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Letter to the editor: Upcoming Fire Department Election

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

I received my vote by mail ballot for the upcoming fire department election in District 3, Lake Parsippany. In the proposed budget under capital appropriations, there is a $70,000 capital appropriation; my question is what is this being used for, as I could not find the budget online, the only item I found was the legal advertisement of the budget?

Secondly, last year prior to the election there was an article regarding the election of commissioners and how their platform was increasing membership in the fire department to date I would like to know if this has been successful, have they brought in new members as opposed to previous members.

If this has not been successful what are their plans to increase membership.

Mary O’Keefe
Lake Parsippany

The Shoppes at Parsippany is seeking site plan approvals

PARSIPPANY — Channel 46 Associates, LLC, the owner of the existing shopping center located at 1470 US Highway Route 46, known as Block 718, Lot 32, made application to the Parsippany Planning Board for site plan approval to reconstruct the entrance from the highway into the shopping center, to improve the center’s signage, to add ten new parking spaces and install landscaping on the property.

Notwithstanding the increase in parking, the shopping center is still deficient in parking with 355 parking spaces required and 328 spaces proposed and the applicant has requested a variance for the same, if required. The freestanding sign along the highway is proposed to be replaced with a new freestanding sign and a monument sign is proposed to be added at the Troy Hill Villages Road entrance.

The shopping center consists of Retro Fitness, Quick Stop, Ashia, Anthony Franco’s Pizza, Delight Big Bazaar Farmer’s Market and BCB Indus Bank.

A variance is requested to allow the freestanding sign to have an area of 156 square feet where 100 square feet is permitted and a setback of four foot where twenty-five is required.

A variance is also requested for the monument sign to permit it to have a setback of four feet, rather than fifteen feet.

They also request any additional variances, waivers or other relief required by the Board after its review of this application.

The Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing to review the application on Monday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard.

The application documents and plans are available for inspection at the office of the Planning Board at the Municipal Building during normal business hours.

Shake Shack receives approval from Planning Board

Free standing Shake Shack store located in King of Prussia. Shake Shack will be in a free standing pad site in Waterview Plaza

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Planning Board approved an application granting Amended Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan and Conditional Use approval to RD Realty, LLC permitting the development of property known as 30 Waterview Boulevard.

The Approval grants preliminary, final and conditional use approval for the construction of a “Shake Shack” restaurant and associated parking and improvements.

The Approval was memorialized by Resolution adopted on January 28, 2019.

BMW stolen on Eldridge Road

2017 BMW i530 File Photo

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Patrol Officer T. Armenti responded to a residence on Eldridge Road for a vehicle theft.

After a brief investigation it was determined the victim’s 2017 BMW i530 was left unlocked with the keys inside. The theft is believed to have occurred between 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5 and 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6.

This incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Parsippany Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 263-4311.

Lucas Folan Named to Fall 2018 Provost’s List at Hofstra University

Lucas Folan and Sam Hayek

PARSIPPANY — Lucas Folan, a 2017 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School, achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA during the Fall 2018 semester, earning a spot on the Provost’s List at Hofstra University

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016).

The campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university.

Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon Welcomes Gridiron Hero to Office Internship

MORRIS COUNTY  — Kevin Hasenbein, a 19-year-old who has proved his talent on the Morristown High School football field, has scored a spring internship with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

Kevin, who has Down Syndrome, officially started his new position February 4 fulfilling tasks alongside Sheriff’s Office detectives in the Evidence Section.

His internship, slated to run through June 24, involves Kevin working at the Superior Courthouse on Mondays and in the Evidence Section on Wednesdays.

“I, along with all members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, welcome Kevin’s enthusiastic presence. His spirit and energy will make us better people,” Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said.

Kevin also is completing a separate internship on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the Civil Division of the Superior Court in Morristown.

Kevin, in 2018, obtained his Morristown High School diploma after fulfilling his graduation requirements at a school in Chatham. He returned to Morristown High School in the fall to participate in its Colonial Learning Independence For Employment, known as the Colonial L.I.F.E. program, which assists 18 to 21-year-old individuals in learning basic employment skills.

Through Colonial L.I.F.E.’s partnerships with Morris County Superior Court and Morris County government, Kevin is tackling his internships, known as Structured Learning Experiences. Colonial L.I.F.E. Job Coach Jonathan Mestell will accompany Kevin while he works for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

Kevin already achieved headline-making celebrity status in October 2018 during Morristown High School’s Homecoming football game against the Delbarton School.

