The Annual Car Wash & Hoagie Sale sponsored by the Mount Tabor Children’s Day was held at the Mt. Tabor Fire House on Tarn Drive! The hoagies were provided by Tabor Pizza (always mouth watering & delicious) & the Car Washes are supervised and done by Janice McCrostie and Emily (They trade off being Good Cop and Bad Cop). Proceeds go to the Mount Tabor Children’s Day Court for their celebratory dance! The weather was beautiful in the low 90s and held out all day from the predicted rain.
Despite the threat of rain, dozens of residents turned out for a special tribute to veterans Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park on Route 46 East.
Salute to our Vets is a two-day festival aimed at raising money for the nonprofit organizations N.J. Fallen Soldiers and Operation Chill Out, which aids homeless veterans. The festival also showcases free support services available for veterans.
The event features family fun as such as prize giveaways, live music, games, arts and crafts, food and more than 40 vendors.
Salute to our Vets is sponsored by the office of the Mayor of Parsippany, Extreme Energy Solutions of Ogdensburg, Graphic Images of Budd Lake and produced by Spirit of the Arts Foundation.
The event will continue on Sunday, July 14 from 12:00 Noon to 7:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children and free for children under seven and disabled veterans.
At the Council Meeting of Tuesday, July 9, Township Attorney John Inglesino announced The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills came out the winner in a “very significant legal case” against Baldwin Manor Apartments.
Baldwin Manor, L.P. is the owner and manager of Baldwin Manor Gardens, a 240 multifamily apartment complex located at 200 Baldwin Road. Baldwin Manor filed a complaint against the township challenging the Township’s solid waste collection service program pursuant to section 354-1 of the Township Code. Baldwin stated to comply with the township’s ordinance, Baldwin Manor would have to haul more than 250 garbage cans curbside several times per week.
They also state there is insufficient curb area abutting their property to accommodate its solid waste and recyclable garbage cans. Baldwin Manor utilized Parsippany’s garbage can system for approximately two years. They claim that there were several complaints from tenants, local businesses and establishments, and police as the placement of the garbage cans severely obstructed Baldwin Road.
Baldwin Manor also claimed that the use of the garbage cans during that two-year people created unsanitary, unsightly and unsafe conditions on and near the property. This forced them to file a lawsuit against the Township in 2010.
According to their website, one-bedroom apartments are available for rent at $979.00 including water, sewer, parking, trash removal, and free leisure area with cooling showers, lounge chairs and umbrellas.
All apartments are nicely appointed with wall-to-wall carpeting, plenty of closet space, A/C, and all kitchen appliances including microwave. There is on-site laundry, a porch or balcony for each apartment, and all are cable ready. Baldwin Manor is close proximity to superior shopping. Each apartment separately controls heat and hot water.
“Baldwin Manor sued the township claiming the town owed $231,760 and change for reimbursement for garbage collection,” said Township Attorney John Inglesino who noted that his office has been involved for quite some time.
Baldwin Manor based its case on a Supreme Court decision that holds that a municipality has to provide a safe and sanitary refuse collection.
“I think Baldwin Manor thought that they had facts very similar to that particular case,” said Inglesino. “The township has a program that provides in the same manner to residential and commercial property owners for trash collection in cans at the curb.”
In the case of Baldwin Manor, the service could not be provided in a safe manner but the town offered to make “reasonable accommodations” to provide collection on site which was refused by Baldwin, which turned out to be a key factor in the township’s favor, continued Inglesino.
The case was significant in that it could set precedent for all other apartment complexes in the township, he said.
“If we had lost this case, the township could have been exposed to approximately $3 million of liability,” said Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio. “In addition, the township would have incurred approximately $650,000 in additional costs each year going forward. Given the 2 percent cap law, these costs would have threatened our ability to continue providing trash collection service to our residents.”
On Saturday, July 13, the New Road Pharmacy & Surgical located at 69 New Road sponsored a blood drive in conjunction with The Blood Center of New Jersey. The first donor of the day was James Kim, Pharmacist-In-Charge of New Road Pharmacy, pictured above.
All donors received a $10.00 New Road Pharmacy Gift Certificate and a free bagel with cream cheese or butter from Bagel Boys Deli (next door to the Pharmacy).
