Meeting Agendas

March 2017 Monthly Meeting Reminder & Important Updates

Just a friendly reminder that the next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 21st at 7:00pm in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.  Please note that there have been a few updates and changes to the agenda – there’s something for everybody at this meeting!

New Agenda ItemWe will have a short meet and greet with the new City Planner, Annisia Cialone, regarding her role and the City-wide Master Plan;

New Agenda Item: Come hear Council President Rolando Lavarro and Ward F City Councilman Jermaine Robinson speak about the Liberty Science Center/Jersey City Joint Venture (Sci-Tech City) which ordinance is on the City Council’s Agenda for 3/22.  Please also see the Q&A about the project, prepared by Mayor Fulop, which appears later in this email.

And, finally, let’s talk about what to wear to the upcoming Totally Awesome 80’s Prom!!


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 and greet with new City Planner, a meet and greet with Assemblyman Chiaravalotti, the Executive Director of Parking Mary Spinello will answer prepared questions about parking enforcement in Jersey City, and Council President Lavarro  and Ward F Councilman Robinson to explain the Sci-Tech City plan and why they support it.

Agenda:

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

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

  • Treasurer Report – Dermot Ronan
  • Events Committee Report – Marlene Sandkamp

7:25pm – 8:35pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • City Planner Annisia Cialone
  • Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti
  • Executive Director of Parking Mary Spinello
  • City Council President Rolando Lavarro and Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson

8:35pm – 8:55pm – New Business

  • Community input is welcomed for any other new issues/concerns affecting our community.

8:55pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking


Q&A: Liberty Science Center/Jersey City Joint Venture (Sti-Tech City) – by Mayor Fulop

In an effort to clear up some misconceptions and to clarify some details, Mayor Fulop has prepared and shared with us Q&As regarding the new Liberty Science Center/Jersey City Joint Venture

Question: What is LSC relationship to Jersey City, I don’t believe LSC is invested in Our city?
Answer: LSC is invested in Jersey City
• Employs 101 Jersey City residents (33% of total labor force)
• 1,935 Jersey City families have LSC memberships
This will expand of course with SciTech city. 

Question: What is the current relationship with the Jersey City schools?
Answer:
• 30,500 Jersey City students visited in 2016 (82% of student population)
• Provides free STEM education programs to 5,740 Jersey City students
and teachers by obtaining $465,000 in grant funding
• 100 Jersey City teachers participate in LSC professional development
programs annually

Question: Is this a gift to the Science Center?
Answer: No. This is a shared venture that the city benefits from as PARTNERS. The project will generate revenues for the non-profit (operating income, ground lease income etc.).   Over time, if you add up this surplus each year when it exceeds the amount of money raised in donations for this project.  At that moment this surplus will begin to be shared 50/50 with the City until the City receives its appraised value.  Once the City receives its appraised the split is reduced to 80/20 nonprofit/City forever.  So over time the City will eventually get more than its appraised value for the land.  This is truly a joint venture but City is protected in every scenario including ultimately getting value for the property beyond all of the other important benefits (school etc.).  The appraised value is really just a way to indicate when the split goes from 50/50 to 80/20.  With all that said, our goal is not about making money here but about further strengthening our city. 

Question: What is the risk to the city? 
Answer: None. The city is a partner in revenue and in the case of any violation there are reverter clauses if they don’t build the project, violate terms of the agreements or property is transferred to, or ever owned by, a for-profit entity then the entire property returns to the city. 

Question: Will this be a traditional Jersey City Public School?
Answer: Yes. This will be a Jersey City traditional public school. Cost of schools recently constructed in Jersey City have been more than $50million.  This will be at no cost to tax payers. 

Question: I heard LSC is losing money. Is that accurate? 
Answer: No. $4.5m in operating funds generated in FY16.  After debt service, capital investments in facility etc, lsc has $1.4m in net revenues from operations.  

Question: What is the attendance at LSC?
Answer: During the past four years, LSC’s attendance has grown 53%, to more than 650,000 visitors annually, making the Center the fastest growing established museum in the United States.  That growth should continue with the opening at LSC in December 2017 of the biggest and most technologically-advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, which will draw tourists to Jersey City and serve as an unparalleled educational resource for students and families in New Jersey

Question: The city gave LSC a loan in 2008. Was this load repaid? 
Answer: Yes. LSC borrowed $2.5M from UEZ in 20008/09; the loan was fully repaid by 9/1/2011.  There is no current debt to the city or state on the LSC balance sheets. Since the time of the loan nearly the entire board and executive leadership has been changed. They have taken a once struggling entity well into the black. 

Question: Why not sell the property? 
Answer: The current proposals are for a major convention center and hotel being built by a private developer. An alternative plan that some have suggested is selling the property for maximum dollars which would mean thousands of high rise condos in this location. Our administration doesn’t believe either of these plans are in the best interest of all residents with regards to the potential we have in creating a citywide asset like SciTech city at this particular city site adjacent to liberty state park. While previous administrations would probably have sold this for short term gain we are trying to invest in a city asset, build a new school and a new science hub for generations of Jersey City residents to come. 

