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Focus Business Profile: ZogSports is the best game in town

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zogsportsBusiness name: ZogSports New Jersey

Owner:  Robert Herzog

Business Address: 19 W. 36th Street, New York, New York 10018

Type of Business: Charity-oriented co-ed, social, adult sports leagues

Hours of Operation:  Our office is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but we offer leagues that run weeknights as well as on weekends.

Phone: (201) 5005-ZOG or (201) 500-5964

Website: http://www.zogsports.com/nj
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZogSportsNJ

Founding/Opening Date:  Spring 2002

Q: How long did it take to go from idea to opening your business?  Less than a year.

Q: Why did you start your business locally?  ZogSports started in Manhattan as a way of bringing people together to have fun.  It was so successful that people in the surrounding areas were asking me to expand into Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey.  As more and more people learned about what we do the love spread and we are now in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco!

 Q: What do you find the most rewarding about what you do? Bringing people together and giving back to the charities they are playing for.  There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a blossoming friendship or relationship that I helped create.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge you face in your business today?  Definitely getting the word out about what we do to locally based companies.  To date we have relied on word of mouth to help spread the word, but while that works great for getting your friends to play, it hasn’t translated to the corporate work place just yet.  The companies that are playing with us currently have mentioned that they have seen a boost to office moral and that there are no longer barriers between divisions that existed in the past.

Q: When people think of your business, what sets you apart from others? Through ZogSportsNJ’s athletic, social and social action opportunities, we encourage Young Professionals to maintain perspective and a more balanced lifestyle by having fun while also giving something back to the community.  While there are other sports leagues out there, nobody is able to combine a great game experience with a great post game happy hour like we have been able to… plus 10% goes to charity!

Q: What name brands do you offer: We offer football, soccer, volleyball, softball, bowling, kickball, dodgeball and more.  You name the sport we play it.

 Q: Where would you like your business to be in five years?   Continuing to bring people together and giving back to the community in new locations throughout New Jersey.  In 5 years, we plan on being down the shore, Morristown, New Brunswick and all the way down to Philly and southern NJ.

 Q: What local organizations do you belong to? We are a member of the SSIA – Sport & Social Industry Association

 Q: Who is your competition? Our biggest competition is living in such a busy area with so much to do.  Living in northern NJ our participants have so many ways to spend their time.  For the young professionals who play in our leagues we recognize that they live busy lives and want to make it as easy as possible for them to get together with their existing friends and meet new ones.

PACC hosts Affordable Care Seminar

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The Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Employment Outreach Program continues to assist the public in employment outreach.

An inspiring program for business owners called ‘Obamacare is here to stay. What is the Bottom Line Impact on You and Your Company?’ – A Workshop for individuals and companies was held on Monday, December 9. PACC offered a panel of experts on Obamacare to answer questions and explain what you need to consider moving into 2014.

The program  composed of short visual presentations explaining health care reform in simple easy-to-understand terms. It was followed up  with a 4-person panel to explain it and answer your questions in an open Q&A format.

Pictured above are Glenn Tippy, GBW Insurance, Al Scepkowski, First National Administrators, Eileen Shrem, and Neil Cooper, Career Coach NJ the panel of experts that answered questions from the audience.

The program was a highly interactive and your participation was  encouraged. “Employees are one of our most valuable assets in every organization. We recognize this fundamental concept and promote the Parsippany Area’s talented workforce though the Chamber’s Employment Outreach Program. Educated and skilled employees drive the economic success of our community in addition to retaining, expanding, and attracting businesses to create opportunities in the Parsippany Area. We encourage you to join the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce because with your support, we will continue to create success stories!” stated Chamber President Robert J. Peluso.

Gourmet Cooking in the Wild: White Pizza

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Gourmet Cooking in the Wild: White Pizza

Shop Amazon.com and support Family Promise

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familypromiseFamily Promise Morris County has a Wish List – common household items that homeless families & single women regularly need, but cannot afford. Supporters can now make tax-deductible in-kind donations of these necessities by using Amazon.com! Here’s how:

1. Once you login to Amazon.com, click the arrow to the right of “Wish List” in the upper right corner of the screen
2. Click “Find a Wish List or Registry”
3. In the box that says, “Type a person’s name or email address,” type “Family Promise of Morris County”
4. Once our Wish List appears on your screen, add items to your cart that you wish to donate
5. As you checkout, PLEASE include your full name & mailing address, in the gift message section of your order, so we can properly thank you! Family Promise of Morris County will mail a thank you letter that you can use for tax reporting purposes.

