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Social Hub by Dhaba Celebrates Grand Opening in Parsippany

PARSIPPANY — In the heart of Parsippany-Troy Hills, the threads of hospitality, elegance, and culinary charm interwove to create a soft tapestry of celebration on Saturday, September 9. Local dignitaries and residents gathered with gleeful anticipation to witness the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of a new culinary treasure, The Social Hub by Dhaba; a premium restaurant and lounge adding to the sophisticated palate of the town.

A new culinary treasure, The Social Hub by Dhaba; a premium restaurant and lounge adds to the sophisticated palate of the town

The Social Hub whispered a promise of a serene haven where flavors would dance, and sports would come alive, all in a refined yet relaxed ambiance. This new restaurant and lounge softly opened its doors on May 31, giving a new identity to the location previously held by Houlihan’s, at 1735 Route 46 East.

Mayor James Barberio conveyed his wishes for success, highlighting the reflection of Parsippany’s diverse spirit in the restaurant’s varied and rich menu, “I wish you success,” he smiled, “Parsippany is a very diverse town, and the menu here seems just as varied!”

The culinary symphony at The Social Hub wove traditional Indian melodies with modern fusion beats, offering a gourmet experience surrounded by the elegance of a beautiful bar and lounge.

The culinary symphony at The Social Hub wove traditional Indian melodies with modern fusion beats, offering a gourmet experience surrounded by the elegance of a beautiful bar and lounge. As premium drinks were poured and savory appetizers were served, a gathering of local luminaries engaged in warm conversations and joyous celebrations. The ensemble was a representation of Parsippany’s spirit, including former Mayor Michael Soriano, Council Members, and various representatives from the Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chairman Frank L. Cahill, with a gleaming plaque from Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development in hand, extended heartfelt congratulations and gratitude.

The air was filled with soft laughter and the clinking of glasses, as Chairman Frank L. Cahill presented a plaque from Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development, expressing heartfelt gratitude and wishes, “Congratulations on your grand opening! We want to express our gratitude for selecting Parsippany as the location for your business. We wish you success and prosperity in your new venture. Thank you for being a part of our community. Pride in Parsippany.”

The staff at Social Hub is a mosaic of vibrant individuals, each one possessing a unique charm and unwavering dedication to elevating the customer experience.

In this soft symphony of flavors and emotions, The Social Hub opened its arms, inviting all to experience a journey through the delicate balance of traditions and modernity, creating a harmonious blend of culinary brilliance and soft whispers of communal unity. It’s not just a restaurant; it’s a soothing embrace, a soft whisper of spices, and a gentle gathering place where every moment is a soft melody of joy and togetherness.

The establishment with its unique ambiance and gourmet offerings stands as a testament to the vibrant cultural tapestry of Parsippany.
Upon presenting a plaque from Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development, Chairman Frank Cahill said “Congratulations on your grand opening! We want to express our gratitude for selecting Parsippany as the location for your business. We wish you success and prosperity in your new venture. Thank you for being a part of our community. Pride in Parsippany.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

parsippany focus

What does Mayor Barberio seem to have in common with politicians including President Biden and Leader McConnell? Very little, except, perhaps, a shared concern with those gentlemen about appearing to voters to be old and out of touch with the concerns and aspirations of voters of all ages. 

However, unlike Mr. Biden and Mr. McConnell, Mayor Barberio, to his credit, seized the initiative and took action by securing the services of a tonsorial artist who, the Mayor believes, has successfully transformed his appearance.

Unfortunately, for Parsippany, the new-look Mayor’s outdated and self-serving governing approach remains mired in the past devoid of any creativity, common sense, and courage. 

For those traits, Parsippany residents need to look no further than Councilman Musella and his ongoing efforts to listen to and respond to residents’ concerns and ideas. That is an approach that is timeless.       

Bob Crawford

Kiwanis Food Truck Festival Offered a Day of Diverse Activities for All Ages

PARSIPPANY — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Successfully Hosted the 3rd Annual Food Truck & Community Festival at Veterans Memorial Park on September 9.

Empanada Guy Steals the Show, Winning Over Attendees with Delectable Offerings

In addition to the amazing food and live music from Naughty Humphrey and Twisted Charm, attendees shopped from local craft vendors, jumped on a bungee trampoline, got a henna tattoo, played with sand art, and more!

Even as weather shortens the event, nearly 1,000 attendees ensure the fundraiser’s success: a grateful acknowledgment from President Nicolas Limanov to sponsors, volunteers, and participants.

