Bayonne Councilman Ray Greaves was named in March to the New Jersey Transit Board as a representative for labor. Greaves is the only union representative on this eight-person board. Greaves said that although he does not have a vote, he has a voice and will do his best to represent his organization, NJ Transit, and the public with respect, integrity, and professionalism. He said labor has a seat at the table and together they will work to ensure NJ Transit continues its long, proud history of making positive differences in the lives of its commuters and to being the best transportation agency in the world. Greaves also serves as vice president to the New Jersey State AFL-CIO's Executive Board and as Bayonne's Third Ward Council Member.
Play ball for life
A Relay for Life softball double header is scheduled for June 14 at Gorman’s Field from 5:30 to 10 p.m. sponsored by the Bayonne Department of Public Works. Game one will feature the DPW against the International Longshoremen 1588. Game two will feature McCabe EMT against the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department. Raffles include a 46- inch TV and various other prizes, as well as other fundraising efforts. For more information call Billy Weaver at (551) 689-9438.
Cunningham bill on youth council clears committee
In an effort to examine issues related to school-aged children and students attending higher education institutions in the state, Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham has sponsored legislation that would establish the New Jersey Advisory Council on Youth and Collegiate Affairs. The Senate Higher Education Committee today approved the bill.
“The Legislature has done extensive work to create and support programs that provide direct assistance to New Jersey’s youth population, and we have an obligation to ensure that they are running efficiently,” Cunningham said. “In order to improve these programs, it is critically important that we review how issues such as school funding, health care, financial aid, and job training actually affect today’s youth. The Advisory Council is needed so that we continue to advocate on behalf of young New Jersey residents and motivate them to stay engaged in the political process, especially on issues that have a direct impact on their lives.” The bill, S-2778, would establish a 17-member New Jersey Advisory Council on Youth and Collegiate Affairs in the Department of Education. The purpose of the council would be to act as an advisory body on youth and collegiate affairs to the Legislature and State departments and agencies that provide services to children and students. The council would consist of eight representatives from advocacy groups, schools, and parent associations that are appointed by the governor, as well as nine public members that equally represent the northern, central, and southern regions of the state. Under the bill, the council would be tasked with examining issues related to school-aged children and students attending higher education institutions in New Jersey; supporting and developing new statewide initiatives related to those students; fostering partnerships among government entities, community-based organizations, and representatives of the business and educational community; and training its members to serve as ambassadors to encourage participation in civic- enrichment activities. The council would also be required to report annually to the governor and the Legislature on the activities of the council and present its findings and recommendations on how to encourage young residents to participate in the policy-making process. “While civic participation among young people is on the rise, feelings of apathy and disengagement often discourage them from playing an active role in the political process,” said Senator Cunningham. “This legislation is about giving a voice to children and young adults across the state. By examining issues related to school-aged and college students, we can encourage the youth to get involved with civic engagement at an early age, and gain valuable insight into how policy decisions will affect the next generation of leaders in New Jersey.” The bill received unanimous approval last month by the full Assembly. It now heads to Senate floor for consideration.
Hoboken resident tries to save life of her brother, former Bayonne resident
Steven J. Kilianski, a native of Bayonne, desperately needs the support of his community. Kilianski was diagnosed a couple of years ago with a very rare malignant tumor located in the pineal gland of his brain. After having survived life-threatening surgery, he underwent radiation treatment in hopes of shrinking the tumor, and it did, but not 100 percent. He remained in remission for 14 months.
This past January a follow up MRI revealed that the tumor had grown back. Now the reality has set in that this tumor is aggressive and grows very rapidly. He was advised by his team of doctors to undergo Cyber Knife treatments. Renee Kilianski, a Hoboken resident and Steven’s sister, said her family was hopeful, but now their concern has since grown. “We were all hopeful that this would do it, rid him of this crippling disease, only to be told after another follow-up MRI that only 30 percent of the tumor is gone,” she said. “This was, to say the least, devastating news. His team of doctors has informed us that there are no other options for treatment and surgery is not a viable option either. They advised us to look into clinical trials and medical expenses not covered by insurance that may be an option for Steven to prolong his life, but unfortunately is not covered by insurance.” The Kilianski family, including Steven’s 2-year-old son Christian, is now reaching out to the public for help. They are asking for donations to cover the cost for the clinical trial and medical expenses not covered by insurance. According to Renee, “Whatever gift you can give, big or small, will certainly help us in this fight for our loved one’s life and will be greatly appreciated.” The family will hold a fundraiser in Hoboken at Room 84 (http://room84hoboken.com/) on May 30, from 7 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $65, which include a three-hour open bar and food. People can go on the Give Forward website to donate or mail donations to Patricia Kilianski, 266 Avenue F, Bayonne, N.J. 07002. Checks must be made out to Steven J. Kilianski Brain Cancer Fund. For those who want to come to the fundraiser on Thursday, tickets can be purchased through PayPal on the following link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=48EWB74JE39PQ.