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DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, Bolsters Its Ranks; Has a Parsippany Office

Mark Semeraro is a partner at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP.

MORRIS COUNTY — DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, is pleased to announce it has bolstered its law practice with the addition of thirteen new legal professionals, effective on December 1. This expansion provides the firm with additional expertise in existing practice areas such as complex litigation, labor and employment, land use, real estate, and banking as well as extends the firm’s purview to a new practice area, namely, personal injury law. With more than 100 attorneys and staff, DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, will continue to exponentially grow its footprint across New Jersey, with offices in Paramus and Parsippany.

Co-Managing Partner Michael R. DeCotiis remarked on the milestone, “This expansion combines a wide variety of skills and expertise across multiple practice groups that enable DeCotiis to continue to provide sophisticated and comprehensive solutions to our clients in both the public and private sectors. I am incredibly proud to uphold the legacy and continued growth of the firm.”

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP’s, current expansion involves the addition of nearly all of the preexisting attorneys from Kaufman, Semeraro & Leibman, LLP, including two of the principals, Paul C. Kaufman, Esq. and Mark J. Semeraro, Esq. “As attorneys practicing in New Jersey for over 70 combined years, we are eager to join DeCotiis to expand the resources available to our clients. Our experience with that of DeCotiis means the continued growth of our practice areas and depth of expertise,” Kaufman and Semeraro shared.

Named Equity Partner Vincent Giblin acknowledged, “The addition of Paul and Mark along with the seven attorneys joining the firm will contribute to DeCotiis’ long list of accomplished attorneys barred across the United States, fortifying our national presence and delivering more than exceptional solutions to complex legal problems for our clients.”

“I am honored to be a third-generation DeCotiis at DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP,” stated Joseph M. DeCotiis III. “The legacy of our firm is that of excellence and commitment to high-quality representation. I look forward to learning from and working alongside this new group of legal professionals.”

In addition to Mark Semeraro and Paul Kaufman, the seven other new attorneys joining DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, are Deena B. Rosendahl, Justin D. Santagata, Scott Fahrney, Jaime R. Placek, Gregory K. Asadurian, Danielle M. Federico, and Avi Meger.

Founded in 1986, DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP,  has become a leader in New Jersey government, legal, and business communities. As demonstrated with this expansion, the firm has continued its growth, expanding its scope of work and bringing on top legal talent. Continuing with the firm’s tradition of upholding professional identity and excellence, the incoming attorneys will join a large group of attorneys within the firm who have earned Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ and who have earned AV Preeminent® Ratings, the highest peer rating standard.

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, added a second location at 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 385, Parsippany.

For more information about DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, click here or call (201) 928-1100. municipal law, government, and regulatory affairs, healthcare law, corporate law, banking, and bankruptcy.

Meet Athos, a Special Boy Who Wants a Home for the Holidays!

Athos is being fostered in Parsippany

PARSIPPANY — Athos is a Sato — a mutt from Puerto Rico who is similar in body type to a Shiba Inu/Chihuahua mix! He is eight months old.

Athos is searching for a loving, patient family who takes their time letting him adjust to their home as he can be a bit fearful. He craves affection but needs to be taught that it’s safe and ok! He would thrive with a canine companion to help show him the ropes.

He gets along with other dogs but is not sure about cats. He is house trained and has good leash manners.

He is up to date on all of his vaccinations and is very healthy.

Athos is five years old and weighs forty pounds. Athos likes children above the age of 16 because sometimes he gets spooked by loud noises or fast movements.

If you are interested in adopting Athos click here.

Parsippany Good Scout Award Honorees

Mohammed Ahmed, Chairman Robert Peluso, Laura Wohland, Chris Mazzarella, Jennifer Thurkauf and Chrissy Cianci

PARSIPPANY — The Patriots Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, honored five Parsippany individuals on Thursday, December 2, at the Hanover Manor. The individuals Mohammed Ahmed, Chrissy Cianci, Chris Mazzarella, Jennifer Thurkauf, and Laura Wohland were among the honorees. Robert Peluso, President of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce was the dinner chairman. Parsippany Hills High School Junior Jonah Lance presented “What Scouting Means to Me.” (Click here to read Jonah’s journey in Scouting)

Laura Wohland

Laura Wohland, President Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation, is a quality and compliance leader with deep luxury goods experience across jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, leather, eyewear, baby goods, and home accessories. Laura held the position of director of quality assurance operations while working at Tiffany & Co.

She held that role for eight years. Laura currently manages customer experience for Open Road BMW Service Department in Morristown. She is the immediate past President of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany and current President of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation and has been a member of the club for three years.

Jennifer Thurkauf

Jennifer Thurkauf is Manager, Patient Access Morristown Medical Center; Past Chief, Life Member Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad.

Jennifer Thurkauf was born and raised in Parsippany. She is currently the manager of patient access at Morristown Medical Center. A graduate of Parsippany Hills High School, she is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science degree at William Paterson University. Jennifer is also a life member, past chief, and past president of the Parsippany Volunteer First Aid Squad and currently serves on many committees.

After having children, Jennifer remembered her amazing experiences as a Girl Scout and volunteer EMT for the Boy Scouts, and she wanted her children to have the same experience. Jennifer is now serving as the Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 177, and the service unit manager for the Parsippany Girl Scouts, sharing her past joy of Scouting with her children and others. She is also an alumnus of The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation.

Jennifer is married to P.J. Thurkauf, who owns two local UPS Stores. She met her husband while he was volunteering on the Rockaway Neck Fire Department and Rockaway Neck First Aid Squad. They have two children, Abigail and Alexander, who both plan to volunteer in the community when they are old enough.

Volunteering has been a way of life for Jennifer since she was young. Starting with helping at local swim meets and at her church, she realized early on in life the importance of giving back to the community that gave to you. After spending years on the Parsippany recreation track team, Jennifer then became one of the coaches, helping to allow other children to have the same amazing experience she had. After joining the first aid squad, Jennifer became a CPR instructor. The 28 years on the first aid squad have proven to her time and time again the importance of the squad motto: Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

Chris Mazzarella

Chris Mazzarella: Creator Parsippany Supporting Our Town Facebook Group and President Par-Troy East Little League.

