Digging Out? Not Yet


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MyVeronaNJ-Car-Snowed-InWe’ll confess: We thought it was a bit nuts last week when an Essex County legislator proposed punishing snowplow drivers who plow in driveways that have already been cleared. How else, after all, are we going to keep our streets passable? But watching our neighbors shovel today for the fourth and fifth time since the blizzard began has boosted our empathy. If it’s any comfort, the National Weather Service is saying the storm is easing, although its storm watch remains in effect through Saturday morning.

Shoveling kept most of Verona home today, and while the grownups (mostly) worked, the kids built snowmen and mountains. If you haven’t yet tackled your shoveling and you have a fire hydrant out front, please do the Verona Fire Department a favor and dig that out first.

MyVeronaNJ-Big-SnowballsNot all of Verona was lucky enough to be able to work from home today. We found Michael Duarte of Culinariane shoveling out his driveway because the restaurant is open tonight. And Kurt Siegelin had to head to News 12 New Jersey, where he is an anchor and sports director.

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For those of you who do have to go out, the roads are clearer now thanks to a long day of plowing by Verona’s Public Works department. But overall, public transportation remains the best option: New Jersey Transit buses are back on the roads now after being suspended for the morning.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. I feel for you folks in the Mid-Atlantic; you’ve borne the brunt of the snow this winter while we’ve missed out on the worst of it up in the Boston area. But I can recall MANY a time out there chopping through the wall of ice left by the plows last year. Nothing more disheartening that having cleared your driveway only to have a plow go by and block it in again.

  2. Where can I find someone locally who can plow my driveway and snowblow the walks. By the way Virginia, this is a nice site.


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