Bayonne Briefs

18-year-old woman allegedly harassed by Uber driver

An 18-year-old Bayonne woman was allegedly harassed by a 59-year-old Uber driver last month, according to Bayonne police. The woman was being driven from Queens to her home in Bayonne when the man allegedly touched the woman inappropriately. When she tried recording the incident, the man allegedly took her phone and used it to call his phone, thereby giving himself her phone number. He then allegedly called her several times over the course of a week.

Steam pipe breaks under BHS tennis courts

A steam pipe broke under the tennis courts outside Bayonne High School, which could result in the district requiring emergency heating services. The BBOED issued a request for proposals for the repair but received no bids as of the last meeting on June 27. Two of the four tennis courts will likely have to be dug up to repair the underlying pipe, which will require the tennis program to seek summer practice space elsewhere.

Man acquitted of kidnapping charge

After a two-week trial, Bryan Ormiston was found not guilty of kidnapping, criminal restraint, second degree aggravated assault, and making terroristic threats. An extortion charge was also dropped before trial.
Orniston was accused of choking a man with a rubber hose, tying him to a chair, assaulting him, and threatening to shoot him in his own home on August 16, 2017. The altercation allegedly was over money owed to him by the victim’s son.
Under a plea deal, Ormiston admitted he pushed the victim down the stairs and will serve a prison sentence and probation.

Boat excursion around Hudson River

The Bayonne Division of Recreation is holding a lottery for seniors to attend a boat excursion around the Hudson River on July 25. The trip is sponsored by the Office of the Hudson County Executive.
Any Bayonne senior citizen, age 60 or over, can enter the lottery between Monday, July 9 and Friday, July 13, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the Bayonne Recreation Division at City Hall, Room 13. One entry is allowed per household, and the winner will receive two tickets. Proof of age and Bayonne residency must be presented at the time of lottery registration.
The lottery drawing will be held at the Recreation Division at City Hall, on Wednesday, July 18. Winners will be notified by telephone.
The Recreation Division asks anyone with a ticket who is unable to participate in the cruise to call (201) 858-6127, so that someone else will be able to go instead. The Recreation Division will maintain a waiting list from the lottery.
Buses will transport participants to the dock at Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken. The buses will leave from the parking lot of Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium, which is on Newark Bay, between 25th Street and 27th Street.
Parking will be available in and around the stadium parking lot. The buses will leave that parking lot for Weehawken at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25. Once the passengers get to Weehawken, the walk from the non-air-conditioned buses to the boat will take 15 to 30 minutes.
The cruise will last approximately two hours after it departs from Weehawken. Buses will transport seniors back to Bayonne after the cruise. The seniors should be back in Bayonne by 3:15 p.m. Food, drinks, and musical entertainment will be provided on board the boat; no outside food or drinks will be permitted.
For more information, please call Pete Amadeo at (201) 858-6129, or email

Tween book club coming to Bayonne Public Library

The Bayonne Public Library is starting a Tween Book Club for children in grades 3 through 6. The book club will hold its first meeting on Thursday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m. and will meet every other Thursday in the Children’s Room on the second floor of the library, which is at 31st Street and Avenue C.
The first book in the Tween program is “T-Bone Takes A Stand for Public Schools” by Lisa Funari Willever. The book will be provided by the library, which has 24 copies of the book available. Please call (201) 858-6970 to sign up for the Tween Book Club.

Merger of small NJ towns unlikely, lawmakers say

A committee formed by Senate President Steve Sweeney is looking at ways to cut costs and lower taxes in New Jersey, which has the highest property taxes in the country, according to The Record. Among the things the committee has discussed are adding toll roads, cutting benefits for public workers, and forcing the merger of many small towns across the state. But one senior member of the committee called those ideas “pie in the sky” and said they were “never going to happen.” New Jersey has 565 municipalities.

Schools urged to increase efforts to fight racism

The state’s Division on Civil Rights and the state’s high school sports organization are asking administrators to double efforts to fight bigotry and racism, reports the Press of Atlantic City. In the wake of recent incidents at sporting events where black athletes were taunted with racial slurs by white students, principals are being told to reread the bylaws of the NJSIAA, which ban unsportsmanlike bias incidents.

NJ public unions vow to stand up to US Supreme Court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that nonunion members cannot be forced to pay fees to unions, reports NJ Spotlight. But New Jersey’s public unions are expected to find it somewhat easier to recover, with the enactment last month of the Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act. The new law guarantees unions broader rights to meet with members and potential members and to communicate with them via email.

Jersey City medical center participates in Indian forum

In response to an increasing South Asian population in Jersey City and Hudson County, the Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) launched a community outreach program to raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease in the South Asian community. The risk of cardiovascular disease is four times greater in the South Asian population when compared with the general population. An offshoot of the hospital’s 2017 Red Sari campaign, the program’s goal is to help educate and reduce heart disease among South Asian families by stressing the importance of reducing sodium intake and getting heart checkups.
Sharon Ambis, the Medical Center’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, who has traveled to India frequently, outlined the initiative “Your heart doesn’t beat just for you. Get it checked” at a lunch forum hosted by New Jersey City University (NJCU) in honor of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce 2018 Delegation.
She noted, “Jersey City’s South Asian population appreciates our community outreach and educational programming to improve heart, health and wellbeing,” as part of her welcome remarks to the delegation.
New Jersey’s Southeast Asian population has grown significantly over the past 10 years. The state now boosts more than 800,000 residents clustered in Hudson County, Middlesex County, Bergen County, and Somerset County. With the highest educational achievements of any population sector and the highest median income of the state’s ethnic populations, the group contributes significantly to the stability of New Jersey.
JCMC is part of RWJBarnabas Health, which does outreach to Jersey City, ranked the most diverse city in the United States.
For information regarding any of the community outreach programming, contact Sharon Ambis, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Jersey City Medical Center at