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Multi-Town Firefighters Battle Montclair Blaze in the Snow

November 15, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - As snow is falling in Montclair, firefighters are fighting a blaze at the corner of Walnut St. and Valley on Thursday evening, according to reliable sources.

Details have not yet been released by the Montclair Fire Department. 

Story developing....

Verona Man Arrested for Allegedly Masturbating in Car

VERONA, NJ - A Verona man was arrested Tuesday after being observed allegedly masturbating in his car on Oct. 1.  

According to police reports, two juveniles were walking home from school in the area of 510 Bloomfield Ave. when they saw Conor McGee, 35, masturbating in his parked car.  The two juveniles immediately reported the incident to Verona police, and provided a ...

Montclair Woman Identified in Fatal NJ Transit Train Strike in Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A 28-year-old Montclair woman has been identified as the victim of a fatal accident in Montclair involving a NJ Transit train headed for New York Penn Station, Tuesday morning.

According to NJ Transit spokesperson, Lisa Torbic, Joan Juengling was identified as the victim. She was struck by the NJ Transit train near the Watchung Station, however, details have not ...

Delayed Opening for Verona Schools on Friday

November 15, 2018

VERONA, NJ - Due to inclement weather, the Verona Public Schools will have a delayed opening on Friday.  

Verona Schools will begin at 10 am. Afternoon Pre-K will begin at 1 p.m. 

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Delayed Opening for Cedar Grove Schools on Friday

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Due to inclement weather, the Cedar Grove Public Schools will have a delayed opening on Friday.  

In Cedar Grove, South End and North End School will start at 10:20 a.m., Memorial Middle School will start at 10 a.m. and Cedar Grove High School will start at 10:10 a.m.  Morning care will be offered at North End and South End at 9:40 a.m, at the middle school  at ...

Technology on Display During Student Fair at Essex Tech West Caldwell Campus

WEST CALDWELL, NJ – Hundreds of middle school students and their parents flocked to the student fair hosted by the Essex County School of Technology’s West Caldwell Campus. Visitors got to interact with administrators, faculty and current students, and participate in live demonstrations.

The district offers a full-service program that’s been recognized by publications such as ...

Football: Despite Riggio's 4 TDs, Verona's Season Ends in Heartbreak

November 11, 2018

VERONA – Nick Riggio walked off a heartbroken and frigid Sellitto Field to a rousing ovation of Verona fans and cheerleaders lining up along the players’ entrance. Understandably emotional, Riggio and Verona had just had their season end in heartbreak, 33 seconds away from appearing in a sectional championship.

But while this loss still stings and will for a while, Riggio ...

Football: Cedar Grove Falls to Shabazz in North 2, Group 1 Semifinals

NEWARK, N.J. - Cedar Grove's 2018 football season came to a disappointing and shocking ending on Friday night when the fourth-seeded Panthers lost to top-seeded and defending sectional champion, Malcolm X. Shabazz High School, 49-6, in the NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 semifinals at Shabazz Stadium.

Shabazz will face Hasbrouck Heights in the final next Friday night in Newark. The Panthers ...

Verona Football Playoff Game Moved to Saturday Due to Weather

VERONA, NJ - Once again, Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on high school football schedules.  

With heavy rain predicted and a flash flood watch in effect beginning 6 p.m. on Friday, the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 playoff game has been moved to Saturday at 7 p.m.  No. 2 Verona will host No. 3 Lyndhurst.  

This is the second time that rain has forced the rescheduling ...

Township of Verona Makes a Tenative Deal to Purchase Property for Redevelopment

November 10, 2018

VERONA, NJ - The Township of Verona is excited to announce that it has reached a tentative deal to purchase the property formerly occupied by Cameco and the adjacent residential houses for redevelopment to help meet the Township’s Affordable Housing obligations. The tract of land on Pine Street at Bloomfield Avenue is approximately 2.3 acres of previously developed land. The tract is ...

SBA Offering Disaster Loans to Monmouth County Businesses, Residents Affected by August Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON, DC — Monmouth County businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding on August 11 through 13 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

To find out about the program, SBA has established this week a disaster loan outreach center in Ocean County at the Greenbriar Homeowners Association, 1 Derby Circle in Brick.

Cedar Grove Grapples with Affordable Housing Obligations

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - On Monday Cedar Grove hosted its state representatives at a town hall meeting to discuss the overdevelopment issue stemming from affordable housing obligations.  The meeting is part of an effort by Town Council to take a proactive approach to any further development in Cedar Grove. Dozens of Cedar Grove residents came out for the meeting.   

Senator ...

