Thursday, June 29, 2017

Founding father of Wildlife Preserves Robert Perkins passed away; 89

Bob Perkins (photo at age 77)

PARSIPPANY —  Robert (Bob) Logan Perkins, Jr., 89, was born on June 23, 1927 and passed away on June 16, 2017, just a few days short of his ninetieth birthday.

Robert’s legacy is preserving vast freshwater marshland in the central Passaic River Basin from Great Swamp north to Black Meadows, Troy Meadows and Great Piece Meadows.

He is the founding father of Wildlife Preserves, Inc., a private, nonprofit land conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of natural areas, open space, wildlife, and wildlife habitats for conservation, education, and research. He was an avid bird watcher and could recognize thousands of birds and hundreds of bird calls.

He was known for walking through swamps with a pair of binoculars and a canoe paddle to blaze his way. He was one of 105 students attended The Putney Boarding School in Putney, Vermont and graduated Yale in 1955.

In his youth, he raised funds from rich, private philanthropists who loved birds; he charmed hundreds of land owners and bought thousands of acres of natural lands under the name of Wildlife Preserves, Inc.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service praised Bob Perkins regarding his accomplishment for consolidating hundreds of individual lots of land into one contiguous parcel at Troy Meadows; a letter written in 1960 from the Fish and Wildlife Service states, “(He) did what no one else was able to do before him.” Wildlife Preserves donated, sold, and in some cases its lands were taken to create many parks and forests in the Northeast. Parts of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuges, the Fire Island National Seashore and three Morris County Parks were saved and once owned and by Wildlife Preserves.

Mr. Perkins acquired marshlands from the Delaware Bay in Delaware and southern New Jersey, north through the Pine Barrens, along the central Passaic Basin to the Appalachian mountains of northern New Jersey, through New York State, and as far north as New Hampshire and Maine.

He acquired more land than he could keep track of and lost lots of parcels to foreclosure for lack of paying property taxes.

Born on June 23, 1927, in Stamford Connecticut, lived in Riverside, Greenwich, Connecticut, Essex Fells, and Tenafly. Survived by his first cousins, Gertrude (Klenke) Morron, Lafayette, Colorado and Anne (Klenke) Weiss, Meadville, Pa.

Parsippany Town Hall Council Regular Meeting 06/20/2017

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Town Hall Council held a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, June 20.

Live band and fireworks planned for Fourth of July

The fireworks over Parsippany Hills High School

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills will be holding the Annual Fourth of July celebration on Tuesday, July 4. The celebration starts at 7:00 p.m.

The evening kicks off with a concert by the California band The Trip at Parsippany Hills High School.

The Trip is a high energy, genuine cover rock band that takes you on a fun-filled musical journey through the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s … as well as today’s Top 40 and rock hits. We’re one of the most popular booked wedding and corporate event bands in California. They perform at corporate events, concerts, weddings and private parties. They’ve performed at events for Microsoft, Disney, Lucasfilm, IBM, Sony Pictures, Budweiser, and for Toby Keith and Michael Anthony. The Trip consists of Steve Bonino (Bass/Vocals), Mike Lewis (Drums/Programming/Vocals), Erik Johnson (Guitar/Vocals), Steve Fazio (Guitar/Vocals), Seth Romano (Lead Vocals).

Fireworks will start at dark (the sun sets just after 8:30 p.m.). Rain date is Wednesday, July 5.

 

Reckitt Benckiser Enhances Consumer Health Position with the Completion of Acquisition

PARSIPPANY —Reckitt Benckiser announced the completion of the acquisition of the Mead Johnson Nutrition Company. Reckitt Benckiser Group is located at 399 Interpace Parkway

The transaction takes RB to a global market leadership position in consumer health and hygiene. Mead Johnson brings the addition of two infant & child nutrition Powerbrands Enfa and Nutramigen, and is a natural extension of RB’s existing health portfolio which is trusted around the globe by millions of consumers.

Rakesh Kapoor, RB chief executive, said: “The closure of the acquisition marks an inflection point in RB’s evolution to become a leader in consumer health and hygiene. By combining the best of RB’s global scale with MJN’s science-based innovation, RB is well positioned to deliver further value for all stakeholders. We continue to execute on our strategy of providing innovative health solutions for healthier lives and happier homes to millions of people around the world.”

Mead Johnson will initially operate as a separate division within RB and be led by Aditya Sehgal, who joins RB’s Executive Committee. Aditya’s previous roles included responsibility for RB’s operations in China & North Asia, RB’s global health care division and RB’s North American business. The Mead Johnson division will continue its mission to nourish the world’s children for the best start in life.

Mead Johnson’s infant and children’s nutrition business will increase RB’s revenues in consumer health by approximately 90%*, as well as increasing its developing market scale by approximately 65%*.

RB expects the acquisition to be accretive to adjusted diluted earnings per share in the first full year following completion and double-digit accretive by the third full year following completion. The post-tax return on invested capital is expected to exceed RB’s cost of capital by the fifth full year following completion.

Newark man convicted of aggravated manslaughter for killing Parsippany Mini-Market Owner

Ivery Brinson was found guilty for the murder of Narendrak Patel

PARSIPPANY — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced that an Essex County jury has convicted Ivery Brinson, 29, Newark of aggravated manslaughter for killing Narendrak Patel, 52, Parsippany.

Following a trial before the Honorable John Zunic, Judge of the Superior Court, in addition to aggravated manslaughter, Brinson was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, felony murder, conspiracy to commit carjacking, carjacking, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Assistant Prosecutor Purva Deshpande, who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Anthony Scibetta, said, “This was a horrid crime committed against a hardworking business owner. It is our hope that the guilty verdict will bring a measure of comfort to the Patel family.’’

On June 19, 2013 the defendant, his two brothers and a cousin entered the Irvington Mini-Market located at 130 Myrtle Avenue, Irvington. The defendant pointed a handgun at the victim and announced a robbery, saying “You know what it is.”

