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Parsippany Fun Day at Living Waters Church

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Lake Parsippany resident Stanley Bielinski, 8, was playing “Ring the Bell” during Parsippany Fun Day at Living Waters Church, 649 Vail Road.  The proceeds from the event were donated to Parsippany Rescue and Recovery.  In addition, there was a food collection drive, donating to the Parsippany Food Pantry.

parsippanyrescueatchurchPictured left to right are Pastor Dave Griffith, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Pastor Pete Amerman, Parsippany Rescue and Recovery volunteers John Tranculov and Brian Borquist, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso, retired Parsippany Police Sgt. Louis Valori and Councilman Jonathan Nelson.  The money raised at Living Waters Church “Family Fun Day” was donated to the Parsippany Rescue and Recovery.

Bizzie Bowl raises money for Peyton Zitelli

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Pictured above retired Parsippany Police Sgt. Louis Valori, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso, Matt Zitelli, Michelle Zitelli holding Peyton, sisters Taylor, 10 and Aueri, 7,  Councilman Jonathan Nelson and Cameron Valori, 12.

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Matt Zitelli, Peyton, 2, with Mayor James Barberio

The sixth annual Bizzie Bowl flag football tournament was held on Saturday, September 7 at Smith Field in Parsippany. Once again there was music, food, fun, drinks, children’s activities and LOTS of football.

Money being raised for this event went to two year old Parsippany girl fighting cancer, Peyton Zitelli. Peyton is a 2-year old resident of Parsippany that was recently diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (a rare form of cancer that forms in muscle tissue).

To make donations to Peyton, click here.

The event continues in loving memory of Elizabeth “Bizzie” Stein. Bizzie was diagnosed on May 21, 2010 with a diffuse pontine glioma — an inoperable tumor on her brain stem. Bizzie, a very brave and funny three year old girl (at the time), received both radiation and chemotherapy treatment as a patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Unfortunately, the treatments did not succeed in conquering the sizable tumor that resided at the base of her brain. She passed away peacefully on January 15, 2011.

In 2011, the proceeds went directly to the family of Peter Hebberd, who continues to courageously battle a brain tumor. At the time, Peter was an eighth grade student at Brooklawn Middle School.

In 2012, the proceeds benefitted two Parsippany families who are courageously battling brain tumors. Amy Schlegel is a wife and mother of twin 4-year-olds currently receiving radiation and chemotherapy to shrink her inoperable brain tumor. Sean Ries is a 5-year old boy recovering from recent brain surgery.

In February of this year, Eight-year-old Matthew Santana held a fund raiser at Blackthorn Restaurant.

After learning that Peyton would lose her hair during her treatments, Matthew said he didn’t want her to go through it alone. The Santanas and Zitellis are friends and neighbors who live in Parsippany, but have Boonton mailing addresses.

Besides donations towards Matthew’s haircut, attendees also contributed to the event via a Tricky Tray and a silent auction. Attendees who purchased wristbands for the event received 10 percent off their food bill and happy hour drink prices during the event as well.

While family, friends and neighbors poured out to cheer on Matthew Saturday, his uncles, grandfather and father supported him in their own way: by taking turns cutting his hair with the shears.

Following his haircut, Matthew received a gift for his efforts courtesy of the New York Jets, his favorite American Football Conference team. The Jets gave Matthew a limited-edition football autographed by former running back LaDanian Tomlinson after learning about his fundraising efforts.

Matthew has raised over $23,103.00 for Payton.

Parsippany PBA 131 is holding a charity boxing event on Saturday, October 19. All proceeds benefit the Prayers and Pledges for Peyton Foundation.

Anyone wishing to participate should be affiliated with a Police, Fire or EMS agency with NO PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE. The bouts will be matched by age and weight and will consist of 2-3 minute rounds. For more information or if you are interested in participating, contact Detective Daniel Cicala at dcicala@parpolice.com

For more information, click here or click here.

Prayers & Pledges for Peyton is a community focused on supporting a 2-year old girl named Peyton that lives in Parsippany. Peyton is suffering from alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that forms in the muscle tissue. Peyton and her family have to travel to a Philadelphia facility, where she receives weekly chemotherapy treatments.

To make donations to Peyton, click here.

