March 2015
Heights Civic Engagement Forum
Landscape Award For Ogden's End
Spoken Word at 942 Summit Hosted by James Ruggia
JC Fridays in the Heights A Huge Success
RNA Mourns the Loss of Former Treasurer, Randy Sanford
The Fox And The Crow Pub Now Open
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Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 PM


Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
Meet with architect and owner of proposed project for 500 Palisade Ave.

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Join us this Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30pm at 178 Ogden Ave for Riverview Neighborhood Association's monthly meeting. Our guest will be Ryan Strother, the Director of the Jersey City Department of Recreation. We will also have the current proposed plans on hand for 520 Palisade Ave (the old firehouse building between South and Bowers). The plans, though not final, were provided by developer Dale Caro and the architect from the Montoro Architectural Group.  he developer and the architect will NOT be at the meeting but we can collect any feedback and questions from the membership on the current plans.

Heights Civic Engagement Forum 




RNA is sponsoring this important forum. Don't miss this chance to get involved or simply learn about the political process and/or learn of local opportunities to make a difference in the Heights.


What is it?

  The program is the JC Heights/Ward D Civic Education & Engagement Forum.   


It will be:

(A) non-partisan;

(B) a moderated presentation and panel that

educates residents about opportunities to participate politically---as a voter, a potential candidate, or as a community volunteer;   

(C) open to Democrats, Republicans, and Independents;

(D) focused on the upcoming party committee races and June 12 primaries, but we will also introduce residents to our community groups and non-partisan volunteer opportunities.


Who is it?  It came together as an outgrowth of the ongoing Riverview Arts District planning sessions. Once it was proposed, community groups in the Heights agreed to be co-sponsors including RNA, Washington Park Association, Farms in the Heights, Heights Community Coalition, Jersey City AARP, St. John's Church, and Pershing Field Garden Friends.



Monday, March 16, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at St. John's Lutheran Church (155 North Street)
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Landscape Award For Ogden's End


RNA would like to extend congratulations to Kevin Condrack, Zachary Cohen, Nick Buffum, Roger Heitmann and all the many volunteers who worked so hard at the Ogden's End Community Garden on being honored with the Landscape Award by the City of Jersey City's Department of Public Works and the Department of Health and Human Services. Excellent work! We are looking forward to even more growth in 2015. Keep a look out for the opening of the garden in April and seeing the blooming of the 500 bulbs that were planted there as part of the Big Dig. If you would like to get involved in the Heights newest community garden, located on Ogden Avenue just south of Cuneo Place, send an email to


Spoken Word at 942 Summit Hosted by James Ruggia


Despite inclement weather, the Heights first even spoken word series has been off to a great start. Hosted by local resident and writer James Ruggia, the series features guest poets/spoken word artists each night as well as an Open Mic portion. (Signup to read the night of the event.) The third of three spoken word evenings of the first season will be held on Tuesday, March 24th from 6:30-8:30 PM at 942 Summit. Come be a part of it!  Danny Shot and James Ruggia are the guest poets on the 24th. The Spoken Word series is sponsored by RNA and hosted by 942 Summit businesses Bloomsbury Sq., Do You Tea? and WHOS gluten free bakery. 



JC Fridays in the Heights A Huge Success


As part of JC Fridays, a citywide celebration of the arts held on Friday, March 6th, Walter and Margo Parks hosted a standing room only live music and arts event featuring the music of Bombay Rickey and the paintings of Leandro Comrie at their home, The Statuary, right here in the Heights. (The event was also sponsored by several heights organizations including RNA.) In addition, there were five other JC Fridays events held right here in the Heights demonstrating the increasing strength of the Riverview Arts District. These events included an open studio exhibition artists Bojana Coklyat and Michael DiFeo, the pop art of Chris Earnst and music of the Karen Kuhl band at the Lincoln Inn, RIVIV JC's "2nd Annual Comic Book Art for Kids" event raising money for children that have HIV/AIDS and a game night at 942 Summit. The art-and-music-filled weekend continued on Saturday with Ogden Ave resident Christine Santelli's weekly vibrant live music series at the Lincoln Inn. (If you haven't made it there yet, try and do so--no cover and fabulous bands.)  

RNA Mourns the Loss of Former Treasurer, Randy Sanford


Riverview Neighborhood Association extends its condolences to the Sanford family on the passing of Randy Sanford on February 21st. Randy was a member of RNA since its inception and served as its Treasurer for many years. A memorial service will be held in Jersey City at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 440 Hoboken Ave., near Five Corners, on Saturday, March 28, at 1:30 PM.  Reprinted below is his obituary.  