Mr. Patel pulled out a wooden stick. Before he could do anything with the stick, the defendant fired three times and struck the victim one time in the torso. The four males then robbed the cash register and left the store. As they ran off, they saw a 74-year-old man parking in the driveway. The defendant pointed the gun at that man and carjacked him. The four men entered the car and drove it the Bradley Court Housing Complex in Newark where they abandoned the vehicle.

The three co-defendants have all pled and are awaiting sentencing. The co-defendants are Shakil Brinson, 25, Deion Brinson, 21, and Carnell Colbert, 26, all of Newark.

Sentencing for Ivery Brinson is scheduled for August 3. When he is sentenced by Judge Zunic, he faces life in prison. Brinson has a prior conviction for reckless manslaughter from 2009.

Schools Over: What lies in the future of PHS Graduates

2017 PHS Graduation

PARSIPPANY — The Class of 2017 graduated on Thursday, June 22.  243 students received their diplomas after the Conferment of the Degrees by Principal Dr. Denis Mulroony was presented to the Board of Education.

The breakdown of the Class of 2017 is as follows:

Four Year College or University 159 65.4%
Two Year College 62 25.5%
Continuing Education 13 5.4%
Military 1 0.4%
Employment 8 3.3%
Total Class of 2017 243 100%

The students will be attending the following colleges or universities:

American University Mursal Sakhi
Boston College Victoria Gu
Rebecca Klausner
Thomas Mercado
Boston University Deepika Nagabhushan
Brown University Daniel Wang
Caldwell College Emily Guzman
Melisa Lozda-Hernandez
Shereen Raid
Grace Santangelo
Alexa Skladany
Centenary College Crystal Iannetta
Jessica Vargas
Central Connecticut State University Megan Leitner
Coastal Carolina University Joseph Radler
Brooke Steele
County College of Morris EsraAhmedi
Daniel Arguelles Rojas
Mujtaba Aslamy
Harold Atienza
Mar Jan Atienza
Kevin Benjamin
Kyle Braen
Cinthia Brown
Anthony Caccavale
Sean Callaghan
lmani Chambers
Brittany Diefenbach
Alexis Dressendorfer
Alyssa Feola
Fallon Fleitstra
Joshua Flood
Ryley Foley
Vijay Ganti
Mariangel Garcia
Riya Gheewala
Rosina Giordano
Nathalia Giraldo
Natalie Gongora
Matthew Haeussler
Anthony Hill
Alyssa Hockey
Abulfazel Iqbal
Brooke Jones
La Sanya James
Jarrett Kuhn
Melissa Langdon
Michelle Ledezma
Tyler Leon
Nicole Lepore
Joshua Levine
William Lozada
Toni Ann Moran
Dean Naranjo
Safiye Okuyan
Krutiben Patel
Purva Patel
Donald Pham
Antonio Piccininni
Michael Piccininni
Amy Randazzo
Daniela Rengifo Marmolejo
Benjamin Rudolph
Nicole Ruggiero
Natalye Salazar
Sofia Santana
Anthony Scannelli
Joan Vasquez
Alberto Vega
Hetasvi Vyas
Fatima Yaqoobi
Sabria Yaqoobi
Furkan Yildirim
Dartmouth College Katherine Yang
Dickinson College Alexandra Tymikiw
Drew University Natee Chada
Pooja Manhas
Jake Marlowe
Drexel University Kevin Leon-Appelgren
Divij Malkani
Dhara S. Patel
Yash Patel
Duquesne University Katelyn Ziskind
East Stroudsburg University Abigail Smith
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Philip Gohn
Emerson College Jenna Cecere
Fairleigh Dickinson University Nicolas Colella
Esraa Farag
Matthew Michalik
Carly Pasquale
Ria Patel
Christian Riedinger
Lilian Tran
Florida State College Tingting Piao
George Washington University Gianna Amaldy
Georgia Institute of Technology Spencer Huang
Hofstra University Michael Sorresse
Johns Hopkins University Sammy Gao
Johnson & Wales University Alan Chapman
Kean University Pavlo Busko
Alessandra Pantaleo
Keiser University Eddie Morales
La Salle University Justin Jennings
Lackawanna College Paul Scalchi
Lafayette College John Burk
LaGuardia Community College Nicholas Ng
Loyola University Jeffrey Umanzor
Marist College Alexis Smith
Raquelle Rocco
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Miki Hanse
Monmouth University Teniya Manu
Marta Markowska
Kevin Piriano
Montclair State University Sania Ahmed
Courtney Calabrese
Victoria Coronel
Jenkens Josaphat
Vincent Pellicani
Connor Preston
Ian Schey
Mansi Vaghela
Morgan Villopoto
Rolksar Wafa
Sarah Waffenfeld
Jeffrey Wear
Nazareth College Jacob Curley
New Jersey Institute of Technology Elias Bakhtiar
Dylon Jamna
Janivel Leo
Dhara D. Patel
Hamza Qureshi
Mitchell Ryzuk
Kyle Steele
New Your Institute of Technology Param Shukla
New York University Christine Li
Christina Xu
Sena Yuksel
Northeastern University Priya Ranade
Jackson Wolfe
Pennsylvania State University Ashley Bethune
Point Park University Madison Carden
Purdue University Mohit Pathak
Abhinav Sinha
Jeremy Wang
Ramapo College of New Jersey Spencer Budd
Rebecca Maciag
Rowan University Jennifer Mazo
Sean O’Donnell
Nidhee Patel
Ilir Pilinci
Bener Uygun
Rutgers University Alissa Afonso
Sarang Amin
Will Chen
Ravi Chothani
Michael Colasuonno
Joshua Gonzalez
Jennifer Huang
Angelica Ji
Likitha Mamillapalli
Shahina Mashrabi
Shamshrita Pandey
Akshat Parmar
Arun Pasumpadiyar
Reema Patadia
Heenal Patel
Youssef Riad
Salman Rizvi
Deepika Saravana
Somasundaram Saraswathy
Sabarish Selvarajan
Maitri Shah
Asia Tabili
St. John’s University Chania Chambers
Priya Lad
Shivani Pipalia
Seton Hall University Nikhiya Binu
Emily Carlos
Adriana Di Dio
Victoria Dobkowski
Cristina Fernandez
Antonieta Ferrou
Arielle Fortes
Kyle Gaydo
Michelle Inn
Stevens Institute of Technology Eric Lai
Riley Rosa
Stockton University Julianna Jara
Salena LeDonne
Syracuse University Kwaku Agyemang
Chennelle Chambers
The College of New Jersey Jasana Lamichhane
Union County College Robert Hockey
University of California Rohan Khajuria
University of Illinois Nina Chen
University of Maryland Zachary Imp
Eric Schlosser
University of Massachusetts Kiera Lewis
Haider Malik
 University of Miami Rebecca Goddard
University of New Haven Maria Birth
Matthew Marinas
University of Rhode Island Haley Pignatelli
University of South Carolina Max Corbel
Ryan Hoeler
University of Southern California Lillian Ye
University of Texas Vivian Kwong
Kevin Tsai
University of Vermont Hannah Shoshan
Virginia Tech Ryan Weiss
Wagner College Emil Matti
West Virginia University Timur Ayaz
Dominique La Capra
William Paterson University Caitlin Brennan
Catherine Chiarolanza
Stephen Giercyk
Taylor Newman
Disha Patel
Zayn Wahab
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Michael Ilic

