Dan Ward, BHS educator, to run for at-large city council seat

Daniel Ward, Director of the Social Studies and Library/Media Science Programs at the Bayonne School District, announced that he will run for the at-large Bayonne City Council seat in the May election on mayoral candidate Jason O’Donnell’s slate.
Ward has been a public school educator for 26 years. The current at-large City Council members are Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski and Juan Perez. Both ran and won on Mayor James Davis’ ticket in June of 2015. Both have yet to announce a run for re-election.
In a press release announcing his candidacy, Ward said, “We must put an end to the 30-year tax breaks for wealthy developers and the mortgaging of our children’s future or we will all be paying for the Davis Administration’s corporate give-aways for generations. And we need strong leadership that will work with the City’s Board of Education to look for solutions to the current budget crisis rather than the Davis Administration’s baseless finger pointing and empty grandstanding that have still left 74 school employees without their jobs and all of us, young and old, with an almost 6- percent school tax increase. Simply put, we need new leadership, and I am looking forward to working with Jason, a man of integrity, and the rest of our team to get the city we all love back working for all taxpayers.”
“I am proud to run on the same ticket with Dan Ward,” said Jason O’Donnell in the press release. “Dan is a huge part of the foundation of our community, and his dedication to all of our friends and neighbors in Bayonne is unmatched. He has spent decades trying to enrich the lives of so many with his work in our school system and volunteering his time in our community, and we are both anxious to begin the fight to get Bayonne back on track.”
In 2016, Ward was named Irish-American Educator of the Year by the Irish American League. He has served on Hudson County Community College’s Academic Advisory Board and has been a member of the Anthony K. Podbielski Memorial Essay Committee. Dan has coached the BYSA’s recreation and travel soccer programs. He is also one of the founders of the former Centerville Civic Club and has been a member of various Irish organizations throughout Bayonne. Dan and his wife, Caroline Ulivella, also an educator, are raising their two sons in Bayonne’s public schools.

Menendez, charging anti-Latino bias, still defiant in wake of mistrial

The 11-week trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez ended when Judge William Walls declared the mistrial after the jury said they could not come to a verdict.
Prosecutors have not yet said whether they would re-file charges that were the result of a five-year investigation.
Menendez was charged with conspiracy, bribery, and honest services fraud in his duties as U.S. Senator, and for accepting more than $600,000 in political contributions and gifts from a long time friend Dr. Salomon Melgen. Prosecutors attempted to prove Menendez took these things in exchange for political favors to Melgen, who was convicted of unrelated charges earlier this year.
This decision by the court to declare a mistrial also came after a juror was excused and told the press about some of the discussions going on in the jury room.
Menendez grew up in Union City and served as its mayor before going to Congress.
He said, “Certain elements of the FBI and of our state cannot understand, or even worse, accept that the Latino kid from Union City and Hudson County can grow up to be a United States senator and be honest.”

Carl “The Bayonne Elvis” Senior dies at 75

Carl Charles “The Bayonne Elvis” Anderson Sr., a lifelong resident and community fixture of Bayonne passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017. Residents remember him as “the Bayonne Elvis” for driving up and down Broadway in a Chevy Astro with a supercharger protruding from the hood and yellow flames emblazoned on the side, along with musical notes, Elvis’s face, and the words, “Blast From The Past,” and “Remembering Our Favorite Oldies.”
Carl Anderson was the devoted husband to the late Nancy (nee: DeMelio) and father to Carl Jr. and Wayne Anderson.
In Carl’s memory, you can make a donation to the MFL Foundation for Cancer Prevention, found at the link for the funeral home at
Bayonne Life on the Peninsula wrote a feature story on Carl Anderson in its Spring 2017 issue where he talked about his life, the Elvis Era, and the gratitude he received from the community.

All Saints Catholic Academy celebrates National Blue Ribbon award

Officials at All Saints Catholic Academy accepted the National Blue Ribbon Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 7. Principal of All Saints, Sister Rita Marie Fritzen, who accepted the award, said, “Our school has a ‘wow’ factor. The things that we do here make students perform to their academic level.” Sister Rita Marie is a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, and is in her third year as principal of All Saints. She previously served as associate director of catechesis for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.
All Saints was one of 342 schools and 50 private schools recognized from across the country and 17 in the state. National Blue Ribbon Schools are recognized for their overall academic performance or advancement in closing achievement gaps amid student subgroups. The school ranked among the highest performing schools as measured by nationally normed tests: The Archdiocese of Newark administers standardized testing in the form of Terra Nova, Third Edition. All Saints was founded in 2008 when four Catholic schools in Bayonne combined into one.

