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September 2008 Newsletter

10 Jul 2008, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

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!

September 16th 2008

7:30 at the Barrow Mansion

Meeting Agenda;

Police Report

Representatives from the East District will give their monthly report and respond to questions from the membership and address the recent numerous break ins around Jersey, Bright, Varick & York Streets.

Steve Fulop

Our Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop will speak to us on recent downtown developments and answer any questions we may have regarding our neighborhood.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY Sept 17th 5;30 pm Newark Ave Redevelopment Plan Public Meeting 30 Montgomery street 14th floor meeting room This is your chance to review the plan to redevelop Newark Ave between Grove and Jersey Av. and comment to your council person before a council vote next week. To download the plan go to www.vvpa.org

WEDNESDAY September 17th Films in Van Vorst presents the final film of the season “The Namesake” directed by Mira Nair in Van Vorst Park just east of the gazebo around 8:00 pm. In a special event immediately following the movie, there will be a question and answer with the film’s editor, Allyson Johnson local Van Vorst neighbor. To see the trailer go to www.filmsinvanvorst.wordpress.com

SATURDAY, Sept 20th, 27th & Oct 4th- The Friends of Van Vorst Park is pleased to announce its 6th annual Farmer’s Market, each Saturday, starting June 14th and continuing through November from 8am-2pm. Vendors be set up around the gazebo.

SUNDAY, September 21st 11;00-3:00 “Bark in the Park” Liberty Humane fundraiser. Besides the 2-mile walk that offers breathtaking views of the NYC skyline, there will be games and contests for dogs, music, food and shopping vendors. It’s sure to be a fun day for the entire family – for dogs, music, food and shopping including the four legged members! For more information or to register, log onto our website at: www.libertyhumane.org

TUESDAY September 23rd- Captain McDonough’s East District Monthly Meeting

Public School 4, Bright and Varick Streets at 7:00 pm. The captain will respond to all questions, issues and concerns as well as provide presentations from the East District Detective Commander and the Narcotics and Street Crimes Unit. For more info go to www.policeeast@jcnj.org.

Oct 4-5th Annual Artists Studio Tour for more information go to www.proartsjc.org

Van Vorst Park Association Newsletter September 2008

October 2008 Newsletter

10 Jul 2008, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

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!

October 21st 2008

7:30 at the Barrow Mansion

Meeting Agenda;

Police Report

Representatives from the East District will give their monthly report and respond to questions from the membership

Sam Pesin

The President of Friends of Liberty State Park will speak to us on recent developments within the Park, its history, how to get involved as well as the status of the 911 Memorial lawsuit , followed by a Q&A with the membership.

Nominations for the 2008-2009 Board of the VVPA. Any member who has attended 3 meetings including this evening is eligible to become a member of the board.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY Sept 17th 5;30 pm Newark Ave Redevelopment Plan Public Meeting 30 Montgomery street 14th floor meeting room This is your chance to review the plan to redevelop Newark Ave between Grove and Jersey Av. and comment to your council person before a council vote next week. To download the plan go to www.vvpa.org

SATURDAY, Sept 20th, 27th & Oct 4th- The Friends of Van Vorst Park is pleased to announce its 6th annual Farmer’s Market, each Saturday, starting June 14th and continuing through November from 8am-2pm. Vendors be set up around the gazebo.

SUNDAY, September 21st 11;00-3:00 “Bark in the Park” Liberty Humane fundraiser. Besides the 2-mile walk that offers breathtaking views of the NYC skyline, there will be games and contests for dogs, music, food and shopping vendors. It’s sure to be a fun day for the entire family – for dogs, music, food and shopping including the four legged members! For more information or to register, log onto our website at: www.libertyhumane.org

TUESDAY September 23rd- Captain McDonough’s East District Monthly Meeting

Public School 4, Bright and Varick Streets at 7:00 pm. The captain will respond to all questions, issues and concerns as well as provide presentations from the East District Detective Commander and the Narcotics and Street Crimes Unit. For more info go to www.policeeast@jcnj.org.

Van Vorst Park Association Newsletter October2008

July 2008 Newsletter

10 Jul 2008, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

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!

July 2008

Summer Vacation….for us too!

There will be no meeting this month–we’ll see you in August.

Have a safe & happy July!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, July 19th & July 26th & August 2nd, 9th &16th – The Friends of Van Vorst Park is pleased to announce its 6th annual Farmer’s Market, each Saturday, starting June 14th and continuing through November from 8am-2pm. Vendors will be set up around the gazebo.

