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Traffic Accident on Pompton Avenue Delays Morning Commute

October 19, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - A car collided with a traffic light at Bradford Avenue and Pompton Avenue before 7:30 am Friday causing traffic delays.

Police responded to the scene and were directing traffic which had backed up along both roads.  Bradford Avenue was closed at Grove Street. 

No word on any injuries.  The traffic light was one of the newly installed lights on Pompton ...

Man Arrested for Stealing Purse from St. Catherine's Church Parking Lot

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - An Irvington man was arrested in connection with a purse stolen from St. Catherine of Siena Church parking lot earlier this month.

On Oct. 1, police took a report of the theft of a purse -- the victim left her purse in a locked vehicle while walking her child to school.  According to police reports, detectives obtained video of the theft from a local business near ...

Verona Man Arrested for Vandalism of OLL Statues

VERONA, NJ - A Verona man was arrested on Monday and charged with Criminal Mischief and Bias Intimidation in connection to the vandalism of statues at Our Lady of the Lake Church that occurred in March.  

Police initially spoke with Elliot Bennett, 35, on March 27, but he stopped the conversation and requested to speak to an attorney.  According to police, the Detective Bureau ...

Football: Verona runs past Cedar Grove, 35-8

October 20, 2018

VERONA, NJ - Meeting for the 46th time at Verona High School on Saturday, Cedar Grove(5-1) and Verona(4-2) featured two contrasting offenses with Cedar Grove averaging a whopping 35.6 points per game to Verona’s pound-and-ground offense. The question would be which team could dominate the line of scrimmage and make the big plays.

Entering the contest, Hillbillies senior running back Nick ...

Allstate Cedar Grove Athlete of the Week: Arianna Weling

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Though she only began playing tennis last year, Arianna Weling has developed a love of the game.  Though Cedar Grove girls tennis has struggled this season, Weling's work ethic and positive attitude has been a tremendous contribution, making her the Allstate Cedar Grove Athlete of the Week.  The Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Shelby Mobley, Allstate ...

TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Hillbilly Athlete of the Week: Gabriella Montagna

VERONA, NJ - She's proven to be a player her team can count on -- junior Gabriela Montagna has been a consistent contributor on the Verona girls soccer team, stepping into whatever role was asked of her.  Her hard work and dedication has earned her TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Hillbilly Athlete of the Week honors.

"Gabi took on a role this season that changed the way she ...

Essex Freeholders Consider Future of ICE Contract After Denouncing Agency's Spokesman

October 20, 2018

The Essex County Freeholders called for the ouster of the New Jersey Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman but have not budged on ending its controversial contract with the agency.

The freeholder board at its Wednesday meeting in Maplewood passed a resolution supporting other lawmakers who have called for Emilio Karim Dabul to be terminated from his position as ICE ...

Improvements Underway at Essex County Riker Hill Art Park

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a second public meeting held in Livingston last week to discuss the current plans for how to spend the $1 million currently allotted toward the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP) in Livingston, some of the priorities, such as improving the safety and accessibility of the entrance at the intersection of Beaufort Avenue and Homestead Drive, are ...

Cedar Grove Waves 911 Memorial Gets Permanent Addition

CEDAR GROVE, N.J.- For four years Cedar Grove High School displayed 2,977 flags, in honor of the lives lost on September 11. The front of the high school has served as the base for the flags, including the flags of victim's home countries. 

This year, they were given a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. It was permanently installed this week, and will be displayed ...

Shining Stars Program for Special Needs Individuals Expands for Fall 2018 Season

October 20, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston’s Shining Stars program, an adaptive after-school program for individuals with special needs that is open to local families in Livingston and surrounding communities, has officially kicked off its new season. In her second year as Livingston’s first-ever full-time adaptive recreation coordinator, Jennifer Quirk is looking forward to ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

Trick or Treat in Downtown Verona

October 20, 2018

Children and parents are invited to don their costumes and venture into Downtown Verona along Bloomfield Ave. after school on Halloween, October 31st from 2-4pm before heading out to trick or treat in their neighborhoods! 

The event will kickoff from the Verona Civic Center, 600 Bloomfield Ave. where the Junior Woman’s Club will have a table with a list of participating business, a ...

Improvements Underway at Essex County Riker Hill Art Park

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a second public meeting held in Livingston last week to discuss the current plans for how to spend the $1 million currently allotted toward the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP) in Livingston, some of the priorities, such as improving the safety and accessibility of the entrance at the intersection of Beaufort Avenue and Homestead Drive, are ...

