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Jill Chafetz


I started my professional life as a research psychologist (not the "do you love your mother" kind). I enjoyed research and teaching, but noticed that I spent most of my non-classroom time writing and editing, often to help other people.

When I left academia,  all the "you should be a writer" admonitions followed me to job interviews. I've been squeezing in part-time writing and editing jobs for about 9 years, so now I am happily doing it full time.

Jill Chafetz's Contributions

  1. Dutchess County Remembers Former Sheriff Fred Scoralick

    Dutchess County Remembers Former Sheriff Fred Scoralick

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Fred Scoralick, the former sheriff who died on Sunday, is remembered as a man with the willingness and the ability to serve the county, reported TCNews.Kenneth Mallen, the Commissioner of the Beekman Fire Department, remembered being the chief when Scoralick, who lived in Poughquag, was a volunteer firefighter; he remembered Socralick’s conscientiousness and ...

  2. John R. Tierney, 63, Of Wyckoff

    WYCOFF, N.J. – John R. Tierney, 63, of Wycoff, died Sunday, Nov. 29. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in Wycoff for 23 years.Tierney was the post-production director/senior at Creative Bubble, which he co-founded in New York City. During his illustrious career, Tierney won 14 National Emmys, the most recent in 2015 for Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera ...

  3. Claire L. Harris Of Upper Saddle River

    UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – Claire L. Harris, of Upper Saddle River, died Nov. 29. She was born in Richmond Hill, N.Y. and lived in many places, including Haddam, Conn. and Westfield, where she met many of her lifelong friends before settling in Upper Saddle River for 33 years.Harris was a former executive secretary for an insurance company and a devoted animal lover. Her husband, Lloyd ...

  4. Blanca Nora Grant-Kovacs, 78, Of Fair Lawn

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Blanca Nora Grant-Kovacs, 78, of Fair Lawn, died Wednesday, Nov. 25. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she immigrated to the United States in the late 1940s. A woman of strong faith whose patron saint is St. Jude, she was a parishioner of St. Anne R.C. Church in Fair Lawn.Grant-Kovacs was the loving and devoted mother of Ilona V. Foster and husband Sean, who ...

  5. Theresa Rivara, 95, Of Glen Rock

    GLEN ROCK, N.J. – Theresa (Tessie) J. Rivara (née Cardinale), 95, of Glen Rock, died Wednesday, Dec. 2. She was born in Hoboken and moved to Glen Rock in 1957. After raising her six children, she then helped her husband operate the Maywood Inn Restaurant, which opened in 1954. It is still owned and operated by the family.Rivara was predeceased by her husband Victor in 1993. She is ...

  6. Dolores I. Brandt, 90, Maywood Native

    MAYWOOD, N.J. – Dolores I. Brandt (née Scholle), 90, died Nov. 28. She resided in Naples, Fla, but was originally from Maywood. She was a parishioner and Rosarian of Our Lady Queen of Peace. She belonged to the Auxiliary of Holy Name Hospital.Brandt was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, former Maywood councilman Frederick W. Brandt, who died in August. She is survived by her three ...

  7. Reverend Paschal Baylon Tsiquaye, 77, Of Ho-Ho-Kus

    HO-HO-KUS, N.J. -- The Rev. Paschal Baylon Tsiquaye, 77, of Ho-Ho-Kus, died Nov. 24 at St. Joseph’s Home, Totowa.He is survived by his siblings Matthew K. Tsiquaye, Rose Lydia Tsiquaye, Joseph Tsiquaye; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents George Daniel and Cecilia Efua Tsiquaye; and siblings Emmanuel Tsiquaye, Paul Tsiquaye, Mary Dardoe, Anthony Tsiquaye, ...

  8. Josephine Montengro Garafolo, 99, Of South Hackensack

    SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Josephine Montengro Garafolo, 99, of South Hackensack, died Sunday, Nov. 29, in the Blair House of Milford, Mass.Garafolo worked as a waitress for more than 40 years, starting at the Blue Lantern in South Hackensack and then working at the Maywood Inn and Jorgensen's Restaurant in Maywood for many years before retiring. She loved life and loved to dance, she ...

  9. Ronald K. Paar, Sr., 78, Of Carlstadt

    CARLSTADT, N.J. –Ronald K. Paar, Sr., 78, of Carlstadt, died Nov. 29. Paar served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Carlstadt American Legion Post 69. For more than 30 years, he was employed by De Saussure Equipment Company in Maywood and was the shop steward. He was a member of the Carlstadt Fire Deptartment Engine 702 for 25 years, an exempt fireman and a former member of the ...

  10. Robert L. Byrd, 85, Of Oradell

    ORADELL, N.J. – Robert L. Byrd, 85, of Oradell, died Sunday, Nov. 29.He was born and raised and Closter, but lived in Oradell for 49 years.He was the devoted father of Linda Pierro and her husband William; Brian Byrd and his wife Diane, Lizette Sundvick and her husband George; loving grandfather of William and Andrew Pierro; Brianna Byrd; and Davin and Jessica Sundvick; dear brother of ...

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