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The New Jersey Council of the Blind
October, 2013

The New Jersey Council of the Blind's mission is to strive for the betterment of the blind and visually impaired community. The purpose of this publication is to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, opinions and information that concern blind and visually impaired people.

We thank Audiovision, the Radio Reading Service of the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center for the use of their recording studio to produce the cassette and digital formats that are aired on Audiovision and our website www.njcounciloftheblind.org. For more information about Audiovision call 1-800-792-8322 or visit their website at www.audiovision-nj.org. We thank John Hart of Audiovision and our webmaster, Dave Casterline for their contributions to the Chronicle. The NJCB Chronicle is also available on Newsline. The Chronicle is read by Bob Lucas. Four quarterly newsletters are sent to members free of charge in either large print, audio cassette or E-mail. You may obtain the current and back issues of the Chronicle and other information from our web site.

The New Jersey Council of the Blind (NJCB) is a 501 (c) 3 corporation. Tax deductible donations should be sent to the Treasurer of NJCB.

Articles to be included in the NJCB Chronicle, requests for copies of the newsletter or membership information should be sent to NJCB, 520 Ewingville Road, Ewing, NJ 08638. They may also be e-mailed to njcounciloftheblind@verizon.net or phoned to (609) 882-2446. All information must be received by December 1st to be included in the next issue of the Chronicle.

The NJCB officers are: President, Larry Morgan, 53 Pollman Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08619, (609) 588-5012; First Vice President Frank Schack (973) 595-0116; Second Vice President Joyce Sowa (732) 596-9675; Secretary Ottilie Lucas (609) 882-2446 and Treasurer Bob Lucas, 520 Ewingville Road, Ewing, NJ 08638, (609) 882-2446.


The next quarterly meeting of NJCB will be on Saturday, October 26, 2013. It will be hosted by The Members at Large at Grace Lutheran Church, 600 New Brunswick Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861. It is Access Link accessible and the cross street is Convery Blvd. The meeting begins with lunch at noon. The meeting is from 1 to about 4 PM. The cost for lunch is $5.00. Contact Joyce Sowa at (732) 596-9675 to let them know you are coming.


Grace Lutheran Church
600 New Brunswick Ave.
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Cross Street: Convery Blvd.

  1. Take Route #1 to Route 287
  2. Take 287 south ramp to NJ 440/interstate 95/Raritan Center/ Perth Amboy
  3. Merge onto 287 South
  4. Continue onto 440 North
  5. Exit onto US 9 north
  6. Take New Brunswick Avenue exit toward Perth Amboy/Fords
  7. Turn left at County Road 616/New Brunswick Ave.
President's Message

Summer is gone and autumn is upon us. Wow! What happened? I was just getting used to the summer weather. On a more serious note, I was saddened by the passing of our longtime member and friend, Bob Rindt. I know I speak for the entire membership of the New Jersey Council of the Blind when I offer my deepest sympathy to his widow, Lauren Casey, his immediate family and friends. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers through these difficult days ahead.

Ladies and gentlemen, our convention is a year away and we still haven't decided on a location. Due to the recent traveling difficulties experienced by our Middlesex County people, I have asked people to consider a possible Middlesex County location for the 2014 NJCB Convention. Folks. time's a wastin'. We need to hear from you. In addition to this, for our October 26th meeting please consider the following:

At the last two meetings we discussed shopping for groceries and hiring of a driver, respectively. The participation was very encouraging and our members provided excellent insights into these two very important activities. I'd like to close with the following poem.

"This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done."

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you in October.

Larry Morgan, President

Sign Up Now for the TBBC Fall Festival

Following are excerpts from the TBBC Summer Newsletter. "Our Fall Festival for this year is October 12, 2013 at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.

The State Library has again partnered with the Grounds for Sculpture to prepare a program for the day that we hope will be of interest to you.

Here are a few words about our venue, the Grounds for Sculpture. It is an outdoor adventure in art where the pieces are accessible to everyone. The 35 acres are expertly adorned with sculptures nestled into the park's environment. J. Seward Johnson's work is worth the trip itself. The Grounds' staff has arranged for special tours for you.

Also, on this day you are going to have an opportunity to hear from authors whose books TBBC has recorded for you over the last year. In addition you will be able to participate in a unique conversation with Mary Jane Clark and an open discussion of her book, To Have and To Kill. Mary Jane Clark is the distinguished author of two series of suspense novels.

She will share with us how she created The Wedding Cake Mystery Series. The first novel in this series, To Have and To Kill, includes a character with macular degeneration. Mary Jane created this character with guidance from Ottilie Lucas, a TBBC member and the Secretary of the Friends of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped. Ottilie's husband, Bob Lucas, volunteered to narrate the book for TBBC's audio recording. We will be discussing Ms. Clark's career and will have an open discussion of her book, To Have and To Kill. Visit Ms. Clark's web site at www.maryjaneclark.com.

Three workshops are planned and we hope to have a number of vendors present to answer your questions."

The Grounds for Sculpture is located at 18 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton, New Jersey 08619.

