Church Cheerleaders

Ed Iannone and Nancy Soto, residents at Matheny’s group home in Basking Ridge, NJ, are regular churchgoers at the Somerset Hills Lutheran Church, also in Basking Ridge. Eric Reiss, a member of the congregation, recalls one Sunday when, “Ed asked me if I knew about Miles for Matheny. He was hoping that the church could gather people to participate. My daughter, Erica, has volunteered on projects at Matheny through the Junior Friends of Matheny chapter at Ridge High School, and she had participated in Miles for Matheny last year. So, she volunteered to coordinate efforts within the congregation and to learn more about how the church could get involved.”

Erica learned quickly. She formed a fundraising team, SHLC Cheer, which, as of May 19, had raised $1,037. Volunteers from SHLC will also create a cheering section during the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk at Miles and will help with the clean up after the event. And, Erica is hopeful of recruiting cheering volunteers from Ridge High as well. “There’s going to be a sign up in the school,” she said, “and I’m going to tell people to join the cheering section. There should be a lot of us from Ridge.”

When Iannone and Soto expressed an interest in joining the SHLC congregation, Pastor Daniel Fenco had two pews taken out to make room for their wheelchairs and caregivers. “Members of the congregation reached out to Ed and Nancy to help them feel welcome,” said Eric Reiss, “and one teenage boy, Kristian Springsteel, became an ambassador for the congregation. It was his project to make sure they felt at home and to assist them in moving around the sanctuary.

In addition to the Wheelchair Walk, Miles for Matheny activities on Sunday, June 5, in Peapack’s Liberty Park, include: five different Cycling Rides, a one-mile Fitness Walk, and a Kids Fun Run. There is also a Breakfast of Champions, provided by The Friends of Matheny, and lots of family-oriented activities and attractions including a bounce house, fire truck tours, and free ice cream and cotton candy. All funds raised at Miles for Matheny will support programs and services that enhance the lives of the students and patients at Matheny, children, teens, and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Major sponsors are: the Poses Family Foundation, premier sponsor; the Golub Family, Mariner Wealth Advisors; Partlow Insurance; Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C. Attorneys at Law; and WCBS Newsradio 880.

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From left, Ed Iannone, Erica Reiss, Eric Reiss, and Nancy Soto

For more information, to register, or to form a fundraising team, log onto milesformatheny.org or call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260. To support SHLC Cheer, click on Search For Participant, type in the team name, and then click Support Me!

PG Loves Matheny!

Donna Brooten and Judy Silacci, residents of Peapack-Gladstone, have once again formed a Miles for Matheny fundraising page, “PG Loves Matheny”. Their message is simple: “Please join our fellow Peapack-Gladstone neighbors for the ‘PG Loves Matheny’ Fitness Walk. Many will be walking, but we’d love to see a special showing of our townspeople.  Please donate to PG Loves Matheny and try and walk with us, too.”

In addition to the Fitness Walk, Miles for Matheny activities, on Sunday, June 5, in Peapack’s Liberty Park, include: the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk, five different Cycling Rides, and a Kids Fun Run. There is also a Breakfast of Champions, provided by The Friends of Matheny and lots of family-oriented activities and attractions, including a bounce house, fire truck tours, and free ice cream and cotton candy. All funds raised at Miles for Matheny will support programs and services that enhance the lives of the students and patients at Matheny, children, teens, and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Major sponsors are: the Poses Family Foundation, premier sponsor; the Golub Family; Mariner Wealth Advisors; Partlow Insurance; Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C. Attorneys at Law; and WCBS Newsradio 880.

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Fitness Walkers at Miles for Matheny 2015. Sign holders are Debbie Infusino, left, and Judy Silacci.

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Donna Brooten

For more information, to register, or to form a fundraising team, log onto milesformatheny.org or call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260. To support PG Loves Matheny, click on Search For Participant , type in the team name, and then click Support Me!

Help in the Kitchen

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Novartis volunteer Glory Dunleavy helps Matheny adult resident Raven Bennett make pizza.

Cooking classes are an important part of  Matheny’s adult education program, which is designed to instill a sense of self-respect and self-expression among our adult residents, helping them attain the highest possible level of independent functioning.