Kevin’s younger brother, Eric, plays for the high school’s Colonials football team and Kevin is an honorary member and ardent fan. The Colonials arranged for Kevin to suit up for the Homecoming game and participate in a dazzling play in which he outran players to carry the ball 80 yards into the end zone to score a touchdown.

Morristown High School Transition Coordinator Patricia Herbert said Kevin is well-known and beloved at the high school.

“Kevin is very personable. He’s like a rock star at school. He’s always got a smile on his face and is truly a pleasure to be around,” Herbert said.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Agenda Meeting – February 5, 2019

Boiling Springs Bank donates to Parsippany Food Pantry and PBA 131

Michele Picone, Mayor Michael Soriano, Boiling Springs Branch Manager Silvia Cooper, Sergeant Brian Conover, Treasurer of PBA Local #131, and member Patrolman Greg Bloete and Boiling Springs Assistant Branch Manager Kristen McGovern

PARSIPPANY — Boiling Springs Bank located at 66 North Beverwyck Road donated money to two Parsippany organizations through their Community Outreach Program.

Boiling Springs Bank donated $2,000 to Parsippany Food Pantry and $250 Parsippany PBA #131.

Sergeant Brian Conover, Treasurer of PBA Local #131, and member Patrolman Greg Bloete accepted the donation from Branch Manager Silvia Cooper.

Michele Picone, Director, Department of Human Services, received the donation for the Parsippany Food Pantry.

Pennacchio & Diegnan Introduce ‘Mallory’s Law’ to Toughen NJ’s Anti-Bullying Laws

Sen. Joe Pennacchio has introduced “Mallory’s Law” to toughen NJ’s anti-bullying laws. Pictured: the Senate honors Mallory’s Army on Dec. 18, 2017 for its fight against bullying.

MORRIS COUNTY —  Following the tragic death of Mallory Rose Grossman, a 12-year-old Rockaway student who committed suicide after suffering from bullying, Senators Joe Pennacchio and Patrick Diegnan have introduced bipartisan legislation to standardize and strengthen New Jersey’s anti-bullying laws.

Their legislation, “Mallory’s Law,” represents a comprehensive approach to prevent and respond to bullying in New Jersey, by increasing the repercussions and ensuring school officials take preventative actions before tragedy strikes.

“My heart breaks for Mallory’s family,” Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said. “We must take action to ensure no one ever goes through this again. ‘Mallory’s Law’ combats the harassment and intimidation that can lead children to take their own lives. This bill would also require school and county officials to address bullying, before it gets out of control. Increasing transparency and accountability, while standardizing this process, will help us end the culture of bullying.”

Mallory Grossman was bullied on school grounds and harassed via Snapchat and text messages relentlessly, before she took her own life on June 14, 2017.

Mallory’s parents have turned their grief into action, by starting “Mallory’s Army,” a national movement to save other children from the devastating effects of bullying. On December 18, 2017 Senator Pennacchio and his colleagues in the State Senate honored Mallory’s Army for their efforts.

“Mallory Rose Grossman’s story will help others,” said Seth and Dianne Grossman, the parents of Mallory Grossman. “Her journey has been the inspiration for many in New Jersey to bring change to the way bullying issues are handled in and out of school. We are grateful to Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Patrick Diegnan and all of the administrative teams for working with us on ‘Mallory’s Law.’ It’s a law we believe is in the best interest of all of our children, schools and families.”

“Many people say that bullying doesn’t happen or that kids just need toughen up. I can tell you that bullying is still happening in our schools, and it is causing an enormous amount of psychological distress to our students,” Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-18) said. “Our society struggles with handling mental health issues. We especially have to fix these issues when they affect young students in our schools. Unfortunately, we are too late for Mallory, a student who committed suicide after intense bullying. It shouldn’t take the loss of life for us to act.”

Pennacchio and Diegnan’s legislation would reinforce and intensify the state’s “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.” The legislation was signed into law after cyber harassment led to the tragic suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi in 2010.

Although New Jersey’s “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” is considered to be one of the toughest anti-bullying laws in the nation, students have continued to be victimized to the point of suicide.

“Mallory’s Law” would expand the school bullying reporting and notification process. This bill would forward all accounts of bullying to the executive county superintendent and the parents of students involved in the incident.

