The Greater New Milford Spectrum has been named a "Distinguished Newspaper" for 2010 by the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA).

The Spectrum, a Hearst Connecticut Media Group publication which covers the towns of New Milford, Washington, Bridgewater, Roxbury, Sherman, Kent and Warren, was among four newspapers in the weekly circulation more than 10,000 to be honored Oct. 21 at the association's annual Better Newspapers awards ceremony in Natick, Mass.

The Vineyard Gazette of Martha's Vineyard was selected as the "Newspaper of the Year" in that division and The Spectrum was among three newspapers to be given "Distinguished" awards.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group papers made a strong showing at the Better Newspapers awards ceremony.

"Everyone on our staffs should be proud of their contributions to these awards," said David McCumber, editorial director for HCMG. "The judges weigh all of the hard work that goes into the Daily Miracle -- from advertising to reproduction as well as editorial -- and everyone owns a piece of this recognition.

The Connecticut Post was named Newspaper of the Year in the organization's highest circulation category and the Advocate of Stamford was Newspaper of the Year in the 13,500-22,500 daily circulation category.

The Post was also named a Distinguished Newspaper in the large-circulation Sunday Edition category.

NENPA also earned three Publick Occurrences Awards for examples of outstanding journalism:The Post won for "Betrayal of Hope," Michael Mayko and Christian Abraham's Haiti project; the Greenwich Time won for Debra Friedman's story about the doctor who used the wrong sperm in a fertility procedure; and The Advocate won for Breaking the Sound Barrier -- a collaborative effort with staff from The Post and Greenwich Time.