Meet Stanley! I am looking for a home to love me

Stanley is very friendly and affectionate pup.   His foster family says. We love Stanley!  He is a good boy and he is always happy.  He has a wonderful disposition, happy, easy going.  Stanley is very smart and eager to please; he already knows the commands: no, paw, sit  and down.

Stanley sleeps through the night without accidents and he is getting the hang of house training.  He loves playing with balls and toys.  And, he spends his days going for walks, playing with the foster’s dog and he loves playing with the foster’s son.

Stanley was rescued from a high kill shelter in NC where someone just dropped him off. He is now living in a foster home in New Jersey.  Stanley is about 10-11 months old, weights about 45-50 pounds.

When you meet Stanely we are sure you will fall in love!

If you have a furever home for this pet, please e-mail and request an adoption application.    To see more photos or other adoptable rescue pups, go to

Calling All Seniors for a Special Event Christmas Concert!

Come celebrate the holidays and really get into the spirit on Thursday, December 12 from Noon-2:00 p.m. with a special musical performance by the New Horizons Band. All seniors are welcome and it’s FREE! No membership required, so why not bring a friend  and enjoy a pleasant afternoon break. Register online at or by calling (973) 334-2820. Light refreshments.



Parsippany Elks Hoop Shoot Contest

elksThe Parsippany Elks, in conjunction with the Parsippany PAL, will be hosting a Hoop Shoot contest at the Parsippany PAL building located on Baldwin Road in Parsippany.

The contest will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 23. The contest is open to boys and girls who will be between the ages of 8 and 13 on April 1, 2014.

A copy of the child’s birth certificate should be presented at the time of registration.

The contest will be held as follows:
Registration:  10 a.m. for the 8-9 year old children with the contest to start at 10:30 a.m.
Registration:  10: 30 a.m. for the 10-11 year old children with the contest to start at  approximately 11:00 a.m.
Registration:  11:00 a.m. for the 12-13 year old children with the contest to start at approximately 11:30 p.m.

At the conclusion of the contest, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive trophies and given instructions regarding the district contest. In addition, pizza and refreshments will be available to the contestants and their families.

For any additional information, please contact Bill Wall, the Youth Activities Chairman at the Parsippany Elks Lodge No. 2078 at (973) 879-9633.

Calling All Volunteers: All Access Playground is Ready To Be Built

centralparkAfter two years of intense fundraising, the Alliance for Morris County Parks is ready to build the new All-Access Playground, designed for children of all abilities, at Central Park of Morris County.

This state of the art playground is as special as the children who will make memories having outdoor fun as it is designed to be usable by children with disabilities. Now these children no longer are left out of playtime and forced to watch on the sidelines. All children can play side by side with their siblings and friends on this new All-Access Playground, providing more than 10,000 square feet of fun activity.

The playground received a lead grant from the NY Jets and the United Way of Northern New Jersey as part of the NRL Play 60 Hometown Huddle Program.

According to Denise Lanza, Executive Director of the Park Alliance, “The day has finally come when the equipment has been purchased and delivered, and we are ready to build. We invite everyone to be part of this very special moment when we can provide a playground for all children to have outdoor fun.”

On Thursday through Saturday, November 21through November 23, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., volunteers are needed to help assemble and build the playground at Central Park of Morris County, Central Avenue, Parsippany. Lanza stated, “We invite groups and individuals 12 and over to please come and help build this playground.” Lunch will be provided for those volunteers who stay all day, and snacks will be provided throughout the day.  For those interested, please contact Denise Lanza at if you have any questions. Any amount of time or assistance is greatly appreciated.

Lanza added, “This magical moment of finally getting ready to assemble and build this playground was made possible through donations by so many who value all children. Along with the Jets Hometown Huddle event and tree planting, major donors include The Dearhaven Fund, The Kirby Foundation, Tiffany & Company, Finish Line Stores, Wyndham Worldwide, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey.” Lanza further explained that when completed, this playground will be one of only a dozen playgrounds throughout New Jersey that is fully accessible to children with disabilities.

Letter to the editor: Thanks to Officer Stone

lettersDear Editor:

I would like to give a special thanks to Officer William Stone for stopping by Care One in Parsippany to take the time to say hello to my husband, Norman.

That was very kind and thoughtful. Thank you so much.

