Benefit for child with leukemia
The Ray Greaves Association is holding a benefit for 10-year-old Cavan Perera, who is battling an aggressive form of leukemia. The benefit, which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Mediterraneo Restaurant, 932 Broadway, will raise funds to help defray medical expenses. Donations are $75 per person and the event includes a buffet dinner. Donations may be made on Perera’s behalf to the Ray Greaves Association’s Cavan Perera Fund, 35 E. 38th St., Bayonne, NJ 07002. For more information, call (201) 339-3885 or email RayGreavesAssociation@gmail.com.
CDN ‘Have a Heart’ postponed
The Community Day Nursery of Bayonne’s (CDN) fundraiser scheduled for Feb. 22 has been postponed to a date to be announced. The Community Day Nursery regrets the inconvenience.
Eastern Millwork may bring jobs to Bayonne
Eastern Millwork Inc., a company currently based in Jersey City, was scheduled to appear before the Bayonne Planning Board on Feb. 14 to seek a preliminary and final major site plan approval and bulk variance that will allow the company to renovate and upgrade the building interior, exterior, and parking area at 151-173 West Seventh St. in anticipation of moving its operations there.
“The administration is excited about the possibility of Eastern Millwork moving to Bayonne,” said Bayonne Business Administrator Steve Gallo. “The company is moving through the steps necessary to bring their business and approximately 70 high quality manufacturing jobs to Bayonne. The company makes use of high-tech equipment and computer based design technologies to produce custom made office and retail environments. They employ highly skilled tradesmen in their manufacturing process and compete with companies from around the world. We look forward to the planning board's review of their application.”
Two Bayonne men charged with sale of drugs and neglect of elderly
Operating on a tip that two individuals were dealing drugs, the Bayonne Vice Squad began a surveillance operation last week that led to the arrest of Clinton McComb, 47, and Stephen Agnello, 55, both of Bayonne, for allegedly selling heroin and endangering the welfare of an elderly person. Kim Rolan, 45, of Edison, has also been charged with possession of heroin.
Police Chief Robert Kubert said that McComb and Agnello allegedly drove around in their alleged drug-dealing operation with McComb’s 89 year old mother as cover,
McComb, Kubert said, had just been released after serving a five-year sentence for drug dealing.
Several undercover police units began following a car in which Agnello was driving, McComb’s mother was in the passenger seat and McComb in the back seat.
The car, according to Kubert, pulled over at a midtown address which is also currently under surveillance by police for suspected drug distribution.
“McComb exited the car and went inside, and was there for one or two minutes when he came out counting money,” Kubert said, reading from the police report.
The car drove off followed by undercover police units to the parking lot of a warehouse/business on Port Terminal Boulevard where, Rolan came out of the building and an item was exchanged for money.
One of the undercover units continued to follow the car with the two men when it drove off. Officers from another unit approached Rolan and arrested her. She was allegedly found in possession of five packets of suspected heroin, marked with the name “Flood Zone.”
The vehicle with Agnello, McComb, and McComb's mother was pulled over at 32nd Street and Route 440, where McComb and Agnello were placed under arrest.
“When the officer approached McComb’s mother, she asked if he was a friend of Clinton’s,” Kubert said. “She seemed disoriented. She did not seem in distress or in need of medical care. So one of the officers drove her home and left her in the care of her daughter.”
Kubert said a search of McComb produced 59 packets of alleged heroin, each marked with “Flood Zone,” as well as $218 in cash suspected as proceeds from drug sales.
McComb and Agnello were both charged with possession of narcotics within 1,000 feet of a school, conspiracy to violate narcotics laws, possession of heroin, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a public place, and neglect of the elderly.
Both were sent to the Hudson County Correctional Facility on $75,000 cash bail each.
City to redraw anti-drug maps
The City Council is poised to vote on a map that removes several former schools from the drug free zone map.
Under state law, municipalities can impose increased fines for people who possess or sell drugs within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, or public housing.
Because the drug free map has not been updated since 2004, it still had four Catholic schools that have since closed listed.
Although these schools are being taken out, city officials said drug dealers will find no benefit from the change.
City Attorney Charles D’Amico said the zones tend to overlap so that these areas are covered by other zones, such as parks or playgrounds that are still drug free zones.
“Eighty-five percent of Hudson County is in one zone or another,” he said.
Harlem Wizards to take on Marist Madness
The Marist Parents' Association is hosting a Harlem Wizards game on Sunday, March 25, at 1 p.m. at Marist High School. The event is a comedic take on a regular basketball game, which family members of all ages will enjoy. The Marist team, dubbed "Marist Madness," will be comprised of some faculty and coaches, a few alum, several representatives from the local community, and some teachers from Marist's sending schools. The proceeds will support the Marist Parents' Association's efforts to purchase an electronic sign that will enhance the front of the school. Tickets are available in advance: $8 for students, $10 for adults; or at the door: $10 for students, $12 for adults. They can be purchased at Herbert's Army Navy Store on Broadway, in the school office, or by downloading an order form from the Web site www.marist.org and mailing it in with payment. Tickets are also available through The Marist Store Online at www.marist.org/store. For group sales or any other ticket info, contact Edie at (201) 913-0426.
Old railroad bridge footings to be blasted
The Army Corps of Engineers has advised the City of Bayonne that the New York/New Jersey Harbor Deepening Project will be drilling and blasting in Newark Bay for approximately one week, beginning on or about Monday, Feb. 13. The goal of that project is to create deeper lanes for shipping in local bodies of water. The project’s contractor, Northeast Dredging Company, will be drilling and blasting concrete footings of the old Newark Bay railroad bridge. That bridge used to carry passenger trains over Newark Bay between Bayonne and Elizabeth. The bridge was demolished three decades ago.
Anyone with concerns or complaints about the harbor deepening activity in Newark Bay should call the Army Corps of Engineers hotline at (201) 339-6470.
The blasting will be performed only during daylight hours, and not on Sundays or federal holidays.