All of the donors helped with the critical summer blood shortage ….so the blood will be there for the patients who require life saving transfusions.
New Jersey faces continuing shortages of blood donations and must import blood regularly from other states. Donations are needed every day to meet the needs of our New Jersey hospitals.
Morris County high school students who will be entering grades 10-12 are invited to participate in a free summer Youth Public Safety Academy Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9 at the county’s Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue.
The academy is a one-week training program,” whose objective is to expose the student “cadets” to some very rewarding careers in public safety, public service, including county government, the judiciary, emergency services and law enforcement, said the academy’s coordinator, William Schievella.
“We will be placing strong emphasis on self-respect, respect of others, teamwork and commitment to one’s goals,” Schievella said. “The academy is perfect for any high school student who would like a challenge this summer.”
The academy will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, with a structured, hands-on curriculum that will include interaction with county agencies; field trips; presentations from educators; an overview of Emergency Medical Services training; fire department, SWAT/SERT Team and K-9/Bomb Unit demonstrations; crime scene investigations; and physical training, according to Schievella.
“All of our presentations will be offered in a fun, informative, interactive, educational and hands-on manner in a format similar to what actual police, fire and EMS academy cadets experience,” he said.
Freeholder Douglas Cabana said the freeholder board is sponsoring the academy to build interest in public service and public safety professions.
“Maybe, one day, because of the experience gained at the academy, one of these students will run for public office or pursue a career in law enforcement or volunteer as a firefighter or EMT,” said Cabana, freeholder liaison to the Department of Law and Public Safety. “But, even if they don’t, the leadership lessons they will learn during the week at the academy will last them a lifetime.”
Lunch will be provided by the Academy each day. Upon completion of the academy, an official graduation ceremony will be held Friday, August 9.
The required application forms, which must be completed and returned no later than Friday, July 26, are available online by clicking here.
Completed applications should be sent to Schievella at the Morris County Department of Law & Public Safety, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, New Jersey. The applications can also be e-mailed to Schievella at email@example.com or faxed to his attention at (973) 829-8604.
Since space is limited, Schievella noted submission of an application prior to the deadline does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
More information about the free summer Youth Public Safety Academy may be obtained by calling (973) 829-8600.
Schievella, director of the Police Studies Institute at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, is a former chief of investigations with the Morris County Prosecutors Office.
A Lake Parsippany resident was arrested Wednesday after allegedly arranging to play out a bizarre sexual fantasy with a detective he believed was a 13-year-old girl.
David J. Reiser, 19, was posing as a 15-year-old boy when he initially contacted the undercover detective in an online chat room, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
However, he soon disclosed his real age, and the conversation progressed to text messages and phone conversations. The detective told him her parents would be at work Wednesday morning, and he arranged to pick her up near her home in Woodland Park.
“From there Reiser wished to return to the girl’s home and have sex with her and play out some type of fantasy scenario, involving Reiser dressing in a butterfly costume,” Berdnik said.
At around 11:50 a.m., officers watched as his red Dodge Neon arrived at the predetermined location, and took him into custody without incident. He declined to speak with detectives, who seized his cell phone for investigation.
David is a 2012 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School and employed at Morris Animal Inn, Harding Township.
He was charged with one (1) count of Attempted Sexual Contact with a minor, one (1) count of Attempted Sexual Assault of a minor, one (1) count of attempted endangering the welfare of a minor and one (1) count of Attempted Luring and Enticing a Minor.
Superior Court Judge Marilyn Clark set Reiser’s bail at $100,000 with no 10% option and he was lodged in the Passaic County Jail pending first appearance.
PTW swept the five game series with excellent pitching and defense, winning games one and two by a score of 4-1 and 2-1 respectively.
The team is managed by Peter Frederiks along with coaches Al Daher and Tim Frederiks. Team Members include Alex Lerman, Kevin Frederiks, Nicholas Neglia, Nazier Burns, Michael Daher, Vinny Castellana, Ryan Ziobro, Chris Da Costa, Sahil Vekaria, Matt Schaaf, Parker Kerrigan and Austin Ehrenfeld.
The boys will now move on to the Sectionals in Dumont on Tuesday, July 16. Congratulations to the team and best of luck to them in the Sectionals.
