Category: July 2024

A boy with his hands on a green ball with fountains of water streaming out of the top. A pool is visible in the background.

Camp Hope 2024 Season Kicks Off

It may have been a short week to start the 2024 Camp Hope season, but it was still packed with fun activities for campers of all ages. With the starting theme of “Holiday Week,” campers spent Monday completing Thanksgiving activities, including turkey crafts and a pie-eating contest. It was a fitting way to begin the summer, as everyone was so thankful to be together again for the season! On Tuesday, a Cinco de Mayo theme meant campers were creating sombrero crafts and decorating Mexican flags, while also enjoying traditional camp activities such as swimming, the splash pad, and games of whiffle [...]

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Stepping Stones Celebrates End of School Year

Twenty-eight students and their families celebrated as the children at Stepping Stones School marked the end of a school year that included many developmental milestones, lots of learning, and an exciting move into a new school building. The June 18 ceremony featured nine Preschool students, eight Transition Kindergarten students, and 11 Primary classroom students. What would traditionally have been a graduation and farewell for some of the Primary-aged children instead became a moving up, as seven of the students will be entering the new “Primary Plus” classroom for the 2024-2025 school year, now that the larger school building allows for extending [...]

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A man standing in a kitchen wearing a black shirt, a white apron. and a white chef's hat. The top of a certificate is visible in his hand.

Arc Chefs Complete Tasty Treats Cooking Course

Over the course of six weeks this spring, a group of budding chefs visited the West Caldwell Hub on Wednesday nights to take part in The Arc of Essex County’s “Tasty Treats” cooking classes. The classes included lessons in menu planning and table etiquette as well as the preparation of dishes such as salads, pizza, parfait, pigs in a blanket, tacos, and hoagies. At the conclusion of the six-week session, participants received graduation certificates while wearing their chef hats before sitting down at a decorated table for the final prepared meal. Each graduate also received his or her own cookbook. The Adult Recreation [...]

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The Arc of NJ Celebrates 75 Years and Honors O’Brien Family

As The Arc of New Jersey celebrated its 75th anniversary with a gala event at The Imperia in Somerset on June 13, the honorees included a collection of distinguished public officials, volunteers, staff, and businesses. The awards ceremony also recognized “Legacy Families” from chapters throughout the state. For The Arc of Essex County, the legacy honoree was John O’Brien and family. John O’Brien has been part of The Arc of Essex County community for nearly 50 years, starting when his youngest son, Peter, was a student at Stepping Stones School in 1975. In the decades since, the O’Briens have become an [...]

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A boy playing with a colorful hula hoop in an indoor activity space; to the left, an instructor holds out a hula hoop.

Studio Arc Offers New Classes to Children and Teens

The children and teens visiting Studio Arc this spring had the opportunity to explore a variety of activities and develop new skills in classes that were offered to families at no cost thanks to a generous grant from the Partnership for Children of Essex. For the youngest participants, the bimonthly Communi-Play classes for ages 2.5 to 5 continued through the spring, with the addition of family art classes once a month. During each Communi-Play session, children gained confidence as they practiced communication and conversation skills such as listening, eye contact, body language, and gestures. The family art classes that followed would [...]

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Four people on a golfing green with trees with autumn foliage behind them. The man on the right is putting a golf ball toward a hole with a flag. On the top right, The Arc of Essex County Golf Classic 2024 logo.

The Arc of Essex County’s 4th Annual Golf Classic Set for September 16

Registration is open for The Arc of Essex County’s 4th Annual Golf Classic, taking place on Monday, September 16, 2024 at Crestmont Country Club in West Orange. The event will feature 18 holes of golf with on-course beer tastings and a post-event cocktail and awards reception that will feature tastings from local restaurants and an opportunity to participate in a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Event check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and a 1 p.m. shotgun start.  Reception-only tickets are also available. Visit to register today and experience the best of golf, food, and drink, while [...]

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Adult Recreation Lets Creativity Shine

Participants in The Arc of Essex County’s Adult Recreation programs had many opportunities to explore their creative side throughout the month of June. On June 9, the group danced and sang along with Wilma and the Wingers at Opportunity Zone. On June 23, they came together at Studio Arc to create mosaics, with each artist selecting their tile color theme, designing a layout, and placing the tiles, grouting them, and cleaning them. For Matinee and Mingle on June 30, moviegoers enjoyed Bad Boys 2 and then gathered to discuss their thoughts and ideas coming out of watching the film. Saturday Respite participants [...]

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Staff Spotlight: Angela LoSapio

Going back to when she was a young child growing up in Sparta, Angela LoSapio was known as a sympathetic person who wanted to help people. “Although I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up, I always knew I wanted to be helpful.” After graduating from Farleigh Dickinson University with a psychology degree, Angela got her first job as a group home manager for SCARC in Sussex County. She moved to Day Programs and about a year and a half later was promoted to Director of Community Services. In that role, she oversaw Day Programs and [...]

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Tributes and Facebook Fundraisers – Spring 2024

Tributes are a beautiful way to acknowledge those you care for, and at the same time, help further The Arc’s mission. To purchase a tribute, please call Ann Burleigh at (973) 535-1181 ext. 1245 or visit our tribute page here. Tribute Donations (April to June 2024): In Honor of Laurie SchaefferCrum & Foster Insurance In Honor of Felicia RainesRobert Petzinger In Honor of Glennise Renae HillmanSherleen Hillman In Honor of Robert DunphyCaitlin DiRuggiero In Memory of Barbara ReynoldsAnonymous In Memory of Ann MarinoJudith Marino In Memory of David OwenAl Lasso In Memory of Jessica TheobaldMichael Taylor In Memory of Lou CaponeraJim and Lynn Tosone In Memory of Madeline Annie ZeekJames and Susan [...]

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The Arc of Essex County logo. Text: RESIDENTIAL CORNER. Underneath the text, a photo of a yellow house, a photo of an apartment building, a photo of a brick house with a ramp.

July 2024 Residential Corner

For individuals seeking a community living placement, The Arc of Essex County has the following July 2024 openings: West Caldwell Group Home (1 Male or Female Vacancy) Single-family style home in a quaint neighborhood 24/7 supervision Care given based on individual needs Group enjoys taking day trips together, pursuing hobbies at home, and enjoying backyard picnics Washington Avenue Residence (1 Male vacancy) Single-family style group home in a quiet Montclair neighborhood 24/7 supervision Within walking distance of parks and shopping Residents enjoy going on local trips together Orange Community Residence (1 Male or Female Vacancy) 24/7 supervision Single-family style group home located in a turn-of-the-century mansion with spacious living areas Co-ed living arrangement with [...]

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