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The 2014 Morris County 4-H Fair

 

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A 4-H member attempts to catch the frisky calves during the 2013 event. The event runs Thursday, July 17 thru Sunday, July 20 at Chubb Park, Route 24, Chester.

Just a few days to go until all the summer fun kicks into full gear at the annual 2014 Morris County 4-H Fair at Chubb Park, Route 24, Chester, Thursday, July 17 thru Sunday, July 20.  The Fair will be open Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

“The 4-H Fair is a showcase and celebration of the achievements of 4-Hers around the county.  It is a great opportunity for all in the community to come out for wholesome family fun,” said Kathy Murarik, Morris County 4-H Program Associate.

 

Daily schedules and fairground maps are available in the Information Booth.  The Exhibit Tent is packed with arts and crafts entries, informational displays, and hands-on activities for visitors.  The Entertainment Tent features live musical performances and interactive demonstrations.  Other tents house animals belonging to Fair entrants, including dogs, horses, reptiles, poultry, rabbits, and small animals. Most animal tents have a petting area, in addition to the Petting Barn of farm animals.  Non-profit organizations will be in the Food Tent selling items ranging from tasty snacks to full meals.  Fairgoers can enjoy traditional Fair food and even a cold root beer float or the famous 4-H Chicken BBQ dinner.

 

A whole host of fun activities are lined up, including pony and hay rides, a model airplane demonstration, watermelon eating and cake decorating contests, a talent show, Dress-a-Pet and Dress-a-Cage contests, a children’s pet show, and of course amusement rides.  A special $10.00 pay-one-price for all kiddie rides is scheduled for Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and a $20 pay-one-price for all amusement rides will be offered on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

This year’s new events include a Goat Show on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., in which 4-H members can display their goats, and archery offered by the Morris Marksmen club. Times for archery have not yet been determined.

 

Friday evening a Blood Drive is scheduled from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. sponsored by the Blood Center of New Jersey. Friday night’s activities will be capped with a fireworks show!

 

The popular Tricky Tray will once again be a highlight of Saturday evening.  The Tricky Tray allows everyone the chance to win a donated gift.  Prizes can include anything from a healthful gift basket to a bicycle.

 

Cow Pie Bingo, a well-known game with a unique agricultural twist will be featured again for the second year in a row.  A fenced area will be marked with lines to turn it into a bingo grid, and fairgoers will be able to choose specific squares.  Then a cow will be turned out to graze in the area.  The location of the cow’s first “pie” will determine the winner.  Another popular attraction is the Car Cruise, where people can show off their special set of wheels to an admiring crowd on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (preregister by calling the 4-H office at 973-285-8301).  Other activities include make-your-own T-shirts that are limited only by your creativity, and a scavenger hunt that will get you exploring every tent on the Fairgrounds!

 

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A 4-H member receives his Honorable Mention award for his artwork at the 2013 4-H Fair

There is no admission fee to the Fair; however a parking donation of $5.00 per vehicle is requested.  Friday evening, in preparation for the fireworks, parking will be $10 and will include free 3-D Fireworks Glasses.

 

The Fair is sponsored by the Morris County 4-H Association in support of the 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H members, volunteer Fair managers, 4-H Club leaders and parents work together to make this a major event in Morris County.  4-H alumni are invited to stop by the 4-H Information Booth to pick up a special gift.

 

Dogs may be brought to the Fair, but they must be on a 6-foot leash.  Retractable leashes are not allowed in the park. Canine Good Citizen testing will be available for dogs to take on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

All Morris County residents are invited to enter the 4-H Fair, serve as a volunteer at the Fair or participate in the many activities and contests open to the public. Come out and enjoy the “country-fair” atmosphere, great entertainment, good food, and informative educational demonstrations.

 

For more information about the Fair, 4-H clubs, or becoming a 4-H volunteer, visit the 4-H website at http://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu or contact the 4-H office (973) 285-8301 or email 4hmorris@njaes.rutgers.edu.  All 4-H programs are offered to all youth, grades K -13, on an age-appropriate basis without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, or disability.

 

Wifflemania raises $2,000 for local chartities

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The winners!
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The teams were warming up early in the morning.
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Greg Magnotta, Tim McKenna and Fred Amato. Tim travelled from Denver Colorado to play in the Wifflemania XXX.
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There were many tents with families enjoying the weather and watching the games
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32 teams compete in the 30th annual Wifflemania at Manor Park in Parsippany.
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The teams raised $2,000 to donate to three local charities.

The 30th Annual Charity Wiffleball Tournament  was held on Saturday, June 21 at Manor Park. This year the event earned $2,000 and will be donated to Valerie Fund, Muscular Dystrophy and Parsippany Food Pantry. There were some phenomenal games, with upsets, incredible defensive plays and new young teams getting much better, challenging for bracket titles.

Congratulations to Greg Cleary, Jeff Cleary and Vinnie Marchese from Two ‘N Out for capturing their 4th Wifflemania Title as they win back to back championships in front of a record crowd of 83 fans.

After losing their first game of the day, they went on to win EIGHT straight games taking home all the hardware….with the exception of the “2nd Place” plaque. That went to Ballbusters as Two N’ Out defeated them 9-2 in the finals.

Two N’ Out pitcher, Greg Cleary was named MVP as he tossed five shutouts and was his teams most consistent hitter all day. Cleary becomes only the 5th wiffler in 30 years to win multiple MVP awards with his 2nd.

Vinnie “Veal” Marchese captured the HR Title for the 2nd consecutive year, smashing 6 bombs.

Final Four results:

AL: Ballbusters 3 – Kahunas 0

NL: Two ‘N Out 5 – New Era 0

This year’s  tournament was another huge success with the best turnout they’ve had in five years. This years donations totaled $2,000 and will go to Valerie Fund, Muscular Dystrophy and Parsippany Food Pantry.

Official Wifflemania XXX Records:
Two N’ Out   8-1
Ballbusters   4-1
Big Kahunas 4-1
New Era       4-1
Bangers       3-2
Wifflebros    3-2
Home Plate Bullies 3-2
All Day         3-2
Balls Deep   3-2
Blasted Plastic 3-2
Misfits          3-2
Perforated Punishers  2-2
Brick City Bruins 2-2
Gardenhosers 2-2
War Pigs  2-2
Billy Batts 2-2
Toll Trolls 1-2
Wiff This 1-2
Saturday Night Fever 1-2
Multiple Scorgasms 1-2
Mudhens 1-2
Boobi’s Bombers 1-2
Euraldix 1-2
Strictly Professional 1-2
Ballbags 0-2
Squids 0-2
Team Destiny 0-2
Strictly Business 0-2
Hitmen Hart 0-2
Morris County Madmen 0-2
Bad News Beers 0-2
Barnyard Bombers 0-2

Car fire on Route 10 at Powder Mill Road

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Officer Michael Kimble responded to Route 10 West near the intersection of Powder Mill Road to investigate a report of a car fire at 8:26 p.m. on Friday, June 20.

Upon his arrival, Officer Kimble observed the vehicle in the third most left lane. The car was on fire and Mt. Tabor District 1 Fire was at the location extinguishing the flames.

