VHS Graduation Is Thursday

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Verona High School seniors become VHS alumni on Thursday evening at 6:30 on the football field–weather permitting. The extended forecast is calling for “a chance of thunderstorms” on Thursday; if it rains, the ceremony will be held in the gym. Last year, threatening skies turned sunny just in time for the ceremony; let’s hope for the same this year. The decision will be made just before 5:00 pm: In the event of rain, the fire horn will sound three times at 4:55 and 5:00 pm.

In anticipation of graduation celebrations, the Verona Municipal Alliance sent out a reminder to parents about the dangers of teens driving from parties where drugs or alcohol are available and used. The letter, which is signed by VMAC Chairperson Elizabeth Santaremo, Superintendent Charles Sampson and Police Chief Doug Huber stated that, “Rarely does a spring go by without the tragedy of an alcohol related incident,” and appealed to parents to speak with their children about these serious issues.

The letter also reminded parents of the local ordinance on the subject:

“It shall be unlawful for any person under the legal age who, without legal authoritiy, knowingly possesses or knowingly consumes an alcoholic beverage on private property; a person is guilty of an offense if they purposely or knowingly offer or serve or make available an alcoholic beverage to a person under the legal age for consuming; A person who makes property available (or leaves that property in the care of another) where alcohol will be consumed is guilty of a disorderly persons offense.”

At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, however, Sampson indicated that he and Huber didn’t have many worries about the Class of 2010. He publicly complimented the class  for “setting a high bar of behavior” and making themselves role models for the underclassmen. He said that he and Chief Huber had both noted what a particularly mature class it has been from the beginning, and the relatively calm hallways now in the waning days of the school year.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langanhttps://myveronanj.com
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected].

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