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Pro Bono Partnership Receives Grant From Investors Foundation

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John Savarese and Amanda Seppi, Investors Bank Assistant Vice Presidents and Branch Managers; Stephanie Speranza, Pro Bono Partnership Program Assistant; Michael Billia, Investors Bank Senior Vice President, District Manager; Melissa Greenberger, Pro Bono Partnership Staff Attorney; Maurice Segall, Pro Bono Partnership New York Program Director

NEW JERSEY — Pro Bono Partnership announced it was awarded a $2,500 grant from Investors Foundation. These funds will support the Partnership’s mission to strengthen and empower nonprofits and communities by providing free legal services to nonprofit organizations in New Jersey, Long Island, and the New York metropolitan region.

Investors Foundation’s generous grant will directly support the Partnership’s educational initiatives like webinars, workshops, and web-based publications that are designed to help nonprofit leadership, staff, and board members proactively identify pertinent legal issues and adopt best practices. By providing accessible and affordable legal resources, the Partnership helps nonprofits comply with applicable laws, and avoid risk.

“We’re so pleased to have Investors Foundation’s support for the important training the Partnership provides to nonprofits,” said Pro Bono Partnership Executive Director, Nancy Eberhardt. “Every nonprofit benefits from expert legal advice, and with the financial backing of partners like Investors Foundation, we can continue to provide those services free of charge to charities so they can focus their resources on building capacity and enhancing programming for their constituents,” Eberhardt continued.

Educational topics range from forming a nonprofit and determining a board’s leadership role, to navigating employment issues and complying with fundraising or advocacy laws. The Partnership is committed to making these resources as accessible as possible, so many are available on the Partnership’s website by clicking here through remote learning or on-demand webinars, or in-person training workshops.

Each year demand for the Partnership’s services increases, and last year was the busiest in the Partnership’s 20-year history. In 2017, Pro Bono Partnership assisted 800 nonprofits in the tristate area, providing 22,000 hours of free legal services valued at more than $9.5 million to the nonprofit sector. As one nonprofit executive recently said of Pro Bono Partnership, “The financial support that we receive is almost completely dedicated to our programs and services, so getting pro bono legal services is such a godsend!”

For 20 years, Pro Bono Partnership (probonopartner.org) has provided free transactional legal services to nonprofits in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. The Partnership annually recruits and mobilizes hundreds of attorneys from major corporations and law firms to donate their time and talent on behalf of its nonprofit clients. Access to expert, free legal counsel enables those nonprofit clients to more efficiently feed the hungry, house the homeless, promote the arts, protect the environment, and provide essential programs to our communities.

Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $25 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors’ banking services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing.  Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors. For more information click here.

Parsippany Town Hall Council Agenda Meeting 06-13-2018

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PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Town Hall Council Agenda Meeting of Wednesday, June 13.

Eddie, an eight-week old Pit mix, is looking for a home

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PARSIPPANY — Eddie is an eight-week old Pit mix! He is extremely sweet and affectionate! He will cover your face with kisses and when that gets too tiring, he will keep you trapped in a too-good-to-be-true cuddle session!

He is a spunky and playful boy who is always eager to run around and explore! Eddie enjoys playing with his two doggy foster siblings. They will wrestle and chase each other around the yard! After playtime, Eddie is more than happy to snuggle up next to you on the couch and take a nice, long nap.He is still a young puppy and trying his best to learn how house training works. With patience and positive reinforcement, he will learn in no time! He sleeps in his crate at night and is working on his leash training.

Eddie does fantastic with other dogs and would even love to have a buddy to go home to! Because Eddie is teething and still learning basic puppy manners, it would be best he went home with kids above the age of thirteen.

Eddie will make a wonderful companion to a family who will provide him with lots of love in return!

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

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Dedication of Flag Pole at Central Middle School

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Josh Knowle holding the plaque to be placed by the flag pole
The flag flies high at Central Middle School, thanks to Josh Knowle

PARSIPPANY — Today being June 14, Flag Day, Central Middle School recognized the accomplishments and hard work of Josh Knowle as he completes the requirements towards earning his Eagle Scout Award.

