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    Hedy Halpert Dies

    Former Convenience Store News publisher succumbs to cancer.

    NORWALK, Conn. -- Hedy Halpert, who helped guide Convenience Store News to national prominence as the authoritative voice in the convenience store and petroleum marketing industry, died Wednesday after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 50.

    Halpert's career in the convenience store and petroleum marketing industry began nearly 25 years ago as an account executive for BMT Communications Inc., the founding company of New York-based CSNews.

    Halpert quickly moved up the ranks at CSNews, ascending to publisher and eventually president of BMT, whose magazine titles also included the Journal of Petroleum Marketing (JPM), U.S. Distribution Journal, Food Logistics, Smokeshop and International Gaming and Wagering Business.

    In 1996, following the sale of BMT's retail books, Halpert was named president of Macfadden Business Communication's beverage magazine group. In 1999, the beverage group was acquired by VNU Business Publications, where she served as a senior vice president until 2001.

    Halpert was born in New York City Nov. 21, 1951 to Laura Abramson Halpert and the late Louis Halpert. In addition to her mother, she was survived by her husband Joel Lichtenstein of Westport, Conn. and a brother, Martin Halpert, of Staten Island, N.Y.

    Funeral services will be held today at the Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk, Conn. with burial to follow at New Montifiore Cemetery, Pinelawn, N.Y.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Aleph-Bet Preschool, C/O Beth Israel Synagogue, 40 King Street, Norwalk, Conn. 06851.

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