Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Parsippany Doctor Indicted for Alleged Practice of Medicine After License was Suspended

fadibejjaniActing Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps announce that Doctor Fadi Bejjani, 56, of Roseland was indicted today after an investigation revealed that he was allegedly practicing medicine while his license was suspended. His practice was listed as Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, located at 2932 Route 10, Morris Plains.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the Division of Consumer Affairs, filed a complaint against the defendant on June 5, 2012, charging numerous alleged violations concerning his practice of medicine including, but not limited to, the performance of surgeries that he was unqualified to perform; gross negligence committed in the performance of cosmetic and spinal procedures on at least nine patients; the failure to notify the Board of Medical Examiners of a prior charge of Driving a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence; pending disciplinary actions instituted in the State of New York with regard to his medical practice; a guilty plea in federal court for filing false federal tax returns; and other violations of Board of Medical Examiners regulations.

Subsequent to the filing of the complaint by the Board of Medical Examiners, defendant entered into a Consent Order on June 13, 2012, suspending his license to practice medicine in the State of New Jersey. An undercover investigator from the Division of Consumer Affairs visited Dr. Bejjani’s office in Parsippany-Troy Hills on July 26, 2012, for a consultation for cosmetic surgery. Allegedly, a consultation fee was provided to the defendant, the undercover investigator was examined as a patient, the surgery and surgical fees were discussed and the undercover investigator was provided with consent forms and instructions pertaining to the operation.

Defendant was indicted on two counts of Third Degree Unlicensed Practice of Medicine.

The defendant’s license to practice remains suspended and he is currently in custody in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, on charges of filing false federal tax returns. His expected earliest date of release is September 27, 2013.

The State is represented by Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Julie Serfess with regard to these charges.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Consumer Affairs, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

As far as the allegations of insurance fraud, Bejjani was found to have been falsifying tax returns since 2005, withholding thousands of dollars of income. In his plea agreement, Bejjani admitted he failed to include $139,381 as income on his personal federal tax return in the tax year of 2005; $127,532 in 2006, $161,135 in 2007, and $110,062 in 2008.

A press release issued by the national Department of Justice in May, 2012 said that Bejjani will be sentenced in on Tuesday, September 1 in Syracuse, New York.  Bejjani was a resident of Utica at the time he filed his 2005-2008 taxes.

His maximum term of imprisonment could be three years, with a fine of $250,000. In addition, he will be required to pay back a total of $164, 409 for the tax years 2005-2008.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

Easy Cooking With Ev

It’s spring time! In this weeks episode we will be featuring pan seared salmon with balsamic sauce – fennel & onions, organic kale salad, oven roasted sweet potato fries,and citrus infused strawberries for dessert. We will also feature a “kids corner” power smoothie for.

Rockaway Meadow Circus

The children at Rockaway Meadow wow and awe us with a spectacular circus performance.

Campaign Signs Are Starting To Appear

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Campaign signs are starting to appear throughout neighborhoods in Parsippany

The campaign sign above appears on a wooden fence on South Beverwyck Road are starting to appear all over town. The primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 4.

“Parsippany’s Future” on the campaign trail

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Paul Carfii, Jr., Robert Peluso and Louis Valori on the campaign trail.

Parsippany’s Future members were out campaigning in the nice Spring weather.  The trio, running under the slogan “Parsippany’s Future” were seen on Pennsylvania Lane visiting the residents and discussing their platform for the upcoming Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, June 4. Robert Peluso and Louis Valori are seeking seats on the Parsippany-Troy Hills Council and Paul Carifi, Jr., is seeking the Mayor’s seat.

Help for Today, Hope For Tomorrow

drugawarenessThe Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills hosted a community forum on Monday, April 22 at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center.

Guest speakers included Steve Liga, Dr. Frank Mattiace, Devin Fox, Christine Michaels, Elizabeth Thompson, Paul Ressler, Donovan Allieri and Sam Archambault.

NCADD-NJ Advocacy Leaders and partners organized and promoted this event to create an open dialogue between parents, youth, the public, elected officials and decision makes on issues affecting our community like underage drinking and prescription drug use.

How to can help… As a call to action regarding “Help for Today Hope for Tomorrow” community forum, NCADD-NJ encourages you to share the issues that you care about with your elected officials and community leaders and build a dialog with them.