When Josh was in seventh grade he must have heard, the Principal Mr. Grey, complaining to someone about the fact that there was a need for a pathway to the flagpole.

The path created by Josh to the bottom of the flag pole

Soon thereafter, Josh approached Mr. Grey and told that for his Eagle Scout Project he wanted to install a walkway to and around the flagpole.

After a few rough drafts, lots of conversations and clearing Boys Scouts of America approval and Board of Education approval,  the Board of Education, Boy Scouts, Parents and Mayor Michael Soriano dedicated the project to the Students and Staff of Central Middle School.

Two months ago, the flagpole was very rusty and discolored. It had an old flag topper that was ready to fall off. Students and staff that tended to the flag each day had to do so in all weather conditions. In the winter, they would climb over mounds of plowed snow to get to the flagpole. After rain, students and custodians walked out into a muddy quagmire to tend to the flag only to come back into the building with wet shoes and soggy socks.

Josh Knowle with Principal Mr. Gray
Josh’s project included the complete renovation of the flagpole. Completely sanding and repainting the pole. The installation of a new flagpole topper which is a proud American Eagle. The installation of new pulley, rope and fasteners to last for years to come. The installation of a solar powered light to illuminate the flag in the evening. The digging of a pathway to and around the flagpole, the installation of weed block and gravel that make access to the flagpole area much easier.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano, Josh Knowle and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Sargent

The new flag that we raised today was donated by Former Parsippany Mayor Mr. Jamie Barberio.

It is the flag that we raise for days to come here at Central. This project would not have been possible had it not been for the efforts of Josh. He was organized and diligent in his preparation. He raised the money to fund this project from private donors as well as donations from local businesses. To commemorate this day and the completion of this project we will install a plaque so that students, staff and all visitors to Central Middle School will be able to recognize his accomplishments.
Josh with his parents Sandra and Ronald
The plaque will be displayed at the base of the flagpole and will read …. “On behalf of Central Middle School, we want to thank the Parsippany BOE for their support, the Central Custodial staff and the District maintenance department. Most of all we want to thank Josh, Mr. and Mrs. Knowle and Troop 72 for this great project.”
Central Middle School student, Nellie Castro, volunteered to raise the flag everyday this year.
Student Nellie Castro volunteered to raise the flag at Central Middle School everyday

New Jersey Blood Services Declares Blood Emergency

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MORRIS COUNTY — New Jersey Blood Services/New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency. The organization is asking people across Morris County to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply for hospitals throughout the area.

In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are below that minimum.

These low levels are particularly dangerous leading into summer months, when people are less likely to donate blood as schools go on summer break and families take vacations. The best preparation for life-threatening situations is having blood on hospital shelves in advance.

Our appeal happens to coincide with World Blood Donor Day, which is Thursday, June 14th, and celebrates volunteer blood donors for their life-saving gifts. This year it falls on the anniversary of the 2017 shooting at the congressional baseball practice. To recognize the importance of blood donations, members of the Republican and Democrat congressional baseball teams have joined together in a bipartisan, bicameral effort to promote World Blood Donor Day and the vital work of independent blood centers such as NYBC.

“Every single day, blood donations help save lives – and right now, the need is critical,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director of Donor Recruitment for New York Blood Center. “We’re calling on everyone to do what they can to spread the word, host a blood drive or simply take an hour out of their day to donate.”

Community members are encouraged to find time to donate blood at a NYBC donor center or convenient mobile blood drive, especially donors with O negative and B negative blood types. O negative blood donors are considered “universal,” and their blood type is needed most readily in trauma situations and emergency rooms across the country. B negative is a particularly rare blood type.

Companies, organizations, and community groups are also encouraged to host a blood drive this summer to help rebuild the blood supply, especially during the months of July and August.

In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and Save a Life, Right Here, Right Now in your own community. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.

How to help:

  • Donate blood or platelets at a donor center.
  • Donate at a mobile blood drive.
  • Host a blood drive in your community or at your organization.
  • Educate others in your family, community, and organization about blood donations, and encourage them to donate themselves and/or host a blood drive.
  • Promote the need for blood donors on social media.

For more information on where to donate or how to set up your own drive click here or call 1-800-933-2566.

