December 19 – Happy Birthday Frank Capone

capone2I’m not sure when I first met Frank Capone. I know where I met him just not exactly when. It was at the old Fort Johnson School, which Liberty ARC had taken over and was running a summer program there for children with developmental disabilities. My younger sister was born with a DD. My Mom had asked me to go with her when she brought my sister to this new Liberty program in Fort Johnson. Frank Capone was standing at the front door that day, welcoming the parents and children. I remember the smile on my Mom’s face. Frank Capone was responsible for putting it there.

A small group of brave, courageous and persistent parents had banded together to form a Montgomery County chapter of the Association for Retarded Children (ARC) in the late 1950’s. By 1972, they were looking to hire an executive director and Frank Capone applied for the job. He was a Waterford, NY native who …

You can read the rest of my story about Mr. Capone in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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