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One of the largest industrial companies in Bayonne is reconfiguring its commercial footprint, freeing up 130 acres of waterfront space for a new use for the first time in decades.IMTT, a bulk liquid storage company, will be moving its current operations off the eastern portion of its 450-acre property south of the Bayonne Golf Club, and consolidating its work to the western side, closer to Route 440.The company plans to find a new use for the land and anticipates the transition creating a net increase in jobs, though it has not...
One of the largest industrial companies in Bayonne is reconfiguring its commercial footprint, freeing up 130 acres of waterfront space for a new use for the first time in decades.
IMTT, a bulk liquid storage company, will be moving its current operations off the eastern portion of its 450-acre property south of the Bayonne Golf Club, and consolidating its work to the western side, closer to Route 440.
The company plans to find a new use for the land and anticipates the transition creating a net increase in jobs, though it has not yet decided whether it will sell that portion of the property, said CEO Carlin Conner.
“We want to do all we can to advance Bayonne’s interest and create a better town,” Conner said. “I feel although this is a big decision, I feel like it’s the right decision.”
In the meantime, Conner anticipates the IMTT workforce will be trimmed by 10% to 15%. The company will not fully shift its operations off the land for 18 months, he said, at which point he hopes early retirements and voluntarily accepted severance packages will be the primary means of downsizing.
IMTT, short for International-Matex Tank Terminals, stores petroleum products, commodity and specialty chemicals, vegetable and tropical oils, oleochemicals, biofuels and ethanol, according to its website.
Changes in the petroleum market prompted the decision to consolidate IMTT’s current work in Bayonne, Conner said. Transitions to alternative and renewable energy are forcing many companies in the oil and gas industry to update their business models.
“We’re not in a position that we have to sell (the land),” Conner said. “We can hold the property, we can contribute it to a joint venture, we can develop it ourselves or we can do a sale if that makes the most sense.”
Mayor Jimmy Davis noted that the transition will also likely include an environmental cleanup of the property.
“We are open to hearing a variety of ideas for that site,” Davis said. “Our main goal is producing new jobs there for our residents. Providing greater economic opportunity is vitally important for Bayonne’s future.”
IMTT is headquartered in New Orleans and owns and operates 16 terminals in the United States and Canada. It purchased its Bayonne terminal, a former Standard Oil facility, in 1983, said a company spokeswoman.
IMTT said even after the transition it will remain the largest bulk liquids storage terminal in the area of New York Harbor.
The city of Bayonne will host a fireworks display, concert, kids’ rides and food vendors at the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park on July 5 in honor of Independence Day, Mayor Jimmy Davis announced.The free children’s inflatable rides will be available 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the old amphitheaterat the southeastern corner of the park’s lower level. Parkway Soul, an Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band, will perform at 7 p.m. at the municipal amphitheater in the southwestern corner of the lower level of the park....
The city of Bayonne will host a fireworks display, concert, kids’ rides and food vendors at the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park on July 5 in honor of Independence Day, Mayor Jimmy Davis announced.
The free children’s inflatable rides will be available 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the old amphitheaterat the southeastern corner of the park’s lower level. Parkway Soul, an Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band, will perform at 7 p.m. at the municipal amphitheater in the southwestern corner of the lower level of the park.
The fireworks are scheduled to go off at approximately 9:15 p.m. and will run for aproximately 30 minutes. Chairs will not be provided for the fireworks and the concert, due to the expected size of the crowd. Spectators are asked to bring their own chairs on July 5 and on future concert dates.
Food vendors will be located in the parking lot.
No pleasure craft in Newark Bay will be permitted within a perimeter of at least 500 feet from the fireworks launch site, as per the U.S. Coast Guard. The Fire Department will have a boat in the bay during the show.
The Bayonne Recreation Division is providing free shuttle bus service for the event and will pick up passengers at East 24th Street and Church Lane. This location is near two parking lots: Parking Lot 6 (behind Archie’s Cab) and Parking Lot 7 (behind Valley Bank).
Shuttle bus service will begin at 6 p.m., and will drop off passengers at the lower level parking lot alongside the tennis courts until 8:30 p.m. Following the fireworks, at approximately 10 p.m., the buses will pick up passengers at the same area for the return trip to East 24th Street and Church Lane.
Shuttles will continue to run until all passengers have been returned to East 24th Street and Church Lane, by approximately 11 p.m. To provide space for the shuttle, parking will not be allowed in a designated bus area between 6 and 11 p.m. Signs will be posted in the designated no parking area.