About New York Blood Center: Founded in 1964, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the world. NYBC, along with its partner organizations Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri (CBC), Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve local communities of more than 45 million people in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT), Mid Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD), the Kansas City metropolitan area, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England. NYBC and its partners also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program, and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, which — among other milestones — developed the Hepatitis B vaccine and a patented solvent detergent plasma process innovating blood-purification technology worldwide.

Northvail’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Northvail on the front lawn celebrating their 50th

PARSIPPANY — It was a beautiful morning for a celebration! Out on the front lawn, Northvail had a kindergarten through fifth grade assembly program that included Flag Day, the 50th Anniversary of the construction of the building and honoring our Teacher of the Year!

During our 50th Anniversary celebration, the students had the opportunity to learn about a time capsule which was planted after the completion of the building and how we have added to it in keeping the tradition for the next generation to discover. Along with the time capsule, the students did a musical segment. Starting from present day and going to the decade Northvail was established, the 1960s. Students were dancing through the decades- from Happy by Pharrell Williams to doing the twist by Chubby Checker. They were definitely having a blast from the past!

Following our decade’s celebration, our Teacher of the Year was honored, Mrs. Webb! Students from each grade level were able to express what makes Mrs. Webb such a great vocal music teacher and we all couldn’t agree more! Congratulations to Mrs. Webb- you deserve it!

Jason Hao receives “Senate Resolution” at CMS Seventh Grade Awards Assembly

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Senator Joseph Pennacchio presenting Jason Hao with a Proclamation at the Central Middle School 7th Grade Awards Assembly

PARSIPPANY — Senator Joseph Pennacchio presented Jason Hao with a “Senate Resolution” at the Central Middle School 7th Grade Awards Assembly held on Tuesday, June 12.

Jason Hao was the first place winner during Central Middle School’s Fourth Annual Spelling Bee held onTuesday, February 27. (Click here to read related article.

Sixty-six classroom spelling bee champions from sixth, seventh and eighth grade competed for the school championship.

Joanne Hirsch, Spelling Bee Coordinator and teacher of English for 38 years in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District, organized the competition based on the Scripps National Spelling Bee guidelines.

After sixteen arduous and intensive rounds, this year’s school champion was a seventh grader, Jason Hao, who embraced the winning title with the word “humongous.”

A plaque in his name is displayed in the school and he received a free one year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica online (courtesy of Scripps National Spelling Bee).

Seventh grader Sehaj Munot came in second and Laya Neelisetty came in third.

The eloquent and articulate pronouncer was Mr. Joseph Gillespie, Computer Teacher, and the judges were Mr. Thomas Curcio, English teacher and Mrs. Theresa Mulroony (Guidance Counselor). Students had been enthusiastically studying 300 challenging words in preparation for the competition, and after the initial list was exhausted, random words from prior lists were utilized.

In light of the current focus on Core Content State Standards, this competition provides the opportunity for improvement of spelling and vocabulary skills.

A copy of the Senate Resolution appears below:

Morris County Republican Committee elects new officers

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Senator Joseph Pennachio and Republican County Chairman Ronald DeFillipis

PARSIPPANY — During the reorganization meeting of the Morris County Republican Committee held at Parsippany Sheraton Hotel, on Tuesday, June 12.

Ronald DeFilippis was elected Morris County Republican Chairman defeating Robert Zwigard by a vote margin.

DeFilippis, a GOP fundraiser and former commissioner of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, takes over the Republican organization as the County prepares to battle an increasingly popular Democratic Party.

Patti Page, who became county chair in 2016 when John Sette retired, did not seek election to a full two-year term.

The full slate of newly elected Morris County Republican Committee Officers are as follows:

Chairman:  Honorable Ronald DeFilippis
Vice Chairman:  Laura Marie Ali
Recording Secretary: Stephanie Sharratt
Corresponding Secretary: Major Nicholas DeGregorio
Treasurer: Attorney Robert Cascone
Sgt. At Arms: Honorable Guy Gregg
Council: Peter King, Esq.

State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) backed DeFilippis and is became the new executive director of the county GOP organization. He said “Ron DeFilippis is a good, decent man who will engage the Morris County Republican Party.  Ron is not a party boss. Ron is a consensus builder, a hard and selfless worker who will use his talents to increase our party’s presence and guarantee future Republican victories.  His efforts will not only improve our Republican party but the quality of life for all Morris County citizens regardless of party affiliation.”

