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Layups 4 Life Hosting Fifth Annual Tournament

Dan Exter and his wife Dana, Layups 4 Life

PARSIPPANY — The Layups 4 Life organization will be hosting its’ 5th Annual 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament on Saturday, April 27, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road.  This is a fun event that helps raise funds for the fight against cancer.

It is open to teams of players ages 18 and up.

Since 2014 Layups 4 Life has raised over $76,000 for cancer research and clinical trials supporting one of the leaders in cancer research and innovation, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Led by cancer survivor Dan Exter and his wife, Dana Levine Exter, Layups 4 Life organizes one of the largest annual 3v3 charity basketball tournaments in New Jersey.

For more information on the tournament or to register your team, Click Here.

Morris County Retirees Education Association to hold meeting

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Retirees Education Association will hold its May meeting and luncheon on Wednesday, May 8 at The Birchwood Manor, 111 North Jefferson Road, Whippany.

The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. to be followed by the luncheon at noon.

The cost for members is $30.00 and guests is $35.00. The Association will also have elections for new officers at this meeting. Speaker will be Jamie Novak, author and humorist, to discuss downsizing.

Donations to the Interfaith Food Pantry, either food or monetary, will be collected at the meeting. For reservations call (973) 818-1353. For additional information click here.

Morris County School of Technology’s Learning Center Opens Preschool Registration

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County School of Technology’s Learning Center, located in Denville, has  openings for preschool children to register for the morning session for the Fall 2019.

The morning program runs Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. School is in session from the end of September to the middle of June.The Learning Center is an on-site preschool program taught by students in the Academy for Education and Learning and supervised by two certified teachers. Lesson plans are developed using the New Jersey Department of Education’s Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards and address a plethora of topics, which infuse mathematics, literacy, language, social studies, and science concepts. Fine and gross motor skills are developed through a variety of daily activities.

Children must be three years old by October 1, 2019 and residents of Morris County. Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. Tuition for the year is $1,425, which is broken into four equal payments. The first payment is non-refundable and due at the time of enrollment to secure a spot.

Morris County Vocational School. District Logo

For more information on how to enroll a child in The Learning Center please call (973) 627-4600 ext. 276 and leave a message or click here. You can also download an application by clicking here.

The Morris County Vocational School District is a countywide public school district that provides vocational and technical education to public high school students in Morris County. This school prepares high school students for future careers, through its academy programs, each focusing on a particular trade as well as an advanced college preparatory program. Students apply to one of the 13 different academies in a process that starts with an application in 8th grade. The highly competitive process begins with a general admissions test and is followed by group interviews on an academy basis. The school has an overall acceptance rate of 30%.

The four-year academies focus on health-care science; visual and performing arts; education and learning; computer science; digital design; culinary arts; construction arts; finance and international business; animal science; math, science and engineering; law and public safety; and sports medicine. Several academies are located within area high schools and also partner with County College of Morris.

The school district also offers high school juniors entrance into the share-time and technical education programs, which allow students to attend their own high school for a half day. Students apply in 10th grade. Those programs include allied health; auto body and collision repair; auto service technology; carpentry; cosmetology; culinary arts and hospitality; cyber security and information protection; electrical trades; engineering, design and advanced manufacturing, fundamentals of building and grounds maintenance; fundamentals of food service; horticulture and landscape design; machining and welding technologies; and plumbing and pipe fitting.

Easter Bunny visits Parsippany

Three-year old Tanit Benito shakes hands with the Easter Bunny at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center

PARSIPPANY — The Easter Bunny made a surprise visit to Parsippany by stopping in at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center on Saturday, April 13.

The Easter Bunny greeted and visited with children. Parents had the opportunity to take their child’s photo with the Easter Bunny and then the children received a coloring book, crayons, a chocolate bunny and assorted candy given out by Mayor Michael Soriano.

Seven-year old Ekagrah Kumar sits on the Easter Bunny’s lap, while his sister nine-year old Yashi watches
Mayor Michael Soriano welcomes the Easter Bunny to Parsippany

Carol Tiesi elected Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis

Carol Tiesi and Frank Cahill

PARSIPPANY — Carol Tiesi, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, was elected Division 9 Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday, April 9 at the Division Board Meeting held at the Randolph Diner. Also, Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation President Frank Cahill was elected Lieutenant Governor Elect.

Tiesi will start serving her term as Lieutenant Governor on October 1, 2019. She will be sworn in as District 9 Lt. Governor at the annual Kiwanis District Convention held in late August at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. Cahill will shadow her term and then take over in October 2020.

Tiesi joined Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany in December 2009. She served as Vice President from 2012-2013, President from 2013-2014 and Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation President from 2014-2015.