Question: What will this mean to Ward F?
Answer: This will take vacant property and turn it into a $280 million dollar investment in Ward F (the largest ever) that will create permanent jobs, construction jobs, and define Bergen Lafayette as the home of the premier science center in the region. It will create a new public school and inspire generations of future leaders who will surrounded by some the sharpest minds in the world. 

Question: Will any board member or affiliate  be a developer of this project?
Answer: No.

 

March 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

08 Mar 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Spring is almost here!!  Days are getting longer, weather is getting warmer, and there’s more activity in the community.  Let’s channel that spirit at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, March 21st 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!

This month’s meeting features guest speaker Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti to discuss state-level issues which affect Jersey City; and guest speaker Mary Spinello, Executive Director of Parking to answer questions about Parking Enforcement in Jersey City.


Agenda:

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 – New Business

  • Community input is welcomed for any other new issues/concerns affecting our community.

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

  • Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti
  • Executive Director of Parking Mary Spinello

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

Holi and Art Experience – Saturday, 3/11/17, 6:30pm – 10pm & Sunday, 3/12/17, 5pm – 8pm
Come experience South Asian art, music and culture as we celebrate the colorful spring festival of Holi!  The VVPA, in partnership with the Barrow Mansion present this FREE event which is sure to be an amazing time.  Complimentary light Indian fare and wine.  For more information, click here.

A Spring Affair: 80’s Themed Prom / Dance Party – April 29th
Mark your calendars!!!!  Moonwalk back to the 1980’s at the VVPA Events Committee’s next dance party: an 80’s themed prom at the Barrow Mansion on 4/29/17!  Stay tuned for more information!


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.

  • Jersey City Property Tax Revaluation – The City of Jersey City is undertaking a city-wide revaluation of every property in the city which could impact your property taxes.  City-wide public information sessions are being held in every Ward throughout JC.  The Ward F meeting will be held on Saturday, 3/25/17 at 10am at the Mary McLeod Bethune Center (140 Martin Luther King Drive), and the Ward E meeting will be held on Tuesday, 3/28/17 at 7:30pm at Grace Church Van Vorst (39 Erie St.).
  • 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.

January 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

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

On behalf of the VVPA, happy new year!  After our hiatus in December, we are looking forward to reconnecting with all of you at our next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00pm in The Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.).


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 guest speakers from the Van Hook Cheese Shop to tell us about their business, and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji discussing legislation he is proposing which will temper the impact of property tax increases post revaluation.

Agenda:

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

7:10pm – 7:40pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:40pm – 8:15pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • Van Hook Cheese Shop
  • Assemblyman Raj Mukherj

8:15pm – 8:55pm – New Business

  • Learn about Redevelopment Plans (RDPs) in the Van Vorst Park Neighborhood
  • Membership Committee: looking for volunteers
  • Ward F Councilperson
  • Community input is welcomed for any other new issues/concerns affecting our community.

8:55pm – 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, a 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
As usual, the VVPA Events Committee is busy planning many amazing events for this year!  Stay tuned for more details!!

Holiday Wrap Up
Did you attend the Holiday Open House?  Did you have fun???  Show your thanks by volunteering to help take down decorations at the Barrow Mansion.  Send an email to vvpanews@gmail.com to sign up, and we will let you know about the date and time.

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Other Community Events

Martin Luther King Celebration – Sunday, 1/15/17, 6pm-8pm
Join friends and community members at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  For more information, click here.

Democratic Rally – “Our First Stand: Save Health Care”  – Sunday, 1/15/17, 11:30am
Join Democratic members of Congress and community members for a day of action and rally to take a stand for health care.  For more information on this event, click here.

Coffee With a Cop – Wednesday, 1/25/17, 7pm-9pm
Join local police officers and other community members for a cup of coffee at Indiegrove to discuss issues and build relationships.  For more information, click here.

Paint & Sip – Wednesday, 2/1/17, 12pm
Come out to support WomenRising (a community-based organization for women in Hudson County) for their paint and sip night!  Participants will paint a themed tile which will be added to an installation and displayed at the WomenRising main office.  For more information, click here.


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.

VVPA Sponsorsin order to bring your 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.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501c3 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.
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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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Winter Weather Advisories

  • Warming Stations – The Hudson County Winter Emergency System is in effect through 3/31/17.  The intent of this system is to provide shelter and services for those who seek it and to prevent anyone from sleeping on the street throughout the winter months.  For more information, click here.
  • JC Shovels – JC shovels, in partnership with the JC Department of Public Works is looking for volunteers to help low-income seniors and disabled homeowners with snow removal.  For additional information, and to register to be a volunteer, please click here.
  • Snow Removal – Let’s all be good neighbors (and stay compliant with the law!) by ensuring that we clear snow from the sidewalks surrounding our properties in a timely manner to allow for the safe passage of pedestrians, strollers, wheelchairs, etc.  It is illegal to dump snow in the street after the street has been plowed by the city; snow & ice should be piled within three feed inside the curb.  And, be mindful that residents cannot park on designated snow routes on designated snow emergency days.  Call the RRC for additional information.
  • Christmas Tree Disposal – Trees will be collected on Thursdays throughout January (please put out Wednesday night between 7pm and 10pm for pickup).  Trees must be free of ornaments, lights, plastic bags, etc.  Wreaths get placed curbside with your regular trash.  For more information, click here.

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 donation.  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.

