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Students win American Legion Auxiliary essay contest

Two students were awarded by the American Legion Auxiliary’s F.A. Mackenzie Unit 165 for their essays on the topic of Americanism. Two Bayonne-local winners have been announced at the county level for their age groups, and their essays will be judged along with each countywide winner across New Jersey.

Sadie Silver, an All Saints Academy student and Bayonne resident, won first place out of all essays from Grades 3 and 4.

Frances Li Butti, a Bayonne High School student, won the countywide contest for all participants in grades 11 and 12.

The congratulatory announcement was made by Linda Harris, Unit 165 president.

Girl Scouts of Bayonne seeking new recruits

The Girl Scouts of Bayonne, which has troops spanning the age groups of kindergarten to high school, is seeking new recruits to join the organization, which is on a mission to help its members lead by “creating, solving, building, climbing, trying, growing, and helping,” as their mission statement goes.

The troop is seeking out “ordinary girls who want to do extraordinary things.” Adult volunteers are also being sought.

For more information, or to learn how to join, contact the organization at girlscoutsofbayonne@gmail.com, or at 201-407-4250.

Bayonne Nature Club’s August schedule

The Bayonne Nature Club will take many a bird walk throughout the month of August. Each bird walk is from 9-11 a.m. Newcomers are invited and encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars. There are no membership fees.

Wednesday bird walks on Aug. 14, 21, and 28 will start at the gate of Rutkowski Park near the restrooms of Stephen Gregg Hudson County Park.

Saturday bird walks will take place on Aug. 10 and 31, where the club will meet at the first green bridge behind Otaiko restaurant in the South Cove Commons Mall. The club will be looking for migrating shorebirds.

On Aug. 17, the club will be taking part in its monthly shoreline cleanup at Rutkowski Park, 9-11 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to meet at the Stephen Gregg Hudson County Park in the 48th Street area, dressed for dirty work. The club will provide tools, garbage bags, gloves, snacks, and water. Hackensack Riverkeeper will come by boat to provide help. There will be post-cleanup pizza after 11 a.m.

Rain date for July 31 Bayonne summer concert 

After the Bayonne Summer Sounds concert series performance by Moreno Fruzzeti and his Orchestra was called off due to strong thunderstorms, a rain date was announced.

The performance has been rescheduled for Aug. 25 at 7 p.m., at the 16th Street Park Amphitheater.

Here are the remaining performances, all of which begin at 7 p.m. at the 16th Street Park amphitheater.

August 14 – Stan Zizka’s Del Satins
August 21 – The Johnny Maestro Tribute Band
August 25 – Moreno Fruzetti and his Orchestra
August 28 – Double Vision

Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari receives GOP endorsement

Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari has the bipartisan support at the county level, after the Hudson County GOP endorsed his Nov. 5 election bid on July 24.

On July 24, the Hudson County GOP pulled its support for Republican candidate Adela Rohena after she attended a Jersey City school board meeting to voice opposition to the fact that the district had a month-long celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month in June.

She approached the mic during the public comment portion of the meeting, and prefaced her questions by stating that she didn’t want them to be misconstrued as homophobic. Her comment was captured on video by Hudson County View.

“You’re praising a whole month of LGBT, but you don’t praise the firefighters or the students for a whole month. You don’t praise a lot of people who need to be recognized by this board,” Rohena said. “You need to work on your agenda and make it shorter. Give at least a week for the teachers, a week for the students, and give them one day. Why a whole month? Why do they need a whole month? They gonna dance? What are they gonna teach the kids of public schools? What are the kids gonna learn?”

Trustee Gerry Lyons, who is openly gay, said that Rohena’s line of questioning invoked a harmful stereotype.

“The thin skin of prejudice is being peeled away, and now some people think they can say whatever they want about any group of people,” Lyons said. “People can deny what they’re saying is racist, homophobic, or anything else, but that’s exactly what it is. When you come out and say that the gays need an extra month so they can dance, that’s offensive.”

Lyons received applause after his response. Other trustees followed with negative responses to Rohena’s suggestion to shorten the district’s recognition of the LGBTQ community.

After losing the support of the county’s Republican party, Rohena reportedly withdrew from the race.

Attorneys in Hudson County awarded for pro bono work

Nine attorneys from Hudson County received special recognition for contributing pro bono legal assistance.

Legal Services of New Jersey awarded the attorneys with Equal Justice Medals for being “major contributors” of pro bono legal assistance. One attorney also received an “exceptional contributor” award for providing an exceptional number of hours of free legal services to destitute New Jerseyans.

Families and individuals unable to afford attorneys and faced with serious legal problems received help from these attorneys:

  • Jersey City’s Brunilda Bonilla (Exceptional Contributor), Wanda Molina, Chioma Nelson, Lycette Nelson, and Victor G. Sison
  • Guttenberg’s Luis Alum
  • West New York’s Mayra A. Cano
  • Union City’s Sumera Shaikh Syed
  • North Bergen’s Thomas J. Wall.