Wednesday, July 26, 2017

National Night Out to be held on Tuesday, August 1 at Mennen Sports Arena

Karen DeChristopher and Al Goldberg with Parsippany Police Community Relation Officers Brian Conover and Remo D' Alessandro from a previous National Night Out
Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Chief Louis Yuliano, Morris County Park Police Chief Gabriel DePetro with Parsippany Rescue and Recovery member Joseph Bellardino from a previous National Night Out

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County’s annual “National Night Out,” hosted by the Morris County Park Police and the Morris County Park Commission, returns to the Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township on Tuesday, August 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with more FREE attractions.

Dozens of municipal, county, non-profit, and state agencies will participate and answer your questions.

The Morris County Park Police are once again offering the popular free Child ID Cards, an initiative launched in 2000 that registers more than 1,000 children annually.

Each year since 2007, the National Association of Town Watch has named Morris County’s National Night Out event a national award winner.

Explore police, fire, emergency, military, and rescue vehicles, such as motorcycles, ambulances, all-terrain vehicles, fire engines, and squad cars. Visit the horses of the Morris County Park Police’s award-winning Mounted Equestrian Unit. Dance the night away with a DJ, and enjoy live performances.

“For the past seven years, the Morris County ‘National Night Out’ has received national recognition because it offers a comprehensive array of participating agencies to educate the public on available community services,” said Morris County Park Police Chief Gabe DiPietro.

DiPietro and the Morris County Park Police ensure public safety throughout Morris County, and provide assistance to other area agencies. The department currently patrols park facilities with cars, motorcycles, bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, and horses.

For more information click here or contact Park Police at (973) 326-7632.

 

Parsippany Police promotes Brian Dowd to Captain

Lieutenant Brian Dowd

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps promoted Brian Dowd from the rank of Lieutenant to the rank of Captain during a ceremony at Parsippany Municipal Building on Monday, July 24.

Captain Dowd, a Parsippany native, has been an officer in town for nineteen years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall in Administration of Justice and is also a graduate of the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Program. He has received multiple awards and accommodations throughout his career, which include multiple Life Saving Awards, Exceptional Duty Awards, and Command Citations.

Dowd previously served in the Patrol Division and Investigative Division.

While in the Investigative Division he was the Youth Services Section Commander, where he supervised the Juvenile Detectives/School Resource Officers and oversaw the Police Explorers program reinstituted by Mayor Barberio.

His new assignment will be commanding the Support Services Division where he will continue to also serve as the Director of School Security.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps, Lieutenant Brian Dowd and Mayor James Barberio

Solix Announces Acquisition of Sivic Solutions Group

PARSIPPANY — Solix, Inc., a provider of program and process management, regulatory compliance and customer care services for businesses and government agencies throughout the United States, today announced the addition of several new services and the expansion of its market footprint through the acquisition of Sivic Solutions Group, LLC (SSG).

The combined expertise and business solutions, from two of the most experienced providers of specialized services for complex enrollment-based programs, offers customers a powerful partner with a highly successful suite of solutions that are supported by unparalleled personalized customer attention.

Headquartered in Utica, New York with staff across the country, SSG’s offerings include consulting, process management and systems services to state and county health and human services agencies, juvenile justice agencies and school districts across the country. SSG also provides financial management, cost allocation consulting, and is a leader in the implementation of large complex statewide systems to assist state and local agencies in the recovery of funds from federal programs. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Solix, Inc., SSG will continue to be headquartered in Utica.

Jack Miller, Solix President and CEO

“The synergies between our solutions and the collective experience and knowledge of our staffs offer government agencies, programs and businesses a source of robust support and extraordinary level of service,” said Jack Miller, Solix President and CEO. “Customized service and in-depth understanding of our customers’ needs and challenges are hallmarks of Solix. Sivic shares these traits and will play an important role as we add new products and services that will deliver even greater value in the market.”

“We are very excited about joining Solix and what this means for our customers with future offerings as we enhance and develop services,” said Siva Kakuturi, SSG President and CEO. “Solix shares the same approach to serving customers as Sivic and is enthusiastic about our vision moving forward. While there will be no changes or disruptions for our customers, our collaboration with Solix will enable us to grow and offer additional services to our customers.”

Solix, located at 30 Lanidex Plaza, with operations in several states including Texas and Illinois, provides business process outsourcing, program management including eligibility determination, and customer care services for all levels of government agencies as well as utilities, health insurers and some of the largest telecoms in the nation. Solix helps customers run more efficient programs, qualify applicants faster with greater accuracy, and enable more responsive customer communications for an enhanced experience.

Morris County Young Republicans held successful meeting

BOONTON — The Morris County Young Republicans (MCYP) recently held their July Social at the Boonton Station, 202 Myrtle Avenue.

Special Speaker/Sponsor was Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. Also speaking at the event was Morristown At-Large Council Candidate Celeste Kaitsa.

