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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 Capital 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 Corp. 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 — page 2 — 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 O’Brien 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 — page 3 — 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 email@example.com 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. — page 4 — The ARC of Essex County Annual Meeting The annual meeting of The ARC of Essex County was held on Monday evening, June 21. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of recognition awards to individuals and businesses who have made meaningful berta uns with Ro contributions to The ARC Courtney M The u Bucca, Fr om l to r: of Devel opment for including Lo fler, Director of 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 s. Bucca of Seymour's Luncheonette, Bob Mun in Livingston, was recognized for his kindness and generosity to our consumers who enjoy eating there. Carmine DaVino, the East Hanover fire inspector, was honored for his help in getting Camp Hope ready for the opening day of the 2003 season. Dean Piccirelli, owner of Dean Michael Studios, donated his time and expertise Bob Brow n and to photograph the Book Launch in 2002 and the Gala in From l to r: up the Briad Gro 2003. Judith Ennis, owner of The Tutor Computer Je nny Basis of from eifler, Ron Ca rr, eir award Roberta Zw accepting th r. Company, volunteers weekly at the Special Young Adults From l to r: r of WPIX, an d Roberta Zwei fle nessa Tyle Sr ., honoree Va program in Nutley, teaching computer skills to consumers. Joseph Dimino. Julie Muns, representing Courtney’s Friends Team, raised over $2,000 at the annual 5K Run/2 Mile Walk in 2004 for The ARC of Essex County. The Briad Group has sponsored the Walk/Run for the past two years and has supplied the participants with delicious and abundant snacks. Several of their employees were participants in the Run, mmerman, 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 erm 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 Coordinato 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 ive nis, Joseph D County. En 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 rs memorialized by remembering restaurants. The first real for four years and will Board membe Our newest um. From l to r: 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 esenta 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. — page 6 — 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 Speenburgh 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 families To: ARC of Essex County Attn: Mr. Albert C. Ianacone I want to thank you and the ARC for always being there say about ARC: 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 Sincerely, 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. Sincerely 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 consumers. 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 Island. On another day, former staff member Theresa Roberts visited Avenues with her dog Spirit for pet therapy with the consumers. Morino right: Annie From left to berts and Sp irit 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! AVON PRODUCTS -- Cynthia Berry, mother of a former Stepping Stones student, sells Avon throughout the year to ARC families and friends, and donates 20% of her profits to the Candle Lighters. If you are interested in purchasing Avon, please call Cynthia at (973) 731-7094. The Stepping Stones School is now participating in the General Mills Box Tops for Education Program. Clip box tops from hundreds of CANDLE LIGHTER COOKBOOKS -- General Mills products and either drop them off or mail them to: Compiled by fellow Candle Lighters, this cookbook titled “Quick & Easy” is available at Stepping Stones. Diane Yanosh Debbie Fresco They sell for $7 each or 3 for $18. Please call Debbie ARC of Essex County Stepping Stones Fresco at (973) 992-9830. 123 Naylon Avenue 343 East Cedar Street Livingston, NJ 07039 Livingston, NJ 07039 ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS -- These books provide discounts for local restaurants, We will forward the box tops to General Mills, who will redeem them fast food chains, movies, sports events, travel and more. for cash. Participation in this program will allow Stepping Stones to Local counties are available for $22 at Stepping Stones purchase items that will further enrich the curriculum. We thank you (973) 992-9830 and The ARC Main Office (973) 535- in advance for your help. 1181, ext. 1230. Books for all states and counties are available on the Internet. Visit www.entertainment. com/support, and remember to input our account #137103. PEOPLE PINS -- n ew ise r! Created by “Designs by Lucinda,” these pins make wonderful gifts. They are $15 each. Please call Debbie dra Fresco at (973) 992-9830 to see our current collection. fu n SALLY SPICER, SAN FRANCISCO -- Ladies Handbags at 70% off retail prices! Visit their website at www.sallyspicer.com to view the different sizes and fabrics. To place an order, contact Lee Bergman by email LeeB236@aol.com, phone (973) 477-8993 or fax (973) 403-8238. “THE ARC FAMILY DIARIES” -- Time for Tupperware This inspiring book of essays and poems written by Tupperware and the Candle Lighters are joining together in a family members, volunteers and staff of The ARC fundraising venture this fall. The new Tupperware is attractive, colorful is available for purchase. The book costs $20 with and modern in style. These food storage products can be used in the discounts beginning when you purchase two or more refrigerator and freezer. Many can be used in the microwave, and books. Please contact Bernice Engel at (973) 535-1181 just about all are dishwasher safe. Stepping Stones will receive 40% ext. 1227 to purchase yours today. of the money from the sales. The fundraiser will operate between mid September and December of 2004. Catalogs will be sent home ARC TRIBUTE CARDS -- with the students from Stepping Stones, and will