A Big Spring Bouquet Thank You

Pershing Field Garden Friends™ (PFGF) celebrated the first weekend of spring on Friday night at 942 Summit Ave for its Fundraiser, Spring Bouquets: an evening of poetry, prose and song to benefit the gardens at Pershing Field. More than a fundraiser, it was the kick off to the community for the re-opening of Bloomsbury Sq and the new bloomBar. We are thankful to proprietor Niambi Cacchioli for creating a warm and inviting venue and for hosting in her inimitable style. Rashidah Annur and her sister Khadija of POSH curators did a wonderful job coordinating our event. Delicious refreshments were served including pickled vegetables with beet hummus and quinoa croquettes from Busy Bee Organics and matcha vanilla and raspberry lemon cupcakes from Brooklyn Whiskers.

The first event in the third season of our Solstice Series was again emceed by PFGF™’s very own Mauro Altamura. Great job, Mauro!! The incomparable Tiphanie wowed the crowd with her original, soulful songs while South St resident Gerry Rosenthal accompanied on guitar and vocals. Sarah M. Sala and Melida Rodas shared their poetry and prose… insightful, sensitive and often times amusing. Thanks to Susan Newman from Susan Newman Design Inc. for creating our promotional materials and Tony Skalecki of Remco Press for printing our beautiful posters. The event was sponsored by Century 21 Plaza Realty. Most importantly, we thank our community for their unwavering support.

The second of our Solstice Series, Summer Wind, will be held in June with details to follow. If you are a writer, poet or musician and would like to participate in this or a future event, please email pfgf2004@gmail.com or call 201-259-1800.

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Spring Bouquets 2017

Pershing Field Garden Friends invites you to…

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

Friday, March 24th, 7:00-9:00pm

at 942 Summit Ave. on the corner of Zabriskie Street

Music by: Tiphanie

Spoken word by: Melida Rodas and Sarah M. Sala

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 2017 - fundraiser for Pershing Field Garden Friends

Tiphanie studied ballet and harp before becoming a professional dancer and actress on French TV at age 15. She began singing at that time. In 2008 she met her soul and music mate Geoffrey, which led to her traveling to Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York. Writing music was a natural evolution for her. She was granted a Talent Scholarship at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and New York where she graduated with a degree in Musical Theater. She’s been here ever since. Tiphanie has performed in numerous shows and in an Off Broadway play. During the winter of 2014 she decided to bring her songwriting career to the next level. She released her first EP “between us” in July 2015. Since then she has been a performer on the street, on the subway and in numerous venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and in Paris as well. She is currently working on a new EP with Grammy nominated  Producer arranger Jason Agel who recorded John Legend’s last album among lots of many famous artists. You can catch her performing with her Jazz trio at the newly opened Jazz bar “Fine and Rare” on the East side, and as soloist on the Spirit of New York Dinner cruise ship for the summer season  2017. Her website is www.tiphaniemusic.com


Melida Rodas is a writer and multimedia artist. Her work has been published in text book/anthology publications to include: What We Hold in Common (The Feminist Press), American Working – Class Literature (Oxford University Press), Literature and Work (Pearson Press) and Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (New Jersey City University). On July 1st, 2013, Melida was chosen as Jersey City’s first inaugural poet, by Mayor Steve M. Fulop. She is also the recipient of a grant from PROARTS in partnership with Sustainable Jersey City, for “Illuminations ~ Words for Change”, an eco-friendly work which promotes unity, poetry and art by projecting images and words onto the urban landscape. As a featured author she has presented her writing at various conferences and universities. Her visual works have been showcased in numerous museums and galleries.


Sarah M. Sala published THE GHOST ASSEMBLY LINE with Finishing Line Press in 2016. Her poem ‘Hydrogen’ was also recently featured in the ‘Elements’ episode of NPR’s hit show Radiolab in collaboration with Emotive Fruition. Sarah’s poems appear in Atlas Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. Visit her at SarahSala.com



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PFGF Regular Meeting February 21, 2017




Agenda items include: 

  • Progress reports on the PFGF Tree Replenishment Project and the Pat Mangini Memorial Garden
  • Our Spring Bouquets Solstice Series Fundraiser 3/24/17
  • Tennis Courts
  • New permitting process for the Community Center

Hope you can join us!!


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PFGF Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

The next regularly scheduled Pershing Field Garden Friends meeting:

Tuesday January 17th at 7 PM 

at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Community Center in Pershing Field


1) There is a developer that wants to do a project at 78-80 Manhattan Ave that requires some variances:

We do need a few variances, as we are in the R-1 district and are by right only allowed (2) 1 or 2 family houses.

Use: 1&2 Family allowed, Multifamily building proposed

Density: 4 units allowed (2-2 family houses), 12 units proposed

Height: We will need a height variance of a few feet, to elevate the first floor above grade in the front yard

Please spread the word as it would be important to voice your thoughts or concerns, if any. ALSO:

2) A request by a Veteran’s group to put a WW II monument in Pershing Field – another important topic to be considered.

3) Plans for the Tree Replacement/Replenishment Project and the Pat Mangini Memorial Garden will be presented


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