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The Nicholas Oresko Community School girls basketball team came in second place in the Elementary Basketball League. Photos courtesy of the city of Bayonne

First quarter property tax payments due

The Bayonne Tax Collector’s Office announced that first quarter property tax payments are due on Feb. 10. The nominal legal due date for the tax bills is Tuesday, Feb. 1, but the Bayonne City Council authorized a grace period through the close of business on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Payments made by that date will avoid a late fee. Property owners may pay their taxes by mail or in person at City Hall, 630 Avenue C, or at Bayonne branches of BCB Bank, or online through the City of Bayonne website, www.bayonnenj.org. By state law, quarterly payments received after the close of business on Feb.10 will incur interest charges dating back to Feb. 1.

There are two payment options at City Hall: residents can pay at the Tax Collector’s Office or at the front of the building. There are boxes inside the two sets of front doors at City Hall where taxpayers can drop off various payments. Tax payment go in the tax box, which is on the left-hand side between the two sets of doors.

BFD briskly beats basement blaze

The Bayonne Fire Department made quick work of a basement fire on Jan. 27, according to Fire Chief Keith Weaver. At 8:27 a.m., the BFD was dispatched to a report of a fire at 133 West 56th Street. Arriving firefighters found a smoke condition and a small fire in the basement.

One hose line was used to extinguish the fire and prevent the fire from extending within the building and the fire was placed under control less than twenty minutes later at 8:46 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was determined as accidental in nature by a fire investigator. Nine residents were temporarily displaced during the incident and were allowed to return to their residences by the Bayonne Building Department.

Councilman Juan Perez running for re-election

City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez is running for re-election in Bayonne under a slate with Mayor James Davis, First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll, and Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa.

Davis so far faces a challenge from City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, who has yet to announce any candidates for a council slate. Former Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Michael Alonso is also running for mayor and has not announced a slate either.

Also running for City Councilmember At-Large is Bayonne businesswoman Carissa Lintao and Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Denis Wilbeck.

Upcoming Resilient Northeastern NJ meeting

The Resilient Northeastern NJ team is working to lower the risk of flooding due to torrential rain and tidal inundation. Residents in Bayonne and neighboring municipalities have experienced repeated flooding that has damaged homes and cars, disrupted commutes, and deepened concerns about increasing flood risks.

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, Resilient Northeastern NJ is hosting its fourth virtual community meeting to discuss the risks and possible solutions for the four cities. The meeting will be held via Zoom from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m.

RSVP and access the virtual Zoom meeting at tinyurl.com/nenj-mtg-4. Community members can also watch on Facebook live at facebook.com/ResilientNENJ.

Get vaccinated

The Moderna vaccines, including first, second, third, and booster doses are available at the Korpi Ice Rink on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pfizer vaccines, including first, second, third, and booster doses are available at the ice rink on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Those eligible for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines include those age 18 and over for the Moderna vaccine and those age 5 and over for the Pfizer vaccine. Third doses of those vaccines are available for those who are severely immunocompromised and received their second dose at least four weeks ago.

Booster shots, which for Moderna is a half dose and for Pfizer is a full dose, are available to those who are 65 and older, those who are 18 and older who live in long-term care settings, or have underlying medical conditions, or live or work in high-risks settings, and have received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.

Walk-ins are accepted. Or make an appointment by calling 201-537-4818.

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