The Bayonne Chamber of Commerce will hold its 6th Annual Peninsula Gala on Thursday, March 26, at The Bayonne Golf Club, One Lefante Way. The Chamber will honor local leaders in the Bayonne business community who have made substantial contributions to the community at large. This year’s honorees are:
Business Person of the Year – David DeMonaco – David DeMonaco worked from a young age as an auto mechanic, gas station attendant, plumber’s assistant, C.B. Radio operator, and as a T.V. and air-conditioning technician. He started working alongside his father, Bob DeMonaco in his current business, Triangle TV and Appliance at a very young age. He started with television and appliance service and repair, along with installations and appliance delivery. Triangle TV is one of the oldest businesses in Bayonne today. Triangle TV & Appliance started in 1940 and stands as a staple of this community. Today Dave and his son, Alex, run the operation together hand in hand just as Dave did with his dad. Dave spent most of his life working in and serving this community and now Triangle TV is the only family owned and operated appliance store in Bayonne.
Business of the Year – Migliaccio Funeral Home – Migliaccio Funeral Home was founded in 1919 by husband & wife Calabrian immigrants Ferdinand & Filomena Migliaccio. They opened the business out of a storefront apartment at 20th Street and Avenue C in Bayonne. Ferdinand died tragically in 1921, but the business was kept alive by the strength of Filomena, which was not an easy task for a woman during that time period. The business was eventually handed over to their young son William. He and his wife Mildred, moved the funeral home to a new storefront location at 21st and Hudson Boulevard. In 1953, along with their only child Carol Ann, Bill & Millie moved the business to its current location at 33rd St and John F. Kennedy Blvd. The business continued to grow, but then in 1968 at the age of 56, William Migliaccio passed away. Once again, the women in the family stepped up. Millie’s dynamic personality continued to fuel the business until their daughter, now Carol Ann Stapleton, finished her licensing and became the new manager in 1976. While raising three children, Carol continued to grow and define the business for the next 40 years. She was later assisted by her son Peter Stapleton who was licensed in 2000. This past November, the now renamed Migliaccio Funeral Home & Cremation Services, celebrated the milestone of serving the community for 100 years. It is now under the management of Carol’s eldest son Kevin Stapleton, who along with his wife Hermineh and their director Michael A. Bruzzio Jr., continue the family’s long tradition.
Dan Kane Legends Award – Alexander “Al” Pasiechnik
Alexander “Al” Pasiechnik is a lifelong Bayonne resident who attended Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Marist High School and Saint Peters College. He has been the owner of The Vic Tavern for almost six years with Nady Ramos. The Vic is known as a friendly corner bar and community spot for friends to meet, eat, drink and enjoy live music.
Al has also operated a number of other businesses in the Bayonne community including Victoria T.V. and Appliance, a 60 year old family-owned business appliance store. He is an active member in the community, helping out various charities and organizations in Bayonne. Al was a founding partner of Bayonne Community Bank (BCB) in 2000 and currently serves as Vice President of Business Development. His financial background, long-term experience running a business and his knowledge of local and regional consumer trends provide a significant asset to BCB Bank and to the community of Bayonne.
Gail P. Godesky – Bayonne Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Award
A lifelong resident of Bayonne, Gail Godesky graduated from Bayonne High School Class of 1970. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from St. Peter’s College, (now St. Peter’s University) 1988 – where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in the evening division while working full time. Gail later earned national accreditation with honors from the National School of Banking at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Gail is recently retired as a First Vice President of the Provident Bank and she was also the Market Manager for the City of Bayonne and the Greenville Section of Jersey City. Gail is an active member of her community, she has formerly served as an Advisory Board Member for The Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation for the Prevention of Cancer; as well as a Board of Trustee; Former Trustee and Advisory Board Member for The Bayonne Chamber of Commerce; Chair of the By-Law Committee and Treasurer & Member of the Finance committee. Gail has served as Chair for many events during her trusteeship at the Bayonne Chamber. She currently serves on the Bayonne Public Library Board of Trustees as well as Hudson Hospice Board. She is also a Former Trustee for Habitat for Humanity of Hudson County and has served as an Honorary Chair and committee member of The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Bayonne for the past 12 years. Gail also coordinates the donations received for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Annual walk in Jersey City along with a team. Gail also contributed to the Becoming Financially Fit Program (BFF) sponsored by Provident Bank. This program managed by Ever-Fi and Provident Bank educates students on the importance of Financial Literacy.
Please join us on March 26 to honor these worthy individuals and businesses. Tickets for the event are $150 and must be registered in advance. You can register online at BayonneChamber.org/events or call the office at 201.436.4333. For information on becoming a chamber member, please call or visit the website.