Films in Van Vorst & Tango2012 Fundraiser!

Films in Van Vorst

8th Annual Summer Film Series



Free Film !

Wednesday June 13th

East of the gazebo after dark(8:30 or later)


 directed by Bennett miller

 Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman.  


Visit to see the trailer
   Bring a chair! Bring a friend!

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors;

Jersey City Medical Center,

Silverman Building Neighborhoods,

with special thanks to

The Van Vorst Park Association,

The Friends of Van Vorst Park,

The City of Jersey City


The VVPA is throwing a Tango Night Fundraiser.  Join us Saturday June 30th (Adults only please)  in the Barrow Mansion for a night of Tango lessons and dancing, South Amerian wines, tapas and sweets. Great way to support your community, make some new friends and enjoy a summer nights fiesta!! All for $40!  Tickets are available at the film screenings, in VVP during the Farmers Market Saturday June 16th, 23rd and the 30th and via PayPal at  Some of our latest Tango Night sponsors …Made with Love, Tommy’s Two Scoops and Fizzy Lizzy!! Many Thanks for their support!!

See you in The Park!!

Tonite!! First Film of our 8th Season!

13 Jun 2012, Posted by admin in Films in VVP

So far so good….clouds seem to be breaking up and wait, is that a shadow we see?? Has the sun returned??  Lets keep our collective fingers crossed till this evening.

We will post a cancellation notice if needed in three places…


2. Facebook

3. Twitter  @vvpajc

So if it looks questionable…you know how to find out!  Predicting the weather is tricky–we try and do our best!!



directed by Bennett Miller

 Based on the book by Michael Lewis, the film is an account of the Oakland Athletics 2002 Season and their general managers attempts to assemble a competitive team.  Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actor and Best Picture in 2012.

click below to view the trailer

The 8th Annual Outdoor Summer film Series will again take place in Van Vorst Park on Wednesday nights. Screenings in June and July will begin at about 8:30 or later . August and September screenings will begin at 8:00 pm or later. The rain date for each film will be the following Wednesday.


Ready, Set…Almost Action!

01 Jun 2012, Posted by admin in Films in VVP

Hello All!!

We are so excited to start up our summer season.  It’s June and we’re almost ready for action.  We need to finalize a few more titles and we promise, the schedule will be posted next week.  We are excited this year to be sponsored by Jersey City Medical Center and Silverman-Building Neighborhoods–without their generous contributions we would not have been here this summer!!

This year  we will be posting updates on our twitter account @vvpjc and on Facebook Oh and one more thing—alot of people ask how you can help us–well, how about coming to our Fundraiser?  Save June 30th for sassy sexy sultry night of Tango at the Barrow Mansion–details to follow!

Now get your lawn chairs cleaned off, come up with some yummy picnic ideas and save Wednesday June 13th for our first film of the summer!!

May 2012 VVPA Meeting Reminder

15 May 2012, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

Meeting Reminder & Correction! Neighbors!!

Tonite is our VVPA monthly meeting at Barrow Mansion–7:30pm.  Joining us this evening is Sue Mack–School Board Member and Brigid D’Souza–Brigid is a local parent who helped create a meetup group called “Jersey City Schools Meetup” to help connect parents, residents, taxpayers, and local leaders on schools-related issues. The group serves 2 purposes: 1) to calendar events to enable Jersey City residents with an interest in the schools to connect in-person and 2) to provide an online forum that supports the meetups.  The meetup group is at Please come out to learn more.

It was brought to our attention that yesterdays newsletter referred to Brigid as the founder of JC Moms Meetup group.  Brigid D’Souza IS NOT “the founder of the Jersey City Moms Meetup Group” BUT “the founder of the Jersey City Schools Meetup Group.”  The Jersey City Schools Meetup Group is in no way affilated with the Jersey City Moms Meetup Group.  Our apologies for any confusion!

Also one last special event happening in a few weeks —“Come celebrate another year of policy and community accomplishments with Bike JC at the third annual Jersey City Ward Tour, a sixteen-mile group bike ride through all six wards of Jersey City on June 3. The Tour starts and finishes at Exchange Place, leaving at 11 am. Registration is required and is free online at with a suggested donation of $5.”

See you tonite!!


No Meetings July or August

13 May 2012, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

The VVPA will not be meeting this July or August.

We would still love to hear from you.  Do you have any issues or concerns that you feel need to be addressed at a future meeting? Our goal is to involve you–our neighbors– as much as possible. Who do you want to speak to? What concerns do you have regarding the park or your block or Jersey City as a whole?  Our park and our neighborhood, whether you are in Ward E or Ward F is important to us.  We want to keep it safe, secure and a place you want to live.  We are here to help you.

