All posts tagged sports

Cedar Grove Teen Wins Several Special Olympic Medals

Published May 29, 2016 by Maryanne

2016 special olympic skate 050Robert Stutts (Photo Courtesy of Robert and Maria Stutts)

I was honored to interview Special Olympic Skater, Robert Stutts, a few weeks back. His story is incredible and it made the front page of The Cedar Grove News:

Enjoy the story! Robert is such an inspiration! ❤

SAM_0702Robert and I, a few years back at one of his ice skating events

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist. Her latest book “Love Cats” is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions:

Marcel Shipp Football Clinic (article includes interviews with sports legends!)

Published July 14, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1570NFL football legend, Eric Downing 

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Yesterday the heat was overbearing at Eastside High School in Paterson where The Marcel Shipp Football Clinic was held for young kids who aspire to be football players (or just want to hone their sports skills!)

I was honored to interview NFL football legend, Eric Downing, who was truly a wonderful guy. I loved that he was wearing a Red Hot Chili Peppers shirt! Great taste in music, Eric!

I also got to interview Kendall Holt who once held a world boxing title. He was so down to earth and talked to me like I was his neighbor or something, I felt like I knew him all my life.

I loved interviewing the kids and the Haledon Varsity Cheerleaders. They were so enthusiastic, cute and fun. It was great meeting the coaches, folks from 4th and inches foundation and everyone else involved in this amazing day.

There were other NFL legends there, but they were so busy with the kids I didn’t want to pull them away from what they were doing. Read the full article here:


The Haledon Manchester Varsity cheerleaders
(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)
SAM_1575Outside Eastside High School
The Passaic County Sheriff’s Department was outside too. I was so happy to pet this gorgeous horse!

Essex Special Skaters 2013

Published April 28, 2013 by Maryanne


Last night my husband Dennis and I had the pleasure of going to see Robby Stutts, son of our dear friends Bob and Marie Stutts, ice skate in the Special Skaters Spring Spectacular, along with other special needs skaters.

It was quite a show! Robbie was fantastic. In fact, he even won medals for his talents! (Here’s a recent article about him and some adorable pictures:

And here is a video of Robby skating from 2012: Robby Stutts

Robby is such a sweet kid and an inspiration! Go Robby!

SAM_0702Robby Stutts and Maryanne

Note: The delicious looking cupcake was made by Robby’s dad, Bob Stutts aka Mr. Fun, Funtime Cakes

You can like Funtime Cakes on Face Book:

SAM_0701Maryanne and Bob Stutts (Robby’s dad)

SAM_0704Robby (far right) and his friends

After the show there was a little party for the skaters with coffee and Bob’s Funtime Cakes. It was so nice to see Bob, Maria and Robby again. All the kids were so adorable and having such a great time. Very inspiring!

“Those Senior Skaters Keep Rolling Along”

Published January 6, 2013 by Maryanne

Carrie Calendriello (age 92) and Chester Fried (age 66) are inspirations on roller skates!

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, 2011)

I came across an article I had published in the Verona/Cedar Grove Patch online, January 14, 2011, about seniors who roller skate. It was just too inspiring not to share with all of you!

Those Senior Skaters Keep Rolling Along

By Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, originally published January 14, 2011, Verona/Cedar Grove Patch online

Roller skating is an exciting aerobic sport that can burn up to 560 calories per hour that’s fun for all ages – and I do mean all ages! I recently had the pleasure of meeting Carrie Calendriello, a 92-year-old who skates three times a week – and drives herself to the rinks!

“It gets me out of the house,” said Calendriello, who started roller skating in Central Park when she was a teenager in the 1930s, and met her husband Al there, who passed away in 2001.

Calendriello said her health is good and she doesn’t take many pills. Even though she can’t tango and waltz on skates like she used to, she still gets around pretty well!

Seniors, in their 60s through 80s come to the skate at the South Amboy Arena, in South Amboy on Wednesdays, where they also socialize with cake and coffee. The rink is run by John Durnye and his daughter, Jean.

“I love it! It keeps me alive,” said Betty Sammarco of Brooklyn, who wouldn’t give her exact age but said she is “over 65.”

Most of the senior ladies wore short skating skirts and I was very impressed by how slim and toned their legs were. The men were also slim and everyone looked extremely happy, healthy and vibrant.

Chester Fried, 66, of South River, is another roller skating fanatic who started skating in Queens when he was just 7-years-old. He was hooked immediately and continues to skate five days per week, and even teaches skating at the Woodbridge Community Center.

Fried’s greatest skating accomplishment happened in 1997 when he was inducted into the USA Roller Sports National Roller Skating Distinguished Service Hall of Fame. Peers recognized him for being one of the founding fathers of the National Roller Skating Museum. His busy schedule is filled with conventions, competitions, promotions and even writing about roller skating. His articles have been published in “Rinksider Magazine,” “Skate Magazine” and “Roller Skating Business,” to name a few.

Between the music, lights and social aspect, Fried said roller skating is “mentally uplifting.” It’s also great exercise.

“I’m still wearing the same clothes I did in 1971,” he said. “You don’t gain. I never got fat. My friends got fat. They all have beer bellies.”

Fried believes skating keeps him in very good health. He’s not on any medications but supplements his diet with Vitamin E, vision formula and zinc. “That’s it,” he said.

He’s also careful what he eats. “No fried foods whatsoever,” Fried said. “Ice cream in the summer – that’s a rough one to turn down.”

For more information on the South Amboy Arena and other area skating arenas, go to: