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Innovation in Landscape and Horticultural Design Featured in Upcoming Showcase at CCM

MORRIS COUNTY — Garden and landscape enthusiasts will be inspired by a showcase of the newest advances and technology in horticulture and design at a public event produced by students enrolled at the County College of Morris (CCM).

Students in CCM’s Special Topics Landscape and Horticultural Technology course designed the “Horticulture Innovations Showcase,” to be held Thursday, December 8, as part of a semester project where they were tasked with developing an educational event featuring leaders in the field. The showcase, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Building near Parking Lot 1 on CCM’s campus located at 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph.

Speakers highlighting modernizations in the industry include Michael Deo from NatureScape Lighting, Ecological Landscape Specialist Richard McCoy, and Robert Molinet on nature-Inspired outdoor living.  Other topics will include sustainable landscape design, medical cannabis, and the inspiring use of natural stone.

“This event highlights new, emerging, and creative sectors of the Green Industry,” says Brian Oleksak, chair of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology (LHT) at CCM. “The students in the Special Topics course have curated some of the most innovative talents in the New Jersey horticultural industry to showcase the niches they have made for themselves as leaders in the industry.”

CCM’s LHT department offers three Associate in Applied Science degrees, with specializations in either Turf and Turfgrass Management, Landscape Management and Design, or Agribusiness.

“LHT students are creative, love the outdoors, and are committed to preserving the environment,” notes Oleksak. “The program is founded on plant science, soils, plant identification, and design, providing students with a thorough education in ornamental horticulture.”

Organizers of the Horticulture Innovations Showcase include CCM students Kody Shelton of Parsippany, Mallory Cibort of Mendham, Stefan Michura of Chester, Ben Lee of Pine Brook, Egla Betancourt-Granados of Clinton, and Nancy Peach of Milford.

For more information contact boleksak@ccm.edu or call (973) 328-5363. To learn more about the LHT programs at CCM or click here.

Parsippany Holds “Employee Wellness Fair”

Scott Donnelly and Carla Otte, Envy Sports Clubs, 199 Smith Road, Parsippany. Envy raffled off a one-year membership and also included a door prize of a "Pool Party" during the event.

PARSIPPANY — The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills held an “Employee Wellness Fair” on Wednesday, November 30 at the Parsippany PAL.

About two dozen local vendors provided information on their services, explained the benefits available, gave out flyers, samples, and goodie bags, and offered a door prize.

Envy Sports Club offered a one-year membership, which was won by Greg Schneider and a Pool Party was won by Plumbing Inspector Dave Bishop.

The “Employee Wellness Fair” was coordinated by Elizabeth Morella, from Wellness Coaches.

Jackie Ortiz, Fairview Insurance Agency Associates
Dr. Sheren Elsaid and Caroline Plewa from Zen Dental located at 2200 Route 10 Suite 105, Parsippany.
Kelly Horvath, Lakeland Hills YMCA is located at 100 Fanny Road, Mountain Lakes
Stella Shizas, Dr. (Gus) Constandinos Shizas, and Lisa Cooper, The Source for Health located at 1279 Route 46 East, Suite 3, Parsippany
Dr. Dan Roses and Massel Gomez, The Nest Family, Pediatric + Prenatal Chiropractic, located at 341 Smith Road, Parsippany
Brandin Bernard and Jeff Long from Physiopros Performance Rehab, located at 3799 Route 46, Suite 110, Parsippany
Parsippany employee Michael Sifonios entering a drawing at Envy Sports Club during the visit to Parsippany’s Employee Wellness Fair held at the Parsippany PAL
Melanie Cole, Kidz World Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, 218 Ridgedale Avenue, Suite 203, Cedar Knolls
Scott Donnelly and Carla Otte, Envy Sports Clubs, 199 Smith Road, Parsippany
Doreen Brennan, Mary Kay Cosmetics
Beth Douthit, Delta Dental, 1719 Route 10, Parsippany

How Did Parsippany Vote in the General Election?

PARSIPPANY — The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills has a total of 38,024 registered voters. During the November General Election, a total of 16,083 voters participated. 11,415 appeared at the polls on Election Day, while 3,139 voted early and there were 469 provisional voters. Compared to Morris County, there are 397,485 registered voters, with 194,387 voting, or 48.90%.

House of Representatives – 11th CD (Vote for 1)

Mikie Sherrill Democrat 8,916
Paul DeGroot Republican 6,796
Joseph Biasco 142
Write In 15
Total Votes Cast 15,869


Morris County Sheriff – (Vote for 1)

James M. Gannon Republican 9,873
No nomination made Democrat 0
Write In 167
Total Votes Cast 10,040

Board of County Commissioners – (Vote for 3)

Judith Hernandez Democrat 7,581
Christine Myers Republican 7,520
Doug Cabana Republican 7,382
Tom Mastrangelo Republican 7,361
Baramdai “Alicia” Sharma Democrat 7,281
Thomas “T.C.” McCourt Democrat 7,135
Write In 32
Total Votes Cast 44,292

Parsippany Board of Education – (Vote for 3)

Michelle Shappell 6,248
Jack Raia 5,647
Alison C. Cogan 5,495
Andrew Choffo 5,340
Kendra Von Achen 4,311
Falgun Bakhtarwala 3,822
Yvonne Ferise 3,597
Write In 113
Total Votes Cast 34,583

LaZeez by Dhaba Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

On Saturday, November 12, LaZeez by Dhaba held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony

PARSIPPANY — On Saturday, November 12, LaZeez by Dhaba held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio and the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee,

LaZeez by Dhaba is the new Indian fusion street food experience located at 745 Route 46 East.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill presents a welcome plaque to LaZeez by Dhaba
Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill presents a welcome plaque to LaZeez by Dhaba
The staff at LaZeez by Dhaba were serving appetizers to all of the attendees at the Grand Opening

Creating a perfect melding of Indian dishes with popular street food from throughout the world with build-your-own rice bowls, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, pizzas, and more. The restaurant was conceptualized by the Fine Indian Dining Group, whose portfolio of restaurants includes Sahib, Dhaba, Chote Nawab, Malai Marke, Dhaba Express, Wok In The Clouds, Kebabs & Kurries by Dhaba and Jashan by Dhaba. LaZeez by Dhaba is the first quick-service restaurant under the Fine Indian Dining Group’s umbrella. Spotlighting a unique combination of flavors, LaZeez offers its diners a true taste of Northern Indian cuisine with a Mexican flare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The interior at LaZeez by Dhaba

For breakfast, guests can choose from a variety of options to build their own plate. Breads: Desiwala Angrezi Muffins, Biscuit Sandwich, and Pav Sandwich; Style: Mix Veggie Patty, Chicken Keema Patty, Paneer Bhurji, and Poached Egg; Cheeses: Cheddar, Mozarella, and Amul; Customizable: Mini Dosas, Chilla-Dilllas, Uttapams, Bagels, and Desi Style French Toast. Waffles and Pancakes Toppings: Masala, Sliced Strawberry or Banana, Poached Egg, Lamb Keema.

For the lunch and dinner menus, guests are offered a variety of options like building their own IndiMex plate, sandwiches or rolls, Desi pasta, LaZeez Desiwala pizza as well as a selection of burgers. The restaurant also provides different flavored dumplings also known as momos, available in both Steamed and Fried Also the restaurant has a wide variety of Indian Street Food favorites like Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji, Chaat Section, Chole Bhature, Chole Puri, Kachori with Aloo Bhaji to name a few.

