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Even though Irish-Americans in Bayonne are smaller in number than they once were, their presence today is as strong as their pride. St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, but as anyone who’s been to a pub this month knows, the entire month of March might as well be “Irish Appreciation Month.” At the Irish Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall on Friday, March 10, Mayor James Davis, an Irish-American, called March “the best month of the year.” It not only represents the coming of warm weather and spring but a much-needed reprieve after a late-season blizzard. Everyone, not just the Irish, can look forward to corn beef, stouts, green anything, and a rich Irish history sewn into the fabric of American life. Click here for more.

When the Bayonne Public School Administrators Association (BPSAA) vowed to cease participation in extracurricular activities in retaliation for layoffs made by the Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED) in January and February, school administrators and community traditions collided. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for March 19 was poised to be the first casualty. The St. Patrick’s Parade Committee took to social media on Monday, March 6, to issue a letter expressing “great dismay” over the BPSAA’s withdrawals of elementary school applications for the parade. Normally, the BPSAA organizes elementary students into marching groups in the parade. The marching band and various sports teams are still planning to march because they have separate applications that have not been withdrawn. As quickly as the controversy started, it was resolved. The two sides met on Wednesday, March 8, with the BPSAA agreeing to facilitate and encourage elementary school participation in the parade, but employees of the school district are sticking to their non-participation pledge. Click here for more.

Bayonne wants more than anything to join the ranks of the ferry-serviced cities in Hudson County. Weehawken was first when Arthur Imperatore, a trucking magnate, bought 2.5 miles of Weehawken waterfront in 1981, partly from the bankrupt Penn Central railroad, to redevelop for ferry access, which opened in 1986 when Imperatore founded NY Waterway. Since then, 13 ferry terminals have been chartered in four “Gold Coast” cities – Edgewater, Weehawken, Hoboken, and Jersey City. The Gold Coast, a term for valuable waterfront property along Hudson County’s eastern shore, can easily extend to Bayonne’s Military Ocean Terminal Base (MOTBY) if and when a ferry terminal comes. That goal may be inching closer every day. The City is working constantly to sign on developers, which will help stoke commuter demand. Click here for more.