Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sons of Italy donates to Valerie Fund; New members sworn in

Bella Rocco and Sons of Italy President Joseph Jannarone, Jr.

PARSIPPANY — Sons of Italy, Lodge 2561 recently donated to The Valerie Fund. Accepting a check from Sons of Italy President Joseph Jannarone is Bella Rocco, Parsippany. The Sons of Italy has been supporting The Valerie Fund for a number of year.

The Valerie Fund’s mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders.

The Valerie Fund is a not-for-profit organization established in 1976 in memory of nine-year-old Valerie Goldstein by her parents, Ed and Sue.

Families turn to The Valerie Fund because of the unique combination of medical care, counseling, and other services it provides. The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers comprise the largest network of healthcare facilities for children with cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey, and one of the largest in the nation. They host over 25,000 patient visits each year.

The Valerie Fund Walk and JAG Physical Therapy 5K will be held on Saturday, June 10 starting at 8:00 a.m. at Verona Park, corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeside Avenue, Verona.

You can join Bella Rocco at the 5K by clicking here. Bella thankfully is doing well and has been tumor free for five years now.

The MRIs and doctors visits continue but thank god they have remained uneventful, just the way we like it. Her support for The Valerie Fund continues and has become a welcomed tradition with many friends and families that join us year after year.

2017 will be the 9th year that Bella’s Bunch attends this yearly event and hopefully, with your support, Bella’s Bunch will show up with big numbers both in people and in donations. Although the team is named after Bella, and they will never forget all she has gone through, we consider ourselves lucky that it wasn’t worse and we attend every year to pay it forward to all the kids that are currently going through pediatric cancer or a blood disorder.

The walk and run every year for every one of their parents that have had their world turned upside down, knowing that The Valerie Fund will help them with all they have to deal with. Hope you can join Bella’s Bunch on June 10 in support of the kids and families of the Valerie Fund.

Bella has set a goal to raise $7,500 this year for The Valerie Fund.

In addition, at its regular monthly meeting, three new members: Patsy F. Casamassa, lll., John Carmen Gammero, and Richard Fiorentino were sworn in by President Joseph Jannarone, Jr.

Club officers are President is Joe Jannarone Jr.; First Vice President is Louis Amato;
Second Vice President is John Lonero; Treasurer is Bob Iracane; Recording Secretary is Adam Gragnani and Sergeant at Arms is Sean Clark.

The Morris County of the Order of Sons of Italy Lodge 2561 is an affiliated member of the Order of the Sons of Italy In America Association.

The Lodge was founded as a non-profit organization which contributes thousands of dollars to worthwhile local charities and families and awards many scholarships to outstanding men and women. In addition to Valerie Fund, the group supports Parsippany Food Pantry, other local food pantries, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, day care centers and more.

State Troopers Arrest Parsippany Man for DWI and Seize 551 Bags of Heroin

Sean Deckert and Joseph Ginexi were charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of hypodermic needles, and possession of drug paraphernalia

PARSIPPANY — The New Jersey State Police have arrested Sean Deckert, 29, Parsippany, and Joseph Ginexi, 26, Lincoln Park, and seized $2,200 worth of heroin during a motor vehicle stop.

On Wednesday, April 5, at 7:57 p.m., Trooper Gerald Dellagicoma stopped Deckert for a traffic violation on westbound Interstate 80 at milepost 56 in Woodland Park. During the stop, Trooper Dellagicoma arrested Deckert for DWI. After further investigation, Trooper Dellagicoma discovered that Deckert and Ginexi were in possession of 551 bags of heroin, hypodermic needles, and drug paraphernalia.

Sean Deckert and Joseph Ginexi were charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of hypodermic needles, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deckert was also charged with criminal under the influence and DWI. Both were released pending a court appearance.

Troopers are getting drugs off of our streets daily, whether it’s from long-term invests to “routine” traffic stops.

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.

Burger King to close this week

Burger King located at 1429 Route 46

PARSIPPANY — As reported in Parsippany Focus on January 13, 2016, Burger King at 1429 Route 46, corner of Baldwin Road will be closing to make room for Starbucks. Soon you will be able to order your Iced Carmel Macchiato or Caffè Americano closer to home. (click here for article).

This will be the second Starbucks coming to Parsippany.  Parisppany Focus published news about the first Starbucks being built on Route 10, a 2,000 square foot cafe with a drive through (click here for article).

Sources at Burger King, told Parsippany Focus that Burger King will be closing by the end of this week to make room for Starbucks. When asked how long it will take to transform into Starbucks, the employee was unsure of the timeline.


Cesaro Says It’s Time For Real Bail Reform

The Cesaro family

PARSIPPANY — Morris County Deputy Freeholder Director John Cesaro, a Republican candidate for Assembly, says it’s time for real bail reform. He intends to use his experience as a freeholder, municipal prosecutor and municipal public defender to bring common sense to the issue.

“Unfortunately, Trenton sold the voters a bill of goods to get them to vote for bail reform in 2014 when they lead folks to believe the new law would be tough on crime,” John Cesaro said. “My own personal experience proves this to be untrue. Earlier this year, my parents were in a hit and run accident. The police caught the driver who was charged with two counts of assault with a vehicle resulting in bodily injury, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.”

“In the past this man would have been taken to the county jail and held on bail,” Cesaro explained. “Not any more, instead he never saw the inside of a jail cell, paid no bail and sat in a police station until his father picked him up, took him home and tucked him into bed while my father laid in a hospital bed for ten days.”

