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.
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.
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.
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Mayor James Barberio
Council President Paul Carifi, Jr.
Council Vice President Frank Neglia
Councilman Justin Musella
Councilman Matt McGrath
Councilwoman Judy Hernandez
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MORRIS COUNTY — Denville Township Police have accused a Morris County man of a disturbing act, alleging that he forcefully shoved a handgun into a victim’s mouth. The incident, which occurred on Friday, February 9, at 3:14 a.m., was reported after the victim came forward with a complaint of being threatened with a firearm.
According to authorities, the victim recounted multiple threats made by an unidentified individual who brandished a handgun and ultimately inserted it into the victim’s mouth. Following an investigation, it was revealed that the incident took place in the Farmstead area of the township.
Tomi Prvulovic, 58, of Denville Township, has been identified as the alleged perpetrator in this case. He stands accused of pointing the firearm at the victim and forcibly pushing it into their mouth. Prvulovic was subsequently apprehended and charged with a range of offenses, including possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, simple assault, threats to kill, and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Authorities have confirmed that Prvulovic is currently held in the Morris County Correctional Facility as legal proceedings continue.
PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Lions Club is excited to announce its upcoming “Vision Of Hope” event, to be held at the Parsippany Library on March 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This initiative aims to provide complimentary vision screenings to people of all ages, with a particular emphasis on those lacking vision insurance and families with incomes up to 200% of the poverty line.
The club encourages community involvement through donations and sponsorships to assist deserving children and adults obtain eyeglasses. Sponsorship options are available in three tiers: Platinum ($1000), Gold ($500), and Silver ($250). In appreciation of their support, sponsors will be acknowledged at the event venue with their banners displayed, recognized on the club’s website and in pre-event promotional materials, and highlighted in event literature.
“We strongly believe that clear vision is fundamental for individuals to lead fulfilling lives,” remarked Pratap Jayakar, Zone Chair for Northern New Jersey at Lions Clubs International. “Our annual ‘Vision of Hope’ initiative aims to impact our community’s visual health positively. With the generous backing of local businesses and organizations, we can ensure that every person in need receives free vision screening and, potentially, eyeglasses.”
The Parsippany Lions Club eagerly anticipates collaborating with the community to promote healthy vision and improve the overall quality of life for everyone. For inquiries and partnership opportunities, please contact Rahul Chitte, First Vice President Parsippany Lions Club FirstVP@parsippanylionsclub.org.
MORRIS COUNTY — Kimberly Iozzi, Mount Olive, assumes the role of vice president of operations at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, she collaborates with Chamber President Meghan Hunscher and the team to optimize operations, establish effective policies and procedures, and manage financial matters, human resources, programming, and more.
Before joining the Morris County Chamber, Iozzi was the executive director of Dress for Success Northern NJ-10 Counties, a nonprofit empowering women towards economic independence. Her previous roles include executive director of the Newton Housing Authority and consultant to various nonprofit and government organizations. She earned accolades for program innovation and received Congressional Certificates of Merit and regional recognition.
“We are fortunate to have Kimberly join our team,” remarked Hunscher. “Her background and skills align perfectly with our mission to foster business growth and community development.”
“I’m excited to contribute to the Morris County Chamber,” expressed Iozzi. “With a results-oriented approach and a focus on building relationships, I aim to support our members and advance our shared goals.”
Iozzi holds a doctorate in organizational psychology from Capella University, a master’s in public administration from Seton Hall University, and a bachelor’s in political science from Montclair State University.
MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, and Denville Chief of Police Frank Perna confirmed the arrest of Robert H. Klaar, 54, of Denville, on charges related to the unlawful sale and possession of firearms.
Klaar stands accused of selling a modified shotgun in Denville in January. Upon executing a search warrant at Klaar’s Denville residence, authorities seized approximately seventeen firearms, comprising rifles and handguns. Additionally, two firearm silencers were confiscated, along with evidence suggesting Klaar’s involvement in manufacturing these prohibited devices, including assembly manuals. Alongside these discoveries, $17,000 in cash, high-capacity magazines, multiple rounds of hollow point ammunition, about two pounds of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were also confiscated. Klaar was apprehended following a motor vehicle stop on February 6 conducted by members of the Special Enforcement Unit and Denville Police Department.
