New business selling modern appliances on Broadway
Bayonne’s resurgence is most visible on building exteriors. New buildings are going up while old ones are being refurbished, both inside and out. That’s where Parkview Appliance comes in, one of Bayonne’s newest businesses. “We felt Bayonne did not have a high-end appliance store yet,” said Parkview Appliance owner, Sam Stein. “For those renovating their home or trying to be more energy efficient, manufacturers are coming out with a wide variety of very affordable stainless-steel appliances.”
Stein’s 2,000 square-foot showroom is stocked with all kinds of appliances such as microwaves, air conditioners, dishwashers, stoves, washers and dryers. He wants to set himself apart from the typical black-and-white appliance aesthetic.
“When someone upgrades their kitchen, they shouldn’t settle for the typical white-and-black appliances,” Stein said. “They should go for something more modern and efficient.”
Though there are companies that will deliver appliances or do in-store pickup, Stein said having a local appliance store around the corner can be very convenient. “With appliances, they are going to use it all year long. They want to see it, feel it, touch it.”
Residents can feel and touch all of Stein’s appliances at 810 Broadway.
Injured construction worker rescued from Bayonne manhole
An injured construction worker was trapped in a manhole 10 feet below 55th Street and Kennedy Boulevard on Friday, July 7, before being rescued by the Bayonne Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team, according to Fire Chief Keith Weaver. The worker had his coworker with him in the manhole while they were doing repairs. Both were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
“The members of the Bayonne Fire Department Technical Rescue Team did an outstanding job, removing the two employees from the manhole in a timely fashion,” Weaver said.
State budget passed
A new funding formula was passed as part of the state budget signed by NJ Gov. Chris Christie in the early morning hours of Monday, July 3. Legislators and the governor sparred for weeks over an unrelated bill that would reshape the state’s largest health insurance company, and even shut down the government, including its state parks. Arguably, the most relevant part of the bill concerned funding for the 1.37 million public-school students in the state.
Bayonne will receive six percent more than what Christie proposed in his “Fairness Formula,” amounting to about $3.2 million.
Statewide, the new funding formula increases state funding by $125 million, with $25 million allocated to expand pre-k and kindergarten. Not all municipalities in Hudson County will benefit, though. Jersey City would see a two percent reduction, or about $8.5 million.
In hearings that led up to the bicameral agreement, Bayonne administrators made the case for equitable funding across all districts, citing Jersey City receiving eight times more in state funding than Bayonne, with three times as many students.
Hoboken would also lose out, to the tune of a 7.7 percent decrease, or about $825,000. Weehawken’s funding would decrease by about the same percentage.
4th of July sexual harassment on light rail
A 27-year-old Jersey City man accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old woman on the light rail on the 4th of July was charged with criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to police. The incident occurred after the man allegedly asked the young woman for a cigarette. When she refused, the man allegedly grabbed her buttocks, and fled, according to Bayonne Police Captain Janine Foy. The young woman immediately reported the incident to police and provided a description of the man, who was arrested two days later.
Simpson Baber Foundation hosts summer bash
Enjoy a wonderful summer evening on the water while contributing to a worthy organization. On Tuesday, August 8, The Simpson Baber Foundation for the Autistic will host a summer party at Robbins Reef Yacht Club. This fun evening, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m. will include live music by Ed Beales and the Peninsula Band, a catered barbeque dinner and a cash bar. All proceeds will help to provide funding for programs held for children and young adults with special needs. Tickets are $50 per person.
For additional information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call (201) 320.9145.
The mission of The Simpson Baber Foundation for the Autistic, Inc. is to educate the public on the spectrum of Autism and to provide educational, social, and recreational opportunities to people affected by autism.