“More recently, in Clifton the police arrested one man four times in 30 hours.” Cesaro described, “According to published news accounts the charges included possession of marijuana in the first arrest, the second arrest was for possession of synthetic marijuana, the third was possession of synthetic cannabinoid and the final arrest in 30 hours was driving while under the influence. Every time this individual was released with a summons.”

“In that Clifton situation, common sense dictated he should have been held after the second arrest, but not under the new bail reform laws,” Cesaro said. “This man was obviously a menace to society and would not have been allowed to leave with a summons in the past. Well intentioned ‘reforms’ should never be allowed to supersede commonsense.”

“Not only does the new bail reform law endanger the public but it is an unnecessary burden to the law-abiding taxpayers,” Cesaro said. “Here in Morris County bail reform has added $750,000 to the county budget, essentially making this law an unfunded mandate that endangers the general public. I will go to Trenton and fight to bring common sense improvements to this ill-conceived bail reform law.”


Journalist Jonathan Alter to Deliver Joseph Gotthelf Holocaust Memorial Lecture

PARSIPPANY — Award winning author and political journalist Jonathan Alter will present the annual Joseph Gotthelf Holocaust Memorial Lecture at Temple Beth Am in Parsippany on Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Jonathan Alter

The May 12 lecture, sponsored by the Joseph Gotthelf Holocaust Memorial Fund, is part of the yearly commemoration of Yom Hashoah, a day set aside to memorialize those lost in the Holocaust. In a lecture titled “The Fragility of Democracy,” Alter will speak about “the threat that present political trends pose to world peace and the future of the Jewish people.” The lecture, during Shabbat services, is free and open to the public.

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist and television producer and analyst. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies”(2013), “The Promise: President Obama, Year One” (2010) and “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006), also one of the Times’ “Notable Books” of the year. Since 1996, Alter has been an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, appearing on-air two or three times a week. After 28 years as a columnist and senior editor at Newsweek, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories, Alter is now a twice-monthly columnist for the Daily Beast. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Esquire, Bloomberg View and other publications.

He is an executive producer of “Alpha House,” a half-hour political comedy created by Garry Trudeau and starring John Goodman that is available for viewing on He is at work on a full-length biography of former President Jimmy Carter and is producing a documentary about the lives of legendary journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill.

Alter is chairman of the board of the Lukas Prize Project, which provides cash awards for non-fiction authors, and serves on the boards of  The Blue Card, a national Jewish organization assisting Holocaust survivors, DonorsChoose, which allows teachers to post online proposals for classroom materials, the Bone Marrow Foundation, the Historians Advisory Council of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and the Montclair (NJ) Library Foundation. He is a resident of Montclair.

Celebrating their 51st year, Temple Beth Am is a Reform congregation with a diverse membership living throughout Morris County, including the towns of Parsippany, Boonton, Denville, Lake Hiawatha, Mountain Lakes, Montville, Randolph and Rockaway. We open our doors to adults and youth, singles and couples, Jews-by-birth and Jews-by-choice, and interfaith couples. Led by Rabbi Steven L. Mills and Rabbi/Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak, Temple Beth Am is an inclusive, warm and welcoming place for personal and communal prayer, solace and comfort, joyous celebration, community service, education and sharing as a vibrant Jewish congregation.

Par-Troy Little League West Opening Day

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Team entering the field

PARSIPPANY — Par-Troy Little League West held its Opening Night on Thursday, April 20 and kicked off the season with a parade, opening ceremony and games. One of the highlights of the evening was Alicia DePasquale Bozza signing the National Athem. Among the teams this year are the dePierro Defenders, Carifi’s Crusaders, Tabor Pizzeria, Valori’s Vikings, Bagel City Grill, Quick Chek, Sizzle Tan,  Peluso Pride and Barberio’s Bombers.

One of the highlights of the evening was an award given to Tommy Catapano from Boy Scout Troop 173.  He managed a service project that he organized from start to finish. The project benefits the Par-Troy West Little League Baseball complex.

Catapano constructed tiers in the side of a small hill that teams and spectators use for seating throughout the season. By making these tiers, not only did he make the area look nicer, it will become an area that teams can meet and conduct after game meetings and that people can really enjoy. This is one of the final steps Tommy needed to complete to reach the rank of Eagle.

For more information about Par-Troy Little League West, click here.


Rockaway Township cop charged with sexually assaulting two teenage girls

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP  — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Martin McParland, Jr. of the Rockaway Township Police Department announce that Wilfredo Guzman, 44, Rockaway Township, has been charged with two counts of Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(c)4, crimes of the second degree; two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 24-4(a)1, crimes of the third degree, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 24-4(a)2, crimes of the third degree. 

Mr. Guzman is a police officer with the Rockaway Township Police Department.

These charges relate to actions Mr. Guzman is alleged to have engaged in with two minor females, one of whom was between the ages of 16-17 years-old, and another who was 15 years- old during the time in question. 

It is alleged that Mr. Guzman engaged in acts of sexual penetration with the two females on various dates in 2014 and 2015. It is further alleged that Mr. Guzman provided both females alcohol and prescription medication.   

Mr. Guzman was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility, as of Monday.

Guzman has been a Rockaway Township police officer since 2003 and has a $111,980 salary, according to public records.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, Professional Standards Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, High Tech Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Section whose efforts contributed to the investigation of the matter.  Prosecutor Knapp would also like to thank and acknowledge Chief McParland and members of the Rockaway Township Police Department for their cooperation with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office during the pendency of this investigation.

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.


