The Par-Troy West Little League Senior League Baseball team captured the District 1 title by defeating Madison 11-3 at Smith Field in the championship game.
PTW swept the five game series with excellent pitching and defense, winning games one and two by a score of 4-1 and 2-1 respectively.
The team is managed by Peter Frederiks along with coaches Al Daher and Tim Frederiks. Team Members include Alex Lerman, Kevin Frederiks, Nicholas Neglia, Nazier Burns, Michael Daher, Vinny Castellana, Ryan Ziobro, Chris Da Costa, Sahil Vekaria, Matt Schaaf, Parker Kerrigan and Austin Ehrenfeld.
The boys will now move on to the Sectionals in Dumont on Tuesday, July 16. Congratulations to the team and best of luck to them in the Sectionals.
More than 40 enthusiastic participants (shown above) from all over the area turned out for the first ever “Aquazumbathon” on June 28, given by instructors, Tristia Kayser and Laura Werner. Known as the Zumba “pool party,” it was 90 minutes of an invigorating workout in the water integrating the Zumba formula. Proceeds from the event, raised an additional $200 for Give a Kid the Y Financial Assistance Program. According to Aquatics Director, Gwen McNamara, “It was a thrill to have such an amazing turnout to support a cause that has such a strong local impact.”
On March 18, 2013, counsel for RD Realty submitted a letter to the town attorney threatening to force Parsippany to accept an exclusive residential rental complex of 530+ units with 106 set aside for low income housing if Parsippany failed to rezone Waterview with the proposed mixed use overlay ordinance.
The likelihood that RD Reality could successfully be granted a zoning change to put in a combination of 530+ town homes with at least 106 low income housing units on the Waterview property is very weak. At this time, Parsippany has built some 152 units more than required by law and our round three plans call for the building of an additional 274 low income units. The idea that a developer could force Parsippany to put in another 106 units above and beyond what is required is an outright threat. It is an attempt to scare Council into allowing a super-dense shopping mall development that a sizable group of residents do not want. Is this how democracy works in 2013? An outside developer, who does not own the land, comes in and demands something that violates our Master Plan and destroys a neighborhood – bad enough, but if they don’t get their way they threaten to put in an alternate plan that will do all of the above PLUS further over burden our schools?
Not only do we have a solid plan to deliver on round three obligations, the status of these requirements is very much up in the air. Parsippany has joined the League of Municipalities in opposing round three COAH requirements. In total, 22 different appeals from various groups have been filed challenging COAH’s methodology, the allocation of the projected low income needs, the agency’s failure to consider existing state and Highlands plans and priorities, and the imposition of overwhelming financial burden on taxpayers. This litigation went before the New Jersey Supreme court in 2012 and a decision is not expected until after November 2013. Post decision, COAH will have to re-write the round three rules, take public comment, make more changes, etc… These rules are not going anywhere anytime soon.
So, what’s the likelihood that a court is going to force Parsippany to build round three low income housing units in 2013 or even 2014? Not likely. Local courts will be hesitant to grant zoning changes for COAH until round three rules are clearly established after which time RD Realty, a speculative developer submitting plans on land they do not own, will be long gone.
President Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare
Editors note: For a copy of the letter, visit click here.
This home on Lake Shore Drive is all decorated for the much celebrated holiday, Independence Day.
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
In Parsippany, the celebration starts after sundown with the annual Parsippany-Troy Hills Fireworks Display celebrating the independence of our nation at Parsippany Hills High School, 20 Rita Drive. In addition, “Street Hassle” will perform live starting at 7:30 p.m.
Street Hassle is a 14 piece band with 6 horns and 3 female vocalists and they pride themselves on keeping it real.
Street Hassle is a “Powerful Horn Band” with skilled area musicians that enjoy performing interpretations of Classic Rock, Blues, Motown and Pop. They are energetic and an entertainingly enjoyable band.
