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VVPA Monthly Newsletter – May 2018

10 May 2018, Posted by admin in Meeting Agendas

The next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm 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!


 

May Meeting Agenda

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 provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

Agenda:

7:007:10pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Ben Bernouy

7:10–7:20pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:20–8:30pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

    • Presentation by Natasha Ioffe (Center Street Block Association) onpetition to rename Gateway Park (Merseles & Grand St) for late JCPD Lt. Christopher Robateau
    • Presentation on PILOTs – Alex Torpey
Announcements & Community Networking to follow

3rd Annual Golf Outing & Happy Hour – Friday, June 8 

Purchase tickets before May 26 for early birdie special!


Upcoming Community Events

To feature a community event in our newsletter, email vvpanews@gmail.com. The VVPA always welcomes volunteers. Contact us to join in the fun!

News You Can Use

    • Voter Registration Deadline  Tuesday, May 15
    • Job Fair for Experienced RNs – Wednesday, May 16, Christ Hospital –Interested candidates should contact Dana Doyle (dana.doyle@carepointhealth.org; 201-821-8857)
    • Jersey City Reval – Deadline to file formal appeals extended to June 18
    • East District Captain’s Meetings  4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (MS4 Library on Bright St.; location subject to change). Community members can discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD. For more information on upcoming meetings, contact JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis (201.547.4370; dlionakis@njjcps.org)
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 vvpanews@gmail.com.

The VVPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group. In addition to making a contribution through the VVPA website, 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.


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!

The VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email vvpanews@gmail.com.

April 2018 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

13 Apr 2018, Posted by admin in Meeting Agendas

The next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm 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
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 provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

Agenda:

7:00pm – 7:10pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Ben Bernouy

7:10pm – 7:20pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:20pm – 8:00pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • Speakers TBA
Announcements & Community Networking to follow

Upcoming Community Events

  • JC Walks Community Meeting  Thursday, April 19 – 6:30-8 PM
    • City Hall Council Chambers
  • Great Jersey City Clean-Up — Saturday, April 28, 10 AM – 2 PM
    • Ward E: Enos Jones Park
To feature a community event in our newsletter, email vvpanews@gmail.com. The VVPA always welcomes volunteers. Contact us to join the fun! 

News You Can Use

  • Resources for the Reval – To prepare downtown residents for the property tax revaluation results, Councilman Solomon has made a presentation andadditional resources available online. The VVPA has reached out to several other individuals to speak to us regarding the reval and appeals process. 
  • East District Captain’s Meetings – 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm(MS4 Library on Bright St.; location subject to change). Community members can discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD. For more information on upcoming meetings, contact JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis (201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org)

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 vvpanews@gmail.com.


The VVPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group. In addition to making a contribution through the VVPA website, 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.


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!

The VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email vvpanews@gmail.com.

March 2018 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

16 Mar 2018, Posted by admin in Meeting Agendas

The next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 pm 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
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 provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

Agenda:

7:00pm – 7:10pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Ben Bernouy

7:10pm – 7:20pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:20pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • Amira Rachouh — Jersey City Community Solutions
  • Dixon Projects — presentation by Dana Opeikun and Megan Traub
8:50pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community Networking

Upcoming Community Events

  • Spring Egg Hunt in Van Vorst Park  — Saturday, March 24, 11 AM
    • Rain date: Sunday, March 25
To feature a community event in our newsletter, email vvpanews@gmail.com. The VVPA always welcomes volunteers. Contact us to join in the fun!

News You Can Use
  • Resources for the Reval – To prepare downtown residents for the property tax revaluation results, Councilman Solomon has made a presentation and additional resources available online. The VVPA has reached out to several other individuals to speak to us regarding the reval and appeals process. 
  • East District Captain’s Meetings – 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm(MS4 Library on Bright St.; location subject to change). Community members can discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD. For more information on upcoming meetings, contact JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis (201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org)

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 vvpanews@gmail.com.


The VVPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group. In addition to making a contribution through the VVPA website, 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.


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!

The VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email vvpanews@gmail.com.

