- Bayonne, New Jersey
official_name = Bayonne, New Jersey
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map_caption = Map showing Bayonne in Hudson County. Inset: Location of Hudson County highlighted in the State Of New Jersey.
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Hudson
government_type = Faulkner Act Mayor-Council
leader_title = Interim Mayor
leader_name = Terrance Malloy
established_title = Incorporated
April 1, 1861(as township)
established_title2 = Incorporated
March 10, 1869(as city)
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Bayonne is a city in Hudson County,
New Jersey, United States, south of Jersey City. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city had a total population of 61,842. The Census Bureau's 2006 population estimate for Bayonne is 58,844, a decrease of 4.8% from 2000.
According to tradition, the city derives its name from the city of
Bayonnein France. It is said that French Huguenotssettled there some time before New Amsterdamwas founded. French-speaking Walloonswere a large percentage of the population of New Netherlandduring the mid-seventeenth century and may have given the name. However, there are no historical records to prove this. A 1904 history suggests that the area's developers named it "Bayonne" because it is on the shores of two bays, Newark and New York, hence Bay-on, or "on the Bays". [Whitcomb, Royden Page. [http://books.google.com/books?id=s3U-ALi7FIAC&pg=PA61&lpg=PA61&dq=%22on+the+Bays%22+bayonne&source=web&ots=Zeqzys4AuH&sig=sWhgKUA3bqZaESFIdmFX8KVPTyc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=15&ct=result "First History of Bayonne, New Jersey"] , 1904, p. 61. "He [the author] is also told that when Erastus Randall, E. C. Bramhall and B. F. Woolsey bough the land owned by Jasper and Wiiliam Cadmus for real estate speculation, they called it Bayonne by reason of its touching the borders and being on the shores of two bays, Newark and New York -- hence Bay-on, or on the bays. This, in all probability, is the real origin of the name."] Bayonne is a diverse city, with large communities of Italian, Irish and Polish Americans.
Bayonne was originally formed as a township on
April 1, 1861, from portions of Bergen Township. Bayonne was reincorporated as a city by an Act of the New Jersey Legislatureon March 10, 1869, replacing Bayonne Township, subject to the results of a referendum held nine days later."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 146.]
Bayonne was first home to the Lenni Lenape Native Americans before the arrival of Henry Hudson. Henry Hudson first sailed through the
Kill Van Kullinto Newark Bayin 1609, where it is said he dropped anchor at Birds' Point, now Constable Hook. Hudson claimed the area for the Netherlands. Then in 1646, Dutch West India Companygave John Jacobson Roy, chief gunner or konstapel at Fort Amsterdam, a grant of land later known as Constable Hook. Further expansion of the territory came in 1654 when Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesantgave out numerous land grants in the upper part of the peninsula (modern-day 30th street) which, was named Pamrapo. In 1661, the Bergen Township was formed by the Dutch which, stretched southward to Bergen Point. The area then came under British rule in 1664 after they defeated the Dutch for the area. In 1714, the Township of Bergen became one of three townships in the new County of Bergen. In 1776, during the American Revolutionary War, British and patriot forces clashed at Fort Delancy in what is now Bayonne. [ [http://www.bayonnenj.org/historical/timeline.htm Timeline for the Founding and History of the City of Bayonne] , Bayonne Historical Society. Accessed August 4, 2008.]
In 1836, the
Morris Canalwhich ran from Phillipsburg to Newark during the time, was extended to Bergen Neck to New York Bay. On March 15, 1861the New Jersey Legislatureapproved unification of Bergen Point, Centerville, Salterville, and Constable Hook into the Township of Bayonne. The City of Bayonne was approved by the New Jersey Legislature in 1869. Industrial growth came to Constable Hookin 1872 when Standard Oilbought land there. Later, in 1875 Prentice Oil Company also established at Constable Hook. It would later be sold to a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroadcalled Empire Transportation Company, a competitor of Standard Oil. Even more expansion came to Bayonne when Tide Water Oil Company, previously located in Pennsylvania, relocated.
Bayonne is located south of
Jersey Cityon a peninsula surrounded by New York Bay to the east, Newark Bay to the west, and the Kill van Kullto the south.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29.1 km²), of which, 5.6 square miles (14.6 km²) of it is land and 5.6 square miles (14.6 km²) of it (50.04%) is water.
Communities within Bayonne include Bergen Point and Constable Hook. [ [http://www.state.nj.us/nj/govinfo/county/localities.html New Jersey Localities] , accessed
September 9, 2006.]
Bayonne, like New York City has a
humid subtropicalclimate according to the Koppen climate classification. The climate in Bayonne is moderated by the nearby ocean and surrounding waters.
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U.S. Census Bureau
author=Wm. C. Hunt, Chief Statistician for Population] As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 61,842 people, 25,545 households, and 16,016 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 10,992.2 people per square mile (4,241.1/km²). There were 26,826 housing units at an average density of 4,768.2/sq mi (1,839.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.64% White, 5.52% African American, 0.17% Native American, 4.14% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 7.46% from other races, and 4.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.81% of the population.
As of the 2000 census, the ancestry of Bayonne residents was: Italian (20.1%), Irish (18.8%), Polish (17.9%), German (6.1%), Arab (3.8%),
United States(2.5%). [http://www.city-data.com/city/Bayonne-New-Jersey.html Bayonne, New Jersey from City-Data.com] , City-Data.com. Accessed November 14, 2006.]
There were 25,545 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $41,566, and the median income for a family was $52,413. Males had a median income of $39,790 versus $33,747 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $21,553. About 8.4% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Bayonne is governed under the
Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)system of municipal government by a mayor and a five-member city council. The council has three members from wards and two elected at large, all of whom serve four-terms in office, elected concurrently in non-partisan elections. ["2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book", Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 139.]
Mayorof Bayonne is Terrence Malloy, who was selected by the City Council in October 2007 to serve as mayor on an interim basis, after the resignation of former mayor Joseph Doriaon September 18, 2007to serve as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. [Sullivan, Al. [http://www.hudsonreporter.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18960366&BRD=1291&PAG=461&dept_id=532622&rfi=6 "Malloy's the one: Acting mayor named in divided council vote"] , " Bayonne Community News", October 26, 2007. Accessed October 27, 2007. "In casting the deciding vote in favor of making city Business Administrator Terrence Malloy the mayor for the next 14 months, City Council President and Acting Mayor Vincent Lo Re said that his need to spend time with his family discouraged him from seeking the post for himself."] Malloy will serve as interim mayor until a November 2008 special election. [ [http://www.bayonnenj.org/mayor.htm Office of the Mayor] , City of Bayonne. Accessed July 15, 2008.]
Members of the Bayonne City Council are: [ [http://www.bayonnenj.org/council.htm Bayonne Municipal Council] , City of Bayonne. Accessed
July 15, 2008.]
*Vincent Lo Re Jr. - Council President- At-large
Anthony Chiappone- At-large
*Theodore Connolly - First Ward
*John Halecky - Second Ward
*Gary La Pelusa - Third Ward
Federal, state and county representation
Bayonne is split between the Tenth and Thirteenth Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 31st Legislative District. [ [http://www.lwvnj.org/pubs/CG06.pdf 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey
League of Women Voters, p. 55. Accessed August 30, 2006.]
