Guardian Fall 2004
Volume 56, No. 3
A publication of The ARC of Essex County, a non-profit agency serving persons with mental retardation and their families since 1948.
Golf Classic XVI A Record Success
2004 ARC Essex Foundation conducted a spirited auction that had
people bidding enthusiastically for the
five live auction items that included
XVI cruises, a trip to Rome, Italy, a trip to Hong
Kong, a New York hotel and restaurant
Golf Classic XVI package, and dinner at Desmond
O’Brien’s New York restaurant, Langan’s
Bar and Restaurant, as well as theater
tickets to make it a complete evening.
Lehman Brothers Golfers
There were many smiling people who
got the item they wanted from either the USA and CIT valiantly brought in many
live or silent auction. golfers and sponsors. This year’s Grand
Sponsor was the Gerson Lehrman
The concluding excitement of the
Group. Mark Gerson was a camp
evening came when the winner of the
counselor at Camp Hope 15 years ago
limited raffle for a trip to Ireland for four
The Pratt family – “Margot’s Team” and has been an ardent supporter of
was drawn. It was Robert Troke of Nutley,
What is the price of success? For the New Jersey.
ARC Essex Foundation Golf Tournament, We continue to dedicate our Golf Classic
it means having two rounds of golf, one in memory of Bill Murray, one of the
starting at 7:30 a.m., and one at 12:45 founders of the event. The Murray family
p.m. For the first time in the sixteen-year is a tremendous support to us each year
history of the Golf Tournament, we had to and we are grateful.
go to a double format to accommodate Corporate Sponsors:
all the golfers who wanted to participate. Barclays Capital
A few days before the event scheduled Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
for September 20, there were concerns
CIT Group, Inc.
that Hurricane Ivan might ruin our Mark Kahrer of PSE&G with golfers from Scotia Citigroup
plans, but happily for all concerned, Commerce Bank
Photography by Bev Weiss of BCW Photography.
September 20 was dry, clear and sunny Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.
We thank Mark Kahrer of PSE&G, Lehman Brothers
- perfect golfing weather. There were 170
who was the top fundraiser for the Marsh, an MMC Company
golfers who enjoyed a day that included event and Chuck Feldman, who was
breakfast for the morning players, lunch, the top individual contributor. PSE&G
18 holes of golf, cocktails and dinner. Scotia Capital
There were a few golfers who played both The day could not have been the The Royal Bank of Scotland
morning and afternoon sessions, and success it was without all the sponsors The Wachovia Foundation
Wigder Chevrolet, Inc./Wigder Leasing
some of the morning players returned who contributed so generously. Mark
for cocktails and dinner. There were Kahrer and Hal Chefitz, both Foundation
also opportunities to bid on silent and Board members, were especially helpful
live auction items. Desmond O’Brien in recruiting corporate sponsors. Marsh
Dinner Sponsors: The ARC Essex Foundation thanks our
Credit Suisse/First Boston extraordinary volunteers – some of whom
Neiman Marcus Short Hills put in a 15-hour day along with staff.
Cocktail Hour Sponsors:
Barbara & Chuck Feldman Barbara Ashurst
JP Morgan Chase Janet Berger
Lunch Sponsors: Art Bergman
Banc of America Securities Debbie Chambers
Staff and Volunteers Essex Golf Janet Cuomo
Matthijssen, Inc. Nancy Fenimore
Marie & Chris Peter Nicole Fornarotto
St. John & Wayne, L.L.C. Paul Froisland
Structure Tone, Inc. Bob Gebroe
Beverage Sponsors: Andrea Hartman
Canon Business Solutions Bob Jago
DelGaudio Family Pat Jago
Kensey Nash Corporation Mary Libretti
KNOLL Kim Lim
McCarter & English Marie Maddera
John P Murray, Jr.
. Maureen Murray
Our list of top sponsors Organon Lynn Oliver
Rothstein, Kass & Company, P
.C. Stan Perlmutter
Ryan Beck & Co. Kathy Petraglia
The Alpine Group, Inc. Donna Pintos
Driving Range/Practice Green Claire Ross
Sponsors: Rosemarie Russo
Applegate Farms Eileen Stuart
Dick’s Sporting Goods Dick Stuart
Spherion Corporation Joselyn Thompson
We thank the 7 Greens sponsors, 41 Louis Vispoli
Wachovia Bank’s foursome Hole sponsors and 24 Cart sponsors. Sue Wright
The day could not have been the success it
was if not for the generosity and support of We extend our thanks to all those
the golfers, our sponsors, both businesses individuals and companies who gave
and individuals, and those who provided gifts for use at the Golf Classic XVI.
prizes for the raffles and for the “goody
bags” for the golfers. This was our most Radisson Seven Seas Cruiseline made
successful golf outing to date,with revenues it possible for us to offer 4 different 7-
of over $215,000. We extend our thanks to Day cruises for two. We are indebted
everyone who was a part of this wonderful to them for working with us.
day. We are already planning for next year’s
Golf Classic XVII on September 19, 2005,
and hope you will think about joining us
Barr Pharmaceuticals foursome as a player or a sponsor.
Marsh foursome CIT foursome Golfers from Medco
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Hole-in-One Cars Gift set provided by The Estee Lauder
2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe Great Bear Country Club
Donated by Saturn of Denville/Morristown/ Half Way Pub
Livingston Hilton - Short Hills
2005 Chew Trail Blazer 4-Door Il Vicolo Ristorante
Donated by Wigder Chevrolet, Inc./Wigder JR Cigars
Leasing Corp. Langan’s Bar & Restaurant/Desmond
Goody Bag & Gift Donors Live With Regis & Kelly Mort Plawner of PSE&G, second from right,
Maddy Lichtman with his Citigroup friends
Applegate Farms Livingston Camera Shop
Ron Carr, Jr., New England Financial/Met The Manor
Life The Mansion Inn
Commerce Bank Marsh, an MMC Company
Credit Suisse/First Boston MetroStars
Espree Magazine Mohegan Sun
Essex Golf Maureen Murray
Great Bear Country Club Jo Naughton
Joe Plechy Cupo Agency New Jersey Devils
M&M’s, Masterfoods USA New York Golf
Poland Springs New York Times
Trinity Covenant Church New York Yankees Golfers from Deutsche Bank Securities
Auction and Raffle Prize Donors Ocean Place Conference Center
ATA Airlines Pacific Delight Tours
Air Tran Airways Papermill Playhouse
Alex Hotel PGA Tour Partners
Lee Bergman PSE&G
Bloomingdale’s Park Avenue Club
Borgata Hotel Mary Ann Rattner
Burberry Riingo Restaurant
Can Do Fitness Ronca, McDonald & Hanley
Candle Lighters Sheraton Parsippany
Ron Carr, Sr. 6th Avenue Electronics Commerce Bank Golfers
Chelsea Piers Golf Rick Skudera
Circuit City Sky Blue Aviation
Club ABC Stephanie’s Italian Restaurant
Commerce Bank The Restaurant
Compass Restaurant The Strip House
Crowne Plaza Nashua Total Wine
Dolce Hamilton Park Walter Bauman Jewelers
Doral Forrestal Conference Center Water Gap Country Club
Embassy Suites Hotel, Manhattan West Bank Café
Embassy Suites Hotel, Parsippany West Coast Trends
Embassy Suites Hotel, Tyson’s Corner Westminster Hotel
Sandy Fiore The Royal Bank of Scotland golfers
Gambert Custom Shirt
Desmond O’Brien, Golfers from Barclays The Dias Family with Neal Johnson, CEO of Mark Kahrer of PSE&G, at right, with golfers
beloved auctioneer Capital Special Olympics New York from Morgan Stanley
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Time for Tricky Tray
If you are looking for a way to brighten up the
Dear ARC Family Member, winter doldrums, The Candle Lighters have a
suggestion for you. Come to Tricky Tray on Friday
You can help improve our services to persons with
evening, February 4, 2005. Tricky Tray is in its tenth
disabilities! year, and has become an extremely popular and
We need letters to attach to our requests for funds successful event. This year is especially significant
when we ask companies and foundations to support since it will be in honor of the 30th anniversary of
our programs. Stepping Stones. This year’s theme for Tricky Tray
is “Birthday Basket Bash”. Tickets are $40, which
Would you take a minute to write a short note to me? includes dinner and one sheet of raffle tickets. It
will be held at the Hanover Manor once again.
