Bayonne, Life on the Peninsula

EDITOR’S LETTER BLP
Triumphing Over Tragedy
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Tara Ryazansky’s cover story is about some of our Bayonne neighbors who have transcended horrible personal tragedies by giving back to the community. In this issue we salute Margaret Abrams, Pam O’...
Accidental Activists
Turning unspeakable tragedies into forces for good
by Tara Ryazansky
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Pam O’Donnell walks the baseball field with her daughter Ali and their new dog, Peanut. Stephen R. Gregg Park means a lot to her family. She often circles the bases, talking to her husband and reme...
Helping People at All Times BLP
Girls Scouts uphold a century-old tradition
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The scrumptious “S” word will be forever linked to the Girl Scouts—s’mores. If you were a Girl Scout, it’s hard to forget that burnt-marshmallow messy concoction with the name that says it all. But...
ON TAP BLP
Capturing the friendliest places in town
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To be clear, it’s far from last call for Bayonne’s many neighborhood bars. But with development mushrooming, new high rises going up, and waterfront improvements in the works, these iconic watering...
CITY CRITTERS BLP
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Seems like our four-legged friends love making an appearance in Bayonne. Here are some more images of our ever-popular non-taxpaying friends and neighbors. Please remember to email your city critte...
WORKING OUT WITH BLP
Vince Virga
by Anand Rao
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I was a little nervous when I was asked to work out with Vincent Virga. Never having trained with a triathlete, I was worried about not being able to stay the course, much less write a feature abou...
That’s All Right
Bayonne Elvis is all shook up
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You’ve no doubt seen it—or at least heard it: a white van cruising up Broadway, blaring Elvis songs from its speakers. Now that our office is on Broadway in Bayonne, this is an almost daily occurre...
PEOPLE POWER BLP
A Regular Bayonne Guy
Unsung hero has been flying under the radar
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Bayonne native David Watson has played backup for some pretty fancy musicians. The limelight and the spotlight never shone on him, but he was fine with that; he also loved teaching music at local s...
ON THE JOB WITH BLP
The Hudson Reporter
by Tara Ryazansky
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I’ve been writing for The Hudson Reporter for a few years, but not in the office. I do my part over email and telephone by pitching stories and doing interviews with notable locals for Bayonne: Lif...
HANGING OUT WITH BLP
Bruce Dillin
by Al Sullivan
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Some people come in to Eddy’s Bar on Kennedy Boulevard around 5 p.m. on weekdays, knowing Bruce Dillin will be there after he closes up his shop, Dillin Tire Company. With the family business next ...
SENIOR MOMENTS BLP
Know-it-Alls
Office on Aging has the answers
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When you’re a senior with a problem or a question, your one-stop shop is the Bayonne Office on Aging. The city recognized the need for the office way back in the early 1980s, when Boomers were, get...
HOW WE WORK BLP
BAYONNE MEANS BUSINESS
by Kate Rounds
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Dance with Me Dance Studio 175 Broadway (201) 823-1233 dancewithmebayonne.com   Dancing was in the stars for the sister act of Diana and Gina Castore. Both were age 3 when they started, and they’ve...
EDUCATION BLP
Special Place
For special needs
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If your child needs a little help navigating through life, you’re in the right town. Bayonne has the compassion and capability to accommodate just about any special need. Just ask Sharon Colasurdo,...
HOW WE LIVE BLP
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West Side When we caught up with Lucy and Gennaro Addesso, the family had been in their new home for only about five months. When they were raising three small kids, they lived in a two-family hous...
ENTERTAINMENT BLP
A Test of Faith
A Bayonne resident pens a play for contemporary times
by Al Sullivan
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Almost from the moment Priya Sunder steps on the stage as one of the leads in A Muslim in the Midst , you might dislike her. This isn’t because her liberal philosophy, along with that of her husban...
HELPING HANDS BLP
A Real Stitch
Quilting for a cause
by Kate Rounds
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The thimble-and-thread crowd is alive and well at the Fourth Street Senior Center on Wednesday afternoons. And they’re all the more heroic for not keeping any of the artwork they make; it all goes ...
EATERY BLP
KP Sarelli’s
by Kate Rounds
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T his downtown favorite opened in 2007. For a decade it’s been serving fine Northern Italian cuisine, not just to folks in Bayonne, but to the many out-of-towners who have discovered it by word of ...
BAYONNE
Life on the Peninsula
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 269 269 recommendations | email to a friend
EDITOR’S LETTER BLP
Bayonne Mixed Bag
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 270 270 recommendations | email to a friend
First, I want to say how happy The Hudson Reporter crew is to be in Bayonne. As many of you may know, we had a great run in Hoboken for more than three decades and are now enjoying our new digs at ...
An Alien Landscape
Pieces of the new Bayonne Bridge are stored at MOTBY
by Al Sullivan
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 269 269 recommendations | email to a friend
Many people know that, historically, the Bayonne Bridge is one of only two steel bridges of its kind in the world; it has a sister bridge in Sydney, Australia. But few people know that both bridges...

ON THE JOB WITH BLP
Jaime Hickey
by Tara Ryazansky

ENTERTAINMENT BLP
George Cummings
by Tara Ryazansky

Spanning the Decades
Recollections of our iconic bridge
by Neil Carroll and Patty Smith

WORKING OUT WITH BLP
Kenneth Kopacz
by Randi Roberts