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January 2017 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

09 Feb 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – January 17th, 2017

  1. Assemblyman Raj Mukherji
    1. Overview of the tax reval from state legislature standpoint
    2. Overview of Abbott districts and how, according to Mukherji, Jersey City is singled out by legislators in non-urban districts whose constituents’ do not face the same issues as Jersey City residents
    3. Overview of proposed education plans and how legislature is addressing the.
    4. Issues of education funding and JC’s status as an Abbott District will come to head in next 18 months to 2 years.
    5. Next steps:
      1. Contact gubernatorial candidates (Ambassador Murphy and Wizniewski)
      2. Contact Assemblyman Mukherji’s office
      3. Contact legislators in other districts to convey Jersey City’s specific issues as an urban school district
  2. General Business
    1. Overview of upcoming events
    2. Overview Redevelopment plans in VVPA, Master Plan for JC
    3. Noise complaints about Mexican restaurant at Bright & Barrow – call into RRC for leverage against the city
    4. Appointment of Ward F councilman – Saturday, January 24 (special city council meeting)
    5. Call for board positions needed to be filled

NEW INFORMATION  

We just received new information regarding this meeting and are passing it along to you.  According to City Council, due to the projected number of attendees, there will not be an opportunity for public comment at this meeting.  The two nominated candidates (Jermaine Robinson and Michael Griffin) may possibly speak at this special meeting.  City Council has indicated that residents should email their opinions regarding the candidates as soon as possible to Rolando Lavarro and copy all the council members.
As per the City of Jersey City website, council email addresses are as follows:

TITLE NAME EMAIL ADDRESS
Council President Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr.  RLavarro@jcnj.org  
Councilwoman at Large Joyce Watterman jwatterman@jcnj.org 
Councilman at Large Daniel Rivera DRivera@jcnj.org 
Ward A (Greenville) Councilman Frank Gajewski FGajewski@jcnj.org
Ward B (West Side) Councilman Chris L. Gadsden CGadsden2@jcnj.org
Ward C (Journal Square) Councilman Richard Boggiano RBoggiano@jcnj.org 
Ward D (The Heights) Councilman Michael Yun MYun@jcnj.org 
Ward E (Downtown) Councilwoman Candice Osborne COsborne@jcnj.org

 


 

On Saturday, 1/21/17 at 6pm, there will be a special council meeting in City Hall (280 Grove St) to decide who will be the councilperson selected to represent Ward F.  Please make every effort to come out to voice your opinions and contribute to the discussion.  Help set the direction for your community by being active in this selection process!
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Spread the word: tell your friends and neighbors!

January 2017 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

20 Jan 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

On behalf of the VVPA, happy new year!  After our hiatus in December, we are looking forward to reconnecting with all of you at our next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00pm in The Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.).


Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!  Wine tasting to be provided by our friends at Jersey Wines & Spirits!

This month’s meeting features guest speakers from the Van Hook Cheese Shop to tell us about their business, and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji discussing legislation he is proposing which will temper the impact of property tax increases post revaluation.

Agenda:

7:00pm – 7:10pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore

7:10pm – 7:40pm – Officer & Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Dermot Ronan
  • Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:40pm – 8:15pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • Van Hook Cheese Shop
  • Assemblyman Raj Mukherj

8:15pm – 8:55pm – New Business

  • Learn about Redevelopment Plans (RDPs) in the Van Vorst Park Neighborhood
  • Membership Committee: looking for volunteers
  • Ward F Councilperson
  • Community input is welcomed for any other new issues/concerns affecting our community.

8:55pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking                                                        


 

Community Events
Below is just a partial list of the many, many wonderful events happening in the Van Vorst neighborhood and throughout our city.  If you have a community event that you’d like featured in our newsletter, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  And, a always, if you’d like to get more involved by becoming part of the events committee, the VVPA always welcomes volunteers.  Contact vvpanews@gmail.com to join in the fun!

VVPA Sponsored Events
As usual, the VVPA Events Committee is busy planning many amazing events for this year!  Stay tuned for more details!!

Holiday Wrap Up
Did you attend the Holiday Open House?  Did you have fun???  Show your thanks by volunteering to help take down decorations at the Barrow Mansion.  Send an email to vvpanews@gmail.com to sign up, and we will let you know about the date and time.

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Other Community Events

Martin Luther King Celebration – Sunday, 1/15/17, 6pm-8pm
Join friends and community members at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  For more information, click here.

Democratic Rally – “Our First Stand: Save Health Care”  – Sunday, 1/15/17, 11:30am
Join Democratic members of Congress and community members for a day of action and rally to take a stand for health care.  For more information on this event, click here.

Coffee With a Cop – Wednesday, 1/25/17, 7pm-9pm
Join local police officers and other community members for a cup of coffee at Indiegrove to discuss issues and build relationships.  For more information, click here.

Paint & Sip – Wednesday, 2/1/17, 12pm
Come out to support WomenRising (a community-based organization for women in Hudson County) for their paint and sip night!  Participants will paint a themed tile which will be added to an installation and displayed at the WomenRising main office.  For more information, click here.


