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Universal Warrior Arts Team Wins Numerous First-Place Titles at the Battle of the Dragons National Championship in Atlantic City

Last month on January 28, 2024, Team Wright Won Numerous First Place Titles At The Battle Of the Dragons National Championships in AC, NJ.

The event sponsored competitors from NJ, NY, PA, MD, CA, and FL. Also, students came from international countries such as Russia, Trinidad, and Brazil to name a few. 

These are the following results:

Sempei Thomas Cushing Age 65, 2nd Dan Black Belt took 1st place in the Weapons, Forms and Sparring 65 and older Men’s division.

Abdul Haseeb Abdul Sameer Age 15,1st Dan Black Belt took 1st place in the Weapons, Forms and Sparring 14 and 15 year old Boys division. 

Jesus Ortiz Age 15, Green Belt took 1st place in the Forms and 1st Place in the Sparring 14 and 15 year old Boys division.

DJ Conyers Age 31, Green Belt took 1st place in the Forms and Sparring 30 to 39 year old Men’s division.

Lee Johnson Age 58, White Belt took 1st place in the Forms and Sparring 45 to 59 Beginners White and Yellow Belt division.

Maira Chugh Age 10, Green Belt took 2nd place in the Forms 10 to 12 year old Girls division.


Bayonne Mayor James Davis-Mayors Column

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

          On Monday, January 15th, we observed the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday.  This day should remind us about his life’s mission – equality for all Americans. By backing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Dr. King fought for equal rights for all Americans, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, or national origin. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. is not simply a figure from the past. Fifty-six years after his death, Dr. King’s words and actions remain relevant to the issues that we face today.  Recent acts of violence that were rooted in religious and racial hatred reminded us all that Dr. King’s work remains to be fulfilled.  Across the country over the years, Americans have been killed, just because they were Black, White, Hispanic, Jewish, Asian, Native American, gay, or members of other groups. The hatred and the violence must stop. 

Renovations Are Progressing at the Bayonne Public Library

Melody Scagnelli-Townley, Interim Director of the Bayonne Public Library, has issued an update concerning the multiple renovations that have been taking place this year in the library building at 31st Street and Avenue C. 

The library’s old boiler system has been dismantled and removed.  Scagnelli-Townley reported that the new boiler “is halfway through installation.”  The mechanicals and the cab have been removed from the library’s public elevator. Scagnelli-Townley reported that “the new elevator cab will be installed soon.”

The library’s main lobby (Circulation) and the dais, where new books were displayed, “were taken down to the studs,” Scagnelli-Townley said.  A new handicap-accessible ramp has been built to the dais. To accommodate the new ramp, the entrance from Circulation to the Popular Fiction Room was relocated.  The Circulation area has been moved to the center of the lobby.   A brand-new Circulation Desk, which incorporates a circulation desk from the 1950’s, is being custom-built.  Scagnelli-Townley stated, “Brand new tile flooring for the whole lobby is coming soon.” 

The Interim Director reported that the library’s Children’s Room “was taken down to the studs.”  She added, “Now, new lighting and a new ceiling have been installed.  A brand-new Story Time area with stadium seating and special lighting is starting to take shape.”

Workers have drilled holes through the floor of the Reference Room in preparation for “new, wired charging study tables and new computer carrels.”  Scagnelli-Townley said that the library staff is still waiting for “the arrival of brand-new, ADA-compliant furniture for the lobby, the Reference Room, and the Children’s Room.”  (ADA refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal law that provides for facilities that are compatible with the needs of handicapped people.)

Scagnelli-Townley commented, “So many exciting things are happening! Naturally, such big changes take time.  We are currently anticipating that we will be open to the public at our 31st Street building by the end of November.”  She continued, “To be sure, re-opening the library will depend on making steady progress for the next two months.  We will not announce a specific date for re-opening the library until we are certain that the time is right.”

She continued, “Until such time, we will continue to be available for you at our temporary Story Court branch (16 West 4th Street), where you can access many of the same features you love at our 31st Street building: computers, printing, copying, study space, device charging, and book-borrowing and returns.”

Scagnelli-Townley concluded, “Great things are coming!”

