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Parsippany Embraces Economic Evolution: New Warehouse to Replace Vacant Office Space

The entry to Three Century Drive - The Planning Board approved to replaace the vacant office building with a new modern warehouse

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board’s unanimous approval for the construction of a warehouse, replacing the current three-story, Class B vacant office space of 68,000 square feet, reflects a significant shift in the area’s land use and economic priorities. This decision comes after the building has remained vacant for approximately four years, indicating challenges in attracting new office tenants or the changing nature of workspaces, possibly influenced by trends such as remote work.

S/K 3 Century Associates, LLC., received approval to construct a 64,800-square-foot warehouse at Three Century Drive, to replace a vacant office building constructed in 1974.

The application by S/K 3 Century Associates, LLC., for approval to construct a 64,800-square-foot warehouse, along with parking and related site improvements, on a five-acre lot where a vacant office building from 1974 currently stands. This move signifies a strategic pivot towards accommodating the logistics and distribution sector, which has seen burgeoning growth due to the rise in e-commerce and changing consumer habits.

The project’s approval signifies that it aligns with local zoning laws and planning regulations, which have been adapted to encourage industrial or mixed-use developments in response to changing economic landscapes.

The total valuation of this property stands at $5,815,200.00, with the land itself being valued at $3,006,000.00 and the additional improvements on the property coming in at $2,809,200.00. Annually, it generates $189,866.28 in property taxes.

The location of Three Century Drive off Sylvan Way, Parsippany

Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company Fundraiser: A Heartfelt Thank You

Frank DeRienzo – President (right) with members of Planet Fitness, one of the sponsors of the Annual Fish and Chips

PARSIPPANY — The Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company (Parsippany District Two) extends heartfelt thanks for the incredible support and participation in their annual fish and chips fundraiser. This year, they were overjoyed to deliver 340 meals, offering both upstairs dining and takeout, all made possible by the community’s generosity.

The Rainbow Lakes Fire Department was overjoyed to deliver 340 meals, offering both upstairs dining and takeout, all made possible by the community’s generosity.

Gratitude goes out to every member who contributed their time and effort, ensuring meals were served and the takeout process ran smoothly. Their dedication significantly contributed to the success of the event.

Special acknowledgment is given to the event sponsors – BCB Bank, New Jersey Roofing, Planet Fitness, and Shelly DeMartino from Caldwell Banker Realty. Their invaluable support was crucial in bringing the event to life and ensuring its outstanding success.

For those inspired by the event and interested in getting involved with the fire company, they warmly invite individuals to drop by the firehouse on nearly any Monday evening. They’re keen to explore how new members can join their mission and become part of the community of volunteers.

Receiving positive feedback from attendees like Jocelyn Cornine, who called the event “Fabulous, as usual” and praised the amazing food and top-notch takeout service, and Mike Gatzke, who remarked on the deliciousness of the meal, fills the company with pride and fuels their commitment to serving the community.

The Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company extends its gratitude once again to everyone who played a part in the success of the fundraiser. Their generosity and active involvement are the backbone of the strong and resilient community. They eagerly anticipate continued support and hope to see everyone next year, or perhaps even sooner, should they decide to join on a Monday evening.

Dunn Pushes To Certify Sober Living Homes, Operators Following State Report

Assemblywoman Aura Dunn

MORRIS COUNTY — Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s legislation creating a process to certify sober living homes and owners would protect patients in recovery and support a state agency’s recommendations following its report on widespread misconduct in New Jersey’s addiction rehabilitation industry.

“By certifying sober living homes and operators, New Jersey could hold them accountable for meeting industry best practices that prioritize the needs of patients recovering from drug addiction,” Dunn (R-Morris) said. “It would also provide peace of mind to the residents and their families that they are receiving the quality care they deserve in a drug-free environment.”

The state’s Commission of Investigation released a report last week describing misconduct and unethical practices among New Jersey’s drug rehabilitation facilities. Bolstering the regulation of the state’s sober living homes was among the commission’s recommendations to address the findings of overdoses and illicit drugs in homes, and an untold number of unlicensed operations subjecting unwitting patients to harm. The commission also suggested enacting legislation to crack down on deceptive marketing practices.

Dunn’s bill (A3230) requires the Department of Community Affairs to select a credentialing entity to conduct a voluntary annual certification program for sober living homes and recovery residence administrators or owners. The certification program would include criminal background checks for recovery administrators and employees, onsite and unannounced inspections of homes, and regular monitoring. Homes and administrators that falsely claim to be certified would be subject to a fine.

