Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Friends of the Library are looking for more “Friends”


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Every Library needs a volunteer group and the Parsippany Public Library is no exception. The purpose of the Friends of the Library, a 501(C)3 organization, is to raise money for special Library programs and collections of Library materials. If you or a family member have ever attended a library program, borrowed an E book, attended a Makerspace workshop, or borrowed a piece of equipment, chances are the Friends of the Library contributed financially to the program, collection or equipment.

The Friends also serve as advocates for the Library. An upcoming advocacy initiative of the Friends will be to advocate for the Library Construction bond ballot question. The Friends also support any legislation that benefits Libraries.

The Library Board and administration are looking for Friends members (a simple yearly donation of $15.00 or more) as well as for Friends officers. Friends members are 18 years of age and older.

September is the perfect time for you to make a volunteer commitment. Perhaps you are new to the area and you are looking for a group to join so that you can make friends. Perhaps your youngest has started kindergarten or left for college and you are trying to find something to do-just for you. Maybe you are just someone who thinks they want to give back to the community.

The first step is to determine what kind of volunteer you think you are.Are you a “doer “? If so perhaps you would like to help with the Library book sales. Or sit at a table in the Library and recruit new Friends volunteers. Or help with the Friends sponsored prom dress sale in the early months of 2018. You might also like to serve as Friends secretary and take minutes at the quarterly meetings (four times a year).

Are you good at Math? The Friends are looking for a new treasurer. They particularly need someone who can handle on-line banking. The Treasurer needs to attend four meetings a year and provide financial reports.

Speaking of reports, if you love doing computer spreadsheets, the group also needs a membership coordinator who can keep track of the members, send out yearly renewals and send emails to our members.

Are you more of a “thinker? “ If so, the Friends need your creativity to discover some ways to fundraise. The Friends want to raise money so that they can help the Library. For example you could arrange for bus trips to local sites or come up with other interesting ideas.

Perhaps leadership is your strong suit. The Friends need a president and vice president/president elect. Now is the time to put your leadership skills to the test because it is the time to reinvent the Friends of the Library.

If any of these opportunities sound interesting and you would like to volunteer, you can print out a Friends Interest form found on the Library’s website by clicking here,  or if you wish to receive more specific details, you may attend an information session about the Friends.

The Library will hold two information sessions about the Friends. The first information session will be held at the Main Library, 449 Halsey Road, on Tuesday, August 29 at 11:30 a.m. and the second session will be an evening session on Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at both events and you may enter to win a door prize. If you have any questions about this event, please call (973) 887-5150, ext. 219 and speak to Library Director, Jayne Beline.

New Providence man arrested for human trafficking in Hanover Township


HANOVER — Torrie Fogg, 41, New Providence, was charged Tuesday with two counts of Human Trafficking in a case brought by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and the Hanover Township Police Department under the direction of Chief Mark Roddy.     

On August 17, the Hanover Township Police Department responded to a dispute at a local hotel.  While investigating the case, the alleged victim,  a 31-year-old female told police she was being held against her will and was forced to prostitute herself.  It was alleged that Fogg made arrangements for the victim to meet with several male clients at area hotels and would then collect the money received after the sexual acts were completed.  The victim told police that she was assaulted by Fogg if she did not comply and engage in sexual acts with the clients. 

As a result of those allegations, Fogg was charged last week with Aggravated Assault, in violation of N.J.S 2C:12-1b(2), a crime of the third degree; Criminal Restraint, in violation of N.J.S 2C:13-2a, a crime of the third degree; Terroristic Threats, in violation of N.J.S 2C:12-3a, a crime of the third degree; Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance With the Intent to Distribute, in violation of N.J.S 2C:35-5b(3), a crime of the third degree; Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, in violation of N.J.S 2C:35-10a(1), a crime of the third degree; Promoting Prostitution, in violation of N.J.S 2C:34-1b(5), a crime of the third degree; and False Imprisonment, in violation of 2C:13-3, a disorderly persons offense.   

On August 22, Fogg was also charged with two counts of Human Trafficking, in violation of N.J.S 2C:13-8a(1)(b) and N.J.S. 2C:13-8a(1)(g), crimes of the first degree. 

The defendant is being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a pre-trial detention hearing on the original charges, which is currently set for Wednesday. 

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their involvement in this investigation. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective/Supervisor Marshall Wang of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at (973) 285-6200. 

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.

“Time Machine” to perform at this week’s Summer Concert Series

The Time Machine

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Township of Parsippany-Troy is extremely grateful to Provident Bank for sponsoring the concert by “Time Machine” on Thursday, August 24.  This amazing band will have the audience dancing on the lawn and rocking to an array of selections both old and new.

Mercedes Covert Muzio, Mayor James Barberio and Ylka Padilla

Time Machine is comprised of top musicians and performers giving you unmatched showmanship and professionalism. With so many all-star performers, their show will be like listening to a human jukebox. Constantly changing styles and vocalist during the course of the concert will keep your audience entertained and awe struck all night long.

