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CCM Design and Visual Arts Students Portfolio Exhibition

City,” acrylic, by Gavin Ludwig of Wharton

MORRIS COUNTY — Looking for an opportunity to view creative works from the next generation of designers and artists? Visit the Art Gallery at County College of Morris (CCM) and you’ll be able to explore multiple works by students at the Fall 2022 Design and Visual Arts Portfolio Class Exhibition.

The exhibition opens December 1 and runs through December 15 in the Art Gallery located in the Sherman H. Master Learning Resource Center (LRC), on CCM’s campus, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. The exhibition is a joint showing of pieces created by students in both the Visual Arts and Design programs at CCM. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Two receptions, free and open to the public, will take place. The first will be held on Thursday, December 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., as a casual get-together in the Art Gallery to view student artworks. The second, a Presentation Reception will be held Thursday, December 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., which will showcase works in the form of PowerPoints, books, business cards, resumes, and other formats. That one will be held in the LRC Reading Room.

At CCM, Portfolio classes represent the summation of a student’s work from two years of creative studies at the college.

“Portfolio classes at CCM help students to critique, improve and select their best work; create effective presentations; write documents for marketing their creative work; and develop portfolios to gain entrance to four-year colleges and universities should they wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree,” notes Todd L. W. Doney, CCM professor of Visual Arts.

“I am consistently amazed and inspired by the work of our students,” adds Kelly Whalen, chair of the Art & Design department. “It’s such an honor to watch them as they grow and develop their skills and talent.”

For information on CCM’s Art & Design programs click here.

Morris County Salutes Veterans; Seven ‘Distinguished Service Medals’ Presented

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Board of County Commissioners presented Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals and Certificates of Honor to seven veterans on Wednesday, November 9, during their annual Veterans Day Observance ceremony, where state and federal authorities also issued honors to the former service members.

Senator Anthony Bucco and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, both R-Morris, presented “Citations of Commendations and Praise” to each of the medal winners, who were accompanied by family and friends. Willy Tolba, the Veterans and Military Affairs Liaison for U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, joined the ceremony with other members of the Congresswoman’s office to present honors to the veterans.

“Morris County has always celebrated and cherished the sacrifices of our veterans – the men and women who left the safety and comfort of their homes to serve in our military for the benefit of all Americans. These medals we present tonight are unique to Morris County, and they were established by past members of this board more than 20 years ago so that Morris County could continue to honor and recognize our friends, neighbors, and relatives who dedicated their lives to serve this nation. This Board of Commissioners is honored to carry on that tradition tonight and say thank you to each of you,” said Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen.

The event was held at the start of a regular public meeting of the Commissioners on the fifth of the Morris County Administration and Records Building in Morristown.

Director Selen noted November 10 marked the 247th birthday of the United States Marine Corps and said November 13 marks the 40th Anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Morris County joined the County College of Morris this past summer in helping VFW Post 7333 in Randolph host the Moving Wall. It is a half-sized version of the memorial in Washington that tours the nation, allowing people who cannot get to the nation’s capital to pay tribute to those lost in that war.

The Honored veterans included:

• Richard David Allen, Jr., 39, Washington Township.

He served with the Marine Corps as an intelligence specialist during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2001 to September 2006.

• Arthur Lloyd Charlton, 95 of Boonton

Charlton is a long-time Boontonite and local historian. He served in the U.S. Army October 25, 1945, to July 4, 1947, in the aftermath of World War II, stationed in a hospital in Korea. Processed separation papers for soldiers returning home from war.

He is known to everyone as Lloyd and is listed among others on the Morris County Office of Planning & Preservation’s “The Greatest Generation – Morris County in WWII” website archive outlining the history of more than 3,000 Morris County residents who participated in WWII.

He served as a Tec 4 in the U.S. Army, processing the paperwork of thousands of returning soldiers. Mr. Charlton was shipped to Korea in 1946 and served as the mailman.

He graduated from Boonton High School and, post-military, he obtained a degree in Physics from Tufts University. Mr. Charlton worked as an engineer in atomic energy, serving as a test engineer at Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township and additionally with the U.S. Census Bureau.

He also is an author who became known as Boonton’s local historian. He and his wife, Terry, published four books: “Artistry of Bob Bogue,” “Stories of a Small Town Boonton USA,” “More Stories of a Small Town Boonton USA” and “Boonton USA WWII Stories.” They have three children and many grandchildren.

Charlton has been a Historical Society Trustee, leading the Main Street Historical Walk in Boonton each summer, and has acted as curator for the Boonton Museum’s “Boy Scouts Exhibit” and “Artistry of Bob Bogue Exhibit.” He shares his interest in Boonton’s history with younger generations by giving talks to grammar school children visiting the museum.

Charlton is listed in the Boonton High School Wall of Fame. He served for more than 50 years with the Boy Scouts, working his way from Silver Beaver to Scout Master. He also served as a Fellow and President of the Rotary Club, working in the group’s Easter Seals program with special needs children through the Boonton Library Garden, which he helped to create and maintain for 10 years.

Charlton is a recipient of the Citizen of the Year award in Boonton and the Citizen of the Year Award from the YMCA of Morris County.

His books were added to a time capsule buried at Boonton’s Mayor’s Park on Sept. 23, 2017, during Boonton’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. Then-U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen placed the books into the capsule, which will be opened in 2117.

He also volunteered with Morris County’s Meals-on-Wheels program, and he is a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon and Elder, and participated in the singing group the “Presbyaires” from 1994 to 2006. An official photographer for the Garden Club, Mr. Charlton takes a special interest in the Ann Charlton Memorial Garden, where he works several times a year with special needs children

His local volunteer services have also included the Little League and nine years on the Boonton School Board.

• Carl “Mike” Cabanas, 41, Morristown

A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served in the Army and the New Jersey Army National Guard between October 1, 2000, to July 21, 2013.

• Tarek Al-Aydi, 56, Morristown

A veteran of the Marine Corps who served during the War on Terror in Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 28, 1993, to March 12, 1998.

• Stephen Dickson Reynolds, 76, of Flanders

A Vietnam Era veteran of the Army who served a tour of duty from October 13 to 1968 to August 1970.

