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Paterson’s Historic Hinchliffe Stadium

Published June 23, 2013 by Maryanne

hinchliffe_stadium

Hinchliffe Stadium is an historic 10,000-seat municipal stadium in Paterson, built in 1931-32, above Paterson’s National Historic Great Falls. Hinchliffe Stadium was designated as a National Historic Landmark in March, 2013 and a Paterson Historic Landmark in May 2013.

The deteriorating stadium is still an eyesore, but Friday morning I had the pleasure of seeing an art project the Paterson students in School 5 participated in, as they vision Hinchliffe Stadium.

You can read the full article here: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Paterson_students_draw_pictures_of_hope_for_Hinchliffe.html?c=y&page=1

As I mentioned in my article, Brian LoPinto, co-founder of Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium, also assisted in judging and presented each student in the winning class with a baseball “to tie in with the stadium.

What was really cool, for me as a journalist, was that after the students received their baseballs, at least 10 of them asked me to autograph their baseballs!

It’s always moments like this that make my life so rewarding.

Paterson Poets

Published June 7, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1131Isaac Medina entertains audience with poem, “My Scariest Moments”

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Last night was absolutely wonderful! I got to cover this story about young poets receiving awards. It was mind-blowing how GOOD these young kids were. Very entertaining and heartfelt.

Check out my full article here: http://www.northjersey.com/paterson/Paterson_Poets_Citys_young_writers_honored_at_PCCC.html?c=y&page=1

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: http://www.northjersey.com/news/health/Hyundai_gives_75000_for_pediatric_cancer_patients_in_Paterson.html

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!)

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: http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/International_High_wins_Paterson_school_debate_competition.html?c=y&page=1

East Side High School, Paterson, New Jersey

Published May 21, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0869Photo by Me

Today was a thrill because I got to cover a story (to be posted at a future date) at East Side High School.

East Side High School is the famous high school that Principal Joe Clark taught at.

Who is Joe Clark, you may ask? Joe Clark is the person the 1989 film “Lean on Me” was based on. East Side High School was considered the toughest school in the 1980s and principal Joe Clark walked around with a baseball bat in his hand.

Last year I interviewed a few of the students who were at East Side while Joe Clark was there. You can read my article from April, 2012 here and hear how Joe Clark influenced students: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/paterson/articles/stories-of-success-25-years-later-eastside-alum

On the way over there I had to drive on the famous Market Street.

Market Street is famous (in my mind, at least) because that is where I, as a little girl in the 1960s, dropped my Bugs Bunny doll — in the middle of the street amongst traffic.

My grandmother ran into the street and stopped a bus so I could pick up my Bugs Bunny doll!

A few years ago, I found a similar Bugs Bunny doll in an antique shop and my husband got it for me. Who knows, it could be the same doll, right? I always wondered where that doll went! We moved a lot, so I’m sure it got lost along the way and now I have it again. (Proof that if something comes back to you — it’s yours!)

SAM_0871Also, love this old Barney’s furniture building, so I took a shot of it.

Paterson Student Wins State Prize for Poem Inspired by Holocaust Film

Published May 14, 2013 by Maryanne

Elizabeth Poetry Contest - this oneElizabeth Dronnette (Photo courtesy of teacher Courtney Goch)

I had yet another rewarding experience interviewing a Paterson Rosa Parks student, Elizabeth Dronnette who won a state poetry contest. Elizabeth was inspired by the film “Only a Number” about a Holocaust victim.

You can read my full article here (and definitely go to page two where you can see Elizabeth’s beautiful poem!)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/Paterson_student_wins_state_prize_for_poem_inspired_by_Holocaust_film_.html?c=y&page=1

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.

Afro-Cuban Festival in Paterson School 24

Published April 27, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0690Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Yesterday I had a very rewarding assignment, interviewing the students who participated in this amazing performance. (It was so cute, the younger ones that I interviewed were calling me “Miss Reporter.” I loved it!)

Here’s the full article, plus a video that someone else took. Enjoy!

http://www.northjersey.com/community/community_events/They_got_the_beat_Paterson_students_shine_in_Afro-Cuban_Festival.html?c=y&page=1

Paterson Teacher Writes Environmental Children’s Book

Published April 24, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0640Author/Teacher Paulette Szalay

Monday I had the honor and pleasure of meeting/interviewing Paulette Szalay, author of “Baggy Maggy and Friends Save Stinkville.”

Paulette was such a doll and even autographed a book for my 11-year-old nephew, Matthew.

I was late getting there due to heavy traffic because of an accident, but some kids were allowed to be pulled from their classes so I could talk to them for the article.

Here’s the full article including a link to the website if any one wants to purchase a book: http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/Saving_Stinkville_Paterson_teacher_writes_childrens_book_about_pollution.html

My article about Al Moody, Long-Time Paterson Activist, Retiring

Published April 16, 2013 by Maryanne

Al Moody and GranddaughterAl Moody and granddaughter, Khadija Safiya Moody (photo courtesy of Zatiti Moody)

This was yet another very rewarding article to write.

Al Moody did so much for the Paterson community and changed the lives of many. I interviewed quite a few people whose lives were touched by this amazing man.

For the full article, go here: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Paterson_activist_retiring_after_40_years_of_community_work.html?page=all