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Girl Scout Troop 97392 makes activity boxes to earn “Bronze Award”

Girl Scouts visit Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany to thank the members for helping them collect items for their packages

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Girl Scout Troop 97392 has been working on their bronze award.  To earn their bronze award the troop decided to make activity boxes for children who are in St. Clare’s hospital as part of the Jared Box project.

Some of the items included in the activity boxes included Small Stuffed Animals, Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils, Coloring Books, Travel Size Games, Notepads, Books, Sticker Books, Fidget Cubes, Small Toys, Fuzzy Socks, Magazines and Cards.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany members helped and donated some of the items for the activity boxes.

Girl Scout Troop 97392 in front of the collection box they made and placed at Parsippany Municipal Building
Girl Scout Troop 97392 decorating the collection box they made and placed at Parsippany Municipal Building
Girl Scout Troop 97392 making a poster for the collection box

Murphy Signs “Linda’s Law”

TRENTON — Governor Phil Murphy signed ACS for A4430 and A4555, also known as “Linda’s Law,” which will require electric public utility companies to verify with all residential customers whether anyone at the residence uses life-sustaining equipment powered by electricity. The legislation is in response to the death of Linda Daniels, a resident of Newark who lost her life when her oxygen tank lost power after her electricity was shut off.

“No one should fear losing their life because their electricity bill is a few days overdue,” said Governor Murphy. “Linda’s Law will protect residents who rely upon electricity to support their medical equipment.”

Linda’s Law will prohibit electric public utilities from discontinuing service for 90 days due to nonpayment for medical customers who rely on electric-powered medical equipment to survive. Utilities shall request information as to whether any residential customer qualifies as a medical customer on a semi-annual basis.

“On this anniversary of the tragic death of Linda Daniels, thank you to Governor Murphy and the Legislature for passing Linda’s Law,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “The NJBPU has been working closely with the utilities to implement additional regulations that we hope, along with this legislation, will help prevent future tragedies. Our ongoing condolences to her family.”

“One year ago, Linda Daniels lost her life when her electricity was shut off and the oxygen mask that she desperately needed lost power,” said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “For seven hours, in the middle of a heat wave, she gasped for breath. A year later, a family is still mourning the loss of a 68-year-old mother and grandmother, who had much more life to give her family and community. We must continue to keep them in prayer and have trust that Linda’s death will not be in vain. Out of this tragic loss, “Linda’s Law” will protect and support those that need it the most regardless of their ability to afford it.”

“It is clear that more needs to be done to ensure that those depending on electricity for their medical device do not experience a shut-off in their home,” said Assembly Members Yvonne Lopez, Raj Mukherji, Eliana Pintor Marin, Wayne DeAngelo, James Kennedy, and Lisa Swain. “We need to ensure that electric public utilities have a comprehensive system to not only track, but also meet the needs of their medically dependent customers. We know that BPU regulations consider temperature as well as other factors prior to ordering a shut-off, however, the health of our most vulnerable populations must also be made a priority factor in determining a discontinuation of service.”

“Being late on your bills should not be life-threatening,” said Senator Joseph Vitale. “Unfortunately for Linda Daniels, discontinuing power to her home cut off her oxygen. This should never have been acceptable in America, and certainly not in New Jersey. No number of missed utility payments should ever have been lethal and hopefully with this legislation, it will never be again.”

“Many people rely on electricity to power life-sustaining medical equipment within their homes,” said Senator Linda Greenstein. “These individuals must be protected from potential energy shut-offs and must be provided leniency by their energy suppliers. No person’s electricity should determine life or death.”

“The inability to pay an electric bill should not have deadly consequences, but what happens when power is cut off to someone using life sustaining medical equipment,” said Senator Teresa Ruiz. “This legislation will expand precautions already in place to ensure power companies are not risking anyone’s life when they discontinue services to a customer past due on their bill.”

Man Sentenced in Connection with 2017 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Public Safety Director Daniel DeGroot of the Dover Police Department announce the sentencing of Santos Javier Archaga-Mendoza, 37, Dover.  The sentence stems from a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in the early morning hours of September 24, 2017 in Dover.

