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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.

Agenda:

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!

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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 chesq@hotmail.com.

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!
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Seasonal Events
The farmer’s market, brought to you by Friends of Van Vorst Park, is up and running on Saturday mornings at the gazeebo in Van Vorst Park. The Farmer’s Market runs Saturdays, from 8am – 3pm, through December 23rd.

The Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market, brought to you by the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID), is up and running on Monday’s at the Grove PATH Plaza.

Groove on Grove, a weekly local music series at the Grove PATH Plaza, is back for its 10th season! Performances on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm.

 

Give Back to your Community!
Periodically the VVPA receives inquiries from civic-minded folks like you looking for ways to get more involved in their community. Below are a few ways to accomplish this:

VVPA Sponsors –
In order to bring you free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members. For more information on the benefits of becoming a sponsor, as well as the various sponsorship levels that are available, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

Charitable Donations –
For those looking to make financial contributions, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button! Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, so be sure to ask your Company to match your charitable contribution! And, we are registered as a non-profit at Amazon Smile, so every time you shop through Amazon Smile, select the VVPA as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the VVPA.

VVPA Board & Committee Positions –
The VVPA is always looking for people to lend a hand by becoming active on the VVPA board or on one of its many committees: Construction & Development Committee; Events Committee; Membership Committee; Special Projects Committee. There are no formal requirements other than a genuine desire to help to move the community forward in a positive direction.

Donate Your Professional Services –
Throughout the year, there are numerous opportunities to help the VVPA streamline costs and make our efforts more efficient through donating your professional services. And, if you have a professional skill you can share with your neighbors at an upcoming event, that would be valuable as well. All types of talents and expertise are welcome!

Spread the Word –
Make a commitment to bring a new friend, relative or neighbor to an upcoming association meeting or event. The VVPA welcomes all!

 

News You Can Use
As always, we try to bring you as many items of interest that affect our community. If you have any items that are important to share, please email us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

East District Captain’s Meetings, which are regularly scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (typically in MS4 Library on Bright St., but location subject to change), are a great opportunity for community members to discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD. For more information on upcoming meetings, reach out to the JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis, at 201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org.

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 mahillen@fhiplan.com.

 

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.

 

July 2017 VVPA Meeting Minutes

19 Jul 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes, News You Can Use

VVPA Meeting 07/18/17

Call to Order – 7:10 pm

Officer/Committee Reports

  • Treasurer
    • All accounts in good standing
      • Golf outing raised over $4,500! Next year’s Golf outing already booked – June 8th, 2018
  • Planning and Development
  • Will meet w/ developer re: 102 Wayne St soon regarding their proposed work at this location.
  • 328 Montgomery last night’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) meeting – owner/developer wanted amendment to their proposed plan. Issue ended up being tabled due to unavailability of expert testimony and unavailability of drawings at that meeting, will be on the 8/21 HPC meeting. All encouraged to attend again and speak out! Even if it isn’t on your block, it is in your neighborhood. We all need to support one another as issues develop in the community that may impact any or all of us.
  • 219 Montgomery St. – potential Restaurant? Location currently has COO for 3 commercial spaces. Developer asked if community would be amenable to location being included in restaurant overlay zone, in Cat 1/2 zone, which means it could get liquor or cabaret license. This is a mainly residential street, so committee told developer that it would most likely not be well received by community, but instead suggested a café license would be more amenable.
    • Tip: can check City portal to see if permits have been applied for a construction project
  • Bright & Varick Update
  • Motion to appeal applied, petition to Supreme Court filed. City supporting. Met w/ JCRA who are also supporting our efforts. State courts have up to 90 days to respond, may also have some back and forth between Lawyers in between.
  • We will continue to fundraise to pay Attorney’s bills. We also accept donations from community to help offset costs! Have also reached out to league of municipalities to sign on with us —- we want them to understand that this is a bad precedent being set.
  • Events
  • Movies in the Park – www.filmsinvanvorst.com.
    • July 26th: Audience Choice Movie – check the link to vote via the online poll!
  • 4th Annual Disco in the Park – August 19th , 7pm – 10pm
  • Dinner en Blanc/Summer Sendoff Party – August 26th, dress in all white, bring food! Planning for this event is next Monday, 7/24/17. More details and Eventbrite link to come.
  • March, 2018 – Fundraiser in Barrow Mansion – Irish Band, Dance lessons – more info to come

 

New Business/Old Business

  • Volunteer Survey – Events throughout the year you can volunteer for. Let us know about what skills you have, what availability you have, etc. Will post volunteer survey again on website.
  • Civic Action Committee – groups sprung up all over JC post November 2016 election. Idea: bring civic action groups together to learn more about them and to sign up for the various groups.
  • Barrow Mansion call for gardeners! Anyone interested in volunteering, reach out to vvpanews@gmail.com and we will get you in touch with the Barrow Mansion.
  • Amazon Smile – set VVPA as your charity of choice so that a portion of the cost your purchases will be donated to VVPA.
  • Parking
    • Increase in parking fine from $60 to $110 for cars parked w/o zone stickers has been approved
    • Will keep 8 zones for now.
    • Special Requests:
      • St. Bridget’s (Montgomery & Brunswick) – currently not in a zone, want to be included in a zone to be able to park near their residences
      • Residents on Center St. want to be included in a zone – there are homes interspersed between businesses there and need resident parking.
      • Montgomery St. – Resident’s only parking on one side of the street proposed (Montgomery between Jersey & Grove). Andrew Vischio working on a draft. Will be presented to VVPA.

Guest Speakers

  • Election Candidates
  • James Solomon
  • Rebecca Symes
  • Jake Hudnut
  • Pat Dugan

Announcements & Community Networking

  • November Elections
    • Ward E Councilperson Debate – October 16th, 7pm, MS 4
    • Mayoral Debate – October 18th, 7pm, MS4
    • Jcprogressives.com – website where you can find consolidated info on candidates running for election Nov 7th
  • Reminder to provide comments on both the Grand Street Redevelopment and Downtown Traffic Study! Emails to provide feedback are in the July newsletter.

Adjournment – 8:50 pm

June 2017 VVPA Meeting Minutes

24 Jun 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes, News You Can Use

Meeting Minutes – June 20th, 2017

7:10 pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore

  • Thanks to Councilwoman Candice Osborne for her service to and support of both Ward E as well as Ward F
  • 2nd Annual Golf Outing & Martini Party – Was a hit! Thanks to the committee who put it together, the volunteers, the sponsors/donors, and all the attendees!  Next year’s date is Friday, June 8th, 2018!

Officer/Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Dermot Ronan

  • Tabled

Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • No projects to present, no significant updates on old projects

Events Committee Report – Oona Moore

  • Movies in the Park – starts 6/21 ~8:30pm. Schedule at filmsinvanvorst.com
  • Disco in the Park – August 19th – FREE Event – bring your kids, family members, neighbors
  • Dinner en blanc / White Dinner Party – Friday, August 25th: Wear all white, bring your own dinner and wine, VVPA supplies decorations, entertainment and dessert – limited tickets will be made available!
  • Feedback/ideas for new events

o   Bring back the Meetball dinner – possibly in the Armory?

  • End of year holiday party – December 9th is the possible date

Guest Speakers

Andrew Vischio, Director, Traffic & Engineering, City of JC

Jersey Ave Bridge Project – No city website yet this project; Turnpike Authority has project on their site, but hard to find. Need links on City website to the available information on this project.

Purpose of bridge is to connect diff parts of city, direct route to JC Medical Center, etc.  Current design is to have 1 lane in each direction with a bike lane (~40’ total width) – since only lane, natural traffic calming mechanism is built into the design. Footbridge will remain in place.  Traffic signal at Johnston & Audrey Zapp and Regent St. & JC Medical Center – metering effect on how much traffic gets to Grand street during travel hours.  Andrew participates in weekly conference calls to coordinate w/ Turnpike Authority.

Fire, Police, Emergency Services – bike lanes are “surface”, not protected so that emergency services can use that lane as well as the shoulder area for travel if needed.

 

Traffic study was conducted in 2010, and was redone this spring.

Community Concerns:

  • Make the roads safer for all – how will this be achieved with the projected additional influx of cars
  • Traffic – streets in downtown are already at/near capacity during peak hours. What is the plan for addressing any overflow of traffic into the nearby streets (“traffic shift”)?
  • Traffic enforcement – has enforcement been budgeted for?
  • Quality of Life – huge impact on quality of life for residents of the area
  • Noise
  • Congestion
  • Pollution – It is unknown if an environmental Impact Statement was performed for this project
  • Money – Turnpike Authority paid for bridge to be built – $10M, but JC residents will not be paying for maintenance in perpetuity

Suggestions:

  • Work with Turnpike Authority to collect data from EzPass to assess who uses this route as a cut-through to the Holland Tunnel and increase the fees for this.
  • Traffic restrictions – reverse traffic flow during peak commuting hours, force traffic down Grand only through no turning signs, and minimize size of vehicles that can use the roadway (or other combinations of ideas to minimize impact)
  • Introduce lights, speed humps, circles, etc. to dissuade this from being a cut through to the Holland Tunnel

 

Grand St Redesign – Highest profile roadway corridor redesign project which incorporates road diet and safe streets concepts.  Incorporates impact of Jersey Ave Bridge into the design

Road Diet – one lane in each direction with striped median turning lane for large portions of corridor – Emergency vehicles can travel in this median if needed.

Study conducted this spring along entire length of roadway to make safer for all modes of transportation, pedestrians and bikes.  Study to be completed in September 2017, started public outreach effort.  Booth to be set up at Farmer’s Market this Saturday and at Arlington St. Farmer’s Market.  Will have two workshop meetings to get comments/feedback to modify concepts. Will present changes /responses in another public session in Mid-July/August.

