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The Barones join Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany

Kiwanis President Greg Elbin, Member Doreen Brennan, and Joseph and Jan Barone

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is happy to announce two new members joined the organization on Thursday, August 10 at the weekly breakfast meeting held at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46.

Jan and Joseph Barone are the newest members to join.  Long-time member Doreen Brennan was instrumental in bringing the Barone’s to Kiwanis.

Jan Barone places the official Kiwanis pin on her husband, Joe

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is part of Kiwanis International which is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The members, Kiwanians, are service-minded men and women who are united in their commitment and compassion for others.

Any community need can become a Kiwanis service project, especially the needs of children. Kiwanis service projects range from efforts that help local communities to Kiwanis International’s Worldwide Service Project for the elimination of iodine deficiency disorders.

Kiwanis members dedicate more than 6 million volunteer hours and invest more than $100 million in service projects that strengthen communities and serve children every year.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany will be hosting the “21st Annual Grand Wine Tasting” event on Thursday, October 12 at Hanover Manor. The proceeds from this fund raiser will benefit NJ Sharing Network and Camp Nejeda, a camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes, as well as other charitable projects of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation.  As part of the festivities, we hold both a silent and a live auction. Tickets are available online by visiting or clicking here. Tickets for the event at $60.00 and include appetizers, a full buffet dinner and complete dessert table. In addition there are samples of wines from around the world, as well as cordials.

Wines will be arranged by Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet, 799 Route 46, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

If your business would like to donate an item for our silent or live auction, please contact Michael Mulhaul at (973) 549-4185, Frank Cahill at (862) 213-2200 or any Kiwanis member.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets weekly at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46. Kiwanis Club hopes you will be able to join them for breakfast and learn more about Kiwanis and see how you fit into the picture. Newcomers and visiting clubs always welcome. For more information, click here.

Joe Barone placing the official Kiwanis pin on his wife, Jan, at the Kiwanis weekly breakfast meeting held at Empire Diner. The Barones are the newest members of the club

Starbucks in Parsippany is officially open

The new Starbucks located at 1719 Route 10 opened on Thursday, August 10, according to company sources
The Starbucks on Route 10 offers a drive up window.
The Starbucks on Route 10 offers a drive up window.

PARSIPPANY — The first Starbucks in Parsippany will open tomorrow, Thursday, August 10. You will be able to drive-up and order your Iced Carmel Macchiato or Caffè Americano in Parsippany, instead of driving to Denville or elsewhere. The new location will be located at 1719 Route 10. Starbucks is also planning on opening another location at the former Burger King on Route 46, as well as in the Troy Hills Shopping Center, inside of the new Target. The Target is planning to open in March 2018.

The hours for the new Parsippany location is Monday through Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Plans were submitted in late 2015 to the Parsippany Troy-Hills Zoning Board of Adjustment, applying for a variance for property located at 1719 Route 10 East and is designated as Block 200, Lot 1 on the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Tax Map. The building is known as the Octagon 10 Office Center.

The Octagon 10 Office Center is located in Morris County’s Fortune 500 District, this octagon shaped building has an outdoor courtyard and fountain. Unique octagonal design,  Internet fiber optic SONET rings,Full service cafeteria, Basement storage, fine local business hotels (Hilton and Marriott) and restaurants abound in the area, Interior court with fountain. The building is located directly across from the Mack-Cali Business Campus.

The office building is approximately 97% rented. It contains 192,660 square feet, on three floors, with 4,938 square feet currently vacant. Some of the current tenants include Internal Revenue Service, Chase Bank, Net Access, Law Offices of Thomas Buonocore, Manpower and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  The building was constructed in 1975 and renovated in 1996.

The exterior of the building facing Route 10

Boonton Centenarian Honored as Morris County Sheriff for a Day


BOONTON — Boonton’s hometown hero, World War II tail gunner Stephen Bolcar, celebrated his 100th birthday over the weekend in style – as Morris County Sheriff for Day on a day named in his honor as Stephen J. Bolcar Day in Morris County.

Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon picked up his guest of honor late Saturday afternoon in his vintage police patrol car and wheeled his “Honorary Sheriff’’ to Johnny’s Tavern in Boonton, where the birthday boy was feted by a host of friends and dignitaries.

He received a proclamation from Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, along with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol; and a proclamation from the Morris County Board of Freeholders, presented by County Administrator and Boonton native John Bonanni, proclaiming Saturday as Stephen J. Bolcar Day in Morris County.

Also greeting the guest of honor was Assemblyman Anthony Bucco and Boonton Mayor Matt DiLauri, among others.

