Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Morris Township Police Sergeant saves the life of a two year old child while on vacation

Sgt. Sean O'Hare

MORRIS TOWNSHIP —  On Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 1:28 p.m., Morris Township Police Sergeant Sean O’Hare was enjoying his vacation at Clearwater Beach, Florida, when he was “called into action.”

Sergeant O’Hare quickly recognized the commotion and distress surrounding the incident of a two year old child that was drowning.

The child was blue and not breathing when removed from the water.

Sergeant O’Hare initiated CPR and was able to resuscitate the child. 

Over 200 attend fundraiser for Morris County Democrats

Dominique Little and special guest Speaker Emeritus and Lt. Governor candidate, Sheila Oliver

MONTVILLE — The Morris County Democrat Committee held a fundraiser at the Montville Community Park on Saturday, August 12. Over 200 were in attendance to listen to Congresswoman Candidate Mikie Sherrill, Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett, Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark and Mitch Colbert.  Scott Salmon (District 7 Congressman Candidate) and Peter Jacob, running against Leonard Lance also joined to listen to special guest Speaker Emeritus and Lt. Governor candidate, Sheila Oliver.

Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark, Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Candidates Janice McCarthy and Emily Peterson with Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayoral Candidate Michael Soriano

Parsippany Mayoral Candidate Michael Soriano, and Council Candidates Emily Peterson and Janice McCarthy were also in attendance.

It was a afternoon of fun, politics and delicious food.

Michael Soriano and Mikie Sherrill
Al Anthony and Sheila Oliver

Ryan Byrne Graduates from Hofstra University

Ryan Byrne with one of his classmates and friends, Ryan P. Fitzgerald

PARSIPPANY — Ryan T. Byrne, a 2013 Graduate of Parsippany Hills High School, recently graduated from Hofstra University in May 2017, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked private university just 25 miles from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities.

They offer small classes and personal attention with the resources, technology, and facilities of a large university. Students can chose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering and applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates, Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students known for civic engagement and public service.

PHS Bands held successful car wash

The Car Wash crew of PHS Bands
Junior Richard Sevilla washing the vehicles during the PHS Bands Car Wash
Senior Anthony Martucci hosing the soap from the vehicles at the PHS Bands Car Wash held on Saturday, August 12

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — The Parsippany High School Bands held a car wash on Saturday, August 12 to raise funds for their general fund.

Junior Andrew Lie drying the vehicle during the PHS Car Wash held at Parsippany High School
Junior Kyle Contaldi washing the vehicle during the PHS Bands Car Wash held on Saturday, August 12
Junior Kyle Contaldi wiping off the vehicle during the PHS Bands car wash

The 2017-18 PHS Marching Band show will feature the following selections:
“House of the Rising Sun,” “Birdland,” “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” and “Echano.”

The PHS Bands will compete in the following competitions:

J.P. Stevens HS Competition Sunday Clinic Series
North Edison
Click HERE for USBands Performance Schedule/Directions/SCORES
Sunday, October 1

USBands Yamaha Cup: MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford
Click HERE for USBands Performance Schedule/Direction/SCORES
Saturday, October 14

Ridge HS Competition
Basking Ridge
Click HERE for USBands Performance Schedule/Directions/SCORES
Saturday, October 21

USBands NJ State Championships: Rutgers Stadium

Piscataway, NJ
Click HERE for USBands Performance Schedule/Directions/SCORES
Saturday, October 28

USBands A Class National Championships: J. Birney Crum Stadium
Allentown, PA
Click HERE for USBands Performance Schedule/Direction/SCORES
Sunday, November 5

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Parsippany High School Marching Band Student Leaders:

Drum Majors:
Harris, Isabella & Andrew

Color Guard Captains:
Danielle & Emma

Section Leaders:
Flute: Brielle
Clarinet: Albert
Alto Saxophone: Hugh
Tenor Saxophone: Samantha
Trumpet: Samantha
Mellophone: Bon June
Baritone: Anthony
Sousaphone: Cassie
Drumline/Snare Capt.: Noah
Tenor Capt.: Noel
Bass Capt.: RJ
Cymbal Capt.: Lillian
Front Ensemble: Amanda

If you are interested in participating in the Parsippany High School Marching Band, click here.

Succasunna Woman Tried Poisoning Grandmother with Anti-Freeze


SUCCASUNNA — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Roxbury Township Police Chief Marc Palanchi announce that Elise Conroy, 26, Succasunna, has been charged with the Attempted Murder of her grandmother, L.E., 84, also of Succasunna.