“There are recovery programs that are taking advantage of desperate families who are struggling to find resources to help their loved ones in the throes of addiction. My legislation would make it clear which programs are operating ethically and legally and direct families to legitimate sober living residences in New Jersey,” Dunn explained.

Certified sober living homes and their contact information would be published on a website. The Department of Community Affairs would direct health care practitioners and addiction treatment providers to the website and require them to only refer patients to a certified recovery residence or one that is owned by a licensed or certified treatment provider.

“New Jersey’s sober living homes should be a haven and beacon of hope for people in recovery, but the state is lacking safeguards and not fully enforcing the laws that do exist. Exposing vulnerable people suffering from addiction to additional harm will not only interfere with their recovery, it could cost them their lives. I want to showcase shining examples of places that are getting sober living right so we can connect people to the most effective help,” Dunn said.

Parsippany Implements “Report-A-Concern” Module Through GovPilot

Parsippany-Troy Hills Town Hall is located at 1001 Parsippany Boulevard

PARSIPPANY — The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills has implemented additional government management software solutions into their municipal offices for 2024 to automate processes, digitally manage data, and engage citizens via the cloud with GovPilot – the Operating System for Local Governments.

In collaboration with GovPilot, a government management software provider based in New Jersey, this municipality of Morris County, expanded a partnership that will allow the local government to access new, modern, software solutions across the municipality.

Government officials from Parsippany-Troy Hills are collaborating with GovPilot to give citizens a direct line of communication with the municipality regarding ways the community can be improved and issues can be addressed using the Report-A-Concern Module.

The municipality’s residents can officially use Report-A-Concern to submit complaints online using the Parsippany-Troy Hills Report-A-Concern Form on the township’s website or via the GovAlert mobile app which is available on the App Store and Google Play. The municipal government officially deployed the feature to its government website with the support of the GovPilot onboarding team.

Commonly reported complaints include code violations and infrastructure issues such as potholes. When a concern is reported via the app or government official, it is forwarded to officials in the relevant department to be documented and addressed.

Mayor James R. Barberio was quoted saying, “I and the employees of Parsippany-Troy Hills have always strived to make ourselves as responsive and accessible to our residents as possible, and to that end, I believe this new, stream-lined GovPilot system will improve how concerns move from the residents to our employees. I think this will provide a quicker resolution and a clear indication to the residents of how that resolution was achieved. We will continue to adapt our procedures as needed to better serve the residents of Parsippany.”

All additional software solutions deployed by Parsippany-Troy Hills in 2024 will continue to simplify and digitize once manual, paper-based government processes, allowing for government workers to dedicate their valuable time to more pressing municipal tasks, and saving constituents the hassle of traveling to city hall in person.

Professional Physical Therapy Shines at Staples Small Business Networking Event


PARSIPPANY — Professional Physical Therapy made a notable appearance at the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) event, “Staples Small Business Networking.” This initiative allows PACC members to set up a promotional table at Staples, offering a unique opportunity to interact with customers and showcase their services. 

Pictured is Staples General Manager Nicholas Scarpetis, Meera Bajaj, who serves as the Clinical Director at Professional Physical Therapy, and Frank Cahill, an Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Renowned as the premier provider of physical, occupational, and hand therapy services in the Northeast, Professional Physical Therapy stands out for its commitment to exceptional care. With a dedicated team that values patient-centered approaches, the organization has been delivering outstanding services for over two decades. Its focus on continuous clinical education and development ensures the highest standard of care for all patients.

Owned and operated by physical therapists, the company excels in creating personalized treatment plans tailored to the specific needs of each patient, reflecting their dedication to individual care and rehabilitation success.

For further details about Professional Physical Therapy and its services, please reach out to Meera at (973) 577-7850.

Interested parties in the Staples Small Business Networking can contact Frank Cahill at (973) 402-6400 for more information.

Reprinted from Parsippany Focus Magazine, March 2024. Click here to read the magazine.

Sweet Success: Chick-fil-A’s Fundraising Event Delivers Big Impact for Homeless Solutions

Stephanie Cicale, Chief Development Officer Homeless Solutions; Drew Blind, Owner at Chick-fil-A Morris Plains; and Dan McGuire, CEO, Homeless Solutions

MORRIS PLAINS — The “Cookies for a Cause” initiative orchestrated by Chick-fil-A turned out to be a remarkable triumph. Drew Blind, the owner of Chick-fil-A Morris Plains, proudly handed over a check totaling nearly $3,000 to Dan McGuire, CEO of Homeless Solutions, and Stephanie Cicale, Chief Development Officer.

