The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt in Cedar Brook Park on Saturday, March 28!

On Saturday, March 28, from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, the Division of Parks and Recreation for the City of Plainfield will host an Easter Egg Hunt at Cedar Brook Park (in the cricket field near the Shakespeare Garden). There will be egg racing, bunny petting, kite flying, and much more fun. Children should bring their own baskets, which they can fill with goodies. If folks register their children using the Community Pass* system (click HERE), they will be eligible to win the special Chocolate Bunny Basket! Click on the video below for a special message!

*Community Pass is the Recreation Division's online registration resource for events and activities within the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation. By signing up for Community Pass, residents can register for events and activities 24 hours a day from the convenience of their own homes. For more information, contact the Recreation Division at (908) 753-3097.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NEW Leadership NJ: Educating and Empowering a New Generation of Women

CROSS-POSTING on both blogs!

From June 4-9, 2015, I am scheduled to be this year's "Faculty in Residence" at NEW Leadership NJ, the week-long residential summer institute sponsored by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University.

NEW Leadership is "...a bi-partisan, residential program to educate college women about the political process and teach them to become effective leaders in their communities." I served on a NEW Leadership panel last year, so I am honored to be asked to serve as the Faculty in Residence for 2015. It is a great program, and I met some wonderful young women last year--they were from all over the state--click on the link for my blog post, NEW Leadership--the Next Generation of Women Leaders. 

As noted on the website, "CAWP is committed to including women from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, political and educational backgrounds in each NEW Leadership program. We strongly encourage women of color, nontraditional college women, and students majoring in fields outside of political science to apply." 

If you know young college women who might be interested, please urge them to apply--there is no cost to the student: "housing, food, and all program materials are provided for the full six days of the program. There is no direct cost to students."

Students may apply online here: The NEW Leadership applications are open until March 30. 

The participating colleges pay the cost of the program--click on the link for the Frequently Asked Questions to get more information. My school, Essex County College, is one of the participating colleges, and we have been urging our students to apply. I will be blogging on this again as the deadline approaches--in the meantime, please spread the word!



Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ready to Run 2015: Laying the Groundwork for Public Life

On Saturday, March 14, I again served as a panelist at the annual Ready to Run series sponsored by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University. Last year, I was part of Run, Sister, Run, one of the pre-conference panels for women of color (the others are Eleccion Latinaand Rising Stars). Click on the link for my post on last year's conference, "Maintaining One's Sense of Integrity: Run, Sister, Run."

This year, I was a panelist on “Laying the Groundwork for Public Life,” which focused on women who have been serving as public leaders. The session was described as one where you could learn everything you have ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about preparing for life in the public eye from the local to the state levels. Ruth Mandel, Director of the Eagleton Institute, moderated our panel, which included Azra Baig of the South Brunswick Board of Education--the first South Asian woman (and the first Muslim) to serve on the board. I had first met Azra last year while down in Trenton (she was newly-elected then), so it was great to hear of her experience after a year on the board. The other women on the panel were Assemblywoman Donna Simon of the 16th District, and former Mayor of Highland Park, the Honorable Meryl Frank. 

The questions from the audience focused on balancing one's personal life with one's public duties, raising one's profile, and examining the various offices available to serve in. The responses from the panel were truly insightful--I learned a great deal. Click on the link to learn more about the Center for American Women and Politics.



Monday, March 2, 2015

Earned Sick Days Ordinance Up for 2nd Reading Tonight

Analilia Mejia, Director of Working Families Alliance
I am once again posting links to the Working Families Alliance and the Working Families United for New Jersey site, respectively, which provide more information on the earned sick days ordinance (MC 2015-07) that is on the Plainfield City Council's agenda for second reading this evening. Thus far, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, Passaic, East Orange, Irvington, and a couple of others have passed ordinances to protect workers by providing earned sick days. Plainfield should be in the vanguard of protecting public health, and also by ensuring that workers receive the same protections that many of us already have. This ordinance speaks to the concern that a community should have for all its workers--it is PRO-WORKER AND PRO-BUSINESS. I believe that earned sick days are good for the state, as well as good  for our city.