Friday, April 28, 2017

Trophy Manufacturer to Relocate to Parsippany in Expansion Move

Commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. brokered a 44,000-square-foot headquarters and regional warehouse lease for Freeman Products Worldwide at 71 Walsh Drive, Parsippany. The trophy manufacturer will relocate to Parsippany from Elmwood Park this spring in an expansion move.

Bonni Heller of Cushman & Wakefield’s East Rutherford office represented Freeman Products Worldwide in negotiating the long-term deal. The assignment marked the continuation of a 15-year association in which Heller has brokered several commitments for Freeman Products at satellite locations nationwide. Howard Weinberg and Andrew Houston of Cassidy Turley represented Walsh Drive Associates, which owns 71 Walsh Drive, in the most recent transaction.

With roots dating back to 1921, Freeman Products Worldwide designs, manufactures and markets award and recognition products. It distributes one of the largest lines in its industry throughout the United States and internationally.

“My client’s business continues to grow, and this move accommodates its additional space requirements while providing a desirable image, value and efficiency,” Heller said. “In short, 71 Walsh Drive makes sense. Beyond that, the landlord has been responsive and accommodating in terms of updating the space, and building out executive and administrative offices to suit Freeman Products’ needs.”

Local Designers Win Design Of Excellence Awards

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers presented Awards for Design Excellence in Corporate Design to two Interior Designers of Santiago Design Group of Parsippany at the Bi-Annual Awards Dinner. Suzan Lucas Santiago, ASID, NJCID Principal at Santiago Design Group received the Gold Award for Corporate Design for Prudential Offices, Newark, a Bronze Award of Design Excellence in Recreation, Sports Fitness Facilities for designing the 10,000 square foot of The Athlete Development Institute, Cedar Knolls. Santiago also earned an Award for Design Excellence in the Sustainable Environmental category for renovating the 30,000 square foot offices of Prudential’s Human Resource Group in Newark, and an Award in Design Excellence in Universal Design, for designing Offices that serve the broadest range of people, regardless of levels of ability or mobility, age, gender or physical stature without the need for adaptation or specialized design. A Gold Award has gone to Wendy Cruz-Gonzalez, ASID, an Interior Designer at Santiago Design Group. Wendy was also presented with the Universal Award in the Medium Corporate category for Prudential’s HR Group, Newark. An Environmental Recognition Award was also presented to Wendy Cruz-Gonzalez, ASID for her involvement in the Prudential Project.

Santiago Design Group is an Interior Planning and Design firm, located in Lake Hiawatha. 2012 is the 15th consecutive year these Interior Designers have received Awards for Excellence in Corporate Design from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID NJ) totaling 38 since the Awards’ inception in 1992 for projects in the Tri State area.

Santiago Design Group provides such varied services as: Feasibility Studies, Existing Facility Surveys, Programming & Space Planning, and Interior Design. Areas of expertise are Corporate Headquarters, Law Offices, Healthcare, Retail and Hospitality projects.

The Design of Excellence Awards were presented by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. ASID is the oldest and largest professional association for Interior Designers. Headquartered in Washington, DC. ASID provides more than 31,500 members with ongoing support, education and resources.

Paul Carifi, Jr. Announces Candidacy For Mayor


carifiParsippany Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., announced he will be running in the June primary for Mayor of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. The announcement was made to a standing room only crowd at Rick’s Bistro and Deli on 2900 Route 10.

Carifi said he chose Rick’s, which recently opened, because he wanted to support “a business that chose Parsippany.”

Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr. was selected in September 2011 by the Republican Committee to fill an unexpired term on the township council, then vacated by Councilman John Fox. Mr. Carifi won the seat permanently in the November 2011 election, for a four year term expiring in December 2015. During this years election, the mayor seat and two council positions will be up for grabs. There was no mention of anyone running as team mates for Council. Mayoral candidates need 50 petition signatures to be eligible to file, and it was a perfect opportunity to solicit people to fill out the petition to allow him to run for office.

Paul has been a resident of Parsippany for 39 years. He is a graduate of the Parsippany School system having attended Eastlake Elementary School, Brooklawn Junior H.S. and Parsippany Hills High School class of 1984.  Paul received a BA from East Stroudsburg University in Sociology / Criminal Justice and is also a graduate of the NJ Chief’s of Police West Point Leadership and Command Program as well as the NJ Certified Public Managers Program.

Paul has over 25 years of law enforcement experience serving the citizens of Morris County. He is a parishioner at St. Christopher’s Church, a member of The Parsippany Republican Committee, The Parsippany Republican Club, and the Sons of Italy. Paul also volunteers his time to many local organizations.


