December 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

12 Dec 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in News You Can Use

There is no December monthly meeting!  We look forward to seeing everyone at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 7:00pm in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.


A Holiday Message from the Board of the VVPA

Dear VVPA Friends, Neighbors, Donors & Supporters:As we come to the end of 2016, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who has contributed throughout the year in their many ways to making the VVPA a vibrant community organization.  From financial support, to donations of all sorts, to volunteering one’s time organizing, setting up, and cleaning up after our rockin’ events, to participating in our monthly meetings, to attending the VVPA sponsored events.  The VVPA has been an active part of this vibrant community since 1975 because of all of you!

This holiday season is the perfect time to consider contributing once again to help the VVPA continue to sponsor free and low-cost community events throughout 2017.  Making a donation is simple!  You can donate by going to the VVPA website and clicking on the Donate button or sending a check to the VVPA C/O the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St., Jersey City).  You can also list the VVPA as you charitable organization of choice when you do your online shopping through Amazon’s smile program (  As a 501c3, all donations are tax deductible, so this is the perfect way to wrap up your year-end charitable contributions.  And, don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they’ll match your charitable contribution!

Additionally, the VVPA is always looking for neighbors to lend a hand by volunteering at any number of our events (listed on our monthly newsletter), participating in our committees (construction & development, sponsorship/outreach, etc.) and/or contributing any professional services that you think would be in support of our mission.  Please reach out to the board at to give back to the community organization that gives so much to you throughout the year!

Happy holidays, and we look forward to a bright and joyful 2017!

The board of the Van Vorst Park Association

Community Events
Below is just a partial list of the many, many wonderful events happening in the Van Vorst neighborhood and throughout our city.  If you have a community event that you’d like featured in our newsletter, please reach out to us at  And, a always, if you’d like to get more involved by becoming part of the events committee, the VVPA always welcomes volunteers.  Contact to join in the fun!

VVPA Sponsored Events

VVPA/DCNA End of Year Holiday Celebration – December 10th, 7pm – 11pm
The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) and the VVPA will be partnering with the Barrow Mansion for an annual end of year holiday celebration.  There will be festive cheer, music, food & drinks, and as usual, a wonderful gathering of friends and neighbors in a gorgeous setting.  Stay tuned for more details about this awesome joint event!

The VVPA events committee is hard at work planning a ton of amazing events for 2017!  We’ll be kicking things off with a fun event in February, so stay tuned for details!

News You Can Use
As always, we try to bring you as many items of interest that affect our community.  If you have any items that are important to share, please email us at

  • VVPA Board – At our November general meeting, we elected new members to the board: Treasurer Dermot Ronan and At-Large Karen Lorentz.  Congratulations to the new members and a big thank you to outgoing board members Tom Ogorzalek, Jeff Agnew and Sheridan Bell for their service, dedication and hard work throughout the years!
  • VVPA Sponsorsin order to bring your free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members.  For more information on the benefits of becoming a sponsor, as well as the various sponsorship levels that are available, please reach out to us at  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501c3 non-profit group, so be sure to ask your Company to match your charitable contribution!  And, we are registered as a non-profit at Amazon Smile, so every time you shop through Amazon Smile, select the VVPA as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the VVPA.
  • JC Libraries – As always, the JC Libraries have a ton of cool events going on for kids, teens and adults!  Check out the list of December events here.
  • Bike JC – Bike JC is looking for community support for their vision to create Jersey City’s first protected bike lane on Grand Street.  They are looking to roll this out over the next few weeks and present the idea to City Council on December 14th.  For additional information, or to sign the petition, click here.
  • PATH Train 33rd St Line Weekend Service Suspension – According to the PATH’s website, the weekend service suspension on the 33rd St line which was in place to facilitate the installation of federally mandated Positive Train Control and Communications systems, is on still on schedule to complete by December 19th.

Stay Connected, Stay Informed……

  • In addition to receiving news you can use from VVPA, we encourage all residents to sign up to receive
    Community News/Updates from your elected officials. Sign up for updates from Candice Osborne and Steven Fulop by clicking on the links provided.  Or, you can reach out to your committee person for assistance on local matters.  Please reach out to for additional information on how to reach out to your local committeeperson.
  • East District Captain’s Meetings, which are regularly scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (typically in MS4 Library on Bright St., but location subject to change), are a great opportunity for community members to discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD.  For more information on upcoming meetings, reach out to the JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis, at 201.547.4370 /
  • Jersey City Resident Response Center is a resource available to all to find answers to commonly asked questions or to report non-emergency concerns/problems to the City of Jersey City (potholes, failure to pick up trash, fallen tree branch removal, etc.).  In addition to utilizing the JCRRC website, residents may also download the app on their phone (JerseyCityConnect) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern (note: directions to download the app have been added to the VVPA website,  We encourage all to utilize these resources to help resolve issues in their community.
  • Stay Informed and Active in your Community by signing up for the NextDoor and Swift911 applications and monitoring local news through NJ.Com/hudson, and the Jersey Journal and Hudson Reporter newspapers.  Nextdoor is a private social network that connects neighbors to talk online and makes communities stronger, better and safer. The City uses the Swift911 platform to send citywide emergency and non-emergency alerts through a variety of channels including voice, text message, email, fax, pager, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  Registration is free, so join today.
  • JC Parking AuthorityTo get daily updates on whether or not parking rules are in effect in Jersey City, you can follow @JCParking on Twitter.  To reach the Parking Authority, please call the following numbers: Enforcement and Permits: 201.538.3248 or 201.538.2525; Signs: 201.206.8933.

Ten Things You Can Do to Improve Your Neighborhood

1.  Clean up your sidewalk and curb
2.  Ask your neighbors if they need help
3.  Be quieter after 10pm every day
4.  If you have a driveway, do not park on the street
5.  Curb and clean up after your dog
6.  Attend community meetings
7.  Get involved in your local neighborhood association, or start one!
8.  Download Jersey City’s “See Click Fix” app and use it to report any problems
9.  If you see something – say something – report it to the police hotline (201) 547-5477
10.  Vote in your local elections!

Thanks to Councilman Yun for sharing his simple, yet effective ideas on how to make a difference in our communities.

Important City Public Meetings
For the full schedule and location details of Important City Public Meetings, please refer to the Public Meetings Calendar found on the City of Jersey City website.  Remember, it’s YOUR COMMUNITY, so stay informed and stay involved!

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our sponsors Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory and Barrow Mansion Development Corporation for their generous donation.  And, we always love working with Friends of Van Vorst Park!  Without our sponsors and friends, we would not be able to bring you so many FREE or low-cost events throughout the year.  We encourage all of you to support these businesses and let them know that you appreciate their donations!  If you are a local business that would like to become a VVPA sponsor, please reach out to the VVPA sponsorship committee at

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