“It will be an honor for me to serve District 9 as Lt. Governor for 2019-2020 and bring my Kiwanis experience and vision to all the clubs in the district,” said Tiesi.

She served on the Board of Directors since 2012 and is presently the chairperson of Community. She also is very involved with Breakfast with Santa at Parsippany Child Day Care Center, Parsippany Fall Festival and School Supply Collection for the Township of Parsippany. She is also a volunteer on the Grand Tasting, Touch-a-Truck and Prevent Child Abuse (Pinwheels for Prevention) committees. She is also the K-Kids Advisor for the past ten years at Littleton School and Captain of the Relay for Life of Morris County Kiwanis Team and Leadership Committee, 2016-2019.

She has been honored with the George F. Hixon Fellowship award in 2011 and was named Kiwanian of the Year in 2016.

Kiwanis Clubs in District 9 include Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, Boonton Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis Club of Morristown, Kiwanis Club of Randolph, Kiwanis Club of Bernardsville, Montville Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis Club of The Chathams, Kiwanis Club of Denville and Kiwanis Club of Somerset Hills.

Cahill who is currently the President of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation has served as Vice President (2015-2016), President-elect (2016-2017) and President (2017-2018). He has also chaired the Publicity/Website committee since 2014. Currently he handles the volunteers for cooking at Homeless Solutions.  Cahill is one of the founding members of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, charted by Kiwanis International on February 1, 1992.

TEAMSean to Host Glimmer of Hope Event

PARSIPPANY — On Monday, April 29 the Children’ Brain Tumor Family Foundation (CBTFF) and the Dance Academy of North Jersey (DANJ) are joining together to present an evening of song and dance to shine a light on the fight against pediatric brain tumors.

The Glimmer of Hope fundraiser will be held at the beautiful Bickford Theater in the Morris Museum, and will feature performances from a variety of talented singers and dancers from some of Broadway’s hottest shows, and premier dance companies in New York, New Jersey and beyond.

The current line-up includes:

Austen Bohmer – Currently appearing off-Broadway in Days of Rage
Scott Coulter – Long-time award-winning NYC Cabaret singer
Blair Goldberg – Kinky Boots, Annie Get Your Gun
The Jam Project – Award winning tap ensemble, seen last season on World of Dance
Blaine Krauss – Currently appearing in The Cher Show, previously in Kinky Boots
Jess LeProtto – Hello, Dolly!, Cats, Newsies, So You Think You Can Dance
Leo Manzari – Tap dancer, musician, actor – appeared on Homeland (Season 6)
Madison Moore – Former Miss Kansas Teen USA (2016)
Malerie Moore & Diego Garcia – appearing through the courtesy of The Milwaukee Ballet II
Kimber Sprawl – A Bronx Tale, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jaclyn Walsh & Brandon Koepsell – alumni of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Aidan Wolf – Joffrey Ballet School
In addition, guests will be treated to award-winning performances from dancers with For Dancers Only from Little Falls, NJ, the MPAC Performing Arts Company of Morristown, the Montclair State University Department of Theater and Dance, and the DANJ.

The Emcee is Troy Moore, owner of MadiMali homes. Moore is a designer, actor, dancer and local celebrity from Kansas City who has been featured on HGTV and in multiple design publications.
Standard admission to this unique fundraising event is $50, with VIP tickets available for $125. VIP ticket purchases will include premium seat selection in the theater and a complimentary cocktail hour held at the Morris Museum provided by one of the event sponsors, Rails Steakhouse and executive chef Frank Falivene.

Brain tumors are the most common solid tumor found in children, and the most fatal. The Children’s Brain Tumor Family Foundation is committed to supporting research that will change those statistics. The CBTFF was founded in 2015 by families united in tragedy and heartbroken from the experience of watching their children and loved ones battle this devastating diagnosis. One of those founding members and the chairman of the Glimmer of Hope event is Brenda Ries from TEAMSean.

TEAMSean was formed in 2012, as friends and family came together to support Sean Ries of Parsippany, New Jersey who was born on Valentine’s Day, 2007 and was diagnosed a week before his 5th birthday on February 6th, 2012, with a large dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNET) in the left side of his brain. The next day he underwent the first of three brain surgeries he would have that year. In 2017, he faced a relapse of his tumor.

Now, in 2019, seven years, four brain surgeries and 30 rounds of radiation later, Sean is in the middle of his sixth-grade year at Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany and while his remaining tumor is stable, he and his family continue to wage war against his diagnosis and work hard to support the research.