Kicking off on Saturday, February 3, and running through February 17, the campaign allocated a portion of the proceeds from every cookie sold towards supporting Homeless Solutions. This organization dedicates itself to offering shelter, services, and supportive housing to individuals facing hardships within our Morris County community.

Reflecting on the endeavor, Drew Blind remarked, “Our team excelled, selling over four times our usual amount of cookies, all for such a worthy cause.”

How to Budget for Your Clothing Brand Startup?


Starting a clothing brand startup can be an exhilarating journey. It also demands meticulous planning and wise financial management. In this article, we will delve into some advice on allocating your budget for a clothing brand startup. From establishing objectives to monitoring expenditures and prioritizing investments, developing a well-thought-out budget will pave the way for your business’s success.

Establishing Financial Objectives

Before delving into the details of your clothing brand startup budget, it is imperative to define financial goals. What are your long-term aspirations? Are you aiming for expansion or gradual progress? By setting goals about starting a clothing brand, you can devise a budget that aligns with your vision for the company.

Begin by estimating the quarterly revenue you anticipate generating. This estimation will serve as a guide when making decisions about expenses and investments. It is also crucial to have contingency plans in place in case circumstances deviate from expectations.

Expense Tracking

One of the elements in budgeting for your clothing brand startup is diligently tracking expenses.

When starting your business, you’ll encounter expenses along the way. These may include costs for sourcing materials, manufacturing, marketing campaigns, and website development.

To begin, it’s important to create categories that classify types of expenses such as production, marketing, operations, and overhead costs. This will ensure that all expenses are accounted for and make analysis easier in the future.

To effectively track your expenses, consider using budgeting software or apps that allow you to input and monitor all expenditures easily. Regularly reviewing these records will offer insights into spending patterns over time.

Prioritizing Investments

In any startup for a clothing brand, there are investments that require attention. It’s crucial to prioritize these investments based on their returns for growth. For example:

1. Product Development: Allocate funds towards developing high-quality products while considering factors like design aesthetics, quality, and manufacturing costs. This investment will establish the foundation of your brand.

2. Marketing Strategy: Building brand awareness and attracting customers is essential, so allocate your marketing budget accordingly. Consider investing in social media campaigns, collaborating with influencers, and targeted advertising to reach your intended audience.

3. User-Friendliness: Building a user-friendly store is crucial in today’s digital world. It’s important to allocate funds towards creating or improving your e-commerce website to ensure an enjoyable shopping experience for customers.

4. Inventory Management: Accurate inventory management is key to minimizing waste and maintaining operations. Investing in an inventory management system can automate tasks like tracking stock levels and managing orders, ensuring everything runs smoothly.

5. Project Management: Enhance your efficiency while minimizing costs by investing in tools or processes that streamline your operations. This could involve implementing project management software or utilizing data analytics to make decisions.

Contingency Planning

In addition to calculating expenses and prioritizing investments, it’s essential to set aside an emergency fund for certain situations. Startups often face uncertainties like production delays, sudden shifts in market demand, or external factors beyond their control. By allocating a portion of your budget for contingencies, you’ll have peace of mind during times.

Moreover, closely monitoring expenses will help identify areas where cost-cutting measures may be necessary without compromising on quality or customer satisfaction.

Being Adaptable with Your Budget

When starting a clothing brand, it’s important to be prepared for changes that are bound to happen. As your business grows and adjusts to market demands and trends, it’s crucial to review and make adjustments in your budget.

Having a budget allows you to reallocate resources from profitable endeavors toward those that yield higher returns on investment (ROI). This ensures growth for your clothing brand startup.


By following these suggestions, you can effectively manage the budget for your clothing brand startup. Remember to establish goals diligently, track expenses, prioritize essential investment plans for unexpected events, and maintain flexibility in your budget as your business evolves. Proper budget management not only helps you stay on top of matters but also lays the groundwork for long-term success.

A3Digital Media: Pioneering Digital Solutions with a Passionate Approach

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at A3Digital Media’s new offices on 90 East Halsey Road, featuring executives Anthony Santangelo (CCO), Steven Sardini (CFO), Matthew O’Leary (CEO), along with local dignitaries including Parsippany Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, Mayor James Barberio, and Councilmen Justin Musella, Matt McGrath, and Parsippany Economic Development member Raj Dichpally.

