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NJBIZ Honors CEO an employee benefits expert as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business

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Aida Visakay

Aida Visakay, CEO of AxisPointe, an Employee Benefits Advisory Firm has been named one of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business.

The Best 50 Women in Business Awards program honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business that have been making headlines in their field. To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included living or working in New Jersey and holding significant authority for decision making in a for-profit company.

An independent panel of judges selected the top 50 winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women.

“We are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to recognize this outstanding group of women.” said Thomas Curtin, publisher of NJBIZ. “As business and community leaders, they are constantly redefining success within and outside the business arena. On behalf of NJBIZ, we would like to thank and congratulate these fifty outstanding women for their dedication to New Jersey’s future.”

NJBIZ and the program sponsors honored this year’s winners during an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 21  at The Palace at Somerset in Somerset.

Aida Visakay, CEO of AxisPointe, brings sincere passion to her work. Her extensive knowledge and forward thinking allows her to manage and implement employee benefit plans for both the private and public sector that bring employers the greatest return on their investment. AxisPointe, as a member of United Benefits Advisors, brings a wide variety of proprietary tools and services, including access to the largest Benchmarking Analysis, Employment Law and ERISA attorneys, HIPAA compliance tools, Health & Wellness Initiatives, and proprietary Internet and Human Resources technology. Aida works with her clients to analyze benefit needs, prioritize goals and provide technology tools that will streamline costs and improve overall benefit packages. Ms. Visakay was a contributor to the February 2013 issue of Employee Benefit Advisor magazine with her comments on employee assistance programs. Her summary of the sweeping changes that occurred in 2010 with the passage of the Health Care Reform (PPACA) was published in Ezine Articles. Ms. Visakay provides webinars, seminars and does public speaking on Health Care Reform, helping employers understand their financial impact come 2014 when most of the sweeping changes occur.

Ms. Visakay offers internships to high school and college women, continuing her commitment to expand diversity and advance women in the workplace. Through this program she has helped women on their path to establishing a career.

Ms. Visakay, a graduate of Leadership Morris 2009, is an active member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce where she participates in Government Affairs and serves on the steering committee for Women in Business. A longtime supporter of charitable and service organizations, Ms. Visakay serves on the Board of Directors for Literacy of Morris County.

AxisPointe is located at 2001 Route 46, Parsippany.

Barberio Appoints New Police Chief

Parsippany Police Chief Paul Philipps

phillipsMayor Barberio announced the appointment of Paul Philipps to the position of Chief of Police for the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. Chief Philipps was serving as Acting Chief upon the retirement of Anthony DeZenzo on March 1. Chief Philipps will also be assuming the duties of Director of the Office of Emergency Management.

Chief Paul Phillips first began his career as a Police Officer in Parsippany in 1979. During his 33 year tenure he has served as Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, D.A.R.E. Officer, D.A.R.E. Coordinator, Youth Services Sergeant, Planning and Research Sergeant, Police Explorers Coordinator, Lieutenant in the Investigative Division, Investigative Division Commander, Internal Affairs Division Commander, Support Services Division Commander, Patrol Division Commander, Investigative Division Commander and Deputy Chief.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including Command Citations, a Unit Commendation, an Exceptional Duty Award and a Meritorious Service Medal. In addition, Chief Philipps currently volunteers as an associate SCUBA diver and dive coordinator with Parsippany’s Rescue and Recovery Unit.

Chief Philipps received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from the County College of Morris, attended Seton Hall University and has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Farleigh Dickinson University. In addition, Chief Philipps is a graduate of the West Point Leadership and Command Program. He resides in Parsippany with his wife and two sons.

The swearing-in of Paul Philipps by Mayor James Barberio will take place Thursday, March 28 in the Council Chambers of Town Hall at 11:00 a.m.

Parsippany Town Council Budget Meeting 03/25/2013

Pennacchio, Webber, DeCroce Announce re-election Run

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Betty Lou DeCroce and Jay Webber

The State Legislators representing the 26th Legislative District — Senator Joe Pennacchio, Assemblyman Jay Webber, and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce — announce today their running for re-election. In addition to the gubernatorial contest, all seats in the State Legislature are up for election in 2013.

Senator Pennacchio commented, “I look forward to running with our team and serving the constituents of the 26th Legislative District. It has been an honor to represent our constituents but more importantly to advocate and fight for what is in the best interests of the people we serve.”

