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Join the Fun at the Beach Ball hip hop
The “Beach Ball Boomerang” Calendar Raffle!
State to Submit Action Plan for Sandy Relief
Attention, Hudson County Artists and Writers!
Employment Declared The First Option in New Jersey
Adam Krass: Enhancing Lives through AT
One Strategy to Increase Monthly Income
We Mourn . . .
Autism Awareness Day to be Held on April 28th
Join Us at the Theatre!!!
Free Workshop May 6th for Parents and Students
Spring: A Time to Explore New Ways to Facilitate
Bergen hip Meeting April 9th
The 2013 NJCBVI Board of Trustees Scholarships
Looking for Ways to Give to hip??
Social Security Announces New Online Services
Polio Network to Hold Annual Conference April 20th
New Members of hip for 2013
Women’s Support Group Invites You...
Think Picnics!!!!
Caregivers Conference April 18th
Welcome, Spring Luncheon!
The Value of Managing Time
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  Join the Fun at the Beach Ball hip hop
  
 Everyone at hip is excited about our upcoming dinner dance on May 18th, and we want to spread that excitement to our readers. The Jersey Shore was the unanimous choice as the theme for this year’s major fund-raising event, and very quickly, beach balls became the symbol for the light-hearted event being planned by the Dinner Dance Committee. So you must be there!
Like our past galas, Beach Ball hip hop will be held at the Fort Lee Recreation Center – no sand, no surf, it’s true – but party-goers will feel as if they are at the ocean as soon as they step in the door, starting at 6:30 p.m. Music and entertainment by our special DJ, Gary Morton, will put everyone in a summertime mood.
In addition to our usual great dinner menu, this year some surprise edible treats will have a special Boardwalk “bounce.” Dancing to Gary’s music starts early and ends late and is the highlight of the evening. Invitations are in the mail. But it’s easy to reserve your ticket at $45. A table of $10 goes for $420. Call Bergen hip and ask for Jayne Gugenheim (Ext 21) or Trisha Ebel (Ext 10). Reservations accepted until Friday, May 10th. Don’t wait – space is limited!
 
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  The “Beach Ball Boomerang” Calendar Raffle!
  
 Something new is happening at hip and every reader of hipNews will want to get in on the action! It’s a new opportunity to win money and support our agency at the same time. The Beach Ball Boomerang Calendar Raffle is a brand new idea for hip. It replaces the Nifty Fifty. In keeping with our spring-summer theme, “the Jersey Shore,” the fun starts now! And it’s all there for you for a modest $20!!! (Or for as many $20 beach balls as you can handle!)
Each weekday during June, July, and August, a winning ticket (aka “beach ball”) will be selected at random. The “beach balls“ land on prizes 65 times during the summer, so you have 65 different chances to win a prize – with just one $20 ticket! Best of all, the more tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win!
A different cash prize is designated for each day marked on the calendar. And here’s the best part: even if you win, your ticket is re-entered into the raffle for more chances to win again! Several people can share a $20 ticket as long as all their names are included on the reply form. After the winners receive their prizes, the remaining proceeds of the Beach Ball Boomerang Calendar Raffle will support the Independent Living services and advocacy efforts that hip provides to the community.
How to get into the game? You may have received a calendar raffle ticket in the mail. If not, or to obtain more, call Jayne Gugenheim at 201-996-9100, ext. 21, or e-mail her at jgugenheim.ber@hipcil.org, noting “Beach Ball Raffle” in the subject line. She will be delighted to send an entry form (or as many forms as you need!) right out to you. Keep the model calendar printed on the next page to follow the daily beach ball boomerang prizes.
Don’t wait – buy your ticket (s) now. The reply portion of the ticket must be returned to hip by Friday, May 31st. Names of winning ticket holders will be posted every Tuesday on our website, www.hipcil.org, by 10 a.m. Winners will also be notified by mail.
Lots of luck! We hope a beach ball bounces your way!!
 
