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Cedar Grove Police Investigate Car Burglary on First Avenue

September 17, 2020

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — A burglary of items from two parked cars on First Avenue is under investigation by Cedar Grove police.

Patrolman Anthony Cardona took a report of a motor vehicle burglary that occurred on First Avenue during the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 12. The owner discovered that someone had rummaged through two vehicles parked in his driveway.

Other cases on ...

Power Outage Affects Parts of Verona Thursday

VERONA, NJ — A transformer explosion before dawn caused portions of Verona to lose power Thursday morning.

According to Verona police, the explosion, which occurred at around 4:30 a.m., was located near Montclair Golf Club by the West Orange border, on Sunset Avenue.

After the transformer blew, some residents were without power for about a half hour and then, after power was ...

Four Colleges in Essex County Make Niche Top 10 List of NJ Universities

September 20, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Real estate website Niche.com has announced its 2021 list of Best Colleges in New Jersey.

Not surprisingly, Ivy League school Princeton University, which ranked No. 6 nationally, according to Niche.com, topped the New Jersey list, followed by Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers, and The College of New Jersey. (See the top ten list below.)

Princeton ...

Reopening Dates Set for North End, South End Schools in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The North End and South End schools are scheduled to reopen to students on Thursday, Sept. 29, according to the Cedar Grove Board of Education.

The children will be in school from 8:20 a.m. tp 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, the board announced. The students will be bifurcated into two groups, Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday.

No teachers or ...

Cedar Grove Schools Announce Return to School Dates for Hybrid Instruction

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Anthony Grosso, superintendent of Cedar Grove Schools, sent out an update to district families on Monday stating the targeted dates for students to return to school for the hybrid learning model.

Grosso said that the school system, which right now is operating with a fully online teaching model with no students in classrooms, will start to reopen buildings to students ...

Cedar Grove Football Team Prepares for Oct. 2 Opener vs. Hoboken

September 19, 2020

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — A season after reaching the State Section Championship Game, the Cedar Grove football team is looking to pick up the pieces and complete its goal of hoisting a trophy.

“Since day one and last season ended we’ve had the focus to finish the fight a little bit,” said Cedar Grove head football coach Rob Gogerty.

This season is a unique one in and of ...

Registration Open for Verona Lacrosse Boot Camp

VERONA, NJ — Registration opened this week for Verona Lacrosse 2020 Tuesday Night Fall Lax Boot Camp.

Sessions begin on Oct. 6 and run on Tuesdays through Nov. 10.

 

Times are as follows:

Mini Laxers (K - 2nd grade) 5:30-6:15 pm (girls and boys, lacrosse stick required)

3rd and 4th grade  6:30-7:30 pm (girls and boys, full gear required)

5th and 6th ...

Verona Baseball Player Kyle McCaffrey Makes Division 1 Commitment

VERONA, NJ — Kyle McCaffrey, a pitcher entering his senior year at Verona High School, recently announced a verbal commitment to attend the University of Albany.

A 6-0, 160-pound right-hander, McCaffrey's fastball has been clocked at 85 mph. After there was no high school baseball season last spring due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Verona did not enter the summer's Last Dance ...

New Legislation Aims to Strengthen New Jersey’s Long-Term Care Industry

September 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen preparedness for future outbreaks.

Of the more than 14,000 New Jersey residents whose ...

Ballot Drop Boxes for November Election to be Located in Verona and Cedar Grove

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Cedar Grove and Verona both will have their own secure ballot drop boxes for the November election. 

The drop box in Cedar Grove will be placed at the Essex County Department of Public Works at 100 West Bradford Ave.

The drop box in Verona will be located at the Civic Center at 600 Bloomfield Ave. 

Since all New Jersey registered voters will receive ...

Retired Labor Leader Dombrowski Declares Candidacy for Cedar Grove Council

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Robert Dombrowski, a 24-year resident of Essex County and six-year Cedar Grove community advocate, will be a candidate this November in the special election for township council. 

Dombrowski filed more than 200 signatures on Monday. 

Born in Bergen County, Dombrowski is a retired state employee who served with the New Jersey Highway Authority from ...

Ballot Drop Boxes for November Election to be Located in Verona and Cedar Grove

September 15, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Cedar Grove and Verona both will have their own secure ballot drop boxes for the November election. 

The drop box in Cedar Grove will be placed at the Essex County Department of Public Works at 100 West Bradford Ave.

The drop box in Verona will be located at the Civic Center at 600 Bloomfield Ave. 

Since all New Jersey registered voters will receive ...

Retired Labor Leader Dombrowski Declares Candidacy for Cedar Grove Council

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Robert Dombrowski, a 24-year resident of Essex County and six-year Cedar Grove community advocate, will be a candidate this November in the special election for township council. 

Dombrowski filed more than 200 signatures on Monday. 