Tell us about how The ARC of Essex has helped both For additional information, please contact Diane
your family member receiving services and yourself. Yanosh at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1230. Be aware that
this event is open to the first 550 people that
Please send your letter directly to me: purchase tickets in advance. We usually sell
Albert C. Ianacone out by mid-January.
The ARC of Essex
123 Naylon Avenue
Visit to Cathedral
Livingston, NJ 07039
or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks in advance for your help!
Albert C. Ianacone
Associate Executive Director
A very special trip was taken by Special Young
Adults in May. Under the direction of program
Hope You Didn’t Miss the manager Anne Rotunda and staff, the group visited
Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark. There, they
Bloomingdale’s Shopping Event received a two-hour private tour of the facility.
The Bloomingdale’s Shopping Benefit took place on Tuesday, October Everyone was impressed with the beauty and
26. Hundreds of tickets were sold and most of the ticket buyers attended. grandeur of the cathedral.
We owe our success to our five dynamic chairwomen – most of whom
are Stepping Stones volunteers - Janet Berger, Naomi Berger, Donna ARC and DDD Face Off
Pintos, Rosemarie Russo and Diane Finocchiaro. The popularity of
this event increases every year. The ARC of Essex County was one of 125
charities that participated in the recent one-day fundraising marathon.
Tickets sold for $10, with the total amount going to The ARC. We received
an additional $5 for each stub that was handed in at Bloomingdale’s on
the day of the event. Ticket purchasers saved 15% - 20% off their purchases.
If you were unable to attend on October 26, you could have selected your
purchases the previous week at the discounted price and picked them up
after the event. This event was a win, win for everyone involved!
Summer 2004. The ARC of Essex County and the New
Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities softball
The top selling charities get to share in the proceeds of Bloomingdale’s
players at the final game of the season.
same day ticket sales. The ARC is always among the top ticket sellers, and
During the summer,The ARC of Essex County and the
has received these additional funds in the past.
New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities
So if you missed the food samplings, fashion shows, raffles, entertainment met for a series of softball games. Fun was had by
and bargains, don’t let it happen to you again. Call and ask us to put away all. Pictured above are team members from The ARC
some tickets for you for next year’s event. and DDD at the final game of the season.
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The ARC of Essex County Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of The
ARC of Essex County was
held on Monday evening,
June 21. A highlight of the
evening was the presentation
of recognition awards to
individuals and businesses
who have made meaningful berta
uns with Ro
contributions to The ARC Courtney M The
u Bucca, Fr om l to r: of Devel opment for
including Lo fler, Director
ardees ar e pictured, in a variety of ways. There Zwei Essex County, Alexis M uns in front
All of the aw ARC of uns, Ron Carr, Sr. and
front row rig
ht. were ten honorees. Lou Joseph Dimino, Julie M
Bucca of Seymour's Luncheonette, Bob Mun
in Livingston, was recognized for his kindness and
generosity to our consumers who enjoy eating there.
Carmine DaVino, the East Hanover fire inspector, was
honored for his help in getting Camp Hope ready for the
opening day of the 2003 season. Dean Piccirelli, owner
of Dean Michael Studios, donated his time and expertise
Bob Brow n and to photograph the Book Launch in 2002 and the Gala in
From l to r: up
the Briad Gro 2003. Judith Ennis, owner of The Tutor Computer
Je nny Basis of from eifler, Ron Ca
eir award Roberta Zw
accepting th r. Company, volunteers weekly at the Special Young Adults From l to r: r of WPIX, an
fle nessa Tyle
Sr ., honoree Va
program in Nutley, teaching computer skills to consumers. Joseph Dimino.
Julie Muns, representing Courtney’s Friends
Team, raised over $2,000 at the annual 5K Run/2
Mile Walk in 2004 for The ARC of Essex County. The
Briad Group has sponsored the Walk/Run for the
past two years and has supplied the participants
with delicious and abundant snacks. Several of
their employees were participants in the Run,
From l to r: Evelyn Zi D av id and brought in their own sponsorship donations.
M an ag er, Mulvaney,
O pe ra ti on s n Carr, Sr. The Briad Group also sold ARC donor cards in Sr., Margan
Liebm ann, and Ro From l to r: Ron Carr, an Resource
their 12 TGI Friday’s restaurants. Vanessa Tyler, ctor of Hum Human Resource
Senior Dire an ,
ndrea Hartm Director of
of Channel 11 News, has been the Master of Organon, A ebbie Barry, unty.
Assoc iate and D Essex Co
Ceremonies at the Run for the past two years and The ARC of
also at our Gala last fall. She has provided us with
television coverage of all three events, and has also been a
participant in the Run and brought in sponsorship money.
David Liebmann, owner of Home Handy Services,
ey Aba to, was nominated for being responsive and sensitive to the
ter Abato, Jo
From l to r: Pe an and Joseph Dimino. needs of our adult services programs, relating well to our
consumers and staff, anticipating dangers and problems
ahead of time, and being a delight to work with. In addition,
his prices are fair. Organon Pharmaceuticals has been a rmine DaVin
From l to r: Ca rvices
Co mmunity Se o.
sponsor of our Run and Golf Tournament since 2002 and has O’Connell, r and Joseph Dimin
sent us volunteers to work on projects several times. Joey
Abato, one of our consumers, was commended for acting
quickly and responsibly in a medical emergency. By calling 911, he helped to save his
esident We thank all of the above for their dedication and support of The ARC of Essex County. The
n Carr, Sr. Pr
From l to r: Ro sex County, Judith
of Es evening also included a speaker, Beverly Roberts, from The Arc of New Jersey, who spoke on
of The ARC imino, Execut
nis, Joseph D County.
The ARC of Essex the topic “What Every Family Needs to Know About Changes in Medicaid and Medicare.”
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Report From the Changes at the ARC Essex
Executive Director Foundation
Joseph L. Dimino On September 7, the
Elsewhere in this issue of the Guardian you ARC Essex Foundation
have probably already learned that Peter met and paid tribute
Gorham, our Associate Executive Director, to Judy Elbaum, the
has moved to another leadership role. These are a few personal outgoing President of
reflections over the twenty-four years we’ve worked together. the Foundation. Judy
The relationship between Pete Gorham and me can be has served as President
memorialized by remembering restaurants. The first real for four years and will Board membe
Our newest um. From l to
conversation I had with him was at a restaurant in Montclair remain on the Board to congratu late Judy Elba
, Judy and Ro
long before he joined The ARC. At that time, Pete was executive share her insights and her Lizzie Posner
of another agency. We were discussing the possibility of our aspirations. Judy has been
agencies becoming involved in a joint project. a volunteer at Stepping Stones for more than 15 years. Her
The next time we met was when The ARC of Essex was looking daughter Sally has also been a volunteer at Stepping Stones.
for an Associate Executive. We had our interview at Pal’s Cabin Last November, both Judy and Lonye Rasch were honored
in West Orange – another restaurant. The result, as you can guess, for their work as editors of “The ARC Family Diaries.” We are
was that Pete was chosen. We began a very long and, I believe a grateful to Judy for her commitment to The ARC.
very successful association. Twenty-four years later and only a few Carmen Romano, the father of Michael,
days ago, our official parting occurred in still another restaurant! a Stepping Stones
During those intervening years, ours became much more than a student, is our new
business or professional relationship. We had our professional President. Carmen has
successes and challenges. But there was something more. Pete been a member of the
and I became friends! Foundation Board of
I wish him well in his new position. I know he’ll do an outstanding Trustees for the past two
job. I will miss him as an associate now that he’s left The ARC. years and has an active
That aspect of our relationship may be gone. But the one thing involvement in all areas berta Zweifle ano
From l to r: Ro m
en t, Carmen Ro Elbaum.
neither he nor I will lose is friendship. And for that I will always of the Board’s activities. of Developm tion to Judy
making a pr
be grateful. Welcome, Carmen!
Mark Conniff - 5K Run’s Star Fundraiser
To many of us at The ARC of Essex County, Mark Conniff is a familiar name. He is a resident of Be a
the Marmon group home and is also involved in Community
Quest, a day program. He was the subject of a write-up in the Sports Star!
Neighbors column of the Star Ledger this past spring, which
detailed his job, his accomplishments and his involvement as The recreation department is
an active member of the community. However, to those of us looking for special athletes in
who are involved in the annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run/2 track and field and bowling
Mile Walk, Mark is best known as the star fundraiser for this who would like to participate
event. Mark has participated in the Run for several years, and in Special Olympics. The
Joseph Dimino presenting Mark in 2003 brought in $2,900 in donor sponsorships, an individual group meets every week at
with his ribbon at The ARC
“Building Tomorrows” Run last
record. As impressive as this was, Mark surpassed himself in DeMuro Park in Nutley.
April. 2004, bringing in $5,000. For his efforts, Mark received the top
donor prize, a two-night stay for two at The Spa at We welcome your
Grand Lake in Lebanon, CT. Mark shared his prize with participation.
his sister, Dorothy Deborah Suta, and we hope they
enjoyed their stay, and the use of the Spa’s facilities. Please call Mujahid Salam at
We thank all the donors from the community, and (973) 676-1903 or (862) 432-
the family and friends of Mark from many states who 2098 or Cathy O’Connell at
generously sent sponsorship money. But mostly, we (973) 535-1181, ext. 1223 or
thank Mark Conniff for his continuing participation,
Mark and his sister Dorothy enjoy the
support and dedication to The ARC of Essex County.
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Volunteers In Action
The ARC of Essex County is indeed fortunate to have had wonderful
volunteers come out and assist us in sprucing up some of our programs.
Almost 100 Organon employees volunteered and provided many hours
of manual labor at Camp Hope to make it ready for opening day. Cleaning,
painting, landscaping and planting flowers contributed to readying Camp
Hope for another wonderful season. Another group of volunteers from
Volunteers from Organon working at Camp Hope Deloitte & Touche came to Stepping Stones to lend a hand. They
refinished and painted chairs, and helped with other classroom projects.
All of this contributed to a bright, new classroom look. In addition to
corporate volunteers, we also had teenagers from the Catholic Heart
Workcamp, who came to Camp Hope and to programs in Livingston and
Maplewood, where they painted, weeded, spread mulch, shredded files and
helped improve the look of our program sites. We greatly appreciate these
wonderful volunteers, and thank them for their hard work. They truly made
Interns from Deloitte and Touche working at Camp Hope
Volunteers from Organon working at Camp Hope Interns from Deloitte and Touche working at Stepping Stones
New Foundation Board Member In Memory of
Welcome to Robin Suskind, the newest George Orlando
member of the ARC Essex Foundation It is with sadness
Board. Robin, a Bucknell University that we inform
graduate, is a Managing Director in the you of the
Financial Institutions Group of Investment death of George
Banking at Ryan Beck & Co. She and her Orlando, the driver
husband, Jay, live in Randolph with their for Special Young
children, Leah and Jacob. Adults. George
Robin says, “I am excited about the worked for the From l to r: Jo
Georg e Orlando.
opportunity to raise funds and awareness Township of Nutley
for people who are mentally disabled. in the Transportation Department for 19 years. For
My family and I have been committed to that same period of time, he was also the driver for
helping those who are mentally disabled Special Young Adults. George died on June 6, 2004.
since my nephew was born with Down syndrome two years ago. He is Anne Rotunda, program manager for SYA, knew
a beautiful child and our family is blessed to have him as a member. I George well, and spoke of his long association
hope that through my involvement with the ARC Foundation I can in with SYA. His involvement went beyond driving
some way help him.” the group. He and his wife Josephine, an ARC
employee, held countless pool parties at their
Robin came on the ARC Essex Board in September and immediately
home, often inviting the members of SYA and
went to work selling tickets to the Bloomingdale’s Shopping Event and
staff. SYA and The ARC of Essex County extend
raffle tickets for an $11,000 trip to Ireland for four. In fact, Robin sold the
condolences to the Orlando family. He will be
winning raffle ticket to Rob Troke, a coworker at Ryan Beck, who will be
missed by his own family, and by the members of
off to Ireland soon. We are delighted to have Robin on our team!
SYA whose lives he touched.
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Camp Hope Carnival The following was
As camp neared the end of the reprinted from “Town
season, a carnival was held on News – Paramus“ on
August 6 at Camp Hope. Campers
were treated to a moonwalk, face- September 29, 2004:
painting, games and an array of “Lorraine Coppola of Lyndhurst, a senior
snacks. Fortunately, the weather accounting associate for Prudential Financial,
cooperated, and campers and received a Prudential CARES Volunteer
staff enjoyed the afternoon. Grants Award of $1,000 for The ARC of
Essex County. In 2003, Coppola devoted 120
Heather hours of volunteer service to The ARC. She
From l to r: St ing ice cone
s to Annie
serv ngel Hachett organized a team of more than 60 Prudential
ughan and A
Johnso n, Sharief Va
Financial volunteers to assist with the fall
cleanup at Camp Hope, a summer camp
for disabled children. In addition, Coppola
assisted with fund-raising events, including a
golf tournament. The ARC of Essex County
provides services for children and adults with
developmental disabilities through preschool
classes, vocational centers, group homes,
early intervention programs and specialized
ristopher Ryan and
From l to r: Ch
Just in Mertins Lorraine, we love you!