“Mr. Bolcar has been a lifelong friend of the Gannon family, and to me personally. As a young police officer in Boonton, he always spent time with me and gave me advice on my career,’’ said Sheriff Gannon. “He always has been a supporter of what is right. He holds people to a very high standard.

County Administrator John Bonnani presents proclamation to Stephen Bolcar as Sheriff Gannon looks on

“During my candidacy for Sheriff, he worked with me on a daily basis. He has always been there for me and I will always be there for him.

“He is a most conscientious person and a huge part of the Greatest Generation of Americans. I salute him and tip my cap.’’

Stephen Bolcar was born in Paterson on August 3, 1917. His mother, Julia, died in 1919 during the Great Influenza Outbreak, and he was raised by his grandparents in Paterson, where he attended one year of high school before going to work to help support the family during the Great Depression.

Assemblyman Anthony Bucco

He began military service six months prior to the nation’s entry into World War II, joining the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in battles and campaigns throughout Europe, and received numerous decorations, including the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, with three bronze stars; and the Croix de Guerre, awarded by France, among others.

Following his discharge in 1945, he married Emily Westura, who was his wife for 64 years before her passing in 2010, and the couple settled in their home at 413 Boonton Avenue in Boonton, where they raised their family, including children Judy, Stephen, and Allen.

Stephen retired from RFL (Radio Frequency Laboratories) in 1983, and was a staunch supporter of his community, serving as a Boonton Alderman and Police Commissioner, VFW member and post commander, member of the Knights of Columbus, usher at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, active in Boy Scout activities, and was named Citizen of the Year in Boonton in 2016.

The board of freeholders, in their resolution, stated: “Whereas he has a tremendous love of family, including seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, and a great love for the town of Boonton, and is greatly deserving of this honor.

“Now, therefore, be it resolved the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders proclaims August 5, 2017 as Stephen J. Bolcar Day in Morris County, and joins with his family and friends to also extend its warmest on the joyous occasion of his 100th birthday.’’

Erik Darling earns Eagle Scout

The official Eagle Oath

PARSIPPANY — Erik Darling of Troop 173 had his Eagle Court of Honor on July 30, 2017, which completed his long trail to Eagle Scout.

The pathway to Eagle can be described as a steep trail leading up to three peaks, the highest being that of Eagle Scout. Officially, the trail starts with the Tenderfoot rank and continues through Second and First Class ranks. Then, the mountain climbing begins. The path is marked with merit badges, leadership responsibilities, service projects, and the practice of Scouting skills and ideals. The first peak reached is that of Star Scout, the second is Life Scout, and, finally, Eagle Scout.

The Eagle Scout Award is Scouting’s highest rank and among its most familiar icons. Men who have earned it count it among their most treasured possessions. Those who missed it by a whisker remember exactly which requirement they didn’t complete. Americans from all walks of life know that being an Eagle Scout is a great honor. The award is more than a badge. It’s a state of being. The Eagle Scout may have received the badge as a boy, but you earn it every day as a man. In the words of the Eagle Scout Promise, they do your best each day to make their training and example, their rank and their influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in the troop, in their community, and in their contacts with other people. And to this they pledge their sacred honor.

Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men. Only 5% of the Boy Scouts actually earn this rank.

Erik began his Scouting experience in Cub Scout Pack 218 at Lake Parsippany Elementary School. Erik attended Troop 173’s annual “Turkey In a Can” event as part of his Cub Scout requirements for his Arrow of Light Award.

He joined Boy Scouts in the fifth grade. Erik advanced with the help of his Scoutmasters Mr. Worthington and Mr. Wu. Erik completed the week long National Youth Leadership Training offered by Boy Scouts.

During his Boy Scout career, Erik served in several leadership positions. For Cub Scout Pack 142, Erik served as a Den Chief, assisting the Adult leaders running the Cub Scout meetings. Next, he became a Patrol Leader which helped Erik grow as a person and as a leader. After that, Erik was an Instructor teaching other Scouts the skills needed for advancement and camping. Following, Erik was Quartermaster for two years where he heavily encouraged organization and clean coolers for camping trips. Finally, Erik again served as a Patrol Leader.

Erik earned a total of 24 Merit Badges. The 13 required Eagle Merit Badges are Camping, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Cooking, Environmental Science, Emergency Preparedness, Family Life, First Aid, Personal Fitness, Swimming, and Personal Management. In addition Erik earned Astronomy, Basketry, Collections, Electricity, Fingerprinting, Fishing, Leatherwork, Metalwork, Music, Riffle Shooting and Woodcarving.

Erik attended the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia with Assistant Scoutmasters Ron Darling and Les Wu. He recently returned from the 2017 Jamboree on July 28.

For his Eagle Project, Erik replaced a stone path, tore down and replaced the fence and posts and demolished and rebuilt a shed for the Mount Tabor Historical Society.