“I love New Jersey— it’s the place where I grew up, where my parents still live, where I am raising my own kids, and where I hope to spend the rest of my life,” stated Assemblyman Webber. “I serve, and hope to continue to serve, so that our Garden State keeps moving toward an affordable and prosperous future as great as our State’s citizens. I am committed to pursuing policies that balance the provision of essential government services and the protection of the most vulnerable among us — while never losing sight of those too-often-forgotten folks: the hard-working taxpayers who play by the rules and ask only a fair shake from their government.”

“Dedication, Commitment, Responsiveness — these are the qualities of professionalism we bring as representatives of the District 26 team fighting for the residents we serve,” stated Assemblywoman DeCroce. “We believe in seeing and hearing for ourselves, the challenges and issues facing our district and pursuing the means to address them. We stand ready to enhance the quality of life of our constituents while keeping the tax burden low. I welcome the opportunity to run with Senator Pennacchio and my partner in the Assembly Jay Webber to proudly represent the 26th District.”

 

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Joe Pennacchio

Joe Pennacchio was elected to represent the 26th District from the New Jersey State Senate in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011. Pennacchio has been assigned to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, as well as the Senate Transportation Committee. Prior to serving in the State Senate, Joe Pennacchio served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2001 to 2008 and on the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1998 to 2001. As Freeholder, Pennacchio created the Morris County Distinguished Service Medal Program to commemorate all eligible residents who have served in war conflicts. To date, more than 10,000 deserving veterans have been recognized for their service. In the Senate, Pennacchio was a prime sponsor of the historic Pension and Health Care Reform Act of 2011. He has been on the forefront of Transparency in Government, where his efforts are helping to bring a comprehensive, inclusive website to New Jersey. Taxpayers can see how each and every dollar is being spent in a timely, user friendly manner on an easy to use website; a useful tool in cutting wasteful, questionable spending. His pending legislation would also bring transparency to all levels of government. As Assemblyman, Pennacchio secured 300 acres of the former Greystone tract for Morris County to be used in perpetuity for open space and recreation. In 2012, he successfully lobbied the Christie Administration to commit an additional 100 acres of the former Greystone tract for the same purpose. Senator Pennacchio has been recognized as a “Taxpayer Champion” by the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance, having received a perfect score and as a Guardian of Small Business from the New Jersey Federation of Independent Business. The Senator and his wife Diane live in Rockaway Township.

Jay Webber is serving his third term in the New Jersey General Assembly and serves on the Assembly’s Budget and Labor Committees. From his position on the Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblyman Webber has helped put New Jersey back on the right track — sponsoring Governor Christie’s first Budget that closed an inherited $11 billion deficit without raising taxes, sponsoring historic teacher tenure reform in our schools, capping property taxes, and enacting pension-and-healthcare reforms saving taxpayers $120 billion and preserving those benefits for those who rely on them. Assemblyman Webber recently has led passage of legislation assisting flood-mitigation programs, bringing education funding back to local communities, supporting families in domestic violence shelters, and combating tax fraud. Meanwhile, Assemblyman Webber continues to be a tireless advocate for policies that cut taxes by over $1 billion, promote the purchase of health insurance across state lines, provide innovative ways to fund college education, and increase access to healthcare for the underserved. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party, where he led the NJGOP to its first statewide victory in 12 years with the election of Chris Christie as Governor. In the Fall of 2010, TIME Magazine named Assemblyman Webber as one of the nation’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of U.S. Politics, described by TIME as “a new generation of civic leaders . . . already at work trying to fix a broken system  and restore faith in the process.” He is an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership, a national bipartisan program of “Rising Stars” in Governance dedicated to transcending partisanship, focusing attention on overarching questions of leadership and governance, and working across party lines to seek solutions to public problems. Assemblyman Webber earned the 2009 Defender of the Family Legislative Award from the New Jersey Family Policy Council. He is also the founder and host of NJ Reagan Day, an annual tribute to the life and leadership of President Reagan. He and his wife Johanna live with their six children in Morris Plains.

