Monday, December 4, 2017

Congratulations, Willie Howard!
And about the news, “A raft of press awards for The Coastal Star”.

Mr. Willie Howard, many City of Lake Worth residents will recall, was a former long-time
Post beat reporter for the City.

Below is Mr. Howard doing his “Man on the Spot” election reporting in November 2009 at what is now called C.W.S. Bar + Kitchen on Lucerne Ave. All the action that Election Day was chronicled as well by the inimitable Lake Worth blogger Tom McGow; see the image below produced by McGow of reporter Willie Howard going over the election results eight years ago.

Sadly, Barbara Jean Weber, the woman in the image below (center) has recently passed. This was front page news in The Lake Worth Herald last week with headline, “An Angel Leaves Lake Worth”.
From the Herald, “The never ending smile which graced the City Commission meetings in Lake
Worth for many years has left the building . . .
[Barbara Jean] searched for and found
the good in everyone she met.”

Back to Willie Howard and the
news in The Coastal Star.

Lake Worth’s former beat reporter recently took home a first- and second-place award for “Excellence in Journalism” (see bullet lists below):

The Coastal Star collected six first-, three second- and six third-place awards in the 66th annual Excellence in Journalism Competition sponsored by the Florida Press Club.
     The awards were handed out at the Press Club’s banquet Nov. 4 in Sarasota.
     The Coastal Star took home honors in the Class D division, which encompasses non-daily newspapers, community, tribal and college newspapers. Florida magazines and newspaper supplements are included in the class.

To read the entire article in The Coastal Star
click on this link.

In bullet list form here are the first- and second-place winners for “Excellence in Journalism”:

“First-place awards went to”
  • Cheryl Blackerby, Writing: Environmental News
  • Mary Hladky, Writing: Health Writing
  • Willie Howard, Writing: Sports Column
  • Rich Pollack, Writing: Public Safety Reporting
  • Scott Simmons, Layout: Front Page Design
  • Tim Stepien, Photography: General News
“Second-place awards went to”
  • Brian Biggane, Writing: Sports Feature Writing
  • Hiram Henriquez, Illustration: Info-graphic Presentation
  • Willie Howard, Writing: Environmental News
To see all of the latest news in The Coastal Star, “A community of neighbors celebrating life along the shore” use this link.