Bayonne Holds Ceremony to Celebrate Federal Grant for Special Needs Ballfield 

            On Saturday, January 28, the City of Bayonne’s Recreation Division held a ceremony to celebrate the $1 million federal grant it will receive to construct a ballfield for the Buddy Baseball program at 11th Street and Avenue E.  Buddy Baseball, a popular activity for young people with special needs, was established in Bayonne seven years ago. 

Super Soccer Saturday Set for Bayonne on Saturday, August 20

          The Bayonne High School Soccer Program announced that the first annual Super Soccer Saturday will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m., at Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium.  The stadium is located by Newark Bay near the foot of West 25th Street. 

The event will include several soccer games that will feature current Bayonne High School soccer players, BHS alumni players, and veterans of Bayonne Youth Soccer Association (BYSA) Travel Teams.  The games will include BYSA Youth Travel Teams: Boys under 9; Boys under 12; Girls under 9; Girls under 10; Girls under 12; and Girls under 19.  There will also be a Bayonne High School Boys Varsity game and a Bayonne High School Girls Varsity game.  The Bayonne High School Alumni game will feature Team Arszulowicz vs. Team Breyan, which are named after two pioneering Bayonne High School Soccer Coaches. Ray Arszulowicz initiated the Girls Soccer Program and served as Girls Soccer Coach for many years.  He also served as Boys Soccer Assistant Coach. Jim Breyan was an early Bayonne High School Boys Soccer Coach.  Under his leadership, the Boys Soccer Program gained notoriety on both the county and state levels.

Super Soccer Saturday will also feature prizes, a concession stand, contests, food trucks, raffles, and more.  All proceeds will benefit the Bayonne High School Soccer Program.  

The event is being hosted by the Bayonne High School Girls Soccer Parents Booster Club, which is called SPORT-BHS. Club President Jim Mock said, “I would like to encourage the entire Bayonne community to join us for a great day of soccer and fun on Saturday, August 20.  We look forward to bringing together current and former players from Bayonne High School and the BYSA, along with soccer fans from the community.  Come join us to support our great high school soccer players.”

This event was originally planned prior to the COVID pandemic and was shelved after the virus outbreak. Mr. Mock said, “The time now seems perfect with the entire BHS Soccer Program evolving with the addition of new coaches at all levels.  The Boys Head Coach is Jim McCaffery.  The Girls Head Coach is Victor Pesantez. We are hopeful that this event will become an annual celebration.”  He continued, “Our mission for this event is evident in our slogan, Bringing Bayonne Together.  Having a day of soccer showcasing the many teams that represent Bayonne will hopefully increase the support for our high school program.”

          Follow the BHS Soccer Program on Facebook at S.P.O.R.T.-B.H.S.  You can show your Bayonne pride by wearing maroon and white, Bayonne High School’s colors.

Bayonne Candlelight Vigil for Ukraine

Bayonne to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Ukraine on Thursday, March 3

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne will hold a candlelight vigil for Ukraine on Thursday, March 3, at 6:00 p.m., in front of City Hall.

Mayor Davis said, “This event will give the people of Bayonne the opportunity to show their support for the people of Ukraine. We are proud to stand with Ukraine as it fights for freedom and democracy. We welcome our residents to join with us at this special event.”

Bayonne Memorial Day Parade to Return in 2022

The City of Bayonne, in conjunction with the Bayonne Memorial Day Parade Committee, is excited for the return of the Bayonne Memorial Day Parade, on Monday, May 30, 2022.

The parade has been a Bayonne tradition since 1918, and this tradition can only continue with the participation of all patriotic citizens.

The parade will assemble at 9:00 a.m. on East 5th Street between Broadway and Isabella Avenue, and will commence at 10:00 a.m. There will be a brief ceremony at the start of the parade to honor our deceased Veterans and to place a wreath at the World War I Memorial. The parade will proceed north along Broadway and will then pass a reviewing stand setup in front of American Legion Post 19 and will end on 32nd Street and Broadway.

If organizations or groups are interested in participating in the parade, please email [email protected], with organization/group name, contact person and contact phone number, no later than Thursday, March 17, 2022.

