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Mayor Barberio Presents Proclamation to Woman’s Club

 

womansclublogoThe Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills is marking Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February.

The club recently coordinated a proclamation from Parsippany Mayor James R Barberio.
The club also distributed one thousand bookmarks with dating violence information to Parsippany High and Parsippany Hills High Schools.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in a nationwide survey, 9.4 percent of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend and approximately 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.

Only 33% of teens who are in an abusive relationship will ever tell anyone about the abuse and 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue.

It is essential to raise community awareness so that parents, teachers, counselors and teens themselves know the signs.
The Jersey Battered Women’s Services (JBWS) hotline phone number is 1-877-R-U-ABUSED or (973) 267-4763.

 

“Big Top Bash” at the annual Rockaway Meadow PTA Fun Fair

The Rockaway Meadow School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is holding its annual FUN FAIR fundraiser on Saturday, February 23 (snow date March 2) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year’s FUN FAIR will have a Circus / Carnival theme and will include: games and crafts for kids, a 50/50, a tricky tray with many exciting prize baskets and food and snacks for all. The FUN FAIR is Rockaway Meadow School PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

All proceeds from the event provide additional enrichment programs and field trips for students in grades K-5. There will be a wide variety of fun activities for children including carnival type games with an abundance of prizes, craft stations and more! Some of the games include a ring toss, can smash, high striker and a wheel of fortune! For those with an artistic talent, many craft stations will be offered. Some of the crafts include animal masks, clown hats, sun catchers and sand art. Adults can also have fun participating in a 50/50 raffle or a Tricky Tray with several baskets and many GRAND PRIZES. “Our Fun Fair is a great way to spend a winter day with your family” says Chairperson Tiffany Hiltz. “This year the kids are going to love the Circus theme. We are going to have indoor games and prizes for all ages.

This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. Please come out and enjoy the day and support the students of Rockaway Meadow School.” Lunch, snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Rockaway Meadow School is a K – 5 Elementary School located at 160 Edwards Road. For directions or more information regarding the FUN FAIR, please visit the school district’s website at pthsd.k12.nj.us or email Tiffany Hiltz, Fun Fair Chairperson at rmsfunfair@yahoo.com.

Parsippany Night Out Raises Prostate Cancer Awareness

On Monday, February 4, the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center held it’s First Annual Parsippany Night Out at the Holiday Inn of Parsippany. This event marked the start of an annual event, which will promote non-profits and medical awareness. Over 80 attendees learned about prostate cancer prevention and treatment which was complemented by civic-minded restaurants and beverage vendors from the Parsippany Area. Notable vendors included Anthony Francos, Gourmet Café, Morristown Deli, The Cake Over Bakery, Not Only Cookies, and Coca-Cola. A silent auction featuring a signed hockey puck from the New Jersey Devils and a live DJ provided by SC3 Entertainment rounded out the evenings festivities.

“1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their lifetime. The key to surviving this deadly form of cancer is early screenings. To encourage early screenings, events such as Parsippany Night Out, extends an opportunity for us to educate the public and drive awareness,” stated Chamber President Robert J. Peluso. He further explained that the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and the Parsippany Area Visitor Center are organizations that serve not only our businesses, but also our residents and volunteers in the Greater Parsippany Area. Events such as Parsippany Night Out are essential to supporting our Chamber’s diverse service area and to provide a voice in our community. “On behalf of all involved I want to thank the residents, businesses, and volunteers in our community for their support of this worthy cause,” concluded President Robert J. Peluso. For more information on the self-funded Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center please visit ParsippanyChamber.org or VisitParsippany.com

Former Sheriff Officer Arrest and Charged with Receiving Stolen Property

Officer Paul Levi was on patrol at 9:17 a.m. on Thursday, January 31 conducting random license plate checks when he discovered a gray Lexus RX350 that was reported stolen from Rochelle Park on January 13.

