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McCrudden retires Lakeland Hills YMCA

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James McCrudden

The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA has announced that after 25 years at the helm, Jim McCrudden will be retiring his position as CEO effective April 30.

In anticipation of this announcement, a board appointed search committee is well on their way to hiring a new CEO. Jim leaves a vast and varied legacy in place including the growth of a small neighborhood Y into a thriving health and recreational facility – all while still maintaining its charitable mission as a not-for-profit association.

According to Christopher Wagner, Chief of Police, Denville Township Police Department, “Jim McCrudden has always been truly passionate about his work at the Y and all of the good things that the Y does for its members and the community.

His hard work and dedication will truly be missed by the entire Lakeland Hills YMCA community, and I wish him good health and happiness in his retirement.” Chief Robert Tovo (ret.), Mountain Lakes Borough Manager adds, “Jim has always been a great asset to the LHFYMCA family and all our surrounding communities for over two decades. His dedication and desire to have a positive impact on all will be greatly missed and seldom replicated. I wish him the best on his retirement and for a job very well done!”

Jim and wife Carrie have sold their home and will be retiring to the Jersey shore area in May but he remains pleased and proud of the Y’s tremendous growth and success over the years, “The staff is what makes the facility and the programs what they are. It is very satisfying to know that when I started here 25 years ago, we were struggling to keep our doors open. Today, we have a facility, staff and programs that are second to none!”

The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA is a community charity with a mission based on Christian principles encouraging members, individuals, and families to grow in spirit, mind and body through programs and services that promote Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility for all. It is also the desire of this association to meet the necessities of the community by providing services to those in need regardless of their ability to pay the full cost of membership and/or programs. Last year the Y helped more than 500 individuals and families with more than $150,000 in contributions.

Letter to the editor: Saturday classes: updated

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lettersDear Editor:

This letter was sent to Dr. Fitzsimons and esteemed members of the school board

I am writing today to express my great displeasure about the decision to mandate classes on Saturdays. The expectation for 5 and 6 year olds to attend 6 days of school, have one day off, then be required to attend 5 more days of school, shows complete lack of consideration for the students and their parents. There were other alternatives including extending the school year or reducing the spring break. 11 days of school out of 12 is completely unreasonable for a child so young.

I am a working parent who also attends classes at night. My weekends with my children are sacred. I have spent the entire school year working out child coverage through the nonsensical maze of half days, mid-week days off and snow days when there was no snow. You have no right to now rob me of my weekend time with my child. I will not require my child to attend these ill conceived Saturday sessions and strongly feel she should not have any absences marked against her.

Nicholas Kumburis

Response from Superintendent John Fitzsimons

Dear Mr. Kumburis,

Your argument is one that I completely understand. That said, I have recommended to the BOE that additional days for excessive emergency closing be added to the end of the year. It avoids disruption to planned vacations for students, parents and staff. Furthermore, I have proposed to the administration and the BOE that the school year of 180 students days should be held sacrosanct and not interrupted or reduced. That means the elimination of half-days for any reason other than unsafe conditions requiring early dismissal or delayed openings. Nevertheless, the option to add additional days rather than to disrupt the scheduled vacation was in conflict with the scheduled “Project Graduation” event. Lastly, it has been suggested that the school calendar build in sufficient snow days and if not needed, use them as vacation days added to weekends such as Memorial Day. Again, sorry for the disruption to time spent with your children.

Sincerely,

John Fitzsimons

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PAL Basketball team championships

PAL-Basketball-TeamThe PAL Basketball Team, “The Vipers.” sponsored by Anytime Fitness took the championship for the girls 5/6 division. Pictured from left to right, Manager Mark Wilson, players Gowri Konkesa, Medha Patil, Jenna Wilson, Sydney Wilson, Nina Falivene,  Kiersten Koch, coach Lonnie Koch, and Arushi Shah.

