Fireworks, Concert, & Children’s Entertainment Set for Wednesday, July 5

Recreation - 6/26/2017 11:40:00 AM

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne’s Independence Day Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at the lower level of 16th Street Park, beginning at 6:30 pm, weather permitting.

There are plenty of attractions for both children and adults!

Free children's inflatable rides will be available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The rides will be stationed in the old amphitheater, which is located at the southeastern corner of the park's lower level.

The Alan Quinn Band will perform at 7:00 p.m. The band will play at the municipal amphitheater, which is located at the southwestern corner of the lower level of the park, near Newark Bay.

The fireworks are scheduled to go off at approximately 9:15 p.m. The fireworks show will run for about 30 minutes.

Food vendors will be located in the parking lot.

City officials say a buffer zone will be created in the park and the bay for residents' safety. Only authorized people will be allowed inside the buffer zone. No pleasure craft in Newark Bay will be permitted within a perimeter of at least 500 feet from the launch site, as per the U.S. Coast Guard. The Fire Department will have a boat in the bay during the show.

The Bayonne Recreation Division is providing free shuttle bus service for the event and will pick up passengers at East 24th Street and Church Lane. This location is near two parking lots: Parking Lot 6 (behind Archie's Cab) and Parking Lot 7 (behind Valley National Bank).

Shuttle bus service will begin at 6:00 p.m., and will drop off passengers at the lower level parking lot alongside the tennis courts until 8:30 p.m. Following the fireworks, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the buses will pick up passengers at the same area for the return trip to East 24th Street and Church Lane.

Shuttles will continue to run until all passengers have been returned to East 24th Street and Church Lane, by approximately 11:00 p.m.

To provide space for the shuttle, parking will not be allowed in a designated bus area between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Signs will be posted in the designated no parking area.

The boat ramp on the lower level of the park will be closed to boats for the entire day and the boat ramp parking lot will be available for public parking.

The main parking area on the lower level of the park will be closed to the general public after 7:00 a.m. No parking will be allowed by the firing range on the upper level of the park.

On West 16th Street, between Avenue A and the park, no parking will be allowed on either side of the street after 6:00 p.m. Signs will be posted. The signs will be removed around 10 p.m. as the event ends. Police will create a single lane for traffic on that portion of West 16th Street for crowd control purposes.

The DiDomenico Municipal Pool on the upper level of the park will follow regular operating hours on July 5, opening at 10:30 a.m. and closing at 5:00 p.m., weather permitting.

The basketball courts on the lower level of the park will close at 2:00 p.m.

The park's regular bathrooms will be closed for the event. Portable toilets will be available. Both regular and handicap facilities will be provided.

If it rains, the fireworks, concert, and entertainment would be rescheduled for Thursday, July 6. The same times and procedures announced for July 5 would apply to July 6, if the rain date needed to be used.

In the event of inclement weather, please call 201-471-7590 after 4:00 p.m., or visit, or view the city's Facebook page to check on the status of the fireworks and concert.

For further information, please contact Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email BAYONNEREC@AOL.COM.

Path Adding Morning & Evening Rush Hour Train Service to Accommodate Ridership Increase During Amtrak Summer Work at NY Penn Station

AAA - 6/21/2017 9:39:00 AM

With a significant increase in ridership expected this summer as a result of Amtrak’s infrastructure renewal project at New York Penn Station, PATH is responding with a comprehensive plan to increase train frequency between the Hoboken-33rd Street stations during the morning and evening rush hours and to cross-honor affected NJTransit passengers at three of the largest PATH stations.

The enhanced service and deployment of extra PATH personnel is scheduled to go into effect with the start of the New York Penn Station project on Monday, July 10, and remain in place for the duration of the project, which is expected to run into September.

City to Hold Workshop on Master Plan on Monday, June 26

City Clerk - 6/20/2017 2:09:00 PM

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne has scheduled a workshop to discuss the proposed new municipal Master Plan on Monday, June 26, 2017 in the City Council Chambers, 630 Avenue C, at 7:00 p.m.  Mayor Davis said, “This workshop will provide our residents with an important opportunity to offer their comments on Bayonne’s goals for the next decade.”

Master Plans set goals for development, preservation, transportation, recreation, and other aspects of the community’s future.  Bayonne’s most recent Master Plan was adopted in 2000.  The principal purpose of a Master Plan re-examination is to produce modifications in an existing zoning ordinance, in order to reflect updated priorities.  Bayonne’s current zoning ordinance was adopted in 2002.

The draft Master Plan report is available on the left-hand side of the homepage of the municipal website, which is at  The draft report is listed under the title of “City of Bayonne Master Plan.” Printed copies of the Master Plan draft are available from Land Use Administrator Lillian Glazewski in the Planning and Zoning Division in Room 13 at City Hall.

The proposed Master Plan was drafted by DMR Architects following a series of meetings and consultations in Bayonne since 2015.  The general public is invited to read the Master Plan report and offer its comments next Monday.

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

Aging - 6/20/2017 1:56:00 PM

Mayor Jimmy Davis 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 through October 17, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Fitzpatrick Park, which is located on Avenue C between 26th and 27th Streets.  The Office On Aging will indicate the locations of other approved farmers’ markets to the voucher recipients.  Please note that the Bayonne farmers’ market will not take place on Tuesday, July 4, due to the national holiday.

The program is targeted for seniors, 60 and older, whose income level is at or below 185% of the federally defined poverty level. 

Workshops for Home Ownership & Against Foreclosure

AAA - 6/15/2017 3:45:00 PM

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island is bringing its “Sustainable Together” workshops to Bayonne during the last two weeks of June.  Certified HUD- or Building Performance Institute-led workshops will offer counseling and resources for financial assistance, such as grant programs, financial planning, energy assistance, home maintenance, and other information meant to help prevent foreclosure and promote responsible home ownership.

The workshops are free.  The Home Ownership Seminar will start at 6:30 p.m. on two Tuesdays, June 20 and June 27, 2017.  The Foreclosure Seminar will start at 6:30 p.m. on two Tuesdays, June 22 and June 29, 2017. Workshops will be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C.

While workshop counseling is free, residents can sign up with the Starbuyer Program for $50 for one-on-one counseling, with a $50 charge for credit report service that would carry through to time of home purchase.

Residents can visit for more details. 

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