Jersey City, NJ – Paul Vega remembers exactly what he was doing when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center as if it were yesterday. Except it was 19 years ago this month.
Vegas was driving an ambulance, with a patient he picked up a few minutes earlier, to Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), where he was employed as an EMT.
He recalls seeing smoke billowing from the tower, but his two-way radio wasn’t working, and he had no idea what had happened. Like many people in the initial moments after the tower was struck, Vega thought it was an accident – a small plane or news helicopter that had collided with the building.
Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the Bayonne Office On Aging will host its annual Medicare open enrollment pre-screening sessions. They will take place on select Tuesdays and Thursdays in September and October, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 630 Avenue C. City Hall is located on Avenue C between 27th and 28th Streets. Any Bayonne senior coming to any of the pre-screening sessions must make an appointment prior to arriving. All participants must wear masks and gloves, in order to comply with Coronavirus guidelines. They must also maintain social distancing during the appointments. They must sign a disclaimer. All participants must be prepared to complete business with all of the necessary documents and have the ability to communicate with someone independently.
Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that Inserra Shop-Rite of Bayonne will be holding an in-store food drive for the Bayonne Food Bank this month. The drive will begin on Saturday, September 12, and will last through Friday, September 18. The store is located at 26th Street and Avenue C in Bayonne.
Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Bayonne City Council announced that they will present the third annual Paddle the Peninsula, a kayak event, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at DiDomenico-16th Street Park, on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Mayor Davis said, “Paddle the Peninsula will be a great experience for all participants. We look forward to this fun event, which will enable our residents to enjoy recreation in Newark Bay. Come and have a great time on the water with your family, friends, and neighbors.” For safety reasons, kayakers must be at least 18 years of age.
For more novice participants, kayaks will enter Newark Bay from the boat launch at the foot of DiDomenico-16th Street Park. This year, more experienced kayakers will enter the water at Rutkowski Park and will paddle down to 16th Street. Rutkowski Park is located in the northwestern corner of Bayonne, just north of Stephen R. Gregg-Bayonne County Park. All participants should still call to register and to obtain further details. Participants may either bring their own kayaks or sign up to use ones provided at the event. The barbecue and other on-shore activities that were part of last year’s event will not take place this year, due to the Coronavirus. The boat launch is located on Newark Bay, west of Avenue A, and below the end of West 16th Street.
Registration for the event is required, so that the right number of kayaks and other supplies can be ordered. To register, please call Jackie in the Bayonne Public Works Department at 201-858-6131.
Mayor Davis concluded, “Paddle the Peninsula is just one of the many great activities that the City of Bayonne has to offer. We hope you will register and join us on Saturday, September 26.”
Project 30 years in the making; Reservoir 3 will Include Complete Public Access for the 1st Time with $6 Million Dollar Renovation
Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today a $6 million dollar investment to complete the restoration of Reservoir 3 in the Jersey City Heights. The project will include landscaped open spaces, a complete walking trail with access to the waterfront, lighting, and safety measures. This plan represents the largest park investment since the City completed Berry Lane Park.
“This project will create another special place for Jersey City residents. This will be one of the great parks anywhere in North Jersey. The reality is, when you are in the reservoir area you don’t even realize you’re in a city. This project has been in discussion for nearly 30 years with residents recognizing the potential but nobody acting on it, and I’m glad we are able to move this forward. It will be an amazing addition to Jersey City,” said Mayor Steven M. Fulop
Under the direction of Mayor Davis, OEM provides weekly updates on the status of Bayonne in relation to the COVID-19 Health Emergency.
Bayonne Residents CURRENTLY Positive – 21*
The number above reflects the Bayonne residents that are CURRENTLY COVID-19 Positive.
OEM UPDATE:To date, 1,353 Bayonne residents have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of where that test was given. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 76 Bayonne residents have passed away due to Coronavirus-related illnesses. The Bayonne Department of Health continues to advise residents that have recently taken a COVID-19 test to be sure to answer their phones for our Contact Tracers and Dept of Health Staff. These conversations are vital in helping to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
BMC UPDATE: Currently, there is one (1) COVID positive Bayonne resident inpatient at Bayonne Medical Center. There are no COVID patients in CCU.
The Bayonne Division of Recreation is excited to announce the re-opening of the DiDomenico-16th Street Pool, as well as extended hours through September, weather permitting.
All major repairs have been completed and the pool is ready to re-open. A special thank you to Public Works Director Tommy Cotter and his the Public Works Staff for getting the pool ready for re-opening.
Friday, September 11th8:30am-9:15amFoot of Grand Street, Jersey City Waterfront/Hudson River
The 9/11 Memorial Committee of Jersey City will host an abbreviated outdoor River Front ceremony to commemorate the 19th year of the tragic attack on America. There will be remembrances and tributes from survivors and dignitaries with an emphasis on two moments of silence at 8:46am 9:02am when the North and South Towers were struck.
Tug boat cannon will spray like tears on River as we gaze at the site. The Ringing of the Bells will honor The Fallen whose names are etched in black marble on the waterfront, by the powerful sculpture of Twisted Mangle in the form of an “A” for America.
Then participants can cast the Red White & Blue wreath and carnations into The Hudson River for an emotional tribute Social Distancing & Masks required
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