Bayonne’s New Taco Bell hAS Ribbon Cutting

Bayonne’s Taco Bell restaurant located at 21-23 East 53rd Street had its Ribbon Cutting on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Niray Mehta CEO of Yum & Chill Restaurant Group along with his wife, daughter, Assemblywoman Angela Mc Knight, Bayonne Council members: Sharon Nadrowski, Juan Perez, Gary La Pelusa, Sal Gullace, Neil Carroll Jr. and Tom Coughlin President of Bayonne Chamber of Commerce and BCB Bank were on hand for the event.

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) toHost Mock Criminal Investigation Training for Saint Peter’s University Students

The eight-hour Adrian Project experience is designed to teach students about the law enforcement side of accounting and to expose them to a potential future career path.

The IRS-Criminal Investigation team will visit Saint Peter’s University to lead a special real-world learning experience titled, the Adrian Project. The Adrian Project is an education and training program designed to introduce students to the law enforcement aspects of a career in accounting and tax.

IRS special agents will lead approximately 30 students as they investigate a mock case where they will be exposed to activities such as interviewing an informant and an accountant, analyzing financial records, conducting foot surveillance, learning defensive tactics techniques and ultimately arresting the criminals.

Students wearing bulletproof vests and holsters with fake guns
Defense training tactic lessons
Students performing an “arrest”
Foot surveillance where students will follow their targets using handheld radios

Monday, April 29

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*If you are interested, Saint Peter’s can share insight on when to come based on your availability

Saint Peter’s University Jersey City campus

McIntyre Conference Center


Angeline Boyer

Saint Peter’s University

Work: (201) 761-6238

Cell: (973) 769-6833

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Jersey City’s Stadium Plaza UPS Store located at  321 Route 440 Suite 3(near Acme) opened on July 9th, 2018.

The store offers many services to the Greenville Jersey City area and surrounding areas such as: a convenient mailing address with 360 mailboxes both medium and large available  to rent with six and twelve month contracts.

   The facility provides printing services, with large format printing a specialty, and they can also print blue prints.

The UPS at Route 440 offers shipping services, notary  services, and packing services.

   A professional staff is there to assist you made up of Jackie Gilliam, Baseemah Wilson, Nada Abouzid, Serria Tune and Evelyn Jackson who are available to answers your questions and work close with you to achieve all your goals  when you visit the store.

   You will also find workstations for your convenience to complete a project. 

If you are a teacher the UPS Store at Rt.440 recognizes your service to the community by providing a special discount for teachers.

There is plenty of parking and the store is open Monday to Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am -5pm, and Sunday 10 am to 2pm.

For information on renting a mailbox or any other services at the 440 UPS Store please call 551-225-3458

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Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K to be Held This Sunday

Proceeds Benefit Special Olympics New Jersey

Weehawken, NJ – The 33rd annual Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K will be held this Sunday, April 28, 2019 in the south tube of the Lincoln Tunnel, starting and ending in Weehawken, NJ. The event is presented by AmeriHealth New Jersey and sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey.  Academy Bus will also be supporting the event with shuttles back and forth from Manhattan.

“The Lincoln Tunnel Challenge has become an annual tradition that AmeriHealth New Jersey looks forward to each Spring,” said Mike Munoz, president of AmeriHealth New Jersey. “We are proud to serve as the presenting sponsor of this outstanding community event once again and applaud Special Olympics New Jersey for their tireless dedication to promoting the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Nearly 2,000 runners are expected to participate in this unique run, which starts at 8:00 a.m. for competitive runners and 8:45 a.m. for non-competitive runners and walkers.

As of Wednesday, April 24, 2019, more than $127,000 has been raised by those registered to run, and while the online pre-registration has closed, many are expected to register the morning of the race.

“Over the last 30 years we have received tremendous support from all of our sponsors, hosts and volunteers making this one of our most successful, long-standing events,” says Robert Belfiore, Director of the New Jersey Torch Run and Retired Chief of Port Authority Police of New York & New Jersey. “Because of events like this, the athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey are afforded opportunities to train and compete, develop physical fitness, and experience the joy of sport, completely free of charge.”


In addition to AmeriHealth New Jersey and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, this event is hosted by the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and is made possible by the generous support of Academy Bus, UPS, NJ TRANSIT, WCBS News Radio 880, Taylor Management Company, M & M Sanitation, La Yogurt, Mendon Truck Leasing & Rental, Genpro, Modell’s, and Inserra Supermarkets/Shoprite Hoboken.



