Monday, May 21, 2018

Recent Parsippany Home Sales

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2024 square foot townhouse located at 28 Pinfold Court, Morris Plains sold for $469,000 on April 26, 2018

PARSIPPANY — Recent home sales in Parsippany-Troy Hills Township filed with the Morris County Clerk’s office.

28 Pinfold Court, Morris Plains from Ming Li to Keerthika Vadpalli and Srinivas Nagampally. $469,000.

4 Huron Avenue, Lake Hiawatha from Bischoff Holdings to John Sagun and Dana Sagun. $350,000. Lake Hiawatha

19 Huron Avenue, Lake Hiawatha from Deutsche Bank to Leena Paniahie and Mohammed Paniahie. $229,000.

4 Navajo Avenue, Lake Hiawatha from Paul Petro to Michael Cooney. $185,000.

26 Dacotah Avenue, Lake Hiawatha from Val Catrini to Dana and Jose Valdez III. $280,000.

9 Norman Avenue, Lake Hiawatha from Wilmington Savings to Yalda Naibzada. $122,000.

5 Lincoln Avenue, Lake Hiawatha from Ella Heilmeier to Nilesh Bagdai and Meghana Bagdai. $395,000.

2467 State Route 10, Building 3-5B, Morris Plains from Deutsche Bank to Justin Eng. $145,000.

2350 State Route 10, Apartment A32, Morris Plains from Jason Mariano to Karissa Degennaro. $207,000.

2350 State Route 10, Apartment B7, Morris Plains from Brian Bonis to Minesh Patel and Amar Amin. $153,000.

24 Spartan Avenue, Parsippany from Bank of NY Mellon to Harshada Topale. $338,000.

15 Greenbriar Road, Parsippany from Frederick Griswold to Matthew and Danielle D’Ecclessis. $445,000.

15 Trojan Avenue, Parsippany from Garima Kharana to Pinkesh Kothana. $473100.

62 Haddon Road, Parsippany from Brian Gazzo to Harrison Gering and Genevieve Schmidt. $360,000.

66 Arthur Drive, Parsippany from Violet Cording to Dilipkumar Patel. $335,000.

31 Dorothy Road, Parsippany from US Bank to Errol and Natsha Grant. $450,000.

21 Rockaway Place from Fannie Mae to Ali Alemi and Hamed Hassanzadeh. $380,000.

27 Decroce Court from Forge Pond Deve to Bhavika and Bhavika Patel. $450,000.

2024 square foot townhouse located at 28 Pinfold Court, Morris Plains sold for $469,000 on April 26, 2018

Five Former Salesmen For Parsippany Clinical Lab Sentenced For Bribing Doctors In $100 Million Test Referral Scheme

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PARSIPPANY — Five individuals were sentenced for bribing doctors in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, of Parsippany, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Doug Hurley, 38, of Hillsborough, and Kevin Kerekes, 52, of Florham Park, were both sentenced to 24 months in prison. Luke Chicco, 45, of Garden City, New York, was sentenced to 21 months in prison. Kristina Hamdan, 40, of Paterson was sentenced to 41 months in prison. David McCann, 45, of Lyndhurst, was sentenced to three years of probation. U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler imposed all five sentences in Newark federal court.

Hurley, Kerekes, and Chicco previously pleaded guilty in June 2013 to separate informations charging them with one count of conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Federal Travel Act and one count of money laundering.

Hamdan pleaded guilty to Counts One and Thirteen of an indictment charging her with conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Federal Travel Act and the honest services wire fraud statute, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. McCann pleaded guilty to an information charging him with conspiring to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Travel Act.

According to documents filed in this and related cases and statements made in court:

Hurley, Kerekes, and Chicco each admitted that from the fall of 2010 through April 2013, they conspired with BLS president and part owner, David Nicoll and his brother, Scott Nicoll, to pay bribes to doctors in the forms of cash, checks and other means in order to induce them to refer patient blood specimens to BLS. Hurley, Kerekes, and Chicco also admitted that in some instances, they paid bribes to doctors through sham consulting companies, which they created and controlled, in order to hide the fact that BLS was the true source of the bribes.