Biomet celebrates new location on Jefferson Road

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Councilman Jonathan Nelson touring BIOMET Spine & Bone Healing Technologies during the grand opening of their new 103,000 square foot headquarters at 399 Jefferson Road. Picture with Jonathan is President Adam Johnson and Cameron Valori. Johnson was demonstration the “tower” used in spine replacement.

biometgrandopeningCouncilman Jonathan Nelson, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Jamie Barberio, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert J. Peluso and Adam Johnson cut the ribbon during the Grand Opening Celebration of BIOMET Spine and Bone Healing Technologies new location at 399 Jefferson Road.

Suspicious tow truck fire

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Photo by Frank Cahill

A suspicious fire at approximately 11:00 p.m. Friday evening involving a flat bed tow truck owned by Peace of Mind, 709 Lake Shore Drive.  When members from Parsippany-Troy Hills Fire District #3 arrived, the doors were open, the flames were shooting high, but no one was around.  The two truck was parked on Bridgeton Drive near Lake Shore Drive, less than a mile from the Peace of Mind location. The fire is under investigation and no additional details are available.

The incident is being investigated by Officer David Cavaliere of the Parsippany Police Department, he said. Anyone with information can contact Parsippany Police at (973) 263-4300 or email Cavaliere directly at dcavaliere@parpolice.com.

Red Cross babysitting course offered at the YMCA

theymcaIf your 11-15 year old is interested in learning how to be a responsible babysitter, the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA has a class for them on Friday, October 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

How to handle emergencies, how to supervise, as well as how to entertain children of different ages will be covered in the class. Non-members welcome.

Bring a snack/dinner. All participants must be at least 11 on day of class. Register now in person

or online at: www.lakelandhillsymca.com Fee: $60 for members; $75.00 for non-members. Financial assistance is available. For more information, contact BreAnne at the Y (973) 334-2820 ext. 38.

‘Old Bags’ fundraiser to aid battered women’s services in Morris County

The Jersey Battered Women’s Service of Morris County is in search of bags – designer bags, vintage, or new fashionable bags — to use at its first-ever “Old Bags Luncheon” fundraiser.

The Old Bags Luncheon is a fundraising event that offers a silent auction for ladies looking to increase their bag collection while donating to aid in the prevention of domestic violence.

The Old Bags Luncheon will be held at Spring Brook Country Club on Tuesday, October 15, and is organized by co-chairs Joen Ferrari and Rose-Emily Calo and a committee of 16 Morris County women. Tickets cost $100. To purchase tickets or for more information,  visit www.jbws.org.

“Despite the name ‘Old Bags Luncheon,’ there is nothing frumpy about it,” Ferrari said. “We are looking for bags from the community that reflect a diverse and interesting collection of vintage and brand-name items that the crowd will love to claim as their own. We are asking women to dig into their closets and their hearts and give to aid other women and families.”

Bag drop-off at select Weichert and Provident Bank locations are now open. Old Bags committee member Jennifer Fondots, CNE, sales associate at Weichert Realtors in Chester, has spearheaded Weichert’s efforts to open its doors to support the event. Fondots also has gotten the support of nine other Weichert locations throughout Morris County to assist in this effort.

Provident Bank has been a long-time supporter of JBWS, providing volunteers to events and programs, and as JBWS board leadership. The individual branches also have participated in other JBWS fundraisers, including the sale of lanterns and mother and child pins to promote awareness.

Anyone donating a bag at any location will receive a receipt for a tax deduction at the time of drop off. The following locations are accepting bags now:

Weichert Realtors locations:

43 Old Bloomfield Avenue, Mountain Lakes

284 Route 10, Randolph

1072 Route 46 West, Parsippany

Provident Bank locations:

95 East Main Street, Mendham

41 Broadway, Denville

381 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains

All proceeds from the Old Bags Luncheon will benefit the Jersey Battered Women’s Service of Morris County, a full-service, private, nonprofit domestic violence agency. The mission of JBWS is the prevention of domestic violence through the protection and empowerment of the victim, the rehabilitation of family members, the advocacy of social reform to prevent partner violence, and the education of the public about domestic violence and its consequences.

For more information about the Old Bags Luncheon,  visit the Web site or call (973) 267-7520, ext. 278.

Old Bags Luncheon Committee Members are all Morris County residents who have either previously volunteered for Jersey Battered Women’s Service or organized fundraising events. They include: Co-Chairs Joen Ferrari and Rose-Emily Calo; Ellie Nice; Betsy Brown; MaryAlice Breuninger; Sarah Flaherty; Grace De La Rosa; Linda Horn; Ana Klobus; Meg Saliterman; Carol Personick; Tara Skirzenski; Jennifer Fondots; Neelam Joshi; and Kathy Colston.