The vehicle was parked in the lot of the Ramada Inn located at 949 Route 46. Entry was gained whereupon identifying information for a Mr. Richard Coviello, 37, Wayne, was discovered inside the vehicle. Coviello was located in his room at the motel. A former employee of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, Coviello had in his possession OC (pepper) spray, a billy club and an expandable police baton, along with two law enforcement badges from the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.

Coviello was arrested and transported to headquarters for processing and charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Prohibited Weapon and Possession of OC Spray. He was released on his own recognizance.

Editors Note: A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Burglary at Wireless Depot; Several Cell Phones Stolen

Officers responded at 4:04 a.m. on January 31 to the Wireless Depot located at 850 Route 46 on report of an activated burglar alarm and discovered the front glass door shattered. Numerous cell phones were taken from cabinets that had also been forced open. Parsippany detectives and an investigator from the Morris County Criminal Investigative Section responded and processed the crime scene, and Parsippany Rescue & Recovery secured the front door. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300.

Men Allegedly Yelling at Ice Skaters on Lake Parsippany

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Dear Editor:

I am completely disgusted by the Lake Parsippany Property Owners Association (LPPOA)  and how it handles the issue of skating on the lake. You have these older men who seem to have nothing better to do than drive around the lake and not ask people to leave the ice, not suggest it, but in an extremely rude manner scream at you to get off the ice. Most of us on the ice are above the age of 20 and are very approachable guys and easy to talk to, so I do not worry about the effect it has on us. But it’s the kids who are under 18, as low as 6 years old, who have men well into their 60s yelling profanity at them—and these men really have no authority other than the phone they use to call the police. And we wonder why kids do not always show their elders respect.

When we are skating on the ice, we are not bothering anyone. In fact most people walking around the lake will stop and watch for a while, even take pictures. We have some younger guys on the ice with us who are outside doing things—not sitting inside playing video games filled with guns and blood and gore. Not that those games are terrible, but you have to take a break. Another thing: When these kids are on the ice with us, they aren’t doing drugs or getting involved in any kind of mischief. My family has been in this area over 80 years and have enjoyed using the lake for all the things it offers over that time. Especially skating. Most of the guys out on the lake also have families who have lived in the lake for a long time. We respect the lake.

We make sure we clean up after ourselves. We are proud of the knowledge that our fathers passed down to us about when the ice is safe, and what to do in the case you do fall in, and what precautions to take to make sure it doesn’t come to that. It puts a big smile on my face when I see my friends passing this down to their children. This area has a storied history that we are all proud of. From skating on the lake in the winter to the 4th of July fireworks  at  the hills every summer. We are proud of this history, so who are these people who come into this town with no knowledge of it and call the police on us for healthy activities? We are not throwing parties, just having some good, old-fashioned fun. Look at the photo: That is beautiful. How is it not promoted? How can you try to take that beauty away from people who enjoy it and respect it so much? I do not fault Parsippany Police. I fault the people who have forgotten what it is like to be a kid, what it is like to have fun.

I invite the men who call the police to come out there with us some time, even if it is just to watch and experience it. See why we love it so much. It is not something we do to bother you. It is something that is in our blood. Personally I have been skating on that lake for over 20 years and haven’t fallen in once. You think I may be safe about it? Do you think I may know a little something about it? We all do, and would be happy to fill you in on some of that knowledge if it would make you feel better. And we’ll take responsibility for what happens: Give me a waiver to sign saying I will not sue anyone if I fall in. I would even go as far as to volunteer my time and check the ice and its safety for the LPPOA. I just do not see where being outside playing a sport can be a bad thing for anyone. We even put in our own sweat to shovel out our rinks when there is snow.

Eric Pfeiffer
Lake Parsippany 

Missing Parsippany Senior Citizen Returns Home Safe

 

Mr. John Poje, 93, Parsippany, who was eported missing yesterday, returned home on Friday approximately 3:30 p.m. after a long trip to Ohio.


“He just showed up as if nothing was wrong,” she said, laughing. “He couldn’t understand all the outrage.”

