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Breaking news: Slippery Driveway Causes Vehicle to slide into stairwell

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PARSIPPANY — A motor vehicle accident with entrapment occurred at Mountain Club, 2467 Route 10, at approximately 4:27 p.m. on Sunday, January 7.

The Acura slid off the roadway, landed in a stairwell and overturned on its driver side and hit a electrical box, requesting building maintenance to the scene. Mt. Tabor Volunteer Fire Department District 1 was on the scene, Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad and Parsippany Rescue and Recovery.

Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department worked quickly to stabilize the vehicle and remove both passenger doors to gain access to the victim. The male driver was removed from the vehicle. The driver was complaining of back pain, and was transported to Morristown Medical Center.

Lake Hiawatha Volunteer Fire District 4 provided station coverage for the duration of the call

As details are released Parsippany Focus will update this story.

Parsippany Christian Lady Patriots Hoopsters take Title

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Michael Jetton, Rose Hockman, Chloe Milanesi, Charlotte Milanesi, Alyssa Chellaraj, and Patrick Vance

PARSIPPANY — On Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6, Parsippany Christian School hosted the 40th Annual Garden State Association of Christian Schools (GSACS) varsity basketball tournament. 

The first seeded Parsippany Christian girls’ varsity basketball team (10-1) defeated second seeded Gloucester County Christian 36-20 on Saturday to claim the school’s first GSACS championship in 16 years. The Parsippany Christian girls’ varsity basketball team lead 16-12 at halftime. In the third quarter PCS extended its lead by outscoring Gloucester County Christian 11-4, as the girls cruised to their first GSACS title since 2002 and second GSACS championship overall.

Senior guard, Alyssa Chellaraj stated, ” It was very special to win GSACS my senior year and to finally break the sixteen drought!”  

Chloe Milanesi

The Parsippany Christian girls were lead by tournament MVP Chloe Milanesi, a sophomore guard, who had 15 points including two 3-pointers, 16 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in the final. It is the second year in a row Milanesi has been awarded GSACS tournament MVP.  Freshman forward Rose Hockman contributed 8 points and 8 rebounds in the title game. In addition to Milanesi earning MVP, All-tournament selections from Parsippany Christian included Rose Hockman, Alyssa Chellaraj, and Charlotte Milanesi.

Alyssa Chellaraj
Lily Jules

On top of the championship victory, the girls’ team earned the Christian Testimony award, an honor afforded to the team that exhibits great sportsmanship and high character values during the tournament.

On the boys side, second seeded Parsippany Christian boys’ varsity basketball team (8-4) lost to first seeded and defending champions Solid Rock in the championship by the score of 32-29.  Parsippany Christian, down by 11 at halftime, battled back to get within 3 points with 12 seconds remaining and with possession of the ball but missed at the buzzer.  PCS boys were looking to claim their first GSACS title since 2014. 

Head Coach Armand Milanesi stated, “Credit Solid Rock, playing their second game of the day, to gut out the win. They played great defense, put us on our heels, and made us uncomfortable on offense.  But as we’ve stated all season, win or lose we give glory to The Lord. So we are grateful that The Lord allowed us the opportunity to play in the championship and experience all the challenges that come with trying to defeat a champion. We will re-group and start our league schedule fully prepared.” 

Senior wings, Michael Jetton and Patrick Vance were named to the all-tournament team.  

Parsippany Christian boys and girls varsity basketball teams continue its league schedule at rival Veritas Christian on Tuesday, January 9.

All tournament players

Seeking Nominations for 2018 Annual Community Service Awards

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Rosemary Linder Day and Karen DeChristopher at the 2017 YMCA Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation

MOUNTAIN LAKES — In keeping with the mission to strengthen the foundations of community, the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA is proud to recognize individuals, groups and organizations for their commitment to giving back to others in our geographic service area.

Those selected are formally recognized for their outstanding community service at the Y Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation to be held on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. at The Mansion at Mountain Lakes, 90 Route 46 East, Mountain Lakes.

There are four award categories; nominations and scholarship applications are now being accepted through April 1.

