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Chuck Premiere in Bayonne May 12th 2017 is All Smiles and All Pride


Chuck Wepner and Linda Wepner with Stallone Impersonator
Chuck Wepner and Linda Wepner with Stallone Impersonator at Bayonne’s premiere of CHUCK at Frank’s Theater on May 12th, 2017 


By Joe Calamito 

Photos by Steve Mack 

I am certain that audiences all over the world are going to fall in love with the movie CHUCK  starring Liev Schreiber as Chuck Wepner and Naomi Watts as Chuck’s wife Linda. 

This movie is a tough, gritty, “other side of the tracks,” love story.

It combines boxing with romance, personal pain and triumph. 

It’s also about, loss, human error, redemption and pride.

CHUCK lets you see Wepner with his goodness (Never knew he wrote poetry), and his human frailty,  his run in with the law, his partying, his coming to grips with the man he should become.

Schreiber in his performance also makes you really like Chuck Wepner and what’s not to like, in real life Chuck Wepner is a likeable guy.

I first met  him  right after he fought Muhammad Ali in the mid- seventies and have run into him on many occasions  through the years, he always offers a big smile and a hello to  everyone  he meets.

So that is why at the Premiere of CHUCK at  Bayonne’s Frank Theater on Friday, May 12th family, friends and fans  of  Chuck Wepner joined together in his honor, and were proud of Bayonne’s favorite son.

Chest busting proud, wide smiles proud, back slapping proud.

 Bayonne  loves Chuck Wepner and perhaps after you watch the movie CHUCK  you will too, and feel  proud that Chuck Wepner got the shot  to fight Muhammad Ali and  the recognition he deserved for being the inspiration for the movie Rocky.

In reality, CHUCK the movie is letting the world know  “Chuck Wepner is the real Rocky.” The Everyman who beats the odds.

And that is a cause we all can get behind.

Here are some photos by Steve Mack from May 12th Premiere event of the movie Chuck in Bayonne 

Front Row Ray Greeves, Bruce Dillin, Chris Patella ,(Back Row )Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis far left with Linda Wepner, Stallone Impersonator, Champ Chuck Wepner, Assemblyman Nicholas A. Chiaravalloti at the Premiere of CHUCK at Frank’s Theater on May 12th, 2017 
Chuck and Linda Wepner
Chuck Wepner and his Wife Linda arrive for the premiere of CHUCK at Bayonne’s Frank Theater on May 12th, 2017
Chuck Premiere
Chuck Wepner with wife Linda addresses the audience at the premiere of CHUCK
also in photo Chris Patella
Family, friends and fans wait for the premiere of CHUCK to begin
Premiere of Chuck
Pirates greet Chuck Wepner with Bayone Mayor Jimmy Davis and Bruce Dillin at Otaiko Restaurant before the premiere of CHUCK
Chuck Premiere
Audience at Fank’s Theater Bayonne for premiere of CHUCK

To see more photos and read more about the movie Chuck go to: 


ROCKY STAR Former Heavyweight Champ Chuck Wepner’s Life Now a Major Motion Picture

Poster for Chuck

  Film Premieres in Bayonne at Frank Theatres, Friday, May 12

 “Sometimes life is like a movie; sometimes its better,” – Chuck Wepner as portrayed by Liev Schreiber in the new film, CHUCK

By Sally Deering

Like the Rocky character Sylvester Stallone created based on Chuck Wepner’s 1976 loss in the ring to Muhammad Ali, Chuck Wepner’s match with Ali has been a huge part of his life. Five years ago, the documentary The Real Rocky aired on PBS and coming up on Fri, May 12, CHUCK starring Liev Schreiber premieres at the Frank Theatres at South Cove Commons in Bayonne. Directed by Philippe Falardeau, the film follows Wepner’s life before and after his March 24, 1975 fight with Muhammad Ali. MAD MEN star Elizabeth Moss, Naomi Watts, and Ron Perlman co-star; and according to IMDB, CHUCK’s writing credits go to Jeff Feuerzeig, Jerry Stahl, Michael Cristofer and Liev Schreiber.

Leiv Schriber as Chuck Wepner

Live Schreiber as Chuck Wepner in the new

film CHUCK Continue reading ROCKY STAR Former Heavyweight Champ Chuck Wepner’s Life Now a Major Motion Picture

Cat Colony Rescued From 24th Street Home in Bayonne

Cat Colony photo
Not actual photo of cats rescued on 24th Street in Bayonne

 A Cat Colony was rescued recently from an abandoned home on 24th Street in Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis made the announcement recently  after receiving word from City Council Secretary Beth Polera in late 2016 that at least forty cats were living without humans in the home, Mayor Davis asked that the problem be addressed immediately.   City Community and Cultural Affairs Officer Dorothy Roszkowski, a member of the CARE Organization, set up a visit to the house with volunteers. The house, which is in foreclosure, is owned by a bank in Florida.  The bank gave permission to Roszkowski to enter the building to help the cats.  Continue reading Cat Colony Rescued From 24th Street Home in Bayonne

CarePoint Health Toy Drive

Bayonne Board of Ed

CAREPOINT DRIVE: CarePoint Health held a toy donation/clothing drive for the Bayonne Board of Education Special Services Department.

Those pictured include Bayonne Schools Superintendent Patricia McGeehan (fourth from left); Catherine Shull-Fernald (center), CarePoint Health at Bayonne Medical Center Chief Operating Officer; and Mohammad Shozub (fifth from right), CarePoint Site Manager, Patient Experience Department.



