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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. Edythe Ann Quinn To Discuss Book at Hyde Park FDR Library

    Edythe Ann Quinn To Discuss Book at Hyde Park FDR Library

    HYDE PARK, N.Y. – The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project are presenting author Edythe Ann Quinn on Sunday, Nov. 15.Quinn will talk about her book, “Freedom Journey: Black Civil War Soldiers and the Hills Community, Westchester County, New York”, which is a history of 35 African-American Civil War soldiers, told through letters, recruit rosters, ...

  2. Barbara A. Morton, 85, of Hopewell Junction

    HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. -- Barbara A. Morton, 85, of Hopewell Junction died on Tuesday, Dec. 1.Born in Fitchburg, Mass. On April 8, 1930, she was the daughter of Vincent Gillis and Mary Domay Barber Gillis Boivin.She had been employed by the Southern Dutchess News, Arrow Shirt Company and Fitchburg Lock Company. She was a member of the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church where she ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Margaret A. Sneddon, 89, Of East Fishkill

    EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. – Margaret A. Sneddon, 89, of East Fishkill, died at her home.She was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Wishaw, Scotland to the late Alexander and Florence Howieson. On Sept. 20, 1947, she married the love of her life, David M. Sneddon, in the Masonic Hall, Shotts, Scotland. Her husband died in 1996. In 1995, Sneddon came to the United States with her mother, daughter Florence, ...

  5. Muriel M. Bass, 96, Of Poughkeepsie

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Muriel M. Bass, 96, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, died Nov. 30 at the Lutheran Care Center. She was born Sept. 21, 1919, in Plymouth, England, the daughter of Henry G. & Rosina Symons Avis.She married Philip J. Bass Sept. 21, 1940, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He predeceased her in 2003.They were professional ballroom dancers and won the waltz competition in the Harvest ...

  6. Zita V. Losey, 78, Of Hopewell Junction

    HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. -- Zita V. Losey, 78, of Hopewell Junction and formerly of Peekskill, Cortlandt Manor and Yonkers, died Monday, Nov. 30.Born March 18, 1937, in the Bronx, she was the daughter of John Joseph and Zita Irene (Wood) Vaughan. Losey was a graduate of the Class of 1955 from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, and was a special education/teacher aide at Lincoln-Titus ...

  7. Frank Donald Welch, 82, Of Hopewell Junction

    HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. -- Frank Donald Welch, 82, a resident of Spring Hill, Fla. and formerly of Hopewell Junction and Port Jefferson Station died Monday, Nov. 30.Born Aug. 29, 1933, in Brooklyn, he was the youngest of 14 children of Arthur and Delia Malloy Welch. He proudly served our country as a 3rd Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and was employed as a ...

  8. Joan Wilsey Lowe, 77, LaGrange

    LAGRANGE, N.Y. -- Joan Wilsey Lowe, 77, of LaGrange died on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Born in Poughkeepsie on Feb. 26, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Laurence and Agnes "Kay" Mitchell Wilsey. She was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School. She attended St. Stanislaus Church in Pleasant Valley.Lowe worked for a time at DeLaval Separator Co. and Traver Road Elementary School. ...

  9. Rose Marie Johnson, 76, Of Milan

    MILAN, N.Y. -- Rose Marie Johnson, 79, died Thursday, Nov. 26.She was born March 13, 1936, in Poughkeepsie, the daughter of Alexander and Gladys (Morgan) Horne. Johnson was a nurse's aide.Survivors include her three daughters, Lynda Lee (Randy) Klawson of Milan; Victoria Lynn Johnson of Milan; Ginny (Chuck) Majors-Myers of Germantown; a son, LeRoy H. (Heather) Johnson Jr. of Milan; two ...

  10. Pauline M. Close, 86, Of LaGrange

    LAGRANGE, N.Y. – Pauline M. Close, 86, of LaGrange, died Saturday, Nov. 28 at The Pines in Poughkeepsie. She was born Sept. 15, 1929, in Buffalo, the daughter of Louis and Jadwiga Zielinski Shegda.She was married July 24, 1943, to Leon Straszewski, who predeceased her in 1974. On June 22, 1991, she married Robert L. Close in Pleasant Valley; he survives at home.Close was employed by the ...

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