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Barberio inaugurated A3Digital Media’s presence in Parsippany with a vibrant ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, February 10th, exclaiming, “Another great day in Parsippany!” Pleased with the arrival of the innovative venture, he commended the trio—Matt O’Leary, Steven Sardini, and Anthony Santangelo—who graduated from Parsippany High School in 2022. With their diverse talents and unwavering determination, Mayor Barberio expressed confidence in their success, wishing them well on their new journey.

Steven Sardini, Matt O’Leary, and Anthony Santangelo sat huddled together in their sleek new office space at 90 East Halsey Road, their minds buzzing with excitement and anticipation.

Parsippany Economic Development Chairman, Frank Cahill, bestowed A3Digital Media with a welcoming plaque during the ceremony. Highlighting the founders’ origins from Parsippany High School’s Class of 2022, Cahill emphasized the company’s specialization in crafting digital media solutions that transcend geographical boundaries. With a focus on meticulous customer identification and a fervent dedication to generating leads, A3Digital Media’s services extend beyond Parsippany, encompassing regions such as New Jersey, New York City, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. By shouldering the complexities of customer acquisition, the company ensures its clients a steady stream of potential customers, positioning A3Digital Media as an indispensable asset in their journey toward success.

The celebration was joined by Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella and Matt McGraft; Parsippany Board of Education members Allison Cogan and Michelle Shappell; Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso, Board Member Ildiko Peluso and Parsippany Economic Development member Raj Dichpally.

“We do professional videography/photography, video editing, graphic design, content creation, social media management, and lead generation,” said Matthew O’Leary.

Steven Sardini, Anthony Santangelo, and Matthew O’Leary address the attendees with a heartfelt speech during the event.

Lead generation is our most sought-after and unique service. Many businesses stray away from digital marketing because they often fail to see tangible results. They ask “What do likes, views, traffic, and awareness do for my business?” That’s why they push lead generation but their lead generation is unique. They generate the leads through social media then they nurture the leads through their in-house built CRM by asking them questions that qualify them as a potential customer. Then A3Digital Media takes it a step further by getting potential customers on the phone and live-transfer them straight to the customer or their sales team. This eliminates the struggle and frustration of chasing down bad-quality leads.

A3Digital Media is located at 90 East Halsey Road, Parsippany.

A3Digital Media is located at 90 East Halsey Road, Parsippany. They can be reached by calling (888) 857-7609. Click here to view the website.

Easter Bunny To Visit Parsippany Town Hall

Councilman Frank Neglia and Mayor James Bsrberio visit the Easter Bunny

PARSIPPANY — The bunny will visit the Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Building from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon on Saturday, March 16 for photos and handing out treats to children.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Building is located at 1001 Parsippany Boulevard.

Morris County Residents: Shape the Future of Education by Joining the CCM Board of Trustees

County College of Morris

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County residents interested in serving on the County College of Morris (CCM) Board of Trustees are invited to send their resumes to a special trustee search committee of the Morris County Board of County Commissioners.

Resumes for the one vacant trustee seat must be received by April 1, 2024. The CCM Trustee Search Committee will review all the applications and then submit recommendations to the Morris County Board of County Commissioners, who will make the appointment. 

Morris County is seeking to fill the vacancy of a four-year unexpired term, which term shall begin immediately upon appointment and end on October 31, 2027.

To qualify for consideration by the search committee, a candidate must be a resident of Morris County for at least four years and may not currently hold elected office in Morris County or be an employee of Morris County government or CCM.              

Applicants must be able to demonstrate independent judgment, distinction in their profession, knowledge of higher education, involvement in their community and a firm commitment to serving the college. A candidate must be willing to commit at least 20-30 hours a month to his or her duties as a college trustee to be considered for appointment.

Duties of trustees include appointing, supporting, and evaluating the college president; clarifying and, if necessary, revising the college’s mission statement, ratifying long term plans, approving the college’s educational program, ensuring fiscal viability, and maintaining the college’s physical plant.

Requirements: The CCM Trustee Search Committee requests each applicant submit a resume and a background statement outlining why he or she wishes to serve as a trustee and what specific skills the applicant would bring to the board.

Applicants must send one copy of their resume and a brief background statement to the Office of the Morris County Counsel, County of Morris, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, N.J. 07963-0900.

The CCM Board of Trustees is composed of eleven Morris County residents from business, education, law, and other professional fields, who volunteer their services in four-year terms. 

By statute, eight members are appointed by the Morris County Board of County Commissioners, and two members are appointed by the Governor. The Morris County Superintendent of Schools is also a member of the Board by statute. One non-voting CCM graduate member is elected for a one-year term by each year’s graduating class. In addition, the CCM President serves as an ex-officio member.

