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April 2007 Newsletter

10 Jul 2007, 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!

April Meeting Agenda

Tuesday April 17th, 2007, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District will give their monthly report

Josh Parkhurst, President of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy — Josh will discuss plans for this year’s Historic Preservation Month events.

Jill Edelman, Power House Arts District, will speak to the VVPA about concerns over planned development for the neighboring Power House Arts District.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sat. April 21 – Earth Day – 3rd Annual WALK for Liberty State Park in collaboration with the Hudson County Improvement Authority’s 5K RUN 10 AM (registration will be earlier). The WALK proceeds go to FOLSP and the 5K RACE proceeds go to the Hudson County Green Fund. Registration fee is $17 before and $20 on the day. Liberty State Park

Sat. April 21 – Earth Day — Earth Day Festival for people of all ages, has many exhibits, environmental activities, and entertainment from 11 am to 4 pm.

Saturday May 5 – Van Vorst Park Spring Planting Event and Dog Run Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Friends of Van Vorst and the JC Parks Coalition with the support of Goldman-Sachs invite all to attend. Free food and music. Neighbors are also invited to bring their own favorite foods and snacks. Planting the new gardens around the new dog run. Ribbon cutting ceremony for the dog run at noon. Mayor Healy and other City officials will participate. Introducing the new dog run committee leading community oversight of the dog run. 9 AM to 3 PM

Sunday May 6 — 2nd Annual Awards Luncheon at Liberty House Restaurant. Noon to 3 pm. $50 per person for this fundraising event. The deserving honorees include Assemblyman Louis Manzo, a leader against the commercial water park plan and in the cause to save LSP’s views and Public Plaza from the hill and walls 9/11 Memorial; LSP’s longtime wildlife photographer Marvin Silber; Gladys Vasques, dedicated pioneer of FOLSP’s garden beautification volunteering; and LSP’s Liberty Yacht Club Commodore Jim O’Connor, who led major marina clean up efforts, established an osprey nest, and supporter of a community sailing program.

Van Vorst Park Association Newsletter March 2007

Meetball Tickets

10 Jul 2007, Posted by admin in Events, Sponsors

It’s the Van Vorst Park Assn’s 32nd Annual Meetball Dinner!

Date: April 14, 2007

Time: 7-11 p.m.

Place: St. Peter’s Prep Auditorium, 144 Grand Street, at Warren

What is it? The best party in Downtown. Great food supplied by Amelia’s, the Light Horse, Pecoraro’s, Edward’s Steak House, Beechwood, La Rustica and The Merchant. There’s live entertainment, a cash bar, raffles, prizes, and the glow that comes from contributing to a good cause. Proceeds help local charities like Camp Liberty summer day camp and St. Lucy’s Shelter and Food Bank.

Tickets: Still only $15 in advance, or $20 at the door, at the businesses with the blue “Meetball Tickets Sold Here” sign in the window:

Del Forno Real Estate

493 Jersey Ave

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Bubby’s Burritos

440 Jersey Ave

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Gallerie Hudson

197 Newark

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Rachel

281 Grove St

Jersey City, NJ 073

Beechwood Café

290 Grove St

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Shoe Fetish

514 Jersey Ave

Jersey City, NJ 07302

On the Inside

213 Montgomery St

Jersey City 073302

(10% discount on any purchase for ticket buyers)

Bagua Juice

364 Grove St

Jersey City, NJ 07302

(10% discount on a large Smoothie to ticket buyers)

Maximum Motion Fitness

83 Montgomery St Apt 1

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Postnet

344 Grove St

Jersey City, NJ 07302

March 2007 Newsletter

10 Jul 2007, 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!

March Meeting Agenda

Tuesday March 20th, 2007, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District will give their monthly report

Joao D’Souza, Director of Traffic and Transportation Maintenance — Bring all your questions on traffic and parking in Jersey City as Joao will discuss the role his Division plays moving traffic in the city. He’ll respond to questions from the membership.