For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, click here.

Atlantic Health Systems sponsored the event.
Zen Dental Enlightens Attendees with Insightful Dental Tips and Guidance at the Event

Sunrise ShopRite Continues Its Legacy of Support for the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany and Numerous Other Parsippany Organizations
Parsippany Police Department Engages with the Community, Distributing Items to Attendees at the Kiwanis Food Truck Festival

Sal Pocchia Honored for Lifetime Achievement of Five Gallons of Blood Donation

PARSIPPANY — Sal Pocchia, an employee of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, achieved the remarkable milestone of donating a lifetime total of five gallons of blood.

Mayor James Barberio honored this commendable act at the Township Council meeting on Tuesday, September 19, by bestowing upon him a certificate of recognition.

Mayor Barberio commended Sal’s altruistic contributions, noting, ‘Sal Pocchia’s generous donations have profoundly affected numerous lives over the years, especially benefiting neonatal patients who react to specific enzymes in Sal’s blood.’

The Mayor took this opportunity to inspire more individuals to emulate Sal’s spirit of giving and contribute by donating blood.”

Potential Tropical Storm: Parsippany Office of Emergency Vigilantly Monitors Developing Weather Conditions

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Office of Emergency Management continues to closely monitor the potential impacts of a developing Tropical Storm Ophelia off the Southeast Coast.

At the time of this update, there are currently no weather-related warnings for the Township of Parsippany.

The effects of this storm have been modified and are currently forecasted to be 2-4” of rain with locally heavier amounts possible, a slight chance of flash flooding, and winds between 10-20mph with gusts up to 30mph.

Step Up Family Services Celebrates the Inauguration of New Location with a Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting Event

PARSIPPANY  — Step Up Family Services Celebrates the Inauguration of New Location with a Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting event at 239 New Road, Suite A-302, Parsippany.

Staci Chmielewski, LCSW, Clinical Director, John Vitug, BCBA, co-founder Step Up Behavioral Services, Mayor James Barberio, Dr. David Timpanaro, founder and CEO, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member Nicolas Limanov cutting the ribbon

On hand for the occasion were Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member Nicolas Limanov.

During the ceremony, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill presented a plaque to Dr. David Timpanaro and said “Congratulations on your grand opening! We want to express our gratitude for selecting Parsippany as the location for your business. We wish you success and prosperity in your new venture. Thank you for being a part of our community!”

Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee presented a plaque during the celebration

Step Up Family Services is dedicated to serving communities throughout New Jersey by offering a spectrum of services including In-Home therapy, ABA services, outpatient counseling, social skills enhancement, and various other group programs. They hold a firm belief in collective empowerment and mutual growth, aiming to elevate each child, family, and individual they collaborate with, enabling them to achieve their set goals. Their philosophy is entrenched in the idea of stepping up together to face challenges and find solutions.

Everyone experiences moments when a listening ear is crucial, and at times, more structured support is needed. Their experienced team offers effective, individualized services, meeting individuals at their points of need with a unique and tailored approach. Every requirement is addressed with a collaborative strategy, ensuring the formulation of a suitable treatment plan.

They strive to assist individuals in discovering healing, revitalizing energy, and recognizing their innate strengths. They embrace an approach of a partnership involving children, families, providers, and community members, concentrating on listening to concerns and tailoring treatment plans accordingly.

Step Up Family Services Celebrates the Inauguration of New Location with a Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting event at 239 New Road, Suite A-302, Parsippany.

The organization is led by Dr. David Timpanaro, founder and CEO, Lia Timpanaro, the Program Director, John Vitug, BCBA, co-founder of Step Up Behavioral Services, and Staci Chmielewski, LCSW, Clinical Director. They vow to accompany you through every step of your journey, helping you evolve through your struggles, leverage your strengths, build a supportive network, and progress to where you aspire to be.

Step Up Family Services pledges to uphold values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, providing a protective and supportive environment for all staff and clients. They foster a culture where individuals are valued based on their skills and contributions, without discrimination based on race, nationality, sexuality, gender, or religion. By connecting on a deeper, empathetic level, they aim to empower one another and ascend collectively as a unified community.

Step Up Family Services can be reached by calling (973) 298-0763 or click here to visit their website.