Hamdan admitted that from November 2009 through April 2013, she paid doctors illegal bribes in exchange for blood specimen referrals to BLS. For example, Hamdan bribed Yousef Zibdie, an internal medicine doctor with a practice in Woodland Park, in exchange for generating more than $900,000 in lab business for BLS. The bribes were funded by BLS and, in an effort to obscure that BLS was the true source of the payments paid to the doctors by Hamdan, she made the payments through a sham consulting company that she created and controlled.

McCann paid thousands of dollars in cash on a monthly basis between December 2011 and April 2013 to numerous physicians on behalf of BLS in exchange for the doctors’ referral of blood specimens to BLS.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced Hurley, Chicco, Kerekes, and Hamdan a year of supervised release. Hurley, Chicco, and Kerekes must also pay forfeiture of $800,000, $850,000, and $1.2 million, respectively. Hamdan must pay forfeiture of $1,209,890.36.

The investigation has thus far resulted in 53 convictions – 38 of them doctors – in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies. It is believed to be the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a bribery case.

The investigation has to date recovered more than $13 million through forfeiture. On June 28, 2016, BLS, which is no longer operational, pleaded guilty and was required to forfeit all of its assets.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark; inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Ruth M. Mendonca; IRS–Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Bryant Jackson in Newark; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert, with the ongoing investigation.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel Joseph N. Minish, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Danielle Alfonzo Walsman, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Protection Unit and Jacob T. Elberg, Chief of the Health Care and Government Fraud Unit, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Ward of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit.

Evan Chao is on Dean’s List at Manhattan College

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Evan Chao

PARSIPPANY — Evan Chao, 2017 graduate of Parsippany Hills Hills School, has made the dean’s list both semesters of his freshman year at Manhattan College, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

He is studying Chemical Engineering.

Manhattan College was founded in 1853 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic teaching order started by Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

The Lasallian mission drives the focus on quality education for all and service to our neighbors in need. The picturesque campus is located in The Bronx, a 35-minute subway ride from the heart of Manhattan. Manhattan College, nestled in the historic neighborhood of Riverdale, our lovely campus in the Bronx is close to dozens of restaurants and shops, as well as Van Cortlandt Park, one of New York’s largest parks. Best of all, they’re only 35 minutes from midtown Manhattan. Our unbeatable location offers a unique and safe way to take advantage of all New York City has to offer. Students get a true college campus experience while also having easy access to the jobs and internships found in New York City, plus all of the amazing cultural experiences found in this city.

 

Rooney protects pet owners from expensive leasing contracts

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Smiling young man lying on carpet with golden retriever puppy

New Jersey would become the third state to outlaw the leasing of dogs and cats under legislation (A3970) introduced by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney making the practice a violation of the consumer fraud law.

Breeders and pet stores are under pressure to sell puppies while they are still young and most attractive to buyers. With the skyrocketing cost of dogs, especially purebreds and designer breeds, they have turned to predatory and deceitful contracts.

“They target families who fall in love with a dog or cat that they can’t afford. They sign up for what they think is a simple payment plan, an offer too good to be true,” said Rooney (R-Bergen. “They sign a lease without understanding the fine print or knowing the total cost.”

Rooney explained that when the lease is up, usually in three years, there is still a final payment that must be made before ownership of the dog or cat is transferred, which can be considerably higher.

“The lease can double or triple the cost, and with some dogs priced as high as $5,000, it can add up fast. Families can suffer a serious financial hit, and if they miss a payment, the family pet can be repossessed,” said Rooney. “You’re not buying a dog – you are renting it.”

California and Nevada passed bans on pet leasing last year, bills have been introduced in several other states.

Rooney’s bill establishes a penalty of $10,000 for leasing a dog or cat, and $20,000 per additional violations.

Parsippany Town Hall Council Regular Meeting 05/15/2018

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PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Town Hall Council Regular Meeting of May 15, 2018.

Bring The Y to your Backyard Pool This Summer!

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MOUNTAIN LAKES — The Y has long been recognized for having the best aquatic programs in the area and now is the time to take advantage of the Backyard Pool Program, sponsored by the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA.

This program allows you to conveniently schedule swim lessons in your own backyard pool or partner with someone who does.

Available for children, ages three (potty trained) through 14 years, these thirty-minute weekday lessons (excluding weekends) are available in a number of different packages for your convenience and budget when weather permits, through mid August.

Lessons can be private or semi-private, however, each half-hour lesson consists of swimmers of the same swimming ability. Register now at the Y or click here.

