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“Newsies” Testimony From Denville Public Library

Published November 14, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8878Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and Ilene Lefkowitz

Thanks so much to Ilene Lefkowitz for the following thank you note, regarding my presentation: “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” that I presented at the Denville Public Library last month!

Dear Maryanne,

Thank you for the informative presentation you gave the Denville Library on the history of the newspaper industry. The program was well researched and your passion for the news industry shined through. Your inside stories and anecdotes made the program come alive.

All who attended enjoyed the program.

Thank you,

Ilene Lefkowitz


Synopsis of the program:

Take a trip back in time as Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presents “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry.” The lecture will take the audience back to 59 B.C. when the first newspaper was published in ancient Rome.

Since the history of newspapers is so vast, Maryanne will focus on U.S. newspapers. The audience will learn about how the quality of newspaper reporting was perfected after the American Revolution and the Battle of Lexington; the Penny Press; “yellow” journalism, chains and syndicates, and how competition such as radio, television and internet caused a decline in the newspaper industry.

What makes this lecture so much fun is that there is audience interaction. Maryanne will ask listeners to join in and share their experiences with newspapers. For example: “What was your introduction to reading the newspaper?” and “Where you ever in the newspaper?”

Maryanne worked in the newspaper industry herself as a journalist during most of her adult life. She wrote for New York papers: The Westsider and the Chelsea Clinton News (which is named after an area of NYC, not the former president’s daughter).

Maryanne was also a journalist at The Montclair Times for seven years. After she left The Times, she went on to write for several online publications including The Paterson Press, where her feature articles also appeared in The Herald News.

She also wrote for The Aquarian Arts weekly, a newspaper that is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

To book this program for your library, senior group, rotary club or JCC, contact Maryanne for pricing and availability:

“The Life and Music of Elvis Presley” (Learn and Listen Library Series)

Published April 7, 2015 by Maryanne

Ruben ElvisRuben Castillo as Elvis Presley

Maryanne Christiano Mistretta, of Pear Tree Enterprises ( is proud to present the second of the new “Learn and Listen” series, available to libraries, senior centers, assisted living facilities, rotary clubs, Jewish Community Centers, etc.

“Learn and Listen: The Life and Music of Elvis Presley” is a one-hour presentation, with Maryanne sharing the biography of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, followed by a half hour of song by the sensational Ruben Castillo!

For rates and availability, please contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: 908-276-1514 during business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email:

We look forward to presenting a program you’ll always remember!