• Lawrence Leonard Walsh, 60, of Mendham

An Army veteran who served from May 1984 to August 1991, including during the invasion of Panama known as Operation Just Cause.

• Timothy Nathaniel McCloe, 62, of Morristown

A Marine Corps Veteran of the Cold War era who served in 1979.

Veterans who privately received medals include:

• Bryan Lamar Jones, 41, of Long Valley

A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mr. Jones served in the U.S. Army from July 7, 1999, to February 23, 2013

• Richard Neal Jones, 72, of Morristown

A veteran of Vietnam, Mr. Jones served in the Navy from February 1969 to December 1972.

• Bryan Saavedra, 33, Morris Plains

A veteran of the War on Terror, Mr. Saavedra served in the Army from August 20, 2007, to October 19, 2011.

• George C. Marmo of Montville (honors issued posthumously)

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Marmo served in the Army as a tank cannoneer under General George S. Patton from December 21, 1942, to November 9, 1945.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Marmo served in the Army under General George S. Patton from December 21, 1942, to November 9, 1945,

Mr. Marmo was a cannoneer and, briefly, a tank commander in an M-36 tank destroyer in Europe where he loaded, charged, fired, and reloaded 90 mm guns on the artillery vehicle. He supervised four soldiers in the tank.

He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, World War II Victory Medal, the Purple Heart, the American Theatre Ribbon, and the Euro-African-Mid-East Ribbon with three Bronze Stars.

After his service, he married and had three daughters, and worked in the insurance business. He passed in 1989 at the age of 67. His family has accepted his medal and certificate of honor.

Morris County Prosecutor Gives Keynote Address at 200 Club Annual Meeting

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll was the guest keynote speaker for this year’s 200 Club of Morris County annual meeting

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll was the guest keynote speaker for this year’s 200 Club of Morris County annual meeting, taking the opportunity to discuss the role the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office plays in the criminal justice system and how operations have evolved post- COVID-19. The event was held at Birchwood Manor on Monday, November 14.

Prosecutor Carroll explained the MCPO’s scope of services includes conducting investigations, prosecuting criminal cases, and supporting police departments and state police in their operational functions. The office handles such cases as animal cruelty to major crimes/homicides, domestic violence, illegal drugs, vehicle thefts, sex crimes and child endangerments, financial crimes, and internal affairs for the county and local law enforcement. As of last week, the MCPO has been re-accredited by the New Jersey Association of Police Chiefs.

Even during the challenges and disruptions caused by COVID-19, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office handled 1,581 criminal cases in 2021. Among those, 558 were resolved by guilty pleas. A number of cases remain open. The office also reviewed thousands of cases sent up from the municipal police departments.

The Prosecutor highlighted current challenges facing law enforcement in Morris County – a rise in fatal opiate overdoses and fentanyl usage, vehicle thefts and burglaries, and gun-related offenses.

The Joint Narcotics Task Force works collaboratively to break up distribution operations and prosecute offenders. The MCPO strives to also address the underlying addiction issue. In Morris County, law enforcement and first responders are equipped with Narcan to reverse overdoses, conducting 1,079 Narcan deployments between 2014 and 2021, which resulted in 989 life-saving reversals.

The MCPO, together with the Court, participates in the Community Connections program run by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, which provides a whole menu of services to subjects identified as appropriate for treatment. The MCPO has also instituted specialized Crisis Intervention Training to help police and first responders identify subjects in need and manage a crisis successfully.

Auto thieves have been targeting key fobs left inside unsecured vehicles to enter homes, and have utilized stolen cars in other violent crimes. Morris County’s dedicated Auto Theft Task Force uses intelligence-based techniques to investigate vehicle thefts, which recently have exhibited a conspiratorial and organized theft pattern. The MCPO is working with the Attorney General’s Office, NJSP, and state and federal legislators on theft-specific legislation, and has applied for a $10 million grant to purchase additional automated license plate readers.

“Our partner local, county, and state law enforcement serve as force multipliers to thwart these criminals. But to effectively combat this major problem we still need the public’s cooperation… be sure to remove your fobs!,” Prosecutor Carroll said.

Prosecutor Carroll said, “Another priority of the MCPO is to restore and enhance community faith in law enforcement, and working with our diverse communities to create workable lines of communication to dialogue about issues that have gone under-addressed. In pursuit of that goal, we have periodic meetings with our community and faith leaders, as well as providing free legal seminars on key areas affecting the community, such as use of force, juvenile justice, marijuana decriminalization, and presentations to schools on bias and bullying.”

Prosecutor Carroll said, “I am fortunate to lead an organization with such a talented and dedicated group of professionals. Dedicated to public service, our prosecutors and investigators are a good mix of experienced professionals and veteran command staff, alongside hard-working, well-trained younger personnel. Our partner agencies – local police, firefighters, and first responders – are well-trained, educated, and sensitive to each community’s needs. I sincerely thank President Dr. Rob D’Emidio and the 200 Club for the opportunity to address the club, and thank them for their steadfast support for first responders and law enforcement since 1971.”

Prosecutor Carroll also recalled notable moments from the private and public sectors of his legal career.

Justin Musella Named “Local Elected Official of the Year”

Zach McCormack, Milwaukee Tool, William McGrath, President/CEO of South Jersey Elevator, Musella, President of ABC Michigan Jimmy Greene and Samantha DeAlmeida, President Associated Builders and Contractors, New Jersey Chapter

PARSIPPANY — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) held an awards dinner to celebrate the “2022 Excellence in Construction” at the Westin Hotel in Princeton.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella was honored with the “Local Elected Official of the Year,” on Thursday, November 17.

The ABC also honored Senator Schepisi and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter for their legislative efforts as legislators of the year.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella addressing the audience at the “2022 Excellence in Construction” Awards Dinner held on Thursday, November 17.

Musella is a new Councilman in Parsippany-Troy Hills. The focus of his campaign was to keep Parsippany the safe, prosperous, and community-oriented township his constituents know and love. Musella has been active in politics since an early age, having worked as a volunteer on Governor Christie’s campaign in 2009, then eventually becoming Chair of the Morris County Young Republicans in 2020.