MCYP held candidate forum for Freeholder race

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Republican Candidate for Governor speaks at Morris County Young Republicans monthly meeting.

MORRIS COUNTY — Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, both are seeking the Republican nomination for governor in the primary, gave opening remarks in a crowed room at Charlie Brown’s in Denville at Morris County Young Republicans monthly meeting.

In addition 25th Legislative District representatives Senator Anthony R. Bucco, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, and Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll. They are not challenged in the Republican primary in June.

The four republicans are seeking the three-year seat to be vacated on January 1 by William “Hank” Lyon, Parsippany, who is running instead in the Republican primary for the two-year state Assembly seat in the 26th Legislative District that is currently occupied by BettyLou DeCroce, also of Parsippany.

Michael Crispi, is 24 years old, the same age Hank Lyons was when he first ran for Freeholder.

Crispi, a Cedar Knolls resident, believes he may be the answer to directly combat the rising issues in Morris County while persevering the aspects that make the county great.

Crispi captured the attention of his Young Republican associates Sunday night when he declared, “We have, in my mind, one of the most enviable places to live in the United States. With that being said it blows my mind that we are experiencing a rise in our median age.” “The question has been asked many times in the past few months by elected officials; how can we reverse this trend? Well the answer lies in true fiscal conservatism,” he continued.

Heather Darling, Nicolas W. Platt, Michael Crispi and David Scapicchio

Crispi believes that his youth and experience as well as his unique credentials and perspective may prove greatly beneficial for the citizens of the county. Crispi is a former collegiate athlete at Elon University and currently serves as a member of the Morris County Young Republican Executive Board while also working as the Regional Manager of Allstate Benefits. In his role at Allstate Benefits, Crispi consults with various businesses throughout the state and helps them construct the best risk management strategies in the wake of healthcare reform.

Mike Crispi during his announcement at Parsippany Sheraton Hotel

Candidate Heather Darling said “I am running for Morris County Freeholder because I care about Morris County.”

Right now there is unchecked spending, a practice of rewarding special interests and lack of sustainable ratables.

“I have lived in this county for 42 years.  I went to school in Roxbury and graduated from Roxbury High School.  I went to NYU and earned degrees in Finance and International Business and returned to the open space of Morris County.  After a few years in the financial markets, I joined my father’s business and went to Seton Hall Law.  I inherited my father’s real estate business but, I didn’t want to simply ride on his coattails so I founded my law firm in Morris County,” Darling said.

She continued “I didn’t use money from my father’s business to build my law firm because it was about the pride of doing it on my own – the hard way.  I know about building a business on a shoestring budget, building relationships with customers, dealers and suppliers, and hiring and manage employees who count on their jobs to provide food and shelter for their families. Every day I analyze information and make critical decisions which affect my business, my employees and my client’s futures.”

Heather Darling, Esq. has a law office at 15 Commerce Boulevard, Succasunna

“Large and small businesses have been leaving Morris County since the 80’s. We have become a county of residents without ratables or economic opportunities for young people. When I’m elected, I will utilize our numerous highways and railroads to attract business back to Morris County,” said Darling.

David Scapicchio, a former mayor of Mount Olive and one-term freeholder who lost his bid for re-election in 2015 but is widely endorsed for a new term by mayors around the county and most of the current Freeholders, told the crowd he helped reduce the county debt by millions when he was on the board. Known as a freeholder by the nickname “Pavin’ Dave,” Scapicchio, 62, said 30 miles of county roads were being repaved annually by the time he left office.

Nicolas W. Platt, 63, is currently the Mayor of the Township of Harding. He offered an overview of his public service as a three-term Harding committeeman who first got on the governing board to fill a vacancy. Platt said that Harding saves at least $300,000 annually through shared services that include a joint municipal court with Madison, Morris Township, Chatham and Chatham Township, and by eliminating its health office and contracting with Morris County for health department services.

Platt said he made a commitment more than four years ago to attend all Freeholder meetings, including the work sessions, and he regularly expresses his viewpoint on issues before the board. He currently is President of Hartley Dodge Foundation and Managing Partner of Hartley Farms Partners.

During Heather Darlings statements she said “While other similar facilities in the area are thriving, Morris View is not running profitably and the current Freeholder Board is looking into privatization.  This should not be an option until every effort has been made to rein in spending and maximize income. Morris County is only one of nine counties in the nation posting average annual property taxes over $10,000.  It is nonsense for us to have deteriorating infrastructure, poor road conditions, and cutbacks in human services needed by seniors and veterans.”

The deadline to change political affiliation passed on April 12 but residents have until May 16 to register to vote in this years primary. There are 137,511 registered but unaffiliated voters in the county; 122,350 Republicans, and 84,864 Democrats. The sole Democrat to file to run for freeholder is Rozella Clyde, Chatham, and is not opposed in the primary. She is part of the Morris County Democratic Committee.

Morris County Young Republicans will meet on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Portofino Family Restaurant, 5139 Berksire Valley Road, Oak Ridge. The candidates from Legislative Districts 2 and 26 will be available to answer questions. This event will be sponsored by Morris Township Mayor Bruce Sisler.

In Parsippany, James R. Barberio (R),  Robert J. Peluso (R), Thomas C. Fulco, (D), and Michael Soriano (D) are seeking the office of the Mayor.  Candidates for Township Council are Christopher R. Martino (R), Casey Parikh (R), Brian Stanton (R) Louis A. Valori (R), Vincent Ferrara (R), Katherine Cassidy (D), Janice McCarthy (D), and Emily Peterson (D).