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  State to Submit Action Plan for Sandy Relief
  
 State to Submit Action Plan for Sandy Disaster Relief
The Christie administration is readying its Action Plan to submit to the federal government, outlining how the state plans to utilize $1.83 billion in block grant funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. This first phase of funding allocated to New Jersey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development focuses primarily on helping homeowners, renters, businesses, and communities. Block grant funds are intended to address needs not satisfied by private insurance, FEMA, or other sources. More than 50% of the funding is earmarked for low-to-moderate income households, in accordance with HUD guidelines. Additionally, 80% is to be dedicated to the nine most heavily impacted counties in the state, including Bergen and Hudson. More than 20,000 homeowners, 5,000 renters, and 10,000 businesses may be helped, as well as dozens of local government units.
SANDY SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING FUND
Because of the storm’s impact on housing that accommodates special needs populations, as well as victims of domestic violence, a direct allocation will be made to the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency to operate a fund in a manner similar to the New Jersey Special Needs Housing Trust Fund, dedicated to the construction of quality, permanent supportive housing throughout New Jersey to expand housing options for these groups.
RENTAL HOUSING PROGRAMS
New Jersey is proposing a range of rental housing activities that could create or rehabilitate 5,050 housing units, designed to (1) replenish the stock of rental housing lost to Sandy, (2) rehabilitate and restore affordable rental units left uninhabitable, (3) restore rental housing that received the majority of damage, and (4) provide affordable housing for special needs populations.
It is estimated the Action Plan’s rental development and rehabilitation programs will create 3,000 jobs and $500 million in economic activity.
 
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  Attention, Hudson County Artists and Writers!
  
 The Hudson Advisory Board is making plans to host an arts exhibition to showcase the talents of hip participants and other Hudson County residents with disabilities, while providing an opportunity to inform the public about the many valuable services the Hudson hip Center for Independent Living provides. The event will be held at the Secaucus Public Library during the early summer and will feature an opening reception.
If you have talent and accomplishments in the visual arts such as painting, drawing, sculpture, or photography; or in crafts, short story, or poetry writing, and if you would like to show examples of your work, call Kathy Wood at the Hudson office to discuss details.
 
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  Employment Declared The First Option in New Jersey
  
 by Kathy Wood, Hudson hip Director
An initiative that makes New Jersey an “Employment First” state was announced by Governor Christie in April 2012. This means that competitive employment is the first and preferred post-education activity for everyone, including people with disabilities. New Jersey is one of 14 states that have implemented an “Employment First“ initiative that acknowledges people with disabilities as a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers.
From the philosophical perspective of Independent Living, “Employment First” is a giant step forward. It most certainly represents a positive shift in attitude. The State of New Jersey now officially supports the concept of inclusive workplaces which promote diversity, bolster the tax base, and create an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. Ideally, “Employment First“ is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, shrinks enrollment in entitlement programs, eases demand on state and community-based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.
“Employment First” isn’t a magic bullet that will create full employment for New Jersey’s citizens who have disabilities. However, when considered as part of a tool kit that includes the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Social Security Work Incentives, NJ WorkAbility (with Medicaid), and the various vocational rehabilitation and employment training options now available, it is clear that progress is being made toward full inclusion. But these are only tools. It is up to each of us to use them to our advantage when working toward an employment goal.
 