No stranger to municipal, county and state government, BettyLou DeCroce won a November 2012 special election to represent the 26th District. BettyLou has served in a number of capacities from Councilwoman to Deputy Township Manager and Municipal Clerk; Chair, Morris County Joint Insurance Fund; Commissioner for the North Jersey Health Insurance Fund and appointed by Governor Christie as Deputy Commissioner for the NJ Department of Community Affairs, where she authored the Best Practices for municipalities, a model for identifying efficiencies in local government that reduce property taxes. DeCroce is a strong advocate for lowering taxes through business development as a catalyst for economic revitalization. To create jobs and spur economic growth, DeCroce sponsored A-1063, a bi-partisan bill that provides that certain permits and approvals for critical infrastructure projects such as roads, sewerage, and building projects must be acted upon within 45 days. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and other recent storms, DeCroce sponsored “The New Jersey Residents’ Power Protection Act” A-3495, which proposes to create a tax incentive to help finance the mandatory installation of natural gas or propane-fired generators for certain vital businesses, facilities and nursing homes, which play significant roles in protecting people’s lives. DeCroce is committed to fighting for common sense legislation to promote jobs through private sector growth, and reducing the tax burden on small businesses and families. DeCroce is an ardent supporter of local charitable organizations, civic groups and other noteworthy endeavor. She has served on the boards of the Morris County Cancer Society; NJ Crime Victims Law Center; Morris County Clerks Association; state of NJ clerks Association; International Clerks Association; and Vice Chair – employees Legislative Council (NJBIA 1990-2000). The owner of the Parsippany based real estate firm ERA Gallo & DeCroce, Inc., BettyLou has two children and three grandchildren, and lives in the Powder Mill section of Parsippany.

Vote for responsible leadership in Parsippany on June 4th

Dear Editor:

I recently received a letter in my mailbox from Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., who is running for Mayor in Parsippany. In his letter, Mr. Carifi STRONGLY opposes the Waterview Plaza Plan, which will tear down 26.6 acres of woods, that are filled with wildlife and a historic cemetery. The area borders Route 46 to the south and Intervale Road to the west.

What will replace these woods? A Whole Foods, a big box retailer, a strip mall with 1,100 parking spaces and 65 three-story townhouses.

How will this development affect you? Area property values will likely drop, resulting in higher taxes for all Parsippany residents. Thousands of additional cars daily will be added to current Route 46 traffic. You’ll also get more air pollution, noise pollution, light pollution, and more water restrictions along with poorer water quality, due to additional demands placed on town water.

Mr. Carifi is the ONLY Mayoral candidate to oppose this senseless development!!  He wants to revive the local economy by filling EXISTING commercial space, which is everywhere in Parsippany, and not by destroying more neighborhoods and property values.

We must USE OUR VOTING LEVERAGE to make sure that we elect a mayor who will reject this plan!

You must be a registered Republican to vote for Paul Carifi in the June 4th primary. If you wish to re-affiliate your party for this election, send in this simple form:

http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/form_pdf/party-affiliation-form-062011.pdf

DON’T WAIT!! The form must be received by April 10, 2013.

Send to:

Morris County Superintendent of Elections

Ms. Dale Kramer, Chief Deputy

PO Box 900

Morristown, NJ 07963-0900

Contact: 973-285-6715  8:30am-4:30pm

They cannot accept faxed copies or emailed forms, as an original signature is required.

If you are not sure which party you are registered with, call the Morris County Clerk at 973-285-6066 to confirm.

Let your voice be heard on June 4th!

Paula Mondschein

Parsippany

 

Letters to the Editor: Do you have an opinion to express? Send letters to flcahill@parsippanyfocus.com

Council did right by tabling overlay zone

Dear Editor:

On behalf of Citizens For Health, Safety, and Welfare, we believe the Council did the right think by tabling the draft overlay rezoning ordinance during it’s March 19, 2013 meeting. The governing body recognized the need to further investigate all of the available options in order to ensure that there are true benefits to the residents.

We appreciate that the council didn’t rush to judgment, took the time to listen to the residents, and were not intimidated by a developer who is desperate to quickly make a profit without the slightest regard for those who will be most negatively impacted by his proposal. At this point, we strongly urge the governing body to slow down, gather all the facts, listen to both sides, and carefully deliberate before rushing to judgment and making a decision.

There is so much at stake with this colossal and substantial draft ordinance, and once the council moves forward, there is no undoing the effects it will have on community. While we understand the need to listen to the developer’s point of view, we implore the council (and planning board) to also listen closely to our point of view, the point of view of our experts, and the point of view of the citizens who are so genuinely concerned.

As always, we welcome any opportunity for any council member to meet with and address the Trustees and Board of our organization.