More than 40 enthusiastic participants (shown above) from all over the area turned out for the first ever “Aquazumbathon” on June 28, given by instructors, Tristia Kayser and Laura Werner. Known as the Zumba “pool party,” it was 90 minutes of an invigorating workout in the water integrating the Zumba formula. Proceeds from the event, raised an additional $200 for Give a Kid the Y Financial Assistance Program. According to Aquatics Director, Gwen McNamara, “It was a thrill to have such an amazing turnout to support a cause that has such a strong local impact.”
On March 18, 2013, counsel for RD Realty submitted a letter to the town attorney threatening to force Parsippany to accept an exclusive residential rental complex of 530+ units with 106 set aside for low income housing if Parsippany failed to rezone Waterview with the proposed mixed use overlay ordinance.
The likelihood that RD Reality could successfully be granted a zoning change to put in a combination of 530+ town homes with at least 106 low income housing units on the Waterview property is very weak. At this time, Parsippany has built some 152 units more than required by law and our round three plans call for the building of an additional 274 low income units. The idea that a developer could force Parsippany to put in another 106 units above and beyond what is required is an outright threat. It is an attempt to scare Council into allowing a super-dense shopping mall development that a sizable group of residents do not want. Is this how democracy works in 2013? An outside developer, who does not own the land, comes in and demands something that violates our Master Plan and destroys a neighborhood – bad enough, but if they don’t get their way they threaten to put in an alternate plan that will do all of the above PLUS further over burden our schools?
Not only do we have a solid plan to deliver on round three obligations, the status of these requirements is very much up in the air. Parsippany has joined the League of Municipalities in opposing round three COAH requirements. In total, 22 different appeals from various groups have been filed challenging COAH’s methodology, the allocation of the projected low income needs, the agency’s failure to consider existing state and Highlands plans and priorities, and the imposition of overwhelming financial burden on taxpayers. This litigation went before the New Jersey Supreme court in 2012 and a decision is not expected until after November 2013. Post decision, COAH will have to re-write the round three rules, take public comment, make more changes, etc… These rules are not going anywhere anytime soon.
So, what’s the likelihood that a court is going to force Parsippany to build round three low income housing units in 2013 or even 2014? Not likely. Local courts will be hesitant to grant zoning changes for COAH until round three rules are clearly established after which time RD Realty, a speculative developer submitting plans on land they do not own, will be long gone.
Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare
Editors note: For a copy of the letter, visit click here.
This talented oldies group create and perform their own unique renditions of the most popular songs of the 50’s & 60’s with a little of the 70’s for good measure.
They blend together a special mix of smooth vocal harmonies with captivating musical energy to bring a modern and sophisticated feel to this fabulous music of years gone by.
There will also be a special fundraising event at this concert at 6:30 p.m. The “Perfect Pitch HRD” organization will be selling food and beverages featuring Hot Dogs, Burgers, Snacks and Italian Ice.
For more information on the Perfect Pitch organization visit thier website at www.perfectpitchhrd.com
This home on Lake Shore Drive is all decorated for the much celebrated holiday, Independence Day.
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
In Parsippany, the celebration starts after sundown with the annual Parsippany-Troy Hills Fireworks Display celebrating the independence of our nation at Parsippany Hills High School, 20 Rita Drive. In addition, “Street Hassle” will perform live starting at 7:30 p.m.
Street Hassle is a 14 piece band with 6 horns and 3 female vocalists and they pride themselves on keeping it real.
Street Hassle is a “Powerful Horn Band” with skilled area musicians that enjoy performing interpretations of Classic Rock, Blues, Motown and Pop. They are energetic and an entertainingly enjoyable band.
In order to insure the safety and welfare of all in attendance, the following safety measures will be in effect:
-Alcoholic beverages, coolers, pets, fireworks and bicycles are strictly prohibited at the event. Those individuals found in possession of prohibited property will be ejected from the event and possibly receive a summons.
-All bags and packages brought to the event may be subject to search by law enforcement.
-All traffic exiting the event by the way of Rita Drive will exit Rita Drive to Littleton Road (Route 202) north bound.
-All traffic exiting the event from Brooklawn Drive to Littleton Road (Route 202) will be directed onto Littleton Road (Route 202) south bound.