Cyber harassment has further-intensified bullying, with children now being badgered at home through their cell phones and computers.

Recently, Paterson fifth grader Samara Moreno committed suicide after being bullied at school. She was 11-years-old.

“The current anti-bullying laws on the book must do more to protect our kids in an era where people are instantly accessible via social media platforms like Snapchat and iMessage,” Senator Pennacchio added. “’Mallory’s Law’ will ensure the bully, parents, and the school are made well aware of any incidents, and that proper disciplinary actions are taken before we lose more young lives.”

“Mallory’s Law” would ensure that parents are more involved when their child is accused of bullying. The bill would also direct New Jersey school districts to provide means for parents to complete an online form to report any occurrences of bullying.

The legislation would also require that each school district’s anti-bullying policy must include specific penalties for bullying. Any proven act of bullying would lead to the incident being added to the student’s permanent record.

Under the bill, bullies found culpable of harassment more than three times must attend anti-bullying training with their parents. Law enforcement will also be notified to see if the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice has been violated.

Victims of bullying are at a higher risk of experiencing mental health issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

Studies have also shown that children who are bullied by their parents, or witness their parents engaging in bullying perpetration are more likely to be bullies themselves, which demonstrates the need for this legislative effort to ensure parents are held accountable if their child bullies a fellow student.

A civil liability may be imposed on the parent of a bully who demonstrates blatant disregard of supervising their child, if their child has been judged to be delinquent of harassment or cyber harassment.

“The State of New Jersey must take every appropriate action to reduce bullying by increasing the strength and transparency of the reporting process,” Senator Pennacchio added. “Enacting ‘Mallory’s Law’ will bring us one step closer to ensuring bullying will not be tolerated in any school in the Garden State.”

Laura Fortgang Announces Candidacy For State Assembly

Laura Fortgang

MORRIS COUNTY — “I’ve lived in this district for 24 years; I’ve raised my family here, and I’ve seen some worrying changes. We’ve watched our taxes go up and the return on that investment diminish. New Jersey has the finest public schools in the country; we have developed life-saving medicines; our smart and tough workforce is part of the largest economic engine in the country, but thanks to a broken and entrenched system in Trenton, families like mine keep losing ground. My whole career I’ve worked with individuals and C-suite executives in fortune 100 companies, looking at the obstacles, seeing a problem from all sides, and working together to find the best path forward. I’ll bring these skills to the Assembly to make sure New Jersey continues to be a wonderful place to raise a family, and where people of all ages can afford to stay and thrive,” said Laura Fortgang.

Including Parsippany and parts of Essex, Morris, and Passaic Counties, the 26th is currently represented in the New Jersey Assembly by Betty Lou DeCroce (R- Parsippany-Troy Hills) who was appointed in 2012 to fill the seat after the death her husband, and Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) who was defeated in November in his bid for Congress by Mikie Sherrill.

Sherrill campaign manager, Mollie Binotto has signed on as Campaign Chairwoman for the Fortgang campaign, bringing not only her skill but her deep knowledge of the district which is almost entirely contained in Sherrill’s congressional district.

Chairman of the Morris County Democratic Committee Chip Robinson said this is the year to make changes in Trenton for his county, “Laura Fortgang is not only a determined and effective community leader, but she’s a wonderful person. I’m thrilled with the caliber and qualifications of our LD 26 candidates this year.”

Mayor Michael Soriano of Parsippany-Troy Hills the largest township in the district, stated, “I’m incredibly excited to support Laura Fortgang for State Assembly in 2019. Laura’s professional background and tireless energy will be a great contribution to our Democratic Majority Caucus and, I know that Laura will be a committed partner to Parsippany at the state level.”

Scholarship Targets Students with Disabilities

Scholarships now available

MORRIS COUNTY — Scholarship applications are now being accepted for students with disabilities who are graduating this year. The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of Northern New Jersey, a group of more than 40 state-approved specialized schools serving students with a wide range of disabilities in northern and central New Jersey is proud to sponsor the scholarship.

Understanding the range of barriers that students with disabilities often face, the Alliance is committed to helping students advance their options beyond high school graduation. Scholarship criteria encourages continuing education and training, increased independence, goal setting, and promotes community integration and the use of local resources and supports.

