Par High vs. Par Hills Softball Game

hillsvshighbaseballThe Parsippany Hills High School softball team won 11 -4 over Parsippany High School in the 6th inning.  The lights on the field went out and the game was called in the 6th inning.

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A Visual Tour of Camp Meeting Cottage Interiors

cottage-interiorsYou may be familiar with the quaint gingerbread cottage exteriors of camp meetings like Mount Gretna, Ocean Grove and Mount Tabor: narrow, two story dollhouses loaded up with fretwork and Victorian trim. But what did these diminutive charmers look like inside?

Travel back in time to a camp meeting cottage: take a peek inside these summer homes during the period 1870 to 1900. Referencing the few period photographs available, Michelle Munn will answer these questions – What furniture, decorations, and themes are used to represent camp meeting life at the turn of the last century? Which items are indicative of the era in general, and which items are unique to camp meetings?

The program, co-sponsored by the Mount Tabor Historical Society and the Mount Tabor Branch of the Parsippany Public Library System, is free and open to the public and will be held on Thursday, May 22 at the Bethel in Mount Tabor. Refreshments served at 7:00 p.m. Program at 7:30 p.m.   For more information call (973) 627-9508 or (973) 625-8548 or click here.

Walk up the path from the Mt Tabor Post Office at 26 Simpson Ave. Mount Tabor is located in Parsippany.

Carifi’s attorney relieved by Court; hires new attorney

Parsippany’s lawsuit against ex-police Capt. James Carifi has encountered a delay as his attorney has requested to be relieved as counsel due to a possible $2.5 million defamation lawsuit brought by his former employer, according to court documents filed on April 1 in Morris County Superior Court, obtained by Parsippany Focus.

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Captain James Carfi (left) being congratulated by Mayor James Barberio when Carifi was promoted to Captain in 2010

Morris County Superior Court Judge Rosemary Ramsay granted an order on Wednesday, April 30 permitting Carifi’s attorney, Arthur G. Margeotes to be relieved as counsel, and provided Carifi 30 days to retain new counsel in the litigation, according to documents filed. Margeotes office is located in Totowa. According to a source, Carifi hired Chris Deininger, Esq., with the law firm Bubb Grogan & Cocca, 25 Prospect Street, Morristown. Deininger, a graduate of Skidmore College and the Case Western Reserve University Law School has more than 20 years experience in all phases of commercial matters. His practice has involved Complex Commercial Litigation, Commercial Trials and Technology Law. Mr. Deininger had the honor of clerking with the Honorable Robert Kurpansky, United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars, and is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals Federal Circuit. Carifi has not returned telephone calls requesting comment. Margeotes filed a motion to withdraw from the case on March 31, and, in a certification filed with the court, he said he received a $2.5 million settlement demand regarding a threatened lawsuit from his former employer, attorney Patrick P. Toscano Jr. of the Toscano Law Firm LLC., located in Caldwell, on March 19. Carifi previously was represented by Toscano before Margeotes took over the case. Margeotes, who was terminated by the Toscano firm in 2013, allegedly slandered Toscano and his firm during a discussion with Nicholas P. Milewski, Esq., counsel for the Joint Insurance Fund, which would indemnify Parsippany for legal losses in the case. Milewski was named as a third party defendant as well as Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Attorney John Inglesino, an associate of Mr. Inglesino, Justin A. Marchetta, Matthew D. Farrante and Aurora Information Security and Risk. Margeotes certified to the judge that he received an opinion from the state Office of Attorney Ethics, on March 26 that the possible defamation lawsuit by a lawyer who previously represented Carifi created “a clear conflict.” In his certification, Margeotes included a letter, dated March 17,  from Toscano and a witness statement, from Milewski, alleging that Margeotes told Milewski that he left Toscano’s firm because “Pat was being investigated by various law enforcement and attorney ethics entities.” Margoetes said that these investigations arose out of the fact that Pat had allegedly misused clients funds that were placed into escrow in Pat’s attorney trust account. Toscano’s letter further alleged that Margeotes had told Milewski “that these investigations arose out of the fact that (Toscano) had allegedly misused clients’ funds that were placed into escrow in (Toscano’s) attorney trust account.” In the letter, Toscano also alleged that Margeotes was terminated from the law firm. Also Toscano’s letter states that Margeotes stated to Milewski that “Toscano attempted to settle Carifi’s claim quickly and without Carifi’s knowledge or consent, so that (Pat Toscano) would have money available for his personal use.” It also states that Toscano “had done this same thing, meaning settling cases without (his) clients knowledge, and that (Pat Toscano) had done so to other clients in other cases.” It was also stated that Margeotes stated “That Pat’s clients were leaving Pat and seeking other attorneys to represent them and in large numbers.” Margeotes’ extensive career has included over 27 years as a prosecutor and work experience in The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and The United State’s Attorney’s Office. He directed numerous investigative units in both Prosecutor’s offices leading to the successful prosecution of complex criminal cases involving Internal Affairs, Governmental Corruption, Organized Crime, Complex White Collar and Economic Crimes, Insurance Fraud, Child Abuse and Trials. Throughout his career, Mr. Margeotes has worked jointly with numerous law enforcement agencies including The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The United State’s Attorney’s Office, various County Prosecutor’s Offices and Local Police Departments. He also has an extensive background as a civil attorney with a concentration in litigation. His years of experience as a prosecutor and as a private attorney also make him uniquely qualified to represent and protect the interests of any law enforcement officer in administrative, criminal and employment issues.

