Shore Publishing wins 11 awards from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists

Wallingford, CT - On Thursday, May 26, the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held its annual awards dinner for excellence in journalism where Shore Publishing was honored with 11 awards for the 2015 calendar year.

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 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”

 “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.”


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Dick Cavett to Receive "Spirit of Katharine Hepburn" Award

Old Saybrook, CT (May 20, 2016) – Legendary interviewer and author Dick Cavett has been chosen to receive the inaugural Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award. The award, given by the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, will be bestowed yearly upon an individual who embodies the spirit, independence, and character of the legendary actress. Dick Cavett Katharine Hepburn

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 for sponsorship details or to purchase tickets.  For more information contact Dana Foster at

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 Launches #sharehighhopes Campaign

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is being challenged by Newman’s Own Foundation: raise $50,000 in donations by June 30, 2016, and the foundation will donate $25,000 to High Hopes. To help spread the word about the challenge, High Hopes has launched #sharehighhopes, a social media, direct mail and email campaign that encourages individuals to join the movement to support High Hopes in its mission to improve the lives of people with physical, mental and cognitive disabilities through therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities.Xsharehighhopes_Logo

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
Support the campaign by making a special gift at

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

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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.