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December 2013 VVPA Newsletter

17 Dec 2013, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Last meeting of 2013!!

LAST MINUTE UPDATE:

Rob Luckritz, Director of EMS services at JCMC will speak to us regarding the upcoming City Council resolution to turn over JCMC’s Ambulatory services for the city of JC  to Bayonne based McCabe Ambulance.  Rob has been a guest with us twice in the past and is quite informative.

We will be voting on our new Board of Directors:

The slate is as follows:
Marlene Sandkamp: President
Yolanda Foley: First Vice President
Sheridan Bell: Second Vice President
Oona Jackson Moore: Secretary
Cecilia DeLeon: Treasurer
John Ross; At Large
Jeff Agnew: At Large

BRIGHT AND VARICK UPDATE

There is a Planning Board meeting tonite (December 17th). The Developer is NOT ON THE PLANNING BOARD AGENDA as originally thought. We ask that someone attend and report back to us if the project was mentioned. Email vvpanews@gmail.com if you can attend. We will be discussing the latest information from our lawyers. We will have copies of the legal brief as well.

28 BRIGHT STREET REDEVELOPMENT PLAN

It’s back! Our Councilman at Large, Rolando Lavarro has informed us that the JCRA is voting to designate a developer for the property at 28 Bright Street. They will be discussing it at their Commissioners meeting this Tuesday December 17th. We will be reviewing what our opposition was to the Plan back in May of this year when an amendment to the plan was scheduled to be voted on by Council (and was tabled). We will have a copy of the plan and discussing it at our meeting. Also if you care to attend the JCRA meeting it starts at 5pm at 30 Montgomery 14th Floor and is open to the public.

STAY AND JOIN US FOR SOME HOLIDAY BEVERAGES AND TASTY TREATS AFTER THE MEETING!!!

 

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS!

Not to late to get into the Holiday Spirit–check out:

JCITY THEATER’S A Tuna Christmas
Back after a hiatus last year, check out this not to be missed Holiday Tradition from our very own Van Vorsters, Clay and Sandy Cockrell. Show run Wednesday-Saturday 8pm performances with the last performance on Saturday December 21st at 8pm. Check here to purchase tickets in advance and for more information:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/517261

NIMBUS DANCE WORKS’ The Nutcracker
Another wonderful tradition from Van Vorster extraordinaire, Samuel Pott. Check out the retelling of this holiday ballet with a Jersey City flavor. Featuring fulls sets, costumes and over 100 professional and youth performers. At MS #4 107 Bright Street December 21 @ 1pm & 5pm and December 22nd @1pm & 5pm. Check here for more information and to purchase tickets:
http://nimbusnutcracker2013.brownpapertickets.com/

OLC’s ELF FACTORY
A new funraisers in town! Bring your little ones to meet Santas elves and have fun with them at their factory! Cookie and oranment making, dancing, and even a chance to meet the big guy himself!! SANTA….you may recognize one or two of your favorite VVPA former and present Board members—as an elf and one in a Jolly Red Suit next Saturday the 21st. You can also sponsor a child to attend or buy your own tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/santas-elf-factory-and-vendor-village-holiday-event-tickets-9037349957

November 2013 VVPA Newsletter

15 Nov 2013, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Van Vorst Park Association Meeting
Meeting Tuesday November 19th , 7:30PM at the Barrow Mansion
83 Wayne Street  All are welcome! Snacks will be served!

AGENDA:

Captain Daniel Sollitti- East District Commander
7:30-8:15pm
It’s been some time since we’ve had a representative from our Police District at one of our monthly meetings and we are so pleased to welcome the Captain to our neighborhood. He will give us a little background and then take questions and concerns from the membership. Now is the time to come and speak up on the issues that are most concerning to us….PLEASE DON’T MISS THIS IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY!

UPDATES: Bright & Varick Street Redevelopment
8:15–8:45PM

BRIGHT & VARICK REDEVELOPMENT :
Latest update and strategy meeting for the Bright & Varick Redevelopment project.
The Townhall meeting with the Mayor answered few questions and raised even more as did the response from his office this week to our first letter outlining legal options. You can read their letter here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0hEELfyg1AHbzJ3dzl1VFlidm8/edit. In short, they have decided that “the Project is simply too far along to effecuate any substantial change” and that there is a “revised plan” that “reflects a good faith effort” to address our concerns.
We have not seen this revised plan. Our next step is to present our Legal Case at the next Planning Board Meeting (when they are on the agenda). If we do not receive a satisfactory decision, we will have to appeal to the higher courts.
The Town Hall Meeting was filmed by our 1st Van Vorst Park Association president Yvonne Balcer and can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/78964791. THANKS YVONNE!!

PRESENTATION OF ELECTION SLATE-
8:45-9PM
FUNDRAISER TIME!

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20th 7-11pm
Brightside Tavern, 141 Bright Street

As you know, lawyers are preparing a brief for us and will hopefully be presenting on our behalf in the upcoming weeks at the Planning Board. We have raised money, but we need to continue building our legal defense fund. So please join us for a fundraiser that promises to seriously raise some FUN….and FUNDS!!

