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Volunteers Serve Up Success at Lake Parsippany Firehouse Pancake Breakfast

PARSIPPANY — On Sunday, November 26, the Lake Parsippany Ladies Auxiliary welcomed the community to their Annual Pancake Breakfast held at the Lake Parsippany Fire Department, located at 255 Halsey Road. The event was a delightful gathering that brought together friends and neighbors for a delicious morning feast.

Paul Shannon, the Secretary of the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Department, took charge of the grill during the Annual Pancake Breakfast. With dedication and culinary skill, he expertly prepared the delicious pancakes that were enjoyed by all attendees. Paul’s commitment to serving the community went beyond his role as Secretary, making him an integral part of the successful breakfast event.

Guests were treated to a mouthwatering spread that included homemade pancakes, savory sausage, and more. The offerings extended beyond the breakfast classics, featuring bagels, cream cheese, and butter, as well as coffee, tea, and refreshing orange juice. It was a true culinary delight that left everyone satisfied and fueled for the day ahead.

Emma Sikora, with a heart full of dedication, took on the responsibility of clearing tables at the Lake Parsippany Ladies Auxiliary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast.
The Lake Parsippany Ladies Auxiliary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast received significant support from notable community figures. Mayor James Barberio, alongside Council President Loretta Gragnani, Councilman Frank Neglia, Council Vice President Michael dePierro, and Delores dePierro, joined in to show their support for this community event.

The Lake Parsippany Ladies Auxiliary is a vital part of the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Company, operating as a 501(c)(3) organization with an IRS ruling year of 2019. Donations made to this dedicated group are tax-deductible, further encouraging community support.

Hailey Higgins and Emma Sikora

The roots of the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Company trace back to 1935 when a group of forward-thinking individuals recognized the necessity for fire protection in Fire District #3. This was a challenging undertaking, considering that Lake Parsippany was a burgeoning community experiencing rapid growth. Nevertheless, by early September of that year, the Lake Parsippany Fire Company was formally established.

Mayor James Barberio engaged in a friendly chat with Clearance Ricker during the Lake Parsippany Ladies Auxiliary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast. Their conversation epitomized the sense of camaraderie and community bonding that this event aimed to foster. Mayor Barberio’s presence and interactions added a warm and personal touch to the breakfast, highlighting his commitment to connecting with the residents of Lake Parsippany.

Without hesitation, the members of the newly formed fire department were determined to forge ahead. They pooled their resources to acquire firefighting equipment and established a committee to locate and purchase a fire truck.

Since those early days, the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Company has evolved into a modern fire department, adapting to the changing needs of the community. As Lake Parsippany has grown, both in terms of residential and commercial development, so too has the demand for dedicated volunteers who safeguard the community.

In December 1935, the company acquired its first fire truck from the Livingston Fire Company, and the Morris Plains Fire Association provided fire rings to alert members to a fire. Meetings in the initial days were hosted at the homes of Mr. Peter Yeager of Kingston Road and Mr. Edward Flanagan of Centerton Drive. Subsequently, the Lake Parsippany Property Owners Association Club House became the venue for their gatherings.

The journey continued with the need for a suitable location to house the fire truck. The land was acquired from the New York Daily Mirror, and construction of the firehouse commenced in August 1936. Within just one year of its formation, the Fire Company, through dances, raffles, and the generosity of contributors, had grown into a fully operational fire company.

The Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Department is a close-knit family of both men and women who share a passion for helping others during times of need. They are ordinary people, just like their fellow community members, living, raising their families, working, and playing in the same neighborhood they serve.

For those interested in joining this dedicated community of volunteers, the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Department welcomes inquiries. Potential volunteers can stop by for an application on any Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m., or they can call (973) 887-6157 and leave a message. It’s an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the community while becoming part of a remarkable family of first responders.

The event garnered a significant turnout, with a strong attendance of community members coming together to support and enjoy the Annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Lake Parsippany Ladies Auxiliary.
The Lake Parsippany Ladies Auxiliary provided service with a smile at their Annual Pancake Breakfast. Their warm and welcoming demeanor added to the inviting atmosphere of the event, making attendees feel appreciated and cherished.
The delightful menu at the Lake Parsippany Ladies Auxiliary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast featured mouthwatering pancakes and savory sausage, satisfying the taste buds of all who attended. It was a scrumptious feast that left guests wanting more.
Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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