Parsippany Citizens Police Academy Graduation Ceremony

citizensacademyMayor James R. Barberio is proud to announce the eleventh graduating class of the Parsippany–Troy Hills Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy.

The graduation ceremony will be held at Parsippany-Troy Hills Town Hall located at 1001 Parsippany Blvd. at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 8.

The ceremony completes a ten-week program during which the twenty citizens of Parsippany attended a once a week training session.

The class sessions educated the participants in subjects such as police procedures, training, crime prevention techniques, neighborhood watch, motor vehicle stops, traffic enforcement, school resource officers, firearms, use of force scenerios and other contemporary law enforcement subject matter taught by specialists in their fields from our department.

The public ceremony will be held in the township council chambers. All members of the public are invited to attend this momentous occasion.

PHS Key Club celebrates Eliminate with a week long schedule

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Parsippany High School Key Club

Members of the Parsippany High School Key Club celebrates “Eliminate Week” May 5 through May 9 with each day of the week with a different specialized activity.

On Monday, May 5: Mothers Day – Celebrate Mother’s Day a bit early. Whether it be as small as a hug or making her breakfast, do a little something to show your mom you appreciate her. Tuesday, May 6: Paint The Town Blue – Show off your unwavering character by wearing blue to raise awareness for the Eliminate Project; Wednesday, May 7: Skip to Save – Can you go a day without something? Skip your daily cup of coffee or cookies at lunch and sue the extra change to donate to a worthy cause; Thursday, May 8: Flower Power – Still need a Mother’s Day Present? Have your club sell flowers at school and donate the proceeds towards the Eliminate project; Friday, May 9: #Elimin8 – Who doesn’t love taking selfies with their friends? Take a selfie with either a blue filter or your Eliminate Hands with #Elimin8 so we can spread the word about the Eliminate Project; All Week: Eliminate Hands – Self Eliminate Hands throughout the week and hand them up in your school to spread the word about the Eliminate Project and New Jersey’s goal.

Pictured above (back row) are Key Club members Henry Shen, Viren Lad, Winston Yeh, Chris Yang, Lizzie Tu, and Key Club Advisor Christine Mac Gregor and Kiwanis Advisor Ron Orthwein; (front row) Aleena Kazmi, Sam Wu, Emily Weng, Yang Fu and Priya Lad.

With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.

To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.

Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.

For more information on Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, click here.

Theft of services; arrested for DWI

Ruth_ChrisLt. Jay Wieners and Officers Alfred Keiser, Thomas Armenti, Robert Appel, Zachary Koch and Michael Sprung responded to the Hilton Hotel to investigate a report of Theft of Services by two individuals at 7:21p.m. on Sunday, May 4.

It was also reported that one of the individuals had just left the establishment and was attempting to leave in a red Lincoln. When Officer Keiser arrived on location, he began to check the parking are when a maroon Lincoln began backing out of a parking spot almost striking his patrol vehicle. Officer Keiser stopped the driver, later identified as Susanne Christ, 38, Pomona, New York.

After a brief investigation, Ms. Christy was placed under arrest by Officer Keiser for Driving Under the Influence and transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where she was processed before later being released pending an appearance in court. She was also charged with Reckless Driving. Officers Sprung and Appel proceeded into the hotel where they were met by a staff member of Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The staff member informed them that a man later identified as Jamey Mead, 35, Netcong ordered food and beverages totaling $98.44 and had no way to pay for them.

