Happy New Year!

14 Jan 2012, Posted by admin in News You Can Use


January 17th 2012 Tuesday 7:30pm Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street

Meeting Agenda:

Eliot Skolink, will discuss potenial future expansion of Bubby’s Burritos across the street to 437 Jersey Avenue.  He is very interested in public input and will answer any concerns or questions from our neighbors.

Kevin Pemoulie–owner of the new Thirty Acres Restaurant that is currently under construction at the corner of Jersey and Wayne will stop by to meet us and answer any questions about this newest addition to our Downtown neighborhood. 

Carol McNicol –-Companion Animal Trust.  Carol oversees a non-profit organization here in Downtown dealing with our feral cat community and other cats that are in need of homes.  Do you have feral cats on your block and wonder what you can do to help?  Carol is here to answer our questions!!


January 21st at 8pm  ARTHOUSE PRODUCTIONS–SNOWBALL!!!  Get your tickets now and don’t miss the event of the season.  Time to pull out your creative caps and dress up and party for a good cause. It is their annual fundraiser and it is a blast!!!  For more information and to get your tickets go to

Sundays….Hudson County animal welfare organizations Companion Animal Trust (CAT) and Hudson County Animal League (HCAL) are partnering to find homes for homeless community cats through the “A Cat in Every Home” campaign.  The organizations are hosting weekly public adoption events on Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Parish Hall of Grace Church, located at 39 Erie St., in Downtown Jersey City at the corner of Second Street.

January 22, Sunday The Great Jersey City SOUP SWAP 2012
3:30 p.m. to meet and mingle  BYOB – Feel free to bring wine. Snacks available for purchase from Made with Love 4:00 p.m. SHARP – SOUP SWAP begins  at  Made with Love Artisan Bakery & Café 530 Jersey Avenue (between Columbus & Newark), Jersey City, NJ 07302Bring 4 Quarts of Your FROZEN Homemade Soup (divided into single quart containers)*PLUS* one or more non-perishable items to donate to the St. Matthew’s Food Pantry (canned soup, one-can meals, cereals, peanut butter, tuna, canned tomatoes or sauces, canned fruits or vegetables, and non-perishable milk are all appreciated)

Hudson Restaurant Week is back again this winter – January 23-February 3, 2012 at 35+ participating restaurants. For 10 weekdays (some restaurants doing Saturday-Sunday) enjoy delicious prix-fixe lunches starting at $13 and dinners starting at $25. Restaurants include popular and statewide favorites: 3Forty Grill, Amanda’s, Casa Dante, Edwards Steakhouse, Madison, Satis Bistro, Maritime Parc, Liberty House, Chart House and more! New to the list are: Wicked Wolf Tavern and GP’s Restaurant. Win your meal by “Tweeting from Your Seat” using #hudsonrw    


Ladies on The Mic is very proud to present this free concert on Friday, February 3, 2012 from 7pm – 9:30pm at Art House Productions.

The two featured musical guests are bands that intertwine their classical training with jazz, rock & pop. Double-Breasted a trio consisting of Ardith Collins on Cello, Josh Bicknell on percussion and Kristy Chmura on Harp. Rose & The Nightingale is a powerhouse quartet of female virtuosi celebrating the sublimity of gardens through poetry and song. Band members for Rose & The Nightingale include Jody Redhage a composer, vocalist & cellist, Sara Caswell on violin & mandolin, Laila Biali on keyboards & vocals, and Leala Cyr on vocals and trumpet.

Check out their websites to give a listen to their music:

Event Details:
First Songs of Spring
Presented by, Ladies on The Mic
Featuring Double-Breasted and Rose & The Nightingale
Friday, February 3, 2012, 7pm – 9:30pm
Art House Productions, 1 McWilliams Place, 6th Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302

FREE admission. Food & refreshments available for purchase. Made With Love Café will also be on hand selling both savory and sweet goods.

For Public Transportation take the PATH to Grove St. Street parking is available.

December Newsletter

13 Dec 2011, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

No December Meeting-Holiday Break!

