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Bayonne Accepts Donation of 11 Sets of Firefighter Turnout Gear From IMTT

Bayonne firefighters get new gear

 Mayor Jimmy Davis and Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver announced that that City accepted the donation of 11 sets of firefighter turnout gear from IMTT.

Representatives of IMTT including Terminal Manager Michael Morganti presented Mayor Davis, Fire Chief Keith Weaver, and Deputy Fire Chiefs Stephen Peterson and William Bartos with turnout gear valued at nearly $30,000.

“This donation is greatly appreciated and shows just how exceptional IMTT is as a corporate neighbor,” said Mayor Jimmy Davis. “This turnout gear is critical for keeping our firefighters safe when they come in contact with hazardous conditions in the course of their duties.”

“Safety is of utmost importance, and this gear will go a long way in keeping our firefighters safe. Many thanks to IMTT for their continued partnership with the Fire Department and City of Bayonne as they support our efforts,” said Chief



Bayonne 5K and Mayors Mile Saturday, June 6th

  The City of Bayonne and Bayonne Department of Recreation will Running hold its 1st Annual “Bayonne 5K” and “Mayors Mile” on Saturday May 6, 2015 starting at 8:00 AM at the 16th Street Park in Bayonne, NJ.  There will also be a 1 mile “Fun Run” that participants are encouraged to participate in as well.  Participants of all ages and running levels are encouraged to come out and run (or walk!) Over 200 participants are expected.

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City of Bayonne Moves to advance Broadway Redevelopment Second Broadway Block to be studied


City of Bayonne Seal (Bayonne) The Bayonne City Council recently approved a request by the Administration of Mayor Mark Smith to authorize a redevelopment study of the southern portion of a city block bounded by East 21st Street, Broadway and Library Court. The redevelopment study is a pre-cursor to designating the area as “an area in need of redevelopment” which would permit the city to use all available redevelopment tools to spur redevelopment of the area. Included in the study area is a vacant parcel of land that was the site of a proposed movie theater but has been a vacant construction site for many years.

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Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith Kick Off Rally Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 Chandelier Restaurant Bayonne

On Wednesday, February 12th Mayor Mark Smith of Bayonne and supporters gathered at the Chandelier Restaurant to kick off Smith’s 2014 run for Mayor.

With the threat of a major snow storm looming an enthusiastic crowd of  supporters  were on hand to hear  Mayor Smith  announce his 2014 Council running mates which did not change from his current administration and to hear Former NJ Governor Richard Codey speak of  the accomplishments of Mayor Smith’s current administration and the promise to  “Move Bayonne Forward” for the next four years.

Photos by River View Observer photographer Steve A Mack 

Bayonne Library to Hold Registration for Various Programs in the Children’s Room

CITY OF BAYONNE SEALMayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Bayonne Public Library will have registration for Parent/Toddler Time and Preschool Story Hour.  Registration for these programs will take place starting Monday, September 23, at 9:30 a.m., through Friday, September 27, or until these programs are filled, whichever comes first.  The library will start registration each day at 9:30 a.m.  All programs take place in the Children’s Room in the public library at 31st Street and Avenue C.  The Fall Session for these programs will begin on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

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Grants and Loans Available for Bayonne Businesses, Non-Profits Damaged by Sandy


CITY OF BAYONNE SEALMayor Mark A. Smith announced that grants and loans are available for qualified businesses and non-profit organizations that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  Mayor Smith said, “I urge businesses and non-profits that qualify for these programs to apply, so that they can continue to rebuild and recover from Hurricane Sandy.  The City of Bayonne would like everyone eligible in our community to benefit from these helpful grants and loans.”

            The first program is called Stronger NJ Business Grants.  This $260 million program is available to help small businesses and non-profits that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  Under this program, grants and forgivable loans of up to $50,000 per impacted location are available.  Businesses with multiple impacted locations may be eligible for an award of up to $250,000.  Eligible costs for reimbursement under this program may include: working capital (operating expenses), inventory, equipment, machinery, furnishings, and prospective construction. 

