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Pennacchio Bill to Credit Students for Completing Fire Academy Courses Clears Committee

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s bill that would provide course credits for high school students who become volunteer firefighters was approved by the Senate Education Committee.

MORRIS COUNTY — Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio that would provide course credits for high school students who become volunteer firefighters was approved by the Senate Education Committee.

“New Jersey is suffering from a severe shortage of first responders, and firefighters are no exception,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “By incentivizing high school students to become volunteer firefighters in their municipalities, students can earn credits to meet certain graduation requirements. This legislation provides an innovative solution to reduce New Jersey’s firefighter shortage and promotes educational opportunities for students outside of the classroom.”

Senator Pennacchio’s bill, S-3901, would permit students to be eligible for credits in health, safety, and physical education for successfully completing a course at a county fire academy, provided they meet certain criteria.

To receive credits, a student must be between 16 and 18 years old, must also complete an examination to become a junior firefighter, or equivalent, and must volunteer at their local fire department for a period of two years.

“Firefighting is a skilled profession that is necessary to ensure the safety of our communities,” Pennacchio added. “This bill enables students to receive their education while simultaneously serving as vital public servants.”

Morris County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers Announces 37th Annual Fundraiser

Unity Bank's Senior Vice President Daniel Sharabba presents a check to Morris County Sheriff James Gannon as a donation to Morris County Crimestoppers

MORRIS COUNTY  — The 37th Annual Fundraiser hosted by Morris County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers is scheduled for Monday, December 11.

This event will feature a reception and networking session held at the Birchwood Manor, located at 111 North Jefferson Road in Whippany, running from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Individual tickets are available for $80.00 per person, or you can reserve a table for 10 people at $750.00. It’s important to note that all donations made are tax-deductible.

For additional details or to request tickets, please reach out to Cpl. Bertelli at (973) 631-5480.

The Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers is a non-profit organization operated by a board of commissioners and funded by contributions from the business and private sector.

Board members are dedicated volunteer civilians who donate their time and effort in the fight against crime and share a common goal: they want to make Morris County as safe and secure as possible.

Designed to encourage the citizens of Morris County to assist law enforcement in solving and reducing crimes in our communities, the program provides an easy and anonymous mechanism for concerned citizens to report information relating to criminal activity…and offers cash rewards as an incentive.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Introduces Parking Ban Ordinance for Littleton Road

The ordinance seeks to impose a parking prohibition on both sides of Littleton Road, extending from Route 287 to Parsippany Boulevard.

PARSIPPANY — The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills presented Ordinance 2023:34 for its first reading during the Council meeting held on Tuesday, November 21.

The ordinance seeks to impose a parking prohibition on both sides of Littleton Road, extending from Route 287 to Parsippany Boulevard.

Following a thorough investigation conducted by the Police Department and the Parsippany Engineering Department, it was determined that parking restrictions on both sides of the street should be enforced at all times.

The ordinance is scheduled for a second reading on December 19, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. (prevailing time) or as soon as the agenda permits, at the Municipal Building in the Township. During this session, all interested individuals will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns regarding the proposed Ordinance.

Committee Advances Pennacchio Bill Allowing More Seniors to Qualify for Utility Rate Reductions

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio that would grant municipal authorities greater flexibility to provide rate reductions to qualified senior citizens was approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

MORRIS COUNTY — Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio that would grant municipal and county authorities greater flexibility to provide rate reductions to qualified senior citizens and individuals with disabilities was approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

“Out-of-control inflation and run-away interest rates are hurting families throughout New Jersey, but the threatening fiscal environment is hitting seniors and individuals with disabilities particularly hard,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “These New Jerseyans are desperate for some relief and this legislation is a step in the right direction. By allowing more people to qualify for utility rate discounts, we can help more residents keep their lights on and heat their homes.”

Pennacchio’s bill, S-1899, would increase from $10,000 to $15,000 per year the annual income eligibility limit for certain seniors and individuals with disabilities to receive a reduction or total abatement of the rents, rates, fees, or other charges collected by a local unit or units operating a sewerage facility or a water supply facility, a municipal or county utilities authority, or a municipal or county sewerage authority.

The bill would also require the Commissioner of Community Affairs to consult with the Department of the Treasury in order to adjust the income eligibility limit annually to reflect increases in the consumer price index for all urban consumers in the New York City and Philadelphia areas as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Letter to the Editor: November 21 Council Meeting: Residents Challenge Mayor’s PILOT Policies


To the Editor:

The November 21 Council Meeting pitted a very defensive and willfully ignorant Mayor against an increasingly knowledgeable and vocal group of Parsippany residents who are fed up with him and his self-serving policies.