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  Adam Krass: Enhancing Lives through AT
  
 Adam Krass: Enhancing Lives, One Technology Tool at a Time
Ben’s Story:
Benjamin Williams is deaf and has some vision loss as well. He was looking for a way to communicate with people who are not American Sign Language (ASL) users. Accompanied by a sign language interpreter, Ben visited the hip Bergen office in late January for a demonstration by Adam Krass. Ben’s mother, Geneva Williams, came along to observe.
Adam introduced Ben to Skype (video calling) on a smart phone through a relay service. Ben can sign his conversation, and the relay technician can “interpret” for the person Ben wants to converse with. “I can stay in touch with my mom and my job when I’m away from home. I can communicate with new people. I could even order a pizza!” said Ben through the interpreter, thrilled with the prospect of using this new technology.
Ben has worked for Hackensack University Medical Center in the food services department for over 30 years. With his welcoming smile and positive manner, he is sure to brighten any patient’s day. Assistive technology will not only enhance Ben’s independence at home, and with his friends and family, but it will be of great help in his work environment as well.
Adam Krass, an assistive technology expert, donates his time to hip to show people with disabilities how assistive technology can enhance their lives at work and at home. Assistive technology can range from a device as simple as a double spatula to pick up cooked food to a tablet as complex as an iPad, to instruct a child with autism in how to communicate with the outside world. Adam is generally at the hip Bergen office on the last Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. To schedule an appointment, call Trisha Ebel at 201-996-9100, ext 10.
INTERVIEW AND PHOTO FOR BEN’S STORY
BY JAYNE GUGENHEIM.
 
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  One Strategy to Increase Monthly Income
  
 One Strategy to Increase Monthly Income for Certain Persons with Disabilities
from Steve Gold’s, The Disability Odyssey Continues
More than seven million persons with disabilities receive Supplemental Security Income. A subset of those seven million, whose disabilities began before age 22, are entitled to receive Social Security through their parents’ retirement benefits. These people’s living arrangements vary: some live independently on their own; some live in group homes or with roommates; some are married and live with their spouses; and some still reside with their aging, non-disabled parents. Some have physical disabilities, some intellectual. Some were born with their disability and some acquired their disability before age 22.
If you are one of these seven million, you might be eligible to receive “child’s benefits” under the Social Security retirement system, based on the “earning record of an insured person” (the Social Security retirement benefits of one or both of your parents), whether or not your parents are still alive.
Questions You Need to Answer:
1. Is either parent receiving Social Security retirement benefits, SS disability benefits, or has either parent died? If one of your parents has died, you may be eligible to receive benefits on his or her account, if either had a history of working.
2. Don’t be misled by the term “child.” It doesn’t mean your age, but refers to your relationship to your parent. For example, a 45-year-old recipient of SSI has a 67-year-old parent who collects SS retirement benefits. The 45-year-old may be entitled to “child’s benefits” based on his parent’s earning record.
3. Did your disability begin before you were 22 years old? Example:
A.You became disabled at birth, or any time before age 22.
B. You receive SSI (although not a requirement). It doesn’t matter where or with whom you reside.
C. One of your parents receives Social Security retirement benefits, SS Disability benefits, or if either parent has died, that parent had a work history that would have qualified him or her for SS retirement benefits. The dollar difference between your SSI monthly benefits and the “child’s benefits” based on your parent’s earning record could be significant. You may receive up to 1/2 of your parent’s full retirement benefit or disability benefit while your parent is still alive, and up to 75% of your parent’s Social Security benefit when he or she dies.
You must apply to the Social Security Administration in person, by telephone, or on-line. It is worth your effort to find out the monthly benefits you may be entitled to, whether or not you decide to actually apply, and compare that sum with your current SSI.
MARRIAGE AND HEALTH CARE COVERAGE
1. Normally “child’s benefits” end if the person marries. However, if a person with a disability marries another person who receives disability benefits, then you are still eligible for “child’s benefits.”
2. A big issue is health care coverage and benefits. On SSI, you receive Medicaid. In many states – not all – if your “child’s benefits” are less than 138% of the federal poverty level ($1,285 a month), you will still be Medicaid-eligible, effective 1/20/14. In many states, you can become eligible for Medicaid under “spend down” requirements. If you start to receive your parent’s SS benefits because your disability began before you were 22, you will also be eligible for Medicare benefits after you have been eligible for your parent’s benefits for 24 months. Check out how this issue will specifically apply to you.
Also, in 1987, a federal law was enacted that says that if you are receiving Medicaid (maybe because you receive SSI on your own account), and then you start to receive Social Security benefits from a parent’s account, the amount of your parent’s benefit will not be considered when your state is deciding if you are financially eligible for Medicaid. For example, let’s say you are receiving $715 a month of SSI and also have Medicaid. Then your father dies and you become eligible for $1,000 a month in Social Security on your father’s account. Your state cannot count any of the $1,000 a month from your father’s Social Security when deciding if you are eligible for Medicaid. Here is the citation, 42 U.S.C. ’ 1383c, or http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title16b/1634.htm (Determination of Medicaid Eligibility).
Advocate for Your Rights
Is the Social Security Administration motivated to provide the maximum amount of income that people with disabilities are entitled to receive? The SSA knows each of the seven million SSI recipients, their age when they became disabled, and their parents’ status. It cannot be too difficult at least to notify them of these potential rights. In fact the Social Security Administration requires that you apply for benefits on your parent’s account if there is a chance you might be eligible, in part because SSI is a “payment of last resort.”
There are a number of wrinkles which this Information Bulletin does not discuss. Telephone the Social Security 800 number and make an application.
(EXCERPTED FROM INFORMATION BULLETIN #376 – MARCH 2013)
 