Even before taking the oath of office, Musella was ranked 11th on Insider NJ’s 2021 list of “most influential millennials” in New Jersey politics. Musella was honored by the NJ Globe for being selected as having one of the best-run campaigns of 2021. Recently, he was ranked by Insider NJ as the 13th most influential millennial in politics of 2022.

Unafraid to take a controversial position, Musella separated himself from his GOP colleagues in Parsippany by voting against the tax increase in August and the project labor agreement in October. Musella strongly believes in helping a new generation of Republican leaders find their voice in the state of New Jersey and is eager to be a leader in this effort.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella was named  “Local Elected Official of the Year.”

Mayo Performing Arts Center Honors Music Students of the Month

n the front row from left are eighth graders Jacob Spiegel of Mountain View Middle School in Mendham Township, Katherine Trabachino of Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morris Township and Bridget Harty of Pearl R. Miller Middle School in Kinnelon. In the back row from left are senior Chris Balo of Kinnelon High School in Kinnelon, senior Maeve Celli of Parsippany High School in Parsippany and seventh grader Kensley Lovius of Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany. Not in attendance are senior Nicholas Andrade of Roxbury High School in Roxbury, seventh grader Griffin Branch of Mendham Township Middle School in Mendham Township, seventh grader Jordan Hicinbothem of John Hill School in Boonton, senior Rebecca Hirschfeld of Mountain Lakes High school in Mountain Lakes, senior Andrew Lin of Whippany Park High School in Hanover Township and eighth grader Anthony Murray of Mount Olive Middle School in Mount Olive

MORRIS COUNTY — The Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) named several students from around Morris County as its November music students of the month and “Outstanding Brass Instrumentalists” prior to the Thursday, November 10 performance by Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Students were nominated by their teachers and were chosen by the theater’s Education Department based on their commitment to excellence in the performing arts. The students were honored prior to the performance on stage and had an opportunity to meet with members of the band prior to the performance.

The 2022-2023 Music Student of the Month program is supported by The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc.

The students of the month are:

• Senior Andrew Lin of Whippany Park High School in Hanover Township

• Seventh grader Jordan Hicinbothem of John Hill School in Boonton

• Senior Rebecca Hirschfeld of Mountain Lakes High school in Mountain Lakes

• Senior Maeve Celli of Parsippany High School in Parsippany

• Seventh grader Kensley Lovius of Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany

• Eighth grader Katherine Trabachino of Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morris Township

• Senior Nicholas Andrade of Roxbury High School in Roxbury

• Seventh grader Griffin Branch of Mendham Township Middle School in Mendham Township

• Eighth grader Anthony Murray of Mount Olive Middle School in Mount Olive

• Eighth grader Jacob Spiegel of Mountain View Middle School in Mendham Township

• Chris Balo of Kinnelon High School in Kinnelon

• Bridget Harty of Pearl R. Miller Middle School in Kinnelon.

Trabachino was nominated by Frelinghuysen Middle School teacher Timothy Beadle, who said she is an outstanding trumpeter who will also play the baritone when needed.

“In addition to playing in band classes, Kate is an important member of the Falcon Big Band and Wind Symphony, both of which meet after school on different days,” Beadle said. “In every group, Kate is the first to know her music and also the first to help the other students. She’s not just a trumpet player; she’s a leader.”

Lin is a trombone player and a member of Whippany Park High School’s (WPHS) band program. He serves as the brass captain for WPHS’ marching band, has successfully auditioned for honors groups, and has been a featured soloist in WHPS’ school ensembles consisting of marching band, jazz band, and concert band.

“Andrew has demonstrated a work ethic that I use as an example to motivate his peers and younger members of our band program,” said WPHS teacher Peter Sciaino who nominated Lin.

“While he displayed a rather high musical aptitude as a young student, he was also regularly working on fundamental skills needed to play at a high level. Now he is an inspiring performer who continues to improve with every rehearsal. In addition to his participation in our instrumental program, Andrew was a standout in my AP Music Theory class. While Andrew is gifted with perfect pitch, his natural abilities did not define his aptitude in the course as much as his work ethic did.

Andrade has been the principal trombone of Roxbury High School’s (RHS) top instrumental ensemble, the RHS Honors Wind Symphony, since his sophomore year and is also a student leader in the marching band, according to RHS teacher Jeffrey Conrad who nominated him.

Andrade has also been active in the Region I and New Jersey All-State Band and Orchestra programs and is a principal trombone of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Conrad said.

“Nicholas is not only a great young musician, but he is more importantly a wonderful young man: Kind, caring, and supportive,” Conrad said. “He is valued and respected by teachers and peers alike. He leads by example and is always open to constructive criticism. Simply put, Nicholas is a valued member of our program and his presence elevates all those around him.”

Griffin Branch was nominated by teachers Russell Branch and Michael MaHadeen who said Griffin Branch is a true low brass musician playing tuba, euphonium and brass trombone interchangeably and at an advanced level for his age.

Griffin Branch plays tuba in the concert band, bass trombone in the jazz band, and euphonium as a secondary instrument. He attended Blue Lake Fine Arts these past two summers on a merit scholarship. He was accepted into Elementary Honors Band last year as a sixth grader and will be auditioning on both tuba and euphonium for Area Band and Junior High Regions this year as a seventh grader.

He comes from a musical family where he recently performed at his aunt Jaimie Branch’s memorial at the Pioneer Works venue in Red Hook Brooklyn alongside professional jazz musicians Lester St. Louis, Jason Ajemian and Jason Nazarry this past September.

He has performed the solo “Maid of the Mist” by Herbert Clark on tuba in recital during the spring of his sixth-grade year as well at a low brass masterclass for the tuba professor Stephanie Ycaza of the University of Northern Iowa this past summer at Blue Lake. In addition to low brass, Griffin has been studying piano since age four.

Hicinbothem was nominated by his teacher Yvonne Manca who said she has been an instrumental part of the music program at John Hill School. She has been playing the trumpet since fourth grade and has been playing the first trumpet part for the past two years because she has tremendous range and agility, Manca said.

Hicinbothem performs as first chair and the lead trumpet player for her school.

“She never misses a practice and always enters the room with a smile on her face and eager to learn the music,” Manca said. “It is for these reasons that I nominate Jordan for Outstanding Brass Player.

