Bayonne Mayor Davis COVID-19 UPDATE

March 16, 2020
As Mayor, I am charged with looking out for the safety and well-being of all the residents of this city. The Coronavirus has been declared a worldwide pandemic, the President has declared a national emergency and we have declared a State of Emergency in Bayonne to help stop the spread of this virus.

As more and more people in neighboring towns are contracting this illness, my goal is to ensure we are all doing what we can to inhibit its spread within our community. A few weeks ago, I created the COVID-19 Task Force, which is made up of numerous professionals across various disciplines to ensure our preparedness posture and ability to react if/when this virus presents in Bayonne.

Every resident of Bayonne needs to use a common-sense approach to this health crisis. Please practice safe hygiene by washing your hands often, cough/sneeze into your sleeve, avoid touching your face and avoid touching other people. I am asking that everyone practice a high level of social distancing during this time. A void going out, as much as possible, to reduce the amount of person to person contact. The schools, are closed BUT the learning has not stopped. Parents should ensure that all students are completing their assignments and limiting their time outdoors. Effective immediately, I have ordered the Mayor’s office to remain open 24 hours a day and we have installed two hotlines for our residents to use in connection with Coronavirus issues. The Senior COVID-19 Hotline is 201-858-6105, the General COVID-19 Hotline is 201- 858-6705. Both of these are for Bayonne residents who need assistance with questions related to this emergency.

The Governor of the State of New Jersey has mandated the following effective 8pm tonight:

• All bars and restaurants are to be closed for in-house seating. They can be open for take­out and delivery only. Waivers will be granted for take-out alcohol
• All gyms/health spas, movie theaters, and casinos are to be closed
• All recreational and social gatherings will be limited to no more than 50 people

The Bayonne Office of Emergency Management has issued several directives to take effect immediately and these directives will remain in place until further notice. These directives include:

All retail commercial establishments in Bayonne will be limited to no more than 25 patrons at any time, this includes shops, salons, department stores, etc, not covered by the Governor’s Directive. THIS DIRECTIVE DOES NOT INCLUDE SUPERMARKETS AND PHARMACIES.

• All Day-Care/Child-Care facilities are to be closed.
• The Bayonne Public Library is to be closed.
• ALL municipal playgrounds are to be closed.
• All social clubs, religious houses of worship, and non-profit organizations are to be closed for any gathering.

I am aware that these measures may seem drastic, but I have a commitment to each citizen of this city to ensure that we do everything in our power to protect the health and well-being of everybody. These directives have been put in place to help stop the transmission of this illness. In order for all of these initiatives to work, I am asking that every resident abide by these initiatives.
Our city is strong. Bayonne has endured numerous difficult times over our history and I am certain we will get through this emergency TOGETHER. Please continue to follow my
Face book page and Twitter feed as well as the feeds of OEM and City of Bayonne. Please sign up for the Swift91 l Notification System in order to receive important messages from the city related to this emergency. You can sign up by going to the city website at and clicking the Swift911 Banner, or by downloading the Swift911 Public App to your mobile device. God Bless our beautiful city and each and every one of you.

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Jersey City Declares State of Emergency Covid-19 Concerns Close Parks Government Stays Open

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop declared a state of emergency today due to the threat of spreading the deadly Covid-19 (coronavirus), closing most commercial businesses except food providers and trimming down the government workforce to minimal staffing levels. 

In an Executive Orders signed just before noon, Mayor Fulop declared the emergency a week after Jersey City took the national lead in mandating preventive measures to combat the spread of the pandemic Coronavirus by evoking a curfew on liquor establishments and requiring businesses with more than 25 persons keep records that identified each patron.

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24 Hour Hotline set up by Governor Murphy speak to trained healthcare professionals

Informaiton as per Senator Bob Menendez office…
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread globally and here in the United States, New Jersey tragically reported its first death due to the virus this week. The growing number of cases led the World Health Organization to officially declare COVID-19 a pandemic.While COVID-19 poses the greatest risk to older people and those with underlying health conditions, we share a responsibility as members of a community to take precautions and help prevent the spread of the virus. 
These preventative actions can help you protect yourself and protect others:Wash your hands often with soap and water. If unavailable, use hand-sanitizer.Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed handsAvoid close contact with people who are sickCover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezingStay home if you are sick and avoid contact with othersFor more prevention information, click here .For what to do if you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected, click here .
 Governor Murphy has set up a 24-hour hotline  where trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer questions about coronavirus. The number is 1-800-222-1222 and the call is free. If using an out-of-state phone line, call 1-800-962-1253.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set up this page  to track current cases in the United States. And I’ve created this page on my website  with what you need to know about coronavirus and links to the best sources.I am doing everything I can in New Jersey and Washington to protect Americans from the coronavirus outbreak. To stay up to date, you can follow me on Twitter Facebook , and Instagram 
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Hudson County Community College Issues Coronavirus Announcement and Next Steps

