MADISON, NJ -- This summer the Rose City Steppers are walking each Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. During the month of July the Steppers will meet at the Summerhill Park parking lot on the hill between Central Avenue and Ridgedale Avenue.  The monthly Saturday walk is on July 9 when the walkers will meet at Torey J. Sabatini parking lot on Glenwild Circle at 8:45 a.m.  All Madison and Chatham residents are invited to walk with the Steppers.  The walk on the 9th is “Walk 14” from the Madison Walks book.  Steppers visit with one another first and walk promptly at 9:00 a.m. 

The Rose City Steppers sponsored two teams for the Madison/Florham Park American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” on Friday evening, June 24 at Madison High School.  The Captain of Steppers Team 1 was Robin Spendley, Chair of the Rose City Steppers Board; Team 2’s Captain was Thomas Nielsen.  Both teams dedicated this year’s Relay to Jytte Nielsen, Rose City Steppers Board member and longtime Madison resident, who lost her battle to cancer in December of 2010. Members of the Teams wore lilac kerchiefs printed with the Rose City Steppers’ logo and Jytte’s name. Joy Thompson of the Steppers Board coordinated the purchase and decoration of the kerchiefs.

The Nielsen family was very active in Relay this year and joined the Steppers with Jytte’s husband, Ole Nielsen, her son Morten Nielsen and his wife Alanna of Seattle, her son Thomas Nielsen and his wife Jen and their three girls, Sam, Louise and Ella of Madison.  The two Rose City Steppers teams together raised over $9000.00 this year.

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Steppers who walked for the Teams during Relay in addition to Ms. Spendley and the Nielsen’s were Joe Spendley, Mike and Noreen McManus, Peggy Donnelly, Maria Florez, Nance Greenberg, Debby Halstead, Steve Miller, Laurie Reynolds, Christine Shesler, Peg Whiting and Ed McEneany.  The Teams were joined by friends Rita Brogan, Johanna and Paul Kelleher, members of the O’Connell family and Phil and Peggy Connor.

People wishing to join RCS for 2011 may do so on site before any of the walks and will receive a walker's back pack and Madison Walks book. Membership donation is $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors.   Members of the Rose City Steppers have the advantage of online health messages and reminders of upcoming walks and activities.

All residents of Madison, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township and Morris Plains are invited to join the Steppers’ events.  Walkers are advised to wear comfortable clothes, appropriate footwear and bring a water bottle. Membership is not necessary to walk with the Steppers. The Rose City Steppers Board and the Madison Health Department develop the monthly walking events in partnership with the Chatham and Madison Mayors Wellness Campaigns.

“Madison Walks” books are also available for purchase ($5.00) at the walks or at the Health Department, 28 Walnut Street. . “Madison Walks” is a compilation of twenty walk maps, fitness information and encouragement to exercise produced in partnership with the Madison Mayors Wellness Campaign.

In the case of unsafe walking or traveling conditions such as a thunderstorm, a walk will be cancelled.  Cancellations will be posted that morning/evening on the Rosenet home page at http://gov.rosenet.org/

The Steppers remind folks that exercise is a proven way to increase energy, look younger, lower risk of disease, manage weight and just feel better!  Christine Shesler, Madison Health Educator suggests that residents follow that urge to get outside whenever the weather is pleasant and find an activity that “gets you moving”.  If that activity is walking, consider joining the Steppers at one of their events. Shesler may be reached at 973-593-3079x8 for more information.