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The New Jersey Council of the Blind
October, 2017

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. If you do not have a Newsline subscription, contact Reader Services at the New Jersey Talking Book and Braille Center at (800) 792-8322 to get signed up for a Newsline subscription. Four quarterly newsletters are sent to members free of charge by E-mail. You may obtain the current and back issues of the Chronicle and other information from our web site http://www.njcounciloftheblind.org. Feel free to write us at njcounciloftheblind@gmail.com.

The New Jersey Council of the Blind (NJCB) is a 501 (c) 3 corporation. Much appreciated tax deductible donations may be sent to the Treasurer of NJCB.

The NJCB officers are:

President Lauren Casey (609) 912-0657
1st Vice President, Frank Schack (973) 595-0116
2nd Vice President, Joyce Sowa (732) 596-9675
Treasurer, Bernie Zuckerman of 32 Judson Street, Unit 7B, Edison, NJ 08837, and (732) 221-5362
Secretary Joyce Schack (973) 595-0116

President’s Message
By Lauren Casey

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the NJCB Chronicle. I hope everyone had a good summer. It went by too fast for me.
Welcome to fall even though it is 75 degrees as I am writing this column.
Our next quarterly meeting will be on Saturday October 28.
More details regarding this meeting will be in another article.
We will be having a guest speaker who is an author and motivational speaker.
Her name is Alice Crespo and she is blind and lives in New York City.
We will be awarding the second scholarship to Andrew Chin.
I hope to see everyone at the October meeting.

-Lauren Casey

Meeting Notice

Our next Quarterly Meeting will be held at the Joseph Kohn Training Center (JKTC) on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Lunch will be served from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM; the Meeting begins at 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Please RSVP to Lauren Casey at 609-912-0657 no later than Friday, October 20th to advise us of your attendance and if you will be joining us for lunch. We request a payment of $5.00 to cover the cost of the food.

The meeting will be held in the cafeteria on the main floor so do not go to the basement. Since we are in the cafeteria there will be no conference call available for this meeting. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

JKTC Address and Directions:

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

2018 Dues Are Due

It is that time again for payment of our annual dues. The cost remains at $6.50 for each chapter voting member. Dues for Members At Large are $10.00. Members of specific chapters should pay their dues to their chapter. Members at large should send their payments and membership forms directly to our Treasure Bernie Zuckerman at 32 Judson Street, Unit 7B, Edison, NJ 08837. Consider Newsline for another format since it is accessible by the phone for those who no longer have cassette players and for those who do not have computers and cannot access the web or E-mail. If you do not have a Newsline subscription, contact Reader Services at the New Jersey Talking Book and Braille Center at 1-800-792-8322 to get signed up for a Newsline subscription.

Thank you,

Bernie Zuckerman, Treasurer, NJCB

Our Guest Speaker
Alice Crespo

Alice Crespo is Founder and Director of Helping Hands for the Disabled of NYC. She is a motivational speaker and has written a book “Never Be Discouraged, With God All Things Are Possible”. We are excited to learn more about Alice on October 28th. Please join us.

Fall Festival 2017

All TBBC members are invited to the Fall Festival on Saturday, October 14th. Once again, TBBC is partnering with the Grounds For Sculpture for this event. The Grounds, a 42-acre sculpture park, museum, and arboretum founded on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds, is a premier cultural destination that is not to be missed!


10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Continental Breakfast with the Vendors
12:30 pm- 1:30 pm
Art Workshop or Guided Walking Touch Tour
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Art Workshop or Guided Walking Touch Tour
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Guided Walking Touch Tour

Continental Breakfast with the Vendors:
Explore assistive technology products and a wealth of services. Continental breakfast is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Art Workshops:
Woven Newspaper Workshop—
Transform newspaper into a woven artwork! Using a custom loom created from cardboard, fold newspaper into strips, and learn traditional weaving techniques to form a one-of-a-kind artwork. Be amazed at what you can create from everyday materials!

Creating Art Using Your Mind’s Eye—
In this workshop, create a work of art from your mind’s eye. Bend, twist, and shape wax sticks into creative shapes, which are then pressed onto textured paper to create a dimensional drawing. Add color to the spaces between shapes using markers. Leave the workshop with the knowledge that anyone can create a beautiful piece of art!

