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.
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.
President: Nicholas Buffum
At-Large: Open (Marilyn Carlock to be nominated at the January
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!
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).
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile site -
Regular site -
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
Mayor to Name
100 Steps after Former Ward D Councilman
Journal reports that Mayor Fulop will name the 100 Steps after former
Ward D Councilman/current Chief of Staff to the County Executive, Bill
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.
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.
on Palisade Avenue Zoning Meetings
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
1/10 and ongoing New Window Art Installation
by Meghan Mckee at Mod Cup on Palisade Ave
1/10 6PM and ongoing Sound & Vision art opening
by Craig Mahoney at The Lincoln Inn (13 Lincoln St)
1/15 2:30-9PM JC Fab Lab Open House,
195 New York Ave, 4th Floor
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.
1/24 Live Blues featuring Heights
resident Walter Parks and Swamp Cabbage, 9:00pm at the Lincoln Inn (13
Sat at 9PM Live Music at the Lincoln
Inn 13 Lincoln St. (see their Facebook page for all info and the lineup
12-2PM Winter Market and CSA,
The Distillery 7 Hutton St.
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