Chris Mazzarella grew up in Union, and along with his sister, Jamie, was raised by his single mother, Cathy. He graduated from Union High School in 1992, and shortly after graduation became a produce manager at A&P. In 2002 Chris became a produce/floral supervisor and eventually a store manager. He left A&P in 2009 to become a district manager at ShopRite, and in 2015 moved into his current position as a produce specialist for Stop and Shop.

In 2005 Chris met his wife, Diana, who was born and raised in Parsippany and is a Parsippany High School graduate. They married in 2007. Chris and Diana’s first child, Dylan, was born in February 2009 and they moved to Morris Plains from Bridgewater in 2010. The couple had their second child, Ava, in April of 2012, and moved to their current home in Parsippany in 2012 as well.

Chris joined Par-Troy East (PTE) Little League in 2013 when Dylan started tee-ball, became information officer in 2015, and in 2017 became PTE president. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Chris was able to team up with Rich Leitner, Dennis Murphy, and his wife, Diana, to start the “Parsippany Supporting Our Town” Facebook page. The page was a spot to help the town with many different things from fundraising and food drives to advertising local businesses.

At the same time, Chris joined friends Ted Scanziale, Rob Zwigard, Nick Kraus, and Justine Roche to form “Front Line Morris,” and together they raised well over $100,000 in cash and donations to serve over 10,000 meals to front line workers, first responders, orphans and families at the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter. “Front Line Morris” became an official nonprofit organization as of December 2020.

Chrissy Cianci

Chrissy Cianci is Division Director of Parsippany Soccer Club. Chrissy is currently leading a team of solution architects and technology specialists at Red Hat. Prior to this role, she led global IT teams that built healthcare and digital marketing software systems. She started her career with a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in literature. Chrissy is on the board of directors for the Parsippany Soccer Club and enjoys traveling with her family.

Mohammed Ahmed

Mohammed Ahmed is Religious Director ICCC (Islamic Community Cultural Center). Dr. Mohammed Ibn Ahmed is a behavioral psychologist and psychiatrist working at Norristown State Hospital in Pennsylvania. He also runs five outpatient clinics in New Jersey.

Ahmed serves as executive director of Islamic Chaplaincy and is a founder of a philanthropy organization called ”Be a Mercy Foundation.’ He is also the Muslim chaplain of Bergen County and Somerset County sheriff’s offices, and he established and worked with many religious organizations throughout the tri-state area. Lastly, along with Tajammul R. Khokhar. Ahmed founded the Islamic Community Cultural Center (ICCC) in Parsippany and serves as religious advisor and director.

Previous Good Scout Award Recipients included: 1994: Bruce T. Benson, and F. Huston Taylor;1998: Carol Dadaian, Mimi Letts and David Schaffer; 1999: Nicholas Cerbo, James William Kelly, Kathryn McDonagh, and Lois Plust; 2000: Loretta S. Viglione, David L. Bahn, Jayne Beline, Timothy C. Brennan Ed.D., and Michael J. dePierro; 2002: Elaine Britcher, Robbie Furman, and Robert J. Peluso; 2017: Frank L. Cahill, Tony Cerbo III, Karen DeChristopher, Frank lannetta, MD, FAAFP, and  Casey (Kaushik) Parikh.

2018: Mo Abdelhadi, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Al Goldberg, Carlos Guzman, Adam Bahaa Kandil, and Carol Tiesi; 2019: Catherine “Cathy” Cerbo, Silvia E. Cooper, Patrolman Remo D’Alessandro, Stephen J. Priola, Rev. Msgr. Herbert K. Tillyer, P.A. and Randy F. Tortorello; 2020: 1UMMAH, Patricia “Miss Pat” De Vita, Leonard A. Fariello, June Madia, Gordon Meth, P.E. and Anthony Franco’s Pizzeria.




SEC Charges Pharma CFO and Former Partner with Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged the former Chief Financial Officer of pharmaceutical company Immunomedics, Inc.

MORRIS COUNTY — The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged the former Chief Financial Officer of pharmaceutical company Immunomedics, Inc. and his former romantic partner with insider trading in the company’s stock.

According to the SEC’s complaint, while serving as CFO of Immunomedics, Usama Malik, 47, learned that the FDA had permitted the company to halt a clinical trial for a breast cancer drug because the existing trial data provided compelling evidence that the drug was effective.

The complaint alleges that Malik – who was subject to a trading “black-out” that prohibited him and anyone living in his household from purchasing Immunomedics stock – immediately tipped Lauren S. Wood, 33, with whom he lived at the time, as well as three family members.

According to the complaint, Wood and two of the family members then bought Immunomedics stock, as did an account in the name of the third family member’s spouse. As alleged, after Immunomedics announced the FDA’s decision, its stock price nearly doubled, resulting in a gain of $67,060 to Wood and a combined gain of approximately $21,000 to the family members. The complaint further alleges that, when Malik was asked about Wood’s trading as part of an inquiry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), he failed to identify her as his romantic partner and falsely claimed that he had not communicated with her during the relevant period.

“Public company executives have a duty to safeguard material nonpublic information and must not use it for their personal benefit, as we allege Malik did by tipping Wood and his family members,” said Joseph G. Sansone, Chief of the SEC’s Market Abuse Unit. “The Enforcement Division remains focused on detecting and investigating insider trading by public company executives.”

The SEC’s complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, charges Malik and Wood with violating the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws and seeks against each of them a permanent injunction and civil penalty and, against Malik, an officer and director bar.

In a parallel action, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Jersey announced criminal charges against Malik and Wood.

The SEC’s investigation was conducted by Tracy Sivitz and Vanessa De Simone of the Market Abuse Unit, and Elizabeth Baier of the New York Regional Office. The case has been supervised by Mr. Sansone. The SEC appreciates the assistance of FINRA.

