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Paterson Celebrates ‘Palestine Way’

Published May 16, 2022 by Maryanne
Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

History was made Sunday as hundreds gathered to celebrate and honor the street sign unveiling of “Palestine Way” as well as the first ever Palestine Street Festival in Paterson.

I covered the story for Tap into Paterson. You can read all about it here, and see more of my photos:

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/paterson/sections/community-announcements/articles/paterson-celebrates-palestine-way

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Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

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‘To Sir With Love’ and ‘Lean on Me’ — Black Educators That Made a Difference

Published February 21, 2022 by Maryanne
Sidney Poitier and cast of “To Sir With Love”

Yesterday my husband and I saw “To Sir With Love” on the big screen. It’s not only Black History Month, but yesterday was the late Sidney Poitier’s birthday. He died earlier this year, but had he lived, he would have been 95 on February 20, 2022. The movie was shown at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey. This is where portions of “School of Rock” were filmed. My husband and I attended many shows at this theatre throughout the years, including their outdoor concert series prior to the pandemic.

“To Sir With Love” deals with social and racial issues at an inner city school in London. Poitier plays teacher Mark Thackeray, who is waiting to hear about an engineering job he applied for while teaching tough high school students. The movie also features Lulu in the cast of students and also singing her hit, “To Sir With Love.” I won’t give away the rest of it, for those who haven’t seen it, but I will say, I didn’t not expect to get so choked up about it. It was a fantastic movie.

While watching the movie, I was reminded of another male, Black professional who worked in the school system and also handled students with tough love. Paterson, New Jersey principal, Joe Louis Clark. I was honored to write about Clark, not once, but twice in my writing career. First for The Paterson Press, and later on, after his death, I wrote a Joe Clark tribute for Grey Journal: https://greyjournal.net/news/joe-louis-clark-nj-principal-who-inspired-film-lean-on-me-died-age-82/

Joe Clark inspired the 1980s movie “Lean on Me” which you can read more about in my article.

While one film is fictional and another is based on a true story, you can’t deny the impact these films had on society. With one more week of Black History Month, it’s a great time to check out either movie–or both.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Paterson Honors Firefighters Who Fell in the Line of Duty

Published June 12, 2015 by Maryanne

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Read my full article here: http://www.northjersey.com/news/on-150th-anniversary-of-first-death-paterson-honors-firefighters-who-fell-in-line-of-duty-1.1350966

1900 Youngsters Earn Membership In Paterson’s 50 Book Club

Published June 5, 2015 by Maryanne

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(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Last night I covered a very inspiring event for Paterson Press, Paterson’s 50-Book Club, an event honoring children who have read 50 or more books during the school year. This year 1900 students made it!

Here’s the full article: http://www.northjersey.com/towns/paterson/1-900-youngsters-earn-membership-in-paterson-s-50-book-club-1.1350117

Champions Emerge in Paterson school chess tournament

Published November 4, 2014 by Maryanne

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International High School, Paterson held a chess tournament on October 25. I had the pleasure of speaking with some of the winners and their parents. Check out my article publishing on NorthJersey.com: http://www.northjersey.com/news/champions-emerge-in-paterson-school-chess-tournament-1.1126116

 

Paterson Youths Look for Better Lives in Free Teens Program

Published October 9, 2014 by Maryanne

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On Monday afternoon I had such a fantastic time covering the Free Teens kick off event. I met some very impressive teens as well as councilwoman Ruby Cotton and children’s author Felicia Capers. And I was invited to speak as well, which was an honor.

Here is the article on NorthJersey.com: http://www.northjersey.com/news/paterson-youths-look-for-better-lives-in-free-teens-program-1.1106158

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?

 

Women of Excellence Awards at Royal Manor, Garfield, NJ

Published April 3, 2014 by Maryanne

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rom left, Paterson Police Sgt. Sharon Easton with her sister, mother, and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-a-poignant-gesture-paterson-cop-passes-her-award-along-to-mother-and-sister-1.841105#sthash.rzJq8Nk1.dpuf

From left, Paterson Police Sergeant Sharon Easton with her sister, mother and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Monday night I was honored to attend the “Women of Excellence” Awards at the Royal Manor in Garfield, New Jersey. I was truly inspired by so many positive women.

Please enjoy my article: http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-a-poignant-gesture-paterson-cop-passes-her-award-along-to-mother-and-sister-1.841105

From left, Paterson Police Sgt. Sharon Easton with her sister, mother, and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-a-poignant-gesture-paterson-cop-passes-her-award-along-to-mother-and-sister-1.841105#sthash.rzJq8Nk1.dpuf
rom left, Paterson Police Sgt. Sharon Easton with her sister, mother, and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-a-poignant-gesture-paterson-cop-passes-her-award-along-to-mother-and-sister-1.841105#sthash.rzJq8Nk1.dpuf

Paterson’s Tribute to Senator Frank Lautenberg

Published September 9, 2013 by Maryanne

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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