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October 2015 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

15 Oct 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

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.
Agenda:
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 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 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 vvpanews@gmail.com.
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 vvpanews@gmail.com
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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 vvpanews@gmail.com.


 

 

September Meeting Agenda 9.15.15 @7pm

15 Sep 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas

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 new development project in our neighborhood, 87 Bright Street.

Agenda:

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

7:00pm – 7:45pm – Officer & Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Construction Committee Report – TomOgorzalek
    • Jersey Avenue Bridge
    • Columbus Project
    • City Hall Redevelopment Project
  • Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:45pm – 8:15pm – New Business

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

8:15pm – 8:40pm – Guest Speakers

  • A representative from the 87 Bright Street Project will be joining us to discuss their plan

8:40pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

Thank you all again for your continued feedback and suggestions regarding the Jersey Avenue Bridge Extension.  On  August 31st, 2015, The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) submitted a letter on behalf of the community to the Deputy Mayor and City Council to continue to highlight the myriad of community concerns surrounding the Jersey Ave Bridge Extension.  The letter calls for the City to mandate a new traffic and community impact study as a precondition for the implementation of the Extension.  In addition as well as calls for the City to create a Master Plan to proactively address development in our City.  This latest DCNA letter supplements the July 8th, 2015 VVPA letter that was submitted on behalf of the community to the City and the Turnpike Authority to express similar concerns.  At this time, neither letter has garnered a response – we will keep you posted as soon as a response is received to either communication.  Click here to view a copy of the DCNA letter.

July 2015 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

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

July 2015 Monthly VVPA Newsletter

We meet the third Tuesday of every month. Our Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21st, 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, Sam Pesin, President of Friends of LIberty State Park, will be joining us to discuss Private Development in Liberty State Park. Come on out to hear Mr. Pesin 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 Speaker

  • Sam Pesin, President, Friends of Liberty State Park

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

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

  • NJ State Fire Fighter Exam Applications are being accepted through 8/31/15. For additional information, please see the Civil Service Commission website.
  • The Bethune Center, 140 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, is sponsoring Financial Literacy Workshops every other Tuesday, from 7:30pm – 8:45pm. These workshops are free and open to the public. For more information on this workshop, or any of the other exciting activities at the Bethune Center, 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, Dusk
The 11th season of Films in Van Vorst is in full swing! 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.

Other Jersey City Events
Run to End Domestic Violence – July 19th, 7:30am
Come out to Liberty State Park (North Cove Field, 1 Audrey Zapp Drive) on Sunday, 7/19/15 to join the run to end Domestic Violence.

Hudson Restaurant Week – July 27th – August 7th
Hudson Restaurant Week is back! From July 27th – August 7th, enjoy local meals at discounted rates. For more information, click here.

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 – 3pm on Saturdays from May – December by the Gazebo in Van Vorst Park. Stop by for some delicious local food and goods!

Summerfest Concert Series – Tuesdays, 7pm
Enjoy this free outdoor concert series from 7pm-9pm on Tuesday eventings from July 14th – September 8th in Liberty State Park (the Gardens behind LIberty House Restaurant). For more information, click here.

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.

July City Council Meetings will be held on 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 7/21

August City Council Meetings will be held on 8/19
August Historic Preservation Commission Meeting will be held on 8/17
August Zoning Board Meeting will be held on 8/20
August Planning Board Meetings will be held on 8/4 and 8/18

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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June 2015 VVPA Meeting Minutes

01 Jul 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – June 16th, 2015

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

  • Reminder that we are all volunteers – we are working on documenting processes to make it easier for all to volunteer in the future
  • Working on getting tips onto the website for how to contact elected officials
  • September nominations; October elections for board positions

 

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 Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • Last month – Columbus redevelopment plan project. A lot of community input. Collected all emails and concerns and sent letters to elected officials, Mayor, City Council & planning committee. Community in favor of development, but it should be in accordance with development plan.
    • Next step? Committee will reach out to Planning on this.
    • History: owners of the property created the development plan, but that deal fell through. They want to change redevelopment plan based on income projection that parking lot will generate.
  • 243-245 York St. – proposed addition to garage (build on top of it). Looking to expand a non-conforming use so will have to go in front of historic and planning.
  • No construction started on York St. project
  • No news on 3 projects that another developer wanted to do on York St. Developer doing redesign
  • Important Public Meetings – All are encouraged to attend and learn more about what is going on in your neighborhood.
    • Monday 22nd – Turnpike Authority meeting on Jersey Ave. Extension – 5pm City Hall
    • Tuesday 23rd – City Hall property study (non-condemnation study). No current redevelopment plan, but one may be in the works.

Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon

  • Motion to Oppose to Motion to Supplement – denied by judge. Rushman offered us settlement to stop the appeal. Made options and offers. Legal committed convened, Corporate Council wanted to get together
    • 16 units on corner of Bright & Varick – best option
    • Corporate council asked for what VVPA wants – ideally parking on 1st floor if 5 stories, no parking if only 4 stories. At this time we did not ask for legal fees as Corporate council essentially thought it might be a deal breaker.

Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

  • Films underway! Runs every other Wednesday in summer, schedule available on filmsinvanvorst.com.
  • Summer Salsa in the Park – June 20th, 7pm; Disco in the Park – August (date TBD).
  • Potential Golf Tournament in September
  • 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.

 

Guest Speakers

Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil

Attorney by trade, started this year in JC. His role essentially is:

  • Economic Development/Real Estate Development – usually gets involved in a big projects and projects outside of the norm, meets with Planning & HEDC and new innovation team (Grant from Bloomberg Foundation to development main street businesses/permitting processes).
  • Interacts with JCRA/MUA/EDC (separate entities from the city). Dialogue with the city for overall policy, but they report to their own board
  • Push for Affordable Housing
    • MLK Drive and Monticello Ave (Ward F). Area has been ignored by largely by previous administrations, trying to make amends now.
    • Pep Boys facility – 20% affordable at 80% of AMI (Market Rate) for 20 years (Pilot Program). Formula is based on HUD Guidelines. For this project, it is specifically called out for how many of each type of unit is required (X number of 2-BRs, X number of 1-BRs, etc.).
    • Want to balance how we do development and the types of citizens that gravitate towards JC.
  • Master Plan for the City? Would be ideal if we had the right staff or if the city had developed at the same rate across the city. Not in the works at the moment. City needs to take more of a leadership role in pushing for community concerns (parks, transit within the city, etc.) as well as others that may not be in the City’s jurisdiction (PATH, schools, etc.). Need to take advantage of what developers want to get what city/community wants.
    • Need a more systematic and effective process for getting notified of development (not a handshake encouragement – needs to be more firm).
    • Using “Inadequate Staffing” as a reason is not acceptable to the community. What about Open Sourcing, Competition, Turn to Citizens to pull on their resources?
  • RRC is best way to get quick action and get guided to the right department.
  • Ordinance passed streamlining cultural affairs processes and making cultural affairs department responsible for helping manage the process. Working on putting this online to be able to track where you are in the process.
    • Met with SID recently to address concerns of small business and how events impact the community. Sometimes these events have a material impact on the small businesses.

Joyce Watterman

  • Working on improving process for disseminating information to community re: development
  • Bring concerns to your council people and they will do their best to fight it
  • She is an advocate for affordable housing
  • Work closely with councilpersons
  • Public notices is a major issue that has been skirted over for years. Needs to be fixed. Why can’t we put an ordinance in place to make this a requirement? We also need to know when redevelopment plans are amended. Candice created an ordinance for the redevelopment plan notification, Joyce will ask her to include notifications in the ordinance.
  • Is City equipped to address Jersey Ave Extension? If we can’t fix simple things like traffic lights, how do we have hope for major things like the bridge? Need to look at community input into concerns. We need to hold our professionals to a higher standard!
  • Suggest having Directors (such as Traffic Engineering Director Joe Disouzza?) come to Community to come to our meetings. Could this be coordinated to be more community-wide?
  • Joyce suggested Town Hall meetings to Council – not approved yet, but still under consideration.

Announcements & Community networking

  • Reminders:
    • Monday 22nd – Turnpike Authority meeting on Jersey Ave. Extension – 5pm -8pm, City Hall. Reach out to elected officials to encourage them to come to this meeting to understanding our concerns (Freeholders, Assembly people, committee people, etc.)
    • Tuesday 23rd – City Hall property study (non-condemnation study). No current redevelopment plan, but one may be in the works.
  • Full listing of events and announcements available on June Monthly Newsletter
  • Allison will follow up with Block Captain idea

Adjournment – 9:15 pm

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