MILITARY

U.S. Coast Guard Ryan Torres

CAREER EDUCATION

Berkeley College Jielu Chen
Cutting Edge Academy Alyssa Carriero
Eastwick College Rony Bailey
Morris County Vocational School of Technology Cassidy Jordan
Ohio Technical College Michael Kastrunis
Joseph Ruggiero
Other Oscar Gonzalez
Isidra Labady
Purvang Mahadevia
Veronica Mendoza
Alisalimon Naibzada
Ann Marie
Van Es

Schools Over: What lies in the future of PHHS Graduates

PARSIPPANY — The Class of 2017 graduated on Thursday, June 22.  259 students received their diplomas after the Conferment of the Degrees by Principal Michael DeSantos was presented to the Board of Education.

The breakdown of the Class of 2017 is as follows:

Four Year College or University 180 70%
Two Year College 63 24%
Apprenticeship 1 .4%
Continuing Education 3 1%
Gap Year 3 1%
Military 6 2%
Undecided 3 1%
Total Class of 2017 259 100%

The students will be attending the following colleges or universities:

American University Maya Vardi
Ave Maria University Dylan Mc Donald
Bates College Joyce Gong
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Victoria DiMaggio
Boston College Czar Alexei Sepe
Danielle Davis
Boston University Shreya Moola
Nayantara Srinivasan
California State University (Los Angeles) Angelica Sniadach
Centenary University Hannah Cocurullo
Sarah Sturges Clemson
Coastal Carolina University Kayla Christofferson
Colgate University Amogh Gupta
Commonwealth Baptist College Miranda Ehrenfeld
County College of Morris Evelyn Aguirre
Nicholas Allocca
Arman Andican
Horlalie Badasu
Christopher Baldassari
Michael Bettelli
Sarah Burder
Christian Chant
Matthew Chen
Cara David
Keith Hawkins
Kathryn Homeijer
Jadon Hoyt
Christopher Janania
Brooke Jasiecki
Alexandra Kareski
Daniel Kempf
Andrew Kertesz
Kent Kuduk
Hitesh Kumar
Eric Maglio
Matthew Marino
Estefany Marroquin-Juarroz
Diana Mazur
Breanna Migala
Robert Monroe
Alexander Montefusco
Robert Murphy
Dominick Musto
Tristan Nichols
Dhruv Parikh
Abhishek Patel
Shrey Patel
Urja Patel
Yash J. Patel
Yash R. Patel
Cristina Pereira
Nicole Pereira
Nathaniel Petricca
Bryan Phelps
Joseph Pierro
Valeria Rendon-Canaver
Sydney Rice
Harsh Samani
Jackson Sanchez
Megan Scala
John Stampone
Frank Torres
Mia Tremaroli
Laura Vargas
Cortney Vasilik
Tristan Velicky
Eric Waligora
Kimberli Wink
Shaemus Wittig
Andrew Zitelli
Drew University Eli Davis
Rahman Sayed
Drexel University Akhil Meka
Aryan Path
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Erik Darling
Elizabethtown College Kimberly De Stefano
Emory University Ashley Bostek
Fairleigh Dickinson University Justin Carifi
Marco Falivene
Brandon Fernandes
Nathalia Gallo-Lopez
Margaret Garbarino
Amanda Hilsinger
Karen Hilsinger
Samira Naematulla
Asha Patel
Shivam Patel
Swetal Patel
Julianne Ruane
Fordham University Christopher Lipuma
George Mason University Peter Chiu
Grove City College Julianne Caccavale
High Point University Jessica Pinto
Katherine Pinto
Hofstra University Lucas Folan
Johns Hopkins University Faith Fifo
Kean University Kaila Rosamilia
Tanvi Tandan
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Tyler Federenko
Meghan Wald
Lafayette College Alisha Gangadharan
Lebanon Valley College Brianne Partington
Lehigh Carbon Community College Joshua Kafka
Loyola University Brittany Bonin
Manhattan College Evan Chao
McGill University Danielle Sukharenko
Middlesex Community College Urja Vyas
Misericordia University Neil Uricoli
Monmouth University Jose Sanchez
Montclair State University Juliana Barnhill
Kristen Datri
Derwin Dominguez
James Fox
Serhiy Freyak
Antonio Garcia
Christina Gillespie
Kenneth Hamel
Audrey Huang
Ayten Mohammed
Zoe Nolz
Megha Patel
Nami Patel
Vraj Patel
Maria Ramirez
Julia Worthington
Morris County School of Technology Alex Amelio
Kevin Reci
New Jersey Institute of Technology Katherine DeMottie
Marissa Gasbarro
Yasmine Ibrahim
Ross Magparangalan
Nicky Parekh
Nirav Rana
Joseph Yao
New York Institute of Technology Teerath Patel
New York University Vanessa Ting
Northeastern University Silvia Diaz
Amisha Patel
Pennsylvania State University Rahul Shah
Philadelphia University Aryna Lysak
Jessica Zinckgraf
Princeton University Eileen Wang
Quinnipiac University Gianna Michael
Victoria Michael
Ramapo College of New Jersey Alex Bednarczyk
Lilian Musbeh
Suhani Patel
Kailey Shanahan
Olivia Valatkavage
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute lshita Padhiar
Thomas Shweh
Roger Williams University Danielle DeChristopher
Rowan University Christopher Brisson
Thomas Copeland
Kyle Davis
Alexa Lynch
Rutgers University Moshin Abdulla
Kazi Ahmed
Ayesha Ansari
Sanjana Anur
Sam Banayotti
Divya Bhagat
Abraham Chang
Ariel Chen
Jake DeChiara
Kush Desai
Mariam Diabagate
Nicholas Ho
Nour Jurri
Mamta Kalavadia
Nilam Kilawadia
Faseh Khuja
Azreen Malek
Grace Miller
Amilcar Miranda-Rivera
Sidonia Mohan
Shreya Nair
Christian Padilla
Saurabh Parikh