His initial Eagle Coach, Ken Galley, passed away while Erik was in the process of selecting his Eagle project. Thanks to the encouragement and guidance from his current Eagle Coach, John Worthington, Erik completed his project. Erik recently graduated from Parsippany Hills High School participating in Parsippany Animal Lovers Club. He plans to attend East Stroudsburg University in the fall, majoring in Computer Science and Computer Security.

Erik greatly enjoyed his time in Scouts and plans to return to help the next generation of Scouts.

Erik received special acknowledgements from Councilman Michael dePierro on behalf of the Township Council, Parsippany Rotary Club, Assemblywoman Betty Lou deCroce, Assemblyman Jay Webber and Senator Joe Pennacchio; Frank Cahill, President-Elect and Karen DeChristopher, Vice President, on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany; Keith Porcelli, on behalf of The Parsippany Elks Club; Bruce Michels on behalf of The American Legion Post 249; Richard Kunz on behalf of Parsippany VFW Post 10184, Knights of Columbus; Carol Dadaian on behalf of Boy Scouts of America Fishawack District; Robert Roberti on behalf of Sedgefield Civic Association and Executive Board Member Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Frank Cahill.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 173 Eagle Scout Honor Roll includes Norman Schofield, Jr., Michael Gottschalk, James Searing, Geoffrey Brown, John Chervenak, Guy Corbett, Tim Corbett, Robert Burney, Juan Correa, Richard Lauber, Tim Roche,,Christopher Callahan, Thomas Cook, Stephen Corcoran, Stephan Pirylis, Brian Stewart, Patrick Roche, Edward Chiorazzi, Brian Pomarlen, Simon Healey, Keith Henderlong, David Chezem, Alex Lin, Robert Strechay, Jr., John Oleske, Daniel Strechay, Joseph Strechay, Kevin Smithers, Joseph Stevens, James Ward, Jason Viglione, Michael DeGuarde, Michael Smith, Tim Foster, Christopher Malcolm, Mark Viglione, Gary Hwang, William Barcliffe, IV, Jonathan Cook, Daniel Aguanno, Anthony Valvano, Eric Kratz, David Kratz, Thomas Corigliano, David Kinskey-Lebeda, Ryan Diggle, Mike Fulton, Dan Fulton, Brian Galley, Shane Moravsik, Paul Rossnagel, Jesse Garbarino, Shay Grabinsky, Joseph Stretavski, Brendan Barwick, Eric Galley, Bobby Ebel, Sean Michie, Michael Ludwig, Matthew Luther, Chris Gardner, Chris Worthington, Cameron Boone, Daniel Metcalf, Rishi Konkesa, Noah Munn and Erik Darling.

The Provident Bank renews membership in Parsippany Area Chamber Commerce

Mercedes Covert Muzio and Dr. Patrick Selimo

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — The Provident Bank renewed their membership in Parsippany Area Chamber Commerce (PACC). Presenting Mercedes Covert Muzio with a renewal plaque is Chairman Dr. Patrick Selimo, on behalf of the PACC Board of Directors.

The Provident Bank has been an active member in PACC since the opening of the branch located at 401 Smith Road.

Provident Financial Services, Inc. is the holding company for Provident Bank. Established in 1839, Provident Bank emphasizes personal service and customer convenience in attending to the financial needs of businesses, individuals and families in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

For more information on Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, click here.

You can now be fined for leaving pets outside in bad weather in N.J.


TRENTON — A new state law bans leaving pets chained up outside in bad weather for extended periods of time, creating penalties for owners and allowing authorities to take custody of pets in some cases. The measure (S1640), signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Monday, prohibits leaving pets unsheltered outdoors when temperatures fall below freezing or…

Suit over alleged sex abuse by ex-Boy Scout leader can proceed, court rules

Stephen Corcoran

HACKENSACK — A lawsuit brought by three former Boy Scouts who allege they were abused by their Scout leader in the 1990s recently overcame a challenge seeking the dismissal of the case due to statute of limitations. Bergen County Superior Court Judge John O’Dwyer on July 31 found the former Scouts, now in their 30s, filed…

PHS Students and Staff Performs Summer Service Trip

PHS students and staff visits Community Food Bank

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — On Tuesday, August 8, 50 students and staff from Parsippany High School went to the Community Food Bank (CFBNJ) of NJ in Hillside for a summer service trip. 

Once there, they sorted and boxed food that will be donated to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters around NJ. 

PHS has been taking service trips to CFBNJ for many years now, but this was their first venture during the summer months. 

Many thanks to the students and staff members who dedicated a day out of their summer to make a difference.