“We are thrilled and honored to have so many incredibly talented professionals take to the stage to help us raise awareness and support the tremendous research underway at the Children’s Brain Tumor Project” said Brenda Ries, TEAMSean, co-founder and treasurer of the CBTFF, “Not only is this guaranteed to be a breathtaking evening of song and dance, but it gives us all a glimmer of hope that we can get the support we need to find a cure for the children and families who receive the heartbreaking diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor.”

The VIP cocktail hour starts at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets. Please contact if you are interested in being a sponsor or have questions.

The Children’s Brain Tumor Family Foundation is a volunteer led 501(c)3 led by families impacted by pediatric brain tumors. The organization is dedicated to raising funds for the Children’s Brain Tumor Project which is a research effort at the Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center, co-directed by Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield. The project is “powered by families” and significantly funded through donations made by the families, friends, and supporters of the children, teens and young adults who confront the heartbreaking diagnoses of rare and inoperable pediatric brain tumors.

The Dance Academy of NJ (DANJ) offers classes and programs for children starting at the age of two years and progressing through adulthood. Students may take one class per week, participate in a full curriculum, earn a spot on the competition team, or focus on preparing for university/conservatory programs or professional positions in dance companies and/or theater. Jason Luks, Artistic Director, leads an incredible team of dance educators from some of the most prestigious university-based and conservatory dance programs including NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, The Juilliard School, Ailey, Marymount Manhattan, UNC School of the Arts, the Broadway Dance Center and Steps. Many of them are also members of highly esteemed dance companies such as Keigwin + Co, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Phoenix Project Dance, Pilobolus, The Difference Between, Mark Morris, and others.

Grease Fire on Harry & Judy Drive

The resident of a 2nd floor unit had a grease fire on the stove and and in the oven causing smoke to fill the 2nd floor

PARSIPPANY — On Wednesday, April 16, at approximately 5:30 p.m. the Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department, Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Company District 3 and Cedar Knolls Fire Department were dispatched to Harry & Judy Drive for a possible structure fire on the second floor.

Cedar Knolls Fire Department were dispatched to Harry & Judy Drive for a possible structure fire on the second floor

Upon arrival, Parsippany Police Department confirmed a moderate smoke condition and began to evacuate the building. Boonton Fire Department was requested for the RIC as a precaution.

The resident of a second floor unit had a grease fire on the stove and and in the oven causing smoke to fill the second floor. The Boonton Fire Department was canceled and multiple PPV BlowHard Fans were used to clear the smoke.

Par-Troy Emergency Medical Services also arrived at the scene.

Mount Tabor Fire Department were dispatched to Harry & Judy Drive for a possible structure fire on the second floor

Panera Bread planned for Wegman’s Shopping Center

Panera Bread cafe with a drive-through is planned for the Wegmans Shopping Center

HANOVER — Hanover Realty has applied to Hanover Township to construct a new Panera Bread in the Wegmans Shopping Center on Sylvan Road. The new Panera Bread will be located in front of the 24 Hour Fitness which will be holding its grand opening late June.

Panera Bread Company is an American chain store of bakery-café fast casual restaurants with over 2,000 locations, all of which are in the United States and Canada. Its headquarters are located in Sunset Hills, Missouri.

Panera Bread has locations in East Hanover, Denville, Florham Park and Parsippany.

For more information on Panera Bread, click here.

First Watch to open on Route 10 in Briarwood Commons

First Watch: Back in 1983, there was no breakfast restaurant-focused category, really. Then the original First Watch opened with the idea that people want a Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch restaurant that doesn't moonlight with steaks or anything else later in the day.

MORRIS PLAINS — The area’s “First Watch” is preparing to open soon in the Briarwood Commons, 1711 Route 10 East, Morris Plains. They will be joining Chick-fil-a which is also under construction and is expected to open in the Summer.

The closest First Watch is located at 1235 West Chestnut Street, Union. There is also another New Jersey location at 1012 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill.

Some of the delicious items on their menu include Avocado Toast, Power Wraps, BLT Benedict, Bacado Omelet, Frittata Rustica, Asian Pork Belly Breakfast Bowl, Mediterranean “Baked” Eggs, Lemon Ricotta Pancake, Floridian French Toast as well as the traditional “two fresh cage-free eggs any style with your choice of bacon, smoked ham, savory chicken sausage patties, turkey or pork sausage links. Served with whole grain artisan toast, all-natural house preserves and fresh, seasoned potatoes. Substitute Udi’s Gluten Free toast at no additional charge.”

Other stores in Briarwood Commons include Kohls, Harmon Face Values, Pro-Haircutters, Massage Envy, GameStop, Village Spa, Terry’s Pet Depot, Chipotle Mexican Grill, GNC, Wells Fargo, Mattress Firm and Verizon Wireless.

