Another police officer laid to rest

Funeral services for the late Bayonne Police Sergeant Robert Skalski took place in the city on November 28. Mayor James Davis said: “Another somber day in our city as we said goodbye to Bayonne Police Sergeant Robert Skalski. As we move into the holiday season, I ask that all of Bayonne keep the Skalski family in our prayers.”

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Final leaf pick-up on December 19

Mayor James Davis reminded residents that the City of Bayonne will conduct its final curbside pick-up of autumn leaves on Monday, December 19.

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.

According to Davis, there are two main goals of the leaf recycling program: Keep as many leaves as possible out of expensive landfills. Davis said to make leaves available to companies that recycle them for mulch and other useful purposes.

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, 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.

Leaf collection takes place early on designated Mondays through December 19, beginning at 6 a.m., so residents should put their leaves out on Sunday evenings to ensure pick-up.

Davis concluded, “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. Thank you for taking part in our remaining leaf pick-ups on December 12 and 19.”

Christmas tree lightings

The city of Bayonne has recently held two Christmas tree lightings with plans for a third. The city lit a tree in the UEZ Zone at Lance Corporal Stanley Kopcinski Park on Broadway near 19th Street on November 22 and another at Dr. David Morris Park on Avenue C and 47th Street on November 29.

The Christmas tree lighting for Mayor Francis Fitzpatrick Park on Avenue C and 27th Street will take place on December 3. For more information, go to

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