Online Workshop: Structuring the Novel Workshop

Learn how to outline and structure your novel at this hands-on workshop with WPU Professor of English, Philip Cioffari.

For those actively engaged in working on a novel, as well as for those who have not yet begun writing, this workshop will cover ways of outlining and structuring a novel-length manuscript. Items to be addressed will include:

Basic structures—including the Aristotelian model; Beginnings, Middles, and Ends; Other more experimental structures: circular, flatline (horizontal), reverse, etc.; Using character as the basis for plot. What does the main character want? What are the obstacles? How does he/she change?; Use of subplots; Use of Point of View: single, multiple, experimental; Use of Time and how to frame the narrative; Progressing scene by scene and arranging the arc of the narrative; and Editing and revising.

Taught by Philip Cioffari, a novelist, short story writer, filmmaker, playwright and Professor of English at William Paterson University. 

1 hour/Tickets $30. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite here Please note that all ticket sales are final.

Succeed2gether’s fourth annual Montclair Literary Festival was scheduled for March 25 to 29, 2020. Due to the current health crisis, Festival Day is now taking place online on September 12 and 13, 2020, with publishing workshops also planned for September 14, 15 and 16. You can see all the events on our website events page The festival is a fundraiser for Montclair-based non-profit Succeed2gether, which offers after-school one-on-one tutoring and enrichment classes with the aim of closing the education opportunity gap in Essex County. 

Contact Information
  1. Succeed2gether's Montclair Literary Festival
  2. 973-746-0553
Wed, September 16
7:45 pm — 8:45 pm
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Township of Nutley to Conduct Flu Vaccine Clinic Oct. 1

September 23, 2020


Nutley Parks & Recreation Department
44 Park Ave, Nutley
**No appointment necessary**

If you have Medicare or Medicaid A
Please bring your insurance card with you

No Cost to Nutley Residents or Employees
*MASKS ...

Next Essex County Food Distribution to be in Newark's Independence Park

Event is Thursday, September 24th in Essex County Independence Park in Newark


NEWARK, NJ — Essex County's next Emergency Food Distribution Event will be Thursday, September 24, in Essex County Independence Park in Newark to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. A thousand boxes of food will be distributed; these are meant to benefit families who ...

Official Notice: Nutley Board of Education Executive Session Meeting Sept 16

September 15, 2020

In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, P.L. 1975c. 231, this is to advise that the Nutley Board of Education will hold an Executive Session Meeting at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

The Board attendance will be in-person at Spring Garden Cafeteria. Upon opening the meeting, the Board will immediately go into Closed 

Executive Session for an undetermined period ...

Township of Nutley COVID-19 Update Sept 11, 2020

Nutley Update on COVID-19

The Township of Nutley is providing an update to the community on:

Total COVID-19 cases in Nutley
Additional Information

COVID-19 Total Cases
The Township of Nutley announced 14 additional cases since the last announcement on 8/28/202. Bringing the total to 583 cases and 37 deaths.

A Note from the Commissioners and Office of Emergency ...

Why the Flu Shot Is More Important Than Ever. Check it off your list.

Between social distancing and mask wearing, we have been taking the necessary precautions to safeguard our health. But there’s one more important item that should be on our to-do lists. It’s the annual flu vaccination, and this year, it’s more important than ever.

The flu and COVID-19 are both highly contagious respiratory illnesses. Although they’re caused by different ...

Nutley Public Library Announces New Interim Director.

NUTLEY, NJ - The Board of Trustees of the Nutley Public Library announced that a new Interim Director will take over effective Oct. 1.

The new Interim Director will be Michelle Albert. The current interim director, Kirin Patel, will step down and serve as Assistant Interim Director.

Patel was scheduled to retire April 1, 2020. When Nutley Public Library Director Maria Labadia passed away ...

Jamie Novak: How To Tidy Up & Get More Done, Virtually at the Nutley Public Library Oct. 19

Join best-selling author and organizer Jamie Novak for this virtual program on how to get more done — without getting overwhelmed. This program is for you if you have a lot of decluttering to do or if your to-do list is two pages long.