TUESDAY July 22nd-Captain McDonough’s East District Monthly Meeting

Public School 4, Bright and Varick Streets at 7:00 pm. The meeting is a presentation similar to COMPSTAT. The captain will respond to all questions, issues and concerns as well as provide presentations from the East District Detective Commander and the Narcotics and Street Crimes Unit.

WEDNESDAY, July 23rd – Films in Van Vorst presents “The Namesake” directed by Mira Nair in Van Vorst Park just east of the gazebo around 8:30 pm. immediately following the movie there will be a Q&A with the film’s editor Allyson Johnson, a VVP resident.

Wednesday August 6th Films in Van Vorst presents “Ratatouille” directed by Brad Bird in Van Vorst Park just east of the gazebo at sunset (about 8:15 pm) Additional films will be shown every other Wednesday through September 17th. Screenings will start around 8:30pm and rain dates will be the following Wednesday.

If you would like to see the full schedule, click on the address below… http://filmsinvanvorst.wordpress.com/

bring a chair; bring a friend for a free movie and popcorn.

Wednesdays June 11th thru September 3rd 6:00 pm -8:00 pm

“Groove on Grove” live music at the Grove Street PATH plaza.

Van Vorst Park Association Newsletter July 2008

August 2008 Newsletter

10 Jul 2008, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

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!

August 19th 2008

7:30 at the Barrow Mansion

Meeting Agenda;

Police Report

Representatives from the East District will give a monthly report and respond to questions from the membership.

Open Meeting

Michael Phelps is done. Take a break from the Olympics!

Join us for an OPEN MEETING!!

You got a concern? How about an idea for an upcoming meeting? Something in our neighborhood you want to see change? Do you have a charity that you’d like to see the VVPA help out, come tell us. Here’s your chance… you know you want to say something-so say it! We want to hear it!!!

And as a thank you for your participation,

wine and cheese will accompany the meeting

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

THURSDAY, August 21st 7:00pm Shakespeare’s” Julius Caesar” in Van Vorst Park on the Flagpole lawn Performed by the Hudson Shakespeare Co. with an all female cast!

SATURDAY, August 23rd, 30th &Sept 6th – The Friends of Van Vorst Park is pleased to announce its 6th annual Farmer’s Market, each Saturday, starting June 14th and continuing through November from 8am-2pm. Vendors will be set up around the gazebo.

TUESDAY August 26th- Captain McDonough’s East District Monthly Meeting

Public School 4, Bright and Varick Streets at 7:00 pm. The meeting is a presentation similar to COMPSTAT. The captain will respond to all questions, issues and concerns as well as provide presentations from the East District Detective Commander and the Narcotics and Street Crimes Unit. For more info go to www.policeeast@jcnj.org

WEDNESDAY, August 20th Films in Van Vorst presents “Rear Window” directed by Alfred Hitchcock in Van Vorst Park just east of the gazebo around 8:15 pm.

WEDNESDAY September 3rd Films in Van Vorst presents “Michael Clayton” directed by Tony Gilroy in Van Vorst Park just east of the gazebo around 8:15 pm. shown every other. Screenings will start after sunset, rain dates will be the following Wednesday. For more info go to www.filmsinvanvorst.wordpress.com

WEDNESDAY June 11th thru September 3rd 6:00 pm -8:00 pm

“Groove on Grove” live music at the Grove Street PATH plaza!

Van Vorst Park Association Newsletter August 2008

July 9th “The Princess Bride”

26 Jun 2008, Posted by admin in Films in VVP


“The Princess Bride” Directed by Rob Reiner

a classic comedy from 1987

Starring

Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest,Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Fred Savage, Peter Faulk

When a young boy falls ill, his grandfather pops round to visit him. To cheer his grandson up, Grandpa has brought a storybook; The Princess Bride, a tale of the love between the beautiful Buttercup and the besotted Westley, a love cruelly interrupted by Westley’s tragic apparent death at sea when seeking his fortune. Heartbroken, Buttercup has sworn never to love again, but accepts the marriage proposal of the rich and handsome Prince Humperdinck, heir to the throne of Florin; but death is no barrier to true love, and in a story filled with exotically-accented swordsmen, big-hearted giants, genius kidnappers, sadistic torturers, vile swamps, Rodents of Unusual Size, the Dread Pirate Roberts and a somewhat embittered miracle worker, the love between Westley and Buttercup twists and turns on a path filled with adventure. Will the True Love of Westley and Buttercup win the day? Will Inigo Montaya find the six-fingered man who murdered his father? Will Humperdinck’s evil plans come to fruition? And, more importantly, will Grandpa be able to tell the story without any of the yucky kissing?

