• County Dedicates Park Sign To Late Verona Sign Maker

    Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. dedicated a memorial bronze plaque in memory of the late Matthew BeneduceMcGrath on Wednesday, August 9, in Essex County Verona Park. McGrath, a resident of Verona who owned a popular...

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  • County To Recognize Verona Sign Maker

    Essex County will hold a ceremony next Wednesday, July 5, August 9, to dedicate a memorial bronze plaque recognizing Matthew BeneduceMcGrath. (UPDATE: The date has been changed to August 9.) Born in Indiana, BeneduceMcGrath moved to Essex...

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  • Driver Sentenced In Hit-And-Run That Killed Verona Businessman

    Jose A. Asencio of Newark was sentenced to three years in a New Jersey prison for leaving the scene of the hit-and-run that claimed the life of Verona sign maker Matthew BeneduceMcGrath last June. BeneduceMcGrath was struck...

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  • Veronans We Lost, 2016

    They were teachers and volunteers, veterans of Vietnam and World War II. Some had lived their entire lives in Verona, some had come here late in live to live with new families to our town. They were current and...

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  • The Sign That Almost Wasn’t

    All of Verona’s finest signs are the work of one craftsman, Matthew BeneduceMcGrath. So when the Sellitto family decided, early this year, to commission a new sign for the revitalized Thomas J. Sellitto Field next to Verona...

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  • Top Stories For July 2016

    In July, Essex County police made an arrest in connection with a June hit-and-run that killed a Verona business owner. Another fixture of the Verona business community passed away, a VHS grad opened a shop at the...

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  • Top Stories For June 2016

    The frantic traffic on Bloomfield Avenue claimed the life of long-time Verona business owner Matthew BeneduceMcGrath in late June. Over a 29-year career, he had made the signs for every Essex County park and many businesses and government...

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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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  • 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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  • Police Seek Witnesses To Fatal Hit-And-Run

    Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Verona Police Chief Mitchell Stern are asking for the public’s help in identifying people who may have been witnesses to the June 24 hit-and-run that that claimed the life...

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