VERONA/CEDAR GROVE, NJ – Authorities have cleared Santa Claus for take-off for his around the globe flight, so all the good little boys and girls in Verona and Cedar Grove can expect a visit Christmas Eve.

At the North American Aerospace Defense Command, senior officials are getting ready to track Santa for the 62nd year, making sure nothing will interfere with his route.

While unavailable for comment due to his busy work schedule, Santa issued a statement, saying, “Without my reindeer there simply would be no Christmas. Proper veterinary care ensures that, year in and year out, my team and I are able to deliver presents to boys and girls around the world. Dr. Kinnarney is definitely on the ‘nice list’ again this year.”

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For kids who want to help the reindeer on their journey, Dr. Kinnarney recommended leaving a plate of graham cracker reindeer cookies, their favorite snack, for Santa to feed them between stops.

In Verona and Cedar Grove, the Mayors and Councils have been busy making sure Santa’s annual visit goes smoothly.

“The towns are gearing up for that one magical night that happens each year," said Cedar Grove Mayor Peter Tanella.  "Rest assured that preparations and plans are in place for all to run smoothly for Santa and his reindeer."

“Although our offices will be closed for the holiday, the annual tradition of leaving carrots and cookies on the rooftop of town hall will continue as Santa and his reindeer often stop there to enjoy the view of our great town, " said Verona Mayor Kevin Ryan.  "Skies are forecasted to be clear, so keep your eyes open - you may just catch a glimpse.”