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					Guardian                                                                                                          Spring 2006
                                                                                                                  Volume 58, Number 2

  A publication of The ARC of Essex County, a non-profit agency serving persons with mental retardation and their families since 1948.


                                              A Magical Tricky Tray

                             F
                                  riday evening, February 3
                                  was the annual Tricky Tray
                             sponsored by The Candle Lighters.
                             This year’s theme was Mardi Gras
                             Magic, and the evening lived up to
                             its name. The tables were beautifully
                             decorated with Mardi Gras masks
                             and strands of colorful beads. As
                             usual, the event was completely
                             sold out several weeks in advance,
                             and over 500 people were there to
Trish     Colucci, former                                              A wonderful array of prizes.
chairperson of the event,    win prizes and raffles and support
announces the winning        The Candle Lighters and The ARC of                     hours of work to make this a successful event.
raffle ticket.                                                                      Kudos to Peggy Romano, who headed the prize
                             Essex County. There were over 350 prize baskets
                                                                                    committee. We would also like to give special
                             and gift certificates to tempt one’s interests,
                                                                                    thanks to the Flatley family. Their youngest child
                             whatever they might be. Throughout the evening,
                                                                                    is a student in our Stepping Stones program and
                             happy winners came to claim their prizes. There
                                                                                    the older children have come to the event for
                             were also opportunities to purchase ShopRite
                                                                                    several years bringing friends and they all help
                             raffle tickets to win gift cards for $200, $300 and
                                                                                    us pull tickets and run prizes to the winners.
                             $500. Three winners of the Fair Share raffle
                             walked away with cash prizes of approximately We offer sincere appreciation to all of those
                             $400, $600 and $1000.                                  individuals and companies who contributed
                                                                                    items for prizes. For the last two years, Village
                             Many people remarked on both the quantity and Supermarkets have sold us the ShopRite Gift
                             the quality of the prizes offered. Thanks must be Certificates for our ShopRite Raffle at half price,
Marnie McNany, president     given to the co-chairpersons, Kathleen Foley and so that we can augment our bottom line - a
of The Candle Lighters,
welcoming over 500 guests.   Carol Negvesky, and all the Tricky Tray committee wonderful help.
                             members, donors and volunteers who put in




                             Volunteers of all ages helped us deliver over three hundred prizes to the winners.
            The 2005 ARC of New Jersey
                Awards Celebration                                                              The ARC of Essex
                                                                                                County Appears
                                                                                                  on WABC TV’s
                                                                                                   “Viewpoint”

                                                                                            S
                                                                                                  u n d a y,
                                                                                                  February 12
                                                                                            was a very exiting
                                                                                            day for us. Ron
                                                                                            Carr, President of
                                                                                            The ARC of Essex
                                                                                            County, Christine
                                                                                            Hasenbein, a Stepping Stone mother and
                                                                                            member of the ARC Essex Foundation
                                                                                            Board of Trustees, and Roberta Zweifler,
From left to right: Theodore Stieve, President of The Arc of New Jersey, Joseph Dimino,
                                                                                            Director of Development, appeared on
Executive Director of The ARC of Essex County, Vanessa Tyler, New Jersey Correspondent      Channel 7’s “Viewpoint,” a program that
for The News at Ten on Channel 11, Ron Carr, President of The ARC of Essex County, Tracey
Hogan, Director of Human Resources at Ryan Beck, Tom Buffuto, Executive Director of         focuses on cultural events and positive
The Arc of New Jersey and Roberta Ruben Zweifler, Director of Development, The ARC          community efforts in New York City,
of Essex County
                                                                                            Long Island and New Jersey. They were