Mark Russ, Executive Director of the Jersey City Parking Authority, or a representative from his office, will discuss the JCPA.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

“Meet Your Neighbors and Have A Ball”

Saturday, April 14 32nd Annual VVPA Meetball Dinner

Join a great evening of dinner and entertainment with your neighbors from the Downtown area. There will be spectacular food, courtesy of some of Jersey City’s finest restaurants, a cash bar, live entertainment, a raffle & door prizes! Make sure to bring your dancing shoes! It’s a great night to hang out with “old” neighbors and meet new ones!

The Meetball Dinner is the VVPA’s only fundraiser each year. Past proceeds have gone to support Camp Liberty, St. Lucy’s Shelter, Grace Seniors among many others.

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2007

Time: 7-11 p.m.

Place: The Auditorium at St. Peter’s Prep, 144 Grand Street

Ticket price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be picked up at the Del Forno Real Estate office on Jersey Ave. Ask Dana at the front desk, 201-432-7000. Or email from the VVPA website, http://vvpa.org/.

Get Your Meetball Tickets at this Tuesday’s Meeting!

Van Vorst Park Association Newsletter March 2007

August 2007 Newsletter

10 Jul 2007, 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 Meeting Agenda

Tuesday August 21st, 2007, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District will give their monthly report

The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy

Joshua Parkhurst, President of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy will give us an update on recent conservancy initiatives including the Powerhouse and Reservoir 3.

The Embankment Preservation Coalition

The Federal Surface Transportation Board recently ruled that Conrail needed authorization to abandon the 6th Street Embankment prior to selling the property to a developer in 2005. The struggle to secure the Embankment, however, is not over! Learn how you can help!

The Sisters of Mercy

A representative from the Sisters of Mercy in Jersey City will speak to the VVPA about their various charity initiatives supporting downtown Jersey City.

Downtown Voter Registration Initiatives

Gretchen Scheiman, member of the Paulus Hook Neighborhood Association (HPNA) Board will provide an update on current downtown initiatives, materials, best practices to facilitate voter registration and awareness.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Wed. July 22 and alternate Wednesdays all Summer – Films in Van Vorst present 3rd annual outdoor film series. Bring a chair, bring a friend. Free Popcorn!! Van Vorst Park 8PM (rain dates are the following Wednesdays).

Tues. July 24 – The Attic Ensemble Readings at the Merchant present “Actor!” Written by Frederick Stroppel. Directed by Paul Zeller. The Merchant, 279 Grove Street, 7PM $5

Sat. Sept 22 – Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance JERSEY CITY COUNCIL FISHING DERBY Celebrate the Reservoir with long-time supporter Council President Mariano Vega and the City Council, with help from Andy Grey and the JC Recreation Dept. They’ll have trophies and prizes for the best catch of bass, sunfish, or other. 11AM

Summer ’07 Films!!

13 Jun 2007, Posted by admin in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule

And Action! We’re ready for our 3rd Annual Films In Van Vorst film series….

We plan on starting around 8pm and as a backup, our raindate will be the following Wednesday.

The Schedule

June 13-The Pursuit of Happyness

June 27-Whale Rider

July 11-Young Frankenstein

July 25-Dreamgirls

August 8-Tootsie

August 22- The Red Violin

September 5-The March of The Penguins

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!

April 2007 VVPA Meeting Minutes

17 Apr 2007, Posted by admin in Minutes

VVPA minutes-April 17, 2007

No treasurer’s report this month.

Minutes from March Meeting: Members are to look at the website for the minutes of all meetings.

Treasurer’s Report: No Treasurer’s Report this month, as accounts are being updated to reflect the proceeds from the Meetball Dinner held on

April 14, 2007

Police report: No police report this month

Jim Ganley, Code Enforcement Supervisor of the Neighborhood

Improvement District: Jim handed out a form for reporting streetlights that don’t work. Even when you use the form (giving address, pole number when possible, wrap the pole with a bright-colored ribbon that will be easy to see. The person who comes by with the truck can than easily correct the problem.

Joshua Parkhurst, President of the Landmarks Conservancy reported on the various events scheduled Preservation Month (May). There will be tours, events, and a big awards ceremony on May 30, 2007, at the Loews Theatre in Journal Square. Tickets are $25, at Beechwood or at Loews box office the day of the event.

