CEDAR GROVE/VERONA, NJ - Cedar Grove Police Chief Joseph Cirasa and Verona Police Chief Christopher Kiernan, who have been colleagues for many years as they ascended through the ranks of their respective departments, have joined forces to mobilize their respective communities to support local causes as the Verona Hillbillies take on the Cedar Grove Panthers this Friday at 7 p.m. at Cedar Grove High School. 

Born out of geographical boundaries, spirited local competition is nothing new to these lifelong residents of neighboring towns. The Police Chiefs are hoping to rally their local fan base behind local charities in the spirit of competition. This week, in addition to football, the Cedar Grove and Verona boys soccer teams and girls volleyball teams will compete in matches as well.

Cedar Grove Chief Cirasa has requested donations to benefit the educational fund for the children of Cedar Grove Resident Allison Walton, who recently passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Residents can drop off checks made payable to "Walton Children Education Fund" in a sealed envelope at the Cedar Grove Police desk any time through Saturday.

Verona Chief Kiernan has requested donations be made to Verona Fights Hunger Week, which is an annual appeal from the Verona Junior Women's Club. Donations of non-perishable food items can also be dropped off at Verona Police desk any time through Saturday.