-Littleton Road (Route 202) will be closed to all through traffic from Halsey Road to Park Road in both directions from 9:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-Due to the heavy volume of traffic, any vehicles found parked in normally prohibited area or in a marked emergency prohibited parking zone will be subject to summons and possibly towed and impounded. There will be no parking permitted on Brooklawn Drive or Rita Drive.
-Additional parking will be permitted at Littleton School as well as Brooklawn Middle School.
In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, the event will be held on Friday, July 5 at the same time and location with the above listed safety measures in effect.
The concert is sponsored in part by a generous donation from PSE&G.
The Morris County 4-H Fair will held from Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21. The fairgrounds are located at Chubb Park, Chester.
The Fair will be open on Thursday, July 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday, July 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, July 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
4-H members will showcase their projects to fairgrounds. Items on display include beautiful artwork, a variety of animals, delicious food, live entertainment, and amusement rides. Special events happening during the fair include animal shows, a car cruise, a Tricky Tray, and fireworks >on Friday night. Be a part of this family fun event!
With the Summer Leadership Project, the Junior Leadership Project, and the Summer Camp, Parsippany Presbyterian Church is buzzing with enthusiasm and youthful energy. Speaking of buzzing, the Meadow Garden is also in bloom. Vegetables will be availible as we pick them! You are welcome to join in the gardening every Saturday morning.
Every July, we enjoy the beauty of God’s creation by worshiping outdoors for our 8:30 a.m. service. For the duration of the month come a little bit early to enjoy the sun, birds, flowers, and worship in the garden of the Manse!
Upcoming events at Parsippany Presbyterian Church
Sunday, July 7: Junior Leadership Project Bake Sale
Saturday, July 13: Roller Derby
Sunday, July 14: Summer Leadership Project Car Wash
Saturday, July 20: Jersey Shore Mission Trip
Parsippany Presbyterian Church is located at 1675 Route 46, and can be reached by calling (973) 334-7958. You can visit their website by clicking here.
BMS Moving Up 2013
CMS Moving Up Ceremony 2013
Sail Boats on a peaceful Saturday morning on Lake Parsippany
Jennifer Forte married Carl W. Schorling, Jr., on May 17 at The Farmstead Golf and Country Club, Lafayette.
Jen is the daughter of Mary Jane Forte and Robert Forte. Robert passed away just over two years ago.
Carl is the son of Bridget Katilas of Parsippany and Carl Schorling Sr. of Franklin.
Jen is a graduate of Hackettstown High School and Stroudsburg University.
She currently works for DYFS in Paterson. Carl is a graduate of Parsippany Hills High School and attended LaSalle University. He works at Grand Rental Station in Hackettstown.
Carl and Jen reside in Fredon.
Dewberry, a privately held, nationally recognized professional services firm, has recently hired Scott W. Beckman, PhD, as assistant branch manager in the Parsippany office, where he will provide senior management support for the environmental services branch. In his new role, Beckman will also develop new environmental opportunities in the public- and private-sector, targeting markets in Marcellus Shale and the Gulf Coast region. The Parsippany office is located at 600 Parsippany Road, Suite 301.
Beckman has more than 33 years of experience, which includes managing environmental staff and developing new business initiatives in the environmental and energy fields. His technical expertise includes implementing expedited site assessment, cost-effective remediation technologies, and green energy technologies.
“I plan on applying my managerial and technical skills to further enhance the excellent capabilities of the Dewberry environmental staff,” said Beckman. “I will provide our current and future clients with the latest environmental technologies and strategies to not only mitigate their environmental liabilities, but to hopefully recover valuable assets during the process.”
His notable work prior to joining Dewberry includes accelerating the closure of hazardous waste sites at military bases, evaluating innovative remediation technologies to close contaminated EPA Superfund sites throughout the country, and providing geochemical and mineralogical support for an enhanced methane study of the New Albany shale gas deposits.
Beckman holds his bachelor’s and a master’s degree in geology from The State University of New York at Stony Brook and a doctorate in marine sciences from Louisiana State University. He is currently a visiting associate professor at the City College of New York. In addition, Beckman has been featured as a speaker at numerous conferences and has been published in The Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association and Science Magazine.
