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AFCP Awards to CPF Members

Tower Publications in Gainesville, Fla., was the overall winner in the annual Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) "Best of the Best" awards competition presented at the recent annual conference in San Diego, Calif.

Tower Publications picked up 22 awards including nine first place trophies. Tower was also the Best of Show winner for the most overall points earned with winning entries.

Other Florida members with entries in the national competition included The Florida Mariner with six awards, including two for first place; Hometown News, which picked up four first place awards; and Ocean Media Solutions, which picked up three awards.

Welcome New Members!

The Community Papers of Florida extends a hearty "Welcome" to its newest members:

Joining us from the Orlando area is Shine Creative Group LLC doing business as the Orlando Pennysaver. Publisher Carolyn Stanley tells us that this 40,000 circulation shopper is published bi-weekly in Orange and Seminole Counties.

Also joining the CPF ranks is Local Community News, Inc., out of Jacksonville. Publisher Mark Pettus informs us that they publish five community news publications each month: The CreekLine (26,000 circ.) covering St. Johns and St. Augustine; the Ponte Vedra NewsLine (20,600 circ.) covering Ponte Vedra and Nocatee; the Mandarin NewsLine (29,000 circ.) and Southside NewsLine (23,000 circ.), both covering Jacksonville; and the St. Johns Business Monthly (10,000 circ.) covering St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra.

We are happy to welcome you to CPF and look forward to meeting you at the upcoming conference.

$aving Money

In a cost-cutting measure, the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) Board of Directors has joined several other free paper associaitons and reduced the audit benefits from once a year to every other year.

Since CPF pays for the member audits provided by the Circulation Verification Council (CVC), the decision will save the association over $10,800 annually.

CVC President Tim Bingaman noted that the figures for every other year audits would be acceptable to advertising agencies and media buyers.

Win an iPad!

Over the next eight weeks you'll receive emails from Douglas Fry about the upcoming conference. Read those emails, keep the Scavenger Hunt postcard you received (or the one below, if you didn't already receive it by snail mail or email) and fill it out for a chance to win an iPad at the conference.

It's that simple! There are eight blocks on the card. Each week Douglas will send you an email discussing an aspect of the conference. There is a question in the email. Answer the question and put it in the correct spot on the card to enter for a drawing of an iPad.

If you aren't already receiving these emails from Douglas, email Barbara (CPFDisplayAds@aol.com) so she can get you added to the list.

CPF members can make both conference and hotel reservations on one form. Go to www.communitypapersofflorida.com and click on the "Conference" tab at the top of the page for the electronic registration form, or complete the paper one on page 7 and fax it to 352-347-3384. But do it now while you're thinking about it!

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