Expressive Reading

Expressive-Reading The Troy Hills Elementary School took first place in the annual event held on Thursday, March 20. Pictured from top to bottom, Derek Kaiser, Jessica Reich, Giovanna Stull, Kiersten Koch, Angela Min, and Vincent DeLucia. Proud teachers and coaches from top to bottom include Miss T. vonDohlen and Mrs. J. Weiss. Also pictured is school principal Mrs. R. Brandler.

 

Temple Beth Am hosts a community seder

templebethamTemple Beth Am in Parsippany is hosting a community Seder for the second night of Passover, on Tuesday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m.

This special event includes a traditional Seder service with creative songs and special readings, along with lively discussion surrounding this special Jewish holiday. All this will be followed by a wonderful Passover meal.

The cost for the entire event, including dinner, is $45.00 per adult, $36.00 under 12 with a $135.00 family maximum.

The Seder is open to the community as well as members of the Temple. If you are interested in attending this exciting community event please contact: Pat Applebaum at (973) 887-0046 or email office@tbaparsippany.org

Temple Beth Am is located at 879 South Beverwyck Road.  You can visit their website by clicking here.

Kiwanis donates to Parsippany Day Care Center

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Pictured left to right is Kiwanis President Carol Tiesi, Gordon Meth, Day Care Director Peggy Rauscher and Foundation President, Davey Willans.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany’s Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Parsippany Child Day Care Center, to help them purchase new playground equipment. The Mission of Kiwanis Club is to change the world one child and one community at a time.

Foundation President Davey Willans stated that “the members of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, are committed to helping ensure that all the children in our community have the opportunity to lead happy healthy lives, and having good safe playground equipment to play on can help achieve these objectives.”  He went on to say “that thanks to the contributions of our Club members and “Mission Partners”, as well as supporters of our numerous fund raisers, we are able to raise enough money to award a small number of grants of this type.

Anybody interested in learning how they can help support the work of the Kiwanis Club or how to become a Mission Partner, is welcomed to visit their web site parsippanykiwanis.org, or join the group for their weekly breakfast meeting at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46 at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Peggy Rauscher said “Staff members and families at Parsippany Child Day Care Center are excited to be working on the rebuild of our Preschool Playground. The installation will begin in June 2014.  We will celebrate a new Toddler Playground (Fall 2013) and Preschool Playground (Summer 2014) with an official ceremony.”

The Parsippany Child Day Care Center was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1968. They opened with twenty children and expanded to meet the growing need for quality childcare in our community. In 1980, they moved into a new building specifically designed for child care and owned by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. During the 1990s, they renovated with two additions to the building, which made room for infants and young toddlers. They are governed by a Board of Trustees, who are volunteers from our community.

The facility was designed specifically for the care of children, and was built with HUD funding.   The center has a total of seven classrooms, a large multipurpose room, a full service kitchen, offices, adult and children’s lavatories. With this grant they will be updating their playgrounds to be in compliance with public playground standards for 2014.

The center is comprised of a diverse population of families and staff. They come from a variety of backgrounds and speak multiple languages from all over the globe.

A very unique relationship exists between Parsippany Child Day Care Center and Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. The township built the original building and retains ownership of the building. A self-renewing contract allows for joint responsibility for repairs and building upkeep. Primarily the center maintains the building and the town maintains the property. They also have strong ties with civic organizations within Parsippany, including but not limited to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, Parsippany Rotary Club and the Parsippany Sons of Italy Lodge 2561.

They are licensed to serve 131 children, but based on teacher ratios and best practices their goal is to operate at 105 children.

Parsippany Day Care Center is located at 300 Baldwin Road. To contact the administrative staff call (973) 334-7286 or e-mail them at pcdcc@optonline.net.

Burglary at Powder Mill Liquors

powdermillliquorsOfficers Brian Conover, Jaime Mendez and William Stone responded to Powder Mill Plaza Liquor located at 28 Gibraltar Drive to investigate a report of a burglary that had occurred overnight between 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 and 11:00 a.m., Sunday, March 23. $300.00 in cash as well as 30 cartons of cigarettes valued at $2,100.00 was reported stolen. 

