Pay to Play: Wedding Edition

wedding-dayvia NJ.com – Weddings at City Hall have always been free, but the City Council is considering whether to pass a measure that would charge $150 per ceremony beginning as early as next month.

City Business Administrator Joe DeMarco said municipal judges in Bayonne have noticed an uptick in the number of non-resident weddings at City Hall due to the ceremonies being free.

“It takes up judges’ time, the mayor’s time, processing time and then you have to maintain the records,” DeMarco said, adding that the $150 charge would cover the cost of those services.

Bayonne would join Hudson County municipalities such as Kearny and Jersey City in charging for weddings.

The City Council is expected to vote on introducing the new ordinance at its Wednesday meeting. If introduced, the measure would then be up for a public hearing — and potentially a final vote — at the Sept. 21 council meeting.

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Support Cancer Research

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The 9th Annual James N. Rentas Walk to raise money for cancer research is slated for Sept. 18 at Stephen R. Gregg Hudson County Park.

The event is held by the family of James N. Rentas, a Bayonne resident for 44 years who died Nov. 21, 2007, after battling colorectal cancer “with unfailing optimism and dignity” for more than seven years, a press release stated.

Proceeds from the walk, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. at Kennedy Boulevard and 48th Street, will benefit Dr. Nancy Kemeny’s Pump Research Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The event relies on sponsors to assist in underwriting the cost of the event and to meet its fundraising goal, the release stated. If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the walk’s website at www.jnr5kwalk.com.

Over 700 walkers are anticipated at the walk, which will feature a DJ, giveaways and team awards. Participants can register online at the walk’s website.

Registration forms can also be picked up at The Wellness Center located at 11 W. 25th St. Registration will also open at the park on Sept. 18 at 8 a.m.

Day Tripper: Sweet as a Peach

peach_picking_in_new_jersey_bergen_county_740_385_c1via Bergen Mama – Sweet! Peach picking season is here and we’re getting all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it. From mid-July through August and early September at some farms, take your pick from dozens of different varieties, and get those mouths and canning supplies ready!

 Demarest Farms
Home to more than twelve varieties of pick-your-own peaches, Demarest Farms offers a perfect peaching picking experience that you can find right in Bergen County. Demarest Farms has well-manicured trees, spectacular views, and the tastiest peaches around! Visitors will enjoy the fun hay rides to and from the orchards, breathtaking scenery, the petting zoo, and so much more.
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am-3:00pm, 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, (201) 666-0472
Melick’s Town Farm
With 5,000 peach trees and over 30 varieties of yellow and white peaches, Melick’s Town Farm is certain to have a long, bountiful season. Kids will love the low trees so they can easily grab the ripest, most beautiful peaches. While there, you can also visit their farm animals, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, and climb the giant hay bales. With 200 acres, there are plenty of peaches for picking.
Open daily from 9:00am-6:00pm, 472 County Road 513, Califon, (908) 832-2905

@CURBEDNY: 30+ DEVELOPMENTS TRANSFORMING NEW JERSEY’S HUDSON RIVER WATERFRONT #bayonne

2016-08-29_12-57-20New Jersey’s Hudson River Gold Coast is booming with new residential development. Check out Curbed NY’s recently posted Hudson River waterfront development map to see where the Gold Coast’s most prominent multi-family buildings are rising.

With all the activity happening along the Manhattan side of the Hudson River—the World Trade Center, Hudson Yards, and the like—it can be easy to forget that there’s a slew of construction projects happening on the other side of the water.

But there is, in fact, a veritable building boom in New Jersey right now, particularly the stretch along the waterfront between Fort Lee (to the north) and Bayonne (on the southern end). The developments going up run the gamut from small rental buildings to the state’s soon-to-be-tallest skyscraper, and each will have a part in transforming the state in the next few years. Here, we’ve mapped more than 30 of those projects

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#SilkLofts Rental Conversion in #Bayonne Provides Brooklyn Style

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SilkLofts, which offers a big dose of Brooklyn style on the New Jersey Gold Coast, is presenting a unique new lifestyle option in Jersey City’s neighboring City of Bayonne.  The rental conversion boasts 85 loft-style residences located in the former Maidenform Factory which was the birthplace of the modern bra. During World War II, the factory also manufactured military parachutes as well as carrier pigeon vests.

Reborn as a modern, urban living experience, the converted five-story brick building is located at the intersection of 18th Street and Avenue E – just 800 feet from the 22nd Street Light Rail station and minutes from Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan.  A separate building overlooks a landscaped interior courtyard and features a limited offering of Artist Lofts.

A variety of floor plans are offered, ranging from 568 to more than 1,400 square feet of soaring living space at monthly rental rates ranging from $1,500 to  $3,400 – a far cry from Brooklyn rents.  Masterfully designed to reflect the property’s historic roots, homes combine 19th-century restored elements that represent the building’s past – such as exposed heavy timber columns and brick – with modern finishes and appointments that innovatively meld it into the 21st century.