In addition to the speakers, MCYR President Joe Bock presented Tia Fritz, “Woman of the Year Award” from New Jersey Young Republican Federation. Also Morris County Young Republican was honored to receive awards for Man of the Year (Mike Crispi) and Event of the Year (Governors Forum in Rockaway).

Their next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Black River Barn, 1178 Route 10 West, Randolph. Morris County Freeholder Candidate Heather Darling will be their guest speaker.

MCYR President Joe Bock presents Tia Fritz, “Woman of the Year Award” from New Jersey Young Republican Federation
MCYR Chair Joe Bock, Vice Chair Sydney Ugalde and Freeholder Director Doug Cabana
Morristown At-Large Council Candidate Celeste Kaitsa
The room was packed with members, guests and elected officials
Waitress Justyna Frankiewicz provided  professional service at Station House

The Morris County Young Republicans is a chapter within the New Jersey Young Republican Federation. They are one of the most active Young Republican clubs in the State of New Jersey. In 2016, they were proud to receive the NJYRF’s Award for “Club of the Year.”  With increased membership and fundraising this past year, including for charity, the Young Republicans take pride in improving their community and working on key races for Republicans in 2017.

Several members and former members have run for and won elected office. They continue to support fellow Young Republicans in their campaigns and making a difference.

The Morris County Young Republicans is determined to grow their membership to build strong Republican networks in every one of our municipalities. They encourage you to join the club, by donating yearly dues of just $35.00. You may bring a check made payable to “Morris County Young Republicans” to the next meeting, or mail a check to our office at 26 Schuyler Place, Morristown, New Jersey 07960. You may also pay online by credit card by clicking here.   Membership dues allow the group to survive and to run monthly events. For club voting rights, members must be registered Republicans between ages 18-40 living in Morris County.  However, they are delighted to have any of our other friends who are outside of those qualifications to join as Associate Members, and to attend all of our events.

The current leadership of MCYP is Chairman Joseph Bock, Esq., Boonton; Vice Chairman Sydney Ugalde, Randolph; Secretary Michael Crispi, Hanover; Treasurer Julie Lapatka, CPA, Boonton Township; General Counsel Bill Delaney, Esq., Morristown and Joseph Franck, Esq., Parsippany; State Committeeman Anthony Somma, Dover; State Committeewoman Tia-Lynn Fritze, Roxbury; and Immediate Past Chair William Felegi, Jefferson.

For more information about The Morris County Young Republicans, click here.

Kiwanis Club prepares dinner for Homless Solutions

Dr. Patrick Selimo testing the meatballs

PARSIPPANY — Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany once again cooked at Homeless Solutions. Every month members of the Kiwanis volunteer to prepare a delicious fresh cooked meal.

This month, Frank Cahill, Nicolas Limanov and Dr. Patrick Selimo prepared dinner. President-elect Frank Cahill started his Saturday morning by shopping for food, which is paid for by Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

The group of volunteers meet at Homeless Solutions to start preparing dinner for the guests in the transitional housing program.  The group prepared a fresh fruit salad, tossed salad with numerous dressings, baked ziti with meatballs and rolls and served vanilla cheesecake for dessert. They also served iced tea and coffee. Other volunteer groups such as St. Ann’s Church prepares dinner for the shelter on other days of the month. Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany has been providing meals to Homeless Solutions for the past eleven years.

The mission of Homeless Solutions is to offer shelter, services, and supportive housing to homeless and low-income people. For the homeless and working poor in our community, hope begins at Homeless Solutions, Inc.  Homeless Solutions is a private, non-profit organization, helping those in need for past 30 years. Homeless Solutions provides shelter for 25 homeless men, 10 homeless women, 10 families and 20 Safe Haven guests. Our guests receive services including case management, transportation to work and necessary appointments, money management and employment assistance, housing search assistance and daily living skills training. Referral services for counseling, substance abuse intervention, and prevention are also provided.

Homeless Solutions, Inc. employs 49 staff, 36 full time and 13 part time. Homeless Solutions, Inc. is governed by a Board of Trustees and is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of New Jersey.

By supporting HSI through financial donations or volunteering, they are making a tangible difference in the lives of those most in need in our community. For more information on Homeless Solutions, click here.

Three Reason to Donate to Homeless Solutions

When you donate to Homeless Solutions, you make a tangible difference in the life of someone in need in our community.  Your donations –

  • Buy milk for children living in shelter.
  • Pay for childcare so a single parent can work.
  • Pay for gas for shelter vans that take guests to public transportation to get to work and to medical appointments.

Click here to make a donation to Homeless Solutions.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46, Parsippany on Thursday at 7:15 a.m. For more information, click here.

