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Bob Keller Honored

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Former Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Mimi Letts congratulates Robert Keller during the Parsippany Democratic Committee’s 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Scholarship Lunch

At the Parsippany Democratic Committee’s 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Scholarship Lunch, Mr. Robert Keller was honored.

Bob actually started the St. Patrick’s Day Scholarship many years ago and used the luncheon to raise funds for scholarships to be given to two high school students in Parsippany each year.   The Parsippany Democratic Committee continues this  tradition today.  The Committee is honoring Bob for this and for his many years of service to the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and the Parsippany Democratic Committee.

Bob 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 the 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2000 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, presently serving 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 over thirty years.

At Parsippany United Methodist Church, Bob has chaired the administrative council and serves as a 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 a writer at McGraw, finally in the position of executive editor at Platt’s Oilgram Price Report, a technical newsletter focused on the oil business. With a work career that started at age eleven, Bob has 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 this extensive participation.

It’s Official! Chevys Tex Mex Restaurant is not reopening!

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The building on the corner of Route 202 and Littleton Road, the former location of the Chevys Fresh Mex was available.

Inside the front entrance, lay pages and pages of blue prints of the floor plans of Chevy’s.  The building was stripped of everything.

The floors are down to the original concrete, the walls are back to cinder block, the tables removed, the interior decorations gone.  Most of the windows are still boarded up.  The only remaining memories that even Chevy’s existed at the location is the sign on Route 10 and Littleton Road, and a few signs on the exterior of the building.

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Fire damaged the Chevys Fresh Mex Restaurant on the morning of May 11, 2011

On May 11, 2011,  a motorist reported he saw flames shooting through the restaurant’s roof at about 8:45 a.m.  The general alarm fire caused total damage to the interior of the building.  On a Youtube video, you can hear the evacuation horns blowing, to notify all of the firemen in the building to get out that the roof was about to collapse. (click here to see the video)

Authorities said a blaze that severely damaged the Chevys restaurant and injured a firefighter was sparked by the ignition of grease in a ceiling duct.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said the fire was ruled accidental, although the sign on the door says “Nefco Fire Investigations, Do not remove, alter or disturb anything on the premises. EVIDENCE.”

Numerous calls to Chevy’s offices located in Cypress, California over the past years indicate the restaurant was reopening.

We were advised the property is under contract, although they would not give information on who the contract is with at this time. A search of the number shows SCD, Inc, 237 South Street, Morristown, is listed as the number offering the restaurant; the company is a real estate developer.

Chevy’s founded in 1986 in Alameda, California, Chevys is an ultra-casual restaurant concept that offers guests an array of freshly prepared Mexican dishes prepared from scratch using only the freshest ingredients served in a relaxing atmosphere. With a store base of 60 Company-owned and 18 franchised restaurants, Chevys is a national brand spanning 16 states.

The closet Chevy’s Restaurant is located at 375 Route 3 East, Clifton.

Parsippany Business Recognized as Microsoft Gold Partner

Macrosoft recognized as Microsoft Gold Partner Fifth year in a row for exceptional services in various Solutions Development competencies. Macrosoft is located at Two Sylvan Way.

Macrosoft Inc, a leading-edge software design and development organization, has maintained Microsoft Gold Partner status for fifth year in a row, with proven competencies in Application Development, Application Integration, Application Lifecycle Management, Data Management Solutions and Customer Relationship Management. As a Gold certified partner, Macrosoft is committed to providing the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies to its clients on all initiatives. Gold status not only enables Macrosoft to meet and exceed quality of service in development, communications and business intelligence but also provides access to many resources that help support our advanced solutions.

“We are extremely proud of sustaining our Gold status in the Microsoft Partner Program.  This elevated status provides us access to even more tools to drive results for our clients,” said Dr. Edward Sable, President of Macrosoft.   “The rich set of benefits, including the direct training and support we receive from Microsoft, enhances Macrosoft’s competitive position in the market while providing more value to our clients.”