The Connections for the Future Scholarship provides up to $1,000 in financial support and recognition for graduating north Jersey, public school students with disabilities.

Last year, two graduates were awarded the funds and continued their studies in visual arts and special education.

To learn more about and apply for the scholarships, click here. Application deadline for the scholarships is March 1.

The winners will be presented with the scholarships on April 6 at the Alliance’s Annual Spring Conference taking place at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown. The conference is free of charge and open to all community members who are interested in learning more about strategies for advocacy and systems change and will feature keynote speaker, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey.

The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization comprised of state-approved private schools for students with disabilities. The Alliance provides important resources, advocacy assistance, and information for parents, educators, professionals, and others who are interested in helping students receive the special education services they need. The website features a unique “school finder” tool to help visitors locate an appropriate school program. Resources and informative articles on special education topics can be found by clicking here. Families and professionals can also call for information and advocacy support at (973) 407-0596.

Outstanding Citizens to be Honored by Boy Scouts of America

PARSIPPANY — Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local citizens at the Third Annual Parsippany Good Scout Award Dinner to be held on the evening of Tuesday, March 12 at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s honorees are Catherine “Cathy” Cerbo, Silvia E. Cooper, Patrolman Remo D’Alessandro, Stephen J. Priola, Rev. Msgr. Herbert K. Tillyer, P.A., and Randy F. Tortorello.

The event recognizes these six outstanding citizens for their community service, as evidenced by their leadership and interests within the Parsippany community, and for their embodiment of the values of the century old Scout Oath and Law in their personal and professional lives. The event co-chairs are a 2018 Parsippany Good Scout Award Recipient Carol Tiesi, and Robert Peluso.

Cathy Cerbo is Past President of Parsippany Women’s Club and part of a longtime family owned business in Parsippany, Cerbo Lumber & Hardware. Silvia Cooper is the Branch Manager of the Boiling springs Savings Bank – Parsippany Branch and is an active member or Kiwanis Club – Parsippany. Patrolman Remo D’Alessandro heads Community Outreach for the Parsippany Police Department. Stephen J. Priola is the owner of P.J. Priola Parsippany Funeral Service. Rev. Msgr. Herbert K. Tillyer, P.A. has served Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic Church for twenty-five years. Randy F. Tortorello has been an active member of the Parsippany Historic Sites Committee, currently serving as the coordinator; he also owns his own interior design company, Randy Tortorello Interiors.

Parsippany is a part of the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council which serves 17,000 youth in over 400 Scouting units in communities throughout Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties.

For more information on Scouting, attending the event, and sponsoring the program journal, contact George Hemenetz, Development Director, at (973) 765-9322 ext. 235 and/or george.hemenetz@scouting.org.

You can sign up for the event or donate by clicking here.

 

 

 

Get Your Fill of Romance at the Parsippany Library

PARSIPPANY — Find your next great romance at the Friends of the Parsippany Library’s February book sale at the Parsippany Main Library, 449 Halsey Road.  At just a dollar for four paperbacks or two hardcovers, these gently pre-loved books are priced for shoppers to stock up.   The wide selection includes everything from cozy love stories to racier reads.

An added benefit is that your purchase gives back to the library, as all proceeds from the book sale are donated to the library for the purchase of new materials and programs.

Looking for other ways to show your love and appreciation for the library?  Follow the Friends of the Parsippany Library on Facebook at @FriendsoftheParsippanyLibrary or check out the Friends’ website by clicking here.  Questions can be directed to parsippanyfriends@gmail.com.

AG Grewal Speaks at Prosecutor’s Office on Immigrant Trust Directive and Bias

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

MORRIS COUNTY — On Tuesday, February 5 New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal spoke to approximately 125 attendees and community leaders of Morris County and Sussex County concerning his recently issued Immigrant Trust Directive. Attorney General Grewal explained the directive, then fielded questions from those in the audience.

This two hour community outreach event was held at the Presbyterian Church of Morristown Parish House as part of Attorney General Grewal’s 21-21 Community Policing Project, in which all 21 County Prosecutor’s Offices conduct educational programs for the communities in which they serve. The event was hosted by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General in partnership with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch provided welcoming remarks to those in attendance before AG Grewal’s presentation. Deputy Attorney General Joseph Walsh provided the audience with an in-depth analysis of the functions and execution of the Immigrant Trust Directive following the opening remarks and Attorney General Grewal’s question and answer period. His presentation explained how the Immigrant Trust Directive will function in New Jersey upon its effective date of March 15, 2019. Walsh took questions following his presentation. The audience was eager to clarify some of the aspects of the Directive, and many questions were answered by DAG Walsh.

