Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays


The HPNA wishes our friends and neighbors happy holidays! The next membership meeting will be on Wednesday, January 2, 2008.

Friday, December 14, 2007

DCNA Holiday Party – Thurs. December 13th


Despite the inclement weather, the annual Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) Holiday Party at LITM was well attended, and fun was had by all!
DCNA includes:

Hamilton Park Neighborhood Assn.
Harsimus Cove Assn.
Historic Paulus Hook Assn.
Power House Arts District Assn.

Thanks to PADNA for organizing this year's event and making it a success.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Neighborhood Meeting Dec 5- Wine Tasting


John Gizzi and Diann Greco of Make Wine With Us discussed the art of making wine. HPNA members were treated to a tasting of a very special vintage - HPNA Chardonnay! The wine is hand made in small batches, and produced - in Jersey City! Merlot was also on the agenda.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

December Newsletter

You're Invited to our Next Community Meeting:

Wednesday December 5, 2007 – 7:45 PM

NOTE LOCATION CHANGE:
1 McWilliams Place (St. Francis Building)

Meeting Agenda

7:45 to 8:00 - Crime Report

Police Officer Dina Reilly from the East District Police Department will come to discuss our neighborhood safety concerns. Please note the non-emergency police number: (201) 547-5477.

8:00 – 8:15 Nominations for 2008 HPNA Board

The December meeting is when we take nominations for the next year’s HPNA board members; elections will be held at our January meeting.

8:15 – 9:00 Wine Tasting and Discussion

Let the holidays begin – and what better way to get in the holiday spirit than by discussing and tasting wine. Special guest appearance and talk by John Gizzi and Diann Greco of Make Wine With Us, Jersey City's best kept secret, its very own winery! Check them out on the web at http://makewinewithus.com/ .

9:00 to 9:30 Announcements, Community Questions, Social Time

We welcome your ideas, suggestions and concerns and ask that you express them during our meetings. If you cannot make one of our meetings please feel free to contact us via email at hpnajc@gmail.com with your suggestions. Please stay and socialize with the presenters and your neighbors. Refreshments will be served.

Announcements

JC Fridays – Fri. Dec 7th all day

Don’t forget that the first Friday of every month is JC Fridays, a day of free arts events in Jersey City. Check out http://www.jcfridays.com/ for event listings.

HPNA Holiday Party – Sun. Dec 9th 2pm to 4:45pm

Bring out the kids to enjoy the annual HPNA-sponsored Holiday Party. Hosted at Cordero School on Erie between 9th and Pavonia, activities include an ornament-making station for the kids, a visit from Santa Claus, and Christmas carols. Cookies, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be served. Homebaked goods to share are welcomed. We will be lighting the Christmas Tree in Hamilton Park immediately following the holiday party. Look for updates and details on the HPNA blog at http://hpnajc.blogspot.com .

HPNA Christmas Tree Lighting in Hamilton Park – Sun. Dec 9th 5pm

Bring out the kids and the pets to enjoy the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Hamilton Park. We will be lighting the tree immediately after the HPNA holiday party at Cordero School. Located in the southwest corner of the park (near the intersection of West Hamilton Place and 8th Street), the Christmas Tree in Hamilton Park was planted and first decorated to honor the memory of Jack Swallow, one of the founding members of the HPNA and a core member of the community.

DCNA Holiday Party – Thurs. December 13th 6:30 to 9:30 pm

The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, of which the HPNA is a member, will be having their annual holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 13th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at LITM (140 Newark Avenue). This year the Powerhouse Arts District Neighborhood Association (PADNA) is hosting. Everyone is invited, so please come by and say hello to neighbors from throughout Downtown JC.

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Residents and Developer Discussion: 209 Ninth St.


Residents of Ninth Street and Pavonia Avenue met with Mr. Aggarwal, the developer of 209 Ninth Street and his representatives. Mr. Aggarwal and his representatives presented his proposed plans and answered questions from the audience. The variance application will be heard before the Planning Board on November 20th at 5:30 pm in City Hall.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

HPNA October Community Meeting - Dogs on the Agenda

The agenda for this month's meeting consisted of dog related issues.
Animal Control Officer Joe Frank discussed the recent dog attacks in Hamilton Park.

Ava Thorin presented her ideas for the formation of a new group which will promote responsible dog ownership.

Tips For Being A Good Dog Owner
*Carry a leash
*Pick up and dispose of dog waste
*Do not leave dogs unattended
*Leash or muzzle aggressive dogs
*Control excessive noise
*Prevent digging and destructive behavior
*License your dog
*Always carry a bag, a spare and a share
*Let your dog off-leash only in safe areas
*Never let your dog get more than 20 feet away from you.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

October Community Meeting

You're Invited to the HPNA's Next Community Meeting

WEDNESDAY, OCT 3, 2007
7:45 PM
The Cordero School, 0n Erie between 9th St and Pavonia Avenue

Meeting Agenda

7:45 to 8:00 - Crime Report
Police Officer Dina Reilly from the East District Police Department will come to discuss our neighborhood safety concerns. The Jersey City Police Department has a new website, http://www.njjcpd.org/ that provides extensive Department Information as well as Preventive Tips. Please note the non-emergency police number: (201) 547-5477.

8:00 – 8:45 Dogs in Hamilton Park
Animal Control Officer Joe Frank, P.O. Dina Reilly, and a representative from NID will discuss the recent dog attacks in Hamilton Park. Everyone is invited to talk about dogs in Hamilton Park, including current leash and dog registration laws. Long-time community member and business owner Ava Thorin will present her ideas for a cohesive and responsible Hamilton Park dog community. For everything dog-related in Jersey City, check out the online listserve DogJC at http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/DOGJC/.

8:45 – 9:00 General HPNA Community Updates, Concerns, Questions
The HPNA will update the community on various neighborhood concerns, including the planned Hamilton Park renovation – the construction document plans are almost complete! Volunteers are also needed for the HPNA Halloween Party and Parade in the park from 2-4 pm Sun, 10/28.

9:00 - 9:30 Neighborhood social time, chat with presenters


UPCOMING EVENTS AROUND HAMILTON PARK

Sat and Sun, Oct 6th/7th, 12 noon to 6pm – JC ProArts Studio Tour
The 17th annual Jersey City Artists' Studio Tour is taking place on October 6th and 7th from 12 noon to 6pm. To find the artists' studios and the group shows participating in the Studio Tour throughout Jersey City, pick up a free map and guide on the 6th and 7th from 11:30am through 6pm at the Studio Tour tents, located just outside the Grove Street and Journal Square PATH stations. For more information, check out the JC ProArts website at http://www.proartsjerseycity.org/.

Sat, October 13th, 12 noon to 4pm – Celebrate Embankment Victory
On August 9th the federal Surface Transportation Board gave the city, county and state governments a second chance to acquire the Harsimus Branch (6th Street) Embankment from Conrail on reasonable terms. This is a huge victory for the city and all of the citizens who have worked so hard to preserve the Embankment as an historic landmark and public open space. While the journey is by no means finished, the Embankment Preservation Coalition (EPC) is taking this opportunity to CELEBRATE. Join the EPC from noon to 4pm at Resurrection School Gymnasium (Holy Rosary Church Complex), 189 Brunswick St, corner of 6th and Brunswick. The full program can be viewed at the EPC website: http://www.embankment.org/.

Sun, October 28th, 2pm to 4pm – HPNA Halloween Party
Bring out the kids and the pets to enjoy the annual HPNA-sponsored Halloween Party in Hamilton Park. Activities include costume contests for children and pets and a costume parade for all around the park. Come decorate a pumpkin in the Hamilton Park Gazebo and kids are invited to enjoy the candy goody bags. Look for updates and details on the HPNA blog at http://hpnajc.blogspot.com/.

Sat and Sun, Oct 27th and 28th, 12 noon to 10pm – St. Jude Festival
The community is invited to join in the St. Jude festivities hosted by Resurrection Parish on 9th Street between Jersey Ave and Erie Street. Check out food vendors, games, and live entertainment. Please note that this portion of 9th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during the festival hours on the weekend.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Jersey City Tree Planting

The JC Department of Public Works, Division of Parks and Forestry is doing their tree planting program again for this fall. Call them at tel: 201-547-4449 to request an application form -- the deadline is September 28, and plantings will be in October and November.

The city will make the tree pit on the sidewalk in front of your property if there isn't one already, and plant the tree of your choice for a small fee. You may mark your preferred spot on the sidewalk in chalk and they will oblige as long as there are no obstructing water/sewer lines or anything else important.

A neighbor counted over 120 open tree pits from Newark to 10th between Grove and Coles Streets, not including the ones that have been filled in with cement, bricks or asphalt, nor the pits tha t contain dead or dying trees. If you have an empty tree pit in front of your property, please consider filling it with a new tree.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Final Park Vote June 9: Design "D" is the Winner

The final vote for the renovation of Hamilton Park was held today during the 22nd Annual June Park Festival - here are the ballot results:

Total Ballots Cast (including absentees): 649

Four Design Options (click to view designs online):
http://hamiltonpark.org/ballot4/june9ballot.html

Design A: 96 votes (14.8% of the total)
Design B: 141 votes (21.7% of the total)
Design C: 83 votes (12.8% of the total)
Design D: 329 votes (50.7% of the total)

There were a record number of votes cast! An enormous thank you to everyone who participated and especially to all our volunteers who helped with everything from ballot preparation to table staffing to counting the final tallies this evening. This was truly an effort of the community and an amazing two-year experience.

We hope that the 2008 HPNA June Park Festival will be as fabulous as today, and in a renovated Hamilton Park.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

You're Invited To Our Next Community Meeting:
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 – 7:45 PM

NOTE LOCATION CHANGE:
1 McWilliams Place, 6th Floor (elevator access)
(The Nursing School at the Former St. Francis Hospital)

Meeting Agenda7:45 to 8:15 - Crime Report and Discussion
Police Officer Dina Reilly from the East District Police Department will come to discuss our neighborhood crime concerns. Please note that the non-emergency police number is (201) 547-5477. Dale Hardman from Downtown JC Watch will present

8:15 to 10:00 - Farewell Reception for Janice Monson
Long time HPNA officer and frequent president, Janice Monson will be leaving Jersey City and relocating to Hawaii at the end of July. To commemorate her years of service to the community, the HPNA will be hosting a reception in her honor. Catering will be provided by the Bar Majestic, and sponsored by Exeter Property.Janice's efforts have had a deep and positive impact on not only downtown Jersey City, but the city at large. She raised the bar for the way in which the city dealt with crime, green space, cultural affairs and most notably development issues. While Janice's departure will be a loss for the Hamilton Park community, her efforts will have a lasting impact. Please join our reception to wish Janice well and again thank her for her tireless efforts over the years.

