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For immediate release: April 19, 2007
For further information contact: Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig

Judiciary Wins Astra Awards for Newsletter

Judiciary Times, the statewide newsletter of the New Jersey Judiciary, has been awarded two silver Astra Awards for Excellence in Writing from the New Jersey Communications, Advertising and Marketing Association (NJ CAMA). The awards were presented during the recent annual awards ceremony at Mercer County Community College.

The Judiciary also received gold and silver Astra Awards in 2004 and 2006 in the Excellence in Writing: Newsletter category. This year, NJ CAMA received 300 entries, a 30 percent increase over last year's submissions. A panel of independent experts from major advertising and marketing firms in the tri-state area judged the entries.

Linda Brown Holt, the founding editor and principal writer of the Judiciary Times, accepted the awards on behalf of the Judiciary. Holt authored both of the award-winning articles; her recent article "Staff Who Keep on Giving" earned a silver award for Excellence in Writing: Newsletter, while another of her articles "Judiciary Skills on Duty in Iraq" won a silver award for Excellence in Writing: Feature Story.

"We are very proud of Judiciary Times, which has become a critical communication tool to educate our workforce and the public about our outstanding programs, initiatives and colleagues in the Judiciary," said Judge Philip S. Carchman, acting administrative director of the courts.

Judiciary Times is published four times a year and has a circulation of more than 10,000. Issued under the direction of Winnie Comfort, director of communications, the Judiciary Times provides information to judges, court staff and the public about Judiciary news and events. Articles are contributed by staff members around the state. The Judiciary Times can also be found online at www.njcourtsonline.com.

The names of Judiciary employees who contributed articles to Judiciary Times in 2006 are listed below.

Correspondents for Award-winning Judiciary Times in 2006

The following is a list of Judiciary staff who contributed articles to Judiciary Times in 2006 (Spring 2006 through Winter 2006-2007 issues). The work of these correspondents provided statewide breadth to Judiciary Times' coverage and contributed to its recognition as an award-winning newsletter.

            Tanise Aristilde, AOC
            April R. Bailey, Camden
            Janet Bastien, AOC
            Brenda Beacham, Hunterdon
            Arlene M. Bonville, AOC
            Nalo Brown, Camden
            Lisa R. Burke, AOC
            Francis Butler, Essex
            Kimberly Cicala, Essex
            Sharon Cosby, Union
            Joseph F. Davis, Hudson
            Thomas Dibble, Essex
            Gerald A. Edwards, Essex
            Ann Marie Fleury, Ocean
            Gwendolyn Jenkins, Monmouth
            Laura T. Gilsenan, Warren
            Deborah Gonzalez, Bergen
            Judith Irizarry, Mercer
            Denice Jones, Camden
            Tamara Kendig, AOC
            Sharon Kinney, Passaic
            Robert Levine, Hunterdon/Somerset/Warren
            Michael G. Levins, AOC
            Sandra Lopez-Palmer, Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem
            Terry Mapson-Steed, Monmouth
            Yolande P. Marlow, AOC
            Donna Mazzanti, Burlington
            Charles E. McCaffery (ret.), Atlantic/Cape May
            Mary Ann McGevna, Monmouth
            Renita McKinney, Passaic
            Christine L. Murzdeck, Hunterdon/Somerset/Warren
            Crystal Page, Essex
            Mary Rector, Essex
            Theresa Romano, Monmouth
            Frank Sagato, Passaic
            Shazeeda Samsudeen, Essex
            Mary L. Silva, Hunterdon/Somerset/Warren
            Laura A. Simoldoni, Bergen
            Janet Slocum, Monmouth
            Linda Taylor, AOC
            Barbara Theis, Monmouth
            Kim Daniels Walsh, Morris/Sussex
            Jane Wiegartner, Monmouth

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