Monday, April 29, 2013
Improperly extinguished campfire blamed for blaze put out by Cedar Grove firefighters Sunday.
Cedar Grove firefighters Sunday extinguished a small brush fire on the Hilltop Reservation, officials said Monday. An official with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office said a passing motorist spotted smoke coming from the reservation and called police on April 28. The Essex County Sheriff's Office sent an officer to the reservation while Cedar Grove firefighters were called to put out the fire. “It was a small camp fire that was not properly extinguished,” officials in the Cedar Grove police department said. Hilltop Reservation is owned by Essex County and no camping or campfires are allowed on the premises, officials said. Photos of the incident are available on the Cedar Grove Fire Department website.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Officials are still investigating the cause of Anderson Parkway fire that left an 86-year old woman in the hospital.
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 received a call from a neighbor at 5:14 a.m. Wednesday informing them of heavy smoke spewing from the Anderson Parkway home. The homeowner, an 86-year old woman, had been asleep in her home and was awakened by “a loud bang,” police said. She fled the house and went to a neighbor to call 9-1-1 after seeing the smoke pouring from her house. “At about (5:50 a.m.) I heard trucks going up the street and my son Byron saw smoke coming from the house,” said neighbor Nora Paredes, who lives a few houses down…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Cedar Grove Council rejected a bid for the South End Firehouse because the project will be privately financed.
The Cedar Grove Council Rejected a bid for alterations to the South End Firehouse during its public session on Monday night. Private financing has been established so the town is no longer involved, said Tucci. In July, the council heard from South End Firehouse Company President Michael Flohn, who told council members the firehouse had “serious structural deficiencies” and was in need of repair. The South End Firehouse is the oldest in town, having been built around 1940, largely from recycled materials from a factory that had been disassembled, according to Flohn. The firehouse is not owned by the township, but by the fire company itself.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Police arrest 49-year old Rutherford man, fire department extinguishes gas main fire during Thanksgiving weekend.
Cedar Grove’s police and fire departments were busy during the holiday weekend with a shoplifting arrest early Monday, Nov. 26 and a transformer fire Friday, Nov. 23, officials said. Police arrested a 49-year-old Rutherford man after he fled from the CVS Pharmacy located at 387 Pompton Ave. in Cedar Grove after he allegedly ran out of the store with $166.85 worth of cigarettes and candy without paying for it. Jonathan W. Mann was arrested a short time later on shoplifting, possession of a controlled-dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, police said. When Mann’s car was stopped by police on Pompton Avenue, police said they also found cocaine and two glass pipes in the car. He was taken to police headquarters and …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Volunteers helped perform search and rescue operations and more in the wake of storm.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
They performed search and rescue operations and automobile extrications. They responded to carbon monoxide alarms and put out small fires. Volunteer firefighters from Verona, Cedar Grove and around Essex County were among those called into action to assist south Jersey in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. In the early morning hours of Friday, Nov. 2, just days after Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore, a Task Force of Fire Apparatus and Firefighters from Essex County responded to a request for assistance from Ocean County, according to Essex County Fire Coordinator John D’Ascensio. Mutual aid came from fire departments from Atlantic to Warren counties, as well as military installations throughout New Jersey, said D’Ascensio, chief of the North …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Cedar Grove Fire Chief Michael Tower thanks departments and residents for their efforts during Hurricane Sandy.
The Cedar Grove Fire Department responded to forty-five fire calls from Monday, Oct. 29 to Sunday, Nov. 4. Some of those calls included power lines down, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire alarms. The most notable calls were when an electrical line fell next to the public library, subsequently, causing a nearby storage shed to catch fire. After several hours the fire was extinguished when the entire town lost power. There was no damage to the library. During the height of the storm, in the early morning hours of Oct. 30, the Cedar Grove Fire Department assisted with the evacuation of 129 patients from the Waterview Nursing Home, along with the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad, and several surrounding agencies. Just prior to that, the …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Bunco Night will be hosted by the Memorial Middle School Family School Association on Friday, Oct. 19 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Feeling Lucky? The Memorial Middle School Family School Association (MMSFSA) will be hosting Bunco Night on Friday Oct. 19 at the North End Firehouse, located at 170 East Lindsley Road in Cedar Grove. Bunco is a game played with three dice, consisting of six rounds. The event, beginning at 7 p.m. will include small finger foods and beverages. Teams can sign up in groups of four or less. The game will cost $20 per person. The MMSFSA is an organization which raises money for the purchases of computers, software, multimedia equipment and other educational materials. Don't know Bunco? It's never too late to learn. Check out some of the rules on the World Bunco Association website.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Rear axle of Department of Public Works vehicle loses hydraulic fluid at intersection of Grove and West Bradford avenues Thursday afternoon, ties up traffic on major thoroughfare.
The axle on an Essex County Public Works truck broke off at the intersection of Grove and West Bradford avenues in Cedar Grove Thursday afternoon, causing traffic delays in the area. Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet said no injuries were reported and no other cars were involved when the truck’s rear axle broke off the vehicle at around 12:35 p.m. The truck began leaking hydraulic fluid onto the roadway and the Cedar Grove Fire Department was called to put down Speedy Dry, an absorbent used for removing chemical spills, Vanderstreet said. “They were able to get it under control very quickly,” he said, adding the fire department was successful in keeping it out of the storm drains as well. The damaged eight-year-old truck was …
Friday, April 13, 2012
County Arson Task Force investigating incident on Wednesday
The Essex County's Arson Task Force is investigating what has been termed a suspicious fire at the Essex County Hospital Center on Wednesday that may have been arson. Cedar Grove police and fire departments responded to the fire at the abandoned center, located at 204 Grove Ave., officials said. Firefighters from the Cedar Grove fire department put out the fire in an old gymnasium on the property with help from the Verona fire department shortly after fire officials were contacted. "It is a disaster in there so we went in with caution," Cedar Grove Second Deputy Chief John Bannon, said. "We just wanted to make sure if anyone was in there they got out." There are no suspects and no arrests have been made, spokesperson Katherine Carter of …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Chief is also police detective in the township.
The desire to help others has been deeply rooted in the life of Michael Tower, who was recently named the new Department Chief of Cedar Grove's Volunteer Fire Department. Tower has been a Cedar Grove resident for 40 years and has served with the fire department for the past 26 years, joining in August 1986. “My father was on the ambulance unit in town and I was always drawn to helping people, but I was always more attracted to the fire service,” he said. “Helping people and helping my community is my hobby. I don't play golf, I fight fires. This is what I've decided, other than my family, to devote my time to.” When he is not fighting fires, Tower is also a detective on the Cedar Grove Police Department. Although he assumes both roles, he …