68, of Bayonne passed away on May 19, 2017. Father of Kristie Martinez and her husband Shannon. He was predeceased by his parents Larry and Lucy Kackos. Brother of the late Lawrence Kackos. Grandfather of Skyler Martinez. Also survived by his cousin Davey Ockay and many other family and friends. Clement was the nephew of the Late Msgr. Clement Ockay of St Joseph’s Parish in Bayonne. Mr. Kackos was a Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran of the 11th Calvary “Black Horse.” He had a National Defense Service Medal, Two Overseas Bars, Combat Infantry Badge, and was an expert Sharpshooter with an M-16 and also an expert with Hand Grenades. Clement was a toll Collector for the NJ Turnpike Authority for many years before retiring.Funeral arrangements by CAIOLA-STELLATO Funeral Home, 691 Avenue C.
In the June 14 edition of the Bayonne Community News, we referred to Kuhl’s Tavern as an “unofficial headquarters for political dissidents,” to which Kevin Kuhl, owner of Kuhl’s Tavern, took offense. He says his tavern has no political affiliations, makes no endorsements, and shows no preference for patrons based on political identities. We regret the description. Kuhl elaborated on his views in a Letter to the Editor this week. See page 26. Turbine unit catches fire on Hook RoadA Bayonne firefighter was injured and an employee was evacuated during a two-alarm industrial fire on Monday, June 19, that came from a large turbine unit in a building on the Bayonne Plant Holdings Cogeneration site on Hook Road, according to Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver. Firefighters used two hose-lines to extinguish the fire in under 45 minutes. The injured firefighter was transported to Bayonne Medical Center for treatment and was later released. A fire investigator determined the fire was accidental.NY Post: Don’t fire ex-dominatrix cop, considering 8 mayors went to jailIt’s always shocking when New York City newspapers acknowledge that there’s a state one mile west of them, so it’s worth reading the June 18 editorial in the New York Post.In an opinion piece titled, “Why the ex-dominatrix cop is no embarrassment to Hudson County,” the editors maintain that at her June 22 hearing, a county sheriff’s officer should be allowed to keep her job, though she appeared in a film as a dominatrix five years ago. The piece points out that she didn’t do anything illegal, the people involved were consenting adults, and she had to make a little cash during the last years of a now-annulled marriage. She has said that that person is not “who I am now.”The editorial notes, “After all, the county in recent years has seen well over a dozen politicians imprisoned for corruption, including past mayors of North Bergen, Union City, Secaucus, Hoboken and Jersey City. Actually, that’s two past mayors each for Hoboken and Jersey City.”The editorial continues, “Then there’s the sexting scandal in Bayonne” and goes on to explain the recent matter covered in the Bayonne Community News.The editorial concludes, “Seems to us, Hudson County has already weathered far bigger embarrassments than one cop’s exotic past.”Master Plan workshopBayonne has released its final Master Plan seven years after releasing its last plan. It is available for free download on the city website and outlines Bayonne’s comprehensive urban planning goals.The plan suggests changes to zoning rules that determine what developers can build and where, and how much parking to provide. The city welcomes all input and feedback from the community. A Master Plan Workshop will be hosted at City Hall on Monday, June 26.Bayonne Medical Center to offer Pizza Master food for visitors and staffResponding to the requests of visitors and employees, CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center will offer a selection of catered dishes from a well-known Bayonne restaurant on weekends during a month-long trial period.“Something new is coming,” said Catherine Shull Fernald, CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center Chief Operating Officer. “For the convenience of our visitors and staff, BMC is partnering with Pizza Masters.”During July, on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., dishes from the longtime local restaurant will be featured in the hospital cafeteria. Lunch and dinner entrees will focus on those than can be served from the grill. Breakfast items will be offered from the restaurant’s catering menu.Visitors and employees can enjoy the dishes while dining in. Employees can also call in advance to order their meals to eat before their shifts begin or to take home once their shifts are completed.With positive reviews, the program could become a permanent one at Bayonne Medical Center.“This is testing the waters of an innovative approach to customer service, and we will welcome feedback,” Shull Fernald said.Christ Hospital holding ‘Lunch and Learn’ about lung disease on June 21CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital will hold its second free seminar on dealing with lung disease as part of its Lunch & Learn Series on Wednesday, June 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m.The subjects to be discussed will include proper nutrition and food label reading. The event will include hands-on demonstrations and a question-and-answer period.A free, healthy lunch will be provided for participants.Those interested in attending should preregister by emailing [email protected] or [email protected] seeking additional information may call Nancy Aleman, Director of Community Outreach, at (201) 341-1310.Christ Hospital is at 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City.Bayonne Library to show Singin’ in the Rain on June 28The Bayonne Public Library is offering a series of free summer movies on most Wednesdays through August 16 at 1 p.m. in the O’Connor Gallery on the second floor of the library. The building is at 31st Street and Avenue C. Singin’ in theRain will be presented on Wednesday, June 28. Singin’ in the Rain is a musical comedy that deals with Hollywood’s transition from silent movies to talking pictures. That film is being shown as a tribute to Debbie Reynolds, who plays Kathy Selden in the movie. Reynolds passed away in 2016. Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor starred with Reynolds in the film. There will be no film shown on Wednesday, July 5, since that date is during the July 4 holiday period. Blood Drive Saturday, June 24 at Catholic War Veterans Post 1612The Catholic War Veterans Post 1612, in partnership with the American Red Cross and Bayonne Community Bank, are hosting a blood drive on Saturday, June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the CWV Post at 18 West 23rd Street. A local Boy Scout troop will serve food throughout.The Red Cross suggests prospective donors make an appointment before donating. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or sign up online at redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “CWV Post 1612.” × Three water mains, like the one seen here being installed in Hoboken, ruptured on Tuesday, leaving 130 residents without water.Clarification on Kuhl’s Tavern
Dear Editor:This letter is being written to inform you about our city being put at risk due to insufficient man power and the browning out of fire companies. It has been the practice of a current administration to simply close fire companies when manpower reaches a certain number rather than call additional personnel to maintain the integrity of six fire companies.Over the last nine years, the city has reduced the Hoboken fire department’s manpower from a high of 132 members and 7 fire companies in 2008, to the current total of 113 and 6 fire companies ( 5 companies when the decision is made to “brown out” a company). Over the same period of time, the population in Hoboken went from 38,000+ people to approximately 56,000 people now.Along with the population increase, there has been an increase in the number of newly constructed building throughout town, and in areas that never had residential buildings in the past. Rather than maintain a fire department with sufficient manpower and resources, the city’s answer was to reduce the total manpower and occasionally drop to five fire companies. There are times when there are only 18 fire department personnel on duty to protect 56,000 people. That is preposterous. It puts the citizens at risk and puts the fire department personnel at increased risk.To illustrate, on July 12 the Hoboken fire department browned out an engine company and only had fivecompanies covering the city. During the day, there was a fire in Jersey City and the department sent a truck and engine to Jersey City on mutual aid for five hours. The city was left with THREE fire companies protecting the entire city until the Battalion Chief was able to get a sufficient amount of personnel to come in and open up companies to backfill while the other two companies were at mutual aid, once again, we have 56,000 people in the city of Hoboken.Both the firefighters union and the fire officer union along with the chief of the department ask the city to apply for a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant. The purpose of a SAFER grant is to enhance the local fire departments abilities to comply the staffing, response and operational standards established by NFPA 1710 ( National Fire Protection Association) which establishes the minimum personnel per apparatus. (The city has not been compliant since 2009).The union asked the city to apply for 24 firefighters, the chief recommended and ask for 16, and the city only authorized 4 ( as of yet the administration hasn’t accepted it ). Although appreciated, that is not nearly enough for what the department needs we hope that the city administration will finally start increasing the department’s manpower so you the citizens, will have the properly sized fire department to best serve you in the safest and most efficient way. Until that day, please be aware that the members of Hoboken fire department will continue to serve you the citizens as best we can. Sincerely,Michael StefanoHoboken Fire Officer- Local 1076Thomas AligoHoboken Firefighter- Local 1078
Dear Editor:How ironic to see past and current administration supporters accuse each other of political backstabbing. While Hoboken City Hall has always been a highly politicized place, the Zimmer Administration can take credit for raising the bar to unprecedented heights with their “you’re either in or you’re out” methods. Even Anthony Russo who set the previous standard for divisiveness and partisanship was quite community-minded in his first term and made several overtures to those who did not support him.Politics-over-community aside, as well as the mismanagement of the Washington Street rehab project, Zimmer’s lasting legacy will no doubt be the compromised election practice she gave us which allows mayors and City Council people to be elected without a majority of the vote. This was the case when Zimmer got herself a second term and will be the case again next month. Not a recipe to inspire more people to participate in our election process.Perhaps the new Mayor and council will have enough integrity to fix this and allow future officeholders to claim a mandate after Election Day.Hank Forrest
A funeral mass was offered March 10 at St. Marys Church, West New York, for Manuel De Jesus Letourneaut, 91, of Wantage, formerly of West New York. He passed away March 5. Born in Cuba, he was a warehouse worker for Gilbert Systems in Secaucus. He was the husband of Iris (nee Cordero) Also survived by his seven children, 31 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.Services arranged by the Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.
