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Morris County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit Visiting Library

K-9 Zara and Detective Slinger

PARSIPPANY — On Monday, August 15 beginning at 7:00 p.m., the Morris County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit will be visiting the Parsippany Main Library.

A Sheriff’s Officer will be bringing their canine partners in for a special demonstration on how they help them solve crimes and what their day to day jobs are like.
Don’t miss out on this special program for all ages.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Main Library is located at 449 Halsey Road.

Bergen Joins West Point Cadets Basic Training March

Assemblyman Brian Bergen, center, is joined by West Point cadets from left to right, Sathvik Medapati, Nick Taverone, Molly Webber, and Tyler Catapano. They are completing their final leg of the cadet basic training at West Point Aug. 8, 2022. (Photo courtesy Brian Bergen)

MORRIS COUNTY — Assemblyman Brian Bergen joined the U.S. Military Academy’s class of 2026 Monday on its 12-mile predawn March Back, the final leg of their six-week basic training called “Beast.” The cadets disembarked at 4:00 a.m. from Lake Frederick to the academy, where they will be officially accepted into the Corps of Cadets August 13.

Bergen, a 2001 West Point graduate and Apache helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, joined 180 alumni in this annual tradition.

Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Morris) joined the class of 2026 West Point cadets on their march back from Lake Frederick to the U.S. Military Academy Aug. 8, 2022. (Photo courtesy Brian Bergen)

“The nostalgia of course was overwhelming. The experience I had during my cadet basic training shaped who I am today,” Bergen (R-Morris) said. “The training is brutal and feels like it will never end while you’re in it, but it’s the bonds formed there that go on forever.”

Bergen marched back with cadets from his legislative district, Sathvik Medapati of Parsippany and Molly Webber of Morris Plains, daughter of Assemblyman Jay Webber and sister of Annie, a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy. They met up with two other cadets, Nick Taverone of Denville and Tyler Catapano of Parsippany, later in the march.

“These young men and women are the lifeblood of our republic. To be among them inspires me and gives me tremendous hope for our country’s future,” Bergen said.

Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Morris, center) is joined by Molly Webber, left, daughter of Assemblyman Jay Webber, and Sathvik Medapati, right, both of his legislative district, on their march back August 8, 2022. (Photo courtesy Brian Bergen)

Substitute Crossing Guards Needed

File Photo

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Police Department is looking to fill vacant substitute crossing guard positions.  When needed, substitute crossing guards usually work 4 to 5 hours per day.

If you are interested in becoming a substitute crossing guard, please pick up an application at Town Hall or download one from by clicking here.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the crossing guard coordinator Patrolman Jason Lubeck at jlubeck@parpolice.com

Delores M. “Dee” dePierro Named “2022 Woman of the Year”

Delores (Dee) M. dePierro and Michael dePierro

MORRIS COUNTY — Dee dePierro was named “2022 Woman of the Year” by Morris County Women’s Republican Club.

Dee and Michael moved to Parsippany in 1965 when Michael accepted a position with Bell Telephone Laboratories. Michael and Dee have three children: Richard, Jeanette and Theresa.

Dee graduated from Manhattan Medical and Dental school and served as a Lab Technician at New Rochelle Hospital.

After their three children were all in school, she worked for Rutgers Pharmacy. When the Pharmacist realized that all Medicare and Medicaid forms that she completed were all processed without errors, she was the only one allowed to process those forms. If she was home because of school vacation days or one of the children were sick, the Pharmacist sent the forms home to Dee to complete. She later worked for Dr. Schuster and then a Law firm.
Then she worked for St. Teresa Church in Summit for 18 years as an Office Manager.

The dePierro Family

As their three children moved through Elementary, Middle and High School, Dee participated in all school and classroom activities: PTA’s; tricky trays; bake sales; picnics; field trips; Football Boosters; Soccer Boosters; Field Hockey Boosters; Cheerleader Boosters; etc.

Dee is very involved with St. Ann Church, Parsippany: Eucharistic Minister, Door Hospitality Ministry, Prayer Group Ministry. Volunteer for all fundraisers: Baked Goods sales; Tricky Tray sales; Raffles; Golf outings; and food pantry donations. Dee also “Adopted Senior Citizens”, cooking dinners for them and reaching out to them during holidays.

At All Saints Academy she always supported Tricky Tray fundraisers; Donate Door Prizes; and encouraged many friends to join.

