Bayonne Briefs

Ducklings rescued; mom stands vigil

Bayonne firefighters rescued 17 ducklings from a storm drain on the former Military Ocean Terminal Base on July 3 after Brian Ahern and Robert Wykowski of the Bayonne Department of Public Works heard chirps coming from the drain. Their mother stayed nearby during the ordeal.

Two-alarm fire on 48th Street displaces three people

There was a fire in the attic of a 48th Street homeon Monday, July 2,due to an electrical malfunction, according to the Bayonne Fire Department.Three people were displaced; no injuries were reported.The fire department responded to a report of smoke coming from 41 East 48th Street just before 11 p.m. Responders discovered that the smoke was emanating from the attic of the building’s attached neighbor, 39 East 48th Street.Firefighters extinguished the fire before midnight, preventing it from spreadingto the building’s neighbors.

Car flips on West 21st Street, driver allegedly under influence of marijuana

A 28-year-old driver flipped his car on West 21st Street, a block away from his 22nd Street home, while approaching intersection on Thursday, July 5. The driver crawled out of the vehicle. Police later said that he was under the influence of marijuana and some marijuana was allegedly found in the overturned vehicle.

NJ hospitals explore tool to reduce drug addiction

New Jersey hospitals will test computer software intended to reduce opioid prescriptions and improve the quality of care provided by their emergency departments, according to NJ Spotlight. The tests are being paid for through grants by the New Jersey Hospital Association. The software is already in use in 17 other states and helps emergency room doctors to quickly identify patients who may be addicted to opioids.
The opioid crisis has been devastating for NJ residents. Eighty-seven people from Hudson County died from suspected overdoses in 2018, compared to 73in the same period in 2017. Overdose deaths in the state surged in 2016 to more than 2,000. This year, the state is on pace to surpass 3,000 deaths.

Healthcare worker union settles contract with Hudson County hospitals

Health Professionals and Allied Employees, the largest hospital union in the state, ratified three-year collective bargaining contracts with three Hudson County hospitals, according to The Record. Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus, CarePoint Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and CarePoint Bayonne Medical Center settled contracts with workers.
Bayonne nurses collectively bargained for 2.5 percent raises if they work per diem or are no longer entitled to step increases because of their seniority, and 1 percent if they receive step increases for years of service. Pay for bonus shifts will increase by $20 an hour. Tuition reimbursement will increase by $1,000.
Christ Hospital nurses bargained for 2.7 percent pay raises in the first year of their contract, followed by 2.5 percent raises in years two and three for staff members who aren’t eligible for step increases, and 1.5 percent for staff members who do receive step increases.

Man charged in alleged hit-and-run incident involving Bayonne hot dog vendor

A 29-year-old Jersey City man was charged in a June 20 alleged hit-and-run incident on East Linden Avenue near Route 185 in Jersey City that left a 54-year-old hot dog vendor from Bayonne with serious injuries to his lower extremities, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. The 29-year-old is accused of fleeing the scene after allegedly hitting and injuring the vendor.Responding police officers found a crashed and abandoned BMW a short distance from the scene.

Fate of plastic bags fee remains up in the air

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy has yet to decide whether he will sign a bill that would require retailers to charge customers a 5-cent fee for single-use plastic bags, according to NJ Spotlight. The question is whether the best way to limit the spread of plastics in the environment is by charging a fee or banning plastic bags outright. The Legislature chose to put a fee on both plastic and paper single-use bags.

Paddleboarders on the Hackensack

A woman on a paddleboard was spotted on the Hackensack River by a Bayonne resident on Wednesday, July 27, who shared the image on social media. Paddleboarders, who use a paddle to propel forward while standing on a board that resembles a surfboard, but wider and thicker, had been an uncommon sight on the Hackensack. However, one social media user commented that she saw a man on a paddleboard in the same area a few weeks ago.