Police Department Offer Tour to MOMS Club of Parsippany West

MOMS Club of Parsippany West attended a tour of Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department

PARSIPPANY — Sergeant Al Keiser and Patrolman Remo D’Alessandro of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department offered a tour of headquarters to the MOMS Club of Parsippany West.  Approximately 18 children and nine caregivers attended the tour.

The experience taught these young members of the community how the police serve and protect all citizens.  On this beautiful spring day, attendees ended the tour outside with a hands-on introduction to one of the patrol vehicles.

MOMS Club of Parsippany West is a chapter of the International MOMS Club, a non-profit organization focused on Moms Offering Moms Support.

Its mission is to offer support and enriching activities to both mothers and their children.  Activities include organized family friendly outings; various activity groups for both children and moms; moms’ nights out; and monthly service projects to benefit both children in need and the larger community.

Mothers whose children attend or will attend Intervale, Mount Tabor, Lake Parsippany, Eastlake, and Littleton schools are eligible for membership in this chapter and click here and email to learn more.

Martino holds fundraiser for Township Council

Council Chris Martino and his wife Shreya

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Candidate Chris Martino recently held a fundraiser. Chris Martino is seeking a seat on the Parsippany-Troy Hills Council. Council President Louis Valori and Council Vice President Robert Peluso seats are up for grabs in the November General Election.

Council Candidate Chris Martino, Mayoral Candidate Robert Peluso and Council Candidate Casey Parikh
Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., Council Candidate Chris Martino, Mayoral Candidate Robert Peluso and Council Candidate Casey Parikh
Council Candidate Chris Martino and his wife
Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Candidate Chris Martino and Detective Sgt. John Fox Jr. of the East Hanover Police Department

Chris Martino is a decorated law enforcement professional. When he says he has your back, he means it. His experience in policing allows him to bring a unique insight to our council regarding public safety and the security of our residents and children.

Martino was born in Brooklyn, New York where his parents lived at the time and shortly moved to West Paterson. His family moved to Bloomingdale in 1986 when he was just 14 years old. He attended Butler High School and graduated from the County College of Morris.

Shortly after graduating college Martino was accepted into the Morris County Alternate Route Police Academy Program in August, 1993. Once he graduated the Morris County Police Academy he was hired by the Hanover Township Police Department on March 1, 1994. He has been with the Hanover Township Police Department for the past 23 years. During his 23 years he has worked in all aspects of law enforcement, which requires a great deal of dedication. He has been involved with numerous investigations that require a high level of discipline and attention to detail.

Chris has resided in Parsippany for the past 14 years originally moving into the Troy Hills section of Parsippany in 2003 with his wife Shreya. He currently resides in the Powder Mill Estates section of Parsippany, since 2014. This is where his wife Shreya, seven year old twins Ella and Deven, along with their family pet, Marley call home.

The primary will be held on Tuesday, June 6. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pancake Fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 72 held at Applebee’s

The Boy Scouts were serving up breakfast at Applebee's

PARSIPPANY — Boy Scout Troop 72 held their annual Pancake Fundraiser at the Applebee’s of Parsippany on the morning of Saturday, April 22.

Money raised from this fundraiser will be used to help send scouts to leadership training programs this summer and fall.

Eric Maciag takes a break from serving and tries some of the delicious breakfast
Riley Mazur and Chris Anzalone bringing food to customers
Josh Knowle bring food to customers

For more information about Boy Scout Troop 72, chartered by Saint Peter Church in Parsippany, please visit our website by clicking here.

Eastlake School PTA holds successful Tricky Tray

The room was packed during the Tricky Tray

PARSIPPANY — The Eastlake School PTA held a very successful Tricky Tray at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center on Friday, April 21. The room was packed with parents, teachers and local residents.

The event cost $20.00 to enter. Level 1 tickets cost $5.00 a sheet and included over 200 baskets with great prizes such as Easter Baskets, Eccola Gift Cards, Single Cup Coffee Maker with K-cups, Comedy Tickets, Powerhouse Birthday Party Certificate, Lake Parsippany Property Owners Association gift certificate, Anchor Golf Gift Cards, Applebee’s Gift Cards, Perona Farms Brunch and more.

Level 2 tickets cost $2.00 per ticket or 10 tickets for $15.00 and included around 75 gift baskets with great prizes such as One night stay at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Randolph Gymnastics Gift Card, One night weekend stay at Hyatt House, Mary Kay Gift set and more.

Level 3 gift baskets included two orchestra seats at the Philharmonic, Shark Vacuum, Xbox one and more. Eastlake Roulette baskets included front row seats to fifth grade graduation, gym teacher for a day with Miss Costa, lunch with Principal, Mr. Hershkowitz, Pizza Party with Mrs. Breiten and more.

Grand Prize Tricky Tray prizes included Big Screen TV, four Disney Hopper Passes, three Giants tickets with parking pass, IPad or adult one year membership to the YMCA.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany prepares dinner for Homeless Solutions

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President-Elect Frank Cahill, Members Nicolas Limanov and Olga Limanova were the volunteers cooking and serving the food

PARSIPPANY — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany prepares dinner at Morris County’s Homeless Solutions on the fourth Saturday of every month.  President-elect Frank Cahill started his Saturday morning by shopping for food, which is paid for by Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

The group of volunteers meet at Homeless Solutions to start preparing dinner for the residents in the transitional housing program.  The group prepared a fresh fruit salad, tossed salad with numerous dressings, baked ziti with meatballs and rolls and served chocolate cake for dessert. They also served iced tea and coffee. Other volunteer groups such as St. Ann’s Church prepares dinner for the shelter on other days of the month. Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany has been providing meals to Homeless Solutions for the past eleven years.