Archaga-Mendoza was sentenced on Friday, July 5, by the Hon. Robert M. Hanna, J.S.C. to an aggregate term of ten years New Jersey State Prison for multiple offenses.  This sentence is subject to the parole ineligibility provisions of the No Early Release Act.

On May 1, Archaga-Mendoza entered guilty pleas to two counts of second degree Reckless Vehicular Homicide and one count of fourth degree Assault by Auto before Judge Hanna.  Archaga-Mendoza also entered a guilty plea to the motor vehicle offense of Driving Under the Influence.

The charges arise from a single vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Route 15 and Route 46 in Dover on September 24, 2017.  The investigation revealed that Archaga-Mendoza, the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash, was operating a vehicle with four additional passengers.  Two of these passengers, who were Archaga-Mendoza’s brothers, died as a result of the crash and a third man sustained bodily injury.  Further investigation demonstrated that Archaga-Mendoza was speeding and intoxicated at the time of the crash.  Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn represented the State during the proceeding.

Prosecutor Knapp acknowledges the members of the Dover Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit who contributed to the successful prosecution of the Defendant.

Palito’s Deli and Grill closed by Board of Health

Palito's is located at 166 Halsey Road

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Health closed Palito’s Deli and Grill, 166 Halsey Road, Lake Parsippany on Tuesday, July 2 for operating without a current food license.

According to Parsippany’s Municipal Ordinances, “The licenses issued or renewed shall expire annually on June 30, with the exception of temporary food licenses.” To establish or renew a food license under Township Code, the fee ranges from $200 to $2000 annually, and is based on square footage.

Palito’s Deli and Grill most likely is on the lower size.

In addition to the fees above, an additional fee of $50 per service shall be charged when the establishment also contains any of the following on site: Bakery, Meat counter, Deli counter, Salad bar or raw bar (seafood/shellfish), Sushi bar, or Catering delivery amounting to 25% or more of the business.
An establishment not renewing by June 30 is subject to a $100.00 late fee.
Telephone calls to Palito’s Deli and Grill were unanswered, and the doors were locked on numerous visits from our staff.
Palito’s Deli and Grill opened earlier this year taking over Four Knives and Deli which closed late 2018.


Mayor Soriano Swears in two new Police Officers

Patrol Officer Daniel Maio, Mayor Michael Soriano and Patrol Officer Roberto Maldonado

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano swore in Patrol Officer Roberto Maldonado on Thursday, June 27, and Patrol Officer Daniel Maio on Monday, July 1.

Patrol Officer Maldonado is married and has two children. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Patrol Officer Maldonado with his family and Mayor Michael Soriano and Deputy Chief Richard Pantina

Patrol Officer Maio is married and has a daughter. He received his Bachelor’s in History from Rutgers University.

Patrol Officer Daniel Maio and his family with Mayor Michael Soriano

Both officers are US Army Veterans and will start the Police Academy on July 15.

No Parking for 4th of July Concert and Fireworks

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department announced due to the Fireworks and Concert today, there will be no parking from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the following streets:

1) Brooklawn Drive: Both sides – the entire length
2) Rita Drive: Both sides – the entire length
3) Glen Cove Road: Left side beginning at Rita Drive ending at the bottom parking lot, both sides beginning at the top parking lot to Brooklawn Drive both sides from Brooklawn Drive extending 100 feet south toward Windsor Road, then Left side to Windsor
4) Medford Road: Right side beginning at Brooklawn continuing to Glen Cove, Then both sides from Glen Cove up to and including the cul de sac
5) Elray Road: Left side starting at Rita Drive to Fairhaven Road. Then Right side beginning at Fairhaven Road and extending to the cul de sac
6) Fairhaven Road: Both sides between Littleton Road and Christine Drive, right side beginning Christine Drive ending at Elray Road.
7) Christine Drive: Right side, beginning at Fairhaven Road and extending south to the end.
8) Beachwood Road: Both sides between Littleton Road and Graham Court.
9) Fieldcrest Road: Both sides between Littleton Road and Atlantic Drive (Post Heavily).
10) Dolly Drive Left (West) side starting from Littleton Road to Dodie Drive.
11) Geoffrey Drive Left side beginning at Dolly Drive and ending at Park Road.
12) Hennion Drive East side beginning at Park Road to the end.
13) De Hart Road: Right side beginning at Park Road to Hennion Drive.
14) Fairview Place: Right side from Cottage Place to end including entire cul de sac.
15) Park Hill Court: Right side and the entire area of cul de sac.
16) Windsor Road: Right side beginning at Brooklawn – the entire length.
17) Dartford/Ferncliff – Right side of Dartford from Exeter to Ferncliff – Right side of Ferncliff Starting at Dartford for 150 feet.
18) Parsippany Hills High School Parking Lot – Both sides of roadway between lower section of Glen Cove to Rita Drive.
19) Emerson Road:  East Side from Continental Road to Gates Court
20) Holly Drive; Inside curve around on North Side

