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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.
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.

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

BMS 6th Grade Band

Brooklawn Middle School sixth grade band puts on a performance not to be forgotten.

Letter to the editor: How to control feral cat population

lettersDear Editor: 

As a resident of Lake Hiawatha / Parsippany,  I do not understand why Parsippany-Troy Hills Township does allow trap and release as an option to contain and control the feral cat population.

Most of the cats and kittens are able to be put up for adoption due to they don’t have the fear of humans that most older feral cat have. I have lived here for three years now and have seen at least 30+ sets of kittens born and it’s a shame because not only is it bad for them and the momma kittens. With trap and release your controlling  the population, and better yet they are given their shots and rabies vaccines all at the same time! So it’s a win win that the town will not allow.

Leanne Loizzi
Lake Hiawatha

Primary Day … Don’t forget to vote!

Ildiko, Robert and Robert, Jr. at the polls ready to vote!

Ildiko, Robert and Robert, Jr. Peluso at Rockaway Meadow School this morning, ready to enter the curtains to cast their vote. Remember polls are open until 8:00 p.m this evening. Voter turn out has been a continuous flow at Rockaway Meadow School.

If you did not receive a paper ballot in the mail, and you are not sure where to vote, click here for a complete list of locations in the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Sine this is a primary election, you are confined legally to a choice of candidates for nomination within your own Political Party. The machine is so adjusted as to comply with the law, and will not permit you to vote in the Primary of more than ONE Political Party.

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Governor – For 4 years –  Choice of one:   Seth Grossman or Chris Christie
State Senator – For 4 Years – Choice of one: Joe Pennacchio (no competition)
General Assembly – For 2 Years – Vote for  two: Jay Webber and Betty Lou deCroce (no competition)
Sheriff – For 3 Years – Vote for one: Edward V. Rochford (no competition)
County Clerk – For 5 Years – Vote for one: Michael J. Sanchelli, Ann F. Grossi, Laurie Boggaard, Zbighiew Nowacki, James J. Vigilante
Board of Freeholders – For 3 Years – Vote for three: Doug Cabana, Tom Mastrangelo, Kathy DeFillippo, Stephen DeHart, Barbara Eames.
State Committee (Male) For 4 Years – Lawrence Casha (no competition)
State Committee (Female) For 4 Years – Vote for one: Christina Ramirez, Catherine McCulloch
Mayor – For 4 Years – Vote for one: Paul Carifi, Jr., James R. Barberio
Councilman – For 4 Years – Vote for two: Michael Strumolo, Robert J. Peluso, Louis A. Valori, Vincent Ferrera, Milin Shah


Governor – For 4 years –  Choice of one:   Troy Webster, Barbara Buono
State Senator – For 4 Years – Choice of one: Avery Ann Hart (no competition)
General Assembly – For 2 Years – Vote for  two: Elliot Isibor, Joseph Raich (no competition)
Sheriff – For 3 Years – Vote for one: Mark Dombrowski (no competition)
County Clerk – For 5 Years – Vote for one: Terry O’Connor Redwine (no competition)
Board of Freeholders – For 3 Years – Vote for three: Roger L Holman, Donald Cresitello, Thomas J. Moran, Mark H. Stein
State Committee (Male) For 4 Years – Vote for three: Paul N Bontempo, Elihu D. Davison, Philip R. Sellinger
State Committee (Female) For 4 Years – Vote for three: Shawn Laurenti-DeFazio, Truscha Quatrone, Claudia Salomon
Mayor – For 4 Years – Vote for one: Jonathan Nelson
Councilman – For 4 Years – Vote for two: Robert “Bob” Keller, Mihir Oza

Additional voter information will be available at all polling places.


Chamber Holds Healthcare Seminar


Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce held their PPACA (Obama Care) Seminar at Provident Bank, 401 Smith Road on Monday, June 3. The event offered an opportunity for residents, volunteers, and business professionals learn about the upcoming legislation.