Wegmans officially open; lines were wrapped around the building

Customers at the entrance waiting for the store to open. Store manager Tim Lockwood greets the customers entering the store

HANOVER — It’s official. Wegmans Food Store opened on Sunday, July 23 at 7:00 a.m. with customers waiting in line since Saturday evening 9:00 p.m. By 6:45 a.m. the line was wrapped around the building waiting to enter the 113,000 square foot store. The new Hanover store carries over 65,000 individual products, with more than 3,000 organic items, 700 produce offerings, 300 imported and domestic cheeses – including Wegmans’ own cave-aged cheeses – a wide array of international ingredients, and whole fish delivered daily and cut to order. Store hours are 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 Midnight, seven days a week.

Gillian Raye, Wantage, and Susan Davis, Wharton, parked their RV in the Wegmans parking lot on Saturday evening, and waited for the new store to open its doors. Raye said “I been waiting for months to be able to shop at Wegmans. I never been inside a Wegmans store, but I heard and read so many great things about the supermarket, I wanted to be one of the first shoppers here.”

“Although she won’t be a regular shopper because she resides about an hour away, she will make monthly trips here to stock up, Her friend, Susan Davis, on the other hand, will make Wegmans part of her shopping routine,” said Raye.

Vanessa Montgomery was the first Parsippany resident to enter the store

Back a little further in line, customer number 6, was Vanessa Montgomery, who lives in the Powdermill Section of Parsippany, stated this will be her new shopping place. “I am so excited that Wegmans opened within five minutes of my home, I will be here all the time. It feels like a Hollywood premiere. The prices are great, their app is so easy to use. The employees are wonderful, everyone greeted me with a smile. I previously would shop at Stop and Shop for quick items, but most of my shopping was done at ShopRite. Now it will be only Wegmans. I can stop at the store on my way home to pick up one item or do my weekly shopping. I am so excited,” said Vanessa.

Store Manager Tim Lockwood said “opening a brand-new Wegmans Food Market in Hanover is a dream come true.” The store located near the intersection of I-287 and Route 10, is the family-owned company’s 93rd store overall, eighth in New Jersey, and the first to open this year.

“The opportunity to introduce a whole new way of shopping to this community is exhilarating,” he says. “When you add to that the chance to build a new team and instill the Wegmans values in nearly 500 employees, you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career.”

Store Manager Tim Lockwood

Lockwood himself has worked at Wegmans for 28 years and looks upon his new assignment as a fresh chance to give back. Wegmans’ core value for making a difference in every community it serves began more than a year ago.

Early on, the store’s management began establishing community partnerships, supporting local agencies like the Interfaith Food Pantry and the United Way, awarding honorary scholarships to local students in a nod to the company’s employee scholarship program, and getting to know the neighborhood by attending and sponsoring events.

The Burger Bar is Wegmans’ fast, fresh, and flavorful restaurant within the Market Cafe. The menu developed by Wegmans Chefs and made fresh to order.

The new Hanover store is 113,000 square feet, has a light and airy feel, an open floor plan on a single level, and a generous seating area in the Market Café, with space for more than 300 diners indoors and out. The store also features one of Wegmans’ popular restaurant concepts, The Burger Bar. The Burger Car is Wegman’s fast, fresh, and flavorful restaurant within the Market Cafe. The menu, developed by their own chefs and made fresh to order, offers the best burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups, sides, specialty milkshakes, and kids’ meals.

15,000 square foot wine, beer and spirits shop

A 15,000 sq. ft. wine, beer, and spirits shop leased to a third-party owner in an adjoining space offers the convenience of one-stop shopping for beverage pairings to complement meals.

Lockwood’s goal is “to have all my people share in our success. I’ve always strived to work together not just to set goals, but to achieve them and then to celebrate the accomplishment.” Employees have spent the last several months training and preparing for one goal: to dazzle customers with incredible service, quality, selection, and low prices.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 93-store supermarket chain with stores inNew Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation owners of the property located in the Mack-Cali Business Campus also signed a lease with 24 Hour Fitness. 24 Hour Fitness will join anchor tenant Wegmans and will occupy approximately 40,000 square feet.

“Mack-Cali is thrilled about bringing 24 Hour Fitness to the Parsippany/Hanover area. 24 Hour Fitness will join Wegmans as key amenities not only for our office tenants and residents in the area but also the entire community. Adding amenities like 24 Hour Fitness and Wegmans are at the core of Mack-Cali’s commitment to its tenants and the markets in which we are a part of,” said Michael J. DeMarco, Mack-Cali Chief Executive Officer.

In 2013, Hanover Planning Board approved a 113,000 square-foot Wegmans supermarket along with three restaurant buildings, a bank building and parking for 1,178 cars at Sylvan Way and Ridgedale Avenue located on the northern side of Route 10 across from Ridgedale on what is was vacant wooded land.

The site will use water and sewer from Parsippany-Troy Hills for the property, under an agreement that dates back some 25 years, and was renewed by the Township Council in 2013.

