Community Hope Annual Event to Honor Pharmaceutical Leaders from Lundbeck and Shire

communityhopeCommunity Hope will host its Sparkle of Hope Annual Dinner Auction on Thursday, October 24 at the Birchwood Manor, 111 North Jefferson Road, Whippany.

The charity event benefits the nonprofit organization’s residential programs and support services for individuals, including veterans and their families, struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction and poverty. This year’s dinner will also support the largest growth of services in the agency’s 28-year history.  Community Hope expects to serve 70% more individuals in the year ahead, including more than 1,000 veterans and veteran families facing homelessness.

The fundraising event begins at 6:00 p.m. with an auction preview and cocktail reception, followed at 7:00 p.m. by dinner and an awards program.  Honorary Co-Chairs Mark Altmeyer, President and CEO of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Bruce Kuhlik, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Merck & Co, Inc., announced the honorees will be Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire and Staffan Schüberg, President of Lundbeck U.S.  Dr. Flemming and Mr. Schüberg are being recognized for their contributions to advancing treatments for the recovery of mental illness.

Dr. Ornskov was named Chief Executive Officer of Shire in April 2013 and has been a member of the Board since January 2, 2013. He brings to his position his operational and medical knowledge and his extensive international, strategic and operational experience in the pharmaceutical sector.  He formerly held the position of Non-Executive Chairman of Evotec AG, and of Non-Executive Director of PCI Biotech Holding ASA. From 2010 to 2012 he was Chief Marketing Officer and Global Head, Strategic Marketing for General and Specialty Medicine at Bayer.  Prior to this, from 2008 to 2010, Flemming served as Global President, Pharmaceuticals and OTC at Bausch & Lomb, Inc.  He also served as Chairman, and later as President and Chief Executive Officer, of Life-Cycle Pharma A/S from 2006 to 2008, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Ikaria, Inc. from 2005 to 2006.  Earlier in his pharmaceutical career Flemming had roles of increasing responsibility at Merck & Co., Inc. and Novartis AG.

Mr. Schüberg is the president at Lundbeck U.S., having assumed the role in November 2010.  Lundbeck is known worldwide for its pioneering work within the field of psychiatry, devoting its research and development efforts to creating innovative therapies for the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other central nervous system (CNS) disorders.  During his long tenure with the company, he has served in a variety of commercial positions in many different geographies, and has played an integral role in expanding Lundbeck’s CNS business.

The Sparkle of Hope Dinner was founded in 1997 by pharmaceutical leader Fred Hassan, Partner of Warburg Pincus.  He sought to expand on the gains which the healthcare industry had made in improving treatment for individuals with mental illness by helping ensure sufficient community-based housing and services.  In the past seventeen years, the Sparkle of Hope has brought together the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ leaders in support of a common cause.  The event has raised more than $6 million to provide housing and essential support services for veterans and other individuals struggling with mental illness.

Joining Founding Chair Fred Hassan and the Honorary Chairs in co-chairing the 2013 gala are Lonnel Coats, President and CEO of Eisai, Inc.;  John Crowley, Chairman and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics; Robert J. Hugin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Celgene Corporation; Joseph Militano, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, DRS Technologies; Kevin Rigby, Vice President of Public Affairs and US Country Head of Public Affairs, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Brent Saunders, Former CEO of Bausch + Lomb; and Paul L. Sturman, President of  Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

Presenting sponsors of the event include Bausch + Lomb; Celgene Corporation; Eisai Inc.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hassan; Lundbeck; Merck; Novo Nordisk; Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Pfizer Inc.  and Shire.  Diamond Sponsors include DRS Technologies; Forest Laboratories; Lowenstein Sandler; Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and Warburg Pincus.

Gala activities include a raffle drawing for vacation packages; a 50/50 cash raffle and a silent auction featuring original artwork and autographed sports memorabilia.  In addition, guests can participate in a raffle for chances to win nearly fifty other prizes.

Tables and tickets can be purchased online at  For more information on the Sparkle of Hope Dinner Auction, visit the events section of Community Hope’s website or call the Development Office at (973) 463-9600, extension 308.  Individual tickets are $145 per person and table prices for event sponsors range from $2,500 to $25,000.

About Community Hope:  Community Hope was founded in 1985 by mental health professionals and family members of young adults with mental illness to establish residential programs where young adults could continue their recovery.  In 2004, Community Hope expanded its mission to serve veterans homeless as a result of mental illness, combat induced trauma and substance abuse, and its nationally-acclaimed Hope for Veterans® Transitional Housing Program opened as the largest program in New Jersey and the Tri-State area for homeless veterans.  Today, the organization is the largest charity serving homeless and needy veterans and their families.  Community Hope anticipates serving more than 1,200 individuals affected by homelessness, mental health issues, addiction and poverty in the year ahead as the 62-unit Valley Brook Village for Veterans opens this Fall and the agency expands its Supportive Services for Veteran Families program to 11 of New Jersey’s 21 counties and eastern Pennsylvania.

