Monday, October 23, 2017

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Ex-cop’s whistleblower retaliation claim rejected by jury

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PARSIPPANY — A jury has rejected a retired Parsippany police captain’s claim that he was retaliated against after reporting wrongdoing by fellow officers. Despite rejecting his retaliation claim, the jury in the civil case also found James Carifi had acted in good faith by reporting several activities to superiors between 2009 and 2011, and that he…

Silverman Realty Group Names Cushman & Wakefield Exclusive Leasing Agent for 2 Gatehall Drive


PARSIPPANY — Silverman Realty Group of White Plains, has named Cushman & Wakefield exclusive leasing agent for the 400,000-square-foot Class A office building at Two Gatehall Drive. The recently upgraded building offers available space from 14,000 to 170,000 square feet on a manicured campus setting.

The Cushman team managing the new agency leasing assignment will consist of Curtis Foster, executive managing director and Jerry Shifrin, senior associate, out of the firm’s East Rutherford office, and William O’Keefe, senior director, and Charles Parmelli, director, out of the Morristown office. 

“Set along a tree-lined street, Two Gatehall Drive presents a pastoral setting while still having excellent access to local amenities,” Foster said. “The real story, however, is the amenities within the building that Silverman Realty Group, on behalf of the Ownership of Two Gatehall Drive, has completed since acquiring the property in December of 2015. 

The re-development of Two Gatehall Drive encompasses a new collaborative lounge equipped with the latest technology. Richly designed amenities including a double-sided fireplace, state-of-the-art coffee bar and dining café, and a top-of-the-line fitness center including a dedicated yoga room, Men’s and Women’s locker rooms, as well as high-end common area bathrooms complete the transformation of this premier property. Phase two of the ownership’s redevelopment will be an extensive landscaping and exterior project bringing the outdoors and indoors together. 

“This is one of the most cost-competitive class A buildings in the market. SRG Founder and CEO Leon Silverman is an aggressive dealmaker who finds unique approaches to working with tenants. He has a reputation as a landlord who brings a meticulous level of detail and care to a tenant’s leasing endeavor,” Foster added. “If you bring a deal to him, he is going to find a way to close the deal.” 

“Two Gatehall has been built out to provide premium first-class office space and amenities for our tenants and their employees,” said Bonnie Silverman, president, Silverman Realty Group. “Today’s employers want enhanced workday experiences for their staff. From Two Gatehall’s yoga studio and fitness center, to the coffee bar, cafeteria, and even the luxurious bathrooms, a company could be confident that its employees will have an invigorating work space that will elevate employee performance as well as impress customers and guests alike.” 

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. Our 45,000 employees in more than 70 countries help occupiers and investors optimize the value of their real estate by combining our global perspective and deep local knowledge with an impressive platform of real estate solutions. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $6 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Cushman & Wakefield brand. 100 years of taking our clients’ ideas and putting them into action. To learn more click here or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

 To learn more, visit or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

Silverman Realty Group Inc. is a multi-faceted family-owned and-operated commercial real estate development/management firm which owns and manages more than 60 office, retail and industrial properties in NY, CT, NJ, PA, and MA. SRG has a unique and personable way of doing business. The firm engages in every stage of the developmental process of rental, from site selection and initial design, through approvals and permits, to the actual leases. From its White Plains retail space for lease and beyond, SRG is responsible for the management and maintenance of every one of its properties.

Kiwanis Club welcomes 25 new K-Kids club members

The 24 new K-Kids received their certificate, ID card and Badge during their installation ceremony. Advisor Mr. Archer (left) and Ms. Tiesi (right) with Kiwanis President Frank Cahill, and Immediate Past President Greg Elbin.

PARSIPPANY — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany welcomed 25 new K-Kids club members on Thursday, October 19. Club Advisors Mr. Archer and Ms. Tiesi, teachers at Littleton School held an installation of the new members. Kiwanis Club President Frank Cahill and Immediate Past President Greg Elbin, and Young Children Priority One co-advisor Nicolas Limanov and new Kiwanis member Sylvia Cooper enjoyed the excitement and motivation of these new K-Kids. Club Advisor Ms. Tiesi said “Most people think a bunch of kids can’t help change the world. Boy are they wrong!”