Hirschfeld was nominated by Mountain Lakes High School (MLHS) teacher Meredith Boyan who said she has dedicated so much of her time to improving her individual musicianship through private study and practice.

Hirschfeld performs with the Juilliard Pre-College program and brings her expertise back to school to share with our ensemble, Boyan said.

“She provides our Wind Ensemble with an excellent bass foundation, and she makes the hard passages look easy,” Boyan said. “She is a dependable and important member of the band, both personally and musically, and we at MLHS are lucky to have her participating in our ensembles.”

Murray was nominated by Mount Olive Middle School (MOMS) teacher Melany McQueeny who said he plays trombone in the eighth-grade band and both of MOMS’ after-school groups, the Junior Winds, and Jazz Band.

Murray has also participated in the North Jersey Area Band, McQueeny said.

“He is an incredibly dedicated music student and is always prepared,” McQueeny said.

“Anthony is also always helping members of his section as well. He is a leader within his section, the band, and the entire school community. Anthony is a stellar student. He is always looking at ways to improve himself as a musician and asks some really great questions. You can honestly see the wheels turning in his brain any time a recommendation is given to him. Anthony has truly embodied what it means to be an outstanding brass player, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor.”

Spiegel was nominated by Mountain View Middle School teacher Bradley McMurray who said he is an outstanding musician and student who has been taking private lessons for four years.

Spiegel made the North Jersey Region Symphonic Band as a seventh grader last year, McMurray said.

“Jacob is constantly showing me the repertoire he is working on in his lessons and is always interested in performing a solo for the class or at a concert,” McMurray said. “Jacob also plays the National Anthem at all the pep rallies and is very excited to start marching band in high school.”

Sgt. Matt LaManna Retires from Parsippany Police Department

Sgt. Matt LaManna

PARSIPPANY — Sgt. Matt LaManna retired from the Parsippany Police Department.

Sgt. LaManna previously served with the Township of South Orange Village Police Department prior to transferring to the Parsippany Police Department in 2007.

He served as the Communications Section Commander and was previously assigned to the Patrol Division. During his career, he also served as a Field Training Officer, Fatal Crash Investigator, and Communications Training Officer. Sgt. LaManna has received numerous awards over his career including 5 Life Saving Awards, 10 Department Commendations, 4 Exceptional Duty Awards, and 11 Unit Citations.

Parsippany Hills Wrestling Parents Association Holds Pasta Fundraiser

Kerry Krauss, Cherie Costello (Co-Presidents of PHWPA), and Joe Jannarone

PARSIPPANY — It was late morning on the 10th of November when the Sons of Italy-Lodge 2561’s crack cooking squad gathered on Halsey Road, at the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Company (District 3), to begin preparations for that evening’s Pasta Dinner Fundraiser in support of Parsippany Hills Wrestling Parents Association. The Sons of Italy may not be professional chefs, but they can surely deliver an outstanding Italian feast when the need arises. Local Lodge volunteers provide several of these charitable pasta-style dinners throughout the year, which is just another part of Lodge 2561’s various community service endeavors.

Joe Jannarone, Jr.

First to arrive at the Fire Company, with pots and pans in tow, was Lodge 1st V.P. and Sauce Chef for the day, Joe Jannarone Jr., who wasted no time starting up the sauce (or gravy if you prefer), and of course, getting those meatballs in the oven. Cooked long and slow, with added savory meats enhancing the flavor, even more, Joe’s sauce is as tasty as it gets. At the same time, the outside kitchen crew was busy setting up the humongous water pot in preparation for the 30 or 40 pounds of Penne Rigate they brought along just in case.  No one ever leaves the Lodge’s events hungry!

The Parsippany Hills Wrestling Association (PHWPA), a nonprofit organization, was established to support the Parsippany Hill Wrestling Team (District 7 – Region 2) members and coaches. The PHWPA holds various fundraisers throughout the year including Senior Night, an Annual Banquet, Training Programs, Team Building Activities, and Giveaways. Proceeds from the November 10th  fundraiser will go to those activities, as well as for the purchase of equipment, awards, and summer camp.

Sons of Italy Cooking Crew: Harry Mangiri, Bob Asaro, Lou Amato (kneeling), Pat Minutillo, Jim Torsiello, Councilman Frank Neglia, Mayor James Barberio (both members), Mike Zambito, Scott Walstead, Lodge President Bob Adamo, and Joe Jannarone Jr.

The Parsippany Hills Wrestling Team currently has a roster of 30 wrestlers and includes participants from grades 9 through 12. Their season commences on November 22, where they will compete against Bayonne, and with the hope that they qualify for the State Tournament, which is the goal, their final match will be in March. The Team is coached by Chris Wells, Anthony Pizzuta, Dave Albano, and Volunteer Coach Justin Altschul.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani and her husband Adam

It is thanks to community-minded, self-sacrificing citizens like Kerry Krauss and Cherie Costello, who serve as Co-Presidents of the PHWPA, and who put their heart and soul into supporting and working on behalf of our outstanding Parsippany Hills Wrestlers that make Parsippany such a family orientated, caring, supportive community. It endeavors like this fundraiser helps provide our local youth with the support and resources that lead to success not only in wrestling but in life.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council President Michael dePierro

Five O’clock arrived, and the room filled with a nice crowd, who were able to enjoy a luscious meal while supporting a great cause. Salads, bread, dessert, and more are accompanied by an abundant amount of pasta, sausage, pork, and meatballs. The room had a lively vibe and was filled with family, friends, and team members. It was also nice to see many of our local officials in attendance, including Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills Council President Mike dePierro, Vice President Loretta Gragnani, and Council members Paul Carifi, and Frank Neglia.

Co-President Kerry Krauss stated, “We are very grateful to the Sons of Italy and appreciate their support.” “Thank you so, so much for the amazing pasta and sauce/gravy and meatballs as well as all of your support of the Parsippany Hills Wrestling team.”

Outside Kitchen Crew: L-R: Mike Zambito, Joe Mola, Pat Minutillo, Mike Fazzio, and Tony Rizzolo.

Donations are always welcomed. If you would like to support the PHWPA, donations can be made through Venmo at @PHHSWrestling23 or by mail at: Cherie Costello, 176 Flemington Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

Best of luck and success Parsippany Hills Wrestling Team. Have a great season!

Parsippany Hills Wrestlers serving the crowd

Morristown Man Found Guilty of Kidnapping, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, and Drug Offenses

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood, Chief of Detectives Christoph K. Kimker, and Morristown Police Chief Darnell Richardson announce that a jury has found Tyrone Ellison, 35, Morristown, guilty of one count each of first-degree Kidnapping; second-degree Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS; third-degree Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact; and third-degree Possession of a CDS.

The jury found Ellison not guilty of third-degree Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, but guilty of Simple Assault, a disorderly person’s offense.

On February 13, 2021, Ellison approached the victim in Newark and offered him a place to stay for the night, driving him back to Ellison’s Morristown residence. The victim fell asleep and awoke to Ellison contacting his intimate parts. Ellison displayed a handgun, would not allow the victim to access his cell phone, and confined the victim to the residence for most of the day.

When the victim attempted to end another act of unwanted touching, Ellison struck the victim, causing injury.

The victim was secretly able to send a message to his mother and was later able to run out of the residence to a waiting car.

The incident was reported to law enforcement. During the investigation, several packages of Methamphetamine that were packaged for distribution along with text conversations on Ellison’s phone relating to drug distribution were found in Ellison’s residence.

The charges against Ellison were tried before a jury between November 3, 2022, and November 14, 2022.

The Honorable Ralph E. Amirata, JSC presided over the trial. The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Justin R. Tellone and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Laura Magnone. The jury returned its verdict on November 14, 2022.

Ellison is scheduled to be sentenced on February 17, 2023. He remains in custody at this time.

Prosecutor Carroll would like to acknowledge the Morristown Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office General Investigation Unit for their efforts in this investigation and prosecution.

Table of Hope Still Needs Thanksgiving Donations

MORRIS COUNTY — Table of Hope has supported the Parsippany community through regular food distributions right in town – the group currently needs donations to support its Thanksgiving food drive-through. Donations can be brought to Bethel Church in Morristown (Park on Bishop Nazery Way), 59 Spring Street from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Turkeys are still needed and the group hopes to purchase 75-100 more to meet community demand. Donations towards these turkeys can be made via Venmo at @springstreetcdc under business. For drop-off food donations, suggestions include turkeys, stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, canned gravy, cornbread mix, canned pumpkin, condensed milk, mini marshmallows, canned yams, cream of mushroom soup, and fried onions.

Table of Hope is open to anyone in need of a “warm meal and a smile.” It has become a place where “Hope Starts and the Community Gathers to Share.” The Spring Street CDC emerged to impact families throughout Morris County with over 100,000 meals served through the Table of Hope and over 400 kids mentored.

Kiwanis Club Donates Winter Jackets to Covenant House

Jen Williams, Senior Development Director, Covenant House, Past Kiwanis Governor Gordon Meth, Lt. Governor Frank Cahill and Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President Nicolas Limanov

PARSIPPANY — Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany donated winter jackets to Covenant House on Thursday, November 17.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President Nicolas Limanov, joined by NJ Kiwanis District Past Governor Gordon Meth and Lt. Governor Division 9 Kiwanis NJ District Frank Cahill delivered winter jackets to Jen Williams, Senior Development Director, Covenant House.

The NJ Kiwanis District is advocating to raise awareness of youth homeless as an issue throughout New Jersey in the 2022-2023 Kiwanis Service year. The NJ Kiwanis District will contribute $10,000.00 to organizations in NJ that address youth homelessness and related LGBTQ+ issues; We will complete 1000 Hours of community service with Youth Homeless Organizations and organizations addressing LGBTQ+ issues related to youth homelessness in the 2022-2023 Kiwanis Service year.

November is Youth Homelessness Awareness Month, a time to turn the world’s attention toward youth homelessness. Throughout the month communities come together to Sleep Out and amplify a shared message: it’s time to end youth homelessness. Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany will be sponsoring a “Sleep Out” night on Friday, November 25 at Parsippany United Methodist Church. For more information contact Frank Cahill at (862) 213-2200.

Jen Williams, Gordon Meth, Frank Cahill and Nicolas LimanovSince 1972, Covenant House opened its doors to over 1.5 million young people experiencing homelessness and trafficking, one youth at a time. That’s half a century of believing in youth and nurturing their promise, talents, and courage.

Many complex factors increase a young person’s chances of experiencing homelessness. Demographic risk factors for becoming homeless include being Black, Hispanic, or Indigenous; parenting and unmarried; or LGBTQ+. Children raised in poverty and youth lacking a high school diploma or equivalency also have a higher risk of homelessness.

Covenant House meets immediate needs for food, clothing, safety, and medical and mental health care.  For more information on Covenant House, click here.

Zaki Mustafa and Loretta Kruge Mustafa of TransformingALife worked with Kiwanis Club to secure the jackets.

Kiwanis Club has been distributing jackets in the State of New Jersey to homeless individuals, both youth and adults, for the past three years.

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

Par-Troy Police Charge Peeping Tom a Month After Crime

Mr. Carlos Anchaluisa

PARSIPPANY — You would think it was Halloween. Well, it wasn’t yet, but on Wednesday, October 12, Mr. Carlos A. Anchaluisa, 26, Elizabeth, left work from a Nissan dealership on Route 23.  He was on his way home, at approximately 9:22 p.m., when he decided to travel to Parsippany, and furthermore to Lake Parsippany, then onto Halsey Road. Parking his car on Summit Road he walked to two homes on Halsey Road. He was standing within arms reach of an open window and was looking inside while female residents were only partially clothed.

Not an actual photo from the scene. Parsippany Focus is waiting for actual footage from Parsippany Police Department

The female caller/victim stated that the male was “close” to her window at which point she screamed at him and he fled. Officers then located a 2021 Volkswagen Jetta in the area and initiated a motor vehicle stop. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Carlos Anchaluisa officers observed that he was wearing a ghillie suit.

When Parsippany Police questioned why he was wearing a ghillie suit, Mr. Anchaluisa stated he was in the area “pulling pranks.” He continued to state he knocks on doors or rings the front doorbell, then films the homeowner’s reactions while he hides. He stated he normally has friends with him during these pranks, but they were a “no show” this evening.