Police confirmed Poje’s safe return and officially cancelled the nationwide silver alert.

 

SIEL America to Open First US Location, 28,000 square feet in Parsippany

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SIEL America is opening its first U.S. location in Parsippany. The international solar company anticipates moving into 27,800 square feet of flex warehouse space in the first quarter of 2013.

Headquartered in Milan, Italy, SIEL has locations in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Russia. The company assembles technology that converts DC current, obtained from solar panels, into usable AC current using a manufacturing process that relies on environmentally-friendly methods.

SIEL’s new plant will be located at 2 Cranberry Road. The two-story, 203,192-square-foot warehouse building was delivered in 1986 on 10.1 acres in the Eastern Morris Industrial submarket of Morris County, part of the Fox Hill Industrial Park.

Helene Strumeyer of the International Business Division at Newmark Associates represented SIEL in its selection of a U.S. location. The building is owned by Tulfra Realty LLC and The Hampshire Companies.

Residential Burglary at Sweetwood Court home

policecarParsippany Police Office Ross Cooper and others along with officers from Montville responded to a Sweetwood Court home at 7:12 p.m. on Friday, February 1 on report of a burglary in progress. On arrival, a male resident reported that he returned home, and finding the front door locked, went to the back door where he reported hearing footsteps and voices. Upon spotting the resident, two male suspects wearing gray hooded sweatshirts left the scene on foot, one fleeing south behind the home and the other running north toward Vail Road.

A second resident was inside the home with her boyfriend during the incident and heard her brother outside yelling to “call the police”. Officer Marcin Czajka located one suspect on Vail Road at Stafford Road, and the victim was able to identify him as one of the actors spotted outside his home.

An investigation revealed that the victim’s boyfriend, Raymond Jaquez, 18, Paterson, had knowledge that his two friends were going to commit a burglary at the home of his girlfriend and attempted to distract her while the crime occurred when the second resident arrived home and interrupted the crime in progress. The 17 year old male juvenile suspect was authorized to be housed at the Morris County Youth Detention Center and was charged on Juvenile Delinquency Complaints with Burglary, Theft of Moveable Property and Conspiracy. The second suspect left the scene in an unknown vehicle and charges are pending.

Mr. Jaquez was charged with Burglary, Theft of Moveable Property and Conspiracy and was committed to the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of the $10,000 bail (no 10%) set by Judge Frese.

Items reported stolen from the residence included a flat screen television, a laptop and a Mac Book Pro. An investigator from the Morris County Criminal Investigative Section also responded to process the crime scene.

Carifi for Mayor announces intention to run with Peluso and Valori for Council

carifiNow, more than ever, we need leaders in government who listen to each individual taxpayer and collectively provide responsive and responsible government with a plan.

It was no surprise that several community leaders launched their campaigns to serve Parsippany in protecting the quality of life for its taxpayers while controlling taxes and promoting economic development.  Last month Councilman Paul Carifi Jr. announced his candidacy for Mayor at Rick’s Bistro near the Powdermill, Sedgefield and Glacier Hills parts of Parsippany to show his support for community and economic development throughout the community.  In addition, Robert Peluso, long-term Community Leader,  finance and budget specialist along with Civic Leader and retired Parsippany Police Sergeant, Dr. Louis Valori jointly announced their candidacy for Council in Lake Hiawatha Park, where they confirmed their commitment to making Parsippany affordable while protecting the quality of life for its taxpayers.

In Lake Parsippany today where Mayoral Candidate Paul Carifi Jr. grew up, he along with Council candidates Robert Peluso and Louis Valori met to discuss their campaign platforms.  “Like many people in our community, our families mean everything to us and it became clear to me that this year’s election is about Parsippany’s Future. It’s about who is best prepared to face the challenges ahead to make Parsippany the most affordable place to live with the BEST services in New Jersey.” said Carifi. “We are taxpayers and Parsippany is special to us as we intend to continue Making a Difference for Parsippany’s residents, businesses, and volunteers. Collectively we found few things more enjoyable than working with our community through our combined 70 years of accomplishment in serving our community.” stated Peluso. “It is clear that our diversity in education, knowledge, and experience makes us a solid team to lead Parsippany.” Valori further noted.

Today, we humbly announce our joint campaign Carifi Jr. for Mayor, Peluso and Valori for Council in Parsippany.  Collectively, we agree that which is broken – we need to fix.  That which is good – we need to make better while listening to our community.  That being said, we do happen to face some real challenges in our community.  The cost of living is increasing and we are taking home less to cover the expenses that are mandated upon us through taxes.  Traffic has been increasing, flooding issues have not been resolved, and businesses are moving out at an alarming rate.  It’s time to take a long hard look at how local government operates and we have a plan to address the issues.  It’s time to treat our homeowners, our neighbors, and our businesses – as more than just a source of tax revenue.  Our fight is your fight for our community. We want your vote and promise you this: We won’t back down from the tough challenges, We will never go along just to get along, and we will fight to make sure that your tax dollars are spent wisely.

Dance and Fitness Night

Join for the Dance and Fitness night at Brooklawn Middle School cafeteria, on Tuesday, February 12. There will be two sessions: one from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for each class. Funds will be for the Parsippany Hills High School cheerleaders.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

The Samaritans of St. Ann Church, 781 Smith Road invite all to their Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 12, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cost for adults $6.00, and children up to age 10 $2.00. Price includes pancakes, sausage, tea, coffee, juice and dessert. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, please call (973) 884-1986.

JCP&L Launches Web App for customers

JCP&L customers will find it easier to use their phones to get important information about outages and their accounts, the electric utility’s parent company said Tuesday.

FirstEnergy Corp. has launched a new mobile website and free smartphone app for the customers of its electric utility companies in New Jersey.  The new tools make it even easier for customers to access important information and services related to their electric accounts.

Features of the website and app include:

  • A simple power outage reporting process and access to the company’s 24/7 Power Center outage maps;
  • Secure and convenient account access to review and pay monthly electric bills, analyze electric usage and enroll in electronic billing;
  • A click-to-call feature to reach customer service and links to the company’s social media sites;
  • One-click access to the full company website from each page of the mobile site.

The mobile website is automatically enabled when customers use a smartphone to visit www.firstenergycorp.com.  There’s an app for each of FirstEnergy’s 10 electric operating companies, and they’re available for Apple® iPhone® and Android™ smartphones.  Customers can use the keyword “FirstEnergy” to locate the apps in the online store.

“Our new smartphone app and mobile website make it easier for our customers to stay in touch with us and conduct every-day transactions when they’re on the go, whether it’s reporting a power outage or paying a bill,” said Ronald I. Green, vice president, Customer Service.  “The new tools also make our simple and secure online bill payment programs even more convenient.”

The app and mobile website are part of FirstEnergy’s ongoing effort to enhance service to its utility customers.  Additional projects in development include two-way text messaging and text message and email alerts for outage and bill communications, enhancements to the 24/7 Power Center, and greater functionality on the mobile website and app.

Visit www.firstenergycorp.com/connect for more information about the company’s communication tools.

Matthew Santana wants to make a difference

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Matthew Santana from Lake Intervale is doing something more amazing than the average eight year old.

There’s a little 19 month old girl named Peyton Zitelli in his Lake Intervale neighborhood who is suffering from a very rare form of cancer. She has been going through weekly radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and has begun to lose her hair. Matthew overheard the adults talking about her losing her hair, and how difficult it must be for her family emotionally and financially with all the travel to Philadelphia every week – and he decides he wants to make a difference and help out.

Matthew decided he wants to support her by shaving his own head, and asked if people would sponsor him so he could give the money to the family for travel expenses and medical bills.

