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Cedar Grove Police Promotions

February 8, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - On Monday, February 4th 2019 Township Manager Thomas Tucci, along with the Mayor Joseph Cicala, Dep. Mayor Robbie Vargo and Council Members, Harry Kumburis, Kerry Peterson, and Peter Tanella, who was unable to attend, held the formal proportional ceremony for the recently promoted Lt. Edward Conlon and Sgt. Joseph Russomanno.

Lieutenant Conlon has 24 Years of service to the ...

Car Crashes into House on Sweetwood Ave. in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - A car crashed into a home on Sweetwood Avenue in Cedar Grove around 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon according to a resident of the street.

Witnesses said the driver appeared to be a male teenager, who was traveling fast and failed to make the turn at the bottom of the street, crashing into the corner of a house. 

Cedar Grove police responded.

Early Dismissal for Cedar Grove and Verona Schools on Wednesday

February 19, 2019

CEDAR GROVE/VERONA, NJ - Due to the snowy forecast, Cedar Grove and Verona schools will have an early dismissal on Wednesday.

In Cedar Grove, North End and South End School will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m., Memorial Middle School will be dismissed at 12:20 p.m. and CGHS will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.  After care and all after school activities are canceled.  

Verona will ...

Verona's Sam Cummings Named to Dean's List at Saint Francis University

LORETTO, PA -- Sam Cummings, Exercise Physiology major, from Verona, was named to the Dean's List at Saint Francis University. Cummings was among more than 550 students named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2018 semester.

To achieve this list, a minimum quality point average of 3.500 must be earned on 12 or more credits during a single semester, with no continuing or incomplete ...

Verona's Carla Bello and Ethan Connell Named to Dean's List at Rochester Institute of Technology

ROCHESTER, NY:  Carla Bello and Ethan Connell, both of Verona, made the Dean's List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2018 Fall Semester:

Both Bello and Connell are part of the film and animation program.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean's List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of ...

Girls Basketball: Verona Wins in OT 32-28 Over Cedar Grove

February 19, 2019

VERONA, NJ - The Verona and Cedar Grove Girls basketball teams showed their heart and determination in the fourth annual “Hoops For Hope” Basketball game with Verona coming away with a 32-28 overtime victory over Cedar Grove.

    While the game itself was exciting, the squads came together to support a greater cause. The fourth annual fundraiser, raised money for ...

Girls Basketball: Cedar Grove Bests Belleville on Senior Night

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove celebrated Senior Night with a 44-35 victory over Belleville on Thursday.  

A strong first quarter gave Cedar Grove a 15-6 advantage.  Belleville rallied in the second quarter to make it 24-15 Cedar Grove at the end of the half.  A strong third quarter for Belleville closed the gap making it a 27-24 game, but the Panthers came on strong in the ...

Boy Basketball: Verona Tops Livingston

VERONA, NJ - Nicholas Gonzalez tallied 16 points including four 3-pointers to help lead the Verona Hillbillies boys basketball team to a 34-31 victory over Livingston at home on Thursday.  

A dominant first quarter gave Verona an 18-3 advantage over the Lancers.  However, Livingston fought back in the second quarter, scoring 10 points and holding the Hillbillies to just two -- ...

Lidl Supermarket Chain to Replace Pathmark at Montclair's New Lackawanna Plaza

February 17, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ — A new supermarket chain will be coming to Lackawanna Plaza, but not without controversy.

By a 5-2 vote, During Montclair's planning board meeting on Monday, officials approved the application to redevelop Lackawanna Plaza as a mixed-use project. It was also revealed that German supermarket chain, Lidl, will bring a new store to the location.

The two objecting ...

Verona Sewer Rates to Increase

VERONA, NJ - Verona residents will see an increase in their sewer bills.  The town council voted to increase fees by 20 percent and increase the sewer and water connection fees paid by developers/contractors by 27 percent at its meeting on Monday.  The last increase was in 2002.

According to Town Manager Matthew Cavallo, Verona was forced to make the increases due to new regulations ...

New Jersey Man Bike Rides Across Country for Cancer Research

February 16, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta resident and cofounder and manager of the Sparta Farmers Market Mitch Morrison is about to embark on a cross country trip on his bicycle.  Morrison is riding solo from Portland, Oregon to Sparta beginning on April 10 arriving in late May.

“As part of my adventure, I am raising money for cancer research for Cycle for Survival,” Morrison ...

Annual Cedar Grove/Verona Father Daughter Dance PHOTO GALLERY

On Sunday February 10, 2019 Girl Scout Service Unit 26 – Cedar Grove and Verona- hosted their annual Father Daughter Dance at the Grove in Cedar Grove. The wonderful staff at the Grove served an amazing lunch to the over 765 attendees. The dads and daughters also enjoyed some photo booth fun and danced the day away thanks to the awesome DJ's at Automatic Entertainment. This annual ...

Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad Continues Volunteer Tradition

February 15, 2019

Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad Installs 2019 Officers

For 81 years, the citizens of the Township of Cedar Grove have had family, friends and neighbors who are there to answer their call for help as volunteers on the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad.  In an age where many towns are turning to full time paid alternatives to cover their emergency medical services needs, the ...

Rutgers University Student Diagnosed With Meningitis

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University student has been diagnosed with meningitis, and the university has sent a message to other students about steps to take as a precaution.

The student with the disease was hospitalized Monday is receiving treatment and is recovering, Dr. Melodee Lasky, University Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness said in an email sent to students on ...

Standing O at State of the Union for Long Hill 10-Year Old Cancer Survivor Grace Eline, Trump Proposes $500 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research

WARREN, NJ - President Donald Trump called 10-year old Grace Eline “an inspiration to everyone in this room” in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. And Eline received multiple standing ovations. She was declared cancer free in October.

Eline, of Long Hill Township who sat with First Lady Melania Trump during the address, was diagnosed with germinoma, a germ-cell brain tumor ...

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Essex County Declares Snow Emergency

February 20, 2019

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The Essex County Office of Emergency Management declared a snow emergency as of 12 p.m. Wednesday.

No parking is allowed on township or county roads during periods of snow removal.  Vehicles parked on roadways will be issued a summons and towed according to local ordinance.  

No overnight street parking will be permitted in Verona and Cedar Grove.

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

February 18, 2019

February 11, 2019– February 17, 2019

On February 12, 2019 at 9:34 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. It was then determined that the 31 year old driver from Union had an outstanding traffic warrant. He was arrested and later released with a summons to appear in court.

On February 13, 2019 at 10:19 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a vehicle with ...

Michael Torpey Discusses the Student Debt Crisis on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- A new game show on truTV called “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” offers relief from student debt to its winners. Actor and Host, Michael Torpey, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the very real problem of outstanding college loan debt and how his show attempts to tackle this issue.

The show features recent college grads with student loan debt who ...

11th Annual Mustard Seed Dinner Dance Gala to Benefit Disabled Children Will Take Place March 9th

PATERSON, NJ -- The Mustard Seed Children’s 11th Annual Dinner Dance Gala will be held on March 9th at the Valley Regency in Clifton, beginning at 7pm. The event is a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic, which supports orphan children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated ...

Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

‘Cooked & Uncorked’ Festival to Showcase NJ Firefighters’ Culinary Talents

These firefighters don’t just put out flames — they use them to make duck confit-stuffed ravioli with bacon and English pea puree. That’s how South Orange Local 24 won the gourmet category during last year’s Cooked & Uncorked food and wine festival, which is coming up for the 9th time this month on Feb. 25 in Edison, NJ.

Hosted by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual ...

New Jersey Date Night: Cupid’s Singles Throw-Down

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Sometimes Cupid has an off day with his marksmanship. Maybe his arrow hit you once or twice, however it didn’t go deep enough to stick long-term. Or maybe you just haven’t been it the right place at the right time for Cupid to get the perfect aim. Regardless, the singles who’ve yet to ...

New Jersey Man Bike Rides Across Country for Cancer Research

February 16, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta resident and cofounder and manager of the Sparta Farmers Market Mitch Morrison is about to embark on a cross country trip on his bicycle.  Morrison is riding solo from Portland, Oregon to Sparta beginning on April 10 arriving in late May.

“As part of my adventure, I am raising money for cancer research for Cycle for Survival,” Morrison ...

Verona Library Trustees Thank Community for its Support

February 12, 2019

To the editor:
The Trustees of the Verona Public Library, community volunteers and staff would like to thank everyone who attended the New Year, New Library event on January 24.   It was wonderful to see so many community members come together to celebrate and support the beautiful newly renovated Verona Public Library. 

All proceeds raised at event ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, February 21, 6:00 PM

West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair



Wed, February 27, 11:00 AM

Verona Community Center, Verona

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Wed, February 27, 7:30 PM

Cedar Grove Public Library, Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove Notables

Arts & Entertainment

Tragedy Leads New Jersey Man to Find Great Purpose

February 18, 2019

Dan Sarnowski and Betsy Niles met on an online dating website in 2001. Although never married, the couple shared a great life and many wonderful memories together.

“Betsy and I were together for 10 years,” said Sarnowski. “In March of 2011, she was struck by a man driving a van which led to massive brain damage. Shortly after the accident, she was declared brain dead and ...

"My Very Own British Invasion" is short on plot

‘My Very Own British Invasion’ is short on plot, but long on rock

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a rollicking, rock and roll extravaganza in its premier production of  “My Very Own British Invasion.”

We start with a fast and furious tribute to the Beatles, like “I Saw Her Standing There” and move on to ...