For the past 50 years, Special Olympics New Jersey has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 26,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge.  Through the joy and power of sports, athletes are provided opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Visit for more information.


The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is part of an international campaign for Special Olympics coordinated and managed by all divisions of Law Enforcement officers and officials from throughout the world whose mission is to raise dollars and awareness of the Special Olympics movement worldwide. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey has been recognized for many years as one of the top grassroots fundraising organizations for Special Olympics worldwide. In 2018, the LETR for Special Olympics New Jersey raised more than $4.1 million.



For 25 years AmeriHealth New Jersey* has been dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve. Our members are at the center of everything we do. Since the onset of the Affordable Care Act, we have been committed to offering health plans on the Individual Marketplace, which has expanded access to coverage for New Jersey residents. We are exclusively focused on New Jersey with plans designed to meet the unique needs of individuals, small- and mid-sized businesses, municipalities and boards of education across the state. We also provide administrative services to self-funded groups. Named one of the Best Places to Work for the past eight years, AmeriHealth New Jersey is located in Cranbury, NJ. For more information visit

*AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey | AmeriHealth HMO, Inc.

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Chris Cross

Micheline Hess

Alitha E. Martinez 

Joseph Illidge
The Bridge Art Gallery hosts an exciting art exhibition featuring prominent figures within the comic book industry.

Our Special Guest, Joseph Illidge, Editorial Director at A Wave Blue World, will moderate a vibrant panel discussion with these extraordinary artists
.12:00 noon 
Art Exhibition Opens2:00 pm
Artist Meet & Greet3:00 pm
Panel Discussion
Moderated by Joseph Illidge
Editorial Director – A Wave Blue WorldParticipating Artists

ChrisCross is an illustrator and veteran of the comic book industry, with Marvel Entertainment and DC Entertainment as his two major clients. His client roster also includes Valiant Entertainment and Dark Horse EntertainmentHis best-known works are “Captain Marvel” for Marvel Comics, and titles for DC Comics ranging from “Superman/Batman” to “Justice League of America” to “XERO” written by “Black Panther” author Christopher Priest.

Instagram: @chriscrosserx———-
Micheline Hess 
, born and raised in New York City, Micheline Hess started her professional comic book career in the early 90s with Milestone Comics as a colorist. She has several creator owned works such as the award-winning fantasy-adventure comic book series ‘Malice in Ovenland’, ‘The Anansi Kids and the All Saints’ Day Adventure’, and the children’s book ‘The Island Cats of Cunga Ree.’

Instagram: @ovenlandcomic———-
Alitha E. Martinez
 is a comic book artist best known for her work drawing for Marvel’s Iron Man, NBC’s Heroes, and DC’s Batgirl.Martinez has been working at Marvel Comics since the 90s when she got her first major gig as an assistant to Joe Quesada.She co-created the villain Knightfall appearing in Batgirl. She helped create the artwork, including cover art, for the special commemorative issue of Riverdale by Archie Comics. In addition, Martinez contributed drawings for the comic book series World of Wakanda, a spin-off from the Marvel Comics’ Black Panther title that is written by Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates.Alitha’s latest work is on Marvel’s critically-acclaimed teen series “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”.

Instagram: @ariotstorm———-
Joseph Illidge
 is the Editorial Director for A Wave Blue World, working with visionary creators from the comic book and global entertainment industries to develop groundbreaking books celebrating inclusion and heroismA world-builder with experience in high-profile characters and universe development, writer, and public speaker, Joseph was featured in the 2017 History Channel documentary series, “Superheroes Decoded”, discussing popular icons from Batman to Luke Cage.In his career, Joseph served as the Executive Editor for the Valiant Entertainment Universe and line of monthly comic books, and Senior Editor for Lion Forge Comics where he spearheaded “Catalyst Prime”, the star-studded superhero comic book imprint.Joseph’s first job in the comic book industry was at Milestone Media, Inc., the groundbreaking comic book publisher of inclusive superhero stories and creators of the award-winning animated series “Static Shock” from Warner Bros.Joseph served as an editor on the “Batman” line of comic books for DC Entertainment during the year-long event “Batman: No Man’s Land” and Batman line-wide relaunch.Characters and concepts from Joseph’s editorial tenure at DC Entertainment have appeared on the television shows “Gotham” from FOX and “Arrow” from the CW Network, and “The Dark Knight Rises” film from Warner Bros.