Manhattan commuters to face another round of delays

Penn Station will undergo another phase of track repairs in the first part of 2018, but rail officials are saying the disruptions to commuters will not reach the level of “the summer of hell” last August, according to NJ Spotlight. NJ Transit officials announced that there will be changes in the morning and evening schedules for the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines.

Governor-elect Murphy announces chief of staff and chief counsel

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that his chief of staff will be Mayor Pete Cammarano of Metuchen, according to The Record. Murphy has also selected Matt Platkin as chief counsel. Cammarano previously served as chief of staff for Richard Codey when Codey was acting governor from 2004 to 2006. Platkin, of Montclair, worked on Murphy’s campaign, coordinating major policy positions.
Murphy also named more than 500 people across 15 committees that will submit reports and recommendations that will inform the new administration’s legislative and regulatory agenda.
Mike Embrich, a Navy veteran from Bayonne, will sit on the Military and Veteran Affairs committee. Michael Cranston, President of Bayonne Dry Dock, will sit on the Labor and Workforce Development committee.

BPD arrests local teenager for allegedly burglarizing cars, man for allegedly burglarizing neighbor

A 19-year-old from Bayonne was recently charged with two counts of burglary for allegedly breaking into cars in late October, according to the Bayonne Police Department (BPD). Abanoub Guirges allegedly stole $10 from a Jeep Wrangler parked on West 7th Street and tried unsuccessfully to enter a Ford Escape in the same area, according to a statement from the BPD. The next day, Guirges allegedly stole credit cards from a parked Honda Accord in the area of Trask Avenue. Guirges was charged with two counts of burglary and criminal attempted burglary, according to the BPD.
Meanwhile, a 45-year-old Bayonne man was arrested for allegedly stealing $3,500 worth of tools and home fixtures from the basement of a 41st Street residence on October 15, according to the BPD. Robert Connelly, of Avenue C, was charged with burglary and theft.

Will lawmakers extend caps on police and firefighter raises?

A state law that limits the pay raises police officers and firefighters can receive in binding arbitration to two percent is set to expire on December 31 unless the State Legislature acts to extend it, according to NJ Spotlight. Local officials across the state say the cap has been instrumental in keeping property taxes down.Police and firefighterunions oppose an extension.

Polls show Menendez an early favorite in 2018 Senate race

Despite recent legal problems and low voter approval ratings, Sen. Bob Menendez is “a clear favorite” for re-election in 2018, according to Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight, a digital news site that focuses on poll analysis. Although Menendez could face a retrial after a jury was unable to reach a verdict in his corruption trial, many legal experts say that is unlikely. Meanwhile, the Republicans who have emerged as potential opponents have each raised no more than $4,000, compared with the $4 million Menendez has on hand.

NAACP honors five in Bayonne

The Bayonne branch of the NAACP hosted its 90th annual Freedom Fund dinner on November 5 at the Chandelier Restaurant, where the organization honored five community members. The theme of the dinner was “Where Do We Go From Here.”
Joseph Barbero, local teacher and business owner, was honored in the Education category. Deon Golfphin, police officer, business owner, and Iraq War veteran, was honored in the Entrepreneurship category. Rev. Gary Grindeland, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Bayonne and the vice pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jersey City, was honored in the Church Service category. Helene J. Lee, a social worker and discharge planner at Bayonne Medical Center’s Care Point Health System, was honored for the Community Service category. David Watson, a well-known local musician and music teacher, who has worked with Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, India Arie, The O’Jays, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Police and the Sugar Hill Gang, was honored in the Humanitarian category.

6,000 Rabbis visit Bayonne

The International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Shluchim (Kinus Hashluchim), which draws Hasidic rabbis from around the world, brought 6,000 rabbis to Bayonne’s Harbor Pointe on Sunday, November 19 for a banquet that went from the early afternoon until midnight. Motorists may have been affected around the area of Route 440 as many buses and taxis transported rabbis from Brooklyn.