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  We Mourn . . .
  
 the loss of four longtime members of hip: Beverly Jensen, Lorraine Kendel, Carmela Link, and Nick Moreth.
 
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  Autism Awareness Day to be Held on April 28th
  
 An opportunity to learn more about autism and, at the same time, have a fun-filled day at the Bergen County Zoological Park will be offered free to the public on Sunday, April 28th, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Autism Awareness Day will be jointly sponsored by the Bergen County Department of Human Services, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and “Autism Speaks,” an organization that offers awareness programs about the various levels of autism among children and adults in our area. Information will be provided about the many groups that provide services to autistic persons and their families in Bergen County.
The day features free zoo admission, live animal demonstrations, and free train rides and tours. The Park is located at 216 Forest Avenue in Paramus. Come one, come all!!
 
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  Join Us at the Theatre!!!
  
 An interactive Theatre Workshop for adults with autism, Asperger’s, and other developmental disabilities is being offered at The Garage Theatre, 960 River Road on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Teaneck campus. The 10-week intensive course will be offered on Saturdays beginning April 13th.
Participants will learn a variety of original theatrical techniques, allowing them to see creatively, open up expression, and discover intuitiveness and inspiration. Personal and creative growth is encouraged in a nurturing environment. The goals include increased self-expression and self confidence, which can be applied to
everyday life. “Our aim is to embrace human diversity through a collaborative community art experience. Our intent is empowerment of all individuals through the arts.”
Applicants must be age 18 or over and living with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, or another developmental disability, and have an interest in theatre. Tuition for the 10-week course is $550. For more information call The Garage Theatre at 201-569-7710 or Noah’s Ark Institute at 973-619-0963. A few partial tuition grants are available from The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.
 
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  Free Workshop May 6th for Parents and Students
  
 Free Evening Workshop May 6th for Parents and High School Students
by Alanna Staton, Independent Living Transition Coordinator
Are you prepared for life after high school? hip is hosting a free evening workshop for parents and young adults to be presented by the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) on May 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Ciarco Learning Center (Rooms 102 and 103), Main Street, Hackensack. Information will be provided on post-secondary education options, employment opportunities, and adult service systems for individualswith disabilities. Parents and young adults will learn how to access theinformation, resources, and supportneeded to plan for a successful future at home, school, and in the community. To register, visit the following website:www.tadbergen2013.eventbrite.com. For further information, call me at Bergen hip, Ext. 23.
 
