Bayonne Briefs


The Blue Dawg Band to play at Bayonne Museum on April 10

The Blue Dawg Band will play a free concert of blues and classic rock at the Bayonne Community Museum on Monday, April 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The concert is part of the Musical Mondays series at the museum, which is at 229 Broadway at the corner of 9th Street.
The Bayonne-based Blue Dawg Band features three vocalists, lead guitar, bassist, saxophone, flute, blues harp, and percussion.
The event is sponsored by KKR and Suez. The Musical Mondays concert series is supported by the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ).

Man charged in DWI crash that closed Bayonne Bridge

A 62-year-old man was charged with a DWI after allegedly crashing his car into the center barriers on the Bayonne Bridge, causing emergency officials to temporarily shut down the bridge, according to the Port Authority Police Department.
Frank Ramunni of Staten Island allegedly crashed into center barriers on the Bayonne Bridge at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 2, according to Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo.
Police originally responded to reports of a disabled car on the bridge. Pentangelo said that one witness told police that Ramunni continued to drive his 1993 Chevrolet over the bridge after crashing through the temporary median barriers.
According to police, Ramunni was allegedly slurring his words after being apprehended, had bloodshot eyes, and smelled of alcohol. Police requested a breathalyzer test. Ramumni refused and was arrested for a DWI, said Pentangelo.
The Bayonne Bridge was closed only for a brief time while crews replaced the traffic barriers.

Crash on Kennedy Boulevard warrants investigation

A crash on Sunday afternoon, April 2, on Kennedy Boulevard and 26th Street temporarily closed the Boulevard to traffic, according to the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the incident.
The two-car crash was reported around 3 p.m. The driver of the black Toyota that collided with the side of a red Honda was taken to a nearby hospital after the Toyota’s airbag deployed, according to officials. All the windows on the Honda were blown out as a result of the crash. The driver of the Toyota incurred swelling on his head before leaving with authorities to go to the hospital. No charges have been filed at this time.
According to the Bayonne Police Department, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation. The Sheriff’s Department did not immediately return a request for comment.
Kennedy Boulevard was closed to traffic while authorities investigated the circumstances of the collision.

Aetna may split from Jersey City Medical Center

The contract between RWJBarnabas Health, which includes Jersey City Medical Center, and insurance carrier Aetna will expire April 22, according to the March 17 letter the company sent to its subscribers who had been treated at a Barnabas hospital in the past year.
The disagreement is over reimbursement rates, Aetna spokesman Walter Cherniak Jr. said Monday, as reported in NJ Advance Media.
Aetna is the second-largest health insurance company in New Jersey. The carrier notified 45,000 policyholders that contract negotiations will have to improve soon with Barnabas, the state’s largest hospital network, or patients will have to pay more expensive out-of-network rates or select another hospital.
Cherniak said that RWJBarnabas, which is affiliated with 11 acute care hospitals, wants “a significant rate increase we do not believe can be supported in the market.”
Cherniak said the 1,267 doctors who hold admitting privileges exclusively at RWJBarnabas hospitals are also affected. Patients requiring hospital care would have to find another doctor if their physicians could not quickly obtain admitting privileges at other hospitals.
RWJ Barnabas Health’s spokeswoman Ellen Greene called Cherniak’s letter a “routine communication that HMOs and insurers must send to participants 30 days before the contract expires.”
“RWJBarnabas Health and Aetna continue to negotiate with the desire to create a new contractual agreement,” Greene’s statement said. “It is our goal and expectation that a new agreement will be reached with Aetna before our current contract expires on April 22. Aetna patients can still receive services at all RWJBarnabas Health facilities as contract negotiations continue.”
Aetna and Barnabas Health reached an impasse over contract negotiations two years ago, but the two sides reached a deal three days before the contract expired.