During the early morning hours of Saturday, August 12, Conroy was charged by Warrant-Complaint with the first-degree crime of Attempted Murder related to an ongoing investigation into her attempt to poison her grandmother with use of liquid anti-freeze.

The charges were authorized by Municipal Court Judge Ira Cohen on August 12.  Thereafter, Conroy was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending future court proceedings.

It is alleged that in late July, Conroy purchased liquid anti-freeze from a local store with the purpose of poisoning her grandmother, whom she resided with in Succasunna.  Thereafter, it is alleged that Conroy poured the anti-freeze into juice and gave the juice to her grandmother. 

Members of the Roxbury Township Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section have contributed to this investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Roxbury Township Police Department at (973) 448-2100 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes 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.


Parsippany PBA 131 to host “Fight Against Childhood Cancer” boxing fundraiser


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department PBA #131 is hosting a “Fight Against Childhood Cancer” boxing fundraiser at the Parsippany Police Athletic League building, 33 Baldwin Road on September 1, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Sean Ries

Sean Reis is a 10 year-old Parsippany boy battling a rare form of brain cancer.

On February 6, 2012, at just four years old, Sean was diagnosed with a large dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNET) in the left side of his brain, and underwent his first of multiple surgeries the next day. Since then, Sean’s tumor has been in remission for several years, however his family recently learned that the battle is not yet over.

All proceeds will go to the Team Sean foundation and donations are tax deductible.

The event is a fundraiser to help support Sean in his battle against brain cancer. In May, Sean underwent his fourth brain surgery to remove the new tumor the was discovered in February, and since recovering from that, has spent his summer undergoing daily radiation treatment. 

Brenda Reis, Sean’s mother said “We are so grateful for the support we have received from our amazing “little” town of Parsippany, and are looking forward to this upcoming event.  Officer Dan Cicala is leading this event.” 

Sean is currently receiving daily radiation treatments, but his appointments are typically in the early afternoon so we are usually available in the mornings or late afternoon/evenings.

Team Sean is seeking support. Click here to sponsor this event.

General Admission tickets are $20.00 each and Ringside tickets are $35.00 each. To purchase tickets or to get more information please contact

VLOG 22 was produced by the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department.

Parsippany Town Hall Council Regular Meeting, 07-25-2017


The Council Meeting was video taped in two parts. Here is the second part.

Dog fosters needed

Furever Home Dog Rescue is dedicated to saving adoptable puppies and dogs from being euthanized

RANDOLPH — Please consider opening your heart and home – you can make a difference and help save lives. 

Furever Home Dog Rescue (FHDR) is dedicated to saving adoptable puppies and dogs from being euthanized due to lack of space in the shelter system. FHDR is an all volunteer organization with foster families throughout New Jersey.

FHDR does not have a kennel facility.  All of the pups rescued are placed in foster homes with children and pets where they can be cared for and FHDR can get a sense of the dogs’ personalities and needs. The pups are vetted & remain in foster homes until they can place in with their furever home families!  

Fostering is a rewarding experience.  Please consider opening your home to foster a puppy or dog.

Interested in Adopting? Click here.

Interested in Fostering? Email FHDR by clicking here.

Fall Family Day at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Sean Curran blowing bubbles at Family Fun Day

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Celebrate fall harvest and Craftsman Farms’ agricultural past at the 11th Annual Fall Family Day.  This traditional fall festival is the museum’s biggest family program of the year and will be held on Saturday, September 16 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Fall Family Day features seasonal fun with hayrides around the grounds of Craftsman Farms, and pumpkin painting. Indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts encourage children to explore the landscape that was once the Stickley family’s home and farm. Craft activities and handicraft demonstrations exercise young minds and hands. Bring the whole family and arrive early for a picnic on the grounds. 

Inside Stickley’s Log House, tours will be suspended for the day and families are invited to stroll through the museum Open House at their own pace. 

Event begins at 12:00 Noon and ends at 4:00 p.m.  Admission prices cover all activities. Site is the  former estate of Gustav Stickley, now a National  Historic Landmark and operated as a museum, just  off  Route 10 West.

Mark your calendar now for this fun-filled and memory-making afternoon of family fun at Craftsman Farms! $5.00 Member Children and $7.00 Non Member Children; $7.00 Adults or Free to Adults accompanying children.