Party of Five Acappella Doo Wop Group to appear at Bayonne Bergen Point Fall Festival October 15th

Party of Five
Party of Five
Front Jack Sepede,
Joe Pupino, Joe Calamito, Jerry Lanzerotti, Bob Goetz












Party of Five a Acappella Doo Wop Vocal Group will appear at the Bergen Point Fall Festival the annual community Festival will feature Music Entertainment, Great Food, Inflatable rides, Caricaturist, Sand Art, Face Painting and more.

The Windwill Alliance will also host the following events: Basketball Throw in front of Highways Store, Pumpkin Painting on the Trinity Parish Lawn, The Windmill Center Bake Sale, Basket Raffles.

There will be a Dog Costume Contest at 12 noon

If You Go

October 15

Broadway from 5th street to Cottage Street in Bayonne

12 Noon-6 PM

For more information  call the Bayonne UEZ Office  201-858-6357




Bayonne’s Bridges Gymnastics Center team girls shined at their first meet of the season. The Pumpkin Cup meet was held at Bishop Ahern high school in Edison N.J.   . A very special congratulations goes out to 9 year old Emilie Mandaro and 9 year old Marie Little for qualifying into Bridges USAG optional level 6 team program.

Other team girls shining at the meet are their level 4 gymnasts Alexandria Rivera, Natalie Wondolowski, and Elizabeth Keller, along with their level 3 teammates Maya Sekulski, Isabella Vera , Alexsandra Hrynkiewicz and Snehi Vijaywargiya.

Bridges Gymnastics Photo is left to right. Marie Little, coach Jaclyn Poznansky and Emilie Mandaro For more information on the Bridges Gymnastics Center at 91 west 23rd street, call 201-339-0202.

New Jersey Turnpike Construction Update 14A Interchange

14A constuction project Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis  announced that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and its contractors have provided the City of Bayonne with updated information about the New Jersey Turnpike reconstruction of interchange 14A.

In the toll plaza area, toll lane and toll island construction are continuing on the west side. Nighttime closures of certain toll lanes are expected on weeknights for two weeks, starting August 13, from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Other toll lanes will remain open in both directions during that period. Traffic flow will continue. Construction of a new building continues on the east side. Utility construction work is proceeding. Sign structure foundation work is moving ahead on the east side. Continue reading New Jersey Turnpike Construction Update 14A Interchange

Bayonne’s Tammy Blanchard in her first Disney film: INTO THE WOODS


An Interview with local actress Tammy Blanchard

INTO THE WOODS Punch, Baranski and Blanchard ,
Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski and Bayonne actress Tammy Blanchard in a scene from Disney’s INTO THE WOODS
Actress Tammy Blanchard at home before the INTO THE WOODS Premiere Dec. 8th, 2014 Photo: Ava Jean Entertainment(c)
Actress Tammy Blanchard at home before the INTO THE WOODS Premiere Dec. 8th, 2014
Photo: Ava Jean Entertainment(c)

After the presents have been opened on Christmas Day, it’s always fun to go out and catch a movie. That’s what Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Stephen Sondheim fans will be doing when the movie musical INTO THE WOODS opens nationwide on Dec. 25th.

Meryl Streep stars as the Wicked Witch and a troupe of wickedly talented stars including Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski and Bayonne’s Tammy Blanchard join her for a romp in the woods. “Be careful what you wish for” is the film’s tagline because although it’s about Grimm Fairy Tales, this is no kiddie movie. Sondheim and co-writer James Lapine have taken several fairy tale characters on loopy adventures where very adult things happen, and not every journey ends happily ever after.

Disney’s INTO THE WOODS is the filmed version of the Tony Award winning musical which debuted on Broadway in 1987 starring Bernadette Peters as the wicked witch, and directed by Hal Prince. It has been performed throughout the world, has had several revivals here and in London, and has taken almost 30 years to go from stage to screen.

During her career, Bayonne’s Tammy Blanchard earned Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of Judy Garland in LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND; ME AND MY SHADOWS; and two Tony Award nominations for supporting roles in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS…(with “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe) and GYPSY starring Bernadette Peters. Continue reading Bayonne’s Tammy Blanchard in her first Disney film: INTO THE WOODS

CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Major Upgrade to the Emergency Department

Photo by Stephen Mack 

Investment of approximately $1,000,000 results in significant  Improvements to facilities Results in faster, more efficient delivery of medical services and patient care

Bayonne, New Jersey (November 6, 2014) –  CarePoint Health CEO Dennis Kelly, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and other elected officials cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center’s renovated Emergency Department. With an investment of close to one million dollars, the Emergency Department has created a facility designed to decrease wait times, handle increased patient volume and provide the highest quality care in a state-of-the-art environment.

Continue reading CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Major Upgrade to the Emergency Department

Take A Walk Through the Bayonne Bergen Point Fall Festival

The residents of Bayonne came out in numbers on Saturday October 18th, 2014 for the Bayonne Bergen Point Fall Festival.
The first festival for Bayonne in a few years and one that Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and Bayonne Urban Enterprise Director Terrence Malloy and the Bergen Point Merchants felt the city should have.
The festival featured music, entertainment,great food, inflatable rides,balloon sculpture and much more
So join our River View camera for walk through the festival