The driver of the 2014 yellow Kia stated that he was stopped in traffic when he heard a pop sound just before smoke began to emanate from the engine compartment. The flames appeared a short time later. The driver was not injured.

 

Two Parsippany residents arrested on drug distribution charges

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Two Parsippany men arrested on conspiring to distribute drugs — including cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills — in Parsippany.

Six people were arrested recently on charges they conspired to distribute drugs — including cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills — in Parsippany.

Two Parsippany men was arrested on dozens of various counts of drug distribution charges.

Michael Zapata-Bonilla, 36, faces 33 drug charges that include intent to distribute cocaine during the period of June 2 through June 17. Zapata-Bonilla has also been charged with child endangerment, according to nj.com.

He is currently being held on $150,000 bail in the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Robert Serrechia, 28, Parsippany, is currently in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail on marijuana and cocaine charges. Serrechia’s original bail was set at $75,000 but lowered by Judge Stuart Minkowitz last week, the report said.

In 2008,  Michael Zapata-Bonilla, was ordered by Superior Court Judge Salem Vincent Ahto to serve three and a half years and four years respectively in state prison. In addition, Zapata-Bonilla was ordered to forfeit $14,590 and a 2003 Cadillac Escalade. He pleaded guilty on April 1 to a charge of second-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

The charge resulted from an investigation by detectives in the Division of Criminal Justice – Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau. Detectives from the bureau executed a search warrant on February 8, 2008 at a home on Glenwood Avenue in East Orange and recovered more than a half-ounce of cocaine and a BB gun. An additional search warrant at Michael Zapata-Bonilla’s home at 61 Intervale Road, Boonton, led to the seizure of $14,890 in drug proceeds from a safe.

Janey Smith donates hair to make wigs for cancer patients

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Janey Smith, 8 year old student from Littleton School

Janey Smith an 8 year old student from Littleton School donated her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Her hair was cut by Denise of Gabanti Salon in Whippany. This is the second time in three years that Janey has grown and cut her hair to help make wigs for those with cancer.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths is a charity campaign that allows individuals to donate hair for women who have lost their own due to cancer treatment. It was created in July 2006, by Pantene in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).

Hair donations are made into free, real-hair wigs by campaign partner, and are distributed through the national network of American Cancer Society wigs banks. Monetary donations to the EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund are also accepted.

For more information on Pantene Beautiful Lengths, click here.

Gabanti Salon Wellness Spa is located at 77 Route 10, Whippany.

PHS Teachers end of year BBQ

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Parsippany High School teachers staying after class for a bbq
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PHS Teachers during the end of year BBQ
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PHS Teachers during the end of year BBQ

The teachers of Parsippany High School celebrated another successful year and enjoyed themselves to a BBQ after the graduation ceremonies held at the high school.

PHS celebrates Project Graduation

A night of fun at Woodbridge Community Center …. The graduating class of Parsippany High School celebrated on Thursday evening, June 19, at Woodbridge Community Center for an all night Project Graduation Party.

The primary aims of Project Graduation activities are to increase awareness of the dangers of drinking, drugging and driving and to reduce the number of youth involved in alcohol and other drug-related highway crashes. Across the country, Project Graduation and the chemical-free celebrations it inspired are the new tradition for graduating seniors.

Parsippany High School went to Woodbridge Community Center arriving around 10:00 p.m. and left around 5:00 a.m. When they arrived the hypnotist show started their evening. Then the graduates spent the evening with plenty of activities including swimming, basketball, volley ball, ice skating, roller blading, paddle ball, pool, karaoke, photo booth, Casino table, a huge Arcade game room and more to keep them busy all night long… and plenty of food!

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The graduates enjoyed the many games in the Arcade Room
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Brian Lanigan is everywhere.
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The evening included Basketball
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Volleyball in the pool
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Karaoke all night long.
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A good game of pool
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Andrew Aguilera always smiling and keeping busy —

 

For our photo gallery visit Parsippany Focus Facebook page.

The students, staff and volunteers wish to thank the following residents and businesses for their support in such a fantastic wonderful event:

A Ward Painting Contractor
Acorn Home Improvements, Inc.
Advocare, LLC
Alfred Dunner, Inc.
Alliance Telecommunications
Annabella’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
Anthony & Sons Bakery
Anthony Franco’s
Any Excuse For a Party
Applebee’s
Atelier Country Salon & Spa
Baldwin Bakery
Baldwin News & Food Store (News Plus)
Baldwin Pizzeria & Restaurant
Barbara Mastando, Special Events, Sales Mgr.
Bedding Shoppe
Blink Fitness
Brandon Pergola, Sr. Mgr. Special Events
Buddy’s Small Lot, Whippany
Caggiano Orthodontics LLC
Cerbo Lumber & Hardware
Christine J. Karpack, Agent
Convenience Liquors
Coventry Estates 20th Year Neighborhood
Custon Decorators Workroom, LLC
Dippin Chips
DOCC (Distributors of Containers & Closures)
Dunkin Donuts (Lake Hiawatha)
Eccola Bistro
Empire Diner
Firestone
First Managed Care Option, Inc.
Foodtown
Gourmet Café’
Greenhill Pharmacy
Gripp Plumbing & Heating, LLC
IBEW Local Union No. 102
IHOP
Imhoff Company
James Jewelers, Inc.
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet
Julan Business Consulting, Inc.
Kamal Sharma
Keith Ferris, Inc.
Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany
Knollwood School PTA
Wendy’s Restaurants (L&L Associates of Parsippany)
LA Fitness
Lakeland Hills Family YMCA
M&E Soap Company
M.A. Jewelers
McCafferty Enterprises Co., Inc.
MetLife Stadium
Michael Konner Corporation
Morris Hills Veterinary Clinic
Mount Holleran Towne Tavern
Muscle Maker Grill of Parsippany
Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning
Northvail School PTA, Inc.
Outback Steakhouse of Parsippany
Parsippany Focus
Parsippany Food & Ankle, LLC
Parsippany High School PTSA
Parsippany Hills PTSA
Parsippany Municipal Alliance Committee
Parsippany Public Employees Local 1
Parsippany Rotary Foundation
Partridge Run Apartments
Par-Troy Council of PTA’s
Pep Boys
Photo Zone
PNY Technologies
Priola Funeral Service, Inc.
ProHaircutters (Troy Hills Shopping Center)
PTF Sports
Randy Spector
Robert Iracane, CPA
Robert Miscia, Special Event Coordinator
Robin Baker Family
Rockaway Meadow School PTA
Denville Dairy (Ro-Lo Systems, Inc.)
Saint Peter the Apostle Church
Sound Waves
SportsDecal’s
St. Christopher RC Church
Staples
Steve Stringas -Thermo Xpress
Sunrise Shoprite of Parsippany, LLC
Susan Kroeger, CPA
TD Bank
Team Duo, Cathy & Dolly
That’s How We Roll, LLC
The Bota Family
The Cuoco Family
The DaCosta Family
The Hohn Family
The McGinley Family
The Merlino Family
The Neglia Family
The Parsippany Christian School
The Rainero Family
The Rodriguez Family & Cape May
The Sallie Family
Tocad
Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Alliance Committee
Venice Food Corporation
Wan Fu Yuan, Inc. DBA Hunan Taste
WAWA, Inc.
Window Trends LLC
Woodbridge Community Center

And Special Thanks to all the Volunteers & Chaperones

PHHS Football Parents Association Car Wash

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Mike Garcia, Chris Pietrowicz and Nick Hill advertising the car wash along Parsippany Road
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The students washing the cars to raise money for the PHHS Football Parents Association
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The students drying the cars to raise money for the PHHS Football Parents Association

The Parsippany Hills Football Parents Association held a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, June 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Parsippany Elks located at 230 Parsippany Road. Donation was $5.00 per car and the money will be used to support the Vikings football team.