IndiMex Fusion Plates:
Base: Tortilla Wrap, Rice/Biryani Bowl, Burrito, Hard Taco, Quesadilla
Rice: White, Brown, Saffron, Jeera, Fried, Pulav, Biryani
Fillings: Malai Tikka, Lamb Keema, Salmon Pakora, Cream Chicken, Chatpata Chicken,
Vegetarian Fillings: Chole, Shredded Soya, Paneer Bhurji, Pinto Beans, Paneer Tikka, Falafel Balls
Sauce: Tikka Masala, Makhani, Korma, Salsa, Saag, Chili
Chutney: Barbecue, Mint Mayo, Tamarind, Mango Habanero, Southwest, Chipotle Sauce

Sandwiches & Rolls:
Style: LaZeez Sandwich, Pita, Paratha Roll, Pav (2 sliders), Panini
Fillings: Mixed Veggies, Chole, Guacamole, Paneer Tikka, Falafel, Lamb Seekh Kebab

Desi Pasta:
Sauce: Red Sauce, Penne White Sauce, Pesto Sauce
Toppings: Cheese, Amul Cheese, Corn
Fillings: Mixed Indian Veggies, Chicken Tikka, Paneer Tikka, Malai Soya

LaZeez Desiwala Pizza:
Style: Tortilla Pizza, Thin Crust Personal Pizza, 10” Personal Pizza
Sauce: Desi Marinara, Makhani
Type: Cheese, Chicken Tikka, Chatpata Paneer, Lamb Keema, Malai Soya, Mix Veggie Pineapple

Desi Burgers & Subs: LaZeez offers Desi Burgers and Subs with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, including options like a Samosa Sandwich, a Butter Chicken Burger, and a Pizza Paneer Burger.

Traditional LaZeez Curry Bowls: A selection of curry bowls is also offered with options such as Punjabi Kadhi, Chole Masala, and Chicken Tikka Masala.

Beverages: They offer an array of traditional Indian beverages like Limca, Thums Up, Rose Lassi, Sweet & Salty Lassi, and Mango Lassi. An array of coffee choices and freshly made Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon Lime, and Beetroot juices are available.

Freshly Made Indian Sweets: LaZeez offers freshly made Bengali Sweets, Jalebis, Khoya Barfis, Namkeens & nuts for all occasions

Treats and Snacks: For a sweet treat guests can opt they offer traditional Indian sweets like Rabri, Kheer, Beetroot Halwa, Gulab Jamun, and more. They also have several different pastries and cakes like Brownies, Tres Leches, Pineapple Pastries, and Choco Lava Cake. Milkshakes include options like Bananas, Oreos, and Mango.

LaZeez by Dhaba’s full menu is available for pickup and delivery with Toast Tab.
LaZeez by Dhaba is located at 745 Route 46.  (973) 878-0062. Click here for the website.

Open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and  Friday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio and Jigar Shah at LaZeez.

Santa to Arrive in Parsippany on Saturday

Lacey Anderson with Santa. File Photo

PARSIPPANY — The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills invites all residents to welcome Santa & Tree Lighting Festivities on Saturday, December 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Parsippany Municipal Building, located at the corner of Route 46 West and Parsippany Boulevard.

Santa will be arriving at 5:00 p.m. by fire truck escorted by Parsippany-Troy Hills Volunteer Fire District 6.

Immediately following the tree lighting Santa will be meeting with the children so be sure to have your wish list with you.

Bring a camera as we encourage you to take your child’s photo with Santa. Refreshments will be served after each child’s visit with Santa.

Preschool Advantage Annual Gala Funds Tuition for 40 Children

Jillian (left) and Hector (right), Preschool Advantage parents with Nancy Bangiola, Preschool Advantage Executive Director (center). Photo by Baseline Productions

MORRIS COUNTY — Preschool Advantage, a Morristown-based non-profit organization, held its 2022 annual Turning Leaves benefit dinner at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park on October 12. After a two-year hiatus, the event returned with great energy fueled by guest emcee Guy Adami of CNBC’s “Fast Money,” who challenged the 250 attendees to give generously in support of this important cause. They took note, raising over $200,000 to fund preschool tuition for children in our community. The event was sponsored by the William T. & Marie J. Henderson Foundation with additional support from Hackensack Meridian Health, Private Advisor Group, Wiley Malehorn Sirota & Raynes, and several other individual donor sponsors.

At this year’s event, Preschool Advantage honored its 11 past board presidents.  Under their selfless leadership, the nonprofit has sent 1,300 local children to preschool since 1995. Special recognition was given to the trustee, Gail Reuther for her 40 years as a director at Mount Olive Child Care & Learning Center, a partner preschool of the Organization. Preschool Advantage Executive Director, Nancy Bangiola noted, “Gail has generously shared her decades of experience and expertise in early childhood education with Preschool Advantage.  Her peers recognize her as a leader in the field, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have benefitted from her wisdom for so many years.”

Preschool Advantage also recognized a local family whose twin daughters attend preschool with a grant from the Organization.  The twins’ mother, Jillian, remarked “The cost of preschool turned out to be one of our biggest challenges.”  Expressing gratitude to the supporters in attendance, Jillian shared that her daughters are thriving and will be ready for kindergarten in the fall. “It has been an extraordinary journey watching our children learn and grow,” she said with great emotion.

Preschool Advantage funds preschool tuition for children, ages three and four at our 27 high-quality partner preschools in Morris and Somerset Counties.  Our mission is to give children a fair chance to succeed in life.  We open the doors of preschool and unlock the possibilities beyond. Our vision is that all children in the community begin kindergarten ready to learn and grow.

The organization is supported by individual donors, and by grants from foundations and businesses.  Since its inception in 1995, Preschool Advantage has funded preschool tuition for more than 1,300 area children. To learn more about Preschool Advantage, call (973) 532- 2501 or click here.
 

Parsippany Clergy Council Hosted Thanksgiving Gathering

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Interfaith Clergy Council hosted its first Thanksgiving Gathering on Tuesday, November 22.

Parsippany United Methodist Church hosted the event. Clergy from seven houses of worship participated and shared greetings, music, and Thanksgiving reflections with the community.  Participating in the gathering were: Vicar Psomi Psomas-Jackloski (St. Andrews Lutheran Church), Rev. Dr. Stacie Turk (Parsippany First Baptist Community Church), Rabbi Moshe Rudin (Adath Shalom) Rev. Don Bragg (Parsippany Presbyterian), Father Joseph Garbarino (St. Ann Roman Catholic Church), Rev. Marissa van der Valk (Parsippany United Methodist Church), and Father Aaron Oliver (St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church).

The Parsippany Clergy Council looks forward to making this an annual event.

Letter to the Editor: Parsippany is Being Threatened by Union Buddies

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

Well, well, well Mayor Barberio has been in office for just 11 months and it’s already “forward to the past” for Parsippany residents.

In just 11 months, Mayor Barberio has imposed a 14% tax increase on Parsippany taxpayers (opposed only by Councilman Musella), orchestrated a quid pro quo sweetheart deal for which Mayor Barberio got $50,000 in campaign contributions from unions in exchange for Mayor Barberio ramming through the unnecessary and potentially expensive PLA (opposed only by Councilman Musella). And now surprise, surprise, Parsippany is being threatened by the Mayor’s union buddies with a potentially costly lawsuit aimed at intimidating Councilman Musella and punishing Parsippany residents.