click on the link below to see the original trailer


June 25th “La Vie En Rose”

13 Jun 2008, Posted by admin in Films in VVP

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“La Vie En Rose” directed By Olivier Dahan

 

starring

Marion Cotillard winner of

the 2008 Academy Award for Best Performance by an actress in a leading role

An un-chronological look at the life of the Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf (1915-1963). Her mother is an alcoholic street singer, her father a circus performer, her paternal grandmother a madam. During childhood she lives with each of them. At 20, she’s a street singer discovered by a club owner who’s soon murdered, coached by a musician who brings her to concert halls, and then quickly famous. Constant companions are alcohol and heartache. The tragedies of her love affair with Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child belie the words of one of her signature songs, “Non, je ne regrette rien.” The back and forth nature of the narrative suggests the patterns of memory and association.

 

 

click on the link below to view the trailer

Summer 08 Schedule

03 Jun 2008, Posted by admin in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule

The 4th Annual Outdoor Summer film Series will again take place in Van Vorst Park on Wednesday nights. Screenings in June and July will begin at about 8:30 or later depending on sunset. August and September screenings will begin at 8:00 pm. The rain date for each film will be the following Wednesday.

Season 4

June 11th “Juno” directed by Jason Reitman

June25th “La Vie En Rose” directed by Olivier Dahan

July 9th “The Princess Bride” directed by Rob Reiner

July 23rd “The Namesake” directed by Mira Nair

August 6th “Ratatouille” directed by Brad Bird

August 20th “Rear Window” directed by Alfred Hitchcock

September 3rd ” Michael Clayton” directed by Tony Gilroy

September 17th “Who the **** is Jackson Pollock” Directed by Harry Moses

Remember to bring a chair and if you can, bring a friend!!

Oh, and did we mention Free Popcorn!!??

See you in Van Vorst Park!

2007 Sponsors

03 Jun 2008, Posted by admin in Films in VVP, Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our sponsors whose generous contributions made the 3rd Season of Films in Van Vorst Possible.

Bar Majestic

City Of Jersey City

Del Forno Real Estate

Duck Duck Goose

Marco & Pepe

The Merchant

The Van Vorst Park Association

February 2008 VVPA Meeting Minutes

19 Feb 2008, Posted by admin in Minutes

VVPA Minutes for February 19, 2008

Police report

No police report this month due to reporting officer’s attendance at Mayor Healy’s State of the City address occurring at the same time.

Jade Celatano, representative, Neighborhood Improvement Division (NID)

This organization addresses neighborhood problems; it is the office of the mayor’s liaison. Problems such as noise, garbage and poorly-placed dog piles can be addressed through this organization.

Questions from attendees:

1. What is the city’s position on litter? For example, is anything being done, or could be done, to reduce the litter blowing around the streets? Could more trashcans be added to the streets to help prevent litter?

The city provides street cleaning. Trashcans have had to be removed due to vandalizing, theft, etc. The organization advocates neighbor involvement to help curb the problem.

Suggestion from members: Contact schools to educate students about litter; have a city-sponsored poster contest to develop excitement among youngsters regarding litter prevention; install London-style trashcans where medal rims with clear plastic bags suspended from them are affixed to telephone poles, etc.

Comment from member: Situation is particularly bad at Palisade Avenue. Neighbors must be responsible for keeping things neat and clean too.

2. Are there new garbage collection laws?

The summer of 2007 marked changes in trash collection. Collection varies by neighborhood. City-wide, trash shouldn’t be put curbside prior to 7pm. For more details, contact the Incinerator Authority.

Mariah Silva, secretary VVPA, old business report

Last month’s meeting featured the following speakers: Cpt. McDonough of the East

District, Margaret O’Gorman of the NJ Wildlife Conservancy Project, Peter Brennan Councilman at Large for the JC City Council and Alice Deupree the architect for a new residence at corner of Wayne and Barrow. For more information, see January, 2008 VVPA minutes.

Jeffrey Furin, Treasurer’s report

The VVPA balance as of 1/8/08 is roughly $4,337. The VVPA just received 501(c)(3) status marking it officially a non-profit organization.

