Editor's Note: A busy year closes — with new products and gratitude


I can’t really explain why I have written a children’s book about a sea star named Rosie — although, I do fancy myself a writer, and The Coastal Star’s masthead does feature a sea star.
    So … mix those elements with a friend’s recommendation that I write a children’s book, and voilà!, you have Rosie’s Song, a story of family love, wrapped up with a quiet message of ocean conservation and courage.  
    To bring Rosie and her seven, busy brothers to life, I hired local wildlife artist, Deborah LaFogg Docherty. Her illustrations bring a smile to my face.  I think you will love them, too.
    So, if you have children in your life, I hope you’ll pick up a copy this holiday season.
    You can find our distribution locations on the back page of this month’s Holiday Gift Guide insert. To purchase a signed copy of the book ($20 including tax), please join Deb and me from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Family Fun Fest at the Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square. Or, bring the kids to join us for a reading and book-signing at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at Sandoway House Nature Center on A1A in Delray Beach.
    We will continually update our websites with additional reading locations, book-signings and retail outlets. We hope to have the book available on Amazon.com very soon. In the meantime, visit us at: www.cs4kidsbooks.com and www.facebook.com/CS4Kids.

A calendar, too!
After five years of publication, we’ve compiled an amazing portfolio of photographs from along our beautiful shore. This year, we’ve pulled 13 of these stunning photographs into a 2014 calendar. For $10 you can enjoy Coastal Star photographs throughout the year. For more information on locations for purchase, please see Page 2 of this month’s Holiday Shopping Guide insert.

Paper carriers
Since we have shifted delivery routes and added new carriers in the past couple of months, we will not be distributing holiday solicitation cards for our home-delivery carriers this December. If you’d like to send a note of gratitude to your Coastal Star carrier, you can mail a note to our office. Please be sure to include your street address, so we know which carrier should receive your note.
    It continues to be our pleasure to produce and deliver The Coastal Star each month. The “thank you” comments we hear from our readers throughout the year are inspirational. Thank you.    All of us at The Coastal Star wish you the happiest of holidays.
— Mary Kate Leming,

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