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.
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.
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)
Info on Selenium from Susan G Komen Web Site:
National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements Facts on Selenium: