Former Deputy Police Chief Drew Sisk was sworn in as Bayonne Police Chief this month. His desk now overlooks two large televisions mounted on his office wall that display real-time police dispatches. He’s in charge now of overseeing the entire department, taking over from retired Police Chief Drew Niekrasz, who was in Sisk’s graduating class of 1988 at the Jersey City Police Academy. “I actually wanted to be a mortician,”Sisk revealed. “I was an apprentice mortician for a brief amount of time before I decided on a career as a police officer.” Sisk attended mortuary school, learning about embalmment and driving hearses. But Sisk was inspired by family and friends who were joining the police ranks. He said he intends to build on the policies of former Police Chief Niekrasz, who was instrumental in modernizing the department’s technology. “He was a real tech guy and made very important advancements here at the department,” Sisk said. “We owe a lot to Chief Niekrasz.” Click here for more.The Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED) hired back 116 teachers at a special meeting on Thursday, July 6, after laying off nearly 300 staff members in the spring to ease a substantial budget shortfall unearthed in November. The reinstatements bring the total number of staff brought back to 204. Parents and teachers crowded around a bulletin board, where notices of the reinstatements were posted before the start of the meeting, relaying the good news to friends in the crowd with thumbs up. The news comes right after the State Legislature agreed on a new school funding formula, in which Bayonne would receive six percent more than what Gov. Christopher Christie proposed in his “Fairness Formula,” amounting to about $3.2 million. Click here for more. × Cities across the country are in revival mode. Neighborhoods once isolated are now connected. Once dangerous roads are now safer for pedestrians and cyclists.Towns are facilitating projects that bring with them increased commerce and housing. But those projects need financing, and when a city doesn’t have enough money, it borrows. Typically, municipalities issue municipal bonds to cover the costs of a project, which a bank underwrites. Then,the municipal government pays interest to the bondholders using residents’ taxes. Meanwhile, bondholders live all over the world, oblivious to the projects they’re helping to finance and the community paying them interest. Bonds can also be part of an index fund managed by a securities firm, so investors do not have a direct relationship with the projects they finance. That’s the old way of municipal finance. But today, cities are experimenting with new financial technologies that can tap financial resources from more people at the local level, giving residents investment opportunities and a stake in the project’s success. They’re called “mini-bonds.” Like the name suggests, mini-bonds are types of municipal bonds that are issued in smaller denominations. While the threshold to purchase a municipal bond is $5,000, mini-bonds can be issued in denominations of $500 or $1,000, or however much a municipality decides. Purchasers are paid back in tax-free interest over the bond’s life span. Click here for more.
Crosstown Doughnuts is bringing its limited-edition Tim Tam and Lamington doughnuts back in celebration of Australia Day, with a portion of sales going to bushfire relief efforts.Fifty pence from sales of individual doughnuts, £1.50 from the Australia Day six-pack and £3 from each Australia Day 12-pack will be donated to Wires – Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation. The non-profit has launched an emergency appeal to help it rescue animals that have been caught up in the wildfires currently ravaging Australia’s landscape.The doughnuts will be on sale from 24 to 26 January, the latter of which is Australia Day. They are:Tim Tam: Crosstown said it has shipped a “mountain of Tim Tams straight from Aussie shores” for this limited-edition doughnut. It features Crosstown’s cocoa sourdough filled with a chocolate custard made from Tim Tams, topped with a Tim Tam milk chocolate ganache and crushed Tim Tam pieces. Tim Tam is made by Australian biscuit company Arnott’s and consists of two biscuits with a chocolate cream filling and a chocolate coating.The Lamnut: Based on Australian cakes called lamingtons, the Lamnut sees Crosstown cake dough, with a layer of homemade raspberry jam through the middle, dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut.“As an Australian in London, it has been very hard to see the level of destruction that is occurring while getting first-hand reports from friends and family,” said JP Then, Crosstown Doughnut co-founder.Although we are physically far away, it’s important we do our small part in supporting Wires through this challenging time. Our Australia Day doughnuts are always a real hit and, this year, the launch will be more meaningful than ever.”
Last night, moe. hit the Calvin Theatre to close out the Northeast segment of their winter tour. After smoking shows in Pennsylvania on Thursday and Vermont on Friday, the band was dialed in for last night’s performance in Northampton, MA.The first set kicked off with “Defrost,” which dropped directly into “Punchline.” “Prestige Worldwide,” a fairly new tune that was debuted this December at The Capitol Theater followed this set opener. To close at the first set, the band moved through “Four” into “Seat of My Pants” with a massive and masterful transition, before finishing off the set with “McBain.” While the band could have kept going and were tuned in with beautiful segues for the end of this set, Rob Derhak ultimately pointed to his watch at the end of “McBain,” and the band left for set break following this song.The second set was fiery and a nonstop assault from moe. The first half contained a massive “Pit” sandwich, with the band opening with “The Pit,” then moving into “Deep This Time,” and back into the “The Pit.” Keeping going on with this theme, moe. immediately dropped into “Recreational Chemistry” before finishing off the five-song “Pit” sandwich with the third and final “The Pit” of the evening. With another skillful transition, the band hit “Tubing The River Styx” before “Assfinger” and closing out with “Brent Black,” during which Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin shared Jim’s set up for a portion of the second set’s closing number. As a send-off for the evening, the band opened the encore with “Letter Home” before ending the performance and this leg of their winter tour with “New York City.”You can watch videos of “Seat Of My Pants” > “McBain” (in two parts) below via the band’s Facebook page, as well as fan-shot clip of “Prestige Worldwide” via YouTube user the ruff:“Seat of My Pants” > “McBain” “Prestige Worldwide”[Video courtesy of youtube user, the ruff]Setlist: moe. | Calvin Theatre | Northampton, MA | 4/2/2017 [courtesy of Marc O’Shea]Set 1: Defrost > Punchline, Prestige Worldwide, Four > Seat of My Pants > McBainSet 2: The Pit > Deep This Time > The Pit > Recreational Chemistry > The Pit > Tubing the River Styx > Ass Finger > Brent BlackEncore: Letter Home, NYCThe band will pick back up on February 17th at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works to kick off a southern run. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations View Comments The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction includes one-of-a-kind opportunities to own a part of theater history or to step into the footlights. Broadway fans can search for unique showbiz treasures, meet favorite cast members and bid on exclusive backstage experiences. The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction takes place from 10 AM to 7 PM. The 28th annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will take place on September 21 in the newly transformed Times Square pedestrian plaza, Shubert Alley and along West 44th Street in the heart of New York City’s Theater District. The event benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Shows and organizations participating in the Flea Market, packages to be offered in the Grand Auction and stars set to appear at the Autograph Table & Photo Booth will be announced in September. Last year, the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised $631,222, bringing the event’s 27-year total to more than $10.3 million.