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Teacher Leah Jessen made masks by hand for her coworkers.
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Teacher Leah Jessen made masks by hand for her coworkers.

Teachers make masks for food distribution

On April 21, two teachers made masks to use during food distribution. The Bayonne School District has been providing free lunches for students to pick up.

Patricia Hosmer and Leah Jessen presented more than 100 handmade masks to the Bayonne Board of Education.

“Big thanks to Ms. Jessen for making 100+ masks and donating them to workers for food distribution,” the board said.

It also thanked Hosmer and her daughter for their donation.

Bayonne Fire and Police Departments donate to COVID-19 residents

Members of the Bayonne Fire and Police Departments made a donation to help Bayonne residents affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

A check for $6,600 was given to the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation’s Executive Director Samantha Howard last week. On hand were  Bayonne Fire Captain Ken Jaros, PBA Local 7 President Officer Garrett Hoffman, PBA Local 7 Treasurer Officer Eddie Ramos, Mayor James Davis, BFD Chief Keith Weaver, and BFD Battalion Chief Rob Seeburger.

Post Office hours change

The Bayonne Office of Emergency Management updated the public on post office hours as of April 24:

  • Bergen Point Station at 195 Broadway is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for P.O. Box mail pickup only.
  • Pamrapo Station at 893 Broadway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. fMonday through Friday for P.O. Box mail pickup only.
  • Bayonne Main Post Office at 570 Broadway 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for full service and package pickup.

Bayonne’s Emergency Notification System

To receive important robocalls and or text messages, download the Swift911 Public App on mobile devices or visit bayonnenj.org and click on the Swift911 banner.

Industrial worker falls to death at Bayonne Dry Dock

An fatal accident occurred on a United States Navy ship at Bayonne Dry Dock on April 19. According to Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver, a 25-year-old worker fell to his death while working on the ship.

According to Weaver, firefighters found a worker on the ship in the forward bow section of the USNS Red Cloud, which was in for repairs. The worker was employed by a painting contractor.

The worker fell approximately 35 feet. Firefighters set up for a technical rescue and descended into the hold, where they found the worker unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Weaver said.

The incident is under investigation by the Port Authority Police. No further information has been released at this time.

Kayaker rescued offshore near MOTBY

According to Fire Chief Keith Weaver, members of the Bayonne Fire Department (BFD) responded to reports of a kayaker in distress in the waters off MOTBY on April 18.

Firefighters found a man clinging to his kayak in the middle of the inlet that separates the peninsula at MOTBY and the LeFante Way Shopping Plaza, about 100 yards from shore. Firefighters used a bullhorn to determined that the man was wearing a life vest.

Crew on the BFD vessel pulled the man to safety.