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2-3 Bedrooms
1 ½ Baths
Apt spans 3 floors in lovely brownstone
main living quarters on 3rd & 4th floor
Next to Barrow Mansion, in historic downtown Jersey City
2 Blocks to Grove Street PATH
w/d in unit
Available SEPTEMBER 15th
Call 201 451 5107     

A recipe for fitness, food, faith at Grace Church Van Vorst | Faith Matters

Scientific research shows that the best "medicine" for senior citizens' health is any kind of exercise that gets blood flowing faster through the brain. So last Thursday when I entered the Grace Senior Center for Healthy Living, I met the healthiest 65 senior citizens in Jersey City.

They were doing their daily group exercise routine. Throughout the week, they will also do Yoga, Tai Chi and Zumba. Antoinette Mabry, 68, loves it because, "I have trouble with my legs." The retired Newark public school teacher has been coming, first in the summers and now all year round to the programs sponsored at Grace Church Van Vorst on Third and Erie Streets for 15 years.

On Saturday and Sunday, Grace Community Services (GCS), the umbrella organization that sponsors the programs, also feeds breakfast to 100 people each day.

Exercise and good nutrition make for healthy living and there is no better example than Joyce Davison, who founded these programs 25 years ago. Next Friday, Oct. 21, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Congressman Donald Payne will co-chair a birthday celebration in honor of Davison's 80th birthday.

The event will also thank Davison for her devotion to Grace Church. "That Joyce has pretty much single handedly kept it running for over 20 years is testament to what a talented powerhouse she is," said Rev. Laurie Jean Wurm, the rector of the church for the last three and one half years.

The former Quaker, who had experience in conflict resolution with two organizations, "Alternative to Violence," and "Children's Creative Response to Violence," Davison has a Ph.D. in Psychology. Worshipping at Grace for 35 years, she once mentioned to the former rector, Rev. Scott Kallstrom, about first starting the breakfast program and he said, "Go ahead." And she did.

Then five years later, she again asked Kallstrom about a senior program. Once again, he said, "Go ahead." Helen Rogers, 90, has been coming since it started. She belongs to St. Anthony's Church and lives a few blocks away on Seventh Street. When I introduced myself to her, she said, "The pastor from Holy Rosary?!" Msgr. Gerard M. Santora died 11 years ago and would have been well over 100 today. I was deflated but then thought I must look good for 110. The retired crossing guard got a chuckle out of my response.

Rogers enjoys the senior company at the program and the daily lunch, which only costs $1.25. You could see that the seniors come from all over the city, but mostly Downtown, for the other free programs. They get cooking lessons, do line dancing, learn to quilt, and do art. Mabry said she learned how to mix colors and do portraits and pictures. They listen to music and go on long and day trips.

The program costs $45,000 annually to run and the city gives a $22,000 grant. They pay rent to Grace Church. Among the other sponsors and participating institutions are the Jersey City Council, Department of Recreation and Senior Affairs, the Hudson County Office on Aging, the Jersey City Medical Center and Palisades General Hospital. Next Tuesday, there will be "Haircuts by Esther."

The following day there will be a program on breast cancer awareness. On the 25th, the JC Medical Center will teach about asthma. The next day there is a trip to Demarest Farm and the Aviation Hall of Fame.

"As I came to know the people in the Senior program I was and remain completely astonished at how many countries and cultures are represented in the gym every week day morning," said Wurm. Ramesh Shah, 74, is a Hindu and retired to the U.S. from Bombay, India, 20 years ago. He thinks the senior people he meets and all Americans are "very jolly and always smiling."

Grace Church has always been involved in the community especially from the time of the late rector, Rev. Paul Moore, who integrated the parish, fought for social justice and eventually became the Bishop of New York, the most prestigious Episcopal position in the U.S.

"Grace is a growing congregation with people of all ages. It's like a cathedral in downtown Jersey City because people come here seven days a week for worship, community, a meal, arts programming, childcare, our Sunday used book sale and to volunteer," said Wurm. And no one more active than Joyce Davison, who epitomizes the Grace spirit and has helped thousands of people through her volunteering at the church.


