BAYONNE BRIEFS

Two Good Samaritans were honored by local officials after saving a man from a sinking vehicle in Newark Bay in early November. (SEE BRIEF)
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Two Good Samaritans were honored by local officials after saving a man from a sinking vehicle in Newark Bay in early November. (SEE BRIEF)

Heroes honored

On Nov. 20, the city of Bayonne celebrated two men who dove into Newark Bay on Nov. 12 to rescue a man who had accidentally driven into the water.

Anthony Capuano and Marcelino Cruz received proclamations from Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti, Chief of Police Robert Geisler, Fire Chief Keith Weaver, and Mayor James Davis. Also at the event were Freeholder Ken Kopacz, Councilmen Juan Perez and Neil Carroll, Director of Public Safety Robert Kubert, and Deputy Police Chief Joe Scerbo.

Donate coats!

The Bayonne Women’s Club and Bayonne Rotary Club have partnered on a coat drive, which will run until to Dec. 15.

Residents can drop off new and gently used coats at the Office of Aging in City Hall, 630 Ave. C, and at Allstate Insurance, 315 Broadway.

Residents displaced after fire

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and more than a dozen residents were displaced following a massive fire in downtown Bayonne on Nov. 21

Fourteen displaced people are under the care of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross.

The cause remains under investigation.

Mayor Davis encourages those who can to purchase gift cards, of any type and of any denomination, for the families. They can be dropped off at City Hall.

‘Rethink Bayonne’ postponed

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the building-design competition will be postponed until Dec. 5, and streamed virtually.

Registration closes on Dec. 4, when entrants are separated into teams. From Dec. 5 to 6, teams will work on innovative designs that will inspire residents to build.

The submission deadline is Feb. 20 and ends on Feb. 22, when judges determine the winners.

For more information or to register, go to https://www.rethinkurban.design/bayonne.

Mayor’s Toy Drive

The Mayor’s Toy Drive will be held at the Bayonne Museum, 229 Broadway on Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Held in conjunction with the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation, toy and monetary donations will be accepted. Make checks payable to BEOF.

City officials make donation

First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll, Board of Education Trustee Lisa Burke and Hudson County Bar Association and Foundation President Sotiria Makrogiannis made a donation to the joint effort Thanksgiving dinner distributions ran by the Bayonne Youth Center, Black in Bayonne, and the Bayonne Chapter of the NAACP as well as a number of other local businesses and organizations.

Uptown Christmas Tree Lighting

The Uptown Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Dr. Morris Park at 47th Street and Broadway will take place on Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Davis and the city council invite all residents to attend.

The event, hosted by Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa, will require those in attendance to social distance and wear a mask. The ceremony is paid for with UEZ funds.