Next month, on May 27 Vice President Karen DeChristopher, Joyce Garrow, Carol Tiesi, Frank Cahill volunteered to prepare dinner at Homeless Solutions.

The mission of Homeless Solutions is to offer shelter, services, and supportive housing to homeless and low-income people. For the homeless and working poor in our community, hope begins at Homeless Solutions, Inc.  Homeless Solutions is a private, non-profit organization, helping those in need for past 30 years. Homeless Solutions provides shelter for 25 homeless men, 10 homeless women, 10 families and 20 Safe Haven guests. Our guests receive services including case management, transportation to work and necessary appointments, money management and employment assistance, housing search assistance and daily living skills training. Referral services for counseling, substance abuse intervention, and prevention are also provided.

Homeless Solutions, Inc. employs 49 staff, 36 full time and 13 part time. Homeless Solutions, Inc. is governed by a Board of Trustees and is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of New Jersey.

By supporting HSI through financial donations or volunteering, they are making a tangible difference in the lives of those most in need in our community. For more information on Homeless Solutions, click here.

Three Reason to Donate to Homeless Solutions:

When you donate to Homeless Solutions, you make a tangible difference in the life of someone in need in our community.  Your donations –

  • Buy milk for children living in shelter.
  • Pay for childcare so a single parent can work.
  • Pay for gas for our shelter vans that take guests to public transportation to get to work and to medical appointments.

Click here to make a donation to Homeless Solutions.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets at Empire Diner, Route 46, Parsippany on Thursday at 7:15 a.m. For more information, click here.

Active structure fire; Heavy smoke at 222 New Road

Depty Chief Matthew Palmieri and Fireman Andres Felipe Giraldo on the roof of the building

PARSIPPANY – Approximately 11:00 a.m. Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department received a call regarding heavy smoke coming from the roof of 222 New Road. Earlier reports stated there were workers on top of the roof, but what type or work they were performing or who hired them were unknown.

Rainbow Lakes Fire Department 2, Lake Parsippany Fire District 3, Lake Hiawatha Volunteer Fire District 4, Parsippany Volunteer Fire Department 5 and Parsippany Volunteer Fire District 6, along with Boonton RIC, Montville and Cedar Knolls were on the scene shortly after 11:00 a.m.

Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad and Par-Troy Emergency Services were on the scene. Parsippany Rescue and Recovery is on the scene.

According to the sign posted at the building contains the companies Catbridge, Veggie Land, Inssinc and Paraflex is a 80,000 square foot industrial building. According to employees at the scene, all the employees inside the building were safe and left the building immediately.

Currently Parsippany Arson Investigation and Morris County Sheriff’s Crime Investigative Scene (CIS) were called to the scene and the Construction official and Health Department were also requested to the scene.

Parsippany Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was requested to the scene to help with traffic.

Report from the scene indicate owners or managers from Veggie Land were present. The property owner arrived at the scene approximately 1:15 p.m.

At 1:45 p.m. it was announced that the fire has been knocked down, and they were in the process of ventilating the building.

Parsippany Focus will update article as official information is released.

Morris County Officials Celebrate CCM’s Designation as a National Center of Excellence

RANDOLPH — County College of Morris (CCM) hosted a reception on Wednesday, April 19, with a number of special guests, including Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, county freeholders and several college and university officials, to celebrate CCM’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

Dr. Joseph L. Ricca, chair of the CCM Board of Trustees; Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, CCM president; Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen; and Paul Boudreau, president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, at the reception celebrating CCM’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Attending the celebration, along with Frelinghuysen, were Freeholders Douglas Cabana and Thomas J. Mastrangelo; Nancy Binowski, chair of the Department of Information Technologies at CCM; Professor Patricia Tamburelli and her husband, Joe, a part-time instructor at CCM, both of whom were instrumental in gaining the national distinction for the college; CCM trustees; computer science students; and members of the CCM Cyber Security Club.

“We’re especially proud of this designation and what it means for CCM students,” said Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, president of CCM. “Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries with 1.5 million job openings projected by 2019. CCM is excited to be a part of filling that pipeline by providing students with an outstanding education and practical, hands-on opportunities to build their skills and knowledge base.”

Joe Tamburelli, adjunct professor at CCM; Mihir Kansagra, a computer science student; Professor Patricia Tamburelli; Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, president of CCM; and computer science students Liam Shamhart and Andrea Doucette at the celebration recognizing CCM’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

“We are extremely proud of this designation for County College of Morris, and especially for the professors and staff and students who have worked to make the CCM Center for Cyber Security a model for the state and nation,’’ said Mastrangelo. “They have done a great job of educating our future cyber security professionals, increasing awareness for students in many other disciplines and preparing the greater Morris County community to be good cyber citizens.’’

As part of the celebration, the Department of Information Technologies presented the first public viewing of its “Stay Safe in Cyber Space” video, which details steps individuals, businesses and organizations can take to protect themselves against cyber-attacks.

“This is a big day. I think this designation puts CCM in a great position,” said Liam Shamhart, a computer science student.

“It’s great for the college in that a lot of additional resources and grants will now become available,” said Scott Court, another computer science student.

“CCM has always shined … and will continue to be out front as a leader,” noted Dr. Joseph L. Ricca, chair of the CCM Board of Trustees.

