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October 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

24 Oct 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – October 18th, 2016

7:10pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore

  • Always looking for volunteers to help with our social events, looking for community members to be engaged with city/community meetings, and to be involved with the association in leadership positions/board positions, etc., so please let us know if you are interested
  • Bring a neighbor to a meeting or an event – spread the word!

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

  • Montgomery Gateway Redevelopment Plan (328 Montgomery) – applicant went before historic board approval. Rec’d approval w/conditions, still have to go in front of planning board.  The VVPA highly encourages all interested parties to go to the associated planning board meeting to express all concerns you may have about quality of life, use for the space, etc.  Stay tuned to our website for information, will also do an email blast.
    • VVPA sent letter to City summarizing community concerns with this project
  • Bates street development project, part of the Bates Street Redevelopment Plan (area by Pathmark by Turnpike) – developer had previously presented, this is their return to VVPA for update.
  • Planning & Development sub-committee – developers usually reach out in advance before presenting at VVPA monthly meetings. Anyone interested in being on the committee, reach out to vvpanews@gmail.com.

Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

  • JCAST – initial VVPA involvement in this event.  Had 32 artists, over 70 works of art, did sell a few pieces.  Next potential art event will be JC Fridays will be in December – stay tuned for information.  Sponsors: Jersey Wines & Spirits, Van Hook Cheese Shop, Wurst Bar, JC Fish Store, Brightside Tavern.  Thank the sponsors by supporting their businesses!
  • Halloween in the Park on 10/31 from 4pm-8pm in Van Vorst Park by the gazeebo.  Candy & cookie for the kids, cider for the adults.  Volunteers welcome from ~1pm onward to help out.
  • Annual end-of-year celebration / open House in December in conjunction with Barrow Mansion – details forthcoming!

Election Slate

  • President – Oona will extend for 6 months
  • 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

  • Parking – continues to be difficult to park.  Enforcement agent was checking stickers for zone parking.  In particular, there is a lack of enforcement on Wednesdays (b/c no street sweeping).  Speak up and contact your city representatives if you care about this issue.
    • City hasn’t sent out reminders because according to the Parking Authority, the computers were down and they didn’t have money for stamps.
    • Contact RRC or the newspapers to state your concerns!
  • Bright & Varick – oral arguments were last week.  Need to wait for judges to decide if automatic approval stand or not.  If it is ruled that the automatic approval will not stand, project will go through the normal process: planning board, etc.
  • The Old Pathmark is becoming a 99 Ranch store – estimated opening in March, 2017

Guest Speakers

  • Bates Street Project
    • West of Old Colony Plaza –37K sq ft. site, mixed Use Building.  As of right fully compliant project with Bates Redevelopment Plan.  Project required “benign changes” to redevelopment plan: wanted to expand usage for project and in exchange, developer will expand Bates Street.
    • Likely rentals, no affordable housing planned at this time.  128 residential units 12 stories down to 4 stories steps down in accordance w/ plan – mix of units from 1-4 BRs.
    • Potentially 200-250 people may be living there, potential shuttle to/from downtown transportation (PATH, etc.).  No traffic study done yet; however, developer is providing more than required number of parking spots for residential units.
    • Retail area – 28.6K sq ft of space with several stores, including one “big box” store (too early in the project to determine what stores will go in there), self-storage and some office space.  Several community members expressed concerns about minimal parking being provided for the stores, asked developer to look at this again and come up with additional options, as the lack of parking will have a huge impact on the surrounding communities.
    • Wants to go before board on Nov 1st, honored commitment to VVPA to come back and re-present.
    • Projected demo in Dec/Jan; 18-24 month projected construction period
  • Board of Education Candidates introduced themselves to the VVPA and provided a short overview of their platform and why they are the best candidate/team for the BOE.  To see the candidates in a more extensive forum, be sure to attend the highly anticipated Board of Education Candidate Forum on Thursday, 10/27 from 7pm-9pm hosted by the Historic Paulus Hook Association (HPNA) and moderated by Leila Sadeghi, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership at Saint Peter’s University.
    • Education Matters Team – Sudhan Thomas, Angel Valentin, Gina Verdibello
    • Fix It Now Team – Mussab Ali, Kimberly Goycochea
    • Building Bridges – Natalia (“Natasha”) Loffe
    • Jersey City United Team – Luis Felipe Fernandez, Asmaa Abdalla, Matthew Schapiro
    • Rowan For JCBOD – Mark Roan

Adjournment – 9:05 pm

September 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

04 Oct 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

7:10pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore

  • Kudos to the board, invite community members to participate on board. It is important for all to participate and volunteer to continue to make this a strong community.
  • Some of the achievements of these past two years: updated bylaws, established events committee, established art curator position, strengthened board connection, etc.
  • As a community, you can be active by getting on the mailing list, bringing neighbors to meetings, participating & bringing solutions to the table, getting on a committee, or making donations.