November 2016 Monthly Meeting Reminder

14 Nov 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas

Just a friendly reminder that the next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:30pm in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.  PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FOR THE NOVEMBER VVPA MONTHLY MEETING!!

As a reminder, the project located at 328 Montgomery St, which many community members have expressed concerns about, will be presenting in front of the Planning Board on 11/15 in City Hall, approximately 6pm  (note: the Planning Board meeting starts at 5:30, it is estimated that this project will present at approximately 6pm).  Since this was is in conflict with the regularly scheduled VVPA monthly meeting; therefore, in order to accommodate this meeting and to ensure that all needs in the community are met, the VVPA’s November meeting is being pushed back to 7:30pm so that community members can attend both meetings.


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!

This month’s meeting features guest speakers from Dixon Properties presenting updates to the project on 254 Montgomery St.

Agenda:

7:30pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore

7:35pm – 7:50pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:50pm – 8:00pm – 2017 VVPA Board Elections

8:00pm – 8:20pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

8:20pm – 9:25pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • Dixon Properties – 254 Montgomery St. – Garage Addition/Renovation & Roof Deck

9:25pm – 9:30pm – Announcements & Community networking

  • DCNA/VVPA End of Year Holiday Party @ Barrow Mansion – December 10th, 7pm

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our sponsor Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory and Barrow Mansion Development Corporation for their generous donations and sponsorships.  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.

November 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FOR THE NOVEMBER VVPA MONTHLY MEETING!!

It has come to our attention that the project located at 328 Montgomery St, which many community members have expressed concerns about, will be presenting in front of the Planning Board on 11/15 (note: the project was originally slated to present to the Planning Board in October but it was rescheduled to November).  This is in conflict with the regularly scheduled VVPA monthly meeting.  Therefore, in order to accommodate this and to ensure that all needs in the community are met, the VVPA’s November meeting will be pushed back to 7:30pm so that community members can attend both meetings.

During this Thanksgiving season, the VVPA would like to take a moment to thank all of our board members, committee members and hard working volunteers who put in many hours of service to our community, all of the businesses and organizations who have donated their time, financial support and goodwill to make all of our events a roaring success, and to all of the members of the community who actively participate at our monthly meetings and support the VVPA by attending our events.  We are grateful to all of you and for all of you!

We look forward to seeing you at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:30pm in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.


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!

This month’s meeting features guest speakers from Dixon Properties presenting updates to the project on 254 Montgomery St.

Agenda:
7:30pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore

7:35pm – 7:50pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:50pm – 8:00pm – 2017 VVPA Board Elections

8:00pm – 8:20pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

8:20pm – 9:25pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • Dixon Properties – 254 Montgomery St. – Garage Addition/Renovation & Roof Deck

9:25pm – 9:30pm – Announcements & Community networking

  • DCNA/VVPA End of Year Holiday Party @ Barrow Mansion – December 10th, 7pm

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, a 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

VVPA/DCNA End of Year Holiday Celebration – December 10th, 7pm – 12am
The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) and the VVPA will 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 joint event!
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Other Community Events

Parade of Veterans and Heroes – Saturday, 11/12, 12pm
Come out on Saturday, November 12, 2016 for A Parade of Veterans and Heroes, starting at the Newark Avenue side of Dickinson High School and ending at City Hall.  The Veteran’s Resource Fair, featuring a Motorcycle & Vintage Car Show and live entertainment will happen at City Hall following the parade.  For more information, please call Charles Sampson at 201-547-4919 or email SampsonC@jcnj.org, or click here.

Artist & Maker Market – Mondays & Thursdays, 11/17 – 12/22, 4pm-8pm
Come on out to the Artist & Maker Market, an open-air bazaar at the Grove St. PATH Plaza, featuring locally created fine art and premium hand-crafted goods.  It is a unique opportunity to shop directly from emerging new makers and established artists to find one-of-a-kind items and meet the people who made them.  Beginning November 17th, the market runs every Monday & Thursday, excluding holidays through December 22nd, in conjunction with the Farmers market.

JC Fridays – Friday, 12/2
Don’t miss the next JC Fridays, presented by Art House Productions!  This event hosts numerous FREE art events throughout Jersey City.  For more information and a full schedule & map of events, click here.

Project: Market – Saturday, 12/3 & Sunday, 12/4, 11am – 6pm
The City of Jersey City + THE JERSEY CITY PROJECT presents its fourth Project: MARKET, a heated outdoor market highlighting local, celebrating seasonal, and encouraging economic growth throughout the community.  For more information, click here.

Holiday Tree/Menorah Lighting- Thursday, 12/8, 5pm
Join Mayor Fulop and Santa at the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s annual tree and menorah lighting at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall.  For more information, click here.

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, 8am-3pm
It back!  Be sure to hit up the amazing Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market for all your produce needs (and more!).  Saturdays through November at the Van Vorst Park Gazebo.


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.

  • VVPA Sponsorsin order to bring your 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.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501c3 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.
  • 328 Montgomery Street Development ProjectMany of you have expressed concerns about this project during our monthly meetings.  This project will be presenting at the Planning Board Meeting on Tuesday, 11/15/16 at City Hall (meeting starts 5:30pm).  Be sure to attend this critical meeting to have your voice heard!

