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August 2011 Newsletter

12 Jul 2011, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

VAN VORST PARK ASSOCIATION

Next Meeting: Tuesday Aug 16th 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne St

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month…check out vvpa.org!!

3 Great Speakers this August

Donna DeQuina

Donna is part of an organization called No Eminent Domain-McGinley Square East. It’s imperative to hear about her recent battle with City Government and their attempts to take 52 properties via Eminent Domain. It can happen to us here Downtown. She needs our support, so please come and listen

Elizabeth Ruebman

Elizabeth works with NYNJBaykeeper and has been fighting the DEP recently who are actively trying to “trade urban public access for business.” This is our waterfront access….which may be no more . Check out www.nynjbaykeeper.com for more information. She will give us an update on Jersey City’s fight to keep our Waterfront Access for it’s citizens.

Ed Toloza

Ed is Jersey City’s Accessor. He will answer questions regarding the upcoming revaluation.

Thank you Steve Rubenstein!!

Steve came to our meeting last month and gave us an in depth talk regarding Realty Appraisal Company’s upcoming city wide appraisal for our new property tax assessment. We will have notes available at our next meeting if you missed him–giving you the highlights of his very informative discussion with our neighbors.

Congrats to Tom Parisi–a friend and supporter of the Van Vorst Park

Association as he opens his latest restaurant, The Brightside Tavern at 144 Bright Street this August. Best of luck to him and make sure to check out the great menu and drinks at his lovely new space!! Welcome to our Neighborhood!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturdays: Van Vorst Farmers Market 9am3pm Get local produce baked goods and more! The Farmers Markets will be in the Park until November this year!!

Wednesdays: Groove on Grove. Live music on the Grove Street Path Plaza every Wednesday through the summer.

Fridays: Creative Grove at the Grove Street Path Plaza. Music, Art, food, and festivities every Friday.

Wednesday August 17th FILMS IN VAN VORST presents TOY STORY 3 directed by Lee Unkrich. Free film on the east end of Van Vorst Park….Bring a chair, Bring a friend. Tell your neighbors with children–this will be a fun night!

We are working on our September and October meeting speakers….

Steve Fulop is slated to join us in October . We love having Steve answer our questions and concerns. We are also working on getting as many candidates for the city council at large elections this November to meet with us…so keep looking for updates!

September 2011 Newsletter

12 Jul 2011, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

Meeting Agenda for September:

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jorge Mastropietro Saturdays: Van Vorst Farmers Market 9am-3pm Get local

produce baked goods and more! The Farmers Markets will Jorge is an architect with Jorge Mastropietro Architects will be be in the Park until November this year!! presenting his latest project slated to start this fall on Bright

Street. 93 Bright Street, currently a one story garage has Wednesdays: Groove on Grove. Live music on the Grove been approved for demolition. In its place, Jorge and his team Street Path Plaza every Wednesday through the summer.

have designed a 4 story residential building. Come see his plans and meet our newest neighbor. Fridays: Creative Grove at the Grove Street Path Plaza.

Music, Art, food, and festivities every Friday.

Knight & swan LLP Daniel Mizrahi, Federico Manaigo with Saturday Sept 24th 9am-4pm VVP Flea Market attorney Charles Harrington will present their plan for the Last chance to clear out your closets and help a good conversion 190 Christopher Columbus Drive into a boutique cause. Reserve a table now for the last flea market of the Hotel with Bar and Restaurant on the main floor. year. $25 for a single, $40 for a

double, or $50 for a triple. Make the check

payable to Friends of Van Vorst and drop it off at Subias,

506 Jersey Ave. For more info or if you have any questions

HALLOWEEN IN VAN VORST PARK email marcwesson2@aol.com or call 201.433.6553 M-F.

We are planning another spooktacular in VVP this Halloween. Remember money doesn’t grow on our stunning VVP trees

Have any ideas? and we need all the help we can get to keep our park

We would like the community’s input on this years event. beautiful.

Please come and share your thoughts–and find out how you Tuesday September 27th 7pm East District’s Captains

can get involved!!! Meeting at MS 3 corner of Bright and Varick. Captain will recap recent police activity Downtown.

Welcome to the neighborhood Aire Salon at 287 Grand

Street. It’s a beautiful contemporary hair salon. Spacious and “airey”. One of the owners, Aiko Kahn, is a VVPA neighbor, so be sure to check them out. BEST OF LUCK AIRE!!!!

