Bayonne Briefs

On Friday, Nov. 2, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy visited Bayonne’s Pizza Master.
On Friday, Nov. 2, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy visited Bayonne’s Pizza Master.

Three trick-or-treaters hospitalized after car crash

A car crash on the corner of 16th Street and Avenue C in Bayonne at about 8 p.m. on Halloween evening resulted in a vehicle jumping a curb and injuring three trick-or-treaters, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Two of the children were brothers, ages 1 and 5, who were out trick-or-treating with their grandmother, who was uninjured. The one-year-old was treated at a hospital and released while the 5-year-old remains hospitalized in stable condition. A third pedestrian, a 17-year-old, not related to the two brothers, also remains hospitalized in stable condition. Both drivers remained at the scene until authorities responded.

Last week, a truck jumped a curb in Hoboken and entered a children’s playground. A child was injured by debris, but not seriously. Police said the driver allegedly had heroin in his car.

Four veterans honored at annual Field of Heroes event at Bayonne High School

The Bayonne Board of Education honored four veterans at its third annual Field of Heroes ceremony on November 1 where it honored former Mayor James J. Donovan, former Mayor Richard A. Rutkowski, Jack Graham, and Andrew Szyposzynski, a social studies teacher at Bayonne High School. The annual event was launched in 2016; the school honors several veterans and installs hundreds of American flags on the front lawn on Avenue A. The names of the veterans are engraved on a memorial in front of the flag pole.

November 6 election results

The November 6 elections have come and gone. Check for results and read the next week’s edition of the Bayonne Community News for coverage.

St. Peter’s Prep remembers faculty member after his death on campus

St. Peter’s Prep Principal James C. DeAngelo cancelled classes on Thursday after the “unexpected death” of a staff member on the campus in Jersey City on Thursday, Nov. 1. Officials later revealed that staff member and alum Jan Butrym had died. The school posted a tribute:

A police spokesperson said that Nov. 1, at approximately 7:11 a.m., JCPD responded to a call for a possible suicide near 144 Grand St. Upon arrival, the victim was unresponsive.

The tribute to Butrym said, “A member of Prep’s Class of 2001, Jan’s impact was felt immediately upon his arrival on the Prep campus as a freshman in the fall of 1997. A gifted computer technician from a young age, during his student days he always made himself available to any administrator, teacher or fellow student who needed assistance in navigating any aspect of the school’s burgeoning information technology systems…In 2007, he officially joined Prep’s IT staff in a full-time role. It was a seamless transition that played a key role during the numerous construction projects that would take place over the following years, including one just completed this past September. While always well-known to his colleagues for his kind demeanor, quick wit, and eagerness to share his expertise, the past several years had seen him become more familiar to students as well – particularly those participating in the burgeoning robotics program, or staffing the Chrome Depot in support of Prep’s 1:1 Chromebook program.”

“We gathered our school community for mass this morning,” DeAngelo said in a message to the parents. “We now have counselors and administrators available on campus for students and faculty.”

Volunteer weather observers wanted for CoCoRaHS

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is looking for volunteer weather observers in Bayonne and the surrounding area. CoCoRaHS is a nationwide volunteer precipitation-observing network with more than 15,000 active observers, including more than 250 in NJ.

The NJ program is run out of the Office of the NJ State Climatologist at Rutgers University. Volunteers take a few minutes each day to report the amount of rain or snow that fell in their backyards. All that is required to participate is a 4-inch diameter plastic rain gauge, a ruler to measure snow, a computer or cell phone, and most important, the desire to report weather conditions.

CoCoRaHS volunteers are asked to read their rain gauge or measure any snowfall at the same time each day. Measurements are then entered by the observer on the CoCoRaHS website where they can be viewed in tables and maps. Training is provided for CoCoRaHS observers, either through online training modules, or preferably, in group training sessions that are held at various locations around NJ.

NJ Assembly quietly approves storm-water systems bill

A decade-long legislative push to overhaul the system that controls runoff from storms that pollutes New Jersey’s waterways and increases flooding is edging closer to becoming law, according to NJ Spotlight. By a narrow 5-3 vote, the legislation won approval from an Assembly committee on October 29. The bill, debated in one form or another for years, aims to fix a $15 billion problem — repairing and replacing aging, and in many cases failing, storm-water systems.

Six years after Sandy, Murphy promises new loans

Recently, NJ Gov. Phil Murphy announced a new loan program and a shift in policy for the 1,200 individuals or families still engaged in the state’s primary rebuilding initiative in response to Superstorm Sandy: the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program. All of them are unable to finish their homes. Now, the Murphy administration is offering two solutions: a zero-interest, forgivable loan to meet needs above the $150,000 RREM grant award threshold; and a commitment that the administration will not seek to “clawback” the grant money that hundreds of homeowners were previously instructed to repay the state, according to the Asbury Park Press.

‘Major’ deficiencies found at hospital in Newark

A state inspection has uncovered “major infection control deficiencies” at University Hospital in Newark following the death of a premature baby, the Health Department said Thursday. The infant contracted Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and three other cases have been reported so far. The state discovered the infection on October 1, and has created a “Directed Plan of Correction” for the hospital, according to

After Pittsburgh attack, Murphy pushes tighter gun laws

Two days after a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 people dead, NJ Gov. Phil Murphy began a new push to make the state’s gun-control laws tougher. Murphy said he was already working on developing the new package of bills, but the Pittsburgh shooting spurred him on. The governor will work with the Democratic-controlled state legislature to enact a second round of new gun laws just months after signing a package of six laws in June. Meanwhile, both houses of the legislature passed another gun-control bill Monday, to ban “ghost guns” and 3-D printable guns. Murphy must now sign the legislation for it to become law.

State Senate passes ban on fracking waste in NJ

The State Senate voted 30-5 to pass a bill banning fracking waste in the state. If the bipartisan bill becomes law, New Jersey would become the second state in the nation to ban fracking waste, according to the Asbury Park Press. The Delaware River Basin Commission faces an imminent decision over whether to allow fracking waste treatment facilities in the watershed, advocates said.

Murphy launches campaign to increase  ACA enrollment

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy joined cabinet members and representatives in Trenton on Tuesday to unveil the public outreach effort connected to the Affordable Care Act’s annual enrollment period, which began Thursday, November 1, and runs through December 15. The campaign comes at a cost of $800,000, and seeks to expand insurance coverage among low-income residents, according to NJ Spotlight.

State senate passes bill for collection of DNA in child pornography cases

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Linda Greenstein and Senator Nicholas J. Sacco which would require a DNA sample to be collected from a person at the time of arrest for endangering the welfare of a child by committing a child pornography offense cleared the Senate in late October.

The bill would make clear the list of crimes for which a DNA sample is collected from a defendant upon arrest also includes those charged with endangering the welfare of a child by producing, distributing or possessing child pornography.

“Child pornography offenses need to be treated with the same level of severity as other crimes that warrant the collection of a DNA sample at the time of arrest,” said Senator Sacco (D-Bergen/Hudson).

The bill was released from the Senate by a vote of 38-0.

Bill for roadside safety passes state Senate

Legislation sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice and Senator Sandra B. Cunningham that would require the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to implement safety policies for roadside maintenance workers advanced from the Senate in late October

“For the workers who place themselves in harm’s way to keep our highways fully functional, accidents can be catastrophic, especially with vehicles traveling at high speeds,” said Senator Cunningham (D-Hudson). “We must put precautions in place to ensure there are proper safeguards for their well-being.”

The bill would create several roadside maintenance safety policies, including precautions and limitations on work done during inclement weather and at night.

The bill was released from the full Senate by a vote of 38-0.