For more information, call (973) 540-0311 or click here


Driver of motor vehicle crash charged with DWI


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — While responding to an unrelated call, Patrol Officer Denis DeMuro observed a motor vehicle crash near 1470 Route 46 West at 8:37 p.m. on Monday, August 7.

He immediately responded to the scene and spoke with the involved parties. After a brief investigation it was determined that a 2001 Infiniti I30, driven by Edward Bergman, 50, Parsippany, crashed into the rear of a 2007 Subaru Forester.

An ambulance was requested due to Mr. Bergman reporting a head injury from the crash. Upon arrival of Rockaway Neck First Aid Squad, his reported injuries were evaluated.

Officers further advised him that he was under arrest for driving while intoxicated and was then transported to Saint Clares Hospital for treatment.
The driver of the Subaru did not report any injuries at the time of the crash.

Mr. Bergman was subsequently charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, and Following Too Closely.

He was released on his own recognizance pending his court date.

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

DeCroce Named Assistant Republican Minority Leader in NJ General Assembly

Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-26) was appointed Republican Assistant Leader by Jon Bramnick, the Assembly Republican Leader. Assemblywoman DeCroce has served in the Assembly since 2012.

“I appreciate the Leader’s faith in me for this leadership position”, said DeCroce. “I will continue to work hard for the Republican Party”.

Currently, Assemblywoman DeCroce serves on the Commerce and Economic Development, Transportation & Independent Authorities, Health & Senior Services, Joint Committee on Public Schools, the Intergovernmental Relations Commission and the Pre-Trial Services Review Commission.

Assemblywoman DeCroce previously served on the Education, Higher Education and Women & Children assembly committees.

Assemblywoman DeCroce is a resident of Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Ford Econoline Commercial Van stolen; recovered in Newark


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS – Parsippany-Troy Hills Patrol Officer David Roman responded to a commercial building on a reported vehicle theft. Upon his arrival he spoke to the victim who advised him that between 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 7 and 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8 an unknown suspect(s) stole a 2002 Ford Econoline Commercial Van which contained a condenser unit and tools.

The victim further advised that another vehicle had a window shattered and a computer stolen out of it.

A third vehicle was broken into and the door lock was removed. Detective Matthew McAuliffe and the Morris County Sheriff’s Department CIS responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

The vehicle was located by the Newark Police Department on Thursday, August 10.

Theft of batteries from Cell Phone Tower


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officer Pasquale Parisi responded to the cell phone tower off South Beverwyck Road for a reported theft at 1:04 p.m. on Thursday, August 10.

Upon his arrival he spoke to the victim’s representative who reported four batteries for the backup generator were stolen. He further advised the theft occurred on August 8. This incident remain under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Parsippany Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 263-4311.

UPS worker charged with theft of movable property


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Patrol Officer Edward Elston and Gregory Lowe responded to United Parcel Service, 799 Jefferson Road on a reported theft at 3:08 p.m. on August 8. Upon their arrival they spoke to building security who advised them that Alexander Decker, 20, Parsippany, was observed removing the contents of a package and concealing it.

After a brief investigation Mr. Decker was placed under arrest for theft of movable property.

He was transported to Police Headquarters and processed. While there, he was charged with one count of Theft of Movable Property, a Disorderly Persons Offense.

He was released on his own recognizance pending his court date.

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

CCM Exhibition Recognizes National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Marisa Rincon

RANDOLPH — In conjunction with the Counseling and Student Success department at County College of Morris (CCM), the college’s Art and Design Gallery will be hosting an exhibition to recognize National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

The exhibition, titled “Marisa Rincón: An Impression of Life,” will feature the artwork of Marisa Rincón, a 2007 CCM Fine Arts graduate, who died by suicide this past February.

The exhibit consists of more than 20 works by Rincón. Also featured in the show are painted portraits of Rincón created by prominent New Jersey artists Tim Maher, John B. Wolff and Lorraine deSmet. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs August 21 to October 13, in Gallery B, which is the outer portion of the gallery.

A second exhibit featuring the work of CCM professors from the Photography Program, titled “Photography Program Faculty Exhibition,” will be held in Gallery A, from August 29 to October 13.

There will be two receptions for the exhibits:

The first reception, cosponsored by the Art and Design and Counseling and Student Success departments, will be held 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12.

The second reception will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14.

The CCM Art and Design Gallery is located in the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource click here.

To read a statement about Rincón, written by her mother click here.

To learn more about the Art and Design programs at CCM click here.

