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April 2016 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

20 Apr 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

7:05pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore

Officer / Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Tabled
Construction /Development Committee Report – Tabled
Bright & Varick Committee Report– Tabled
Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

  • Art Show in connection with JC Fridays – June 3rd at Barrow Mansion. Calling all artists to donate art, as well as volunteers to help out with the event. Contact Maria @ bestcats99@yahoo.com for additional information and to participate!
  • Inaugural Golf OutingJune 10th – Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West – food & drinks included, more info to come soon, so stay tuned!

 

New Business

  • Parking Concerns & Community Action Items
    • Per Councilwoman Osborne, each neighborhood to come up with their own areas to pilot red zone painting/enforcement in trouble spots. Will send list to her, and community to monitor/advise how pilot is going.
      • Meaningful discussions about change must include Traffic Engineer, Director of Parking Authority, and Representative from the Law Department to see what kind of clear ordinance is viable and enforceable.
      • Resident only parking proposed on streets where there is parking on only one side – what is criteria to establish which streets will be resident only?
      • Enforcement is paramount to this to make it successful – more people were hired for this purpose.  Community suggested change color of annual sticker to help make enforcement easier.
      • James Solomon – community member with background in urban planning will be doing a community presentation for the Heights neighborhood organizations to discuss options for parking concerns. Willing to do something similar for the Downtown neighborhoods – stay tuned, more information to come on this.
  • LSP Letter to Army Corps of Engineers re: Commercial Barges
    • Received request from Candice Osborne’s office to ask us to sign on to letter to oppose commercial barges, general consensus from association is to sign on to this letter.
    • NJ/NY Baykeeper – go to their site for additional information on this issue
  • Master Plan
    • Mayor agreed to find funds this year to move forward with a master plan for the city. Planning Department will draft RFP to do nationwide search for firm to assist with this.
    • Need 1-2 reps per association to liaison with (VVPA recommendation: Tom Ogorzalek & ean Gallagher).
    • Other non-VVPA board members are also encouraged to step up to volunteer & share in the load for this or any other initiatives where community leadership is needed.
    • Bayonne also has done recent work in this area, opportunity to learn lessons from their approach
    • Boston City Planner conference call –
      • “Meeting in a Box” – funnel information to city in the same way
      • Office of Neighborhood Services – staffed by professionals to be liaison between City and the communities
      • Long term vision with great website for information
  • Zone captain for Great Jersey City Cleanup needed – contact vvpanews@gmail.com to volunteer
  • Get to know your Neighbors Initiative – Invite leadership from other community groups to introduce themselves and bridge the gap between neighbors.  Will help to bond across neighborhoods.
  • Columbus & Barrow Parking Lot – Del Forno Real Estate asked Aaron (a community member) what the community would like in that spot. Just goes to show, we can influence and make a difference in the development process!
  • Donation Request for Embankment Preservation Coalition – go to their site for additional information and to donate
  • Property Tax Reval – video available about reval & property tax appeal process – see our newsletter for link
  • Future Meeting Topics/Ideas – email suggestions to vvpanews@gmail.com

 

 

Guest Speaker Captain Dan Sollitti, East District (stand in for Director Shea)

  • Schools – better drop off plans needed, additional police presence is not feasible. Looking to reconfigure the traffic patterns, working with school parking guard coordinator (Cynthia Vazquez) to evaluate parking guard personnel skills, working with school safety officials to address.
  • Deployment of Officers – Information about the stats can be obtained on City Website. Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) information on calls for service.       Also can look at police radio on your smartphone.
  • East District – Thankfully not many violent crimes, but have many Property crimes & quality of life crimes. Will be getting additional officers soon to help address some of these issues.
  • Coffee with a Cop Program – open forum for discussion between community & police. Community suggested having it at Van Vorst Park – stay tuned for information!
  • Interaction from community groups helps drive where police are dispatched to prevent issues, so reach out to Captain Sollitti or Dina to let them know about your concerns.
  • Reach Captain Sollitti via the JCPD website (http://www.njjcpd.org/east-district).       Email feedback form on police website to report ongoing issues (do NOT use the form to alert police to crimes in progress; instead, call 911)
  • Curfew for kids in the park – 11pm (dedicated curfew crew)
  • To report non-emergency issues (e.g. persons sleeping in Park), use the Non-Emergency Number: 201-547-5477

 

Adjournment – 9:00 pm

Come on out and join your neighbors for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast sponsored by the Historic Paulus Hook Association!