Entry into the business appears to have been made through from the roof by way of an air conditioning unit.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Division responded to process the scene for evidence.

Detective Joseph Puso from the Parsippany Police Department’s Investigative Division responded to continue the investigation into the incident.

Anyone with information regarding the crime or may have seen suspicious activity in the area should contact Det. Puso at (973) 263-4315.

Theft of tires from parked vehicles

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Tires were stolen off this car parked on Reservoir Road

Officers Gerrit Tosh and Arthur Ohlsen responded to investigate reports of wheels stolen off of 2014 Honda Accords that were parked overnight in apartment complexes located within our township. On Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 a.m. the officers responded to a residence on Reservoir Road to investigate a report of wheels stolen from a vehicle followed by another request for officers to respond to the Troy Hills-Village Apartments to investigate another report of wheels stolen from another 2014 Accord. Det. Conklin of the Parsippany Police Department’s Investigative Division responded to the locations of both of the thefts to continue the investigation. At 5:20 a.m.  Officers Ohlsen and Tosh were dispatched to the Partridge Run Apartments to investigate a report of wheels stolen from a parked 2014 Accord sometime overnight. Anyone with information regarding the incidents, have noticed suspicious activity or may have heard power tools in use near the apartment complexes overnight are requested to contact Det. Edward Conklin at (973) 263-4341.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms Announces 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Weekend

craftsman-farmsIn 2014, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms invites you to join in celebrating its 25th anniversary as a museum. Craftsman Farms, the beloved home of Gustav Stickley, who built a home furnishings empire in the early 20th century and became the voice of the American Arts and Crafts movement, was rescued from development in 1989 through the joint efforts of individuals, community groups, and the township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. The only home designed and built by Stickley for his own use, the Log House and its 30-acre site was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The celebration gets its official launch Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6. The kickoff begins with a 25th Anniversary Party on Friday, April 4 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The party will feature live music by the Aubrey Anne Trio, who will entertain guests with a mix of swing tunes, bossa novas and ballads. The casual celebration will include a delicious dessert reception and opportunities to take a stroll through the Stickley Museum, a rare after-hours treat.

The Anniversary Party will also double as a preview to the weekend’s exclusive sale of all remaining inventory of United Crafts textiles and stoneware. The inventory, a generous gift to the museum provided by United Crafts founder Sarah Wildasin, features handmade textiles of exceptional quality based on Gustav Stickley’s designs. The beautiful stoneware is finished in a curdled matte green glaze and embellished with a low-relief pinecone motif. All proceeds from the sale benefit the museum. Expected to be hot sellers, these items will be available for sale at the Anniversary Party and throughout the weekend. Discounts of 20% off will be offered to all. Museum members will receive a 40% discount. Admission is free for Friday’s party and sale, and attendees are asked to RSVP online at StickleyMuseum.org or by calling (973) 540-0311.

The celebration continues over the weekend of April 5-6. The shop’s exclusive United Crafts sale will be open each day. The museum will feature Textile Tours at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and an Open House during the museum’s regular operating hours from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m with needlework demonstrations, and spotlight talks taking place each half-hour. Admission to the United Crafts sale is free; standard admission fees apply to the Open House; the Textile Tours require advance registration, and are $5.00 for Members and $12.00 for Non Members.

Additional information about the weekend, as well as RSVP and reservation forms, can be found at StickleyMuseum.org or by calling (973) 540-0311.

The museum’s regular hours are Thursday through Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. year round, with tours hourly from 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The entrance is located at the intersection of Manor Lane and Route 10 West in Morris Plains, New Jersey. Standard admission is Free for Members; $10.00 for Adults; $5.00 for Seniors and Students; $4.00 for Children.

