VVPA Monthly Newsletter: February 2020

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The next VVPA meeting will be held Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 pm at The Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.). * Light fare will be provided, compliments of the Brightside Tavern. As a reminder, VVPA meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, so be sure to mark your calendars in advance!


7:00 pm – Welcome and Call to Order – President Ben Bernouy
7:10–7:20 pm – Officer & Committee Reports
7:20–8:30pm – Guest Speakers & Presentations:

New Business: 

Beverly Johnson: introducing Headroom Bar & Social 
Thomas and Dean Maroulakos: Skopos Hospitality Group- introducing Franklin Social 

Guest Speakers:

VVPA Board Director Craig Zehms : to discuss York Street Project ‘s Celebration Of Hope (Dinner March 12)
Alika Muhammad: update on the initiative to dedicate Gateway Park in honor of deceased JCPD LT. Robateau 
Andrea Rodriguez: Community Compost Co./Hudson Soil Co. to discuss composting and options
Déjà Anderson, Aide to the Mayor, will speak about Census 2020Community networking to follow.

What We’re Working On for Next Month:

March guest speakers:  

Ed O’Malley, Jersey City’s Senior Forrester 
Helena Gouros, Urban Garden CompanionHave an idea for a guest speaker?

Email us at vvpanews@gmail.com


East District Police Captain’s Meeting – Thursday, Feb 13 7pm at M.S.#4 (2nd Fl, Library)

JC Recreation Sports & Activities FREE EXPO – Saturday, Feb 22 9am-1pm,at Jersey City Armory (678 Montgomery St)

ART FAIR 14C – Friday, Feb 21 at 5pm – Sunday, Feb 23 at 6pm, at the Hyatt Hotel (Tickets at Eventbrite

HOLI at the Barrow Mansion – Saturday, March 14

JC Together Criminal Justice campaign launch – Monday, March 16, 7-8:30pm at Foundation of Salvation Church

NJ-08 for Progress Candidate Forum – Wednesday, March 18, 7 pm at Barrow Mansion (location may change, TBA)

Bookmark our new website www.vvpajc.org. As always, you can reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.


Jersey City Council to limit public speaking time to 3 minutes – first reading of the ordinance to take place Thursday, Feb 13 at the City Council meeting

Friendly reminder about the upcoming 2020 Census

Support the VVPAThe VVPA is looking for volunteers to help with events and more. Email vvpanews@gmail.com to get involved!

The VVPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group. In addition to making a contribution via PayPal, we are registered as a non-profit at Amazon Smile. So every time you shop through Amazon Smile, select the VVPA as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the VVPA.Thanks to Our Generous SponsorsThank you to our sponsors: Barrow Mansion Development CorporationBrightside Tavern,  Jersey Wine & Spirits  and the Friends of Van Vorst Park!

Welcoming our new sponsor Two Boots Pizza in JC

The VVPA depends on fundraising and sponsorships from local businesses and community members. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email vvpanews@gmail.com.

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