Monthly Meetings

Press Club to Meet Nov. 16 Sat at Nouri Cafe, Paterson

 We are in for a gastronomic treat at this meeting. We will be gathering at Noon, Saturday, November 16, at Nouri Café, 1003 Main Street, Paterson, 07503. Operated by owners Albert and Fayez Noury, the restaurant joins the Syrian food market which the Noury family has operated in Paterson since 1978. In 2018, they branched out and opened the café next door. It offers traditional Mediterranean cuisine in a modern, yet casual dining experience. Some say it brings to the table a mix of cuisines from Aleppo, Syria, Beirut, Lebanon and Yerevan, Armenia. The food items in the Café are from the adjoining Nouri Market, which also markets exquisite jewelry, clothing, hookahs, gifts and a myriad of merchandise. Catering is a big part of the business.

We will be in a private room and the GSJ can bring wine since it is a BYO place. The cost is $25 and the management has a treat in store for attendees. The phone number there is 973-881-8819.


FROM THE WEST – Take I-80 eastbound to Exit 58A-58B toward Clifton. Merge onto Madison Avenue and in about 2/10ths of a mile turn left onto Getty Avenue. Next, turn right onto Gould Avenue. In a very short distance, turn left onto Main Street. The restaurant is at 1003 Main St.

FROM THE EAST - Take I-80 westbound to Exit 59B-A toward Madison Avenue/Paterson/Clifton. Continue onto 23rd Avenue. Use the right lane to keep right at the fork. Continue to Exit 58A and follow signs for Madison Ave S/Clifton. Keep right at the fork to stay on Exit 58A and merge onto Madison Avenue. Turn left onto Getty Avenue. Turn right onto Goshen St. and the Café is on the right.

FROM THE SOUTH – Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 155B for Hazel St. Turn left onto Hazel St. (signs for Paterson). Then turn right onto Crooks Avenue. Turn left onto Getty Avenue, then left onto Goshen St. The Café is on the right.

Other Dates to Remember:

DECEMBER 14, Saturday, at noon.  Our Holiday Party will feature entertainment and the usual festivities. Those who wish to bring a wrapped gift for the grab bag can do so. Leave a gift and take a gift. We will have the party at the Bar Americana Café in Cranford.  All the details will be in the next issue.

JANUARY 18, Saturday, at noon. The speaker is Stefanie Murray, director of the Center for Cooperative Media, a grant-funded program based at Montclair State University’s School of Communications and Media.  Stefanie, prior to this post, was vice president and executive editor of The Tennessean, a Gannett newspaper. More details in the next issue.

FEBRUARY 15, Saturday, at noon. Details are being worked out.

MARCH  21, Saturday, at noon.  Our speaker will be one of our own. Nicholas Gordon is the owner of the popular website, Poems for Free (, which he has been publishing on the Web since 1998.  Dr. Gordon, by the way, is the husband of long-time GSJ member and officer, Ellen Wayman-Gordon, who is a board trustee and Executive Director of the GSJ Scholarship Foundation. The venue is to be determined.

APRIL 2020 – Speaker and venue to be determined

MAY 29, Wednesday, 6 p.m., Don Pepe’s Restaurant, 844 McCarter Highway (Route 21), Newark. This is our 73rd Annual Memorial 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 in advance. That deadline will be announced in the future Font Pages.