Monthly Archives: December 2013

11 Exciting Achievements in 2013

As I look to the start of another year, I find that it is not the end nor a beginning but an opportunity to continue to expand the knowledge and experience that we have gained over the last 365 days. … Continue reading

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Stories from Christmas Past

Clockwise from Top Left: Dr. Gertrude Barber, Ryan and Dr. Maureen Barber-Carey; Dr. Maureen Barber-Carey, Ryan and Jeanne Baker; Ryan in his Christmas outfit; Ryan in his Notre Dame bib; Ryan and Dr. Maureen Barber-Carey As I look forward to … Continue reading

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Have You #AJO’d Today?

#AJO has taken the world by storm!  With a single act of kindness to honor their daughter, Alyssa, the O’Neills purchased 40 pumpkin spiced lattes for strangers at an Erie, PA Starbucks.  The family asked the baristas to write her … Continue reading

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Why Give?

Maureen Barber-Carey dancing with the Beast On The Bay at the 2013 BNI Christmas Ball This past weekend the Barber National Institute (BNI) held its annual Christmas Ball, marking its 49th anniversary.   When Dr. Gertrude Barber started the first ball, she … Continue reading

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50 Years In Review

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy With the recent press surrounding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the world remembered a great man.  One of his greatest achievements was signing the … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela – A Champion of People with Disabilities

Did you know that Nelson Mandela was not only a hero of democracy, but he was a champion of people with disabilities?  As I began reading about Nelson Mandela following his passing, I learned that when he left his role … Continue reading

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Ho, Ho, Ho – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

This Sunday, Barber National Institute and Millcreek Mall are teaming up to bring Santa to the mall.  So, what makes Santa’s visit so special?  Santa and his helpers are autism-, special needs- and wheelchair-friendly.  This means that when families arrive, … Continue reading

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