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June 2015 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

09 Jun 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

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June 2015 Monthly Newsletter

We meet the third Tuesday of every month. Our Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM* in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

*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!

At this month’s meeting, Councilwoman-at-large Joyce Watterman will be joining us to discuss hot issues that are currently before the City Council and Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil will be discussing the responsibilities of, and contact names/numbers in, the various departments that operate under the Office of the Mayor. Come on out to hear Ms. Watterman and Mr. Vigil speak and stay informed as to what is happening in your community.

Agenda:
7:00pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore 7:00pm – 7:15pm – 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

7:15pm – 7:30pm – New Business

  • Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Guest Speakers

  • Joyce Watterman (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  • Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil (8:00pm – 8:30pm)

8:30pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

News You Can Use
As always, we bring you as many items of interest that affect our community. This month we are featuring three items of note.

  • Thank you all for the terrific turnout at our May VVPA meeting and follow up meeting regarding the Columbus Project Redevelopment Plan (corner of Christopher Columbus Drive and Barrow Street). The VVPA has submitted a letter to the Mayor, City Council and City Planning summarizing the feedback from the community. Additionally, as a result of community feedback, the VVPA will be posting tips and contact names/numbers of your elected officials on the Van Vorst Park Association website. Members of the community who would like to reach out to their elected officials to expresstheir concerns about this or any future development projects may find this information useful.
  • Mayor Fulop has established Jersey City VISTAS (JC VISTAS), a federally-funded volunteer project that will address the needs of low-income residents by expanding economic opportunity, engaging youth and strengthening communities. For additional information, please see the program details on the City of Jersey City website.
  • Mayor Fulop has instituted expanded hours at the Building Department to include Saturdays from 9am – 1pm to provide residents with access to the office to complete applications, for contractor registrations, to pick up documents and permits and other administrative business. For more information, 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 Events
Films in Van Vorst – Wednesdays throughout the summer, starting June 10th, 8pm
The 11th season of Films in Van Vorst is here! Starting 6/10, and continuing every other Wednesday throughout the summer, Films in Van Vorst shows FREE movies under the stars in Van Vorst Park. Bring a chair, bring a friend – they’ll supply the popcorn. For additional information or a full schedule, click on the Films in Van Vorst link.

Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa Night – Saturday, June 20th, 7pm

On Saturday, 6/20, get your summer swing on with Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa Night. They will teach you the basics then you can dance the night away in our beautiful park! This FREE event, being held by the Gazebo in Van Vorst Park, runs from 7:00pm -10:30pm. For more information, click on the link for the Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa Night, or check out their Facebook page.

Other Jersey City Events
North River Sing – Friday, June 12th, 8pm
Come on out to hear the North River Sing Spring Concernt, featurning all your favorite Jazz standards and Showtunes! Concert will be held on Friday, June 12th at 8pm in St. Matthew’s Church (83 Wayne Street). Admission is FREE, with a requested donation.

Hamilton Park Festival – Saturday, June 13th, 10am

Join our neighbors to the North for the 30th Hamilton Park Festival. The festival is being held on Saturday, 6/13 from 10am – 6pm (rain date Sunday, 6/14), featuring live entertainment, food, vendors, crafts, children’s activities. For more information, click on the link for the Hamilton Park Festival.

Freedom & Fireworks Festival – Saturday, July 4th, 1pm

On Saturday, 7/4, there will be a Freedom & Fireworks Festival in Liberty State Park from 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Stay tuned to the City of Jersey City website for further information!

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 in full swing! The farmer’s market runs from 8am – 5pm on Saturdays from May – December by the Gazebo in Van Vorst Park. Stop by for some delicious local food and goods!

Groove on Grove – Wednesdays, 6pm

An Outdoor Weekly Music series featuring local Jersey City bands. Groove on Grove runs Wednesdays from 6pm – 9pm in the Grove St PATH Plaza. For more information, or a detailed schedule of events, click on the Groove on Grove link.

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
Below is a partial list of important City Public Meetings that members of the community may be interested in attending. For the full schedule and location details, please refer to the Public Meetings Calendar found on the City of Jersey City website.
June City Council Meetings will be held on 6/10 and 6/24
June Historic Preservation Commission Meeting will be held on 6/15
June Zoning Board Meeting will be held on 6/18
June Planning Board Meetings will be held on 6/9 and 6/23
July City Council Meetings will be held on 7/1 and 7/15 (10 am meeting)
July Historic Preservation Commission Meeting will be held on 7/20
July Zoning Board Meeting will be held on 7/23
July Planning Board Meetings will be held on 7/7 and 7/21.