Officer / Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • All accounts in good standing, no outstanding bills
  • Boogie in the park and the White Party – community builders, broke even on the events

Construction /Development Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • Montgomery Gateway Redevelopment Plan (328 Montgomery) – new use applied for. Application is tabled for a special meeting because there was insufficient information architectural plans.  Will try to align more closely with the 1938 photograph of the façade.  Owners were invited once again to come to VVPA meeting to address concerns (prior invitations were not accepted).  Community members are encouraged to attend planning board meetings to your voice concerns.

o   How does this impact the 2 week opening for this property that is advertised?  There is no COO for this property!

o   Designated area “Commercial reuse area” within a historic zone.  NOT a commercial district.  Big difference as it impacts noise, etc.

  • Dixon Properties is redeveloping a church. They came to the VVPA and worked in community input into the design.  As a result the project was approved easily.  This is the type of development-community relationship that is healthy.
  • Master Plan kickoff meeting – to help look at city as cohesive whole to look for larger vision for the city. Community input welcome.

o   Any redevelopment plan in place remains, a revised master plan doesn’t supersede the existing redevelopment plans.  The master plan outlines the City’s goals, with a vision to get there.  Redevelopment plans will have to work within the confines of the master plan.

o   Theoretically we should see minimized redevelopment plans after the master plan is in place.

Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

  • Successes this summer: Films in Van Vorst, White Party, Boogie in the Park
  • Upcoming Events: Halloween in the Park (on 10/31 from ~4pm-8:30pm in Van Vorst Park), Poltergeist in Van Vorst Park (possibly?) – stay tuned for details!, Winter Holiday Party in the Barrow Mansion, possible NYE party.
  • JC Arts & Studio Tour – VVPA participating with Barrow Mansion on Oct 8th 5pm – 11pm and Oct 9th 5pm – 11pm.  Art exhibit, sale, music, wine tasting courtesy of JC Wines.  Looking for volunteers to help out!
    • Bike JC tours go to various studios throughout the city – will encourage participants to stop at Barrow Mansion
  • Taste of Hudson (October 6th) – Exchange Place – $50 includes small plates and drinks, profits go to Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County.
  • 4th St. Halloween Party – October 27th

Election Slate

  • Looking for new members to get involved, plenty of support from community and current/past board members
  • Elections slate will be presented in October, vote will be held in November

New Business

  • Friends of Liberty State Park Halloween Party – “Terminal of Terror” (in the train terminal in LSP).