The man then left the restaurant to order more drinks at the hotel bar. Officer Appel was already speaking with Mr. Mead when the manager of the hotel informed Officer Sprung that Mr. Mead attempted to charge the drinks to a room in the hotel that he was not registered in. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Mead was not registered at the hotel at all. He was placed under arrest and transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where he was processed before later being released pending an appearance in court. He was charged with Theft.

Editors Note: A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

DWI arrest and related motor vehicle charges

policecarWhile on patrol on Route 46 West, Officers Matthew LaManna and Jaime Mendez observed a black Toyota Rav for drifting in a lane while traveling 35 mph in the right lane at 2:55 a.m. on Saturday, May 3.

The vehicle then abruptly cut across to the left lane and made a left hand turn on Smith Road. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Littleton Road, but the vehicle would not stop.

It continued right onto Parsippany Boulevard at a very slow rate of speed before turning into the Tivoli Gardens Apartment Complex.

The marked patrol unit continued to follow the Toyota with their lights and sirens activated, but the vehicle did not come to a stop until it parked in a marked space.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Dominika Justynski, 30, Parsippany turned off the vehicle and locked the doors ignoring commands of the officers to exit the vehicle. Officers smashed the passenger side window and unlocked the vehicle. Ms. Justynski was then removed from the vehicle by the officers, handcuffed and placed into custody. She was transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where she was processed before her custody was turned over to the Morris County Jail in lieu of $2,500.00 bail.

Ms. Justynski was charged with Eluding, two counts of Obstruction of Justice, DUI, Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test, DWI in a School Zone, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain a Lane, Unsafe Lane Change, Failure to Stop and Failure to Notify change of Address on a driver’s license.

Editors Note: A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Parsippany had numerous vehicle burglaries

policecarBurglaries to seven vehicles were reported on Monday, May 5 between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The burglaries are believed to have occurred in the overnight hours between Sunday, May 4 and Monday, May 5.

In each case, an unlocked vehicle was entered and rummaged through.

In some cases where nothing of value was located in the vehicle, there was no theft reported. In the incidents where items of value were stored in the vehicles, items were stolen.

These items included a GPS unit, a pocketbook, loose change and gift cards. The total replacement value of the items stolen totaled approx. $880.00. The locations of the burglarized vehicles were:

2 vehicles on Cedar Terrace

2 Vehicles on Wildwood Trail

2 Vehicles on Hawkins Avenue

1 Vehicle on Druid Hill Drive

Anyone with information regarding the incidents or witnessed suspicious activity in those areas should contact the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300 or email at Crime_Tips@parpolice.com.

Residential burglary on Tarn Drive

tarndriveOfficers Michael Sprung and Jason Ferreira responded to a Tarn Drive home on Monday, May 5 to investigate a report of a resident arriving home to find their home burglarized.

The incident is believed to have occurred between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

When the residents arrived home, they found that the front and rear doors of the home were open and the bedrooms of the house had been ransacked.

Entry to the residence appears to have been made through a front window that had been forced open.

An apple I-Pad and a box of jewelry were reported missing from the home. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Det. Joseph Puso at (973) 263-4315 or email  at Crime_Tips@parpolice.com.

Crash involving utility pole on North Beverwyck

Officer Jeffrey Magahan responded to North Beverwyck Road just south of Vail Road to investigate a vehicle that had struck utility pole at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5.

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The truck registered to Safe Shredding LLC. struck a utility pole and pulled down power lines on North Beverwcyk Road near Vail Road.

Upon his arrival, Officer Magahan observed that the Freightliner truck registered to Safe Shredding LLC. had been attempting to make a right turn onto Vail Rd. when it struck the pole causing the live wires to fall before coming to rest on the vehicle.

The two occupants of the vehicle did not complain of injuries and were instructed to remain inside of the vehicle due to the live wires.

JCP&L responded to the location and was able to de-energize the wires at which time the occupants were able to exit the vehicle.

A portion of North Beverwyck Road was closed between Farrand Road and Vail Road while repairs were made to the utility pole. No summonses were issued at the time of the crash.

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JCP&L de-energizing the wires so occupants were able to exit the vehicle.
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Parsippany Police closed North Beverwyck Road between Farrand Road and Vail Road while repairs were made.