Bayonne, Life on the Peninsula

EDITOR’S LETTER BLP
Bayonne is in the Swim!
May 04, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend
It would be hard to find a Hudson County town that’s evolving as quickly as Bayonne. Its industrial heyday was fun and flush. When factories folded and before the light rail debuted, the city was a...
Christmastime, 1958
A Bayonne native chooses triumph over tragedy
by Kate Rounds
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Sometime after 10 p.m. on the evening of Dec. 18, 1958, a Staten Island thug named Dick Biegenwald and his benighted accomplice, a droopy-eyed, full-lipped loser named Jimmy Sparnroft headed to Bay...
Monumental Impression
Tears of joy and sadness for a giant memorial
by Kate Rounds
Photos by Marianne Troia
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There has probably been no time in the last seven decades when Russia has so dominated the headlines of U.S. newspapers: We were allies during the Second World War. We were chilly adversaries durin...
Here He Comes…
Mr. Garden State!
by Tara Ryazansky
Photos courtesy of Jamez Eli
Jamezeli.com, InstragramL @jamezeli
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Jamez Eli’s Instagram feed is heavy with images of gorgeous women. They each have flawless makeup, picture-perfect tresses, and glowing smiles. They know that thanks to Eli, they look good. But you...
BUEZ BLP
It’s Not Even a Word …
… but it’s the last word in robust businesses
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The Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone (BUEZ) came onboard in 2002 and in those 16 years, prospects for enterprises of all kinds have continued to improve. At the helm of the operation is BUEZ Coordinat...
From the Boulevard to Verdun
A European pilgrimage to honor Bayonne’s World War I veterans
by Pat Bonner
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Due to the passage of time, there are probably few people living today who knew or even spoke to any of the Bayonne servicemen who died in World War I. Eighty-seven names are listed in the state ar...
ON THE WATERFRONT BLP
High and Dry
Bayonne Dry Dock’s indispensable mission
by Kate Rounds
Photos by Victor M. Rodriguez
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Unless you happen to be taking a cruise or are visiting the Tear Drop, you probably have never seen Bayonne Dry Dock up close. MOTBY is one of the most interesting locales in all of Bayonne. In pre...
PEOPLE POWER BLP
From Mom’s Kitchen to Hell’s Kitchen
Chef Giovanni Filippone cooks up a storm
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If you have any lingering doubts about the bond between culture and cuisine, talk to TV Chef Giovanni Filippone. Giovanni arrived in Bayonne by way of Italy when he was 10 and still relies on his n...
EDUCATION BLP
At Lincoln Community, a Pool, Life Skills, and Lots of Learning
by Kate Rounds
Photos by Victor M. Rodriguez
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The heady mix of angst, nostalgia, and sensory overload; corridors bedecked with construction paper; the smell of lunch and lockers and science projects; the stray kid let loose in the hall; the te...
HELPING HANDS BLP
Domestic Tranquility
WomenRising helps break the cycle of violence
by Tara Ryazansky
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The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have exploded onto the national consciousness, exposing sexual predators in Hollywood, the media, and the United States government, and emboldening women to speak...
SPORTS & FITNESS BLP
Gridiron Great
For Dwayne Williams, home is where the sisters are—all 11 of them
by Jim Hague
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Portia Motley thinks it’s business as usual that she comes from a family of 11 girls and one boy. “It’s a blessing,” she said. Patricia Bennett agrees: “I always had someone to look up to or someon...
HOW WE WORK BLP
Bayonne Means Business
by Kate Rounds
Photos by Alyssa Bredin-Quiros
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British Swim School Jewish Community Center 1050 Kennedy Blvd. (201) 676-3630 robert.stapf@britishswimschool.com britishswimschool.com/hudsonwaterfront Huh? British Swim School in Bayonne? What the...
HOW WE LIVE BLP
HUDSON FLATS
by Kate Rounds
Photos by Victor M. Rodriguez
May 04, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 156 156 recommendations | email to a friend
As Hudson County towns evolve, you can feel like you’ve lost your bearings. Wait a second, didn’t that used to be an empty lot? A gas station? An abandoned building? Increasingly, Bayonne is follow...
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BLP
Homegrown Rapper and R&B Artist
Cascio overcomes a bitter pill
by Tara Ryazansky
Photos by Carolos Bodden
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“I do what I want ’cause I’m grown. Bayonne’s my city, I call it my home,” Lucas LoCascio says, recalling the lyrics of his first big single. “It was something like that,” he adds with a grin. In 2...
ARTS & ENTERTAIMENT BLP
On Location in Bayonne
A local production company is gradually making a scene
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For the past eight years, an outfit called Narrow Bridge Films has been making inroads into indie movie-making. Narrow Bridge founder, actor, writer, producer, and Bayonne native Sam Platizky has d...
EATERY AND WATERING HOLE BLP
Winners & McLoone’s Bayonne Grill
by Kate Rounds
Photos by Terri Saulino Bish
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Though this unique venue is packed Friday through Sunday and can be seen for miles on busy Route 440, in many ways it’s Bayonne’s best-kept secret. Yes, it’s well-known for off-track betting. The d...
EDITOR BLP
Hasta la vista, couch potatoes!
Aug 28, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 454 454 recommendations | email to a friend
Judging from this issue, Bayonne folks are into sports. Consider: We have a story about fishing from various locales in Bayonne. Avid anglers come in all shapes and sizes, from older guys, who know...
Who is Bayonne’s Jane Doe?
The enduring legacy of a cold case
by Tara Ryazansky
Photos by Max Ryazansky
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Nestled in a jughandle off Hook Road is a small hill. It's close to the neon lights of nearby businesses, but hidden from the highway, strangely isolated despite its proximity to Route 440 where tr...
The Bayonne Box
An architectural archetype
by Rory Pasquariello
Photos by Victor M. Rodriguez
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New Jersey often gets a bad rap, Bayonne especially. During the housing boom of the mid-2000s, which culminated in a global financial crisis in 2009, residents of Newark began associating their cro...
Hooked!
Anglers cast their lines in Bayonne waters
Aug 28, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 459 459 recommendations | email to a friend
On any given afternoon between February and November, you can find Aaron Nieves fishing from County Park in the waters of Newark Bay. Aaron, who’s a 17-year-old student at Snyder High School in Jer...

Extra Innings…
…for senior women’s softball
by Kate Rounds
Photos by Victor M. Rodriguez

Java Joints
Lattes, laptops, and the new face of Bayonne
by Tara Ryazansky
Photos by Max Ryazansky

WORKING OUT WITH
Pete Amadeo
by Hannington Dia
Photos by Victor M. Rodriguez

Family Friendly
Helping kids find their way home
by Tara Ryazansky
Photo by Max Ryazansky

EATERY BLP
KP Sarelli’s
by Kate Rounds

ON THE JOB WITH BLP
Jaime Hickey
by Tara Ryazansky