Abhay Patel
Ateet Patel
Disha Patel
Janki Patel
Prisha Patel
Riya Patel
Helen Pei
Arielle Rosenberg
Nicole Saric
Dhruvil Shah
Shailee Shah
William Taylor
Jobu Thomas
Michael Tran
Christy Wan
Richard Xu
Kevin Yang
 Seton Hall University Shawn Berry
Kevin Dauber
Saajan Modi
Stevens Institute of Technology Jonathan Kennett
Mehdi Kermalli
Stockton University Marina Nazziola
Stony Brook University. Ananya Iyengar
Emily Pica
State University of New York (SUNY) Delhi John Montefusco
Susquehanna University Victoria Lomardi
Temple University Anjali Pasawala
Nishil Patel
The Art Institute of Charlotte Yash B. Patel
The College of New Jersey Alexander Frigeri
Patricia Nguyen
Paige Restaino
Sriya Revankar
Sara Scopellito
Universal Technical Institute Raymond Meigs
University of Auckland Sabreena Khan
University of Delaware Marco Diaz
Marissa Lawler
University of East London Jacob Muller
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Imani Johnson
University of Maryland-College Park Rachel Karger
University of Massachusetts – Amherst Evan Lee
Nikita Patel
University of New Hampshire at Durham Katie Kerrigan
University of Pittsburgh Vaishnavi Guddeti
University of Rhode Island Kristi Ambrosino
Alexandria Moore-Kiwic
Sabrina Ullman
University of Tennessee – Knoxville Danielle Lee
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Sonali Limbachia
Richa Patel
Meghna Upadhyay
University of Scranton Christina De La Espriella
Virginia State University Kamrin Foxworth
Virginia Tech Delaney Bishof
Washington University in St. Louis Andriana Levytsky
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Nicole Fiorentino
William Paterson University of New Jersey Roshni Gajipara
Koushik Karuru
Dhruvisha Patel
York College of Pennsylvania Aimee Osterman
Continuing Education Dylan Acree
Joseph Primamore
Matthew Rulloda
Apprenticeship Jay Kilpack
Gap Year Exodus Bacon
Margarita Kolesnikova
Brooke Stone
Military
Air Force
Army
Navy
Marines
Daniel De La Espriella
Cesar Jiminez
Read Ingersoll
Cormac Bradley
Patrick DeBenedette
Undecided Rachel Bozza
Ava Bruno
Kitana Harris

 

Local Kiwanis club member goes to Paris to participate in deciding global organization’s future

Gordon Meth

PARSIPPANY — Gordon Meth, a past president and current member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, and past Governor New Jersey District, will attend the 2017 Kiwanis International convention in Paris, France during July.  He represents the opinions and beliefs of the local Kiwanis club members in the discussion and decision-making in the global organization’s structure and leadership.

The Kiwanis Club of Great Parsippany is part of Kiwanis International, a global organization that provides volunteer service to support children in communities around the world. In Parsippany, the club helps children by donating to Project Graduation, High School Scholarships, Camp Nejeda, Homeless Solutions, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Parsippany, Jersey Battered Women’s Service of Morris County, Autism, Eliminate and Children’s Specialized Hospital, Parsippany’s East and West Little Leagues, Parsippany Food Bank and many other local organizations. Money to support the projects is raised by hosting our annual golf outing, grand tasting, touch-a-truck and trivia nights.

“Kids need Kiwanis, in our community and in communities around the world,” said Greg Elbin. “Our club supports projects that would not otherwise happen without our support. We’re here to make sure all the children in our community have what they need to thrive, prosper and grow.”

The Kiwanis International convention, in its 102nd year, brings together members from around the world to share service project ideas that help kids and to gain insight into new opportunities with Kiwanis partners.

The Kiwanis Club of Great Parsippany meets at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46. Community members with an interest in helping children are encouraged to attend. For more information visit our website at www.parsippanykiwanis.org.

About Kiwanis
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14–18, Builders Club for students age 11–14, K-Kids for students age 6–12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, annually dedicate more than 18.5 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises more than 702,000 adult and youth members in more than 79 countries and geographic areas. Visit www.kiwanis.org for more information.

 

 

Vendor at Parsippany Coin and Stamp Show pleads guilty to gun charge

PARSIPPANY — A Hasbrouck Heights man pleaded guilty Friday to unlawful possession of a weapon, a second degree crime, in a case brought by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

William Wetzler Jr.,  59, entered the plea before Judge Thomas Critchley in state Superior Court, Morristown.

