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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.

May 2014 VVPA Meeting Reminder

20 May 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

VVPA Monthly meeting tonite…and we will be serving up some generously donated NJ BEER CO beers!!! come and get one!!

 

Meeting Agenda:

Anthony Vandermark– 124  Bright Street-new construction

Anthony Vandermark off Minervini Vandermark Architecture will be presenting a project proposal for 124 Bright St.  Currently on the site is an existing 3 family masonry structure set at the rear of the property.  This proposal is to keep the existing structure in the rear and for the construction of a a new single family structure at the front of the property. (4 units total)  The existing non-conforming curb cut and parking will be eliminated. The project is requesting variances for rear yard setback, building height, building coverage and for having 2 principal buildings on a single lot.

Gerard Balmir Jr.–Candidate for Hudson County Freeholder

Gerard is running for Hudson County Freeholder on June 3rd.  He will talk a little about himself and his campaign and then take questions from the membership. Here’s some background information from his website:

GERARD BALMIR JR has more than a decade of public-sector experience and presently serves as government and community affairs director of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), the 20,000-member union affiliate in New Jersey. In his position, Balmir works collaboratively with government and community leaders, business and labor, to encourage sound economic development policies that grow the economy, create family- sustaining jobs, and improve neighborhoods and communities.

Gerry brings a wealth of diverse experiences, energy, and steadfast commitment to everything he does.  He has served at the municipal and state level of Government and understands how to work collaboratively while fiercely advocating for those he represents.  Additionally, he served as Vice Chair of the City of Trenton Planning Board and currently serves as Chair of the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority. 

UPDATE ON ANGEL RAMOS PARK–

We will discuss the results of a local survey distributed to the neighborhood surrounding the park. Unfortunately The Department of Architecture is unable to attend our meeting tomorrow however they are making available 3 alternative designs for the Park for us to review. They will welcome our feedback.   Thanks to Jeff Agnew & Liz Morrill for distributing and working on the survey for us.