Dee was very involved in politics. She was Republican Committee Woman in District 36 for 40 years. Member of the Morris County Women’s Republican Club.

Dee volunteered in campaigns for President Reagan, Congressman Dean Gallo; Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen; State Senator Leanna Brown; Sheriff Ed Rochford, Sheriff Jim Gannon. Assemblyman Alex DeCroce; Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce; State Committee Woman Christina Ramirez, State Committeeman Larry Casha, also Larry Casha for Congress; Paul DeGroot for Congress; Michael dePierro for School Board; and Michael dePierro for Township Council; Served as a Legislative Aide for Senator Leanna Brown for eight years. Supported many candidates for freeholder; for the Township Council; and for the School Board, making Phone calls and walking door-­to-door for the candidates.

Dee is a cancer survivor. She has volunteered in all Cancer Walk fundraisers: Baked Cupcakes and set up dinner tent for cancer survivors alongside Karen DeChristopher.

Her Cancer Doctor, Dr. Ken Adler referred many women to her and when they were told they had breast cancer. I mentored many women going through Breast Cancer: going with them to first Chemo; sharing with them my experiences; instilling in them a positive attitude.

On Saturday, August 6 the Morris County Women’s Republican Club held their “First Annual Woman of the Year” brunch in honor of Dee dePierro.

Morris County Women Republican Club President Phyllis Florek and Sharon Marshall Battaglino
Mayor James Barberio hugs Dee dePierro after presenting her with a proclamation

Morris County Women Republican Club President Phyllis Florek welcomed the guest and introduced the speakers. Mayor James Barberio spoke and gave Dee a “Certificate of Recognition” from the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Dee dePierro and her daughter Theresa dePierro

Also speaking about Dee’s life and community involvement was her daughters, Jeanette dePierro-Blodgett and Theresa dePierro; Loretta Gragnani and BettyLou DeCroce.

Jeanette dePierro-Blodgett speaking about Dee’s accomplishments
State Senator Joe Pennacchio with Dee dePierro

State Senator Joe Pennacchio presented a proclamation on behalf of himself and Districts 21, 24, 25 and 26.

Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi named “Dee County Clerk for a day” as well as Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling named her “Surrogate for a day,” and both presented Dee with a Proclamation. Morris County Sheriff James Gannon presented Dee with a plaque and gave Dee his badge.

Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling with Dee dePierro
Morris County Sheriff James Gannon presented Dee with a plaque and gave Dee his badge.
Morris County Commissioners Deborah Smith, Tayfun Selen; Dee dePierro, John Krickus and Tom Mastrangelo presented Dee with a proclamation. Doug Cabana; Kathryn DeFillippo; Stephen Shaw were not present.

Morris County Commissioners Tayfun Selen; John Krickus; Doug Cabana; Kathryn DeFillippo; Tom Mastrangelo; Stephen Shaw; and Deborah Smith presented Dee with a proclamation.

“Congratulations Dee, your never-ending and unconditional support for your family, for your community, for your personal friends and for your political friends without ever asking for anything in return has finally been recognized. Although all of this attention may be uncomfortable for you, enjoy your day. You are surrounded by people who love and respect you. Your loving husband,” said Michael dePierro.

“Congratulations on being named “Woman of the Year.” You are Woman of the Year every year to your family. We are proud of you and love you always,” said Richard dePierro.

The room was packed with family, friends and local politicians

Loretta Gragnani said “Dee brings leadership qualities, commitment and dedication to the entire Republican Party. She is a strong Republican woman who has volunteered her time and knowledge whether you were seeking a position in the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills or a higher political position in the county. Dee is well deserving of being selected as the First Woman of the Year by the MCWRC, congratulations Dee.”

“Therese dePierro said ” My mom is just simply amazing. Her attributes of integrity, compassion, dedication, loyalty, intelligence, strength and kindness are all wrapped up into a loving heart that supports her family, her friends and her community. She puts everyone before herself with a smile and never says no to helping others.”

“My mom is the definition of altruism. This is who she is. It’s how she was raised and it’s how she raised her children,” said Jeanette dePierro-Blodgett.

