VFW Post 226 Centennial Gala
Joyce-Herbert VFW Post 226, the oldest military veteran’s post in Bayonne, was chartered on Oct. 8, 1919. On Oct. 12, it will host a centennial celebration at Chandelier Restaurant, 1081 Broadway, to commemorate the post’s 100th year.
The post was founded by veterans returning from World War I, and was named after the first and last men from Bayonne who died in the war. Membership soon expanded to those who have served in the military in any other foreign conflict.
The Centennial Gala is being organized by a committee of veterans, educators, and community activists. It will benefit the Veteran’s Museum at Post 226, 16-18 West 9th Street. The museum was founded in 2006 by Post Commander Glen Flora and Senior Vice Commander Joseph Kennedy.
There will also be 11 special honorees, dubbed the “Excellent 11.” Those honorees are Congressman Frank Guarini (Navy), the late Congressman Neil Gallagher (Army), the late Freeholder Neil Carroll (Navy), the late civic leader Frank Perrucci (Merchant Marine and Army), the late Police Chief James Sisk (Marine Corps), the late John Nicaretta (Army), Lieutenant Colonel Jack Smith (Army), Chuck Wepner (Army), and former Mayor Richard A. Rutkowski (Army).
For reservations, call 646-706-6716.
Police: Burglar arrested after four home invasions
Bayonne resident Frank Cintron, 47, was arrested and charged with stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of electronics, jewelry, cash, and a spare key during four separate alleged home burglaries, according to the Bayonne Police Department.
Cintron was arrested on Oct. 1 at 2:45 p.m., and was brought to Hudson County Jail pending a hearing.
Police detectives said that Cintron was “familiar with” two of the three residents whose homes he allegedly burglarized. The second and third of the four alleged burglaries took place in the same home.
Local vets to be honored at ‘Field of Heroes’ tribute
The Bayonne School District is preparing for its annual Veteran’s Day event, “Field of Heroes.”
It’s selling flags to honor veterans and plans to hold a ceremony on Nov. 11 that will honor four Bayonne vets.
U.S. Army Major Bryan Jones will be this year’s keynote speaker. The year’s honorees are Theodore Garelick, Jon Christopher Jacobson, Barry David Jones, and Cornelius Carroll, Jr.
Flags will be placed in the “Field of Heroes” on the lawn of Bayonne High School.
Flags are $5, and can be purchased through the end of October using a form that can be filled out at bboed.org/domain/207. The funds will be donated to the Joyce-Herbert VFW Post 226 Veteran’s Museum.
Sign language class offered to older children and adults
The Bayonne Public Library will host an Adult Sign Language class at the Bayonne Library beginning Oct. 17. It will be held in the basement classroom.
The class will be taught by Thyson Halley, and is a 12-week program that will take place on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The program is geared for anyone 8 years or older, and adults are welcome. The cost for the class is $40.
To register, call Melissa Matthews at 917-355-0344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bayonne ranked 31st best place in NJ to retire
According to a ranked list from chamberofcommerce.org, a privately-run website that is not connected to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Bayonne is the best place in the state to retire, and ranks 31st out of every municipality in the country on a list of the best places to retire in.
Chamberofcommerce.org said that it compiled national data on the average starting age, expenses, savings, Social Security income, healthcare costs, and other demographic factors on retirees.
It evaluated every municipality in the country for criteria, which included the percentage of the population over 65 years old, the percentage of retirees in the 65 and older population, overall poverty rate, rates of college degrees, median housing costs, physician-to-resident ratio, violent crime rates, and police officer-to-resident ratio.
The only other New Jersey city to make the list was Clifton, which was ranked 99th.
Sweeney creates NJ Transit investigation committee
New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney announced the creation of a committee that will investigate NJ Transit’s “continued failures” and “develop an action plan to turn around the embattled agency,” a statement from the state Democratic Committee read.
Sweeney plans to join Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Deputy Majority Leader Sandra Cunningham, Senate Transportation Committee Chair Patrick Diegnan, and a number of Republican senators who have not been announced yet.
“Our transportation system is the lifeblood of our economy, and the failure to turn around NJ Transit hurts our economic growth, tax base, housing values, and the quality of life of over a million commuters and their families,” Sweeney said. “NJ Transit’s record of service cancellations, delays, and breakdowns is inexcusable, its long-term planning is nonexistent, and it is already laying the groundwork for a fare hike next summer.”
NJ Transit trains are four times as likely to be cancelled as Long Island Railroad and Metro North trains that serve New York and Connecticut suburbs. NJ Transit’s accident and breakdown rate is worse than other major railroads, the senators said in a joint statement.
The committee vowed to hold public hearings, roundtables, and site visits, as the investigation progresses.
The Longest Night campaign aims to end homelessness in Hudson County
This year’s annual Longest Night campaign event will be take place at the Chart House in Weehawken on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.
The event is run each year by the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation and PERC Shelter. It includes cocktails, a dinner, music, and valet parking.
This year’s honorees are Union City Mayor Brian Stack, The Hudson Lutheran Charity, Birgit Solano, and “The Gems.”
This year’s theme is “Adopt-a-Bed.” Sponsoring the event will provide immediate help in emergency situations to families facing eviction, parents without food, and homeless men and women who need a warm, safe place to sleep.
There are a variety of ticket and sponsorship types, and all can be accessed at gsecdc.org. For more information, or to place an advertisement with the event, email Alice Bell at email@example.com or call 201-209-9301.