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our sponsors Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory, Silverman: Building Neighborhoods, PSE&G, Jersey City Medical Center/Barnabas Health and the Friends of Van Vorst Park for their generous donations. Without our sponsors, 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 us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

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May 2015 VVPA Meeting Minutes

03 Jun 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – May 19th, 2015

Call to Order – 7:05 pm Officer/Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
    • All accounts in good standing. As a reminder, the funds that are raised by VVPA go towards community enhancements/events.
  • Construction Liaison Report – Tom Ogorzalek
    • 128 Bright St – part of redevelopment plan, got approvals, delayed construction but should start in ~30 days.
    • 265 York St – will start construction in ~15-20 days, will post sign w/ phone #s on site.
    • Bright & Barrow – storefront glass going in – Tom will review plans to see if it the construction conforms to the approved plan. It was approved years ago by Historic Board. The project is part of the Bright Street redevelopment plan.
    • Concerns have been raised regarding the building under construction on the corner of Barrow and Wayne. (Delforno Building) – Historic Board approved it already, but it appears that construction is taking a long time and appears to be stopped.
  • Bright & Varick Committee – Ceci DeLeon
    • VVPA attorneys filed a Motion to supplement the record; The Developer’s attorney then filed Motion of Opposition to that. VVPA attorneys then filed a Motion Requesting Leave to reply to that (basically to oppose developer’s opposition). We are currently waiting to see if the Motions will be accepted into the record.
  • Events/Cultural Affairs Committee –Marlene Sandkamp
    • June 10th – first showing of 11thAnnual Films in Van Vorst. Movies will be every other Wednesday in the summer, rain date is the following week. Rain announcements are posted on JC List, tweeted, and emailed. Popcorn available!
    • June 20th – Van Vorst Salsa night – will have DJ & dance instructor, food truck available to purchase food
    • August 22nd– 2nd annual disco in the park
    • Special Donation – Dixon Advisory is supporting by making a $10K donation to the Films in Van Vorst. 237 Montgomery Street is most recent renovation —- Rebecca is available to give neighbors a tour to see what types of renovations Dixon does (tour before June 15th!)
    • Always looking for volunteers! Come 30-45 minutes before films to set up, or stay behind to help pack away the movies paraphernalia. Send an email to vvpanews@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering for Films or any of the other community events.

 

Issues for the Good of the Community

  • Canopy onbodega on Wayne– gates always down, aesthetically unsightly.
    • Call/use RRC app for Mayor’s residence response center
  • Jersey Ave & Newark St. – potted plants/benches – benches are facing the street, not potted plants.
    • Write letter to City Parks/Recreation because city owns benches
  • Who issues parking permits? Building on Barrow/Wayne – permits for 4-5 cars for months on end
    • Call/use RRC app for Mayor’s residence response center
  • First time attendee – Chairman of Board for JCMC – all neighbors invited to behind the scenes enhancing life tour. Next tour June 9th. New Women’s Health Center opening on Grove Street by PATH.

Guest Speakers

  • Jonathan Schwartz & David Minno of BNE Group
  • Project located on corner of Barrow & Columbus. Currently there is a historic 4 story brick building and large parking lot on the site (comes mid-block between Columbus & Wayne).
  • Proposal to restore building at front of property to current 4-story size. Taller portion of building would be set back from rear, Columbus & Barrow – proposed full height of the building – 18 stories. Club room & fitness room @ 4th floor – some units have private terraces. This level begins the setback. Proposed green wall along height of garage on Wayne St., proposing green roof as well. Vehicular entrance in/out proposed on Barrow.
  • Current redevelopment plan is zoned for 8 stories. When Developer initially came to VVPA, they preliminarily discussed plans for 14 stories all along site. The new plans keep heights at 4 stories along curb to address community concerns, and in order to make this an “economically feasible” project (according to the Developer), they need to make up the difference by making an 18 story tower in the back of the property.
  • Looking to amend redevelopment plan. Parking lot is outside bounds of historic district. When redevelopment plan gets reopened, it is available for public comment.
  • Community Concerns:
  • Trafficvehicular entrance on Barrow will add too much traffic on one way streets that are already congested. Consider moving entrance to Columbus.
  • Building HeightProposed 18 story height not appropriate for community. Plan is Egregious and obnoxious. Adjacency of PATH stop and width of Columbus, according to developer, makes it appropriate.
    • Community Impact – blocking light of surrounding community, impact to other neighborhood associations/concern for setting precedent to build large towers in small neighborhoods, noise concerns from constant hum of machinery.According to developer, won’t throw shadows to south to surrounding neighbors. For pedestrians, they will notice cornice line along the street, not the full height of the building.
    • Environmental Impact – Potential pile driving would severely adversely affect historic homes, community is full of toxins in the ground and in the buildings – how will you protect the neighbors/neighborhood from contamination?
    • Parking – 140 units planned, but only 56 parking spots planned. How is this good for the neighborhood?   Where are all the extra cars going to park when the neighborhood is already congested? Also, if you are getting rid of the parking lot that currently exists, where are all those cars going to park?
    • Infrastructure – How can PATH keep up with this influx of people when we are currently underserved? How will this impact the already overtaxed sewer system?
    • Elected Officials
      • When does this stop??? You create ordinances to stop chain stores, yet you allow this monster construction proposal to go through without question.
      • Constant changes to redevelopment plans – our elected official need to recognize this and help in this matter. We can’t always be fighting requests to change redevelopment plans – you need to stop this at the source.