Also in attendance was Rachel Apter, Director of the Division on Civil Rights. Director Apter provided remarks on the second portion of the program, Bias Crimes and Incidents. The second half of the program consisted of a panel discussion moderated by Prosecutor Knapp focused on Bias Crimes and Incidents.

The panel was comprised of NJ OAG Training & Outreach Liaison David Leonardis, Middlesex County Department of Corrections Chief Investigator David D’Amico, FBI Special Agent Vernon Addison, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri, and Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Assistant Prosecutor Donald Cox. The discussion covered the differences between bias crimes and incidents, law enforcement’s procedures in investigating bias crimes and incidents, and the legal aspects in charging those types of crimes.

The combination of state and federal employees on the panel provided the audience with the opportunity to obtain as much information as possible. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “I would like to thank Attorney General Grewal, Prosecutor Koch and all of our partners in this event for ensuring its success.

We were thrilled to see so many community members in attendance. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to host outreach programs with the goals of further educating the community on law enforcement and to help the public better understand the duties and obligations of police and prosecutors”. Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch stated: “It was a pleasure and honor to co-host this important public forum with the Attorney General’s Office and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Public outreach events such as this are critical to educate the public and to foster trust, and establish better and more cooperative relationships between all community members and law enforcement. This event was a success in all regards and I look forward to continuing with community outreach programs.”

NJ OAG Training & Outreach Liaison David Leonardis, MCPO SAP Samantha DeNegri, MCPO Det/Sup Patrick LaGuerre, FBI Special Agent Vernon Addison, Middlesex County DOC Chief Investigator David D’Amico, SCPO AP Donald Cox, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Meet Earl; he is waiting to go home with you

Earl!

PARSIPPANY — Meet Earl! Named after a relaxing cup of tea, his name says a lot about his personality!

Earl is nine years old and was recently rescued from an inner-city municipal shelter after they found him as a stray tied to a fence. Don’t let that make you sad though, this happy senior is now ready to find his forever family!

At only 47 lbs, he is a pint-sized cup of goodness. His tail NEVER stops wagging and he absolutely loves everyone he meets. While he is a more ~distinguished~ gentleman, he is still full of life and energy. Earl loves going for walks, eating bully sticks, and giving lots of kisses during snuggle time. He’s a great mix of fun and cuddly!

Earl would be great in a home with young children as he is tolerant and very easygoing. He’d prefer a home without cats but he can live with another doggy (or two!). He is potty-trained, crate-trained, and walks great on leash.

Earl suffers from IBD but not the kind that makes him have to go to the bathroom more than other dogs. His body doesn’t absorb the nutrients from his food and therefore he is a bit underweight and his skin isn’t in great shape. Earl is currently on new meds and is improving every day! He is also deaf but doesn’t let that stop him at all! He does not get spooked or scared due to his deafness and, since he is always right by his foster’s side, it’s easy to get his attention.

If you’re looking for a sweet, relaxed guy who’d love to spend his golden years pleasing and loving you, apply to adopt Earl today!

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

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Please adopt me! I want to come home with you and snuggle

CCM Trustees Welcome New Member Maria Aprile

Maria Aprile is sworn in as the newest member of the County College of Morris Board of Trustees by Arnold Chait, the college’s attorney

MORRIS COUNTY — Maria Aprile, of Randolph, recently was appointed to the Board of Trustees at County College of Morris.

Appointed by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Aprile, a CPA and certified fraud examiner, retired from CohnReznick on February 1, following a long and successful career. She was a partner at the firm, which is one of the largest accounting firms in the nation. At CohnReznick, she worked with businesses in real estate trades, hedge fund management companies and high net worth individuals.

Prior to joining CohnReznick, she worked at Glickman and Company CPAs and with no prior public accounting experience was invited to become a partner. Her other previous positions include serving as an accounting manager at Staten Island Cable TV Company and as an analyst for Barclay’s Bank International in New York.

She has served on numerous nonprofit boards including the National Association of Women Business Owners, Industrial and Commercial Real Estate Women, and the Academy of Holy Angels. She is a former president of Executive Women Golf, Northern New Jersey Chapter.