Our next meeting is January 17th 2012. Make it your New Year’s resolution to get more involved in your community.  It’s alot easier than losing weight or giving up smoking!

December Events-

Downtown Jersey City is getting into the Holiday Groove….Check out all these great events!!

December 13th  3rd Annual Tree Lighting in Angel Ramos Park  Wayne Street between Jersey and Barrow–Fun for the whole family– there will be cookies, cider, caroling and an appearance by Santa!

December 17th-VVPA & Friends of VVP Winter Wonderpark in Van Vorst Park–Starting at 8am with the Farmers Market till 3pm…Not Yo Mama’s Craft Fair from 11-5pm (ShOp LoCaL)…3pm-5pm Crafts, storytelling, Hot Chocolate & cookies…4pm SANTA!!!, 4:45pmXmas tree lighting!!! Full day of Festivities–COME JOIN THE FUN!!!!  And in the giving spirit bring canned food for Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry or canned pet food (preferably cat) for Liberty Humane—

December 7-17th  JCity Theater presents A Tuna Christmas! A JERSEY CITY TRADITION 8pm at St. Michael’s Church 252 Ninth Avenue. Go to for more information.

December 14-18th Nimbus Dance Works presents A Jersey City Nutcracker  Jersey City Nutcracker tells the story of two children’s urban Christmas adventure leading them through fantasy, adversity and celebration and teaching them lessons about friendship and community along the way. This adaption of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic is performed by professional dancers from Nimbus Dance Works joined by youth and adults from the community as they portray familiar characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, the Arabian Princess and Drosselmeyer  all with a Jersey City twist! Join us amidst colorful sets, spirited costumes, a brightly-adorned tree and be touched by this tale of Christmas spirit. Performances 7:30pm at Grace Van Vorst Church 39 Erie St..  Go to for more info!  NOT TO BE MISSED~

January 21st 8pm-12am Art House Productions  6th annual SNOWBALL fundraiser–Hamilton Square One McWilliams Place, (old St. Francis Building, SE corner of Hamilton Park) Music, food and drinks, silent auction, dj & dancing–a fantastic night every year!! Black tie creative and oh so much fun!! Go to to purchase your tickets

Happy Holidays !!

els’ ChSt. Michaels’ Church at Hamilton Park, 252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302urch at Hamilton Park, 252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Holiday Celebration!

10 Dec 2011, Posted by admin in Events

Gear up for the Holiday Season!!! We will be celebrating in Van Vorst Park on December 17th from 11-5pm with vendors, hot chocolate, a tree lighting and many more surprises….more details soon!!


Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of every month 7:30pm at the Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street

December Meeting–Holiday Break!!

The holidays are upon us!  And we’re taking a well deserved holiday break….But we will be back in January 17th


December 17th we will be celebrating the holidays in Van Vorst Park with crafts and hot chocolate, santa and stories and our very first VVP tree lighting.  Lots of fun activities for the kids and adults too!!  We will also be accepting canned food for Our Lady Of Sorrows Food Pantry and canned pet food for Liberty Humane Society!
So bundle up (if it’s cold…) and swing by to wish us a Merry Happy!!!!

We would like to congratulate Viola Richardson and Rolando Lavarro on winning the the at large council seats. It was encouraging to see so many passionate men and women wanting to get involved in our city government!

Happy Holidays to All and to All a Great New Year!!


Upcoming Events
December 8th

DCNA Annual Holiday Party at LITM 140 Newark Ave  from 6-9pm. All are welcome and get 2 FREE drink tickets.  Good times are guaranteed!

