Our baseball closing day was a night game under the
stars with our children, teens and adults playing
with their buddies from LHS Baseball headed by Coaches
Pat Auteri for Lyndhurst and QPHS Baseball team headed
by Coach John Ahmuty. The boys from each high school
stood in a line while our children picked 2 buddies
each and then bonded and played. Our little ones got
so much from their buddies and our older teens and
adults gave so much to the boys that came to help.
It was a win win situation!!! Thanks to the township
of Lyndhurst for the use of Matera field and the LHS
and QPHS baseball players our children and their families
were given a feeling of belonging and pride. We served
Italian Ice donated by Lyndhurst Pastry and hot dogs
and soda to all. All the Special Angels boys and girls
were given medals to commemorate the night and their
memories will last a life time.
BOSCO VS BERGEN CATHOLIC AND SPECIAL ANGELS
The Don Bosco vs Bergen Catholic game is THE biggest
HS game of the year and our Football team got to play
the half time game in front of 15,000 people and on
National TV. It was the single most exciting part
of our football season. Thanks to Mitch Morreale and
Pat Glover from Lyndhurst Football and Ron Kistner
from Bergen County the boys and girls on our flag
team were treated like Queens and Kings. They were
even given Bergen Catholic Jersey’s to take
home and the County had tee shirts made to give to
each player so they can remember the day forever as
if they could ever forget it. Thank you to Coach Mike
Carino for all he does for us. He got new flags for
our big game and he brings his son and his Lyndhurst
football friends each week to play football with us
and get them ready for this big game. We were so glad
you came to the BIG game you deserved the honor to
stand there on that field for all the time you invested
in our children. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
It's so important when guys like you come out and
make a difference! This was a huge and proud moment
for us here at Special Angels. Our teams showed thousands
of people that our “special” children
and adults have dreams and they can realize them.
The Bergen Catholic Cheerleaders have invited our
girls and boys from Sparks Cheerleading to come and
spend an afternoon with them and we are so excited
to do that. Thank you again Lyndhurst Flag Football
and Mitch and Pat for making our season one to remember
for a life time. and a special thank you to the Lyndhurst
Firemen and the Lyndhurst Police for our Police and
Fire truck escort the team was screaming out the windows
to all the residents that heard the sirens and North
Arlington Police and Firemen for picking us up at
the Lyndhurst North Arlington border and extending
our incredible ride that was the icing on the cake!!!!
SPECIAL ANGELS VS LPES
Thank you for the wonderful day you gave us LPES!
Jen came to me and said they wanted to do a special
day for our children. We were so excited when she
said Kick Ball an event that all ages can participate
in. They purchased all the equipment, medals with
puzzle pieces on them, gluten free products and had
a BBQ for our children and their families at their
facility and treated them like royalty. We cannot
thank the LPES enough for reaching out and making
a difference in our children and adults lives. It
is truly a day that will not be forgotten!!!
June 28, 2012 was our first of many Extreme Proms.
The event included all teens and adults whether you
were a part of our organization or not. The event
was held at Redds in Carlstadt and DJ Paulie P was
there to make sure the teens and adults didn’t
want to leave the dance floor. We had Jerseylicious
Michael Anthony Salon, Teeze, Guy Anthony, and several
other independents that came to do the girls hair
and make-up. We had gowns donated for the girls that
couldn’t get their own dress, Lyndhurst Florist
and Flowers by Chuck donated corsages and flowers
for the girls and boys, Le Chic designed the whole
room including centerpieces, favors and candy table,
Bella creations did centerpieces that we gave away
to some of the attendees, Hey there Cupcake gave a
beautiful 3 tier fondant cake, we had 3 photographers
that took shots all night long and also set up a private
photo booth and we had the WPIX party bus that was
to transport the attendees to the Prom. The night
was truly amazing from when they entered through the
balloon arch to when they were all crowned prom queen
and king. We are so proud of this event all was free
except the plate which was $21 for a full buffet and
dessert. Thank you to all that donated and thank you
to our incredible chaperones that made sure everyone
Above is the link to our interview with Verizon. Fios
News 1 which airs on their news casts and their 1 hour
special Living with Autism!
We also had the pleasure thanks to the Dumont Knights
of hanging with the Knights and Lisa Mateo from WPIX Channel
11 News and appeared on their morning news show. My girls
and boys also got to hang on the party bus which is now
being donated to our prom for the children to ride on
from Lyndhurst to Redds!!!!
UPCOMING SPEAKER MEETINGS
SPAN speaker meeting entitled IEP and Measurable Goals
taking place on Monday April 16, 2012 at 6pm to 8pm taking
place at the Senior Bldg 250 Cleveland Avenue Lyndhurst.
This is a free speaker meeting but you must respond they
need an exact headcount.
Ray Sette advisor for some super stars in Hollywood has
agreed to provide our parents with a night of spiritual
enlightenment. See a quote from a website. “What
do the stars in the sky have to say about the stars in
Hollywood? In this monthly column, Ray examines a celebrity's
chart and discusses how specific astrological events throughout
the celebrity's life presented certain opportunities that
led the celebrity down his or her path to success”
Ray has an interest in Autism and was delighted when I
contacted him. We are in the process of setting up a date
and time to offer this incredible opportunity. I will
keep you posted on details but for now can I see how many
we have interested?
Also, Kristin Selby Gonzalez National Speaker, Radio
Talk Show Host, Writer, Internet TV Show Host,
Autism Advocate, Parent Educator, will be appearing at
a conference in Newark and I approached her to ask her
to come and do an intimate meeting with some of our parents
and she is in the process of setting that up with us.
Also in the process of getting a speaker meeting on IPAD
apps and how to use them for our special needs children.
As always we are dedicated to providing our families
with as much information and education as possible. Let
me know what you are interested in learning about. thanks
OUR CURRENT PROGRAMS OFFERED
all programs are co ed and any different abilty
Monday Social Skills 6:30pm for children
5 to 11 years of age
Tuesday Rock Out Loud 7pm for children
and adults of all ages
Wednesday Dance 6:30 pm for children
ages 5 and up and adults of all ages
Thursday Yoga 6:30pm for children and
adults of all ages
Thursday Readers Theater 7:30pm must
know how to read ages 5 and up
Friday Martial Arts with Belts 6:30pm
for children and adults of all ages
Saturday Sparks Cheer Dance 10am all
year round ages 7 and up be prepared to travel we showcase
all over NJ
Saturday in Fall Flag Football early
afternoon for ages 8 and up
Saturday in Summer Bowling early afternoon
for children and adults of all ages
Sunday Spring is Tee Ball Fall is Soccer
and Winter is Basketball mornings time depends on age
for children and adults of all ages
Prom for teens and adults 16 and older
June 28th. This prom will have all the bells and whistles
of typical proms We have hair and make up artists to do
the girls hair (updo's too) corasages limos photographers
center pieces and favors themed cake food DJ and so much
more Please call Debbie or Tara at 201-966-8738
Special days Holiday Parties
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny April 1 for more
information please call Debbie or Tara at 201-966-8738
Halloween Party with Trunk or Treat date TBA
Dinner with Santa date TBA
Shooting for the Stars Basketball Challenge
March 24 6:30pm our teens with special needs play against
the Lyndhurst Police Dept in a basketball challenge with
our Sparks doing the half time show please call Debbie
or Tara 201-966-8738 for more information
Born to Be Wild Motorcycle Run June 10th with
a rain date of June 17 !
SPARKS NEW JERSEY STATE RESPECTED
CHEER DANCE SQUAD IS AT THE START OF THEIR NEW SEASON
Our SPARKS has received many
awards from the Governor, Congressional Award, Assembly
Award, the Freeholders and County Executive Award and
the Salute to Champions Award presented by the Division
of Disabilities, have been the topic of many newspaper
articles and made the front cover of the Our Meadowlands
Magazine. They have won many trophies for their many performances
each year and last season took first place at 6 Flags
and Jamfest Nationals in their division. What you may
not know is the girls and boys are now featured in a documentary
called “CHEER”. The 13 minute promo will be
available for viewing shortly and by next year you will
be seeing it at major film festivals and some local theaters.
I am so proud of our squad!
The 2012 season opening performance
this year was at Ramapo College and it was a huge success.
The squad will be performing at many local competitions,
Toms River, Wildwood, Asbury Park and 6 Flags this year.
