Corrections Officer Dies in Apparent Suicide in Garret Mountain Reservation

December 15, 2017

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes has announced that Timothy Carpenter, 49, of West Milford, is believed to be the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound resulting in his death.

Carpenter was found on Dec. 12, at approximately 6 p.m. inside his private motor vehicle in a wooded area of Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland ...

Cedar Grove Police Bust Two Suspects on Possession and Distribution of Marijuana

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police arrested two Newark residents on Thursday afternoon when a search of their vehicle revealed a large quantity of marijuana.

According to police reports, Patrolman Raymond Cassella stopped a car on Pompton Ave. with dark tinted windows. While speaking with the driver Cassella noticed a strong odor of raw marijuana. A search of the vehicle ...

Cedar Grove Police Apprehend Burglary Suspect

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove Police apprehended a West Orange man on Friday night after a Rockledge Place resident reported a suspicious man on his property.

According to police reports, the homeowner who was not home at the time, was alerted to the suspect by his home security camera which detected motion on the property.  Using his cell phone, the homeowner saw a suspicious man, ...

Cedar Grove Memorial Middle School High Honor Roll and Honor Roll

December 15, 2017

The following students earned Honors for the first marking period at Memorial Middle School.

High Honors - Grade ...

Verona Junior Woman's Club Spelling Bee is Jan. 13

VERONA, NJ - The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona invites all fourth and fifth grade students who are residents of, or attend school in Verona, to participate in its annual Spelling Bee.

 The competition will take place on Jan. 13  at the F.N. Brown auditorium and will begin promptly at 10 a.m.  The snow date will be Jan. 27.

Anyone wishing to participate ...

Cedar Grove High School Newspaper Launches Digital Media Site

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - It’s been a long time coming. The Cedar Grove High School newspaper, The Pride, has gone digital. The site,, is a fresh, contemporary way for students to receive all the latest happenings at CGHS and more. While the printed version is not obsolete, the online paper is a welcome and engaging new media source for the entire school ...

Boys Basketball: Verona Opens Season With Strong Win Over Great Oaks

December 17, 2017

VERONA, NJ - The Verona Boys Basketball Team utilized a strong first quarter start en route to a  69-31 victory over Great Oaks Charter School at home on Saturday.

“It’s the first game of the season and we played well, but it’s a long road and we have a lot of tough teams [ahead], but it’s a good start,” said Joey Zecchino.

Verona was dominant from the ...

Ice Hockey: Passaic Valley/Cedar Grove Bests Paramus 3-1

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Joe Kubu and Dan Lapinski tallied a goal and an assist each to help lead the Passaic Valley/Cedar Grove Hornets to a 3-1 victory over the Paramus Spartans on Friday night at Floyd Hall Arena.

PV/CG took advantage of two power plays in the first period with Nick LoPresti scoring with help from Jack Prospero and Alex LoPresti with 8:50 left in the period and ...

Boys Basketball: Cedar Grove Opens Season with 52-50 Win Over Weequahic

CEDAR GROVE,NJ - The Cedar Grove Panthers opened their season with a  52-50 comeback win over the Weequahic Indians at home on Friday night.

Mike Pronesti had 25 points, four rebounds and four steals in the game where the Panthers trailed at the end of each quarter before coming on to score 18 points in the fourth quarter for the win.

Shane Benson tallied 12 points and five ...

Verona Launches Medicine Drop-box

December 8, 2017

VERONA, NJ - With the installation of a prescription drop box at the Police Station, Verona is now one of the many communities in Essex County to provide citizens with a safe and easy way to dispose of expired or unused medicines.  The box was provided to the Township by ADAPT (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team) of Essex County through a grant from the New Jersey Division of ...

Verona Town Council Discusses Field Policy

VERONA, NJ - Verona Town Council discussed an ordinance that would establish a joint policy between the township and the Board of Education with regard to the use of the turf fields -- namely Centennial, Liberty and Freedom Fields -- at its meeting Monday night.

The ordinance was discussed at the joint meeting between the council and the BOE last month.  Township Manager Matthew Cavallo ...

Nicole DiChiara Announces Candidacy for Cedar Grove Board of Education

December 12, 2017

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Nicole DiChiara announced her intentions to run for one of two seats on the Cedar Grove Board of Education that will be up for vote in November. 

DiChiara was born and raised in a small suburban town on the outskirts of Philadelphia and attended Springfield Township High School, graduating  in 1987 as president of her class and captain of the lacrosse ...