Any unoccupied or occupied vehicle left parked or standing in the roadway in violation of this restriction shall be deemed a nuisance and menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and any Police Officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The vehicle owner shall pay the reasonable costs of removal and storage, which may result, before regaining possession of the vehicle.

Par-Troy West 12U are on their way to District One Championships

PARSIPPANY — Par-Troy West 12U Team won a big game on Wednesday and they are now on to the District One Championship.

The championship game will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m. The game will be hosted by Somerset Little League, 900 Pine Street, Bernardsville.

If the team wins on Saturday they will win the District Championship and move on the the Sectional Championship games in their quest to the Little League World Series.

If they lose Saturday, the team will play the winner and takes all on Sunday, same place.

Parsippany Veterinarian Maintains Certification in Canine and Feline Veterinary Practice

Dr. Todd Wolf

PARSIPPANY — Dr. Todd Wolf has successfully maintained certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in Canine & Feline Practice.

ABVP requires Diplomates to recertify their specialty every ten years. This process demonstrates that Diplomats have kept up with changes and advancements in veterinary practice. ABVP is unique among veterinary specialties in that certification expires every ten years. Diplomates must take and pass a challenging examination or accumulate credits for continuing education and other professional activities in order to maintain specialty certification.

Dr. Wolf is a graduate of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He has practiced at Companion Animal Hospital & Avian Exotic Clinic located at 460 Route 46 for 22 years, and has practiced in New Jersey for 27 years. Dr. Wolf became a Diplomate of the ABVP in 1999.

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners was established in 1978. It is one of twenty-two veterinary specialty groups accredited by a special committee of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, a division of the American Veterinary Medical Association, to recognize excellence in clinical practice through the certification of species-oriented specialists. Over 900 veterinarians worldwide are certified in one of ABVP’s eleven practice categories: Avian, Beef Cattle, Canine and Feline, Dairy, Equine, Exotic Companion Mammal, Feline, Food Animal, Reptile and Amphibian, Shelter Medicine, and Swine Health Management. There are only 10 veterinarians in the state of New Jersey who presently hold ABVP Diplomate specialty status in Canine/Feline Practice.

For more information about ABVP click here.

Barbara Weiskittel received a NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Award

Board President Barbara Weiskittel and Executive Director Vonda Givens

PARSIPPANY — Barbara Weiskittel, Board President, The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms has received a NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Award for Public Service.

The Museum’s Executive Director, Vonda Givens, presented the award at a recent Board meeting. This award recognizes volunteers who provide outstanding acts of public service and achieve measurable community impact. The award winners demonstrate unique vision, dedication and provide inspiration to others.

Barbara Weiskittel has been a volunteer at The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms for 11 years. She began as a docent, then joined the Board of Trustees and is the current President of the Board. She was nominated by the Museum in recognition of her dedication to the Museum and its mission, her steadfast leadership and her commitment to the success of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. Under her leadership, the Museum undertook a successful capital campaign for the new Education Center, now under construction. The rehabilitation project, which utilizes an original garage on the Craftsman Farms property, will be completed at the end of 2019.