Wetzler faces a three-year term in New Jersey State Prison with one year parole ineligibility when sentenced  on August 18. The judge previously had sided with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in denying Wetzler’s request to enter the county’s Pretrial Intervention Program, which could have led to the charges being dismissed.

Wetzler admitted to bringing a loaded firearm, a Walther PPK/S .380-caliber handgun, to a coin show at the PAL Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road, on May 1, 2016.

Wetzler had the gun in his pocket and it accidentally discharged. A bullet ricocheted off the floor and struck another individual at the show who was not injured.

Wetzler acknowledged in court that he did not have a New Jersey permit to legally carry a weapon. 

The state’s case is being handled by Assistant Prosecutor Alexis Keller.

And this is Colbey! He is awaiting to be adopted

RANDOLPH —Colbey is a happy, playful puppy about 12-14 weeks old and weighs about twenty pounds. 

Colbey is a Coconut Retriever and he was rescued from St. Maarten along with his brothers. St. Maarten is a beautiful island, but life can be difficult for dogs. Fresh water is hard to find as well as food. FHDR heard about Colbey and his brothers and we were able to transport them to the US to live in foster homes until adopted. 

Colbey’s beautiful markings on his face match his perfect personality! This what his foster mom says about him … “Colbey is a very friendly puppy! Everyone who meets him falls in love with his lovingness. He is curious, adventurous, and enjoys exploring outside. He loves chasing the leaves and bugs. When he runs, his floppy ears stick to the side of his head like a jet. It’s as if he wants less wind resistance so he can run faster, haha! It’s so cute! Colbey spends his days having fun, playing and running around with my dog. When we are all outside, he will just sit and watch all the people and cars go by. He really likes all our natural chews….antlers, bully sticks, and hooves. After a long day of playing Colbey will come and curl up in my lap. He falls asleep almost instantaneously. He has a ‘go with the flow’ personality. Colbey is a ticklish puppy, just touch his chest or belly and legs legs go crazy!! He is potty trained, knows “sit,” and is even getting the hang of “wait” and “get in your crate”! Everyone that meets Colbey falls in love with his sweet face and great personality– they all want to take him home! He is good natured and easygoing and would be a great addition to any home!” 

If you have a furever home for this pet, please e-mail Furever Home Dog Rescue at FHDR@att.net and request an adoption application. To see more photos and a video clip of Colbey and our other rescue pups, click here.

Knollwood School PTA raises funds with Kona Ice

Mike Matrisciano making the Kona Ice

PARSIPPANY — Knollwood School PTA raises funds with Kona Ice on Wednesday, June 21. Mike Matrisciano was making the Kona Ice for the children to enjoy. Many children attended with their parents on a beautiful sunny day.

Parsippany Native Serves in Pearl Harbor 75 Years After Attack That Led U.S. into World War II

PARSIPPANY — A Parsippany native and 2004 Parsippany High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy in the same location that drew the United States into World War II.

Petty Officer 1st Class Frank Mulvaney

Petty Officer 1st Class Frank Mulvaney, a yeoman, is serving where U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters is located.  According to Navy officials, the U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean.

As a yeoman, Mulvaney is responsible for providing general administration support for the command, which includes drafting letters and award write ups.

“The best thing about my job is the flexibility it gives you to serve on any platform ship and in any area of operation,” said Mulvaney.

Being stationed in Pearl Harbor, often referred to as the gateway to the Pacific in defense circles, means that Mulvaney is serving in a part of the world that is taking on new importance in America’s national defense strategy.

“It’s important for those of us serving in Pearl Harbor today to remember the sacrifice of those who served before us,” said Admiral Scott Swift, Commander, U.S. Pacific fleet. “The important work we do everyday honors those who were here 75 years ago and is a testament to the enduring value of our Navy’s mission.”

Although the world has changed greatly in the past 75 years, the Navy has been pivotal in helping maintain peace and stability in the Pacific region for decades, and for good reason, Navy officials say.  The Pacific is home to more than 50 percent of the world’s population, many of the world’s largest and smallest economies, several of the world’s largest militaries, and many U.S. allies.

“The best thing about serving here is how supportive and motivating the chain of command is, and the weather is nice too,” said Mulvaney.

The Navy has plans, by 2020, to base approximately 60 percent of its ships and aircraft in the region.  Officials say the Navy will also provide its most advanced warfighting platforms to the region, including missile defense-capable ships; submarines; reconnaissance aircraft; and its newest surface warfare ships, including all of the Navy’s new stealth destroyers.

“I am proud to be able to give something back and be part of something bigger than myself by serving in the Navy,” added Mulvaney.

Editors Note: This article was submitted by Petty Officer 1st Class James H. Green, Navy Office of Community Outreach

This is Baxter!! Baxter wants a furever home

Baxter wants to go home with you

RANDOLPH — Baxter is a happy puppy about 12-14 weeks old and weighs about 19-20 pounds.

Baxter is a Coconut Retriever and he was rescued from St. Maarten. St Maarten is a beautiful island, but life can be difficult for dogs. Fresh water is hard to find as well as food. Furever Home Dog Rescue heard about Baxter and we were able to transport him to the US to live in a foster home until adopted. 

Baxter is a happy puppy about 12-14 weeks old and weighs about 19-20 pounds

Baxter is one handsome puppy with a beautiful, soft wavy coat and just look at those ears!!. His foster mom says….” We love his soft wispy hair… We cannot stop ourselves from just sitting with him on our lap and petting him all the time. Baxter gets along with my dog really well. They all love running around the kitchen and playing together. They can play for hours! Whether it’s puppy wrestling or tug of war with a rope, he loves it! Baxter loves his squeaky donut toy that is just about the size of him. He has such a cute personality and it’s so funny seeing him sit in his toy box! haha! And he also really likes all the natural chews, like antlers, bully sticks, and hooves. Baxter is always looking for approval and praise from me. He loves being with us. When we hold him, he rests his head on our shoulder! Baxter walks nicely on a leash and always looks up to me to make sure he’s being a good boy. He loves being petted and will immediately fall to his back for lots of belly rubs! He knows “sit” and is working on “wait” and “go in your crate.” Baxter would be a great addition to any family that can give him all the belly rubs that he loves.”

