Regular PFGF Meeting – May 2018

Pershing Field Garden Friends
General Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 15th at 7 PM
Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Center


In conjunction with the Pershing Field Neighborhood Association we will be hosting Attorney Jeffrey Lewis who will present a proposed plan for 16 Troy St and an adjacent parcel for the development of 9 residential units with 9 car parking. Please see the plans below.

16 Troy Street plans

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Spring Bouquets 2018 Thank You

Pershing Field Garden Friends™ (PFGF) celebrated the first weekend of spring on Friday night at the new La Unica Bakery and Cafe on Central Ave for its annual Fundraiser, Spring Bouquets – an evening of poetry, prose and song to benefit the gardens at Pershing Field. We thank the proprietors of La Unica, Eric and Jason for providing a warm & inviting venue and tasty treats and beverages.

We kicked off the fourth year of our popular Solstice Series, emceed by PFGF™’s very own Mauro Altamura. Again, he was instrumental in connecting us to talented writers and the rich musical talent right here in our neighborhood. Ananda Lima and Sanjay Agnihotri shared their powerful poetry and prose…insightful, sensitive and often times amusing. The talented musician Addie Mahmassani rounded out the night in song featuring her original, soulful creations and a few Bob Dylan & Joni Mitchell favorites. She was accompanied on trumpet by her good friend Max. What a duo!

We were pleased to announce the new Pershing Field Garden Friends officers: Debby DeVenezia, president; Jill Koprowski, vice president, Josephine Sita, treasurer and Diane Brown, secretary and board members Laura Skolar and Tim Keating.

Thanks to our sponsors, attorney and neighbor Eugene O’Connell and Cara Development for their continued support. We are grateful for Susan Newman from Susan Newman Design Inc. and Remco Press for creating our promotional materials, Jeff Kaplowitz of Liberty Realty for donating the door prize, and Central Ave Liquors for donating the wine. Most importantly, we thank our community for their unwavering support.

Mark your calendars for our other Solstice Series summer and fall events: Friday, June 22nd and Friday, September 21st – a guaranteed fun night for a good cause.

If you are interested in volunteering for our organization please email

Spring Bouquets 2018 photos of the event

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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 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.



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: or

Call 201-259-1800 or

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