A Randolph resident, Barbara is a senior executive at Merck Pharmaceuticals. In addition to being a regular volunteer at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, she enjoys travel and photography in her free time.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is located at 2352 Route 10 West, Parsippany

Registration open for Tackle Football, Cheer and Flag Football

File photo

PARSIPPANY — Registration for Tackle Football, Cheer and Flag Football at the Parsippany PAL is now open.  The PAL Redhawks Football and Cheer Program is open to children who will be in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade in the 2019-2020 school year.

Interested students have two choices in how to register:

1.    In person at the PAL Building PAL in person Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

2.    Click here to register online.  (Convenience Fee Applies)

Pennacchio Calls for Action on Bill Prohibiting Golden Parachute Payouts to Departing University Faculty

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called to end golden parachute payouts following news that Rutgers is granting a $480,000 payout to the hastily departing New Brunswick campus Chancellor for a one-year sabbatical.

MORRIS COUNTY — Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) called for legislative action on his bill to end golden parachute payouts following news that Rutgers University is granting a $480,000 payout to the hastily departing New Brunswick campus Chancellor for a one-year sabbatical.

“The state’s largest public research university is forking over nearly half-a-million dollars to pay for an early departing administrator’s one-year vacation,” Pennacchio said. “This handout is a gross misuse by Rutgers of the tuition they receive from students and the tax dollars they receive from the State. Every dollar Rutgers wastes on these payouts is a dollar not spent on teaching and research. With tuition and student debt on the rise, I am calling for the State Legislature to take action to end this fiscally-irresponsible practice.”

Pennacchio’s legislation, S-2976, would prohibit New Jersey’s public colleges and universities from making certain payouts to departing employees that are not contractually obligated. It would also require the Secretary of Higher Education to approve certain higher education employment contracts.

Debasish “Deba” Dutta, the former Chancellor of Rutgers New Brunswick, unexpectedly left his position after only one year on the job. He was given $480,000 for a one-year sabbatical.

His contract specified that he did not qualify for a funded sabbatical until reaching five years of employment at Rutgers.

“The former chancellor’s actions are the ultimate example of, ‘take the money and run,’” Pennacchio added. “University administrators who already make well over six figures should not take State funded handouts with no accountability. That money could go to fund scholarship programs for student in need, or help to upgrade outdated facilities. We can and must do better.”

Registration for the Fall Semester Now Taking Place at CCM

MORRIS COUNTY —  It’s not too late for students to enroll for the Fall Semester at County College of Morris (CCM). By registering now, students have the opportunity to select courses that best fit their schedule.

The earliest fall courses begin Wednesday, September 4. In total, CCM offers seven terms during its Fall Semester. They are:

  • 15 Week: September 4 – December 18
  • Early 2 Week: September 4 – September 17
  • Early 7 Week: September 4 – October 22
  • Mid 2 Week: September 18 – October 1
  • 13 Week: September 18 – December 18
  • Late 2 Week: October 2 – October 15
  • Late 7 Week: October 30 – December 18

With more than 45 Associate degree programs, 150-plus transfer agreements and a wide range of certificate programs, CCM offers numerous opportunities to obtain a high-quality education designed to meet career goals. To see what classes are being offered click here.

Prior to registering for courses, students need to apply to the college. Applications can be submitted online by clicking here.

The Admissions office also can be reached or (973) 328-5100. Walk-ins are welcomed. The Admissions office is located in the Student Community Center, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ 07869.

Click here and discover how you can “Start Right … Finish Strong.”

Board of Education Progress Report on District Goals

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education Superintendent Dr. Barbara Sargent discusses the final progress report on district goals 2018-2019.

Swat Team makes arrest after 9-hour standoff

629 Smith Road

PARSIPPANY — On Tuesday, July 2, at approximately 4:03 p.m., Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to a residence on 629 Smith Road for a welfare check on Mr. Jesus Quintela, 40, which was requested by a family member.

Prior to arriving on the scene, the officers spoke to the caller who was concerned about Mr. Quintela’s well-being. Officers were also made aware that he may be in possession of a firearm and he has two active warrants for his arrest.

Upon arrival, officers attempted to make contact with Jesus who they observed was inside the residence. After multiple attempts to get the individual to come to the door, along with his defiant behavior, the officers pulled back from the residence for their safety and established a perimeter.

