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Parsippany resident among associates honored at Inserra Supermarkets

Parsippany resident Kenneth J. Quartarone was among more than 190 ShopRite associates, who embody Inserra Supermarkets’ 59-year commitment to customer service, quality excellence and community, were recently honored for a combined 2,835 years of distinguished service. Each of the honorees, who are employed at the Mahwah based company’s 22 stores throughout New Jersey and New York, were recently recognized for their milestone anniversaries, ranging from 5 to 50 years of service.

“Our associates are the backbone of Inserra Supermarkets. They are the ones on the front lines, in the stock rooms, at the registers and on the floor, who are taking care of our customers each and every day,” said Lawrence Inserra, Jr., president and CEO. “These outstanding men and women are the secret to our past, current and future success. I applaud them for making it all happen, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.”

Butler’s Felicia Beach was honored for 25 years and Glenn Villmann for 35 years; Parsippany’s Kenneth J. Quartarone for 5 years. Hamburg’s Susan Moresi was honored for 25 years and Sussex’s Cynthia Kennedy for 35 years.

Established in 1954 by Patsy Inserra as a privately held business, Inserra Supermarkets remains true to its roots as a family-owned grocery chain committed to serving the communities in which its stores are located.

“I have worked with four generations of Inserras and each has always made me feel like family, which is a real honor. As an employer, they are in touch with their employees’ needs and, as a supermarket, they make a point of listening to what their customers need and expect and then they deliver it,” said Leonard Magrini, this year’s 50-year honoree. After launching his career as a “carriage kid” in the former Hasbrouck Heights store, the River Vale, resident rose through the ranks to become the current store manager at the Hillsdale  location.

As one of the region’s largest employers, Inserra Supermarkets provides full- and part-time positions to more than 4,000 associates who reside throughout the bi-state region. The company also is widely acknowledged as a good corporate citizen dedicated to making life better for local residents. One recent activity includes ShopRite Partners in Caring, which challenges associates to band together as part of National Hunger Action Month to raise awareness and funds to alleviate hunger in their local communities. The company also supports the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, based in Hillside, and Table to Table, the first food rescue program serving Northern New Jersey.

Postpartum Depression: Are Older Mothers More at Risk?

It’s been said that forty is the new twenty when it comes to having babies. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, between 1980 and 2004 the number of women giving birth at age 30 doubled, at age 35 tripled and after age 40 almost quadrupled. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of babies born to women 45 or older in 2008 was more than double the number in 1997.  Advances in reproductive biology have made motherhood possible for women for whom it was not possible or feasible in their twenties and thirties. Not surprisingly, crossing this new frontier has raised many questions about the implications of delayed parenthood. Studies have tracked the statistical outcomes of these pregnancies with respect to factors like complications, birth defects and multiple births.

According to Dr. Hayley Hirschmann, clinical psychologist at The Morris Psychological Group in Parsippany, NJ, “when it comes to psychological factors, the research does not always point to a clear conclusion. For example, are older mothers more likely to suffer from postpartum depression? The answer is a qualified ‘no.’ Age alone is not a factor for increased risk. But there are other factors that are prevalent in older women that may make them more susceptible.”

Connecting the dots between maternal age and postpartum depression

Studies have shown no increased risk of depression in older first-time mothers due to their age. But older women do have higher rates of pregnancy complications, such as blood pressure and diabetes, which is associated with higher risk. And older women have higher rates of multiple births, whether they conceive naturally or with the help of fertility drugs, which is also associated with higher risk. Indeed, as women wait longer to have children and seek help from fertility treatments, the number of multiple births has skyrocketed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth rate of twins in the United States rose 76 percent from 1980 to 2009 and the birth rate of triplets and other higher-order multiples increased more than 400 percent during the 1980s and 1990s. And a study published in 2009 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showed that mothers of multiples are 43 percent more likely to suffer moderate to severe depressive symptoms nine months after giving birth than mothers of singletons.