Citizen of the Year: The ideal candidate has given time and energy without personal gain. His or her unselfish contributions and positive attitude have distinguished the individual as a “model citizen.” You may nominate more than one person, from more than one community (complete separate nomination form for each). One recipient from each of our service-area communities will be chosen. You may nominate an individual from Parsippany-Troy Hills, Boonton, Boonton Township, Denville, Kinnelon or Butler (same zip code), Lincoln Park, Montville, Mountain Lakes, Pequannock or Riverdale. Click here for nomination form.

Educator of the Year: The Educator of the Year Award has two categories: K-8 Educator of the Year and High School Educator of the Year. Both honor education professionals who have gone above and beyond in the development of youth/teens in the Y’s service area, through his/her significant, positive, and guiding influence in one or more of the following areas: The classroom, athletics, or enrichment/extracurricular programs. Individuals may be nominated from any school, public or private, within the Y’s service area. Click here for nomination form.

Scholarship Applications: Bronie Parkins Service Award for Graduating 8th Graders. The Bronie Parkins Community Service Award is presented to one eighth grade boy and one eighth grade girl based solely on community service. This application requires two letters of recommendation. The two winning students will each receive a free one-year membership to the Y, and an engraved plaque at the Y Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation. The winners, along with their parents and a teacher of his or her choice, are invited as our guests for the evening. Click here for nomination form.

William Kogen Community Service Award for Graduating High School Seniors: The William Kogen Community Service Award is presented to one high school senior boy and one high school senior girl based solely on community service. This application requires two letters of recommendation. The two winning students will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship, a free one-year membership to the Y, and an engraved plaque at the Y Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation. The winners, along with their parents and a teacher of his or her choice, are invited as our guests for the evening. Click here for nomination form.

Dinner reservations are available through Nancy Dunham: nancyd@lhymca.com or (973) 334-2820; tickets are $60.00 per person.

For more information on the award nominations or scholarship applications please contact Rosemary Linder Day, Community Relations Director: rosemaryl@lhymca.com or (973) 334-2820.

Letter to the editor: Trump Administration killed a crucial infrastructure deal

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

On December 29, the Trump Administration killed a crucial infrastructure deal to fund a $13 billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River, a key piece of the larger Gateway Project. The action highlights Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s impotency among his fellow Republicans in Congress and the White House on issues critical to his constituents.

Frelinghuysen has been silent since the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that it doesn’t recognize the agreement President Obama struck to have the federal government pay half the rail project costs. As House Appropriations Committee chairman, the rail project – crucial to the economies of Frelinghuysen’s district, the region and the nation – should have been easy for him to support.  But as a blue state Representative in a deeply conservative Republican congress, hostile to blue states, and fearful of losing his coveted position as chairman, he failed to speak out for us.

Regardless of whether the rail project’s federal funding commitment is restored, it’s obvious that Frelinghuysen has little influence in Washington – and is not able or willing to fight for his constituents.  NJ and District 11 constituents deserve better.

Ken Dolsky

Morris County Freeholders hold Reorganization meeting

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Morris County Freeholders Holds its 2018 Reorganization Meeting

MORRIS COUNTY – The Board of Chosen Freeholders held their annual reorganization meeting on Friday, January 5.

Incoming Freeholder Heather Darling took the oath of office for a three year term. (Click here to read related article). Darling replaced Freeholder Hank Lyon who did not seek re-election to the county governing board.

Heather Darling and former Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Vice President Robert Peluso

Douglas R. Cabana was elected Freeholder Director and Christine Myers was elected Deputy Freeholder Director for the new year.

Other members of the Freeholder Board include Thomas J. Mastrangelo, John Cesaro, Kathryn A. DeFillippo and Deborah Smith.

Father John Theodosion, Presiding Priest of St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church in Randolph, gave the invocation, while the Morris County Law Enforcement and Boonton Township Fire Department color guards also participated in the event.

Among the many officials in attendance were Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Congressman Leonard Lance, Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon, Senator Anthony Bucco, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, newly elected State Senator Kristin Corrado and her running mate Assemblyman-elect Chris DePhillips, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, Morris County Young Republican Secretary Joseph Bock, Esq., Former Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Vice President Robert Peluso, Former Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Captain Andrew Miller, Former Freeholder John Inglesino, Former Freeholder and Current Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler, Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi; Morris County Republican Chairwoman Patti Page and MCRC Finance Chair Ron DeFilippis.