Instagram: @illmasterone
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City of Bayonne Still Accepting Sponsors and Volunteers for Earth Day Clean-Up on April 27

            Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne is still accepting volunteers and sponsors for the citywide Earth Day clean-up that is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Mayor Davis said, “We would be happy to accept both individual volunteers and groups.  We would like to encourage businesses, organizations, clubs, and others to form groups to participate in the clean-up.”  He continued, “We would also be happy to accept individual volunteers. If they are interested, we can place individuals in areas that already have groups formed for the clean-up.”

            Several local businesses have become sponsors of the clean-up and the post-event party from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park.  The park is located between Avenue A and Newark Bay. The celebration will include hot dogs and ice cream.  A DJ will provide musicA bouncy ride will be available.

Teams will be asked to take photos of the garbage bags collected.   The team with the highest number of filled bags will be invited to join Mayor Davis for lunch. 

Mayor Davis thanked the businesses that have sponsored the Earth Day activities so far: BCB Community Bank, Catchmaster, Hispano American Travel, Fun Time Inflatables, IMTT, PAL, RWJ Barnabas Health, Rose Kellner’s Allstate Insurance Agency, Vital Signs, Inserra Shop-Rite, the MJ Property Group, and the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce.  Earth Day is also sponsored by the City of Bayonne’s Department of Public Works and the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ).  Other sponsors would be welcome.

            Anyone interested in volunteering for the clean-up, or who would like to sponsor Earth Day, should contact Camille Burgos or Dee Dee Bottino in the UEZ Office at 201-858-6357 or by e-mail at   

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 More than 40 Artists to Show at Bloomin’ Art in Bayonne

 Show Runs Weekend of April 26, 27, 28 at Bayonne Community Museum

Bayonne will be blooming when more than 40 artists come together to show their work at the BLOOMIN’ ART show running for just one weekend, Fri, April 26 through Sun, Apr. 28, at the Bayonne Community Museum on 9th Street.

Painting by Julie Lomba will be on view at the Bloomin’ Art Show in Bayonne

Painting by Patty Mulligan-Zbylut

The Art Circle will be presenting the show which is curated by Patty Mulligan-Zbylut and her committee: Bill Zbylut, Anthony Sienkiewicz, Elsie Sienkiewicz and Susan Sienkiewicz.

“The Art Circle does art shows twice a year, in the spring and fall,” Curator Patty Mulligan-Zbylut says. “The shows give local artists an opportunity to show their work and network. The artists are amazing; there are so many different styles. And it’s a great time to see art, see beauty — its nourishment for the soul.”

Viet Nam by Richard Maczu

Bloomin’ Art will feature artists’ works in several media including oils, acrylics, pen & ink, mixed media, artisan jewelry, photography, sculpture, woodworking and felting.

“We usually get a great turn-out,” Mulligan-Zbylut says. “All the wine goes, and the food goes, and if those go, that means we had people!”

Felt Dog by Artist Volha Mikhnevich

There are more than 40 artists exhibiting. They include Silvia Aviles, Tommy Bardzinski, Lucas Barraza, Davina Barlow, Barbara Beeman, Karen Carattini, Carol Chacon, Christine Crowley, Kevin Delaney, Kimberly (Latinsilver) Diaz, Joanne Fedor, the Fernandezes, Kristie Anna Fitzpatrick, Jibin George, Gerry Glover, Carlos Iobaina, Erin Kachmar, Joseph John Taras Kushnir, Julie Lomba, Rich Maczuga, Svetlana Martisova, Volha Mikhnevich, David Miley, Alpana Mittal, William Ortiz, Angie Pulgarin, Jessica Robertson, Alex Rivas, Edwin Salgado, Anthony Sienkiewicz, Elsie Sienkiewicz, Susan Sienkiewicz, Debby Szersin, Patty Mulligan-Zbylut, and Bill Zbylut.

Aquarium by Anthony Sienkiewicz

Artists from the Walking Through Art Foundation will also be exhibiting Mulligan-Zbylut says. The exhibition is free, with music provided by DJ Adam Semanchik. Refreshments will be served.

