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18,800 square feet of office space leased on Parsippany Road

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50 Parsippany Road

Commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has completed three office leases totaling nearly 18,800 square feet at 50 Parsippany Road, completing the lease-up of the 50,535-square-foot class A office building. This brings the building up to 100% occupancy.

The firm’s Morristown-based team of Bill Brown and Jon Williams represented the owner, IBEW Local Union 102 Holding Corp. in the transactions.

IBEW Local Union 102 also utilizes the site as its headquarters and training center. They represent 3,100 members who specialize in the electrical and telecommunications fields throughout Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset (portion), Sussex, Union and Warren counties.

In the largest transaction, the Great American Insurance Group signed a long-term renewal for its 10,000-square-foot offices. The tenant was represented by J.C. Giordano and Chris Conklin of JLL.

Nicholas Pascarella & Co., a financial services and planning firm, signed a new lease for 6,576 square feet. Jon Williams of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant as well in this transaction.

And Ellie Mae, a provider of enterprise-level automated solutions for the residential mortgage industry, signed a new lease for 2,195 square feet. The tenant was represented by Cushman & Wakefield’s Morristown-based Josh Cohen.

Constructed in 2007, 50 Parsippany Road is situated near the intersection of I-287 and I-80, with access to Routes 10, 24 and 46, near several hotels. It consists of three floors of office space atop a level of covered parking. Features include a state-of-the-art building management system, energy-efficient LED lighting and upgraded finishes throughout.

“A key trend in this office market has been a flight to quality, and the lease-up of 50 Parsippany Road is another indication of that trend, and of the quality of this asset and its ownership,” said Williams. “Overall, according to our firm’s research, the Parsippany market is one of three statewide in which first quarter leasing activity reached quarterly highs that had not been seen throughout 2013.”

Real Housewives of New Jersey premiere party at Pure Restaurant

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Teresa Giudice

Project Ladybug will host a “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” Premiere Party on Sunday, July 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to benefit Deborah Hospital Foundation. The party will be held at Pure Restaurant and Lounge, 707 Route 46.

Cost of tickets are $100.00 plus a $5.99 ticket processing fee and are available by clicking here.

Teresa and Joe Giudice are regular customers at Pure Restaurant and Lounge.

The ticket price includes passed hors d’eouvres and a glass of Fabellini All proceeds will benefit the DEBORAH Hospital Foundation.

Season six comes after months of legal problems for some of the cast members, most notably for Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, who were in court throughout the winter and spring months after being indicted on various counts of fraud.

Giudice’s sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga and her husband, Giuseppe, made headlines recently after appearing in Morris County court seeking an eviction of the tenant, Kai Patterson, currently staying in the couple’s Montville mansion. The Gorgas allege the tenant signed a lease-to-purchase contract last year. Patterson did not pay rent in May or June, and his April rent check bounced. The lease purchase agreement was issued to Patterson and his company, Bounty Alert, Inc.

Patterson, 54, signed a lease-purchase agreement and scheduled a move-in date of October 24, 2013 for their 13,500-square-foot Colonial-style mansion at 8 Pond View in Montville. The contract called for Patterson to pay $10,000 per month, during November through April, then $20,000 per month and $20,000 purchase credit starting on May 1. The closing was to take place April 30, 2015.

Friends of Project Ladybug
Founded by Dina Manzo, the Project Ladybug Fund at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey and Julien’s Project Ladybug fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York have provided much needed assistance to young patients and their families coping with life-threatening diseases. The Fund provides patients with “wish” trips, laptop computers for the children to use at the hospital, life saving medications, and funded the creation of a child-friendly and cheerful environment for patients being treated at both facilities for Pediatric Blood Disorders.

The Deborah Hospital Foundation
Since its formal incorporation, in 1974, DEBORAH Hospital Foundation, has dedicated its energies to raising critically needed funds to support the humanitarian mission of DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center, in Browns Mills, NJ, centrally located, in Burlington County, just 45 minutes east of Philadelphia. A grassroots Chapters and volunteer network of over 20,000 members serve, as they have since the early days when DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center was founded in 1922, as ambassadors for DEBORAH, providing information for communities and spearheading fundraising activities that help DEBORAH perpetuate its very worthy mission.

Kayla and Jayla are looking for a home

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jaylaJayla is about 12-14 weeks old and very sweet! Jayla was found along with her siblings in an abandon building in North Carolina and brought to a high kill shelter. The siblings quickly became favorites at the shelter and they contacted Furever Home Dog Rescue.