Freeholder Director Douglas Cabana

Douglas R. “Doug” Cabana is the longest serving member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, having joined the board in April 1997.

He is a former freeholder director who was elected by his colleagues to that post in 2000, 2001, and again in 2017.  He served as deputy director in 1998, 1999, 2011 and 2012.

A past president of the New Jersey Association of Counties, it was under his leadership in 2006 that the association became an initial driving force behind the now popular concept of “shared services.” Cabana will continue in 2018 as Morris County’s representative to that statewide association, a role he has held since 1999.

Cabana was mayor of Boonton Township for six years and a member of the township’s governing body for eleven years. He is a member of the 200 Club of Morris County and a former president of the Morris County League of Municipalities.

Freeholder Cabana is an attorney who received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.  He also has a degree in business management from Ithaca College.

Christine Myers began her first term on the board of freeholders on January 3, 2016. The Mendham Township resident has a long history in corporate and private business, and has been active for many years in community affairs in Morris County

Deputy Freeholder Director Christine Myers

Myers launched a specialty food business in 2013 after a 25-year career as a technology and telecommunications executive and consultant. At AT&T, Myers was responsible for managing the technology and communications needs of all 1996 presidential elections, the Republican National Convention, and hundreds of federal, state and municipal campaigns.

She also led the team that won multi-million dollar communication contracts for the Executive Office of the President and White House Communications Agency. Later, as Vice President, Alliances and Business Development at Siemens, she negotiated global technology, strategic alliance and joint venture agreements.

Myers served until June of 2016 as President of the Board of Cornerstone Family Programs and the Morristown Neighborhood House. She also was a board member of Turn the Towns Teal, an ovarian cancer awareness initiative; Madison Daycare, and the Pastoral Advisory Board of St. Joseph Parish in Mendham.

In December, The Trump administration Myers regional advocate for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

She will be able to complete her term through the end of 2018. She can’t run again while working as one of ten regional advocates for the SBA.

Myers expects to work in New York City when she isn’t traveling for the job. She said she intends to complete work she started last year as head of a freeholder committee developing a strategic master plan for the county’s future.

She and her husband own a small business called Madison Park Foods that formulates spices. Myers said her husband will run the business solo.

She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

Christine is married and lives in Mendham with her husband Stan Gorski and their sons, Tom and Stan.

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders will meet again on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. All regular meetings at which formal action may be taken will take place at the Board of Chosen Freeholders’ Meeting Room, Fifth Floor, Administration and Records Building, Court Street, Morristown.

Heather Darling Sworn in as Freeholder

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Heather Darling takes the oath of office

MORRIS COUNTY — Heather Darling took the Oath of Office for Freeholder on Friday, January 5, at the Morris County Administration and Records Building, Morristown.

Darling, a 43-year Morris County resident, ran for the open Morris County Freeholder seat vacated by Former Freeholder Hank Lyon, who chose not to run for re-election.

Heather fully understands the role of a Freeholder and is prepared to take on the tasks associated with that job specifically. She will be focusing exclusively on County issues and leave state and federal issues like minimum wage and immigration enforcement to the appropriate governing bodies. She is a fiscal conservative interested in preserving the character and values of Morris County in a manner that is affordable and beneficial to our residents while upholding the Constitution, according to her oath of office, in performing her duties as Freeholder.

While she intends to bring a fresh perspective to the Freeholder Board, she is aware of issues within the county. The three main categories that are central to Heather’s goals are the promotion of economic growth and job creation; fiscal responsibility and free enterprise and professional integrity and transparency.

Deer freed from fence thanks to Patrol Sergeant Kinsey

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A a young deer had become stuck between the fence rails

PARSIPPANY — Patrol Sergeant Earl Kinsey was patrolling the area of Granada Drive when something caught his eye in the fence of a residence, on Friday, January 5.

He quickly stopped his patrol vehicle and determined a young deer had become stuck between the fence rails.

Detective Lieutenant Keith Lefferts, along with members of the Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department, Parsippany Animal Control and Shelter, and Par-Troy EMS responded to assist Sergeant Kinsey free the deer.

After a short time, the deer was freed by the responding personnel with minimal damage to the fence. The deer was last seen running into woods.

Honoring Dr. King with a Statewide Call to Action

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Washington DC, USA - September 30, 2009: An inscription on the floor of the Lincoln Memorial marks the spot from which, in August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

TRENTON — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will mark a statewide day of service in honor of Dr. King’s legacy.

The Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor-elect, and the entire Murphy-Oliver Administration will be participating in designated service activities throughout all 21 counties to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  If you would like to join us in volunteering to both honor Dr. King and create a stronger, fairer New Jersey, click here to sign up.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to: inaugural2018@njdems.org.

Reminder: Renew your dog license by January 31

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PARSIPPANY — Parsippany residents are reminded that all dogs in the township are required to be licensed each year. The deadline for licensing your dog, seven months or older, is January 31. According to state statute a dog must be registered within ten days of such acquisition or age attainment.

Click here to download an application to apply for a dog license.

Licenses may be obtained in person at the office of the Township Clerk, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Licenses may also be requested by mail, addressed to the Township Clerk, at the above address, by enclosing the proper fee, current rabies vaccination certificate and/or prior year’s license, and a self-addressed, stamped return envelope.

The fee for spayed/neutered is $15.00 and non-spayed/neutered is $18.00.

All licenses expire on December 31 and must be renewed in January of each year. Licensed renewed after January 31 require a $5.00 late fee.

There is no fee required for Seeing Eye dogs. According to Township Ordinance potentially dangerous dogs the fee is $150.00. If you need a replacement registration tag the fee is $2.00. To transfer registration tag (optional) is $2.00. The turn-in fee for sick or unwanted dogs up to 20 pounds is $25.00; Twenty-one pounds to 50 pounds is $45.00 and over 50 pounds is $65.00.

Eli is available for adoption

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Eli is waiting to go home with you.

PARSIPPANY — Eli is a gorgeous, sweet, and fun Husky! He is seven years old but don’t let that stop you, he has the personality and energy of a much younger dog!

Eli is friendly, loves to play, enjoys the snow like a typical Husky does, and will make a great companion who will keep you entertained. He is already trained and knows tricks! He is neutered and up to date on vaccines. Eli is great with dogs of all sizes and he is fine around cats.

If you’d like more information, please call the Parsippany Animal Shelter (973) 263-7083, or stop by for a visit! The shelter is open Monday through Friday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Parsippany Animal Shelter is located at 1069 Parsippany Boulevard.

Arrest made in carjacking and robbery at Wells Fargo Bank

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Wells Fargo Bank located at 87 Ridgedale Avenue, Morristown

MORRISTOWN — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Morristown Bureau of Police Chief Peter Demnitz announce the arrest of Michael Conway, 37, Morristown, on charges related to a robbery and carjacking that occurred during the early evening hours of January 3, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 87 Ridgedale Avenue, Morristown.

On January 3, 2018 at approximately 5:40 p.m., law enforcement was notified of a robbery that had occurred at the outdoor ATM of Wells Fargo Bank located on Ridgedale Avenue.  The suspect allegedly approached the victim on foot, demanded cash from the victim, and stated that he had a gun.  After receiving an amount of cash from the victim, the suspect fled from the scene in the victim’s vehicle.  The vehicle was subsequently recovered.

As a result of an investigation by law enforcement, Conway was taken into custody by detectives with the Morristown Bureau of Police on January 4, 2018.

Conway was charged with one count of Carjacking, a crime of the first degree, one count of Robbery, a crime of the first degree, and one count of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, a crime of the third degree.  Conway was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility on a warrant-complaint in accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act.

The Morristown Bureau of Police was the lead investigative agency in this matter.  They were assisted by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meghan Wald named to Kutztown University Dean’s List

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Meghan Wald, and her Music Education major friends Christina Baker, Mary Davis, and Katie McGrath.

PARSIPPANY — More than 1,725 students have been named to the Fall 2017 Dean’s List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60.

Meghan E. Wald, a 2017 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School was named on the Dean’s List.

Founded in 1866, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is a proud member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education located on 289 acres nestled in the beautiful East Penn Valley in Berks County, between Reading and Allentown, Pennsylvania. KU is just two hours from New York City; 90 minutes from Philadelphia. As the region’s center for excellence in academics, culture and public engagement, KU’s programs and reputation for quality offer students the opportunity to discover lifelong avenues of learning and discovery. KU students select from more than 100 areas of study within four colleges in a diverse liberal arts academic environment. To complement their studies, KU’s NCAA Division II athletics program with 21 varsity sports joins the more than 160 student clubs and organizations providing students with a variety of activities for learning and discovery. For more information, please visit us at www.kutztown.edu.