O
    n November 29, several hundred people, representing all nineteen Arcs in                interviewed by Steve Bartelstein, an
    New Jersey, gathered to celebrate the best in individual, organizational                Anchor of Eyewitness News.
and corporate support for people with developmental disabilities in                         The group discussed their personal
2005. We are delighted to announce the winners that were nominated by The                   involvement with The ARC and how
ARC of Essex County:                                                                        people’s attitudes and the services
Vanessa Tyler, WPIX – TV and The Tribune Foundation for the                                 offered to those in the developmentally
Community Media Excellence Award. Vanessa has been the emcee for the                        disabled community have improved
last three annual Runs, as well as our Gala two years ago. She does everything              over the years. They also discussed the
she can to provide us with air time and free event publicity and has introduced             Stepping Stones program and its need
us to Carlos Austin of The Tribune Foundation, who has endorsed our request                 for a new building. There was a very
for funds and included The ARC in its Tribune Foundation reception where                    friendly and congenial atmosphere in
large cash gifts are presented.                                                             the television studio. Steve Bartelstein
Also recognized that evening were extraordinary individuals, organizations                  took a particular interest in what was
and businesses that supported our annual “Building Tomorrows” 5K Run/2 Mile                 said. He told us that when he was a
Walk. These heroes gave it their all to ensure the success of this endeavor.                young boy growing up in South Chicago,
                                                                                            his mother’s job was to teach life skills
Special mention was given to:
                                                                                            to developmentally disabled consumers.
       • Ryan Beck for committing a substantial cash gift and becoming the                  As our conversation continued, Steve
         Grand Sponsor of the Run.                                                          and Christine discovered that Steve knew
       • Mark Conniff, one of our consumers, who lives in our Marmon                        Christine’s brother, who is the host of the
         Apartment Program. For the last two years Mark has distinguished                   television show “This Old House.”
         himself by bringing in well over the $5,000 in sponsorship money that              The broadcast allowed us the opportunity
         has qualified him to win a top prize – a stay at the Spa at Grand Lake             to introduce The ARC of Essex County to
         in Lebanon, Connecticut.                                                           36,000 households in the Greater New
We are thrilled to be associated with these folks and thank them so much for                York Area. We are most grateful for that
their friendship and support of The ARC of Essex County.                                    opportunity.

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               Get Ready for the Best 5K Run/2 Mile Walk Yet!

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      n Saturday, April 1, The ARC of                                                       stores, hotels and restaurants have
      Essex County will have its Eighth                                                     contributed.
Annual “Building Tomorrows” 5K Run/2
                                                                                             Although, we have had several
Mile Walk. For the first time in the Run’s
                                                                                         teams involved in our event in past
history, we have two Grand Sponsors –
                                                                                   years, this year will have even more. Most
Provident Bank and The Wine Library.
                                                                                 of our corporate sponsors are working on
Every year, support for this event grows and
                                                                                  forming corporate teams and some are even
grows and we are delighted to            report
                                                                                 paying the registration fees for their employees
the trend is continuing. We have
                                                                        that participate. You, too, can put a team together.
more sponsors than ever before.
At this writing, more than $90,000 in                               Don’t be left out in the cold. Join us on Saturday, April 1 at
sponsorships have been committed by various                               Brookdale Park. There are wonderful snacks thanks
corporations, foundations, small businesses                                to Whole Foods, Applegate Farm and District 8 NJ
and individuals. Particularly inspiring is the                                Free & Accepted Masons. Tranquil Therapeutic
fact that almost all of the vendors that The                                   Massage and Bodywork, Inc. will provide free
ARC uses have offered support. Vanessa Tyler,                                 massages. A clown and a DJ will make sure that
our favorite news correspondent on WPIX News                     everyone is happy.
at Ten on Channel Eleven, returns as our emcee                   The Race begins at 9:30 a.m. and registration is from 7:30 a.m.
for the fourth year and will bring her cameraman with her. Get   to 9:15 a.m. Only April Fools will be at home.
ready to watch us on the news.

We have more prizes than we have ever had for those
participants in the Run or Walk that bring in their own
sponsorship dollars. We have also made it easier for people
to win those prizes. Go to www.firstgiving.com/arcnj and
click on the “Get Started” button. Find The ARC of Essex
County on the list of New Jersey Arcs. It only takes a
few minutes to create your online Personal Fundraising
Page. Then send the link to your page out to family,
friends and colleagues. You could win a stay at Casa de
Campo in the Dominican Republic, a fabulous weekend at
the Hilton Short Hills or a two-night stay at The Spa at Grand
Lake in Lebanon, Connecticut. We also have dozens of other
very special prizes that generous and caring corporations,


                  Fantasize About Golf as You Shovel the Snow
                                    Y
                                         es, this is March       have a wonderful morning, delicious lunch and then hustle
 ARC Essex Foundation                    and     not     ideal   off to work until our cocktail hour begins at 6:15 p.m. It
                                     golf weather, but start     is perfect for local business executives and retired golfers.
                                     thinking about our          The later tee-off is ideal for those that come from New York,
          XVIII                      Golf Classic XVIII on
                                     Monday, September
                                                                 Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

                                                                 We netted approximately $150,000 last year and, because
                                    18, 2006, sponsored by
    Golf Classic XVIII            The ARC Essex Foundation
                                                                 of the financial crunch in Trenton, we must work harder
                                                                 this year to increase the proceeds. If you would like us to
                               at Rock Spring Club in West
                                                                 hold a spot for you or your foursome or if you can obtain a
                          Orange. In the past, most golfing
                                                                 sponsorship for the event from your business relationships,
spots were committed before the golf invitations were mailed
                                                                 family members, social contacts or employer, please contact
out. As a result, we now have two tee-off times to satisfy the
                                                                 Roberta Zweifler at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1224.
demand. One begins at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 12:45 p.m.
The early tee-off is priced more favorably and allows you to     In the meantime, please mark your calendars for a fun day!