Leave this laugh-out-loud funny and new program with an action plan and a sense of calm about your organizing projects and never-ending to-do list.

Historic Ballantine Gates in Branch Brook Park Are Restored

September 26, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Restoration of the historic Ballantine Gate in Essex County's Branch Brook Park is complete, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced.

“The Ballantine Gate is a recognized feature of Branch Brook Park and a landmark in the Forest Hill neighborhood on Newark. Restoring this entrance during the 125th anniversary of the Essex County Parks ...

Essex County Freeholder Board Passes Resolution Supporting State Senate Bill Providing Criminal And Social Justice Reform On Marijuana Related Offenses

(Newark, NJ) – On September 23, 2020, the Essex County Freeholder Board passed a resolution in support of New Jersey State Senate Bill 2535 ("S2535"), which would provide criminal and social justice reform on certain marijuana and hashish offenses. Upon passage, the bill will decriminalize possession and distribution of less than one pound of marijuana. The bill will also raise ...

Buried Vehicle Found on Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex Site

September 23, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A construction crew from EUC Corporation made quite an unexpected discovery when they found a vehicle buried in the ground at the new Municipal Complex site in Berkeley Heights.

EUC was preparing the site for paving on Monday when their heavy equipment went over an area that felt uneven. They dug to make sure there wasn't anything problematic and found ...

$2.3 Million Grant to Advance Digital Services in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — A $2.3 million Smart and Connected Communities Grant from the National Science Foundation is on its way to help bridge Newark's digital divide, Rutgers University announced Monday. 

The grant will allow a research team led by Rutgers-New Brunswick faculty, which will partner with Newark, to develop the city's digital services, according to a ...

Important Information from Dr. Glazer Regarding Return to Instruction in Nutley Public Schools

August 17, 2020

August 17, 2020

Dear Nutley Parents and Staff,

On August 12, Governor Murphy signed an executive order that school districts that cannot meet all health and safety standards for safe in-person instruction may begin their school year with 100% virtual learning. While our draft plan reflects the extensive research and thorough planning the district has done to meet the health ...

It’s Harvest Time! 5 Fun New Jersey Wineries to Visit this Autumn

September 24, 2020

Wine experts say that fall is prime time for visiting wineries in New Jersey because it is the harvest season, when grapes are ripe on the vine.  

Over the years, the Garden State has earned credibility as a quality wine-producing state, in great part due to its fertile soil.

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day this season, consider a trip to one of ...

5 Ways to Make Your Favorite Chili Into a Totally Different Meal

Does the cooler weather have you craving chili? A bowl of red is a great way to warm up, and if the leftovers start to bore you, there are plenty of ways you can mix things up.

Make your favorite chili into totally different meals with these simple ideas:

Serve it Cincinnati-style* over spaghetti with shredded Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.

Make it part of a “baked ...


At the risk of sounding political, I believe in science.

I spent way too many hours subjecting my brain to a Math-O-Matic blender of science classes in school to discount it. Let’s face it, nobody would have made it that hard if there wasn’t some validity to it.

Oh I believe in other important stuff too, like astrology and miracles for instance, but a well-accepted scientific ...

Five Things You Should Know About Rainbow Babies

1. What is a Rainbow Baby?

A rainbow baby is a baby born after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or death in infancy. This term is given to these precious babies, because a rainbow typically follows a storm, giving us hope of what’s to come.

2. Who coined the term, Rainbow Baby?

While no one knows the exact origin of Rainbow Baby, it is a term that has ...

Remembering Tyler

September 22, 2020

Today marks 10 years since the passing of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman whose death by suicide siezed the conscience of the nation. The following tribute was written by Tyler’s cousin Jen Ehrentraut whose memorable testimony helped pass NJ’s anti-bullying bill of rights.

No one knows exactly why someone else takes their own life, but Tyler chose to jump off of the ...

Responding to “An Open Letter to the Nutley Board of Commissioners, Nutley UNICO and Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade Committee

Columbus is regarded as a hero to the Italian people mainly because of his skilled navigational abilities. His goal was to find a more direct route to Asia by sailing in a
westerly direction from Spain instead of following the traditionally accepted navigational route around the coast of Africa. Many thought it would be a suicide mission.  Nevertheless, Columbus lobbied Queen ...