Guest Speakers

  • Pam Andes – discussed honoring Dr. Medrano, a well-known doctor who had a practice for over 50 years on Jersey Ave. by naming a street after him
    • Business located on corner of York St. & Jersey Ave since 1971.  This office became a center for community networking.  He was a pillar of the community that helped neighborhood children, gave second chances to many people.  Community would like to honor him by a street dedication.  Need 75% of the people on the block to approve.  Petition coming – be on the lookout if you’d like to sign.
    • Reopening his chiropractic practice – soft opening this Sunday.
  • Captain Scerbo – Tabled
  • Kim Jeblick – reintroduced Maximum Motion Fitness
    • 25 year resident of JC, in business for 13 years (original studio on Montgomery St. then 340 Grove St., now expanded to Charles & Co building (262 Grove St.).  All invited to come for a personal tour and to enroll as new or returning students.
    • Offer classes (yoga, zumba, pilates, toning, etc.), Personal Training, traditional Gym equipment (weights,  machines)
    • Would love to get involved w/ JC Arts / JC Fridays.
  • Bret Schundler – discussed property tax reval and the school funding implications
    • Former Mayor Schundler was also Former NJ Commissioner of Education
    • 60K units under construction or approved (some may take up to 10 years to build out).  This impacts extra need for schools, but the final impact is a function of whether or not people want to raise families here.  Will there be seats available when the extra population increases?  Can expansion keep up with population growth?
      • Charter school alternative options make people want to stay here, but county has expanded programs it offers and the schools are getting better.
    • NJ Law – state is legally obligated to build school facilities for Abbott school districts (32 districts).  At best, each district may get a new school every ~7 years.
    • School funding reform act would be required to change to impact property tax in JC.
      • This law was passed at end of Corzine Administration.  Essentially, a model developed with a budget projection to fund education.  Inputs: wealth of community and financial wherewithal to fund that education.  State covers the balance.
      • In theory, the growth of ratables in the City generally increases the community’s overall financial wherewithal which would up the community’s contribution and decrease the state’s burden.  However, a second bill was passed with essentially a hold harmless provision which recognizes that communities shouldn’t be punished (financially penalized) for its growth, so local taxpayers are held harmless for the contribution they are responsible for.
    • The Reval is definitely going to happen and will definitely increase some property taxes.  However, this will not increase the overall levy (so the City doesn’t get more money); rather, the Reval is essentially determining / redistributing who is paying what share of the City’s levy.
    • For illustrative purposes, let’s assume that on average since 1989, property values in JC have risen 300%.  And, let’s assume that since 1989, your property value has increased by 600%.  The Reval will take into account the disproportionately increase in the VV Park area and therefore the share you are paying will be increased.  May also affect property values and also impact gentrification as some who do not have surplus discretionary income may be forced to leave/sell.  Upon appeal to county tax board, you may get reduction.
    • Prop 13 – Can we effectuate this in NJ?  Will be difficult to get rest of state to get on board with this.  Hard to pass state legislation on a municipal issue.
    • Abatements/PILOTS – money not getting to schools
    • Levy and how you divide it:
      • Pilots – relates to the total size of pie; Reval has to do w/ carving up the pie.
      • If city controls spending, your share may increase, but if it is on a smaller pie, that may offset your increase.
    • What can community do?  Could ask Fulop to have assessor do proactive reassessments (small districts) – look at sales in small districts to adjust the average market change.

Adjournment – 9:00 pm

Sizzling Summer Happenings – Disco & Dinner!

19 Aug 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Updates

Don’t forget about the two upcoming sizzling summer events: Disco in the Park and the Summer Sendoff Dinner Party!


This Saturday, August, 20th is the 3rd Annual Disco in Van Vorst Park from 7pm – 10:30pm

Disco

The Disco Ball will be up in the park and DJ Marvilous will be spinning the tunes as we dance the night away under the stars for the 3rd straight year in a row!!  At 7:30 we learn The Hustle from the amazing teachers at Jersey City Ballroom.  Food & snacks for purchase—dancing your shoes off all night is FREE!!


Friday, August, 26th is the Summer Sendoff Celebration!!  Dinner in Van Vorst Park from 7pm – 10:30pm

summer sendoff

Bring your dinner and drink to the Park, dress in your summer whites, and join us as we say so long to the summer!!

LIMITED SEATS —  MUST RESERVE BY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24TH!

Tickets available through Eventbrite!

When: Friday, August 26th
Where: Van Vorst Park Gazebo
Time: 7pm – 10:30pm
Cost: $10/person
What to bring: Your dinner & drinks
What to wear: Shades of White, casual to semi-formal!
What we provide: Tables, chairs, utensils & plates, entertainment & dessert!
What’s it all about: Dining al fresco, meeting new friends, trying something new!

If you wish to sit with a group, please reserve as a group.  We will email early next week with local restaurants offering dinners to go at great prices!

July 2016 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

26 Jul 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – July 19th, 2016

7:05pm – Call to Order – First Vice President Gerry Bakirtjy

Officer / Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • All accounts in good standing

Construction /Development Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • 87 Bright St. – on historic board agenda, conditional approval, in front of planning tonight, made all changes we requested, worked well w/ community
  • 328 Montgomery St. – owner/applicant filed w/ bldg. dept. all proper documentation to continue on interior work only (Certificate of no effect), supposed to post the permits. Historic preservation officer met w/ contractor last week to ensure HVAC on roof is minimally visible from public right of way. Filed to do renovation to front of bldg. – filed w/ historic and planning board (minor site plan approval required). Interior is supposedly still a restaurant. For concerns w/ project, attend historic and planning meetings.

Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

  • Movies in the park underway!   Bring a chair, bring a friend, popcorn is free. Full schedule at filmsinvanvorst.com.
  • August 20th – 3rd Annual Disco in the Park (FREE!) – DJ Marvillous is back!       Working on getting a food truck for the event (food for purchase), NJ Dance academy will give free Hustle dance lessons. There will be prizes and fun!!
  • Save the Date! August 26th – Top secret event in Van Vorst Park — by invitation only, so stay tuned and check your email! Get on our email list to be invited.
  • Sept/Oct – possible 80’s homecoming dance – stay tuned.
  • Poltergeist will be shown in the fall – one of the neighbors of Van Vorst starred in it, will come to speak about it.

