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Barberio Speaks at Young Republican Club

barberioParsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio was a guest speaker at the first meeting of 2013 of the Morris County Young Republicans Club.

His topic of discussion was “Where does the GOP go from here?” Barberio is Morris County’s only full-time Mayor.

Barberio heads into reelection this year in the county’s largest municipality and gave his take on where the Republican Party should be directing its focus in the upcoming campaign cycle.  Barberio also announced to the club, Milin Shah will be running on his ticket for a council seat.

Barberio said “he would rather persuade than to preach to the Republican Party and that Shah, 25, is an American Asian as he sees it, and he is young.”

Rotary Reschedules Distinguished Service Awards

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Eleven area residents will be honored for their service to the township by the Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills.  The 49th Annual Distinguished Service awards dinner will take place at the Knoll West County Club. The original date of Saturday, February 9 was postponed.  The new date will be Saturday, March 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Knoll West Country Club.   For information or tickets or to change tickets please contact Peggy Mader at pegmader@optonline.net or call (973) 538-6666.

This year’s Outstanding Citizen award will be presented to Councilman Michael J. dePierro, for his many years of service to the Township. Michael is also a member of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board.

Others receiving tribute are the year’s outstanding high school students Jessica Chimoff from Parsippany Hills High School; Nicolas Limanov from Parsippany High School and Danielle Rose Masterson from Parsippany High School.

Outstanding Educators being honored are Nancy Dwyer from Lake Parsippany School and Thomas Nolan from Lake Hiawatha School. Outstanding Law Enforcement – Robert Lenahan, School Resource Officer at both High Schools and Outstanding Public Safety – David Cavaliere, former Chief of Fire District #5.

The Annual Dean Gallo Memorial Vocational Award will be given to Greg Schneider, Director of Parsippany Public Works and Maria Cataldo, Lake Parsippany School.

For ticket information or to advertise in the program please contact Maurie Mader at (973) 538-6666 or rotarymaurie@optonline.net.

The Rotary Club is a worldwide organization of businessmen and women dedicated to peace through humanitarian efforts and programs. Although most of the honorees are not Rotarians, the club says they demonstrate the epitome Rotary’s Motto:  “Service above Self.”

The Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m, at Il Villaggio Restaurant, 22 Gibraltar Drive, Morris Plains. New members are always welcome to join.

Northvail Donates Winter Jackets

 

Northvail Elementary School collected winter jackets and coats for “Shelter Our Sisters” during its 2012 coat drive.

Mrs. Hedden and the Student Council organized the drive. Northvail families gave warmth and hope, through their generous donations during this holiday season.

“To us it may be just a coat we’ve outgrown but to other people it is an act of kindness.” Shelter Our Sisters is dedicated to providing emergency housing and care to women and children.

Pictured above is Mrs. Hedden with the 5th grade Northvail Student Council members.

 

Letter to Editor: Parsippany Waterview Rezoning Public Hearing

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lettersDear Editor:

On February 11, 2013, the Parsippany Planning Board will have its last public meeting on the issue of the proposed rezoning of the 27-acre woodland property at the corner of Intervale Road and Route 46 West.

Why is this important to all Parsippany and Mountain Lakes residents?  This wooded property forms one of the major entrances to our lovely towns which sets us apart from most other areas in Northern New Jersey.  It feels like you are entering an environmentally beautiful oasis.  The developer’s rezoning proposal would drastically change this reality.  The developer is proposing the tear down the entire woods and pave over 75% of the 27 acres with parking lots for more than 1,100 parking spaces, a 137,000 sq. foot (50 foot high) discount department store building (rumored to be a Target), a 40,000 sq. foot supermarket (said to be a contingent lease with Whole Foods), and a13,000 sq. foot “drive through” restaurant.  Behind this strip mall, would be a retainer wall, higher than the one in Boonton behind Walmart, and up on the hill would be the highest density townhouses ever created in Parsippany. These 72 3-story-tall units would be so tightly packed that it appears a fire engine can’t pass through the streets.