Parsippany Elks Scholarships Available

Elks LogoParsippany Elks Lodge No. 2078 is proud to announce that they will be awarding two $500.00 scholarships to seniors at the Parsippany high schools who plan on continuing their education at a four year college or university.

In addition, the top three male and female participants will have their entries forwarded on to the next level of competition.

Those who score in the Top 20 in the nation will receive scholarships of at least $20,000 and culminate with a Leadership Weekend in Chicago in late April, 2014.

In order to quality, the senior must click here to fill out the application.

After completion, they will need to download the application and forward it on to:
Bill Wall, Scholarship Chairman, Parsippany Elks Lodge No. 2078, 230 Parsippany Road, Parsippany NJ 07054.

The deadline for entry into this contest is December 6, 2013. Please contact Bill Wall at (973) 879-9633 if you have any questions regarding this contest.

Mayor Barberio talks to Jamie Yenzer about her involvement in the Fall Festival

Mayor Barberio talks to Jamie Yenzer about her involvement in bringing back the Fall Festival in Parsippany. The 12th Annual Parsippany Fall Festival will be held on Sunday, September 22 from 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m. on North Beverwyck Road, Lake Hiawatha

Lake Hiawatha Flood Station Project

lakeshorelkhiwathaThe Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills has hired the company Rapid Pump and Meter, Inc. to install bypass pumps at the Lake Hiawatha Flood Station located at the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive.

The project will commence on or about 5:00 a.m. on Friday, September 13, and will continue through the night until it is complete on Saturday, September 14.

The bypass pumps will be in place for approximately two months so that the Township’s pump can be repaired and fully evaluated to ensure it runs at peak efficiency.

Although the project will take place off the roadway, company trucks will be parked along the roadway and we ask that you proceed with caution while traveling through this section of our Township.

Letter to editor: The ACLU response to Petaccia Freedom of Speech denial

lettersDear Editor,

At the April 9, 2013 Parsippany Troy-Hills council meeting during the public session I was denied my right of freedom of speech.

I was addressing questions to Mayor Barberio and Council President Brian Stanton and was repeatedly interrupted by township attorney John Inglesino who refused to let me speak (See video of council meeting April 9, 2013 below).

At that meeting I reminded Mr. Inglesino of my rights but he still refused to let me ask my questions. This was witnessed by a roomful of residents who were as outraged as I.

On April 10,2013 I contacted the ACLU and was advised to send them a copy of the video from April 9, 2013 council meeting. This was done on April 13,2013. I received a copy of the letter that the ACLU sent to Council President Stanton and John Inglesino dated August 29, 2013 which advised them that they violated my constitutional rights.

At the Parsippany-Troy Hills Agenda Meeting of September 10, I read the letter from the ACLU to the council who were only informed that evening in closed session that this letter was received.

Mr. Inglesino advised that they would be responding to the ACLU by September 13.  Mr. Inglesino is trying to justify his actions and in my opinion there is no justification for his behavior the evening of April 9.

Click here to read the ACLU letter because I believe residents should be informed about what is happening in their town and what rights we have as citizens.

Thank you
Pat Petaccia

Participants Workout for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Exercise enthusiasts get fit while raising money for a good cause.

Eric Moss Fitness will warm up to host a Workout for St. Jude Kettlebell Swings and Pushups event on Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. at 180B Parsippany Road to raise funds to help support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.

The event will include in depth instruction of the kettlebell swing and the pushup and also an oldtime strongman show where if the goal of $1,500 is raised Eric will bend a steel bar measuring five eighths of an inch thick with the bridge of his nose.  Eric Moss Fitness is also asking for sponsorships for the event to help raise awareness.

This is the 3rd year that Eric Moss Fitness has held the Workout for St. Jude event. Eric Moss Fitness has raised more than $1,500 since it began in 2010.  “We look forward to this event to help raise awareness and funds for the kids of St. Jude,” said Eric Moss, event coordinator. “The Workout for St. Jude event brings together health enthusiasts in cities like Parsippany to truly support the mission of St. Jude of finding cures to treat deadly childhood diseases while getting fit.”

Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. No child is ever denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay. With a daily operating cost of $1.7 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions and fundraising events, like Workout for St. Jude.

For information about this event, find us on the web at

For more information on how to host your own Workout for St. Jude event, call 1-800-567-0675, click here.