Bayonne Board of Educationcurrently serves around 9,600 students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[ [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3401260 Data for the Bayonne Board of Education] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 15, 2008.] ) are ten PreK-8 elementary schools — [http://www.bhs.bboed.org/schools/harris/index.htm Henry E. Harris No. 1] (710 students), [http://www.bhs.bboed.org/schools/vroom/index.html Phillip G. Vroom No. 2] (405),
Dr. Walter F. Robinson No. 3 (583), [http://www.bhs.bboed.org/schools/donohoe/index.htm Mary J. Donohoe No. 4] (471), [http://www.bhs.bboed.org/schools/lincoln/index.html Lincoln No. 5] (471), [http://www.bhs.bboed.org/schools/mann/horace.htm Horace Mann No. 6] (603), [http://www.bhs.bboed.org/schools/mcs/index.html Midtown Community School No. 8] (1,099), [http://www.bhs.bboed.org/schools/washington/index.htm George Washington School No. 9] (688), [http://www.bhs.bboed.org/schools/wilson/index.htm Woodrow Wilson No. 10] (562) and [http://www.bhs.bboed.org/schools/bailey/index.html John M. Bailey No. 12] (734) — [http://www.bhs.bboed.org/schools/14/index.html P.S. #14] , an advanced school for gifted and talented students in academics, the arts, and physical education, for students in grades 4-8 (254); and
Bayonne High Schoolfor grades 9-12 (3,005). Bayonne High School is the only public school in the state to have an on-campus ice rink for its hockey team. [ [http://www.bayonnenj.org/rink.htm Richard L. Korpi Ice Rink] , City of Bayonne. Accessed December 2, 2006.]
For the 2004-05 school year, Mary J. Donohoe No. 4 School was named a "Star School" by the
New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve. [ [http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/ss/ss3.pl?string=id=115&maxhits=10000 Star School Award recipient 2004-05] , New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 23, 2006.] It is the fourth school in Bayonne to receive this honor. The other three are Bayonne High School in 1995-96, [ [http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/ss/ss3.pl?string=id=026&maxhits=10000 Star School Award recipient 1995-96] , New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 23, 2006.] Midtown Community School in 1996-97 [ [http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/ss/ss3.pl?string=id=033&maxhits=10000 Star School Award recipient 1996-97] , New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 23, 2006.] and P.S. #14 in the 1998-99 school year. [ [http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/ss/ss3.pl?string=id=058&maxhits=10000 Star School Award recipient 1998-99] , New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 23, 2006.] Horace Mann No. 6 was also named one of the 2006 Just for the Kids Benchmark Schools. [ [http://www.bcee.org/index.asp?load=j4k_photos 2006 Benchmark Schools] , New Jersey Business Coalition for Educational Excellence. Accessed September 6, 2008.]
Private high schools in Bayonne include
Holy Family Academyand Marist High School.
Bayonne is connected to
Staten Island, New Yorkby the Bayonne Bridge. The Bayonne Bridge is lit in patriotic colors (red, white & blue) in the evenings, as a 9/11 memorial initiated by a then 8-year-old girl in the summer of 2002, Veronica Marie Granite, with the assistance of then-Municipal Councilmember-at-Large Maria Karczewski.
Newark Bay Extensionof the New Jersey Turnpike( Interstate 78) provides access to Jersey City and, via the Holland Tunnel, Manhattan. In the opposite direction on the Newark Bay Extension, the Newark Bay Bridgeprovides access to Newark, Newark Liberty International Airportand the rest of the Turnpike (Interstate 95).
Route 440 runs along the east side of Bayonne, and the west side of Jersey City, following the old
Morris Canalroute. Although it has traffic lights it is usually the quickest way to go north-south within Bayonne. It connects to the Bayonne Bridge, I-78, and to Route 185 to Liberty State Park.
Bus transportation is provided on three main north-south streets of the city: Broadway, Kennedy Boulevard, and Avenue C, both by the state-operated
New Jersey Transitand several private bus lines. The Broadway line runs solely inside Bayonne city limits, while bus lines on Avenue C and Kennedy Boulevard run to various end points in Jersey City. One Kennedy Boulevard service (the Coach USA99S) runs to the Port Authority Bus Terminalin midtown Manhattan, New York City, and rush hours peak direction the NJ Transit 120 runs between Avenue C in Bayonne and Battery Park in Downtown Manhattan, while the 81 provides service to New Jersey. [ [http://www.njtransit.com/sf_tp_rc_hudson.shtml Hudson County Bus/rail Connections] , New Jersey Transit. Accessed July 3, 2007.]
A fourth station, 8th Street, which will be located at Avenue C, is under construction. Incidentally, all of these stations were the original train stations for the old
Central Jerseyrailway system.
Service within Bayonne is available between these three stations. Northbound service from Bayonne runs through Jersey City, mostly near the waterfront, to
Hoboken Terminal. Other parts of the system can be accessed via transfers. The Tonnelle Avenue (in North Bergen) and other stations north of Hoboken Terminal can also be reached by transferring at stations between Liberty State Park and Pavonia-Newport for the West Side Avenue-Tonnelle Avenue route, or at Hoboken Terminal for the Tonelle Avenue-Hoboken route. The Liberty State Park station is a transfer point for those traveling between Bayonne and stations on the West Side Avenue (Jersey City) line. Connection to PATH trains to midtown Manhattanand to New Jersey Transitcommuter train service are available at Hoboken Terminal, and connections to PATH trains to midtown Manhattan are available at the Hoboken Terminal and Pavonia-Newport stations. Transfers to PATH trains to Newark, Harrison, and downtown Manhattan are available at Exchange Place.
Urban Enterprise Zone
Portions of Bayonne are part of an
Urban Enterprise Zone. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales taxrate (versus the 7% rate charged statewide). [ [http://www.state.nj.us/njbusiness/financing/tax/geographic.shtml#2 Geographic & Urban Redevelopment Tax Credit Programs: Urban Enterprise Zone Employee Tax Credit] , State of New Jersey. Accessed July 28, 2008.]
Current building projects
Currently, the city of Bayonne is working on building projects on the former
Military Ocean Terminal(MOTBY). Plans for the site include new housing and businesses.
Bayonne Golf Club, a private Irish/Scottish-links style golf course is planned to be constructed on the site of the former city dump. A flagpole, displaying a large American flag that is visible from Manhattan and surrounding communities, has been erected at the site where the clubhouse will be built in 2007.
Proposed projects include construction of the September 11th memorial park for the
Tear of Griefmonument, and completing Bayonne's section of the 18-mile Hackensack RiverWalk, stretching from Newark Bay in Bayonne to Bellman's Creek in North Bergen.
The RiverWalk section in Bayonne, if fully completed, would run from the southwest corner of the town in an area where the Kill Van Kull meets the Newark Bay, to the northwestern point of the area. That is according to Joseph Ryan, spokesperson for Bayonne Mayor Joseph Doria.
The ribbon was cut and the plaque unveiled on
May 2, 2006, for the new Richard A. Rutkowski Park in Bayonne, a wetlands preserve on the northwestern end of Bayonne, which will be part of the future RiverWalk. Also known as the Waterfront Park and Environmental Walkway, it is located immediately north of the Stephen R. Gregg Hudson County Park. Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzinejoined a contingent of state and federal officials to announce on May 6, 2006. that funding was in place to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Railsystem to Eighth Street in Bayonne. With the engineering work nearly complete, work on the rail line and the station is expected to start by 2008 and should be complete by 2009. [ [http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1146734419222510.xml&coll=3 Funds to stretch light rail to 8th St. in Bayonne] , " Jersey Journal", May 4, 2006.]
The long-planned Bayonne Crossing, a power center to be located on Route 440, has finally gotten the green light to begin construction, according to a statement made by Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Development Corp. Cameron Group, the conditional developer for the site, will soon begin construction. [ [http://www.cameronllc.com/PropertyDisplay.aspx?id=1010 Bayonne Crossing] ] Announced tenants include anchor stores
Circuit City, Lowe'sHome Improvement, and New York Sports Club, as well as StarbucksCoffee, Chili's, and Sleepys. [ [http://www.cameronllc.com/FileDownload.aspx?type=f1&id=1010 Bayonne Crossing Marketing Summary] ]
Bayonne Community News"
*"Bayonne Evening Star-Telegram" (B.E.S.T.)
Bayonne currently plays host to a many animal species including
aquatic animals, semi-aquatic animals, and land-dwelling animals. Most populations thrive.
*Mammals: Raccoons, bats, opossums, rabbits, feral cats and dogs, mice, rats, squirrels.
*Birds: Geese, ducks, pigeons, seagulls, cardinals, bluejays, robins, sparrows, crows, doves, partridges, pheasants, starlings, falcons, egrets.
*Reptiles: Painted turtles, red-ear slider turtles, snapping turtles, toads.
*Fish: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Summer and Winter Flounder, Weakfish.
*Insects: Grasshoppers, Praying Mantis, ants, beetles, wasps and hornets, bees, butterflies, cicadas.
*Crustaceans: Blue crabs, Horseshoe crabs
Piranha Club, a comic by cartoonist Bud Grace, takes place in Bayonne.
*The inspiration for the film "
Rocky", Chuck Wepner, hails from Bayonne. The "Bayonne Bleeder" went fifteen rounds against Muhammad Ali.
*The 19th Century town of Saltersville, New Jersey (a Civil War training area) is now a part of Bayonne. A notable regiment stationed there was the
Anderson Zouaveswho were encamped and mustered in on June 30and July 1, 1861at Newark Bay House, a resort hotel on the western shore of the Bayonne peninsula.
*The main street in Bayonne is known as Broadway, and was named after the avenue in
New York City. It was originally named Avenue D, since it is bounded on either side by Avenues C and E.
Bayonne Bridge, which connects Bayonne to Staten Island, was completed in November, 1931. At the time, it was the longest steel arch bridgeever constructed. Today, it is the third-longest such bridge, with the Lupu Bridgein Shanghai, Chinaand the New River Gorge Bridgein West Virginiabeing first- and second-longest respectively.
Standard Oilbegan its initial operations in Bayonne when John D. Rockefellerbought a kerosene works on the eastern shore. It eventually encompassed all of the Constable Hook section of Bayonne; Avenues J and East 22nd Street are all that remain.
PT boats(for "Patrol Torpedo"), small, fast vessel used by the United States Navyin World War IIto attack larger surface ships were built between 1942 and 1945 by Elco (Electric Launch Corporation) at Bayonne. Elco later merged with its sister company, Electric Boat Corporation, in 1948, to form General Dynamics.
*Bayonne was a bedroom community and shore resort for the wealthy and elite as early as 1889. The La Tourette Hotel on the southern shore along
Kill Van Kullwas its centerpiece.
Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor(formerly the Military Ocean Terminal), located on the Eastern Side of Bayonne is now home to television and movie studios for shows such as HBO's "Oz" (1997-2003), "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) and " Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004).
*Films such as "
Hysterical Blindness" (2002), " Mortal Thoughts" (1991), " Swimfan" (2002), and "War of the Worlds" were all shot on location in Bayonne.
*The Bayonne Bridge and some of the downtown streets were filmed for the making of Spielberg's "War of the Worlds". The bridge and major portions of Bayonne were destroyed by aliens in the film.
*Some scenes from the Nickelodeon television show "
The Adventures of Pete and Pete" were shot in Bayonne. Scenes that took place in Wellsville High School were shot in Bayonne High Schooland P.S. #14.
*The 1996 TV show "
Matt Waters" starring Montel Williams, with Williams portraying a fictional high school teacher, was filmed almost entirely in Bayonne, with scenes shot at Bayonne High School.
*The music videos "Someday" by
Mariah Careyand "Popular" by Nada Surfwere filmed on location at Bayonne High School, as were the classroom scenes of Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" video.
*The film version of "
Strangers with Candy" filmed scenes taking place at Flatpoint High inside Bayonne High School.
*The movie "Crooks", starring comedian Jim Norton and directed by Paul Battista was filmed on location in Bayonne.
Ozzy Osbourne's famed guitarist Zakk Wyldewas born and raised here.
*After the collapse of the
World Trade Centerthere were proposals for the construction of a 2,000-foot TV tower at Bayonne. These plans seemed to be cancelled. [ [http://www.cpanj.com/capitalreportpages/politicaltrack/may2003/BAYONNE%20TV%20TOWER%20PROPOSAL%20IN%20QUESTION.htm BAYONNE TV TOWER PROPOSAL IN QUESTION] , "New Jersey Capital Report", May 21, 2003.]