PARQ Groundbreaking Sets the Stage for Exceptional New Beginnings

PARQ will ensure physical spaces reflect community values. “The result will be a compelling neighborhood that will transform Parsippany into a place where people are conveniently connected by foot, bike, car or public transport,” said Haidar.

PARSIPPANY — The stage is set for exceptional new beginnings as officials break ground on PARQ. Located at the former Lanidex Plaza in Parsippany, PARQ is a distinctive, emerging multi-generational community that will encompass townhomes, multi-family residences, onsite retail, open green spaces, and state-of-the-art amenities.

The highly anticipated groundbreaking ceremony took place at the former Lanidex office complex on December 2

Emcee Joe O’Neill welcomed an enthusiastic crowd filled with local and state officials, as well as businesses and media representatives from Parsippany and beyond. Anthony Milelli, Principal Director of PARQ, took to the podium to express how PARQ will instill a new sense of community and placemaking by celebrating the balance of health, happiness, and well-being. “Urban renewal and revitalization projects are vital to stimulate the economy, enhance property values and instill a sense of civic pride,” he said.

Robert Garafolo, Principal Attorney of PARQ

Back in the late 60s, PARQ was formerly known as Olson’s Farm prior to being rezoned as an office park called Lanidex Plaza that served Parsippany for many years, according to Robert Garafolo, Principal Attorney of PARQ. “But just like Olson’s Farm, Lanidex Plaza became less active and less vibrant, and the owners decided it needed to be redeveloped or repurposed,” Garafolo. “After some negotiation, we have since created PARQ Parsippany. Now and in the future, PARQ is going to be a very valuable, magnificent asset to the town of Parsippany.”

Haytham Haidar

Haytham Haidar, Managing Director of PARQ, noted how this project will usher in a new era in Morris County. “PARQ will forge us into the 21st century with state-of-the-art facilities, vast and welcoming green spaces for the community to enjoy, a recreational complex open to residents and sports programs to utilize, and enhanced revenue as a result of the site’s modernization,” Haidar added.

The approved plan will be implemented in two phases, according to Haidar. The first phase includes Multi-Family Building 1, which features 275 multi-family residences, convenience retail, indoor and outdoor amenity space, and ample parking. It will also highlight 75 clustered courtyard townhomes with two-car garages. The townhomes will feature contemporary farmhouse-style architecture with access to a clubhouse and outdoor pool. Convenient, master-down home designs are also available. An athletic field, concession building, restrooms, and playground are also included in the first phase.

PARQ Interior Lobby Multifamily Building

The second phase includes Multi-Family Building 2, which features 250 multi-family residences, convenience retail, indoor and outdoor amenity space, and ample parking. The residences will allow the Township of Parsippany to fulfill part of its state-mandated affordable housing obligations.

The two luxury multi-family buildings tout green design elements, as well as smart buildings and home features that promote wellness. These features include Energy Star® appliances and lighting fixtures; windows with Low-E coating; low flow water fixtures; programmable thermostats, and electric car charging stations in each building’s parking garage. Each multi-family building also features an elegant welcoming lobby with motor court drop-off; upscale club suite; private event room; children’s playroom; state-of-the-art fitness center; a resort-style pool with outdoor BBQ and lounging areas, and co-working alcoves.

PARQ will ensure physical spaces reflect community values. “The result will be a compelling neighborhood that will transform Parsippany into a place where people are conveniently connected by foot, bike, car, or public transport,” said Haidar.

Located near I-287 and I-80, PARQ residents can be at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City in just over an hour via the NJ Transit® Parsippany-Troy Hills Park/Ride. For those who are up for more of an adventure, the world’s most admired cities are just hours away via Newark International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport.

PARQ’s vision is for the revitalization to seamlessly integrate the design of the project into the existing fabric of the community. The transformation of the 23-acre portion of Lanidex Plaza will conclude in 2025. “This new, authentic neighborhood will be upscale, welcoming, and humble,” said Haidar. “At PARQ, the best is yet to come.”

About PARQ
The PARQ development team includes Garofalo O’Neill Ruggierio, LLC, Real Estate Law; Minno & Wasko, Architects and Planners; Design 446, Marketing and Advertising; Greystar Real Estate Partners; Sue Adler, Keller Williams Premier Properties; Langan Engineering & Environmental Services; Melillo + Bauer Associates, Landscape Architects, and Mary Cook Associates, Interior Design.

Parsippany Wrestling Holds Successful Fundraiser

The Sons of Italy-Lodge 2561 who provided the food for the event was as anxious as everyone else to start the day

PARSIPPANY — It literally takes hours to create the perfect tomato sauce, or gravy as some will argue, but that is a battle for another day. And being the Sons of Italy, you know that nothing less than a great sauce will suffice. On Saturday, December 4, hours before this year’s “Parsippany Wrestling Pasta Dinner Fundraiser” was set to begin, a group of the Sons of Italy’s crack team of Chef’s, led by John Gangone and Joe Jannarone, arrived at the Township’s P.A.L. building on Baldwin Road in preparation for the crowd’s arrival scheduled for 6:00 p.m. that evening. The Sons of Italy-Lodge 2561 who provided the food for the event was as anxious as everyone else to start the day. Someone was heard commenting that John’s sauce, “was as good as any sauce they ever had.”

Members of Sons of Italy-Lodge 2561 who provided the food for the event was as anxious as everyone else to start the day

By 6:30 the spacious dining area, filled with over two hundred hungry wrestling supporters, was ready for an all-you-can-eat Italian dinner of salad, pasta, and meatballs, and of course, plenty of desserts. The energized room was filled with laughter and lively conversations, while the kids ran around obviously enjoying each other’s company. The back of the room is set up beautifully, with numerous decorated baskets, in preparation for the evening’s Tricky Tray raffle. 50/50’s, Lotto Wreath Tickets, and a Birthday Calendar raffle were also available to try out your luck, and by the end of the evening, there was a lot of smiling, happy winners.