David Kaplan

President, CHSW

 

Letters to the Editor: Do you have an opinion to express? Send letters to flcahill@parsippanyfocus.com

A letter to my son, my hero

memorialDearest Derek,

There are no words.

There are no words to describe this feeling.

There are no words to express what is going on in my head.

There are no words to explain what happened.

There are no words that can make this even slightly better.

I can talk and talk and talk but it all comes out in circles, fragments, empty thoughts.

How can I say “good-bye,” when I have no words?

The world was a better place with you in it. The people who knew you are better for having you as part of their lives. The world will never be the same. The world is a darker, sadder place now that you are gone.

The emotions, stories, love expressed during our last two days at Walter Reed was overwhelming. The tears shed could fill the Potomac. The laughs as we told our Derek stories still ring through the halls. Everyone who knew you, loved you.

We don’t know what happened. Investigation is pending.

What we do know is that you are dancing in Heaven, your body restored. Please hug Noni, Nana and Granny for me.

We also know that our lives are irrevocably changed. We went from VA appointments, preparing for retirement, training with an amazing service dog with an angel’s name, Gabriel, and planning a wedding, to dealing with Casualty Affairs, muddling through Army protocol, and planning a funeral.

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Krystina and Derek

How do we wrap our heads around this?

How do I wrap my head around going from a Blue Star Mother, to a Silver Star Mother, to the dreaded Gold Star Mother, all within two years’ time.

I could have accepted this better twenty months ago. When you were so sick. When you were in the ICU. When Dr. Ugo took my hand and simply said, “I don’t know if I can save him.” When Dr. Perdue was in constant touch, giving me his cell phone number, and working so hard to save your life. When I was standing guard at the door demanding action and refusing to let anyone into the room who did not know you or who would not give exemplary care. I could have accepted it then. Almost.

But now? After twenty months of fighting to get you better? When you were a couple of months from coming home to us?

This is not okay.

This will never be okay.

I am angry.

I am hurt.

I am heartbroken.

Your little lady is the strongest woman I know. She was there for you for the six years since you waltzed into her classroom with a smile, of course cutting your own class to hang out and chat with her teacher. She was there for you for the twenty months you were at Walter Reed. That morning, she was there trying in vain to wake you. But you were gone. You were the love of her life.christmas

We will miss your Derekisms. “Mom? Did some old lady somewhere, ever call baseball, basketball?” Your singing, “Baby, come back! You can blame it ALL on ME!” when you ticked Krystina off and she walked out of your hospital room. The “hot boxes” in the car or elevator when you burped that darn colostomy bag. The evil laugh. The sick sense of home. Your devilish smile. You were a hot mess. Yes, I know, I remember your response to that time I called you a “hot mess.” “Well, Mom, at least I’m hot.” You kept us laughing. We were the noisiest room on the ward. The party room.

I love you. I will always love you. Everyone is better for having known you.

Rest well, my son, my angel, my hero. You earned your rest.

Stand down, Solider. Your watch has ended. You are now Heaven Deployed. Never to be forgotten.

In loving memory of my baby boy, my soldier, my hero

Derek Tra McConnell, October 8, 1989 – March 18, 2013

—- Siobhan Fuller McConnell

Parsippany Sewer Plant Catches the “Wave”

Innovation, ingenuity and an ideology based on environmental protection, efficiency and cost
containment, led the Association for Environmental Authorities, AEA, to award the Township of
Parsippany’s newly upgraded Sewer Plant the Wave Award in the Energy Savers category.

“Three years ago, the Township made the bold move to invest in a multimillion dollar upgrade to
our plant that ultimately raised the bar on the quality and reliability of service at a significantly
reduced cost to Parsippany ratepayers,” stated Mayor Barberio.

The AEA holds its annual Wave Awards Program in Atlantic City to recognize excellence in the
public water, wastewater, recycling, and solid waste sector in NJ. Award applicants must meet
stringent criteria supported by field-proven data.

Once the Township made the decision to upgrade the plant, a full evaluation was conducted of
the old system and it was determined that the existing three-stage sludge system be replaced by a
single sludge, four-stage feed one. This change alone reduced the plant’s footprint by fifty
percent, leaving a full section of tankage to market for other waste treatment uses.
Prior to the plant’s upgrade, the average monthly electrical cost to run the plant was $135,000.
With increased plant efficiency and executing the Township’s ability to hold a public bid auction
to secure the lowest possible electric rates, electric costs dropped by approximately 72% or to
$38,000 per month.