Vice Chair Laura Ali said “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work hard for all Republicans.  Our first immediate goal is to bring the party together. We congratulate our slate of opponents on a great campaign and feel confident that after a day or two of rest and reflection, we will come back bigger and stronger than ever as a united Republican force to reckon with.”

“I am proud to be part of a terrific team of dedicated republicans and I look forward to unifying our organization, growing our Party, and expanding Republican victories in November and beyond.” said Rob Cascone, MCRC Treasurer.

 

President of Parsippany Clinical Laboratory Sentenced 72 months

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PARSIPPANY – The president of Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS) and his brother – a senior employee at the now-defunct company – were sentenced to federal prison terms for their respective roles in a conspiracy in which millions of dollars in bribes were paid to physicians for blood sample referrals worth more than $100 million to the company, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services was located at 181 New Road.

David Nicoll, 44, of Mountain Lakes, was sentenced to 72 months in prison; Scott Nicoll, 37, of Wayne, was sentenced to 43 months in prison. Each defendant had previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to an information charging one count of conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Federal Travel Act and one count of money laundering. Judge Chesler imposed the sentences today in Newark federal court.

“Today, the president of a diagnostic lab company and his brother were sentenced for their leading roles in a scam that led to one of the largest ever prosecutions of medical professionals in a bribery case,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said. “Medical referrals from a doctor should be based on what’s in the patient’s best interest, not on how much money the doctor is offered in kickbacks. The number of doctors and medical professionals sent to prison in this case should make that message abundantly clear.”

The investigation has resulted in the convictions of 53 defendants – 38 of them of doctors – in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies. It is believed to be the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a bribery case. The investigation has recovered more than $15 million through forfeiture. On June 28, 2016, BLS, which is no longer operational, pleaded guilty and was required to forfeit all of its assets.

“The FBI views health care fraud as a severe crime problem that impacts every American,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie said. “Fraud and abuse take critical resources out of our health care system, and contribute to the rising cost of health care for everyone. Today’s sentencing of David Nicoll and his brother Scott Nicoll are the result of a multi-agency investigation into a complex health care fraud scheme, requiring substantial investigative resources. The FBI, with its law enforcement partners, will continue to allocate a significant amount of expert resources to investigate these crimes and prosecute all those that are intent in defrauding the American public.”

“These two individuals masterminded an elaborate health care fraud scheme based on nothing more than greed,” Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said. “We trust that the work with our law enforcement partners – especially the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, IRS, and Postal Inspection Service – will send a clear message and dissuade individual health ‘professionals’ from making such corrosive schemes possible.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On April 9, 2013, federal agents arrested BLS president and part owner, David Nicoll; Scott Nicoll, a senior BLS employee and others, who were charged by complaint with bribery conspiracy, along with the BLS company. The conspiracy made millions in illegal profits between 2006 and April of 2013. David and Scott Nicoll admitted that BLS made substantially more than $100 million from Medicare and private insurance companies – just from bills related to blood specimens sent to BLS by bribed doctors.

BLS paid doctors millions of dollars – in cash or under the guise of sham lease, service, and consulting agreements through an elaborate network of shell entities used for that purpose. The defendants also admitted that one component of the bribery scheme was to pay some doctors a fee per test to induce them to increase their ordering of certain tests.

“Health care fraud of this magnitude cannot be tolerated, and today’s sentencings are the direct result of the tremendous investigative skills of all the participating law enforcement agencies,” Bryant Jackson, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS – Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office, said. “IRS – Criminal Investigation is proud to have been a part of this investigative team that helped to bring down and dismantle this massive health care conspiracy.”

“Throughout the course of this long-running investigation, Postal Inspectors, federal prosecutors and our law enforcement partners have diligently worked to unravel this elaborate bribery conspiracy,” Acting Inspector in Charge Judy Ramos of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said. “Although, the final defendants in this matter face sentencing today, Postal Inspectors will continue to tirelessly investigate complex fraud schemes that target consumers and businesses through the U.S. Mail.”

