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Governor Murphy visits Parsippany

Governor Phil Murphy and Mayor Michael Soriano at the Parsippany Community Center on Monday, April 23

PARSIPPANY — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Parsippany-Troy HIlls Mayor Michael Soriano stopped by to say hello to the Monday Mah Jongg Ladies at Parsippany Community Center on Monday, April 23. The Governor was in Parsippany attending a meeting of the Mayor’s.


Sparta driver with warrant stopped in Jefferson Township


PARSIPPANY — Morris County Park Police Officers executed a motor-vehicle stop for a moving violation in Jefferson Township on Friday, April 13.

The driver, Brian J. Flynn, 49, of Sparta Township, had an active warrant for failure to appear in Parsippany Municipal Court.

Mr. Flynn was turned over to the custody of the Parsippany Police Department.

Kiwanis Club seeking vendors for annual Touch-a-Truck

Liam Kinsey sitting comfortably in the tire of the backhoe

PARSIPPANY — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany will be hosting its annual Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, June 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1515 Route 10 East, Parsippany (Just before Dryden Way). The price is $5.00 per person or $20.00 maximum per family.

Touch-a-Truck is a fundraising event to benefit the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany. Children of all ages can have a hands-on experience with all kinds of vehicles and interact with community support leaders like police officers, firemen, first aid squad volunteers, sanitation workers and many more!

Every child will receive a goody bag full of surprises including a free ice cream cone and much more.

Aside from being a great time for the family, this event helps support our major initiatives. Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Our Parsippany based group supports and sponsors many community causes.

Kiwanis Club is looking for additional vendors to participate in this great event, as well as sponsors.

For more information click here, or contact Touch-a-Truck Chairman Nicolas Limanov at or (917) 499-7299.

Parsippany’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition


PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Parsippany-Troy Hills School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that Parsippany-Troy Hills School District is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.

Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.

A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation click here.



Parsippany Town Hall Council Regular Meeting, 04/17/2018


Parsippany Town Hall Council Regular Meeting, 04/17/2018 – Part 1. This meeting was filmed in two parts. Here is part two:

CCM’s Student Run Newspaper Garners Seven Awards

Moe Rahmatullah, Beth Peter, Professor Russ Crespolini, Brett Friedensohn, Drew Natarnicola, Alexa Wyszkowski and Arianna Parks shared a smile at the New Jersey Press Foundation Awards on Saturday, April 14

RANDOLPH — The Youngtown Edition, County College of Morris’ (CCM) award-winning student run newspaper, recently added seven more awards to its long list of accolades from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association (NJCPA), this time for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Competing in the two-year college category, the newspaper won top honors in news writing, editorial writing, enterprise investigative reporting, layout and design and third place in photography and overall website. On April 14, at the NJCPA’s awards luncheon held at the Courtyard Marriott in Jamesburg, The Youngtown Edition received second place in General Excellence for the third consecutive year.

Formed in 1952, the NJCPA’s mission is to advance the prestige and integrity of NJ college newspapers. NJCPA is the charitable arm of the New Jersey Press Association.

Youngtown advisor and CCM adjunct professor Russ Crespolini, who is also the editor of The Progress newspaper, is proud of the student journalists for their hard work, due diligence in reporting and their dedication in producing a bi-weekly campus newspaper.

Crespolini respects the judgement of the NJCPA stating that the association members are an incredibly dedicated and talented group of journalists who take their craft very seriously.

“To be acknowledged by them is a big validation to these students. Their work, I feel, speaks for itself, but it is nice to be acknowledged by those whose job it is set the industry standard. It echoes the compliments from the campus community and local officials the staff received this past year.”

