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Adan Uraga, a senior at Bayonne High School, spent the day at the Hudson Reporter as part of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce's Intern for a Day program. Photo by Alyssa Bredin Quiros.
Adan Uraga, a senior at Bayonne High School, spent the day at the Hudson Reporter as part of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce's Intern for a Day program. Photo by Alyssa Bredin Quiros.
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North St. Towers to begin construction

Construction on twin 22-tower residential buildings on North Street near the 8th Street Light Rail Station is set to begin in two to three months, according to Jared Kofsky, who interviewed David Greenman from Silbert Realty & Management for an article on the real estate news website, Jersey Digs.

The buildings are expected to have 170 residential units each, consisting mostly of one and two-bedroom apartments, with some studios possible. Four underground parking floors will provide 727 spaces for shoppers and residents.

The 25,020-square-foot ground floor will be reserved for commercial space and likely be occupied by a “small footprint gourmet high-end grocery retailer,” as well as a daycare center and possibly a restaurant.

Hudson Reporter hosts intern for a day

Adan Uraga, a senior at Bayonne High School, spent the day at the Hudson Reporter on Tuesday, May 22, as part of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce’s Intern for a Day program. He spent time with our sales department, going on a sales call with Ad Manager Tish Kraszyk, a member of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce. Adan will be attending NJCU and majoring in marketing. “I want to work in the marketing department of a large corporation,” he told BCN.

The program is part of the Junior Chamber program, which Catherine Lazkow started three years ago at Bayonne High School. The program now includes Marist, which will participate in the Intern For a Day program next week.

“Many of us at the Chamber didn’t have this type of program when we were young. We hope it helps promote the students and gives them a better idea of what the business is all about,” said Laszkow, who also works as a Vice President and Senior Business Development Officer for Investors Bank. “Businesses appreciate the opportunity to be with these students because they can share their stories with them and help them down their paths.”

Miss NJ, Bayonne’s Alexa Noone, finishes top 10 in Miss USA

Miss NJ, otherwise known as Alexa Noone, from Bayonne, made the top 10 of the Miss USA competition, in front of a national audience on Fox, on Monday, May 21 in New Orleans. After advancing past the bathing suit competition, Noone advanced to the evening gown competition. The eventual winner of the pageant was Sarah Rose Summers, a.k.a. Miss Nebraska, but Noone shined in the competition.

The Bayonne Community News published a story about Noone in its May 2 issue, titled, “Role model on the runway.”

“I started mostly just for fun, but then pageants gave me a platform to talk about things that are really important to me,” said Noone, who began competing at age 18.

BHS graduate is a culinary apprentice on a Navy ship in Maine

Randy Bautista, a 21-year-old 2015 Bayonne High School graduate and Bayonne resident, has been serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the Pre-Commissioning Unit for the future USS Thomas Hudner, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. Bautista, a Seaman Apprentice, is a culinary specialist currently assigned to the USS Thomas Hudner in Bath, Maine.

As a culinary specialist Bautista is responsible for food preparation and serving meals to the crew.

“I enjoy making my fellow shipmates smile at mealtime and knowing that I'm an important part of their daily lives onboard Thomas Hudner,” said Bautista.

The USS Thomas Hudner is currently undergoing tests and trials in preparation for delivery to the U.S. Navy from shipbuilder, Bath Iron Works. The Arleigh Burke class destroyers are about 500 feet long and powered by four gas turbines that allow the ship to achieve over 30 mph in open seas. Destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and ballistic missile defense.

In 2012, the ship was named for Thomas J. Hudner Jr. a naval aviator who retired as a captain and received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman for displaying uncommon valor during an attack on his element leader, the first African-American naval aviator to fly in combat, Ensign Jesse L. Brown.

“I am the first in my family to serve in the military. Hopefully I’m starting something,” said Bautista. “I try to be a role model for my friends back in Bayonne,” added Bautista. “I want to show them that anyone can make their dreams come true and that opportunities are out there.”