Furever Home Dog Rescue transported Jayla and Kayla to New Jersey and now they live in foster homes.

Jayla and Kayla are doing wondering in their foster homes. They are friendly, sweet and easy going. Jayla likes playing with toys and she likes retrieving balls.

She has a long white patch of white on her chest. Both puppies have wirey beards, beautiful shinning black coats & are tall and lean. Such beautiful pups, inside and out.

If you have a furever home for Jayla or Kayla, please e-mail FHDR@att.net and request an adoption application.   To see more photo or other adoptable pups, please visit www.fhdr.petfinder.com.

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This is what Kayla’s foster family says about her …..””Kayla is sweet and loving, she loves being around people and doesn’t want to go anywhere without her person.

She walks well on her leash and loves exploring the yard. Chasing butterflies and finding sticks are two favorite activities. Kayla loves to snuggle, give kisses, and take naps on her blanket. And she loves to play with her toys with you and chase balls around. Kayla is great with people of all ages, gentle with young children.

She is house broken with only one accident early on since being here and she sleeps through the night. Kayla is very smart and learns quickly, and is pretty good at Sit and Lay Down already, and we are working on Come consistently. She would fit well into any household, so long as there are plenty of belly rubs and snuggling and toys to play with.”

Kayla has white on her chest and the tips of her paws. She has a cute wirey beard, beautiful shinning black coats and is tall and lean.

Such a beautiful puppy, inside and out. If you have a furever home for this pet, please e-mail FHDR@att.net and request an adoption application. To see more photo or other adoptable pups, please visit www.fhdr.petfinder.com.

YMCA announces new board members

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John Smith

Acting CEO, Katie McKoy, announced the appointment of four new members to the Board of Governors at the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA.

Nominated for a three year term they are: Carol Herring from Mountain Lakes, an office manager with a background in technology and fitness;

Frank Razzano from Denville, a retired CPA and volunteer tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County;

John Smith from Parsippany, a marketing director in the electronics field; and

John Tolud from Mountain Lakes, an attorney and along with his family, an avid user of the Y.

According to McKoy, “I am excited to welcome this new class of board members. They have all contributed as committee members and are now ready to take on the challenge of serving on the board.”

For more information about the Y, visit their website by clicking here.

 

Parsippany seeks to buy 9.26 acres of Waterview

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Lot 2 is the area Parsippany-Troy Hills will apply to the Morris County Open Space & Farmland Preservation Trust. Lot 1, will remain with the current owners.  Currently the land is zoned POD (Planned Office Development). In 2013 RD Realty asked the Township Council to consider an overlay zone and permit a shopping center and townhouses.

The Township of Parsippany Troy Hills passed resolution R2014-082 on Tuesday, June 17, 5-0. The ordinance authorizes Mayor James Barberio to apply to the Morris County Open Space & Farmland Preservation Trust for the acquisition of a portion of undeveloped upslope areas on land identified as Block 421, Lot 29 on the official Tax Map of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and fronting on Intervale Road, and take any and all actions reasonably necessary to effectuate the same.

The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills has identified 9.26 acres of undeveloped upslope areas located on land identified as Block 421, Lot 29 on the official Tax Map of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and fronting on Intervale Road as containing natural elements vital to the health of local ecosystems, natural aquifers, and wildlife habitat.

The 9.26 acres of land is part of the 26.6 acres RD Realty was seeking to develop last year.

A resident asked, “Why wouldn’t you seek open space funding to purchase the entire 26.6 acres?” Inglesino response was “At the moment we are not there yet, its not the appropriate issue to consider that option at this time, due to the fact that we are in litigation, and we are in settlement discussions and due to the fact the settlement discussions involve a potential of a willing seller to potentially sell the 9.26 acres.”

Once property is purchased with Open Space dollars, (referring to the 9.26 acres in Lot 2) it cannot be developed it will be forever preserved  there is the possibility for the potential for the egrating easement. You will note on the map you have you will see an area within a dotted line and although the type is very very small. The  proposed egrating and retaining wall easement. It is my understanding that we will get confirmation, and if there is any retaining wall, the retaining wall  could not be on the property that we are getting open space funds money, any structure would have to be on the sub divided property, but there could be an area for grading on the property acquired with Open Space, and that area is depicted on the map, said Inglesino.

This 9.26 acres of land is part of the 26.6 acres that on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 Parsippany-Troy Hills council members voted down the Waterview Overlay Ordinance (know as Ordinance No. 2013:28), by at 3-2 vote. Councilman Michael J. dePierro and Councilman Vincent Ferrara voted yes for the overlay change. At the time, Councilman dePierro was a member of the Township’s Planning Board. He was not reappointed in 2014.