Frank Neglia, Joe Jannarone, Jr. and Mayor-elect Jamie Barberio
Robert Campbell Jr., President/Commissioner, Board Member Beth Caponegro, and June Madia, Founder of the Program

President/Commissioner, Robert Campbell Jr., and P.A.L. Board Member, Beth Caponegro, welcomed the crowd recognizing Mayor-Elect James R. Barberio and Councilman Elect Frank Neglia who came out to support the cause, as well as the new Board members of P.A.L. Wrestling. Ms. Caponegro proudly and optimistically reported that there are presently over seventy kids in the program, a supportive home base, a full schedule, and lots of new coaches.  Deanna Fox, Julie Wallace, and Kellie Anderson were also noted for their hard work and efforts in making the event come together.

John Gangone stirring the pot of tomato sauce

Speaking to Ms. Caponegro later during the event, she stated, “We want to give the kids of Parsippany the opportunity to wrestle and compete. Most importantly, to learn the fundamentals of wrestling and learn how to win and lose with respect and dignity. We are proud to be a part of the P.A.L. Wrestling family.”

Also recognized was Head Coach Albert, warmly described as the backbone of the program, and lastly, June Madia, the founder of the program which began in 1996. At that time Ms. Madia was the head of the Parsippany Hills High School Booster club, and in 2003 started the town’s Junior Vikings. In 2010, the Junior Vikings merged with the Red Hawks and became the Wrestling club that was the focus of the evening’s fundraiser. As Ms. Madia stood, she was met with a well-deserved round of applause.

An enjoyable time was had by all, and a great local youth program was enhanced by all those who came out to offer their support. Keep up the great work and “Go Parsippany Wrestling”!

Members of Sons of Italy cooking the pasta
Guests online waiting for the delicious food prepared by Sons of Italy
Announcing the winners of the Tricky Tray
Serving the food

“What Scouting Means to Me” by Jonah Lance

Jonah Lance

PARSIPPANY — Jonah Lance, 16, a member of Scouts BSA Troop 173 was a keynote speaker at “2021 Parsippany Good Scout Awards Dinner” on Thursday, December 2.

Jonah read the following inspirational speech:

Jonah Lance

Good evening! I would like to thank the Patriots Path Council for giving me this opportunity to speak in front of all of you today. It is an honor to share my story of scouting with you. It all began ten years ago when I was a six-year-old boy who wanted to join scouts simply because I thought the uniform was cool.

Little did I know then what an impact scouting would have on my life! As an only child whose father was not an active part of my life, being he lived in North Carolina, scouting became a second family to me. My fellow scouts became my brothers who I have enjoyed camping, hiking, and having fun with during all of our adventures.

The leaders became my role models, who guided and taught me so much not only about scouting but more importantly about myself and life in general. Through scouting, I have gained strong leadership skills that have helped me find success in all aspects of my life including academics, athletics, church, and my community. For example, this past lacrosse season I received the Iron Man Award for dedication, determination, always giving 100%, and always being there for my teammates!

I credit scouting for teaching me these important skills and helping earn this recognition. Scouting has also given me the opportunity to help and give back to others in need in my community through collections for the food pantry, coat and toy drives, and mowing lawns. Not only that, it also taught me basic life and survival skills I know I will carry with me throughout life, such as teamwork and collaboration.

This past summer at the National Youth Leadership Training Camp I had to work with a diverse group of scouts to run a patrol by completing various tasks throughout the week. It was not always easy being we all had different ideas, strengths, and weaknesses but together we overcame our differences and found success. Scouting has taught me how to set up camp, start a fire, and navigational skills (what other 16-year-olds do you know that can use a paper map to guide himself and his friend through mountain bike trails in the woods … no help from Siri here.

Through scouting, I have accomplished things I never thought I could do on my own like sleeping in a tent by myself in the middle of the woods for a week or cooking my very own meals over an open fire – At camp, I became known as Lunch Lady Jonah because I was the best cook there. As you can see, scouting has had a huge impact on my life. It truly has shaped me into the young man I am today and I could not be more thankful and could not imagine what my life would be like today if I didn’t join just so I could get the cool uniform!

Jonah is a junior at Parsippany Hills High School and plans to be a Parsippany Police Officer upon graduating college.

Reprinted from Parsippany Focus Magazine, December 2021. Click here to view.

Parsippany’s Christmas Tree Lighting

PARSIPPANY — It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the whole family’s invited! Saturday, December 11 at Town Hall, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills will celebrate the season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Santa Claus will arrive at Town Hall on a Township Fire Truck to light up the Christmas tree and Township Holiday sprits! Santa will meet all the kids in attendance, so be sure to bring your cameras.

Please follow Video-On-The-Go Channel 21, as well as the Township social Media Pages so see the tree lighting on-demand this weekend!

Parsippany Town Hall is located at 1001 Parsippany Boulevard.

Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen: Authentic Thai Cuisine

Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen is located at 65 New Road

PARSIPPANY — Unfortunately, despite having the opportunity to visit various parts of Asia in my youth, I never had the pleasure of visiting Thailand. I enjoy Thai cuisine and it would have been great to experience one of their open-air food vendors, storefront, or waterway eateries, or even try out an upscale Bangkok restaurant. I may not have been able to get to Thailand, but I can still enjoy a true sense of Thailand culture, as well as some of their authentic cuisines right here in Parsippany.

Patrick Minutillo

Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen, located among a series of storefronts in a small strip mall on New Road, at the intersection of Route 46 East, one of Parsippany’s newest additions, held their soft opening this past September and their grand opening October 25. Previously, Hwang Bu Ja, a Korean restaurant had occupied the location. The exterior does not stand out from the other similar-looking glass front restaurants and shops that line the strip, but upon entering you encounter a small, but cozy-looking interior, with comfortably situated wooden tables, in a well-lit, sparkling clean, cozy, casual ambiance.