The 2007 Hamilton Park Festival
This year's park festival was a success, with not only great weather but a great turn out of more than 110 vendors, in addition to superb entertainment, including a great musical line up and break dancers. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the 2007 Hamilton Park Festival a success.

Farmer's Market in Hamilton Park
Check out the Farmer's Market, sponsored by the HPNA. Every Wednesday, 2:00 to 7:00 PM

Please visit the HPNA on the web ~Website: www.hamiltonpark. org
Email: hpnajc@gmail. com

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

2007 Hamilton Park Festival a Success!


NBK & Raw ElementZ (top) and All You Horseriders (bottom) - photos by Wednesday.
The 2007 Hamilton Park Festival on June 9th was a success! The weather was perfect - not too hot, and no rain. Jersey City residents voted in record numbers for the final Park Renovation Ballot, and a good time was had by all. The performers included The Lonesome Prarie Dogs, Nobuki Takemen, All You HorseRiders, NBK & Raw ElementZ - Breakdancing Performance, Bryan Beninghove, and The Impulse. Thanks to the sponsors, performers, attendees and everyone that volunteered their time at the festival.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

HPNA June General Meeting

Wednesday June 6, 2007 - 7:45 PM
The Cordero School
Erie between 9th St and Pavonia Avenue


MEETING AGENDA

7:45 to 8:00 Crime Report
Police Officer Dina Reilly from the East District Police Department will come to discuss our neighborhood crime concerns. Also please note that the non-emergency police number is (201) 547-5477.

8:00 to 8:15 Mathew Glowski, Principal of St. Anthony High School
Mathew Glowski the principal at St. Anthony High School on Eighth Street will present to the community, an overview of the school as well as recent achievements in improving their academic standing.

8:15 to 8:45 Newport Associates, Presenting on the 10th Street Development
Bill Wissemann from Newport Associates, the development company working on the 10th Street Embankment condo development, will present updates on recent activity as well as plans for the construction over the next several months. Please attend this important presentation.

8:45 to 9:00 HPNA Park Festival and Final Community Ballot for the Renovation of Hamilton Park
Saturday June 9th will be the 22nd Annual Hamilton Park Festival in Hamilton Park from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Four live bands are lined up for your entertainment, including Lonesome Prarie Dogs, Nobuki Takemen, All You Horse Riders and, Bryan Beninghove. We have been fortunate enough to have several sponsors of this year's event including Geoff Elkind, Exeter Property Management, Metropolis Music, White Star, Simple Cafe, Fetch-It Pet Supplies, Phil Rivo / JerseyCityLiving. com and Triumph Bistro. We are still looking for volunteers to help out, including posting flyers about the event which are at Walt's Liquor Store on 8th and Jersey in addition to a variety of projects on the day of the festival. On the same day will be the final vote for the renovation of Hamilton Park. Four design schemes have been prepared by the engineering firm Schoor DePalma, from which the community will ultimately, choose the best design. For a preview of the designs please visit: http://hamiltonpark .org/ballot4/ june9ballot. html .

FARMER'S MARKET RETURNS TO HAMILTON PARK - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20TH. SAVE THE DATE!

The 22nd Annual Hamilton Park Festival Saturday June 9th (11:00 am - 5:00 pm )
Rain date: Sunday June 10th
Please Note: Please bring your own tables. Tables are not provided.
Space filled on first-come, first-served basis the morning of the Festival. No motor vehicles are allowed in the Park. Please park in authorized parking spaces. JCPD will ticket any illegally parked vehicles.Non-Profit/Community Service Groups are invited to attend and register for free. HPNA membership is open to local residents. Annual fee is $5.00 per household, per calendar (Jan-Dec) year. Members enjoy a discount off their table space. You may include the membership fee with the table space reservation. Questions About Registration? Call 201-714-9759 and leave a message.

Please visit the HPNA Website at: www.hamiltonpark.org

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Message from the Downtown Jersey City Watch

There has been a rise in Graffitti on personal property. A few members have contacted Oren Dabney and his assistant, Crystal Fonseca, via email. They have responded almost immediately in removing the graffiti. If you have any problems with graffitti or know someone who does, please email o.dabney@jciaonline .org
and c.fonseca@jciaonline.org.

If you have anything to report to the police, please email Captain McDonough and Officer Reilly at jcpdeastdistrict@ yahoo.com.

Also, on June 2nd at 1pm, Al and I will have our first block party in the alley located on Coles Street between 4th and 5th Streets. Please email coles45@yahoo. com for more information. We would like to have a free raffle so if you have any items to donate for a gift basket that would be great. It's potluck so email to let us know what you will bring or bring $ for the collection.

Congrats to the East District, Dale, Chris, and Dan for working together and getting their Drug dealers arrested.

Pam

Current Rash of Car Break-ins In Hamilton Park Area

Urgent Notice To All Hamilton Park Residents:

Please be advised that there is a current rash of car break-ins in the
Hamilton Park area.

According to neighbors, the vandalism has occurred between the hours of 2
a.m. and 5 a.m.

All their cars have had the window smashed, interior rummaged through, and
the radios inside their cars stolen.

If anyone has witnessed these cars burglarized, or sees a car burglary in
progress, please call the local East District immediately with any information.

