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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021

Black in Bayonne speaks out

Board of Education appoints emergency response coordinator

After the Chauvin verdict, where does Bayonne stand?

The embattled board approved the position by a razor thin margin

Munoz added: “We have a superintendent who has a background in law enforcement and homeland security. I think he’s more than capable of handling this job.”

‘Unnecessary spending’

Vice President Christopher Munoz criticized the need for the board to have an OEM at the April meeting.

By Daniel Israel Staff Writer


he Bayonne Board of Education has voted to create its own Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and has appointed former Deputy Police Chief Walter Rogers as the emergency response and crisis coordinator. In his new role, Rogers will earn $65,000, and a $5,279 stipend for having armed security credentals. No other school district in New Jersey has such a position. Superintendent of Schools John Niesz determined there was a need for the position and recommended the appointment of Rogers to the board. While Rogers was appointed, the board was split.

If it ain’t broke?

Rogers’s appointment was approved 5-4. Trustees Lisa Burke, Jan Patrick Egan, Pam Sclafene, David “Doc” Watson, and Dennis Wilbeck voted in favor. Opposed were Trustees Jodi Casais, Ava Finnerty, Vice President Christopher Munoz, and President Maria Valado. Explaining his opposition Munoz said, “Although the applicant is commendable, I think that the layer of administration that we have here, the fact that the city of Bayonne has an OEM director as is would supersede the board’s OEM director in times of crisis and crisis management.”

“This is a $65,000 position and coming back in September, we could use the $65,000 for so many other things,” Valado said. “We have a superintendent who was picked because of his security background.” Valado reiterated that Niesz is capable of the duties that the new position would be responsible for and that there are already similar positions in place. “We have ex-police officers in almost every single school already,” Valado said. “We have a head of security who takes care of all those ex-police officers, and he is excellent. He is also an ex-police officer. We have a superintendent who has an excellent background in homeland security. That was one of the reasons we admired him so much to come and be our superintendent.” Valado continued: “In the situation we are in, I do not believe we need this position. I believe it is a waste of money. We’re asking you for one percent more on your taxes, and they’re offering a position of someone who’s going to sit in an office. For what? We already hired five more armed security guards for our schools. What are we doing? I’m disappointed that my board members did not think of this and believe that this is needed. It’s an unneeded position.” In the end, the board appointed Rogers, who started May 1. For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

One demonstrator calls for more representation in the Bayonne Police Department at the ‘Power in the Park’ rally in 2020. Photo by Daniel Israel.

By Daniel Israel Staff Writer


n April, a grand jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on all charges for the murder of George Floyd. The killing of Floyd in May of 2020 sparked a wave of protests across the country. One of those peaceful protests took place in Bayonne in June, known as Power in the Park. Following the success of the demonstration, the organizers formed an activist group known as Black in Bayonne. Since then, its four cofounders have been at the forefront of Black activism in the city. Cofounder Clarice High shared her reaction to the guilty verdict, and the changes that Bayonne needs to make. “My first reaction was obviously thankful that he was convicted,”

High told the Bayonne Community News. “After that, we sort of calmed down and realized that’s one conviction out of hundreds, maybe thousands, of police officers who are inflicting pain on the Black community. We’re seeing increased, militarized policing. Derek Chauvin is one of thousands who believe that police officers have unlimited authority over the people that they police, specifically Black and Brown people. But we are thankful that George Floyd’s family received some sort of accountability.” Black in Bayonne is still on the case. “We are still holding space for individuals who haven’t gotten that justice, including Stephon Clark, Breonna Taylor, and there’s so many other people that I can’t even think of their names,” High said. “There are people who were shot this week. We’re talking about Ma’Khia Bryant. There are so many victims of police violence, so its tough to be celebratory because your mind goes back to the other people who are still seeking, not just justice, but accountability for a system that wasn’t designed to protect them. We’re still perpetuating a lot of stereotypes and actions that aren’t right. “There are a lot of Black and Brown people that just don’t feel safe in their own communities. They feel like the police are looking to actively harm them. We stand with George Floyd’s family as

they receive some accountability. We want that for every victim, and we also want change in policy and procedure. We want police officers to understand that they’re here to protect and serve, not kill and steal.”