Extraordinary tax increases, a quid pro deal that benefited the Mayor and hurt Parsippany residents, and the threat of lawsuits by the Mayor’s union cronies aimed at intimidating and silencing Councilman Musella.

Welcome back, Jamie. Nothing seems to have changed since you were Mayor five years ago except that now Parsippany has a Councilman who has the integrity to stand up for Parsippany’s residents.

Bob Crawford

PAL: Outlet for Kids to Stay Healthy, Play, Learn and Socialize

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, PAL Executive Director Sam Yodice and PAL Program Coordinator Jay Hersh

PARSIPPANY — The Police Athletic League is Parsippany’s foremost charitable, non-profit, youth organization. The PAL operates with the sole purpose to provide the community with an important outlet for kids to stay healthy, play, learn important life skills, and socialize in a safe environment.

There is a common misnomer that the Parsippany PAL is simply an entity of the Township funded by tax dollars, when in fact, the PAL operates with a substantial degree of independence. The PAL is a private, community foundation that needs the support of the community’s public resources to build successful sports and enrichment programs that will have a positive impact on the attitude and health of the area’s children.

The PAL is a charitable, nonprofit sustained with funds and volunteers that embody the best of Parsippany.  Local funding sources have the clearest understanding of the communities needs, from local partners, the PAL receives substantial funding and support from the following:

  • Township; Mayor Jaimie Barberio and Council
  • PAL Program Registrations
  • Ion Bank (formerly Lincoln First)
  • Women’s Club of Parsippany
  • Individual Donations
  • PAL Room Rentals (source of PAL to raise funds)
PAL Director Sam Yodice

The PAL is looking to build on this base of support and the PAL must raise additional funds from program sponsors and other fundraising campaigns to help maintain and improve the facility (the PAL building) and sustain our programs.  Cross-sector collaboration and partnerships between the PAL and local businesses as well as our government agencies are essential to create community solutions and improvements. Here in Parsippany, the Township depends on the PAL and other charitable nonprofits to provide efficient and effective services to residents that would be more costly if provided by others. Likewise, the PAL, as a whole, earns about a third of its total revenue by providing services under written agreements with the township.

The construction of the facility provided a way for the community to work together for the common good, filling a need, and transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action. The erection of the PAL/Youth Center gave shape for our youth to develop their boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes right here in Parsippany.  Today, the PAL helps to educate, inspire, enlighten, and nurture kids and adults of every age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status. They foster civic engagement and leadership, drive economic growth, and strengthen the fabric of our community. Every single day.  They have completely redesigned the model in which they operate, from a facility that largely rents out the facility to develop their own program offerings.

The Parsippany PAL is home for all things community, recreation, and enrichment – if you haven’t visited the facility before, come on by and take a tour!  The Parsippany PAL is an amazing facility and you will find something fun and exciting for every member of your family!  The PAL is home to two full-sized basketball courts and gyms, perfect for all of your indoor sporting needs.  They have a large All-Purpose Room full of ideas, gatherings, meetings, and enrichment activities/classes.  The specialized sports and athletic development programs are incredible as we have our own PAL Hall of Fame Boxing Coach on staff, as well as athletic trainers from Parisi Speed School.  The PAL runs and organizes seasonal and recreational sporting programs, enrichment classes, and community events for youth and adults – there is something for everyone!

Recently, Mayor Barberio met with PAL Director Sam Yodice and discussed several topics including the number of Parsippany families that participate at the PAL as their primary source of physical activity. Also part of the discussion was a collaborative effort to move the PAL forward with new programming ideas that extend beyond traditional sports. “It was exciting to hear of all the new programming ideas,” the Mayor provided his continued support.

“We are here to ensure that the PAL sports and activities continue to improve as a key way for our kids to grow while making sure this building remains is safe, clean, friendly place to go.”

Mayor James Barberio

The Mayor toured the PAL to see some of the recent upgrades made to the facility and also identified areas of the building that will require significant funds as necessary capital improvements to an aging PAL building. Funds that the PAL will hope to raise through public and private funding.

“This building, the PAL is owned by the organization, not the township, the responsibility falls on the organization to fundraise to keep programs affordable and make the necessary improvements to this facility,” Yodice said.

Youth sports and the PAL were put through the wringer, the pandemic had a major impact on the PAL, as they were not able to host programs or operate for nearly two years. While accessibility and participation are starting to rebound, there’s so much work to be done.

Mayor Barberio discussed with Sam Yodice the many effects that COVID had on the PAL.

“Financially, the pandemic decimated the organization, as a private nonprofit. The PAL’s operating reserves were depleted, just like so many other businesses, but still had financial obligations to meet mortgage payments, utilities, and service contracts. A 36,000 sq. ft. building to maintain, etc.” said Yodice. “Financially, from an organizational and capital structure perspective, the effects of COVID-19 will continue to have lasting effects on the PAL for years”

So, when it was time to come back … they were as excited as anyone to start delivering programs; As a non-profit organization, every program/every sponsorship/every fundraiser is an important element to protect the building, maintain it, and continue to serve the community of Parsippany.

PAL Directort Sam Yodice and Program Coordinator Jay Hersh with Mayor James Barberio as he toured the PAL

But they are BACK and rolling out more programs than ever! This year has been a wonderful year for the PAL as they have been able to establish several new and exciting programs while continuing to grow and develop the core foundations. “We are so excited about all of the activity and new programming at the PAL – it’s GREAT to be back,” said Yodice. We hope to see you soon for a workout, a basketball game, or maybe some pickleball. Whatever it is, we have something for everyone – and can’t wait to see you!”

Some of the core programs include:

OPEN GYM: Youth Residents of all ages thru High School are FREE!

SPECIAL NEEDS: “Games with Friends” is a fun and fully inclusive program where kids with special needs learn to play fun and simple games while developing new friendships with peers

BASKETBALL: Recreation and Travel; The program incorporates K-High School students and last year soared past 650 kids in 13 different grade groups!

FLAG FOOTBALL: Spring and Fall Recreational leagues, an activity perfect for all skill sets!

WRESTLING: Popular program continues to see growth and excitement from our athletes and volunteer coaches!

CHEER: PAL Comp Cheer team competitions will power through the winter and end in late February/early March.

BOXING: Youth and Adult Contact/Non-Contact programs and instruction: Led by NJ Hall of Fame Boxer Ed Leahy!

The boxing fitness room will help get you in shape, improve your hand/eye coordination, and elevate all of your fitness levels!

ICE HOCKEY: Middle School Ice hockey at the PAL is for players grades 6-8 from both schools in Parsippany. They have worked really hard to continue to introduce new programs and activities to our community this year.

The goal is to continue the focus on different ways we can impact ‘mind’ and ‘body,’ for both youth and adults.

NEW programs in 2022 included…

INTRODUCTION TO CHESS Led by an experienced 30-year instructor

ART Classes; Nurture your child’s interest in drawing and painting in this colorful workshop!

GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY – Clinics and Rec League. Coached and Led by our local Field Hockey High School Booster Clubs

PICKLEBALL: Youth and Adults; this new sport is exciting and a popular activity for all to play (No experience required!)

FALL PARENT & ME MULTI SPORTS: Parent & Me Multi Sports Squirts program allows children to try a variety of sports with a helping hand from Mom or Dad
Adult Men’s Basketball League

Introduction to CODING AND ROBOTICS…You don’t want to miss this one!

V-Team Tutoring and Educational Support…The partners from the V-Team are licensed educators ready to elevate your performance in the classroom

As Winter ’22-’23 approaches, the PAL will soon host ‘Parents Night Out’ on select Friday evenings. They will ask Mom and Dad to take a much-needed night off and they will keep the kids busy with fun activities – be sure to look for this soon!

And please join the PAL’s Holiday Spirit Contest in December. They invite residents to register and then festively decorate their homes for the holidays! The most creative, festive, and highest tallied votes will win great PAL prizes!

They have recently revived the Sponsorship Program and have great ways for local businesses, organizations, and groups to get involved with the PAL…and help serve the local community.

Every year, they invite local businesses to sponsor a team, program, event, or much-needed capital improvement that could include naming rights and exposure.

Sponsoring the organization is not only a great way to get involved with the community; it’s also an amazing form of marketing for your business. Their programs have over 1,000 families participating in programs.

That means your business will have branding in front of hundreds of people and generate thousands of impressions in the Parsippany area. With that type of exposure, everyone will remember that your business supported the PAL.

They understand that you have several choices when considering different marketing and community outreach opportunities, but truly believe that this is a great fit. If you want something a little more customized in return for your sponsorship, they are very open to your ideas.

The PAL thanks you for your continued support. You are making Parsippany a better place to live and PLAY by supporting the PAL.

If you have any questions, please contact PAL Executive Director, Sam Yodice directly at (973) 917-3370 or sam@parsippanypal.org.

Reprinted from Parsippany Focus Magazine, December 2022

Signature Acquisitions Taps Newmark to Lead Leasing at Parsippany Office Buildings

Waterview Plaza is located at 2001 Route 46

PARSIPPANY — Signature Acquisitions one of the region’s most active and prestigious owners/managers of Class A suburban office space, announces it has selected Newmark as the leasing brokerage firm for Waterview Plaza located at 2001 Route 46 and Boulevard Plaza located at 1055 Parsippany Boulevard.

Daniel Reider

The assignment will be handled by Managing Director Daniel Reider and Associate John Crawford of Newmark’s Rutherford office.

Prominently located with frontage and visibility at the intersection of Interstates 80 and 287 along Route 46, Waterview Plaza is a five-story, 130,000-square-foot, premier Class-A office building featuring dramatic views of the Boonton River. Offering award-winning, on-site property management, the building includes a full suite of amenities highlighted by a fully renovated café with indoor and outdoor heated patio seating and a wide range of breakfast and lunch options. The building also offers tenants proximity to local hotels, shopping, and hospitality options as well as access to numerous residential communities.

Located just across Interstate 287 from Waterview Plaza, Boulevard Plaza is a five-story, 86,521-square-foot office building. Featuring award-winning, on-site property management, the building boasts a newly renovated lobby, shared conference facility, and on-site café with the same high level of accessibility to local area amenities as Waterview Plaza. Boulevard Plaza’s energy efficiency also earned the building an Energy Star recognition.

Waterview Plaza and Boulevard Plaza are well located with convenient access to local retail services and restaurants, as well as major routes and highways. Recent property improvements include upgraded common areas and tenant amenities,” said Dan Reider of Newmark. “We look forward to working with Signature on the continued lease-up of these buildings.”

Sandy Monaghan, SVP, Director of Leasing at Signature Acquisitions added, “In today’s office market, it’s clear that businesses are increasingly gravitating towards the highest-quality office spaces in their respective markets. We look forward to our partnership with Dan and his team at Newmark to bolster the tenant roster at these two buildings and further elevate their respective profiles in the local market.”

Woodam Korean BBQ: An Exciting New Addition of Downtown Morris Plains

Woodam Korean BBQ is located at 650 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains

MORRIS PLAINS — There is a new player in the downtown Morris Plains dining scene, and it’s certainly a winner. This past September 10th Woodam Korean BBQ opened its doors to the public with a grand opening celebration. The restaurant is located at 650 Speedwell Avenue, a few doors down from the iconic Arthur’s Tavern. The building had been dormant for the past ten years, previously the home of Cocoa Pazzo. During the past couple of years, I have had the privilege to visit a couple of outstanding Korean BBQ venues in the Parsippany area and I was anxious to check out this newest addition to what has become one of my favorite culinary treats.

My usual group of hungry epicures and I arrived at Woodam BBQ, an appealing, aesthetically pleasing colonial revival style building, in a busy, vibrant downtown neighborhood. An attractive two-story brick structure, with multiple, stylishly large, white wooden framed arched windows, decorative dental molding, ornate metal gratings, and symmetrical columns supporting an overhanging canopy. Architecturally beautiful building, and one that clearly reflects an equally impressive interior design.

Yook Ke Jang

Being the first from my group to arrive, I was warmly greeted by the smiling, pleasant, and genial David Oh, one of the co-owners of Woodam BBQ. Mr. Oh, who insisted I call him David, showed me to a comfortably situated table, sharply appointed along with the appropriate chopsticks, sealed in a paper wrapper displaying the restaurant’s name. As my group arrived a few minutes later, our personable, helpful, and friendly server, Suany, expeditiously addressed our needs. Water, menus, and wine glasses immediately appeared, and wine was uncorked. Both Mr. Oh and Suany could not have been more attentive or professional making sure we were comfortable, and any questions we had about the menu politely answered.

Patrick Minutillo

While the group perused the menu, it gave me the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the restaurant. The décor was a tasteful blending of an older, more traditional Asian ambiance mixed in with a modern, upscale vibe. The soft cream-colored walls, adorned with tasteful Asian artifacts, were offset by the hues of the soft and comfortable chocolate brown paneling, wood beam floor, and ceiling tiles. The high vaulted ceilings, with a modernistic lighted globe hanging from the rafters, are an impressive feature. The room is bright, airy, and comfortably lit by the floor-to-ceiling windows, which perfectly accentuate the rest of the dining area, which can seat 80 guests. The atmosphere is sophisticated and elegant, yet casual, comfortable, and homey. Assorted Asian artifacts, such as assorted statues of Buddha, teapots, and artwork are carefully and tastefully placed throughout the room, along with calming, live potted, and flowering plants, which are all nurtured by the restaurant staff. The meticulous attention given to even the smallest detail was evident and brilliantly done.

There is a 12-seat standalone bar at the rear of the house
Chopsticks, sealed in a paper wrapper display the restaurant’s name, Woodam Korean BBQ

Granite-topped tables, each equipped with a flaming, smokeless grill in the center, are comfortably situated around the room. The polished chocolate brown woodwork, distressed flooring, and cushioned black leather seats help ensure a comfortable and relaxing dining experience. Woodam does not possess a liquor license, and guests are welcome to BYOB; plus, there is a 12-seat standalone bar at the rear of the house, where you can sit, eat, or just relax if you prefer. Interestingly Woodam BBQ does offer wine by the bottle that you can purchase at the restaurant. New Jersey State law now allows restaurants that do not have a liquor license to partner with a New Jersey winery to serve their wines at their restaurant. So, you may still bring along your own bottle, but if you forget or prefer, wines from Villa Milagro Vineyards, a Warren County Vineyard, are available to enjoy with your meal.