Or you can use this direct link by clicking here.

On behalf of the homeless families & single women Family Promise of Morris County serves, THANK YOU!

St. Andrew Lutheran Church 24th Annual Live Nativity

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st.andrewJoin St. Andrew this Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., after a 15-minute reading of the Nativity story during which actors make the story come to life.

Guests are invited to wander amid the scenes of Bethlehem and enjoy contemplative Christmas music before enjoying some refreshments.

The church’s worship space will also be decorated for Advent and Christmas and is available for prayer or quiet contemplation.

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is located  at 335 Reynolds Avenue.  You can visit their website by clicking here.

Relay for Life seeks volunteers

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relay-for-lifeThe American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to help plan the upcoming Relay for Life of Central Morris County which will take place on May 31 and June 1 at Smith Field. From organizing teams, to entertainment planning, to fundraising, there are many different ways to get involved and help make this cancer’s last century.

As the world’s largest grassroots fundraising program, the Relay for Life movement mobilizes friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, service organizations, and faith based groups in communities throughout the country, to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide everyone an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

To join the Relay for Life of Central Morris County as a volunteer, team captain, or participant, and to learn more about the program please join us on January 15 (snow date January 16) for a dessert reception at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road. The kick off event will teach you about relay and also honor cancer survivors so come out and join the fun.

Please RSVP by January 5, 2014 to brandie.engelberger@cancer.org or call (973) 285-8029.

Parsippany’s June Van Thoen and Wayne Walters are Christmas singers in Morris Choral

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morrischoralThe 85-voice Morris Choral Society kicks off its Concert Season with the tenth Holiday Spectacular at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum on Friday, December 13 with a second performance on Sunday, December 15. Under the direction of Wayne Walters, the chorus will perform “Christmas: Broadway to Hollywood,” featuring show-stoppers and holiday favorites from Broadway Musicals and Movies.

Guest artists for the popular program include The Christmas Singers, best known for their regular appearances at Morristown’s Music at Noon concert series.The Christmas Singers are led by Parsippany resident June Van Thoen and include Wayne Walters also of Parsippany, Patricia Ruggles of Florham Park and Robert Long of Madison.

Express Male, a sextet of tenors, baritones and basses drawn from the chorus, will offer their own selection of stage and screen holiday numbers and will join the ensemble for a rousing rendition of Fredrick Silver’s The Twelve Days After Christmas. The members of the group are John Collins of Raritan, Bud Leppard of Morristown, Chip Wood of Basking Ridge, Wayne Walters of Parsippany, Rob Walters of Long Valley and Nicholas Schumacher of Randolph. Convent Station’s Ken Rapp will be the piano accompanist.

“The chorus looks forward to this annual holiday celebration,” said Mr. Walters. “In addition to traditional tunes such as Jingle Bell Rock and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, we will perform Professor Peter Schickle’s composition O Little Town of Hackensack and other lighthearted fare. We also will invite the audience to join in the much-loved sing-along.”

The Morris Choral Society has been a mainstay in North Jersey for more than 40 years and has performed alongside many famous musicians including jazz legend Dave Brubeck and beloved singer Judy Collins. The award-winning chorus has been recognized by Morris Arts as an Outstanding Arts Organization and founder and music director Wayne Walters has received the prestigious Outstanding Professional in the Arts Award. In addition to performing for enthusiastic audiences in New Jersey, the chorus has toured England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

These performances have been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Secretary of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Holiday Spectacular will take place at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Place in Morristown on Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m.Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for seniors and $15.00 for children under 18. Tickets are available at the Bickford Theatre box office, (973) 971-3706. For more information, call (973) 998-7239 or visit www.morrischoralsociety.org.