also be distributed Tribute cards are a wonderful way to honor or to those in the main office, and to the various programs. If you wish memorialize a loved one or friend. For as little as ten to receive a Tupperware catalog, please contact Diane Yanosh at 973- dollars, you can have our office send it out. Please 535-1181, ext.1230 or Bernice Engel at 973-535-1181, ext.1227. contact Bernice Engel at (973) 535-1181 ext. 1227 to purchase the cards. — page 14 — What do Others Think About This Book? Are you a parent of a person with developmental disabilities who is struggling to make a rich experience out of a tough situation? If you are, FAMILY DIARIES place Family Diaries on your nightstand. Let your Quick Order Form heart be touched by the prose and poetry of these 70 a collection Fax orders: (973) 535-4314. Send this form Fa mily s poems, of stories, greathearted souls. They know what you are going ings, phs, draw photogra and tribu tes strai from the ght Telephone Orders: Call (973) 535-1181, Ext. 1224. through. My wife, Martha, understood that. That’s heart Have your credit card ready. Di arie why she was so happy to contribute art that just E-mail orders: firstname.lastname@example.org might “give wings” to their words. Each statement is Postal Orders: Development Department, The ARC Essex short but so very rich. So why not read and ponder Edited by d um an Judy Elba sch Foundation, 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039 one a day for 70 days? After all, these writers have Lonye Ra been “Welcomed to Holland!” (To understand Telephone (973) 535-1181, Ext.1224 what that means, read the first vignette by Emily Please send me a copy (copies) of The ARC Family Diaries. I understand that I may Kingsley, an Emmy-winning writer for “Sesame Street” return any of them for a full refund – for any reason, no questions asked. and a loving mom of a son with Down syndrome.) I sincerely hope that these readings will slowly Number of books requested @ $20.00 ________ plus handling charge renovate your soul and open doors to a fresh (If you are a dealer, please contact us for bulk rates.) direction in life. Robert Perske, Author of Circles of Friends, Show Shipping and Handling Me No Mercy, New Life in the Neighborhood, Deadly Priority Mail in the U.S.: $4:00 for the first book and $2:00 for each additional book. Innocence, and Unequal Justice. International: $8:00 for the ﬁrst book, $4:00 for each additional book (estimate). The ARC Family Diaries is about love, acceptance Please include appropriate handling charge with payment. and understanding…about the joy, the sorrow and the challenge of raising a child with developmental Payment: ___ Check ___ Visa ____ MasterCard ____ American Express disabilities. But more than that, The ARC Family Diaries is a book about hope. Family Diaries gets Please make checks payable to The ARC Essex Foundation straight to the heart of the issues that confront so many of us. As a parent of a young woman with Card Number: ________________________________________________________ cerebral palsy and a professional in the field of Name on Card: _________________________________ Exp. Date: ____________ special needs for the past twenty years, I highly recommend this book to anyone whose life has Signature: ___________________________________________________________ been touched by a child with special needs. Lois Rose, Chief Operating Officer Please send more FREE information on: Jespy House, South Orange, NJ ___ Services offered by The ARC of Essex County I loved reading all the different stories written by ___ Speaking Engagements/Book Discussions Offered parents. My parents have always been there to guide me, straighten me out, but most of all, to encourage Name: ______________________________________________________________ me. As a result, my dreams have come true. So, parents keep doing the wonderful job you are doing. Address: _____________________________________________________________ My mom and dad tell me I have enriched their lives. I will never stop trying to enrich their lives. City: _____________________________ State: ______________ Zip: _________ Chris Burke, A young actor with Down syndrome Email address: ________________________________________________________ who starred as “Corky” on the ABC hit series “Life Goes On”. The ARC Family Diaries has a registered U.S. copyright, San: 254-8534, ISBN No. 9724695-3-2, Library of Congress Control Number: 2002114334, Bowkerlink’s Books in Print and in Gale’s 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 Gor 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 appreciation 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 or. 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 Tributes 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 on 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 WE were given warm applause and certificates CONGRATULATE 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 Stones parents to gather together in appreciation of their joint efforts r, form Rachel Weine nteer, play piano and lu on behalf of the children. graduates, vo aduation. 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 gained. 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 — Non-Profit Org US Postage PAID Permit #70 Livingston, NJ 123 Naylon Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039 www.arcessex.org A United Way Member Agency Black United Fund of New Jersey Address Service Requested We Want to Keep You Informed Please provide us with your updated e-mail address. This will allow us to communicate quickly and efficiently when the need arises. 123 Naylon Avenue Call Bernice Engel at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1227 Livingston, NJ 07039 or send it to her at email@example.com. www.arcessex.org A United Way Member Agency 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. Editor: 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 www.thearc.org in Sarah Rudisill the “What’s New” section of the home page. We hope to see many of you there.
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