The 2017-2018 awards received were as follows:

First Place – News Writing for “Student Government Shutdown: ‘Petty’ disagreements, ‘dysfunction’ and misconduct allegations see group disbanded,” published April 26, 2017– Beth Peter of Califon, Jannat Sheikh of Hopatcong, Moe Rahmatullah of Parsippany

First Place – Editorial Writing for “Support proposed New Voices of New Jersey legislation,” published April 26, 2017 – Brett Friedensohn of Morris Plains

First Place – Enterprise / Investigative Reporting for Youngtown’s fire safety certificates investigative series published in October and November of 2017  – Brett Friedensohn, Jannat Sheikh

First Place – Layout and Design for the Halloween issue published October 25, 2017 – Staff of The Youngtown Edition

Second Place – General Excellence – Staff of The Youngtown Edition

Third Place – Photography for Youngtown arts section in the Wednesday, November 8 issue – Arianna Parks of Bedminster

Third Place – Overall Website for work on – Alexa Wyszkowski of Rockaway, Marisa Goglia of Madison

“These newswriting awards are not easy ones to get,” Crespolini said. “We had some stiff competition. But we challenged ourselves there and with our design this year so those were standout awards for me.”

The Youngtown Edition is produced completely by the students at The County College of Morris with the assistance of a faculty advisor and technical advisor. The students decide on the content and no experience is required to get involved.

“That is one of the things I love about Youngtown. Every semester is different. We have new faces who come in with new ideas and interests and that informs what ends up in our pages and what awards we end up being recognized for,” Crespolini said. “Some of our members take what they learn in Professor (John) Soltes classes and expand on it with us but many come to use with no experience. They just have an interest in writing or photography or graphic design.”

According to Crespolini, another benefit of Youngtown is immediate clips and marketable skills.

“I’ve personally hired multiple students directly from the Youngtown for full time and part time and freelance work,” Crespolini said. “And some of them have used their work samples for internships and to get jobs other places as well.”

Crespolini said there are always openings at the paper, and anyone interested can email by clicking here.

The Youngtown Edition can be found on the CCM website by clicking here.


Mount Tabor Tag Sale – Attic Treasures & Trinkets


PARSIPPANY — Mount Tabor Tag Sale – Attic Treasures & Trinkets will be held on Friday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 29, 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Bethel in Mount Tabor.

Members of the Society have made donations to the sale, which will include unusual and interesting items; something for everyone.

After the sale, feel free to take a walk in Trinity Park, circled by the oldest Victorian houses in Mount Tabor. For information call (973) 714-7344.

Directions: Turn off Route 53 onto Dickerson Road or St John’s Avenue and follow the signs. Park at the Mt. Tabor post office at 26 Simpson Avenue. Proceeds help the Mount Tabor Historical Society support its Richardson History House and to fund programs concerning the importance of preserving the historic community.

Parsippany Elks purchases $2,000 in trees for Parsippany


PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Elks Lodge #2078 purchased $2,000 in trees using a Beacon Grant from the Elks National Foundation.

The trees will be planted by Elks members on Parsippany-Troy Hills Township owned properties. This is the second year the Parsippany-Troy Hills Elks received this grant. The guidelines of the grant calls for the members to apply and use the grant for the same purpose each year.

Pictured above are Joe Serrechia, Michael Markoski, Scott Burns, Walter Rusin, Eric Bisah, Parsippany-Troy Hills Parks and Forestry Superintendent James Walsh, Cerbo’s Owner Tony Cerbo, Ceil Cerbo, Cindy Cooper, Mayor Michael Soriano, Sean Rice, Edward Rice, Doug Moroz and Tyler Cerbo.

Cerbo’s Parsippany Greenhouses is located at 440 Littleton Road, and is a long-running nursery carrying seasonal flowers, trees and shrubs, plus soil and landscaping products.

For more information on Cerbo’s Parsippany Greenhouses, click here.

Parsippany Elks BPO Lodge is located at 230 Parsippany Road. For more information click here.

Students participate in Knollwood PTA Car Wash

Caleb Swicinski, 10, washing cars during Knollwood's Fourth Grade Fundraiser

PARSIPPANY — Fourth Grade students participated in Knollwood School PTA Car Wash on Saturday, April 21.

The students charged $5.00 per car for a sparkling clean job!