If you are looking for a puppy with a wonderful personality, Baxter is for you! you have a furever home for this pet, please e-mail Furever Home Dog Rescue at FHDR@att.net and request an adoption application.   

To see more photos and a video clip of Baxter and our other rescue pups click here.

Neglected Animals, Bad Science, Slow Deaths at labs

Liberty performs archaic, cruel experiments on animals, despite the existence of well-established, alternative methods that do not use animals in laboratories.

PARSIPPANY — In letters sent this morning, PETA called on Whippany-based Bayer to reconsider paying for experiments on animals to be conducted at Liberty Research, Inc., and on Parsippany-based Zoetis to reconsider buying animals from the company.

The request follows a PETA eyewitness investigation at the Barton, New York, contract laboratory and animal dealer that resulted in video footage and photographs of dogs and cats who were denied adequate veterinary care, killed in slow and stressful ways, and not separated from other distressed animals, who injured them.

In recent experiments at Liberty Research—which tests veterinary products on dogs and cats—animals were injected with drugs and exposed to viruses and then killed or used for additional tests. A worker drilled into the skulls of 30 dogs—some of whom hadn’t been adequately anesthetized and whimpered during the process—and injected distemper virus into their brains. An insecticide and massive doses of an opioid were also injected into dogs, even though well-established animal-free testing methods exist for these substances. 

“These dogs and cats are just like the ones who share our homes, and Liberty Research should be shut down for treating them like pieces of disposable laboratory equipment,” says PETA Research Associate Dr. Emily Trunnell. “PETA is calling on Bayer, Zoetis, and Liberty Research’s other customers to review our evidence and decide whether they will continue to fund this hellhole.”

In the laboratory, cats were kept in severely crowded, barren conditions in windowless buildings. A cat named Jade, who was briefly paralyzed by seizures, was left without treatment for nearly four weeks before a worker finally gave him a fatal injection in his heart—while he was still sensitive to pain. It took other workers more than seven minutes and four injections to kill a fully conscious, gasping, bloodied dog.

In addition to Bayer and Zoetis, Liberty Research’s recent customers include Merial, Merck, and other veterinary zoological companies, along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and schools such as Michigan State University and the universities of Pittsburgh, Florida, and Louisville.

For more information click here.

Golfers Tee Off for People with Disabilities

Foursome from Title Sponsor, My Limo. Dan Farley, Howard Gogel (My Limo and Employment Horizons’ Trustee), Bob Lull, and Mike Kelly

HANOVER — Over 100 golfers came out to support the 12th Annual Employment Horizons Golf Classic at Spring Brook Country Club, Morristown.

Proceeds benefit the programs and services of Employment Horizons, providing job skills training and placement services to hundreds of individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment each year.

The Golf Classic was sponsored by My Limo of East Hanover along with Associate Sponsor Vision Real Estate Partners. Golfers enjoyed a beautiful day of golf, including contests, lunch, dinner, silent auction, and 50-50 raffle. Golfers also had a chance to win a luxury car provided by Audi Bridgewater & Audi Mendham at the Hole In-One Contest sponsored by Morristown Airport.

To learn more about Employment Horizons or to get involved, please contact Director of Community Relations Maria Florio at mariaflorio@ehorizons.org or click here

Sheriff Gannon addresses Emergency Medical Service Workers

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with the Sameth Emergency Department at the Morristown Medical Center, was happy to join with Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon at a training forum which was recently held at the Morristown Medical Center.

Topics focused on how EMS can help in the fight against heroin in Morris County.  Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon and Undersheriff Alan Robinson addressed the 90 EMS attendees with important information on this issue. Topics included an update on heroin trends across the county, an overview of what the Morris County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Section has been seeing on drug related scenes, how the Morris County Sheriff’s Trends and Analysis Team is supporting the initiative, and how the Morris County Sheriff’s Hope 1 team is hitting the streets in an effort to get out and do something in the fight on heroin instead of just talking about it.

In addition, Undersheriff Alan Robinson spoke on how the Morris County Correctional Facility has joined the fight against heroin. It’s not just about incarceration anymore, but rather getting help to people in need- with the goal that these individuals can return to society as productive members drug free. The “How EMS can Help” portion of the forum focused on the “do’s and don’ts” when EMS is on the scene of a drug related event. Attendees were also provided with Narcan Administration Training presented by Phil Orfan, EMS Education Coordinator for the Atlantic Training Center. It was a great evening of education with EMS workers who volunteer to serve the public and make a difference every day.

Sheriff James Gannon

2017 Graduates Thanks Sponsors for Supporting Project Graduation

Dean Scolavino and Even Stavrou having fun during 2016 Project Graduation

PARSIPPANY — On behalf of the students, parents, and staff members involved with Project Graduation for the Class of 2017 we would like to thank the supporters for their continued support to this activity. All contributions are used to defray the costs of supplies, rental fees, and entertainment.

It is because of your continued support that Project Graduation in Parsippany is a success. The parents, students, and staff of the Class of 2017 thank you for your continued support!