Craftsman Farms, the former home of noted designer Gustav Stickley, is owned by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and is operated as The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms by The Craftsman Farms Foundation, Inc. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New Jersey. Restoration of the National Historic Landmark, Craftsman Farms, is made possible, in part, by a Save America’s Treasures Grant administered by the National Parks Service, Department of the Interior, and by support from Morris County Preservation Trust, The New Jersey Historic Trust, and individual members. The Craftsman Farms Foundation received an operating grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission. The Craftsman Farms Foundation gratefully acknowledges a grant from the New Jersey Cultural Trust. Educational programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Arts & Crafts Research Fund.

Arrests made for armed robbery at Sonesta Suites

SonestaOfficers Brian Conover, John Keiling, Steve Miller, William Stone and Sergeant Daniel McConnell responded to the Sonesta Suites, at 1:46 p.m. on Monday, March 24, located on Interpace Parkway to investigate a report of an armed robbery that had occurred in one of their guest rooms.

While responding to the location, the Parsippany Police Communications Center advised responding officers that the vehicle involved was possibly a Pontiac Grand AM.

Officer Conover and Sergeant McConnell arrived at the scene and spoke to the victim who stated that a friend had just left his room and left the door ajar. When the victim approached the door to close it, a man wearing a black ski mask forced his way into the room and knocked the victim to the floor.

The man went through the victim’s pockets and struck the victim in the head with a handgun before fleeing the room with the proceeds of the crime. The victim reported to the officers that his wallet, approx. $300.00 in cash, and iPhone, iPad mini and a white Samsung Tablet were stolen. A Pontiac Grand Am was noted leaving the parking lot of the hotel at a high rate of speed.

Officer Damon Farms was patrolling near New Road when the description of the vehicle was broadcasted to responding units. He positioned his patrol unit near the New Road onramp to Route 280 East in an attempt to locate the suspect vehicle.

Officer Farms observed a vehicle fitting the description and conducted a motor vehicle stop of a Pontiac Grand Am on Route 280 East near mile marker 2.2.

Officers from the Montville Police Department, East Hanover Police Department and the New Jersey State Police quickly arrived at the location to assist Officer Farms.

After a brief investigation, the occupants of the vehicle were identified as Zakee Odom, 23, Newark, Datisha Claiborne, 25, Orange and Jessica Lane, 25, Newark.

The three occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest and transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where they were processed. Detectives from the Parsippany Police Department’s Investigative Division responded to the scene to continue the investigation.

The following items were confiscated and placed into evidence:

• A Blue 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
• 108 pills believed to be Oxycodone (30 mg. each)
• 8.75 mg. of Xanax
• 4 cellular phones
• A Samsung Tablet
• An iPad Mini
• $662.00 in cash
• 18 folds of suspected Heroin
• A loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol

Zakee Odom, Datisha Claiborne and Jessica Lane have been charged with Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, Using a Firearm in Commission of a Robbery, Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Possession of CDS and Possession of CDS with the Intent to Distribute.

All three individuals were transported to the Morris County Jail where they remain in lieu of $250,000.00 bail with no 10% option

Editors note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Relay for Life to be held in Parsippany

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From left to right with the Mayors: Rockaway Borough Mayor Greuter, Rockaway Township Mayor Dachisen, Denville Mayor Andes, Dover Mayor Dodd, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Barberio, Randolph Mayor Loveys, and Mt. Lakes Deputy Mayor Holmberg.

Six Morris County mayors and one deputy mayor got together recently  to draw attention to the Relay For Life of Central Morris County, which is planned for May 31 and June 1 at Smith Field, Parsippany.

The relay is held as an opportunity for the community to celebrate those who have had cancer, remember lost loved ones and support the American Cancer Society’s mission to eliminate cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Opening ceremonies take place at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 with registration starting at 2:00 p.m. Closing ceremonies will occur at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 1. There will be an exclusive survivor reception. For more information or to get involved, people can contact Brandie Engelberger at (973) 285-8029 or brandie.engelberger@cancer.org or click here for their website.

