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Touching Base with Our Lady of the Lake School’s Principal

January 24, 2022

VERONA, NJ – Recently, Tap caught up with Jim Carlo, Principal at Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona, to get an update on Covid impact on the school and Catholic Schools Week among other things.

 

TapInto: How is the school year going so far?

Principal Carlo: Our Lady of the Lake has had in-person learning all day, every day since the beginning of the school year.  We ...

Cedar Grove Schools Superintendent Grosso Thanks Staff Who Stepped up After North End Incident

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- The suspension of all morning and aftercare services provided by Right at School in the wake of an incident last week at North End School left many families in need of supervisory assistance.

Superintendent Anthony Grosso acknowledged the faculty and staff who stepped up to help out after the suspension of the district's provider of those services.

"I want ...

Cedar Grove Police Investigating Incident Involving Employee and Student at North End School

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- One arrest has been made and an investigation is under way by Cedar Grove police involving an incident between an employee of "Right at School" and a student at North End Elementary School last week.

According to a release from Superintendent Anthony Grosso, an "alleged inappropriate incident took place" last Friday, Jan. 14 during aftercare. Right at ...

Verona Hires Joseph D'Arco as New Township Manager

January 25, 2022

VERONA, NJ -- Verona Township has named Joseph D'Arco as its new township manager.

A Bloomfield resident, D'Arco currently serves as the borough administrator in Paramus. He has been in that position since 2010. He will replace Matthew Cavallo as Verona's township manager next month.

The announcement was made at Monday night's Verona Township Council meeting. D'Arco ...

Verona to Get $75K Grant for Baby Pool Upgrades

VERONA, NJ -- The township will receive a grant for upgrades to the Verona baby pool to remove barriers so that residents can enjoy the facility.  

Verona was notified earlier this month that the township will be receiving a $75,000 Local Recreation Improvement Grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division of Local Government Services. The grant will help to offset ...

Verona and Cedar Grove Wrestlers Shine in Essex County Tournament

January 27, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Two wrestlers from Verona and one from Cedar Grove placed second in their respective individual weight classes at the Essex County Tournament Wednesday at South Mountain Arena.

From Verona, Derek Bernardino came in second place at 132 pounds and Jayden Czupak was second at 175 pounds. 

Nick Coletta of Cedar Grove was the second-place finisher at 144 ...

Boys Basketball: Verona Romps Over West Orange, 46-27

VERONA, NJ -- The Verona boys basketball team held West Orange to four points in the second quarter and went on to post a 46-27 victory on Tuesday.

Tyler Zimany scored 16 points for the Hillbillies (7-6), who outscored West Orange, 15-4, in the second quarter to open a 24-13 halftime lead.

Sean Mulligan scored 10 points and Cael Zebrowski finished with nine points for Verona. 

Girls Basketball: Verona Beats Mt. Olive, 53-40

VERONA, NJ -- Verona took control in the second quarter and went on to post a 53-40 girls basketball victory over Mount Olive on Saturday.

Emily Baumgard scored 13 points for the Hillbillies (3-6), who outscored Mount Olive, 15-4, in the second quarter to take a 28-18 halftime lead.

Baumgard was one of 12 Verona players who scored at least one point on Saturday. Brooke Rienecker and Lauren ...

Cedar Grove Police Investigating Incident Involving Employee and Student at North End School

January 19, 2022

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- One arrest has been made and an investigation is under way by Cedar Grove police involving an incident between an employee of "Right at School" and a student at North End Elementary School last week.

According to a release from Superintendent Anthony Grosso, an "alleged inappropriate incident took place" last Friday, Jan. 14 during aftercare. Right at ...

Kennedy Sworn in as New Cedar Grove Chief of Police

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- John J. Kennedy took the oath Thursday morning to become the new Chief of Police in the township.

Chief Kennedy received a promotion from lieutenant.

He succeeds Joseph Cirasa, who announced last June that he would be retiring. Cirasa was the township's police chief since 2016. He succeeded Richard Vanderstreet in the position.

"Wishing you the best ...

Verona Community Rallies Support for Family of 6-Year-Old Facing Treatment

January 26, 2022








VERONA, NJ -- The Cappello family of Verona is in need of support as their 6-year-old son, Dominic, begins to undergo treatment.

Dominic has been diagnosed with Medulloblastoma and recently underwent brain surgery to remove a large mass. 

A meal train has been set up to support the family during this difficult ...

Verona Community Comes Through for Cheerleader Battling Cancer

VERONA, NJ -- Two weeks ago, 14-year-old Daria Gebbia, a freshman cheerleader at Verona High School, was preparing for a cheer competition in Atlantic City. Her plans changed when she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, but the community is making sure she doesn't battle it alone.

Jim Katsios, a friend of the Gebbia family, started a GoFundMe to help and wrote: "Daria is a happy, ...

Verona to Get $75K Grant for Baby Pool Upgrades

January 23, 2022

VERONA, NJ -- The township will receive a grant for upgrades to the Verona baby pool to remove barriers so that residents can enjoy the facility.  

Verona was notified earlier this month that the township will be receiving a $75,000 Local Recreation Improvement Grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division of Local Government Services. The grant will help to offset ...