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Macrosoft delivers high-quality, cost-effective, full lifecycle solutions to complex software development projects. This year, Macrosoft celebrates 20 years of successful engagements and a growing list of over 300 professionals working for more than 50 exceptional clients. Among our highly qualified workforce are dozens of Microsoft Certified Professionals including Certified IT Professionals (MCITP), Architects (MCA), professional developers (MCPD), systems engineers (MCSE), solution developers (MCSD), and database administrators MCDBA) who continue to implement Microsoft products into client business environments.

Macrosoft’s professional development teams manage the entire development lifecycle, from business process engineering and system architecture design through deployment, hosting, maintenance and support. Macrosoft maintains a leading edge in software technology proposing advanced solutions to design new systems efficiently and integrating them in upscale business and IT platforms. Macrosoft can be found at www.macrosoftinc.com.

Lifeguards Needed for 2013 Summer Season

Summer is just around the corner, with beach parties, swim lessons, cupcake day, sandcastle contest, etc, so now is the time for anyone interested in joining the Lake Parsippany Property Owners Association lifeguard staff to be certified.

All applicants must have certification in Lifeguard Training, Community First Aid and Safety, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Waterfront Lifeguard.

To check on course schedule call Lakeland Hills YMCA at (973) 334-2820 or the American Red Cross at (973) 379-4198.

To obtain a lifeguard application, or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Thore at (973) 585-7314 or McKenzie Price at price.mckenzie@yahoo.com or call (973) 941-8215.

70,000 Spectators Join Morris County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

rochfordstpatrickparadeMore than 70,000 spectators joined Morris County’s 34th Annual St. Patrick Day Parade on Saturday, March 10 along with Grand Marshall, Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford, and his wife Diana. The crowd was greeted by a two hour long list of 120 marchers, including 20 bands as they proceeded up South Street, along the Morristown Green, and on Washington Street and ending on Atno Avenue. There was music from bagpipes, various groups including Colonial Pipers Bagpipe Band, Bergen Police Pipe Band and Tri County Pipe Band.

PHS Key Club Fundraiser

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The Parsippany High School Key Club is having a fundraiser at the Smashburger on Wednesday, March 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to help support the Eliminate Project.

The Eliminate Project’s aim is to help eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus in third world countries. It only takes three, sixty cent shots for a person to be vaccinated. So it literally takes $1.80 to save a life!

So come out to Smashburger, 1103 Route 46, Troy Hills Shopping Center on Wednesday, March 13, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. get a great meal and save a life at the same time! Click here and print out this flyer, which you must have with you so Smashburger donates 20% of your order to the Key Club.

Fine Wine Tasting & Elegant Buffet Dinner

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is sponsoring a Fine Wine Tasting and Elegant Buffet Dinner. This fundraiser will support Kiwanis International Eliminate Project and Charitable Projects of The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation.

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There will be multiple tasting stations! Fine Wine, Gourmet Beers, Single Malts, Select Spirits and an elegant buffet dinner. Price is $50.00 per person. There will also be a silent auction and much more. Bring your friends, neighbors for a great time.

The event will be held on Monday, April 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Hanover Manor, 10 Eagle Rock Avenue, East Hanover.

For tickets, please call (973) 549-4185. Checks can be made payable and sent to Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation, Post Office Box 5342, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054.

Tickets can also be purchased at Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars, 289 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton.  They can be reached by calling (973)    334-1331, or visit their website at www.liquoroutletwinecellars.com.

Wines arranged by Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit group.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets weekly on Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46, Parsippany. Visitors and new members always welcomed.  Visit www.parsippanykiwanis.org.

Morris Youth Shelter Conducting Diaper Drive

Residents and staff at the Morris County Youth Shelter his month are collecting unopened packages of disposable baby, toddler and adult diapers for distribution to needy Morris County families.

The diapers will benefit the clients of the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance and Child & Family Resources<, two agencies that partner in the community to help needy families.

The Office of Temporary Assistance provides Food Stamps and other benefit assistance to families in emergency situations or to those who have lost their jobs.