David Oh, one of the co-owners of Woodam BBQ

The second floor of the two-storied restaurant offers a private party room that can accommodate 50 guests. The room provides the same polished elegance and aesthetics as downstairs. There is also an elevator available to accommodate guests who may have trouble navigating stairs, as well as restrooms available on each floor.

Our personable, helpful, and friendly server, Suany

While my friends debated over the appetizers, I took the opportunity to chat with both co-owners of Woodam BBQ, David Oh, and Chef Eleazar Martinez (aka Chef Eli). Theirs is a friendship that goes back 23 years, a friendship which brings experience and expertise to this, their newest venture, which is a combination hard to find. David Oh, who has opened about a half dozen restaurants in NYC, claims Woodam BBQ as his first venture into New Jersey. Mr. Oh explained that it was the pandemic that brought himself and Chef Eli together with a vision to open the now-renovated and reimagined Woodam BBQ. As for “Chef Eli” Martinez, he has a storied thirty-year-plus background in the culinary world. Somewhat of a celebrity Chef, he has been noted in such publications as the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. A Honduran native, whose resume includes working at several distinguished Michelin-rated NYC restaurants, including Jean-Georges, Daniel, Bann, and for the past decade, Executive Chef of Woo Lae Oak, in SoHo. Chef Eli’s commitment to his craft is evident, as he even spent time living in Korea to perfect the knowledge and skills that now enable him to create those authentic flavors that are true to traditional Korean cuisine, while still reflecting a modern aesthetic and sensibility. According to their website, Woodam embraces a unique and fresh approach to Korean cuisine by fusing the highest quality traditional and contemporary ingredients to their dishes, and that was obvious in the quality of the dishes we tried.

Korean Fried Chicken

We began this dining adventure with an assortment of shared appetizers. Our apps included Mandu (pan-fried, house-made, beef short rib dumplings), Pa Jun (traditional sizzling pancake, with scallion and mixed peppers), O Jing Aw Ti Kim (tempura calamari, shitake, and chayote, tossed in a sweet and soy glaze), and Korean Fried Chicken (spicy honey chili and sesame, glazed with sweet and sour pickled daikon). All the beautifully plated dishes came with perfect accompanying dipping sauces that further elevated each dish. Every app was perfectly prepared, delicious, and quickly devoured by our group as we discussed our entrée. As I have found typical in this cuisine, the balance of intense flavors and textures hit all the taste receptors; sweet, sour, tangy, umami, and spicy.

Mandu (pan-fried, house-made, beef short rib dumplings)
O Jing Aw Ti Kim (tempura calamari, shitake, and chayote, tossed in a sweet and soy glaze)

The diverse menu, included many tempting and expected Korean dishes, including several rice standards, such as Bi Bim Bap (rice topped with carrot, zucchini, spinach, beansprouts, royal fern, daikon, crisp lettuce greens, and spicy gochujang mixed sauce is always a favorite). The selection of mouth-watering traditional entrees, as well as their soups and stews, were also hard to resist, but we agreed to share the traditional Korean Barbecue selections of Kal Bi (sweet and savory boneless beef short ribs) and Sam Gyup Sal (high-quality pork belly – an immensely popular, amazingly delicious Korean dish). All the barbeque entrees come marinated in the restaurant’s signature soy, sesame, and garlic sauce, and are served with fresh lettuce wraps and miso paste, kimchi, shredded pickle daikon, namul with white or brown rice.

Korean Barbeque

The arrival of our Kal bi and Sam Gyup Sal provided us the opportunity to try out Woodam’s tabletop flaming smokeless grills. (No exhaust vents are needed here) If you have not yet tried dining at a Korean Barbeque, you are missing out on a fun and exciting communal dining experience. This is a memorable way for family and/or friends to come together and participate in the cooking and sharing of a meal. And yes, if you prefer the staff will either assist you with the cooking or do it for you. Just relax and enjoy it. With some assistance and advice from our knowledgeable server, Suany, we chose to cook our own healthy (did I mention, Korean food is extremely healthy and nutritious) meats and vegetables.

Savoring our now perfectly cooked meats and veggies, while wrapping them in accompanying crispy lettuce wraps, along with some of that miso paste, kimchi, daikon, namul, and rice, was not only delectable but a truly pleasurable way to enjoy a meal. A burst of flavor in every bite!

We closed out our meal with a nice, enticing, treat of three large scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) placed atop an ice mold. Perfect ending to a great meal!

We closed out our meal with a nice, enticing, treat of three large scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, and
strawberry) placed atop an ice mold

My recommendation: if you have not yet stopped in at the recently opened Woodam Korean Barbeque, put it on your calendar for the next time you are looking for that special dining experience, or to celebrate that special occasion. I am confident you will have a great time and a great meal. Thank you to Woodam Korean BBQ, Chef Eli, David Oh, and their staff for the cordial hospitality.

Woodam Korean BBQ is located at 650 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains. (973) 330-9112. Menu: www.woodamnj.com. Dine In – Curbside Pickup – No Contact Delivery. Street Parking and Municipal Parking Lot. Elevator Availability. Closed Monday.

Seven New Tenants Lease at Parsippany Office Campus

The Grand, a two-building, 550,000-square-foot complex

PARSIPPANY — Seven tenants have leased a combined 90,000 square feet at a Parsippany office campus, in a series of newly announced transactions by Cushman & Wakefield.

The brokerage team, which represents P3 Properties at 300 Interpace Parkway and One Upper Pond Road, said the deals include commitments by RF Industries, a manufacturer of electronic hardware used in wired and wireless communications networks, and Extremity Medical, a medical device manufacturer. They will occupy a combined 60,000 square feet at what’s known as The Grand, a two-building, 550,000-square-foot complex less than a mile from Interstate 80, Route 46, and Route 202 and a mile and a half from Interstate 287.

C&W’s Charles Parmelli, William O’Keefe, and Bill Brown completed the transactions, plus an additional 30,000 square feet of new deals and renewals by five other tenants.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new tenants to The Grand, which recently completed major capital improvements resulting in the addition of new state-of-the-art amenities both inside and outside the property,” Parmelli said. “The Grand’s extensive renovations have cemented the property as not only a best-in-class headquarters office location but also a space for emerging technology companies with lab and R&D operations like RF Industries. The building’s flexible zoning, freight elevators, and loading docks combined with top-tier amenities create a high-quality and functional environment that exists in very few office locations.”

Recent updates include a new tenant lounge dubbed GRAND Central, which contains gaming areas, a café, shared conferencing and training rooms, and collaborative meeting spaces, C&W said. The property also has a large fitness center, an outdoor dining terrace, a new waterside deck known as The Grove, and a two-tiered pond with a pergola and seating.

“We recently concluded a multimillion-dollar modernization program to provide our tenants with a best-in-class office experience,” said Harvey Rosenblatt, CEO of P3 Properties. “With the addition of our new tenants and our commitment to emerging technology and lab companies, The Grand remains at the forefront of innovation.”

Lake Parsippany Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast was Delicious

The helpers: Emma Sikora, Kyleigh Higgins, Evie Kane, Emile Landau, Katherine Nolan

PARSIPPANY — The Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and Firefighters District 3 held its 19th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, November 27.

The breakfast featured pancakes, sausages, bagels, orange juice, and coffee. The all-you-can breakfast was a bargain at $10.00 per person, Seniors (60 and over) $7.00, children 2 to 8 years old $5.00, and children under two years old is free.