Join Our Gran Fondo Team—Breaking the Cycle!

Gran Fondo NJ 2013 offers four routes of increasing levels of challenge, from the extremely challenging Gran Fondo down to the relatively relaxed Breve Fondo. All routes begin and end in historic Morristown. The event is Sunday, September 8.

There are a few ways you can help:

· Join our team; invite your family, friends and co-workers to join you; and ask people to sponsor you

· Ask your company, group or congregation to sponsor our team

To join our team, first visit www.granfondonj.com to register click here to join our team.

To make a donation supporting our team, click here.

If you have any questions, please call us at (973) 998-0820.

 

 

Letter to the editor: Big Box Fiasco at Waterview

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lettersDear Editor:

The Waterview developer, RD Realty (RDR), is the national developer of the three largest “general merchandise” big box stores:  Walmart, Kmart and Target.  RDR wants to build a giant Target big box with a strip mall and super high density townhouses, by paving over 80 percent of the 27 acre woodland property in Parsippany known as Waterview.  Parsippany will vote to rezone that property to commercial retail on September 17.  We need everyone’s support to fight this.

Funny thing about the last couple of decades of giant national chain big box stores:  Their strategy appears to be complete takeover of the American economy!  Take a look at what they have already accomplished in New Jersey and Parsippany – a complete saturation of our retail market.  On average, big box chain stores have 50 stores EACH in New Jersey.  Of this amount, 20% or one-fifth of all of these Big Box stores are located within a 20 mile radius in and around Parsippany!

There are 43 Target stores in New Jersey, with 6 stores within 20 miles of Parsippany.

There are 53 Walmart stores in New Jersey, with 6 stores within 15 miles of Parsippany.

There are 37 Kmart stores in New Jersey, with 9 stores within 20 miles of Parsippany.

Just for comparison sake, let’s take a look at some other types of “special merchandise” big box stores.  Do you see a pattern emerging?

Home Depot – 67 stores in New Jersey, 20 of them located within 20 miles of Parsippany.

Party City – 28 stores in New Jersey, with 8 stores within 20 miles of Parsippany.

Marshalls – 46 stores in New Jersey, with 10 stores within 15 miles of Parsippany.

Sears – 91 stores in New Jersey, with 10 stores located within 20 miles of Parsippany.

Michaels – 30 stores in New Jersey, with 8 stores located within 20 miles of Parsippany.

All you need to do is drive 15 minutes or less in ANY direction from Parsippany, and you can be at any one of these eight big box stores!  Do we really need another big box?  Is that good municipal planning?  Does that help our local economy?  Don’t we have enough retail vacancies lying waste right now?

Parsippany already has its share of big box stores.  It has a Kmart, Home Depot, Party City, Marshalls, and Michaels.  There is a Walmart in Boonton (3 miles away).  There is already a Target in East Hanover (6 miles away).  Why do we need another Target just so Parsippany can say it has one too?  Does that sound crazy?  Maybe every municipality and village in New Jersey should have every big box chain store.  Well, you know, that’s the big box strategy!

Furthermore, Mayor Barberio’s simply wrong about the economics of big box stores.  The ugly truth is that big box stores kill jobs and local economies.

Studies on big box chain stores show they eliminate jobs, not create them!  Typically, for every one job that a Walmart creates, there are 1.4 jobs lost elsewhere in the community.  For example, a Walmart typically employs 300 people.  However, since the big box stores steal business from the smaller local retail stores, it results, on average, in 450 employees from the local community losing their jobs as a direct result of the big box store moving in – a net loss to the municipality, on average, of 150 jobs!  So, when Mayor Barberio talks about the creation of 300-400 new jobs from this big box Waterview development, he clearly does not understand that Parsippany will be losing jobs, not gaining jobs.  It is time to wake up!

Not to mention, of course, that the jobs that these big box stores create offer substandard wages.  According to Stacy Mitchell, an expert in big box fiscal analysis, recently interviewed on Business Beat Radio in Parsippany (http://businessbeatradio.com/028-parsippanys-big-box-swindle-with-stacy-mitchell): “Target’s business model is exactly like Walmart’s.  Their wages are actually a little bit lower than Walmart’s, on average, but they have the same [negative] impact on jobs.”  As wages go down, income goes down, tax collection goes down, crime goes up and police calls go up. That’s what we have to look forward to if the Parsippany Council decides to support RDR’s proposal for a rezoning of Waterview.