The November 21 Council Meeting underscored the unwillingness of the Mayor to provide residents with information other than that provided by John Inglesino, the developers’ highly paid attorney, and Mr. Dan Cassese, Parsippany’s Tax Assessor who admitted in his presentation,  much to the Mayor’s discomfort that:  “I don’t do PILOTs”. 

The November 21 Council meeting asked the question as to why the expertise of the  Mayor’s much touted Financial Consultant and the expertise of the lawyer from (the “I know what I don’t know”) Town Attorney, Mr. Michael Lavery’s, firm have not yet been made available to the Council and the public. 

The November 21 Council meeting provided insight from Parsippany residents who have extensive professional experience in commercial and residential real estate and who spoke about how attractive Parsippany is to developers and how unnecessary it is to give developers any incentive to capitalize on all that Parsippany has to offer. Why is the Mayor continuing to disparage Parsippany as a good place to do business?

The November 21 Council meeting provided School Board members with the opportunity to advise the voters that the Mayor had failed to provide them with any information and had deliberately “kept them in the dark” The fact that the Mayor has now suddenly announced his willingness to meet and “negotiate” with the School Board begs the question of what the Mayor will be negotiating about. If the PILOTs are not approved then no issue. If the PILOTs are approved then how is the tax-strapped Mayor going to give up any of the discounted taxes that will be paid to the municipality? By the way, let’s not forget that at the last Council meeting, Councilman Paul Carifi pledged that he would personally guarantee that Parsippany schools, libraries, and fire stations would not suffer any adverse effects if the PILOTs passed muster in the Council.  

The November 21 Council meeting forced Councilman Neglia to finally speak up and move slightly away from his prior blanket and blind support for Mayor Barberio’s residential PILOT programs. Perhaps Mr. Neglia is learning that what is good for Mayor Barberio and his coterie of campaign contributors is not good for Parsippany.

The November 21 Council meeting offered up a process modification recommendation that would be in the best interests of Parsippany residents. Councilman Musella suggested that the PILOT discussion and decision be tabled until the recently elected Council members joined the Council in five weeks providing new and current members with the time required to fully review the pros and cons of PILOTs. Why the Mayor won’t consider that can only suggest that he fears losing his grip on the Council especially with the likely arrival of Ms. Hernandez.  

Finally, the November 21 Council meeting offered Parsippany voters a clear choice between Councilman Justin Musella’s efforts to learn and openly share the truth about PILOTs and Mayor Barberio’s desperate efforts to continue to hide the truth about PILOTs from Parsippany residents.              

Bob Crawford 

GYL Financial Synergies Leases Office Space at 4 Campus Drive

The lobby at 4 Campus Drive

PARSIPPANY — Connecticut-based GYL Financial Synergies is doubling its footprint in Parsippany by moving to a new 6,000-square-foot office located at 4 Campus Drive. They are currently located at 1719 Route 10.

GYL Financial Synergies, an investment advice firm with offices in West Hartford, Westport, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, has signed a lease for its New Jersey operations, more than doubling the company’s presence in the Garden State.
The new 6,000-square-foot office will have two client conference rooms, ten offices, and more collaboration and workspace for staff. According to the corporation, there is also room for the firm to hire more personnel.

“We’re thrilled to have so much more to offer to our highly valued Parsippany clients,” said Gerald Goldberg, CEO and co-founder of GYL Financial Synergies. “With additional room to grow, we’re planning to add new faces to our staff
soon. And we’re excited to meet new clients to continue growing in our community.”

GYL advises high-net-worth individuals, families, institutions, foundations, and endowments on financial planning and investment management in 38 states.

In recent years, notably in 2023, the corporation has been steadily increasing in the Northeast.

In January, GYL announced the acquisition of Financial Partners Capital Management, based in New York City. In April, the company also acquired Pennsylvania-based Hotaling Investment Management.

As of March 31, GYL Financial Synergies, LLC was an independent-registered investment advising business with $5.7 billion in assets under management and $3.7 billion in assets under advisement.

Sherrill Reintroduces Federal Tax Incentive to Bolster Economic Development and Environmental Improvement

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill

PARSIPPANY — Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) and Mike Turner (OH-10) reintroduced the Brownfields Redevelopment Tax Incentive Reauthorization Act. This legislation would allow state and local governments, nonprofits, or developers to fully deduct the cost of environmental remediation of brownfields, and vacant industrial and commercial areas like gas stations that remain undeveloped because of concerns of environmental contamination. 