Cost depends on the number of students in a class and Y membership is not required. (For children’s lessons, a parent must be poolside.)

For more information visit the website or contact Ed at (973) 334-2820 or eds@lhymca.com

 

Aimee Osterman Named to Dean’s List at York College of Pennsylvania

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Aimee Osterman

PARSIPPANY — Aimee Osterman a sophomore Early Elementary Education major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.

Aimee was a 2017 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School and was a Camp Counselor at Harbor Hills Day Camp.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.

A private college located in south central Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,600 undergraduate students. The College also offers master’s programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. York College students enjoy a high-quality education that emphasizes practical application and a community invested in their success. The College provides a personal plan to help students focus their passions and attain their goals so they are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful careers – ready to meet the challenges of their profession and feeling confident and proud of their achievements.

Tri-County Scholarship Fund Hosts 5th Annual Lawyers Dinner

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Dinner Co-Chair Michael C. Zogby, Esq., Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Dinner Co-Chair, Timothy I. Duffy, Esq., Coughlin Duffy LLP Prudence A. Pigott, President, Tri-County Scholarship Fund John Flaherty representing law firm Honoree McCarter & English Honoree Virginia Lazala, Esq., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Honoree Hon. Brian R. Martinotti, U.S.D.J., United States District Court, District of New Jersey Honoree Kevin R. Gardner, Esq., Connell Foley Dinner Committee Member Shacara N. Delgado, Esq., Realogy Holdings Corp. Students from: Hawthorne Christian Academy, Morris Catholic High School, and Paramus Catholic High School. Photo by: Gillian Deak Photography

PARSIPPANY — More than $85,000 was raised during the 5th Annual Lawyers for Tri-County Awards Dinner, which benefiting Tri-County Scholarship Fund’s (TCSF) Freedom Scholars Program.

The New Jersey non-profit – which annually provides 400+ scholarships for many of the state’s most financially disadvantaged children, enabling them to attend accredited K-12 values-based private and parochial schools – hosted the fundraiser on Thursday, May 10 at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit.

More than 150 attended the 5th Annual 5th Annual Lawyers for Tri-County Awards Dinner, which directly benefits TCSF’s Freedom Scholars program –a partnership between TCSF, schools, and families which assists financially disadvantaged high school students so they are able to afford values-centered, high-performing private schools and also helps them from their Freshman through their Senior year with mentoring, tutoring, college prep courses and more.

Honored at the 2018 luncheon were the following:

  • Hon. Brian R. Martinotti, U.S.D.J. (Cliffside Park, Bergen County), United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • Virginia Lazala, Esq. (South Orange, Essex County), Vice President and Legal Section Head for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation;
  • Kevin R. Gardner, Esq. (Summit, Union County), Partner with Connell Foley;
  • The law firm of McCarter & English, which has offices in Newark and East Brunswick, New Jersey as well as in Boston, Hartford, Stamford, New York, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Washington, DC.

“All of the 2018 ‘Lawyers for Tri-County” honorees are passionate about the Tri-County Scholarship Fund mission and support us in so many different ways,” explained Prudence Pigott, President of Tri-County Scholarship Fund. “Their work and efforts are inspiring to all who encounter them – especially our students – and we thank them for all they have accomplished.”

The annual Lawyers for Tri-County Awards Dinner is just one of the many fundraisers hosted to benefit Tri-County Scholarship Fund. The organization will host its 26th Annual TCSF Golf Invitational at Morris County Golf Club in Morristown on Monday, June 4. In addition, the non-profit will host its annual its 37th Annual Awards Dinner at Hanover Marriott on Monday, October 22, 2018. Details regarding these events can be found by clicking here or by calling (973) 984-9600.

Combining their talents, Bishop Frank Joseph Rodimer of Paterson and New Jersey businessman Ed Hennessey created Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF) in 1981. Since then, TCSF has provided over $25 million in partial financial scholarships to financially disadvantaged children in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties, enabling them to attend accredited K-12 private and parochial schools. TCSF provides scholarship assistance to students based on financial need, with students reflecting the diversity of their communities. To date, TCSF has given more than 31,000 scholarships to many of New Jersey’s inner-city children, providing them access to the superior and safer option of values-based private schools. For more information click here.

