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Date of Issue: April 23, 2008

Islander gains eight press awards

The Florida Press Association last week announced the random list of winners of its 2007 Better Weekly Newspaper contest for excellence in journalism with The Islander newspaper honored in eight categories.

The FPA traditionally advances a list of random winners in the annual contest categories and announces the first, second, third and honorable mention winners at an award dinner at its summer convention.

For community service, The Islander’s “Veterans Honored” story and Veterans Day event was named an award-winner for community service. The Islander staff contributed to the event, and the ceremonies that are held every Veteran’s Day. Rick Catlin wrote the story.

In the editorial category, “Passage Key’s Past, Present and Future” by publisher Bonner Joy will be an award-winner, while the late Holmes Beach City Commissioner and Islander columnist Don Maloney’s “Please, Call me Fatso,” story will win an award in the humor category.

In the news story category, reporter Rick Catlin’s report on “Tax deferment draws ire of mortgage holder,” was named a winner.

Reporter Lisa Neff earned three awards for The Islander from the FPA, which will announce prizes at ceremonies in Orlando this summer. Neff was named in categories for spot news picture for “Second accident on AMI Bridge in a week,” and for photo series in one issue for her Veterans Day pictures and in the outdoor writing category for her story “M&M Boys: Gone fishin.’”

The Islander will also claim an award in the Web site development category.

The FPA annual awards ceremony and convention will be held June 5-6 at the Hilton Hotel in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.