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SOFT LANDING – In a tranquil setting, a bird prepares to perch on the remains of a wooden structure jutting up from the Kill Van Kull.
SOFT LANDING – In a tranquil setting, a bird prepares to perch on the remains of a wooden structure jutting up from the Kill Van Kull.
Amalgamated Transit Union endorses Mayor Mark Smith’s re-election

The Mark Smith for Mayor Campaign has been endorsed by the Amalgamated Transit Union International, the largest transportation union in the country, representing more than 190,000 members in 44 states.

“Mayor Mark Smith and his team believe in and share our core values,” said Amalgamated Transit Union International President Lawrence Hanley. “A community like Bayonne needs leadership that is committed to viable transportation choices and that stands up for working families. Mayor Smith represents those ideals to the fullest and we are proud to offer our endorsement and support for his re-election.”

Composed of bus drivers, light rail operators, maintenance and clerical personnel, and other transit and municipal employees, the ATU works to promote transit issues and fights for the interests of its members.

“I am honored to have the support and endorsement of the hardworking men and women that move our nation’s employees and travelers,” said Smith. “I am committed to standing alongside our union brothers and sisters, fighting for better wages and more representation. Working families deserve to have a strong voice in local government.”

Midtown Community School Hosting card party/tricky tray

Midtown Community School's Parent Teacher Organization is hosting a card party/tricky tray fundraiser on March 28th at the Chandelier Restaurant. In addition to prizes, there is a 50/50 cash raffle. All proceeds benefit Midtown Community students. Tickets at $35, are available by calling Joan Passarielo, MCS PTO board member, at 201-858-4491.

"Hairspray being presented next month

The Bayonne High School Drama group will present 'Hairspray, the Broadway Musical' this weekend on campus. Performances will be held on March 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and on March 30 at 2 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to

LoRe Foundation holding dance party for cancer prevention

The Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation for Cancer Prevention will host the Annual “Dance Party 2014” for cancer prevention on Friday, April 11.

The Good & Plenty Orchestra will entertain with dance tunes from the 50s, 60s, and 70s from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Community Hall, 39 East 22nd St. Donation is $100 per person and includes gourmet fare from local restaurants, beer, wine, soft drinks, and desserts.

“The dance party is an evening of great fun for a great cause,” said Madeline Fiadini LoRe. “There aren’t many opportunities to contribute to a valuable cause while having as much fun as we will have dancing and keeping fit.”

Reservations can be made by contacting the foundation at (201) 437-9100 or Sponsorships are also available, with underwriters prominently recognized at the dance and in publicity.

The foundation is focused on increasing awareness and providing for funding cancer screenings for the area’s underserved community. The foundation’s mission is to make cancer prevention programs available to the community by granting access to testing and/or screenings necessary for the prevention and early detection of various forms of cancer in men and women.

$1 book sale being hosted at Antler Lodge on Saturday

Bayonne Antler Lodge 15 will host a book sale on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Bayonne Elks club, 364 Broadway, between 16th and 17th streets.

All types of books will be available, including hardcover, paperback, college texts, children’s books, cookbooks, and self help. No book is more than $1.

“There is something for everyone,” said a spokeswoman.

Proceeds will benefit the Antler charities, which include Special Children, Drug Awareness, and Veterans Committee.

“These children, a young subdivision of the Bayonne Elks, support the community however they can,” the spokeswoman said. “Come in, take a look, buy a book, and support them.”

Refreshments will be available.

Commission asking residents to complete Hurricane Sandy survey

The Hudson Regional Health Commission has received a grant to conduct a health and

well being needs assessment for those in Hudson County affected by Hurricane Sandy.

If you are a county resident or business owner, your input is requested to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Complete the survey at:

The commission is also conducting focus groups regarding the storm. Participants are encouraged to share any Sandy-related experiences. Transportation costs will be reimbursed.

For more information, or to participate in a focus group, contact Paul Teodoro at or (201) 223-1133.

Bayonne Chamber hosting spring fundraiser

The Bayonne Chamber of Commerce will hold its 1st Wine & Food Tasting Event on Thursday, April 3, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at R&B’z Restaurant, 234 Broadway.

The cost is $60 per person, and tickets are limited.

Register by emailing or calling Carin at (201) 436-4333.

Elks Club brings back trophy

The New Jersey State Elks Association held its annual State Ritual contest, a recitation and performance competition, in Long Branch on Feb. 23, and Bayonne Elks Lodge # 434 brought back the third place trophy.

Bayonne was one of the 113 Elks Lodges in the state competing at the Long Branch Elks Lodge.

“Bayonne Elks Lodge 434 is proud to return home with this great accomplishment,” a spokeswoman said.

In the individual contests, the lodge members excelled as well.

Exalted Ruler Walt Schember took second place; Tiffany Pawlowski, third place; Karen Minutella, third place; and Mike Collins second place. Michele Matos moves on to the all-state candidate competition.

This was the first time in years that the Bayonne team placed within the top three in the region. It will be moving on to statewide competition.

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March 26, 2014
For all the 10 to 12 people who will read this.

To the nameless shameful people who hide there comments. Here go's.......

Mark Smith should not be re-elected.......Mark Smith should not be re-elected

Smith who is the Mayor,

sold the Navy Base for 50% less than its value with rental income of $5,000.000 per year.

and does not collect $1,000,000. per year Real Estate taxes from Port Authority ..........

And Bayonne tax (property tax) has increase for 6 years in a row.

That's what the present Mayor Smith has done.

And all with the consent of all present Smith council team.

answer to Mayor Smith reducing the budget deficit by 40%...........This is not a way to do it.

..Mark Smith deserves not to be Re-elected...

all present Smith council team deserve not to be Re-elected .

late breaking news..

.Mr Mayor you have raised the tax's for 6 years so much, you can coast in this election year.

shame on you............................
March 27, 2014
Smith does not deserve to be voted back into office, he has failed the city.

Davis is just another insider linked with other insiders (LaPelusa, Perez, Desmond etc.)all of whom have had accountability issues on one level or another. Is this what Bayonne wants?

Only one team offers a difference and a chance for Bayonne to change for the better, and that is the Anthony Zanowic team. New ideas, new people, that's what Bayonne needs.