Dee dePierro said “I was so surprised when Phyllis Florek informed me that I was to be the recipient of the Morris County Women’s Republican Club 1st Annual “Woman of the Year” Award. As the arrangements were made and the invitations went out, the significance of this honor sank in. As many of you know, I am not one to crave the spotlight. So, accepting this award was very much out of the ordinary for me. The Brunch at the Smoke Rise Village in Kinnelon, on Saturday, August 6, 2022, will remain in my heart forever.”

“I have so many people to thank, starting with Phyllis Florek and the MCWRC Committee that selected me, and all of the MCWRC members who made this brunch such a success. I thank everyone who attended. I am grateful that so many of my Family and friends could be there. I would also like to thank all of the Presenters and Speakers.”

Chick-fil-A Approved to Replace Four Office Buildings on Route 46

Chick-fil-A located at 1711 Route 10, Morris Plains

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Adjustment approved Application 21.63, Chick-fil-A, 1180 Route 46, Block 715, Lot 11.1, in B-2 Zone.

All members of the board voted yes, with the exception of Nancy Snyder, who was very vocal with her objections.

Chick-fil-A will be replacing four old dilapidated buildings build in the sixties, that are run down and lack tenants.

Drawing of proposed Chick-fil-A

The new building will be 5,338 square feet with 62 interior seats and 18 exterior seating. 81 total number of parking spaces, and eight electric charging stations. In addition the drive through will consist of two lanes with enough room to stack about 60 cars.

Chick-fil-A will be replacing four old dilapidated buildings build in the sixties, that are run down and lack tenants.

This property was slowly dying and required a new life. The property had only 30% occupancy and in last three years there were about six robberies, and there was evidence of people using this site at night time to abuse drugs.  The property is an eyesore.

The property could have been developed with a 24-7, 365 day Wawa or QuickChek, however the landlord chose Chick-fil-A since it wasn’t a 24-7, 365 day business, and is also closed on Sunday. The property could also have been used by a Bolla, Supermarket, Auto Repair Shop, Pub, section 8 residentials and many other uses.

Chick-fil-A will employ approximately 80 local residents, with local residents having first opportunity.

“I would like to thank all the board members who supported the Chick-fil-A application. I also would like to Thank Chairman Robert Iracane for thinking out of box and having the vision for last 27 years to understand the need to improve our community.  Thank you to all Township representatives and Joe O’Neill, Robert Garofalo attorney, and people supported the project,” stated the landlord of the property.”

 

Positive Development will host an Open House

PARSIPPANY — Positive Development will host an open house for families and professionals on Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at its clinic on 299 Cherry Hill Road, Suite 108, with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the event. The ribbon cutting will be held at 11:15 a.m. with Mayor James Barberio, members of the Township Council, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, members of the committee and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Positive Development provides comprehensive developmental therapy that treats children and teens on the autism spectrum. Their transdisciplinary, integrative approach includes occupational, speech, and mental health therapies as well as ongoing parent coaching and support, empowering parents as an essential member of their child’s care team. A better choice for many families, their evidence-based model meets the child where they are to build more meaningful connections and relationships.

“Through our comprehensive developmental therapy, we will help more children achieve the outcomes that are most relevant to themselves and their families as they achieve greater growth, independence, and joy,” says Positive Development CEO, Mike Suiters.

Clinical Director, Natalie Kitts, adds, “This is my dream come true, being the Clinical Director in NJ with an amazing team of therapists. Together, we plan to make developmental therapy accessible to as many families as possible.”

Bring the family and join to:

  • Learn more about developmental approaches in autism care
  • Tour the clinic and its sensory-friendly gym
  • Enjoy light refreshment and entertainment
  • Meet our Positive Development Staff
  • Experience and celebrate pure joy in progress

Please RSVP online here. For any other questions about this event and to keep informed on news and updates, schedule an assessment, or join the team, please reach out to Positive Development via the following options by clicking here, or call (862) 339-4379 or email info@positivedevelopment.com.

New Jersey Extends Outdoor Dining Options Until November 2024

Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46 during the beginning of COVID

NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy signed a new law this week that extends outdoor dining in New Jersey until November 2024.

“There are restaurants and bars and growing numbers of breweries that are still relying on the outdoor dining spaces they were allowed to create to get themselves back financially to where they were pre-pandemic,” Murphy said. “We want to see them succeed, period. We want them to continue serving their customers and employing their workers.”

Under the law, restaurants, bars, breweries and distilleries can use tents, umbrellas, tables and chairs outside their establishments to serve patrons.