Caleb Swicinski, 10, washing cars during Knollwood’s Fourth Grade Fundraiser
Students washing cars
Students washing cars
Lisa Doinin, 9, Jayden Stevens, 9, and Hagop Dechoian, 9, displaying signs on Knoll Road to attract cars for the Knollwood Car Wash

Starbucks sponsoring “Coffee With a Cop”

Officer Remo D'Alessandro enjoying a delicious donut with his coffee

PARSIPPANY — Starbucks is sponsoring the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department’s Fourth Coffee with a Cop event.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 9 at 1429 Route 46 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The mission of “Coffee with a Cop” is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve.

Please stop by and meet your local police officers, ask questions, and enjoy some coffee.

Volunteers Clean Up Troy Meadows

Volunteers cleaning Troy Meadows

PARSIPPANY — A number of volunteers were removing debris scattered throughout Troy Meadows during Earth Day weekend.

Troy Meadows is a remnant of the last glacier, a part of ancient Lake Passaic. A huge mass of ice broke off the glacier and rested here, enclosed in a thick layer of glacial debris. As the ice melted and settled, a depression formed, lined with the sediments deposited by the glacier. At one time the meadows were part of a vast lake of glacial melt water that drained through the Great Falls of Paterson. Gradually, the water level dropped and marsh plants invaded the area.

Volunteers cleaning Troy Meadows
Volunteers cleaning Troy Meadows
Parsippany resident Nathan Albon cleaning up debris in Troy Meadows

ADP gives back to the community

David White, Division Vice President, Tools and Technology for ADP’s Global Business Solution and Mayor Michael Soriano

PARSIPPANY — A $2,000 donation was presented by ADP to each the following Parsippany organizations at the Township Council meeting held on Tuesday, April 17.

· Parsippany-Troy Hills Free Public Library
· Parsippany Police Athletic League
· Police Benevolent Association Local 131
· Parsippany-Troy Hills Fire Association
· Parsippany Ambulance Squad

A total of $10,000 was donated by ADP to local organizations.

The presentation was given by David White, Division Vice President, Tools and Technology for ADP’s Global Business Solution. 

The headquarters for its Major Accounts Division – which supports companies with 50-999 employees –  is located right across from Parsippany Town Hall at One Waterview Boulevard.  ADP’s other key location at 99 Jefferson Road houses over 1,000 associates and is considered one of ADP’s largest service and implementation centers on the East Coast. ADP has four campuses within ten miles of each other, two located in Parsippany and 150 associates that live in Parsippany.

David has been attending and giving back to the community for the fifth consecutive year.  David shared one of ADP’s core values of giving back to the communities where we work and live.  ADP is the largest Human Capital Management provider in the world and is proud to have two major sites located in Parsippany.  

White indicated that ADP’s CEO and President Carlos Rodriguez has always been a big advocate of giving back to communities, and has made it part of the ADP culture.  One way that he demonstrates this is by giving each full time ADP associate eight hours of paid volunteer time per year, to be used in the form of volunteer work or community service to make the world a better place to live and work. 

Judge rules County Committee Candidates can run with bad advice


MORRIS COUNTY — Passaic County Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela has ruled that the Morris County practice of allowing political parties to decide how many signatures are needed to run for county committee is illegal, but will allow candidates to run this year, since fault for the deficiencies with their petitions were caused by bad advice from the Morris County Clerk’s office.

The ruling made by Passaic County Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela is a blow to a long-standing Morris County practice of allowing political parties to set the number of signatures needed to appear on the ballot as a candidate for county committee.

Since 1994, the Morris County clerk has allowed Republican candidates for county committee to appear on the ballot with five signatures, while requiring one for Democratic candidates.

The county committees voted to have candidates require their respective number of signatures in 1994, and the county clerk’s office has abided by those decisions ever since. On December 8, 2017, Laura Roberts, the elections manager at the Morris County Clerk’s office, sent a memo advising local clerks in the county of the now-illegal policy.

