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Charles “Bones” Jones Jr. – Rockland Special Olympics Founder & Champion Passes Away

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Charles, who was affectionately known to everyone as Bones for his tall lean appearance, passed away on April 22, 2021 at the age of 72 after an incredibly courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.

In 1972 Charles moved to Rockland County to start a job which would become his career, a Recreational Therapist at Letchworth Village Developmental Center. It was the beginning a 49-year professional career where he eventually became the Chief Recreational Therapist passionately supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He would began a Scout program (Boys & Girls) for developmentally disabled residents at Letchworth.

During his career at Letchworth Bones founded another one of his life’s passions, Rockland County Special Olympics. His work with Special Olympics would add to his legacy of leadership and volunteerism that touched thousands of lives over the years, all across New York State. Connected to his affinity for golf, he advocated for adding the sport of Golf at the National level. He helped to coordinate the first national tournament at PGA National in Port St. Lucie, FL. He received numerous awards, recognitions and honors for his volunteerism with Special Olympics including the Dorothy Buehring Phillips Award, named after the founder of New York State Special Olympics – the highest honor given to a volunteer. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Special Olympics as well as the

Hudson Valley Region and in 2019, the Rockland County Special Olympics Golf Tournament was renamed in Bones’ honor as the Bones Jones Rockland Golf Classic, a tournament which he started over 35 years ago to benefit the athletes in the county. At the heart of Bones’ dedication to Special Olympics was his boundless belief in the value of sports training and athletic competition can have for those among us who may be differently abled. Add to all this, he was a gentleman who dedicated his entire adult life to improving the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and to bring greater acceptance for them in our society.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Charles “Bones” Jones. We can say without a doubt, Jones made Rockland a better place.

Link to donate to the NY Special Olympics HERE.

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Over 500 Turkeys Distributed to Families in the Village of Spring Valley for Thanksgiving Day

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Over 500 Turkeys Distributed to Families in the Village of Spring Valley for Thanksgiving Day.

“This is the SEASON of GIVING and being THANKFUL! Remember that Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude. When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” said East Ramapo School Board Member Sabrina Charles Pierre.

Great job by Sabrina Charles-Pierre, Spring Valley Police Department, and all involved. 🦃

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Sons of Italy Meatball Contest Raises $7,000 for Medical Expenses for Local Family

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Assemblyman Lawler and Sheriff Falco presented 2-year old Jhanaè Fairclough and her parents Kirk and Jodi Ann with the proceeds raised from the recent Meatball Contest hosted by the Blauvelt Sons of Italy. Assemblyman Lawler won the contest defeating Sheriff Falco for best meatballs.

The $7,000 will help the family cover some of Jhanaè’s medical expenses.

Our best wishes to the Fairclough family!

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