Momentum for the movement?

About a week after the Chauvin verdict, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that an investigation is being launched into the Louisville Police Department over the killing of Breonna Taylor in March of 2020. High said that these events might provide momentum for real change. “What would be real change is policy change,” she said. “We can’t just be a matter of ‘Okay, we convicted one police officer and that’s it.’ That comes from, not just investigations, but tearing down the ‘blue wall of silence.’ It comes from one police officer seeing another do something wrong and saying that’s not right. It comes from police officers thinking with their morals and understanding that because you have a warrant, because you have a weapon, doesn’t give you the right to act without knowing the rules or act without accountability. Maybe this might be a stepping stone.” However, High isn’t holding her breath. “As a Black woman in America, we’ve seen a bunch of different instances where we think there’s see BLACK page 6

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Registration for the Pee Wee Basketball League will take place May 24 through 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Veterans Stadium. The season begins September 11. Cost is $60 per player, $100 per two or more children for brothers or sisters, residents only, first through eighth grades. Call Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email BAYONNEREC@AOL.COM.

Creative Art Center opens

Community leaders joined owner Naquasha Hawkins for the grand opening of Qua’s Creative Art Center at 275 Broadway. The center has classes and studio space for kids, adults, and seniors.

Senior Center reopens

The 56th Street Senior Center will reopen May 24. activities will be outdoors, weather permitting. CDC guidelines will be followed. Call Ralph Savo at 201-437-5996 or Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email BAYONNEREC@AOL.COM.

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From left to right are State Assembly candidate William Sampson, owner Naquasha Hawkins (with ceremonial scissors), City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, and Councilman At-Large Juan Perez. (SEE BRIEF)

PAL Basketball will begin registration May 10, Mondays through Thursdays, 4 to 6 p.m. at the PAL. Program starts in July. Call 201-858-6966; ext.11/13 for more information. Those who registered before COVID-19 are already signed up. see BRIEFS page 6

Officials at the event were Mayor Jimmy Davis, City Council President Sharon AsheNadrowski, Councilman At-Large Juan Perez, First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll III, Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace, Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa, and County Commissioner Kenneth Kopacz. (SEE BRIEF)

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Residents 12 and over may soon be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine

Bayonne is down to only 45 active COVID-19 cases By Daniel Israel Staff Writer


ayonne is readying to vaccinate residents age 12 and over, according to Mayor James Davis. The Food and Drug Administration is set to approve the Pfizer vaccine for this age group soon. “We are seeing great progress with our vaccine program in Bayonne,” Davis said. “We hope to announce availability of the Pfizer vaccine to anyone over the age of 12 very soon.” Davis urgies residents to go to the Korpi Ice Rink any day of the week to get vaccinated. Residents can now walk in at the ice rink behind Bayonne High School at 669 Avenue A, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are no longer needed. Prior to the opening of the rink site, the city had been administering vaccines at Bayonne Medical Center and the Bayonne Community Museum. Second vaccine doses have fended at the museum. New appointments have ceased.

Cases drop

According to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM), over 30,000 residents are fully vaccinated.

The number of hospitalizations remains low, as most residents recover at home. There were seven COVID-19 patients at BMC as of May 6. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in other hospitals. “These decreasing numbers are a great sign that we are on the road back,” Davis said. “In order to keep this momentum, I am urging everyone who is undecided to please get the vaccine. It is safe and it will protect you. “Schools are open, and businesses are reopening and coming back,” he continued. “This is because of the great cooperation of all of you. I want to express my deepest thanks to you for your patience and cooperation.

Get vaccinated

Those ages 12 to 15, who are not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, may be eligible soon.

