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Next RNA Meeting:

Tuesday, June 10th
at 7:30 PM

 

Location:

Harbor View Health Care Center

178 Ogden Avenue

1st Floor Cafeteria

 

Agenda:

 

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Greetings!

 

Please join us this Tuesday, June 10th for our regular monthly meeting at the Harbor View Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave (corner of Franklin), 1st Floor Cafeteria at 7:30PM. Representatives of the JC Police Department and Resident Response Center will be present. We will discuss a proposal to refurbish the bocce court in Riverview Park and the situation at the Landmark Loews Theatre. Donations of an unopened toiletry item will be accepted at this meeting for donation to St. Lucy's Shelter.

 

Enlightening Tour of the Heights

 

On Saturday, May 17th, about 30 people came out to learn about the history of our neighborhood from Historian Dennis Doran. The Heights: A Walking Tour was sponsored by RNA and presented in conjunction with the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy as part of Historical Preservation Month. Doran provided a great tour by relating personal stories and sharing dozens of historic photographs and educating participants about how the neighborhood was strongly shaped and influenced by the city's once prominent Dutch and German immigrant populations. Check out the photos from the Jersey Journal!

 

Photo credit: Roy Caratozzolo III/For the Jersey Journal

 

 

Putting Wine Bottles to Good Use at Ogden's End

 

If you were wondering why we encouraged all of you to drink up your wine and donate the empty bottles to us, wonder no more. On Saturday, May 17th, volunteers from Jersey City Ties, a young professional group that focuses on fun social events, networking and helping out the Jersey City community (jerseycityties.com) and Ogden's End Community Garden volunteers led by Kevin Condrack, used those bottles to start creating borders for the planting areas. Ogden's End Community Garden is located at the southern-most end of Ogden Avenue.  To be a part of creating this fabulous open space in our neighborhood, please visit the Facebook page, stop by the RNA or Farms in the Heights booths at the Riverview Farmers Market (Sunday, 9-2PM at Riverview Fisk Park) or email us. We are still accepting empty wine bottles at the Farmers Market every Sunday. 

There will be a fundraiser for Ogden's End Community Garden on Saturday, June 21st from 3-6PM in the backyard at 277 Webster (corner of South St). Join us for a barbecue. Suggested donation is $20 but any amount is welcome. And bring those empty wine bottles! RSVP: ogdensendgarden@gmail.com. https://www.facebook.com/events/1453931464847850/?ref=22

 

2nd Annual Riverview JazzFest
Bigger & Better than ever

 

Over 400 jazz lovers came out on one of the most beautiful days of the year for the 2nd Annual Riverview Jazz Fest in Riverview Fisk Park. The crowd was wowed by New Tricks featuring Ted Chubb, Vince Ector's Organatomy, Beninghove's Hangman, Mark Guiliana Quartete with special guest Gretchen Parlato and the Brightside Trio All-Star Jam hosted by Noel Sagerman. RNA is proud to be one of the sponsors of this festival that was held in conjunction with the Riverview Farmers Market operated by Farms in the Heights. We extend out congratulations to the Riverview Jazz Fest organizers and volunteers for a great day and for establishing a great tradition of free high quality jazz and for showing off the Riverview Arts District. Check out Mickey Mathis's photos in the Jersey City Independent.

 

Our Condolences

 

On behalf of the RNA board and all of our members, we would like to extend our condolences to Roger Heitmann on the loss of his brother, Warren (73), who died on Tuesday, June 3rd. Warren was a machinist with NJ Machine Inc., Hoboken and lived on Ogden Ave for many years. Warren was the devoted father of Sandi Wills; Cherished grandfather of Grant and Michael Wills; Loving brother of Carol and husband Jack McAdams and Roger Heitmann. Cremation is private and inurnment will take place at a later date in Flower Hill Cemetery, North Bergen. 

 

This Friday - Live at the Lumberyard &
JC Fridays return!

 

This Friday, June 6th (rain date June 7th for Live at the Lumberyard only) marks the quarterly JC Fridays citywide celebration of the arts AND the return of Live at the Lumberyard music series.

 

In addition to events throughout the city, there are five (5!) events right here in the Heights (RNA is sponsoring two of them) plus an after party at the Trolley Car Bar (10PM - 323 Palisade Ave)

 

Live at the Lumberyard (7-10PM at Palisade Lumber - Palisade Ave at Griffith Street - outdoors, bring a lawn chair or blanket) Sponsored by RNA and Palisade Lumber. Featuring DJ Preskool, video projections and live music:

  • 7PM - Chrissy Roberts (www.chrissyroberts.com) is a Jersey City-based singer-songwriter and the creator of Kid Notes music.
  • 8PM - Twiddlin' Thumbs https://soundcloud.com/twiddlinthumbs - Erin and Ben personify the new wave of the Americana revival. Their original tunes marry classic rural themes with modern urban sensibility. These Jersey City Heights residents love having a good time playing folky, bluesy tunes.
  • 9PM - The Gully Hubbards (gullyhubbards.com) are an Americana band based out of Jersey City. They set out to combine roots-music traditions with modern themes. Their sound utilizes pop sensibilities and compelling vocal harmonies. Featuring James Dower, Dave "Ace" Case, Carolyn Light and Andy Sapko.