February 2018 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

16 Feb 2018, Posted by admin in Updates

The next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 pm 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
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 provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

Agenda:

7:00pm – 7:10pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Ben Bernouy

7:10pm – 7:20pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:20pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • Jersey Avenue Bridge Update – Andrew Vischio, Joe Cunha, and representatives from Sam Schwartz Engineering will be presenting findings from a detailed assessment of the anticipated traffic diversion and potential traffic impacts to the Van Vorst Park neighborhood and Downtown Jersey City resulting from the construction of the Jersey Avenue Bridge.
  • Reval Information Session with Ward E Councilperson James Solomon, Mark Duda from Appraisal Systems, and City Tax Assessor Ed Toloza
8:50pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community Networking

 

Upcoming Community Events

Art and the Holi – Saturday March 3, noon-10pm & Sunday March 4, noon-8pm – Barrow Mansion
  • A group show of traditional and contemporary South Asian art and works inspired by the spiritual theme of the holiday.
  • An exhibit of Indian dance and music will be performed Sunday, 3/4 at 5pm by Shehnaaz Dance Academy.
  • Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion and Mariarts. Complimentary wine and light fare will be served.
Discover Ireland: An Irish Pairtidh (Party) – Sunday March 11, 3-8pm – Barrow Mansion
  • Join the Van Vorst Park Association and the Barrow Mansion as we Discover Ireland. An afternoon filled with food, live music, dance and festivities for the whole family, and a day to honor some local Irish neighbors.
  • Learn Gaelic, Irish dance & Ceili dancing, listen to some classic Irish Storytelling, chow on some Irish delicacies! Have a favorite Irish soda bread or cake recipe you’ve always wanted to share? Sign up and see if you bring home the top prize!
  • Complimentary Irish bites and Irish Whiskey and drinks available at our cash bar.
  • Tickets (available on Eventbrite): $5 per person, $20 per family
Call for Volunteers: 
In order to make this event a smashing success, we need your help.  Please let us know if you are available to volunteer for any of these opportunities (number of volunteers needed in parentheses):
  • Barrow Mansion Decorating, Saturday March 10 – 7:30-9:30pm (4)
  • Irish Party 3/11: Set Up (3); Food (4); Ticket Sales (2); Bar (4;  Registration (2);  Clean Up (3)
To feature a community event in our newsletter, email vvpanews@gmail.com. The VVPA always welcomes volunteers. Contact us to join in the fun!

News You Can Use

  • Resources for the Reval – To prepare downtown residents for the property tax revaluation results, Councilman Solomon has made a presentation and additional resources available online. The VVPA has reached out to several other individuals to speak to us regarding the reval and appeals process. 
  • JC Walks – The JC Walks team is working to finalize recommendations for making Jersey City streets a safer and more pleasant place to walk. In the meantime, let JC Walks know your favorite street, trail, or path to walk on, or your favorite destinations to walk to. The results will be incorporated in a map of notable walking routes.
  • East District Captain’s Meetings – 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm(MS4 Library on Bright St.; location subject to change). Community members can discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD. For more information on upcoming meetings, contact JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis (201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org)

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 vvpanews@gmail.com.


The VVPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group. In addition to making a contribution through the VVPA website, 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.


 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!

The VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email vvpanews@gmail.com.

January 2018 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

20 Jan 2018, Posted by admin in Minutes

Meeting Minutes –January 16, 2018 

7:15 pm – Call to Order / Opening Remarks- President Ben Bernouy

  • North River Sing –  The community chorus presents “Best of Broadway (1970-1999)” – January 28,  4 PM, St. Matthews Lutheran Church (85 Wayne St.)
  • Annual Homeless Point in Time Count (PITC) – January 24 – If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the PITC or making a donation for clients experiencing homelessness, please complete the following survey. Questions? Contact Katelyn Cunningham: kcunningham@hcnj.us
  • Drawing Rooms Fundraiser & Art Show – 1/12 – 2/17/18
  • East District Captains Meeting – January meeting CANCELLED

Officer/Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Dermot Ronan

  • Still due checks from other neighborhood associations for DCNA holiday party
  • Anticipating legal expenses in 2018

Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • Bright and Varick: automatic approval went through – City/JCRC still negotiating
  • 328 Montgomery – tabled by planning board at Jan 6 meeting
  • 333 Grand St (Jersey Ave and Grand) update – at the moment, they are no longer allowed to work on the exterior of the building (zoning violation due to use of EIFS); developer is looking for ways to provide community give backs to neighborhood.