Risk factors for postpartum depression

Women at highest risk are those who have had a prior episode of postpartum depression or who have a history of depression or anxiety disorders, particularly if they were depressed during the pregnancy.  Other risk factors include:

  • A family history of depression or bipolar disorder
  • A difficult or complicated pregnancy
  • A multiple birth
  • A lack of emotional support from partner, family and/or friends
  • A history of severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Having a baby with physical or behavioral problems
  • High stress due to family, work or financial difficulties
  • Unrealistic expectations about motherhood
  • A birth resulting from an unwanted pregnancy

About postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a temporary depression that afflicts about 15 percent of women following childbirth. It is more intense and longer lasting than the “baby blues,” which affect as many as half of new mothers. Symptoms of the baby blues – sadness, anxiety, tearfulness – appear a few days after giving birth and usually disappear within a few days or a week. Postpartum depression sets in later, generally four to six weeks after giving birth, and may last for months. It is characterized by feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, difficulty bonding with the baby, inability to cope and loss of pleasure as well as extreme fatigue and trouble sleeping (even when the baby is sleeping). “Women who are experiencing these symptoms should seek professional help right away because symptoms can worsen,” says Dr. Hirschmann.

It has long been thought that postpartum depression may be caused by the hormonal fluctuations that accompany pregnancy and childbirth. The dramatic drop in estrogen levels that occurs in the days following birth does trigger elevation of an enzyme that has been associated with mood changes. But while hormonal changes are likely the cause of the short-lived baby blues that set in soon after birth, there has been no conclusive evidence that they are responsible for later-onset postpartum depression. “We haven’t pinpointed a precise biological basis for postpartum depression,” says Dr. Hirschmann, “but we do know which factors put a woman at higher risk.”

“Is the association between multiple births and postpartum depression due to the more extreme fluctuation of hormones in multiple births?” Dr. Hirschmann asks. “Or is it the more difficult pregnancy? Or the added stress of caring for two or more babies? It may be a combination of all these factors. So even though there is no direct correlation to age, older mothers, their families and healthcare providers must be aware of the risks and alert to symptoms. With professional help, postpartum depression can be overcome so women – of any age – can enjoy the rewards of motherhood.”

Hayley Hirschmann, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who treats issues specific to women, such as postpartum depression, menopause related depression, adjustment to divorce or single parenthood, and coping with chronic illness, losses or trauma.

The Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents. www.morrispsych.com

PHS Senior Awards 2013

The talented students at PHS receive their awards.

Letter to the editor: No Land Ethic, No Country

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lettersDear Editor:

No land ethic, no country. Is there more plastic debris spread upon the American Landscapes than stars in the sky? The spread of litter and trash may have reached the point of no return, as far as we as a people in our ability to ever retrieve it back from its stain upon our nation making the United States one of the dirtiest places in the world. This ever-present evidence shows clearly our “loss of a land ethic”. Two aspects of our consumer society are guilty of this behavior, individual and corporate. Convenience has taken over as a social force of degeneration. Convenient fast products sold in mass quantities to individuals by corporations who promote and manufacture these products in a free market. Convenience needs to be defined as absent or free from responsibility; for example a corporation say; Coke or Pepsi or any giant plastic producing enterprise makes products for the open market, this market operates and causing an effect; pollution, litter trash in amounts so great one cannot escape the eye-sores and offense that stands before us, so what do corporations do as a direct result of their products impacts? Nothing. Buying their products makes you responsible and depending on who you are you either are or not; however the result is mass pollution of which only the corporation can be held responsible for, but they are not. No sense of social responsibility is forthcoming, when it should be and rightly so from the corporations whom make the product that pollutes.