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                         Home Assistance Program Holiday Party
O
     n Wednesday, December 7, twenty-two families in the Home
     Assistance Program, as well as ARC staff including In-
Home Respite Director Jayne Gaer, Program Assistant, Michael
Suggs and case workers Margaret Johnson, Lorraine Harris and
Marie Veix celebrated the holidays in grand style. The Home
Assistance Program provides economically disadvantaged
families whose parents are developmentally disabled and/or
their children are developmentally disabled with guidance,
support and navigation of local, state and federal social services
in addition to assistance with daily living skills.The holiday party
took place at the Knights of Columbus Lodge in Livingston and
was catered by Mrs. Bettie Strickland and her students from East
Orange High School’s home economics class. Gill St. Bernard’s
                                                                                                                                     party.
school has a food drive and brings food bags for every family.                                                   es   at the holiday
                                                                                                     ng themselv
                                                                                       Family enjoyi
The students from the Gill St. Bernard’s were on hand to help in            The Hudson
the serving of food, caretaking of children and to lend support
in every way possible. The families enjoyed a visit from Santa          The following individuals, groups, organizations and businesses
(a.k.a. Associate Executive Director Al Ianacone) and a prayer          made the day a special one. We thank them for their
of thanks was given by Executive Director Joseph Dimino. In             contributions of time, products and cash donations.
addition to all the festivities, all families received gifts and food
                                                                        ARC Bergen/Passaic
that were generously donated.
                                                                        Gill St. Bernard School in Gladstone
                                                                        Knights of Columbus #3533
                                                                        Polo Ralph Lauren
                                                                        CGI-AMS
                                                                        Brookdale Christian School in Bloomfield
                                                                        Toys for Tots
                                                                        Adopt-A-Family Donors

                                                                        In addition to this group of wonderful donors, Sean and Mary
                                                                        O’Neill of Cedar Grove called The ARC and asked if they could
                                                                        purchase gifts for one of our families. They bought dolls for the
                                                   Santa Claus.         little girl, sweatshirts for the young boy and bed linens for their
                           ddaugh   ter Tessa with
              and her gran                                              mother. We are grateful to have such wonderful, giving friends.
   Mary Wadge


                          Avenues Visited by Cerebral Palsy of NJ
The consumers at Avenues were visited by the staff and members of Cerebral Palsy of NJ who played instruments and love songs
for those in the Avenues program. An enjoyable experience was had by all.




                                          Avenues participants with Cerebral Palsy staff member.

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          Special Young Adults                                                  American Legion Makes
The Special Young Adults received donated Christmas wreaths                          Donation to
from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School.                                            Special Young Adults

                                                                         T
                                                                              he Nutley
                                                                              Amer ican
                                                                         Legion      Post
                                                                         #70 made a
                                                                         generous gift
                                                                         to our Special
                                                                         Young Adults
                                                                         program (SYA)
                                                                         in January. Tony
                                                                         Giansanti and
                                                                         Chad Gallagher
                                                                         of SYA accept the donation from American Legion Post
                  g Adults and
                               staff                                     Chairman Harry Bottino and Commander Rich McClintick.
     Special Youn




                                                                             WANT TO MEET PEOPLE YOU
                                                                               CAN REALLY ADMIRE?
                                                                                 Enrich your life!

                                                                         P
                                                                             lan to attend our Annual Meeting on Monday, June 19
                                                                             at 7:30 p.m. at our administrative offices at 123 Naylon
                                                                         Avenue in Livingston. Every year we honor individuals and
                                                                         organizations that have gone the extra mile for The ARC of
                                                                  ers,   Essex County. They may be your friends, neighbors, groups
                                                     er of Preach
                                       from the Ord Special Young        you have heard about – or possibly even you. There is an
                  ster Arle ne Oswald,      Nutley with
    Far right: Si              el Church in                              abundance of wonderful people who have helped our
                  Mount Carm
    Our Lady of
                    aff
    Adults and st                                                        consumers in unique and distinctive ways. Join us as we
                                                                         celebrate their kindness.