Anne Todero

Prosecutors Office Honors Military Veteran Staff Members

morriscountyprosecutorActing Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces in recognition of Veteran’s Day and the men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has conducted a ceremony honoring the military veteran staff members of the office.  These men and women have served our country with great distinction in time of both conflict and peace.

The following staff members were honored:

Sergeant V. Harrison Dillard, United States Army

Detective Michael Gomez, United States Army

Assistant Prosecutor Julian Hill, United States Army

Director Alphonse Imperiale, United States Army

Detective Supervisor Edward Jones, United States Air Force

Sergeant Robert McDermott, United States Coast Guard

Lieutenant Robert McNally, United States Marine Corps

Detective Edward Mitreuter, United States Marine Corps

Chief of Staff Daniel Pfeiffer, United States Army

Detective Janet Thai, United States Marine Corps

Detective Supervisor Christopher Vanadia, United States Army

In recognition of all veterans, Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated: “We owe a significant debt of gratitude to all men and women who have sacrificed to serve in the military.  Each and every one of our veterans has put their lives in jeopardy to protect us and our families.  At this time we recognize all of our colleagues in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for their service to our country as part of our Veteran’s Day observance.  A perpetual commemorative plaque has been donated by Chief of Staff Daniel Pfeiffer which will serve to commemorate this day and recognize all of our Morris County Prosecutor’s Office military veterans.”

Project Healthy Bones at the Parsippany Library

Project Healthy Bones is a low impact exercise program for both men and women of any age who have been diagnosed with or are at risk for osteoporosis.

This exercise program will help you improve or stabilize bone density, increase strength, balance, and flexibility, and build muscle mass.

Project Healthy Bones takes place at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road, on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Upcoming dates include November 21, December 5, December 12, and December 19.

This program is sponsored by Norwescap.

Please contact Judy Fenelon to register at (973) 887-5150 ext. 211.

Open letter to Governor Christie from a puzzled educator

lettersDear Governor Christie,

I want to thank you for all your changes in education. I now have a better understanding of my role as a teacher. Planning has never been easier. I now can plan, write my instructional outcomes, link my standards, define my assessments, note my differentiation, cite the essential question…for each lesson… and oh yeah, then actually write the lesson!

My students have gone through several assessments and I’m almost done grading each one so I have my baseline data to analyze and I may continue to write my two six page Student Growth Objectives, complete with analyzed data, and a rubric for my evaluation. After hours of preparation, I’m halfway done.
Speaking of evaluations, I’ve already had my first one! I’ve completed all the pre-observation paperwork and submitted my artifacts and met with my principal for our pre-observation meeting.

My principal has come in for the 45 minute period, and now I must finish up with my post-observation paperwork and have my post-observation meeting to discuss her write-up. Fortunately, I only have 3 more observations to go. I’m definitely more fortunate than my principal who has at the very least 150 more to go!

Meanwhile, I’ve been doing what I’ve always done in the past; attending professional development courses, looking for new ideas, preparing for the newest state testing, setting up lessons, managing my 21 students, caring for my 21 students, creating bulletin boards, conferencing with students, individually assisting them, individually testing them, meeting with groups, contacting parents, assessing, conferencing with parents, creating and implementing intervention plans, spending hours grading, completing all relevant district paperwork and handling emergencies. Did I miss anything? Oh yes, teaching! But now I do this all while trying to continue to encourage my students and promote positive self esteem as I push them into a task they need to know for testing but is beyond their developmental ability at this time.

I work through lunch and preps, after school and at night after I do homework with my kids, feed them and get them in bed. And in between I work my second job that I had to take to make up for my pay decrease each year from the recent legislature that was passed. Now I am awaiting the additional decrease from the tax for our federal government’s new health care too. Although I’m not sleeping much, I’ve been feeling mostly successful. That was until this morning when I was looking at homework and test grades. It was then I realized that I am actually failing. You see Governor, while I attend to what needs to be done for my students, and then add this entire overwhelming amount of work required by the state (to justify that I’m teaching), there are two students who are feeling the biggest impact. And those two students…… are my own children.

A puzzled educator who just wants to do her job and be able to inspire and teach children.
My job as an educator is to set my students up for success. How can that be done when the government is setting teachers and students up for failure?
Diana Calvanico

Community Blood Drive

BloodTis the season of giving! What gift could be better than helping out someone else? But how will you help them? With blood of course! A Community Blood Drive will be held from 12:00 noon until 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, November 23 at the Parsippany Fire District 6.