The city has been using Moderna, which is safe for anyone over 18, and has also been using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine since the pause was lifted on April 23. Bayonne started administering Pfizer on May 3. There were 45 residents who are COVID-19 positive, as of May 6. According to OEM, “the numbers are trending down.” The numbers have fallen dramatically, from 130 active cases as of April 29. Prior to that, cases had been stagnant since March.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Korpi Ice Rink. To register, call 201-537-4818. Walk-ins get vaccinated here, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with no appointment needed. To register at Bayonne Medical Center, call 201-858-6088 or email bayvax@baynj.org. Leave a message with a name, date of birth, and contact. The vaccine hotline is available weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The city will reach out to registered residents to make appointments. Do not call or email the city multiple times about registering because it hampers vaccination efforts. To register at the RWJBarnabas Satellite Emergency Department at 519 Broadway, go to rwjbh.org. To register at Riverside Medical Group at 432 Broadway, go to riversidemedgroup.com.

Residents 65 and older can register at the Walmart at East 22nd Street and Route 440 by calling 201-620-6512, or by calling the New Jersey Senior Hotline at 856-249-7007. To register at the uptown Rite Aid at the corner of Broadway and West 54th Street, go to riteaid.com/covid-19. To register at the Stop & Shop at Route 440 and LeFante Way, go to stopandshop.com/pages/ss-pharmacy. Register at any of the Walgreens in Bayonne at walgreens. com. Register at Hudacko’s Pharmacy at 861 Broadway at hudackospharmacy.com. Register at Brockman’s Pharmacy at 78 Avenue C by calling 201-437-2175. To register at the Hudson County Vaccination Distribution Center, go to hudsoncovidvax.org. To register at one of the state’s vaccination mega-sites go to covidvaccine.nj.gov. Residents must get their second doses at the same location as their first. For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.


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Students return to classrooms They had the option of shifting to hybrid instruction

By Daniel Israel Staff Writer


Mayor James Davis (left with suit), Business Administrator Dan Castles (center) and Superintendent of Schools John Niesz (right) greet students at Bayonne High School on their return to classrooms on May 3.

he Bayonne School District has shifted from virtual instruction to hybrid instruction. Students had the option to remain under virtual instruction through Schoology or to return to the classroom under a hybrid model. “It’s a great day in Bayonne,” Mayor James Davis said as schools reopened on May 3. According to Superintendent of Schools John Niesz, approximately 40 percent of students chose the hybrid route. Students who opted to do so reentered the classroom for the first time since March of 2020, when the district shifted to virtual instruction due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the return, the district reassessed its instruction plan monthly, choosing to stay virtually for most of the year. In March, the district announced that it would shift to hybrid instruction after a number of teachers were vaccinated, and renovations on school buildings were completed. And while students are now back in classrooms, school life is nothing like what it was last year.

Split in two

Students who opted for hybrid instruction have been divided into two groups, Cohort A and Cohort B. On Mondays and Tuesdays,

Cohort A reports to school buildings. On those days, Cohort B is virtual. All students and faculty are virtual on Wednesdays as buildings are thoroughly disinfected. On Thursdays and Fridays, Cohort B reports to school buildings. On those days, Cohort A is virtual. Students who opted for remote instruction will remain remote until the end of the school year. The student schedule will be the same every week. On entering school buildings, students and staff answer questions regarding their health and get a temperature check using noncontact thermometers and or thermal imaging. Anyone registering 100.4 degrees or higher is not allowed in the building. Students and staff must complete a COVID-19 pre-screening checklist before heading to school.


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A day in school

Social distancing is key. Desks are six feet apart, with three-sided clear partitions on each desk. Alternate spaces can be used as classrooms to maintain social distancing. Movement in buildings is limited. Assemblies are either cancelled or held virtually. Rooms with multiple doors have a designated entry and exit. Classes in community schools stay in the same room all day, and the teachers rotate. At the high school, students rotate normally. Signage and floor decals provide visual cues to maintain social distancing.