The main parking area on the lower level of the park will be closed to the general public after 7 a.m. No parking will be allowed by the firing range on the upper level of the park.
On West 16th Street, between Avenue A and the park, no parking will be allowed on either side of the street after 6:00 p.m. Signs will be posted. The signs will be removed around 10:00 p.m. as the event ends. Police will create a single lane for traffic on that portion of West 16th Street for crowd control purposes.
The DiDomenico Municipal Pool on the upper level of the park will follow regular operating hours on July 5, opening at 10:30 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m., weather permitting. The basketball courts on the lower level of the park will close at 2 p.m.
The park’s regular bathrooms will be closed for the event. Portable toilets will be available. Both regular and handicap facilities will be provided.
If it rains on July 5, and if conditions allow it, the fireworks, concert, and entertainment would be rescheduled for Sunday, July 9. The same times and procedures announced for July 5 would apply to July 9, if the rain date needed to be used.
In the event of inclement weather, please call 201-471-7590 after 4:00 p.m., or visit www.bayonnerec.com, or view the city’s Facebook page to check on the status of the fireworks and concert.
By Matthew StefanskiThe Bayonne church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, now part of St. John Paul II parish, has existed for over half the history of the United States.Last month, parishioners young and old gathered to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the storied parish with celebratory Masses and a festive banquet. They were joined by Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark Gregory J. Studerus and Bishop Karol Kulczycki of Port Pirie, Australia. Congratulations to Pastor Zenon Boczek, jubilee co-chairs Cindy Macon a...
By Matthew Stefanski
The Bayonne church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, now part of St. John Paul II parish, has existed for over half the history of the United States.
Last month, parishioners young and old gathered to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the storied parish with celebratory Masses and a festive banquet. They were joined by Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark Gregory J. Studerus and Bishop Karol Kulczycki of Port Pirie, Australia. Congratulations to Pastor Zenon Boczek, jubilee co-chairs Cindy Macon and Evelyn Magarban, and all parishioners on this joyful occasion.
Mount Carmel’s history is Bayonne’s history, and Bayonne’s history is Mount Carmel’s history. Poles and other immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe flocked to Bayonne at the turn of the last century to find employment as laborers in the behemoth enterprises sprouting across “the Hook,” as Bayonne’s industrial east side was colloquially known. Hungry for cheap labor, American titans of industry, such as Standard Oil, provided the immigrants with back-breaking employment but little dignity, community or joy. For that, the Poles turn to each other, and their faith.
The budding Polish enclave first gathered in the basement of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, Bayonne’s oldest Catholic parish. They pooled their funds and united their voices in petitioning the church for the right to establish a parish for themselves. A parish that would remind them of the homeland they left behind and give them comfort from their daily gray existence.
Their wishes were granted, and thanks to the help of Father Kwiatkowski, pastor of New Jersey’s first Polish parish, Jersey City’s St. Anthony, Our Lady of Mount Carmel was established in Bayonne on Jan. 25, 1898.
The early years were almost unimaginably difficult by today’s standards, as disputes and schisms divided the young congregation, while poverty and exploitative labor practices plagued the parish’s breadwinners. What meager funds they managed to earn that did not go to pay slumlords for a room in a squalid tenement or to purchase food for their large families, the parishioners gave in support to their dream of a beautiful house of worship.
Situated in the middle of Bayonne’s Second Ward, Mount Carmel church was always physically close to its parishioners, only feet away from the tenements that used to line the streets across the tracks leading to the gates of the industrial plants on the Hook. As Bayonne grew, and the city’s Polish community with it, so did the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, adding a convent, grammar school, rectory and parish hall in quick succession. The parish grew so large that in the late 1920s, some parishioners living uptown fervently petitioned the bishop for a second Polish Catholic parish on 50th Street. They complained that Mount Carmel church, with a capacity for 800 souls, was packed to capacity during the eight Masses on Sunday, leaving the faithful as a “fertile field sown with excellent seed, but so densely, that there is great hampering in reaping a harvest.” Ultimately, another Polish Catholic parish was not established in Bayonne.
During World War I, parishioners served as American doughboys, and members of the Polish Blue Army, composed of Polish volunteers from America who fought with the Allies. World War II saw thousands again flock to our nation’s flag, and 106 parishioners made the ultimate sacrifice. The parish organized the Polish Relief Committee, which raised funds and goods for war victims in Poland. During the 1980s, following the crackdown on the Solidarity movement in Communist Poland, the parish not only rallied support for the Polish independence movement, but hosted dissidents who served as artists and helped beautify the church.
