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Church Expansion Hearing Postponed Until Aug. 14

Official: Proposed hearing on project to enlarge St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church delayed because church not ready to proceed, working on some issues.

[Updated 11:49 a.m. Monday]
A Cedar Grove Zoning Board official said Monday the hearing scheduled for tomorrow night on expansion plans for the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church and has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled the hearing for Aug. 14.

This morning, Cedar Grove Planning Zoning Coordinator Jackie Koster told Patch the church was not ready to proceed with presenting its plans tomorrow night before the zoning board and was working on some issues, causing the postponement. 

On Monday, June 25, about a dozen residents of High Point in Cedar Grove attended the Cedar Grove Township Council meeting to petition the council and voice their concerns over a proposed expansion project for St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church.

The residents said they were concerned about water run-off from the parking lot, additional traffic on the surrounding roads, additional noise and pollution and potential negative impact on property values.

At the time, the council was unable to address any issues concerning the expansion because the issue has not yet come before them.

The remaining items on the board’s agenda tomorrow includes discussions of properties at 107 Oak Drive, 21 Ring Place and 30 Sherman Ave.

While the zoning board is the only local board meeting this week, don't forget the Cedar Grove Township Council will meet July 16 at 7 p.m. for a regular meeting in town hall, 529 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove.

In Verona, the Verona Township Council next meets on July 16 at 7 p.m. in council chambers of the municipal building, 600 Bloomfield Ave., Verona.

Check out some of the events going on in Verona & Cedar Grove this week. To see all the posted area events click on EVENTS at the top of this page. Log into Verona.patch.com to add your events.

Congregation Beth Ahm of West Essex, 56 Grove Ave, Verona
Monday 10:30 a.m.
Parkinson’s Exercise Group; open to all & free of charge

Cedar Grove Public Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove
Monday 6:30 p.m.
Cedar Grove Library hosts a Knitting Club. All are welcome.

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School, 26 Lakeside Ave, Verona
Tuesday 9:30 a.m.
Time for Tots is an informal group of Moms and Dads who get together while our children play. Time for Tots allows your children to get out of the house and play with other children, while giving you some much needed "adult time." No sign-up or $ involved.

Cedar Grove Public Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove
Tuesday 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Join us at the Cedar Grove Library for a discussion on what every man and woman needs to know about their health and wellness.

Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Ave, Verona
Tuesday 1 p.m.
Connect with other caregivers.  Learn about local resources. Discuss strategies to care for your loved one and yourself. Gain practical advice, friendship and support. Call (973) 830-0096 to register and feel free to bring your lunch.

Cedar Grove Public Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove
Tuesday1 p.m.
Come in and join the Bridge Club as they play bridge and teach new players the rules.

Verona Public Library, 17 Gould St., Verona 
Tuesdays 7 p.m. & Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.   
An introduction class for those with little or no computer experience. Topics covered: Beginning E-mail, register for a free e-mail account, Microsoft Word and master the basics of typing and formatting a document. Topics vary each week based on individual need. Class size is limited, so please call or stop by to sign up or call (973) 857-4848.

The First Congregational Church of Verona, 19 Church St, Verona
Tuesday and Thursday 7 to 8 p.m.
Zumba Classes with licensed Zumba Fitness instructor, Soraya Sierra.  
$10 per class; $7 for High School Students with ID.

Civic Center Square, 600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona
Wednesday  7 p.m.
“The Duprees” - One of the all time favorite golden oldies groups. Known all over the world for their romantic interpretation of some of the most beautiful love songs of the  60's. Songs include: "You Belong to Me," "Have You Heard," "Why Don't You Believe Me."

Morgan Farm & Museum, 903 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove
Wednesday  2 to 7 p.m.
Variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, Breads, Cheeses, Baked Goods and Desserts, Pickles, Fresh Bread, Italian Specialties, European Specialties.  

Cedar Grove Public Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove
Thursday 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
The Cedar Grove Public Library hosts a knitting club, Knitting Knitch, every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Verona Park, 411 Bloomfield Ave, Verona
Thursday  11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Pack a dairy picnic lunch and join us at Verona Park for PJ Library Story Time and playtime. We'll provide the popsicles! No rain date! 

Cedar Grove Public Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove
Thursday 6:30 p.m.– 8 p.m.
Neighbors-helping-Neighbors (NhN), is a free highly successful and recognized grassroots organization offering local library based weekly meetings that are Peer-led by volunteers to provide support and networking for people actively seeking employment.

First Presbyterian Church of Verona, 10 Fairview Ave, Verona
Thursday 7 p.m.
Our mission starts and ends with helping you achive your weight loss or fitness goals in a fun, supportive, community rich with people who will encourage you towards your goals.

Cedar Grove Public Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove
Friday   2 p.m. 
“Where the Wild Things Are” An adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world--a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler. Need a break from the heat? Enjoy a family film with the kids every Friday this summer in the cool of the library. Registration is not necessary.

Verona Community Center Annex, 880 Bloomfield Ave, Verona
Friday 1-3 p.m.
Drop in to play or to socialize at the Community Center Annex.  No registration required.

Morgan Farm, 903 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove
Friday  8:30 p.m.
Bring lawn chairs and blankets. The Muppets is a 2011 film - With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. PG  103 min


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