Narcan 2.0 Saves Lives throughout Morris County

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MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office partnerships with Morris CARES, Atlantic Health, and Saint Clare’s Health in the implementation of “Narcan 2.0”, has had great success in the past seven months. Since the inception of the program in May of last year, the newly created Addiction Recovery Response Team is already producing positive results in the fight against the heroin epidemic.

On May 18th, 2017, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office launched the “Narcan 2.0” program. Morris County Prosecutor, Fredric M. Knapp, worked with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement, medical, and social service agencies to enact this program. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office provided Morris Cares with a check for $10,000, to provide training to Peer Recovery Specialists. These funds were obtained from civil forfeiture proceedings against drug dealers.

The program requires every person who has suffered from a drug overdose, and has had their condition “reversed” in the field due to the administration of the drug Narcan, by police officers, to be counseled by a certified Peer Recovery Specialist. The aim is to provide the survivor with a meaningful second chance and to navigate them into treatment to break the cycle of addiction.

Before the Peer Recovery Specialists are allowed to work with anyone, they have to pass an exam and training course through Morris CARES. Morris CARES is a non-profit, recovery oriented sanctuary, based in Rockaway, NJ that works to change the lives of those suffering from a substance abuse disorder. Their focus on utilizing peer support throughout the community works hand in hand with the goal of “Narcan 2.0”.

“Narcan 2.0 is proving to be an overwhelmingly successful response to the opiate epidemic. The project allows for individuals who have been reversed from an opiate overdose to receive recovery support from a trained Peer Recovery Specialist. The Peer Recovery Specialist is a person in recovery who uses his or her lived experience with addiction to help an overdose survivor find and maintain a path of recovery,” said Melody Runyan, Associate Director of Morris CARES.

The Peer Recovery Specialists utilize their own experiences as an attempt to break the vicious cycle of addiction. Their first-hand knowledge allows the victims to feel more comfortable in their recovery, knowing that the person across from them has been where they are right now.

Out of the 83 times that Narcan was administered in Morris County by law enforcement officers since the implementation of “Narcan 2.0” seven months ago, 59 of those victims accepted the services of the Addiction Recovery Response Team. That comes out to a starting success rate of 71.08%.

Of the 59 overdose victims that were willing to accept these services, 59% of them utilized the peer support program, 17% were sent to a detox program, 15% were sent to an inpatient program, and 9% utilized an outpatient program.

The personal testimonies from the individuals who have taken advantage of “Narcan 2.0”, prove just how much of a difference having a follow-up to the “reversal” of the overdose makes.

For example, a confidential patient, overdosed and ended up on life support at St. Clare’s Dover, and expressed his interest in the Peer Support program. Following his release, he did not keep in contact with his Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, and eventually relapsed. Once he decided to reach out to his Peer Recovery Specialist again, they were able to get him into a Detox and Inpatient program the same day, ultimately saving his life. This individual has expressed his enormous gratitude for the program, and he’s just one of the many success stories that “Narcan 2.0” has created thus far.

The heroin and opioid epidemic continues to affect lives across Morris County, where at least 79 people died in 2017 from an opiate overdose. Programs such as “Narcan 2.0” attempt to utilize recovery as the main tool in saving those suffering from substance abuse disorder. If the vicious cycle of addiction can be broken, progress will be made. To assist law enforcement first responders, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, very recently provided additional Narcan supplies for all participating Morris County police departments on December 12, 2017.

Prosecutor Knapp commented on the positive effect to date, “We are very encouraged by the positive impact “Narcan 2.0” has had so far. Law enforcement partnership with the treatment community is enabling the “Narcan 2.0” program to save lives. Being a “Stigma Free” County helps those suffering from substance abuse disorder to break away from this horrific disease.”

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Reorganization Meeting

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PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Reorganization Meeting was held on Monday, January 1, 2018

CCM Holds In-Person Registration for Spring Semester

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RANDOLPH — There’s still time to enroll for the Spring Semester at County College of Morris (CCM). The college will be holding three in-person registration sessions in January for students interested in attending. Students, however, first need to apply to the college before registering.