DeCroce meets with Morris County business leaders in Trenton

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Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce speaks about the battle over fair school funding during Leadership Morris – State Government Day in Trenton

PARSIPPANY — Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce was the featured speaker at Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Morris State Government Day at the Statehouse this week. DeCroce discussed the Legislature’s role in key issues facing New Jersey in the first year of Governor Phil Murphy’s administration.

Leadership Morris was founded in 1991 to teach business and not-for-profit professionals about the opportunities, challenges, institutions and the people of Morris County.

“It was a pleasure spending the afternoon with an outstanding group of leaders who are investing their hearts and souls to make Morris County and New Jersey a better place to live and work,” said DeCroce. “Their questions, comments and suggestions demonstrate this is truly a Morris County all-star team.”

Leadership Morris, directed by Dr. Joseph Nazzaro, includes seminars on high-priority topics such as: economic development, criminal justice, education, human services, environment, media relations, county and state government, and healthcare.

Bucco bill helping veterans get hired continues advancing

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Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco

MORRIS COUNTY — The Assembly Appropriations Committee cleared legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco which helps returning soldiers find employment. The bill (A2162) allows National guardsmen and reservists who previously passed civil service tests for police or firefighter positions to retain placement on eligibility lists while on active duty.

“Through no fault of their own, men and women who leave their homes, families and friends to serve their country can miss out on opportunities as civil service lists expire while they are deployed,” said Bucco. “They shouldn’t lose their place in line for jobs they qualified for. With this bill, they can return home and keep their position on an eligibility list without delays and having to re-test.”

Bucco’s bill passed the Assembly Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee in February.

It applies to members of the national guard and reserve who served at least 30 days of continuous active duty and who qualified for eligibility but were unable to accept a position as a police officer or firefighter because they were deployed.

Cara DiFalco is guest speaker at Parsippany Chamber

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Members of Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce listening to Cara DiFalco

PARSIPPANY — Cara DiFalco was the guest speaker at Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce “Lunch Dozen Networking Series.”

Cara is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, who knows the power of food has on our bodies, minds and homes. She is an Emmy Nominated Health Coach and Journalist (News12 NJ and Fox 5).

Cara preparing her “Ceci Bean Salad”

During her presentation on “Health and Nutrition at the Workplace” she prepared “Ceci Bean Salad.”  She also shared the recipe to our readers:

2 15oz. can Ceci Beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup mayonnaise (or yogurt)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
salt and peper
Combine ceci, dried cranberries, pecans and parsley in a bowl. Add mayo (yogurt) and lemon and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve as a sandwich, on toast or with tortilla chips.
Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President, Cara DiFalco and Board Member Nicolas Limanov

For more healthy recipes you can visit Cara’s website by clicking here.

Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce member, Dr. Pat Selimo said “Great presentation. People were awesome and presenter was very informative. Keep up these presentations.”

PACC is a service organization for businesses, merchants, residents, and volunteers that provides education, information, and networking opportunities to the Parsippany Area. We work with our local and county governments and stand ready to pursue any matter that can make our community a better place in which to live, conduct business, and make a living. We promote a healthy and more prosperous economic climate.

For more information on Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, click here.

Budget Meetings Scheduled

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Parsippany-Troy Hill Township Council 2018

PARSIPPANY — At the Council Meeting of Tuesday, May 15, Parsippany-Troy Hills Council set dates for the budget meetings. It is estimated the hearings will only require two meetings.

The budget meetings are set for Wednesday, May 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday, June 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The meetings will be held in the Council Chambers, Parsippany Town Hall, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard.

For additional information contact Khalid Madin, Township Clerk, at (973) 263-4350.

The cleanup continues throughout Parsippany

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Workers cleaning up the downed trees throughout the Township

PARSIPPANY — There was wind, there was rain, then nine minutes later, it was over…and at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 –  7,751 homes in Parsippany were without power. As of this morning approximately 5,000 homes were still without power.

The Parsippany Main Library and the Lake Hiawatha Branch Library have power and internet service.  All are welcome to come in and charge devices and well as use the library.  At this time the Mount Tabor branch is currently without power, but will keep you updated when the branch is due to open at 12:30.
Route 53 and Tarn Drive

Trees coming crashing down on cars on Route 53, a tree landed in the second floor of a home on Highland Court, to mention a few.