   Nutley Rotary and Special
  Young Adults Work Together

T
     he Nutley Rotary Club wanted to bring the entire township
     of Nutley together for one night to celebrate the wonders
of the world and also to remember those who are suffering.
The plan was to encourage all residents of Nutley to line every
residential street with luminaries (candles that go in bags) on
the evening of December 21, 2005. This effort was meant as
a gesture of support for those serving in the military both at
home and abroad, to symbolize hopes for peace in the world                     Car Donations Accepted
and aspirations for joy in the winter holidays.                          When it’s time to buy a new car, consider donating your old
Nutley’s Special Young Adults (SYA) along with Anne Rotonda,             car to The ARC of Essex County. Although the IRS tax laws
the Director of SYA, helped to assemble these “Winter Lights”            on car donations have changed, there are still wonderful tax
kits, which Nutley residents bought through the Rotary Club.             benefits for the donor. So, if there is a new car in your future,
It was a privilege for our Special Young Adults to be involved           we would love to hear from you. Please contact Al Ianacone
in this meaningful work and part of a community-wide                     at 973-535-1181, ext. 1239.
undertaking.

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      Books Worth Reading                                                 Candle Lighter Corner

                               A                              O
                                       utism     Spectrum        n January 28, 2006, the Candle Lighters combined one
                                       Disorder (ASD) is         of their Tricky Tray Wrap Nights with a Candle Lighter
                                 much more common than        meeting. At that time, they presented the slate for 2006. We
                                 it was a generation ago      congratulate the following:
                                 and yet we don’t know
                                 why. In the book, Making
                                                              OFFICERS
                                 Peace with Autism,
                                 Susan Senator describes      President.................................................Marnie McNany
                                 the frustrations and joys
                                 of raising Nathaniel, her    1st Vice President ............................... Ginny Jakimowicz
                                 first-born, and provides
                                 rich details about the       2nd Vice President ....................................Peggy Romano
                                 complex world of autism.
                                 The book is filled with      Corresponding Secretary .................................Juliet Pratt
solid, practical advice addressing such varied issues
                                                              Recording Secretary ......................... Maureen Leonardis
as preparing for an individual education plan (IEP),
managing the specialists that work with your child and        Treasurers ........................................ Susan & Paul Fuller
even preparing for a successful beach vacation with
your autistic child. She writes with honesty about the
                                                              TRUSTEES
differences she and her husband have on child-rearing
techniques, difficult sibling interactions and the struggle   Susan Amato Christine Hasenbein Christine Eibs Singer
to find strategies to control Nat’s challenging behaviors.
                                                              Judy Bellina Ellen Lev                       Ethel Smith
Making Peace with Autism, by Susan Senator is a
                                                              Lee Bergman Nancy Marion                     Cheryl Thomas
book that every parent of an autistic or developmentally
disabled child should read. It provides tremendous            Kris Ferraro      Maureen O’Brien            Janice Vitiello
insight into the mind of an autistic person and leaves
                                                              Rose Fox          Jill Perlmutter
the reader with great compassion towards those that
struggle with ASD. It is published by Trumpeter.



          Poetry from                                                                      Family Fun Day
     Hirsch Lazar Silverman
                                                                                 P
                                                                                       ut Sunday, May 21 on your calendar. The

H
     irsch Lazar Silverman, a life member of The ARC of                                Candle Lighters are having their Annual May
     Essex County and a clinical and forensic psychologist,                      Event. It will take place at the Hanover Manor
professor, author and poet, has recently written In Search                       between 12:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon. Children
of Lost Time, a book of poems. The book is dedicated to                          of all ages and their parents and grandparents are
his daughter, Hyla, who is developmentally disabled                              welcome. This year is a special one as The Candle
and a consumer at the Livingston Community Resource                              Lighters celebrate the 50th Birthday of Camp Hope
program. Dr. Silverman has graciously permitted us to                            in East Hanover.
print the poem of dedication to Hyla.
                                                                                 The Annual Ad Journal that raises money for the
       Besieged by truth within,                                                 Stepping Stones Early Intervention Program, Camp
       Her mind walled in by shadows                                             Hope, the Parent-to-Parent Program and Recreation
       Watching the Time of Man pass                                             programs will be previewed. We hope that many
       Like quiet clouds, and guided                                             of our advertisers will be present so that we can
       Patiently by life and God . . .                                           personally thank them for their support.
       She gives us understanding.
                                                                                 Get your dancing shoes on. There will be a DJ, a
We congratulate Dr. Silverman on the publication of his                          buffet luncheon and special surprise treats. See
latest work, and thank him for sharing this poem with                            you on May 21.
us.
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  Stepping Stones Mom to be Honored                                                    Employee
   by the Association of Fundraising                                                 Recognition
             Professionals                                                            Luncheon