Cedar Grove Elects DiChiara, Mega and Prvulovic to Board of Education

November 7, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove residents voted to fill two three-year terms and one 1-year term in Tuesday's elections.

Peter Prvulovic was elected to a second term on the Board of Education with 2,292 votes.  Nicole DiChiara, who was appointed to the board in April to fill the seat vacated when Vin Vollero resigned, was elected to her first three-year term with 2,977 votes.

Verona Elects Priscoe and Alworth to Board of Education, Approves Full-Day Kindergarten

VERONA, NJ - According to unofficial results, Verona has elected Pam Priscoe and Timothy Alworth to fill the two open seats on Verona's Board of Education.  Priscoe received 3,218 votes and Alworth received 2,453 votes.  Current Board of Education president John Quattrochi earned 1,878 votes while David Rullo earned 714.

In addition, Verona residents ...

Cedar Grove Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award

November 9, 2018

In September, three of our Cadettes in Troop 20322 completed their Silver Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can receive. The Silver Award recipients are Chloe Bekhit, Victoria Cutalo and Alexandria Eustice. Our Cadettes decided to focus their project on childhood literacy. They assisted with different events at the library, made decorations for the children’s section of ...

FORMER CHILD SLAVE TO SPEAK AT WEST ORANGE FUNDRAISING DINNER

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Breaking the Chain Through Education (BTCTE), a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to the eradication of child slave trafficking in Ghana, will feature a rescued teen at its Fifth Annual Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, November 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Wilshire Grand. [Tickets are available through the website: https://www.btcte.org]

Founded by Evan Robbins, a ...

Treelicious Orchards Celebrates Fall at their Annual Apple Festival & Benefit

November 8, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- A good time was had by all at the Apple Festival hosted by Treelicious Orchards this October. An annual event, the festival is a benefit for The Ben Samuels Children's Center for Inclusive Early Care and Education at Montclair State University.

Visitors picked their own apples at the peak of perfection, with six different varieties to choose from. The event also ...

Sneak Peek at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day 2018 Parade Balloons

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Holiday season anticipation was in the air – literally – as balloons and robotic floats to be used in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were being tested Saturday morning in a parking lot behind Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford.

Christmas magic was made as the balloons came to life in front of an informal gathering of more than 1,000 ...

CGHS Students Participate in All-State Chorus

Congratulations to the two students who will be representing Cedar Grove High School as part of this year’s All-State Choir!

The New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) held auditions in April; senior Peter Corso was named to the Mixed Chorus, and sophomore Morgan Tencza was named to the Treble Chorus.

Corso will perform with the Mixed Chorus under the direction of Dr.

SBA Offering Disaster Loans to Monmouth County Businesses, Residents Affected by August Severe Storms and Flooding

November 5, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — Monmouth County businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding on August 11 through 13 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

To find out about the program, SBA has established this week a disaster loan outreach center in Ocean County at the Greenbriar Homeowners Association, 1 Derby Circle in Brick.

Halloween Home and Decor Contest 2018 Winners

Each Family below will receive a $100 gift certificate to use at the Chamber Business of their choice for Service or Product. Click here to see the Member list.

 




Babicz Family

 

108 Ridge Road


Scariest




 

Evangelista Family

 

59 Union Street


Most ...

National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Travel Advisory for Northern New Jersey for Nov. 15

November 15, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service issued a 'Winter Weather Advisory' for Thurs. November 15 for Northern NJ.

Snow and sleet are expected to start falling around 1 p.m. and continue into the night.  The chance of precipitation is 100% with accumulations expected to be between 1 and 3 inches. 

Today's high temperature will be just above the freezing ...

National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Travel Advisory for Northern New Jersey for Nov. 15

November 15, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service issued a 'Winter Weather Advisory' for Thurs. November 15 for Northern NJ.

Snow and sleet are expected to start falling around 1 p.m. and continue into the night.  The chance of precipitation is 100% with accumulations expected to be between 1 and 3 inches. 

Today's high temperature will be just above the freezing ...

Reminder to Pet Owners - NJ State Law Says Pets Must Have Proper Shelter in Freezing Temperatures

VERONA/CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Weather forecasters are calling for freezing temperatures to overnight tonight and into Thursday. Freezing temperatures can be very dangerous to pets.

NJ State Law says dogs cannot be outside if temperatures are below 34 degrees without proper shelter (insulated, elevated, heated). Keep your pets safe and avoid getting a fine by bringing your pets ...

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, Set Your Clocks Back

VERONA/CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Daylight Savings Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.  

While everyone will get an extra hour of sleep, the end of Daylight Savings Time means that it will get darker earlier. On Sunday, sunset is set for 4:49 p.m. Each day after that the sun will set one minute earlier until The Winter Solstice on December 21, 2018.

