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Registration is open for the Jr. NBA competition in Bayonne.

Junior NBA Skills Challenge

The Jr. NBA Skills Challenge, presented by Under Armour, will provide anyone 13 years old or younger with the opportunity to showcase their basketball skills through a competition. The program is free for all participants, and boys and girls will compete separately in age brackets.

The competition will take place on Jan. 11 at the Bayonne Ice Rink Gym. Boys will meet at 2 p.m. and girls will meet at 3 p.m.

“We are thrilled to host the local Jr. NBA Skills Challenge for all the basketball players in Bayonne,” Recreation Supervisor Pete Amadeo said. “It is a great event and gives players an opportunity to advance and showcase their skills on the regional and national level. Bayonne is filled with tremendous athletes, and we are excited to see how far they can go.”

After local competitions conclude nationwide in February, the NBA will host regional competitions on a Saturday or Sunday. From there, the national finals will begin in June, culminating in the national championship in New York City on June 26.

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

Friendship Baptist Church will host free Thanksgiving dinner

The Friendship Baptist Church, 41-45 W 20th St., will host a free Thanksgiving dinner on the first floor of the church from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28.

For more information, contact Lisa R. Brown at LisaRBay@aol.com.

‘Save Bayonne Hospital’ petition racks up signatures

More than 1,800 people have signed an online petition started by Mayor Jimmy Davis demanding that Bayonne Medical Center remain open. Volunteers also took to the streets to knock on doors for more signatures.

“We as a city are doing everything within our power to ensure that Bayonne residents will continue to have direct access to an acute care facility,” Davis said. “We have already brought this fight to Trenton, and we are making it clear that we will not be silent when our safety and well-being are at risk. But now, I’m asking for all of Bayonne to come together to save our hospital because we are stronger together and cannot do this alone.”

Bayonne officials are hoping to avoid a worst-case scenario in which a tentative municipal hospital authority (which has not been established yet) would have to take the reins to keep operations going at Bayonne Medical Center.

As the Jersey Journal first reported, the Hudson County Register’s Office confirmed that the hospital was sold to an entity known as WTFK Propco LLC for $58 million, the same amount that the facility was sold for eight years ago.

CarePoint spokesperson Jennifer Morrill said that the company had been seeking a strategic partner to sell Bayonne Medical Center to. But, she told the Jersey Journal that CarePoint’s owners do not know who bought the hospital from them.

“CarePoint did not buy back the buildings [under a new LLC],” Morrill said. “CarePoint does not know who owns the WFTK Propco entity.”

‘Every Voice Matters’ hosts a winter clothing drive

Nonprofit organization Every Voice Matters is hosting a winter clothing drive aimed at keeping local homeless people and their pets warm during the upcoming cold weather. They are accepting gloves, scarves, hats, socks, thermal attire, pet clothing, blankets, and handwarmers.

To make a donation, call Carolyn at 201-694-7048 or John at 201-679-2551 for a donation pickup. The drive will take place until Dec. 20.

Bayonne Interfaith Thanksgiving service

Bayonne’s 31st annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Parish, 141 Broadway.

The event is sponsored by Bayonne’s Interfaith Clergy Association and will include clergy from various religious denominations. Pastor Victor Llerena of Journey Community Church will offer the homily.

Father John Fencik, pastor of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church and chairman of the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy, said, “The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service brings together people of all faiths and those without a religious affiliation. The event provides an opportunity to thank God and to celebrate our community’s religious and cultural diversity. We ask members of the public attending the service to bring canned food items to help Bayonne’s people in need.”

The service will include musical selections by St. Peter’s Prep Vox. Other songs will be sung by the congregation. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Dr. James G. Sanderson, who serves as organist and music director at Trinity Parish.

A light reception will follow the service.

Cunningham introduces legislation to create ‘New Jersey Reparations Task Force’

State Senators Ronald Rice and Sandra Cunningham, along with New Jersey Assemblywomen Shavonda Sumter and Britnee Timberlake, have introduced legislation that would establish a “New Jersey Reparations Task Force.”

The task force would be designed to conduct research and develop proposals to address harms caused by both slavery and a legacy of racial discrimination.

“This is an incredible first step in righting our country’s greatest wrong,” Cunningham said. “We will never see true equality if we do not take responsibility for the many ways slavery has shaped the socioeconomics of our country. I hope this legislation will inspire other states to take action as well. The institution of slavery has impacted every aspect of our democracy since this nation’s founding, and it is time we finally take a good hard look at the damage it has done.”

The task force would be made up of members appointed by the governor, legislative leaders, and four public members recommended by civil rights organizations.

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