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Girl Scouts and Brownies Beautify Parsippany

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Vice-President Vincent Ferrara and Mayor Jamie Barberio are joined by Girl Scout Cadet Troop #335 of Central Middle School (led by Arlene Sklow) and Brownie Troop # 5616 of Rockaway Meadow School (led by Bonnie Virk) in a campaign to beautify Parsippany. The girls are working towards badges. Any troops interested in participating in future efforts, call Councilman Ferrara at (973) 224-0683.

Letter to the Editor: Statement from Councilman Jonathan Nelson

lettersDear Editor:

The U.S. Supreme Court has written that traditional public forums are those that “have immemorially been held in trust for the use of the public and, time out of mind, have been used for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens and discussing public questions.” Public streets and parks are the quintessential example.

The Court has also determined that Township Council meetings are not traditional public forums and may impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on expression. However, that does not mean the Township Council or it’s attorney may restrict the questions and opinions expressed by members of the public.

At the Tuesday, April 9 Parsippany-Troy Hills  Township Council meeting, the township attorney prevented a resident from asking questions that some may not have wanted to hear. At Township meetings the Council can restrict speech “as long as the restrictions are reasonable and are not an effort to suppress expression merely because public officials oppose the speaker’s view.”

I don’t believe the restrictions placed on the resident at the April 9 meeting were reasonable at all. The resident should have been able to speak during her allotted time.

It is no fluke that freedom of speech is the 1st amendment. The founding fathers knew that democracy would fail without it. The importance of free speech remains evident today. Countries that protect free speech thrive; countries that suppress it fail. Salman Rushdie wrote, “free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game, free speech is life itself.” Public officials have an unwritten contract with members of the public. I believe that contract was broken at the Tuesday, April 9 meeting by the Township attorney and his actions do not represent the opinion of this Councilman.

Jonathan Nelson
Parsippany-Troy Hills Township

Parsippany Town Council Agenda Meeting 04/09/2013

Vigilante to “Lead By Example”

County Clerk Candidate will take 10% Pay Cut; Questions Grossi’s pattern of desperate tactics

Jim Vigilante, file photo

Morris County Clerk Candidate Jim Vigilante, a small businessman and former Parsippany Councilman, told a crowd of supporters last night at the Randolph Republican Club Meeting that he would “Lead by Example” and pledged to reduce his salary by 10% if elected as Morris County Clerk.   I challenge my opponents to do the same.

His military background, his operational experience in a war zone, and small business experience has given him the skill set and work ethic to “Lead by Example”.  “These are still difficult economic times and one must ‘Lead by Example” commented Vigilante who has been in the Air Force Reserves for 18 years and the 9-time decorated Veteran who recently completed a tour of duty at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan last year.

I have managed people and solved problems. “In today’s struggling economy we are asking our workers to do more with less and contribute more to their benefits while they are making less.  As Morris County Clerk my salary cut of 10% will set the tone “My key goal as Morris County Clerk will be an efficiently run and highly motivated organization.  Government must find ways to deliver the same services at a lower cost.

Vigilante went on to state: “County residents will find that I am a very passionate, motivated and hard working person. I feel that I have to prove myself to the workers, and more importantly, the taxpayers of Morris County. My record of service to our community and our nation demonstrates my level of commitment.”

Vigilante also questioned a pattern of desperate tactics by another candidate, Ann Grossi, who falsely posted on her campaign website an endorsement from current County Clerk Joan Bramhall.  Until a few days ago Grossi’s website displayed the following text, “Ann Grossi recently kicked off her campaign event at the VFW post 3401 in Morris Plains where Joan Bramhall endorsed Ann and stated that Ann would be the best person for the position of County Clerk.”

Vigilante commented, “After seeing this quote I asked Clerk Joan Bramhall if she had endorsed Ann Grossi and she stated that she had not.  Shortly after that conversation the quote was removed from Grossi’s website.  We have a clear a pattern of deception from the Grossi campaign.  As reported last week she announced at a Mt Olive Republican Club meeting that as clerk she would create a Veteran’s ID Card, when in fact, as I demonstrated with my own card, that program already exists. Now she claims an endorsement from Joan Bramhall and is forced to take that off her campaign website.  Then there was her whisper campaign that I was lying about my service record” Vigilante concluded, “Could it be that after having spent most of her career in state government and working for the Newark school system, Ms. Grossi is desperate for a big pension payout and lifetime health benefits as her key priority in being elected County Clerk?  In contrast my priority will be the taxpayers of Morris County starting with a voluntary 10% pay cut.”