Over the years, Mount Carmel has been a fervent incubator of Polish culture and Catholic faith in Bayonne. The parish was said at one time to be the largest Polish Catholic parish on the Eastern Seaboard. Staffed by the Felician Sisters, OLMC school educated generations of Bayonne’s youth during its century of existence, instilling in pupils not only the fundamentals of arithmetic and language arts, but also instruction in Polish language, history and customs. The parish produced two mayors for the city of Bayonne: Richard A. Rutkowski in 1990 and Leonard P. Kiczek in 1994.
Today, the parish retains its Polish influences while serving all people of Bayonne, including the former parishioners of St. Michael’s, St. Joseph’s and Assumption parishes, which were merged in 2016 to create the parish family of St. John Paul II. Today, the parish is administered by the Polish Salvatorian Fathers and continues to foster the faith with traditions not unlike those from 125 years ago. From Corpus Christi processions to Lenten lamentations, Polish Easter basket blessings and midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, the parish offers six Masses every weekend including two in Polish and one in Italian.
If the poor, soot-covered refinery-still cleaners who gave pennies from their meager wages could see their beautiful church today, and the smiling faces of parishioners celebrating their 125th anniversary, they would be proud of their collective accomplishment.
As we approach America’s 250th anniversary in 2026, the best thing we could do to pay tribute to our collective past is to ensure that historic structures such as Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and other historic Bayonne structures are finally listed on the state and National Register of Historic Places. It’s long overdue.
Matthew Stefanski served as master of ceremonies for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church’s 125th anniversary jubilee dinner reception held on June 11.
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Nature programs at LSPNature programs continue at Liberty State Park with the Fall Bird Walk on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Liberty State Park is home to more than 250 distinct species of birds. Visitors can explore varied habitats and learn to identify some of LSP’s resident and migratory birdlife. A limited number of binoculars are available that can be borrowed. You can bring your own if you have them. The group will meet at the Nature Center located at 275 Freedom Way, Jersey City. The program is recomme...
Nature programs at LSP
Nature programs continue at Liberty State Park with the Fall Bird Walk on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Liberty State Park is home to more than 250 distinct species of birds. Visitors can explore varied habitats and learn to identify some of LSP’s resident and migratory birdlife. A limited number of binoculars are available that can be borrowed. You can bring your own if you have them. The group will meet at the Nature Center located at 275 Freedom Way, Jersey City. The program is recommended for ages 5 and up.
Pre-registration is required for all programs, as space is limited. For more information or to register for a program, contact the Nature Center at 201-915-3400 x503 or email [email protected]. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and you may register a maximum of six participants per reservation. Pets are not permitted on programs unless they are service animals.
Jazz benefit concert
Clair Memorial United Methodist Church will be hosting a jazz benefit concert on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring vocalist Barbara Sharpe, and Winard Harper and Company.
Donation is $20. Clair Memorial Methodist Church is located at 679 Communipaw Ave., Jersey City.
CAS celebrates National Public Lands Day with important discussions
In honor of National Public Lands Day, The Community Awareness Series of the Jersey City Free Public Library will host community discussion on the importance of public green spaces, how they’re essential to our physical, mental and emotional well-being; how they provide us with moments of respite and recharge, and how it is important to preserve and protect them.
The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library, 489 Bergen Ave., Jersey City. Guest panelists include Dawn Giambalvo, president of Canco Park Conservancy, Jerome Choice, president of Friends of Berry Lane Park, and Sam Pesin, president of Friends of Liberty State Park.
Kayak Eco Tours return
Liberty State Park is bringing back its Kayak Eco Tour due to popular demand from Wednesday, Oct. 4, to Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. Tours are free on Wednesday and Thursday and $20 per person on Friday and Saturday.
Tours will embark from the canoe/kayak launch located at the south side of Liberty State Park near the Park Office and will highlight the local wildlife and habitats of Caven Point.
Trips will run approximately two hours and will include a brief safety and paddle instruction. No prior paddling experience is required, but participants must be comfortable navigating in relatively deep water. Kayaks, personal flotation devices and paddles will be provided.