Say good-bye, Mayor Barberio, to Money Magazine’s rating of Parsippany as the 16th nicest place to live in America that you like to quote so often.  Kiss it good-bye if you decide to rezone Waterview.  Don’t sell your soul to big box.  Say “No” to Rezoning.

Nancy du Tertre
Mountain Lakes
Board Member, Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare

TD Bank Names Michael LaBruna Senior Loan Officer in Commercial Lending

tdbankTD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, has promoted Michael A. LaBruna to Senior Loan Officer in Commercial Lending in Parsippany.

He is responsible for developing commercial banking relationships, including corporate financing, serving customers in Morris County and West Essex County.

LaBruna has 14 years of experience in banking, commercial lending and finance. He joined TD Bank in 2007 and most recently served as a Commercial Loan Officer. Before that, LaBruna served as a Commercial Relationship Manager at JPMorgan Chase and HSBC.

A resident of Rockaway,  LaBruna is a graduate of Centenary College in New Jersey.

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at approximately 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

Provident Bank sponsors summer time concerts

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Bridget Katilas, Assistant Vice President Branch Manager of Provident Bank, 401 Smith Road (center) addresses the crowd during the concert “Idol Kings Tribute” on Thursday.  Mayor James Barberio, left, Vicki Falconieri-Bizzaro, head teller at the Parsippany branch, and Mercedes Covert Muzio, Branching Branch Manager, right, looks on.  Provident Bank has been a sponsor of the township concerts for many years.  The next concert will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The Bronx Wanderers, The Ultimate Soundtrack of Rock,  will be performing.  The Provident Bank also supplied free popcorn to all the attendees at the concert.

 

Kiwanis to hold wine tasting event

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation is hosting a “Grand Tasting” benefitting the Weinstein Family Inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Center Morristown Medical Center and other charitable projects on Thursday, October 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Hanover Manor, 16 Eagle Rock Avenue, East Hanover.

Cost is $50.00 per person includes a Dinner Buffet, Fine Wines, Gourmet Beers, Single Malts, Select Spirits, Hors d’oeuvres, Silent Auction, Much, Much More.

Tickets are available online at www.F4MMC.org/GrandTasting, or send checks payable to “Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation,” P.O. Box 5342, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

You can also purchase tickets at Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars 289 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton.

Wines arranged by Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars www.liquoroutletwinecellars.com Permit #14001267.

Therapy Dogs Lend an Ear to Help Kids Read

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Schools are getting ready to open, parents are purchasing backpacks and pencils and therapy dogs are eager to help children with their reading skills!  Reading to dogs can boost reading skills in children and it’s fun!  Many local libraries and schools are bringing therapy dogs into their facilities because of the many nationally recognized benefits.  Studies have shown that reading fluency increases after children participate in a Read to a Dog program.  Children get and look forward to getting extra reading practice and many feel reading is easier with a dog in the audience. It can boost the confidence of readers who are struggling.

Creature Comfort Pet Therapy has a group of therapy dogs who regularly visit local libraries with their humans:  Bandit, Summer, Justice, Bailey, Roxie, Max, Millie.  Kids sign up in advance for reading sessions.

Check your local library to see if they have a Reading to a Dog Program.  Please contact Creature Comfort Pet Therapy at info@ccpettherapy.org or (973) 285-9083 if you wish to start a program.

JCP&L Warn Customers About Possible Scams

JCP&LJersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers to beware of telemarketers and door-to-door salespeople claiming to be employees of JCP&L or FirstEnergy.

Some third-party salespeople are reportedly using deceptive and/or aggressive tactics to convince customers to switch electric generation suppliers. While JCP&L customers have the right to choose an alternative generation supplier under New Jersey’s Energy Choice Program, the company urges customers to be cautious if they are contacted via phone or approached at their home, particularly if the salesperson claims to be affiliated with JCP&L.

• JCP&L employees and contractors do not engage in telemarketing or door-to-door sales for the purpose of encouraging residential customers to switch energy suppliers.

• JCP&L employees do not ask for sensitive information such as social security numbers or bank account numbers. In addition, JCP&L employees do not ask customers to provide a copy of their electric bill.

• Virtually all visits to customer homes by company representatives or contractors are prearranged by the customer or through a call to the customer.