The site is approximately 4.5 miles from the approved Whole Foods site in the Waterview Marketplace, on Waterview Boulevard and Route 46, which they broke ground earlier this month. Whole Foods Market that will occupy 48,000 square feet, which is less than half the size of new Hanover location.

Nikki Long and Dana Marxen graduate from University of Rhode Island

Students celebrate at the University of Rhode Island's undergraduate commencement ceremony Sunday, May 21. Photo byNora Lewis
Nikki Long

PARSIPPANY — At the University of Rhode Island’s 131st Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2017, about 2,600 undergraduate and 650 graduate students became the University’s newest alumni.

Nikki Mary Long received a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Summa Cum Laude. She is also a 2013 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School.

Dana M. Marxen received a Bachelor of Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering Magna Cum Laude. She is also a 2013 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School.

Dana M. Marxen

Students who received the honor summa cum laude graduated with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.7; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of at least 3.50; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of at least 3.3.

The University of Rhode Island’s pioneering research extends the University’s influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment.

In May 2017, more than 2,600 undergraduate and about 650 graduate students graduated from the University. The University now has more than 122,500 alumni worldwide.

United Way of Northern New Jersey Kicks Off School Supplies Drive

MORRISTOWN — United Way of Northern New Jersey is seeking help from volunteers and donations of new school supplies for its annual United Way Tools for School drive, allowing children to start the new school year with the basic tools needed for success in school.

The drive will benefit more than 9,500 elementary and middle school children of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and families in poverty throughout the northern New Jersey region.

United Way Tools for School seeks to lessen the strain on already strapped household budgets. Last year, on average, families with children in K-12 in the United States spent $108 on school supplies such as backpacks, notebooks and pencils, according to the National Retail Federation. That does not include electronics, clothing and accessories.

“ALICE families that are working hard but can’t keep up with the high cost of living are faced with having to choose between buying school supplies or paying for basic bills,” United Way Senior Vice President Kiran Gaudioso said. “Together, we can help ease this financial struggle and give students the basics to start off the school year on the right track.”

United Way is making it easier to make donations by partnering with YouGiveGoods.com again, which allows donors to make an online purchase of supplies that will be delivered automatically to United Way. Donations can be made by clicking here.

In addition, donations will be accepted throughout the five-county region of Morris, Suburban Essex, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties. The following is a list of drop-off locations by county:    

  • Morris County: On Tuesday, August 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., donations can be dropped off at the Morris County Library, 30 Hanover Way, Whippany.
  • Somerset County: On Monday, August 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., donations can be dropped off at United Reformed Church, 100 West Main St., Somerville.
  • *Suburban Essex County: on Monday, August 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., donations can be dropped off at the United Way office, 60 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair.
  • Sussex County: On Friday, August 25, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., donations can be dropped off at the United Way office, 2 Spring Street, Newton.
  • Warren County: On Thursday, August 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon, donations can be dropped off at Taylor Street School, 16/24 Taylor Street, Washington.

Based on the needs expressed by local educators, United Way is collecting the following school supplies: backpacks, lunch boxes, binders, three-ring notebooks, book covers, filler paper, pocket folders, composition and spiral notebooks, index cards, calculators, pencils, pencil cases, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pens, highlighters, crayons, markers, colored pencils, construction paper, glue, tape, rulers, dry erase markers, and scissors. In addition, school nurses have asked for personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, Band-Aids, and kindergarten and first grade-aged children’s underwear and socks. Gift cards that can be used to purchase items such as shoes and clothing are also appreciated. 

Last year, with the help of 229 volunteers, supplies valued at $104,000 were collected and distributed to 60 elementary and middle schools and nine nonprofit agencies throughout the northern New Jersey region. 

For more information about making donations, holding a United Way Tools for School drive, or to volunteer with sorting supplies, click here, email Lisa.Galonardo@UnitedWayNNJ.org or call (973) 993-1160, ext. 503.

About United Way of Northern New Jersey
United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on Education, Income, and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health.  We lead caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives.  Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties as well as portions of suburban Essex County, including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona.  Give.  Advocate.  Volunteer.  LIVE UNITED.  To learn more, call (973) 993-1160 or click here.

Dr. Missak Haigentz Appointed Chief of Hematology and Oncology

Morristown Memorial Hospital
Missak Haigentz, MD

MORRISTOWN — Nationally renowned head and neck and lung cancer researcher Missak Haigentz, MD, has joined Atlantic Health System Cancer Care as chief of hematology and oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of Atlantic Hematology and Oncology for Atlantic Medical Group at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center.

Dr. Haigentz, a cancer physician who has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of innovative clinical trials to improve the lives of cancer patients, was the lead or co-author of major studies presented at the recent annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization for physicians caring for people with cancer.