The in-person sessions take place in the Learning Resource Center, Room 121, on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road, during the following dates and times:

        Thursday, January 11, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

        Friday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

        Saturday, January 13, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The Spring Semester begins January 17. Before registering for classes, students must apply to the college, which can be done online at www.ccm.edu/admissions or by visiting the Admissions office. The Admissions and Registrar offices will be open until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, through Thursday, January 23, except for Friday, January 19, when the offices close at 4:30 p.m.

At CCM, students can choose from 48 academic degree programs and a wide range of 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 at CCM Transfer Services.

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

H&R Block tax offices open for 2018, offer free 1040EZ

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H&R Block opened its 10,000 offices nationwide today to serve taxpayers during the upcoming filing season. H&R Block has an office located within five miles of 95 percent of Americans. Whether they need help filing their 2017 return, W-4 planning for 2018, dealing with IRS-mandated refund delays or more, H&R Block can serve them when and how they want. 

“We help taxpayers get their taxes won, starting with getting them their maximum refund,” said Karen Orosco, senior vice president of U.S. retail for H&R Block. “We don’t stop there to get your taxes won, though. We will serve you when you want, where you want and how you want, including through our new virtual method that allows you to never step foot in an office but still get your taxes won with our expert tax professionals.”

Millions can file for free at H&R Block offices 

H&R Block’s free Federal 1040EZ offer will allow approximately 23 million taxpayers to file a Federal 1040EZ for free for a limited time at participating offices.

“Our free Federal 1040EZ offer gives taxpayers access to expert assistance in completing their returns and guarantees they get their maximum refund – all for free.” Orosco said.

“Filing a simple tax return may not be as easy as many taxpayers believe, especially if they are new filers, experienced a life change in 2017, face IRS refund delays or are concerned about how tax reform legislation will affect them in 2018, including the impact to their paychecks starting as early as February,” Orosco said. “Having assistance from a qualified tax professional provides taxpayers confidence that they aren’t leaving any money on the table and that they are prepared for the future.” 

Generally, a 1040EZ filer is a taxpayer whose filing status is single or married filing jointly, who does not pay mortgage interest, has no dependents and earned less than $100,000 last year. 

To learn more about filing a Free Federal 1040EZ and all other offers like H&R Block Tax Pro Go, find a nearby location or make an appointment, visit www.hrblock.com or call 1-800-HRBLOCK.

Adopt Two-year-old Junior; he is looking for a new home

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PARSIPPANY — Junior is a two-year-old male Pit Bull Terrier/English Bulldog mix stole our hearts at the Newark municipal shelter when we met him! Surrendered to the shelter over two months ago, Junior was just waiting for his chance at freedom and we could not be happier we rescued him!

While about 65 pounds, Junior is short and stocky, much like a Bulldog. His tail rarely stops wagging and he absolutely loves getting pet! He also enjoys sitting RIGHT in your lap. He just wants to be as close to you as possible!

Junior is great with other dogs and could live with children ten and up. He walks great in a harness and would love to go on a lifetime of walks with you! Junior enjoyed playing with a tennis ball and had no problem giving it right back to us.

If you’re looking for a well-mannered, friendly, loving dog, please fill out an application by clicking here.

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

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

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

Letter to the editor: The air is definitely different at Town Hall

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

The air was definitely different at Town Hall on this Tuesday night for the regular agenda meeting.  Maybe just metaphorically it was “cleaner”, less stifling, fresher, newer, and invigorating.  And that had nothing to do with the cold outside.  Inside there was a new attitude.  The public was able to speak their mind longer.  Instead of blank, dismissive, avoiding stares at the table top, and terse one-minute warning – questions came forth about citizens’ concerns.  A cordial and receptive conversation had started about new ideas.

For those of us that grasped what kind of change was taking place – it was really a new day.  The CFO had been sent home to spend time with her family after working a full Holiday weekend.  The Mayor at the beginning of the meeting, noted she was no longer needed on a regular basis. The Mayor had dismissed himself out of respect for the legislative process. Not that he was avoiding the public, as he also noted that he was determined to have a town hall once a month in every section of town going forward.