“Brownfields redevelopment are great opportunity to take abandoned and even environmentally hazardous sites and transform them into new business opportunities and community spaces that provide critical flood mitigation and contamination cleanup. Unfortunately, the high costs associated with redevelopment make it difficult to move projects forward. That’s why I’m introducing this bipartisan bill to offset the cost of revitalizing these sites. These projects will in turn create jobs, expand opportunities for businesses, and increase property values,” said Rep. Sherrill. “We’ve already seen positive results in communities like Bloomfield that have turned a brownfield site into a community park and flood mitigation area. With this tax credit, we will be able to build on that success and create new opportunities  for housing, infrastructure, business, and recreation.”  

“During my tenure as Mayor of Dayton, I identified a brownfield redevelopment project that spurred the construction of what is now the Dragons’ home, and I have proudly worked to repurpose the Miami Valley’s brownfields for development ever since,” said Rep. Turner. “Day Air Ballpark has become a vibrant economic and social anchor in Downtown Dayton, attracting hotels, breweries, and condominiums to the area. Communities nationwide can use the Dayton model to spur private investment, and I am grateful for Congresswoman Sherrill’s partnership in this meaningful effort.”

“This tax incentive is one of the most powerful tools the federal government has to promote brownfield cleanup and development.  It’s available across the country to volunteers with a contaminated site and returns significant capital that developers can invest in their next project.  We urge Congress to support it,” said Lee Ilan, Steering Committee Member, National Brownfields Coalition, Chief of Planning, Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice, City of New York.

“Successful brownfield redevelopment requires addressing the extraordinary cost these sites present to the private market. When in effect previously, the federal Brownfields Tax Incentive helped offset these costs and moved the market to redevelop sites for the benefit of everyone. If enacted again, similar results can be expected– widespread advantages for all parties involved,” said Jim Tischler, Chair, National Brownfields Coalition Policy Committee, Development Director, Michigan Land Bank Authority.

“It will greatly benefit brownfield redevelopment efforts in the Northeast to have the return of this federal tax incentive,” said Linda Shaw, Esq., Knauf Shaw LLP, Policy Committee Member, National Brownfields Coalition

“We are thankful to Rep. Sherrill’s office for reintroducing this vital tax credit for brownfields redevelopment and community revitalization and are eager to see its passage into law,” said Katharine Burgess, Vice President of Land Use and Development at Smart Growth America, which convenes the National Brownfields Coalition. “The tax incentive can accelerate the cleanup of the nation’s contaminated sites and is a powerful tool to support equitable development in areas that have been historically disadvantaged by harmful land uses.”

“The time could not be better for us to come together to push for the passage of the Brownfields Redevelopment Tax Incentive Reauthorization Act to advance brownfield redevelopment projects. The Act embodies our common vision to create safe, healthy and clean neighborhoods where people live and work,” said Jean Hamerman, Executive Director, the Center for Creative Land Recycling.

The Brownfields Tax Incentive was first passed as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. It allowed taxpayers to deduct remediation expenditures for the cleanup of a property if the property was used for trade, business, or producing income. However, following a two-year extension in 2009, the incentive expired on January 1, 2012, and Congress has since failed to reauthorize this tax incentive. There are an estimated 450,000 brownfields across the country.

Rep. Sherrill previously introduced the Brownfields Redevelopment Tax Incentive Reauthorization Act in the 116th and 117th Congress.

Resident Nominated for the 2023 NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Trivikrama Reddy

PARSIPPANY — Dr. Trivikrama Bhanoji Pala Reddy who is an Adjunct Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering Department, at NJIT received the Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2023 year.

He was nominated consecutively in the year 2021 and once again in the year 2023. He teaches Machine Design, Stress Analysis, Mechanical system Design, and various other Mechanical Engineering courses at NJIT. 

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Dr. Trivikrama Reddy in addition to teaching is a Senior Staff Engineer in the Research and Development Department working for Becton Dickinson Company, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

 He designs and develops various drug-delivery medical devices. He holds about Ten patents for his designs and published various technical research papers. Please find attached his Patent information.

Dr. Trivikrama Reddy also participates in various social services through NATA, A Non-Profit Cultural organization serving the Telugu community in the US and Canada as a Standing committee.

Joyous Diwali Celebration at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir


PARSIPPANY — The celebrations of culture, spirituality, and community that began with the opening of BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Jersey continue to resonate in all BAPS Mandirs throughout North America this Diwali. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Parsippany, NJ hosted a grand Diwali celebration on November 12, allowing the local community to immerse themselves in the deep-rooted traditions of this beloved Festival of Lights.

Diwali, the revered Hindu ‘festival of lights’, celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. It’s a time for reflection, rejuvenation, and celebration for millions across the world. This year, the local BAPS Mandir presented an experience that seamlessly wove age-old traditions with contemporary expressions of faith, culture, and community.

“The Diwali season provides an opportunity to welcome the full community to the Mandir and celebrate Diwali with its traditions, significance, and values“ shared Kamal Kapadia, Community Affairs Lead.

