Parsippany is Morris County’s most populous municipality is a business center with a strong community flavor, boasting 19 parks, 14 public schools and 25 years as Tree City USA.
A growing Asian Indian population is evident by the Hindu temples and Indian restaurants.
Stone implements and weapons found through the years in the township indicate the onetime presence of the Whippanong, Rickawack and Parsippanong American Indians. The name is derived from the word “Parsippanong,” which means, “the place where the river or brook winds and creeps through the valley.”
Craftsman Farms, a national historical landmark and the former home of Gustav Stickley, a leader in the arts and crafts movement in the early 20th century, is located in the township, on Route 10.
• Biggest recurring festivals: Fourth of July celebration, with concert and fireworks at Parsippany Hills High School; Summer concert series, Veteran Park, Route 46.
• Senior center: Community Center, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha has programs for seniors, (973) 263-7163.
• Most famous son/daughter: Emmy-winning actress Jane Krakowski
POPULATION: As of the census of 2000, there were 50,649 people, 19,624 households, and 13,167 families residing in the township.
There were 19,624 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.13.In the township the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males. The median income for a household in the township was $68,133, and the median income for a family was $81,041. Males had a median income of $51,175 versus $38,641 for females. The per capita for the township was $32,220. About 2.6% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT: Parsippany-Troy Hill Township is governed under a Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government under the Faulkner Act (also known as The Optional Municipal Charter Law). This Mayor-Council form of government is similar to that of the federal and state governments. One can liken this form of government to a presidential system.
Under the Faulkner Act Mayor-Council form of government, the Mayor and Council are separately elected, with the Mayor, serving as the chief executive officer, and the Council serving in the capacity of a legislative body.
Some responsibilities of the Mayor include preparation of the budget, enforcement of the ordinances, supervision of municipal departments and property, execution of Council decisions, and oversight of other functions of the municipality. Some of the responsibilities of the Council include adopting ordinances, approval of contracts presented by the Mayor, scheduling times and places for council meetings and designation of the official newspapers of the municipality.
The Mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills is Michael A. Soriano.
Parsippany-Troy Hills’s Township Council consists of
Paul Carifi, Jr, President
Janice McCarthy, Vice President
Michael J. dePierro, Council Member
Emily Peterson, Council Member
Loretta Gragnani, Council Member
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SCHOOL BOARD: Meets twice a month at varying times and locations, on second and fourth Thursdays. WEBSITE: www.pthsd.k12.nj.us.
SUPERINTENDENT: Dr. Barbara Sargent, Superintendent, 292 Parsippany Road, (973) 263-7200.
SCHOOLS: Parsippany-Troy Hills School District consists of the following schools:
Elementary Schools (Grades K-5)
- Eastlake Elementary School (K-5), 40 Eba Road, (973) 428-7583;
- Intervale Elementary School (K-5), 60 Pitt Road, (973) 263-7075;
- Knollwood Elementary School (K-5), 445 Knoll Road, (973) 263-7060;
- Lake Hiawatha Elementary (pre-K through 5) 1 Lincoln Avenue, (973) 263-4344;
- Lake Parsippany Elementary School (K-5), 225 Kingston Road, (973) 428-7572;
- Littleton Elementary School (K-5), 51 Brooklawn Drive, (973) 682-2847.
- Mt. Tabor Elementary School (K-5), Route 53 and Park Road, (973) 889-3361;
- Northvail Elementary School (K-5), 10 Eileen Court, (973) 263-7070;
- Rockaway Meadow Elementary School (K-5), 160 Edwards Road, (973) 263-7308;
- Troy Hills Elementary School (K-5), 509 South Beverwyck Road, (973) 428-7588.
Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)
- Brooklawn Middle School (6-8), 250 Beechwood Road, (973) 428-7551;
- Central Middle School (6-8), 1620 Route 46 West, (973) 263-7125;
High Schools (Grades 9-12)
- Parsippany High School with 957 students; (9-12), 309 Baldwin Road, (973) 263-7001;
- Parsippany Hills High School with 1,166 students; (9-12), 20 Rita Drive, (973) 682-2815;
PARKS: Volunteers Park, Smith Field Park, Rockaway Neck Park, Rainbow Lakes Park, Powdermill Park, Normandy Park, Mountain Way Park, Manor Park, Park Road Park, Lake Parsippany Tot Lot, Lake Parsippany Park, Lake Hiawatha Park, Knoll Park, Hills of Troy Park, Forest Drive Park, Crestview Drive Park, Druid Hill Park, Chief Hiawatha Park (Lake Hiawatha Respite Park), Governor Livingston Park (under construction).
LIBRARY: Parsippany Branch, 449 Halsey Road, (973) 887-5150, Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. until June 13, then closed Sundays through late September; Lake Hiawatha Branch, 68 Nokomis Avenue, (973) 335-0952, Monday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Mount Tabor Branch, 31 Trinity Park, Monday to Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. WEBSITE:www.parsippanylibrary.org.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and VISITOR CENTER: Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 322, Parsippany, New Jersey. (973) 402-6400. Hours: By appointment.. WEBSITE: www.parsippanychamber.org. The Parsippany Area Visitors Center website is located at www.visitparsippany.com. Annual Taste of Parsippany is held at Parsippany Sheraton Hotel, 199 Smith Road. WEBSITE:www.tasteofparsippany.com.
RECREATION: Year-round activities for all ages, including Mommy and Me Club, bowling, soccer clinic, men’s and women’s volleyball, skiing, men’s and women’s softball. (973) 267-7257, or the activities line at (973) 334-3610.
SENIOR CITIZEN FACILITIES: Three senior-living developments: Brookside (federally subsidized), Baldwin Oaks and Vail Manor (private). Ten senior clubs have activities at the Community Center at 1130 Knoll Road and sponsor trips to New York City and Atlantic City, (973) 263-7351.
TEEN FACILITIES: Police Athletic League Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road, hosts teen athletic leagues, (973) 335-0555.
POLICE: Non-emergency phone: (973) 263-4300. Chief Andrew Miller, 3339 Route 46 East.
TOWNSHIP SERVICES: Animal removal, pet adoption, free buses, rabies clinic, fire inspections.
COUNTY AND STATE GOVERNMENT: Parsippany-Troy Hills Township is in the Eleventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey’s 26th Legislative District.
New Jersey ’s Eleventh Congressional District covering western portions of Essex County, all of Morris County, and sections of Passaic County, Somerset County and Sussex County, is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Robert Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 26th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joe Pennacchio and the Assembly by Betty Lou DeCroce (R, Morris Plains) and Jay Webber (R, Morris Plains).
The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie.
Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. Morris County’s Freeholders are:
Douglas R. Cabana, Freeholder Director
Christine Myers, Deputy Freeholder Director
Thomas J. Mastrangelo
Kathryn A. DeFillippo