Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, October 13th at 7:30 PM
Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
dues and donations help sustain the RNA. Annual dues are $10. Please
contribute on our website, at an RNA meeting, or make checks payable
to Riverview Neighborhood Association and mail to:
PO Box 7176
Neighborhood Association's (RNA's) monthly meeting will be held this
Tuesday, October 13th at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Avenue
(at Franklin) at 7:30PM. Our guests this month will be Sonia
Dublin, the Operations Manager from the Jersey City Department of Public
Works, and architect Lee Levine, who will present the rehabilitation
plans for 417 Palisade Avenue with a review the requested variances
related to the project. Representatives from the Resident Response
Center and the Jersey City Police Department will also be present to
address your concerns. Everyone is welcome.
DPW Headlines RNA Meeting
Department of Public Works is one of the most important agencies in
Jersey City government and sometimes one of the most vilified. It is
responsible for maintaining Jersey City's streets (potholes, paving),
city-owned buildings, traffic signals and signage, and the maintenance
and upkeep of our city's parks. Soon, DPW will be absorbing the Jersey
City Incinerator Authority and taking on oversight of waste
Dublin, the Operations Manager at the DPW, will be our guest at the
October RNA meeting. She will be updating our community and addressing
our concerns about:
- Riverview-Fisk Park
long awaited results of a the Tree Study conducted by a certified
arborist. (Many of our beloved trees are dying or unsafe due to age,
nature or neglect and plans need to be made now to address the
transition. We will have a copy of the report at the meeting)
Gazebo rebuild project and the Riverview Park rehabilitation/redesign
project. (FYI, the Gazebo bid package will be submitted to the RNA Board
from the Division of Architecture for final review by Wednesday 10/14).
Street, adjacent to Riverview Park and one of the only remaining
cobblestone streets in Jersey City. Specifically, she will address the
cleanup and improvements already in motion and planned for Holland
Street including removing rubble and the installation of a vehicle
- Other areas of DPW responsibility
This is your opportunity to ask questions of the DPW and express your desires for our community and your concerns.
this month's meeting will also provide details about a project
initiated with other Heights groups and New Jersey Community Capital to
use the Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act (APRA) to
convert abandoned properties within the Riverview Arts District into
ground floor arts and community spaces and some affordable live/work
housing units above.
NJ Transit Gets an Earful about Poor Service
NJ Transit 119 bus line, whcih runs to/from New York City and the
Heights, slipped again into horrible service during the month of
September. RNA raised its concerns about the importance of reliable
service and the specific service issues on the Heights bus routes to the
City Council, State Senators, State Assemblymen, New Jersey Transit
officials, and the Mayor's office. In the last couple of weeks we have
seen significant improvement with 119 service and we have setup weekly
calls with NJ Transit officials to make sure the root causes of the
issues are being fixed and that NJ Transit is monitoring the performance
of Academy, the third party operator of the route,
comprehensively and proactively. Here is the response we received from
senior director Rae Hutton at NJ Transit:
reached out to Academy for an explanation of the missed #119 trips and
directed them to take corrective action to ensure more reliable service.
In addition to some labor issues, we have been advised that an
individual bus operator was responsible for failing to make the trips
into the PABT for the scheduled departures that our customers reported
as missing. The operator has been terminated. NJ TRANSIT also became
aware of the notice that was posted near the Academy gate at the PABT
advising customers that certain trips are cancelled. Academy claims they
did not post the notice. However NJ TRANSIT informed Academy that this
notice is unacceptable and must be removed ASAP.
light of the service issues, our Private Carrier Affairs Division has
also taken the following first steps in an effort to improve reliability
of service, accountability by Academy and communications with
customers. This is a work in progress, and modifications and
improvements will be made as needed.
Carrier Affairs (PCA) Staff is reviewing GPS data daily to monitor trip
reliability. Academy was advised that beginning Monday, September
28, NJT will require a dispatcher at the PABT departure and arrival
gate supporting the #119 service.
will reconcile dispatch sheets, which much show all arrival and
departure trips along with passenger loads, with the tracking system to
ensure that all trips are reported and correctly identified on the
has been directed to report any known missed trips based on operators
not reporting or completing an assignment directly to NJ TRANSIT and
identify which trips will be effected. Any trips that cannot be
identified would result in a notice being forwarded to Academy
immediately for an explanation.
TRANSIT imposes penalties beginning at $150 for a missed trip and
reduces the monthly contract payment by the number of hours and miles
attributed to the missed trip.
The presence of a dispatcher at the gates will enable up-to-date information to be shared with customers.
the overcrowding issues we are experiencing with the #119 service, any
missed trip compounds the problem and creates a snowball effect on the
balance of the peak rush hour service. I want you to know that we are
committed to finding a long-term solution to the overcrowding problem
within the limitations of the PABT and our own constrained resources.
