Newark, NJ - Two notable Montclair residents were recognized by Essex County leaders for their writing talent. Montclair residents Robin Ehrlichman-Woods and Amelia Teo were honored balong with seven other Essex County residents during the Annual Essex County Senior Legacies Writing Contest Celebration
Luncheon on Wednesday. 

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Senior Services Director Jaklyn DeVore awarded the following winning authors as follows:

  • Short Hills resident Nancy Feigel received an honorable mention for "My Aunt Rose,"
  • Montclair resident Ehrlichman-Woods received an honorable mention for "Younger than Springtime Older than Dirt,"
  • Newark resident Mary Azagra received an honorable mention for "Thoughts of Mama,"
  • Montclair resident Teo had winning essay with "My Immigration Experience" 
  • Belleville resident Kathryn D. Mackie received an honorable mention for "Helping Hands;"
  •  Bloomfield resident Alfred Sonny Piccoli had a winning essay with "The Night Muhammad Ali Taught Me How to Become a Champion in Life,"
  • East Orange resident Carol T. Jenkins had a winning essay with "The Ragman,"
  • Verona resident Irene Bilotti had a winning essay with "My Husband the Unspoiled Brat" and
  • Nutley resident Eleanor Slomkowski whose essay "Instant Messages (IMS) to Heaven" received the Director's Award.

According to a release, the Legacies Writing Contest encourages Essex senior citizens to write essays about the people and events that have influenced their lives.