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New Community Resource Center to Hold Grand Opening

BOONTON — Gateway Community Resource Center will celebrate its Grand Opening at 513 Birch Street in Boonton on Saturday, September 17. At the 12:30 p.m. ribbon cutting, U.S. Rep. Mike Sherrill will be participating along with officials and leaders of Morris County and the Town of Boonton.

The general public is invited to enjoy food, beverage, live music and gifts, along with free raffle tickets to win a smart TV.

Following the celebration, Gateway Community Resource Center (GCRC) launches its unique mission of partnering with existing non-profit organizations to provide support for the greater Boonton area community in the form of no-fee programs providing help, education and enrichment.

GCRC is focused on addressing community needs while offering an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors. The center also offers a well-equipped space in which small businesses and nonprofits can hold meetings.

The new non-profit organization is an outgrowth of Loaves & Fishes Community Food Pantry at the same location, grown from its 2019 opening to be distributing food now to some 125 households weekly through Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning distributions.

For more information click here.

Kiwanis Food Truck and Music Festival Returns

PARSIPPANY — Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is sponsoring a Food Truck & Music Fest, on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 1839 Route 46 East. Plenty of free parking available behind Houlihan’s.

There will be plenty of food options, with more than twenty gourmet food trucks serving up cuisine at the park. Bring chairs, blankets, appetites, family and friends.

Morris Now will be on hand signing up people to download the newest app supporting small business in Morris County.  They will be holding a drawing to win a $50.00 gift card to Ruth Chris, or any restaurant of their choice. (click here to learn more)

The event will help raise money for the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany. Naughty Humphrey and Grand Theft Audio NJ will provide live music. For those 21 and over, enjoy an ice cold beer, wine or hard seltzer from our bar.

Attendees can also shop from local craft vendors, games for kids, activities for adults like shoot airsoft rifles and other activities such as sand art, henna tattoos and more.

Food vendors are subject to change, but includes the following:

Why Not Burgers
The Game Changer
Clydes Ice Cream
Oreo Fix
Antojitos
Hocus Smokus
Rolling Yatai
Marley’s Wing and Things
Prety Good Pizza
Speedy Tacos
Top Tea Plug
Zing Coffee
Empanada Guy
Oxtail Gravy
Jerzey Girl Pickles

Tickets cost $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 4-10 at the door. Tickets purchased in advance cost $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Click here to purchase tickets.

For more information contact Nicolas Limanov at (917) 499-7299.

Sponsored by Nielsen Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram.

CFO Juan Uribe Retires

Juan Uribe, CCFO, CMFO, QPA, CTC, Chief Financial Officer,

PARSIPPANY — Juan Uribe, CCFO, CMFO, QPA, CTC, Chief Financial Officer, will be retiring from the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills effective Friday, September 30.

Mr. Juan Uribe was approved (3-2) by the Township Council in September 2020, being recommended by Former Mayor Michael Soriano for the new Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Juan Uribe. At the time Uribe become the Chief Financial Officer effective September 21 at an annual salary of $145,000.

Mr. Uribe said “It may not be perfect but in record time the finances of the Township have been steered in the right direction. Most financial indicators are positive at this very moment, which is my greatest reward”

The previous CFO, Ann Cucci, left to take a similar position in the Township of Livingston.

 

Township to Unveil Plaque Honoring Frank Priore

Former Mayor Frank B. Priore

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio and the Township Council will be unveiling a plaque at Parsippany Municipal Building in honor of the late Mayor Frank B. Priore.

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 20 at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Council meeting which starts at 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited to attend to attend.

Frank B. Priore passed away Monday, February 7, 2022, at Morristown Medical Center. He was 73. He was born in Passaic and grew up in Clifton. Frank moved to Parsippany in the early 1970s where he has lived since. Frank was a self-employed photographer. He also proudly served as mayor of Parsippany from 1982 to 1994.

 

League of Women Voters to Hold Voter Registration Drive

MORRIS COUNTY — “Voting is people power,” notes the League of Women Voters and as part of ensuring more people are prepared to vote, it will be holding a Voters Registration Drive at County College of Morris (CCM) on Tuesday, September 27.

