Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30 PM
Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
Police and Residence Response Center
Guest: Heights Votes
dues and donations help sustain the RNA. Annual dues are $10. Please
join on our website, at an RNA meeting, or make checks payable
to Riverview Neighborhood Association and mail to:
PO Box 7176
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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. Current draft plan is available here
|Heights United for Clean Streets Meets with Mayor & DPW|
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.
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
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
Please continue to report service issues by reporting them to New Jersey Transit using the following link: http://njtransit.force.com/customerservice/ContactUsMobile2
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
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
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
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 email@example.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
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