In addition to the prison terms, Judge Chesler sentenced the Nicolls to one year of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ehrie; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Lampert; IRS–Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Jackson, and inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Ramos, with the investigation leading to the sentencing.

Parsippany Teacher/Artist to have Art Exhibit in Denville

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Parsippany art teacher, Laura Rizzo

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany art teacher, Laura Rizzo, will be putting her own impressive work on display in her first solo art show at Prana Yoga Center on Saturday, June 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Her recent work, under the mantra “Everything is a Canvas” was warmly received at her first public exhibition in 2017 as all her displayed pieces sold out within the first hour.

Rizzo makes everything a canvas as she paints tranquil and inventive landscapes on a variety of items found in nature from leaves and tree bark to skulls and feathers, thus bringing new life to once living objects.  This event is free and open to the public.  Rizzo’s original art and prints will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be available.

Prana Yoga Center is located at 78 Broadway Denville.   For more on the art of Laura Rizzo, including online purchases and custom pieces click here

Viking Cheerleaders to hold Car Wash

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Kelsie Taylor and Alicia Stringas hold signs promoting the event

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Hills High School cheerleaders will be holding a car wash on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The cost is only $5.00 per car and will be held at the Parsippany Elks Lodge #2078, 230 Parsippany Road.

Please help support the cheerleaders as they raise funds for cheer camp.

 

Dads Eat Free at Zinburger Wine & Burger on Father’s Day

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Zinburger (with Manchego Cheese & Zinfandel Braised Onions)

PARSIPPANY — Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, the award-winning upscale boutique burger restaurant, is honoring Dad on his big day by offering a free meal on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17.

Dads will receive either a large salad or entrée sandwich with the purchase of an entrée at equal or less value.

This Father’s Day special is valid at all fifteen east coast locations for dine-in only.

For more information click here.

Since opening the East Coast’s first Zinburger in Clifton, more than seven years ago to much fanfare, stellar reviews and packed crowds, Zinburger has developed an almost fanatical guest following who enjoy made-to-order gourmet burgers, hand-dipped shakes and floats, decadent pies and 25 wine varieties.

All the gourmet burgers at Zinburger are scratch-made and cooked-to-order on a griddle in their own juices.  The Certified Angus Beef, American-style Kobe Beef and Certified Angus Beef/Prime Rib Blend are ground fresh at least twice a day.

Last year, Zinburger was named to Full Service Restaurant Magazine’s “The Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Chains,” which features the top 50 high potential, performance-proven full-service brands with fewer than 50 locations.

The Briad Group®, headquartered in Livingston, is one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in the U.S. The Briad Group’s entities are: licensed franchisees for Wendy’s, TGI Fridays™, Marriott and Hilton.  The Briad Group also owns Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, an upscale gourmet burger and wine concept that is rapidly expanding on the East coast.

Central Middle School Art Show was held on May 31

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PARSIPPANY — The Central Middle School Art Show took place on May 31. The show was held in the gymnasium at CMS. The artwork that was displayed was created by the art students throughout the entire school year. Students were also able to bring in artwork that they have created on their own time.

The Art Show really is a chance for our young artists to showcase their talents.
The Art Show really is a chance for our young artists to showcase their talents.

The Art Show really is a chance for our young artists to showcase their talents. It is so important for students at a young age to feel proud and successful of their hard work. The art show does require a lot of set up. During the set up process, the students involved in the art club help out with hanging and displaying all of the different types of projects.

Central Middle School Art Show took place on May 31

The art show featured paintings, drawings, pastels, ceramic art work and more. Central middle school music students also played piano, violin, and ukulele for all the attendees during the art show. It brings me a lot of joy to put the art show together and provide the change for central middle school to celebrate the arts amongst their friends and family.

Talented Art Program Art Exhibit was held at Central Middle School

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The Talented Art Program art show was held on Saturday, June 2 at Central Middle School

PARSIPPANY — The Talented Art Program is an art program that includes four fifth grade students from each of the elementary schools throughout the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District.

Students have to apply to the program then the chosen four are selected from each school by the art teacher.

This program provides young artists with many new artistic skills and techniques to further enhance their talents. During the Talented Art Program all students create and learn about art work that is based on the art that is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Talented Art Program ends with a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art followed by an art show that exhibits all of their work through out the program. 