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     n April 18 at the Crystal Plaza, our own Christine Hasenbein will be                 anover Manor in
     honored by the New Jersey Chapter of AFP as Outstanding Philanthropist.              East Hanover will
Christine has been involved with The ARC of Essex County since 2000. Over the       again be the location
past five years, her commitment in terms of volunteerism, service, leadership       of The ARC of Essex
and philanthropic giving has grown. Christine and her husband Klaus are the         County         Employee
largest individual donors in the history of the agency. We once asked Christine     Recognition Luncheon.
what made her so giving. She said that growing up in a home with five brothers      After many years of
and one bathroom taught her to share.                                               December luncheons,
                                                                                    last year it was decided
The ARC of Essex County is delighted that the Awards Committee of the
                                                                                    to change the time of year
Association of Fundraising Professionals has chosen to honor Christine at their
                                                                                    to the spring, to avoid the
2006 “Celebrating Excellence in Philanthropy” Dinner.
                                                                                    possibility of bad winter
                                                                                    weather. Positive feedback about
                                                                                    the time change was received at
        Stepping Stones Holiday Party                                               last year’s luncheon. This year’s
                                                                                    date is Friday, May 12, 2006,

T
     he annual Stepping Stones Family Holiday Party took place on Thursday,         and we are looking forward to seeing ARC
     December 22, 2005. Santa Claus arrived with bells ringing and children         employees at the Hanover Manor for an
singing, anticipating with joy the gifts they would receive from Santa. After       enjoyable afternoon.
a half hour of holiday songs with “Music Mary” everyone gathered around
Santa to hear their name called. Students and siblings alike unwrapped
their presents in gleeful anticipation of what they would receive. As in years
                                                                                          Employee News
                                                                                    W
past, Sax Macy Fromm conducted a toy drive and showered us with dozens
                                                                                           e welcome the following new
                                       .N.
of gifts. This year the children from F Brown Elementary School in Verona
                                                                                           employees to The ARC of Essex
also purchased gifts for our students to
                                                                                    County:     Olayiwola Adegbonmire
receive from Santa. Desserts, juice
                                                                                    – Program Aide; Roseline Aiyegbayo
and coffee were the refreshments of
                                                                                    – Technician; Kevin Alvarado – Asst.
the day and a wonderful time was
                                                                                    Program Manager; Manuel Burse –
had by all.
                                                                                    Counselor; Ludny Charles – Counselor;
                                                                                    Eu Choo – Program Aide; Gary Closeil
                                                                                    – Weekend Aide; Julia D’Attolico –
                                                                                    Counselor; Aubrey Dorisme – Program
                                                                                    Aide; Jason Dotson – Weekend Aide;
                                                                                    Timothy Hall – Group Respite Worker;
                                                                                    Barbra Harris – Program Aide; Blanche
                                                                                    Henry – Counselor; Albert Hernandez
                                                                      with Santa.   – Program Manager; Nieka Jones – Asst.
                                                         udent Cianti
                                            Preschool st
                                                                                    Program Manager; Rachael LaVecchia
                                                                                    – Group Respite Worker; Rason Lighty
                                                                                    – Technician; Mukoma Muriuki – Asst.
                                                                                    Program Manager; Hong Ngo – Aide
                                                                                    One-to-One; Evelyn Ngwa – Counselor;
                                                                                    Rochelle Olin – Human Resources;
                             el with
                 udent Micha
    Preschool st                                                                    Marion Siculietano – Substitute Adult
    Santa.
                                                                                    Services; Shanay Strothers – Technician;
                                                                                    and Sherri Tate – Weekend Aide.
                                                                                       Congratulations and
                                                                                         welcome to all!
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         DIRECTIONS TO THE ARC OF MONMOUTH, 1158 WAYSIDE ROAD, TINTON FALLS, NEW JERSEY 07712
FROM NORTHERN NEW JERSEY                            via ROUTE 35 SOUTH:                             via ROUTE 18 SOUTH:                                via 33 and 34
via GARDEN STATE PARKWAY SOUTH:                     1. Make right at Wyckoff Road West (Burger      1. Take Route 18 South to Exit 15B for             1. Route 33 will merge with Route 34. Follow
1. Take the Garden State Parkway South to              King is on left, PNC Bank is on right).         Wayside Road South.                                to Collingswood Circle.
   Exit 105.                                        2. Cross over Route 36 and past Monmouth        2. At traffic light turn left onto Shafto/Wyckoff   2. At circle go 3/4 around following signs for
2. Bear right after the toll plaza.                    Mall. Proceed through traffic light at Hope      Road.                                              Route #547 North, Eatontown.
3. Turn right at the first traffic light, onto Hope      Road intersection.                           3. At first traffic light; make a right onto         3. Following 1st traffic light, make jughandle
   Road.                                                                                               Wayside Road.                                      and cross over 33 onto 547 North.
                                                    3. Bear right and enter jughandle. Cross over
                                                                                                    4. The Arc Center is the first building on the      4. Continue on 547 for approximately 4.5
4. Go to the first traffic light and turn right          Wyckoff/Shafto Road onto Wayside Road.
                                                                                                       left.                                              miles.
   onto Wyckoff/Shafto Road.                        4. The Arc Center is the first building on the   FROM WESTERN, CENTRAL NJ
5. Bear right and enter jughandle. Cross over          left.                                                                                           5. At the traffic light immediately beyond
                                                                                                    via I-195:
   Wyckoff/Shafto Rd onto Wayside Road.                                                                                                                   overpass, make a right onto Wayside Road.
                                                                                                    1. Take Interstate 195 to exit for Garden State
6. The Arc Center is the first building on the                                                                                                          6. The Arc Center is the first building on the
                                                                                                       Parkway North or Route 18 North.
   left.                                                                                                                                                  left.
                                                                                                    2. Follow appropriate directions above.
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    Federal Tax Benefits for                                                         Disability & the Law-
    Parents of Children with                                                           Items of Interest
      Learning Disabilities                                                                        By Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq. &
                                                                                                       Ira M. Fingles, Esq.
Year 2005 Tax Benefits for Parents of Children