This property is the last remaining undeveloped piece of land of the 132-acre tract of land called “Waterview” that is zoned for “Planned Office Development” (POD) and provides for 200 foot buffer zones of woodlands to separate the developed areas from residential areas.  The reason this is so alarming is because the developer wants to create a very novel type of rezoning called an “Overlay” which would basically give the developer the option to either keep the original POD zoning for office construction or apply a second type of Mixed Commerical & Residential zoning.  What it really wants is to build a commercial zone.

Even worse, the proposed rezoning ordinance is highly ambiguous.  It may actually apply to the entire 132-acre tract of land at “Waterview” and not just the 27-acre piece of land on the corner of Intervale Road.

What does this mean for the future of Parsippany and Mountain Lakes if the developer gets its rezoning?  Route 46 will have two additional lanes to accommodate heavy increased traffic in and out of this strip mall and dense residential zone.  The water recharge area of the woodlands directly above our aquifer will likely be permanently destroyed.  Both Parsippany and Mountain Lakes are already under tight water restrictions and have inadequate water supplies to serve our existing communities.  There will be light, noise, and traffic pollution.  Intervale Road and Forest Drive will become traffic throughways. The developer seeks to eliminate water wellhead protection on this land.  This could potentially pave the way for permitting the developer to build gas stations and dry cleaners that would pollute the wellhead protected zones on the land.  Worst of all, this entire area of Parsippany along Route 46 will likely become a strip mall wasteland if the developer decides to try and apply this rezoning to the entire 132 acres of office building and woodland property.  There will be no more elegant and peaceful surroundings for Mountain Lakes or Parsippany.  We will become another New Jersey commercial disaster.

The grassroots organizers of the opposition to this rezoning urge everyone, family, kids, neighbors, friends, to show up at the last Parsippany Planning Board Meeting, Monday, February 11, at 7:30PM, Parsippany High School, 309 Baldwin Road.  Just show up.  Make your voice known by simply showing up.  We must stop them now and nip this thing in the bud before it gets approved.  This affects all of us.  For more info on how you can donate funds and/or volunteer to help, go to www.DontRezoneWaterview.com.

Nancy du Tertre
Mountain Lakes

Editors Note:  This is the last public hearing for the Planning Board on this issue, if the public questioning is concluded.  The Planning Board will decide if it will recommend to the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council to adopt an overlay ordinance  to change the POD (Planned Office Development) zoning to mixed retail and residential for entire tract of 132 acres in the Waterview complex.  The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council can adopt an ordinance or deny the request.  If they adopt an ordinance, then the applicant will have to submit plans to the Planning Board, but the applicant will not need to seek any variances and the Planning Board will have no option but to approve the actual development plans.

Parsippany Night Out: Aims to Drive Prostate Cancer Awareness

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The First Annual Parsippany Night Out will be held at the Holiday Inn of Parsippany, 707 Route 46 East from on Monday, February 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Join The Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey for an evening of food and entertainment with a silent auction in order to raise awareness of prostate cancer and support services.

Parsippany Night Out is presented in partnership with the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and the Parsippany Area Visitor Center. “Prostate Cancer affects an entire family and our community. Our Chamber is partnered with the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center in order to provide education to the Greater Parsippany Area on this disease while encouraging early preventative screenings.  We are very thankful for the positive support we received from the business community for this event,” stated Chamber President Robert J. Peluso.

The Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey was formed by Dean Gallo, a former Parsippany councilman, Morris County Freeholder, State Assemblyman and Minority Leader as well as a five-term Congressman in our 11th district (which Parsippany resides in). He passed away in 1994 from Prostate Cancer and the Center honors his name as New Jersey’s only specialized prostate health resource at the National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

“1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their lifetime. The key to surviving this deadly form of cancer is early screenings. To encourage early screenings, events such as Parsippany Night Out, extends an opportunity for us to educate the public and drive awareness. We are very excited to have the partnership of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and the Parsippany Area Visitor Center in this endeavor and look forward to a successful event,” stated Betty Gallo Director of Public Outreach & Government Relations for The Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center.

Tickets for Parsippany Night Out are $35 or $30 each for groups of 10 or more. For information, visit www.ParsippanyNightOut.com, or call (973) 402-6400.

