HCA Annual Meeting & Board Election
November is always an important month for HCA because it’s when we elect a new Board to lead the organization in the year ahead. Of course, we know that by now most readers are probably burnt out on talk about elections, but we still do encourage all of our members to come to participate in this important process in our community. Details are below.
November is also the month that brings Thanksgiving. It’s a time to look at the amazing place where we live and to the people in our lives—friends, family, and neighbors—and to remember our gratitude for all the good things that we have, but may sometimes overlook. It’s also an opportunity to give. There are many among us who are not so fortunate. We can share with them a spirit of kindness, giving and compassion that is all too often in short supply.
Before we continue to meeting update and news, a couple of quick words…
HCA encourages our neighbors to shop locally, and we hope everyone supports the businesses that not only contribute to HCA as sponsors, but also make living in Harsimus Cove even better. Please click on the logos below to visit their websites.
Help Us Spread The Word About HCA
Word of mouth is one of the best ways to spread news about a local organization. So, HCA is calling on members to help us spread the word. Social media is an important first step. We ask those who have not already to “like” our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
We invite you to join the discussion happening in our Facebook group, as it's a great way to keep up on neighborhood happenings and discussion among members and neighbors between meetings.
NOVEMBER ANNUAL MEETING
Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM
at Grace Church Van Vorst (corner of 2nd & Erie Streets; enter at the red door on 2nd Street)
Updates & Discussion: Due to the election and speakers’ presentations, this month’s updates will again be brief. Items besides those will include an update on the state of sidewalk and planned repairs for to North Baptist Church (Jersey & 4th), and information about the DCNA Holiday Party.
Guest Speaker: Captain Nicholas Scerbo, Commander, East District, JCPD. As previously announced, Captain Scerbo assumed the duties of District Commander after former Captain Daniel Sollitti’s promotion to Deputy Chief. Captain Scerbo will introduce himself to HCA members and attendees, give a general overview of his viewpoint on trends and issues in crime and quality of life, and then field comments and questions from members regarding these topics.
Presenter #1: Daniel Kopec, AIA LEED AP of Daniel Kopec Architects LLC will present plans for proposed façade and zoning updates at 208 4th Street (a residence in the Harsimus Cove Historic District).
Presenter #2: Jeff Jordan, RA of Jeff Jordan Architects LLC will present a proposed two-building project at the corner of Coles Street, Columbus Drive and Maxwell Alley, in the southwest corner of our neighborhood (not in the historic district). Each independent building will consist of two-family townhomes.
HCA Board Transition
HCA will again hold its Board Elections on the second Monday of November. HCA will elect (or re-elect) its officers—President, Vice President of Communication, Vice President of Membership, Secretary, and Treasurer—as well as some At Large positions.
As in past years, there will be some departures from the board in 2016.
Meredith Lander has served as HCA’s VP of Membership, additionally taking on other tasks such as advocating for better pedestrian safety and street signage. Meredith will be greatly missed and HCA wishes her luck in all endeavors going forward.
Additionally, pursuant to HCA’s bylaws, Board President Jeremy Jacobsen is termed out from the Board. He will be taking the opportunity to focus more time on his newly opened legal practice.
With nominations received, there is now at least one candidate for every Board position except for Board Secretary. The appropriate means for dealing with this vacancy will also be discussed at the Annual Meeting, and (if appropriate) may include amendments the bylaws to ensure coverage of its duties.
North Baptist Church Sidewalk & Façade Repair
The sidewalk on the east side of Jersey Avenue, between 4th and 5th streets, which had been closed to foot traffic for well over a month, is now once again open to pedestrian traffic. The sidewalk was originally closed due to unsafe overhead conditions resulting from North Baptist Church’s present structural issues. However, now a covered walkway was created to provide for access with the necessary overhead protection. The re-opening was the result of conversations among HCA, the leadership of North Baptist Church, and the City. HCA thanks both the folks at North Baptist Church and those in the City of Jersey City (including the Construction Code Official, the Planning Department, and Councilwoman Osborne) that worked together with us to get this done.
Additionally, at a meeting on November 1 with HCA representatives and nearby residents, North Baptist Church leadership confirmed that the church and Diocese have agreed to arrange sale of a different property it owns in Jersey City in order to fund necessary repairs to the church structure. At the time of the meeting, the status of the property sale was “under contract.”
Going forward, HCA hopes to continue to work with the Church, the Diocese and the City to achieve what we believe are mutually beneficial goals: (1) ensure that neighborhood residents’ and visitors’ safety and property are properly protected, and (2) to preserve the historic structure of the North Baptist Church and, ultimately, help the Church restore it to its former beauty to the greatest extent possible.
