Sunday, April 15, 2012
The memorial breakfast will raise money for the Daisy Recreation Program.
On Sunday, April 22, the Annual Ralph Lamo Memorial Breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Brunswick Hilton. The breakfast is a fundraiser for the township’s Daisy Recreation program, but also has become a community event in which friends and neighbors get together for a good time. For 47 years, the Daisy Program has been providing activities for people with special needs, giving them the same opportunities for recreational opportunities as others. The program has been supported and given financial assistance through a parents group, the Daisy Association, and grown from being staffed by volunteers to a year round program with a paid staff. The Daisy Association helps advise, with programming, and provides funding for evening …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
EBTV correspondent Barbara Reiss was at Ward Byrne’s Fastbreak Buddy Ball’s 5th Annual Basketball Game Day game
Did you catch EBTV’s coverage of the Ward Byrne’s Fastbreak Buddy Ball’s 5thAnnual Basketball Game Day game held earlier this month? If not, then check out the studio’s excellent coverage, as reported by correspondent Barbara Reiss. When you’re done there, check out Patch’s coverage of the same event. HERE. The Fastbreak Buddy Ball division partners special needs athletes with “PALs,” who assist the players on the court and during practices and games. EBTV can be seen on Comcast Channel 3, and Verizon FiOs channels 37 and 38. Visit www.ebtv3.org and watch sports, municipal coverage and more on demand.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Buddy Ball levels the playing field for everyone.
The Churchill Junior High School auditorium was packed Saturday with members of the East Brunswick community shouting and smiling as they cheered on the participants in Ward Byrne’s Fastbreak Buddy Ball’s 5th Annual Basketball Game Day. The game was played in memory of 10-year-old Findlay Urban, a member of the East Brunswick Buddy Ball Baseball and Fastbreak Buddy Ball Basketball who died in March of 2010. The Buddy Ball division partners special needs athletes with “PALs,” who assist the players on the court and during practices and games. Brad Cregge, session coordinator, and Buddy Ball PAL, Eric Ventrice, made the introductions for both All-star teams to start off the event. Buddy Ball players Kelly Conlon and Robert Cipoletti were …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Registration for Fastbreak Buddy Ball begins Saturday at Chittick School.
Some are pretty good at the game. Some others are not. Some have been playing the game for years. Others are just getting their feet wet. But none of that matters, because when athletes take to the court as part of the Fastbreak Basketball Buddy Ball Division, what counts most is that they are having fun. “We take them through a year where we work on some skills, then come February we have a game where all 60 to 70 wind up playing in a huge game at Churchill,” said Jon Alba, a long time coach and organizer of the Buddy ball program. The Buddy Ball Division of Fastbreak invites children and young adults with special needs to learn the fundamentals of basketball, play and have fun. The program usually has between 60 and 70 players every year…
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Daisy Association Fundraiser will include food, massages, hair and fashion tips and a few surprises.
Ken Freedman knows a little bit about taking care of children. During his more than three decades as a chiropractor, Dr. Freedman has taken care of more than his share of children. That’s why he has decided to hand over the keys to his Freedman Chiropractic Center for one evening to help the Daisy Association by holding the Ladies Night of Indulgence on Thursday, June 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. “I’m a father of a couple of kids myself and I think the greatest impact I can have as a chiropractor is to help young people develop in the best way they can,” said Dr. Freedman. They Daisy Association supports the Daisy Program, which seeks to provide a full range of recreational opportunities for children and young adults with special needs. Through …
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Daisy recreation program provides people with special needs with a variety of activities and support.
From the outside, the building located near the back of Bicentennial Park is a hodge-podge of two awkwardly connected structures, with the original, brick-faced building standing in stark contrast to the more modern yellow building it’s connected with. But inside, the connection is seamless, with shiny floors and clean walls joining the two buildings into one. Much like Daisy Center building, the Daisy Program also seeks to seamlessly join two elements that, in another day and age, may not have always been a perfect fit by providing a full range of recreational opportunities for children and young adults with special needs. Through summer activities and sports, arts and music, field trips and even evening activities, the Daisy Program …
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The 28th Annual Ralph Lamo Daisy Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, April 10.
Even a simple activity, maybe a bowling trip with some friends, can make a world of difference to someone with a disability. Thanks to the township’s Daisy Recreation Program, activities for young people with special needs–including games, parties, fitness and exercise classes and a summer camp program--are common place, and they’ve been making a world of difference for close to 50 years right here in East Brunswick. “We provide these folks the chance to participate in programs and opportunities they may not obviously get a chance to participate in,” said Michael Reissner, manager of the township’s Division of Recreation and Community Services. On Sunday, April 10, the Annual Ralph Lamo Memorial Breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon …