Wednesday, November 2, 2011

City Council At Large Candidate Forum TONIGHT!

October 25, 2011 Jersey City, NJ.
The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) is sponsoring a
final Jersey City Council Candidate forum to be held at Ferris High School on
November 2nd.
Just one week prior to the election, the forum will be moderated by Historic
Paulus Hook Association board member, Dr. Jonathan Wharton, professor of
Political Science at Steven's Institute of Technology. The forum will include
popular questions asked by fans of the Jersey City Council Candidates Forum
Facebook page.  Short videos of the candidate answers will be posted on
Facebook following the forum.  "The inclusion of Facebook in this forum aims to
harness the power of social media to let residents determine what questions they
want the candidates to answer and to provide residents, especially those who
can't attend the forums in person, an opportunity to actually see and hear the
candidates," said Candice Osborne.
The Jersey City Council Candidates Forum Facebook page was created by
Candice Osborne in conjunction with the Jersey City Independent.  HPHA  board
member, Stephanie Daniels, is producing the event.
For inquiries see Candice Osborne, or
The candidate forum will take place on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7 pm-9
pm at Ferris High School, 35 Colgate Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07302.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Parade is cancelled!

The Halloween Parade is cancelled due to the recent weather.
Amy Ertel
HPNA President

Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Parade

8:14am Oct 21

The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association invites you to join us for the

Annual Halloween Parade and Celebration

Sunday, October 30, 2011
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Join us for a Kid’s Costume Parade and some good old fashion Halloween fun!

Parade starts at 10:15am sharp. Activities to follow.

• Join us to support our community and Hamilton Park.
• Take this opportunity to join the HPNA.
• Please bring non-perishable food for the Festival Food Bank.

Questions? Contact

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Final Week of RACE! at J City Theater

Final Week!

J CITY Theater presents the NJ Premier of David Mamet's RACE.  Running Wednesday through Saturday - 8pm. 
Show closes this Saturday, October 22nd. 

RACE, is a legal drama / detective story that follows three lawyers who find themselves defending a rich, white businessman accused of a crime against a young African-American woman. Issues of class, shame, sex, gender, guilt and of course race are all provocatively stirred together in classic “Mamet” style. As one of America’s leading playwrights, Mamet is doing what he does best: choosing an incendiary topic and then asking more questions than he answers. Race has the quick banter of Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, the gloves-off approach of his Speed The Plow and provocative subject matter of Oleanna.

As the playwright wrote in a recent essay about his work, “Race, like sex, is a subject on which it is near impossible to tell the truth.” But ‘truth’ is exactly what the court system demands, which makes a perfect conflict for great theater. Audiences are sure to be debating the issues addressed in Race - long after the curtain has fallen.

"Sizzles with Energy" - The Wall Street Journal

"High Voltage Melodrama" - Bloomberg News

"Scalpel-Edged Intelligence" - The New York Times

Time: 8pm
Location: 252 9th Street between Erie Street and Jersey Ave.
Tix: $20.00
To get more information or to purchase tickets - go to

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October Newsletter

Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association Newsletter
October 2011 Issue


Do you wonder how it works?  Who is going to do it?  What you need to do?  Come to our October Meeting.  Realty Appraisals, the company hired to do the assessment will be there to describe the process and answer your questions.  The Harsimus Cove Neighborhood Association is co-hosting this event.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2011 - America's Night Out Against Crime
Local Residents Recipients of the 2011 National Night Out Award!

On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at the East District Captain's Meeting, awards were given to our neighbors. The "Certificates of Appreciation" National Night Out Awards were presented by the East District Police Department from the City of Jersey City, Office of The Mayor. 
The award reads: "This award is to acknowledge those who through their selfless acts have contributed to making our City a better place to live." The award recipients are as follows: Al Bacilli, Elna Mukaida, Jan A. Nordland, Diana Perales, Ramon Perez. 

Honorific Street Renaming – Principal Strynar Avenue
HPNA voted to support a honorific street renaming, by Cordero Community School after its Principal Strynar at the July meeting and advocated that it would be on Erie in front of the school. The street sign should be going up in the next week or so.  Keep your eyes open at 9th

FERC Public Hearing October 19th   Ferris H.S., 35 Colgate St, 7pm.  
There is an upcoming public hearing concerning the proposed Spectra gas pipeline.  Please come out and voice your opinion.  To speak at the meeting you need to sign up at 6:30 pm. Most of Hamilton Park Neighborhood is in the blast zone of the proposed pipeline.

Bloodmobile Drive is being Rescheduled
The blood drive had to be postponed due to Tropical Storm Irene and flooding.  We are looking to reschedule in November.  More details to follow.

Make a Difference Day is October 22nd
HPNA is signed up for lots and lots of flowering bulbs to plant in the park.  Come out on the 22nd and plant some bulbs to make the park more beautiful.  Bring your own gardening supplies if you have them, if not we will have some.