 March 13, 2020, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Christopher M. Reber issued the following statement today:
I write today with the latest update on the additional steps we are taking to address the unprecedented challenges of Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at HCCC. Our primary goals are fulfilling our teaching and learning missions while ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
To help us achieve these goals under demanding conditions, we are announcing the following next steps. 
 Spring Break will begin one week early for all students. Spring Break will begin next Monday March 16 and end Sunday, March 29. During this time, the College will complete planning to migrate all classroom instruction to virtual instruction beginning Monday, March 30 through at least Monday, April 6, and possibly longer depending upon changing circumstances.Prior to Monday, March 30, all students will receive correspondence from their faculty on how to be prepared for the first online class sessions. Faculty with specific questions will receive guidance from their associate deans. Staff should not hesitate to contact their immediate supervisors with questions or suggestions.  Faculty and academic leaders will plan for making up the extra week of missed classes later in the semester.Although academic instruction will take place virtually beginning Monday, March 30, our campus will continue to operate during this period and on-campus services will continue to be offered, including access to the College libraries where students can use needed technology. Therefore, employees are expected to continue reporting to work until further notice. Yesterday, we began a significantly enhanced schedule of cleaning and disinfection services in all campus buildings, and a deep clean will be conducted over the weekend.Effective immediately and until further notice, we are postponing, cancelling or virtualizing any HCCC in-person meeting or event with expected attendance of more than 15 people. This includes recruitment events, tours, conferences, and social events.At this time, we are also suspending all non-essential college funded travel, both domestic and international. This does not include personal activity, but we urge you to reconsider any plans for long-distance personal travel and visits to areas that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.  Of special concern are those countries with Level 3 and Level 2 Health Notices, or as otherwise recommended for avoidance by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and State Department. All travelers returning from these countries are required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine and monitoring. If faculty and staff travel, they are required to share their travel plans with their supervisors in advance of that travel.We are appealing to all members of our College community to help us navigate the challenges before us with integrity and with the goal of fully supporting our students so they are able to maintain academic progress. Our goal is to resume face-to-face, in-class instruction and full campus services as soon as we are able, in consultation with local and state agencies.We will hold all employees harmless, meaning that those who are sick, need to care for family members, or take care of children due to school closings, can do so without penalty or impact towards their paid time-off accruals. Such needs should be fully communicated with employees’ supervisors. All full- and part-time employees, including work-study students, will continue to receive their salary.  Our expectation is that everyone will continue working to support our students, whether on the ground, online, or in other locations.Please remember to take care of yourself. Stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover your cough with your elbow or sleeve, and avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth. 

Many details are still being finalized, so I ask for your patience as we work through the myriad issues involved in this changing situation.  There will be ongoing communication as more details unfold.

In this stressful time, we want to remind all that there are extensive support resources available. Doreen Pontius, Associate Director of Counseling and Wellness, can assist students in finding personal and mental health support. She can be reached at (201) 360-4229 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.;  Similarly, faculty and staff always have access to HCCC’s Employee Assistance Program.  E4 Health Counselors can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-227-2195.
I sincerely thank all at HCCC who have contributed to planning during these uncertain times. We realize these decisions pose significant challenges and wish they were not necessary. Our goal is to keep members of our community as safe as possible while ensuring that students can continue their coursework after Spring Break, and the daily operations of the college can continue.
We will closely monitor changing circumstances and make adjustments as needed with full transparency and with the well-being of our college community top of mind.  Please be safe!#   #   # 
About Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College serves more than 17,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College has more than 60 degree and certificate programs, including award-winning English as a Second Language, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Fine and Performing Arts. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. Over 94% of HCCC Nursing program graduates passed the NCLEX first time out, placing the program’s graduates in the top tier of two- and four-year nursing programs nationwide. In 2017, the Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 5% of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for social mobility.
HCCC has partnerships with every major four-year college and university in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education.
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Hudson Regional Health Commission (HRHC) is actively working with state and local partners to closely monitor the ongoing spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States.

There are no cases in New Jersey at this time and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time. However, due to the occurrence of community spread in the United States, we are encouraging residents to stay vigilant.

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America’s 1st African American Couple Makes History as Principal Owners of a Professional Soccer Team

Bayonne, New Jersey – New Jersey Teamsters Football Club (NJTFC) announces its membership acceptance in to the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), a professional soccer league under the United States Soccer Federation, pending a successful launch and compliance with United States Soccer Federation Pro League Standards.

This month, the team’s owner Sibrena Stowe-Geraldino makes history as the first female African American principal owner of a professional soccer team in the United States, and husband Alexsi Geraldino is the great-grandson of the founder & president of Dominican Republic’s Lotería Nacional (National Lottery) now, Alex is first Dominican American professional soccer club owner in the United States, both major accomplishments during Black history month.

