September 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

03 Sep 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use, Updates

The next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19th 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 Ward F candidates well as a developer presentation.


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.

VVPA Sponsored Events

Haunted Halloween in Van Vorst Park – Tuesday, 10/31
The VVPA and Friends of Van Vorst Park present a haunted Halloween in Van Vorst Park! Candy, cookies & costumes! Hot cider for the adults and fun for all! Stay tuned for additional details.

VVPA/DCNA Annual End of Year Holiday Celebration – December 9th, 7pm
It’s never to soon to mark your calendars for this fabulous end of year tradition! The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA), of which the VVPA is a part of, will once again 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 event!

Other Community Events

St. Matthew’s Church Annual International Potluck Event – September 24th, 1pm – 4pm
Mark your calendars for the Annual International Potluck luncheon brought to you by St. Matthew’s Church & The Barrow Mansion! Bring a dish to share with your neighbors, and celebrate your heritage or learn about some new cultures. There will be music, food, kids activities and fun for all! And, its FREE! Additional details forthcoming!

JC Library Hawaiian Luau Fundraiser – September 21st, 6pm – 10pm
The Jersey City Free Public Library Trustees invite you to their Hawaiian Luau Fundraiser in support of the Jersey City Library system. Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased via emailing

Election Debates, Sponsored by DCNA – October 16th & 18th
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 10/16/17 at 7pm at MS4 on Bright Street. The Mayoral Debate, hosted by David Cruz of NJTV News, will be on 10/18/17 at 7pm, also at MS4 on Bright Street. To submit questions for the moderators to ask the candidates, click here. Deadline to submit questions is 9/15/17, so get them in asap!

JC Art & Studio Tour – Saturday, October 14th & 15th
The Van Vorst Park Association and the Historic Barrow Mansion invite you to a weekend of art and music as we join the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST) to showcase pieces by local artists. Please join us for this show with two days of wine tasting and live music during the exhibit, as well as the sale of inspirational exceptional art! Additional details forthcoming!
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 /

Pedestrian Enhancement Plan – The City of JC launched a study to understand how to make streets better for pedestrians. The end result of the study will be a Pedestrian Enhancement Plan which contains recommendations to improve specific streets in JC. The success of the study depends on all of our participation, so you are encouraged to provide your thoughts and feedback at one of the pop-up meetings throughout the city. For more information, click here. Questions and comments about this initiative can be directed to Michael Ahillen at


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.


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