Corporations should have already on their own voluntarily initiated a workforce that receives payment for cleaning and encouraging proper social attitudes and actions to keep the Nation clean and free as possible from their products waste. For example; helping National Parks our Nations’ gems, stay clean through a litter abatement labor force. (National Park Service has suffered much from recent budget cuts; while corporations receive more and more tax breaks). This responsibility is passed off to the public through feeble re-cycling and clean communities programs which in reality do little to combat this corporate phenomena. The real thing is we believe America is beautiful and ignore deny what has happened to our land and people. Is not the “loss of a land ethic” a form of mental illness a systemic result of mass production of convenience that actually encourages this negative impact and denying it at the same time.

If there was truly a love of our country, call it patriotism our landscapes would be clean, or there would be an uproar by Congress to stop the irresponsible ignoring of what has happened to our country.

Corporations have the money and our economy is controlled by them, there model serves them not the people; from the spread of sprawl development and shopping malls to the never ending result of the trash this way of life leaves behind it shows the difference between a real nation and a land lost to its own freedom and lack of responsibility. One Nation Under God. We are a nation divided by greed and an economic system that has outlived its purpose and meaning. No land ethic no nation. Freedom is a farce and its dynamic only suits the selfish the more money one has the more one wants, this too is a mental illness. America needs to clean its house, literally and corporations made responsible.

Nick Homyak
Lake Hiawatha

 

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The Morris Habitat Restore now helps you to donate close to home

A big “heads up” to residents living in or near Summit, Chatham, Basking Ridge/Bernardsville, and Boonton/Montville/Mountain Lakes.  For residents redecorating or cleaning out the basement, garage or attic this summer the Morris Habitat for Humanity ReStore truck will be coming to you.

Residents can arrange for home pickup of items on a bi-monthly scheduled day in four areas this summer. The ReStore truck will visit Summit or the Bernardsville/Basking Ridge area on a Wednesday and Chatham or the Boonton/Montville/Mountain Lakes area on a Friday. ReStore Director, Rick Ostberg advises that, “Volunteer truck drivers will gratefully accept your new or very gently-used home furnishings, appliances and building supplies,” but cautions that,  “When considering what to donate, review of the guidelines for information about age and condition restrictions is a big help.” The guidelines list the many types of merchandise the ReStore is searching for, as well as items that it is not able to accept.

Those interested can go to the Morris Habitat website at www.morrishabitat.org or contact the Morris Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 973-366-3358 to get more details, find a donation form, or review other options for donating items that the ReStore cannot accept.  Donations are tax deductible.

 

The Current Schedule:

ReStore Truck in Summit – June 19, 2013

ReStore Truck in Chatham – June 21, 2013

ReStore Truck in Bernardsville/Basking Ridge Area – June 26, 2013

ReStore Truck in Boonton/Montville/Mountain Lakes Area – July 19, 2013

ReStore Truck in Summit – August 21, 2013

ReStore Truck in Chatham – August 23, 2013

For more information on Morris Habitat, or to volunteer, go to the website at www.morrishabitat.org  or contact the Morris Habitat for Humanity Office in Randolph, NJ at (973) 891-1934 or the ReStore at (973) 366-3358.

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About The Donation Guidelines:

The ReStore welcomes all offers of new or very gently-used items, but reserves the right to refuse unsuitable donations. By filling out the donation offer form or contacting the ReStore by telephone or e-mail, donors can see if their donation falls within the guidelines and meets current needs.

Items donated to the ReStore are sold to the general public, so it’s important that all merchandise be in excellent condition, be 100% operable and be thoroughly cleaned. Items that are broken, scratched or in need of repair cannot be accepted, as there are no resources available to refurbish these items.

Items accepted are Appliances, Architectural Items, Artwork and Pictures,Books, Cabinets, Counter Tops, Doors, Electrical Wiring, Flooring Materials,Furniture, Gutters and Leaders, Hardware, Insulation, Lawn and Garden Supplies, Lighting Fixtures, Lumber, Masonry, Mirrors and Pictures, Paint and Supplies, Plumbing Fixtures and Hardware, Roofing Materials, Rugs, Sheet Rock, Siding, Tools, Wall Coverings and Windows and Screens.