It was something that Murphy said “started out of necessity” during the COVID-19 pandemic for establishments to survive. Many business owners have continued to offer outdoor dining.

Sen. Paul Sarlo (D – District 36) and Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D – District 16) are two of the five sponsors of the bill, S-2364. Not one lawmaker in Trenton voted against it.

“Outdoor dining is really cool,” Sarlo said. “It’s really cool to be outside, enjoy family and friends, enjoy a couple of drinks, enjoy some great food, and be part of the community.”

“I’m signing this bill today because of the ever-increasing numbers of patrons who have simply come to enjoy outdoor dining on its own, especially on a beautiful summer night or a bright weekend day,” Murphy said. “They’ve come to enjoy the new atmosphere, character and sense of place that outdoor dining has given to their neighborhoods and their downtowns and let me say this unequivocally, we want this to continue.”

The bill signing took place at Vesta Wood-Fired in East Rutherford, a restaurant that serves diners under a tent in the parking lot. The restaurant also received a grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, which was part of the state’s small business emergency assistance program to support New Jersey businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have to as a state do what we can to help our small businesses,” Freiman said. “We got this legislation right.”

Before the bill signing, outdoor dining in New Jersey was set to expire in November 2022.

Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting 08-03-22

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting August 3, 2022.

Click here to view agenda – Special Meeting

Click here to view agenda – Regular Meeting

Parsippany-Troy Hills Zoning Board of Adjustment
2022 Members and Term Dates

  • Robert Iracane    Chairman    12/31/22
  • Dave Kaplan    Vice-Chair       12/31/23
  • Bernard Berkowitz    Member      12/31/24
  • Scot Joskowitz    Member        12/31/25
  • Nancy Snyder    Member        12/31/23
  • Sridath Reddy    Member        12/31/22
  • Davey Willans    Member        12/31/24
  • Casey Parikh    Alt. No. 1        12/31/23
  • Chris Mazzarella    Alt. No. 2        12/31/23
  • John Chadwick, Planner, John T. Chadwick IV P.P.
  • Chas Holloway, Engineer, Keller & Kirkpatrick
  • Peter King, Attorney, King Moench Hirniak & Collins, LLP
  • Nora O. Jolie, Board Secretary

The 200 Club of Morris County to Host First Responder Day

MORRIS COUNTY — The 200 Club of Morris County is proud to announce that it will be hosting a “First Responders Day,” on Saturday, September 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Whippany Park High School, 165 Whippany Road, Hanover.

This inaugural event will bring together first responders and families for a day of friendly competitions between Morris County public safety departments and residents.

Highlights of the day will include a corn hole and home run derby championship, food trucks and live entertainment from local bands.

“This inaugural  First Responder Day on September 24 at Whippany Park High School is a way that The 200 Club of Morris County will say thank you to our dedicated first responders who protect us each and every day. We are inviting the general public to join us in this celebration which will include friendly competitions between first responders in Home Run Derby and Corn Hole. All attendees will enjoy live music, first responder demonstrations, food trucks, and activities for the children. Join us and come say thank you to our Morris County Heroes!” stated Robert D’Emidio, President of The 200 Club of Morris County.

Hanover Township Deputy Mayor and 200 Club Trustee, Tom “Ace” Gallagher had this to say about the 200 Club, “The vision and mission alone says it all, In its simplest form The 200 Club Of Morris County is here to support and help those of our heroes and their families that may unfortunately need it one day due to a tragic lose.

The 200 Club also recognizes those brave 1st responders that go above and beyond the call of duty during an emergency and sometimes put a life-saving mission above their own life and their own personal safety

God knows when we need Police, Fire, EMS, or OEM they are one phone call away. The 200 Club is there for when our first responders or their families may need a helping hand and The 200 Club of Morris County has been that way for the past 50 years”

The First Responders Day is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Table of Hope to Hold Backpack Giveaway at CCM

able of Hope backpack distribution held at County College of Morris in 2021

MORRIS COUNTY — As parents start to plan for a new school year and address all the details involved, Table of Hope once again is helping to make things a bit easier with a free backpack distribution event at County College of Morris (CCM).

The Backpack Giveaway at CCM takes place Friday, August 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 1 on CCM’s campus at 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. Visitors are asked to use CCM’s Center Grove Road entrance.

