Mickey McCabe undergoes surgery for 9/11 lung
Mickey McCabe, founder of McCabe Ambulance Service, returned from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Friday, November 4, after undergoing surgery for a double lung transplant, according to an online report. In July, McCabe told the Bayonne Community News, “I have a 9/11 lung, so I’m on oxygen 24 hours, seven days a week.” According to the report, McCabe was on the waiting list for the double lung transplant for 36 days. He will reportedly undergo physical therapy for six to eight weeks. Full recovery could take a year.
Give Thanks Food Drive
The Bayonne Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Give Thanks Food Drive from November 10-18, with 24 chamber members participating by holding a donation box in their places of business to collect food or gift cards.
The chamber is holding a networking event in conjunction with the food drive on November 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Da Vinci Room on 165 Broadway. Hors d’oeurvres will be provided at a cash bar; the dress code is business casual. The entry fee is $20. All donations will go to soup kitchens and food pantries in Bayonne. Residents can register early at bayonnechamber.org.
For more information and to volunteer your business location, please contact Tracy D’Alessandro, BCC Chair of Special Events, (201) 437-1771, Tracydal72@msn.com.
Food and Gift Card Drop-Off Locations
CarePoint Health, Bayonne Medical Center
29 East 29th Street
Bayonne Community Bank Locations
181 North Street
104 Ave. C
611 Ave. C
591–595 Ave. C
Provident Bank Locations
464 Ave. C
100 Bayonne Crossing Way
561 Avenue A
Exit on the Hudson
117 West 2nd Street
A Plus Personnel
The Hudson Reporter
Dentistry with Monique
475 Ave. C
The Bayonne Public Library
697 Avenue C.
Bayonne contractor sentenced to 15 months for role in alleged bribery scheme
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Joseph Arrigo, 47, of Bayonne, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on November 3 after pleading guilty to paying $65,000 in bribes to former senior accountant for the Bayonne Department of Community Development (CBDCD), Anselmo Crisonimo, 56. In return for the bribes, Arrigo received assistance in securing $426,000 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to Arrigo’s contracting firm, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. Crisonino was responsible for reviewing applications and awarding such funds to qualified applicants.
Crisonimo pleaded guilty for his role in the bribery scheme in February, 2014, and awaits sentencing, according to the release.
Arrigo was the owner of Shadow Contracting LLC, a general contracting company in Bayonne. The CBDCD was a government agency that received funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under a federal program that provided grants of up to $20,000 to low-income families to rehabilitate their homes and to repair conditions affecting health and safety, accessibility, energy efficiency, or code compliance. The CBDCD also provided these HUD funds under the same federal program to nonprofit organizations.
Arrigo also admitted that he failed to report $151,993 in income on his U.S. Individual Tax Return, Form 1040, for tax year 2011, according to the release.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Arrigo to three years of supervised release.
CASA seeks volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. You may attend an information session at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.