The team through fundraising efforts got new Uniforms
and new routine including some tumbling and some great
stunts. SPARKS is the only cheer dance squad I know that
is made up of 25 children and adults with autism, down
syndrome, severe medical conditions and many other diagnosis.
They are living their dream! The squad is entering a contest
that if they win they will be the stars of a TV commercial.
Good luck SPARKS!
Closing day of basketball.....Mike
Simmel from the Harlem Wizards performing for our Special
registration in person is this Thursday, August 4th 7:30
to 8:30pm at the LaSalle Center 200 Ridge Road North Arlington
side ramp entrance between dunkin doughnuts and Queen of
Peace Church. By mail see attached form mail $40 check made
payable to Putting the Pieces Together 85 Exton Avenue North
Arlington NJ 07031. We play Sundays 10 to 11am and 11am
to 12pm. All registrations need to be in on or before August
CHEER –registration in person this Thursday, August 4th
7:30 to 8:30pm at the LaSalle Center 200 Ridge Road North
Arlington side ramp entrance between dunkin doughnuts and
Queen of Peace Church. By mail see attached form mail $40
check made payable to Putting the Pieces Together 85 Exton
Avenue North Arlington NJ 07031. We practice Saturdays 10
to 11am. All registrations need to be in on or before August
6th which is our first practice for new girls signing. Saturday
August 6th 10 am to 11am. Our girls already signed up will
be practicing tomorrow Saturday July 30 10am
our first Football practice starts this Thursday August
4th 6 to 7pm at the Lyndhurst High School corner of Weart
and Fern Avenues please be on time and if you didn’t
fill out a form please bring one with you along with registration
fee of $40 made payable to Putting the Pieces Together.
We will find out when the pep rally is when picture day
is and so much more that day so please make sure you attend.
Also please respond by email if you have registered and
are playing football so I can double check my roster also
repond if you are signing up at practice this week. I need
an email please.
SOCIAL SKILLS -
Social skills – registration on or before Aug 5th
8 weeks with 8th week family social swim party ending the
session Mondays are 2 hours 630 to 830pm $200.00 for all
8 weeks. Class needs to be age appropriate so based on enrollment
we will take the children that are in the majority of the
age range that registered. we need at least 4 children and
no more than 6 children Please email with your response
asap so we know to hold a spot we cannot take more than
1. Brain gym
(opens up both sides of the brain and wakes up neurons)
and group hello
2. Literature crafts
based on popular books and theme crafts
3. OT with sensory
bin, shaving cream play, fine and gross motor play (honey
bee game, operation etc.)
4. Speech –
after each roll of the dice during a game we are playing
we have speech cards the children will be using with prompt
cards if needed to answer questions, we also are using auditory
games and receptive and expressive speech games
– every other week there will be a special run by
trained instructors etc
6. Ending session on 8th week
family social swim
Starts Sept 19th ending Nov 14th
which is our social swim and taking off Oct 31st for Halloween
PEER MODEL –
Registration due on or before August 5th For children 12
and up playing and learning social skills from typical peers.
This group is run by typical teens with Tara or I over seeing
it. This program promotes natural play skills and gives
them the opportunity to model typical behaviors. There is
no therapist involved in any peer model group the idea is
to have the special needs child rely and interact with their
typical peer. This group runs from 630pm to 8pm and is $100
for 8 weeks. We can take up to 6 teens and this fills up
fast. This was a huge success last year. Day of the week
to be announced
I would like to conclude by sharing
a letter one of our SPARKS cheerleaders wrote to the head
of Nike and emailed to me. I am so amazed by our children
and wanted everyone to see the exceptional child Elizabeth
is. Elizabeth is 16 years old and has special needs. She
took it upon herself to think of this idea and then construct
this letter. We have many exceptional children and families
in our org. We are very lucky!!!!!
I am a big fan of Nike! Me and my brother are special needs,
and we play sports that special needs kids can play like
Cheerleading, football, and so on. Unlike regular sports
we are able to have big name sponsors because we are not
regular teams. My Cheerleading team's name is the Sparks
and all are sports are called Special Angels Recreation.
My Cheerleading team made it to two different cheer nationals
at Atlantic City and Six Flags. Even though we have are
own category we all feel like we accomplished something.
We are wondering if you and Nike wood like to be are sponsors?!
We are also doing a Tricky Tray in March of 2012. We are
hoping to raise more money than we did last year. Please
Mr.Parker if you can can you donate some money?! Even though
a lot of us don't see each other because we do different
sports and some of us are lucky enough to go to school or
be friends out of school and sports we are one big family!
Just like a regular family Deborah are President is like
are mother, the parents are like are Aunts and Uncles, and
the kids are like sisters and brothers. What I am trying
to say is we know your probably always busy running a company
and all, but please just take a little time and consider
my proposal! We are very talented and brave children! Here
is are web site: www.puttingthepiecestogether.org.
We would love your help!
Special Angels SPARKS Competition Cheer
Squad had a great season. They attended many competitions
showcasing their talent and inspiring the many lives they
touched. “Pride and admiration come to mind when I
think of my girls” says President Deborah Wertalik.”
I am so proud of what they have accomplished and I admire
their hard work and dedication to the sport of cheerleading.
They are cheerleaders in every sense of the word. They have
worked hard and when they shine on the mat it shows.”.
SPARKS traveled to Nationals and took first place in their
division at Jamfest in Atlantic City and then on to Six
Flags to perform at the BatMan Arena. “It was breathtaking
to see our girls performat Six Flags in front of such a
large audience but also to see them as a team enjoy all
of Six Flags and Wild Kingdom as their reward for their
outstanding performance” says one of their coaches
and mom to one of the SPARKS Tara Banuls. SPARKS and their
coaches also received the Governor’s Awards this year.
Though the girls live in many different towns it was unanimous
they wanted Mayor Richard J. Di Lascio of Lyndhurst to present
the awards to their children because Lyndhurst was their
home. Without Mayor Di Lascio and the Lyndhurst Commissioners
the program would never be. You cannot run a program without
a place to run it so they are directly responsible for all
of SPARKS successes.
Thanks to the hard work of our coaches Danielle Choinski,
Erin Lewis and Tara Banuls our girls did things that no
other special needs squad has accomplished and their news
season will have a new goal and that is to host their very
own Cheer Competition.” Our coaches are amazing we
are so lucky to have them”, said Wertalik. SPARKS
had a float in the North Arlington Memorial Day Parade thanks
to Scott and Barbara Lewis and the most amazing Nationals
Jackets thank to Frank Bennedettoof Lyndhurst who worked
tirelessly to raise money to buy the jackets and they were
presented to the girls by Mayor Di Lascio and were the envy
of all their classmates when they wore them to school.
Our new season is starting again so any girl or boy ages
8 and up with special needs can join. Please contact Debbie
or Tara at 201-966-8738. Practices held every Saturday morning
at the Community Center in Lyndhurst starting July 9th.
FLAG FOOTBALL WITH A SPECIAL TWIST
Special Angels and Lyndhurst Flag Football
have gotten together and created a flag football program
with a special twist. President of Special Angels Deborah
Wertalik, VP Tara Banuls Jack and Sean Yocum Special Angels
head Football coaches and Lyndhurst coordinator of
Flag Football Pat Glover, President of Football Mitch
Morreale and Rob Crespo have created an amazing opportunity
for both typical and special needs children a football mentoring
program that will grow in time to include so much for each
The mentoring program will include both children
wearing the same number, taking their football picture together,
exchanging information, going to their mentors games both
away and home if they can and so much more. This will be
a life changing experience. This bond could follow both
children for the rest of their lives. It’s a character
builder and very educational for the typical mentor and
the special needs child gets a social experience along with
the possibility of a life long friend.
Registration for our special angels Flag Football
with a special twist program will be held Thursday, June
23, 2011 at the La Salle Center 200 Ridge Road side ramp
entrance between Dunkin Doughnuts and Queen of Peace Church
from 730pm to 830pm. The form can also be downloaded from
the website www.puttingthepiecestogether.org
and mailed to us at 85 Exton Avenue North Arlington NJ 07031
or you can call for more information to Debbie or Tara at
201-966-8738 or 201-679-0569. Registration fee is $40 and
we need a picture of your child and a short biography of
your child included with registration on or before June
23, 2011. We cannot thank Lyndhurst Football enough for
this wonderful opportunity. The visions these men have along
with ours will make this an incredible program. Special
Angels Recreation has been giving children with different
needs the choices they deserve for going on 7 years. We
are making the impossible possible!
