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City officials cut the ribbon for the grand opening of The Spine Center in Bayonne. (SEE BRIEF)

Winter concert at City Hall

The Bayonne Community Interfaith Choir will hold its Winter Concert in front of City Hall at 630 Avenue C on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. The event promises holiday favorites and music for all ages.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Rev. Dorothy Patterson at 201-858-6132.

New business opens in midtown

The Spine Center at 16 E. 29th St. celebrated its grand opening on Dec. 7. “We wish you many years of success in our #CityOnTheRise!” said Mayor James Davis.

Bayonne library November highlights

During the month of November, the Bayonne Public Library offered many programs and events.

For adults, the library offered three “Tech Thursdays with Bill” classes covering Gmail, iPhones and Microsoft Excel. There were two English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. There were five knitting class meetings.

There were 20 showings of 10 veteran-themed movies as part of the library’s Veterans Day celebration. The library offered an online reading challenge called “Read the Classics” on Beanstack.

For children, the library offered two Lapsit programs for babies, three Parent and Toddler Time programs, three Story time programs, three Arts and Crafts classes and three Bedtime Storytime programs. There were two Scratch coding classes for elementary school students.

The library also began offering access to Mango Languages, an online platform for foreign language and English as a Second Language learning. The library also began offering access to hoopla, an eContent platform, which provides access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, comics, music, movies and TV shows.

The most popular book titles for adults during November were Endless Summer by Elin Hilderbrand and Triple Cross by James Patterson. The most popular book titles for children last month were Peppa Goes Swimming by Neville Astley and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney.

Riot at McDonald’s?

Bayonne police said they arrested five juveniles, three of them 16 and two of them 15 years old, and charged them with charges including rioting at the McDonald’s at 25th Street and Broadway. All of the juveniles are male except for one of the 16-year-olds who is female, known as Juvenile 1.

According to police, Juveniles 1 through 4 were taken into custody on Dec. 6 from the area of McDonald’s. Officers responded to the restaurant on a report of a female employee being threatened with violence and death by a male juvenile, later identified as Juvenile 5.

As officers detained Juvenile 5 and conducted an investigation, Juvenile 1 obstructed the investigation as about 20 additional individuals surrounded the officers and began shouting obscenities at the officers.

Police said multiple backup units arrived to assist the officers and numerous commands to disperse were given to the large group. While attempting to disperse the group, Juvenile 3 pushed an officer and was taken into custody.

While the officer was doing so, Juvenile 1 and Juvenile 4 attempted to intervene and were also placed into custody. Juvenile 2 was also taken into custody after failing to disperse after being ordered to do so numerous times.

Juvenile 5 was subsequently taken into custody from his residence the next day, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m.

Police said Juvenile 1 was charged with Riot – Failure to Disperse and Obstructing a Governmental Function. Juvenile 2 was charged with Riot – Failure to Disperse.

Juvenile 3 was charged with Riot – Failure to Disperse, Obstructing a Governmental Function and Aggravated Assault on an LEO. Juvenile 4 was charged with Riot – Failure to Disperse and Obstructing a Governmental Function. Juvenile 5 was charged with Terroristic Threats.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

CDBG-CV funds awarded to The Waterfront Project

Bayonne continues to work with Jersey City-based The Waterfront Project Inc. to provide services for homeless people in the city.

In October, City Council approved a resolution authorizing the use of Community Development Block Grant CARES ACT (CDBG-CV) funds. The nonprofit organization was already awarded $45,000 for housing counseling and legal advocacy expansion programs through an agreement with the city.

The resolution amends the agreement to award an additional $75,000 to cover the cost of an additional housing counselor and social worker for the program. The increase brings The Waterfront Project’s total allotment from the city’s CDBG-CV funds to $120,000.

For more information, go to thewaterfrontproject.org. Residents can also call 551-256-7578, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Read the full story at hudsonreporter.com.

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