Briarwood Commons has four spaces available: 40,239 square feet, 5,547 square feet, 8,368 square feet and 4,000 square feet. The shopping center is in the process of completing a complete remodeling.

First Watch opened as a daytime café in 1983 – a first-of-its-kind restaurant serving breakfast, brunch and lunch only. The idea was that they would focus on daytime dining, work to perfect it, without trying to moonlight as a dinner place. That’s right… For our staff, that meant no night shifts. Ever. They could leave work in time to pick up the kids from school, play a round of golf, get homework done, or simply enjoy the afternoon. That philosophy still exists in their restaurants today!

First Watch was awarded the 2018 Business Intelligence Group Best Places to Work Award. The 2018 Best Places to Work identifies the organizations doing all they can to improve performance by challenging their employees in an environment that makes work fun and engaging. The Business Intelligence Group honors those companies who help their employees accelerate their careers, knowledge and performance. Come join our team and see what all the fuss is about!

For more information click here.

Morris Residents: Black Bears Leaving Winter Dens in Search of Food

MORRIS COUNTY —Residents in many areas of Morris County, and throughout Northwest Jersey, may encounter black bears in the coming days as the bears begin emerging from winter dens and searching for food.

Black bears have been sighted in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties, but the population is densest in the northwestern counties of Sussex, Warren, Passaic and Morris.

Black bears are not true hibernators. They are emerging from their dens after a period of winter dormancy known as torpor, during which they may lose up to 20 percent of their body weight. They need to restore this weight for the mating season, which begins in late May and continues well into summer.

Morris Residents: Black Bears Leaving Winter Dens in Search of Food

One of their primary natural food sources in spring is skunk cabbage, a leafy plant that grows along edges of rivers and streams and other wetlands. Grasses, forbs, tubers, bulbs and insects are other natural food sources. Bears may also feed on carrion.

Bears have an acute sense of smell and can detect scents across great distances, making it critical to prevent bears from being attracted to other food sources around properties, such as trash, food residue on grills, bird seed and pet food.

“Bears are by nature wary of people, however, animals attracted to neighborhoods may learn to associate people with food,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Acting Director Dave Golden. “When bears make that connection they may become aggressive, cause property damage or seek handouts from people.”

It is important to note that intentional feeding of a bear is dangerous, illegal and carries a fine of up to $1,000.

The DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife offers these tips to minimize encounters with bears:

  • Secure trash and eliminate obvious sources of food, such as pet food, easy-to-reach bird feeders, or food residue in barbecue grills.
  • Use certified bear-resistant garbage containers, if possible. Otherwise, store all garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and place them along the inside walls of a garage, the basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area.
  • Wash garbage containers frequently with a disinfectant solution to remove odors. Put out garbage on collection day, not the night before.
  • Avoid feeding birds when bears are active. If you choose to feed birds, do so during daylight hours only and bring feeders indoors at night. Suspend birdfeeders from a free-hanging wire, making sure they are at least 10 feet off the ground. Clean up spilled seeds and shells daily.
  • Remove all uneaten food and food bowls used by pets fed outdoors.
  • Clean outdoor grills and utensils to remove food and grease residue. Store grills securely.
  • Do not place meat or any sweet foods in compost piles.
  • Remove fruit or nuts that fall from trees in your yard.

Install electric fencing to protect crops, beehives and livestock.Morris Residents: Black Bears Leaving Winter Dens in Search of Food

If you encounter a black bear in your neighborhood or outdoors while hiking, fishing or camping, follow these tips:

  • Remain calm and never run from a bear. Avoid direct eye contact, which a bear may perceive as a challenge. Back away slowly if a bear utters a series of huffs, makes popping sounds by snapping its jaws or swats the ground. Make sure the bear can easily escape.
  • If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect scents in the air. This is usually not a threatening behavior.
  • If a bear does not leave the area or advances toward you, make loud noises to scare it away by yelling, using a whistle, banging pots and pans or sounding an air horn. Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your heads. Move to a secure area, such as a vehicle or building.
  • If hiking through bear country, always make your presence known by talking loudly or clapping hands.
    Families who live in areas frequented by black bears should have a “Bear Plan” in place for children, with an escape route and planned use of whistles and air horns.
  • Black bear attacks on humans are rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back.
    DEP wildlife experts emphasize that a black bear passing through an area and not causing a specific problem, such as breaking into trash or otherwise trying to access food sources on people’s properties or posing a safety threat, should be left alone.

People should leave the area and allow the bear to continue on its way. When frightened, bears may seek refuge by climbing trees. If the bear does go up a tree, clear the area and give the bear time to climb down and escape.

