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February 2007 VVPA Meeting Minutes

20 Feb 2007, Posted by admin in Minutes

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VVPA minutes-February 20, 2007

No treasurer’s report this month.

Police report: Dina Reilly, Community Relations Officer. Her confidential email, jcpdeastdistrict@yahoo.com is read only by Captain McDonough and her. Telephone: 201-547-5470. Jan 1-Feb 19: 2 B&T auto. One was stuff taken from trunk, so be careful not to leave stuff in trunk as well as on seats. No B&T residences. 3 robberies. What to do if you see someone suspicious: pretend you’re on the phone. Report incident immediately, w/ description: clothes, height, weight, facial features. 2 stolen autos. January: anonymous concerned citizen tip of people checking out autos resulted in an arrest. Call 201 547-5477 for non-emergency, anything suspicious.

Jim Ganley, Code Enforcement Supervisor of the Neighborhood Improvement

District: Street lights now working by the VV PATH station. Steve Fulop will follow up on Montgomery under the turnpike. Telephone 201-547-5683 to report problems to NID. Incinerator Authority telephone: 201-432-4645, x 646 for snow removal complaints.

Sam Shurma, Project Manager, PATH: PATH provides services and charges for them, uses no tax dollars. Named best commuting train service in the country three times in the last 5 years. PATH has 350 cars in their flet, some 50 years old. Checked every night and maintained. They’re buying an all new fleet; we’ll see new card in 2008-9. Also the new PATH station at the WTC. There will be comprehensive signage to say when the next train is arriving. Managers are at 33rd St and the WTC stations to meet the public every Thursday from 7:30-9:30am.

Mia questioned the 10,000 new users from Columbus Towers w/in 4-6 years. No real answer to this from Mr. Sherma, who said they were working on it, would be prepared, although platforms can’t be lengthened due in large part to objections from neighborhoods in Greenwich Village.

If you wonder about delays, call PATHAlert customer service number 201-216627

David Norman: Spoke about the dog run, sent Mark Wesson’s thanks for the VVPA contribution, and Tony Sandkamp for the new bench. Still installing new garbage containers, benches, fencing-waiting for good weather. Norman talked about the new group of volunteers, which is responsible for enforcing rules in the park, w/in and outside of the dog run. Will have signage defining aggressive behavior. Volunteers will wear official tee shirts. Look for more info on Yahoo group Dog JC, and JC Lists. Web address: home.comcast.net~vvpdog.

Andrew Hubsch, VP of Civic JD.org, The group is a 501c4, registered nonpartisan organization, devoted to issues of good governance. Worked on the pay-to-play ordinance that Steve Fulop introduced and which was voted down, but which they’ll continue to work on. They plan to keep a scorecard on how candidates for the ’09 election vote; they’ll send out an e-newsletter every six weeks. Looking for active members. Civicjc.org is the website.

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January 2007 VVPA Meeting Minutes

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VVPA minutes-January 16, 2007

Treasurer’s report: Geoff reported a balance of $3777.82 in our treasury

Police report: Captain Brian McDonough, East District Commander, thanked us for our help with the toy drive; they delivered 800 toys to the East District, and had enough left over to help out other districts.

Although robberies and breaking and entering of homes and cars are actually down since last year, cars are still being broken into. As long as you leave property unattended, they’ll break the window. GPS’s. laptops, wallets, all get taken. The police had issued 84 summonses for speeding in the last month in a major crackdown on speeders Officers are now using radar. Also they are riding Light Rail to catch offenders. Mia asked about the cop directing traffic a Newark and Barrow-a wise use of personnel? The officer is being paid by a developer to protect a construction site near there, at no cost to the city.

Steve Fulop says he had a list of 40 street lights that are out, and has worked out a deal so they will be fixed. Complaints were voiced about the intersection of Bright & Monmouth, where a liquor store is a magnet for crime. Steve Fulop said to email him with any information or complaints, and he’ll respond promptly.

Mia urged us to help count the homeless on January 25-the event will be featured on her TV show.

Jim Ganley, Code Enforcement Supervisor of the Neighborhood Improvement District told us about Christmas tree pickup on Thursdays throughout December. Garbage pickup will be in the evening henceforth, 10pm-6am to avoid traffic and get the garbage off the street in less time. Call the NID with any problem, and they will refer it to someone who can handle it. The NID has 23 employees to cover all of Jersey City, but they are effective at problem solving and have a high record of success.

Our featured speaker, from PATH, had a last minute conflict and was unable to speak with us, but we had a lively and discussion-filled meeting anyway.