Devotees and visitors were welcomed with a vibrant and traditional reception at the mandir’s entrance, where colorful decorations, including a beautifully intricate Rangoli, an ornate floor design crafted from colored powder. This artistic display not only added to the festive atmosphere but also served as a fitting introduction to the rich cultural heritage celebrated locally and nationally at the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham.

Another awe-inspiring feature was the ‘Annakut’, where hundreds of vegetarian dishes were offered as a token of gratitude to the divine, symbolizing abundance and the community’s unwavering devotion. Devotees, young and old, had poured weeks of preparation into ensuring the Annakut was a feast for both the eyes and the soul.

“The annakut preparation begins very early in the morning for us,” explained Rushit Patel a BAPS youth volunteer. “The vegetarian food is traditionally arranged in tiers or steps in front of the sacred images of God. Today over 700 food items have been offered on this day of celebration and appreciation.”

For families, volunteers organized an array of children’s activities, allowing younger generations to bond with their cultural roots while partaking in the festivities. These encompassed storytelling sessions, craft workshops, and traditional games to engage all who took part in the celebrations.

Similar to this local community celebration, BAPS mandirs across North America welcomed visitors with the glow of lights, bright colors, and a festive ambiance as they took in the colorful and joyful spirit of Diwali. The multiple days of Diwali are steeped in traditions and rituals that symbolize new beginnings and a renewed commitment to family. The bright colors of Rangoli, the lamps, and the elaborate offering of vegetarian food (Annakut) to God, all mark a renewal of the good within and the goodwill towards all around us.

The spiritual head of BAPS, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj sent blessings to all devotees and well-wishers for Diwali.  He encouraged all to find the light within them and make it shine brighter by incorporating unity, values, spirituality, and a spirit of giving. 

Reflecting on the day, the spirit of Diwali was palpably felt not just in the surroundings of the mandir, but in the hearts and souls of every visitor. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir remains a pillar of culture, community unity, and spiritual enrichment. As the lights of Diwali continue to glow within our memories, the mandir extends its deepest gratitude to all who made this celebration a cherished moment in time.

Burglaries Strike Cherry Lane, Sedgefield Drive, and Lake Shore Drive; Arrest Made, Investigation Continues

File Photo

PARSIPPANY — During the early morning hours of Sunday, November 26, three different residences were burglarized. The locations were:

• Cherry Lane (2022 BMW X7 stolen)

• Sedgefield Drive (2022 BMW X7 stolen)

• Lake Shore Drive (Lake Hiawatha section)

During the course of our investigation, one male was placed under arrest on Sedgefield Drive.

The investigation into these incidents is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to email socialmedia@parpolice.com or call (973) 263-4300.

Parsippany Focus has requested the identity of the detained individual and is currently awaiting a response from the Parsippany Police Department.

Editors Note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Video: Parsippany-Troy Hills Town Council Meeting – November 21, 2023


PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council Meeting was held on Thursday, November 21, 2023.

Regular Township Council Meetings will commence at 7:00 p.m. All meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings. Council meetings are held at Parsippany Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard. Formal action may or may not be taken at all scheduled meetings.

Click here to download the agenda.

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 a meeting. Auxiliary aids must be requested at least 72 hours before the meeting date. Please call (973) 263-4351 to request auxiliary aid.

Click here to download the 2023 agenda schedule.

Mayor and Council

Mayor James R. Barberio
Council President Loretta Gragnani
Council Vice-President Michael J. dePierro
Councilman Paul Carifi Jr.
Councilman Frank Neglia
Councilman Justin Musella

Video: Parsippany Hills Planning Board Meeting – November 13, 2023


PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board Meeting was held on November 13, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

Click here to view the agenda.

The Planning Board members are:

Mayor Barberio12/31/2025I Mayor
Anil Dadheech*12/31/2024IV Regular
Michael de Pierro12/31/2023III Council Rep.
Tom Dinsmore12/31/2025IV Regular
Dominic Mele*12/31/2023IV Regular
Gordon Meth*12/31/2025IV Regular
Nick Napolitano12/31/2024IV Regular
Ted Stanziale12/31/2023Alternate No. 1
Jennifer Vealey*12/31/2023II Muni, Rep.
John Von Achen*12/31/2023IV Regular
Stuart WiserBoard Planner, ARH 
Andrew CangianoBoard Engineer, GPI 
Dan LaganaBoard Attorney, Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs 
Nora O. JolieBoard Secretary

Agenda subject to change without notice
Although the information on this site is believed to be reliable, online postings of meeting agendas are not considered official copies.