New Business

  • St Matthews Church International Potluck Event – 9/25/16 from 1pm-4pm. Bring a dish to share and help celebrate the true melting pot that is Jersey City.   More information to come – stay tuned!
  • Reminder – update your app to JC Connect to interact with the City’s Residents Response Center.
  • VVPA does not meet in August – next monthly meeting is September!

Guest Speakers

  • Making Strides of Jersey City – Anna, Community Manager for Hudson County American Cancer Society
      • The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is coming to this part of Jersey City this year! Will start at Newport Plaza. Expect 8,000 – 10,000 participants
      • Walk is October 23rd, all are encouraged to participate. Reach out to makingstrideswalk.org for more information or to find the event and to register to participate.
      • In addition to the walk, American Cancer Society also supports those affected by cancer in many ways (for example, giving free rides to/from hospital, places to stay for treatment needs, etc.). To find out more about what service they offer, reach out to cancer.org.
  • Rehabbing St. Bridget’s – Mike McNamara of Pro Arts Group/4th St. Arts
    • Tabled
  • Meet & Greet – Captain Scerbo of the JCPD East District (new addition to the agenda)
    • Law enforcement 20 years, was last 3 years commander of cease fire unit. Looking forward to partnering w/ community group.
  • PATH Update – Clarelle DeGraffe, Deputy Director of PATH, Rebecca Cassidy, PATH Customer Support, & Kevin
    • Hoboken-33rd St. line to be shut down for 17 weekends, midnight Friday – 5am Monday, August 6th – December 19th, 2016 for required service upgrades, including positive train control installation (which was mandated under the Bush Administration).
      • Various options examined to conduct the work and it was decided to shut down weekends as this has overall least impact on riders.
      • Will run NWK to WTC and additional service on JSQ to WTC at targeted times throughout the day while work is underway. Will have direct service from HOB/EWR to WTC on weekends while work is underway.
      • Will run bus shuttle from WTC to near 33rd St Station with various stops along the way – rep will give voucher at turnstile at WTC (if you choose to use NYC subway instead, that cost will not be covered). Frequency of bus service ~10 mins during day, 25-30 mins overnight. Can ride both uptown and downtown on bus.
        • At public’s request, PATH will consider amending the voucher distribution process to allow for those who go in to NYC Friday via the 33rd St line and may come home after midnight to be able to pick up a voucher at a location other than WTC.
    • Positive train control (PTC) has numerous benefits, including keeping trains a safe distance apart, which in turn allows PATH to run more trains. Currently, for safety reasons, cannot run trains close than 4 minutes apart. The PTC will allow for trains to move more closely together. Trains may be able to be run on JSQ line ~every 2 mins, but has to be balance w/ HOB line. With PCT, expect system wide capacity increase of 20% (will be purchasing additional cars to meet this anticipated increase). PCT will allow for increased service / shorter wait times, real time information in path station (will be available when whole project is completed – 2018)
    • For additional information, or for copies of what PATH personnel distributed to meeting attendees, click here.

Other PATH concerns/comments:

    • When is direct service from JC to NYC late nights and weekends coming back?       The vast majority of riders go to JC and beyond, not HOB.
      • Pilot in 1993 with direct service, then post 9/11 went to current format (“around the world service”). Subsequent to 9/11, Superstorm Sandy came along. System needs constant maintenance, coupled with the fact that PATH is making $2B in investments in capital projects over the next 10 years. “Around the world service” is needed for effectively managing the construction and maintenance work. May be considered again in the future to go back to direct service, but not at the moment.
    • Will wifi be installed as part of this PCT project?
      • No, wifi is a potential future project (its currently unfunded)
    • How is PATH funded?
      • No tax $, funded through fees from tolls, airports, bridges, tunnels, etc and Federal $ for Sandy relief projects. Run at a deficit every year.
    • Where is transparency in updating public on progress of project?
      • Will be available on PATH website.
    • WTC stairs/escalators very narrow – hazardous.
      • When additional platforms open at WTC, will run NWK line off that (wider platform & stairs), and put HOB on smaller, more narrow platform.
    • Backpacks – smack into people, causing fights, conductors don’t care
      • Will consider a courtesy campaign, will ask conductors to make random announcements or possibly a sweeping campaign to highlight passengers being conscious of their impact on one another.
    • Conductor Engagement
      • Looking to increase conductor engagement with the public, particularly w emergencies
    • Handicapped accessible entrance @ Grove Street
      • Projected to be completed by end 2017

Adjournment – 8:05 pm

How to Sign Up For Jersey City Connect

28 Jun 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Updates

At the June 2016 VVPA Monthly Meeting, a representative from the Resident Response Center (RRC) shared information about the new application that residents should be using to file complaints with the RRC.  The new application is called Jersey City Connect and is available to download on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets, as well as through desktop computers and laptops.  Please see attached directions provided by the JC RRC.

