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Week In Review: Nov. 18-24, 2018


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The winners of the 16th annual Rowan University Pumpkin Chunkin contest: (back row, l-r) VHS teacher Jason Atkins with students Simone Conforti, Dashiell Greenberg, Caitlin McKeown, Maegan Kuhlman and Emilia Stopka, and (front) Chris Lakin, Jasmine Mickens and Selin Hekimgil.

The week of November 18, 2018 brought a report on a highly successful club at Verona High School and a Verona book drive that benefited two schools very far from Verona, and the community stepped up to aid victims of the California fires.

It might surprise you to learn that there is an active catapult-building effort in the Engineering Club at VHS and the students are really good at it. So good, in fact that they beat 18 other teams from high schools, colleges and first responders competing at a South Jersey catapult contest. Read how they did it here.

Karina Squilanti (left), is a sophomore at Verona High School. Her sister Juliana is an eighth grader at H.B. Whitehorne.

This summer, sisters Karina and Juliana Squilanti started a campaign to collect books that they would deliver to an elementary school in Colombia. They collected so many that they were able to share some with an underprivileged New Jersey school as well. Karina wrote a story for MyVeronaNJ on their effort.

There were old faces and new at Verona’s annual interfaith Thanksgiving service on Sunday. The leaders of long-time congregations Our Lady of the Lake ChurchFirst Presbyterian Church of Verona and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit welcomed the Verona Islamic Center, which opened in town only this year, and B’nai Shalom, the West Orange synagogue that welcomed many of the Verona residents who had worshipped at Temple Beth Ahm before it closed.

What else happened in the week of November 18? A VHS ’98 grad collected 100 jackets to send to victims of the Camp Fire in California, Pam Priscoe and Tim Alworth were confirmed as the winners of the Board of Education election, and Laning and Forest elementary schools held their own versions of a Thanksgiving parade with balloons

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