PHHS Class of 2014 … Congratulations!

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The hats are flying high when the students of Parsippany Hills High School are dismissed for the last time as seniors.
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Best Friends forever —
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Orhun Varol waiting to receive his diploma at the Parsippany Hills High School graduation ceremony.
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Parsippany-Troy Hills Board Member James Carifi handing a diploma to a graduate
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Santiago Castillo leaving the field after he received his diploma.
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The Bozza’s — Colleen Farrell, Dan Bozza, Nathan Bozza, Alicia DePasquale Bozza, Daniel and Alida Bozza all their for Nathan’s special day

Parsippany Hills High School held its graduation ceremonies on Thursday, June 19. The 2014 class officers were Maya Minhas, President; Dana Cavanaugh, Vice President; Carleana Hickey, Secretary and Maria Hess, Treasurer.

Click here to view Parsippany Focus Facebook Page.

The following is a list of all 293 graduates. Congratulations, class of 2014!

Michael Joseph Adubato

Surbhi Agiwal

Luke E. Alba

Christopher Andrew Allocca

Alicia Zafiro Apostolopoulos

Alyssa Taylor Artesona

Marisa Serafina Bach

Quron A. Bacon

Christina JeaEun Bak

Matthew Lester Baker

Samuel Paul Baker

Kyle Vincent Baldassari

Austin Phillip Bellafiore

Valerie Brooke Bellows

Brianna Nicole Bettelli

Cecilia A. Blanco

Thomas C. Bluj

Alexis Marie Bota

Kyle Michael Bota

Nathan Daniel Bozza

Kaitlyn Grace Breur

Briannah Eloise Brown

Mackenzie Lee Brown

Haoyan (Matt) Bu

Nicholas Paul

Jason Gerard Cannen

Andrew Carmine Capone

Timothy James Carducci

Santiago Castillo

Dana Catherine Cavanaugh

Paul Cepak

Amy Chen

Howard W. Chien

Akshay Chopra

Yu-Chien Chou

Brandon David Chu

Cynthia Chung

Annette Marie Cipollini

Ashley Marie Clarke

Devon Michael Cochran

Theodore Hugh Comora

Ania Nicole Rosetta Cotton

Tiffany Cowan

Joseph Curio

Nicholas R. D’Uva

Kevin Da Costa

Mrudula Daggumati

Jordan Willard Dale

Kimberlee Darling

Eric De La Espriella

Robert Michael Decker

Marina C. Delgado

Jake Matthew Dente

Akash Desai

Dhruva Desai

Neil Desai

Roma D. Desai

Vishakha N. Desai

Vraj Rakesh Desai

Vraj Samir Desai

Yash Desai

Yuti A. Desai

Kimberly Devereux

Matou Diabagate

Camille Angelica Diaz

Shweta S. Dipali

Angela Marie DiVitantonio

Michael Dogbe

Mina Emad Doussa

Carly Elizabeth Dowd

Austin Douglas Ehrenfeld

Renee Claire Eitelberg

Lina Marcela Estrada

Mary Fam

Daniel Glenn Fedkenheuer

Pamela Feng

Rovaeni S. Fernando

Rachel Cristina Ferrante

Danielle Marie Flanagan

Kyle Arthur Fletcher

Sylvia Erika Foldes-Berman

Robert Roy Fornini, Jr.