Where: St. Peter’s Prep High School Cafeteria, 144 Grand Street (NE Corner of Van Vorst & Grand)
When: Sunday, April 10th, 9am – noon

Visit the Historic Paulus Hook Association website for additional information and to purchase tickets for the event (tickets also available at the door on the day of the event)!

Gluten Free options available!  Kids activities!  Door Prizes!

March 2016 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

21 Mar 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

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

Officer / Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • Lost about $200 on the RED party (due inclement weather); however, was not intended to be a major fundraiser
  • New Rental Agreement w/Barrow Mansion includes 3 events at the Barrow
  • All bills up to date (except Legal Bill for Bright & Varick)

Construction /Development Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • Café on corner of Bright & Barrow – given another temporary COO, working towards achieving full COO
  • Barrow & Wayne corner 2 houses renovated – open house tonight by Dixon Properties

Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon

  • Waiting to be scheduled for hearing

Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

  • March 26th – Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Contest – volunteers welcome (sign up via vvpanews@gmail.com)
  • Upcoming Events

o   Movies in the Park

o   Wine Tasting – Limited Capacity in Barrow Mansion (classroom type setting)

o   Golf Outing still being planned for the spring

o   Disco in the Park

New Business

  • Reiterate to Mayor the need for “No Bikes on the Sidewalk” signs (reach out to him and RRC)
  • Post-winter, Pedestrian signs should be put back on the road – email Candice & RRC to help push the issue
  • National Search for Planning Director, still not clear on vetting process and who is going to be on selection committee
    • Bob Kotter helped JC receive many awards for the work he did during his tenure during planner – all are encouraged to review his resume as part of this process
    • Going away party – Liberty House – April 30th
  • State of the City Address – 6pm on Wednesday, March 16th

Guest Speakers

  • Pedestrian Mall – Brian Platt, Director of Office of Innovation, JC

 

    • Mission: Address Quality of Life Issues that residents face ad revitalize commercial corridors to reinvigorate Small Business
    • Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall (Iterative Process)
      • Cycling in Pedestrian Mall needs to be addressed
        • Cannot ride bike at all in a Commercial District; Outside a Commercial District, can ride on sidewalk if you are 9 and under
        • Will be doing a social media push for bike safety, working with County and Bike JC to help with signage
      • Consider Seasonal use of plaza or put events on during winter
      • Monty’s back to work; Hard Grove Café – will building be shored up and ready to re-open soon? Unknown. City bought property next door and will be involved in the lawsuit to help facilitate.
      • Ideas: Bioswale tree pits (green infrastructure to absorb/retain groundwater) on opposite side of street as light pole, add ADA access points —- the bioswales and any changes/additions will allow for 15’ of access for emergency vehicle access
      • Residents state that they don’t have a good idea of what the comprehensive plan/goal is for the Pedestrian Plaza and feel that this isn’t very pretty yet. City wants to make it a destination and social place. Looking to spend $ on the next phase, now knowing that most people like the idea of the pedestrian mall. Go to jerseycitynj.gov/pedestrian mall for more information, contact Brian directly at BPlatt@jcnj.org
      • Additional security/police available during peak times, good partnership with Downtown SID to clean up
  • Traffic Safety – Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil, Joe Cuna – Municipal Engineer and Andrew Vischio from Transportation, Traffic & Engineering
    • Mayor tasked him with re-conceptualizing tax abatement policy.       Pulling plug little by little on tax abatements in Downtown. Incentivizing development in other parts of the City. Besides focusing on Journal Square, focusing on Ward F & MLK.
    • The Hub Annex – moving forward with consolidating new city offices on MLK corridor. Looking for new ways to attract businesses there, such as pop up shops in the area over the holiday.
    • Suggestion: Establish Community Boards throughout the City?
    • Master Plan – Planning Group was tasked with coming up with a plan for Community outreach for updating the City’s Master Plan
    • Search for City Planner – Placed Ads with Regional Planning Association and American Planning Association. Rough timeline – will look to close out application process within the month. Small vetting committee in place, Deputy Mayor is heading up Committee.       Will have to place an acting Director in the interim.
      • Disconnect between what Deputy Mayor knows and what communities know – creates a chasm and thus the rumor mill. Deputy Mayor invited to DCNA meeting to bridge that gap.
    • Traffic & Engineering Department handles traffic signals, timing, flow, etc. –
      • Jersey Ave Bridge – This is moving forward, potential bid date for end of this year (still in design phase). Most of the decisions are out of City’s control. Travel lanes 10’ each, 3’ buffer between traffic and bike lanes, 7’ bike lane. Pedestrian bridge will remain in place.
      • Traffic pattern assumptions built into Sam Schwartz study
      • What may discourage traffic cut through: Narrow lanes slow down, HBLR crossings, limit truck traffic (by ordinance), Right or Left turn only during rush hours, etc.
      • Traffic Light synchronization, functionality – will be changing signals so Walk signal comes up automatically (without having to push the button) throughout the City
      • Safety Improvements – Received grant from NJTPA for Montgomery from Grove to Baldwin. There will be a meeting in May, VVPA will be invited.
      • Share concerns via email, and they are available to come back periodically for community updates (jcunha@jcnj.org, avischio@jcnj.org)
  • Development 158-162 Mercer St.– Kirk Mitchell
    • Burned out church and rectory looking to do 8 new high end units in Church – 4 duplex units (1400-1700 sq ft space each), two 3BR “flat” units (1600-1800 sq ft), and two 4BR duplex units (2500-2700 sq ft); Looking to do two units in Rectory space – bottom floor is a 1 BR unit (nanny’s quarters possibly) and the second unit will be 3 floors
    • Will require new use for church to be repurposed for residential application, will need approval for dormers to allow for headspace for top levels.       Timetable 14 months -18 months once construction starts. Will be looking for variance for project for the parking requirement (2.5 spaces)
    • No major objections from community, generally supportive, would encourage developers to look into getting use of HUD parking lot across the street.
  • Development – 254 Montgomery St – Nelson Benedides?
    • Proposal: Garage restoration (access on Barrow St.) with full restoration of carriage style doors & new roof deck over one story garage (with internal staircase). The restoration will “beautify” the current aesthetics of the garage.
    • Set back 18” from face of garage. Community concern about precedent for historic district and concern for adjacent property owners. Dixon is open to other ideas from community.
    • Will also be restoring the fountain

