Bayonne Briefs

Halecky-IMTT Park cleanup could take a year

The city received an update on the cleanup of the oil leak on the city’s east side, and was told the remediation efforts at the park will likely take up to a year.
Mayor James Davis and Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti met with International-Matex Tank Terminal representatives on March 9 for an update on the Halecky-IMTT Park oil leak.
The damaged IMTT line that caused the initial incident has been replaced and the leak is fully contained, according to Bayonne Chief of Staff Andrew Casais.
“Working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, IMTT is currently delineating the extent of the damage,” Casais said in a written statement. “This determination will show how far the leak spread.”
IMTT will host a meeting for community members before the end of the month.
“It’s expected that a full remediation of the park will take as long as a year,” Casais said. “IMTT has agreed with the mayor’s and assemblyman’s calls for full remediation and refurbishment of the park upon completion.”

Bayonne Chamber holding second annual gala

The Bayonne Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2nd Annual Peninsula Gala on Thursday, March 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bayonne Golf Club.
Last year’s event was hugely attended and this year it’s on track to surpass 2015’s attendance. Honorees from Bayonne’s business community this year include Bayonne Schools Superintendent Patsy McGeehan, the Dan Kane Legends Award; H. Mickey McCabe, Business Man of the Year; McCabe’s Ambulance Service, Business of the Year; and Mary-Ann Rowland, Bayonne Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Award.
Tickets are on sale. Interested parties can register by going to

Peninsula Club’s award applications available

Applications are available for the GFWC Peninsula Women’s Club (PWC) of Bayonne’s annual Senior Activism Award, which recognizes a female high school senior who is a resident of Bayonne for her community spirit.
“‘Striving for a better community’ is the PWC motto, thus those applying for this award must personify an individual who is striving for a better community,” said chair Lisa Cerbone.
Applications have been sent to area high schools, and are also available by emailing The application includes an essay section which must be filled out with personal accounts of community involvement. The application and essay must be postmarked by Friday, April 1, 2016.
The PWC is dedicated to bringing women together to better the community and to create interest in education, fine arts, and topics of public interest through cooperative relationships.
Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, at the Senior Center at 56th Street and Avenue B. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 16.
New and prospective members are always welcome.

Second Hudson Lupus Walk to be held on May 1

The second Hudson County Lupus Walk, including a day of family-friendly activities, will take place Sunday, May 1 in Lincoln Park, Jersey City, beginning at 8 a.m.
Donations for individual walkers are $10. Contributors can sign up for the walk or just donate at or
For more information, call (551) 689-0500.

Menendez colorectal cancer resolution passes Senate

A resolution introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez recognizing March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month was adopted by the Senate.
Menendez has introduced this resolution since 2013 to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and in honor of former Congressman Donald Payne, who passed away from the disease in 2012.
“Colorectal cancer is the second-deadliest cancer in the United States, trailing only lung cancer, with nearly 50,000 Americans expected to die from it this year,” Menendez said. “But raising awareness is helping in the fight against this disease and today there are more than one million survivors in the United States. So, this month, let’s do all we can to ensure our loved ones are getting the critical screenings necessary to detect colorectal cancer – because early detection means saving lives.”
Approximately one in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. African Americans are more likely to develop colorectal cancer than other ethnic groups. One in three adults aged 50-75 is not up to date with his/her recommended colorectal cancer screenings, according to Menendez spokeswoman Tricia Enright.

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