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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 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.
  • 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.  Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the November meeting is being rescheduled to the 3rd Tuesday of the month (11/15)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.
  • 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 AuthorityTo get daily updates on whether or not parking rules are in effect in Jersey City, you can follow @JCParking on Twitter.  To reach the Parking Authority, please call the following numbers: Enforcement and Permits: 201.538.3248 or 201.538.2525; Signs: 201.206.8933.

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 donation.  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.

October 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

24 Oct 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Boo and welcome autumn!!  We look forward to seeing you at the VVPA meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 7pm in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

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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!

This month’s meeting features guest speakers from the Bates Street Redevelopment project as well as Board of Education Candidates.

Agenda:
7:00pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore
7:05pm – 7:15pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:15pm – 7:20pm – Announcement of election slate

7:20pm – 7:30pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

  • Discussion on effort underway to develop legislation which will reduce the impact of impending property tax increase which will likely come about as a result of the reval

7:30pm – 8:55pm – Guest Speakers

  • Bates Street Redevelopment Plan Amendment Presentation – Genova Burns LLC (attorneys for the project) and Minervini Vandermark Architecture (architect for the project)
  • Board of Election Candidates – meet & greet

8:55pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking                                            

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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, a 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

Haunted Halloween in Van Vorst Park – Monday, 10/31, 4pm – 8pm
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!  Click here for additional information.

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Other Community Events

Tales from the Crypts – Saturday, 10/15, 5pm-10pm
The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery presents a family friendly Halloween event, “Tales from the Crypts” at the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery (453 Newark Avenue), including a lively haunted stroll and Pumpkinland with games , pumpkin painting, tricks & treats!  Food, hot cider & plenty of Dead Guy Ale!!  Click here for additional information.Dwali Festival of Lights – Sunday, 10/16, 12pm-6pm
Come on out to Celebrate Diwali-Festival of light and enjoy Cultural & Folk Dances, Live Performances, Children’s Activities, Multicultural cuisine by local food vendors, Henna, Face painting, Indian and American Jewelry Vendors, Clothing, Bangles, children’s activities, DJ and Dance with Masala Bhangra.  For more information, click here.

James Beard Foundation Greens Event – Thursday, 10/20, 7pm-9pm
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) Greens presents: An evening at Mana Contemporary.  This event is a walk-around tasting curated by the JBF Greens in which attendees will enjoy art, wine, beer and small plates.  For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street – Saturday, 10/22, 6pm
The Harsimus Cove Association presents their 6th Annual Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street (4th Street between Jersey Ave & Coles St).  This is a free, family-friendly Halloween block party which includes games and attractions and live entertainment by Preschool of Rock.  For more information, click here.

Board of Education Candidate Forum – Thursday, 10/27, 7pm-9pm
The 2016 Historic Paulus Hook Association (HPNA) Board of Education forum, scheduled for 10/27, will be moderated by Leila Sadeghi, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership at Saint Peter’s University.  Click here for additional information.

Terminal of Terror – Saturday, 10/29, 9pm-2am
Come on out to this unique, adults-only Halloween party at the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal in Liberty State Park hosted by Chicpeajc.  This event features local DJs, food trucks, paranormal activities, and cash prizes for costumes.  For additional information, click here.

Family Halloween Bash @ the Pedestrian Mall – Monday, 10/31, 3pm-6pm
Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall this Halloween! There will be face-painting, a bouncy house, music, and CANDY!  This event is sponsored by HDSID and Gymboree Play & Music of Jersey City.   For additional information, click here.

Parade of Veterans and Heroes – Saturday, 11/12, 12pm
Come out on Saturday, November 12, 2016 for A Parade of Veterans and Heroes, starting at the Newark Avenue side of Dickinson High School and ending at City Hall.  The Veteran’s Resource Fair, featuring a Motorcycle & Vintage Car Show and live entertainment will happen at City Hall following the parade.  For more information, please call Charles Sampson at 201-547-4919 or email SampsonC@jcnj.org, or click here.

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, 8am-3pm
It back!  Be sure to hit up the amazing Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market for all your produce needs (and more!).  Saturdays through November at the Van Vorst Park Gazebo.

Mana Contemporary – Saturdays, 12pm – 6pm
Mana Contemporary is open to the public every Saturday from 12PM – 6PM, featuring select exhibitions, open artist studios, and a weekend menu at the Mana Café. FREE admission.  Guests who wish to view all current exhibitions in one visit, as well as open artist studios, are encouraged to attend Mana’s quarterly open house events.

6th Borough Market – 1st & 3rd Sunday through October
Come on out to the 4th season of 6th Borough Market in historic downtown Jersey City. This year the market is open two times per month – every 1st and 3rd Sunday until October!  6th Borough Market will be held at Harborside Plaza 4 (corner of Columbus Drive & Hudson Street) and is FREE and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

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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.