Actively seeking other methods to reduce the plant’s electrical costs, the foresight of redundancy
planning and the availability of 50% more tankage capacity, the Township has created great
opportunity to study the acceptance of other forms of waste. It also offers truckers another
option to dispose of waste that may be in closer proximity than their usual depository. Mayor
Barberio added, “I couldn’t be prouder of the Plant’s leadership team and I look forward to the
future development of new business at our waste water treatment facility.”

Barberio Announces 0% Tax Increase in the 2013 Municipal Budget

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During the Parsippany-Troy Hills Council meeting on Tuesday, March 19, Mayor James Barberio announced a 0% tax increase in the 2013 municipal budget.

The Township’s strong financial standing is the result of a 4.8% increase in revenues, a tax collection rate of 99.2%, maintenance of a healthy surplus for the Township’s Water and Sewer Utilities, increased employee contributions toward benefits in addition to the implementation of energy saving efforts that has saved the Township thousands of dollars. These are just a few examples of how the Township has been able to save taxpayer dollars for 2013 during these economic challenges we continue to face.

Although appropriations have been stabilized by savings, some increases include emergencies for Super Storm Sandy, retirement payout, debt service, police pension, and disposal of yard waste, which has nearly doubled. Mayor Barberio added, “One important appropriation this year was for the return of the Fall Festival. Requests for its return have been incredible and I believe that the Fall Festival rejuvenates community spirit and brings neighborhoods together.”

Also included in the budget is the hiring of five replacement police officers to maintain the level of staffing required to adequately protect our residents and businesses, replenishment of leaf bag supply as well as a 2% increase for white collar workers, representing ½ of the municipal workforce.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township will continue to be financially prudent by looking at opportunities to reduce staff and other costs.  The Mayor added, “I am personally committed to exploring economic development and redevelopment opportunities in order to increase the Township’s ratable base.”  Because of the Township’s low tax rate, high level of services and well run municipal government, Parsippany-Troy Hills was named the #1 place to live in the State of New Jersey by Money Magazine.  This award exemplifies Pride for all of us in Parsippany.

Shiva Kalyanaraman Charged With Marijuana Possession

Following a motor vehicle stop for an equipment violation in Madison, a Parsippany man found himself facing drug charges. According to police, at about 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, Madison Patrolman Christopher Keller stopped a vehicle driven by Shiva Kalyanaraman, 28, for an equipment violation.

During his investigation, Keller detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car. After investigating the officer allegedly found various items containing marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

Kalyanaraman was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued a motor vehicle summons for maintenance of head lamps. Kalyanaraman was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.   

Children’s Author Lenore Look to Visit Main Library

 

Lenore Look, children’s author, will be at Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road on Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ms. Look is the creator of the Ruby Lu and Alvin Ho series and several picture books. Learn about how she became an author and tips on becoming a better writer.

After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session and a book signing. Books are available for purchase.

Children 5 years old and up. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Adults are encouraged to attend.

Registration is not required.

Call (973) 887-5150, ext. 233 for additional information.

Salvo Group Launches New Website

Salvo Group, a financial firm located at 4 Campus Drive, recently launched a new website designed to better inform clients of their services and important financial news.

People are increasingly turning to the internet to find and compare services, and a growing number of financial advisors are utilizing the web to meet potential clients, including Summit Financial Resources, Inc.

The firm has selected Get Noticed Get Found, a leading Internet marketing company, to manage the site, which will include relevant financial news, videos, and local community information.

“Salvo Group is making its website as a part of its overall service to clients, with updated information and a blog that offers a steady stream of local and financial news. We are upping our online presence to better provide information about our services and our community. We are excited to offer this service to our community and look forward to further establishing ourselves as a fixture in the community,” said Sal Salvo, co-founder of Summit Financial Resources, Inc. and manager of Salvo Group.

For more information, visit Salvo Group, call (973) 285-3580 or e-mail ssalvo@sfr1.com.

Nelson Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills

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Planning Board member Robert Keller, Councilman Jonathan Nelson and Mihir Oza announce their candidacy at Parsippany Sheraton Hotel.

Councilman Jonathan Nelson, a Democrat, officially announced his intention to run for Mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills township at the Parsippany Sheraton Hotel.

His running mates — Robert Keller, currently a member of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board and political newcomer Mihir Oza are seeking the two available council seats.  Nelson, and Republican Vincent Ferrara’s term ends December 31, along with the current Mayor, James Barberio.