October 2011 Newsletter

12 Jul 2011, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

MEETING AGENDA FOR OCTOBER:

STEVE FULOP-

Our councilman will briefly discuss the latest developments on our City Council and will take questions as well. It’s always great to hear what Steve has been pursuing on our behalf!

MEET THE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES:

The invitation was presented to all candidates running

in this years council elections being held November 8th to come and speak with our members.

Here is a list of who will be joining us this month…..

Rolando Lavarro

Dan Levin

Sue Mack

Viola Richardson Imtiaz Syed

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Saturdays:Van Vorst Farmers Market 9am-3pm

Get local produce baked goods and more! The Farmers Market will be in November this year!

Wednesday-Saturday October 19th-22nd

JCity Theater presents: RACE by David Mamet –Show starts at 8pm…ch www.jcity.org for more info!

Saturday November 12th 1pm Liberty State Park

Free nature walk with Dr Frank Gallagher. Meet at 2nd Parking Lot from Pesin Dr. It’s the lot before Freedom Way. Walk will progress towards L Golf course and towards Port Liberte.

CHECK OUT:

www.proartsjerseycity.org

For the latest up to date cultural goings on in Jers City…theatre, music and art!

OCTOBER 31st— VVPA & FRIENDS OF VVP

The 2nd SPOOKTACULAR IN THE PARK Join us on Halloween Monday October the gazebo in Van Vorst Park for candy,

They will each be speaking individually to us and will be & hot cider for the adults… Stop by and answering BOO! questions as well. An informal meet and greet!

IMPORTANT PIPELINE MEETING!

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19TH AT 7PM

AT FERRIS HS

35 COLGATE STREET— Public meeting regarding proposed natural pipeline–FERC will be in attendance.

November 2011 Newsletter

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MEETING AGENDA FOR NOVEMBER 2011

Thomas Shields and Robert Luckritz

Thomas Shields, the Interim Community Outreach and Corporate Liaison and Robert Luckritz, the Operations coordinator for the Jersey City Medical Center EMS Department will give a presentation on their organization and answer any questions and concerns the neighborhood may have.

Open Discussions

We invite all our neighbors to join us at an informal discussion. As your neighborhood association, we want to hear your input regarding our quality of life here in Van Vorst. Do you have an idea that will make your neighborhood safer or better? Do you want to talk about activities and issues concerning the Van Vorst Park? Here’s your chance to get more involved in your community!!!

Zoning Application Follow Up

Thank you to all the concerned neighbors who waited over 4 hours this past Thursday night at City Hall to hear Bubby’s Burrito’s presentation to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. It was a long evening since the case was scheduled near the end of the agenda, but here is a brief recap.

The Architect, Jose Izquiredo, and the lawyer, Elliot Skolnick, Esq described the design and their desire to put a restaurant where the retail store “Bone” is presently located. The application was requesting a D variance from the Zoning Board for the change of use.

After their presentation, the public had the chance to voice their opinion. It was soon evident to the Board members that no attempt was made by the applicant to contact the neighborhood even though they were asked to previously by members of the City Council and the Planning Office as is typically done for similar projects. The applicant was given the opportunity to table the vote to work with the concerns of community and then return with a more acceptable plan. They said no and the public comment continued. There were no comments speaking in favor of the application, however the negative concerns were numerous and legitimate. The Board unanimously denied the application as the applicant failed to meet the positive criteria required for a variance to be granted.

If you want to hear more about the details please come to our next meeting or feel free to review the transcripts which are available to the public via the City Planning Office.

That being said, we do welcome change and development to our neighborhood, but we want to make sure new development begins with a dialog and is constructed considering the interest of the neighborhood as a whole.

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Nimbus Dance Works

http://nimbusdanceworks.org/

Nimbus’ 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.

• Wednesday, December 14th, 7:30pm

• Thursday, December 15th, 7:30pm

• Friday, December 16th, 7pm (followed by Holiday Party with food, drink and activities for all ages!)

• Saturday, December 17th, 7:30pm

• Sunday, December 18th, 3pm

• Sunday, December 18th, 7:30pm (note: proceeds from this performance will benefit for Grace Church Van Vorst)

Grace Church Van Vorst

39 Erie Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

the Attic Ensemble, theater for a new Jersey City

http://www.atticensemble.org/

Next Fall – a play by Geoffrey Nauffts, directed by George Seylaz

November 11-20, 2011

Geoffrey Nauffts’ NEXT FALL takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between

Adam and Luke, NEXT FALL goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new

American play forces us all to examine what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to.

CHECK OUT:

www.proartsjerseycity.org

For the latest up to date cultural goings on in Jersey City…theatre, music and art!