Will present preferred alternative / one comprehensive plan.  Phased project.  Goal: safer corridor for all users.  Connecting bike lanes (E-W “spine” connector).  Participate in community meetings!  Info on project will be on Grandstreetstudy.org

Can provide input via website, studies will be forthcoming in the future.

Comments:

  • Suggested that more specifics be given to public on how their comments are being incorporated
  • Suggested that a terminology of concepts/phrases be shared to enhance understanding
  • Safe streets JC – nonprofit organization – can get information here on urban planning concepts

Other General Traffic/Safety Issues:

  • Light up crosswalk to help pedestrians be able to safely cross
  • Timing of lights on Jersey Ave not yet synchronized
  • Intersection of Varick & York – unable to see walk sign without stepping out into traffic to look over shoulder at traffic light

 

Old Business/New Business

Parking Changes – committee spoke w/ Mayor and committee and came up w/ some proposals

  • Initial phase: Improve enforcement – this is underway and reaping results already
  • Items to go before council for vote – voice your opinion at the meeting when it is scheduled!

o   Phase II: Increased hours: 8am – 11pm (2 hour limit); Parking fines will be increased from $60 to $110 for parking w/o valid permit (at $60 it isn’t much of a deterrent); bootable 1st offense for certain areas

o   Phase III: develop mechanism for out of town visitors parking

o   Future: Develop mechanism for addressing how residents in high rises are monitored for parking in building vs. allowing them to get zone permits

  • Parking directors of Hoboken & JC, along with vendors for meter machines will meet to develop best approach and practices for parking in JC
  • Put concerns regarding this issue on email to vvpanews@gmail.com, copy Candice Osborne

Citibike Stations – more needed

  • Citibike will be using demand data to determine where to put more stations (demand, density, ridership); contact Citibike to make suggestions

Summary of First Committeeperson meeting

  • JC Democratic Committee responsible for increasing voter registration, turning out the vote and deciding who gets endorsement
  • Group typically meets 1ce/term
  • Introduced amendment to meet more frequently to serve community better – 4x/year
  • Introduced By-Laws
  • Introduced amendment to have at least 50% of officers of committee be elected officials (vs an appointed officer) – a lot of power flows through the officers
  • Increased quorum from 10% to 25%
  • Introduced a number of caucuses to help serve the community better

Sol Azteca

  • Will be moving into 328 Montgomery St., looking to open 4th of July weekend, but there is no COO. Façade not built according to planning – they may be looking to get TCO??
  • Plan is to be BYOB, will be closed Mondays, open 10am -11pm other days

DCNA – October Mayoral and Ward E Candidate Debates will be planned (on separate nights)

JC Unity Walk – Well attended event, large cross section of people throughout the City

Adjournment – 9:05 pm

June 2017 Monthly Meeting Reminder

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

June 2017 Monthly Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that the next VVPA monthly meeting is tonight, Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00pm in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.  We’ve got a great agenda and some important updates to share with you, so see you there!


Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!  Wine tasting to be provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

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

Agenda:

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

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

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

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

  • Call for Volunteers
    • Events committee
    • VVPA Farmers Market Welcome Table
    • Please sign up at vvpanews@gmail.com or let a board member know that you are interested in volunteering
  • Community input is welcomed for any other new issues/concerns affecting our community, as well as ideas for topics or speakers at upcoming meetings

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

  • 7:45pm – 7:55pm – Sol Azteca
  • 7:55pm – 8:20pm – Downtown Traffic Study, Traffic impact – Turnpike extension project: Joe Cunha, Andrew Vischio
  • 8:20pm – 8:45pm – Open Discussion Turnpike extension project, Downtown Traffic Study and Grand Street Re-Design
  • 8:45pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

June 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

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

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


Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!  Wine tasting to be provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

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

Agenda:

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

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

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

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

  • Call for Volunteers
    • Events committee
    • VVPA Farmers Market Welcome Table
    • Please sign up at vvpanews@gmail.com or let a board member know that you are interested in volunteering
  • Community input is welcomed for any other new issues/concerns affecting our community, as well as ideas for topics or speakers at upcoming meetings

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

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

8:45pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking


Community Events
Below is just a partial list of the many, many wonderful events happening in the Van Vorst neighborhood and throughout our city.  If you have a community event that you’d like featured in our newsletter, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  And, as always, if you’d like to get more involved by becoming part of the events committee, the VVPA always welcomes volunteers.  Contact vvpanews@gmail.com to join in the fun!

VVPA Sponsored Events

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

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

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Other Community Events

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

Mercer + Varick + York + Wayne + Bright Streets and Paulmier Place Stoop & Sidewalk Sale – Saturday, June 17th, 10:30am – 3:30pm
On June 17th and June 18th, come on out to this huge multi-family, multi-block stoop and sidewalk sale!  There will be all sorts of goods for sale at excellent prices, including vintage picture frames, kids toys, books, home goods, clothes, flatware, and much, much more.  And, if you would like to join in on the festivities (you will be added to the event’s official map), email: mercerstreetdesign@mac.com.  For more information about this fun annual event, click here.