Tyler P. Freeman

Steven Kyle Fu

Jonas Kiichi Furrow

Lauren M. Gangone

Sara Francesca Gangone

Angelica Garcia

Brian Nicholas Garcia

Lauren Isabel Garcia

Dheeraj Garg

Nicholas Salvatore Gaudio

James William Gauff

Maria Femanda Giraldo

Diana Gomez

Miral K. Gothi

Sebastian Grajales

Nicole Ann Grossi

Christina Jimin Han

James Anthony Hart

Dylan Stewart Henik

Maria Rosalie Hess

Carleana Rose Hickey

Stephen J. Hill

Mitchell Keith Hohn

Michael William Homeijer

Calvin Si-Heng Hou

Amelie Maxine Houx

Kimberly Marie Hoyos

Colleen Marian Hoyt

David Aric Imhoff

Samantha Yvette Iscoa

Thomas Charles Iverson

Nicholas Alexander Iwanski

Christopher Anthony Jackson

Kaitlyn Melissa Jansen

Nikhil K. Jog

Christine Elizabeth Joyce

Erika Itzel Juarez-Duran

Roshan Rohit Kalawadia

Navi Kalia

Anand V. Kalola

Cassandra Joyce Kammerude

Shaina Kang

Jeffrey David Karger

Rachel Nicole Kastil

Brandon Rudolph Katzenberger

Jessica Catherine Kempf

Natalie Lynn Kudlacik

Steven Edward Kuerble

Diksha Kumari

James Matthew La Valley

Phillip Landmesser

Sarah A. Landy

Kristyn Patricia Lawler

Lyndsay Mary Lawler

Melissa J. Lawson

Amber Lee

Andrew Jin Lee

Elaine Lee*

Sean M. Levorse

Edward R. Lewis

Jessica Li

Jia Li

Vivian Yir-Yeh Li

Jocelyn Yvette Liu

Jonathan Joseph Loesch

Jason Gregory Louwagie

Jonathan Lu

Andrew Ernest Luminello

Kate-Leigh Luminello

Paul Nicolas Machado

Thomas John Maddox

Tyler Leigh Madison

Jacqueline Rose Mahan

Daniyal Majid

Noreen M. Malek

Molly Starr Malkinski

Morris Manani Mangerere

Maria Mangru

Natalia Manzano

Ryan Guan-Yen Mao

Emily A. Marron

Anderson M. Marte

Alexander Urbano Martinez

Steve A. Martinez

Sajana Mathew

Shefin Mathew

Ceire Roise McCarthy

Francis James Xavier McNeill

Manav Mehta

Praneeth Meka

Yanna Alexandra Milioto

Patrick Emanuele Minardi

Maya D. Minhas

Anibal Miranda

Genevieve A. Mireku

Matthew James Molinaro

Vincent L. Mondo

Michael Louis Monroe

Cristian Aroldo Morales-Tello

Brian Adam Morgan

Alex Liam Morrissey

John Ross Mucciolo

Nicholas Matthew Muniz

Pranav Nair

Brian Joseph Nikiel

Mahak Noor

Colleen Ann O’Connor

Nicholas Philip Pachiolo

Yesenia Padilla

Sahaj Parameswaran

Twinkle Vitthaldas Parikh

Jessica Raye Paszko

Ami S. Patel Drashti Patel

Dwipi Naimesh Patel

Dwiti Naimesh Patel

Hemini Yaganesh Patel

Jeel S. Patel

Jinal S. Patel

Karan Jignesh Patel

Kaveet B. Patel

Krupa Patel

Krupa Digant Patel

Laxita T. Patel

Neil P. Patel

Raj M. Patel

Ruchi Patel

Rushabh Dhirenkumar Patel

Shruti K. Patel

Viraj C. Patel

Jillian Roopa Persaud

Andrew Paul Piccoli

Olivia Ashley Platt

Anthony Vincent Policastro

Suchir Susheel Pongurlekar

Gerard N. Primamore

Militsu J. Raajvi

Marissa Elizabeth Raia

David James Rainero

Nirali Ramolia

Shivani Ramolia

Kuval Ray

Aidan Michael Reo

Samantha Rice

Victoria Morgan Rothman

Jacqueline Nicole Rozell

Erica Ruja

Albert Gerard Russo

Danielle M. Russo

Frank V. Russo

Carmela J. Saggio

Sara A. Salem

Monica Sona Samtani

Nargies Sayed

Kenneth William Schmitt

Thomas Anthony Schneyer

Sara Allison Schwarcz

Caylee Anne Seredvick

Alexis Yvette Serra

Carly Rose Serrecchia

Abhishek V. Shah

Shriya Shah

Jenna Lynn Shargay

Cathy Y. Shi

Katty Y. Shi

Pooja Nikhil Shukla

Anthony Theodore Singh

Kalyani Singh

Evan Gregory Smith

Joann So

Nizam Songun

Lauren Elizabeth Sonn

Renaldo A. Soto

Talia L. Spille

Alecsander Sudit

Meet Samir Sukhadia

Colby Lisabeth Thomas

Jasmine Thomas

Annakirsten Thuen

Sonia Katarzyna Tomkowska

Mark Tsyrouk

Michele Leah Usis

Lima Vadakkedam

Geoffrey Luke Valdez

Shayna Lynn Vallauri

Sarunas Varanauskas

Orhun Varol

Aditi A. Vekaria

Brayan Velasquez-Molano

Devin Verderber

Brian Ralph Volpe

Dhruvesha Deval Vyas

Jahnavi VijayVyas

Alexandra Warner

Kailey Ann Webb

Matthew Jacob Weiss

Michael Joseph Weiss

Colby Monroe Westervelt

Jack Christopher Westrich

Jessica Lauren Wilson

Jacqueline H. Wolf

Christopher Mihai Worthington

Nicole Katherine Wrzosek

Penny Xu

Raymond Ran Xu

Parth Yadav

Shuo Yan

Stephanie Yang

Melody Yau

Yuhui Zhang

Elise Xinlin Zhou

Parsippany Hills High School 2014 Faculty Retirees were Mrs. Esther Gobbelet, Mrs. Maureen Hoppe, Mrs. Deanna Kwan, Dr. Paula McNelly and Mr. Samuel Varsano.

Black smoke coming from building on North Beverwyck

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Fire Department investigating the smell of smoke on North Beverwyck Road on Thursday evening.

An employee saw black smoke coming from the apartment above Kabab Paradise, 76 North Beverwyck Road. Fire firefighters from District 4, 5, 6 and Car 66 ambulance swept the scene with negative results of something burning. The Parsippany-Troy Hills Health Department and Fire Prevention was notified and responded to the scene. Customers are seen outside waiting for clearance to reenter the building.

Preliminary Site Plan approved for Panera Bread; Chipotle Mexican Grill to open

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The site plan of Troy Hills Shopping Center showing where the new Panera Bread store will be located.

The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Adjustment approved a preliminary site plan for Panera Bread  at Troy Hills Shopping Center on Wednesday, June 18.

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The Panera Bread store will be build in the front of LA Fitness.

They are proposing to construct a 4,000 square feet one story building at 1157 Route 46 (Troy Hills Shopping Center), in the front parking lot near LA Fitness.  The new building will also feature a drive thru as well as outdoor seating.  The restaurant will be open 7 days a week form 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  There is an estimated open date for the summer of 2015.

It has also been confirmed that Chipotle Mexican Grill signed a lease to occupy the former space vacated by Moe’s Southwest Grill. There is no targeted opening date as of now.

The Panera Bread legacy began in 1981 as Au Bon Pain Co., Inc. Founded by Louis Kane and Ron Shaich, the company prospered along the east coast of the United States and internationally throughout the 1980s and 1990s and became the dominant operator within the bakery-cafe category.

In 1993, Au Bon Pain Co., Inc. purchased Saint Louis Bread Company®, a chain of 20 bakery-cafes located in the St. Louis area.

The company then managed a comprehensive re-staging of Saint Louis Bread Co. Between 1993 and 1997 average unit volumes increased by 75%. Ultimately the concept’s name was changed to Panera Bread.

By 1997, it was clear that Panera Bread had the potential to become one of the leading brands in the nation. In order for Panera Bread to reach its potential, it would require all of the company’s financial and management resources.

In May 1999, all of Au Bon Pain Co., Inc.’s business units were sold, with the exception of Panera Bread, and the company was renamed Panera Bread. Since those transactions were completed, the company’s stock has grown thirteen-fold and over $1 billion in shareholder value has been created. Panera Bread was recognized as one of Business Week’s “100 Hot Growth Companies.” As reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Shareholder Scorecard in 2006, Panera Bread was named as the top performer in the restaurant category for one-, five- and ten-year returns to shareholders.

In 2007, Panera Bread purchased a majority stake in Paradise Bakery & Café®, a Phoenix-based concept with over 70 locations in 10 states (predominantly in the west and southwest). The Company purchased the balance of Paradise in June 2009.

In May 2010, Ron Shaich transitioned to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board and Bill Moreton, who had previously served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, was named Chief Executive Officer and President and to the Board of Directors. In March 2012, to signify their partnership and shared commitment to Panera, the company announced that Ron Shaich and Bill Moreton would share the title of CEO. Shaich served as Chairman of the Board and co-CEO and Moreton as President and co-CEO until July 2013. In August 2013, Moreton was named Executive Vice Chairman to help oversee Panera’s business operations; he serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Shaich continues to serve as Chairman of the Board and CEO.

As of April 30, 2014, there are 1,800 bakery-cafes in 45 states and in Ontario Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.® and Paradise Bakery & Café® names, delivering fresh, authentic artisan bread served in a warm environment by engaging associates.

Currently, the closest location to Parsippany is at 3056 Route 10 West, The Shoppes at Union Hill, Denville and 804 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell.