Guest Speakers

  • Developer Presentation – 38 Mercer Street
    • Follow up presentation by owner and architect after November 2017 meeting
    • Mercer St. historic firehouse
    • Returned with full set of floor plans/revised drawings
    • Will require changes in language to Mercer Redevelopment Plan to add language that’s specific to the project
    • 2 story addition – historic reconstruction – intent to have green roof system
    • Commercial (Retail) space/ 1 live/work + keep existing parking space
    • Adaptive reuse of the building – only specific to this building

Adjournment: 9:30 PM

January 2018 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

12 Jan 2018, Posted by admin in Updates

The next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16 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
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 provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

Agenda:

7:00pm – 7:10pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Ben Bernouy
7:10pm – 7:20pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:20pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • Update on 328 Montgomery
  • Developer Presentation – 38 Mercer Street; Presentation by the Owner and Architect
  • Additional speakers TBA
8:50pm – 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 atvvpanews@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!

North River Sing – January 28, 4 PM 
The community chorus presents “Best of Broadway (1970-1999)” at St Matthews Lutheran Church (83 Wayne St). Free ($15 suggested donation) and a reception to follow.

Drawing Rooms Fundraiser & Art Show – 1/12 – 2/17/18
Love art? Like to support local artists? Here’s a way to do that: join Drawing Rooms for the Big Small Show, which reopens Friday, January 12. For more information on these cool events, 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 atvvpanews@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.
  • JC Shovels – The Department of Public Works is preparing for the winter season by looking for volunteers for their JC Shovels Program.  This program connects volunteers with seniors in JC who are in need of assistance with snow shoveling.  For more information or to volunteer, click here.

 

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 atvvpanews@gmail.com.

Charitable Donations
For those looking to make financial contributions, you can contribute directly through the VVPA website! Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, so be sure toask 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; Events; Membership; and Special Projects. There are no formal requirements other than a genuine desire to help to move the community forward.

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!


 

Stay Connected, Stay Informed

  • 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.
  • We encourage all residents to sign up to receive Community News & Updates from your elected officials: James SolomonJermaine Robinsonand Steven Fulop by clicking on the links provided. You can also reach out to your committeeperson for assistance on local matters. Email vvpanews@gmail.com for additional information on how to reach out to your committeeperson.
  • Jersey City Resident Response Center (JCRRC) is available to all to find answers to commonly asked questions or to report non-emergency concerns/problems to the City (potholes, failure to pick up trash, fallen tree branch removal, etc.). Residents may also download the Jersey City Connect app to contact the JCRRC.
  • Stay Informed and Active in your Community by signing up for NextDoor and Swift911, and monitoring local news through NJ.Com, the Jersey Journal and Hudson Reporter.

 

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.

November 2017 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

28 Nov 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes, News You Can Use

Meeting Minutes – November 21st, 2017

7:15 pm – Call to Order / Opening Remarks- President Oona Moore

  • Parking Committee Update – Sent list of agreements/disagreements on parking issues to Mayor, asked to wait for new council to be seated to move forward
    • Agreement: Enforcement of parking rules, increase parking enforcement hours; HPHA & PHNA agreed to trial of 3 hour window for parking w/o permit.  Will continue to meet w/ Mayor and Planning to continue looping in vendors (parking meter vendors for high traffic streets)
    • City needs to adopt a layered approach to help to alleviate parking concerns.  Planning Department applied for grant for a professional assessment of parking issues.
  • Looking for volunteers for DCNA Holiday event!  Email vvpanews@gmail.com to volunteer.
  • JC Housing Authority looking for applications for various housing developments
  • Friends of Liberty State Park – Marina is looking to be developed on South end of park. Take action, let your voice be heard!  Protest Rally on December 2nd at 11am near picnic area.

