Spring Bouquets 2018

Pershing Field Garden Friends invites you to…

An evening of Poetry, Prose and Song to benefit the gardens of Pershing Field.

Friday, March 23th, 6:30-8:30pm

at La Unica Bakery & Cafe

454 Central Ave. (between Congress and South Streets)

Music by: Addie Mahmassani

Spoken word by: Ananda Lima and Sanjay Agnihotri

Your donation of $16 will include a beverage and a sweet or savory bite.

Reserve today as seating is limited. For more information and reservations email pfgf2004@gmail.com or call 201-259-1800.

Spring Bouquets 2018 -design by Susan NewmanBiographies:

Addie Mahmassani is a singer-songwriter, proud to be based in the Jersey City Heights after time in Montclair, Newark, and Arizona. Her songs, distinctive for their theatricality and her high and clear voice, explore heartbreak, America, dreams, and everything in between. Addie is also an instructor and PhD candidate in the Rutgers Newark American Studies program, where she works in performance studies and cultural history. Her debut EP Believe the Birds is out now. Her website is:



Ananda Lima’s work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Offing, PANK and elsewhere. She has an MA in Linguistics (UCLA) and is pursuing her MFA in fiction (Rutgers University, Newark). Ananda was selected for the AWP Writer-to-writer program and serves as staff at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

website: http://www.anandalima.com


Sanjay Agnihotri was born in Queens, New York City, and raised in New Jersey, India, England, and Saudi Arabia. He is the publisher of Local Knowledge, a literary and art journal, as well as the programmer and host of its long-running reading series in Manhattan. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter. He has recently published his short story Guerrilla Marketing in the literary journal One Story.

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Important PFGF Meeting February 2018

Important PFGF Meeting

February 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Center

1) PFGF representative Rich Dwyer will be present to discuss the PSE&G tree trimming practices and recent extreme pruning done to our old growth trees on Manhattan Ave. He has offered out his email & encourages folks to email questions & concerns to him directly,  prior to the meeting so they can be adequately addressed. His email is:


Please come out to discuss this urgent matter that is sadly and dramatically affecting our neighborhood tree canopy. See link below.


2) There is a proposal to place a gravestone type WWII memorial in Pershing Field. There was actually a resolution that was put forth in the Fall that the City Council approved. There was NO notification to PFGF or any public input on the type of memorial, it’s location in the park or any other aspect of this proposed memorial. The organizers will be present at our meeting to discuss. We are attaching the documents received after it was questioned at our January PFGF meeting.

Map for WWII Memorial in Pershing Field, Jersey CityResolution WWII Monument (pdf)

We hope you can join us for discussion and solutions to these important items.

And for more information: PershingField.org or Facebook.com/pershing-field-garden-friends.

Call 201-259-1800 or pfgf2004@gmail.com

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PFGF Regular Meeting – Let’s Kick Start the New Year!

Let’s kick start the New Year!!

Regular PFGF Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7 PM
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Community Center

Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano and Ward D Councilman Michael Yun will attend our upcoming meeting.

Topics to include:
improvements to the running track and tennis courts, community initiatives, and future PFGF projects.

Be part of the dialogue. Bring your questions or concerns.

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Winter Delights 2017

Greetings and Happy Holidays! We would love to see you at our upcoming fundraiser Winter Delights! 

If you are planning to attend it would be greatly appreciated if you could purchase your tickets on line:

For tickets: https://pfgf2017winterdelights.eventbrite.com/   It would be a terrific help in providing a head count as we are having a sit-down dinner. OR if you prefer you can drop a check at Laura’s office: 3677 Kennedy Blvd corner of Leonard St in the Heights. Thanks!


Pershing Field Garden Friends presents

Winter Delights

An evening of music, food and fun to benefit the gardens and programs at Pershing Field.

Tuesday, December 19th, 7-10pm

at Renato’s

278 Central Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Limited on-site parking is available.


Your ticket includes a fabulous sit down dinner and entertainment. Live music will be provided by the Jazz Cats.


The tricky tray tradition continues with exciting prizes to be won.

Ticket Cost is $65.00 per person.

We look forward to seeing you on Dec. 19!


For tickets: https://pfgf2017winterdelights.eventbrite.com

And for more information: PershingField.org or Facebook.com/pershing-field-garden-friends.

Call 201-259-1800 or pfgf2004@gmail.com

Winter Delights 2017 poster for Pershing Field Garden Friends by Susan Newman Design Inc

The Jazz Cats

The Jazz Cats blend jazz standards with gems from the Great American Songbook. From Miles and Fats to Dizzy and Duke, these cats love to wail.

Pianist Mel Nusbaum began his career in Chicago playing blues guitar and bass with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and jazz guitar with many jazz greats including John Klemmer, The Brecker Brothers, Cecil Payne, Chico Hamilton and Patato Valdez. Switching to piano, Mel now delves deeply into harmonies and has recorded several albums of his own compositions.

Drummer Lou Selmi began his career with The Locals. Their hit record “You Never Have Fun” hit #1 in Japan. Lou studied with Tony Williams (Miles Davis) and played with hard bop pianist Sam Dockery (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers). Lou’s drumming also drives the Zydeco Revelators, a French rock-New Orleans boogie band.

Bassist Bart Erbach’s first gigs were in church on Sunday mornings. He moved on to the rock club circuit and eventually formed the nine-piece high-octane dance band, Joyride. Bart grew up listening to the Great American Songbook and studied with Rick Laird (Mahavishnu Orchestra) and Christian Fabian (The Lionel Hampton Big Band).



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