Township of Verona Newsletter
October 2020
The Township of Verona website remains the primary source for all information.
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Election Information
How Can I Vote by Mail?
  1. Mail: Ballots must be postmarked on or before 8:00 p.m. on November 3 and be received by the Essex County Board of Elections on or before November 10.
  2. Secure Ballot Drop Box: Place your ballot in one of the Essex County secure ballot drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. on November 3.
  3. Board of Elections Office: Deliver your ballot in person to the Essex County Board of Elections Office, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Hall of Records Room 411, Newark, NJ 07102 by 8:00 p.m. on November 3.
  4. Polling Place: Bring your ballot to your polling place by 8:00 p.m. on election day, November 3. Remember only you, the voter, can bring your ballot to your polling place on election day. *The only polling location in Verona this election is in the Verona High School Gyms, 151 Fairview Ave. You will need to enter off Sampson Dr.

1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837)
Verona's Secure Ballot Drop Box is located in front of the Verona Police Department, 600 Bloomfield Ave. (pictured above). This is the only drop box location in Verona.

Watch this How to Vote by Mail video for easy step-by-step instructions on how to complete and return your vote by mail ballot!
It’s as easy as VOTE, SIGN, SEAL, RETURN!
What you need to know to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election...
Halloween and trick or treating are still on this year but we would like to share some guidelines for residents so everyone can take part in the festivities as safely as possible.
For Residents Who Wish to Participate in Trick-or-Treating:

Please refer to these guidelines to help make trick or treating as safe as possible for everyone.

Download the instructional flyer in English or Spanish
For Residents Looking to Opt Out of Trick-or-Treating:

Click the image download and print out this flyer to hang on your door to let trick-or-treaters know that you won't be participating this year
Pumpkin Carving Contest
This year, Verona Recreation is sponsoring a Jack-O-Lantern creation contest. All of Verona is encouraged to participate in this fun family activity.

This event is for VERONA RESIDENTS ONLY. Create your best dressed pumpkin of any size and shape. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated, whichever method you choose. When your pumpkins are ready, they can be dropped off in the Verona Community Center front lobby, 880 Bloomfield Ave. Pumpkins must be clearly labeled or have a label attached with your family name and age category you are submitting for. Pumpkins will be photographed, posted on Verona’s social media pages, judged and winners will be chosen for MOST CREATIVE PUMPKIN in each age group. 

There is no cost to enter, but you must be registered on community pass to be eligible to win a prize!
Halloween House Decorating Contest
Decorate your house to be the creepiest, spookiest and most frightful sight in the neighborhood with Verona's first annual Halloween House Decorating Contest!

Out Boo your neighbors for a chance to win $1,000 courtesy of Hearth Realty Group!

To enter TEXT a picture of your house to 973-913-5055 or TAG @hearthrealtygroup on Instagram.

Entries will be posted on their website and social media. Deadline is 10/29 @ 11:59pm. Winner chosen 10/30.

Contest open to Verona residents 18 & over.
New Recycling Tagging Program
The Township is implementing a Recycling Tagging Program in an effort to fight recycling contamination. Recycling contamination has caused us to see an increase in fines and penalties since regulations on accepted materials have significantly tightened the past couple of years. The Township will begin "tagging and leaving" curbside recycling containers with an unacceptable amount of contaminated materials beginning November 1st. This will only affect commingled materials placed at the curb. 
A Township employee will check certain streets in a different quadrant of town each week on the designated day prior to the collection company making their rounds and tag recycling bins that contain an obvious amount of unaccepted materials, such as plastic bags, garbage, hazardous materials, etc. The collection company will be notified to leave any tagged bins at the curb.
Any tagged container will be logged and maintained through DPW and the Department of Administration. Multiple violations will result in a followup letter explaining the proper way to recycle. The goal of this program is to reprogram people's recycling behaviors. Many residents are guilty of "aspirational recycling", meaning they are trying to do the right thing but it is actually making the situation worse and costing the taxpayers money.
Leading up to the implementation of this program, there will be a strong educational campaign on how to properly recycle and what to expect with the tagging program. We want residents to be fully aware prior to the start of the program so we can avoid any issues.
Questions or concerns on the tagging program can be directed to the Administration Department via email at or 973-239-4921.
For more information on recycling you can visit
Below is a quick reference for common questions on commingled recycling. Full details on commingled recycling here.
Police Department
Don't Forget the #9PMRoutine
PLEASE NOTE: Overnight Parking has been extended through December 31st and will be reevaluated at that time.

We kindly ask that if you have the space in your driveway, please park your vehicles there, as overnight street parking is intended for special circumstances, i.e. driveway paving, visitors, etc. 

Note: In the event of any snow fall later in the year, vehicles will still have to be removed from the roadway for storm clean up as required.
Essex County
Fall Fun for the Whole Family!
Fall Family Photo Opportunity at Essex County Environmental Center
Family Autumn Visits at the Essex County Environmental Center
Strutt Your Mutt Halloween Costume Contest for you Dog
Visit Our Online Calendar For Meeting Dates, Events & More
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