• All JCP&L and FirstEnergy employees and contractors must carry company-issued photo identification. If someone claiming to be from JCP&L comes to your door, ask to see the individual’s identification.

• If customers have any doubts about a caller or visitor claiming to represent JCP&L or FirstEnergy, or about the information they are being asked to provide, they can call JCP&L at 1-800-662-3115 for verification. If the caller or visitor is a scammer, customers should contact their local police department to report the fraud.

• While the practice is not used by JCP&L, other electricity suppliers licensed by the state may use agents to conduct door-to-door or telephone marketing or sales activities. Their activities must comply with all federal, state and municipal laws and regulations.

JCP&L reminds customers that, if they choose to shop for their electricity supply, they should evaluate all offers carefully and pick the one that is best suited for their situation. In addition, before switching, customers should be sure they fully understand all the terms of any supplier’s offer. Resources on electric deregulation and the New Jersey Energy Choice program are available on the JCP&L website, or on the BPU’s website.

Customers with concerns about third-party suppliers should contact the BPU by calling the complaint hotline at 1-800-624-0241, or by submitting a complaint online on their website.

Commuters: Add Another 30 Minutes To Your Afternoon Drive Time Courtesy of Waterview

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lettersDear Editor:

Commuters – Add Another 30 Minutes To Your Afternoon Drive Time Courtesy of Waterview.

On Tuesday, September 17, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council will hold a public meeting about the rezoning of the 27-acre “Waterview property” located on the corner of Route 46 and Intervale Road.  The proposed rezone will permit commercial strip malls, big box retail and high-density residential townhouses to be built on the property.

In earlier articles, we reviewed the many reasons why RD Realty’s estimate of new school children and incremental policing costs could result in a project that actually costs taxpayers significantly over the long term.

Another factor that must be considered in any objective analysis is the immediate increase in traffic and commute times.

Waterview will add over 600 cars to Route 46 during the busy afternoon commute – making an already bad situation worse.

Want to turn left to go north at Waterview Boulevard?  According to the traffic study submitted by the developer, your wait time will increase on average from 49 seconds to 26 minutes!  Want to turn left to go south?  Your new wait time will be 7 minutes!  Other intersections that will be severely impacted by the new traffic patterns are Cherry Hill and Route 202.  We all know what a nightmare going west on Route 46 can already be in late afternoon.  When things get even worse residents will consider re-locating.

Corporate tenants on Route 46 join the opposition based upon their assessment that Waterview will ruin their employees’ commutes. 

At the last Parsippany Council meeting, a representative of DSM Nutritional Products spoke for 1400 tenants of the corporate development at 45 Wateview Boulevard.  She expressed concerns that the new traffic generated by this strip mall will prevent employees from entering and leaving their place of work, as well as increase security concerns stemming from thousands of new visitors to the area.  When the corporate tenants are dissatisfied, they can re-locate.  Which do you think adds more to Parsippany’s coffers – 1400 corporate jobs or 300-400 (recently reduced from 500) big box jobs?

Route 46 will require major infrastructure improvements.

Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare (CHSW) hired Dean and Dolan, an independent traffic expert, to analyze the developer’s traffic study.  Dean and Dolan’s conclusion was that the proposed changes (widening of turn lanes at Waterview Blvd and a new light at Intervale) are inadequate to handle the new traffic demands.  Traffic wait times of 10 to 30 minutes would essentially shut these intersections down during the afternoon commute.

The type of development allowed in this ordinance violates Parsippany’s Master Plan as well as current traffic ordinances that protect critical intersections from the negative impact of new development. 

Under current Parsippany law, new developments cannot downgrade what is known as the “level of service” at important intersections.  This plan allows development that is too dense for the size of the lot and for the roads.  The traffic study shows a service level downgrade at 12 different turn lanes at Lackawanna, Cherry Hill, Waterview Blvd and Route 202.  The decisions our Council makes today will impact our quality of life for years.  Importantly, RD Realty will not be here for years to see the longer-term traffic impact.

If RD Realty is to be required to fund their “fair share” of future infrastructure improvements (as current Parsippany law requires), the time to make the request is NOW.   

Straining local infrastructure beyond what it can handle is bad for the overall business environment of Parsippany.

We need your voice.  Please come to the Parsippany Hills High School, 20 Rita Drive, on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. and ask your Council what they intend to do about the traffic created by Waterview.