Anthony Bonanno, CFP and Gil Moscatella from Langdon Ford Financial of Parsippany presented on the topic. Their interactive seminar included a discussion on the Overview of the Legislation, Healthcare Exchanges, Employer Mandate, Non-Discrimination Rules, Medical Loss Ratio Provision and other Areas of  Interest for Businesses.

For more information about the self-funded and volunteer based Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce visit

Letter to the editor: Threats, harassment and intimidation?

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lettersDear Editor:

In November of 2011 during the Parisppany Soccer Club’s Intramural Tournament, the Councilman and I got into an altercation due to the fact that the Councilman was misinformed and led to believe that the entire tournament process was altered to spite the councilman and ensure that his team would not win. I’m not blaming the Councilman for questioning this information; I will however say that he was completely wrong and out of line for acting the way he did after being given this false information. After receiving this “hint” from an unreliable informant, the councilman proceeded to go to Smith Field where the PSC trailer was stationed for the tournament.

As head of the intramural league, I was the individual at the trailer who received Councilman Ferrara’s wrath as well as unnecessary threats, harassment, and intimidation. Instead of calmly acting as a dignified, respectable individual-let alone leader-of our town, the councilman proceeded to have a “temper-tantrum”. He vehemently ranted about how he is tired of having non-Caucasian (Indian) children on his team; the exact phrase he used was “f**king Indians”.

Ironically enough, the councilman proceeded to call me a racist for not placing enough Caucasian athletes on his team. Let me remind you all that this is a leader of our community spitting out these racial slurs in front of an audience (seeing as there was a soccer game happening) of not only parents, but children. This is supposed to be an individual who exemplifies respect, leadership, and pride in our town. I am proud to say that our town of Parsippany is extremely diverse and I take pride in the different cultures we see from day to day. It is exceptionally discerning that a leader who should be a representation of our town would be so disrespectful and act in the manner which Councilman Ferrara did. The councilman proceeded to carry on for about twenty minutes and in that time, he accused the PSC of spiting him, favoring other individuals, and being racists. The Councilman then threatened to use whatever political power he had as town councilman to pull all Parsippany Township and Board of Education field permits from the Soccer Club; this action would deter the children of the town from playing a sport they love and enjoy.  He then said that he, along with fellow councilman Brian Stanton, would go to the Daily Record and publicize how the Parsippany Soccer Club stole a championship soccer game victory from him. I do not feel like an individual who behaves in such a manner should be an avid political figure in our town.

I am not looking to receive anything from my publication of this past event; I’m solely trying to tell my story to inform the voters of Parsippany that the man they have previously elected to sit on Town Council has behaved in such an inappropriate manner that does not reflect on our town whatsoever. During this altercation with Councilman Ferrara, I felt that I was being harassed and intimidated by the typical school “bully”. As we’ve seen with new laws regarding such behavior, in the school setting, Councilman Ferrara would be severely punished. I am not insinuating that the councilman should sit in the principal’s office for detention; I am merely saying that perhaps we, as voters, should be more wise with whom we place our votes.

Timothy P. Berrios

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Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce To Launch Free Resume Database

PACCLOGOThe Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, a volunteer non-profit organization started implementing the foundation of its Employment Outreach Program, which was introduced by its President Robert J. Peluso seven years ago. Since its inception, the program proudly notes that it assisted over 2500 job seekers and 75 area employers. Peluso originally introduced the program to bring full-time sustainable employment opportunities to Parsippany area residents that would help them provide for their families while enabling employers to find local and dependable employees.

The Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the next phase of the Employment Outreach Program, the “Parsippany Area Resume Database,” a free database for Parsippany Area businesses and residents.

Over the past five years the Chamber worked to develop a resume database which is easily accessible to area employers and residents. This month, a diverse group of area employers will start testing the Chamber’s free database. “We worked hard to make our system effective, easy to use, and reliable. As a self-funded and volunteer based organization we are proud of our accomplishments, since it involved many skilled volunteers. We are very excited about the positive impact this will have for all of our residents, volunteers, and employers,” stated Chamber President Robert J. Peluso.

The Employment Outreach Program has been a successful part of the Chamber’s unique approach to drive community and economic growth in the Greater Parsippany Area through providing employers with a high quality workforce. The Employment Outreach Program is provided free of charge to job seekers and employers. Funding for the resume database and related Employment Outreach services (including the Chamber’s May 2013 Job Fair) were provided by the self-funded Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce or Employment Outreach please visit

Relay For Life Fundraiser at Gourmet Cafe

On Monday, June 24, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Greater Parsippany’s Strike Out Cancer Team will hold a fundraiser at the Gourmet Café, 136 Baldwin Road, across from St. Peter’s Church.

Regardless of whether you eat lunch or dinner, dine in or take out, or even purchase a gift certificate to use on another day, Relay for Life with receive 10% of the entire day’s proceeds.

For reservations, call the Gourmet Café at (973) 316-0088.

Acquire the skills you need to be successful at your job and home in 2013

Parsippany Toastmasters Club offers Open House, June 11 with the tools to ignite your career and improve your personal life.

Whether you are just starting out as a speaker or want to polish your presentation skills; Toastmasters is the vehicle to make it happen.

Parsippany Toastmasters on Jefferson Road can help you develop the communication and leadership skills needed to reach your corporate and personal goals.

Are you scared of attending a Toastmasters meeting or wondering what it will be like?

Many of these people were asked to attend their first Toastmasters Meeting and what were there thoughts?

Jan Poscovsky, DTM: “When I attended my first Toastmasters meeting I was very nervous because I had this horrible fear of public speaking”

Lorraine Mott, ACS, ALB: “I sat in the back of the room for four months watching people transformed before my eye but never being able to stand up and speak m self”

Angela Zhang, DTM: “I never imagined that one day I could stand on the stage in front of 2000 people to take the banner of my own country”

John C. Morley, ACB.ALB: “Toastmasters aided me in goal setting, task prioritization and planning for the inevitability of Murphy’s Law. Toastmasters continues to be a valuable resource for my own Technology Company; The JMOR Connection, Inc.; located in Northern NJ.

Jack Vincent, CTM Brand Ambassador, District 59: “Jump into Toastmasters at a different place no matter where you jump into the toastmasters journey you will get something out of it

Anthony Richiez, DTM District 47: “When I first joined toastmasters it was mainly for me and my growth and development but what I realized is that Toastmasters gives me more fulfillment when I am helping others”

Sergio Andres Bello Guerra: ACB,CL District 34: “The leadership is not what you are thinking is leadership; you are really learning for something that you are not looking for”

Greg Anderson, District 81: The Organization is bigger than me; it is bigger than all of us and the collective power that it has enables one to grow personally; it enables one to help other peoples growth”

Our Parsippany Toastmaster Team looks forward to meeting you possibly hearing your success story one day.

Join us for our Open House on Tuesday, June 11 at 5:45 p.m. and if you can make it, or have questions, please give John a call at (973) 394-1000 ext. 108.

Is Parsippany Becoming a Banana Republic?

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lettersDear Editor:

I have researched the goings-on in Parsippany that have taken place during the past several years in preparation for the June 4 mayoral primary.  What I have learned is that our township’s government is filled with public controversy, ongoing infighting, seemingly unilateral decision-making, what appear to be questionable actions and a constant stream of accusations against the mayor.

The articles that I researched showed that the public is often being ignored and is regularly treated with unconscionable rudeness when they exercise their first amendment rights.  Parsippany’s current government shows a pattern of acting in opposition to the will of the people.

Moreover, the articles point to a township in disarray.  This unremitting disruption can only result in a highly inefficient government – at taxpayers’ expense.

These circumstances are unacceptable and we must correct them.  We can do so in the Republican primary election on June 4th by electing Carifi, Peluso and Valori.