Masks are mandatory, either surgical or cloth. They can be removed when alone in a restroom with the door closed or during meals as long as social distancing is maintained. The only exemptions are for certain health reasons. Clear mouthpiece masks are available for communication with the hearing impaired.

Cleaning and counseling

Buildings will be sanitized throughout the day. Custodial staff has a checklist of cleaning requirements. Hand sanitizer is in every classroom. Reminders to wash hands daily are posted, and bathrooms are disinfected. The district will address stress and anxiety caused by long-term school closure and social isolation. There will be daily check-ins with students by social workers and counselors; individual and group counseling; mental health resources; Social Emotional Learning interventions; and staff reaching out to students and families who have not been fully engaged. School hours will be the same as during the 2020-2021 year. No visitors will be allowed, and no field trips, unless virtual.

Moving forward

According to Niesz, the district could shift to completely in-person instruction, five days a week, starting on June 1. But COVID-19 outbreaks must be kept at bay in May. Niesz said that though members of the JV baseball team had recently tested positive, he doesn’t foresee the district closing again in the future. According to Niesz, facts will determine what buildings will be closed, whether that be the classroom, the floor of a building, an entire grade level, or entire cohort. Contact tracing will be used to make that determination. The teachers union signaled it was on board with the return to classrooms. Bayonne Education Association President Gene Woods said that starting the year with virtual instruction was the right option for the safety of staff and students. Following precautions taken and a walk-through by principals, custodial staff and other BEA members, many teachers’ and others’ concerns were addressed, and they were ready to continue to work with the district under hybrid instruction.

What happens in September?

When it comes to the 2021-2022 school year, Niesz said the district is planning for a number of scenarios, including completely in-person instruction. “The governor has issued an edict saying we are coming back to school next year,” Niesz said. “I’m optimistic that will happen. With all the precautions and everything we’ve done, I believe we can do that as safely as possible. I hope this return is indicative of that, and we can combat these outbreaks.” Niesz also addressed the possibility of new schools in the district. He said the district is always looking to expand and address many of its aging buildings. Now back in classrooms, teachers face the challenge of instructing students both in class and those learning virtually. For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

Construction to begin on 25th Street pedestrian bridge The bridge is one of three that cross the Light Rail in Bayonne “The current bridge has needed to be replaced for a long time,” Davis said. “We are grateful to the State of New Jersey for providing the majority of the funding needed to complete this important project.”

Multi-million-dollar upgrade

A view of the entrance to the pedestrian bridge from Prospect Ave.

By Daniel Israel Staff Writer


ayor James Davis has announced that work will start in June on replacing the 25th Street Pedestrian Bridge, which enables pedestrians to walk over the railroad tracks that separate Avenue E and Prospect Avenue. The bridge is one of three that cross the Light Rail in Bayonne. Others are at 22nd Street and 30th Street.

Grade Construction is the building contractor for the $2.6 million project. The state’s i-bank, or infrastructure bank, is providing $2.15 million for the bridge. The rest of the funding comes from City of Bayonne municipal bonds. PRC Group, developer of the former St. Joseph’s Syriac Catholic Cathedral on Avenue E, will pay $600,000 toward the replacement bridge. On the other side of the bridge on Prospect Avenue, TFG 117-121 Prospect Ave Renewal LLC will contribute $250,000. The existing bridge will be removed and replaced by the new one that complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The current bridge has a steep walkway over the freight and Light Rail tracks. The replacement bridge will have an elevator on each side and steps on both sides that will lead to a flatter walkway than the one on the current bridge.




During the project, the existing bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic, so that the current span can be demolished, along with its approaches and abutments. Work zones will be established on both side of the bridge. “We are sorry for the temporary inconvenience that will result from demolition and construction,” Davis said. “When the new bridge is completed, it will be a great asset for our community, especially for our East Side residents.”