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

Jersey City Puerto Rican Day Parade – August 19th & 20th
Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage, Arts and Culture, Inc., is busy planning for an exciting JC Puerto Rican Heritage Festival and Parade!  In order to help fund the parade as well as to sustain the organization to continue providing benefits to the community, organizers are looking for sponsors and donations.  For more information on this, please click here.
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Seasonal Events

  • The farmer’s market, brought to you by Friends of Van Vorst Park, is up and running on Saturday mornings at the gazeebo in Van Vorst Park.  The Farmer’s Market runs Saturdays, from 8am – 3pm, through December 23rd.
  • The Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market, brought to you by the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID), is up and running on Monday’s at the Grove PATH Plaza.
  • Groove on Grove, a weekly local music series at the Grove PATH Plaza, is back for its 10th season!  Performances on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm.

Give Back to your Community!
Periodically the VVPA receives inquiries from civic-minded folks like you looking for ways to get more involved in their community.  Below are a few ways to accomplish this:

VVPA Sponsors –
In order to bring you free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members.  For more information on the benefits of becoming a sponsor, as well as the various sponsorship levels that are available, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

Charitable Donations –
For those looking to make financial contributions, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, so be sure to ask your Company to match your charitable contribution!  And, we are registered as a non-profit at Amazon Smile, so every time you shop through Amazon Smile, select the VVPA as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the VVPA.

VVPA Board & Committee Positions –
The VVPA is always looking for people to lend a hand by becoming active on the VVPA board or on one of its many committees: Construction & Development Committee; Events Committee; Membership Committee; Special Projects Committee.  There are no formal requirements other than a genuine desire to help to move the community forward in a positive direction.

Donate Your Professional Services –
Throughout the year, there are numerous opportunities to help the VVPA streamline costs and make our efforts more efficient through donating your professional services.   And, if you have a professional skill you can share with your neighbors at an upcoming event, that would be valuable as well.  All types of talents and expertise are welcome!

Spread the Word –
Make a commitment to bring a new friend, relative or neighbor to an upcoming association meeting or event.  The VVPA welcomes all!


News You Can Use
As always, we try to bring you as many items of interest that affect our community.  If you have any items that are important to share, please email us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

  • East District Captain’s Meetings, which are regularly scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (typically in MS4 Library on Bright St., but location subject to change), are a great opportunity for community members to discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD.  For more information on upcoming meetings, reach out to the JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis, at 201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org.
  • Call Before You Dig!  In order to prevent accidentally damaging an underground utility while you are digging – to plant new trees or a install a new deck, for instance – you are required to call 8-1-1 in order to have the underground utilities located and marked out before you start digging.  The call and markout services are free and critical to preventing damage, serious injury, and disruption of service.  For more information, click here.
  • PSE&G has offered Tips for your Air Conditioner’s Spring Debut to help ensure your air conditioner is ready for the summer!  The tips are:
    • Clear your outdoor unit of grass, dirt and leaves.
    • Make sure there is nothing obstructing airflow into the unit.
    • Replace or clean your air filters once a month, or as directed by the manufacturer.
    • Check that all vents in your home are fully open and not blocked by furniture or drapes.
    • To keep a safe, high performing and efficient system, have it checked regularly by a qualified air conditioning and heating contractor.

Stay Connected, Stay Informed……

  • In addition to receiving news you can use from VVPA, we encourage all residents to sign up to receive Community News / Updates from your elected officials. Sign up for updates from Candice Osborne , Jermaine Robinson and Steven Fulop by clicking on the links provided.  Or, you can reach out to your committee person for assistance on local matters.  Please reach out to vvpanews@gmail.com for additional information on how to reach out to your local committeeperson.
  • Jersey City Resident Response Center is a resource available to all to find answers to commonly asked questions or to report non-emergency concerns/problems to the City of Jersey City (potholes, failure to pick up trash, fallen tree branch removal, etc.).  In addition to utilizing the JCRRC website, residents may also download the app on their phone (JerseyCityConnect) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern (note: directions to download the app have been added to the VVPA website, www.vvpa.org).  We encourage all to utilize these resources to help resolve issues in their community.
  • Stay Informed and Active in your Community by signing up for the NextDoor and Swift911 applications and monitoring local news through NJ.Com/hudson, and the Jersey Journal and Hudson Reporter newspapers.  Nextdoor is a private social network that connects neighbors to talk online and makes communities stronger, better and safer. The City uses the Swift911 platform to send citywide emergency and non-emergency alerts through a variety of channels including voice, text message, email, fax, pager, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  Registration is free, so join today.
  • JC Parking Authority – To get daily updates on whether or not parking rules are in effect in Jersey City, you can follow @JCParking on Twitter.  Due to a computer error, the Parking Division has not been able to issue permit renewal notices on a regular basis. They are working on correcting this issue. Please check your permit expiration date, and if you have not received a renewal, please call 201-547-5538 or ext. 2115,2117, or 2119.