Nutley Chamber of Commerce presents Gateway To On3

September 21, 2020

Gateway To ON3: In order to pull the workers and students from the ON3 (formerly Hoffmann-La Roche) campus into Nutley, the Nutley Chamber of Commerce is investing in a "ON3 Gateway to Nutley Project" to benefit our members.

The Chamber has purchased 2,500 "Love Nutley, Shop Nutley" reusable shopping bags, which will be distributed to the businesses and schools at ON3, ...

Nutley's On3 update: 200 Metro Blvd. occupied; changes to Phase IIA of Roche site Redevelopment

NUTLEY, NJ - Mayor/Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci announced during the Tuesday, Aug. 11 Nutley Board of Commissioners meeting that Eisai will fully occupy 200 Metro Blvd. at the On3 campus. PB Nutcliff Master, LLC also presented changes to the proposed Phase IIA of the redevelopment plan to the On3 site.

Eisai, a Japanese oncology and neurology-focused pharmaceutical ...

Paterson Will Pilot Guaranteed Income

September 20, 2020

“I'm now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In June 2020, a coalition of mayors founded Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) to advocate for direct, recurring cash payments to everyday ...

OPINION: Illicit Budget Raid of Clean Communities Fund Will Gut Litter Clean Up Programs in NJ

In my 40 years in Trenton as a business executive and President of the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC), I recognize that these are difficult times for government leaders desperate to find revenue to plug state budget holes. 

But responsible revenue policy must stay within the legal boundaries of state law. 

Case in point: the recent proposal by the state Department of ...

New Jersey Festival Orchestra Names New Executive Director, Zachary S. Blutner

September 27, 2020

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra (NJFO) today announces that, following an extensive search, Zachary S. Blutner has been named as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Blutner comes to NJFO with nearly 20 years of experience in both non-profit and for-profit institutions in the tourism and hospitality industries.

 “Zach joins us with a very impressive resume, great ...

Nutley Public Library Events for October 2020

Monday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. – Virtual DISH!  The Monday Night Cookbook Club.  Members will choose, prepare at home, and present a DISH!  We will then gather online to discuss each other’s recipes, our cooking techniques, and share stories and culture.  To register and for further information visit:  ...

IRS highlights employer credits for businesses during Small Business Week

WASHINGTON —During Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service reminds business owners and self-employed individuals of the employer credits available to them during COVID-19.  

These credits were specially created to help small business owners during this unprecedented time. During Small Business Week, the IRS wants to ensure all eligible people know about the relief ...

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland (Simon & Schuster, 2020)


Month and Year: August 1926

Event: At the age of 21, the tenacious Trudy Ederly, a 1924 Olympic gold medalist in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay,  became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Ederly, a Jersey girl, made it from the shores of France to the British Coast in 14 hours and ...

Too Much and Not Enough by Mary Trump

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D. (Simon & Schuster, 2020)


I admit it. I couldn’t wait to get my copy of Too Much and Never Enough by President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump. Mary, whose father, Fred, was Donald’s  older brother, was shunned by her grandfather and cut out of the ...

The Source by James Michener

Retro Review

The Source by James Michener, 1965. 


It is nearly impossible to describe the scope of The Source, a remarkable historical novel by James Michener. Nearly 1000 pages long, the rich details about the evolution of humanity, from the days of the cave dwellings till the modern era, Michener regales us with details of the many civilizations that have dwelled in the ...


Aug 29, 1947 - Sep 18, 2020
Mascolo, Paul, age 73, of Nutley passed away on September 18th at home surrounded by his ...
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Beloved Father and Brother, Nutley Chamber of Commerce President Daniel M. Leon, 52, of Nutley, ...
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The Jaffe Briefing - September 25, 2020

TRENTON – It has been suggested for years that you bring your own bag to the store, rather than wasting more of those single-use plastic and paper bags that fill our landfills. The state Legislature wants a sweeping ban on the distribution of these bags, as well as plastic straws and polystyrene food containers, that are destroying the planet. This important measure now heads to Gov. Phil ...