Essex Co. Exec Joe DiVincenzo launches 2018 re-election campaign with show of force 

In a show of force intended to dissuade potential primary challengers, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced his re-election campaign amid a sea of supporters from Washington, D.C. to Trenton, from Newark City Hall to the outer reaches of West Essex.

"Essex County has never been this strong, not only here, but throughout the state of New Jersey," said DiVincenzo as ...

Cedar Grove H.S. Project Graduation Clothing Drive is Friday and Saturday

December 12, 2017

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove High School Class of 2018 Project Graduation Committee is hosting a clothing drive this Friday and Saturday.  

They will be collecting new or gently used men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes, purses, belts, bed and bath linens, and stuffed animals.  They will also accept bicycles and baby strollers.  No other household ...

Cedar Grove High School Launches Community Service Initiative

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove High School is launching a community service initiative which will allow students to volunteer hours to non-profit organizations in the community while working toward earning a Community Service Honor Cord at graduation and building their resume.

Guidance counselors Alexa Rubino and Meredith Denman, along with Student Assistance Counselor Donna DeFabiis presented ...

The Original Soupman Donates Hundreds of Soup Servings to Toni’s Kitchen

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Original Soupman, the makers of soup, donated 500 servings of soup to Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair Tuesday.

Joe Hagan, President of The Original Soupman, will be present to celebrate the donation of The Original Soupman’s hundreds of servings of soup to this local feeding program.

Toni’s Kitchen is a non-profit feeding program serving Essex ...

Local Family-Friendly Events to Enjoy Over the Holidays

December 16, 2017

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Residents looking to fill their week with holiday cheer are in luck, as many local celebrations are in full swing.

From family-friendly events to kid-centric story times, and senior citizen dances to adults-only happy hours, there is something on the calendar for every member of the family from now until Dec. 25 and beyond.

Dec. 15

Mountain Creek ...

New Jersey Rock Legend Pat DiNizio Dead at 62

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Local music legend Pat DiNizio, who rose to fame with his band, The Smithereens, during the 1980s, has died. His death was announced on The Smithereens Facebook page.

A 2015 inductee into the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Hall of Fame (Class of 1973), DiNizio founded The Smithereens in 1980. The band featured DiNizio on vocals and guitar, Jim ...

Cedar Grove High School Film Club Showcases New Short Film

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove High School Film Club previewed its new film titled 47 Years on Wednesday.

Like other short films the club has made, the picture was created by student members of the Film Club, with some help from teacher James DeStefano and technician Joseph Morabito. I spoke with DeStefano about the film.  He said that the students filled all roles except for ...

Owners of Controversial Montclair Ice Cream Shop: We Will Change Our Logo

December 15, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The owners of Dairy Air Ice Cream Co. have decided to change its logo after receiving backlash from some community members. After gaining national attention, the controversy brought both negative and positive publicity to the local ice cream shop, which the owners state was unintended.

Montclair's newest ice cream shop had raised eyebrows for displaying a cow logo ...

Chinese firm buys One Newark Center

A Chinese investment and development firm has acquired one of Newark's most visible properties.

The sale of One Newark Center to Beijing Ideal Group—a joint-venture between an affiliate of The Praedium Group LLC and Mack-Cali Realty Corp.—was finalized Thursday, with investment management company JLL completing the acquisition of the 423,028-square-foot ...

Montclair Business Logo Sparks Outrage and Dialogue on Sexualization

MONTCLAIR, NJ - "Sleazy and Tasteless" are just a few of the words Montclair residents have used to describe the logo of the newest Montclair ice cream shop. 

Dairy Air Ice Cream Co., located at 521 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, has recently come under fire since Nutley resident Amy Tingle posted her thoughts on her personal Facebook page.

Tingle wrote:

An open letter ...

State unveils $1.3 million grant to Rutgers opioid treatment program

December 14, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ - ​Solutions to the state's opiod crisis has landed in the lap of Rutgers University. ​The ​university's ​New Jersey Healthcare Development Center ​is being armed with $1.3 million to launch a statewide Certified A​l​cohol and Drug Counselor apprenticeship program​, in the latest effort to battle opiod addiction.​

With the ​state ​grant, the ...

Verona Launches Medicine Drop-box

VERONA, NJ - With the installation of a prescription drop box at the Police Station, Verona is now one of the many communities in Essex County to provide citizens with a safe and easy way to dispose of expired or unused medicines.  The box was provided to the Township by ADAPT (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team) of Essex County through a grant from the New Jersey Division of ...

Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Dangers

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Woodland Park Fire Department issued an alert for residents to take precautions as cold weather has increased the threat of carbon monoxide dangers.

