March 2016
Riverview Park Renovation
Heights Clean Streets
NJ Transit Update
Restaurant Overlay Zone Status
Central Ave Visioning Session
Backroom Broadsides
Business Updates
Heights Activities Calendar
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Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30 PM

 

Location:
Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
 
Agenda:

Police and Residence Response Center

Guest: Heights Votes

Neighborhood Updates 
 
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PO Box 7176 
Jersey City, NJ 07307

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Greetings!

Please join us this Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30 PM at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Avenue (at Franklin St) for the Riverview Neighborhood Association's (RNA's) monthly meeting.  Our guest this month will be Heights Votes, who will detail and discuss their efforts to increase voter registration and turnout in the Heights. We will also be accepting feedback on the upcoming Riverview Park renovation and provide updates on the status of the APRA process to mitigate the worst of the abandoned properties in the Heights.  All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Input Sought on Plans for Riverview-Fisk Park Renovation

At last month's RNA meeting, Aaron Johnson, the landscape architect for the Jersey City Department of Architecture, presented the preliminary design for an overall renovation of Riverview-Fisk Park. At this month's meeting we will continue to collect your feedback on the priorities for the renovation. If you cannot attend the meeting or prefer to submit your feedback directly, please email your top three priorities (must haves) for Riverview Park to riverviewneighborhood@gmail.com.  Current draft plan is available here.
Heights United for Clean Streets Meets with Mayor & DPW

The first of six meetings with the Mayors office, Department of Public Works director Mark Redfield and Heights United for Clean Streets to address trash, litter and ordinance enforcement issues in the Heights was held last month.  Here are some of the agreed upon actions from the first meeting:

- The City agreed to consider allowing external trash container storage bins for multi-unit properties that don't have access to a common trash/recycling area provided they meet certain aesthetic and functional requirements.  The group will make recommendations to be reviewed at the next meeting.

- A meeting is being scheduled with the director of the third party contractor (Regional Industries) responsible for public receptacle and residential garbage and recycling collection.  The issues related to cleanliness and adherence to public receptacle pickups will be addressed.

- 30 additional garbage bins have been promised for the Heights along Heights thoroughfares.  Requested locations have been submitted.

- The DPW is looking to standardize recycling bins for cleaner collection.  We are also discussing allowing clear recycling bags for recyclables to prevent plastics bottles, cardboard and paper from blowing all over the Heights on recycling night.

- A Dog Waste Bag Dispenser pilot program will be started in several Heights parks. 

- Ordinance enforcement efforts will be stepped up and fines will be increased for repeat offenders. The City will report back to the community regarding progress made and summonses issued.


Here is the Heights United For Clean Streets bullet point mission statement and the basis for our working meetings with the city:

- Improve the way residents put garbage and recycling out for collection. Enforce the city's codes, such as: Putting garbage out after 7:00 p.m. in heavy-duty garbage bags and/or containers that do not overflow.
- Reduce the amount of household waste in public bins by allowing residential receptacles in front of buildings on main thoroughfares where required, provided they meet size, safety, and aesthetic codes.
- Enforce commercial and residential sidewalk cleaning regulations throughout The Heights.
- Create escalating fines that penalize repeat offenders.
- Provide pick-ups of public garbage cans cleanly and consistently according to a public schedule.
- Place garbage cans at all bus stops along major thoroughfares, all corners along the commercial shopping district, and increase recycling canisters within The Heights in coordination with Heights United for Clean Streets.
- Increase hand sweepers to collect litter along primary streets to match pedestrian traffic.
- End illegal contractor dumping. Issue stop work orders to contractors found in violation.
- Establish data-driven reports presented monthly by the Department of Public Works at a public community meeting.
- Begin a pilot plan for dog-waste bag dispensers and new signage in parks and along popular dog walking routes in coordination with United for Clean Streets.
- Help educate the public regarding current trash laws. 