Each state Senate and Assembly member, as well as Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio have offices you can schedule an appointment to share the issues you care about.  For a list of your elected officials click here.

Pictured above was one of the many exhibits on display during the event.  At left, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President Robert J. Peluso.robertatdrugawareness

Parsippany RedHawks Softball Team Fundraiser

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Parsippany High School Red Hawks Softball girls were out raising funds at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Smith Road.

“Jump In The Lake” Fundraiser raises over $10,000

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Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr. (center) was one of the many “Jumpers” at “Jump In The Lake” fundraiser by Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare. The group is raising funds to help pay some of the bills incurred fighting the Waterview Project in Parsippany.

Community action has never been so much fun. Lakers joined in to take part in the first “Jump in the Lake!” event on Sunday, April 28 at Island Beach, Mountain Lakes.

The brisk event is a benefit to help preserve the quality of life in our community organized by the Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare (formerly Don’t Rezone Waterview) in partnership with the New Jersey Highlands Coalition. Proceeds will go towards funding research and hiring professional experts to address the community’s concerns regarding the proposed development at Waterview.

Before or after the splash, the guests enjoyed music, food, vendors and entertainment for the entire family. Prizes were awarded to the craziest outfits; largest sports, business or neighborhood teams; and biggest fundraisers. The Grand Prize for the top fundraiser is a hot air balloon ride for two donated by A Beautiful Balloon.

Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare (C4HSW), formerly known as “Don’t Rezone Waterview,” has been extremely active in the past couple of months and has established a very well-oiled, highly sophisticated organization to respond to the Waterview development plan. I am sending you this note to keep you up to date about our activities.

C4HSW is a New Jersey non-profit organization with three trustees, a 9-person board of directors (president, vice presidents, secretary, treasurer), with no official “membership.”  Our organization is comprised of hundreds of supporters.  The Waterview Rezoning Proposal had its first hearing before the Parsippany Planning Board in October, 2012.  Almost no one attended since it was not well-understood or publicized.  At the next meeting in December, enough residents showed up (roughly 180) to shut down the meeting since the venue was filled over its capacity.  The word started to get out about Waterview in time for the next meeting that was rescheduled at the Parsippany High School.  Roughly 600 angry residents showed up for that meeting.  By late December, 2012, a small, loosely knit group of concerned citizens had banded together to create “Don’t Rezone Waterview” (ultimately renamed C4HSW).  In, February 2013, the Planning Board made its recommendation to the Parsippany Council in favor of rezoning Waterview.  The Waterview property is currently zoned POD for office buildings only.  The Planning Board followed the developer’s recommendation that the property be rezoned to include zoning for mixed residential and commercial.    By February, 2013, C4HSW had organized sufficiently to hire an attorney and one expert to represent the interests of the hundreds of residents who had shown up to these meetings and were denied to opportunity to present any evidence in opposition to the developer’s case.  The recommendation to rezone Waterview was then sent to the Council, where it currently awaits a decision.  At the last Council meeting, on March 19, 2013, the Parsippany Planner presented his version of the Ordinance to Rezone Waterview.  Strangely, this version included an entrance onto Intervale Road, owned by Mountain Lakes, which had been voluntarily removed in the Planning Board stage by the developer.

 

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Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare President Dave Kaplan, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso and Lou Valori at the “Jump in the Lake” fundraiser.
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Robert Peluso, Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., and Lou Valori show off their new T-Shirts from “Jump in the Lake” fundraiser.

 

Par Hills Baseball Car Wash Fundraiser

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Kire Milevski, John Longo and Joe Hunt were on Parsippany Road promoting the car wash fundraiser for the Parsippany Hills High School Baseball team.

Gene and Ann Capozzi Celebrates 50th Wedding Anniversary

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Gene and Ann Capozzi was married on May 25, 1963.
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Gene and Ann Capozzi celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Sunday, April 21 at Mountain Lakes Club

Gene and Ann Capozzi originally of Parsippany; celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a surprise party that was held in their honor on Sunday, April 21 at the Mountain Lakes Club.

They were married on May 25, 1963 in Newark and moved to Parsippany in 1969 where they settled to raise their family.

Gene was a senior sanitation inspector for the town of Parsippany.  They owned a coffee shop and deli for many, many years where Ann worked.

When the happy couple retired in 2007 they moved to Brick.

They have three daughters; Sharon and Ray Hogrelius of Rockaway, Denine Sebesto and John Bydook of Parsippany and Eugina and George Smith also of Rockaway.

