Thursday, March 24, 2011

April 2011 Newsletter

Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association Newsletter

Volume 2011 – April

Student Spring Clean Up Was A Success!!!

On March 18th, we had over 150 kids from pre-K to 8th graders show up and clean up the park! Golden Door Charter School, Cordero Elementary School, Hamilton Park Montessori School, Scandinavian School of Jersey City all participated. We pulled over 20 big bags of leaves, twigs, and trash from the park. They didn’t get the whole park raked but they did a great job and want to do it again! HPNA is looking to coordinate another one in May. Jersey Journal showed and took pictures. Keep an eye out for pictures in the paper!

Three of our Neighbors are Women In Action !!!

Jan Nordland, HPNA Vice President and JC City Watch, Cara Birnbaum, Make My City, and Leda Duif-Shumbris, Harismus Cove Treasurer, received Women In Action awards from City for Ward E in conjunction with Women’s History Month on March 24th. When you see them in the Neighborhood, please Congratulate them!

Have Questions about the Upcoming City-wide Property Tax Assessment?

Come to April’s Meeting! Ed Toloza, city tax assessor, and Steven Fulop, Councilperson Ward E will speak. Ed will give an informative presentation about how the process will work. There will be a question and answer period as well. Coffee and munchies are sponsored by a HPNA member, Faith Luby, Senior Loan Officer with Investor Savings Bank. April 6th, 7:45 pm at Cordero Elementary School, 9th and Erie Streets

Heard of the The Great Pumpkin Patch, Charlie Brown?

Well, Hamilton Park has its own take on it. The Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park on April 9th 10am -12 pm

Not only will we have an egg hunt and games for children under 8 but also a free performance by the Jersey City’s Children’s Theatre and egg related children’s games. One of JC’s Children’s Theatre’s founders is a neighbor and HPNA member, Ann Antoshak.

Traffic Updates

*50 Summonses have been issued between March 19-22 for speeding and not stopping at crosswalks in the areas of Cordero and HPMS Schools.

*In the East District in the last month (2-13 to3-12) the police issued 1,338 traffic summonses.

*Funding has been approved for a new traffic light at 9th and Marin.

*The Police Captain is working with the Port Authority on new signage on Manila to divert traffic from our neighborhood as you can no longer turn left from Grove/Manila unto 12th Street for the Holland tunnel.

*Paving projects will be starting on Columbus and Newark Streets which will increase traffic in the neighborhood.


JOIN the HPNA to support your community! We are creating a new membership card with local business discounts. We have over 15 different businesses participating. To name just a few: Tailor’s Touch, Madame Claude’s Wine Shop, Delenio’s, Parkside Bistro, White Star, Salon X, Smith and Chang’s General Goods, Mastrolia Pharmacy, Holmes Outfitters, Monmouth Street Deli, and Christos. It is only $10 a year per household and you can join for multiple years! Support your neighbors, friends, parks, and community!

Water in the Park

The water will be turned on June 15th for Splash Pad, water fountain and drinking fountains.

Upcoming Events

April 6th – City Wide Tax Assessment Information Meeting – General Meeting

7:45 pm at Cordero Elementary School

April 9th – 10am – 12 pm The Great Hamilton Egg Hunt in the Park

May 4th -General Meeting - Park Issues (weather permitting in the park)

May 7th – Mother’s Day Event – Bagel Breakfast and plant sale 10am- 12 pm

May 18th – Farmer’s Market Begins 4-8 pm every Wednesday

June 1st – General Meeting in the park

June 4th (rain date June 5th) LCCS June-A-Polooza

June 11th (rain date June 12th) - Parkfest

Useful Numbers for the JC Dept. of Health and Human Services

Director’s Office - 547-6800; Fiscal Office - 547-5945 and 547-6823

Health Education - 547-5583 and 547-4578; Immunization/ Lead Prevention - 547-6800

Senior Affairs - 547-4777 and 547-4361;Meals on Wheels - 547-6809

WIC Program - 547-4587, 547-5682 or 547-4697

On-going Issues/Committees

Greens Committee – If you are interested in weeding and keeping the greens areas clean and pretty, the committee will begin in April. Please email Jan at for more information.

Trash Pick-Up – If you are interested in reducing the trash in the HP, currently the pick-up is twice a week until the warm weather truly starts. Please email Diane at if you are interested in helping.

Dog Run. We are looking to start a dog run maintenance group. If you interested, email Jan,

Parkfest – We need volunteers!!!! Please email Amy at for everything from vendor registration and publicity to day of logistics. Registration forms will be available this month.

Coming Soon – new website – keep your eyes peeled!!!