Ten Things You Can Do to Improve Your Neighborhood

1.  Clean up your sidewalk and curb
2.  Ask your neighbors if they need help
3.  Be quieter after 10pm every day
4.  If you have a driveway, do not park on the street
5.  Curb and clean up after your dog
6.  Attend community meetings
7.  Get involved in your local neighborhood association, or start one!
8.  Download Jersey City’s See Click Fix app and use it to report any problems
9.  If you see something – say something – report it to the police hotline (201) 547-5477
10.  Vote in your local elections!

Thanks to Councilman Yun for sharing his simple, yet effective ideas on how to make a difference in our communities.


Important City Public Meetings
For the full schedule and location details of Important City Public Meetings, please refer to the Public Meetings Calendar found on the City of Jersey City website.  Remember, it’s YOUR COMMUNITY, so stay informed and stay involved!


Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!

We’d like to thank our sponsors Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory and Barrow Mansion Development Corporation for their generous donations and Jersey Wine & Spirits for their sponsorship.  And, we always love working with Friends of Van Vorst Park!  Without our sponsors and friends, we would not be able to bring you so many FREE or low-cost events throughout the year.  We encourage all of you to support these businesses and let them know that you appreciate their donations!  If you are a local business that would like to become a VVPA sponsor, please reach out to the VVPA sponsorship committee at vvpanews@gmail.com.
Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors, and partners that made the VVPA’s 2nd Annual Golf Outing a huge success!

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

May 2017 VVPA Meeting Minutes

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

Meeting Minutes – May 16th, 2017

7:05 pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore

  • Welcome to all, welcome spring

Officer/Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Oona Moore

  • All accounts in good standing

Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • 198 Wayne St
    • New owner.  Empty property currently.  Have to amend redevelopment plan (Dixon), wanted VVPA thoughts on approach for this.  City Planning will have to re-open the redevelopment plan and send any proposed changes to VVPA
    • June or July there will be a presentation to whole community
    • Not in historic district, but concerns raised by construction committee on how developer will deal with adjacent properties, light/air and parking, etc.
    • Concern: if we change density standards for this property, how will this impact development of adjacent properties
  • 328 Montgomery
    • Moved over to Harsimus Cove — what are the owners planning on doing with the building?  Unknown at this time.  Will follow up with City to get more information if possible.
    • Will need to continue to monitor this to see if a tenant comes in and what planned use they have (not a nightclub)
  • Mercer St Rooftop ordinance/decks
    • Ordinance on the books which protects historic district, but not buildings outside the historic district.  Tried to work on city-wide ordinance.
  • Marco & Pepe will be a French Lebanese Restaurant – will be BYOB

Events Committee Report – Oona Moore

2nd Annual Golf Outing & Martini Party – Friday, June 9th, tee off @ 5pm @ Skyway Golf Course, JC. Tickets available via Eventbrite

  • Non golfers welcome too!  Putting contest & putt-putt game
  • Drinks, food, music, prizes and fun!
  • Discount prices available through 5/26/

Movies in the Park

  • Estimated to start June 14th; runs every other Wednesday throughout the summer @ the gazeebo in Van Vorst Park
  • If you have ideas for movies, email vvapnews@gmail.com

Arts Events Happening around JC

  • Volunteers for Arts Committee welcome!
  • JC Fridays – 1st Friday in June – art, music, etc. all throughout JC
  • Riverview Jazz Festival – Ogden Ave @ Palm St. Stage – June 3rd – June 10th
  • Brightside Tavern – First Mondays Jazz Performance
  • Victory Hall Drawing Room art shows, artist talks & reception, other events
  • JCAST October 14th/15th

Guest Speakers

Nick Grillo – Running councilman of Ward E; Democrat running as Independent Candidate

  • Born & raised in Village/Hamilton Park area
  • Piano player è pipe organist è Funeral Director è Purchased own funeral home in Bloomfield, NJ è Music Director @ Holy Rosary Church è Co-chair of La Festa Italiana since 1999
  • Political concerns: Quality of Life.  Has seen JC blossom over the years (construction debris, delivery trucks, noise).  Smart development – don’t overbuild, especially in/around historic areas, parking, etc.
  • Reval is a concern.  He is working to help encourage seniors to enroll in senior freeze.  And, has been working with JC Safe Streets
  • Abatements is a concern for him as well, ensuring the abatements are contributing to school funding
  • Embankment – supports making this the “highline” of JC, wants space for artists
  • Contact Info: Njgrillo.com; Twitter: @grillo4jc; Facebook: Nick Grillo
  • Questions from Community
    • Litter in front of properties – ideas for addressing this?
      • Solution: hire more workers, be sensitive to budget; grassroots campaigns
    • Balancing his own business with needs of being available for meetings as a councilperson?
      • Bec he owns his own business, can hire funeral directors as needed to attend necessary meetings
    • Why running?
      • Likes to help and serve people, loves JC, in very involved in JC, wants to continue to see this neighborhood blossom

