A graduation ceremony was held at Pariss Island, South Carolina for 360 new Marines completing boot camp, eight of which became naturalized American citizens.
Private First Class German Torres, of Bayonne, is an honor graduate for Platoon 1014, Delta Company, 1st Battalion.
“Graduating in itself is such an accomplishing feeling, but graduating as the honor graduate for Platoon 1014 of Delta Company, 1st Battalion was an even greater honor,” said Torres. “Recruit training isn't for everyone. With that said, learning how to manage an entire platoon of 59 other recruits and getting them to work together in order to complete our mission was the most challenging aspect of the entire training process.”
Through his Marine training, Torres hopes to become an IT analyst for the U.S. Government. His Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) consists of data systems and cyber security.
Each new Marine completed 70 training days while passing seven graduation requirements. Each prospective citizen must demonstrate knowledge of the English language, the American government, and have good moral character.
All new Marines have a 10-day leave before returning to their next step in entry-level training at the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, North Carolina, which Torres said he will use to spend time with friends and family. Then he’s off to Marine Combat Training, followed by MOS training in Twentynine Palms, California.
Bayonne woman found not guilty of murder for reason of insanity
Demoiselle Belle-Bisous, 38, of Bayonne, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2013 murder of her sister, Susan Remiszewski, 46, with whom she shared a residence on Evergreen Street. The sister’s death was not ruled a murder for nine months, when investigators determined she died from suffocation.
On Friday, March 3, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Patrick Arre ruled in Bell-Bisous’s case. She will spend 30 years to life in a psychiatric facility, according to a statement from Hudson County Superior Court.
After being charged for murder, Belle-Bisous underwent psychological evaluation at the Ann Klein Forensic Center in Trenton where she remains. When a “not guilty” plea is granted on the basis of insanity, the judge recognizes that the person’s mental disorder prevents the person from understanding his or her crime.
Belle-Bisous will have periodic psychiatric evaluations during her 30 years in a psychiatric institution. If she is found not to be a threat to herself or others, she may be released.
Ferry talks advancing
Bayonne has long dreamed of a ferry connecting the Peninsula City to Manhattan. City officials, including Business Administrator Joe DeMarco, met with the Port Authority (PA) on Friday, February 24, to continue discussions on a ferry slip on the former Military Ocean Terminal Base (MOTBY). At the meeting, Bayonne officials agreed to perform an impact study to determine future demand for the ferry service, a necessary step to installing a terminal.
“We’re going to do surveys to gauge the demand for the service,” said DeMarco. “We believe that there is a demand for it.”
DeMarco said the talks are still in the most preliminary stages, but conducting an impact study is a big milestone. The City has never made it this far.
DeMarco estimated the potential project to take around 18 months to complete after the City and the Port Authority come to an agreement.
The Port Authority, however, does not operate its own ferries. The City is looking to put a ferry terminal on a suitable plot of land and water, but much of MOTBY’s northern shore was sold to the Port Authority in 2010. Now, the City does not own any land with water that is deep enough for a ferry.
“We want to work out an agreement with the PA,” said DeMarco. “Then we go out to the market and request qualifications, find a reputable qualified operator who wants to operate a ferry that would benefit residents and commuters.”
MOTBY is an ideal location for a ferry, as thousands commute from and through Bayonne to Manhattan and Jersey City. A ferry would relieve the anticipated increase in rider volume on the Hudson Bergen Light Rail as a result of urbanization, while attracting new residents and developers.
Three of the most easterly districts of MOTBY were sold to the Port Authority in 2010, known as “The Landing,” “The Loft,” and “The Pointe,” on the base’s northern shoreline, the most likely location for a ferry.