Aprile earned her B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Bucco school security bill signed into law

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco

TRENTON —  Legislation providing for the installation of panic buttons and emergency lights in public schools to alert authorities in the case of attacks and emergencies was signed by Governor Phil Murphy today.

The bill (A764) is named in honor of Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old killed in the Parkland High School shooting last year.  She and her family lived in Bergen County until a few years ago.

“This is simply about making schools safer and saving lives,” said Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Morris). “With the push of a button, teachers or administrators can immediately report an incident to law enforcement.”

The alarm, which would not be audible within the school building, must be directly linked to local law enforcement and immediately transmit a signal or message to the authorities upon activation.

“The amount of time it takes to report and respond to an emergency can mean the difference between life and death,” continued Bucco. “The sooner police are notified, the quicker they can respond.”

Congresswoman Sherrill accepting intern applications to start February 18

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill

PARSIPPANY — The Office of Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill is now accepting intern applicants for the Spring 2019 semester. Responsibilities may include greeting constituents, processing constituent correspondence, tracking legislation, attending hearings/briefings, and conducting research. Candidates should have strong research and writing skills.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are able to receive course credit for the internship, and available for 15 to 20 hours a week.

Internships are available in both the Parsippany and Washington offices and will start the week of February 18.

All interested individuals should submit an application by clicking here.

Internships for Summer 2019 will follow at a later date.

Parsippany Phoenix LaCrosse season is now open

PARSIPPANY — Registration for the Spring 2019 Parsippany Phoenix season is now open. They have teams for boys and girls in third to eighth grades. The season starts late February/early March and runs into the middle of June. Teams typically practice two to three times a week.

As always the goal is to give the players a chance to learn the fundamentals of lacrosse and the positive impact of teamwork and good sportsmanship on and off the field through a fun, positive coaching environment.

Get involved in the fastest growing sport in the country and be part of the fun the game of lacrosse offers.

Click here to learn more and to register.

State Police Reminds Parents to be Diligent Against Online Predators

NEW JERSEY — Colonel Patrick Callahan and the New Jersey State Police participated in the global initiative, Safer Internet Day, which is a campaign aimed to raise awareness about the dangers posed to children by online predators.

Colonel Patrick J. Callahan

The New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) is 1 of 61 task forces nationwide, which are comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, and local agencies. The N.J. ICAC Task Force consists of more than 60 law enforcement partners including the Office of the Attorney General.

Over the last three years, New Jersey has experienced a dramatic increase in child-exploitation related incidents:

    • Investigations increased from 855 to 1700
    • CyberTipline complaints (the mechanism the public uses to report ICAC incidents) increased from 2,352 to 4,158
    • Arrests increased from 143 to 300
    • Internet safety presentations increased from 170 to 350

“Safer Internet Day is an important opportunity to remind parents to speak openly with their children about the hidden dangers of the internet,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “Parents need to warn their children that the people they encounter on social media, gaming sites and chat apps may not be who they seem. Child predators are increasingly using these media platforms to locate and groom children for their sinister purposes, and parents must teach their children not to share personal information or pictures with strangers online.”

“In the past, parents would have to educate their children about the dangers of talking to strangers while walking to school or playing at parks or playgrounds, but unfortunately today’s predators can reach children while they are seemingly safe inside their home,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. “The N.J. ICAC Task Force will never cease to aggressively root out online predators, but they cannot do it alone. Parents need to monitor the online activity of their children and educate them about the dangers that social media, games and other computer applications pose.”

Here are some tips for parents according to “Social Media and Teen Anxiety” from the Harvard School of Education:

    • Be mindful that through likes and follows, teens are getting actual data on how much people like them and their appearance
    • Social media-induced stressors:Seeing people posting about events to which you haven’t been invited
      Feeling pressure to post positive and attractive content about yourself
      Feeling pressure to get comments and likes on your posts
      Having someone post things about you that you cannot change or control
    • Parents need to keep in mind that it’s probably not just social media that’s making their teens anxious — it’s the normal social stressors that these platforms facilitate, albeit at a different size and scale
    • If your teen seems irritable or overwhelmed by social media, pay attention to what specifically is causing those feelings

For more information, parents can visit www.missingkids.com for resources and can call the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit at (609) 584-5051 ext. 5624.

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