• Verona’s Business Landmarks

    Recently a friend posted a photo online of Pal’s Cabin, the one-time landmark in West Orange that is no more. No offense to the CVS that now occupies the space, but Pal’s Cabin was the perfect place...

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  • Opinion: Shame On You, Chris Christie

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was one of the speakers at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday evening. The former United State Attorney for New Jersey told delegates that he was presenting the facts of a case...

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  • Down The Shore, Down To Business

    Every July, much of Verona heads down the shore. They play in the surf, walk the beach and work on their tans. Come August, they come home. Most of them. But over the years, more than a...

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  • Newark Man Arrested, Charged In Fatal Hit-And-Run

    Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Verona Police Chief Mitchell Stern announced today that Jose A. Asencio, 44, of Newark has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of Matthew BeneduceMcGrath, 59, of...

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  • A Library Facelift, In Chapters

    They know, better than anyone, how one should behave in a library. Quiet. Decorous.  And yet, there they were, four of the Verona Public Library’s finest, speaking in exclamation points about what was unfolding in front of them: The...

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  • When Deer Fly

    Deer do fly. I saw it with my own eyes this morning. It was between 5:25 and 5:35 a.m., on Fairview Avenue, slightly south of Verona High School. I was heading north, towards the high school, on...

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  • Worth Celebrating: Julia Dawson

    “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Today is my “Aunt” Julie’s 90th birthday. It’s a number worth celebrating certainly, but it is the woman behind the number...

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  • VHS ’16: From Vo-Tech To Vet

    Every year, several Verona High School students go to cosmetology school after graduation. Bunny Vasile did it before she graduated with the class of 2016, and for free. She’s got a plan to use skills that she...

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  • Traffic Signs–And Common Sense

    The picture to the left is the sign on the corner of Malvern and Bloomfield. The one in center is the traffic light on the south side of Bloomfield, opposite Malvern. The one of the right is the walk/don’t walk sign on...

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  • Requiem For A Sign Maker

    Over a 29-year career, Verona sign maker Matthew BeneduceMcGrath brought his unique craftsmanship to every Essex County Park, Verona’s government and schools, its houses of worship and its businesses. Matthew BeneduceMcGrath was killed in a hit-and-run accident...

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