Officer/Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Dermot Ronan

  • Cash position is positive, all in good standing.  Bright & Varick legal fee liability outstanding.

Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • 328 Montgomery – Developed property to become a restaurant space, but appears to have tried to circumvent the process.  Developer wanted certificate of appropriateness but was tabled.  All have to abide by rules.  The original architect spoke out to indicate that he never developed construction plans for the project.  Cannot open without TCO or COO which still has to be approved.
  • Medical Center on Grand Street looking to partner w/ a company to provide some additional services/general practitioner to the community on 2nd/3rd  Floor.  This is in the Montgomery Gateway Redevelopment plan.
  • Wayne Street Bodega – will turn into a cafe under the new regulation
  • Bottom Line: Keep VVPA in the loop, and need to show up when there are public hearings

Bright & Varick – Ceci de Leon

  • Hopeful that this will get moved up to Supreme Court, similar issue in Hoboken which used the same defense as Bright & Varick

Events Committee Report – Eric Carter

  • Barrow Mansion Decorating Party – 12/8/17 @ 7pm – looking for volunteers, bring a friend!
  • DCNA Holiday Party – 12/9/17 @ 7pm – FREE!  All are welcome!  Singers & Dance Party!
  • Irish Dance Fundraiser in March, 2018 – Irish dance lessons, soda bread, etc.  Stay tuned for details!

Elections 

President – Benjamin Bernouy

2nd VP – Katie Brennan

Secretary – Joanna Arceri

 Congratulations!

Guest Speakers

PicoTech – Michael – Bright St & Monmouth

  • PicoTech Institute is a local learning center focused on teaching 3D Printing, all types of Engineering, and Design related programs Programs for PreK and above.  They also offer other community and family programs, including Fridays: Community nights 6pm – 9pm, Networking events

New Parking App – Richard Trent

  • Citizen tech project
    • Driver: confusing parking signs
    • Potential solution: map parking signs in downtown; send reminders for when to move car
    • Want feedback to ensure it meets needs
    • Go to Trypavement.com – Hamilton Park data is uploaded currently, but will be adding Van Vorst neighborhood soon

38 Mercer St. – Presented to construction and planning committee, looking for community feedback

  • Redevelopment Plan Amendment Request – will be written specifically to the property, additional height & stories, add ability for work/live use
  • Benefits – gateway to neighborhood will welcome foot traffic
  • Iconic building/firehouse

Community Concerns:

  • Use for ground floor w/r/t parking
  • Overall Height of building
  • Deviations being requested (adding a 4th story to be overall 49′ Height)
  • Deviation for what would normally be allowed (Mixed use is permitted as of right going to multiple residences
  • Purpose of rooftop – working rooftop with deck area which will be set back, other decks are not visible or minimal view
  • How will rainwater be collected?  (storage tank)
  • Communication with neighbors on impact
  • Fire egress
  • Will need more detail/floorplans, request presenters to come back
  • Presenters can provide PDF of information

88 Regent Street. – Departure from what has originally be constructed along Regent Street (but fully approved by City)

  • Looking to build a skinny tower at South end of block
  • Fully conforms to zoning
  • Construction should start mid-2018, anticipated to be a 30-month build-out
  • Pile driving estimated to be about 3 months duration, will be shielded from much of the noise and vibration due to the surrounding buildings already built on site.

Community Concerns:

  • Connection between Jersey Avenue Bridge Extension, the city’s traffic study and this project’s redevelopment plan
  • Parking for Van Vorst residents will be available for rent (this was an amendment to the redevelopment plan)
  • Facade materials being changed as construction gets underway – Developer says “No”

Adjournment – 9:30 pm

November 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

20 Nov 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Updates

The next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 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!


