Posts Tagged ‘heights’

RNA Volunteer Match Day 4/5/14

Ogden Volunteer

The Riverview Neighborhood Association (RNA) is hosting a volunteer event this Saturday, April 5th to talk about the Jersey City Heights’ Community and its improvement.

Here are some topics of discussion, according to their Facebook Page:

•Community Visioning
•Riverview Arts District
•New Business Development (Palisades Avenue & other areas)
•Quality of Life Issues
•Transportation issues
•Clean-Up (General)
•Abandoned Buildings
•Ogden’s End Garden
•Riverview Park planting
•Farmer’s Market 
•Annual Flea Market and park festival event coordinator
•Big Spring Clean-up (electronics, hazardous waste, donations, recycling)
•Promotion of event
•Arts events
•JC Friday’s organizer for heights events and promotion. 
•Live @ The Lumberyard
•Movies In The Park 
•Spanish Translation
•General office work (envelope stuffing, etc)
•Graphic Design / Flyers 
•Website content and management
•Newsletter content
•Heights business profiles
•Grant Work: research and writing
•Public Relations
•Heights community outreach
•Fundraising for special projects like Riverview park monument restoration

Meet at 154 Ogden (in the lobby) at 2pm. Match your unique skills and interests with others to make a difference!


Jersey City Proud,

International TaeKwon-Do Academy


A new fitness studio opened up in the heights. International Taekwon-Do Academy (523 Palisade Ave.) offers more than just martial arts.

Think high-intensity training combat classes, women’s self-defense sessions and ZUMBA® fun. Yoga in the Heights also hosts their indoor classes at the studio.

Mr. Vic Teran, the owner, defines himself as “Former Agent-in-Charge, Security Protective Specialist, U.S. Department of State” in his personal email signature, which elicited my curiosity.

His history is quite remarkable. To paraphrase his site:

Mr. Teran began training at age 5, became a Black Belt at age 13, trained with the Korean Olympic Team, then joined the Marine Corps, where he became the Chief Instructor for their TaeKwon-Do team and fought the War on Terror in Iraq. Later, as a Private Security Contractor in Iraq, he conducted high-threat personal protection for high-level dignitaries and trained his teammates in both TaeKwon-Do and Close Combat. He then became the Chief Instructor for the Baghdad TaeKwon-Do Club, where he trained the Iraqi Olympic Committee. Later, Teran was appointed Security Protective Specialist (Agent-in-Charge).

After ten and a half years operating in Iraq, Mr. Teran decided to resign from his position to continue his teachings and training in the art that first taught him the basic fundamentals. “TaeKwon-Do is a way of life,” he states.

Mr. Teran’s experience as a Marine close combat instructor and his understanding of the tenets of TaeKwon-Do and the Marine  Corps core values are things he plans to bring forth into his new school—courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, honor, courage and commitment.

So you get it: He’s serious. That’s not to say he isn’t personable—quite the opposite. But he will hold you to a high standard when it comes to martial arts and fitness.

I joined in on the fun for one of ITKDA’s ZUMBA® classes. Wow, was I in for a treat. First of all, the space is gorgeous. Wide, open inviting windows on the front facade, pristine mats for martial arts in the front room, high ceilings, hardwood floors and more big windows in the back that I’m guessing let in a lot of gorgeous light during the day.

When I entered a bit early, I was immediately greeted by Vic, then hugged and kissed by Natalia, the very energetic instructor. What a warm welcome! I chatted with them and Natalia’s mother while we waited for the others to arrive, and I checked out the facility to get a feel for the space, which I can only describe as clean with motivating energy.

Once our group was ready, the studio turned into nighttime fun—by this I mean darkness except for multi-colored strobe lights and fist-pumping booty-shaking music. Was I really in an exercise class? I’ve done ZUMBA® once or twice before, but this really rocked my world. Think of a sweaty dance party at a club where you shake your moneymaker—yet here, you’re sweating it out in gym clothes. It’s like a hip-hop dance rehearsal with ridiculously daring moves and lots of laughs. The next day, my abs and my bum were feeling it. Success!

ITKDA has many different package plans suited for your budget. Walk-in classes range from $10-$13, so drop in for a class and test it out for yourself, and chat with members as I did to figure out what program is right for you and your children. They also host several community events which you can attend to get a feel for what Mr. Teran’s studio is all about. All info here.


Work it out,

Free Zumba at the Park Sunday: 10/20/13


Before you peruse the Farmer’s Market this Sunday at Riverview Fisk Park in the Heights, why not get your free fitness on? Jenna Firshein is leading a Zumba® demo while the weather’s still perfect for outdoor workouts.

The class starts at 11:30 am and lasts approximately 45 minutes. FB info here. All ages and all fitness levels welcome. Let your friends know.

Visit Jenna’s website to inquire about hiring her for a Zumba® fitness party, private training, or a corporate event.

If you miss your fix and can’t make it to one of Jenna’s other classes, there is a new studio in the Heights with Zumba® classes twice a week, which I’ll be writing about in a few days. Stay tuned.


Get your dance on,



Guided Meditation this Sunday 10/20/13



Riverview Community Garden is hosting a guided meditation this Sunday, October 20th at 12:30pm entitled “Seeding The Heart.” Laurie G, a yoga instructor, will guide the gathered group in a series of reflection meant to transform and heal by “delving into a deep state of presence and peace within the heart.” The theme for this session will be forgiveness. No experience necessary.

Precise location: Ogden Ave. between Griffith and Bowers St.
Cost: Suggested donation of $10, 50% of which will be dedicated to the garden
Bring: A towel or cushion to sit on
After: Linger and mingle with the group over treats

Other info here.


9/21/13 Hudson County: Fun in Washington Park

washington park

The Washington Park Association of Hudson County is hosting an all day festival this Saturday, September 21st from 10am-6:30pm.

In their words, there will be:

?Four live bands

?The NJ Symphony, Hudson Shakespeare Group, West Hudson Opera, Golden Door Film Festival, Donovan Ensemble all providing different forms of entertainment

?Art workshops like: Swap-A-Rama-Rama, new start-up JC Heights Fab Lab doing 3D printing, Distillery Gallery hosts a hack the mask workshop

?CUDA break dancing competition

?Lots of face painting

?Interactive story telling for the kids

?Free educational outreach program

?Over 90 visual artist representing all mediums

?Food trucks and other vendors

Get your fitness on beforehand: O’Connell’s Cystic Fibrosis 5K Run is happening in Union City, or go to Washington Park early for Yoga in the Heights, Zumba-style dancing or extreme boot camp (10am).

More details here.

My only question is: Am I too old to get my face painted?


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