His uncle, Jason Santana decided to pitch in and help spread the word even further. He asked all of his Facebook Friends, and asked if anyone wanted to step up and send Matthew some pledges for shaving his head. The response has been overwhelming and frankly a miracle. What started out as a little boy’s wish to make a difference in this family’s lives has turned into a community-wide event.

The Blackthorn Restaurant in Parsippany asked if they could host the event. Donations are pouring in from everywhere.

Matthew will shave his head on Saturday, February 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please come out and support him. The Blackthorn Restaurant is located at 1735 Route 46.

Please visit the Facebook page by clicking here, Prayers & Pledges for Peyton.

Taming the Frenzy: How to incorporate daily habits to optimize brain functioning

NJAWBO Lunch Meeting

Neurophysiology is proving what we have known intuitively all along; when you take care of yourself physically and emotionally, your brain functions optimally leading to greater focus, productivity and energy. Learn the daily habits that will lead less stress, overwhelm and fatigue, allowing you to thrive professionally and personally.  This event will be held on Friday March 1, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Parsippany Sheraton Hotel, in Jestor’s Court, 199 Smith Road.

About the Speaker

Ellen Goldman

Ellen Goldman created EnerGcoaching, LLC, to help overextended business professionals and entrepreneurs who are worried about their health and happiness, and are either exhausted, burnt out, out of shape, overweight, or all of the above! She shows clients how to integrate health into their busy lifestyles with simple, small steps that lead to massive change, resulting in greater energy, focus, productivity and happiness every day. Ellen is a Certified Wellness Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. She holds a BS and Masters in Physical Education, and is certified by American College of Sports Medicine, Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, and Wellcoaches Corporation. To learn more about Ellen and her wellness programs, visit www.EnerGcoaching.com

Ellen G. Goldman, M.Ed.     EnerGcoaching, LLC

Certified Wellness Coach      www.EnerGcoaching.com
973.535.8891                         ellen@EnerGcoaching.com

Pre-registration pricing: Members: $25.00;  Non-members: $35.00

At the Door pricing: Members: $30.00; Non-members: $35 .00

For more information contact Carolyn Curtis, NJAWBO Region 3, marketing@njawboregion3.org  or call (973) 267-6156.

6th Annual Natural High Ice Skating Event

The Morris County Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention continues the Natural High Initiative it began six years ago with an evening of free family ice skating at the Mennen Arena, 161 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township on Thursday, March 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Steve Nebesni, Morris County Municipal Alliance Coordinator, said the event is intended to demonstrate to young people that they can achieve highs naturally, without the aid of drugs or alcohol, by engaging in fun, uplifting activities such as the Natural High Skating event or a family movie or game night at home complete with popcorn and soft drinks.

Resource tables will be available, and the evening’s MC will be Josh Drean, a former mascot of Brigham Young University who is now an entertaining youth speaker.

While he was the BYU mascot, Drean said he witnessed many acts of bullying in the schools and organizations he entertained. He said he was devastated by these acts of violence and has since devoted himself to helping create a “positive, safe and moral school climate.” He said his aim is to engage and reach students on a deeper level by drawing on the exciting and unique experiences he gained as a mascot.

Admission to the event and skate rentals are free, and children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required by calling (973) 285-6860 or by registering online at https://morriscountynj.wufoo.com/forms/natural-high-2013/ .

Additional information is also available online at the Morris County Department of Human Services website, www.morrishumanservices.org.

The family skating night is supported by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Morris County Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention, Morris County Prevention Is Key, the Morris County Park Commission, Atlantic Health and the United Way of Northern New Jersey.

The Morris County Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention is composed of Municipal Alliances, law enforcement, human services providers, schools and community organizations.

According to Nebesni, the group is committed to strengthening communities and empowering youth and defines a natural high as an excited or elevated state brought on by a non-drug related life event.

The coalition was formed after a community forum was held in August 2006 in response to the Operation Painkiller arrests and the rash of overdose deaths in the county.

The thrust of the group’s efforts is to address substance abuse issues from a strength-based perspective, focusing on how to build resiliency in our youth and improve the health and well-being of our communities through advocacy and education.