In order to insure the safety and welfare of all in attendance, the following safety measures will be in effect:
-Alcoholic beverages, coolers, pets, fireworks and bicycles are strictly prohibited at the event. Those individuals found in possession of prohibited property will be ejected from the event and possibly receive a summons.
-All bags and packages brought to the event may be subject to search by law enforcement.
-All traffic exiting the event by the way of Rita Drive will exit Rita Drive to Littleton Road (Route 202) north bound.
-All traffic exiting the event from Brooklawn Drive to Littleton Road (Route 202) will be directed onto Littleton Road (Route 202) south bound.
-Littleton Road (Route 202) will be closed to all through traffic from Halsey Road to Park Road in both directions from 9:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-Due to the heavy volume of traffic, any vehicles found parked in normally prohibited area or in a marked emergency prohibited parking zone will be subject to summons and possibly towed and impounded. There will be no parking permitted on Brooklawn Drive or Rita Drive.
-Additional parking will be permitted at Littleton School as well as Brooklawn Middle School.
In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, the event will be held on Friday, July 5 at the same time and location with the above listed safety measures in effect.
The concert is sponsored in part by a generous donation from PSE&G.
The Morris County 4-H Fair will held from Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21. The fairgrounds are located at Chubb Park, Chester.
The Fair will be open on Thursday, July 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday, July 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, July 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
4-H members will showcase their projects to fairgrounds. Items on display include beautiful artwork, a variety of animals, delicious food, live entertainment, and amusement rides. Special events happening during the fair include animal shows, a car cruise, a Tricky Tray, and fireworks >on Friday night. Be a part of this family fun event!
With the Summer Leadership Project, the Junior Leadership Project, and the Summer Camp, Parsippany Presbyterian Church is buzzing with enthusiasm and youthful energy. Speaking of buzzing, the Meadow Garden is also in bloom. Vegetables will be availible as we pick them! You are welcome to join in the gardening every Saturday morning.
MORNING WORSHIP IN THE MANSE GARDENS
Every July, we enjoy the beauty of God’s creation by worshiping outdoors for our 8:30 a.m. service. For the duration of the month come a little bit early to enjoy the sun, birds, flowers, and worship in the garden of the Manse!
Upcoming events at Parsippany Presbyterian Church
Sunday, July 7: Junior Leadership Project Bake Sale
Saturday, July 13: Roller Derby
Sunday, July 14: Summer Leadership Project Car Wash
Saturday, July 20: Jersey Shore Mission Trip
Parsippany Presbyterian Church is located at 1675 Route 46, and can be reached by calling (973) 334-7958. You can visit their website by clicking here.
Dewberry, a privately held, nationally recognized professional services firm, has recently hired Scott W. Beckman, PhD, as assistant branch manager in the Parsippany office, where he will provide senior management support for the environmental services branch. In his new role, Beckman will also develop new environmental opportunities in the public- and private-sector, targeting markets in Marcellus Shale and the Gulf Coast region. The Parsippany office is located at 600 Parsippany Road, Suite 301.
Beckman has more than 33 years of experience, which includes managing environmental staff and developing new business initiatives in the environmental and energy fields. His technical expertise includes implementing expedited site assessment, cost-effective remediation technologies, and green energy technologies.
“I plan on applying my managerial and technical skills to further enhance the excellent capabilities of the Dewberry environmental staff,” said Beckman. “I will provide our current and future clients with the latest environmental technologies and strategies to not only mitigate their environmental liabilities, but to hopefully recover valuable assets during the process.”
His notable work prior to joining Dewberry includes accelerating the closure of hazardous waste sites at military bases, evaluating innovative remediation technologies to close contaminated EPA Superfund sites throughout the country, and providing geochemical and mineralogical support for an enhanced methane study of the New Albany shale gas deposits.
Beckman holds his bachelor’s and a master’s degree in geology from The State University of New York at Stony Brook and a doctorate in marine sciences from Louisiana State University. He is currently a visiting associate professor at the City College of New York. In addition, Beckman has been featured as a speaker at numerous conferences and has been published in The Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association and Science Magazine.