Adjournment – 10:15 pm

As you may be aware, after many years serving as the Planning Director for Jersey City, Robert (Bob) Cotter will soon be retiring.  The Jersey City Planning Division invites you to come and celebrate the incredible career of Robert D. Cotter, Planning Director for Jersey City.   Cost per person is $65 using cash or check and $70 electronic payment, which includes buffet and cocktails.  This event will take place on 3/30/16, starting at 6pm at the Liberty House Restaurant.  You MUST RSVP and have paid by March 24.   Additional information about the event and tickets purchases can be made through Brown Paper Tickets.

 

February 2016 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

25 Feb 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – February 16th, 2016

7:05pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore

Officer / Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • Awaiting receipts from RED Party
  • In good standing, made payment towards B&V legal fees
  • Treasurer will sit with Events Committee to plan/budget
  • Sponsorship per event should be explored

Construction /Development Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • On the horizon: brand new project for 16 Bright St (in Bright St. Redevelopment plan – empty lot by Firehouse).
  • Café on corner of Bright & Barrow – garbage issues, City gave Temp Cert of Occupancy.       Complaints made to City, but they have not been responsive. All residents encouraged to reach out to RRC if they have issues or email Brian Blazick.

Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon

  • Waiting to be schedule in court

Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

  • RED Party was fun, but due to the weather the turnout was a little lower than expected
  • Will be a Golf Outing in the Spring, date TBD

New Business

  • DCNA Town Hall Meeting (1/26/15) Recap

 

    • Items of discussion in meeting: Development; Transportation; Open Space; Quality of Life; Jersey Ave Bridge; Casino
    • Mayor agreed to perform traffic study in the spring to determine impact of Jersey Ave Bridge on downtown
    • Planning Director retiring – DCNA asked for national search for replacement to get best candidate for the job. Need forward thinker, person with requisite skill set. DCNA will be writing letter to formally request that a national search be performed (will be placed on VVPA website when available).
      • ACTION ITEM: Email Mayor (Fulops@jcnj.org) re: your thoughts on the Planning Director position and transparency for posting and hiring
    • Reval – Mayor said that he was adamantly against it.
  • Parking Ordinance –pending reschedule post-DCNA Town Hall Meeting. Ben and Oona to follow up with Councilperson Candice re: rescheduling meeting
    • Candice wants to implement a pilot for 3 hour grace period, enforcement until 11pm. Pushback from community – questions about benefits of the 3 hour period and how this will be enforced have not yet been answered.
    • ACTION ITEM: Voice your concerns about the parking ordinance proposal at vvpanews@gmail.com and they will be gathered together and presented to DCNA for unified position.
  • Booting Ordinance – tabled in City Council because no discussion between Parking Authority and City Council for how to enforce it, insufficient resources to enforce it. Will most likely be re-presented again when details worked out.

