South Orange Village Center Alliance Annual Meeting at Ricalton’s 3/2

by The Village Green
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The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) will host its annual meeting on Monday, March 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ricalton’s Village Tavern (19 Valley Street, S. Orange). The meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 2 and had to be canceled due to weather.

Enjoy free appetizers and soft drinks and a cash bar while you meet SOVCA’s Board of Directors and learn more about South Orange’s revitalization, with new developments, businesses, events, and a new energy coming to the commercial center.

Learn what SOVCA — South Orange’s special improvement district — has accomplished, and what’s in store for the future. This is your chance to ask questions and give your feedback.

No RSVP required, just show up!

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To learn more, visit SOVCA’s website.

On January 12, SOVCA Executive Director Bob Zuckerman and SOVCA Chair Matt Glass previewed the annual meeting with a presentation to the Board of Trustees. Among the major accomplishments of 2014 were Play Day South Orange — which SOVCA leadership expects to become South Orange’s “signature event” much like Maplewoodstock in Maplewood — as well as the NJ350 Pop Up Store, which became the most successful of all the NJ350 Pop Up Stores in the state, and the Hometown Holiday event.

Glass and Zuckerman talked about doing more marketing in 2015, continued work with a consultant on business recruitment, continuing with an improved cleaning contract, and supporting the newly minted Seton Village niche on Irvington Avenue. They also reported that SOVCA continues to reduce its contribution from the Village year over year.

All in all, SOVCA seems to have much to crow about after two years of operation as a special improvement district. Said SOPAC Executive Director Mark Packer, “We are the go-to organization in town if you want something done.”

Village President Alex Torpey was complimentary, saying that when SOVCA started a couple of years ago, “I don’t think we envisioned how successful you could be.”

Questions? Email or call 973-763-6899.

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