NAI Hanson Announces Lease at 181 East Halsey Road

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181-East-Halsey-RoadNAI James E. Hanson, a leading New Jersey-based commercial real estate firm, announced the signing of two long-term leases at 181 East Halsey Road. Spaces of 28,300 square feet and 20,200 square feet were leased in the 69,365-square-foot facility.

NAI Hanson Managing Director Scott K. Perkins, SIOR, represented the landlord, Jofra Realty. Next Gen IV, LLC, a distributor of Paul Mitchell products, leased the 28,300-square-foot space.

As part of an expansion from its other Parsippany location on Pomeroy Road, Zimmer Trabecular Metal Technology Inc. leased the 20,200-square-foot space.

“Next Gen is relocating from Union County and chose this facility because it wanted more of a park-like atmosphere for its employees,” Perkins said. “The building has a superb location with easy access to interstates 280, 287 and 80, providing an easy commute no matter where employees live throughout the state.”

The building underwent recent renovations including the addition of new epoxy flooring and energy efficient lighting. The facility has ample parking with one parking spot for every 1,000 square feet of space.

Sheraton Client Appreciation and Holiday Party was a success

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sheratonpajamaParsippany Sheraton Client Appreciation and Holiday Party was a huge success. Employees and clients brought pajamas and books which were donated to the Pajama Program.  The Pajama Program provides comfort and love in the way of new pajamas and new books to children-in-need, many waiting and hoping to be adopted.  Snuggling up in new, warm pajamas with their very own book to read gives lonely children a secure and nuturing bedtime environment. Pictured above is  Scott M. Behm,  Director of Sales & Marketing, Parsippany Sheraton Hotel, Doris Newman and Antoinette Van Wyck from the local chapter of Pajama Program, and  John DeHuff, Director of Catering, Parsippany Sheraton Hotel.

Many of these children have been abused or abandoned, and have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in with a story at bedtime. For information on the Pajama Program visit www.pajamaprogram.org.

Pita Grill to hold opening on Saturday, December 14

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Positively Healthy in Morristown!

pitaThe Pita Grill located at 27 South Street in the business district of Morristown is set to have a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 14.

Joining in the celebration will be the mayor of Morristown, Tim Dougherty, along with other dignitaries and the owners. A Pita Grill T-Shirt will be given away to the first 100 customers.

Owned and operated by a partnership group based in New York City and Hoboken, this particular Pita Grill will be the 7th to exist.

The décor inside of the restaurant has a rustic look with its unique imported wood from Vermont giving it a classy appearance. They offer full service as well as takeout and free delivery. The towns which they deliver to are Morristown, Morris Township, Morris Plains, Cedar Knolls, Florham Park, Harding Twp., and any town in the Morris county area for a catering order only. The hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week.

The menu provides a healthier option to dining with all of the items being made fresh daily. All of the selections stem from Mediterranean roots with an American flare. Some of the choices are Paninis, pitas, salads, platters and many dips and spreads.

Everything is a healthier alternative for those whom like to eat delicious meats and more while keeping a balanced diet. You can visit their website here to take a look at their menu.

Obamacare is here to stay; What is the bottom line impact on your company

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Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President, Robert Peluso

The Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Employment Outreach Program continues to assist the public in employment outreach.

An inspiring program for business owners called ‘Obamacare is here to stay. What is the Bottom Line Impact on You and Your Company?’ – A Workshop for individuals and companies will be held on Monday, December 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. We offer a panel of experts on Obamacare to answer questions and explain what you need to consider moving into 2014.

The program will be composed of short visual presentations explaining health care reform in simple easy-to-understand terms. It will follow with a 4-person panel to explain it and answer your questions in an open Q&A format.

Afterwards there will be ample opportunity for 1-on-1 conversation with the experts.

This workshop is presented to a live audience at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in the Chester Room located at 199 Smith Road, Parsippany. Advance registration is required by clicking here and space is limited to 50 registrations.

We will include information on the Exchanges and as well as offering the companies that participate in this event the opportunity to search our resume database of local qualified job seekers. We have quality people available for hire. “What does hiring a new person cost if anything in Obama Care?”

