Rainbow Lakes Holds Annual Memorial Service to Honor Fallen Heroes

PARSIPPANY — Rainbow Lakes held its Annual Memorial Service to Honor Fallen Heroes on Saturday, May 27, at Rainbow Park.

Charlie Engfer, taking on the role of master of ceremonies, skillfully led the proceedings during the Annual Memorial Service at Rainbow Park.

Charlie Engfer served in the United States Marine Corps in the late 60s and early 70s.

Charlie Engfer, serving as master of ceremonies, opened the ceremony with the following speech:

“It is my honor to be here today as we come together to remember and honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s finest and bravest. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not just to utter words, but to live by them.”

“We find ourselves here on this day, gathered together to reflect on this sentiment, uttered many years ago by President John F. Kennedy: Words, he believed, were useless when unaccompanied by action. This is why we – the money – gather here to honor our veterans – the few who were so willing to give of themselves to defend their brother and their country. A small fraction of our population is charged with keeping us safe and our liberties intact. So today, we strive to properly thank this fragment of the population that has done so much to keep this country, our prosperity, and our freedoms in place. It’s interesting how different generations of veterans respond to being thanked for their service. Our World War II veterans generally seem to receive it politely – stoically – knowing they had fulfilled their patriotic duty by fighting abroad. Korean and Vietnam War veterans, at times, overlooked, seem genuinely touched when welcomed home and remembered. Gratitude is accepted by our most recent generation of veterans, representing an even smaller percentage of the population than in previous wars. Still, many feel disconnected from their civilian peers,” said Engfer.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio eloquently expressed the sentiment of the occasion, urging everyone to honor and cherish the memories of the fallen heroes. With his words, he reminded the audience that although these brave individuals may be physically lost, their memory and legacy will forever remain in our hearts and minds. Mayor Barberio’s powerful statement resonated with those in attendance, emphasizing the importance of remembering and revering the sacrifices made by our fallen heroes.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor said, “I would like to welcome everyone on this solemn occasion as we pay tribute to the servicemen and women who selflessly sacrificed for their country. Each year we reaffirm our appreciation for those that were lost in service. We come together in this ceremony and speak about bravery and honor, but I am not sure that is enough to thank the servicemembers and their families for what they have lost. I think a better way to demonstrate our gratitude is by showing we are united as Americans. We do that as we unite today under one flag and pledge allegiance to this great nation. We must show we are united today and every day; otherwise, their sacrifice will have been in vain. We do not want to forget the powerful price of freedom. We need to ensure the legacy of these heroes by continuing to tell their stories to new generations and preserving their place in history. What makes our nation great are the ordinary people who stepped up when called into service or volunteered their service to protect and defend the United States. Their courage is an inspiration to all of us. Honor them, cherish their memories, and remember they may be lost but never forgotten and are always revered.”

Councilman Michael dePierro, Vietnam Era Veteran and US Air Force placed a flag on the monument representing the 116,700 dead soldiers from World War I.
In her address, Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi called upon the audience to take a moment on Monday to reflect on the profound reasons that allow us to enjoy this time with our loved ones. She encouraged everyone to express silent gratitude to our fallen heroes and the courageous military personnel who have served. By acknowledging their sacrifices, we honor their memory and recognize the freedom and peace they have helped protect. Ann Grossi’s heartfelt words served as a reminder to pause and pay tribute to those who have selflessly dedicated themselves to our nation.

Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi and a Parsippany resident addressed the audience.

During the Annual Memorial Service held at Rainbow Park, Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, a dedicated public servant and a resident of Parsippany, delivered a poignant address to the audience. With her insightful words, she acknowledged the sacrifices made by our fallen heroes and expressed gratitude for their service. Her presence and heartfelt speech added depth and meaning to the memorial service, reminding everyone of the significance of honoring those who have served our country. 

She said, “Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer season, begins today. As we enjoy the company of our friends and families at BBQs, picnics, or a trip to the Jersey shore, let us not forget the true reason for this holiday. Originally known as Decoration Day, soldiers honor their fallen comrades by laying flowers, wreaths, and flags at their gravesites. In the late 1800s, the name changed to Memorial Day, but it would not become an officially recognized holiday until 1967. This Monday, May 29, is Memorial Day. It’s a day dedicated to honoring those men and women in our armed forces who sacrificed for our country. True heroes who deserve recognition. Each of us can show our gratitude to these heroes in many ways. Here are just a few.”

RESPECT Respect our country, our flag, and each other. Remember those who died so that we might enjoy our many freedoms.

TEACH … Teach your children the meaning of Memorial Day. Teach them that America is the greatest nation in the world. We’re not perfect, but we strive to be. Teach them to be proud to pledge allegiance to our flag and our country.

GIVE THANKS… If you should meet a military member, say “THANK YOU” a small gesture, but oh so meaningful to them.


