Schools To Open Thursday


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It feels like the first day of school all over again: The Board of Education is sending out word that Verona public schools will reopen on Thursday, November 3. But because of downed trees and wires, it will be a delayed opening to minimize conflict with rush-hour traffic and there are going to be special rules for drop off and pick up at several buildings.

According to the note sent by the BOE, the school day on Thursday and Friday will begin at 10 a.m.  “Additionally, all students should be dropped off and picked up at their respective schools by an adult in a vehicle as many of the sidewalks throughout town are still impassible,” the BOE writes. “You are encouraged to carpool to minimize traffic congestion.” The BOE says it is going to be sending out another note later today about approved drop-off and pick-up locations at or close to each school.

UPDATE: Here are the drop-off rules, which seem designed to minimize traffic close to the school entrance at HBW and Brookdale

Brookdale Avenue School:
On Brookdale Avenue, entire length

FN Brown School:
On Grove, between Dodd Terrace and Franklin St.

Forest Avenue School:
On Forest, between Howard Street and Morningside Road

Laning Avenue School:
On Lanning Road, entire length

HB Whitehorne Middle School:
-Lot #1
-Gould Street, from Reid Place to Library crosswalk
-Hill St. and Montrose Avenue

Verona High School:
Usual drop-off locations

The procedures will remain in effect for Friday as well.

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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. Virginia, Everett Field had lights tonight so the Eagles could practice. Yet the homes on Westview have no power. Tomorrow we will be going into our 6th day without power! We are thinking of pitching a tent and setting up a BBQ on the field with some of our neighbors. Perhaps we could even cook in the snack bar! Once again, sports trumps everything in Verona! What do you think:)

  2. Sarah, I would run a LONG extension cord down to Everett Field. While sports and other activities are important, I think it’s cruel that the field had power while the homes around it did not.


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