Heights United for Clean Streets is a sub-committee of the Riverview Neighborhood Association in conjunction with other Heights organizations and advocates. Follow the group on Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/UnitedForCleanStreets/
 
NJ Transit Update

Mayor Steve Fulop, RNA and members of the Hudson County delegation met with NJ Transit on February 8th to discuss service problems and improvements needed on Heights bus routes. One outcome of that meeting is that RNA is now receiving daily performance reports on the 119 and 123 buses.  These performance reports have uncovered several issues related to driver training that are being addressed that should improve service.

There is another meeting scheduled with NJ Transit to follow up on these issues and to address service on the 87 and 86 bus routes.  RNA also continues to advocate for 24 hours bus service to/from the Heights.   

Please continue to report service issues by reporting them to New Jersey Transit using the following link: http://njtransit.force.com/customerservice/ContactUsMobile2 (or going to the NJ Transit customer service tab on their website).  You can also post to the JC Heights United Facebook Group and tweet to @HeightsBuses. Don't assume someone else has done this - do it yourself. The more input they hear, the better.
 
Restaurant Overlay Zone (ROZ) Passes Planning Board

The proposed restaurant overlay zone for Palisade Ave and Central Ave was passed unanimously by the Planning Board.  The next step in the process is for the ordinance to be taken up for a first reading by the City Council.  This ordinance is on the agenda for a first reading at the city council meeting this Wednesday 3/9 at 6:00pm.  Anyone wishing to speak for or against the proposed ROZ expansion needs to attend the SECOND reading and speak during the public hearing portion to be held at the city council meeting on 3/23 at 6:00pm. 
 
Community Visioning Session For Central Ave Held with over 100 participants.

Thanks to the Office of Innovation (Brianna Lawrence) for organizing and facilitating the Central Ave community visioning session and for Robyn Stratton-Berkessel for leading the session.  There was a great turnout with over 100 Heights community members participating. We will provide updates from the session at our monthly meeting on Tuesday March 8th.

Backroom Broadsides - March 15th
Spoken Word series continues at the Fox & Crow

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Presented by RNA and James Ruggia. the Backroom Broadside Series continues Tuesday March 15th and March 29th at  8:00pm at the Parlour Room at the Fox & Crow (594 Palisade Ave at Congress St).  The first two nights of the series were a great success with featured poets/readers Greg Masters, Mike DeCapite, Joel Lewis and Roxanne Hoffman.  James Ruggia hosts and welcomes open mic participants.  Just show up and sign up to read (limit 5 minutes). Backroom Broadsides is the first of hopefully many literary and poetry events in the Heights.

 
Congress Station and Business Update
Coffee Shop Opens at 589 Palisade Avenue

 
Congress Station, a coffee shop, opened to positive reviews.  Located at 589 Palisade Ave (at Congress St), Congress Station is serving Intelligentsia Coffee, breakfast and lunch and pastries from acclaimed Union City bakery Tisserie.

The Guitar Bar and Drum Den, located at 362 Palisade Ave (Franklin St) is offering a full suite of musical instrument lessons including Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Violin, Woodwinds and more.  Support your local businesses!
Heights Activities Calendar

Momentum Art Exhibit Series: Presented by the WPA - Friday March 11th, 7pm to 10pm. 237 South St.

Keep Jersey City Beautiful - The Great Jersey City Cleanup on Sat April 23rd.  Details on how to volunteer here:

Ogden's End Community Garden - Opening Cleanup and spring prep of the garden:  Sunday April 3rd from 10am to 1:00pm.  Call for volunteers.  Email ogdensendgarden@gmail.com for more info or just show up.

Improve your health and that of RNA

Want to feel even better when you exercise or need a bit of extra motivation to get you going? Then TakeStepsForRNA: run,walk or cycle and help us raise $1000 by March 31st. All you have to do is register (with a minimum pledge of $10), decide how many miles you are willing to walk, run or bike for the amount you pledge, and then (optionally) ask others to sponsor you to meet your goal.

You can register at charityfootprints.com, download their app (for iphone users) and then track your miles using the app (or log them in if you are an Android or other mobile platform). Click below for more information. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Here is the link to the RNA campaign: TakeStepsForRNA 
 
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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association
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