The registration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the CCM Library, located in the Learning Resource Center on the college’s campus, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. The registration is open to all community residents. Visitors to the campus are asked first to check in with Public Safety, located near Parking Lot 10, to obtain a visitor and parking pass.

“At CCM we are proud of our students’ involvement in their community and our nation. Registering to vote is one more opportunity to have a voice and participate in our democracy,” says Heather Craven, dean of the library. “We also are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to the general public to register to vote.”

Along with the voter registration drive, the CCM Library has put together a guide on voter registration and elections, which can be found by clicking here.

The deadline to register to vote in New Jersey’s General Election this year is October 18. To check if you are already registered click here.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that works to protect and expand voting rights. It does so by empowering voters and defending democracy through advocacy and education at the local, state and national levels.

Remembering the Seven Parsippany Residents Died on September 11

9-11 Memorial at Parsippany Town Hall

PARSIPPANY — Seven Parsippany residents died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Many of them were husbands, wives and parents, but all of them were neighbors and friends in the Parsippany community.

As we remember them, read more about their lives, courtesy of obituaries complied on legacy.com.

Martin Boryczewski
Boryczewski was remembered as a life-of-the-party type, who loved hanging out with friends as much as he loved his trading job. He grew up in Parsippany, and frequently came home to visit his family, whom he was close with. Read more here.

Antoinette Duger
Duger was a devoted mother in a close knit Italian family, who she loved cooking for. She cared deeply for those around her; some of her last words were, “I don’t want them to worry,” her sister said. Read more here.

Michael John Pescherine
Perscherine and his wife were expecting a baby at the time of his death, due in March 2002, something that cause him to “scream in delight.” He was remembered as an athlete who loved watching the Giants. Read more here.

Thomas H. Polhemus
Thomas Polhemus was remember as loving golf nearly as much as he loved his wife and two sisters. He played through rain and snow three times a week, and would travel to Myrtle Beach to play with friends. Read more here.

Maria Theresa Santillan
Maria Santillan was in the middle of planning her wedding to her high school sweetheart when she died. She had long dreamed of working in New York City, and often commuted with her father to the PATH station. Read more here.

Michael C. Sorresse
Sorresse was deeply proud of working in the World Trade Center, something he’d tell people as they spotted the towers from the Turnpike. He was a family man who has just bought a home in Morris County. Read more here.

Jason Kyle Jacobs
Jason Kyle Jacobs worked in the World Trade Center. He was a partner in Fiduciary Trust Co. and worked in Tower 2. Survivors originally listed: Wife, Jennifer; Daughter, Zoe; Father, Charles; Mother, Marilyn; and Brother, Seth. Read more here.

 

Morris County Holds 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

MORRIS COUNTY — Despite steady rain, over 150 first responders, public officials and residents joined Morris County’s 9/11 Remembrance ceremony on Sunday evening, the 21st Anniversary of the attacks.

Morris County remembers Donald Leroy Adams, Margaret L Benson, John Paul Bocchi, Martin Boryczewski, Dennis Buckley, Cecile M. Caguicla, Liam Callahan, David C. Carlone, James Leslie Crawford, Jr., Joseph Deluca, Captain Robert Edward Dolan, Antoinette Duger, Gregg J. Froehner, Alayne F. Centul, Debra Lynn Fischer Gibbon, Paul Stuart Gilbey, Gayle R. Greene, Eileen Marsha Greenstein, Gary Robert Haag,  Timothy Robert Hughes, Anthony P. Infante, Jr., Jason Kyle Jacobs, Joon Koo Kang, Lucille King, Angela R. Kyte, Robin Blair Larkey, Thomas V. Linehan, Jr., Sean Patrick Lynch, Simon Maddison, Alfred Russell Maler, Christian Hartwell Maltby, Hilda Marcin,  William J. Martin, Jr.,  Philip W. Mastrandrea, Jr., William A. Mathesen, Robert D. Mattson,  Patrick J. McGuire, Martin Paul Michelstein, Seth Allan Morris, Peter C. Moutos, Alexander Napier, Jr., Michael O’Brien, Michael John Pescherine, Thomas H. Polhemus,David Alan James Rathkey, Richard C. Rescorla, Antonio Augusto Tome Rocha, James Romito, Steven Harris, Russin Thomas Sabella, Maria Theresa Santillan, Matthew Carmen Sellitto, Karen Lynn Seymour-Dietrich, Barbara A. Shaw, Francis Joseph Skidmore, Jr., Michael C. Sorresse, Thomas S. Strada, Edward W. Straub, Kenneth J. Swenson, Dennis Gerard Taormina, William R. Tieste, Peter Guyder Wallace, Matthew David Yarnell, Mark Zangrilli, and Kenneth Albert Zelman.