All participants must be at least 16 years of age and must also complete a waiver prior to their scheduled eco tour. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants are limited to register for one kayak tour per season and can reserve a maximum of four spaces per reservation. No spaces can be reserved until registration and/or payment is received. For more information or to request an application for registration, please contact the Liberty State Park Nature Center at [email protected].
1888 Film Studios executive to speak to Bayonne Historical Society
President Lee Fahley of the Bayonne Historical Society announced that Flynn Busson, vice president of Business Development, 1888 Studios, will speak about the film studio project at the meeting of the Bayonne Historical Society on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.
The presentation will take place at American Legion Post 19, 683 Broadway, between 31st and 32nd streets in Bayonne.
The 1888 Studios are planned for the southwest corner of Bayonne at the former location of the Texaco oil refinery.
Busson is a member of the ownership team of 1888 Studios and is involved across all areas of the project. A graduate of Babson College with a double major in finance and real estate, he worked for a boutique asset manager in Singapore, where he aided in managing the U.S. and E.U. portfolio of hospitality assets.
Since joining the 1888 Studios project in 2021, Busson now oversees all areas of the project including design, operations, finance, market outreach, construction and more.
The public is invited to attend the event and the Bayonne Women’s Club will provide light refreshments for the program.
North Bergen hosting events for Hispanic Heritage Month
North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco has announced a lineup of events and activities in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which will take place until Oct. 15 with a series of programs designed to honor the heritage and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.
The events are a joint effort of municipal departments, local organizations, businesses and community members to celebrate the traditions, art and history of the Hispanic and Latino cultures.
The event highlights include the Hispanic State Parade of New Jersey on Monday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. along Bergenline Avenue. There will also be a Children’s Rain Stick Craft on Monday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. at the Gutenberg Resource Center, 7002 JFK Blvd. E m4, Guttenberg; the Main Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave., North Bergen, on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 3:30 p.m.; and at the North Bergen Recreation Center & Library, 1231 JFK Blvd., North Bergen, Thursday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m.
You can register for the Rain Stick Craft at NBPL.org/calendar.
An evening with health and well-being experts
Bayer Consumer Health will be hosting Community & Connection at White Eagle Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The evening will include food, beverages, and conversations with health and well-being leaders.
Bayer Consumer Health is hiring across levels and functions. Anyone interested can learn more by talking with team members at the event. Those looking for a new photo for their LinkedIn profile can get their headshot taken by a professional photographer.
The panel begins around 6:15 p.m., with networking and additional conversation continuing afterwards. The recommended attire for the event is smart casual.
White Eagle Hall is located at 337 Newark Ave., Jersey City.
Live music at Finnegan’s
Finnegan’s Pub in Hoboken will have Blanket Approval, Becky Crosby, and Emergencies performing live on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m.
Blanket Approval, a 4-piece indie rock band from New York City, formed in 2021 with lead singer Jack Matteucci, drummer and singer Joey Hadden, bassist Max Mena, and keyboardist and guitarist Rahul Chakraborty. The band has played all over the Northeast including Boston and Baltimore.
Twenty-three-year-old pop and funk artist Becky Crosby of Montclair is supported by a group of musicians, that combine influences such as jazz, classical and contemporary genres.
Jersey City-based Emergencies, an alt-pop-dance-punk band fronted by Lindsay Sanchez and Brendon Masters, recently a new EP this summer available on all streaming platforms.
Finnegan’s Pub is located at 734 Willow Ave., Hoboken.
NJSBDC and NJCU School of Business host ProcurementCon
N JSBDC and the NJCU School of Business will host ProcurementCon 23, New Jersey’s small business government contracting, educational and networking event, on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The day will be filled with educational tracks, panels and lectures that should be useful to all small business owners and entrepreneurs and will feature key buyers from federal, state and local agencies. There will also be small business development workshops to help businesses grow. You can also learn how to become a government contractor.
Guest speakers include S heila Harris-Adams, Director NJSBDC at NJCU; W hitney Ulma, founder of The City Pulse; E ric Vincent, founder of Black Ink Creative Partners,and J enn Perkel, founder of HearHere LLC.
Tickets are limited and can be found online at AllEvents.in. The event takes place at 200 Hudson St., Jersey City.
Christian Music Revival in Bayonne
Christian Music Revival, a free Christian concert hosted by The Mann Clan, a family band from Nashville, TN, will be held at the Bayonne High School Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Featured guests include Adam Crabb, lead singer of Gaither Vocal Band, and Terah Crabb-Penhollow of the award winning Crabb Family.