The Passing of Retired Lt. James Bradley

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of a friend and colleague, Lieutenant James Bradley. Lt. Bradley was sworn in as a member of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department on December 22, 1980 at the age of 23. Prior to that, he graduated from Parsippany Hills High School in 1975 before attending Farleigh Dickenson University where he majored in Chemistry. He graduated from the 172nd Municipal Police Class that was held at the New Jersey State Police Training Center in Sea Girt on July 1, 1981.

His first assignment was to the Patrol Division where he became a member of the elite Emergency Response Team and earned multiple Unit and Command Citations. He was transferred to the Traffic Enforcement Section in 1987 before earning an Exceptional Duty Medal on August 22, 1989 when he “displayed exceptional courage and professionalism in the capture and arrest of an individual wanted for homicide” – Chief Michael T. Filippello.

Shortly after earning the Exceptional Duty Medal, he was promoted to Sergeant. He remained in the Traffic Section where he received specialized training in Accident Reconstruction as well as Advanced Traffic Engineering for Police Officers. He was praised for his assistance in conducting traffic studies throughout our quickly expanding township.

Sergeant James Bradley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on January 21, 2003. He was at that time, assigned to the Patrol Division where he remained as a Shift Commander until retiring in 2005.

James Bradley passed away on Friday, April 5 at Morristown Medical Center after a brief illness. The men and women of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department are honored to have had the opportunity to serve with such an esteemed colleague.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral on Wednesday, April 10th 2013 at 9:00a.m. from the Par-Troy Funeral Home. 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany. (973) 887-3235 or visit With the Liturgy of Christian Burial to be offered at 10:00 a.m. at St. Christopher R.C. Church. 1050 Littleton Road, Parsippany. Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Boonton. Visiting Hours are on Tuesday evening from 6:00 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Community Garden Almost Sold Out

There are only five plots left in the Community Garden sponsored by Saint Gregory’s Episcopal Church on Beverwyck Road. Area gardeners who want to reserve space to grow their own produce this summer should contact the church immediately. Plots are 10 feet by 10 feet in raised beds. Watering is facilitated by environmentally friendly passive water collection methods (no hoses) and is done by hand. Organic fertilizers are also encouraged. Saint Gregory’s will be supplying free, additional top soil to supplement the fertility of garden plots.

Returning gardeners will have priority to claim their plots from last year until April 1. Otherwise space is being assigned on a first come, first grow, basis so interested gardeners should contact the church at (973) 887-5879 and get their names on the list as soon as possible. It is acceptable to leave a message if no one answers. The office staff will call you back.  For specific questions regarding Saint Gregory’s community garden please call (973) 887-5879.

Participation in this year’s Community Garden program is free, although the church does ask that a donation of fresh produce be made to area food programs and deserving senior citizens  Saint Gregory’s will ensure  that these donations are delivered.  Participants will be responsible for their own organic fertilizers, borders, and plants. Saint Gregory’s does provide gardening tools although participants are welcome to bring their own. Garden hours will be from dawn to dusk. All plots are marked off and ready to be tilled and planted. Beginning gardeners are welcome!

All unclaimed plots after May 12 will be devoted to growing food by Saint Gregory’s for participating local food banks.

Saint Gregory’s is located at 480 South Beverwyck Road in Parsippany.

“Bark for Life” Fundraiser

oliverThe American Cancer Society of Greater Parsippany’s Bark for Life will take place on Saturday, April 20 at Malapardis Park in Cedar Knolls starting at 10:00 a.m. Rain date, Sunday, April 21.

The Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Many sponsors will be present, as well as 105.5 WDHA FM’s Vanzilla.

Registration for Barks for Life is $20.00 per dog. All proceeds will go to the 2013 Relay for Life of Greater Parsippany.

For more information, click here.

So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.

The main Relay for Life event will be held on June 8 and June 9 at Volunteers Park. For more information click here.

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New Road Pharmacy and Surgical held its official grand opening on Tuesday, April 2.

The new pharmacy is located at 69 New Road. Among other services, they offer free delivery, vaccinations, compounding, automatic refills, text and email alerts, organic vitamins and supplements, wond care supplies, canes, walkers and wheelchairs. All major prescription plans are accepted. You can reach New Road Pharmacy by calling (973) 227-3937 or on the web at

James Kim said he was knocked out by the presence of the mayor and the Chamber of Commerce’s representatives.

“I want to thank the Parsippany Chamber of Commerce!  Lisa, Robert, Ildiko, Frank, Craig, Ed Lee and the rest of the Chamber has been very supportive,” said Kim. “I want to thank the Mayor for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in the ribbon-cutting!”

New Road Pharmacy is open to customers seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.- to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00  p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The traditional patient care model at chain pharmacies are archaic and will become obsolete. They are there to help customers determine their health goals and develop a plan.  Managing any condition simply requires some understanding of the condition and basic guidelines to follow. Setting goals even for high blood pressure and diabetes is an integral part of better understanding and controlling any condition. Incorporating diet and exercise into every health condition can better improve outcomes and enhance overall well being far better than medication management alone. Take the NEW ROAD to Better Health!