FDNY Firefighter Carl Asaro, Jr.; He and three sibling joined the FDNY in honor of their family, FDNY Firefighter Carl Asaro, who was killed on 9/11

FDNY Firefighter Carl Asaro, Jr., the keynote speaker, provided unscripted, heart-felt remarks about his father, FDNY Firefighter Carl Asaro, Sr., who was killed responding to the attacks on the Twin Towers in Manhattan that fateful day. Carl, Jr. and three of his siblings joined the FDNY in honor of their father as soon as they grew old enough.

Despite steady rain, residents joined Morris County’s 9/11 Remembrance ceremony
Parsippany-Troy Hill Mayor James Barberio and Councilman Justin were among the attendees on the rainy, gloomy Sunday evening

The U.S. Naval Cadet Sea Corps out of Picatinny Arsenal were new to the procession of first responders, who traditionally kick off each annual ceremony by marching up West Hanover Avenue, to the Morris County 9/11 Memorial in Parsippany Township.  The group of young people represented a new generation, born after the cowardly attacks of September 11, 2001, who are picking up the torch to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York, at the Pentagon and on Flight 93 when is crashed in Shanksville, Pa.

Loretta Viglione, who lost her brother, FDNY Firefighter Tommy Sabella in 9/11
Morris County 9/11 Memorial in Parsippany Township
Morris County 9/11 Memorial in Parsippany Township
Sites from Ground Zero
Sites from Ground Zero
Sites from Ground Zero
Sites from Ground Zero
Sites from Ground Zero
Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen delivered the Welcome message

Click here to download the program of 9/11

Zoning Board of Adjustment Meets 09-14-2022

PARSIPPANY — Zoning Board of Adjustment Meets 09-14-2022.

Click here to download the agenda.

Click here to download the Regular agenda.

Morris County Walking Tours Return, September 24

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce the return of its popular heritage walking tours and programs for fall 2022. Learn about the history, people, and architecture of the Morristown area with a knowledgeable guide. These small group, one-hour tours will run between September 24 and October 29.  Note: days and times of programs vary.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required, and no walk-ins will be accepted. Tickets cost $25.00 per person. The programs will sell out, so register early. New this year, each tour participant will receive a $10.00 Morristown Partnership Gift Certificate redeemable at 200 local restaurants and businesses.

Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here.
For more information, contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau at (973) 631-5151 or welcome@morriscountytourism.org

Fall 2022 Program Schedule: 

Saturday, September 24 11:00 a.m. The Seeing Eye Guide Dogs in Morristown
Saturday, September 24 11:30 a.m. Morristown Walking Tour “Bones and Stones”
Saturday, October 1 11:00 a.m. Victorian Morristown Walking Tour
Saturday, October 1 11:30 a.m. Morristown Walking Tour “Bones and Stones”
Saturday, October 15 11:00 a.m. The Seeing Eye Guide Dogs in Morristown
Saturday, October 15 1:30 a.m. Meet the Stickleys at Craftsman Farms
Sunday, October 23 2:00 p.m. Gilded Age Morristown:  The Foote Mansion
Saturday, October 29 5:00 p.m. Halloween at the 1718 Whippany Burying Yard*

 

Tour Descriptions:

The Seeing Eye Guide Dogs in Morristown – Ever wondered about the beautiful guide dogs training around Morristown?  They are learning to guide the blind with their future owners.  The Seeing Eye has been in Morris County since 1931.  You’ll hear about their history, walk around Morristown visiting places important to the Seeing Eye, and have a photo op at the Morris Frank and “Buddy” statue.  The tour will begin at the office of the Seeing Eye at 14 Maple Avenue between Market and DeHart Street.  The tour will be given on Saturday, September 24 at 11:00 a.m. and repeat on Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m.