Par Hills celebrates Project Graduation at Met Life

Par Hills Class of 2014 celebrated Project Graduation at Met Life
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The dance floor was packed at Par Hills Project Graduation
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The graduates enjoying Project Graduation
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Students arriving at MetLife Stadium for a night of fun. Parsippany Hills High School went to MetLife Stadium (Giants Stadium) arriving at 10:00 p.m. and left around 4:30 a.m. They were at three locations, starting out at the Lexus Club — then to the MetLife 50 Club and Stadium Field. – See more at: http://www.parsippanyfocus.com/thank-class-2014/#sthash.PbfBdAkv.dpuf
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The graduates posing for the camera.

The graduating class of Parsippany Hills High School celebrated on Thursday evening at MetLife Stadium for an all night Project Graduation Party.

The primary aims of Project Graduation activities are to increase awareness of the dangers of drinking, drugging and driving and to reduce the number of youth involved in alcohol and other drug-related highway crashes. Across the country, Project Graduation and the chemical-free celebrations it inspired are the new tradition for graduating seniors.

Parsippany Hills High School went to MetLife Stadium (Giants Stadium) arriving at 10:00 p.m. and left around 4:30 a.m.  They were at  three locations, starting out at the Lexus Club — then to the MetLife 50 Club and Stadium Field.

For complete photo gallery visit our Facebook Page by clicking here.

The students, staff and volunteers wish to thank the following residents and businesses for their support in such a fantastic wonderful event:

A Ward Painting Contractor
Acorn Home Improvements, Inc.
Advocare, LLC

Alfred Dunner, Inc.
Alliance Telecommunications
Annabella’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
Anthony & Sons Bakery
Anthony Franco’s
Any Excuse For a Party
Applebee’s
Atelier Country Salon & Spa
Baldwin Bakery
Baldwin News & Food Store (News Plus)
Baldwin Pizzeria & Restaurant
Barbara Mastando, Special Events, Sales Mgr.
Bedding Shoppe
Blink Fitness
Brandon Pergola, Sr. Mgr. Special Events
Buddy’s Small Lot, Whippany
Caggiano Orthodontics LLC
Cerbo Lumber & Hardware
Christine J. Karpack, Agent
Convenience Liquors
Coventry Estates 20th Year Neighborhood
Custon Decorators Workroom, LLC
Dippin Chips
DOCC (Distributors of Containers & Closures)
Dunkin Donuts (Lake Hiawatha)
Eccola Bistro
Empire Diner
Firestone
First Managed Care Option, Inc.
Foodtown
Gourmet Café’
Greenhill Pharmacy
Gripp Plumbing & Heating, LLC
IBEW Local Union No. 102
IHOP
Imhoff Company
James Jewelers, Inc.
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet
Julan Business Consulting, Inc.
Kamal Sharma
Keith Ferris, Inc.
Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany
Knollwood School PTA
Wendy’s Restaurants (L&L Associates of Parsippany)
LA Fitness
Lakeland Hills Family YMCA
M&E Soap Company
M.A. Jewelers
McCafferty Enterprises Co., Inc.
MetLife Stadium
Michael Konner Corporation
Morris Hills Veterinary Clinic
Mount Holleran Towne Tavern
Muscle Maker Grill of Parsippany
Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning
Northvail School PTA, Inc.
Outback Steakhouse of Parsippany
Parsippany Focus
Parsippany Food & Ankle, LLC
Parsippany High School PTSA
Parsippany Hills PTSA
Parsippany Municipal Alliance Committee
Parsippany Public Employees Local 1
Parsippany Rotary Foundation
Partridge Run Apartments
Par-Troy Council of PTA’s
Pep Boys
Photo Zone
PNY Technologies
Priola Funeral Service, Inc.
ProHaircutters (Troy Hills Shopping Center)
PTF Sports
Randy Spector
Robert Iracane, CPA
Robert Miscia, Special Event Coordinator
Robin Baker Family
Rockaway Meadow School PTA
Denville Dairy (Ro-Lo Systems, Inc.)
Saint Peter the Apostle Church
Sound Waves
SportsDecal’s
St. Christopher RC Church
Staples
Steve Stringas -Thermo Xpress
Sunrise Shoprite of Parsippany, LLC
Susan Kroeger, CPA
TD Bank
Team Duo, Cathy & Dolly
That’s How We Roll, LLC
The Bota Family
The Cuoco Family
The DaCosta Family
The Hohn Family
The McGinley Family
The Merlino Family
The Neglia Family
The Parsippany Christian School
The Rainero Family
The Rodriguez Family & Cape May
The Sallie Family
Tocad
Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Alliance Committee
Venice Food Corporation
Wan Fu Yuan, Inc. DBA Hunan Taste
WAWA, Inc.
Window Trends LLC
Woodbridge Community Center

And Special Thanks to all the Volunteers & Chaperones

– See more at: http://www.parsippanyfocus.com/thank-class-2014/#sthash.PbfBdAkv.dpuf

Goddard School Pre-Kindergarten Graduation

The Goddard School, located at 311 Smith Road, held their 7th Annual Pre-Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center on Wednesday, June 18.

Before receiving their diplomas the 31 students started the evening with “The Pledge of Allegiance,” followed by singing “Grand Old Flag,” “Hello to All the Children of the World,” “Language Song: A, B, C,” and then “Off to Kindergarten We Go.” Then the students all received their diplomas and celebrated with snacks and refreshments.

The list of students included Mahima Bandi, Hannah Cruz, Nikita Girijavallabhan, Charlotte Inauen, Vishnu Jayanth, Nicholas Kahn, Darsh Kanparia, Mishka Kapadia, Tristan Kowalski, Ayan Kumbhani, Tej Kunchala, Ricky Lin, Arnav Lokesh, Dewitt Oliver, Benjamin Olsen, Arjun Pandey, Shaurya Parmar, Liam Potts, Kajal Ranade, Rishi Revankar, Matthew Riker, Christopher Scorza, Aanvi Seth, Sloka Shah, Sanketh Shankar, Shreyas Shankar, Amnah Shono, Krishna Shukla, Rohan Subramanian, Nikhil Trivedi and Jay Verma.

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The Goddard School, Class of 2014
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The Goddard School displays of the children’s progress
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The Goddard School displays of the children’s progress
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The graduates walking into the auditorium
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The Goddard School Class of 2014 saluting the flag during “The Pledge of Allegiance”
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A proud student walking to receive his diploma
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All smiles, waiting to receive his diploma
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A graduate
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A graduate receiving her diploma

Parsippany Town Council Regular Meeting 06/17/2014

PHS Class of 2014 … Congratulations!

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The students sitting in the bleachers during the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2014

The following is a list of all 271 graduates. Congratulations, class of 2014!

