Top Stories For May 2016


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Board051016AidesTeacher’s aides are a key part of Verona’s educating of special needs students. So when word got out that the Board of Education was contemplating changes to its aide workforce, tempers flared before the plan was even explained. In other news, a long-time retailer abruptly closed its doors and a beloved VHS teacher got a very special award.

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 May 2016:

  1. Turmoil Over Teacher’s Aides: Verona depends on aides to help its special ed students. When the BOE said it needed to manage aides better, some residents feared for their students.
  2. Crowd Hears BOE’s Teacher’s Aides Plan: It was the longest, loudest, and angriest Verona Board of Education meeting in at least two years and when it ended, Verona was no closer to a solution than when it started.
  3. The 2016 Town-Wide Garage Sale Map Is Here: More proof that everybody loves a bargain.
  4. 15 Seniors Commit To College Sports: A Signing Day event celebrates the biggest commitment group in recent years.
  5. New Business: The Powder Room: Women around the world spent more than $160 million on their eyebrows in 2015. VHS grad Cynthia Wrobel wants to capture some of that spending.
  6. Center Drugs Closes: The abrupt closure of a long-time retailer catches everyone off guard.
  7. Real Estate Bubbles Over: Lots of condos and single-family homes for lots of different house hunters.
  8. Wertz Wins Princeton Award: One of Verona High School’s favorite teachers is honored by his alma mater for his contribution to education.
  9. Rampolla Retirement Reception Planned: A long career in Verona is coming to an end for the principal of Brookdale Avenue Elementary School.
  10. Police Seek Theft Suspect: A Verona resident had her wallet taken out of her purse while she shopped in the grocery store.

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