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  Spring: A Time to Explore New Ways to Facilitate
  
 Spring: A Time to Explore New Ways to Facilitate AVL Support Groups
by Susan Vanino, AVL Coordinator
Spring is the perfect time to set aside old ideas and discover new ways of thinking. That is why the bees are buzzing about this year’s Adjustment to Vision Loss (AVL) Facilitators Network Training Seminar being held on Tuesday, April 16th, at the East Brunswick Public Library.
The theme for the day-long event is “something old, something new,” and is designed specifically for facilitators who crave new information and ideas relatedto running their groups. Of course, who better to teach new knowledge and fine-tune facilitation skills than our amazing AVL program consultants, Dr. Cathy Deats, LCSW, and James Warnke, LCSW? They are not only experts in their field, but in making us smile as well. Facilitators from across the state are already anticipating a training packed with information, wisdom, and fun.
For information, contact me at Ext 26 or send an e-mail to svanino.ber@hipcil.org.
 
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  Bergen hip Meeting April 9th
  
 Meadowlands Environment Center and Bergen County Parks To Highlight Bergen hip Meeting April 9th
Two exciting speakers on spectacular local natural resources will be on hand at the upcoming Bergen member meeting on April 9th, from 7- 9 p.m. at the Ciarco Learning Center, 355 Main Street, Hackensack. Michele Daly, director of disability education at the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst, will describe the many educational and recreational activities the Center has to offer. Known for its informal scienceeducation programs, the Center holds public events for children and adults, sponsors pontoon boat rides, nature walks, and much more. It is not only accessible to individuals with disabilities, but is the perfect place to have a great time while learning about our unique ecosystem.
Ronald Kistner, director of the Bergen County Department of Parks, will speak on our 21 beautiful parks and the many other outdoor activities available in Bergen County. We’re looking forward to learning all about how we can enjoy the springtime and summer months to come! A light supper will be served. Call Paula Walsh (ext. 19) or Trisha Ebel (ext. 10) for details on attendance.
 
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  The 2013 NJCBVI Board of Trustees Scholarships
  
 The 2013 NJCBVI Board of Trustees Scholarship Program
The following privately-funded scholarships will be awarded to three deserving student applicants at the Annual Night-Out with The Trenton Thunder, the Double “A” Affiliate team for the New York Yankees. Every year since 2006, in partnership with NJCBVI and the NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, the Thunder have hosted “Blind and Visually Impaired Awareness Night” during a regularly scheduled home game at Waterfront Park, Trenton. This year’s event wll be held on Thursday, July 18th at 7:05 p.m.
1. The Nathan & Sally Rogoff $1,000 Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Criteria: GPA, SAT score, essay quality, strength of letters of recommendation, and amount and nature of community service. The late Nathan and Sally Rogoff were well known for their generosity and dedication to helping others, especially young people with vision loss. Mr. Rogoff served on the NJCBVI Board of Trustees for over 30 years.
2. The Trenton Thunder $1,000 Scholarship for Leadership and Community Service. Criteria: Amount and nature of community service, essay quality, strength of letters of recommendation, GPA, and SAT score.
3. The Cathy and Herb Bodensiek $2,000 Scholarship for Students Majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM), or Business Administration. Criteria: GPA, essay quality, strength of letters of recommendation, SAT score, financial need, and amount and nature of community service. Herb Bodensiek and his late wife, Cathy, contributed many volunteer hours and personal resources to organizations serving people with vision loss.
Applications and supporting documentation must be received by May 17, 2013. http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cbvi/home/scholarships.html
 
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  Looking for Ways to Give to hip??
  