Born in Bergen County, Dombrowski is a retired state employee who served with the New Jersey Highway Authority from ...

Livingston Sisters Honored for Heroic Actions in Near-Suicide Incident

September 13, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — When Livingston sisters Victoria and Lauren Belcuore saw a young woman sitting at the edge of a bridge in Seaside at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not hesitate to pull over—risking their own safety until they successfully convinced her not to jump.

In an essay written about the incident, Lauren, a senior at Livingston High School, ...

Verona to Honor Memory of 9/11 Victims on Friday

VERONA, NJ — The township of Verona will hold a ceremony in remembrance of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Friday morning.

The ceremony will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Civic Center Monuments at Town Hall at 600 Bloomfield Ave.

Masks will be required and attendees are asked to maintain social distances. This event will also be live-streamed on the township's ...

Light The Night Blue Effort Launched in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Beginning on Labor Day, Cedar Grove Town Hall was illuminated in blue to memorialize the victims of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Continuing through the month of September, the township will commemorate those lost on 9/11, and is encouraging residents to do the same with its Light The Night Blue campaign.

Blue light bulbs are available in the town hall lobby for pick-up.

New Legislation Aims to Strengthen New Jersey’s Long-Term Care Industry

September 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen preparedness for future outbreaks.

Of the more than 14,000 New Jersey residents whose ...

COVID-19 Case Totals Rise in Cedar Grove, Fall in Verona

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The latest figures from Essex County on Friday showed 12 new COVID-19 cases in Cedar Grove.

Verona actually saw its official cumulative intake of cases decline by four, to 151. Cedar Grove, with seven long-term care facilities, has had a cumulative total of 523 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic more than six months ago.

Across Essex County, ...

COVID-19 Symptoms at Memorial Middle School Spur Extra Disinfecting

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Cleaning and disinfecting practices have been stepped up at Memorial Middle School after an employee reported symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19.

According to the Cedar Grove municipal website, the unidentified person reported symptoms on Monday and underwent testing for the coronavirus. The case has been reported to the Montclair Health Department for ...

New Principal of Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona Prepares for School Year

September 14, 2020

VERONA, NJ — Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona, with around 217 students enrolled and a new principal, has adopted a hybrid model.

The students are separated into two groups, alternating between remote and in-school learning. On Wednesdays, all students will participate in at-home learning. When students are home, they will join the classroom through synchronous, livestream ...

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Livingston Sisters Honored for Heroic Actions in Near-Suicide Incident

September 13, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — When Livingston sisters Victoria and Lauren Belcuore saw a young woman sitting at the edge of a bridge in Seaside at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not hesitate to pull over—risking their own safety until they successfully convinced her not to jump.

In an essay written about the incident, Lauren, a senior at Livingston High School, ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

September 20, 2020

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

NJ Tai Chi Founder Harry Legg Demonstrates the Health Benefits of the Ancient Martial Art

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Harry Legg, Founder of New Jersey Tai Chi, joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios to discuss and demystify the practice of tai chi, while also demonstrating some of the martial art’s moves in the studio. 

“Most people may not realize tai chi is a deadly martial art,” said Legg, “but you might wonder how ...

Luciano and Kraemer to Debate Tonight for Essex County Commissioner Seat

September 16, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ - The Livingston League of Women Voters will host a debate tonight, Wednesday, September 16, at 8 p.m. via Zoom for a seat on District 4 of the Essex County Commissioners, formerly known as the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Democrat Leonard Luciano, the incumbent and a resident of West Caldwell, will face Republican challenger Adam Kraemer, a resident of West Orange.

District 4 ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

New Jersey Date Night: San Gennaro Festival, DIY Style

As each New Jersey summer comes to a close, one sure thing that takes away the sting from saying goodbye to hot, sunshine-filled days is attending a San Gennaro Festival. This celebration, lasting 11 days in Manhattan and with smaller-scaled celebrations in our state, is a food-fest of Italian flavor. Peppers and sausage and zeppolis reign supreme with their tempting aromas in the ...

NJ Restaurants Welcome Diners Back Inside. Is it Enough to Save Them?

NEW JERSEY — It’s seven in the morning and Jimmy Greberis is in his element.

Between taking phone orders and watching over the sizzling grill, the owner of the Summit Diner prepares for the breakfast rush, a familiar routine in his decades in the diner business. But for the first Sunday in nearly half a year, he’s allowing customers back inside to sit at the vinyl stools ...

Recognizing the Cedar Grove Waves Program

September 15, 2020

In such tumultuous times, coming together as a community is something Cedar Grove does better than any other town. To affirm this, we do not need to look any further than to the work David Schoner and our Cedar Grove High School students do each and every year with the Cedar Grove Waves program. 

Yesterday, I had the honor of attending a ceremony thanking Dave and the students for their ...