November 2006 VVPA Meeting Minutes

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VVPA minutes-November 15, 2006

Police report: No police report this month

Jim Ganley, Code Enforcement Supervisor of the Neighborhood Improvement District brought NID Newsletters for November, and discussed local issues. Among other helpful hints, he reminded us that if we don’t shovel a path two feet wide in front of our houses, we’re liable for a ticket 8 hours after it snows. He urged us to help neighbors out who can’t shovel. Question? What’s the minimum amount of snow that gets ticketed? If it’s slippery, you can be ticketed, even if there isn’t much snow. For light dusting of snow, use snow melt.

Jay Cockerell, JCity Theatre, told us about the upcoming production of

Tuna Christmas, their latest production, to be put on in the sanctuary of Grace Church Van Vorst. This comedy has a large cast of characters, all played by two actors, with the help of wigs, props and frequent costume changes.

President Laura Fraschilla announced the DCNA Christmas Party, to be held at the Bar Majestic on December 12, with free food and a cash bar, and also the Christmas Toy Wrapping Party, at the Barrow Mansion on Dec. 19, 2006. The party is held during the regular monthly meeting time., 7:309:30pm. The Pershing Company has donated toys, and the VVPA will vote on contributing money to buy additional toys to wrap. The toys will go to the West District for distribution, and to Rev. Jones in the Lafayette neighborhood. Additional toys will go to a Jan. 6 party, where the East District Police will distribute them,

Leon Yost made a motion that the VVPA donate $200 to buy toys to supplement Pershing’s contribution. The vote was unanimous in favor.

Suzanne Mack, JC Board of Ed member, took questions from the membership. Regarding the old school building and trailer: The new PS 3 is still not quite finished, so for the time being the old PS 3 is in use-for some programs, and also for programs for the Boys and Girls Club. The Board is working with the Paulus Hook Assn to do major repairs on PS 16. May need the trailers. Re: Complaints about lighting-(PS 3 bright lights late at night disturb neighbors). Lights should be on motion sensors. Call 201915-6348 with complaints. Mack will send Richard Dwyer an email about street lights.

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October 2006 VVPA Meeting Minutes

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VVPA minutes-October 17, 2006

Police report, by Sgt Hines, Officer DiStefano, and Community Relations Officer (East District) Tina Rielly:

This month: B&T to automobiles, 4 B&T to residences, and 3 robberies (for which four people were arrested). Stolen autos: a Lexus and a VW. 2 B&T autos. We were warned to leave nothing on car seats. Visible GPS devices, iPods, etc, attract thieves to parked cars. One residential B&T, and the actor was arrested. Mia Scanga reported that a pit bull escaped from a car and attacked her dog, who required extensive treatment at the vet. The people in the car appeared to be casing the neighborhood, but there was no way to prove this. Unfortunately, no laws deal with dog-on-dog attacks, only dogs attacking people. We were told that most crimes from 3-7 pm were juveniles, night-time crimes are by adults. You can have your home checked to make sure it’s as burglar-proof as possible. For this free service, call Tina.

Paul Sullivan, president of Pro Arts talked about the Artists’ Studio Tour, and the many events over the weekend-the Opening Party is at Victory Hall Friday night, and Beck will be at Loews in Journal Square Saturday night. There are films, a closing party at the Jersey City Museum, and lots of other events. He handed out postcards detailing times and places.

Jennifer, from the SID, said that we could get leaf bags at 1 Journal Square Plaza, Monday through Friday. We had a vigorous discussion of trash and trash receptacles in public places. Some people object to them as they attract garbage-they are filled up by residents dumping household garbage bags in them. Others say trash receptacles are badly needed-no place to throw a coffee cup, especially around the PATH station at Grove Street. We should talk to Steve Fulop about it, ask him to get out a survey to determine the best policy. Question about a possum in a back yard: Call animal control.

We discussed whether fences around parks would deter drugs and loitering. Leon made a motion that we ask Steve Fulop to pursue putting a fence around the Wayne St. Park, frequented by drug dealers. Mia seconded the motion. The motion passed by a vote of 9 yes to one no.

Mia talked about the dog run in Van Vorst Park, which is coming along well. More funds are needed, and she said that a $100 gets a plaque and

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getting an item named for you. A waste station, commercial grade, costs $420, and Mia made a motion that the VVPA pay for one. The amount was rounded up to $500, and the motion passed, with a vote of 9 in favor and 1 against.

The meeting adjourned at 9:10pm.

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

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

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

10 Jul 2006, 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 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

10 Jul 2006, 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!

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

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

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.