Top Stories For December 2016


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Our photographer Fred Goode tracked down one of the bigger mysteries of Christmas: Those decorated cement trucks.
Our photographer Fred Goode tracked down one of the bigger mysteries of Christmas: Those decorated cement trucks.

Deaths seem to have dominated the news in Verona in 2016, and December was no different: Three well-known members of our community passed away. But we also found bright spots, from the thousands of sparkling lights on a cement truck to a middle school actor touring with a national musical.

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 December 2016:

  1. Frank Joseph Covello, Jr. “Footer”, 44: The VHS ’90 grad left behind a wife, two young daughters and many friends.
  2. Timothy M. Bannon, 61: The scholar athlete was a VHS Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductee in 2009.
  3. Frank M. Prout, Funeral Director & C.P.A.: He served the Verona community in many ways throughout his long life.
  4. Memories Of Verona Park Skating: Writer Jay O’Neill reminisces about fun on the ice.
  5. Ho, Ho, Whoa: A Cement Truck Christmas Story: Fred Goode drives a lot for his day job. But when he sees something unusual on the roads, he often follows it with his camera.
  6. Veronan’s Homeless Vets Charity Up For $50K Award: Backpacks for Life is a non-profit born of one Verona Marine’s desire to help his fellow veterans.
  7. Op-Ed: Christie’s Legal Notices Smokescreen: Trenton’s attention is being diverted from a key case involving prior restraint.
  8. North Pole Alert: HBW Student Tours With “Elf”: Sixth grader Nicholas Canal has gone a long way in the theater since playing Baby Shrek at H.B. Whitehorne in March.
  9. Teen Mountain Bike Team Starts Training: The newly formed National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) mountain biking team involves riders from Verona, Cedar Grove and surrounding towns.
  10. Environmental Leader With Verona Roots Slams Trump’s EPA Pick: Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, doesn’t like what he sees coming to Washington.

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