Items NOT accepted are window shades, blinds, clothing, drapes, mattresses, box springs, sectional and sleeper sofas, laminate black/grey entertainment centers, tables with glass tops (unless the glass is tempered), playpens, walkers, cribs, car seats, child gates, children’s toys, shower doors, bath tubs, exterior shutters, television sets, used stereo equipment, used computers, used vacuum cleaners, used smoke detectors, used carbon monoxide detectors, nails and screws, paint thinner, oil-based paint, pesticides, or hazardous chemicals.

Donations are tax deductible: Most donations are tax deductible. The ReStore will give you a receipt for tax purposes and information on the IRS guidelines.

Corporate donors: Are you a company with slow-moving or obsolete inventory? Donate, don’t dispose! Businesses and corporations can void the costs of warehousing and insuring slow-moving inventory, as well as the expense of trash disposal and hauling, and can take advantage of tax deductions for your contributions.

For more information on Morris Habitat, or to volunteer, go to the website at www.morrishabitat.org  or contact the Morris Habitat for Humanity Office in Randolph at (973) 891-1934 or the ReStore at (973) 366-3358.

About Morris Habitat for Humanity 

Morris Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing agency dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing for low-income families in Morris County and the surrounding New Jersey area.  Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses in partnership with families in need.  Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 254 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. The organization has plans to build an additional 80 units and preserve 40 homes within the next 5 years. In addition, proceeds from our ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 8 homes and diverted over 3,000 tons of useable material out of landfills.  For more information about Morris Habitat call (973) 891-1934  or visit www.morrishabitat.org.

About Morris Habitat ReStore

Operated by Morris Habitat for Humanity, the ReStore sells donated building supplies and furnishings at huge savings off normal retail costs. Proceeds from the store have funded the construction of 8 houses since 2007 and kept more than 3,000 tons of material out of landfills. Information on donating, volunteering, or any other aspect of the ReStore can be found on its website at www.morrisrestore.org or by calling (973) 366-3358.

Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph, the ReStore is open Wednesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Cash, debit cards, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Donation drop offs can be made during store hours, or for larger items call (973) 366-3358 to schedule a pick-up. Donations are tax-deductible.

Vision Equities sells majority share in 299 Jefferson Road

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Interior of 299 Jefferson Road

A $32.4 million sale of 299 Jefferson Road in Parsippany marks the culmination of a stabilization for the 150,500-square-foot, Class A office asset. Vision Equities, LLC, an institutional investor, has sold their interest in the property to Cole Corporate Income Trust, Inc.; Vision will continue to provide asset/property management for the building, which serves as corporate headquarters for Evonik Degussa Corporation.

Vision Equities, a full-service real estate development and asset management firm, acquired 299 Jefferson Road with knowledge that the sole occupant would ultimately vacate its space. “We recognized that after we executed our redevelopment and modernization plan, a building of this size and quality in such a desirable submarket would appeal to a corporate user looking to establish a full-building operation,” noted Sam Morreale, Vision’s co-founder and managing partner. “We rolled out a repositioning strategy, and Evonik – which had outgrown its space at another Parsippany building – understood the value proposition.”

Following Evonik’s May 2011 lease signing, Vision Equities subsequently built out a multi-million-dollar headquarters operation for the specialty chemicals company. Aesthetic highlights include a new, three-story atrium lobby, hardwood and granite finishes, and upgraded landscaping and parking. Vision updated the building mechanicals, built a new fitness center with locker rooms, and renovated the cafeteria. Evonik took occupancy in late 2011.

According to Fred Arena, Vision’s co-managing partner, the sale fits perfectly with his firm’s vision for the project as well as its long-term investment approach. “We purchased a property that we knew had great potential, attracted a long-term credit tenant by providing quality product at a highly competitive rate, and were approached by a prominent REIT to invest in the finished product,” he said. “We remain involved in the building’s operation on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that our tenant will benefit from the same responsive, efficient service they have come to expect.”