“Dr. Haigentz is a leader in head and neck cancer research, treatment and education,” said Eric Whitman, MD, medical director, Atlantic Health System Cancer Care. “We are proud that he has chosen to join our Cancer Care team.  His appointment enhances Atlantic Health System’s capabilities in clinical trials for head and neck cancers, as well as for lung cancer. He also brings with him extensive experience in using the most innovative, targeted cancer treatments and immunotherapy, which we will now be able to offer to our patients.”

Dr. Haigentz joins Atlantic Health System from the National Cancer Institute-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center in New York City, where he served as director of the clinical trials office and led several national and multicenter trials of cancer drugs.  He most recently held the academic rank of professor of medicine (oncology) and otorhinolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, with which the Albert Einstein Cancer Center is affiliated.

“Atlantic Health System is known for its strong leadership commitment to innovation, clinical research, patient-centered care, and to bringing the latest treatments to cancer patients,” said Dr. Haigentz.  “Therefore, as a longtime New Jersey resident, AHS Cancer Care was the natural choice for me in terms of making an impact on patients’ treatment outcomes in my community.  As medical director of Atlantic Hematology and Oncology, my goal is to provide subspecialty-specific cancer care at an academic level, with access to clinical trials and breakthrough medications, while preserving the comfort of compassionate and individualized attention patients and families need and deserve, and to collaborate with outstanding multidisciplinary specialists in the Atlantic Health System Cancer Care team in providing the most innovative and effective therapeutic options.”

Recently returned from the ASCO meeting, Dr. Haigentz’s studies reported there covered a variety of cancer treatments and treatment related issues, including: the first analysis of patient survival data from a multicenter Phase III study of a drug combination that included bevacizumab (Avastin®) for people with advanced head and neck cancer; an early stage study of whether certain cancer patients who are living with HIV can tolerate a combination treatment of paclitaxel (Taxol®) and carboplatin (Paraplatin®); whether there were racial/ethnic disparities in lung cancer patient treatment with immunotherapies; and a long-term analysis of the risks and benefits of Phase I clinical trials.

Morris Habitat for Humanity Accepting Applications for Affordable Housing

RANDOLPH — Applications are now being accepted for one single family home to be renovated on Sussex Avenue in Andover Township.  Once completed, the home will be sold as affordable homeownership to the selected applicant. The sales price will be $110,000 for a low income applicant and $140,000 for a moderate income applicant.

The home will feature four bedrooms and two baths.  The home will be energy efficient and feature energy star rated appliances. Additionally the home will have a den, unfinished basement, one car garage and deck.  This home will not be handicap accessible.

The Habitat for Humanity homeownership program does more than put a roof over someone’s head.  In affordable, healthy, decent, stable homes:

  • Families can provide stability for their children.
  • A family’s sense of dignity and pride grows.
  • Health, physical safety, and security improve.
  • Educational and job prospects increase.

Applicants should click here for details on eligibility and exact qualifications.  Applicants should have a household income of at least $30,000 and there are maximum income limits based on household size. Additionally, applicants should have good credit scores and a clean credit history. Most important to Morris Habitat is the willingness of the applicant to fulfill the Habitat path to homeownership requirements.  These requirements include attendance and participation in home buyer education workshops and the willingness to contribute “sweat equity” in the amount of at least 300 hours helping to build their home. All the details will be discussed at the mandatory orientation meetings which will be held at:

Morris Habitat for Humanity
274 South Salem Street, Randolph

On the following dates:
Saturday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Register by clicking here. Feel free to contact the Morris Habitat for Humanity offices with any questions you may have at (973) 891-1934.

The sessions start right on time, and no one will be admitted late. Please do not bring children to the meeting as space is very limited. Morris Habitat to renovate and sell this home as affordable housing.

Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles by building homes, communities and hope. Morris Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 400 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. Of these 100 homes were home repair projects and 80 new homes were built as well In addition, proceeds from the ReStore, opened May 2007, have funded 22 homes and diverted almost 5,800 tons of useable material out of landfills.  The store is located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. Store hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

State Agriculture Chief Touts Jersey Fresh Produce In Morris County

Freeholder Christine Myers (second from right) stands next to Secretary Doug Fisher in his Jersey Fresh shirt and ShopRite officials

MORRIS COUNTY — State Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher visited a Harding farm and supermarkets in Parsippany and Hanover Township as part of a Jersey Fresh homegrown agriculture promotional tour.

Fisher was joined by Morris County Freeholder Christine Myers at his stop at the ShopRite of Greater Morristown (located in the Cedar Knolls section of Hanover).

He touted the importance of New Jersey’s agricultural community and the Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables sold across the state and nation.

It was a message he repeated at the ShopRite of Parsippany and Wightman’s Farms in Harding, which were part of his promotional tour.

