BAYONNE, NJ - A series of events recognizing the 150th anniversary of the official establishment of the City of Bayonne will be kick off with a ceremony at the Bayonne Public Library on Saturday.
The event, hosted by Mayor James Davis, will begin at 2:00 p.m. and feature vocal performances by Rich LaLena, the official Town Crier of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Historically, prior to widespread distribution of newspapers or circulars, town criers served to deliver news and other information relevant to the communities they lent their voices to.
LaLena, according to a statement by Davis, will cry out excerpts of the law that created Bayonne on March 10, 1869. He will also conclude the event with cries about upcoming events to make Bayonne 150.
“Bayonne can take pride in our residents’ accomplishments to the world since 1869,” Davis stated. “We look forward to observing our 150th anniversary on March 9, and celebrating other events in the coming months.”
In addition to LaLena, the Bayonne High School Honors Choir will sing the National Anthem,a When Johnny Comes Marching Home medley, and My Country Tis of Thee, and Public Information Officer Joe Ryan will recite a reading about Bayonne in 1869 along with Michelle Pyka Laskowski who served as Miss Bayonne Centennial in 1969.
Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski will lead city officials in presenting items for a time capsule that will be sealed until the City’s 200th anniversary in 2069.
Other events including the unveiling of new portraits of Mayors and City Council Presidents, and a food truck festival will be held later this year to mark Bayonne 150.