Verona Municipal Alliance Committee

The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) provides educational programming and prevention outreach to the citizens of Verona. Its funding comes from a grant through the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse with matching funds from the Township of Verona. VMAC was authorized by the Township of Verona in 1989 to promote the prevention efforts of the State of NJ at the community level.

VMAC Scholarship Award Winner


Senior Michaela Fogarty is congratulated by Colin Boyle and Rosanne Bornstein of the VMAC Board.

Congratulations to VHS Senior Michaela Fogarty, who was awarded the 2015 VMAC Scholarship.  In order to be eligible for the VMAC scholarship, a student needs to have been involved with one of the clubs that VMAC sponsors here at VHS – the Peer Leadership Program, Heroes and Cool Kids, or STARS.

Dont Play Games with Your Health - 2015 Winning Scholarship PSA

The winning PSA designed by Michaela Fogarty.

The VMAC scholarship is partially funded by some of the restaurants that participate in our twice-a-year Family Night program. This year, the restaurants that donated towards the scholarship were: Frank Anthony’s, Verona Inn, Ariane Kitchen & Bar, Verona Diner and The Towne Scoop – and we thank them for their support.

Each year, VMAC asks students to create a Public Service Announcement that can be used in either print or video format. The PSA that is chosen by the board is then used in the upcoming school year in one of our campaigns. This year, all of the entries were outstanding and it made the job of choosing one very difficult.

Michaela, who created this year’s winning entry has been a member of Peer Leadership this past year and was a member of the Best Club when in 6th and 7th grades at HB Whitehorne Middle School.

The PSA will be used as part of an ad campaign in the Fall in newspapers and online.

Hidden In Plain Site

On Tuesday, March 31st 2015, the Center for Prevention and Counseling presented “Hidden in Plain Sight” at the Verona Community Center in the Ballroom.  An actual simulation of a teenager’s bedroom was on display for participants to observe and become familiar with where and how teens might hide drugs or paraphernalia. Seemingly innocent items, commonly used by youth, could actually indicate a substance abuse problem. This awareness event will allow adults to be more proactive in helping a young person who might be using drugs.

Thanks to Officer Joel Martin and Mr. James Pomaco for providing their insights as well.

For more information, you can contact Tina Thompson at The Center at (973)383-4787 or  You can also visit The Center’s website at