$20 contribution at the door.
Complimentary appetizers
Happy Hour drink prices all night long!
a Game of “I dare you” Karoke
a guaranteed good time

PLEASE tell your friends & neighbors–let’s pack the house like we did back on October 8th….ALL ARE WELCOME!!!!

We will see you there!

If you are unable to make it feel free to donate online at
www.vvpa.org or brightandvarick.blogspot.com

Special thanks to Tom Parisi for his generosity…

Sunday November 17th 3-6pm
Victory Hall Drawing Room 180 Grand Street

Opening Reception for The BIG Small Painting Show! Featuring a number of VVP residents!! Free and open to all!

Saturday December 7th 7-11pm
DCNA HOLIDAY PARTY!!!!
Iron Monkey–All are invited–more details to come in our events section!

NIMBUS DANCE WORKS:
Save the date!! Nimbus’s annual Nutcracker presentatation is happening on December 21st & 22nd, 1 & 5pm shows at MS#4 on Bright Street. Check out www.nimbusdanceworks.org for all the information. A wonderful Jersey City tradition starring local children and celebrities!! NOT TO BE MISSED!!

Rolando Lavarro wrote:

We are hosting a fundraising drive to provide aid to the Philippines, which was hit by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, the strongest recorded typhoon to make landfall. 9.5 million people are affected, with approximately 250 casualties to date, a number which is projected to rise in the thousands.

We ask that you stop by Port-o Lounge this Thursday, 6pm-9pm, and write a check to American Red Cross, with memo designation of “Philippines Typhoon and Flood”. A representative from the American Red Cross will be available to accept donations.

A percentage of sales will be donated on behalf of Port-O Lounge’s patrons to the American Red Cross.

If you are unable to join, you can donate online or mail your check to the nearest American Red Cross. You can find that information at http://www.redcross.org/.

No donation is too small. Thank you for your generosity.

Fall Clean Up in the Park

08 Nov 2013, Posted by Oona Moore in Events

From Friends of Van Vorst Park:

Although we maintain Van Vorst Park by ourselves all year long, the Friends of Van Vorst Park could really use your help now that fall has fallen. The park is covered with leaves and they must be removed in order to protect the lawns and prevent fungus from forming on next spring’s growth on the trees and plants.

Tomorrow (Saturday, Nov 9th), between 11:00am-2:00pm, we will be providing rakes, leaf bags, and gloves to anyone that can put in an hour or more to help with this clean-up. School kids may use this volunteer effort towards community service hours.

We only ask twice a year for additional help in making this, what we think is, one of the most beautiful places in Jersey City. Please join us tomorrow, meet your neighbors, help your park, and get a little exercise at the same time.

RECAP:
Mayor Fulop arranged a Town Hall Meeting regarding the Bright & Varick Redevelopment Plan and the 87 Micro Units planned for 268 Varick Street this past Monday evening. Despite the last minute nature of the meeting, the council chambers was respectfully crowded and neighbors voiced their dissatisfaction with the project. The Jersey Journal reported on the evening. Please read this article for the full recap.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/11/downtown_jersey_city_residents_flay_fulop_over_microunit_development.html

GOING FORWARD:
The last 2 days we have met with and retained a lawyer who will be preparing a brief in the coming days outlining the legal basis that this project is not possible without density variances. We will be sending the brief first to the Mayor and will await his response. According to our legal counsel, the density standards of the R1 district (8-9 units) are still in effect for this property. We must encourage the Mayor and Council to hold off any approvals or the sale of the property until they fully read and understand the brief. This week we ask that you reach out to our At Large Council Members–

Call Rolando Lavarro: 201.547.5268
Call Joyce Watterman: 201.547.5134
Call Daniel Rivera: 201.547.5319

Make sure to leave a message and ask them to return your call–
And Tell them: “Please encourage the Mayor to hold off any approvals or the sale of the property until he fully reads and understands the brief coming his way.”

DONATE:
Here– use our donate button on the Homepage or go to brightandvarick.blogspot.com–

FUNDRAISER:
We are organizing a fundraiser for our legal defense…check your emails for the date soon to be announced! We promise to make a it a fun night!!

KEEP AT IT:
Phone calls, talking to our neighbors and local businesses, posters–
THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL–WE’VE SHAKEN UP THE POWERS THAT BE
STAY THE COURSE!!!!!!

KEEP US IN THE LOOP:
If you are emailing Steve or Council as was requested at the Town Hall Meeting, please cc us in your emails as well. VVPANEWS@gmail.com. We would like to keep a record of all the opinions of our neighbors.

THANKS!!!!!

Our Mayor decided after our hundreds of phone calls last week to schedule a Town Hall Meeting regarding the Bright & Varick (268 Varick Street) 87 Micro Unit Plan.

Candice Osbourne tweeted last night that the meeting is indeed being held SOMEWHERE in City Hall (no location set as of yet) and at 6pm

The VVPA is aware this is a difficult time for many of our working neighbors to attend a meeting but we have not been involved in the setting the time or date or location. Our only hope is that many concerned citizens will come and voice their opinions directly to our Mayor.