It’s been clear from the beginning that this was not the right project for Parsippany. Listening to the public comments that were both overwhelmingly opposed and overwhelmingly from Parsippany residents, I’m glad that the council had the courage to stand up to big development and made a decision that was in the best interest of those they truly represent. This was a great night for local government and an even better night for the thousands of people whose lives would have been horribly impacted by this ridiculously aggressive proposal, said Dave Kaplan, President of Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare, after the October 1 hearing.

The proposed project would have included a 40,000-square-foot supermarket, likely Whole Foods, and a 137,000-square-foot “big box” department store (originally rumored to be Target). For the residential portion of the project, the developer is seeking to build a neighborhood of townhouses—first 72 units, but then reduced to 65. The ordinance would have allowed the construction of parking lots for more than 1,100 cars and increase the amount of allowable impermeable surface from 45 percent (what the current POD zoning allows) to 75 percent.

If Morris County Open Space & Farmland Preservation Trust approves the application, there would be 17.38 acres as identified in Lot 1 of the diagram remaining.  What will be done with this land? Will this give the opportunity to RD Realty to develop on that portion of the property?

RD Realty filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Parsippany Township Council’s rejection of its proposal to build a complex including a Whole Foods supermarket, a Target store and townhouses at the intersection of Waterview Boulevard and Route 46, according to court documents filed on November 15, 2013.

The case is still pending and most questions asked by residents receives the same answer: The Township cannot comment on pending litigation.

On May 22, 2014, the attorneys for Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and RD Realty met in Morris County Superior Court to discuss case management before New Jersey Superior Court Judge Thomas Weisenbeck (Docket # L-3026-13). Both parties told the judge that they had been unable to agree on a settlement of the lawsuit.

“This is a disgruntled developer,” said John Inglesino, Parsippany’s Township Attorney, looking over at Robert Kasuba, the attorney from the Bisgaier Hoff law firm representing RD Realty, “who didn’t get their way.”

Most shocking, was when the Judge finally got RD Realty’s attorney to confirm that the lawsuit is, in fact, based on legal arguments that have no basis in existing law or judicial decisions.

The point here is: the RD Realty lawsuit is as weak as it is obnoxious! It has no support in the legal case law or statutory precedent. Given its inherent weaknesses, Parsippany stands an excellent chance of having the case dismissed on the merits once it files its motion for summary judgment.

This leaves the open question as to why not just buy all 26.6 acres using Open Space Funds?

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The original project would have included a 40,000-square-foot supermarket, likely Whole Foods, and a 137,000-square-foot “big box” department store (originally rumored to be Target). For the residential portion of the project, the developer is seeking to build a neighborhood of townhouses—first 72 units, but then reduced to 65. The ordinance would have allowed the construction of parking lots for more than 1,100 cars and increase the amount of allowable impermeable surface from 45 percent (what the current POD zoning allows) to 75 percent.

 

Veteran’s Benefits Workshop was a successful event

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The Veteran’s Benefits Workshop was held on Tuesday, July 2 at Parsippany Rescue and Recovery, 100 Centerton Road and was hosted by Township of Parsippany, Parsippany Veterans Council and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.

Vendors supplied information relating to Veteran’s Benefits and services. Veterans, family, caregivers and members of the community attended. The program addressed Veterans resources and assisted with the application process to apply for benefits.

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Frank Quadrino, Manager, US Department of Veterans Affairs VA New Jersey Health Care System and Anthony Toole, “Respect The Vet” were two of the vendors at the event
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Vet Assist Program
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Veterans enjoying the food
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Veterans networking with New Jersey Health Care Representatives
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A light buffet was served during the event.

Does Barberio think he has a degree?

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Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio has attended many high school graduations.  At two recent graduations, Parsippany High School on Thursday, June 19 at 9:30 a.m. and Parsippany Hills High School, also on Thursday, June 19, at 6:00 p.m., he was proudly wearing a gown and academic hood like most dignitaries.

Academic Degree colors are utilized in the velvet trim of an Academic Hood. The satin lining of a hood is respective to the academic institution attended.

degreemeaningAcademic dress and graduation date back to the 12th century at the formation of early Universities in Europe . The role of these early Universities was to authenticate degrees. Universities documented which scholars had enrolled, or matriculated, for study under licensed masters and established standards to mark the various levels of a student’s progress (graduation) toward the next degree.