Club President Frank Cahill said “K-Kids club members are the leaders of tomorrow. And they’re the energetic, dedicated kids of today.”

“They’re discovering their heart to serve, answering their call to lead and igniting the courage it takes to reach out to new friends. Caring is their way of life. They step forward when others stand still. And because of that, their schools and communities grow stronger,” said Immediate Past President Greg Elbin.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany sponsors K-Kids clubs at nine elementary schools in Parsippany.

Kiwanis International is a global organization of members, who are dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis programs prepare people of all ages to be the most engaged members of their communities. And each is an opportunity to begin or continue a lifelong journey of service.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets every Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46. We are always looking for new members to  help us achieve our goal of “Changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

For more information, click here.

Parsippany Town Hall Council Regular Meeting, 10/17/2017


The video for this meeting was divided in three parts.

Here is Part 2:

Here is Part 3:

Free Children Art Classes at Lake Hiawatha Library


PARSIPPANY — Accel Learning hosted a series of free Art classes for children in second to fifth grade. The classes were held at Lake Hiawatha Library.

As part of the first group of classes 25 students participated in the program.

During the three weeks program, the children learned to paint using water colors. The work was themed on the Fall season. The children loved the classes run by Bret Salvatore, professional Artist and Art instructor at Accel Learning. Attached are some pictures of the work done by students. Alicia Chen, Grade 2, (pictured above) loved the class and would like to pursue them further.

For those who missed this batch, Accel Learning is hosting more free Art classes at the Lake Hiawatha Library.

To register, please visit the Children’s section of the Library. There is limited capacity and registration is getting filled fast for the October 25 classes, so act fast.

Accel Learning Center is located at 131 New Road. Click here for more information.


Parsippany Teachers to Perform in Hurricane Relief Benefit Program

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PARSIPPANY — Educators from across the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District will leave their classrooms and offices for the stage as they showcase their talents in a benefit performance for the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

An elementary school principal playing solo on the clarinet, a high school English teacher reading minds and a Social Studies supervisor as part of a folk duo are just a few of the nearly two dozen acts on the program on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parsippany High School auditorium.

The event, billed as “Ovations for Relief,” is a collaboration between the Parsippany-Troy Hills Education Association (PTHEA) and the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District. The idea was born when elementary school music teacher James Caulfield looked for ways to aid the victims as well as the devastated schools.  “I saw all the destruction in the areas hit by the hurricanes and I thought that we could surely help,” said Caulfield, who will perform a Carole King number with his family.  “I knew that we had all kinds of hidden talents among our faculty and staff, and so I reached out to them and to the superintendent to see if we could all come together to support a hard-hit school in each affected area.”

“Schools helping schools” has been the motto of Caulfield’s drive, which has since inspired a host of his colleagues to join him on stage for a two-hour variety show.  He has also taken on the role of director, coordinating the various acts and the technical support needed to produce the program.  Caulfield’s professional music colleagues will open the show followed by an array of teachers, administrators and support staff, many of whom have never performed in public.

One hundred percent of the evening’s proceeds will be sent to the recipient schools.  Additionally, they will receive letters of hope and encouragement from elementary school students from throughout the District.

Admission to the event is $15.00 advance purchase through October 30 or $20.00 at the door and $10.00 for children. Tickets may be purchased at any Parsippany-Troy Hills public school main office.  A complimentary light pre-show buffet will be offered beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Lake Hiawatha man charged with shoplifting at Walmart

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PARSIPPANY — Riverdale Police Department Detective / Sergeant Chris Biro responded to Walmart, 48 Route 23 at 12:56 p.m. on Monday, October 16 for a shoplifter that had been stopped by loss prevention.

Stephen Porter, 26, Lake Hiawatha, had attempted to leave the store with three Otterbox cell phone cases totaling $115.88.

He was charged with Shoplifting (disorderly person offense).

He was released with a Municipal Court date on November 7.

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.

