Monday, June 8, 2015

ARC walk

   On Sunday 7-June held their 18th annual " Step up for the ARC Walk" in Olsen park Bogota. The ARC of Bergen & Passaic Counties serves over 1,000  individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  From Early Intervention for infants and toddlers to Summer Camp and After School Programs for youth to Vocational Training, Job Placement, Adult Day Programs, Recreation, Group Homes and Apartments for adults; The Arc is  creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential and live happy, productive and fulfilling lives. 
   It was a morning of music and games for the participants and Live Music by Willie Wilson and the Willies, along with food provided by the  Masons from District 2, 3, & 4 of New Jersey after the walk. One of the more highlighted groups walking were  the Students from Leonia Middle  School. They had more than 67 Students walking in the days event raising over $6100.  All the groups were welcome by  Bergen County Freeholders Tracy Zur and Joan Voss. They were joined by ARC Chairperson Carolyn Hayer, Ralph Mastrangelo Jr. and Kathy Walsh.
  The walk was started by Grand Marshall Shea Bianchini cutting the ribbon at the start line. She was followed by the Bogota High School Marching Buccaneer Band setting the pace for the walkers.  The routed covered a one and a half miles around the park. It started at the bandstand crossed over the Environmental Walkway and around Lady Bucs Softball field. It then crossed the W. Main St to loop around the Little League fields , then back across  W. Main St. passed the Picnic Grove returning to the start line. To meet their goals  walkers needed to complete this circuit 3 times for a total of approximately 4 miles. At the end of the walk they had a chance for some food, cold drinks and to relax and listen to some live Music. 
   For more information about The ARC of Bergen & Passaic Counties please visit their website at:

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