On April 28, Matheny welcomed volunteers from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation as part of the company’s annual Community Partnership Day, and the volunteers assisted adult residents in Matheny’s adaptive kitchen. Community Partnership Day, according to Amy Fry, vice president, communications & patient relations at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, “has been a traditional day of volunteer service at Novartis for 20 years, bringing together associates around the world and across functions to support our nonprofit partners and the important work they do. It’s a fun and rewarding day to volunteer together and support our mission of discovering new ways to extend and improve people’s lives.”

Cycling Sponsor

For the 14th consecutive year, Bedminster, NJ-based Peapack-Gladstone Bank will be the Cycling Sponsor for Miles for Matheny. As a corporate sponsor, the bank provides rest stops and complimentary snacks to participating riders at several of its branches, which are also staffed with bank volunteers. “Peapack-Gladstone Bank,” says Rosanne Schwab, assistant vice president, public relations manager, “values Matheny as an important part of our community.  We are proud to be a dedicated sponsor of Miles for Matheny and Matheny’s patients through volunteer efforts of our employees.  As a contributor to this event, our mission is to support the enhancement of the many valuable programs Matheny provides.  Throughout the years, Peapack-Gladstone Bank has been committed to enhancing the health and wellness of individuals in our communities.”

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Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s Whitehouse branch rest stop at a previous Miles for Matheny.

The five Cycling routes at Miles for Matheny, being held on Sunday, June 5, were designed by the Bedminster Flyers Cycling Club and offer every level of Cyclist a rewarding challenge. From the “Ride It If You Can” Hills of Attrition course, with its steep climbing hills, to the family-friendly 10-mile ride, there is a course that’s perfect for everyone. All Cycling routes begin at Liberty Park in downtown Peapack.  On-site registration opens at 8:00 a.m.  Hills of Attrition and 50-mile rides start at 8:30 a.m.; 35 and 25-mile rides start at 9 a.m.; and the 10-mile ride takes off at 10 a.m.

In addition to the Cycling rides, activities at Miles for Matheny include the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk, a Kids Fun Run, and a one-mile Fitness Walk. There will also be lots of family-oriented activities and attractions including a bounce house, fire truck tours and free ice cream and cotton candy.

All funds raised will support programs and services that enhance the lives of the students and patients at Matheny. Other major sponsors are: the Poses Family Foundation, premier sponsor; the Golub Family; Mariner Wealth Advisors; Partlow Insurance; Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C. Attorneys at Law; and WCBS Newsradio 880.  For more information, to register, or to form a fundraising team, log onto www.milesformatheny.org or call (908) 234-0011, Ext. 260.

Local Art

“Everybody who comes up here comments on the artwork.” Tim Peters, president of Peapack, NJ-based MedActionPlan.com LLC, has several pieces of art by artists in Matheny’s Arts Access Program hanging on the walls of his offices, which are located on Main Street, opposite Highland Avenue, the road that leads up to Matheny.

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From left, Shane Smith, holding “Spiderweb”, Tim Peters, Jess Evans, Michelle Hoffman, Donna Frank, Kathy Fennessy, Dion Alston, and Lee Peters, holding Alston’s untitled work. Behind them is a painting by Arts Access artist Mark Cornely.

On Friday, April 29, two of the artists whose work is on display visited Peters and met the rest of his office staff. Dion Alston has an untitled painting in Peters’ offices, and Jess Evans’ painting is entitled “Spiderweb”.  Arts Access is a unique fine arts program where individuals with disabilities can fully express themselves in the creative arts.

The Extra Mile

The Fitness Walk is back! Last year, Miles for Matheny introduced its new Fitness Walk, a one-mile walk preceding the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk. You can walk at your own pace, or power walk, and  when the mile is finished, you have the option of going the extra mile by joining the Wheelchair Walk.  The Fitness Walk  begins at 11:45 a.m., and the Wheelchair Walk begins at 12:15, so you’ll have plenty of time to do both.

The 19th annual Miles for Matheny is being held on Sunday, June 5, in Peapack’s Liberty Park. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., and activities, in addition to the Fitness Walk and Wheelchair Walk, include five different Cycling rides through the scenic Somerset Hills and a Kids Fun Run. And, everything is preceded by The Friends of Matheny’s Breakfast of Champions.

