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On June 14, Mayor James Davis meets with victims of the recent Broadway fire. Photo courtesy of Davis.

Pan-African flag raising for Juneteenth

Black in Bayonne raised the Pan-African flag along with officials the City of Bayonne on June 16. The ceremony held by the local non-profit in front of City Hall at 630 Avenue C was honor of Juneteenth on June 19.

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger landed with Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas, spreading word that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, meaning that the slaves in the Confederacy remained enslaved until Union troops arrived to enforce the Proclamation.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/06/17/bayonne-raises-pan-african-flag-for-juneteenth.

Man arrested following narcotic investigation

Hakeem Lester, a 34-year-old from Bayonne, was taken into custody at 10:42 p.m. from the area of 19th Street and Kennedy Blvd. Narcotics Detectives observed Lester standing on the sidewalk in the area and had knowledge that a warrant for his arrest was in effect from a prior narcotics investigation. The detectives approached Lester and placed him under arrest under the authority of the warrant.

As they were placing him under arrest, Lester threw a small plastic bag containing numerous pills of Xanax and began to step on it. During this arrest, Lester was also charged with numerous narcotic and firearm offenses resulting from a prior investigation of narcotic distribution June 3.

Menendez supports PACT Act 

In Bayonne, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) called on his Senate colleagues to pass major bipartisan legislation that would expand health care and benefits to more than 3.5 million veterans across the country who were exposed to toxins while serving in the military. The legislation he is referring to is the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, or PACT Act. Menendez held a press event on June 13 at the Flournoy Gethers VFW Post 7470 on West 19th Street in Bayonne with a few words from Mayor James Davis and a slew of veterans. The bill was passed by the Senate on June 16.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/06/15/menendez-supports-legislation-to-expand-veteran-benefits.

Bayonne inauguration, festivities, and fireworks on July 1

Plans have been announced for the municipal inauguration, related events, and Independence Day fireworks that will take place on Friday, July 1.

The day’s public events will begin with an Inaugural Mass at St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church at 28th Street and Avenue C at 1:30 p.m. The Municipal Inauguration is scheduled for the Bayonne High School Auditorium at 30th Street and Avenue A at 3:30 p.m.

At that event, Mayor James Davis, Council Member At-Large Loyad Booker, Jr., Council Member At-Large Juan M. Perez, First Ward Council Member Neil J. Carroll III, Second Ward Council Member Jacqueline Weimmer, and Third Ward Council Member Gary LaPelusa, Sr. will take their oaths of office. The inaugural ceremonies will also feature speeches by elected officials, prayers by local clergy, and musical entertainment.

Weather permitting, the festivities will continue at the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street at 6 p.m. The food trucks and children’s rides will be available beginning at 6 p.m. The rides will shut down at 8 p.m. Music will be provided by Just Jammin’ from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Garden State Fireworks will launch fireworks at darkness or approximately 9:15 p.m.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/06/16/bayonne-inauguration-festivities-and-fireworks-planned-for-july-1.

Zoning application turnaround time amended

Bayonne has extended the response time the local Zoning Officer has to respond to submitted applications. The Bayonne City Council voted unanimously to adopt two ordinances doing so at its May meeting. Law Director Jay Coffey said that the new turnaround time of ten business days is a statutory requirement.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/06/07/bayonne-amends-zoning-application-turnaround-time.

Woman charged with threatening to shoot post office

Taquaya Ratcliff, a 32-year-old woman from Brooklyn, was taken into custody at 5:10 p.m. from the area of 26th Street and Broadway. Officers responded to the U.S. Post Office located at 570 Broadway on a report of a female that was threatening to harm postal employees and customers that were present.

During the investigation, it was learned that Ratcliff entered the post office in an irate state due to an issue with missing mail and a check contained in that missing mail. According to witnesses and two employees, during her tirade, she threatened to hurt the two employees then threatened to return and shoot everyone present if she did not get her missing check returned to her. She was subsequently charged with making terroristic threats.

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