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.

Member Spotlight: Jim Tully

Jim Tully is owner and publisher of Seasons Magazine. jimTully

Please describe your ideal customer/client.
My ideal customer is a business or service that seeks to reach 100% of the higher household income of our delivered towns on the shoreline. Seasons strength of direct mail delivery that is dedicated to quality and limited ads are a must buy. Seasons has a great technology platform as well with Seasons social media, videos and our Seasons Magazines CT app which is free as well. We are also working on TV show (more on that as we progress). One more aspect is that Seasons is locally owned and operated and many businesses like to support local. We use only local contributors and Seasons gives back to support our communities because that is a strong belief and practice.

What are your primary responsibilities?
I am the owner/publisher of Seasons Publications, LLC and my primary responsibilities are to run the company as a whole, formulate short and long term strategies, employ the best and most talented people and drive revenue. I do not micro-manage and I let talented people have creative freedom. I always look toward doing things differently to the benefit of our advertisers and our readers/viewers. We never forget the focus is always on our products and our clients. Our clients “get” what makes Seasons different in a world of media choices. Our retention rate is 94% and we believe we have to earn our clients business every day. At Seasons we like to challenge ourselves and always have a fun.

What do you love about your job?
So many things but the top two are to be fortunate to work with the most talented, creative people in all our departments at Seasons. I encourage out of the box thinking and never, ever settle for what can be called lazy journalism. Our 16 awards at the CT. Society of Professional Journalism this year speak to our commitment to excellence. The second half is the relationship with my clients/ad partners and future clients. They know what Seasons does for the business and the ability to work directly with the owner and only the owner is important to them. We can literally create anything and again go outside the norm for their marketing needs. That bond is truly earned and one I am most proud of with my clients. When prospective clients ask about references I suggest they call any client and ask two things; one tell me about Jim Tully and then tell me about Seasons.

Name your favorite Chamber service, program or event.
What stands out for me are the people in the COC willing to help and advise. I thoroughly enjoy the monthly morning meetings and after hours. People are the difference.

What are some of your interests or hobbies?
My wife and three children, tennis, golf and music.

What is your personal philosophy on how to be successful?
Don’t be afraid to be different and take calculated risks. Work hard, work smart and never, ever forget how fortunate that I am.

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Member Spotlight: Todd Smith

Todd Smith, Pavement Protectors in Branford, CT

Todd Smith Pavement ProtectorsPlease describe your ideal customer/client.
Our ideal customer is a home or business owner looking to maintain, repair and brighten up their asphalt driveway or parking lot.

What are your primary responsibilities?
I run just about everything at Pavement Protectors from sales to scheduling, customer service, billing, advertising, inventory, maintaining equipment, etc. but I enjoy what I do and I have a great team of guys that I work with so it’s not overwhelming.

What do you love about your job?
I love exceeding customer’s expectations. We often get calls or letters from customers letting us know how great of a job we did on their property and how much they enjoyed dealing with us.

Name your favorite Chamber service, program or event.
I truly enjoy the business connections hour the most both personally and professionally. I always like meeting new people and the BCH meetings have helped me expand our business to people I normally wouldn’t be able to get in front of to speak to.

What are some of your interests or hobbies?
I like to think of myself as a fairly decent artist, I paint murals in my spare time as a side job. Additionally, I love sports and staying active. I help out with a youth fitness program for boys and girl’s high school sports teams in Branford to help them stay in shape year round.

What is your personal philosophy on how to be successful?
Customer service is the most important thing to me. This may sound cheesy but I truly think if you’re a good person and you care about your customers needs as if they were your own, no matter what business you’re in, you’ll be successful – or at the very least you’ll be appreciated. A lot of people want to make money but very few want to help others in the process. People trust me with their money and their homes. I do my best to make them happy and exceed their expectations.

Each month, we profile a Chamber member, who is randomly drawn from attendees at the monthly Business Connections Hour, held the third Wednesday of the month.

The Medicine Shoppe: Restoring the Hometown Feel of Care

The Medicine Shoppe in Old Saybrook is here to restore the hometown feel of care, explains pharmacist Laura Craven. "We offer free delivery, personalized pillbox packaging on prescriptions, one on one care and much more. We will also make transitioning from your current pharmacy easy and hassle free. Stop in today and experience personalized care!"

The Medicine Shoppe, 535 Boston Post Road

Caitlin Nuhn Named Program Director at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

Old Lyme, CT (April 11, 2016) - Caitlin Nuhn of Westbrook, CT, has joined High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. as Program Director. In this role, she will oversee High Hopes’ therapeutic riding programs which serve more than 1,500 participants a year.Caitlin_Nuhn

A graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Caitlin earned a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. She is a life-long equestrian whose association with High Hopes goes back to her high school years when she volunteered with the organization.

Most recently, Caitlin served as Director of Training and Employment at Vista Life Innovations, Madison, CT, where she provided organizational leadership and oversaw all aspects of program services. “Caitlin is a wonderful addition to our team,” said High Hopes’ Executive Director Kitty Stalsburg. “Her extensive work within the Human Services field and direct client contact will bring of a high level of expertise to High Hopes.”

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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.

Member Spotlight: Dianne Hunt-Mason

Dianne Hunt-Mason, APRN and Psychotherapist

Describe your ideal customer/client.DHM
A person who is goal-focused and insight-oriented.

What are your primary responsibilities?
Diagnosing and treating issues regarding mental health.

What do you love about your job?
I get to help people live their best and most productive lives.

What is your favorite Chamber program?
The membership meetings are so high powered and productive!

What is your personal philosophy on how to be successful?
Find something you love to do and then find a way to make a living doing it.

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