Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Verona-Cedar Grove Patch Facebook page is a great way to keep on top of local headlines.
The Verona-Cedar Grove Facebook page has passed 700 likes on the way to our goal of 1,000 likes. Help us to reach the goal. Verona-Cedar Grove Patch provides readers with the latest breaking news and stories and should be your go-to source for information. Click here to like the Verona-Cedar Grove Facebook page.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Semi-annual Spring contaminant cleanup of hazardous materials for county residents only to be held in Cedar Grove from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Essex County Utilities Authority will host its spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, May 4, in Cedar Grove. The collection takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Essex County Fleet Maintenance Yard at 99 W. Bradford Ave., officials said. The event is free for Essex County residents only and proof of residency is required. “There are some materials that should be removed from our regular waste stream because of their hazardous nature. This collection day provides our residents a place to properly and safely dispose of contaminants, protecting our precious environment for future generations,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. said. “Our collection days are very popular and I am so glad our …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Township residents pay 6.7 percent less than state average in auto insurance costs thanks to Montclair grouping, low crime rate and other figures.
Garden State residents continue to lead the nation in the cost of auto insurance – and that number may be climbing, according to a recently published report. But in a twist for Essex County residents, especially those in Verona and Cedar Grove, residents there pay less than the statewide average in premiums – and they have Montclair to thank for it, a published report Tuesday said. Residents of both townships belong to the greater Montclair territory based as their zip codes and because of that, they ranked as the 21st lowest location out of 49 in the state, according to onlineautoinsurance.com and published on NorthJersey.com. That means the average quote for Verona and Cedar Grove is $1,990, or 6.7 percent lower than the $2,130 statewide…
Monday, April 15, 2013
Essex Running Club vice president says all local runner accounted for after bombs disrupt race.
Updated 10:15 p.m. The entire group of Verona and Cedar Grove residents who ran in Monday’s Boston Marathon are reportedly safe after a series of explosions erupted near the finish line of the race, an official with the Essex Runners Club said. Runners Club Vice President Desmond Duncker said in an email to Patch club members Dan Smith of Cedar Grove and David Taliaferro of Verona completed the course “long before the bombs went off.” Duncker said the group was able to determine all local runners were in a safe location after several Facebook posts. “Thanks to technology we were able to determine everyone was safe!” Duncker wrote. In addition, “Mick Close who lived on Bortic Road for many, many years until his wife died of cancer a few …
Three Verona residents and one Cedar Grove resident were registered for the Boston Marathon, where two explosions killed at least 2 and injured many more.
A Verona resident who ran in Monday's Boston Marathon is OK, according to a family member. Douglas Taliaferro completed the race at 1:50 p.m., about an hour before the first explosion at the finish line, according the Boston Marathon's website. Taliaferro is currently in Boston and confirmed he was not injured, a family member said. Verona residents Jane L. Coogan, 33, and Timothy Decker, as well as Cedar Grove resident Daniel Smith, 51, were also registered to participate, the marathon's website reports. Coogan was reported to have finished the race at 2:06 p.m. and Smith was reported to have finished at 1:17 p.m.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Several Verona and Cedar Grove residents were recognized for their recent accomplishments.
Verona and Cedar Grove are both full of accomplished people, as well as celebrities like as celebrities like NFL star Anthony Fasano and comedian and actor Jay Mohr, both of Verona and Chef Amanda Freitag of Cedar Grove. Local residents are never short of achievements. Brendan M. Walsh of Verona Verona attorney Brendan M. Walsh of Pashman Stein, P.C. was recently honored as an up-and-coming under 40 lawyer by New Jersey Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Artist Christina Saj of Cedar Grove Cedar Grove resident artist Christina Saj was recently featured on Alpha Omega Arts as their …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Grandmother pushing her 5-month-old granddaughter slightly injured when pair were struck by a pickup at Pompton Avenue intersection.
A Cedar Grove grandmother pushing her five-month-old granddaughter in a stroller Monday afternoon in the township was slightly injured after being hit by a pickup truck while crossing the street, Cedar Grove police reported Wednesday. The 70-year old Cedar Grove woman was pushing the stroller through the intersection at Pompton and West Bradford avenues around 3:30 p.m. on March 18 when a 2008 Dodge Dakota allegedly made an improper left turn onto Pompton Avenue and struck the woman and the stroller, authorities said. “Upon impact, both the woman and the stroller were knocked down and the stroller was dragged several feet with the infant contained inside,” police said. The driver, Philip Cicala, 45, of Essex Fells was cited for failing to…
40 recruits graduated the Basic Police Officers program while six men and women graduated from the eight-week Basic Juvenile Detention Officers Class.
The Essex County College Police Academy (ECCPA) in Cedar Grove graduated 46 law enforcement recruits over the course of just four days. On Tuesday, March 12, 40 recruits graduated the Basic Police Officers program, a grueling 22-week course, according to the academy. The following Friday, on March 15, six men and women graduated from the eight-week Basic Juvenile Detention Officers Class. “We had some doubts when we started the training,” said New Juvenile Detention Officer Desiree Lewis. “Those doubts quickly faded as we remembered why we were here. We are ready to provide discipline for those I need and be role models; we know to do the right thing.” Daniel Niekrasz, of the Bloomfield Police Department, received the Merit Award; Jamie …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Candidate names are pulled at random to determine the order names will appear on the May 14 ballot.
On Monday, township candidates in both Verona and Cedar Grove filed into each town hall to see where their names will appear on the May 14 ballot. The order is chosen randomly by drawing the names out of a hat, or in this case a small bag. In Verona, Municipal Clerk Susan Neale and Township Manager Joseph Martin drew the names as follows: In Cedar Grove, Municipal Clerk Kathleen Stutz and Assistant to the Clerk Martina Meding drew the names out of a box:
Monday, March 18, 2013
Municipal taxes to increase two percent because of a decrease of assessed value of homes.
The Cedar Grove Township Council approved a $12.5 million 2013-14 municipal budget Monday night that will see resident’s taxes increase by 2 percent, officials said. A Cedar Grove homeowner will see a tax bill increase of $46.62 per $100,000 of assessed valuation on a home assessed at the borough’s average of $466,200, Tucci said. The average local tax levy in Cedar Grove is projected to be $1,934.73, he told the council. The assessed value of the average home in Cedar Grove decreased from $470,400 in 2012, he said. Of the $12.5 million budget, $8,480,403 will be raised by taxes, he added. The $12,532,719 budget will now be forwarded to state officials for approval, after which the council will be able to amend the budget further before …