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No On Street Parking in Verona Saturday Night

February 17, 2018

VERONA, NJ - There will be no on street parking tonight in anticipation of the snow. Please remove cars from all roadways

Please cal the police desk at 973-239-5000 if you need assistance.

Cedar Grove High School Honor Roll - Second Marking Period

February 19, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The following students earned high honors or honors at Cedar Grove High School for the second marking period.

9th Grade - High ...

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

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 ...

Ice Hockey: Passaic Valley/Cedar Groves Advance in State Tourney

February 19, 2018

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Sophomore Sam Giuffrida had his first career hat trick and led the No. 15 Passaic Valley/Cedar Grove Hornets ice hockey team to a 5-1 victory over No. 18 Park Regional in the first round of the NJSIAA Public B State Tournament at Floyd Hall on Monday.

The Hornets struck first when Giuffrida scored a short handed goal with help from Jack Prospero with 7:59 left ...

Ice Hockey: Verona/Glen Ridge Advances In States with 5-0 Win Over Mountain Lakes

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Verona/Glen Ridge ice hockey team is headed onward in the Public C State Tournament after a 5-0 victory over Mountain Lakes on Monday evening.

“I knew we were the best team in the rink we just had to push through it…the second half of the game I think these guys figured it out,” said VGR Head Coach Ken Lilien.

Both teams were scoreless after the ...

Wrestling: Verona's Frank Gabriele Wins Third District Title, Named Outstanding Wrestler

BELLEVILLE, NJ - Verona's Frank Gabriele won his third district title at the District 10 tournament in Belleville on Saturday and was named Outstanding Wrestler as voted on by the district coaches.

Gabriele defeated Delbarton's Dante Stefanelli, 10-6, at 138 lbs. to earn his title. 

John Gabriele took second place earning his at shot at regions.  He fell to ...

NJ Governor Signs Executive Order to Fly Flags at Half-Staff to Recognize Parkland Florida Victims

February 19, 2018

New Jersey Governor Phillip D. Murphy signed Executive Order No.1 on Monday ordering the flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of New Jersey to be flown at half-staff to recognize and mourn the passing of the victims in Parkland, Florida. 

The order is for all state offices, agencies and instrumentalities including schools for February 20.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Preliminary Accreditation given to Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at On3

February 18, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Accreditation is an essential requirement in the complex process of establishing a new medical school. 

Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine is creating a rigorous academic curriculum that combines ...

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

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 ...

Photo of the Day: Winter Beauty in Cedar Grove

February 19, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Snow fell over the area in Cedar Grove, but with temps predicted to be in the 60s and 70s later in the week it won't last long.  Cedar Grove resident Ed Christenson captured the late winter beauty at Cedar Grove Park.  

Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that one student has died from Influenza (Flu).

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,”  Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The Superintendents letter is ...

Winter Storm Watch Issued for Verona and Cedar Grove

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 ...

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 ...

Travel Spotlight - Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey Shore

February 19, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — In neighboring Spring Lake, a baby seal made its way onto the beach near the north end pavilion early this afternoon.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski discovered the harbor seal pup near the jetty situated just south of the pavilion on Ocean Avenue at Ludlow Avenue.

The seal’s Presidents Day appearance on February 19 comes one day after a whale was spotted off the ...

Travel Spotlight - Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey Shore

February 19, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — In neighboring Spring Lake, a baby seal made its way onto the beach near the north end pavilion early this afternoon.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski discovered the harbor seal pup near the jetty situated just south of the pavilion on Ocean Avenue at Ludlow Avenue.

The seal’s Presidents Day appearance on February 19 comes one day after a whale was spotted off the ...

Travels Spotlight - Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure.  Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However on rare occasions, we do have to report on heart breaking stories.  It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea.  Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or ...

Local Travel Ideas: Try Somerset County Top 6 Weekend Events

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 ...

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Investigation Update Regarding Video and Nutley Public Schools

February 19, 2018

In regards to the investigation with the video and the Nutley Schools, I would like every resident  to know that the Nutley Police Department has been working throughout the entire weekend and will continue until no stone is left unturned.

Due to the ongoing investigation, I am unfortunately not able to share all of the details that everyone is so anxiously awaiting.

However, please ...

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 ...

Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that one student has died from Influenza (Flu).

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,”  Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The Superintendents letter is ...

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 ...