In determining patterns for gowns and hoods as well as appropriate degree color assignments for various subjects of study, Herff Jones and Collegiate Apparel utilize the academic codes set by the Intercollegiate Commission.

Strangely enough, Barberio was proudly wearing different “academic hoods” at both graduations. Did he obtain two different distinct degrees in the past year that we weren’t aware of?

According to parsippany.net, prior to becoming Mayor, he attended Montclair State University and spent 18 years in the financial field in the private sector.  Note: There is no mention of any degree obtained, nor any mention of graduating.

We emailed the Mayor and his confidential aide requesting comment: “What do the colors of the red, yellow and white represent on the hood?  And is red and white the colors of Montclair State?  Both emails went unanswered.

According to Herff and Jones the colors of degrees are:

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Based on the above chart and a search of Montclair State University, the red and white are the colors of a graduate of Montclair State University. The lemon lining in the academic hood indicates a degree in Library Science. Based on the information on parsippany.net, he didn’t graduate with a degree in Library Science, and he didn’t even graduate Montclair State University, he just attended.

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The back of Mayor James Barberio showing the colors of his academic hood during Parsippany High School graduation held on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Mayor James Barberio on the field of Parsippany High School during graduation ceremonies on June 19, 2014. This photo shows him walking on the field bearing the lemon academic hood, which indicates he has a degree in Library Science.
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Mayor James Barberio entering Parsippany Hills High School field during the 2014 Graduation Ceremonies.

Later in the evening on June 19 he attended the Parsippany Hills High School graduation, wearing a totally different academic hood.  This time the academic hood is a light blue, indicating he graduated with an Education Degree.

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Mayor James Barberio entering the field of Parsippany Hills High School Graduation, Class of 2013. Parsippany Focus File photo.

Parsippany Focus checked our photo archives from the Parsippany Hills High School Graduation, Class of 2013 and found this photo. Mayor James Barberio wasn’t wearing any academic hood indicating he did not graduate from any college or university, and certainly doesn’t have a degree.  According to parsippany.net this is correct.

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Mayor James Barberio entering the field of Parsippany High School, Class of 2013. Parsippany Focus file photo.

Parsippany Focus checked our photo archives from the Parsippany High School Graduation, Class of 2013 and found this photo. Mayor James Barberio wasn’t wearing any academic hood indicating he did not graduate from any college or university. According to parsippany.net this is correct.

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Mayor James Barberio entering the field of Parsippany Hills High School, Class of 2012. Parsippany Focus file photo.

Parsippany Focus checked our photo archives from the Parsippany Hills High School Graduation, Class of 2012 and found this photo. Mayor James Barberio wasn’t wearing any academic hood indicating he did not graduate from any college or university. According to parsippany.net this is correct.

Jeanmarie Dunn-Kane, a Parsippany Focus reader said “As someone with a BA, two graduate degrees and a JD, I am a bit bothered by someone who did not earn a degree wearing the hood of someone who has. Those hoods represent a lot of hard work, and the honor of wearing one should be taken seriously.”

We reached out to Board of Education members by email and most declined comment. We did get a comment from one former member, but asked to remain anonymous. They said “What kind of message are we teaching our youngsters when the Mayor of our Township lies about his education?”

What is your opinion?

Assembly votes to pass home fire sprinkler legislation

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fire-sprinkler-systemThe New Jersey Assembly voted to pass bill A1698, which  would require the installation of fire sprinkler systems in newly constructed one and two-family homes in the state of New Jersey. The bill, passed on June 26, 2014 otherwise known as the “New Home Fire Safety Act,” was passed by a vote of 46-31 with one abstention.

“The New Home Fire Safety Act” aims to reduce the lives and property lost by fire each year in New Jersey. According to estimates from the United States Fire Administration, New Jersey has lost 43 residents to fire already in 2014. This figure does not account for those who have been seriously injured and those who have lost their homes and all of their belongings to the ravages of fire.

Identical bills to “The New Home Fire Safety Act” passed the New Jersey Senate and Assembly last session before being pocket vetoed by Governor Christie due to inaction. After receiving full bipartisan support in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee in March, 2014 with a 6-0 vote for, and passing the Assembly early in the session, the bill is garnering the support of the New Jersey Legislature.

“The New Jersey Assembly has heard the arguments for and against the installation of fire sprinkler systems in newly constructed homes and have overwhelmingly supported the effort to ensure that new homes meet the minimum life safety code to keep resident safe from fire,” said David Kurasz, Executive Director of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board. “We continue to gain support for this important life safety issue as residents and legislators become fully educated on the benefits and true cost of residential fire sprinkler systems. We are optimistic that this bill will be passed through the Senate quickly enough to ensure that Governor Christie will be required to make a decision on this important public safety issue.