Jersey City Connect Directions

June 2016 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

28 Jun 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – June 21st, 2016

7:05pm – Call to Order – First Vice President Gerry Bakirtjy

Officer / Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • Golf Outing – took in ~$3800, after expenses; Art Show was part of JC Fridays – took in about ~660. These profits allow us to be able to fund other events and donate to other organizations.

Construction /Development Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • 87 Bright St – nothing substantive to report at this time
  • 28 Bright St – nothing substantive to report at this time
  • York St. – fully enclosed, scaffolding up
  • 328 Montgomery St.
    • Background:
      • 30-year old redevelopment plan in place for location. Redevelopment plan doesn’t have a termination date.   Development is as of right to be a bar/restaurant, but it is not confirmed at this point what it will be until plans are submitted to City.
      • Currently at 100% lot coverage with only one ingress/egress, therefore maximum occupancy would be limited to 49 people, including staff
      • Owner filed a certificate of no effect w/ historic commission for interior only work, including steel grate on front door. Permit issued to perform this work, but when they tore the steel grate down, they also tore down part of the façade. City issued a stop work order on this project, community believes this is being ignored by owners. Applicant filed w/ historic for front façade renovation.
    • Current Status & Next Steps:
      • Ray Meyer, head of construction department, will allow applicant to continue work when they submit plans and documents for Kitchen hoods, HVAC systems and get approval for plumbing and fire permits. Approved permits have to be posted on the bldg. in plain sight.
      • It is believed that the applicant will be required to go in front of the historic board, then will have to submit minor site plan and go in front of planning board.   Applicant has not submitted application yet.
    • Community Action Items:
      • Enforcement is handled by the Police, so if you observe issues that require enforcement, contact the police non-emergency number (201-547-5477) as well as calling the Resident’s Response Center (RRC – 201-547-4900) and/or sending photos, etc. to the RRC via the Jersey City Connect app. The RRC will alert office of construction who has the ability to levy fines and issue stop work orders.
      • Public can voice concerns about this at historic and planning meetings
      • VVPA’s Construction and Planning Committee will reach out to Adam to provide additional information as it becomes available.

Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

  • Movies in the park in full swing!
  • Upcoming events – garden tour + winetasting w/ limited tickets (fundraiser), white party (supper party in the park – candles, flowers, tablecloths, byo food & drink), disco in the park in August (DJ, food truck). Stay tuned!

New Business

  • Membership vote on Embankment Preservation Coalition Donation Request
    • Motion for $400 to Embankment made, seconded, and approved
  • Noemi from JCRRC provided information on how to sign up for Jersey City Connect app – will post on website.
  • Community request to add speed humps on Mercer between Jersey Ave & Varick St., looking for VVPA to support this
  • Resident only parking – if there is a desire for it, you need to get a petition that is approved.       Reach out to RRC for additional information on the process.

 

Guest Speakers

  • Embankment Preservation Coalition
    • Functionally abandoned, but not legally abandoned. This is a historic asset, want to convey that message to federal government. Surface Transpiration Board is doing a historic review —- need all the comments to discuss the historic value of the embankment.
    • State and Municipal Landmark – important to culture and history of city
    • For additional information, please go to: www.embankment.org
    • Looking in the future to make this open space and pushing to establish connected greenways (non- motorized transportation system can be augmented into existing system). Key to green space area is directly connected to rail areas.
    • Timeline for next major decision – end of summer
    • Action Items: Send Postcard (Use the word HISTORY in your communications to support this campaign)
  • Marc Wesson, Friends of Van Vorst Park – Tabled
    • Marc was not able to make it, but asked that you reach out to him directly to submit any inquiries about the park or to offer suggestions for how to improve upon the park: www.friendsofvanvorstpark.com
    • Marla Priest, Director of Mana Wine
    • Works at Mana Contemporary – Journal Square area
    • Started wine program there (Mana wine is not a retailer) – they offer programs from basic 101 level to sophisticated level for wine enthusiasts, as well as Art and Wine Storage.
    • For additional information, reach out to Marla: www.Manawine.com
  • June Jones, Executive Director Morris Canal Community Development Corporation – Tabled

Adjournment – 9:00 pm

June 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

16 Jun 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Summer is finally here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  As usual, our monthly newsletter is packed with information about neighborhood activities as well as useful information on what’s happening in and around our neighborhoods.

