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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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    Stay Connected, Stay Informed……
  • 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!

FORE!!!!!

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.

April 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

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

Welcome spring!  In addition to seeing all the beautiful flowers starting to bloom in our parks and throughout our neighborhood, we are also seeing something else making an appearance…..all of you!  We are super excited to once again connect with all of you and see you out and about in the Van Vorst community.

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.

As usual, 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, April 19th, 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.

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
  • Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:30pm – 8:15pm – New Business

  • Donation request – Embankment Preservation Coalition
  • Parking Concerns & Community Action Items
  • Property Tax Reval
  • Future Meeting Topics/Ideas
  • Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

8:15pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers

  • James Shea, Director, Department of Public Safety – Meet & Greet

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The Office of Innovation is seeking your input for a community-wide survey to evaluate and help reform the City’s processes in the Building, Zoning, and Licensing Departments.  This is an opportunity to let your voice be heard to make a difference in your community.  Click here to access the survey.
  • Concerned neighbors posted on the Next Door app valuable information about Property Tax Appeals and the Reval.  Click here to watch the video on this topic.  Additionally, you may find useful information about property revaluations on civicparent.org.
  • 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

VVPA’s Inaugural Golf Outing – June10th, 4pm
Mark your calendars!!!  We’re extremely excited to announce that the VVPA’s Inaugural Golf Outing is almost here!!  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!  Stay tuned, more details are forthcoming.  Fore!!!!!

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Other Community Events

Cathedral Arts Live – Friday, April 15th, 7:30pm
Continuing its mission to bring the best of Hudson County and beyond to Jersey City, Grace Church Van Vorst presents Hudson County Plays. During this performance, local playwrights explore city life, from the streets to home to the workplace.  For more information, click here.

JC Sumer Camp Fair – Saturday, April 16th, 10am-1pm
Come out to City Hall Plaza on Saturday, 4/16 to get information about & speak to the representatives of major Summer Camps & Activity Centers in & around Jersey City & Hoboken.  For more information, visit the Jersey City Cultural Affairs website.

JC Department of Recreation Bootcamp Program – Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 7:45am, beginning April 19th
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 for additional information..

The Great Jersey City Cleanup – Saturday, April 23rd, 9am

On Saturday, 4/23/16, head on out to The Great Jersey City Clean-up, brought to you by the City of Jersey City and Keep Jersey City Beautiful.  The initiative is looking to mobilize thousands of residents alongside neighborhood and civic organizations, community leaders, and elected officials to roll up their sleeves and help clean our City on a single day!  For more information, click here, and to register with the VVPA contingent, click here. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Earth Day Festival – Saturday, April 23rd, 11am – 6pm

After you’re done with the Great City Cleanup, join community activists at the 3rd annual Jersey City Earth Day Festival (JCEDF) at City Hall.  The JCEDF is a day long celebration of sustainability and environmental awareness with New Jersey farm vendors, locally produced goods, workshops, activities, community organizations, live music, and upcycled/sustainable artists’ market.  For more information, click here.
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.

March 2016 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

13 May 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas

Spring is nearly upon us!!  As the weather starts to get a little warmer and the days a little brighter, there are lots of happenings around Jersey City!  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, March 15th, 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 discussion about the current and future status of the Pedestrian Mall (this agenda item was postponed from last month).

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
  • Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:30pm – 7:50pm – New Business

  • Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.  In particular, we’d like to hear from you about the future agenda items / guest speakers you’d like to see at our monthly VVPA meetings.

7:50pm – 8:50pm – Guest Speakers

  • Pedestrian Mall – Brian Platt, Office of Innovation, JC Mayor’s Office
  • 158-162 Mercer Street: Renovation of the Church / Rectory into a multi-family residential building – Dixon Properties
  • 254 Montgomery Street: Renovation of the single story rear garage on Barrow Street to include a new roof deck addition – Dixon Properties

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The Next Library Board Meeting is Tuesday, March 8, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library – 489 Bergen Avenue.  For additional information on the many wonderful events happening 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
Easter Egg Hunt – Date TBD
Check out the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Van Vorst Park co-sponsored by VVPA and Friends of Van Vorst!  Date TBD — keep checking the VVPA Facebook page for details! 
And, as an FYI, we are at 996 likes for the page…only 4 more and we hit 1000!!!!

