The municipal inauguration ceremonies and related celebrations will take place on Sunday, July 1. Mayor Davis said, “The events on July 1 will be a celebration of the democratic process, the City of Bayonne, and America’s national independence. The entire community is invited to take part in a day of exciting festivities. I look forward to seeing all of you on July 1.”
A special inaugural Mass will be celebrated at St. Henry’s Church at 3:30 p.m. on July 1. A swearing-in ceremony will take place under tents in front of City Hall at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events. Seating will be available.
In order to set up for the ceremonies and to reserve space for them on the street, portions of Avenue C will be closed on Sunday, July 1, and will remain closed as long as necessary for safety purposes until after the ceremonies are concluded. There will be no parking allowed on Avenue C from 27th Street to 28th Street beginning at 8 a.m., and no parking from 28th Street to 29th Street beginning at 2 p.m.
Starting at 2 p.m., parking for the inaugural Mass and the inaugural ceremonies will be permitted in the BCB Bank lot next to St. Henry’s School at 27th Street and Avenue C, and in the BCB Bank parking lot around the bank buildings between 26th and 27th Streets and Avenue C. All vehicles must leave immediately after the inaugural ceremonies.
At the public inaugural ceremonies at 4:30 p.m., Mayor Jimmy Davis and Council Members Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, Juan Perez, Tom Cotter, Sal Gullace, and Gary LaPelusa will take the oaths of office for their second terms. City Clerk Robert F. Sloan will present the elected officials with their certificates of election. A brief City Council meeting will take place on stage, in order to elect a City Council President and to take care of any other municipal business required at the beginning of the new term of office. Mayor Davis and the City Council Members will offer inaugural remarks. Other public officials are expected to speak. Patriotic and inspirational music will be played.
Following the municipal inauguration ceremonies, a celebration will begin on the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will feature musical entertainment, bouncy houses, fireworks, food, and drinks. The City’s annual Independence Day celebration will take place after the inaugural day festivities.
There will be two musical groups providing musical entertainment at the park. Tragic Remedy, a Jersey Shore rock band, will play from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tragic Remedy plays an eclectic mix of music, using vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. The Shots, a West Orange-based band, will play from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Shots play a unique mixture of rock, funk, jam, and party music. Bouncy houses will be available from 6 to 8 p.m.
Several food trucks are expected to offer a variety of food for the celebration. A portion of the park will be cordoned off as a beer garden. Only adults aged 21 and above will be allowed to purchase beer.
Garden State Fireworks will present a spectacular fireworks show beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m.
The Bayonne Recreation Division is providing free shuttle bus service on Tuesday, July 1, picking up passengers at the parking lot that is located at East 24th Street and Church Lane. Shuttle bus service to the afternoon events will last from 3 to 4 p.m., and will drop off passengers at West 27th Street near City Hall. After the inauguration is over, shuttle service will resume at West 27th Street and Avenue C, and will transport people to East 24th Street and Church Lane, and then to DiDomenico-16th Street Park. Shuttle service from Avenue C will end at approximately 6 p.m. People who are not going to the evening events at the park should get off the bus at East 24th Street. Anyone wishing to go to the evening of celebration in the park should remain on the shuttle bus. The shuttle will start transporting people from East 24th Street and Church Lane to the lower level parking lot at West 16th Street at approximately 6 p.m. The shuttle to the park will continue until 8:30 p.m. Following the fireworks, at approximately 10 p.m., the buses will pick up passengers at the same area for the return trip to East 24th Street and Church Lane. Shuttles will continue to run until all passengers have been returned to East 24th Street and Church Lane, by approximately 11 p.m.
The Boat Ramp on the lower level of the park will be closed to boats for the entire day. The Boat Ramp parking lot will be available for public parking until it reaches capacity. City officials expect the ramp parking lot to fill up quickly. After that lot is full, parking on the lower level of the park will be closed to the general public. The main parking area on the lower level of the park will be closed to the general public after 7 a.m. on the morning of July 1. No parking will be allowed by the firing range on the upper level of the park.
On West 16th Street, between Avenue A and the park, no parking will be allowed on either side of the street after 6 p.m. No parking signs will be posted. The signs will be removed around 10 p.m. as the event ends. Police will create a single lane for traffic on that portion of West 16th Street for crowd control purposes.
The DiDomenico Municipal Pool on the upper level of the park will follow regular operating hours on July 1, opening at 10:30 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m., weather permitting. The basketball courts on the upper level of the park and the tennis courts on the lower level will close at 2 p.m.
The park’s regular bathrooms will be closed for the event. Portable toilets will be available. Both regular and handicap facilities will be provided.
There is no rain date for either the fireworks or the other evening events scheduled for July 1.
BHS Culinary cooks dinner for veterans
Bayonne High School Culinary held its last dinner for the Bayonne Veterans on May 30. The students enjoyed listening to the veterans’ stories and serving them dinner. BHS Culinary thanks our veterans for their service.
Bayonne releases RFP for ferry operator at MOTBY
According to the Request for Proposal, “The City of Bayonne is seeking a qualified service provider to operate a premier passenger only, commuter ferry between Bayonne and Downtown Manhattan as an alternative and supplement to existing transportation options.”
The RFP specified that “the service must be reliable, tickets must be competitively priced, and plans for maintaining the service over the long term must be present.”