Krompier is named ‘Super Lawyer’ again

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Attorney Jeffrey A. Krompier, founder of the Parsippany law firm that bears his name, has been named a 2014 “Super Lawyer” by legal publisher Law & Politics.

Krompier previously was a named Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

As the senior attorney in the firm, Krompier & Tamn, with 30 years of litigation experience, Mr. Krompier has been certified and re-certified four times by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney.

In 2012, he was recognized nationally as a board certified civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a board certified civil pretrial advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy.

Only five percent of the state’s attorneys receive this honor, a designation given to New Jersey’s outstanding lawyers based upon attorney nominations, peer evaluations and professional achievements. The complete list is published in the 2014 issue of New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine and the April 2014 issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine.

Krompier is a 1977 magna cum laude and college honors graduate of Rutgers University and received both Phi Beta Kappa and Rutgers Scholar designations. In 1980, he graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was an Associate Articles Editor of the Law Review.

Upon graduation, Krompier served as a judicial law clerk to the late Honorable Bertram Polow of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division and thereafter began the private practice of law.  In 1986, Krompier founded his current firm, which is predominantly devoted to defending health and dental care professionals in malpractice matters.

In 1988, Krompier was certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney and was recertified in 1995, 2002, 2007 and 2012. He became an invited member of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2006 with “Advocate” rank.  In 2012, Krompier was named a National Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and a National Board Certified Civil Pre-Trial Practice Advocate.

Krompier lives with his wife Cee-Cee, son Justin and daughter Alyssa. Krompier & Tamn, L.L.C. is located at 8 Wood Hollow Road, Suite 202, Parsippany.

Preschool Program Openings for September

MCST_LogoThe Morris County School of Technology Learning Center in Denville is now accepting preschool applications for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Learning Center runs a morning preschool program from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and an afternoon program from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for children in Morris County who are 3 ½ – 5 years of age and toilet trained.

Lessons are developed based upon the New Jersey Department of Education’s Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards with daily topics that are educational and engaging.

Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. Tuition is $1,340 for the year and is broken into four payments, with the first payment due May 30, 2014, as a non-refundable deposit.

To learn more about the program and how to enroll a child in the Learning Center contact Jennifer Skomial at (973) 627-4600 ext. 276 or at skomialj@mcvts.org.

Letter to the editor: Spot Zoning disguised as Redevelopment passes in Mountain Lakes

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lettersDear Editor:

Spot Zoning is the application of zoning to a specific parcel of land within a larger zoned area when the rezoning is usually at odds with a city’s master plan and current zoning restrictions. The rezoning may be for the benefit of a particular owner, and at odds with pre-existing adjacent property owners.

Reviewing the proposed Ordinance to Rezone in Mountain Lakes one cannot come up with any other conclusion. This is the real injustice, the ordinance will open the flood gates for other developers to impose heights of 60 feet and expanded acreage for parking lots; impervious surface. They are calling it redevelopment in order to disguise the spot zoning. So to favor one individual they are giving up all regional concerns of water resources, and traditional and historical development patterns.

This amounts to a private taking of the municipal and regional water supply. Even with the highest standards of low impact development this site design is not conservation minded in that it is not protective or considerate in what will be consumptive and depletive water use and further degradation of water quality. The Mountain Lakes Council seems to think water is a commodity not a resource, thinking in terms of costs and availability. Water unused no matter how cheap belongs in the ground for future use. Applying monetary values and consumption rates based on past consumption does not factor in sustainable equations based on ground water recharge loss due to development and impervious surface.

The storm water runoff from the minimum 3 acre parking lot will surely impact the surrounding land and water. The area already is peppered with many hotel/motel establishments. Don’t be surprised if developers line up to impose new unneeded developments of this height and width along Route 46.

The short term shallow gains will not compensate for the future costs and accumulative impacts that will surly costs the tax payer not only in Mountain Lakes but the entire Region. Strange how no Block Lot or contour Maps were present at the meeting to demonstrate the magnitude of the proposal.