Klaar was charged with:
• Possession of Firearms While in the Course of Committing a CDS Crime, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-4.2, a crime of the second degree.
• Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-5b(11)(a), a crime of the third degree.
• Possession of a Loaded Rifle, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-5(c)(2), a crime of the third degree.
• Conspiracy to Deface Firearms, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-5-2 and 2C:39-9(e) a crime of the third degree.
• Money Laundering, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:21-25(a), a crime of the third degree.
• Defacing of Firearms, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-9(e), a crime of the third degree.
• Possession of a Defaced Firearm, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-3(d), a crime of the fourth degree.
• Unlawful Possession of CDS, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-10a(3)(b), a crime of the fourth degree.
• Manufacture, Transport, and Disposition of Firearm Silencers, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-9(c), a crime of the fourth degree.
• Unlawful Distribution of a Defaced Firearm, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-9(e), a crime of the fourth degree.
The defendant has been released under pretrial supervision with conditions.
Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank the following agencies for their hard work and dedication during this investigation: The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, consisting of the Roxbury Township Police Department, the Town of Boonton Police Department, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Denville Police Department, the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor under the NJ Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) and its taskforce officers, which include Immigration and Customs Enforcement specifically, the office of ERO under the supervision of Field Office Director John Tsoukaris.
From Wings to Drumsticks: Don Chicken’s Menu Spoils Customers with Delicious Variety and Authentic Flavors
MORRIS COUNTY — C’mon, who doesn’t salivate over the sheer thought of sinking your teeth into a crunchy, crispy, tender, super juicy piece of freshly fried chicken? Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to find some of the tastiest fried chicken you’ll ever sink those teeth into. About a quarter mile from the Parsippany border, over the Vail Road bridge into Pine Brook (Montville), you will find Don Chicken, located at 48 Stiles Lane, tucked away on the side of a small strip mall, offering a salivating selection of Korean fried chicken that you will go back for time and time again.
Don Chicken celebrated their grand opening in November 2023. The location was formerly occupied by Elian’s Café Bistro, whose owner has moved on to a new venue. Don Chicken, part of a popular and rapidly growing franchise, is owned by Paul Ko. The franchise was established six years ago when Paul and an enterprising group of five friends, all from Korea and all with a mutual love of Korean fried chicken, got together and decided to open a restaurant. As Paul stated, “They all just loved the taste of Don Chicken; nothing is better.” Paul and one of those friends co-own two franchises, one which is Paul’s and one in Cranford, which his partner manages.
Paul Ko, a young man who came to the U.S. at age 16, is an amiable, enthusiastic, welcoming host with a sincere smile and a genuinely nice personality. His evident excitement about his new eatery was a pleasure to observe. When asked what was special about Don Chicken, he responded, “We wanted to specialize in various sauces that are different than anyone else. We use 100% imported Korean sauces, and we incorporate those sauces into our dishes so that they will satisfy almost anyone’s taste buds. Quality control and flavorful food is always our first priority. We only use fresh ingredients and high-quality cooking oil and never frozen chicken. All our chicken is extremely fresh and inspected on delivery; it’s then cut and prepared at the restaurant, and everything is made from scratch, except for our sauces, which, as I said, we import directly from Korea.”
Don Chicken can comfortably seat 24 diners inside the restaurant; weather permitting, a couple of outside tables will also be available. The storefront is appealing and inviting, with an ample off-street parking lot; the interior is cozy, relaxed, and warm, with soft ambient lighting from the large storefront windows. The color scheme of gray-on-gray walls, ceiling, and floor, with brick and wood accents and a small service counter, creates a trendy, organized, and welcoming vibe. Simple, clean wooden tables and chairs, three large screen TVs mounted around the room, and simple and tasty décor complete the dining room. It’s a great place to sit back, relax, and enjoy phenomenal finger food while catching your team on TV.
