Bayonne shoreline cleanup

The Bayonne Nature Club has organized a shoreline cleanup that will take place on Jan. 18.

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The cleanup will be staged at the DiDomenico 16th Street Park from 9 to 11 a.m.

The BNC will meet at the boat launch parking lot.

Pickup sticks, bags, gloves, snacks, and water will be provided.  Wear work clothes and sturdy boots.

For more information, email or visit the Bayonne Nature Club website at

Woman arrested with PCP-laced cigarette after damaging MVC

A woman angry about the lines at the Bayonne Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office allegedly caused a massive disruption on Tuesday, Jan. 7. According to authorities, Shawna Joseph, 28, from Jersey City, became irritated at the long lines.

After being asked to leave around 2 p.m., Joseph returned at approximately 4 p.m. and caused a second disturbance.

When the office manager confronted Joseph on her return, she pushed the manager and began breaking nearby computer equipment. According to authorities, the damage totaled more than $23,000.

Joseph continued to attack the manager as well as a security guard, punching them a number of times as they struggled to remove her from the building. Police say Joseph began kicking officers as the security guard helped them restrain her.

According to authorities, Joseph was later searched and found to have an allegedly PCP-laced marijuana cigarette in her possession. She was charged with criminal mischief, drug possession, aggravated assault, and hindering apprehension.

Free Texas Hold’em poker tournaments at Buttero Bar 

Every Monday and Thursday from 7-11 p.m., free Texas Hold’em poker tournaments are held at Buttero Bar, the self-described “only country bar and restaurant in Bayonne,” at 184 Broadway.

New players can preregister or walk-in. Must be 21 years or older to play.

Every Monday is Buttero’s Gift Certificate Tournament where 10 players compete for a $50 gift certificate. As players collect points they may also qualify for other tournaments.

The event gives players a shot at winning “great prizes and seats in major Atlantic City casino poker events.” Poker dealers work for tips, so players don’t have to deal cards or manage the pot.

Free parking. For more info, visit

BCB Community Bank sells $12.5 million in shares

BCB Bancorp, Inc. (BCBP), the holding company for BCB Community Bank, announced that on December 30, 2019, it completed a sale of 1,020,408 shares of common stock, at an issuance price of $12.25 per share to MFP Partners, L.P. Gross proceeds from the offering were approximately $12.5 million.

“The success of this common stock sale reflects continued confidence in our company, and we welcome MFP Partners, L.P. as a shareholder,” said Thomas Coughlin, president and chief executive officer. “This additional capital will enhance our strategic capabilities to grow our franchise and support the needs of our customers.”

The company expects to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including supporting organic growth and facilitating expansion opportunities.

2020 New Jersey Teen Media Contest call for entries

New Jersey Human Services announced that teens across the state can begin submitting entries for the 25th Annual New Jersey Teen Media Contest, which highlights Human Services’ mission to support families.

The contest run by Human Services’ Division of Family Development is open to all New Jersey middle and high school-aged students. This year, the contest will accept entries in the hand-painted, hand-drawn, and written word categories.

This year’s challenge is to illustrate through art or the written word a valuable life lesson or moment that you will never forget.

All entries must be postmarked no later than March 11. Staff from the Division of Family Development and its Office of Child Support Services will judge the contest.

Winners will receive a prize package at an awards ceremony in May.

Winning entries will be included in the 2021 Office of Child Support Calendar and be placed on display in the New Jersey State House in Trenton.

The 2020 calendar can be viewed or downloaded from

Entries can be submitted via the students’ art or English/language arts teachers, if their school is registered. Teachers and administrators can register their school by visiting or by contacting Matthew Cossel at 973-799-0200 or Teens whose schools are not registered can submit entries directly.

For complete submission guidelines, visit


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