A resident of the Powder Mill section, Jonathan ran for mayor in 2005, losing the Democratic nomination in the primary election to Former Mayor Michael Luther.

Nelson is currently the only Democrat on the Parsippany council, winning the seat vacated by now Freeholder John Cesaro in the November general election.  Nelson is the first Democrat to sit on the Council in more than thirty years.

Jonathan except for a few years, is a 40 year resident of Parsippany. Graduated Parsippany High School in 1986 and he earned his BA from the University of Maryland College Park. For most of his adult life he has been a small business owner in Parsippany. Over the years he has been very involved with the Alliance for Lupus Research and has spent time overseas teaching English to impoverished Chinese students. He is also a member of the Greater Parsippany Kiwanis Club.

Bob Keller, 61, has been an important member of the Parsippany Troy Hills community for over 35 years.  He serves on the Parsippany Democratic Executive Committee and is the liaison to the high schools for this scholarship award. Additionally, he has chaired the Parsippany Democratic Committee and served as treasurer for the Morris County Democratic Committee.

Bob ran for Township Council in 1995, ’97,’99 and ’00, and has served on the Planning Board since 1996.

In the wider community, Bob is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, serving presently as president of the Kiwanis Foundation, following his 2011-2012 year as president of the organization.  He is a member of the Morris County Multi-Organ Transplant Support Group, and has been a District 3 volunteer fireman (Lake Parsippany) for 30 years.

At Parsippany United Methodist Church, Bob has chaired the administrative council and currently serves as lay leader.  He is a certified lay speaker for the United Methodist Church.

Bob’s professional career includes work in sales at Proctor and Gamble, Hess and Shell Oil, and as an editor at McGraw-Hill, finally in the position of executive editor at Platt’s Oilgram Price Report, a technical newsletter focused on the oil and gas business. With a work career that started at age eleven, Bob had work experience at a paint and wallpaper store, at a funeral parlor and as a radio disc jockey.

A graduate of California State University, Bob grew up in the Pittsburgh area and has been married to his high school sweetheart, Connie, for 39 years.  They raised two sons, Jonathan and Michael.

Those who know him value Bob for his warmth, his calm, his wisdom and his perspective on local and national issues. The Parsippany community has gained immensely from his extensive participation.

Mihir Oza, 25, is a 2006 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School and a 2010 graduate of Drexel University.  He currently works for a nonprofit organization in Morristown. Oza, said he previously canvassed for Nelson during his campaign for council and believed he could help attract younger voters, which could “increase council diversity and is emblematic of what this town actually is.”

In addition to Nelson, Republican Paul Carifi, Jr., announced his candicacy for Mayor seat in January.  His running mates are Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso and retired Parsippany Police Sgt. Louis Valori.

Running on the same ticket with Mayor James Barberio is Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara and Milan Shah.

Nelson said he planned to make his campaign “about the issues” and that other politicians, specifically local Republicans, “keep stirring the pot, instead of calming the waters.”  Currently there are no other Democratic candidates joining the trio in the June 4 primary. Filing deadline for candidates is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1.

Successful Speed Networking Event at Care One

A recent Speed Networking event at Parsippany Sheraton Hotel.

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Over thirty businesses and professionals attended the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Speed Networking event at Care One.  The event enabled attendees to network with local area businesses while enjoying a dinner sponsored by Care One.

“Relationships are essential in driving small business growth. It starts with attending events and introducing your business to the community.” Our Speed Networking Event Series offer a great way to start new and meaningful relationships. Mary Beth Kane and the Care One Team always do a great job hosting our events. Myself and our Chamber appreciates everyone’s contributions to make our events an outstanding success,” stated Chamber President Robert J. Peluso.

The Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce will be busy over the next few months preparing for numerous scheduled events.  We will be hosting our next Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Thursday, March 28 at 4:00 p.m. for TITLE Boxing located at 796 Route 46. The Chamber will feature another Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, April 2 for New Road Pharmacy located on New Road  as well as another free Workforce Development Seminar to prepare Job Seekers for the Chamber’s upcoming Job Fair on Wednesday, May 1.  For more information on these events and the self-funded Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce,  please visit parsippanychamber.org.

 

Rotary Awards 2013

Parsippany-Troy Hills Rotary Club “Distinguished Service Awards”

Vehicle Burglary in Lake Intervale

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Officer Patrick McCarthy responded to a Lakeside Drive residence in the Lake Intervale section of the township to investigate a report of a theft from a vehicle.

