Editor's Note: ‘It takes a village’

If ever there were an adage that describes The Coastal Star, this is it.  It really does take a village.

Those of us on the editorial side of The Coastal Star recently received 10 awards from the Florida Press Club for work in the categories of Light Feature Writing, Government News Writing, Sports Feature Photography, Portrait/Personality Photography, Front Page Design, Feature Page Design, Business Writing, Feature Photography and Religion Writing. It’s great to have this recognition from our peers.

Individual writers and photographers earned the awards for their outstanding work, but in this business, no man or woman is an island. Behind the scenes were assignment editors, headline writers, photo editors, copy editors and proofreaders who made each of these stories shine. It really does take a village, and I feel proud to work with such a talented group of journalists.

As we enter 2013, I marvel at the number of talented individuals who contribute to our publication each month. From our dedicated calendar editor, to our sales team and the artful ad builders they work with, to the graphic artists who make sure each of our photographs and advertisements are in the correct format for the printer — we couldn’t give you the quality publication we do without each and every one of them. 

I feel lucky to work with such a dedicated and talented group of people.  You guys are the best. Thank you.

Combine all the above talent with some of the classiest advertisers in South Florida, and I believe our “village” holds up a mirror to reflect back your “village,” this special place along the coast that we call home.

And because we live, work and play here, we need to contribute to our community.  That was the theme for this year’s Holiday Shopping Guide: The Gift of Giving. Each gift we feature shares the proceeds of the sale with worthwhile organizations. We hope you find this guide helpful as you look for those last-minute (and meaningful) holiday gifts.

Best wishes for a great holiday season and a happy New Year.

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By Mary Kate Leming

Executive Editor

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