Top Stories For April 2014


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After the snowy winter comes an avalanche of college acceptances. The Verona High School class of 2014 has been tapped by a broad array of top institutions across the United States and Canada.

In real estate, readers focused on the new construction on Durrell Street, while the Board of Education took the town engineer to task aver what it termed rumors about the work on the lower high school field.

Every month, looks at what our readers have been reading, and we let you know if you have to catch up on them. Here’s what you might have missed in April 2014:

  1. VHS 2014 Headed To Top U.S. Colleges: Its students have been chosen by many of the Ivies, as well as Boston College, Bucknell, Carnegie Melon, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins, Lafayette, Lehigh, MIT, NYU, Northwestern, Rice, Stevens Institute of Technology, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, and more.
  2. Real Estate For April 5-6: New Construction: The new home at 2 Rawding Court is the first of five new homes and 33 rental units under construction by two different developers on both sides of Durrell Street.
  3. IHOP Building Coming Down: Demolition equipment moves in, but no plans for redevelopment have been filed.
  4. VHS Makes Another Top High Schools List: Verona High School has made U.S. News & World Report‘s 2014 Best High Schools list, ranked 913 nationally out of 19,400 high schools.
  5. BOE Prez Faults Town Engineer For Field Rumors: Board of Education President John Quattrocchi expressed frustration with misinformation about the work that will be done on the lower field at Verona High School.
  6. Op-Ed: Fight Back Against High Risk Standardized Testing: Verona resident Terry Moore, the New Jersey information coordinator for Save Our Schools March, takes aim at what he calls a “lucrative attack” on our schools.
  7. Fun Night At HBW To Support Team Zoey: On Friday, April 25, there was a family fun night at H.B. Whitehorne Middle School to help Zoey Penny, a Verona child affected by the rapid aging disease progeria.
  8. Verona Park Boathouse To Get Major Makeover: Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said the county will undertake a complete renovation of the central part of the Verona Park boathouse.
  9. Meet The Mayor’s Charity Ball Honorees: The 2014 Verona Mayor’s Charity Ball will be held on Saturday, May 3, at the Richfield Regency.
  10. Huge Garbage Truck Fire Closes Pompton: A garbage truck burst into flames on Route 23 and the Verona Police Department shut down traffic from Mount Prospect to Cedar Grove.

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