The Bayonne Little League season ended on June 15, with Hudacko’s Pharmacy defeating Houlihan’s in two games at Dennis P. Collins Park. This season, one team, and its nine-year-old star pitcher etched their names into the city’s baseball history as the first in 65 years to go undefeated and win the championship. Logan Chi, a fourth-grade student who attends Horace Mann School, pitched a perfect game earlier in the season, striking out 14 batters throughout five innings (the game was cut short due to time constraints). According to people familiar with Bayonne’s Little League history, Logan may be only the third to pitch a perfect game. What’s more, his performance helped the team go undefeated, winning the championship after the team won only one game last year by forfeit. Click here for more.
The State Assembly recently passed legislation introduced by 31st District Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would place stricter regulations on privately owned commuter shuttles/jitneys by requiring vehicles be registered with and receive approval from each municipality in which they operate. If the legislation passes the State Senate intact, violators of provisions of the bill would be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for a first violation, $2,000 for a second violation, and $5,000 for a third or subsequent violation. In localizing some regulatory control, Assemblyman Chiaravalloti and Hudson County officials hope the new rules will be effective and send a message to the legislature that jitney bus problems affect quality of life and street safety. The legislation was crafted after a jitney bus driver struck and killed an 11-year-old boy in Jersey City in October. A slew of red flags and safety violations brought the issue front and center. Click here for more.