Thank you.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Important Public Meeting Announcement

The final public meeting for the Jersey City Regional Waterfront Access and Downtown Circulation Study is scheduled. Please attend this very important meeting and let your voice be heard, especially concerning the proposed 11th Street Viaduct that will directly impact the Hamilton Park neighborhood.

When: Thursday, May 24, 6pm
Where: Council Chambers, JC City Hall, 280 Grove Street

Please view the Public Meeting Flier and distribute to anyone who may be interested in attending.Thank you in advance for your support, it is important to have as many people in attendance to express your views. For more information and details in the proposed traffic plans, please visit http://www.downtown jcras.com/

Sunday, May 13, 2007

New Date: Jersey City Transportation Study Public Meeting

The FOURTH PUBLIC MEETING for the Jersey City Division of City Planning's Regional Waterfront Access and Downtown Circulation Study will be held on Thursday, May 24 at 6 PM. The meeting will be in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 280 Grove Street.

At the May 24 public meeting, the consultant team will present their recommendations on projects that address projected deficiencies in the transportation network (including roadway, transit, and bike/ped) that provides access to the downtown Jersey City area, as well as in the multi-modal transportation network within downtown Jersey City.

Please view the Public Meeting Flier and distribute to anyone who may be interested in attending.

For more information, please visit the study website: www.downtownjcras.com.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

HPNA Membership Meeting May 2, 2007

Attorney Calvin Trevenen and Ward E Councilman Steven Fulop discuss the Property Revaluation Coming to Jersey City.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

May General Membership Meeting Agenda

You're invited to our next community meeting:

Wednesday May 2
2007 – 7:45 PM
The Cordero School
0n Erie St. between 9th St. and Pavonia Avenue

Meeting Agenda
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7:45 to 8:00 Crime Report
Police Officer Dina Reilly from the East District Police Department will come to discuss our neighborhood safety concerns. The Jersey City Police Department has a new website, http://www.njjcpd.org/that provides extensive Department Information as well as Preventive Tips. Also please note that the non-emergency police number is (201) 547-5477.

8:00 – 8:30 Property Revaluation Coming to Jersey City
Councilman Steven Fulop will explain the Jersey City property revaluation, including what to expect and when to expect it. Calvin O. Trevenen will also address the community and explain what a property revaluation may mean to the Jersey City home owners, based upon his professional experience. Mr. Trevenen is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. His areas of practice concentration are Zoning, Planning and Land Use; Real Estate Tax Appeals; and Real Estate.

8:30 - 8:45 Update/Vote on Proposed Changes to Downtown Traffic
The HPNA will update you on the latest regarding proposed traffic route changes for the downtown area, including proposed plans for a Jersey Avenue extension through Liberty State Park and a possible 11th Street Viaduct (an elevated off-ramp from the NJ Turnpike through the Hamilton Park neighborhood along 11th Street and down to the Newport waterfront). Current HPNA members are asked to vote on your support or opposition to all four plans so that we can present the HPNA community's views to the City at the next public hearing.

8:45 to 8:55 Sixth St Embankment – Preview Concept Design Plans
Jenny Meyer of the Embankment Preservation Coalition will present potential concept design plans for a passive-use park atop the 6th Street Embankment.

8:55 to 9:10 General HPNA Community Updates
The HPNA will update the community on various neighborhood concerns, including the future Newport development along 10th Street and the recent flooding experienced in many homes.

9:10 - 9:30 Neighborhood social time, chat with presenters

Announcements and Upcoming Events
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Mon, April 30th Meeting to Discuss Recent Flooding from Storms
Was your property affected by flooding with the recent storms? Councilman Steven Fulop has convened a meeting for Downtown JC residents to discuss the flooding and overburdened sewer system. Please come share your experience and property damages with the Councilman on Mon, 4/30, at 8pm at Cordero School (158 Erie Street) so that these problems are fixed. Need an overview on the sewer system problems? Check out the HPNA's Flooding Fact Sheet through our blog at http://hpnajc. .HPNA Archiving Project at Pavonia Branch LibraryMany thanks to all who have helped in our last two work sessions on the HPNA Archiving project. While we have made significant progress in our last two work sessions, there is still much to be done. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Janice Monson via e-mail at cowmowsow@aol. com. Please put HPNA Archive in the subject line.

SAVE THE DATE!
The 22nd Annual Hamilton Park FestivalSaturday June 9th (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Rain date: Sunday June 10th
Registration forms can be downloaded here, through our blog!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Flooding Meeting With Steven Fulop

From Steven Fulop:

If you had/have any flooding in your home or business please try to attend this meeting so I can get the most detail and push the MUA to have the problem corrected.

I will get flyers put throughout the ward in the next few days to make sure people are aware of this meeting but there is strength in numbers on issues like this, so if you could please spread the word as well that would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

Steven Fulop
Councilman Ward "E"

When: Monday, April 30, 2007 @ 8PM
Where: Cordero School, 158 Erie St

Monday, April 23, 2007

Flooding Fact Sheet

Why does your basement flood?
The sewer system in the Hamilton Park area is over 100-years old. The sewers throughout downtown Jersey City have been allowed to disintegrate over many years of neglect. In the past Jersey City has only made repairs in response to regulatory directives and to promote development.

Downtown is serviced by a Combined Sewer system, which means that raw sewage and storm water are combined in the same sewer pipe. When it rains the collapsed or broken, undersized pipes backup (surcharge) and a combination of storm water and sewage floods into your basement.

