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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Patch readers submitted their favorite early Summer photos and we narrowed down the competition. Now cast your vote for the grand-prize winner.
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We asked you to submit photos of The Signs of Summer, and you responded! You voted on the 17 local winners, now it’s time to vote on the grand-prize winner, who will receive a $200 gift card to Unique Photo. Which photos say “Summer is here!” to you in content, tone and spirit? Vote for your favorite in the comments. The winners of the local contests are: Unique Photo, New Jersey's camera and video superstore, is proud to partner with Patch to sponsor this contest. Unique Photo is NJ's premiere destination for lowest price photographic supplies, expert technical support and photographic education. Visit us today at www.uniquephoto.com or stop by our store at 123 Route 46 West, Fairfield. See the pdf attached above for complete contest …
A wet and wonderful summer shot next competes against other Patch winners.
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Beach bongo drum roll, please: A local winner has been crowned in Patch's Signs of Summer and Win! photo contest. The comments give the title and a $50 gift card to Fairfield's Unique Photo to Slip and Slide by Shari Meehan. The journey continues for our winner. Meehan's good, clean fun shot will compete on the regional level against 20 other Patch winners. On June 25, we’ll announce the grand prize winner. You can support Verona and Cedar Grove's favorite by heading to the regional contest page, voting in the comments, referencing the photo’s number/town in your comment. One vote per user. The grand prize winner will receive a $200 gift card to Unique Photo. Unique Photo, New Jersey's camera and video superstore, is proud to partner …
Board of Education appoints Cedar Grove High School Principal and Acting Superintendent Michael Fetherman to head district.
The Cedar Grove Board of Education has chosen a new superintendent. The school board was expected to approve a three-year contract for Acting Superintendent Michael Fetherman, which will be effective July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016, at Tuesday night's meeting. Fetherman has served a dual-role as acting superintendent and Cedar Grove High School principal since early May, when Superintendent Gene Polles, who was set to retire at the end of June, took a medical leave. Fetherman was one of 26 candidates who applied for the position, according to Cedar Grove Board of Education President Frank Mandala. Mandala said the candidates were narrowed down to five, and four were interviewed after one dropped out of the process. "Mr. Fetherman was the …
PSE&G official told council the 'Energy Strong' initiative will not mean a rate hike for customers.
In thanks for PSE&G's power-restoration efforts during last October's Superstorm Sandy, the Verona Township Council returned the favor at its Monday meeting by voting unanimously to support for the utility's "Energy Strong" initiative, according to a published report. Under "Energy Strong," PSE&G would invest $3.9 billion into efforts to better protect the area from future weather events, said the Verona-Cedar Grove Times. Some components of the project include aising the height of switching stations, aggressive tree trimming and examining how light poles and wires are constructed. PSE&G Essex and Passaic counties Regional Public Affairs Manager Everett Scott said the initiative would not mean a rate hike for customers.
County residents began receiving fundraising letters in the mail from the United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.
Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura advised Essex County residents Tuesday to be on the lookout for what may be a fraudulent fundraising letter issued by an organization called the United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association according to a published report. Fontora alleged that the association, which claims to be a Wilton, N.H.-based nonprofit dedicated to officer survival training, may not be trustworthy. The group solicits donations to fund its programs. “This organization is not connected with any legitimate police, sheriff’s or public safety department as far as we can tell,” Fontoura said in a statement. Independent nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator scored the United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association low in the areas of …
'It's bittersweet, sad to leave,' Patricia Schoenig said.
Former Verona High School physical education teacher Patricia Schoenig retired after 37 years on the job three years ago. Since then, she's served as varsity tennis coach. But now, she's announced her full retirement, acccording to the Verona-Cedar Grove Times. Schoenig, who called her departure "bittersweet," said her three years as tennis coach was "great transition" for her. Just last year, the coach led the Verona boys and girls tennis teams to state sectional championships
Patch offers mosquito prevention tips, and the map below shows the number of West Nile cases last summer.
Last year, Essex County reported four cases of West Nile virus, or .02 cases per 10,000 people — less than the state incidence rate of .05. And this county wasn't alone. All across New Jersey, the number of West Nile cases were at an all-time high. "The whole country experienced the worst year on record for West Nile Virus," said Dr. Shereen Semple, epidemiologist at the New Jersey Department of Health. "We don't know exactly why yet, but most of the experts agree that it has to do with the weather conditions. When the conditions are very hot and dry, we tend to see bad years." To give residents a sense of West Nile’s prevalence across the state, Patch has pulled together 2012 county-level data from the Centers for Disease Control and …
Since leaving office in 2004, the former governor finds a new calling in public service.
Former Gov. James McGreevey, who made international news when he resigned his office nearly a decade ago and simultaneously became the nation’s first openly gay governor, received the Pride of Essex award during a ceremony Monday in Newark. “I’d like to say thank you for your understanding that the best of human nature is built in kindness, is built in understanding, is built in human decency,” McGreevey said upon receiving the award, bestowed by the county’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Advisory Board and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. “I want to thank you for being a county that does something like this not just for the LGBTQ community but for every marginal community,” said the 55-year-old McGreevey, …
A Cedar Grove woman faces charges including driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.
A township resident faces several charges, including driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident, following a motor vehicle crash Sunday, according to Cedar Grove Police. Maria Lopez, 45, backed into a fire hydrant on Westland Road at about 7:15 p.m. and left the scene, according to a police statement. There were no injuries in the crash, police said. Patrolman Jose Rodriguez located the vehicle and Lopez on Harper Terrace while investigating a report of a possibly intoxicated driver, Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet said. Lopez, who also faces a charge of failing to report a motor vehicle crash, was arrested and released pending a Municipal Court appearance, the statement said.