Morristown Walking Tour “Bones and Stones”- Get an overview of 300 years of Morristown history and visit architectural highlights of the Morristown Historic District including the 1827 Courthouse, the Morristown Green and the 1733 graveyard.  Your guide is Carol Barkin of the Morris County Tourism Bureau and member of the Morristown Historic Preservation Commission.  This tour will be given on Saturday, September 24 at 11:30 a.m. and repeat Saturday, October 1 at 11:30 a.m. Tours will begin at 6 Court Street, Morristown.

Victorian Morristown Walking Tour – Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m.  Stroll by Morristown’s 100 Victorian residences anchored by Macculloch Hall and the Thomas Nast House. Karen Ann Kurlander, a local resident and Victorian lifestyle expert will be your guide. The tour will begin at the Starbucks at the corner of Market and West Park Place.

Meet the Stickleys at Craftsman Farms – Tour the Log House at Craftsman Farms, Gustav Stickley’s early 20th century estate and a National Historic Landmark. Stickley was a leading designer of the Arts and Crafts movement and Craftsman Farms represents the apex of his career. The Log House is the centerpiece of Craftsman Farms’ verdant acreage and was the Stickley’s family home from 1911-1917. Currently, the Stickley Museum is under construction to rebuild the Annex after extensive damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias in August 2020. This tour is a special opportunity to visit and will be limited to just 15 people and will take place on Saturday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m. at 2352 Route 10 West, Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Morristown’s Gilded Age:  The Foote Mansion and Springbrook Farm – This popular program begins with a lecture in the Great Room of the Foote Mansion, saved and adapted nearly 90 years ago as the Loyola Retreat Center. You’ll learn about Morristown’s Gilded, the prominent Foote Family, and tour the mansion and gardens of the largest home ever built in Morristown.  The program will be given on Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. at 161 James Street, Morristown.

*Halloween in the Whippany Burying Yard – This fun tour of the 1718 Whippany Burying Yard is our annual Halloween party which begins with a torchlight tour of Morris County’s first graveyard and resting place of its earliest settlers.  The tour will take place on Saturday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m.  Costumes are encouraged and refreshments will be served.  All ages and scary costumes welcome!  Park at the Casa de Montecristo Cigar Lounge at 301 Route 10 East, Whippany, and then walk west to the graveyard.  We are pleased to offer this tour free to the public but pre-registration is required.

Please note: Day, times and starting points vary. No walk-ins will be accepted.  No refunds. Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes.  Tours will be held in sun and light drizzle. Tours will be rescheduled in case of severe weather. Service dogs only please. These tours are designed for adults and children over age 12.

The Morris County Tourism Bureau (MCTB) is a division of the Morris County Economic Development Alliance (MCEDA) a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The organization holds the distinction of being the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Morris County.

The specific purpose of the MCEDA is to attract, develop, and retain businesses in the County (this activity provides relief for, the poor, distressed and underprivileged, combats community deterioration, and lessens the government’s burden). A second, but no less important, mission is to serve as a destination marketing organization that positively affects the economy of Morris County by promoting the area’s exceptional historic, cultural, and recreational attractions by providing services to residents, business travelers and tourists.

These tours are also generously supported by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the NJ Department of State with additional funding provided by the division of Travel and Tourism, NJ Department of State, the County of Morris, and the Morris County Economic Development Alliance’s Private-Public Supporters.

 

Sal’s Haircutting Salon Celebrate Fifty Years

Cutting the celebration ribbon was Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, Lou Leone, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Sal Leone, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso

PARSIPPANY — Cutting the 50th Anniversary ribbon at Sal’s Haircutting Salon was Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, Lou Leone, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Sal Leone, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill presented Sal Leone with a plaque congratulating being in business for fifty years. The plaque read “May the journey of your success continue even in the coming years! Wishing you and your team a happy anniversary!”