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Peapack resident Donna Brooten in the Fitness Walk at last year’s Miles.

All funds raised at Miles for Matheny will support the programs and services that enhance the lives of the children, teens, and adults served by Matheny. Premier sponsor is the Poses Family Foundation. Major sponsors are:  the Golub Family, Mariner Wealth Advisors, Partlow Insurance, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C. Attorneys at Law, and WCBS Newsradio 880. To register or form a fundraising team, log onto milesformatheny.org or call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260.

Special Delivery

Barba Church

From left: Vincent Barba, MD, Matheny vp of patient care and safety; knitting ministry members MaryAnn Barba and Deborah LaMonica; Kendell R. Sprott, MD, JD, Matheny president and CEO; Peter Longa, director of PCA/CRA services and nursing education; Denise Micheletti, director of nursing services; Linda Marciano, administrative assistant, patient care and safety; and Kimberly Foreman, director of quality improvement.

The knitting ministry at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Roseland, NJ, is made up of dedicated women who meet every Wednesday to knit and crochet items for those in need at such places as nursing homes, veterans’ homes, and hospitals. The gifts, according to those in the knitting ministry, are made as “a reminder to the persons receiving them that they are covered in prayer and wrapped in God’s Love.”

On April 26, a group from the church arrived at Matheny with boxes of blankets for Matheny’s residents. Everyone is extremely grateful for their generosity and compassion.

Music Concerts Rescheduled

spring 12 concertThe Matheny Choirs spring concerts have been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 11, at 2 p.m. and Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center.

Green Zone is Home

Danny Ambroziak was admitted as a resident at Matheny in 1997 when he was 12 years old. Today, 31-year-old Danny still lives at Matheny, and his parents, Rich and Linda Ambroziak of Surf City, NJ, are so appreciative of the care he has received that they recently donated $1,000 to Miles for Matheny, the annual fundraiser and community event being held Sunday, June 5.

“There are a lot of great things going on at Matheny,” said Rich, during a recent visit, “and we want to dedicate our contribution to the green zone.” The green zone is one of three residential sections at Matheny, and Danny has resided there for 19 years.  His family initially learned of Matheny from his pediatrician, the late Dr. Lawrence Taft.  Dr. Taft was a member of the Matheny medical staff for 13 years and helped establish the field of neurodevelopmental pediatrics.

The 19th annual Miles for Matheny is a family-friendly event that raises funds and awareness for children, adults, and teens with developmental disabilities.  Activities include: the Lu Huggins Wheelchair walk, five Cycling rides, a one-mile walk/jog Fitness Walk, a Kids Fun Run for children ages 3-10, and the “Breakfast of Champions”, presented by The Friends of Matheny.  Premier sponsor is the Poses Family Foundation. Other major sponsors are: the Golub Family, Mariner Wealth Advisors, Partlow Insurance, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C., Attorneys at Law, and WCBS Newsradio 880.

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Rich and Danny Ambroziak

All proceeds from Miles will benefit programs and services that enhance the lives of the children, teens, and adults served by Matheny. To register or to form a fundraising team, log onto www.milesformatheny.org. For assistance, call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260, or email pcats@matheny.org. To support the Ambroziaks’ fundraising team, click on Search for Participant and type in dannya.

Running for Fun

mfm 15 kfr jimFor the 12th consecutive year, Morristown, NJ-based, Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C., Attorneys at Law, will sponsor the Kids Fun Run at Miles for Matheny. This is an event not to be missed! The Kids Fun Run is designed for the youngest racing enthusiasts and is a wonderful way to introduce children to running for a cause.

Beginning at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 5, the Kids Fun Run will feature four different races: 50 yards for ages 3-4; 75 yards for ages 5-6; 100 yards for ages 7-8; and 150 yards for ages 9-10. Registration is only $10. All participants receive a medal, so everyone is a winner!

Activities at Miles, in addition to the Kids Fun Run, include the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk, five Cycling routes designed by the Bedminster Flyers, a Fitness Walk, and the “Breakfast of Champions”, provided by The Friends of Matheny. All funds raised at Miles will support programs and services that enhance the lives of the students and patients at Matheny – children, teens, and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. To register for the Kids Fun Run, to form a fundraising team, or just to get more information, log onto www.milesformatheny.org  or call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260.

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