Roswell Randall Sanford Jr., 72, of Jersey City, NJ, and Margaretville, NY, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Jersey City Medical Center following an aortic dissection. His wife, daughter, and other family members were at his bedside when he passed.

Known by his family and friends as Randy, he was born November 16, 1942, in the old Margaretville Hospital, the eldest son of Roswell R. and Elizabeth (Dickson) Sanford of Margaretville.

He attended Margaretville Central School through his sophomore year and then transferred to Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA, a college preparatory school known for its rigorous math curriculum, in preparation for fulfilling his dream of becoming an architect. He graduated from Mercersburg in 1961 and then entered the School of Architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca. He graduated from Cornell in the Centennial Class of 1965 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He then earned a Master of Architecture degree in Urban Design from Cornell University's Institute for Architecture & Urban Design in New York City in 1969. As an undergraduate at Cornell, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi, a residential fraternity. His favorite professor at Cornell was architectural historian Colin Rowe, the Andrew Dickson White Professor of Architecture from 1962 until 1990, and one of the most influential historians in the 20th century.

On June 27, 1970, Randy married Cynthia Holthusen of Sea Girt, NJ, at Puddingstone, the Sanford family summer cottage on Perch Lake in the Town of Andes. Cynthia and Randy's cousin, David Anderson, were then coworkers in the international division of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York.  David invited Randy to a bank party, and it was there that Cynthia noticed an interesting face that had just caught her eye on the bus on the way to the party. She crossed the room to talk to Randy. That meeting led to a loving marriage and deep friendship that flourished for nearly 45 years. Their dear daughter Katharyn is among his survivors.

Randy was a talented architect and skilled draftsman. As a registered architect in New York State, and a member of the American Institute of Architects, his practice included work with large public agency clients, but his professional and creative passion burned brightly in the area of adaptive reuse and historic preservation. Over the course of his career, he was employed at a number of architecture firms in New York City, retiring in 2014 from the  firm of di Domenico + Partners, LLP. Among his other professional associations were Page Ayres Cowley Architects, LLC, Cabrera Group Architects, and Oppenheimer, Brady & Vogelstein, AIA.

In 1974 Randy and Cindy moved to Ogden Avenue in Jersey City, where he found a backyard to fit his enthusiasm for gardening and a true community of friendly and caring neighbors. A member of the Riverview Neighborhood Association since its inception, he served as treasurer in the early years. Randy also enjoyed classical music, the Beatles, public radio, and studying languages, classical and Palladian architecture, and the design and architecture of the city of Rome. Over the years, he and Cynthia provided a loving home for numerous cats, always adopted from a shelter or rescued from the streets of Jersey City. His gentle nature, compassion, integrity, curiosity, quiet wit, and dry sense of humor defined his personality.

Randy is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his daughter and son-in law, Katharyn Sanford and John Fleites of Jersey City; a sister and brother in law, Patricia and Randy Moore of Margaretville; two brothers and their wives, Richard and Laurie Sanford of Bloomville and Clark and Laura Sanford of Margaretville; and a brother-in-law, John Dirk Holthusen of Sea Girt, NJ. Also surviving are many cousins, nephews, nieces, and dear friends.

A memorial service will be held in Jersey City at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 440 Hoboken Ave., near Five Corners, on Saturday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m. Plans for an interment service in Margaretville in spring will be announced at a later date. An architectural scholarship fund in the name of Prof. Rowe will be established in memory of Randy. For information on the Colin Rowe Scholarship Fund in in Memory of Roswell R. Sanford, Jr., go to (1-800-279-3099). A memorial donation in Randy's name to Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, PO Box 88, Delhi, NY 13753-0088 would also be welcome and appreciated.

The Fox And The Crow Pub Now Open

The Fox and The Crow Pub, formerly known as AJ's, is newly renovated and serving up a small menu of fine pub fare, craft beer and cocktails. The final hours are still being determined by management but for now the pub is open from 5:00PM every day. 594 Palisade Ave at Congress St.

Upcoming Events


JC Heights Civic Education and Engagement Forum - Monday, March 16, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30PM at St. John's Lutheran Church (155 North Street)


Spoken Word At 942 Summit (with open mic) - Tuesday 3/24 6:30PM to 8:30PM at 942 Summit Ave

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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association