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Parsippany woman flips car in Mountain Lakes

A Parsippany woman is facing a variety of charges after she hit two cars and a bus shelter on Route 46, in Mountain Lakes, Tuesday, Mountain Lakes police reported.

Kelly Morgan, 38, Parsippany was driving her Toyota Rav4 west on Route 46 when the left tires of her car strayed onto the grass median just before the Boulevard and she lost control of the vehicle at approximately 9:00 a.m., said Police Detective Shawn Bennett.

She swerved back off the median and through the intersection, hitting a Jeep Liberty that was preparing to turn left from the eastbound lane. Morgan then continued eastbound, striking a Nissan Rouge before hitting a high curb.

The Toyota then flipped on its side and rolled through an NJ Transit Bus Station shelter before the vehicle finally stopped about 10 feet west of the shelter.

Morgan was trapped inside the vehicle, and needed help from rescue workers to be extricated.

The left eastbound lane was temporarily shut down by the state Department of Transportation so they could get a truck to tie down the flipped vehicle, preventing it from rolling further as officials worked to free Morgan from the vehicle.

Morgan was freed and the scene was clear by 11:00 a.m. Morgan suffered minor injuries and was taken to Morristown Medical Center for treatment. Drivers of the two struck vehicles also suffered minor injuries, but Bennett said he was unsure which hospital they were taken to, if any.

Mountain Lakes Fire Department, Denville Fire Department, Rainbow Lakes Fire Department, and Parsippany Rescue and Recovery were among the first responders.

Police are still preparing the report but Bennett said Morgan will be charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, a narcotics charge, driving with a suspended license, and possibly additional charges.

Parsippany Town Council Regular Meeting 02/12/2013

Knoll Country Club Worker Hospitalized After Struck by Tree

Sergeant Eugene Natoli, Officer Gerrit Tosh and Officer Christopher Cifaldi responded to the Knoll Country Club West at 6:49 a.m. on Thursday, February 21 in the area of the fifth tee to investigate a report of an employee who was injured.

The victim was being treated by Emergency Medical Technicians from Par-Troy EMS-1 who had just arrived on the scene. Witnesses stated that the victim was cutting down a large Ash tree when it split and twisted. The Ash tree struck the victim in the lower portion of his body. The tree trapped the lower part of his left leg between it and the trunk of another tree that was already lying beneath it. Members of Parsippany Rescue and Recovery utilized airbags and cribbing to stabilize and lift the tree allowing the victim to be extricated.

The victim was treated and transported to Morristown Medical Center for further treatment by Par-Troy EMS and Paramedics from St. Clare’s Hospital. The victim lost his leg from the knee down, as reported by a fellow friend. The victim remains hospitalized.

March Computer Classes at the Library

Parsippany-Troy Hills Main Library, located at 449 Halsey Road,  has free classes on Word, Excel, using Consumer Reports online, buying on eBay, and more! Don’t know a thing about computers? Register for “Very Basics of Computers” and “Introduction to the Internet” to get started!

Register for these free classes by calling (973) 887-5150 ext. 209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.org. Registration is mandatory.

Classes include:

Very Basics of Computers

Tuesday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m.

This class is for computer novices only. Learn about the elements of a computer, and get comfortable using a computer mouse. You will get hands-on practice in using a mouse to navigate the computer.

Introduction to the Internet

Thursday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Tailored to the new user, this program covers the basics of the Internet.

Word 2010 Basics

Tuesday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Class covers the basics of creating a document, changing fonts, font sizes, margins, inserting pictures, and saving documents. Please bring a flash drive with you. If you do not own a flash drive, you may purchase one before class at the Information Services desk for $5.00.

Excel 2010 Basics

Wednesday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of creating spreadsheet and other functions of Excel. Class covers the basics of setting up a spread sheet, creating formulas, printing, and saving. Please bring a flash drive with you. If you do not own a flash drive, you may purchase one before class at the Information Services desk for $5.00.

Job Search Tools at Your Library

Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Learn about online databases and tools, such as Reference USA and Career Transitions, that can take your job searching to the next level. Time will be allotted for students to visit sites after the class.

PC Security

Monday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn to protect your computer, your online identity, and your data, using free and low-cost programs. Items that will be covered include: malware, backup, basic wireless security, Microsoft Security Essentials, software updates, MalwareBytes, Spyware Blaster, safe surfing, and email tips.

Buying on eBay

Saturday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Curious about eBay? Are you interested in searching for and bidding on eBay items? Then this class is for you. Learn tips for effective searching on eBay and see how to bid on and purchase items. This class will NOT cover selling on eBay.