Delicious homemade pancakes, sausage, and more … bagels, cream cheese, butter, coffee, tea, and even orange juice

Ladies Auxiliary of the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Company is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2019, and donations are tax-deductible.

Evie Kane, Emma Sikora, Hailey Higgins

In 1935, a group of public-spirited citizens recognizing the need for fire protection in Fire District #3, began the steps that lead to the formation of the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Company. This was not an easy task, as Lake Parsippany was a new community experiencing an era of growth and expansion.

Sponsors of the event included Bagel City Grille, Ferraro’s Italian Specialities, Cerbo’s Parsippany Greenhouse, Chopt, Habit Burger Grill, The Great Wasu, Anthony Franco’s Pizzeria, Uncle Giuseppe’s, Birchwood Manor, Eagle Auto Body, Castle Printing and Fire and Safety Services.

For more information about Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Department click here.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council President Michael dePierro, Delores dePierro, Ex-Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and Former Board of Education Member Gary Martin
Former Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce with Former Board of Education member Gary Martin
Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., sons Jonathan and Tyler with his dad, Paul Carifi, Sr.
Joe Jannarone, Jr. hanging with the firemen
Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., Council President Michael dePierro, Mayor James Barberio, and Councilman Justin Musella
Invisible Councilman Frank Neglia with his wife Sandy Neglia
Everyone enjoyed the delicious breakfast prepared by the volunteers.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella and Courtney Musella

JCP&L Tree Trimming Starting January 3

JCP&L contractors will be performing line clearance tree trimming in Parsippany

PARSIPPANY — Beginning on or about January 3, 2023, JCP&L contractors will be performing line clearance tree trimming in Parsippany.  This work will include the routine trimming of limbs to provide four years of clearance from electric wires and the removal of limbs overhanging the three-phase electric lines.

All tree removals are performed in accordance with JCP&L’s easement rights or otherwise with the written consent of the property owner.

JCP&L contractors are qualified line clearance tree workers trained in OSHA safety standards, as well as, in proper pruning techniques developed by the National Arborists Association.  Contracted tree crews will be following a pruning technique that is often referred to as directional or lateral pruning.

JCP&L has provided the Township with a list of streets affected:

• Greenback Rd • Knoll Ln • Vreeland Ave • 1st St • Arate La • Arlington Ave • Arundel Rd • Asbury Pl • Averell Dr • Bahama Rd • Banghart Rd • Battle Ridge Road • Bedford Pl • Boehm Ave • Boehm Pl • Brook Dr • Brooklawn Dr • Brookstone Dr • Cambell Rd • Cambridge Rd • Carriage House Rd • Casdaby Ct • Circle Dr • Clinton Court • Clinton Road • Cold Hill Rd • Concord Way • Continental Rd • Cottage Pl • Country Club Rd • Daumlin Dr • Dickerson Rd • Dogwood La • Dunnerdale Rd • Durbin Ave • East Hedding Pl • East Park Pl • Edgefield Dr • Eldridge Rd • Emerson Road • Evans Dr • Executive Dr • Fairview Pl • Fairview Place • Fernview Rd • Fletcher Pl • Flintlock Rd • Foote Lane • Force Pl • Forum Ct • Fox Crest Ct • Foxhollow Ct • Front St • Gibraltar Ave • Glacier Dr • Granada Dr • Grannis Ave • Groundpine Rd • Guilford Court • Gunston Ct • Hector Rd • Hedding Pl • Heritage Ct • High Ridge Rd • Hilsinger Rd • Hope Rd • Hunters Hill Ct • Inwood Rd • Ironwood Dr • J Raps Ct • Jamaica Rd • James Street • John St • Junard Dr • Ketch Rd • Ledgerock Ct • Long Ridge Rd • Lookout Pl • Lowrey St • Lynne Dr • Manor La • Marianna Pl • Mcclintock Pl • Meadow Bluff Rd • Millstone Rd • Moraine Rd • Morris Ave • Mountain Way Rd • North Pl • North Star Dr • Old Dover Rd • Park Pl • Patriots Rd • Penn Dr • Penwood Dr • Pigeon Mill Rd • Winterset Dr • Wood Dr • Woodland Rd • Woods End Rd • Woodstone Rd • Yacenda Dr • Zeek Road • Pinfold Ct • Pinnacle Rd • Pondview Rd • Powder Mill Rd • Prospect Ave • Puddingstone Rd • Raynor Rd • Ridgewood Ave • Robin Hood Rd • Rockridge Ct • Rockwood Rd • Rose Ct • Seasons Glen Dr • Seaton Ct • Shelter Cover Pl • Shongum Rd • Simpson Ave • Skyview Ter • South Powder Mill Rd. • Southwood Dr • Spencer Ct • Springhill Dr • St Johns Ave • State Hwy 10 • State Hwy 53 • Stockton Ct • Stoney Hill Ct • Stratford Way • Strowbridge Ave • Summerhill Dr • Sylvan Wy • Tabor Rd • Tall Wood Ct • Tarn Dr • Timberlane Ct • Tracy La • Union Hill Rd • Violet St • W Hanover Ave • W Morris Ave • Waterloo Dr • Wesley • West Hanover Ave • West Pl • White Birch Rd • Whitewood Rd • Whitfield Pl • William St

Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board Meeting – November 21, 2022

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board Meeting – November 21, 2022.

Click here to view the agenda.

The Planning Board members are:
Mayor Barberio 12/31/2025 I Mayor
Anil Dadheech* 12/31/2024 IV Regular
Michael dePierro 12/31/2022 III Council Rep.
Tom Dinsmore 12/31/2021 IV Regular
Priya Jain 12/31/2022 Alternate No. 2
Dominic Mele* 12/31/2023 IV Regular
Gordon Meth* 12/31/2025 IV Regular
Nick Napolitano 12/31/2024 IV Regular
Ted Stanziale 12/31/2023 Alternate No. 1
Jennifer Vealey* 12/31/2022 II Muni, Rep.
John Von Achen* 12/31/2023 IV Regular

Stuart Wiser Board Planner, ARH
Andrew Cangiano Board Engineer, Keller & Kirkpatrick
Joseph Garcia Board Attorney, Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs
Nora O. Jolie Board Secretary

Union Representative Threatens to Sue Town Over OPRA Requests

Ron Meischker, an out-of-town Edison resident, and a representative from from the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters made it very clear he will sue the town over Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests

PARSIPPANY — Ron Meischker, an out-of-town Edison resident, and a representative from the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters addressed the Mayor and Council at the Tuesday, November 22 meeting, and made it very clear he will sue the town over the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests.

Ron Meischker, Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

Meischker said “I’ve submitted some OPRA requests for some emails, texts, and social media postings and we’re well beyond the date they’re due. I wanted to get a status update from the solicitor on that.”

Township Attorney Michael Lavery replied “Information was requested and we can’t provide what we don’t have. They don’t exist, so we can’t provide them. I understand exactly what the statute says, but what I’m telling you is the information that you requested, was requested of the councilman and we’re told that it does not exist, so we can’t produce it.”