Mount Tabor and Lake Hiawatha Fire Departments Conduct Joint Rapid Intervention Drill; Showcase Proficiency to Parsippany Town Council

PARSIPPANY  — The Mount Tabor and Lake Hiawatha Fire Departments engaged in a collaborative drill focusing on Rapid Intervention on Thursday, September 21. The concept of a Rapid Intervention Company (RIC) is pivotal in firefighting services; it’s a dedicated team whose primary responsibility is to assist if a firefighter is imperiled during a fire operation. This particular training is paramount within the firefighting community, with these departments being among the select few in Morris County proficient in RIC operations.

The fire departments welcomed members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council to witness their crews in action during this drill, offering an in-depth view of their operational methods and readiness. They were also open to addressing any queries posed during the event. Council Vice President Michael dePierro and Councilman Justin Musella marked their presence at this event, enhancing its significance.

Council Vice President Michael dePierro had a hands-on experience as he participated in a demonstration during the joint drill focused on Rapid Intervention by Mount Tabor and Lake Hiawatha Fire Departments.

Bryan Crawford, Chief, of Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department, voiced the mutual sentiments, stating, “We frequently encounter each other at various dinners and fundraisers throughout the year; however, extending an invitation to the Parsippany Township Council for a live training session at the Morris County Fire Academy seemed mutually advantageous.”

Fire department members devoutly invest hundreds of hours annually in training, responding to emergencies, and participating in community events. Their dedication is not confined to the town’s boundaries as many Parsippany agencies routinely extend their support to neighboring towns during emergencies, enhancing mutual aid and cooperation.

For those interested in learning more about the efforts and operations of the Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department and the Lake Hiawatha Fire Department, additional information is available here for Mount Tabor and here for Lake Hiawatha.

This event not only served as a display of the departments’ capability and commitment but also as an educational platform for the community and council members, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the indispensable services provided by these departments.

Vincent P. Fox, Jr.: Pillar of Parsippany Community, Devoted Family Man, and Advocate for Public Service, Passes Away

PARSIPPANY  — Vincent P. Fox, Jr., 80, a beloved brother, father, grandfather, friend, and pillar of the community, passed away, surrounded by family, on Monday, September 18, 2023. Vincent was born in Pittsburgh, PA, to the late Gertrude “Sally” Fox Braun and the late Vincent P. Fox.

Vincent was a loving Brother to Barbara Bullwinkel, Susan Turner, and Maryann Fox (In Law). He is also survived by his former spouse and mother of his children, Patricia Fox. He was predeceased by his brothers, John and Robert.

The Fox Family moved to New Jersey settling in Parsippany where Vincent spent the majority of his 80 years. Vincent had fond memories of growing up in Lake Parsippany.

As a father, Vincent was exceptional, instilling in his children, Nicole Fox-Beadle (Jim), Vincent Fox (Ingrid), and Danielle Fox (Benjamin), the values of integrity, perseverance, and the importance of family. He was a source of wisdom and support, guiding them through life’s challenges and celebrating their triumphs. Vincent was a doting grandfather to Nathalia, Padraig, Brennan, and Jameson cherishing every moment spent with them. Affectionately known as Daideo to his grandkids, he loved playing with them in the pool, teaching them archery, and coin collecting, and working with them on Social Studies projects.

Vincent shared his heart and his wisdom with everyone. He acted as a father figure to many of his nephews and nieces. Vincent’s heart extended beyond his family. He leaves behind many close friends that he considered family. Equal parts confidant and storyteller, Vincent was engaging and loved his fireside chats as much as dancing the night away.
Vincent was an avid outdoorsman and a self-professed “student of politics interested in sharing his opinion.” Vincent’s calling was in public service, before opening up his own Consulting Firm, Environmental Strategies, he served as the President of the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter, Deputy Director of the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission, and Second Lieutenant in the National Guard.

Vincent also assisted many friends, including his late brother, John, in running for elected office at the local, county, and state levels of government.

Vincent was a long-time aid, and friend, to the late Assemblyman Alex DeCroce and the late Congressman Dean Gallo.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend his Liturgy of Christian Burial, a celebration of his life, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, at St. Christopher R.C. Church, 1050 Littleton Road, Parsippany.

Visiting hours are on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Par-Troy Funeral Home, 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany.

(In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Vincent’s memory to the Deidre House, 8 Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960.

200 Club of Morris County’s Second Annual First Responder Day Cancelled

MORRIS COUNTY — The 200 Club of Morris County has canceled its second annual “First Responder Day” which was scheduled for Saturday.

“Mother Nature threw us a curve ball! So it is with deep regret that we must inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our First Responder Day on Saturday, September 23. It has not been rescheduled at this time.