The Board of Trustees sets policy and has final authority over budgets and expenditures, and the President is responsible for internal administrative operations.

For more information on CCM click here.

New Taste Sensation Hits Parsippany: Asado Argentine Grill Opens its Doors

Mayor Barberio presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Asado Argentine Grill on Saturday, February 17th.

PARSIPPANY — Mayor Barberio presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Asado Argentine Grill on Saturday, February 17th. Accompanied by owner Humberto Juarez and his wife Karen, as well as Council members Matt McGrath, Frank Neglia, and Justin Musella, along with Frank Cahill, Chairman of Parsippany Economic Development, and Nicolas Limanov, Board Member of Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor expressed his excitement for the addition of a new culinary experience in Parsippany.

Asado will offer a fusion of favorites from Tino’s Portuguese BBQ and Humberto’s homeland of Argentina. “I’m delighted to welcome Humberto and Karen to Parsippany,” stated the Mayor. “I’m confident Asado will swiftly become a beloved community spot.” Chairman Frank Cahill, representing the Parsippany Economic Development Committee, presented Humberto with a plaque extending a warm welcome to the establishment.

“Welcome to Asado, where we bring the heart and soul of Argentina to your plate in Parnila. Our culinary paradise offers a unique concept: the beloved flavors of Tino’s BBQ, prepared by various recipe specialists. Our chef at Asado brings his own mastery to traditional Argentine dishes. What will you choose for your meal? Whether it’s empanadas, grilled steaks, BBQ chicken, or seafood paella, among other delicious options, we’re confident you’ll enjoy it. As our team suggests, please continue to support local businesses in our town whenever possible,” said Humberto Juarez.

Asado Argentine Grill is situated at 229 Littleton Road, Parsippany.

Frank Cahill, Chairman of Parsippany Economic Development presented Humberto Juarez with a plaque welcoming Asado to Parsippany.
It’s Official! Mayor Barberio Leads Ribbon-Cutting for Asado Argentine Grill on February 17th

American Pickers to Film in New Jersey

The American Pickers plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series in April 2024.

MORRIS COUNTY — The American Pickers are excited to return to New Jersey! They plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series throughout your area in April 2024.

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on The History Channel. The hit show follows skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find historically significant or rare items, in addition to unforgettable Characters and their collections.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, the Pickers are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, they want to meet characters with amazing stories and fun items. They hope to give historically significant objects a new lease on life while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way. The Pickers have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

The American Pickers TV Show is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a unique item, story to tell, and is ready to sell…we would love to hear from you! Please note, that the Pickers DO NOT pick stores, flea markets, malls, auction businesses, museums, or anything open to the public. If interested, please send us your name, phone number, location, and description of the collection with photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call (646) 493-2184.

The American Pickers plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series in April 2024.

All You Need to Know About Compensation in Nursing Home Abuse Claims

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If you’ve been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it can be daunting to take legal action. Many steps must be taken to ensure justice is served, but perhaps the most important one involves seeking compensation. The amount of possible financial restitution varies depending on factors like the severity of the injury and how much wrong was done to you; however, familiarizing yourself with what to expect is an essential part of taking care of yourself in such a stressful situation. In this blog post, we’ll break down all aspects concerning compensation for nursing home abuse claims so that if zeroing in on financial gain is your main priority, you’ll know exactly where to turn next and have accurate expectations from start to finish.

What is Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect are serious issues facing the elderly today. Unfortunately, it is estimated that over 10% of nursing home residents are victims of some form of abuse. Abuse can be both physical and emotional, including hitting and verbal threats. In addition to physical abuse, neglect can take forms like inadequate healthcare or nutrition, unsanitary living environments, being left alone for extended periods of time, or even exploitation for financial purposes. It’s important to recognize these troubling behaviors as signs of mistreatment, so family members and caretakers remain vigilant and can intervene quickly to protect vulnerable loved ones from any harm that may come to them.

Understanding Compensatory Damages and Reimbursement Claims

Compensatory damages and reimbursement claims are financial compensation offered to those who have suffered severe harm or injury due to another entity’s negligence. Nursing home falls resulting in serious injuries, like broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are considered liable losses that could lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth in compensation. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to someone else’s carelessness, be sure to understand more about compensatory damages and reimbursement claims so that they can pursue their legal rights and receive the justice they deserve.