The Time Machine Band will perform at Veterans Memorial Park, Route 46. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the show, there will be a picnic barbecue hosted by Shop Rite Parsippany (Sunrise Kitchens). All proceeds will be donated to the Parsippany PAL Youth Center. The barbecue starts at 5:00 p.m.

Cerbo’s to hold fundraiser for “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer”


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Cerbo’s Parsippany Farmers Market will be hosting a booth of volunteers called “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer” a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that funds pediatric cancer research. The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The booth will have assorted cookies for sale and the proceeds will be donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Mara’s Cafe and Bakery in Denville, Parsippany ShopRite, Stop & Shop will be donating materials for the cookies.

Herff Jones Yearbooks will be financially donating and also helping to staff the event.

Cerbo’s Parsippany Greenhouses is located at 440 Littleton Road.

Cerbo’s Greenhouse and Garden Center was established in 1913 and is Parsippany’s oldest business. Founded by Anthony Cerbo, Sr., Cerbo’s is now run by the third and fourth generations.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national 501(c)3 non-profit, is committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. We provide inspiration and support for individuals, businesses and organizations to raise funds by hosting grassroots bake sales and other fundraising events.

How Cookies For Cancer started: When 2-year-old Liam Witt was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2007, his parents Larry and Gretchen were shocked to learn of the lack of effective treatments for pediatric cancers due to lack of funding. They pledged to support the funding of research for safer, more effective treatments for children battling cancer. With the help of 250 volunteers, his mom Gretchen baked and sold 96,000 cookies, raising more than $400,000 for research. Word spread, and people nationwide began asking, “How can I help?”

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is located in Califon, New Jersey and can be reached by calling
(888) 978-5313 or by clicking here to visit their website.



PACC welcomes new member, Ameriprise Financial Services

PACC Board Member Alan Golub. Esq., PACC Executive Board Member Frank Cahill, Daniel Lim, Amerprise Financial, Robert Peluso, President PACC, Henry Liao, Ameriprise Financial, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, PACC Board Member Nicolas Limanov and Ilidko Peluso.

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) had the honor of welcoming new member, Ameriprise Financial Services. Ameriprise Financial Services is located at 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 106, Parsippany.

Local Franchise Owner, Henry Liao, CRPC, was greeted by members of PACC at its monthly meeting held at Cinepolis Cinema on Monday, August 21. Also representing Ameriprise Financial Services was Daniel Lim.

Henry Liao, with over 12 years experience, is licensed and registered to conduct business in New Jersey. Based on licenses and registrations he holds, he may also conduct business in PA, CA, AL, MO, NC, MA, IN, FL, IL, GA, NY, DC, TX and VA.

Board Members Ildiko Peluso, Nicolas Limanov, Tina Imperato Bitter Valgemae, Alan Golub, Esq., Executive Board Member Frank Cahill and PACC President Robert Peluso welcomed Mr. Liao to the chamber. Also greeting and meeting Mr. Liao was Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, who was in attendance at the monthly meeting.

For more information on Henry Liao, click here.

PACC is a service organization for businesses, merchants, residents, and volunteers that provides education, information, and networking opportunities to the Parsippany Area.

PACC works with the 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. They promote a healthy and more prosperous economic climate. For more information on PACC, click here.

Freeholder Candidate Heather Darling speaks at Morris County Young Republicans

Freeholder Candidate Heather Darling

MORRIS COUNTY — Freeholder Candidate Heather Darling was a guest speaker at Morris County Young Republicans at their August General Meeting.

Heather Darling spoke on the topic of “Sanctuary or Welcoming” cities becoming an issue in Morris County.

Morris County Young Republican Chairman Joseph Bock, Esq. said, “The Morris County Young Republicans were pleased to host Republican Freeholder Candidate Heather Darling as guest speaker at our recent August Social. Heather, a practicing attorney, provided a thorough overview of recent developments in federal immigration law, including in Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and explained the way that these changes are affecting Morris County and its municipalities. Heather’s ability to articulate these complex legal matters in a cogent and concise manner demonstrated that she will be a very effective County Freeholder.”

“Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows for the Department of Homeland Security to train local police to perform the work of immigration agents.  Although without a specific legal definition, a sanctuary city typically limits cooperation with federal immigration enforcement actions.  In other words, these cities are declaring their refusal to comply with constitutional mandates and their governing bodies are violating the oath they took upon entering their respective offices,” said Heather.

“In an effort to deter cities from this practice, in one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump signed an executive order to withhold federal grant money from sanctuary cities which was immediately opposed by many and declared unconstitutional by the Court. The message delivered by the Court then is that avoiding the process of naturalization provided for non-citizens and harboring those here illegally is constitutional while upholding the constitution by preventing this illegal activity is unconstitutional. The battle has waged on since.  The ACLU claims that the term “sanctuary city is a misnomer as there is no 100 percent guarantee that an individual won’t be subject to immigration enforcement and deportation.  For that reason, the term fair and welcoming city is being adopted. A frequently cited reason by groups seeking to promote the idea of sanctuary cities is that they don’t want residents to be afraid of calling or cooperating with police or other city agencies out of fear of deportation,” she continued.