The construction of the ship is more than 98 percent complete. The ship is scheduled for commissioning in late 2018 in Boston, Mass. For more information about the commissioning,

Old Bayonne residents reflects on city in Hudson Valley newspaper

“I couldn’t wait to leave it after college,” wrote Steve Israel in an essay published in the Times Herald Record, a Middletown, NY newspaper. “Except for the occasional visit to funerals for relatives, a reunion of old pals and to drop off a friend at the new port for cruise ships, I haven’t been back much in the last 35 years. But through a recent series of coincidences – or fate - I’ve come to appreciate all that the Peninsula City gave me, and how much Bayonne, and its people, got into my bones. I’ve also realized how much of the life we once took for granted has vanished.”

Israel reflected on his roots after attending an art show for an old Bayonne friend whom he met in Mr. Kaplan’s creative writing class at Bayonne High School. Comparing Bayonne to his new suburban reality, Israel has come to appreciate the value his old community put on education and inclusivity. That diversity, Israel said, was a “big plus” when he attended college, “since most of the other kids had gone to prep schools or fancy public schools and didn’t know the world consisted of blacks, Jews, Italian, Spanish, Irish and Polish kids.”

“I remembered how I could walk to my grammar school and high schools; how I played basketball with kids from all sorts of ethnic and economic groups: in the street, schoolyard, Parks Department and Jewish Community Center leagues,” Israel wrote. “This was an education no formal schooling could give you. This was an education of community, an education disappearing in our suburban world where kids rarely play on the street, corner stores are disappearing, and commutes are so long that folks don’t have time to know their neighbors.”

He concludes, “And now, when I look back on Bayonne, I realize it had something to treasure that’s so rare in today’s computerized, commuter-centric world, a community of diverse people and places that helped make who I am today.”

Coalition sues NJ over school segregation

A coalition headed by former State Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein filed suit against the state of NJ last week, arguing that a law requiring most students to attend school in their hometowns perpetuates segregation. The suit seeks to strike down that provision, which is part of the charter school law. The litigation could take years to move through the courts, but NJ Gov. Phil Murphy could settle the suit by agreeing to make changes to desegregate the state’s schools, which are said to be among the most segregated in the country.

NJ Transit cutting back on commuter trains

In a rush to meet a safety deadline imposed by Congress, NJ Transit is canceling trains for 2,000 riders, according to Bloomberg News. The nation’s second-largest commuter rail system is struggling to meet the Dec. 31 deadline for completing installation of positive train control, and the cutbacks are intended to speed the process of adding the safety equipment. And NJ Transit is not ruling out further service cuts.

Emergency services facing shortage of volunteers in North Jersey

Ambulance squads and fire departments in North Jersey have seen their ranks decline in recent years, due in part to the hours of training required to join and the time commitment involved in volunteering, combined with the area's high cost of living, according to The Record. “People just don’t have the time to dedicate for training,” said Captain Ben Varghese of the Rochelle Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps. “A lot of towns are hurting.”

NJ making efforts to help sandy victims still displaced from their homes

NJ Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver says the state is making efforts to help families who are still not back in their homes nearly five and a half years after they were displaced by Superstorm Sandy, according to WBGO. Oliver says the state still has about $1.2 billion left of the $4 billion in federal Sandy recovery aid, and that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development "has given us until 2022 to utilize that funding." Roughly a thousand NJ families are currently displaced from their homes as a result of the storm.

NJ Transit deploys new technology for fare collection

NJ Transit is launching a pilot program in which select train crews will use handheld mobile devices to scan and validate tickets.

“As part of our effort to restore NJ Transit as a national leader, we are utilizing the latest technology to improve our processes and ultimately improve the customer experience,” said NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett. “Not only will these handheld devices scan and validate tickets, they’ll also have the capability of giving crews real time information to enhance customer communication.”

As part of the pilot program launching this week, a small number of train crews across multiple rail lines will begin using the handheld mobile devices.

Segregation in New Jersey, neither chance nor accident

Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute says New Jersey's segregated housing patterns are the result of decades of government-sponsored policies, and it will take a new civil rights movement to fix them, writes NJ Spotlight this week. Rothstein also believes that it should be Gov. Phil Murphy's job to lead the effort. In his new book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America,” Rothstein explains the long history of segregation in the United States and lays out some of his suggestions for true integration.

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