Identifying Qualifying Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Identifying victims of nursing home abuse and neglect can be daunting, particularly when their diminished mental or physical state makes it difficult for them to report the wrongdoing. It is crucial for family members and friends of patients in nursing homes to remain vigilant and observe behavior that could indicate abuse or neglect. Such behaviors could include avoidance of eye contact with staff, frequent changes in attitude towards the facility, unexplained absences from activities, sudden weight loss/gain, depression, anxiety, or other emotional expressions of discomfort. In addition, any bruising or other physical injuries should prompt further inquiry into the patient’s well-being. Early detection of potential issues can help ensure that vulnerable nursing home residents are properly cared for and protected from harm.

Statute of Limitations on Filing a Claim for Compensation in a Nursing Home Abuse Case

Survivors of nursing home abuse may take comfort in knowing that the statute of limitations to bring a compensation claim is typically generous. Depending on the state and jurisdiction, they may have as many as two years or up to four years or more in some cases. Generally speaking; however, serious injuries – such as those due to acts of willful misconduct are usually subject to shorter filing periods and could require filing a claim within one year. Knowing when the statutes of limitation run out is key for survivors attempting to sue for compensation for their losses. It’s important to review applicable federal and state laws in order to determine the time limit since the statute of limitations can vary from case to case. With diligent scholarship on behalf of survivors, an experienced attorney can ensure that no potential compensation window is overlooked.

Proving Negligence and Liability in Nursing Home Abuse Cases

Proving negligence and liability in nursing home abuse cases is a complex process. Often, witnesses are few, as elderly victims can become disoriented or afraid to speak up for fear of retribution. In some states, the legal system requires that multiple sources of evidence and testimony must be provided to win a case. This can prove challenging when covering up and intimidation tactics are used against victims, making it hard to find and trust other individuals willing to testify. Fortunately, due to the rise in awareness of the severe nature of nursing home abuse, governments have begun imposing strict regulations on these facilities with stiff penalties for those found guilty. With an experienced attorney and thorough examination of records, including financial statements and hiring practices, survivors and their families may finally be able to bring justice against those responsible.

Calculating the Amount of Compensation You Can Receive for Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

When it comes to calculating the amount of compensation you can receive for nursing home abuse or neglect, there are a few factors that you need to take into account. The severity of the abuse or neglect is one of the first things that need to be assessed, along with any medical expenses you incurred. It’s also helpful to examine whether the abuse or neglect caused long-term physical or emotional suffering. Furthermore, looking into state and federal laws concerning residents’ rights in nursing homes can help determine if punitive damages are available for compensatory rewards. Ultimately, getting legal representation from an experienced attorney in this area can help you get all appropriate legal compensation for your suffering and loss.

Concluding Thoughts

Taking the necessary steps to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect is critical in providing safe and quality care for those most vulnerable. By understanding the specifics of a nursing home abuse and neglect case, victims can seek compensation to cover their damages. Awareness of the types of damages that can be covered and who qualifies as a victim is essential in making informed decisions on filing claims. Proving negligence and liability are vital components when calculating compensation. Finally, it’s important to note that claims must be filed within specific deadlines or statutes of limitations in order to be considered valid. Researching any potential for abuse or neglect before committing to a facility, or even having someone frequently stay with your loved one if admitted into one, will provide optimal protection from such atrocities. It’s our social responsibility to ensure that those who require close watch receive competent care so they can live safe and happy lives.

Cushman & Wakefield Drives Leasing Success at 99 & 119 Cherry Hill Road

The 99 & 119 Cherry Hill Road complex is located in Parsippany, NJ. The two-building office park features a landscaped exterior and common courtyard overlooking a reflective pond, a full-service cafeteria, conference centers, and direct access to major highways.

PARSIPPANY — Cushman & Wakefield oversees leasing activities surpassing 50,000 square feet at 99 & 119 Cherry Hill Road.

Acting on behalf of landlord The Birch Group, William O’Keefe and Courtney Rosenkrantz facilitated seven transactions. Notable deals include lease renewals for Business Credentialing Services and Westguard Insurance Group, an expansion for H2M, and new leases for Monte Nido, Royal Coachman, American Day CD Centers, and Newbridge Services. Enhancements to the property, managed by AMI Management, include updates to the lobby, common areas, conference room, and outdoor courtyard as part of a comprehensive capital improvement program.

With 190,000 square feet of space, amenities such as a pond, on-site property management, ample parking, and plug-and-play suite availability are featured at 99 & 119 Cherry Hill Road.