Jeep hydroplaned over a large water puddle; landed east in the west bound lane

Sergeant Ross Cooper investigating the scene

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Arron Delgado, 23, Towaco, stated that as they were making a left hand turn onto Route 46 West from New Road (North Bound) his Jeep hydroplaned over a large water puddle and he was unable to control his vehicle. This incident occurred on Wednesday, August 2 at 5:58 p.m.

Delgado then said that his vehicle made a 180 degree spin after he completed the left hand turn onto Route 46 West and then hit the cement barrier with the front right portion of his vehicle.

While the vehicle was in mid-spin the passenger of the vehicle, Daniel Cinnllia, 24, Montville, was ejected through the doorway on the passenger side of the vehicle (both front driver and passenger doors were removed from the Jeep Wrangler previously by Delgado).

Cinnllia had complains of back pain and a minor scrape on his right arm. Rockaway Neck Volunteer Ambulance arrived on scene and evaluated Cinnllia. Rockaway Neck Volunteer Ambulance determined that Cinnllia was stable and in good condition.

He did not wish to go to the hospital and signed an refusal medical treatment form.

The 2009 Jeep Wrangler was driven from the scene by Delgado.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officer Christopher Konysz investigated the accident.  There were no summons issued at the time of the report.

The Jeep hydroplaned over a large water puddle and landed facing east in the west bound lane
Officer Christopher Konysz investigate the accident

CCM Majors Lead to Rewarding Careers


RANDOLPH —  Students seeking a high-quality and affordable education can find more than 50 academic programs that lead to successful careers at County College of Morris (CCM).

CCM is proud of its graduates who have built rewarding careers and are earning good salaries,” said President Anthony J. Iacono. “Our mission is to deliver high-quality, accessible programs that prepare our students for success. We’re also proud to note that PayScale has ranked CCM alumni in the top 25 in terms of community college graduates who earn the highest salaries.”

Included among the majors offered at CCM that prepare students for career success are:

Biotechnology – Explore the world of plant and animal DNA with biotechnology – a major industry in New Jersey. Biotechnologists use sophisticated tools and techniques to manipulate the DNA and proteins of living cells to produce useful products such as life-saving medicines. Graduates step into a variety of careers to become research technicians, staff technologists, quality-control technicians, microbiology or histology laboratory technicians, cosmetic laboratory technologists, food technologists and product sales representatives.

Business Professionals – Enter the professional office environment and make a contribution. CCM’s Business Professional curriculum provides a fundamental knowledge of business principles, procedures and systems, along with a broad background in theory and practice. Graduates choose how far they go, from clerk to CEO, or owning and operating their own business. Careers are found in bookkeeping, accounting, auditing, management, insurance, sales, retail, marketing, merchandising, advertising, banking, business information systems, finance, event planning, human resources and real estate.

Graphic Design – Launch into the field of Graphic Design at CCM where creativity, imagination and artistic skills take on a new meaning and purpose. Students in the program are equipped with a toolbox of skills to assist in design problem solving, digital literacy, interacting with clients, entrepreneurial possibilities and professional portfolio preparation to succeed in a variety of career opportunities.

Information Technology – Step into the world of programming and cyberspace with a degree or certificate in Information Technology. Degrees offered at CCM include those in computer science, information technology, game development, digital media technology and technical studies. In addition, certificate programs are available in administrative support, computer software application, media technology, web development and the fascinating and rapidly expanding field of cyber security.

Hospitality – Enter the world of hospitality and you’ll find a range of career options. CCM hospitality graduates are found in such areas as lodging management, including luxury, casino, convention, all-suite and resort hotels; travel and tourism; recreation and leisure, entertainment, attractions and special events management; senior living services and healthcare and retirement community management. Graduates also find careers in the support infrastructure of the hospitality industry including human resources, accounting, purchasing, physical plant maintenance, sales and marketing, and property management.

Engineering – Possess an interest in how things work? Then you’re a good candidate for Engineering Science or Engineering Technology. Both offer satisfying career options. Engineering Science prepares students for transfer into baccalaureate programs offered by major engineering institutions. Graduates have found careers in civil, mechanical, electrical, biomedical, chemical and environmental engineering. Mechanical Engineering Technology is a two-year program that prepares students for entry into positions as engineering technicians in the design, production and testing of machines, tools and manufactured products.

Landscape and Horticultural Technology – Earn a degree or certificate from the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Program at CCM and capitalize on your love of nature. Rewarding careers include landscape designer, landscape contractor, landscape management professional, golf course superintendent, and turfgrass or sports field manager. Other careers include arborist or tree care professional, nursery or greenhouse manager, plant propagator, garden center manager, irrigation specialist, landscape lighting specialist, and horticultural sales and marketing representative.