Upon his arrival, he spoke with the caller who stated that between 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18 and 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

The unknown person(s) entered the unlocked vehicle and stole two Apple Ipods, a flashlight and five compact discs. The total value of the items stolen was approx. $1,120.00.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call the Parsippany Police Department at 973-263-4300 or email us at Crime_Tips@parpolice.com.

Theft of Tools From Construction Trailer

Officer Brian Conover responded to a commercial lot located on Littleton Road to investigate a report of a theft at 8:38 a.m. on Monday, March 18. Upon his arrival, he spoke with the caller who stated that an unknown person(s) unbolted a locked fence and cut the lock off of a construction trailer that was parked on the property.

The caller reported over $6,000.00 worth of tools were missing from the trailer. The tools included a Dewalt Planer, a HEMA Mortiser, a Dewalt Chop Saw, a Eureka Straight Edge Cut guide and Saw and a Skil Circular Saw. The caller stated that the theft took place between 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and Monday, March 18 at 8:30 a.m. Anyone with information regarding the incident should call the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300 or email us at Crime_Tips@parpolice.com.

Northvail’s Family Read Night

 

Students, parents, and teachers attended the annual Family Read Night on Tuesday, March 19 at Northvail Elementary School.   The main objective of the evening is to illustrate to students and parents the importance of reading.  The event began with a presentation by Marcie Aboff.  She has written many fiction and non-fiction books for children. Ms. Aboff talked about her life as an children’s author, how she gets her story ideas, the people that work together to make a book, and how editing can make a good story even better.

At the second session kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students and parents participated in an interactive Study Island demonstration in the classrooms.  Study Island is a software program available to students in the Parsippany-Troy Hills school district.   It is designed to help students practice responding to various reading skill questions.  The program allows students to work at their own pace.  Students receive immediate feedback regarding correct or incorrect answers.  Parents should encourage their children to use Study Island at home.

Fourth and fifth grade students participated in a mini-writing workshop, “What’s Your Story,” led by Ms. Aboff.  The author gave insights that will help students develop their own stories.  She discussed the beginning, middle, turning point and end of stories as well a vocabulary choices, description and dialogue.

The evening was a great success.

Town council Waterview zoning ordinance proposal March 19

Dear Editor:

Parsippany Township Attorney Inglesino didn’t know what he was saying concerning Highlands Conformance and how “the Block Lot” could have fit into the Highlands Master Plan. Don’t think for one minute these guys on the planning board took any effort to diminish the developers exceeding demands. Inglesino also seemed more worried about saving the town from “fantasy” lawsuits. Who would sue the town for not allowing 3 minutes because the attorney for dont rezone wished to argue the case?

In fact it is becoming clear why the developer went to the town; because he saw a weak spot of political liking where he thought he could overcome his obstacles. Obstacle one and foremost, when he purchased the property he knew it was zoned in the past for a purpose already. He also knew that he was in the Troy Brook watershed and dealing with Wetlands and aquifers. He should have been made aware of the Rutgers Study by the Township; in fact Mayor Barberio is aware of this study and has business program scheduled for April 17th with Doctor Obropta the very man who supervised it.

If the Township had opted for the Highlands Master Plan Conformance Petition this land would have been protected already. This also demonstrates our Township leaders’ lack of environmental awareness. Innovation, real caring for the future of the community is found here not in our vulnerability to be preyed on by developers. Lastly lots of talk about water and its amounts, well go the highlands website for the answer, but besides quantity of water there is quality. Waterview helps keep our waters recharged and clean.

Nick R Homyak
Lake Hiawatha

 

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RD Realty Attorney Sends Parsippany an Ultimatum

At the Parsippany-Troy Hills Council meeting of Tuesday, March 19, Board Attorney John Inglesino presented a letter he received from the RD Realty attorney regarding the redevelopment of Block 421, Lot 29, also known as Waterview Project.  You can come to your own conclusion.. Was this a threat? Approve the overlay zone, or this is what you are going to get instead?  Let’s hear your comments…

 

 

March 18, 2013

VIA E-MAIL.

