The Meadoword 

941.377.2300 • Fax 941.377.2248 •

Publisher: The Meadows Community Association (MCA)
Advertising Manager: Lisa Compton •
Finance: Lisa Compton •
Distribution: MCA •
Graphic Designer: Beth McCaa •

MCA Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am—4:00 pm • Friday, 8:00 am–3:00 pm

[Display Advertising] [Classified Advertising] [Articles]
[Distribution] [Subscriptions]

The Meadoword, established in 1983 as a small community newsletter, is the monthly newspaper of The Meadows Community Association. Since that time, it has grown into a 36- to 40-page tabloid.

Distributed monthly, the newspaper includes news about what's going on in The Meadows, reports from the Association's Board and committees, and information about events and other activities of interest to the community. The paper also includes a classified section, business card section, and display advertising.

Display advertising

All ads must be camera-ready. All ads are due by the first Monday of the month prior to publication. If the first Monday falls on a holiday, ads are due the previous business day. We do not guarantee placement of an ad in a requested section of the paper.

If you would like to place a display ad in The Meadoword, contact Lisa Compton at or (941) 377-2300. See Media Kit 2020 for current ad rates and detailed specifications. All advertisers must complete and sign an advertising contract, submit camera-ready ad and prepay ads by the deadline. We accept checks and cash payments but are not set up to accept credit cards.

Please provide your camera-ready advertising artwork as outlined on page 5 of the 2020 Media Kit and send as an email attachment to The Meadoword staff cannot make any changes to ads.

The Meadoword does not accept political ads.


Classified advertising

Classified ads must be received by the first Monday of the month prior to publication. If the first Monday falls on a holiday, ads are due the previous business day.

For Classified Service Advertising please use this contract. For Classified Sales Advertising please use this contract.

If you would like to run a classified ad in our newspaper, stop by or call the MCA office during business hours (941) 377-2300. All classified ads must be prepaid.



The Meadoword is distributed to more than 4,000 residences in The Meadows. Copies are also mailed to advertisers and, on a subscription basis, to seasonal residents at their summer locations. Newspapers are also placed at various business locations in the area.


Subscription Rates

A subscription to The Meadoword is a great way to stay current with The Meadows community no matter where in the world you are! Current rates reflect a break-even cost that covers postage, labor, and materials:

USA, $2.00/month
Canada, $3.50/month
International, $6.25/month

Checks for subscriptions should be made payable to the MCA. For more information or to subscribe, contact the MCA office at The Meadows Community Association, Inc., 2004 Longmeadow, Sarasota FL 34235, (941) 377-2300, or email



Current issue

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July 2020
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VIEWING THE FILE: The online copies of The Meadoword are low-resolution (72 dpi) PDF files optimized for online viewing. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, required for opening and viewing PDF, installed on your computer, you can download it FREE at Adobe's Website. If you have a problem opening the file, refer to the additional instructions that follow at the bottom of this column.

File Size: Because the files are large, it may take a couple of minutes to load a file on highspeed connections. If you have a dialup connection, you will not be able to open or download a file.

PRINTING A FILE: You can print these files if your printer accommodates 11x17 paper; if not, you can set the page to print at 60% on letter-size {8.5 x11) paper. File print properties are set for lower resolution and cannot be changed, so a file may or may not reproduce well in print.

DIFFICULTY VIEWING OR DOWNLOADING THE MEADOWORD: Check first to be sure you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed and update if necessary. Then, try the following:

1. Right click The Meadoword icon or link beneath it to open a Context Menu.

2. On a Macintosh OS: in the Context Menu, select Download Linked File to save the file in your Download Folder or select Download Linked File As... to save the file to a folder of your choice on your computer.

On a Windows OS: in the Context Menu, select Save Target as then click Save to download the file to your computer. The percent downloaded, time remaining, Pause, Cancel, View downloads will appear at the bottom. When the download is complete, click Open to view the file.