The Tonight Show" was broadcast from New York Cityduring the 1960s, host Johnny Carsonliked to make jokes about various New Jersey cities. He claimed on several occasions that his personal tailor was "Raul of Bayonne".
*Bayonne police officers were the first to have police radios in their police cars. They also were one of the first to use the police
*In the 1997 film "Men in Black", starring
Will Smithand Tommy Lee Jones, they mention that Bayonne has been taken over by aliens.
*The Bayonne Bridge is the sister bridge of the
Sydney Harbour Bridgelocated in Sydney, Australia.
*Bayonne is often used as the butt of jokes on television shows such as "The Odd Couple" (Frosty the maid was hailed as the "Beast from Bayonne") another episode Oscar says about his loyal poker buddies "Guys I got my hand stamped together at Bayonne High" , "
Barney Miller", The Golden Girls(episode with Mickey Rooney Season 3) and " All in the Family", among many others.
*Bayonne is also mentioned in the movie "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days" when actor Matthew McConaughey says "Whenever someone flushes a toilet in Bayonne, you are going to get scolded."
Men of Honorstarring Robert De Niroand Cuba Gooding Jr.takes place in Bayonne, the character played by De Niro also mentions Bayonne during a welcome.
*Bayonne is also mentioned several times in the original 39 episodes of the 1950s TV Classic, "
*Harrington's Auto Body was recreated and destroyed in the movie
War of the Worldsstarring Tom Cruise.
Notable current and former residents of Bayonne include:
*Joe Borowski, professional baseball player. [Kurland, Bob. [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-22485811.html "PITCHING IN MAJORS FULFILLS BOROWSKI'S OTHER DREAM"] , "
The Record (Bergen County)", August 27, 1995. Accessed July 15, 2007. "The 24-year-old native of Bayonne even has had a taste of pitching for the Baltimore Orioles."]
*Paul "Cubby"Bryant (born 1971), New York radio personality currently on 103.5
WKTU. [Edel, Ray. [http://www.northjersey.com/betterliving/news/13699522.html "'Cubby' Bryant joins WKTU"] , " The Record (Bergen County)", January 11, 2008. Accessed August 13, 2008.]
Sandra Dee, actress best known for her role as 'Gidget". [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/20/movies/20cnd-dee.html?ex=1266728400&en=a2d4c4eedf02d972&ei=5090 Sandra Dee, 'Gidget' Star and Teenage Idol, Dies at 62] , " The New York Times", February 20, 2005.]
Herman Kahn, military strategist. [ [http://www.atomicarchive.com/Reviews/0674017145.shtml Review of "The Worlds of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War"] , accessed December 2, 2006.]
Jammal Lord(1981-), former safety for the Houston Texans. [ [http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=LORDJAM01 Jammal Lord] , database Football. Accessed December 26, 2007.]
George R. R. Martin, author and screenwriter of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. [ [http://www.georgerrmartin.com/life/bayonne.html George R. R. Martin: Life & Times: Bayonne] , accessed December 25, 2006.]
Raymond C. Michalski[1930-1978] , bass soloist with the Metropolitan Opera
Chuck Wepner, hard-luck boxer who was known as "The Bayonne Bleeder". [ [http://www.njmonthly.com/issues/2006/dec/people.htm Yo, Big Chuck] , " New Jersey Monthly", December 2006]
Zakk Wylde, hard rock and heavy metal guitar virtuoso. [ [http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/entertainment/music/15962080.htm A Wylde time: Rarely printable but always quotable rocker has had a big year.] , " The Kansas City Star", November 9, 2006.]
Famous people born in Bayonne
Jordan Alan, director, writer and producer
Ben Bernie(1891-1943), bandleader, author, violinist, composer and conductor who wrote " Sweet Georgia Brown". ["BEN BERNIE DIES; BAND LEADER, 52; ' Old Maestro,' Star of Radio, Stage and Screen, Rose From Poverty on the East Side", " The New York Times", October 21, 1943.]