We will close with a networking session for the participants and you will get to meet the panelists.
The program will be highly interactive and your participation is strongly encouraged. “Employees are one of our most valuable assets in every organization. We recognize this fundamental concept and promote the Parsippany Area’s talented workforce though the Chamber’s Employment Outreach Program. Educated and skilled employees drive the economic success of our community in addition to retaining, expanding, and attracting businesses to create opportunities in the Parsippany Area. We encourage you to join the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce because with your support, we will continue to create success stories!” stated Chamber President Robert J. Peluso.

Gourmet Cooking in the Wild: Calzone

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Gourmet Cooking in the Wild: Calzone

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Big Night 2013

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Brooklawn Middle School  holds it’s annual B.I.G Night. This is day 2

Pennacchio Announces Funding for Parsippany School Projects

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Senator Joseph Pennacchio

 

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Senator Joe Pennacchio announced today that $6.2 million in state funding has been approved to support $15.5 million in school construction projects across the 26th District. The funding approved by the Christie Administration will go to support projects in 10 school districts throughout the 26th District.

“This funding will be put to good use making schools across the district a safer and better place for students and teachers alike,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic and Essex). “I thank the Governor for this investment in our students and communities.

These projects will add jobs and go a long way in helping districts meet the needs of all students.”

The funds awarded in the 26th District are part of a total $507.7 million in state funds to help fund the cost of 1,538 individual school construction projects in 331 school districts throughout the state and Parsippany will get $874,579 (state share of cost) for the total project cost of $2,186,448.

The grants represent at least 40 percent of eligible costs for projects and address health and safety issues, student overcrowding and other critical needs. The grants are contingent on local approval of the remaining cost to school districts.

 

Valley National Bank hosts successful PACC event

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valleynationalbreakfastValley National Bank, 320 New Road, was the host of this mornings Holiday Networking Event hosted by the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC).  Members and non-members were able to enjoy a continental breakfast while networking with other members.  Pictured above, Ildiko Peluso, Branch Manage/Assistant Vice President Valley National Bank and Board Member, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce; Julie A. Merill, Director of Community Relations for Care One Morris; Lisa  Montalbano, Business Development Manager Employment Horizons, and Frank Cahill, Executive Board Member of Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and Publisher of Parsippany Focus.  Pictured below  is Patrick Selimo, Chiropractor at Selimo Chiropractic and Jeanmarie Dunn-Kane of Barli and Associates.

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PHS vs. Sussex Tech Football 2013

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PHS takes on Sussex Tech in their homecoming game.

Cut down on Holiday work and get your gifts wrapped while you wait!

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The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills will be wrapping customer purchases at Barnes & Noble, 1940 Route 10, Morris Plains from 9:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7.

Members will “wrap for tips” with the proceeds going to the club’s many community and federation activities.

The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills is a member of the General Federation and New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014.

Parsippany Annual Menorah Lighting

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menorahTownship of Parsippany-Troy Hills and Mayor Jamie Barberio hosted the Lighting of the Menorah in celebration of Hanukkah on Tuesday night and welcomed Rabbi Baumgarten and Rabbi Herson from the Chabad Center of Northwest NJ, Rabbi Shalom Lubin from Congregation Shaya Ahvat Torah, Rabbi Howard Kosovske and Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak from Temple Beth Am and Rabbi Moshe Rudin from Adath Shalom.

Also present were Council President Brian Stanton, Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara, Councilman Jonathan Nelson, Councilman Michael dePierro and Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr.

Video-on-the-go filmed the event.

Driver in crash on Route 280 killed

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A driver was killed after crashing into the back of a tractor-trailer on Route 280, near exit 1W for New Road, Tuesday afternoon, authorities say.

The tractor-trailer was going in the westbound lane of Route 280 in Parsippany when it apparently lost some of its carriage. The driver attempted to pull over when a car traveling behind the truck in the same lane crashed into the trailer.

The driver of the car, Steven Peltz, 51, of Flanders. was killed, authorities say. Police were on the scene investigating, and traffic was backed up over 10 miles during the evening rush.

Big Night 2013: Night 1

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Brooklawn Middle School holds it’s annual B.I.G Night.

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