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Parsippany Police Athletic League Partners with A3Digital Media

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Police Athletic League (PAL) proudly announces its strategic partnership with A3Digital Media, a leading digital marketing agency based in Parsippany. This collaboration aims to enhance community engagement and support local youth programs through innovative digital marketing strategies.

“We are excited to partner with A3Digital Media,” said Thomas Bushnauskas, head of the Parsippany PAL. “Their expertise will help us reach a wider audience and enhance our community programs.”

A3Digital Media will provide comprehensive digital marketing services to promote PAL’s events and initiatives, including content creation, lead generation, and branding.

Letter to the Editor: Mayor Barberio Criticized for Favoring Developers Over Residents

Dear Editor:

In a recent article, Parsippany Focus reported that HK Truck Center spent $3.68 million to purchase land between 10 and 30 Fanny Road. The company plans to redevelop the area, which is situated close to several major transportation routes, including the construction of a new state-of-the-art truck repair facility. 

As noted in the article, NAH James E Hanson’s Michael Walter stated, “With the limited supply of space for redevelopment in Morris County and the surrounding area, we are thrilled to have helped our client secure fair market value while allowing a tenant to continue their business at the space.”   

A limited supply of space for redevelopment in Morris County? Parsippany’s proximity to several major transportation hubs? Fair market value? No need to pay off the developers with 30-year PILOTs? 

Does Mayor Barberio know all of this? Not only ignorance, downright laziness, or greed can explain why the Mayor completely ignored his constituents’ best interest while kowtowing to the out-of-town developers and lawyer who represented them.      

With less than a year to go before the Republican primary for Mayor, Parsippany residents seem to deserve better than ignorance, laziness, and greed.  

Bob Crawford

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Meeting Scheduled for May 21

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, May 21, 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 qualified as a 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 to download 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

Parsippany Hills High School Key Club Hosts Relay for Life

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Hills High School hosted “Relay for Life” on Saturday, May 18.

The event started at 5:00 p.m. with the opening ceremony and survivor celebration, which included a survivor dinner from The Miner’s Apron.

Survivor laps around the field

Followed by 5:30 to 8:30 with assorted activities, games, tournaments, and lap walking. At 6:00 p.m., a Frozen T-Shirt contest. At 6:30 p.m., Road-To-Recovery Car making, a race lap to follow which car makes it to the “Hope Lodge” the fastest.

At 7:00 p.m., Pure Barre of Morristown did a Pop-Up Class. 7:30 they held a water ballon toss; 8:00 p.m. Kickball Tournament. At 9:00 p.m., the Luminaria ceremony and closing at 9:30 to 10:00 was the fight back.

Throughout the day, activities included collecting lap beads, Jail-n-Bail, Face Painting, Field Goal Kicks, Yard Games, and fun-themed laps!

The students raised $17,284.45.

The three top teams were CerulloStrong, which raised $4,668; Answer For Cancer, which raised $4,054; and Team Morristown Rotary-Interact, which raised $2,302.

The top three individuals were Matthew and Robert Hemenway, who raised $2,476; Cori Mastropolo, who raised $ 1,903; and Shari Botta, who raised $810.

You can still donate by clicking here.

Relay For Life is the world’s largest volunteer-based fundraising event. For over 36 years, communities worldwide have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. We strive to make this event as safe as possible and will follow local COVID-related guidelines.

At Relay For Life, community members take turns walking around a track lined with luminaria bags. In our first lap of the day, attendees had the opportunity to cheer for local survivors (or participate as survivors). Caregivers of cancer patients (currently or previously diagnosed) were invited to join the Survivors. Local entertainers will keep you energized.

The Parsippany Hills High School Key Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

BrightPath Learning Center Opens New Child Care Center

PARSIPPANY — A new child care center has opened in Parsippany. It offers high-quality daycare, pre-kindergarten, and preschool programs to provide young children with an educational experience.

On Saturday, May 11, Parsippany officials officially welcomed BrightPath Learning Center to the township. The center operates at 70 Old Bloomfield Avenue.

BrightPath Early Learning and Child Care accepts children from six weeks to six years old, focusing on their cognitive, social, and physical development through structured activities and child-led play.

Monica Zollo, the center director, was inspired to join the childcare field after her daughter’s birth, which made her realize the critical role of early childcare in development.