Bright & Varick micro-unit project update

  • Background:
    • Project in Ward F.  Blighted site in 2011, at same meeting they adopted a new re-development plan.  Was supposed to be similar to neighborhood with parking.  VVPA not aware of plan.
    • Came to light to VVPA in 2013 – Developer never came to community to present.
    • Redevelopment plan didn’t have statute for density (how many units you can put on a parcel).  VVPA tried to re-open redevelopment plan – two weeks prior to us officially asking, application filed by developer with planning.
    • Developer didn’t want to meet w/ community.  VVPA hired lawyer.
    • Mayor’s office said there is ambiguity on density è need to go to planning
    • Developer wants automatic approval since planning presentation wasn’t scheduled
    • City tried case and lost @ local Hudson County Court.  VVPA got approval from court to take over case from City.
  • Current Status:
    • VVPA filed motion of reconsideration.  Met w/ City this afternoon and they said they will support and file a petition of certiorari.   Big deal: precedent setting – gives way for developers to have a mechanism for circumvent public process and zoning laws.    This has ramifications throughout the state.
    • City is now working in conjunction w/ VVPA attorney – looking to have JC and VVPA legal team work w/ league of municipalities
    • JCRA still owns the property
    • Continue to support – donate online or come to upcoming fundraisers
  • Strength in Community when you decide to do something together!  Simple things make a big difference!

Angela McKnight – Running for Assemblywoman for 31st District: all of Bayonne and parts of JC

  • Born and raised in JC.  Runs Angela Cares – Non-profit that works w/ seniors.
  • Ran for assemblywoman 2 years ago and won!  Has introduced legislation for seniors, disabled, animals, environment, and veterans.
  • Wants to win again!  Workaholic, will roll up sleeves and dig in.  Wants to partner with VVPA and community.
  • Need good person down in Trenton to look out for JC!  She likes to facilitate change.

Old Business/New Business

Announcements

  • Recognition for Board Member Angelo Estrada’s Community Leadership Awards
  • Reval – go to City’s Website for Property Tax Reval Map for information on who will be coming to do reval in your home
  • JSQ Farmers market on Fridays – Plan 2045 for Transportation Infrastructure will have table up there; For more info: www.njtpa.org/plan2045
  • JC Dept of Recreation – Free Boot Camp in VVP @ gazeebo – Tuesdays @ 7:15am
  • Sandra Lovely – Greenville Neighborhood Alliance
    • Board fully formed, Block Association workshop on Thursday
    • Goal: Want to create block associations in Ward A and F and want to bring them together to deal w/ issues.  Accomplishment: have created ~15 so far and have been making progress
    • Unity Walk – 6/10 – get community united to deal w/ violence.  Will have workshops following the walk (Go Fund Me Page).  Newstreetba2016@yahoo.com
  • North River Sing – Concert @ St. Matthew’s Church – Sun 6/11 @ 5pm. Theme: “Around the world in 80 minutes”.  $20 suggested donation.
  • Committee people looking to set up meeting with Jermaine Robinson councilman Ward F @ Dixon – will provide info to VVPA
  • Call for Volunteers for events committee and VVPA Farmers Market Welcome Table; Need to continually infuse organization with new members to expand the forces
  • Introduction of all VVP Committee-Persons candidates – Election June 6th
    • Andrea & Patrick Ducas – want to be more vocally connected to political platform; wants neighbors to have a voice.  Want candidates to work for endorsements.  Running for Ward E District 4
    • Bertram Okpokwasilli – current district person for District 28 – have tried to help people with traffic issues.  An attorney in JC, coach @ Roberto Clemente, sings in a group called the Prom Dates.
    • Loraine G – running with Bertram
    • Ben & Lynda Bernouy – Ward F District 30 – Longtime residents; Ben is on Board of VVPA.  Available for questions and very willing to help.
    • Joanna Arceri – E4 – JC resident 4 years, worked on Dan Levin’s campaign

Adjournment – 9:20 pm

May 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

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

Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!  Wine tasting to be provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

As usual, our agenda is full of awesome guest speakers and great topics.  This month’s meeting features meet & greets with Assemblywoman Angela McKnight as well as with Nick Grillo, who will be running for Ward E Councilperson.  Additionally, there will be a discussion about the status of the Bright & Varick micro-unit project.