“Our clients struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing and food and often don’t have the money for diapers, said Phyllis Tonnesen, OTA Management Specialist. “The clients are very appreciative of these diaper donations that help them meet their daily living expenses.”

Child & Family Resources in Mount Arlington is the county’s premiere child care referral agency.

“The Youth Shelter residents realize that in these very difficult economic times, there are many families in the county who are struggling to provide the essentials for their children and other family members,” said Pete Corea, the youth activities coordinator at the Youth Shelter. “This is their way of helping those families.”

The Youth Shelter houses adolescents who have been determined by a family court judge to be in crisis, until permanent placement can be arranged.

Diapers may be dropped off until Saturday, March 30, at the Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany.

The Youth Shelter has sponsored a diaper drive since 2008. Last year, more than 7,000 disposable diapers were collected.

Additional information may be obtained by calling Corea at (973)-285-6403.

Par High Freshmen Host Sandy Relief Book Drive

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The Parsippany High School freshman class will host an event to collect books to benefit schools damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

“Our goal is to help the children in need, especially after Sandy,” said senior Nicolas Limanov, who is helping the freshmen organize the event.

The drive benefits the organization Books B Gone, which collects used books to distribute to individuals who are less fortunate or to schools hit by natural disasters.

The Par High book collection drive will start on Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 22. To participate, drop off used books in good condition at Parsippany High School, 309 Baldwin Road.

For more information, contact Nick Limanov at Ndlimanov13@pthsd.net.

Teen Night at the Y!

theymcaCome to the Y with your friends and enjoy an evening just for you – Sixth through Eighth graders!

Swimming, Cardio Arcade, Gym Games, Music, Dancing, and snacks are all available to you. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 16 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It’s FREE for members, non-members welcome at $5.00.

Register now at the Y or online at www.lakelandhillsymca.com  Questions?

Contact BreAnne Barrow at (973) 334-2820 ext. 38 or email: breanneb@lhymca.com

Community Garden at St. Gregory’s Church

The Community Garden sponsored by Saint Gregory’s Episcopal Church is once again open to area residents wishing to grow their own produce this summer. Plots are 10 feet by 10 feet and capacity has been expanded to accommodate demand.  Plots are 10 feet by 10 feet in raised beds. Watering is facilitated by environmentally friendly passive water collection methods (no hoses) and is done by hand. Organic fertilizers are also encouraged. Saint Gregory’s will be supplying free, additional top soil to supplement the fertility of garden plots.

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

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

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

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

Vendors Wanted for “Veterans Outreach Fair”

Mayor Barberio and his Council on Veterans Affairs are committed to assisting the brave servicemen and women who have protected our nation and defended the ideals we hold so dear.  It has come to their attention that many veterans are unaware of the benefits they are due.  Upon returning home, many of those veterans need help finding jobs, addressing their medical needs or finding housing.  Many older veterans need help obtaining various veteran, disabled person and senior citizen tax deductions.  The purpose of this fair is to provide veterans with emotional support and services that can be tailored to their needs.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Parsippany PAL Youth Building, 33 Baldwin Road.

Please contact Michele Sylvin at msylvin@parsippany.net or (973) 263-4256 if you would like to participate and set up a booth.  Tables will be supplied gratis and there will be no charge to take part in this very beneficial and rewarding event.  We are planning to reach out to veterans throughout the entire state. Please forward this to anyone who might be interested. Confirmed participants thus far:

VITAS Hospice Care; G.I. Go Fund; American Legion; VFW; Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Assessing Dept.; Welcome Home Vets of NJ; Helmets to Hard Hats – Building & Construction Trades; Northern NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery; JCP&L; PSE&G; Vietnam Vets of America; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Respect the Vet; NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; County of Morris Department of Human Services; Veterans Home Care of NYJ, LLC.; Jersey City; Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

 

26th Legislative District Open House

Assemblyman Jay Webber
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Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce

Assemblyman Jay Webber and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce will be having a Parsippany Open House on Thursday, April 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Their Legislative Offices are located at 1055 Parsippany Boulevard, Suite 104.