Spencer Savings Bank donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief Efforts

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William Miller, Chief Development Officer, New Jersey Region; José B. Guerrero, Spencer Chairman, President and CEO; Steven Spinner, Senior Director, Corporate Relations

PARSIPPANY – Spencer Savings Bank presented a check for $100,000 to The American Red Cross, which will be used toward relief efforts from Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. On Friday morning, Chairman, President and CEO José B. Guerrero presented the check to American Red Cross members William Miller; Chief Development Officer, New Jersey Region, and Steven Spinner; Senior Director, Corporate Relations. Spencer Savings Bank is located at 1699 Littleton Road.

 Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria caused destruction in Texas, Louisiana, and the Caribbean and left many without basic needs. Aside from The American Red Cross’ food, shelter, and comfort provisions, donations have provided financial assistance for qualified Texas households. The current situation in Puerto Rico includes little clean water and electric power, and almost no telecommunications. The International Federation of the Red Cross has been working with government and relief agencies, along with the Red Cross societies across the Caribbean and around the world, to provide support.

“We wanted to help with hurricane relief efforts,” said José B. Guerrero, Chairman, President and CEO. “The American Red Cross is such a reputable organization that has been helping the hurricane victims from the onset and will continue to do so until they can restore normalcy in the communities affected.”

Founded in 1881, The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization comprised of hundreds of thousands of employees and volunteers. As part of Hurricane relief efforts, the organization is providing food and water, relief supplies, comfort and emergency support, and also helping families reconnect. In areas without cell service, satellite phones and other technology supplies have been shipped in to aid in communication. The organization is also taking steps to reduce the risk of epidemic outbreaks.

Spencer Savings Bank, a community bank headquartered in Elmwood Park, NJ, has been serving its local communities with integrity and pride for more than 75 years. The bank, serving consumers and businesses, operates 21 branches throughout New Jersey. Click here to learn more.

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization, prevents human suffering and provides emergency assistance through its volunteers and the generosity of donors. The organization assists in disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, and other natural and man-made disasters. Core services the American Red Cross provides are shelter, food, and health and mental health services. The provision of these basic human needs enable individuals and families return to normalcy. The American Red Cross is part of a global network; the international Red Cross and Red Crescent network is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Click here to learn more.

Mount St. Dominic Academy to Turn Student Halls into Gallery Walls

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PARSIPPANY — As part of a year-long commemoration of its 125th Anniversary, Mount St. Dominic Academy (MSDA), the all-girls, private Catholic college preparatory school in Caldwell, New Jersey, is hosting an open house celebrating the artistic talents of its students, alumnae and women of surrounding  communities. “Opening Doors to the Sights & Sounds of the Arts” taking place on Sunday, October 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., is an exhibition of fine and performing arts on display throughout the school’s Rosary Hall and Doris M. Byrne Performing Arts Center located at 3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell. The event is free and open to the public.

The fine art on display will feature work by MSDA students and alumnae alongside work by women from the surrounding towns. Media on display will include works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink, photographs, acrylic, sculpture and more. The performing arts showcase will feature performances by MSDA alumnae as well as a live painting exhibition by Caldwell resident artist Lisa Palombo.

“For the past 125 years, we have been building creative minds of the future here at Mount St. Dominic Academy,” said Sister Fran Sullivan, head of school. “We are thrilled to be showcasing not only the amazing work of the women of the Mount student and alumnae community, but also the wonderful creative talents of the women of our surrounding towns. We hope our friends and neighbors will join us on October 22 to celebrate the talents of so many local women and help us build an even stronger bond between the Mount and our local community members.”

Parsippany Resident Ria Maqsudi, owner of the Wade Max Gallery in Montclair and Manhattan, will be curating the exhibit. Judges for the exhibit include Morgan Peck, MSDA alumna and valuations administrator for Sotheby’s; Renee Powley, former registrar of the Montclair Art Museum; and award-winning photographer Marilyn Stevenson.