BORN TO BE WILD MOTORCYCLE RUN FOR AUTISM BENFITING
Please join us on June 5th with a rain date
of June 12th at 10am to register at the Orange Lantern 15
Firehouse Lan,e Paramus with continental breakfast and coffee,
Blessing of the Bike and Blessing for our special children,
Bagpipes, and DJ than ride at 12pm sharp to Bear Mountain
7 Lakes scenic and fully escorted and back to the Lantern
for the after party. We have a pig roast thanks to the LFD,
Paramus FD will be cooking the burgers donated by Magnolia
Beef and Burger Maker, and John “Jed” Jedrejczyk
will cook the hot dogs donated by Pushcart International and
Shop Rite of Lyndhurst and pulled park sandwiches from
Maschio’s Catering. We have 5 minute massages compliments
of Sun Institute and live music by the Knight Crawlers and
DJ Houst Dark. Miller girls and Jack Daniels girls will be
doing giveaways and you can buy a raffle to win a motorcycle
from another organization. Big Mama will be giving away
several dz autism necklaces that she makes and the Bergen
County Police and Bergen County Sheriff's Dept will be helping
us keep the run safe! Please join us and if you can pass this
along to other bikers we would appreciate it! if you don't
ride you can purchase a wristband and enjoy the event from
10am to ending for $10 per person. thanks for the support
and hope you can make it!
There is something to do for everyone and our
run is known for “never having to put your feet down”
so bikers love it! Pre reg is until May 31st for a $5 discount.
The day of event registration is $20 for riders and $15 for
Please join us for a good cause! 1 in 94 children
in NJ are diagnosed with autism and in NNJ 1 in 50 boys are
diagnosed. We also provide opportunities for children with
down syndrome, CP, apraxia, fragile X, ADD, ADHD, PDD NOS
and many other diagnoses. PTPT and Special Angels has been
providing many services year round for children with special
needs and their families for over 6 years and every cent we
raise goes to the children. Please call Debbie or
Tara at 201-966-8738 for more information or come up the day
of and register.
As you know SPARKS is our special needs cheer
dance squad made up of many different abilities including autism,
down syndrome, multi disabled and other diagnoses and made up
from many different towns and counties. We are the only squad
out there with all special needs children and adults participating
there are no typical children in our squad. The ages range from
7 years old to 20 and 1 girl in her 30’s. Our girls have
mastered a full extension, split, knee stand, hitch, jumps and
more. What you may not know is that our SPARKS just returned from
Atlantic City where they performed in front of their largest crowd
to date at Nationals. Yes you heard right our girls went to Nationals
and won first place in their division!!!! The girls just received
the Governor’s Award and are on their way in May to 6 Flags
to perform there. They are also going to have their very own float
in the Memorial Day parade in North Arlington. We couldn’t
be more proud of our girls and our coaches Danielle Choinski,
Tara Banuls, Erin Lewis and our Assistant Coach Gianna Jacobelli.
Without these wonderful individuals that all work equally as hard
and are all devoted to our girls none of this would be possible.
It’s a real team effort. Our girls have become a family
supporting each other and big sisters looking out for their little
sisters. We are going to have a Jammy Jam Party to celebrate right
before we leave for 6 Flags and Nationals Jackets will be presented
at a celebration for the girls when they return. These girls work
harder than any other Cheer Leader I know because everything is
10 times harder for them but they do it because they want to follow
their dream of being a cheerleader. We are very lucky to have
our Emmy Award winning Producer Director filming our girls for
a documentary our SPARKS will be in. She is amazing for doing
this. We would like to thank LGB for donating this years uniforms
and the Ferrara family for donating the personalization of the
uniforms. We are blessed to have the most wonderful parents that
support every decision and suggestion our coaches have and get
on the road and help their children follow their dreams. I am
so proud of our parents for all their hard work. Most of all I
am proud of our girls for always giving it their all and it shows!!!!
Our girls are spreading the best kind of awareness to thousands
every time they perform!!!!! Congratulations SPARKS you deserve
all the great things that are coming your way for all your hard
work and dedication. We couldn’t be more proud.
The James Guirland Shooting
for the Stars Basketball Challenge
Our teens play basketball against the Lyndhurst
Police Dept every year in our Shooting for the Stars Basketball
Challenge. This year we played in honor of Coach Jimmy Guirland.
Jimmy will always live on in our hearts. He was an amazing Coach
and at the age of 26 touched many of our special needs children’s
hearts and left footprints that will never be forgotten. We
donated all the proceeds to his family and had Sen. Sarlo do
a Resolution for Jimmy that was from the State Senate and Assembly.
The night was amazing our boys scored high against the LPD and
Tyler Banuls, the child that is the reason Special Angels exists,
made the last and winning basket with a little help from his
friends (the LPD). We had Marley Rodriguez sing the National
Anthem, there were vendors, good food, wonderful DJPaulie (Paul
Passamano), our half time show was amazing with SPARKS, our
special needs cheer dance squad, performing and some of
the Lyndhurst Teddy’s came to perform too. There was a
half court challenge with a prize of $50 to Basketball Heaven
and all the participants in the half court challenge got a new
basketball. Presentations, trophies and plaques ended the night
that filled the High School Gym to capacity. It was standing
room only and the best awareness you could ask for. Thanks to
all that attended and made it a success both for the Guirlands
and for the awareness. Jimmy was definitely smiling down on
Nationals for SPARKS
Our SPARKS have been together
for 5 years. They have worked very hard to impress and wow the
judges and the thousands who have watched them perform. This
year Coaches Danielle, Tara and Erin are taking them to a new
level, Nationals in Atlantic City. With the help of Assistant
Coach GiannaJacobelli we are heading to AC and hoping to impress
and wow the South Jersey judges! Our girls will be getting Nationals
Jackets for their participation from Putting the Pieces Together
and recently at a Lyndhurst Mayor’s meeting the girls
received Governor’s Awards for their outstanding contribution
to raising awareness thanks to our President Deborah Wertalik.
They are ending their season at a 2nd Nationals at 6 Flags Great
Adventure not only performing but going through Wild Kingdom
and having a fun filled day at 6 Flags. As always MO (Mary Olive
Smith) our Emmy award winning producer director will be capturing
all on film that will hopefully hit the big screen. CONGRATULATIONS
SPARKS!!!!!! Please check out the NJ Cheer competitions
to see where they are performing and come and cheer them on.
GIANT STADIUM KICK PUNT AND PASS
Special Angels Football and SPARKS sideline
cheerleaders were lucky enough to be a part of the NY Giants
Kick Punt and Pass for special needs children. We were allowed
to invite 25 of our Football Players and Cheer Squad to the
New Giant Stadium in East Rutherford to hang out and play
with Giant legends Zak De Ossie, Justin Tucks, Lawrence Tynes
and a few other wonderful players. The day started with tee
shirts from the Giants, then on the field with the players to
do some kicking, punting and passing. Each child got a back
pack filled with goodies and frosty drinks, then pictures and
autographs. We left the field and headed to the press box to
have lunch provided by the Giants Staff. The day was incredible
and our children were amazing to say the least. Every child
showed their athletic ability and their manners as they played
right along side the Giants. Special Angels Athletes were than
featured on Channel 5, Channel 11 and several other news shows.
Please check back to see pictures and video of the day. It was
a great day!!!
SWIM AT THE LYNDHURST
Special Angels is pleased to announce
a new addition to our programs Social Swim. This takes place
on a monthly basis and is not a swim lesson. Life Guards are
there at the state of the art brand new facility and parents
are urged to bring safety devices to help the children be as
independent as possible in the water. The children are encouraged
to socialize with the other children in the pool and parents
are socializing as well. It’s a win win for everyone.
SAR is dedicated to bringing families of children with different
needs together to learn, socialize and support each other in
an effort to form a second family. We also strive to spread
awareness to the community. SAR pays the fees associated with
this program and is providing it as a free program. There is
a waiting this for this program.