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 – Old Business/New Business

  • Community Awards – Angelo Estrada
    • Please join us in warmly congratulating Angelo for his much deserved awards for community leadership!  Angelo was recently awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Office of the Mayor for his work as a community navigator in assisting immigrants through the immigration process.  Additionally, Angelo was given a special commendation from Casa Colombo, a community organization centered on Italian culture and heritage for his contributions to this organiztion. Congratulations, Angelo, and thank you for all the amazing outreach work you do for Jersey City!
  • Call for Volunteers
    • Events committee
    • VVPA Farmers Market Welcome Table
    • Please sign up at vvpanews@gmail.com or let a board member know that you are interested in volunteering
  • Community input is welcomed for any other new issues/concerns affecting our community, as well as ideas for topics or speakers at upcoming meetings

7:50pm – 8:30pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

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

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

  • Introduction of all VVP Committee-Persons candidates

Community Events
Below is just a partial list of the many, many wonderful events happening in the Van Vorst neighborhood and throughout our city.  If you have a community event that you’d like featured in our newsletter, please reach out to us at 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

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

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

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

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Other Community Events

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

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

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

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

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

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Seasonal Events

  • The farmer’s market, brought to you by Friends of Van Vorst Park, is up and running on Saturday mornings at the gazeebo in Van Vorst Park.  The Farmer’s Market runs Saturdays, from 8am – 3pm, through December 23rd.
  • The Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market, brought to you by the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID), is up and running on Monday’s at the Grove PATH Plaza.
  • Groove on Grove, a weekly local music series at the Grove PATH Plaza, is back for its 10th season!  Performances on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm.

Give Back to your Community!
Periodically the VVPA receives inquiries from civic-minded folks like you looking for ways to get more involved in their community.  Below are a few ways to accomplish this:

VVPA Sponsors –
In order to bring you free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members.  For more information on the benefits of becoming a sponsor, as well as the various sponsorship levels that are available, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

Charitable Donations –
For those looking to make financial contributions, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, so be sure to ask your Company to match your charitable contribution!  And, we are registered as a non-profit at Amazon Smile, so every time you shop through Amazon Smile, select the VVPA as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the VVPA.

VVPA Board & Committee Positions –
The VVPA is always looking for people to lend a hand by becoming active on the VVPA board or on one of its many committees: Construction & Development Committee; Events Committee; Membership Committee; Special Projects Committee.  There are no formal requirements other than a genuine desire to help to move the community forward in a positive direction.

Donate Your Professional Services –
Throughout the year, there are numerous opportunities to help the VVPA streamline costs and make our efforts more efficient through donating your professional services.   And, if you have a professional skill you can share with your neighbors at an upcoming event, that would be valuable as well.  All types of talents and expertise are welcome!

Spread the Word –
Make a commitment to bring a new friend, relative or neighbor to an upcoming association meeting or event.  The VVPA welcomes all!


News You Can Use
As always, we try to bring you as many items of interest that affect our community.  If you have any items that are important to share, please email us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

  • East District Captain’s Meetings, which are regularly scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (typically in MS4 Library on Bright St., but location subject to change), are a great opportunity for community members to discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD.  For more information on upcoming meetings, reach out to the JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis, at 201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org.

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.

April 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

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

Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!  Wine tasting to be provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

As usual, our agenda is full of awesome guest speakers and great topics.  This month’s meeting features a Q&A with Councilwoman Candice Osborne; JC’s Director of Recreation, Kevin Williamson, who will be discussing summer youth and adult programs in JC; and Sandra Lovely, Executive Director of the newly formed board for the Greenville Neighborhood Alliance, who will be sharing information on their grassroots programs and future goals.

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 – Old Business/New Business

  • We need volunteers for VVPA Farmers Market Welcome Table
    • Help man a table with a VVPA board member to sign up new members and introduce VVPA to the community
  • Urgent Call for 80’s Prom volunteers!!!!  Setup: Saturday, 4/29, from noon – ???; Breakdown: Sunday, 4/30, time TBD
  • Parking Director Meeting Follow-Up
  • Community input is welcomed for any other new issues/concerns affecting our community, as well as ideas for topics or speakers at upcoming meetings

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

  • 7:50pm – 8:10pm – Candice Osborne
  • 8:10pm – 8:30pm – Kevin Williamson
  • 8:30pm – 8:40pm – Sandra Lovely

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

80’s Prom Remix/ Dance Party – April 29th, 7pm – 11pm
Moonwalk back to the 1980’s at the VVPA Events Committee’s next dance party: the 80’s prom Remix at the Barrow Mansion on 4/29/17!  Tickets are on sale thru Eventbrite – get yours today!  $25 in advance, $30 at the door.  Music by DJ Marvilous, light snacks included, cash bar.  Prizes for prom king and queen, best hair, best couple, and best costume!  Corsages will be available for purchase on the night of the event. It will be totally awesome, dude!

2nd Annual VVPA Golf Outing – Friday, June 9th
Mark your calendars!!!!  Planning for the 2nd annual VVPA Golf Outing is underway!  Like last year, there will be a 9-hole scramble for the golfers and a putting contest for the non-golfers.  Cold beer, prizes and an awesome evening of golf!  Stay tuned for details!