Artists who will be exhibiting include Mount St. Dominic Academy alumnae Grace Barrett ’17 (Caldwell), Sister Donna Ciangio ’67 (Caldwell), Nicole Denise ’00 (South Orange), Norah English ’72 (Bay Head), Catherine O’Brien ’17 (Roseland), Lenore Schleuning ’75 (Roseland), Krystyn Wypasek ’12 (New York City), and Veronica Yankowski ’92 (Bloomfield); as well as artists from surrounding towns: Caldwell — Rita Marie Cimini, and Lisa Palombo; Englewood — Patricia Malarcher; Essex Fells — Lauren Barretti, Louise Hatch, Anne Smith and Karol Sullivan;  Fairfield — Sue Weinberger; Montclair — Joyce Korotkin and Jennifer Moses; North Caldwell — Marsha Henry; Parsippany — Donna Read; Totowa —  Anna Macaluso; Verona — Mary Byrne, Karen Collins and Ann Taylor; West Caldwell — Carol Crump; and Woodland Park — Mira Mitrova.

For more information, visit the Mount St. Dominic Academy website by clicking here.

Letter to the editor: Mayor Sandham protects his constituents

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

Montville’s Mayor Jim Sandham is a Republican. Yet unlike Parsippany Republicans he cares more about the people he represents then about party loyalty.  The Township of Montville has contracted with Parsippany for sewer treatment services, paying about 20% of the facility costs. Recently Mayor Sandham discovered Parsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio had over the years hijacked about $8.5 million in sewer revenues and moved them into the general fund. Instead of raising property taxes to pay for the bloated government Barberio had created he used sewer money to fill the gap. That allowed him, especially in an election year, to create the illusion that there was a “zero tax increase.”

Sandham put aside that he and Barberio are members of the same party and he took action to protect his constituents. He contacted Parsippany, requesting reimbursement. When weeks and weeks went by and Barberio failed to acknowledge the situation Sandham drew a line in the sand. He sent a letter demanding $1 million for Montville sewer rate payers by October 20 or he would have his township attorney initiate a lawsuit. 

As a resident of Parsippany, I don’t want a mayor who scams our neighbors to make a budget.  I don’t want another lawsuit.  If I lived in Montville, I would be infuriated and want to take my sewage business elsewhere which would hurt Parsippany.  If Barberio wants to achieve a zero tax increase, he should start by not overpaying his pals like (allegedly) Dr. Louis Valori, John Inglesino, Ramona Ortiz, Eugene Natoli, or using taxpayer money to print out propaganda like the latest “Pride in Parsippany” newsletter.  I think 8 years of Jamie Barberio is enough.  It’s time for a change.  We need someone who will make the most out of every tax dollar.  That’s why I plan to vote for Soriano, McCarthy and Peterson on November 7.

Pat Simon

The 8th Annual JA in a Day at Northvail

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JA Volunteers at Northvail

PARSIPPANY — Junior Achievement, a nonprofit organization that teaches youth about business and economics, and New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Group’s volunteers spent the day at Northvail School. NJM Insurance Group has local offices on Littleton Road.

Their volunteers came to provide lessons about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to all students.

Two volunteers were assigned to each classroom assisted by the classroom teacher. Northvail benefitted by receiving a high-quality program that supports educational standards, at no cost to the school district. Each volunteer followed a set curricula but included their own experiences, and personality to bring JA’s lessons to life.

Reflecting on JA in a Day one 5th grade student wrote, “We learned that different materials and ingredients come from all over the world like chocolate and cars.” The best part of the day for another fifth grade student was when she created an invention. Her group invented a dog leash, “The leash keeps track of your dog.”  A third grade student learned about sales taxes and its impact on purchases. He said, “When you buy things you have to add tax. I guess that’s why my mom says no for toys.” All classes were engaged in the activities and had a lot of fun learning.

Thank you, Junior Achievement, NJM Insurance Group and Principal Jeff Martens who has organized this event since its inception seven years ago.  

Letter to the editor: Hate Has No Home Here is breaking the Law

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

A local Marketing Expert and Scholar has submitted a letter to Parsippany Focus that we wanted to publish. The writer has wished to remain anonymous but has been a Marketing Professional and Scholar for over 25 years.

