October 2015 Monthly Newsletter
Boo! We hope everyone is enjoying the last bits of warm(ish) weather and all the fun fall activities that have been going on in our neighborhood. 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. We look forward to seeing you at the next VVPA monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 7:00 PM* in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.. The VVPA’s monthly meeting schedule is the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm. See you soon!
*Reminder: Please note that as a result of community input, we have moved our regular monthly meeting time from 7:30pm to 7:00pm.
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 (very full!) meeting features VVPA Board Elections, Voting on proposed changes to the VVPA By-Laws, and Board of Education Candidates Presentation.
7:00pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore
7:05pm – 7:40pm – Officer & Committee Reports
- Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
- Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek
- City Hall Redevelopment Project – Civic JC Lawsuit
- Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon
- Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp
7:40pm – 7:50pm – Election for Board Members
- Elections officer Dan Webber will announce slate for Board Member Position, VVPA members with voting rights will vote for the candidates running for those positions.
7:50pm – 8:10pm – Voting on Changes to VVPA By-Laws
- Dan Webber will review proposed changes to VVPA By-Laws, all VVPA members with voting rights are encouraged to participate.
8:10pm – 8:35pm – New Business
- Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community
8:35pm – 8:50pm – Board of Education Candidates Presentation
- John Reichart, Vidya Gangadin, Marilyn Roman
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 / email@example.com.
- VVPA Instagram Profile – For those of you who may have missed the debut, The VVPA has established an Instagram account as yet another way for us to keep in contact with the community. Follow us at vvpa_jc.
- 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. Additionally, residents may also funnel concerns through their local committee person.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
VVPA Events FREE Viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! – Saturday, October 24th, 8:00pm Let’s Do the Time Warp Again! You know the movie, you know all the songs, so come on out to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a Films in Van Vorst Event co-hosted by the VVPA and Friends of Van Vorst Park. Bring a chair, bring a blanket, bring a friend! Note: This movie is rated R with adult themes – no unaccompanied minors. More information about this spook-tacular event will be available soon on the Films In Van Vorst site.
FREE Trick or Treat event at the Van Vorst Park Gazebo! – Saturday, October 31st, 4:00pm – 8:00pm The VVPA and Friends of Van Vorst Park are once again co-sponsoring a trick or treat event at the Haunted Van Vorst Park Gazeebo! Candy and cookies for the kids, hot cider for the adults. All are welcome to this FREE event!
Shake Your Ghoul Thing Halloween Bash! – Saturday, October 31st, 7:30pm The VVPA will be throwing a Ghoulishly Spooky Halloween Bash at the Barrow Mansion on Saturday, 10/31/15 at 7:30pm. There will be drinks, food, music featuring DJ Marvilous, dancing, and a Costume Contest! Tickets are only $25, but they are going fast, so get yours today through eventbrite! Buy your ticket by October 21st and you’ll get a free drink ticket! And, we encourage everyone to help spread the word — tell all your friends and neighbors about this event! Print a copy of the event poster by clicking here and post it around your neighborhood or place it in your neighbor’s mailbox.
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 email@example.com.
Other Jersey City Events Nimbus Dance Works Scholarship Gala – Saturday, October 17th, 7:30pm The Nimbus Dance Works will be hosting their October Scholarship Fund Gala at the Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne St. Tickets are $75, which includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvers, a silent auction and a performance by the dance company. Much of the funds raised at the event will be used for providing scholarships for Jersey City’s youth. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Jersey City Library Fundraiser – Thursday, October 22nd, 6:00pm – 10:00pm The Jersey City Free Public Library Trustees invites you to their [Costume Mandatory!] Hair-Raiser Fundraiser at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall. Tickets are $20, including food, drinks & live music. Click here for more information and event details.
5th Annual Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street – Saturday, October 24th, 2:00pm – 6:00pm The Harsimus Cove Neighborhood Association, in association with the 4th Street Block Association, will be hosting this free, family-friendly Halloween Block party on 4th Street between Jersey Ave & Coles St! This year’s event includes games, attractions and entertainment by local talent!
Journal Scare – Friday, October 30th, 7:00pm – 11:30pm Join Jersey City Ties for their Halloween Eve party / fundraiser. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting Jersey City Ties’ mission to build community and connect people in and around JC through volunteering, social, and networking events. For more information, click here.
Paulus Hook Halloween Parade – Saturday, October 31st, 12:30m – 3:30pm Join the Paulus Hook Association and Councilwoman Candice Osborne in Paulus Hook Park for their Halloween Event featuring a children’s costume parade, a costume content and pet parade!
Family Halloween Bash – Saturday, October 31st, 2:00pm – 6:00pm The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District is hosting their FREE 2nd Annual Halloween Bash & Kid’s Parade! The event takes place on the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall. Face painting, arts & crafts, and spooky fun!
Tales from the Crypts – Saturday, October 31st, 4:30pm – 10:00pm Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery present ghostly tours of the historic cemetery hosted by “the late Mrs. Mary Rood Drayton” and friends! $10 Admission includes tours, kids activities, games, prizes, Pumpkin painting, food & refreshments. COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED!! For more information, click here.
Solidarity Protest Bike Ride and Concert – Sunday, November 1st, 12pm The Friends of Liberty State Park is hosting a solidarity bike ride protesting the privatization of Liberty State Park, followed by a FREE concert. All are welcome, and since this is the day after Halloween, costumes are encouraged! For more information and details about the event, click here.
A Parade of Veterans and Heroes – Saturday, November 8th, 10am The City of Jersey City and partners will be hosting a Parade to honor Veterans and Heroes. Please encourage all your veteran friends, family members and neighbors to participate in this exciting event to honor and thank the service women and men in our area. All participants are asked to fill out an application in advance, which can be found on the City of Jersey City website.
Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, May – December, 8am The weekly farmers market, brought to you by the Friends of Van Vorst Park, is still going strong! The farmer’s market runs on Saturdays from May – December by the Gazebo in Van Vorst Park. Stop by for some delicious local food and goods!
The 6th Borough Market – 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month, 11am A family-friendly outdoor market in historic downtown Jersey City on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month from 11am – 5pm. This market, located at the corner of Marin Blvd. and Montgomery St, features delicious food, fabulous finds, and great times! For more information or a detailed schedule, click on the The 6th Borough Market link.
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, Silverman: Building Neighborhoods, PSE&G, and Jersey City Medical Center/Barnabas Health for their generous donations. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.