Mr. Carifi’s platform includes increasing “ratables” and thereby reducing taxes by working with businesses to move into Parsippany.  He plans to utilize available buildings to house businesses that move to Parsippany, rather than creating new developments while existing space stands empty.

Mr. Carifi opposes the Waterview project on this basis.  He also opposes stacking (more people in a dwelling than is allowed by current law) and favors enforcement of existing anti-stacking ordinances.  [1], [2], [3]


Dr. Louis Valori, claims that he was offered a $50,000 per year job with the Parsippany Police Department as an incentive to not run for the Parsippany Town Council.  Paul Carifi who is running for Mayor, alleges the same thing.  These allegations have not been proven, nor has the case been settled.  [4], [5], [6]


James Carifi, Paul Carifi’s brother, is a retired Parsippany Police Department captain.  The township has elected to conduct an investigation on him, the outcome of which could dramatically affect his pension.  I can make no judgment as to whether any allegation associated with this investigation has merit.

However, the township started the investigation after Paul Carifi announced that he was running for Mayor.  [8][9]


A developer requires a zoning change to develop 26.6 acres in the Waterview section of Parsippany in order to build a Whole Foods Market and a townhouse community.  600 people showed up at the second planning board meeting in December, 2012.  Residents subsequently formed an organization called C4HSW that is now suing Parsippany to halt the development.

Township government is moving forward in opposition to powerful resistance by residents.   [10],  [11],  [12]


The promotion of the Parsippany Police Department’s Jeffrey Storm to the Rank of captain appears to have been done improperly.  To be clear, this has nothing to do with Captain Storms himself, who is reputed to be a fine officer.

Reference [14] stated that Mayor Barberio has admitted that he deliberately circumvented the town council in the matter of this promotion.  The article quoted the mayor has saying, “If I waited, they would have an ordinance and then we couldn’t have done what needs to be done for the town.”   [13], [14], [15]


One of the articles in the research conducted involved allegations of a hostile work environment against. Elesha Johnson was hired as town clerk in August 2011, to replace the retiring Judy Silver.  Within days, Tonae Bettelli, one of Ms. Johnson’s subordinates, complained about a hostile work environment.  No action was taken and Ms. Betelli quit a short time later.

Shortly after Ms. Betelli’s departure, three of Ms. Johnson’s other subordinates made similar complaints of a hostile work environment and reportedly again little or no action was taken by the current administration.  All four women are now suing the town, and their lawsuit alleges that the town violated the township’s written non-discrimination and anti-retaliation provisions.

Elesha Johnson also sued the town in a separate court action and received a $200,000 out-of-court settlement.  Parsippany taxpayers paid $100,000 of this amount and the town’s insurance paid the balance.

If the tort claims in the lawsuits by Ms. Betelli and the three other employees are true, Parsippany has a serious problem with its current employment practices.   [16], [17]


On January 22, 2013, the voters of Parsippany defeated a referendum to use taxpayer money in the Open Space Trust Fund to resurface and upgrade several athletic fields in town.  Yet, the current administration has proposed dissolving the current Open Space Trust Fund, which prohibits using money to resurface the fields.

The intention of the Parsippany government is to replace this fund with a new fund, called the Municipal Open Space, Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.  This fund would have different restrictions, which would permit the township resurface the fields in spite of the will of the people.

Residents have voiced concerns that if this change is adopted, the mayor and certain township officials “are trying to find loopholes in the law to use the existing trust fund.  Efforts to do an “end run” by the current administration should stop.  The mayor and council should conduct all discussions about township business in an open and transparent manner.  [18], [24]


Daniel Moses is a man who had a drug dealing conviction.  Research revealed that Mr. Barberio attempted to intervene in his sentencing.  The articles showed that Mayor Barberio wrote a letter on Township stationary, vouching for 26-year-old Daniel Moses.

The mayor, as a private citizen, as the right to ask for leniency for a friend or anything else.  However, use of the township letterhead, and writing as mayor, carries the implication that he is speaking for the township.  This is inappropriate and raises ethical questions.