On Nov. 9, three residents of a Dewey Avenue home in Totowa were sent to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning. Police say it was due to a chimney blockage. On Nov. 13, first responders were called to ...

Newark man pleads guilty to beating, sexually assaulting Rutgers student

December 7, 2017

NEW  BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Newark man pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and severely beating a female Rutgers student and will spend up to 22 years behind bars, authorities announced on December 5.

At 3:30 a.m. on May 4, 2016, 39-year-old Newark resident Michael P. Knight followed the woman and attacked her near College Avenue and Seminary Place on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, ...

First Presbyterian Church Announces Advent Events

December 10, 2017

VERONA, NJ - With Christmas drawing near the following events will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Verona located at 10 Fairview Avenue.

Thursday, December 14:  Blue Christmas Service hosted in conjunction with the Church of the Holy Spirit.  This year the service will be held in the Episcopalian church, located at 36 Gould Street.  Starting at 7:30 ...

Christmas Cantata at First Presbyterian Church is Dec. 10

VERONA, NJ - On Sunday, December 10  at 10:15 a.m. the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church under the direction of Diane Battersby will present Joseph Martin’s canatata “The Song Heard ‘Round The World.”

The Song Heard 'Round the World is an inspirational musical journey that celebrates the unity we have in the gospel of Christ through scripture, ...

New Technology Available to Enhance Visits to NJ State Parks

December 16, 2017

TRENTON - The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry on Thursday, November 16 officially launched a new smart device tool to enhance visits to state parks by helping users plan visits around the state park system's vast network of trails.

The Trail Tracker application, demonstrated by the Park Service during a news conference today at Allaire State Park in Monmouth County, may be ...

Elizabeth becomes newest excursion destination for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines passengers disembarking from Cape Liberty Cruise Port.

ELIZABETH,NJ--This October 2017 marked a milestone in New Jersey State tourism history. Expanding for the first time ever in its history of tourism for the state, a major cruise line now has excursion opportunities for passengers to discover one of New Jersey’s oldest and most historic cities, Elizabeth.

“The Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization has aggressively pursued ...

Don't Miss These Garden State Holiday Light Delights

NEW JERSEY - There are so many fun, family-friendly holiday activities it’s hard to pack them all in. However, if you’re looking for something simple that’s a throwback to your own childhood, make time to see these fabulous light displays that really get folks in the holiday mood.

Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights - Summer isn’t the only time to hit the boardwalk in ...

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Local Family-Friendly Events to Enjoy Over the Holidays

December 16, 2017

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Residents looking to fill their week with holiday cheer are in luck, as many local celebrations are in full swing.

From family-friendly events to kid-centric story times, and senior citizen dances to adults-only happy hours, there is something on the calendar for every member of the family from now until Dec. 25 and beyond.

Dec. 15

Mountain Creek ...

Verona Police Blotter

December 5, 2017

November 1, 2017 – November 30, 2017


Dispatch Entries: 2268

Residential Alarms: 30

Business Alarms: 13

Rescue Squad Calls: 118

Fire Calls: 12

Summonses (moving violations): 144

Parking Summonses: 128

Arrests: 8

Fraud Reports: 7

Driving While Intoxicated: 0

11/2/2017 Officer William Frazee responded along with the Verona Rescue Squad to a report of a ...

Former Rutgers student pleads guilty to involvement cyber attack which crashed internet at university

December 13, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - A former Rutgers student pleaded guilty to his involvement in a series of cyber attacks against the Rutgers University computer network, which left the internet crippled for days at a time, US Department of Justice Officials announced on December 13.

Paras Jha, 21, of Fanwood, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, US officials announced, after he pled ...

Reader More Offended by Comments Against President, than Cheeky Cow Logo

December 11, 2017

Compared to a cartoonish image of a cow with a big butt‎, I'm much more offended by Ms. Tingle's baseless smear of the President of the United States as a "sexual predator." I assume because she didn't name him and he's a public figure, it's OK to publish what otherwise would be considered libel. 

Ironically, although what Ms. Tingle wrote is likely ...

Rep. Pascrell: House Considers Bill to Name Post Office for NJ Hero

December 16, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) took to the House floor Tuesday in support of H.R. 2815 (Lance, NJ-07), legislation he cosponsored to name a post office in Raritan, New Jersey, after John Basilone. In 2003, Rep. Pascrell led an effort in the House to have Basilone recognized with a postage stamp. The Postal Service announced a ...

'It's a Wonderful Life'from film to stage to radio

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas ...