Bayonne residents, public officials, and faith leaders from various religious organizations gathered at the Teardrop Memorial at Harbor View Park for an Interfaith Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and pay homage to those lost on that day. Words of unity, sadness, optimism, and healing were shared by all speakers.
"'We will never forget.’ Four simple words that have come to mean so much to each and every one of us; four words that we will never forget because of that day," said Bayonne Mayor James Davis.
Leaders from more than a dozen houses of worship throughout the city attended, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian alike.
Bereavement group for those who lost loved ones to addiction
Bayonne residents Franca Kirsch and Aurora Chiarella will host a bereavement group for those who have lost a loved one to addiction at St Vincent dePaul Roman Catholic Church on 979 Avenue C on the first and third Thursdays of every month from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
“A Healing Heart provides a safe place to share the many emotions experienced with grief, especially the additional emotional layers associated with an addiction death,” said Chiarella.“There was no support group in Hudson County to address this specific type of grief. Anyone is welcomed. No one should walk this journey of grief alone.”
For further information, please contact Franca Kirsch at (201) 577-8264, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Chiarella may be reached at (917) 696-7935 or email@example.com.
New storage facility
A 120,000 square-foot self-storage facility will soon be constructed near the Bayonne Crossings shopping center on Route 440. The building currently on the property at 160 East 22nd Street, which is owned by the Alessi Organization, will be torn down and replaced with a new facility. Storage Deluxe, a Manhattan-based self-storage developer will construct the new building in November, while Cube Smart will operate the facility.
Menendez trial continues
The third day of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption and bribery trial focused on credit card points and visas for young foreign women. NJTV reported that a vice president of American Express claimed it would have taken up to 30 years for Menendez to accumulate the 649,000 rewards points given to him by Salomon Melgen.
Hydro-fracking may be banned in Delaware River Basin
The Delaware River Basin Commission has taken steps to ban drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Delaware River Basin, which supplies the drinking water for 15 million people in four states. NJ Spotlight reported that the regulatory agency issued a notice on Monday, September 11, announcing that it would consider directing staff to develop new regulations to deal with natural-gas development in the basin.
Gas prices fall back down
Gas prices are starting to recede again after Hurricane Harvey caused refineries to shut down, and a rush to fill up gas tanks in anticipation of Hurricane Irma pushed national gas prices to an average of $2.78 per gallon. WBGO reported that prices are expected to settle back into the $2.60 range later this month.
Environmental group tries blocking Exxon settlement
Environmental groups appeared in state court this week to argue against the controversial $225 million settlement that the Christie administration reached in 2015 with Exxon Mobile as compensation for decades of pollution at the company's several refineries. The groups are asking the state Appellate Division to allow them to intervene in the case and challenge the Christie-Exxon settlement, arguing that the state Department of Environmental Protection "abandoned its duty as trustee of the state’s natural and financial resources" by agreeing to the settlement.
Severe environmental damage was caused to NJ wetlands and marshes by an oil refinery that operated in Bayonne since the 1870s and Linden since the early 1900s.