Design for a proposed marina on the bay in Ocean City near 10th Street.At a public meeting Thursday, Ocean City may put a final stamp on two major initiatives for the boardwalk and bay:A complete smoking ban for the Ocean City BoardwalkA plan to provide $2.6 million in financing to the developer of a marina, fueling station and restaurant on the bay at 10th StreetCity Council will consider the second and potentially final readings on the two ordinances at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. June 26 at City Hall.Both measures passed in unanimous votes on first reading.Read more about the potential smoking ban in Ocean City.Read more about the marina project in Ocean City.See the complete agenda for Thursday’s meeting.The agenda also includes a resolution that would authorize the city to take beach easements by eminent domain from property owners who did not voluntarily sign them. The measure is required before the Army Corps of Engineers can start a beach replenishment project for Ocean City’s south end in the fall.See supporting documentation for all agenda items below.Download (PDF, 3.29MB)
The NOAA forecasted track for Hurricane Edouard. The storm is expected to reach Category 3 status and generate big surf for the East Coast on Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 17 and 18).A tropical storm named Edouard became a hurricane on Sunday, and while its track over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean will be thousands of miles away from Ocean City, there’s a good chance it will send big waves and strong currents to the island by mid-week.At 11 a.m. Monday, Edouard was a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 105 mph. But forecasters expect it to strengthen to a major hurricane (Category 3 with winds of at least 111 mph) by tonight.The storm was 655 miles east of Bermuda on Monday afternoon, and its projected track remains far from the the East Coast. It will not bring any sort of rain or wind to Ocean City.But because the storm is so strong, forecasters expect it to generate waves that will travel across the Atlantic and reach the East Coast.“Swell from this storm is forecast to arrive as early as Tuesday evening and linger through Friday,” according to the surf report from Ocean City’s Surfers Supplies. “Wednesday afternoon and Thursday look to be the peak of the swell.”The forecast calls for waves that will top out in the 5- to 7-foot range.The Surfline forecast provided by 7th Street Surf Shop calls for waves of 5 to 8 feet in Ocean City, peaking at noon Wednesday.The marine forecast calls for steady north winds on Wednesday, fading a bit on Thursday.“Expect head high to overhead surf Wednesday,” Heritage Surf suggests in its surf report. “Still plenty of swell early Thursday and we should see a little more west in the winds so it could be pumping in some spots.”__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts
Argus called the deed restriction “an impossible scenario” that would have hurt the condo project. “It allows people to get into the city and be part of the community and build an investment portfolio,” he said. There were fears in 2005, when the condos were first approved, that the project would create parking and traffic problems in the downtown area if rentals were allowed more frequently than two times a year. By Donald Wittkowski The existing retail shops on the ground floor of the four-story building on Asbury Avenue will remain open when the $6 million condo development is completed in early fall, Argus said. The condos are the latest iteration of the former Stainton’s Department Store, a century-old building that once served as the anchor of the downtown business district along Asbury Avenue. Most recently, the building has housed a gallery of retail shops. William McLees, the architect for the condo project, said it represents a “significant improvement” for the Asbury Avenue corridor. Developers Lester Argus and Brett Foxman are converting the top floors of the former Stainton’s Department Store into 22 condos ranging in price from $299,900 to $429,900. Developers Brett Foxman, left, and Lester Argus stand in front of an architectural rendering of their project. The developers recently secured a total of 10 extra parking spaces at three nearby lots to serve the condos. The 10 spaces will complement the condos’ main 24-space parking lot behind the Stainton’s building. The developers said they now have more than adequate parking capacity for the project. “I think it’s only going to benefit the restaurants if we have more people in and out,” said Norm Imber, owner of Cousin’s Restaurant at First Street and Asbury Avenue. The Ocean City Zoning Board voted 5-2 Wednesday night to lift a deed restrictionthat would have limited the renting of the condo units to just twice a year.The Zoning Board vote capped a 70-minute hearing that included testimony from planning and traffic experts representing the developers. The experts testified that the