For early risers, they ...

Five Steps this Fall to a More Beautiful Landscape

November 5, 2018

Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes into your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort.

Cut the grass, recycle fall leaves, and improve the soil with a pass of the lawn mower.   Shred leaves and leave them on the lawn as you mow this ...

Police Search for Clues as Identity Released of 41-Year-Old Female Victim of Fatal Stabbing on Greenwood Ave

November 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Montclair Police
Chief Todd Conforti announced Tuesday, that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatal stabbing of a female victim identified as Tameeka Johnson, 41, of Montclair.

Montclair Police discovered ...

Essex County Prosecutor: Maximum Penalty of Life Imprisonment Possible for Montclair Attorney James R. Ray III

NEWARK, NJ – The Essex County Prosecutors Office held a press conference Wednesday afternoon announcing that the Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 23, has been captured in Cuba.  James R. Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe.
 
“We have in custody James R. Ray, III, who is charged ...

Essex County Prosecutors Office Announces Charges Against Montclair’s James R. Ray III

NEWARK, NJ – The Essex County Prosecutors Office held a press conference Wednesday afternoon announcing that the Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 23, has been captured in Cuba.  James R. Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe.
 
“We have in custody James R. Ray, III, who is charged ...

Verona's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is Nov. 18

November 12, 2018

VERONA, NJ - Four Verona houses of worship will continue a long-standing tradition in town by hosting an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 3pm on Sunday, November 18. The service will be held at Our Lady of the Lake located at 32 Lakeside Avenue and will feature a joint choir made up of voices from First Presbyterian, Our Lady of the ...

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West Orange Students Being Evacuated from Stranded School Buses, Moved to Safe Locations

November 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After being stranded on school buses for nearly five hours in a powerful snowstorm, students are reportedly being moved to safe locations, the West Orange mayor wrote in a Facebook post around 9 p.m. Thursday.

“The township is currently moving all children off stranded school buses and to safe locations. Police/Fire personnel are getting to stranded buses however ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

November 7, 2018

October 29, 2018 – November 4, 2018

On October 30, 2018 at 10:18 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a vehicle displaying an expired inspection decal. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 30 year old male driver from Verona for driving with a suspended license. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On October 30, 2018 at 10:48 a.m., ...

NeedQuest Hosts Thera-Palooza Special Needs Event for Families and Providers

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

“Thera-Palooza is an experiential event for families with loved ones with special needs,” said Leslie Crowe, the founder of NeedQuest, a local directory of special needs resources, and the organizer of Thera-Palooza. “At this event, we are bringing ...

Treelicious Orchards Celebrates Fall at their Annual Apple Festival & Benefit

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- A good time was had by all at the Apple Festival hosted by Treelicious Orchards this October. An annual event, the festival is a benefit for The Ben Samuels Children's Center for Inclusive Early Care and Education at Montclair State University.

Visitors picked their own apples at the peak of perfection, with six different varieties to choose from. The event also ...

Ex-Rutgers Football Player Charged in Attempted Murder Plot is Hard Working 'Role Model,' Pastor says

November 3, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The pastor of a former Rutgers football player charged with threatening to kill two people described the young athlete as a hard worker and a leader in the church community.

"He is respectful and a role model," Dr. Derrick Dumas said of Izaia Bullock, the former university football player accused of plotting to kill two relatives of an ...

Pedestrians Making you Late?

November 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

My eight year-old daughter and I have a secret delight: We love to make Verona drivers late. For years, we have undermined the very foundation of driver sanity. You’ve observed our leisurely street-crossing strolls, our full six and one half seconds of time-consuming indulgence. But what you don’t know is all the rest of our chicanery. I’m going to ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, November 16, 3:00 PM

Cedar Grove High School, Cedar Grove

Music Matters Clothing Drive

Giving Back

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Sat, November 17, 9:00 AM

Cedar Grove High School, Cedar Grove

Music Matters Fall Clothing Drive

Giving Back

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Sun, November 18, 1:00 PM

Our Lady of the Lake School, Verona

Our Lady of the Lake School Open House

Education

NJAWBO Annual Holiday Dinner & Expo for Women Business Owners November 29 at The Bethwood in Totowa

November 13, 2018

The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) Annual Statewide Holiday Dinner and Expo will take place on November 29 at The Bethwood, 38 Lackawanna Ave, Totowa, New Jersey 07512, from 5:30 to 8:00pm.This festive holiday networking event provides an opportunity for women business owners (and those who would like to do business with them) to celebrate the season; networkwith ...