CCM is the only community college in New Jersey listed as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE 2Y) by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

The designation recognizes CCM as an institution with a proven track record for information security education and awareness. Only 41 community colleges across the country, or fewer than 3 percent, hold the same designation.

To obtain the designation, CCM needed to demonstrate that its cyber security curriculum is aligned with national standards, that the college contributes to providing a pipeline of professionals who can assist with protecting against cyber-attacks, and that it is a resource for the community in the area of information security.

CCM offers an Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology with both a digital forensics and information security track, along with a certificate program in information security. Also offered is an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in computer forensics.

In 2015, the Department of Information Technologies established the Center for Cyber Security at CCM to serve as a comprehensive resource for students, faculty, staff and the community in the area of cyber security.

Along with recognizing the excellence of the college’s educational programs, the CAE-CDE 2Y designation means that CCM students now can apply for scholarships through the National Science Foundation to continue their cyber security education at four-year institutions.

CCM computer science students and visitors at a cyber defense demonstration arranged as part of a celebration recognizing CCM’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Matty Rzucidlo was honored at PTWLL Opening Game

Matty Rzucidlo and Frank Neglia

PARSIPPANY —  Matty Rzucidlo was honored on Thursday, April 21 at the Par-Troy West Little League Opening Night.

Matty Rzucidlo, Mayor James Barberio and Frank Neglia. Mayor Barberio gave Matty a Proclamation

Matt Rzucidlo was born in Hoboken, the birthplace of baseball. It was during his early childhood that he first found his passion for the game, playing with the Hoboken Little League. Some of his earliest memories go back to when he would play ball on the streets of the city with the other neighborhood kids. The Yankees shaped his childhood, going to Yankee Stadium with his uncles to watch players like Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. He grew up in a family of baseball players. He was inspired by his uncles who he always looked up to.

In 1959, his family moved to Parsippany and began his playing career with the Par-Troy West Little League, Kiwanis Club, as a pitcher and infielder. He continued playing through middle school where he was a proud Central Cougar.

For Matt, high school is where “it all started.” Not only was he on the baseball team, but he also played football all 4 years, 3 of which he was the varsity quarterback.

Baseball though, was his ultimate passion. And the man who fostered and mentored his talents was the late Jack Mott. A man who Matt respects and honors to this day.

For his freshman year, Matt went straight to JV. At JV he played short stop and also practiced with the varsity team who saw great potential in the young but extremely talented rookie.

Sophomore year Matt made varsity debut and was the starting left fielder. By the 7th game, he was moved over to short stop.

That season was off to a great start for Rzucidlo, until he unfortunately had his first knee injury. This injury had him out for the rest of the season. Despite his cast, he was still sitting on the sideline of every game, supporting and cheering on his team. Matt’s dedication and devotion to the game never waive red.

The Red Skins suffered a devastating loss to the team. That year Parsippany High School varsity baseball team went on to play in the Greater Newark tournament, which they unfortunately lost.

He recalls the team pitching in and buying him a brand new glove as a gift.  Junior year Matt started as the Varsity second baseman and as a relief pitcher – letting the teammate who took over his position the previous year finish his senior year as short stop.

That year, the Parsippany High School team finished second in the Jersey Hills Conference. Parsippany High School baseball knew next year was going to be an impactful year – especially for Rzucidlo.

Matt’s senior year was his best of his high school career. He was the captain of the varsity baseball team and played as short stop for the whole season. Rzucidlo pitched four games (which he was 3-1), had three homeruns, and received the “Daily Advance All-Area Baseball” recognition.

Major league scouts where looking at Rzucidlo during this exciting time including the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After high school, Matt attended Miami Dade County College where he continued to play ball that fall. 

The transition from baseball to fast pitch softball came from his mentor and high school coach, Jack Mott. Matt Rzucidlo was far from done with his playing career.

Rzucidlo’s first softball team was with the Parsippany Athletic club sponsored by Dean Gallo. During that time, he also played with the Hub Lakes League (from ’69-’70).

From there, he played for Mario’s and in 1969 he won a softball championship with the team. In addition he played for the Parsippany slow pitch league with the Tally-Ho team who also won a championship.

Rzucidlo then continued on to play with DeMaio’s who won three straight championships for the Parsippany slow pitch league. He followed that with playing for Hilltop who won an additional two championships.

From there Matt played with Primos in the Parsippany league which went on to win four more championships.

Within all those years, Rzucidlo won 12 championships in the Parsippany slow pitch league.

During his time with Primo’s, Rzucidlo also played for Mt. Hope. Sponsored by Jerry Smith and coached by Tim Wyatt. Gaining the nickname ‘the captain’, Rzucidlo began an amazing eig year career with an amazing team.

Rzucidlo played with Mt. Hope from ’77-’85 and during this time the Mount Hope Inn made it’s name well known. The team went to nationals in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 1983, 1984, and 1985. In 1983 they were 4th in nationals and in 1985 the team took 2nd in the nationals. 

During the Mount Hope era, Rzucidlo was named first team All-American utility infielder in 1982 and 1985. He recalls a lot of talented players from the area who where on that team and how it was an amazing time in his life he’ll never forget.

In 1986, Matt retired from playing modified fast pitch. In 1985, Rzucidlo got married and in ’88 and ’89 welcomed 2 daughters and focused his time on raising his family.

That never fully stopped him still playing ball and remembers “dragging my kids to the fields” for a Sunday morning league.

His daughters fondly remember watching him play at Smithfield, the same place he started his career in 1959.