condo project would not cause parking or traffic headaches. But by a 5-2 vote Wednesday, the city’s Zoning Board removed the deed restriction at the developers’ request. The condo owners will now be free to rent out their units on a weekly basis to vacationers. The board members also said that by allowing the condos to be rented out on a weekly basis, it would draw more visitors to the downtown area and provide a boost for local businesses. Jack Plackter, an attorney for the developers, predicted that the Stainton’s building will once again become “a centerpiece of the downtown commercial area of Ocean City.” Ocean City zoning officials voted Wednesday night to lift a deed restriction that was seen as an impediment for the transformation of a downtown landmark into luxury condominiums. The second floor of the landmark Stainton’s building on Asbury Avenue will be converted into office space. The building is pictured here in 2016 undergoing renovation. Board members who voted Wednesday to lift the deed restriction said it was convoluted and outdated. They cited the findings of the Ocean City Police Department, which concluded that weekly rentals at the Stainton’s condos would not create traffic or parking headaches. “A big, empty building in the middle of winter isn’t going to do anything for the businesses there,” board member Michael Buck said of the possible impact of restricting condo rentals to just twice a year. However, board members Richard Waddell and Marshall Schmeizer cast dissenting votes. They were skeptical about the reasons for removing the deed restriction. A few members of the business community turned out to support the condo project. They urged the Zoning Board to lift the deed restriction, arguing that weekly rentals would generate extra foot traffic in the downtown area. “It’s always been the white elephant on Asbury Avenue,” McLees said of the old building. Now that the restriction has been lifted, the condo owners will be able to generate additional rental income from their units, making it more affordable for them to invest in Ocean City, Argus noted. When the condo project was originally approved in 2005, the developers agreed to a deed restriction that would have limited the units from being rented out no more than two times per year.
Get ready for the massive Easter Egg Hunt April 20. (Photos courtesy City of Ocean City) A full calendar of spring events continues on Easter Weekend in Ocean City with a free egg hunt on the beach, a sunrise service at the Music Pier, and a piano concert and fashion stroll on the Boardwalk.The second of two massive GREAT EGG HUNTS on the beach between 11th and 14th streets is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday (April 20).The free event invites children ages 7 and under to search for 100,000 eggs scattered in the sand and stuffed with candy and items from local merchants.Separate areas are set up for different groups: 2-and-unders (11th Street), 3-year-olds (11th Street), 4- and 5-year-olds (12th Street), 6- and 7-year-olds (13th Street), and special-needs children (14th Street).The event is sponsored by the Boardwalk Merchants Association. The rain date is Sunday, April 21. The first hunt took place last Saturday. Arrive early or on time, as the hunt often goes quickly. All street parking and municipal lots are free at this time of year.All are welcome to join a traditional non-denominational EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE at 6:30 a.m. Sunday (April 21) at the Ocean City Music Pier. The Rev. Dr. Larry Oksten of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church and other local clergy members will lead the celebration, which will include Easter music.Ocean City’s EASTER FASHION STROLL takes place with judging at 1 p.m. Sunday (April 21) in front of the Music Pier on the Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. The annual event pays tribute to an era when families showed off their finery during walks on the Boardwalk.Anybody is welcome to enter the free event, and no advance registration is required. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed Children, Teens, Adults and Families.The Philly Keys will return to Ocean City with their hit dueling piano show to start the festivities at noon Sunday. The show will continue, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand for photographs after the Fashion Stroll.The Fashion Stroll showcases formal Easter outfits.On Saturday (April 20), children will have the opportunity to have BREAKFAST WITH THE BUNNY or FROZEN YOGURT WITH THE BUNNY. The breakfast is 8 a.m. to noon at Yianni’s Café (841 Asbury Avenue) and the yogurt will be at Spoon & Sip (838 Asbury Avenue) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.COMING UP:CLEAN OCEAN ACTION BEACH SWEEP (April 27): Check in and pick up supplies at the Music Pier for a volunteer beach cleanup 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27.All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and