Monthly Meetings

Daily Record’s Peggy Wright to Speak at Boonton Station, Sat. Noon, Jan. 26

 You won’t want to miss this meeting at noon on Saturday, January 26 at Boonton Station, a train depot built in 1904 in Boonton, NJ. Our speaker is Peggy Wright of The Daily Record, Morristown, who has covered the Morris County Courthouse and written stories on justice and crime for the past 30 years.  She has written more than 10,000 stories, not counting related news and has worked with five county prosecutors, dozens of judges and attorneys on both sides of the courtroom.

The restaurant’s main dining room is the old waiting room.  It fell into disuse and in 2013, Michael Andalaft bought the depot and spent two years recreating it into a popular restaurant.  The station waiting area, with restored stained-glass windows, is now the main dining room. The old platform is used for outdoor dining during warmer weather.

The cost is $25. Bring cash or check made out to the Garden State Journalists Assn. The restaurant is at 202 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton and the phone number is 973-917-4500.

Directions:  From east or west – Take I-80 to Exit 43 toward US 46/I-287/Morristown/Mahwah. Keep left and merge onto I-287 North. Take Exit 44 for Boonton, toward Main Street. Merge onto Lathrop Avenue. Turn right onto Main Street and after 200 feet, turn right onto Myrtle Avenue. Look for 202 Myrtle. There is parking at the site and additional parking at 201 Division Street. Where you can walk to the restaurant through a tunnel under the tracks.

From the south, you have several options: the Garden State Parkway to Route 24/I-78 West to I-287 north to Exit 43 and follow above directions. Or the GSP to I-280 to I-80 and then I-287 North.

 Our Sat., Feb. 23 Meeting is at Dante’s, Leonia. Speaker is Dom Yanchunas on B2B Journalism

Because the third Saturday is the 16th in the midst of the Presidents’ Day festivities, we pushed our meeting date back a week to the 23rd.  Dom Yanchunas has been a freelance journalist and a magazine reporter and editor for many years and has served as national president of the American Society of Business Publication Editors.  More details will be included in the next issue.

OTHER MEETINGS: Mark your calendars for Sat, March 23 (the 16 is St. Patrick’s Day weekend and difficult to get a venue); Wednesday night April 17 at Dante’s Ristorante, Leonia, where Program Chairman Dan Schlossberg is arranging a speaker; and Wednesday night, May 22, at Don Pepe’s, Newark (our 72nd Annual Awards dinner).