“Since President Donald Trump introduced his legislation, a number of New Jersey towns, three in Morris County, have declared some form of “welcoming or sanctuary” status.  The first was Madison on February 6, 2017, adopting a resolution on being a “welcoming community” to immigrants. Mayor Robert Conley, a Democrat, said Madison has always been a welcoming community,” she said.

Madison’s resolution asserts that “no department, employee or official of the Borough of Madison shall take part in the registration of individuals based on religion, race, ethnicity, national origin or immigration status.”  This same resolution was adopted in Maplewood and introduced in Madison after Conley said he saw it on Facebook.  On February 13, 2017, the legislation was forwarded to all municipalities in Morris County was already listed on the meeting agenda for a then upcoming council meeting in Morristown.

While registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in Madison, 5 of the 6 town council members are Democrats, in addition to Conley, and the resolution was approved in a 5-0 vote, with Councilman Patrick Rowe, a Republican, abstaining because he did not see a purpose to the resolution as it was not changing the way Madison does business.

In addition to failing to uphold the constitution, the Madison Council and Mayor now require borough officials and employees to “monitor any efforts by the federal government to withdraw or withhold federal funding as a result of the borough’s policies to protect and defend the rights and liberties of all its residents and shall take action to protect such funding.

Next, after Madison, to adopt the Fair and Welcoming status was Dover where, on July 11, 2017, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen unanimously adopted a resolution declaring the Town of Dover as a ‘Fair and Welcoming Town.’

Mayor Dodd further declared that he did not wish to place a label on the resolution in order to avoid sanctions in the event that Trump’s or similar legislation became the law.  Further Dodd indicated that the intent of the legislation was to “preserve the rights of all of its residents”, and in so doing, he failed to acknowledge that non-citizens are not necessarily afforded the rights of citizens.

In the case of Morristown, the Mayor and police chief indicated that residents have nothing to fear from them and that they have no intention of enforcing Section 287(g).

On March 8, 2017, the Freeholders were addressed by various representatives regarding immigration policy.  One advocate of welcoming cities indicated that communities will be safer with “the support of local sheriffs, of local police departments, of local municipalities, and of our Morris County freeholders, to ensure that all vulnerable communities are protected and trust the police, and are willing to report crimes.”

She continues “On the other side of the coin, Sheriff Gannon has stated it is wrong for Morris County towns to declare themselves as a place where illegal immigrants can be guaranteed safe harbor from federal law enforcement and that doing so could adversely impact public safety.  Sheriff Gannon also pointed to the unfair tax burden on law abiding citizens from a bill proposed by Democratic legislators in New Jersey to replace funding lost by sanctuary cities in the event that Trump’s order is upheld. Rozella Clyde, a Chatham resident and the Democratic Freeholder candidate, advised the Freeholder Board that Chatham is also considering “welcoming status”. A Madison resident asserted, the Constitution bars the federal government from compelling state and local authorities to enforce federal laws, and from punishing state and local governments that decline to perform federal law enforcement but he conveniently forgot about the illegal status of those sanctuary cities seek to protect. The president of Latino Justice told the freeholders that sanctuary status “increases safety and tolerance for everyone” by fostering trust between immigrants and police but he too forgot the rights of American citizens to be safe in their communities without fear that there are dangerous criminals guilty of much more than immigration violations hiding in these protected areas.”

“On March 28, 2017, at the Morris County Library, Sheriff Gannon vowed to uphold federal law on undocumented immigrants if ordered.  Also present, Just Facts President James D. Agresti cited links between illegal immigration and alleged crime,” said Darling.

She said “The event was well attended by those supporting undocumented immigration, including Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty who posed several questions during the meeting.  Sheriff Gannon indicated that his responsibility as sheriff is to be the protector of ALL the people.  He indicated that when people are arrested for serious crimes, then their citizenship is in scope. If they are determined to be here illegally, in Morris County the prosecutor must be notified, ICE, immigration, must be notified and the judiciary pursuant to directive 2007-3 from the New Jersey attorney general. He further indicated his belief that allowing people to be hidden from view, illegally committing crimes and not cooperating with the federal government, whether they’re from a local municipality or wherever, it’s bad business. Rev. Alison Miller, minister of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship and a member of the Morris Area Clergy Council cautioned the Sheriff, “you keep responding ‘I’m not intending to apply 287(g) yet. I’d urge you to drop the yet because it’s not been a good thing for this community.” The meeting ended with chants of “no human being is illegal” and the tension was high.”