March 2011 Newsletter

11 Jul 2011, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

VAN VORST PARK ASSOCIATION

NEWSLETTER March 2011

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Email: mail@vvpa.org

VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.VVPA.ORG

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Everyone is welcome!

Open to the Public-

Meeting agenda Tuesday March 15 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

MARCH EDUCATION MADNESS!!

The Board of Education Elections are right around the corner in April.

Come meet two of the candidates running for Jersey City’s BOE:

CAROL HARRISON ARNOLD

& MARVIN ADAMES

SUE MACK (current BOE member)

Find out how they plan to make a difference in our school system.

SHELLY SKINNER

Director of Development for LCCS and Trustee of NJ Charter Public Schools Association

will also address our concerns.

We’ll even throw in some wine and cheese

to fuel the MADNESS!!!

Tell your neighbors-bring your friends.

coming events in our area

March 19th from 10:30 am to 12 pm

Please join Citizens’ Campaign and Civic JC for a Jersey City presentation on the “Path to Political Party Service” on Saturday, at City Hall.280 Grove Street for more information Andrew Hubsch – andrew@civicjc.org

Tuesday March 22, 2011 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm The East District Captain’s Meeting is scheduled for the M.S.4 (Bright and Varick St.).Captain Connors, East District Commander, will discuss crime in the East District and respond to all questions, issues and concerns. The Captain’s Meeting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Friday, March 18th and every Friday 2:00pm – 8:00pm CREATIVE GROVE

The independent fierce most fabulous shuv it in the public’s face art scene in Jersey City, in the open, on GROVE street and outside the GROVE STREET PATH station is on the this FRIDAY 2 – 8 pm, music, deejays, musicians, performers, creatives, top weirdos, fringe, indy crafts, emerging designers, established artists,outdoor lounge, activism, community encouraging free expressions,

Sat. March 26th 12-2pm Walking tour of Harsimus Cove Historic District with Pat Guida part of the procedes go to the Embankment Preservation Coalition

Sat. April 9th 9am-noon LSP Salt Marsh Shoreline Cleanup come to the gate at the south end of Pesin Drive

RSVP to pesinliberty@earthlink.net

Sat April 16th 10am Walk for LSP ,Hudson County

I.A. 5k run and Earthday Festival

March 25th-April 29

SAY WHAT?, a 6-week teen poetry workshop. From slam to verse, this is a great opportunity for teens to speak their words and own their voices. Led by JC Poet and Powerhouse, Mel K. Email info@arthouseproductions.org for info.$25 registration

May 2011 Newsletter

11 Jul 2011, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

VAN VORST PARK ASSOCIATION

NEWSLETTER May 2011

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Email: mail@vvpa.org

VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.VVPA.ORG

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Everyone is welcome!

Open to the Public– May 17 7:30 pm

Meeting agenda:

Two New Restaurants are opening in our neighborhood!!

Jim McNeill will present plans for the new PJ Ryans at the corner of Mercer & Barrow (the old Barrow Bar)

Tom Parisi of Tommy Two Scoops will discuss his newest restaurant The Bright Side at the corner of Bright & Monmouth and his expanded Tommy Two Scoops.

Saturday May 14 9am Van Vorst Park Farmers Market begins its summer set up! Every Saturday from 9am-3pm. Check it out!!

Saturday May 14 8pm Art House Productions Murder on Ice Art House presents its newest play! Also on Sunday May 15 at 2pm and May 19-21st at 8pm. Purchase tickets from $18-$25 at brownpapertickets.com

Saturday May 21st 10-5pm Van Vorst Park Spring Festival of Children. Free day of fun and learning!! Check out springfestivalofchildren.org for more info!!

Tuesday May 24 2011 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm The East District Captain’s Meeting is scheduled for the M.S.4 (Bright and Varick St.).Captain Connors, East District Commander, will discuss crime in the East District and respond to all questions, issues and concerns. The Captain’s Meeting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Thursday May 26 6-9pm JC Landmarks Preservation Awards! Loews Jersey Theater 54 Journal Square. Tickets available at the event for $25. Food and wine, music and awards ceremony.

Fridays in April and every Friday 2:00pm – 8:00pm CREATIVE GROVE-check out Grove Street Plaza every Friday for great music, food and artists.

