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Eleven people rescued from six cars during Bayonne flash flooding

Heavy rainfall on September 25 resulted in flash flooding throughout Bayonne. The Bayonne Fire Department responded to approximately 70 calls for assistance over a three-hour time frame, including flooded basements and water leaks. It rescued 11 people from six stranded vehicles, according to Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver. Flooded areas of the city included roads under overpasses. An Infinity sedan is pictured stranded on Avenue C underneath Route 440.

Girls volleyball head coach honored for 500th win

Patricia Longo, the head coach of the Bayonne High School girls’ volleyball team, was honored by the Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED) on September 27 for the team’s 500th win under her tutelage.
“Her team was always well represented on the court, but equally well off the court,” said BBOED President Joseph Broderick. “When you start a team, you might have a good year or bad year, but you go through the emotions. What happened here was that she went past the team effort and now, we have a better team for it.”
Trustee Dennis Wilbeck, also a tennis coach, called Longo, “a champion among champions.”

Man faints on PATH train

A man fainted on a PATH train car en route from Exchange Place to World Trade Center that was so crowded that he remained standing, stuck between other passengers, according to a Twitter user who documented the event. The man regained consciousness after surrounding passengers carefully lowered him to the ground. Other passengers offered him water and a banana, speculating that he might be diabetic. While the man was still unconscious, a passenger called the emergency communication intercom to alert the conductor, who was unable to walk through the train due to the number of people packed in the cars. Various Twitter users chimed in, criticizing the PATH for being overcrowded.

NJ trails only Delaware for longest commute times

New Jersey ranks 49th in the country for the longest commute times, according to a study published by the insurance company Esurance that is based on data from the U.S. Census, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the U.S. Labor Bureau. The longest commute times are in Delaware, while New York ranked fourth from the bottom. Meanwhile Alaska, the largest state, has the shortest commutes. NJ also ranks near the bottom, at 41, for improved use of alternative transportation by commuters. Ten percent of NJ commuters ride a bike, walk, take a train, or bus to work.

Frank’s Theaters declares bankruptcy, Bayonne location has no plans to close

Four business entities associated with Frank’s Theatres, a movie chain based in Jupiter Florida with two locations in NJ, including Bayonne, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to the South Florida Business Journal. The Bayonne location has no plans to close, according to the chain’s management. Plans for the parent company’s future are unclear. It could reorganize and sell off some of its assets without shuttering the Bayonne location. The company also has locations in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Volunteers needed for blood drives

New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), which supplies blood to hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers to help at blood drives. The blood drive volunteer is an integral member of the blood collection team whose task it is to assist donors with registration and/or at the refreshment area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform various jobs as needed and have the willingness to follow the rules.
For additional information contact, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Manager of Community Relations & Volunteer Services Sharon Zetts at (732) 850-8906.

Freeholder O’Dea becomes guest lecturer at St. Peter’s University

Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea was a guest lecturer at Professor Don Goncalves’ Masters of Public Administration and Service class held in Dineen Hall on Sept. 19 at St. Peter’s University.
O’Dea talked about public service, his background in developing policy and instituting initiatives related to workforce development, housing, and economic development.
O’Dea reflected on his career as an elected official and said it provided him with the ability to impact thousands of lives to create substantive change for the residents of his community in job creation, housing and economic development.

ICE detainees prefer Hudson County jail

Although the Hudson County jail in Kearny has been the site of protests because it is used to detain immigrants, people who have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement say they prefer the facility over others in Essex and Bergen counties, according to NJ.com. The detainees, who are kept apart from the jail’s general population, said the Hudson County jail provides them better ways to communicate with their families than facilities in other counties.

HCCC Student presents on black holes at the American Museum of Natural History

It’s a project that would likely have made Stephen Hawking proud.
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) student Sarra Hayoune used cosmological simulations to study wandering supermassive black holes, and developed a Python program to track and analyze their positions in dwarf galaxies.
Over the summer, Hayoune was an Astrophysics Research Intern at the American Museum of Natural History. This opportunity allowed her to present her findings at the museum. During the summer, she completed three presentations. The first one was at the 50th anniversary of the Astronomical Society of New York; the second one was at the 16th annual Physical Sciences REU Student Symposium; and the third was a presentation at Queensborough Community College.
“One of the highlights of the experience was speaking to an audience that included Neil deGrasse Tyson – the Hayden Planetarium director at the Rose Center for Earth and Space (AMNH) and the host of StarTalk,” said Hayoune.
An Algerian immigrant who speaks Arabic, French, and English, Hayoune arrived in the United States in 2014. A short while after their son was born, her husband, Abderahim Salhi – an HCCC student, who recently was one of just 10 students in the U.S. to be awarded a Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education – encouraged her to take ESL classes at the college. Hayoune started at HCCC in spring 2016 and subsequently set her sights on a degree in computer science.
“It is difficult to overstate how impactful Hudson has been on my life and my family,” she said.
She was chosen to participate in a 10-week National Science Foundation research project through Queensborough Community College.
“The most important lesson that I learned through this experience is that astronomy is an important part of society,” she said in a newsletter published at the college in August. “There are many things that people encounter on an everyday basis that were derived from astronomical technologies, which include advances in imaging and communications, applications of astronomical tools in medicine, and many other examples.”

Lawmakers plan to ban disposable plastic items

New Jersey is looking to adopt one of the most expansive bills aimed at reducing pollution caused by plastic waste, according to NJ Spotlight. In addition to a bill banning single-use plastic bags, lawmakers want to extend the prohibition to other items such as disposable plastic straws and polystyrene food containers (those clam-shell containers that your take-out comes in). The legislation would also slap a 10-cent fee on paper bags to encourage people to bring their own nondisposable bags.

Second West Nile virus death in Bergen County

A second Bergen County resident has died of West Nile virus, according to The Record. State officials expressed “great concern” over what they say is the highest number of West Nile cases they’ve seen in six years. The elderly woman who died on Monday follows the death of a 62-year-old man from Lodi earlier this month. As of Monday, there have been 31 cases of West Nile virus reported in New Jersey, six of which were in Bergen County, which borders Hudson County to the north.

NJ lawmakers to overhaul harassment policies

New Jersey lawmakers are revamping their harassment policies for the first time in almost a decade, according to the Asbury Park Press. The new policies will address discrimination, mandate training for elected officials and their staffs, and create a process for making complaints public. The updates come after an analysis by the Associated Press found New Jersey’s existing policy from 2009 to be one of the weakest in the country.