“We will also be remembering a dear artist who lost her battle with brain cancer this year,” Mulligan-Zbylut says. “A wonderful woman, talented artist, mentor and friend, Ann Tedeschi.”

If you go

Fri, Apr. 26, 6-9 pm; Sat, Apr. 27, 12-4 pm;

Sun, Apr. 28, 12-3 pm


Bayonne Community Museum

229 Broadway (corner of 9th St), BOHO

For more info: contact Patty Mulligan-Zbylut


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Green Advancements in Jersey City continue to serve as a Model for a more Resilient Future

Supporters rally for omnibus electrification bill including electrifying NJ Transit

JERSEY CITY – As we focus on environmental efforts this week, Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the City Council are moving forward to electrify transportation in Jersey City and serve as a model to expand green technology to every part of the state.  On Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:30 a.m., Mayor Fulop will join environmental and transportation advocates outside City Hall call on state leaders to pass S2252/A4819 to address pollution from cars, trucks and buses in New Jersey.  At the event, Mayor Fulop will drive one of the electric vehicles and press will have the unique opportunity to go inside the latest electric vehicles on the market. 

“Part of our mission is to work towards being a more environmentally conscious city, which is why we are leading the state in building the infrastructure for a more sustainable and resilient future,” said Mayor Fulop. “By incorporating electric vehicles into our municipal fleet, and providing charging stations for the community, we are taking necessary steps towards increasing quality of life with cleaner, healthier air. It is my hope that this encourages other communities in the state to do the same.”

Jersey City continues to lead the state in many progressive initiatives.   The installation of solar panels will start at the DPW building, and expand to other municipal buildings.  The city also recently launched the first-ever Backyard Composting Pilot.  In addition, Jersey City is the first in the state to ban plastic bags, and supports the recently formed Office of Sustainability to continue to take the lead on green advancements.  These latest advancements, in conjunction with the expansion of the city’s electric municipal fleet, continue Jersey City’s transformation as one of the largest environmentally friendly cities.

Jersey City is leading the race for electrification in New Jersey, but cannot act alone in solving the climate crisis. The omnibus electrification bill would create stronger cash incentives for electric vehicle (EV) buyers and install more than 1,000 EV charging stations over the next two years in our downtowns and along high-traffic roadways. It directs NJ Transit to electrify their bus fleet on a state level, and ensures development of advanced mobility solutions and other transportation alternatives that serve environmental justice communities.

“Electric vehicles are coming, and New Jersey needs to be ready,” said Doug O’Malley, Director of Environment New Jersey. “By taking steps to improve our EV infrastructure and accelerate the transition to electric transportation, New Jersey can create the road map for other states to follow.”

In the most densely populated state in the country, with 9 million people, we have more than 3 million registered vehicles, and we suffer from some of the worst regional air pollution. North Jersey and New York City ranked as the 10th worst metropolitan area in the U.S. for ozone levels, the main ingredient in smog that can trigger asthma attacks. New Jersey traffic congestion ranks within the top ten worst of the country—and with that comes lowered air quality and massive amounts of fossil fuels used to transport our state’s significant population of commuters around the metropolitan region. Not surprisingly, the transportation sector is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

“Transitioning away from gasoline powered to electrical cars is a necessary step to address climate change,” Ward E Councilman James Solomon said.  “Jersey City should continue to pursue policies that accelerate that trend.”

“As technology advances, it is imperative that we look at ways to improve our environment.  Greener options are on the rise and are a topic that the City is taking serious steps to include in the conversation throughout the City,” said Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley.

Since the inaugural Earth Day in 1970, we’ve made a lot of progress to clean up our air, but New Jersey can do a lot more to reduce pollution. On Tuesday, Jersey City officials will take the wheel to drive toward progress. And they will in a variety of electric cars on the market.

“Nearly 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey come from the transportation sector. While we need statewide commitments from big players like NJ Transit and the Murphy Administration, municipalities can lead the fight by encouraging communities to move towards electrification,” said Norah Langweiler, campaign organizer for Jersey Renews. “Creating space for electric infrastructure on a local level through amendments to zoning ordinances and investing in electric vehicle supply equipment at municipally-owned sites is foundational work for an efficient transition to a clean energy future.”

“What would Jesus, Moses, Mohammad, the Buddha or Lord Krishna drive?  Without doubt, an electric vehicle,” said Rev. Fletcher Harper, Director of the interfaith environmental organization GreenFaith.  “Less air pollution and less climate change means healthier communities and saving lives.  There’s just no question that we need state policies that make EV’s the new normal.”