Dewberry is a leading professional services firm with a proven history of providing architecture, engineering, and management and consulting services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 40 locations and 1,800+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit www.dewberry.com
Disbarred attorney John J. Montefusco Sr., former Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board attorney was sentenced to one day in prison and two years of supervised release for taking bribes from a local builder.
Montefusco, 72, Morris Plains, had previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to a charge of mail fraud, while admitting that he and family members got illegal discounts on homes they bought from prominent Parsippany builder Edward Mosberg.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has dropped its case against Edward Mosberg, in February 2013, a prominent developer who was accused of bribing John J. Montefusco Sr.
Mosberg, 86, of Union, was indicted in 2008 and faced charges of bribery, mail fraud and conspiracy. He was accused of providing discounts on homes he sold to former Parsippany planning board attorney John Montefusco Sr. and Montefusco’s family in exchange for favors that aided Mosberg’s projects. The alleged arrangement lasted from 1987 to 2007, officials said.
Judge Freda Wolfson handed down Montefusco’s sentence, which included six months of electronic monitoring and a $2,500 fine. In September, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said, Montefusco will face another hearing to determine how much restitution he may have to pay.
Fishman has said that Montefusco and his family members were able to make large sums of money by reselling the properties they got from Mosberg.
The complaint stated, “From in or about October 2001 to in or about October 2006, Montefusco and others devised a scheme and artifice to defraud the Planning Board, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, and the citizens of the Township, of the right to defendant Montefusco honest services in the affairs of the Planning Board.”
As a result of this corrupt scheme, Montefusco’s family members received substantial personal benefits through the Developer, including, but not limited to:
a. Significantly discounted purchase prices for residential properties built by the Developer;
b. Lenient settlement dates and arrangements, contrary to the terms of the property purchase agreements, that allowed time for defendants to identify third-party purchasers to successfully resell (or “flip”) said properties to these third-party purchasers;
c. Purchase of properties without satisfying any mortgage contingency obligation as per the property purchase agreement;
d. Minimal deposit monies down for purchase of properties, while purchase documentation falsely represented the amount of money deposited on properties; and
e. Free options, upgrades and extras added to the properties, and paid for, by the Developer.
In April, Montefusco was charged with unlawful practice of law after he allegedly accepted money from a criminal defendant as a retainer for providing legal services.
He is accused of meeting with an unidentified individual on a number of occasions between December 2012 and April 2013, during which he allegedly discussed representing the person in a pending criminal court matter and accepted money as a retainer.
His son, John, Jr., former Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education member was charged in 2008 by then, United States Attorney Chris Christie. His charges included “on or about September 15, 2006, defendant John, Jr.,signed a personal federal income tax return (Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Form 1040) for tax year 2005, which contained written declarations that were made under penalty of perjury, and filed and caused to be filed with the IRS this return on which John, Jr., purported to declare all of his taxable income, but which was not true and correct as to every material matter in that the return did not report the items of income and deductions set forth in Paragraphs 10 through 14. On or about the dates set forth below, in Morris County, in the District of New Jersey, and elsewhere, John J. Montefusco, Jr. knowingly and willfully did make and subscribe Individual Income Tax Returns, IRS Forms 1040 as set forth below, which contained and were verified by written declarations that these returns were made under the penalties of perjury, and which defendant did not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter in that he intentionally failed to report income in the amounts of $159,601, $3,682 and $64,533. He was sentenced to three Years of Probation.
Montefusco has been a member of the nine-member Board of Education since 1998 and his resignation from the unpaid post came with two years remaining in the fourth term Montefusco won last year.
Twelve years ago, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) grew from the front yard of 4-year old cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott to become one of the nation’s leading philanthropic organizations in support of pediatric cancer research.