Going forward, we will step up monitoring of Academy to ensure its
compliance with the terms and conditions of its contract. Academy Senior
Management has ensured us they will cooperate to in seeing that all
service issues are appropriately addressed and service is provided at
the level maintained several months ago. Academy has also assured us
that the driver issues have been corrected and all trips moving forward
will be covered.
apologize for the inconvenience the #119 customers have experienced the
last few weeks and ask your patience as we attempt to address both the
short and long-term challenges on the #119 service.
encourages all bus riders to report any service issues to NJ Transit
(on their website or using their mobile app) and to copy RNA so we can
continue to advocate on your behalf. This step of reporting all service
issues is critical for these efforts to get better service.
Ogden's End Community Garden Hosts Fundraiser
and Farms in the Heights are hosting a block party fundraiser for the
Ogden's End Community Garden on Saturday, October 17th from 2-6PM. Come
enjoy some great food, seasonal beer and excellent company while
supporting a good cause. The $20 suggested donation includes local food
from Natures Own Farm, homebrew crafted from Robert Boudreau's fresh JC
Heights hops, an autumnal beer sampling sponsored by Fox and Crow and
Palisade Liquors, traditional Octoberfest fare and more.While
at the garden, see the results of this season's volunteer efforts to
water, weed, add flower beds, plantings, and reshape parts of the
garden. Special thanks goes to 102 Ogden Ave resident Dan McAvoy for his
persistent work, and of course RNA board member's Roger Heitmann and
Nick Buffum who are on duty every week. We have seen hummingbirds and
Monarch butterflies back in the garden, which were two of the goals for
Over $3000 raised at this years Flea Market & Park Fest
September 12th, RNA sponsored the 29th Annual Flea Market and Park
Festival in Riverview Park. This year's flea market featured over
100 vendors--many of them new to the market this year--live music, free
yoga, and more. In addition to being a fantastic time for all
participants and visitors, this is RNA's major fundraiser for the year.
Over $3,000 dollars was raised to cover our annual operating expenses
and activities. We thank all of the volunteers who helped make this
event a success. We would also like to thank the professionals who lent
their talent and skills to make the day go off without a hitch but also
made for a fun day in the park: DJ DeReal, Nick Ciavatta of Friggin
Fabulous Productions, Tom Unish on sound, and Larry Heinemann for
bringing his excellent band, The Get It, to the Heights for the first
time. Also, thank you to Mission Burrito and Gino's Pizza for the
A Busy Summer for RNA
While some organizations may go dormant in the summer, RNA kept very busy.
Perennial Garden, just north of the basketball court in Riverview Park,
was expanded in Riverview Park. The project was spearheaded by board
members Roger Heitmann and Nick Buffum
outdoor music series, Live At The Lumberyard, had a very
successful fourth season. We had larger turnouts, a bigger stage, video
projections on both sides of the stage featuring creative projections
and video art by local artists, and more food trucks. A special shout
out to Palisade Lumber for again opening their working lumberyard to
this popular music series and to Friggin Fabulous Productions for
booking the bands and providing the sound. And, like all of our
activities, we could not have done it without the support of our
dedicated volunteers. We're all looking forward to next year. To that
end, we have submitted for the Hudson County Local Artist Program grant
again for 2016 and will endeavor to expand the visual arts programming
elements of the events and offer a wider and more diverse range of
Still time to Catch the Urban Oasis Photography Show
part of the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour (JCAST), RNA and Assemblyman
Raj Mukherji presented Urban Oasis: Photography in the Jersey City
Reservoir--a one woman show featuring the photographs of Erin A.
Delaney. If you missed the opening reception or the JCAST dates,
have no fear; The show will be open throughout the month of October .
Stop by 433 Palisade Ave weekdays 10AM-5PM or by appointment. A portion
of all sales (Five pieces sold so far!) will benefit the Jersey City
LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Oktoberfest Block Party & Fundraiser for Ogden's End Garden: Saturday 10/17 from 2PM to 6PM (rain date 10/24)
Urban Oasis Photography Show: Up through October at 433 Palisade Ave. (weekday viewing or by appointment)
Fox And The Crow Parlour Room is now open; Look for live music, movie screenings (Mondays), and other events.
The Lincoln Inn: Blues Jam Every Thursday at 8PM and LIVE MUSIC every Saturday from 9PM to Midnight.
Riverview Farmers Market, free Pumpkin Patch event in the park during the market on 10/18. This event is sponsored by Sawyer-Smith Residential Brokerage, Farms In The Heights and RNA. We'll have spiced cider and treats available.
Farmers Market--Every Sunday from 10AM-3PM through November 1. Special
Halloween/Day of the Dead activities on November 1st including the
Annual Halloween Dog Parade!
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