April 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

16 May 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use
Meeting Minutes

Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!  Wine tasting to be provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

As usual, our agenda is full of awesome guest speakers and great topics.  This month’s meeting features a Q&A with Councilwoman Candice Osborne; JC’s Director of Recreation, Kevin Williamson, who will be discussing summer youth and adult programs in JC; and Sandra Lovely, Executive Director of the newly formed board for the Greenville Neighborhood Alliance, who will be sharing information on their grassroots programs and future goals.


7:00pm – 7:10pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore

7:10pm – 7:30pm – Officer & Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Dermot Ronan
  • Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:30pm – 7:50pm – Old Business/New Business

  • We need volunteers for VVPA Farmers Market Welcome Table
    • Help man a table with a VVPA board member to sign up new members and introduce VVPA to the community
  • Urgent Call for 80’s Prom volunteers!!!!  Setup: Saturday, 4/29, from noon – ???; Breakdown: Sunday, 4/30, time TBD
  • Parking Director Meeting Follow-Up
  • Community input is welcomed for any other new issues/concerns affecting our community, as well as ideas for topics or speakers at upcoming meetings

7:50pm – 8:40pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • 7:50pm – 8:10pm – Candice Osborne
  • 8:10pm – 8:30pm – Kevin Williamson
  • 8:30pm – 8:40pm – Sandra Lovely

8:40pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

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 vvpanews@gmail.com.  And, as always, if you’d like to get more involved by becoming part of the events committee, the VVPA always welcomes volunteers.  Contact vvpanews@gmail.com to join in the fun!

VVPA Sponsored Events

80’s Prom Remix/ Dance Party – April 29th, 7pm – 11pm
Moonwalk back to the 1980’s at the VVPA Events Committee’s next dance party: the 80’s prom Remix at the Barrow Mansion on 4/29/17!  Tickets are on sale thru Eventbrite – get yours today!  $25 in advance, $30 at the door.  Music by DJ Marvilous, light snacks included, cash bar.  Prizes for prom king and queen, best hair, best couple, and best costume!  Corsages will be available for purchase on the night of the event. It will be totally awesome, dude!

2nd Annual VVPA Golf Outing – Friday, June 9th
Mark your calendars!!!!  Planning for the 2nd annual VVPA Golf Outing is underway!  Like last year, there will be a 9-hole scramble for the golfers and a putting contest for the non-golfers.  Cold beer, prizes and an awesome evening of golf!  Stay tuned for details!

Other Community Events

Sandra and Glenn D. Cunningham Foundation Wine & Beer Tasting – Wednesday, April 19th, 6pm-9pm
Come on out to this wine and beer tasting event to benefit their college scholarship foundation.  This event will take place at the Liberty House Restaurant in Liberty State Park.  For tickets, contact Larry Eccleston 201.725.6964

Annual Historic Paulus Hook Neighborhood Association Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, April 23rd, 9am
Join our neighbors to the east at their annual all you can eat Pancake Breakfast at St. Peter’s Prep. Pancakes, fruit, sausages and gluten free pancakes are available for all. Music, piñatas and face painting provided to for children’s entertainment.  Purchase tickets at the door or at www.paulushook.org/pancakes.

2nd Annual Great Jersey City Cleanup – April 29th, 10am – 2pm
Before heading out to the 80’s prom, help to do your part in keeping Jersey City beautiful by joining the 2nd Annual Great Jersey City Cleanup.  Ward E volunteers will meet in the Mary Benson park, Ward F volunteers will meet in the Berry Lane park.  For more information, click here.

Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services Resource Fair – April 29th, 10am – 2pm
Spread the word about this FREE resource fair at the Hudson County Schools of Technology, sponsored by the County’s Department of Health and Human services.  Featuring free health screenings, as well as information about resources available to county residents: senior and veteran services, nutrition services, transportation services, career services, and youth services, just to name a few.  Take advantage of this FREE fair to learn what resources are available to help you.  Face painting, balloon art, hot dogs and more will be provided.  For more information, call 201-369-5280, ext. 4232.

Newport 10K- Saturday, May 6th, 8:30am-11:30am
Lace up your running shoes for the annual Newport 10K!  Registration is now open for this awesome and scenic race around the Newport area.  For more information, click here.

Seasonal Events

  • Beginning April 22nd, the farmer’s market, brought to you by Friends of Van Vorst Park, will be starting up again on Saturday mornings at the gazeebo in Van Vorst Park.  The Farmer’s Market will run Saturdays, from 8am – 3pm, through December 23rd.
  • Starting May 1st, the Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market, brought to you by the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID), will be starting up again on Monday’s at the Grove PATH Plaza.
  • Starting May 10th, Groove on Grove, a weekly local music series at the Grove PATH Plaza, is back for its 10th season!  Performances on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm.

Give Back to your Community!
Periodically the VVPA receives inquiries from civic-minded folks like you looking for ways to get more involved in their community.  Below are a few ways to accomplish this:

VVPA Sponsors –
In order to bring you 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 vvpanews@gmail.com.

Charitable Donations –
For those looking to make financial contributions, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501(c)(3) 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.

VVPA Board & Committee Positions –
The VVPA is always looking for people to lend a hand by becoming active on the VVPA board or on one of its many committees: Construction & Development Committee; Events Committee; Membership Committee; Special Projects Committee.  There are no formal requirements other than a genuine desire to help to move the community forward in a positive direction.

Donate Your Professional Services –
Throughout the year, there are numerous opportunities to help the VVPA streamline costs and make our efforts more efficient through donating your professional services.   And, if you have a professional skill you can share with your neighbors at an upcoming event, that would be valuable as well.  All types of talents and expertise are welcome!

Spread the Word –
Make a commitment to bring a new friend, relative or neighbor to an upcoming association meeting or event.  The VVPA welcomes all!

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 vvpanews@gmail.com.

  • 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 / dlionakis@njjcps.org.

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 , Jermaine Robinson 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 vvpanews@gmail.com for additional information on how to reach out to your local committeeperson.
  • 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, www.vvpa.org).  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 Authority – To get daily updates on whether or not parking rules are in effect in Jersey City, you can follow @JCParking on Twitter.  Due to a computer error, the Parking Division has not been able to issue permit renewal notices on a regular basis. They are working on correcting this issue. Please check your permit expiration date, and if you have not received a renewal, please call 201-547-5538 or ext. 2115,2117, or 2119.

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 donations and Jersey Wine & Spirits for their sponsorship.  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 vvpanews@gmail.com.

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