Guided Walking Touch Tours:
Discover the wonders of the Grounds For Sculpture! Register for a docent-led touch tour featuring a variety of sculptures. Both types of tours will include information on artists, artistic techniques and provide opportunities for the participants to explore the sculptures through touch. Guided Walking Touch Tours last about 45 minutes.
Touch Tour Group 1: A tour that is moderately paced and will highlight sculptures in and around the perimeter of the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts building.
Touch Tour Group 2: A general tour that will highlight major sculptures throughout the Grounds.


Free to all TBBC members plus two guests only. Additional guests must pay admission:
Adults: $18 in-person or $16 online
Adults 65+: $15 in-person or $13 online
Students 6-17 or with college ID: $10
Grounds For Sculpture Members & children 5 & younger: Free

Registration deadline is October 2, 2017. Registration is required for all TBBC members and their guests attending the Fall Festival. To register, call TBBC at 800-792-8322, extension 816 with the following information:
Your name, address and phone number
Total number of adults (including yourself) and children attending
Requests for a sighted guide
Your choices of art workshops and tours
(Please specify the time and the workshop or tour you wish to attend. Spaces are limited—register early! )

Attendees must make their own transportation plans. The Grounds For Sculpture is located at 80 Sculptors Way in Hamilton, NJ 08619. Registration, vendors and the festival are located in the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts building, located at the main entrance of the Grounds. Find directions to the Grounds For Sculpture at this website: http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/Visit/Hours-Directions-and-Parking

You may purchase lunch and snacks at the Van Gogh Café and the Peacock Café.

Fall Festival – Children/Teen

Blind Citizens Association of New Jersey (BCA)

On Saturday, October 14th from 4:00 - 7:00 the Ladies Auxiliary of the NJ BCA will hold their semi-annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The cost is $10 which includes all you can eat salad, spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, bread, dessert and beverage. For more information or reservations call the BCA office at 732 291-0878.

Mercer County Association of the Blind

Peace and wellbeing to everyone from members of MCAB, we hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer. One of MCAB’s long time members Tuan Linsinbigler has been collecting visual accessible apparatuses and monies for the Vietnamese Blind and Visually Impaired in that Country that receive no help from the government, they are forced to beg for monies to purchase accessibility items for their needs. Tuan is requesting that any NJCB Member who would like to help in this worthy endeavor by donating monies or items such as folding White Canes or Braille Watches can call or email him: phone 609-912-0634;
Email tuanlinsinbigler@comcast.net.

Many MCAB members and guests enjoyed the Trenton Thunder baseball game sponsored by CVBI on Thursday, July 20. Trenton Thunder won even though the game was called short because of rain.

On Saturday July 29, ten of our members were able to attend the NJCB quarterly meeting at Camp Happiness and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and piano and song entertainment by the scholarship recipient.

MCAB fellowship picnic was held on September 9, at the Trenton Elks Lodge 105 inside. Invited guest Wahid Sabree, from the Islamic Center of Ewing (ICE) gave the Invocation and a brief history of ICE and an explanation of the religion of Islam, belief and practices. MCAB member Mustafaa Shabazz gave a brief history of MCAB started in 1932. Members and guests than enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch with the DJ playing soothing songs of the 60’s and 70’s, with-up-to-date line dance music which our members enjoyed on the dance floor.

The coming months meeting on the third Thursday members will be engaged in September electing a Nomination Committee, October nominees for Office and transportation to NJCB quarterly meeting on the 28th, November election of new officers and December Christmas Holiday Party on the first Friday of month.

- Mustafaa Shabazz

Save the Date

Saturday October 14th – Fall Festival at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Saturday October 14th 2017 – BCA Spaghetti Dinner – Location Camp Happiness, Leonardo, NJ

Saturday December 2nd – Friends of the NJ Library for the Blind & Handicapped – Location TBD

Saturday January 27th 2018 12Noon to 4PM – Quarterly Meeting Location TBD


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.

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