People may not be aware but it is against the US Federal Law to use the American flag in advertising.  Many people in town have been seeing signs that originated in Urban Chicago that state “Hate Has No Home Here” and the sign has a clear image of the US Flag (Colors, Stars and Stripes) as the marketing slogan.

The writer of this article sites an example from Cornell below:

“4 U.S. Code § 3 – Use of flag for advertising purposes; mutilation of flag

Any person who, in any manner, for exhibition or display, shall place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing, or any advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America; or shall expose or cause to be exposed to public view any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign upon which shall have been printed, painted, or otherwise placed, or to which shall be attached, appended, affixed, or annexed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, or drawing, or any advertisement of any nature; or who, within the District of Columbia, shall manufacture, sell, expose for sale, or to public view, or give away or have in possession for sale, or to be given away or for use for any purpose, any article or substance being an article of merchandise, or a receptacle for merchandise or article or thing for carrying or transporting merchandise, upon which shall have been printed, painted, attached, or otherwise placed a representation of any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign, to advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark, or distinguish the article or substance on which so placed shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $100 or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both, in the discretion of the court. The words “flag, standard, colors, or ensign”, as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.

(July 30, 1947, ch. 389, 61 Stat. 642Pub. L. 90–381, § 3, July 5, 1968, 82 Stat. 291.)”

The writer feels that the signs should be outlawed and he perceives the posting of these signs to be illegal and a blatant disrespect for the law. He also asserts that any good thinking American should be aware of this and the ethics associated with using images of the US flag.


Written by a Concerned Parsippany Resident

Editors Note: Parsippany Focus has confirmed the identity of the writer who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Future Business Leaders of America hosted the regional summit

State Officer Team North

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Hills Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) hosted the NJ FBLA Northern Region Summit on Thursday October 5. 

Adam Giovanelli, the Northern Region VP hosted the event under the mentorship of his local chapter advisor Ahmed Kandil. 

The event was a fun-filled day highlighted by guest speaker Mr. Tim Baxter the President and CEO of Samsung North America as well as a Northern Region Shark Tank competition among 8 groups mixed with students from various schools throughout the northern region of the State.  The State Officers played the roles of “The Sharks” and critiqued the business pitches. 

Mr. Kandil held an advisor’s networking and discussion roundtable simultaneously. The Parsippany Hills FBLA chapter has 3 State Officers (maximum number allowed) on the State Executive Board this year, which is a chapter record.  The Parsippany Hills State Officers are Seniors Adam Giovanelli, Arijit Pingle and Siddhanth Patel. 

The chapter is off to a successful school year.

Phoenix is looking for his forever home

Phoenix would like to cuddle with you

PARSIPPANY — Meet Phoenix! Phoenix is a stunning ten-month old male Lab Pit mix. He is a big boy at 65 pounds but with an even bigger heart!

He always aims to please and is very loyal. Phoenix is a sweetheart and would be very content cuddling on the couch with you! Especially if it involves a belly rub or two. He has the sweetest personality that can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Phoenix loves being the center of attention and has never met a person he hasn’t liked!

In his foster home, he has already mastered commands sit, come, focus, wait, and is working on roll over and down! Phoenix is very smart and highly trainable. He is also potty and crate trained, and walks perfectly on leash! Phoenix loves other dogs and enjoys the company of his foster sister, Piper. Because he is a big, young pup, it would be best if he goes into a home with children above the age of 16.

You could not ask for a more perfect puppy! Phoenix was rescued from a shelter in Newark where he was found alone and scared for the future. Now that he is out of harm’s way, Phoenix is so excited to find a forever home!

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

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W.A.R.’s goal is to find the perfect family dynamic and place our dogs in a loving, safe and permanent home. All of our dogs available for adoption are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and microchipped.

Our adoption process starts with filling an application, home visit, meet and greet and then finalizing with an adoption contract and fee.

Adoption fees range from about $200.00 to $500.00. These fees help defray costs of veterinary and foster care and are tax deductible.

Phoenix is looking for his forever home

Letter to the editor: Team Barberio Accepts Endorsement from Candidate He Accused of Official Misconduct

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

Recently, Parsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio remarked that he was proud to receive the endorsement of former Planning Board member Casey Parikh, who just a few months ago his campaign team had publicly accused of extensive misconduct in his role on the Planning Board.  

