All posts for the month March, 2013

Paterson students find inspiration at workshop on political involvement

Published March 25, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0409Paterson student, Danielle Lowery (Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Friday afternoon I had another most rewarding experience covering a political workshop for teenage girls in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.

It was awesome interviewing teachers, politicians and the students!

Check out my article:

The Name Game

Published March 24, 2013 by Maryanne


If you call me Maryanne: You’re mostly everyone I know and know that this is what I prefer.

If you call me Mare: You’re probably a lot of people I know who feel a sense of familiarity with me. I love “Mare.”

If you call me Mary: I don’t like that –Mary is not my name.

If you call me Aunt Mare: You’re my very cool nephew, Matthew, age 12.

If you called me Mare-Mare: You were my little cousin Keith who couldn’t pronounce my full name back in the 1960s.

If you called me Mare-a-ree: You were my grandfather’s retarded parakeet.

If you call me Scooch or Snuggle Bunny: You’re my husband.

If you call me Lucy (as in “I Love Lucy”): You are my husband or my brother-in-law.

If you call me Pain in the Ass: You are probably my mother.

Highlights from Resintopia, Saturday, March 23, 2013

Published March 24, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0427Model by Vincent Bordogna, Resintopia CEO and Founder

All weekend long the Resintopia extravaganza was held at the Crowne Plaza in Fairfield, New Jersey.

My husband Dennis and I got there just as they were closing shop for the evening, but with well enough time to hit the lounge, have a beer and some snack food and see the amazing New York surf band, The Octomen, with our friends Nick Conti and Ed O’Brien; as well as Vincent Bordogna. And we got to meet actor, Jeff Yager (see photos below) who also makes models and sculptures. He came from California to be a part of this fabulous event put on by Vincent Bordogna.

A good time was had by all, as The Octomen performed two great sets and people mingled.

This was the second year for Resintopia. Next year will be even bigger! We had a BLAST!

SAM_0428Model by Vincent Bordogna

SAM_0430Model by Vincent Bordogna

SAM_0419“Six Feet Under” and “Seinfeld” actor, Jeff Yagher and Resintopia CEO Vincent Bordogna

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

SAM_0426Me and my husband, Dennis (Photo by Ed O’Brien)


The Octomen drum kit — how cool is that?

And from another show, but just to illustrate how great the Octomen are, check out this video I found on You Tube:

Westfield Community Players: A Hidden Gem in Westfield, New Jersey

Published March 23, 2013 by Maryanne

Westfield Community PlayersPhoto courtesy of Westfield Community Players

Here’s another article I just had published in the Westfield Alternative Press:

Good Old Songs or Good Ole Songs? There IS a Difference!

Published March 21, 2013 by Maryanne

Squeek SteeleMy client, Squeek Steele

In addition to writing, book editing, marketing/promoting, I also manage entertainers.

The entertainers I manage are all retired or semi-retired seniors and I get them gigs at assisted living facilities, hospitals and libraries. Some have been with me since 2009.

Squeek Steele is an amazing pianist who performs the old rag time music on piano. I call her “flying fingers” because her fingers fly across the piano.

Check her out:

Squeek is from Virginia City, Nevada, and whenever she ventures out to New Jersey, she’ll call me to book her some gigs.

I gave her website to an assisted living facility that often has coffee socials and called them back a few days later to follow up.

The activities director said, “We would LOVE to have that handsome gentleman come perform!”

I was confused.

“Handsome gentleman? Squeek is a lady,” I said.

“A lady?” The activities director was confused too.

I was wondering if she had the right person, so I asked her if she was at a computer. She was. I gave her Squeek’s website and spoke slowly to make sure she got it right. Squeek’s site is: Good Old Songs dot com (

Well, turned out, the activities director went to Good Ole Songs dot com ( which is the website for entertainer, Tommy Schlein — all the way from Victoria, Texas!

TommyTommy Schlein

After having a good laugh with the activities director, I checked out Tommy Schlein’s website and was very impressed with his talent. And since this story was so funny, I decided to reach out to him with an email, explaining what had happened.

Within a half hour, Tommy called me! We had a great conversation and a great laugh. Turns out, like myself, he’s a Christian too.

It just goes to show how funny life can be when you’re least expecting it — and how you never know the nice people you’ll meet along the way. And if Tommy ever decides to visit New Jersey — he already is building his fan base, with me and the activities director it’s a pretty good start!

NOTE: The activities director wanted to book Squeek too, but the dates she was available didn’t jive with what the director had open on her calendar.

Janis Ian

Published March 21, 2013 by Maryanne


Janis Ian

I’m so thrilled and honored to be interviewing the iconic Janis Ian later today!

Here’s her first hit, “Society’s Child” — she wrote when she was just 13!

And her next hit, “At 17”

And currently, she just won a Grammy for best spoken word album, for her autobiography, “Society’s Child.”

Check out her website:


The Four Types of Clients You’ll Encounter

Published March 20, 2013 by Maryanne

home-based business

Here’s my most recent business column published in the Verona/Cedar Grove Patch online:

And I am available for small business consulting! My rates are cheaper than competitive rates. Email me for more details at: