Essex County News

Renovations Completed at Verona Park Boathouse

July 4, 2014 at 7:27 PM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On July 2, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Verona Park Boathouse renovations

In a press conference at the Boathouse, DiVIncenzo noted, “The center room of the Verona Park Boathouse was such an under-utilized area because it was so dark and isolated. Adding new windows and installing the French doors brings more light into the room and makes that section of the building more inviting and available for additional activities.”

He continued, “Essex County Verona Park is such a beautiful destination and we are proud to have partnered with Aramark to enhance the Boathouse so it can be better used by the public,” he added.

Sign Up for E-News

The improvements were well received by local elected officials and members of the community.

“On behalf of Verona, we’d like to thank the County Executive for what he’s done in Verona Park and in all the parks throughout the county. The upgrades make us all proud,” said Verona Councilman Frank Sapienza, who attended the press event with Verona Town Manager Joseph Martin.

Said Verona Park Conservancy President James McGregor, "We are tremendously happy that this building was renovated. It will make visits to the park much more enjoyable for the public. We appreciate the attention the County has given to make Verona Park such a beautiful place and the way they have stood behind us through the years.” 

According to Essex County publicist Anthony Puglisi, "The boathouse is divided into three sections: A large meeting room on the southern end of the building, the central part of the building that is used for events and kitchen area on the northern side of the building from where a private concession operates. This project provided a comprehensive facelift to the central part of the building to make is more attractive for special events and have it available as a seating area for the concession."

Upgrades included the installation of several new French doors; development of a new patio and seating area, new windows, flooring, walls, painting, light fixtures, furniture, HVAC system and fireplace. In addition the roof was repaired and outside area landscaped. Work was announced to begin in April and was completed in less than 10 weeks.

Along with Boathouse food vendor Aramark, who commissioned the design improvements with T+ Associates, Unity Construction was awarded a publicly bid contract for $433,310 to perform the construction work. The Essex County Department of Public Works monitored the project through completion. The project was funded through the Essex County Capital Budget.

Several other improvements to the Verona Park Boathouse had already been completed in 2014, including renovations of the restroom facilities in the boathouse and inclusion of a comfort station in the park. A $1,000,000 pathway lighting project and dock repair was completed in 2012.

In 2008, a five-station fitness course, landscaping upgrades and improvements to the Verona Lake Dam were completed and in 2004, a Children’s Garden with an amphitheater was created, along with modernization of the  tennis courts, construction of a  restroom near the playground, and enhancement of the park entrances.

Also during DiVincenzo's administration, the Verona Park Lake dredging project was completed and a rubberized safety surface was installed in the Verona Park playground in 2003. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Livingston's Elves Celebrate with Area Residents as Camuso Holiday Display is Lit

December 7, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Known throughout Livingston as the former editor of the “West Essex Tribune” and a longtime member of the planning board and other committees, Nancy and Richard Dinar, alongside their family, had the honor of officially lighting the Camuso display at the Livingston Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The evening was highlighted by a performance from the Livingston ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, December 10, 11:00 AM

West Orange

Playhouse Preschool Open House

Education

Tue, December 13, 12:00 PM

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills

Turtle Tots Program Returns to the Cora Hartshorn ...

Education Green

Carousel_image_5094ec48d735cc739d3e_princeton

Tue, December 13, 6:00 PM

The Westin Princeton At Forrestal Village, Princeton

ACG NJ Announces Princeton Event December 13th, ...

Arts & Entertainment Business & Finance Food & Drink

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Alex Weiss on Drums

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight 11-year-old Alex Weiss, a fifth grader at Collins Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Alex studies drums at Andy’s under the instruction of Joe Vitello. He says hid favorite band is Fall Out Boy and that his dad is his number one musical influence.

Check him out in the video ...

Q/A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on TApinto.net.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CAMP, WHAT VISUAL COMES TO MIND?

George: A six lb.

What's in a Name?

Sign here:   ________________________________

 

And here and here and here.  Initial these five boxes.  Then sign right here and over here stating that you understand that you are signing something you haven’t read.  And on the last page please sign and date this disclaimer stating that you are fully responsible for signing and dating this document even if you ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...