Joseph Abato – A Camp Hope Volunteer
A Hero's Quick with a Big Heart
Thinking John Belote came to Camp Hope with his family in May of 2004 to
the camp’s annual open house. He was interested in sending his son
Saves Life Austin to our camp for the 2004 camp season. After introducing himself,
Peter Abato may owe his life he proceeded to let us know that the camp needed some serious
to the quick thinking of landscaping. This is something that the staff at Camp Hope has known
his brother, Joseph. Both for quite a while, but with few resources, there was not much the camp
brothers reside in the same could do. Most parents, for obvious reasons, would leave it at that, but Mr.
apartment. On the morning Belote continued to tell us how he would like to help us get the camp
of April 14, Peter woke up cleaned up. This was the start of our new volunteer at camp and a new
with chest pains. He told his great friendship between the camp and one terrific dad who just wants
brother about the pain that he the camp to be a great place for all the kids we serve.
was experiencing, but continued with his normal Mr. Belote wasted no time and got started right away. With the help of
morning activities. The pain did not go away, and he volunteers from Organon Pharmaceuticals and the CIT Group, the camp
again told Joey how he felt. Joey realized by looking clean-up began. Under the direction of Mr. Belote, the grounds were
at Peter that something was wrong. He immediately tended to, trees were cut down and weeds were pulled. Mr. Belote did not
called 911 and also called the on-call supervisor at stop there! He went to Do-It-Yourself Tool Rental, who donated a wood
the apartment to alert them to his brother’s situation. chipper, power washer and sander, and continued to clean up. He also
When EMS arrived, they checked Peter and found he obtained other donations such as dirt and mulch for flowerbeds, flowers
was having a heart attack. Due to the quick thinking from Hanover Floral and rocks for the staff parking lot. The camp looks
of his brother, a possible tragedy was prevented, fantastic and even more will be done after the camp season. The staff
and Peter has made a remarkable recovery. At the and campers at Camp Hope appreciate all the hard work of Mr. Belote,
annual meeting of The ARC of Essex County on June the generous donations of local businesses and all the volunteers that
21, Joey Abato was one of the honorees presented have helped make Camp Hope a beautiful place to come to.
with a recognition award.
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All year long, our consumers and their families look forward to the
Annual June Carnival presented by the Livingston Kiwanis Club.
NorCrown Bank is the primary sponsor of the event along with many
local Livingston businesses. On the morning of Saturday June 5, the
Carnival was reserved for The ARC of Essex County in tribute to the
memory of Barry Ross (a fondly remembered friend of The ARC).
Hundreds of very happy attendees were treated to rides, prizes and
snacks. The Kiwanis Club members were there to meet, greet and
work at the Carnival.
For many ARC families, it is a highlight of their family life. We thank
the Kiwanis Club for providing us with “June Joy.”
Our friends at Livingston Kiwanis
Carmen Romano has been a trustee
on the ARC Essex Foundation Board
since October 2002. As of September
2004, he became the Foundation Board
President,taking over from Judy Elbaum,
the past president. The Foundation is
made up of business and community George Walker and Anthony Parzaile enjoying the Carnival.
leaders, as well as parents of disabled children, all dedicated to
the necessity of providing a strong financial base for the many
services required by persons with developmental disabilities.
The purpose of the Foundation is to build an endowment that
will ensure that The ARC of Essex County will be here to meet
the needs of the future.
Carmen has been an active, supportive and dedicated Board
member since 2002. He chaired the dinner committee for
last year’s Gala honoring Judy Elbaum and Lonye Rasch, and
he has been diligent in his fundraising efforts on our behalf.
Carmen is the business manager for many celebrities. It is
through his efforts that Luther Vandross became a fan and
financial supporter of The ARC of Essex County. We extend our
NorCrown Bank was the lead Clockwise from top: Jill
congratulations to Carmen on his new position. We know he sponsor for Annual Barry Ross Durberbridge, Juliet Pratt,
will continue to work to ensure that the future needs of The ARC ARC Day. Pictured are Robert Charlie, Margot and Wally
Wipfler, Robbie Wipfler and Victor Pratt
of Essex County will be met. Amoruso.
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Trenton Rally Development Report
The leaves have turned color and are starting to fall from the
trees. Many people are beginning to think of holiday gifts and
we hope that you will think of The ARC of Essex County. In
December, you will receive our Annual Report and a request
for funds.There are so many wonderful reasons for supporting
our programs and services. Nothing I can say will paint a
better picture than the letters we recently received from our
consumers’ families. Please read them and help us continue
our wonderful work.
On May 27, a group of advocates representing The ARC For those of you who like to think ahead, consider a “life
of Essex County journeyed to Trenton to participate in a income” gift. Such a gift can increase your own income.
statewide rally for additional state funding for services to If you own stock that has appreciated dramatically and
persons with developmental disabilities. Specifically, The has modest dividends, plan to transfer it to a “charitable
Arc of New Jersey was asking for a 4% increase in the annual remainder unitrust” or a charitable remainder annuity trust.
operating budget for community agencies in the 2004-2005 These vehicles are essentially the same, except one allows for
year. Our efforts met with success, and there will be an
flexible annual income, while the other provides for a fixed
increase in the budget.
annual income. The benefits are many. First of all, you would
not have to pay the capital gains tax on the appreciated stock.
Secondly, you could increase your annual income for life to at
least 5% of the value of the stock you transferred. In addition,
you would be entitled to a large charitable tax deduction.
A gift to The ARC gives back. Every time you think about what
you have done for our community, you should feel very proud.
Your support makes the lives of our consumers happier, while
it enhances your good feelings about yourself. And if you
choose to make a life income gift, it will enrich your standard
Staff and Consumer Advocates in Trenton, left to right: William
Long, Johanna Aliaga, Michael Zablocki and Soledad de la Cruz of living as well as the lives of the families we serve.
Millburn Whole Foods
Helps The ARC of Essex County
On Saturday, June 26, Whole Foods in Millburn joined with The ARC of Essex
County in a fundraiser to benefit The ARC. The event, “Good Will from the Grill,”
was a barbecue held at the store, with all the
items donated by Whole Foods. Chefs and
store employees manned the grills, cooking
swordfish kabobs, hamburgers, chicken
patties and hotdogs. All the proceeds from
the food sales went to The ARC of Essex at the Grill
County. During the afternoon, customers
entering and leaving the store
stopped to buy the various
items being offered. At the
end of the day, The ARC had
gained over $400 thanks to
the generosity of Millburn’s
Whole Foods and many
ng the food
Poster for th
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September 9, 2004
To: ARC of Essex County
Attn: Mr. Albert C. Ianacone
I want to thank you and the ARC for always being there
when I need you. I and my late husband James Albert
Stromquist have always appreciated all the help you have
The given us in reference to our special daughter.
We have been members of the ARC for over 35 years and
your services to people with special needs keep getting
better and better.
September 8, 2004
Thanks again for all that you have done for our daughter
To the ARC of Essex:
and all others with special needs.
I’m writing this letter to your organization to say thank
you for giving my son Jamil Morrison the needed funds
Mrs. Marian Stromquist
through the companionship program. The companionship
program, as well as Camp Hope, has helped make my son
Jamil a happy well-adjusted young man. Jamil also bowls September 13, 2004
with the bowling league from The ARC. When he receives Dear Mr. Ianacone:
these funds from The ARC of Essex, Jamil is able to go to
I would like to say a heartfelt “thank you” to you and
the movies, go bowling and sometimes plan a trip to New your wonderful ARC organization. My daughter, Lisa, has
York City to see the sights. As a single unemployed parent, been a member of ARC since 1989. Lisa was previously
without these extra monies my son receives from The ARC in a boarding school for children with special needs.
of Essex, it would be a very lonesome time for Jamil at However, when she became an adult she was released
home. In closing, Jamil is a lot happier and grateful for all with no plans for aftercare. Both my husband and I work
the people who give funds to your organization. Please (out of necessity). Our first thoughts were: “What are we
tell them to keep up the good work! going to do? Who will care for her during the day while
With thanks, we work?” We prayed about it and asked the Lord for
Adrienne Morrison guidance.
I am pleased that God heard our prayers. We were soon
referred to the Division of Developmental Disabilities
September 14, 2004
who, in turn, referred us to The ARC. Mr. Ianacone, you and
Dear Mr. Ianacone, your staff are our “angels.”
The ARC of Essex has been a Godsend to my family and My daughter is involved in your supportive work program
me. which means she can attend a program during the day
I became a single parent several years ago and it has been that is safe and secure. She also attends your “after-work”
a struggle financially. program on Thursdays. This gives her a chance to enjoy
a variety of activities (bowling, movies, etc.) and interact
I needed someone to take care of my son after school, with her peers.
while I work. I couldn’t afford to pay someone. I was
Whenever I have a problem or concern, your staff is
told about the ARC of Essex and contacted them for
always there to listen and offer their advice. There’s never
support. My son was enrolled in an autistic program,
been a time when I’ve called and been turned away. I
which provided finances for me to pay for someone to
can’t imagine what my life (or my daughter’s) would
care for him.
be like if the many (needed) services of ARC were not
I will always be thankful for the support that I have available.
received. On behalf of myself, Lisa, and everyone else who depends
Sincerely, upon ARC to ensure that their quality of life is all that it
Gloria Wadood can be,“THANK YOU.” May you continue to be a blessing
to the many lives you’ve touched.
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Fashion Show A Huge Success
From left to right: Volunteer greeters Shafatoe
Williams and Octavia, Shanice and Shada Pitt
From left to right: Andre Hill from ARC Ventures Jackie Atkinson from ARC Ventures
and Harriet William from Maplewood Community
If you were unable to get to the fashion shows in New
York or Paris, ARC Ventures presented "Hats Off To
You" fashion show on August 5, 2004. ARC Ventures,
with participation from Community Quest Resource
Elthel Clayton from Verona Community Center, Creative Visions, Supportive Work Opportunities
Resource Center Program (SWOP), Verona Community Resource Center,
ARCompany, Maplewood Community Resource Center
and Livingston Community Resource Center, presented
a professionally put together fashion show to an
appreciative audience at the Livingston Recreational
Center. The idea originated with Henrietta Richardson.
After approval was given, the staff and consumers began
to prepare. Three months of weekly practice paid off
as the models entered through an archway festooned with leaves and balloons, and
then proceeded down the decorated runway. The confident models, with attitude, flair
Christian Majesko from Creative Visions and style, sauntered down the runway to the applause of an enthusiastic audience.
Many kinds of clothing were represented from business wear to swim wear, praise and
worship, casual wear, evening wear, and finally, club wear.
Rev. Kyle Abercrombia added a professional note as he provided commentary to
describe the outfits worn by the models. It was hard to tell who enjoyed the fashion
show more - the participants or the audience. A big “thumbs up” to both staff and
consumers, who made this such a successful event.
Jeanette Brochon Jackie Martin from
from Creative Visions Community Quest
From left to right: Cynthia Sutton of ARC From left to right: Fred McGraw and Mary
Ventures Belleville Community Residence is Smith, both from Maplewood Community
accompanied by Regine Dumornay, a member Resource Center
of the Verona Community Resource Center
Timothy Phillbrook from Livingston staff
Community Resource Center — page 12 —
Avenues Senior Program
Avenues took advantage of the warmer
weather to plan activities for their
rty, as seen from
Statue of Libe One Friday in June, staff member
Mary Harris took two consumers, Joan
Hendrikson and Georgia Ruffin, on a
fun-filled adventure boat ride to Ellis
On another day, former staff member
Theresa Roberts visited Avenues with
her dog Spirit for pet therapy with the
From left to berts and Sp
aff with Theres
right: Joan H Ruffin
From left to and Georgia
Lunch Served with Love
by Lee Bergman
Seymour’s Luncheonette at 567 South Livingston Ave. is a their team. Lou went on to professionally coach soccer at Oak
Livingston treasure. A place “where everyone knows your Knoll School for six years, and very recently, Lou was inducted
name.” The reason for all the “regulars” as well as the satisfied into the Livingston Sports Hall of Fame by the Big L Club, an
occasional customers is a man named Lou Bucca, the current honor he truly deserves.
owner for almost 20 years.
Through an ARC volunteer, and “regular” at Seymour’s, Carl
Lou is one of the “good guys” in this world - a rarity in today’s Blum, Lou was introduced to the residents and staff at our
busy society, where not enough people show kindness to each Belmont Drive home and later, through staff, to the residents of
other. Born in Newark, Lou moved to Livingston with his family our Millburn home.
when he was 5 years old. Lou, however, was a familiar figure in
When our residents walk into the Luncheonette, Lou rolls out
the community even before purchasing the luncheonette.
the red carpet for them. They are treated like royalty, not just by
Lou’s grandfather owned Livingston Taxi while Lou was Lou, but by his staff as well. As an observer, it is clear that Lou
growing up, and Lou had opportunities to know people with has set down some ground rules with his staff when it comes to
developmental disabilities even then. Through the use of serving people with disabilities. Lou may have even lost some
the CB radio in the taxi office, Lou was communicating with other customers because of his “bending over backwards”
handicapped people for many years. Some of those friends when “our guys” walk in. Lou doesn’t care if that happens, and
have since passed away. A friendship that has continued is has let it be known that anyone that doesn’t like the special
with Joe Falcone, a man that has Down syndrome, who is also treatment that special people get, do not have to come back
well known in the community. Joey lives by himself in the to Seymour’s.
house he grew up in, and Lou is his “emergency” number, and
To top this all off, when it’s time for the bill to be paid, the
someone that drops by to see Joe a couple of times a week.
numbers seem to change, and a deep discount is what our
Joey has an account at the luncheonette, that his brother Paul
guys pay for a great lunch, and a wonderful opportunity to feel
has set up with Lou, and Joey can be seen eating there almost
welcome, appreciated, and integrated into the community.
every day, definitely, a “regular.”
