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NYSARC Honors Journal News Writer

Ernie Garcia, second from right, staff writer for the Journal News Media Group was the recipient of the NYSARC, Inc. 2014 Media Award presented during NYSARC's 65th Annual Convention Awards Luncheon, October 17. The event took place at the Hilton Albany in Albany, New York.  Mr. Garcia was nominated by ARC of Rockland for his March 26 article entitled Transforming Work. The story emphasized the benefits of hiring people with developmental disabilities and shed light on the role that business and industry play in ensuring the integration of people with disabilities into the broader community. ARC Deputy Executive Director, Steven J. Rubinsky, far right, introduced Mr. Garcia at the awards ceremony. Pictured with Mr. Garcia from left: ARC Executive Director Carmine G. Marchionda and President, ARC of Rockland Board of Directors, Richard S. Sirota.  ARC of Rockland was the recipient of the 2014 NYSARC, Inc. Choice Award for its video entitled Working Together. The award was presented to ARC Executive Director Carmine Marchionda during the NYSARC Convention Awards Dinner .The video features two local businesses that have hired people with developmental disabilities through ARC of Rockland's Career Services Division.

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Forty Under 40

Congratulations to Lindsey Emmerich Riley and Sean K. Stallings of ARC of Rockland. The two were presented with 2014 Forty Under 40 Annual Awards from Rockland Economic Development Corporation, along with  38 other colleagues. All were recognized for their professional excellence and dedication to the Rockland community.


Protecting the Rights of People with Disabilities

During an October 22 press conference at ARC of Rockland, Senator David Carlucci, center, and representatives from agencies supporting people with developmental disabilities,  celebrated new legislation regarding the Justice Center.  Although the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs holds the powers of a law enforcement agency, it was not previously required to take into account the clinical characteristics of individuals who might be intimidated  during interviews by people with whom they are unfamiliar.  The new law requires that the Justice Center develop protections, including the presence of parents or guardians when appropriate,  during  the interview process. Justice Center investigators will be required to make it clear that interviews are voluntary. Said Carmine Marchionda, Executive Director of ARC of Rockland,  "I want to thank Senator Carlucci for working with us to pass these important protections into law. This new law fills a gap and ensures that that new protections are added to support people with special needs during investigations.

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Art in Motion

Members of ARC of Rockland's Art in Motion group enjoyed a recent tour of the Fort Lee Museum. Pictured at left, Tom Meyers of the Fort Lee Historical society shows the men some of the props used in silent films. Pictured with Mr. Meyers are William Lora, Mike Brenner and Matt Scrima. The group also visited Fort Lee Historical Park where famed silent film "The Perils of Pauline" was filmed. 

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Striking a Pose

Danielle Sack,  in pink, takes the 'sun salutation' pose during yoga class at The Birchwood Center for Yoga and Massage in Nyack, NY. The class includes both new and experienced yoga aficionados.


An Apple a Day

Painting with apples proved to be the perfect activity for an autumn morning  at ARC of Rockland's Prime Time for Kids Early Learning Center.  From left: Jayden Marangi; Coordinator of Family Services Cindy Torrellas; Nolan Kopf and Teacher Erin Girling.


Regional Recycling Meeting at ARC

ARC of Rockland hosted the bimonthly meeting of the Hudson Valley Regional Recycling Council, Wednesday, October 1 at ARC headquarters in Congers, NY.  The group includes representatives from the Department of Environmental Conservation and seven counties. ARC presented information regarding eWorks, ARC's electronics recycling operation.

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SANYS-U Graduate

Adler Medidor, center, was among those to complete a seven week course focusing on self-advocacy and leadership development. Pictured with Mr. Medidor are Jordan Jankus, Hudson Valley Regional Coordinator of SANYS-U and Teacher Melissa J. Gomez.