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The Center for Sleep Disorders at Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is officially open and serving the needs of Hudson County residents.  The state-of-the-art facility, conveniently located at 410 Jersey Avenue and adjacent to the main hospital campus, provides professional consultation, diagnostic and treatment services for patients age 5 years and older, for all types of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.

Photo 1: Jersey City Medical Center leadership cut the ribbon to officially open the Center for Sleep Disorders, now serving Hudson County residents.  (L-R:  Irene Borgen, Vice President, Ambulatory Care Network; Jyoti Matta, MD, Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at JCMC; Michael Prilutsky, President and CEO, Carla Parker-Hollis, COO)

Photo 2: Inside the new Center for Sleep Disorders at Jersey City Medical Center, patients will enjoy the comfort of private, hotel-like testing suites and are attended to by top clinical specialists.

Inability to get a good night’s sleep and failure to address a sleep disorder can have a serious effect on one’s health.  Hudson County residents can now turn to the Center for Sleep Disorders at JCMC to help identify the underlying conditions causing sleep disorders, using a series of non-invasive tests, and offer treatments to address them.  After testing, a Board- Certified physician will review the results and recommend a customized treatment program.

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BAYONNE Musical Mondays at the Museum 2020 FEATURING DOC WATSON & AMBROSIA february 10, 2020

Musical Mondays at the Museum 2020Mayor James Davis and The Bayonne Municipal Council Present Musical Mondays at the Museum Kick Off 2020. 

Live Music Performance By David Doc Watson and Ambrosia  Musical Mondays at the Museum 2020Mayor James Davis and The Bayonne Municipal Council Present Musical Mondays at the Museum located at 229 Broadway, Bayonne New Jersey 07002.  Doors open at 6:00 pm  and entertainment starts at 6:30 pm. Free entertainment and light refreshments provided by Mona Lisa Pizzeria. 

Live Music Performance By David Doc Watson and Ambrosia  Dave “Doc” Watson & Ambrosia will kick-off the free monthly concert series with a performance on Monday, February 10 at 6:30 pm at the Bayonne Community Museum, 229 Broadway (8th St.).With a style ranging from standards to smooth jazz, Doc and Ambrosia have delighted audiences with their sound for more than 25 years. Doc’s credits include performances with The Police, The O’Jays, India Arie and Alicia Keys, while Ambrosia’s claim to fame started in the club music scene.Enjoy great music and refreshments sponsored by the Bayonne UEZ & SID, San Vito, Mona Lisa, LaGuardiola, Philly Pretzel Factory and Catchmaster. Easy transportation via the Hudson Bergen Light Rail.
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lovari, artist & performer achieves one of his dreams


By Monica Prestia

Growing up in Queens, NY, Lovari says, “I’ve tested the waters of all five boroughs in NYC and lived in each one, and ultimately have been in New Jersey for ten years now. I have a Philadelphia stint too. My name is of Italian descent and there is also a Romani tribe named Lovari, who often travel. I have this urge to pick up and settle somewhere else every few years. But everyone kows that I am partial to NJ and consider myself a Jersey boy.”
Despite his tri-state wandering feet, Lovari began his career upon his first move into Manhattan at 20 years old. “I rented a room in the apartment of a recording studio on East 13th Street. I stood there for a few months working on my demo, and then ended up moving a block over to share an apartment with a man that I became friends with, who was the manager of a bodega.He rented out the front of his storefront to Amadou Diallo, who became my friend.” Amadou Diallo became a tragic headline name when he was shot and killed 41 times by NYPD in the Bronx. 
Lovari released a two singles independently in the mid 2000s, but it wasn’t until 2009 that he released a full album of original material called “The Statement”. Flash foward ten years later and his ultimate dream of charting on Billboard has been achieved with his current single “No Day Like Today”, a duet with recording artist/reality tv personality Adam Barta. The music video features cast members from Real Housewives Of New Jersey – Margaret Josephs, Delores Catania, Marge Sr., and is directed by RHONJ recurring cast member Brett Josephs.

Monica Prestia, Contributing Writer for the River View Observer recently interviewed the up and coming artist Lovari on his past and recent success in the music industry

RVO“No Day Like Today”, your duet with Adam Barta, is your first single currently hitting the Billboard charts – tell us more about this song and what it means to you.

LOVARI For over 10 years, my number one goal has been to chart on Billboard. When I was a 12 years old, I used to watch America’s Top Ten on TV and listen to America’s Top 40 on the radio, and I would buy issues of the magazine in print. I prayed nearly every day to get on the chart – and I finally have.  In addition, I received an extra blessing when Billboard wrote an article about the song in their Chart Upstarts section. I have to credit my friend Adam Barta for facilitating everything in regard to it.  He knew how much this meant to me, and he selflessly worked to make it happen.  I allowed him to take the reins and write the song – which involves alot of trust because with the exception of my new album, I have written all of my own songs and melodies.

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