Our group comfortably sat at several adjoining tables as Paul expediently addressed all our needs. Water glasses were filled, wine glasses arrived (did I mention that Don Chicken is a BYOB), and menus were distributed. Korean fried chicken is best paired with a nice cold, refreshing beer, whatever sauce you choose. I brought along some Kloud 100% Malt Classic Original Gravity, a beer imported from Korea, to compliment my meal. As usual, the group bombarded Paul with numerous questions about the menu, which he was happy to answer. The menu is appropriately limited, with eight choices of Korean Fried Chicken (Kalbi, Krispy, Ppurings, Soy Garlic, Sweet & Spicy, Hot Spicy (my favorite), Snow Cheese, and Green Onion. Korean Appetizers included ddukbokki, gimmari, and dduk ggochi. Additional sauces are available, as are several Lunch Box deals (available only on weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.). Choose between wings, boneless, and drumsticks in different serving sizes or on a platter. Or you may be interested in their Sweet and Spicy or Hot Spicy Chicken Sandwich! No desserts or coffee on the menu, just soda and water.
As this group usually does, we ordered sharable portions of the menu. We were anxious to sample all those great sauces we heard about. Paul explained that they offer eight different sauces, including sweet & spicy, hot spicy, honey mustard, ranch, spicy ranch, and snow cheese. As Paul explained his business philosophy, “Korean cuisine is mostly about innovation, especially over the past 40 years. At Don Chicken, we like to believe we are innovative, always trying to improve, and always trying new things while at the same time keeping in line with Korean tradition.” By now, we had ordered enough food to feed an army.
Our servings arrived in metal mesh serving trays with paper lining. The somewhat fast-food style was perfect for holding and delivering the various varieties of wonderfully marinated and perfectly seasoned chicken. Everything came with individual coleslaw and pickled radish (which provided each dish with a crunchy, refreshing, and slightly sour enhancement). Our appetizers, all popular Korean street foods, included ddukbokki (Korean spicy rice cake), gimmari (seaweed wrapped around glass noodles, dipped into a batter that crisps up deliciously when deep-fried), dduk ggochi (sweet, spicy, toothsome, sticky rice cakes), pork fried dumplings (thick, tasty, chewy, and perfect for a dipping sauce), along with an order of krispy fries.
Our entree selections consisted of Hot Spicy Boneless (crispy, well-balanced, twice-fried battered chicken in a spicy, sweet, and savory sauce), Kalbi (boneless, sweet, savory, and spicy), pouring (boneless, and cheesy coated). Krispy Drumsticks (generously sized), Sweet & Spicy (boneless), and Soy Garlic Wings (the most popular item on the menu).
I should note that all the boneless chicken is made with chicken thighs, not breasts, as in most places. The argument is that while breast meat can be more tender, leaner, and milder in flavor, thigh meat is generally juicier and more fat, which helps keep the meat moist and tender during cooking. Breast meat also tends to dry out when cooked.
Everything was a treat! The spicy, sweet, and savory elements harmoniously blended together in every bite, and it was a truly pleasurable dining experience. The twice-fried chicken (Did I mention that Korean chicken is double-fried to lock in that extra juicy flavor?) was perfectly seasoned, balanced, crispy and crunchy outside, and yet incredibly juicy and flavorful inside. And those sauces can be addicting, so beware! It’s no wonder that Korean fried chicken is a beloved dish worldwide.
To sum up, our group enjoyed a fun and exciting dining experience at Don Chicken at a very reasonable price. The quality of the food, the ambiance of the restaurant, and the hospitality and service were spot-on. When you visit, try out those imported sauces and sides for a complete dining experience. I’m confident you’ll have a fantastic time exploring the flavors of Korean Fried Chicken at this relatively new restaurant.
Don Chicken, 48 Stiles Lane, Pine Brook. Phone: (973) 287-7181 Web Site: www.donchickenus.com, Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 12:00 Noon to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Dine In – Take Out – Delivery – Parking Lot – BYOB
The restaurant offers a weekday lunch special from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Customers choose a chicken style, sauce, and a side. Also, students receive a 15% discount on the lunch special.
MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, Warren County Prosecutor James L. Pfeiffer, and Denville Chief of Police Frank Perna confirmed the arrest of Joseph Palumbo Jr., 33, of Columbia on charges related to the unlawful manufacturing and sales of firearms without serial numbers, more commonly known as ghost guns, in Morris and Warren Counties.
Palumbo Jr. is alleged to have carried out the illegal manufacture and sale of ghost guns between December 2023 and February 2024. Specifically, he is alleged to have sold these ghost guns, the majority of which are alleged to be assault firearms, during this timeframe in Morris and Warren County. The sales involved one homemade handgun without a serial number, five homemade AR platformed assault firearms without serial numbers, and two large-capacity magazines. Palumbo Jr. was taken into custody following a motor vehicle stop on February 8.
