Police Captain Paul Jamolawicz laid to rest in Bayonne

Funeral services were held on November 17 for Bayonne Police Captain Paul Jamolawicz, who died unexpectedly while on-duty. A 37-year veteran of the force, his death marks the first time a member of the Bayonne Police Department died in the line of duty in 52 years. Not only was he a police captain, but Jamolawicz was a devoted family man to his wife Jeanne, daughter Lori Anne and son Paul Jr. as well as a longtime businessman in town, serving residents as the owner and operator of the First Street Laundromat and past owner of Manny’s Liquors.

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Bayonne opens ‘crown jewel’ of Phase II improvements to Collins Park

The Phase II improvements to Bayonne’s Dennis P. Collins Park was officially opened on Tuesday, November 1. Officials, residents, and even members of the Collins family were present for the ceremony at First Street and Avenue C.

The Phase II renovations saw the construction of new facilities including: a roller hockey rink; a multi-purpose elevated seating area; a playground for ages two to five; a playground for age five to 12, basketball courts; an exercise and training area; benches and tables; trees and landscaping; and a large gazebo.

The playgrounds are amusement park themed, an ode to the former Uncle Milty’s Playland that used to occupy the grounds back in the day, complete with a “Miltyville” ticket booth. The multi-purpose elevated seating area serves as a sort of an open amphitheater overlooking the Kill van Kull, that can be used as an outdoor classroom or performance space.

Gorman Field has received new sod, along with new fencing and a sprinkler system. The field is not yet ready for use, but will be opened in the spring, as the new sod requires time to develop roots. Additionally, the Gorman Field parking lot will be repaved, and another parking lot has been expanded.

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One-alarm fire in Bayonne leaves one resident injured

One resident was injured after a fire tore through an apartment building on November 15, according to Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver. According to Weaver, the Bayonne Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 301 Avenue A and were met with fire coming from the first floor rear apartment of the four-unit building.

Firefighters were able to rescue an elderly woman from a second floor apartment, as she was non-ambulatory and suffering from smoke inhalation, Weaver said. All other occupants were able to self evacuate prior to fire personnel arriving.

Firefighters used a handline to extinguish the one-alarm fire, which was declared under control at 2:34 p.m., according to Weaver. McCabe EMS transported the one victim to a nearby hospital with minor smoke inhalation and no other injuries were reported.

The building department has deemed the structure temporarily unsafe and the seven displaced occupants are under the care of Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross. Weaver said that a fire investigation is underway, however, the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

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‘Together We Can’ wins three out of four seats in Bayonne school board election

The “Together We Can” slate won three out of four seats up for grabs on the Board of Education in the November 8 midterm elections, including incumbent Trustee Hector Gonzalez, former Trustee and former City Councilwoman Mary Jane Desmond, and New Jersey Institute of Technology Biomedical Engineering student Miriam Bechay. The fourth seat was won by President of the Board of Trustees at both the Bayonne Community Day Nursery and the Bayonne School Employees Credit Union, and retired public school teacher Saverio “Sam” Maggio of the “Voices for Progress” ticket.

The “Voices for Progress” slate was backed by Mayor James Davis, the City Council, and the Bayonne Education Association, among others, while the “Together We Can” ticket saw the backing of most of sitting Board of Education as well as former City Council President and mayoral candidate Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski. While Davis’ endorsement of “Together We Can” in 2018 and 2019 saw a sweep by the ticket then, his endorsement in 2022, which came after two years of not doing so, only saw one candidate from his ticket elected with nine candidates running in the election in total.

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Robert Menendez Jr. wins election in 8th Congressional District

Robert Menendez Jr. secured his election victory with an overwhelming landslide against his Republican opponent Marcos Arroyo in the battle for the 8th Congressional District in New Jersey. Menendez Jr., who is a native to Hudson County, raised in Union City and the son of Cuban immigrants including U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, will succeed outgoing Rep. Albio Sires.

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Bayonne honors Korean War veteran and retired police lieutenant

The City of Bayonne recently welcomed Korean War veteran and retired Bayonne Police Lieutenant Owen Ballweg back to City Hall for a photo with his family by his military portrait. Ballweg is being honored by the County of Hudson this month as a Veteran of the Year, along with veterans from the other municipalities in the county.

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There’s a backlash over Bayonne’s ban against on-street truck parking

In recent months, Bayonne instituted a ban on trucks and tractor trailers over 16,000 pounds from parking on any city streets, out of concern truckers were parking on streets anywhere they could, including in residential neighborhoods.

At the September meeting of the City Council, Patrick McManus said that the ban was disheartening to truck drivers like him. He owns a towing company that operates in Bayonne, but he and others may not stay any longer due to the impact of the ban.

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