Rutkowski Park Shoreline Cleanup

The Bayonne Nature Club, in coordination with the Hackensack Riverkeeper, is hosting a shoreline cleanup at Rutkowski Park on Sunday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Riverkeeper often brings canoes and serves pizza at the end. Organizers encourage participants to dress for dirty work. Tools, garbage bags, gloves, snacks, and water will be provided. The cleanup will primarily be along the boardwalk and walking path that circles through Rutkowski Park. Garbage is not only disposed of improperly by park-goers, but washes ashore from the Hackensack River.
The group will also host bird walks at Lefante Way on August 12, and 26 at 9 a.m. The group meets at the first green bridge behind Otaiko Restaurant in South Cove Commons Mall, and at Rutkowski Park on August 16 at 9 a.m.

Clarification on Dollar City

In the Briefs section of last week’s Bayonne Community News, we reported that the building that houses the Dollar City on 563-567 Broadway was sold. While the property was sold, Dollar City plans to remain open indefinitely, according to the owner.

Fire at MOTBY

Three fire departments rushed to the former Military Ocean Terminal Base in the early morning of Saturday, August 5 in response to a three-alarm fire at Columbia Container Services, a company that repairs and maintains chassis and shipping containers, according to the Bayonne Fire Department. No serious injuries were reported as a result of the fire, which started at 2:30 a.m. and was contained by 5 a.m. The cause of the fire remains undetermined, but was spread, in part, by compressed gas tank explosions. On the scene that night was the North Hudson Regional Fire Department, the Jersey City Fire Department, and 55 Bayonne firefighters.

Car break-ins continue

Residents are urged to lock their car doors to reduce the risk of their cars being broken into. A string of car burglaries was reported in the last two weeks of July. The burglaries have been an ongoing issue this summer, prompting Mayor James Davis and Police Chief Drew Sisk to issue a joint statement in June, reporting that more than 90 percent of reported burglaries occurred because of unlocked car doors.
In response, the Bayonne Police Department has increased foot patrols in targeted areas and cautioned residents about car security. Residents should not only lock their doors, but not leave items of value in plain sight, or items that can indicate the presence of other valuables, such as bags that can appear to have a laptop inside, or audio wires that can indicate the presence of valuable electronics in the center console or glove compartment.

‘Garden State’ now officially NJ slogan

NJ Gov. Christopher Christie signed 50 bills into law before he and his family left for a 10-day vacation. One of these laws has finally named New Jersey the “Garden State.” According to a report from The Record, the bill was inspired by a Girl Scout troop that wondered why the state had an official state bird, flower, shell, dinosaur, and even a state tall ship, but no state slogan.

Penn Station repairs to end soon after Labor Day

Summer repairs and upgrades at Penn Station NYC are on schedule, according to the latest update from Amtrak, but more work might be needed after the summer, which could affect NJ Transit commuters. According to a report from NJ Spotlight, workers will need roughly another month to finish repairs on Track 10, as well as part of the facility that includes a very busy section known as “A Interlocking.” Amtrak is hoping to finish the repairs by September 4.

First female umpire at NJ Little League

July’s Little State Tournament, which Bayonne participated in, saw its first female umpire since the Little League started in 1949. Christine Sammon, who has worked her way up through the Little League organization, refed four of seven games last week. Tapinto Sparta, an online local news organization owned by AOL, ran a profile of Sammon earlier this month. Next year, Bayonne’s teams may be refed by her.

Development plan changes hands

MonGroup purchased a development site at 175 W. 7th Street earlier this month from Jinco Inc, according to a report from NJ Biz. The development plan, which calls for a five-story, 56-unit residential building, was approved in January at a zoning board meeting. The group specializes in green building design, and plans to build a green roof deck on top of its parking garage in addition to minimizing particles in the ventilation system and including energy-efficient appliances. The building will also include a fitness center, private garage, and storage units.