Tuesday night’s storm knocked down trees and power lines across Parsippany, leaving a number of road closures and power outages as residents get ready for work Wednesday morning.

Route 53 and Katherine Drive

Heavily Traveled Roads that are closed:
Route 53/Tabor Road is closed between Route 10 and Park Road due to multiple utility poles down, along with wires and trees; Knoll Road between Katherine Drive and Mara Road;  South Roosevelt between Manchester Street and Lake Shore Drive; Lake Shore Drive and Vail Road.

Approximately a dozen lesser travelled roads are also closed. Please do not drive over downed utility lines or large tree branches. Crews are actively working to clear the major roadways along with side streets.

If you see a downed power line DO NOT TOUCH IT and immediately report it to JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877. If you think it is a life threatening situation call 911.

More bad weather is expected. A wet and stormy pattern will continue in New Jersey and much of Eastern United States, with flash flooding and strong thunderstorms possible, according to the National Weather Service.

Workers cleaning up the downed trees throughout the Township

 

Bet on Betsy….four-year old Beagle looking for a home

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PARSIPPANY — Bet on Betsy! She will make sure your life is filled with love and joy as long as she is by your side! She is a four-year old Beagle who, despite her loving nature, was neglected for the majority of her life. She was kept outside in a pen 24/7 with limited care and affection.

Betsy was rescued and has been enjoying every minute of what it feels like to be able to spend time in a comfy home. Her foster mom says she is a snuggle bug who is perfectly happy laying with you on the couch or going on walks around the neighborhood!

Betsy does well with other dogs and kids above the age of ten. She is crate trained and walks well on the leash. Since she has never been living in a home, she is still working on her house training. Betsy can’t wait to find her forever home!

If you are interested in adopting Betsy, please fill out an application by clicking here.

Follow Wise Animal Rescue on Instagram by clicking here.
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Morris County Clerk Launches Gold Star Parent ID Card Program 

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Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi

MORRIS COUNTY —  Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi announced the launch of the Gold Star Parent ID Card Program, which will get an official kickoff at a ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 17, at Morris County’s Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

The Gold Star Parent ID Program recognizes Morris County parents, legal guardians or other legal custodians of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who perished while on active duty protecting our country.

The program provides Gold Star Parents with the ability to access certain benefits, such as discounts extended to military families.

Gold Star Parents can now take advantage of the Morris County Clerk’s existing “Operation Give Back Program,” said County Clerk Ann Grossi.  Established in 2015, Operation Give Back is a merchant discount directory, with more than 275 local businesses offering discounts to veterans.

“The Gold Star Parent ID Card Program is a small way to honor and recognize the ultimate sacrifice that members of our armed forces have made to preserve our way of life,’’ said County Clerk Grossi. “We recognize their honorable service and offer our heartfelt thanks and respect to their parents. Morris County is proud of its veterans and this ceremony honors their memory by providing this special card to their parents.”

The Gold Star Parent ID Card is offered free of charge. It displays a gold banner with the words “Gold Star Parent,” a gold star insignia, includes the cardholder’s name and branch of the armed forces of the service member person who lost his or her life, plus other identifying information.

To receive a Gold Star Parent ID Card, applicants must provide either of the following:

  • Certification from an organization formed for the support of parents of members of the United States Armed Forces who lost their lives while on active duty, confirming that the applicant is a parent, legal guardian or legal custodian;
  • The service member’s federal DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty, which identifies the member of the Armed Forces who died while on active duty for the United States, plus documentation showing the applicant’s relationship to the service member.

County Clerk Grossi will welcome and honor Gold Star Parents and meet with participating “Operation Give Back” merchants and leaders of veteran groups, plus state legislators at Thursday’s event, which will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. County residents are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Maria May at mmay@co.morris.nj.us or (973) 285-8216.

You may also apply for the Gold Star Parent ID Card by visiting the Morris County Clerk’s Office, located on the first floor of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street, Morristown, NJ 07963.

For more information click here.

 

Parsippany’s Memorial Day Parade

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PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills will hold their annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28. The parade will kick off at 12:00 Noon at the corner of North Beverwyck Road and Katherine Drive.

The parade will travel down North Beverwyck and end at the reviewing stand on North Beverwyck Road, right near Volunteers Park.

