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South Shore Standard Ceases Publication

Editor says paper did not get enough backing from advertisers.

The South Shore Standard, which was the only printed alternative to the Nassau Herald in the Five Towns, ceased publication on Thursday, its owner announced. 

The action is immediate, and Friday's issue will not be published, Howard Barbanel said.

"Unfortunately ownership and management could not sustain continued losses indefinitely and we did not sufficiently enjoy the support of the community in terms of advertising and the timely payment of the advertising we did have," he wrote. "There is a possibility that we may return in some form as a monthly but that has yet to be decided. I’d like to thank each of you for your efforts on our behalf and for your support."

The weekly newspaper first printed in March 2011 and was headquarted on Broadway in Woodmere.

ftptch October 11, 2012 at 08:28 PM
soooooo.... now the 5t has patch... herald... and countless hebrew publications...............
Five Towns Advocate October 11, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Thank you News Junkie for finally revealing the truth about what happens behind closed doors at The Standard. I second everything you said in your comment. Barbanel does not care about the community and he most certainly does not care about his employees. I can not tell you the countless times people have witnessed Barbanel make his employees cry, and on one occasion, even forced intern, who was working 40 hours a week for $100 a week, to cover story instead of being at home with an ill family member. He said that advertisers have not paid in a timely fashion but isn't it ironic that he owes former employees and investors more than $100,000? The reason his paper did not thrive is not because the quality of the paper was bad, it was because he was a self-centered ego maniac, just like the reader above me wrote. He has turned investors off with his poor attitude and selfish ways. Five Towns Patch, I urge you to reach out to employees at The Standard, and even former employees, free lancers, and advertisers and dig a little deeper. This isn't just about the paper not having enough money to sustain circulation and revenue - there is so much more to this story. Barbanel is not just a terrible editor with absolutely no business experience, he is a horrible person. This is why The Standard has seen about 20 different reporters leave since it first began. No one can stand to do business with him, so why would investors? So, like News Junkie said, KARMA Mr. Barbanel
Five Towns Advocate October 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Well said News Junkie!
5TResident October 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Well, in light of all of the above comments, maybe I don't miss the paper that much....
Bruce Davis October 12, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I always read the Nassau Herald

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