Crash Damages Temple


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A Honda pickup truck veered off course on Grove Avenue as it headed toward Bloomfield Avenue late Sunday night and crashed into Congregation Beth Ahm. The synagogue’s lawn sign was destroyed, as was some landscaping, and a large hole left in the front facade. There is a visible crack in the wall inside the synagogue’s library, a large bookshelf was pushed away from the wall and a stained glass window was cracked.

The Verona Police Department identified the driver of the pickup as Vincent J. Ferraro of Verona. According to the police report, the driver said he “was feeling fatigued” and “could not recall” what happened. Ferraro, who was not injured, was not given an alcohol or drug test.

Beth Ahm does not yet have an estimate on what it will cost to repair the damage, but office manager Laurie Brandt expressed the congregation’s gratitude that the driver was able to walk away from the accident. “The most important thing is that the person could walk away,” she said. “He definitely could have been hurt. Air bags are a great sfety feature.”

The crash destroyed the facade on the building's northeast side.

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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].


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