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Union County to Host “Paint by the Pond” for Residents with Special-Needs, July 9

Union County residents with special needs are invited to participate in Paint by the Pond, on Saturday, July 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mindowaskin Park, located at 385 E. Broad Street in Westfield.

Residents of all ages are welcome to attend. This event is free to attend but pre-registration is required. To pre-register, residents should visit ucnj.org/opdsn-reg.

“The Board of Commissioners are proud to continue offering the Paint by the Pond program, for our residents with special needs,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

“This interactive art program allows participants a chance to explore their artistic sides right here in Westfield, while enjoying our parks,” said Commissioner Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded.

“Paint by the Pond” is hosted by the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs (OPDSN) and welcomes residents with special needs of all ages. During the event, participating artists will paint miniature cardboard houses. The finished houses will be floated on the pond once completed, though participants will be able to take their creations home with them.

“We strive to ensure that Union County continues to provide activities for all residents to enjoy,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Council. “Paint by the Pond is a terrific initiative that provides an opportunity for our residents with special needs to unleash their inner artists in an inclusive and accessible setting.”

For more information about the “Paint by the Pond” program, contact Jasmine Doughty-Whitous, Program Coordinator, at jwhitous@ucnj.org or call 908-527-4781.  

The Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs is a unit of the Division of Individual and Family Support Services, in the Union County Department of Human Services.  For more information on all programs and services of the Office, visit online at ucnj.org/dhs/opdsn.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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