New members

The VVPA welcomes two new members.

Ron Russell, architect for 141 Bright Street (new bar/restaurant)

Mr. Russell was joined by Charles Harrington, attorney and Tom Parisi, property owner. They are proposing restoring the existing 2-story building located at the corner of Bright and Monmouth Streets, tearing down and rebuilding to the same height the adjoining 1story building on Monmouth and erecting a new 3-story building in the currently vacant lot between the existing building and the school (years back, there had been a 4-story residence in this place). Commercial space for a restaurant would span the ground floor of all 3 structures, the 2nd story of the corner building would be reserved for restaurant dining, the 3-story structure would house a private dining room for the restaurant. The remaining space in the 3-story structure would house a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom residence with a large living/dining area. A high parapet would be installed on the roof to cover mechanical equipment blocking sight and sound to the street level. Cornices, brickwork and windows would be restored. Signage for the restaurant would be located on the Monmouth Street cornice. A covered entrance would also be built out on the Monmouth St. side eliminating the current corner entrance.

Questions from attendees:

1. What about parking?

Inspired by the Lighthorse Tavern in Paulus Hook; intended to be a neighborhood place therefore not much parking is required. There will be no parking provided; simply street parking.

2. What is the current building status? At what point in construction process? The building is currently vacant. Right now getting community feedback on plans. Seeking historical and variance approval then make construction plans.

Pending receiving approval, want to start construction immediately.

3. What are the variances you’re seeking?

Expansion of non-conforming; lot and building coverage.

4. Will there be outdoor seating?

Yes, along Monmouth from entrance to stairs of residence and along Bright to end of property. Also intend on doing some planting and general beautifying.

5. Would you consider putting equipment on roof up higher?

Can’t do this on building #1 as it’s in the JC Downtown Historic district, can’t do it on building #3 because the roof is too high to get things there, on building #2 there will be a 4 foot parapet with diffusers on either side to stop sound.

6. What kind of equipment? HVAC, exhaust equipment.

7. Where is trash and delivery?

There is a basement hatch on Bright Street, a basement exit on Monmouth Street and a crawlspace in basement of building #3.

8. Will deliveries take away from street parking? There will be no public spaces taken.

9. Are you keeping the windows? Replacing current tinted windows with clear.

10. What is the name of the establishment? The Brightside or Tommy’s Brightside 11. Will there be a roof deck?

Not for commercial use; just for residents of building #3.

12. What is the total seating?

This will be based on building code. There are 2000 square feet on the ground level and 500 square feet on 2nd floor. Hopefully, there will be at least 100 seats.

Any additional questions or comments can be sent to the VVPA email (vvpa@mail.org) who will then forward them on to the architect. Plans can be found on the VVPA website.

Discussion: Jersey Ave. extension proposal, led by Tony Sandkamp, pres. VVPA Recent study by Jersey City (can be found on VVPA website) to relieve downtown JC traffic congestion. One solution is to extend Jersey Avenue to link up with Audrey Zapp Drive in Liberty State Park adding a four-lane vehicular bridge in the process. There has been much opposition from downtown organizations. The VVPA has been asked to take a formal position.

One resident of Jersey Ave.: As the traffic is now, can’t imagine more traffic flowing directly into this part of town. It’s already bumper-to-bumper.

This would alleviate heavy traffic in Bergen-Lafayette section coming off exit 14B of the Turnpike.

There are obvious neighborhood concerns: traffic would cross traffic from a major hospital (and its emergency vehicles) and a large school (putting school children’s safety at risk).

(Discussion was not fully concluded, although a vote was taken. Tony intended to reflect in a letter that more information was needed for the VVPA to take a stronger stand, but after the group discussion, the vote was: 2 in support of the proposal, 7 against, 3 abstaining.)

Announcements from members

The Grace Seniors (at Grace Van Vorst Episcopal Church, 2nd & Erie Streets) has exercise classes everyday from 10am to 2pm. Come for aerobics, weights, yoga and belly dancing.

Volunteer Saturday mornings at breakfasts for the needy.

Line Dancing at Grace Van Vorst – beginning Friday, February 1 from 6-8pm, $7/adult, kids under 16 free; contact Joyce Davison: 201-659-2211/201-451-5107,

joycegdavison@hotmail.com; ALL WELCOME The church always welcomes donations.