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CarePoint Health at Bayonne Medical Center was honored for the hospital’s years of support for the Relay for Life program. Dr. Vijay Singh (second from left), BMC Chief Medical Officer, and Catherine Shull-Fernald (right), MSN, BMC Chief Operating Officer, accepted plaques for the hospital on March 8. Beverly Brevard of the American Cancer Society (left) and Joanne Baran of Bayonne, a Relay for Life community volunteer, made the presentation. Relay for Life is an annual drive run by the American Cancer Society which focuses on raising funds to fight the disease.


In the March 15 issue of the Bayonne Community News, we misspelled Joan O’Connell’s name. O’Connell, a 27-year professional, teaches art at the Henry Harris School. We mistakenly reported that she teaches at the Nicholas Oresko School. In the same issue, we mistakenly said that the City of Bayonne may be looking to purchase land back from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The City is looking to lease the land while the Port Authority would retain ownership. We sincerely regret these errors.

City Council imposes regulations on massage parlors

The City Council is responding to resident concerns about massage parlor storefronts downtown on Broadway between the area of 4th and 12th Streets that have black, opaque windows, preventing passersby from seeing in, and making some residents uneasy.
The ordinance requires all massage parlors and masseuses to register with the City of Bayonne and all masseuses to obtain licenses from the State of NJ to practice massage therapy.
Some residents in town see the massage parlors as unsightly, and even suspect illegal activity because of the dark windows.
“The bottom line is if we provide more regulations for these businesses, the fly-by-night operations will disappear,” said City Attorney John Coffey. “We’re looking to effectuate local control, and we’re going to make sure they are not having living quarters that are pertinent to the establishment. The local control will allow us to make sure that what the state can’t do, we are doing.”
“If there’s nothing going on that’s improper or illegal,” said Business Administrator Joe DeMarco,“if there’s nothing, then they continue operating, if there is something there, then they have to move on.”
DeMarco also cited, as part of the reason for the ordinance, the City’s desire to beautify Broadway and attract new residential developments and new businesses.

20,000 in the dark

Two transformers were downed at the Bayonne Switching Station at 9:23 a.m. on Monday, March 20, causing power outages for 20,000 people in Bayonne and Jersey City for almost two hours. Technicians worked through Monday morning to restore power, which came back at 11:10 a.m. The cause of the outage is under investigation.

Local artist has solo exhibition

Bayonne resident Joe Waks invites all to attend his continuing solo exhibition, “ANTI-PRINTS,” which will feature new paintings by Waks, which he describes as consisting of “thousands of tiny, painstakingly applied brushstrokes that reveal undulating nooks and crannies seemingly made not of fine oil color but of viscous black ooze.”
“ANTI-PRINTS” will be featured at the Index Art Center on 237 Washington Street in Newark, Thursday, March 23, from 7-10 p.m. Drinks will be served. The show runs until March 30. Wax’s website is joewaks.com.

BHS student to attend major science and engineering fair in Los Angeles

Arsh Banerjee, Grade 9 student at Bayonne High School, was awarded a competition slot at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. He is one of two from Hudson County selected to attend the competition.

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