In his letter, the mayor requested leniency in sentencing.  Later, when the request for leniency became known, the articles quote the Mayor as saying that he never requested a reduction in Mr. Moses’ sentence.  The Morris County Assistant Prosecutor criticized the mayor for submitting the Moses leniency letter, given that the Parsippany Police Department was involved in the investigation.  [19], [20]


Parsippany has a township incinerator in need of upgrade and repair.  Selection of a contractor should be a straightforward administrative task.  However, the articles stated that there were no full discussions on the subject and no available expert input sought out before the decisions regarding contracts were made.  In fact, the article said that the mayor was making decisions in a vacuum.  [21]


Parsippany has many businesses which help keep our taxes lower.  My research revealed that real estate company Realogy announced that it was moving to Madison from Parsippany, taking approximately 950 employees with it.  While the Mayor admitted that it was a blow to Parsippany, one of his comments was to point out that the good news is that Realogy is staying in NJ.  But where was the fight to keep the company in Parsippany?  [22]


The research revealed patterns that  are disturbing and tell a story of conflict, strife and churn in Parsippany’s administration.  The township should run like the proverbial “well oiled machine.”  It appears that the opposite is true: ongoing disruption looks like the order of the day.  That tells me that Parsippany officials are most likely in a state of constant crisis management.

Moreover, the Township of Parsippany has moved in direct opposition to the will of the people on the Waterview proposal and the Field of Dreams project.  The township also failed to get proper input on the incinerator work but simply moved ahead.

Why do you suppose that this is?

Based on the information reviewed, I believe that now is the time for a change in Parsippany’s leadership.  That is why I am voting for the Carifi team – Carifi, Peluso and Valori.

[Disclaimer: I am a private citizen, I have not been paid to write this letter and I have no connection with any campaign.  I have lived in Parsippany for 28 years, raised my children here with my wonderful wife of 40 years and continue to love Parsippany.

I am, however, angry, and believe that I am witnessing the transformation of this great township into a banana republic.]

Jack Puglis

June 2, 2013



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Donate Old Yearbooks

The Parsippany Library is collecting editions of Parsippany Hills High School “Aegis” 1969 to 2013 and Parsippany High School “Legend” 1957 to 2013.

Inquiries regarding donations should be directed to (973) 887-5150, ext. 212 or email to

Parsippany Library System’s Summer Reading Programs

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library

449 Halsey Road

Monday, June 3; South Street Dance of Morristown presents Mini Movers (Ages 3-5)

10 am—10:45 am Dance, sing, and move around in this workshop.   Registration required.  Sign up begins on May 20.

Thursday, June 6; Bedtime Math™ Pajama Party (Ages 4-7) Registration required.

6:30 – 7:30 pm Bedtime Math is a nonprofit organization which encourages parents and children to solve math problems each night.  Participants will play with DIY dominoes and Twisted Tangrams.  Supplies and instructions were donated to the library by Bedtime Math™ .  Children may wear pajamas. Sign up begins on May 20.


Thursday, June 13, Read to a Dog (Ages 5 and up), 7-8 pm, Registration required.

Each child will have 10 minutes to practice reading with a Therapy Dog, courtesy of Creature Comfort Pet Therapy.

Wednesday, June 19; Mad Science presents Sweet Heat (Grades 2-5) 4-5 pm, Registration required.

Sign up begins 2 weeks before program on June 5.This unique program is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline..


Wednesday, June 26; Summer Reading Club Bingo (All ages) 2:30-3:30 pm

Play bingo and win small prizes. Registration is not required.

Thursday, June 27; Chinese Knot Craft (Ages 8 and up);  4-4:45 pm, Registration required.

Sign up begins on June 8. Student Jocelyn Liu will show children how to create a Chinese knot craft.