“With caring educators, our program is designed to provide children with quality care in a warm and nurturing environment,” Zollo stated. “Combining that commitment with our holistic approach to meaningful learning opportunities, BrightPath gives every child the best start in life.”

BrightPath has numerous locations across North America, but this is its first center in New Jersey. It is part of the Busy Bees childcare network, which operates over 150 United States and Canada centers.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio and Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board Chairman Frank Cahill were among those who welcomed Zollo and the BrightPath bee mascot. The center also presented a check to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

The center also presented a check to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

“Quality childcare programs are essential for our entire community,” Barberio remarked. “They are lifelines for working families, enabling parents to set their children up for success in a very meaningful way.”

Cahill said, “BrightPath is deeply proud of its dedicated team of educators, who are passionately committed to crafting a personalized learning environment for children while maintaining the highest standards of curriculum excellence. Thank you for being a part of our community!”

BrightPath Early Learning and Child Care is located at 70 Old Bloomfield Avenue.

The child care center is licensed to care for 176 children. BrightPath offers financial assistance for families. You can take a virtual tour online or request an in-person tour. Their operating hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Julia Vincent Named to Mount St. Mary’s University President’s List

PARSIPPANY — Julia Vincent of Lake Hiawatha is among 156 students named to the President’s List for the Spring 2024 semester at Mount St. Mary’s University, achieving a 4.0 grade point average. An additional 557 students are on the Dean’s List, for which a grade point average of 3.4 is required. She is a graduate of Parsippany High School, Class of 2020.

About Mount St. Mary’s University

Mount St. Mary’s University is a private, liberal arts, a Catholic university in the Catoctin Mountains near historic Emmitsburg, Maryland, with a satellite campus in Frederick, Maryland’s second-largest city. The university offers over 80 majors, minors, concentrations, and special programs for traditional undergraduate students and more than 20 adult undergraduate and graduate-level programs. The Mount includes Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, the second oldest in the United States, and the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, an idyllic shrine for spiritual reflection on the hill above the university.

I-287 Lane Closures Required in Both Directions in Parsippany

PARSIPPANY — I-287 is expected to have overnight lane closures in both directions over the next several months from I-80 in Parsippany-Troy Hills to Route 202 in Montville as a pavement preservation project begins in Morris County.

Beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, and continuing nightly Monday through Friday at the same times through mid-summer 2024, a single lane on I-287 northbound and southbound is scheduled to be closed between I-80 and Route 202, with a second lane closed at 10:00 p.m. each night.

Lane closures are necessary to restripe and pave the roadway. At least one lane will be maintained during construction. Motorists are advised to slow down, use caution, and expect delays while driving through the work zone.

This work is part of a $5.5 million federally funded project that will preserve approximately five miles of pavement using High-Performance Thin Overlay (HPTO) on I-287 between I-80 in Parsippany-Troy Hills and Route 202 in Montville, Morris County. The project also includes paving most ramps within its limits.

This project is expected to be completed in fall 2024.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website by clicking here for real-time travel information.

“Click It or Ticket”: New Jersey Steps Up Seat Belt Compliance Efforts for Safer Roads: Parsippany awarded $8,750

MORRIS COUNTY — Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (HTS) announced the start of the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which aims to raise awareness among drivers and passengers about the lifesaving importance of wearing seat belts.

The campaign, which will run through June 2, will leverage grant funding from HTS to provide resources to law enforcement agencies across the state so they can step up enforcement of New Jersey’s seat belt requirements to keep drivers and passengers safe on our roadways.

This year, 119 New Jersey law enforcement agencies have received $766,010 from HTS to help pay for increased road patrols, seat belt checkpoints, and other enforcement initiatives during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Parsippany was awarded $8750.00.

To view the 2024 grantee list, click here.

The campaign is part of HTS’s ongoing efforts to increase safety and reduce fatalities on New Jersey’s roadways. According to the most recent data from 2022, in New Jersey, there were 140 unbelted fatalities, and 39 percent of all motor vehicle occupant fatalities were unrestrained, compared to 44 percent nationally. Over the past five years, nearly 16 percent of all unrestrained occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey were between the ages of 20 and 24, compared to 13.5 percent nationally.

“Seat belts save lives – we want that message to be loud and clear. And the campaign we are announcing today will provide law enforcement agencies with resources to reinforce that basic but critical point,” Platkin said. “As we prepare for the busy summer driving season, we are laser-focused on ensuring safety on roadways across New Jersey. This starts with drivers and passengers buckling up when they enter a vehicle.”

