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The Special Needs Soccer Academy kicks off in October.
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The Special Needs Soccer Academy kicks off in October.
Correction

In a story about the the Bergen Point Fall Festival in our September 5 issue, we mistakenly ran pictures of the Bridge Arts Festival. We very much regret the error.

Registration open for Special Needs Soccer Academy

The Division of Recreation has begun registration for the Special Needs Soccer Academy. The academy is open to Bayonne residents, boys and girls, ages 3-21. The program provides individualized attention to develop skills and fitness, and to emphasize the fun aspects of soccer.

The program, which meets on Saturdays, is designed to provide an enjoyable time with soccer for children with a wide range of skill levels. Players will be divided by age groups during all sessions.

Athletes from Bayonne High School boys’ and girls’ varsity and junior varsity soccer teams will be on hand to assist players in the academy, in addition to other youth soccer coaches.

The Special Needs Soccer Academy will begin Oct. 5, and will run for four weeks, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Academy will take place on the field turf at Veteran’s Stadium.

Registration forms are available in the Division of Recreation office, in City Hall at 630 Ave C, Room 13. City Hall is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

BCB Bank makes a life-saving donation

When an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) device is needed in the event of a life-threatening cardiac condition, every second counts. Recently, Bayonne Community Bank donated ten AED devices to the Bayonne Police Department, in an effort to equip officers with tools to provide the swiftest response possible.

An AED is designed to be easily used by anyone, and works by sending an automated electric current through a victim’s heart in order to re-establish an effective rhythm. It automatically detects and diagnoses the exact arrhythmia.

The portable lifesaving devices will be placed in patrol cars, according to Bayonne Police Chief Robert Geisler, in order to provide extensive, mobile coverage throughout the city.

“For us, being a community bank isn’t just part of our name, it’s part of our mission,” BCB CEO Tom Coughlin said. “The Bayonne Police Department meets its own mission to protect and serve every day, and we are proud to help support them.”

New park will be dedicated to first Bayonne resident killed in Vietnam War

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that a new park near 19th Street and Broadway will be dedicated to Lance Corporal Stanley J. Kopcinski, a U.S. Marine who was the first Bayonne resident killed in action in the Vietnam War. The dedication ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the park.

The new Kopcinski Park will be on the Broadway side of the new 19 East apartment house, at 19 E 19th St. Kopcinski was a resident of 19th Street, as was Joseph Kochanski, who suggested naming the park for his friend.

Kopcinski was born on Aug. 20, 1946. He graduated from Samuel Roberson Elementary School, and Bayonne Technical High School. Kopcinski joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1964, and was sent into combat.

On May 14, 1966, Kopcinski was killed in action at age 19 by a command-detonated mine near Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam.

The Bayonne Detachment of the Marine Corps League created an award in Kopcinski’s honor following his death. The Lance Corporal Kopcinski Award has been presented to numerous veterans and community leaders for the past 50 years.

NAMI announces Family-to-Family program

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Hudson County announced a new program called Family-to-Family. The program provides free information to the friends, family, and significant others of people living with mental illness. It is a researcher-designated, evidence-based program.

Research concludes that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, OCD, and others.

Meetings will be held at Christ Hospital in Jersey City. Parking is free. Classes will begin on Monday, Oct. 7, and will run once weekly for 11 weeks. For more information, contact Martha Silva at 201-861-0614 or by email at namihudson@msn.com.

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Hudson County Clerk’s Office offering public record services

The Hudson County Clerk’s Office will bring its services to the Back Bay Gardens apartment complex on 535 Avenue A, on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The services will include county resident ID Cards, inheritance tax waivers, veteran’s ID discount cards, veteran’s peddler licenses, swearing-in of notaries, information on how to become a notary, business registrations and dissolutions, voter registration, and vote-by-mail registration.

Veteran IDs will be processed free of charge. Veteran applicants must provide long-form DD214 military discharge records, proof of identity, and proof of residency.

The cost of a senior ID card is $2. Senior applicants must provide one of the following: a birth certificate with a raised seal, a US Passport, a US nationalization certificate, or a green card.

If a resident’s last name is different as a result of marriage, a certified copy of the marriage certificate with a raised seal must also be presented. Proof of legal address is required, and is accepted in the form of a valid driver’s license, motor vehicle ID card, State of New Jersey ID, utility bill, credit card bill, or bank statement.

For more information regarding fees and necessary documents for processing, log onto hudsoncountyclerk.org or call 201-369-3470 ext. 5