Report bear damage, nuisance behavior or aggressive bears to the Wildlife Control Unit of the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife at (908) 735-8793. During evenings and weekends, residents should call their local police department or the DEP Hotline at 1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877-927-6337).

The Division of Fish and Wildlife offers public education programs about how to safely coexist with black bears and minimize negative interactions with them. Presentations to school children, civic organizations, communities and other groups are available free of charge by calling biologist Michelle Smith at (609) 259-6961 or emailing

To learn more about New Jersey’s black bears click here.

Easter Egg Hunt at St. Andrew Lutheran Church

2 1/2 year old Tommy Chaffee had his basket full with Easter eggs

PARSIPPANY — Over 1,800 Easter eggs were hidden on the property of St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Children of all ages had fun finding the eggs.  Eggs were filled with surprises for children of all ages

The children line up for the Easter Egg hunt at St. Andrews Lutheran Church
Ildiko and Robert Peluso with their son Robert

The very successful event was coordinated by Tina and Mark Levorse, and donations for the eggs came from all the parishioners.  

Saint Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church is an inter-generational and inclusive congregation which is mission-driven, Christ-minded and open to new  ideas.  They are a fun mix of ages, characters, individuals, families, orientations, vocations, abilities and callings.

Saint Andrew is a joyful place with a heart for mission to people in need … locally, nationally and globally. Saint Andrew is a welcoming place where being there is more important than what you wear; and where you’re going is more important than where you’ve been.

St. Andrew Lutheran Church is located at 335 Reynolds Avenue. For more information, click here

Robert Peluso
Two year old Emily Medina was searching for Easter eggsi
The easter eggs were everywhere!
2 1/2 year old Dia Tailor was searching for Easter Eggs

Delaware Valley University Welcomes Juliet Campbell

Delaware Valley University

PARSIPPANY — Delaware Valley University is proud to announce that Juliet Campbell enrolled for the fall 2019 semester. The University looks forward to welcoming Juliet Campbell to campus this fall!

Delaware Valley University is an independent, comprehensive university with more than 1,000 acres in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Founded in 1896, DelVal emphasizes experiential and interdisciplinary learning and provides small class sizes where students learn on a first-name basis.

Through the innovative Experience360 Program, all DelVal students gain real-world experience in their fields. Located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, DelVal combines the comfort of small-town living with the excitement of big-city access.

DelVal offers more than 25 undergraduate majors in the sciences, humanities, and business, seven master’s programs, a doctoral degree in education and a variety of adult education courses. The University’s vision is to be the leader in experiential education, empowering all learners to transform the world. Learn more click here.

Woman’s Club of Parsippany Troy Hills Celebrates National Library Workers’ Day

Back row: Library Staff Members - Corinne Mackey, Debra Insetta, Rose Schulman, Donna Ricker, Vera Borum, Martha Martinez, Lorraine Calkin, Maria Crawford and Jen Carlin. Front row: WCPTH Club members Marilyn Marion, Janet Reilly, and Parsippany Library Director Jayne Beline

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany’s library staff were treated to goodies on April 9th, for National Library Workers’ Day, compliments of the Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Staff Members at Parsippany’s three libraries; Main Library, Mount Tabor Branch and Lake Hiawatha Branch were treated to home-made baked goods, candies and refreshments as a thank you for their dedication to the Parsippany library system.

National Library Workers’ Day was established in 2003 to ‘recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians.’

This is the fifth year WCPTH has supported National Library Workers’ Day. The club has a special relationship with the library, being one of its first donors in the 1960’s when the township library was established. The club has also partnered on projects with the library and made numerous donations to support the needs of the library.

Nationally, Women’s Clubs are credited with establishing three quarters of the nation’s libraries.

The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills is a member of NJSFWC, which is the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the state, providing opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service. General Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month from September to April at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Parsippany Rescue & Recovery, 100 Centerton Drive.

For more information e-mail the club at, or click here for website.

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Permit Death with Dignity in New Jersey

MORRIS COUNTY — Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that will allow terminally ill New Jersey adults to end their lives peacefully, with dignity, and at their own discretion.

The bill, which was sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli and Senator Nick Scutari, makes New Jersey the eighth state to allow such end-of-life decisions with the assistance of medical professionals.

“Allowing residents with terminal illnesses to make end-of-life choices for themselves is the right thing to do,” said Governor Murphy. “By signing this bill today, we are providing terminally ill patients and their families with the humanity, dignity, and respect that they so richly deserve at the most difficult times any of us will face. I commend Assemblyman Burzichelli for steering us down this long, difficult road, and thank the Legislature for its courage in tackling this challenging issue.”