“In New Jersey, a state known for its busy highways and beautiful shorelines, spending time on the road is inevitable. However, it’s important to prioritize safety no matter your destination,” said Michael J. Rizol Jr., Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Wearing your seatbelt is not only required by law, but it can also save your life. Remember to buckle up, day or night, every seat, every time.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey take a “no-excuses” approach to seat belt compliance. The maximum penalty of a $46 fine for a seat belt violation serves as a reminder to buckle up every time.

Last year, law enforcement agencies participating in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign issued 6,989 seatbelt citations statewide, wrote 2,320 speeding summonses, and made 232 impaired driving arrests.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign also coincides with the “101 Days of Summer,” considered the busiest and most dangerous travel period of the year. Beautiful weather and New Jersey’s countless entertainment and recreational destinations create heavy travel demands between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Over the next three months, HTS will continue to work closely with local, county, state, and national law enforcement agencies to make summer travel safer and strive to reduce crashes and fatalities throughout New Jersey.

Wonder’s Arrival in Parsippany Just Around the Corner

PARSIPPANY — Wonder, “a collection of delivery-first restaurants” and “new kind of food hall,” is adding to their collection of New Jersey locations. Parsippany.

Imagine 30 unique restaurants to choose from, delivered to your door in under 30 minutes. Wonder offers that experience to its customers.

Wonder aims to make world-class food accessible regardless of location. To achieve this, they have developed a vertically integrated, new standard of dining that allows people to enjoy menus from award-winning chefs and iconic restaurants across the country all in one place. Their elevated brick-and-mortar locations will provide options for pickup, dine-in, and home delivery.

Wonder is expanding as a food-tech startup backed by top-tier venture capitalists and led by a team of experienced entrepreneurs—including some of the most accomplished leaders in the technology, culinary, and logistics industries. They invite others to join them in pioneering a new dining category called “Fast-Fine” and revolutionizing how people eat.

Storefronts in Midland Park and Cresskill opened in late January. Additional locations include Hoboken, Springfield, and Westfield. A new location is planned to open soon in Ledgewood and Teterboro. They also have storefronts in New York.

Wonder’s corporate headquarters are located in Parsippany at 399 Jefferson Road.

Featuring “some of the world’s best chefs” (Bobby Flay, Jose Andres, Nancy Silverton) and “award-winning restaurants from across the country,” the multi-restaurant brand allows customers to order from any combination of concepts at each particular location.

Everything is made-to-order at their storefronts and delivered in under 30 minutes — pick-up and limited dine-in options are also available.

They will seek a preliminary and final major site plan with “C/D” Variance for a restaurant & signs located in the former Capital One Bank,  1295 Route 46, Block: 729 Lot: 1 Zone: O-3. The Parsippany-Troy Hills Zoning Board will hear their application on Wednesday, May 22.

Sons of the American Legion Post #249 Hosts First Annual Pasta Night

PARSIPPANY — Morris County Sons of Italy ~ Lodge 2561 (SOI) President Joe Jannarone Jr. received the call. One of Parsippany’s significant veterans organizations was planning its first Annual Pasta Night Fundraiser, and they were aware of the SOI’s culinary skills and willingness to help out local causes. Bringing it to the members’ attention, the group happily took only a minute to volunteer their services in a great community endeavor.

Over 70 Enjoy Pasta and Meatballs at Post 249’s First Annual Pasta Night

On May 18, Jannarone arrived at the Post early, armed with an array of cooking utensils, oversized pots and pans, 36 pounds of Penne Rigate pasta, and loads of meatballs, to begin preparations for the 6:00 p.m. dinner. Shortly thereafter, 12 SOI volunteers started to arrive to set up and start preparing the meal for the evening’s event. It was the Sons of the American Legion – Post 249’s first “Annual Pasta Night,” and a delicious pasta and meatballs dinner was clearly in order.

Morris County Sons of Italy Supports Veterans with Pasta Night Fundraiser

Post #249 is the Parsippany local American Legion Veterans Organization Post. It is a non-profit organization located at 91 North Beverwyck Road in Lake Hiawatha. The Post was founded in 1935 as Parsippanong American Legion Post #249. The Post’s charitable endeavors include providing a resource for Veterans Hospitals, scholarships for local youths, Toys for Tots, and a wide range of varied services to area veterans and the community.