New bridges this year

Completion of the bridge project is expected at the end of 2021 or in early 2022. The city is also constructing two new pedestrian bridges to allow residents to cross major thoroughfares more safely. The two new bridges will cross Route 440 at 22nd Street and 34th Street, corresponding to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail stations on both streets. These are not to be confused with the aforementioned pedestrian bridges, which cross only the Light Rail. Funding for those bridges will come from private developers, state grants, and the city’s bonds. The city has not yet approved design for those bridges. For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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Beware of scams

Scammers have telephoned Bayonne residents with bogus claims about being from the City of Bayonne, a medical practice, or other legitimate-sounding offices. They mask their real phone numbers by using the numbers of others. “If anyone requests personal information, payment via gift card, bitcoin, money transfer, etc., it is probably a scam,” states the BPD. “Hang up.” To report a crime or an attempted scam, call 201-858-6900. To report an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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BLACK from cover some sort of change, and then there isn’t,” High said. “Trayvon Martin’s killer is still walking around. Breonna Taylor’s murderer was trying to write a book. So while you see that things might be changed, there are these people still walking around, and its almost as if they don’t have any morals and don’t feel like they did anything wrong. Those people have supporters. “So we hope that change will come, maybe not with a mind shift in regular people, but from policy. That’s how Black people can feel like they are getting some sort of accountability and feeling that there’s some sort of break in this systemic racism that we’ve been facing for 400 years.”

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First steps in Bayonne

In terms of policy at the local level, High described a few changes she thought could benefit the city. “I definitely think a Civilian Complaint Review Board is something that we can look into,” High said. “There are people in this city who feel that there is a heavy police presence. We do feel like there are police that overstep their boundaries.”  Black in Bayonne has been working with officials to address it. “Black in Bayonne has been in touch with Sergeant Steven Rhodes, the community liaison,” High said. “He is very active in letting us know what’s going on see BLACK page 8

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HMCS Kindergarten students in Mrs. Kelly’s class celebrate Earth Day with craft projects. They also listened to stories and discussed ways they could help the Earth and wrote about it in their journals.

Mrs. Pareja’s Pre-K students at Horace Mann celebrated Earth Day by using recyclable objects to create self portraits. 

Last summer, Lusandra Garcia of Bayonne, a student at County Prep High School, decided that she wanted to do something about climate change. On July 20, 2020, she formed EcoYouth, an organization of young people who care about the environment. They have tried to educate the public about climate change via Facebook and Instagram, and have also take part in clean-up campaigns. In September 2020, the Eco-Youth brought twenty-seven people together to clean up the waterfront area at DiDomenico-16tth Street Park. According to Lusandra, they found all kinds of stuff at the waterfront including tires, a football, and parts of a cart. In their cleanup, the Eco-Youth filled twenty-seven bags of garbage. Anyone who has ever taken part in waterfront clean-ups has had similar experiences. Unfortunately, people drop litter and dump large items upstream in the Hackensack River or the Hudson River, and then those pieces of refuse flow downstream through Newark Bay or New York Bay to Bayonne. During the Earth Day clean-up in Bayonne on April 24, the Eco-Youth picked up litter on Broadway from 16th to th Street, and then went down Avenue C to pick up more litter from 30th to 16th Street. They filled more than ten garbage bags that day. The group is looking to take part in additional clean-up projects. We would welcome whatever clean-up campaigns the Eco-Youth and other organizations would like to do. For their next project, the Eco-Youth are exploring ways to have a convenient system of drop-off recycling for items that are hard to recycle. The City of Bayonne already recycles such items as paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, scrap metal, and electronics. However, we recognize that there may be additional items that could be recycled. We are open to learning about ways to expand recycling. There is a very practical reason for recycling items rather than putting them in the garbage: money. It is very costly to pay tipping fees to place garbage in landfills. If we can keep items out of garbage dumps by recycling them, we could save the taxpayers money. The Eco-Youth group is looking to expand its activities to other schools. It already has members in other states. I wish them the best as they do whatever they can to improve the climate and clean the Earth. I would like to commend Lusandra Garcia and her colleagues for the important work that they are doing.