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Other Community Events

Sandra and Glenn D. Cunningham Foundation Wine & Beer Tasting – Wednesday, April 19th, 6pm-9pm
Come on out to this wine and beer tasting event to benefit their college scholarship foundation.  This event will take place at the Liberty House Restaurant in Liberty State Park.  For tickets, contact Larry Eccleston 201.725.6964

Annual Historic Paulus Hook Neighborhood Association Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, April 23rd, 9am
Join our neighbors to the east at their annual all you can eat Pancake Breakfast at St. Peter’s Prep. Pancakes, fruit, sausages and gluten free pancakes are available for all. Music, piñatas and face painting provided to for children’s entertainment.  Purchase tickets at the door or at www.paulushook.org/pancakes.

2nd Annual Great Jersey City Cleanup – April 29th, 10am – 2pm
Before heading out to the 80’s prom, help to do your part in keeping Jersey City beautiful by joining the 2nd Annual Great Jersey City Cleanup.  Ward E volunteers will meet in the Mary Benson park, Ward F volunteers will meet in the Berry Lane park.  For more information, click here.

Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services Resource Fair – April 29th, 10am – 2pm
Spread the word about this FREE resource fair at the Hudson County Schools of Technology, sponsored by the County’s Department of Health and Human services.  Featuring free health screenings, as well as information about resources available to county residents: senior and veteran services, nutrition services, transportation services, career services, and youth services, just to name a few.  Take advantage of this FREE fair to learn what resources are available to help you.  Face painting, balloon art, hot dogs and more will be provided.  For more information, call 201-369-5280, ext. 4232.

Newport 10K- Saturday, May 6th, 8:30am-11:30am
Lace up your running shoes for the annual Newport 10K!  Registration is now open for this awesome and scenic race around the Newport area.  For more information, click here.

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Seasonal Events

  • Beginning April 22nd, the farmer’s market, brought to you by Friends of Van Vorst Park, will be starting up again on Saturday mornings at the gazeebo in Van Vorst Park.  The Farmer’s Market will run Saturdays, from 8am – 3pm, through December 23rd.
  • Starting May 1st, the Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market, brought to you by the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID), will be starting up again on Monday’s at the Grove PATH Plaza.
  • Starting May 10th, Groove on Grove, a weekly local music series at the Grove PATH Plaza, is back for its 10th season!  Performances on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm.

Give Back to your Community!
Periodically the VVPA receives inquiries from civic-minded folks like you looking for ways to get more involved in their community.  Below are a few ways to accomplish this:

VVPA Sponsors –
In order to bring you free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members.  For more information on the benefits of becoming a sponsor, as well as the various sponsorship levels that are available, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

Charitable Donations –
For those looking to make financial contributions, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, so be sure to ask your Company to match your charitable contribution!  And, we are registered as a non-profit at Amazon Smile, so every time you shop through Amazon Smile, select the VVPA as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the VVPA.

VVPA Board & Committee Positions –
The VVPA is always looking for people to lend a hand by becoming active on the VVPA board or on one of its many committees: Construction & Development Committee; Events Committee; Membership Committee; Special Projects Committee.  There are no formal requirements other than a genuine desire to help to move the community forward in a positive direction.

Donate Your Professional Services –
Throughout the year, there are numerous opportunities to help the VVPA streamline costs and make our efforts more efficient through donating your professional services.   And, if you have a professional skill you can share with your neighbors at an upcoming event, that would be valuable as well.  All types of talents and expertise are welcome!

Spread the Word –
Make a commitment to bring a new friend, relative or neighbor to an upcoming association meeting or event.  The VVPA welcomes all!


News You Can Use
As always, we try to bring you as many items of interest that affect our community.  If you have any items that are important to share, please email us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

  • East District Captain’s Meetings, which are regularly scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (typically in MS4 Library on Bright St., but location subject to change), are a great opportunity for community members to discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD.  For more information on upcoming meetings, reach out to the JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis, at 201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org.

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.

A Totally Awesome 80’s Prom ReMix!

21 Apr 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Events, News You Can Use, Updates

Free Drink Ticket with purchase!  ONE WEEK ONLY!

Buy your Prom tickets online this week from April 19th to the 26th and get a free drink at the Prom!! And don’t worry, if you’ve already bought your tickets we’ve got you as well!!!

Big Hair?  Check
Shoulder pads? Check
Neon colors? Check
Sunglasses at night? Check

Now get your tickets….(and your free drink ticket)

WHEN: Saturday April 29th
WHERE: The Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street
TIME: 7-11 pm
ATTIRE: 80’s Attire–the more Prom like the better, for sure.
PROM TICKET:  $25 online at Eventbrite–$30 at the door

MUST BE 21 or over….ID’s checked at the door

Dancing with DJ Marvilous!  Munchies by Edward’s Steakhouse, The Brightside Tavern & more!  $5 bodacious beverages!

Check out Another Man’s Treasure...they’re putting together some totally rad outfits in case you’re looking for the perfect 80’s look.  And you should be since we have prizes from Orale & Gypsy Grill (more to come) for Prom King & Queen, Best Hair, Best Couple & Best Costume!!

Can’t wait to like, totally see you there– like, for sure.

Thanks to our Co-Sponsor:

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.