By Pete Mazzaccaro

The Chestnut Hill Local collected four Keystone Press Awards given out each year by the Pennsylvania News Media Association.

Associate Editor Sue Ann Rybak’s series “Struggling with Addiction” won first place in the “Series” category. The series contained three stories highlighting multiple aspects of addiction and the stories of people who have found the strength to overcome it.

From that series:
Hill native overcomes addiction, creates accessories company to inspire others
On the front lines: Fighting the opioid addiction with Narcan

Local Life Editor Len Lear won a first place award in the “Personality Profile” category for his piece, “Former CHC student now a major U.S. philanthropist,” the story of Chestnut Hill College Grad Lois Pope who used millions earned from the sale of The National Enquirer (owned and founded by her late husband Generoso Pope) for numerous charitable pursuits.

Staff Writer Brendan Sample won second place in the “Ongoing News Coverage” category for multiple reports on the issue of dogs allowed to run off leash in Pastorius Park.

From that coverage:
Second dog attack in Pastorius Park as city, friends group discuss solutions
Area dog owners weigh in on leash laws at Pastorius
Residents divided on a dog-free Pastorius Park 

Finally, contributing writer Elizabeth Coady won honorable mention in the “News Feature Story” category for “Popular Hill tavern to close after 6 decades,” the story of the closing of Chestnut Hill’s Towey’s Tavern.

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