May 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

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

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 meet & greets with Assemblywoman Angela McKnight as well as with Nick Grillo, who will be running for Ward E Councilperson.  Additionally, there will be a discussion about the status of the Bright & Varick micro-unit project.


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

  • Community Awards – Angelo Estrada
    • Please join us in warmly congratulating Angelo for his much deserved awards for community leadership!  Angelo was recently awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Office of the Mayor for his work as a community navigator in assisting immigrants through the immigration process.  Additionally, Angelo was given a special commendation from Casa Colombo, a community organization centered on Italian culture and heritage for his contributions to this organiztion. Congratulations, Angelo, and thank you for all the amazing outreach work you do for Jersey City!
  • Call for Volunteers
    • Events committee
    • VVPA Farmers Market Welcome Table
    • Please sign up at or let a board member know that you are interested in volunteering
  • 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 – 8:30pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • 7:50pm – 8:05pm – Angela McKnight
  • 8:05pm – 8:20pm – Nick Grillo
  • 8:20pm – 8:40pm – Bright & Varick micro-unit project update

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

  • Introduction of all VVP Committee-Persons candidates

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, as 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

Thanks to all of our sponsors and business who donated to the 80’s Prom, as well as all of you who attended this totally rad event!

2nd Annual VVPA Golf Outing – Friday, June 9th, 5pm
It’s Tee and Tini time at the 2nd annual VVPA Golf Outing and Martini Party at the Skyway Golf Course!  We had a blast at last year’s inaugural event, and this year promises to be even better!  There will be a 9-hole scramble for the golfers and a putting contest for the non-golfers.  Dinner, drinks, prizes and an awesome evening of golf and fun!!!!  Tickets available via Eventbrite – click here to purchase!  Discounted tickets available for early registration!!  And, sponsorship opportunities are available – contact for additional information on this unique opportunity. 

Films In Van Vorst – June – September
The 13th season of Films in Van Vorst, a FREE bi-weekly outdoor film series is almost here!  We’re busy selecting films and getting things ready to kickoff in June.  Full schedule forthcoming – stay tuned!

Other Community Events

Black & White Ball – Thursday, May 18th 6pm – 9pm
The Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation is holding their Black & White Ball and silent auction on May 18th at Liberty Prime.  The mission of the Foundation is to provide access, services, materials, and programming that address the needs of Jersey City’s growing and truly multicultural population.  Contributions will help support ongoing renovations of Jersey City’s Main Library.  For more information, and tickets, click here.

JC Fitness Fair – Saturday, May 20th 10am – 5pm
Come on out to the 2nd annual JC Fitness Fair, a fun event with local fitness and health businesses in our community.  For more information, click here.

Market Place JC – Saturday, May 20th, 11am – 5pm
MarketPlace JC (previously called 6th Boro Market) is a food and goods vendor market. This market will take place one Saturday a month from May to October in the Mack-Cali parking lot (5/20, 6/17, 7/15, 8/12, 9/9 & 10/21).  Click here for additional information.

JC Fridays – Friday, June 2nd
JC Fridays is a quarterly, FREE arts festival in Jersey City presented by Art House Productions.  For more information, click here.

Mercer Street Stoop & Sidewalk Sale – Saturday, June 18th, 10:30am – 3:30pm
On June 18th (rain date: June 19th) come on out to this huge multi-family stoop and sidewalk sale!  There will be all sorts of goods for sale at excellent prices, including vintage picture frames, kids toys, books, home goods, clothes, flatware, and much, much more.  And, if you would like to join in on the festivities (you will be added to the event’s official map), email:  For more information about this fun annual event, click here.

Seasonal Events

  • The farmer’s market, brought to you by Friends of Van Vorst Park, is up and running on Saturday mornings at the gazeebo in Van Vorst Park.  The Farmer’s Market runs Saturdays, from 8am – 3pm, through December 23rd.
  • The Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market, brought to you by the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID), is up and running on Monday’s at the Grove PATH Plaza.
  • 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

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

  • 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 /

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 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,  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

Leave a Reply