to protect our coastal environment.For more information, call 609-399-6111, ext. 9711.GREAT STRIDES WALK FOR THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION (April 27): Support the CF community and have a fun time walking the Boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with registration at the Ocean City High School practice field (Sixth Street and Boardwalk).For more information, call 610-325-6001.COLONY CLUB FASHION SHOW (April 27): The local Colony Club’s annual Fashion Show Scholarship Fundraiser will be held 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 27 at the Ocean City Senior Center (1735 Simpson Ave.).The Fashion Show will feature fashions from Ta Dah and a luncheon buffet. You can shop at Ta Dah and the Colony Club Jewelry Boutiques, along with Tricky Trays.Tickets are $35. Contact Judi Levy for tickets at 609-247-1332 or email [email protected] Proceeds benefit the Colony Club of Ocean City Scholarship Fund.HISTORICAL MUSEUM SUNDAY BRUNCH (April 28): An Ocean City Historical Museum fundraiser will feature a presentation by John Loeper on “Snow, Ice and Sand.” The event will include brunch at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. Ticket prices: $32 general public, $28 members. Tickets may be purchased at the museum within the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Ave.) or by calling 609-399-1801. Reservations are required.The Philly Keys will perform at the Music Pier on Sunday, April 21.BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (April 27 and 28): On the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 14th Street.SPRING BLOCK PARTY (May 4): More than 350 crafters line a mile of Asbury Avenue from Fifth Street to 14th Street for the Spring Block Party from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday in May. The event also includes food vendors, music and more. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (May 4 and 5): On the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 14th Street.WALK MS OCEAN CITY 2019 (May 5): Walk to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center (Sixth and Boardwalk) and the walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.walkms.org or call 267-765-5145.MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY (May 11): Come and find out if summer is coming early as Ocean City’s mascot seeks his shadow. Event begins at 11 a.m. on the beach at Ninth Street.MODERN MUSCLE CAR INVASION (May 11): Modern muscle cars will be displayed on the Boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street from noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.modernmusclecarinvasion.com.BALLROOM WITH A TWIST (May 11): What happens when you put “Dancing With The Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The Voice” and “American Idol” together on one stage? You get “Ballroom With a Twist.”The show will feature Emma Slater and Tristan MacManus, professional dancers who competed in multiple seasons of “Dancing With the Stars.” “Ballroom With a Twist” comes to the Ocean City Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11.Tickets for the show ($25 to $40) are on sale now. Call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, the 46th Street Welcome Center, or the Music Pier Box Office on weekends.TUNES FOR TREES (MAY 11): Piano men Scott Nuss and Andrew Hink will perform the best of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s in a concert to benefit the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.The show features sing-along music on dueling grand pianos. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue).General admission is a donation of $15 per person ($10 with a school ID). Tickets will be sold at the door, based on availability. For tickets in advance, email [email protected] CHESTER SENIOR STRINGS (May 12): A free Mother’s Day concert begins at 4 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.Hermit crab Martin Z. Mollusk sees his shadow in May 2018.
Firefighters extinguish a blaze at a duplex on Central Avenue. An early morning fire Saturday left two duplex units on Central Avenue uninhabitable, authorities said.The Ocean City Fire Department responded to a call reporting a structure fire on the 4000 block of Central Avenue at 5:20 a.m. There were no injuries reported to any occupants or firefighters, according to a press release.Firefighters arrived within about two minutes to find smoke emanating from the crawl space of a side-by-side, wood-framed dwelling.Fire crews made sure that both units were vacated. One at 4041 Central Ave. was unoccupied, while all occupants of 4043 Central Ave. had evacuated safely on their own.Firefighters located, confined and extinguished a fire in the crawl space and a first-floor bathroom of the 4041 unit.Smoke damage to both units was significant enough that they are uninhabitable. The fire is under investigation.Fire companies from Marmora and Margate provided mutual assistance.