News You Can Use
As always, we try to bring you as many items of interest that affect our community.  If you have any items that are important to share, please email us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

VVPA Sponsorsin order to bring your free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members.  For more information on the benefits of becoming a sponsor, as well as the various sponsorship levels that are available, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501c3 non-profit group, so be sure to ask your Company to match your charitable contribution!  And, we are registered as a non-profit at Amazon Smile, so every time you shop through Amazon Smile, select the VVPA as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the VVPA.
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Stay Connected, Stay Informed……

  • In addition to receiving news you can use from VVPA, we encourage all residents to sign up to receive
    Community News/Updates from your elected officials. Sign up for updates from Candice Osborne and Steven Fulop by clicking on the links provided.  Or, you can reach out to your committee person for assistance on local matters.  Please reach out to vvpanews@gmail.com for additional information on how to reach out to your local committeeperson.
  • East District Captain’s Meetings, which are regularly scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (typically in MS4 Library on Bright St., but location subject to change), are a great opportunity for community members to discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD.  For more information on upcoming meetings, reach out to the JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis, at 201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org.
  • Jersey City Resident Response Center is a resource available to all to find answers to commonly asked questions or to report non-emergency concerns/problems to the City of Jersey City (potholes, failure to pick up trash, fallen tree branch removal, etc.).  In addition to utilizing the JCRRC website, residents may also download the app on their phone (JerseyCityConnect) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern (note: directions to download the app have been added to the VVPA website, www.vvpa.org).  We encourage all to utilize these resources to help resolve issues in their community.
  • Stay Informed and Active in your Community by signing up for the NextDoor and Swift911 applications and monitoring local news through NJ.Com/hudson, and the Jersey Journal and Hudson Reporter newspapers.  Nextdoor is a private social network that connects neighbors to talk online and makes communities stronger, better and safer. The City uses the Swift911 platform to send citywide emergency and non-emergency alerts through a variety of channels including voice, text message, email, fax, pager, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  Registration is free, so join today.
  • JC Parking Authority – To get daily updates on whether or not parking rules are in effect in Jersey City, you can follow @JCParking on Twitter.  Due to a computer error, the Parking Division has not been able to issue permit renewal notices on a regular basis. They are working on correcting this issue. Please check your permit expiration date, and if you have not received a renewal, please call 201-547-5538 or ext. 2115,2117, or 2119.

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Winter Weather Advisories

  • Warming Stations – The Hudson County Winter Emergency System is in effect through 3/31/17.  The intent of this system is to provide shelter and services for those who seek it and to prevent anyone from sleeping on the street throughout the winter months.  For more information, click here.
  • JC Shovels – JC shovels, in partnership with the JC Department of Public Works is looking for volunteers to help low-income seniors and disabled homeowners with snow removal.  For additional information, and to register to be a volunteer, please click here.
  • Snow Removal – Let’s all be good neighbors (and stay compliant with the law!) by ensuring that we clear snow from the sidewalks surrounding our properties in a timely manner to allow for the safe passage of pedestrians, strollers, wheelchairs, etc.  It is illegal to dump snow in the street after the street has been plowed by the city; snow & ice should be piled within three feed inside the curb.  And, be mindful that residents cannot park on designated snow routes on designated snow emergency days.  Call the RRC for additional information.
  • Christmas Tree Disposal – Trees will be collected on Thursdays throughout January (please put out Wednesday night between 7pm and 10pm for pickup).  Trees must be free of ornaments, lights, plastic bags, etc.  Wreaths get placed curbside with your regular trash.  For more information, click here.

Important City Public Meetings
For the full schedule and location details of Important City Public Meetings, please refer to the Public Meetings Calendar found on the City of Jersey City website.  Remember, it’s YOUR COMMUNITY, so stay informed and stay involved!


Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our sponsors Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory and Barrow Mansion Development Corporation for their generous donation.  And, we always love working with Friends of Van Vorst Park!  Without our sponsors and friends, we would not be able to bring you so many FREE or low-cost events throughout the year.  We encourage all of you to support these businesses and let them know that you appreciate their donations!  If you are a local business that would like to become a VVPA sponsor, please reach out to the VVPA sponsorship committee at vvpanews@gmail.com.

December 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

12 Dec 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in News You Can Use

There is no December monthly meeting!  We look forward to seeing everyone at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 7:00pm in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!


A Holiday Message from the Board of the VVPA

Dear VVPA Friends, Neighbors, Donors & Supporters:As we come to the end of 2016, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who has contributed throughout the year in their many ways to making the VVPA a vibrant community organization.  From financial support, to donations of all sorts, to volunteering one’s time organizing, setting up, and cleaning up after our rockin’ events, to participating in our monthly meetings, to attending the VVPA sponsored events.  The VVPA has been an active part of this vibrant community since 1975 because of all of you!