Rzucidlo went on to play in the Parsippany senior league and won two more championships

To this day Matt continues to love the game. He can call every pitch before it  leaves the glove, every error before it happens on the field and could go head to head with anyone in baseball trivia.

For someone who has had a playing career full of championships and praise, he has always remained a humble man. Never making it about himself, but always about the team. He exemplifies good sportsmanship. In addition to being a great baseball player, he is a wonderful father, husband, brother, uncle, son, friend and teammate.


Solix Names New Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer

PARSIPPANY — Solix, Inc., a best-in-class provider of program and process management, regulatory compliance and customer care services for businesses and government agencies throughout the United States, announced Eric Storey has been appointed senior vice president and chief sales officer reporting to Solix CEO Jack Miller. Solix is located at 30 Lanidex Plaza West.

Storey, who has an extensive sales and business development background, including experience serving several Fortune ranked organizations; will lead sales initiatives that support business growth in established markets where Solix has a record of success and in industries where the company is an emerging leader.

“We are excited to welcome Eric to the team as we look to build upon our success and expand our services and market presence,” said Miller. “His client-centric approach aligns well with our business philosophy and our strong customer relationships as well as quality of personalized service we provide are points of pride for us that we believe Eric can cultivate into even greater success for Solix.”

Prior to joining Solix, Storey served as Cognizant Technology Solutions’ Head of Sales, Americas Business Process Outsourcing. In addition, he has held executive sales, operations and consulting roles at Xerox, Deloitte Consulting, Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture.

“Solix has a long history as a successful business process outsourcing firm that has commanded a specific space in supporting government programs with intense regulatory and compliance demands,” Storey said.  “It is uniquely positioned to bring this experience, in addition to a powerful new proprietary platform and highly effective omni channel customer care, to other markets including the healthcare, financial services, life sciences and utility spaces.” He added, “Solix is innovative, nimble and flexible to meet evolving client needs and I am excited to be a part of its future.”

Founded in 2001, Solix helps customers run more efficient programs, qualify applicants faster with greater accuracy, and enable more responsive customer communications for an enhanced experience. For more information, please visit the resources section of our website to learn how we help our customers achieve success.

Freeholder candidate Heather Darling hosted successful fundraiser

Freeholder Candidate Heather Darling

MORRIS COUNTY — Freeholder candidate Heather Darling hosted her first fundraiser at Zeris Inn, Mountain Lakes on Monday, April 17.

The well attended function included a mix of local Republican Party leadership and members of the community supporting Darling. Darling’s message was that unchecked spending, the current practice of rewarding special interests and lack of sustainable ratables are the issues plaguing Morris County. Darling, who operates a law firm she built herself and an unrelated business she took over from her father, said she knows about building and operating a business on a shoestring budget, building relationships with customers, and hiring and managing employees who count on their jobs to provide food and shelter for their families. Darling said that her daily routine is analyzing information and making critical decisions which affect her business, her employees and her client’s futures.

Heather Darling referenced the outflow of businesses from Morris County beginning in the 1990’s and the need to utilize Morris County’s transportation system and natural resources to attract businesses that promote a healthier lifestyle for their employees including outdoor recreation. Darling spoke of Economic Development Committee summits wherein she noticed apparent and untapped opportunities for mutual economic growth among certain towns in Morris County with the existing infrastructure to support such growth. Darling raised the idea of creating alliances between businesses and the County College of Morris to develop a labor pool prepared to fill managerial and professional job openings as well as similar alliances between businesses and Morris County Vo-Tech to prepare students for jobs. She contrasted training students for jobs in a free enterprise system with the current Freeholder Board’s plan to limit bidding to union shops with apprenticeship programs which she believes stem from promises by members of the Board to organized labor in exchange for campaign funding.

Darling went on to address spending, stating her belief that special interest groups are profiting, at the expense of the taxpayers, from those in county government interested in campaign contributions for self-perpetuation. Citing statistics, Darling referenced Morris County as only one of nine counties in the nation posting average annual property taxes over $10,000, then contrasted that to Morris County’s deteriorating infrastructure, poor road conditions, and cutbacks in human services needed by seniors and veterans including consideration by the current Freeholder Board of the privatization of the County’s nursing facility, Morris View.  Heather Darling projected that the heroin epidemic, sanctuary city issues, bail reform and the need to protect citizens from random acts of terrorism will create a massive financial burden on Morris County as the Sheriff’s Office adapts to respond to these needs and stated that Morris County tax payers need Freeholders who will look at the tax payers’ bottom line.

Darling referred to herself as a conservative businesswoman and not a politician.  She stated that her volunteer efforts in Morris County have been rendered without any expectation of compensation including the many evenings she has spent over the last couple of years visiting Republican clubs throughout the county and getting to know the concerns of the members and their communities, indicating that she has visited each town with an organized club and attended reorganization meetings to meet the leaders in the other towns without clubs meeting regularly.

Darling closed with the indication that she intends to fight for the citizens of Morris County because it is “our home.”

Criminal Charge against Barberio has resulted in odd behavior

Mayor James Barberio

PARSIPPANY — As reported in Parsippany Focus on April 7, Democratic activist and candidate for governor Bill Brennan filed a citizen’s complaint against Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio and Business Administrator Ellen Sandman in Parsippany Municipal Court on Friday, April 7, a move that could result in fourth degree criminal charges against the duo. (Click here to read full story: Criminal Complaints filed against Barberio).

According to the complaint, both defendants were to appear in Morris County Superior Court on Wednesday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m.

