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Columbus Parent
Columbus Parent Magazine takes

home 5 awards at national convention

Columbus Parent Magazine and recently received national awards at the Parenting Publications of America (PPA) conference in New Orleans, La.

"We're thrilled to see a national organization such as PPA bestow these awards on a product we so firmly believe in," said Columbus Parent Magazine General Manager Stephen Zonars. "The number of awards won, not to mention the hundreds of other publications across the country also vying for the same recognition, is truly reflective of our product's viability."

PPA's editorial and design awards competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design achieved by publishers, editors, writers and designers at member publications.

Columbus Parent Magazine's awards in the large circulation categories include:

  • GOLD AWARD for website design -
  • GOLD AWARD for a special section within a publication - 2008 Family Guide to Ohio Colleges
  • SILVER AWARD for front cover/newsprint: Original photo - June 2008 issue
  • BRONZE AWARD for headlines - October 2008 issue
  • BRONZE AWARD for interview - Katie Couric, April 2008 issue

ThisWeek Community Newspapers win awards for excellence

  • SPORTS: In the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association contest, ThisWeek's sports team won 17 of the possible 25 writing awards in the non-daily division
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: ThisWeek's photography team won 10 awards between Ohio News Photographers Association and Suburban Newspapers of America
• Best Community Newspaper Web Site in the Nation, Suburban Newspapers of America

• Best Group-Owned Weekly Newspaper Web Site, 2008 and 2009, Ohio Newspaper Association

• 2008 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award, Second Place Best Newspaper Web Site

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Camp Nuhop, a residential summer camp for

children with special needs, celebrates 35 years of success

One parent's story

"Matt has come to Camp Nuhop for 7 years. He has wonderful experiences at camp and has tried so many new things, made friends, gained much needed self-confidence and self-esteem while there. Kids that often are teased and ridiculed throughout school feel good about themselves, have enough confidence to try new things, feel warm and wanted and smile a lot! We can never thank you enough for all you have done for Matt!"

Camp Nuhop provides services to children with special needs, including but not limited to learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, Asperger's Syndrome and behavioral disorders. For more information about how your child can experience the "magic" of Camp Nuhop, please visit, e-mail, or call (419) 289-2227. The Nuhop Center, home of Camp Nuhop, also provides residential outdoor education, school-based teambuilding workshops, teacher training, high ropes course experiences and corporate team development programs. To learn more about these services please log on to

ColumbusParent Magazine EXPO

May 2 and 3, 11-5

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Don't miss this fun-filled weekend packed full of entertainment and activities for families:

  • Enjoy performances by nationally-known musical sensation, Laughing Pizza!
  • Cheer on your favorite contestant during the popular Diaper Derby Baby Race!
  • Green up your family at the Baby the Planet feature!
  • Plan your summer vacation with the Experience Columbus 'Play in your own Backyard' Pavilion!
  • Visit vendor booths packed with family-friendly products and services!
  • ENTER TO WIN fabulous prizes including a Hershey Entertainment & Resorts stay!

Get free kids' tickets at central Ohio Papa John's locations.