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“ARGO” June 26th, 8:30 pm

25 Jun 2013, Posted by admin in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule

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Join us  TOMORROW NIGHT

Wednesday June 26th for

ARGO

directed by

Ben Affleck

Winner of the 2012 Academy Awards for Best Picture , Best adapted screenplay,and Best editing.  Argo is based on the true events of operative Tony Mendezs book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah Bearman’s 2007 Wired article The Great Escape.   The Film chronicles the Mendez led rescue of six U.S. diplomats during Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979

Special guest, Pamela Pearl 

Associate Casting Director on ARGO

will be joining us before the film-8:30 pm

 She will be sharing with us the process and

inside scoop on how they found this extremely talented cast.

She has got some great stories!! Q&A to follow

click below to view the trailer

As always, in case of inclement weather check

JCList, twitter @vvpajc or FB/VanVorstParkAssociation.

Summer 2013-Season 9

14 Jun 2013, Posted by admin in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule

As promised we announced our full season this past Wednesday.  It was a perfect night for a movie outdoors–it was so wonderful to see young and old, friends meeting friends and sharing dinners, neighbors stopping by to watch a few minutes of Life of Pi on our screen chowing on some free popcorn….Make sure to catch a movie this summer–Bring a picnic~make it a date! You won’t regret it!

Our Season:

June 12--Life of Pi (PG)

June 26–Argo (R) (Special guest speaker before film, Pamela Pearl who was a casting associate on the film–learn the inside scoop on how major motion pictures are cast!)

July 10–The Impossible (PG-13)

July 24–West Side Story (G)

August 7–The Bugs Bunny & Roadrunner Movie (G) (1979)

August 21-The Intouchables (R)

September 4–Silver Linings Playbook (R)

Films in Van Vorst: “Argo” June 26

13 Jun 2013, Posted by admin in Films in VVP

******Weather Permitting Join us Tomorrow July 10th******

Wednesday July 10th

The Impossible

A regular family – Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three kids – travel to Thailand to enjoy their Christmas Holiday.  They are spending it at a stunning resort on the coastline with many other tourists from around the world.  A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes their worst nightmare.  A devastating tsunami. The family is torn apart.  How will they ever find each other? Who will survive, and what will become of them?

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

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!
Raindate, if needed, is the following Wednesday, July 17th!


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

 

Join us tonite as we discuss with our Construction Liaison updates on these projects:
a. Proposed Amendments to Bright Street Redevelopment Plan b. Board of Adjustment Applications for 437 Jersey Avenue (Cake Lush) and 440 Jersey Avenue (Bubby’s Burrito)

It is important to get your feedback so please your prescence is needed!!

FYI-
Tomorrow the City Council will be considering the landmarking of St John’s Church in Ward F. If historic preservation is important to you please attend the meeting tomorrow night, Wednesday June 19th at City Hall.

 

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“Life Of Pi”

directed by Ang Lee

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 2012 and winner for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best visual Effects and Best Original Score.

“Life of Pi” is an adventure drama film

based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name. Directed by Ang Lee, the film is based on an adapted screenplay by David Magee, and stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, and Adil Hussain.

The storyline revolves around a 16-year old Indian boy named Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, who survives a shipwreck in which his family dies, and is stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

click below to view the trailer

 

Van Vorst Park Association & Friends of Van Vorst Park present
FILMS IN VAN VORST
OUR FIRST FILM OF THE SEASON

Join us Wednesday June 12th after sunset (8:30 and later)
East end of VVP
Bring a Chair-Bring a Friend!
Free Popcorn!
We will announce the rest of the season that night as well!!

We are so thankful to our wonderful and generous sponsors this year who have really helped make this season possible!
SILVERMAN-Building Neighborhoods
NJ BEER CO.
Aire Salon
Jersey City Medical Center
Liberty Park Cafe & Diner
Thirty Acres
Two Boots

and special thanks to the City of Jersey City.
See you in the Park!


This weekend…
Our wonderful neighbors in the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association invite us all tomorrow Saturday June 8th 10am-6pm in Hamilton Park for their annual
PARKFEST!!!  Great shopping, yummy food & delightful entertainment.
The sun promises to return and it will be a great day!!

Next weekend…
The Hudson Shakespeare Company will perform Cyrano de Bergerac in VVP
Friday June 14th at 7pm.  Performance on the lawn–if it rains join them in the Gazebo.

Don’t forget our fabulous Farmers Market on Saturdays, Groove on Grove Wednesdays–before our movie of course!, and Creative Grove on Fridays.

 

Van Vorst Park Association & Friends of Van Vorst Park present
FILMS IN VAN VORST
LIFE OF PI

It’s going to be a beautiful night so join us this Wednesday June 12th
After sunset(8:30)
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 be announcing the rest of the season tomorrow.
And you’ll get a chance to vote:
Blue Hawaii (Elvis Presley) or West Side Story (that one, yes!)


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

SILVERMAN-Building Neighborhoods
NJ BEER CO.
Aire Salon
Jersey City Medical Center
Liberty Park Cafe & Diner
Me Casa
Thirty Acres
Two Boots

and special thanks to the City of Jersey City.
See you in the Park!


In the chance of inclement weather please check the following if we decide to cancel:

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

Twitter: @VVPAJC

or on JCList

 

LIBERTY STATE PARK BRIDGE IS OPEN!