Parsippany Sons of Italy Serve Up Pasta for a Cause

The Sons of the American Legion (SAL) is an American Legion program established to assist with veteran programs, activities, and fundraising. SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership.

Post #249, in addition to its regular membership, includes between 40 and 50 Sons of the American Legion and 46 members of the Women’s Auxiliary. The Post is always looking for new members and can be reached at (973) 335-9266 or via email: americanlegion249@gmail.com. The Post offers a large banquet room, which is available for parties, a full-sized, well-stocked bar, and a kitchen. It is deceptively large and could easily fit over 100 in the dining area alone. It provides an excellent venue to share camaraderie with old and new friends while enjoying a cocktail. How could you go wrong at $3.00 for a 12 oz beer, $5.00 for mixed drinks, and $4.00 for a glass of wine?

Joe Jannarone Jr. and SOI Members Cook Up Support for Veterans

Congratulations to Event Coordinator Steve Giersyk, Women’s Auxiliary President Michele Silver, and Commander Michael Poplawski on a successful event. Over 70 members and guests were in attendance to share a fun time filled with delectable food (salads, breads, assorted desserts, and, of course, all the pasta and meatballs you could eat). DJ Nick, Anytime Entertainment, kept it lively and entertaining.  Plus, many walked away with a door prize, raffle prize, or the 50/50. 

Some local dignitaries on hand included Parsippany Mayor James Barberio, Councilmen Frank Neglia, Justin Musella, and former Councilman Michael dePierro.

Post 249 is also scheduled for its Annual Picnic at Lenape Park in Lake Hiawatha on September 14. This event will feature the “All You Can Eat” picnic fare, which many long-time attendees always look forward to.

Post 249 is Closed on Tuesdays. Open Wednesday – Monday, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Unless Flag is down.

American Legion Post 249’s Pasta Night a Hit with Community
Parsippany Mayor James Barberio Joins Community for Annual Pasta Night at Post 249

Assembly Health Committee Approves Bill to Combat Underage Smoking and Vaping

MORRIS COUNTY — The Assembly Health Committee approved a trio of bills aimed at combating the rising use of tobacco and vaping products, especially among young people.

The proposed legislation includes increasing penalties for prohibited sales, mandating inspections for retailers, and establishing guidelines for schools to create public awareness campaigns about the dangers of smoking and vaping.

“Smoking and vaping can cause devastating and irreversible damage,” said Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee (D-Burlington). “Too many of our youth are using tobacco and vaping products, and that needs to stop. The bills we advanced today are designed to help curb underage usage of these products.”

Bill A3992, sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Venezia, Assemblyman Conaway, and Assemblywoman Tennille McCoy, proposes increased penalties for certain prohibited sales of tobacco and vapor products. Bill A2388, sponsored by Assemblyman William Spearman and Assemblyman Conaway, requires more frequent cigarette and vapor product dealer inspections. Bill A2029, sponsored by Assemblywoman Shanique Speight, Assemblyman Conaway, and Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, directs the New Jersey Departments of Education (NJDOE) and Health (NJDOH) to develop guidelines for school districts and higher education institutions on student vaping awareness campaigns.

A3992 would expand the definition of “tobacco product” to include any product containing, made of, or derived from tobacco or nicotine and affiliated accessories. This includes vapor products, snuff, hookahs, filters, rolling papers, and similar items. The bill would also increase penalties for retailers selling “tobacco products” to anyone under 21 – up to $750 for the first offense, up to $1,500 for the second offense, and up to $3,000 for subsequent offenses.

“Safeguarding the health and well-being of our youth should be a priority,” said Assemblyman Venezia (D-Essex). “Updating terminology and extending regulations to encompass all tobacco products and accessories is a crucial measure in our commitment to shielding our young people from the dangers of addiction and its lifelong impacts.”

Assemblywoman McCoy (D-Mercer, Middlesex) added, “Tobacco products, particularly e-cigarettes and vapes, have become a significant health epidemic among our youth. This bill prioritizes the health and well-being of our constituents by strengthening existing laws to discourage young people from accessing tobacco products and revealing the associated risks.”

A2388 would allow county or municipal law enforcement, under the direction of the Attorney General or Commissioner of the NJDOH, to conduct a minimum of two annual inspections of retailers, serve and execute summonses for violations, and forfeit vapor products found in violation. Retailers in violation would receive a three-month follow-up.