  • VVPA Sponsorsin order to bring your 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.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501c3 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.
  • PATH Safety & Service Upgrades –  As a reminder, weekend PATH service on the 33rd Street line is suspended for federally mandated safety & service upgrades through December.  As an update from PATH, passengers originating uptown by PATH’s 33rd St station will be able to board the shuttle bus at the pick- up locations even without a voucher.  They can just show their SmartLink or a Metro card. Vouchers will still be needed to board the shuttle bus at WTC to head uptown.
  • Jersey City Double Buck Program – The City of Jersey City has teamed up with Wholesome Wave Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program to encourage SNAP users to shop at participating Farmers’ Markets which will double their SNAP dollars towards the purchase of fruits and vegetables.  For additional information, click here.
  • Fair Trees – The Jersey City Parks Coalition (JCPC) has been chosen to receive a 2016 Tree Giveaway Award to distribute 150 FREE trees to the residents of Jersey City. This award is made possible through a partnership with CSX Transportation and the Arbor Day Foundation through its Alliance for Community Trees program. Apply for a FREE tree here.  There is also a workshop being held on Friday, October 14th at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm as part of the WPA Fall Planting Project.
  • JC Summit for Real Estate Investment – Join Principals, Investors, Owners, Developers, Advisors, City, County & State Leaders on October 13th for the 2nd annual Jersey City Summit for Real Estate Investment @ 70 Hudson Street, 10th Floor.  For more information and to register, go to: WWW.INVESTJERSEY.CITY.
  • 328 Montgomery Street Development ProjectMany of you have expressed concerns about this project during our monthly meetings.  In response to concerns raised, the VVPA sent a letter to the city summarizing the concerns.  Please click here for a copy of the letter sent to the City requesting a cure for resident concerns on this project.  Additionally, it has come to our attention that representatives from this project will be presenting at the Historic Preservation Commission Meeting on Monday, 10/17/16 at 6:30pm at City Hall.  Please click here for additional information.  And, be sure to attend this critical meeting to have your voice heard!

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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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 AuthorityTo get daily updates on whether or not parking rules are in effect in Jersey City, you can follow @JCParking on Twitter.  To reach the Parking Authority, please call the following numbers: Enforcement and Permits: 201.538.3248 or 201.538.2525; Signs: 201.206.8933.

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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!
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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 donation.  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.

June 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

16 Jun 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Summer is finally here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  As usual, our monthly newsletter is packed with information about neighborhood activities as well as useful information on what’s happening in and around our neighborhoods.

The VVPA’s monthly meeting schedule is the 3rd Tuesday of the month, so we look forward to seeing you at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 at 7:00 PM in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

As a heads up, the VVPA will have a July general meeting, but we will be on hiatus in August, so please mark your calendars accordingly.


Special Announcements
 The VVPA would like to extend our thoughts to the victims and families of the horrific tragedy in Orlando.  We stand with Orlando.


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!

This month’s meeting features guest speakers Maureen Crowley, who will be presenting an Embankment Preservation Coalition Update, and Marc Wesson, from Friends of Van Vorst Park, as well as a meet and greet with both Marla Priest, Director of Mana Wine and June Jones, Executive Director of the Morris Canal Community Development Corporation.

Agenda:
7:00pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore
7:05pm – 7:30pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:30pm – 8:00pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

  • Membership vote on Embankment Preservation Coalition’s donation request

8:00pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers

  • Maureen Crowley, Embankment Preservation Coalition
  • Marc Wesson, Friends of Van Vorst Park
  • Marla Priest, Director of Mana Wine
  • June Jones, Executive Director Morris Canal Community Development Corporation

8:50pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking


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.

  • VVPA Sponsors – The VVPA would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors for our inaugural golf event that was held on June 10th.  Thanks to these sponsors, the VVPA continues to be able to bring you so many free and low-cost events throughout the year!   The VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorship from local businesses and community members, so if you’d like 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.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!   Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501c3 non-profit group, so be sure to ask your Company to match your charitable contribution!  We also ask that you support the sponsors who have so generously supported the VVPA and let them know that you appreciate their sponsorship!
  • PATH Safety & Service Upgrades –  As you may have heard, weekend PATH service on the 33rd Street line will be suspended starting in August for federally mandated safety & service upgrades.  The VVPA is reaching out to PATH to hopefully have a representative at our July meeting to answer your questions, but in the meantime, you can find out additional information about these necessary repairs and how it will impact you by clicking here.
  • Jersey City Swimming Pools and sprinklers are open city-wide!  For more information, on hours of operation and locations, click here.
  • JC Children’s Theater & Nibus Dance Works present JC Summerarts & JC Summerarts, Jr., dance, theater & music camps for children.  For more information or to register, click here.
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    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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (SeeClickFix) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern.  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.  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.

 

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.

VVPA Sponsored Events
The VVPA would like to take a moment to extend a special thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard putting together the logistics for our inaugural golf outing as well as a big thanks to all of our sponsors and attendees!  The event was a huge success thanks to all of you!!  We look forward to seeing you on the course again next year!

Films in Van Vorst – Begins June 8th, Sunset
The twelfth annual Films in Van Vorst FREE outdoor summer film series is here!!!  Every other Wednesday (weather dependent), Films in Van Vorst, in cooperation with Friends of Van Vorst, shows a Free film by the gazebo in Van Vorst Park.  Bring a chair, bring a friend….the popcorn is free!  For a full listing of movies, look for the schedule at filmsinvanvorst.com.

VVPA Summer Events
The VVPA Events Committee is busy planning some wonderful events that will take place this summer.  Stay tuned for more information on all the wonderful events to come!   Disco in the Park!  White Party!  Garden Tour!

