Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month Bayonne Bridge Pink Lights At Night. Looking East From Richmond Terrace. 10-2-2019 Image Credit: StatenIslander.Org

Port Authority Playing Pong On Bayonne Bridge? No; It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Anyone in Bayonne, Port Richmond, Elm Park, Mariner’s Harbor, Graniteville, Arlington, or even Westerleigh may have thought that PANYNJ employees were playing pong with the lights of the Bayonne Bridge the last few nights. For those not so into video game history, pong was a table tennis video game cabinet first introduced way back in ’72, re-released in 1975 for the Atari 2600 home entertainment system.

Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month Bayonne Bridge Pink Lights At Night. Looking East From Richmond Terrace. 10-2-2019 Image Credit: StatenIslander.Org

Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month Bayonne Bridge Pink Lights At Night. Looking East From Richmond Terrace. 10-2-2019
Image Credit: StatenIslander.Org

From all appearances, some employees at the Port Authority were hitting a ball back and forth, as a colored light streamed back and forth over the bridge span. Or something like that. It turns out, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Bayonne Bridge, new Goethals Bridge twin spans, as well as the George Washington Bridge are going to be lit pink for the entire month of October.

The pink glow could be seen on all three spans, but the Bayonne Bridge certainly is most interesting, with a moving “ball” of light traversing the span back and forth, every few seconds. While this is the twelfth year that the GW Bridge has glowed pink, the color associated with Breast Cancer Awareness efforts, it’s the first time both the Goethals and Bayonne Bridges also had their LED lights hued brightly in pink.

Of course, none of the other two bridges feature a moving “ball” of light, so the Bayonne span’s light show is, by far, the coolest and most interesting. It’s all to bring attention to breast cancer research and efforts to stem the tide of this disease, through research to find its cause, treatment, and cure.

Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month Bayonne Bridge Pink Lights At Night. Looking East From Richmond Terrace. 10-2-2019
Image Credit: StatenIslander.Org

Most women do not know this, but the FDA has approved limited health statements about supplementing with Selenium, as well as Green Tea, rare for this regulatory agency that keeps a tight lid on health claims for vitamins and supplements, only approving claims that have been researched and seem promising. (https://www.fda.gov/food/food-labeling-nutrition/qualified-health-claims-letters-enforcement-discretion)

FDA Revises Qualified Health Claims for Selenium Dietary Supplements:

https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=06f01961-9a4d-4163-bd80-eebe743e7e4b

Info on SeleniumĀ  from Susan G Komen Web Site:

https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Selenium.html

National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements Facts on Selenium:

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-Consumer/

 

 

11 Comments

  • Avatar Darren McCarthy says:

    I’m just happy they didn’t tear down the arch. Still, I’ve been on the new bridge a few times now and it’s clear the angle is way too steep.

    Pong? I remember that from the arcade near the mess hall in summer camp in 1975. The game was addictive. Later, we had it on Atari.

  • Avatar Hoaxes All Around says:

    The cancer industry and big pharma are not going to find a cure. They’ll be out of billions of dollars a year. Don’t bother donating to this. This news site pushes BS. Breast cancer month is just a money grab. Donate to real charities instead.

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  • Avatar Jimmy D. says:

    hahaha I was at Brother’s Pizza in Port Richmond and saw this. I was like ***! I thought it was just some dudes playing with the lights over at the bridge. I figured the new bridge had new lights and figured they were just having some fun.

    I never played pong, but I checked out the link. Wow. Primitive graphics. Addictive? That’s kinda sad. hahaha Still. This could have been NY versus NJ. But who was keeping score?

  • Avatar Diane Thomas says:

    I noticed another poster on here has the Port Richmond High logo on their account. It’s not the Bayonne Bridge any longer?

    That’s sad. That’s the most iconic part of Port Richmond and the school is literally at the foot of the bridge. New logo is just so generic.

    • Avatar The Wasp says:

      I attended PRHS! I graduated in 1993! I knew Kevin from art class. He was three years older I think. He graduated in 90, maybe? He was the kid who designed the old logo. He passed years ago, sadly. I used to see him on the ferry. He was very much into cartooning and illustration. A real artist. Sad to see his logo has been shelved. šŸ™

      I love this news site! My only complaint is that there aren’t enough stories. But the ones that are here are always better than anywhere else. The reporters cover the topics better. Like I said though, there needs to be more articles.

      Breast cancer sucks! My aunt had it but had treatment and now she’s OK. Prevention is the best medicine. I appreciate the links on tea and selenium.

      -The Wasp (the superhero not the ethic group!)

  • Jilly Jill Jilly Jill says:

    I have all the colors of the lights in my hair!!!!

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