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Bayonne baseball players with the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball League were out last week soliciting donations for their season.
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Bayonne baseball players with the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball League were out last week soliciting donations for their season.

Couple allegedly attacked in home by people allegedly looking for missing phone

Two Bayonne residents allegedly forced their way into a 20th Street home and attacked a couple living there on April 24 when they believed their missing cell phone was inside, according to Bayonne police.

The couple, both in their 20s, knocked on the door of the home of a 32-year-old man and 30-year-old woman living with their children. When the woman answered the door, the couple told her that a GPS tracker showed the phone was inside their home. The resident of the house said that the phone wasn’t there, after which the couple knocked again and forced their way inside, pushing the woman into the kitchen. The resident was allegedly struck in the head with a dumbbell and attacked with a broom.

The male resident came out from a bedroom and was allegedly punched in the face by the male intruder, knocking him unconscious. The male resident awoke shortly thereafter and was allegedly repeatedly punched by the man. The male resident eventually stabbed the intruder in the arm with a kitchen knife, after which the couple left the apartment. The couple was later treated at an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The intruders now face charges of assault, burglary, theft and conspiracy.

Douglas Lee O’Neill Remembrance Day on May 5

Pilot Douglas Lee O’Neill and four other crewmen were on a standard resupply mission flying between Da Nang and Quang Tri City on April 3, 1972, in South Vietnam, when their helicopter was shot down. It has been 47 years since Douglas was last heard from. He is the only service member from Hudson County listed as an MIA from the Vietnam War.

The vigil is sponsored by The American Legion Bayonne Post 19 Family and will be held on May 5 at 9 a.m. next to the 8th street diner.

Douglas was a graduate of the Bayonne High School class of 1967. Post 19 invite all who knew Douglas either through school, family, friends and all brothers and sisters from all local Veterans posts, to join in remembering Douglas and praying for the day when he comes home. Let us also not forget all of our brothers who went off to war and never came home who are also listed as POW/MIA.

Kids’ Travel Club to go on Yankee Stadium tour

The Bayonne Recreation Division’s Travel club for Kids’ next trip will be to the Bronx for a tour of Yankee Stadium. The tour may include visits to Monument Park, New York Yankees Museum, the Yankee dugout, press box and access to the Bleacher Café in center field.

The trip to Yankee Stadium will be on May 26. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. The first 29 club members who return their permission slips will be guaranteed a spot on the bus. Register early to avoid being turned away. Seats are limited for the tour, only a total of 29 members. Registration and payment must be in advance for this trip. Permission forms and money for this trip are due by May 10. The cost of the trip is $20.

The club will have breakfast at McDonalds before the tour. The Bus will be leaving the upper level of 16th St. Park (behind the handball court) at 8:15 a.m. Sign-in will begin at 7:45 a.m.

The bus will return at approximately 12:45 p.m.

The Kids’ Travel Club is open to Bayonne residents, boys and girls, in the 1st through 8th grade.

For more information, contact Pete Amadeo at (201) 858-6129 or email bayonnerec@aol.com.

Three New Jersey counties got C’s on air-quality report—the rest, D’s, F’s

The American Lung Association recently released a report that found air quality nationwide is declining, and New Jersey isn’t immune. Using pollution data between 2015 and 2017, the report gave the highest grades—C’s—to three counties in the state: Atlantic, Cumberland, and Warren. Every other county received a D or an F grade, though six counties were excluded because there wasn’t a monitor in place to collect data. The Newark-New York metro was found to be the tenth most ozone-polluted area in the nation. L.A. was ranked the worst, as it has been for nearly two decades. Hudson County received an F.

Making student loans a tiny bit more manageable

Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy enacted two laws: the first will help student loan borrowers on the New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students (NJCLASS) program to transition to a payment plan that reflects how much they make. The second gives borrowers who defaulted on these loans a second chance by beginning a new payment plan in installments, which will both “repay their debt and repair their credit,” according to WHYY. A recent report found that student loan debt in the state has more than doubled in the last decade. The state-based loan program, called “state-sanctioned loan sharking” by ProPublica in 2016, is the largest in the nation.

Nearly 20 municipalities have regulated vaping so far

Last week, Morristown’s city council introduced an ordinance that would regulate electronic cigarettes, including banning sales at bars, convenience stores, and gas stations, according to Morristown Green. Eighteen other municipalities have similar restrictions in New Jersey, a health official noted. Morris Township passed a similar ordinance but “postponed its adoption when residents voiced concerns that it would criminalize the victims: their kids.” Bayonne has not regulated vaporized nicotine devices, but recently updated its ordinances to reflect state law that requires people to stand at least 50 feet from a municipal building while smoking and raising the age to purchase nicotine products to 21.

Advocates rally against citizenship census question

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing opening arguments for Department of Commerce v. New York, a case that will determine whether the 2020 Census will include the Trump administration’s question: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

The outcome will ripple outward, to “the right to vote to the balance of power in Congress and the Electoral College to the scope of federal educational, health, and welfare programs,” one constitutional law professor told NJTV News. Another says it could even affect the 2024 election. The citizenship question has several opponents in New Jersey, including Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh and the group Make the Road New Jersey.

There might be hope in the congestion pricing deal

A “conceptual understanding” is what Gov. Phil Murphy is calling his new arrangement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo about congestion pricing. Specifically, Jersey drivers “will be treated fairly at all Hudson River crossings, including the George Washington Bridge.” The GW Bridge, of course, is north of the lower Manhattan congestion pricing area, and “it’s a big deal” that it’s treated just like the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, the governor said.

That means Jersey commuters on the GW Bridge would get credits to offset the cost of the double-digit tolls. The details aren’t set yet, but Murphy said the “understanding” ensures that when the MTA and NYC DOT panel meets next year, it’s now clear that “New Jersey has a seat at the table,” according to NJ Advance Media.

Gothamist’s Jen Chung later called Jersey lawmakers’ Anti-Congestion Tax Act the “Manhattan Moocher Act,” which is apparently a play on Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s moniker for the measure that would force the city to exempt Jersey commuters from double-digit tolls: the “Manhattan Moocher Prevention Act.”