For more information on residential fire sprinkler legislation or to learn more about how to protect yourself and loved ones from the dangers of fire and the life saving benefits of residential fire sprinklers visit www.njfsab.org.

About NJFSAB:

The New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NJFSAB) is a cooperative partnership advocating installation and proper care of fire sprinkler systems as a highly effective means of helping save lives and property.  Headquartered in North Brunswick, N.J., the Board is comprised of local leaders, contractors, businesses and unionized personnel representing fire sprinkler construction, production, distribution and installation. Visit www.njfsab.org.

 

Can you help send a needy child to camp?

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give-a-kid-the-y-1The summer camp season is underway at the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA and many campers would not be attending without the help of GIVE A KID THE Y.

This annual financial assistance campaign provides funds for families who cannot afford, among other Y programs, the full cost of camp – that’s what makes the Y unlike any other day camp.

There’s still time to help a needy kid come to camp and the Y is still short of their $165,000 goal but you can make it happen with a donation of any amount. Summertime for kids should be filled with wonderful and unforgettable fun experiences. Please help make a difference for a less fortunate family.

To donate online, click here or send a check made out to LHYMCA and mail to Lakeland Hills Y, 100 Fanny Road, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey 07046.

You may also make a donation via credit card at the Y’s front desk. For more information, contact Beverly Cooper at (973) 334-2820.

 

Register now for Share the Care 5K run/walk

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share_care_logoMark your calendar and register today! On Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. Central Park of Morris County will be filled with participants of all ages for the 7th Annual Share the Care Run/Walk to benefit the goals of Morris Habitat for Humanity.  RPI Design Build, LLC, a local builder in Morris County and located in Morris Plains, the town known as “The Community of Caring”, will again be hosting this very popular event.

Helping to build affordable housing in the area is more vital than ever and Morris Habitat is committed to helping give families and individuals a hand up to home ownership.  The Share the Care Run/Walk offers a great way to lend a hand in the effort.  Register early to be part of the housing shortage solution, in a healthy and fun way.  After the event there will be a special “Fun Run” for children, too!

Early registration is available until August 9. Registration fees are $25.00 for the 5K and $15.00 for the Kids Fun Run. After that date and at the day of the race fees are $30.00 for the 5K and $20.00 for the Fun Run. All net proceeds go directly to Morris Habitat for Humanity. Come on your own, with your family, or form a team at work, your church, or in your neighborhood!

Refreshments, food, entertainment and t-shirts will be provided to all pre-registered participants.  Children participating in the Fun Run will also receive a medal.  Prizes will be awarded to the top female and male adults overall and by age groups. To encourage healthy lifestyles in our children, a cash prize will be awarded to the school with the most participants.

For further information/registration visit: www.morrishabitat.org or call the Morris Habitat office at (973) 891-1934.

To learn more about Morris Habitat and their current and planned projects, please go to www.MorrisHabitat.org or contact Kathy Ritchey (973) 891-1934 ext.122, kathy.ritchey@morrishabitat.org.

About Morris Habitat for Humanity

Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles by building homes, communities and hope. Morris Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions.  Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 280 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. Morris Habitat has set a goal of 9 housing starts for 2014, with 19 homes under construction at 7 different sites during the year. In addition, proceeds from the ReStore, which opened May 2007, have built 11 homes and diverted almost 4,000 tons of useable material out of landfills.   Morris Habitat for Humanity’s offices and ReStore are located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph.  ReStore hours are: Tuesday 12;00 Noon to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.  to 5 p.m.

For more information about Morris Habitat call (973) 891-1934  or visit www.MorrisHabitat.org.  To learn about the ReStore call (973) 366-3358  or go to www.morrishabitat.org.

Parsippany girls heading to states

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The Champs!

The Par-Troy East Little League Senior All-Star League won the New Jersey District and Section Title on Tuesday, July 1. The girls will be headed to the state tournament being played in Elmer, New Jersey starting on July 18.  They head to Elmer on July 17 for a BBQ and the tournaments start on Friday, July 18 through Monday, July 21.  It’s a double elimination tournament. The winners move on to the Regions.

They played Dover/Wharton Little League and won 10-6.

The team consists of all 13 and 14 year olds and one 15 year old.  The players include Luisa Barone (10), Meg Letiner (00), Aliva Mercuro (13), Caitlin Brennan (11), Elizabeth Quigley (75), Nicole Ruggiero (4), Alyssa Feola (26), Julz DelViscio (1), Savannah Cerrato (9), Isabel Tello (22), Claudia Bennett (15). Team manager is Rich Leitner, with coaches Vince DelViscio and Dermot Brennan.

