Spotlight On Our Members: Achievements and Accomplishments

Showing that our members are living the lives they want!

Brian Mackey, treasurer and webmaster of the state affiliate, is an active blind golfer since 2010. He plays close to 40 outings a year in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association. Brian is also the proud owner of Mackey Enterprises, LLC, which has been assisting individuals and small businesses perform their personal or work-related data entry, bookkeeping, and WordPress website design projects seen from a different perspective, with a “Blind With Vision” attitude since 2011. in November 2015, Brian successfully launched his company website,

John Cucco, former editor of The Sounding Board, got married on August 27 2016, in Rhode Island.

Serena Cucco, former POBC kid, is now a certified social worker. She joined CBVI’s Welcome and Evaluation Team as a full-time social worker in January.

Jon Gabry, former POBC kid and member of the Deaf-Blind Division, graduated in May 2016 from Bergen Community College with honors. Jon will continue his education at Jersey City University, pursuing a degree in art therapy.

Vee Gaspa and Danielle Montour, students at Seton Hall University and cancer survivors, formed and participated in Relay for Life.

Linda Melendez, a new member in the Central Jersey Chapter, and the Senior and Technology Divisions proudly completed her first half marathon.

Patrick Molloy, former POBC kid, is featured in a golf show about the Middle Atlantic Blind Golfers. Find it at,, and InsideGolfTV YouTube channel. You can also view it on our Live The Life You Want Videos page.

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Contact Information

Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075

Coming Soon

NJABS Wellness Seminar

April 22, 2017
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing Township, NJ, 08618
Cross street: Lake Boulevard
Access Link accessible

Capital Chapter Baseball Fundraiser

June 11, 2017
1:00 PM
Arm and Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road
Trenton, NJ 08611
Cross street: Lamberton Street
Access Link accessible

NFB National

July 10 through 15, 2017
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819

2017 NJ BELL

July 17 to 28, 2017
9 AM to 3 PM
Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc.
101 First Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

NFBNJ 41st State Convention

November 9-12, 2017
Holiday Inn Hotel
151 Route 72 East
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Access Link accessible

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