other Comments: An impressive paper and impressive amount of
coverage. Fun to read.
From Executive Editor Kat Hughes:
"We're always thrilled when the Local Media Association recognizes
our work. And while we're grateful for the Honorable Mention rec-
ognition, we liked it more the previous two years when the Sarasota
Observer was Newspaper of the Year in its category both years. The
latest results remind us of that cliché: You can't rest on laurels. We
need to step it up — and we will!"
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Classifieds ....... 10B
Cops Corner ...... 12A
Crossword ........... 9B
Real Estate......... 6B
Weather .............. 9B
Vol. 11, No. 1 | Four sections
FREE • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014
+ Observer on the
hunt for displays
We’re making our list of the
best holiday lights displays
in Sarasota and checking
it twice. Do your neighbors
go all-out with thousands of
lights for their holiday decora-
tions? Is your house the talk
of the neighborhood? Send
us your recommendations for
best holiday displays (includ-
ing addresses) by Dec. 8. The
top displays will be featured
in our Dec. 18 edition. Send
your recommendations to
Staff Writer Amanda Morales
An early Guy Peterson
house is as stylish now
as when it was built.
Find the hottest
with our Gift
+ The gift of music
Riverview High School
received a donation of
$5,000 during a break in
the Kiltie Band Fall concert
on Nov. 20. Members of
the Band Seven Years Past
presented a check to the
Riverview High School Music
Department for $3,500 from
the battle of the bands at
Rock for a Cause Oct. 11.
The Community Foundation
of Sarasota County decided
to increase the total amount
to $5,000 with an additional
donation of $1,500.
+ Coming together
for the community
All Faiths Food Bank
called on volunteers to
help distribute 7,000
Saturday. Families in
need picked up a pack-
age that included a frozen
turkey with side dishes.
The meals were made pos-
sible by a $35,000 grant
from the Kathleen K.
Catlin Foundation of the
Community Foundation of
Volunteers Jason, Karen
and Amanda McGuire
After six years at Bay
Crew wants to expand
the program to new
Sarasota Crew is expanding —
by 3.2 acres.
The nonprofityouth rowing or-
ganization purchased three par-
cels of land on Bayview Lane in
Osprey for $975,000 Nov. 10.
The crew has been launching
out of Bay Preserve in Osprey
since 2008; before that, it used a
launch at Historic Spanish Point.
Since theprogram began in 2002,
however, it’s attracted more ath-
letes, and now it needs a new
“We’ve seen substantial growth
since 2002,” said Susan Kenyon,
executive director of the organi-
zat io n.
The site at 120 Bayview Lane is
already home to eight buildings
and a dock. Kenyon said the dock
would probably have to be refur-
bished toaccommodate Sarasota
The organization is working to
builda long-term plan for growth
and hopes the new property can
be the centerpiece. However,
plans for the bayfront parcel are
not solidified, Kenyon said.
“It’s exciting for us. ... We hope
to have more information soon,”
Sarasota Crew is applying to
the county to rezone part of the
Sarasota Crew members com-
pete at the Sarasota Invitational
Regatta in February.
SEE PURCHASE / PAGE 2A
If you tell Chris Jett you
haven’t been to a food truck
in Sarasota, he won’t hold it
Jett, the co-owner of Sara-
sota’s first licensed food truck
and a founder of the SRQ Food
Truck Alliance, might have rea-
sons to feel personally affront-
ed.Still, he knows many people
may not be familiar with his
truck, Baja Boys, or the more
than 20 other trucks involved
with the SRQ Food Truck Alli-
For those who haven’t pa-
tronized one of those busi-
nesses, Jett does pose one
question: Why not?
The answer may lie with
county and city rules, not con-
sumers. Food trucks, a bus-
tling trend nationwide, are
just beginning to establish a
foothold in Sarasota. The SRQ
Food Truck Alliance, formed
earlier this month, is focused
on reforming Sarasota County
and cityofSarasota regulations
governing food trucks.
The group lists a variety of
those regulations as major ob-
stacles to success. As a com-
parison, Jett points to a battle
in Chicago over regulations
that prevent food trucks from
operating within 200 feet of a
In Sarasota, regulations are
four times as stringent, pre-
venting mobile vendors from
operating within 800 feet — the
length of more than two foot-
ball fields — of a traditional
The SRQ FoodTruck Alliance
has attempted to enlist outside
help as it pushes for new regu-
keep on truckin’ by David Conway | News Editor
The SRQ Food Truck Alliance formed to reform city and county
regulations — but, first, it’ll have to reach out to local officials.
Michelle Jett, co-owner of the Baja Boys food truck, is one of the vendors hoping to see Sarasota offi-
cials revisit the regulations on mobile vendors.
Chris Jett, co-owner of Baja Boys, said any characterization of
food trucks as unsanitary and unsightly was outdated, citing the
praise his business has received from customers and media.
SEE ALLIANCE / PAGE 2A
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Black Press Community Media
Editorial: Great in-depth reporting (I par-
ticularly enjoyed the feature about the dad
in Afghanistan) and clear concise writing.
Solid photography too.
Typography: Visually pleasing reader
friendly layout. Good clear fonts used in
headlines and articles.
Advertising: A lot of advertising but
doesn't take away from stories.
Other Comments: A very enjoyable read
From Editor Greg Knill
“At a time when the world is awash in
information, when global events are only
a click away and headlines pop hourly
into a smart phone, local newspapers
play a critical role in the communi-
ties we serve. We remain the only true
source of local information – informa-
tion that cuts through the online chatter
and Facebook gossip to deliver fair and
accurate accounts of our world to our
It takes a real team effort to achieve
success. As resources shrink and
responsibilities grow, the ability of any
news organization to work as a cohe-
sive unit is paramount. Fortunately
at the Chilliwack Progress, we’ve got
that team. From the front office to the
press hall, there is a passion to present
our readers with the best product we
can, either in print, online and through
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Ruth & Naomi’s Mission executive director Bill Raddatz and cook Steve Ivan are cooking up a plan to feed lunch to kids during the
teachers’ strike. JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS
not stop Fox
One of the Terry Fox Foundation’s
most effective fundraisers will go ahead,
no matter how long the BC school strike
Each year, close to 1,400 schools
B.C . and the
Fox and his
money and do
a run in their
Terr y Fox
says this year’s
Run Day is
Sept. 24. Even
if students were
back in school today, it’s unlikely ever y-
one could get themselves organized by
But Fox says that date is more of a
suggestion or guideline than anything
set in stone.
“Everyone I’ve spoken to has com-
mitted to holding an event whenever
they can,” she explained. “If that’s not
September, then we’re completely happy
to support them in October or November
or any other time.”
Even April is a viable option, and very
symbolic. On April 12, 1980 Terr y Fox
started the Marathon of Hope in St.
Help for hungry kids in the downtown core
Ruth and Naomi’s Mission
has brainstormed a way to
help feed hungry children in
Chilliwack — at least while the
teachers’ strike is on.
They are reaching out to the
community in the downtown
core since some of the free meal
programs for inner-city kids are
now on hold pending resolution
of the labour dispute.
They became aware of a gap-
ing need around the downtown
core, and took action, said Bill
Raddatz, executive director of
Ruth and Naomi’s Mission. They
are joining forces with Bowls
of Hope to provide nutritious
lunches and snacks.
It’s students who would have
otherwise been helped through
programs at McCammon,
Bernard, Little Mountain and
Central elementary schools.
“Speaking with some of the
principals of these schools, we
estimate that roughly 30 kids
per school are going hungry
every day,” said Raddatz.
That’s about 120 at least.
Many of these young learners
have lunch and then go hungry
until the next day.
“They go without snacks after
school and no dinner,” he said.
“So we here are, coming to bat
for these kids.”
Here is the plan:
“Those (families and the
students) who counted on the
lunch program at the above
listed schools, can come to the
Mission on Monday to Fridays
for lunch,” Raddatz told The
Lunch will be served from
1 p.m. until 2 p.m. starting
Monday, Sept. 15. Bowls of
Hope is working on the soup
aspect, while the Mission will do
the sandwiches and snacks.
“We will continue to provide
this ser vice until the strike is
The folks at the downtown
mission are not stopping with
lunch. They also plan to start
a Family Feast hour between 6
“This is for the poor and
working poor of Chilliwack who
only qualify for this new ser vice
if they have children.
“All children must be accom-
panied by a legal guardian. This
meal service will be offered
daily except Sundays.
They’re looking at their
Sunday programming and the
plan is to have something in
place by November.
They’re working with the
faculty and PAC of Chilliwack
Central Elementary School
with an eye to “stepping up and
providing snacks for their after
school program,” as well.
The meal provision will be
addressing hunger in the neigh-
bourhood in a practical way.
Continued: SUPPORT/ p5
$1.4 million for the
Fox foundation last year
Continued: FOX/ p7
spoken to has
~ Kirsten Fox
Getting a taste of
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