EDITOR’S LETTER BLPTriumphing Over Tragedy

    Tara Ryazansky’s cover story is about some of our Bayonne neighbors who have transcended horrible personal tragedies by giving back to the community. In this issue we salute Margaret Abrams, Pam O’Donnell, Jason Sellers, and Mary Kay Master Sellers. Their stories are uplifting; the circumstances heartbreaking. Max Ryazansky’s images are poignant and moving.

    On a lighter note, Tara and Max got the inside scoop on The Hudson Reporter, visiting our new office at 447 Broadway and following us around as we do our thing for our “On the Job With” feature.

    Al Sullivan, meanwhile, caught up with Bayonne playwright Anand Rao whose A Muslim in the Midst played to full houses Off Broadway.

    I want to give a shout-out to our loyal photographer Victor M. Rodriguez, who really worked hard on this issue, running all over town, camera in hand. Among several other assignments, he captured many of our iconic “corner bars” for our “On Tap” feature. As development surges, these neighborhood watering holes may not be long for this world.

    He also was able to flag down Carl Anderson, aka Elvis, who drives around town in his van, entertaining passersby with hits from the King.

    We covered a couple of feel-good stories for this holiday season. Victor and I visited the Quilt Club, where members donate their beautiful creations to charity.

    We also dropped in on Matt Ruttler’s Life Skills class at Washington Community School, where special-needs kids cooked up a batch of apple crisp to die for.

    Have a safe and happy holiday season—and enjoy life on the Peninsula! 

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