Based in Mountain Lakes, Vision Equities is an entrepreneurial owner of core, value-add and opportunistic real estate. The firm invests in office, industrial, flex, mixed-use and retail, including both stabilized assets and development/redevelopment sites. Vision’s growing portfolio currently consists of 6 million square feet of commercial space and four significant land parcels (totaling more than 150 acres) available for build-to-suit projects. The company operates in a culture of value creation and is distinguished by a strong institutional pedigree. Its real estate-centric approach combines deep market knowledge and investment experience, as well as applied operational expertise across all asset classes.

Life Threating Injuries at Motor Vehicle Crash

parsippanypoliceAt 7:38 p.m. on Monday, June 10, Parsippany Police, Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance, Parsippany Rescue and Recovery, Rainbow Lakes District 2 Fire Department and Paramedics from St. Clare’s Hospital responded to a serious motor vehicle crash on Interpace Parkway near where it intersects with Cherry Hill Road.

Upon police arrival, they observed a 2002 blue Ford Focus that had left the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle was occupied only by the driver. Parsippany Rescue and Recovery extricated the severely injured driver from the vehicle before turning his care over to Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance and St. Clare’s Paramedics.

He was treated and transported to Morristown Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Vehicle Crash Reconstructionist Steven Miller of the Parsippany Police Department is in the process of conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident. Anyone with information regarding the incident or saw the crash occur should contact the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300 or email us at Crime_Tips@parpolice.com.

Suspicious Person with Ladder at Rutgers Village

rutgersvillageOfficers were called to the Rutgers Village Apartments at 10:04 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 located at 80 New Road to investigate a report of a suspicious person. Alert residents reported to the Parsippany Police Communications Center that there was a man on a ladder climbing up to a second floor window behind one of the apartment buildings.

One of the residents asked the man what he was doing. The man on the ladder (described as a white male in his late 20’s or early 30’s with shoulder length brown hair and wearing red and black sneakers) stated that he lived there and was locked out of his apartment. The resident, who knows his neighbors and has never seen the man before, contacted the police. The man that was on the ladder fled the location on foot carrying the ladder with him.

He was last seen running towards the Partridge Run Apartments. Anyone with information regarding the incident or with information that could possibly identify the individual should contact the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300 or email us at Crime_Tips@parpolice.com.

Burglary at Apartment at Tivoli Gardens

tivoligardensOfficer Steven Miller responded at 4:11 p.m. on Saturday June 8 to the Tivoli Gardens Apartments located on Parsippany Boulevard to investigate a report of a burglary.

Upon his arrival, he spoke to the victim who stated that she came home from work and noticed that jewelry was missing from her home. She also noticed that her dresser drawers had been gone through. Signs of forced entry were observed on the rear door of the apartment as if it were pried open.

Det. Conklin of the Parsippany Police Investigative Division as well as members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Department responded to process the crime scene and continue the investigation. The total value of the items stolen was not available at the time that the police report was filed. The incident occurred between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300 or email us at Crime_Tips@parpolice.com.

Parsippany Town Council Agenda Meeting 06/11/2013

Sandra Clarke Joins Daiichi Sankyo as Vice President of Finance

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Sandra Clarke, Vice President of Finance

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., a Parsippany-based pharmaceutical company has appointed Sandra Clarke as vice president of finance and a member of the Company’s Management Committee. Sandra will lead the finance function and report to John Gargiulo, president and CEO of Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. She is based in Parsippany.

Sandra has served in numerous roles within the healthcare industry and brings more than 20 years of experience in finance and accounting to Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. She was most recently the CFO, Sales and Service of the Americas for Philips Healthcare, where she worked for six years. During her time with Philips, Sandra was responsible for establishing short- and long-range plans for the business and leading key projects in the areas of new reporting systems and finance transformation.