This holiday season is the perfect time to consider contributing once again to help the VVPA continue to sponsor free and low-cost community events throughout 2017.  Making a donation is simple!  You can donate by going to the VVPA website and clicking on the Donate button or sending a check to the VVPA C/O the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St., Jersey City).  You can also list the VVPA as you charitable organization of choice when you do your online shopping through Amazon’s smile program (smile.amazon.com).  As a 501c3, all donations are tax deductible, so this is the perfect way to wrap up your year-end charitable contributions.  And, don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they’ll match your charitable contribution!

Additionally, the VVPA is always looking for neighbors to lend a hand by volunteering at any number of our events (listed on our monthly newsletter), participating in our committees (construction & development, sponsorship/outreach, etc.) and/or contributing any professional services that you think would be in support of our mission.  Please reach out to the board at vvpanews@gmail.com to give back to the community organization that gives so much to you throughout the year!

Happy holidays, and we look forward to a bright and joyful 2017!

The board of the Van Vorst Park Association


Community Events
Below is just a partial list of the many, many wonderful events happening in the Van Vorst neighborhood and throughout our city.  If you have a community event that you’d like featured in our newsletter, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  And, a always, if you’d like to get more involved by becoming part of the events committee, the VVPA always welcomes volunteers.  Contact vvpanews@gmail.com to join in the fun!

VVPA Sponsored Events

VVPA/DCNA End of Year Holiday Celebration – December 10th, 7pm – 11pm
The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) and the VVPA will be partnering with the Barrow Mansion for an annual end of year holiday celebration.  There will be festive cheer, music, food & drinks, and as usual, a wonderful gathering of friends and neighbors in a gorgeous setting.  Stay tuned for more details about this awesome joint event!

The VVPA events committee is hard at work planning a ton of amazing events for 2017!  We’ll be kicking things off with a fun event in February, so stay tuned for details!


News You Can Use
As always, we try to bring you as many items of interest that affect our community.  If you have any items that are important to share, please email us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

  • VVPA Board – At our November general meeting, we elected new members to the board: Treasurer Dermot Ronan and At-Large Karen Lorentz.  Congratulations to the new members and a big thank you to outgoing board members Tom Ogorzalek, Jeff Agnew and Sheridan Bell for their service, dedication and hard work throughout the years!
  • VVPA Sponsorsin order to bring your free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members.  For more information on the benefits of becoming a sponsor, as well as the various sponsorship levels that are available, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501c3 non-profit group, so be sure to ask your Company to match your charitable contribution!  And, we are registered as a non-profit at Amazon Smile, so every time you shop through Amazon Smile, select the VVPA as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the VVPA.
  • JC Libraries – As always, the JC Libraries have a ton of cool events going on for kids, teens and adults!  Check out the list of December events here.
  • Bike JC – Bike JC is looking for community support for their vision to create Jersey City’s first protected bike lane on Grand Street.  They are looking to roll this out over the next few weeks and present the idea to City Council on December 14th.  For additional information, or to sign the petition, click here.
  • PATH Train 33rd St Line Weekend Service Suspension – According to the PATH’s website, the weekend service suspension on the 33rd St line which was in place to facilitate the installation of federally mandated Positive Train Control and Communications systems, is on still on schedule to complete by December 19th.

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Stay Connected, Stay Informed……

  • In addition to receiving news you can use from VVPA, we encourage all residents to sign up to receive
    Community News/Updates from your elected officials. Sign up for updates from Candice Osborne and Steven Fulop by clicking on the links provided.  Or, you can reach out to your committee person for assistance on local matters.  Please reach out to vvpanews@gmail.com for additional information on how to reach out to your local committeeperson.
     
  • East District Captain’s Meetings, which are regularly scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (typically in MS4 Library on Bright St., but location subject to change), are a great opportunity for community members to discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD.  For more information on upcoming meetings, reach out to the JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis, at 201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org.
  • Jersey City Resident Response Center is a resource available to all to find answers to commonly asked questions or to report non-emergency concerns/problems to the City of Jersey City (potholes, failure to pick up trash, fallen tree branch removal, etc.).  In addition to utilizing the JCRRC website, residents may also download the app on their phone (JerseyCityConnect) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern (note: directions to download the app have been added to the VVPA website, www.vvpa.org).  We encourage all to utilize these resources to help resolve issues in their community.
  • Stay Informed and Active in your Community by signing up for the NextDoor and Swift911 applications and monitoring local news through NJ.Com/hudson, and the Jersey Journal and Hudson Reporter newspapers.  Nextdoor is a private social network that connects neighbors to talk online and makes communities stronger, better and safer. The City uses the Swift911 platform to send citywide emergency and non-emergency alerts through a variety of channels including voice, text message, email, fax, pager, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  Registration is free, so join today.
  • JC Parking AuthorityTo get daily updates on whether or not parking rules are in effect in Jersey City, you can follow @JCParking on Twitter.  To reach the Parking Authority, please call the following numbers: Enforcement and Permits: 201.538.3248 or 201.538.2525; Signs: 201.206.8933.

