Get ‘vaxxed for the holidays’ at City Hall

Bayonne is hosting a “Vax for the Holidays” event at City Hall in December. The city will offer COVID-19 vaccines to those eligible at City Hall at 630 Avenue C on Tuesday, December 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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The event, which is free, is in conjunction with the Hudson Regional Health Commission. All vaccines and boosters are available to anyone six months or older. Preregistration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Flu vaccines are available for those up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination.

To schedule an appointment, or for more information, go to Follow Hudson Regional Health Commission on Twitter and Instagram at @hudsonreghealth or on Facebook at /hudsonregionalhealth.

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Eight residents displaced after two-alarm fire

Eight residents were displaced from their homes after a two-alarm fire on November 20, according to Fire Chief Keith Weaver. At 4:26 p.m., the Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at 95 Hobart Avenue. According to Weaver, arrived companies found fire and smoke coming from the three-story two family home.

Firefighters used multiple handlines to extinguish the blaze. Weaver said it was brought under control at 6:06 p.m. The occupants inside the home at the time of the fire were all able to self-evacuate. One person was treated for smoke inhalation and transported by McCabe EMS to a local hospital, Weaver said.

The building is temporarily uninhabitable, leaving eight residents displaced. According to Weaver, they are under the care of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross. A fire investigation is underway to determine the cause. However, Weaver said the fire doesn’t appear to be suspicious in nature.

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Special Needs Sports Program to offer Pillo Hockey and Bocce

The Bayonne Division of Recreation Special Needs Sports Program will offer Pillo Hockey and Bocce events in December. On Sunday, December 4 from 3 to 4 p.m., the program will offer Pillo Hockey at the Bayonne High School Ice Rink Gym.

The program will team up with the Sicilian Club on Tuesday, December 27 at 12 pm for Bocce. Members of the club will teach and assist the athletes of the program. After Bocce, members of the club and the program will enjoy lunch together. There is no fee to participate.

Register online at For more information, contact Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy joined Bayonne officials to participate in the city’s inaugural Turkey Trot 5k. From left to right: Fire Cheif Keith Weaver, Mayor James Davis, Governor Murphy, First Lady Murphy, and City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez.

Engineers win award for Fitzpatrick Park renovations

The New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers has given the Consulting and Municipal Engineering Associates (CME) a Project of the Year Award for the renovations at Fitzpatrick Park in Bayonne. The award is in the organization’s category of Municipal Design Projects in places with populations above 20,000.

A panel of five engineers served as the judges for the awards event, which recognized fifteen projects across the state in a variety of categories. CME also received awards for designing a wastewater treatment plant upgrade in Allentown and managing a project at a firehouse in Holmdel.

The awards were presented in a ceremony at the recent New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers Awards Luncheon at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The ceremony took place at the 2022 conference of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

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Friends of Liberty State Park fight against commercial air tour agreement

Jersey City residents and activists including the Friends of Liberty State Park organization have come out against a commercial air tour agreement that would allow helicopter tours over the park.

A draft of the agreement by the National Park Service and the Federal Aviation Administration set to be signed in December would allow an aerial limit of 1,000 feet around the Statue of Liberty and Governor’s Island. The proposed plan would also require tours to fly within a mile of the parks in a clockwise direction.

President of Friends of Liberty State Park Sam Pesin, Hoboken City Councilman Phil Cohen, and Congressman-elect for the 8th Congressional District Robert Menendez, Jr. have all vocalized their opposition to the agreement.

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