Death of man found in Hudson River under investigation
The body of a 38-year-old Bayonne man was found in the Hudson River near the basin of the Morris Canal in Paulus Hook in the early morning of Sunday, October 1, according to Jersey City spokesperson Jennifer Morrill. The identity of the man has not been released. The cause of death is yet to be determined from an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner. The man was not in the water for long, because additional security was patrolling the waters that day for the President’s Cup at Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City.
Man found guilty of sexual assault of child
Carlos Santos, 29, of Bayonne, faces up to ten years in prison after he was convicted by a jury on Sept. 21 of second-degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. Santos was convicted of assaulting a 10-year-old girl while visiting the home of his son’s aunt in Bayonne in June 2014 and was arrested in October 2015. He is currently awaiting trial for alleged sexual assault of two other children, ages 7 and 12, between June and October of 2015. One alleged incident allegedly took place in a park.
Petition to rescind residency ordinance falls short
After the Bayonne City Council voted to amend the local residency ordinance that requires city employees to live in Bayonne to exempt hires made before October 1, a group of critics of the ordinance began collecting signatures for a petition for referendum. If the group had collected 975 valid signatures, a city-wide referendum vote would be held to determine if the ordinance stays. The group, however, fell 11valid signatures shy of the required number, filing its first petition in September with 721 valid signatures, followed by a supplemental petition ten days later with 278. The Bayonne Community News has covered this topic in past issues, including in a story titled, “If you work for the city, do you have to live here?” published in the April 26 issue.
Bergen Point Fall Festival
The Bergen Point Fall Festival is set for Saturday, October 14, from noon to 6 p.m. on Broadway from 5th Street to Cottage Street. The festival will feature live music by local musicians, food vendors, inflatable rides, balloon sculpture, sand art, face painting, and a petting zoo.
Fifty street vendors and nonprofit organizations will have booths and tables along Broadway. The dog-costume contest takes place at noon, with registration at 11:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Trinity Parish will host a basketball hoop raffle, pumpkin painting, and basket raffles.
A history fair will be held at the Bayonne Community Museum by the Bayonne Historical Society from 10 a.m. to around 2 p.m., with an Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Day. The Historical Society will host a two-hour landmarks bus tour of Bayonne from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the bus leaving from the Bayonne Community Museum. For tickets, contact Lee Fahley at (201) 436-5978. Otherwise, reservations must be made online through the Hoboken Historical Museum website at https://www.hobokenmuseum.org/index.php/events/calendar-of-events/october.
HCCC won’t cooperate with feds on undocumented students
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has established guidelines as to what it will and will not do in response to the White House’s executive order to rescind the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program instituted under executive order in 2012.
Last week, at a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill, California Senator Kamala Harris questioned Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke about the concern that the personal information of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children could be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency tasked with removals. Acting Secretary Duke stated that she could not guarantee that the information of young immigrants who applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would not be turned over to immigration and customs authorities.
So HCCC President Glen Gabert, Ph.D. said the College wants to reassure students protected under DACA.
“At Hudson County Community College, we are dedicated to assisting and caring for all of our students. We will continue to counsel and advocate on behalf of our DACA students,” he said.
Shortly after the executive order was issued, Hudson County Community College issued the following statement to define how the college is responding to executive orders concerning DACA and undocumented students:
Hudson County Community College will provide support on immigration-related concerns, counsel those impacted with resources for educational and living expenses for which they are legally eligible, and vigorously investigate and prosecute anyone who threatens, intimidates or harasses any member of our community, as well as intensify its long-standing advocacy for expanded access to higher education for all our students.
Hudson County Community College, Gabert said, will not voluntarily disclose immigration and/or citizenship status to federal authorities absent a court-issued subpoena, ask questions regarding immigration and/or citizenship status except when relevant to the service being provided, and will not voluntarily disclose immigration and/or citizenship status information to federal authorities unless necessary to comply with a federal regulation or to protect a person’s safety.
EPA approves ‘Oil Lake’ cleanup
A Superfund site in Kearny known as “Oil Lake” is will undergo its most comprehensive cleanup effort to date, with a $24 million plan approved on Tuesday, October 3 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Record reports that the site, which has been closed for four decades, contains tons of contaminated soil from a shuttered petroleum plant. However, the plan neglects to address groundwater contamination, which the EPA said will be addressed by future cleanup programs.
NJ minimum wage gets 16-cent bump
New Jersey’s minimum wage labor force will see a small bump in its wages in 2018. The Christie Administration announced an increase in the minimum-wage floor by 16 cents an hour last week. The increase, from $8.44 an hour to $8.60 an hour, will be the fourth raise in the last five years.
DEP wants public input on spending VW settlement
New Jersey will receive $72.2 million from a settlement with Volkswagen stemming from the company’s admission that it installed software in its vehicles that allowed them to cheat on emissions tests. The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has been designated as the lead agency overseeing how the settlement money will be spent, and they are currently accepting input from the public. To submit ideas, visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/vw/.
Jersey City Art & Studio Tour to be held Oct. 14-15
On Oct. 14 and 15, more than 200 art events will take place across the city. The 27th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST), which is sponsored by Jersey City’s Department of Cultural Affairs is expected to draw thousands of residents and visitors will engage with more than 500 artists on their own turf. The events include live art demonstrations and interactive exhibits, live music, art markets, panel discussions, dance performances, curated bus, bike and walking tours of indoor and outdoor art in every neighborhood and much more! All JCAST events are free and open to the public.
Complimentary shuttle bus service will be available to take tour-goers throughout the city from noon to 6 p.m. both days to ensure that they can view exhibits with ease and comfort. The buses will start at the Mack-Cali Harborside Atrium, 210 Hudson Street, Jersey City, with more 30 stops across the city along a northbound and southbound route.
A roster of the more than 160 event spaces can be found in a special tour guide published by The Hudson Reporter newspapers that will be available at art venders throughout Jersey City. Additionally, an interactive map, including artist names, event spaces, bus routes, and an event schedule, will be published on www.thejcast.com.