The autumn has arrived. Cool breezes are in the air. Schools are back in session. Neighborhood children are out and about again. That’s why I want to remind Bayonne drivers to slow down. It’s taking everyone some getting used to again, but, with schools open and activities picking up, and less daylight, it is increasingly important for everyone behind the wheel to slow down. Let’s all pay attention to our surroundings. Please be careful during morning and evening rush hours. At those same times, children are going to and from school. With some care and effort, we can all get safely to wherever we have to go each day.
I have met with Police Chief Robert Geisler to discuss a crackdown on speeders and drivers who do not obey the school bus laws. We must all do what we can to protect our children.
Another responsibility of the season is dealing with autumn leaves. The City of Bayonne will conduct curbside pick-up of autumn leaves on ten Mondays in the fall, beginning Monday, October 11. The pickups will take place citywide on ten Mondays through December 13, 2021.
Residents may place leaves in special ecology-friendly leaf bags, in barrels, or in paper bags. Plastic bags are unacceptable and will be rejected for pickup. Effective Monday, October 4, the ecology-friendly leaf bags can be picked up at the front doors of City Hall, the 4th Street Senior Center, and the 56th Street Senior Center, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. City employees will issue one packet of five bags per household at a time. The 4th Street Senior Center is located at 16 West 4th Street and Story Court. The 56th Street Senior Center is located at 56th Street and Avenue B.
The term “leaves” means foliage only. Specifically excluded from this definition are grass clippings, hedge clippings, tree parts, shrubbery and other types of vegetative waste.
Leaf collection will start early on designated Mondays, beginning October 11, at 6 a.m., so residents should put their leaves out on Sunday evenings to ensure pickup.
I would like to encourage Bayonne residents to pick up the leaf bags at the front doors of City Hall or at either of our senior centers. Thank you for cleaning up around your property, helping our environment, and taking part in our leaf recycling program.