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The New Jersey Council of the Blind
Spring 2016 NJ Chronicle

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. The NJCB Chronicle is also available on Newsline. You may obtain the current and back issues of the Chronicle and other information from our web site www.njcounciloftheblind.org.

The New Jersey Council of the Blind (NJCB) is a 501 (c) 3 corporation. Tax deductible donations or membership information should be sent to Bernie Zuckerman, Treasurer of NJCB at 32 Judson Street, Unit 7B, Edison, NJ 08837. You may also e-mail us at njcounciloftheblind@gmail.com.

The NJCB officers are:
President, Frank Schack (973) 595-0116
Vice President Joyce Sowa (732) 596-9675
Treasurer Bernie Zuckerman (732) 221-5362

President’s Message by Frank Schack

I hope that you are enjoying the spring weather after a very unpredictable winter. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Frank Schack and I will be the interim president of the New Jersey Council of the Blind, completing Ottilie Lucas' term. This is a big pair of shoes to fill because Ottilie was such an amazing and organized President as well as her husband Bob who served as our secretary. I will try my best to follow in her footsteps to see that the Council continues to try to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired citizens of New Jersey.

The officers cannot do this without your help. We know that transportation is always a problem but we hope that you will make every effort to attend our quarterly meetings.

Susan Vanino will be the speaker at our next meeting on April 23rd and we are looking forward to hearing about Aspire, a new program from the Adjustment to Vision Loss Project by CBVI.

If you cannot attend the meeting we would like to invite you to dial in to the conference call. Please note, this is not a toll free number. On April 23rd at 1 PM dial 712 432-0180. Enter the access code 425 373#. You will be asked to press 1 after the access code is repeated correctly.

A pizza lunch will be served at 12 noon for a cost of $5.00. Please call Frank Schack at 973 595-0116 to let us know if you will be attending and also if you are having pizza, so we know how much to order.

The meeting will begin at 1:00 and end at approximately 3:00. Please note the ending time change for those taking Access Link

Frank Schack, President of NJCB

Directions to the Joseph Kohn Training Center (JKTC)

130 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2421
Cross Street: Seaman Street

From the North
Proceed south on Route 1 to Route 18 toward New Brunswick.
Get off Route 18 at the New Street ramp.
Turn slight right onto New Street/ NJ 26.
Take the 2nd left onto Livingston Avenue/NJ 26.
Turn left onto Seaman Street and left into the JKTC parking lot.

From the South
Proceed north on Route 1 to the Livingston Avenue/NJ 26 exit toward New Brunswick.
Turn right onto Seaman Street and left into the JKTC parking lot.

Chapter Reports

Blind Citizens Association of New Jersey (BCA). Saturday, April 16th 4 pm to 7 pm. All you can eat Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, includes bread, salad, spaghetti, sausage and/or meatballs and beverage for $10.00. Take out is available also.
Call 732 291-0878 for tickets or more information.

Friday, June 3rd, 11th annual gift auction. Admission is $20.00 which includes one regular sheet of tickets and coffee, tea or soda. Package deals are available prior to the day of the event for $30.00 (value of $40.00). For tickets or more information, please call 732 291-0878

Mercer County Association of the Blind.

No Report.


Saturday June 4, 2016 – The Friends of the NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped Annual Meeting at JKTC

Saturday July 23, 2016 Quarterly meeting of NJCB at Camp Happiness

Saturday October 22, 2016 Quarterly meeting NJCB at JKTC

Products for Sale

Anyone interested in purchasing items on this list, please contact Frank Schack at (973) 595-0116 or email us at www.njcounciloftheblind.org. All proceeds will be made as donations to NJCB.


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.