  • Waleed Adawi
  • Andrew Dean Aguilera
  • Omid Alimjan
  • Alexandra Marie Andriulli
  • Mustafa Mohammed Aslamy
  • Brittany Christina Avent
  • Sara Bakhtiar
  • Reza Bakhtyar
  • Patrick John Baluyot
  • Yersson Fernando Barraza
  • Emily Lauren Barreto
  • Robin S. Barthelus
  • Melissa Begon
  • Kelsey Elizabeth Bell
  • Nicole Ariana Bernal
  • Kristina Marie Berrios
  • Micaela  Paige Beyer
  • Angad Ranbir Bhatia
  • Ashley Marie Blunt
  • Victoria Michelle Bond
  • Cameron Andrew Boone
  • David Lance Brodock
  • James Listfield Butkus
  • Claudia N. Caetano
  • Caitlyn Capurso
  • Kelly Johanna Carmona
  • Keven Oswaldo  Castillo
  • Tyler Michael Cecere
  • Lionel Zachary Chambers
  • Jasmine Lillian  Chen
  • Kevin M. Chen
  • Spencer Yihtian Chen
  • Daniel Peter Chiarolanza
  • Sung Wook Choi
  • Mauli Chothani
  • Ruchi Chothani
  • Clara Chung
  • Frank Norman Cikovsky
  • Kimberly Ann Cirilli
  • Zachary Thomas Clark
  • Kasey Morgan Coll
  • Matthew Taylor Contaldi
  • Marling L. Contreras
  • Samantha Paredes Corbel
  • Bernadette Melosantos Corpuz
  • Charles E. Cox, Jr.
  • Valerie Nicole Cruz
  • Nicholas Adam Cucchiara
  • Jessica Marie Cuoco
  • Philip D’Alessio
  • Giana Marie D’Arco
  • Morrigan Feigh Daley
  • Adam Bassel Daoud
  • Alyssa Janae Davis
  • Kristopher David De Jesus
  • Kristen Nicole Dechert
  • Darien Kyle Deerman
  • Nand Y. Desai
  • Odill Alexandra Diaz
  • Edward Michael Diefenbach
  • Thomas Anthony DiGuglielmo
  • Robert Patrick Dillon
  • James William Donnelly
  • Nicholas David Drovandi
  • Sheldon Michael Ealy
  • Serkan Elibuyuk
  • Melanie Eyang-Mengara
  • Kayla Lynn Fales
  • Casie Farrell
  • Hannah Mae Frances Feldman
  • Jessica Rose Ferguson
  • Jamielene Fernandez
  • Anthony Michael Ferrise
  • Elena Maria Figueroa
  • Jonathan Alfredo Kamalei Fimbres
  • Douglas John Finkle
  • Zachary David Flagg
  • Mary Nevaeh Gan
  • Angeline M. Gano
  • Sebastian Garcia
  • Michelle Marie Giambrone
  • Steven Gil
  • Nicolette Sarina Giordano
  • Andres Felipe Giraldo
  • Rianna Lumy Gran
  • Justine Gredell
  • Kelsey Rae Gripp
  • Prachi Gupta
  • Nelly Guzman Osorio
  • William B. Haggerty
  • Louai Mostafa Hassan
  • Matthew James Helmlinger
  • Donna Michelle Herbst
  • Andrew R. Herrera
  • Kelly Marie Higinbotham
  • Torey Jacqueline Hoeler
  • Earle Leo Hofker
  • Esther Hsieh
  • Jeffrey Huang
  • Ali S. Iqbal
  • Adam Scott Jacoby
  • Jacqueline Angele Jae
  • Ali Jawad Jafferie
  • Michael A. James
  • Jasmine Jean
  • Taylor Lynn Jenkins
  • Warren Jeung
  • David Elias Jimenez
  • Kyle Francis Jones
  • Harsh Anand Joshi
  • Amar Sanjay Kakirde
  • Shivani Kapadia
  • Amogh A. Karwar
  • Joseph Andrew Keegan
  • Areeb Ahmed Khan
  • Rafia Khan
  • Daniela Khodorov
  • Asmita Khullar
  • Bianca Kim
  • Hyejin Kim
  • William O. Kinzer
  • Julia Michelle Kogan
  • Brian James Lanigan
  • Raana Latif
  • Chyn Yau Lee
  • Jessica Susan Lee
  • Raymond Phillip Ozzy Lennie
  • Elizabeth S. Leung
  • Brianna Kim Leuzzi
  • Michael Ryan Lim
  • Sarah Theresa Lindberg
  • Kimberly Ann Lindner
  • Stephen Lucas Litz
  • Saira Guadalupe Lozada
  • Phebe Luar
  • Michael Patrick Ludwig
  • Francis A. Maddaloni
  • Zakaria A. Mannan
  • Brittany Marie Mariano
  • Modestino Carmine Marrano
  • Ansu Biju Mathew
  • Amanda Marie Maxwell
  • Megan Lynn Maxwell
  • Krysten Tamara Mayers
  • Ashwarya Mehta
  • Shayam Bharat Mistry
  • Ravi Mittal
  • Jennifer Ann Mlynar
  • Rahul Rakesh Mody
  • Abhinav Mohapatra
  • Kevin Alexander Molina
  • Louis G. Monica
  • Bhakti Hemendra Moradia
  • Santosh Morasa
  • James Robert Morrison
  • Alyssa Gabrielle Murray
  • Brandon Paul Murray
  • Ahlam Amin Mustafa
  • Amanda Lyn Nardella
  • Ndolo Njie
  • Kevin Robert Nowicki
  • Anurag Nuthulaganti
  • Kelsey Phyllis O’Gorman
  • Jason Otero
  • Stuti Parikh
  • Gina M. Pasquale
  • Julie Patadia
  • Abhishek Vimal Patel
  • Dharti Patel
  • Dhrupa H. Patel
  • Kesha Patel
  • Kishan P. Patel
  • Krupa Dipak Patel
  • Nikki B. Patel
  • Parth Sameer Patel
  • Payal P. Patel
  • Radha D. Patel
  • Rupinbhal Patel
  • Sakhi K. Patel
  • Shreya Alkesh Patel
  • Velee Manish Patel
  • Pratik P. Pathak
  • Nicholas Louis Pellicani
  • Samantha K. Pignatelli
  • Samantha Hope Pisillo
  • Alyissa Rae Pizza
  • Vimal Y. Prajapati
  • Matthew Edward Quigley
  • John Alexis Ramirez
  • Joseph Randazzo
  • Avinash Rao
  • Deonarine Nicholas Rasheed
  • Alicia Marie Recchia
  • Megan Noel Reilly
  • Matthaus F. Rivera
  • Christopher W. Robinson
  • Gabriella Suzanne Rosenbaum
  • Michael John Ruggier
  • Anthony Robert Ruggiero
  • Mastora Saleh
  • Gabriel F. Samalot
  • David Michael Samuel III
  • Illyas Sarwari
  • Salamon Sarwari
  • Bria Nicole Saunders
  • Skyler Nicole Schuren
  • Marina Alyssa Schwab
  • Matthew L. Schwarz
  • Taylor Nicole Scott
  • Eliram Segal
  • Robert Joseph Seifert
  • Julian Richard Sepulveda
  • Manuela Serna
  • Raphael Florenz Sevilla
  • Alisha Shah
  • Ishani Jayant Shah
  • Kajal S. Shah
  • Sanil S. Shah
  • Soham S. Shah
  • Nargess Sharafi
  • Gianna Marie Siciliano
  • Christian Charles Singh
  • Tavneet Singh
  • Justin Garcia Singleton
  • Amanda Michelle Sorresse
  • Nicholas Michael Spillert
  • Louis Peter Strumolo, Jr.
  • Srujana Sure
  • Bhargav R. Tarpara
  • Courtnay Marie Tassillo
  • Julio David Tavarez
  • Courtney April TerWaarbeek
  • Brittany Nicole Teta
  • Alexia Nicole Thorpe
  • Matthew Alexander Tomaro
  • Nicholas Antonio Tomaro
  • Varun J. Trivedi
  • Fahad Turan
  • Nazaneen Turan
  • Paul Stephen Tymikiw
  • Derek William Vasquez
  • Oliver Jafet Vasquez
  • Justin James Vicente
  • Christopher Jeremy Villegas
  • Helene Vu
  • Shivani Hemantbhai Vyas
  • Aliasqar Wahide
  • Sameh Ullah Wali
  • Toobah N. Wali
  • Michael Scott Walstedt
  • Ashlyn R. Welch
  • Aaron Austin Wood
  • Kathleen Anne Zarro
  • Alyssa Marie Zicolello
  • Casey Lynn Zicolello
  • Rebecca Marie Zimmermann
  • Veronica Ann Zoon

