Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that high school seniors and juniors who live in Bayonne are invited to take part in the Louis Bay Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition.

The local competition is open to high school juniors and seniors who are Bayonne residents who plan to continue their education after high school. This scholarship is sponsored statewide by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which is offering three $1,000 scholarships to winners from across the state.

The purpose of this scholarship is to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer positions in municipal government while raising awareness of municipal government in general.

The scholarship competition is named in honor of Louis Bay II, former Mayor of Hawthorne, New Jersey.

Qualified students who are residents of Bayonne need to do two things to enter the scholarship contest: 1) Fill out an application form, which is available at the Office of the Mayor. 2) Write an essay on the theme “What My Municipal Government Does Best.” The essay should be based on the student’s perceptions and experiences with the City of Bayonne’s municipal government. The essay should

consider the public contributions of your municipal government.The essay’s length should be

approximately 500 words. Essays must be submitted to Mayor Davis’s office in hard copy by Friday, March 8, 2019, at 4:30 p.m., along with the application form.
Judging will be based solely on the essay. Please do not include any other information such as transcripts or references. Judging criteria will include the appropriateness of the essay’s theme; effective articulation of the theme; originality; technical composition; spelling; and syntax.
A committee will judge the essays submitted by Bayonne resident students. The Bayonne committee will select the winning local entry. By April 1, that entry will be sent to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities in Trenton, along with a list of all other entrants, who will receive certificates of participation. In early May, the League of Municipalities will announce fifteen statewide finalists and three statewide winners. Later in May, awards will be presented to the three scholarship winners around the state.
The New Jersey State League of Municipalities helps communities do a better job of self-government through pooling information, resources, and brainpower. The League has been serving local officials throughout New Jersey since 1915. The highlight of the League’s activities is its annual conference, which is held each November at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

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Saint Peter’s Basketball Announces Jersey City Weekend Feb. 22-24

In celebration of Jersey City’s birthday, all Jersey City residents can register to receive free tickets to the weekend’s basketball games.

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Saint Peter’s Athletics has announced its inaugural Jersey City Basketball Weekend in conjunction with the anniversary of Jersey City’s incorporation on February 22.

A city full of diversity, art, and tons of athletic talent, Jersey City has been home to the Saint Peter’s Peacocks for 147 years. In honor of the city’s 181st birthday, Saint Peter’s will be hosting a Jersey City Basketball Weekend from February 22-24, with home games for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Saint Peter’s athletics department is offering two free tickets for both games to any Jersey City resident who registers at

The celebration begins Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m. when the women’s basketball team takes on Fairfield. The festivities continue on Sunday, February 24 when the men’s basketball team faces off against Niagara at 2 p.m. Both games will be at the Yanitelli Center, located at 870 Montgomery Street in Jersey City.

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[Bayonne, NJ, January 30, 2019] Marist High School, home to the largest high school gymnasium in Hudson County, is proud to host the 15th Annual Dan Finn Classic on February 7, 2019. Featuring some of the best talent in the North East, this Essex County vs. Hudson County triple header match-up promises exciting games and fierce competition.


Some of the top boys’ high school basketball programs in New Jersey will be in attendance this year. In addition to Marist High School, featured schools include #4 State Ranked Newark Eastside High School, Lincoln High School, Seton Hall Prep, Saint Peter’s Prep, and Irvington High School.


Marist graduate Dennis “Pipper” Hammer ’67 was selected to be installed on the Wall of Fame at the Jersey City Armory in recognition of his excellent high school record. Dennis will be enshrined at the game.


Marist President Peter Kane said of the event, “The Dan Finn Classic and Marist High School are two noble institutions.  In Hudson County, basketball is “like a religion”.  We at Marist take both athletics and academics that seriously.  The legacy of Dan Finn will live on long after today’s players are graduated, but the values espoused by the Finn family; excellence, humility and respect, are also Marist values.”

For more information on the Marist boys’ and girls’ basketball programs, please visit


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HCCCs Cultural Affairs Hosts Exhibition of Jazz Influences on Printmaking ALL THAT JAZZ


                                       And Still I Rise by Otto Neals

 NOTES AND TONES’ Opening Reception at Dineen Hull Gallery, Tues, Feb. 5, 4-7 pm

The HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs presents NOTES AND TONES, a themed compilation of prints created by nationally recognized artists who have worked over the years with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in Manhattan. The show opens Tues, Jan 29 and runs through Fri, Mar. 1. An Opening Reception will be held on Tues, Feb. 5, from 4-7 pm.