The VVPA’s monthly meeting schedule is the 3rd Tuesday of the month, so we look forward to seeing you at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 at 7:00 PM in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

As a heads up, the VVPA will have a July general meeting, but we will be on hiatus in August, so please mark your calendars accordingly.


Special Announcements
 The VVPA would like to extend our thoughts to the victims and families of the horrific tragedy in Orlando.  We stand with Orlando.


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 Maureen Crowley, who will be presenting an Embankment Preservation Coalition Update, and Marc Wesson, from Friends of Van Vorst Park, as well as a meet and greet with both Marla Priest, Director of Mana Wine and June Jones, Executive Director of the Morris Canal Community Development Corporation.

Agenda:
7:00pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore
7:05pm – 7:30pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:30pm – 8:00pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

  • Membership vote on Embankment Preservation Coalition’s donation request

8:00pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers

  • Maureen Crowley, Embankment Preservation Coalition
  • Marc Wesson, Friends of Van Vorst Park
  • Marla Priest, Director of Mana Wine
  • June Jones, Executive Director Morris Canal Community Development Corporation

8:50pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking


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 Sponsors – The VVPA would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors for our inaugural golf event that was held on June 10th.  Thanks to these sponsors, the VVPA continues to be able to bring you so many free and low-cost events throughout the year!   The VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorship from local businesses and community members, so if you’d like 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!  We also ask that you support the sponsors who have so generously supported the VVPA and let them know that you appreciate their sponsorship!
  • PATH Safety & Service Upgrades –  As you may have heard, weekend PATH service on the 33rd Street line will be suspended starting in August for federally mandated safety & service upgrades.  The VVPA is reaching out to PATH to hopefully have a representative at our July meeting to answer your questions, but in the meantime, you can find out additional information about these necessary repairs and how it will impact you by clicking here.
  • Jersey City Swimming Pools and sprinklers are open city-wide!  For more information, on hours of operation and locations, click here.
  • JC Children’s Theater & Nibus Dance Works present JC Summerarts & JC Summerarts, Jr., dance, theater & music camps for children.  For more information or to register, click here.
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  • 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 (SeeClickFix) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern.  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.  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.

 

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.

VVPA Sponsored Events
The VVPA would like to take a moment to extend a special thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard putting together the logistics for our inaugural golf outing as well as a big thanks to all of our sponsors and attendees!  The event was a huge success thanks to all of you!!  We look forward to seeing you on the course again next year!

Films in Van Vorst – Begins June 8th, Sunset
The twelfth annual Films in Van Vorst FREE outdoor summer film series is here!!!  Every other Wednesday (weather dependent), Films in Van Vorst, in cooperation with Friends of Van Vorst, shows a Free film by the gazebo in Van Vorst Park.  Bring a chair, bring a friend….the popcorn is free!  For a full listing of movies, look for the schedule at filmsinvanvorst.com.

VVPA Summer Events
The VVPA Events Committee is busy planning some wonderful events that will take place this summer.  Stay tuned for more information on all the wonderful events to come!   Disco in the Park!  White Party!  Garden Tour!

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Other Community Events

The Jersey City Project – Project: Eats Street Festival – June 18th & 19th, 11am – 7pm
The Jersey City Project is back with Project: Eats, a food centric marketplace celebrating warm days, cool drinks, and delicious eats.  Join them “for two days of good eatin’ with rotating vendors on Saturday and Sunday, including food tents, trucks, a bar, and more!”  For more information, click here.

JC Youth Charity Golf Outing – June 20th, 8am
Now that you’ve honed your skills at the inaugural VVPA golf tournament, its time to get back out on the course for the Jersey City Youth Foundation’s 2nd annual Charity Golf Outing at the Skyway Golf Course.  For more information, click here.

Berry Lane Park Grand Opening & Family Day Festival – Saturday, June 25th, 11am-3pm
Join your neighbors at a FREE family day festival to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Berry Lane Park.  This celebration is free and open to the public, and includes live music, demonstrations, sports, children’s activities, food vendors and more.  Click here for more information.

