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National Park Service Hires Homegrown Talent to Work at Falls

Published August 25, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_5586Paterson Falls (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

A couple weeks ago I had the honor to interview two young people who are now working at The Falls.

For inspiration, read here: http://www.northjersey.com/towns/paterson/national-park-service-hires-homegrown-talent-to-work-at-paterson-s-great-falls-1.1075586

My Office, This Morning

Published August 15, 2014 by Maryanne

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PATERSON FALLS (Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

This morning I interviewed two new park rangers for an article that will run in Paterson Press. I suggested interviewing outdoors — as this was the glorious view! 

It’s such a blessing to live so close to a National Park, with a natural falls.

I’ve been visiting the Paterson Falls since I was a little girl and it never ceases to amaze me.

People come from all over to check out this natural wonder. Last time I spoke to people who visited, they were from Brooklyn and totally amazed that there was a falls right in New Jersey.

This time, one this beautiful summer day with no humidity, it was completely peaceful with only a handful of people at the landmark. Truly a great time to just take a breather and enjoy it. A clear day made for a beautiful shot, eh?

 

Paterson’s Tribute to Senator Frank Lautenberg

Published September 9, 2013 by Maryanne

Sen. Frank Lautenberg bSenator Frank Lautenberg

I had a beautiful morning at the Great Falls attending the tribute to Senator Frank Lautenberg hosted by Congressman Bill Pascrell.

Here is my article: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Hundreds_pay_tribute_to_Lautenberg_in_Paterson_Great_Falls_ceremony.html?c=y&page=1

Another One From The Falls!

Published August 4, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1790Reporter at work!

Here’s another article I wrote with the Great Falls as background: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Summer_jazz_concerts_kick_off_at_Patersons_Great_Falls.html?c=y&page=1

This article also appeared in New Jersey’s Bergen Record newspaper.

My mom called me this morning, excited. So cute!

Super Nostalgic Saturday!

Published August 4, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1790Me, reporting at the Great Falls Jazz Festival

Last night I had the honor and pleasure of reporting at the Great Falls Jazz Festival. My husband accompanied me, even though he was under the weather, which was so sweet.

I’ll upload the article when it runs later today.

It was so much fun. The music was great, the weather was perfect and we even saw little ground hogs around the falls area! My husband was talking to a couple from out of town and they thought the ground hogs were prairie dogs because ground hogs are bigger. But these were babies! That’s how small they were, there were at least four of them!

After interviewing several people, we decided to take a ride to one of the neighborhoods I grew up in. It was nice seeing my old house again.

SAM_1797The house I grew up in, on W. 34th Street, West Paterson, New Jersey.

Today West Paterson is known as “Woodland Park” but I still call it West Paterson.

I lived in that house from ages 5 to 9, then we moved to Cedar Grove.

SAM_1798Side view of house on West 34th Street

My grandparents owned this house. I lived here with my mom, dad, and sister on the main floor. The basement was furnished and that’s where Aunt Sophie lived.

Next door there was a small house (now demolished) that my grandparents also owned and they lived there, sometimes I’d live in that house too. I had toys in both places. And the smaller house is the one I sat on the porch and read comic books on summer nights, eating barbecue potato chips, while my Grandma and Aunt Sophie chatted.

After visiting the houses, Dennis and I went to Munchies in Little Falls (a taco joint that has been around since the 1970s, at least). I got a vegan bean burrito (no cheese).

It was a perfect night!

And it was a perfect day too! Since being back on Face Book, I reconnected with some old friends — including someone extra special, my good friend Amy.

Amy and I were journalists at Outlaw Biker, Skin Art and Tattoo Review magazines. During our time there I was 31 and Amy was 21. We were very close and did so many things together. Connections from that job, there were always parties and plenty of fun and mischief to get into — especially for two young, pretty girls.  We even modeled together in a t-shirt ad!

When we reconnected on Face Book, it felt like we never skipped a beat. It was like, “How did we ever lose touch?!” We just always got along so good! Now almost 20 years later, we reconnected. We lived less than 10 minutes away from each other. We’re both happily married, major cat lovers, and now approaching milestone birthdays as I’ll be 50 in a few weeks and Amy will be 40 on Christmas Eve (and we’re both still cute!)

We ended up spending two hours at an Indian restaurant for lunch in my town, catching up and reminiscing about all the fun we had back in the day. After lunch we briefly stopped at the health food store, then went back to my house and spent another two hours together! Just like old times!

I am ecstatic that Amy is back in my life, and living so close. And she said, “We definitely should get together every other week or so.” I agree.

Life is awesome!

A Moment of Peace

Published June 26, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1359Paterson Great Falls (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

This morning I had a writing assignment in Paterson, near the Great Falls. So it was nice to catch a breather and take in the sight. It’s a gorgeous day in New Jersey. A bit overcast, but I love that when I have nothing else to do but stay home and write. (And watch over my sick kitty, Billy, who is still being a trooper).

Even during rough times, life is good. And sometimes it’s so nice being out and about so early in the day during the week. You can definitely see the world from a different prospective. Right before lunch is the best time to be out and about in a heavy populated area. I think that’s the time where there is the least amount of traffic and people are pretty mellow. I had fun shopping at Fairway too. The supermarket that is always crowded was practically empty at this time.

Peace feels nice.

As the Violent Femmes song goes, “Good feeling, won’t you stay with me, just a little longer.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIWLxbXnbJ4

Montclair Museum Event Celebrates Paterson’s ‘Past and Future’

Published April 29, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0731Paterson national park superintendent Darren Boch (left)

with Leonard Zax, president of the Hamilton Partnership

Yesterday I had the pleasure of covering this amazing event at Montclair Museum: http://www.northjersey.com/montclair/Montclair_Museum_event_celebrates_Patersons_Past_and_Future.html

So cool that my former hometown, Montclair, had a featured event on the town I was born in, Paterson!

SAM_0725One of the Paterson inspired pieces by Oscar Bluemner

I honestly wish I had better pictures to post. The event was at a weird time from 12 to 1:30, so I was very hungry for lunch and couldn’t wait to get to Veggie Heaven. Luckily Montclair Museum had healthy Terra chips to hold me over!

All in all, it was a great, gorgeous day! Spring has sprung in New Jersey.