Thursday, June 27; Jeff Boyer Bubble Trouble; 7-7:45 pm

Kids of all ages will enjoy this creative bubble show.  This bubble extravaganza may include a bubble roller coaster and even a kid in a bubble.  Don’t miss this special performance! Registration is not required.  This special event will be held in the lower level meeting rooms A and B.


Saturday, June 29; Creatable Edible Art; 11-11:45 am (Registration required)

Make an edible masterpiece out of food!  For ages 5 and up.  Sign up begins on June 8.


Pajama Party (Birth to age 6) Mondays, June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22 – 7-7:30 PM

Enjoy an evening program of short stories, songs, fingerplays, and a simple craft.


FUNtastic Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5) Tuesdays, June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 10:00– 10:45 AM

Stories, songs, fingerplays, and other activities.  Caregivers remain in the library.



Nursery Time (Children under the age of 2) Wednesdays, June 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 10-10:30 AM Develop early literacy skills with simple board books and picture books, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes.


Two Year Olds’ Storytime Thursdays, June 27; July 11, 18, 25, August 1 10-10:30 AM

Listen to stories, sing songs, learn new rhymes, and complete a coloring sheet.


@ The Mount Tabor Branch Library

31 Trinity Park, Mount Tabor, NJ

Storytime in the Park— Tuesdays, 10:15am—11:00am, for ages 2 through 5

No registration required.  Program will be held inside if it is raining.

June 25, July 2 (special program), July 9, July 16, July 23, & July 30



Drop-in Craft—Wednesdays, 5:30pm—8:30pm

Join us in the library to make a super fun craft.  Each weekly craft takes approximately 10-20 minutes to make.

Children under 9 need to be supervised by someone over 13.

June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, & July 31



(Select Programs require registration, which begins on June 8th**)



Read to a Dog Program:  June 10, 4:30pm to 5:20pm & July 15, 4:30pm to 5:20pm**


Registration is required to read to a dog in our quaint library!  Children entering 1st grade through 5th grade may sign up to read a short book or select a portion from a book to a therapy dog for a 10 minute time slot.


Traveling Lantern Theatrical Performance:  June 17, 7pm to 8pm

Join us for the live play, in our tabernacle, located next to the library, called THE CATERPILLAR HUNTER!          Based on Steve Urwin’s magical adventures!  All Ages Welcome!

Parking for this event is by the post office and BEHIND the church

Please follow parking signs—please do not park in numbered permit parking slots

Edible Art Program:  June 24, 4:30pm to 5:30pm**

Register to create an edible pirate treasure map! Listen to a short story and end the program by playing Dinosaur   Bingo.  This program is for children entering 1st through 4th grade.

Rizzo’s Wildlife Live Animal Program:  July 2, 10:15am to 11am

Join us in the park, just outside the library (inside if raining).  Bring a blanket to sit on in the park and listen & watch as Rizzo’s team of animal experts bring laughter and learning through their renowned reptile and wildlife          program.  Their goal is to show us the magic and excitement that reptiles have to offer! All ages welcome.


@ The Lake Hiawatha Branch Library

68 Nokomis Avenue, Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Nursery Rhyme Time Storytime

Little ones will enjoy simple stories, interactive songs and action rhymes.

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:00; June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31

For children under 2; Registration is mandatory.


2’s & 3’s Together Storytime

Enjoy stories, songs, & fingerplays, and make a simple craft to take home.

Mondays, 10:30-11:15; June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

For 2- and 3-year-olds; Registration is mandatory.


Preschool Storytime

Enjoy songs, stories, and activities that help with school readiness in this fun, interactive storytime!

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15; June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

For preschoolers ages 3-5; Registration is mandatory.


Twilight Tales Storytime

Children will enjoy engaging stories, interactive songs and activities, and will make a simple craft to take home.

Mondays, 7:00-7:45; June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

For children ages 5 and under; Registration is mandatory.


Caldecott Corner Celebrate the 50thAnniversary of the Caldecott Award!

Listen to wonderful stories & learn more about their authors

and illustrators through fun activities and art projects.

Mondays, 3:30-4:15; June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

For children entering first grade and older.