“In 2011, the Government Accountability Office released a study on approximately 250,000 illegal aliens locked up in our federal, state and local prisons. Those prisoners had been arrested nearly 1.7 million times and committed 3 million offenses, averaging about 7 arrests and 12 offenses each from drug trafficking and sex crimes to kidnapping and murder. A report by the Texas Department of Public Safety indicates that from 2008 to 2014, illegal aliens committed over 600,000 crimes — including nearly 3,000 homicides and almost 8,000 sexual assaults — in Texas alone. Every day, thousands of innocent Americans are victimized by sanctuary policies that allow dangerous predators to roam their cities. Local officials are putting the welfare of criminals who have no right to be in our country above the welfare of their law-abiding citizens,” said Heather.

She continued “It is no coincidence that Mayor Conley, Mayor Dodd and Mayor Dougherty are all Democrats.  My Democrat opponent in the Freeholder race wants to make Morris County a “Fair and Welcoming” community for immigrants. Many believe the intent of sanctuary policies is to increase the number of illegal alien voters.  With the lack of Voter ID laws thanks to liberal judges, Democrats including Trump’s predecessor, know that there is nothing being done to prevent non-citizens from voting in the U.S. In a 2008 survey of 32,800 respondents, 339 identified themselves as non-citizens, and 38 of these non-citizens checked a box that said “I definitely voted” in the 2008 general election or were recorded in the database as voting in that election. At face value, this means that 11.2% of non-citizens voted in the 2008 election.  Applying this 11.2% figure to the Census Bureau’s estimate of 19.4 million adult non-citizens in the U.S., this amounts to 2.2 million non-citizens who voted illegally in the 2008 election. The survey also showed that 81.8% of non-citizen voters reported that they voted for Obama.”

Darling said “These figures are large enough to change meaningful election outcomes. Senate Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota captured a seat with a victory margin of 312 votes and he was the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass Obamacare. During past demonstrations by immigration advocates, organizations such as the DNC, ACORN, Code Pink and others have been observed registering the protesters who were highly suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. A 2013 study published in the journal Demographic Research, compared Census Bureau survey data to the U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics. It was determined that certain major groups of immigrants frequently misrepresent themselves as citizens.  For example, the study found that “the number of naturalized Mexican men with fewer than five years of U.S. residence is nearly 27 times higher” in the Census data than the number recorded by the Office of Immigration Statistics. In other words, only about 4% of Mexican men who claim to be citizens and have been in the United States for less than five years are actually citizens.”

Darling concluded, “Democrats are advocating for sanctuary cities that create safe havens for known criminals. They are victimizing our citizens and enabling illegal aliens to commit thousands of crimes that would not otherwise have occurred in order to get votes and they are violating federal immigration law to do it.”


Alexa Porter achieved University Honors at University of Michigan

Alexa Porter

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Alexa Porter, a 2016 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School, achieved University Honors for both the fall 2016 and winter 2017 semesters at the University of Michigan. While attending PHHS she was on the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Business Honor Society.

The University Honors designation is awarded to students who earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher during a term. The student must have taken a minimum of 14 credit hours during a term, including at least 12 graded credits. Students who achieve University Honors designation for both Winter and Fall terms and seniors who achieve University Honors designation for either of these terms are recognized at Honors Convocation, and the award is posted to their transcripts by the Office of the Registrar.

Alexa will be a sophomore in the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, majoring in business with minors in Spanish and political science.  She participates in Circle K, MLead Academy, and is a peer advisor to incoming business students.

Parsippany Ice Hockey to hold Shredding Event


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Start collecting your documents!  On Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, the Parsippany Regional Ice Hockey Team will be hosting a shredding  event at the Parsippany Roller Hockey Park, 760 Parsippany Boulevard. 

Bring documents to be shredded on-site by a professional document shredding company .   The cost for this service is a donation to the Parsippany Regional Ice Hockey Team which is comprised of players from Parsippany High and Parsippany Hills High Schools.

Drive in, unload your papers and drive out with peace of mind.  Take advantage of this event and reduce your chance of becoming a victim of identity theft!

All proceeds will benefit the Parsippany Regional Ice Hockey team.

For information please contact the Parsippany Regional Booster Club via email by clicking here.


A special day at the Parsippany Library – viewing the Solar Eclipse

Outside the Parsippany Library

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Approximately 400 people viewed the solar eclipse by watching a NASA live-stream at the Parsippany Library. The staff had color sheets for the children and a special display of children’s books and tapes. We distributed milky way bars donated by ShopRite in Parsippany. Mayor James Barberio stopped in to watch the live-stream and spent time talking with our young budding scientists.

Our staff felt that the day would be the culmination of an entire summer of science programs, and they were right!

People took a break from the live streaming to gather on the front patio area of the main Library. Those present shared the special glasses, used a mirror, white pin-holed paper, cereal boxes and a colander to follow the NASA viewing instructions. The good will and excitement felt almost overwhelming. All ages participated in the event and two older gentlemen as they left the Library thanked us for this once in a lifetime experience.

At the Lake Hiawatha branch , the day began with an eclipse storytime. Approximately 30 families came to the storytime and children’s Librarian, Karen O’Malley used models of the earth, sun and moon to explain what would happen during the total eclipse. One of the parents remarked to a staff member, “Ok, now I get it!”.