3rd Annual Freedom & Fireworks Festival – July 4th, 12pm-10pm
The City of Jersey City is sponsoring its 3rd annual freedom and fireworks festival featuring carnival rides, drinks, food, and fireworks!  All are welcome!  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.

Groove on Grove – May – September,
Downtown JC’s longest running weekly music series, Groove on Grove, is back for its 9th season.  Every other Wednesday from May – September, come on out to the Grove St. plaza for music, food, and drinks.  For more information and to view the lineup, click here.

JC Department of Recreation Bootcamp Program – Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 7:45am

Get fit with the JC Department of Recreation as they present their Bootcamp Program!  This program is open to adults and seniors.  For more information, call 201.547.5003, or visit jerseycitynj.gov.

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.
We’d also like to extend a Special Thanks to the Gold and Silver Sponsors for the Inaugural Golf Outing [Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory, Fields Development Group, The Garvin Group, Ltd., and Rolando Lavarro]!!

VVPA Monthly Meeting Reminder

16 May 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Updates

Just a reminder that the next VVPA monthly meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday, May 17th) at 7:00 PM in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.  See you there!

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 a meet and greet with James Shea, Director of the Department of Public Safety for the City of Jersey City (rescheduled from last month), along with guest speakers June Jones from the Morris Canal/Lafayette Neighborhood for a meet & greet, and Bridget D’Souza discussing the Team Wilderness program.

Agenda:
7:00pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Oona Moore
7:05pm – 7:30pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:30pm – 8:00pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

  • Maureen Crowley of the Embankment Preservation Coalition – Donation Request

8:00pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers

  • James Shea, Director, Department of Public Safety – Meet & Greet
  • June Jones, Community Activist from the Morris Canal/Lafayette Neighborhood – meet & greet as part of the VVPA’s “Meet Your Neighbors Initiative”
  • Brigid D’Souza, Community Activist, discussing the “Team Wilderness” program (a new program aimed at bringing JC high school aged kids on outdoor / wilderness events, like hiking, kayaking, etc)

8:50pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

CORRECTION TO MAY NEWSLETTER:  In the May newsletter, we incorrectly stated that Tuesday, May 17th is NJ Primary Day.  Primary date June 7th, registration ends May 17th.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!!!

Happy Hour on a Friday just got Happier!!! Join us for a friendly golf competition with your neighbors at Jersey City’s newest course, Skyway Golf Course (located at Lincoln Park West, 515 Duncan Avenue).  As you team up with your friends & play the challenging 9-hole scramble, enjoy a cold beer and take your chances to win prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin or even a trip to Mexico if you make a hole in one!  And, non-golfers are invited to join for a glass or wine or cocktail and a putting contest before we all meet up to watch the sunset and enjoy dinner together! Tee it up with your neighbors for a festive Friday!  SPACE IS LIMITED, SO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!! 
WHEN: Friday, June 10th, 2016
3pm – golfer registration begins
4pm – 9 hole scramble/shotgun start
5pm – non-golfer putting contest
6pm – 8:30pm – dinner and cocktails

Golfers: $100 includes green fees & cart, beverages for entire event, dinner & awards ceremony
Non-Golfers: $50 includes putting contest, dinner & drinks

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Check out Eventbrite (Event Name: VVPA 2016 Fore!) to buy tickets and for more details about the event and the sponsorship opportunities available!  All donations are tax deductible and help support our many free community events throughout the year!
Please feel free to print and post the event flyer on your block (click here to download), and invite your friends and neighbors to join!

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May 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

13 May 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

The beautiful weather is finally here!  We’re so excited that we can now spend lots of time outdoors attending all the amazing springtime events around the city.  Welcome, everyone, to the May VVPA Monthly newsletter.  As usual, our monthly newsletter is packed with information about neighborhood activities as well as useful information on what’s happening in and around our neighborhoods.

The VVPA’s monthly meeting schedule is the 3rd Tuesday of the month, so we look forward to seeing you at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 7:00 PM 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 a meet and greet with James Shea, Director of the Department of Public Safety for the City of Jersey City (rescheduled from last month), along with guest speakers June Jones from the Morris Canal/Lafayette Neighborhood for a meet & greet, and Bridget D’Souza discussing the Team Wilderness program.

Agenda:

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

7:05pm – 7:30pm – Officer & Committee Reports

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

7:30pm – 8:00pm – New Business – Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

  • Maureen Crowley of the Embankment Preservation Coalition – Donation Request

8:00pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers

  • James Shea, Director, Department of Public Safety – Meet & Greet
  • June Jones, Community Activist from the Morris Canal/Lafayette Neighborhood – meet & greet as part of the VVPA’s “Meet Your Neighbors Initiative”
  • Brigid D’Souza, Community Activist, discussing the “Team Wilderness” program (a new program aimed at bringing JC high school aged kids on outdoor / wilderness events, like hiking, kayaking, etc)

8:50pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

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.

