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Another Serial Shoplifter Arrested at Foodtown in Cedar Grove

February 5, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police arrested an East Orange man for shoplifting on Tuesday at Foodtown located at 597 Pompton Ave. 

Police responded to the store around 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday on a report of a shoplifiting in progress.  According to police, the officers stopped and arrested the suspect as he tried to flee in a motor vehicle.  Upon further investigation, ...

Cedar Grove Woman Arrested After Heroin-Related Car Crash

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police arrested a 27-year-old female resident, after responding to a car crash on Ridge Road on Thursday afternoon.

According to reports, police responded to a single car motor vehicle crash around 5:30 p.m.  Arriving officers found the operator unconscious in the driver's seat.  Police found heroin in the vehicle and said when the driver ...

Cedar Grove Resident Thwarts Burglary

CEDAR GROVE,NJ – An alert resident thwarted a burglary attempt to a home on Devonshire Road South on Wednesday, according to Cedar Grove police.

At around 1 p.m. on Wednesday the resident was walking in the area of Bennett Avenue and saw an occupied newer model black Nissan Titan pickup truck parked in a remote location on Bennett Avenue, police reported.  The resident thought this ...

PARCC debate in Newark continues amid calls from Murphy for its dismantling

February 16, 2018

Newark, NJ--Ever since New Jersey began using the PARCC exam in the 2014-15 school year, the state teacher's union and other groups have criticized the standardized test and called for the state to stop using it to assess student performance.

During the campaign for governor last year, Phil Murphy, who was endorsed by the New Jersey Education Association, promised to ditch the ...

Cedar Grove High School Teacher of the Week

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - This week we highlight Ms. Claudine Metallo as Teacher of the Week. Ms. Metallo is a very engaging and motivated Italian teacher.

I asked her, “When did you realize you wanted to be a teacher?” She said when she was younger, her mother was a teacher. Her mother taught for 65 years, so she grew up around it.

I asked her, “Why did you want to be a ...

Memorial Middle School Honor Roll

CEDAR GROVE,NJ - The following students earned High Honors or Honors for the second marking period at Memorial Middle School.

Grade 5 High Honors
Antony, Tessa
Arcadipane, Massimo
Athar, Aleesha
Babcock, Victoria
Bajati, Zane
Bratchenko, Logan
Catalano, Santino
Chickering, Jarrett
DeGaetano, Ava
DiMattia, Gabriella
Giovannelli, Nicolas Angelo
Jariwala, Hershee
Jyothis, ...

Girls Basketball: Verona & Cedar Grove Come Together for 3rd Annual Hoops for Hope Game

February 16, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The rival girls basketball teams of Cedar Grove and Verona showed unity by coming together on Friday evening for their third annual “Hoops For Hope” Charity Basketball Game.

“We always like to win for the cause, we’re all trying to battle cancer, we’ve all been affected by it and I think the girls really stepped up for the cause,” said ...

Wrestling: Three Cedar Grove Wrestlers Capture Top Seed at District Tournament

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Three Cedar Grove wrestlers have captured the top seed for the District 7 wrestling tournament which takes place at West Essex High School on Saturday. 

Seniors Anthony Clarizio (132lbs.) and Joseph McCarthy (182 lbs.) are ranked No. 1.  Clarizio is a four-time county champ and McCarthy won his first county title last month..  Sophomore Dominic ...

Wrestling: Verona's Frank Gabriele Earns Top Seed in District Tourney

VERONA, NJ - Verona wrestling's Frank Gabriele has earned the top seed at 138 lbs. in the District 10 tournament which will take place at Belleville High School on Saturday.  Gabriele won the Essex County title at 145 lbs. last month.  His brother, John Gabriele earned the No. 2 spot at 152 lbs., having finished second in the Essex County Tourney.  

The tournament which ...

Cedar Grove Council Takes Stand Against Legalization of Marijuana

February 15, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove Council is taking a stance against the legalization of marijuana and the sale of it within the township.

Earlier in the year, Councilwoman Kerry Peterson brought up the topic to the council, suggesting the council task the township's Health Advisory Board and Municipal Alliance Committee to research the proposed legislation so Cedar Grove would be ready ...

Falling in Love Just Got a Little More Expensive in Verona, but All for a Good Cause

VERONA, NJ - It’s a little more expensive to fall in love in Verona these days.  As they say, nothing in life is free, even love.  The town council adopted an ordinance at its Monday meeting establishing a $100 fee for officiating a marriage, civil union, or domestic partner ceremony by township officials.

Previously there was no charge for the service.  The ordinance that ...

