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Beloved Bayonne native remembered as civic-minded pillar of the community

Cornelius (Neil) Carroll passed away peacefully on Dec. 15 at his home with his family by his side. He was a Navy veteran, serving in World War II and the Korean conflict. He went on to serve as chief of staff to congressmen Cornelius E. Gallagher, Dominick Daniels, Joseph A. Lafante, and Frank Guarini. An avid baseball player, Carroll was tapped by former N.J. Gov. James Florio to be Commissioner of Sports and Physical Fitness. He served on the Board of Freeholders for four years as Hudson County representative for Bayonne’s First District and was chief of staff for former West New York Mayor Sal Vega. Carroll was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and was a past Exalted Ruler of the B.P.O. Elks. A Bayonne native, he was husband to Mary and father to Neil, Jr., Kathleen, Patricia, and the late Mary Sue. He is survived by numerous grandchildren, great children, and dear friends.

Bayonne woman acquitted of murder on 5th Street in 2015

Michelle Hurley, of Bayonne, was found not guilty of murdering her husband, David Hurley, but will be retried on a charge of aggravated manslaughter. Hurley could face up to 30 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter charges. Hurley was previously convicted of aggravated assault.

The Hurley incident started with an argument over the couple’s divorce proceedings on September 28, 2015. Police found David Hurley unresponsive with a discolored face and a bloody neck. Hurley was hospitalized until his death on October 8, 2015.

Marist basketball ranked #14 in state as it begins season

Basketball season at Marist High School officially started on Friday, Dec. 14 when the Marist Royal Knights will host Snyder High School and the Marist Lady Knights traveled to Snyder.

Boys Head Coach Ben Gamble most recently led the program at Mater Dei and is a former St. Anthony assistant under the legendary Bob Hurley.

Coach Gamble and the Royal Knights are starting in great position. A recent NJ.com/Star-Ledger pre-season ranking placed Marist at #14 in the state based on the returning talent, strength of schedule, and competitive coaching staff. The Lady Knights under Head Coach Reggie Quinn, meanwhile, boasts one of the top players on the East Coast.

For the first time, Marist will provide live-streaming of home games through a partnership with D1 Media and the NFHS Network, allowing fans to watch the games on their computers, phones, or tablets. $9.95 a month will give full access to the available live games and immediate access to On Demand content.

“We are making it easier than ever to watch the games and cheer our students/athletes as they put Marist back on the map in Northern New Jersey sports circles,” said Peter G. Kane, President of Marist High School in a press release.

Live-streaming is available through nfhsnetwork.com.

Marist, which has the largest high school gymnasium in Hudson County, created a new visitors locker room that will be used for the first time at its season opener on December 14. The new locker rooms include new lighting, benches, whiteboards, and bathroom facilities.

County Sheriff’s officers to participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown

Officers from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office are cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Continuing through Jan. 1, 2019, local, county, and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

“There were approximately 38,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 700 fatalities, nationwide in 2017,” said Sheriff Frank Schillari.  “Our goal is to keep the public safe.”

In 2017, 20 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in impaired driving crashes. The sheriff offers the following advice for a safe holiday season: Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home; spend the night where the activity or party is held; if you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.  CALL 9-1-1.

Always buckle up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver. If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep. Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

For more information please contact Juan P. Escobar at (201)864-0600 or jescobar@vmmi.net

Campaign calls for no new power plants, pipelines

A statewide coalition of more than 50 environmental, faith, and progressive groups unveiled a campaign to mitigate the impact of climate change on Dec. 12, urging Gov. Phil Murphy to issue a moratorium on any new power plants or pipelines. There are nine such projects in the works or in litigation, including gas-powered plants in the Highlands and in the Meadowlands.

At least eight Bergen County towns passed nearly identical resolutions crafted by a coalition of environmental groups against the North Bergen Liberty Generating plant, calling it “one of the largest sources of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey,” if constructed.

The plant was proposed by Mitsubishi-subsidiary Diamond Generating Corp. It would be one of the largest electricity generators in the state at 1,200 megawatts, but none of that energy would go to New Jersey, but rather be exported via a 6.5-mile underground cable to Con Edison’s plant on Manhattan’s West Side, where it could power as many as 1.2 million households.

Holland Tunnel holiday display bothers some drivers

Holiday wreaths are back on the concrete slab that displays “Holland Tunnel” in big capital letters. Many drivers have been quietly irked by the fact that a triangular tree was hung over the “N,” when it would have fit better over the “A.” Circular wreaths are displayed over the “O” and the “U.”

One person started a petition on change.org asking for the tree to be moved over the “A.”

The petition was apparently noticed. On Dec. 12, the Port Authority of NY and NJ announced that it would allow the public to vote on where the decorations will be placed.

“In the spirit of the holidays, what matters most to us is customer experience and what our faithful travelers expect when they use our facilities,” Rick Cotton, the agency’s executive director, said in a statement to the NY Times. “So without further delay, we’ll listen to what they have to say and their opinions will guide how we proceed.”

State sues eight polluters in low-income areas

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed eight lawsuits on Thursday against companies targeted for polluting low-income neighborhoods, according to WHYY. Two polluters are in Newark (Gulf Gas, Novick Chemical). Two are in Camden (Monk’s Amoco, Puchack Wellfield). The other sites are in Trenton (323 N. Olden Ave.), Flemington (Tirpok Cleaners), Phillipsburg (South Main & Hudson), and Palmyra (Filit Corp.) More suits will be filed next year, Grewal says.

Lawmaker introduces $15 minimum wage bill for 2024

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin introduced a bill Thursday, Dec. 13, that would delay Gov. Phil Murphy’s pledged goal of a $15 per hour minimum wage until 2024. The wage would rise gradually, and some workers wouldn’t be eligible until 2029: seasonal workers, farm workers, youth under 18, and workers at companies with fewer than 10 people. Senate President Steve Sweeney praised the bill. Advocates called it “unconscionable,” according to The Record.

Murphy said last week that he disagrees with the latest version of the bill, taking issue with how long it would take for certain workers to earn $15 per hour: some residents, like seasonal workers and youth under 18, would have to wait until 2024.

State might double funding for security in schools

A bill working its way through the legislature would double the amount of money the state gives to private and parochial schools to strengthen security. The measure would cost $11.3 million. The nonpublic schools’ expenses would need approval from officials at the local public schools, according to The Record.

Bill seeks Medicaid coverage for doulas

A bill that would provide Medicaid coverage for doulas, women trained to assist women in childbirth, was approved by the state Senate’s Budget and Appropriations Committee. The measure requires federal approval. The state is exploring a pilot doula program in Atlantic City and other cities, health officials announced this year, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

Bills seek to lower gun violence through ER visits

A package of six bills has been introduced by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden), who says he hopes the measures will stop “the ‘revolving door’ of gunshot injuries.” A-4801 suggests a series of grants for violence intervention, A-4802 specifies eligible hospitals, A-4803 outlines reimbursement details, A-4804 would expand Medicaid coverage, and A-4805 and A-4806 propose the health department build programs to support these initiatives, according to NJ Spotlight.

NJ warehouse workers demand better conditions

On Dec. 12, labor activists demanded that warehouses develop a code of conduct to improve safety and worker conditions. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the idea is “fair and makes sense.” In October, a man died from a 35-foot fall in a Raritan Center warehouse. OSHA is investigating an incident that critically injured a worker at Amazon’s warehouse in Robbinsville, according to the Asbury Park Press. Bayonne, meanwhile, is about to become home to hundreds of new warehouse positions on the former Military Ocean Terminal Base.