The warm feeling interior is thoughtfully complemented with a soothing color scheme, simple décor (more will be coming), soft recessed lighting, and relaxing music playing in the background. I should mention there is a limited off-road, free, parking lot at the location, and there are also spots on the side of the mall that should be able to accommodate your needs.

I arrived with a small group of friends, and we were made to feel immediately at home. Our server/manager, Tau, could not have been more cordial or welcoming. Service was prompt, attentive, and efficient. Water, menus, and cutlery were quick to arrive (interestingly, Thai cutlery generally consists of a fork and large spoon. The spoon is held in the right hand and used in place of a knife, and the fork helps to arrange the food on the spoon before bringing it to the mouth. As all ingredients in the dishes come already cut up, there is no need for a knife -of course, you can always use chopsticks), and we began to ponder over many mouthwatering choices. The menu was extensive enough to accommodate everyone’s individual tastes, so we were off to a good start. This is a BYOB, so I brought along some Thai LEO beer which perfectly complimented my dishes.

Internationally renowned Thai Chef, and Corporate President, Punsak Puncharoen, known professionally as Chef Oudy visited us at our table and was kind enough to share his story with me. The amiable and courteous Chef, who assured me that Siam Heritage’s Thai food is truly authentic and is the same food and quality as one would find if in Bangkok, began his culinary journey at the age of ten when he was sent to live at a Temple to learn kae sa luk, the art of fruit and vegetable carving. Thai food is known for its artistic and beautiful presentation of food. Kae sa luk, which dates to the 14th Century, requires extreme dedication to learn to carve the food perfectly and intricately, as it was done primarily for royal families. That humble beginning began his journey, and his love of food, and his eventually acquiring a reputation recognized by the current Royal Family of Thailand. Chef Oudy, who came to the U.S. in 1990, along with three partners, oversees seven locations throughout the United States (one in Union) and three more internationally, under the corporate name of Noodlefan Thai. We are fortunate to have one of his world-class restaurants right here in Parsippany.

Our group started off by sharing several appetizers; Thai Spring Rolls (paw pia tod), fried thin wrappers, filled with carrots, cabbage, and bean thread noodles, fried to golden perfection and served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce; Shumai, minced shrimp and ground chicken wrapped in wonton wrappers and steamed till soft and fluffy and served with soy vinaigrette; Curry Puffs, puff pastry filled with curried chicken, caramelized onions, diced potatoes and served with cucumber relish on the side; and Wings, fried marinated chicken wings coated with enough honey-sweet chili sauce to stimulate your taste buds.

The appetizers were satisfying enough, but being fans of Thai cuisine we were anxious for our entrees. My friend Mike F started off his meal with a small serving of Tom Yom soup. Small it was not! Generously sized serving of Thailand’s most famous soup, a light, spicy/sour soup simmered with mushroom, galangal, lemongrass, onions, cilantro, and lime juice. It got a serious thumbs up from Mike.

I settled on the Crying Tiger เสือร้องไห้ (seua rong hai); grilled marinated beef steak (flank steak) served with Tamarind chili dipping sauce. The steak was cooked a perfect medium as ordered, and the presentation was beautiful, it was moist, juicy, and savory. The steak came on a bed of lettuce and shredded carrots, and the Jaew sauce (on the side) was a spicy, savory, tangy, aromatic, pungent sauce that really made the steak pop. The exquisite dish that I would gladly have again. Take note, Thai food, though known to be spicy does not have to be. There are plenty of sweet and salty alternatives. Your server can help you with your decisions if you are new to this cuisine. I personally like very spicy food, but I ordered my meal “spicy” since it was my first time at this restaurant. It certainly had a mild kick but next time I will be going with the “X-spicy.”  This restaurant offers your meal with No Chile, Mild, Spicy, X Spicy, and Thai Spicy. Do not go with the Thai Spicy unless you know you can really manage fiery hot food.

My friend Mike Z ordered the Asian Eggplant with Seafood (มะเขือยาวผัดพริกเผา). A gorgeous dish of Asian eggplants, garlic, onions, chilies, basil, and bell peppers, mixed and cooked in a zesty house special soy sauce. Bob, went with the Spicy Goat Cumin, a goat stew with red and green peppers, garlic, and fried chilies, with cumin sauce; and finally, Mike, the Tom Yom guy, had Crispy Salmon Strips over Pad Thai (“ผัดไทย”), with rice noodles sauteed in pad thai sauce with eggs, dried bean curd, bean sprouts, and scallions, and served with Thai sauce, lime, and peanuts on the side.  Every meal came with a side dish of your choice of rice.  Everyone raved over their individual dishes, the consensus was that everything was delicious and that this restaurant certainly deserves another visit in the near future.

Topping it all off, the house treated us to a Mango with Sticky Rice dessert. I love mango’s and I love sticky rice, so I do not think anything else needs to be said. I would say to someone not familiar that Thai food is like an exotic version of Chinese food. The two cuisines are similar in many ways. Give your palate a treat and give Thai a try, with its variety of dishes filled with thick noodles, fresh vegetables, chicken, lamb, goat, shrimp, and beef, all of which can be sweet, salty, spicy, or sour, I think you will be happy you did.

Closed Monday – Kitchen Break 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Dine-In – Take Out. Catering Services Available  – BYOB – Delivery – Off Road Parking.

Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen is located at 65 New Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054. (973) 310-9127.

Siam Heritage Brings World-Class Thai Cuisine to Parsippany

Celebrate the grand opening of Siam Heritage

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael  Soriano, Robert Peluso, President Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Frank Cahill, Executive Board Member, Ildiko Peluso, Board member of Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, and residents helped celebrate the grand opening of Siam Heritage, a new Thai restaurant in the New Road Plaza.

“I have been dreaming of putting up my own [restaurant] and now it is a reality”, said Punsak Puncharoen or professionally known as Chef Oudy.

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, and brought up in the deep traditions of Thai cooking, Chef Oudy left his home at 17 to commence his formal culinary career. Oudy has worked in some of the finest restaurants, creating innovative menus captivating the eyes as well as the palate.

