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Monthly Meetings

Marc Ernay, ‘WINS' Sports Director, Speaker Sept. 20 at Cenzino, Oakland 

We are finally going to hear from Marc Ernay, director of sports at WINS, at our September 20 meeting, noon at Cenzino Ristorante, 589 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, 07436, in Bergen County. The phone number there is 201-337-6693 and the restaurant’s website is The luncheon is $22 per person, including tip and taxes. The restaurant has a liquor license, so we cannot bring wine. Dan Schlossberg, our speaker's bureau chief (actually he is the bureau), has lined up Marc for our session. Thanks Dan. Gail Gerson arranged the restaurant. Thanks Gail. 

Ernay is living out his childhood dream as 1010WINS sports director and morning drive anchor, positions he has held since January 2012. He is a 1988 graduate of Hofstra University who, for most of the past two decades, has been WIN's modern day “Magellan,” covering multiple Super Bowls, World Series, MLB All-Star Games, NBA and NHL finals, Big East and NCAA Basketball Tournaments, US Open Tennis Championships, PGA Championships and US Open Golf Championships. 

Marc also mans the finish lines in Central Park for 1010 WINS annual coverage of the New York City Marathon. He and his wife Marin live in New Jersey. 

Cenzino Ristorante was established by Regina Vitim, a third-generation restaurateur in the Gragnano family. She is the grand-daughter of Gerolomo Gragnano, who came to America in 1906 via Ellis Island and soon established Taverna in Englewood. His oldest son, Carmen, became the owner of Carmen's in Hackensack, which operated for some 30 years. His daughter Regina ran many restaurants in New Jersey. She and her husband, Vince Vitti, who had run a successful travel agency, acquired Cenzino and have created a gastronomic emporium, which enjoys the highest Zagat rating in Bergen County for Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is Old World charm and comfort. The kitchen is under the control of Chef Fillipo and two sous chefs Vittorio and Elmer and salad chef Jose. 

Directions: From the West, take I-80 east to I-287 to Oakland Exit 58 toward US 202/Oakland. Turn left onto W. Oakland Avenue. Turn slightly left onto Ramada Valley Road/US 202. The restaurant, at 589 Ramada Valley Road, is on the left. 

From the Hackensack area, Take Route 4 west onto NJ 208 North. After 9.6 miles, take I-287 South, which is on the left toward Oakland/Morris town. Take the US 202 exit, No. 58, toward Oakland. Turn right onto Ramada Valley Road. US 202N. The restaurant is on the left. 

From South Jersey, take the Garden State Parkway north to I-78 West Exit 142B toward Springfield. Merge onto I-78 (Local) West. Merge onto NJ-24W via Exit 48 toward I-287/Springfield/Morristown. Take I-287 north to Exit 58 toward US 202/Oakland. Turn left onto W. Oakland Avenue. Turn slight left onto Ramapo Valley Road. 202N. Restaurant is on the left at 589 Ramapo Valley Road.

Debra Galant of Center for Cooperative Media, Montclair, to Speak Oct. 18 

Debra Galant, associate director, Center for Cooperative Media, Montclair State University, is our featured speaker at the October 18 meeting at a venue to be named. Most likely, it will be in the Montclair area. Thanks to Archie Schiano, our secretary, for arranging the program and Gail Gerson for setting up the venue. The cost is $22, including tax and tip. 

The Center for Cooperative Media offers multimedia platforms, collaborative news and public affairs coverage from its home base on the campus of Montclair State University. Debbie Galant, former editor of Montclair's hyper-local news website, Baristanet, and now director of the New Jersey News Commons for the Center for Cooperative News, has an interesting story to tell. We're sure you will enjoy it. (see back page) 

The Center partners with news organizations – large and small – to help the media better cover New Jersey. With major grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, its goals are to bolster news coverage and analysis for state residents while giving students at Montclair State's School of Communications and Media valuable hands-on, professional experience. 

The Center is a tool to help the news industry survive and thrive in this transitional period, while university students benefit from experience. The university has made major capital investments in HDTV studios and production facilities, news digital radio studios, wireless newsroom spaces, office and areas designated for collaboration. The Center's wing in Schmitt Hall is designed to create a kind of National Press Club for New Jersey.