FILMS IN VAN VORST June 8th Van Vorst Park-sunset (around 8:30pm)-Bring a chair Bring a friend!! We are finalizing the movie picks for the summer-Keep checking out our website www.filmsinvanvorst.com

Thursday June 9th Nimbus DanceWorks Grace Van Vorst Church 39 Erie Street 7:30pm New Spring show-Friday June 10 & Sat June 11 at 8pm. Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com-opening night champagne reception Thursday tickets $45.

February 2011 Newsletter

11 Jul 2011, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

VAN VORST PARK ASSOCIATION

NEWSLETTER February 2011

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Email: mail@vvpa.org

VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.VVPA.ORG

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Everyone is welcome!

Open to the Public– Meeting agenda:

This month’s February meeting is CANCELED.

Please check your emails shortly for our exciting March meeting agenda.

Tuesday February 22, 2011 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm The East District Captain’s Meeting is scheduled for the M.S.4 (Bright and Varick St.).Captain Connors, East District Commander, will discuss crime in the East District and respond to all questions, issues and concerns. The Captain’s Meeting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We encourage and hope to see you at the Captain’s Meeting.

Jersey City Forecast for Friday-58 degrees so why not check out…..CREATIVE GROVE!

Friday, February 18th· 2:00pm – 8:00pm

The independent fierce most fabulous shuv it in the public’s face art scene in Jersey City, in the open, on GROVE street and outside the GROVE STREET PATH station is on the this FRIDAY 2 – 8 pm,

music, deejays, musicians, performers, creatives, top weirdos, fringe, indy crafts, emerging designers, established artists,outdoor lounge, activism, community encouraging free expressions,

ideas bringing you YOUR platform in the public.

January 2011 Newsletter

10 Jul 2011, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

VAN VORST PARK ASSOCIATION

NEWSLETTER January 2011

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Email: mail@vvpa.org

VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.VVPA.ORG

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Everyone is welcome!

January 18th 7:30 pm

Open to the Public– Meeting agenda:

Ward E Councilman

Steve Fulop

Steve will be updating us on the latest Jersey City affairs. You’ve got concerns, problems,

questions? Budget, taxes, school board…whatever it is-

Steve will do his best to address them all.

Wednesday January 19th @1-3pm Old Time Wakes

Bob Leach, Director-Jersey City Historical Project

Enchanted us last year at the VVPA with his delightful tale of The Shantytown Dead. This time Bob’s stories will recall the homey dignity of the old time wakes – with a slight touch of human comedy. If you have the afternoon, don’t miss Bob! He is a Jersey City Treasure!

Wednesday January 19th @7-9pm Civic JC Presents: Jersey City Budget Forum CivicJC is sponsoring a major forum on the budget process in Jersey City, featuring innovative proposals on the city’s near-and long-term fiscal health. Among the presenters will be Jersey City’s Business Administrator Jack Kelly. All interested members of the media and general public are invited. City Hall Council Chambers 280 Grove Street. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Friday January 21st @ 6-9pm Creative Grove Fundraiser Madame Claude Wine 234 Pavonia at Hamilton Square. Join your Creative Grove Artists and Activists for an evening of delicious wines, cheeses and smooth beats by DJPastiche. Relax with us and enjoy good company and the familiar Creative Grove atmosphere… Tickets are $20 per person and include a special Thank You gift for you from the Creative Grove community.

Saturday January 22nd @ 8pm

Art House Productions 5th Annual SNOW BALL

A Champagne Gala to benefit Art House Productions’ landmark 10th season of arts programs

Light Fare * Live Music * Silent Auction

Gypsy jazz from Manouche Bag DJ George “Soul” Fernandez to follow $70 general admission— Info at www.arthouseproductions.org

Sunday January 23rd @4pm Con Vivo Music for the New Year at Grace Van Vorst 39 Erie Street.

The Con Vivo Quartet: Yon Joo Lee, Mazz Swift, Amelia Hollander Ames, Yoed Nir open their 5th season. Warm yourselves with wonderful music, joyously played, and hot chocolate at intermission.

Music by Philip Glass, Dmitri Shostakovich, & Mazz Swift (world premiere). Free of charge and open to the public. Children’s play area for families.

Tuesday January 25, 2011 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm The East District Captain’s Meeting is scheduled for the M.S.4 (Bright and Varick St.).Captain Connors, East District Commander, will discuss crime in the East District and respond to all questions, issues and concerns. The Captain’s Meeting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We encourage and hope to see you at the Captain’s Meeting.

“To Kill A Mockingbird” directed by Robert Mulligan

Winner of 3 Academy Awards in 1963 including Best Adapted Screenplay by Horton Foote and Best Actor for Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. Based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee.

click below to view the trailer