“Over the course of seven years, we’ve heard countless heartbreaking stories of terminally ill patients and their families yearning to make a personal choice that simply was not provided for under law,” said Assemblyman John Burzichelli. “The choice for patients, who are critically ill and with a short life expectancy prescribed by their doctors, to determine their final day on this earth with dignity deserved honest and intellectual discussion. I’ve had many, many conversations with religious and non-profit organizations such as Compassion and Choices of New Jersey to get their take on the legislation. I thank all who have contributed over the years to the open dialogue, for and against it, and to the Governor for giving it the attention it deserved. It’s been a long, learned discussion, one that I’m sure will continue as we move forward.”

“This will provide a humane choice for terminally-ill patients who are experiencing tremendous suffering and pain. It offers the freedom of choice for those with no hope of surviving beyond six months to end their suffering in a dignified way,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “It is a very personal decision. I watched someone I loved suffer for the last six months of her life from cancer while her children watched. Her suffering was prolonged to a point where she entered a hospice where her medications were increased until she passed away. I don’t think that was humane for her or for her loved ones. This will offer patients in end-of-life circumstances an option to decide their own fate in their final days.”

“There is no good reason for terminally ill patients to be forced to endure prolonged pain and suffering if they make the choice to end their lives with dignity,” said Senator Nicholas P. Scutari. “This law respects the free will of terminally ill patients and provides a humane and dignified process for those qualified to end their lives. I am very proud of New Jersey to support this law and the compassion it provides to those suffering.”

“There are many strong opinions on this issue, but the truth is, only these patients understand what it is like to know death is approaching,” said Assemblyman Joe Danielsen. “This law will give terminally ill patients the choice to meet their end on their own terms. This is the humane approach. We cannot prevent them from dying, but we can at least provide the option and let them to do it with dignity.”

The “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” permits terminally ill, adult patients residing in New Jersey to obtain and self-administer medication to end their lives peacefully and humanely.  A patient’s attending and consulting physicians must determine that the patient has a life expectancy of six months or less, has the capacity to make health care decisions, and is acting voluntarily, in order for the patient to obtain the medication. The bill establishes additional procedures and safeguards that patients, physicians, and other health care professionals must follow before a qualifying patient may legally obtain and self-administer the medication.

“My wife Brittany Maynard spoke up so terminally ill New Jerseyans in her predicament would not have to leave their home like we did just to secure the option of a gentle dying process,” said Dan Diaz, an advocate who works with Compassion and Choices. “New Jersey becomes the fifth state in the five years since her death to pass this vitally important legislation. With immense pride in her legacy, I am very thankful to the New Jersey legislators who passed this law without excessive regulations that would prevent dying New Jerseyans from using this option.”

“Given our growing tidal wave of momentum nationwide, it is only a matter of time before every resident of every state has this peaceful dying option. But today we thank Gov. Murphy for making this option within reach for dying New Jerseyans who desperately need it,” said Kim Callinan, CEO of Compassion & Choices, which led the grassroots campaign to pass the law in New Jersey and other states. “We will help the Murphy administration implement this law as smoothly and quickly as possible to ensure dying New Jerseyans can use this option, if they need it.” 

“It is impossible for my terminally ill sister Melissa and I to express our profound sense of relief that this legislation is now law,” said law supporter Laurie Wilcox, a retired nurse in Clark with rheumatoid arthritis that has invaded her lung tissue and requires her to wear an oxygen tank most of the day to breathe. “As nurses, we know the limits of modern medicine to relieve suffering and we are so grateful we now have the option to peacefully end our end-of-life suffering, if we need it.”

“I am eternally grateful to Gov. Murphy and Assemblyman Burzichelli, for giving me this option to die peacefully, if I decide I need it,” said supporter Susan Boyce, a Rumson resident who has a terminal lung disease. “Just having this option is a godsend that will enable me to live the rest of my life, however long it is, as fully as possible knowing I won’t have to suffer needlessly at the end.”

I watched my mother die a horrible, drawn-out death. She lost all of her dignity, all of her happiness. Everything hurt and we knew she was dying and all we could do was sit there and wait while she begged for relief,” said Jessica Guenzel, a supporter ad Rutherford resident. “She didn’t have to die that way. With the signing of this bill, terminally ill people in New Jersey who are suffering have another option. They can decide with those closest to them what their last days or hours will look like and they can leave this world on their terms. I think my mom would have liked to have spent her last hours at the park with her kids on a nice day, then taking a bubble bath and tucking into bed knowing she would gently slip away in her sleep. She deserved that option. Now others have it. Thank you to the legislators who pushed and voted for this bill and thank you to Governor Murphy for helping me fulfill a promise to my mom.