In his ruling, Caposela said that Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi “administered a memorandum that runs counter to the relevant state statutes.”

“The error was not the fault of the prospective candidates,” Caposela ruled in his opinion.

Democrats have not won a race for Morris County Clerk since before the Civil War, but a judge’s ruling yesterday that Ann Grossi did not understand state election law has now become an issue in her bid for re-election to a second term this fall.

Shala Gagliardi

Chatham attorney Shala Gagliardi, the Democratic candidate for county clerk, is criticizing Grossi for her decision to follow the instructions of a former Morris County Republican Chairman on county committee petitions rather than obey the easy-to-understand statute that twenty other counties use.

“Ensuring the integrity of our election process is one of the most important duties of the County Clerk. The people of Morris County trusted our clerk to be an effective steward of our elections,” said Gagliardi.

Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi

Grossi’s mistake has already brought back a statement she made while seeking a pay raise that she is “overqualified to run” the county clerk’s office because she is an attorney.

“The people of Morris County should be concerned about the fact that a clear state statute governing our elections has been ignored under Clerk Grossi’s watch,” Gagliardi said. “This raises questions about whether any other election laws have also been neglected or overlooked.”

Laura Roberts, Elections Manager, Morris County Clerk’s Office, sent the following email to all municipal clerks, including Parsippany’s Municipal Clerk, Khaled Madin. Parsippany has 39 voting districts, each one allowing a male and female candidate. Based on a male and a female in each district that would make a maximum of 78 Republican candidates and a maximum of 78 Democrat candidates. Most of the candidates were advised that Republicans needed only five signatures each on their ballots, while Democrats only need one signature each on their ballot.

In submitting the petitions to the Township Clerk most candidates followed the advice of Laura Roberts obtaining only five signatures for Republicans and one signature for Democrats, thus not qualifying under state statute as a candidate for the county committee.

Parsippany residents will be voting for members of the county committee in the June primary.

Allison Davanzo Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Allison Davanzo

PARSIPPANY — Allison Davanzo, a 2016 graduate of Parsippany High School, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Davanzo is pursuing a degree in Public Health at The College of New Jersey.

Davanzo is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Since its founding, 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization’s notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each biennium, Phi Kappa Phi awards $1.4 million to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi click here.

Alyssa Chellaraj accepted to West Point

Alyssa Chellaraj

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Christian School student Alyssa Chellaraj was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Alyssa Chellaraj, when she was a Junior at Parsippany Christian School, was among 1,000 attendees at West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) last June. More than 5,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLE, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point. SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks, eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic, and military workshops. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers, and lives, in general.

Established in 1970, Parsippany Christian School has been one of the key ministries of Parsippany Baptist Church, conveniently located near the junctions of Route 10, 46, 80, and 287 in Morris County in Northern N.J. Parsippany Christian School educates students with classes from pre-Kindergarten through High School. Our goal is to assist and thus to partner with parents in their biblical role of both academic and spiritual education by offering a superior core education that encompasses both in a Christian worldview. Our faculty is dedicated to both sound academic instruction as well as to godly mentorship. The end goal is to train the next generation of Christian young people who will demonstrate biblical wisdom by surrendering their lives to the will of God and who will serve as a witness and testimony for Him in their community whether that be in the


Parsippany PAL Redhawks Football to hold Cornhole Tournament

Cornhole board with bags and board being tossed

PARSIPPANY — On April 27, 2018, the Parsippany PAL Redhawks Football Program will host their 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m., play will begin at 7:00 p.m., at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road.

Proceeds from the Tournament will benefit the Parsippany PAL Redhawks Football Program.

For those unfamiliar with the game, Cornhole is a bean bag toss game similar to horseshoes that can be played anywhere. We expect that the evening will be a fun, casual night out.

Players can sign up as a two person team or individually using the Google Form by clicking here.  It is $50.00 per team or $25.00 per player.  Payment will be collected at the door.