Indeed, Casey Parikh was removed from the Planning Board by Mayor Barberio, with an official letter from the Mayor’s office alleging the aforementioned misconduct, noting that Mr. Parikh was caught holding secretive, backroom meetings with developers and failed to disclose that he moved out of town while on the board. (Click here to read letter)

This opens up an interesting question. Was the Barberio campaign lying about Casey Parikh’s conduct as a member of the Planning Board? Or is Barberio proudly accepting the endorsement of an appointed official who he had discovered was violating the public trust?

Mayor Barberio owes the people of Parsippany an explanation about exactly what led him to kick Casey Parikh off of the Planning Board, and why he seems to have had such a sudden change of mind.

Michael Soriano, candidate for Mayor

Prevention is Key in new Intoxicated Driver Resource Center


MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prevention is Key has been selected by the Morris County Board of Freeholders to be the new Morris County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center effective on January 1.

The Freeholders unanimously approved the nonprofit Prevention is Key in conjunction with a reference from the Morris County Department of Human Services. MC PIK has a strong record of offering quality prevention services and recovery support in the county.

It replaces Cornerstone (formerly Family Service of Morris County) which offered the program for almost three decades but declined to continue the service.

“The county is appreciative of our partnership with Cornerstone/Family Service as the  long-time IDRC provider over 28 years, and look forward to establishing a good working relationship with Prevention in Key in that role,’’ said Lori Becker, Morris County Director of  the Division of Community and Behavioral Health Services.

Morris County currently has a working relationship with Prevention is Key:

  • MC PIK is providing Peer Recovery Specialist teams to Morris County hospitals for persons who have been revived from drug overdoses by use of Narcan – as part of a Morris County Prosecutor’s Office program.
  • MC PIK also is part of the team that staffs the Morris County Sheriff’s HOPE ONE van, offering services to people with opioid/drug disorders.

The New Jersey Intoxicated Driving Program is responsible for the administration of post-conviction Driving Under the Influence interventions, and each county must ensure it has an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center

The Resource Center detains, educates, and screens individuals to determine eligibility. If eligible for the program, participants receive 12-hours of Alcohol and Highway Safety prevention education. The program is mandatory for all person’s convicted of a first and third-time DUI offenses.

Morris County Prevention is Key will offer 12 hour education classes in both their Morris and Warren county locations each month.

For more information on the Intoxicated Driver’s Resource Center, contact (973) 625-1998 or click here.

Rockaway based Prevention is Key is a non-profit organization that provides prevention education programs, professional development training, advocacy, information and referral services. It maintains the county’s most extensive resource center with up-to-date materials that address issues of substance abuse, violence, ATOD dependence and emerging issues of concern to the Morris County Community.

Letter to the editor: Get out and vote

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

After watching the September 12, 2017 council meeting tape and reading numerous newspaper articles, I had to write this letter.

What supposedly began in response to a request by council president Lou Valori for an update on the mayor’s folly – a politically motivated attack on a former police captain – turned into a campaign advertisement. The 20 minute rant by the township’s attorney John Inglesino at that meeting was despicable, unethical and should be investigated by the State Election Board.

Obviously, the township attorney has a lot at stake in this election.

In all of my many years of attending council meetings on a regular basis with former township attorneys Henry Luther and Judy Vernon I never, ever saw anything like what Mr. Inglesino did. Those attorneys conducted themselves professionally and respectfully to the sitting council members and speaking public.

Mr. Inglesino’s appointment as municipal attorney was not approved by the council but his position was protected by a loophole in the law that allowed the mayor to help him keep his $750,000 a year job. In addition to that astronomical fee, Mr. Inglesino’s law firm submitted and subsequently received payment of invoices with NJ sales tax charges in the aggregate amount of thousands of dollars. New Jersey townships do not pay sales tax!

How did this happen? It’s apparent the Mayor and his staff did not review the invoices. Did Mr. Inglesino’s law firm file and submit payment to the Division of Taxation? I don’t know but unfortunately I uncovered this scam well after the filing period.