This decision was made due to the severe weather forecast predicting heavy rain and windy conditions for this coming weekend. The safety and well-being of our attendees are of paramount importance to us, and we could not risk putting anyone in harm’s way. We apologize again for the change in plans and appreciate your understanding during these challenging circumstances, ” said Dr. Robert C. D’Emidio, President.

Surrogate Darling of Morris County Designated as President of COANJ

MORRIS COUNTY — Surrogate Heather J. Darling, Esq. was named President of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ).

After completing her term as Vice President, a former Secretary of COANJ, and Section Chief of the Surrogate, Darling was nominated and elected to the new position by the organization and took the oath as President at the Annual Conference held in Galloway on September 21. COANJ is the formal organization of New Jersey Sheriffs, County Clerks, Surrogates, and Registers of Deeds and Mortgages who are elected directly by the people of each of the 21 New Jersey counties.

“It is an absolute honor for me to be selected to lead as the President of an organization
of offices so vital to our state and its 9.5M residents,” said Surrogate Darling. Darling
went on to thank former COANJ President Sheriff Mike Mastronardy for his leadership, enthusiasm, and support while she served as Vice President.

Surrogate Darling looks forward to continuing the traditions of COANJ along with newly elected Vice President – Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter, Secretary – Morris County Sheriff James Gannon and Treasurer – Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado, the new Section Chiefs, and the Executive Board; she will work to lead change in a way that will best serve local communities and the State of New Jersey.

COANJ was organized in 1920 and its members work in cooperation to improve services rendered to their respective counties. COANJ members meet regularly on matters of importance relating to the management of their offices; to provide feedback for legislation in relation to the conduct of all the statutory requirements and duties relating to the offices of the Sheriffs, County Clerks, Surrogates, and Registers of Deeds and Mortgages in the State of New Jersey and to encourage and maintain high standards of service.

For more information on the Morris County Surrogate, click here.

Abhinav Sai Kanduri Graduates from New York Institute of Technology

PARSIPPANY   — Abhinav Sai Kanduri was among the New York Institute of Technology students who received degrees as spring graduates of the Class of 2023.

Kanduri completed New York Tech’s Data Science, MS program.

About New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology’s six schools and colleges offer undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and other professional degree programs in in-demand disciplines including computer science, data science, and cybersecurity; biology, health professions, and medicine; architecture and design; engineering; IT and digital technologies; management; and energy and sustainability. A nonprofit, independent, private, and nonsectarian institute of higher education founded in 1955, it welcomes nearly 8,000 students worldwide. The university has campuses in New York City and Long Island, New York; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as programs around the world. More than 114,000 alumni are part of an engaged network of physicians, architects, scientists, engineers, business leaders, digital artists, and healthcare professionals. Together, the university’s community of doers, makers, healers, and innovators empowers graduates to change the world, solve 21st-century challenges, and reinvent the future. For more information, visit

Rainbow Lakes Raises $475 and Van of Food for Local Pantry

PARSIPPANY  — Rainbow Lakes Neighbors and Parsippany residents came together to collect $475 in cash and checks, along with a van full of food donations for the Parsippany Food Pantry.

NJBIZ Education Power 50 Once Again Recognizes CCM President Anthony J. Iacono

MORRIS COUNTY — County College of Morris (CCM) President Anthony J. Iacono has been named to the NJBIZ’s 2023 Education Power 50 list for the fifth consecutive year. He has been instrumental in building partnerships in the community and in the college’s extraordinary advancement, acknowledging that the key to maintaining an edge in our interconnected world is a workforce that continually adds knowledge and expertise.

In its ranking, NJBIZ declares that Iacono is widely recognized as one of the most esteemed leaders in New Jersey higher education. Since his arrival in 2016, to serve as the third president of CCM, he has established and maintained robust relationships to help cultivate career education, including tie-ups with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program.

 ‘A community college graduate himself, Iacono believes the institution has the ability to strengthen lives and communities through affordable programs, as well as create a pipeline of highly educated workers for business and industry.’ — NJBIZ

“It’s an honor to be recognized by NJBIZ alongside my colleagues across New Jersey who have exceptional talent and are making a difference,” said Iacono. “The support CCM receives from our elected officials and communities, including our students, parents, faculty, administration, staff, and Board of Trustees, as well as our local officials and community leaders, county commissioners, state and national legislators, and industry, business and educational partners, we continue to position CCM as a powerhouse in New Jersey for changing lives and strengthening communities.”