Ten Things You Can Do to Improve Your Neighborhood

1.  Clean up your sidewalk and curb
2.  Ask your neighbors if they need help
3.  Be quieter after 10pm every day
4.  If you have a driveway, do not park on the street
5.  Curb and clean up after your dog
6.  Attend community meetings
7.  Get involved in your local neighborhood association, or start one!
8.  Download Jersey City’s “See Click Fix” app and use it to report any problems
9.  If you see something – say something – report it to the police hotline (201) 547-5477
10.  Vote in your local elections!

Thanks to Councilman Yun for sharing his simple, yet effective ideas on how to make a difference in our communities.


Important City Public Meetings
For the full schedule and location details of Important City Public Meetings, please refer to the Public Meetings Calendar found on the City of Jersey City website.  Remember, it’s YOUR COMMUNITY, so stay informed and stay involved!


Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our sponsors Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory and Barrow Mansion Development Corporation for their generous donation.  And, we always love working with Friends of Van Vorst Park!  Without our sponsors and friends, we would not be able to bring you so many FREE or low-cost events throughout the year.  We encourage all of you to support these businesses and let them know that you appreciate their donations!  If you are a local business that would like to become a VVPA sponsor, please reach out to the VVPA sponsorship committee at vvpanews@gmail.com.

VVPA/DCNA Annual Holiday Party!!

07 Dec 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Events

Join us this Saturday at the DCNA Annual Holiday Party!!

WHEN
: Saturday December 10th
WHERE: The Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street
TIME: 7-11 pm
ATTIRE: Holiday Festive!
ENTRANCE FEE: FREE!

We’ve got the food, beverages & music~ All we need is our neighbors to help us celebrate the holidays! So stop by for a visit or hang with us all night!!     To keep in the holiday spirit-Would you please consider bringing a non-perishable item with you to the holiday party for St Matthew’s Food Pantry!  Here are some much needed items:

One-can meals – ravioli & stews
Cereal Rice (1 lb bags)
Tuna
Canned tomatoes or sauce
Canned fruit or vegetables
Juice
Pasta

The VVPA is looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

If you would like to join us as we decorate on Friday night (we may need a few more hands)–please email us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  There will be pizza from TWO BOOTS and lots of fun!!

Ten Things You Can Do to Improve Your Neighborhood

18 Nov 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Updates

As discussed at our last monthly meeting, many of us are looking for ways to become more involved in our community and to make a difference in our neighborhoods.  Councilman Michael Yun has come up with a simple list of ten ways we can all make improvements in our neighborhoods:

  1.  Clean up your sidewalk and curb
  2. As your neighbors if they need help
  3. Be quieter after 10pm every day
  4. If you have a driveway, do not park on the street
  5. Curb and clean up after your dog
  6. Attend community meetings
  7. Get involved in your local neighborhood association, or start one!
  8. Download Jersey City’s “See Click Fix” app and use it to report any problems
  9. If you see something – say something – report it to the police hotline (201) 547-5477
  10. Vote in your local elections!

Thanks to Councilman Yun for sharing his simple, yet effective ideas.

November 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

18 Nov 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – November 15th, 2016

7:35pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore

  • Call to action – decide as a community how we want to be. Take small actions to stay informed and improve your community.   Reach out to other communities in JC – better solidarity in the future.  Start local!
  • Welcome Bill from the New JSQ Community Association – Motto: “Clean, Green & Safe”
  • City Wide Coalition is still a goal to understand issues across the city – strength in numbers.
  • Planning Board Meeting Update – 328 Montgomery was on the agenda (new location for Hard Grove Café?). Facade was on agenda, applicant will be required to reconstruct according to original design.  Board stressed that Zoning/Nick Taylor stay on top of this project, including clearly defining hours of operation, what is it zoned for (Restaurant 1 & 2 – not a bar or nightclub).

Officer / Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • All accounts in good standing, no outstanding bills, in good shape with projected operating expenses for the rest of the year

Construction /Development Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • Meetings generally held same day before the VVPA meeting. No need to be in the business, just have to have a need to want to help!
  • Goal: streamline process, keep lines of communication open, and make process inclusive. Work with developers prior to their VVPA community presentation to work out any issues that may be of concern for the community.  Has been beneficial to getting advance notice of development in community.  Saves time and money.

Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

  • Halloween event was a success, great turnout.
  • Annual end-of-year celebration / open House in December in conjunction with DCNA and the Barrow Mansion on Saturday, 12/10 @ 7pm!  Music, caroling, food, wine, etc.  Bring a food pantry item to donate.  Friday night 12/9, help to decorate the mansion ~7pm – looking for volunteers – pizza will be served, bring some wine to share!
  • 2017 events are being planned – stay tuned for details.

Election Slate

  • President – Oona will extend for 6 months
  • First Vice President –Gerry Bakirtjy
  • Second Vice President – Ben Bernouy
  • Secretary – Yolanda will extend for 6 months
  • Treasurer – Dermot Ronan
  • At-Large – Angelo Estrada & Karen Lorentz
  • Important for the board to carry on strong – we have made great progress with the city, let’s keep the initiative going! Anyone who is interested in serving on the board, please let us know!