So on Monday, please take a moment to reflect on the reasons that enable us to enjoy this time with family and friends. Please take a moment to thank our fallen heroes and our mighty military silently,” Grossi continued.

In closing, Engfer said, I would like to recognize those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty of this country. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed – no words of condolence can even begin to console a survivor’s grief adequately. And while grief from the loss may change throughout the years, it never leaves us.”

In a touching gesture of respect and remembrance, Rainbow Lakes Fire Chief Russell Greuter placed a flower bouquet to honor all those who have fallen. With deep reverence, he symbolically paid tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community and country.
Rainbow Lakes resident Jerry Manning, US Army Veteran Cold War Era, placed a flag on the monument representing 36,914 dead soldiers from Korean War.

Many residents gathered at the Rainbow Lakes Memorial Day Ceremony, demonstrating their respect and remembrance for the fallen heroes. As a united community, they joined together to honor the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their nation. The solemn atmosphere was filled with gratitude and reverence as the residents paid their respects. This collective remembrance showcased the community’s deep appreciation and unwavering support for those who have selflessly served and protected our freedom.

Rainbow Lakes Annual Memorial Day Parade

PARSIPPANY — Saturday provided ideal weather conditions for the Rainbow Lakes Annual Memorial Day Parade. The perfect weather added to the event’s atmosphere, fully allowing participants and spectators to enjoy the commemorative occasion.

The parade route commenced at the Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Firehouse and extended through the streets of Rainbow Lakes, culminating at Rainbow Park. At Rainbow Park, a solemn memorial service was conducted, honoring and remembering those who have sacrificed in service to their country. The parade and subsequent service provided a meaningful tribute to the significance of Memorial Day.

Russell Greuter, the Chief of Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Department District 2, played a vital role in the success of the Memorial Day Parade. With his exceptional leadership and expertise, he skillfully organized and coordinated the department’s participation, ensuring a seamless and well-executed procession. Chief Greuter’s presence exemplified the unwavering dedication and commitment of the entire fire department to safeguarding and serving the Rainbow Lakes community. His leadership and contribution were instrumental in making the parade meaningful and memorable.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, Mayor James Barberio, Councilman Frank Neglia, Councilman Paul Carifi Jr., Former Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, and Council Vice President Michael dePierro all actively participated in the parade. Their presence demonstrated their deep commitment to serving the community and supporting the Memorial Day commemoration. As they marched with pride and dedication, their involvement further emphasized their invaluable contributions to the community and their respect for the traditions upheld by the Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Department.

The CúChullain Pipe Band, Parsippany’s hometown Pipe Band, notably contributed to the Memorial Day parade. With their unwavering dedication to preserving and propagating traditional Celtic music, the band showcased their talent and added a vibrant and cultural element to the procession. Their participation in the parade honored the spirit of the occasion and further highlighted the diverse musical traditions present within the community.


Local Athletes Shine at NJAC Championships

PARSIPPANY — NJAC championships! Leading the girl’s teams to win the New Jersey Athletic Conference Small School Championship! This championship is the 1st NJAC Championship win for the girls’ track team. Anya Sadowski placed 2nd, and Leann Lombardi placed 5th in the 100m high hurdles

In addition to the 100 hurdles, other noteworthy wins include

Leann Lombardi 3rd in 1600
Amanda Hoffman 2nd in 400
Kira Chebishev 5th in 400
Sophia Camiscioli 5th in Pole Vault
Anya Sadowski 1st in 400 hurdles
Amanda Hoffman 2nd in 400 hurdles
Leann Lombardi 4th in 400 hurdles
Kira Chebishev 2nd in 800
Amanda Hoffman 5th in 800
Meghan Metz 2nd in 3200
Alexandra Jurow 3rd in Discuss
Girls 4×400 relay team 1st (Kira Chebishev, Leann Lombardi, Anya Sadowski, Amanda Hoffman)

Teams coaches are Coach Brzezinski, Coach Kim Hallock, Coach Smith, Coach Wells, and Coach Kennedy.
Seen by Andy Sadowski at May 18, 2023, 9:16 AM
Andy Sadowski

Woman’s Club Donate to Parsippany Library

PARSIPPANY — The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills made a generous contribution to the Parsippany Libraries, presenting donations totaling $3,650. Their support will help enhance the resources and services provided by the libraries, benefiting the local community and promoting literacy and learning. The Woman’s Club’s contribution reflects its commitment to making a positive impact on education and cultural enrichment within Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Parsippany Memorial Day Parade Detours

PARSIPPANY — The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills has scheduled its Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29, at Noon. The parade will take place on North Beverwyck Road, offering a fitting tribute to honor and remember those who have sacrificed in service to their country.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., numerous roads will be blocked to maintain a safe and secure parade route. Those roadways will be reopened at approximately 3:00 p.m. Please see the diagram below of the parade route, road closures, and limited access areas.

