Sunday, May 29, 2011

June Newsletter

Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association Newsletter
June 2011 Issue


Summer is rapidly approaching!  And PARKFEST on June 11th (raindate June 12th) is right around the corner.  If you would like to participate as a commercial or an individual vendor, or a non-profit, you can download at your vendor application.  For HPNA members, there are discounts.  If you or your company would like to sponsor PARKFEST, to provide a prize for our raffle or to volunteer, please email

Do you want to reduce your energy bills? Would you want to have a garden on the roof?
Come to June’s Meeting, June 1st at 7:30 at Cordero School, 9th and Erie!
At the meeting, vendors will present solutions on improving your heating bills through new heating systems and on installing a “living roof” that reduces energy bills and waste water. We will be discussing the upcoming PARKFEST and how to spend revenue generated from the PARKFEST raffle, such as installing additional trash, recycling cans, and benches in the park, providing doggie bags for the dog runs, purchasing a flag for the playground flagpole, offering stipends for planting new trees around the neighborhood and installing more trash cans in the neighborhood.

Look for your new membership card in your mailbox!
We are in the process of mailing or dropping off the new HPNA membership cards. You can use your membership card for special promotions in your neighborhood businesses distinguished by the HPNA business member sign.

The following businesses support the neighborhood, the community, and the HPNA: 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’.

You can become a member by downloading the membership form from or by email The annual household membership is only $10 and you can always join HPNA for multiple years!

Support your neighbors, friends, parks, and community!
FARMERS’ MARKET is bigger and better than ever!
HPNA’s farmers’ market started in mid-May during an intense spring storm. On each of the coming Wednesdays – rain or shine between 4 and 8 PM, you can buy from our 5 great vendors: Stony Hill Farms, Hoboken Farms, Cocoa Bakery, Lizzmonade and Westco. Tell a friend or bring a friend! There is a lot of good, healthy food, and it is also great fun.

Recycling in Hamilton Park?
There is no recycling in the park and it has been a concern of many of our neighbors. HPNA is working on creating a committee to work on installing recycling in the park. Our first step is to invite the JC Incinerator Authority to our July meeting to inform on residential recycling and trash pick-up, and to discuss the potential implementation of a recycling program in the Park. If you would like to work with this out, please contact Amy at

Does your block need a new trash can?
A lot of garbage is littering our sidewalks. Installing a new trash requires neighborhood support. If you and your neighbors believe that your street needs a new trash can, HPNA has developed a simple petition to sign. 15 residents in the immediate area need to sign a petition to have a trash can installed on your street. If you want a copy of this petition, email and we will email it to you. When the JCIA comes to the July neighborhood meeting, it would offer a great opportunity to present these signed petitions to the JCIA.

Check out the community garden in Enos Jones Playground!
The John DeSalvo Playground Community Garden Group was recently organized by five residents, who have created a community group that adopted the corner of the playground at Enos Jones Park under the Jersey City Adopt-A-Lot program. Their vision is to create a beautiful flower garden and a space dedicated for hands-on gardening experiences for neighbors, families, and children. You are invited to join this group and become involved in designing, planting, and maintaining the garden.

On June 7th, at 7pm, we will hold an open meeting on the second floor in the Enos Jones clubhouse to discuss possible designs for the garden. We encourage all neighbors to attend to learn more about the garden, and to offer their ideas on the future of the garden considering that
the city prohibits the planting of vegetables. 

The group has its own Google Groups page with information on the garden and allows anyone to join  Alternatively, you can email, or call Jan at 201-403-7956.

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:

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.

The Hamilton Park Cleanup Group is looking for more volunteers to keep the park trash free. Currently there are three evening shifts (7 PM) and two weekend shifts (9 AM) each week. If you can spare half an hour, once or twice per month, to keep the park clean, please contact Di Webber at for more information to join the group.

·         Every Wednesday – Farmers’ Market, 4 – 8 PM
·         June 1st – June’s HPNA Meeting: “Green” Home Improvement Ideas
·         June 4th – LCCS June-A-Polooza, 12:00 – 5:00 PM, (rain date June 5th)
·         June 7thEnos Jones Community Garden Meeting, 7 PM
·         June 11th – PARKFEST, 10 AM – 6 PM, (rain date June 12th)
·         July 6thJuly’s HPNA Meeting: Trash, Trash, and Recycling and Where’s the Bus?