            To be eligible for a Stronger NJ Business Grant, a business must meet at least the following conditions: 1.) It must have been in existence on the date of Sandy in New Jersey, October 29, 2012. 2.) It must have at least one location in New Jersey and be registered to do business in New Jersey.  3.) The business must have less than $1 million in liquid assets.  4) It must be a small business with annual revenues of at least $25,000.  5) The business must have sustained a minimum of $5,000 in Sandy-related physical damage per location seeking assistance, which may include damage to real property or non-perishable, non-consumable inventory. 

            The second program is called Stronger NJ Business Loans.  This $100 million program is available to help small businesses and non-profits that were impacted by Sandy, as well as businesses looking to expand within storm-impacted communities.  Low-cost loans up to $5 million per eligible location, with 0% interest for the first 24 months and no principal payments for up to two years, are available for renovation, new construction, or equipment. Loans up to $500,000 are available to support working capital needs for eligible businesses.

            To be eligible, businesses within the nine most storm-impacted counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union) must: 1) be a small business with annual revenues of at least $25,000; 2) evidence a minimum of $5,000 in physical damage to real property or non-perishable and non-consumable inventory, and/or 3) positively impact the economy of their community through either capital investment or the creation or retention of jobs. Continue reading Grants and Loans Available for Bayonne Businesses, Non-Profits Damaged by Sandy

Produce Vouchers Available for Low-Income Seniors,Can Use at Bayonne Farmers’ Market


           CITY OF BAYONNE SEAL Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that produce market vouchers are available for low-income seniors through the Bayonne Office On Aging.  The vouchers would enable qualified seniors to purchase New Jersey-grown fresh fruit and vegetables at the Bayonne farmers’ market and other approved locations.  Participating farmers at the Bayonne farmers’ market sell New Jersey produce that is eligible for the voucher program.  The Bayonne farmers’ market takes place on Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at West 23rd Street and Del Monte Drive, which is located between Broadway and Avenue C.  The Office On Aging will indicate the locations of other approved farmers’ markets to the voucher recipients. Continue reading Produce Vouchers Available for Low-Income Seniors,Can Use at Bayonne Farmers’ Market

Bayonne First Annual Arts and Music Festival Video

Bayonne First Annual Arts and Music Festival June 14, 2013 from River View Observer on Vimeo.

The First Annual Bayonne Arts and Music Festival was held on Friday, June 14th, 2013.
Over a thousand plus people came out to view the Art Exhibits at the Bayonne Museum.
There were also Outdoor Art Demonstrations, Live music and outdoor dining by participating restaurants from the area.
The Bayonne Arts and Music Festival was presented in conjunction with
Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, the Bayonne City Council and the Bayonne Arts Circle
This is a River View Observer Video

Art Venue Nouveau – Bayonne Spotlights Artist Community with First-Ever Art & Music Festival Friday June 14th


Bill Zblyut  Cats Watching Me
Bill Zblyut
Cats Watching Me
Raymond Greaves A Better Life
Raymond Greaves
A Better Life



Joan Hujducek Rosen St. Maarten Sunset
Joan Hujducek Rosen
St. Maarten Sunset
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George Weir
Faces of Bayonne


Ellen Greaves A Flower Painting
Ellen Greaves
A Flower Painting

By  Sally Deering Hoboken’s been doing it for years; Jersey City does it, too; and now, Bayonne has joined the ranks of local towns holding their very own arts & music festivals.  Where artists go, others follow, Joe Waks, a professional artist and member of the Art Circle of Bayonne says. More and more artists are planting roots in Bayonne.