 Nick Homyak

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Letter to the editor: Mountain Lakes Erased

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lettersDear Editor:

What Mountain lakes is experiencing is a version of the “American for prosperity” type mentality. In order for this Hotel Complex to succeed the Township’s Master Plan will be destroyed in a similar rezoning ordinance attempt like the one involving Waterview in Parsippany, of which Mountain Lakes aided that municipality in defeating from a developer calling itself RD based in the State of Delaware, this attempt would of destroyed Parsippany’s Master Plan.

It would be hoped the people of Parsippany would now aid  Mountain Lakes in their time of time by showing up Monday March 24 to state their opposition to this destruction of our regions integrity.

The key concept of a common defense here is Master Plan. Adopting the Regional Master Plan would protect us from these nontraditional forms of regional development and most importantly home in on the water issues and realities of our common resource and its responsibility to protect it and use it wisely, water being a public trust,a resource not a commodity. Developers think short term and cutting corners for profit.

Zoning and Planning for the utmost protections of the regions landscapes and water by incorporating low impact development and best management practices in any development and planning must become a reality. The NJ Highlands has the available science and legality to accomplish this, either by conformance, which the Governor has impeded by not moving forward on COAH rules an d applications. ( Coalition on affordable housing) . However local Planning Board can use the Highlands criteria to enforce their zoning and planning.

In our present state of affairs because of the take over of the nation by private and corporate forces we stand to loose our landscapes to dumb development schemes to stimulate the so-called economy. This economy is an uneconomic  selfish, ecologically destructive, that will cause many accumulative costs and environmental degradations causing taxpayers in the future. Most of it it will further demise the health and safety of our regional water Supplies. The Ground Water Recharge hydrological cycle of all the regions water supplies are inter-connected.

These outside forces of development schemes will simply walk away.

Lastly and most obvious, does not the area already have more than enough Hotel/Motel properties?

 Nikolaus Hopstock

Letter to the editor: The Kingdom of Knoll Wants Our Water and Open Space Monies

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lettersDear Editor:

At a recent Parsippany budget meeting of the Township Council the utility of Knoll Golf came up, Councilman dePierro avid golfer and promoter of the pastime, proposed we use our unused water charges to supply Knoll with water.

Knoll was forgiven a $131,000 water bill back in 2012 as a favor, so the Knoll does already tax our Regional water Resources, as they maintain their artificial landscapes with fertilizers and herbicides.

They also pay workers for the intensive landscape labor required to maintain this unnatural realm. Our Parks & Forestry Department has even on occasion helped out there. It then becomes hard to believe the Utility does not extract other tax payer monies, at the very least in some share of overall Committee funding. It was also suggested Open Space Monies be used for a Knoll driving range.

Imagine what allowing the Knoll Golf Club to take water tax payers fund to water their artificial landscapes will do to the mandates or attempts at water conservation? Pushing the limits of maximum use for water paid for under an agreement of minimum usage forced on Parsippany because of not having enough water for required usage;a deficit. This a violation of the Public Trust in not ensuring water is used for necessary needs and stays publicly; not privately owned. This endeavor would surely deplete water resources available under a sustainable model of usage and needs, now and into the future. It would also conclude most likely with raises in water fee and sewage fees. The 2 addition private water agencies now supplying Parsippany are due to a previous deficit in water caused by over development, usage and accumulated impervious surfaces depleting recharge of ground water and pollution from stormwater run-off causing addition water treatment for various impurities and chemicals. 

The present phenomena of the bottled water on many grocery lists in a reflection in the lack of trust in our municipal water supplies. This phenomenon takes water from other aquifers and surface water sources depriving other localities of their water, another violation of the Water as Public Trust Law of human heritage. These plastic water bottles are evident everywhere as litter upon our landscapes and tax our municipal solid waste resources costing tax payers even more.