CCM has hosted five previous events with Table of Hope to assist those in need. This latest distribution event will provide backpacks filled with school supplies – consisting of pencils, rulers, glue sticks, notebooks and more.

Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic struck New Jersey, Table of Hope, a program run by the Spring Street Community Development Corporation, began operating weekly mobile food distribution programs in Morristown, Parsippany and Dover, along with other grocery supply events in Morris County communities. Its first event at CCM was held in June 2020. Serving as volunteers at that event were New Jersey First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, State Senator Anthony M. Bucco, County Commissioners John Krickus and Stephen Shaw and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

To volunteer for the Backpack Giveaway or to make a donation, click here or email volunteer@springstreetcdc.org.

Mobile MVC is Coming to Parsippany

Motor Vehicle Commission’s mobile unit

PARSIPPANY — On Friday, August 19, Senator Joe Pennacchio, Assemblyman Brian Bergen, Assemblyman Jay Webber and Mayor James Barberio will host the NJ MVC Mobile Unit. The visit by the Motor Vehicle Commission’s mobile unit will enable residents to access crucial motor vehicle services right here in Parsippany.

The unit will be stationed at the Parsippany Town Hall, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The MVC will give priority to the first 40 residents who are pre-registered, and all additional residents will be placed wait list should there be enough time. Those who are interested in Real ID should indicate such on the registration form and plan to arrive between 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Available services will include: driver’s license renewals, Real IDs (limitations), registration renewals, veteran/handicap/Purple Heart placards, permits, and non-driver IDs. Residents can also drop off their old license plates.

Because the Real ID process take additional time (approximately 30 minutes), the unit will only be able to assist limited number of people with obtaining Real IDs. Those who are interested in Real ID should indicate such at time of registration.

Customers will need their 6 Points of ID and must bring their social security card.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Call (973) 917-3420 or email asmwebber@njleg.org.

Parsippany Wallenberg Remembrance

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barbero proclaimed Sunday, July 31 to be Raoul Wallenberg Day. He encourages all citizens to foster the message of Courage and Compassion.

Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg (born August 4, 1912, disappeared January 17, 1945) was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat, and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for saving tens of thousands  of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust from German Nazis and Hungarian Fascists during the later stages of World War II. While serving as Sweden’s special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory.

During the ceremony Artist Edward Adams addressed the audience and explained how he was the fortunate artist chosen to fulfill the vision of the committee determined to pay homage to a man who helped save over 100,000 lives, Raoul Wallenberg. The design of the sculpture began as an idea and grew into a 12-inch model shown to the selection committee. Once commissioned, it matured into a thirteen foot fabricated bronze sculpture weighing over 1500 pounds. Today, Courage and Compassion is one of 31 Wallenberg monuments in twelve countries on five continents.

Raoul Wallenberg statue at the corner of Baldwin Road and Route 46 was originally dedicated in June 1998

“Over 20 years ago, it was the collaborative efforts of many people who possessed the foresight, wisdom, and dedication that made this sculpture become a reality; a sculpture that honors the deeds of a heroic man,” said Dr. Edward M. Adams.

Dr. Edward M. Adams

Adams stated “As I was imagining and designing this sculpture, I asked myself, “Do I design a sculpture that pays tribute to a particular man or do I design a sculpture that honors the human qualities that provoked him to accomplish extraordinary deeds? I chose to create a sculpture that pays tribute to the Courage and Compassion that inspired Raoul Wallenberg … a sculpture that celebrates the strength of this man’s character and the impact of his deeds. In truth, Raoul Wallenberg was an ordinary person. He was the same as you and I. Yet, he was compelled to act upon powerful qualities stirring inside his humanity, qualities that made a difference between life and death. In the face of indifference, in the midst of brutality, and standing in the center of profound suffering, Raoul Wallenberg confronted that suffering and acted to relieve it. So today we focus on a sculpture, and we honor a man who performed exceptional deeds. But in fact, we all stand in tribute to two human qualities inside each and every one of us, … Courage and Compassion. Are we any less challenged by the conditions in the world today? Are we less likely to be indifferent to the suffering of others? Are we any less vulnerable to be blamed, diminished of our dignity, or persecuted for our beliefs? I think the answer is no.”

This sculpture has value beyond aesthetics, it will be because every time you see it, play near it, drive by it, or read about it, you may feel uneasy inside. if you do, this uneasy feeling may be evoked by a question that poses a challenge inside your own heart and mind.