Chef Oudy’s skills have been recognized by the Royal Family of Thailand who twice chose him to organize exclusive events for the Prince and Princess during official visits to the U.S.

Siam Heritage brings authentic Thai cooking to Parsippany with delectable entrees, vegan cuisine, desserts, and kids’ selections, all at a very nice price. Siam Heritage is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is located at 65 New Road. They can be reached by calling (973) 310-9127.

Parsippany Police Department Recognizes a Great Career

Lt. Pomroy with his family
PBA delegate Dave Cavaliere, Lt. Pomroy, Capt. Jay Wieners

PARSIPPANY — On Tuesday, November 30, despite a cold, blustery day, a large crowd of co-workers, family, friends, and supporters gathered to celebrate a ceremonial retirement walkout in recognition of the distinguished 26-year law enforcement career, including almost 21 years of them serving Parsippany, of Lieutenant Thomas Pomroy.

Parsippany Police Department Group Picture
Chief Richard Pantina presenting plaque to Lt. Pomroy
Lieutenant Thomas Pomroy final radio transmission

Lt. Pomroy began his distinguished career in law enforcement as a Corrections Officer with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, where he served for five years prior to joining the Parsippany Township Police Department in 2002.

Lt. Pomroy, during his tenure with Parsippany Police Department, has been the recipient of numerous awards, commendations, and professional certifications, including three Life-Saving Awards, and the 2009 MADD Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award.

Pomroy, who has decided to wrap up an illustrious career, is married and the father of four children. Considered a valued member of the Parsippany Police Department family, who has fulfilled numerous roles and responsibilities during his tenure with the P.D., he has served as a positive role model and influence on many of those who he has served alongside, as well as those under his supervision. His legacy to the department will assuredly be long-lived.

PBA Delegate David Cavaliere making a presentation to Lt. Pomroy

Parsippany Police Chief Richard Pantina stated, “Our agency will surely miss Lt. Pomroy for his expertise, and I will personally miss him as a valuable friend and co-worker.”  The Chief continued, “Lt. Pomroy was placed in charge of our agency’s new communications section a year ago and its remarkable success can be attributed to his hard work.”  The Chief further described the Lt. as a “resolute, kind, ethical and honest person,” and wished him the best of luck and continued success wherever his post-law enforcement journey takes him.

The ceremony was impressive and dignified, with a giant American flag waving and hovering from an extended firetruck ladder above the entrance to Police Headquarters, the symbolic bagpipers playing in the background, the ceremonial last radio call, the respectful salute from his fellow officers as the Lt. departed H.Q. on his final tour of duty, and of course, the prestigious plaques and presentations, both from the department and the P.B.A. all made for a grand sendoff for one of Parsippany’s finest.

Pipers are Joe Puso and Gabe Elston
Ret. PBA Delegate Jack Wieners, Lt. Pomroy , Capt. Jay Wieners

Board of Trustees at County College of Morris Elect Officers

George J. Milonas and Jeffrey M. Advokat, Esq.

MORRIS COUNTY — Elected were Jeffrey M. Advokat, Esq. as chair; George J. Milonas as vice-chair; Jack N. Frost, Esq. as treasurer; and Dr. Barbara L. Hadzima as secretary.

Appointed to the CCM Board of Trustees by the Morris County Board of County Commissioners were Devanshu L. Modi, Esq. and Cathleen M. Paugh.

Continuing their service on the board are George E. Dredden III, Lauren C. Inganamort, Paul R. Licitra, Morris County Interim Executive County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy J. Purnell, and Dr. Joseph S. Weisberg.

Advokat is a senior partner of Advokat & Rosenberg, Esq. in Morristown, and a former Morris County Assistant Prosecutor. Professionally he has tried thousands of matters in all levels of court throughout his 41-year career and has garnered a 95 percent rate of success. He has experience in the classroom having taught business law at Caldwell University, the American Institute of Paralegal Studies, the New Jersey Assistant Prosecutor’s Association, and the New York Chiropractic College. He earned his law degree from Hofstra University, his master’s Fellowship in Government from the Eagleton Institute of Rutgers University, and his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers. He has served on the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Communications and Education Committee and is a frequent lecturer for ACCT on the topic of board ethics. Advokat has published on a number of topics, is a regular talk-radio guest, and has appeared on television, including the Phil Donahue Show. Advokat also serves on the New Jersey Council of County Colleges Executive Committee, and State and Federal Policy Committee.

Milonas is a corporate sector leader, with experience in working with multinational companies specializing in the strategic design, implementation, and oversight of global enterprise compliance and risk management programs. He began his higher education at CCM earning an associate in science degree in Criminal Justice. He received his master’s in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a bachelor’s in Sociology from Centenary University.

Frost is an attorney with Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He earned his law degree from Seton Hall School of Law, and his bachelor’s and master’s in Philosophy and International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, U.K.

Hadzima is a retired middle school administrator and college adjunct. She has participated in the Chinese Bridge Delegation (Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters) to Chinese Universities which focuses on school visits, cultural activities, and educational workshops. She contributed to the New Jersey ALPHA Peace/Reconciliation Program in China, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Additionally, she was sponsored by New Jersey for program studies at European concentration camps and at Yad Vashem in Israel. Hadzima then assisted with the development of the New Jersey State Curriculum Guide to teach Holocaust/Genocide. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University, her master’s degree from Kean University, and her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Elizabeth.

Modi is a founding member of the Morris County law firm of Lyon, Glassman, Leites & Modi, L.L.C. and was recently selected by the Department of Justice’s U.S. Trustee Program to serve as a Subchapter V Trustee under the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019. He is a former Deputy Attorney General in New Jersey and previously served as an investigator with the Bureau of Securities. He served on the Harding Township Board of Education and, subsequently, on the Harding Township Committee. He earned his law degree from Seton Hall School of Law and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Delaware.