Library Director, Jayne Beline, was so thrilled by the planning and professionalism of her staff. Even when the Library ran out of glasses, the staff reassured people by sharing  ideas about what other devices they could use, websites to check and inviting them to the live stream. Ms. Beline said” People will remember where they were when this event happened; they were at the Library!”

The Mangal sisters to pursue PhDs

Sabrina and Natasha Mangal

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — The Mangal sisters, Natasha (26) and Sabrina (21), will both pursue PhDs in their respective fields this upcoming September.

Ambition fills the Mangal household, as both daughters of Mukesh and Gloria Mangal prepare to attend two of the most prestigious PhD programs in the world. Both graduates of Parsippany Hills High School (Class of 2009 and 2013), these young women now set their sights on post-grad degrees in law and nursing.

Natasha (right), has recently accepted a PhD position in Intellectual Property Law for the European IP Institutes Network Innovation Society (EIPIN IS), a consortium of the European Union’s leading research institutions aimed at fostering innovation through law. She will be conducting cutting-edge legal research funded by the European Commission, examining the future of copyright law in digital spaces. Her research will culminate into a joint PhD in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Strasbourg and Queen Mary University of London, accompanied by 3-month internships at CISAC and GEMA.

Sabrina (left), will be pursuing a PhD in Nursing at Columbia University in New York, where she will be conducting research alongside some of the most influential nurse scientists in the nation. She will be focusing her research on pediatric infectious disease prevention, where she aims to expand to a global level under funding provided by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC).

“I have always tried to be the best role model and cheerleader for Sabrina,” says Natasha about her relationship with her younger sister. “We truly inspire each other through our successes.” Natasha recently completed her Juris Doctor at the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago and took the Illinois Bar Exam this past July. Specializing in Intellectual Property (IP) Law, she served as President of her school’s IP Law Society, Editor of her school’s IP journal, and Teacher’s Assistant for the IP section of the Legal Analysis and Research course. She also competed on her school’s National Appellate Moot Court team, where over two competitions she earned the title of semifinalist and won best brief of the competition. Through her time in law school she received two scholarships and was awarded the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service award for over 200 hours of pro-bono legal work. Professionally, she has held numerous legal internships at the Chicago History Museum, IRI, inc., Global IP Law Group, and the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago for the Honorable Judge Daniel Patrick Brennan. Her determination through the past three years have helped to set her apart from her peers, enabling her to continue to pursue her interests in the IP law field and complete her new undertaking concerning the future of European law.

“With one of us in law and the other in medicine, we’ve got most of it covered!” Sabrina remarks on their different interests. Sabrina recently graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. During her education, she has completed over 1,600 clinical hours in world renowned hospitals including the Cleveland Clinic. Throughout her schooling she also worked as a research assistant, where she collaborated with her Principal Investigator to develop studies on managing chronic conditions in adults with neurodegenerative and musculoskeletal conditions. Through this position she was selected and funded to present her research at the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s 40th Annual Research Conference, where she won the Third Place BSN Student Poster Award. Her early exposure to research in the nursing field and her nursing externship on a pediatric Infectious Disease floor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Cleveland informed her ultimate decision to pursue a PhD that would enable her to make a difference in the healthcare field. She aims to focus on epidemiology and disease patterns on a global scale that can help to prevent diseases in minority and underserved pediatric populations. Following her acceptance to Columbia University, she was awarded the Provost’s Diversity Fellowship to use towards achieving these impressive research goals.

Their parents Mukesh and Gloria, who came from their native Guyana to the U.S in the 1980s, and could not be more proud of their daughters’ accomplishments.

Mandelbaum Salsburg’s Casey Gocel Named as One of NJBIZ’s Forty Under 40


PARSIPPANY — Mandelbaum Salsburg, a full service law firm in Roseland, is proud to announce that its Member, Casey Gocel, has been named as one of NJBIZ’s Forty Under 40. Winners were chosen based on their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community service. According to NJBiz, these up-and-coming stars of the New Jersey business community have achieved professional excellence at a young age, representing the future of their industries and the state as a whole. Gocel was one of five winners in the legal category for this year’s awards. NJ Biz awarded within eight different major industries including Law, Accounting, Marketing, Banking, Real Estate, Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Gocel joined Mandelbaum Salsburg in May 2008 and has been the firm’s youngest Member since January 2016. She serves clients in two key practice areas: corporate transactions and estate planning. Specifically, Gocel focuses her practice on business mergers and acquisitions, start-ups, corporate governance, sophisticated estate and family wealth transfer planning and asset protection planning. As a result of her focus in this area, she also advises clients on special needs planning and works with exempt organizations. She regularly shares her expertise with owners of family-owned and closely-held businesses on strategic tax planning, choice of entity, general commercial relationships, complex buy-sell arrangements and succession planning. Gocel often serves as outside general counsel to her clients.  She also assists in structuring medical and dental practices and related transactions.