President’s Letter –  October 30, 2017

Hello Neighbors.  I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits and enjoying your Fall activities.     After three years of service, I will be stepping down from my role as President at this month’s meeting. I have enjoyed the opportunity to lead this organization and to work with the dedicated and passionate volunteers whose efforts make our community one of the best in the city. Although no longer serving as President, I will remain involved with VVPA and active in the community in general.   I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our departing Secretary, Yolanda Foley, who is also stepping down after three years of service.  Her work of publishing our newsletter, taking our meeting notes and contributing to our Board were invaluable to our success as an organization! Ben Bernouy, a current VVPA Board member & Committeeman is stepping up to become our next President.  Joanna Arcieri and Katie Brennan will also join our Board as Secretary and 2nd Vice President respectively. Elections to formalize these changes will officially occur at our November meeting, but our candidates are running unopposed, so please welcome them to the team!   We are in a strong position as a non-profit neighborhood association that remains free to all members of our community to join.  We offer numerous activities for all ages, supported in part through your regular donations to our vvpa.org web site and through Amazon/Smile matching donations. As we approach the end of the tax year we encourage you to make a charitable donation to help us continue our efforts as an entirely volunteer organization.    Bring a neighbor to our regular meetings where we discuss topics of importance concerning our community and join one of our committees focused on construction/planning, social or art events, because  whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  See you soon!

Best Wishes,

Oona Jackson Moore


 

Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda 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 packed with of great topics and guest speakers.  This month’s meeting features a meet & greet with two local businesses: Pico Tec Institute and Sugartown Bakery.  A local resident will provide information on an parking app he is developing which alerts you when to move your car for street sweeping.  And, we will have two developer presentations.  The first presentation, 38 Mercer Street is a renovation of the existing 2-story building with a proposed 2-story addition. The proposed design would be a 4-story building with (4) residential units, (1) commercial and (1) live work space. The project is located within the historic Van Vorst Park District and also within the Grove and Mercer Redevelopment Plan. Amendments to the RDP will be necessary.  The second presentation, 88 Regent Street, is a new construction of a 32 story building. It will consist of 392 residential rental units and a 300 car multi level garage with about 9000 sf of ground floor retail. The project is located within the Liberty Harbor North Redevelopment Plan.

Agenda:

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

7:10pm – 7:20pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:20pm – 7:30pm – VVPA Elections – Elections Officer – Dan Webber

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

Pico Tec Institute – Meet & Greet – 10 minutes

Sugartown Bakery – Meet & Greet – 10 minutes

Richard Trent – Parking App – 10 minutes

Developer Presentation – 38 Mercer Street; Presentation by the Owner and Architect. – 25 minutes

Developer Presentation – 88 Regent Street; Presentation by Jeff Zak – 25 minutes

8:50pm – 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

VVPA/DCNA Annual End of Year Holiday Celebration – December 9th, 7pm Mark your calendar 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.  FREE, all are welcome! Calling all volunteers!  In order to make this event a smashing success, we need your help.  Please let us know if you are available to volunteer for any of these opportunities (number of volunteers needed in parentheses):

Barrow Mansion Decorating – 12/8/17, 7pm – (5)

Holiday Party – 12/9/17 – Set Up (3); Clean Up (6); Greeter (1); Bartenders (10 – 2pp/1 hour shifts each); bar-backs (2); Food prep & buffet monitors (4)

In the spirit of the holiday season, be generous with your time and support your community!

************************************************************************************** Other Community Events

Drawing Rooms Fundraiser & Art Show – 12/7/17 & 12/16/17 – 2/17/18 Love art?  Like to support local artists?  Here’s a way to do that: join Drawing Rooms at their holiday fundraiser (“Take Home a Work of Art”) and their upcoming art show (“Big Small Show 2017”).  For more information on these cool events, click here.

Project: MARKET – 12/2/17 – 12/3/17  The Jersey City Project’s fifth annual Project: MARKET (December 2-3, 2017) will take place on City Hall Plaza, in historic downtown Jersey City. The market features a lineup of 60 local merchants offering food, home goods, clothes, jewelry, and more. Food trucks will be on site as well as heated seating areas and live music in the evenings. Kick off the holiday shopping season with the Jersey City community! December 2-3, 11AM-6PM each day.


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.

  • 328 Montgomery Street – Many residents have been closely following this project.  The project will be presented in front of the Historic Preservation Commission on Monday, 11/20/17 at approximately 6:30pm (it is first on the HPC agenda).  Come out and let your voices be heard!
  • 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.
  • JC Shovels – The Department of Public Works is preparing for the winter season by looking for volunteers for their JC Shovels Program.  This program connects volunteers with seniors in JC who are in need of assistance with snow shoveling.  For more information or to volunteer, click here.
  • JC Walks – The City of JC, in collaboration with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, will be hosting Walkability Workshops to gain your input on how to make streets safer and more appealing for walking. There will be 6 Walkability Workshops at locations throughout the city. The events are FREE, and your participation is encouraged.  For more information and to RSVP, visit www.jcwalkspedplan.com/rsvp.
  • The Friends of Liberty State Park (FOLSP) are urgently looking for your support in speaking out against a proposed massive commercial marina along LSP’s entire non-commercial south side, and to demand public hearings.  For more information on this issue, visit FOLSP’s  Facebook page.
  • Leaf CollectionFREE Leaf bags will be distributed at various park locations on Saturdays Only from Noon to 3:00PM, beginning September 30, 2017 through December 23, 2017.   Proof of residency is required (i.e. utility bill, driver’s license).  For the leaf bag distribution schedule and for the leaf pickup schedule, click here.

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.


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.

October 2017 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

21 Oct 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Slate for VVPA candidates

Ben Bernouy – President
Katie Brennan – 2nd VP
Joanna Arcieri – Secretary

Events

Poltergeist – Martin Casella, actor in the film will talk about his experience making the movie with Steven Spielberg; on Oct 20th

Halloween Party on Oct 31st

Candidate Forums

DCNA held Ward E debate last night (10/17); about 200 people; moderated by Terrence McDonald with a list of 15 people

Yvonne Balcer is videotaping and editing the events so that the downtown neighborhood associations can post them

There is a FB Live video on the VVPA page

JCAST

VVPA participated with a show in Barrow Mansion; they sold some art this year (vs. none last year); Maria curated a great show with help from great volunteers

Holiday Party will be at Barrow Mansion on Dec 9th

Construction and Planning Update

328 Montgomery (Sol Azteca): they need another set of architecture plans so they are likely

380 Montgomery (St. Bridget’s Renovation): all the comments have been passed on to their lawyer; what are the community givebacks – hard to do that for a project that is as of right, particularly one that is a contributing part of the historic district – doing that alone is basically a giveback; where we can make an impact is where they asked us to give feedback – how do they use the lower floor (as a community space? An event space? A grocery store?) – there are no dumb ideas; send an email to the VVPA website; Gary is the main contact on that particular project

108 Wayne Street: that project is on hold

102 Wayne Street (Old bodega on Wayne street): gonna turn into a cafe; we may see this in the next month or 2 but they are doing everything in accordance with the ordinance; they cannot be open beyond a certain time period

Sol Aztec’s old spot: there is a new tenant there with a temporary certificate of occupancy but they’re in violation of the historic district ordinances; if this continues to be a problem, we will escalate this within the city

198 Wayne Street: an amendment to the Dixon Crucible study area

Scattered site RDP: made and designed to save and preserve old buildings from being demolished

Liberty Harbor North: they’re going to start next phase of construction at 88 Regent; everything they’re doing is in the redevelopment plan; Tom has asked him to give an update to VVPA and also on the corner building (debris falling into people’s yards).

At Large Representatives

Esther Wintner

Esmerelda Trinidad

Joyce Watterman

Rolando Lavarro

Brian Lane

Assemblypersons

Nick Chiarovallotti

Angela McKnight

October 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

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

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 Jarod Neal Bernstein, SVP of Communications for CarePoint Health System.  Additionally, we will have updates from Assembly persons Chiaravalloti & McKnight as well as meet & greets with the at-large candidates.  And, we will be providing an update on the elections for VVPA board positions.

