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Former Mayor Sentencing and Meetings Top Local News

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Former Verona Mayor Sentenced

Former Verona mayor Matthew Kirnan, a West Caldwell lawyer who bilked three clients of $750,000, was sentenced Monday by a Superior Court judge in Newark.

Officials at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Judge Sherry Hutchins-Henderson handed down a seven-year prison sentence to the disbarred Ramsey resident.

Cedar Grove Council Goes Paperless

The Cedar Grove Council will no longer get paper meeting agendas, committee reports, or planning board documents.

Instead, in an effort to save paper, the council voted to make those records electronic and go "paperless" on Monday night.

Cedar Grove and the local Police Benevolent Association have struck a deal on a three-year contract through 2015, township officials announced Monday.

After months of negotiations, the sides agreed to the contract that will give PBA members two-percent salary hikes in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The Verona Township Council introduced an ordinance concerning renovations for water, wastewater and pool utilities during its Monday night meeting.

All three are user paid utilities and “no tax dollars go to the operation of these entities,” said Township Engineer Jim Helb at a previous Council meeting.

What Does Going Green Mean for Cedar Grove?

Monday’s Cedar Grove Township Council meeting marked a milestone for the township.

It marked the first night council members were able to use their new township-purchased iPads in an effort to go paperless.

Verona Workshop Discusses Phase II of Hilltop Park

Plans for a new baseball field, multi-purpose field, walking trails and an amphitheater as part of Phase II of the Hilltop Park development plan began to take shape following a special Verona Township Council Tuesday night.

Joe Piscopo Headlines Raise Hope Gala

Former Saturday Night Live comedian and North Caldwell native Joe Piscopo will host a fundraiser Thursday for a foundation catering to people with disabilities and run by Verona resident Scott Chesney.

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