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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!!!

On Friday, the VVPA met with Steve Fulop and Candice Osbourne to discuss the overwhelming issues our community has with the 87 micro units in our neighborhood. Despite what the City had said in the Hudson Reporter, they can not support the community against this development because they believe their hands are tied both financially and legally.

Despite Mayor Fulop’s opinion. .. this is not over. We have been told we have a legitimate case legally, procedurally, and on principal and your involvement is key.

Tuesday night we will be discussing our plan of action. We have outlined strategies and will be assigning jobs. We need everyone’s involvement and attention at this time. It is extremely important to make this meeting. If you can not, please send a representative in your place.

We need your voice, your presence and DONATIONS to convince our Mayor to do the right thing and stand up for the community and not to defend outside developers.

It is imperative that we raise as much money as we can in the coming weeks to retain a law firm. Since the Van Vorst Park Association is a non profit 501c3 organization, all donations are tax deductible. You can donate via PayPal at brightandvarick.blogspot.com. You can also send a check to the VVPA at 83 Wayne Street Jersey City NJ 07302. PLEASE share the donation information with all your neighbors.

All donations shall be used toward the Bright and Varick legal defense. Please note so on your check or online donation. Donations shall be tracked and if funds are not necessary, (we hope) monies can be reimbursed a proportional amount to the funds spent.

Come to our meeting on Tuesday night October 29th-7:30pm at the Barrow Mansion, hear our plans and find out how to participate and have your voices heard!!!!

October 2013 VVPA Meeting Minutes

26 Oct 2013, Posted by admin in Minutes

Ellen Simon & Micheline Amy-Board of Education Candidates

Ellen & Micheline spoke with us briefly on their background and goals
if they were to be elected to the Board of Education. They both have children in public schools here in Jersey City and have been active PTA members. Some of the highlights of their campaign…longer school days for our children to allow time for recess, expanding the federally funded school breakfast program, bringing translators to BOE meetings and having them start later to accommodate parents coming home from work, engaging Neighborhood Associations with their local schools, etc. Great meeting them and we wish them luck.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 5th.

CAKE LUSH 437 Jersey Ave:
Our construction liaison gave an update on CAKE LUSH/CARVEL, LLC at the corner of Bright & Jersey. This property has been denied a zoning variance in the past for restaurant use, appealed and lost in NJ Supreme Court and was denied by Historic Preservation Commission last month. The same applicant will be asking for the same variance this evening at the Zoning Board of Adjustments, City Council Chamber, City Hall at 6pm. Please come and voice your concerns. STOP BY on your way home from work!

BRIGHT & VARICK REDEVELOPMENT :
Latest update and strategy meeting for the Bright & Varick Redevelopment project. We have uploaded all our research on this project to a website. If anyone is looking for more information, feel free to direct them to: http://www.brightandvarick.blogspot.com/–

We are still unsure when the developer will present his plans to the Planning Board. We were unable to obtain a set of plans to post on our blog. The JCRA told us that the developer “is concerned with having plans privately reviewed that are not approved by the Planning Department.” You can call the Planning office at 201.547.5010 and ask when they will be available to view. Or if you can go to Planning office: 30 Montgomery 14th Floor. We will let you all know as soon as we do when this in on the Planning Board agenda.

We discussed fundraising. We’ve added a donate button under the What You Can Do page on our blogspot.

REMINDERS:

Thursday October 24th 7-9pm-BOE Candidate Forum
The HPHA will host a BOE Candidate Forum at PS16 Bradford School 96 Sussex Street. Free and open to the public.

Thursday October 31st 4-?? HALLOWEEN in Van Vorst Park!!
We’re back!!!! Ready for a Ghoul Time??? Stop by for candy, hot cider and spooktacular fun with the Van Vorst Park Association and Friends of Van Vorst Park on Halloween. After darkness, 8:30pm, Hudson Shakespeare Company will be performing a special Halloween treat…

J City Theater is BACK!!
October 11th through 26th 8pm Wednesdays through Saturdays
J CITY Theater launches their 8th Season with Apartment 3A, written by actor and playwright Jeff Daniels. The play is a sardonic romantic comedy that revolves around Annie Wilson, a public television employee who loses her faith in God, men and even PBS. Underground Theater at St Michaels Church 252 9th Street Jersey City. Check out http://www.jcity.org/ for more info!!

Wednesday August 7th
WEATHER PERMITTING!!

The Bugs Bunny & Roadrunner Movie

The 1979 movie is a collection of Warner Brothers short cartoon features starring Mel Blanc as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy duck, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe Le Pew and Arthur Q.Bryan as Elmer Fudd.  The animations are interspersed by Bugs Bunny reminiscing on past events.  Reminisce with your kids on the cartoons of Saturdays past!! Oh and bring your favorite Knock Knock Jokes too for a knock knock contest pre-movie!!

8:15pm
East end of VVP
Bring a Chair-Bring a Friend!
Check out a trailer of the film at http://filmsinvanvorst.com/
Free Popcorn!

We will post to JClist, Twitter@vvpajc and Facebook/VanVorstParkAssociation
in case of inclement weather!!

Raindate, if needed, is the following Wednesday, August 14th


We are so thankful to our wonderful and generous sponsors this year who have helped make this season possible!




LIBERTY PARK CAFE & DINER



yoga shunya


and special thanks to the City of Jersey City.

See you in the Park!


REMEMBER:
In the chance of inclement weather you can can check to see if we are postponing till the following Wednesday at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VanVorstParkAssociation

Twitter: @VVPAJC

or on JCList

West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet”. The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the Jets led by Riff and the Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff’s best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo’s younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love.

8:30pm
East end of VVP
Bring a Chair-Bring a Friend!
Check out a trailer of the film at http://filmsinvanvorst.com/
Free Popcorn!

We will post to JClist, Twitter@vvpajc and Facebook/VanVorstParkAssociation
in case of inclement weather!!

Raindate, if needed, is the following Wednesday, July 31st


We are so thankful to our wonderful and generous sponsors this year who have helped make this season possible!




LIBERTY PARK CAFE & DINER



yoga shunya


and special thanks to the City of Jersey City.

See you in the Park!


REMEMBER:
In the chance of inclement weather you can can check to see if we are postponing till the following Wednesday at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VanVorstParkAssociation

Twitter: @VVPAJC

or on JCList

UNITED WATER ISSUES PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR PORTIONS OF JERSEY CITY

Includes Limited Area of Downtown Jersey City, excluding Newport

Jersey City, NJ, Jul 14, 2013, 3:30pm

Due to the loss of pressure in the system caused by the 12″ main break, United Water has issued a precautionary boil water advisory today to residents in the following downtown section of Jersey City.

The affected area of Jersey City is from the Hoboken border to Grand Street, and from Interstate 78 to the waterfront, excluding the Newport area.

These Jersey City residents should boil their water for at least one minute for the following: drinking, cooking, or baking, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula or food, mixing juices or drinks, feeding pets, and all other consumption. Water does not have to be boiled for the following activities: showering, washing dishes or clothes.

“United Water’s emergency crews are working at the site in an effort to restore service to customers,” said Chris Riat, senior director of NJ contract operations for United Water. “Our number one priority is to get service restored to the homeowners and businesses of Jersey City. Our professionally trained emergency crews will not rest until that is accomplished.”
About United Water Jersey City
United Water provides water service to approximately 239,000 residents in Jersey City. The company operates the City’s water system through a contract agreement with the JCMUA. United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.5 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 18 water utilities, the company operates more than 90 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.