In July of 1972 Sal responded to a barber wanted advertisement that was in the local newspaper. Sal made his way to the barber shop located in Lake Hiawatha. He was offered the position and the owner said, “If you like it here I’m looking to retire soon and we can talk about you buying the shop.”

Sal made him an offer that day and two weeks later Sal’s Haircutting Salon was established.

In November 1992 Sal hired Robert Smith to a full time barber position. Robert has been a loyal employee ever since!

In 2006 Sal’s son Lou Leone who was working in the sports industry, decided to leave corporate America and go into the family business.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill with Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella displaying the plaque presented to Sal Leone
Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill presented Sal Leone with a plaque congratulating being in business for fifty years. The plaque read “May the journey of your success continue even in the coming years! Wishing you and your team a happy anniversary!”
Sal’s Haircutting Salon is located at 114 North Beverwyck Road, Lake Hiawatha

Sal’s Haircutting Salon is located at 114 North Beverwyck Road, Lake Hiawatha. For more information call (973) 335-1220.

Lou Leone, Sal Leone, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Vincenza Leone and Robert Smith
Mayor James Barberio gets a haircut by Sal Leone

 

Rose House Annual 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser

MORRIS COUNTY — Rose House announces the commencement of its annual 50/50 raffle fundraiser. This year, the money raised will support the nonprofit organization’s Forever Home campaign, which includes a 12-unit apartment facility for adults with special needs in Morris County.

“With more than 8,000 adults with disabilities needing services in New Jersey alone, there is an urgency for special-need housing options,” said Rose House CEO Tom Mitchell. “As people with developmental disabilities age out of school systems, and with their parents growing older, we are dedicated to addressing this pressing issue by providing the care these individuals desperately need. We can only do this through the support of our community, which includes fundraising events such as the annual raffle.”

The new apartment complex will include:

  • 12 single occupancy apartments specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities
  • Handicap accessible van dedicated to providing safe transportation for apartment residents
  • Trained caregivers available to residents each day, as needed
  • Integration into the local community through employment options and social events

Raffle ticket information:

  • Last year’s 50/50 raffle event raised $7,800 for Rose House, while a lucky winner received a matching amount
  • Tickets cost $10 each
  • To receive raffle tickets, call Rose House at (973) 984-0006 or email contact@therosehouse.org
  • The winning ticket will be drawn on December 15, 2022 at Rose House’s annual board meeting, and the winner doesn’t need not need to be present.

Rose House is a non-profit organization based in Morris County that creates group homes and independent living apartments for adults with developmental disabilities. It offers customized, self-directed programs to meet every need. The organization’s vision is a future inclusive community, where everyone has a loving home. For more information click here.

League of Women Voters to Hold Debate for Board of Education Candidates

PARSIPPANY — The League of Women Voters will hold a debate for candidates for the Board of Education in the . The debate is co-sponsored by Parsippany Woman’s Club.

The debate will take place September 27, 7:00 p.m., at Parsippany High School, 309 Baldwin Road.

You can also watch the debate on their YouTube channel by clicking here.

Seven candidates are running for three available seats:

    • Falgun Bakhtarwala
    • Kendra Von Achen
    • Michelle Shappell
    • Jack S. Raia
    • Andrew Choffo
    • Alison C. Cogan
    • Yvonne Ferise

The public can submit questions for candidates by 6:00 p.m. September 25 via this Google form.

There are no municipal elections this year. But the township will vote in races for the Morris County Board of Commissioners and for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. As of now, candidate Paul DeGroot has been requesting current Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill to a debate, but a date has not been scheduled.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.

Free Community Events During Welcoming Week as Lakeland Hills Family YMCA Opens its New Welcome Center

MORRIS COuNTY – Where can a family play pickleball, dodgeball, and take a boot camp class, all in one week, and all for free? Why the Y of course! Lakeland Hills Family YMCA invites the community to its annual Welcoming Week, this year bigger and better than ever! Conveniently located where the Mountain Lakes, Parsippany, and Boonton borders meet at 100 Fanny Road in Mountain Lakes, the area’s leading community organization is offering a free week of fun events, all in one place, from September 13-18.

