Three shot in Mercer Park on Father’s Day

Three people were shot at about 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 at a Father’s Day celebration in Mercer Park, at the Bayonne-Jersey City border, area media reported.
About 200 people were enjoying a cookout at Mercer Park when shots rang out, several witnesses said. Some attendees at first thought the shots were fireworks being set off.
One witness described a flurry of people running, hopping fences, and ducking for cover.
Police have not released the names or ages of the shooting victims. Their injuries are non-life threatening, according to multiple reports. WABC-TV reported that two 15-year-olds were among the injured.
The Jersey City and Bayonne police departments are investigating.

Port Authority announces Bridge closures

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has announced closures of the Bayonne Bridge as part of the “Raise the Roadway” Navigational Clearance Project.
The remaining multi-hour closures for this week are: Thursday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday, June 26; and Friday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. until 8 a.m. Sunday, June 28.
Closures are weather dependent.
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Single-lane closure at Turnpike over weekend

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has announced that work on the 14A toll plaza will affect drivers over the weekend.
From 9 p.m. Friday, June 26 until 5 a.m. Monday, June 29, the western most toll lane (exiting the turnpike, right side) will be closed.

Bayonne Medical Center honored with award

CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.
“We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team,” said CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center chief medical officer, Dr Vijayant Singh.

Bayonne actor Dwyer to perform in ‘Grease’

Bayonne resident Richard Dwyer will play radio disc jockey and teen dance show host Vince Fontaine in the West Hudson Arts & Theatre Company (W.H.A.T.) production of “Grease.”
The play will feature iconic songs from the popular film, along with favorite tunes from the stage version, about growing up and falling in love in the 1950s. One of the songs is about a former Bayonne resident; “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee.”
Performances will be held at the W.H.A.T. Theatre, First Lutheran Church, 65 Oakwood Ave., Kearny.
Performances are Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 27 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. For tickets, go to or call (201) 467-8624.

Sheriff: Click It or Ticket campaign a success

Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari announced the success of the spring 2015 Click It or Ticket seat belt safety campaign.
“Wearing a seatbelt in a motor vehicle, regardless of age or seating position, increases the chances of surviving a crash by almost 75 percent,” said Schillari. “Our officers were successful in stopping and enforcing seat belt laws throughout the county and I am proud of their hard work.”
Schillari said that during the campaign, which lasted from May 18 – 31, more than 115 seat belt violation tickets were issued, including 10 for having unrestrained children in the vehicle. Violations were also issued for cell phone usage, suspended licenses, uninsured driving, uninsured vehicles, and speeding. Sheriff’s officers made 51 arrests during the campaign.
“Over the past six years we have seen a steady drop in the amount of seatbelt summonses issued,” Schillari said. “The cause of the decrease is not a lack of vigilance by our officers; it is because more people are simply wearing their seatbelts, proving the campaign has been a success.”

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