-Have an idea to help cut taxes, reduce spending, or otherwise make New Jersey a better place to live and work?

-Want to better understand the issues being debated in Trenton?

-Need assistance with a department of State government or want to become a Notary Public?

Come share your ideas and concerns in an open conversation with your state representatives.

Sheriff Rochford’s 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party

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Pictured above is Retired Sergeant at Morris County Sheriffs Office, Paul Carfi, Jr., Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President, Robert Peluso.

Once a year, Edward Rochford, Morris County Sheriff, holds a St. Patrick’s Day party as a fundraiser.  This year being his 21st party, and the largest ever was held on Monday night at Zeris Inn, Route 46, Denville. The Irish music was playing, the dancers were dancing as almost 1,000 people ate, drank and socialized the night away.

The next big event for Rochford is “The 2013 Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade” which starts at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, March 9 in Morristown, Featuring Sheriff Ed Rochford as the Grand Marshal!

Parade day begins with Mass at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 91 Maple Avenue, Morristown.

The parade starts at 12:00 Noon near the corner of South Street and James Street. It proceeds up South Street around the Morristown Green and Ends at Atno Avenue.

There will be about 20 bands with about 70,000 in attendance either in the parade or as spectators.

Please come and see the largest family oriented St. Patrick’s Day Parade in all of New Jersey. Come celebrate with the Irish and their friends as we recognize their contribution in building a great America.

Sheriff Edward V. Rochford is the 34th Grand Marshal of the Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He was born in Morris Township to Francis and Bertha Rochford. His father, Francis is the former Mayor of Morris Township. Although Ed was born and raised in Morris County, New Jersey, his ancestors came from County Cork, Ireland.

Ed is a proud member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County, The Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey and the Paul W. McKenna Morris County Chapter of the Emerald Society.

Sheriff Rochford is serving his seventh three-year term as Morris County Sheriff. Previously he was deputy chief of police in Morris Township where he served for twenty-seven years. During that time he received more than fifty departmental awards including being honored as “Police Officer of the Year.”

Ed is a graduate of the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and the National Sheriffs’ Institute of Longmont, Colorado. Sheriff Rochford is a graduate of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Morris Program.

Sheriff Rochford is the past President and Executive Director of the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the College of St. Elizabeth’s Justice Studies Program, the County College of Morris Criminal Justice Program, and the Academy for Law and Public Safety.

Ed is a life member of the Morris County Chapter of the NAACP and serves as the honorary chairman of the United Jewish Appeal of MetroWest NJ. He is a former trustee of the Urban League of Morris County. Sheriff Rochford is also a volunteer fireman and life member of the Fairchild Fire Company, Morris Township Fire Department.

Sheriff Rochford has been very involved helping children with cancer, especially running fundraisers to help defray medical expenses. He is a strong supporter of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ, the Randolph Animal Pound, and the Denville Animal Shelter.

Ed has had many accomplishments and has been recognized for his dedication. He was the 2012 recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the New Jersey State Troopers Coalition. He was also the 2011 recipient of the “Distinguished American” award from the Morris County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Ed was the 2009 “Distinguished Leadership” award recipient from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police for his commitment to accreditation and the professionalism of policing in New Jersey. He was honored by the American Cancer Society, Morris County Chapter as the “Volunteer of the Year.” The Boy Scouts of America presented him with their “Good Scout” award for his fundraising and volunteer work.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of 310 officers and employees and provides specialized law enforcement services, such as crime scene processing, bomb squad, evidence collection and fingerprint processing just to name a few.

Sheriff Rochford oversees the operation of the Morris County Correctional Facility which has a capacity of 528 inmates. Accreditation assessors from the American Correctional Association have called this jail one of the “cleanest, quietest, most well run” they have ever been in. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office received the “Triple Crown Award” from the National Sheriff’s Association for being a fully accredited agency. Only 34 Sheriff’s Offices out of 3,083 nationwide have received this award.

