Proceeds from 1st Annual City Youth Challenge Obstacle Race Presented to the Division of Recreation

Recreation - 1/19/2018 12:11:00 PM

On October 15th, 2017, the City of Bayonne Division of Recreation and BCB Bank hosted the 1st Annual City Youth Challenge Obstacle Race. It was a huge success! Proceeds from the race will go towards the Division of Recreation Special Needs Sports Program.

Pictured is BCB Bank CEO and President, Thomas M. Coughlin, presenting a check in the amount of $6,000.00 to Supervisor of Recreation, Pete Amadeo.

Also pictured is BCB staff, Lindsay Tagliareni, Creative Services Director; Pam Sclafane, Vice President and Head of Marketing; and Kelly Balance, Marketing Assistant.

Local Poet/Author Marissa Kline-Gonzales to Read

AAA - 1/16/2018 11:36:00 AM

Local Poet/Author Marissa Kline-Gonzales to Read Poems at Library on January 22
Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that Marissa Kline-Gonzales, a Bayonne poet and author, will read from her book, Collection of 89 Poems, at the Bayonne Free Public Library, on Monday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m., in the Children’s Room.  The library is located at 31st Street and Avenue C.
Marissa Kline-Gonzales was born in the Philippines, and was adopted by a family in Pennsylvania.  She has travelled across the world, and describes her adventures through her poetry.  This book, volume four of her poems, describes her adventures.  Collection of 89 Poems is geared for children ages 11 and up. 
There is no registration required for this event.  Adults and children are both welcome to attend.
This author’s reading will take place in the Children’s Room, which is located on the second floor of the library.

High School Juniors and Seniors Invited to Apply for Scholarship

AAA - 1/16/2018 11:34:00 AM

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that high school seniors and juniors who live in Bayonne are invited to take part in the Louis Bay Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition.  The local competition is open to high school juniors and seniors who are Bayonne residents who plan to continue their education after high school.  This scholarship program is sponsored statewide by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which is offering three $1,000 scholarships to winners from across the state.
The purpose of this scholarship is to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer positions in municipal government while raising awareness of municipal government in general.  The scholarship competition is named in honor of Louis Bay II, former Mayor of Hawthorne, New Jersey. 
Qualified students who are residents of Bayonne need to do two things to enter the scholarship contest: 1) Fill out an application form, which is available at the Office of the Mayor.  2) Write an essay on the theme “What My Municipal Government Does Best.” The essay should be based on the student’s perceptions and experiences with the City of Bayonne’s municipal government.  The essay should consider the public contributions of your municipal government.  The length of the essay should be approximately 500 words.  Essays must be submitted to Mayor Davis’s office in hard copy by Friday, March 9, 2018, at 4:30 p.m., along with the application form.
Judging will be based solely on the essay.  Please do not include any other information such as transcripts or references.  Judging criteria will include the appropriateness of the essay’s theme; effective articulation of the theme; originality; technical composition; spelling; and syntax.
A committee established by Mayor Davis will judge the essays submitted by Bayonne resident students.  The Bayonne committee will select the winning local entry.  By April 2, that entry will be sent to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities in Trenton, along with a list of all other entrants, who will receive certificates of participation.  On May 4, the League of Municipalities will announce fifteen statewide finalists and three statewide winners.  Between May 9 and May 25, awards will be presented to the three scholarship winners in local ceremonies around the state.   
The New Jersey State League of Municipalities is a voluntary organization created to help communities do a better job of self-government through pooling information, resources, and brainpower.  The League is authorized by state statute, and has been serving local officials throughout New Jersey since 1915.  All of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are members of the League.  The highlight of the League’s activities is its annual conference, which is held each November at the Atlantic City Convention Center.  At the 2017 League Conference, more than 16,000 delegates, participants, and guests attended, representing the largest municipal gathering in the country. 

“Everyday Excellence” - Jazz & Blues Celebration

AAA - 1/10/2018 4:45:00 PM

Mayor James Davis and the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation present “Everyday Excellence,” a celebration of the African American culture through jazz and blues, on February 8, 2018 at the Polish American Club, 27-31 W 22nd St., from 6 to 10 p.m. A donation of $25 includes food and entertainment.

To purchase tickets visit or call 201-437-7222.

New QuickChek Store Opens at 22nd Street & Route 440, Providing Fifty New Jobs

AAA - 1/9/2018 1:59:00 PM

Mayor Davis Does Ribbon-Cutting At New QuickChek:  City officials and company executives and workers took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new QuickChek store at East 22nd Street and Route 440.  Among those in the photo from left to right are Third Ward Council Member Gary LaPelusa, First Ward Council Member Tom Cotter, Mayor Jimmy Davis, and QuickChek Chief Executive Officer Dean Durling.  City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowsi, Council Member At-Large Juan Perez, and Second Ward Council Member Sal Gullace also took part in the ceremony.

On Monday, January 8, 2018 about 100 people attended the opening ceremony for Bayonne’s newest QuickChek store, which is located at East 22nd Street and Route 440.  Speaking at the ribbon-cutting event, Mayor Jimmy Davis thanked QuickChek CEO Dean Durling for his company’s investment in Bayonne.  Mayor Davis also congratulated the workers, whom he called “the backbone” of the business. Referring to the store’s construction, Mayor Davis said that the site had changed quickly from a pile of soil into a store.   Musicians from Bayonne High School’s marching band played a musical selection at the ceremony. QuickChek announced that it would donate to the band twenty-five cents for each sub, sandwich, and wrap sold during the first thirty days of business.

QuickChek stores feature sandwiches, soups, coffee, and other grocery items. The new QuickCheck is the 154th store in the New Jersey-based chain.  It is the fourth QuickChek in Bayonne, and the fifth one in the chain to feature a new design with broader aisles and cleaner sightlines than in traditional convenience stores.  The interior has 5,496 square feet of space. The new location also includes a fueling station with eight pumping stations and sixteen positions.  The store opened for business on Tuesday morning, January 9, and will be open for business twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. 

According to a QuickChek fact sheet, the business is providing fifty new jobs, including eight management positions.

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