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Yoga and Meditation – September 25th, 2019
In the continuing effort to support women, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Department on Economic Development’s Office on Women is presenting a women’s empowerment yoga and meditation event in celebration of the fall season on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m., at Masker’s Barn in The Deserted Village of Feltville, located in Union County’s Watchung Reservation at 9 Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights.
The Office on Women is collaborating with Girls Helping Girls Period (girlshelpinggirlsperiod.org) in their mission to donate a year’s supply of feminine products to women in need. To assist with the supply of these items, participants are asked to bring a box or bag of feminine products to the event. All supplies collected will be donated to Girls Helping Girls Period.
“This program is designed to help women engage with their strengths and capabilities through yoga and guided meditation. It is a good opportunity to recharge and refresh as a new season begins, while also contributing to a good cause,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski said.
The program will include:
- Networking time.
- A short talk and introduction by Jennifer Erdos, Office Coordinator of the Union County Office on Women.
- Yoga session and guided meditation by Betsy Sanders (RYT 220, Reiki master, meditation teacher, yoga 4 cancer certified, Yin certified).
The event is free of charge and open to residents age 16 and older. Beginners and experts alike are welcome. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for yoga, and bring their own yoga mats as well as any feminine products they’d like to donate to Girls Helping Girls Period. Space is limited and pre-registration is required online using the form above.
As the first county-based office of its kind in New Jersey, the Office on Women aims to help ensure that women connect with services and programs that enable them to reach their full potential at every stage of their lives, in education, in employment and business, health and in the social fabric of Union County, and to raise awareness of the many contributions that women make to life in Union County. For additional details contact Jennifer Erdos at email@example.com.
(L-R) Assemblywoman Linda Carter, Mrs. Marion Johnson, Union County Freeholder Chris Hudak
(L-R) Union County Freeholder Chris Hudak, Jennifer Erdos from the UC Office on Women, Mrs. Marion Johnson, Assemblywoman Linda Carter
The women of Union County are some of the most accomplished women in history. The Union County Women Making History Video (below) is Mrs. Marion Johnson, Plainfield. Thanks to Mrs. Johnsons’ groundbreaking work at Boeing, where she was hired just after college, she was help to the United States to land the first person on the moon. This video not only celebrates Mrs. Johnsons’ achievements but shows us how Union County has its own ‘Hidden Figure’.
Union County Denim Day
Freeholder Chair, Bette Jane Kowalski, Marcela Tricanico of the Prosecutor’s Office Office of Witness Advocacy, Ana Maria Melara and Union County College students Elaine Sanchez and Jesus Lares.
County of Union Administration Staff is wearing jeans today in support of Denim Day and to bring more sexual assault issues to light. Sexual violence is a serious public health problem and affects millions of women and men in the United States.
Prosecutor’s Office – Police Academy employees
Department of Human Services – Social Services Division employees
Dept of Human Services – Youth Services Division
Office of Witness Advocacy employees Marcela Triacanico, Ana Maria Melara and Kimberly Best-Paris
In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present a free performance of the play In Their Footsteps on Saturday, March 30, at 1:30 p.m., at the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage, located at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway.
The Hamilton Stage production of In Her Footsteps is presented through the Union County Department of Economic Development, Office on Women. Admission is free of charge but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. In their Footsteps honors five American women who served in the Vietnam War, using their own words to tell the story. One of the five women featured in the play is Judy Jenkins Gaudino, a resident of Summit.
“Over 50 years ago, thousands of young American women went to Vietnam to serve their country. For the most part, these women’s stories remain untold,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “In Their Footsteps recovers this lost chapter of women’s history in vivid detail.” “On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I would like to thank Ms. Gaudino for her participation in this project, and for her efforts to raise awareness about the lives and experiences of women in war,” Freeholder Chair Kowalski added.
The afternoon includes:
- A short talk and introduction by Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.
- Debut of the Union County Women Making History Video, featuring Judy Jenkins Gaudino.
- Showing of the play In Their Footsteps.
- Question and Answer session with Judy Jenkins Gaudino and actors.
In Their Footsteps was created by the non-profit theatre company Infinite Variety Productions, through interviews with five women who served in Vietnam: Ann Kelsey (Special Services Librarian), Judy Jenkins Gaudino (Special Services Recreation Employee), Jeanne “Sam” Christie (Red Cross, Donut Dollie), Lily Adams (US Army Nurse), and Doris “Lucki” Allen (US Army Intelligence Specialist). Infinite Variety Productions was established in 2011, and is dedicated to sharing the many unknown stories from women’s history.
Previous Event – Free Yoga and Wellness Class Invites Women to “Let in the Light”
Previous Event – Free Yoga and Wellness Class Offered in Celebration of Women’s History Month
In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through Department of Human Services Union County Office on Women presented a free yoga class and wellness event, “Empowering Union County Women to Go Out and Make History” on Friday evening, March 3, at Maskers Barn in the historic Deserted Village of Feltville. The event was open to all, from beginners to experienced practitioners.
“Women’s History Month recognizes the distinctive contributions that women have made to our nation and our communities,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “This event is designed to help County residents engage with their strengths and capabilities through yoga and guided meditation. It is an excellent opportunity to recharge after a long and difficult winter.”
The evening included:
- Guided meditation ceremony by Danielle DeCostello of Bella Organici Studio in Cranford.
- Yoga session by Nicole DeAugustine, certified yoga instructor.
- Wellness and self-care session by Arielle Cassidy of the Juice House in Garwood.
“Empowering Union County Women to Go Out and Make History” is open to ages 16 and older.
Previous Event – Wellness Seminar
Large group of County employees came out to learn about women health issues.
Recent Wellness Event
Previous Event – Wellness Seminar
Life Coach consultant Ashley Burke gave an interactive presentation in regards to women’s health.
Recent Wellness Event – Pictured is Ashley Burke
Previous Event – Birthday of Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
On Wednesday, February 15 the Union County Department of Human Services Office on Women celebrated the birthday of Suffragette Susan B. Anthony, who was born on the same date in 1820. Recognizing that February is Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month, the event included a session on the important contributions that Anthony made toward achieving equal rights for women and African-Americans in the U.S. and abroad. She was a prominent activist in the abolitionist movement as well as a founder of the Suffragette movement, which lead to the enfranchisement of women in 1920. She was also instrumental in establishing the International Council of Women.
Susan B. Anthony passed away in 1906 but the legacy of her impact on our nation’s history lives on in celebrations large and small.