Jersey Fresh is an advertising, promotional and quality grading program launched in 1984 to help farmers inform consumers about the availability and variety of fruits and vegetables grown in New Jersey.  Through the many years of the program, consumers’ awareness has increased, and it has become the benchmark for other states to initiate their own state-grown agricultural marketing programs.

Freeholder Myers spoke of the county’s commitment to agriculture through the taxpayer-supported farmland preservation program, which has permanently preserved 132 farms totaling nearly 8,000 acres, at a cost of more than $158 million since 1987.

“Our farmers produce a wide variety of crops ranging from hay and grain to bedding plants and from hydroponic lettuce, to sheep milk for gourmet cheese,’’ said Myers. “Many of our farmers now focus on fruits and vegetable, which they market through local supermarkets, their farm stands, and community farmers markets.

“Morris County also is now a major agri-tourism destination. Farmers welcome consumers on their farms to pick strawberries, apples and pumpkins,’’ added Myers, noting that work being done on these preserved farms fits right into Secretary Fisher’s Jersey Fresh model.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has continually worked to bring Jersey Fresh to all who want it, by working with restaurants, schools, colleges, big box stores, local communities, hotels, hospitals and more. The program has evolved over time with the Jersey Fresh logo getting a new look in 2006.

Wegmans Food Store, which opened on Sunday, July 23 is known for offering an unmatched variety, with hundreds of different fruits and vegetables on any given day, including many organic choices. Their Fresh Cut Market provides a variety of cleaned, cut, and ready to sue/eat fruit and veggie items, including veggie noodles, cauliflower rice, and fresh-squeezed orange juice made daily. The Hanover store builds a strong partnership with “Near Our Store” growers and, in season, offers locally grown fruits and vegetables picked daily and delivered directly to the store.

Advertising has been a key component of the Jersey Fresh program since its inception.

For more information on Jersey Fresh click here. For more information on Morris County’s farmland preservation program click here.

Wegmans ready to open on Sunday at 7:00 a.m.

Officials from Wegmans, Freeholder Director Doug Cabana and Hanover officials cutting the ribbon at the new Wegmans
Store Manager Tim Lockwood

HANOVER — On Friday, July 21, officials from Wegmans, Morris County Freeholder Douglas Cabana and Hanover officials cut the ribbon at the new Wegmans Food Market, located at 34 Sylvan Way.

Store Manager Tim Lockwood said “opening a brand-new Wegmans Food Market in Hanover is a dream come true.” The store located near the intersection of I-287 and NJ Route 10, is the family-owned company’s 93rd store overall, eighth in New Jersey, and the first to open this year.

“The opportunity to introduce a whole new way of shopping to this community is exhilarating,” he says. “When you add to that the chance to build a new team and instill the Wegmans values in nearly 500 employees, you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career.”

Lockwood himself has worked at Wegmans for 28 years and looks upon his new assignment as a fresh chance to give back. The new Wegmans will open to the public at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 23, Wegmans’ core value for making a difference in every community it serves began more than a year ago in Hanover.

Early on, the store’s management began establishing community partnerships, supporting local agencies like the Interfaith Food Pantry and the United Way, awarding honorary scholarships to local students in a nod to the company’s employee scholarship program, and getting to know the neighborhood by attending and sponsoring events.

The new Hanover store is 113,000 square feet, has a light and airy feel, an open floor plan on a single level, and a generous seating area in the Market Café, with space for more than 300 diners indoors and out. The store also features one of Wegmans’ popular restaurant concepts, The Burger Bar. The Burger Car is Wegman’s fast, fresh, and flavorful restaurant within the Market Cafe. The menu, developed by their own chefs and made fresh to order, offers the best burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups, sides, specialty milkshakes, and kids’ meals.

A 15,000 sq. ft. wine, beer, and spirits shop leased to a third-party owner in an adjoining space offers the convenience of one-stop shopping for beverage pairings to complement meals.

Among the 65,000 individual products carried at Wegmans Hanover are more than 3,000 organic items, up to 700 produce offerings, 300 imported and domestic cheeses – including Wegmans’ own cave-aged cheeses – a wide array of international ingredients, and whole fish delivered daily and cut to order. Store hours are 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, seven days a week.

Lockwood’s goal is “to have all my people share in our success. I’ve always strived to work together not just to set goals, but to achieve them and then to celebrate the accomplishment.” Employees have spent the last several months training and preparing for one goal: to dazzle customers with incredible service, quality, selection, and low prices.

A few minutes before 7:00 a.m. on opening day, employees will gather in the entryway of the new store to do the Wegmans cheer, a time-honored tradition that precedes each opening. When the doors open and customers begin walking in, the celebration truly begins.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 93-store supermarket chain with stores inNew Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation the owners of the property in the Mack-Cali Business Campus signed a lease with 24 Hour Fitness. 24 Hour Fitness will join anchor tenant Wegmans and will occupy approximately 40,000 square feet.