Communities are stronger and more cohesive when people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to get to know one another and work side by side to advance the common good. Welcoming Week brings YMCAs and other nonprofit organizations across the country together to help elevate the growing movement of communities that fully embrace all Americans and their contribution to the social fabric of the U.S.

“Celebrating community is what Lakeland Hills Family YMCA is all about,” says Alejandro (Alex) Martinez, CEO and President of the Y. “Our Y is excited to present an entire week of free programs and activities for families and children. Our community looks to Lakeland Hills Family YMCA for support in all facets of life – health and wellness, mental health awareness, spiritual connection, youth development, and more.”

Alex Martinez

Martinez continued, “Welcoming Week is being presented the day after we have our ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new Welcome Center. The Welcome Center has a mission-based purpose to foster community support. The Center is in memory of Kris Joganow, a long-time Y employee, friend, and supporter of the Y. Kris, the wife of our former CEO, Dr. Vik Joganow, passed away from COVID-19 in 2020. We are truly fortunate to reopen our facility to a beautiful new community-centric Welcome Center. This new space, which spans almost the entire first floor of our facility, includes areas for community programs and meetings, “Kris’ Coffee Corner” with enhanced free hot beverages, healthy self-vending machines with cashless purchases including parfaits, sandwiches, salads, snacks, and more. Additionally, the Lounge offers comfortable seating for meetings, work from your laptop with self-charging areas, a teen space, and more. These renovations and upgrades are due to the philanthropic efforts of individuals supporting Kris Joganow’s memory as well as corporations and other donors.

The Welcome Center at Lakeland Hills Family YMCA will have its official grand opening on Monday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. for invited guests, donors, and dignitaries. It begins with a cleansing of the space followed by an ecumenical blessing of the new Center. The Y reopens to its members and the community on Tuesday, September 13. This is also the first day of Welcoming Week.

For the full calendar of events, programs, and activities as part of its Welcoming Week, click here or call Lakeland Hills Family YMCA at (973) 334-2820.

For more than 100 years the Y has been the leading community organization serving thousands of people, with its focus on Healthy Living, Youth Development, and Social Responsibility. No one serves the community as powerfully as the Y does every day.

Five Arrested After Fleeing From Stolen Porsche

One suspect handcuffed by police. Photo ©2022 Zoomus Marketing, LLC

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph K. Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Montville Township Police Chief Andrew Caggiano, and Boonton Police Department Officer in Charge Christian Trowbridge, announce the arrests of five individuals after fleeing from a stolen high end motor vehicle that became disabled while eluding police.

At approximately 5:43 a.m., on Friday, September 9, the Montville Township Police Department received calls from residents in the area of Quarry Mountain Road and Turkey Hill Road regarding a suspicious Porsche Cayenne whose occupants were attempting to steal vehicles from driveways.

Officers were able to locate the Porsche traveling at a high rate of speed on Taylortown Road. As the responding Officers activated their emergency lights and sirens, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and entered onto Interstate 287 south. The Porsche, stolen from Bergen County, became disabled on I-287 and five suspects fled on foot from the vehicle.

The Montville Township Police Department and Officers from the Boonton Police Department began to search the area for the suspects. The search was conducted by the Montville Township Police Department, Boonton Police Department, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the New Jersey State Police. The search last until approximately 1:00 p.m.

As a result of law enforcement efforts and investigation, the following were apprehended and arrested:

Shuron D. Solomon, 24, of Newark
Marquis Nickels, 28, of Irvington
Sergio Furtado, 20, of Newark
Dandre McFadden, 24, Newark
Brandon O. Juddmoore, 20, Newark

All five defendants were charged with the below crimes by complaint warrant and lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in accordance with Bail Reform:

  • Theft by Knowingly Receiving Moveable Property (stolen motor vehicle) in violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-7A, a crime of the third degree.
  • Unlawful taking of means of conveyance (joyriding / motor vehicle), in violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-10D, a crime of the fourth degree.
  • Conspiracy to commit burglary, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:5-2A(1), a crime of the third degree.
  • Resisting Arrest by Flight, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29:2A(2), a crime of the fourth degree.
New Jersey State Police Helicopters flying over the area

Chief Caggiano stated, “The tremendous effort by all these police officers led to the apprehension of all five suspects. The cooperation between all the agencies made this possible. These officers put their lives on the line today to protect the residents of New Jersey.”