Letter to the editor: Man does not live by bread alone or by ease of shopping at Whole Foods

lettersDear Editor:

The Planning Board this week basically rubber stamped approval of the Waterview overlay proposal.

The township and  the planning board ignore all objections including real conflict of interest  with Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Planner Ed Snieckus.

No public commentary was allowed.

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor, James Barberio and Councilman Michael dePierro seem to have their minds made up regardless of any further objections raised by reasonable people. Their body actions and reactions to commentary at meetings clearly shows that their minds are made up. They seem to have tax revenues  uppermost in their minds. They’re like the prodigal sons in the Bible  in that they are spending Parsippany’s inheritance. The difference here is that they can no longer come back to the father to gain forgiveness  and be made whole again. Once the inheritance is  spent it is gone.

There is a wonderful opportunity to develop green spaces and recreational spaces for the people of Morris County and not just for today. The history of Parsippany shows that they have wasted their inheritance up to this point. The town was dominated by large dairy farms and chicken farms, and large estates owned by Geraldine R. Dodge, the Ballantine family, and the McAlpin  family. Development pressures threatened Craftsman Farms. Highway development impacted Beverwyck mansion, and the Livingston Benedict House.  Little of the past remains. What should the Parsippany of the future look like? What parts of the past will we choose to continue to preserve?

Once gone it will never be brought back.This last 28 acres in Waterview can still be saved.

Condemnation proceedings and use of Greenacres funds would Be a major asset for the community.

But it is clear That the mayor and the councilman are blinded by the dollar sign. Even the city planner has been compromised and is serving under A conflict of interest. The the rationale provided at Tuesday nights Planning Board meeting was purely subjective. There were issues as to spot  zoning and clear issues as to housing and the original office approvals. The arguments made for the plan could as easily been, with a slight different emphasis, made against the overlay.

Once this property is developed we will never see green lands here. But this is typical of Parsippany lack of foresight and short sightedness dictated by the tax dollars. It is very disappointing.


John Mitros
Mountain Lakes

Letter to the editor: Waterview meeting next Tuesday, September 17

lettersHi Friends and Neighbors,

I am sure you have heard about the big news happening around the highly controversial Waterview development in your “backyard.”

  1. The Mountain Lakes Council has voted to sign the Protest Petition this past Monday night. The Protest Petition, being circulated by Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare, would require the Parsippany Council to have a supermajority vote on the issue of whether or not to rezone Waterview. So our hats are off to the Council Members of Mountain Lakes!! This was a big step

  2. The FINAL SHOWDOWN on this rezoning issue is coming up next Tuesday. Please plan on coming and tell EVERYONE to be there. Wear your Citizens shirts, bring protest signs, prepare 3-minute speeches for this LAST and ONLY public hearing that has ever been held on the rezoning issue. Parsippany Hills High School, 20 Rita Drive, Parsippany, Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.. We need your support. We especially need you to stand up and speak your mind.

  3. Please take a second to read the attached Letter to the Editor. It will give you some idea of how BAD this rezoning really would be. (Click here to read).

  4. PASS THIS INFORMATION TO ALL OF YOUR PARSIPPANY, MOUNTAIN LAKES & BOONTON FRIENDS. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT! We are just a group of very concerned citizens just like you and we really do need your help.

Thank you again for your support!

Nancy du Tertre
Board Member, Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare

Nelson Creates Vote by Mail Process Manual

nelsonThe Office of the Attorney General recently invited all Parsippany candidates and municipal chairs to attend a seminar on the Vote By Mail (VBM) process.

In the spirit of full transparency, the Nelson for Mayor campaign has been proactive in educating all of it’s volunteers on the VBM process.

All volunteers have received a manual which clearly outlines the proper procedure of the entire VBM process.

A copy of the Nelson for Mayor’s VPM manual will be posted on Nelson’s website by clicking here or you can download it here.

Parsippany Fire Department at 9/11 Memorial

firedepartment911Parsippany Fire Department at the Morris County September 11th Remembrance Service and Candlelight Vigil.

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders held the  12th anniversary of 9/11  Remembrance Service and Candlelight Vigil on Sunday, September 8 at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from Morris View Healthcare Center.

The observance included the reading aloud of the names of each of the Morris County victims and keynote remarks from Edward Dickson, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

The county’s September 11th Memorial pays tribute to all of those who died in the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001, with a special emphasis on the 64 victims from Morris County whose names are etched in plaques that are affixed to the Memorial.

The names of all of the nearly 3,000 people who died that day are engraved in ruby-colored paving stones that have been set in the ground as a walkway surrounding the Memorial.

“As a community, we must continue to gather each year to remember the husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors who were so tragically lost that day,” said Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo. “We must continue to come together each year to make sure those who were left behind know that the lives of their loved ones will not be forgotten.”