The Coastal Star

Editor's Note: Season ushers in old friends and new features

The vultures are spiraling, the tides are high and the auto-transport trucks are blocking traffic on A1A. This can only mean one thing: “Season” has begun. Welcome back, snowbirds!

Thanks to you, dear readers, the signs of an improved economy are filling our pages with increased advertising. To accommodate this growth, we are debuting several new features with this November edition. We hope you find them useful and entertaining.

• We have rebranded our Coastal Life section as Home, Health & Harmony. In this section you’ll find stories to help you better enjoy our coastal lifestyle. All your favorite columnists will be found in this section, as will our popular House of the Month feature. We hope you find useful the mini-event calendars we’ve appended to each column and will appreciate the juxtaposition of topical content and related event listings. If you have events you’d like to see listed in any of our calendars, please email our calendar editor, Michele Smith, at

• We’ve added a new feature focusing on philanthropy called Pay it Forward. This will highlight events in the community that raise money for worthy nonprofit causes.  To send pre- or post-event photos and announcements for this section, please contact our philanthropy editor, Amy Woods, at

• We’ve added a Secret Gardens column. Even if you never get your hands in the dirt, you’ll enjoy the tours of area gardens provided by Certified Master Gardener Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley and our photographers. 

• We’ve moved Thom Smith’s popular column into its own Around Town section. This allows us to add more stories and photos from area events and expand our popular month-at-glance Community Calendar listings.  As resources allow, we hope to plan even more features for this section in coming months.

We add these new features as The Coastal Star moves into its fifth year of publication.  It’s been a labor of love for all us here at the newspaper and we send a sincere “thank you” to all of our advertisers and readers for making our little venture along the coast so successful. 

Here’s to a great season for everyone along the shore.

—Mary Kate Leming, Executive Editor


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