Mr. Meischker, responded, “So you understand that we’re going to seek to compel those documents?” You’ll lose on that. And I don’t wanna cost, you’ve got plenty of taxpayers in here that are very concerned about their local library and their sense of community and their tax dollars. We don’t want to cause tax ramifications due to litigation because you’re getting resistance from the individual (referring to Councilman Justin Musella) who doesn’t want to give up the documents.  It is very clear there’s precedent here that says that those documents should be turned over.”

John McGovern

According to an OPRA request filed by Parsippany Focus, Mr. Paul Prenergast filed an OPRA request with the Municipal Clerk on October 13 for “Email attachments.” On October 18, Mr. Paul Prenergast requested “J Musella e-mails.”

The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills introduced an ordinance “2022:24, Entitled Project Labor Agreement (PLA)” at the agenda meeting of Tuesday, October 11 for the first reading and for public discussion with the second reading and final vote to take place on Tuesday, October 18.

The audience during the Council meeting of October 11 was filled with Union workers supporting the passing of the ordinance. Parsippany residents complained they could not get into the meeting and were harassed by union workers.

During the meeting, Councilman Justin Musella voted against the ordinance. He stated “As it stands, a thorough and competitive bidding process at the lowest responsible cost is what is best for the taxpayer. We should reject costly measures like PLAs that ultimately reduce competition, harm small businesses, and provide no real benefit to the end user — you.”  The ordinance was introduced 4-1. (Click here to read the complete article)

With the anticipation of a larger crowd, Council President Michael dePierro changed the location of Tuesday, October 18 Township Council meeting to Parsippany Hills High School.

Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters started a campaign to harass Councilman Musella. They parked a truck at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 102, 50 Parsippany Road, a location where the abandonment of union workers was meeting before the October 18 Council meeting, then drove in caravans to the high school. There they met in the parking lot and marched into the building.

The truck displayed rotating messages of clips from speakers during the October 11 meeting as well as two messages that said “PLA All the Way” and “Tell Justin Musella: Support Jobs for Parsippany Workers.” Then the truck moved to Parsippany Hills High School where the October 18 meeting was being held.

At that meeting, the ordinance was passed 4-1, with Musella voting against the ordinance.

Pictured is a truck with the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters logo. A large video sign on the side of the truck displayed the image “Tell Justin Musells: Support Jobs for Parsippany Workers”
Union workers met at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 102, 50 Parsippany Road, on Tuesday, October 18, and drove in caravans to Parsippany Hills High School, where the Township Council meeting was being held. Pictured is a truck with the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters logo. A large video sign on the side of the truck displayed the image “PLA ALL THE WAY.”
Pictured is a truck with the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters logo. A large video sign on the side of the truck displayed the image “Tell Justin Musells: Support Jobs for Parsippany Workers and Keep Parsippany Tax Money in Parsippany.”

Councilman Musella started a petition against PLAs. When the article was released on Parsippany Focus there were over 300 signatures in 24 hours from local Parsippany residents. (Click here to read the article). Musella wants to obtain over 1,000 signatures before making a case to the council and Mayor James Barberio to reverse course on the project labor agreement ordinance.

The petition flyer was mailed to all Parsippany residents

The PLA means that municipal public-works projects costing at least $5 million must have a pre-established collective bargaining agreement. This gives certain unionized workforces advantages in obtaining contracts for these projects.

Supporters have said the agreement helps guarantee skilled labor and eliminates delays that can arise from labor conflicts or worker shortages. But critics, including Musella and many residents, say such arrangements will drive up costs for the township trying to work its way out of budgetary woes.

The petition’s goal is to convey a message to the Councilpersons who supported the PLA that this culture of overburdening taxpayers with pricey mandates is causing community members financial harm while driving other residents out of town to less expensive areas.

Kiwanis Club Holds “Sleep Out” to Raise Awareness and Funds for Covenant House

Members of Kiwanis join the group that participated in "Sleep Out" on Friday night, November 25

PARSIPPANY — It was forty-five degrees outside, but a dozen individuals from ages 12½ to 50 weathered the outside and slept on the concrete at Parsippany United Methodist Church to learn firsthand what homeless youths experience every night. The group identified themselves as “Covenant House Sleep Out 2022 – Team G.R.A.C.E.” The group was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

Team G.R.A.C.E. raised over $1,000 which is directly donated to the Covenant House.

There’s more to Sleep Out than a night without a bed. Sleep Out raises critical funds to help Covenant House provide 24/7 shelter, sanctuary, and support to youth overcoming homelessness.

And the experience includes opportunities to learn from experts, hear inspiring stories, and advocate for a future where everyone has a safe place to sleep.

The NJ Kiwanis District will advocate raising awareness of youth homeless as an issue throughout New Jersey in the 2022-2023 Kiwanis Service year.

When Diana McElroy contacted NJ Kiwanis Lt. Governor Division 9, Frank Cahill, Cahill immediately got involved with the project since it was a Kiwanis initiative for 2022-2023. It became a project of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany. “I was happy to get involved and bring this wonderful program to Parsippany. Although this year was small, Kiwanis Club plans to expand this in the near future,” said Cahill.

“Imagine sleeping outside on a cold blistery night like tonight – it’s almost imaginable to many of us. However, many youth and adults across the state are facing the chilling effects of homeless,” said Martin Slezak.

“After two years of research and feedback on a District Project, members of the organization voted to raise awareness for Youth Homelessness as a District-wide service project this year.  Our organization, made the right choice to assist in raising awareness and funds for Youth Homelessness organizations throughout the state of NJ,” Slezak states, “Kiwanis has partnered with many organizations throughout the state (Visions and Pathways, Oceans Harbor House, Family First, Covenant House, among others) to help raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause.” “We look forward to making an impact in the communities we serve.”

Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, who attended the Sleep Out to give his support, said “I was honored to come out and support Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany in participating in Covenant House’s “Sleep Out” to help those in need.”

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President Nicolas Limanov said “The Sleep Out helps ensure that youth facing homelessness can sleep safely and dream big at Covenant House. Covenant House is more than just a shelter. Young people are welcomed with unconditional love and provided warm meals, education opportunities, job training, medical care, mental health and substance use counseling, and legal aid — essential services designed to help them build independent futures. Just recently I had the honor of visiting Covenant House in Atlantic City with Former Kiwanis District Governor Gordon Meth and Lt. Governor Frank Cahill as we donated winter jackets.”

Parsippany-Troy Hills Sargent Dan Conte kept a watch on the group throughout the evening.

November is Youth Homelessness Awareness Month. Covenant House invites you to join the fight to achieve a world where every young person has access to safe housing, support, healing, and opportunity.

Throughout the month of November, communities come together to Sleep Out and amplify a shared message: it’s time to end youth homelessness.

Every night, about 2,000 young people will go to sleep in a Covenant House bed.

You can still donate to Team G.R.A.C.E. by clicking here.

Also attending were Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany member, Susan Slaughter, President Nicolas Limanov, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, Parsippany-Troy Hills Sargent Dan Conte, NJ District Lt. Governor Division 9 Frank Cahill, NJ Division Kiwanis International Treasurer Martin Slezak, Parsippany United Methodist Church Rev. Marissa van der Valk, and Kirsten Corley, Senior Development Associate at Covenant House New Jersey.

