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Madison Police Chief John Trevena announced his retirement Aug. 1, effective immediately.

The Madison Borough Council appointed Lt. Jerry Mantone acting chief of the Madison Police Department through Feb. 1, and a permanent chief will be decided through a formal process to be outlined in an ordinance, according to a resolution approved by the governing body.

A retired Madison police officer who claimed he suffered health problems due to a "punishment detail" assigned in 2010 by the now-retired police chief has reached a $600,000 settlement with the borough, according to a copy of the agreement.

Madison High School was ranked as the No. 6 high school in the entire state by New Jersey Monthly magazine.

Former Councilman Sam Cerciello was charged with "illegally dumping" at the Madison Department of Public Works yard on John Avenue after three borough employees witnessed the incident, which one of the employees caught on camera, police records show.

Cerciello, who said he dumped some trash bags while he was dropping off his recycling, paid the $106 fine.

Madison's governing body is deferring a decision on hiring a new police officer because of concerns about being able to afford the position next year, the Borough Council president said.

News 12 New Jersey's sixth annual “On the Road” live programming series visited the Rose City, and meteorologist Dave Curren likened the borough's downtown to a Norman Rockwell painting.

Madison Police Chief John Trevena's retirement is an opportunity for the borough's governing body and administrators to discuss all aspects of the police department and its table of organization, the Borough Council president said.

Resto, the restaurant on Main Street in Madison opened four years ago by chef Robert Ubhaus, is closing and will serve its last dinner on Sunday, Sept. 2, Ubhaus announced in a letter to customers on Sunday.

Ubhaus will be focusing all of his energy and will be cooking full time in the kitchen at Rob's Bistro, a restaurant he opened next door.

More than a pound of marijuana, packaging materials, and $1,600 in cash were seized from a Madison man's residence, police said.


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