Armando Rosario, from Bayonne, flattens a stencil on contact paper in the aviation structures shop of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pyoung K. Yi.
Armando Rosario, from Bayonne, flattens a stencil on contact paper in the aviation structures shop of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pyoung K. Yi.

Bayonne sailor serves aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

One of Bayonne’s very own, Operations Specialist 2nd Class Armando Rosario, is serving his country on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific.

Celebrate Black History Month at the Community Museum

Join Bayonne’s Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 1. From 4:30 to 9 p.m., the celebration will take place at the Bayonne Community Museum at 229 Broadway.

This cultural and educational event is free and open to the public.  The celebration includes free music and TAP dance instructions for children 8 and up from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Live music and dance performances will follow. Light refreshments will be served.

For more info, contact Diane Sondy at 551-216-1939 or

New Jersey’s Twitter account gets lots of likes

“Social media, naturally, is gonna reach a younger audience,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told The New Yorker. “And the younger people are the ones you need to work harder to win over when it comes to policy issues.” Apparently, @NJGov is doing that and more, getting up to half a million likes with some tweets. “I’ve got four kids, sixteen to twenty-two,” the governor told the magazine. “One weekend, all my kids talked about was ‘Dad, the NJGov account is killing it right now.”

Garden State Rollergirls rebrand for inclusivity

The Garden State Rollergirls, New Jersey’s premier flat-track roller derby league, is ushering in the new year by changing the league’s name to Garden State Roller Derby to reflect its core values.

According to the team’s mission statement, GSR’s members “uphold camaraderie, dedication, skill, physical and emotional strength, and above all else, respect for the sport and its participants.”

Because of this, GSR no longer feels that it is respectful to ask teammates who do not identify as female to skate under the rollergirls moniker.

The league will convert to a nonprofit organization during the 2020 season. As such, it will become more involved in spreading the message of respect and acceptance in the communities where it skates.

Fire Chief commends Bayonne firefighters for beating blaze in half hour

The Bayonne Fire Department extinguished an early-morning fire at Rana’s Pizzeria in only a half hour.

According to Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver, the two-alarm structure fire was extinguished on Jan. 20 before it could reach the apartments above the pizzeria. The BFD was dispatched to 674 Ave. A for a reported structure fire at approximately 5:17 a.m., according to Chief Weaver.

Arriving fire companies found a smoke condition and a working fire on the first floor of the building, within a pizzeria. Fire companies deployed two hose lines to contain and extinguish the fire on the first floor. Chief Weaver said the fire was placed under control just thirty minutes later, at 5:47 a.m.

There were no injuries reported. The occupants of 16 apartments were temporarily displaced during fire department operations and returned to the building after an inspection by the Bayonne Building Department.

According to Chief Weaver, the cause of the fire remains under investigation and is not considered suspicious in nature. Afterward, Chief Weaver commended the firefighters for their quick work.

Two allegedly assaulted in bar fight at Refinery Tavern

Two people were allegedly assaulted in connection with a game of pool at the Refinery Tavern, according to Lt. Eric Amato of the Bayonne Police Department.

Authorities said the incident unfolded after 11 p.m. when the 27-year-old victim was playing pool. He got into an argument with another player at the Refinery Tavern before the situation reached a fever pitch.

The suspect involved in the argument then allegedly repeatedly punched the victim in the face and head area, according to Lt. Amato. The victim was taken to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment.

The second victim, a 48-year-old man, was a witness and a victim to the alleged assault but refused medical attention. Police said the 48-year old tried to stop the altercation when he was allegedly assaulted by the fleeing suspect.