 

Because of numerous concerns regarding this proposed Development, VVPA will schedule a follow up meeting dedicated to this topic.

  • Candice Osborne, Councilwoman, Ward E
  • Comments to Councilwoman about Development:
    • Very frustrating and wasteful of community time to have to keep fighting Developers that come in with ridiculous asks. This was a final Redevelopment plan – when does final mean final?! Redevelopment plans being amended don’t require public notice (Candice looking to change this to include notice process).
    • If we are opposed to plan, how do we make our voices heard?
      • Funnel through neighborhood association, or call councilwoman. Speak at planning board (public hearing), city council 1st reading (not allowed to speak during this reading, but can sign up 5 minutes at the end of the meeting to speak), or 2nd reading of city council.
    • Parking Update – Conducted brainstorming session w/ 2 neighbors from each association. New construction – can’t get parking on street if parking is available in the building (developers feel tenants won’t pay for parking, but if your building has parking you can’t get zone permits). Loophole in parking enforcement because hours are 8-5pm w/2 hr window on each side where you are allowed to park. Looking to close loophole. Proposal to reduce street sweeping to 2 day/week, not 4 days/week. Limited resources/employees. Too many zones – maybe dual zones? Streets where we have no parking where it shouldn’t be.
    • Quality of Life/Crosswalks – 50 new intersection signs ordered. Crosswalks – all but 5 painted that are not on repaving schedule or PSEG schedule.
    • Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall – Taken all feedback, trying to organize comments into buckets to address (design, operate, legislate). Permanent closure = traffic feeding into other neighborhoods. 3 lanes – 2 will be closed, one will remain open.
    • Combined sewer storm systems – What will proposed project do to our neighborhood? Will need to follow up w/ MUA. Consent decree to replace sewers. Different ways to solve problems.Depending on developer’s plan, there may be retention requirements for the plan – could be less impact to sewer system (especially if plan is replacing a parking lot where all runoff goes into the system).
  • Committee person elections
    • Bertram & Lorraine – 29th district (ward F). Every district has 1 male, 1 female. Vote on reorganization of state/city democratic committee. Lowest level of political entrée. Large voices. Bertram is interested in school, kids. Election is June 2nd.

 

Announcements &Events

  • Full listing of events and announcements available on May Monthly Newsletter

Raffle

  • Winner of Golf 4Some package was announced

Adjournment – 9:10 pm

Columbus Corner Project Follow Up Meeting

27 May 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use
 

Follow-up meeting regarding the Columbus Corner Project is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 2nd, 7pm, at the Barrow Mansion.

If you have an opinion about this proposed project, NOW is the time to be a part of the discussion.  We urge you to attend this meeting.

Our Construction Liaison, Thomas Ogorzalek will lead the discussion with the goal of consolidating our concerns in writing to the decision-making city entities that serve us as residents and voters.

Please take a few minutes to read the current Redevelopment Plan for Columbus Corner, here.
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TUESDAY, JUNE 2nd
7 p.m.
BARROW MANSION
83 WAYNE STREET

May 2015 VVPA Meeting Reminder

19 May 2015, Posted by VVPA in News You Can Use
OUR MEETING TIME FOR
TUESDAY MAY 19th is7pmPlease make a note and join us a little earlier for our very busy meeting!