Live at the Lumberyard is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas. A. Degise, County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

  • The Science of Nature/The Nature of Science closing reception. (7:30-10PM) at 433 Palisade Ave (Office of Assemblyman Raj Mukherji) from 7:30PM until 10PM.  Curated by Meghan McKee, the show features Nelio Bugallo, Margaret Clinton, Mike DiFeo, Eileen Ferara, Olga Guerra, Kate Hester, Frank Ippilito, Tatiana Lopez, Jan McCaulie, Julie McHargue, Meghan McKee, Clara Richardson and Alexis Rotter.
  • Photography and Jazz at The Statuary 53 Congress Street (5PM-10PM) Margo and Walter Parks present this music and photography event to celebrate the restoration of the former Jersey Statuary building. Reception 5PM-7PM in honor of the original owner, Ralph Giblesi.
  • Mod Cup Coffee Roasters presents "Modern Life Is..." from 7:15-midnight at 479 Palisade Ave (note location change from JC Fridays schedule) for a night of mod tunes, coffee cocktails and a celebration of their one year anniversary.
  • Riverview Community Garden presents Art in the Garden: "Four Seasons of Wild Jersey City 7:30-10:30PM (Ogden and Griffith). Nature films by John Dunstan and soundscape by Michael Durek (film at 8:30).

 

 

To close out the evening, join us for a JC Fridays after-party at the Trolley Car Bar and Grill, 328 Palisade Ave (corner of Ferry St) at 10PM until we tire!

 

Updates

 

After many meetings with NJ Transit have failed to substantially improve the reliability of transportation to and from the Heights and to expand our transportation options, RNA has requested a meeting with Sen Sacco who heads the Transportation Committee,  our state assemblymen Raj Mukherji and Carmelo Garcia,  County Executive Tom Degise, Mayor Fulop and our city council concerning overcrowding, no-show busses and other problems with NJ Transit and their contractor (Academy). The focus will be on the 119, 123 and 87 busses, as well as recommendations that emerged from the Riverview Arts District Community Summit meeting.  

 

The Residence Response Center has reported back that due to our pressing the issue, a request letter was sent to PSE&G requesting the additional street lighting for Palisade Ave in the areas identified to be lacking adequate light. We have not yet gotten a specific timeframe for the installation of the lights but will send updates as we get them.

 

RNA is working with the city in their efforts to use the NJ APRA (Abandoned Property Rehabilitation Act) and other means to remove or sell problematic abandoned properties, the current focus is properties on Palisade Ave and to get more problematic vacant properties moved to the Abandoned Property List.

 

The water source in Riverview Park was cut off by United Water. We are working with the Department of Public Works and the Municipal Utilities Authority to get this restored so we can keep our new perennial garden alive and growing. At the time of publication, we have been unable to get a specific date as to when the water will be restored. Thanks goes to the Riverview Community Garden for allowing us to use their water to keep our new garden and tree alive.

 

Congratulations to Mod Cup!

 

Congratulations to Mod Cup Coffee for being recognized by the Village Voice as the #1 coffee shop in Jersey City and Hoboken.  Link to article: Mod Cup Article

 

Upcoming

 

Friday, June 6th, JC Fridays, a city-wide celebration of the arts. Visit jcfridays.com for full schedule. RNA sponsors two events - Live at the Lumberyard at 7PM and the closing reception for The Science of Nature show (see above).

 

Friday June 6th - 10PM JC Fridays Afterparty at the Trolley Car Bar (328 Palisade Ave) 

 

Saturday, June 7th, Neighborhood Cleanup - 10AM  Meet at the corner of Palisade & Bowers St. Tools, gloves provided. Dress appropriately.

 

Sunday, June 15th - Noon: Father's Day event at the Riverview Farmers Market with JC Families and Farms in the Heights. For info: https://www.facebook.com/JCFamiliesDotCom 

 

Saturday, June 21st - 3PM-6PM. Ogden's End Community Garden Fundraiser https://www.facebook.com/events/1453931464847850/?ref=22.

 

Friday, June 27th, 7-10PM, Live at the Lumberyard featuring Dogfood, The Zydeco Revelators, GMJ Groove, and DJ Senor Lunkhead. 

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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association