A story called “The Biggest Losers,” published in the Aug. 31 edition of the Bayonne Community News, gave an incorrect name for the chief executive officer of Imperial Bag & Paper Co. LLC. The correct name is Robert Tillis.

Blood drive on Sept. 12 at 27th Street Fire House

There will be a blood drive on Monday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the City Hall Fire House at 27th Street and Avenue C. The drive is co-sponsored by the Bayonne Fire Department and the Bayonne Police Department. Health officials asked prospective donors to bring signed or picture identification and to know their Social Security numbers. All blood types are welcome.
Anyone who is physically able is welcome to donate blood. In order to prevent donors from being weak after giving blood, drive organizers are asking donors to eat a meal beforehand. Health professionals will screen prospective donors before blood is drawn. There will be a free cholesterol check for all blood donors. For more information, call the Blood Center of New Jersey at 1-800-NJ-BLOOD, ext. 140.

Spectra Energy announces pipeline deal with Bayonne companies

Texas-based Spectra Energy Corp. announced a deal Tuesday between one of its subsidiaries – Texas Eastern Transmission – and International-Matex Tank Terminals in Bayonne and Bayonne Plant Holding.
Under an agreement reached between the three entities, IMTT and Bayonne Plant Holding will transport natural gas from Spectra Energy’s proposed natural gas pipeline to IMTT’s 540-acre facility in Bayonne. According to a release from Spectra, the proposed pipeline would interconnect with IMTT’s terminal and Bayonne Plant Holding’s facility to supply natural gas to fuel boilers and combined-cycle power generation facilities.
Spectra has proposed building a roughly 20-mile underground natural gas pipeline through Linden, Jersey City near the Hoboken border, and Bayonne. The pipeline would then cross the Hudson River into New York to connect the company’s existing pipeline infrastructure in the region to Manhattan and Staten Island.
The proposal has been controversial and has met with opposition from local residents, activists, and elected leaders. Opponents argue the pipeline presents a potential hazard to the neighborhoods through which the pipeline will run and will lower property values along the pipeline route.

Musical healing

A night of survival, song, and laughs will be held at Bayonne’s Trinity Parish in Bergen Point on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kashmir Nirvana, Swish and EEC will convey the story of Mykel’s journey through songs and stories. The evening will include raffles and refreshments. A $20 donation is suggested. The parish is located at 141 Broadway between Fourth and Fifth streets.
In a related matter, Trinity Church’s H.I.G.H.W.A.Y.S. food pantry is reportedly in need of donated food. Donations of non-perishable foods are requested.

Christmas show to hold auditions

The Bayonne High School Drama Society will hold auditions for the fall musical, Miracle on 34th Street, based on the popular holiday movie, with music written by Meredith Willson (composer of The Music Man).
Miracle offers a number of roles for men, women, and children because of its large cast.
Auditions will be held on Tuesday, Sept.13, and Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Bayonne High School Alexander X. O’Connor Auditorium. Enter through door 22 (by the tennis courts). Be prepared to perform a song from memory from a Broadway musical, and bring sheet music if possible. Visit for more info, or email with questions.

National Alliance on Mental Illness to offer educational programs

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is presenting a 12-week family-to-family education program to those who have family members that have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, co-occurring brain and addictive disorder.
Course topics will include clinical treatment of the disorders and helpful coping mechanisms for the families.
Classes will be held every Wednesday in Union City for a 12-week period beginning Sept. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information and a class schedule, call Martha at 201-861-0614 or Mary at 201-766-2369. Registration is required. All materials are supplied.
Also, NAMI meets monthly in Hudson County and holds meetings in both Spanish and English. To find out more, contact Martha or Mary at the numbers above.

Hudson County CASA recruiting volunteers

The Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, or CASA, is currently recruiting volunteers to help advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
Volunteers will be trained to represent children in court as well as safeguard the interests of foster care children. Hudson County’s foster care system currently has nearly 700 children.
An information session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 400 of the Hudson County Administration Building at 595 Newark Ave. in Jersey City.
For more information, call 291-795-985, e-mail, or visit

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