Parsippany Fire District 6 is located at 60 Littleton Road.

Anyone is welcome to come, appointments are not required. All the blood that is donated will be stay local in our area.

Also, anyone who donates will be enter for a change to win TWO tickets to the 2014 SUPERBOWL.
It is a simple, easy thing to do that could save a life! Hope to see you all there!

Teen Library Programs

Wood’n Drums with Mark Wood:  An Interactive Drum Program

Comic Book & Manga Club

Wednesday, December 18 @ 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Are you into comic books, graphic novels, or manga?  Then come to our brand new club where we celebrate the art of visual storytelling.

This program is open to ages 11-21; please contact Christina Roest at (973) 887-5150 ext. 213 for more information.

Teen Study & Snacks

Tuesday, November 19, and Tuesday, December 17 @ 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come to Teen Central and fuel your brain with an afternoon snack!  Open to students in grades 6-12; please contact Christina Roest at (973) 887-5150 ext. 213 for more information.

These programs are being held at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road, Parsippany.

Morris County Food Pantry Accepting Thanksgiving Donations

The Interfaith Food Pantry (IFP) of Morris County is now accepting Thanksgiving food donations at their Pantry and Resource Center located at 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains (in Central Park of Morris County). The IFP is seeking help from the public to help fulfill the 1,600 requests for turkeys and holiday meals they have received so far from their clients and from many other Morris County agencies.  Fresh and frozen turkeys, hams, chickens and other items such as stuffing, canned vegetables, roll mix, brownie or cake mix and icing, soups and shelf stable milk are being sought. The entire list of needed regular and holiday items as well as directions and hours of operation, can be found on the IFP website at In addition to holiday food, regular food donations are also welcome since the Pantry distributes on average 1.7 tons of food per day to Morris County residents in need.

The IFP began distributing holiday food on November 2, thanks to early donations from several local companies. Kings Food Markets donated 250 turkeys so that clients who normally visit the Pantry early in the month could receive their holiday food during their regular visit. With the Kings donation plus turkeys that IFP purchased, the Pantry currently has about 800 on hand, which means at least another 800 will be needed before the month’s end.

Bags containing all the items needed to complete the meal were donated by Bayer and Novartis, who purchased enough supplies to pack 500 and 300 bags respectively and their employees assembled them during corporate events.

“We are really grateful to Kings, Bayer and Novartis for helping us get prepared for those who come during the first two weeks.  Now, we are working on putting together packages for everyone else and we’re still short of where we need to be to make sure everyone receives their holiday food,” said Carolyn Lake, Director of Community Relations and Development. In addition to turkeys and food, the IFP is also collecting supermarket gift cards and financial donations to purchase fresh produce and other items. “We are always sending shoppers out to purchase anything we run short on – our goal is to not turn anyone away”, she said.

For more information, visit or call (973) 538-8049.

PHHS football in state playoffs

Parsippany Hills Vikings, is in the  NJSLAA Tournament, will face off against South Plainfield on Saturday, November 16  at 1:00 p.m., at the Parsippany Hills High School football field.

“The Parsippany Hills High School football team will be playing in the first round of the NJ State football playoffs,” said  John Mucciolo, Vice President of the Parsippany Hills Parents Football Association. “This is an exciting event for PHHS.”

They have not met on the field yet this year. The Vikings record is 7-2 and South Plainfield is 6-2.

You can visit their website by clicking here.

Construction is in full swing; Buffalo Wild Wings started hiring


The Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board approved a site plan on Tuesday, August 19.  Since then, contractors have been working on transforming the old Chili’s Restaurant on Route 46  into a new “Buffalo Wild Wings” expected to open in December. “We have begun bulking up our roster for our December 2013 Grand Opening,” said Matt Delfino, General Manager. Applicants can apply at their hiring center located at Parsippany PAL Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road, Monday through Friday.  You can also apply online by clicking here.

The Township Council approved their liquor license transfer on Tuesday, August 20.

