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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“Toy Story 3”

Directed by Lee Unkrich

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home. Starring Tom Hanks Tim Allen and Joan Cusack

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“The Art Of The Steal”

directed by Don Argott

The true story of a multi-billion dollar art heist and how they got away with it. A documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art. The film was an official selection for the 2009 New York, Toronto, and AFI  Film Festivals.


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