Verona Council Ponders Gov. Phil Murphy's Plan to Legalize Pot

VERONA, NJ - Like other townships in the area, Verona discussed the potential impact of the potential legalization of marijuana within the state of New Jersey proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Deputy Mayor Michael Nochimson sparked the discussion when he shared an article that appeared in a local newspaper over the weekend.  He noted that the subject of the article, Rick Fuentes who headed ...

CASA Essex Welcomes New Advocates

February 15, 2018

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Fifteen volunteers joined a community of advocates dedicated to speaking up on behalf of Essex County's foster children with CASA for Children of Essex County. The latest class of advocates gathered at the Wilentz Court Complex in Newark on Tuesday, February 13 as they as they took an oath to advocate for the best interest of foster children in family ...

Nutley Gives Back to Family of Keith Jaret who gave so much to so many

NUTLEY, NJ - As news of the passing of local business leader Keith Jaret spread through the community, everyone who knew him, or even met him for a moment, expressed their sorrow, and then asked "what can I do to help?"

Jaret, who along with his wife Maureen, own Jaret's Stuffed Cupcakes, built a reputation that exceeded the expectations of any entrepreneur. Sure, ...

Dave and Busters opens second Garden State location in Wayne

February 13, 2018

WAYNE, NJ - Dave and Busters at Williowbrook Mall opens February 14. TAPinto got an invitation-only preview of Dave and Buster's Willowbrook Mall location with a chance to play games and indulge in food and drink. This location is the second to open in the Garden State and the 109th to open in the chain.

General Manager Dan McGuinnes explained that Dave and Buster's ...

Essex County Freeholders Celebrate Nutley's 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

NEWARK, NJ - In anticipation and support for the 2018 Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders join them as they gear up to celebrate another year of Irish heritage and tradition in Essex County.

The 40th Annual Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade, is scheduled to take place on March 3, 2018, and will begin with the Nutley Irish American ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Verona/Cedar Grove Girl Scouts Annual Father/Daughter Dance

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Girl Scouts of Verona and Cedar Grove held their annual Father/Daughter Dance on Sunday.  Thanks to all who submitted their photos.  If you would like yours included, please email it to jmoreno@tapinto.net.

 

TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove  is an online newspaper serving the Townships of Verona and Cedar Grove. TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove is accredited ...

Ten-year-old Verona Chef Kicks It Up a Notch in the Kitchen

February 12, 2018

VERONA, NJ - A 10-year-old chef is cooking up a little magic in Verona, or should we call it “Saucery?”  

A “foodie” since birth, Connor Barshay has a sophisticated palate for one so young, with a love for salty, sour and savory flavors -- preferring pickles, olives and cheeses over cake, candy and other sweets.  Perhaps his favorite food accompaniment is hot ...

Dave & Buster's Plans Feb. 14 Grand Opening at Willowbrook Mall

WAYNE, NJ - Dave & Buster's at Willowbrook Mall will have its grand opening celebration on Feb. 14. 

It will be the chain's 109th location and second in New Jersey. The Woodbridge location opened in November.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. to the public. From 4:30 to 7 p.m. happy hour will feature half price cocktails, $1 off 22 ounce ...

Winter Storm Watch Issued for Verona and Cedar Grove

February 16, 2018

CEDAR GROVE/VERONA, NJ - The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the Verona and Cedar Grove area beginning 7 p.m. Saturday through 7 a.m.Sunday.

The watch calls for possible heavy snow with total accumulates of four to six inches, with higher amounts possible.  The watch in in effect for Northeast New Jersey, New York City, Rockland and Westchester Counties in New ...

Cedar Grove Council Takes Stand Against Legalization of Marijuana

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove Council is taking a stance against the legalization of marijuana and the sale of it within the township.

Earlier in the year, Councilwoman Kerry Peterson brought up the topic to the council, suggesting the council task the township's Health Advisory Board and Municipal Alliance Committee to research the proposed legislation so Cedar Grove would be ready ...

At Westfield High School, Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

Light ‘em up Now for Better Garden Results

February 3, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It’s time to break out the seeds and potting mix to start your garden plants indoors.  It’s a great way to keep your green thumb in shape over winter. Plus, you’ll save money, increase your variety of plants and jump start the growing season when you start seeds under LED grow lights. 

Indoor growing conditions often offer limited light and ...

Former US Postal Service Employee from Rahway Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Deliver Narcotics Packages

February 15, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Leonard Gresham, a 50-year-old Rahway resident, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to intercepting and delivering packages containing illegal narcotics in exchange for cash bribes, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino.

