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2017: New Year, Better You

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Happy New Year Jersey City!!

Whatever your goals are, my advice is to pick one thing and achieve that. You cannot do 10 things really well at once. But YOU CAN do one thing really well if you focus on that for life-improvement. Once you’ve mastered the first goal, tackle something else. Keep it simple.

There is room for improvement throughout the year. Here are some Jersey City spots to find your “A-ha” inspiration during every quarter of 2017.

Fitness:
Take up Zumba, Yoga or Martial Arts
Workout for free in JC
Ice Skate here or here
Learn belly dancing, yoga, or Latin dancing for free at Kennedy Dancers
Jersey City Ballroom Dancing
Jivamukti Yoga
Blink
Get Salsa Fever

Learn something new:
Computer Courses
Jersey City Arts School
Sticth ‘n’ Bitch
Casa Colombo
Cork & Canvas
Spanish Blackbelt

Read something that expands your mind:
Jersey City Free Books
Jersey City Bookmobile & Library
WORD Jersey City

Get more work done:
AndCoWork
IndieGrove
Editing Services
Website Consulting

Volunteer:
Jersey City Cares
Liberty Humane Society
Dress For Success

Meet JC Peeps:
JC Fab Lab
Nextdoor
Singles in Jersey City
Geeks Who Drink
Jersey City Young Professionals

Pamper:
Serenity Day Spa
European Wax Center
Zeel Massage
Nails and Nails
Hair and Hair and Hair and Hair
My DIY trix here

Treat yourself to a statement piece:
Noellery
Love, Liesel
Vivi Girl Shop
Tia’s Place
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Another Man’s Treasure
Republic of Pigtails
Take care of your clothing

 

Be well & happy,
JCG

JC Small Business Luncheon 12/11

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The Jersey City Small Business Forum is holding a special luncheon at 12pm this Friday, December 11th at Hudson County Community College (161 Newkirk Street at Sip Ave.).

The forum will address the needs of the Jersey City small business community and raise awareness of financial products and services, and technical assistance available to small businesses in Jersey City, while providing the tools necessary for businesses to remain stable and grow.

Registration and a buffet will begin at 11:30am at the Jersey City Culinary Conference Center in the building.

Mayor Fulop will deliver welcoming remarks, and the event will feature expert panelists from the City of Jersey City, Rising Tide Capital, Jackson Hill Main Street Management Corporation, Investors Bank, and the 504 Company, who will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing small business leaders and owners in Jersey City.

Topics to be covered: Access to capital and technical assistance for small businesses; business and investment planning; tax preparation; how to create your business portfolio and plan for growth, and micro lending opportunities.

This is a not-miss for Jersey City entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Knowledge is power. Knowledge is wealth.
JCG

Thanksgiving For All At Iron Monkey

IM_thanksgivingThe Iron Monkey Bar & Restaurant (97 Greene Street) will host its 19th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 26 where it will open its doors and serve meals to its Jersey City neighbors in need.

Last year, the Iron Monkey served over 500 meals and hopes to increase that number to 600 meals served this Thanksgiving. While many of its invited guests are from local retirement communities, anyone in Jersey City in need of holiday cheer is welcome to participate.

Meals will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be served during four separate seating times. Reservations are suggested, and can be made by calling the Iron Monkey at 201-435-5756.

For more information, click here.

A Holiday Thanks!
JCG

Art & Studio Tour 2015

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The 25th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour kicks off tonight, Jersey City! Perhaps one of the most anticipated events in Jersey City, JCAST (as it’s referred to by residents) is set to make even more of a mark this year.

JCAST features over 800 artists during its weekend-long event. It’s not only a great opportunity to meet your local artists and purchase unique pieces at reasonable prices, it’s a fine time to get to know your neighbors, government officials and connect with the burgeoning city’s ever-growing diverse community of eclectic citizens.

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Tonight is the kick-off opening gala presented by Mayor Steven Fulop, the JC Municipal Council and the Office of Cultural Affairs at the JCAST Flagship Gallery Pop-up at the Lackawanna Center (629 Grove Street). Free transportation is provided via shuttle bus from the Grove Street PATH every half hour from 7pm-11pm and by Lyft (code: JCAST2015). Parking is available on-site in adjacent lots: 16th and Grove Street and 18th Street between Grove St. and Jersey Ave. Or take advantage of our newly-installed Citi Bikes at stations: JC009 & JC034. Directions here.

The event is free and open to the public, and offers an array of entertainment for all ages: Interactive fun provided by Hudson County Art Supply; Film Screenings by the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival; Small bites from The Hamilton Inn, The Kitchen at Grove Station, and Mill Creek. And then for the 21+ crowd: Adult bevvies provided by Raval, Satis Bistro, and Lucky 7’s.

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Find out about all Saturday and Sunday showings here. I always try to soak up as much as I can, but it is nearly impossible to see everything over the two days; choose wisely and plan well. If you somehow make it to every stop, please let me know!

Here are some of my past memories from JCAST weekend.

Celebrate Our Local Artists!
JCG

Erin Henderson Visits Jersey City Schools

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New York Jets star linebacker Erin Henderson announced that he is helping Jersey City children in Back2School efforts today, Thursday August 27th at 12 noon.

Henderson teamed up with AngelaCARES and the United Way of Hudson County to provide needed school supplies and even sports memorabilia to students at Urban Expedition Summer Camp and the Miss Chevonne School of Etiquette.  The distribution ach child in these programs will receive a book bag filled with supplies.