“We want to discourage retailers from selling tobacco products violating the law,” said Assemblyman Spearman (D-Camden, Gloucester). “With the rise of e-cigarette and vape usage among teens and young adults, regular inspections will enable us to address challenges before they escalate into serious issues.”

A2029 would assist school districts, colleges, and universities in communicating with students about the risks of vaping by instructing the NJDOE and NJDOH to create guidelines for on-campus anti-vaping campaigns. These campaigns would be multi-tiered, offering decision-making tools and age-specific marketing materials with information about the consequences of vaping on physical and mental health, pregnancy, workplace environments, and exposure to young children.

“Peer trends frequently influence children and young adults. While some trends, like the latest TikTok dance, may be harmless, others, like smoking, can have significant and lasting consequences,” said Assemblywoman Speight (D-Essex). “Empowering schools to engage with their student body and provide education on resisting peer pressure and staying safe helps reduce the number of youths who try smoking or vaping.”

“A study by the University of North Carolina found that ‘Real Cost’ prevention ads decreased youth susceptibility to vaping and smoking cigarettes,” said Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson (D-Mercer, Hunterdon). “This bill would translate that research into practice by providing schools with guidelines to help facilitate the implementation of on-campus anti-vaping campaigns tailored for adolescents and young adults.”

Marine Patrol Unit of Morris County Sheriff’s Office Gears Up for Lake Season

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit will again assist the New Jersey State Police keep everyone safe this summer. Regular tours of duty are already underway.

Like all years, this year’s emphasis will be on ensuring a safe and fun experience. The sheriff’s office said a great way to accomplish this is by following boating safety practices.

Officials said children 12 years old and under must wear a Coast Guard-approved, properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD).

All emergencies should be reported by calling 9-1-1, and all other issues can be resolved by contacting the New Jersey State Police at (973) 663-3400.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office offers these safe boating tips:

  • The operator must have an operator license, valid registration, and boating safety certificate in possession.
  • Personal flotation devices (PFDs) must be available for all passengers. Children 12 years old and under must wear PFDs while the vessel is moving.
  • A throwable seat cushion or ring buoy must be available.
  • The vessel must have an adequate horn or whistle and an approved fire extinguisher.
  • Navigation lights must be on between sunset and sunrise.
  • Be aware of your swimming capability.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Check local weather conditions before departure.
  • Use common sense—operate at a safe speed, stay alert, and respect navigational aids and other boaters.

“Remember, boating safety for all boaters and passengers. Have a life jacket and always wear it while boating. Accidents on the water happen too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket,” the sheriff’s office said.

Find Perfect Gifts at Rainbow Lakes Craft Fair This Sunday

PARSIPPANY — The Rainbow Lakes Community Club, located in the Rainbow Lakes section of Parsippany, is hosting an indoor craft and vendor fair this Sunday, May 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The fair will feature various items, primarily for adults and some for kids. Vendors include woodworkers, potters, jewelry makers, custom tumbler creators, makeup vendors, crafters of crocheted items, and hostess gifts. These items make great gifts for Father’s Day, weddings, showers, birthdays, and more.

Event Details:

  • Location: Rainbow Lakes Clubhouse, 20 Rainbow Trail, Denville
  • Special Offers:
    • Free kids’ craft session
    • Free glitter tattoos
    • Free raffle ticket for an awesome Summer Fun gift basket with any vendor purchase

Come and support local vendors from the community!

H.K. Truck Center Plans Major Redevelopment on Newly Acquired Parsippany Site

PARSIPPANY — A South Plainfield-based trucking company has acquired 3.4 acres of land to transform the area around its existing building in Parsippany into a new facility.

H.K. Truck Center purchased the lots at 10-30 Fanny Road for $3.68 million, as reported by commercial real estate firm NAI James E. Hanson, which facilitated the sale. The property is situated at the corner of Intervale Road and Fanny Road, near Route 202, providing easy access to several major transportation routes.

(Photo courtesy of NAI James E. Hanson)

The company plans to demolish the existing buildings and redevelop the site into a state-of-the-art truck repair facility.

Based in South Plainfield, H.K. Truck Center specializes in commercial truck parts, service, rental, leasing, and sales.

The company’s current Parsippany location, a 15,818-square-foot maintenance building, is at 10 Fanny Road. A residential building between H.K. Truck Center and The Music Shop appears to be part of the parcel.