Ed is a lifelong resident of Morris County and he resides in Morris Plains with his wife of 40 years, Diana. He enjoys skiing, softball, and traveling to the Caribbean. Ed said that “being chosen Grand Marshal of the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade is the highlight of my forty-seven year career. I am humbled to be selected for this honor.”

 

Morris County Gun Buyback Amnesty Program

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fredric-knappActing Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp in partnership with New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, Madison Police Chief Darren Dachisen, Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford, Morris County Park Police Chief David Wieland, Morris County CrimeStoppers Chairman John Sette, and the Morris Area Clergy Council announce a Gun Buyback Amnesty Program for residents of Morris County.  The program will be held on Friday, March 15  and Saturday, March 16 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This initiative is an amnesty program designed to remove dangerous weapons from the streets with “No Questions Asked.”  This program will accept firearms from all persons including juveniles without requiring the disclosure of names or other personal information.

The program will be held at the following locations:

Friday, March 15 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saint Paul Inside the Walls

205 Madison Avenue

Madison, New Jersey 07940

Saturday, March 16 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church

70 Maple Avenue

Morristown, New Jersey 07960

 

The public shall be able to surrender firearms at the above locations on a “walk-in basis.”  Detectives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Officers from the Madison Police Department, Officers from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the Morris County Park Police shall accept the firearms and will be responsible for completing the necessary administrative paperwork in accordance with their return.

This Gun Buyback Amnesty Program shall be conducted within the parameters of the New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines for Voluntary Firearms Surrender Programs dated March 15, 1994.

Individuals returning guns will receive cash in return for the guns that they bring in.  The cash compensation will be as follows:

TYPE OF WEAPON

AMOUNT OF REIMBURSEMENT IN CASH

Assault Weapons

$250

Semi-Automatic Handguns

$150

Revolvers

$100

Rifles/Shotguns

$50

Inoperable Firearms

$25

BB Pellet Guns

NO CASH VALUE

All individuals participating in the Gun Buyback Program are encouraged to surrender UNLOADED weapons wrapped in paper, tied with string or tape and transported in a box or container.  Participants are not to conceal weapons on their person.

Individuals will not be compensated for more than three (3) weapons.  Law Enforcement Officers and Licensed Firearms Dealers are NOT eligible to participate in this program.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp, Attorney General Chiesa, Madison Police Chief Dachisen, Morris County Sheriff Rochford, Morris County Park Police Chief Wieland, and CrimeStoppers Chairman Sette would especially like to thank Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, Reverend Paul S. Manning of St. Paul Inside the Walls, and Reverend Janet Broderick of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church for permitting the use of their facilities for this program.

Residents with questions about the gun buyback program can call Detective Keisha Higgs of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6268 or khiggs@co.morris.nj.us

Any inquiries related to this press release can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

Resident Injured After Being Struck by Vehicle

policecarOn Saturday, March 2 at 8:41 p.m. Parsippany Police, Mt. Tabor Fire District 1 and Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance responded to the area of the Raceway gas station located at 2140 Route 10 West to investigate a report of a man that was trapped underneath a vehicle.

The investigation of the incident revealed that a 31 year old Parsippany resident had pulled into the station just as the van that he was operating had run out of fuel. As he began to attempt to push the vehicle up the incline towards the pumps, the vehicle started to roll backwards down the incline. The man became caught between the open driver’s side door and the body of the vehicle.

As the vehicle rolled down the hill into the center lane of Route 10, he was dragged under the vehicle where he became trapped.

He remained pinned under the vehicle until an unidentified motorist who saw the incident stopped and pulled him out from under the van.

The victim was treated and transported to Morristown Hospital by Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance. The incident is currently under investigation by Officer Steven Miller who is one of our specially trained Crash Investigators. If you have any information regarding the incident, please contact the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300.

Greystone – Refurbish or Demolish?

No expense was spared in the construction of the lavish 1876 Main Asylum Building at Greystone Park (also called the Kirkbride Building) and the moral treatment it embodied was revolutionary.