Daily Rate of New COVID Cases in Essex County Down 85% in Last 3 Weeks

January 24, 2022

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ -- Data shows that Essex County is sharply on the downside of the curve of the most recent spike in COVID cases.

Monday, Jan. 24 marked the smallest number of new confirmed positive tests in the county in 2022. There were 372 new COVID cases in Essex County as of Monday morning.

By comparison, on Jan. 1, there were 4,027 new cases.

The three-day average of new cases ...

Daily Rate of New COVID Cases in Essex County Down 69% in Last 2 Weeks

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ -- Data shows that the county is sharply on the downside of the curve of the most recent spike in COVID cases.

Monday, Jan. 17 marked the first day of 2022 in which the number of new confirmed positive tests was below 1,000. There were 782 new COVID cases in Essex County as of Monday morning.

By comparison, on Jan. 1, there were 4,027 new cases.

The three-day average of ...

Touching Base with Our Lady of the Lake School’s Principal

January 24, 2022

VERONA, NJ – Recently, Tap caught up with Jim Carlo, Principal at Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona, to get an update on Covid impact on the school and Catholic Schools Week among other things.

 

TapInto: How is the school year going so far?

Principal Carlo: Our Lady of the Lake has had in-person learning all day, every day since the beginning of the school year.  We ...

VIDEO: Teenager's Advocacy Leads to New State Law, District's Plan to Cut Millions and On a Roll!

January 26, 2022

NEW JERSEY — One teenager's idea to help babies leads to a new law in New Jersey. Plus, another teenager is definitely on a roll! And one school district has a big plan to cut millions.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

Now in New Jersey Powered by TAPinto is available for free as a ...

VIDEO: Maskless Woman Causes School Meeting to End, Officer Welcomed Back and Lasagna Love

NEW JERSEY — A woman who refused to wear a mask caused one Board of Education to stop an in-person meeting. Plus, friends and colleagues welcome back an officer after a major health battle. Also, the New Jersey group who's delivering kindness and love with lasagna!

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

VIDEO: Preparing for Statewide Bag Ban, Helping Others in Need

NEW JERSEY — Some New Jersey businesses are preparing for the plastic bag ban, and others didn't even know it was coming. Plus, some great examples of helping others, all around the state.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

Now in New Jersey Powered by TAPinto is available for free as a ...

Laura Matos Attends First Public Meeting in New Role on Legislative Apportionment Commission

January 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Our Democratic Party is not defined by one individual or one single entity. It is defined by our ideals,” said LeRoy Jones, Jr., the Democratic co-chair of the Legislative Apportionment Commission before a public redistricting meeting Wednesday night. 

“Our strength is in our diversity. Our strength is in our inclusiveness. Our strength is in ...

Route 3 Bridge Gets Millions for Upgrades, Paving Way for Thousands of Jobs

SECAUCUS, NJ - The Route 3 Bridge over the Hackensack River connecting East Rutherford to Secaucus is getting a much-needed facelift. 

It will cost $143.6 million. 

Sens Bob Menendez (D - NJ) and Cory Booker (D - NJ), along with Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D - District 9) joined Gov. Phil Murphy in Secaucus to announce the planned upgrades secured ...

Team USA Uniforms Made In New Jersey Amid Olympic Controversy

NEW JERSEY — A piece of New Jersey will be represented at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics despite controversy surrounding the games. 

Team USA’s opening ceremony uniforms in Beijing will be assembled and manufactured by Clifton, New Jersey-based manufacturer Better Team USA designed by Ralph Lauren. 

Better Team USA is a luxury outerwear manufacturing facility that ...

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Home of the Week: 28 Stanford Place, Montclair NJ

You’ll find 28 Stanford Place in the desirable town of Montclair, a charming colonial on a corner lot. The first floor has a lot of character, featuring a large living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a den with a lot of natural light, a formal dining room, and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The second floor has three bedrooms including a master bedroom, ensuite. And it ...

A Different Approach to Primary Care, Centered Around You

January 24, 2022

Dr. Joseph Sambataro is a board certified internal medicine physician.

Hello I would like to introduce myself to the TAPinto Verona, Cedar Grove and West Essex readers.

I was born and raised in North Jersey, and am extremely familiar with the needs of patients living in this fast paced, tightly knit part of the country. I attended medical school at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in ...

Daily Rate of New COVID Cases in Essex County Down 85% in Last 3 Weeks

January 24, 2022

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ -- Data shows that Essex County is sharply on the downside of the curve of the most recent spike in COVID cases.

Monday, Jan. 24 marked the smallest number of new confirmed positive tests in the county in 2022. There were 372 new COVID cases in Essex County as of Monday morning.

By comparison, on Jan. 1, there were 4,027 new cases.

The three-day average of new cases ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Falls Below 1.0

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The COVID-19 Rate of Transmission, the measurement of how much the virus is spreading, fell below 1.0 on Tuesday to 0.96.  A number below 1.0 means the outbreak is on the decline, with every infected person spreading COVID-19 to fewer than one additional person, on average.

The State Health Department confirmed 9,073 additional new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.