The story of Buffalo Wild Wings…Let’s go back to 1981. A couple of guys from Kent, Ohio had a serious craving for New York-style Buffalo chicken wings. One minor hitch. Back then, in the Midwest, you were more likely to win the lotto, get struck by lightning and snag the first parking space at the mall (simultaneously) than to find a place that served authentic Buffalo-style wings. So instead of making the trek to New York to satisfy their hankering, they had a better idea: open their own Buffalo wing joint. Hence the birth of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar®. An affordable place where people could hang out, grab a beer and devour some great food, including our award-winning chicken wings.buffalowildwings

Since then, you could say things have taken off. There are over 600 company-owned and franchised Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar restaurants in 41 states. How did we do it? Well, on top of making some fantastic wings, we’re pretty darn good at that whole adaptation thing. You see, by paying close attention to the things our guests enjoy, we were able to evolve the restaurant accordingly. Today, each Buffalo Wild Wings® boasts wall-to-wall HDTVs and big screens, Golden Tee, Buzztime® Trivia, and a full menu for dine-in or Take Out. And for all those thirsty guests – a full bar. Yeah, we’re a far cry from the small wing joint we started out as, but we haven’t forgotten our roots – killer wings, affordable pricing and one heck of an entertaining atmosphere.

The closest Buffalo Wild Wings is located 343 Mount Hope Avenue (Rockaway Townsquare Mall) Rockaway. Other New Jersey locations are in Watchung, Bridgewater, North Brunswick, Eatontown and Brick.

Click here for a PDF of their current menu.

Watch Parsippany Focus for future updates.  This article is a correction of a previous post.  It was originally reported that Houlihan’s was going to occupy this location.  We will update in the near future where a new Houlihans will be located.

Nick DiPaolo to appear at The Comedy Shoppe at Pure

nickdipaoloNick DiPaolo will be appearing at The Comedy Shoppe located at Pure Restaurant and Lounge, 707 Route 46, Parsippany on Friday, November 22. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. For tickets, click here.

The Winnipeg Press said it best: Gentle as a starved wolverine and as predictable as a tipsy-hop through a minefield. Nick Di Paolo’s honest and acerbic comedy has made him a sought after voice on stage, television and radio for years and earned him two Emmy Nominations for writing.

Di Paolo’s career took off after he appeared on HBO’s Young Comedian Special. He has since written and performed four standup specials and four CDs. The most recent standup effort being a one hour Showtime special entitled Raw Nerve.

He was a regular for the whole two year run of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and became a staple on the Comedy Central roasts. Other notable television and film credits include Louie, Lucky Louie, Artie Lange’s Beer League a guest starring role on The Sopranos and The Chris Rock Show, where he was a writer for two seasons as well. Writing credits also include the 77th Annual Academy Awards and the MTV Music Video Awards.

For years he has been a favorite guest on radio shows including The Howard Stern Show, The Opie and Anthony Show and The Dennis Miller Show to name a few. He also hosted The Nick Di Paolo Show in New York City in 2007 and The Nick and Artie Show from 2011-2012.

Nick Di Paolo is probably one of the most authentic voices whether on or off stage. He’s referred to as a comic’s comic because there are no facades, no act. It’s all Nick Di Paolo, all the time.

The Y Encourages Families to Spend More Time Together During National Family Week

theymcaThe Lakeland Hills Family YMCA is encouraging families to spend quality time together and volunteer some time to their communities during National Family Week, November 25 to December 1.

National Family Week, directed by the Alliance for Children and Families, focuses on the idea that children live better lives when their families are strong, and families are strong when they live in communities that connect them to opportunities. The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA supports this campaign and is dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

“The Y is honored to be an integral component of community strength and development for individuals and families,” said Jim McCrudden, Executive Director of the Lakeland Hills Y. “We know that when families spend time together, it enriches their own lives as well as having a positive impact in the community.”

To commemorate National Family Week, LHY members are invited to bring their family and friends to the Y from November 25 to December 1 for some FREE fitness holiday fun! Enjoy the pool, use the gym, take fitness classes, or workout in the Health & Fitness Center. See schedules by clicking here; some age restrictions apply. Please remember, members must accompany their guests. Families unable to come to the Y are encouraged to celebrate at home by kicking off National Family Week with a special dinner, game night, family project, or designating some uninterrupted time together.

Free child car seat check

Proper Car Seat Use Can Save Lives and Reduce Injuries.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death of children over the age of six months in the United States.

The proper use of car seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of our young children.  4 out of 5 car seats are used incorrectly.

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand to inspect your car seat for proper installation, fit and use.

This free event will be held on Friday, November 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cedar Knolls Firehouse, 82 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls.

