Jonathan Paradis is Assistant Director, Old Saybrook Parks & Recreation
Who is your ideal customer?
Anyone looking for something positive to do for themselves, their family, or their community.
What are your primary responsibilities?
Plan, develop and implement quality recreation and leisure programs for the town of Old Saybrook, marketing programs and the Department, developing community relationships
What do you love about your job?
being able to meet and provide services to our community and in my industry of recreation and leisure services, to be able to provide the town I live in is a great bonus!
Name your favorite Chamber service, program or event.
As a food guy, I love the Chili Fest! But the BCH's have been a great way to meeet people in the community.
What are some of your interests or hobbies?
Cooking, kayaking, playing softball, volleyball and basketball
What is your personal philosophy on how to be successful?
"If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail."
Jonathan Paradis is Assistant Director, Old Saybrook Parks & Recreation
The purpose of the contest is to recognize the outstanding work of journalists across the state. All entries are judged by journalists outside of Connecticut through a swap with SPJ chapters around the country.
Shore Publishing’s weekly papers and website Zip06.com competed in the Hyperlocal category, the most crowded and competitive field in the contest. In that category, Shore won three first, four second, and three third place awards. Shore’s quarterly lifestyle magazine elan took a second place in the Regional C category.
First place awards:
Investigative Reporting - Becky Coffey of the Harbor News for “A Westbrook Drama”
Headlines - Pam Johnson of The Sound
Humorous Column - Juliana Gribbins for her Shoreline Living column “Digging Out the Ornaments”
Second place awards:
Continuing Coverage - Guilford Courier staff for “Fradiani Fever”
Education - Becky Coffey of the Harbor News for “Letting Go Builds Resilience”
Sports News - Brett Selmont of the Valley Courier for “Warriors Dedicate Double OT Win to Coach King”
Sports Photo - Kelley Fryer of The Source for “The Last Leg”
Page 1 Layout - Jennifer Corthell and Julie Eckart Johnson for the fall issue of elan magazine
Third place awards:
General Column - Amy J. Barry for her My Generation column “Meet the Mad Men Dad of a Baby Boomer”
Local Reporting - Pem McNerney for “Living with Connecticut Wildlife”
Religion – Pam Johnson of The Sound for “To Enlighten & Equip: Keane Facilitates ‘Facebook Generation’ Forum”
Shore Publishing’s Managing Editor, Brian Boyd offers, “I’m incredibly proud to get to work with such a dedicated and talented crew. I’m also very happy to see that the range of recognition we won – from investigative reporting to columns to sports news and photos – reflects the wide range of news and information we’re delivering to our communities each week in print and every day at Zip06.com.”
“Our news staff takes pride in what they do and it shows in their writing,” says Publisher Robyn Collins. “We’ve been ‘hyperlocal’ since the company started in 1996. Now that the term has taken hold in a bigger way, we aim to offer the most comprehensive local news coverage that we can. I’m very proud of our team.”
Visit connecticutspj.org for more information
The award itself is a graceful statuette sculpted in the likeness of Katharine Hepburn by Kimberly Monson, an artist and faculty member of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. It will be presented to Cavett at the organization’s annual Summer Gala on Saturday August 27th.
Cavett is best known for his eponymous talk show “The Dick Cavett Show,” and his in-depth and sophisticated interviews with fascinating people. His television program boasts one of the most famous conversations with Katharine Hepburn, who rarely agreed to interviews.
The August 27th Gala will take place on the historic Old Saybrook Town Green. The event begins at 6 pm with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails under the tent. Dinner and dessert will be complemented by live and silent auctions as well as remarks celebrating Mr. Cavett and another tremendous year of arts and culture at “The Kate.“ The Eturnity Band, which headlined Time Magazine’s 75th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall, will then turn the party up a notch, filling the dance floor with current tunes and crowd favorites. Dancers/instructors from the Arthur Murray Dance School will perform and join the party.
Numerous sponsorship levels are available, which include a variety of benefits and visibility. The event’s top Partner Sponsor may participate in the awarding of the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award to Dick Cavett among other great benefits. Executive Producer Sponsors receive preferred seating for 10, branding on various printed and web materials, and an ad in the program. Presenter Sponsors receive 4 tickets, branding on various printed and web materials, and an ad in the program. Producer Sponsors receive 2 tickets with preferred seating, branding on various printed and web materials, and an ad in the program. Director Sponsors receive branding on various printed and web materials, and an ad in the program.
Visit http://thekate.org/events/2016KateGala/ for sponsorship details or to purchase tickets. For more information contact Dana Foster at email@example.com
About the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts organization located in an historic theatre/town hall on Main Street in Old Saybrook. Originally opened in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Center has been renovated with public funds from the Town of Old Saybrook and donations raised by the Trustees of the Center. It includes a 250-seat theatre and a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook’s most celebrated resident. As befits an organization born of such a public/private partnership, programming is eclectic, offering something for all ages and income levels on the Connecticut shore and in the lower river valley.
High Hopes is asking supporters to join the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge #sharehighhopes Campaign by taking the following steps:
Take a photo of someone or something that gives you hope.
Share your picture and your story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and include the hashtag #sharehighopes and make sure to tag High Hopes, @highhopestr, or
Email your photo and story to firstname.lastname@example.org
Support the campaign by making a special gift at www.highhopestr.org/donate
Dollars raised from the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge will help High Hopes fund nearly 80 percent of the costs of its programs, so that they remain affordable to approximately 1,700 participants served annually.
For more information about High Hopes and the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge, visit highhopestr.org.
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High Hopes is one of the oldest and largest therapeutic riding centers in the United States, operating since 1974 and accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH Intl.) since 1979. High Hopes is committed to providing the highest quality service to all who might benefit, regardless of their financial means.