Annual 'Strut Your Mutt' Parade This Saturday

MAPLEWOOD AND MILLBURN, NJ -  This weekend, Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, will be held at three locations, including the South Mountain Dog Park.

The South Mountain Dog Park event will be on Saturday at 2 p.m., with registration at 1:15 p.m. 

“The Essex County Dog Parks have become popular places for dog ...

Verona to Hold Forum for Local Business Owners on Monday

October 20, 2018

VERONA, NJ - The Township of Verona is hosting a forum for township business owners on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Verona Community Center at 880 Bloomfield Avenue. The meeting is open to all business owners in town, whether they have a business district location or are home-based.

According to a letter sent ot business owners, the main topic of discussion will be ...

Cedar Grove Hydrant Flushing Begins Oct. 22

October 15, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove will begin its Fall Hydrant Flushing Program on Oct. 22 through Oct. 25.  

The flushing will begin with hydrants in South end of town and proceed Northward. Flushing will be done between the hours of 7 pm and midnight.

Because it is difficult to pinpoint the exact neighborhood where flushing will occur at a given time, residents are advised to ...

Cedar Grove Hydrant Flushing Begins Oct. 22

October 15, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove will begin its Fall Hydrant Flushing Program on Oct. 22 through Oct. 25.  

The flushing will begin with hydrants in South end of town and proceed Northward. Flushing will be done between the hours of 7 pm and midnight.

Because it is difficult to pinpoint the exact neighborhood where flushing will occur at a given time, residents are advised to ...

Cedar Grove Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography

October 11, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – A Cedar Grove man pled guilty to distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Samuel LaSala, 47, plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court on Wednesday, charged with one count of distributing child pornography.

According to court documents, LaSala, who was ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

October 12, 2018

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

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Bloomfield Continues Push To Reduce Carbon Footprint, Installs Five Smart-Technology Compost Bins

October 19, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In an effort to go green, the Township of Bloomfield is investing in smart-technology compacting waste bins that have been set up at five locations throughout town. These compacting waste, or compost bins, have built in compactors that utilize solar power, and are locked so no rodents or other animals can get in.

The bins are provided by Big Belly Solutions, Inc., a ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

October 15, 2018

October 8, 2018 – October 14, 2018

On October 9, 2018 at 1:53 a.m., Ptl. Anthony Grigolo stopped a vehicle for speeding along Ridge Road. A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of crack cocaine and heroin inside the vehicle. The driver, a 48 year old male from Verona, was arrested, charged, and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.  

On October 10, 2018 ...

Superintendent Corner Column Why Your Vote on Full Day Kindergarten Is Important

October 13, 2018

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.

But for children play is serious learning.

Play is really the work of childhood."

Mister Fred Rogers

On November 6, 2018, the Verona community will have an opportunity to cast an important vote that would increase funding to the Verona Public Schools to invest in full day kindergarten through a ...

Local Reporter Killed While Walking on Route 10 in Randolph

October 15, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ - Lindsay Ireland, a reporter who worked for several TAPinto.net sites and the Daily Record, died early Oct. 14 after being struck by a vehicle in Randolph, police said.

The incident took place on Route 10 in the early morning, said Randolph police  Lt. Christopher Guiliani said that the Ireland,  26, of Randolph, was struck and killed by Victor Retana, 30, ...

Letter to the Editor: Mikie Sherril is Listening

October 20, 2018

Dear Editor, 

In the race to be New Jersey’s next 11th Congressional district  representative, there is only one candidate who supports a woman’s right to choose. Her name is Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor.

Her opponent, Republican Jay Webber, has aggressively fought for years to defund Planned Parenthood, a non profit that ...

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Statewide Conference will Convene over 550 Leaders from Non-Profits, Business and Philanthropy

October 20, 2018

The Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey’s umbrella organization for the charitable community will convene over 550 attendees for the largest annual gathering of non-profit leaders and allies, at its 2018 New Jersey Non-Profit Conference, Raising the Voices of Our Communities, Wednesday, December 5 at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, New Jersey.

This ...

'Other Desert Cities' unfolds with family secrets

‘Other Desert Cities’ unfolds with family secrets at Chatham Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

CHATHAM, NJ – “Other Desert Cities,” the stirring drama by Jon Robin Baitz, revolves around a family’s loyalties and deceptions in a tony Palm Springs household. “Other Desert Cities” refers to the signs along the exit ramps on the California freeway.

The ...

‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill

‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – This Tony-award winning musical caught audiences up in its stunning story of African American life in the deep south over a 40 year period, from 1909 until 1949.

Based in the novel by Alice Walker and a screen adaptation several years ago, the story centers on Celie (Adrianna Hicks), who ...