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Other Community Events

The Jersey City Project – Project: Eats Street Festival – June 18th & 19th, 11am – 7pm
The Jersey City Project is back with Project: Eats, a food centric marketplace celebrating warm days, cool drinks, and delicious eats.  Join them “for two days of good eatin’ with rotating vendors on Saturday and Sunday, including food tents, trucks, a bar, and more!”  For more information, click here.

JC Youth Charity Golf Outing – June 20th, 8am
Now that you’ve honed your skills at the inaugural VVPA golf tournament, its time to get back out on the course for the Jersey City Youth Foundation’s 2nd annual Charity Golf Outing at the Skyway Golf Course.  For more information, click here.

Berry Lane Park Grand Opening & Family Day Festival – Saturday, June 25th, 11am-3pm
Join your neighbors at a FREE family day festival to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Berry Lane Park.  This celebration is free and open to the public, and includes live music, demonstrations, sports, children’s activities, food vendors and more.  Click here for more information.

3rd Annual Freedom & Fireworks Festival – July 4th, 12pm-10pm
The City of Jersey City is sponsoring its 3rd annual freedom and fireworks festival featuring carnival rides, drinks, food, and fireworks!  All are welcome!  For more information, click here.

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, 8am-3pm
It back!  Be sure to hit up the amazing Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market for all your produce needs (and more!).  Saturdays through November at the Van Vorst Park Gazebo.

Groove on Grove – May – September,
Downtown JC’s longest running weekly music series, Groove on Grove, is back for its 9th season.  Every other Wednesday from May – September, come on out to the Grove St. plaza for music, food, and drinks.  For more information and to view the lineup, click here.

JC Department of Recreation Bootcamp Program – Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 7:45am

Get fit with the JC Department of Recreation as they present their Bootcamp Program!  This program is open to adults and seniors.  For more information, call 201.547.5003, or visit jerseycitynj.gov.

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 donation.  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.
We’d also like to extend a Special Thanks to the Gold and Silver Sponsors for the Inaugural Golf Outing [Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory, Fields Development Group, The Garvin Group, Ltd., and Rolando Lavarro]!!

May 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

13 May 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

The beautiful weather is finally here!  We’re so excited that we can now spend lots of time outdoors attending all the amazing springtime events around the city.  Welcome, everyone, to the May VVPA Monthly newsletter.  As usual, our monthly newsletter is packed with information about neighborhood activities as well as useful information on what’s happening in and around our neighborhoods.

The VVPA’s monthly meeting schedule is the 3rd Tuesday of the month, so we look forward to seeing you at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 7:00 PM in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

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!

This month’s meeting features a meet and greet with James Shea, Director of the Department of Public Safety for the City of Jersey City (rescheduled from last month), along with guest speakers June Jones from the Morris Canal/Lafayette Neighborhood for a meet & greet, and Bridget D’Souza discussing the Team Wilderness program.

Agenda:

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

7:05pm – 7:30pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:30pm – 8:00pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

  • Maureen Crowley of the Embankment Preservation Coalition – Donation Request

8:00pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers

  • James Shea, Director, Department of Public Safety – Meet & Greet
  • June Jones, Community Activist from the Morris Canal/Lafayette Neighborhood – meet & greet as part of the VVPA’s “Meet Your Neighbors Initiative”
  • Brigid D’Souza, Community Activist, discussing the “Team Wilderness” program (a new program aimed at bringing JC high school aged kids on outdoor / wilderness events, like hiking, kayaking, etc)

8:50pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

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.

  • Block Watch Training – Thursday, May 12th, 6pm
    JCPD’s East District presents FREE Block Watch Training.  Block Watch is a national program that is based on the principle that neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime. The Block Watch program opens the lines of communication between neighbors, from citizens to the Police Department, and from the Police Department to the citizens.  All are encouraged to attend this training at MS 4 (Bright St. @ Varick St.). Please RSVP to dlionakis@njjcps.org.
  • NJ Primary – Tuesday, May 17th
    Tuesday, May 17th is NJ Primary Day…..Don’t forget to get out and vote!
  • VVPA Sponsors
    In order to bring you free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorship 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.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!
  • 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 and Steven Fulop by clicking on the links provided.  Or, you can reach out to your committee person for assistance on local matters.
  • 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.  Additionally, for a listing of upcoming East District events, please click here.
  • 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 (Jersey City RRC Fix-It) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern.  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.  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!
  • Did you know that The Jersey City Free Public Library system hosts tons of free events throughout the year?  For additional information on the many wonderful events happening in May throughout the JC Library system, click here.

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.

VVPA Sponsored Events

Art Exhibition & Sale – June 3rd, 7pm
The VVPA, in conjunction with the Barrow Mansion and JC Fridays, presents A Celebration: Spring Into Summer Art Exhibition and Sale.  Come out to enjoy a glass of wine while viewing (and buying!) fabulous art by local artists, and listening to some fine music by Carol Lester & friends.  Come see the Barrow Mansion as it is transformed into an Art Gallery!  For more information, contact Maria Ross, curator for the VVPA, at 917.318.1675/bestcats99@yahoo.com.

Films in Van Vorst – Begins June 8th, Sunset
Its almost that time of year!  The twelfth annual Films in Van Vorst FREE, outdoor summer film series begins on June 8th!  Bring a chair, bring a friend….the popcorn is free!  Stay tuned for the schedule (will be published soon!), and be sure to check for updates at filmsinvanvorst.com.

