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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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Progressive Foot Care Holds 15th Annual Holiday Shoe Drive for the Homeless

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NANUET, NY – For the past 14 years, Progressive Foot Care have collected over 15,000 pairs of footwear to benefit the less fortunate. They are partnering with The United Way of Rockland (uwrc.org) and Catholic Charities of Rockland (ccsrockland.org), as well as Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill (CHHOP chhop.org).

They will helping to support local businesses recovering from the pandemic. Several local businesses have donated gift certificates which will be drawn in a Facebook Live raffle in mid-December.

Everyone who donates footwear towards the shoe drive is eligible to receive a raffle ticket, available at the front desk at each of their offices (limit one per donor).

Office locations:

White Plains: 95 Church Street, Suite 210, White Plains, NY 10601.

Nanuet: 259 South Middletown Road, 2nd Floor, Nanuet, NY  10954

Footwear can be dropped off at our offices until December 15th.

Our local businesses generously donating raffle prizes are:

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American Colosseum Pro Wrestling Santa Slam at the Haverstraw Center on December 3rd

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American Colosseum Pro Wrestling presents:SANTA SLAM!!!!

Saturday, December 3
7:05pm Bell Time
at The Haverstraw Center
50 West Broad Street (in Haverstraw)
Tickets: $15

Come support some very talented Rockland Pro Wrestlers at this benefit for The Haverstraw Center’s Christmas Gift Program.  Bring the kids and get some candy…SANTA CLAUS will be there!

Haverstraw’s own ANTHONY MARKOS won the ACW War Eagle Championship at the last Haverstraw Center show…but will he walk out of the Center with that belt on December 3rd??

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