ONE MORE STORY: Lou won a leather racing jacket in a raffle,
I have known Lou a few years. Lou and our son, Mark, played
I believe. He wondered who might appreciate having it, and
soccer on the same team through junior and high school,
thought of one of our consumers.
where Lou was considered one of the most valuable players on
— page 13 —
Candle Lighter Corner
There are many opportunities during the
year to help the Candle Lighters in their
Box Tops For Education
AVON PRODUCTS --
Cynthia Berry, mother of a former Stepping Stones
student, sells Avon throughout the year to ARC families
and friends, and donates 20% of her profits to the
Candle Lighters. If you are interested in purchasing
Avon, please call Cynthia at (973) 731-7094. The Stepping Stones School is now participating in the General Mills
Box Tops for Education Program. Clip box tops from hundreds of
CANDLE LIGHTER COOKBOOKS --
General Mills products and either drop them off or mail them to:
Compiled by fellow Candle Lighters, this cookbook
titled “Quick & Easy” is available at Stepping Stones. Diane Yanosh Debbie Fresco
They sell for $7 each or 3 for $18. Please call Debbie ARC of Essex County Stepping Stones
Fresco at (973) 992-9830. 123 Naylon Avenue 343 East Cedar Street
Livingston, NJ 07039 Livingston, NJ 07039
ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS --
These books provide discounts for local restaurants, We will forward the box tops to General Mills, who will redeem them
fast food chains, movies, sports events, travel and more. for cash. Participation in this program will allow Stepping Stones to
Local counties are available for $22 at Stepping Stones purchase items that will further enrich the curriculum. We thank you
(973) 992-9830 and The ARC Main Office (973) 535- in advance for your help.
1181, ext. 1230. Books for all states and counties are
available on the Internet. Visit www.entertainment.
com/support, and remember to input our account
PEOPLE PINS --
n ew ise r!
Created by “Designs by Lucinda,” these pins make
wonderful gifts. They are $15 each. Please call Debbie
Fresco at (973) 992-9830 to see our current collection.
SALLY SPICER, SAN FRANCISCO --
Ladies Handbags at 70% off retail prices! Visit their
website at www.sallyspicer.com to view the different
sizes and fabrics. To place an order, contact Lee
Bergman by email LeeB236@aol.com, phone (973)
477-8993 or fax (973) 403-8238.
“THE ARC FAMILY DIARIES” --
Time for Tupperware
This inspiring book of essays and poems written by Tupperware and the Candle Lighters are joining together in a
family members, volunteers and staff of The ARC fundraising venture this fall. The new Tupperware is attractive, colorful
is available for purchase. The book costs $20 with and modern in style. These food storage products can be used in the
discounts beginning when you purchase two or more refrigerator and freezer. Many can be used in the microwave, and
books. Please contact Bernice Engel at (973) 535-1181 just about all are dishwasher safe. Stepping Stones will receive 40%
ext. 1227 to purchase yours today. of the money from the sales. The fundraiser will operate between
mid September and December of 2004. Catalogs will be sent home
ARC TRIBUTE CARDS --
with the students from Stepping Stones, and will also be distributed
Tribute cards are a wonderful way to honor or
to those in the main office, and to the various programs. If you wish
memorialize a loved one or friend. For as little as ten
to receive a Tupperware catalog, please contact Diane Yanosh at 973-
dollars, you can have our office send it out. Please
535-1181, ext.1230 or Bernice Engel at 973-535-1181, ext.1227.
contact Bernice Engel at (973) 535-1181 ext. 1227 to
purchase the cards.
— page 14 —
What do Others Think About This Book?
Are you a parent of a person with developmental
disabilities who is struggling to make a rich
experience out of a tough situation? If you are,
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The ARC Family Diaries is a very impressive book. It Publishers Directory.
is interesting and extremely inspirational. If you have
a developmentally disabled child in your family, this The students come away with a tremendously positive impression of
book belongs in your home. the program and the realization that there is much that can be done for
Joan Hamburg these very special babies. Again, I commend you for your forthcoming
WOR Radio, 710 a.m., America’s Talk and book and wish you much success with it.
Information Station, New York Joel Reiser
Adjunct Professor, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown
Wise parents facing the challenge of a special needs child understand
Former Special Education Director in NYC
that the question to ask is not “Why?”, but “How do we give this child as
full a life as possible?” This heartwarming book will be an invaluable The ARC Family Diaries is an especially beautiful and moving book. I
aide and guide. will treasure my copy. It provides a perspective on Down syndrome that
Rabbi Harold Kushner is not available anywhere else that I know of and illustrates poignantly
Author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People how those with Down syndrome can add meaning and beauty to the
lives they touch. I am proud to have contributed to this project, which
I ﬁnd the stories in The ARC Family Diaries to be touching and quite I believe has real and lasting value.
poignant. As a long-time special educator, I am aware of the vital work Jeffrey Barton Cahn, Esq.
your agency performs, from outreach to prevention to direct services Sills Cummis Radin Tischman Epstein & Gross, P.A.
to children and their families. Ironically, I have been taking one of my Provider of pro bono counsel and copyright registration
college classes to visit Stepping Stones every year for the past 6 years.
— page 15 —
Farewell to This Letter to the Editor was printed in Livingston’s “West Essex Tribune”
in late May. We thought that those of you who do not live in Livingston
Peter Gorham would be interested in our hopes and dreams for Stepping Stones.
After 24 years at The ARC of Essex County, Peter May 24, 2004
Editor, West Essex Tribune
Gorham said good-bye to friends and associates
495 S. Livingston Avenue
of The ARC. He is going to become the Executive
Livingston, NJ 07039
Director of the Kennedy Child Study Center in
New York City. A luncheon in his honor was Re: Letter to the Editor regarding Stepping Stones
held at Il Vicolo Restaurant in Livingston on Dear Editor:
August 13, his
last official day When I first moved into Livingston 12 years ago, I was drawn to this town for
the same reason many young families are - terrific public schools. Two of my
at The ARC.
children attend the public schools and I have never been disappointed. My
Almost 50 children are receiving a wonderful education and have a terrific town full of
people came wonderfully involved parents to grow up in.
to wish him
well on his I subscribed to the West Essex Tribune and have looked at the newspaper
left to faithfully every week. Every so often I would glance at a small article or a
ent Team from Lucas, new venture.
The Managem ham, Linda picture that mentioned “Stepping Stones.” I often glanced at the photo and
right: Peter ecutive Dire
ctor Several past
ino, Ex never really paid much attention to it.
and Al Iana cone. presidents of
The ARC of Essex County were in When my third child was born, I soon realized exactly what Stepping Stones
is. Stepping Stones is a wonderful pre-school that currently resides at Trinity
attendance, and had an opportunity to say a few
Covenant Church. What makes Stepping Stones special is that it is a pre-
words. Ron Carr, Sr., the current president, Albert
school that is run by The ARC of Essex County for developmentally disabled
Ianacone, Associate Executive Director of The children.