Paugh began her higher education at CCM, which she credits for connecting her with her first professional job at Prudential Financial that turned into a successful 34-year career. She retired last year from Prudential after serving in several senior roles within Prudential’s finance organization, most recently as the Head of Global Reinsurance Strategy. She is a sought-after advisor to boards and executives in corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, capital markets, strategic planning, deal execution, and regulatory compliance. Her community involvement includes serving as a board member and advisor for a nonprofit specializing in child abuse and family service and running various mentoring programs in startup organizations and other not-for-profit groups. She earned her master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia University and her bachelor’s in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dredden is the chief of staff to Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Drew University’s Theological School and bachelor’s in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Weisberg is professor emeritus of Geoscience at New Jersey City University. He earned his Ed.D. from Columbia University, his master’s in Science Education from Montclair State University, and his bachelor’s in Science Education from Jersey City State College, now New Jersey City University. He is a recipient of the Ronald D. Winthers Trustee Leadership Award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges for his many years of service to CCM as a trustee and former board chair, and to New Jersey’s higher education community through writing and co-authoring three college texts. Weisberg was the former mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Inganamort served as manager of Global Compliance at Tiffany & Co. in Parsippany, where she was responsible for the development, execution, and management of compliance programs and risk assessments. She received the company’s Finance Achievement for Commitment to Excellence Award for exceptional dedication and service. Inganamort serves as a trustee for the Educational Foundation of the Chesters and on the Advisory Committee of the New Jersey Governor’s STEM Scholars program. She is the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work on behalf of military families whose loved ones were receiving treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She earned her master’s in Engineering Management and holds two bachelor’s degrees in Engineering from Dartmouth College.

Licitra currently serves as an office administrator for Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths, and serves as the Sergeant of Arms for the New Jersey Senate. He also possesses extensive experience in insurance spanning more than 45 years, covering all aspects of risk management for large domestic and international clients. In the public sector, he served as mayor of Mount Olive from 2000-04 after serving eight years on the Township Council. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, where he also taught as an adjunct professor in the Tobin College of Business. He also served on the Association of Community College Trustees Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, charged with reviewing public policy issues and recommending positions, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) State and Federal Policy Committee, and the board of directors for the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Licitra currently serves on the NJCCC State and Federal Policy Committee.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms Opens For Free Holiday Events

PARSIPPANY — The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, the early 20th century historic home of Gustav Stickley, is hosting a free Crafts-Mas Open House and Pop-Up Shop on Saturdays, December 4 and 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum’s doors were closed for tours in March 2020. Then in August of that same year, the museum suffered a further setback when a destructive tropical storm severely damaged a building on the property, forcing the museum to remain closed, except for grounds tours, ever since. Now, before rebuilding begins in 2022, the museum will open temporarily for two special holiday events in December.

The Open House will take place in the Log House at Craftsman Farms. This structure, completed in 1911, is one of the most important architectural achievements of the Arts and Crafts movement in America. Designed to be a clubhouse, it became the Stickley family home and remains the heart of the property today. For this special event, the Log House will be decorated for the holidays in Arts and Crafts style, taking inspiration from Gustav Stickley’s ideas about the season—as expressed in his magazine The Craftsman—and from early 20th century Christmas traditions. Visitors will be invited to view the Log House interiors at their own pace. Docents will be stationed throughout to share more about the Christmas décor and the history of the site.

The Crafts-Mas Pop-Up Shop will take place in the lower level of the museum’s Education Center (the museum’s shop was displaced by the August 2020 tropical storm). The Shop will feature custom, new holiday items, including Motawi’s Christmas Tree tile in a custom colorway, and old favorites, which will be deeply discounted. Museum Members will receive an additional 10% off their entire purchase. All sales benefit the museum and support its operations as it moves forward following two challenging years.

The events will be held on December 4 and 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Advance registrations are not necessary for this free event. Because of the close quarters inside Craftsman Farms’ historic buildings, masks will be required regardless of vaccination status.

Craftsman Farms, the former home of noted designer Gustav Stickley, is owned by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and is operated by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Inc., (“SMCF”) (formerly known as The Craftsman Farms Foundation, Inc.). SMCF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New Jersey. Restoration of the National Historic Landmark, Craftsman Farms, is made possible, in part, by a Save America’s Treasures Grant administered by the National Parks Service, Department of the Interior, and by support from the Morris County Historic Preservation TrustThe New Jersey Historic Trust, and individual donors. SMCF received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State and a grant from the New Jersey Arts & Culture Recovery Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Educational programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Arts & Crafts Research Fund.

Sons of Italy Donates Complete Dinners During Thanksgiving

Sons of Italy 2561 member Joseph Jannarone, Jr., unloading the boxes of Tukrey dinners

PARSIPPANY — On Tuesday, November 23, Son’s of Italy donated 24 turkey dinners and ShopRite gift cards to 24 individual local families which included fully cooked turkey, all the sides, and an apple pie.

Our continued fundraising events we continue to be able to do this and next month. They are planning on buying $1,500 to $2,000 in Walmart and ShopRite gift cards for the holidays.

For more information click here.

Sons of Italy 2561 member Joseph Jannarone, Jr., carrying a box containing a complete Turkey Dinner
Boxes of Turkey Dinners

Parsippany Education Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Commemorated

PARSIPPANY — In 1996, a small group of local business people, educators, and parents in Parsippany established a non-profit organization with the objective of supporting our community of learners.

Conceived by Tom Ladas, an executive with Pfizer along with School Superintendent Tim Brennan and Board of Education President Dave Shaffer, the organization was dedicated to working together for the children in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District, giving them new, unique learning opportunities and enhancing their educational experiences.

From an initial seed grant of $30,000 from Pfizer, the foundation has raised and distributed over $369,000 in educational grants as well as $30,000 in college scholarships over the last 25 years including:

• NET day in 1997, when the Foundation assembled volunteers to solicit donations and help wire the schools for the Internet.
• Technology acquisition for curriculum enrichment benefiting students with special learning needs
• Digitizing school library catalogs
• Fundraising Walkathon with participants representing all schools carrying signs and banners from their school starting in the east from PHS and the west from Intervale Rd. finishing at the municipal building and donating $1,000 to each school in the district,
• Artists in Residence workshops for our Choral and Band students conducted by professional internationally known artists.
• Commissioning composition of an original orchestral work, the “Golden Anniversary Overture” celebrating PHHS’s 50th anniversary and played annually at graduation
• Chipwrecks and Redbots – enabling the student robotics club to design and build a robot to compete in the worldwide First Tech Challenge from the organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). Science lab equipment.

