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Cedar Grove Fire, Police Chase and Verona School Safety Top Local News

A weekly roundup of top local news stories on Verona-Cedar Grove Patch.

Cedar Grove Woman Hospitalized After Early Morning Fire

The Cedar Grove Fire Department, along with detective bureau personnel, and the the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are still trying to determine the cause of an early-morning fire that left an elderly Cedar Grove resident hospitalized.

Police Chase Stolen Car Through Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove police officers pursued a stolen car on a high-speed chase through the township and then into Verona on Thursday before the chase was called off, Cedar Grove police reported.

Verona BOE Weighs Plan For New Safety Director

The Verona Board of Education unanimously agreed the safety of children attending district schools is of paramount importance, but what the board couldn’t agree on Tuesday night was the method to reach that goal.

Effects of Developer's Project Disputed by Verona Residents

Verona residents have waited patiently since June for their say on a developer’s proposal for a three-story retail and residential property with two parking lots designed for 176 and 200 Bloomfield Ave.

Monday night, residents got their first chance to step up to the microphone and speak out about the proposal at a hearing with developer DMH2 LLC before the Verona Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Christie Nominates Cedar Grove Town Manager to Passaic Valley Sewer Commission

Cedar Grove Township Manager Thomas Tucci, Jr. was recently nominated for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission by Gov. Chris Christie.

Verona Church Leader Calls Pope's Sudden Resignation 'Bittersweet'

The news this morning of Pope Benedict XVI's impending Feb. 28 resignation has shocked the local religious community, but at least one local church leader is proud of the 85-year old pontiff.

“I was very surprised because it's been more than 600 years since a Pope has resigned,” said Pastor Michael A. Hanly of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Verona.

Zoning Board Adjournment Fatigues Residents

After months of zoning board meetings and discussions on a controversial Bloomfield Avenue development, Verona residents were disappointed once again Thursday night when the board adjourned without inching closer to a decision.

The board heard testimony for more than three hours before deciding to continue the application at the March 14 meeting.

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