Acorn Home Improvements Inc.
Advanced Electronic Medical Billing, Inc.
Advocare, LLC
Anthony Franco
Anthony & Sons Bakery
Applebees
Aristocrat Limousine & Bus Company
Arthur’s Tavern of Morris Plains
Artistic Academy
Baldwin Bagel
Brooklawn Middle School PTA
Central Middle School PTA
Cerbo Lumber & Hardware
Cheesecake Factory
Chipolte of Morris Plains
Cluck U chicken
Custom Decorators Workroom
Cutting Edge Landscaping of NJ
D&B Chinese Food
Dunkin Donuts
Edible Arrangement of Parsippany
Election Fund of Michael J. dePierro
FRWD Logistics LLC
Fuddruckers
GFWC Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills
Gripp Plumbing & Heating, LLC
Hills of Troy Neighborhood Association c/o Theodor Posselt, Treasurer
Home Depot of Parsippany
I.B.E.W. Local Union No. 102
IHOP
Knollwood School PTA
Lakeland Hills YMCA
Lenfam Management Company (Wendy’s)
M. Bernstein Sons (Kings Food Markets)
MAC Alliance
Morris County Building Trades
Morris County Primary Care
Morris Hills Veterinary Clinic
Mount Holleran Towne Tavern
New Jersey Acupuncture & Wellness Center
Northvail School PTA
Panera Bread of Parsippany
Par Troy Council of PTA’s
Parsippany Foot & Ankle LLC
Parsippany-Troy Hills Elks Lodge No. 2078
Partridge Run Apartments, Inc.
Par-Troy Little League West
Pelican Ski Shop
Priola Funeral Service, Inc.
Robert J. Iracane, CPA
Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Vice President Robert J. Peluso
Rockaway Meadow School PTA
RO-LO Systems, Inc, T/A Denville Dairy
Saint Peter the Apostle Church
ShopRite of Parsippany STARS Program
St. Christopher R.C. Church
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church
Super Foodtown of Lake Hiawatha
The Board of Education of Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District
The Michael Konner Corporation
The UPS Store
They’re Playing Our Song DJ of Parsippany
Thom-Mist, Inc.
Tilcon New York, Inc.
Veterans of Foreign Wars-Post 10184
Virginia & Arthur Henrickson
Wan Fu Yuan Inc DBA Hunan Taste
Watnong VFW Post #3401

Letter to the editor: When does an apparent “winner” act like a loser?

Dear Editor:

When does an apparent “winner” act like a loser? When it’s Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce. DeCroce just survived her recent primary and likely is headed for re-election in the Fall, but she just can’t get out of attack mode, and so she’s again turned her fire on the top vote-getter in the 26th District, Assemblyman Jay Webber. This is a constituent’s call to DeCroce to put aside her bitterness, to stop attacking other Republicans, and instead to start serving the people she just asked to vote for her.

It is not exactly clear what drives DeCroce to lash out even now. Perhaps DeCroce recognizes how much she squandered in just a few short years the reputable name and good will she came into office with. Consider that despite the power of incumbency and one of the most recognized political names in recent Morris County history, it took a mind-boggling $600,000+ in DeCroce propaganda — 25+ mailers, nonstop tv commercials for weeks on end, ever-present online ads in news feeds, constant social media ads — just to finish a distant second. At least five different Trenton-based special-interest PACs funded the DeCroce bailout.

Perhaps it was the exposure of DeCroce’s serial self-dealing — the ugly facts of her public profiteering revealed by her opponents had to cut to the bone. No post-election attack on Webber will erase DeCroce’s unseemly record of trading tax hikes on her constituents in exchange for making her own public pension tax-free. Or that DeCroce raised the gas tax on us, while she gets her gas scot-free through her campaign account — funded, of course, by the very special interests who wanted the gas tax hike in the first place. Those are DeCroce liabilities that were masked by the massive special interest spending in the primary, but that also will last long past June 2017.

Or perhaps it was the humiliation of not even winning in her hometown of Parsippany, or her embarrassing failure in Rockaway Township, the place she touted as her childhood home. Rejections like those from her hometowns would cause anger in many of us, but that anger does not justify her continuing assaults.

On her way to “winning,” DeCroce didn’t just humiliate herself, she hurt her Party. DeCroce’s scorched-earth campaign was the only one of the four in the primary to attack all three of the other candidates. She also cheapened the Republican brand, with her exposure as both a tax-raiser and a self-dealer. The ripple effects played out in West Milford, where DeCroce nearly cost the Passaic GOP’s endorsed council candidates the nomination, as she caused hundreds of conservatives to flee the Passaic line before they could vote for town council. That debacle should be an abject lesson of the damage DeCroce has done to Republicans and could continue to do if she persists in her post-election rampage.

This constituent says that DeCroce should concentrate her attention on helping other Republicans for the Fall General Election, not continuing her venomous attacks against them.

William Felegi
Lake Hopatcong

Parsippany welcomes another lawsuit; Council President Valori violates First Amendment Rights of Public Speaker

PARSIPPANY — Council President Louis Valori continued to interrupt Bill Brennan during a public session regarding the Township Budget on Thursday, June 8.

Mr. Valori as well as Township Attorney John Inglesino kept interrupting Mr. Brennan during his comments regarding the budget, and how Inglesino and Mayor James Barberio are a pair of criminals. He contents there is a “Criminal Conspiracy” going on.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council President Dr. Louis Valori and Mayor James Barberio

Mr. Brennan said “You are violating my constitutional right to free speech, you don’t like the content of my speech, and you are calling me names, you are allegedly that I am an embarrassment. Yes, you said I should behave myself. This is the third time you interrupted me. You know what, I am speaking my mind in an open public forum. Now you are passing notes back and forth and interrupting me. May I have my three minutes? May I have my three minutes? So you are telling me that I don’t get my three minutes? You were able to interrupt me the whole time. I didn’t get to finish what I had to say. I am not putting the mic down. I insist that if I violated a law, I would be charged. I have three minutes. I am not going voluntarily… I am not disrupting the meeting. I was disrupted the three minutes which I was given to speak. I was given three minutes to speak. Am I under arrest? Yes, and I want to go on the record before I leave that I did not get my three minutes, I was interrupted repeatedly. I will take this up in a Civil Suit with this municipality.”

Mr. Brennan was escorted from the Council Chambers by two Parsippany Police Officers that were on duty during the Council Meeting.

Requests for comments from Mayor James Barberio, Council President Louis Valori, Council Vice President Robert Peluso and Councilman Carifi and dePierro went unanswered.