In addition to involvement with various local, state, and national associations, both in education and business, Iacono has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, the Florida Department of Education, and numerous national educational reform organizations.

In its announcement, NJBIZ noted the Education Power 50 list profiles leaders of educational institutions who are “responsible for managing organizations, making policies that directly affect the institutions or are themselves directly responsible for imparting knowledge to students, apprentices and the citizenry at large.” Joining Iacono in recognition were other presidents of institutions, including Princeton, Rutgers, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rowan.

CCM continues to be consistently ranked as a Top Best College in New Jersey and is ranked the Best for Transfer Students by Intelligent. Many CCM students receive some form of financial assistance. Through scholarships, grants, financial aid, and generous donors, qualified students may attend CCM for free. According to Payscale, CCM graduates earn the highest salaries among community college alumni in New Jersey.

Amongst other accolades, CCM has also received a Good Neighbor Award from New Jersey Business Magazine for its Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center, confirming the college as a frontrunner in preparing students for successful careers. Millions in federal and state grants have been awarded for advanced manufacturing programs. Most recently, CCM has become one of New Jersey’s economic engines by offering industry-recognized credentials to provide a highly educated and skilled workforce for regional employment. The Center for Workforce Development also operates a highly successful apprenticeship program in advanced manufacturing with a 92 percent employment rate.

Second Vehicle Crash where Car Lands on Smith Field Park in Just Three Months

PARSIPPANY  — On Monday, September 18 at 10:49 a.m., Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department patrol units were dispatched to Smith Field Park, situated at the intersection of Route 46 East and Baldwin Road, due to a single-vehicle accident. The vehicle had veered off the road and ended up on the turf field.

The vehicle had veered off the road and ended up on the turf field.

Upon reaching the scene, officers found a 2006 Lincoln Town Car on the field. Both the 17-year-old driver and the passenger were unharmed.

The driver reported that she lost control while making a left turn from Southbound Baldwin Road onto Route 46 Eastbound, causing her car to hit the curb, jump two fences, and then tumble over a 6-foot retaining wall before stopping on the turf field.

At the time of the incident, the field was unoccupied. The vehicle was removed from the scene by C & L Towing.

The incident is still under investigation, and no traffic citations have been given as of now.

Another Similar Accident at Smith Field Park on June 26. Click here to read the details.

Parsippany Police Officers examing the damage to the second fence
The car entered off Route 46, through the first fence, into a second fence and then tumble over a 6-foot retaining wall before stopping on the turf field
The 2006 Lincoln Town Car was removed from the scene by C & L Towing
Damage to the front of the vehicle

Berrios, Choffo, and DeVitto Start Their Journey for the Parsippany Board of Education

PARSIPPANY  — In a setting that included warmth and closeness, Tim Berrios, Andy Choffo, and Matt DeVitto officially began their joint campaign journey for the Parsippany Board of Education. The ambiance was reminiscent of a community coming together, highlighting the bond the candidates share with the town and its residents.

The upcoming elections in November will be a pivotal moment for Parsippany’s educational landscape. With three seats up for grabs and a total of 12 hopefuls vying for them, the competition is intense. However, the combined strength, experience, and dedication that Berrios, Choffo, and DeVitto bring to the table set them apart.

Courtney Musella, Tim Berrio, and Justin Musella come together for a special gathering.

Each candidate has a unique history and relationship with education in Parsippany. Berrios has served on the Board before, showcasing leadership as the Board President and always putting students and teachers at the forefront of decisions. Choffo, with his 15 years of experience on the Parsippany Board of Education, has been a cornerstone in shaping policies that benefit both students and the larger community. DeVitto, too, has shown an unwavering commitment to the cause of education.

Susy Golderer and John Campbell rally behind the three candidates, demonstrating their endorsement and backing.

The evening was not just about campaign promises; it was a testament to the trio’s commitment to the community. They listened to concerns, shared their visions, and reinforced their promise to elevate the quality of education in Parsippany.

As the night ended, the room’s energy was clear. The trio’s campaign kick-off was not just an event; it was the beginning of a movement that seeks to bring positive change to Parsippany’s schools. With the elections drawing near, Berrios, Choffo, and DeVitto are gearing up, backed by a community that believes in their vision for a brighter educational future.

