Students Honored For Environmental Posters


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Verona public elementary and middle school students submitted more than 150 posters to participate in the fourth annual “Idle Free Verona” contest sponsored by the Verona Environmental Commission. The contest was created to raise awareness of the health dangers caused by idling a vehicle’s engine in the hopes of cutting the amount of idling at school drop off and pickup.

One contest winner was selected from each school and honored at the Town Council meeting on Monday, November 19. The 2012 winners are Bobby Donohue from Forest Avenue School, Emily Wyne from F. N. Brown School, Thomas Radigan from Laning Avenue School, Diane Valverde from Brookdale Avenue School, and Julianna Spina from H.B. Whitehorne Middle School. Winners received $50 dollars and a certificate signed by Verona Mayor Frank Sapienza. During the event, the commission’s award-winning video on idling–created by students from HBW–was presented as well. (You can watch it here.)

All posters were exhibited at the schools and are currently on display at the Verona Public Library until December 3. You can see the exhibit at the Children Department during regular library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Pictured at the contest award ceremony, from left to right, bottom
row: Bobby Donohue, Mrs. Radigan (who received the award on behalf of
Emily Wyne), Thomas Radigan, Diane Valverde and Julianna Spina. Top
row: Mayor Frank Sapienza, Council Member Kevin Ryan, Verona
Environmental Commission Chairman Jerry Shimonaski, Council Members
Michael Nochimson and Jay Sniatkowski and Deputy Mayor Bob Manley.

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