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"Paddle on the Peninsula" was held on Newark Bay on September 24. Photo courtesy of Mayor James Davis.

Resilient Northeastern NJ seeks public comment

Ten years ago, Hurricane Sandy cost an estimated $30 billion across all of New Jersey. With rising sea level, a storm with a similar track and intensity to Sandy could bring similar losses to just the cities of Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, and Bayonne, combined.

This estimate is one of the outcomes of the Resilient Northeastern NJ program, a regional coalition made up of leaders from the four cities, Hudson County, Ironbound Community Corporation, and HOPES Community Action Partnership, with support from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and a team of technical experts.

Since Spring of 2021, the Resilient Northeastern NJ team has been engaging communities to develop a regional Action Plan to build off ongoing work and chart a more resilient future. This plan considers hazards caused or exacerbated by climate change, making sure the most vulnerable residents are an integral part of the decision making.

Community members steered the planning process and are now encouraged to provide feedback on the draft Action Plan for a 30-day comment period that ends October 23. The draft Action Plan is available at resilient.nj.gov/nenj.

Resilient Northeastern NJ is accepting feedback via the feedback form at tinyurl.com/NENJ-action-plan-feedback, email at ResilientNENJ@dep.nj.gov, voice message at 201-275-0861, and social media @resilientNENJ on Facebook and Twitter and @resilient_nenj on Instagram. Resilient Northeastern NJ will release a final Action Plan in October, and community members are encouraged to stay involved..

Bayonne held the Detective Joe Seals Festival on September 17, honoring the fallen law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Screenshot of video courtesy of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

Leaf recycling and leaf bags

Bayonne will conduct curbside pick-up of autumn leaves on ten Mondays in the fall, beginning Monday, October 17, Mayor James Davis has announced. The pick-ups will take place citywide on ten Mondays through December 19, 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 pick-up.

Effective Tuesday, October 11, the ecology-friendly leaf bags can be picked up in Room 11 at City Hall at 630 Avenue C, the 4th Street Senior Center at 4th Street and Story Court, and the 56th Street Senior Center at 56th Street and Avenue B. Pick up the bags 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 term “leaves” means foliage only. Specifically excluded from this definition are grass clippings, hedge clippings, tree parts, shrubbery and other types of vegetative waste.

Cyclists enjoyed the Bayonne Division of Recreation Bike Club’s annual Moonlight Ride. Photo courtesy of the city.

Leaf collection will start early on designated Mondays, beginning October 17, at 6 a.m., so residents should put their leaves out on Sunday evenings to ensure pick-up.

“I would like to encourage Bayonne residents to pick up the leaf bags in Room 11 at City Hall or at either of our senior centers,” Davis said. “Thank you for cleaning up around your property, helping our environment, and taking part in our leaf recycling program.”

Craig Guy officially launches campaign

A lifelong public servant and Democrat, Craig Guy officially kicked off his campaign for Hudson County Executive on September 21 at a packed fundraising event.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/09/22/craig-guy-officially-kicks-off-campaign-for-hudson-county-executive.

Children enjoy the Bayonne Division of Recreation Flag Football games on September 28. Photo courtesy of the city.

7th Annual Hudson County Fair kicks off

The 11-day 7th Annual Hudson County Fair will begin on Friday, September 30 in James J. Braddock Park in North Bergen. The festivities will continue every day through Columbus Day weekend, closing on Monday, October 10. On weekdays, the fair will be open at 6 p.m. On weekends and Columbus Day, the fair will open at 2 p.m.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/09/27/7th-annual-hudson-county-fair-kicks-off-on-september-30.

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