Mr. Anchaluisa stated the camouflage clothing was from his prior military service in the US Marines and that he did not have any intentions of conducting any criminal activity.

The police report states “It was confirmed that Mr. Anchaluisa did not commit any crimes or attempt to make entry into the home, although the homeowner observed Mr. Anchaluisa standing at the window, which startled them, and immediately called 911.”  When the dog started to bark, it is believed that it scared Mr. Anchaluisa to leave the homeowner’s property.

Mr. Anchaluisa also stated, he attempted to prank the neighbor’s home but did not receive any action or response.

After a brief investigation, he was released at the scene and the incident was turned over to the Investigative Division.

The female resident told police that she wanted to file charges against Mr. Anchaluisa. They were advised to follow up with Municipal Court so that they can sign complaints against the accused individual.

No charges were filed by Parsippany Police at that time.

Upon learning of the incident, Parsippany Focus, filed an OPRA (Open Public Records Act) on November 3 requesting “Any and all police reports, including supplemental reports for an incident at XXX Halsey Road, Parsippany, including on October 12, 2022” and copies of the Police issued body camera(s) to review.  According to OPRA guides, the Parsippany Police was to respond on Tuesday, November 15. We did receive partial information regarding the incident but did not receive the Police issued body camera(s) pending information from the Morris County Prosecutors’ office.

According to police records, Detective Anthony Morelli issued a Complaint/Summons on Monday, November 14 charging Mr. Anchaluisa with (2C:18-3c) committing the offense of peering, specifically by entering a private property wearing a camouflage suit and standing within arm’s reach of an open window and looking inside while female residents were only partially clothed.

On November 14, the suspect was arrested, processed at Parsippany Police Headquarters, and released pending their court date in accordance with the bail reform laws.

Parsippany Focus will update this story as information is released.

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.

Letter to the Editor: Mayor Barberio: Retreat From Your Costly Union Labor Agreement Deal

parsippany focus

parsippany focusDear Editor:

At the last Council meeting, I came and spoke about how I feel that the Biden/Barberio Project Labor Agreement will be bad for the town and why the Council and Mayor should immediately reverse it. I was, unfortunately, a little scared to do this during the actual PLA vote due to the massive number of union supporters who were protesting at both meetings.

When the previous Mayor was in office, he did such a bad job that I dragged my friends to vote for Mayor Barberio. After the PLA was passed I immediately regretted helping him as it seemed like a payback for the UNIONS that funded his campaign.

Please repeal the Project Labor Agreement if you want to keep the faith of Republicans like me who helped get you elected!

Thank You.
Debbie Nemerovich

ENVY Sports Club & Pools is Hosting Thanksgiving Food Drive

Scott Donnelly, Sales Manager, and Marina Moreira, Guest Services

PARSIPPANY — ENVY Sports Club & Pools is hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry until November 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Donate and Win!! Bring in two non-perishable food items and ENVY will reward you! 

New guests will receive a Free Day Pass and Existing Members will receive a Free Guest Pass.

Scott Donnelly, Sales Manager of ENVY Sports Club, explained that “As a Family and Veteran owned business one of our top priorities is to give back to our local community. Our faithful resort members and passionate staff are proud to make a positive impact on people’s lives and bring joy to those around them. Giving back, especially during the holiday season, is a noble cause and we are eager to help those in need any way we can.”

“ENVY Sports Club & Pools understands the importance of our members’ and guests’ experiences. Our team has created a well-rounded multifaceted health and fitness environment for all ages.” ENVY offers a Year-Round Indoor Pool, Seasonal Outdoor Pool, Pool Parties & Events, Heated Sauna, Swim Lessons, Cold & Hot Tubs, Personal Training, Holistic Spa & Masseuse, Weight Machines, Free Weights, Cardio Equipment, Racquetball Court, Group Fitness Classes, and more! 

ENVY Sports Club & Pools is located under the Sheraton Castle at 199 Smith Road, Parsippany. For more information call (973) 560-5410 and visit their Website, Instagram, or Facebook. ENVY’s hours are Sunday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Monday to Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry is located in the Parsippany Community Center at 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034. For more information call (973) 263-7163 or visit their Website. The Food Pantry hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ENVY Sports Club & Pools is a member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jefry’s Pizza Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio cuts the ribbon celebrating Jefry's Pizza Grand Opening. Jefry’s Pizza is located at 355 Parsippany Road.
PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee, and the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Parsippany’s newest pizzeria on Saturday, November 12.
Fredy showing his freshly cooked delicious pizza

Jefry’s Pizza is located at 355 Parsippany Road (formerly Frank & Son Pizzeria, which closed during COIVD and has been vacant since June 2020).

Attending the ribbon cutting was Mayor James Barberio, Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Councilman Justin Musella, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee Chairman Frank Cahill, Members Dr. Bhagirath Maheta, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member Nicolas Limanov and Patrick Minutillo.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Patrick Minutillo, Councilman Justin Musella, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Board member Nicolas Limanov

Large assortment of regular, Grandma, and gourmet pizza’s to choose from, along with a large classic menu of appetizers, salads, soups, paninis, wraps, hot and cold sandwiches, pasta dishes, seafood dinners, chicken dishes, calzones, strombolis, desserts, and more.

Best of luck and success to the new owners, Juan and Fredy, and welcome. Jefry’s can be reached by calling (973) 887-2181 or click here. Yes, they have free delivery.

Jefry’s is open Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 8:00 p.m.

Mayor James Barberio surrounded by Juan and Fredy and their family members
Frank Cahill, Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee presents Fredy and Juan with a plaque thanking them for choosing Parsippany
Fredy and Juan showing Frank Cahill the assortment of food they prepared for the Grand Opening
Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee presented Jefry’s with a plaque

Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Junior Squad Conducts Food Drive

Melinda Ernst, Betsy Lowry, Ann Moorhead and Junior Volunteers Mason Kerrigan (A senior at Parsippany Hills High School) and Aadi Gadekar)A junior at Morris County School of Technology Health Care Sciences

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance (PVAS) Junior Squad held a Food Drive at Parsippany ShopRite on Sunday, November 13.

They collected food to be donated to Interfaith Food Pantry Network.

Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Inc has been providing quality Emergency Medical Services since its founding in 1942. Their mission is to provide free emergency care to the sick and injured. They believe the best way to achieve this goal is to keep members active, trained, and with the best possible equipment.

The junior squad is for individuals that aren’t 18 years of age yet. PVAS maintains a Junior Squad for anyone interested in riding that is at least 16 years of age. They will ride with a crew of at least two Senior member EMTs on a regular shift once a week: (Monday through Friday 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. or  Saturday or Sunday: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. They will assist Senior EMT members on calls and squad-related business. After a firm commitment Junior members may also be eligible to become certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

For volunteering opportunities click here.

Interfaith Food Pantry Network has improved the health and well-being of Morris County residents in need by providing access to food, education, and other resources. In 2021 they distributed 1,616,028 Million pounds of food; 1,469,116 meals provided; 530,300 pounds of produce and 27,812 household visits to the food pantry. For more information on Interfaith Food Pantry click here.

Parsippany Honors its Veterans: Recognizes Service and Sacrifice

Students from All Saints Academy attended the ceremony to support our Veterans

PARSIPPANY — Mayor James Barberio honored our military veterans with a Veteran’s Day Memorial Ceremony held on Friday, November 11 at 11:11 a.m.

Council President Michael dePierro and Mayor James Barberio

Mayor Jamie Barberio and Council President Michael dePierro (a Veteran himself) presided over the ceremony.  Also on hand were Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Councilman Justin Musella, Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, Former Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, and Morris County Commissioner Deputy Director John Krickus. Krickus served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

American Legion Post 249 member Howard Hendrickson with Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella

The Presentation of Colors by the American Legion Post #249 and VFW Post 10184 included members John Flavin, Richard Kunz, Bernie McElwie, Andy Dachile, and Bob Hughs.  Bruce Michels, Dermot Brennan, and Howard Hendrickson represented American Legion Post 249.

Deacon Len Deo of St. Ann’s RC Church

The Invocation was led by Deacon Len Deo of St. Ann’s RC Church. The National Anthem was sung by Michelle Musolino-Roberts.  Council President Michael dePierro led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and also delivered the Introductory Remarks.

The National Anthem was sung by Michelle Musolino-Roberts

Mayor James Barberio addressed the Veterans and the audience with the opening remarks. He stated, “Veteran’s Day is a time to look back, honor, and remember those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. We would not be who or where we are without the many brave and courageous men and women who have fought for us. Their patriotism and dedication to the United States of America are honorable and it is not something I don’t think about every day. We can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to the American service members who died in battle or those who were wounded. We can, however, recognize and thank the millions of veterans still living today and let them know that we appreciate them for their service and honor them for their sacrifices.”

Council President Michael dePierro then decided “The Noble and Brace: A Veteran’s Day Tribute?”

Rabbi Moshe Rudin, Adath Shalom Synagogue, offered a “Prayer of Remembrance”

Rabbi Moshe Rudin, Adath Shalom Synagogue, offered a “Prayer of Remembrance.”

Laying of the Wreaths was performed by Mark Miller, Commander VFW Post #10184, and Bruce Michels, Commander American Legion Post #249.

Taps were performed by Dominick Caponegro, a student at Parsippany High School

Taps were performed by Dominick Caponegro, a student at Parsippany High School.

Mark Miller, Commander VFW Post #10184 shakes hands with Lake Parsippany resident Joseph Bulgarini, a Veteran of WWII while  Bruce Michels, Commander American Legion Post #249 looks on.

The guest speaker was Lake Parsippany resident Joseph Bulgarini, a Veteran of WWII. Joe served his country with honor during WWII in the United States Army, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant T4 and was deployed to India where his unit worked to keep the Japanese forces from gaining control.

Lake Parsippany resident Joseph Bulgarini

Bulgarini celebrated his 100th Birthday on Saturday, October 1. Joe and his wife Louise moved with their two daughters, Carol and Janice, to Lake Parsippany in 1966 where they created many wonderful memories together.  He also served as President of the Lake Parsippany Property Owners Association.

Joe is the beloved father to Carol Elmstrom and Janice Blinder, a devoted grandfather to Sharon, David, and Cheryl, and a loving great-grandfather to Carina and Victoria.

Then Council President recited the poem “Just a Common Soldier.”

“God Bless America” was sung by Parsippany Hills High School student Squeeze Paterno

“God Bless America” was recited by Parsippany Hills High School student Squeeze Paterno.

Rev. Donald A. Bragg, Pastor, of Parsippany Presbyterian Church gave the benediction, and Retirement of the Colors was performed by the VFW and American Legion.

Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, Dee dePierro, Adam Gragnani, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani




Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi Strongly Rebukes False Statements Made By Morris County Democratic Party Chair

Morris County Clerk Ann F. Grossi, Esq.

PARSIPPANY — Morris County Clerk, Ann F. Grossi, strongly refutes the highly partisan, uninformed, and defamatory remarks published by the Morris County Democratic Committee Chair.

The Clerk’s Office now provides you with fact, rather than fiction.

  1. The paper order in question was ordered by the printer for the new ES&S XL voting machines (“XL voting machine) and was not the wrong size. The 17-inch ballot cards were ordered directly from ES&S, the manufacturer of the new XL voting machines.  These ballots can only be ordered from ES&S and they offer several sizes specifically to be used with the XL voting machine.  The 17-inch ballot cards are one of the available options and the size does not affect the efficiency.  To say that the County Clerk purchased the wrong size ballot cards is patently false.
  2. The issue in Mendham Township regarding discrepancies with voters placed in the wrong congressional district was caused by the programming of the electronic poll book. The poll books maintenance and programming are solely the responsibility of the Board of Elections, and/or their designee.  The County Clerk does not have anything to do with the electronic poll books.
  3. There were no fundamental mistakes made by the County Clerk concerning the length of time voters had to wait to cast their vote in Mendham Township. There simply were not enough XL voting machines to handle the number of voters. The number of voting machines at the polling locations is solely the responsibility of the Board of Elections.
  4. The County Clerk had absolutely nothing to do with the purchase of the XL voting machines, including the number of machines purchased. The XL voting machines were purchased by the County and these voting machines were the voting machines that the Board of Elections wanted.
  5. The voting machines, the number of voting machines purchased, poll workers training and deployed to the polling locations, the number of machines and electronic poll books at each location, maintenance, storage, and delivery of the poll books and voting machines are solely under the purview of the Board of Elections, not the County Clerk.