DINE TO DONATE
Please support us by attending our Dine to
Donate at Uno Chicago Grill Route 3 W Clifton between the hours
of 11am to 2am that is 15 hours. You can get take out, dine
in or bar and we get 15% of what you spend. Thank you so much
for your support and please print out this flyer and hand it
to your waitress for us to get credit. If you could post this
on your facebook, Twitter, My Space, email and ask your family
and friends to dine for a cause.
ENROLLING FOR DANCE, SOCCER, CHEER
AND FOOTBALL HURRY UP
Our dance program has started
but there is room for more. We have girls 6 through 21 participating
in jazz ballet and tap with a recital at the end. This program
is wonderful. We are also registering for Cheer both Football
sideline cheer and competition cheer. Girls ages 6 through 21
are registering to participate in our cheer program. This year
we plan on going to National's with our girls. The North Arlington
and Lyndhurst Cheer Leaders also come and hang with our girls
so it's great peer modeling. Football is for boys ages 10 and
up we will start with a pep rally and end with our superbowl.
We have a gentleman that not only works with children in a special
needs school but also has a 21 year old brother with autism
so I know this program will be fantastic. Our boys get to go
to the New Giant's Stadium to do the kick punt and pass with
the Giant's we are so proud!!!!! We are also registering boys
and girls ages 3 and up to play soccer starting in Sept sign
ups for all of the above end the last week in August. That is
when equipment and unforms will be ordered. We are working on
our Walk for Autism, Autism Stock and Bicycle Run for children
with special needs and their typical peers. No dates yet we
will keep you posted.
We are ending our tee ball season
with our Closing Day at the Community Center. All free to the
children and their families Hot Dogs, water, hot pretzles, popcorn,
cotton candy, spin art, Lyndhurst Pastry Italian Ice, carnival
games, DJ, baked goods and so much more! We would also like
to thank our wonderful Lyndhurst Fire Dept for sending a fire
truck down to spray the children so anyone attending should
wear a bathing suit. We are so thankful for the people that
support us!!! Our children and their families appreciate it
more than words can say.
We are pleased to announce that
our Liberty Science Center group trip was a huge success and
we are in the process of planning our summer trips. They will
include Jenkinsons Aquarium in Point Pleasant, Chocolate Etc
and a few others. Hope you can join us!
NEW PEER MODEL GROUP
Putting the Pieces Together announces
their new Peer Model Group. The group will meet on Wednesday
evenings in Lyndhurst. We are registering children ages 10 years
old to 13 years old with special needs and typical teens 8th
grade and up to hang together doing age appropriate things in
hopes to educate typical teens on autism and hope our children
will model their peers. This is a great opportunity and we are
very excited about this opportunity to serve our children. For
more information please email us.
2nd Annual Born to Be Wild Motorcycle
Thanks to all that attended
our Motorcycle Run in June. It was more than we could have hoped
for. We would like to also thank all that sponsored and donated
their services we could never have done it without you.
Putting the Pieces Together and Special Angels
Recreation is hosting their 2nd Annual Born to Be Wild Motorcycle
Run for autism on Sunday June 6th with a rain date of June 13th
10am to register and enjoy a continental breakfast along with
juice and coffee for all at the Orange Lantern 15 Firehouse
Lane Paramus riding to Bear Mountain 7 Lakes at 12pm sharp and
returning to the Orange Lantern for the after party with live
entertainment, pig roasts, burgers, hot dogs, drink specials,
Miller Girls, Jack Daniel Girls, Silk City Tattoo, 5 min massage,
bagpipes, Blessing of the Bikes, a free tee shirt and more.
Reg fee is $20 a rider $15 a passenger with $5 off pre reg.
Come ride for a good cause. Call Debbie or Tara for more information
or email. Hope you can join us for a great time and please
pass this on to anyone you know that has a motorcycle to ride
or a car to show/ride. Also anyone that wants to come and enjoy
the day without a bike or car wrist bands are $10 per person.
Please pass on our flyer to anyone you think would be interested
or post anywhere that you think would be helpful.
Signups for the 2010 season of Tee Ball are
March 25th, April 1st and April 8th at our Support Group
meeting on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm LaSalle Center 200 Ridge
Road North Arlington side ramp entrance between Dunkin Doughnuts
and Queen of Peace Church. Registration fee is $40 per child
and games are played on Sunday mornings. No knowledge of the
game is required and all different abilities from any town or
county will be accepted. Ages 3 and up are playing year round
sports with their parents present at each game. There
are no practices and we are always looking for volunteers to
coach or help out. If you are interested in getting your child
out in the fresh air, getting a great workout and enjoying time
with their family Special Angels is the place for you. Please
contact Debbie or Tara at 201-966-8738.
Flag Football and Football Cheer
Flag Football and Football Cheer are our newest additions to
the Special Angels roster of programs. Our children that participate
in this program will be going to the brand new Giant Stadium
to participate with the Giants in the Kick Punt and Pass event
they host. We love to expose our children to these wonderful
events because we feel they are real self esteem boosters
and also make them feel so special.
For Football boys and girls ages 12 and up will learn the drills
needed to play the game of football. The program will be run
by a special needs aid and will have the support of a special
needs teacher. Flag Football requires no tackle and is a safe
way to teach our children the sport of football. Typical siblings
are welcome to join and we will be playing in Lyndhurst on a
Saturday early afternoon outdoors in the fall. Parents must
be present while any sport we offer is played.
For Football cheer girls ages 8 and up will be learning the
drills needed to do football cheer. Cheer will require
months of practice to learn the sideline cheers and half time
routine that will be used in the fall so registration for cheer
is March 25th and April 1st at our Support Group meeting on
Thursday evenings at 7:30pm LaSalle Center 200 Ridge Road North
Arlington side ramp entrance between Dunkin Doughnuts and Queen
of Peace Church. Cheer will start in May on Sunday mornings
outdoors and will continue through the summer and then through
football season in the fall.
The fee for cheer or football is $40 per child. This is the
first of its kind program and we are so proud to offer it! Special
Angels has been providing unique programs that no one else has
offered and has been successful with each program. Please contact
Debbie or Tara at 201-966-8738 to register.
Shooting for the stars basketball Challenge
We hosted our 2nd annual Shooting for the Stars Basketball Challenge
on Saturday March 20th and it was a great awareness event. Our
teenage boys played against the Lyndhurst Police Dept and boy
did they shine. The boys scored over 100 baskets and wowed the
audience with their incredible skills thanks to Coach Carol
Rouski and her daughter Katie. They worked with the boys every
weekend during our season teaching them the drills needed to
be able to play basketball. The night was filled with excitement,
good food vendors, airbrush stand, and our halftime show which
was unique and entertaining with Jack the Jackal taking pictures
with the children and of course making the crowd laugh, Harlem
Wizard Mike Simmel came to do some basketball stunts and audience
participation stunts, the Lyndhurst Rec Teddys entertained us
with their incredible routine that won them first place earlier
that day at a competition thanks to the wonderful coaching of
Bernadette Montillo, Sheriff Mc Guire presented the boys and
SPARKS with commendation and Bergen County Executive Dennis
Mc Neirny honored our President Deborah Wertalik with an award.
SPARKS special needs competition cheer dance squad entertained
us with their incredible cheer and dance, Mayor Di Lascio from
Lyndhurst and other Officials were present to cheer the boys
on and a fun time was had by all. The night was a magical night
filled with emotion as our children showed the audience exactly
what they are capable of. The night ended with trophies for
the boys, trophies to Coach Carol who is also a board member
of the org, Ron Branchick a parent and board member that assisted
Carol and Katie through the season, Paul Passamano who works
hard to make things possible for our children, Mayor Di Lascio
for always understanding the needs of our children and
2 special presentations one to Bergen County Sheriff Leo P Mc
Guire for all he does for our children and Mary Olive Smith
“MO” our Emmy Award winning Producer/Director that
has been filming our SPARKS for several months. This is one
of our favorite events because it raises so much awareness.
We want to thank the South Bergenite for coming to take some
pictures because they give our children a voice.
A little boy went up to our President and said “That boy
over their on your team really knows how to shoot baskets he’s
awesome, she replied “ Thank you and you are awesome too”
that is what it’s all about awareness understanding and
PTPT funds awareness events and Special Angels Recreation programs.
At a recent fundraiser there were 260 or so people in attendance.
We are very lucky to have such support. Our next fundraiser
will be our Born to be Wild Motorcycle Run in June. Look for
details to be posted shortly.