“Mack-Cali is thrilled about bringing 24 Hour Fitness to the Parsippany/Hanover area. 24 Hour Fitness will join Wegmans as key amenities not only for our office tenants and residents in the area but also the entire community. Adding amenities like 24 Hour Fitness and Wegmans are at the core of Mack-Cali’s commitment to its tenants and the markets in which we are a part of,” said Michael J. DeMarco, Mack-Cali Chief Executive Officer.

In 2013, Hanover Planning Board approved a 140,000 square-foot Wegmans supermarket along with three restaurant buildings, a bank building and parking for 1,178 cars at Sylvan Way and Ridgedale Avenue located on the northern side of Route 10 across from Ridgedale on what is was vacant wooded land.

The site will use water and sewer from Parsippany-Troy Hills for the property, under an agreement that dates back some 25 years, and was renewed by the Township Council in 2013.

The site is approximately 4.5 miles from the approved Whole Foods site in the Waterview Marketplace, on Waterview Boulevard and Route 46, which they broke ground earlier this month. Whole Foods Market that will occupy 48,000 square feet, which is less than half the size of new Hanover location.

Update: Police investigate Santander Bank robbery

A photo of the suspect taken from the bank's surveillance cameras.

PARSIPPANY — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps released official information regarding the active investigation into a bank robbery that occurred Thursday, July 20.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. law enforcement was notified of a bank robbery that occurred at the Santander Bank at 1980 Route 10 West.  The investigation revealed that a man entered the bank and demanded money.  He was armed with a handgun at the time.  The suspect was able to obtain a sum of money and fled the bank on foot.

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Various surveillance photographs from the interior of the bank have been obtained. The suspect can be further described as a white/light-skinned male, who was wearing a construction-type hard hat, reflective-style jacket, dark shorts, boots, light colored gloves, dark sunglasses, and a dark colored object over his mouth and nose.  The suspect was carrying a handgun and a bag.

Numerous law enforcement agencies have responded and are currently investigating this incident, including the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident, including the identity of this male, is asked to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit at (973) 285-6200, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department at (973) 263-4300, or Crimestoppers at (973) 267-2255.

On Monday, December 23, 2013 at approximately 1:32 p.m., a robbery occurred at the Santander Bank located at 239 Littleton Road, Parsippany.  The suspect fled from the scene and was later captured and arrested. Newark residents Avery Spotswood and Quiama Harris were charged with the robbery.

In August 2012, nearby Provident Bank. 401 Smith Road was robbed at gun point, and the robber is still at large. The robber made off with a large sum of money, although bank officials would not comment on the exact amount.

Indus American Bank, was robbed July 20, 2012, and that robber was caught. On September 5, 2012 the PNC Bank on Route 46 was robbed and the robber was caught a few hours later in Secaucus. Stephen L. Smith, 29, of Brooklyn was charged with robbery and theft

On March 6, 2017 the Lake Hiawatha branch of TD Bank, 435 North Beverwcyk Road was robbed on Monday afternoon, at approximately 3:00 p.m. Gabriel Reyes, 25, Washington Township, Morris County, was arrested later and charged with the Robbery of TD Bank.

Santander Bank (formerly Sovereign Bank) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Spanish Santander Group. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the bank—whose principal market is in the Northeastern United States—has more than $77 billion in assets, operates 723 retail banking offices, over 2,300 ATMs (including 1,100 in CVS pharmacies throughout the Northeast and employs approximately 9,000 people.

Santander offers an array of financial services and products including retail banking, mortgages, corporate banking, cash management, credit card, capital markets, trust and wealth management, and insurance.

Sovereign Bank was rebranded as Santander Bank on October 17, 2013; the stadium, arena, and performing arts center for which it has naming rights were also rebranded.

Letter to the editor: Aurora payments need investigation

Dear Editor:

During the Tuesday, July 11 Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council meeting, an emergency appropriation was presented to the council to pay a $290,000 settlement to Morris Township.

CFO, Ann Cucci, and BA, Ellen Sandman, described the appropriate manner an unexpected, large payment is made. Cucci goes as far as to explain that the term emergency simply means that a significant payment needs to be made that was not in the budget. Clearly they know budget law and the appropriate way to abide by it. 

Why didn’t they do the same thing for the Aurora payment?

This is a clear indication they knew better and manipulated the council and the people of Parsippany to pay the $250,000 to Aurora Information Systems. 

BA Sandman and CFO Cucci need to answer the questions that James Carfi posed several meetings ago. Specifically, they need to answer for their comments about taking care of the Aurora thing to protect the mayors attorney.

Additionally, there needs to be an investigation to get to the bottom of what they did. 

Sincerely
Alex Brown

Burglary to Motor Vehicle at LA Fitness

LA Fitness is located at 1159 Route 46, Troy Hills Shopping Center

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officers responded to a reported burglary to a motor vehicle in the parking lot of LA Fitness. at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 17.