 To celebrate that trend, Mayor Mark Smith and his administration are sponsoring Bayonne’s first-ever Arts & Music Festival on Fri, June 14, from 6 pm to 11 pm. Sixty artists from the Art Circle of Bayonne, a collective of painters, photographers, sculptors and other artists will exhibit their works inside the Bayonne Community Museum on Broadway between 9th and 10th Streets. Artists will also give free painting and drawing demonstrations outside the museum. Continue reading Art Venue Nouveau – Bayonne Spotlights Artist Community with First-Ever Art & Music Festival Friday June 14th

City of Bayonne Update- Public Information Center Established to Assist with FEMA Applications due to Superstorm Sandy

Hurricane Update Message from Mayor Mark A. Smith, Thursday, November 8, 2012
Release Date: 11/08/2012
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established a public information center at the Bayonne Community Museum, 229 Broadway (at 9th Street), to assist with applications for FEMA assistance and provide information on the FEMA claims process. FEMA representatives will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, including Saturday and Sunday. Residents will be assisted on a walk-in basis. Please take advantage of this important service.
Power has been restored to almost all of the city, but we continue to press PSE&G to complete the restoration. If your home is still out, please advise our emergency operations center at 201-858-7183 or 201-858-7184.
Governor Christie has issued an administrative order imposing water use restrictions on cities like Bayonne, because of limited capacity at the Passaic Valley Sewage Commission, due to storm-related damage. All non-essential water usage is discouraged. Bayonne’s water quality has not been affected by the storm, and remains safe to use for all purposes.
The state of emergency declared at the beginning of the storm will end at 6:00 p.m. tonight (Thursday, November 8). The emergency operations center will remain open until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning (Friday, November 9). After that time, please report any issues to the Bayonne Police Department at 201-858-6900.
Most gas stations, pharmacies, and supermarkets are operating on normal schedules. Gas is generally available on an odd/even rationing basis.
Please be safe and let us know how we can help.
Mayor Smith and Assemblyman O’Donnell Announce Availability of Business Assistance Services
Release Date: 11/08/2012
Bayonne Mayor Mark A. Smith and Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell announced that business assistance services are available for those affected by the storm. Services available include financial support, information on temporary space, and technical assistance for impacted businesses. Information for all services is available from New Jersey’s Business Action Center (BAC) by calling 1-866-534-7789, or by visiting the state business website, www.newjerseybusiness.gov.
Services include:
– Guarantees of up to $500,000 for commercial lines of credit to businesses that need access to cash to improve their damaged property while awaiting insurance proceeds, with all related New Jersey Economic Development Authority fees waived. – Grant awards for businesses to assist with on-the-job training costs for new workers hired specifically to assist in disaster-related activities, such as landscaping and tree removal, construction, insurance claims, building supplies sales, materials transport, utility work, call and claims centers staffing, and infrastructure clearing and repair. – Availability of the Business Resource Centers at any of the currently operational local One-Stop Career Centers across the state as temporary hubs for businesses to access telephone and internet services, as well as for job seekers and displaced workers seeking workforce development and unemployment assistance – Temporary Hubs for Affected Business to Access Telephone and Internet Services. – The availability of Disaster Unemployment Benefits to provide income security for those displaced workers suffering temporary storm-related job loss – Dispatch of Rapid Response Team members to identified Disaster Recovery Centers to assist displaced workers.. – Availability of services through the New Jersey Youth Corps to assist non-profit, public, and governmental entities in a variety of ways for disaster relief and clean-up.
In addition, BAC’s Business Call Center is also the one-stop resource for more information on how to get businesses back up and running. The Call Center staff can assist with the following services:
– Arranging business facility inspections for buildings suffering major flood damage, as such conditions require structural integrity inspections before utility service can be restored. These inspections are handled in local code enforcement offices and by local code enforcement officials. Anticipating an enormous increase in such work, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has mobilized all qualified personnel to assist local governments in this effort. – Advocating for businesses seeking information from local utilities to restore electric, phone, gas, and water services. – Advocating with insurance carriers to file and expedite claims. – Providing information on how to qualify for federal recovery assistance. – Connecting businesses to the other county and local business services and to the services offered by the Small Business
Administration and Small Business Development Centers that include assistance with insurance claims, as well as loans and business plan revisions.
For more information about best practices in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, please visit www.ready.nj.gov for continual updates