Peluso and Capital One Donates to Kiwanis

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Robert Peluso presents a check to Greater Parsippany Kiwanis Club for $1,000 on behalf of himself and Capital One. Kiwanis President Davey Willans (far right), Barbara Ievoli, Director, Department of Human Services for Parsippany-Troy Hills, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Jamie Barberio looks on.

Peluso is President of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and Parsippany Area Visitor Center and is a Vice President at Capital One, Morristown.

Robert had a choice to which non-profit organization to make the donation to.

Rotary Distributes Dictionaries to Third Graders

rotary_logoPresident-Elect Bridget Katilas, of Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills and Dr. Denis Mulroony, Principal of Lake Parsippany School  recently when the Rotary Club distributed dictionaries to every third grader. Children are thrilled to receive their very own personal dictionary.

The mission of Parsippany Rotary is to provide every third grader in Parsippany with a Webster’s Dictionary. Children learn writing and dictionary skills in the third grade. This gift provides the perfect opportunity to give each child something useful and personal. Dictionaries are very useful to all students and more specifically to English Language Learners. In addition, having dictionaries on-hand mean that parents and guardians will be in a better position to assist with their child’s homework. In doing so, they will also become more competent learners and teachers of their child. For more information on the Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills click here.

Fish and Chips Dinner

Parsippany District No. 2 Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company fish and chips dinner will be held on Saturday, February 22 at the Rainbow Lakes Fire House.

Adults $15.00, Children $12.00. First seating at 4:30 p.m. and second seating at 5:30 p.m. Take out available.

For tickets see a Parsippany District 2 firefighter or email parsippanyd2@gmail.com or call (973) 627-0184.

Woman’s Club to hold meeting

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills is a dynamic group of women of all ages and walks of life committed to volunteerism and service to the community.  Our Club is involved in charitable, philanthropic, educational and recreational activities and has made many contributions to Parsippany and to our state.

The Club holds General Meetings on the 4th Monday of the month in the Lake Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Building, 100 Centerton Drive. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m., with Club business followed by refreshments and a program.  For information or if you would like to attend a meeting, please call (973) 856 4433 or email womansclubofpth@gmail.com.

Parsippany Lions Club is forming

Lions Clubs International is forming a new Lions Club in Parsippany. Serve the community by joining a group of dedicated men and women who serve the needy while enjoying the fellowship and friendships at the Lions Service Club.

Lions Clubs have no political or religious affiliations.

Call (973) 335-0200 or District Governor Phillip Stern at (973) 379-7500.

Furever Home Dog Rescue has pets to adopt

Furever Home Dog Rescue saves adoptable dogs from overpopulated animal shelters. We are always looking for new families to join our wonderful group of foster families who open their homes to foster a dog until they are adopted. It usually takes a few days to a month for us to find these dogs their forever home.

We have puppies, young and older dogs of different breeds and sizes. Please consider helping these homeless, wonderful dogs get a second chance in life. With your help, we can save these innocent dogs from being euthanized simply because there is no room at the shelter.

Furever Home Dog Rescue is located in Randolph but our foster homes are all over New Jersey.

If you are interested, please email us at FureverHomeRescue@att.net.

Visit our website at: www.petfinder.com/shelters/fhdr.html.

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Kindergarten Registration in March

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Kindergarten registration will be held at Parsippany-Troy Hills elementary school on two dates:

• Monday, March 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Registration packets may be found by clicking here, or can be picked up in the Main Office of all the elementary schools beginning Wednesday, February 11. Completed registration papers must be brought with you at the time of registration.

Kindergarten Entrance Requirements
A child whose fifth birthday falls on or before October 1 may be admitted to kindergarten in September of that year.

Parsippany Town Council Regular Meeting 01/15/2013

Mercedes Hits Black Bear on Route 80

A black bear cub that made its way onto westbound Interstate 80, near milepost 44 (in the vicinity of South Beverwyck Road and Smith Road) in Parsippany was struck and killed after being hit by a Mercedes early Sunday morning, according to New Jersey State Police. The driver of the car was not injured.

State Troopers responded to the scene around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 13 was forced to put the bear down because of the extent of its injuries.

Additional information about the crash was not immediately available. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection plans to dispose of the bear.

Pictured above was a bear found roaming around in Waterview Office Park

Cesaro Takes Oath of Office for Freeholder

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) administers the oath of office to Freeholder John Cesaro, while his family looks on.