Social Media and You

Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn about social media tools and how you can use them to connect with friends and family.

11th Hour Rescue Spay-ghetti Dinner

Every year, 11th Hour Rescue spays and neuters over 2,000 cats and dogs.

Please join for a fun-filled family night out to spread awareness and raise funds to prevent pet overpopulation at our spray-ghetti dinner on Saturday, March 23.  Pre-sale $15.00 adults, $10.00 children.

First seating 4:30 to 6:30, Second seating 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Each ticket includes salad, bread, spaghetti and meatballs and non alcoholic beverage. Additional meatballs and non alcoholic beverages as well as bake sale items.

This event will be held at Boonton Elks Lodge, 125 Cornelia Street, Boonton, Win a cruise, 50/50, bake sale and tricky tray.

For additional information please call Amanda at (973) 664-0865 or email ehrspayghetti@gmail.com.

Parsippany Resident Arrested for Warrants; Suspended Driver’s License

policecarWhile 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.

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

Jigar Shah is Officially Special Liaison to Mayor’s Office

Jiger Shah at Parsippany Town Hall

Jiger Shah at Parsippany Town Hall

On Sunday, February 17, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James R. Barberio officially proclaim, Jigar Shah, Special Liaison to the Mayor’s Office, Indian-American Community Outreach.

Barberio stated “During my Mayoral campaign in 2009, I promised the Indian-American community a special liaison to the mayor’s office will be appointed.  The Indian-American community is one of the largest and fastest growing cultures in Parsippany.  With places of worship, restaurants, dance studios, beauty salons, and an array of many more successful small businesses – Indian-Americans have become an essential part of Parsippany, and one of the reasons why Parsippany is ranked the #1 Township to live in New Jersey!”

For many years, Jigar Shah has been a tireless advocate and leader for the Indian-American community. Jigar’s work ethic and love for our Parsippany community makes him the perfect person for this opportunity. I thank Jigar for accepting this opportunity and volunteering to be the direct connection between the Mayor’s office and Indian-Americans throughout Parsippany.


Bag of Books Sales

The Friends of the Parsippany Library will hold a Bag of Books sale at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road, on Friday, March 1 until Sunday, March 31.

The hours will be the same as the library’s hours of operation.

Price for each bag of books purchased is $2.00. Plastic bags will be provided.

An Evening of Indian Classical Music

Featuring ALIF LAILA (Sitar) with Suryaksha Deshpande (disciple of Pt Arvind Mulgaonkar) on Tabla
Concert will begin with students short performance by Ken Einhorn (Sitar) and Tabla ensemble group on Saturday, February 16 starting at 4:00 p.m. at Sanatan Mandir, 16 Jean Terrace.

The concert is free however donations appreciated. To RSVP email taalsadhana@gmail.com or call (862) 222-0105 or visit www.taalsadhana.com.

Parsippany Town Council Agenda Meeting 02/05/2013

Easter Bunny to visit Municipal Building


The Easter Bunny is once again visiting the Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard, on Saturday, March 16 between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

The Recreation Department once again is arranging this fun event for your family. Don’t miss it!!

The Easter Bunny will greet and visit with the children. Bring your camera!  Parents will be able to take their child’s picture.

Candy will be given to each child.

Bring a basket or bag to hold the treats!!!

Safety, Smarts and the SLAP Program Keeping Parsippany Proud

 “Keeping Parsippany clean and educating the public on pedestrian safety is the easy part.  It’s not so easy to get the call when a pedestrian has been struck by a motorist and is severely or fatally injured,” stated Mayor Barberio.    Approximately four years ago, at a request of former Parsippany Mayor Michael Luther, the New Jersey Department of Transportation erected a fence, on the island between the East and West bound lanes of Route 46, beginning approximately at the Parsippany Shop Rite Plaza and extending to the Dunkin Donuts, following several motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, including one fatality.

Most recently, the Route 46 fence has generated some discussion regarding its poor condition in some areas and the litter and debris trapped by the fence.  Mayor Barberio contacted Sheriff Ed Rochford to request that the unsightly island be cleaned up by the Sherriff Labor Assistance Program (SLAP) workers.

Sheriff Rochford agreed to schedule SLAP workers to clean up the area in the near future.  Mayor Barberio will also be requesting that the NJDOT repair the fence and implement a plan to better manage the debris in the area.