7:00pm-7:10pm – Officer Reports: 
President – Oona Moore
Treasurer & Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek7:10pm-7:20pm – Standing Committee Reports:
Bright & Varick – Ceci Deleon
Events/Cultural Affairs – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp, with a special announcement from Dixon Advisory.7:20pm-7:30pm – New Business:
Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.


7:30pm – 8:30pm – Guest Speakers:Columbus Corner/BNE Group (7:30pm-7:55pm):
The BNE Group is working on a proposed project for the Columbus Corner Redevelopment Plan (RDP).  This RDP has specific requirements regarding the rehabilitation of existing Historic resources and new construction located on Barrow Street within the Historic District.  Their proposal includes an 18 story residential tower in the Mixed Use portion of the RDP, which exceeds the allowable 7 stories (80′) permitted by the current RDP.  Since a project of this scale will impact not only the immediate block, but also the surrounding blocks located within the Van Vorst Park Historic District, and would also require amendments to the current RDP, BNE is invited to receive community input/comment.Candice Osborne, Councilwoman Ward E (7:55pm-8:15pm):
General update on community issues

Benjamin Bernouy, Committee person, Lorraine Gagliardotto Garry, and  Bertram C. Okpoklwasili (8:15pm-8:30pm):
Committee person update/re-election candidacy (Benjamin); Candidate introductions (Lorraine & Bertram)

8:30pm-8:40pm – Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Oona Moore, President, will review announcements and upcoming events affecting the community

8:40pm – Golf 4Some Raffle Drawing:
The winner of the Golf 4Some package to the new Lincoln West Golf Course will be announced at the May VVPA meeting!



UPCOMING EVENTS:

May & June Planning Board Meetings: 5/5; 5/19; 6/9; 6/23
Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, 5:30pm-7pm

Check the City of Jersey City Calendar for upcoming meetings.

May & June City Council Meetings: 5/13; 5/27; 6/10; 6/24
Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, 6pm-9pm

Check the City of Jersey City Calendar for upcoming meetings.

Van Vorst Park Community Flea Market & Fundraiser – 5/30
Van Vorst Park, 9am – 4pm

Check out future The Friends of Van Vorst Park events on their calendar.

Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy Preservation Event – 5/28
The 15th Annual JCLC Preservation Awards Ceremony – Tickets $35
Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, 6pm – 9pm

Groove on Grove – Wednesdays throughout the summer
Click here for more information & calendar of events
Grove Street PATH Plaza, 6pm – 9pm

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays,
May – November
Van Vorst Park Gazebo, 9am-3pm

View the The Friends of Van Vorst Park calendar here

Films in Van Vorst Park – 6/10
In front of the Van Vorst Park Gazebo, Sunset

Films in Van Vorst starts their 11th season on June 10th!  Film schedule to be announced soon!  Movies are scheduled every other Wednesday throughout the summer.

North River Sing Community Chorus Spring Concert – 6/12
Concert featuring your favorite jazz standards and show tunes.  Free admission (donations requested)!  For additional information, click here.
St. Matthew’s Church, 83 Wayne St., 8pm

Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa Night – 6/20
Get your summer swing on with:
Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa NightFree!
East End of Van Vorst Park, 7pm – 10:30pm

May 2015 VVPA Newsletter

14 May 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use
PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME FOR THE MAY MEETING IS 7:00PM!!!

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!
7:00pm-7:10pm – Officer Reports: 
President – Oona Moore
Treasurer & Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek7:10pm-7:20pm – Standing Committee Reports:
Bright & Varick – Ceci Deleon
Events/Cultural Affairs – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp, with a special announcement from Dixon Advisory.

7:20pm-7:30pm – New Business:
Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Guest Speakers:

Columbus Corner/BNE Group (7:30pm-7:55pm):
The BNE Group is working on a proposed project for the Columbus Corner Redevelopment Plan (RDP).  This RDP has specific requirements regarding the rehabilitation of existing Historic resources and new construction located on Barrow Street within the Historic District.  Their proposal includes an 18 story residential tower in the Mixed Use portion of the RDP, which exceeds the allowable 7 stories (80′) permitted by the current RDP.  Since a project of this scale will impact not only the immediate block, but also the surrounding blocks located within the Van Vorst Park Historic District, and would also require amendments to the current RDP, BNE is invited to receive community input/comment.