For someone like me, having run for Federal office and having the experience of debating my opponent in front of hundreds of people, my very own townhall was an extraordinarily intimidating place, as it was for so many in the past few years.  Why?  Because those behind the dais had all the power, and didn’t quite wield it with the appropriate humility you’d expect from a public servant. Not at all interested in a reasoned conversation. I had been mocked by the previous mayor for espousing the importance of transparency in a democracy.  I was told I was “full of it, Tom” – when noting that this was Jefferson’s dream – that an informed public could be capable of self-governance.  I was accused of backhanded partisan deception by a late former councilman for advocating for an ordinance to slow the flow of money that potentially corrupted our government.  The same ordinance was dismantled by a currently sitting councilman with the help of the previous attorney. I was denied service to the town on committees for blatant partisan reasons by a former councilman (now freeholder). It wasn’t fun, and at the risk of giving them any satisfaction – I’ll say it was quite humiliating.

So – yes the air had definitely changed in the council chamber.

Mayor Soriano moving the “Mayor Only Parking Sign” at Town Hall. The Mayor said he doesn’t need a special parking spot

On Monday – the cameras caught all the excitement of the day as the Governor-Elect, former governor, former mayor and so many other dignitaries and community leaders participated in the change of guard.   But in a quieter moment at the end of all the festivities – there was another moment that was missed. 

When getting ready to leave, I had warmed up my car and pulled around to the front of the building to pick up my family.  I debated whether I should park in the “Reserved Mayor” spot as no car was there.  Out of the front door came the new Mayor walking toward me with no overcoat and just a knit cap… and a screwdriver in his hand.   He proceeded to dismantle the “Reserved Mayor” sign stating that it was being converted to “Handicapped”.  He could  walk a little further from now on to give someone a chance to participate in government with just a little less hassle.   

Yep – it’s quite a new day at Parsippany Town Hall.

Tom Wyka  

Tori Rothman Inducted into National Society of Leadership and Success

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Tori Rothman

PARSIPPANY — Tori Rothman of Mount Tabor has been inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success at Kutztown University. Tori is a 2014 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School 

The Society is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. With 599 chapters, the Society currently has 808,352 members nationwide.

In addition to honorable distinction, the Society provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online. Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country. Members are able to list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume.

Membership is for life and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, and discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses and insurance.

To be inducted at KU, students must attend an orientation, a three-hour leadership training seminar, three success networking team meetings and three speaker broadcasts featuring leading figures delivering success-related messages to members.

Founded in 1866, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is a proud member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education located on 289 acres nestled in the beautiful East Penn Valley in Berks County, between Reading and Allentown, Pennsylvania. KU is just two hours from New York City; 90 minutes from Philadelphia. As the region’s center for excellence in academics, culture and public engagement, KU’s programs and reputation for quality offer students the opportunity to discover lifelong avenues of learning and discovery. KU students select from more than 100 areas of study within four colleges in a diverse liberal arts academic environment. To complement their studies, KU’s NCAA Division II athletics program with 21 varsity sports joins the more than 160 student clubs and organizations providing students with a variety of activities for learning and discovery. For more information, please visit us at www.kutztown.edu.

Parsippany Animal Shelter lost power; Animals were moved to warm shelter

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Parsippany’s compassionate and highly skilled Animal Control Team Kaitlin Kopshaw, Kim Jensen, and Heidi Mooney

PARSIPPANY — Power was out at the Parsippany Animal Shelter, so Mayor Soriano invited the animal control officers to keep the feline friends warm at Town Hall for the night. Special thanks goes out to Denville and Montville for offering to shelter the dogs for the night. Miller and Trill were among the cats that were visiting Town Hall, and they are both available for adoption.

Trill is approximately one to two years old. She has short hair. She came to Parsippany Animal Shelter as a stray from the streets with her kittens. The kittens were all raised up and adopted and now it’s her turn! She is shy but very sweet and she loves to be petted. She loves other cats as well and would love to be in a home with another cat! She is negative for felv/fiv, spayed, and up to date on vaccinations. She is house trained.  Vaccinations up to date, spayed and neutered. To adopt Trill call (973) 263-7083.

 

To adopt Trill call 973-263-7083
To adopt Miller call 973-263-7083

To meet these animals and the any other visit the Parsippany Animal Shelter 1069 Parsippany Boulevard. They are open Monday to Friday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

 

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