New Business

  • Ideas for recruiting new people?
    • Rebecca, president of Harsimus Cove Association – doing a door knocking campaign with pamphlets
    • Farmer’s Market in Van Vorst Park – get a volunteer to be out there on Saturdays to talk about VVPA
    • Get stories in NJ.com and Hudson Reporter
    • Perhaps create a director of membership position for VVPA?
  • Rally on Sunday – about kids & families and coming together.  Our community starts with us, so take action.
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive for needy families – city hall & each Fire House and Police District by Friday
  • 20th Annual Toy Drive – registration in process with RRC.

Guest Speakers

  • Rebecca Symes, GC for Dixon & Nelson (architect)
    • Rework of design, based on community feedback
    • Roof desk on rear addition, attaching existing garage to existing building – include interior staircase for access to roof deck (also serves as emergency egress)
    • 3-6 months construction estimate, trying to get on December agenda

Adjournment – 8:45 pm

November 2016 Monthly Meeting Reminder

14 Nov 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas

Just a friendly reminder that the next VVPA monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:30pm in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.  PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FOR THE NOVEMBER VVPA MONTHLY MEETING!!

As a reminder, the project located at 328 Montgomery St, which many community members have expressed concerns about, will be presenting in front of the Planning Board on 11/15 in City Hall, approximately 6pm  (note: the Planning Board meeting starts at 5:30, it is estimated that this project will present at approximately 6pm).  Since this was is in conflict with the regularly scheduled VVPA monthly meeting; therefore, in order to accommodate this meeting and to ensure that all needs in the community are met, the VVPA’s November meeting is being pushed back to 7:30pm so that community members can attend both meetings.


Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!

This month’s meeting features guest speakers from Dixon Properties presenting updates to the project on 254 Montgomery St.

Agenda:

7:30pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore

7:35pm – 7:50pm – Officer & Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:50pm – 8:00pm – 2017 VVPA Board Elections

8:00pm – 8:20pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

8:20pm – 9:25pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • Dixon Properties – 254 Montgomery St. – Garage Addition/Renovation & Roof Deck

9:25pm – 9:30pm – Announcements & Community networking

  • DCNA/VVPA End of Year Holiday Party @ Barrow Mansion – December 10th, 7pm

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our sponsor Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory and Barrow Mansion Development Corporation for their generous donations and sponsorships.  And, we always love working with Friends of Van Vorst Park!  Without our sponsors and friends, we would not be able to bring you so many FREE or low-cost events throughout the year.  We encourage all of you to support these businesses and let them know that you appreciate their donations!  If you are a local business that would like to become a VVPA sponsor, please reach out to the VVPA sponsorship committee at vvpanews@gmail.com.

November 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FOR THE NOVEMBER VVPA MONTHLY MEETING!!

It has come to our attention that the project located at 328 Montgomery St, which many community members have expressed concerns about, will be presenting in front of the Planning Board on 11/15 (note: the project was originally slated to present to the Planning Board in October but it was rescheduled to November).  This is in conflict with the regularly scheduled VVPA monthly meeting.  Therefore, in order to accommodate this and to ensure that all needs in the community are met, the VVPA’s November meeting will be pushed back to 7:30pm so that community members can attend both meetings.

During this Thanksgiving season, the VVPA would like to take a moment to thank all of our board members, committee members and hard working volunteers who put in many hours of service to our community, all of the businesses and organizations who have donated their time, financial support and goodwill to make all of our events a roaring success, and to all of the members of the community who actively participate at our monthly meetings and support the VVPA by attending our events.  We are grateful to all of you and for all of you!

We look forward to seeing you at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:30pm in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.


Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!

This month’s meeting features guest speakers from Dixon Properties presenting updates to the project on 254 Montgomery St.

Agenda:
7:30pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore

7:35pm – 7:50pm – Officer & Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:50pm – 8:00pm – 2017 VVPA Board Elections

8:00pm – 8:20pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

8:20pm – 9:25pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations

  • Dixon Properties – 254 Montgomery St. – Garage Addition/Renovation & Roof Deck

9:25pm – 9:30pm – Announcements & Community networking

  • DCNA/VVPA End of Year Holiday Party @ Barrow Mansion – December 10th, 7pm

Community Events
Below is just a partial list of the many, many wonderful events happening in the Van Vorst neighborhood and throughout our city.  If you have a community event that you’d like featured in our newsletter, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  And, a always, if you’d like to get more involved by becoming part of the events committee, the VVPA always welcomes volunteers.  Contact vvpanews@gmail.com to join in the fun!

VVPA Sponsored Events

VVPA/DCNA End of Year Holiday Celebration – December 10th, 7pm – 12am
The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) and the VVPA will be partnering with the Barrow Mansion for an annual end of year holiday celebration.  There will be festive cheer, music, food & drinks, and as usual, a wonderful gathering of friends and neighbors in a gorgeous setting.  Stay tuned for more details about this awesome joint event!
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Other Community Events

Parade of Veterans and Heroes – Saturday, 11/12, 12pm
Come out on Saturday, November 12, 2016 for A Parade of Veterans and Heroes, starting at the Newark Avenue side of Dickinson High School and ending at City Hall.  The Veteran’s Resource Fair, featuring a Motorcycle & Vintage Car Show and live entertainment will happen at City Hall following the parade.  For more information, please call Charles Sampson at 201-547-4919 or email SampsonC@jcnj.org, or click here.

Artist & Maker Market – Mondays & Thursdays, 11/17 – 12/22, 4pm-8pm
Come on out to the Artist & Maker Market, an open-air bazaar at the Grove St. PATH Plaza, featuring locally created fine art and premium hand-crafted goods.  It is a unique opportunity to shop directly from emerging new makers and established artists to find one-of-a-kind items and meet the people who made them.  Beginning November 17th, the market runs every Monday & Thursday, excluding holidays through December 22nd, in conjunction with the Farmers market.

JC Fridays – Friday, 12/2
Don’t miss the next JC Fridays, presented by Art House Productions!  This event hosts numerous FREE art events throughout Jersey City.  For more information and a full schedule & map of events, click here.

Project: Market – Saturday, 12/3 & Sunday, 12/4, 11am – 6pm
The City of Jersey City + THE JERSEY CITY PROJECT presents its fourth Project: MARKET, a heated outdoor market highlighting local, celebrating seasonal, and encouraging economic growth throughout the community.  For more information, click here.

Holiday Tree/Menorah Lighting- Thursday, 12/8, 5pm
Join Mayor Fulop and Santa at the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s annual tree and menorah lighting at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall.  For more information, click here.

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, 8am-3pm
It back!  Be sure to hit up the amazing Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market for all your produce needs (and more!).  Saturdays through November at the Van Vorst Park Gazebo.


News You Can Use
As always, we try to bring you as many items of interest that affect our community.  If you have any items that are important to share, please email us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

  • VVPA Sponsorsin order to bring your free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members.  For more information on the benefits of becoming a sponsor, as well as the various sponsorship levels that are available, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501c3 non-profit group, so be sure to ask your Company to match your charitable contribution!  And, we are registered as a non-profit at Amazon Smile, so every time you shop through Amazon Smile, select the VVPA as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the VVPA.
  • 328 Montgomery Street Development ProjectMany of you have expressed concerns about this project during our monthly meetings.  This project will be presenting at the Planning Board Meeting on Tuesday, 11/15/16 at City Hall (meeting starts 5:30pm).  Be sure to attend this critical meeting to have your voice heard!

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Stay Connected, Stay Informed……

  • In addition to receiving news you can use from VVPA, we encourage all residents to sign up to receive
    Community News/Updates from your elected officials. Sign up for updates from Candice Osborne and Steven Fulop by clicking on the links provided.  Or, you can reach out to your committee person for assistance on local matters.  Please reach out to vvpanews@gmail.com for additional information on how to reach out to your local committeeperson.
  • East District Captain’s Meetings, which are regularly scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (typically in MS4 Library on Bright St., but location subject to change), are a great opportunity for community members to discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD.  Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the November meeting is being rescheduled to the 3rd Tuesday of the month (11/15)For more information on upcoming meetings, reach out to the JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis, at 201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org.
  • Jersey City Resident Response Center is a resource available to all to find answers to commonly asked questions or to report non-emergency concerns/problems to the City of Jersey City (potholes, failure to pick up trash, fallen tree branch removal, etc.).  In addition to utilizing the JCRRC website, residents may also download the app on their phone (JerseyCityConnect) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern (note: directions to download the app have been added to the VVPA website, www.vvpa.org).  We encourage all to utilize these resources to help resolve issues in their community.
  • Stay Informed and Active in your Community by signing up for the NextDoor and Swift911 applications and monitoring local news through NJ.Com/hudson, and the Jersey Journal and Hudson Reporter newspapers.  Nextdoor is a private social network that connects neighbors to talk online and makes communities stronger, better and safer. The City uses the Swift911 platform to send citywide emergency and non-emergency alerts through a variety of channels including voice, text message, email, fax, pager, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  Registration is free, so join today.
  • JC Parking AuthorityTo get daily updates on whether or not parking rules are in effect in Jersey City, you can follow @JCParking on Twitter.  To reach the Parking Authority, please call the following numbers: Enforcement and Permits: 201.538.3248 or 201.538.2525; Signs: 201.206.8933.

Important City Public Meetings
For the full schedule and location details of Important City Public Meetings, please refer to the Public Meetings Calendar found on the City of Jersey City website.  Remember, it’s YOUR COMMUNITY, so stay informed and stay involved!


Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our sponsors Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory and Barrow Mansion Development Corporation for their generous donation.  And, we always love working with Friends of Van Vorst Park!  Without our sponsors and friends, we would not be able to bring you so many FREE or low-cost events throughout the year.  We encourage all of you to support these businesses and let them know that you appreciate their donations!  If you are a local business that would like to become a VVPA sponsor, please reach out to the VVPA sponsorship committee at vvpanews@gmail.com.

