‘GO GOLD’ in September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is recognized every September by childhood cancer organizations around the world, with one goal: to increase awareness for those affected by childhood cancer.

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Each day in the United States 43 children are diagnosed with the dreadful disease, with nearly 800 cases appearing worldwide each day. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 19.

Bayonne residents, Marie Costantino and Sharon Romano both lost their sons to cancer at young ages. Anthony Costantino and Michael Romano fought hard and left behind a legacy, inspiring many in the Bayonne community.

This year, these moms encourage everyone to “GO GOLD” in September. Gold symbolizes and supports all the children who are diagnosed with this disease and to honor and remember children who have passed.

Mayor James Davis, along with the Bayonne Board of Education will honor the cause again this year, in hopes of raising further awareness of childhood cancer. On September 23, students will be asked to wear gold and or yellow to show their awareness.

Gold bows will be placed along Avenue E, and Avenue C by City Hall, and in front of all schools around town during the month of September. Community members of Bayonne are asked to join in by placing a gold bow in front of their home or business. “GO GOLD” signs are also available for purchase at Fast Signs, 810 Broadway. Call 201-823-3344.

Costantino and Romano are excited that both City Hall and the Bayonne Board of Education will once again join hands to support this cause. For more information, contact Sharon at, or
Marie at

“The support of Mayor Davis, Mr. Ken Kopacz and the Bayonne Board of Education Staff has been amazing,” Costantino and Romano said. “We thank them for joining hands and bringing awareness to the community.”

Officials in Bayonne raised the Ukrainian Flag on Ukraine Independence Day on August 24. Photo courtesy of Mayor James Davis.

USPS job fair

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is hiring in Bayonne. The USPS will hold a job fair in Bayonne on September 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at the Bayonne Post Office at 570 Broadway.

The USPS has immediate opening for city carrier assistant. The salary starts at $18.92 per hour. Applications are accepted on site, as well as prescreening and fingerprinting. Eligible applicants must have a drivers licenses for years and a safe driving record. More details will be available at the event.

Register for the event ahead of time at Eventbrite. The USPS is also currently hiring online; apply at

Need-to-know info about Route 440 closures

The Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA) will begin emergency work on partially collapsed sewer mains under Route 440 and Danforth Avenue beginning Monday, August 29. This will have a detrimental impact on traffic in Bayonne, according to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

Route 440 North and Route 185 North will be closed. Route 440 South will be closed at Communipaw Avenue.

All traffic on Route 440 North in Bayonne will be directed onto the New Jersey Turnpike. Route 440 North will also be closed from all other access points, including Avenue C at City Line, West 63rd Street, and all Country Village access roads. The last exit on Route 440 North in Bayonne before the New Jersey Turnpike will be Pulaski Street.

The work is expected to take two weeks total, with the possibility of the work in Bayonne only taking a week. But that was when work was set to commence on August 26, before being pushed back to August 29. Things could have changed since then.

The potential for significant delays is high. Motorists should allow for extra time and use alternative routes, such as the Bayonne Bridge. All motorists are strongly advised to avoid this closure area.

Officials encourage residents to enroll in the Swift911 Emergency Notification System at and enable SMS text messages to receive latest updates. He said that residents can also get more information going to the city’s official website  or following the Bayonne OEM on social media.

Blessed Florist has opened at 882 Broadway. Photo courtesy of Mayor James Davis.

Backpack giveaway at 16th Street Park

Bayonne will hold a backpack giveaway at G. Thomas DiDomenico – 16th Street Park. The event will take place on September 1 at 6 the amphitheater on the lower level of the park.

The giveaway is hosted by the city of Bayonne, Mayor James Davis, the Bayonne Interfaith Association, BCB Bank, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Bayonne, and WTCares. Patterson said the event has also received donations and support from other organizations and individuals within Bayonne as well.

The event aims to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to students in need ahead of the school year. Inside the backpacks, there will also be masks and other important information and resources. Providing this support is especially important considering inflation, COVID-19, and other ongoings.

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