For more information about Grace Community Services go to website:

Grace Church Van Vorst | 39 Erie Street | Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone: 201-659-2211


Friday, June 10, 2016. 7-10 PM

To support Grace Community Services programs -- food for the homeless/food-insecure, and the Senior Center for Healthy Living.

Join us for an evening of fine wines, craft beers and hors d'oeuvres to support the work of Grace Community Services (GCS).

For over 20 years, GCS has served senior citizens, the homeless and food-insecure in Jersey City through the Senior Center for Healthy Living and the Breakfast Plus programs.

Event will be at Grace Church Van Vorst.
39 Erie Street, Jersey City, NJ

$35 Advance Sale
$50 at the door

Dining / The Filipino Food Boom of Jersey City
« on: 04-20-2016, 10:15am »

The Filipino Food Boom of Jersey City

Wine Tasting – to benefit Grace Van Vorst Seniors

Annual Wine Tasting Event – Friday, June 5 at 7:00 PM   

This great annual event serves as a primary fundraiser supporting the Grace Community Services’ Senior and Breakfast Plus programs. Come join the fun!

Grace Community Services provides vital support for some of the most exposed residents of Jersey City: people who are hungry and our elderly community members. The two main programs are Grace Senior Center for Healthy Living and Breakfast Plus. Both programs are the only ones in downtown Jersey City meeting these ever expanding needs.


$35 in advance
$50 at the door

Insider's tip: you can purchase "advance" tickets online, including “day of” event.

In addition to the fabulous wines, there will be hors d'oeuvre's, craft beer, gift basket drawings and live music.

Grace Church Van Vorst
39 Erie Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, Jersey City, NJ 07302

GCS’s Breakfast Plus Program

Sat & Sunday 7am-9am

Every Saturday and Sunday GCS volunteers serve a hot, delicious and nutritious breakfast with a generous portion of respect to our guests from all over Jersey City. Everyone who comes hungry to Breakfast Plus, leaves fed in body and spirit. Come share a meal with us!

The Grace Senior Center
for Healthy Living (GSCHL)
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-Noon

Every week-day , year-round, Seniors come together at GSCHL for food , fellowship and fun as they share meals and participate in activities that nurture a healthy mind and body including line dancing, Yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, creative writing, quilting, arts & crafts and health and wellness workshops and more. Senior Citizens have created an extended family at GSCHL and know when a member is facing particularly difficult challenges, setting off a chain of communication, support and help. Join the community!

To find out more about how to participate in or volunteer for these programs please email or call (201) 659-2211.


The Eighth Annual Wine and Craft Beer Tasting, Friday, May 30th is presented by Grace Community Services and Central Avenue Wines. Featured are wines and craft beers from all around the world.

This not-to-be-missed event is an opportunity not only to taste wonderful wine and craft beer and enjoy live music and hors d’oeuvres, but to support the community outreach efforts of Grace Van Vorst Community Service.

The Tasting takes place in the fabulous sanctuary of Grace Church Van Vorst (39 Erie St. Jersey City, enter on 2nd St.) on Friday, May 30th, at 7:00pm. Tickets are $25 in advance...$35 at the door. Get yours today!

For Tickets:

On Line:

(On Home Page, click on Wine Tasting)

Central Avenue Liquors

201 792 1500 210 Central Ave

Grace Van Vorst Community Service

201 659 2211 39 Erie St.

The Outreach Programs of Grace Community Service include the weekend Breakfast Plus! program, which feeds over 200 homeless and hungry each weekend, and the daily Grace Seniors for Healthy Living program, which provides a health and wellness program for over 100 Seniors, Monday through Friday.

While the attention of many soccer fans may be focused on the World Cup, a local New Jersey team -- the Jersey City Football Club (JCFC) -- defeated Middletown Inter 1-0 to win the GSSL (Garden State Soccer League) Cup and finish atop of the Men’s Over-30 division.

The team finished the season with a 13-1-1 record, with 52 goals during the regular season, besting teams from around the state.

On a beautiful summer evening on the last day of June, the team from Jersey City prevailed in a close, tough match at Thomas Edison Park, in Edison NJ, that saw both sides fight tooth and nail for every inch.

JCFC got off to a strong start and dominated play in the opening minutes. However, despite pressing the issue and getting several opportunities, the squad was unable to dent the net, with the first half ending 0-0.