At approximately 8:30 p.m, members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team (SERT) arrived on the scene and attempted to make contact with Mr. Quintela.

Ultimately, SERT members were able to make entry into the home at approximately 1:10 a.m. and take Quintela into custody.

Quintela was then lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility due to his active warrants. No weapons were recovered from the scene and no injuries were reported.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Agenda Meeting – July 2, 2019

Heavy Police Presence on Smith Road

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officers are currently on scene attempting to make contact with an occupant of a house on Smith Road near East Halsey Road.

The incident is ongoing and all roads in the area are blocked off.

At this time no further information will be released.  When additional information is available Parsippany Focus will update this article.

Aarin Feliz Earns bachelor’s of science from Springfield College

Aarin Feliz

PARSIPPANY — Aarin Feliz of Lake Hiawatha has earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Movement & Sport Studies from Springfield College for studies completed in 2019. Aaron is a graduate of Parsippany High School, Class of 2015.

At the undergraduate commencement on May 19, 695 bachelor’s degrees were awarded. Including the degrees awarded at the graduate ceremony on May 18, a total of 1,265 degrees were awarded over the two days.

At the graduate commencement, 522 master’s degrees, one certificate of advanced graduate study, five Doctor of Philosophy degrees, 36 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees, and six Doctor of Psychology degrees were awarded.

Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Nearly 5,000 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country.

Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council Meeting

Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani, Councilman Michael dePierro, Councilwoman Emily Peterson, Council President Paul Carifi, Jr., Council Vice President Janice McCarthy

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany-Troy Hills Council will hold an agenda meeting at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 2.


The public is invited to attend all meetings. A portion of each meeting will be set aside for public comment. Formal action may or may not be taken at all scheduled meetings. Ending time is approximate.

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

Rabid Raccoon found in Lake Hiawatha

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PARSIPPANY — The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Health Department was notified that a raccoon found on Minnehaha Boulevard in the Lake Hiawatha section has tested positive for the Rabies virus.

Rabies is a fatal disease of warm-blooded mammals caused by a virus, most frequently spread through a bite or scratch from an infected animal. An infected animal has the rabies virus in its saliva and infects other animals or people through bites and contact with saliva. Once infected animals become ill, they may bite or attack other animals or people.

Common carriers of the virus are raccoons, skunks, foxes, woodchucks, bats, and feral (stray) cats. Everyone is advised to stay away from wild animals and animals that you do not know.  Please do not feed stray animals. Do not make pets of wild animals.  Be certain that your dog is properly licensed, vaccinated and up to date on their rabies vaccination. If you know of any stray cats, or dogs or any other animal in the area acting strangely, please contact the Parsippany Animal Control at (973) 263-7083.

Please keep garbage in a container with a tight fitting lid to prevent attracting animals. Clean up spilled bird seed. Do not leave pet food out for extended time periods.

If you are exposed (either bitten or scratched) by any suspected animal; please act promptly. Immediately wash the bite wound with soap and water and call your physician and the Health Department.  If your pet is bitten or in a fight with a wild animal, please contact the Parsippany Health Department at (973)-263-7160 and your Veterinarian.

Raccoons—along with foxes (red and gray), skunks, and bats—are considered a primary carrier of the rabies virus in the United States. While any warm-blooded animal can carry rabies, these are the ones we call “rabies vector species.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only one human has ever died from the raccoon strain of rabies.

A rabid raccoon is usually dead within 1-3 days of becoming infectious, and even if you’re bitten by a rabid raccoon, effective post-exposure treatment is available.

Tanvi Tandan on Dean’s List at Kean University

Tanvi Tandan

PARSIPPANY — Tanvi Tandan has been named to the dean’s list for the 2019 spring Semester at Kean University.

She graduated from Mt Tabor, Brooklawn Middle School and a graduate of Parsippany Hills High School Class of 2017. Tanvi is working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration.

Kean University is the most affordable comprehensive university in New Jersey, Kean offers strong financial aid options and works with students and their families to provide the most financial assistance possible. Thousands of students live in our seven residence halls while others prefer to commute. Whatever your choice, our campus provides a comfortable learning environment for all.

For more information click here.