For More Information or to schedule an appointment please contact Jackie Leach at  (908) 887-5736 or email


Residental burglary on Renault Drive

renaultPatrol Officers Gianni Cacioppo and Theodore Anderson responded to a Renault Drive residence where they met the 76 year old female victim who advised them that she left her home around 11:45 a.m. and returned at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, when she discovered her residence in disarray. A similar burglary on November 11 was in this neighborhood.

An investigation to the incident revealed unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s home by breaking the glass on the rear door.  The suspect(s) rummaged through drawers, cabinets and closets before exiting apparently through the rear sliding doors.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigative Division responded to process the scene and Parsippany Police Detective Edward Conklin of the Investigative Division is conducting the ongoing investigation.  It is unknown at this time what, if anything, is missing from the home.

The broken door was secured by members of Parsippany’s Rescue & Recovery Unit.

An unidentified white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, smoking a cigarette, was seen near the residence during the burglary time frame.  It is unknown at this time if the male is a suspect in the burglary.  No further description was given during the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area should contact the Parsippany Police Investigative Division at (973) 263-4365 or email

Aggravated assault between players at Jannarone Park

jannaroneparkPatrol Officers Matthew LaManna and Gregory Lowe responded to the Jannarone Park for a report of an unconscious male on Thursday, November 7 at 11: 30 p.m.

Upon arrival, they located the 23 year old male victim from Wayne, who had regained consciousness after being assaulted by Mr. David Pekarek, 30, Ewing.

Both individuals were players of opposing soccer teams engaging in a game at the park.

Witnesses advised the officers that Mr. Pekarek and the victim were involved in a play that resulted in both men landing on the ground after the whistle was blown by the soccer referee.

Mr. Pekarek got back on his feet and slammed his foot down on the left side of the victim’s face while the victim was still on the ground and unprotected.

Mr. Pekarek was wearing a cleated athletic shoe which caused abrasions and swelling to the victim’s face, also rendering him unconscious for approximately 20 seconds.  Mr. Pekarek was then ejected from the game and fled the scene.

He was contacted by the Police and returned to Headquarters where he was charged with Third Degree Aggravated Assault.  He was released without bail, pending his court appearance.

The victim was transported by the Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad and paramedics to the Morristown Memorial Medical Center for his injuries.

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

Parsippany juvenile was in possession of marijuana

policebadgePatrol Officer Michael Sprung was patrolling on North Beverwyck Road in the evening hours of Saturday, November 9  at 11:37 p.m. when he passed an occupied beige sedan which was parked in a North Beverwyck Road residential driveway.

Officer Sprung passed the vehicle several times and noticed it was still occupied.

Officer Sprung continued to watch the vehicle and its occupants from an inconspicuous location. He then observed an unidentified male pull into the driveway with a white vehicle.

The male, approximately in his twenties, exited the vehicle and entered the home briefly before returning to the beige vehicle.  Officer Sprung observed the male hand an object to the female driver in the beige vehicle who exchanged paper money with the male.

The beige vehicle exited the driveway and Officer Sprung conducted a motor vehicle stop further down the road.  An investigation resulted in finding the 17 year old female driver from Parsippany in possession of suspected marijuana.

The juvenile was detained until her mother responded to Officer Sprung’s location and assumed custody of her daughter.  All evidence was secured at Headquarters and the juvenile was issued a summons for violating the conditions of her provisional driver’s license.

The matter was turned over to the Parsippany Police Department’s Youth Services Section for further action.


DWI arrest at Route 46 and South Beverwyck

policebadgePatrol Sergeant Sean Jasiecki and Officers Peter Kolln and Robert Smollen responded to the area of Route 46 and Beverwyck Road for a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9.

Upon their arrival, they investigated a three car crash where a 2013 Honda Civic rear-ended a 2009 Toyota Camry with enough force to cause the Camry to rear-end a 1996 Honda Civic.

The Camry and ’96 Civic were stopped at the red traffic signal on Route 46 when the crash occurred.  Upon further investigation, Officer Smolen determined the driver of the 2013 Civic,

Ms. Kaitlin Murphy, 22, Springfield, to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

She was arrested and processed at Headquarters where she was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing and Reckless Driving.

Ms. Murphy was released to the custody of a family member and awaits her court appearance.

The 67 year old male and 64 year old female Parsippany victims in the 2009 Camry did not require medical attention.

The 44 year old female driver of Jersey City, operating her 1996 Civic and accompanied by her 50 year old female passenger also from Jersey City, was transported to Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville for neck pain.

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