Library Selected for Pilot Program to Assist Blind and Physically Handicapped Residents

The Morris County Library is one of 11 New Jersey libraries selected to participate in a pilot project initiated by the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center to assist eligible residents with accessing and downloading audio books and magazines from the Braille and Audio Reading Download website.

This national database is made available by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the U.S. Library of Congress.

The goal of the project is to allow public libraries to provide local assistance to TBBC members and their caretakers with the complicated BARD downloading process.

Morris County residents who are affected by a physical impairment, a reading disability, or a visual impairment may be eligible.

“We have been working with the Talking Book and Braille Center for many years, providing tapes, machines, and digital books for local residents. We welcome this opportunity to acquaint TBBC users with the new BARD services,” said Lynne Olver, Morris County Library director.

A number of free services are available to registered TBBC members, including digital audiobook players and audiobook cartridges, Braille books, downloadable audiobooks and audio magazines. Users also have access to news reading services such as Audiovision, TBBC’s own NJ newspaper reading service, and the National Federation for the Blind’s Newsline, which offers over 300 newspapers, magazines and wire services.

“This initiative will help us expand the services of the Talking Book and Braille Center to new, underserved populations in New Jersey,” said Adam Szczepaniak, director of TBBC. “It will help to make a difference for those who, for whatever reason, have difficulty reading printed material. This is an important partnership for TBBC.”

For more information about the Morris County Library’s services for the print disabled, contact Book Information at 973-285-6970 or email rsbi1@yahoo.com or visit www.mclib.info. For more information about the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center, visit www.njstatelib.org.

The Morris County Library is at 30 E. Hanover Avenue in Whippany.

Freeholders Seek Public Input on County Budget

As the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders continues to work on the 2013 County budget, they are inviting municipal officials, as well as the public, to share their views with the Budget Subcommittee members on Wednesday, February 13.
Hank Lynon
The budget session will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Knox Room on the fifth floor of the County Administration and Records building on Court Street in Morristown.

The freeholder Budget Subcommittee has been meeting on a regular basis for nearly a year and is now in the process of formulating the final spending plan for introduction in the next few weeks.

Budget Subcommittee Chairman Freeholder Hank Lyon (pictured), Freeholder Director Thomas Mastrangelo and committee member Freeholder John Krickus will all be available on Feb. 13 prior to the regular public freeholder meeting to meet informally with any county resident, mayor or member of any local governing body who would like to share his or her ideas about county government spending this year.

“We think it’s important that citizens have a better understanding of the county’s budget process,” said Freeholder Lyon, chairman of the Budget Subcommittee. “The freeholders once again are wrestling with some very difficult budget decisions. We continue to thoroughly examine all county government programs, and we welcome any thoughts the public and municipal officials may have about county spending.”

“The freeholder board is also committed to transparency during this budget process,” said Freeholder Director Mastrangelo. “We hope that residents interested in how the county services are funded will come out, ask questions, and share their views with the Budget Subcommittee members.”

Individuals who are unable to attend the informal session may send their written comments to the Morris County Administrator’s Office, PO Box 900, Morristown, N.J., 07963-0900.

Comments may also be emailed to the freeholders in care of the county public information office at jgarifo@co.morris.nj.us.

Northvail School Participates in King Arthur’s Life Skills Program

 

Fourth and fifth grade students at Northvail Elementary were recently selected to participate in the Life Skills Bread Baking Assembly Program presented by King Arthur Flour.

During the assembly, a video camera projected a close-up of what was happening on the presentation table to ensure that everyone could see the step-by-step process.  After the bread baking demonstration, each child was given ingredients including King Arthur Flour to bake two loaves of bread at their home. One was for their family to enjoy and the other to return to school for a donation to Eva’s Kitchen located in Paterson.

Eva’s Kitchen serves a hot lunch for up to 400 homeless and working poor every day of the year.  It was estimated that 108 loaves were donated!

