Urgent Care Center opens

City Council members and CarePoint Health executives held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new urgent care center at 654 Broadway, steps away from Bayonne Medical Center. The center is in network with all major insurers, including Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. Bayonne Medical Center is currently not in Horizon’s network, but is approaching reaching a deal with the insurer, according to a report from NJ Biz. That means patients who might otherwise be out-of-network at Bayonne Medical Center can seek nonemergency treatment at the Urgent Care Center.
“It’s facilities like these that have a tremendous impact on the health of the population by allowing us to treat potentially serious conditions before they become emergencies,” said CarePoint Chief Operating Officer Peter Daniels in front of the new center.
The new center, which cost CarePoint about $300,000, will be staffed with nurses, physicians, physicians’ assistants, and have an annual capacity of 11,000. The center will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Assemblyman Chiaravalloti condemns DOJ for supporting sex discrimination

Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti introduced a resolution (AR 287) this week condemning the U.S. Department of Justice for filing a court brief on July 26 arguing civil rights laws do not protect employees from being fired for sexual orientation.
“The Civil Rights Act was written to protect vulnerable populations from injustice and
Discrimination,” said Chiaravalloti in a statement. “The Department of Justice chose to intervene in the 2nd U.S Circuit Court of Appeals without any urging from the court or any party. This unsolicited brief is turning back the clock on all the progress we made in government toward a more inclusive society.”

Ten candidates declare for Bayonne Board of Education election in November

Bayonne Board of Education trustees Christopher Munoz and Mikel Lawandy will be running for re-election on November 7 for three-year terms, according to documents filed with the Hudson County Board of Elections. Theodore Garelick, the most tenured trustee, will not be seeking another term.
Some past Board of Education candidates will again be vying for a seat. Maria Valado has 22 years of experience as a teacher, holds a master’s degree in urban education, and currently teaches elementary school in the Newark School District.
Sharma Montgomery is Director of Total Solutions at Broadview Networks and has worked in the account management field for telecom and internet companies for most of her career. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where she met her husband, Christopher, from Bayonne. They have two sons, one who graduated from BHS in 2014 and one who will be a junior in the Arts Academy.
John Cupo, a local real-estate agent, has run twice before. Another former BBOED candidate, Michael Alonso, is running again for the board and also for the 31st District Assembly race on the unopposed Republican ticket.
New candidates include Daniel Acosta, Gene Perry, Anthony D’Amico, and Reverend Dorothy Patterson, vice president of the Bayonne chapter of the NAACP.

Bayonne woman dies in car crash in Parsippany

Nicole Nawrocki, a 37-year-old woman from Bayonne, was killed on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 25 when she drove her vehicle off of Route 280 near where the highway meets Route 80, according to NJ State Police. Nawrocki was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero heading west when she drove off the highway into several trees. She was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the circumstances of the crash is ongoing.

Another developer snags a Dollar Store

The 5,600-square-foot Dollar City on 563-567 Broadway, on the corner of 26th Street, was recently sold for $1.075 million, according to a NJ Biz report. Commercial real estate firm Marcus & Millichap brokered the sale, while Fahri Ozturk and Tyler Van Wagoner represented the private purchaser.
“Broadway has seen a flurry of activity from outside capital seeking investments in a thriving market,” Ozturk said in a press release. “The subject property is positioned to benefit from the abundance of new development and projects coming to Bayonne, specifically along Broadway.”
The area is in the midst of change, as the McDonalds a block south will be rebuilt with modern design and a small plaza, while a new RWJ Barnabas medical facility was recently completed on 24th Street. Multiple residential developments are sprouting up in the area as well, including on the site of another old dollar store between 22nd and 23rd Streets, which was recently demolished to make way for an apartment building with 72 residential units.