They are the proud grandparents of Raymond and Kevin Hogrelius, Michael and Alyssa Sebesto and Cassandra and Christopher Smith.

Par-Troy Little League East Opening Celebrations

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Councilman Jonathan Nelson throws opening ball during the Par-Troy Little League East Opening Ceremonies
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New Jersey Blue Collar Workers donated $3,400 for a new scoreboard to the Par-Troy Little League East
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Players of Par-Troy Little League during the Opening Celebration
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Morris County Clerk candidate Jim Vigilante, Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso and Lou Valori during the Par-Troy East Little League opening ceremonies.

Acrylic Painting Classes at Parsippany PAL for kids, teens and adults

Acrylic Painting for Kids – 5 weeks, ages 6-11, tuition $150.00
Thursdays 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., May 30 through June 27

Acrylic Painting for Adults – 5 weeks, ages 15 and up, tuition $150.00
Mondays 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. June 3 through July 1.

School’s-Out Painting Workshops
Specially priced three hour class, larger canvas size, new materials and techniques plus airbrush instruction, tuition $40.00

Space Painting Workshop– Monday, June 24 – 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Paint a galaxy, starfield, spaceship or nebula using tape, cups, sponges, plates and an airbrush

Neon Painting Workshop– Thursday June 27 – 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Create an impressive, glowing design using airbrush florescents, a black light will be available during class

Discover your creative talent!  The Acrylic Painting Classes are two hour lessons including landscape, seascape, floral, animals and space; beginner students will learn the basics of mixing colors, composition, texture and various brush techniques, leaving each class with a finished painting.  Acrylics are non-toxic and can mimic oils or watercolors; all paints included, a $2.00 canvas fee applies to all classes and workshops.  Register online by clicking here.  Missed classes can be made up if you email instructor on or before day of absence, all classes taught by local Parsippany artist and instructor John Darvie, please call 973-335-7332 or email with any questions (apollo1jd@gmail.com).

Parsippany PAL, 33 Baldwin Road, Parsippany

Parsippany United Soccer Camp

Parsippany Recreation Department is proud to sponsor

Parsippany United Soccer Camp!

Session 1: July 8 – July 12; Session 2: July 15 – July 19

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Smith Field Park’s Artificial Turf Field

Register online at www.pthreconline.com

Flyer is available for download at the parsippany.net website

Each Camper will receive:

Camp T-Shirt

Healthy Snack

Personal Feedback from Coaching Staff

Certificate of Achievement

Registration ends June 10. $175.00 registration fee. Ages. 4 – 18

Kiwanis Trivia Night is a Success

Players from the 11th year of trivia
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Pictured left side of tabe: Councilman Jonathan Nelson, Tom Lysenko and Barbara Lysenko. Right side Mirih Oza, Tom Berrio and Kathy Berrios

The Greater Parsippany Kiwanis Club held is 10th Annual Ultimate Trivia Contest on Saturday, April 27 at Parsippany PAL Youth Center.

Jim Ossner Joins York Risk Services Group

yorkYork Risk Services Group, a premier national provider of claims-management, specialized loss adjusting, alternative risk programs, pool administration and other insurance services, today announced that Jim Ossner has joined the company as Vice President of Sales for York Alternative Risk Solutions (York ARS).  Ossner’s responsibilities will include new business development associated with York’s alternative risk programs. York Risk Services Group is located at 99 Cherry Hill Road.

York ARS services include captive management, program administration for captive programs and self-insured groups, as well as claims administration, managed care, loss control and premium audit services that are available on a bundled and unbundled basis.

York currently provides services to over 100 alternative risk programs with a broad range of risk financing structures such as self-insured groups, group captives, agency captives and risk retention groups. Additionally, York currently manages over 48 segregated cell captives through its Bermuda-based reinsurance facility, Atlantic Gateway International (SAC) Ltd. York ARS also has a unique risk sharing arrangement through this reinsurance facility and assumes risk with their clients.

“Jim has 24 years of industry experience and will be a great asset to our ARS team,” says Rick Stasi , President of York’s Alternative Risk Solutions division. Prior to joining York ARS, Ossner was Assistant Vice President, Strategic Alliance Business Development at Chubb Specialty Insurance and was responsible for new business development for Captive Programs at Hartford Insurance Group.  He has also managed program underwriting for several major carriers.