Silver Star Acting Camp was formed for special needs young adults


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Silver Star Acting Camp for children through young adults with special needs was created in 2014 by Brittani Vecchia, Jackie and Sarah Pascale. It started out as their Girl Scout Silver Award Project. It was such a great success the girls continued to run the camp each summer with the help of their friends.

The camp was held at the Elks Lodge on Parsippany Road during the second week of August. The camp is run solely by volunteer counselors. The counselors work with the campers teaching them key acting skills which helps the campers to improve their social skills. There are also a lot of dancing, games and arts and crafts which the campers love. At the end of the week, the campers perform a show for family and friends.

This camp is truly special. To see the counselors volunteer all of their time, to see how kind and patient they are with the campers, and to see the smiles and hear the laughter from the campers, that is what Silver Star Acting Camp is all about.

Woman’s Club Annual Back-to-School Collection

Club members holding some of the gift cards collected for Jersey Battered Women’s Service. Janet Reilly, Marilyn Marion club president and Cathy Haney, club chairman for the Annual Back-to-School Collection. Photo by Lora Rios-McBride

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — The Woman’s Club of Parsippany–Troy Hills (WCPTH) recently conducted its Annual Back-to-School Collection to benefit the children at the residences of Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) of Morris County.  JBWS provides a safe house and transitional living accommodations for victims of domestic abuse and their children.  This year, WCPTH club members and friends donated $750.00 in gift cards for Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl’s  so that the children’s mothers can buy them school clothes.  Club members and friends also donated almost  $170.00 worth of snacks and beverages for school lunches and after-school snacking. For additional information on JBWS please contact

The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills is a member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, which is the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the state, providing opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service.  WCPTH has demonstrated its commitment to the community through an impressively wide range of community service endeavors.  The Club has served the township and the state with initiatives to support not only education, but also home life, conservation and more.  WCPTH is very proud to have been instrumental in the founding of the Parsippany Library and the Parsippany Child Day Care Center.  Today the Woman’s Club is involved with the Parsippany Food Pantry, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Jersey Battered Women’s Service and Child Abuse Prevention – NJ.  And the club also supports Boatsie’s Boxes for the military serving overseas, UNICEF, Heifer International and other worthy and charitable causes

The next General Meeting is Monday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Parsippany Rescue & Recovery Building, 100 Centerton Drive. For more information call Cathy at (973) 984-0758, e-mail the club at, or click here to visit their website.

Club members holding some of the gift cards collected for Jersey Battered Women’s Service. Janet Reilly, Marilyn Marion club president and Cathy Haney, club chairman for the Annual Back-to-School Collection. Photo by Lora Rios-McBride

Dog found on Route 46 by Sunoco Gas Station


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — The Parsippany Animal Control found this dog, on Thursday, August 10 by the Sunoco Gas Station on Route 46. Unfortunately there is no microchip, she just had a flea collar on.

Please call us at (973) 263-7083 if you recognize her.

The Parsippany Animal Control is located at 1069 Parsippany Boulevard. They are open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon on Saturday and Sunday.  During all other hours, please contact the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300.

Parsippany Police issued a Scam Alert


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Parsippany-Troy Hill Police issued the following scam alert: A recurring scam in other municipalities is starting to spread into ours. Scammers will call you and advise you that you failed to pay your tax bill. They will quickly add that you can take care of it over the phone by providing your credit card information.


It is a scam and we do not want our residents becoming victims of it. Again, the Parsippany Tax Assessor will not call you and advise you of a missing payment and request you pay the bill over the phone.

Letter to the editor: UPS is a great new neighbor


Dear Editor:

Enclosed is a letter I sent to Mr. Al Brinkman, United Parcel Service.


Al Brinkman
Parsippany, NJ

Dear Mr. Brinkman,
My wife and I would like to thank you for taking swift action to our concerns with the rotten and fallen trees that you inherited on your property. The trees were draped over our home and had dead limbs falling off and damaging our roof and property. We can now invest in the installation of a new roof without the fear of it being damaged by fallen limbs.

I’d also like to thank you for the professionalism of Rich Eletto from Conservative Construction. He sent out the right people to recognize the danger and had it removed.

We were previously given the run around by the previous land owner, so we know and appreciate your extensive gift that you have given us by removing these trees.

As you can see from the photos, the tree could have crushed our home but for your concerns for our property.

Thanks again,
Your Neighbors,
Raymond & Tracy Webb