 

Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare
John Beehler, Parsippany
Len Cipkins, Parsippany
Dave Kaplan, Parsippany
Dick Young, Parsippany
Jackie Bay, Mountain Lakes
Nancy du Tertre, Mountain Lakes
Gretchen Fry, Mountain Lakes
Margaret Gossett, Mountain Lakes
Ron Owens, Mountain Lakes

Delta Dental of New Jersey Names New President and CEO

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Delta Dental of New Jersey has named Dennis G. Wilson, a 25-year veteran in the healthcare industry, as president and chief executive officer, effective Wednesday, September 4. Wilson is replacing Walter VanBrunt, who is retiring after serving as CEO for the past 15 years.

“Dennis brings with him an extensive background of career achievements,” said Dr. Ronald Deblinger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Delta Dental of New Jersey. “I have no doubt that he is the right person to take the helm of our organization, as we bid a fond farewell to Walter VanBrunt, whose leadership and dedication to our mission helped the company grow substantially. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we welcome Dennis and look forward to working with him in the coming years.”

Wilson comes to Delta Dental of New Jersey from the national managed care organization, Coventry Health Care/Aetna, where he served as a president of the Mid-Atlantic region. From 2007 to 2010, he was president and chief executive officer of Lovelace Health Plan in Albuquerque, NM.

Under his leadership, Lovelace was ranked by NCQA as the state’s top health plan and also improved its national ranking. Previously, Wilson had a national role with Cigna Healthcare in Bloomfield, CT, where he served as a market segment president from 2004 to 2007. He also held prominent positions at Partners in Care, Corp. in Somerset, NJ, Healthnet/Foundation Health Systems in Shelton, CT and Neptune, NJ, and Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia, PA.

“Along with a meaningful commitment to the communities it serves, Delta Dental has a rich history of delivering high value programs and solid service performance to its subscribers, dentists, and customers in New Jersey and Connecticut,” said Wilson. “I look at the challenges our industry is facing. While the challenges appear daunting, the dynamics brought on by the Accountable Care Act, the state of our economy, and a changing marketplace are fueling an environment for real innovation, along with the opportunity to deliver new and impactful solutions to our current and future customers. I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to help lead Delta Dental on a path to maximize these opportunities.”

Wilson is active in the community. He served on the boards of the United Way, the Albuquerque Economic Development Commission, the Lovelace Clinic Foundation, and the Princeton YMCA. Wilson was also a trustee and governance committee chair for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and for the University of New Mexico Athletic Scholarship Association. He served as chair of the New Mexico Association of Health Plans and was a member of the strategic planning committee for Rotary International.

Wilson holds a bachelor of science in marketing from the University of Massachusetts.

About Delta Dental

Delta Dental of New Jersey Inc. is New Jersey’s leading dental benefits company, providing or administering coverage to more than 1.5 million people through contracts with groups in New Jersey and Connecticut. In Connecticut, Delta Dental Insurance Company writes dental coverage on an insured basis and Delta Dental of New Jersey administers self-funded dental benefit programs. For more information, visit www.deltadentalnj.com.

 

First Annual Hot Rod & Classic Car Show

Lake Parsippany resident Jose Cohen, a trustee with the Mt. Prospect Partnership (MPP) in Newark, invites fellow Parsippany residents to attend the First Annaul Hot Rod and Classic Car Show in Newark’s Historic Forest Hill Neighborhood on Sunday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is being sponsored by Wells Fargo and the North Ward Center.

Mt. Prospect Partnership has also partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the event to help raise awareness and financial support for the fight against breast cancer. The rain date is Sunday, September 15.

“We are looking forward to hosting our first annual car show, which will take place on Mt. Prospect Avenue, between Elwood Avenue and Heller Parkway in Newark,” noted MPP Executive Director Frank Petolino.  The street will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event, with between 75 and 100 cars expected to be on display.

The event will also feature a competition, with over $1,000 in cash to be awarded for Best Hot Rod, Best Muscle Car, Best Custom Car, and Best Antique/Nostalgic Vehicle. Event highlights include a special visit by Lou “Batman” Magnifico and his amazing 1960’s replica Batmobile, along with live music, food vendors and children’s entertainment. Captain America will also make an appearance, along with former NY Giant, Stephen Baker “The Touchdown Maker.” Baker was a part of the Giants Super Bowl XXV championship team in 1990.