Gresham pleaded guilty U.S. District Judge Esther D. Salas in Newark federal court, where he was charged with one count of ...

Verona Council Ponders Gov. Phil Murphy's Plan to Legalize Pot

VERONA, NJ - Like other townships in the area, Verona discussed the potential impact of the potential legalization of marijuana within the state of New Jersey proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Deputy Mayor Michael Nochimson sparked the discussion when he shared an article that appeared in a local newspaper over the weekend.  He noted that the subject of the article, Rick Fuentes who headed ...

Newark man sentenced to prison term for elaborate driver's license scam

Newark, NJ–A Newark man was sentenced in Newark federal court to 42 months in prison for selling fake driver’s licenses through an online shop and filing fraudulent tax returns using stolen identity information, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Monday.

Alexis Scott Carthens, 40, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose Linares on one count of conspiracy ...

Local Travel Ideas: Try Somerset County Top 6 Weekend Events

February 15, 2018

Top Six Things to do in Somerset County: 

Weekend Top 10: 2.16 to 2.19 - A weekend celebrating Warmer Days!

1. Winter Market, Duke Farms

2. The Mountaintop, Theatre at RVCC - Friday featuring the Peking Acrobats.

3. State Theatre New Jersey - nothing scheduled this weekend - next show Feb 22 

4. Heritage Trail ...

Travels’ Pick 2 For 1 Valentine’s Day Special on Comedy and Music Tickets at the Wellmont

TAPintoTravels - We seldom post these deals last minute, but it seems to good to miss.  It’s even better that a number of great events are at the Wellmont in Montclair.

Here are our picks to take your significant other out for a night on the town:

The Musical Box - a Genesis tribute band is performing decades worth of the band’s vast repertoire.  They ...

Travels Tips and Tricks - Passport Fees Are Going Up So Plan Ahead

TAPintoTravels - All U.S. citizens should be aware that passport fees are set to increase this spring.

The U.S. Department of State is raising the Passport Execution Fee from $25.00 to $35.00 on April 2. The fee is mandated by the Department of State. It applies to passport applications that are submitted to an authorized agent, including a US Post Office, County Clerk or ...

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Essex County Sheriff Bomb Disposal Unit Conducts Sweep at Nutley High School

February 16, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - The Essex County Sheriff's Office confirmed to TAPinto Nutley that the bomb disposal unit was parked in front of Nutley High School Friday afternoon. 

Members of the Essex County Sheriff's Office are working with the Nutley Police Department as the investigation following the Instagram incident continues. The bomb disposal unit conducted a sweep of the ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

February 13, 2018

February 5, 2018 – February 11, 2018

On February 6, 2018 officers investigated a report of a burglary to two motor vehicles at an Eileen Drive address. An unknown actor had entered the unlocked vehicles during the overnight hours. Residents are reminded to remove valuable items and lock all vehicles in their driveways.

On February 9, 2018 at 3:03 p.m., Ptl. Dominick Buscio stopped a ...

Verona Superintendent Responds to Safety Concerns After Florida School Shooting

February 16, 2018

It saddens me to write to you in the days following the senseless act that occurred in Parkland, Florida. A tragedy that takes innocent lives from their loving families in a place that is suppose to be a safe haven can have an emotional effect on so many people, and it is natural for children and their parents to be concerned for their own safety.

The Verona Public Schools are the foundation ...

Fairfield Mayor Updates Township on Route 46 Flooding Issues

February 17, 2018

FAIRFIELD, NJ — In response to requests to remedy the flooding problems on Route 46 near Willowbrook during major storms, Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini said at Monday’s council meeting that the township will “keep pushing.”

He explained that after Hurricane Irene in 2011, Route 46 flooded, halting traffic near Willowbrook in both directions. As part of ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, February 21, 3:00 PM

Cedar Grove Rescue Squad, Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove High School Community Blood Drive

Health & Wellness

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Thu, February 22, 6:30 PM

Robert O'Toole Community Center, Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove Chamber of Commerce Meeting and ...

Business & Finance

Mon, February 26, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness

Cedar Grove High School’s Sport Management Class Joins #TeamZoey in the Fight Against Progeria

February 16, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ- Cedar Grove High School’s Syracuse University Project Advance has decided to donate all proceeds from this year’s Annual Orange Invitational Volleyball Tournament to the Progeria Research Foundation. The Progeria Research Foundation is an organization geared to search for a cure to put an end to the terminal disease of progeria.

Progeria is a very rare disease, yet ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...