NAI James E. Hanson’s Michael Walters, SIOR, and Cameron Silverstein represented the seller, HFC Holdings, LLC, negotiating with H.K. Truck Center.

“With limited space available for redevelopment in Morris County and the surrounding area, we are thrilled to have helped our client secure fair market value while allowing a tenant to continue operating their business at the space,” said Walters. “We look forward to continuing our work with our client, HFC Holdings, and wish H.K. Truck Center all the best moving forward.”

Letter to the Editor: Gratitude for Township’s PAL Support

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my deep appreciation for the unwavering support that the Township of Parsippany, Mayor Barberio, and the Town Council have provided to the Police Athletic League (PAL) over the past years. The township’s dedication to PAL has played a pivotal role in creating a positive environment for our youth, fostering community engagement, and bolstering public safety efforts.

The township’s generous support has enabled PAL to expand its programs, reaching our community’s broader spectrum of young individuals. Through sports, mentorship, and education initiatives, the PAL has been pivotal in offering our youth constructive and meaningful opportunities, aiding their development of vital life skills, and cultivating a sense of responsibility.

Furthermore, the collaborative efforts between the township and PAL have fortified the bond between law enforcement and our community, nurturing mutual trust and understanding. These initiatives are instrumental in shaping a safer, more cohesive community where everyone feels valued and empowered.

Again, I extend my heartfelt thanks to the Township of Parsippany for their ongoing support of PAL and their steadfast commitment to the well-being of our youth and community.

Sincerely,
Parsippany PAL Executive Board
33 Baldwin Rd
Parsippany NJ 07054

Local Achiever: Daniel Rodriguez on SNHU Winter 2024 Dean’s List

PARSIPPANY — Daniel Rodriguez has been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s Winter 2024 Dean’s List. The winter terms run from January to May.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.500 to 3.699 for the reporting term are named to the Dean’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits over each 16-week term or paired 8-week terms grouped in fall, winter/spring, and summer.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with a 91-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 225,000 learners worldwide, SNHU offers approximately 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH.

Recognized as one of the “Most Innovative” regional universities by U.S. News & World Report and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU is committed to expanding access to high-quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each learner. To learn more, click here.

SAX LLP Announces 13th Annual 4 MILER to Benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

PARSIPPANY — Sax LLP will host its 13th annual 4 MILER run/walk event to raise money for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson on Saturday, September 21. The fundraising event will occur at SAX LLP’s state-of-the-art headquarters at 389 Interpace Parkway. 

Last year, nearly 400 participants, 20 volunteers, 34 sponsors, and 225 donors came together to participate, raising over $125,000 to benefit the Child Life Department of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital—the largest amount raised in the event’s history. This brings the total raised since the event’s inception to $925,000. With this year’s race, SAX is racing to raise $1 million for St. Joseph’s Health.

As an avid supporter of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Sax LLP donates 100% of the funds raised from this event directly to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Department, which provides high-impact therapies to help pediatric patients cope with the adverse effects of treatment and hospitalization. Soley funded by outside support, the department offers quality-of-life therapies like art, animal-assisted, and horticultural therapy, which are shown to be highly impactful in mitigating the adverse effects of hospitalization, especially among patients with chronic, life-threatening, or terminal illnesses. SAX LLP’s philanthropic arm, The SAX Charitable Foundation, absorbs all event costs so that 100% of funds raised go directly to benefit the Child Life Department. Mainly driven by the annual 4 MILER, SAX LLP is the sole contributor to the Child Life Department.

“Our 4 Miler event is cherished by our employees and strongly supported by our clients and professional partners.  It always feels so great for us to come together for St. Joseph’s Child Life Department, which does so much for their pediatric patients on so little,” said Joseph Damiano, SAX CEO and Managing Partner.  “2024 will mark a banner year for our event as we work to cross the finish line in bringing the total raised for the Children’s Hospital over $1 million.”

The 13th annual 4 MILER run is held on a USA Track and Field (USATF)-certified double-loop course. The event will include a two-mile walk, kids’ dashes, a DJ, a face painter, a balloon artist, and other family-friendly activities. It will conclude with race awards and random prize drawings.

New this year, SAX LLP is offering early bird pricing to those who register between May 15 and June 2.

For more information, including how to register or become a sponsor, please visit SAX’s 4 MILER page.