“We are looking forward to hosting our first annual car show which will take place on Mt. Prospect Ave. between Elwood Avenue and Heller Parkway in Newark,” Cohen noted. “The Partnership has received calls from classic car owners who once lived in the area and want to display their vehicles in front of particular addresses, and we are excited to welcome them and showcase how the Partnership has helped improve the area.”

Staging of the vehicles will start on the day of the event from 8:00 a.m.  to 10:00 a.m. For more information about the event or to register, call Frank Petolino at (973) 481-6200 or Chris Bernardo at (973) 482-2200.

Kiwanis Club donates for playground for children with disabilities

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Bob Keller, President of the Greater Parsippany Kiwanis Foundation, presented Denise Lanza of the Morris County Park Commission with a check for $500.00. This check will be used for the playground being built for Children with Disabilities on the Greystone property. This playground will allow ALL children to play together whether they have abilities or disabilities in one unique setting.

Morris County Multi-Organ Transplant Group holds Monthly Meeting

The Morris County Multi-Organ Transplant Group is holding their monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Station, located at 3339 Route 46.

The group is open to anyone who has had an organ or tissue transplant, is on the wait list, their families and anyone who has donated.

The group will also set-up a table at the Parsippany Fall Festival on Sunday, September 22.  Stop by to learn more about this active group of men and women, organ donation and the NJ Sharing Network.

For more information, call Nick at (973) 984-6966 or e-mail him at mcorgangroup@gmail.com for more information.

Spirit of the Arts donates $4,000 to Veterans Organization

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Jimmy Ferrante, SOTA board member, Sandy Mitchell, SOTA Board President; Ray Chimileski, Director Operation Chillout; Tom Dresdner, President NJ Fallen Soldiers Foundation and Tony DeStephano, Operation Chillout.

Spirit of the Arts Foundation, a Sussex based organization recently donated $4,000 to NJ Fallen Soldiers Foundation and Operation Chillout.  This was a portion of the proceeds of the fundraiser “Salute to our Vets” music festival that took place on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at Veterans Park.

“This was our first annual “Salute to our Vets” and it ran into some weather issues but we were able to raise some money for this cause.  We are thrilled to have been able to make this donation to these boots on the ground organizations who are so important in taking care of our homeless, disabled and unemployed vets”, said Mitchell. “We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful volunteers, bands and sponsors such as Gearhart Chevrolet and Extreme Energy Solutions”.   We thank them for their generous contribution.

The plan for next year is to do this event four times in different areas in New Jersey. With the help and cooperation of many of the new found friends and organizations, they believe this is totally possible and have a goal to raise $10,000 to donate.

Plans for next year are in full swing and sponsors and volunteers are needed for the project.  For more information please contact Sandy at  (973) 875-2068 or sandy@sotafoundation.org.

NJ Fallen Soldiers Foundation is doing a Casino Night fundraiser on September 28 at the Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown.  Funds raised will go to the Morristown Stand Down for homeless vets and other projects planned by the foundation.  For more info please go to www.njfallensoldiers.org or email Tom@NJFallenSoldiers.org.

Operation Chillout is in need of survival gear for the homeless vets they support.  Things such as cases of water, bug spray, tee shirts, baseball caps, sunscreen, personal hygiene products and the like are needed.  Soon they will begin their winter drive when they will need gear for winter survival.  Contact Ray at ray@operationchillout.org if you will help.

Household hazardous waste and electronic collection day

householdhazardousThe Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority will conduct a free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal and Computer/T.V. Drop-off event on Saturday, September 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00  p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany.

Morris County residents will be able to drop-off at no charge unwanted hazardous materials and electronic devices including computers, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines and televisions from their homes.

This event is for all Morris County residents. Businesses will not be permitted to attend this disposal event.

Acceptable materials include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, oil-based paints, stains, paint thinners and removers, solvents, automotive fluids, batteries, pool chemicals, darkroom chemicals, aerosol cans (not empty), propane and helium cylinders, small quantities of asbestos (wetted, double bagged and sealed with duct tape), driveway sealant, roofing tar, fluorescent bulbs, PCB-ballasts, mercury thermometers and switches, household cleaning products, muriatic acid, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines and televisions. Latex paint will not be accepted.

Explosive or highly reactive materials, such as picric acid or nitro compounds, will not be accepted. For information about safe disposal of explosive or reactive material, call (973) 631-5109.

For more information about these events, call (973) 285-8394, or visit the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority website, MCMUA.com.