Awareness Events Coming
We will be hosting a community day “Make Friends with
Autism” (go to www.makefriendswithautism.org)
to find out more about this wonderful and educational program
funded by Kohls Care, sponsored by Children’s Specialized
Hospital and produced and directed by Emmy award winning producer/director
Mary Olive Smith. Tyler Banuls our Presidents grandchild was
one of the young stars in the documentary with classic autism
that helped to make a difference in the lives of children with
autism. More information on this event to follow.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
PTPT Support Group hosted their annual Breakfast
with the Easter Bunny for members of our support group. Our
Dad’s go early and cook breakfast including pancakes,
eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage, waffles, French toast
and set out lots of cold breakfast items such as bagels, muffins,
danish and other goodies plus juice coffee and tea. The breakfast
was great and there were plenty of leftovers which we donated
to the Knights of Columbus for their generosity every year.
The donation of their hall for Easter and Christmas means a
lot to our families.
The Easter Bunny came and handed out eggs filled with goodies,
there were craft stations with candy at every station, hard
boiled eggs for all the children to dye, egg on a spoon races
and so much more to do. Pictures were taken and the families
celebrated Easter in an accepting and understanding atmosphere
that made the children feel comfortable.
CHRISTMAS AT PTPT
Thanks to the North Arlington Knights of Columbus
for the donation of their large room and unlimited soda and
the many wonderful 5 star restaurants that donated more food
than we could eat Christmas with Santa was a hugh success with
close to 200 people attending. Our wonderful area
and not so close restaurants donated lots of wonderful food
for the families to feast on including some of the best assorted
desserts, coffee and tea. A beautiful cake from the Cake Boss
from foodnetwork was the perfect ending to our feast. The children
visited 5 craft stations with their large goody bags provide
by PTPT and they made a different craft and got candy at
all 5 stations to fill their goody bag with. All of a sudden
through the Christmas music our President Deborah Wertalik heard
the hoofs of reindeer and bells from Santa and low and
behold there he was larger than life Santa to hand a toy to
every child along with goody bags. This event was a free event
to the families and paid for by Putting the Pieces Together.
Thanks to my hard working Board we had a wonderful time. What
a magical night! One parent was quoted as saying "This is the
first time my son got to see Santa and he is 10" another parent
was quoted as saying "This is the first time since the diagnosis
that we have gone out as a family"
Putting the Pieces Together has been dedicated
to families affected by autism and other different abilities
since 2005. We are here to support and educate families with
our speaker meetings and workshops and enhance the lives of
children and adults affected by autism and other different abilities
with year round sports and leisure activities. You’ll
never walk alone as long as we are here. When you are a part
of our organization you are not alone we embark on this journey
together as a force to be reckoned with. Putting the Pieces
Together is an Organization dedicated to bringing Autism Awareness
to communities and families not affected by Autism in an effort
to bring about understanding and acceptance. Please take a look
at our website and what we have to offer and know that though
this may not be the journey you expected to take you are not
Putting the Pieces Together will be paying and
hosting staff training for 3 local libraries so they can have
an in-depth training workshop educating them on how to better
serve the autism community. The 3 libraries will be North Arlington,
Lyndhurst and Rutherford. The goal of this in-depth customer
service training is to heighten library staff awareness of issues
related to the autism community and empower them to provide
better service to this growing population. The film was produced
by Mary Olive Smith a 2009 Emmy award winner for her documentary
A Walk to Beautiful. We are supplying a continental breakfast
along with a hot lunch donated by local businesses.
Putting the Pieces Together is dedicated to educating
families businesses and communities because education is our
best weapon against autism. We are the baby boomers of autism
and in the near future our State will be flooded with an overwhelming
population of adults with autism. Our goal is to help our State
find a way to better to serve and understand this growing population.
Autism is at an epidemic level especially in New Jersey. It’s
our duty as family members of children with autism to make sure
our State is prepared for them when they are adults. I see no
plan in sight so we need to put together a plan and make sure
it’s implemented for the good of our children. Putting
the Pieces Together is doing their part to ensure that our future
adults with autism have every opportunity to grow, flourish
and co exist in this world that is so foreign to them.
Jam Cats Music Therapy *NEW PROGRAM
Music Therapy with the Jam
Cats – I met DJ at Tyler’s Rocking Horse Rehab Camp
this summer and thought he was amazing with the children. Every
child was engaged and having a great time. This program
is a themed weekly program for 10 weeks 1 hour a week on Thursdays
at 7pm. The first class starts with All About Me, Fall, Holiday
themes and so much more. DJ brings his acoustic guitar, bongo
and several other instruments that he and the children will
play along with songs that children know and love and new songs
that they will grow to love. This is a program that we are very
proud to have and if you would like more information on this
program you can give us a call.
Thanks to our music therapy classes provided by
The Jam Cats our children are being exposed to many forms of
music including but not limited to Classical, Raggae, disco,
rap, 60's, beatles, country, rock and so much more! We can't
thank DJ enough for opening the world of music for our children.
The instruments our children are learning about are instruments
I have never known about and I see the parents enjoying this
class as much as the children. I know I am and I'm a grandparent!
*Richard had a good time (knew he would). On the drive
home he wanted to know if he could come back tomorrow. I think DJ from
Jam Cats kept the kids engaged and gave lots of opportunity
to follow directions.
*Ian LOVED it! The Jam Cats rule!
*As a mom I loved it - so did Crystal.
*Tyler came home and searched their site he loved
DJ and the program Jam Cats Rock!!!!!
Abrakadoodle Art Therapy *NEW PROGRAM
Abrakadoodle is an art therapy that is taught by a teacher of
the handicapped trained by Abrakadoodle in art and guaranteed
to bring out the young Picasso in your child. Abrakadoodle
helps launch Crayola's "Lights, Camera, Color!" Campaign.
Abrakadoodle won Nickelodeon's 2009 Parents' Picks
Winner and Abrakadoodle won more first place awards for "Best
Art Class" than any other art program in the country!
We are proud to offer the opportunity to enrich our children’s
lives with art. Art is a great way for our children to express
themselves and is very therapeutic. The classes are on Friday
evenings at 6:30pm for 1 hr and go on for 10 weeks. For more
information please give us a call.
Adaptive Tennis is Here
We were trained by the USTA to teach adaptive Tennis and just
started our program on Saturday afternoons for ages 8 through
18. We are teaching basic skills and are going to take some
trips to help the children understand what our goal is. Our
first trip will be to an indoor tennis court to watch a junior.
game. The second trip will be to the Children’s Day at
the US Tennis Opens to really open the children’s world
to the sport of Tennis. We are very excited about this program
and hope to see our children understand the game and be able
to play singles and doubles. Each session will be 10 weeks long
and will end with a celebration to reward our children for working
hard to learn a difficult sport.
Jed Baker and Bridget Taylor
We recently had the honor
of hosting 2 very informative speaker meetings at no cost to
anyone that attended.
On July 23rd, 2009 Bridget Taylor came to speak to us about
how to increase skills in our children. Dr. Taylor is co-founder
and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group. She has specialized
in the education and treatment of children with autism for the
past twenty-four years. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology
from Rutgers University, and received her Master’s degree
in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University.
She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist.
Dr. Taylor is active in the autism research community and has
published numerous articles on effective interventions for autism.
She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied
Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Interventions, and Behavior Analysis
in Practice. She is also a member of the Autism Advisory Group
for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, is a member
of the Expert panel of the National Autism Center’s National
Standards Project, and is a board member of the Association
for Science in Autism Treatment. Dr. Taylor is also senior clinical
advisor for Rethink Autism (an innovative web-based curriculum
for children with autism). She is a national and international
speaker and has authored numerous research articles and book
chapters related to autism.
I would like to tell you that we learned so much from this expert.
She allowed us to ask questions and really gave us some tools
to increase our children’s skills. We are very thankful
that she came to speak to us and look forward to having her
again. She had so much knowledge to share and everyone walked
away with something.
On September 17th Jed Baker came to speak to us at a free speaker
meeting our organization offered to anyone that wished to attend.
Dr. Jed Baker has been a clinical psychologist since 1992. He
is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey School systems,
where he provides social skills training for students with pervasive
developmental disorders and learning disabilities. He directs
and supervises social skills training for students at Millburn
Public Schools. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides
training across the country on the topic of social skills training
for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome and related Pervasive
Developmental Disorders. He has recently published an award
winning manual on social skills training for children with Asperger
Syndrome and a social skill picture book to aid in social skills
training. Dr. Jed Baker was interviewed on ABC's NIghtline and
ABC's World News with Charles Gibson.