NJ Recovery Institute Celebrates Grand Opening: Providing Comprehensive Support for Addiction Recovery

The grand opening of NJ Recovery Institute was a momentous occasion that brought together local dignitaries and members of the area's dedicated police departments.

MORRIS COUNTY — The grand opening of NJ Recovery Institute was a momentous occasion that brought together local dignitaries and members of the area’s dedicated police departments. It was an inspiring event that symbolized the strong community commitment to supporting individuals on their journey to recovery from addiction. With the collective presence of these leaders and law enforcement officials, the institute’s mission of providing comprehensive assistance and fostering a supportive community was further reinforced. This collaborative effort underscores the shared goal of ensuring a brighter and healthier future for everyone in the Morris County area affected by drug addiction and alcohol abuse.

NJ Recovery Institute offers all-inclusive assistance for anyone seeking to recover from drug addiction or alcohol abuse. They offer services specific to individual needs as well as comprehensive guidance. NJ Recovery Institute also offers aftercare services to ensure the clients get the care they need to have lasting recovery.

The grand opening of NJ Recovery Institute was honored by the presence of distinguished guests, including Senator Anthony Bucco, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, and Wharton Police Chief David Young.

NJ Recovery Institute upholds the principles of respect, compassion, and integrity as the foundation of our community. It is the goal to help individuals and their loved ones in the Morris County area overcome their situations by providing the right treatments for alcohol and drug addiction. They know the challenges of creating a supportive community and believe every person can have a brighter and healthier future.

With a range of recovery programs and options, NJ Recovery Institute strives to cater to the specific needs of the client. The alcohol and drug addiction recovery programs serve as the first step toward a successful recovery. NJ Recovery Institute is a true partner to anyone struggling with addiction.

NJ Recovery Institute is located at 106 Route 10 West, Succasunna. For more information visit their website by clicking here. They can also be reached by calling (973) 891-0897.

Volunteers Serve Up Success at Lake Parsippany Firehouse Pancake Breakfast

"Smiles and pancakes galore! Hailey Higgins, Kyleigh Higgins, Emma Sikora, Katherine Nolan, and Emilie Landau lend their helping hands at the Lake Parsippany Firehouse Annual Pancake Breakfast, spreading joy and community spirit one pancake at a time. 🥞👏 #CommunityHelpers #PancakeMasters"

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.

Letter to the Editor: Resident Questions Residential PILOT Agreements’ Impact


Dear Editor:

Editors Note: This letter was presented at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Council meeting on November 23.

First, I want to make it clear that my comments refer only to the PILOTs at 2 and 3 Campus Drive, because they will add students to Parsippany’s school system.  

Prior to the last meeting’s public session, the mayor and the developer’s attorney, Mr. Inglesino, delivered what can only be described as an all-out PILOT sales pitch. The sales pitch contained the expected embellishment of a PILOT’s positive points while omitting any points that could be interpreted as negative. It also included a generous amount of scare tactics.

Leading off was the mayor, who brought up two points that I would categorize as unsubstantiated. First, the mayor stated emphatically that these PILOTs were necessary because of the rise in construction costs and interest rates. The big problem here is that 2 and 3 Campus Drive were purchased only a month ago. During that short period of time, construction costs have remained about the same and interest rates have actually gone down. So, the mayor’s rationale for why these PILOTs are necessary is not valid, and for that reason alone, the PILOT ordinances should be withdrawn tonight.

Next, the mayor claimed that if the PILOTs are not granted, the projects will not get done, Parsippany will lose tax revenue, and property taxes will go through the roof. That statement is a speculation, a mislead, and a scare tactic all rolled into one. The possibility that Avalon Bay, one of the largest REITs in the country, bought the property on the gamble of obtaining a PILOT, and would walk away from their investments at 2 and 3 Campus Drive after owning them for only one month is very small. And the mayor knows full well that your taxes will not skyrocket even if Avalon Bay pulls out. Because of the 2% cap law, you can count on property taxes going up between 2 and 3 ½% with or without a PILOT.

Mr. Inglesino’s presentation was professional, factual, and informative, but it was also incomplete. Here are just some of the more important details that were left out.