Update: Lost Dog in Parsippany – Morris Plains area has been found

If you see this dog please call (917) 757-7419 or (862) 213-2200

PARSIPPANY — The lost dog wandering around the Parsippany/Morris Plains area has been found and is home with it’s owners. The male dog was terrified and will run. He is chipped and lost his collar.

He was seen on Thursday evening in the Mountain Way area. He was also see on Dean Gallo Way, Fairchild Avenue (Morris Plains), Central Park Dog Park, Frelinghuysen Middle School and on various streets in the area.

He ran away from the owner on April 12 after hearing a loud noise.

Par-Troy Little League celebrates “Opening Day” ceremonies

Eagle Scout Rahul Patel throwing out one of the first balls

PARSIPPANY — On Saturday, April 14, the Par-Troy Little League East celebrated its 56th year in Little League, at the morning opening day celebration in Dileo Field.

Chris Mazzarella, President of Par-Troy Little League East welcomed everyone to the Par-Troy East Little League Complex  to celebrate the opening of our 2018 Little League season and their 56th year in Little League.

Par-Troy Little League Ava LaPresti sang the National Anthem. Among the dignitaries joining the celebration was Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano, Council President Paul Carifi, Jr., and Councilman Michael dePierro. Past President and Superintendent of Recreation Joe Plescia,  Debbie Delio (The field is named after her husband Dan) and Par-Troy Little League West President Frank Neglia.

The 2018 Par-Troy Little League East Executive Board consists of:

    • Mike Plescia- Player Agent
    • Paul Furfaro- VP Baseball
    • Joel Bermudez- VP Softball
    • Dan Preston – Information Officer
    • John Corforte- VP Development
    • Ed Weiss- Treasurer
    • Jeff Sherry- Safety Officer
    • League Secretary- Tiffany Hiltz
    • Coaches Coordinator- Jeff Levine

President Mazzarella thanked the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Recreation Department, Parsippany-Troy Hills Parks and Forestry and the Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education for the use of their fields, and support of our league and the Parsippany PAL for the use of their facilities.

Mazzarella also thanked Stop and Shop for the second year in a row they donated a pallet of water as well as over 700 hamburgers and to Modell’s for their support. Modell’s has been a partner with PTE for many years from selling t-shirts for the LL World Series team and donating every penny back to the league also having the 15% coupons and donating 5% back to the league. He also thanked all the other sponsors, but there were too many to name each one individually.


Rahul Patel chose PTE as the place to perform his Eagle scout project. The Garden Beds you will see behind Gallo & Taylor fields as well as the stone pathway to the dugout and bleachers behind Taylor

He also acknowledged Rahul Patel for choosing Par-Troy East as the place to perform his Eagle scout project. The Garden Beds behind Gallo & Taylor fields as well as the stone pathway to the dugout and bleachers behind Taylor. Rahul spent countless hours planning and executing the project with his fellow scouts.

Par-Troy Little League East President Chris Mazzarella with Katie Blair

Each year they have a contest among the players to come up with the logo to be used on the front of the uniforms. This year’s winner is Katie Blair.

Par-Troy Little League East President Chris Mazzarella presenting Rachel Vitiello with the Michael Weist award

On opening day the managers from majors baseball and softball from the previous season choose a second year majors baseball and softball player to be honored with the Michael Weist award.  Michael was a player who displayed great sportsmanship, teamwork and dedication to Par-Troy East Little League. He also touched a great number of his friends and classmates throughout his years. This award is not about what happens on the field, it’s about what happens in the dugout or around the complex. It’s not about being a good ballplayer but rather about being a good teammate, a leader and most of all a good person.  This year the softball recipient is Rachel Vitiello. On the baseball side the managers had a hard time choosing one recipient, so this year there are two.  The recipients for baseball are Dean Cattani and Brandon Hiltz.

