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SeaStreak was named as the operator of the Bayonne to Manhattan ferry service that will open in September.
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SeaStreak was named as the operator of the Bayonne to Manhattan ferry service that will open in September.

PANYNJ Board approves ferry terminal lease

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a lease with the City of Bayonne on Feb. 13 for a parcel of property at the Port Jersey–Port Authority Marine Terminal, formerly the Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne. The lease will allow Bayonne to launch a new commuter ferry service to New York City to enhance trans-Hudson commuting options for its growing residential population.

“Expanding options for the growing population of commuters along the Hudson River waterfront is a critical part of this agency’s commitment to keep the region moving,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Today’s action will allow us to take an underutilized piece of port property and partner with the City of Bayonne to support much needed trans-Hudson service connecting people to their jobs, families and homes.”

At its monthly meeting, the Board approved a 10-year $2.6 million lease with the City. The Board also approved a 10-year extension option for the property, subject to the Port Authority’s consent.

“This lease is in line with our recently completed Port Master Plan, which looks to maximize existing port property to allow for the efficient movement of people and goods over the next 30 years,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Jeffrey Lynford. “This lease will not impact existing or future seaport operations but will allow us to work hand-in-hand with an important host community to improve transportation options for its residents.”

The lease will allow the City of Bayonne to enter into an operating agreement with a passenger ferry operator in support of ferry service between Bayonne and New York City. The service is expected to serve The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, a growing residential development located near the planned ferry landing. The City will operate and maintain the ferry landing.

“We are very excited about the return of ferry service to Bayonne,” said Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis. “The ferry will provide a convenient commute between Bayonne and New York City, and will make Bayonne a more attractive location for commuters. The return of ferry service is yet another sign that Bayonne is making great progress.”

The new ferry facility is expected to benefit The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor residential development, which has 750 residential units constructed, 1,200 units under construction and an additional 2,500 units planned. In total, the City of Bayonne projects upwards of 4,000 plus residential units completed within the next three years.

3rd Annual Bayonne Chili Cook-Off Participants Announced

With less than two weeks to go for the 3rd Annual Bayonne Chili Cook-Off, the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce has announced the participating competitors registered to date.

The master chili chefs who are geared up for the battle are Elbaums, Masonic Lodge, Kuhl’s Tavern, 22nd Street Meat Market, Mama Rosa’s, Lot 13, The Vic, Philly Pretzel Factory, El Aguila Dorada, BCB Bank, Bayonne Fire Department, Bayonne Police Department, Bayonne Board of Education, Sarelli’s, HCCC Culinary School, Bake & Brew, Little Food Café, Mezcal, Café Bello and Pizza Master.

If you think your chili can stand up to the competition, it’s not too late to enter.  Call the Bayonne UEZ for registration and details at 201-858-6357.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person and include a variety of food, beer, sangria and soda, and of course, chili.

Celebrity judges will include Ray Cooney from the show Firehouse Kitchen and New York Giant Leonard Marshall.

The event will be held at St. Andrew’s Gymnasium, 126 Broadway on Feb. 28.

To purchase tickets or for information on sponsorship opportunities, visit the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce website, BayonneChamber.org.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bayonne Fire Canteen.

Free mobility class at The Max Challenge of Bayonne

Join Jag-One Physical Therapy at The Max Challenge for a free mobility class on Feb. 29.

From 9 to 10 a.m., attendees will learn self-release techniques using foam rollers and massage balls, basic hamstring, quad, hip and shoulder stretches, postural corrective exercises and theraband exercises among other mobility related techniques.

The class if free for all to attend.

Musical Mondays at the Museum

Mayor James Davis and the Bayonne Municipal Council announced the lineup for Musical Mondays at the Museum, located at 229 Broadway.

  • March 9, The Bantry Boys
  • April 13, Party of Five
  • May 11, Mystical Majesty Band

Doors open at 6 p.m. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

Learn how to breathe properly in 90 minutes

Discover the power of your breath to manage your mind and experience instant peace and calm. Residents of Bayonne are invited to join “Beyond Breath,” a 90-minute free workshop and get a glimpse of the Sudarshan Kriya, a “revolutionary” breathing technique taught in the Happiness Program.

The technique is an “instant energy booster that awakens and relaxes the mind.”

Guests will learn the peace and calm of a unique guided meditation, keys to manage your mind, and the power of surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded people.

Those in attendance will be taught to master their thoughts and emotions, the apparent key to managing the quality of the day.

The class is free to attend at 697 Avenue C on Feb. 22 starting at 10:30 a.m

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