The Verona Environmental Commission was established by Ordinance No. 9-92 on August 3, 1992. The Commission is comprised of seven members (one of whom is also a member of the Planning Board), plus two alternates. All members are Verona residents, serve without compensation and are appointed by the Mayor.
The role of the Commission is to study and make recommendations to the Township Council and the Planning Board concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and protection of flora and fauna throughout the Township.
The Commission interacts with neighboring community environmental commissions and the Essex County Environmental Center. It review all applications sent to the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment to evaluate their impact on the environment.
The VEC provides environmental information and programs for residents and protects the Township's environmental resources for health and well being of present and future residents.
The VEC participated in Verona Fair In the Square on Dec. 1st, 2012. At the commission's table visitors learned about the dangers of toxic synthetic lawn pesticides. The commission invited residents to sign a petition to keep lawn pesticides off Verona's school grounds and public fields where children play. The most common reaction was "Who could be against this?". Over 200 residents already signed the petition in person and online. You can read the petition here. Children made holiday cards for their families and friends with reclaimed cards from Verona. Pictured from right, Council Member Kevin Ryan visiting the VEC table, Chaiman Jerry Shimonaski and HBW teacher Tony Saltalamacchia with his daughter.
The commission also participated in Verona Fair in the Square in 2010 and 2011. At the commission's table visitors played the game "How Long it Takes to Decompose" and and "Identify the Household Hazardous Waste Items". Residents also signed the VEC's recycling pledge and those who needed a new recycling bin ordered a free one.
Pictured is former Verona Mayor Teena Schwartz visiting the VEC table at the fair, commission members Tony Saltalamacchia, Jim Loudon and Chairman Jerry Shimonaski.
VEC members created a presentation about Verona's Recycling Programs with local pictures and information targeting third and fourth grade students.
Later on the VEC presented this program at the following schools: Forest Ave., Laning Ave., F.N.Brown, Brookdale Ave. (pictured left) and Our Lady of the Lake. This program is plan to run in all 5 school every 2 years. SEE MORE PICTURES HERE
The VEC celebrated Earth Day at the Verona Recycling Center on April 30th. Residents brought their recyclable items and filled two large dumpsters with cardboard. Two hundreds green and more than one hundred and fifty blue recycling containers were distributed. The VEC would like to thank Mike Inglesino from the Recycling Center for helping all day during the event. Posters teaching how to reuse and recycle plastic shopping bags were displayed, encouraging to use reusable cloth bags instead. Thank you all for such a wonderful celebration!The VEC participated in "Steps to Go Green", a fair sponsored by the Caldwell, West Caldwell and Roseland Environmental Commissions. The event took place in October 2010 at the Caldwell College Cafeteria. Admission was free. The commission presented the program "Idle Free Verona" and played the game "How long it takes to decompose" with the visitors. We would like to tank Ann Marchioni, Caldwell Environmental Commission's Chairperson, for inviting us. Pictured from left, VEC members Tony Saltalamacchia, Tara Bratek, James Loudon, Virginia Citrano and Gloria Machnowski.
A new member of the Verona Environmental Commission participated on the "Training to protect Natural Resources" held by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions in 2010. Pictured are some of the attendees during Nelson Dittmar presentation (ANJEC Board of Trustees). The event took place in the Geraldine R. Dodge LEEDS Certified Building, 14 Maple Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey.
VHS Students Removed Half a Ton of Trash. More than 60 Verona High School students participated in the annual Peckman River Clean-Up on May 21st 2010. Students were assisted by VHS Vice Principal Dave Galbierczyk, VEC Chairman Jerry Shimonaski and VHS teachers Linda Barone, Jan Korman, Chris Tamburro and Carl Cascone. SEE MORE PICTURES HERE
The Verona Environmental Commission made a presentation on Non-point source pollution (pollution caused by human activity) to HBW 8th graders. Pictured are former VEC members Andrew Robinson and Carrie Dietz, Area 4 Watershed Ambassador and retired HBW science teacher, Mike Somers.
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(Peckman River Cleanup).
• Implemented paper and cardboard recycling at all Verona public schools.
List of VEC members from 1992 to 2010
Marc Kaplan, Beverly DeCheser, Ed Condon (Planning Board Rep.), Larry Gasparo (Planning Board Rep.), Teena Schwartz, Megan Ambroso, Thomas Cocchiola, Robert Masiello, Bill Oser (Planning Board Rep.), Chris Pierce, Lydia Bashwiner, Chris Daniels, Lori Tanner, Jack Grebe, Hans Erdenberger, Joe Carpinelli (Planning Board Rep.), Jerry Caprio, Andrew Robinson, Eric Kohlstaat, Rich Williamson, Jason Apter, David Freschi, Gerard Shimonaski, Cinzia Cortese, Mark Newell, Karen Pensiero (Planning Board Rep.), Genaro Salierno, Deborah Jacobsen, Anne Stires, Gloria Machnowski, James Loudon, Tom Freeman (Planning Board Rep.), Virginia Citrano and Anthony Saltalamacchia.
If you are a former VEC member and your name is not listed please contact us. The names were taken from the minutes found in the archives.
Any Verona resident may attend a meeting of the Environmental Commission. If you can't attend, but have an idea to improve Verona's environment, please contact us.
former VEC members without whom this recognition could not be possible. Pictured from left, VEC current Chairman Gerard Shimonaski and VEC first Chairman Marc Kaplan.
The 17th Annual Mayor’s Charity Affair took place on May 23rd at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. The purpose of the event was to raise funds that will be donated to Verona organizations and programs that reach all residents. READ MORE READ MORE
This Web site was created by VEC volunteers in August 2009 using free on-line software. All content and works posted are for educational purposes only. Included photographs are either courtesy of volunteers or public domain pictures. VEC member Gloria Machnowski is in charge of updating and maintaining this Web site.