NJ Dep of Health: Flu cases in NJ top 10,000

A kindergarten student at Lincoln School in North Bergen died on Monday after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The NJ Department of Health is working to determine whether the 5-year-old girl had influenza. Meanwhile, the North Bergen school superintendent said that workers have been disinfecting all the district schools over the last three weeks.
About 3,000 additional confirmed cases of influenza were reported in the state last week, pushing New Jersey’s total to more than 10,000.

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Pam O’Donnell files suit against her lawyer

Safe driving activist and mother, Pam O’Donnell,has sued her former attorney, Peter Cresci, alleging that the former Bayonne Business Administrator failed to submit a notice of tort to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.The civil lawsuit, filed in late January, followed the tragic death of O’Donnell’s daughter, Bridget, 5, and husband, Timothy, 48.In the suit, O’Donnell alleges that Cresci mailed the tort claim to the wrong address, and failed to mail the claim to the correct address within the 90-day statutory limitation. The civil suit claims Cresci’s actions prevented her from “recovering full, fair and just compensation,” and charges him with three counts of malpractice and seeks various compensatory damages. The suit also lists as defendants three law firms in Cresci’s name and a number of John Doe attorneys. Cresci was temporarily suspended from practicing law in November of 2016.Cresci could not be reached for comment.

Kenny Kopacz to be Bayonne Contingent Marshal for Pulaski Day parade

Hudson County Freeholder Kenneth Kopacz, whose family emigrated from Poland to Jersey City and then to Bayonne,will represent Bayonne’s Polish-American community as the Bayonne Contingent Marshal of the tri-state Pulaski Day Parade on Oct. 7 in Manhattan,. Bayonne General Casimir Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee Chairman Richard M. Romelczyk made the announcement.
The parade committee will host a sashing brunch on April 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chandelier Restaurant.

Woman loses job for not disclosing role in online bondage films

Kristen Hyman, a Hudson County sheriff’s officer from Bayonne, was dismissedlast week after not disclosing to the sheriff’s department her experience in bondage films, according to a report from NJ Advance Media. However, Hyman said in court testimony that she reported her work as an actress, not a dominatrix. Hyman’s attorney told the New York Post this week that he is planning to appeal the decision to the NJ Civil Service Commission.
Hyman was suspended six days before graduating from the police academy last May after the department alleged that she appeared in the films and performed dominatrix services for money. Court testimony showsHyman saying she was not filmed nude or performing sex acts. The suspension was rescinded by a judge in the spring,and Hyman was sworn into the sheriff’s department in June, to immediately go on paid administrative leave pending the hearing. Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari told NJ Advance Media that he agreed with the decision.

PATH sets new annual ridership record

For the first time in its 56-year history, the PATH system has broken the 80-million passenger milestone for annual ridership, according to a statement issued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The sharp growth in ridership throughout the system is attributed to a surge in new customers due to economic growth and activity throughout the region, a surge in residential development near PATH stations, and an influx of additional riders who used the system during repairs to and renovation of New York Penn Station last summer.
More than 900,000 riders who normally take NJ Transit Midtown Direct trains were diverted to PATH stations, primarily Hoboken, last summer as sections of New York Penn Station underwent repair and rehabilitation work by Amtrak.
Ridership in 2017 reached 82.8 million customers, a 5.4-percent increase over the previous year, the Port Authority announced. In total ridership, the World Trade Center station, the system’s busiest, experienced a 5.8 percent increase in ridership. Among the next highest-volume stations, 33rd Street had an 8.3 percent increase, Hoboken showed an 8.9 percent rise, Newark Penn Station was up 5.4 percent, and Grove Street ridership rose 6.2 percent. The Journal Square station showed a slight increase of 0.4 percent. Despite the sharply rising passenger demand, PATH managed to maintain an on-time percentage of 97.7 percent, the release said.

