Monthly Meetings

Poet Gordon to Speak Mar. 21

Nicholas Gordon, owner of the popular website, Poems for Free (, which he has been publishing on the Web since 1998, is our speaker for Saturday, March 21 at noon.   The luncheon will be at Villa Gennaro, 75 Route 27, (also called Lincoln Highway) Edison. The phone there is 732-549-8554. The cost is $25, payable in cash or a check to the GSJA. If you intend to come, please email Jim Prior at

Dr. Gordon will discuss his own experiences as a Web publisher, including how Web publishing has evolved since the early days. Professor Gordon will give members some advice on how to start and maintain websites or blogs on their own. He has a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, CUNY, and a master’s and doctorate in English and American Literature from Stanford University. He is retired after a long career as a professor of English at New Jersey City University, Jersey City.

By the way, Nick is the husband of long-time GSJA member and officer, Ellen Wayman-Gordon, who is a GSJA board trustee and executive director of the GSJA Scholarship Foundation. Nick has been a long-time supporter of the GSJA.

Nominations for officers and trustees for the 2020-2021 year will be accepted and elections will be held at the April 18 meeting.


Take the Garden State Parkway south to Exit 132 for NJ 27 toward Iselin/Rahway/Metuchen. Keep right; Follow NJ 27 South and turn left on Hamilton.  From the south, also use the Parkway.  Everyone should check their own devices.

APRIl 18, Saturday, noon – We will be returning to The Cloverleaf Tavern, 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, where we had such a great time in January. We will have the election of officers and trustees. At the invitation of long-time press club member Dan Schlossberg, Marc Ernay, sports director of WINS 1010 radio, will be the featured speaker.  He’ll discuss media coverage of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, proposed new baseball playoff format, proposed New York Mets sale, Kobe Bryant’s legacy and more.  The luncheon, which costs $25, begins at noon.

MAY 20, Wednesday, 6 p.m., Don Pepe’s Restaurant, 844 McCarter Highway (Route 21), Newark. This is our 73rd Annual Journalism Awards Program. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The price is $65 and includes an extensive array of appetizers, a choice of entree with vegetables and an extensive array of desserts. It also includes wine, sangria, beer and soda on the table while dining. Reservations must be made by Friday, May 15 with George Saliba, managing editor, New Jersey Business Magazine, 310 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield, NJ.  Make check payable to Garden State Journalists Assn or GSJA. George’s phone number is 973-852-6229.  We will have the installation of officers and trustees, the awarding of our $1,000 student scholarship, and the presentation of the journalism awards.

Treasurer’s Report: We have a balance of $5,316 as of February 14, in our account. This reflects receipts of $589 and expenses of $451.  The $5,316 balance is more than we had a month earlier, when it was $5.188.