Tomorrow not today must be acknowledged as a management best practice when dealing with water a finite source, for it is not only water but its contents, slow but sure seepage of various contaminants, examples like Toms River and Love Canal. These episodes of environmental history and tragedy seem to have been forgotten. Water must also not been seen as a commodity but a resource given to all by creation. No price can really be used as judgments of cheap verses expensive. Water however becomes more and more expensive as we develop and tax its needs, spoil its purity and allow privatization away from public ownership.

Right now Parsippany pays just for one of its two sources of diverted water, JCMUA & MCMUA $220,000 a year, to avoid a shortfall or water deficit. This price can go up anytime, and most likely in drought situations. A drought may cut Parsippany off from these sources, for it must be realized these water sources are shared within and outside the region.

Here is what is disturbing even more in a sense of people, land and sustainability. Parsippany is part of the New Jersey Highlands where most of the State’s Water is derived for at least 65% of the rest of the State. Being, living here should inspire us with this realization of responsibility in the Regions Water Resources. Elements in Parsippany and elsewhere within the State play down this responsibility and fact of life. We as citizens of the Highlands should desire to do everything possible to maintain a covenant with the land knowing it is in our best future interest. Water is a Public Trust its future is slipping away. Market forces who wish to ignore the fact that endless allocation of resources without thought of sustainability will bring about a future filled with accumulative negative impacts and complications, who will pay? You, your children with their health and taxes, those who caused it all will walk away with their profits and bottled water.

Back to the Knoll so we have a golf course depleting water, we have costs in landscaping involving chemicals, we have addition trash and litter problems. Let us say use of open space funding and allowing more water to go to this enterprise of a non-passive, select form of recreation, has reached the level of a breach of public trust; for not only was the suggestion of additional public water resources given, but that Open Space Funding be taken for a driving range. No Way Must This Come To Pass.

Three main elements of society are Tradition, Community, and the Past. All reflected in our landscapes. Shall all these elements be centered and expressed in Golf?

 

Nick Homyak

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Girl Scout cookie time!

girlscoutcookesGirl Scouts from Troop 352 were selling cookies in front of Quick Chek, 170 Parsippany Road, Green Hills Shopping Center. Pictured from left to right are Julia Fontanarosa, Kira Alverson, Ashley David and Allison Lowe were selling Thin Mints, Tagalongs® – Peanut Butter Patties®, Trefoils – a.k.a. Shortbread, Samoas® – Caramel deLites™ and Lemonades™.

Girl Scout Cookies are an icon of American culture. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of the annual sale. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped girls have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make their communities a better place.

arly in the 21st century, every Girl Scout cookie had a mission. New cookie box designs, introduced in fall of 2000, were bold and bright, capturing the spirit of Girl Scouting. Two licensed bakers produced a maximum of eight varieties, including three that were mandatory ones (Thin Mints®, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos®, and Shortbread/Trefoils®). All cookies were kosher. And, much to the excitement of our youngest Girl Scouts, Daisies started selling cookies!

Girl Scout Cookies had their earliest beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of our girl members, with moms volunteering as technical advisers. The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began as early as 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouting in the United States, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.

In July 1922, The American Girl magazine, published by Girl Scout national headquarters, featured an article by Florence E. Neil, a local director in Chicago, Illinois. Miss Neil provided a cookie recipe that had been given to the council’s 2,000 Girl Scouts. She estimated the approximate cost of ingredients for six- to seven-dozen cookies to be 26 to 36 cents. The cookies, she suggested, could be sold by troops for 25 or 30 cents per dozen.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.

Troy Hills students served breakfast during fundraiser

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Fifth grade students (from left to right) Sierra Brda, Emma Wright, Diana Galante, Kiersten Koch, Lindsey Zicker, Maggie Boch and Jessica Reich served breakfast this morning at Applebee’s raising money for the Troy Hills School PTA. Pictured with the students is Ms. Renee Brandler, principal of the school.  The students served coffee, milk, orange juice, scrambled eggs, sausage and pancakes.