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October 2014 VVPA Meeting Minutes

22 Oct 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Minutes

Thank you to all who came out last night.  It was a packed house–

Thanks to Leah Guy from Modern Sage a new wellness, meditation, massage you name it feel good store on Newark Ave.  She kindly brought us a gift bag from her store which we used last night as a door prize.  One lucky gal went home with a bag of goodies!  If you haven’t been to Modern Sage–it’s really a treat for the senses. And Leah knows every product in there…Check it out!  Modern Sage 315 2nd Street.

Dixon Leasing gave us a rundown on their processes and properties in the Van Vorst Park area.  Dixon is an Australian company that bought a number of houses in Hudson County, NY and Brooklyn.  We currently have 22 of their properties in our neighborhood.  They discussed the renovation of a number of those properties and addressed some concerns about the construction and tenants.  Rebbecca Symes  and John Wellendorf are available at anytime if anyone has any issues with their properties.  For a full list of those properties contact us at vvpanews@gmail.com, Rebecca at Rebecca.Symes@dixon.com.au or John at John. Wellandorf@dixon.com.au

We also welcomed a number of school board candidates.  There was plenty of questions raised and some spirited discussions.  The candidates are participating in a forum hosted by Historic Paulus Hook  Association (HPHA) this Thursday October 23rd 7 pm at PS16 96 Sussex Street.  You can check out their FB event page here.In the meantime here are the candidates we met last night.  Get to know them a little better–

The Parents for Excellence Team:  Bertram Okpokwasili, Moncia Kress & Carol Harrison-Aronold.  Betram and Carol are currently Board members and Bertram is a Van Vorster.  Check out parentsforexellence.com

The Children First Team: Gerald Lyons, Gina Verdibello, Lorenzo Richardson.  You can read more about them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheChildrenFirstTeam

Joel Torres—Joel is running independent of a ticket. He has his own Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/MrJoelTorres and website: http://www.torres4jcboe.com.

Take a few minutes…make an informed vote on November 4th!


Reminder we will be in the park this weekend hanging ribbons on our Breast Cancer Awareness tree.We will also be  ghouling it up on Halloween in the park from 4-8pm handing out candy and hot cider. AND….

SAVE THE DATE!  December 12th–Van Vorst Boogie is back!  In the Barrow Mansion….this one will be a fundraiser for us to continue the free dances in the park next summer.  But wait…it’s going to be a “great” night….food, drinks, live music, DJ Dancing Tony….a very spirited holiday party!


There is still time to get really involved in your community….we are looking for a few good men and women to join our Board of Directors…if you’ve attended at least 3 meetings last year and live in the Van Vorst district you are eligible.  Community service is cool and rewarding…look what it did for Steve Fulop! He was once the president of HPHA!

 

 

 

 

October 2014 VVPA Newsletter

21 Oct 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Meeting Agenda:

Bertram Okpokwasili

Bertram is a local Van Vorster running for a re-election to the Jersey City School Board.  The elections are next month on Tuesday November 4th.  He will be joined by 2 other candidates that are running on the same ticket, incumbent Carol Harrison-Arnold and Monica Kress.  Get to know more about Bertram, Carol and Monica. There will be time for questions and answers.

Dixon Properties

“Dixon Leasing provides historic 1-to-4 family homes for rent in the Greater New York Area, with a specific focus on Jersey City.  Dixon Leasing’s portfolio includes 20 properties within 4 blocks of Van Vorst Park.  Dixon Leasing’s focus is not only to invest in property, but also to invest in the betterment of local neighborhoods and communities.  Representatives from Dixon Leasing look forward to providing VVPA members with an introduction to our company and an inside look at some of our historic renovations in Van Vorst Park”  Besides representatives joining us on Tuesday they will also have one of their in house architects to discuss their process of renovating homes and will present us with before and after pictures.  There will be time for a Q & A.  Dixon was one of our sponsors this summer for Films in Van Vorst.

BRIGHT & VARICK UPDATE

We will give a brief update on the current status of the project. There’s more to talk about….come and hear the latest.

UPCOMING VVPA ELECTIONS

The VVPA will holding it’s annual elections soon. If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, email us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  Requirements are that you have attended at least 3 meetings in the past year and live in the Van Vorst Neighborhood. Tuesday we will elect an Elections Officer who will prepare a slate of nominees for us.