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Cunningham, James P. Jr., 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the Jersey City Medical Center, with his loving family by his side. James was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ and then moved to Bayonne 52 years ago. He was an Industrial Arts Teacher for the Bayonne Board of Education for 35 years. Beloved husband of Mary Patrice (nee: Donovan). Cherished father of James Cunningham and his wife Heather, Mary Faucher and her husband Gary, Nancy Newcome and her husband Daniel, Michael Cunningham and his wife Monica, Eileen Del Tin and her husband Craig. Devoted grandfather of James, Grace and John Cunningham, William, Olivia and Troy Faucher, George and Patrice Newcome, Michael, Christopher and Emily Cunningham, Aaron and Sophia Del Tin. Dear brother of the late Margaret Cunningham. A Funeral Mass was offered on May 5, 2021 at Saint Henry RC Church. Entombment followed, Holy Name Mausoleum, Jersey City. If you would like to make a donation in his memory, please do so to; Saint Henry RC Church, 82 West 29th Street, Bayonne, NJ, 07002. Funeral arrangements by: G. Keenen O’Brien Funeral Home, Inc., 984 Avenue C. Laszkow, John Joseph, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, passed away at home unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Throughout the year’s John held various positions of employment in Bayonne, beginning with the Bayonne Durable Company as a cement truck operator and driver, a chemical operator for both IMTT and the Cas Chem Corporation, as well as with the City of Bayonne in the Forestry Department, and most recently with the Delta Service Station. An avid outdoorsman and nature lover, John took pleasure in gardening, long walks, camping, crabbing, scenic road trips, and most of all, spending time at his favorite spot, Brady’s dock, where he savored his time fishing and soaking up the sun. As a motorcycle enthusiast, John enjoyed many years riding his Harley Davidson. He was also a proud member of the Eastsiders Motorcycle Club in Bayonne. John was predeceased by his parents, John Michael Laszkow and Frances (nee: Tubek) Laszkow. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Cassie Laszkow and her mother, Sue Dean; his sister Mary Helen Laszkow-Kuczynski; two brothers, Steven Michael Laszkow and his wife Cathy, and Edward Francis Laszkow and his wife Tammy, and his nieces and nephews, Kristen, Johnny, Eddie, Melissa, and Angela. A private cremation was held at Rosehill Crematory in Linden.  Funeral arrangements by: Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home, 20 East 22nd St.  Szklarski, John, 76, formerly of Bayonne, NJ, passed away on April 24, 2021. He was the devoted son of Wasyl and Euphemia Szklarski. He was the beloved husband of Joanne LaPilusa for 42 years. He was the loving father of Michael John and Joseph Szklarski. He was the dear


Pictured is the first group of children to receive their First Communion at St. Vincent de Paul parish.

BLACK from page 6 in the community. If there are racial incidents or incidents in general that need to be looked over, there is this sort of communication with us.” But High said only the community can bring about change. “Whatever real policies that we’re looking to change will be done by people going to board meetings, city council meetings,” High said. “It starts with people being more aware of what’s going on with the police, having that relationship built, and community policing. That involves more police officers moving back or living in the city, knowing who’s here. You wouldn’t chastise certain individuals that you see and don’t recognize if you lived here. “Just because Bayonne is small, just because Bayonne is what it is, doesn’t mean that we don’t need community policing or those sort of programs seen in other cities. We’re hoping to be a part of those changes. This involves changes in terms of mindset and how everybody sees policing, being in a community, and being in a community adjacent to Black and Brown people.”

