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.
Suzanne Broullon Selected as GCADA
2015 Essex County Volunteer of the Year
On Thursday, September 24th, GCADA (Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse) recognized the Volunteers of the year for 2015 at a ceremony at the Mercer Community College Conference Center in West Windsor. GCADA funds our own Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) as part of its mission to develop and disseminate public awareness campaigns to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism and drug abuse.
This year, Suzanne Broullon was selected as the Volunteer of the Year from Essex County. Suzanne has been an active member of the VMAC for over 13 years. Suzanne joined VMAC as an SCA liaison for an elementary school. As a member of the VMAC Board, she served as Recording Secretary and Co-Chair, before serving as Chairperson from 2013 through 2015.
During Suzanne’s tenure as VMAC Chair, her greatest accomplishment has been her ability to reach out to leaders of other community groups and partner with them to bring programs to Verona. In the 2014-2015 school year, 2 programs in particular were made possible because of the coordination among several groups in town – a workshop dealing with heroin addiction and “Hidden in Plain Sight” which used a mockup of a teenager’s room to illustrate potential warning signs to parents.
Family Night is Thursday, October 15, 2015!
The volunteers of the Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) would like to thank the Township of Verona, Board of Education and local restaurants for their continued support of Family Night. The purpose of Family Night is to provide Verona families a cleared schedule to enjoy quality time with each other. Family mealtime is an effective tool in fostering family unity and helping children and adolescents remain substance free. Dinner Does Make a Difference!
Family Night will be celebrated on October 15th. The calendar has been cleared of meetings, practices and homework. Local restaurants will once again be offering discounts tor Verona families who don’t want to cook at home. On October 11th, coupons will be available here on our web site and will be available to parents through Verona’s school district’s Friday Folder. Printed coupons will be available at the Verona Library, Community Center and Town Hall. We want to thank this year’s H. B. Whitehorne Middle School 2015 Family Night poster contest winners: Joe Richinelli and Christian Castner. The posters will be displayed in Family Night restaurants, schools, and town buildings.
We would also like to note that the Verona Junior Woman’s League is coordinating a food drive “Verona Fights Hunger” that week. Please visit their respective website for more information.