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September 2006 VVPA Meeting Minutes

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VVPA minutes-September 19, 2006

Police report, by Sgt Hines and Officer DiStefano:

B&T = Burglary and Theft. This month: 9 B&T to automobiles, only three B&T to residences and businesses (this is down), 3 stolen autos, 3 robberies, notable because four people were arrested for committing them. Improvements: Captain McDonough has staggered shifts around the clock, eliminating the standard half hour of low coverage while the midnight shift comes on. 120 officers working, about 120, up from 90; this includes 4 extra officers paid for by government, now working Hamilton Park, where they’ve had a lot of trouble. Can be deployed elsewhere when conditions permit. Will probably be getting another 5 new graduates. Call Officer Dena Riley if you’re interested in helping with a neighborhood watch.

Steve Fulop:

Asked the VVPA to sponsor him in a marathon. Gave us good news: Restaurant Row is beginning to happen. A new place at 1sst and Grove, another two doors down from LITM, a new Thai restaurant opening. He and Bob Cotter are working on a redevelopment plan for the south side of Newark, which is in worse shape than across the street.

Steve says he spent his first year setting up more professional relationships throughout his district, and his second focusing on parks. Owen Grundy pier will be completely reconstructed, including the walkway, as will Colgate Park. Hamilton Park gets a major restructuring, a great plan with a lot of community input. The VVP Dog run is just about ready to go-the initial bid was way too high, so the plan was reworked, now down to about $100,000 in cost. $30,000 in private funding has been obtained for the fence, and it’s inches away from being built. Public Works will build in it-house, saving a lot of hassle. The Italian Village park at First St is now on deck. In his third year, he’ll tackle ethics and corruption, especially the practice of allowing dual government jobs.

Questions for Steve Fulop: Update on re-val? It will come. When the equalization ratio falls below 70 or 80%, that’s a sign a re-val is likely-and we’re now at 25%. Most critical: Corzine has rejected JC getting a million bucks or so just because we’re a big city, and also funds as a distressed city, because we aren’t collecting enough taxes. So no extra funds until we have a re-val. It will take two or three years to go from door to door and inventory all the buildings. The usual course is to set the wheels in motion, get the process begun, so the tax bills start coming to residents just as the new mayor is taking office, so he’ll have to deal with the mess.

Sandy Cockerel on his theatre company, J City Theatre, now based at Grace Church Van Vorst. Its opening production is JB, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by poet

Archibald MacLeish, opening Sept 28 at 8pm at GCVV. Buy tix, $18, $15 for seniors, at SmartTix.com. See their website, jcity.org, for info on their complete season.

Election: Erma Yost, election officer, presented the slate of VVPA board members:

President, Laura Fraschilla; First VP, Bill Donohue, 2nd VP Carrie Furin, Secretary, Anne 2

Barry; Treasurer Geoffrey Furin, At large: Dan Webber, Amy Sanders, Rory Sortino. You have until 10 days before the next meeting (Oct 17) to submit other names.

Treasurers report: from Carrie Furin: $5943.72 in the treasury

Marlene Sandkamp made a motion that we sponsor Steve with $500 for the county child abuse charity the marathon money will go to, seconded by Mia. It was passed unanimously.

Archives: Anne asked for VVPA “pioneers” to send emails giving memories of the reval struggle and other battles, as she’s collecting info on the VVPA history for our new website.

Tony Sandkamp adjourned the meeting at 9 pm

Submitted by Anne Barry, Secretary

May 2006 Newsletter

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May 2006

Van Vorst Park Association

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Tel: 201-435-3224

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm

Email: Christine.bee@gs.com

Everyone is welcome!

May Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District Police precinct will give their monthly report

Lee Levine of Lee Levine Architects will give a short presentation on his proposed 3 Story, mixed use building located on 460 Grand Street.

Johnny Coffey will talk about the upcoming Films in Van Vorst which begins Wednesday, June 7 in the Park.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Wednesday, May 17 from 6pm-9pm, Peter Mann presents “Human Modern – Objects of Life” at the Cooke Contemporary Gallery Space, 125 First Street. Gallery hours Friday & Saturday 12-5pm and by appointment. For more information 201-222-1358.