It should be clear that the flooding is NOT due to the following:
• “Regional Groundwater Conditions;
• “Below Sea Level”
• “High Tides”
• “Underground Rivers”
Read more...

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Board of Ed Elections are on April 17th. Come out and VOTE!

Jersey City Families For Better Schools
Invites You To The

Board of Education
Meet the Candidates
Public Forum

Cordero Elementary School
Erie & 9th St., Jersey City, NJ
April 5th, 2007
7:00pm


About Jersey City Families for Better Schools

Jersey City Families for Better Schools (JCFBS) has been founded by community parents, who are deeply concerned about the shortage of quality schools in Jersey City.

We have come together with a love for our community and a desire to raise our children with the highest quality of education possible. JCFBS is an organization representing a diverse group of parents, individuals, administrators and educators in Jersey City.

For further information about JCFBS please log on to http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/jcschools/ or email us at jcschools-owner@ yahoogroups. com.

From Exeter (Hamilton Square Developer)

Please note, the 9th street closing between McWilliams and Erie is due to Roto Rooter. They were servicing a water main, broke it and are now repairing it.

The closure is not due to the Hamilton Square Renovation.

They should be complete in a couple of days.

Please call if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Elizabeth
201-435-8000

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

HPNA Membership Meeting April 4, 2007

Jenny Meyer from the Embankment Preservation Coalition discussed the status of the Embankment project and the new "Make Our Park" sign campaign.

Recent events - particularly the Council majority's refusal to vote 'yes' to allow the city to apply for a $5 million bridge loan (at a low 1% interest rate) from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust to help pay for the Embankment - have demonstrated that the majority our elected officials do not think that open space/park issues are a priority or even a compelling issue. It is important that the thousands of citizens who support a wide variety of open space issues city-wide let the Mayor and City Council know that this is a key voter issue that is not going away.

For more information and to get involved visit embankment.org.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Large Easter Bunny Spotted in Hamilton Park!


The weather cooperated, and the Easter Egg hunt was a success!
Thanks to the Easter Bunny, volunteers, and all the children that collected the Easter eggs.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Robbery in Hamilton Park Neighborhood

The following message is from the JC East District Police Department:

Please be advised on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 10:15 p.m. a robbery occurred at Monmouth St. and Pavonia Ave.

The actors descriptions are as follows:

Actor #1
Black male in his late teens to early twenties, approximately 5'5", thin build, wearing a white sweatshirt, black ski mask and blue jeans. Actor #1 also brandished a handgun (no further description) .

Actor #2
Black male in his late teens to early twenties, approximately 5'9", stocky build, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, and possibly a thin mustache.

Please pass this information along to all family, friends and community members. Also, should anyone have information regarding this incident or see anyone who fits the above description( s) please contact us immediately at 201-547-5477.

Regards.
P.O. Dina Reilly

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

From Exeter (Hamilton Square Developer)

Dear Neighbors,

Please note, March 28th we will be closing McWilliams Place from 8th to 9th Street in order to restore the east side of the park. The Park will be extended to its original size, and parking will eventually be made parallel on both sides of McWilliams Place.

This process of the park extension will take approximately 3-4 weeks (pending weather cooperation!). When McWilliams re-opens, it will be one-way only flowing south. This will be a permanent change per site plan approval.

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience. We will try our best to make the process as fast and painless as possible.

If you are concerned about parking, there are still garage spaces available on Erie & 9th street. Please call our office if you are interested in renting one. 201-435-8000.

Please spread the word, and call me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation!

Elizabeth

Monday, March 26, 2007

Park Renovation Meeting Article in the Jersey Journal

Hamilton Park's makeover: More active or passive?
Monday, March 26, 2007
By COTTON DELO
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Downtown Jersey City activists filled a room at 1 McWilliams Place on Thursday night to evaluate options for Hamilton Park's long-awaited renovation.

The engineering firm Schoor DePalma presented three park designs, relying heavily on community feedback from balloting conducted in 2005 when 1,113 ballots were cast, according to Jen Greely, president of the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association.

An expanded children's playground, a dog run, benches, picnic tables and a Victorian-era water fountain were included in all three designs.

(The rest of the article is available in the March 26 issue of the JJ at your news stand, or nj.com)

Friday, March 23, 2007

Hamilton Park Renovation Meeting 3.22.07


Additional photos from the meeting

Thanks to Schoor DePalma, Councilman Steven Fulop, and the 60+ attendees that made the meeting a success. The attendees may not agree on all of the details, but share the common goal to renovate Hamilton Park.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Hamilton Park - Final Plans, 3.22.07 at 7PM

On Wednesday, March 22nd at 7PM in the Hamilton Square Building (old nursing school, 1 McWilliams Place) the engineering firm Schoor-DePalma and Councilman Steven Fulop will present the three renovation plan options for Hamilton Park.

This will be the final opportunity to review the plan and suggest last minute changes.
Renovation Plans: Three Renovation Plan Options

There will be a final ballot in late April 2007.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Action Alert: Call City Council NOW

Tonight at their Caucus meeting, the Jersey City Municipal Council considered a resolution in support of an application for a New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) loan that would provide funds for the City to acquire the open space portion of the Harsimus Stem Embankment. There were many comments indicating it may not pass at Wednesday's Council meeting, unless there is a public outcry.