Audrey Martells performs at the Closing Reception, Mar. 1

The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop is a community printshop dedicated to continuing the legacy of its founder and master printer Robert Blackburn, a jazz aficionado who held similar ideologies to the local Jazz communities of the late 1960s. This indie spirit glistens though the jazz-inspired works that will be on view in NOTES AND TONES. The exhibit will also include a closer look at community partner WBGO, a celebrated national radio station based in Newark.

at the Closing Reception, Mar. 1

Featured exhibiting artists include Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Camille Billops, Willie Birch, Robert Blackburn, Betty Blayton, Kay Brown, Vivian Browne, Mel Edwards, Maren Hassinger, Robin Holder, Dindga McCannon, Otto Neals, Mavis Pusey, Vernal Reuben, Betye Saar, Vincent Smith, Mildred Thompson, and Michael Kelly Williams.

The exhibition coincides with HCCCs annual Georgia Brooks Celebration. Highlights include a live Jazz performance during the opening reception on Feb. 5 which will be recorded by WBGO and broadcast live On Air. Jersey City masking tape artist Kayt Hester will create a live mural installation in the Dineen Hull Atrium. The closing reception will take place on March 1and feature a performance by singer Audrey Martells accompanied by Belden Bullock on bass.

If you go

Jan 29-Mar 1



Dineen Hull Gallery (6th Fl)

71 Sip Ave, JC

(201) 360-4182

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RWJBarnabas Health Recognizes Second Annual Maternal Health Awareness day

RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) marked Wednesday, January 23 across its system as the second annual statewide observance of Maternal Health Awareness Day. New Jersey is the first state in the nation to designate a day calling for action to raise public awareness about maternal health and promote maternal safety.

The proclamation for Maternal Health Awareness Day in New Jersey was signed by Governor Christie in 2017.  It was spearheaded by The Tara Hansen Foundation – created after the death of a New Jersey woman who died from an unnoticed infection after childbirth – as well as Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. The objective of the day is to increase maternal health awareness for all residents of the state including providers of women’s healthcare services, the general public, legislators, insurance company executives and other interested parties.

“RWJBarnabas Health’s participation in Maternal Health Awareness Day is one of the many ways in which our system is taking an active role in educating our communities about the importance of healthy pregnancies to ensure positive outcomes for both mothers and babies,” said John F. Bonamo, MD, MS, FACOG, FACPE, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Quality Officer of RWJBarnabas Health. “On the clinical side, in 2015, we established the RWJBarnabas Health OB Collaborative to assist health care providers by instituting evidence-based protocols to address the rising concerns of maternal health. The collaborative brings together the top minds in obstetrics care across the RWJBH system and takes a multidisciplinary team approach by actively engaging physicians, nurses, and support service leadership.” 

The RWJBarnabas Health’s OB Collaborative meets regularly to identify best practices, review and implement evidence-based protocols, address challenges, and evaluate and implement ways to improve maternal care. For example, to help address complications of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, which is one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality, the OB Collaborative created a bundle that includes a standardized order set and care pathway to support physicians and residents in clinical decision making to improve maternal care. The bundles were created using guidelines and recommendations from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and are currently being implemented system wide.  

“One major new initiative we are undertaking across the system this year is creating a protocol together with all of our emergency rooms,” said Dr. Bonamo. “This ensures that the right questions are asked of patients from the time they enter the emergency department and pregnant and postpartum patients are directed appropriately and swiftly from the beginning.  This is a vital step to decreasing the risk of maternal mortality and morbidity.”

The work includes advocacy before lawmakers, community engagement through institutes and coalitions, and leading obstetrical care for all.  As a result of the OB Collaborative, the majority of RWJBarnabas Health hospitals offering ob-gyn care have reduced their C-section rate, about half are now below the national episiotomy rate, and all hospitals are below the national early elective delivery benchmarks.

RWJBarnabas Health has also partnered with several outside organizations to improve maternal outcomes across the state, including: the NJ Department of Health Maternal Mortality Review Program, the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM), the NJ Perinatal Quality Collaborative led by the NJ Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust and the State of NJ Maternal Mortality Case Review Team.RWJBarnabas Health is also actively participating in the ‘Stop! Look! Listen!’ maternal health and safety campaign developed by the Tara Hansen Foundation to help empower pregnant mothers and their loved ones in addressing maternal health and safety and encourages women and families to speak up if they feel something is wrong – and providers to take heed of those concerns.

“Our work through the RWJBarnabas Health OB Collaborative and our outside partnerships are centered on implementing the best practices to continually improve the quality of care for women and their babies,” said Dr. Bonamo. “RWJBarnabas Health remains committed to developing new programs and initiatives to proactively address issues of maternal health and mortality.”

