April 2012

Carlos Guzman Receives AFCP's DSA Award

Carlos Guzman was named the recipient of the annual Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) Craig McMullin Distinguished Service Award.The presentation was made by last year's winner, Tim Bingaman, at the annual conference in Atlanta, Ga. In making the presentation, Bingaman said, "Last year I was honored to receive the Craig McMullin Distinguished Service Award. This year I am... + Read More

The President's Message: April 2012

See you in a few weeks! Here's what to expect:Congratulations, Carlos Guzman!Carlos was named the recipient of the prestigious Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) Distinguished Service Award at the recent conference in Atlanta. (See related article.)Carlos has served the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) well for a number of years, but he hasn't stopped there. He has also served... + Read More

2012 Conference Venue & Directions

Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & MarinaThe 2012 Community Papers of Florida (CPF) annual conference will be held at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina near Stuart. (Driving directions are attached below.)The Hutchinson Island Marriott is the gateway to exploring the Treasure Coast of Florida. Historic downtown Stuart features waterfront dining, antique shops and... + Read More

The Three Minute Idea Fair Returns!

It will be like old times at the Stuart conference when Gary Hawken returns to moderate the Three Minute Idea Fair.Hawken, the former owner and publisher of Flashes Shopping Guide in Stuart, was a member of the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) for over 30 years. He held every office, including that of president, and served on the board of directors for close to 20 years.For over 10 years he... + Read More

Friday's Welcome Reception

Great food, entertainment and a trip to downtown Stuart are in store for members of the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) who attend the annual conference May 4-5.The reception will be held on Stuart's famous "Riverwalk" at the Lyric's Flagler Center. The Lyric's three rooms are designed for film showings, off-Broadway shows, weddings, lectures, fashion shows and business... + Read More

Derby Hat Contest!

Show us your best Kentucky Derby hat creation and win some cold, hard cash! You just might be lucky enough to take home $50 for third place, $100 for second place, or $150 for your first place Derby hat creation. Just click on the electronic flip-page version of the newsletter (found on the home page) and flip to page 8 for some inspiring hats from last year's conference that will get your... + Read More

Rhonda Hillier Resigns from CPF Board of Directors

After serving on the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) board of directors for over 20 years, Rhonda Hillier submitted her letter of resignation in April.Hillier served as CPF's president in 1998 and 1999. During that time, CPF supported and was instrumental in getting the "10-20-Life" bill passed in the Florida legislature. The law provides that when a person commits a crime with a... + Read More

"Best of the Best" First Quarter Winners

Tower Publications in Gainesville won the lion's share of the $5,000 first quarter award money in the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) "Best of the Best" network classified contest.Tower's Pam Slaven led the points contest and received $1,000. Ann Waite was close behind. She took second place honors and $700. This made manager Charlie Delatorre the big winner with $1,700.Third... + Read More

In Memoriam: Bill Sharpe

Bill Sharpe was found dead in his office on State Street in Tampa on April 2, 2012.Sharpe owned Tampa Marketing Co., publisher of the South Tampa Community News, which distributed 25,000 on a monthly basis in that area. About a year ago he started Tampa Epoch, a monthly paper that was sold by the homeless on Tampa street corners. His goal was to help these individuals earn some extra income.He... + Read More

The Corcoran Report: April 2012

The 2012 Regular Legislative Session officially closed at midnight, March 9th. During the 60-day session, Florida's Legislature completed the state budget for the coming year, passed 292 of the 2,052 bills filed this session, and completed the once-a-decade task of redrawing district boundaries for State House, Senate and Congressional districts in Florida. The pace of the session was less... + Read More

CPF Welcomes a New Associate Member!

Mirabel Technologies, Inc.800 E. Broward Boulevard, Suite 510Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301Contact Person: Donna Tosip. 954-332-3203f. 206-237-2185e. dtosi@magazinemanager.comw. www.magazinemanager.com

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