                                                               H
with Learning Disabilities is a guide which provides                ere are some helpful hints
a brief summary of the most significant federal income              for parents who are or
tax benefits. Because tax laws are complex, and many tax       might become involved with
preparers often do not have occasion to use these unique       special education due process
tax benefits, families are at risk of losing refunds worth     hearings. In most cases, parents
many thousands of dollars. Tax decisions should not be         will usually bear the burden of
made simply on the basis of the information provided in        proof. Hearing officers or judges
this guide. Consult your tax advisor as well. Reference this   in special education cases usually
guide, which can be found at: http://www.schwablearning.       rule in favor of the side with the
org/articles.asp?r=1065                                        greatest credible evidence.

                                                               The following are some helpful suggestions:
                                                                   • Secure a qualified independent evaluator/consultant.
          Have Fun with the                                        • Ensure that all important communications are captured in
         Livingston Advisory                                         writing.
                                                                   • Make sure that the student’s records accurately reflect the
            Committee for                                            “whole student.”

              Disabilities                                         • Don’t let emotions run out of control.

                                                               ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   The Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities

                                                               T
   invites all children with special needs to their                 he Individuals With Disabilities Act provides for the free
   activities and events. You do not have to be a                   education of children with disabilities between the ages of
   Livingston resident to participate                          3 to 21. Children between the ages of 3 to 5 are entitled to free
   and the activities are free of                              appropriate preschool programs tailored to meet their individual
   charge. Parents must accompany                              needs. Children 3 and older are also entitled to receive related
   their children.                                             services needed to benefit from an appropriate education
                                                               program, which includes such things as: transportation, physical
   The Sports Program includes                                 and occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychological
   basketball, softball, kickball, and soccer.                 services. When necessary, school districts must provide residential
   It meets every Wednesday through June 7,                    placements for students to benefit from special education. An
             2006 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM (excluding               extended school program during the summer months must be
                  April 12th) at: Monmouth Court               provided by the school district when it is needed to prevent a
                     Community Center,25 Monmouth              student from seriously regressing. School districts have no more
                                                               than 90 days from the time a child is identified to conduct an
                     Court, Livingston. Please
                                                               evaluation, prepare an Individual Education Plan and begin
                      contact Bob Gebroe
                                                               providing services.
                     for more information
                    (973) 610-0748.                            There is information available to parents regarding special needs
                                                               trusts and government benefits. These special needs trusts
   Consider attending the “Welcome to                          are necessary especially for individuals with a lifelong disability
   Spring Party” on Saturday, April 22nd                       who receive or are likely to receive assets either through personal
   from 12 to 2 at the Livingston Senior and                   injury litigation or from an inheritance. It is very important in
   Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue.                      most cases to have the assets in trust so that the consumer is not
   There will be pizza, crafts, a DJ and a lot of              disqualified from receiving government benefits.
   fun.
                                                               For more detailed information on topics of interest to parents of
                                                               children with disabilities, browse the website www.hinkle1.com.
   Call (973) 535-7925 for more information.