Thank You from the Class of 2014

phhs-viking_logo[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 2014 Graduates of Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School thanks the following individuals and businesses for supporting Project Graduation.

Project Graduation is a program offered to all graduating students of Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School. Project Graduation is an organized, adult-supervised and alcohol-free activities are offered as part of a post-graduation party, in lieu of student-run events with alcohol or drugs. The events for students of Parsippany High School start with a hypnotist at arrival until 12:00 a.m. then from 12:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. they have use of their facility.  The facility offers Basketball, Volleyball, Ice Skating, Roller Skating, Arcade Games, Karaoke, Casino Table, Photo Lab, Ping Pong, Foosball, and food throughout the time.

Parsippany Hills High School will be going to MetLife Stadium (Giants Stadium) arriving at 10:00 p.m. and will be leaving redhawksby 4:30 a.m.  They will be in 3 locations, starting out at the Lexus Club — then to the MetLife 50 Club and Stadium Field.

The primary aims of Project Graduation activities are to increase awareness of the dangers of drinking, drugging and driving and to reduce the number of youth involved in alcohol and other drug-related highway crashes. Across the country, Project Graduation and the chemical-free celebrations it inspired are the new tradition for graduating seniors.

A Ward Painting Contractor
Acorn Home Improvements, Inc.
Advocare, LLC

Alfred Dunner, Inc.
Alliance Telecommunications
Annabella’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
Anthony & Sons Bakery
Anthony Franco’s
Any Excuse For a Party
Applebee’s
Atelier Country Salon & Spa
Baldwin Bakery
Baldwin News & Food Store (News Plus)
Baldwin Pizzeria & Restaurant
Barbara Mastando, Special Events, Sales Mgr.
Bedding Shoppe
Blink Fitness
Brandon Pergola, Sr. Mgr. Special Events
Buddy’s Small Lot, Whippany
Caggiano Orthodontics LLC
Cerbo Lumber & Hardware
Christine J. Karpack, Agent
Convenience Liquors
Coventry Estates 20th Year Neighborhood
Custon Decorators Workroom, LLC
Dippin Chips
DOCC (Distributors of Containers & Closures)
Dunkin Donuts (Lake Hiawatha)
Eccola Bistro
Empire Diner
Firestone
First Managed Care Option, Inc.
Foodtown
Gourmet Café’
Greenhill Pharmacy
Gripp Plumbing & Heating, LLC
IBEW Local Union No. 102
IHOP
Imhoff Company
James Jewelers, Inc.
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet
Julan Business Consulting, Inc.
Kamal Sharma
Keith Ferris, Inc.
Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany
Knollwood School PTA
Wendy’s Restaurants (L&L Associates of Parsippany)
LA Fitness
Lakeland Hills Family YMCA
M&E Soap Company
M.A. Jewelers
McCafferty Enterprises Co., Inc.
MetLife Stadium
Michael Konner Corporation
Morris Hills Veterinary Clinic
Mount Holleran Towne Tavern
Muscle Maker Grill of Parsippany
Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning
Northvail School PTA, Inc.
Outback Steakhouse of Parsippany
Parsippany Focus
Parsippany Food & Ankle, LLC
Parsippany High School PTSA
Parsippany Hills PTSA
Parsippany Municipal Alliance Committee
Parsippany Public Employees Local 1
Parsippany Rotary Foundation
Partridge Run Apartments
Par-Troy Council of PTA’s
Pep Boys
Photo Zone
PNY Technologies
Priola Funeral Service, Inc.
ProHaircutters (Troy Hills Shopping Center)
PTF Sports
Randy Spector
Robert Iracane, CPA
Robert Miscia, Special Event Coordinator
Robin Baker Family
Rockaway Meadow School PTA
Denville Dairy (Ro-Lo Systems, Inc.)
Saint Peter the Apostle Church
Sound Waves
SportsDecal’s
St. Christopher RC Church
Staples
Steve Stringas -Thermo Xpress
Sunrise Shoprite of Parsippany, LLC
Susan Kroeger, CPA
TD Bank
Team Duo, Cathy & Dolly
That’s How We Roll, LLC
The Bota Family
The Cuoco Family
The DaCosta Family
The Hohn Family
The McGinley Family
The Merlino Family
The Neglia Family
The Parsippany Christian School
The Rainero Family
The Rodriguez Family & Cape May
The Sallie Family
Tocad
Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Alliance Committee
Venice Food Corporation
Wan Fu Yuan, Inc. DBA Hunan Taste
WAWA, Inc.
Window Trends LLC
Woodbridge Community Center

And Special Thanks to all the Volunteers & Chaperones

Parsippany Focus will be taking pictures at both Project Graduation events, so please check our website and see how the students enjoyed their evening.

Bail kept at $200K for Nutley man in Parsippany child sex case

Morris County Courthouse

MORRISTOWN — A Superior Court judge today kept bail at $200,000, with no 10 percent option, for a 48-year-old Nutley man arrested Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted a girl in Parsippany between 2003 and 2005.

Ongoing investigation into armed robbery at Morristown Medical Center

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Photo released from surveillance camera.

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morristown Police Chief Peter Demnitz announce an ongoing investigation into an armed robbery that occurred on Tuesday, May 18, in the parking garage of the Morristown Medical Center complex on Madison Avenue, Morristown. Law enforcement authorities are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the suspect captured in surveillance footage around the time of this incident, as well as any information as to the identity of this suspect.

On Tuesday, May 18 at approximately 10:53 a.m., the Morristown Police Department was contacted regarding an armed robbery in the parking garage of the Morristown Medical Center. Information revealed that a dark skinned male who was armed with a handgun entered a parking lot complex office and demanded money from an employee. The suspect then fled the location.

Multiple surveillance cameras captured the suspect around the time of this incident. He is described as a dark skinned male between 5’10 and 6’1, who was wearing a white panama jack style hat, large sunglasses, a gray long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and black shoes at the time of the incident.

Numerous law enforcement agencies continue to investigate this incident, including the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morristown Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section.

Anyone with information about this incident, including the identity of this suspect, is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6200, the Morristown Police Department at (973) 538-2200, or Crimestoppers at (973) 267-2255.