About SAX LLP

SAX LLP is a Top 100 accounting, tax, and advisory firm serving the needs of privately held companies, family-owned businesses, nonprofit organizations, and high-net-worth individuals. With offices in Parsippany, NJ, Ewing, NJ, New York City, NY, and Mumbai, India, SAX has specialized expertise that benefits clients in our largest vertical markets. SAX provides added value to clients through advisory services that include but are not limited to Cybersecurity and Managed IT, Investment Banking, Transaction Advisory, HR Consulting, Valuation, Forensic & Litigation, and Wealth Management. SAX has been nationally ranked and listed among the Top Accounting Firms by NJBIZ, INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA), Accounting Today, and Forbes. For more information, please visit www.saxllp.com.

Parsippany’s Keshav Sheth Earns Prestigious $2,500 National Merit Award

PARSIPPANY — A high school senior from Parsippany is among the 60 people from New Jersey who have been awarded a $2,500 National Merit scholarship. Eligibility begins with high PSAT scores, followed by a comprehensive application that includes essays, recommendations, and academic records.

Parsippany’s Keshav B. Sheth, a Morris Hills High School student planning to study engineering, is a recipient. The scholarships, funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and some corporate sponsors, are awarded based on academic and extracurricular excellence. Further announcements of scholarship recipients are scheduled for June and July.

Sheth is president of Morris Hills Key Club. He will be attending the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Armed Robber Receives 28-Year Sentence for East Hanover Best Buy Heist

EAST HANOVER — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, and East Hanover Township Police Chief Christopher F. Cannizzo confirmed the sentencing of Michael Guirguis, 39, of Jersey City, in connection with the armed robbery of Best Buy, 410 Route 10 East, on May 28, 2022.

On May 10, 2024, the Honorable Ralph E. Amirata, J.S.C., imposed a sentence of 28 years in New Jersey State Prison, with 23.75 years of parole ineligibility. Specifically, the defendant received 28 years for the first-degree Robbery, per NJSA 2C:43-7a(2). The third-degree Shoplifting, third-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon merged into the Robbery.

Guirguis was found guilty by a jury on March 22, 2024, of first-degree Armed Robbery, third-degree Shoplifting, third-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Judge Amirata also found Guirguis guilty of Resisting Arrest. He was held at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending sentencing.

The State presented evidence that on May 28, 2022, Guirguis entered Best Buy on Route 10 in East Hanover and removed multiple iPads and iPhones from a display table worth $4,500. As he tried to flee Best Buy, Guirguis brandished a knife at an asset protection employee. Guirguis also brandished the blade of the knife at a second individual after stepping outside of the store with the stolen items. Police arrived to find Guirguis in the parking lot with the knife and stolen items in hand. The defendant did not respond to lawful orders and was apprehended by force.

Prosecutor Carroll credited the Trial Team of Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Herda, Assistant Prosecutor Donald Gual, Agent John Jespersen, Detective Matthew Marino, and Support Staff members Nina Tenten, Natalie Marzalik, and Anna Cerutti.

The Prosecutor would like to thank and acknowledge the agencies that participated in the investigation that led to the successful prosecution, including the East Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office General Investigation Unit.

Tabitha Gessling Completes Fashion Institute of Technology with Distinction

PARSIPPANY — Tabitha Gessling of Lake Hiawatha is graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Her notable achievements include:

  • Associate of Applied Sciences in Advertising and Marketing Communications (May 2022)
  • Study Abroad in Milan, Paris, and London (2023)
  • Bachelor of Science in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing (May 2024)
  • Minor in Ethics and Sustainability
  • Beauty Director for FIT’s student-run magazine “Blush,” Spring 2023 publication
  • Senator for Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing in the Student Government Association, Fall 2023-Spring 2024
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa

Tabitha graduated from Parsippany High School, Class of 2020.

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City is a globally recognized institution known for its outstanding design, fashion, business, and technology programs. Established in 1944, FIT is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and offers a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. The college is celebrated for its rigorous academics, industry connections, and hands-on learning opportunities. FIT’s location in the heart of New York City provides students unparalleled access to the fashion and creative industries, fostering a dynamic learning environment that prepares graduates for successful careers in their chosen fields. The campus features state-of-the-art facilities, including specialized labs, studios, and exhibition spaces, reflecting its commitment to innovation and excellence.

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