The scrumptious cake crafted for Tim Berrios, Andy Choffo, and Matt DeVitto was a sight to behold. Elegantly designed with intricate details, it not only symbolized their united campaign but also the sweet journey they were embarking upon. Each layer was a testament to the care and dedication put into celebrating their collaboration. The attendees couldn’t wait to have a slice, and the cake’s delightful taste lived up to its grand presentation. It was truly a dessert fit for the occasion.
The atmosphere was filled with anticipation and excitement as Tim Berrios, Andy Choffo, and Matt DeVitto took center stage at their campaign kickoff event. Supporters, family, and friends gathered to show their backing for the trio, eagerly awaiting their vision and plans for the Parsippany Board of Education. The unified front presented by the three candidates showcased their commitment to working collaboratively for the betterment of the community.

Introducing A Dedicated Board Member and Parsippany Resident: Matt Devitto

Having dedicated six fruitful years on the Board of Education, I’ve had the privilege of participating in several committees and gracing countless community events as a board representative. My commitment to education and continuous improvement led me to complete several training events via the New Jersey School Boards Association, ultimately earning me the title of Master Board Member.

A proud lifelong resident of New Jersey, I’ve called Parsippany’s Intervale section home since 2014. Prior to that, from 2001 to 2009, Lake Hiawatha was where our family resided. Our fond memories and appreciation for the excellent schooling system were pivotal reasons behind our decision to return to Parsippany.

Family is at the heart of everything I do. My wonderful wife, Christine, and I are proud parents to three children, aged seventeen and twelve (twins). All of them benefit from Parsippany’s commendable public schools. Beyond my board responsibilities, I’ve also devoted time coaching with the Parsippany Soccer Club and the Par-Troy West Little League baseball, underlining my commitment to the community’s youth.

Drawing from my wife’s 23-year experience as a public school teacher, our family profoundly understands the importance of quality education. Professionally, I’ve spent 24 years as a network engineer in a leading financial services firm. My role underscores my belief that children today must adeptly navigate the world of modern technology. As a board member, it’s imperative to balance fiscal responsibility while ensuring our children in Parsippany receive the top-tier education they rightfully deserve.

Olivia Cohen, Jonathan Cohen, John Campbell, Andy Choffo, and Joe Sarno gathered in unity for a significant event. Their collective presence marked a moment of collaboration, highlighting the importance of teamwork and shared vision in the community.

Meet Andy Choffo: A Devoted Advocate for Parsippany’s Education

Commitment and unwavering dedication define the essence of an effective Board of Education Member, qualities I’ve embodied throughout my service to Parsippany’s students and residents. Boasting a rich 15-year tenure with the Parsippany Board of Education, my roles have been expansive. I proudly served as the Board Vice President for two years, have been an active participant in all BOE committees, and have had the honor of chairing many.

This service to the community has enriched my personal and professional journey, always aiming to elevate the educational landscape for our students. My dedication is further recognized with the Certified Board Member accolade from the New Jersey School Boards Association.

Outside of my educational commitments, I harbor a deep passion for boating and am devoted to animal rescue. I currently volunteer at One Step Closer Animal Rescue, a testament to my love for our four-legged friends.

Education-wise, I am an alumnus of William Paterson University, holding a BA Degree in Business Administration. In the professional realm, I wear the hat of a Human Resources Executive and am an esteemed member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

New Jersey has been my home since birth. My beloved wife, Nancy, and I chose Parsippany as our home 24 years ago, drawn by the robust school district it offered. Both our children reaped the benefits of the Parsippany School District’s excellence. This town’s educational vigor was our main allure, and I remain steadfast in my mission to further bolster our school system.

Tim Berrios: Advocate, Leader, and Champion for Parsippany’s Education

I’ve had the immense privilege of representing you on the Parsippany Troy-Hills Board of Education for nearly a decade. As I journeyed from Board member to the Board of Education President—a role I held with pride until May 2023—I’ve held steadfast in my commitment to elevate our community’s education.

You might recall in May 2023, I took a step back from the Board. This decision, grounded in New Jersey’s Nepotism policy, was in light of my daughter’s esteemed appointment as a fourth-grade teacher in our district.

Parsippany is close to my heart, and I’ve called it home since April 1990. My wife, Kathleen, and I have been anchored in this community, raising our three wonderful children: Karley, Kristina, and Kathryn. All have flourished under the umbrella of Parsippany’s exemplary education. The realm of education deeply resonates with my family; from my wife’s dedication as a first-grade teacher in Livingston to my siblings’ commitment to nurturing young minds.

Professionally, as the owner of “On Call Computer Services,” and with over three decades in the IT sector, I understand the value of adapting to technological advancements. Fusing this knowledge with my role as a part-time school bus driver has instilled in me a profound appreciation for every facet of our educational ecosystem.

Over the years, I’ve had a hand in numerous commendable Board initiatives, such as:

  • Facilitating the seamless transition following Dr. Sargent’s resignation.
  • Promoting fiscal responsibility through active participation in the Finance Committee.
  • Championing the much-needed expansion of Littleton Elementary School without burdening our taxpayers.

But it’s not just the major decisions that define my journey. It’s the jubilant faces at football games, the rhythmic beats of the PHS Marching Band, and the joyous ceremonies that mark significant student milestones.

Why re-elect me? My vision for Parsippany is one of growth, innovation, and resilience. Our district faces multifaceted challenges, from academic to socio-emotional facets. As our township metamorphoses, you deserve Board members with proven expertise, unwavering dedication, and a deep reservoir of knowledge. I pledge to advocate for:

  • Forward-thinking educational strategies.
  • Unwavering student safety and security.
  • Enhanced academic and extracurricular programs.
  • Prudent fiscal practices.
  • And most importantly, ensuring every parent’s voice resonates in our decision-making process.

A Board of Education member’s role transcends bi-monthly meetings. It’s about immersing oneself in town developments, from Town Council to community festivities. I bring to the table dedication, vast experience, and an unfaltering commitment to steer our district toward excellence. I ask you to reaffirm your trust in me as we stride ahead.

Your support means the world. Let’s continue this educational odyssey together. Thank you for believing in our shared vision!

Knights of Columbus Presents: A Beatles Experience in Parsippany

PARSIPPANY  — Join the Knights of Columbus for an unforgettable evening with “Re-Live the Beatles Live Show,” one of the most acclaimed Beatles tribute bands. This ensemble is set to deliver a captivating performance in Parsippany.

Event Details:

  • Venue: All Saints Academy, 189 Baldwin Road, Parsippany.
  • Date: Saturday, October 28.
  • Timings: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m.

While many have heard or watched clips of the Beatles, few can claim to have experienced their live magic. Despite the Beatles’ brief nine-year span (1962-1969), their music continues to resonate.

Don’t miss out on a chance to immerse yourself in a show that fans rave is “just like watching the Beatles live!”

Tickets are limited and expected to sell fast.

  • Advance Tickets: $25.00
  • Seniors and Veterans: $20.00
  • At-the-door (if available): $30.00

To secure your tickets, contact Bill Adams at (201) 602-3621.

This one-night-only spectacle promises great entertainment, and proceeds support the Knights of Columbus’s Youth and Charity Funds, assisting those who need a helping hand. As the Beatles would say, “We can all get by with a little help from my friends.” This band guarantees a pitch-perfect night!

Reserve Your Spot Now! For any inquiries, reach out to Steve Roman at (973) 540-9889.

Morris County Sheriff’s Office Partners With NJRC

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon announced today a new partnership between the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) to help inmates released from the Morris County Correctional Facility successfully re-enter and assimilate back into the community.

The criminal recidivism rate is at about 47 percent; however, NJRC has demonstrated success at reducing the number of re-offenders who graduate its program to 19 percent of rearrests and under 10 percent reincarcerations, according to former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, who leads the NJRC.

“This is all about not having this continuous cycle; it’s about correcting the trajectory,” said McGreevey during a press conference at the correctional facility.

Joining in the press conference were (l-r) Chief of Detectives Robert McNally of the Prosecutor’s Office, Correctional Captain Joseph Fucci, Prosecutor Robert Carroll, Sheriff James Gannon, Warden Christopher Klein, Executive Director David Scott of the Market Street Mission, former Gov. James McGreevey, Rob Carter of NJRC and Alex Roth of NJRC.

Under the collaboration and partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, at no cost to the county, NJRC will provide critical services to link former offenders to healthcare and addiction treatment, legal services, employment, skills training, and a means to re-establish identification credentials as they leave the correctional facility. The service will supplement the success of re-entry programs already underway at the correctional facility.

The goals of the collaboration between the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections and NJRC include removing barriers to employment for people leaving incarceration or detainment, and reducing recidivism, which fosters safer communities while assisting the former inmates to find a path of sustainable living.

“The individuals who come into our care and custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility all have unique and different needs. We must be attentive to those needs.  Working with NJRC will help us bridge existing gaps that we often see become pitfalls when individuals are released from custody. I am extremely pleased to be able to afford these additional services through this partnership with the NJRC,” said Sheriff James Gannon.

