June 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

20 Jun 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

The next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00pm in The Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.).  As a reminder, the VVPA monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, so be sure to mark your calendars in advance!

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 meet & greet with the owners of Sol Azteca, who plan to move into the space at 328 Montgomery St.  Additionally, Joe Cunha, City Engineer and Andrew Vischio, Director of Traffic & Engineering will discuss the downtown traffic study and how traffic will be mitigated in connection with the Turnpike extension project.  Assemblywoman Angela McKnight and Wards E & F Councilpersons Candice Osborne and Jermaine Robinson will be present to listen to community concerns regarding traffic/safety.  Additionally, Tony Borelli and Katie Brennan from Bike JC will be available to comment on how the Grand Street redesign will intersect with the extension project.


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

7:10pm – 7:25pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:25pm – 7:45pm – Old Business/New Business

  • Call for Volunteers
    • Events committee
    • VVPA Farmers Market Welcome Table
    • Please sign up at vvpanews@gmail.com 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

7:45pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • 7:45pm – 7:55pm – Sol Azteca
  • 7:55pm – 8:20pm – Downtown Traffic Study, Traffic impact – Turnpike extension project: Joe Cunha, Andrew Vischio
  • 8:20pm – 8:45pm – Open Discussion Turnpike extension project, Downtown Traffic Study and Grand Street Re-Design

8:45pm – 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

Special thanks to Skyway Golf as well as all of our sponsors and business who donated to the 2nd Annual VVPA Golf Outing, and to all of you who volunteered at and attended this fabulous event!

Films In Van Vorst – June – September
The 13th season of Films in Van Vorst, a FREE bi-weekly outdoor film series is kicking off June 21st!!!!!!!  For those of you new to the area, the VVPA, in partnership with Friends of Van Vorst, hosts a FREE bi-weekly film series at the gazeebo in Van Vorst park.  For those veterans who know the tagline by heart: bring a chair, bring a friend, we’ll supply the popcorn!  For this year’s awesome lineup, click here!

Other Community Events

Yoga for the Park – Saturday, June 7th – August 13th
Flor Yoga is binging Yoga back to the park this summer!  Classes are Wednesdays at 6:30pm and Sundays at 5:30pm.  All profits go to the Friends of Van Vorst Park.  For more information, click here.

Mercer + Varick + York + Wayne + Bright Streets and Paulmier Place Stoop & Sidewalk Sale – Saturday, June 17th, 10:30am – 3:30pm
On June 17th and June 18th, come on out to this huge multi-family, multi-block 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: mercerstreetdesign@mac.com.  For more information about this fun annual event, click here.

Girls of Summer Fundraiser – Saturday, June 24th, 2pm – 6pm
Join Chilltown United for an afternoon of fun and sun on Porta’s rooftop for their GIRLS OF SUMMER feminine hygiene product fundraiser.  Welfare programs consider the most basic necessities like tampons and pads to be luxury items for women living in poverty and many struggle to afford this basic necessity.  Drink, dance and donate: all proceeds will go toward feminine hygiene products for women in need through the York Street Project.  For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Jersey City Puerto Rican Day Parade – August 19th & 20th
Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage, Arts and Culture, Inc., is busy planning for an exciting JC Puerto Rican Heritage Festival and Parade!  In order to help fund the parade as well as to sustain the organization to continue providing benefits to the community, organizers are looking for sponsors and donations.  For more information on this, please 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 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.
  • Call Before You Dig!  In order to prevent accidentally damaging an underground utility while you are digging – to plant new trees or a install a new deck, for instance – you are required to call 8-1-1 in order to have the underground utilities located and marked out before you start digging.  The call and markout services are free and critical to preventing damage, serious injury, and disruption of service.  For more information, click here.
  • PSE&G has offered Tips for your Air Conditioner’s Spring Debut to help ensure your air conditioner is ready for the summer!  The tips are:
    • Clear your outdoor unit of grass, dirt and leaves.
    • Make sure there is nothing obstructing airflow into the unit.
    • Replace or clean your air filters once a month, or as directed by the manufacturer.
    • Check that all vents in your home are fully open and not blocked by furniture or drapes.
    • To keep a safe, high performing and efficient system, have it checked regularly by a qualified air conditioning and heating contractor.

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.
Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors, and partners that made the VVPA’s 2nd Annual Golf Outing a huge success!

  • GOLD Sponsors – Dixon Leasing, Fields Development Group
  • SILVER Sponsors – Carepoint Health, Steven Fulop, Rolando Lavarro, Jermaine Robinson
  • BRONZE Sponsors – Village West Gallery, PBA local 334
  • Hole sponsors – Morlees, ten Marc Building, cdstudio, Sandkamp Woodworks, JMA Architects, Joyce Watterman
  • Prize/Goody Bag Sponsors – Atlas Public House, Todd Shelton, Latham House Restaurant, Feed Your Soul, Pasta dal Cuore, Journal Square Dental, Hudson County Improvement Authority

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