Rather than displaying Verona news, the newly installed community sign at Cribbs Field was covered with a black bag last week.
The sign was discovered to have been broken, and the juvenile behind it is set to publicly apologize at the next Verona Council meeting.
"I'm not here to humiliate the kid or anything, just to teach him a little bit of respect for what he did," said borough Mayor Dave Ricupero.
In June, Verona Eagle Scout Ben Forbeck and a team of volunteers installed the sign at the corner of Second and South avenues. It has since advertised community news and events for hilltop residents.
Ricupero said police worked diligently to determine who broke the sign.
Lou Race of Furniture Restorations in Verona has repaired the sign. The young man behind it is paying for the repairs in addition to the public apology.