New Road Pharmacy and Surgical are members of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.





A Night with Captain Sig and Friends from Dangerous Catch

Get set for some salty tales from the high seas as Captain Sig Hansen and members of the Bering Sea’s toughest crews seen Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch speak at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $29.00 to $59.00.

In this live, interactive event, the Bering Sea’s toughest crew will swap stories as they take the audience through some of the most dangerous situations they have ever been faced with on the high seas. From the treacherous weather and crew conflicts, to the triumphs of the team, Captain Sig and Friends from Deadliest Catch will share the experiences of the world’s deadliest job with a live audience.

Deadliest Catch premiered on The Discovery Channel in 2005 and has been going strong ever since, making it one of the most popular shows in Discovery Channel history. For the first time, fans across the country have a chance to hear the stories behind the show, view never-before-seen personal videos taken by the Sig and the crew, partake in a question and answer session, and a survival suit contest with Captain Sig and friends.

Northvail Elementary 5th Graders Present Honk Jr!


On Thursday, April 4 the fifth grade students at Northvail gave two performances of the award-winning musical, “Honk! Jr.”  The musical is a warm and witty retelling of the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale “The Ugly Duckling”, with an uplifting message that everyone is deserving of kindness and respect, no matter what they may look like.The many hours and hard work during rehearsals paid off.  It was a remarkable performance. The show was well prepared and the production crew consisting of assisting directors, Kathy Serrao, Tara DeGeorge, and director Jim Caulfield, certainly new how to get the best out of the cast yet keep the fun aspect as well. There was plenty of talent on stage and everyone deserves congratulations on their individual performances, from cast to crew.   All concerned should be very proud to have achieved so much in a relatively short time.  Mr. Caulfield told the students, “You have met and exceeded our expectations!  Together, we made our dream of Honk! Jr. come true!

Morris County Historic Sites Opening Day

The Factory, Historic Speedwell, Morristown — This is the building where Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail perfected the telegraph.

On Saturday, April 6, Historic Speedwell, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, and Cooper Gristmill will open their doors for the season!

Visit Historic Speedwell in Morristown from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., tour the brand-new, hands-on, state-of-the-art exhibit that continues the story of the electromagnetic telegraph from 1838 to present. Discover this 7.5 acre National Historic Landmark known as the ‘Birthplace of the Telegraph’ and Morristown’s special place in the Industrial Revolution. The landmark site preserves the restored estate of Stephen Vail, proprietor of the Speedwell Iron Works. Don’t miss a trip to the Factory’s lower floor to learn about the building’s industrial past. Enjoy activities and a specialized Vail House tour that incorporates this year’s theme, Wedding of the Century. Capture the flavor of life during the early to mid-19th century at Opening Day at Historic Speedwell.

Join in celebrating the 35th season at Cooper Gristmill located in Chester Township, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Learn the Gristmill’s history and watch as the Fitz waterwheel grinds grain seeds into flour.  The last tour of the Gristmill begins at 3:30 p.m.

Take a horse-drawn wagon ride at Fosterfields Living Historical  Farm  in Morris Township, from 10:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and explore the methods, equipment, crops, and enterprises of Fosterfields in the early 1900s. At 1:00 p.m., celebrate Caroline Foster’s 136th birthday with a slice of cake in the Farmhouse.

For additional information, or to request a Historic Sites calendar of events, please call (973) 285-6550, or visit

Planning for College? Talk to the Y’s Panel of Experts!

theymcaThis is not your usual college planning seminar! The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA in Mountain Lakes will be hosting a free program on Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. that will offer you a chance to get all your pertinent college questions answered.

Get valuable advice from experts in their field, including: admissions, financial aid, new student programs, and more. Program is free and everyone is welcome.

No membership required but please pre-register online at or by calling (973) 334-2820.

Lakeland Hills YMCA is located at 100 Fanny Road, Mountain Lakes.

Youth Soccer Clinic will Help Their Game

theymcaThe Lakeland Hills Family YMCA and the Metropolitan Soccer Academy will be hosting a one day spring soccer clinic on Saturday, April 27 for children ages 5 through 11 years old.

Clinic will feature a station-based training camp covering all aspects of the game. Ages 5-8 years train from noon-1:30 p.m. Ages 9-11 years train from 1:30- 3:00 p.m. Space is limited.

Non-members are welcome. Members, $30.00; non-members, $40.00. Register in person at the Y or online at:

Questions? Call Vin at (973) 334-2820 ext. 30. Lakeland Hills YMCA is located at 100 Fanny Road, Mountain Lakes.

