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Anyone who wants to see majestic birds should check out Bayonne Nature Club's October schedule.
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Anyone who wants to see majestic birds should check out Bayonne Nature Club's October schedule.

Bayonne Nature Club announces October schedule

The Bayonne Nature Club announced its lineup of events spanning the month of October.

The monthly meeting will take place at the Bayonne Public Library from 7-8:30 p.m., at the intersection of Avenue C and 1st Street. There will be a video presentation of the New Jersey Sierra Club’s Reinventing Power, detailing the organization’s advocacy for renewable power.

The club will host Saturday bird walks on Oct. 5 and Oct. 19, which go from 9-11 a.m. The club will meet at the first green bridge behind Otaiko Restaurant in the South Cove Commons Mall. In the midst of fall migration season, birders should be on the lookout for winter ducks.

There is also a global bird watching count on Oct. 19, called Global Big Day, which the club will be partaking in.

Wednesday bird walks will be on Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. During these walks, club members meet at the gate of Rutkowski Park near the Stephen Gregg Hudson County Park restrooms.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Bayonne Nature Club will be hosting a shoreline cleanup at 16th Street DiDomenico Park, beginning at the boat launch in the parking lot. Tools, garbage bags, gloves, snacks, and water will be provided.

Bayonne Education Foundation holds Back to School event

The Bayonne Education Foundation invites all Bayonne residents to their annual back to school celebration.

The event will be at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Bayonne Community Museum, 229 Broadway.

Each year, the Bayonne Education Foundation celebrates individuals dedicated to serving the children of Bayonne. The foundation will be honoring Dr. Gary R. Maita, the organization’s first president.

The foundation will also be welcoming the district’s new Superintendent of Schools, John J. Niesz.

Maita was born and raised in Bayonne, and is a Marist High School graduate. He received a doctorate in dental medicine from Stockton University, and practiced at South Hudson Dental Group before his retirement.

Maita is involved with several local volunteer organizations. He was on the executive board of the Bayonne Boy Scout Council, and is involved in Bayonne’s chapter of UNICO.

Niesz previously served as a middle school principal, and then a superintendent, at Keansburg’s public school district. Before then, he was an assistant principal at St. John Vianney Catholic School and a law enforcement teacher for the Monmouth County Vocational School.

Niesz also has a background in law enforcement. He worked as a director for a Department of Homeland Security contractor, and was a sergeant in the Freehold Police Department.

Elks Lodge is collecting sleepwear donations

The Bayonne Elk’s Lodge ENF Committee is currently accepting donations of new sleepwear items, including robes, slippers, and pajamas.

They’re collecting sleepwear items of all sizes for men, women, boys, and girls. The Elks will then donate the items to a number of local shelters.

For more information including drop-off times, contact Lisa DiLorenzo at 201-589-4344. The deadline for donations is Oct. 31.

Donations can be delivered to 364 Broadway, Bayonne.

Bayonne SEPAC hosts school board candidate meet and greet

On Oct. 3, the Bayonne Special Education Parent Advisory Council is holding a meet-and-greet panel, in which all Board of Education candidates are invited to stop by and discuss their platforms with residents.

The event will be held in the conference room on the second floor of the Korpi Ice Rink, which is located at the northwest corner of the Bayonne High School campus,

SEPAC spokesperson Elisha DeMaria told Bayonne Community News that she’s received RSVPs from a majority of the 15 candidates who are seeking to fill three three-year terms.

The discussion will be an informal panel in which each candidate will address specific questions about what their goals would be if they are elected, along with questions more specific to Bayonne’s special needs curriculum.

Journalist and honorary Bayonne resident Cokie Roberts passed away

Cokie Roberts, a journalist, author, and honorary Bayonne resident, died on Sept. 17 at 75 years old.

Roberts began her career at National Public Radio during its upstart in 1978, where she began covering Washington politics, and her coverage continued with ABC News.

Roberts was declared an honorary citizen of Bayonne in 2005, under a proclamation made by then-Mayor Joseph Doria.

Roberts was married to Steve Roberts, a journalist, professor, and Bayone native. Steve and Cokie wrote several books together, which had plenty of references to Bayonne.

Roberts set up a temporary television studio in the Bayonne High School Library in 2008 to interview New Jersey Women about that year’s presidential election. Bayonne residents Dorothy Roszzkowski and Nuala Ryan were among those she interviewed.

“We would like to extend our condolences to the Roberts family and to all of Cokie’s friends and admirers,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said. “We were proud to have Cokie as an honorary citizen of our community.”

Crucifix vandalized outside St. Vincent’s Church

On Sept. 25, Bayonne Police Officers responded to St. Vincent De Paul Church at 979 Ave. C, to find that a crucifix bearing a $1,500 statue of Jesus was destroyed.

A witness at the scene told police officers that a vandal had allegedly desecrated the statue before fleeing.

Mayor Jimmy Davis said that he was “disturbed” by the incident.

“All of our houses of worship should be treated with respect,” Davis said. “The City of Bayonne condemns this act of vandalism against the church. I urge anyone who may have information that could help identify the alleged vandal or vandals to contact the Bayonne Police Department at 201-858-6900.”

Port Authority unanimously approves toll hikes

On Sept. 26, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unanimously approved several toll and fare hikes, which will begin phasing in by November.

Tolls at the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, and other crossing will be raised a dollar.

E-Z Pass discounts will drop by a quarter.

Taxi, for-hire rides, and AirTrain rides to the airport will go up in price.

The biggest rate increases will be seen in the crossing tolls buses pay, and rates paid by PATH riders.

By 2026, buses using E-Z Pass on any of the Port Authority’s six crossings will have to pay $21, and the current rate is $13.

Multi-trip cards for PATH riders will see a major jump, but the single trip will remain at $2.75.

The Port Authority first announced that fare hikes were a possibility in June, to finance several major construction projects, which include new AirTrains at La Guardia and Newark Airports, $1 billion in improvements to the PATH system, and a $1.5 billion redesign of the Lincoln Tunnel Helix in Weehawken.