VVPA’s Inaugural Golf Outing – June 10th, 4pm
Tickets are selling fast for the VVPA’s Inaugural Golf Outing!!  Dust off your tees and golf clubs and get ready to show off your skills on June 10th at the Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West.  Fun for all!!  Non-golfers welcome too!  To purchase tickets, click here.  Golfers: $100 includes green fees & cart, beverages for entire event, dinner & awards ceremony, Non-Golfers: $50 includes putting contest, dinner & drinks.  Space is limited, so buy your ticket today.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available, but going fast.  Please share and invite your friends!  FORE!!!!

VVPA Garden Tour
The VVPA is interested in having Garden Tour this summer.  Do you have a garden or really cool backyard to share? We are looking for a few generous VVPA supporters to help us with this unique fundraiser.  For more information please contact: vvpagarden@yahoo.com

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Other Community Events

Newport 10K – Saturday, May 14th, 8:30am
Calling all runners!  The annual Newport 10K takes place this Saturday, May 14th, at 8:30 am.  Lace up your running shoes and join in the fun!

Pets for the Park – Saturday, May 14th, 10:30am
Join the Liberty Humane Society (LHS) at the Pets For the Park pet parade and anti-privatization rally in support of Liberty State Park on Saturday, 5/14/16, at 10:30am. Bring your pet, meet some adoptable dogs, and enjoy one of the most gorgeous views in Jersey City.  Please share and invite your friends!  For more information, click here.

Charles & Co Grand Opening Neighborhood Block Party – Saturday, May 14th, 12pm-6pm
Join your neighbors at a FREE neighborhood block party to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Charles & Co Building, across from City Hall.  Click here for more information.

Jersey City Philharmonic Inaugural Concert – May 17th, 7pm
Across the country, philharmonic orchestras are some of the most revered cultural institutions major cities have to offer. And now, Jersey City is getting our very own orchestra. All are invited to the Inaugural Concert of the brand-new Jersey City Philharmonic Orchestra, Tuesday May 17th at City Hall!  The concert is FREE. For more information, click here.

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, 8am-3pm
It back!  Be sure to hit up the amazing Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market for all your produce needs (and more!).  Saturdays through November at the Van Vorst Park Gazebo.

JC Department of Recreation Bootcamp Program – Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 7:45am

Get fit with the JC Department of Recreation as they present their Bootcamp Program!  This program is open to adults and seniors.  For more information, call 201.547.5003, or visit jerseycitynj.gov.
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 donation.  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.

April 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

13 May 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Welcome spring!  In addition to seeing all the beautiful flowers starting to bloom in our parks and throughout our neighborhood, we are also seeing something else making an appearance…..all of you!  We are super excited to once again connect with all of you and see you out and about in the Van Vorst community.

As usual, our monthly newsletter is packed with information about neighborhood activities as well as useful information on what’s happening in and around our neighborhoods.

As usual, the VVPA’s monthly meeting schedule is the 3rd Tuesday of the month, so we look forward to seeing you at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at 7:00 PM in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

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!

This month’s meeting features a meet and greet with James Shea, Director of the Department of Public Safety for the City of Jersey City.

Agenda:

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

7:05pm – 7:30pm – Officer & Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:30pm – 8:15pm – New Business

  • Donation request – Embankment Preservation Coalition
  • Parking Concerns & Community Action Items
  • Property Tax Reval
  • Future Meeting Topics/Ideas
  • Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

8:15pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers

  • James Shea, Director, Department of Public Safety – Meet & Greet

8:50pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

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.
  • VVPA Sponsors – In order to bring you free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorship 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.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!
  • 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 and Steven Fulop by clicking on the links provided.
  • 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 (Jersey City RRC Fix-It) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern.  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.  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!
  • The Office of Innovation is seeking your input for a community-wide survey to evaluate and help reform the City’s processes in the Building, Zoning, and Licensing Departments.  This is an opportunity to let your voice be heard to make a difference in your community.  Click here to access the survey.
  • Concerned neighbors posted on the Next Door app valuable information about Property Tax Appeals and the Reval.  Click here to watch the video on this topic.  Additionally, you may find useful information about property revaluations on civicparent.org.
  • Did you know that The Jersey City Free Public Library system hosts tons of free events throughout the year?  For additional information on the many wonderful events happening in May throughout the JC Library system, click here.

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.

VVPA Sponsored Events

VVPA’s Inaugural Golf Outing – June10th, 4pm
Mark your calendars!!!  We’re extremely excited to announce that the VVPA’s Inaugural Golf Outing is almost here!!  Dust off your tees and golf clubs and get ready to show off your skills on June 10th at the Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West.  Fun for all!!  Non-golfers welcome too!  Stay tuned, more details are forthcoming.  Fore!!!!!

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Other Community Events

Cathedral Arts Live – Friday, April 15th, 7:30pm
Continuing its mission to bring the best of Hudson County and beyond to Jersey City, Grace Church Van Vorst presents Hudson County Plays. During this performance, local playwrights explore city life, from the streets to home to the workplace.  For more information, click here.

