Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an international traditionally published author, award-winning journalist, and award-winning motivational speaker.
Operation K9 Beethoven -- Connecting Pets with Vets
My article on Operation K9 Beethoven, which was published in Tap into Bayonne
‘Cattoo’ Fundraiser at Trenton Tattoo Benefiting Trenton Cats Rescue￼
Some say cats are like potato chips, you can’t have just one. Others may say the same about tattoos. But for those who love both cats and tattoos, Trenton Tattoo Company is having a fundraiser that is all about cats.
Wednesday, March 8, 2023, from noon until 7:30 p.m., David Andrade, manager at Trenton Tattoo, 1222 Hamilton Ave., is donating his time to benefit Trenton Cats Rescue. Andrade, who has worked at Trenton Tattoo for the past four years said, “I hope people show and I can get some m...
Maury Muehleisen: Trenton’s own singer/songwriter who helped give Jim Croce ‘A Name’
By Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
If you were around in the early 1970s, you couldn’t miss hearing Jim Croce’s hit songs on the radio: “I Got a Name,” “Time in a Bottle,” “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song,” and “Operator.” Accompanied by lead acoustic guitarist and harmonizer, Maury Muehleisen, ‘Jim Croce’ became a household name.
Their commercial success launched an 18-month tour for the pair, in both the U.S. and abroad. They appeared on national television shows...
16 Photos That Will Make You Wish You Didn't Miss the Hoboken Harvest Festival
HOBOKEN, NJ - Hundreds of people were out to bask in the sun on a gorgeous autumn day—families, friends, couples, and many with dogs in tow, at Pier A Park to celebrate the Hoboken Harvest Festival which returned after a two-year, COVID induced, hiatus on Saturday,
Sponsored in partnership by Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the Hoboken Business Alliance, the festival featured dozens of free activities, including train rides, a pumpkin patch, a balloon artist, inflatables, a petting zoo, a ha...
Paterson Celebrates 'Palestine Way'
PATERSON, NJ - 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.
Following the recent approval by the Paterson City Council, Mayor Andre Sayegh, City Council President Maritza Davila, and Sixth Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz, himself the son of Palenstinian immigrants, led the ceremony to rename Main Street between Buffalo Avenue and Gould Avenue “Palestine Way.”
WFMU DJ Gives a Voice to NYC’s Homeless
By Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
What touches people when there’s a voice for the voiceless?
The question is answered in a brief, yet powerful segment each week on “Wake ‘n Bake with Clay Pigeon.” Clay Pigeon is the radio persona of NYC resident, Kacy Ross. The show airs weekdays, from 6 to 9 a.m. Ross’s interviews with NYC’s homeless run weekly, on Tuesday, at 7:15 a.m. Though it’s a brief three-minute portion of the show, it’s certainly commanding—drawing the listener in as Ross asks that s...
Shopping, Ain't It Grand?
By Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
Local independent artists, designers, craft-makers, vintage and antique deals, and artisanal food entrepreneurs. What more can a NYC shopper ask for?
Grand Bazaar is not only the oldest, largest, and most diverse market in the city, it’s a market that gives back to the community. One hundred percent of profits benefit over 2000 children, as they donate proceeds to the following schools: The Parent Associations of P.S. 87, The Computer School, P.S. 334 Anderson...
The Legendary Advice Bruce Lee Left For Small Business Owners
Bruce Lee departed our planet a long time ago, but you can’t deny the business advice he’s left us with. Interestingly, the best guidance came via a letter he wrote—to himself.
The letter read:
My Definite Chief Aim
I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980...
The Selma Burke Nobody Knew
Dr. Selma Hortense Burke was an American sculptor and a member of the Harlem Renaissance movement. She made magnificent moves as a Black woman in an era where women—especially those of color—didn’t have many opportunities. In fact, what Dr. Burke is best known for, a bas relief portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that inspired the profile found on the obverse of the dime, wasn’t always credited to her. The initials “JS” situated on the small coin are the initials of former U.S. Mint’s...
25 Songs To Get You Hyped About Your Day
Not feeling up to par isn’t anything to be ashamed of. We all go through it. In today’s pace, even during the pandemic, we’ve been programed to go, go, go! It’s important for entrepreneurs to take some “me time” and just chill. Whether it’s a stay-cation, or just taking some time off to regroup, it’s okay. Not to mention the down time one craves after a romantic break-up, even if it wasn’t that serious.
But when it’s time to get groovin’ again, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re re-enterin...
10 Valentine’s Day Quarantine Ideas You Can Do Right At Home
One of my most romantic dates ever happened 15 years ago—my first date with my future husband. We were cooped up in my studio apartment for eight hours. No, it wasn’t during a snowstorm. It was by choice. We simply enjoyed each other’s company and had no interest doing anything else except being close to each other. We talked, laughed, kissed, and listened to music.
Skeptics would think that by now we’d be bored of each other. We’re not. In fact, our quarantine time together during 2020 was a...
Joe Louis Clark–NJ Principal Who Inspired Film ‘Lean on Me’—Died, Age 82
In 1988 he made the cover of Time Magazine. In 1989 the movie “Lean on Me” was loosely based on his unconventional methods as a principal at Eastside High School, Paterson, New Jersey. Joe Louis Clark was truly an original; an educator who was not afraid to get tough with the tough. He’d walk the halls of the crime and drug-ridden Eastside High with a bullhorn and baseball bat in hand. He knew all the students by name and would greet them with a high-five. He was both highly admired and highl...
Women are seeking targeted supplement formulations.
While women live longer than men on average, women tend to suffer more ill health than men. This creates an abundance of opportunities for manufacturers and retailers that offer dietary supplements for women.
More Aware of Natural
Whether it’s hormonal issues, not sleeping, low energy or low vitamin D, women are buying more product than men according to Nathalie Reed, owner of Thyme Natural Market and Café in Kew Gardens, NY.
And with more r...
Reigning Cats & Dogs
Natural products to make pets feel like royalty.
With 95 percent of pet owners considering their pets to be part of the family, it’s no wonder animal lovers are taking the natural route, stocking their cabinets with the highest quality of natural pet food and supplements.
Pet owners are making great efforts to adjust their budgets in order to keep their pets healthy and happy.
One of the reasons the market for natural pet products is growing could be because Millennials are putting off having...
Brute Force: The Beatles Loved It, But…
George Harrison liked it. John Lennon liked it. But the song couldn’t get airplay.
“King of Fuh” was the most controversial record pressed by Apple Records in 1969. Written by Stephen Friedland, known as “Brute Force,” the song was produced by The Tokens. George Harrison overdubbed 11 strings of the London Philharmonic Orchestra on the track.
Yet only 1000 copies were distributed.
Over four decades later, in 2010, it was again released by Apple on the compilation Come and Get It: The Best of ...