The NJRC, with the social services staff at the correctional facility and the county’s Successful Transition and Re-Entry Program (STAR) program will identify inmates who need assistance and the type of assistance required so that all individuals can be provided professional services that best address their specific needs.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll and Chief of Detectives Robert McNally were among a team of law enforcement officers and non-profit workers who also attended the press conference.

“I hope, down the road, people fully understand what everyone is trying to do here,” said Carroll.“Obviously, we care about what happens in the custodial end of this and what happens when the correctional system is done … We generate them back into the communities in a positive way. It’s a win for everybody.”

For a successful re-entry, ex-offenders need housing, food, medical care, clothing, substance abuse treatment, mental health care, employment, and education, according to research cited by the Sheriff’s Office. Re-entry programs that span all three phases of re-entry – preparation, service provision, and long-term support – are most successful. The STAR program helps inmates with all three of these phases.

“Morris County, the Sheriff’s Office, and all our members of law enforcement work hard every day to ensure our communities are safe, such that the quality of life of our residents and visitors remains one of the best in the nation. Supporting inmates being released from custody with these essential services can help improve outcomes with their re-entry and positively shape their influence in our communities,” said Morris County Commissioner Doug Cabana, the board’s liaison to law enforcement.

The NJRC is a non-profit agency with a social mission to remove all barriers to employment for citizens returning from jail or prison. It grew from a pilot program launched in Hudson County supported by the state in 2014 and has been spearheaded by McGreevey, who has expanded the program elsewhere in New Jersey.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council Meeting to Hold Meeting

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

Regular Township Council Meetings will commence at 7:00 p.m. All meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings. Council meetings are held at Parsippany Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard. Formal action may or may not be taken at all scheduled meetings.

Click here to download the agenda.

Any individual who is a qualified disabled person under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request auxiliary aids such as a sign interpreter or a tape recorder to be used for a meeting. Auxiliary aids must be requested at least 72 hours before the meeting date. Please call (973) 263-4351 to request auxiliary aid.

Click here to download the 2023 agenda schedule.

Mayor and Council

Mayor James R. Barberio
Council President Loretta Gragnani
Council Vice-President Michael J. dePierro
Councilman Paul Carifi Jr.
Councilman Frank Neglia
Councilman Justin Musella

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council Meeting – September 5, 2023

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council Meeting was held on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

Regular Township Council Meetings will commence at 7:00 p.m. All meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings. Council meetings are held at Parsippany Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard. Formal action may or may not be taken at all scheduled meetings.

Click here to download the agenda.

Any individual who is a qualified disabled person under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request auxiliary aids such as a sign interpreter or a tape recorder to be used for a meeting. Auxiliary aids must be requested at least 72 hours before the meeting date. Please call (973) 263-4351 to request auxiliary aid.

Click here to download the 2023 agenda schedule.

Mayor and Council

Mayor James R. Barberio
Council President Loretta Gragnani
Council Vice-President Michael J. dePierro
Councilman Paul Carifi Jr.
Councilman Frank Neglia
Councilman Justin Musella

New Jersey Celebrates Six $50,000 Powerball Winners; One Hails from Parsippany

PARSIPPANY — On Saturday, September 16, six lucky tickets from New Jersey matched four of the five white balls and the Power Ball in the Powerball drawing, each securing the $50,000 second-tier prize. One of these tickets was purchased at the 7-Eleven located at 959 Tabor Road in Parsippany.

The other winning tickets were distributed across the state:

  • Hudson County: Acquired from Lotto.Com at 111 Town Square Place, Jersey City.
  • Middlesex County: Bought at B & C Deli, 1000 Belmont Ave., South Plainfield.
  • Passaic County: Purchased at Frank Fine Wines & Food, 429-433 Belmont Ave., Haledon.
  • Passaic County: From Quick Stop, 1353 Ringwood Ave., Haskell.
  • Passaic County: From Nana Pena Grocery Deli Market, 276 Trenton Ave., Paterson.

The winning numbers from the Saturday draw were: 08, 11, 19, 24, and 46. The Red Power Ball was 05, and the Power Play was set at 2X. Across New Jersey, 57,910 players bagged prizes ranging from $4 to $200, amounting to an estimated total of $305,794. The Powerball jackpot now surges to a staggering $638,000,000. The next draw is slated for Monday, September 18, at 10:59 p.m.

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