Registration is mandatory.


Yarn Circle

How many things can you make with yarn?   Learn to knit, crochet, and make more yarn creations!

Tuesdays, 4:00-4:45; June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

For children ages 9 and up; Adults also welcome!

No registration required.


Happy Paws – Read to a Dog Program

Bring your own book to read to a cute and gentle listener!  Each child may sign up for a 10 minute session.

Tuesdays, June 13 & July 9, 7:00-8:00

For Kindergarten through 3rd grade; Registration is mandatory.


Mighty Math

Have fun with basic math concepts through books and entertaining, hands-on activities.

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15; June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31

For children ages 4-8; Registration is mandatory.




Chess Club

Beginners will learn how to play chess. Experienced playerscan challenge a partner of equal ability to a game.

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30; June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31

For children ages 9 and up; No registration required.


Drop-In Craft

Create a different craft each week to take home.

Thursdays, 3:00-4:00; June 27, July 11, 18, 25, & August 1

For children of all ages; No registration required.


Lego Club

Use your imagination to build fantastic LEGO creations!  The library will provide LEGOS and DUPLOS .

Children are also welcome to bring their own LEGO sets.

Fridays, 10:30-11:30; June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, & August 2

For all ages; No registration required.


“Underground” Children’s Picture Bingo

Play Bingo for prizes!

Fridays, 3:00-3:30 & Saturdays, 10:30-11:00

June 28, July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, August 2 & 3

For children of all ages; No registration required.


Joe Fischer Magic Show

Magic tricks to amaze you, and lots of laughs, too!

Thursday, July 11, 7:00-7:45; For the whole family.

Registration is mandatory.


Edible Art

Make an amazing pirate treasure map to take home and eat!

Thursday, July 18, 7:00-7:30; For children ages 5 – 12.

Registration is mandatory.


Rizzo’s Reptiles

Discover the exciting world of reptiles! Meet live snakes, lizards & frogs, and learn amazing facts about them!

Tuesday, July 23, 7:00-7:45; For children ages 5 and up.  Registration is mandatory.


Days of Knights

Listen to an exciting tale told by a knight in full armor and his squire. See a live sword fighting demonstration! Try on real armor!

Tuesday, July 30, 7:00-8:00. For children ages 5 and up.  Registration is mandatory.

Letter to Editor: Tuesday is Election Day! Get out and vote!

parsippany focus

lettersDear Editor:

The Tuesday, June 4th primary is only days away and I can’t stress enough how important it is for all registered Parsippany Republicans to get out and vote (no disrespect to the Democrats who have one candidate running for Mayor). This is your chance to pick the candidates who “you” believe should represent us in the November election. America is the land of the free- this means “we” have the freedom to make these choices without fear or intimidation.

Mayor Barberio has created a lot of controversy in our town. As a resident who regularly attends town council meetings I can attest to this. Here are some of the issues to consider:

1. Transparency- but only what the Mayor wants the residents to know!

Example 1-The Mayor was part of field of dreams committee, which was in existence for almost a year before some council members and the public learned about it and started asking questions.

Example 2– leniency letter- Mayor Barberio denied to the press that he asked the courts for leniency for a resident arrested with 8 pounds of marijuana. The letter was OPRA’d and it confirmed that not only did the Mayor write the letter; he wrote it on township letterhead.

Example 3– A fully-loaded Ford Explorer was purchased for the chief of police. Instead the Mayor  took possession of vehicle for his use. When asked why he had the vehicle Mayor Barberio did not respond. However, Council VP Vincent Ferrara’s response was “the Mayor works hard and should be driving a safe vehicle and any vehicle he wants”. That’s looking out for the taxpayers? As far as I know, no other Mayor of Parsippany needed such a luxury.