Dr. M. Ali Chaudry, President, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge

This question asks, “Do I have the courage to see and acknowledge suffering inside myself and others and if so, do I have the compassion to take small steps in everyday life or large steps like Raoul Wallenberg to relieve or eliminate that suffering?” The moment you ask that disquieted question and accept the challenge, this sculpture takes on meaning. It will do what only art can. It holds a mirror that reflects how deep our darkness can fall and how high our better angels can fly. For the sake of us all and generations to come, I hope the courage and compassion residing inside you, and me, and the persons standing all around us, … will prevail, said Adams.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, 11th Congressional District
Rabbi Moshe Rudin, Adath Shalom

Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board Meeting – August 1, 2022

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board Meeting – August 1, 2022.

Click here to view the agenda.

The Planning Board members are:

Mayor Barberio 12/31/2025 I Mayor

Anil Dadheech* 12/31/2024 IV Regular

Michael de Pierro 12/31/2022 III Council Rep.

Tom Dinsmore 12/31/2021 IV Regular

Priya Jain 12/31/2022 Alternate No. 2

Dominic Mele* 12/31/2023 IV Regular

Gordon Meth* 12/31/2025 IV Regular

Nick Napolitano 12/31/2024 IV Regular

Ted Stanziale 12/31/2023 Alternate No. 1

Jennifer Vealey* 12/31/2022 II Muni, Rep.

John Von Achen* 12/31/2023 IV Regular

Stuart Wiser Board Planner, ARH

Andrew Cangiano Board Engineer, Keller & Kirkpatrick

Joseph Garcia Board Attorney, Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs

Nora O. Jolie Board Secretary

Partner with CCM to Prepare for a Rewarding Career as a Data Analyst

MORRIS COUNTY — Today’s hottest profession is data analytics and at County College of Morris (CCM) students have multiple options to prepare for this in-demand, well-paying field in as little as six weeks or two semesters to gain immediate employment – regardless of their math ability.

“No prior experience in statistics or computer programming is needed in our programs, as our curriculum includes entry level courses in the most highly sought-after programming languages,” says Professor Kelly Fitzpatrick, who designed the college’s data analytics certificate offerings. “Our students are prepared for a wide range of career options, from data analysts and engineers, to data architects and statistical analysts, to report designers and business intelligent professionals, and more.”

The three options offered at the college are:
· A five-course, 16-credit Data Analytics Certificate, launched with a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2020, that can be earned in two semesters. Those credits can then be applied toward an associate degree. In this program, students learn R, Tableau, Python and SQL programing languages.
· A four-course, noncredit Data Visualization Certificate to prepare for the Tableau Specialist Desktop Exam, a highly recognized industry credential.
· A six-course, noncredit Data Analytics Certificate to learn R and Tableau programming, along with Business Analytics and Visual Basics in Excel.

The CCM programs have earned high recognition. Fitzpatrick was featured in Logical Operations’ Instructor Spotlight in May 2022 for her work on building the Data Visualization Certificate, which utilizes Logical Operations’ material. The college was selected as a community partner by the Educational Development Center and featured in its Mentoring New Data Pathways video, and its students have taken part in national conferences. Also, this past Spring Semester, several Data Analytics students crushed the American Statistical Association national Data Fest competition for community colleges, winning both Best in Show and Best Use of Statistical Analysis.

“Our collaborative, team-based learning environment allows students to work with others to analyze real-world data to solve problems and answer questions,” says Fitzpatrick. “All data science classes are taught using industry standard software in active learning environments, so students are prepared to pursue careers upon completion.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in data science will grow by approximately 28 percent by 2026, equating to nearly 11.5 million new jobs. Such jobs also come with significant salaries. ZipRecruiter reports that the average starting salary in New Jersey is about $68,000 and experienced professionals earn an average of more than $110,000.

To learn about the credit program at CCM, click here. For information on the noncredit certificates offered through the college’s Center for Workforce Development, click here.

Also save the date for the Data Science Day the college will be holding on October 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Morris County Invites the Public to its 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

9-11 Memorial

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Board of County Commissioners is inviting residents of Morris County and beyond to join them on Sunday, September 11, 6:00 p.m. to observe the 21th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The annual remembrance ceremony will be held at the Morris County 9/11 Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, with the keynote address to be provided by Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Firefighter Carl F. Asaro, Jr.  He and three siblings joined the FDNY to honor their father, Carl Francis Asaro, Sr., one of 343 FDNY members killed while responding to the Twin Tower attacks.