One of Gocel’s most significant professional accomplishment was her work with TUMI, a New Jersey-based luggage company.  Gocel was instrumental in completing TUMI’s IPO in 2011.  Since 2008, Gocel has helped to develop standardized contracts that are now used by TUMI and its 11 subsidiary entities in over 75 countries.

Mandelbaum Salsburg Co-CEO’s Barry Mandelbaum and William Barrett agreed that, “Casey has been an integral part of the firm from her first day as an Associate and she has continued to grow and surpass expectations in everything that she does. We are both so proud of all that she has accomplished and this award is well deserved.” 

Gocel serves as an important role model for her colleagues at the firm. Since 2008, she has served on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, which focuses on promoting free legal assistance to indigent clients. In 2014, she was elected the committee’s chair and in doing so became the first associate in the firm to chair a committee. 

In 2015, Gocel founded “Team Mandelbaum”, which consists of attorneys and staff members committed to walking/running for the benefit of various charitable organizations. Under her leadership as chair, Team Mandelbaum has raised and donated thousands of dollars to worthy charities throughout the state. Casey’s community involvement and philanthropic efforts run deep and have had a significant and positive influence inside and outside of the firm. Gocel was selected in 2016 as a “New Leader of the Bar” by New Jersey Law Journal. She was also included by Super Lawyers, New Jersey among one of its “Rising Stars”* in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

 Gocel lives in Parsippany with her husband and one year old daughter, Denali.  She received her Political Science B.A. in 2002 from the State University of New York in Albany before continuing on to Whittier Law School where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Whittier Law Review. She received her J.D., Magna cum laude in 2007. Additionally Gocel holds an LL.M. in Taxation from The New York University School of Law. 

Morris County Regional College Fair at CCM


MORRIS COUNTY — Representatives from more than 185 colleges and universities will share information about their programs of study, support services, campus life, housing and tuition costs at the Morris County Regional College Fair at County College of Morris (CCM).

Sponsored by the New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling and Morris County high schools, this annual event is hosted by CCM on its Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. This year’s event takes place Sunday, September 17, from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Student Community Center and Health and Physical Education building.

The fair is open to the public at no charge and there is ample parking in Lots 5 – 9. 

For students who are looking for a college where they can obtain a high-quality education, earn their associate degree and then transfer to a four-year school, while saving money, be sure to visit the CCM tables in both buildings. The Admissions office will waive the application fee for attendees who apply to CCM, one of New Jersey’s top community colleges.

For additional information, contact the CCM Admissions office at (973) 328-5100 or

Kiwanis Club to present seminar on “Child Safety”


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is presenting a free seminar on “Prevent your Child from Being Kidnapped, Abducted, or Sexually Exploited.”

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, September 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road.  Space is limited, so please register by clicking here. Attendees must be over 18 due to the nature of the subject matter.

Approximately 2,000 children are reported missing each day or ONE EVERY 37 SECONDS.

Help protect your child from becoming a part of these alarming statistics by attending this program on child safety. Attendees will be provided with the tools to prevent child abduction, kidnapping and sexual exploitation as well as the safe use of technology (PCs and cell phones).  Mr. Robinson will dispel common safety myths, while providing skills parents, educators and police can teach children to help prevent them from becoming a victim.

Alan J. Robinson

Our guest speaker, Alan J. Robinson has spent years with NCMEC/Project ALERT (“America’s Law Enforcement Retiree Team”), a division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, funded by the Department of Justice and the Adam Walsh Foundation. He is a national speaker on “Measures to Prevent your Child from Being  Kidnapped, Abducted, or Sexually Exploited”.

Mr. Robinson is an expert in this field and has authored numerous articles on the subject; he is a police academy instructor and provides training workshops for: the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, FBI, corporations, PTA’s and school systems.  He has made several TV appearances, been the subject of many news articles, as well as the recipient of many awards for his work in this field from state governors, prosecutors, and law enforcement as well as many grateful parents and educators.

This seminar is provided by Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany and The Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Our members, Kiwanians, are service-minded men and women who are united in their commitment and compassion for others.

Any community need can become a Kiwanis service project, especially the needs of children. Kiwanis service projects range from efforts that help local communities to Kiwanis International’s Worldwide Service Project for the elimination of iodine deficiency disorders.

Kiwanis members dedicate more than six million volunteer hours and invest more than $100 million in service projects that strengthen communities and serve children every year.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46. Join Kiwanis for breakfast to learn how you can change the world “one child, one community.”

For more information click here.



The Lucas Family participated in week-long trip to Guatemala to build homes

Photos by Cristina Folan

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Parsippany residents Ken and Cristina Folan, along with two of their children, Lucas and Teresa, participated in a week-long service trip to Guatemala to build homes for families living in poverty through the organization From Houses to Homes.

Lucas Sebastián Folan with Heysell. This week Lucas was blessed enough to build a home for her and her beautiful family. Lucas was so deeply touched by their humility and especially by Heysell’s big dream of becoming a dentist and having her own practice when she grows up. She is so smart and studious (and only 5 years old!) that he knows that she will achieve whatever goals she sets for herself. Lucas has so much love for Heysell, her family, and the Guatemalan people.

