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.

Heroin Workshop

Wednesday, October 8th 2014 at 7pm

Verona Community Center – 880 Bloomfield Ave, Verona

Joe Abrusci, Drug Recognition Expert will discuss the rising heroin epidemic in New Jersey and how it affects our communities. There will be a panel discussion with law enforcement from Nutley and Verona as well as local parents and youth willing to share their stories and struggles with addiction. Juvenile Officers will discuss trends and statistics in our communities, SACs will provide early warning signs and steps to prevent drug addiction in your home followed by a Q & A.heroin graphic

The event is facilitated by the Verona Student Assistance Coordinator, Nutley Student Assistance Coordinator, and sponsored by the Verona Municipal Alliance Committee, Nutley Municipal Alliance Committee, Verona Police Department, Nutley Police Department, GCADA, Nutley HOPE.

Open to the general public, educators, parents, and high school aged students.

For additional information, contact:

Dana Lustig, 973.571.6570 ext. 1041
Lisa Cassilli, 973.661.8997


HBW Dream Team Update

The Dream Team started 2014 with the “Pasta for Pennies” Campaign – a nationwide program that raises funds that go towards the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Sponsored by the “Olive Garden,” proceeds collected are used to fund research and support young people afflicted with this terrible disease.
For three weeks homerooms generously brought in pennies and “more” working towards our school goal of raising $1200. The winning homeroom was promised a free lunch provided by the “Olive Garden.”

Ms. Gasalberti’s  5th Grade Homeroom raised  over $1000.00 for Pasta for Pennies

Ms. Gasalberti’s 5th Grade Homeroom raised over $1000.00 for Pasta for Pennies

The response was “overwhelming.” In just one week, HBW surpassed its school goal by raising $2300.  With the wonderful generosity of the HBW community, they were able to raise a total of over $6000!

In addition, on Tuesday, February 11th, the Dream Team hosted a Valentine’s Day workshop making cards for senior citizens.  The Dream Team is also looking for talented artists to enter the Family Night Poster Contest sponsored by VMAC.