  1. Economic Development Committee– formed before Mayor Luther left office. Resident Tom Wyka was appointed by Mayor Luther to be on this committee. Mr. Wyka at town council meeting questioned Mayor Barberio as to when the committee was going to be meeting. Mayor Barberio’s response was “when your term ends”. As of last month (Tom’s term must be up) the Mayor is now putting this committee together. Because of personal feelings Mayor Barberio let 3 years pass by. Could this committee have brought business into town during those 3 years? I guess we will never know.
  2. Ordinances– Mayor Barberio has had two very important ordinance’s changed that affect Parsippany drastically. These are regarding Open Space and Occupancy. The changes made were in my opinion to benefit the Mayors personal agenda and do not reflect what is in the best interest of “ALL” Parsippany residents.
  3. Sewer Surplus– Mayor Barberio has used a total of 1,800,000.00 of sewer surplus monies in his budgets the last 3 years. The Mayor is robbing Peter to pay Paul. It shows us the Mayor has made no effort to find additional ways of cutting cost with the knowledge that this surplus exists and is at his disposal. However, the Mayor just recently reduced rates (once again during an election year) so we will have to wait and see. The real problem here is that the water/sewer utility is a self-sustaining facility and their surplus should not be touched for anything other than the needs of the facility.
  4. 0% tax increase 2013– the same old game-no increase during an election year. Are we going to fall for that? Actually instead of cutting spending the Mayor used hundreds of thousands of dollars of the townships sewer surplus (550,000.00)-banked money to be used in an emergency- to balance his zero increase budget, which means it isn’t zero at all. And, since the Mayor didn’t use the 2% in 2013 it gets carried over to 2014. That means in 2014 the Mayor & council can increase our taxes up to 4%. It is my opinion that a drastic tax increase is in store for next year.
  5. Terry Bradshaw– Mayor Barberio contracted for $20,000 to promote Parsippany without fully researching the company. The rubber stamp council approved it – also without investigating the company’s claims. After residents requested more information, the township attorney – at whatever cost- was able to void the contract.
  6. Lawsuits– There is a number of them. However, workplace lawsuits (Town Hall, Police Department) show me the Mayor is not paying attention to town employee’s concerns or he just doesn’t care.
  7. Office of Emergency Management – (OEM) – Mayor Barberio advised the town council and residents that OEM should be part of the police department. In making this move the Mayor stated that there would be no extra cost to the taxpayers, since it would be one of Chief DeZenzo’s responsibilities. Less than two months later Mayor Barberio wanted to promote Lt. Storm to Captain and put OEM under his leadership. Most council members opposed this and even suggested changing the ordinance to limit the number of captains in the Parsippany P.D. (this was done at a later date). Also, those council members who opposed the promotion (Mr. Carifi, Mr. Vigilante and Mr. dePierro) requested that the Mayor not make the promotion until council members had a chance to question the chief and possibly come up with other ideas. Mayor Barberio promised he would wait. A week later prior to the scheduled town council meeting Mayor Barberio promoted Lt. Storm to Captain. During the council meeting the three council members named above expressed their disbelief that the Mayor broke his promise to wait. So basically what happened here is the Mayor did not keep his word to council members and the public and it did cost the taxpayers’ money. The difference between Lt. and captain salary plus a car.

These are just a few of the things that I have seen. Another future problem is the Waterview proposal.

As endorsements go we are all aware of how that game is played. Back the incumbent especially in an election year. Mayor Barberio can get all the endorsements he wants what matters is what Parsippany residents think as we are the ones who will be effected by his decisions.

When you go to the polls on Tuesday ask yourself:

  • Do we continue with a mayor who feels it is not necessary to share information with council members and the public?
  • Do we need a mayor who doesn’t answer tough questions, one who has the town attorney speak on his behalf when explanations are needed?
  • Do we need a mayor who has bullied residents when they don’t agree with him, a mayor who when quoted by the press denies saying things or states “that’s not what I meant”, a mayor who now has such an inflated ego he thinks he can say and do anything he wants?

Is this what Parsippany really needs? I urge all residents to get out and vote on June 4th. Be informed and make your choice.

Pat Petaccia

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