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Bayonne Firefighters took on a structural fire on 54th Street.
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Bayonne Firefighters took on a structural fire on 54th Street.

Correction

In the first Brief in our September 19 issue, we incorrectly stated that Jim Mock “donated 9/11 artifacts to the City of Bayonne” and that they are on “permanent display” at city hall.They were not donated to the city and are on display only through the month of September. We regret the errors.

BFD puts out structural fire on 54th Street

The Bayonne Office of Emergency Management put out a structural fire at 131 W 54th Street at 4:31 p.m. on Sept. 17.

“When firefighters arrived, they found fire in a second floor hallway and air shaft that extended up to the third floor hallway,” Chief Keith Weaver said. “Firefighters used two hand-lines to extinguish the blaze. The fire was declared under control in approximately 30 minutes.”

The fire was not deemed suspicious by investigators, and all residents in the building were able to return home later that evening.

Chuck Wepner comedy roast

On Thursday, Sept. 26, a comedy roast of Chuck Wepner will be held at the Chandelier catering hall, 1081 Broadway.

Wepner, better known as the “Bayonne Bleeder,” had a prolific boxing career known best for a 1975 title fight against Muhammad Ali, in which he went a full 15 rounds.

The comedy roast will benefit the final portion of construction of a statue in Wepner’s image that will be placed tentatively in a Bayonne park.

VIP seating tickets are $250, and general tickets will cost $150. For reservations, call Bruce Dillin at 201-957-4131.

Officials raise awareness on food insecurity

Mayor Jimmy Davis and Councilman Sal Gullace were at the local ShopRite on Avenue C bagging groceries, in order to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity, as faced by the least fortunate members of the community.

The awareness event was part of ShopRite’s chain-wide Partners in Caring initiative, which provides funds to local food banks. The supermarket has donated $50 million to local food banks through the organization since its inception in 1999, to more than 2,200 food banks in the supermarket’s areas of service.

Registration for Grassroots Basketball 

The Division of Recreation will host a Grassroots Youth Instructional Basketball Program for boys and girls in the 3rd through 6th grade, beginning in November.

The program is run by former Bayonne High School Varsity coach Jack Hladik, on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings, at 5:30 p.m. in the Washington Community School gym.

The fee for the program is $50 per player. The deadline to register is Nov. 1.

Registration takes place Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Recreation Office, in room 13 of city hall, 630 Ave. C.

Bayonne residents’ Dungeons and Dragons club seeking members

A Dungeons and Dragons/gaming group started by Bayonne residents two months seeks new members. The group currently is composed of 24 Bayonne residents.

The group started with Dungeons and Dragons, which was in the highest demand. Founder Carlos Ve said he wants to start other tabletop games, once he finds a large public space.

Those playing so far represent a wide age range, according to Ve.

The group of wizards, warriors, bards, archers, and healers meets for Wednesday and Thursday sessions, under the leadership of two dungeon masters.

“Things are very promising,” Ve said.

The group welcomes first-time players who might just want to try something new, and welcomes experts. Anyone interested can search for “Bayonne D&D Adventurers” on Meetup.com.