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Verona Resident Makes Dean's List at U. of Florida

October 10, 2021

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida's Spring 2021 Dean's List included a Verona, N.J. resident.

Olivia Symczak of Verona made the Dean's List at the Gainesville campus.

Symczak's major is advertising. She has been on the Dean's List in each of her semesters. In order to qualify, a student must have a semester GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Verona Retains Law Firm for Potential Clean Water Litigation Over PFAS Contaminants

October 19, 2021

VERONA, NJ — The township has selected a law firm to keep on retainer as it mulls legal action against the companies that Verona believes are responsible for the township's contaminated water.

At its regular meeting on Monday night, the Township Council passed a resolution to retain Kennedy & Madonna, LLP and their partner law firms to pursue litigation against the 3M, DuPont and ...

Girls Volleyball: Cedar Grove Tops West Caldwell Tech on Senior Night

October 20, 2021

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Cedar Grove girls volleyball team marked Senior Night with a 25-15, 25-19 victory over West Caldwell Tech on Tuesday.

Juliet Albanese finished with eight kills, 10 digs and five service points; Gabriella Vinosky had four kills, one dig and three service points; and Julia Vinosky had team-highs of 15 assists and 16 service points for Cedar Grove (13-6).

Jenna Vega ...

Girls Soccer: Cedar Grove Dominates Newark Tech, 10-1

NEWARK, NJ — Three different players scored two goals apiece to lead Cedar Grove to a 10-1 girls soccer victory over Newark Tech on Tuesday.

Samira Lukovic collected two goals and two assists, and Pashience Abud and Emma Bermingham also scored two goals apiece for the Panthers (12-3).

Alexa Wolff contributed three assists and a goal of her own, and Kaitlyn Wolff and Catherine Lara ...

Boys Soccer: Verona Triumphs over Blooomfield, 3-1

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Verona boys soccer team scored two goals in the second half to even its record on the season with a 3-1 victory over Bloomfield on Monday.

Evan Bannon had the only goal for Verona (6-6-1) in the first half, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Riley Ying assisted Bannon on the goal.

Less than a minute into the second half, Sean Stiefbold scored to give the Hillbillies a 2-1 ...

Cedar Grove Police Department Schedules Operation Prescription Drug Take-Back

October 18, 2021

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Cedar Grove Police Department will be participating in the bi-annual Operation Take Back Program sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday, Oct. 23.

This program enables the public to get rid of unused, unwanted and expired medications properly.

"Prescription drug abuse is rapidly becoming one of our nation’s greatest emerging drug ...

Verona Road Closure to Affect Friday Morning Traffic

VERONA, NJ - Many Verona motorists will need to plan an alternate route Friday morning.

The Verona Police Department has issued notice that Forest Avenue will be closed Friday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad Gives Presentation to Town Council

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad recently gave a presentation to the Township Council at its staff meeting on Sept. 27.

Here is the text of the speech that squad member Jaselin Rodruguez gave to Mayor Peter Tanella and the Cedar Grove council members:

Good evening, Mayor Tanella and members of the town council. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ...

Collection Event Scheduled for Verona Food Pantry

October 17, 2021

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Cedar Grove Cub Scouts will be hosting a Trick-or-Treat themed Food Collection event Halloween weekend for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry in Verona. 

The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 36 Gould St. in Verona.

Food donations can be brought to the church parking lot where the trick-or-treating ...

Temple Sholom of West Essex Celebrates, Thanks First Responders

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Temple Sholom of West Essex celebrated the Jewish high holiday of Sukkot this year by inviting members to sign messages of thanks and hope, and to give a donation to local first responders. After the holiday, the Temple presented four pages of written greetings and a monetary donation of $1,000 to the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad.  

“As we ...

Season Opener Offers Timely Message as Paper Mill Playhouse Emerges from COVID

October 19, 2021

MILLBURN, NJ — After being closed for about 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Paper Mill Playhouse opened its new season Oct. 17, a night that found its patrons and directors bubbling with excitement and its performers bringing a show that resonated.

The opening show, Songs for a New World, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, was written some years back and chosen for the ...

Bestselling Author Harlan Coben Films in Livingston for Next Page-to-Screen Adaptation

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Local followers of Livingston native Harlan Coben's works may notice some familiar locations featured in the upcoming adaptation of his 2011 novel “Shelter” if the pilot is determined to be successful.

Throughout the day on Monday, when Livingston High School (LHS) students were off for the Columbus Day holiday, production vans lined the streets ...

Cedar Grove Resident Wins Recognition in Essex Photo Contest

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — John Shiever, a resident of Cedar Grove, was awarded third place in the Essex County Parks Photography Contest.

Shiever took third place in the Adult category for his "Verona Park" photo on Oct. 4 at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland.


Photo: Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) ...

74% of Cedar Grove Residents Have Been Fully Vaccinated: NJ Data Dashboard

October 18, 2021

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — As of Oct. 13, 74 percent of all Cedar Grove residents of all ages had been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

That figure rose 2 percent from the 72 percent who had been fully vaxxed four weeks earlier, according to data from the COVID dashboard.

Among all adults 18 and over, 87 percent of Cedar Grove residents had been fully ...

Cedar Grove Physician Suspended; AG Bruck: Doctor Poses 'Grave Risk' to Public

October 20, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — The license of a Cedar Grove physician has been temporarily suspended by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced on Wednesday.

Dr. Muhammad A. Mirza, a board-certified internist from Cedar Grove, has been temporarily banned from practicing medicine after allegations surfaced that he has been traveling to offices both in ...

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NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App Upgrades: Keeping Riders in the Know

NEW JERSEY – With more and more riders returning to public transportation, NJ TRANSIT’s recent changes to mobile apps literally represent well-timed upgrades.

Smartphone users can readily appreciate the ease of information available at their fingertips. A few swipes on the mobile app replace the need for paper schedules and more.  The mobile app is available on both Google ...

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Have you ever been swarmed by a bug and noticed a strange and unpleasant smell?

You probably encountered a stink bug.

Chances are, if you have a stink bug infestation, your nose will let you know and you'll want to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to get rid of stink bugs. 

Understanding Stink Bugs

Whether you already ...

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center appoints Daniel Mansour, M.D. as Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery

October 19, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Mountainside Medical Center has announced that Daniel Mansour, M.D. will take on the role as medical director of thoracic surgery and surgical director of the lung cancer screening/lung nodule program. In this role, Dr. Mansour will operate the thoracic surgery program to ensure its organization and delivery of excellent, timely and evidence-based care.

“We are ...

LPGA Pioneers Honor Healthcare Heroes At Founders Cup Tournament at Mountain Ridge

October 12, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Nancy Lopez, Sally Little and Mary Mills, three pioneers of the Ladies' Professional Golf Association (LPGA), presented a commemorative “Thank You Healthcare Heroes” poster to Richard Davis, president and chief executive officer of Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Bruce Schonbraun, chairman of the Saint Barnabas Medical Center; and the team of Healthcare ...

Two-Time Super Bowl Champ Carl Banks Among Scotch Plains Public Storage Customers Seeking Return of Possessions

October 18, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Among those frustrated by his inability to visit his unit at Public Storage on Route 22 in Scotch Plains is two-time Super Bowl champion and Giants legend Carl Banks, who stored mementos of his stellar NFL career at the storage facility. 

Items in the storage unit include Banks's Pro Bowl jersey and items belonging to his son, CJ, that include a signed ...

Support for Cedar Grove BOE Candidates Dawn Daura and Lou Marzullo

October 17, 2021

My name is Jason Malyuk. My wife Carla and I moved to Cedar Grove 20 years ago. There were many reasons why we chose Cedar Grove, and one of the most important was the school system. We have three children, our eldest son, who went through the entire Cedar Grove school system and graduated from Cedar Grove High School, our daughter, who is currently a Junior, and our youngest son, currently in ...