All posts for the month May, 2013

Hyundai Gives $75,000 for Pediatric Cancer Patients in Paterson

Published May 31, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0961Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Wednesday morning I headed out to St. Joesph’s Hospital in Paterson to cover this amazing story:

The children moved me to tears! So inspirational!

And for the record, I’m proud to drive a Hyundai — 2009 Accent model, flip color blue/purple, yeah!

(And St. Joseph’s is the hospital I was born in! So great that they are doing such wonderful things!)

Healthy Raw Non-Dairy Dessert

Published May 30, 2013 by Maryanne

Raw Coconut Cream Ice Cream

I’ve always been a fan of raw “ice cream” (which isn’t really ice cream because it’s made without milk, making it a non-dairy vegan product). I love raw ice cream because it’s easier on the stomach and actually tastier. It just melts in your mouth. It’s low glycemic and has no artificial ingredients or preservatives. And because it’s raw (uncooked, unprocessed) you get all the enzymes — the full benefit of all the natural ingredients.

Today for the first time I tried the Coconut Secret brand. I went for the Madagascar Vanilla – and it’s heavenly!

I’ve been using Coconut Secret products for a couple years now. I love their coconut vinegar and their coconut amino acids (so much better than Bragg’s in my humble opinion).

I can’t wait to try the other flavors! It’s pricey, but I’m worth it!


Rhonda Denet

Published May 30, 2013 by Maryanne

Submitted photo. Rhonda Denet will sing at the Oliver Wolcott Library July 10Rhonda Denet

Last night my husband and I got the most amazing treat — right in our local library in Westfield — a performance by Rhonda Denet:

(And this is why you should support your local libraries – you never know what extreme talent will be there!)

I went not expecting much and was totally blown away.

Rhonda Denet took the audience on a musical journey covering Motown hits from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as telling the stories behind the songs. (Did you know that Farrah Fawcett inspired “Midnight Train to Georgia”?!)

Some of the songs included:

“Baby Love” (Supremes)

“Midnight Train to Georgia” (Gladys Knight)

“My Guy” (Mary Wells)

“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (Roberta Flack)

“Chain of Fools” (Aretha Franklin)

“At Last” (Etta James)

And here’s her performance of “At Last” from another show (not last night):

Rhonda Denet (“AT LAST”)

My article on Paterson International High School Debate Win

Published May 29, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0866The Winners! (Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

I had a blast last week covering this event in East Side High School, Paterson.

Read the full story here:

Love Those Twilight Walks

Published May 23, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0891Dennis took this one!

On hot summer days, one looks forward to evening when it cools down and becomes more refreshing.

I love, last night, going for a super long walk in the woods with my husband, starting out at the end of the day, while the sun is still out and wearing sunglasses. Then it starts to cool, the sun goes down and there we have it — twilight!

In addition to seeing deer and birds and other little critters, we caught the almost-full moon in all her glory!