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Train Crash and Credit Card Surcharges Top Local News

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

10 Injured in Little Falls Train-Truck Crash

A NJ Transit passenger train slammed into a tractor-trailer in Little Falls, Wednesday morning, injuring several people, backing up traffic on Pompton Avenue and cancelling trains along the Montclair-Boonton line.

NJ Transit Line Re-Opens Day After Wednesday Morning Train Crash

The Montclair-Boonton NJ Transit line is up and running after crews worked through Wednesday night's storms to clean up a truck that was hit by a train early Wednesday morning.

Local Business Owners Sound Off on New Credit Card Surcharges

It may have snuck up on consumers, but Verona and Cedar Grove retailers have mixed feelings about a new surcharge they’re now allowed to tack on to customer costs for using credit cards.

The new rules went into effect on Sunday, Jan. 27, enabling retailers charge an extra four percent if a credit card is used to pay for a purchase.

'Perfect Couple' Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

A former Caldwell Police sergeant and his wife who were found shot to death Monday morning inside their Parsippany home were the "perfect couple," one friend said.

Karen Delli Santi, of West Caldwell, grew up in Bloomfield just a few doors down from Chester Andraka.

“Everyone knew him,” she said. “He was a great friend to everyone.”

Chester Andraka and his wife, Rosaria, were found dead Monday morning from gunshot wounds inside their Medford Road home just down the street from Parsippany Hills High School.

Police: Accident Causes Chain Reaction on Pompton Avenue

A four-car accident was blamed for snarling Pompton Avenue traffic Friday after a chain-reaction accident, police officials said.

Three cars were waiting at the light on Pompton Avenue and Vincent Place at around 12 p.m. on Jan. 25, said Verona Chief of Police Douglas Huber.

Cedar Grove Begins Budget Hearings

The Cedar Grove Township Council began its annual budget hearing Monday night under the tutelage of Cedar Grove Township Manager Thomas Tucci, who guided the council through the first half of the budget items.

Cedar Grove Continues to Outline Budget

Cedar Grove Township Manager Tom Tucci and the township council continued to outline the 2013 budget Tuesday night with the remaining departments from Monday's hearing.

The hearing continued with budgeting for municipal court, engineering, ambulance and rescue squad, police and fire departments, along with several public works items.

Frelinghuysen Talks Politics With Verona Students

Verona may have some politicians in the making after history students spent a class period Wednesday, discussing politics with Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th District).

Verona High School history and social sciences teacher Christopher Tamburro, who stresses being involved in government and decision making to all his students, organized the congressman’s visit.

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