The NJEIT loan would provide almost $5 million to the City, 75 percent at NO INTEREST and 25 percent at lowest market-rate interest (about 1 percent), for twenty years. The loan would provide instant money that can be repaid by reimbursable grants already raised ($3.2 million), a pledge ($500K), and additional highly likely grant monies.

What you can do
Please call the following Council people between NOW and Wednesday, March 14, 5 p.m., and ask them to support the loan application. If you are pressed for time, skip Council President Vega and Ward E Councilman Fulop, who are expected to support the application.

Council President Mariano Vega, Jr., 547-5268
Councilwoman at Large Willie Flood, 547-5134
Councilman at Large Peter Brennan, 547-5319
Ward A Councilman Michael Sottolano, 547-5098
Ward B Councilwoman Mary Spinello, 547-5092
Ward C Councilman Steve Lipski, 547-5159
Ward D Councilman William Gaughan, 547-5485
Ward E Councilman Steven Fulop, 547-5315
Ward F Councilwoman Viola Richardson, 547-5338


Suggested remarks to make to the Council people:

Please support Resolution 10.j. supporting an NJEIT loan application for the Embankment.

The City must be ready to acquire the Embankment when the Surface Transportation Board rules. This loan provides instantly available funds that can be reimbursed by awards and pledges already made and highly probable.

The Council does not have to accept the money. This application keeps options open.

Any increase in the City's debt ceiling is insignificant, considering the short period the City would use the loan before repaying it with grants.

When the STB rules (any day now), the City must act with the money it has (open space), not the money it wants but does not have now and may never have (light rail).

The Council directed the Administration to pursue acquisition. It should support loan and grant applications for acquisition, not weaken the City's ability to acquire the Embankment.

Questions? Contact:
Jennifer Meyer
Embankment Preservation Coalition
email: jmeyer@embankment.org
web: http://www.embankment.org

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Federal Preservation Tax Incentive Program


At the HPNA monthly membership meeting on 3.7.07 Daniel Reardon, the area manager from the National Architectural Trust, explained the Federal Preservation Tax Incentive Program. The National Architectural Trust is a non profit organization dedicated to historic preservation through out the country. Mr. Reardon can be reached at dreardon@natarchtrust.org. Information is available at www.natarchtrust.org.

HPNA Board Member Jon Gelman provided an update on proposed traffic route changes for the downtown area, including a proposed plan for a Jersey Avenue extension into Liberty State Park. Information is available at www.downtownjcras.com

Saturday, March 3, 2007

March Community Meeting: March 7, 2007 at 7:45 pm

Location:
The Cordero School
Erie Street, between 9th St and Pavonia Avenue


MEETING AGENDA

7:45-8:00 Crime Report
Police Officer Dina Reilly from the East District Police Department will come to discuss our neighborhood crime concerns. The Jersey City Police Department has a new website, www.njjcpd.org that provides extensive Department Information as well as Preventive Tips. Also please note that the non-emergency police number is (201) 547-5477.

8:00-8:15 Update on Proposed Traffic Changes
The HPNA will update you all on the updates on proposed traffic route changes for the downtown area, including a proposed plan for a Jersey Avenue extension into Liberty State Park.

8:15-8:30 Daniel Reardon from the National Architectural Trust
Daniel Reardon, the area manager from the National Architectural Trust will explain the Federal Preservation Tax Incentive Program. The National Architectural Trust is a non for profit organization dedicated to historic preservation through out the country. Mr. Reardon will provide literature to be reviewed by your family, CPA or Attorney, which would explain this program in more detail. To gather information in advance, please visit their website at www.natarchtrust.org.

8:35-8:45 St. Francis Update
Elizabeth Young from Exeter properties will give a brief update on the status of construction of the development at the St. Francis Hospital site, and provide some more details on their availability of a shuttle service from Hamilton Park to the PATH train.

8:45-9:00 General HPNA Community Updates

9:00-9:30 Neighborhood social time, chat with presenters.



ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

HPNA Archiving Project at Pavonia Branch Library March 31
The second work session on the archiving of neighborhood newsletters, information, and history collected by the HPNA over the past 30 years will take place at the Pavonia Branch Library at 326 8th Street on Saturday, March 31st from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please come out and volunteer a couple hours to help us archive! Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Art Deco Bus Tour on March 31
The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy is proud to present its second annual Art Deco Bus Tour. Join in exploring this often overlooked facet of architecture and design in Jersey City! The tour takes place on Saturday, March 31, 2007 from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 4:00 pm and departs from the Grove Street Path Station (by the kiosk entrance on Grove St.) The Cost is $50.00. Space on this tour is limited, and they filled all seats early last year. REGISTRATION WITH PRE-PAYMENT IS REQUIRED! To register, please send an e-mail to jclctours@gmail. com and include the number of places you would like to reserve along with the names of the attendees.

Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday April 1 in Hamilton Park
The HPNA will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt, on Sunday, April 1 from 1:30 to 3:30. Of course the Easter Rabbit will make his annual visit. Volunteers to help clean up the park before and hide the eggs are encouraged to come out by 12:45 or contact Sam Stoia at sjsesq@comcast.net.

Volunteers Needed For Newsletter Distribution
Newsletter distributional is important in keeping our neighbors aware of our efforts and encouraging greater community involvement. It’s also a fun way to meet more of your neighbors. While we have collected several new volunteers, we always hope to gather more. We will be collecting names of volunteers at our next meeting. If you can’t make our next meeting, but are still interested in volunteering contact Sam Stoia at sjsesq@comcast.net.