CFO Kovalcik leaves Friday; Sandman will be temporary replacement

Joseph A. Kovalcik, Jr. was Chief Financial Officer during 2013

As reported in Parsippany Focus on May 5, Joseph A. Kovalcik, Jr., Parsippany-Troy Hills Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Comptroller & Director of Finance has resigned to take a position in Morris County Government. His last day in Parsippany will be on Friday, June 20. It was earlier reported that he starts his new position on June 23.

At Tuesday’s Township Council meeting, the Council passed Resolution 2015:105 consenting to the appointment of Business Administrator Ellen Sandman as temporary acting Director of Finance, Treasurer and Comptroller, and as Acting Chief Financial Officer beginning on Saturday, June 21 until the appointment and qualification of a successor.

In September 2013, Kovalcik replaced Ruby Malcolm, who served the township for more than 29 years. 

Kovalcik’s base salary, in the Tentative 2014 Budget is listed as $147,900.00 including the annual proposed increase. His base salary for 2013 was $145,000.00.

Before taking on the role in Parsippany, Kovalcik had worked for Morris County since October 2000, and having served as CFO for Mount Arlington and Stanhope.

He also works as an adjunct instructor for the Rutgers Center for Government Services, teaching courses in financial management.

Kovalcik, a Roxbury resident, is a graduate of Montclair State University and a certified municipal and county finance officer. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Government Finance Officers Association of New Jersey.

Councilman Dr. Louis Valori stated “Joe will be missed! He was highly qualified and was working very well with the council. I wish him the very best with his new leadership position with the county!”

Sandman’s Salary Ordinance Approved, 4-1

Business Administrator Ellen Sandman holding a budget from 2014
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Ellen Sandman

Ellen Sandman, started as Parsippany’s Business Administrator on Monday, June 16.

During Tuesday’s Council meeting, Councilman Valori read Ordinance No. 2014:15 into record, and the Council voted 4-1 approving the increase, with Council Vice President Robert Peluso voting against the increase in the annual salary.

Parsippany Focus has submitted an OPRA request on Friday, June 13, Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17 for a copy of Ms. Sandman’s contract and was told by the Township Clerk’s office that no such document exists.

Ms. Sandman brings to Parsippany 40 years of experience in public administration, public safety, finance and public policy.

On Tuesday, May 13, when Mayor Barberio announced the hiring of Ellen Sandman, he revealed Sandman’s salary would be $140,000. Former Councilman Mr. Nelson asked the Mayor in Public Session, “I don’t have the white collar salary ordinance in front of me but I believe this amount is over the salary cap,” CFO Joe Kovalcik stated that her pay was within the salary ordinance.

Prior to joining Parsippany she was the Business Administrator at Mendham Borough earning $130,000 plus a $2,000 travel stipend. Sandman replaces Jasmine Lin who retired on April 1 after being the Business Administrator since 2006. Lim’s salary in 2013 was listed as $123,247.00. CFO Joseph Kovalcik Jr., has been Parsippany’s acting Business Administrator, since April 2.

The salary ordinance for white-collar workers, specifically Business Administrator, Ordinance 2013:16, passed on June 13, 2013 states the salary was a minimum of $75,000 with a maximum of $125,000. Councilmen Nelson, Carifi, Stanton and Ferrara passed this ordinance unanimously. She was hired at $15,000 more than the Ordinance allowed. It is evident that Mayor Barberio hired the new Business Administrator in clear violation of the law.

On Tuesday, May 20, the Mayor introduced Ordinance 2014:15 to the Council requesting a change in the salary ordinance for two positions. The Chief Financial Officer’s pay maximum was increased to $150,000 and the Business Administrator’s maximum pay will be $150,000. This ordinance was read on first reading, and voted 5-0.

The second reading and final passage of this ordinance was read and voted on Tuesday, June 17. Council Vice President Robert Peluso voted against the salary change.

The salary change was retroactive to January 1, 2014.

In addition, at the same meeting in May, former Parsippany Councilman Jonathan Nelson questioned Mayor James Barberio as to whether Ms. Sandman would be permitted to use a township vehicle to drive to and from home to work. He was referring to Ordinance 2008:29 which amended Chapter 57 of the Township Code.

When Mr. Nelson asked whether a township vehicle would be included as part of Ms. Sandman’s employment package, Mr. Barberio replied “Yes she gets a vehicle.” “The BA (Business Administrator) is exempt from that policy.” A close inspection of the ordinance and the minutes of the meeting from 2008 clearly state otherwise. No person whose date of employment begins after the effective date of this article (which was in October 2008) shall receive a Township vehicle for his/her business use and/or as part of his/her compensation package. Furthermore, no employee who replaces an employee who, as of the effective date of this article, receives a Township vehicle for his/her business use and/or as part of his/her compensation package shall be entitled to receive a Township vehicle as part of his/her compensation package.

To read a copy of Chapter 57, Personnel Policies, Article V, Township Vehicles, click here.

During public session of the May 20 meeting, resident Roy Messmer said “Regarding Ellen Sandman’s vehicle, the ordinance was set up by John Cesaro, Ann Grossi and the other three council people at that time,  (Michael dePierro, John Fox and James Barberio). It was done for fiscal responsibility, whichever Mayor, it was out of hand. Everyone got a car in this Township. I don’t believe the BA (Business Administrator) is going to leave her desk and see this town. I don’t think she should get a car (to drive home).  She should just document her mileage. The ordinance was set up that way for a reason. She has a higher pay scale, and it’s going to help her pension.  She might be the best BA we ever had in the state of New Jersey. Let her prove it.”

Resident Pat Petaccia also stated, “Business Administrator.  Very nice lady, I have nothing against her. When I see our former BA was making $123,000 and we are offering this Administrator $140,000. That’s a $17,000 difference. I don’t care how qualified you are. Seriously. You all ran on saving the taxpayers money. You are not doing that. You are making it worse. And yes, when she retires, she will be retiring with that big salary. It’s coming off Parsippany. Thank You. There is no savings there.  As far as the car, Jamie, you were on the council, Mr. dePierro you were on the council. John Cesaro, Ann Grossi and Mr. Fox. They ran (for re-election) on the fact that no cars were going to be given out anymore, no matter to who.  Jamie, that was the outcome of that ordinance back then.  That’s what the taxpayers wanted. And that’s why it was done.   She continued,  “every time we question something it’s Mr. Inglesino’s opinion. That’s not what was meant by this (the ordinance). You know what was meant by this. You know.  You keep breaking your own ordinances.  And you are putting the town at risk for a lot of stuff.  I just don’t see how you can sit here and making laws, and changing them on your whim without consulting anyone else. Yes Mayor I know, you can do whatever you want.  The council has to approve it.  That ordinance was out there for that specific reason.  You can ask any taxpayer out there. Go ask John Cesaro. Go ask Ann Grossi. We have to stop this stuff. This is ridiculous,”

“When it comes to salary, the council is held harmless on this.  I expressed to them, I felt what she should be paid, with the recommendation of our (former) BA, Jasmine Lim. That being said, I think it is well worth it. You will see, stated Mayor Barberio at the May 20 meeting.”