Overview

Cedar Grove, Verona’s neighbor to the north in the Watchung Valley, has a distinctly suburban feel. Its population density is less than neighboring Montclair and Verona and the town has plenty of programs for kids and families. Cedar Grove’s housing stock consists primarily of homes built in the 1950’s and 60’s, although there has been some recent development as well. New Jersey Monthly ranked Cedar Grove at #41 in a list of New Jersey’s top 100 towns in 2011.

The Mills Reservation, a county park consisting of a 157-acres of protected woodlands, is primarily located in Cedar Grove. The reservation is maintained by the Essex County Park Commission. The reservation has several walking/jogging trails. One of the four main trails leads to a cliff that overlooks the New York City skyline.

Most of the commercial activity in Cedar Grove is located on Route 23, also known as Pompton Avenue.

History

What is now Cedar Grove was originally incorporated as the Township of Verona. Portions of the township were taken to create Verona borough in 1907. In 1908 the name was formally changed to Cedar Grove. Cedar Grove was originally a small farming community. In the 1950s and 60s, Cedar Grove became one of the destination suburbs in Essex County among those looking to escape urban living from Newark and New York City.

Schools

The Cedar Grove Schools serve public school students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district are North End Elementary School (grades K-4), South End Elementary School (K-4), Cedar Grove Memorial Middle School (5-8) and Cedar Grove High School (9-12). Approximately 500 students attend Cedar Grove High School. Cedar Grove High School and neighboring Verona High School enjoy an intense rivalry in athletics.

The Commute

Commuter train stations are located in the neighboring towns of Little Falls and Montclair. Cedar Grove is also served by New Jersey Transit bus service to Newark and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Route 23 bisects Cedar Grove, making the township conveniently located to major highways including Interstate 80, Interstate 280, U.S. Route 46, Route 3, and the Garden State Parkway.

Municipal Link

Municipal Website