Watch any of the council meeting tapes of the last eight years then ask yourself who’s running the town. It will be obvious that Mayor Barberio is just a puppet of Mr. Inglesino.

Seven years ago I vehemently complained about the sewer surplus being transferred to the general operating fund (remember the 52% increase in sewer charges in 2006). To date approximately $7 million has been skimmed and this has caught the attention of other municipalities that share sewer treatment services with Parsippany and are charged on a cost plus basis.

Where has this $7,000,000 gone? Astronomical legal fees, a lot of wasteful spending (how many clerk typists have been hired at town hall???), much higher administrative salaries than previous administrations and vehicle usage in violation of town ordinances to name a few of the mayor’s excesses. And let’s not forget the Aurora scandal and the millions being poured into four years of legal fees for the Captain Carifi witch hunt.

Each election year the mayor declares he has presented a “Zero Budget Increase” and even as he’s speaking those words he’s reaching into taxpayers pockets using sewer money to fund his bloated government.

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely, should be Mayor Barberio’s motto. Parsippany with its fortuitous location, highway connections and natural geography, wetlands to rolling mountains is beautiful, but above the landscape too many devils roam.

To my former good neighbors from Lake Hiawatha to Puddingstone – Get Out and Vote November 7!

Roy Messmer
Former resident Glacier Hills

Centenary University And County College of Morris to Embark on a Path to Transfer Program Agreement

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Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, president of County College of Morris, and Dr. David P. Haney, Centenary University president, sign a Path to Transfer Program agreement to provide a seamless transition for qualifying CCM graduates to attend Centenary University

RANDOLPH – Dr. David P. Haney, Centenary University President, and Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, President of County College of Morris (CCM), signed a Path to Transfer Program agreement today.  This agreement guarantees a seamless transition for qualifying CCM graduates at Centenary University.

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Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president Student Development and Enrollment Management, CCM; Frank M. Longo, professor of Business, Centenary; Dr. Bruce P. Dutra, dean of the School of Liberal Arts, CCM; Monica Maraska, dean of the School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences, CCM; Dr. Amy D’Olivo, vice president of Academic Affairs, Centenary; Kari Hawkins, Coordinator of Transfer Services, CCM

Both institutions have recognized the importance of completing an associate degree before students transfer to a four-year institution. Students who complete an associate degree at CCM will receive a Path to Transfer Award.  In addition, Path to Transfer students will be eligible for a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society scholarship if they become an active member, as well as a Centenary University Recognition Award.  Lastly, all students who have become Centenary students through the Path to Transfer Program Agreement will be considered for all institutional aid that is available to Centenary University students.

“While Centenary University has many articulation agreements with community colleges, this is the first of its kind for us,” said Dr. David P. Haney, Centenary University President. “This is a wonderful partnership that is designed to make this process as seamless as possible.  It also provides students who come to us as Path to Transfer students with additional financial incentives based on degree completion at CCM.”  Dr. Iacono echoed Dr. Haney’s sentiment in recognizing the importance of the agreement.  “We are delighted to enter into this agreement with Centenary as part of our ongoing efforts to make it easier for CCM students to also earn a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Anthony Iacono, CCM President. “This is an exciting partnership and a great opportunity for students.”

About Centenary University
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, online, as well as corporate sites throughout New Jersey

About County College of Morris
County College of Morris (CCM) is a top-ranked community college offering 48 associate degree programs and a wide range of certificate programs. A dedicated faculty of leading experts in their fields provides CCM students with a learning environment that has produced one of the highest graduation and transfer rates among the state’s community colleges. Also included among its distinctions, CCM is the only community college in New Jersey to be named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. PayScale also has placed CCM as the top community college in New Jersey based on the earnings of its graduates. Additionally, has rated CCM a top community college, while Washington Monthly magazine has recognized CCM as a top community college for adult learners.

What Great Minds Can Do: Meet Seton Hall University Leader Dominique Fortes

Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University
Dominique Ann Fortes

PARSIPPANY — Dominique Fortes graduates from Seton Hall University with an enviable task: choosing between a job offer from Ernst & Young, attending the University of Oxford, or accepting a Fulbright award. “I never imagined I would have all these opportunities. I am feeling blessed because if I hadn’t come to Seton Hall, I most certainly wouldn’t be in the position I am in now.”

