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Passantino Wins Eight Awards from New Jersey Journalism Organization

BAYONNE, NJ – Freelance journalist Joseph Passantino won eight awards from the Garden State Journalism Association in its 70th Annual Memorial Journalism Awards competition.

Three of his honors were for work performed for the Hudson Reporter newspaper group, and five were for the TAPinto Bayonne news website.

Passantino received the Hildy Johnson Award for his story, “Smack Surges in Hudson County,” which appeared in The Weehawken Reporter. The GSJA bestows the honor for the “outstanding print or broadcast news story of the year.”

Along with Hudson Reporter colleague Al Sullivan, Passantino took home a second-place award in the Print/Investigative Reporting category for “Electronic Cheating? School District Investigates Possible Smart Phone Cheats.” The story ran in the Bayonne Community News.

Passantino wins eight  awards
“Snow Daze”- Photo by Joe Passantino

Passantino won second place in the Photography, Essay category for “Snow Daze; After the Blizzard,” which ran in the Bayonne Community News. The photo series chronicled the city following a 20-inch snowfall.

For TAPinto Bayonne, Passantino won in the photography categories of Spot News, General News, and Portraits & Personalities.

In Spot News, he won first place for his photo titled “Sad Day,” taken following an apparent suicide in a downtown Bayonne park.

In General News, Passantino took both first and second places for “Just Super,” a picture of a super moon taken from The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, and for “A Tale of Two Bridges.”

Passantino wins eight awards
“My Turn” photo by
Joe Passantino
Passantino wins eight  awards
“May I Help You”
photo by Joe Passantino

In Portraits & Personalities, he again took the two top spots; for “My Turn,” where he captured the image of a child waiting anxiously for his father to share ice cream, and “May I Help You?”, a shot of a dog “manning” the counter in a veterinarian’s office.

The honors were presented for work completed in 2016.


  • 1. Snow Daze
  • 2. My Turn
  • 3. May I Help You?
  • 4. Just Super
  • 5. Sad Day
  • 6. A Tale of Two Bridges


Actor Harrison Ford Hospitalized After Plane Crash in California

Actor Harrison Ford crashed his 1942 single-engine World War II training plane, a Ryan Aeronautical model ST3KR on Thursday. Ford crashed shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport and landed on Penmar Golf Course in Venice California.

According to NBC4 News the actor is fine and has been treated for some gashes.
A later report indicated that Ford walked away from the accident to a waiting ambulance.

Ford has survived previous plane and helicopter crashes in the past.

A video released by NBC4 News shows the plane Ford was piloting right before the crash.


Operation Christmas Child Gets Underway

Over 160 local youth spent their school holiday volunteering with OCC in honor of U.S. veterans. Here they are in action! ‪#‎VeteransDay‬

Fallen Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago Remembered at Funeral


By Ricardo Kaulessar- Photos by Ricardo Kaulessar 

JCPD Officer Santiago Casket
The casket of slain JCPD Officer Melivin Santiago carried into St. Aloysius Church, Jersey City
Outside St. Aloysius  Church in Jersey City after the service for Officer Melvin Santiago
Outside St. Aloysius Church in Jersey City after the service for Officer Melvin Santiago


Fellow Police Officers carry JCPD Officer Melivn Santiago's casket into St. Aloysius Church
Fellow Police Officers carry JCPD Officer Melivn Santiago’s casket into St. Aloysius Church





The funeral for Jersey City Police

Fellow Officers from as far as Philadelphia fill the church for Police Officer Melvin Santiago's funeral
Fellow Officers from as far as Philadelphia fill the church for Police Officer Melvin Santiago’s funeral

Officer Melvin Santiago on Friday offered a somber pause, a reflective respite from a very tense week for law enforcement and the public at large.

The 23-year-old was laid to rest at St. Aloysius Church on West Side Avenue, mourned by grieving family and friends, his fellow officers, and elected officials. Also, hundreds of officers from locations as far away as Philadelphia lined the street outside when his casket was brought into the church. Continue reading Fallen Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago Remembered at Funeral

Eulogy for Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop July, 18, 2014

At the funeral mass for slain Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago the following eulogy was said by Jersey City’s Mayor Steve Fulop.