Mathematics – Possess a knack for numbers? The Mathematics curriculum at CCM prepares students to transfer to baccalaureate or professional programs in mathematics. Among the fastest growing careers for those with a math degree are actuarial analysts, accountants, data and investment analysts, research scientists and statisticians, and teachers.

Radiography – Interested in a career in health care? You might want to explore the rapidly expanding world of radiography. Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations. Upon earning their Associate in Applied Science degree, graduates are prepared to enter the field as diagnostic radiographers. They then can pursue specializations in such areas as computed tomography, mammography, MRI, medical dosimetry, nuclear medicine, diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular-interventional technology, radiation therapy and diagnostic radiography.

Respiratory Therapy – Possess an interest in both technology and health care? Then you might want to consider a degree in Respiratory Therapy. Respiratory therapists assist physicians in diagnosing breathing disorders, assessing patients and recommending changes in the therapeutic approach to patient care. It’s another field with strong growth as the population of middle-aged and elderly individuals continues to increase.

To learn more about these and other majors at CCM click here.

To enroll for Fall 2017 click here or call (973) 328-5100.

Lakeland Hills YMCA’s Inaugural Golf Outing is a Success

Patrick McCrann, Dave Fulton (Y board member and co-chair of the event), Frank Capucitti, and Mike Fulton

MOUNTAIN LAKES — The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA held its inaugural golf outing, “On the Course Fore a Cause”  on Monday, July 31 at Rockaway River Country Club in Denville. Seventy-two golfers along with twenty dinner attendees, a silent auction, raffles, and a wine pull, all made for an exciting day for everyone involved.

All money raised from the event was earmarked for the Y’s annual campaign, GIVE A KID THE Y for financial aid scholarships. These funds provide assistance to those who can’t afford the full cost of membership and programs, specifically, full day and after school childcare as well as day camp.

Morris Plains shooting victims identified, cause and manner of death announced  


MORRIS PLAINS — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp today identified the victims of last Saturday’s shooting in Morris County as Laurel R. Chasmar, 28, Morris Plains, and Hassan Shahid, 32, Jersey City.

 The homicide of Chasmar was caused by gunshot wounds inflicted upon her.  The suicide of Shahid was caused by a gunshot wound.  The findings were made following an investigation conducted by the Morris County Medical Examiner. 

In the early morning hours of August 5, law enforcement responded to the area of The Highlands at Morris Plains Apartments on The Buckley Way in Morris Plains following a report of possible gunshots in the area. 

The body of Chasmar was found in Morris Plains. Shortly afterwards, the body of Shahid was found in Morris Township. 

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank Chief of Police Jason A. Kohn and the Morris Plains Police Department; Acting Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo and the Morris Township Police Department; the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Major Crimes Unit; the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Section; and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office who assisted in this matter.  

Jimmy Johns is permanently closed

All smiles at their Grand Opening in December 2014

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS – Jimmy Johns formerly located in the Baldwin Shopping Center has closed permanently. The store first opened on December 16, 2014.

If you are a big fan of Jimmy John’s the closest location is 39 Eisenhower Parkway, Roseland, and there are fourteen other locations in New Jersey.

Parsippany Focus was unsuccessful in trying to reach the owner of former Parsippany location, Robert Kleinert.

The story of Jimmy John’s

A Taste of Gourmet History. 1983 was a big year for America. Change was in the air. Reagan and old Bush were leading the country through the Cold War, GI Joe was dating Barbie, teenagers “tight rolled” their pants and slow danced to Total Eclipse of the Heart. For many, 1983 was a confusing, hungry place. People cried out for more, and not just more fondue.

It would be a 19-year-old with two first names that would answer America’s cry for lunch – Jimmy John Liautaud.

Jimmy knew that if he kept it simple he could create the world’s greatest gourmet sandwich. With a handful of cookbooks checked out from his local library, Jimmy perfected his award-winning bread. After creating four sandwiches, Jimmy tested them on friends and family, receiving praise he needed to press on. With no hesitation he opened the very first Jimmy John’s. Paying a whopping $200 a month in rent, he could afford only used equipment consisting of a refrigerator, a chest freezer, an oven, and a meat slicer. The first Jimmy John’s served soda with no ice (there was no room in the budget for an ice machine). As any good business story goes, things were not easy in the beginning. So Jimmy John Liautaud did what any young entrepreneur would do – he took to the streets with armfuls of free sandwiches. College kids loved his irreverent attitude and dirt-cheap prices. The fact that he delivered was icing on the cake. Jimmy John’s has grown up over the last few decades. The irreverent attitude, low price, great food and delivery with a smile remain the same, but what was once the bratty little brother of the sandwich industry is now the super cool older brother that everyone else wants to be. We currently have over 2000 stores open.

