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VERONA-CEDAR GROVE
A special supplement to
June 26, 2008
Memories
In appreciation:The Times would like to thank Barbara Young, who provided access to articles and

photographs maintained by the Cedar Grove Historical Society; Verona Public Library Director Jim
Thomas for accommodating our hours at the microfilm machine; Cedar Grove High School Media
Specialist Claire Swanson, and Rhoda and Iris Liebowitz, for their help with the schools history research;
Tom Wilson for information on the Cedar Grove Fire Department; Doug Giblin for information on the
Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad; and Barbara Nolan and John Maher helped on the
Meadowbrook and parks, respectively.

VERONA-CEDA
RGROVETIMES
\u2022MEMORIES\u2022T
HURSDAY,JUN
E26,20082

Congratulatory letters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 News roundup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Today\u2019s Cedar Grove. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Arts, entertainment, parks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Houses of worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Public schools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Police, fire, rescue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Panther sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Famous people. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 VFW Post 6255. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Hospital Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

Kathleen HivishPublisher
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\u00a92008 North Jersey Media Group
T
IMES
VERONA-CEDAR GROVE
On the cover:Cedar Grove residents line the streets to commemorate
Memorial Days and celebrate township anniversaries. Photo courtesy
of Cedar Grove Historical Society.
Table of Contents
Charles Bahr
Joseph Bahr
Charlie Bahr
W367911-01
4 Generations of Service!
It would not have been possible without you!
Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations on your 100th Anniversary!
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John Bahr
THANK YOU CEDAR GROVE
FOR 83 YEARS!
THANK YOU CEDAR GROVE
FOR 83 YEARS!
DEAR FRIENDS,

This year Cedar Grove cele-
brates a century of being a great
place to live.

For almost 30 years with the
Verona-Cedar Grove Times, I had
the pleasure of chronicling the
people, issues, events and contro-
versies of one of the finest com-
munities in the metropolitan area.

This centennial year is a time
to look back on 100 years of the
accomplishment, progress and
vitality that make Cedar Grove a
place anyone would want to call
home.

A characteristic of Cedar
Grove that strikes me is that it is a
microcosm of democracy in
action at the local level. I covered
my fair share of council and
board of education meetings that
dealt with emotional, controver-
sial and crucial issues. The people
had their say, and the governing
body and board of education vot-
ed their conscience. Regardless of
what side one was on, the goal of
everyone was the betterment of a
community they considered spe-
cial.

The lifeblood of Cedar Grove is
the quality of its municipal ser-
vices. It is also the kind of com-
munity it is because of a solid and
irreplaceable spirit of volun-
teerism. Those who have given of
their time at Town Hall, the board
of education, in the Cedar Grove
fire department and rescue squad,
deserve a tremendous thank you
from every resident. Cedar Grove
would not be Cedar Grove with-
out them.

To the old timers and recent
arrivals to town, enjoy this once
in a lifetime municipal celebra-
tion. It is a time to look back on
how the community got to where
it is with pride and to cast a confi-
dent eye towards the future.

Happy birthday Cedar Grove.
Ward Miele
Times\u2019 Former Editor
DEAR FRIENDS,

This year\u2019s centennial celebra-
tion is an opportunity for our
community to come together and
remember how we came to be,
celebrate our heritage and reflect
on where we are going. It also
provides us with an opportunity
to gather with family and friends
and acknowledge the community
that has given all of us so many
wonderful memories.

Cedar Grove was settled by
the Dutch in 1667, and the town
prior to 1815 was called Peck-
mantown. The village was situat-
ed in the north easterly part of
the Township of Caldwell. The
first officially recorded use of the
name \u201cCedar Grove\u201d to desig-
nate the area, which is now with-
in the boundary of our town, was
a request made in 1853 to the
County Clerk of Essex County to
establish a school district.

Unofficially, the name Cedar
Grove Center had been used for
many years due to a very promi-
nent grove of cedar trees that
attracted much attention, and
Cedar Grove thus came to dis-
place the old name of Peckman-
town. The Township of Cedar
Grove was officially incorporated
on April 9, 1908, by the New Jer-
sey State Legislature.

We are fortunate to have so
many historical landmarks in our
town today that have been pre-
served to remind us of our resi-
dents who came before us and
contributed to the development
of our community. These include
the Personett house located on
Pompton Avenue and the
Jacobus house located on Grove
Avenue.

Another notable landmark is
the nationally recognized former

Meadowbrook, located on
Pompton Avenue. This historic
location, which now serves as
the home for the members of the
Macedonian Church, hosted the
likes of the Dorseys, Glenn
Miller and Frank Sinatra
throughout the late 1930s and
1940s. It also hosted our town-
ship\u2019s 50th anniversary grand
ball on Sept. 6, 1958, which fea-
tured the crowning of Miss
Cedar Grove.