When you attend a speaker meeting with Dr. Baker he gives you
the tools to handle challenging behaviors, prevent temper outbursts
and increase social skills for all children and students. He
shares ways to motivate both verbal and nonverbal students to
willingly engage in social interactions. He also outlines a
comprehensive approach to skills training that includes instruction
of students with autism and their peers. Skills include: joint
attention, conversation, play, cooperative work, managing frustration,
dating, and employment. The use of humor and engaging, fun activities
is described and demonstrated throughout his dynamic presentation.
We are very thankful for having Dr Baker come to speak with
us and hope he will join us again real soon. Everyone walked
away with something and Dr Baker allowed us to ask questions
both in the group and privately before he left. He is incredible
and we want to thank him for his valuable time and knowledge.
These are just 2 of the wonderful speaker meetings
we have had in the past few months. Look for more to come!
Our own President/Co founder, Deborah Wertalik,
was an honoree at the prestigious Jefferson Awards Ceremony
for 2009. She was one of 26 chosen from over 300 people that
were nominated to win this National award. In 1972, along with
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr.,
Mr. Beard co-founded the Jefferson Awards for Public Service
to create a Nobel Prize for public service. The Jefferson Awards
recognize both ordinary people who do extraordinary things and
individuals whose public service has had a broad national impact.
National winners have included four Justices of the Supreme
Court, including Sandra Day O'Connor and Thurgood Marshall;
seven Secretaries of State, including Colin Powell and Cyrus
Vance; as well as Alan Greenspan, Bob Hope, Lance Armstrong
and Stephen Jobs. Over 155 newspapers, television and radio
stations herald local "Unsung Heroes" the nation's largest media
partnership fostering volunteerism.
First, the selectors review acts of courage, vision,
dedication, and tenacity. Is there anything outstanding, unique,
heroic about the nominee and his or her character?
Second, they review the impact on the community.
Public service is about serving people and communities. As the
nominee addresses important issues facing local communities
or the country, has the nominee had a measurable impact? Through
our Jefferson Awards Media partners, we are applauding "Unsung
Heroes." Eligibility includes volunteers as well as paid professionals
who go well above and beyond their expected service. "Unsung"
means not normally in the media. The Jefferson Awards are a
prestigious national recognition system honoring community and
public service in America.
Below is the piece that Jessie Zacche wrote
that helped the Board to choose Debbie over the many other deserving
Debbie Wertalik is a wonderful grandmother to
her grandson Tyler who has autism. Because of Tyler, Debbie
and her daughter, Tara, have started a support group, Putting
the Pieces Together, for families with special-needs children.
She also has started a year-round sports league called Special
Angels Recreation so that every child with special needs can
play sports like Tee ball, soccer, basketball, bowling, cheerleading
and dance classes with their peers.
Special Angels is open to any child or family
no matter where they live or the nature of the child’s
disability. She works tirelessly on these programs as well as
the many fund raisers needed to support them such as walks,
art auctions, tricky trays, dine to donates, coin tosses and
the upcoming motorcycle run and golf outing. Her daughter Tara
and other group members assist her but she is the heart and
soul of the group that includes more than 100 families. She
works night and day to run this organization and to raise funds
so that special angels can obtain its own field and eventually
its own building to run the programs.
As a mother of three special needs children I
know what a challenge it is to deal with issues at home and
in public; but Debbie goes above and beyond her own family to
make things possible for other kids. She has created for us
a large extended family. She is a mom to me and a grandmother
to my kids as well as a great neighbor and a phenomenal friend
Our organization would like to thank Debbie for
her tireless efforts and many hours of hard work and dedication
to our group. She is an inspiration and we are very lucky to
have her as our children's advocate.
Tara Banuls, Vice President/Co Founder
A NIGHT WITH DARRYL STRAWBERRY
Our very own Lori Latteri and Wayne Bardowell
went and represented us at the Darryl Strawberry Book Signing
in Harrison. Many greats were there among them Bernie Williams,
Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Robinson Cano, Joe Pepitone, Mike
Torrez, Tim Raines, Josh Boone, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Chase
Blackburn, Ray Lucas and more.
Lori made sure that everyone heard about our group
she even got to speak to the crowd and Wayne donated his services
as a photographer for them since they didn’t have one
as an act of good faith in hopes that one day they will do something
nice for our children. Thanks to Wayne and Lori many sports
greats know that our children are out there playing year round
sports. Great Job!
More Meetings To Come for Deidre and Debbie
President Deborah Wertalik had an opportunity
to meet Deidre and Don Imus recently and Deidre Imus is very
interested in meeting with her to discuss the future of our
children. Both women share similar views on Autism and
are looking forward to a future meeting where they can discuss
doing some wonderful things for our children. Both Deidre and
Don were very impressed with our group. This can be a very wonderful
opportunity for our organization.
BORN TO BE WILD MOTORCYCLE RUN FOR AUTISM
We would like to thank the many wonderful people
that were responsible for making our First Motorcycle Run
and Car Show a huge success. With almost 300 bikes
and 30 cars participated so we far exceeded our expectations.
It was both emotional and exciting and a day our org will never
forget. I got to ride in the run with my grandchildren
a 1 1/2 hr ride through Bear Mountain in a Bergen County
Sheriff's car. The scenery was breath taking and the
people who helped us along with our hard working PTPT Staff
did an excellent job. Next year we hope to double in size and
include a Pig Cook Off to ensure we have enough
Pig to go around.
There are many runs for autism but our run will
directly affect children already diagnosed with autism
and other different needs. Our run will take place on June 7th
with a rain date of June 14th. We are registering and
getting our wristbands at 10am with a blowout continential
breakfast and coffee included in your registration
fee. We will be leaving from the Orange Lantern 15 Firehouse
Lane Paramus at 12pm and returning to the same location by 1:30pm
we are also using the Lord and Taylor parking lot across the
street. The ride will be a scenic fully escorted ride to Bear
Mountain and back. There are 2 live bands, pig roast, bbq, hot
dog cart, hot pretzels, popcorn, funnelcakes, Miller drink specials,
car show, giveaways, trophies, Gift Certificates, 5 minute massages,
and so much more. A big thanks to Kosco our Harley Davidson
sponsor. All cars and bikes invited!
Come for a day of excitement and entertainment
and a scenic ride for a good cause. Please register now by
calling Debbie or Tara at 201-966-8738 to request
a mailed packet or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
for an emailed copy and we will email our address with the registration
form. Our co chairs are Lori Latteri and Jessie Zacche.
The ride/car show will be $15 rider $10 passenger for bikes
or cars that register by May 31st and day of will
be $20 rider and $15 passenger. Wrist bands will be sold for
$10 if you don't want to ride and don't have a car to show but
want to hang out and celebrate our run.
Putting the Pieces Together Honored by NJ Freeholders
Our organization was honored at a recent Bergen
County Freeholders meeting thanks to Freeholder Walton. Please
watch for the cable broadcast in your area it was an Honor and
a pleasure to attend their meeting and accept the award. We
are so lucky to have our Bergen County Assemblymen, Sheriff
Freeholders and local politicians in our corner.
We would like to thank the
many wonderful people that were responsible for making our First
Walk a huge success. With over 500 walkers we far exceeded our
expectations. It was both emotional and exciting and a day our
org will never forget. It was a magical moment for our children
and every child that attended with so much to do and all free.
Our walk benefiting the children already diagnosed
will take place on Saturday, April 25th with a rain date of
Sunday, April 26th. Our walk will start at the North Arlington
Borough Hall 214 Ridge Road North Arlington in the parking lot
and will end at Ripp Collins Field River Road North Arlington
with a resource fair and carnival. Check in time is 10am and
the walk will start at 12pm. There will be live entertainment,
snacks, a resource fair and things for the children to do.
We are looking for walkers to start a team and
get sponsors the first 100 individuals to register and collect
$100 or more will get a shirt free. Lauren Ryan and Tara Banuls
are our co chairs and have worked hard to ensure a very successful
and fun filled walk.
