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A dog was rescued from the icy waters of Newark Bay. See Brief
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Frank Perucci served his country and his community and was loved by all.
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A dog was rescued from the icy waters of Newark Bay. See Brief
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Frank Perucci served his country and his community and was loved by all.

Frank Perrucci remembered as beloved citizen

When Frank Perrucci passed away on Dec. 27, Bayonne lost a man who cared deeply about his community and his country. Mayor James Davis spoke for us all when he wrote:

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of a Bayonne Legend…Frank Perrucci.  If there was one man that epitomized the Bayonne spirit, it was Frank. No parade or ceremony was complete without Frank. A leader of veterans groups and civic organizations, his smile and warmth was always sought out. Frank Perrucci exuded pride; Pride for his family, pride for his service, and pride for Bayonne. Frank served his nation in World War Two with both the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army. After the war, Frank spent his life in service to this community. For the last few years, I have been lucky enough to enjoy monthly lunches with Frank because I truly enjoyed his company and friendship.

“Our city has lost another icon, but we are stronger because he was here! To Jean and the entire Perrucci family, please accept my deepest condolences on behalf of our entire city. Rest In Peace Frank; you will be greatly missed!”


In 2018, former Bayonne Police Chief Jim Sisk died at the age of 79. In our Year in Review issue, we incorrectly reported that it was Drew Sisk who had died. We sincerely regret the error and apologize for the confusion and stress this has caused the family and friends of Drew Sisk.

Priest rescued after heart attack causes crash

A local priest crashed his car into two parked cars on 29th Street and Avenue E due to a medical emergency, according to Edoardo Ferrante, Bayonne Office of Emergency Management Coordinator. The priest, Monsignor Francis Seymour, was rescued by first responders and transported to nearby Bayonne Medical Center on Saturday, Dec. 22.

First responders treated him with a defibrillator and transported him to Bayonne Medical Center.

Bayonne organizations receive legacy grant awards for 2018

Community Health Connections Foundation, Inc. (CHCF), founded in 2016, and the former Bayonne Visiting Nurse Association (BVNA), announced the distribution of grant money to four Legacy Foundation award winners for 2018. The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation, Community Day Nursery, Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation and the Jersey City-based Hudson Hospice.

Community Health Connections Foundation supports programs designed to make communities in New Jersey healthy and supportive places to live. The foundation works to make ongoing progress in key areas while addressing access to care and connecting people in the community to proper nutrition, health education, maintenance, disease prevention for all ages, and patient and family support during acute and chronic physical and mental illness through end of life.

The Bayonne Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. (BVNA), founded in 1921, reorganized in 2016 to become a private grantmaking foundation.

Firefighters rescue dog from Newark Bay

Bayonne firefighters rescued a dog from Newark Bay on Sunday, Dec. 23, after receiving a call from John Donofrio lost the dog in the bay, according to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (BOEM).

Donofrio, who was visiting from Virginia, was walking a dog named Bella when the dog inexplicably dove over a bulkhead wall and down 12 feet into Newark Bay.

Bayonne firefighters Jeff Spengler and Pat McGrath lowered a ladder for Captain Scott McGimpsey to climb down and rescue “a very scared and cold Bella,” according to the BOEM.

Mighty microscopic marvels featured at LSC

They’re microscopic, mighty, and play a key role in life all over our planet, but microbes get a bad rap because some of them cause disease. In reality, the overwhelming majority are beneficial to us and essential to our survival. Liberty Science Center’s newest permanent interactive exhibit, Microbes Rule!, illuminates just how good microbes are.

Visitors will find themselves in a new state-of-the-art exhibit that uses an array of interactive stops to highlight exactly how these tiny organisms shape the world, protect us from pathogens, boost the immune system, help us detoxify, assist in digestion, and keep babies healthy.

“Microbes do important and essential work everywhere, from the deepest seas to the hottest deserts to inside our very own bodies,” said Paul Hoffman, LSC president and CEO. “They shape the world around us and keep us healthy. These mighty microbes deserve to be in the spotlight.”

LSC is supporting an initiative to make Streptomyces griseus the official state microbe of New Jersey. To sign LSC’s petition to help support the state’s vote and celebrate New Jersey as a pioneer in scientific and medical innovation, visit

N.J. joins multi-state anti-drilling lawsuit

State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that the state has joined a multi-state lawsuit in an attempt to prevent offshore drilling. Grewal and the deputy director of the Department of Environmental Protection also seek to reverse the Trump administration’s decision in November to allow seismic testing for oil and natural gas reserves.

“Evidence shows the negative impact that seismic testing can have on marine mammals,” Deputy Environmental Protection Commissioner Debbie Mans told NJTV News.”We are an important migration corridor for federally endangered marine mammals and turtles. The impact of seismic air guns on whales and dolphins include behavioral changes like decreased feeding, avoidance of noise, stress and possible stranding.”

Mans and Grewal hope the seismic testing approval is reversed. Florida was exempted from offshore drilling earlier in 2018, while N.J.’s request was denied.

Measles outbreak in Ocean County climbs to 21 cases

There are now 21 confirmed cases of measles in Ocean County, and 10 more are under investigation, according to the NJ Department of Health. Three more confirmed cases are in Passaic County. The outbreak began on October 21, as a result of travel to Israel. According to the Jerusalem Post, a measles outbreak has affected more than 2,600 people and led to two deaths.

Key questions remain about NJ Transit funding

Though many politicians praised the NJ Transit reform bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in Summit on Dec. 20, crucial details remain up in the air, especially about the agency’s funding. Last year, Murphy pledged to launch a new source of revenue for NJ Transit. At the bill’s signing, Murphy said he would be “loath to make the commuter bear the burden.” He added that “it’s too early to tell” whether fares will rise after the committed freeze date, June 30, according to NJ Spotlight.

Tax amnesty program to NJ taxpayers ends Jan. 15

The New Jersey Division of Taxation is offering a limited-time opportunity for both individual taxpayers and corporations to file past tax returns and/or pay back taxes with no penalties and reduced interest, according to an announcement from John J. Ficara, director, Division of Taxation, N.J. Department of the Treasury.

The New Jersey Tax Amnesty program runs through Jan. 15, offering an opportunity for delinquent taxpayers to come into compliance and get a fresh start. Amnesty applies to individuals or businesses with outstanding tax filings or payments that are reportable on a tax return due on or after Feb. 1, 2009, and prior to Sept. 1, 2017.

Since Tax Amnesty is offered only until Jan. 15, taxpayers with an outstanding New Jersey tax liability are encouraged to take advantage of the program before the deadline so they don’t incur greater penalties.

For information regarding Tax Amnesty eligibility or process, call 1 (800) 781-8407 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or visit