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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National Make A Difference Day 2017

Pershing Field Gardens by Laura Skolar


Saturday, October 28,2017

please join


for our

Annual Fall Planting from 9 am to 12 pm

Equipment, tools and gloves will be supplied

Student Community Service Credits Available.


Please call 201-259-1800 for further details or email

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Falling Leaves 2017 Thank You

Pershing Field Garden Friends™ (PFGF) celebrated the fall solstice on September 14th with Falling Leaves: an evening of poetry, prose and song to benefit the gardens at Pershing Field.

Our event was graciously hosted by Lourdes and John Shinnick at Lulu’s Hair Zone. It was a warm and inviting venue with tasty sweet and savory bites provided by Square 1.

The third in our yearly Solstice Series was emceed by PFGF™’s very own Mauro Altamura. Anyone in attendance would agree he out did himself again in securing outstanding talent. Great job, Mauro! The young and talented Sophia Oro started off our evening with a soulful original song. Jen Hyde and Brian Bradford shared their praiseworthy poetry and prose. Our featured musical group was Cabaret Sauvignon with Amy Elise DeJong, Alexandra Finger, Amanda Levie and Elena Zazanis. They are a Jersey City based “a capella” quartet covering tantalizing tunes from today’s top 40, all the way back to old torch songs. Such a treat!

Falling Leaves 2017

We are thankful to longtime PFGF supporter Ron Russell of Urban Architecture for his sponsorship, Central Liquors for their continued support and Jim Fallon who generously donated his painting of Thelonious Monk on combat paper, made from shredded military uniforms for our door prize. Thanks to Susan Newman from Susan Newman Design Inc. for creating our promotional materials and Tony Skalicky of Remco Press for printing our beautiful posters. Most importantly we thank our community for their unwavering support, making this another successful Solstice Series event.

Stay tuned for details on our Holiday Fundraiser to be held in December – I can promise you it will be another fun filled night in support of our park!!


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