Par-Troy Little League East President Chris Mazzarella presenting Brandon Hiltz with an award
Par-Troy Little League East President Chris Mazzarella presenting Dean Cattani with an award



Miracles USA Taekwondo Athletes were awarded medals


PARSIPPANY — Miracles USA Taekwondo of Parsippany celebrates the achievements of its elite competition team at the Pennsylvania State Taekwondo Championship held in Downingtown, PA, on Saturday, April 14.  The competition team earned a total of ten medals in a variety of Taekwondo disciplines.

The following athletes were awarded medals:

Gold Medals
Kyra Kozar – World Class Junior Division Poomsae – Team
Destinie Nodarse- World Class Junior Division Poomsae – Pairs
Erhan Sarki- World Class Junior Division Poomsae – Team

Silver Medals
Kyra Kozar- World Class Junior Division Poomsae – Individual
Connie Lee – World Class Cadet Division  Poomsae – Pairs
Connie Lee – World Class Cadet Division Poomsae – Team
Jerrick  Li – World Class Cadet Division Poomsae – Individual

Bronze Medals
Jerrick Li – World Class Cadet Poomsae Individual – Pairs
Destinie Nodarse – World Class Junior Division Poomsae – Individual
Erhan Sarki – World Class Junior Division Poomsae – Individual

Miracles USA Taekwondo also thanks Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute and Agape Black Belt Center, both of Rochester, NY, for their collaboration with our Miracles team. Congratulations to their athletes  for their medal-winning Poomsae performances with our team.

The Miracles USA Taekwondo competition team has now qualified to compete at the 2018 USA National Taekwondo Championships to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, in July.

The Miracles USA Taekwondo is located at 388 Route 46.

Peter Lanigan inducted in Hall of Fame

The Lanigan family

PARSIPPANY — Peter Lanigan was inducted into the New Jersey High School Ice Hockey Hall of Fame recently.

The Hall of Fame honors the contributions and accomplishments of these individuals who are worthy of recognition as examples for others to emulate and serves as a symbol of appreciation of the excellence, honor, and devotion displayed by these celebrated individuals.

The plaque Mr. Lanigan received read “For Recognition of your Outstanding Time, Effort and Contributions in the Sport of High School Ice Hockey in the State of Jersey, New Jersey High School Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, inducted on April 15, 2018.”

What started as a way to make some money in between acting gigs, turned into a lifetime of “acting” like an official for well over ten thousand games and more directly, over 1,500 high school hockey games over a 30+ year endeavor.

Peter has served the referee community as an assignor, seminar instructor, referee-in-chief of the AYHL and the MJHL and President of the local chapter of NIHOA. He has worked the RHI and currently works for the NHL as an off-ice official. Some of the big games (they’re all big) Peter has officiated in a proud career include multiple TOC championships and Public school championships, along with several Mennen and Gordon Cups and other Cup finals and semi’s. The “Best” officiating experience might have been when he did both the Mennen Cup and the Gordon Cup on the same day, with a few minutes to spare.

As a player, Peter was team captain both his junior and senior years at Hanover Park (’79). He went on to play at Elmira and then Upsala College, under, referee, Dave Sloan. After college, while pursuing acting, Peter was the hockey director at Totowa Ice World and then onto coaching stops at Hanover Park, Millburn, Hudson Catholic, Parsippany and currently Pequannock.

“I am extremely proud of this man and everything he does! For a humble man who looks after those more than himself many a time, it’s heartwarming to see him get the spotlight this time. Love you, Dad,” said Brian Lanigan.

Brian Lanigan with his father Peter Langian

Lanigan is also official for high school hockey and lacrosse, two of the sports his youngest son, Patrick, plays at Parsippany.

Patrick Lanigan is a Parsippany High School junior. (Click here see related article) Catherine Lanigan is a sophomore at Juniata, playing field hockey and lacrosse. The oldest child, Brian Lanigan, pictured with his dad above, is a senior communications major at Montclair State and webmaster of

The New Jersey High School Ice Hockey Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to formally honor the contributions of the many outstanding players, coaches, teams and contributors to New Jersey high school ice hockey.

He is happily married to his bride of 23 years, Barbara and has three young adult children, Brian, Catherine and Patrick.