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Letter to the Press: For the Week of June 17 – June 23

Keep Up The KIOLI

Having attended the KIOLI Business Summit at the beautiful Inn at New Hyde Park on June 11, I have only one word for Jed Morey, Beverly Fortune, the Long Island Press and the sponsors, founders and staffers who made this wonderful networking event such a great success: BULLS-EYE!

From innovative and creative marketing to breakout sessions led by the likes of Alure’s Sal Ferro, you’ve made all of us “raving fans” of


Keep It On Long Island—or as we all now say, KIOLI—has become the mantra of all of us who want to create a sustainable, livable, affordable, and, yes, profitable Long Island, not only for ourselves, but for our children and generations of Long Islanders to come.

Kioli truly is everything Long Island.

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the KIOLI movement!


Seth D. Bykofsky
Director of Counseling, College Connection

Letter From The Editor

LI Press Club Honors Long Island Press Reporters

The Long Island Press once again almost completely swept the weekly newspaper contests at the Press Club of Long Island’s media awards on June 10 (sorry, local weeklies), in addition to one of our reporters being named rookie of the year, for a total of 17 honors.

The biggest winner for the night was Kaitlyn Piccoli, our newest staff reporter, who brought home the 2010 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year Award, honoring journalists with one year of experience or less. Among topics covered in her debut were stories on college students that overuse emergency contraceptives, workplace generational clashes and a feature on Long Island’s inventors.

LI’s lone alternative newsweekly brought home the first-place prize in two categories with “Messed Up,” Christopher Twarowski’s investigation into how Nassau’s dysfunctional vehicle forfeiture program for convicted drunken drivers enables them to continue to get back behind the wheel—sometimes with deadly consequences. The story won for Government/Politics and Non-Deadline News.

Twarowski also won first place in the Features category with “This House is History,” a story detailing a homeowner’s attempts to destroy Booker T. Washington’s historic summer home in Fort Salonga—and efforts by others to save it. He also won first place in the Business/Economic/Financial reporting contest for “Nassau’s Balancing Act,” which exposed fiscal trickery within the county’s budget.

Jaclyn Gallucci won first place in the Environment/Science/Health/Technology category with “Troubled Water,” an in-depth look at underground toxic plumes seeping into LI’s drinking water reserves. The Press news staff won first place for the Online Reporting—News category, thanks to their 2009 elections coverage, while Dave Gil de Rubio won first place for “I Wanna Go Back,” a profile of musician Eddie Money, an LI native.

Press Publisher Jed Morey took home first place for General Interest/Humor Column with “Making the Case for Suozzi,” a scathing critique of former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi’s record.

The Press brought home second-place awards for: Best Website; Government/Politics category for “Undressing the Emperor,” a historical news analysis of Suozzi; Editorial for “Outrage,” an op-ed about the global financial crisis; Sports for “The Big Game,” a story about high school football; Feature for “Everything you Know About Coffee is Wrong,” a story about independent coffee roasters on LI; Photography for “Motorheads,” a story about LI car show culture; and Deadline News for “Epic Denial,” a story about how some school districts continue to ignore LI’s teen heroin epidemic.

The paper also won third place in the Non-Deadline News category for its continuing heroin series.

In addition, former Press intern Samantha Caiola, a Bay Shore High School senior, won the Hank Logeman/News12 High School Scholarship. “Over and Out,” her piece on how some high school students obsess about academics to the point where it affects their mental and physical health, was among her clips.

The Press Club of Long Island is the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, an international trade organization. Thanks to the judges for recognizing our work.

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