JC Sumer Camp Fair – Saturday, April 16th, 10am-1pm
Come out to City Hall Plaza on Saturday, 4/16 to get information about & speak to the representatives of major Summer Camps & Activity Centers in & around Jersey City & Hoboken.  For more information, visit the Jersey City Cultural Affairs website.

JC Department of Recreation Bootcamp Program – Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 7:45am, beginning April 19th
Get fit with the JC Department of Recreation as they present their Bootcamp Program!  This program is open to adults and seniors.  For more information, call 201.547.5003, or visit jerseycitynj.gov for additional information..

The Great Jersey City Cleanup – Saturday, April 23rd, 9am

On Saturday, 4/23/16, head on out to The Great Jersey City Clean-up, brought to you by the City of Jersey City and Keep Jersey City Beautiful.  The initiative is looking to mobilize thousands of residents alongside neighborhood and civic organizations, community leaders, and elected officials to roll up their sleeves and help clean our City on a single day!  For more information, click here, and to register with the VVPA contingent, click here. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Earth Day Festival – Saturday, April 23rd, 11am – 6pm

After you’re done with the Great City Cleanup, join community activists at the 3rd annual Jersey City Earth Day Festival (JCEDF) at City Hall.  The JCEDF is a day long celebration of sustainability and environmental awareness with New Jersey farm vendors, locally produced goods, workshops, activities, community organizations, live music, and upcycled/sustainable artists’ market.  For more information, click here.
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 donation.  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.

March 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

13 May 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas

Spring is nearly upon us!!  As the weather starts to get a little warmer and the days a little brighter, there are lots of happenings around Jersey City!  As usual, our monthly newsletter is packed with information about neighborhood activities as well as useful information on what’s happening in and around our neighborhoods.

The VVPA’s monthly meeting schedule is the 3rd Tuesday of the month, so we look forward to seeing you at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 7:00 PM in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

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!

This month’s meeting features a discussion about the current and future status of the Pedestrian Mall (this agenda item was postponed from last month).

Agenda:

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

7:05pm – 7:30pm – Officer & Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:30pm – 7:50pm – New Business

  • Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.  In particular, we’d like to hear from you about the future agenda items / guest speakers you’d like to see at our monthly VVPA meetings.

7:50pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers

  • Pedestrian Mall – Brian Platt, Office of Innovation, JC Mayor’s Office
  • 158-162 Mercer Street: Renovation of the Church / Rectory into a multi-family residential building – Dixon Properties
  • 254 Montgomery Street: Renovation of the single story rear garage on Barrow Street to include a new roof deck addition – Dixon Properties

8:50pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

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.
  • VVPA Sponsors – In order to bring you free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorship 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.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!
  • 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 and Steven Fulop by clicking on the links provided.
  • 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 (Jersey City RRC Fix-It) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern.  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.  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!
  • The Next Library Board Meeting is Tuesday, March 8, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library – 489 Bergen Avenue.  For additional information on the many wonderful events happening throughout the JC Library system, click here.

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.

VVPA Sponsored Events
Easter Egg Hunt – Date TBD
Check out the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Van Vorst Park co-sponsored by VVPA and Friends of Van Vorst!  Date TBD — keep checking the VVPA Facebook page for details! 
And, as an FYI, we are at 996 likes for the page…only 4 more and we hit 1000!!!!

Other Community Events

International Tuesday Women’s Day – Tuesday, March 8th, 7pm-9pm

Mayor Fulop, the JC Municipal Council, Councilwoman at large Joyce Watterman and the Women’s Committee present International Tuesday Women’s Day at NJCU’s Margaret Williams Theater, 2039 Kennedy Blvd.  Event features music, dance and drumming.  RSVP for FREE tickets and parking!  For additional information on this event, or the many other wonderful city-sponsored Women’s History Month events, visit the City of Jersey City website.
In Full Color: Stories by Women of Color – March 17, 19 & 20

Art House Productions presents an evening of moving, hilarious, and heart-warming stories in honor of Women’s History Month.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to WomenRising
Due to a recent burst pipe in Art House’s space, resulting in severe water damage and flooding to their facilities, they have temporarily shut down their facilities to asses and repair the damages.  Therefore, the event will take place in a rented space at Merseles Studios in downtown Jersey City.  All are encouraged to attend this great event and to consider making donations to offset the unexpected costs associated with the facility repairs.
Cantigas Women’s Choir Concert – Saturday, March 19th, 4pm
Join Cantigas Women’s Choir from Hoboken and Con Brio Women’s Choir from Seattle for an afternoon of festive choral singing at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City. Suggested donation is $20 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. For more information, click here.

When Wine Meets Chocolate – Tuesday, March 31st, 6pm-8pm
Join the JCMC Registered Dieticians and The Women’s Health Center at Grove St for a nutrition discussion along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Event will be at Liberty Prime Steakhouse.  RSVP to reserve a spot!  For more information, click here
The Great Jersey City Cleanup – Saturday, April 23rd
Save the date for the Great Jersey City Cleanup!  The Great Jersey City Clean-up is brought to you by the City of Jersey City and Keep Jersey City Beautiful.  The initiative is looking to mobilize thousands of residents alongside neighborhood and civic organizations, community leaders, and elected officials to roll up their sleeves and help clean our City on a single day!  For more information, click here.
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 donation.  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.