Please visit the HPNA Website at:
www.hamiltonpark.org

To receive our newsletters electronically, please register at our yahoo groups site at:
HPNA-JC-Public- subscribe@ yahoogroups. com

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

SELHA Introduced in Senate

Below is from Jersey City Police Officer Dina Reilly, as Hamilton Park's homeless population is often brought up in neighborhood meetings.

The Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act (SELHA) was introduced on Feb. 14 by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jack Reed (D-RI), with original co-sponsors Bill Nelson (D-FL), Mel Martinez (R-FL), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), and Susan Collins (R-ME). The bill, S. 593, calls for the establishment of a grant program for services in supportive housing.

"This legislation is critical to ending long-term homelessness in the next decade," said Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH. "If enacted, SELHA would create an efficient mechanism for the federal Department of Health and Human Services to fund services in supportive housing for the long-term homeless, which would in turn leverage other streams of local, state, and federal funding needed to make supportive housing work for this vulnerable population."

The legislation was developed by a broad coalition led by CSH, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Enterprise, and the National AIDS Housing Coalition. For more information, visit http://www.csh. org/elhsi

Click to read CSH President and CEO Deborah De Santis' letters to Senator Burr and Senator Reed.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

City of Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission Public Notice

Please be advised that the following items will be heard at the Regular Meeting of the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission, scheduled for WEDNESDAY, February 21, 2007 at 6:30 pm in the conference room of the Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce on the 14th floor at 30 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ.

1. Call to Order
2. Sunshine Announcement
3. Roll Call
4. Approval of Minutes
5. Correspondence
6. Announcements
7. Open Public Comment

Old Business:
8. Case: H06-317
Applicant: Triumph of Jersey City, LLC, applicant for KAJN, LLC, owner
Address: 85 Morris Street
Block/Lot: 66/K
Zone: Paulus Hook Historic District
For: Certificate of Appropriateness to permit construction of permanent outdoor seating area with fencing and plantings, bluestone seating area, concrete planters, and flowerboxes adjacent to a three story contributing, altered, circa 1860, Greek Revival mixed use building.
(Work already completed)
Recommendation to Zoning Board of Adjustment

9. Case: H06-369
Applicant: Max Driven for 112 Morris Street Condo Association
Address: 112 Morris Street
Block/Lot: 99/62
Zone: Paulus Hook Historic District
For: Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of vinyl siding at the rear facade of the rear residential backhouse visible from the public right-of-way on a contributing, altered, circa 1890, transitional Italianate mixed use row house.

10. Case: H06-347
Applicant: A&R Home Development
, Joe Aponti
Address: 107 Coles Street
Block/Lot: 355/C
Zone: Hamilton Park Historic District
For: Certificate of Appropriateness for the new construction of a three story, one family townhouse on the corner of Coles Street and Sixth Street in the Hamilton Park Historic District.
Recommendation to Zoning Board of Adjustment

11. Case: H07-015
Applicant: Michael Jeavons, owner
Address: 349 York Street
Block/Lot: 342/J
Zone: Van Vorst Park Historic District
For: Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of aluminum windows on the primary facade visible from the public right-of-way, replacement of front entryway door in a non-historic configuration, and installation of an iron gate to replace under stoop door on a contributing, altered, circa 1885, Italianate row house.

12. Case: H07-025
Applicant: Benedetto LoPiccolo
Address: 322 Eighth Street
Block/Lot: 357/14
Zone: Hamilton Park Historic District
For: Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of a new cornice design on previously approved new construction.

13. Landmark Designation Application Review & Recommendation
Applicant: Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy
Address: 116-130 Summit Avenue
Block/Lot: 1917/6.A
Zone: R-1, Bergen Hill Historic District (Eligible)
For: Designation of Saint John’s Episcopal Church, constructed 1871 and subsequently altered 1894, 1914 and later, and Rectory, constructed 1867 and subsequently altered 1910, as an individual landmark site. Formal action may be taken.
Recommendation to Planning Board
Recommendation to City Council

14. Memorialization of Resolutions
15. Executive Session as needed, to discuss litigation, personnel or other matters.
16. Adjournment

Kenneth Kalmis, Chairman

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Jersey City Planning Board Public Notice Regular Meeting

Please be advised the following items will be heard at a Regular Meeting of the Jersey City Planning Board, scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, New Jersey.

1. Call to Order
2. Sunshine Announcement
3. Roll Call
4. Correspondence
5. Memorialization of Resolutions
6. Old Business
7. New Business
8. Review and discussion of proposed amendments to the Morris Canal Redevelopment Plan. Formal action may be taken.

Carried From January 23, 2007

9. Review and discussion of proposed amendments to the Martin Luther King Drive Redevelopment Plan, creating a transit oriented Development Use. Formal action may be taken.
10. Review and Discussion of Proposed Amendments to Article V of the Jersey City Land Development Ordinance amending use and parking provisions of the NC, OR , and CBD zones and accessory use provision of the NC, OR , CBD, HC and Historic District zones. Formal action may be taken.
11. Review and discussion of proposed amendments to the Journal Square Redevelopment Plan. Formal action may be taken.
12. Review and discussion of proposed amendments to the Jersey Avenue Redevelopment Plan. Formal action may be taken.
13. Review and discussion of proposed amendments to the Grove Street II Redevelopment Plan. Formal action may be taken.
14. Certification of Artists as recommended by the Jersey City Artist Certification Board
15. Executive Session, as needed, to discuss litigation, personnel or other matters
16. Adjournment

MICHAEL A. RYAN, CHAIRMAN, PLANNING BOARD

Saturday, February 10, 2007

HPNA Library Archiving Project - Mission Accomplished Part I!