During the subsequent execution of a search warrant on Palumbo Jr.’s Columbia residence, an alleged ghost gun manufacturing facility was located in the basement. Searches were also conducted at the defendant’s barbershop in Netcong and his vehicle. As a result of these searches, two additional homemade AR platformed assault firearms without serial numbers, approximately 36 additional firearms consisting of assault firearms and handguns, numerous firearms components used to manufacture firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and approximately three firearm silencers were seized.
Palumbo Jr. has been charged with:
• Four counts of Certain Persons Not to Possess a Firearm, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-7(b) (1), a crime of second degree.
• Seven counts of Unlawful Possession of an Assault Firearm in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-5(f), a crime of the second degree.
• Eight counts of Transporting a Manufactured Firearm Without a Serial Number in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-9(n), a crime of the second degree.
• One count of Conspiracy to Manufacture and Transport Firearms Without Serial Numbers, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:5-2 and N.J.S. 2C:39-9(n), a crime of the second degree.
• One count of Purchasing Firearm Parts to Manufacture a Firearm Without a Permit, violating N.J.S. 2C:39-9(k), a crime of the second degree.
• One count of Child Endangerment, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:24-4(a)(2), a crime of the second degree.
• Eight counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Without a Serial Number, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-3(n), a crime of the third degree.
• One count of Unlawful Possession of a large-capacity ammunition Magazine, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-3(j), a crime of the fourth degree.
• One count of Manufacture, Transport, and Disposition of Large Capacity Magazines, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-9(h), a crime of the fourth degree.
• One count of Manufacture, Transport, and Disposition of Firearm Silencers, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-9(c), a crime of the fourth degree.
As a result of this investigation, Monica D. Scaglione, 30, of Columbia, was also charged with one count of Child Neglect in violation of N.J.S. 9:6-3, a crime of the fourth degree after it was determined that minor children reside in Palumbo Jr. and Scaglione’s shared home, where an abundance of unsecured firearms and ammunition were located and seized.
Under the Criminal Justice Reform Act, Palumbo Jr. has been detained in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending future court proceedings. Scaglione was charged on a summons complaint, processed, and released pending a court appearance.
Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank the following agencies for their hard work and dedication during this investigation: The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, consisting of the Roxbury Township Police Department, the Town of Boonton Police Department, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Denville Police Department, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Taskforce, the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor under the NJ Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) and its taskforce officers, which include Immigration and Customs Enforcement specifically, the office of ERO under the supervision of Field Office Director John Tsoukaris, and the New Jersey State Police (NJSP).
MORRIS COUNTY — February 2024 was unanimously proclaimed Black History Month by the Morris County Board of County Commissioners recently, as an ambitious Morris County Historical Society effort continues to survey, document, and preserve the heritage of African Americans in Morris County.
“We encourage everyone to join us in recognizing and celebrating the important contributions African Americans have made to our society throughout history to support the success of our county and the United States,” said Commissioner Director Christine Myers.
Earlier this year, the Historical Society launched the county’s first survey of African American historic sites, making Morris County the second in New Jersey to undertake such a project, according to Amy Curry, Executive Director of the Historical Society.
The wide-ranging survey is being completed in four phases in four different county regions. The Historical Society’s goal is to complete one survey phase each year. Phase 1 is underway and focuses on an area that includes Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Harding, Long Hill, Madison, Morristown, Morris Plains, and Morris Township.
“The county is big and has significant African American history that spans its whole history, from pre-revolutionary to whatever we consider the recent past. As a museum, and having a collection with very few tangible objects to connect visitors to that history makes it more difficult to tell the history,” Curry said.
Included in the history of Morris County and the rest of the state is the stain of slavery, which only gradually ended in New Jersey starting in 1804 and culminating with a state constitutional amendment signed January 23, 1866, several months after the end of the Civil War.
Last year, Morris County rescued five historic documents related to the emancipation of slaves in the area – specifically local manumissions regarding five African American slaves living in Morris County. Manumissions are official, hand-written documents by which slave owners certified the freedom of individual African Americans held in bondage.
