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John Owens Named Editor-In-Chief Of Anton News

Angela Susan Anton, publisher and CEO of Anton Community Newspapers, has named John Owens editor-in-chief of the 17-newspaper chain. Owens is an award-winning journalist and long-time publishing executive known for building strong editorial teams and producing targeted, must-read publications.

“John is a proven editorial leader with fresh ideas, energy and vision,” said Ms. Anton. “Our organization has long been the source for community news, and now, with John spearheading the effort, our editorial success can soar to the next level.”

Owens will direct the news-gathering operations of the editors and writers covering 70 communities in Nassau County.

“I have worked with John over the years, and it is a pleasure to bring him aboard,” said Michael Castonguay, president and chief operating officer. “John’s wide-ranging talents and deep editorial experience will be an asset to Anton News, as well as to our readers, advertisers and the overall communities we serve.”

A two-decade resident of Manhasset—and reader of Anton’s Manhasset Press—Owens’ résumé includes serving as senior vice president and editorial director at international publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media, where he had creative responsibility for nearly a dozen consumer magazines, including Car and Driver, Road & Track, Popular Photography, Boating, and Travel Holiday. He was also the editorial director at Yachting magazine. 

During the 2010-11 school year, Mr. Owens taught writing to eighth and ninth graders at a public school in South Bronx. He experienced bureaucrats and “school reformers” who blame teachers for all of our educational system’s woes while depriving America’s most needy children of a decent education. The result is the book, Confessions of a Bad Teacher, which will be published by SourceBooks in Spring 2013. Owens is represented by Dupree Miller and Associates. 

Owens has made more than 100 appearances on national television and radio, including Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox News, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He also was the regular travel expert on CNBC. 

He began his career in daily newspapers at The Record in Troy, New York, and most recently edited AAA New York’s Car & Travel magazine.

“I am delighted to join Anton News and help its dedicated journalists tell the stories of our communities,” said Owens. “And, needless to say, it is an honor to work with Angela, who, in addition to her publisher’s role, is an acclaimed leader in the Long Island charitable and philanthropic community, and Mike, an incredibly talented president who is proving there is excitement and enormous opportunity in the business of community news.”

The Anton Community Newspapers publishes 17 community newspapers in Nassau County. The newspapers serve communities from the South Shore to the Gold Coast of the North Shore, and have a weekly circulation of approximately 75,000 and a weekly readership of about 150,000.

 

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The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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