  • Mr. Inglesino stressed that the school district will still receive a share of the land taxes if a PILOT is granted. What he left out is that the school district currently receives a share of the land tax, and will continue to receive that same amount whether a PILOT is granted or not. The school district gets no additional money from the PILOT, but it will have to pay for additional students.
  • Mr. Inglesino made absolutely no mention that the developer would be receiving a Land Tax Credit (LTC) under the PILOT. According to the financial charts, Parsippany will rebate approximately 75% of the Land Tax. Avalon Bay is already getting a sweetheart deal on the Building Improvements at Campus Drive, so why does the company also need a rebate on the land taxes, and how does that rebate affect what the school district receives?
  • Mr. Inglesino also failed to disclose that under the proposed PILOT, Parsippany will forfeit $47 million in property tax dollars over 30 years, a number easily derived from totals that appear on the financial sheets. What is Parsippany getting for that $47 million, and is the mayor, the council, and the public comfortable with that price tag?
  • Next, Mr. Inglesino’s statement that the school district receives all of the budgeted money that it is entitled to, is entirely true. But there were no details about what happens after a PILOT kicks in. Let’s say that the 410 apartment units at Campus Drive add 50 students to the schools. We already know that the PILOT is not contributing anything extra for the approximately $1 million cost of educating these additional students. But somebody has to pay for them since their costs will be included in the school district’s next budget. As Mr. Inglesino stated, the town must pay for everything that the school district asks for, but that money only comes from properties in the tax-ratable base, which includes every homeowner, but not the PILOTed properties on Campus Drive. In short, the Parsippany taxpayer must absorb all of the additional educational costs that the PILOTed properties are exempted from.
  • Mr. Inglesino also neglected to tell the audience that Parsippany will most likely have to pay out more money to provide municipal and educational services than it will receive in PILOT payments. For example, according to the financial sheet handouts, in year 1, Parsippany will receive a $1 million PILOT payment but will have to spend $1.7 million to provide municipal services and to educate 50 additional students. No savvy businessman or council member enters an agreement knowing that it will lose money. Rather than operating at a deficit under the PILOT, the township would be better off financially if nothing were built on the property.

In certain cases, commercial PILOTs may be warranted, but the more you learn about residential PILOTs, the worse they get. Thank you.

Bob Venezia

Knoll West Country Club’s Generous Thanksgiving Meal Donation Brightens Community’s Holiday

Chef Peter Kypriamou and Steve Aimutis preparing the over 200 individual meals.

PARSIPPANY  — It was a beautiful Thanksgiving morning, the sun was shining and the temperature mild, as Knoll West Country Club Manager, Kypros “Kip” Andreou, and his staff arrived very early at Parsippany’s gorgeous Knoll West County Club and Catering to begin preparations for over 200 individual Thanksgiving dinners that were to be generously donated to those in need throughout the community.

Volunteers Paul Patracuolla and Jim Ford picking up deliveries from Knoll Catering General Manager, Kypros “Kip” Andreou.

As Chef Peter Kypriamou and Jonathan Vicari began the demanding kitchen preparations for such an event, other necessary duties, such as setting up, boxing each individual meal, and making sure the delivery lists were in order fell upon volunteers, Jorge Manzo and Steve Aimutis, while General Manager Andreou coordinated the operations.

Knoll Catering General Manager, Kypros “Kip” Andreou organized the event.

Each meal consisted of a nice-sized portion of Turkey (naturally), stuffing, mashed potatoes, cauliflower & broccoli, salad, gravy, and cranberries. A meal is sure to make the recipient’s holiday a little brighter.

Each meal consisted of Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, gravy, & cranberries.

The event was coordinated between Knoll West C.C. Catering, Saint Peter the Apostle Church, and the Parsippany United Methodist Church, who helped create the list of recipients.  A steady stream of volunteers, those who were delivering meals throughout the community, as well as individuals picking up their own dinners, kept the Knoll staff busy. The distribution lasted between 10:00 a.m. and noon and ran like a well-oiled machine.  

Mr. Andreou noted that it was with the assistance of such companies as Baldor Specialty Foods, out of the Bronx, N.Y., and M&J Frank Restaurant Supplies, located in East Hanover, for their generous donations leading to the success of this much-appreciated community event.  

Volunteers Stacy Fernandez, Cristina Fernandez, and Angelina Fernandez picking up meals to deliver them to local families.

 All involved, the Knoll Catering staff, the volunteers, and anyone who contributed in any way clearly enjoyed and took great satisfaction in being a part of a giving-back community event such as this.  After all, isn’t assisting those, our neighbors and friends, who are in need of some assistance, part of what this holiday, and what our community is all about?

Long-Time Morris County Employee Retires After 35 years

Assistant County Administrator Brian Murray and Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, bid farewell to Denise Leffler, a dedicated Morris County employee who is retiring after 35 years of service.

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Board of County Commissioners has honored Denise Leffler, an employee who is retiring after a 35-year career with the Morris County Clerk’s Office.

The long-time employee was presented with a framed resolution outlining her public service during a luncheon hosted by County Clerk Ann Grossi earlier this week.

“Denise is a legend in the Morris County Clerk’s Office. For 35 years she has graced our office with her effervescent smile, joyful demeanor, contagious giggle, and dedication. She is loved by all and will be greatly missed,” said Grossi.