John P. Inglesino, Esquire

Inglesino Pearlman Wyciskaia & Taylor, LLC

600 Parsippany Road, Suite 204

Parsippany, NJ 07054-3715

Re: Block 421, Lot 29 – Waterview Boulevard and US Route 46, Parsippany-Troy Hills

Dear Mr. Inglesino:

This firm is counsel to RD Realty, LLP (“RDR”). RDR is the contract purchaser of certain property, located in the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills (the “Township”), identified on the Township Tax Maps as (the “Property”). The Property is located at the intersection of Waterview Boulevard and US Route 46, and consists of twenty-six and forty-eight hundredths (26.48) +/-acres.

The owner of the Property is Belle Meade. Belle Meade has made a final decision to sell the Property, and in furtherance thereof, has entered into an agreement of sale with RDR which provides RDR with substantial flexibility with regard to development options and time.

Prior to entering into the said contract, RDR and Belle Meade explored options for the development of the Property. RDR is in the business of real estate development and property management. It has extensive experience and a substantial portfolio. The current zoning of the Property, Planned Office Development (POD), allows for offices as the permitted use. After diligent investigation, RDR has determined that there is no current market for such use, and there is little likelihood that a market will exist for the indefinite future.

RDR would develop the Property in conformity with the existing zoning if that were possible. It is not. Effectively, the current zoning has zoned the Property into inutility. Since such development is out of the question, alternative uses must be explored and a realistic zone plan adopted.

Recognizing the futility of pursuing a development under the current zoning, RDR thoroughly and deliberately considered development options. In so doing, RDR assessed and acknowledged the. realities of the marketplace prior to entering into the said land contract Realistically, those options ranged from retail to residential, or some mix of the two.

The current market for exclusive residential use on the Property and at this location would be extremely profitable and would support a rental, apartment complex, at a realistic density of twenty (20) units per acre. This would achieve up to five hundred thirty (530) units. Higher densities could be achieved with a four (4)-story or greater product.

Such a development, of course, would be constructed as an inclusionary, affordable housing development and, as such, also would benefit the Township by providing up to a twenty percent (20%) setaside of the unitsthat would be affordable to low/moderate and work-force households. Given the inherently beneficial nature of such a development, regardless of municipal Mt. Laurel compliance, a municipal decision to rezone for such a use would be supported by recent precedent. Homes of Hope v. Tp. Of Eastampton, 409 N.J. Super. 330 (App. Div. 2009); and Estaugh Commons v. Bor. of Haddonfield L-2473-10 (Law. Div. 2011).

On the other hand, RDR is seeking an amicable resolution of the need to amend the zoning ordinance and does recognize the preference of the Township now to minimize additional multifamily, garden apartment development. In light of that, RDR determined, initially, to defer on the residential option. Instead, RDR sought what it believed would be the most appealing development product – a mixed use development of Class A retail and upscale townhouses. We believe this ‘establishes locational compatibility and supports adjoining land uses.

Thus, RDR determined to deliver a development that precisely fits the profile which it assumed that the Township and adjoining neighbors would have hoped to achieve. This is exemplified in the current proposal for the rezoning and development of the Property. As an indication of the desirability of the proposed use and the location, RDR now has a commitment from Whole Foods to anchor the retail space.

Frankly, while RDR recognizes that any proposal will face some resident opposition, it believes that this is the best development option for the Township and the regional area, one which will have significant tax benefits to the municipality and provide extremely desirable services to the region.

There should be no doubt as to RDR’s commitment to this site. It does not intend to simply make a proposal and terminate its land contract if that proposal is rejected. If this option is rejected, RDR will pursue alternative development avenues. Not developing the Property is not an option.

Please advise if you need anything additional from RDR in support of the Township’s consideration of the rezoning of the Property.

Very truly yours,

BISGAIER HOFF, LLC

/s/

Carl S. Bisgaier

 

Councilman Michael dePierro asked questions at the end of the meeting regarding buffers on Intervale Road, and then requested the Council table the ordinance known as 2013:08, “An Ordinance of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Chapter 430 of the Township Code Entitled “zoning” to created an RCR Planned Retail/Commercial/Residential Overlay District for Property Identified as Block 421, Lot 29 on the Official Tax Map of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills which property is located within the Township’s POD Planned Office Development Zone and to Amend the Township Zoning Map to Reflect the Creation of the RCR Planned Retail/Comercial/Residential Overlay District.

The council approved to table the ordinance and will revisit the ordinance at it’s Tuesday, April 9 meeting which will be held at Parsippany High School, 309 Baldwin Road at 7:30 p.m.

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