Editors Note: The video is only a segment where Brennan speaks. The complete video of the Council Meeting of Thursday, June 7 can be seen by clicking here.

 

Families, Friends Cheer Young Adults Who Achieved Academic Success Through NewBridge’s Alternative Education Program

Cassandra Reyes

PARSIPPANY — The year after she dropped out of Lenape Valley High School, Leilani Reyes’ younger sister faced a similar fate. Cassandra Reyes, who had become a mother just months earlier, learned last June she didn’t have enough credits to graduate. The NewBridge Parsippany Center is located at 1259 Route 46.

Determined to earn her New Jersey High School diploma, the younger Reyes enrolled in NewBridge Jobs Plus, an alternative education program that helped her achieve her goal in short order and encouraged her to pursue plans to become a nurse.

“I was really proud of her, and I thought, if she can do it while raising a child, why can’t I?” Leilani Reyes said. With NewBridge Jobs Plus’ help, the 21-year-old earned her high school diploma too, and in September she’ll attend attend County College of Morris to study criminal justice.

The Reyes sisters are among 49 young adults in NewBridge Jobs Plus Class of 2017. On June 15, more than 30 of them donned caps and gowns at Wyndham Worldwide headquarters, as more than 200 relatives and friends cheered them on.

“You’ve shown that you are in control. The only thing left to do is rise up!” said keynote speaker James Bryant, supervisor of youth workforce programs at Morris/Sussex/Warren Employment and Training Services, one of the funders of NewBridge Jobs Plus.

Morris County’s longest-running alternative education program

NewBridge Jobs Plus is the longest-running alternative education program in Morris County and has helped well over 1,000 young adults earn their high school diplomas and prepare for college, trade schools and careers since 1983. The program, located at the NewBridge Parsippany Center, is free to young adults living in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, and transportation is provided to Morris County residents.

This year’s graduates hail from: Parsippany-Troy Hills, Budd Lake, Cedar Knolls, Dover, Hackettstown, Hopatcong, Kinnelon, Lake Hiawatha, Lake Hopatcong, Landing, Ledgewood, Morristown, Netcong, NewFoundland, Oak Ridge, Pinebrook, Randolph, Rockaway, Roxbury, Succasunna and Wharton.

“NewBridge helped me learn to be independent. I learned to work at my own pace to achieve my goals,” said Cassandra Reyes, who received the $1,000 James Ryan Memorial Scholarship Award, given in honor of the NewBridge founder. The 18-year-old will soon start at Montclair State University.

‘Now I’m so hopeful for them’

“There has been a lot of pain in our family, but now I’m so hopeful for them, for their future,” said Mirna Reyes, the singe mother of Cassandra and Leilani and three other adult children. “I’ve told them, just keep going!”

Roberto Cuevas left Morristown High School in February after his single mother became ill and was unable to work. Cuevas worked two jobs, one full-time, to help support his mother, three brothers and a sister. Through NewBridge Jobs Plus, he earned his diploma and will enroll at County College of Morris for the fall semester. He plans to transfer to a four-year college after he gets his associates degree to study biotechnology.

“If it weren’t for NewBridge, I would be stuck on repeat,” said the 19-year-old, who was awarded the $1,000 Wyndham Worldwide Scholarship. “I’d keep working jobs just to pay for what we need in the house. I wouldn’t have a plan.”

Career options
Jesenia Chaparro, 22, of Budd Lake, moved to New Jersey from Puerto Rico at age 15, and a year later she dropped out of school. “I didn’t speak the language well,” she recalled. By 17, she was a mother and worked at low-paying jobs. Married with two children, Chaparro said she enrolled in NewBridge Jobs Plus in March “for our kids, for a better future.” She was awarded the $1,000 Lakeland Bank Scholarship Award.

“They were so supportive and flexible,” she said of the instructors. NewBridge Jobs Plus Career and College Counselor Jill Worrall helped Chaparro apply to Berkeley College, where she’ll study to become a surgical technician in September.

Veronica Fernandez quit Dover High School because she missed too many days. On a friend’s suggestion, she enrolled at NewBridge Jobs Plus, and she found her niche with the small-class setting and supportive staff.

“They give you so much motivation!” Fernandez said. Worrall helped her explore career options, and now Fernandez plans to become a registered nurse. “I had no plans, but I went to NewBridge and now I’ve got it figured out,” the 20-year-old said. “I am proud of myself. I feel like I can take on the world!” she said to a burst of applause.

Rashawn Blake, 19, had gotten into trouble in high school in Essex County and had to leave during his senior year. When he got to NewBridge Jobs Plus, “they helped me want to further my education,” he said. Blake is pursuing a music career, but until he attended NewBridge, he didn’t see the need for college. The Montville resident plans to study business at County College of Morris starting in September. Blake was honored as a NewBridge Jobs Plus Associate of the Year.

‘I wanted to do it for my mom’

Roxbury resident Nicholas Ferro was determined to walk across a stage to receive a diploma for his mother’s sake. Traditional high school didn’t suit Ferro, but he said “I would have stayed and been miserable” at Dover High School had he not found NewBridge Jobs Plus. Ferro’s six older siblings had gotten high school GEDs; not one attended a commencement. “I wanted to do it for my mom,” he said.

“I cried. It’s been a long road,” said his mother, Nicole Dickerson, giving Ferro a squeeze. The 18-year-old plans to study agribusiness at County College of Morris.

“When traditional high school failed them, these young men and women didn’t give up on themselves. They persevered and succeeded, and we are confident they have the grit and optimism to pursue their dreams,” NewBridge CEO Robert L. Parker said.

In addition to Morris/Sussex/Warren Employment & Training Services, NewBridge Jobs Plus receives funding from: Affinity Federal Credit Union; John Bickford Foundation; Community Foundation of New Jersey:Morris County Freeholders; Morris County Human Services;; TD Bank Charitable Foundation; Charles Emil Thenen Foundation; United Way of Northern New Jersey; and Wyndham Worldwide.