Candice Osborne, Councilwoman Ward E (7:55pm-8:15pm):
General update on community issues

Benjamin Bernouy, Committee person, Lorraine Gagliardotto Garry, and  Bertram C. Okpoklwasili (8:15pm-8:30pm):
Committe person update/re-election candidacy (Benjamin); Candidate introductions (Lorraine & Bertram)

8:30pm-8:40pm – Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Oona Moore, President, will review announcments and upcoming events affecting the community

8:40pm – Golf 4Some Raffle Drawing:
The winner of the Golf 4Some package to the new Lincoln West Golf Course will be announced at the May VVPA meeting!


ANNOUNCEMENTS:Citywide Alert System-
Jersey City has selected the SwiftReach Swift911 platform for citywide emergency and non-emergency alerts. Swift911 is used by over 1500 organizations nationwide in both the public and private sectors and allows for alerts to be sent through a variety of channels including voice, text message, email, fax, pager, and social media such as facebook and Twitter.  Registration is free and all alerts will be clearly identified as originating from the City. Please take a few minutes to register so that you and your family can be kept up to date during times of emergency. Click City Alerts for more details.Hudson County Court Night
Wednesday, 5/27/15, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Courthouse – 583 Newark Ave., Jersey City
Court Night is an evening of free information sessions open to the Residents of Hudson County.  These sessions will provide practical information and resource material designed to assist residents in navigating the court system.  Attorneys and court representatives will conduct the sessions and will be available to answer general questions from the public.  While Court Night is free, pre-registration is highly recommended.  To pre-register email hudson.reservation@judiciary.state.nj.us or call 201.217.5109.  More details are available through the City of Jersey City Website.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

May & June Planning Board Meetings: 5/5; 5/19; 6/9; 6/23
Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, 5:30pm-7pm

Check the City of Jersey City Calendar for upcoming meetings.

May & June City Council Meetings: 5/13; 5/27; 6/10; 6/24
Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, 6pm-9pm

Check the City of Jersey City Calendar for upcoming meetings.

A Geographer’s View of Jersey City 5/14
Come hear local resident and urban planner Luke Schray point to clues around us that suggest what was here before centuries of human intervention changed the face of our landscape.
Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth Street, 7pm
Click Geographer’s View for more details!

JC Challenge Race – 5/16
Exchange Place, 9am – 12pm

Van Vorst Park Community Flea Market & Fundraiser – 5/16
Van Vorst Park, 9am – 4pm

Check out future The Friends of Van Vorst Park events on their calendar.

Lincoln West Golf Course Pivate Tour – 5/16
Meet at the course to walk the grounds of the new golf course before it opens to the public!  This event is free, and all are welcome.  Advance registration available through Eventbrite.  Afterwards, head to the New Park Tavern [575 West Side Ave] for burgers and drinks.  Tickets for the Golf 4Some Raffle will be available for sale during the tour [$5 each or 5 for $20].
Lincoln Park, 11:30am – 1pm 
Reserve your tickets to this exclusive private event here: Eventbrite Golf Tour

Friends of Liberty State Park Peaceful Family-Friendly Protest – 5/16
20 Theodore Conrad Drive (GPS: E End of Conrad Dr), 12pm – 2pm – Rain or Shine

Peaceful protest against Liberty State Park Privatization Plans

Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy Preservation Event – 5/28
The 15th Annual JCLC Preservation Awards Ceremony – Tickets $35
Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, 6pm – 9pm

Groove on Grove – Wednesdays throughout the summer
Click here for more information & calendar of events
Grove Street PATH Plaza, 6pm – 9pm

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, May – November
Van Vorst Park Gazebo, 12pm – 7pm

View the The Friends of Van Vorst Park calendar here

Films in Van Vorst Park – 6/10
East end of  Van Vorst Park , Sunset

Films in Van Vorst starts their 11th season on June 10th!  Films in Van Vorst will announce their schedule by the end of May.  Keep checking back on their website at Filmsinvanvorst.com Movies are scheduled every other Wednesday throughout the summer.

North River Sing Community Chorus Spring Concert – 6/12
Concert featuring your favorite jazz standards and show tunes.  Free admission (donations requested)!  For additional information, click here.
St. Matthew’s Church, 83 Wayne St., 8pm

Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa Night – 6/20
Get your summer swing on with Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa NightFree!
East End of Van Vorst Park, 7pm – 10:30pm

PSE&G Meeting & VV PARK clean up!!