This was the family’s seventh trip since 2009, and their fourth trip with a group from Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church, Cedar Knolls. This trip, the group built four homes, making it a total of twenty houses built through the Notre Dame parish since it began sending volunteers in 2014. This year, the group built in and around the town, Pastores.

Lucas is a 2017 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School and Teresa will be a Junior in the fall. Lucas will be attending Hofstra University.

The one-room cinder block houses are built over a five day work week. Volunteers are split into groups of 5-7 and work alongside two Guatemalan workers from the organization who direct the construction. During the week, volunteers also have the opportunity to visit the organization’s school, Kemna’oj, located in the town Santa Maria de Jesus, and medical clinic, located in Pastores.

From Houses to Homes is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by the late Morristown native, Joe Collins.

In his own volunteer work in Guatemala between 2001 and 2004, Joe recognized that despite the richness of the Guatemalan country and culture, there was much to be done about the severe poverty and poor living conditions that many Guatemalans faced.

Collins developed the organization with the goal to provide housing, education, and healthcare for the communities that needed it. Since 2004, From Houses to Homes has built 1,219 homes in Guatemala.

To learn more about From Houses to Homes and how to donate or volunteer click here.

Anyone interested in participating please contact Judy Baker, the From Houses to Homes director here in New Jersey:

Photos by Cristina Folan
Photos by Cristina Folan
The one-room cinder block houses are built over a five day work week

“Flavors of India” Celebration held at Veterans Park

Dhiren Mathias, Owner, The Max Challenge, East Hanover/Parsippany

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Shri Sanatan Mandir held their 25th Anniversary “Flavors of India” Celebration Fair on Sunday, August 13, at Veterans Park.

Many area merchants supported the event with displays of their business as well as area restaurants featuring their India favorite dishes.  The event was well attended with music, dancing, a magician and more throughout the sunny afternoon at Veterans Park.

Sponsors of the event included Indus American Bank, Lakshmai Dream Foundation, Raman Abrol, CPA, Voyager Wealth Management, Jodhpuri, Mohta Family, Virender and Vidya Labroo, Kumar Patel Family, Seth Family, Vijay K. Pendse, MD OB GYN, Norad Communications and India World Foundation.

Indus American Bank renews PACC membership

Indus American Bank Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager Jhalak Kapadia and PACC's Welcoming Committee Chair Dr. Patrick Selimo

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Indus American Bank, 1452 Route 46 west, recently renewed its membership in Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce. Indus American Bank, slogan is “Let us grow together,” and they are doing that with the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce. Indus American Bank has been a very active member for a number of years.

Presenting Indus American Bank with their annual membership plaque is Dr. Patrick Selimo, Chairman of the Welcoming Committee.  He had the honor of making the presentation to Jhalak Kapadia, Assistant Vice President and Branch manager of the Parsippany branch.

Indus American Bank is a bank founded for the South Asian American Community, from individuals to business owners, offering high quality financial products and personalized service.

Indus American Bank, is a wholly owned subsidiary of IA Bancorp, Inc, founded in 2004 by local businessmen and community leaders to provide superior financial products and services to its local community.

Their Mission Statement is a testament of their objectives and goals. Indus American Bank is strong and secure and is one of the first commercial bank focused on serving the South Asian community.

Headquartered in Edison, Indus American Bank operates a full service branch in Edison, Parsippany, Jersey City, Plainsboro and Hicksville (NY) and plans to expand to other cities in New Jersey and New York. Indus American Bank has been founded specifically to serve the needs of the South Asians, one of the fastest growing segments of the Asian ethnic group over the coming decade. Presently, Indus American Bank serves both the business as well as the retail customer.

Indus American Bank specializes in core business banking products for small to medium-sized companies with emphasis on real estate based lending as well as all the other products that are offered by main-stream banks.

Indus American Bank’s focus is to establish and maintain long term relationships with its customers by creating mutually beneficial relationships built on trust and integrity.

The Banks’ employees believe personal attention is of utmost importance when delivering sound, friendly and professional financial services that exceed customers’ expectations. Indus American Bank employees are empowered to think outside the box to deliver comprehensive financial services.

Police Across Morris County Participating in Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown

Traffic cones and traffic at a DWI check point

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Park Police and police agencies covering Morris County’s 39 municipalities are gearing up for the state’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown which runs through Monday, September 4.

Police Across Morris County Participating in Impaired Driving Enforcement CrackdownThe 2017 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Statewide Labor Day Crackdown runs until September 4. During the campaign, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols targeting.

“Despite years of enforcement and public awareness efforts, too many people still make the unfortunate decision to get behind the wheel while impaired.

“Nearly 30 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey are alcohol related,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “This is a zero tolerance campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,” he added.

