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Groundbreaking on Avenue E

City officials broke ground on another major development in the neighborhood of the 22nd Street light rail station, at the former site of Bayonne Plumbing. Sky Lofts South, a six-story, 90-unit apartment building is expected to be completed by Spring of 2019. The developer, Mitchell Burakovsky of Skye Development, received a 25-year payment in-lieu of taxes.
The building, at 230-250 Avenue E, will offer 21 one-bedroom- and 69 two-bedroom apartments. Its sister development, Sky Lofts North, will sit just north of the building. It will feature 100 units and is expected to break ground in spring of 2019 for a projected completion date in the spring of 2021.
One block south, at the former CJ Murphy oil company, city officials broke ground on a new development earlier this month for a 74-foot, 70-unit residential apartment building, only steps away from the light rail station. That development is expected to be completed in spring of 2018.

Former Bayonne police officer indicted

A former Bayonne police officer, Francis J. Styles, 36, was indicted on one count of falsifying records in a federal investigation and one count of misprision (or the deliberate concealment) of a felony. Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced on Monday, May 15. The charges are a result of an investigation into police brutality during a December 2013 incident where former Bayonne police officer Domenico Lillo allegedly struck a man in the face with a flashlight while in custody, resulting in 15 sutures, according to federal authorities. That arrest, which resulted in a federal lawsuit filed by the victim, Brandon Walsh, 28, has culminated in the most recent indictment. According to the indictment, Styles “knowingly concealed, covered up, falsified, and made false entries” on a Bayonne Police Department incident report. He allegedly omitted in the report the alleged assault with a flashlight, falsely asserted that the defendant violently struggled on his way to the police vehicle where he was allegedly struck with the flashlight, and falsely asserted that the victim’s injuries were a result of hitting the wall and ground during the arrest. Lillo was arrested by the FBI on January 23 and charged with violating a defendant’s civil rights by using excessive force during the arrest, as well as allegedly falsifying records in an attempt to conceal the alleged crime.

BHS students receive grant for EMT education

Seven Bayonne High School Academy for Health and Medical Science seniors are recipients of $50,000 in grants from the Investor’s Foundation to participate in the Jersey City Medical Center EMT course. Through the course, students will learn foundations of emergency response and come out of high school as certified EMTs. From there, they can get jobs as EMTs or transition into other medical fields.

Annual Court Night will be June 6

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson Vicinage, in partnership with the state Bar Association & Foundation, the Hudson County Bar Association & Foundation, and the Hudson Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns, will present Annual Court Night 2017 on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Midtown Community School, 550 Avenue A, Bayonne.
Topics discussed include criminal justice reform, record expungement, landlord-tenant disputes, divorce, immigration, and child support.
The question-and-answer session is free. Reservations are requested, although not required. To reserve a seat, email hudson.reservation@judiciary.state.nj.us or call (201) 217-5109. When registering via email or phone, provide your name, telephone number, and the workshop you would like to attend.

‘Five Finger Discount’ author presents new book on May 21

Author Helene Stapinski, author of the memoir “Five Finger Discount,” will present her new book on Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m., at the Italian Educational and Cultural Center for the Arts (IECCA) at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth St., Jersey City.
With her new book, “Murder in Matera,” Helene reaches back into Southern Italy to fashion a deeply-researched story of immigration and how far one mother would go to preserve her family.
Staff from Word Bookstores will be on hand to sell copies.
Tickets are $10, general admission, and $5 for members of IECCA or the coalition. Refreshments are included. Reservations are required. Visit the sponsor’s websites to reserve.
The event is sponsored by the Italian Educational and Cultural Center for the Arts, website www.casacolombo.org, and the Embrankment Preservation Coalition, website www.embankment.org.

Michael Mulcahy allegedly strikes police officer twice with vehicle

A former Bayonne housing code inspector was arrested on Friday, May 5, for allegedly striking an off-duty police officer twice with his vehicle, according to police. Michael Mulcahy, 46, of Bayonne was arrested in the area of 26th Street and Avenue C at around 6 p.m. on charges of aggravated assault, obstructing a government function, and a weapons offense for using his vehicle as a weapon.
The off-duty police officer was treated and released from Bayonne Medical Center the same day.
Mulcahy was part of a group of three former City of Bayonne employees who filed a lawsuit against the city after they were laid off for “reasons of economy” in June of 2015. On January 18, the Civil Service Commission decided not to reverse the layoffs. Mulcahy tried unsuccessfully to get his job back.

Bayonne Class of 2007 Reunion

The Bayonne Class of 2007 will be celebrating its 10-year reunion on June 16 at the Knights of Columbus on 677 Avenue C in Bayonne from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event will feature an open bar, dinner buffet, and desserts. Guests are encouraged to come. Attendees should RSVP by June 2 by emailing beesof07@gmail.com and paying $70 to PaylPal.me/BHSClassof2007.

State of the City Address

Mayor James Davis will issue his annual State of the City Address on Thursday, June 15 at 6 pm at Villa Maria on 417 Broadway. Registration starts at 5:30. Admission is $15, and free for members of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce.
Guests can also register online at bayonnechamber.org under the ‘events’ tab.