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Council to Seek State Support for Safer Pedestrian Crossings

November 13, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - A change in the traffic flow due to reconstruction of the NJ Turnpike interchange in Bayonne has made it more difficult to cross Avenue C at 49th Street, according to advocates for people with disabilities.

Claiming the new traffic pattern makes it almost impossible for people in wheelchairs and others to cross, advocates petitioned the city council at its Nov. 10 meeting to make ...

$6 Million in State Funding to Bring Major Upgrades to Jersey City, Bayonne Libraries

BAYONNE and JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City and Bayonne may be among the first libraries in the state to receive funding for improvements under the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act.

The two libraries were among 38 projects around the state recommended to receive a portion of the $87.5 million in construction funds, with the Jersey City Public Library receiving $5 million and $1 million ...

Bayonne Schools to Stay Closed Through January

November 23, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - Bayonne's public school students will continue to learn remotely through the end of the 2nd marking period, Superintendent John J. Niesz has told TAPinto Bayonne.

“The Bayonne School District remains remote until at least January 29,” Niesz said. “We will continue to evaluate our plan as we go forward. The safety of our students, community and ...

Poll Finds Mixed Views on Remote Learning in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY - A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, also identified stark racial and income disparities in access ...

Bayonne Honors Vets in Virus Impacted Ceremony

November 12, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - In what would have been the 99th year of commemorating those who have served in the United States Military, leaders of local veterans’ groups joined with city officials at American Legion Post 19 for a brief ceremony.

“Normally we do it in City Hall each year along with a wreath laying and a prayer vigil,” said First Ward Council Neil Carroll III. But this year, ...

Voters Supported 'Vet is a Vet' Tax Deduction for All who Served

NEW JERSEY -- During last week's General Election, New Jersey voters approved the ballot question to extend the existing $250 property tax deduction to all honorably discharged veterans, rather than just those with active wartime service or involvement in certain peacekeeping operations.

Previously, only New Jersey veterans who served in one of 14 ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays

November 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts, and setting change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, ...

About Four in 10 New Jerseyans Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Poll Finds

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, 80% cite a concern about side effects, and 82% cite the need for more ...

Where's the Beef? German Based Grocer Lidl Brings Grocery Deals to Bayonne

November 18, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - For more than an hour before the official opening of the Lidl supermarket in Bayonne on Wednesday, people lined up waiting to get in. Word had gone far and wide, drawing people to the new store on Route 440 so that when the doors finally swung open, anticipating customers were lined up around the building and down the long waterfront walkway.

Part of the lure was the gift ...

59-Year-Old Hoboken Man Arrested for Threatening Bayonne Bookstore

November 22, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ – A man was taken into custody on Saturday after allegedly menacing an independent bookshop in Bayonne.

Qiuewn Zheng, 59, Hoboken, was charged with Bias Intimidation, Cyber-Harassment, and Terroristic Threats after officers responded to The Little Boho Bookshop (164A Broadway, Bayonne). The store owner reported receiving two racially charged emails to her ...

Chief Keith Weaver Praises Bayonne Firefighters for 'Immediate and Professional' Actions

BAYONNE, NJ - The “immediate and professional actions” of members of the Bayonne Fire Department protected homes on 4th Street and JFK Blvd Saturday during a fire that eventually damaged two buildings and left two firefighters with minor injuries, Fire Chief Keith Weaver reported.

According to Weaver, firefighters were dispatched to a fire behind 118 JFK Blvd that eventually ...

Hoboken Based Academy Bus Sued for $15M After Allegedly Defrauding NJTransit on Service for Bayonne & Jersey City

November 17, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - Academy Bus has been named in as a defendant in a $15M lawsuit by the State of New Jersey. The Hoboken-based bus company allegedly defrauded New Jersey Transit (NJT) by underreporting the number of scheduled bus trips the company missed, while also charging fees for hours and miles driven for bus trips that never happened.

Academy has an operational agreement with ...

NJ Author Releases Two New Books That Are Literally For The Birds

November 23, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Bloomfield resident Rick Wright has recently written two books that, literally, are for the birds. 

