Bayonne Briefs

Bayonne scouts hold annual Scouting for Food drive

Hurricane Sandy left her impact on more than just the landscape, as officials said that food for local pantries was depleted.
Members of Bayonne’s Boy Scouts Troops and Cub Scouts Packs will fan out throughout the community collecting food donations from the neighborhoods on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All donations will be used at local Bayonne food pantries. The annual food drive is planned to help fill up the local food pantries for the holidays. Each year, the Bayonne Scouts collect thousands of food items.
Residents who wish to support the food drive are asked to leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag on their door step by 9 a.m. on Nov. 17. Items needed include canned goods, pasta, cereals, staples, soups, macaroni and cheese, and canned meats like spam.
Do not include glass packed items. All donations must be visible from the street; otherwise they will not be picked up. Scouts are not permitted to enter into anyone’s homes.
For more information or to join a Pack, Crew, or Troop, visit or contact Troop and Pack 20 at St. Mary’s, Scout Master Victor Badaracco at (201) 437-7729; Troop 19 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Scout Master Joseph Brzuszkiewicz at (201) 436-3631; Troop and Pack 27 at Our Lady of the Assumption, Scout Master Larry DeLong at (201) 436-5034; Troop 25, Pack 25 and Crew 25, St. Vincent, Scout Master John Hughes at (201) 437-9500; Pack 25, Crew Master Larry Sangi at (201) 339-2072; Crew 25, Advisor Fred Creswick at (201) 745-6543; Troop 35 at St. Henry’s, Scout Master Lynn Burbank at (201) 823-8436.
Residents whose donations are not picked up by 1 p.m. can call (201) 339-1845 to arrange for a special pick-up. For more information, call Steve Gallo at (201) 339-1845.

Freeholders seek state to impose increased penalties on utility companies

Saying that restoration of power to homes after Hurricane Sandy did not happen fast enough, the Hudson County Freeholders are expected to seek the state legislature to triple damages on utility companies who fail to restore power to a given area within 24 hours of loss.
The minimum triple damages will be calculated as follows: the minimum penalty will be three times the estimated daily revenue for each day of disruption for the area affected by the outage. The damages imposed must be paid out of the utility company’s profits and cannot be passed on to the rate-payers in the form of any rate increases.
The damages or penalties imposed shall be passed on directly to the impacted rate-payers. In addition to the triple damages, damages up to 15 times the amount of daily revenue must be imposed by the Board of Public Utilities if it determines the utility company was either negligent or failed to implement reasonable precautions or make reasonable efforts to properly prepare for things such as storms and natural disasters.

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