The Life Skills Program aims to help children to learn, bake and share by providing students with a real world application of skills they’re learning in school- math, science, reading, problem solving and of course giving back to the community.

King Arthur Flour was founded in 1790, and is America’s oldest flour company.  More than 190,000 students all over the country have participated in the Life Skills Program since its inception in 1992.  The students at Northvail would like to give a special thanks to the PTA and Mr. Martens, Principal.

Pictured above are the  4th and 5th Grade Students at Northvail.

Parsippany Police Blotter

Parsippany Resident Arrested for Warrants; Suspended Driver’s License

While on patrol on Route 53 at 12:19 a.m. on Friday, February 15, Officer Michael Kimble conducted a random registration check on a passing vehicle and discovered that the registered owner of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license. A motor vehicle stop was conducted and Gregg S. Pekmezian, 46, Parsippany, was discovered to also have active warrants for his arrest. Pekmezian was arrested on a New York City warrant for Possession of Stolen Property and an additional warrant from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to headquarters for processing and turned over to the custody of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.

Possession of Marijuana on Three Parsippany Juveniles

While on patrol at 7:19 p.m. on February 16, Officer Matthew LaManna observed an occupied vehicle with no lights on parked in a secluded area of the Skyview Manor Pool and Clubhouse on Meadowbluff Road near Old Dover Road. As the officer drove toward the vehicle, it attempted to leave the parking lot. A motor vehicle stop was conducted and the odor of burnt marijuana was noted from the vehicle’s interior. The vehicle occupants were three juvenile females, age 15, 16 and 17. A small bag of suspect marijuana was turned over to Officer LaManna. The juveniles were taken into custody and transported to headquarters, and a parent of two of the females took custody of all three girls. The matter will be further investigated by the Parsippany Investigative Division Youth Services Section.

Residential Burglary at Sweetwood Court home

Parsippany Officer Ross Cooper and others along with officers from Montville responded to a Sweetwood Court home at 7:12 p.m. on Friday, February 1 on report of a burglary in progress. On arrival, a male resident reported that he returned home, and finding the front door locked, went to the back door where he reported hearing footsteps and voices. Upon spotting the resident, two male suspects wearing gray hooded sweatshirts left the scene on foot, one fleeing south behind the home and the other running north toward Vail Road. A second resident was inside the home with her boyfriend during the incident and heard her brother outside yelling to “call the police”. Officer Marcin Czajka located one suspect on Vail Road at Stafford Road, and the victim was able to identify him as one of the actors spotted outside his home. An investigation revealed that the victim’s boyfriend, Raymond Jaquez, 18, Paterson, had knowledge that his two friends were going to commit a burglary at the home of his girlfriend and attempted to distract her while the crime occurred when the second resident arrived home and interrupted the crime in progress. The 17 year old male juvenile suspect was authorized to be housed at the Morris County Youth Detention Center and was charged on Juvenile Delinquency Complaints with Burglary, Theft of Moveable Property and Conspiracy. The second suspect left the scene in an unknown vehicle and charges are pending. Raymond Jaquez was charged with Burglary, Theft of Moveable Property and Conspiracy and was committed to the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of the $10,000 bail (no 10%) set by Judge Frese. Items reported stolen from the residence included a flat screen television, a laptop and a Mac Book Pro. An investigator from the Morris County Criminal Investigative Section also responded to process the crime scene.


Burglary at Wireless Depot; Several Cell Phones Stolen

Officers responded at 4:04 a.m. on Thursday, January 31 to the Wireless Depot located at 850 Route 46 on report of an activated burglar alarm and discovered the front glass door shattered. Numerous cell phones were taken from cabinets that had also been forced open. Parsippany detectives and an investigator from the Morris County Criminal Investigative Section responded and processed the crime scene, and Parsippany Rescue & Recovery secured the front door. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300.

