Thursday, April 11, 2013
Verona High School student Mira Braneck writes Letter to the Editor regarding Verona's five-year plan.
Thursday, April 11
Verona is looking ahead to the next five years. The Verona Public Schools, at the end of the current five year plan, is in the process of writing a new Strategic Plan for the development and improvement of the district over the course of the next five years. “This plan is reflective of our growth as a district,” said Elizabeth Jewett, Director of Instructional Studies, and the Strategic Plan Internal Coordinator. Jewett, who arrived during the second year of the current Strategic Plan says that it “served as a guidepost” for the creation of the new plan, especially “for curriculum and instruction.” The past five year plan was focused on “teacher outcomes,” which was necessary to lay the groundwork for the current plan, said Jewett, which “…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Cedar Grove resident Stacy Kilkenny pens Letter to the Editor regarding Astroturf™ vs. grass fields.
Dear Editor, In regards to the Cedar Grove Panther field, I agree with Councilman John Zunic and Joe Chiusolo that the field should be for everyone, and fiscally responsible. The Astroturf™ field is projected to cost $850,000. I understand a grass field costs a fraction of that. My biggest concern is the potential risk to children for carcinogens and neurotoxins (such as lead). Attached please find the the Consumer Reports warning from the CDC regarding high lead levels from Astroturf™, the NJ DEP report web site link, as well as the link to EHHI (an independent environmental group) whom also reviewed the hazards of astroturf. The EHHI link also includes the CDC recommendation for signage at any field with Astroturf™ to include the …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Letter to the Editor regarding county deer hunt.
Thursday, February 14
Essex County’s 2013 deer hunt has come to a close, once again removing many of this over-abundant species from our reservations (Hilltop – 61, South Mountain – 43). Contrary to naysayers, deer have not become extinct because of the program, and there are small signs that our nature preserves are beginning to recover from decades of browse damage. Contraceptives are sometimes proposed as an alternative to hunting. However, we need to acknowledge that non-lethal methods to control deer populations would involve significant investment of taxpayer dollars, particularly immuno-contraception (e.g., GonaCon). Each GonaCon inoculation costs more than $1,000 per dose (including locating, immobilizing, inoculating and collaring). In addition, each…
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Verona Women's Club members pen Patch Letter to the Editor
On December 8, 2012 friends and neighbors celebrated "Share Your Light Night" and the town of Verona was illuminated by the glow of community spirit. The Woman's Club and Juniorettes of Verona would like to thank our many wonderful volunteers and sponsors for helping make this such a joyous night, including students from OLL, the Junior class of VHS, the boyscouts, and many others. We would also like to thank Kings supermarket for their donation. And once again we thank our dear friend (and honorary member) Chuck Molinaro, who's kindness and generosity of spirit symbolizes the true meaning of the season. We look forward to sharing the light again in 2013. Leslie Regino and Cynthia Hawkins Co-Chairs Woman's Club of Verona
Monday, January 14, 2013
Letter to the editor from the Verona High School Music Department
Monday, January 14
The Verona High School Concert Band will perform at the iconic Carnegie Hall on Friday night, March 15th 2013 as part of the Eastern Wind Symphony Symphonic Gala! Carnegie Hall is the most famous venue in the world hosting performances from artists as varied as the Beatles to the musicians of the New York Philharmonic. The Eastern Wind Symphony Symphonic Gala is a major statement for the vitality of the wind band as an artistic genre, and our Friday night appearance in New York City in the heart of concert season will surely be a once in a lifetime experience! Our band will share the stage with Roxbury High School, Montgomery High School, Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and the Eastern Wind Symphony, a professional wind band comprised of …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Verona Public Library Director Mary Torrey and President of the Friends of the Verona Public Library, Virginia Boeck, thank residents for their participation in the 30th annual book sale.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Virginia Boeck, President of the Friends of the Verona Public Library and Mary Torrey, Library Director, would like to express their sincere thanks to the members of the community who bought books at our 30th annual book sale from December 1-4. This year our book sale broke all records, raising over $1,200 for the Friends of the Verona Public Library. We also had a fantastic membership drive, with over 75 families supporting the Library through Friends' memberships in 2012. The funds raised from the book sale and memberships will go towards new equipment for the library, as well as the annual purchase of the Encyclopedia Britannica Online for the community’s use. Thanks to everyone who supported the Verona Public Library with their …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Immaculate Conception High School's Amy Popp pens Patch Letter to the Editor.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
To kick off the holiday season, the day after Thanksgiving, over fifty Immaculate Conception High School alumni, family and friends, participated in a “wall signing” event in the newly renovated Codey Field House. The purpose of the event was twofold: the field house has just been renovated and to christen it, IC Alum Ron Macey, the coordinator of the event, thought that it would be meaningful to have all former IC football players sign the “Defend the Den” wall in the field house. Macey greeted a larger crowd than he expected and alumni who had played on the IC Lions football team during high school were eager, enthusiastic, and a bit sentimental about signing the wall. “The huge amount of pride alumni exuded was very obvious,” said …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sen. Kevin O'Toole pens letter to the editor on Hurricane Sandy.
Dear Friends: From the moment Hurricane Sandy hit District 40 until today, your elected officials and I have been in constant, sometimes multiple times a day, communication about the needs of your community. Whether it was organizing a meeting with the President of PSE&G for your Mayors, vociferously advocating to the CEOs of PSE&G, JCP&L or Orange & Rockland that their crews need to be in your town, arranging for fuel deliveries for municipal first responder vehicles and police cars, or calling about a down tree on your block, the coordination between us was exceptional. This collaboration between your elected officials to get everyone through this crisis is an example of how government is supposed to function. As we now move into the …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Verona Police PBA State Delegate Ed Carattini Jr. thanks residents for Hurricane Sandy donations.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
On Friday November 9th, the Verona Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 72 in cooperation with Goman's Moving Company Inc. organized a collection for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The collection was held for two days and on Saturday November 10th, after loading up the last of the donations, Verona P.B.A. members along with the owners of Goman’s Moving Company, pulled away from the Kings Supermarket and set out for the hour-long trip to Ocean County’s Borough of Bay Head. After being cleared at a NJ Army National Guard Security Checkpoint, PBA members were met by Bay Head Police Officers, Ocean County Sheriffs Officers, Michigan State Troopers, FEMA Workers, and Volunteers, who all helped unload the, (almost Filled), 27-foot long moving …
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 …