 In addition to always-welcome unrestricted gifts, hip suggests several other channels of giving that may appeal to our friends.
Laura’s Legacy, a fund created by the hip Board in memory of the daughter of Board member Lillian Ciufo, helps a family or an individual in need when the occasion arises. Recipients are identified by hip staff and Board members. Laura Ciufo fully understood the concept of helping others. Her spirit continues to be with us as we assist others in her name.
Tribute Cards to extend best wishes or congratulations for happy events, or to express sympathy, are available at hip. Attractively designed on cream-colored stock with burgundy ink, the cards are personalized for you with the occasion or a brief tribute and the sender’s name. A phone call and a contribution to hip will send your card on its way to an appreciative recipient.
Our New Journey helps families in crisis as they wade through the complicated maze of suddenly becoming caregivers to a family member who is ill or has a disability. Former Board member Anne Ciavaglia McMahon created and manages this program; her professional history dealing with disability issues and particularly with our aging population is impressive.
Matching Gift Programs. Employees of companies that offer to match gifts to non-profit organizations can double their contributions to hip.
Designate your United Way payroll contribution to be directed to hip.
Gifts to hip can be made using VISA or MasterCard (minimum $30, please). Call 201-996-9100 or give by e-mail: ber@hipcil.org. Gifts to hip may also be sent by U.S. mail to Trish Carney, Director of Finance, Heightened Independence & Progress, 131 Main Street, Suite 120, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
 
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  Social Security Announces New Online Services
  
 Social Security Announces New Online Services Available with a My Social Security Account
A bulletin from David Vinokurov, SSA District Manager, Trenton, NJ:
“My Social Security’ is a very important new service that affects workers of every age, since many are currently working or already receiving Social Security (and/or Supplemental Security Income) benefits.
“My Social Security” empowers workers not quite ready for retirement to take control of their financial future by accessing their annual Social Security Statement and our Online Retirement Estimator to do some basic financial planning.
Workers age 62+ who are preparing for retirement may apply online for retirement benefits and sign up for traditional Medicare.
Those already retired may now access their benefit information online and change their address and direct deposit, all without calling or visiting a Social Security office. (This is especially important for people who must provide proof of their income when applying for nutrition (SNAP) or energy (LI HEAP) assistance programs because they’re able to print their own Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Income Award Letters, which means no more waiting for the mail!)
Mr. Vinokurov is available for questions: Phone: 866-365-6009 Fax: 609-989-0471
You may also visit the website: www.socialsecurity.gov, to get up-to-date information about programs and benefits. And, if you’re ready to file, apply online for retirement benefits.
 
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  Polio Network to Hold Annual Conference April 20th
  
 Polio Network to Hold Annual Conference April 20th
“Pathways To Wellness” is Conference Theme
by Jean Csaposs
A varied program focused on staying healthy and active in later life will bring polio survivors, family members, and friends to PNNJ’s 23rd annual conference, “Pathways to Wellness,” on Saturday, April 20th. The day-long meeting will be held at the Bridgewater Marriott Hotel, beginning at 10 a.m. All interested persons are welcome to attend.
Frederick M. Maynard, MD, of Marquette, Michigan, will be keynote speaker on “Strategies for Maintaining Health and Wellness among Polio Survivors.” One of the nation’s foremost authorities on post-polio issues, Dr. Maynard is a strong advocate of holistic approaches to the treatment of the disorder. Two afternoon workshops will be held, one on dysphagia, a swallowing problem that often affects both polio survivors and other elders, and the second, a panel discussion titled “Don’t Be Afraid to Travel!” One of the trio of world travelers leading the session will be hip Board member Lottie Esteban. All three panelists use mobility devices and have a wealth of practical advice for attendees on how to navigate, whether on land, sea, or in the air, and whether in the U.S. or abroad. Vendors of goods and services of interest to attendees will participate in theconference. The fee for the day, including continental breakfast and lunch, is $28. To register, call 201-845-6860.
 
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  New Members of hip for 2013
  
 Welcome to our newest Life Members, Michael & Marie Cook!
We’re also happy to welcome the following new or renewing members. Their support is what makes our organization such a vital force for Independent Living:
Odette Andryszczak
Lasha Banks
Susanne Breckwoldt, PhD
Lilith Bryant
Carlos Castelblanco
The Ciccone Family
Ivan Cueva
Montrose Debrix
Anne Factor
Marie Favorito
Frances (Fay) Finkel
Irene Frank
Melissa Gates
The Heffernan family
Dana M. Hemmings
Sue Johnsen & Charlie Johnsen
Nancy Judge
Richard La Rovere
Richard Lillis
Carmela Link
Diane Love
James & Lorraine McClain
 
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  Women’s Support Group Invites You...
  