October 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

24 Oct 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Boo and welcome autumn!!  We look forward to seeing you at the VVPA meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 7pm in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

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Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!

This month’s meeting features guest speakers from the Bates Street Redevelopment project as well as Board of Education Candidates.

Agenda:
7:00pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore
7:05pm – 7:15pm – Officer & Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:15pm – 7:20pm – Announcement of election slate

7:20pm – 7:30pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

  • Discussion on effort underway to develop legislation which will reduce the impact of impending property tax increase which will likely come about as a result of the reval

7:30pm – 8:55pm – Guest Speakers

  • Bates Street Redevelopment Plan Amendment Presentation – Genova Burns LLC (attorneys for the project) and Minervini Vandermark Architecture (architect for the project)
  • Board of Election Candidates – meet & greet

8:55pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking                                            

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Community Events

Below is just a partial list of the many, many wonderful events happening in the Van Vorst neighborhood and throughout our city.  If you have a community event that you’d like featured in our newsletter, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  And, a always, if you’d like to get more involved by becoming part of the events committee, the VVPA always welcomes volunteers.  Contact vvpanews@gmail.com to join in the fun!

VVPA Sponsored Events

Haunted Halloween in Van Vorst Park – Monday, 10/31, 4pm – 8pm
The VVPA and Friends of Van Vorst Park present a haunted Halloween in Van Vorst Park!  Candy, cookies & costumes!  Hot cider for the adults and fun for all!  Click here for additional information.

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Other Community Events

Tales from the Crypts – Saturday, 10/15, 5pm-10pm
The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery presents a family friendly Halloween event, “Tales from the Crypts” at the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery (453 Newark Avenue), including a lively haunted stroll and Pumpkinland with games , pumpkin painting, tricks & treats!  Food, hot cider & plenty of Dead Guy Ale!!  Click here for additional information.Dwali Festival of Lights – Sunday, 10/16, 12pm-6pm
Come on out to Celebrate Diwali-Festival of light and enjoy Cultural & Folk Dances, Live Performances, Children’s Activities, Multicultural cuisine by local food vendors, Henna, Face painting, Indian and American Jewelry Vendors, Clothing, Bangles, children’s activities, DJ and Dance with Masala Bhangra.  For more information, click here.

James Beard Foundation Greens Event – Thursday, 10/20, 7pm-9pm
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) Greens presents: An evening at Mana Contemporary.  This event is a walk-around tasting curated by the JBF Greens in which attendees will enjoy art, wine, beer and small plates.  For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street – Saturday, 10/22, 6pm
The Harsimus Cove Association presents their 6th Annual Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street (4th Street between Jersey Ave & Coles St).  This is a free, family-friendly Halloween block party which includes games and attractions and live entertainment by Preschool of Rock.  For more information, click here.

Board of Education Candidate Forum – Thursday, 10/27, 7pm-9pm
The 2016 Historic Paulus Hook Association (HPNA) Board of Education forum, scheduled for 10/27, will be moderated by Leila Sadeghi, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership at Saint Peter’s University.  Click here for additional information.

Terminal of Terror – Saturday, 10/29, 9pm-2am
Come on out to this unique, adults-only Halloween party at the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal in Liberty State Park hosted by Chicpeajc.  This event features local DJs, food trucks, paranormal activities, and cash prizes for costumes.  For additional information, click here.

Family Halloween Bash @ the Pedestrian Mall – Monday, 10/31, 3pm-6pm
Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall this Halloween! There will be face-painting, a bouncy house, music, and CANDY!  This event is sponsored by HDSID and Gymboree Play & Music of Jersey City.   For additional information, click here.

Parade of Veterans and Heroes – Saturday, 11/12, 12pm
Come out on Saturday, November 12, 2016 for A Parade of Veterans and Heroes, starting at the Newark Avenue side of Dickinson High School and ending at City Hall.  The Veteran’s Resource Fair, featuring a Motorcycle & Vintage Car Show and live entertainment will happen at City Hall following the parade.  For more information, please call Charles Sampson at 201-547-4919 or email SampsonC@jcnj.org, or click here.

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, 8am-3pm
It back!  Be sure to hit up the amazing Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market for all your produce needs (and more!).  Saturdays through November at the Van Vorst Park Gazebo.

Mana Contemporary – Saturdays, 12pm – 6pm
Mana Contemporary is open to the public every Saturday from 12PM – 6PM, featuring select exhibitions, open artist studios, and a weekend menu at the Mana Café. FREE admission.  Guests who wish to view all current exhibitions in one visit, as well as open artist studios, are encouraged to attend Mana’s quarterly open house events.

