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This osprey nest was sighted near the Newark Bay Bridge. The first successful osprey nest in the Meadowlands district in approximately 100 years was a result of a handmade osprey platform installed over a decade ago at PSEG’s Hudson Generating Station in Jersey City. Last year, there were about a dozen nesting pairs. Recently, osprey have been photographed near Rutkowski Park, Bayonne, and seen fishing in the park’s pond, which is close to the railroad bridge.
This osprey nest was sighted near the Newark Bay Bridge. The first successful osprey nest in the Meadowlands district in approximately 100 years was a result of a handmade osprey platform installed over a decade ago at PSEG’s Hudson Generating Station in Jersey City. Last year, there were about a dozen nesting pairs. Recently, osprey have been photographed near Rutkowski Park, Bayonne, and seen fishing in the park’s pond, which is close to the railroad bridge.
Bayonne man killed by payloader at North Bergen recycling facility

Angelo Maietta, 31, of Bayonne was killed by a payloader at Lincoln Recycling in North Bergen at around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 in what North Bergen Police Captain William Lyons called a “tragic death.”

Maietta's brother, Rafel, told News12 that his brother was closing the doors on the back of their truck when the truck came out of the building, reversed toward them, crushing Maietta. North Bergen police and the Hudson County prosecutor's officer launched an investigation, as well as the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Lincoln Equities Group closes on 153-acre warehouse site

Lincoln Equities Group (LEG) completed its acquisition of a 153-acre site on the former Military Ocean Terminal Base, called the Bayonne Logistics Center.

LEG purchased the site from Ports of America this spring, which was brokered by Cushman & Wakefield. LEG plans to redevelop the property into 1.6 million square feet of industrial warehouse space adjacent to the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The existing World War II-erawarehouses once stored missiles, tanks, and all kinds of cargo to ship abroad to support war efforts from 1967, when the peninsula became a military base, to 1999, when the base closed. Then, in 2007, Ports of America purchased the land and buildings where it has been ever since. Those old warehouses will be demolished, and the land raised by six feet, which will require 2 million tons of fill that will pave the way for “the next generation of industrial warehousing,” according to Joel Bergstein, President of LEG.

“As the e-commerce industry and same day-delivery services expand, the demand for industrial warehousing near ports and major metropolitan areas will rise,” said Bergstein in a press release about the closing. “We see tremendous potential in this underutilized waterfront site.”

Person found dead in truck on 24th Street

An unidentified person was found dead in a white Toyota pickup truck on West 24th Street near Kennedy Boulevard on the morning of Thursday, May 31. It’s the second time in three months that a person was found dead in his car in Hudson County. The death was deemed not suspicious by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, meaning it wasn’t a murder.

Man charged with allegedly stealing $4,360 of alcohol and snacks from the Bayonne Golf Club

A 47-year-old Bayonne man was charged with burglary, theft, and possession of burglar’s tools after police pulled him over on 22nd Street at around 3 a.m. on May 30 allegedly for reckless driving and noticed a large quantity of sealed goods in the back seat. Much of it allegedly bore “Bayonne Golf Club” labeling, according to the Bayonne Police Department.

According to the BPD, those goods included several sealed, wholesale-quantity cases of sports drinks, various plastic storage containers filled with potato chips, a plastic container filled with a combination of sealed and opened liquor bottles, several wicker baskets filled with food, several sandwiches packed in cardboard boxes, and cans of cold beer.

After noticing condensation on the cans of beer that indicated the cans were recently removed from refrigeration and the “Bayonne Golf Club” labeling on bags and boxes, the BPD called the golf club security, who confirmed that a rear door to the club was left ajar and the inside clearly burglarized.

Blood drive in honor of Michael Romano

New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, is hosting a blood drive on Friday, June 8 from 1 to 7 p.m. at St. Henry’s Church on 28th Street and Avenue C. The blood drive is in memory of Michael Romano, a Bayonne resident who died in 2005 at the age of 11 after a seven-year battle with neuroblastoma, a rare and incurable cancer of nerve cells.

Liberty State Park marina plan is dead in the water

A marina proposed for the south side of Liberty State Park has been rejected by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) after months of protests by park advocates.