Guest Speakers

  • Pedestrian Mall – Brian Platt, Office of Innovation, JC Mayor’s Office

 

    • Tabled – will be rescheduled to March
  • 87 Bright Street – Chuck Harrington, Anthony Vandimark
    • Originally proposed 4 units and commercial space in September for continuing non-conformance use. Took community feedback and adjusted plans.
    • New proposal – 2 family structure, including one unit on the first floor and an upper triplex unit with an elevator. Project also includes two additions. May need height variance to be elevated out of the flood plain. Made setbacks to accommodate community concerns about light and air. Roof deck will be green.
  • Proposed Development Project at the foot of Jersey Avenue near the Morris Canal Basin (“The View”) – Nathanial, Project Manager; Architect Jay Valgora
    • Joint Venture between numerous renowned firms. Project part of previously approved Grand Jersey Development Plan. Engaging neighborhood associations to ensure community concerns addressed.
    • Larger buildings planned to be 45 stories and 65 stories, using same or less built area (smaller footprints, but taller buildings).       Currently approved for 2M sq feet, which equates to approx. 2000 units. As of now, primarily rentals; unsure of affordable housing.       Commercial space – not finalized yet, but there will be some.   Parking not finalized yet, also adding on-street parking.
    • Jersey Ave Bridge will impact their design. Will work salt water edge into design to create transition into community. Working w/ city and State w/ how to address combined sewer outflow issue.       Remediation will be needed, is in flood plain, so will need to be elevated.
    • Looking for 7-8 year timeframe for project, much of the infrastructure and parks will be in earlier phases. Will need to amend the redevelopment plan – reconfigure blocks to have more sensible relationship with property lines
    • Project Design Principles:
      • Bring the park into the City – gradual transition to the park;
      • Increase pedestrian & Bike access, minimize vehicular impact – traffic circles
      • Create buildings integrated with the landscape (smaller footprints, open spaces, push parking below level and burm into site)
    • Community concerns: addnl transit to support additional community members (exploring possibility for additional HBLR stop, extended water taxi service), need for better coordination between Turnpike Authority, City, Project, and Residents.
    • LSP was very positive about design

Announcements & Community networking

  • Still looking for Block Captains – to volunteer, email vvpanews@gmail.com

Adjournment – 9:15 pm

DCNA Letter to Mayor Re: City Planner Search

24 Feb 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in News You Can Use

On February 23rd, the Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA), along with numerous other community groups City-wide, sent a letter to the Mayor regarding resident desire for a true nationwide proactive search for the successor to the position of Director of City Planning for the city of Jersey City.  As indicated in the letter, residents, neighborhood associations and community groups throughout the city have long recognized the importance of proactive city planning and understand that the Jersey City Planning Director is a key position for addressing complex issues in our City.  Thus, the letter urges the Mayor to conduct a vigorous nationwide search to find the best possible qualified person for this position.
We urge all residents to review the letter as well as to read the thread about this topic on the NextDoor application and to voice your opinions on the matter to your elected officials (fulops@jcnj.org).

Note: On the original publication of this post, we linked to the incorrect version of the letter that went to the Mayor.  Please accept our apologies, and utilize the links above which now attach to the correct version of the letter.

January 2016 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

24 Feb 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Vvpa 1/16/2016

Frank from the RRC

  • Call RRC for the trimming of trees.   Do not cut tree limbs yourselves.

Treasurers

  • All accounts in good standing
  • No outstanding bills, (except legal)
  • Negotiated new lease with the Barrow

 

Next event – Red Party – Dance Party Feb 13th Saturday / $20 ticket

Construction Committee report

Bates St. RDP

  • PD committee met with Bates Street RDP developer asking for feedback on an amended RDP.
  • They will come back and present to the group when they are further developed (site plan approval) Probably around March.

Morris Canal Redevelopment Area

  • LSP Basin (near bridge)
  • 6 story buildings residential with 2 tall towers (50 stories) alot of landscaping
  • End of the canal – west of the footbridge;
  • Not part of LSP
  • Cul de sac is part of their project
  • Very early stage – shopping around to get community support prior to anything
  • Working with the epa – to redo the sewage issue.
  • Keep an eye on the available open space
  • Make a park
  • Stream encroachment, contamination
  • Will present at Feb VVPA meeting

Barrow / Columbus development

  • No news ; rehabilitation of building on Barrow and Wayne is moving in a snails pace.

