Golf Classic XVI A Record Success by jianghongl


									                                          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,
                                                                                                                                           The ARC.
                                               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.
                                                                                                                                          BNP Paribas
                                               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
                                                                                                                                          Morgan Stanley
                                               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.
                                                                                They are:
                                 Cocktail Hour Sponsors:
                                 Barbara & Chuck Feldman                        Barbara Ashurst
                                 JP Morgan Chase                                Janet Berger
                                                                                Naomi 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
                                                                                Sharon Hall
                                 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
                                                                                Lizzie Posner
                                 Driving       Range/Practice        Green      Claire Ross
                                   Sponsors:                                    Rosemarie Russo
                                 Applegate Farms                                Eileen Stuart
                                 Dick’s Sporting Goods                          Dick Stuart
                                 Spherion Corporation                           Joselyn Thompson
                                                                                Natasha Venable
                                 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
                                                  Companies, Inc.
  2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe                   Great Bear Country Club
  Donated by Saturn of Denville/Morristown/    Half Way Pub
    Livingston                                 Hilton - Short Hills
                                               Mike Hogan
  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
                                               Newark Bears
  Auction and Raffle Prize Donors              Ocean Place Conference Center
                                               Oksenhorn Jewelers
  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
  George Fiore
  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
     Thanks in advance for your help!
                            Sincerely yours,
                            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
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                                                                         contributions to The ARC                             Courtney M                        The
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                                               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
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                   the Briad Gro            2003. Judith Ennis, owner of The Tutor Computer
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                  eir award                                                                                                       Roberta Zw
 accepting th r.                             Company, volunteers weekly at the Special Young Adults              From l to r:                      r of WPIX, an
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                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                               s at
                                                  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
                                                                                                             Volunteers at
                                                   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
Evelyn Zimm
                                                    consumers and staff, anticipating dangers and problems
                                                ahead of time, and being a delight to work with. In addition,
                                                                                                                                                          o, Cathy
                                                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
                                                   brother’s life.
                              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.”
 Director of
                                                                      — page 5 —
                        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
                                                                                                                                   bin Suskind.
                                                                                                                     , 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
                                                                                                                               r, Director
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
                                                                                                                (201) 306-4207.
weekend together.
                                       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
                                                          a difference.
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
                                                                                                                         sephine and
                            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.
                                                            — page 7 —
                    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
                aff member
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
                                                                                              summer camps.”
                                                                       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.
                                                                  — page 8 —
                                                                                     June Joy!
                                                           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

                             New Foundation
                             Board President
                          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.
                                                        — page 9 —
                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
                                                                                                  s Employees
                                                                                        Whole Food
                                        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
                                           generous customers.
                                                                                                       ng the food
                                                                                         Family enjoyi
                                                                             The Arcoleo
                  e Event
     Poster for th

                                                        — page 10 —
                                                                September 9, 2004
What our
                                                                To: ARC of Essex County
                                                                Attn: Mr. Albert C. Ianacone
                                                                I want to thank you and the ARC for always being there
    say about
                                                                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.
                                                                Diane Alexander

                                                     — page 11 —
                                                             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
                                                  Resource Center

                                        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
                                      the boat
                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
                                                                                                                  right: Annie
                                                                                                   From left to     berts and Sp
                                                                                                               a Ro
                               endrikson, st
                                             aff                                                   with Theres
                  right: Joan H         Ruffin
     From left to           and Georgia
                   y Harris
     member Mar

                                                 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
fund-raising efforts!
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
                                                             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
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


                                                                                     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.

                                                                                  fu n
Ladies Handbags at 70% off retail prices! Visit their
website at to view the different
sizes and fabrics. To place an order, contact Lee
Bergman by email, phone (973)
477-8993 or fax (973) 403-8238.

                                                                  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
                                                              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.
Joseph Dim
 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.
                             G                           for
 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,
                                                               ext. 1226.
                            the crow   d with starts     on
             m addressed
 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
                                                                     — page 16 —
                                          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
 Roberta Zweifler
                                        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
                                        Bernice Engel
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
                                      Al Rich
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
                                                                                 Helen Zipper
                                                                                   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
                Staats rece
 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
Cynthia Gavenda,
Darlene       Reeves                                                                                                                elli and Ruth
                                                                                                                       Marissa Circ            march in
                                                                                                                       Skudera  preparing to
and Diane Seville.                                                                                                                    n.
                                                                                                                       for graduatio
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
                                                                                                                         and desserts.
                                                                                                   to begin.
volunteers for so and Heath                 er Gilliland                              processional
                                                                                                                Marissa        Circelli,
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
  of Stepping
                       were given warm applause and certificates
of appreciation honoring them for their service.
                                                                                                                             THE GRADUATES
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

                                                   — page 19 —
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     ARC National Convention Is Coming Up
The Arc will hold its 2004 National Convention in Boston, on November 18 - 20,
                                                                                        EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT STAFF
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
                                                                                               Executive Director
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
                                                                                                Linda C. Lucas
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
                                                                                              GUARDIAN STAFF
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
                                                                                               Editorial Staff:
planning, fundraising, prevention, education, housing, public policy, spirituality,
                                                                                                Bernice Engel
technology, employment, and health care. Plenary speakers will discuss how our                  Donor Manager
constituents cope with feelings of loneliness and isolation, outline environmental
                                                                                                Diane Yanosh
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
                                                                                                Wendy Keyes
self-advocates who are forging careers as actors and a woman who specializes in
                                                                                            Development Associate
helping actors with disabilities find jobs in the competitive entertainment industry.
                                                                                              Graphic Design:
Registration materials are available on The Arc’s web site at in                Sarah Rudisill
the “What’s New” section of the home page.
We hope to see many of you there.

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