Parsippany’s new program to save residents on their electricity bills

Mayor James R. Barberio’s proposal to save Township residents millions of dollars in energy costs was approved by the Township Council Tuesday night.  Mayor Barberio proposed that the Township engage the firm of Gabel Associates, at no cost to the Township, to take the steps necessary to implement a government energy aggregation program (“GEA Program”) for the purchase of electricity.  That program could save residents in excess of $150 annually on their individual electricity bills, resulting in yearly savings in excess of $3 Million for Parsippany’s residents.

This program has been a success in Plumstead Township, where participant residents saved an average of 10% off their overall electricity bills.  It is being picked up by more and more municipalities who, like Parsippany, are looking to provide added benefit to their residents in these tough economic times.

Mayor Barberio commented, “We are pleased to be able to provide this opportunity to our residents to reduce their monthly electricity bills.  Based on current estimates, the GEA Program could save over $3 million across the Township in the first year alone.”

The GEA Program provides an opportunity for savings without infringing on individual resident choices.  If residents are already using a third party supplier, they can continue to be served by that supplier, and any resident may opt-out of the GEA Program at any time through either a telephone call or short online form.  This program will only be offered if there is a savings to Parsippany residents.  It is required by law and it is in the Gabel proposal.

Residents would continue to contact JCP&L for any customer issues and will continue to receive a single electricity bill from JCP&L, as JCP&L will continue to own and operate the transmission lines and equipment.

For further information on the Government Energy Aggregation Program or the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, Business Administrator Jasmine Lim can be reached at (973) 263-4391 or JLim@Parsippany.net.

Barberio Performs Stent Procedure at the Medicines Company


Although the synthetic exterior of Mayor Baberio’s patient didn’t quite resemble a typical one, its sophisticatedly engineered simulated heart attack was no different from what a cardiac specialist would face in the emergency room. Mayor Barberio successfully unblocked an artery and installed a stent through a vein in the “patient’s” arm. Mayor Barberio stated, “Not only was this an incredible experience, but also that this type of bio-technology offers doctors the opportunity to learn procedures and enhance their skills before they work on live patients.  It was also exciting to hear that The Medicines Company plans to further expand its business and it’s all happening here in Parsippany.”

The Medicines Company, located at 8 Sylvan Way, is a cutting-edge biotech/biopharma company and is first in the nation to have complex bio simulators that provide a real-life educational experience.  A few years ago, The Medicines Company made the decision to expand its space and move to a new building in Parsippany.  The company chose to move to Parsippany because it met all of their needs, including available Class A office space; access to all major highways and airports; proximity to premier hospitals, teaching facilities and a major city; a talent pool to carry out its mission; quality housing and responsive local government.  The Township of Parsippany is extremely proud to include The Medicines Company to its list of corporate neighbors.

Class A office space represents the highest quality of commercial buildings that are well located, have good access and are professionally managed.  Historically, Class A office space does very well even during challenging economic times.  Parsippany has the 2nd largest inventory of Class A office space in Northern NJ with 10.4 million square feet. The high renewal rates among current tenants and low vacancy rate for the Township’s Class A space are strong indicators of its continued demand and desirability.

Parsippany takes pride in welcoming new corporate neighbors and makes every effort to streamline processes and ensure the quality of its Class A office space.  With this in mind, Mayor Barberio has again offered Jennifer Collins, Director of Planning, Zoning and Construction, as a single source of contact for a development project.  The Township looks forward to working with The Medicines Company on the interior expansion of their existing facility.

Milin Shah announces his candidacy for Council

Milin Shah

milanLong time Parsippany resident Milin Shah, 25, announced his candidacy for the Township Council of Parsippany. He will be running on the Republican ticket along side Mayor James Barberio and Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara, who are seeking re-election.

Shah, 25, ran unsuccessfully as a democrat for council six years ago.

Shah stated  on a Facebook post, “I’ve grown and matured quite a bit since my last campaign in 2007 for Council. Currently, I am pursuing my Juris Doctorate as a night student at Seton Hall University’s School of Law, where I have maintained a top-10 class rank.“

Professionally, he works in Manhattan for Earthbound LLC – a leading direct-to-retail and intellectual property licensing company. He heads Earthbound’s licensing division and leverage his client’s intellectual property rights to generate new streams of revenue.

Shah explains “I have volunteer experiences as a member of our town’s Planning Board and Municipal Alliances Committee. Further, I have continued to volunteer as a coach for the boys basketball team at my alma mater, Parsippany Hills High School.”

Shah also said “Parsippany is more than just the place I call home. This is where I grew up, where I’ve met my oldest and dearest friends, and where I gained the skills, confidence, tools, and resources needed to become a successful young professional. Many of my high school friends have asked me, “Milin, come move in with me in New York or Hoboken,” “Milin, let’s move down to D.C. or let’s head out to California.” My response has always been the same: Parsippany is the reason I am as successful as I am today, and I’m not going anywhere until I give back to the town that has done so much for me.”