In recognition of Maternal Health Awareness Day, facilities across the RWJBH system hosted various education events for health care providers and the community to help increase awareness of maternal health issues within the communities they serve.


RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH New Brunswick, RWJUH Somerset in Somerville, RWJUH Hamilton, RWJUH Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital) with its multiple outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations. RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns.

RWJBarnabas Health recently announced a partnership with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system.   The collaboration will align RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.  The alliance will result in a multi-specialty group that will be one of the largest medical groups in the country.  

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Hudson County Community College Foundation 21st Annual Holiday Gala Celebration, a Success!

This year marked the 21st anniversary of the fundraiser, and the theme was “Americana.” Guests toured the program kitchens of the HCCC Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts representing various regions of the USA. All of the delicious cuisine was prepared by the College’s Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) chefs/instructors and students, and served by CAI students.  The HCCC CAI program – which is ranked among the top ten culinary programs in the U.S. – is one of only two programs in the region accredited by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, the Hudson County Community College Foundation held its 21st Annual Holiday Extravaganza. The annual Distinguished Community Service Awardwas presented to Barbara and William Netchert (second and third from left). Pictured with the Netcherts from left are Anthony Romano, Hudson County Freeholder; HCCC President Chris Reber, Ph.D.; Richard Mackiewicz, Jr., HCCC Foundation Chair; and Nicholas Chiaravalloti, HCCC Vice President for Planning and Development & Assistant to the President.

One of the evening’s highlights was the presentation of the Hudson County Community College Foundation 2018 Distinguished Community Service Award to Barbara and William Netchert. Mr. Netchert is an attorney with the firm of Netchert, Dineen & Hillman and serves as General Counsel for the Hudson County Improvement Authority. A member of HCCC Board of Trustees since 2003, he has been Chairman of the Board since 2005, and has been instrumental in the College’s incredible growth.  An integral part of the county and the College, Ms. Netchert served as Hudson County Clerk for more than 10 years. She was also Director of Jersey City Housing, Economic Development and Commerce, and Executive Director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

Proceeds from the Americana-themed fundraiser will benefit deserving students; Barbara and William Netchert received the 2018 Distinguished Community Service Award. January 4, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – The Board of Directors of the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Foundation hosted its Annual Holiday Gala on Wednesday, December 5. The event was held in the College’s Culinary Conference Center at 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City.  Proceeds from the event – over $175,000 – will provide scholarships for deserving students.

The Hudson County Community College Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (C) 3 corporation giving tax-exempt status to contributors. Since the Foundation was established in 1997, it has provided over $3 million in scholarships. The HCCC Foundation also established the Foundation Art Collection eleven years ago to coincide with the initiation of the College’s Fine Arts studies program. Presently, the Collection includes over 1,200 paintings, lithographs, photographs, sculptures, and other works by nationally acclaimed artists that are displayed throughout all the buildings on the College’s Journal Square and North Hudson Campuses. The Foundation also hosts a series of lectures that feature prominent artists and art authorities and scholars, and are open to the general public.# # # 
NOTE TO EDITORS: A photo from the event is included with this release. Caption follows:

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Hearing Set for Bayonne Block Grant Program on January 10


hearing on block grant

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the annual public hearing for Bayonne’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has been scheduled for Thursday, January 10, at 5:30 p.m., in the Dorothy Harrington Municipal Council Chambers, 630 Avenue C, Bayonne. Continue reading Hearing Set for Bayonne Block Grant Program on January 10

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Join RWJBarnabas at Bayonne for a Free Health Screening Fair Tuesday, January 29, 2019

RWJBarnabas at Bayonne Health Screening Januar 29, 2019
RWJB Health, Bayonne NJ

As you get ready to celebrate a new year, including making the traditional new year resolutions, make sure to add “keeping healthy” to the top of your list.

One of the easiest ways to honor this resolution is to know your actual numbers. What is your Blood Pressure? BMI?

Please join RWJBarnabas at Bayonne for a Free Health Screening Fair “New Year, New You, Know your numbers”  open to adults and children.

Take advantage of a variety of screenings and educational programs meant to empower you to make healthier decisions. There will be FREE screenings for:

Blood Pressure Glucose Finger Sticks Weight/BMI

Cholesterol Medication Reviews Educational Information

 Tuesday, January 29, 2019

 10 am – 4 pm

RWJBarnabas Health at Bayonne

519 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002

For more information, please contact Sharnia Williams at: 201.388.1290.









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