Cesaro was elected by a special Republican convention to fill an open seat vacated by Freeholder Gene Feyl in June.

He was elected in November to a three year term. Cesaro resigned in June from the Parsippanny-Troy Hills Town Council.

Parsippany PBA to host Scrapbooking Crop

Parsippany PBA will host a Scrapbooking Crop at Parsippany PAL Building, 33 Baldwin Road, on Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 a.m. to Midnight. $60.00 per person will include four foot space, great lighting, three great meals, snacks, massage therapist, scrapbooking vendors, giveaways, raffles, swap table. Bring your own cricut and extension cord. There is plenty of space!!!

Contact Jill Kornas at jskornas@optonline.net to reserve your space. Checks can be made to PBA #131 (also a tax write-off) mailed to PO Box 16, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054.

Half day also available for $35.00. Please specify 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. to Midnight. You can pay through Paypal. Please send payment to PBA131@optonline.net.

Parsippany is Named #15 in Nation by Money Magazine

Money Magazine just announced its list of America’s Best Small Cities. Parsippany-Troy Hills ranked #15 in the Nation and #1 in New Jersey, edging out Franklin, Hamilton and Wayne.  Parsippany was selected because of, among other things, its home to offices of more than 30 Fortune 500 companies, recreation programs, low crime rate and holiday celebrations – and is a short drive from New York city. Diversity was also a key, noting that Parsippany is 29 percent Asian and 8 percent Hispanic.

Mayor Barberio, a lifelong resident, commented that “I have never been more proud to be Mayor of a great town.” Between Par-Troy East representing the Mid-Atlantic States in the Little League World Series and the Money Magazine designation, all of our residents and businesses in Parsippany should rejoice and feel the “Pride in Parsippany.”

Mayor Barberio played a key role in the Money Magazine’s selection of Parsippany.  This June, the Mayor received a telephone call from Money Magazine reporter Beth Braverman.  The Mayor spent several hours with Ms. Braverman, taking her on a guided tour of Parsippany.  Mayor Barberio showed Ms. Braverman neighborhoods, local businesses, corporate parks, and many municipal facilities.  The Mayor described how the community came together after Hurricane Irene to support the flood victims. Mayor Barberio stated “part of my job as mayor is to showcase our great community – and its part of the job I love to do.  We have much to be proud of and much to be thankful for,” said the Mayor. To read the article in Money Magazine click here.

Woman’s Club to hold meeting

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills is a dynamic group of women of all ages and walks of life committed to volunteerism and service to the community.  Our Club is involved in charitable, philanthropic, educational and recreational activities and has made many contributions to Parsippany and to our state.

The Club holds General Meetings on the 4th Monday of the month in the Lake Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Building, 100 Centerton Drive. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m., with Club business followed by refreshments and a program.  For information or if you would like to attend a meeting, please contact us at: womansclubofpth@gmail.com  or (973) 856 4433.

Help SHOW to Help Animal Groups

Shelter Helpers on Wheels, Inc., (SHOW) is a Parsippany based, all-volunteer non-profit group that provides temporary assistance to other nonprofit animal welfare organizations and rescue groups.

SHOW sponsors several donation drives for pet food, supplies and even collects aluminum soda can tabs to help raise funds. The group also collects used cell phones and name brand ink cartridges for recycling and fundraising for donations to animal welfare groups.

SHOW welcomes potential volunteers to help at events. They also welcome donations of homemade craft items. If you’re interested in learning more about show, including ways to help, please contact SHOW via email at shelterhelpersnj@yahoo.com or call (973) 299-1725.

Monetary donations can also be mailed to Show, Post Office Box 269, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey 07034

Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry is seeking donations.

Most needed items are canned goods, such as fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry and soups; dry goods such as cereal, pasta, rice, dried potatoes, peanut butter, jelly, tomato sauce, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruit juice, powdered or evaporated milk, condiments such as salad dressing, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup.

Supermarket gift cards are also accepted.

Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry is located at the Parsippany Community Center, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha and is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Any Parsippany resident who needs supplemental food can call (973) 263-7163 or (973) 263-7351 to pick up a ready-made bag of groceries.

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