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CPNJ mourns the loss of longtime CPNJ employee and former Horizon School Vice Principal Diane Jacobs

Diane was the true heart and soul of Horizon.  She established a wide range of initiatives, including the annual toy drive and the Lens Crafters partnership that brought free eye care and glasses to students.  There was nothing she would not due for her students and she touched the lives of hundreds of children through the years.  Her caring, commitment and compassion helped to create the student-centered culture for which our schools are so now well known.  A viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 10th, 4:00pm-8:00pm, at Quinn Hopping Funeral Home in Livingston and the funeral will be Thursday, January 11th at 10:00am at Quinn Hopping.

Hillside-Horizon Helping Hands Program: Holiday Sing-Along

Last week, Students from our Horizon Elementary School visited friends at Livingston’s Hillside Elementary for a holiday-themed sing-along. Students from both schools shared instruments as they played sang and danced their way into the holiday spirit. The sing-along is part of the Hillside-Horizon Helping Hands program, which creates opportunities for special needs students to interact with their non-disabled peers.


Wong Earns President’s Volunteer Service Award

Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey recently presented Millburn High School senior Erin Wong with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding volunteer work at CPNJ and other local organizations. Miss Wong, 17, is from Short Hills and is a senior at Milburn High School. Erin has been volunteering with CPNJ’s group home in Maplewood for adults with developmental disabilities since 2014.

“Erin is an exceptionally committed volunteer who has impacted the lives of all of our Maplewood group home residents,” said Amy Fagan, CPNJ’s Coordinator of Volunteers.  “We are fortunate to have her as a volunteer and she is most deserving of this award.”

Livingston Council Proclaims November 27th “Giving Tuesday”

The Livingston Township Council issued a proclamation declaring November 27th to be “Giving Tuesday” in Livingston and encouraging “all citizens to join together to give back to the community in any way that is personally meaningful.”  Giving Tuesday is celebrated every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is intended as a counterweight to the consumerism of Black Friday. The day celebrates giving back and helping others.

The proclamation was proposed by Livingston-based Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ), which operates two special needs schools, three group homes and its administrative headquarters in town.  CPNJ is supported by more than 850 volunteers each year.  “Livingston residents have been so wonderfully supportive of our programs,” said Amy Fagan, the agency’s Coordinator of Volunteers.  “This is a great time of year to think about getting involved and giving some of your time to help others and we’re very grateful to the members of the Council for their leadership on this important issue.”

To volunteer any time, please contact Amy Fagan at (973) 821-8115 or at

Caption: Members of the Township Council present CPNJ’s Coordinator of Volunteers, Amy Fagan, with the proclamation for Giving Tuesday.  Pictured: Amy Fagan and Horizon Elementary School students Tina and Mike with (from left to right) Council Member Rudy Fernandez, Mayor Shawn Klein, Council Member Alfred Anthony, Council Member Micheal Silverman, and Deputy Mayor Edward Meinhardt

Million Dollar Man

CPNJ has continued to receive donations in support of our event honoring Clark Machemer and just hit the one-million dollar mark! Thank you to Clark, event co-chairs Barry Mandelbaum, Kelly Marx, Bob Murray, and Barry Ostrowsky, the members of the event committee and all of the many supporters who lent their generous support.

Trunk or Treat at Horizon Schools

On Tuesday, over 100 volunteers helped students at our CPNJ Horizon Elementary and Horizon High School go Trunk – or – treating. Volunteers decorated their cars and handed out candy to all the students at Horizon! Everyone had a wonderful time and we would like to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers for giving our students a wonderful Halloween!

#GivingTuesday is Right Around the Corner

#GivingTuesday is celebrated every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is intended as a counterweight to the consumerism of Black Friday. The day celebrates giving back and helping others. Every act of generosity counts and it means even more when we give together. Whether it be your time, expertise, money, simple acts of kindness, food or clothing; everyone has something to give.

Join CPNJ as we embrace the spirit of #GivingTuesday from now until November 28th. Volunteer time, donate or lend a helping hand to individuals with disabilities. Share your story on social media by using #CPNJGivingTuesday and inspire others to give back this holiday season.

For monetary donations please proceed to our #GivingTuesday web page by clicking HERE

For volunteer opportunities please contact:

Corry Demacro



CPNJ Honors Clark Machemer in a Record Breaking Celebration

CPNJ’s 2017 Steps to Independence Celebration honoring Clark Machemer (right) broke all the records last night, raising more than $900,000!  The event was held at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston and attracted more than 430 guests.  Thank you to Clark, all of our supporters, the members of the event committee and our event co-chairs pictured above – (from left to right) Barry Mandelbaum, Robert Murray, Kelly Marx and Barry Ostrowsky (not pictured).

CPNJ Appoints New VP of Education

We are pleased to announce that Horizon High School Principal Joseph Schwartz has been appointed CPNJ’s Vice President for Education.  In this newly created position (he will also remain the high school principal), Joe will bring a cohesive vision to the educational-therapeutic programs at Horizon Elementary School and Horizon High School.  He will work to nurture a spirit of unity and interaction among our schools and to strengthen the transition from elementary to high school and from high school to adult services.  Joe will also serve as a member of the agency’s senior leadership team, ensuring that the schools have representation and advocacy in all strategic discussions.

Please congratulate Joe on his new position and support him as he works to move the schools forward!