30 Apr 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

If you missed our April Meeting with a representative from PSE&G, then make sure you check out the informational meeting this week at City Hall.  Now is the time to ask questions about parking, service disruption, etc….


The Resident Response Center of the City Of Jersey City is reaching out to let you know that a major PSE&G project, to upgrade the gas mains, is underway and could possibly be disruptive to your neighborhoods. As a part of this project, the City has enabled PSE&G to hold an informational meeting to address all concerned with this Energy Strong project. Please let the residents and business people in your area know about this meeting.  For a full list of the areas affected please check here.

MEETING:

WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2015

TIME: 6 p.m.

PLACE: City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City

The City is working with PSE&G to ensure the least amount of disruption through limiting the area and length of time a street is closed down for work and minimizing the loss of parking.

In addition, PSE&G notes customers will be notified when work is about to begin in their area and can find a list of streets at https://www.pseg.com/…/energy_stro…/gas_main/jersey_city.jsp. Customers with questions about Energy Strong work can contact the Jersey City Gas District office at 201-420-3922.

For any other issues, do not hesitate to contact the RRC:Resident Response CenterCity Hall, 280 Grove Street
Room 105
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Tel: (201) 547-4900
Fax: (201) 547-5749


FYI:Traffic Alert:  Saturday May 2nd is the annual Newport 10K–the race course takes the runners through downtown Jersey City…expect delays and road closures from around 8:30 till early afternoon


Volunteers Needed!

Friends of Van Vorst Park needs you!!!!!!!!
Here’s your chance to give back to your favorite park–this is for all our neighbors who play, read, sit or use the dog run….

On Saturday May 2nd, between 10am and 2pm, please join The Friends of Van Vorst Park for a spring-cleaning of the park.

This will also be the official 8th-year anniversary of the dog run, and a general maintenance of the run will take place at the same time.
During the day we will painting the park benches/picnic tables, the railings around the gardens/pet-free lawns, cleaning and adding new material to the sandbox, raking leaves, and meeting new neighbors.
Your neighbors exclusively care for the Van Vorst Park gardens and we only ask for additional help a couple times a year. We will provide all the materials need.
There will be food and refreshments around noon.
This will also be the first day of the Farmers’ Market.
This season we will have our two regular farmers, who carry garden fresh produce, eggs from free-range chickens, honey, grass-feed beef, butter, cheese, and flowers. Hoboken Farms provides Balthazar breads, prepared chicken and meats, and a great “Big Red” marinara sauce.  Mod Cup will be back to wake you up in the morning with their gourmet coffee. And, X-Calibur will sharpen your kitchen knives, tools and scissors.
In addition, we are welcoming O’ LaLa Empanadas with 15 different varieties, a pickle vendor, an olive oil producer, Bucket & Bay home-made gelato, a cake baker, a high-end meat purveyor, nuts and gourmet candies, freshly made juices, fresh flatbreads, and a line of Italian prepared foods.


And while you’re there doing that cool community thing….You can try your luck on our VVPA raffle!! 
“Golf4some” at SKYWAY, the New Lincoln Park West Golf Course right here in Jersey City!  One Complimentary Round of Golf for a Foursome w/ Carts on any Weekday of the 2015 Golf Season.  Golf course due to open June 2015.  Tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20…
Drawing on May 19th at VVPA Meeting at 7:30pm.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN…but If you are at the meeting and win, you also get a surprise additional gift!!! Woo Hoo!!
All proceeds go right back to the VVPA for our Films series, Boogie nights, our monthly meeting costs….etc!


And on Sunday May 3rd….Join Modern Sage, JC Parks Coalition, HHC and the City Of Jersey City for a free workshop on Natural Cures for Stress.  Starts at 10:30am.

There is a last minute addition to the VVPA meeting agenda this evening.  At the urging of the City and the Historic Preservation Commission 3 projects on York street (243, 261 and 263 York) will be presenting their development proposals. 

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ANY NEIGHBORS THAT MAY BE AFFECTED!  Especially those on York, Bright & Montgomery between Grove & Barrow.

Karan Agarwal is the Developer and they will be last on the agenda.