Here is a brief listing of the walking tours available, with dates. For complete information, see the Landmark Conservancy website:

http://www.jerseycityhistory.net/

Sat, May 5, 11:45 am – 3pm, Lafayette History Festival. Meet at Rev. Dr. Ercel F. Webb Park, intersection of Van Horne and Lafayette Sts. Opening reception: 11:45 am. Bus and walking tours. Closing ceremony, 3pm. See website for more events in the neighborhood. All events FREE.

Sun, May 6, 1 -3pm, Italia Village Walking Tour. Meet at Enos Jones Park, Intersection of Pavonia and Brunswick Aves. Cost: $10. See website for more info.

Sat, May 19, 11am -1pm, Journal Square Tour. Meet at Journal Sq PATH Station, Upper Mezzanine Level, by Duane Reed. Tour includes a reception at the Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre. FREE. For more information contact youngpreservationists@gmail.com.

Sun, May 20, 2 – 4pm, Bergen Hill Walking Tour. Met at the front entrance to the Beacon, formerly the Jersey City Medical Center, 50 Baldwin Ave. Cost: $10. See http://www.jerseycityhistory.net/ for more information.

WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS:

Tues, May 9 and Tues, May 22, 6-8pm

VVPA Pres. Laura Fraschilla Joao D’Souza, Director of Traffic and Transportation Maintenance described the department’s role-it maintains City traffic signals and street lighting systems, handles dumpster and driveway permits, road markings and signs. Dan Webber asked if the department would install Yield to Pedestrians signs if the VVPA paid for them. He said it was the department’s responsibility to provide the signs, and he would look into different locations for them. Intersections, such as Jersey/York and Grove/Columbus, were suggested. The department is working on synchronizing lights to ease traffic flow on major streets. The synchronization at Kennedy and Montgomery was sited by a member as a big success. There was much discussion of the results of the new construction around the 14B entrance to turnpike. The construction solves the problem of traffic turning left into oncoming traffic on Montgomery, but introduces new problems-a roundabout, inconvenient and restricted route to Grand Street and a limitation on routes in and out of Downtown. The plastic barriers have been removed, but the concrete Jersey barriers will be permanent. Two new U-turns are planned to help ease traffic flow, D’Souza said. The neighborhood concern is that Jersey Avenue be used as a “stealth highway” to get quickly from the turnpike to the Holland Tunnel. D’Souza said they were aware of this and were working on the problem.

Joe Curran, Assistant Director, Jersey City Parking Authority addressed issues raised by members. He said you can pick up a guest permit at no cost for visiting friends for a couple of days-just provide registration and license plate info at 394 Central Ave. Over the Christmas week, guests can probably be unticketed for up to a week. The practice of simultaneous ticketing and booting for overstaying the 2-hour parking limit aroused strong feeling. Mr. Curran said that if you object to a ticket, in all likelihood it will be dismissed by the judge in traffic court, so do contest any tickets you think are unfair. If we wish to extend the 2-hr limit, get Steve Fulop involved, and get together a petition from our neighborhood. Hamilton Park, one resident noted, has chosen a 1-hour limit, to keep non-residents from parking on streets and just shifting locations to beat the system. It was decided to table this discussion and talk about it further before taking action.

Mr. Curran said to call the Mayor’s Action Bureau, Jack Carley and Judy Reilly, for problems we can’t get solved by regular channels. A question was raised about it being OK to park in the City Hall parking lot after working hours. Mr. Curran said he had never heard of that, but they didn’t in practice ticket after working hours.

Discussion of parking on Bright Street, which is now unzoned, to allow teachers to park there. But Curran said any teacher can get an Itinerant sticker, so this is unnecessary. Speak to Steve Fulop about getting Bright Street back in the zone.

If you’re having any problems with parking, first call the office number: 201-653-6969. You can reach him from 3:30-11:30, but the phone goes off at 10:30, so after that, try his cell phone, 201-832-0180.

For finding out when alternate-side-of-the-street parking is suspended for snow, call Incinerator Authority, as they make the decision.