This program provides young artists with many new artistic skills and techniques to further enhance their talents. During the Talented Art Program all students create and learn about art work that is based on the art that is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“It gives me a lot of joy to put the TAP art show together and provide the chance for these students to celebrate their achievements in the program with their friends and family,” said Art Teacher Laura Rizzo.

Parsippany Republican Committee elects new officers

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Dr. Louis Valori (File Photo)

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Republican Committee elected Dr. Louis Valori as the new Chairman and Freeholder John Cesaro as Vice Chairman.

Former Chairwoman Nicole Green decided not to run again for the 2018-2019 term. Lou Valori said “We are grateful for her leadership and insights and thank her for years of dedicated service to the Republican Party.”

“As your Committee Chair, I will be steadfastly focused on and committed to strengthening our party base, advocating on behalf of our party’s principals and working toward making a positive impact to our residents’ quality of life while protecting our taxpayers’ interests,” said Valori.

Freeholder John Cesaro

The full slate of newly elected Parsippany Republican Committee Officers are as follows:

Chairman:  Dr. Louis Valori
Vice Chairman:  Freeholder John Cesaro
Recording Secretary: Angela Stanton
Corresponding Secretary: Isabella Alfano
Treasurer: Jeff Golderer
Parliamentarian: Councilman Michael dePierro
Sgt. At Arms: Former Councilman Vincent Ferrara

Lou Valori, former Parsippany-Troy Hills Council President, lost his attempt for re-election to the Township Council in November 2017. In addition Valori challenged “Team Morris” in the 2016 Morris County Freeholder race and lost to Tom Mastrangelo, Doug Cabana and Kathy DeFillippo.

Current Freeholder John Cesaro recently lost the Republican nomination for Freeholder to Deborah Smith, John Krickus and Stephen Shaw. Cesaro’s term on the Freeholder Board ends on December 31, 2018.

Troy Hills Elementary School’s K-Kids put together “The Kindness Project”

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Troy Hills Elementary School's K-Kids "The Kindness Project."

PARSIPPANY — Troy Hills Elementary School’s Kiwanis K-Kids put together a week of kindness during the first week in June called “The Kindness Project.” Prior to its start, students in 4th and 5th grades who are in K-Kids made posters and went around to all of the classes to talk about the week.

Students and teachers kicked off the week by wearing pink and purple to brighten our school and our hearts. Each student painted a rock with a motivational word or phrase. During the week, classes took their rocks out and put them in our Kindness Rock Garden, which is located near the entrance of our school. 
Throughout the whole week, we made our Kindness Tree bloom with hearts of kindness. Whenever a student saw a random act of kindness, they wrote it on a heart, and we put the hearts on our tree. Students announced 4-5 acts of kindness each day from the hearts over the loud speaker, and they motivated everyone to be kind towards one another.
The tree was in full bloom by the end of the week, and the rock garden looks fantastic. They are reminders for us to be compassionate and generous towards others. The students have been working on demonstrating positive character traits all school year, and this was a great way for them to apply what they learned. It was a great way to end the school year!

Hofstra University Congratulates Spring 2018 Provost’s List Students

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PARSIPPANY — Hofstra University is proud to announce the Spring 2018 Provost’s List, which recognizes students who have earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Parsippany residents named to the Provost’s List include:

Jessica Ferguson

Jessica Ferguson a 2017 Graduate of Parsippany High School. She is studying Speech-Language Pathology.

Lucas Folan, Parsippany Hills High School Jazz Band (File Photo)

Lucas Folan, a 2017 Graduate of Parsippany Hills High School. He is studying Music Education.

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university. Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.

Freneau Road will be given the honorary name of “Chief Marty Rosen Way

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PARSIPPANY — On June 17 at 2:00 p.m. the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills will be dedicating a street to honor a 48-year veteran of the Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad.

Freneau Road will be given the honorary name of “Chief Marty Rosen Way” in a ceremony to be held at the Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad (PVAS) building, 397 Parsippany Road, Parsippany.

The PVAS building sits on the corner of Parsippany Road and Freneau Road. Mayor Michael A. Soriano will preside over the event.