What makes Jimmy John’s different from the rest is that it’s honest, it’s damn good, it’s damn fast, at a decent price! Jimmy John’s definition of fresh is worlds apart from everyone else’s. Bread is baked in-house everyday and served fresh. Meat and veggies are sliced fresh in-house everyday. The turkey is real turkey, the roast beef is real roast beef – no additives, no vegetable-based fillers, no fake stuff. Nothing is delivered pre-sliced. Real Hellmann’s mayo, real Grey Poupon, real olive oil and red wine vinegar – it’s the best of the best.

With perfect bread, systems in place, spectacular employees and leaders who lead and don’t pass the buck, Jimmy John’s box rocks. The culture that was created in the restaurants is the same culture that drives the corporate office. “Make a deal, keep a deal” is the Golden Rule. Do it now – make it happen – be a go-getter, no excuses. Jimmy John’s employees are the ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They want to be the best. They don’t mind doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Their hustle is part of how they live their daily lives, and they enjoy the fruits of a hard-earned entrepreneurial lifestyle. Once again, Jimmy John’s wants only the best for the best.

Wyndham Hotel Group to Become Pure-Play Hotel Company


PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Wyndham Worldwide announced plans to spin off the company’s hotel business resulting in two separate, publicly traded companies.  Wyndham Hotel Group, with headquarters at 22 Sylvan Way, will become a new, publicly traded pure-play hotel company with a portfolio of renowned brands. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, with headquarters in Orlando, Florida, will be the world’s largest publicly traded timeshare company and will be joined with Wyndham Destination Network, home to RCI, the world’s largest timeshare exchange company.Wyndham Vacation Ownership, with headquarters in Orlando, Florida, will be the world’s largest publicly traded timeshare company and will be joined with Wyndham Destination Network, home to RCI, the world’s largest timeshare exchange company.  The Company will also explore strategic alternatives for its European rental brands.

The two public companies intend to enter into long-term exclusive license agreements to retain their affiliation with one of the industry’s top rated loyalty programs, Wyndham Rewards, as well as continued collaboration on key inventory sharing and customer cross-sell initiatives. The corporate names of the post-spin public companies have not yet been decided.

The transaction is expected to increase the fit and focus and strategic flexibility of the two post-spin companies, allow each company to maintain a sharper focus on its core business and growth opportunities, facilitate future capital raising as needed for the two companies, and position each to be better able to make the changes necessary to respond to developments in its markets. Following the planned separation, both companies will have significant scale and leadership positions within their industries, strong cash flows, rich portfolios of trusted brands, and the existing relationships in place to drive attractive growth and shareholder value.

“After a comprehensive review process, the Board of Directors has determined that a spin-off of the hotel business and the combination of Wyndham Vacation Ownership with RCI is the best structure to unlock shareholder value and enable strong growth across the businesses,” said Stephen P. Holmes, Chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide. “We will work with the leadership of our European rental organizations, which have outstanding brands in their regional markets, to explore options to fully realize their future growth potential.”

Holmes added, “Over the past decade, we have attracted incredible teams of dedicated professionals who have built these businesses and brands into industry leaders which are now connected by the industry’s top rated loyalty program. With this strong platform in place, our businesses are now able to move forward individually, each positioned for a very strong future, based on a shared history and culture and an ongoing affiliation with Wyndham Rewards.”

The transaction, which is expected to be tax-free to Wyndham Worldwide and its shareholders, will be effected through a pro rata distribution of the new hotel company’s stock to existing Wyndham Worldwide shareholders. Wyndham Worldwide expects the transaction to be completed in the first half of 2018.

As two separate public companies, the vacation ownership company and the hotel company will have separate boards of directors. Holmes will serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors for both companies.

Geoff Ballotti, current CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, will continue to lead the hotel company as President and CEO. With more than 30 years’ experience, Ballotti is well positioned to continue advancing Wyndham’s leadership in the economy and midscale hotel segments, while growing the company’s upscale portfolio and management business.

Michael Brown, current CEO of Wyndham Vacation Ownership, will continue to lead the timeshare company as President and CEO. A 25-year industry veteran, Brown was appointed to lead the timeshare business earlier this year, bringing a strong combination of strategic vision, people-centric focus, and industry knowledge.

Gail Mandel, CEO of Wyndham Destination Network, will continue to lead that business through this transition, and Tom Conforti, CFO of Wyndham Worldwide, will move into an advisory role, working with the Company through the transaction.

