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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Pickers to Film in New Jersey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

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

Understanding Compensatory Damages and Reimbursement Claims

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

Identifying Qualifying Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

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

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

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

Proving Negligence and Liability in Nursing Home Abuse Cases

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

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

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

Concluding Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parsippany Resident Arrested on Various Charges During Denville Traffic Stop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Formal action may or may not be taken.

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

Click here for a copy of the agenda.

Click here for the 2024 calendar.

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

https://youtu.be/mcJplIv96OM

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

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Dear Editor:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bob Crawford

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Inspects Dove Used by Magician in Trick”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Redbots at the robot competition

Full Roster of Redbots 12116 Team:

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

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

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

Denville Township Man Faces Charges After Forcefully Inserting Handgun into Victim’s Mouth

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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.

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

Vision Screen Event: Parsippany Lions Club Hosts Free Vision Screening Initiative

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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 Chamber of Commerce Appoints Iozzi as Vice President of Operations

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Kimberly Iozzi, newly appointed Vice President of Operations at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, bringing dedication and expertise to drive business growth and community empowerment

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.

Shocking Revelation: Denville Man Arrested for Gun Crimes

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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.

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

From Wings to Drumsticks: Don Chicken’s Menu Spoils Customers with Delicious Variety and Authentic Flavors

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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. 

Pat Minutillo and Paul Ko

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.

Gimmari

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.

Ddukbokki

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.

Ppurings

 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.

Fried Pork Dumplings

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.

Jeulgida (Enjoy)!

Don Chicken, is located at 48 Stiles Lane, Pine Brook. Weather permitting, they also have outside dining.

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 Authorities Crack Down on Illegal Firearms: Columbia Resident Arrested

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Joseph Palumbo Jr., 33, of Columbia

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).

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

Morris County Proclaims February 2024 Black History Month

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Brian Murray, Assistant County Administrator and Amanda Hefferan, Director of the Morris County Heritage Commission, archiving the manumissions at the Heritage Commission office located at the Morris County Library, 30 E Hanover Ave. in Whippany

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.

Beverwyck estate in Parsippany-Troy Hills operated as a plantation under owner William Kelly from 1759 to 1771.

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.

Local historic manumissions denoting the emancipation of five African American slaves living in Morris County.

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. 

Taj Khokhar Joins Parsippany Kiwanis

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Taj Khokhar Joins Kiwanis

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.

Applications are Now Open for the 2024-25 School Year at Preschool Advantage

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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.”

Routine Traffic Stop Ends in DUI Arrest for Parsippany-Troy Hills Man

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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.

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

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