More recently, on April 12,
the dance floor of the Meadow-
brook came alive again when
more than 400 of our family,
friends and neighbors gathered
in this historic location to attend
the Centennial Gala and cele-
brate our community\u2019s 100th
anniversary.

If it is mere geography that has
determined our borders, it is the
spirit of volunteerism during the
past century that has defined our
community.

It seems only fitting that this
year 2008 finds us also celebrat-
ing our volunteer fire depart-
ment\u2019s 100 years of service to our
community. It is hard to believe
that our volunteer fire depart-
ment, which today is looked
upon as one of the finest in the
state, began as a mere bucket
brigade on May 18, 1908. The
first fire vehicle that was built in
November 1908 was hand-
pulled, had two wheels and car-
ried only ladders and buckets.

On behalf of the residents of
our community, I would like to
thank all of the members of our
volunteer fire department, past
and present, for 100 years of ser-
vice to our community.

On Sunday Sept. 7, 1958, the
weekend celebration of Cedar

Grove\u2019s 50th anniversary con-
cluded with the burial of a time
capsule by the Cedar Grove
Rotary Clwub. The capsule was
buried on the grounds of the
municipal building at 4 p.m.

On April 5, 2008, my col-
leagues on the Township Council
and I were joined by members of
the Cedar Grove Rotary Club,
the Cedar Grove Centennial
Committee, family and friends to
unearth the time capsule. Among
the memorable items in the time
capsule was a letter from the
1958 governing body to the cur-
rent council. It was interesting to
learn that issues that still affect us
today, such as growth and devel-
opment, affected our township
50 years ago.

As we take time to celebrate
our community\u2019s rich history, we
are also striving to provide a bet-
ter tomorrow.

On Jan. 17, it was announced
that the 90-acre campus of the
old Essex County Hospital Cen-

ter on the Hilltop will be pre-
served as parkland instead of
being sold to a developer. This
significant achievement will pro-
vide a benefit to future genera-
tions of our community in the
years ahead.

We also saw, in 2008, for the
very first time in our township\u2019s
history, a Cedar Grove resident
elected to the New Jersey State
Senate, our former mayor, Sen.
Kevin J. O\u2019Toole. I would like to
take this opportunity to thank
Sen. O\u2019Toole for his instrumental
role in obtaining Essex County\u2019s
commitment to preserve the Hill-
top property as parkland.

What will always make Cedar
Grove so special is the palpable
sense of community we share. It
is this strong sense of community
that continues to draw genera-
tion after generation back to
Cedar Grove to raise their fami-
lies.

Like so many of the residents
in our township, this is the com-
munity where I was raised,
attended school, met my wife and
decided to raise a family of my
own. As a result, Cedar Grove
will always hold a special place
in my heart.

On behalf of our entire town-
ship, I would like to thank all of
the members of our Centennial
Committee for their time, dedica-
tion and effort spent in organiz-
ing this year\u2019s celebratory events.
It truly has been a century full of
memories.

Happy birthday Cedar Grove.
Peter Tanella
Cedar Grove Mayor, June 2007
Congratulations and well wishes
DEAR FRIENDS,

Essex County has a rich histo-
ry, dating back to the 1600s.
Through the generations, we
have grown into a diverse and
vibrant community, with each of
our 22 municipalities bringing a
special quality to our arts, cul-
ture, business and recreation
activities. Part of this wonderful
mix is the Township of Cedar
Grove, and we congratulate its
citizens on their 100th anniver-

sary.

Life in Cedar Grove today is
very different from life in 1702,
when settlers purchased 14,000
acres - most of West Essex,
including the future Cedar
Grove, from the Lenni Lenape
Native Americans for $325 - or

even in 1908, when it was incor-
porated. Today, it is a town filled
with new families, and those
who have lived there for genera-
tions, enjoying a thriving busi-
ness district, successful schools
and busy athletic fields.

In fact, Cedar Grove has
played an important role in the
history of Essex. For more than
100 years, the residents of Over-
brook (the Essex County Hospi-
tal Center) called the Hilltop
section of Cedar Grove home.
Today, in a new facility just
down the road, our patients are
still part of the Cedar Grove
community.

We wish you 100 more years
of pride and progress, and are
thankful for all you do to help us

continue \u201cPutting Essex County
First.\u201d
Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr.
Essex County Executive
DEAR FRIENDS,

As you celebrate Cedar
Grove\u2019s 100th Anniversary, I
would like to extend greetings to
all neighbors and residents during
this exciting occasion.

New Jersey is proud of its long
and rich history. I share in the joy
of the Cedar Grove community as
you celebrate this great achieve-
ment. New Jersey is truly fortu-
nate to have such a wonderful
community like yours.

Again, congratulations and
best wishes for a memorable cele-
bration.

Jon S. Corzine
New Jersey Governor
3
THURSDAY,JU
NE26,2008\u2022M
EMORIES\u2022VER
ONA-CEDARGR
OVETIMES

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