Other Community Events

International Tuesday Women’s Day – Tuesday, March 8th, 7pm-9pm

Mayor Fulop, the JC Municipal Council, Councilwoman at large Joyce Watterman and the Women’s Committee present International Tuesday Women’s Day at NJCU’s Margaret Williams Theater, 2039 Kennedy Blvd.  Event features music, dance and drumming.  RSVP for FREE tickets and parking!  For additional information on this event, or the many other wonderful city-sponsored Women’s History Month events, visit the City of Jersey City website.
In Full Color: Stories by Women of Color – March 17, 19 & 20

Art House Productions presents an evening of moving, hilarious, and heart-warming stories in honor of Women’s History Month.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to WomenRising
Due to a recent burst pipe in Art House’s space, resulting in severe water damage and flooding to their facilities, they have temporarily shut down their facilities to asses and repair the damages.  Therefore, the event will take place in a rented space at Merseles Studios in downtown Jersey City.  All are encouraged to attend this great event and to consider making donations to offset the unexpected costs associated with the facility repairs.
Cantigas Women’s Choir Concert – Saturday, March 19th, 4pm
Join Cantigas Women’s Choir from Hoboken and Con Brio Women’s Choir from Seattle for an afternoon of festive choral singing at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City. Suggested donation is $20 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. For more information, click here.

When Wine Meets Chocolate – Tuesday, March 31st, 6pm-8pm
Join the JCMC Registered Dieticians and The Women’s Health Center at Grove St for a nutrition discussion along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Event will be at Liberty Prime Steakhouse.  RSVP to reserve a spot!  For more information, click here
The Great Jersey City Cleanup – Saturday, April 23rd
Save the date for the Great Jersey City Cleanup!  The Great Jersey City Clean-up is brought to you by the City of Jersey City and Keep Jersey City Beautiful.  The initiative is looking to mobilize thousands of residents alongside neighborhood and civic organizations, community leaders, and elected officials to roll up their sleeves and help clean our City on a single day!  For more information, click here.
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.

Brrrrr!    We hope everyone has made it through the recent record-setting Blizzard without too much trouble, and is geared up to battle the last half of this winter season!

As usual, our monthly newsletter is packed with information about neighborhood activities as well as useful information on what’s happening in and around Jersey City.  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, February 16th, 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 recap of the immensely popular DCNA Town Hall Meeting held on 1/26/15, discussion about the current and future status of the Pedestrian Mall, as well as two developer presentations.

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
  • Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:30pm – 8:00pm – New Business

  • DCNA Town Hall Meeting (1/26/15) Recap [Click here to access the video of this meeting — thanks, Yvonne]
    • Community Action Items / Follow Ups
  • Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.  In particular, we’d like to hear from you about the future agenda items / guest speakers you’d like to see at our monthly VVPA meetings.

8:00pm – 8:45pm – Guest Speakers

  • Pedestrian Mall – Brian Platt, Office of Innovation, JC Mayor’s Office
  • 87 Bright Street
  • Proposed Development Project at the foot of Jersey Avenue near the Morris Canal Basin – Architect Jay Valgora

8:45pm – 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.  As we enter a new calendar year, it’s time to think about becoming a VVPA sponsor.  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.
  • 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!
  • Look for the cover story in the Sunday, 2/14 Real Estate section of the New York Times discussing development in Jersey City.
  • The Jersey City Recreation Department is offering a variety of fun classes, including Spin classes, Free Swimming Lessons, and Ice Skating Classes.  Click on the links for additional information, or contact the Jersey City Recreation Department.  Additionally, the Jersey City Recreation Department wants to hear from you!  Please download their form and share your ideas on how to improve their services.

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 Events
The RED Party – Saturday, February 13th, 7:30pm – 11pm
The VVVPA invites you to join us at the HOT, HOT, HOT RED Party!  Chase away those winter blues and party at the Barrow Mansion (shout out to our donor, Barrow Mansion Development Corporation!) on Saturday, February 13th with DJ Marvilous.  Tickets are $20 in advance (through Eventbrite) or $25 at the door.  Enjoy $5 drinks and food from our fabulous donors, OraleCocoa Bakery, Park n Sixth, and Shadman.

And, as always, the VVPA Events Committee is always looking for volunteers to help plan, decorate and work at these VVPA sponsored events.  For those who are interested in volunteering, email vvpanews@gmail.com

Other Community Events
Liberty Humane Society (LHS) Adoption Event – February 1st – 14th
Looking for a pet for that special someone?  Look no further!  The Liberty Humane Society is having an adoption event – FREE adoptions for cats and dogs 4 months and older!  For more information, click here.

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 sponsor Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory 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.