Come out and support the marchers as they salute the Men and Women of the US Military that gave their lives in service to our country

For additional information contact (973) 263-7257.

“LATITUDE” Campus Rebrand Taps into Bi-Coastal Connectivity Theme, Reflects Deep Hospitality Focus

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PARSIPPANY — Imagine starting the day with a quick egg and bagel breakfast on the East Coast and a late morning latte on the West Coast, completely ignoring any need for transportation in between. By mid-day, a social but working lunch features a choice of Philly cheese steak sandwiches or authentic Louisiana soul food. After hours, a workout in one of two distinctly themed weight rooms and a sauna visit could end the day right. This bi-coastal amenity theme and impressive hospitality-focused experience are central to Vision Real Estate Partners and Rubenstein Partners’ newly unveiled LATITUDE, located on Interpace Parkway.

Designed by the joint venture as a comprehensive rebranding and reintroduction of its recently acquired office campus previously known as Morris Corporate Center IV, the multi-million-dollar LATITUDE repositioning will serve to unify and enhance that original, circa 2000 two-phase development. The result will be a single, 30-acre campus offering 700,000 square feet of premier corporate, health, wellness and lifestyle-focused work spaces.

As the operating partner for LATITUDE, Vision Real Estate Partners teamed with architecture firm NELSON and brand experience firm FRCH Design Worldwide to reconceptualize the campus. “The two pods of interconnected buildings comprising LATITUDE create a long span of Class A space running parallel to I-80 – the great coast-to-coast roadway,” noted NELSON’s Rich Wilden, design director. “We leveraged this geographic interstate reference as the concept inspiration, which enriched our overall design. Ultimately, Vision Real Estate Partners is building upon this established Class A property and its own legacy as a developer of experiential workplaces to create a truly distinctive environment within the Morris County marketplace.”

LATITUDE East and West will be physically joined by a newly constructed, 2,500-square-foot glass entrance and amenity center. This architecturally defining component will create a tiered atrium and ceremonial entryway featuring water elements and a grand staircase connecting the two-building pods as well as their lower and upper levels. It will serve as the property’s core, facilitating access to interior and exterior amenity experiences including multiple and distinct dining options, complementary fitness centers, town hall gathering spaces, courtyards for social and business gatherings, and expansive lawn and outdoor recreational areas including locations for pop-up vendors and specialized events.

Traveling from one end of the property to the other, artistic elements, color palettes and cuisine options will transition through “time zones” from a distinctly East Coast feel to a West Coast flavor. The ambiance will be punctuated by the incorporation of graphical branding and interior design centered on the LATITUDE logo. The angular image captures the spirit of the overall plan, going back to the days of early travel using an antique compass, while also representing the peaks and valleys found on a coast-to-coast journey.

“The entire concept connotes discovery and exploration,” noted Garrett Rice, a senior designer with FRCH Design Worldwide. “While the transitions and shifting patterns found on the wall coverings are subtle, they promote the sense of moving from one space to another. Every element will show a relationship to the larger LATITUDE brand. The atmosphere and mindset are really that of a five-star vacation destination rather than a traditional office environment.”

The creation of locations that go beyond workspaces to become destinations in and of themselves is a hallmark of Vision Real Estate Partners, according to Sam Morreale, the firm’s founder and managing partner. “We begin with high-quality, well-located physical assets,” he noted. “But as we work to create our hallmark next-generation environments, each project commands its own approach.

“We spend time listening to corporate users and tenants, and then we craft spaces that reflect what they want and need,” he added. “In that sense, we are as much in the hospitality business as the office space business. Our workplace designs foster collaboration and productivity, with amenities that enable employees to make life experiences part of their career journeys. We are excited to see this philosophy come to life at LATITUDE.”

“There’s a commonly held idea that suburban offices lack both a sense of place and a social center.  The reality varies from property to property, but we do believe there is considerable value to add through investments in social, recreational, and business amenities at best-in-class suburban assets,” said Steve Card, principal and regional director Mid-Atlantic for Rubenstein Partners. “Latitude is a great example of the kind of amenity development and programming we’re undertaking more broadly across several geographically diverse assets. We’ll be pleased to see this project come to fruition, and also to see the concept expand across the regions we invest in, with the development of new standalone amenity centers, premier outdoor spaces, and other plans tailored to the individual properties.”