While that connotation is usually negative, in this instance it's a perfect description of the local author's latest work. Wright's Custom Bird Guides series introduces birdwatchers to the best local birding sites and a wide selection of the most common, ...

Football: Lincoln Outscores Bayonne, 44-20

November 23, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Bayonne kept up the scoring pace with Lincoln for one half, but Lincoln pulled away for a 44-20 football victory Thursday night at Caven Point.

Richard Gonzalez threw two touchdown passes to Cedric Bazile in the first half, and Gonzalez also connected with Christian Ashe on a 23-yard TD pass in the second quarter.

Lincoln (5-3) led, 30-20, at halftime, then scored a ...

NJSIAA: Winter Sports Pushed Back to January, State Tournaments Cancelled

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action.

The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s governing body for interscholastic sports, announced the pushback of all winter sports and the cancellation of all formal winter sports tournaments early Thursday morning following the recommendation of the organization’s Sports ...

Girls Soccer: Livingston Beats Bayonne, 4-0, in Resumption of Season

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After a two-week layoff, the Livingston girls soccer team resumed play with the stakes high on Wednesday.

The Lancers defeated Bayonne, 4-0, in the quarterfinal round of the North East E tournament after spending the last two weeks along with the rest of the Livingston athletic teams in COVID quarantine.

Senior forward Lauren Belcuore scored three goals and assisted ...

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Hudson County Preparing for COVID Vaccine Distribution

November 23, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ -- New Jersey is expected to receive its first batch of 130,000 COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines toward the end of December, Governor Phil Murphy announced Friday. The state expects to have a total of 400,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine available for New Jerseyans quickly thereafter.  

Though the first doses are likely to be reserved for healthcare workers ...

Hudson County Officials Consider Additional Ferry Routes as Addition to Existing Public Transit

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County planners hosted a remote public meeting earlier this week to discuss concepts for future ferry service to help move residents via ferry.

Funded by a grant provided by The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), a study is currently underway to consider possible across the river travel from six towns. 

Saying that the study is only in ...

Sold: Hudson County Officially Unloads Koppers Coke Site

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - With plans to build a gas-powered generating plant on the former Kopper’s Koke property in Kearny on the back burner, county officials are now looking forward to the future of the long dormant site that finally puts its ownership in someone else’s hands.

Last month the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) announced that they have closed on a transaction ...

Governor Phil Murphy Attacked in Profanity Laced Tirade

November 23, 2020

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Are Oreos Leaving New Jersey?

FAIR LAWN, NJ - The news is out, the Mondelez bakery factory in Bergen County is considering a move out of town, or are they?

"This is the beginning of the process," said Laurie Guzzinati, Senior Director, Corporate & Government Affairs North America Mondelēz Global LLC out of East Hanover. "Right now, it's business as usual."

Mondelez, an American ...

NJEDA Launches Phase 2 of PPE Access Program

November 12, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has announced the launch of Phase 2 of the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. All New Jersey business can get 10 percent off these products and those small businesses and nonprofit organizations with 100 or fewer employees are now able to apply to receive 25 percent discounts on purchases of personal protective ...

PSE&G Customers Can Now Choose to go Solar Without Putting Panels on their Roof

Solar Landscape has announced that for the first time PSE&G customers may choose the source of their electricity supply through the state’s new community solar program. Community solar allows residents to benefit from the solar energy generated by a large, local solar project. Customers’ who enroll support local, renewable energy, and pay a discounted rate for the energy they ...

Is it Finally “Infrastructure Week” for the Hudson Tunnel?

November 12, 2020

When you take the train between New York and New Jersey, you are traveling through tunnels that are a century old, were flooded during Superstorm Sandy, and are desperately in need of repair. Even with such apparent need, the Trump Administration has dragged its feet on the Hudson Tunnel Project, part of the larger Gateway Project, and ignored the economic ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

How to Make the Most of Your Downsized Thanksgiving Dinner (Recipe Included)

With the coronavirus pandemic surging forward, threatening to stomp all over our traditional get-together with relatives, Thanksgiving for many of us is going to be a lot quieter this year.

The CDC recommends that people avoid large gatherings and instead celebrate the holiday with the members of their household. As a result, a shorter guest list could require a few changes to the ...