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                    We welcome Mr. Joseph Wachala
            As a new Life Member of The ARC of Essex County

                                                              T R I BUT E S
                             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 November 8, 2005 – February 10, 2006

SPECIAL OCCASIONS:                     IN MEMORY OF:                              Brother of Eti Horn
Mary Anne Bergamini with thanks Russell Bergman (Rusty)                            Roberta & Walter Zweifler
for your help                     Dawn Bonelli                                    Gay Keyes
  Rebecca Abrams                  Joanne Carver                                    Roberta & Walter Zweifler
Robert Berke in honor of his New  Maria Covello
                                                                                  Father of Elizabeth Krynska
York Times fame                   Mark, Dot & Jim Conniff
                                                                                    Roberta & Walter Zweifler
  Roberta & Walter Zweifler       Cathy, Phil, Chris & Jack Cronin
                                  Ida & Palmo D’Uva                               Joshua Lowy
In honor of the birth of Madeline
                                  Judy & Steven Elbaum                              Lee & Arthur Bergman
Brooke Gat
  Lee & Arthur Bergman            Jane Gilbert                                    Tim O’Connell
                                  Heidi Kovacs                                      Lee & Arthur Bergman
Julie Anne & Barry Osherow in
honor of their wonderful news     Norma Millison                                  William Raymond
  Roberta & Walter Zweifler       Abby Rubin                                       Roberta & Walter Zweifler
                                  Dr. Barbara Starr
Ellen & Peter Zeman in honor of                                                   Arnold Rosenberg
our friendship                    Margaret & John Waters
                                                                                   Roberta & Walter Zweifler
 Gail & Mel Goldblatt                  Ron Berson
                                                                                  Leo Rosmarin
                                        Maria Goldsmith
                                                                                    Judy & Steven Elbaum
SPEEDY RECOVERY:                        Ruth Skudera
Father of Allen Costa                   Alexis Soled                              Lee Schobert
  Roberta & Walter Zweifler                                                         Susan & Alan Hammer
                                       Esther Bugbee
Tom Mongelli                             Lee & Arthur Bergman                     Connie Vitale
 Roberta Ruben Zweifler                                                            Lee & Arthur Bergman
                                       William Connor, Jr.
                                                                                   Arthur Willner
                                        Christine & Robert Briggs
                                                                                   Roberta & Walter Zweifler
                                       Barry Halper
                                        Roberta & Walter Zweifler


                                                                             Essex County Makes
                                                                               Gift to The ARC

                                                                      O
                                                                             n December 15, Albert Ianacone, the Associate
                                                                             Director of The ARC of Essex County (on the left),
                                                                      received a $9,500 check from Joseph N. DiVincenzo,
                                                                      Jr., Essex County Executive. This gift was a Community
                                                                      Development Block Grant to help The ARC of Essex
                                                                      County continue to offer essential quality services to
                                                                      the developmentally disabled community.

                                                                      We are proud to be recognized for our good works.



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Planning for Your Future and                                       Why do Businesses Give to
                                                                           Charity?
                the Future of
                                                               C
                                                                    ompanies exist to make money, but they regularly
      The ARC of Essex County                                       give a great deal of it away. PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                               surveyed 350 C.E.O.s of privately-held companies that were
Food for thought:                                              identified in the news media as the fastest growing American
    • When you establish a Special Needs Trust for             businesses over the last five years. Nearly three-quarters of
      your child so that he/she is taken care of after         these companies gave to charity. Many contributed locally,
      your demise, have you thought about who you              which gives them the ability to easily monitor the benefits
      will designate to receive the remainder of the           and success of their contribution. They did it to show civic
      trust once your son or daughter passes on?               responsibility, for public relations opportunities, or because it
                                                               was a “pet” cause of senior management. The fact that these
      It would be wonderful if you would consider leaving      companies were good citizens brought them unexpected
      the remainder to The ARC of Essex County in              benefits. It helped them attract and retain key employees,
      memory of the departed. You could stipulate that         and charity events allowed them the opportunity to network
      it be an unrestricted gift or restrict the proceeds      with other business leaders. As a result, participating in
      to a special program or project that is dear to your     philanthropic activities helped them win new business and
      heart. We will honor and respect your wishes.            strengthen pre-existing contacts.

