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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Jersey City Heights Non-Partisan Forums

Mark Your Calendars!

The Jersey City Heights
Invites you to attend the non-partisan, community organized Forums.

Forum for Ward C & D
Council Candidates

Tuesday, September 26th,
from 7 until 9 pm

Council Candidates Forum Jersey City Wards C and D



Mayoral Candidates Forum

Thursday, October 5th
from 7 until 9 pm

Mayoral Candidates Forum - Jersey City Heights, NJ


Bring your questions and an open mind.



Christa McAuliffe School. PS 28,
167 Hancock Avenue, Jersey City Heights.


Forums co-sponsored by:

Riverview Neighborhood Association, Washington Park Association, Heights Community Coalition, Heights Votes, Farms in the Heights, Leonard Gordon Park Conservancy, Sgt. Anthony Park Neighborhood Association, Nelson Avenue Block Association, and Pershing Field Garden Friends.

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Falling Leaves 2017

Pershing Field Garden Friends presents

Falling Leaves

An evening of Poetry, Prose & Song
to Benefit the Gardens at Pershing Field

Hosted by
Lulu’s Hair Zone
8 Thorne Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Thursday, September 14, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Music by: “Cabaret Sauvignon” and Sofia Oro.

Spoken Word by: Jen Hyde and Brian Bradford.

Your donation of $16 will include a beverage and a selection of Square 1’s sweet and savory treats.

For more information:

Falling Leaves 2017 in Jersey City


Jen Hyde is the author of Hua Shi Hua,华诗画 [Drawings & Poems from China], Ahsahta 2017. She is currently at work on Murmur, a 2016 finalist for the Creative Capital Grant in Literature. Jen holds a BFA in writing from Pratt Institute and an MFA in poetry from NYU. She is the recipient fellowships from the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, The Millay Colony, and Yaddo. She lives in Brooklyn where she is a Heart Valve Ambassador for The American Heart Association, the Assistant Poetry Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and a collaborative chapbook publisher for No Dear/Small Anchor.

Brian Bradford
A recipient of the Henfield Transatlantic Review award for fiction, Brian Bradford’s work has appeared in numerous Lit. Mags. and journals including “Black Ice” (The Fiction Collective 2) and “New Blood.” His first novel, Greetings From Gravipause was released by Jaded Ibis Press in December of 2015. He currently serves as a full professor of English and Co-Director of the AFA in Creative Writing Program at Warren County Community College. When not writing or teaching, Bradford spends time in his laboratory working diligently to perfect eco-friendly foot deodorants for our astronauts and Olympic athletes.

Amy Elise deJong, Alexandra Finger, Amanda Levie, Elena Zazanis

Cabaret Sauvignon is an all-female, Jersey City based a cappella quartet covering tantalizing tunes from today’s Top 40 all the way back to old torch songs! Their repertoire includes up-tempo numbers and ballads, medleys and mashups, and with a wide selection of seasonal favorites, this group is always ready to perk up the party any time of year.

Cabaret Sauvignon arranges and acquires new songs all the time and more recently began to write some originals. In 2015 they composed “The Mysterious A Cappella Murder Cabaret,” which Theater Pizzaz reviewed as, “…fiercely entertaining, whimsical, and unique in form. These four women are pros at blending four part harmonies.”

Cabaret Sauvignon performs throughout the greater New York area for charitable fund-raisers, private, corporate and public events, product launches, venue openings, festivals and national holiday celebrations. Their social media presence extends to Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Linked In, and SoundCloud, and their website is For more information, contact or 917-699-3181.

Sofia Oro, 13 years old starting eighth grade at St. Nicholas School in Jersey City, loves to play guitar. She started taking lessons at the Guitar Bar in Hoboken and continues to play after school with the Little Kids Rock program. This summer she travelled to Gowanus Brooklyn to participate in a Rock Camp and performed with the Gowanus Music Club a Rockwood Music Hall in downtown Manhattan. Last summer she performed in Jersey City for the “Jazz at Lunch” series at Exchange Place and the “Hub” a MLK drive. She has also performed at NJCU for “Relay For Life” event and in Hoboken at a benefit for the Hope Center. Sofia is so excited to have the opportunity to perform for her community with the Pershing Field Garden Friends.

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