The second half saw Middletown rebound. But a foul in their own box resulted in a penalty kick for JCFC. The kick was taken by Mashesha Truesaw (the league’s leading goal scorer) who surprisingly was denied by the Middletown goalkeeper. Momentum swung in Middletown's favor for the next ten minutes as JCFC reeled from the save. In the 88th minute another penalty kick opportunity came JCFC's way. This time the kick was taken by JCFC newcomer Juan Gali, who buried it in the back of the net with a blast that ended matters. The team celebrated the victory with drinks into the wee hours. The team’s motto is “You’ll Never Drink Alone,” (a play on the famous Liverpool Football Club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone!").

Squad: Luis Leveron (keeper), Carlos Fighetti, Stephen Cash, Dave O'Brien, John O'Neill (captain), Roman Zakamarek, Dawit Kibreab, Jesse Mallen, Brian McDermott, Gustavo Diaz, Mashesha Truesaw, Sebastian Perez, Luis Herranz, Juan Gali, Kevin Lynott, Sean Gibson, Larry Kurtz, Juan Hidalgo (coach).

Sidelines: Steven Davison (co-coach), Michael Burke, Mark Hollingsworth, Ed Vergara, Dario Brito, David Escobar, Elkin Alzate, Stuart Davidson, Brian Leveron.

The GSSL League Cup trophy will be displayed at the team's "home pub" -- The Merchant, on Grove Street.




Dining / Jersey City Chili Cook-off
« on: 02-18-2010, 01:20pm »
From Dining NJ.COM

Jersey City Chili Cook-Off
By Peter Genovese
February 18, 2010, 12:14PM

Nothing wards off winter better than a big hot steaming bowl of chili.

Admit it, you want to run out and grab one right now.

Wait until Sunday, and can eat chili to your stomach's content at the Chili Cook-Off sponsored by 4th Street Arts in Jersey City,

A dozen or so chefs will compete in a chili showdown at Parlay Studios, 161 2nd Street (at Provost) in downtown Jersey City. There will be two categories of competition: restaurants and individual cooks. For $5, you can taste all the entries and vote for your favorite in the People's Choice awards.

In addition, a panel of judges, including Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop; Michelle Weber of NEW Magazine; Brendan Carroll from the Jersey City Museum; and yours truly will rate the entries in the Judge's Choice portion.

I was a judge at the 4th Street Arts' mac-and-cheese showdown last year. It was a lot of fun, and this promises to be even better!

Proceeds benefit the 4th Street Arts & Music Festival this October. In addition, representatives of Mission:Remission and Not Yo Mama's Affairs will sell food and craft items to benefit their worthy causes.

Doors open at 2 p.m., with judging starting around 4 p.m. The event wraps up at 6 p.m.
For more information, visit

Arts & Entertainment / 2nd Generation of Rock n Roll
« on: 07-06-2009, 12:07pm »
This completely cracks me up.  The guitarist looks strangely familiar.  Could it be... Guy Catrillo??

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Line Dancing at Grace -- Now Every Friday Night!

Line Dancing for everyone, Fridays 6-8pm at Grace Van Vorst, 39 Erie Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, downtown Jersey City.   

The instructor, Roland Ansano, currently teaches at St. Aloysius and Grace Senior Center for Healthy Living.   

Line Dancing is fun for everyone; the whole family – exercising the body, spirit and brain.   

All proceeds benefit Grace Van Vorst Community Services’ two outstanding programs Grace Seniors for Healthy Living and Breakfast Plus!

The suggested contribution is $7 per adult, children up to age 15 free.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

We look forward to seeing you Friday, 6-8!

Grace Seniors Line Dancing can be seen on JC1TV – "Seniors in the City."

Contact Information:
Joyce Davison
201 659 2211 (10-1:00, Monday – Friday)
39 Erie Street
Jersey City, NJ  07302

A friend is looking to rent a place to hold a party for 100-200 people.

Ideally, this would be a large, loft-like space that would have room for live music. 

Anyone got any any leads?

Arts & Entertainment / All You Horseriders Shows
« on: 06-11-2007, 11:24pm »
here ya go:

bdedit- title changed to update thread.

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