Click here for a complete photo gallery of the game.

 

 

10th Annual Lawyers for Kids 5K run next week

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lawyersforkids5kThe Morris County Bar Foundation is getting ready for it’s 10th Annual Lawyers for Kids 5K run, two mile walk, and kids’ gallop to be held on Thursday, July 10 at the Ginty Field Complex in Morris Township at 7:00 p.m. Registration available at www.oymp.net or call (908) 902-8537.

The event is sponsored by the Morris County Bar Foundation – the charitable arm of the Morris County Bar Association – and raises funds for the Court Appointed Special Advocate program (CASA). CASA is a not-for-profit organization whose volunteers work with the courts and focus on the needs of children who have been victims of neglect, abuse or abandonment. CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties has served over 3500 children, and over 300 in this past year.

Last year the race saw over 450 runners, walkers, and kids who came out to participate. The Hon. Thomas L Weisenbeck was the official starter. The race was followed by a sundown Winners’ Award Ceremony during which medals were presented to the winning runners, walkers and participants in the kids’ gallop. William Krais, a Past President of the Morris County Bar Association and Morris County Bar Foundation and current Trustee, expressed gratitude to the legion of corporate and individual sponsors who contributed to the financial campaign and who supported the event and contributed to the success of the fundraiser.

Each year in Morris County more than 400 children who are victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect were removed from their homes and placed in foster care, group homes or residential treatment facilities. CASA volunteers work on behalf of these children to be their champion, provide them with a voice in court and to serve as a positive, consistent, caring adult role model. CASA volunteers “speak up” for these children in the court and child welfare systems, making sure they are safe and well-cared for, are getting the services they need, and are placed in a permanent, safe, nurturing home as quickly as possible.

The Morris County Bar Foundation is a nonprofit corporation administered by a Board of Trustees comprised of local attorneys and members of the Morris County community. The mission of the Foundation is to foster an increased awareness and knowledge of the law and legal system, to serve as a resource for law related education, and to provide opportunities for attorneys to serve the public through the Foundation’s programs and pro-bono activities.

Lake Parsippany was packed; Temperatures almost 100 degrees

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Lake Parsippany, Hoffman Beach
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Area residents playing Volleyball in Lake Parsippany to keep cool from the hot temperatures

Area residents are keeping cool at Hoffman Beach in Lake Parsippany. The temperatures almost reached 100 degrees on Tuesday. Hoffman Beach offers broad sandy strip for sunning and relaxation, a large protected swim area, two lifeguard stations, restrooms, snacks and ice cream and ample free parking for members. Swim lessons run by a certified Red Cross instructor are offered in July. Swimming is permitted only while lifeguards are on duty. For more information on Lake Parsippany, click here.

Membership in the Association is not limited to Lake Parsippany Property Owners. Renters and residents from outside of the Lake Parsippany area are also welcome to join. The Association is a non-profit organization.

The Lake Parsippany Property Owners Association oversees the maintenance, management and operation of the lake throughout the year. The membership preserves this beautiful natural resource through its fees and through active volunteer participation in the community.

Beaches offer sunning and relaxation, large protected swim area, lifeguard stations, restrooms, snacks & ice cream and ample free parking for members. Swimming lessons are available in July.

Boating offers numerous activities on our breezy lake including sailboating, canoeing, rowboats, windsurfing, paddle boats and dragon boats. Sailing lessons are available.

Fishing is a popular activity since the lake is stocked with several hundred trout along with other fish ready to be reeled in.

Sports activities form friendships during softball, volleyball, swim team, horseshoes, table tennis, golf and bowling events.

Clubs are common interest groups which also support lake upkeep. Clubs include sailing club, fishing club, ladies club, book club, moms club, mens club.

Committees enhance the benefits offered by membership in the LPPOA. Our membership form has a complete listing.

Entertainment Committee meets regularly to plan holiday parties, children’s parties, nostalgia night, annual open house events, etc.

Maintenance Committee recruits volunteers from the general membership to help with the upkeep of the lake, the beaches and the grounds around the lake.

Security Committee patrols the lake to guard against intruders and checks for membership badges and offer applications to non-members.