<img class=”wp-image-15027 size-full” src=”https://morrisfocus.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Carl-Asaro-Jr..jpg” alt=”” width=”720″ height=”480″ /> Carl Asaro, Jr. carried a folded American flag during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. His sister, Rebecca, is pictured behind him.

Carl, Jr., was the first of his siblings to join the FDNY after his father died. Carl Jr., now 34, was followed by his brother, Matthew, 33, and then his younger sister and brother — Rebecca, 30, and Marc, 28.  Rebecca Asaro delivered the keynote address last year at Morris County’s 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

“All of us were there when Rebecca spoke, the whole family, and I made a commitment to be there this year. It’s an honor to be a part of it,” said Carl, Jr.

Their father’s firehouse in Midtown Manhattan was the hardest hit on Sept. 11, 2001. Fifteen firefighters on Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 – an entire shift – died as they responded to the devastation as it was unfolding at the Twin Towers.

Carl Jr. was 13 years old when he and his four siblings and mother, Heloiza, lost their father and husband.

“This is a very important remembrance ceremony for Morris County. We lost 64 of our friends and neighbors 21 years ago in the cowardly terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.  The entire community came together to build our 9/11 memorial in Parsippany. It is a memorial we have continued to maintain and restore over the years, and every year we come together at that location to remind the world, we will never forget,” said Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen.

The Morris County 9/11 Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills was constructed to pay tribute to all of the people killed in the attacks, nearly 3,000, with an emphasis on the 64 Morris County residents lost that day.

The names of all who died are engraved in ruby-colored paving stones set in the walkway surrounding the memorial, and the names of each of the 64 Morris County residents killed are additionally listed on individual, brass plates affixed atop of the memorial’s inner wall.

Circular in design, the memorial features three elevated pieces of steel from the World Trade Center, and a portion of the steel is within hand’s reach. The memorial also incorporates remnants of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa., and soil from the Pentagon, the site of the crash of hijacked American Flight 77.

A pool of water encircles the memorial along with a walkway with benches for visitors to sit and reflect.  The walkway also has four bridges leading across the water and toward the cemented, circle that encloses the steel.

As a plaque at the memorial explains, “The concrete blocks at the base of the steel represent the foundations of our lives: family, relationships and community. The recurring, circular forms on the site signify the continuance of life. The water surrounding the memorial symbolizes healing and rebirth. The island on which the steel beams stand and the connecting bridges suggest the blending of ethnic, cultural and spiritual differences. The flowers beneath the concrete blocks represent life and hope, reminding us that with the passing of time comes healing, peace and resolve.”

Seating at the memorial is limited, so the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the outdoor observance. Parking will be available at the Morris County Department of Human Services building at 340 West Hanover Ave., on the Morris Township side of the street. Shuttle buses will be available to transport those in need the short distance to the memorial.

Zoning Board of Adjustment Meetings 07-13-2022

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Zoning Board of Adjustment Special and Regular Meeting – July 13, 2022.

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Parsippany-Troy Hills Zoning Board of Adjustment
2022 Members and Term Dates

  • Robert Iracane    Chairman    12/31/22
  • Dave Kaplan    Vice-Chair       12/31/23
  • Bernard Berkowitz    Member      12/31/24
  • Scot Joskowitz    Member        12/31/25
  • Nancy Snyder    Member        12/31/23
  • Sridath Reddy    Member        12/31/22
  • Davey Willans    Member        12/31/24
  • Casey Parikh    Alt. No. 1        12/31/23
  • Chris Mazzarella    Alt. No. 2        12/31/23
  • John Chadwick, Planner, John T. Chadwick IV P.P.
  • Chas Holloway, Engineer, Keller & Kirkpatrick
  • Peter King, Attorney, King Moench Hirniak & Collins, LLP
  • Nora O. Jolie, Board Secretary

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 2

Councilman Justin Musella, Frank Neglia, Paul Carifi, Jr. Council President Michael dePierro and Vice President Loretta Gragnani

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 2.

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

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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 prior to the meeting date. Please call (973) 263-4351 to make a request for an auxiliary aid.