Thanks. We will see you there.

MAYOR CALLS FOR A TOWN HALL MEETING

Mayor Fulop holding a Town Hall Meeting

Monday November 4th 6pm, Location: To Be Determined.

After our hundreds of phone calls, the Mayor has decided to hold a Town Hall meeting to discuss openly our issues regarding the Bright & Varick Redevelopment plan and the proposed 87 micro units.

If you need to reacquaint yourself with the project, process, our issues & concerns, previous letters to the administration, transcripts & videos please check out www.brightandvarick.blogspot.com

The VVPA is holding an emergency meeting to decide our strategy for the Mayor’s meeting. Join us Sunday November 3rd at 7pm at the Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street.

Thanks–
REMINDER:
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5th IS ELECTION DAY!
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!

Halloween SUCCESS!!!

01 Nov 2013, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

What an AMAZING turnout!!  We lost count but there were hundreds of Supermans, Batmans, Princesses, Zombies,Stormtroopers (big day for Star Wars costumes!) elephants, monkeys, kitty cats, and one dog dressed up like a skunk.  Friends of Van Vorst Park member & all around great neighbor Jeff, found and bought all the fun blow up decorations!! Thanks Jeff!!

Children were polite, parents were appreciative and we are thankful that we were able to make this Halloween one for neighbors in Van Vorst Park to remember.

Favorite line from the night, when asked what the magic words for the night were…one little costumed boy answered “CANDY”  (correct answer was “trick or treat”. he got candy anyhow!!)

 

For all those who asked us about the Bright & Varick Redevelopment plan–make sure to go to:  www.brightandvarick.blogspot.com for all the background and current actions being taken including who to call this week….

Bright & Varick Action Day 2

31 Oct 2013, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

KEEP AT IT!!!

Thank you all for your support yesterday in calling City Hall. KEEP CALLING!! If you called yesterday and left a message and did not hear back, call again. If you didn’t call yesterday, CALL!!!!!! If they insist you email instead, say NO!!!
Demand to leave a message.
NO EMAILS!!!! WE WANT PHONE CALLS!!!!!
THEY NEED TO HEAR US!!!!!!!! PRESSURE IS WHAT WE WANT!!!

Tell them that you OPPOSE 268 Varick Street, The Bright & Varick Redevelopment Plan and demand for a full review by city government that includes COMMUNITY INPUT!!!

You can also go to City Hall in person and file a complaint.
And while you’re there… Make sure to put some flyers on the cars in the City Hall parking lot behind City Hall and the lot on the corner of Montgomery and Marin (great idea from neighbor Sheridan!!!!).

Don’t forget we will be in VVP from 4-8pm Thursday TODAY (Halloween) stop by, pick up some flyers, tell your neighbors to stop by too and sign our petition. Hear our plans–get involved!!

And keep donating. At www.vvpa.org or brightandvarick.blogspot.com

Thanks to all—ONWARD!!

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Van Vorst Park Association
83 Wayne Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
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BRIGHT & VARICK ACTION!!!!!

30 Oct 2013, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

ACTION

Last night we made a plan .
We need everyone’s attention and commitment!

TODAY/THIS WEEK: PHONE CALLS-EVERYDAY!!!!!
Ward E: Candice Osbourne 201.547.5315
Ward F: Diane Coleman 201.547.5338
Mayor Fulop: 201.547.4900
TELL THEM TODAY–you OPPOSE the 268 Varick Street Micro Units and demand they call for a full review by City Government that includes community input!
CITY HALL NEEDS TO KNOW WE’RE NOT BACKING DOWN!
ASK 3 PEOPLE ON YOUR BLOCK OR BUILDING TO MAKE THE CALLS TOO!

WE NEED TO APPLY PRESSURE EVERYDAY!
THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!
If you haven’t called today, please do so. Leave a message, ask to speak with them directly. Emails are not encouraged–speaking to the voters that put them in office is important.

WE NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT-
We have flyers, they will change weekly. We can send you one, make some copies and put them on cars, in mailslots…anywhere and everywhere. ‘
EMAIL vvpanews@gmail.com for a PDF of the flyer or download our flyers and talking points at brightandvarick.blogspot.com
JOIN US IN VVP ON HALLOWEEN FROM 4-8 TO SPREAD THE WORD &
FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION

WE NEED MONEY
We are hiring a law firm this week. We need funds.
We need to raise at least $10,000 by the end of the week.
DONATE:
Go to vvpa.org/Make a Donation button or
brightandvarick.blogspot.com/Donate

All donations are tax-deductible–we are a 501c3.
We will send an email receipt for your records.

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE & or GO TO VVPA.ORG FOR UPDATES.
Next week:
We need volunteers to work the voting locations and pass out flyers.
Email vvpanews@gmail.com if you can volunteer-we will provide the flyers.
Upcoming weeks:
We will need masses to go to Planning Office and review plans
We will need masses to attend Planning Board Meeting
We will need to continue calling the rest of our council members

The City’s hands may be tied–ours are not!
CALL!! ACT! DONATE!!!