Trees Get Cleared, Lights Come Back On


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Verona’s Public Works and Buildings & Grounds crews were all over town yesterday, clearing trees that had come down on utility wires and homes, like this town tree did on a house on Cumberland. Verona’s Police Department and its volunteer fire and Rescue Squad personnel got a bit of a reprieve, after a very busy Sunday. According to Town Manager Joe Martin, there were 172 calls for service within 24 hours during Hurricane Irene, which is two to three times the normal volume. There were 30 police reports and, Martin said, about 20 downed trees. Although there was some flooding at Verona’s secondary wastewater treatment area, the plant was fully operational. “Compared to the towns to the west, we escaped substantial damage,” said Martin.

Despite having told residents that they might not have power until September 4, PSE&G had power back on for Derwent Avenue yesterday.

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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. Stocker Road got power back around 6 pm last night. VPW did a great job clearing downed trees on the street on Sunday.


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