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: or

Call 201-259-1800 or

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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:   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:

And for more information: or

Call 201-259-1800 or

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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Urgent Action is Again Needed to Save Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park is under attack again. Please act swiftly as outlined below. Every letter, call, email will count. Thanks #friendsofLibertyStatePark


Dear Liberty State Park supporters,

Pleaseemail DEP Commissioner Bob Martinand/or call him at609-292-2885and/or fax him at609-292-7695to strongly oppose this LSP massive commercial marina along LSP’s entire non-commercial southside, and to demand public hearings. If you’d like to send a letter, his street address is under the bullet points below as are two email addresses for Suntex Marinas, who want a second LSP marina and who own the northside Liberty Landing Marina.

YOUR URGENT ACTION IS AGAIN NEEDED TO SAVE LIBERTY STATE PARK from this secret deal for a Massive “Millionaires’ Marina” along the entire non-commercial, peaceful family picnicking Southside – right behind Lady Liberty (the Flag Plaza Lawn/jetties Side) with its priceless harbor views in all directions.

Please spread the word on social media and tag Friends of Liberty State Park. Please also share The Friends’ 11/11facebook post.

This marina plan would ruin LSP’s “Central Park” true purpose of people’s enjoyment of the peaceful openness of our urban waterfront haven for picnics, jogging, walking, bicycling, fishing, relaxing and taking in the expansive open harbor views looking southward toward the Verrazano Bridge.

The Friends letter to NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin opposing the marina and demanding public hearings and a public comment period

The Friends of LSP’s OP-ED letter to the Jersey Journal

  • radically wreck the deep American connection to the South Overlook Lawn with its Flag Plaza, the original picnic area and the jetties.
  • vastly diminish people’s free waterfront pleasures by blocking the treasured expansive open water harbor views toward the Verrazano Bridge.
  • destroy the use and iconic American spirit of the priceless area behind Lady Liberty.
  • severely negatively impact the LSP Caven Point Natural Area with its wildlife habitat by the scenic walkway along the golf course, which no doubt wants this marina for its millionaire golfers to dock their yachts.
  • inevitably confiscate southside parking spaces in the two free lots and probably want to pave over the tree grove lawn between the public boat launch parking lot and the free lots. On summer weekends, the two free lots are already packed.
  • disturb the peace and quiet for all southside users due to loud motors and boaters’ loud partying music.
  • This obscene giveaway of a second LSP longterm commercial marina will: Commissioner’s street address:

NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin
401 E. State St.
7th floor, East Wing
PO Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402


Suntex Marinas, owner of LSP’s northside Liberty Landing Marina, would get the planned lease.If you want to email them,Johnny Powersis the CEO andChris Pettyis a “Principal, Head of Investment Services”.

Please also consider sending a letter to the editor ofThe Jersey Journal

(250 words for letter and about 350 words for Op-Ed piece)and to theJersey City Reporter

Photo by Tanya Buran. The marina would extend from South Overlook Lawn westward to Public Boat launch dock (near diner) along LSP’s Southside

Liberty State Park by Tanya Buran.
Liberty State Park by Tanya Buran.

Thanks very much for your steady support of LSP, our priceless American treasure.Sam Pesin, president, Eliza Wright, vice president,Trustees:John Tichenor (co-founder & 1st pres.) Gladys Vasques, Mandy Edgecombe, Douglas Fleisher, Roberta Fluellen and Sara Schultzer

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