We continue to welcome neighborhood residents who would like to be part of the discussion in moving us toward these goals. Those interested may reach out at HarsimusCoveAssociation@gmail.com.
Mark Your Calendars: DCNA Holiday Party on December 10The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA)—of which HCA is this year’s leading member organization—hosts an annual Holiday Party every December. Traditionally, the event has been held at a local business establishment on a weeknight.
This year, however, DCNA is trying something slightly different. The event will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 7 to 11 PM. It will be located at the beautiful Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne Street, between Barrow Street and Jersey Avenue) in conjunction with its annual open house, which is co-sponsored by Barrow Mansion itself and Van Vorst Park Association (VVPA).
We invite all DCNA/HCA members and their families to attend. Further details will be provided separately through our e-mail distribution list and on our social media channels.
JC ShovelsAs much as many of us may hate to think about it, it won’t be long before winter snows blanket “the Cove”—and that means shoveling. Most of us don’t enjoy this activity, but it helps to remember that there are some who are physically unable to do it. Fortunately, the City has a program to help them.
This will be the second year of JC Shovels, a volunteer driven initiative that aims to help low-income seniors and disabled homeowners with snow removal. Volunteers are paired with seniors and disabled homeowners in the area to help them by cleaning walkways. All participating seniors are placed on a “DO NOT TICKET” list with all City inspectors. This means that you can shovel at your own pace (though the City recommends shoveling a senior’s home within 10 hours after the snow stops falling).
Shovels and salt are provided by the Department of Public Works (DPW). Shovels can be picked up at DPW (Mondays to Fridays from 10 AM to 3 PM) or can be scheduled to be delivered to your house. Salt will be given in 5-gallon buckets and will be placed at the senior’s home in an easily accessible and visible area. If you require a shovel, please email email@example.com.
If you are able-bodied, please consider volunteering. If you are in need of help, consider taking advantage of this great program. Regardless, please help spread the word! For more information, contact the JC Shovels Team at (201) 547-4391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirit of the Season: Volunteering OpportunitiesIN HARSIMUS COVE
Grace Community Services’ Breakfast Plus Program is (as usual) looking for volunteers to help prepare, cook and/or serve breakfast to community members in need. The 100% volunteer-run program, based in Grace Church (39 Erie Street), serves breakfast to 60–100+ men and women from 7:30 to 9 AM every Saturday & Sunday, year-round (including holidays). Doors open around 6:30 AM and volunteers arrive at 7. For more information please email Jenny at email@example.com.
Torico Ice Cream’s “Giving Tree” for Hope House (starting November 25). One of HCA’s long-time sponsors, Torico Ice Cream (20 Erie Street), will again have its annual Giving Tree to benefit Hope House, a local women and children’s shelter. Patrons take a tag from the tree, then purchase the items listed on the tag and return them (wrapped) to Torico prior to the collection date (which is typically in mid-December.) Ask the good folks at Torico for details.
Dress For Success (121–125 Newark Avenue, 3rd floor)
Accepts donations of “interview and work-appropriate men's and women’s clothing in excellent condition (no obvious tears, stains, missing buttons or broken zippers), dry-cleaned or laundered as appropriate, on hangers, as well as new and nearly new shoes, scarves, purses, belts, jewelry, new nylons and unused cosmetics” every Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Call (201) 395-0202 to schedule your donation drop off time. Note: If you are driving or need someone from the organization to come down from the 3rd floor to take the clothes, they ask that you park on 108 Columbus Drive. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://hudsoncounty.dressforsuccess.org/contact/
ELSEWHERE IN JERSEY CITY
Jersey City Ties – Open Pantry Volunteering. On the morning of Saturday, November 19, from 9 AM to 12 noon, Jersey City Ties will be assisting Old Bergen Church (1 Highland Avenue, Journal Square area) with their distribution of food to the needy. Afterwards, a social happy hour is planned nearby for volunteers. For details and to volunteer, please contact email@example.com.
Announcements & Events
November Captain’s Meeting (Tuesday, November 15). This meeting has been moved from its usual day, presumably due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. It will be held in its usual location, in the library at M.S. 4 (on the corner of Bright & Varick Streets) at 7 PM. It is open to the public. Captain Scerbo and his supporting officers address crime and quality of life issues and field questions and comments.
Project Market (Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4). The City of Jersey City and The Jersey City Project help kick off the holiday shopping season with the fourth Annual “Project: Market” in Downtown Jersey City. It celebrates the season and highlights many local businesses. See their website and Facebook event for details.
Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting (December 8, 5 to 6 PM). The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District presents its Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall. See the Facebook event for details.
DCNA Holiday Party (Saturday, December 10). Come celebrate the holidays with your neighbors at the DCNA’s annual party to be held at Barrow Mansion from 7 to 11 PM. Details will follow.