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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!

New Principal Hired for Horizon High School

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We are happy to announce that Joseph Schwartz will be joining the CPNJ team as the new Principal of Horizon High School. Joe brings to us 30 years of experience as an educator and administrator, including serving as Principal with the CTC Academy (formerly Children’s Therapy Center) in Fair Lawn and St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City, Vice Principal of the Elks CP High School in Clifton, and as the Educational Supervisor with the Educational Services Commission of Morris County. For the last 13 years, Joe has also served as a Special Education Professor with Centenary College. Joe will come on board in August, in time for the start of the new school year. Please join us welcoming Joe to CPNJ.

Alumni Day at CPNJ’s Horizon High School!


Last Thursday (7/20), Horizon High School welcomed past graduates for their second annual Alumni Day! Alumni got a chance to catch up with their old classmates and staff at HHS. The guests of honor were treated to a pizza lunch, music & dance, and a picture frame crafting station. Thank you to everyone for coming out and sharing in the fun!

Anthony at Antonio’s Salon and Spa!


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Anthony, a client at CPNJ’s Orange Adult Training Center, has been working at Antonio’s Salon and Spa in Livingston for 5 years.  He sweeps the floors and folds towels for customers. Anthony has captured the hearts of clients and fellow staff members alike with his work ethic, dedication and love for socializing.  Special thanks to Antonio’s Salon and Spa for embracing Anthony as a valued member of their staff and family!

“Working with Anthony for the last few year has been an extraordinary experience for us and our clients. He is a ray of sunshine to all of us. From the moment Anthony walks in he goes straight to work and loves interacting with all of the other employees and clients.”

– Lucille Bono (fellow staff member at Antonio’s Salon and Spa)

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CPNJ’s Adult Training Centers’ Wheelin’ – n – Walkin’ Challenge

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Over the past three weeks, each of our three Adult Training Centers (ATC’s) celebrated their annual Wheelin’ – N’ – Walkin’ Challenge. Whether or not the weather cooperated, each of our facilities day programs gathered and had a blast.  Our ATC’s (located in Orange, Irvington and Wayne NJ) provide a program focused on vocational opportunities, pre-vocational training, and day habilitation with nursing support to support those with significant medical challenges.