Joseph R. Klett, Director of the New Jersey State Archives, discovered the five Morris County documents were being advertised on the Internet last year for sale at a pending auction. Klett notified Morris County, which worked with the state to secure the return of the 19th Century manumissions.
The auction house and the estate of a private collector who had owned the documents for many years voluntarily provided them to Morris County once the county and state notified them that the documents were official public records belonging to Morris County. The documents are now being held in the Morris County Heritage Commission archives.
“This was an important find, and we are very thankful the state archivist acted quickly to help us secure these historical documents once they were found for sale online. We are also grateful to the auction house and the family of the collector, both of whom were understanding, cooperative, and responsive when we laid claim to the documents,” said Director Myers.
To inspire more residents to participate in the African American history survey, the Morris County Heritage Commission provided a grant supporting three community engagement workshops hosted last year by the Historical Society and Sankofa Heritage Collective of Morris County, Morris County’s first Black historical society.
The survey was made possible through a grant awarded in December by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The Historical Society, a member-supported 501(c)3 non-profit, secured another state grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission to support its work.
The Historical Society has a collection of over 27,000 historic objects from Morris County. However, Curry said it became apparent that objects specific to local African American history were lacking when the collection was showcased during the Historical Society’s 75th Anniversary celebration and the 50th Anniversary of its ownership of Acorn Hall in 2021.
That is when plans began to survey the county and Black history sites, including the people and the stories within those physical locations that make them significant.
To learn more about Black History Month, click here.
The Ties that Bind exhibition is currently on display at St. Elizabeth University until February 29th to commemorate Black History Month.
PARSIPPANY — Taj Khokhar was one of the newest members to join the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany. Club member Connie Keller sponsored Taj into the club.
Club President Carol Tiesi said, “Kiwanis is something so good that each of us loves to share it. What better way to show our love for our club and our community than to welcome a new member to our club? Today, we’re very pleased to welcome Taj to our club. We welcome Taj to our global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.”
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. It is not religious-based or partisan in any way.
Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany supports ten K-Kids clubs, Lake Parsippany Elementary School, Eastlake Elementary School, Intervale School, Mt. Tabor Elementary School, Littleton Elementary School, Lake Hiawatha Elementary School, Troy Hills Elementary School, Northvail Elementary School, Knollwood School, and Rockaway Meadow Elementary School, two builders clubs, Central Middle School and Brooklawn Middle School; two Key Clubs, Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School and one Aktion Club.
If you are interested in learning more about the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, contact President Carol Tiesi. Click here to view the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany website.
MORRIS COUNTY — Preschool Advantage is currently accepting applications for tuition assistance for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year. Families demonstrating financial need and a strong commitment to education are encouraged to apply through the Preschool Advantage website. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, with later submissions considered based on fund availability.
With only 25 percent of New Jersey’s school districts offering free public preschool, many families struggle to afford tuition fees. Preschool Advantage collaborates with 28 reputable preschools in Morris and Somerset counties to provide access to quality preschool education for financially challenged families. Eligible families, with earnings of up to $80,000 annually depending on family size, have received support since 1995, totaling over 1,500 families throughout the region.
In the 2023-2024 academic year, Preschool Advantage assisted 106 children with tuition funding and aims to support an additional 100 in 2024. To apply and view the list of partner preschools, click here or contact (973) 532-2501.”
PARSIPPANY — During a DUI stop on Saturday, February 17, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Denville Township Police apprehended a man wanted on a warrant from Denville Township. The police had pulled over a vehicle on Route 10 for a “maintenance of lamps” violation, as its rear license plate lights were not functioning.
Subsequent investigation revealed the driver to be Jose Cardona-Ramirez, 29, from Parsippany-Troy Hills. Allegedly, Cardona-Ramirez was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Following his apprehension, it was uncovered that Cardona-Ramirez had an outstanding warrant from Denville Township Municipal Court. He now faces a litany of charges, including DUI, careless driving, reckless driving, driving without a license, maintenance of lamps violation, and contempt of court.
Unable to meet bail requirements, Cardona-Ramirez was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.
MORRIS COUNTY — County College of Morris (CCM) was recently awarded two grants from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) that will help students who are enrolled in Advanced Manufacturing programs, including both Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camps and Apprenticeship Programs. The college was awarded $237,109 as part of the PACE grant and $299,566 as part of the GAINS grant, totaling over $535,000 secured in grant funding.