Denise’s career began in 1988 under then-County Clerk Alfonse Scerbo, where she oversaw the sorting and cataloging of documents, as well as mail distribution. She continued to provide her dedicated service under two subsequent County Clerks, Joan Bramhall (1999 – 2013) and Ann F. Grossi, Esq (2014 – present), working in the Registry Department and providing other services.

Denise will be fondly remembered by her coworkers for her outgoing and bubbly personality, and especially her willingness to do whatever task she was assigned, going forth every time with a sense of mission and a smile.

A Morris County native, Denise was born and raised in Parsippany Troy-Hills Township. She has a daughter, Jaclyn, who is now grown and works as a dental assistant. In retirement, Denise looks forward to spending more time with Jaclyn, along with her siblings and her mother, Joan. She also plans to indulge in her favorite pastimes – watching old-time TV reruns and shopping.

Morris County congratulates Denise for 35 years of dedicated public service, not only to the Morris County Clerk’s Office but also to the residents she served over many years.

Founder and CEO Tom Coyne Honored with PRSA-NY’s Prestigious John W. Hill Lifetime Achievement Award 

Tom Coyne

PARSIPPANY — Coyne PR celebrated as Tom Coyne was honored by PRSA-NY with the prestigious John W. Hill Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Big Apple Awards held on November 15 at TAO Downtown in New York City. This accolade underscored Tom’s remarkable contributions to the industry over the years, embodying the spirit of excellence that the award represents.

As PRSA-NY’s top honor, the John W. Hill Award recognizes lifetime professional achievement in the practice of public relations. It is named for the founder of one of the world’s prominent PR firms and is given annually to professionals who excel in leadership, integrity, service, communications, and understanding through the exchange of ideas.

Rich Lukis, President of Coyne PR, expressed his elation, “This was a monumental occasion for our agency as we celebrated the storied career of Tom Coyne. The honor bestowed upon him by PRSA-NY with the John W. Hill Lifetime Achievement Award reflects not only his tremendous contributions to Coyne PR but to the broader public relations industry as well. It was truly a night of pride and reflection on the indelible mark Tom has left on all of us.”

The annual PRSA-NY Big Apple Awards continued to be a hallmark event that celebrated the exemplary achievements of PR agencies, companies, governmental bodies, and not-for-profit organizations in the New York Metro area across over 100 disciplines. With a rigorous evaluation process conducted by a distinguished panel of over 75 senior-level communications leaders, the awards epitomized the pinnacle of creativity, integrity, and excellence in the public relations field.

In addition to celebrating Tom Coyne’s illustrious career, Coyne PR was also delighted to share its success with five client wins this year. These victories echoed the agency’s enduring commitment to delivering outstanding service and innovative solutions to its clients.

Coyne PR won in the following Big Apple Award categories:

  • Events & Observances (1-7 days) – Campaigns with Budgets of $200,000 or Less: Pacira BioSciences, Inc. – Smashing Records with iovera° at the National Senior Games
  • Events & Observances (More than 7 days) – Business: Ollie’s 40th Anniversary celebration including the America’s Biggest Cheapskate Contest and World’s Largest Bobblehead event
  • Marketing Consumer Products – Healthcare: Pacira BioSciences, Inc. – Freezing Out the Competition with iovera°
  • Marketing Consumer Products – Beauty: CeraVe Enlists Dermfluencers and TikTok Titans to Show Consumers How to #CleanseLikeaDerm
  • Best Use of Spokesperson/Influencer – Other: CeraVe Enlists Dermfluencers and TikTok Titans to Show Consumers How to #CleanseLikeaDerm

Coyne PR received honorable mentions in the following Big Apple Award categories:

  • Integrated Communications – Consumer Products: Alka-Seltzer and T-Pain Help Hangover Symptoms Fizzle
  • Marketing Consumer Products – Healthcare: Humana – Honoring Senior Athletes at the 2022 National Senior Games: The Humana Game Changers

For a full list of honorable mentions and winners, please visit the PRSA-NY website.

Morris County Honors Dr. Joseph S. Weisberg for Over 40 Years of Public Service

Morris County Commissioner Steven Shaw makes the presentation

MORRIS COUNTY — On Monday, November 20, the Morris County Board of County Commissioners paid tribute to Dr. Joseph S. Weisberg, celebrating over forty years of his unwavering commitment to the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, the County College of Morris (CCM), and the broader Morris County community.

In a Collaborative Event, Kiwanis Clubs Serve Over 325 Senior Citizens at Local IHOPs

Adding to the community spirit, Key Club students from Morristown High School, Parsippany Hills High School, Parsippany High School, and Morris Knolls High Schools actively participated alongside Kiwanis members.

