Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Clifton man tried to have his uncle killed by two men, authorities say.
Alexandros Sgourdos, co-owner of The Grove catering hall in Cedar Grove, was the intended victim of an elaborate murder-for-hire plot involving his nephew, state police said at a news conference Wednesday. Sgourdos is a co-owner of the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, as well as the Cedar Grove catering hall, located at 691 Pompton Ave. Diner manager Georgios Spyropoulos, 45, of Clifton was arrested Monday at the Allwood Road eatery for allegedly plotting to have his 57-year old uncle killed, authorities said. Sgourdos could not be reached Wednesday afternoon for comment. “Motivated by greed, Spyropoulos allegedly had planned in great detail how he would have his uncle tortured, robbed and murdered, and he has enlisted two men who he thought …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Raffles, Boardwalk games to help people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The Kessler Foundation held a Jersey-Shore-themed night at the Grove, Thursday, to raise money for people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Sandy. “Rebuilding Lives After Hurricane Sandy: A Benefit for People with Disabilities,” featured comedian Jeff Norris, a New Jersey native, the premiere 80’s cover band — the Emulators — and The Platinum Band. The evening was highlighted by raffles, Boardwalk games, caricature artists and a classic Jersey Shore menu. Entertainer Ben Vereen, who has received care at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, also performed at the event. “The impact of this historic storm on people with disabilities must not be overlooked,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thursday event will now provide relief for people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Sandy.
[Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 12:50 p.m.] Monte Carlo Night will come to Cedar Grove on Thursday, Nov. 15 in a benefit renamed for Hurricane Sandy relief for people with disabilities, officials announced Tuesday afternoon. “Rebuilding Lives After Hurricane Sandy: A Benefit for People with Disabilities,” will help to raise money for people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The evening will feature comedian Jeff Norris, a New Jersey native, the premiere 80’s cover band — the Emulators — and The Platinum Band. There will be raffles, boardwalk games, caricature artists and a classic Jersey Shore menu. Entertainer Ben Vereen will also attend and perform at the event. Vereen, who has received care at Kessler Institute for …
Monday, November 12, 2012
BOE, zoning board and VMAC meetings in week ahead.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Following Hurricane Sandy, Verona and Cedar Grove are beginning to get back into their regular schedules. The Cedar Grove Board of Education will meet on Tuesday Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. at the North End School Media Center, 122 Stevens Ave. An agenda is attached. The Cedar Grove Zoning Board will also meet on Tuesday Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 525 Pompton Ave. No meeting agenda was available. The Verona Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Verona High School Media Center, 151 Fairview Ave. An agenda is not yet available. The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee will be meeting on Thursday Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Verona Community Center, 800 Bloomfield Ave. No agenda is available. …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Cedar Grove Planning Board approved The Grove catering hall's application for 39 additional parking spaces after three hour meeting Tuesday night.
After two months of deliberations and hearings, the Cedar Grove Planning Board approved an application from The Grove catering hall for 39 new parking spaces Tuesday night. The board’s 7-1 approval, following a three-hour meeting, is contingent on several conditions being met by the facility including the elimination of grass islands for additional parking, granting certain off-site parking conditions and allowing smaller buffer zones in certain areas. The board gave owners permission to install up to 16 hydraulic lifts underneath the building, although that condition is contingent on the owners completing that phase only if it is absolutely necessary. In addition, the board will allow the catering hall to host up to two simultaneous …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Catering hall seeks 39 additional on-site parking spaces and 67 off-site spaces in planning board proposal.
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Cedar Grove Planning Board is expected to vote Tuesday on a petition by The Grove catering hall for additional on- and off-site parking for the facility. Representatives of the catering hall appeared before the board on Aug. 21 with a proposal to add 39 parking spaces to the venue and allow 67 off-site parking spaces. In the past, The Grove, located at 691 Pompton Ave., and the township have had an adversarial relationship. Residents have charged overflow parking from the catering hall causes parking and traffic issues in the streets surrounding the business. The planning board meeting takes place at 8 p.m. at town hall. A meeting agenda is attached to this story. The Cedar Grove Township Council will be meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Catering hall representatives outline a plan to add spaces to their lot, in addition to off-site parking.
Representatives from The Grove catering hall asked the Cedar Grove Planning Board Tuesday night to add 39 parking spaces to its venue and to allow off-site parking. The Cedar Grove Planning Board is expected to vote on the measure at its Sept. 18 meeting. In the past, representatives from The Grove and the township have had an adversarial relationship. Residents have charged overflow parking from the catering hall causes parking and traffic issues in the streets surrounding the business. In September 2011, Cedar Grove police were forced to close down several lanes of Pompton Avenue (Route 23) when Grove guests attending a wine tasting were crossing the roadway at dusk and creating a dangerous situation. On Sept. 20, 2011, residents …