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Mayor and Council

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

Morris County Appoints Deena Leary Acting Administrator

Assistant Morris County Administrator Deena Leary

MORRIS COuNTY — Assistant Morris County Administrator Deena Leary has been appointed Acting Administrator by the Morris County Board of County Commissioners, placing her at the helm of county operations and ready to assume the post when long-time Administrator John Bonanni officially retires at year’s end.

Ms. Leary, who lives in Harding, began her career with Morris County as an intern in 1995 with the Division of Transportation Management.  She worked through the ranks to become Director of Planning & Development in 2011, and was promoted in 2013 to lead a new combined department of Planning & Public Works before being appointed Assistant Morris County Administrator in August 2017.

“I know I speak for the entire board when I say there is no one else more suitable than Deena Leary to step in as our administrator. She literally has worked her way to the top, understanding first-hand the inner workings of our county government for almost 30 years.  While John Bonanni will be sorely missed, Morris County could not be left in better hands when he leaves in the New Year,” said Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen.

The appointment, recommended by Mr. Bonanni, was made at last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting, where Commissioner Deborah Smith noted Ms. Leary had served as acting administrator recently when Mr. Bonanni was on medical leave.

“She did a phenomenal job. The beat kept going, and it was a smooth transition,” said Commissioner Smith. “I just want to commend her on her excellent work ethic and I know she will be an excellent leader for the county — and I also point out, as a diversity factor, she is the first female administrator in Morris County. I think that is terrific also.”

Bonanni, who plans to retire after the New Year, commended the board for Ms. Leary’s appointment.

“I want to congratulate Deena, but equally important, I want to thank this governing body for not making positions around here political, but functional – and Deena is a perfect example of that. This governing body looks at the qualifications of people, and I thank you for that,” said Bonanni.

Commissioner Douglas Cabana, who joined the board in 1997 and remains the longest serving Commissioner still on the board, cited Ms. Leary’s many years in leadership roles within county government.

“I’ve known Deena for many years, and she has the respect of local officials everywhere. She is usually found working well past the time most others have gone home for the day trying to solve problems and get things done for the residents of Morris County. She has been a go-to person for many of our local officials and is always deeply involved in developing our biggest projects, most recently our COVID-19 response and our Small Business Grant Program. We are fortunate to have her with us and willing to step into this key position,” said Commissioner Cabana.

Ms. Leary earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University in 2018.  Her undergraduate degree from Susquehanna University is in Environmental Science and Economics.

She became certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2008 and has been a licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey since 2009.

Ms. Leary grew up and spent most of her life in Jefferson Township and became a Harding Township resident in 2018.

Zachary Wilken Named to Champlain College Honors List

PARSIPPANY — Zachary Wilken has been named to the Champlain College President’s List for achieving a grade point average of 4.0 or higher for the spring semester.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. From its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain, the College offers an innovative academic experience and more than 100 residential and online programs, including undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Champlain’s distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge.

For the sixth year in a row, Champlain was named a “Most Innovative School” in the North by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” rankings, and was listed among The Princeton Review’s “The Best 387 Colleges” in 2022.

Champlain is also featured in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain and was recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction for its “Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes.” For more information, click here.

Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling Presented 2021 Annual Report

Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling presented the Morris County Surrogate’s 2021 Annual Report to the Morris County Commissioners recently.

The 2021 Annual report is the second of its kind ever for the Surrogate’s Office. “The year 2021, like 2020, was extraordinary with significant challenges; however, our team was able to accomplish our goals and exceed expectations as we introduced new services using technology to provide the people we serve with easy and convenient access to better serve their needs,” said Surrogate Darling.

This annual report highlights key accomplishments for the past year including new initiatives and financial results which defray County taxes. The Surrogate recognizes her team for their outstanding work in serving the residents of Morris County. Some highlights include the introduction of “The Personal Record” booklet for Morris County citizens, designed to help organize and record important personal information that may serve as a roadmap for family members in the event of an emergency, the service of taking credit cards as a form of payment and the ability to make an appointment on the Surrogate’s website. Surrogate Darling also serves as the Surrogate’s Section Chief and Secretary of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ).

The Surrogate also has continued her community outreach initiative, making herself available to talk with community organizations and businesses across Morris County. To book a speaking engagement or for a copy of the 2021 Annual Report contact the Morris County Surrogate at Surrogate@co.morris.nj.us.

The 2021 Annual Report is also available in downloadable format at the Surrogate’s website by clicking here.