Back in town

Chris Saglimbene with the NJ Devils mascot at Miles for Matheny 2011.

As Sunday, April 22 draws near, you can feel the excitement building for the 15th annual Miles for Matheny. Everyone seems thrilled that this event is back where it belongs—at Liberty Park in downtown Peapack. Returning to the heart of town will be a treat for all of the participants, particularly the students and patients, who look forward to this opportunity each year to experience the warmth and support of their home community. As adult patient Chris Saglimbene says, “There’s nothing better than walking downtown and seeing people cheering for us.”

Matheny is also grateful to the churches in Peapack-Gladstone for working with us to coordinate the Miles schedule so that the activities will not interfere with Sunday services. As a result, Miles will be starting later. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by Cycling Rides at 10 and 10:45. The Kids Fun Run takes off at 11:30 followed by the 5K at 12:15 p.m. and the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk at 1. The celebration picnic will now be at Liberty Park after the Wheelchair Walk. And all morning long, breakfast will be served by The Friends of Matheny.

Main Street in Peapack will be completely closed to traffic from noon-2 p.m. for the 5K and Wheelchair Walk. At other times, motorists will have access through town via detours. At all times, though, Peapack-Gladstone police will be on duty to assist cars with the detour routes.

All funds raised for Miles for Matheny will help support the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, which provides medical, dental and therapy care to our inpatients and to people with disabilities in the community. Major Miles sponsors are: Poses Family Foundation, Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation, Archer & Greiner, P.C., BP Fueling Communities, WCBS-TV and WCBS Newsradio 880, Partlow Insurance Agency, Peapack-Gladstone Bank and Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C.

For more information or to register, log onto until midnight on April 18. After that you will need to register in person on April 22. Any questions? Call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260.