The bill will take effect on August 1, 2019.

Lluvia is looking for a fur-ever home

Lluvia is looking for her furever home

PARSIPPANY — Meet Lluvia, but you can call her Rain. This approx four-month-old puppy was surrendered to the rescue because of landlord issues. Don’t feel bad though, now she has the opportunity to find her real forever home!

Lluvia loves a nice afternoon car ride

She is super sweet and loves the company of other dogs. Rain is very smart and is picking up basic commands and potty training quickly. She is also doing well with crate training! She will need a family dedicated to continuing her training as she is so young. Rain also will require exercise and lots of kisses!

Rain’s ideal home would be one with a yard to play in and a family to love on with no young children. She can live with children 13+ and other dogs though!

If you’re looking for a young, happy girl to be your new dog-child, apply to adopt Rain today!

If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application by clicking here.

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JCP&L’s Parsippany-Troy Hills Green Acres Public Hearing

PARSIPPANY — JCP&L will be hosting a Public Hearing concerning the “Edwards Road Tract” and the proposed diversion of approximately 2.1 acres of Township owned lands. This meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Troy-Hills Elementary School, 509 South Beverwyck Road.

JCP&L has proposed to acquire this land from the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills for the construction of a portion on JCP&L’s new 230kV transmission line.

This meeting is open to the public and everyone is encourage to attend.

Nicolas Limanov honored with Kiwanis Silver Award

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President Frank Cahill and Member Nicolas Limanov

PARSIPPANY — Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation President Frank Cahill presented Nicolas Limanov with a “Gift of Kiwanis Award” issued by Kiwanis International.

“I am pleased to present you The Gift of Kiwanis Award for inviting new members into our organization. You qualify for Silver level distinction,” said Cahill.

“With your invitation to join Kiwanis, you reinforce my firm belief that 1 + 1 = 3. When we come together and work together under the umbrella of Kiwanis, what we can achieve greatly exceeds what we can do individually. You have helped others discover the fun, fellowship, service and fulfillment that comes from being a Kiwanian. Your community is benefiting from an average of 37 hours of additional service from each new Kiwanis member. Your club succeeds because of people like you who share the mission of Kiwanis service. Thank you for your commitment to make the world a better place,!” stated Kiwanis International President James Rochford (2017-2018).

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany  donates to Parsippany Food Pantry, Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, Parsippany PAL Youth Center, Parsippany High School Scholarship Program, Parsippany Hills High School Scholarship Program, Parsippany Child Day Center, Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey, Camp Nejeda, NJ Sharing Network, Boy Scouts and
Girl Scouts of Parsippany, Parsippany Project Graduation, Jersey Battered Women’s Services, Family Promise of Morris County, Parsippany Little League West and Parsippany Little League East to name a few.

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

Heather Darling holds fundraiser at Park Avenue Club

Heather Darling and Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Surrogate Candidate Heather Darling held a breakfast fundraiser at The Park Avenue Club on Thursday, April 4.

Morris County Freeholder Heather Darling announced in February that she is running for county surrogate.

The current surrogate, Republican John Pecoraro, will be retiring at the end of this year, after being on the job for 25 years.

She joins the Republican race with Michael P. Carroll and Isabella Alfano.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 4. The winning candidate on the Republican slate will face off with Michael Thompson, a Democrat running for Morris County Surrogate in the General Election on Tuesday, November 5.

Darling, a Morris Plains attorney, is in the second year of her first, three-year term as a freeholder.

Before being elected to the freeholder board, Darling was vice chair of the Roxbury Economic Development Committee, a member of both the Roxbury Zoning Board of Adjustment and Environmental Commission, a board member of the Roxbury Chamber of Commerce and was president of a group of volunteers who implemented a dog park in Roxbury.

As an attorney, Darling volunteers her time as a Special Civil Mediator and Early Settlement Panelist in the Morris and Sussex County courts, along with her participation in both state and local public defender programs. She has volunteered with the Morris County Housing Partnership and the County College of Morris Women’s Center. She is an alumnus the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Morris program.

Parsippany resident Nicolas Limanov with Heather Darling
Debra S. Weisberg, Esq., with Heather Darling
Heather Darling and Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi
Journalist Fred Snowflack, interviewing Heather Darling for an upcoming story in InsiderNJ
Heather Darling discussing her campaign platform to supporters

Applebee’s Makes it an Egg-Celent Easter for Kids 12 and under

PARSIPPANY — To make the Easter celebration even more egg-celent this spring, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar, 1057 Route 46, Troy Hills Shopping Center and other  locations in New Jersey announced that families can enjoy a Kids Eat Free special on Sunday, April 21.

