Monthly Meetings

Computer Guru Cassella to Talk Trends, Tricks on Mar. 18

We will be meeting March 18th at noon at Cinar, a unique Turkish restaurant at 214 Kinderkamack Road, Emerson, NJ, 07630 to hear from Anthony Cassella, a computer guru, who will give us the latest tricks of the trade and trends in the industry. The restaurant has on-site parking and its phone number is 862-702-3861. The cost is $25 per person. We will also have the nominations for 2017-18 officers and trustees.

Anthony Cassella was born and raised in New Jersey. He grew up working on computers, starting when he was about seven or so. It’s a passion of his and he enjoys being able to help others. The self-taught Cassella works with Goldtype Business Machines, East Rutherford, which started its business fixing typewriters and has evolved into much more than that over the years. The company services many police departments' network infrastructures as well as proprietary software.

He works to see a problem through to the end, whether simply helping a client format an Excel worksheet just right, or something more complex. He's a problem solver who has never settled for the status quo. GSJA members and guests can learn a thing or two from Cassella. We thank Dan Schlossberg for arranging for the speaker.

We also thank Gail Gerson of Wine & Dine for setting up the Cinar luncheon. This restaurant is the third of that same name by the same proprietors. The others are in West Caldwell (opened in 2015) and Cliffside Park (2013). Cinar is noted for its healthy, fresh and delicious goods. Among its appetizers are such things as warm hummus and zucchini pancakes with yogurt sauce. Then there are Turkish dumplings, Manit (Turkish ravioli), stuffed eggplant, Shepard salad and Mediterranean treats.


From the West: Take I-80 eastward to the Garden State Parkway and go north. Merge onto Oradell Avenue (County Road 6) via Exit 166 toward Oradell. Then after 2.1 miles, turn left onto Kinderkamack Road. After 1.4 miles, the restaurant is on the left.

From the South: Take the Parkway to Exit 166 and follow as above.

From the East: Take Route 4 westbound to Kinderkamack Road.

Dan Schlossberg to Debut His New Book at Rudy's, April 19

We are fortunate that one of our members is a prolific sports writer, author and radio commentator. Dan Schlossberg will discuss his new book, “The New Baseball Bible: Notes, Nuggets, Lists & Legends, from the National Pastime,” at our Wednesday, April 19 meeting at 6 p.m. In Rudy's, 107 Anderson Street, Hackensack, 07601.

Dan will give a power point presentation about the biggest and best of his 38 baseball books, this 424-page illustrated paperback with more than 1,000 illustrations and 10,000 items of information. He’ll answer questions from the audience and sign copies of the book.

Many of you know that Dan is a former AP sportswriter. A 1969 graduate of Syracuse University's prestigious Newhouse School of Public Communications, he has had a 48-year journalistic career. He has written more than 25,000 articles about baseball and has appeared as a public speaker and radio/TV guest.

This night is also the date of the GSJA elections.

We had planned to go back to LaFamiglia in Bogota, but they were not cooperative, to say the least. Rudy's, on the other hand, has been very receptive over the years. This will be a five-course meal and will cost members only $25, which has been the price of our luncheons recently. The GSJA will pay for carafes of wine.

It will be helpful if you would email Jim Prior of your intention to attend at Deadline is April 14.

Nick Acocella, Editor/Publisher, Politifax to Keynote Journalists' Awards Dinner

Nick Acocella, the most-read political journalist by New Jersey politicos, will be the keynoter at the Garden State Journalists Association's 70th Annual Memorial Journalism Awards Dinner, May 24, at The Chart House, Weehawken. Acocella is the publisher, editor and sole writer of Politifax, Hoboken, a subscription weekly electronic newsletter on politics in the Garden State. He is also the author of 13 books on baseball, most notably The Ball Clubs, The Biographical History of Baseball and The Black Prince of Baseball: Hal Chase and the Mythology of the Game. What's the connection between baseball and politics? Acocella says, "They are the two best spectator sports I know.”

He hails from the Tip O'Neill school, which states that all politics is local. His Politifax gives space to the Governor and the Legislative leaders, but he also keeps tabs on what's going on in the 566 municipalities in 21 counties and reports on a lot of things missed by the daily press. His publication has such features as: “Who's Hot?”, “Quote of The Week,” “Winners & Losers” and “News Roundup.” It's a must-read for the politically-oriented.

Nick is also the host of Pasta & Politics, telecast on NJTV, which unites two of his favorite subjects, food and politics. He and a politico guest don aprons and produce a meal while chatting about politics. Nick has completed a dozen shows over the past two seasons, featuring Governor Chris Christie, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Former Governor Tom Kean, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vinny Prieto and Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez. Others include Camden Mayor Dana Redd, Burlington County Senator Diane Allen, former Governor Dick Codey and Essex Senator Kevin O'Toole. More are in the pipeline.

A life-long Hudson County resident, Acocella received his BA degree from La Salle College, an MA degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MAT from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was just shy of a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Along the way he attended the University of Vienna. He taught high school In Oakland, NJ and at the University of Delaware and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

His only real job, he says, was as director of national operations from 1983 to 1992 for News Election Service, the media organization that tabulated election returns. Since he was there, that entity has metamorphosed into Voter News Service. He has been a professional freelance writer since 1969.

The Awards Dinner, now in its 70th year, honors the best in print and broadcast journalism in New Jersey, as determined by independent judges. The dinner also serves as a platform for the keynoter, the installation of officers/trustees and the awarding of a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving New Jersey college junior pursuing a career in journalism or communications. The cost is $65 per person. Those interested in attending, should by May 19, notify George Saliba, managing editor, via mail - New Jersey Business Magazine, 310 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield, NJ 0700, via e-mail -, or via phone - 973-852-6229.

70th Annual Memorial Awards Dinner Is Wed., May 24, at the Chart House

This is a special meeting: The 70th year of our press association honoring journalists for their work in 2016. Once again, we will be meeting at The Chart House, Weehawken. In addition of the awards, we'll also have a presentation of a $1,000 check to the winner of our scholarship, installation of our officers and trustees and comments from our keynoter, Nick Acocella.

The competition is open to all reporters, editors, broadcast journalists, photographers and public relations specialists who live, work in, or write about New Jersey. All entries must have been published in calendar year 2016. If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Anthony Birritteri, the chairman of the program, at a.birritteri@njbmagazine. The deadline has been extended to March 22.