We extend our thanks to the volunteers that assisted with the first phase of the archiving effort. Many years of Hamilton Park history were sifted through, and we discovered some interesting artifacts of historical significance.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Archiving Volunteers Needed Tomorrow

Come volunteer an hour or two tomorrow (Saturday, 2/10) and help with our HPNA Library Archiving Project!

Details
Date: Saturday, 2/10/07
Time: 11am to 3pm
Location: Pavonia Branch Library (326 8th Street)

This is a fun project sorting and archiving the past 30 years of HPNA newsletters, news clippings, photographs, maps, and development documents. Please come give us a hand, meet your neighbors, and learn about Hamilton Park history. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Any questions? Drop an email to cowmowsow@aol. com or call 201-222-9070.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy at Community Meeting



Joshua Parkhurst of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy at the Cordero School discussed current legislation pending in the New Jersey state Assembly that would provide tax credits for restoration of properties.

Monday, February 5, 2007

February Community Meeting: Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 7:45 p.m.

Please note our new meeting start time: 7:45 p.m.

Location
The Cordero School
Erie Street, between 9th Street and Pavonia Avenue

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MEETING AGENDA

7:45 to 8:00 Crime Report
Police Officer Dina Reilly from the East District Police Department will come to discuss our neighborhood crime concerns. The Jersey City Police Department has a new website, www.njjcpd.org that provides extensive Department Information as well as Preventive Tips. Also please note that the non-emergency police number is (201) 547-5477.

8:00 - 8:15 Councilman Fulop
Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop will give an update on the Hamilton Park Renovation Project and provide a recap on Redevelopment Pay to Play outcome in addition to offering his insights on any future possibilities of reviving that proposed legislation.

8:15 - 8:30 Joshua Parkhurst on Historic Tax Credit
Joshua Parkhurst of the Jersey City Landmarks society will discuss current legislation pending in the New Jersey state Assembly that would provide tax credits for restoration of properties that are either a) on the state and national register of historic places or b) in districts, such as Hamilton Park, that are on the national register of historic places. The credit would be an income tax credit of 25% of any restoration that is in accordance with Secretary of Interior standards. The credit could also be spread over a period of time.

8:30 - 8:40 Andrew Hubsch of CivicJC
Andrew will discuss the purpose and goals of this organization and its mission.

8:40 - 8:50 Cynthia Chovan-Dalton of Downtown Harvest
Downtown Harvest is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Jersey City (a CSA is defined as a group of people who join together to help financially support a small-scale, local farmer in exchange for nutritious and fresh organic produce.) It is sponsored by OLC Church, but open to anyone. Downtown Harvest will open enrollment for the 2007 season on February 8 at OLC with a presentation and a chance to meet the farmer, John Krueger of Starbrite Farm. Cynthia Chovan-Dalton will provide a brief overview and answer questions at this month's HPNA meeting.

8:50 to 9:00 Your Ideas and Suggestions are Welcome
We welcome your ideas, suggestions and concerns and ask that you express them during our meetings. If you cannot make one of our meetings please feel free to contact us via sjsesq@comcast.net with your suggestions. We are also looking for volunteers to help distribute the newsletter. We only ask that a volunteer distribute the newsletter on one block. This helps keep all of our neighbors informed about our activities, community news and draws in more people to share their talents and ideas.

9:00 - 9:30 Neighborhood social time, chat with presenters.

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Volunteers Needed for ESL Program
The HPNA is partnering with the Jersey City Free Public Library to offer an ESL conversation program, which will be kicking off next Wednesday, 2/7, at the Pavonia Branch Library. This program will offer intermediate level students of English an opportunity to practice speaking in a comfortable setting. More volunteers are needed to lead conversational groups. The sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-7:45 p.m. on the eight Wednesday evenings in February and March. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, dependable, and of native or near-native fluency in English. If you are interested, contact HPNA liaison Brigid Cahalan at 201-420-8638 or bcahalan@nypl.org.

HPNA Archiving Project at Pavonia Branch Library
The archiving of neighborhood newsletters, information, and history collected by the HPNA over the past 30 years will take place at the Pavonia Branch Library at 326 8th Street on Saturday, February 10th. Exact time will be announced at WednesdayĆ¢€™s HPNA meeting and on our Yahoo! group list. Please come out and volunteer a couple hours to help us archive!

Please visit the HPNA Website at: www.hamiltonpark.org

To receive our newsletters electronically, please register at our yahoo groups site at: HPNA-JC-Public-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Volunteers Needed for ESL Program at the Pavonia Branch of the JC Public Library

The HPNA is partnering with the Jersey City Free Public Library to offer an ESL conversation program, which will be kicking off next Wednesday, 2/7, at the Pavonia Branch Library. This program will offer intermediate level students of English an opportunity to practice speaking in a comfortable setting. More volunteers are needed to lead conversational
groups.

The sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-7:45 p.m.on the eight Wednesday evenings in February and March.
Volunteers should be enthusiastic, dependable, and of native or near-native fluency in English.

If you are interested, contact HPNA liaison Brigid Cahalan at 201-420-8638 or bcahalan@nypl. org.