Before a complaint is sent to Morris County Superior Court, a probable cause hearing must be heard by a judge.  Parsippany Municipal Court determined that they were in conflict and sent the case for probable cause to Morristown Municipal Court.

Bill Brennan stated “My criminal charge in Parsippany has resulted in odd behavior by the municipal court system. Before sending the case to Morristown Municipal Court for a probable cause determination, the Parsippany Municipal Court set a first appearance for the defendants in Superior Court for April 19. This caused media inquiries to the Superior Court regarding status. In response the Superior Court was perplexed because no paperwork had been received from either Parsippany or Morristown.”

Mr. Brennan then asked Parsippany Municipal Court what happened and was told that on April 7 the case was sent to Morristown Municipal Court for a Probable Cause determination.

Morristown Municipal Court is hopelessly conflicted because:

  • Morristown Planning Board Attorney is John Inglesino;
  • Morristown Township Attorney, Vij Pawar, represents Barberio (in Carifi vs. Barberio);
  • Morristown Prosecutor, Robert J. Rudy, III, is partnered with Barberio’s attorney,Vij Pawar (in Carifi vs. Barberio). Mr. Rudy currently serves as the Municipal Prosecutor for the Town of Morristown.

Parsippany Focus called Mr. Pawar on Wednesday, April 19, asking for comment as to why the Probable Cause hearing was scheduled for Morristown Municipal Court on Thursday, April 20, when it is clearly a conflict of interest. Mr. Pawar did not return our call.

Parsippany Focus called the Morristown Court Clerk on Thursday, April 20, and was advised the case has been sent back to Parsippany Municipal Clerk for further determination.

Despite these conflicts, the Morristown Municipal Court held onto the charge from April 10 until April 20 when they “discovered” these conflicts.

Mr. Brennan stated “This delay appears to be a calculated maneuver to buy time for the Mayor and Council. Both Morristown judges violated the Judicial Code of Conduct by delaying a case on behalf of the defendants under the misguided notion that somehow modifying a salary ordinance after the hiring and payment of employees would mean a crime did not occur. Under Inglesino’s reasoning two employees could be hired as Keyboarding Clerk 1 on New Year’s eve and each receive $48,000 in salary for that day – they could then work on January 2 and each receive another $48,000 in salary for that day and then be laid off. This nonsense is what passes for legal advice in Parsippany – so far the system is failing us again when it comes to Christie’s cronies.”

“On “Planet Inglesino” two keyboarding clerks can legally collect a total of $192,000 by working two days each and the salary range would not be violated. This is absurd.
We are about to see what kind of corrupt judge goes along with such an obvious fallacy,” stated Mr. Brennan in a press release.

Parsippany Focus contacted Parsippany Municipal Court Administrator Alvaro Leal, who confirmed the case was sent to Morristown Municipal Court for probable cause and was being returned to Parsippany Municipal Court, to be reassigned to yet another Municipal Court Judge for Probable Cause.  At this time it was not determined when and where this will happen.

In the meantime, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council scheduled an “special” meeting, on April 11, to pass an ordinance to change the White Color Salary Ordinance (Click here to read story: Cover Up Of A Crime? Salary Ordinance Revised; 3-2 Vote on First Reading). Council President Louis Valori, Councilman Michael dePierro and Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani approved the Ordinance on First Reading. Council Vice President Robert Peluso and Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr. voted no.

The Ordinance is on the agenda for the Regular Council meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 25 for final reading and approval.

The Ordinance, #2017:05, shall be retroactive to January 1, 2017 for all employees active on the date of introduction of this ordinance. The salary in this ordinance for Keyboarding Clerk 1 will have a minimum starting salary of $17,000 annually to $55,000 annually. (Note: A copy of the Ordinance was not available to the public during the special meeting, Parsippany Focus obtained a copy through Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Click here to see the complete White Collar Salary ranges.

“I find it kind-of comical that we had to have this special meeting, at the last second, right after this gentlemen who you claim files this bogus claim,” Councilman Paul Carifi told Parsippany Focus. “Again, the mayor hired these people at a higher rate than what the salary ordinance allows. That is a fact. This is a knee-jerk reaction, as usual, by the mayor.”

“I’m voting with my conscience, no,” Council Vice President Robert Peluso said.

Bill Brennan told the Daily Record, “I am beginning a legal campaign against these lawless abusers. Inglesino is my ultimate target. I investigated the perpetrators and started with Inglesino’s cronies, and am working my way up.”

Teacher arrested at Littleton School for invasion of privacy

PARSIPPANY — On Thursday, April 20, a recording device was located inside an adult designated faculty bathroom at Littleton School by a school employee.

The device was removed and the Parsippany Police Department was immediately contacted.

After a brief investigation by Detective Marcin Czajka, it was determined that the recording device was capturing footage of the toilet area and was placed there for an undetermined amount of time.

Through the initial investigation, Detective Czajka was able to determine that the recording device was placed there by Christopher Esnes, 40, Gillette, who is employed as a teacher in the school, and was released on his own recognizance pending his court date.

He was placed under arrest by Detective Lieutenant Brian Dowd and Detective Marcin Czajka and processed at Parsippany Police Headquarters. He was charged on a Complaint-Summons with Invasion of Privacy, a third degree crime, and released on his own recognizance pending his court date. At the current time, no footage involving a juvenile has been found. This incident is still under investigation by Detective Marcin Czajka.

A Parsippany-Troy Hills School district spokesperson said Esnes has been suspended and has been barred from Littleton and all district properties. Esnes was receiving a salary of $77,914 at the time of his suspension, according to public records.

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.