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Next RNA Meeting:

Tuesday, January 13th at 7:30 PM

 

Location:

Harbor View Health Care Center

178 Ogden Avenue

1st Floor Cafeteria

 

Agenda:

Meet with architect and owner of proposed project for 423 Palisade Ave.

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RNA

PO Box 7176 

Jersey City, NJ 07307

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Greetings!

 

Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 13th at 7:30PM at the HarborView Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave (at Franklin) in the first floor dining room. We will be holding the annual elections of the board of directors at this meeting so it is very important that all members attend. Our guests this month will be the architect and owner of a proposed project for 423 Palisade Avenue. We will also provide community updates. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

 

Annual Elections for the RNA Board

 

Pursuant to our new bylaws passed by the membership last spring, annual elections for the RNA Board of Directors are now held in January of each year.  The nominations were opened at the December 2014 meeting and will remain open until the election is held at the January meeting. To hold office, individuals must reside within our boundaries, be at least 18 years old, and have paid their 2015 membership dues of $10.  

 

Nominees:

  • President: Kern Weissman
  • Vice President: Nicholas Buffum
  • Secretary: Jocelyn Patrick
  • Treasurer: Roger Heitmann
  • Director At-Large: Open (Marilyn Carlock to be nominated at the January meeting)

The success and longevity of RNA as a voice in the community is based on the participation of our members, neighbors, and friends. Please run for office, volunteer and, of course, vote!  

 

Day Care Center Proposed for 423 Palisade Avenue

 

The owner and architect of a proposed project to renovate and convert the building at 423 Palisade into a full 3 floor day care center (currently the 1st floor functions as a day care center) will be our guests at the January RNA meeting. They will present architectural drawings and be available to answer questions about the proposed expansion to the 2nd and 3rd floors and the building renovation. Zoning along this section of Palisade Avenue only allows commercial uses (such as a daycare center) on the first floor; upper floors are to be residential. Therefore, this owner would need to seek a variance to the zoning to allow them to expand the commercial use to the upper floors. The owner is seeking our feedback prior to submitting this application. This is not a legal public hearing on the project--that would only take place if and when the owner submits an application for variance(s) from the appropriate board (zoning or planning board). 

 

Liberty State Park in Danger

 

A last minute addition to a bill passed by the New Jersey State Legislature shortly before Christmas that would merge the Meadowlands Commission and the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority into a new Meadowlands Regional Commission, included 10 lines (out of 80 pages) that would place Liberty State Park under its control rather than the state's Department of Environmental Protection. RNA has signed a letter from the Jersey City Parks Coalition condemning the new language and asking that it be vetoed by the Governor and the bill only be signed once the language has been removed.

 

Friends of Liberty State Park (FOLSP) are asking that supporters call the Governor's office at 609-292-6000 to tell the Governor to conditionally veto the bill until the LSP language is removed and to contact their legislators to urge them to pressure the governor as well.  The bill passed with no debate or public knowledge and states that this autonomous agency "shall evaluate, approve and implement plans for Liberty State Park," which could include privatization of parts of the LSP.

 

To learn more about this this and to read the coverage and editorials from the New York Times, the Star Ledger, and the Record as well as additional information from FOLSP, please visit folsp.org/meadowlands_act.htm.

 

Bus Problems Continue

 

Service issues continue on the NJ Transit bus routes that serve the Heights. While strides have been made to improve our transportation options, recently service issues have worsened, especially on the 87, 86, and 85 routes. It is important to document each and every service issue that you have in order to get those problems addressed. Please continue to submit service issues via the NJ Transit mobile site and webpage and, ideally, forward us a copy as well at riverviewneighborhood@gmail.com.  

  

  

Mobile site -
http://njtransit.force.com/customerservice/ContactUsMobile2

Regular site -
http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo

 

Holiday Party A Joy

 

Dozens of RNA members and friends came out to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and enjoy a full supper from Rizzo's. We also held board nominations for the first time in December and were honored to receive a gift from local resident and photographer John Crittenden of a photograph he took at last summer's Live at the Lumberyard concert. This photograph was part of his gallery exhibit held earlier this year during JC Fridays. Thank you, John, for this honor and to everyone for attending.

 

Mayor to Name 100 Steps after Former Ward D Councilman

 

The Jersey Journal reports that Mayor Fulop will name the 100 Steps after former Ward D Councilman/current Chief of Staff to the County Executive, Bill Gaughan.  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/01/jersey_citys_100_steps_to_be_named_after_former_longtime_councilman.html 

 

RNA feels it would be much more appropriate to name the 100 Steps after Maria Tuzzo, the longest serving RNA board member who passed away before the Steps were installed but was a passionate advocate for their completion. The fact that RNA was not informed or consulted about this is insulting to the RNA board, its members and all the Heights residents that worked so hard to get this project realized.

 

Gazebo Plans Moving Forward

 

City architecture is working on plans for the new gazebo based on community input. They expect to submit the design to the State at the end of January and put it out to public bid thereafter. We will have updates at the January meeting. 

 

Planning Continues on Palisade Avenue Zoning Meetings

 

Members of Heights organizations have held several meetings regarding potentially rezoning Palisade Avenue (the section that is zoned R2). Please keep a look out for community meetings to be held in February/March (dates to be determined).

 

Upcoming

 

Sat 1/10 and ongoing  New Window Art Installation

by Meghan Mckee at Mod Cup on Palisade Ave  

 

Sat 1/10 6PM and ongoing  Sound & Vision art opening by Craig Mahoney at The Lincoln Inn (13 Lincoln St)

  

Thurs 1/15 2:30-9PM  JC Fab Lab Open House, 195 New York Ave, 4th Floor

  

Sat 1/24 8PM  9th Annual Snow Ball - A gala to benefit Art House's nonprofit performance and visual arts programs.. Visit arthourseproductions.org for tickets.

  

Sat 1/24  Live Blues featuring Heights resident Walter Parks and Swamp Cabbage, 9:00pm at the Lincoln Inn (13 Lincoln St)

  

Every Sat at 9PM  Live Music at the Lincoln Inn 13 Lincoln St. (see their Facebook page for all info and the lineup of artists) 

  

1/18 12-2PM  Winter Market and CSA, The Distillery 7 Hutton St. 

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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association