TEAM G.R.A.C.E. during “Sleep out 2022 for Covenant House”
TEAM G.R.A.C.E. during “Sleep out 2022 for Covenant House”
TEAM G.R.A.C.E. during “Sleep out 2022 for Covenant House”
Making of the sign to be displayed on the location
Parsippany United Methodist Church was the site chosen by Kiwanis Lt. Governor Division 9 Frank Cahill to hold the Sleep Out
The morning after. Everyone returned home to a warm home and had a hearty breakfast prepared by Parent Leader Diana McElroy

 

Morris County Courthouse Project Moves to Schematic Design Phase

This schematic shows what the new Morris County Courthouse is likely to look like view from Washington Street

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Board of County Commissioners authorized moving forward Monday, November 21, on the schematic design phase for a new courthouse slated for a county-owned parcel on Schuyler Place in Morristown after reviewing a revised, preliminary concept during a public meeting.

The vote followed a PowerPoint presentation to the full board and the public by Roger Lichtman and Lisa Tsang of the Clifton-based infrastructure firm, AECOM, which was originally contracted for the project in November 2019.

The COVID-19 pandemic paused action on what had evolved after 2018 into a 140,000-square-foot design proposal in 2020. After some review and a restart on the courthouse plan this past July, a 116,998-square-foot, less costly proposal emerged and was shared by the Board of Commissioner’s Courthouse Committee.

Commissioner Stephen Shaw

“It’s important to point out that we are not approving the courthouse or building the courthouse at this time. The objective this afternoon is to answer questions and get a consensus from the Board to permit AECOM to move from concept design to a schematic design phase,” said Commissioner Stephen Shaw, Chairman of the Courthouse Committee.

“This is the first time the full balance of the Commissioner board and the public is seeing this recommendation. As we move through design, we will engage representatives of the Judiciary, Sheriff’s and Prosecutor’s Office, and representatives from Morristown.”

Sheriff James Gannon

Sheriff James Gannon, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll, and Assignment Judge Stuart Minkowitz attended the meeting to speak on the need for the new courthouse as well as thank the Courthouse Committee and AECOM for working closely with them in developing different conceptual designs over the past couple of years.

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Commissioner Deborah Smith, another Courthouse Committee member, noted that a county-owned pocket park on the corner of Schuyler Place and Washington Street, which would have been completely covered by some prior conceptual designs, is now mostly preserved in the new conceptual design.

“I’m very pleased with the results of the redesign. It preserves a good portion of the park, which is very important. The county created that park by removing an old building many years ago, and it is heavily used by people. I think it adds to the appeal of the entire proposal,” Commissioner Smith said.

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty also attended the meeting, expressing an interest in preserving the park.

The overall scope of the project has narrowed, as has the overall cost when calculating inflation – a point noted by Commissioner Douglas Cabana, who also is on the Committee.

“We needed to develop and evaluate alternatives to the 2020 plan, something that addressed post-pandemic realities, reduced costs, balanced the need for staff with the public well-being, and, ultimately, still provide adequately expanded court facilities that meet the needs of the state judiciary in Morristown, which is the county’s responsibility,” said Commissioner Cabana.

The new conceptual design unveiled last night includes eight courtrooms, but a reduction of 23,000 square feet from the 2020 proposal. The new design also adds a 200-person jury assembly room and eliminates prior proposals for relocating some county and court departments into the new facility.

Background
Providing adequate court facilities and securing those facilities are the sole responsibility of each respective county in New Jersey. To assess those needs, the county commissioned a Space Needs and Facilities Assessment in 2017.

That assessment, completed in 2018, identified a significant shortfall in criminal, family and civil court facilities, and detailed the outdated conditions in the existing courthouse complex, which includes the historic courthouse along Washington Street that was originally constructed in 1827.

The complex, situated along Washington Street between Court Street and Western Avenue, will be preserved but is not suitable to continue most court operations.

That building was augmented three times before 1900, according to Judge Minkowitz, noting other portions were added in the 1950s and 1970s. The complex, situated along Washington Street between Court Street and Western Avenue, will be preserved but is not suitable to continue most court operations.

The County Commissioners, then known as Freeholders, held public hearings prior to their unanimous vote to adopt two capital ordinances in late 2018 to fund the design phases of a new courthouse along Schuyler Place. Balancing the needs of the court system with the financial concerns of county taxpayers has continued throughout the process and involved the county government administration, Commissions, members of the judiciary, and the Sheriff’s Office.

Kiwanis Key Club Students Serve Thanksgiving Dinner to Senior Citizens at IHOP

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany and Parsippany High School Key Club members served the meals to the guests

PARSIPPANY — Kiwanis Key Club Members from Parsippany High School served Thanksgiving Dinner to Senior Citizens and people in need at IHOP, 792 Route 46, Parsippany. This year, Table of Hope, coordinated the guest list.

Mayor James Barberio with IHOP owner Mo Abdelhadi

Every year, IHOP Parsippany hosts the senior citizens and residents in need on Monday evening for a complimentary “Thanksgiving Dinner.” The dinner included delicious turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

Lt. Governor Frank Cahill serves dinner to 100-year-old Parsippany Resident Joe Bulgarini, as Mayor James Barberio and IHOP owner Mo Abdelhadi look on
Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella with 100-year-old Parsippany Resident Joe Bulgarini

The key club members first started seating the guests, then took their beverage orders and delivered them a home-cooked meal. After the seniors were done with their dinner, the Key Club members cleaned the dining room and set the tables.

Key Club is a student-led, high school organization. The members make the world a better place through service. In doing so, they grow as individuals and as leaders by answering the call to lead, summoning the courage to engage, and developing the heart to serve. The Parsippany Hills High School Key Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany. Lt. Governor Frank Cahill is the liaison of the club.

The dining room at the IHOP was crowded with guests enjoying the Turkey dinner provided by IHOP
IHOP worker Luis Matos with Mayor James Barberio
Stan and Rhonda Kron. Rhonda has been a Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany member for over thirty years
Table of Hope’s Dawn King
Mayor James Barberio,  IHOP’s General Manager Edgar Ortega, Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President Nicolas Limanov, and member Susan Slaughter

 

 

 

Two Parsippany Residents Named “Go The Extra Mile”

PARSIPPANY — The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills is participating in “Extra Mile Day” celebrating the work of two township residents.

Chris Mazzarella was praised for his work as one of the creators of the Facebook page, “Parsippany Supporting Our Town” and Chef Matt Pierone, the owner of Gourmet Café for supporting the community with his unwavering support and donations to the community of Parsippany

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio presented Gourmet Cafe’s Chef Matthew Pierone and Parsippany Supporting Our Town creator Chris Mazzarella with a proclamation for “Go The Extra Mile” at Tuesday, November 22 Township Council meeting.

Both honorees were recognized for their personal, community-minded contributions through the pandemic crisis.

Chef Matt Pierone, the owner of Gourmet Café, was honored as an Extra Mile Hero, for his efforts in supporting the community with his unwavering support and donations to the community of Parsippany. Matt has continuously donated both meals and money to Parsippany residents in need, even during Covid when his own business was dealing with uncertainty and loss of income.

Chris Mazzarella was praised for his work as one of the creators of the Facebook page, “Parsippany Supporting Our Town”. His personal time and commitment to the site opened an important source of local information that assisted a large portion of our community.

Mayor Barberio described both men as local heroes.

Extra Mile America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers individuals, organizations, and cities to “go the extra mile.” According to their website, their work is inspired by the belief that “going the extra mile” opens doors to new possibilities.

Extra Mile Proclamation Chris Mazzarella
Extra Mile Proclamation Matthew Pierone