We are also looking for Corporate Sponsors see
link below to find out price levels and what you get for your
sponsorship. You will find that you get a lot of advertisement
for a lot less. We will have special performances also the day
will be incredible so please join us register early to get your
walk kit and start and start your team make a goal and try and
achieve that goal. It’s for a good cause our children.
All interesed in walking on April 25 should come
to our pre registration tea. Refreshments will be served while
our co chair and the local Girl Scouts explain the walk day
of events. You will register your team or yourself and get your
packets that day. Many valuable pieces of information to share
to make your walk team successful.
This Sunday February 22nd 3pm Senior Building
214 Ridge Road North Arlington in the Borough Hall Parking Lot
please come children welcome and please Walk so we can continue
to give children with Different Needs Choices!
HEARTS FOR AUTISM'S FIRST CORPORATE SPONSOR
We would like to thank SIMS Metal Management for
their generous donation as a corporate sponsor in our upcoming
Hearts 4 Autism Walk in April. We would like to thank them
for always supporting us and our mission to give children with
different needs the choices they deserve. Please visit their
website for more information about this wonderful corporation.
SPARKS VISITS THE NETS DANCERS
Our very own SPARKS Cheer Dance Squad had the
honor of meeting and hanging with the Nets Dancers at the Nets
private gym recently. The girls did warm ups with the
dancers and performed our routine for them and then watched
the Nets Dancers perform their routine and they were
star struck! Thanks to the Nets Dancers for making our girls
feel incredible. They gave them autographed pictures, tee shirts
and more important gave them something they won't soon forget!
What a memorable night for all.
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SPECIAL ANGELS BASKETBALL VS. LPD SHOOTING FOR
Please join our Special Angels "Shooting
Stars" as they play members of the Lyndhurst Police
Dept on March 21, 2009 at Lyndhurst High School starting
at 6:30pm. Special guests will include Sly the Nets Basketball
Mascot. Mayor Di Lascio and Paul Passamano will be playing on
the children's team. Tickets are $5.00 per person and there
will be refreshments and an ad journal for any business that
would like to advertise. For more information please contact
Debbie or Tara at 201-966-8738.
We have been asked by the Bergen County Special
Services to share an office space in Paramus 2 days a week at
their CAPE Program a one stop shop for autism this is a very
big honor for us. We will have the opportunity to get more help
for our parents and more connections to speaker meetings and
the opportunity to use their facility to host speaker meetings
and workshops. I would like to thank the BCSS for their confidence
in our programs and for feeling that our organization is capable
of providing quality services for children affected by autism
and other different needs.
We started our Cheer/Dance Program, our Exceptional
Dance Program and Social Skills Groups (there are 3). We are
in the process of starting adaptive Tennis, Life Skills Group,
Karate and more.
We have hosted many wonderful and informative
speaker meetings to educate our parents and we are very proud
of our Hinkle Finkle and Prior 4 part series taking place in
December and January. We are lucky to have Erica Goodman working
with our parents teaching them how to get therapies including
ABA covered by our insurance companies and we have many wonderful
speaker meetings coming up check our calendar at www.specialangels.eboard.com
password sports to find out what is coming up next.
Our upcoming Motorcycle Run in May and our Walk
in April are very exciting please contact Debbie or Tara at
201-966-8738 for more information.
BARBARA FIRESTONE SPEAKS ON AUTISM
Putting the Pieces Together
is proud to host an evening
with Dr. Barbara Firestone President, CEO and Founder
The Help Group, the largest and most comprehensive
non-profit organization of its kind in the U.S. Dr Firestone
be speaking about her new book Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families
Meeting the Challenge on Monday, November 12th 2007 at 6:30pm
at the North Arlington High School Auditorium 222 Ridge Road
Dr. Firestone is widely recognized for her leadership, vision
and innovation in the autistic community and was appointed Vice
Chair of the newly established California Legislative Blue Ribbon
Commission on Autism. She recently spearheaded the effort to
launch The Help Group National Autism Foundation
and collaborated with UCLA Semel Institute to create The Help
Group - UCLA Autism Research Alliance. At State and National
levels Dr. Firestone is committed to promoting autism awareness,
early identification, intervention and the
expansion of education treatment and opportunities for children,
adolescents and young adults.
In her book, Dr. Firestone provides a compelling and sensitive
account of the experiences of families from different walks
of life. Even celebrities normally protective of their personal
lives, open-up on this difficult subject to inspire others just
beginning the journey. Actor Gary Cole and his wife Teddi vividly
remember the day when the word autism came into their lives:
“The doctor said, ‘I need you to know that I’m
leaning toward autism.’ And our brains just stopped.’”
well-known celebrities include John Schneider and Joe Mantegna
The stunning black-and-white photographs of Joe Buissink perfectly
complement the intimate testimony of these
families. A regular contributor to In Style magazine, Buissink’s
award-winning work also appears in People, American Photo, Gourmet,
LA Times, LA Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine. Kelsey and Camille
Grammer, Susanne Daniels of Lifetime Entertainment and Amy Brennena
of Judging Amy and NYPD Blue are a few of her circle of friends
and she has been featured on ABC, Larry King and other TV shows.
This is a must attend night for anyone that knows someone affected
by autism or someone that is a special needs educator. For more
information about Dr. Firestone please go
and for more information on this limited seating event please
call Debbie or Tara at 201-966-8738. Copies of her book will
be available for purchase and book signing will take place after
her question and answer segment of the evening.
SPECIAL NEEDS CHEERLEADING/DANCE TEAM
Putting the Pieces Together and Special Angels Recreation are
proud to announce a new program they are offering. “SPARKS”
which stands for Special Angels Recreation Kids is the first
ever cheer/dance squad that will be showcased at competitions
and professional sports half times on New Jersey.
Registration is being held on Thursday,
November 8th at 7:30pm LaSalle Center
200 Ridge Road North Arlington, between Dunkin Doughnuts and
Queen of Peace Church side ramp entrance. Girls between the
ages of 8 and 18 will be practicing on Monday evenings between
6pm and 7:30pm in Lyndhurst more information will be given at
registration. The fee for registration is $40.00 which will
help pay for the cost of the custom cheer/dance uniforms.
Please download the registration form and flyer below.
Putting the Pieces Together is planning our
first annual tricky tray on Wednesday April 16th, 2008 at San
Carlo Restaurant Stuyvesant Avenue Lyndhurst. Doors will open
at 5:30pm and the full buffet dinner with carving station will
be served at 7:00pm and tickets will be drawn at 8:45pm. Our
is working hard to assure this to be the finest quality tricky
tray with great gifts and fine dining. Tickets are on sale now
and you can purchase them by either stopping into the LaSalle
Center 200 Ridge Rd North Arlington any Thursday night from7:00
pm to 9:30 pm or by calling Debbie or Tara at
201-966-8738 or Lori Panico at 973-980-3988. Anyone interested
in donating either a basket, Gift Certificate, monetary donation
to purchase supplies and larger gifts or a prize should call
the above numbers or stop by the above address on Thursday evenings.
Proceeds will directly affect
our children in the support group and recreation league.
PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER HONORED
Debbie Wertalik, Assemblyman Schaer and Jenifer Langer from
Putting the Pieces Together Support Group has been together
since July 7, 2005 and has since tripled in size. Membership
has grown in the support group but more importantly membership
in the recreation league has doubled in size reaching a year
round total of over 100 children playing sports.
In a recent ceremony at Volunteer Stadium in Lyndhurst Assemblyman
Schaer honored the group and along with Amerigroup presented
them with the Champions of Children Grant. Assemblyman Schaer,
an advocate and bill writer for autism, was very impressed by
what he saw at the field. There were children running and laughing,
families video taping and snapping pictures and just enjoying
the day on the field. “They forget about their daily challenges
and just come here to celebrate their children,” says
Wertalik. The support group educates and supports families affected
by autism with speaker meetings and workshops and enhances the
lives of the children by offering appropriate sports leagues
and leisure activities.
This is the first grant presented to the group but not the only
time this group was honored this week. A few days after the
presentation at a Lyndhurst Revenue Meeting the group was praised
by Mayor Di Lascio, Assemblymen Schaer and Scalera and Senator
Sarlo for their dedication to the autistic community. This group
has come a long way in a short time and I believe it will continue
to grow as there is a growing need for services for children
with special needs. “We are the baby boomers of autism
and until there is a cure the need for these services will grow.