We are also actively looking for new Board members–it requires only a committment to making your neighborhood the best place to live.  Attend 3 meetings a year and you are eligible. It’s that simple.  Board members meet after our Tuesday meetings to come with ideas for the next month.  And thats it. Make a difference, make new friends, make your mark. Join us.

Our TANGO2012 was a success!! Thanks to all of you who came drank, ate and tangoed!  And to those of you who couldn’t make it but still mailed us donations–thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! Special SPECIAL thanks to ME CASA, MADE WITH LOVE, TOMMY 2 SCOOPS, FIZZY LIZZY, NJ BEER CO., JERSEY WINE AND SPIRITS and Fred Sullivan and Ritsuko Arpon for their amazing talent and teaching patience– It was such a success…there may be more dancing nights in the future??? Any dance you want to learn??? Email us–we’ll try to make it happen.

Van Vorst Park is still hopping with Shakespeare in the Park, the Farmers Market on Saturdays and Free Films every other Wednesday brought to you by Jersey City Medical Center and Silverman Building Neighborhoods–check out for our full summer schedule.  Next film is THE HELP by Nate Taylor on July 25th.. Free Popcorn too!!!


May 2012 VVPA Newsletter

13 May 2012, Posted by admin in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Tuesday May 15th 7:30pm
Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street

May VVPA Meeting

Brigid Dsouza & Sue Mack

  • Brigid is the founder of “JC Moms Meetup Group”. She found a lot of schools-related interest in that community, thus formed a meetup group exclusive to schools at
    The group serves 2 purposes: 1) to calendar schools-related events, be it BOE meetings, info sessions (like one we had with Steve Fulop, PS3 and PS5 PTA reps, and Marvin back in Feb), or evening meetups among parents at local schools who want to connect and 2) to provide a moderated discussion board that is organized, coordinated, and structured to enable people to focus in on issues and areas they care about.There is no political agenda other than to connect parents with each other, with resources such as the BOE and public leaders like Steve Fulop, and provide an efficient means of getting people engaged.  The meetup group is at
  • Sue Mack, BOE Member.  Sue is always very open with us regarding all current Board of Education matters.  We love having her join our discussions.

May Events this weekend NOT TO MISS!

02 May 2012, Posted by admin in Events

O, the month of May, the merry month of May, So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! (poem by Thomas Dekker, 1600) Hola Friends and Neighbors–

We are gearing up for a great Spring–Don’t forget our meeting on May 15th…But there are some special events happening this week in honor of Jersey City’s first Green Week and one super fun event not to miss that we wanted to share with everyone….

Saturday May 5th:
Start the day with a Bike tour of the City Parks co-sponsored by Bike JC with breakfast donated by Legal Grounds. Leaving City Hall at 8am for a 16 mile tour~~
After that….Van Vorst Park is the place to be!
First Farmers Market of the season with 11 Vendors~ 8am-3pm.
Friends of Van Vorst Park Fundraiser Flea Market from 9am-5pm.
Friends of Van Vorst Park Celebration from 11am-3pm!!!  Green Events, Tattoos & Games with the Recreation Dept of JC, Free Face Painting with Umpa Lumpa, Informational tables about summer programs from DPW, JCIA, the Recreation Dept, and the Jersey City Free Public Library. Music by the Solar Punch Band and free bus tours at 1 & 3pm to the PJP Landfill that is currently being transformed into the Marion Greenway.

And the perfect way to start the weekend????  The annual Cinco de Mayo parade and all night fiesta at Bar Majestic & The Merchant starting at 4pm on Friday May 4th!

All the best!!
(oh and watch for the largest full moon of the year this Saturday night  !! VVPA nor do the Friends of VVP have anything to do with it…but it sure will be fun to see!)


Tuesday April 17th 7:30pm
Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street

April VVPA Meeting

Scott Seale Wayne Street Development
Elizabeth Ruebman NYNJBaykeeper

  • Scott Seale will present to us his plans for a NEW building project that will be located at 100-102 Wayne Street, next to Subias.  It is currently a 5 car parking lot.  He is looking for communtiy feedback–now is your time to voice your concerns.
  • Elizabeth Ruebman works for  The Baykeeper’s mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary – one of the most urban estuaries on the planet. Since 1989, they have served as citizen advocate for the bays, streams, and shores of the Estuary. Baykeeper stops polluters, champions public access, influences land use decisions, and restores habitat – benefiting the natural and human communities of our watershed.  She will be discussing with us tomorrow night the issues that have been created by the raw sewage flowing into our rivers and bays created by combined sewer overflows.