23 May 2013, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

The Liberty State Park Footbridge, which will be known officially later this summer as the Ethel Pesin Liberty Footbridge, was opened today with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Back in January, a coalition of concerned neighbors from various neighborhood associations got together with City Engineer, Jeff Reeves to discuss how best to expedite the planning and construction of this important corridor connecting Downtown JC to Liberty State Park and the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood.  The intital group consisted of Stephanie Daniels of the Historic Paulus Hook Association, Tony Sandkamp of the VVPA, Marc Wesson of Friends of Van Vorst Park, Sam Pesin of Friends of Liberty State Park, Daniel Weiss of Friends of Liberty State Park, David Korn, a local architect and Dave Slurz, a local contractor. 17 associations and groups from across the city sent a letter to our City Council and Mayor Healy asking that they support and expedite the rebuilding of the footbridge by Memorial Day.  Council approved, and so long as the footbridge was in the same location as the original one that was destroyed during Sandy, FEMA would pay 75 percent of the total cost.  Designs were discussed and the quickest solution was a prefabricated steel bridge with 100ft deep pilings and concrete abutments.

So with the persistence and determination of those mentioned above and the cooperation of City Council, Mayor Healy, Rosemary McFadden the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Jeff Reeves, Asst. City Engineer, Rodney Hadley from Public Works and the hard work of the laborers at the job site we can all enjoy walking, running, or biking over to Liberty State Park and visiting our fellow Ward F neighbors!!  Thanks to all who made this happen!!

GREAT NEWS!!!!

We are so excited to share with you that the Liberty State Park footbridge
at Jersey Avenue will be opening tomorrow!!!

The City will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on the Jersey Ave side tomorrow, Friday May 24th, at 11am.  All are invited!

A huge thanks to Tony Sandkamp of the VVPA, Marc Wesson of Friends of Van Vorst Park, the City of Jersey City and other community leaders who have been a part of the planning process and helped facilitate this bridge’s reopening in time for summer!!

In a few weeks, there will be a  formal dedication ceremony, as the bridge will be named in honor of the late Ethel Pesin.  It will be called the Ethel Pesin Liberty Bridge.

Have a safe and fun memorial day and remember to vote on June 4th for the Primaries and for the City Council runoff elections on June 11th.

May 2013 VVPA Newsletter

13 May 2013, Posted by admin in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use
  • Meeting Agenda:
  • MAJESTIC II UPDATE

In October representatives from Silverman-Building Neighborhoods presented plans for their newest addition in downtown, the Majestic II on the corner of Grove and Montgomery.  They will join us once again to present a a progress update and new renderings for the project.

  • AT LARGE CANDIDATES

This past Tuesday we voted in a new mayor–But as most of you know there will be runoffs for many council seats including Ward F which includes a portion of VVP and the At Large Candidates.
Last meeting we met a few of the Ward F candidates but didn’t have time to “informally” meet many of the At Large candidates.  The calls are out and we will see who will be able to come to our meeting to introduce themselves..SINCE THIS IS LAST MINUTE we will send out an updated list of who will be joining us on Tuesday morning. So please check your emails and let your neighbors know–
(Rolando Lavarro & Joyce Watterman confirmed so far!!)

CONGRATS MAYOR ELECT STEVE FULOP~~~

Steve has been our Ward E Councilman since 2005 and if there was an award for most appearances at a VVPA meeting he would receive it!  Whenever an issue presented itself that our neighbors needed answers, he stopped by and offered his insight and help.  We congratulate Steve on all his hard work that he has done for us and wish him all the best as our new Mayor.  Our door is always open whenever he wants to stop by….

THANKS MAYOR HEALY

As we say goodbye to Mayor Healy, we would like to thank him for his service to our city and for all his hard work over the past 12 years.  We will never forget him serenading us at quite a few MeetBalls.  We hope he will find time to visit us and we wish him the best of luck in whatever his future holds.

  • UPCOMING EVENTS:

BIKE JC!!
Come celebrate another year of policy and community accomplishments with Bike JC at the 4th annual Jersey City Ward Tour, a sixteen-mile group bike ride through all six wards of Jersey City on June 2nd. The Tour starts and finishes at Exchange Place, leaving at 11 am. Registration is required and is free online at http://bikejc.org with a suggested donation of $5.
The festival at Tour’s End features great goods including food and beer (White Star Bar); live music (Rock-it Docket); nonprofit showcase; gold sprint races; photo booth and a bike rack design competition. Riders and non-riders alike are invited to Exchange Place from 1-5 pm on June 2nd.
Bike JC is a citizen-based advocacy organization that aims to make Jersey City streets welcoming for bicyclists, by promoting bike-friendly policies, including bike lanes; bicycle education; and traffic law enforcement. Riders must be 10 and up to participate and must wear helmets.
NIMBUS DANCE WORKS
Join Nimbus Dance Works for its annual Jersey City Spring Season at the Barrow Mansion in Downtown Jersey City from May 30th-June 1st.  These intimate performances feature historic dance works, an international collaboration, and popular favorites from the company’s repertory.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Nimbus Dance Works in such an intimate performance! Use this link to purchase tickets!!
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/376484

Our Farmers Market is up and running in VVP on Saturdays–be sure to check out our vendors and show your support so they keep coming back with the goodies.

Films in Van Vorst is scheduled to start on June 12th…we are still looking for sponsors as one of our main donors was not able to come through for us…
We offer advertising on our web page and our posters along with a generous plug on our film nights.  It’s a great way to give back to the community and for a reasonable price too!! We need help finding donors to keep free films in our park this summer!! Feel free to contact us if you’d like to donate or know of a local business who might be interested —  vvpanews@gmail.com.

We are currently working on a new VVPA website courtesy of one of our generous and super talented neighbors–it’s going to be really great…will let you all know when it’s up and running–SO EXCITED!!!