Previously, Sandra was vice president and controller, Sales and Products at Siemens Water Technologies, where she facilitated earnings growth and led a finance team that spanned 90 locations across the U.S. and Canada. Sandra has also held roles with TASC, a software programming and integration company, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and General Dynamics Electric Boat. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from MIT and a Master of Science in Accounting from Bentley University.

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. located at 2 Hilton Court, is the U.S. subsidiary of Daiichi Sankyo, Co., Ltd. and a member of the Daiichi Sankyo Group. Global clinical development and regulatory activities are headquartered at Daiichi Sankyo Pharma Development in Edison, New Jersey. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. was formed in 2006 from the integration of two leading pharmaceutical companies, Sankyo Pharma, Inc. and Daiichi Pharmaceutical Corporation. The team of nearly 2,500 U.S. employees is dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical products to address diversified, unmet medical needs. We currently market therapies in hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, acute coronary syndrome and metastatic melanoma.
For more information on Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., please visit www.dsi.com.

Greater Parsippany’s Relay for Life

RFL_FY13_greeting_photo2The American Cancer Society of Greater Parsippany’s Relay for Life took place on Saturday, June 8 at Veterans Park. The Event was held from 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 until 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 9.

The Relay For Life is a noncompetitive walk event to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Representatives from local Corporate Sponsors Including Shop-Rite, Century 21, Starbucks, and more were on hand.

There are three themes to every Relay for Life Event – Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back.  The celebration portion includes a dinner for cancer Survivors and their Care Givers.  The remembrance portion includes a moving Luminaria Ceremony in which friends and loved-ones lost to cancer are remembered.  The entire event is a way of fighting back against cancer by raising funds for Research.  The American Cancer Society funds research for all types of cancer.  93% of all money raised goes to continuing research efforts.

By supporting Relay For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Car Seat Safety Check at Town Hall

Dean Snook, Chief of Emergency Medical Services of Parsippany-Troy Hills checking the safety of the car seat used by 4 year old Parsippany resident Dylan Mazzarella.
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Dean Snook, Chief of Emergency Medical Services of Parsippany-Troy Hills checking the safety of the car seat used by 4 year old Parsippany resident Dylan Mazzarella.

The Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills and Par-Troy EMS held a car seat check on Saturday, June 8 at Parsippany Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard. Proper car seat use can save lives and reduce injuries.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death of children over the age of six months in the United States. The proper use of car seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of our young children.  Presently, 25% of all child car seats are used incorrectly.

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians were available to inspect your car seat for proper installation, fit and use.

If you missed the event, phone Barbara Ievoli of Human Services at (973) 263-7164 to make an appointment to have your child’s car seat installed/inspected.

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Robert Peluso, having his son’s car seat inspected during the Parsippany Rotary Club Car Seat Safety Check at Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Building.

Pride in Parsippany? Are political signs election litter?

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Collage of campaign signes lying around the streets of Parsippany the Saturday after election day.

Driving around the streets of Parsippany, four days after the election, you find hundreds of “political signs” lying all over the place.   They are in the streets being run over by cars, on the lawns, along sidewalks in front of strip centers, against fences and still being displayed on highways, on and off ramps, public and private properties.

Along Parsippany Road, in front of the Green Hills Shopping Center, there are over 20 signs from the various campaigns still on display at this time this article was written.  We also noticed that two of the three candidates for Mayor actually cleaned up most, if not all of their political signs. What do you think about the multitude of political signs in the public right-of-way?  What do you think about the appearance it gives the township? Please vote in our poll, and send your comments to news@parsippanyfocus.com.

Wikipedia defines “Election litter” as a term used by some national and subnational governments to describe the unlawful erection of political advertising on private residences or property owned by the local government. Often, election signs may only be displayed on private property with permission for a certain time within the election, and may not exceed a certain size. When placed on public property or public rights of way without permission, or if left on private property for too long, they are often in violation of littering laws, and/or laws intended to prevent flyposting.

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Signs along Parsippany Road, in front of the Greenhills Shopping Center.