6th Borough Market – 1st & 3rd Sunday through October
Come on out to the 4th season of 6th Borough Market in historic downtown Jersey City. This year the market is open two times per month – every 1st and 3rd Sunday until October!  6th Borough Market will be held at Harborside Plaza 4 (corner of Columbus Drive & Hudson Street) and is FREE and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

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News You Can Use
As always, we try to bring you as many items of interest that affect our community.  If you have any items that are important to share, please email us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

  • VVPA Sponsorsin order to bring your free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members.  For more information on the benefits of becoming a sponsor, as well as the various sponsorship levels that are available, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.  Or, you can go directly to the VVPA website and click on the Donate button!  Don’t forget: VVPA is a 501c3 non-profit group, so be sure to ask your Company to match your charitable contribution!  And, we are registered as a non-profit at Amazon Smile, so every time you shop through Amazon Smile, select the VVPA as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the VVPA.
  • PATH Safety & Service Upgrades –  As a reminder, weekend PATH service on the 33rd Street line is suspended for federally mandated safety & service upgrades through December.  As an update from PATH, passengers originating uptown by PATH’s 33rd St station will be able to board the shuttle bus at the pick- up locations even without a voucher.  They can just show their SmartLink or a Metro card. Vouchers will still be needed to board the shuttle bus at WTC to head uptown.
  • Jersey City Double Buck Program – The City of Jersey City has teamed up with Wholesome Wave Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program to encourage SNAP users to shop at participating Farmers’ Markets which will double their SNAP dollars towards the purchase of fruits and vegetables.  For additional information, click here.
  • Fair Trees – The Jersey City Parks Coalition (JCPC) has been chosen to receive a 2016 Tree Giveaway Award to distribute 150 FREE trees to the residents of Jersey City. This award is made possible through a partnership with CSX Transportation and the Arbor Day Foundation through its Alliance for Community Trees program. Apply for a FREE tree here.  There is also a workshop being held on Friday, October 14th at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm as part of the WPA Fall Planting Project.
  • JC Summit for Real Estate Investment – Join Principals, Investors, Owners, Developers, Advisors, City, County & State Leaders on October 13th for the 2nd annual Jersey City Summit for Real Estate Investment @ 70 Hudson Street, 10th Floor.  For more information and to register, go to: WWW.INVESTJERSEY.CITY.
  • 328 Montgomery Street Development ProjectMany of you have expressed concerns about this project during our monthly meetings.  In response to concerns raised, the VVPA sent a letter to the city summarizing the concerns.  Please click here for a copy of the letter sent to the City requesting a cure for resident concerns on this project.  Additionally, it has come to our attention that representatives from this project will be presenting at the Historic Preservation Commission Meeting on Monday, 10/17/16 at 6:30pm at City Hall.  Please click here for additional information.  And, be sure to attend this critical meeting to have your voice heard!

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Stay Connected, Stay Informed……

  • In addition to receiving news you can use from VVPA, we encourage all residents to sign up to receive Community News / Updates from your elected officials. Sign up for updates from Candice Osborne and Steven Fulop by clicking on the links provided.  Or, you can reach out to your committee person for assistance on local matters.  Please reach out to vvpanews@gmail.com for additional information on how to reach out to your local committeeperson.
  • East District Captain’s Meetings, which are regularly scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (typically in MS4 Library on Bright St., but location subject to change), are a great opportunity for community members to discuss crime/crime trends, quality of life issues, and other safety/security concerns with the JCPD.  For more information on upcoming meetings, reach out to the JCDP East District Community Relations Officer, Dina Lionakis, at 201.547.4370 / dlionakis@njjcps.org.
  • Jersey City Resident Response Center is a resource available to all to find answers to commonly asked questions or to report non-emergency concerns/problems to the City of Jersey City (potholes, failure to pick up trash, fallen tree branch removal, etc.).  In addition to utilizing the JCRRC website, residents may also download the app on their phone (JerseyCityConnect) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern (note: directions to download the app have been added to the VVPA website, www.vvpa.org).  We encourage all to utilize these resources to help resolve issues in their community.
  • Stay Informed and Active in your Community by signing up for the NextDoor and Swift911 applications and monitoring local news through NJ.Com/hudson, and the Jersey Journal and Hudson Reporter newspapers.  Nextdoor is a private social network that connects neighbors to talk online and makes communities stronger, better and safer. The City uses the Swift911 platform to send citywide emergency and non-emergency alerts through a variety of channels including voice, text message, email, fax, pager, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  Registration is free, so join today.
  • JC Parking AuthorityTo get daily updates on whether or not parking rules are in effect in Jersey City, you can follow @JCParking on Twitter.  To reach the Parking Authority, please call the following numbers: Enforcement and Permits: 201.538.3248 or 201.538.2525; Signs: 201.206.8933.

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Important City Public Meetings
For the full schedule and location details of Important City Public Meetings, please refer to the Public Meetings Calendar found on the City of Jersey City website.  Remember, it’s YOUR COMMUNITY, so stay informed and stay involved!
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Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our sponsors Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory and Barrow Mansion Development Corporation for their generous donation.  And, we always love working with Friends of Van Vorst Park!  Without our sponsors and friends, we would not be able to bring you so many FREE or low-cost events throughout the year.  We encourage all of you to support these businesses and let them know that you appreciate their donations!  If you are a local business that would like to become a VVPA sponsor, please reach out to the VVPA sponsorship committee at vvpanews@gmail.com.