Steve Giardino, for the Embankment Coalition spoke about the recent setback when the City Council voted against applying for a bridge loan. From the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT). This loan would provide funds for the city to acquire the open space portion of the Harsimus Stem Embankment. The NJEIT loan would provide almost $5 million to the city, 75% at no interest at all, and 25% at the lowest marketrate interest (about 1%) for 20 years. The loan would provide instant money that can be repaid by reimbursable grants already raised ($3.2 million), a pledge ($500,000), and additional highly likely grant monies. Look at the Embankment website for more details. The application for the loan would have been non-binding; there was no down side at all to applying, and it was a real shame that the Council didn’t take this essentially no-risk way to finally make the Embankment the City’s own property at last. The long lawsuit concerning the Embankment’s ownership is now about to the decided by the State Transportation Board. To get the property, the City must act with the money it has (open space), not the money it wants but does not have now and may never have (light rail). This bridge loan would allow the City to step forward and close the deal immediately. The grants and loans promised are contingent on the City owning the land; they will come through promptly once the City shows its good faith in this project by using the loan money to buy it.

“Stealth Highway”-Mia Scanga spoke out against the “stealth highway” plans that would run the risk of two lanes of cars smashing into the light rail at Jersey Avenue, as well as encouraging the use of Jersey Avenue as a quick way on and off the turnpike. April 30, 2007 at 6pm there will be a meeting at City Hall to discuss the Downtown Transportation Study, including the Jersey Ave issue and much else. Please attend.

Season 3

08 Apr 2007, Posted by admin in Events

Stay tuned!! It’s Season 3 for our Films in Van Vorst Park…we’re working out the details and will announce our choices soon.  As we make our final selections, we are taking input from our neighbors….any films you’d love to see? missed this year? think would make for a fun evening of outdoor entertainment?  Let us know!!  We’d love to hear from you!  We’ll also be at this year VVPA’s MeetBall Dinner next Saturday April 14th at St Peter’s Prep from 7-11 taking suggestions and eating yummy food! Come see us–we’d love to hear from you….

March 2007 VVPA Meeting Minutes

20 Mar 2007, Posted by admin in Minutes

VVPA minutes-March 20, 2007

No treasurer’s report this month.

Police report from Captain McDonough: There was an assault on Mar 4 on York St, and a purse snatched. No cars were broken into. There were reports of 3 cars stolen, but this is misleading-one reappeared unharmed the next day exactly where the driver had parked it; had he just forgotten where he parked it? The other stories were equally problematical. Warning: If you have a new and expensive car, don’t leave the owner’s manual in it. A thief will break into the car, get the bar code from the owner’s manual and from that get a duplicate key from the car company. With the new key, the thief will return and simply drive your car away. There have been

complaints about late-night problems in

Van Vorst Park-the new fence has not been installed yet, so the park can’t be closed at 10 pm. Police issued 1272 summonses last month. 60% of them were for speeding. They’re using radar on Columbus Drive and other streets. A resident reported an incident of graffiti. Captain McDonough said the police would follow up on it.

Jim Ganley, Code Enforcement Supervisor of the Neighborhood Improvement District: We had vigorous discussion pro and con garbage containers on the street; some people wanted more of them, as people leaving McDonald’s get about as far as Mercer St. before they finish eating, and have no place to throw the trash but on the sidewalk. Some people liked no trash cans, as householders and businesses overload them, and in any case they are not emptied often by the Incinerator Authority. The issue was unresolved. As for flyers on poles, ads for moving men, etc., the NID will take them down, but not in freezing weather when workers are at risk of falling on ice. Ready, Willing & Able is the outfit that chips ice off storm drains, not the NID.

VVPA Pres. Laura Fraschilla announced the 32nd Annual Meetball Dinner at St. Peter’s Prep April 14, 7-11. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Take posters and put them in your window. Thank you to Leon Yost for the poster.

Also, Laura said that Robert Vivian, of the Newport Neighborhood

Assn, wants VVPA support for his applying for funds from the Hudson Open Space Trust Fund to create a park on PATH property. PATH has agreed to this use. Steve Gucciardo said Hamilton Park has already written such a letter, and, after a unanimous vote of our membership, Laura will write one from the VVPA.