Let’s  “tree” the neighborhood!
The applications to plant trees at the curbside in front of homes should be available on October 3rd from the DPW.  Trees are supplied and planted by the DPW at a moderate cost to the homeowner

The HPNA board surveyed the neighborhood to see where trees are needed and HPNA is going to coordinate getting applications to homes that have empty tree pits or possibly could have trees in front of them.  To help ensure the trees establish themselves in the 1st year when watering is essential, the HPNA will provide treegators to  neighborhood residents who are accepted into the program.  Treegators are sturdy green bags that wrap around the tree trunk and can hold gallons of water which is slowly released to the roots.  We will have applications at October’s meeting or you can email and we will send you one.

Garbage in the Children’s Playground
The HPNA is working with DPW to see if we can get at least 2 or 3 more trash cans in the playground as the current ones are inadequate. This  hopefully will help to reduce litter.  Additionally, if you want latex gloves to help pick up trash in the playground or anywhere in the park, we have them.  We are willing to deliver some to you so you can keep them with you at the park.  Please email with gloves in the subject line and please enclose where you would like us to drop off the gloves.

As there is no recycling in the park, it has become an increasing concern for many of our neighbors. HPNA is starting a committee to focus on installing a workable recycling system in the park.  If you want to join the committee by emailing

Cordero Community School Fun Run is October 21st!
The students at Cordero (Erie and 9th) will be holding the 2nd annual fun run in Hamilton Park on the October 21st.  The students from Pre-K to 8th grade will be running to raise money for the field trips.   The 8th grade 3 day fieldtrip to Washington DC is completely paid by the school’s fundraisers.  Students will be soliciting support in terms of money per lap the student runs or flat donations.  Please support this healthy event and our local public school!  Contact or to help on the day or to provide financial support.

Look for the HPNA Business Tents at Local Businesses
The membership cards have been mailed to all new and old members.  Those businesses that support the HPNA and our community, now have their tent cards out!  Please visit these businesses that support your neighborhood!

If you are not a member, and would like to support our neighborhood, you can become a member by downloading the membership form from or by emailing The annual membership fee is only $10 per household, and you can always join HPNA for multiple years!

Does Your Block Need a New Trash Can?
Unfortunately, everywhere we look trash is littering our streets, sidewalks, and the park. Installing new trash receptacle requires neighborhood support.  15 residents in the immediate area need to sign a petition to have a new trash receptacle installed on your street. If you and your neighbors believe that your street needs a new trash receptacle, HPNA has developed a simple petition to sign, which you can obtain by emailing  You can then either send them directly to the JCIA or the HPNA can send them in with our support to the JCIA.

Traffic Updates
The traffic study at 10th and Monmouth reportedly wasn’t significant enough for a stop sign.  HPNA is still pursuing the matter.  Requests have been submitted for crosswalks to be repainted throughout the neighborhood.  Additionally, HPMS is requesting a loading zone for pick up and drop off times so that the double parking will decrease at 8th and McWilliams.

Look around in the neighborhood
The Hamilton Park Watch Group is the "eyes and ears" for the JCPD in the park, and reports any suspicious or illegal activity immediately to the JCPD.  The group and its members are dedicated to helping make our park a safe place to visit for children, neighbors, and visitors.  Please join us at:

News from the Greens Committee
The newly started Hamilton Park Greens Committee keeps the greens in the park clean and pretty.  It meets on Saturdays at 10 AM, weather permitting.  Come and pull weeds, meet your neighbor, and have some fun.  Please email Jan at for more information.

Every Wednesday – Farmers’ Market, 4 – 8 PM
October 5th- General Meeting: Realty Appraisal:  How the Reappraisal Works
October 19th – FERC meeting Re: Spectra Proposed Gas Pipeline
October 21st – Cordero Fun Run in Hamilton Park
October 22nd – Make a Difference Day – the Big Dig in HP
October 30th 10-12 am Annual Halloween Parade and Activities
November 2nd – General Meeting – come and meet your neighbors who work in the local government and learn more about how your government works

This newsletter is brought to you by
Hamilton Inn                            Hamilton Square              Hound About the Town
BCG Advisors, Inc. – The Insurance Agency of HPNA

Friday, September 16, 2011


Please join us next Saturday, and be sure to spread the word!!  


Police Captain's meeting

We hope everyone had a safe, healthy, and enjoyable summer.  The East District Captain's Meetings will resume this month. 

The next East District Captain's meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at M.S. 4 (Bright and Varick St.).
Captain Connors, East District Commander, will discuss crime and quality of life issues in the East District and respond to all questions, issues and concerns. 

The Captain's Meeting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and it is in the best interest of east district residents to attend.  Please pass this information along to all community members, neighbors, family and friends.  We encourage and hope to see you at the Captain's Meeting.
Please confirm attendance by sending an e-mail to by Monday, September 26, 2011.