Although Verona is a primarily residential community, it is alsonhome to commercial areas and factories, making it a wonderful place to raise anfamily or start or relocate a business. Originally, Verona was a part ofnNewark, then later a part of Caldwell Township, before initially beingnincorporated as the Borough of Verona was incorporated in 1907. n
Locatednin the valley between the First and Second Watchung Mountains, Verona has fournelementary schools, a middle school and high school as well as a free publicnlibrary. Verona was listed No. 3 of "25 Great Towns" by New JerseynMonthly Magazine.nOnenof the most striking features of the town is Verona Park, part of the EssexnCounty Park system. n
The 54-acre park was designed by the Olmstead Brothers, andnfeatures twin lakes and a picturesque bridge that is a favorite location ofnwedding photographers during the summer months. There is a modernized, expandednboathouse that is adjacent to the 13-acre lake is used for boating and fishing.nSpecial events including craft shows and concerts are held in the park. Atnsunrise, joggers and runners make their way through the 1.2-mile course aroundnthe lakes, while tennis courts and several playgrounds are used throughout thenday.n
nThenVerona Fire Department was organized on May 12, 1909. On June 24, 1997, the newnNo. 1 firehouse at 880 Bloomfield Ave. was dedicated and put in service,nadjacent to the Verona Community Center. There are two companies, EnginenCompany 1 and Hose Company 2, each with 28 firefighters. The companies are lednby a captain, and a lieutenant, who are elected by their fellow companynmembers. The Verona Rescue Squad was organized in 1927, and celebrated its 75thnanniversary in 2002 with a big parade down Bloomfield Avenue followed by a daynfull of festivities and special events at the Verona Community Center. Wensalute all of our neighbors who give of themselves to make Verona the greatntown that it is today.n
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