HCCC presents Thai culinary class

Hudson County Community College has a special opportunity for those who wish to expand their cooking expertise and explore the unique ingredients, techniques and authentic recipes of Thailand. The college will hold a Thai Cooking class on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seven dishes will be included in the class, which will be held in the kitchens of the award-winning HCCC Culinary Arts Institute, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City, two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. Space is limited, and the cost is $45 per person.
Those who wish to attend the Thai culinary class may register online at or call (201) 360-4262. Payment by credit card, money order, cash, or check payments is due at time of registration.
More information may be obtained by calling HCCC Continuing Education at (201) 360-4224 or emailing

Businesses to be honored at Fourth Annual Chamber of Commerce Peninsula Gala

Members of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce will be honored at the fourth annual Peninsula Gala on March 22.
Bayonne businesses, business leaders and chamber members and contributors are expected to attend the exclusive event held at the Bayonne Golf Club from 6-9 p.m.
Luciano Ventrone will receive “The Dan Kane Legends Award,” Shoprite of Bayonne the “Business of the Year Award,” Joseph Barbero the “Business Person of the Year Award” and Patricia Murphy is being inducted into the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce “Hall of Fame.”
Tickets are available to the general public for $150.

Quick Chek vandalized

A Bayonne man caused more than $15,000 of damage to the QuickChek on 14th Street and Broadway on the morning of Feb. 7, according to the Bayonne Police Department. The BPD said that after yelling incoherently, breaking a display fixture, throwing other displays across the store, as well as two cash registers onto the ground, the man left the premises to later be identified by an employee. The man, 36, of Bayonne, was charged with criminal mischief. He was detained in the Hudson County jail.

Food and Shelter Coalition Meeting set for March 13

The Food and Shelter Coalition invites all interested people to a meeting on March 13 to discuss food and shelter concerns and share ideas. The meeting is an opportunity to advocate to state and federal lawmakers to promote responsible public policies to improve quality and access to food for thousands of people. The National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty currently estimates that each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation. At least 7.4 million have lost their own homes and are doubled-up with others due to economic necessity.
The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at Old Bergen Church, 1 Highland Ave., Jersey City (take the elevator and press 1).
For more information contact chairperson La-Trenda Ross at (201) 618-5745 or (201) 420-3000 ext. 2543, or email

Bill would require NJ to investigate police killings of civilians

Legislation that would put investigations of police killings of civilians in the hands of the state attorney general received approval from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday, WNYC reports. The Legislature approved similar legislation last year, but the measure was vetoed by then Gov. Chris Christie. The Attorney General’s office issued a statement saying it was not desirable to mandate that the state investigate all police use-of-force incidents.

Train conductor that crashed into Hoboken Terminal has severe sleep apnea

After a lengthy review of NJ Transit’s fatal train crash in Hoboken in 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board released its findings on Feb. 6. Among them: the train engineer suffered from severe sleep apnea, and NJ Transit failed to follow its own sleep-apnea protocols. The NTSB listed several recommendations. At the same time, NJ Sen. Cory Booker is working to undo a Trump administration reversal of sleep-apnea screening regulations, calling the reversal “shortsighted and reckless.”

Murphy revives panel on racial disparities in criminal justice system

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Sunday that he is convening a commission to examine racial disparities in the state’s criminal justice system. The Legislature established the commission in 2009, but former Gov. Chris Christie never appointed any members.
“New Jersey has the nation’s worst disparity in the rates of incarceration between black and white offenders,” Murphy said. “We can and must do better. A Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission can undertake the important review of our sentencing laws and recommend reforms necessary to ensure a stronger, fairer, and more just state.”

ExxonMobil settlement appeal struck down

A three-judge panel on Monday, Feb. 12, struck down an appeal by advocacy groups to block a controversial $225 million pollution settlement between ExxonMobil with the state that the groups argued was far too low given the environmental damage caused by the oil company.The lawsuit was to help fund environmental regeneration after a century of extreme environmental damageto wetlands and marshes caused by an oil refinery that operated in Bayonne since the 1870s and Linden since the early 1900s.
While the groups were vying for the $9 billion the state originally sought, the appeal provided a small victory.It helped delay the payment of the $225 million until after voters in November approved a constitutional amendment that prevents governors from using such settlement funds for anything other than restoring damaged land and water along with legal fees.

Bail reform statistics in

The NJ Administrative Office of the Courts released statistics on the first year of bail reform implementationin NJ on Monday, Feb. 12. The data shows that in the first year of implementation, the jail population has declined 20 percent since January 2017, and 35 percent compared to this time in 2017. For eligible defendants for whom prosecutors did not file detention motions, courts made release decisions for 81.3 percent within 24 hours and 99.5 percent within 48 hours.

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