Status of the Jersey Ave Bridge – on hold from the state level

Traffic signal change

  • Left turn on Columbus and Jersey Ave (walking an issue)
  • Pressing button doesn’t work, Montgomery at school – changing signals, etc…
  • Traffic and engineering person to come to talk

Developer – 274 Barrow Street

  • Ed Ciolko and Nick Teremi? Working with developer (Office on Newark and Coles )
  • Redesign of project previously presented.
  • 3 story, masonry
  • (2) 1 bedroom flats with (2) 1 car garages.
  • Main entrance off of Montgomery
  • 2 principal uses on one lot and density
  • 3 units in the existing building with 1 professional office
  • Same lot coverage, more building coverage
  • Marvin windows – no brick samples
  • 707 sf units (1 bedroom)
  • Schedule as soon as possible
  • Dan and Tanya working on it from the planning office
  • Would they consider 4 larger units instead of 6?
  • Gary – not contemporary enough.
  • VVPA will write a letter summarizing the comments

JC fish stand – Jill and John

  • Open 11 – 7 M-F;   10 – on sat, closed Sunday
  • Farmers market on grove st and VVPA
  • Want to bring as much wild caught fish
  • Menu will change everyday
  • Sourcing from Huntspoint,
  • Mussels, clams / oysters
  • Partnering with farm to table people to provide meals, soups, stews.
  • Deliveries come in at 11, website has info of what they have by 12

General Update

  • Parking Issue…no clear indications from Candice on 8-11 requirements –
  • She is clear that no one is happy, proposed an opt-in/opt out option, no concrete answers
  • She got sick and went into limbo
  • What it the motivation?
  • Paulus hook has been in discussions with Candice about parking time zones since she got into office.
  • Oona has spoken with DCNA – HCA has opted out, (Rebecca on board) until enforcement can be addressed

DCNA is hosting mayor meeting, Tuesday the 26th Grace Van Vorst

  • Coming up with questions, sending to mayor in advance.
  • Finalizing questions tonight…
  • Half DCNA questions, other half public
  • Development / Redevelopment Plans
  • Retaining experts? Other municipalities?
  • What is the communication between other municipalities and us?
  • Budget transparency/ Analysis
  • Jersey Ave Bridge
  • Casino – why is the community against the casino?
  • Quality of life
  • Reval

Brian Platt coming in Feb to talk about pedestrian mall

January 2016 Monthly Newsletter

16 Feb 2016, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use
Happy New Year!  The VVPA would like to wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!  We look forward to another year filled with awesome events, lively community meetings, and successfully partnering with our elected officials to make Jersey City a better place to live.

We received quite a few ‘end of the year’ private citizen donations, so we want to acknowledge and sincerely thank all of you who responded to our end of year appeal!  We continue to welcome donations and are grateful for your recognition for the work we volunteers do all year!

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, January 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 presentation by Developers for 274 Barrow Street

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

  • 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.
  • Parking Changes

8:15pm – 8:35pm – Guest Speakers

  • 274 Barrow Street

8:35pm – 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 concerns/problems to the City of Jersey City.  In addition to utilizing the JCRRC website, residents may also download the app on their phone (Jersey City RRC Fix-It).  We encourage all to utilize these resources to help resolve issues in their community.
  • Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) is hosting a Town Hall Meting with Mayor Fulop – come out to hear about important issues affecting your community and voice your concerns.  Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 26th at 7pm at Grace Church – 39 Erie Street
  • Jersey City Fish Stand – please join us in welcoming the Jersey City Fish Stand, a gourmet fish market, to the neighborhood.
  • Hurricane Sandy Disaster Loans for Small Businesses – On December 2, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the filing period for survivors in all states affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for low-interest disaster loans.  For more information, visit the SBA site.
  • Spaying/Neutering of outdoor neighborhood cats – For anyone needing help getting outdoor neighborhood cats humanely spayed or neutered, reach out to the Neighborhood Cats Jersey City Hotline at 800-544-0474.  This service is free!

 

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
The VVPA is busy planning the debut event for 2016 – the RED party at the Barrow Mansion.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 13th and stay tuned for details about this not to be missed event!
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 Jersey City Events
North River Sing’s Broadway Showstoppers – Sunday, January 31st, 4:00pm
Join the North River Sing Community Chorus Group for their Broadway Showstoppers Show at St. Matthew’s Church, 83 Wayne St.  Suggested Donation is $10, with a reception to follow the performance.  For more information, click here.

 

February 2016 Monthly Meeting Reminder

16 Feb 2016, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Updates

Just a reminder that the next VVPA monthly meeting is tonight (Tuesday, February 16th) 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 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

February 2016 Monthly Newsletter

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

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.