July 2017 VVPA Newsletter

24 Aug 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in 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!

This month’s meeting features a meet & greet with councilperson candidates James Solomon, Rebecca Symes and Jake Hudnut.  Additionally, a representative from Traffic & Engineering will be attending to continue the discussion on viability of some of the proposed parking enforcement remedies.


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

  • Volunteer Survey Update
  • Civic Actions Activities Fair
  • 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 – 8:35pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • 7:45pm – 8:15pm – Councilperson candidates meet & greet
  • 8:15pm – 8:35pm – Traffic & Engineering

8:35pm – 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

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!

Van Vorst Boogie’s Disco In the Park – August 19th
Get ready to once again break out your dancing shoes!!!  Stay tuned for information on this always highly anticipated FREE dance party in Van Vorst Park!

White Party/Summer Sendoff – August 26th
Last year’s White Party / Summer Sendoff, a dinner party in Van Vorst Park modeled after the Dinner en Blanc in Paris where everyone dresses in white and comes to a dinner party, was a huge success.  So much so that our events committee are planning a repeat party this year!  Stay tuned for details on how to purchase tickets to this special event!

Other Community Events

North River Sing Community Chorus Tryouts – July 25th & August 1st
North River Sing is having tryouts!!  For any budding stars looking to participate in a community chorus, now here’s your chance!  For more information about the group or the tryouts, click here.

Hudson Restaurant Week – July 24th – August 4th, 2017
Looking for a reason to try a new, local restaurant?  You can at the Hudson Restaurant week, where you can enjoy food from participating restaurants via their special prix-fixe menus at a discounted price!  For more information, click here.

JC Department of Recreation’s Free Bootcamp Classes – Tuesdays, 7:15am
Join your neighbors in this free, hour-long bootcamp class sponsored by the JC Department of Recreation.  Meet at the gazeebo in Van Vorst Park.

Election Debates, Sponsored by DCNA
The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations will be sponsoring debates for candidates running for councilperson for Ward E as well as the Mayor’s Office.  Ward E Councilperson Debate, hosted by Terrence McDonald of the Jersey Journal, will be on 10/7/17 at 7pm at MS4 on Bright Street.  The Mayoral Debate, hosted by David Cruz of NJTV News, will be on 10/18 at 7pm, also at MS4 on Bright Street.  To submit questions for the moderators to ask the candidates, 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.


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.

  • Update: 328 Montgomery – This project will be on the Historic Preservation Commission meeting TONIGHT.  Meeting starts 6pm in City Hall.  Applicant is looking for a new/revised Certificate of Appropriateness for deviations from previously approved drawings and existing Certificate of Appropriateness.   Make sure you come out to voice your opinion on this very significant matter.
  • Grand Street Redevelopment & Jersey Avenue Bridge Traffic Study – Information and plans related to the Grand Street Study can be found on www.grandstreetstudy.org.  You may also provide comments and feedback related to this project via a direct email to Stephanie Brooks, the Study’s Public Outreach Manager – sbrooks@fhiplan.com.  To submit comments, questions and feedback related to the City’s study of the traffic impact of the Jersey Ave Bridge on Jersey Avenue, you should email Andrew Vischio from JC Traffic & Engineering directly – AVIschio@jcnj.org.
  • 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.



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!

tay 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.


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