Jersey City Police Officer
Melvin Santiago

Archbishop Hebda, members of the clergy, to Kathy and Al McBride, Melvin’s brother Alex, all of his family and friends that are here today.  On behalf of the City of Jersey City and the Jersey City Police Department, I offer to you our deepest condolences.

Melvin Santiago was everything we would want in a police officer. He was hard working and conscientious, good and courageous, strong and considerate. To quote the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., “It was not how these officers died that made them heroes; it is how they lived.”

Melvin had always wanted to be a police officer.  I’ve been told that as a boy he’d travel with his uncle to the precinct to learn about the JC Police Department. Continue reading Eulogy for Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop July, 18, 2014


By Ricardo Kaulessar

Mayor -elect James Davis
Mayor -Elect Jimmy Davis greets his supporters at Casa Maria Restaurant
on election night

Photo of Mayor -Elect  Jimmy Davis by Ricardo Kaulessar  

Smith and team again
Mayor Mark Smith and Team election night at Chandelier Restaurant


 Photo of Mayor Mark Smith and Team by Steve A Mack 

James Davis walked into the Villa Maria restaurant in Bayonne on Tuesday night like the conquering hero, with hundreds of supporters cheering him on as soon as he entered the place.

There was good reason for the elation as Davis won the mayoral runoff election in his hometown over the incumbent Mark Smith by a 51% to 49% margin as of election night.

Davis greeted the numerous tired and sweaty followers like himself who were energized by seeing their leader give his victory speech.

“Tonight we enjoy but tomorrow we get to work,” said Davis to raucous applause. “It’s going to take everybody in this city to change this city, whether they voted for us or against us.” Continue reading BAYONNE ELECTS A NEW MAYOR

New Pope Francis Choosen for World’s 1.2 Billion Catholics

Pope FrancisIn a series of firsts a new Pope was choosen by the Cardinals  today in Vatican City   His given name Jorge Mario Bergoglio will forever be known as Pope Francis.

Pope Francis, 76 years old of Buenos Aires, Argentina a Jesuit and Latin America’s first Pope.

Rome time 8pm, the new Pontiff gave his first blessing to the thousands that jammed St. Peter’s Basilica and the watching world.

Jersey City Gun Buyback Saturday January 5th- NO QUESTIONS ASKED

JERSEY CITY SEAL LOGOJERSEY CITY – Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and Police Department officials announced the city will host another gun buyback from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church, 661 Montgomery Street. There, residents can turn in rifles for $100, handguns and automatic weapons for $150, respectively, with no questions asked.  Continue reading Jersey City Gun Buyback Saturday January 5th- NO QUESTIONS ASKED

Newtown Connetiticut Memorials from

Our photographer Steve Mack recently went up to Newtown Ct. and took these photos of the many memorials placed by the Newtown community and heartbroken people from around the world for the senseless tragedy that took place on December 14th, claiming the lives of 6 adults and 20 children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.


Students at Bayonne HS Explore Legacy of ‘Greensboro Four’

Students at Bayonne High School recently participated in a Cablevision Power to Learn Black History Month event that explored the legacy of the Greensboro Four. Participating in the event, which was presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Channel, was original Greensboro Four member Joseph McNeil who spoke with students about the civil rights movement, along with Assemblyman Charles Mainor, Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell and Mayor Mark Smith. Pictured (l. to r.) with participating students are Bayonne NAACP President Al Strickland, New Jersey NAACP President James Harris, Assemblyman O’Donnell, Principal Richard Baccarella, Mayor Smith, Teacher Deidre Hurley, National Museum of American History Director of African American Culture Christopher Wilson, Greensboro Four Member McNeil, Assemblyman Mainor, Cablevision Vice President of Education Trent Anderson, Bayonne BOE Director of Language Arts, Social Studies and Service Learning Dan Ward, Smithsonian Channel Representative Lakeisha McCoy and Cablevision Director of Government Affairs Don Viapree.