Demolition and interior construction has begun throughout Latitude’s buildings, which are distinguished by their timeless granite architecture and highly efficient floorplates. In addition to the incorporation of increased indoor and outdoor amenity space, the renovation work includes the construction of covered parking providing a ratio of four spaces per 1,000 square feet.

 

Parsippany Police to conduct Seat Belt Enforcement and Education

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PARSIPPANY — Law enforcement officers from the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning Monday, May 21 and running through Sunday, June 3, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.

Gary Poedubicky

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “In 2016, it is estimated that more than 14,500 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seat belts.” Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year’s campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front AND rear seats. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 94.07%.

However, adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate, only 48% in the most recent survey. “For whatever reason there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they don’t need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats, and this is a concern,” he said. During the 2017 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 350 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 17,792 seat belt citations, 6,363 speeding summonses and made 976 impaired driving arrests.

Book Launch event to be held at PAL

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PARSIPPANY — Heartfulness Trainer and Author Joshua Pollock, will be at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road on Saturday, June 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Heartfulness Way is building on ageless oral tradition, Kamlesh D. Patel – widely known as Daaji, the fourth guru in the Heartfulness tradition – traces a seeker’s journey as he examines the nature of spiritual search. Through a series of illuminating conversations between a teacher and a student, Daaji reveals the principles of the Heartfulness practice and philosophy to Joshua Pollock, a Heartfulness practitioner and trainer. “In this simple and elegant book, Daaji reveals the ancient secrets of Heartfulness mediation for a well-integrated life. A must read for anyone interested in incorporating meditation into their life style.”

Kamlesh Patel is known widely as Daaji. His teachings arise from his personal experience on the path of Heartfulness, while reflecting his deep spirit of enquiry and respect for the world’s great spiritual traditions and scientific advancements. Daaji practiced pharmacy in New York City for over three decades before being named the successor in a century-old lineage of spiritual masters. Fulfilling the many duties of a modern-day guru, he travels widely, extending his support to spiritual seekers everywhere. A self-professed student of spirituality, he devotes much of his time and energy to research in the field of consciousness and spirituality, approaching the subject with scientific methodology – a practical approach that stems from his own experience and mastery in the field.

Joshua Pollock is a Heartfulness trainer and practitioner from the United States. An accomplished Western classical violinist, he has performed and taught throughout the world, including multiple collaborations with composer A.R. Rahman. Pollock is a dedicated spiritual aspirant, and is enthusiastic about sharing his passion for meditation, frequently lecturing at private seminars, holding practical demonstrations in corporate, educational and governmental settings, and providing ongoing individual support to local seekers. Pollock holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University and two master’s degrees from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He currently resides in India with his wife and their two children.

“The Heartfulness Way is a work of art. Daaji beautifully captures the essence and power of spirituality. This authentic book will transform your life,” said Partha Nandi, MD FACP.

There will be a group meditation and an opportunity to purchase the book and have the author autograph it.

For additional information click here or email varsha.taskhedkar@gmail.com or parsippany.heartfulness@gmail.com

Successful Coffee with a Cop held at Starbucks

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Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller, Mayor Michael Soriano Starbucks Managers Angela Franchino-Fischer and Mark Frank
Patrolman Remo D’Alessando serving coffee at the drive through window during Coffee with a Cop
Parsippany-Troy Hills Lieutenant Daniel Bandas and Starbucks employee Melissa LaGreco
Parsippany-Troy Hills Patrolman Matt Ruggier serving coffee to a guest
Parsippany-Troy Hills Patrolman Matt Ruggier, Chief Andrew Miller, Mayor Michael Soriano and Starbucks Manager Angela Franchino-Fischer
Patrolman Dave Cavaliere
Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller, Mayor Michael Soriano, Starbucks Managers Angela Franchino-Fischer and Mark Frank
Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller and Nicolas Limanov
Betty Wyka and Mayor Michael Soriano

PARSIPPANY — The Starbucks located at 1429 Route 46 held the 4th successful Coffee with a Cop event on Thursday, May 10.

Building and maintaining community trust is one of the most important challenges facing law enforcement today. This was the opportunity to engage in an open discussion with members of the Parsippany Police Department.

Coffee With A Cop is a national program which has been widely successful. The program is a very informal one, the hope is to bridge the gap between police and community in an open forum to talk about anything.

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