“For New Jersey to combat climate change and meet our goals to reduce emissions, we have to adjust how we get around by expanding options such as public transit.And for trips that have to be made by car, we also need more people to be driving electric cars,” said Morgan Folger, Clean Cars Advocate for Environment New Jersey.

The Assembly should support bill A4634 and jumpstart New Jersey’s electric vehicle revolution. The bill must pass the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee before it can move to the floor.

“Electric vehicle ride and drives provide a unique education and outreach opportunity since it blends the excitement of new technology and a phenomenal driving experience, with information about how New Jersey can clean the air and decrease air pollution from greenhouse gases. EVs aren’t slow golf carts anymore- they have instant torque, a variety of cool tech features, and are hitting the market in a variety of vehicle shapes and sizes. ChargEVC is proud to support EV ride and drives which teach the public about this transformative technology and we look forward to bringing cleaner air and big economic benefit to the state as EV adoption increases in the coming years,” said Ashley Lynn Chrzaszcz, Associate at Gabel Associates and Representative of ChargEVC.

“New Jersey’s biggest source of air pollution is from cars and trucks. Over 40% of GHG in this state come from mobile sources. Our state however has been gridlocked when it comes to moving forward with electric vehicles. These emissions can be easily cut by implementing EV technology. We need to use legislation like S2252 (Smith) to advance EVs and especially EV infrastructure in our state. This is especially important if the state wants to achieve its 330,000 EVs on the road by 2025. We also need to target EV’s to low and moderate income areas while developing programs to create jobs,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “Our state used to be a leader in innovation and transportation and can be again in clean transport. Governor Murphy and the legislature need to remove the roadblocks and accelerate movement towards electric vehicles.”

Environment New Jersey is a statewide policy and action group. Our staff and members work to protect the places we love, advance the environmental values we share, and win real results for our environment.

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Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre Presents Big Bunny Laughs

Kids Will Love This Popular Children’s Musical Based on the Best-Selling Book

What happens when a family unknowingly brings home a vampire bunny much to the dismay of the family’s cat and dog who must save the family from this “wascally-wabbit”?

“On a dark and stormy night, the Monroe family decides to go see a movie. Their pets Chester (the cat) and Harold (the dog) patiently await their return. When they finally come home, they come bearing a surprise: they have found a bunny in the movie theatre. However, this is no ordinary rabbit…this is the extraordinary Bunnicula! When the family’s produce starts losing its juice, Chester thinks he knows what is causing the fantastic phenomenon: Bunnicula is a vampire who sucks the color out of the vegetables! Or maybe Chester’s imagination is getting the better of him. Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts, and in their home, for one very unique bunny.”

Bring the kids to solve the hilarious mystery of BUNNICULA, now showing at Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken’s resident professional theatre company. This family musical runs through May  5 at the company’s 14th Street theater; and, the plot goes something like this:

The children’s musical was written by  Jon Klein and Chris Jeffries; Jillian Carucci directs. Bunnicula brings back some recognizable artists to the MST stage, too, like Joelle Zazz, who played Violet in MST’s recent It’s a Wonderful Life as Chester, and Cameron Blankenship who played Rikki in The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi returns as Harold. Rachel Eddy, who delighted audiences as Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown plays Toby Monroe, and Andrew Baldwin (Core Values, 12th Night, Rikki Tikki Tavi) will employ his puppetry skills as Bunnicula.

The creative team includes resident scenic designer Jennifer Price Fick, costume designer Stefanie Genda, resident lighting designer Matthew J. Fick, resident scenic painter and prop designer by Emmett Grosland, and puppet designer Mary Gragen Rogers. Estimated run time: 1 hour and 20 minutes. Recommended for ages 5+.

“I encountered this extremely entertaining young audience play about 25 years ago when I was working with Seattle Children’s Theatre,” MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor says. “It’s funny, engaging, entertaining, and wonderfully adapted from the well-known book by Deborah and James Howe. It’s another great example of theater for young audiences that goes from the page to the stage. I love how plays like this ignite the imagination of young people and also get them enthusiastic about reading the source material. This will be a great show for school groups and for families looking for a rich family experience.”

If you go

April 13-May 5


Mile Square Theatre

1400 Clinton St, HOB

(201) 683-7014

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