Joao D’Souza, Director of Traffic and Transportation Maintenance described the department’s role-it maintains City traffic signals and street lighting systems, handles dumpster and driveway permits, road markings and signs. Dan Webber asked if the department would install Yield to Pedestrians signs if the VVPA paid for them. He said it was the department’s responsibility to provide the signs, and he would look into different locations for them. Intersections, such as Jersey/York and Grove/Columbus, were suggested. The department is working on synchronizing lights to ease traffic flow on major streets. The synchronization at Kennedy and Montgomery was sited by a member as a big success. There was much discussion of the results of the new construction around the 14B entrance to turnpike. The construction solves the problem of traffic turning left into oncoming traffic on Montgomery, but introduces new problems-a roundabout, inconvenient and restricted route to Grand Street and a limitation on routes in and out of Downtown. The plastic barriers have been removed, but the concrete Jersey barriers will be permanent. Two new U-turns are planned to help ease traffic flow, D’Souza said. The neighborhood concern is that Jersey Avenue be used as a “stealth highway” to get quickly from the turnpike to the Holland Tunnel. D’Souza said they were aware of this and were working on the problem.

Joe Curran, Assistant Director, Jersey City Parking Authority addressed issues raised by members. He said you can pick up a guest permit at no cost for visiting friends for a couple of days-just provide registration and license plate info at 394 Central Ave. Over the Christmas week, guests can probably be unticketed for up to a week. The practice of simultaneous ticketing and booting for overstaying the 2-hour parking limit aroused strong feeling. Mr. Curran said that if you object to a ticket, in all likelihood it will be dismissed by the judge in traffic court, so do contest any tickets you think are unfair. If we wish to extend the 2-hr limit, get Steve Fulop involved, and get together a petition from our neighborhood. Hamilton Park, one resident noted, has chosen a 1-hour limit, to keep non-residents from parking on streets and just shifting locations to beat the system. It was decided to table this discussion and talk about it further before taking action.

Mr. Curran said to call the Mayor’s Action Bureau, Jack Carley and Judy Reilly, for problems we can’t get solved by regular channels.

A question was raised about it being OK to park in the City Hall parking lot after working hours. Mr. Curran said he had never heard of that, but they didn’t in practice ticket after working hours.

Discussion of parking on Bright Street, which is now unzoned, to allow teachers to park there. But Curran said any teacher can get an Itinerant sticker, so this is unnecessary. Speak to Steve Fulop about getting Bright Street back in the zone.

If you’re having any problems with parking, first call the office number: 201-653-6969. You can reach him from 3:30-11:30, but the phone goes off at 10:30, so after that, try his cell phone, 201-832-0180.

For finding out when alternate-side-of-the-street parking is suspended for snow, call Incinerator Authority, as they make the decision. Number is TK. Also, the number is shown on Channel 1.

Steve Giardino, for the Embankment Coalition spoke about the recent setback when the City Council voted against applying for a bridge loan. From the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT). This loan would provide funds for the city to acquire the open space portion of the Harsimus Stem Embankment. The NJEIT loan would provide almost $5 million to the city, 75% at no interest at all, and 25% at the lowest marketrate interest (about 1%) for 20 years. The loan would provide instant money that can be repaid by reimbursable grants already raised ($3.2 million), a pledge ($500,000), and additional highly likely grant monies. Look at the Embankment website for more details. The application for the loan would have been non-binding, there was no down side at all to applying, and it was a real shame that the Council didn’t take this essentially no-risk way to finally make the Embankment the City’s own property at last. The long lawsuit concerning the Embankment’s ownership is now about to the decided by the State Transportation Board. To get the property, the City must act with the money it has (open space), not the money it wants but does not have now and may never have (light rail). This bridge loan would allow the City to step forward and close the deal immediately. The grants and loans promised are contingent on the City owning the land; they will come through promptly once the City shows its good faith in this project by using the loan money to buy it.

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“Stealth Highway”-Mia Scanga spoke out against the “stealth highway” plans that would run the risk of two lanes of cars smashing into the light rail at Jersey Avenue, as well as encouraging the use of Jersey Avenue as a quick way on and off the turnpike. April 30, 2007 at 6pm there will be a meeting at City Hall to discuss the Downtown Traffic Circulation Study, including the Jersey Ave issue and much else. Please attend.