City of Bayonne to Hold Ceremony on March 9 for its 150 Anniversary

City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski will speak.  She will also be among the City officials who will present items for a time capsule that will be opened in 2069.  

The 150th anniversary event is taking place this March, because the New Jersey Legislature passed the law establishing the City of Bayonne on March 10, 1869.

The ceremony will feature opening and closing vocal performances by Rich LaLena, the official Town Crier of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  At the beginning of the program, while wearing an antique costume, the Town Crier will cry out excerpts from the law that created the City of Bayonne in 1869.  He will end the program with cries about upcoming events for Bayonne 150.  In the tradition of town criers, Mr. LaLena will also ring a great bell.  Mr. LaLena has performed at other public ceremonies across New Jersey.  He is the President of the American Guild of Town Criers.

The Bayonne High School Honors Choir, under the direction of Dr. Vincent Rone, will sing the National Anthem, a When Johnny Comes Marching Home medley, and My Country ‘Tis of Thee during the program.

The Bee’s Knees of Bayonne High School, an acapella group under the direction of Samantha Hitchell, will sing America the Beautiful and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.

The event will include a reading about Bayonne in 1869.  The reading will be done by Public Information Officer Joseph E. Ryan and Michelle Pyka Laskowski, who was named Miss Bayonne/Miss Bayonne Centennial by the Centennial Committee in 1969.

Two upcoming events for Bayonne 150 have been announced.  A ceremony will take place in the City Council Chambers on Thursday, April 11, at 6:00 p.m.  to celebrate the unveiling of new portraits of Mayors and City Council Presidents.  The alumni of the Bee Sharps, Bayonne High School’s former doo-wop group, will sing at the portrait ceremony. A food truck festival has been scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.  That event will take place on Avenue E in the vicinity of the 22nd Street Light Rail Station.

Other events will be announced.

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