“The Parsippany Education Foundation has funded so many wonderful educational projects over the years. Many of these funded grant projects were so successful that they turned into district-funded programs for all students to enjoy. We are grateful for the generous philanthropy of the Foundation. They have left a distinct and positive mark on the Parsippany-Troy Hills School community” said Dr. Barbara Sargent

Board of Education President Frank Neglia presented a plaque honoring the Foundation’s 25 years of service to be displayed at the BoE office.

“We are proud to accept this recognition on behalf of all of our volunteer members who have contributed their time and effort to the foundation over the past 25 years and delighted for the privilege to support innovative and impactful programs championed by our Parsippany teachers,” said Stella Gizas, PEF President.

The Parsippany Educational Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1996 to enrich the opportunities and experiences of students in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District. The Foundation has contributed over $369,000 in grants to the district raised through private donors, annual spring golf outings, and events held throughout the year. Its Board of Directors consists of volunteers committed to developing a community of learners. New members and sponsors are welcome.

Visit their website by clicking here for more information and like their Facebook page. Donations may be sent to PO Box 200 Parsippany, NJ 07054

Investigation into a Death at Rockaway River in Boonton

Not actual map of where body was found

BOONTON — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, and Town of Boonton Captain Stephen Jones announce an investigation into a deceased person found in the Town of Boonton.

On November 29, 2021, at approximately 9:50 a.m., law enforcement was dispatched to the Rockaway River in the Town of Boonton on a report of a body.

While searching the area, law enforcement located the body of a 71-year-old man. The identity of the individual will not be released at this time. The man’s body was recovered from the ice and the Medical Examiner’s Office is completing the investigation.

While the investigation remains ongoing, the incident is not suspected to be criminal at this time, nor is there any danger to the public.

This is an ongoing joint investigation being conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Boonton Police Department Detective Bureau, and Boonton Fire Department Swiftwater Rescue Team.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6200, or the Town of Boonton Police Department at (973) 402-9371.

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted

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PARSIPPANY — Law enforcement officials from Parsippany Police Department will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of the year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 3, 2021, and continuing through January 1, 2022, local, county, and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. During the last five years, New Jersey has experienced more than 35,000 alcohol-involved crashes resulting in 618 fatalities.

Last year, 23% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, 10,142 people died in 2019 in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $44 billion annually.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2021 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for the holiday season:

•Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
•Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
•If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
•Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
•If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
•Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

Parsippany Earns Prestigious Sustainable Jersey Bronze Certification

PARSIPPANY — Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Parsippany is one of 52 municipalities that have attained certification in 2021 and was honored at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon on November 16, 2021, in Atlantic City at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference. Sustainable Jersey’s participating communities represent over 81 percent of the state’s municipalities.

“This has been four years in the making,” said Mayor Michael Soriano. “I’m proud of our Township employees who worked so hard in putting this together, and finally achieving this important benchmark for our community. Thanks to the tremendous support we’ve received from Sustainable Jersey and our Parsippany Green Team, we have set the stage for the Township to become Silver Certified next year, and Gold Certified in the years ahead. Sustainability is the best way we can address the critical challenges facing our region and our world. Through green initiatives, we can invigorate our economy, and continue being good stewards of God’s earth.”

To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Parsippany submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points. In addition, each certified community had to create a green team and select at least two out of thirteen priority action options. Parsippany completed two of the 13 priority actions by implementing a prescription drug safety and disposal program and a sustainable land use pledge.

“The certified towns exemplify the commitment we need to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. As New Jersey faces issues such as the climate crisis, a growing equity divide and environmental pollution, it is essential that we support municipalities as they do the hard work to meet these challenges at the local level,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “These communities are helping New Jersey build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic and it is our honor to work with them as we strive for a better tomorrow!” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.

About Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey
Known as The Crossroads of Northern New Jersey, Parsippany is the largest municipality in Morris County, with over 56,000 residents and counting. Adopting sustainable and environmentally conscious practices to address climate issues could have considerable impacts on adoption by other municipalities in the region. Increased focus on sustainable living has shown improvements to community health, neighborhood aesthetics, and many other higher standards to living.

About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training, and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. As New Jersey faces issues such as the climate crisis, a growing equity divide, and environmental pollution, municipalities want to be a part of the solution to these challenges. Sustainable Jersey participants (municipalities and schools) have successfully implemented and documented over 20,826 sustainability actions. Sustainable Jersey has provided over $6.7 million in grants to municipalities, school districts, and schools for community-based projects that create healthy and sustainable communities in New Jersey.  Sustainable Jersey is administered by The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey.

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Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills Welcomes Three New Members

Betty Lagitch, Membership Co-Chair, shown with new members Ronnie Fagan, Karen Phelps and Diane Campbell and Membership Co-Chair, Marilyn Zarzycki.

PARSIPPANY —  Betty Lagitch, Co-Chair for Membership, installed three new members Veronica (Ronnie) Fagan, Diane Campbell, and Karen Phelps on Monday, November 22 at the Club’s November General Meeting.

Ronnie, Diane, and Karen join an enthusiastic group of volunteers brought together in fellowship and service to promote projects that produce positive outcomes in the areas of education, culture, and civic betterment of the community

New members are always welcome to join the Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills, established in 1954. Our club is one of over 200 clubs that make up the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC. NJSFWC is the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the state, providing opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service. For more information call Marilyn at 973-539-3703, e-mail the club at, check us out on the web or follow the club on FACEBOOK, Twitter, and Instagram.


Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council Meeting – November 23, 2021

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council Meeting – November 23, 2021.

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