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April 30, 2019

What is inspiration?!

Inspiration is producing an event, being wowed by the talent that participated, and then being further amazed by everybody who came to support the event.

This was our April Open Mic night dedicated to Women’s History Month and National Poetry Month. It was held at 107 Bowers Gallery and Artspace in conjunction with the Gallery’s International Women’s Day Exhibition. Kristen DeAngelis, Owner and director of 107 Bowers, invited a Growing and Jersey City and Crystal Letters Open Mic Night into the space and was ecstatic at the outcome and she performed for us as well.

“I had always wanted to host an event that included poetry. I was thrilled to be able to work with both Crystal Letters and Growing in Jersey City and put on the lens of a ‘woman’ event to meet the theme of th...

April 18, 2019

Running helps me better familiarize myself with my surroundings. Whether it’s one of the five NYC boroughs or somewhere I’m visiting, being able to run through a neighborhood allows for me to make a deeper connection with where I am.

Running allows you ‘stop and smell the roses’ without actually stopping.

On September 16th, the Newport, Jersey City Newport Half Marathon provided me with the opportunity to experience parts of a neighboring town that I hadn’t previously ventured to see.

As a Hobokenite, I don’t often jog too far past the waterfront. The Newport Half course took me far beyond my typical running routes and into parts of the town I’d never explored before. The run through Liberty State Park was breathtaking and the views of the Statue of Liberty were nothing short of postcard wort...

April 9, 2019

This is the accountability that John Lynch, Chief of Administrative Services City of Jersey City - DPW, wants all citizens of Jersey City to have. “It is easy for people to post a complaint and take pictures of things like paper/litter on the ground, but how about actually doing something about it. Don’t talk/complain about be about it,” said Lynch.

April 8, 2019

In addition to the amazing vendors bringing great appeal to the market, the location of the market is perfect - its prime spot makes it so easy for people coming home from work to stop there and then hop on a bus or back on the path home. “Before or after you shop, you can visit Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall, walk around, and then go home and enjoy your purchases,” explained the HDSID. It is a great evening activity to make the day a little better.

February 8, 2019

Wellness Day came about as an outgrowth of a series of posts on healthy living and I thought the best way to bring it together was to create an event that did just that. The first Wellness Day was held at Hudson County Community College - food and beverages were provided, we had three classes, five breakout workshops, and a panel discussion. Thirty-five people attended this event. For the second year, we moved to Nimbus Dance Works. It was a choose-your-own adventure with 15 classes, a Health and Wellness Market with 30 vendors, and 120 total participants. We covered all of the fitness classes from Zumba, yoga, Pilates, meditation, total body works, and more. In addition, we had vendors covering home, health, fitness, and wellness.

For the third Wellness Day event, I thought let’s go even b...

February 4, 2019

We had Janet share her amazing poem about Texas with parking and air conditioning included.  Amber, one of the students from JC Arts Program, read her Shakespeare competition piece from Macbeth and I swore the poetry was going to come and attack us, Dorian Gray style. Coming all the way from Newark, Court joined us because her friend from Miami found the event. Her poems spoke truths.

January 4, 2019

I, your Editor in Chief Jenna, needed a little bit of a break from writing.

Why did I need a break? If you didn’t know, I work full time. My company did some rearranging and my workload got heavier, even though on paper it looks the same. Creativity needs to flow and I need be able to get into that groove. A lot of the GJC articles are creative, but also a little technical because we are writing interviews with other people. So, I have not had the creative juices because of how stressful work was, but I have absolutely thought about it almost everyday. Also, while people might write for me, editing still takes focus that I truthfully have not had.

Even though I stopped writing, I was able to continue to produce Growing in Jersey City events because many of the events we do repeat throughout...

July 19, 2018

GJC Networking Night was stimulating and inspiring as it invited people/business owners from all walks of life. Paired with a gorgeous sunset and insightful presentation from guest speaker, Kristin DeAngelis of 107 Bowers Gallery & Artspace, on the Art of The Napkin Pitch, I couldn't have asked for more. I'm excited for the next event! "There is power in numbers and there is power in unity." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

July 2, 2018

Juliet Foster, J Foster Imagery and Vive 2 Vida: GJC’s Networking event was a great way to connect with other amazing individuals in Jersey City that I would not have met otherwise. Great location, low key, and community focused; wonderful combination for a local group.

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