 Shelter Our Sisters, the highly regarded Bergen County organization that supports women and children who are victims of domestic abuse, visited hip’s Women’s Support Group meeting on March 14th. Vidalia Acevedo and Irena Dimitroski reviewed measures to keep women safe and out of harm’s way. They also discussed proactive tools to protect a woman’s identity.
The Women’s Support Group has made plans to change its name at the next meeting on April 11th, “to reflect our personalities,” according to Trisha Ebel, group leader. They will also hear from Mary Kearns-Kaplan, adult outreach services coordinator for the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC), who will describe the digital book player provided free of charge by the Center. Women interested in joining the Women’s Support Group should contact Trisha at the hip Bergen office, Ext. 10.
 
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  Think Picnics!!!!
  
 It’s not too early to make plans to join the fun at one of hip’s great traditions, our annual picnic!!
In Bergen, the picnic is set for Tuesday, June 18th, from 6 p.m. to dusk, at the "New" Overpeck Park (near the Amphitheater) in Ridgefield Park, NJ. Enjoy great food, great music, and great fun with hip friends! (Rain date: June 25th). Details to come!
In Hudson, our “picnic” is called “Summer Soirée.” It’s indoors on Wednesday, June 26th, starting at 5:30 p.m. No rain date needed!! As always, attendees will enjoy abundant tasty dinner fare and music lively enough to bring just about everyone onto the dance floor! As usual, the party takes place at the Lincoln Park Recreation Building, Jersey City. “Stay tuned” for how to sign up!!
 
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  Caregivers Conference April 18th
  
 Do you provide care for a loved one or neighbor? The Division of Senior Services of Bergen County’s Dept. of Human Services invites you to a Caregivers Conference on Thursday, April 18th, from 5-9 p.m. at the County Administration Building, One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack. Find out about services, support, and other helpful information. The session is being given in partnership with the Division’s Advisory Council Education Committee and the Caregiver Coalition of Bergen County. For more information, call Eleanor Contreras at 201-336-7416.
 
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  Welcome, Spring Luncheon!
  
 by Trisha Ebel
Spring is in the air, the flowers are starting to bloom, the air smells fresh, and winter coats are finally packed away! Come join us – hip members and friends – for a delicious lunch at “Main Dish,” Wednesday, April 17th, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Our first luncheon last fall was a huge success. If you want to join in the springtime fun, at $14.00 per person, call me at Bergen hip, Ext.10, to reserve your spot, or send an e-mail to: tebel.ber@hipcil.org. “Main Dish” (152 Main Street, Hackensack) is Access Link accessible. Parking at rear of building. I look forward to seeing you all!
 
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  The Value of Managing Time
  
 The Value of Managing Time
LEAD Students Rise to the Challenge
All three LEAD regions in New Jersey have provided instruction in money and time management this year to high school students with vision loss, as part of hip’s long-standing program, Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Determination. March was “Time Management” month for all three. In the Central Region, 13 students participated with “gusto” on March 10th at the Old Bridge Public Library, together with their mentor-coordinators and volunteers. The intensive session, from noon to 6 p.m., covered such topics as procrastination, how differently people perceive time, managing commitments and responsibilities, making technology work for us rather than as “time bandits,” and methods of making wise choices.
In describing the characteristics of smart goal-setting, clever use was made of the word “smart” itself: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.
Alanna Staton, hip staff member whose work focuses on the educational development of high school students, designed the curriculum for the management sessions. The series is one component of LEAD, which helps participants prepare for employment and adult life.
 
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