Horace Davey, silent film actor who appeared in over 80 films
Barney Frank, member of the United States House of Representativesfrom Massachusettssince 1981. [Oreskes, Michael. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE0DE1E3FF936A2575AC0A96F948260 " Washington at Work; Barney Frank's Public and Private Lives: Lonely Struggle for Coexistence"] , " The New York Times", September 15, 1989. Accessed October 11, 2000. "Mr. Frank points up at the poster as he explains what was wrong with his life back then - how he tried to divide his public from his private life, how he could not handle the strain of this and, finally, how he made a personal blunder that threatens now to wreck a political career more successful than he ever imagined possible as a boy growing up in Bayonne, N.J."]
Joshua Gomez, actor who currently appears in the NBC television program, "Chuck".Fact|date=December 2007
Rick Gomez, actor who appeared in over 30 productions including " Band of Brothers" as Sgt. George Luz. [Rohan, Virginia. [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-122172590.html "Delving into the man-boy Brian's brain"] , " The Record (Bergen County)", April 16, 2006. Accessed July 15, 2008.]
David Horsley(1873-1933), actor who appeared in over 25 films in the 1930s and 40s including 1937's " Charlie Chan at the Olympics"
Neil Kaplan(1967-), actor whose voice appears in over 40 productions.Fact|date=December 2007
Brian Keith(1921-1997), film and TV actor who appeared in " The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming" and as Uncle Bill in " Family Affair". [Van Gelder, lawrence. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A06E6DA1731F936A15755C0A961958260 "Brian Keith, Hardy Actor, 75; Played Dads and Desperadoes"] , " The New York Times", June 25, 1997. Accessed December 12, 2007. "Mr. Keith, whose full name was Robert Brian Keith Jr., was born in Bayonne, N.J."]
Frank Langella(1940-), actor who has appeared in over 70 productions including "Dave" and " Good Night, and Good Luck.". [Marks, Peter. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D05E3DB1539F932A25751C0A960958260 "THEATER;Frank Langella Stamps 'The Father' as His Own"] , " The New York Times", February 11, 1996. Accessed January 1, 2008. "A Bayonne, N.J., native, he is perhaps best known for his performance in the Broadway and movie versions of "Dracula.""]
Peter Leeds, character actor who played straight man to Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis& Dean Martin, Jack Bennyand Red Skeltonin over 170 films and appeared in " Dragnet" at age 70
*Jim Norton, Comedian and sidekick on "The Opie and Anthony Show", broadcast on
XM Satellite Radioand 92.3 WXRK.
Gene Olaff(1920-), early professional soccer goalie. [ [http://www.soccerhall.org/Spotlight%20HallofFamer/GeneOlaff_spotlight.htm Gene Olaff] , National Soccer Hall of Fame. Accessed November 26, 2007.]
Walter Olkewicz, TV and film actor who appeared in over 80 productions including playing Jerome 'Romey' Clifford in " The Client"
Todd Paradine, former guitarist/vocalist of The Evil Beats
*Tim Ryan, actor who appeared in 179 films between 1935 and 1957
James Urbaniak, film and TV actor best known for his role as the voice of Dr. Thaddeus Venturein " The Venture Bros.". ["Tales from the dark side - Offbeat, off-B'way player turns...", " The Star-Ledger", April 17, 2005. "Urbaniak was born In Bayonne But moved to Marlboro Township When he was 7."]
Edythe Wright, (1916 - 1965), vocalist with Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra, 1935 - 1939
Zakk Wylde, hard rock and heavy metal guitarist. ["A Wylde time", " The Kansas City Star", November 9, 2006. "...the thing about Wylde, A 40-year-old, Bayonne, NJ-born father of three..."]
List of Mayors of Bayonne, New Jersey
* [http://bayonnenj.org Official City of Bayonne Website]
* [http://www.bboed.org/ Bayonne Board of Education]
*NJReportCard|17|0220|0|Bayonne Board of Education
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3401260 Data for the Bayonne Board of Education] ,
National Center for Education Statistics
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