Prosecutor announces staff promotions

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Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announced the promotions of several Assistant Prosecutors and Investigative Personnel.  The promotees were sworn in by the Honorable Thomas L. Weisenbeck, A.J.S.C.  The promotions are in furtherance of Prosecutor Knapp’s reorganization and restructuring of the Agency.  The promotions shall continue to increase the effectiveness of the individual units involved as well as the entire Prosecutor’s Office.

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Samantha DeNegri

In announcing the promotions, Prosecutor Knapp stated, “Each of the individuals being promoted today has served this Office with distinction. Their dedication and service to the people of Morris County has been exemplary and I am honored to serve with them.”

The following personnel were either promoted effective today or had earlier promotions ceremonially recognized today.

  • Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri to Supervising Assistant Prosecutor of the Juvenile Unit. Supervising Assistant Prosecutor DeNegri was promoted on May 27, 2014.
  • Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Troiano to Supervising Assistant Prosecutor of the Major Crimes Unit. Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Troiano was promoted on April 1, 2014.
  • Lieutenant Stephen Wilson to Captain, who will command the Tactical Division.
  • Sergeant Charles Brady to Lieutenant, who will command the General Investigation Unit.
  • Sergeant V. Harrison Dillard to Lieutenant, who will command the Special Operations Division.
  • Detective/Supervisor Joseph Costello to Sergeant, who will supervise the Special Operations Division.
  • Detective/Supervisor Evelyn Tasoulas to Sergeant, who will supervise the General Investigations Unit.
  • Detective Kristi Allegretta to Detective/Supervisor in the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.
  • Detective Anne-Marie Truppo to Detective/Supervisor in the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.
  • Agent Mary Zaromatidis to Detective in the Megan’s Law Unit.
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Lieutenant Harrison Dillard

The ceremony also honored recent retiree Captain Daniel DeGroot and recognized Support Staff member Ellie Long’s forty-five years of service. Captain DeGroot had been in the Office for twenty-three years in a variety of positions.

He retired as Captain of the Special Operations Division.

Ellie Long has served under nine Prosecutors, including Prosecutor Knapp, since she began working for the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 1968.  Both of the individuals’ tireless efforts on behalf of the citizens of Morris County have contributed to the overall success of the Office.

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

Pinnacle Foods Announces Termination of Merger Agreement with Hillshire Brands

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Pinnacle Foods is located at 399 Jefferson Road.

Pinnacle Foods Inc. announced that it has exercised its right to terminate the merger agreement between the Company and The Hillshire Brands Company announced on May 12, 2014.

Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, Pinnacle is entitled to receive a cash payment from Hillshire Brands of $163 million as a result of this termination. Pinnacle indicated that one-time fees and expenses associated with the merger agreement, including external advisors and employee incentives, are expected to total approximately $25 million.

Given the Company’s sizable net operating loss carry-forwards (NOLs), Pinnacle expects to pay minimal cash taxes on the payment from Hillshire. The Company plans to use the net cash proceeds to reduce debt and, as a result, expects net interest expense for the year to fall slightly below the $100 million previously disclosed. The interest savings are expected to be reinvested in the business in 2014.

On a pro forma adjusted basis, which excludes the merger-related payment, fees and expenses and other items affecting comparability, the Company reaffirmed its guidance for diluted EPS for 2014 in the range of $1.70 to $1.75.

Commenting on the announcement, Pinnacle Foods Chief Executive Officer Bob Gamgort stated, “We’re excited to continue delivering long-term value for our shareholders through our strategy of Reinvigorating Iconic Brands. We continue to manage well through the difficult industry and category environment that we have discussed previously. The termination payment provides us with increased optionality in executing our strategy.”

Prakash A. Melwani, Blackstone Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Private Equity, added, “We believe strongly in the Pinnacle management team and have confidence in the Company’s value creation opportunity for all shareholders. The unsolicited offer from Hillshire was one that our Board could not ignore, in part because the large equity component provided potential significant upside beyond the quoted offer price. We continue to believe that Pinnacle has the brands, business model and leadership talent to outperform in the industry on a stand-alone basis.”

Pinnacle Foods is located at 399 Jefferson Road. Pinnacle moved its headquarters from Mountain Lakes to Parsippany in 2011.  – See more at: http://www.parsippanyfocus.com/hillshire/#sthash.hZBj2hC8.dpuf

YMCA provides free swim clinics for summer teams

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Matt Elko and Sean McCrudden

Long time swim coaches at the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA, Matt Elko, left, and Sean McCrudden, right, are available to do a free instructional hour (choose from: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, or starts/turns) geared toward the 12/unders for your summer swim team.

The Lakeland Hills Y is a USA Swimming Bronze Medal Team and has swimmers ranging from beginner 8/under, to Junior National Champions and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.