A changing city

To the tune of “The Saints Go Marching In”, Grace Lutheran church reopened its doors, complete with ribbon cutting, to in person worship again. Pastor Gary Grindeland welcomed parishioners with enthusiasm as well.  brother of Anna Hartnett, Jules Szklarski, Walter Szklarski and the late Eugene “Jr.” Szklarski. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. John was a proud veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, serving his country honorably during the Vietnam War in the Army. He worked as a refrigeration engineer for Best Foods located in Bayonne, NJ for many years. John loved spending time with his family, he especially enjoyed going crabbing and playing cards in his spare time. John will be remembered as a man who lived his life to the fullest creating beautiful memories with those closest to him. Due to the current pandemic the family has decided to celebrate John’s life at a later date. Please keep John and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Amanda Lynn Nixon

May 16, 1988 – May 16, 2011 To My Beautiful Daughter, Happy 33rd Birthday, sweet girl. I miss your everything. I’m so heartsick that this date is also your 10th anniversary. I have been so lost without you, but the love we shared gives me strength to go on and honor your memory. Soon it will be time for roses and butterflies. The rose reminds me of your beauty & the butterfly of your love for nature & your free spirit. Stevie & I deeply miss you and you are forever in our hearts. Love, Mom

And Bayonne is home to growing communities of color. “We see more Black and Brown people walking around the city,” High said. “We engage with them, and they say they’re already following Black in Bayonne. But it’s not just about social media engagement, it’s about Black people understanding that there are people in this city that are looking to not only be a voice for you, but help you find your own voice and let you know that you have to advocate for yourself.” Black in Bayonne is being heard, but there is “absolutely” more to hear, High said.  “We just want to make sure that the people that have been here forever feel seen, and that the people that are coming into Bayonne now feel seen,” High said. According to High, a shift in mindset will also have to occur alongside any changes in policy. There are “a lot of people that perpetuate hate in this city,” High said. So while it may be diverse, while your kids go to school with other people of different colors and backgrounds, they experience hate. How can we turn things around?”

What the future may hold

High said that Black in Bayonne will soon celebrate its one year anniversary in June. Details are still being worked out, but a celebration is being planned. “We are currently on the path to doing something amazing,” High said. “We’ve already done some amazing things, but the work doesn’t stop. Fred Hampton says, ‘There’s power wherever the people are,’ and that’s what we feel like is happening here.” For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.




Saturday, May 15 9AM – 1PM (RAIN OR SHINE)

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Jersey City Municipal Complex 13-15 Linden Ave


Thermostats Tires Cleaners & Corrosives Pool & Photographic Chemicals Oil Based Paints & Varnishes Rechargeable & Car Batteries Propane Tanks (from BBQ grills only)

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Solvents & Thinners Pesticides & Herbicides Formaldehyde Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Used Motor Oil Old Gasoline Fire Extinguishers Antifreeze Smoke Detectors


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Hudson County residents are asked to bring no more than 4 tires for proper disposal. If you cannot participate in this year’s Tire Amnesty Event, eitherstore tires indoors (in a garage or shed) or cover them until they can bedisposed of properly.* *CONTACT YOUR MUNICIPAL DPW FOR DISPOSAL LOCATIONS. This program is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the NJDEP-Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste. Residents can drop off materials at any site. Proof of residency may be required.

County Executive • Thomas A. DeGise

Kearny DPW 357 Bergen Ave


Alkaline Batteries Latex Paint Explosives Compressed Gas Cylinders & Tanks TCBs, TCCD (such as Freon & Helium) Woodlife Asbestos Kepone Infectious Waste

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Silvex 2,4,5-t Radioactive Material Unknown or Unidentified Material Ballasts Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Air Conditioners Any OTC or Prescription Drugs

COMPUTERS ONLY RECYCLING Computers, monitors, computer mice, keyboards, tablets and cellphones can also be recycled. Household appliances will not be accepted.

