December 18, 2014

OBSERVER: Meet Nutley's 'Notables'

By Karen Zautyk 
Observer Correspondent 
The prolific Anthony Buccino (15 books and counting) has just published his latest work: “Nutley Notables,” profiling more than 150 “Men and Women Who Made a Memorable Impact on Our Hometown.”
Included, of course, is Annie Oakley, whom everyone in Nutley knows once lived here. (Yes, outlanders, she did!)
Almost everyone in Nutley knows that this was the hometown of Martha Kostyra, now Martha Stewart.
But do you know about Frances Goodrich? Or Uncle Fred? Or Grumpy the Clown?
You can meet them, along with political leaders, military heroes, businessmen, scientists, athletes, artists, writers, et al., in the pages of “Nutley Notables.” And you may be surprised at the wide array of talents who called this tree-shaded town home. Or as Buccino describes Nutley: the kind of place “Norman Rockwell only dreamed of illustrating.”

December 15, 2014

Buccino joins poetry reading marathon in Montclair - Jan. 8

The Montclair Monthly Poetry Series, coordinated by Laura Boss and Maria Mazziotti Gillan, is presenting a New Year Poetry Marathon Reading on Thursday, January 8. 

This free event is from 7 p.m. to - 9 p.m. at the Montclair Public Library (auditorium), 50 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, New Jersey.

Local poets will read a few poems each during the Marathon portion of the evening. An open reading will follow. 

Poets include: Susan Amsterdam, Susan Lembo Balik, Ron Bremner, Anthony Buccino, Linda Cronin, Gail Fishman Gerwin, Martin Golan, Jim Gwyn, Elizabeth Marchitti, Marilyn Mohr, Frank Niccoletti, Ken Ronkowitz, Bob Rosenbloom, Rachel Parker, Janet Kolstein, Elissa Gordon and D. M. Dutcher.

Buccino has published seven poetry collections.
  • American Boy: Pushing Sixty
  • CANNED - Booted, bumped, down-sized, fired, forced out, hated, hired, jobless, laid off, let go, out of work, out-sourced, pink-slipped, terminated, sacked, unemployed
  • One Morning In Jersey City
  • Retrieving Labrador Days dog tales in prose and verse
  • Sixteen Inches On Center
  • Sometimes I Swear In Italian
  • Voices on the Bus train, subway, sidewalk and in my head
  • Yountakah Country - A Poetic View of Nutley, Old and New
He created the New Jersey Poets and Poetry site and posted a short A Buccino Poem A Day series.

December 8, 2014

Buccino Publishes Nutley Notables Profile Collection

A New Book for Nutley History Lovers 

Nutley Notables: The Men and Women Who Made a Memorable Impact on Our Home Town, Nutley, New Jersey 

by Anthony Buccino

Nutley writer and author Anthony Buccino has published Nutley Notables, the Men and Women Who Made a Memorable Impact on Our Home Town, Nutley, New Jersey. 

Buccino published more than fifteen books including four essay collections, three military history books and seven full-length poetry collections.  He has been called ' “New Jersey’s ‘Garrison Keillor” or something to that effect.’ His poem  At The Vet has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

The township of Nutley, New Jersey, has accumulated a wealth of celebrated and eccentric people who over-shadowed the salt-of-the-earth folks who lived here, raised their families and built the town into the place that Norman Rockwell only dreamed of illustrating for the cover of the  Saturday Evening Post. This new book profile nearly 200 townsfolks,  some you may know and many you will not forget.   

October 4, 2014

Remembering the Soldier Named Above the Street Sign

I first came across Gary Formica in the early 1990s. I was walking my yellow Lab in a nearby neighborhood, and the second sign above the street sign caught my eye.

Gary P. Formica, SP4 A-KIA 10-4-70 Vietnam

I never knew him, never even heard of him before coming across this memorial sign. Nearly 25 years on, there wasn't much thought given to a stranger who died long ago in a place far away.

And yet, I was drawn to this place, to this corner, or across the street from it where I stood long gazing at the stranger's name. My dog would realize we weren't going anywhere and settle in the grass. Did Gary live in this corner house? This house where their dog barks at strangers until it realizes we aren't here to disturb the peace.

I'd wonder if his parents lived here still. What did they think when then went outside and saw their son's name on a corner sign. Did he have brothers and sisters and their children who never met him?

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August 3, 2014

Buccino Inaugural Speaker at Nutley History Series

Nutley History Series Begins 

10:30 AM Aug. 5
• Free Weekly Program for Students and Adults
 NUTLEY, N.J. -- The first session of a new historical program "Celebrating America, Celebrating Nutley" begins Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Public Affairs Building. Anthony Buccino of the Nutley Historical Society will present the opening session.

 Sponsored by Commissioner Steven Rogers, the history series will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of August. Nutley students as well as adults are invited to attend and participate in the series which ends on Aug. 28.

There is no cost for the program.

 "If you plan to attend, please call us at 973-284-4976," Commissioner Rogers asks. There is no cost for the program and refreshments will be served.

June 27, 2014

Something to Read this Summer

For a fun bit of light reading this summer, might we humbly recommend Greetings From Belleville, New Jersey - Collected Writings by Anthony Buccino. Well, no, it's not a travel book, but you could sort of travel back in time if you're of a certain generation. And, no, it's not a book that's full of laughs, but you might find yourself laughing.

Here's a bit of what a critic said about the book:

"The author gives a heartfelt glimpse into life in his hometown. It will appeal most to others from similar places, but the nostalgia and reminiscence will appeal to all readers who long for the home and life of their youth....

"The author's writing is friendly and easy to relate to, but sometimes he spends too long discussing things in depth that most readers are already familiar with (like defrosting early electric freezers). The author's friendly voice sounds like a neighbor swapping great stories on the back porch. Readers feel like they know the author, his family, and his town.

"The author's casual voice occasionally lends itself to informal grammar and word usage. While many, many details have the ring of familiarity, the author also brings out the unique aspects of his own experience. The author's humor, thankfulness, and openness are the book's greatest assets. The cover image suggests a more rural life than the small town setting depicted in the book."

Well, that gives you an idea. You can form your own opinions when you've read it. If you like it you'll probably like the original collections where some of these essays were first collected. 

And, you know, it makes a really nice gift for your friend who has everything.
Available in print and Kindle or Nook ebook formats.

May 21, 2014

Excellence in Journalism Awards

Two blog posts by Anthony Buccino have won awards in the Society of Professional Journalists NJ Chapter 2014 Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Time to Change the Air Conditioner earned second place in Online - Enterprise/Series /Investigative Reporting.

Riding Under the PATH Train earned second place in Media Affiliated Blog.

Both award-winning blogs were published on NJ.Com. You can see more of his posts at this link.

Entries were judged by Florida SPJ chapter members. Awards will be distributed at the Yogi Berra Museum on June 28, 2014. See a complete list of winners.

April 13, 2014

Spring in Jersey

When cherry blossoms bloom in Belleville Park, it’s time to put away the snow blower. Usually by this time of April, in Belleville and Nutley, we watch the falling cherry blossoms and think, oh, they’re like little pink snowflakes. But this year, things have changed.
Continue reading: Hold the Flowers, It Might Snow