Marty Rosen and his family

Marty Rosen was a volunteer with the Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad for 48 years and was still an active member when he unexpectedly passed away on June 3, 2017 at the age of 89. Mr. Rosen joined the squad in 1968, three days after the squad was called to his home, for an injury to his youngest son, and circled the neighborhood three times not being able to find the new address. Mr. Rosen came home after joining and told his wife “they will never not find us again.” Having accomplished what he set out to do, Marty stayed with the squad for the next 48 years helping others. Over that period of time he held every rank and office the squad had to offer except Chief. The squad awarded him that rank posthumously in January 2018. It is estimated Marty went on over 12,000 calls in his time with the squad.

This included delivering two babies in the town. Marty was also squad liaison to the New Jersey First Aid Council District Six. Most current squad members who rose through the ranks were instructed how to do things “Marty’s way.” This became a rallying cry on how to get things done properly. When Marty passed away in June, the squad transported his casket to the cemetery in the ambulance for “one last ride.” The township also broadcast a final farewell over the police radio for all to hear. Not wanting to let go of a beloved member or lose his memory and what he meant to them, the squad petitioned the town for the street dedication.

Mayor Soriano was instrumental in getting the job done. In addition to volunteering for 48 years on the PVAS, after retiring, Marty was a school crossing guard stationed at Parsippany High School.

A decorated veteran of the Korean War, Marty was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in action in Korea during June of 1951. Marty also survived the battle at the Chosin Reservoir. Even though wounded in com-bat and suffering frostbite, Marty remained with the United States Marine Corp for the next 30 years. Again, when others would have left after doing what they had to do, he stayed. The town and squad invite all residents to attend the ceremony to honor a man who defined the spirit of volunteerism.

The Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad has been serving the community since 1942. They are your “Neighbors helping Neighbors.”

They are 100% volunteer, 100% of the time. We do not bill for our services.

Morris County School of Technology’s Performing Arts Dance Students Honored

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Kierstyn Edore and Leah Suskind

DENVILLE — Two of Morris County School of Technology’s Performing Arts Dance students were recently honored with prestigious dance awards.

Kierstyn Edore, a student in the Academy for Performing Arts-Dance received the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance. This award is given to a high school dance student who expressed superlative academic excellence and creativity in essay, skill in performance and originality in choreography.

Edore was also selected by the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) as National Honorable Mention Recipient for the 2018 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award. She received a certificate of achievement for excelling in three categories: Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement.

Leah Suskind, also a student in the Academy for Performing Arts, was selected by the NHSDA as a National Finalist of the 2018 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award. Leah also received a certificate of achievement for excelling in the categories and a $250 scholarship from NHSDA Preferred Vendor, The Studio Director.

The Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance is one of the annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education, and is sponsored by Dance New Jersey, the official state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).

The Morris County Vocational School District provides vocational and enrichment programs that inspire and prepare students to succeed in today’s world and pursue tomorrow’s opportunities. The Academy for Performing Arts is a four-year full-time public arts high school program offering career preparation in dance. Click here to learn about programs, including high school Career Academies, Share Time Programs, and Adult Education programs.

 

DeCroce’s bill capping some out-of-pocket prescription costs clears insurance panel

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Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce

PARSIPPANY — Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce reducing out-of-pocket costs for some prescription drug coverage holders was approved by the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee by an 11-0-2 vote. The bill (A2431) caps a covered patient’s share of the price of medications.

“Easing the out-of-pocket burden for insured patients can result in reduced healthcare costs in the long run,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). “Many people with high cost-sharing plans don’t take vital medications prescribed by their doctors because they can’t afford their co-pays. The result is poor health outcomes and increased long term costs for chronically ill patients. Capping out-of-pocket payments benefits both patients and insurers.”

Delaware, Maryland, Louisiana, California and the District of Columbia have passed similar legislation. Maine and Vermont have limits on the annual out-of-pocket costs to consumers, and Virginia and five other states require insurance companies to provide notice to consumers of cost-sharing tiers and all changes to the plans.

The provisions of the measure apply to the state’s individual and small employer plans, the State health benefits program and the school employees’ health benefits program.

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