December Newsletter: DCNA Holiday Party, HCA Elections, Bioswales
DCNA Holiday Party
The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations is hosting its Annual Holiday Party tomorrow, Saturday, December 10th, from 7 to 11 PM at the Barrow Mansion located at 83 Wayne Street. There will be festive decorations, live music, food and drink. We hope you will join us!
The event is free, though we ask that you bring a nonperishable item for St. Matthews Food Pantry. You can get more details on the DCNA Holiday Party Event Page.
Harsimus Cove Association Election
At our last meeting, membership elected the 2017 HCA Board of Directors. You can learn more about the current board by visiting HCA's website. A very big thank you HCA’s outgoing President, Jeremy Jacobsen, and outgoing Vice President of Membership, Meredith Lander. Both dedicated countless hours to making sure our community has a say in the future of Jersey City!
And, in keeping with HCA tradition, there will be no regular HCA meeting during the month of December. Instead, we hope to see you at the DCNA Holiday Party. Our next HCA meeting will be Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM at Grace Church Van Vorst.
Pedestrian Mall Update
You may have noticed the ongoing installation of three bioswales on the Pedestrian Mall.
Bioswales divert stormwater from entering the sewer system, which reduces pressure on our aging infrastructure. Bioswales are structured similar to tree pits but with a larger surface area and special water-absorbing materials (stones, sand, engineered soil, and plants). This project coincides with the work of the City’s Office of Innovation to focus on improving stormwater and wastewater management throughout the city.
Brian Platt, Director of the Office of Innovation, explained “[t]hese bioswales are the first green infrastructure of this kind installed in public space and we hope to use these as a framework for future green infrastructure installations on both public and private property.”