“Tom has worked closely with the Board and me to get to our announcement today. He has been a passionate leader for our business and a vocal champion of our culture and values. His contributions to the Company and for our shareholders are significant, and our gratitude to him runs deep,” said Holmes. “As we begin this next chapter, Tom and I agreed that now is a good time to make this change to support a seamless transition to the leadership of the new companies.”

David Wyshner will assume the role of Wyndham Worldwide CFO and will become CFO of the hotel company upon spin. Wyshner was most recently President and CFO of Avis Budget Group, the global vehicle rental service provider, and served as Avis Budget’s CFO for more than ten years. Prior to that, Wyshner served as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Cendant Corporation, a global diversified services company with approximately $20 billion in annual revenues, where Wyshner led the execution of that company’s separation into three publicly traded companies.

Michael Hug will serve as CFO of the timeshare company. Hug has been Executive Vice President and CFO of Wyndham Vacation Ownership since 2005. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Controller. Prior to joining Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Hug spent 11 years with EY.

Wyndham Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most diverse hotel businesses, with a global portfolio of 18 brands and over 8,100 hotels – more than any other company in the world – with approximately 705,700 rooms in over 80 countries and 2016 revenues of $1.3 billion.

The pure-play, publicly traded hotel company is expected to have:

A strong and resilient, fee-for-service, global franchise model
High margins
Significant free cash flow
A growing pipeline of 150,800 rooms
A proven and experienced management team

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Lake Hiawatha Swim Team Supports “Laps for Lymphoma”

Photo by Samantha Rice

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — The Lake Hiawatha Swim Team dedicated its Friday, July 28 practice session to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Association and swam laps to “earn” funds for the organization that were pledged by friends and family. In addition to the team, several swimmers brought friends and family members who also swam and raised funds.

Head Coach Andrew Burkly joined the swimmers, and together the group crossed the pool over 800 times. Assistant Coach George Scherger broke the previous team record by swimming a whopping 111 laps! The top children’s swimmer was 12-year-old Vita Infurna, who swam with purpose and determination to achieve 56 laps.

Swimmers ranked by laps accomplished were: Assistant Coach George Scherger (111), Vita Infurna age 12 (56), Carina Maroldi age 9 (54), Alexander Scardigno age 13 (50), Samantha Cassimore age 9 (46), Matthew Pagano-Salvatori age 8 (44), Sofa McBride age 11 (42), Patrick Tkach age 9 (40), Malik Alzubi (11), Breyanne Cassimore age 11 (34), Ian Vazquez age 7 (32), Enzo Vazquez age 10 (32), Francisco Vazquez age 15 (32), Samantha Tkach (28), Angelina Pierro age 10 (28), Tori Maroldi age 6 (26), Head Coach Andrew Burkly (22), Lucas Scardigno age 8 (22), Alexander Rice age 6 (16), Emma Straub age 10 (14), Nicholas Rice age 9 (14) and Joe Pierro (5).

Prior to the event, swimmers were urged to seek donations from family or friends based on the number of laps successfully completed or a flat donation. Please consider supporting the Lake Hiawatha Swim Team’s efforts to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by making a tax deductible donation by clicking here.

The Lake Hiawatha Swim Club is centrally located near downtown Lake Hiawatha. Membership is accepted at any time throughout the season and there are no residency requirements. Members have access to a large swimming pool, a fenced-in playground area with two professional-grade play areas, a tennis court, as well as lockers, changing rooms and showers. Avellino’s Pizza has an onsite location and serves casual food and cold beverages throughout the day. An onsite family campout is hosted each year. Multiple raft days are held; swimmers can enjoy playing and lounging on their choice of inflatables. Several outdoor concerts are staged throughout the summer to entertain members and guests.

The Lake Hiawatha Swim Team is open to members of the club, and is a competitive group always seeking new swimmers: participants under 8 must be able to swim the length of the pool to be eligible and all children must be 18 years or younger. 2017 sponsors were Avellino’s Pizza, Last Stop Welding and Realtor Bonnie Gessling of Century 21 Christel Realty. The team is currently seeking sponsors for 2018, with opportunities for community events, prominent logo placement.                                      

PHHS Students in Action to hold “Kids Field Day”

2nd annual Kids' Field Day will be held on Sunday, August 27

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Parsippany Hills High School’s Students in Action will hold its 2nd annual Kids’ Field Day to be held on Sunday, August 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Parsippany Hills High School, 20 Rita Drive.

All kids entering second to fifth grade and their parents are invited. There will be fun sports activities, treats, prizes, and more! 

Online registration is now open by clicking here.

Mount Tabor crowned a new King and Queen; annual Children’s Day weekend

Mount Tabors new King and Queen: Hannah Stroh and Joseph Wentworth

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — In keeping with a longtime community tradition, a new king and queen was crowned in Mount Tabor on Friday, August 4 to start Children’s Day weekend.

