National Night Out makes a comeback

National Night Out returned in 2022 after a two year hiatus due to COVID-19. The event nationwide event, organized locally by the Bayonne Police Department, featured food and family fun on the lower level of 16th Street Park.

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Co-Ed Recreation Soccer registration is open

The League is open to children in grades 3rd to 8th Grade. All participants must be Bayonne residents. The fee for the league is $50 per player. This includes a game jersey. The fees collected will go towards the costs of running the program. The fee is non-refundable.

All individuals who sign up will be placed on a team by the Division of Recreation. The League will be broken down into divisions based on grade. Division I is for Grades 3 to 5, and Division II is for Grades 6 to 8. Divisions may change, depending on the final number of participants registered in each division.

Games will be played on Saturday evenings, tentatively at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. The league will be games only. The deadline for all applications and payment is Friday, August 26. Register online at

The season is tentatively set to begin on Saturday, September 17. For further information, call Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email

The Bridge Art Gallery closes

The Bridge Art Gallery shut its doors in Bayonne after a farewell party on July 30.

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City council moves to ban ownership of poultry and pigeons

Bayonne is looking to address the ownership of certain farm animals in the city, specifically when it comes to pigeons and poultry. The council introduced an ordinance authorizing the changes at its July meeting. A public hearing is set for August 17 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C.

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Establishing procedure for extra-duty police services?

Bayonne is weighing a measure that would establish a procedure for extra-duty police services. The city council has introduced an ordinance to authorize amendments to existing city ordinances regarding the police department and extra-duty services at its July meeting. A public hearing is set for August 17 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C.

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Officials kick off the 2022 Bayonne Coptic Festival. Photo courtesy of Councilman Juan Perez.

Bayonne Coptic Festival returns

The seventh annual Bayonne Coptic Festival was held from July 29 to July 31. The festival will offer food, fun, games, sports and more, sponsored by the St. Abanoub and St. Antonious Coptic Orthodox Church.

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City council considers increase fines to curb pet waste

Bayonne is considering a measure to target a deluge of unattended pet waste across the city. The city council has introduced an ordinance amending the general ordinances of the city relating to animal control, specifically the section regarding the removal of pet waste and the accompanying fines and penalties. A public hearing is set for August 17 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C.

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Bayonne aims to tackle litter and overgrown weeds

Public Works Director Tom Cotter announced that an enforcement wave of Bayonne’s cleaning and weeding requirements “will begin shortly.”

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Summer Sounds By the Bay to end with Amish Outlaws

AM Gold Yacht Rock play Summer Sounds at the amphitheater at 16th Street Park on August 3. The New York City-based tribute band performs adult-contemporary hit songs from the late ’70s through the mid ’80s referred to as “Yacht Rock” including: Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Huey Lewis, Christopher Cross, Lionel Richie and more.

The penultimate performance of Summer Sounds by the Bay 2022 includes Lights Out Beach Boys on August 10. The band has been described as a cross of listening to the Beach Boys while watching the smooth moves of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and will perform all of the west coast hits.

Rounding out the concert series on August 17 is Amish Outlaws. The Amish Outlaws will constantly surprise the audience and keep everyone guessing as to what they could possibly play next, from Johnny Cash to Jay Z, Lady Gaga to Luke Bryan, and even to theme songs from the TV shows they have come to know.

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Upcoming movies at the library

The Bayonne Free Public Library will present two films on Wednesday, August 17, as part of its ongoing summer movie series. Both films will be shown in the O’Connor Gallery on the library’s second floor at 31st Street and Avenue C.

At 1 p.m., the library will screen ‘Firestarter,’ a science fiction thriller featuring characters with supernatural powers. The film stars Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley, Michael Greyeyes, and Gloria Reuben. The film has a running time of 1 hour and 34 minutes and is rated R.

At 6:30 p.m. on August 17, the library will show Dr. Strange in the
Multiverse of Madness. This is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics that feature Dr. Strange. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Other stars include Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.

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Library programming highlights from July

During the month of July, the Bayonne Public Library offered many programs and events. For adults, the library offered four “Tech Thursdays With Bill” classes covering Amazon, iPhones, Zoom, and Streaming Movies and TV. The library also presented seven English as a Second Language (ESL) classes on Monday and Thursday nights. The library hosted a virtual live author panel featuring three thriller authors.

For children, the library held two art classes, where students learned about charcoal and pastel drawing, drawing from life, collagraph printmaking, and monoprinting. There was a gnome hunt in the Children’s Room, a Stuff-A-Sea-Creature stuffed animal grab-and-go craft, and a jelly bean guessing contest. The library also had two visits from the WTCARES Day Camp.

For the whole family, the library debuted a new book recommendation service called “Your Next Great Read.” For that service, patrons can fill out a form online to receive customized book recommendation lists in return. During July, the library presented four Wednesday matinees and four Wednesday Family Night movies. There were ten open play nights for collaborative card and board gaming. The library’s most popular book titles in July for adults were: “Escape” by James Patterson and “Window on the Bay” by Debbie Macomber. The most popular children’s titles were: “Mr. Harrison is Embarrassin’” by Dan Gutman and “Olivia the Princess” by Natalie Shaw.

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