December 17

Winter Wonderpark in VVP!!  Crafts to buy, kids activities, Santa, storytelling, music and our first tree lighting! FREE Hot chocolate and cookies!!
Crafts from 11-5pm
Activites for kids 3-5pm
Tree Lighting 4:45pm

December 14-18th

Bocce League at Ormsby’s 7-8pm

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November 2011 Meeting Minutes

19 Nov 2011, Posted by admin in Minutes

We had a great meeting on Tuesday, November 15th with Tom Shields and Robert Luckritz from the Jersey City Medical Center’s EMS department. They were so informative!! They’ve inspired us to have a CPR class as one of our meetings…stay tuned for more information~ Also if anyone is interested they are giving a one hour behind the scenes tour of the Jersey City Medical Center including the 911 call center, the emergency room and their Neonatal ICU. Thursday Dec 1st at 8:45am and Thursday December 8th at 8:45am….contact for information. The tours are a on a first come, first serve basis.

Carol Lester, Vice President of the Jersey City Board of Education, stopped in as well to give us an update on the search for the new Superintendent….she asked us to let you all know about an upcoming meeting to which everyone is encouraged to attend. Here’s the info:

PS #30(171 Seaview Avenue) Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 6pm.

President ofthe Board of Education Sterling Waterman has called for this PublicForum to announce Board process and seek community input on theSuperintendent Search- both Interim and National. Your questions or comments will be encouraged so we can moveforward in a transparent and inclusive manner in this vital mission tofind new leadership in Jersey City Public Schools.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving–


There is a pending application for zoning approvals to open a restaurant/bar on the corner of Bright and Jersey (currently BONE). Bubbys Burritos, LLC wants to relocate and apply for a change in use from retail to a commercial restaurant with 45 interior seats and 52 exterior. If approved, this would be the largest amount of exterior seating for any restaurant in Van Vorst and possibly all of the historic downtown. This is a non-conforming use for the Van Vorst Park Historic Zone and is subject to public opinion because of the possible impact to the quality of life in our neighborhood.

They have not approached the VVPA in a timely manner before this meeting nor did they contact us before they met with the Historic Preservation Commission. Past businesses and developers such as The Brightside Tavern, PJ Ryans (Barrow&Mercer), Brownstone Diner, PS3 & MS4, the hospital, and various other projects in the area have presented to try to address any thoughts and concerns prior to their application to the city. These owners have not. If this is approved, there are plans to attain a liquor license and stay open late (2am) as a bar as a part of the restaurant row district. The implications of this will greatly effect the fabric of the historic neighborhood. This may set a dangerous precedent for the entire Historic District.

We realize that everyone may be busy and not be able to attend the meeting tomorrow, but if you feel strongly it would be prudent to voice your opinion at the hearing. If you cannot attend, and have concerns or questions, please email us at But attendance at the meeting is always favorable. The plans are also available for review at the City Planning office (between 9-4) if you want to see them.

They will be presenting their expansion and plans at the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting tomorrow

November 10th at 6pm at City Hall Council Chambers. Currently they are scheduled 7th on the agenda, but this is still subject to change.

You will have an opportunity to voice your opinion.

Here is the official case agenda item.

Case: Z11-013
Applicant: Bubby’s Burritos, LLC
Address: 437 Jersey Avenue
Attorney: Elliot Skolnick, Esq.
Block: 304 Lot: B.1
Zone: Van Vorst Park Historic District
For: Expansion and conversion of a pre-existing nonconforming retail space to a restaurant with 45 seats and an accessory sidewalk café with 52 seats
“c” Variances: Min lot area/depth, min building coverage, min lot coverage, rear yard
“d” variance: Use

Thanks for your time!

Liberty State Park Nature Walk

02 Nov 2011, Posted by admin in Events

Saturday Nov. 12, 1PM: Free nature walk with Dr Frank Gallagher. Meet at 2nd Parking Lot from eastern end of Pesin Dr. It’s the lot before Freedom Way. Walk will progress towards Liberty National Golf course and towards Port Liberte.

Encourage your neighbors to come out to PS #30 (171 Seaview Avenue) Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 6pm. President of the Board of Education Sterling Waterman has called for this Public Forum to announce Board process and seek community input on the Superintendent Search- both Interim and National. The flyer has been published in the local papers in English and Spanish this week. Your questions or comments will be encouraged so we can move forward in a transparent and inclusive manner in this vital mission to find new leadership in Jersey City Public Schools.

Carol Lester, VP JC BOE



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