A mix of old and new is found throughout the loft residences, including soaring 12-to-20-foot ceiling heights, mahogany front doors, exposed brick and wood beams, bamboo and oak gunstock wood floors, gourmet kitchens with Quartz countertops and Chef Islands, and washer and dryers. Bathed in natural light through newly-installed, oversized energy efficient argon filled factory windows, the residences offer a variety of views, including the New York City skyline and Bayonne Bridge.

Wanting residents to “love where they live,” the developer has fashioned a creative suite of amenities for SilkLofts to foster a close-knit atmosphere.  An outdoor, landscaped pocket park features an herb garden, barbeque, fire pit and a fully-operational pizza oven that’s ventilated through an old smokestack.  There’s also an on-site fitness center, secured on-site parking and a welcoming lobby with historic photos of the original Maidenform factory.

For additional information on SilkLofts, please call (201)-488-3926, email info@silklofts.com, or visit www.silklofts.com

Video: Bayonne Bridge Roadway Gets a Lift

screen-shot-2016-08-15-at-9-45-01-amA video report recently posted by SILive.com provides a tour of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s $1.3 billion Bayonne Bridge construction project, which began in 2013 and is “Raising the Roadway” without altering the bridge’s existing arch.

“One of the interesting things about the Bayonne Bridge is that, with most bridges you’re concerned primarily with traffic going over the bridge, with the Bayonne Bridge we’re just as concerned with traffic that’s passing beneath the bridge,” said Dennis Stabile, Port Authority program manager, Bayonne Bridge Program, according to silive.com.

The project will lift the bridge deck 64 feet, from 151 feet to 215 feet, while keeping the bridge’s current arch in place. This will allow larger ships to access the ports of New York and New Jersey.

“We’re keeping the arch structure in place. It’s an historical arch. It’s in generally good condition,” Stabile told the news agency. “We’re rehabilitating it to add strength to the bridge, to the arch structure itself.”

During the first half of the year, the main span’s steel arch was strengthened and the steel towers were built. The components of the elevated steel deck began in the spring. Suspended floor beams were placed and the new suspender system was installed. Now, crews have started pouring concrete for the main span deck, beginning at the New Jersey tower.

According to the Port Authority, navigational clearance should be achieved by late 2017.

@Bloomingdales x @CBCFoundation – 100% Style and Wellness in Support of CBCF

bloomies-womaninpick-croppedFor the third consecutive year, the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is teaming up with Bloomingdale’s in the Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, NJ for an evening to benefit breast cancer research efforts.

On Thursday, September 15th, the non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and the nationally recognized department store will host a special reception beginning at 6 p.m. at the in-store Forty Carrots restaurant.  The evening will consist of a fashion presentation and special panel discussion with breast cancer experts, including Drs. Elizabeth Comen, Sheeva Talebian, and Jaime Knopman from New York City’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and Dr. Serena Chen of St. Barnabas in Livingston, N.J.

An ideal event to lead into October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the evening blends wellness and style with an exclusive shopping event and educational session.  Bloomingdale’s will donate 10% of all sales from the evening to CBCF, which solely supports breast cancer research efforts under the direction of Dr. Larry Norton, the Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs and the Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Attendees will also be able to shop the Walters Faith fine jewelry pop-up shop, which will have exclusive pricing available only during the event.  To register, please visit http://curebreastcancerfoundation.org.  A $25 donation to CBCF is suggested.

“Attendance and excitement at our previous fashion shows and shopping events has been fantastic and we’re incredibly grateful to once again join with Bloomingdale’s for this very special evening,” says Andrew Abramson, Treasurer and Co-Founder of CBCF.  “Their continued participation shows a strong dedication to the communities they serve and commitment to support charitable endeavors.  We’re looking forward to a wonderful evening focused on today’s popular fashion trends and styles.”

Dr. Larry Norton is leading the fight against breast cancer with trailblazing work, and has discovered that cancer cell mobility and the interactions between the cancer cell and its microscopic environment are the key pathways to understanding and eventually eradicating breast cancer.

CBCF is directly responsible for and is actively supporting Dr. Norton’s work through fundraising for two important research projects – breast cancer and its microenvironment and bone metabolism and breast cancer.  All this work is coordinated by Dr. Norton and a dedicated team of physicians and scientists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and New Jersey and their national and international collaborators. It is based on the discovery that abnormal cell division is only one of the dangerous characteristic of cancer.

For more information on the CBCF and a full schedule of events, please call (973) 471-CBCF (2223) or visit www.curebreastcancerfoundation.org.

Cure Breast Cancer Foundation

The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is a Clifton, N.J. – based not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charity devoted to fund research on the growth and spreading of breast cancer cells, also known as the Self-Seeding Theory, at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and other national and international cancer research facilities under the direction of Dr. Larry Norton, who serves as the Foundation’s Scientific Advisor.  The founder and president is Carly Abramson.  Her father, Andrew Abramson, is Treasurer.  For more information, call (973) 471-CBCF (2223), e-mail info@curebreastcancerfoundation.orgor visit www.curebreastcancerfoundation.org.