ARC, and Joseph Dimino, Executive Director, also
spoke of personal memories and experiences Stepping Stones will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this upcoming year.
This school began with a family that was told to put their child away in an
over the past years. Peter Gorham addressed
institution and go on with their lives. They came to the ARC looking for help
the group and
and a way to raise this child on their own. The ARC found five other families
talked about his and began this wonderful school. Their goal has been to never turn any child
long association away who needs their assistance.
with The ARC.
Unfortunately as their anniversary grows near, they have had to begin turning
He was presented
children away. They have been at their maximum capacity for three years now
with a plaque in
and have been searching for new space since that time. Their search is now
tribute to his long growing to desperate proportions. The time has come for The ARC to look for
service, and with esenting Pete
r any available help and resources within Livingston so that they can maintain
e Dimino pr
some personal gifts Joorham with a plaque their special and most needed school.
as well. As with expressing ice.
serv Stepping Stones needs to find a building immediately that can be renovated
s 24 years of
any farewell party, hi sufficiently or to find appropriate land that they can build a new school on.
there were moments of laughter and sadness. They need approximately 10,000-15,000 square feet on one floor that can
It is hard to say good-bye to someone who has be renovated or built. They also need room for a playground and parking
for so long been a for approximately 50 cars. Any leads on a building or land in Livingston or
dedicated anywhere in suburban Essex County would be appreciated. Funds for this
member of project are also desperately needed. I cannot stress how much time is of the
The ARC, essence at this point.
but we also If anyone that resides in Livingston has any sources or leads that could benefit
wish him this project and make sure that it is accomplished, please contact Kathy H.
well as he Cohen at the ARC of Essex County. Her telephone number is (973) 535-1181,
the crow d with starts on
Peter Gorha this new Having a school like Stepping Stones in Livingston only adds to the diversity
wit and hum
adventure. of our town. For all of the children at Stepping Stones now and for all of the
It can be said that The children to come in the future, please try to take a few moments and find a
ARC’s loss is the Kennedy Center’s gain. The way to help keep Stepping Stones in Livingston or a surrounding area.
entire ARC family wishes him much luck and Very truly yours,
success. Peggy Romano
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NEW LIFE MEMBERS
We welcome Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Flatley
as new Life Members of The ARC of Essex County
Thank you for so many tributes! Tributes are a beautiful way to acknowledge those you care for,
and at the same time, help those in need. To purchase a tribute,
please call Bernice Engel at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1227.
Tributes from April 17, 2004 - September 30, 2004
SPECIAL OCCASIONS: Emily Pierpoint Srebro in honor of Gail & Ray Pelaez
Janet & Naomi Berger with thanks her Bat Mitzvah Elizabeth Pietropaoli
Judy Bellina Bernadette & John Puleo
for their hospitality
Lee & Arthur Bergman Woodmont PTA
James Byrne Woodmont School Sunshine Club
Dawn & Richard Bonelli in honor
of the marriage of Stephanie and Bill Sumas in honor of his Scott Feldman
Michael marriage to Patty Judy Bellina
Roberta Zweifler Lee Bergman
Lee & Arthur Bergman
Arlene Forman on the birth of Wendy & Gary Young on birth of John Galluccio
great granddaughter, Sydney grandson, Ryan Martin Pennington Jackie Juster
Monchek Lugo Jackie Juster Norma Kalter
Jackie Juster Roberta & Walter Zweifler in Dr. Diana Tomback
Jillian Francesco - in her honor honor of the marriage of Sarah William Kuhn III
Marguerite Martinkus and David Patricia McCormack
Allison Ashurst & David Friedman Jackie Juster Henry Laurino
in honor of their marriage Wendy Keyes Al Ianacone
Lee & Arthur Bergman Diane Yanosh Jackie Juster
Ellen & Herb Lev
Jack Greenberg for being Emily Sarah & David Zweifler in honor of Board & Staff - NJ Coalition Against
Srebro’s Bat Mitzvah teacher their marriage Sexual Assault
James Byrne Lee & Arthur Bergman
Susan & Alan Hammer in honor of Cecilia Lodeserto
SPEEDY RECOVERY TO: Beverly & Richard Engelhardt
their wedding anniversary
Alla & Yakov Glaz Lee & Arthur Bergman - wishing C. Ellen & William Engelhardt
Rusty a speedy and complete Patricia Hubbard
Ellen & Joe Hanley in honor of recovery Lodi Little League Old-timers
their 60th wedding anniversary Roberta & Walter Zweifler Rosetta Mitchell
Tom, Mag & Thomas Sheridan Janice & Robert Petrillo
Irma & Al Hersh in honor of the Linda & Albert Simpson
The ARC of Essex County
Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Marion & Robert Simpson
Alexander Hall IN MEMORY OF: Patricia Vondervor
Lee & Arthur Bergman Uncle Arnold Thomas O’Connor
Mrs. Meryl LaConti in honor of Irene, Steve, Jennie & Jill Brotman Margaret O’Connor
Jessica and Greg’s wedding Stephanie Biel Selma Schechner
Irene & Steve Brotman Rosemarie & Richard Russo Roberta & Walter Zweifler
Peggy & Vinny Leo in honor of Doris Bradley Ann Sgro
their 40th anniversary Donna Bienkowski Rose & Joseph Bonaduce
Judy Bellina Carol, Joseph, Alison & Ryan Harpster R. Betty D’Orazio
Johanna & Jim Prior on birth Gino Calvi Christina & Gregory Perri
of granddaughter, Sydney Afton National Honor Society & Italian Richard Wendrow
Ferris Honor Society/Palisades Park High Jackie Juster
Jackie Juster School
Lt. John T. Wroblewski
Louisa Rendenna in honor of her Joseph Danin National Honor Society & Italian
75th birthday Roberta & Walter Zweifler Honor Society/Palisades Park High
Mary Tranchetti John Dougherty School
Sue Wright Elizabeth & Michael Bradbury Mort Zacks
Susan Rosenbaum and Richard D. Sheila & John Griffin Judy & Steve Elbaum
Lyons in honor of their marriage Diane Ketrow & Friends
Lee & Arthur Bergman Elizabeth Marion
Rosemarie & Richard Russo
Carol & Michael Palma & Family
— page 17 —
Stepping Stones Luncheon Stepping Up - Stepping Out
Stepping Stones’ graduation took place on Tuesday, June 22
and it was wonderful.
The students and their families and friends were greeted
by Heather Gilliland and Judy Bellina.
Students saluted the flag
and entertained with a
dt, Pat McMah medley of songs. Following
lag, Ryan Dau of
right: Sand ra Werdensch ards for their first year
From Left to iving their aw the distribution of diplomas
and Barbara eers. and certificates, a Power
serv ice as volunt
Point presentation of
Our annual Stepping Stones Volunteer and Staff Appreciation
Luncheon was held at Stepping Stones on June
2. The luncheon
was co-chaired by
Darlene Reeves elli and Ruth
Marissa Circ march in
Skudera preparing to
and Diane Seville. n.