Saturday, May 20, 12 – 2 pm, JC Landmarks Conservancy presents Washington Village Walking Tour; admission is $10. For more information, please call Pat Guida (201) 438-7057 or e-mail: pdg293@comcast.net

Sunday, May 21, 12 – 3 pm, JC Landmarks Conservancy presents Lincoln Park Walking Tour, admission is $25. For more information, please call Dan Pelosi (917) 609-1915 or Charlene Burke (201) 344-2060 or e-mail: lincolnparktour@yahoo.com

Wednesday, May 31 – 6pm-9pm – JC Landmarks Conservancy presents it’s SIXTH ANNUAL PRESERVATION AWARDS CEREMONY at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Journal Square. Admission is $25. For more information, please call Joshua Parkhurst (201) 332-4704 or e-mail: jscparkhurst@hotmail.com.

Friday, June 2 – JC Fridays, don’t miss this exciting festival of art and culture throughout the Jersey City, when artists and businesses come together for a full day of exciting visual art, performance, music and film/video events. Business discounts all day. Visit www.jcfridays.com for a full listing of events.

Wednesday, June 7, Films in Van Vorst presents “Raising Arizona”. Located in Van Vorst Park, admission is free, film starts at 8pm.

Through June 29, Constructions: Freedom in Fabric, artwork by Anne Barry at CRS, located at 123, 4th Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY. For information call 212-677-8621.

Special Announcements:

Coming Soon: Duck Duck Goose, a children’s consignment shop, located at 16 Erie Street, will be having it’s Grand Opening on Saturday, June 3rd and is now accepting consignments.

September 2006 Newsletter

10 Jul 2006, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

September 2006

Van Vorst Park Association

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Tel: 201-200-0101

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm

Email: mail@vvpa.org

VISIT OUR WEBSITE ; WWW. VVPA.ORG

Everyone is welcome!

September Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District Police precinct will give their monthly report

Clay Cockrell, Executive Producer of J CITY THEATRE will speak about his company and their upcoming production of Archibald MacLeish’s “J.B.” at Grace Van Vorst September 28th thru October 8th.

Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop will give an update on the state of the city and field questions from the membership.

Executive Board nominations Nominations for the Board of Directors serving the next calendar year will take place.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

September 16 2-9pm Grove Street Grooves-A street fair & music festival on Grove Street between Montgomery & Mercer Streets.

September 18 6:30 pm Historic Preservation Commission September meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers.

September 21 6 pm September Meeting of the Jersey City Board of Adjustment-City Hall, Council Caucus Room 204-Resolution involving residential development of the 6th Street Embankment to be voted on.

September 27 6 pm City Council Meeting- City Hall, Council Chambers

October 2006 Newsletter

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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 Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District will give their monthly report

Paul Sullivan

President of Pro Arts will speak about the Artists Studio Tour happening this month

Jennifer Morril

Of the Neighborhood Improvement District will speak about current issues and field questions from the membership.

Executive Board Elections

Elections for the Board of Directors serving the next calendar year will take place.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October 20 5:00pm to 9:00pm Opening Kickoff Reception for the Artists Studio Tour

Victory Hall, 186 Grand Street, free to the public.

October 21-22 12:00-6:00pm Artists Studio Tour located throughout the city. Maps Available in the

Saturday October 14th, Hudson Reporter.

October 21 6:00-9:00pm “Delivered Vacant” a documentary film by Nora Jacobson

Middle School 4 Theater (entrance at 107 Bright Street-the intersection of Varick).

Van Vorst Park Association Newsletter October 2006

November 2006 Newsletter

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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!

November Meeting Agenda

Tuesday November 21st, 2006, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District will give their monthly report

Jim Ganley

Code Enforcement supervisor of the Neighborhood Improvement District will speak about current issues and field questions from the membership.

Clay Cockrell

Executive Producer of J.CITY THEATRE will introduce his holiday Production of “A TUNA CHRISTMAS” opening At Grace Church Van Vorst November 30

Suzanne Mack

Jersey City Board of Education member Suzanne Mack will speak about school Facilities and current developments within our school system.

*** THE 2007 Jersey City Historic Houses Calendar is in print and will be available at this month’s meeting

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

November 20th 3:00-7:00pm EPA Turnpike dumpsite meeting. Middle School 4 Cafeteria

107 Bright Street

November 30th- December17th 8 :00pm Thurs, Fri, Sat (7:00 pm Sun) A Tuna Christmas at Grace

Van Vorst Church 39 Erie Street presented by J City Theater for tickets

www.brownpapertickets.com or 800-836-3006

December 12th 7:00-9:00pm Annual DCNA Christmas Party Hosted by the VVPA

Bar Majestic 275 Grove Street

Van Vorst Park Association Newsletter November 2006

March 2006 Newsletter

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March 2006

Van Vorst Park Association

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Tel: 201-435-3224

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm

Email: Christine.bee@gs.com

Everyone is welcome!

March Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District Police precinct will give their monthly report

Sister Kristin Funari, Executive Director of the York Street Project which is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace will give a short presentation on the project.

Jyo Tshna Buyyala, Director of the Liberty Humane Society will give a short a presentation on the different programs and volunteer opportunities available at the organization.

Gerry Bakirtjy, of the Barrow Mansion Board of Directors, will be speaking about Barrow Mansion and the organization.

Leon Yost, Documentary Photographer will present a slide talk of Peculiar Jersey City Phenomena; inexplicable lights emanating from a high church steeple, a tiny Myan fortress hidden deep in the marsh grass, and Mayor Hague’s famous desk specifically designed to receive “donations” are just a few examples from our fascinating town. His slide talk is sponsored by the Jersey City Historical Project.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday, March 23, 1-5pm

History Symposium at the Jersey City Museum: “Activism, Monuments & Community” A look at local activism and the role it has played in preserving and reviving Jersey City’s monuments and institutions. Of special interest are the charismatic individuals who dedicated their careers to preserving Jersey City’s past. Participants include Charles Balcer, Sam Pesin, Meredith Arms Bzdak, Ph.D., Colin Egan and John Gomez.

$4 adults, $2 students/seniors. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. Call 201-413-0303 x 141 for reservations and more information. The Jersey City Museum is located at 350 Montgomery Street. http://www.jerseycitymuseum.org/

Saturday, March 25, 7-11pm

Van Vorst Park Association 31st Annual Meetball Dinner, is a great way to catch up with “old” neighbors and meet new ones. This is a dinner and entertainment event for all in the Van Vorst Park area and features cuisine from some of the great restaurants in the area. There will be live music, a chinese auction and entertainment for the kids. The Meetball Dinner is the only fundraiser Van Vorst Park Association undertakes each year and proceeds go to local charitable organizations in Jersey City.

St. Peter’s Prep – 144 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ. For tickets call Laura Fraschilla at 201-451-8503 or e-mail her at laurafrasc@comcast.net Tickets are $15.00 in advance/$20 at the door.

If you are interested in volunteering the evening of the event, please contact Laura.

June 2006 Newsletter

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June 2006

Van Vorst Park Association

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Tel: 201-435-3224

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm

Email: Christine.bee@gs.com

Everyone is welcome!

June Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District Police precinct will give their monthly report

Tom Harrison, Division Director of Environmental Compliance of the Incinerator Authority, will talk about their role in our community and take questions from the membership in conjunction with Jennifer Morrill of the Neighborhood Improvement District.

Christopher Kirwan of New Work Architecture will be presenting his drawings for a proposed 12 unit condominium building with parking being developed by 307 Barrow Street Partners LLC at the north west corner of Barrow and Wayne Streets.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Wednesday, June 21 – Films in Van Vorst presents “Babe the Gallant Pig”. Located in Van Vorst Park, admission is free, film starts at 8pm.

Friday, June 23 – Constructions: Freedom in Fabric, artwork by Anne Barry closing reception from 7pm-9pm at CRS, located at 123, 4th Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY.

Wednesday, June 28 – Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance’s Rally at City Hall, 280 Grove Street starting at 5:30pm prior to the City Council meeting.

Thursday, June 29 – Downtown Transportation Study. There will be a second public meeting for the Jersey City Division of City Planning’s Regional Waterfront Access and Downtown Circulation Study. The meeting will be at City Hall, 280 Grove Street, in Council Chambers starting at 6pm.

Friday, June 30 – The Art House Summer Blowout at Victory Hall, 186 Grand Street at Marin Boulevard starting at 9pm, admission is $10. For more information call 201-915-9911

July 2006 Newsletter

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July 2006

Van Vorst Park Association

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Tel: 201-435-3224

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm

Email: Christine.bee@gs.com

Everyone is welcome!

July Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District Police precinct will give their monthly report

Elizabeth Young, Vice President of the Special Improvement District will talk about SID and their role in our community and take questions from the membership.