Parsippany Resident Arrested on Various Charges During Denville Traffic Stop

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MORRIS COUNTY — Denville Police reported that on February 24, an officer stopped a vehicle due to a moving violation. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Dionnie Barnes, 26, Parsippany-Troy Hills, who was charged with possession of psilocybin mushrooms, DUI, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain lane, possession of narcotics in a motor vehicle, and possession of an alcohol container.

Additionally, a passenger identified as Tatiana Pearson, 26, from Rockway, was apprehended for possessing an active Denville Municipal Court ATS warrant.

Both Barnes and Pearson were subsequently released pending their court appearances.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Video: Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council Meeting – February 20, 2024

Councilman Justin Musella, Council Vice President Frank Neglia, Councilwoman Judy Hernandez, Council President Paul Carifi, Jr., and Councilman Matt McGrath

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council met on Tuesday, February 20th, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will occur in the Council Chambers at 1001 Parsippany Boulevard within the Parsippany Municipal Building.

Formal action may or may not be taken.

Any individual who is a qualified disabled person under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request auxiliary aids such as a sign interpreter or a tape recorder to be used for the meeting. Auxiliary aids must be requested at least 72 hours before the meeting date. Please call (973) 263-4351 to request an auxiliary aid.

Click here for a copy of the agenda.

Click here for the 2024 calendar.

Mayor James Barberio
Council President Paul Carifi, Jr.
Council Vice President Frank Neglia
Councilman Justin Musella
Councilman Matt McGrath
Councilwoman Judy Hernandez


Letter to the Editor: Urgent Questions Arise on Parsippany’s Active Shooter Preparedness


Dear Editor:

In 2023 there were more than 630 mass shooting events across the United States with an average of more than two mass shooting events a day. After many, if not most of those tragedies, residents said that they never thought that such a horrible event would happen in their hometown and they wondered if their elected officials and police departments had done all that they could have done to prevent and prepare for an “active shooter” event.

Recently, the Department of Justice released its Critical Incident Review of the Response to the Mass Shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas in which 19 children and 2 teachers died. The Review identifies generally accepted practices for effective law enforcement responses and should be required reading for all elected officials and police department leaders.

With that said, Parsippany residents (and the thousands of out-of-town people who work in Parsippany daily) must know if both Parsippany Police Director and Mayor James Barberio and Parsippany Police Chief Richard Pantina have read the Critical Incident Review and what if any, conclusions they have drawn about  Parsippany’s preparedness to respond to an “active shooter” event.

Among the multitude of questions the Police Director/Mayor and Police Chief need to address are the following:

How frequently are police officers provided with “active shooter” training and is the training delivered by listening to lectures via passive online training or by conducting active tactical drills?

How many hours of rifle training is required at the range and does that rifle course include simulating how to neutralize a shooter while on the move towards that shooter?

Have officers been trained on supervisory responses if they arrive at the scene before superior officers arrive so that no time is lost directing the required response to an active shooter?   

Does the Parsippany Police Department have the required number of rifles and protective ballistic equipment it needs to ensure the safety of its officers?  

Are the Police Department’s radios up to date and are police officers trained on how to merge radio channels between responding law enforcement agencies to ensure effective communication? 

Last summer at a Council meeting and in subsequent follow-up communications, Mayor/Police Director Barberio and Police Chief Pantina were provided with information about cost-free training provided by the United States Secret Service (National Threat Assessment Center), FBI, and other federal agencies. What was the result of their outreach to those resources?

Which of these is Parsippany’s current active shooter command and control response strategy and have Parsippany police officers been trained and equipped to implement the strategy: (1) Individual officers rapidly respond to an event and then wait for 3-5 other officers to form a team before engaging the shooter (2) A team of police officers respond, set up a periphery and then wait for SWAT to arrive and engage the shooter (3) First arriving officers immediately advance and engage the shooter.

I am writing this letter at this time because, over the next number of weeks, the Mayor and Council (led by retired Police Officer Paul Carifi) will be finalizing Parsippany’s budget. During that review and approval process, Mayor Barberio and the Council will be responsible for determining if the Parsippany Police Department has sufficient funds to fulfill all of its responsibilities including its response to a potential “active shooter” event. Failure on the Mayor’s and Council’s part to do so would be unforgivable

Bob Crawford

New Jersey Law Enforcement Backs “Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine” Event for Special Needs Community

Parsippany – Troy Hills Police Officers, Fire & EMS First Responders, along with the State Police and other Emergency Services personnel attended the Night to Shine at Liquid Church

PARSIPPANY — The New Jersey State Police, alongside Public Safety Telecommunications, the Parsippany Police Department, and the Parsippany Firefighters and Volunteer Ambulance squads, actively participated in the “Night to Shine” event held on Thursday, February 8th, and Friday, February 9th, as part of an initiative by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Liquid Church in Parsippany hosted the event to honor individuals with special needs.

