Banners of hope hoisted over Bayonne

Across the city, banners of hope have been raised above Broadway at various intersections to bring residents a message of hope.

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Displaying the phrase “We’re almost there! Stay Strong! #WeAreBayonne,” the banners seek reinforce that the city is flattening the curve.

Second kayaker rescued off Bayonne

It seems people are resorting to kayaking to maintain distancing. For the second time in two weeks, the Bayonne Fire Department has rescued a kayaker in the waterways around the city. The incident occurred on May 2.

Fire Chief Kieth Weaver said that Bayonne Public Safety dispatchers received a call about a kayaker in distress “between Elizabeth and the Bayonne Bridge” at approximately 2:45 p.m. The BFD Marine Unit investigated.

First responders located a vessel whose occupants had pulled the stranded kayaker onto their boat. The victim was placed on the Marine Unit boat and transported to the 16th Street Boat Dock.

McCabe Ambulance assessed his condition. The victim reported that he was on the water about 30 minutes before being rescued.

“A life vest saved this man’s life,” Weaver said. “We should all be proud of the quickness and professionalism of the Bayonne Fire Department.”

Another kayaker was rescued on April 18.

Free medical supplies distributed at 16th Street park

Free face masks and other medical supplies were distributed to Bayonne residents, courtesy of the Chabad of Bayonne, in conjunction with the Chabad of Hoboken and Jersey City.

The distribution was sponsored by an anonymous donor.

Each household received a box of 50 masks, 100 gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant spray. Rabbi Yisrael Bennish announced that more than 60,000 face masks and 120,000 gloves were available.

The distribution occurred on May 4 by drive-thru or curbside pickup. Mayor James Davis assisted with the distribution.

Supplies ran out after about an hour.

Parking permits renew on June 30 for Blue and White zones

The Bayonne Parking Utility (BPU) is renewing its “virtual” permits registered to license plates for the Blue and White Zones, according to Mayor James Davis.

The parking utility sent emails to residents with current permits in the Blue and White Zones on May 11 to renew their residential parking permits. Current permit holders in these zones can renew their permits online or through the mail.

The old permits for these zones will expire on June 30. For those who miss the deadline, there will be a grace period until the morning of July 6.

When current residential parking permits near expiration, residents can request new parking permits online by visiting and clicking on Parking Utility.

The Blue Zone is for streets around the 22nd Street Light Rail Station. The Blue Zone includes side streets from 16th Street through 26th Street, and the major streets from Avenue F to Avenue C.

The White Zone is for streets around Bayonne Medical Center. It includes side streets from 27th Street through 30th Street, and major streets from Avenue F to Avenue C.

For a detailed street listing for each zone, visit

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