The latest public art piece in Bayonne was created by Girl Scout Troops 12270, 12257, and 12817.
The latest public art piece in Bayonne was created by Girl Scout Troops 12270, 12257, and 12817.

Girl Scouts beautify utility box

Members of Bayonne’s Girl Scout troops recently unveiled their finished art project by covering a utility box at the corner of 47th Street and Broadway with scouting-themed paintings.

Kristen Americk, mother of one of the Scouts, who was involved with the project, said that the Girl Scouts created their own design during the winter, collaborating with a local artist, Erin Kashmar.

The Scouts painted much of the box themselves, inspired by several drawings made by the group.

Mayor Jimmy Davis and members of the Bayonne City Council took part in the dedication ceremony held on Oct. 15.

Mayor Davis, council officially endorse Board of Education candidates

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and the city council announced their endorsement of the Together We Can slate in the Nov. 5 Bayonne Board of Education election.

“I am supporting the Together We Can ticket of Jan Patrick Egan 12D, Lisa Burke 13D, and Melissa Matthews 14D, and I urge all residents to join me in voting for them,” Davis said in a statement. “They have no conflicts or personal agendas, and as parents, they are passionate about the quality of our public schools. They are the best choice for our community.”

The endorsement came on the tail end of the fall campaign season, but Matthews, Egan, and Burke made it clear in discussions in recent months that they predicted they’d receive the endorsement from the Davis administration.

Carmine Appice to host drum clinic in Bayonne

Drummer Carmine Appice will host a drum clinic in conjunction with Piero’s Music, at Hendrickson’s Corner on Nov. 10, beginning at 3 p.m. Hendrickson’s Corner is at the corner of 31st Street and Broadway.

Appice’s career took off during the advent of psychedelic rock music in the 1970s. His first major breakthrough was with the band Vanilla Fudge. He was a founding member of Cactus, King Kobra; Beck, Bogert, and Appice; and Blue Murder.

Other artists who’ve collaborated with Appice include Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Pink Floyd, Paul Stanley, Stanley Clarke, and Jeff Beck. Appice wrote Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “Young Turks” while he was a member of the Rod Stewart Band in the late ’70s.

When he’s away from the stage or the studio, Appice holds drum clinics and lectures throughout the country at a wide variety of venues.

Tickets are $50 with limited seating. For more information, call Piero’s Music at 201-437-3220 or email them at

Bayonne author to host signing of her new book

Vivian Haddad, owner of Vivian’s Day Spa in Bayonne, recently published a book called “Ugly Beauties.” The book chronicles her 50+ career in the beauty industry as an esthetician, which she says is a highly cutthroat field.

In the book, Haddad gives the inside scoop on the ugly side of the beauty industry which she saw firsthand through her life’s work.

“It’s about the clients, the competition, and the big companies, and it’s about the way it used to be versus the way it is,” Haddad said. “It’s full of inside stories that mix the funny with the sad.”

Her book signing will be held on Oct. 26 at The Little Boho Bookshop, 164 Broadway. “Ugly Beauties” is also available at Vivian’s Day Spa, 360 Broadway.

City to hold free rabies clinics for residents’ dogs and cats

The City of Bayonne will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the fire house at 16th Street and Avenue A. The clinic will handle dogs from 9 to 11 a.m., and cats from 11 a.m. to noon.

The clinic is only for dogs and cats owned by Bayonne residents. The clinic will not vaccinate any other kinds of animals. All animals brought to the clinic must be on a leash and accompanied by an adult who will place the animal on the examination table. All cats must be in pet carriers.

Owners must clean up after their animals. A licensed veterinarian will administer the vaccine at no charge. Unleashed animals and pets unaccompanied by adults will not be admitted.

Pets must be four months of age or older to participate in the clinic.

Dog and cat licenses must be renewed by Friday, January 31, 2020. A late fee of $5 will be added to the license fee, beginning Monday, February 3, 2020.

Residents with questions about licenses, rabies, and the clinic should contact the Registrar in the City Clerk’s Office at 201-858-6029.