The Jersey City Education Association (JCEA) announced it is rescinding its endorsement of Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, who is seeking a second term in the State Assembly representing the 31st District, which encompasses Bayonne and parts of Jersey City. The primary election is on June 6 and the general election is on November 8.
Organizations rarely rescind endorsements, but the JCEA, a teachers’ union that endorsed Kristin Zadroga-Hart for assembly, made the decision after Better Education 4 NJ Kids, a political action committee that supports public school privatization and voucher programs, distributed literature throughout Bayonne that included pictures of Chiaravalloti and fellow Hudson County Democratic Organization-backed Assemblywoman Angela McKnight. The inclusion of their images with this literature implies that Chiaravalloti and McKnight are sympathetic to public-school privatization and voucher programs. They have never publicly endorsed this position.
“On behalf of the JCEA PAC and our 4,000 members, I am officially rescinding our endorsement and support of Nick Chiaravalloti due to his apparent collusion with an anti-labor independent expenditure that is now working on his behalf,” said JCEA President Ron Greco in the press release.
"I have been endorsed by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) because I am as strong ally on all the issues that are important to teachers, like fully funding our public schools and pension system and getting rid of high stakes standardized testing requirements,” Chiaravalloti said. “It’s surprising to see the Jersey City Education Association break with their state organization in this way, but that will not deter me from doing what’s right and fighting for public education.”
Tax decrease for Bayonne in county budget
Bayonne residents may see a three percent decrease in their county taxes if the recently proposed $538 million county budget passes the Board of Freeholders at its June 8 meeting. Taxes will be raised on six of the 12 Hudson County municipalities, with Jersey City seeing the highest increase, up nine percent from last year, which saw a 10 percent hike from the year prior. Last year, Bayonne’s county taxes decreased by five percent. If Bayonne is a winner in the proposed budget, then anyone who relies on welfare stands to lose. After adding $4.1 million to the county’s health and human services budget last year, which administers federal welfare programs, the county proposed to slash $16 million from the health and human services budget.
NJSEA announces 2017 pontoon boat cruise and canoe trips
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority’s (NJSEA) 2017 guided pontoon boat and canoe tours of the Hackensack River are set to launch on Tuesday, June 6, and run through Tuesday, Sept. 26.
The season includes 37 trips that provide visitors an opportunity to see the Meadowlands up-close while learning about the storied history of the river and the area’s remarkable environmental renaissance over the past few decades.
“Our pontoon boat and canoe tours are a spectacular way to experience and gain a new appreciation for the amazing natural beauty and wildlife in the Meadowlands,” said Wayne Hasenbalg, President and CEO of the NJSEA. “Those who have glimpsed the Meadowlands only from surrounding highways or the window of a commuter train are truly in for a treat.”
The leisurely, two-hour boat tours and three-hour canoe outings reveal an entirely new perspective of the region that includes acres of preserved wetlands and a thriving ecosystem, all framed by a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.
An NJSEA guide will narrate the tours, point out wildlife and discuss the Meadowlands’ natural and manmade history along the way. More than 285 bird species have been documented in the Meadowlands, including 34 on New Jersey’s threatened, endangered and species of special concern lists.
Canoe excursions focus on the river’s wetlands, taking participants on a journey through a diverse array of vegetation and wildlife. Canoers learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and enjoy the magnificent scenery while paddling down creeks.
Registration sheets are also available at the NJSEA administrative offices and the Meadowlands Environment Center, both in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.
For more information, call (201) 460-4677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The full schedule of trips can be seen on the NJSEA website, http://www.njsea.com, under “2017 Events.”
Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m.
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a nonprofit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s wellbeing. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org
Annual Court Night will be June 6
The Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson Vicinage, in partnership with the state Bar Association & Foundation, the Hudson County Bar Association & Foundation, and the Hudson Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns, will present Annual Court Night 2017 on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Midtown Community School, 550 Avenue A, Bayonne.
Topics discussed include criminal justice reform, record expungement, landlord-tenant disputes, divorce, immigration, and child support.
The question-and-answer session is free. Reservations are requested, although not required. To reserve a seat, email email@example.com or call (201) 217-5109. When registering via email or phone, provide your name, telephone number, and the workshop you would like to attend.
Bayonne Class of 2007 Reunion
The Bayonne Class of 2007 will be celebrating its 10-year reunion on June 16 at the Knights of Columbus on 677 Avenue C in Bayonne from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event will feature an open bar, dinner buffet, and desserts. Guests are encouraged to come. Attendees should RSVP by June 2 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and paying $70 to PaylPal.me/BHSClassof2007.
State of the City Address
Mayor James Davis will issue his annual State of the City Address on Thursday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at Villa Maria at 417 Broadway. Registration starts at 5:30. Admission is $15, and free for members of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce. Guests can also register online at bayonnechamber.org under the ‘events’ tab.
Memorial Day Parade, May 29
America Legion FA Mackenzie Post 165, with John Zmyslowski as its commander.
The committee is still looking for groups that are interested in marching in the parade. Any interested organizations should call Zmyslowski at (201) 563-8420.
Saint Vincent DePaul soup kitchen needs volunteers
The St. Vincent de Paul Church, at 47th Street and Avenue C, will open a soup kitchen on May 18. The first meal will be served at 6 p.m. and will be staffed by volunteer parishioners.
All donations from individuals or businesses are tax exempt and will be gratefully accepted to keep the kitchen stocked with food supplies. All money and food contributions will be solely used for the soup kitchen. The next event will be hosted on June 15. For more information, visit stvincentchurch.net.