Bayonne first responders rescue dog from Kill Van Kull

On Aug. 10, Bayonne Police responded to reports of a loose dog in Dennis P. Collins park at around 3 p.m. The dog, named Cher, evaded police during their efforts to corral her so that she could be reunited with the owner.

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Eventually, Cher made a getaway, taking a dive into the Kill Van Kull under the Bayonne Bridge.

Land units and one marine unit from the Bayonne Fire Department arrived on the scene to rescue Cher”from the water, successfully pulling her aboard the boat. The marine unit docked at Robbins Reef. Cher, who was rescued unscathed, had a happy reunion with her owner.

“Today’s response by several units of the fire department, including the marine unit, as well as the quick actions of police officers from both Bayonne and Port Authority, proved to be the difference in rescuing this dog from danger,” Bayonne Fire Department Chief Keith Weaver said. “I want to thank the firefighters and police officers for their actions and professionalism.”

On flood mitigation, Councilman Neil Carroll III demands more from Suez-Bayonne

Bayonne Councilman Neil Carroll III consulted with residents on Aug. 15 to address the recent flooding issues throughout the town.

Carroll invited residents from a number of neighborhoods to discuss long-term flood control measures over a 20-year build-out period. They’re part of Bayonne’s long-term Combine Sewage Overflow  control plan mandated by the 2015 Clean Water Act.

Mutual Utilities Authority Director Tim Boyle, Suez’s Bayonne Project Manager Jason Kiernan, local officials, and Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravallotti were on hand for a discussion about the estimated $300 million upgrade in store for Bayonne’s sewer system.

Residents are concerned about what can be done during the interim until the long-term upgrades are installed, to mitigate flooding that’s been damaging cars and basements.

Carroll told members of the press that he won’t accept “no solution” from Suez-Bayonne, a private water provider that the city awarded a 40-year contract to in 2012.

Bayonne PD announces summer of bikes and body cams

The Bayonne Police Department has implemented a new body-worn camera program. A select number of officers will wear the cameras. The department anticipates that they’ll receive more cameras by the end of the year.

Police officers are now recording audio and video during interactions between police and citizens. Body cameras are viewed as an asset to assist officers by augmenting their testimony with video and audio records. Video and audio records also provide transparency. Footage can be used in citizen complaints.

The department has selected the Mobile-Vision BWX-100 body worn camera, worn on the chest, on the outermost layer of an officer’s clothing. It is activated after a button is pushed. A red-light comes on to show that a recording is being taken.

The department also announced that, after several years’ absence, bicycle patrols are making a comeback.

“Bicycle patrols enable officers to move quickly,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said. “Bicycles can fit in some places where police cars are unable to go. They will provide the police department with visibility in a variety of different situations in the community. Bicycle patrols will be especially useful during the summer months when many of our residents are outdoors.”

Stuff-A-Bear Workshop coming to Bayonne Library

Mayor Jimmy Davis and Bayonne Public Library Director J. P. Porcaro are happy to announce that, due to high demand, the library will host another Stuff-A-Bear workshop on Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Children’s Room at the Bayonne Free Public Library.

This time, children will be able to stuff their own purple alien. They will also receive a birth certificate and a special bag to carry their new friend home.

Registration closes on Aug. 23. The event is open to children ages 3 to 7. Children must be Bayonne residents.

Port of NY and NJ poised to become second-busiest in U.S. after Bayonne Bridge raising

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials have shared their anticipations for the economic growth that the raising of the Bayonne Bridge will facilitate.It was raised 215 feet to allow for larger and more efficient vessels to pass underneath.

The Port of NY and NJ may overtake Long Beach, Calif. as the nation’s second busiest commercial port.

The number of containers handled at the Port of New York and New Jersey almost doubled between 2009 and 2018, after about $1 billion in public and private funding was invested in Bayonne’s rail network which spans Elizabeth, Newark, and Staten Island, along with the ultra large container ships coming in.

Democratic bill to require mental health education in schools signed into law

Mental health education will now be integrated into health and physical education classes for all K-12 students in New Jersey, under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law on Aug. 9.

The law requires health education programs in New Jersey schools to include age-appropriate instruction on mental health, including information on substance abuse.

The state Board of Education will review and update the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. The state Board will consult with mental health experts, including but not limited to those from the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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