The Bayonne Zoning Board is scheduled to hold a meeting on January 23 for major site plan approval for a new Muslim Community Center in the Second Ward. Bayonne Muslims, a nonprofit organization, has been renting the basement of St. Henry’s School on Avenue C for community and prayer services for six years.
The group proposed to convert what is currently an unoccupied warehouse on 109 East 24th Street into a community center, including a mosque, classrooms, and a soup kitchen, according to Bill Finnerty, the attorney representing the group.
The proposed plan has been tabled since a zoning board meeting last January after some protest from Second Ward residents.
At that meeting, opponents of the plan cited concerns about traffic and noise. Residents asked how long and frequent prayers might be, how much traffic increase they can expect, and whether mosque-goers will be walking through their yards.
In June, a 75-year-old resident was reportedly threatened by a man at her home for displaying a sign that read “Stop the Mosque.” In October, a Bayonne man vandalized the façade outside the entrance to the Muslim Community Center on Avenue C with spray paint, writing hateful and Islamophobic slurs, as reported by the Bayonne Community News. Jonathon Hussey, the man responsible, was sentenced to 12 months probation on January 3. As part of his probation, according to a statement from the Hudson County Clerk, Hussey penned an apology to both the Muslim Community Center and St. Henry’s Church.
The Bayonne Zoning Board meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C.
Mayor and City Council cut ribbon at Little Family Dentistry
Mayor James Davis and members of the city council cut the ribbon at Little Family Dentistry on 950 Avenue C on Wednesday, January 4. Little Family Dentistry has been around for a while, but in July, Dr. Maria Camille took over the private practice. Dr. Camille has a background in engineering and robotic design, but in her mid-20s decided she wanted to take a different route. “It’s still the same in a lot of ways. There’s still a lot of problem-solving,” said Camille. “I realized I had an interest in healthcare.”
614K Cash Five ticket sold
A liquor store on 403 Broadway, Massarelli Liquors, sold a $614,000 Jersey Cash 5 lottery ticket. The lucky resident had a one in 659,716 chance of winning. Another Jersey Cash 5 winner was announced in November when a corner store at 832 Broadway sold a $192,000 ticket the day after Thanksgiving with a one in 327,000 chance of winning.
As of June 2016, Jersey Cash 5 brought in over $151 million in revenue, up about $3 million from the same time in 2015, according to an annual audit report from the NJ Lottery.