This is the third victory for park preservationists in two years.

The DEP, which oversees the state park on the eastern side of Jersey City, will, however, grant Suntex Marinas – which was to develop the southern marina – an additional 10 acres at the north end of the park where the company already maintains a marina.

Earlier in May, the DEP also rejected a proposed expansion of Liberty National Golf Course into a jetty near the south end of the park, prompting a significant outcry from park supporters as well as environmentalists over the possible encroachment into wetlands and wild species habitat located there.

Two years ago, Friends of Liberty State Park along with local public officials and others stopped a massive development plan proposed for the park, including the construction of a possible casino.

All three of these plans were proposed with the backing of then Gov. Christopher Christie. Advocates for the park credit the change of administration and the support of current Gov. Phil Murphy for the rejection of the latest plans.

Sam Pesin, president of The Friends of Liberty State Park was elated.

“This great news marks a major turning point in LSP history with hopefully a long, positive era initiated by Governor Murphy and his excellent DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe and Assistant Commissioner Ray Bukowski,” Pesin said. “The Friends of LSP and our advocacy co-leader Greg Remaud, head of the NY/NJ Baykeeper, thank the hundreds of park supporters who once again stood up for our urban state park, and expressed special thanks to Mayor Steven Fulop and the Hudson County legislative delegation.”

“The decision not to pursue the Suntex Marina term sheet pushed through during the previous administration demonstrates that Governor Murphy and NJDEP Commissioner McCabe are strong stewards of the public trust, even in the face of influential special interests, said Greg Remaud, the NY/NJ Baykeeper. "Liberty State Park is back in good hands."

Natasha Deckmann named CEO of CarePoint

CarePoint Health has announced the appointment of Natasha Deckmann, M.D., as chief executive officer of the health care system, which includes three area hospitals, Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center.

Deckmann has held leadership positions for the past several years at Optum, a leading health services and innovation company. Her tenure included serving as the head of Population Health Solutions at Optum Health, managing $2 billion in revenue and driving innovative solutions to population health challenges.

“We are pleased to introduce Dr. Deckmann as the new CEO of CarePoint Health and know the depth of her experience and leadership that she brings to our three hospitals and, especially, our patients,” said Jeffrey Mandler, an owner and board member of CarePoint Health. “Dr. Deckmann is a strategic leader with a proven track record of delivering results, and her experience in managing people across diverse cultures and geographies offers the type of insight and knowledge to lead the delivery of health care to our communities.

“Dr. Deckmann will unify and lead the hospital system into its next phase of service to the community,” added Mandler.

Dr. Deckmann also previously served as chief operating officer of Consumer Solutions Group (CSG) at Optum Health. She also held a number of senior leadership roles at Marsh Inc., including chief operating officer of the International Division, and led strategic consulting engagements for clients across the entire health care industry, including the U.S. government, for Oliver Wyman. Dr. Deckmann also worked with the Health Care Initiatives group at General Motors Corporation. She has expertise in population health management, benefit management, care management, M&A, product development and management, portfolio management, strategy, operations and change management.

“I am eager to be joining the CarePoint Health family which continues to be a leader in delivering quality care and health care innovation,” said Dr. Deckmann. “My mission will be to continue to elevate the level of care while working closely with the diverse Hudson County community to ensure we are reaching all individuals.”

Dr. Deckmann earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Doctorate of Medicine from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Gov. Murphy reinstates health insurance mandate for New Jerseyeans

New Jersey became the second state to enact a health insurance requirement for all residents, according to Politico. Residents who do not maintain health insurance will have to pay a penalty. Essentially, the mandate restores a key provision of Obamacare that was rescinded by Congress after Donald Trump became president.

NJ Transit won't share the condition of NJ bridges

New Jersey's public transit agency won't share any information with the public about whether or not the state's railroad bridges are safe, according to The Record. NJ Transit has refused to provide even the redacted copies of documents requested by The Record and under the state's Open Public Records Requests law because, according to the agency, releasing the documents “would jeopardize the safety and security of NJ Transit bridges.”

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