His campaign is about bringing a fresh perspective to the Township Council. He wants to be a voice for all the Parsippany residents. As an outsider, I have the opportunity to challenge the status quo. I can stand up and say, “The way it’s always been done is not good enough anymore.”

If elected, his immediate priorities will be to 1) increase revenues for the Township, 2) cut unnecessary costs and expenses, 3) be accessible and available to listen to feedback from as many members of our community as possible, 4) generate small business growth in the Township, and 5) always put Parsippany and the residents first.

Barberio, Shah and Ferrara will made an official announcement on Thursday, February 21 at the Parsippany Sheraton Hotel, 199 Smith Road.

Fountains of Wayne to Perform at Mayo Arts Center


New Jersey-based power pop band Fountains of Wayne performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 15 at 8:00  p.m. Jesse Malin will open. Tickets are $29.00 to $39.00.

This performance was originally scheduled in November but postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.

Fountains of Wayne burst onto the scene in the late 1990s armed with catchy hooks and clever lyrics on hits like “Stacy’s Mom” that have made them indie rock favorites and critical darlings since the band’s inception.

Formed in New York in 1996, Fountains of Wayne took its name from an iconic garden store in nearby Wayne (which, sadly, closed). The band has received steady critical accolades since its inception. The “Dean Of American Rock Critics,” Robert Christgau, has called them “lyric poets” and “true art heroes.” The group’s line-up, which also includes guitarist Jody Porter and drummer Brian Young, has remained unchanged since they toured in support of their 1996 self-titled debut album. The group was nominated for two Grammys, including a slightly belated Best New Artist nod, in 2003, after scoring a hit with their third album, Welcome Interstate Managers. Sky Full Of Holes is the band’s fifth full-length release, was released in 2011.

, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2012-2013 season is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South Street, Morristown and for box office information call  (973) 539-8008.

Daiichi Sankyo’s layoffs include 25 positions in Parsippany

Daiichi Sankyo Inc. announced it will lay off approximately 25 employees at its Parsippany headquarters and 50 field employees across its regional U.S. offices, as well as another 225 open positions across the company, in a press release issued by the company.

According to the  company’s website, Daiichi Sankyo has 400 employees at its U.S. headquarters in Parsippany and 300 people in global research operations in Edison. Daiichi also has six U.S. sales offices in Atlanta; Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Phoenix and the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, with a total of 1,500 employees.

While the downsizing initiative won’t affect the Edison research location, spokeswoman Marah Oberfield said the Parsippany headquarters will cut about six percent of its current work force, though she did not know if any employees based out of the Basking Ridge sales office will be laid off, and she would not provide the number of people currently employed there.

Seitz Will Retire on May 15


Dr. LeRoy Seitz will end his controversial tenure as superintendent of the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District effective May 15.

“After 40 years, it’s just time to retire,” Seitz said.

Seitz, who announced his retirement from the district at the end of the Tuesday night Board of Education meeting, said he began teaching in 1970 before becoming a superintendent in Woodbridge Township in 1995.

In 2006, Seitz became superintendent of the Parsippany-Troy Hills district.

Business Administrator Robin Tedesco also submitted her resignation Tuesday. Tedesco, who started in her post just last month, will leave the job in April. She did not state a reason for her departure.

Seitz, who will receive a pension, said he has no specific plans for retirement at present.

St. Patrick’s Day Zumba Fundraiser

Join the Green St. Patrick’s Day party Saturday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a Zumba Fundraiser to benefit the Bizzie Lizzie Charity!! With Sonva Sanchez at the Mt. Tabor Country Club, 16 Country Club Road, Mt. Tabor. Admission is $15.00 and includes donation, zumba party, door prize ticket, salon giveaways, dinner and gifts.

Sign up for private swim lessons

theymcaThose who would like the individual attention of one-on-one private swimming instruction with one of the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA’s top instructions can sign up for 30-minute private Feburary 25 through February 28, Monday through Thursday only at 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Lessons are available for children aged 3 (and potty trained) through age 13. Y Membership is not required.

Lessons are $20.00 per half-hour for members and non-members pay $30.00. Limited spots available so sign up early.

Same instructions are not guaranteed. Diving board lessons are not available.

For more information contact Acquatic Director Gewn McNamara at (973) 334-2820, ext. 22, or email gwenm@lhymca.com.

Parents and children with special needs should contact Gwen prior to registering.