Freeholder Doug Cabana

“On behalf of the entire Morris County Freeholder Board, I am asking all Morris County residents to be responsible when you get behind the wheel of your car or truck or motorcyle. It is a safety issue for all of our residents and visitors, and I certainly don’t want to see you in my courtroom,” said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana, who also Parsippany’s municipal prosecutor.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by educational activities including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs.

The campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.DUI Checkpoint lighter sign at night

Morris County Park Police Chief Gabe DiPietro reminds drivers: “Illegal drugs, including marijuana, and even legally prescribed pills, can lead to a charge of Driving While Intoxicated, if officers suspect a driver’s impairment is due to being under the influence of one of these substances.

“It’s certainly not just alcohol anymore, and over the past few years, we’ve seen a significant increase in Driving While Arrest charges stemming from narcotics.”

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2017 crackdown offer the following advice:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home. Click here for a discount on Uber.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Schools to open September 6

Parsippany Hills High School

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — It’s almost that time of year. Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Schools will open this year on Wednesday, September 6.

September 6 is one of the most dreaded days of the year for students. The Parsippany-Troy Hill Township School District has released its 2017-2018 calendar for public schools.

Grades K-12 are scheduled for 184 days, which allows for 4 snow/emergency days. If the number of snow/emergency days used is either more or less than four, the calendar will be adjusted accordingly. If more snow days are needed they will be taken from the April Break beginning with April 6.

The calendar includes important dates such as winter and spring vacations, religious holidays, federal holidays, early dismissals and parent-teacher conferences.

Here is the full list of dates to know for this school year:


  • Thursday, August 31: Teachers Report, Professional Development


  • Friday, September 1: Teachers Report, Professional Development
  • Monday, September 4: Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 5: Teachers, Grades 6 and 9 Orientation
  • Wednesday, September 6: First Day for Students
  • Thursday, September 21: No School (Rosh Hashanah)


  • Tuesday, November 7: No School for Students (Professional Development for Teachers)
  • Thursday, November 9: No School (NJEA Convention)
  • Friday, November 10: No School (NJEA Convention)
  • Wednesday, November 22: Half Day
  • Thursday, November 23: No School (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, November 24: No School (Thanksgiving holiday)


  • Friday, December 22: Half Day
  • Monday, December 25 through Friday, December 29: No School (Christmas Recess)


  • Monday, January 1: No School (New Year’s Day)
  • Monday, January 15: No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)


  • Monday, February 19: No School (Presidents’ Day)


  • Monday, March 12: No School for Students (Professional Development for Teachers)
  • Friday, March 30: No School (Good Friday)


    • Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6: No School (Spring Recess)


      • Monday, May 28: No School (Memorial Day)


    • Tuesday, June 5: No School for Students (Professional Development for Teachers)
    • Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20: Half Day for Students
    • Thursday, June 21: Last Day for Students and Teachers, Half Day for Students, Graduation

Click here to download the entire calendar.

View the Solar Eclipse at the Library


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — View the Solar Eclipse on the Parsippany Main Library’s Big Screen on Monday August 21, 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. and The Lake Hiawatha branch at 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Solar Eclipse. The moon moving in front of the sun. Illustration

Parsippany Main Library is located at 449 Halsey Road.  The Lake Hiawatha branch is located at 68 Nokomis Avenue, Lake Hiawatha.

View NASA’s live stream of the Solar Eclipse on the library’s movie screen.  

It’ll reach it’s midpoint of 73% coverage (the most we’ll be able to see in Morris County) at exactly 2:44:28 p.m.. The moon will finish its journey at 4:00:59 p.m., when the sun will be totally uncovered again.

Hear scientists explain the various stages and see the eclipse at various stages across the country.

Here are more safety tips from NASA here:

  • Homemade filters or sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun. Five manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar views meet international standards, and they are Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, TSE 17 and Baader Planetarium.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device.

Turkistanian American Association holds successful picnic at Lenni Lenape Park

Hglim Yoladas and Rahmet Karabura preparing the chicken Kebabs

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Turkistanian American Association held an annual picnic on Sunday, August 13 at Lenni Lenape Park in Parsippany.  Over 250 members, friends and family joined for this annual picnic.  The children were playing in the park, adults were dancing to the music of Salim Entertainment, while the chefs prepared Turkish treats for everyone.

Turkistanian American Association is a cultural non-profit organization established in 1958. The organization strives to preserve and cherish Turkistanian customs and traditions. Their goals are to maximize the recognition of our culture, cultural heritage, and identity. They encourage the members to be involved in the community, and to establish and maintain a link between the community in both the United States and their native land. Furthermore, the organization strives to acquaint the American public with the religious, cultural life, and traditions of Turkistan, especially Uzbekistan.

Turkistanian American Association members have access to community programs and resources that enhance their understanding and appreciation of the culture. Membership in the organization can play an important role in the personal development and social growth of the members. 90% of the members are Uzbek origin. The organization has members from all over the United States, but most of our members reside in the tri-state area.

Turkistanian American Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For more information about Turkistanian American Association, click here.