Sheriff Gannon stated, “The Morris County Chiefs of Police, led by President Chief Jeffrey Almer, Chief Andrew Caggiano, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll and I have been meeting frequently lately to plan how to better battle this crime scourge. Today, we put some of our plans into action and the result was successful. We’ll keep up the communication, strategy, and teamwork. Our neighbors are nervous and we want to keep them safe!”

Prosecutor Carroll commends all of the law enforcement officers involved in this response for acting quickly, safely and professionally. He stated this repetitive crime is the subject of intensive study and action by local, county and state law enforcement, the judiciary and governmental officials at all levels. All efforts are being made to identify patterns of criminal conspiracies to interdict these crimes and bring those subjects who lead and collude, especially with juveniles, to justice. We do need the public to also do their part and lock and secure their vehicles”

Editor’s Note: An arrest or signing a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Morris County Sheriff’s Office to host a Citizen Police Academy

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy is free and participants will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis after completing all necessary paperwork, with a maximum enrollment of twenty (20) participants. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. starting October 4, 2022 and ending on October 20, 2022.

Applicants must:

  •  Be at least 21 years of age,
  •  Residents of Morris County,
  •  Submit a fully completed application, and
  •  Must pass a background investigation process.

The purpose of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy is to give the public a working knowledge and understanding of the operations of our agency and of law enforcement in general. Some topics of instruction will include organizational structure, use of force, drug trends and police response, arrest, search and seizure, motor vehicle stops and officer safety. It is our intention that the graduates of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy will gain an awareness and appreciation of the services we provide. We also hope to collectively create an even stronger partnership between the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the community we serve which, in turn, will allow our graduates to become advocates for the law enforcement community as a whole.

For more information, click here to download the application.

The Women’s Center at CCM Receives $150,000 Grant

MORRIS COUNTY — Having helped thousands of women to gain economic self-sufficiency and fulfilling lives, The Women’s Center at County College of Morris (CCM) recently received a $150,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and Division on Women continuing their support of the center’s mission.

“The Women’s Center offers a full range of comprehensive services to support displaced homemakers with achieving financial independence,” says Director Shannon Lengares. “We do this through goal setting, career counseling, educational and training scholarships, computer skill building, resume and cover letter writing, workshops including financial management, job search strategies, interview preparation and more.”

The center also offers a Job Club Speaker Series, Job Seekers Support Group and connections to community resources. In addition, it offers a legal program that consists of free 30-minute legal consultations with family law attorneys and a divorce workshop series that is offered twice a year. While most of its clients are women, the center’s services also are available to men who meet the displaced homemaker criteri.

Displaced homemakers are individuals who have managed their homes for several years while being financially supported by a spouse, partner or family member and due to divorce, separation, death or disability then find themselves needing to serve as the primary source of household income. In many cases, displaced homemakers are underemployed and unable to financially support themselves or their families. Others may have difficulty obtaining employment due to a gap in work history.

The Women’s Center has been a part of CCM for over 30 years. In the 1970s, when the national divorce rate rose rapidly, many women who had worked primarily in their home, raising a family, suddenly faced the daunting task of obtaining or updating skills and reentering the workforce. In 1979, the New Jersey Displaced Homemakers Act was signed into law by then Governor Brendan Byrne. The act did not appropriate funding but mandated that action be taken to address the issue of displaced homemakers. In 1982, the Vocational Division of the New Jersey Department of Education appropriated startup funds for six displaced homemakers’ centers. Today such centers are found across the state.

If you know someone who could use the services offered through The Women’s Center at CCM or to learn more about the program by clicking here.

Stolen Car Chase Leads Police on Massive Manhunt

One suspect handcuffed by police

MORRIS COUNTY — The Town of Boonton Police Department, New Jersey State Police is assisting the Montville Township Police Department with an ongoing investigation. Their investigation led to an area being search in Parsippany at the Jersey City Reservoir Property and Interstate 287 Southbound.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are in that area assisting with the search.