  • Block Watch Training – Thursday, May 12th, 6pm
    JCPD’s East District presents FREE Block Watch Training.  Block Watch is a national program that is based on the principle that neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime. The Block Watch program opens the lines of communication between neighbors, from citizens to the Police Department, and from the Police Department to the citizens.  All are encouraged to attend this training at MS 4 (Bright St. @ Varick St.). Please RSVP to dlionakis@njjcps.org.
  • NJ Primary – Tuesday, May 17th
    Tuesday, May 17th is NJ Primary Day…..Don’t forget to get out and vote!
  • VVPA Sponsors
    In order to bring you free and low-cost events throughout the year, the VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorship 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.  Additionally, for a listing of upcoming East District events, please click here.
  • 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 (Jersey City RRC Fix-It) and can attach photos to any request to help clarify the concern.  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.  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!
  • Did you know that The Jersey City Free Public Library system hosts tons of free events throughout the year?  For additional information on the many wonderful events happening in May throughout the JC Library system, click here.

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.

VVPA Sponsored Events

Art Exhibition & Sale – June 3rd, 7pm
The VVPA, in conjunction with the Barrow Mansion and JC Fridays, presents A Celebration: Spring Into Summer Art Exhibition and Sale.  Come out to enjoy a glass of wine while viewing (and buying!) fabulous art by local artists, and listening to some fine music by Carol Lester & friends.  Come see the Barrow Mansion as it is transformed into an Art Gallery!  For more information, contact Maria Ross, curator for the VVPA, at 917.318.1675/bestcats99@yahoo.com.

Films in Van Vorst – Begins June 8th, Sunset
Its almost that time of year!  The twelfth annual Films in Van Vorst FREE, outdoor summer film series begins on June 8th!  Bring a chair, bring a friend….the popcorn is free!  Stay tuned for the schedule (will be published soon!), and be sure to check for updates at filmsinvanvorst.com.

VVPA’s Inaugural Golf Outing – June 10th, 4pm
Tickets are selling fast for the VVPA’s Inaugural Golf Outing!!  Dust off your tees and golf clubs and get ready to show off your skills on June 10th at the Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West.  Fun for all!!  Non-golfers welcome too!  To purchase tickets, click here.  Golfers: $100 includes green fees & cart, beverages for entire event, dinner & awards ceremony, Non-Golfers: $50 includes putting contest, dinner & drinks.  Space is limited, so buy your ticket today.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available, but going fast.  Please share and invite your friends!  FORE!!!!

VVPA Garden Tour
The VVPA is interested in having Garden Tour this summer.  Do you have a garden or really cool backyard to share? We are looking for a few generous VVPA supporters to help us with this unique fundraiser.  For more information please contact: vvpagarden@yahoo.com

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Other Community Events

Newport 10K – Saturday, May 14th, 8:30am
Calling all runners!  The annual Newport 10K takes place this Saturday, May 14th, at 8:30 am.  Lace up your running shoes and join in the fun!

Pets for the Park – Saturday, May 14th, 10:30am
Join the Liberty Humane Society (LHS) at the Pets For the Park pet parade and anti-privatization rally in support of Liberty State Park on Saturday, 5/14/16, at 10:30am. Bring your pet, meet some adoptable dogs, and enjoy one of the most gorgeous views in Jersey City.  Please share and invite your friends!  For more information, click here.

Charles & Co Grand Opening Neighborhood Block Party – Saturday, May 14th, 12pm-6pm
Join your neighbors at a FREE neighborhood block party to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Charles & Co Building, across from City Hall.  Click here for more information.

Jersey City Philharmonic Inaugural Concert – May 17th, 7pm
Across the country, philharmonic orchestras are some of the most revered cultural institutions major cities have to offer. And now, Jersey City is getting our very own orchestra. All are invited to the Inaugural Concert of the brand-new Jersey City Philharmonic Orchestra, Tuesday May 17th at City Hall!  The concert is FREE. 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.

JC Department of Recreation Bootcamp Program – Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 7:45am

Get fit with the JC Department of Recreation as they present their Bootcamp Program!  This program is open to adults and seniors.  For more information, call 201.547.5003, or visit jerseycitynj.gov.
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.