It was an asylum in the best sense of that word, a refuge for the mentally ill from the torment and punishment commonly meted out to them in 19th Century society. Now rundown and neglected, the building’s days as a mental hospital are over. Recent studies seem to indicate that it remains a robust and economically viable structure, with enormous re-use potential, but demolition remains the State’s default option. Why?

What are some of the obstacles to bringing this magnificent public heirloom forward into contemporary relevance? Presented by the all-volunteer non-profit group Preserve Greystone, with group president John Huebner and historic preservationist Marjorie Wormser.

Sponsored by the Mount Tabor Historical Society on Thursday, March 14 at the Bethel, Trinity Park, Mount Tabor at 7:00 p.m.  with refreshments being served and at 7:30 p.m. will feature the program. For information call (973) 625-8548.

For directions visit www.mounttabornj.org. For GPS use 26 Simpson Ave

DeCroce holds a party to “Fire up her 2013 campaign”

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Betty Lou DeCroce with Parsippany Councilman Vincent Ferrara, on Sunday, at a party held by DeCroce at the Birchwood Manor.

Betty Lou DeCroce held a party to fire up her 2013 campaign on Sunday, March 3 at Birchwood Manor.

She said “This will be an annual event, it’s the beginning of March, spring time is around the corner, and everyone is thinking picnics.”  This is a perfect event with sizzling hot dogs and a frosty mug of beer.

 

PACC’s ‘Social Media Effectiveness’

A Workshop for Job Seekers and Business Owners

Social Media Effectiveness,  A Workshop for Job Seekers and Business Owners will be held on Tuesday, March 5, from 10:00 a.m. to  11:30 a.m. This free workforce development seminar is provided by the self-funded and volunteer based Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Employment Outreach Program.  This interactive workshop is presented to a live audience at Centenary College on 300 Littleton Road, Parsippany.  Entry to the event is free of charge, however advance registration is required and space is limited to 50 attendees. For event details and registration, please visit ParsippanyChamber.org.

At the Chamber’s last workforce development event in January attendees learned valuable lessons about creating a personal brand.  This month’s seminar will answer questions, such as: which social media venues to use, how to be effective using them, time-wasters and enhancers, and facing fears and overcoming obstacles.

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Robert J. Peluso, President Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce

Introduced by Employment Outreach Committee Chair and Career Transition Coach, Neil Cooper.  The workshop will be presented by Dolores Stammer who is the Regional Director of the NJSBDC of Northwest Jersey.  Dolores specializes in advising under $30 million in development, growth & consolidation issues, and design & implementation for a target market. Dolores has experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses in a variety of business disciplines: marketing, management, economics, quantitative analysis, and technology.

“Employees are one of our most valuable assets in every organization.  We recognize this fundamental concept and promote Parsippany’s talented workforce though the Chamber’s Employment Outreach Program.  Educated and skilled employees drive the economic success of our community in addition to retaining, expanding, and attracting businesses to create opportunities in the Parsippany Area.  We encourage you to join the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce because with your support, we will continue to create success stories!” stated Chamber President Robert J. Peluso.

Eastlake School Annual Fun Fair

Eastlake Elementary School conducted a Fun Fair and tricky tray on Saturday, March 2. A variety of food and craft booths and games for children, with prizes. Some of the events included sand art, ring toss, bean bag toss, face painting, “can u find me” as well as temporary tattoos. Tricky tray items included three exams and cleanings, donated by David Grayson, DDS, an autographed jersey by Darrell Revis (#24) donated by the New York Jets, a one year family membership donated by the YMCA, and a student can win to be “Principal For A Day at Eastlake School” donated by Mr. Mark Gray.  Some of the other businesses who donated to the event were Clearview Cinemas, Holiday Inn Parsippany, Lake Hiawatha Swim Club, Longhorn Steakhouse Parsippany, Parsippany Deli, Part Tory West Little League, The Great Wasu as well as of the many Eastlake family and friends.