26th Annual Sparkle of Hope Gala Is Back in Person

Joseph Papa

MORRIS COUNTY — Community Hope’s Sparkle of Hope Gala is returning to an in-person event after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic on Tuesday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m.

The gala is one of the largest fundraising events in New Jersey and benefits Community Hope’s programs to assist more than 1,000 veterans and veteran families annually with housing stability and mental wellness. The gala also supports Community Hope’s residential programs serving more than 100 individuals daily in recovery from mental illness. This year’s gala will be held at the Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains, and more than 500 people are expected to attend.

Community Hope is proud to present the Sparkle of Hope Award this year to two well-deserving honorees, Aaron Graff, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and Joseph Papa, Chief Executive Officer at Bausch+Lomb. These dynamic industry leaders are being recognized for their Corporations’ support of Community Hope for over a decade as well as their personal commitment to the organization’s mission and their advocacy for those served by the charity.

Fred Hassan

This year’s event is led by Fred Hassan, Chairman of the Caret Group and Director, Warburg Pincus. The Sparkle of Hope event has raised more than $18 million since 1997 and continues to grow into an event that brings together pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other related industries in support of a common cause.

This will be among Community Hope’s largest galas in the 26 years since Fred Hassan, then-Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacia & Upjohn, founded the charity event to enhance community-based services to coincide with pharmaceutical advances in mental health treatment.

Aaron Graff

The 2022 Honorary Co-Chairs are Robert Bradway, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amgen, Terrie Curran, Chief Executive Officer and President of Phathom Pharmaceuticals, Kenneth Frazier, Executive Chairman of Merck & Co., Adele Gulfo, Chief Commercial, and BD Officer at Sumitovant Biopharma, Thomas Kendris, US Country President at Novartis Corporation, Catherine Owen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, US Commercial at Bristol Myers Squibb, Tarek Rabah, Chief Executive Officer of Otsuka America, Inc., and Brent Ragans, President of Ferring US. Corporate Sponsors of the event include Accenture – Life Sciences, Amgen, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Arnold & Porter, Bayer, BD, Bausch+Lomb, Bausch Health, Bristol Myers Squibb, The Boston Consulting Group, CommVault, Davis Polk Wardell, LLC, Deloitte, Embecta, Ferring, Freshfields Bruckhause & Deringer, Goldman Sachs, IQVIA, J. Knipper & Company, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan, Lowenstein Sandler, Matthijssen, Inc., McKinsey & Co., Merck, Morgan Stanley, Mutual of America, NJM Insurance, Norton Rose Fulbright, Novartis, Ogilvy Health, P360 Optiks Solution, Otsuka, Paul Boudreau & Associates, Pfizer, Inc., Peabody Properties, PhRMA, Phathom Pharmaceuticals, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Prometheus, Inc., Roivant Sciences, RSM US, SAGE Broadview Wealth Management, Sanofi US, Spencer Savings Bank, Sumitovant Biopharma, Tandym Group, The Cheeley Consulting Group, Tris Pharma, Venable, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz, Warburg Pincus, The Westfield Group, USA and Withum.

To purchase tables and tickets or to make a donation to the Sparkle of Hope Gala, visit the events section of Community Hope’s click here or contact Peggy Banko, Development Director at (973) 463-9600, extension 303 or (973) 444-0364.

Community Hope, an NJ non-profit organization, provides housing and support services over 1,000 veterans, veteran families, and people living with mental illness each year. Since 1985, our team of over 150 employees has provided clinical case management, housing (emergency, transitional, and affordable), and homeless prevention services enabling thousands to recover from mental illness, homelessness, substance use, and poverty.

Driver Fell Asleep; Crashed into Utility Phone

Accident on Edwards Road

PARSIPPANY — Florence Church, 32, Parsippany, was traveling east on Edwards Road, on Sunday, November 6 at 9:31 a.m. and fell asleep while driving.

Ms. Church’s vehicle struck the curb located in front of Rockaway Meadow School, 160 Edwards Road, then struck the curb in front of 149 Edwards Road, drove off the road and onto the front lawn of 149 Edwards Road, then the front lawn of 169 Edwards Road, prior to crashing into a utility pole located between 149 and 169 Edwards Road before coming to final rest on the front lawn of 169 Edwards Road.

She was driving a 2019 Black Nissan Pathfinder.  The vehicle became disabled and was towed from the scene by Eagle Towing.

Officer Ed Banks determined the cause of the crash was the driver falling asleep while operating a motor vehicle.

There was no summons issued at the time of the investigation.



Aruna Vaddiraju Promoted at Lakeland Bank

Aruna Vaddiraju

PARSIPPANY — Aruna Vaddiraju was promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Analysis and User Experience at Lakeland Bank.

Vaddiraju joined the Bank in 2021 as Vice President, Business Analysis, and User Experience Lead.

Prior to that, she was the Lead Business Analyst at Prudential Group Insurance in Roseland. Vaddiraju holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration degree from Andhra University. She is an ICAgile Certified Professional and is a resident of Parsippany.

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc., with over $10 billion in total assets. With an extensive branch network and commercial lending centers throughout New Jersey and Highland Mills, NY, the Bank continues to build on its infrastructure of financial strength, profitability, efficiency, and quality service as it moves into the future.

Business services include commercial loans and lines of credit, commercial real estate loans, loans for healthcare services, asset-based lending, equipment financing, small business loans and lines, and treasury management services. Consumer services include checking and savings accounts, digital banking, home equity loans and lines, mortgage options, and wealth management solutions. Lakeland is proud and honored to be recognized as one of America’s Best-In-State Banks by Forbes and Statista, rated a 5-Star Bank by Bauer Financial, and named one of New Jersey’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies by NJBIZ.

For over 50 years, Lakeland Bank has been serving our local community as both a trusted financial service provider and a strongly committed corporate citizen. As a community bank, Lakeland Bank is connected to the neighborhoods they serve through its volunteer efforts and contributions. They invest time, talent, and resources in organizations that help make local communities better places.