263 York Street – 4 story masonry rear addition to contributing altered 3 story frame building; Total of 4 units – (1) 5 bedroom/5 bath, (2) 5 bedroom/3 bath, (1) 1 bedroom/1 bath. Variances requested for building height and coverage
243 & 261 York Street – 4 story, Total of 4 units (4 bedroom/ 3 bath each) with visible rooftop deck and bulkhead. Variances requested for building height and coverage

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Officer Reports: 

President – Oona Moore
Treasurer & Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek

Standing Committee Reports:
Events/Cultural Affairs – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp
Bright & Varick – Ceci DeLeon

Guest Speakers:
Councilwomen Candice Osborne and Diane Coleman will be in attendance to discuss city initiatives addressing crime, residential developments, budget, transportation, traffic, new parks, new recreational options, etc.

A Representative from PSE&G will also be at the meeting to discuss the energy strong gas main upgrade – several neighbors have indicated that they’ve received letters from PSE&E to alert them to the upcoming work in their neighborhood.

Other issues for the good of our community:
Thank you all for rocking it out the 80’s prom – it was, like, totally rad, for sure!  And, special thanks to the event organizers, judges, donors (Brightside Tavern, Koro Koro Rice Ball Café, Porta and Aire Salon), DJ Marvilious, guest bartenders and the many volunteers that made this such a fun night!  We’re looking forward to seeing you at our future events!

Please support our donors!!

    

April 2015 VVPA Newsletter

16 Apr 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Finally spring has sprung!  Now that the sub-arctic temperatures are (hopefully) behind us, we look forward to seeing you all again out and about in our neighborhood!  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!

Officer Reports:
President – Oona Moore
Treasurer & Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek

Standing Committee Reports:
Events/Cultural Affairs – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp
Bright & Varick – Ceci DeLeon

Guest Speakers:
Councilwomen Candice Osborne and Diane Coleman will be in attendance to discuss city initiatives addressing crime, residential developments, budget, transportation, traffic, new parks, new recreational options, etc.

A Representative from PSE&G will also be at the meeting to discuss the energy strong gas main upgrade – several neighbors have indicated that they’ve received letters from PSE&E to alert them to the upcoming work in their neighborhood.

Other issues for the good of our community:
Thank you all for rocking it out the 80’s prom – it was, like, totally rad, for sure!  And, special thanks to the event organizers, judges, the amazing donors– Brightside Tavern, Koro Koro Rice Ball Café, Porta and Aire Salon–  DJ Marvilous for his AWESOME music, our guest bartenders and the many volunteers that made this such a fun night!  We’re looking forward to seeing you at our next Boogie night….this time in the Van Vorst Park!!  June 20th–A Van Vorst Boogie Salsa Night–be sure to join our Facebook Van Vorst Boogie page for all the updates!


Raffle Tickets for sale!!!  Proceeds to benefit VVPA–

Raffle for “Golf4some” at the New Lincoln Park West Golf Course right here in Jersey City!
One Complimentary Round of Golf for One Foursome w/ Carts on any Weekday of the 2015 Golf Season.  Golf course due to open June 2015.
TICKETS will be on sale at the next VVPA meeting and at the VVP Farmers Market in May.
$5/each, 5 for $20
Drawing on May 19th at VVPA Meeting at 7:30pm. If you are present at the meeting and win, you also get a surprise additional gift!!!

Adjournment



UPCOMING EVENTS:

4/18-Saturday 7:30pm-Midnight–Cathedral Arts Festival–25th Anniversary celebrating 25 years of Art & Community. Ticket information here.

4/19Sunday 12noon -3:30pm Friends of Liberty State Park–annual Fundraiser luncheon-Members and the public are warmly welcomed to attend this friendly social event to support the Friends’ Mission to protect, protect, and conserve, and promote Liberty State Park..For more ticket information, please check out FOLSP website.
4/26/15 – Mercer Street Stoop Sale – Come out and support your neighbors at this sale and grab some bargains in the process!  Also, please support the kid-run lemonade stand at this event.

4/21/15- 5:30pm – 7pm – Planning Board Meeting – City Hall4/22/15- 6:00pm – 9pm – City Council Meeting – City Hall4/26/15- 9am – Farmer’s Market – Van Vorst Park (on Saturday’s from May – November)

FIRST ONE OF THE SEASON!!!5/2/15-8:30am – Newport 10K Run Town Square Place5/5/15, 5:30pm – 7pm – Planning Board Meeting – City Hall

5/6/15 – 5:00pm – Groove on Grove – Grove Path Plaza (on Wednesday’s throughout the summer, staring May 6th)

5/9/15- 11:00am – 3pm – Citizenship Clinic – Conwell School, PS 3, 111 Bright St

5/13/15- 6:00pm – 9pm – City Council Meeting – City Hall

5/16/15- 9:00am -JC Challenge Race – Exchange Place

Link to City of Jersey City Community Calendar:
http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/meetings-calendar.aspx

Like, for sure, our prom is a few weeks away….

