• Liberating Prisoner’s Pond–And Reviving The Hilltop’s Forest

    It’s likely that most Verona residents do not know about the pond adjacent to the White Rock Road athletic fields.  The spring-fed pond is the only year-round standing water in the Hilltop Reservation and it has fish,...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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  • Volunteers Repair Storm Damage To Hilltop Trails

    The Hilltop trails are one of the favorite biking spots in Verona, and the August 11 storm that ruined basements, downed trees and made everything a wet mess also displaced two trail bridges and caused lots of...

    • Posted 8 months ago
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  • Deer Hunt Returns To Hilltop In February

    Essex County will again be culling the deer herd in Verona’s Hilltop Reservation, with hunts scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays in February. The Hilltop will be closed to the public on February 6, 8, 13, 15, 20...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Register Now For Hilltop Kids Bike Race

    The eighth annual “Grasshopper“, the mountain bike race through the Hilltop Reservation for elementary and middle school kids, will be held on Saturday, August 12. This is a fun, local race with awards for the top finishers...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • It Is Easy Being Green

    If you are of a certain age, you might recall the song “It’s Not Easy Being Green” sung by everyone’s favorite frog, Kermit. But in Verona it IS easy to be green and being green is what...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Hilltop Meadow, Reborn

    The small meadow at the southern end of Verona’s Hilltop Reservation doesn’t look like much right now. But the mere fact that it exists at all is something of a miracle. More than 100 years ago, the...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Deer Hunt Returns To Hilltop January 31

    Essex County will hold its tenth deer management program in county parks in January and February. The program, which is geared toward revitalizing the forest ecology by reducing the number of deer, begins on January 17 and...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Deer Hunt Results Tallied

    Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced yesterday that 154 deer were culled from Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation during the county’s deer management program this winter. The county began the...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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  • Input Needed On Hilltop Plan

    If you want to have a say in what happens next at the Hilltop Reservation, you’ve got until the close of business today, June 30, to send an email with your thoughts. The Hilltop Conservancy, the non-profit that...

    • Posted 5 years ago
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  • Public Meeting On Hilltop’s Master Plan

    The Hilltop Conservancy, the non-profit that is working to restore the ecosystem of the Hilltop Reservation, has let us know that there will be a public input meeting for the Reservation’s master plan on Wednesday, June 18,...

    • Posted 5 years ago
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