She is a 2013 Graduate of Parsippany High School.

Dominique packed many valuable experiences into her student years, which helped her develop both personally and professionally. Through five internships, she gained important career training. “I practically lived at the Career Center, I knew everyone there. They helped me so much — from writing my resume, to getting my first internship as a freshman, to helping me land the job offer from Ernst & Young.”

She got involved in campus activities early on, too, beginning to write for Seton Hall’s business publication, The Stillman Exchange, while still a freshman and eventually working her way up to executive editor. “The Stillman Exchange experience was one of my favorites. I didn’t just learn to be a better writer; I also learned to negotiate, manage a budget, and do more than a typical accounting student would. It’s also why I got my internship at CNBC.”

Spending a summer studying in Beijing was yet another highlight of Dominique’s time at Seton Hall. “It’s hard to decide what I loved most, but my Study Abroad program is definitely on the list. It helped me improve my Mandarin, and I also got to have great experiences and share them with my friends.”

Dominique got the uncommon opportunity to compete throughout the Northeast as a member of Seton Hall’s Ethics Bowl team, where she developed her reasoning and public speaking skills. What she liked best about deliberating ethical issues with students from other schools was how it “helped me explore current issues and develop my critical thinking as well as my sense of morality. The Ethics Bowl actually helped me get some of my internships, because employers were impressed by this dimension of my development.”

“I love that Seton Hall is so caring and diverse. In my classes, we sometimes discuss controversial issues; everyone has different ideas and opinions, but I like that we share our ideas in a very respectful way. Seton Hall teaches us to understand that people have different viewpoints and this makes it easier for us to be more accepting of others’ ideas.

“Seton Hall has made me more confident and ready for the future. I owe so much to the faculty. They have been so impactful and really pushed me to do my best and excel.”

To view the full article, and to meet more Seton Hall Leaders, click here.

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 93-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received 24 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. In the past five years, the University has invested more than $150 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. A founding member of the Big East Conference, the Seton Hall Pirates field 14 NCAA Division I varsity sports teams.<

The University’s beautiful main campus is located in suburban South Orange, and is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. The University’s new Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. will open in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus will house Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

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EMS Council of New Jersey Annual Symposium and Trade Show was held at Sheraton

Parsippany Rescue and Recovery
Parsippany Rescue and Recovery

PARSIPPANY — The EMS Council of New Jersey’s (EMSCNJ) held their annual Symposium and Trade Show at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, 199 Smith Road, from October 13 to October 15.

The event included nearly four dozen EMT education-credit seminars, trade show exhibits and vendors with the latest medical and rescue equipment, a Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Unit confined-space rescue demonstration, an antique ambulance display and contest, EMS-related merchandise booths, a Tricky Tray auction and 50/50 raffles, Friday night “American Country Buffet” and Saturday banquet with live entertainment.

As part of the EMSCNJ’s annual conference, the weekend included organizational meetings, leadership elections, a memorial service for deceased members and award presentations. Cadet and youth members were invited for a special program.

In keeping with this year’s convention theme, “Celebrating America: Red, White & Blue and EMS, too,” the group will honor EMSCNJ members who are veterans.

“We have more than a few EMS volunteers in our organization who are U.S. military veterans,” said Joseph G. Walsh, Jr., EMSCNJ president. “They’ve lived lives of sacrifice, dedication and service, first for their country and now for their communities. These selfless individuals surely deserve our recognition and gratitude.”

At the October 14 ceremony honoring veterans there was also amemorial service.

In conjunction with the U.S Marine Corps Reserve and the 2nd Battalion 25th Marines at Picatinny Arsenal, the EMSCNJ encouraged convention attendees to bring new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots Program.

“The annual convention offers so many educational and networking opportunities with other EMS personnel and nationally recognized experts,” Walsh said. “From the opioid epidemic to trauma, respiratory and other medical emergencies, pediatric patients, EMS law, documentation and more, we have it covered.”