Upon arrival of Patrol Officer Jamie Mendez, he was advised by the victim that unknown suspect broke into their locker in LA Fitness and removed their car keys.

The unknown suspect then went to his 2012 Honda Civic and stole currency from his wallet which was in the vehicle. The burglary and theft occurred between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p..m. on Monday, July 17.

This incident remain under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Parsippany Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 263-4311.

Arrest for Possession of CDS

PARSIPPANY — While patrolling Route 46 at 9:49 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, Patrol Officer C. Dottino observed a 2005 Chevrolet Impala traveling east with nonfunctioning rear lights.

A motor vehicle stop was conducted and the plate was checked, at which time he found the registered owner’s license was suspended. Upon making contact with the driver, Elwiser White, 54, Passaic, Officer Dottino requested her documents.

While she was retrieving the documents, Officer Dottino observed a small bag of marijuana in the vehicle.

After a brief investigation Mrs. White was placed under arrest for Possession of Marijuana and transported to Police Headquarters.

While there, she was charged with the following: Possession of Under 50 Grams of Marijuana, a Disorderly Persons Offense;  Failure to Maintenance of Lamps; Driving While Suspended and Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle

She was released on her own recognizance pending her court date.

Editors Note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Parsippany Town Hall Council Agenda Meeting July 11, 2017

Parsippany Town Hall Council Agenda Meeting, Part 2

Update: Santander Bank on Route 10 robbed

Detective Joseph Puzo walks from the Santander Bank after the robbery on Thursday

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Police, Denville Police, Morris Plains Police, Morris County Prosecutors Office and Morris County Sheriff’s Office were at the scene investigating a bank robbery. Early reports indicate Santander Bank, 1980 Route 10, Parsippany was robbed at gun point at approximately 3:45 p.m. by a suspect wearing a hard hat, vest and glasses. The suspect fled on foot.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Police referred questions regarding the investigation to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, but sources confirmed that a robbery took place.

On Monday, December 23, 2013 at approximately 1:32 p.m., a robbery occurred at the Santander Bank located at 239 Littleton Road, Parsippany.  The suspect fled from the scene and was later captured and arrested. Newark residents Avery Spotswood and Quiama Harris were charged with the robbery.

In August 2012, nearby Provident Bank. 401 Smith Road was robbed at gun point, and the robber is still at large. The robber made off with a large sum of money, although bank officials would not comment on the exact amount.

Indus American Bank, was robbed July 20, 2012, and that robber was caught. On September 5, 2012 the PNC Bank on Route 46 was robbed and the robber was caught a few hours later in Secaucus. Stephen L. Smith, 29, of Brooklyn was charged with robbery and theft

On March 6, 2017 the Lake Hiawatha branch of TD Bank, 435 North Beverwcyk Road was robbed on Monday afternoon, at approximately 3:00 p.m. Gabriel Reyes, 25, Washington Township, Morris County, was arrested later and charged with the Robbery of TD Bank.

Santander Bank (formerly Sovereign Bank) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Spanish Santander Group. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the bank—whose principal market is in the Northeastern United States—has more than $77 billion in assets, operates 723 retail banking offices, over 2,300 ATMs (including 1,100 in CVS pharmacies throughout the Northeast and employs approximately 9,000 people.

Santander offers an array of financial services and products including retail banking, mortgages, corporate banking, cash management, credit card, capital markets, trust and wealth management, and insurance.

Sovereign Bank was rebranded as Santander Bank on October 17, 2013; the stadium, arena, and performing arts center for which it has naming rights were also rebranded.

Audrey Lips is engaged to Louis Contaldi, III

Audrey Jennifer Lips and Louis Michael Contaldi III
Audrey Jennifer Lips and Louis Michael Contaldi III

PARSIPPANY — Mr. and Mrs. James A. Lips, Jr. of Parsippany are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Audrey Jennifer to Louis Michael Contaldi III. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis M. Contaldi, Jr., also of Parsippany.

The couple are graduates of Parsippany High School where they met.

Louis is a graduate of Loyola University, Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science. He continued his education, earning a Juris Doctor from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

He is employed at UBS Financial Services as a Compliance Enquiry Management Analyst. Louis is also Editor-in-Chief at Dual Shockers, Inc.

Audrey graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She is an Account Manager at Comdata.

The couple currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

Breaking news: Santander Bank on Route 10 robbed

PARSIPPANY — Early reports indicated Santander Bank, 1980 Route 10, Parsippany was robbed at gun point at approximately 3:45 p.m.by a suspect wearing a hard hat, vest and glasses. The suspect fled on foot.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department is currently investigating the robbery. Morris Plains and Denville Police Departments have been called to the scene for assistance.

There is heavy police presence at Tomac Motor Inn, 2100 Route 10.

Parsippany Focus will update as details become available.