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 – 7:35pm – Old Business/New Business

  • Community input is welcomed for any other new issues/concerns affecting our community, as well as ideas for topics or speakers at upcoming meetings

7:35pm – 7:45pm – VVPA Elections update

  • Elections Officer – Dan Webber

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

  • 7:45pm – 7:55pm – Jarod Neal Bernstein
  • 7:55pm – 8:05pm – Assemblyman Chiaravalloti
  • 8:05pm – 8:15pm – Assemblywoman McKnight
  • 8:15pm – 8:50pm – At-Large Candidates

8:50pm – 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 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 entitled Motion: Emotion with over 50 works of art, dance (the Kennedy Dancers), music (The Sensational Country Blues Wonders & Forget the Whale) and poetry (JC Writers).  Complimentary wine and light fare will be served.  For more details, click here.  Volunteers welcome!!

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

VVPA/DCNA Annual End of Year Holiday Celebration – December 9th, 7pm It’s never to soon to mark your calendars for this fabulous end of year tradition!  The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA), of which the VVPA is a part of, will once again be partnering with the Barrow Mansion for an annual end of year holiday celebration.  There will be festive cheer, music, food & drinks, and as usual, a wonderful gathering of friends and neighbors in a gorgeous setting.  Stay tuned for more details about this awesome event! ************************************************************************************** Other Community Events

JC Mayoral Streets Forum – October 4th, 7pm – 9pm Safe Streets JC and Bike JC are co-hosting the first JC Mayoral Streets Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Incumbent Mayor Steven Fulop and challenger Bill Matsikoudis, who will compete in the local elections on Nov. 7, have agreed to participate in the forum which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m. at MLK PS 11 (886 Bergen Ave, near Journal Square).   The Forum will address how the mayoral candidates will make our streets safer and more accessible to all citizens over the next four years. Overall traffic safety is becoming a chronic public health issue city-wide as the city continues to grow in density.

Con Vivo Music String Quartet Concert – October 6th, 7pm – 8pm Con Vivo Music returns to Cathedral Hall (380 Montgomery St.) for an evening of beautiful string quartet music.  This event is FREE and open to all!  For more information, click here.

Hurricane Maria Relief Fundraiser – October 7th, 3pmAbre Latas Social Club, with the American Red Cross, is hosting a fundraiser for Hurricane Maria relief.  Fundraiser will be held at 656 Grand St, Jersey City.  In addition to donations (made out to the American Red Cross), items being collected include water, toiletries and non-perishable food items.  Let’s all show our generosity and support this very worthwhile cause.  For more information, click here.

Grand Street Concept Development Study/Community Workshop – October 12th, 4:30pm – 8pm Grand Street Study workshop at Dr. Lena Edwards Charter School on Thursday October 12 from 4:30 – 8:00 pm.  utilizes advanced street redesign techniques to enhance safety conditions along Grand Street, to improve the balance between all transportation modes, including vehicles,pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users, and to make Grand Street safer and more accessible for all users!  For more information, click here.

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, also hosted by Terrence McDonald of the Jersey Journal, will be on 10/18/17 at 7pm, will be at MS4 on Bright Street. ************************************************************************************** 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.
  • The City of Jersey City has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Puerto Rico and the US Customs Service to aid those in Puerto Rico who were affected by the devastating hurricane.  New personal hygiene items (acetaminophen, aspirin, batteries, Clorox, dental floss, diapers, feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizer, mouth wash, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste) and water are being collected at the following locations: Cocoa Bakery (JC), Journal Square Plaza Information Kiosk (JC), Half Time Bar (JC), Light Rail Cafe (JC), Mo Kinberg HQ (JC), Scotland Yard (Hoboken) and Stanlaw Fitness (Bayonne).

This hurricane season has been very active and has caused severe damage and devastation to several states as well as many islands in the Caribbean.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.  In planning for disasters, Continuity of Operations Plans are critical to continue to operate and/or perform essential functions.  In this spirit, the Hudson County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) is presenting Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Hudson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  To register, please go to Eventbrite Registration.  


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.

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!


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.