Education

What is the Cedar Grove Education Foundation?

9f99f258c456d5cc9eaa_edfoundation.jpg
9f99f258c456d5cc9eaa_edfoundation.jpg

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Michael Fetherman has dreamed of restarting the Cedar Grove Education Foundation (CGEF) for a while.  It had been active when he came to the district as a principal in 2009, but shortly after the foundation dissolved.

“Restarting the Ed Foundation has been part of my strategic planning for a while.  It was active when I first came to Cedar Grove and I thought they did really good work,” Fetherman said.  “I think every town should have an Ed Foundation to shine the light on academics and to help with the process of connecting with the community and being partners with the community in educating our children.”

The original CGEF was founded in 2003  by Donna Thompson, Diane Morresi, Teresa Zatorski and Denise Malone with the intention of enriching and enhancing the educational experiences of Cedar Grove students above and beyond the scope of the regular curriculum and to provide lifelong learning opportunities for the entire community.  The foundation raised money through various events and programs such as a health and wellness fair and expo, continuing adult education programs, and an honoree dinner gala recognizing individuals of the Cedar Grove community who have made a difference in the lives of Cedar Grove residents.

Sign Up for E-News

However, in 2010 the children of the women running the foundation graduated and it became difficult to find volunteers to continue its mission, thus the foundation dissolved.  Since that time, Fetherman has had his eye on reigniting it, but the timing wasn't’t right….until now.

“I’ve wanted to get the Ed Foundation going for a while now and the timing seems to be right.  With the help of Board of Education President Christine Dye, we were able to locate folks who felt the same way, like Kathy Jablonski and Trish Wilson,” Fetherman explained.  “Indeed there was a spark and they ran with it. I helped them locate old IRS filings regarding our tax exempt status and they got in touch with the proper agencies so we could get back online.  If it wasn't for them I’d still be hoping to advance the Ed Foundation idea.”

The new board includes Jablonski, Wilson, Jennifer Warkentin and Kelly Tencza.  Jablonski said the board is excited to continue the foundation's work with the help of adult and student volunteers, noting that original members like Rosanna Imbriano has been invaluable -- providing wisdom, guidance and experience.

“We are just getting started so we’ve talked about some goals, but it’s long term, strategic planning at this point," Fetherman said.  “We want to support the arts, technology and supplement other programs that perhaps the budget doesn’t cover. It’s a slow start, but we want to build on the momentum and make an impact.”  

“We would like to establish a scholarship for college-bound high school students, as well as, raise funds through community events such a Food Truck Festival and an Alumni Hall of Fame Gala,” Jablonski said.  "It is very important we build connections with Cedar Grove alumni to celebrate their successes and connect our students with role models in many different careers and endeavors.”

To kick things off, the CGEF is hosting its inaugural event  "Taste of the Arts in Cedar Grove,” an art exhibition featuring both adult and student artists in the community.  It is being held Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cedar Grove High School cafeteria, with a snow date of March 22.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Admission includes coffee and dessert and entertainment by talented Cedar Grove students and faculty. .

Anyone interested in getting involved with CGEF, please email CGEducationFoundation@gmail.com.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Newark Street Renamed After late Essex County Undersheriff

July 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The late Essex County Undersheriff who may soon have the Market Street patrol building renamed after him also had a road dedicated in his namesake today.

Essex County Undersheriff Kevin Ryan often worked security at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, his brother said. A portion of Victoria Avenue in front of that church today was renamed to Kevin J. Ryan Way in honor of ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

July 8, 2018

July 2, 2018 – July 8, 2018

On July 3, 2018 at 7:22 a.m., Ptl. Kristian Schneider responded to a David Road address to take a report of a suspicious vehicle. The resident observed a black four door vehicle stop in front of her home at approximately 5:20 a.m. She noticed that both passenger side doors were open and then observed two black males walking from the area of her driveway. She ...

Got Mint? Bayonne Police Charge Man with Stealing $1,000 in Toothpaste

July 17, 2018

BAYONNE, NJ – The case of a near lifetime supply of toothpaste that was taken from a Bayonne pharmacy has been solved.

Marcos Baez, 40, of Isabella Avenue, was charged with four counts of shoplifting after police identified him as the person responsible for stealing more than $1,000 worth of toothpaste, according to a police release.

Police were called to the Rite Aid at 12-16 North ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, July 18, 7:00 PM

Hospital Conference Room 2 (Ground Floor), Glen Ridge

Becoming a Parent

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_c59c9acb1abc7cdb8c6a_mini_magick20180510-124227-5wdsnf

Mon, July 23, 9:00 AM

Sellitto Field, Verona

Verona Football 2018 Summer Camp

Sports

Mon, July 23, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness

Calling Local Artists!

July 17, 2018

The Township of Verona is looking to run some new events around town focused on the arts and would like to hear from all the amazing local talent we have here in Verona and the surrounding towns. Please send an email to stneale@veronanj.org if you would like to hear more and get involved.

LOCAL BUSINESSES: Please contact if interested in hosting an exhibit at your location.

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...