FYI:

Next weekend, the VVPA will be in the parkas part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  We are decorating a tree with ribbons that are in honor of our friends and family who are fighting or have fought and lost their brave battles with Breast Cancer.  We invite any and all to stop by and pick up a ribbon….we have candy, pamphlets and breast self exam cards to give away as well compliments of the Jersey City Medical Center/Christie Kerr Woman’s clinic.  We will be there from 11-2.


****There will be a BOE Candidate Forum hosted by Paulus Hook Neighborhood Association this Thursday October 23rd at 7pm at School 16, 96 Sussex Street.  They have invited all 8 candidates to participate.

****Sustainable JC-Andy Velwest who joined us last month has a survey for JC residents, particularly those in neighborhood associations, asking about their priorities and interests in local issues.  Based on its results, Sustainable JC could talk about possible collaboration opportunities. The survey is below…if you have a few minutes it would be very helpful for us and them! Thanks!

http://sjcsurveys.polldaddy.com/s/neighborhood-survey-citywide


NIMBUS DANCE WORKS:
NOT TO BE MISSED–
Saturday November 8th, 7pm at the Barrow Mansion. It’s the 10th Anniversary Show with a Preview of Artistic Director Sam Pott’s piece that will debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in May of 2015!  Ticket price includes wine/beer reception Hors d’ouveres and desserts. Ticket info here or at www.nimbusdanceworks.org.


HALLOWEEN IS FRIDAY OCTOBER 31ST

Guess where the VVPA will be? BOOO! You guessed it! In our haunted gazebo in Van Vorst Park from 4-8pm.  We are teaming up again with Friends of Van Vorst Park for a freaky few hours handing out candy for the kids and hot cider for the adults—stop by, say hi–It’ll be a GHOOOULLLL time!!

September 2014 VVPA Newsletter

14 Sep 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Meeting Agenda:

Candice Osborne

Ward E Councilwoman will join us to discuss the latest items on the council agenda. She will be answering questions from the membership.

Andy Velwest, Sustainable JC

Andy will be discussing SustainableJC and their goal to educate people about sustainable practices and offer concrete projects so they see the relevance and improvement to their daily lives. SustainableJC actively collaborates with neighborhood groups such as the VVPA for both targeted, and city wide campaigns. On Tuesday, he would like to talk about their current campaigns and volunteer needs, but also hear from us what sustainability issues matter most, and how they can help.

BRIGHT & VARICK UPDATE

We will give a brief update on the current status of the project.

FYI:

Historic Preservation Commission: Monday September 15th 6pm City Council Chambers
The HPC will be voting on 28 Bright Street. This was the project that was presented to the membership in June. The VVPA is reviewing the plans as they are more detailed than the renderings that were presented to us. You can look through them as well in the planning office at 30 Montgomery, 14th floor.


 

With heavy hearts we must share the news that Laura Fraschilla our dear friend, neighbor, community activist and former VVPA President and board member passed away on Friday September 12th in her home overlooking her beautiful Van Vorst Park. She was surrounded by friends and family.

Laura never passed up an opportunity to make Jersey City and in particular the Van Vorst Park Neighborhood where she has lived a better and more beautiful place to live. Whether it was with the VVPA or with the Barrow Mansion where she also served as a board president, she gave of her time and talents and always with a smile on her face. Most recently she helped us welcome the Van Vorst Family this spring, and was on our MeetBall Fundraiser committee in May all the time bravely and quietly battling breast cancer.

If you care to pay your respects:

Monday September 15th 5-9pm Viewing at Introcaso-Angelo Funeral Home 143 Brunswick
Tuesday September 16th 11am Funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church 344 Sixth Street

In lieu of flowers and at Laura’s request, donations can be made to the Van Vorst Park Association. As you can imagine, we are honored and humbled by her thoughtfulness and will never forget her–her spirit, her joy, her kindness, her smile.
We miss her so much already.

Rest in peace lovely Laura

Last Film of the 2014 Season 9.3.14

03 Sep 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule
FILMS IN VAN VORSTWednesday September 3rd
Last film of 2014!Van Vorst Park 8:00pm

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directed by Wes Anderson

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Check out the trailer at filmsinvanvorst.com
Bring your chairs and your friends, the popcorn is on us.

Brought to you by the
VVPA
&
Friends of Van Vorst Park.
Please visit vvpa.org home page to see all the amazing donors that made our 10th season in the Park possible.

THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER…..SO…
If we postpone, we will announce on
Twitter: @vvpajc
Facebook: VanVorstParkAssociation
and on JC List


At the end of this season we want to once again thank all our wonderful sponsors.
Some donated money, others food & services for our MeetBall Dinner.  We could NOT have had such a wonderful season without their support. These local businesses that care about their neighbors are what makes Van Vorst Park & Jersey City a great place to live.
You can show your appreciation by tweeting a thanks or patronizing their businesses!Many Thanks to:
Silverman Building Neighborhoods
NJ Beer Co
Dixon Advisory
Liberty Harbor North
Sawyer Smith Residential Brokerage
Jersey City Medical Center
Maximum Motion Fitness
Jorge Mastropiertro Architects
JC Barre
The Brightside Tavern
Abbondonza Trattoria
Two Boots Pizza
Park & Sixth Gastropub
Zepplein Bar & Restaurant
John’s Pizza
The Merchant
Me Casa
Shanghai Best
PJ Ryans
The Kitchen
Brewshot
Cocoa Bakery
Super Buy Rite
Special thanks to Friends of Van Vorst Park & the City of Jersey City.

Join our email list at vvpa.org for upcoming events & meetings.
Or email us directly at vvpanews@gmail.com if you have any suggestions or wish to donate for next years season.

Van Vorst Boogie~Disco Night!!

23 Aug 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Events
DISCO TONITEVAN VORST PARK

SATURDAY 8.23!


ARE YOU READY TO BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE??
TILL YOU JUST CAN’T BOOGIE NO MORE?
SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING!

We are heading back to the 70’s for a Disco night under the stars in Van Vorst Park.  Forgot how to do the Hustle?  No problem! We’ve got dance lessons from 6-6:30pm and then DJ Waffle spins the best Disco tunes all night till 10pm.  We’ve got prizes for best dressed man and woman.  Mordi’s food truck will be serving up food for purchase.  The VVPA will have lemonade and juice to quench your thirst! Check out our event page on
Facebook/Van Vorst Boogie!

For a $5 donation you will get some funky bracelets to go with your groovy outfit and happy hour drink specials at The Brightside Tavern after party!!

Out of sight, man!

The Lego Movie Tonite!!

06 Aug 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule
FILMS IN VAN VORSTWednesday August 6th!

Van Vorst Park 8:30pm

THE LEGO MOVIE
Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Based on the Lego line of construction toys, the film tells the story of Emmet (Pratt), an ordinary Lego minifigure prophesied to save the universe from the tyrannical Lord Business (Ferrell).  With an all star cast of voices, this movie has won over the hearts of both young and old audiences!

Check out the trailer at filmsinvanvorst.com
Bring your chairs and your friends, the popcorn is on us.

Brought to you by the
VVPA
&
Friends of Van Vorst Park.
Please visit vvpa.org home page to see all the amazing donors that made our 10th season in the Park possible.

THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER THIS SUMMER…..SO…
If we postpone, we will announce on
Twitter: @vvpajc
Facebook: VanVorstParkAssociation
and on JC List


~SAVE THE DATE~
DISCO NIGHT IN THE PARK!Van Vorst Boogie
Saturday August 23rd 6-10pm

We are going back to the 70s for a Disco night in the Park.
Get out your spandex and Saturday Night Fever outfits!!!
Lessons, dancing and awards for Best Dressed Man & Woman!
Food & drink for purchase–
Suggested donation to the VVPA only $5!

Tell your friends, get shopping for that spandex!!!


FILMS IN VAN VORST

Wednesday JULY 30th!

Van Vorst Park 8:30 or later

20 Feet From Stardom
Directed by Morgan Neville

Academy Award Winner for 2014 Best Documentary

You’ve heard them. You’ve seen them onstage with your favorite singers.  Here’s your chance to see what it feels like 20 feet from stardom….

Check out the trailer at filmsinvanvorst.com
Bring your chairs and your friends, the popcorn is on us.

Brought to you by the
VVPA
&
Friends of Van Vorst Park.
Please visit vvpa.org home page to see all the amazing donors that made our 10th season in the Park possible.

THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER THIS SUMMER…..SO…
If we postpone, we will announce on
Twitter: @vvpajc
Facebook: VanVorstParkAssociation
and on JC List


~SAVE THE DATE~

Van Vorst Boogie
Saturday August 23rd 6-10pm

We are going back to the 70s for a Disco night in the Park.
Get out your spandex and Saturday Night Fever outfits!!!
Lessons, dancing and awards for Best Dressed Man & Woman!
Food & drink for purchase–
Suggested donation to the VVPA only $5!

More info soon!

Films in Van Vorst UPDATE!