Former Sheriff Officer Arrest and Charged with Receiving Stolen Property

Officer Paul Levi was on patrol at 9:17 a.m. on Thursday, January 31 conducting random license plate checks when he discovered a gray Lexus RX350 that was reported stolen from Rochelle Park on January 13. The vehicle was parked in the lot of the Ramada Inn located at 949 Route 46. Entry was gained whereupon identifying information for a Mr. Richard Coviello, 37, Wayne, was discovered inside the vehicle. Coviello was located in his room at the motel. A former employee of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, Coviello had in his possession OC (pepper) spray, a billy club and an expandable police baton, along with two law enforcement badges from the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office. Coviello was arrested and transported to headquarters for processing and charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Prohibited Weapon and Possession of OC Spray. He was released on his own recognizance.

CDS Arrest at Gas Station on Knoll Road

While on patrol at 7:12 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, Officer Ross Cooper observed a running black 2009 Jeep with its lights off parked between two pumps at the closed Phil’s Automotive located at 1157 Knoll Road. Mrs. Mirta Caudill, 47, Boonton had in her possession a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana, and a small plastic bag containing suspect marijuana. Caudill was arrested and transported to headquarters where she was charged with Possession of 50 Grams or Less Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances in a Motor Vehicle. She was released on her own recognizance pending a court date.

Residental Burglary on Linda Street

Officers responded to a Linda Street home at 5:56 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 on report of a home burglary. The victim reported that she was checking the home for family who were away on vacation, and the home was fine two days prior. Forced entry appeared to have been gained via the front door and the upstairs bedrooms were ransacked. Parsippany detectives responded along with an investigator from the Morris County Criminal Investigative Section also responded to process the crime scene. Parsippany Rescue & Recovery secured the home’s front door. Parsippany residents are encouraged to use the free “House Watch” program if you are going to be away. For more information on this program and other crime prevention tips, Please visit the Parsippany Police Department website at www.parpolice.com and click on the “Safety and Prevention” tab.

Parsippany Resident Trying To Enter Vehicle at Paul Miller Arrested
Officer Michelle Kardos responded to the Paul Miller Audi dealership at 2:27 a.m. on Friday, January 19 located at 179 Route 46 on report of a male attempting to enter a vehicle. On arrival Officer Kardos encountered Airick J. Grable, 46, Parsippany, who appeared intoxicated and was standing beside an Audi Q5 and attempting to enter the vehicle. It was discovered that Grable had an active warrant issued by the Lakewood Police Department in the amount of $750.00 for a motor vehicle violation. Grable was arrested on the warrant and transported to headquarters for processing. He was released on the authority of Lakewood Police Department pending a court date.

Newark Resident Charged with Driving with Suspended License
While on patrol on Route 46 in the area of Arlington Plaza, at 12:13 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 Officer Anthony Morelli conducted a random license plate inquiry and discovered that a red Nissan had a suspended registration and the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. A motor vehicle stop was conducted and driver David Bailey, 35, Boonton, also had an active warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia issued by the Newark Police Department in the amount of $250.00. Bailey was arrested and transported to headquarters where he was issued summonses for Unregistered Vehicle, Uninsured Vehicle and Driving While Suspended. He was released on his own recognizance on the authority of Newark Police Department. Editors Note: A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Narcotics Arrest at Hotel Parking Lot
Officers Ronald Carrozzino, Alfred Keiser and Michael Sprung responded at 10:55 p.m. on Saturday, January 12 to the parking lot of the Ramada Inn located at 949 Route 46 on report of a suspicious vehicle with possible drug activity occurring. On arrival smoke was observed emanating from the interior of the 2001 Mercedes Benz. The three occupants of the vehicle, Jason S. Robinson, 25, Mastic Beach, New York, Jason D. Smart, 25, Amityville, New York and Darren L. McKenzie, Jr., 25, Charlotte, North Carolina, were subsequently arrested and each charged with Possession of Marijuana, 50 Grams or Less. They were transported to headquarters for processing and released on their own recognizance.

Editors Note: A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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