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Spotlight nabs five Press Association Awards

The awards were the first for Wiff and Sabbatino, who both joined The Spotlight in the summer of 2008.

Spotlight Sports Editor Rob Jonas took home second place in the Sports Feature category for a story on the emerging sport of cyclocross.

"It's an honor to be recognized by my peers," said Jonas, who has garnered more than a dozen NYPA awards in the decade he has been with The Spotlight. "The cyclocross story was a fun one to work on, and I'm glad the judges thought it was just as fun to read."

Spotlight Editor Bill DeVoe earned a third place award for "Pop Culture," a column that appears monthly in The Spotlight and on www.spotlightnews.com. This is the third NYPA award DeVoe has earned for the column and his seventh overall.

The Spotlight also took home a paper-wide award for Best Use of Multimedia for its public payroll finder, a comprehensive database of public employees, their titles and salaries. The public payroll finder is on the paper's Web site, www.spotlightnews.com.

"The Spotlight has taken on an important effort to make public information available online," said the judges.

"I'm very proud of the work our staff is doing," said Spotlight owner and publisher John McIntyre. "At a time when newspapers are getting knocked around a bit, it's invigorating to be reminded of the important work we do in the community. We've delivered insightful, thorough, award-winning journalism for decades now, and we plan on doing so for decades to come."

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