The 148th annual coronation was held in the historic Tabernacle, where the children of Mount Tabor also performed a show for their new royalty. As part of the tradition, later that evening, a tour through the cozy town afforded an opportunity to view elaborate house decorations, many of which reflected this year’s theme of “Tabor Toons.”

Mount Tabors new King and Queen: Hannah Stroh and Joseph Wentworth

The 2017 Queen is Hannah Stroh, who will be a sophomore at Parsippany Hills High School in September. Stroh enjoys playing the clarinet and bassoon and is a member of the high school marching band.

This year’s king is Joseph Wentworth, also a Parsippany Hills High School sophomore. Wentworth plays drums and the trombone and he also enjoys swimming and travel.

First attendant Gianna Musto and Jeremy Aguesseau

First attendant Gianna Musto plays volleyball and enjoys time with friends and her cats. She will also be a sophomore at Parsippany Hills this September. First attendant Jeremy Agusseau is a First Class Scout Troop 173 and runs track and cross country for Parsippany Hills High School, where he will be a sophomore. He also enjoys cooking and camping.

Second attendants Victoria Huss and Kimberly Love

The Queen’s second attendants are Victoria Huss and Kimberly Love. The rising junior of the group, Huss plays basketball and softball and enjoys shopping, swimming, fishing and cooking. Kimberly plays the violin, viola and French horn and also enjoys writing She also starts her sophomore year at Parsippany Hills High School

Through the streets of Mount Tabor, the royal court began the parade which featured marching bands, community groups, costumes, decorated bicycles and wagons, maypoles, and an array of creatively designed, people-powered floats.

There was an evening concert performed by Arlo Guthrie, which is traditionally sponsored by the Wentworth family.

The night ended with an amazing fireworks display.

Pack 142 holds Scout Camp and Rocket Festival in Jannarone Park

Troop 142 with their friends from China

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Parsippany-Troy Hills Cub Scouts Pack 142 held a summer camp and rocket festival on Saturday, August 5 at Jannarone Park.  The troop welcomed a number of scouts from China that have joined them over the summer.

The students were shooting rockets, water rockets and having fun entertaining the boys from China.

Pack 142 serves boys in Kindergarten through grade 5 and their families. Cub Scouts participate in many fun activities such as crafts, games, building and racing model cars, hiking, camping and much more. Pack meetings are generally held once per month at Littleton School (during the warmer months, we usually meet outdoors at the Glacier Hills Association). Each den typically meets one to two times per month in addition to the pack meetings.

Pack 142 is friendly, family oriented and ready to welcome new members. Family members and visitors are welcome at all pack events and invited to join in our activities. Cub Scouting provides the opportunity to have fun while developing new skills in crafts, games, outdoor activities, field trips, camping, etc.

Pack 142 provides a quality scouting program that is designed to provide your son and family with exciting experiences and memories that last a lifetime!

Pack 142 is charted by the Glacier Hills Association since 1960. Littleton School boys usually join Pack 142.

For more information on Pack 142, click here  or contact them at or call (973) 437-6163.

Morris Plains shooting under investigation


MORRIS PLAINS — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp along with Morris Plains Chief of Police Jason A. Kohn and Morris Township Acting Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo announce that a 28-year-old woman was found dead in the early hours Saturday morning outside of The Highlands at Morris Plains Apartments on The Buckley Way.  Officers were notified of possible gunshots in the area and discovered her body upon their arrival. 

The body of a 32-year-old man was found dead nearby over the border in Morris Township. 

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to these areas, including the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit, Morris Plains Police, Morris Township Police, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The cause and manner of death are pending determination by the Medical Examiner, but this appears to be an isolated incident. There is no threat to the community.   At this time, the identities of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of families of the deceased. 


CCM Holds In-Person Registration for the 2017 Fall Semester


RANDOLPH — County College of Morris (CCM) will be holding four in-person registration sessions for the 2017 Fall Semester. The sessions will take place in the Learning Resource Center, Room 121, on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road during the following dates and times:

  • Friday, August 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, August 28, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Fall Semester begins Wednesday, August 30. Before registering for classes, students must apply to the college. Visit the Admissions click here to apply.

At CCM, students can choose from more than 50 academic degree programs and more than 40 certificate programs. In addition, the college offers more than 125 transfer agreements to simplify the process of applying credits toward a bachelor’s degree. A listing of those agreements can be found by clicking here.

The cost of a 12-credit semester at CCM, including both tuition and fees, is less than $1,900.00.

Offering an outstanding education at an affordable price, CCM can save students about $20,000 on their higher education. Along with that savings, students benefit from small class sizes and a faculty specifically focused on teaching.