Chief Executive Officer • Norman M. Guerra

Chairman • Frank Pestana Bayonne Community News • May 13, 2021 • 9




General Employment

FULL TIME FLAGGER Traffic Plan seeks FT Flagger to set up & control traffic around construction sites. A valid drivers license is a must, good pay & benefits. If interested please apply at www.trafficplan.com

General Employment


Bayonne area. Experience preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to multi-task. Must be flexible. 15 hrs. per week.

Fax CV: 201-339-7250 or email: hudsonpain@ yahoo.com


REAL ESTATE Apartments for Rent

BAYONNE 6 RMS.- H/HW incl. $1,800P/M. No W/D. Parking space avail. extra. Call 201436-3219. One Bedroom for Rent

Experienced in Self-Ligating System. Preferably X-Ray licensed. Fax resume to:

BAYONNE 1 BR APT.- Uptown. Laundry on premises. No pets. Near trans. H/HW included. $1,150P/M + security. 201-243-6186.

or email: info@bracesfornj.com

BAYONNE 2 BDRM. APT.- 1st flr., 2 family. Newer, large. L/R, D/R, kitchen. Hrdwd. flrs., W/D hook-up, storage, use of yard. $1,600P/M + utils. 1 1/2 mo. sec. Avail. now. 973-454-9850.


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Two Bedrooms for Rent

Two Bedrooms for Rent

BAYONNE 2 BR- 3rd flr. Newly renov. Midtown, great location. $1,350P/M + utils. 1 1/2 mo. sec. Avail. 6/1. 201726-7999. 10 • Bayonne Community News • May 13, 2021

REAL ESTATE Two Bedrooms for Rent

BAYONNE 2 BR- Uptown. Newly renov. $1,400P/M. Pay own utils. 1 1/2 mo. sec. No pets/smoking. 201-339-1128.

BAYONNE 2 SMALL BRAND NEW BDRM. APTS.- W/D. $1,600P/M. Pay own gas/electric. 1st month, last month & sec. dep. Background check. 201-565-7598, leave message for appt.

BAYONNE 2BR- 2nd flr. 125 Ave. E. (cor. 16th St.) New kitchen. No pets. $1,350P/M, utils. not incl. 1 mo. sec. 201750-1942.




Three + Bedrooms for Rent


BAYONNE 3 BR- 1st flr. Newly renov. Close to public trans. & school. Owner pays water, tenant pays gas/electric. 1 1/2 mo. sec. $1,900P/M. Proof of income. No pets. 551-2208574.

ELIGIO HANDYMAN- Free estimates. Painting average:$199/room. Loose tiles, carpentry, doors, leaks, caulking, cement cracks, kitchens/baths, drywall. 201589-5311. Email: eligiohandy manplus@gmail.com SPANISH AMERICAN HANDYMAN- 39 yrs. exp. in complete home improvements. Small jobs & repairs welcome. Local man. Call 201-622-3736.

AUTO CLASSIFIED Autos Trucks Wanted







JEAN'S LAWN CARE Grass Cutting, Hedge Trimming, Tree Cutting & more. Affordable Prices Senior Discount


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BAYONNE GARAGE SALE39 East 49th St. Sat. 5/15, 9AM. Plumbing, anvil, vise, scales, lamps, ACs, powerwasher, refrigerator, many tools. Lots of items. BAYONNE HUGE GARAGE SALE-702 Ave. A. Sat. 5/15, 9AM-1PM. New assortment, tools, furniture, clothes, books. Many items! Something for everyone! Flea Market

HUDSON COUNTY ANIMAL LEAGUE POP UP FLEA MARKET THE TREASURE HUT-718 Broadway (betwn. Willow & 33rd) will be open every Tues., Wed., Fri. & Sat., 11AM-6PM. Something for everyone. Precious Moments, Holiday, much more!


ATTENTION: If you or someone you know worked at Poggi Press in Hoboken between 1970 and 2001, please call Rebecca at Simmons Hanly Conroy toll-free at (855)988-2537. You can also email Rebecca at rcockrell@simmonsfirm.com

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