Peluso and Valori Declares Candidacy for Council

peluso1-600x228On a cold afternoon in January in  front of family and friends at Lake Hiawatha Park, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso and retired Parsippany Police Detective Sergeant and Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education member Louis Valori, officially declared their Candidacy for Council of Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Both candidates will appear on the Republican ticket during the June 4 primary.

The candidates chose the location which is located at the intersection of our community that honors our past and those who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom while investing in our children’s future.

Peluso stated “I was here when this park was dedicated and you may note that my running mate and I are standing here in the coldness of winter without a podium, without give-aways, and fanfare, but we stand here today as two responsible community leaders and we are officially declaring our Candidacy for Council.

Responsible Leaders persevere and don’t complain, they are open and transparent, responsible, and yes… have a plan!

Standing with Peluso was his wife, Ildiko, and his father.  Peluso said he grew up in Parsippany with strong family values, where my parents still reside along with my friends.

He graduated from the Parsippany School System, worked in Parsippany while attending Montclair State University where he graduated with honors with a BS in Management.

He continued his education at Fairleigh Dickinson University and graduated second in class with an MBA in Finance while continuing to work in the financial industry for 28 years.

As a leader in our community, Peluso volunteered with numerous organizations, revitalized the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce as President for sixteen years in order to support the businesses, residents, and volunteers in which today has an economic development plan, employment plan, supports recreation teams, and has a mentor program for young adults just to name a few.  He founded the first Parsippany Area Visitor Center after being President of the Skylands Division of Tourism for NJ to celebrate historical and cultural diversity while again supporting community and economic development.

By giving back to our community, I met my best friend and wife, Ildiko, said Peluso.  Ildiko supports Parsippany’s Women Theatre, is a Board Member of the Chamber, and a successful chairwoman of Taste of Parsippany for a number of years.

Robert said “We purchased our home and with our recently born son Robert, we are raising our family right here in our hometown of Parsippany.  Like many people in our community, my family means everything to me.  Parsippany is special to me and my intentions are to continue in “Making a Difference in Parsippany.”

“As a community leader, I am a member of the Greater Parsipany Kiwanis Club, parishioner of St. Perter the Apostle Church where I attended CCD and was married, past Treasurer of the Rotary Club in District 7470, was appointed by three Mayors to the Municipal Alliance Committee to prevent drug and alcohol abuse with our children, Board member of the Morris County Economic Development Corp that works to fill vacant office and industrial space, as well as an Advisory Board Member of the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center, First Night Morris, Homeless Solutions, and Employment Horizons. I have found few things more enjoyable than working with the community and its broad range of businesses, residents and volunteers” continued Peluso.

As a loyal and responsible Republican I have a record of working tirelessly as a campaign manager and successfully put candidates into office, attended council meetings, led concerned neighborhood groups, and supported conservative beliefs. I am running for Council because I care about our township and I care about the opportunities our families have to enjoy a good quality of life.

That which is broken – we need to fix.  That which is good – we need to make better while listening to our community, he said.  That being said, we do happen to face some real challenges, some real threats in our community.  The cost of living is increasing and we are taking home less to cover the expenses that are mandated upon us.  Traffic has been increasing, and floods – one of which I was a victim – are not resolved, and businesses are moving out at an alarming rate.  It’s time to take a long hard look at how local government operates. It’s time to treat our homeowners, our neighbors, and our businesses – as more than just an source of tax revenue.  My fight is your fight for the community.  I want your vote and promise you this “I won’t back down from the tough challenges, I will never go along just to get along, and I’ll fight to make sure that your tax dollars are spent wisely.”

Peluso said he is proud to be running with Valori.  He is a family man who served in our military, a retired Detective Sergeant in our Parsippany Police Department with 25 years of service, and volunteered in our community.  He has a solid education, respect for our community, and is a passionate, responsible leader. Lou is also a Retired Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserves, Military Police with 28 years of distinguished service. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University. Lou and his wife, Ivette have three daughters, Amanda, Jordon and Cameron.

“We are the best choice for Postive Leadership with a plan,” said Valori.

On Thursday, speaking before Morris County Young Republicans in Morristown, Mayor James Barberio said his re-election ticket will include former Planning Board member Milin Shah. On January 14, Paul Carifi, Jr., announced he will be running for Mayor. Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara and Councilman Jonathan Nelson term expires on December 31, 2013, as well as Mayor James Barberio. Filing deadline for candidates is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1.

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