•Residents of Knoll Gardens and Knoll Manor, you can access and leave your homes by utilizing the blue route. All entry and exit from Knoll Gardens and Knoll Manor will be limited to the driveway at the top of Van Wyk Road.

Due to the staging of the parade vehicles and marching bands along Knoll Road, the very top driveway will be the only driveway from which vehicles will be allowed to enter or exit. Please advise any guest you may be expecting of this limited access. All traffic exiting Knoll Gardens onto Knoll Road must turn left while the Parade vehicles/Marching Bands are staged on Knoll Road.

Additionally, there will be a police officer and barricades located at the Knoll Road intersection with Lake Shore Drive/Greenbank Road. Kindly inform the officer that you are going to Knoll Gardens/Knoll Manor and not traveling through the closed parade area. Also, advise any visitors that you may be expecting that they need to enter Knoll Gardens/Knoll Manor from Knoll Road and that they, too, must inform the officer stationed at Lake Shore Road/Greenbank Road that they are just visiting Knoll Gardens/Knoll Manor. If you are unfamiliar with the Top Exit/Entrance on Van Wyk Road, there will be signs/arrows posted to assist drivers in finding the exit.

Finally, we apologize for the temporary inconvenience that this may cause. We hope that you have the opportunity to watch and enjoy the Parade.


PARSIPPANY — Words and Music by Parsippany residents Peter Lieberman, Vocals by Melody Lieberman, with Peter Lieberman

Annual Picnic Hosted by Rainbow Lakes Fire Department

PARSIPPANY — Following the Memorial Day Parade, the Rainbow Lakes Fire Department District Two continued its annual tradition by hosting a barbecue. With an impressive turnout this year, the dedicated volunteers delighted attendees with mouthwatering hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, coleslaw, Birch Beer, and various adult beverages.

The Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company provides fire protection services to the residents and businesses within the boundaries of Parsippany-Troy Hills District Two. This district includes the northwestern portion of the township, bordering neighboring Denville Township and Mountain Lakes Borough. District Two falls south of Route 46, west of Cherry Hill Road, until it runs into Denville Township. The district’s eastern edge runs along Cherry Hill Road from Route 46 south to Dartford Road. The district includes the section of Interstate Route 80 east and westbound, west of the Cherry Hill Road Exit until it reaches Denville Township.

For more information about Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company District Two, click here.

Marie Appel was Presented with a Flag from Her Late Husband George’s Coffin

PARSIPPANY — On May 6, during the monthly meeting of the Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company District Two, Marie Appel was recognized as a special guest.

Marie’s late husband, George, was a committed firefighter, officer, and elected Fire Commissioner for Parsippany Fire District Two. At George’s funeral the previous month, the fire company presented Marie with the American Flag reverently draped over his coffin.

This flag, bestowed by the Veterans Administration in honor of his military service, was accompanied by a wooden and glass case provided by the fire company as a gesture of appreciation for George’s invaluable contributions to the firefighting community.

The Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company provides fire protection services to the residents and businesses within the boundaries of Parsippany-Troy Hills District Two. This district includes the northwestern portion of the township, bordering neighboring Denville Township and Mountain Lakes Borough. District Two falls south of Route 46, west of Cherry Hill Road, until it runs into Denville Township. The district’s eastern edge runs along Cherry Hill Road from Route 46 south to Dartford Road. The district includes the section of Interstate Route 80 east and westbound, west of the Cherry Hill Road Exit until it reaches Denville Township.

For more information about Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company District Two, click here.

Parsippany High School Environmental Club Keeps Morris County Litter Free

PARSIPPANY — On May 11, Parsippany High School (PHS) Environmental Club members volunteered their time and effort to the Keep Morris County Litter Free educational program. This state-wide campaign was held by the New Jersey Clean Communities Program. It was sponsored by the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority, which supplied gloves, bags, and a campaign banner.

The PHS Environmental Club, advised by Nancy Lennon and Monika Castillo and the club’s officers Mahi Patel, Maira Can, Vanessa Sanchez, and Yashasvi Nekkanti, organized and participated in the cleanup with many club members.

The students collected litter for two hours and covered two acres of PHS school grounds, resulting in many bags of recyclables and garbage. The PHS PTSA and President Liz Kadian supplied refreshments for the group, which was much appreciated.

Due to the student’s participation, a $600 grant will be given to PHS Environmental Club to purchase recycling supplies.

Parsippany Board of Education Seeking to Fill Vacant Seat

Timothy Berrios

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Board of Education has issued a Notice of Intent to fill the Board Member vacancy position.  The vacant position belonged to President and long-time member Timothy Berrios who had to step down once his daughter became an employee of the school district.

The Board of Education intends to fill the position at its June 22, 2023, meeting.

Interested individuals with the qualifications for a Board of Education member are encouraged to submit a resume and/or request consideration to the Board Secretary, Mrs.Robin Tedesco, by 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Click here to download the qualifications.

Submissions may be sent to the Calabria Education Center, 292 Parsippany Road, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054.