This relaxing and
motivating event the school year with the
provides The ARC students and staff was
an opportunity Bellina, Mar
y shown. The program
right: Judy s
to recognize and Fr om left to
g her awar d for 15 year and Barbara ended with soft drinks
Babi arz, receivin m usic teacher, Alec Gavenda for the
thank the dedicated of service as the volunteer Ashurst waiting
volunteers for so and Heath er Gilliland processional
generously giving their time and love to the children of Stepping
Michael Cronin, Sam
Stones. Those volunteers celebrating milestone anniversaries
Frankel and Brian Valencia are all “Stepping Out,” as they
were additionally recognized for their commitment. Barbara
will be attending other schools
Canter was acknowledged for twenty years of faithful service.
in the new academic year.
Mary Babiarz was recognized for fifteen years as a volunteer
music teacher. Steven Singer, a former Stepping Stones Ithaley Feliz, Arvin
parent, was thanked for Francois, Alec Gavenda,
his five years of service. Quafi Marks, Cadena
The newest volunteers Reeves, Katie Seville
celebrating their one and Tara Van Houten are
year anniversary “Stepping Up.” They returned
are Rachel Chase, to Stepping Stones to attend
Ryan Daudt, Elaine primary classes.
Lieberman, Patricia g big
congratulatin n day.
llina, Director McMahon, Amy David Cronin uatio
right: Judy Be ara Canter hael on grad
From Left to ones, Barb brother Mic
of Stepping St r 20 years of Pouliot, Barbara
r award fo incipal
receiving he Gilliland, Pr Staats and Sandra
service and Heather
Stones. Werdenschlag. All
were given warm applause and certificates
of appreciation honoring them for their service.
The volunteers, staff, parents and guests enjoyed a delicious AND WISH THEM
luncheon and had an opportunity to visit and socialize. As WELL.
always, the luncheon was a lovely way to end the official
school year with an opportunity for staff, volunteers and key and
on, Lisa Mar
Jesse Robint er Stepping
parents to gather together in appreciation of their joint efforts r, form
Rachel Weine nteer, play piano and
on behalf of the children. graduates, vo
usher for gr
— page 18 —
Carl Burger –
Speaker at Human S AV E T H E D AT E
Monday, November 1, 2004 The ARC of Essex County Board Meeting
Rights Conference 6:00 p.m. 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston
Carl Burger, a resident of the Millburn Tuesday, November 9, 2004 The ARC Essex Foundation Board Meeting
Community Residence, was invited to 5:30 p.m. Marsh USA
present at the Human Rights Conference
44 Whippany Road, Morristown
sponsored at the Morris ARC. On
consecutive Thursdays, September 23rd Tuesday, January 4, 2005 The ARC Essex Foundation Board Meeting
and 30th, Carl delivered a ten-minute 5:30 p.m. location to be announced
speech summarizing how self-advocacy Monday, January 10, 2005 The ARC of Essex County Board Meeting
has improved the quality of his life. The 6:00 p.m. 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston
audience, which consisted of employees
of the Division of Developmental
Friday, February 4, 2005 The Candle Lighters’ Tricky Tray
Disabilities, Bureau of Guardian Services
5:30 p.m. Hanover Manor, East Hanover
and provider agencies, was delighted
Contact Diane Yanosh at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1230
by Carl’s accounts of the lessons he
has learned. The lesson on paychecks
Tuesday, March 8, 2005 The ARC Essex Foundation Board Meeting
received the most recognition by the
spectators: “If you don’t work, you don’t 5:30 p.m. location to be announced
get paid.” Carl shared with the group that
this particular lesson was learned and Monday, March 14, 2005 The ARC of Essex County Board Meeting
relearned many times. 6:00 p.m. 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston
Throughout the course of Carl’s speech,
Saturday, April 2, 2005 The ARC of Essex County Building Tomorrows
he acknowledged many of the individuals
Registration: 7:30 – 9:15 a.m. 7th Annual 5K Run/2 Mile Walk
that have helped him along his journey.
He told of the encouragement and Race Start Time: 9:30 a.m. Brookdale Park, Bloomfield
support he was given by case managers, Awards Ceremony: 10:45 a.m. Contact Diane Yanosh at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1230
group home staff, behaviorists, and work
program managers. While telling his Monday, May 9, 2005 The ARC of Essex County Board Meeting
life story, Carl referenced many personal 6:00 p.m. 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston
experiences and how he attempts to
cope. He spoke about seeking support Tuesday, May 17, 2005 The ARC Essex Foundation Board Meeting
from a psychiatrist and the benefit he 5:30 p.m. location to be announced
Carl’s story exemplifies the spirit of Saturday, May 22, 2005 Stepping Stones 30th Birthday Party
self-advocacy. He has moved out of a 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hosted by The Candle Lighters
sponsor home and sought a change in Hanover Manor, East Hanover
his guardianship status. After losing the For reservations, contact Debbie Fresco (973) 992-9830
presidential election for his self-advocacy
group, Carl came back to the group Monday, June 20, 2005 The ARC of Essex County Annual Meeting
and proposed the position of sergeant- 7:30 p.m. 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston
at-arms. He successfully persuaded the
members to appoint him to the position. Monday, September 19, 2005 Golf Classic XVII
The presentation made by Carl was 6:30 a.m. Morning Registration Sponsored by the ARC Essex Foundation
humorous, thought provoking and 7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast Rock Spring Club
prudent. He represented himself well and 7:30 a.m. Morning Shotgun Start West Orange
the audience responded with heartfelt 10:45 a.m. Afternoon Registration Contact Roberta Zweifler at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1224
accolades. 11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m Afternoon Shotgun Start
Congratulations to Carl Burger for a job
well done! 6:15 p.m. Cocktails, Dinner & Auction
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The Arc will hold its 2004 National Convention in Boston, on November 18 - 20,
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promising to be one of the most important national gatherings in memory. This
year’s event marks the first time The Arc of the United States has held a convention Joseph L. Dimino
after a year off, making networking opportunities with chapter colleagues much
more vital. Albert C. Ianacone
Associate Executive Director
The convention offers The Arc’s members, chapters, and supporters the chance to
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re-connect with our mission and with one another. These gatherings infuse new life
Associate Executive Director
into our movement and provide an opportunity for our constituents to input ideas
and to help govern the organization.
This year’s convention offers informative workshops, enlightening and entertaining
Roberta Ruben Zweifler, CFRE
plenary sessions, and plenty of opportunities for fun in beautiful, historic Boston. Director of Development
During our workshops, you can stay abreast of ongoing developments in future
planning, fundraising, prevention, education, housing, public policy, spirituality,
technology, employment, and health care. Plenary speakers will discuss how our Donor Manager
constituents cope with feelings of loneliness and isolation, outline environmental
issues affecting people with mental retardation and their families, and confront Event Coordinator
some of the “bad news” myths about our constituents. We’ll also hear from some
self-advocates who are forging careers as actors and a woman who specializes in
helping actors with disabilities find jobs in the competitive entertainment industry.
Registration materials are available on The Arc’s web site at www.thearc.org in Sarah Rudisill
the “What’s New” section of the home page.
We hope to see many of you there.