   • Have you thought about a Succession Ownership             Moral of the story: Do good to others and good comes
     Plan for your family-owned business?                      back to you.
     Here is an idea. Establish an Employee Stock
     Ownership Plan. Donate 51% of the Company’s
     equity to The ARC of Essex County. This gives the          Tip for Individuals Who Want
     owner a sizeable charitable income tax deduction              to Help The ARC of Essex
     – more than 51% because a controlling interest
     has been donated. (You can purchase “Second to
                                                                            County

                                                               O
     Die” life insurance in the amount equal to the 51%             n mid-November, the Senate Finance Committee passed
     that has been given to The ARC.) The remaining                 a new tax provision, which allows people 70 1/2 or older
     49% is placed into a Family Limited Partnership.          to withdraw money from their individual retirement accounts
     The limited partnership ownership interests are           and donate to charities tax free.
     then gifted to the succession owners (usually the
     children or grandchildren of the owners). Because
     a minority interest has been transferred to the new
     owners, the value of the gift is much lower than
     49% because it is a minority interest and lacks
     control. The ARC cannot hold stock in a privately-
     owned business and sells it to the company’s
     Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The Employee
     Stock Ownership plan stipulates that vested and
     retired employees must sell the company shares
     that were allocated to their account back to the              To explore these and other
     company’s corporate treasury. Over time, the
     ESOP implodes and the family limited partners own
                                                                     charitable opportunities,
     100% of the Company’s equity. The ARC of Essex                       please contact
     County, the former owners, the employees and the
                                                                  Roberta Ruben Zweifler, CFRE,
     new owners all benefit from this plan. Uncle Sam
     doesn’t.                                                        Director of Development
Please consult your tax advisors to refine these two gifting        (973) 535-1181 ext. 1224.
techniques to fit your individual situation.

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                      SAVE THE DATE
       Tuesday, March 14, 2006          The ARC Essex Foundation Board Meeting
       5:30 p.m.                        CIT Group, Inc. Offices
                                        1 CIT Drive, Livingston                                      123 Naylon Avenue
                                                                                                     Livingston, NJ 07039
       Monday, March 20, 2006           The ARC of Essex County Board Meeting                     www.arcessex.org
       6:00 p.m.                        123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston                                          A United Way
                                                                                                              Member Agency
       Saturday, April 1, 2006          The ARC of Essex County “Building Tomorrows”
       Registration: 7:30 – 9:15 a.m.   8th Annual 5K Run/2 Mile Walk                        EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT STAFF
       Race Start Time: 9:30 a.m.       Brookdale Park, Bloomfield                                   Joseph L. Dimino
       Awards Ceremony: 10:45 a.m.      Contact Diane Yanosh at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1230           Executive Director
                                                                                                    Albert C. Ianacone
                                                                                                Associate Executive Director
       Tuesday, May 9, 2006             The ARC Essex Foundation Board Meeting
                                                                                                      Linda C. Lucas
       5:30 p.m.                        at the home of Judy Elbaum
                                                                                                Associate Executive Director
                                                                                                     GUARDIAN STAFF
       Friday, May 12, 2006             Employee Recognition Luncheon
                                                                                                         Editor:
       11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.           Hanover Manor, East Hanover
                                                                                              Roberta Ruben Zweifler, CFRE
                                                                                                 Director of Development
       Monday, May 15, 2006             The ARC of Essex County Board Meeting                       Editorial Staff:
       6:00 p.m.                        123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston                         Bernice Engel, Donor Manager
                                                                                             Diane Yanosh, Event Coordinator
       Sunday, May 21, 2006             Candle Lighter Family Event                         Wendy Keyes, Development Associate
       12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.           Hanover Manor, East Hanover                                 Graphic Design:
                                        Contact Diane Yanosh at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1230             Sarah Rudisill

       Monday, June 19, 2006            The ARC of Essex County Annual Meeting                     We Want to Keep
       7:30 p.m.                        123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston                               You Informed
                                                                                            Please provide us with your updated
                                                                                             e-mail address. This will allow us to
       Monday, September 18, 2006 Golf Classic XVIII
                                                                                            communicate quickly and efficiently
                                  Sponsored by The ARC Essex Foundation
                                                                                              when the need arises.Call Bernice
                                  Rock Spring Club, West Orange                               Engel at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1227
                                  Contact Roberta Zweifler at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1224              or send it to her at
                                                                                                    bengel@arcessex.org.

				
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