Dewberry is a leading professional services firm with a proven history of providing architecture, engineering, and management and consulting services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 40 locations and 1,800+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit www.dewberry.com
Disbarred attorney John J. Montefusco Sr., former Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board attorney was sentenced to one day in prison and two years of supervised release for taking bribes from a local builder.
Montefusco, 72, Morris Plains, had previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to a charge of mail fraud, while admitting that he and family members got illegal discounts on homes they bought from prominent Parsippany builder Edward Mosberg.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has dropped its case against Edward Mosberg, in February 2013, a prominent developer who was accused of bribing John J. Montefusco Sr.
Mosberg, 86, of Union, was indicted in 2008 and faced charges of bribery, mail fraud and conspiracy. He was accused of providing discounts on homes he sold to former Parsippany planning board attorney John Montefusco Sr. and Montefusco’s family in exchange for favors that aided Mosberg’s projects. The alleged arrangement lasted from 1987 to 2007, officials said.
Judge Freda Wolfson handed down Montefusco’s sentence, which included six months of electronic monitoring and a $2,500 fine. In September, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said, Montefusco will face another hearing to determine how much restitution he may have to pay.
Fishman has said that Montefusco and his family members were able to make large sums of money by reselling the properties they got from Mosberg.
The complaint stated, “From in or about October 2001 to in or about October 2006, Montefusco and others devised a scheme and artifice to defraud the Planning Board, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, and the citizens of the Township, of the right to defendant Montefusco honest services in the affairs of the Planning Board.”
As a result of this corrupt scheme, Montefusco’s family members received substantial personal benefits through the Developer, including, but not limited to:
a. Significantly discounted purchase prices for residential properties built by the Developer;
b. Lenient settlement dates and arrangements, contrary to the terms of the property purchase agreements, that allowed time for defendants to identify third-party purchasers to successfully resell (or “flip”) said properties to these third-party purchasers;
c. Purchase of properties without satisfying any mortgage contingency obligation as per the property purchase agreement;
d. Minimal deposit monies down for purchase of properties, while purchase documentation falsely represented the amount of money deposited on properties; and
e. Free options, upgrades and extras added to the properties, and paid for, by the Developer.
In April, Montefusco was charged with unlawful practice of law after he allegedly accepted money from a criminal defendant as a retainer for providing legal services.
He is accused of meeting with an unidentified individual on a number of occasions between December 2012 and April 2013, during which he allegedly discussed representing the person in a pending criminal court matter and accepted money as a retainer.
His son, John, Jr., former Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education member was charged in 2008 by then, United States Attorney Chris Christie. His charges included “on or about September 15, 2006, defendant John, Jr.,signed a personal federal income tax return (Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Form 1040) for tax year 2005, which contained written declarations that were made under penalty of perjury, and filed and caused to be filed with the IRS this return on which John, Jr., purported to declare all of his taxable income, but which was not true and correct as to every material matter in that the return did not report the items of income and deductions set forth in Paragraphs 10 through 14. On or about the dates set forth below, in Morris County, in the District of New Jersey, and elsewhere, John J. Montefusco, Jr. knowingly and willfully did make and subscribe Individual Income Tax Returns, IRS Forms 1040 as set forth below, which contained and were verified by written declarations that these returns were made under the penalties of perjury, and which defendant did not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter in that he intentionally failed to report income in the amounts of $159,601, $3,682 and $64,533. He was sentenced to three Years of Probation.
Montefusco has been a member of the nine-member Board of Education since 1998 and his resignation from the unpaid post came with two years remaining in the fourth term Montefusco won last year.
Accounting has come a long way from the old ledgers and columnar pads to complete automated systems.
This is a course that reviews the more advanced features of The QuickBooks Accounting System.
Participants will learn how to:
- create and customize forms and templates.
- work with asset, liability and equity accounts.
- enter accounts payable, process payments, inventory
- set up payroll and tax tracking features
Discussion will also explore job costing, time tracking and estimating.
Instructor is Mr. Ramon Gordon.
Sign up for a course in Quickbook software on Tuesday, July 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Joy Guiliano (973) 601-7159. Fee $35.00.
The class will be held at CCM, Morristown Campus, 30 Schuyler Place, Suite 220, Morristown.
The class is taught by Ramon Gordon and will be a review of the more advanced accounting funtions of Quickbooks 2. Click here for more details.