Ossner holds a BS in Business from Trenton State College in New Jersey and has served on the Board of Directors for the Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Boating Safety Classes

A “Boat NJ” course will be offered by NJ Boating Safety Classes in Denville on Sunday, May 12. The “Boat NJ” course meets the needs of boaters and personal watercraft (PWC) operators for a basic overview of boat and PWC operation. The boating safety class is required by the State of New Jersey – Division of State Police Marine Law Enforcement for boat safety education and is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). The course meets the NJ State law requirements for NJ boating safety certification. There will be a $75.00 fee which covers the cost of the course and all materials.

The course will be held at the St. Clare’s Hospital (Urban Auditorium), 25 Pocono Road, Denville. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please do not call St. Clare’s.

For additional information please call Janet at (201) 291-5976 or visit our website at: njboat.org – on water training at BoatboyMarineTraining.com.

Searching Genealogy and Local History

Presented by archivist Mary McMahon of the North Jersey History Center. Learn how to access one of the best historic resources and genealogical collections on the east coast. Co-sponsored by the Mt Tabor branch of the Parsippany Public Library System and the Mt Tabor Historical Society. Thursday May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethel in Mount Tabor. Across the park from the Mt. Tabor Library. Park at the Post Office at 26 Simpson Avenue. Program free. Registration requested. Call (973) 627-9508.

Sons of Italy Scholarship Recipients

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Pictured from left to right are Anthony Iuso, Jordana Blodgett, Nicholas Jannarone, Anna Colasuonno and Anthony Lonero.

On April 20 the Sons of Italy New Jersey Foundation held their annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Seaview Hotel and Golf Resort in Galloway.  The event was part of the festivities at the Annual Order Sons of Italy in America New Jersey Grand Lodge’s State Convention.

Parsippany’s Sons of Italy Lodge #2561 is extremely proud to announce that 5 of the 16 scholarships that were presented were awarded to family members of our lodge.

 

 

Counting Pennies: Northvail Participates in Pennies for Patients

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Second grade student, Samantha Egger from Northvail School

One penny at a time school kids are making a difference at Northvail  while participating in the “Pennies for Patients” Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s fundraiser.

Under the coordination of Tracey Hedden a teacher,  student council members, the children, staff and families generously made contributions during the past several weeks.

Northvail Elementary collected over $3,000.00 again this year, with Mrs. McDougall’s fourth grade class coming in first place.

Among the many students at Northvail showing extraordinary compassion donating $110.00 the total sum of her personal savings is Samantha Egger.

“Kids that have cancer need it more than I do,” said Samantha.

The fundraiser provided the students with an opportunity to learn about service, leadership and altruism.

More importantly through their donations they are helping to make a significant impact on the local lives of patients currently fighting these diseases.

The funds collected this year were in honor of a local 10 year old Parsippany boy.

 

Montefusco Charged With Alleged Unlawful Practice of Law

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Hopatcong Borough Police Chief Robert Brennan, and Roxbury Township Police Chief James Simonetti announce that John J. Montefusco, Sr., 72, of Parsippany, has been charged today with the Unlawful Practice of Law, a crime of the third degree.

On a number of occasions between December, 2012 and April, 2013, Montefusco allegedly met with an individual and discussed providing legal representation in a pending criminal court matter.  During that time period, Montefusco allegedly accepted money from the individual as a retainer to provide legal services.  Montefusco previously tendered his consent to disbarment as an Attorney at Law of the State of New Jersey, effective June 5, 2009, and, as such, is prohibited from practicing law in the State of New Jersey.

The charges, which were served on the defendant by detectives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, were the result of a lengthy criminal investigation conducted by the Hopatcong Police Department, the Roxbury Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Montefusco was charged on April 26 in Parsippany-Troy Hills by detectives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Montefusco was issued a summons and released.  He has been given a court date of May 1.

The defendant has previously pled guilty on February 13, 2008 to Mail Fraud in Federal Court for actions he had taken as the Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board Attorney. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he admitted “that he gave his official assistance to a developer in return for benefits to him and his family that included discounted purchase prices on houses that allowed the family members to quickly resell the properties at substantial profit.”

He is scheduled to be sentenced in Federal Court on this plea on June 27.

Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp thanks the Hopatcong Police Department, the Roxbury Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit whose efforts contributed to this result.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.