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11-year-old Ali O’Donnell presents checks to JP Egan and Ioanna Rigos.
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11-year-old Ali O’Donnell presents checks to JP Egan and Ioanna Rigos.
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Catch You Later Foundation scholarship winners announced

The Catch You Later Foundation has announced its 2020 scholarship winners.

The foundation was formed in memory of Tim and Bridget O’Donnell, after a car crash that took their lives in February of 2016. It gives $2,000 scholarships and aid for to those involved in 100-percent preventable car crashes

Awardee JP Egan of Bayonne is a graduate of St. Peter’s Prep and son of Board of Education Trustee Jan Patrick Egan. JP will study political science at The College of NJ.

Awardee Ioanna Rigos of Bayonne is a graduate of County Prep High School. She will attend Rutgers to study pediatric neurology.

Former union officials charged with theft

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has charged three individuals with theft in excess of $50,000 of pension funds for workers at Star Snacks Company in Jersey City and Gel Spice Company in Bayonne.

Francisco Jara, Elkin Garcia, and Marta Garay are accused of allegedly cashing pension loan checks while retaining a portion of the funds.

The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Bayonne loses two civic-minded citizens

Two Bayonne natives who have had a big impact on the community recently died: Lewis Ripps and Harvey Gilbert.

Ripps spoke often at council meetings to express his concerns about issues such as municipal finances, economic development, zoning, and open space. He was 88.

Gilbert was president of the Bayonne Kiwanis Club, supporting many civic and educational projects.

Both men were affiliated with Temple Emanu-El.

“On behalf of the City of Bayonne, we extend condolences to their families and friends,” said Mayor James Davis.

Bayonne man arrested after street fight

On June 20, officers responded to the area of 32nd Street and Avenue C on a report of a large street fight.

Officers learned that numerous males exited two vehicles, one of whom was identified as Keith Cunniffe Jr., 34.

According to police, Cunniffe punched a 20-year-old male who suffered facial injuries and was treated at Bayonne Medical Center.

The males fled northbound in their vehicles but were apprehended. The occupant of one vehicle was Cunniffe who was placed under arrest for aggravated assault.

The above charges are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.