The “Night to Shine” event was held on Thursday, February 8th, and Friday, February 9th, as part of an initiative by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Approximately 700 guests attended the event over the two days. First responders lined the red carpet, offering enthusiastic cheers as attendees arrived. The first responders even escorted some guests down the red carpet, creating touching moments and contributing to a memorable evening.

“Night to Shine” provided a distinctive Prom-like experience for many vulnerable citizens of New Jersey, offering them the opportunity to enjoy a night of celebration and recognition in a supportive environment. The event highlighted the community’s dedication to inclusivity and acknowledgment of individuals with special needs, ensuring they experienced a truly unforgettable evening.

Guest Inspects Dove Used by Magician in Trick”

Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine” is an annual event the Tim Tebow Foundation organized that celebrates individuals with special needs. This special evening provides a prom-like experience for guests, offering them a chance to feel valued, celebrated, and loved. With the support of volunteers, donors, and community partners, “Night to Shine” events take place across the globe, creating unforgettable memories for thousands of individuals each year. Through this initiative, Tim Tebow and his foundation aim to spread joy, foster inclusion, and showcase God’s love for all people, regardless of their abilities.

High School Coordinator Kimberly Suchy was giving out glow sticks to the guests
Local resident Ralph Weber was with his guest at Night to Shine
Pastor Keon Carpenter watching the magic show with his guest

Rockaway Borough Police Arrest Lake Hiawatha Woman for DUI After Traffic Stop

File Photo

PARSIPPANY — On February 12, 2024, while on patrol, Rockaway Borough Police officers pulled over a vehicle on Route 46 due to careless driving.

Subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of G. Morris, a 51-year-old female from Lake Hiawatha. The defendant was charged with DUI and several additional motor vehicle offenses.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Parsippany High School Robotics Team “Redbots” Advances to N.J. State Competition

Redbots qualifying for state competition and receiving "Connect Award". Aarjun Bodade (President/Captain), Bryan Cali, Jivitesh Duddu, Abigail Thurkauf, Saumya Chavan, Shrujana Praveen, Stevani Gross, Riya Jain, Aadi Jain, Ayanna Kujur, Mrs. Effner (Coach)

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany High School FTC (First Tech Challenge) team “Redbots” is celebrating a significant achievement after securing a spot in the state-level competition following their stellar performance at the regional event on Saturday, February 17. The team efforts led the Redbots to tremendous success this season after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds to secure a semi-finalist captain position.

Team President/Captain Aarjun Bodade with the “Connect Award”

The Redbots’ victory was fueled by strategic planning during matches, where the robot excelled at complex skills like self-lifting to hang, delivering pixels, and creating mosaics to score extra points. However, the FTC competition isn’t only about robot performance. The team has spearheaded numerous community outreach initiatives, including mentoring a local FIRST Lego League team, the Hubotics. This collective passion for STEM and robotics earned them the prestigious Connect Award at regionals.

With ongoing dedication from the experienced leadership and skilled team members, there is no limit to what the Parsippany Redbots can achieve at the upcoming state competition and in the future. By qualifying for states for the fifth year in a row, the Redbots have firmly established themselves as a leading First Tech Challenge (FTC) team. The Redbots have found success in competition through excellent robot building and programming. Additionally, the team makes a community impact by inspiring young students to pursue science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields. The Redbots’ combination of competitive excellence and education outreach starts with strategic guidance from team leaders and is executed seamlessly. The Redbots thank their coaches and mentors for their constant support and advice.

Redbots at the robot competition

Full Roster of Redbots 12116 Team:

Aarjun Bodade ’25 (President/Captain)
Bryan Cali ‘25 (Lead CAD)
Jivitesh Duddu ‘25 (Lead Programming)
Chester Braun ’26 (Lead Build)
Abigail Thurkauf ’24 (Lead Communication)
Saumya Chavan ’24 (Lead Outreach)
Shrujana Praveen ‘26
Ehab Elzain ‘24
Stevani Grosso ‘24
Riya Jain ‘26
Aadi Jain ‘27
Ayanna Kujur ‘27
Revant MS ‘26

Coaches / Mentors: Mrs. Effner, Mrs. Graceffo, Jaswant Duggu.

Reprinted from ParsippanyFocus Magazine, March 2024. Click here to view the magazine.

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