 

PHHS Teacher Charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Jenna Leahey, a former English teacher at Parsippany Hills High

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany Police Chief Paul Philipps announced that Jenna Leahey, 32, of Morristown has been charged with two counts Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree and two counts Criminal Sexual Contact, a crime of the fourth degree for acts involving a 16 year old male.

Leahey is an English teacher and is also the coach of the school’s field hockey team at Parsippany Hills High School who allegedly became involved in a sexual relationship with a 16 year old student. The relationship started in late January 2013 when the defendant began exchanging sexually explicit text messages with the victim and later sent sexually explicit pictures of herself to him.  The relationship allegedly progressed physically to acts of kissing and mutual sexual contact and continued through June 6, 2013. These acts occurred on and off school grounds. The victim disclosed the relationship to a staff member at the school.  The school is cooperating with the investigation.

The Honorable Thomas V. Manahan, J.S.C. set bail at $100,000 no 10%, cash, bond or property.  As conditions of bail the defendant is to have no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with children under 18.

The investigation is on-going. Please contact the Parsippany Troy Hills Police Department Detective Bureau at (973) 263-4300 or the Morris County Prosecutors Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at (973) 285-6200 if you have any relevant information.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank Detective Edward Mitreuter of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit and Detective Keith Duffy of the Parsippany Troy Hills Police Department whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

If convicted of the above charges, the defendant faces a maximum potential custodial sentence of approximately 20 years, subject to Parole Supervision for Life and Megan’s Law.

Despite these pending charges, every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Nelson Presents Scholarship at PHHS

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Councilman Jonathan Nelson presents scholarship to Kristyna Lynch

Councilman Jonathan Nelson awarding the annual Parsippany Democratic County Committee scholarship to Kristyna Lynch for excellence in advanced history and political science.

Parsippany Resident To Run For Governor

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Parsippany resident Kenneth Kaplan

Petitions were filed today on behalf of Kenneth Kaplan, Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of New Jersey.  Kaplan is a commercial real estate broker from Parsippany.

He holds a B.A. degree cum laude from Brandeis University, and is a graduate of NYU Law School.  He is a lifelong resident of New Jersey.

Kaplan stated, “I am running for Governor because NJ needs a Governor who respects the people of New Jersey and their individual rights.

Chris Christie has been a roadblock to the availability of medical marijuana in New Jersey.  Suffering patients are still unable to obtain their medicine, 3 ½ years after our legislature made it legal.  I lay the blame squarely on the Governor.

Same sex couples are denied the right to marry because the Governor vetoed the marriage equality  bill that would have guaranteed their civil rights.  I will sign such a bill.

State spending is still out of control, as is spending at the county and municipal levels.

As Governor, I will submit an initial budget that will call for enough cuts to enact an immediate decrease in the state income tax, and future cuts that will enable us to completely eliminate that tax by the end of my first term.  I will also move to eliminate county government, dividing its responsibilities between the state and municipalities, while encouraging regionalization of services by municipalities when it makes sense.

New Jersey’s gun laws contravene the U.S.Constitution, and though I myself am not a gun owner, I respect the constitutional right to bear arms to the same degree I respect the right to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.  While supporting the constitutional rights of gun owners, I also support severe penalties for those who use guns to commit crimes.  Assuring public safety is a key role of government.”

Barberio; Peluso and Valori Wins Primary

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Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr, Lou Valori and Robert Peluso

Paul Carifi, Jr., at The Sheraton Parsippany reviewing the unofficial results to a standing room crowd.  The unofficial numbers are coming in, but as of now Barberio wins with 2507; Carifi, Jr. 2418; Peluso 2087, Valori 1799, Ferrara 1730, Strumolo 1712 and Shah 1635.  Focus will update the final results as they are available.

Littleton Variety Show 2013

Check out the talent of Littleton School at their annual variety show.

Parsippany High School Prom Safety Assembly

Before you hit up prom make sure to be safe. In this video we explore the consequences of drunk driving.

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