Local poets from the Bayonne writing club, “The Scribbler’s Circle” presented at an event at Bridge Art Gallery called “Love Is in the Air.” (From left to right) Annmary Malave, Jennifer Erickson, Pat Cresseveur, Karen Micallef Tylutki, Roxanna Snyder, Rose Jakubaszek, Gail Opacity, and Marci McKim. ×Local poets from the Bayonne writing club, “The Scribbler’s Circle” presented at an event at Bridge Art Gallery called “Love Is in the Air.” (From left to right) Annmary Malave, Jennifer Erickson, Pat Cresseveur, Karen Micallef Tylutki, Roxanna Snyder, Rose Jakubaszek, Gail Opacity, and Marci McKim. Gregg Park turf field completeRecreational athletes can rejoice at Stephen R. Gregg Park’s most recent addition – $3.7 million worth of waterfront ball fields. Gregg Park, also known as Hudson County Park, was already one of Hudson County’s premiere recreational spaces, with more than 100 acres of open space that includes ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, and a running track. Now it’s resurfaced two full-size soccer fields and two mini soccer fields with turf, and added two full-size softball fields to its already eclectic recreational offerings, all complete with new landscaping and LED field lighting (the same lighting used by the University of Arizona in Super Bowl 50).The park, which is maintained by the county, was improved using County Capital Funds. Freeholders wanted to install turf to increase the field’s utility, citing a desire to “dramatically increase playable hours on the four fields,” as a primary reason for the improvement, according to its press release.Hudson County Freeholder and Bayonne native, Kenneth Kopacz, played his first soccer game on the field at age 4, and continued his athletic pursuits in various sports at Gregg Park.“When it would rain, the fields would be unplayable for days. Now, it rains and games are being played a few hours later,” Kopacz said. “It is important that we put our youth on a level playing field with surrounding communities, and we have done that with this athletic complex.”The Hudson County Freeholders have shown that creating more open space and making existing open space more useable is a top priority for the county. Meanwhile, the City of Bayonne is in the process of connecting the “jewels” of its western waterfront with a walkway, with Gregg Park perhaps the shiniest, along with 16th Street Park, Rutkowski Park, and Veterans Stadium.“My playing days are over, but nothing gives me more pleasure than watching our children running and playing on ‘Our Field of Dreams,’” Kopacz said.Saint Vincent DePaul soup kitchen openingThe St. Vincent de Paul Church, at 47th Street and Avenue C, will open a soup kitchen on May 18. The first meal will be served at 6 p.m. and will be staffed by volunteer parishioners.All donations from individuals or businesses are tax exempt and will be gratefully accepted to keep the kitchen stocked with food supplies. All money and food contributions will be used solely for the soup kitchen.For more information, visit stvincentchurch.net.Cancer Prevention Foundation to sponsor “Brunch to Crunch Cancer”The Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation for Cancer Prevention is holding a Brunch to Crunch Cancer on May 13 at the Chandelier Restaurant, 1081 Broadway, beginning at 10 a.m. with shopping until 12:30 p.m. Vendors offer a unique opportunity for private shopping, featuring a wide variety of merchandise.According to Carol Trojan, executive director of the foundation, “The primary goal of the brunch is to raise awareness of the importance of cancer screenings and the services available through the Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation.”The mission of the foundation is to make cancer prevention programs available to underserved sectors of the community and to grant access to the test and/or screening necessary for individuals who may otherwise be denied. “Our hope is to enrich the life of every individual in need, one at a time,” Trojan said.Screenings and tests covered by the foundation include mammography, colonoscopy, oral and skin cancer screenings.Tickets for the brunch will cost $60 and can be purchased through the MFL Foundation a (201) 437-9100. For more information visit mflfoundation.com.Two men caught allegedly stealing iPads at Oresko SchoolTwo young men were arrested on Sunday, April 23, after they were allegedly found stealing Apple tablet computers valued at $3,000 from Nicholas Oresko Community School, according to police.Two Bayonne residents, Kevin L. Cleveland Jr., 22, and Alonzo Belgrove, 24, were charged with burglary and attempted theft on April 23 after they were caught allegedly trying to steal 10 iPads, according to Captain Janine Foy.Police were tipped off by residents of East 24th Street who allegedly spotted the two scale a fence into the schoolyard and enter the school through a window at around 1 p.m.Upon entering the building, police found Cleveland Jr. and Belgrove allegedly collecting the iPads.Cleveland Jr. was charged with attempted theft, burglary, and possession of marijuana, while Belgrove was charged with burglary and attempted theft, according to police. CorrectionIn the March 29 edition of the Bayonne Community News, we reported that Marist High School’s enrollment was 76 students. Its freshman enrollment is 76 students. Its full enrollment is 306 students. We regret the error.