“Receiving both of these grants from NJDOL positively impacts our students, manufacturing partners, the college and the communities we serve,” said Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, President of County College of Morris. “We are grateful to provide students with opportunities to be educated and trained in manufacturing, develop their resumes through apprenticeship programs, and be placed in jobs earning family-sustaining wages. As a community college, CCM strives to support our communities’ economy and economic mobility and provide a pipeline of employees to industries throughout Morris County.”
The Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education (PACE) Program will support 40 CCM’s Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camp participants. Most of the funds will go directly towards tuition and participant stipends. The mission of the PACE Program is to align better secondary, post-secondary, adult education, and occupational training to meet labor demands unique to New Jersey and develop career pathways that lead to economically sustainable wages. Through the PACE funding received, CCM hopes to increase the number of apprentices from underrepresented groups. Many organizations in Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties help recruit participants and support those facing barriers. Following the boot camp, CCM’s Advanced Manufacturing team stays connected with those placed in Registered Apprenticeship programs, connecting them with additional support through related technical instruction.
The funding secured through the Growing Apprenticeships in Nontraditional Sectors (GAINS) grant program will help 25 participants in CCM’s Registered Apprenticeship programs (RAPs) in Advanced Manufacturing. The GAINS grant program promotes expansion of U.S. Department of Labor-approved Registered Apprenticeship programs to support better-paying careers and the attainment of advanced credentials. The program seeks to develop new and existing apprenticeship programs and create Registered Apprenticeship programs in high-growth industries. CCM will use the GAINS grant funds to add the Robotics Technician apprenticeship program, maintain key personnel in established, successful RAPs and enhance already elite Related Technical Instruction (RTI), which is classroom and lab instruction that provides theoretical knowledge and technical skills.
These programs are a part of CCM’s Center for Workforce Development, which allows students to learn cutting-edge skills and boost their marketability in an ever-changing job market. It is a vital part of CCM’s mission, and advanced manufacturing is a growing, in-demand sector with a proven impact on the community. According to the Research Institute at Dallas College, CCM has the country’s third highest Economic Mobility Index of all community colleges. Education and support provided by CCM unlocks lasting occupational proficiency, advancement, and economic prosperity for learners from low-income or marginalized backgrounds in northern New Jersey. Furthermore, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 93 percent of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment with an annual salary of $77,000.
CCM developed the Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camp that links directly to eight Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor and are currently offered at CCM. The RAPs are as follows:
- CNC Operating: Milling
- CNC Operator: Turning
- CNC Operator: Milling and Turning
- CAD/CAM Programmer
- Quality Assurance/Quality Control
- Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
- Robotics Technician (this apprenticeship will be piloted in the 2024 calendar year)
- Tool/Die Manufacturer
Many target occupations result from these programs, including CNC operators, maintenance roles, tool/die manufacturers, QA/QC inspectors, CAD/CAM drafters, and robotics technicians. The daytime boot camp lasts over seven to ten weeks and totals 159 hours. It introduces participants to shop basics, advanced manufacturing equipment, OSHA 10, resume development, and other topics pertinent to successful job placement.
To learn more about CCM’s Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camp and Apprenticeship Programs in Advanced Manufacturing, click here.
To learn more about CCM’s Center for Workforce Development, click here.
MORRIS COUNTY — Impressive turnout at the Rockaway River Barn for the Morris County GOP Winter Fundraiser under the leadership of Chairwoman Laura Ali. It’s always wonderful to gather with fellow proud Republicans and dedicated elected officials, many of whom spent the day in Trenton combating the overdevelopment of our suburbs. Proud to show my support!
PARSIPPANY — A homeowner on Stephen Terrace noticed two of his landscape lights were missing from his front lawn.
Upon viewing his video surveillance footage, he observed a male wearing a blue jacket remove the lights. The male suspect took one light on February 7 at 2:17 p.m., and the same male suspect took the second on February 8 at 2:46 p.m.
The homeowner advised the reporting officer that he observed the male park, which appeared to be a mini-van, up the street from the victim’s home and paced back and forth before stealing the light.
The incident is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Parsippany Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 263-4300.