Anthony Vandermark of Minervini-Vandermark Architecture, Troy Duncan and John Heidenry of Amansala Development will be presenting their proposed four story, seven unit condominium building located at 296 Grand Street (corner of Grand and Barrow Streets).

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, July 17 at 6pm – Historic Preservation Commission Meeting at City Hall in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor.

Wednesday, July 19 at 10am – City Council Meeting at City Hall in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor.

Wednesday, July 19 – Films in Van Vorst presents “Nine Queens”. Located in Van Vorst Park, admission is free, film starts at 8pm.

January 2006 Newsletter

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January 2006

Van Vorst Park Association

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Tel: 201-435-3224

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm

Email: Christine.bee@gs.com

Everyone is welcome!

January Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, February 17, 2005, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District Police precinct will give their monthly report

Paul DelForno and Lawrence Perlaki of Five Star Investments along with their architect Jim Lindeman will be presenting their new development “Columbus Corners” located on the corner of Christopher Columbus and Barrow Streets.

Jennifer Morrill, the Public Information Officer for the Neighborhood Improvement District will be speaking about the organization and the role it plays in the community.

Suzy Jarkezian and Lenny Singh of the Pride Mentor Program will give a short presentation on their volunteer mentoring program for Hudson County.

Discussion

There will be a discussion regarding amending the following VVPA Bylaw:

Article 4, Section 2 General Powers; increasing the expenditure of funds by the Board of Directors

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

January 18 – 6-8pm. The first public meeting for the Jersey City Regional Waterfront Access and Downtown Circulation Study will be held at the Theater at the Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery Street. For more information please call Naomi Hsu at 201-547-5021

January 20 – 2-3:30pm. Afternoon Delight for Seniors – New Series. “Only in Jersey City, the Odd, the Strange, the Mysterious. Documentary photographer Leon Yost gives a slide talk of peculiar Jersey City phenomena. Jersey City Museum, $3.50 admission includes program and gallery admission.

January 25 – 7:00pm. Mary Ann Wallace, Principal of the new Frank R. Conwell School #PS3 will give a

tour of PS#3 and MS#4. The tour will meet at 111 Bright Street, main lobby corner of Bright & Varick Streets, red brick building.

Meetball Dinner – Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Meetball Dinner taking place on Saturday, March 25. If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail Laura Fraschilla at laurafrasc@comcast.net.

Acknowledgements

The Van Vorst Park Association Board would like to thank all those who participated in the Holiday Toy Wrapping Party that took place on Tuesday, December 20.

February 2006 Newsletter

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February 2006

Van Vorst Park Association

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City

Tel: 201-435-3224

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm

Email: Christine.bee@gs.com

Everyone is welcome!

February Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion

Police Report

Representatives of the East District Police precinct will give their monthly report

Carmine Tabone Director of Camp Liberty will give a short presentation on the summer program at Camp Liberty.

Alberta Walker, Director of Youth Achievement for the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County will give a short a presentation on the after school activities the organization offers to the children of Jersey City

Maureen Cosgrove, Tax Collector for Jersey City Department of Finance will be talking about Jersey City property taxes and fielding questions from the membership.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

February 7-25

Irresistible Italy: Architectural Photo-assemblages by Leon Yost

Location: Noho Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, New York

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11-6pm

For more information 212-367-7063 or www.nohogallery.com

February 9-April 4

Paintings by Jeanne Risica

Location: Cooke Contemporary gallery space, 125 First Street, Jersey City

Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday, 12-5pm and by appointment

For more information 201-222-1358

March 9-12

Hudson County Youth Film & Video Series

Jersey City Museum’s first video series for student artists, organized by West New York filmmaker Christina Soto. The series features avant garde, experimental, narrative, conceptual, lyrical and documentary short film and video makers from the Hudson County’s high schools. Free

Screenings during gallery hours Mar 9-12: Thurs 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-5pm, Sa/Su 12pm-5pm

Meetball Dinner Update

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Meetball Dinner taking place on Saturday, March 25. If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail Laura Fraschilla at laurafrasc@comcast.net.

FYI:

Lenny Singh of the P.R.I.D.E. and J.U.M.P. mentoring program gave a short presentation at the January monthly meeting. If you are interested in mentoring a child please contact Lenny at 201-798-9920. More information about the program will be available at this month’s meeting.