Free parking will be available for all attendees. There is also a voluntary donation to help cover expenses. All donations annotated with donor’s name and address will be tax deductible.
The Bayonne High School Auditorium is located at 669 Ave. A, Bayonne.
Hudson County Oktoberfest
Hudson County’s 2023 Oktoberfest takes place at 3167 Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen, on Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 9 p.m. with three bands, kid’s activities, and food.
Musicians include the Peruvian three-piece band Moises Salazar from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Grupo Warachando from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m., and Raphy Castillo & Sexteto Quisqueya from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Presale Tickets online are $15 per person. Tickets sold at the door on the day of show are $20 per person. Children under 10 get in for free. VIP tickets, sold online prior to the show, are $55, and include one complimentary beverage ticket, a souvenir pilsner beer, dedicated bar and a dedicated tented VIP section. There will also be limited VIP parking available for $20 per vehicle.
Tickets can be found online at AllEvents.in.
Book Launch Party at Corgi
Corgi Spirits at the Jersey City Distillery will celebrate the release of Stu Horvath’s new book, “Monsters, Aliens, and Holes in the Ground,” on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Fans of sci-fi, horror, and adventure can meet the author in person and learn about the inspiration behind his stories.
The event is free to attend. Corgi Spirits at the Jersey City Distillery is located at 1 Distillery Dr., Jersey City.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority board has approved spending $149 million to complete final design on one section of a controversial highway widening project through Jersey City.The contract awarded to Parsons Transportation Group will finalize design for a project to double the volume the Newark Bay Bridge could handle. The bridge currently has four lanes, with two in each direction.It would be replaced by twin bridges with four lanes in each direction. Construction is estimated to cost $6.2 billion, start in 2...
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority board has approved spending $149 million to complete final design on one section of a controversial highway widening project through Jersey City.
The contract awarded to Parsons Transportation Group will finalize design for a project to double the volume the Newark Bay Bridge could handle. The bridge currently has four lanes, with two in each direction.
It would be replaced by twin bridges with four lanes in each direction. Construction is estimated to cost $6.2 billion, start in 2026 and take 10 years to complete.
The section approved Tuesday covers “between mileposts 1.3 and 2.9, which includes the bridge over Newark Bay and the approach spans,” said Tom Feeney, a Turnpike Authority spokesman. “In the coming months, there will be two more design contracts presented to the board," he said — one for the section between Interchange 14 and milepost 1.3, the other for the section from milepost 2.9 to Interchange 14A.
The existing bridge, formally called the Vincent R. Casciano Memorial Bridge, spans Newark Bay and connects Newark to Bayonne. It's part of the turnpike's Newark Bay extension, which sends traffic from the main turnpike route onto Route 78 into Bayonne and Jersey City, ending at the approach to the Holland Tunnel.
The bridge replacement is one piece of an almost $11 billion program that would replace and expand certain parts of the 8.1-mile elevated highway. Its price tag — the largest for a project in turnpike history — and the potential to increase traffic and pollution are among the reasons it has received significant backlash from environmental advocates.
Jersey City resident Talya Schwartz, whose son has asthma, asked the authority during Tuesday’s board meeting to work more closely with transit agencies to find alternatives to reduce congestion instead of adding highway lanes. U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez suggested dedicating one of the new lanes to buses.
“Jersey City has an F air quality rating, and the turnpike is planning to … add more cars and more lanes to the highway right near where I live, and according to their statement this will be doing an acceptable level of harm,” Schwartz said. “We should be taking actions that reverse the trend of bad air quality.”
A report published in 2020 by Jacobs Engineering, hired as a consultant for the turnpike, found that the bridge could be rehabilitated for $260 million, though the authors recommended replacing it to increase the weight it could handle.
Emmanuelle Morgen said she developed asthma when she lived near the opening of the Holland Tunnel, an area where some of the turnpike’s highway widening would take place, and the asthma cleared up when she moved. She called on the turnpike to do more to involve and respond to the public.
“I’m asking the Turnpike Authority to listen to the public, to come meet with the public, to have real public forums where the public can respond. The public is not stupid,” she said. “Listen to the concerns of the community before making decisions.”
Lisa Navarro, the Turnpike Authority's supervising engineer on the project, has argued that the extension provides needed access to local communities, the ports and marine terminals, and Newark Liberty Airport, as well as services, recreation and entertainment in Bayonne, Jersey City and Newark.