The Long Island Press won a half a dozen awards Thursday from the Press Club of Long Island for news and entertainment coverage during the group’s annual gala at Woodbury Country Club.

The Press took home two first-place honors, three second-place prizes and a third-place award at the ceremony, which was dedicated to former Press Publisher John Kominicki and ex-Newsday columnist Les Payne, both of whom died in recent months.

“We thank the Press Club for honoring our former publisher’s impact on the region as well as our current writers for their hard work telling the stories of the Island we all love,” said Timothy Bolger, the Press‘ editor in chief, who also serves as a PCLI board member.

PCLI, the local chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), had another SPJ chapter judge the awards.

Winning first place in the health category was writer Michelle Gabrielle Centamore for her story, “Early To Rise: Creating a Brighter You,” a story about the benefits of waking up earlier. In the food and beverage category, writer Eric Voorhis earned first with “For Bridgehampton’s Ludlow Family, Cheese is a Whey of Life,” which profiled a local dairy farming family.

Also in the food and beverage category, beer columnist Bernie Kilkelly won second place for “Local Ales Keep The Home Fires Burning,” about local microbrewery’s winter beers. Press veteran Brendan Manley came in second in the travel category with, “After a Decade of Reinvention, Patchogue Once Again a Seaside Gem,” an ode to the revitalized South Shore village. And Bolger won second in the government/politics with “Scandal-Plagued Election Cycle Brings Historic Turnover on Long Island,” detailing the unprecedented number of executive-level county positions with no incumbents running for re-election last fall on LI.

Lastly, Bolger and his predecessor, Christopher Twarowski, won third place in the crime and justice category with “Who Is The Girl With The Peach Tattoo?” That story marked the 20th anniversary of the discovery of an unidentified woman’s remains, parts of which were more recently linked to the Long Island Serial Killer’s dumping grounds on Ocean Parkway.

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