23 Mar 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in Events, Sponsors

We danced the disco. We boogied to the Charleston. Now we are getting out that hairspray and getting ready to rock the night away to 80’s classics.

To be like totally clear–this is our Prom, like, ok? There was, like, some cool play by a similar name…but no actors here! We’re all just teasing our hair, wearing shoulder pads, pulling out our baby blue tuxedos and partying like its 1985!  We will be dancing to our mix tapes with DJ Marvilous, eating Gnarly munchies from the rad Brightside Tavern and like, posing for our very own prom pictures!

Awesome prizes from Porta, Koro Koro Rice Ball Cafe, Aire Salon for Prom King & Queen and Best use of Hairspray!  More prizes in the works too!!

So join us on Saturday April 11th from 7-11pm at the Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street. Tickets are $25 and are available through Eventbrite.  Order your tickets before April 1st and get a free beverage of your choice–wine cooler, our special prom punch, or maybe a cold beer–you pick!  We will have a cash bar all night–but the munchies are on us!

So bring a date or come solo—we are going to have a totally rad time, like, for sure.

Questions? Or want to volunteer for our prom committee?  Volunteers get in free!  Email us at vvpanews@gmail.com!

Keep checking our Van Vorst Boogie and the Totally Awesome 80’s Prom event page on Facebook for all the latest updates!

See you at the Prom!!

March 2015 VVPA Meeting Minutes (Updated)

19 Mar 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Call to Order

Officer Reports

  • President – Oona Moore
    • No pressing concerns
  • Treasurer& Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek
    • Accounts in good standing
    • 265 York St. – Presented letter at Historic Board Meeting re: concerns about cornice, window size, massing for project. Project conditionally approved pending change to windows
    • 518 Jersey Avenue Laundromat approved
    • 227 Montgomery – minor concern re bulkhead – project not approved, special meeting needed by Historic Commission
    • 124 Bright St. – tabled
    • 223-225 Pavonia – spot zoning concerns, precedent setting concerns, once variance granted, it is allowed for the life of the property – several of the neighborhood associations against it (Paulus Hook and Harsimus Cove). Item pulled from meeting agenda at developer’s request
    • DCNA pressuring for new master plan
    • Purpose of Various Meetings:
      • Historic Preservation Commission – all projects inside Historic District
      • Board of Adjustments –projects asking for something not allowed by zoning (variance requests)
      • Planning Board – projects in conformance with zoning, but due to scale, may need to come in front of this board; also, projects asking for change to redevelopment plan
        • City Planning usually requests that developer comes to local community before presenting to them (although this is not codified yet)

Committee Reports

  • Events/Cultural Affairs Committee – Eric Carter
    • 80’s Prom in Barrow Mansion on April 11th – Porta official after party – need to update on Website; Need additional volunteers for specific duties on the night of the event – contact Eric Carter (ericblairc@yahoo.com) to volunteer
    • Salsa Merengue & Disco nights planned outdoor in park – Summer
  • Bright & Varick Committee – Ceci DeLeon
    • Briefs due April, attorney looking for extension due to other obligations. No further updates at this point.

Other Issues for the Good of Our Community

  • Pedestrian Mall (Newark Ave.) – Nothing resolved yet, need another meeting to address multitude of concerns (police issues, traffic, noise)
  • Re-examination report – historic district expanded to include parts of Lincoln Park; all re-examination reports become an addendum to the ordinance
  • No updates on playground equipment for Angel Ramos Park
  • Metro Towers – No final redevelopment plan yet with City planning yet
  • Street sweeping started, will start enforcing Thursday
  • Potholes aggressively being addressed by city – call Resident Response Center to report them
  • Community concerns re: “911” calls – lack of response, untimely response and giving hard time – Angelo to discuss with Police Captain

Guest Speakers

  • Continuum Design (Tom Ogorzalek) – 220 York St. – Ish Sadek, Owner, Silverman, Construction Manager – Project exceed allowable bldg. coverage for the property and requires a deviation, but is in conformance with all the setbacks. Project will be scheduled to be heard at Historic Commission and Planning Board in April.
    • Met with Historic & Planning already
    • Tried to keep in look and massing of other buildings in the area

Adjournment