Holocaust Remembrance Service
The City of Bayonne will host its annual Holocaust Remembrance Service on April 24 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C. Sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of Bayonne and the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy, the program will feature a video interview with Manya Frydman Perel, a Holocaust survivor who spent years at Auschwitz and ghettos in Poland as a young woman. She was 20 years old when the war ended.
The video interview was conducted by Patricia Iannaci, a student filmmaker at Rowan University and a graduate of Bayonne High School. Prayers and reflections will be offered at the service by Jewish and Christian clergy and a representative of the Bayonne’s Muslim community.
Mayor James Davis, City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, State Assembly members Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Angela McKnight, and other elected officials will make brief remarks and offer proclamations. Members of Bayonne’s veterans’ groups will also attend, carrying the colors and the banners of their posts.
Hara Benjamin-Garritano, a cantorial soloist from Temple Beth Am, will lead the singing of Hatikvah. Alan Smulen, a baritone with the Opera Theatre of Montclair, will lead the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and will be accompanied by Alyssa Baez.
Holocaust survivors and attendees will have the chance to participate in a candle-lighting ceremony, and the winner of the Holocaust essay contest at Bayonne High School will recite his or her essay and accept an award sponsored by the Preminger and Epstein families.
Arnold Wendroff is President of the UJA Federation of Bayonne. Dr. Ellen Goldberg is the Executive Director of the UJA Federation and the Jewish Community Center. Helene Kessel Nagiar and Joseph E. Ryan will co-chair the service.Mayor James Davis is the honorary chairman of the program.
Bayonne Bridge project shuts down, reopens due to dust buildup
Bayonne City officials shut down the Bayonne Bridge project job site on Monday, April 17 due to excessive dust conditions created by demolition work, according to City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski. Members of the city council, the mayor, business administrator, the city health officer, and the Hudson Regional Health Commission visited the site on Monday after receiving complaints of excessive dust.Then on Tuesday, April 18, demolition work resumed after the Port Authority agreed to use multiple hoses for each machine, and change the angles which the hoses are sprayed. They also installed dust monitors to measure wind and dust buildup in the area.
“There was a lot of dust,” said Nadrowski. “Where you can write messages on car windows, that’s a lot of dust. It was all over peoples’ clothes and windows.”
Nadrowski said it was clear that the demolition crews were not using enough water, resulting in dusty building material. “It was definitely the result of not following protocol,” said Nadrowski. Residents living near the construction have reported lead flakes in their yard, excessive noise, and other construction-related nuisances. “The people down there, and I’m one of them, live with a lot of inconveniences,” said Nadrowski. “It’s unacceptable; you can’t even breathe, you have to go home and take a shower.”
The Port Authority is offering free car and window washing for those affected, as well as free car covers.
Old produce store torn down
City officials determined that a former produce store on 33rd Street and Broadway was at risk of collapsing, and preemptively demolished it, according to city officials. Neighboring tenants informed the city last month that the building looked crooked and started leaning to one side. Upon inspection, engineers quickly concluded that the building was beyond repair and was too dangerous to remain standing, and therefore required demolition.
The produce stand was called “One for the Baby” because of the owners’ habit of giving away free fruit to families with newborns. The stand closed years ago and has been an example of a good building falling into disrepair.
“It’s a shame that buildings around here get so dilapidated,” said Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa. “At least it makes way for something new.”
There are no plans for the site yet.
Protest rally to support immigrants at Liberty State Park
A protest on Monday May 1 at Liberty State Park will become a rally to support immigrant rights. A coalition of labor leaders, community activists, and immigrant rights groups will spearhead a “May Day” pro-immigration rally from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
CASA is a nonprofit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s wellbeing. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned children and their circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org