Rotary Club’s Annual Diaper Drive

Parsippany Day Care Center Director Peggy Rauscher with Rotary President Maury Mader

The Parsippany Rotary Club and the Interact Clubs of Parsippany Hills and Parsippany High Schools are holding their second Diaper Drive to benefit the children and adults of Morris County. With the help of a Rotary District Grant the club has been able to purchase the diapers which are donated to Child and Family Resources who will distribute them to needy families in Morris County. In addition this year we have had adult diapers donated which have been given to the Interfaith Food Pantry for distribution and to Camp Merry Heart, an Easter Seals camp located in Hackettstown for disabled children and adults.

This year the Rotary took some of the diapers and gave them to the Parsippany Child Day Care Center. The Center, located on Baldwin Road, has about ninety children enrolled from six weeks to pre-school.

The Rotary decided to collect diapers because the members found out that a normal infant uses up to twelve diapers per day at a monthly cost over $100.00 and food stamps to not cover diapers. A baby crying due to a soiled diaper is at an increased risk of infection and abuse.

The Rotary is accepting donations for the Diaper Drive of unopened packages of diapers or cash for the purchase of more diapers. Contact and Parsippany Rotarian or Interact Member. Please call (973) 538-6666, e-mail to or visit their web page



Strumolo Files Petition for Council in June Primary

Monday, April 1 was the deadline for any candidates in the Republican or Democratic parties to submit their petitions to the Township Clerk, Yancy Wazirmas,  if they are interested in running for office in the Tuesday, June 4 primary.  All the candidates, except one, previously announced their candidacies, as early as January.  The final candidate to file a petition is Michael Strumolo, running the Regular Republican Party, for the office of Township council.  Michael Strumolo, a member of the Parsippany-Troy Board of Education term expires December 31, 2013.

Strumolo is owner of Hiawatha Sunoco, and was on the Parsippany council in 1999 and 2000.He is the township’s former Republican chairman and a former candidate for mayor.

The complete list of candidates are: For Mayor: James Barberio (R), Paul Carifi, Jr., (R) and Jonathan Nelson (D). For Township Council: Robert Peluso (R), Louis Valori (R), Vincent Ferrara (R), Milin Shah (R) Michael Strumolo (R), Bob (Robert) Keller (D) and Mihir Oza (D).

Independent and unaffiliated candidates have until Tuesday, June 4 to register if they wish to run in the general election, and must do so with the Morris County Clerk. For more information on requirements and the deadline, contact the office of Joan Bramhall at (973) 829-8219.


Parsippany Town Council Budget Meeting 04/01/2013

2013 Municipal Budget Hearings….


The Parsippany-Troy Hills 2013 Proposed Municipal Budget is available online, by clicking here.

The next Council Meeting to review the budget will be held at Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard on Monday, April 1 starting at 6:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 6 at 9:00 a.m.

Discussion of the 2013 municipal budget.

Public participation is encouraged.

Heroes Journey Crossfit Lake Parsippany Opens

Heroes Journey Cross Fit, held its official grand opening  Saturday, March 23. The event included a workout for the public and then a ribbon cutting and ceremony that included music, food and fun.

We’re in the midst of a weight-loss and fitness journey, so we can tell you: There are a lot of gyms and fitness centers in Parsippany. Only one, however, offers the Crossfit experience, and that’s because this new place has Crossfit in its name: Heroes Journey: Crossfit Lake Parsippany.

The new 12,000 square foot gym is located at 5 Eastmans Road, Parsippany.

Community drives motivation.  The only motivation people need to get the results they desire is to get their butt in the car and walk through the front door.  Once at the location, the energy of the community motivates people to work out at a relatively intense pace and keep coming back.  People fall in love with the community, said gym owner Stephen Silverstein.

Crossfit seems to be the new wave in fitness. Hailed by many as “revolutionary,” it’s a new form of fitness being adopted by people of all ages, from NFL football players to kids to the elderly. Crossfit is based on results and offers classroom-based exercises based on functional movements, Olympic-style lifts, gymnastics, and traditional aerobic exercises such as running and rowing.


Easter Egg Hunt at Diamond Dance

During class at  “Diamond Dance’s Saturday Toddler Ballet Class” Owner, Tiffany Rios, told the students “I think the Easter bunny stopped by the studio and left you all a surprise” and they were so excited she adds. When the class ended, a little early, she opened the door to their Easter Egg Hunt surprise. The students went running and started gathering eggs right away and had a blast with their colorful candy filled eggs. I love my student to have fun and making feel special. Seeing their smiling faces means the world to me! Diamond Dance is located at 981 Tabor Road, Morris Plains section of Parsippany. For more information on Diamond Dance visit or call (908) 659-8079.