For further information, please contact Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email [email protected].

Bayonne Statue serves as a reminder to wear your mask outside

COVID-19 Crisis has changed all our lives within a month or more. There is no getting around it, this is our new norm as evidenced in Bayonne at the corner of 26th Street and Broadway, located in front of Bayonne’s Main Library, as someone has seen fit to cover the mouth and nose of this statue as a reminder to wear your mask.

Let this statue serve as a reminder to keep each other safe when going outside.

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Mayor Davis Reorganizes Bayonne for Second Term

1st Ward Councilman Thomas Cotter Resigns, Will be named as DPW Director 

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Newly elected Mayor Jimmy Davis and newly elected First Ward Councilman Thomas Cotter on election night 2014   Photo by Steve Mack 

BAYONNE, NJ — Mayor Jimmy Davis is announcing that the City of Bayonne will undergo a reorganization this year with the departure of Tommy Cotter as First Ward Council Member and the request by Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Gary Chmielewski to take on a new role within the city. “I am sorry to see Tommy step down as a Council Member.  He has been a great representative for the First Ward and an outstanding advocate for the entire City. I am glad that he has agreed to take the position as the DPW Director. I am confident that he will serve the needs of the residents and will make sure that we continue to focus on the needed upgrades to our open space,” said Mayor Davis. Council Member Cotter’s resignation will take effect November 12. 

“It has been my pleasure to serve as a Council Member under Mayor Davis. I have been lucky to be part of a great Council team that has been able to kickstart development at MOTBY and invest in our parks,” exclaimed Cotter.  “I also feel honored that the Mayor has asked me to step in and head the DPW. For me, there is nothing I like better then serving my community.  I look forward to working with all of the dedicated employees and being part of the next stage of progress in this City.” Council Member Cotter was first elected in May of 2014 and has focused on the park and bridge improvements in the First Ward and throughout the City. Continue reading Mayor Davis Reorganizes Bayonne for Second Term

NJ Turnpike Interchange 14A Construction Schedule Next Three Weeks

 NJ Turnpike 14A Construction Project
The following work is scheduled over the next three weeks:
Toll Plaza
  • East side (entering 14A): renovation of existing Toll Utility Building continues.
  • During the weekend of 07/14/17, 8:00PM Friday through 8:00AM Sunday, Toll Lanes 8 & 9 (exiting the Turnpike) will be closed for concrete paving work. This work will be supported by Bayonne Police.
Ramps between the Toll Plaza and the Hudson County Extension (HCE)
  • Local street level work at Garfield, Avenue C and JFK Boulevard bridges will resume in the summer of 2017. This work will be supported by Jersey City and Bayonne Police as needed.
  • During the evening of 07/14/17, 8:00PM to 7:00AM, roadway repair work will be performed on the ramp from westbound Hudson County Extension to Interchange 14A Toll Plaza. Minor traffic impacts are expected. This work will be supported by the New Jersey State Police. 
Avenue E / Proposed Roundabout
  • New roadway construction on Avenue E near 53rd Street continues.
  • New bridge construction activities continue.  
Connector Bridge (Bridge from the Toll Plaza to Port Jersey Boulevard)
  • Traffic was shifted onto the new Connector Bridge in a two-way temporary traffic pattern. Please CLICK HERE for graphic.
  • Pedestrian usage of the bridge for access to and from Port Jersey Boulevard continues to be prohibited. Please CLICK HERE for shuttle bus pamphlet.
Route 440 and Pulaski Street Intersection / Jughandle
  • Ramp roadway construction continues.
  • Ramp structure construction to southbound Route 440 continues.
Ramp Area East of Route 440
  • New ramp construction continues.
  • During the week of 07/17/17, nighttime detours of the southbound Route 440 Jughandle at Pulaski Street will be required for approximately one (1) week in support of bridge steel erection. Work will be supported by Bayonne Police.


If you have any questions about the 14A Improvement Project, please call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-671-6872, or email [email protected] anytime. Thank you.
For full project details, contact information, traffic advisories, and informational pamphlets, please visit the NJTA 14A Website.
For information about the Bayonne Bridge, please click here

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