Beach Trips and Bowling Return

September 30th, 2021

After an 18-month pandemic hiatus, The Arc of Essex County in September resumed some of our most popular activities: a day trip to Point Pleasant and weekly bowling excursions.

A group of five participants went on the road to Point Pleasant to take in the sights, enjoy the beach, and explore the arcade and carnival games and delicious foods that the boardwalk has to offer. It was a beautiful late-summer day and everyone had a fantastic time, with smiles visible even through the mask wearing.

The Arc also welcomed five bowlers to Brunswick Olympic Bowl in Belleville in September. This recurring community inclusion program is a favorite among The Arc’s adult consumers, and will continue on Saturdays through the fall, with 10 dates on the calendar from September to December. Bowling together allows participants to learn how to take turns and keep score as well as understand the importance of supporting and cheering on all players.

Although there were a few changes—such as mask wearing, fewer bowlers at each lane, and a later start time (with lunch included)—those who participated didn’t miss a beat, as laughter filled the air.

If your loved one with intellectual or developmental disabilities is interested in educational programming, community experiences, seasonally themed events, or weekend group respite programs, the offerings for individuals 18 and older can be viewed in our Community Inclusion, Recreation, & Respite Fall Calendar. For any questions, contact Manager of Community Supports Services Dacia King-Sarkodie at (973) 535-1181 ext 1272 or