2013 marks the ninth consecutive year that Applebee’s franchisees have supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Applebee’s is thrilled to announce a record $500,000 in fundraising proceeds generated in 2012 and over $3.2 million raised since 2005.
This year, more than 700 restaurants nationwide, including Applebee’s Parsippany will raise funds to help cure pediatric cancer with a goal of reaching the $5 million mark in funds raised.
Participating Applebee’s in New Jersey will raise funds throughout July in support of ALSF by donating $.25 from each lemonade sold (all varieties) through their Summer Squeeze® promotion to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Applebee’s guests will also have an opportunity to donate to ALSF through the purchase of paper lemons to be displayed on the restaurants’ walls in support of childhood cancer research.
“Doherty Enterprises and Applebee’s partnerships with Alex’s Lemonade Stand are extremely important to our organization and our neighborhood communities,” said Ed Doherty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Doherty Enterprises a participating Applebee’s franchise organization.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation focuses on encouraging and empowering others, especially children, to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer research for treatments and cures.
For more information on this year’s Alex’s Lemonade Stand Fundraising efforts visit any New Jersey Applebee’s restaurant.
Governor Chris Christie took action and signed bill S-69/A-1080 into legislation. The bill increases fine and imposes license suspension for talking or texting on hand-held device while driving. The bill was sponsored by Senator Richard J. Codey.
The bill states: “A person who violates this section shall be fined $200 for a first offense, $400 for a second offense, and $600 for third or subsequent offense.
For a third or subsequent violation, the court, in its discretion, may order the person to forfeit the right to operate a motor vehicle over the highways of this State for a period of 90 days.
In addition, a person convicted of a third or subsequent violation shall be assessed three motor vehicle penalty points pursuant to section 1 of P.L.82, c.43 (C39:5-30.5.)”
Also “A person who has been convicted of a previous violation of this section need not be charged as a second of subsequent offender in the complaint made against him in order to render him liable to the punishment imposed by this section on a second or subsequent offender, but if the second offense occurs more than 10 years after the first offense, the court shall treat the second conviction as a first offense for sentencing purposes and if a third offense occurs more than 10 years after the second offense, the court shall treat the third conviction as a second offense for sentencing purposes.”
Officers Matthew LaManna, Robert Appel and David Roman were dispatched at 12:05 a.m. on Sunday, June 23 to an Ashwood Place residence to investigate reports that two men entered the backyard of the home where a party was being held and stole a bottle of hard liquor. While responding to the location, the officers were informed by the Parsippany Police Communications Center that one of the males was stopped by attendees of the party and had been in a struggle with them while attempting to flee from the scene.
Upon the arrival of the officers, they were told that both of the men had left the area. Officers Appel and LaManna had located the males identified as Bradford Trump, 18, Parsippany and Linden Klein, 20, Brooklyn at another home in the neighborhood.
After an investigation into the incident, both men were placed under arrest and charged with Robbery, Criminal Attempt, Conspiracy, Defiant Trespass and Possession of Alcohol by a Minor.
Both men were transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where they were processed before being released pending an appearance in court. A stolen bottle of Scotch Whiskey was recovered and returned to the rightful owner.
The 32nd annual “Tee-Off for Education” Golf Classic is Tuesday, July 9 at the Knoll Country Club West with an 8:00 a.m. shot-gun start.
The registration includes continental breakfast, green and cart fees, fantastic hot and cold buffet luncheon, door prizes and gift bag all for $100.00 per golfer.
In addition, there will be a 50/50 and Tricky Tray during the luncheon.
If you would like to attend the luncheon only, the price is $35.00.
This fundraiser benefits the scholarship/education fund of the Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills, however the Golf Classic is co-ed and many men and women participate.
The Woman’s Club has given scholarships to Parsippany students for over 50 years and also gives awards at the elementary and middle school grades. In total 24 children were honored with the proceeds from last year’s event in addition to books donated and other educational projects.
For more information on the Golf Classic, contact Marilyn at (973) 316-5774 or M.Marion@live.com.