Monthly Meetings

GSJA Meeting Feb. 25 at Meson Espanol, West NY

We'll be meeting at noon on Sat., February 25, at Meson Espanol, 5703 Kennedy Boulevard, West New York, Hudson County, NJ, 07093. The phone number is 201-865-5880 and the cost is $25 per person. We'll be hearing from Katonya (KAT) and Barry Rochester, who are exponents of “A sound mind in a sound body.”

Kat Rochester is founder of Glorified Bodies Fitness and has been working in the fitness industry since 1984. She holds a BS degree in exercise physiology and an Associate's degree in exercise science. She also has a New Jersey Teacher Certification in health and physical education and driver education. Kat is a member of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and is certified as a personal trainer and professional group exercise instructor.

Barry Rochester holds a 3rd degree black belt in combat jujitsu and holds a 1st degree in the art of the samurai sword. Sensei Barry instructs police officers, correctional officers and bodyguards. His training includes various throwing arts and weapons. A graduate of NJIT, Barry instructs fitness classes, including Zumba, Zumba Gold and Tai Chi.  He has been honored for his volunteer work in running a mentoring program at NJIT.

We thank Trustee Dan Schlossberg  for arranging the program and Gail Gerson of Wine & Dine for arranging the luncheon.

Recently, Meson Espanol was cited by Zagat's for “Still reliable after 14 years. This West New York standby offers the best for your dining buck.”

Operated by Chef/Owner Carlos Aguirre and Manager Antonio Ramos, this restaurant offers a marriage of Old Spanish traditions and the new cuisine in a recently renovated setting.  Whether it is lobster or steak, tapas or sangria, this 4-star epicurean emporium wins high marks.

Directions: The restaurant is on the corner of 57th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, easily accessed from Route 3.


Sat., March 18th at noon at a place to be determined. Speaker will be Lyndhurst-based Anthony Cassella, a computer guru who will reveal the latest tricks and trends.  Dan arranged this speaker as well. Nominations for officers will be taken.

Wed., April 19, at 6 p.m., Rudy's Restaurant, Hackensack ... Speaker is Dan Schlossberg, who will discuss his new book, “The New Baseball Bible: Notes, Nuggets, Lists & Legends, from the National Pastime.” It's a 424-page illustrated paperback that will sell for about $20.  There will be a personalized book signing. This is also the date of the GSJA elections.

Wed., May 24, at 6 p.m., The Chart House, Weehawken.  This is the 70th Annual Memorial Journalism Awards night. It always draws a huge crowd.