PARSIPPANY — Members from Kiwanis Clubs of Greater Dover, Rockaway, Tri-Town, Greater Parsippany, and Morristown joined forces in a heartwarming event, serving over 325 dinners to senior citizens at IHOP locations in Parsippany, Kenvil, and Cedar Knolls. The seniors savored a choice of turkey or chicken dinners, complete with all the traditional trimmings.

The event was coordinated by Frank Cahill, Past Lt. Governor of NJ District Kiwanis, Division 9, and current President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town.

Michelle Espada, a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, showcased her commitment to community engagement during the recent senior meal event at IHOP Kevil. Her presence at the event was marked by meaningful interactions with the seniors. Taking the time to converse and connect with the elderly guests, Espanda’s efforts went beyond mere meal service. Her actions exemplify the personal touch that Kiwanis Club members strive to bring to their community service initiatives, highlighting their dedication to not only serve but also to build relationships and enrich the lives of the seniors they support.

After enjoying their meals, seniors at the Cedar Knolls IHOP were presented with a variety of pies – Apple, Pumpkin, Blueberry, or Coconut Custard – as a complimentary gift from Arden Courts – ProMedica Memory Care Community (Whippany). Similarly, those at the Kenvil and Parsippany IHOPs received Apple, Pumpkin, and Blueberry pies, courtesy of ShopRite Parsippany.

Maria Rosario, a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, contributed her time and efforts in the recent senior meal event by personally distributing pies to the seniors. Her involvement added a special touch to the occasion, as she ensured each senior received a delightful dessert. Her participation underscores the club’s dedication to hands-on community service and the personal connection members like Rosario establish with those they serve. Her actions reflect the spirit of the Kiwanis Club’s commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of seniors in their community.Maria Rosario, a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, contributed her time and efforts in the recent senior meal event by personally distributing pies to the seniors. Her involvement added a special touch to the occasion, as she ensured each senior received a delightful dessert. Her participation underscores the club’s dedication to hands-on community service and the personal connection members like Rosario establish with those they serve. Her actions reflect the spirit of the Kiwanis Club’s commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of seniors in their community.

Adding to the community spirit, Key Club students from Morristown High School, Parsippany Hills High School, Parsippany High School, and Morris Knolls High Schools actively participated alongside Kiwanis members. These enthusiastic volunteers engaged with the seniors, taking orders, serving food, and ensuring a tidy dining experience, thereby creating a memorable and joyous occasion for all involved.

At the Kiwanis Thanksgiving Dinner event held at IHOP, Dover Mayor-Elect James Dodd played an active and engaging role. His participation involved interacting with the patrons, adding a sense of community and leadership to the occasion. Mayor-Elect Dodd’s presence and involvement with the guests underscored his commitment to community engagement and support for local initiatives. His interactions with the attendees not only added a special touch to the event but also reflected his dedication to being an accessible and involved leader in the community, especially in events that bring people together and celebrate community spirit. Dodd is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover
During the Thanksgiving meal event at IHOP, significant contributions were made by Sergio Rodriguez, President of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, and Valerie Kuglin from the Kiwanis Club of Greater Rockaway. Their collaborative efforts were pivotal in the event’s success, showcasing a strong partnership between the two clubs. Notably, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, chartered on August 31, 2023, was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Rockaway. This collaboration highlights the synergy and mutual support within the Kiwanis community, demonstrating their commitment to service and community engagement, especially in organizing events that benefit and bring joy to seniors during festive occasions.
IHOP Owner Mo Abdelhadi preparing the dinners for the guests
Frank Cahill, Frank Sblendorio Jr., and Nicolas Limanov, in collaboration with the ShopRite Bakery Manager, played a crucial role in enriching the Thanksgiving Dinner events organized by the Kiwanis Club. They facilitated the donation of 150 assorted pies from ShopRite, which were distributed during the events. This generous contribution not only added a sweet touch to the meals but also exemplified the spirit of community partnership and giving. The involvement of these individuals, along with the support from ShopRite, highlights the collaborative efforts that go into making community events successful and memorable, especially in bringing added joy to the attendees through such thoughtful gestures.
Frank Cahill with members of the Morristown High School Key Club. The delicious pies donated by Arden Courts in the background
At the recent Thanksgiving meal event, Mary Dougherty, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Morristown, was seen sharing smiles and joyful moments with members of the Morristown Key Club. This interaction highlights the positive atmosphere and the spirit of community service shared by Kiwanis Club members and the youth of the Key Club. Their collaboration in serving the community, especially during such significant events, not only fosters a sense of unity but also inspires the younger generation to continue the legacy of service and community involvement. Dougherty’s engagement with the Key Club members exemplifies the mentorship and encouragement that the Kiwanis Club provides to young volunteers.