22 Jul 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule

FILMS IN VAN VORST

Wednesday JULY 23RD

Van Vorst Park 8:30 or later

20 Feet From Stardom
Directed by Morgan Neville

Academy Award Winner for 2014 Best Documentary

You’ve heard them. You’ve seen them onstage with your favorite singers.  Here’s your chance to see what it feels like 20 feet from stardom….

Check out the trailer at filmsinvanvorst.com
Bring your chairs and your friends, the popcorn is on us.

Brought to you by the
VVPA
&
Friends of Van Vorst Park.
Please visit vvpa.org home page to see all the amazing donors that made our 10th season in the Park possible.

THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER THIS SUMMER…..SO…
If we postpone, we will announce on
Twitter: @vvpajc
Facebook: VanVorstParkAssociation
and on JC List

June 2014 VVPA Newsletter

14 Jun 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

June Meeting
Tuesday June 17th @7:30pm
Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street
Snacks & wine served!
Meeting Agenda:

28 Bright Street (btwn Grove & Barrow Streets)

The Developer will be joining us and presenting their plans.
THE DEVELOPER IS SEEKING COMMUNITY INPUT-PLEASE COME TO OUR MEETING IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROJECT—–VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!

Currently, 28 Liberty Manor Development LLC is proposing to develop 28 Bright Street to the Bulk and Density Standards of the Bright Street Redevelopment Plan, Zone 3 Residential Infill. The project as presently designed will have 31 for sale condominium units consisting of 8 one bedroom units to be sold to moderate income homeowners and 23 two bedroom units to be sold to market rate homeowners. There will be 14 onsite parking spaces and a small commercial unit on the first floor. The building will be five stories with a 30 feet rear yard setback.

Judith Palacio-Jersey City Ballet Company

Judith is from our newest ballet company and dance school in Jersey City. She will discuss the structure of their school and the vision for their company. She would also like to know how they can contribute to the community. She will be handing out free passes to our members who are interested in taking a class!! That’s right FREE PASSES!!

CIVIC DUTIES:

If you would like to get more involved, attend one of these meetings:
Planning Board: June 17th 6pm
Zoning Board: June 19th 6pm
Historic Preservation Commission: June 23rd
All meetings start at 6pm in City Council Chambers and are open to the public. Mayor Fulop is actively seeking commissioners to fill vacating seats. Are you the right person? Check out one of these meetings and see for yourself.

FILMS IN VAN VORST:

June 25th Van Vorst Park 8:30 or later

Come join us in the park for our 10th season of free films in the park. June 25th we will be showing Nebraska directed by Alexander Payne. For a trailer go to filmsinvanvorst.com Bring a chair, bring a friend–the popcorn’s on us the VVPA & Friends of VVP.

 

CON VIVO PRESENTS:

Saturday June 21st 7-8:30pm
Owen Grundy Pier at Exchange Place
Come celebrate the summer solstice with a FREE outdoor show by Con Vivo on the waterfront! They will be performing Karlheinz Stockhausen’s epic work Tierkreis, a 12 movement piece based on the Zodiac signs. At times beautiful, wild, fragile, and adventurous, this is sure to be an event you don’t want to miss!
Check out: convivomusic.org for all the information.
Farmers Market continues every Saturday in the Van Vorst park. Delicious vendors—not to be missed!!

Creative Grove every Friday at Grove Plaza.

FILMS IN VAN VORST

04 Jun 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule

And the season is……

JUNE 11th              GRAVITY

JUNE 25th              NEBRASKA

JULY 9th                 TBD

JULY 23rd              20 FEET FROM STARDOM

AUGUST 6th           THE LEGO MOVIE

AUGUST 20th         BELLE

SEPTEMBER 3rd    GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

 

Films in JUNE & JULY start 8:30 or later; AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 8pm or later. Raindates are the following Wednesdays.  Bring a chair, bring a friend!

FILMS IN VAN VORST BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE VAN VORST PARK ASSOCIATION, FRIENDS OF VAN VORST PARK and from our generous sponsors:

SILVERMAN- Building Neighborhoods, Sawyer Smith Residential Brokerage, Liberty Harbor North, Dixon Advisory, NJ BEER Co, Cocoa Bakery, Tommy 2 Scoops, Shanghai Best, Me Casa, Two Boots, BuyRite, Abbondonza Tratorria, John’s Pizza, The Merchant, Zepplein Hall, Park & Sixth, The Kitchen, PJ Ryans & Brewshot.