The ferry is expected to operate out of a terminal on the southern side of the former Military Ocean Terminal Base (MOTBY), according to city officials.
Submissions are due on August 7. http://www.bayonnenj.org/web_content/pdf/notices/2018-08-07-RFP-Passenger-Ferry-Operator.pdf
Rev. H. Gene Sykes marks 25 years at Friendship Baptist Church
Rev. Sykes and his wife, Mrs. Fannie Sykes, will celebrate the 25th pastoral anniversary on Sunday, June 24. There will be a worship service at 11 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church at 41-45 West 20th St. A banquet will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chandelier, 1081 Broadway. Banquet tickets are $65 per person and $47 for children under age 12. Contact Trustee Kim Hightower at (201) 388-0533; Deaconess Karen Worrell (201) 779-0094, or Sister Veronica Brown (201) 779-0797.
Freeholders authorize funding for road improvements
On June 7, the Board of Freeholders approved an ordinance providing for various road projects, bridge improvement projects, and appropriating $12,754,493 in federal and state grants to finance the cost.
Grants that will be used for these projects are the New Jersey Department of Transportation Fund fiscal year 2016, $6,392,700; County Aid program from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund, $3,452,700; New Jersey Department of Transportation Local Bridges Future Needs Program Fund, $2,000,000; Bikeways NJDOT 2016 State Aid Program, $940,000; Local Safety Program, $2,999,268; Transportation Alternative Programs, $730,000; and $1,560,000 in local bonding.
Hudson County will use these funds for the following projects: road improvements to portions of John F. Kennedy Boulevard- Bayonne (phase II, from 32nd to 52nd streets; Newark Street in Hoboken from Jersey Ave. to Henderson Street; Newark-Jersey City Turnpike in Kearny Route 508 from Route 95 to Route 7; Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard in Harrison from Bergen Street to Scott Mobus Place; JJ Braddock Park in North Bergen, county roadways phase II; 14th Street and Park Avenue viaduct in Hoboken, 14th Street from Sinatra Drive to Madison Ave to Park Ave.; West Hudson Park in Harrison; county roadways, Park Ave in North Bergen from 79th Street to 72nd Street; 1st Street in Hoboken from Paterson Avenue to Bloomfield Street; Stephen R. Gregg Park in Bayonne; county roadways, reconstruction of Sinatra Drive North in Hoboken; replacement of 14th Street South and North Leg, installation of traffic signal improvements at the following locations: intersection of 32nd Street/Summit Avenue in Union City; 15th Street/Willow Ave in Hoboken; 16th Street/Willow Ave in Hoboken; Schuyler Ave./Hamilton Street/Radley Street in Harrison and Kearny; Bergen Turnpike/Union Turnpike in North Bergen and Union City; JFK Boulevard East/ North Marginal and South Marginal Roads in Weehawken; JFK Boulevard/Riverview Drive North; North Bergen and Jersey City, road safety audit safety improvements on JFK Boulevard from Communipaw Ave. to Sip Ave.; reconstruction of bridge structures on portions of Sinatra Dive North in Hoboken phase II; construction and installations of bike lanes, improvements on County Roads in Hoboken; bike lanes in Lincoln Park, Loop Road in Jersey City.
Other road, bridge, and transportation improvements include resurfacing; reconstruction; excavation, milling, paving, curbing, sidewalk improvements; the acquisition, installation of pedestrian indications, traffic signal guide rails; demolition, excavation, improvements to superstructures, substructures or culverts, approach, drainage, landscaping work; and roadway painting.
HCCC to showcase works of 18 artists from its Foundation Art Collection
Eighteen artists, whose works in portraiture, photography, graphic arts, and other media are included in the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Foundation Art Collection, will be featured in an upcoming exhibit.
The College’s Department of Cultural Affairs will host the exhibit from June 13 through July 31 at the College’s Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery at the Gabert Library Building, 71 Sip Ave. in Jersey City, across the street from Journal Square PATH Transportation Center.
The event is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.
The artists featured in the exhibit are John Chamberlain, Darryl Curran, Edward S. Curtis, Robert Fichter, Suda House, Eti Jacobi, Mickey Mathis, Heidi McFall, Judy Mensch, Tracey Moffatt, Nancy Scheinman, Bonnie Schiffman, Jacqueline Spellens, Ann Sperry, Robert Von Sternberg, Melanie Walker, Todd Walker, and Nancy Webber. The exhibit will be curated by Michelle Vitale, Director of Cultural Affairs.
The HCCC Foundation Art Collection, valued at over $1 million, represents America’s and New Jersey’s rich artistic and cultural history, from the Hudson River School period to the present. Included are more than 1,000 paintings, lithographs, photographs, sculptures, American craft pottery and more by major artists such as Man Ray, Ben Shahn, Joan Snyder, and Marcel Duchamp.
A growing collection of emerging and established New Jersey artists is included. Themes include diversity, urban life, science, technology, United States history and culture, and architecture. The collection was established in 2006 to coincide with the initiation of the College’s Fine Arts program. The Foundation Art Collection is displayed throughout the College’s Journal Square and North Hudson Campus buildings.
The Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery summer hours are Monday through Thursday, from 12 to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Friday to Sunday and holidays. Information on upcoming events at the gallery may be obtained by visiting www.hccc.edu/cultural-affairs, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or phoning (201) 360-5379.