9:00 - 10:00 Registration/Vendors
10:00 - 11:00 Visit with the Vendors or choice of One Workshop:
*Altered Books
*Memoir Writing
*Park Tour
*Poetry Workshop
11:00 - 12:00 Keynote Speaker: Mary Jane Clark
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch/Vendors: Buy lunch & snacks all day at The Peacock Café
1:00 - 2:00 Panel Discussion with New Jersey Authors
2:00 - 3:00 Visit with the Vendors or choice of One Workshop:
*Altered Books
*Memoir Writing
*Park Tour
*Poetry Workshop

HOW TO REGISTER & FOR MORE INFORMATION: Registration Deadline is October 1, 2013.

With space limited for tours and workshops, TBBC will only be taking registration by telephone. Staff will be able to notify you as to the status of openings for workshops and tours.

To register, please call (800) 792-8322 with the information below: Name, address, phone number

Total number of adults (including yourself) and children attending

Requests for a sighted guide or Spanish-speaking guide

Your choice of one morning and one afternoon workshop or tour:

In Memoriam

Robert E. (Bob) Rindt, 58, of Lawrenceville, passed away on August 15, 2013 at the Capital Health Medical Center, Hopewell, NJ. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, Bob was a longtime resident of Lawrenceville. He was employed with Advancing Opportunities as a receptionist. Bob enjoyed listening to country music, '60's and '70's rock music. Some of his hobbies included tandem bike riding and chair caning. Son of the late Joseph Rindt, Bob is survived by his wife, Lauren Casey; his mother, Winifred Rindt; his brother, Joe Rindt; his sister, Donna Haid; three nieces, one nephew, and numerous close friends. Memorial donations in Bob's memory can be made to the New Jersey Council of the Blind, 520 Ewingville Road, Ewing, NJ 08638; The Seeing Eye, Inc., P.O Box 375 Morristown, NJ 07963, or to Capital Health Foundation 433 Bellevue Ave., 1st Floor, Trenton, NJ 08618.

How do you do it?

Larry Morgan has started a discussion period at the end of each meeting with a question. The question at the April 27th meeting was "How do you do your grocery shopping?" Here are some of our comments and suggestions:

  1. Make arrangements with store to get employee to help you shop.
  2. Have someone take you and assist.
  3. Give someone a list.
  4. Shop on line.
  5. Call store with order and have someone pick it up.
  6. Recognize colors, labels, placement, etc.
  7. Peapod, (800) 573-2763, is cheapest and is connected with Stop & Shop. It can be used in conjunction with TelaGrocer, (888) 902-7467. Orders can be made by phone.
  8. Can get E-mails with specials, etc.
  9. Use Access Link or County transit and get clerk to assist in store.
  10. FYI: Shop Rite has a $10 shopping charge plus shipping charge.
  11. Different stores have delivery; pick up orders, etc. accommodations.
  12. Get sale items from ads on Audio vision
  13. Home Health Aid does shopping
  14. Have 3x5 cards with both print and braille for all items that you normally buy and give your shopper the cards for groceries needed that week
  15. Use the large cloth bags or backpacks (they fit more and are easier to carry)
  16. Use grocery basket on wheels
  17. Use Senior Citizens shopping bus

Following are excerpts from Matilda Ziegler Magazine.


Garden State Guide Dog Users. Hello Everyone. We want to remember Bob Rindt for his active contribution to GSGDU since its inception. Most recently, he served many years as our treasurer. Bob passed away on August 15, 2013. He will be truly missed. Our prayers are going out for Lauren Casey, his wife and president of GSGDU.

Mercer County Association of the Blind. Hi All. Summer is over and we are back to our fall activities. We enjoyed the NJCB picnic at Camp Happiness and the MCAB picnic at the Trenton Elks. President Larry Morgan, Secretary Ottilie Lucas and Treasurer Bob Lucas attended the ACB Conference and Convention in Columbus, Ohio. It was very informative and enjoyable.. We are getting our schedules filled up with monthly meetings, birthday celebrations, Christmas Parties and other enjoyable activities. We hope to see all of you at the NJCB quarterly meeting in October in Perth Amboy.

New Jersey Blind Citizens Association. (Excerpts from the July/August, 2013 BCA newsletter) "On Saturday, July 27th, the NJBCA hosted the quarterly meeting of the NJCB. Those in attendance enjoyed an outdoor BBQ picnic lunch. We are grateful to the members of the Middletown and Oceanport Lions Clubs who served our guests. Members of Camp Happiness' Crochet Club were delighted to learn their crocheted and knitted projects won a variety of ribbons at the Monmouth County Fair. Thanks to a generous gift from Mary Daly, one of our campers, a new wireless modem has been installed. This will make it possible for campers to access the internet with their Nook, Kindle, laptop or other portable devices."


Saturday, October 12, 2013: The Fall Book Festival will be held at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. Check prior article for more details.

Saturday, October 26, 2013: The quarterly meeting of NJCB will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Perth Amboy hosted by the Members at Large. Check the meeting notice for details and directions.


NOTE: Disclaimer. The views and opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of the New Jersey Council of the Blind officers and/or members. The editor reserves the right to edit articles submitted for both space and content.