“School is essential for the success of our young people,” Angela V. McKnight Founder and CEO of AngelaCARES said.  “Unfortunately, many students do not have and many families cannot afford even the basic supplies such as a notebook, pen, pencil or folders to attend school.”

“I am always willing to provide a way, outlet or spot of hope for those in need, especially children and initiatives that promote education.  Reaching out to get involved was a no brainer for me,” said Henderson.

Let’s get our school on!
JCG

Meditate Jersey City

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Did you know that you can meditate for free at The Brunswick Center in Jersey City?

The former school at 189 Brunswick Street has transformed into an educational health and wellness center, where classrooms have been converted into dance studios, cardio and weight-training rooms, and the yoga & meditation center.

Volunteers run the meditation classes at 7pm on Mondays (or Tuesdays, depending on attendance availability in the meetup group) and at 5pm on Saturdays.

On my particular visit, Kushal Choksi, who works in hedge funds, was the instructor. We removed our shoes before entering the studio and sat on our mats. First, we did breathing exercises to open up our air passages. Then Kushal led us in a guided meditation that he said would be 10 minutes but when we finished it turned out to be 22 minutes. Time was irrelevent. In meditation, you are so focused on your inner body that you are not concerned with the outside world.

Kushal explained that most of our daily lives involve things pulling us in different directions and that both external and internal forces control our thoughts. But there is one way we can control our thoughts…through breathing. I certainly felt clear-headed and centered after the session, at peace with myself and my surroundings. We were living in the present moment.

I spoke to Amit Haryani, who often leads the classes at The Brunswick Center. He has studied yoga and meditation for 20 years and has taught for 15 of those, finding that it gives him inner peace from his day job as an environmental engineer.

Earlier in ilfe, when Amit was stressed out during exams, his classmate introduced him to “The Art of Living” happiness program, started by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The Brunswick Center location offers that as a paid program, once a month. Details here.

“The happiness program is about leading a lifestyle where you can truly be happy,” says Amit. “It gives you the ability to actually be the expression of happiness, rather than be in the pursuit of happiness.”

If anything can be determined from the demeanor of these men and other organizers, it is that they have an inner-peace that radiates positive energy and joy to all of those in their presence.

SCHEDULE:

  • Community Meditations: Monday 7-8pm and Saturday 5-6pm
  • Community Yoga: Tuesday 7-8pm
  • Happiness Program Schedule: Aug 27-31,  Sept 24-28
  • Meditation program: Aug 7-9, Sept 11 – 13  

Ommm,
JCG

Open House at Barrow Mansion 4/24!

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Stop by the Barrow Mansion anytime between 7-9pm this evening to learn about the historic Jersey City mansion.

Con Vivo will be performing jazz music and the artwork of Miguel Cardenas will be on display. A variety of wines will be served up by Cool Vines. Don’t miss out!

Support our awesome city!
JCG

Help Seniors in Jersey City!

first-aid-boxWant to help local homebound seniors prepare for emergencies? RSVP is the Nation’s largest volunteer network for people ages 55+, and is coming to Jersey City on Wednesday, April 22nd from 10am-1pm.

United Way of Hudson County, and the Secaucus Senior Center are joining forces to make 200 disaster kits for local homebound seniors in case of emergencies. Volunteers are needed at the Secaucus Senior Center to assist with registration, unpack supplies, and put the disaster kits together.

Individuals choose where to serve, how much time to give, and whether they will share skills they already have or develop new ones.   Volunteer activities include helping seniors get access to the healthcare they need, visiting homebound adults, providing critical disaster preparedness and response, providing nonprofit clerical support, and working in local soup kitchens and food pantries. The Disaster Kit Volunteer Service Day is just one example of the important work RSVP volunteers do every day.

To get started: Visit United Hudson and call Alexandra Nagy (201) 526-9706 or email her at anagy@jfsmetrowest.org

 

It’s hip to help!
JCG

 

Help Get Kids Off The Streets

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The International Taekwon-d0 Academy (523 Palisade Ave; 201.356.9918) is raising money for a student scholarship.

I befriended owner Vic Teran when he opened the school in the heights a little over a year ago. Vic is Marine Corps Veteran and former U.S State Department – High threat Diplomatic protection overseas officer.

When he returned to the states and opened his studio, his goal was to provide a positive haven for inner-city and underprvileged children to learn leadership, perseverance, team work and self worth. The Academy offers Taekwon-do, TRX, Bootcamp, Yoga, Zumba, Core training (Kickboxing), and self-defense—which will be my next class after getting mugged on my block!

Vic will take it from here:

Our short term goal for the program is to provide a one year scholarship to 50 inner city kids. Long term, I wish to provide this program as a continuous affordable, publicly funded service to the underprivileged children of Jersey City and surrounding impoverished areas.

At the academy, students will learn the tenets of Taekwon-Do: Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, honor, courage and commitment. My goal is to give a haven where I can share my experience andserve as a role model for others to emulate. With every donation, you are helping shape a child’s life. Let’s create a better future and great leaders by focusing our positive energy onto these young children. Every child deserves to start over.  Join our team and help us give back to the community by reaching out to children and giving them a location where they can learn self-value and taking them off the streets!

 

Learn more about the effort and donate here.

 

Thanks Jersey City!
JCG

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