Both Matt and Sean grew up on the LHY team and collectively, they have coached for over 16 years! For more information and to set up a free clinic at your summer team pool or lake, email: matt@lhyswim.com

 

Smith Road bridge to close for construction

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The bridge on Smith Road near St. Ann’s Church will be under construction for repairs for approximately 60 days.

On or about Monday. July 7 a bridge on Smith Road near St Ann’s Church will be closed for approximately 60 days for construction. Please plan an alternate route. The picture above shows the location of the bridge.

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The sign on Smith Road altering motorist of the road closure for construction.

Fire alarm at Holiday Inn; guests evacuated

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An alarm was activated at 11:48 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 707 Route 46 East, on Monday, June 30. It was caused by the power going to an old HVAC unit with a bad motor. The guests at the hotel were evacuated and remained outside for about an hour.

The alarm was deactivated and the electric supply was disconnected. Earlier in the day, an alarm was activated on very high carbon monoxide levels and the hotel guests and employees were evacuated at that time. Fire Prevention is investigating.

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Hotel guests at Holiday Inn were evacuated at 11:48 p.m. due to the fire alarm being activated
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Hotel guests were outside waiting to re-enter the hotel.
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Guests were scattered outside waiting for the word to go back inside.
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Firemen leaving the hotel announcing all clear to the guests who were waiting over an hour outside.

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Freeholders Develop E-Newletter for Officials

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Thomas J. Mastrangelo, Freeholder Director

The Morris County Board of Freeholders has developed an e-newsletter for local, state and federal elected and appointed officials.

Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo said the e-newsletter, Freeholder Focus, is another example of the freeholder board’s enhancing the transparency of Morris County government.

“Our e-newsletter is one way we can let our municipal officials know how their county government operates,” Mastrangelo said. “It is important that they understand how we, the freeholders, establish priorities and make decisions.”

While the bi-monthly Freeholder Focus is aimed at officials, it is also available to anyone online by clicking here.

Mastrangelo also invites anyone interested in keeping up with county government news to sign up for Morris County Connections, the freeholder e-newsletter for the general public.

Morris County Connections is a fast and easy way for anyone to stay up to date about county government programs and freeholder actions,” Mastrangelo said.

“All anyone has to do is sign up, and county government news will be delivered right to his or her in-box.”

Registering for Morris County Connections can be accomplished by clicking here and following the prompts under the E-News tab.

Mastrangelo noted the freeholders are also actively using social media to help county residents stay connected to the county government.
FacebookTwitterYouTube and other social sites provide tremendous opportunities for Morris County government to share news about programs, services, meetings, events and other timely information with our citizens,” Mastrangelo said.

Direct links to these sites, as well as to Scribd, an online document library, and Flickr, an online photo gallery, are accessible on the county government website, MorrisCountyNJ.gov, by simply clicking the social site’s icon at the top of the page.

“We’re using as many channels as possible to provide information about Morris County government programs and freeholder actions,” Mastrangelo said.

Hollister Construction Promotes Solano, Hires Essase

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Thomas Essase

Hollister Construction Services has promoted Vincent Solano to Vice President of Pre-construction and hired Thomas Essase as a Senior Project Manager.

With more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Solano joined Hollister in 2009 as chief estimator. In his new role, he leads the pre-construction and estimating team, providing guidance regarding design intent, scheduling, budget, value engineering, materials and more.

Previously, Solano worked with Eastman Construction Company, Carson and Roberts Site Construction and The Holder Group.

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Vincent Solano

Easse joins Hollister with more than 26 years of project management experience in the construction industry.

He has managed all aspects of multi-million dollar commercial construction projects, including healthcare, retail, public and private office building, warehouses, historical renovations and tenant fit-outs.

Prior to joining Hollister, Easse worked as a director of construction management at Picatinny Arsenal.

For more information about Hollister Construction Services, please contact Kris Kagel of JCPR at (973) 850-7312 or kkagel@jcprinc.com.

Hollister Construction Services is a full-service commercial real estate construction manager specializing in corporate, educational, healthcare, industrial, retail, and residential construction, with offices at 339 Jefferson Road, Parsippany and New York, New York. Distinguished by the exceptional involvement of its principals in projects of all sizes, Hollister is committed to building sound relationships and structures in the New Jersey and New York markets.

Hollister works through its own independent philanthropic organization, The Hollister Foundation, to further its community outreach activities. The Foundation’s mission is to raise and distribute funds for organizations that foster children’s advancement through education and health initiatives.

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