We need to work together to ensure that our children have a
chance to give back to society by getting quality education
and extra therapy along with recreation programs to help foster
their fine and gross motor skills and socialization skills.”
The group is always open to new members if you are affected
by autism and would like to check out the group you can email
them at email@example.com.
You can check out their websites at www.specialangels.eboard.com
password sports. The group meets every
Thursday at 7pm at the LaSalle Center, 200 Ridge Road, North
Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the sports leagues
or donate their time to the group in any way please contact
Debbie or Tara at 201-966-8738
North Arlington and Lyndhurst Fire
Special Angels Recreation parents. Softball for Autism
We won 16 to 9 it was incredible. Marcia and Tara were
great coaches and everyone worked hard to win. I couldn't
do without Lisa and her friend Lauren they helped out in the
hottest announcers booth ever. Our team was the best they
all worked hard and came through and our volunteers Judy, Jill
and Mike, Jen W, Jen B, Colleen, Jim, Wayne, Sal, Adam, Sharon,
John and his friend, Tori, Katelyn, Kim, and all the others
that helped we couldn't have done without.
We won in more ways then one because we managed to spread autism
awareness to more then 160 people. The American Legion was there
to present colors as Anmarie sang the National Anthem Mayor
DiLascio spoke and I spoke and then we played ball. Lori was
in charge of playing games with the spectators in-between each
inning and gave away prizes donated by Z100 and Q104.3 ( Kat
Deluna autographed tee shirt Plain White T autographed shirt,
3 cds and the first season of JAG to name a few prizes we gave
away) and a wonderful women Lynda McQue donated boxes of Clyde
a stuffed animal in a baseball cap. We had a TV interview and
3 newspapers there. Sheriff Leo McGuire made a wonderful speech
about autism and the weather held out though the doppler had
me on pins and needles. Wayne took pictures for us and Campbell
got a Sheriff's pin from Sheriff Mc Guire. Also some of Special
Angels children got to take a picture with the Sheriff. There
were zeppoli's soda funnel cakes pins water bottles stuffed
animals shirts hot pretzels popcorn hot dogs Lyndhurst Pastry
chocolate and lemon Italian Ice 50/50's ($345 was won and a
good time. Thanks to John J as always he helped us out by donating
hot dogs and his time. Thanks to Mayor DiLascio, Tom Di Maggio
Paul Passamano Steve Tanelli and Al Granell for there support
and thanks to the NAFD and LFD for their support.
Thank you to everyone that helped out and to all of our players.
If you were there thank you for coming and if you couldn't make
it I wish you were there.
Our own Lisa Jedrejczyk and
Tara Banuls are designing a house flag for autism and PTPT we
are very excited and when their project is completed you will
be able to purchase a flag and hang it proudly outside your
Tara Banuls just completed her second year of co chairing the
NNJ Walk for Autism Speaks and the walk raised over $400,000.00
for autism research.
Two of our members Gene Wojna was just elected to the Carlstadt
BOE and Sharon Granell was just elected to the North Arlington
We are planning our very first walk details TBA it will take
place in 2008.
We are very excited to announce the Eagle Scouts of North Arlington
are in the process of planning a afternoon of camping for our
Wayne Bardowell and Deborah Wertalik will be working on a video
to show the upside of autism and showcase our parents at their
proudest and our children at their best. We will be interviewing
our active support group parents and children. This will be
the first video that I know of that will be a positive and upbeat
video on autism.
Deborah Wertalik will be meeting with Senator Sarlo Assemblymen
Schaer and Scalera and Congressman Rothman in the near future
appointments are already confirmed to discuss the future of
our children and to make sure when our children reach the age
of 21 there will be options for them to choose from.
WELCOME TO OUR WORLD ART SHOW
Our org is very proud of our art show.
The NJMC Flyway Gallery has allowed us to have a month out of
a year to hang our children’s art work on the gallery walls
for anyone who visits the NJMC to see. This is an incredible opportunity
for our children. We have a dessert reception and people come
to honor the children and see their artwork. The art show gets
press attention and our children feel very important. This is
a free event to all that come to enjoy fine art and good desserts
and coffee. We invite everyone from the Governor to local political
figures so we can show the people that can make a difference in
our children’s lives what our children are capable of.
We then hold an auction at a fine dining establishment with a
DJ that donates his time to dazzle us with his fine choice of
music. The art pieces are displayed, bidding paddles are handed
out, the room is filled with people with kind hearts and we are
surrounded by great food. I still remember our first of several
art auctions and it was magical. Senator Sarlo & Weinberg
spoke and brought tears to our eyes with their wonderful words
of hope. On hand was Lyndhurst's Mayor DiLascio and his wife,
the NAFD sent Robert Mulbacher and Robert Kairys to bid on a canvas
of their Blue Fire Truck, North Arlington's Mayor Massa and his
wife along with Councilmen Tanelli and Granell attended, North
Arlington's newly elected BOE member Sharon Granell was there
and lots of parents family and friends. As the pieces were auctioned
off to the highest bidder you could see the proud parents tearfully
feeling what every parent wants to feel. There was a DVD playing
through the night of our children playing sports and having a
great time at different events and you could see the guests amazed
by our children and their abilities. Autism awareness is very
important and that is why PTPT will continue to have events like
this and our art show and action will be an annual event that
I hope will continue to grow each year.
PTPT sponsors many educational workshops to help parents reinforce
the therapies the children receive in school and to know their
rights. The only weapon we have against autism is education
so we have armed ourselves to the fullest. We have completed
a 5 part workshop that included behavior, communication, socialization
in the community, eating habits and potty training. We have
had many teachers, doctors and professionals and will be branching
off to law making. SPAN offers a workshop "There Ought to be
a Law" & "Civil Rights" which we will be offering in the
future. We will also have training in ABA, Conflict Resolution
(how to go to mediation and due process) advocacy and more.
We are proud of the education we have offered our parents and
other parents as our workshops and training programs are offered
to anyone that loves a child on the spectrum.
PUTTING THE PIECES
TOGETHER SUPPORT GROUP
is sponsoring an art show at the New
Jersey Meadowlands Commission in Lyndhurst in 2007 so the people
that visit the center can see the wonderful things our children
are capable of. The art show will be showcased in March 2007
for the entire month and will include art work from the children
with our support group. We will be getting some help from
SBJC art teacher Ms Roberta and our support group will collect
the 11 by 14 pieces and mount them at a weekly meeting and
then hang the collection March 2nd. The art show will be seen
from March 3rd with a reception for the young artists and their
families on March 4th and will continue through March 30th with
our support group removing the pieces on the 31st. Please visit
our art show in March and enjoy compliments of Putting the Pieces
PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER SUPPORT GROUP
would like to thank the Williams Center in Rutherford for caring
about our children. Each month the Williams Center offers our
children a new release movie with unlimited popcorn and soda
in our own private theater. Parents, family and friends fill
the theater and enjoy a day out with their children in a relaxed
atmosphere without being nervous that the children will not
act appropriately. Most of us would not have attempted a movie
but with the Williams Center and their wonderful staff we have
been going to the movies each month and leaving with a smile.
We look forward to continuing this outing for as long as the
theater will have us. Thanks to the Williams Center our children
and their families have seen some great movies.
LYNDHURST GIRL SCOUT'S TROOP TO EARN THEIR BRONZE AWARD
LYNDHURST GIRL SCOUT TROOP EARNED THEIR BRONZE AWARD
Putting the Pieces Together Support
Group helped the Girl Scouts in Lyndhurst earn their Bronze
Award by attending art classes at their troop meetings during
the months of January and February. Our support group supplied
the art projects and the Girl Scouts supplied the refreshments
and helped the children do a different craft each week for 5
weeks. The sixth week we had a party to celebrate. Thanks to
these wonderful girls our children had a great 6 weeks and I
think the girls fell in love with our children and our children
fell in love with the girls. Thank you from the bottom of our
hearts. I would also like to add that Tori Banarskas of the
Girl Scout Troop grew such a bond with Tyler that she chose
to enter a Dr. Seuss contest. One of Tyler's favorite books
is Green Eggs and Ham so Tori wrote a beautiful story which
was chose and appeared in the Record for the anniversary of
Dr. Seuss. Tori didn't tell us but surprised us with her attendance
at the NNJ Autism Speaks Walk and gave us a copy of the newspaper.
She also brought her parents and they raised funds and walk
for a cure.