Police arrested three suspects, and are searching for one more.

Montville Police issued this statement “Attempted burglaries to motor vehicles off of Taylortown and in the northern part of town. Review cameras and email sregan@montvillenj.org.”

As details are released, Parsippany Focus will update this article.

New Jersey State Police Helicopters flying over the area

Editor’s Note: An arrest or signing a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

CCM to Offer Free Eldercare, Guardianship and Estate Planning Workshop 

Trish Colucci Barbosa

MORRIS COUNTY — Caring for an elderly loved one can result in a multitude of overwhelming responsibilities and myriad unanswered questions. Join County College of Morris (CCM) Foundation Board member John P. Beyel, Esq., of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP of Morristown, and CCM alumna Trish Colucci Barbosa ’85, RN-BC, CCM of Peace Aging Care Experts, LLC of Flanders, as they share their expertise and offer informative advice on the sensitive topic of caring for elderly loved ones.

This free session is being held on Thursday, September 29, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Student Community Center, Davidson Room A, on CCM’s campus at 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. Refreshments will be served.

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p style=”font-weight: 400;”>Beyel, a partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, has extensive experience in many facets of the legal system. The firm’s practice areas include environmental, aviation, immigration, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, real estate and tax law. In addition, Beyel has been co-chair of the Trust & Estate Section of the Morris County Bar Association.

Barbosa, president and founder of Peace Aging Care Experts, LLC, began her care management agency when she realized her nursing skills combined with her care management expertise filled a special need in people’s lives. She founded Peace Aging Care in 2006 to assist people and their families with successfully navigating crisis situations, planning ahead for future care needs and getting more out of life every day.

While there is no fee to attend the presentation, space is limited. Kindly RSVP online at by clicking here or for more information contact Pam Williams at pwiliams2@ccm.edu or (973) 328-5060.

Participants can use Parking Lot 6 directly adjacent to the Student Community Center.

Positive Development Celebrates Therapy Center Ribbon Cutting

PARSIPPANY — Positive Development hosted an open house for families and professionals on Saturday, August 13 at its clinic on 299 Cherry Hill Road, Suite 108, including a ribbon cutting ceremony with Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James R. Barberio and more community leaders joining in the celebration.

Staff members

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.”

Positive Development staff, families, friends, and numerous other community members gathered to tour the center and its sensory-friendly gym, learn more about developmental approaches in autism care, and experience and celebrate pure joy in progress.

A very special thank you to the following community leaders who took the time to celebrate with us:

Mayor James Barberio
Council President Michael dePierro
Council VP Loretta Gragnani
Councilman Justin Musella
Councilman Frank Neglia
Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr.
Fr. Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce
Assemblyman Brian Bergen
Commissioner Tom Mastrangelo
Morris County Sheriff James Gannon
Parsippany Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill

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 by calling (862) 339-4379 or click here.

Parsippany Rotary to Hold Bicycle Ride

PARSIPPANY — Each year the Parsippany Rotary holds events but one of the special event is supporting school children projects we do to help them on:

Distributing Dictionaries, Back to School supplies, and Scholarships for high schoolers

It is a first time ever Parsippany Rotary bicycle ride happening for a great cause! All Parsippany and Morris county residents are welcome to join the great bicycle ride.

Many Rotarian’s and Parsippany residents are registering for being part of the 10 mile ride and supporting the Cause! Holding fundraisers help pay for the many excellent educational opportunities they support to the student body.

The Rotary continues to support school kids with above categories. The purpose of this message is to both inform you of the fundraising mission, as well as asking your great support and help on the school children’s Super Cause.

They’re always delivering and building brighter hopes, but none of that would be possible without kind supporters like you!!!

Registration link – click here
Event date : Saturday, September, 10, 2022

Event Arrival Time – 7:45 a.m.
Event Start  Time 8:30 a.m.
Event End Time : 10:30 a.m.

Event starts at Smith Field Park (Next to Starbucks) Parsippany

Event end location : Smith Field Park

Event will be given at the event

Event Miles to ride: 10 miles (16k)

Click here to download flyer.