Families who dine-in at Applebee’s on Easter Sunday will receive up to two free kids’ meals with each adult entrée purchase. Children ages 12 and under can choose any entrée on the Applebee’s Kids’ Menu, accompanied by their choice of a side dish, and juice, milk or chocolate milk. With a variety menu items and more than 650 combinations of entrées, sides and beverages, the Applebee’s Kids’ Menu offers more LiveWell – approved meals than any other national casual dining restaurant.

“We are excited to once again offer this promotion to celebrate the Easter Holiday with our guests and their families,” said Kevin Coughlin, director of operations, Applebee’s New Jersey. “We hope to see families enjoying our Kids Eat Free promotion in a fun, relaxed and kid-friendly environment.”

The Easter kids eat free special is available at Applebee’s locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises in New Jersey, Long Island, Florida and Georgia. In New Jersey, Applebee’s is located in Parsippany, Brick, Bridgewater, Butler, Clark, Clifton, Edison, Flemington, Garfield, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Hillsborough, Howell, Jersey City, Jersey Gardens, Kearny, Lacey, Linden, Manahawkin, Manalapan, Manchester, Middletown, Milltown, Mt. Olive, Newark, Newton, North Bergen, Northvale, Ocean, Paramus, Phillipsburg, Piscataway, Rockaway, Tinton Falls, Totowa, Union, and Wall.

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises, Inc. is recognized as the 59th largest privately-held business in the New York Metro area by Crain’s Business and the 15th largest franchisee in the United States as ranked in the Restaurant Finance Monitor, operating seven restaurant concepts including: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex, Quaker Steak & Lube, and two of its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. In 2017, Nation’s Restaurant News ranked Doherty Enterprises as the 77th largest Foodservice revenue company in the United States. To date, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates 149 restaurants in northern, southern and central New Jersey, on Long Island, as well as locations throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and sections of Florida and Georgia. The Doherty vision is to be the “Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve” and its mission is to “Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow Our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers.”

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar offers a lively casual dining experience combining simple, craveable American fare, classic drinks and local drafts. All Applebee’s restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to serving their communities and offering quality food and drinks with genuine, neighborly service. Applebee’s is one of the world’s largest casual dining brands; as of Dec. 31, 2017, there are nearly 1,970 Applebee’s franchise restaurants in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 14 other countries. Applebee’s is franchised by subsidiaries of Dine Brands Global Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies.

Soriano presents “Proclamation” to Relay for Life

Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani, Relay for Life Volunteers Dee dePierro, Carol Tiesi, Morgan Marron and Mayor Michael Soriano

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano presented a “Proclamation” to members of “Relay for Life” on Tuesday, April 16.

The 2019 American Cancer Society Relay for Life will take place on Saturday, May 18, at the Parsippany Hills High School, 20 Rita Drive, from 4:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.  Registration will begin at 3:00 p.m.

This year’s event is being dedicated to Sean Ries, Hannah Cerullo, and Emma Wyman.  All three of these superheroes have battled a form of pediatric cancer and are our inspirations for this year’s Relay For Life event!  A portion of proceeds from this year’s event is being directly fed into pediatric cancer research.

Sean Ries, Hannah Cerullo, and Emma Wyman

Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers are encouraged to join the celebration. As the survivors walk, other participants touched by cancer in some way, will cheer them on in a demonstration of support and celebration. All survivors and their caregiver are invited to attend a very special dinner given in their honor at 5:30 p.m.

The Relay For Life is a community event where teams and individuals come together to honor, celebrate, and raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. There are three points to every Relay for Life Event, Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back. The celebration portion includes a special dinner for any cancer Survivor and their Caregiver. The remembrance portion includes a moving Luminaria Ceremony in which friends and loved-ones lost to cancer are remembered.  The entire event is a way of fighting back against cancer by raising the much needed funds.  93% of the money raised will help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund continuous cancer research that will help protect future generations from all types of cancer.

We invite everyone to attend this Relay For Life event, the theme for this year’s Relay will be “Superheroes”  There will be inspiring speakers that have been touched by cancer, special music, themed laps, a Frozen T-shirt contest, face-painting for children, games and other fun activities, entertainment throughout the course of the event, as well as food, beverages, goodies and so much more.

By supporting Relay For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Thanks to our sponsors: Garden State Elite Volleyball Club, Western Pest Services, South Street Yoga & Nutrition and Parsippany Applebee’s.

If you are a cancer survivor, caregiver or have been touch by cancer in some way and would like to be part of the Relay For Life event click here, please visit  or call Cori Mastropolo at or call (973) 285-8043.

A copy of the “Proclamation:”