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Parsippany Resident Facing Charges Related to Sexual Contact

Keith William Harp, 44, Parsippany, is facing 17 criminal charges related to sexual contact with an underage male from Upperco, Maryland.

Harp is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center, Maryland on $250,000 bond following a bail review Friday in Carroll County District Court.

He is charged with eight counts each of third-degree sex offense and sexual solicitation of a minor, and one count of sexual abuse of a minor as part of a continuing course of conduct.

The alleged offenses occurred in Carroll County and Harp’s apartment on New Road between 2006 and January of this year.

No court dates have been scheduled in this case, according to Carroll County Court files.

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

Annual Spring Yard Sale

First Baptist Community Church is holding their Annual Spring Yard Sale on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 800 Vail Road. 

Many new and gently used items will be sold at very reasonable prices, including electronics, books, household items, children’s toys, appliances, furniture, tools, and lots of clothing for all ages. As always, there will be a clothing special – Fill a bag for $5.00.

Contact Rev. Dr. Stacie Turk for directions or more information (973) 334-6002. Visit First Baptist on the web at www.fbccparsippany.com.

Uncle Sam’s Avengers Motorcycle Club Presents Check to Siobhan McConnell

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On Friday, April 19 at the Blackthorne in Parsippany, Uncle Sam’s Avengers Motorcycle Club  will present a check to Siobhan Fuller McConnell in honor of her son Army Sergeant Derek McConnell.

Uncle Sam’s Avengers Motorcycle Club (USAMC) is a is a 501(c)(3) Federal and State registered non-profit organization, made up of a group of patriots — active and retired law enforcement officers, active and honorably discharged military members, firemen, and EMTs — who share an enthusiasm for motorcycles. They use that connection to benefit the community, preserve the American way of life and honor for “those who fought before.”

The USAMC was founded in 2009 by Danny Bendas, a Navy Veteran who is a Parsippany Police Sergeant, and Parsippany Police Officer Ted “Tank” Anderson, who served as an Army Infantryman.

Currently there are twenty members of the Avengers. Bendas is the President and Anderson is the Vice President. The Secretary is Gene Criscione, a NJ State Corrections Officer; Treasurer, Air Force Reservist First Sergeant Jim Vigilante; and Sergeant At Arms, Parsippany Police Officer Ron Carrozzino.

“We support the communities in which we live and work, by organizing and participating in events that assist Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and children or families in need of our help. We ride for charity!” said Bendas.

The group continually supports the Wounded Warrior Project, which raises awareness of and enlists the public’s aid in providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured military service members. They also donate to local charities, such as the Family Reach Foundation which provides financial relief and heartfelt support to families fighting cancer.

There is a great camaraderie among members who share social events and undertake fun group rides. Last August the Avengers went on a 2,000-mile journey that took them to six cities in six states in six days.

For more information about the Avengers go to www.unclesamsavengersmc.com.

Lk. Parsippany Variety Show

Lake Parsippany Variety Show

Watch the students of Lake Parsippany Elementary School hit the stage with spectacular acts.

Uncle Sam’s Avengers Motorcycle Club Beefsteak Dinner

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Members of the Uncle Sam’s Avengers Motorcycle Club were outside Wawa, New Road, on Friday, April 19 selling tickets to their Beefsteak Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, May 10.   The dinner  will be held at Boonton Elks Lodge 1405, 125 Cornelia Street, Boonton. Tickets cost $40.00 and include food, beer, wine, soda and a live band.  For ticket information visit www.unclesamsavengersmc.com.

Uncle Sam’s Avengers Motorcycle Club (USAMC) is a is a 501(c)(3) Federal and State registered non-profit organization, made up of a group of patriots — active and retired law enforcement officers, active and honorably discharged military members, firemen, and EMTs — who share an enthusiasm for motorcycles. They use that connection to benefit the community, preserve the American way of life and honor for “those who fought before.”

The USAMC was founded in 2009 by Danny Bendas, a Navy Veteran who is a Parsippany Police Sergeant, and Parsippany Police Officer Ted “Tank” Anderson, who served as an Army Infantryman.

Currently there are 20 members of the Avengers. Bendas is the President and Anderson is the Vice President. The Secretary is Gene Criscione, a NJ State Corrections Officer; Treasurer, Air Force Reservist First Sergeant Jim Vigilante; and Sergeant At Arms, Parsippany Police Officer Ron Carrozzino.

“We support the communities in which we live and work, by organizing and participating in events that assist Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and children or families in need of our help. We ride for charity!” said Bendas.

The group continually supports the Wounded Warrior Project, which raises awareness of and enlists the public’s aid in providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured military service members. They also donate to local charities, such as the Family Reach Foundation which provides financial relief and heartfelt support to families fighting cancer.

There is a great camaraderie among members who share social events and undertake fun group rides. Last August the Avengers went on a 2,000-mile journey that took them to six cities in six states in six days.

For more information about the Avengers go to www.unclesamsavengersmc.com.

Law Talk Today

Mark and Nancy from the Bar Association of Morris County stop by in todays episode of Law Talk Today.

Veterans Outreach Fair

Parsippany holds it’s First Annual Veterans Outreach Festival held at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center.

On Saturday, April 13, a Veterans Outreach Fair was held at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center.  The event came about as the first effort of Mayor Barberio’s Council on Veterans Affairs which is 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 have been 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 was to provide veterans with emotional support and services that can be tailored to their needs. The event was a huge success and was supported by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.

All-County Garage Sale

Get ready, get set, and GO! to the All-County Garage Sale as it returns by popular demand to Mennen Sports Arena on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Last year, over 2,500 people attended the Sale; many happy shoppers left with designer handbags, interesting antiques, delightful home goods, unique collectables, and so much more.  Take the travel time out of shopping and find a variety of wonderful goods, at bargain prices in one convenient location. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity; it’s a one-day shopper’s paradise!

All proceeds from the All-County Garage Sale benefit the Historic Speedwell educational programming and historic preservation projects. The Factory Building, located on the Morristown site, is a National Historic Landmark featuring a brand new, hands-on, interactive exhibit on the telegraph and the development of modern communications.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are free.

For more information on attending or becoming a vendor, please call 973-285-6534. Mennen Sports Arena is located at 161 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township.

Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow – An Open Dialogue

palJoin Mayor Barberio, Senator Anthony Bucco, and Assemblyman Tony Bucco, among other invited guests for an open dialogue between parents, young people, and community leaders on prescription drug use, and alcohol use in our communities on Monday, April 22  from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Parsippany PAL Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road.

This is a kickoff event for a monthly gathering to focus on bringing the communities resources together to talk about addiction and alcohol related issues in the area.

Speakers include Dr. Mattiace (former NFL player and addiction counselor with youth), Elizabeth Thompson (Drug Policy Alliance), Steve Liga of NCADD-Middlesex, Paul Ressler of Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NCADD-NJ Advocacy Leaders Christine Michaels and Devin Fox, and local youths sharing their experiences.

The event will highlight the theme of “Help for Today. Hope For Tomorrow” and assemble speakers that will address issues such as opioid use, underage drinking, and the climbing overdose rates in young people. A list of potential speakers has been put together to include young people in the community , people in recovery from alcohol and drugs, parents who have lost family members to overdose, members of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism, and addiction and alcohol specialists.

The NCADD-NJ Advocacy Leaders in the area are currently confirming several local organizations that provide community resources such as prevention groups, family services, adolescent treatment centers, outpatient services, municipal alliances, and any other community groups working to address these issues. The resource tables will be set up during the evening for your convenience.

Bringing all of these organizations to the same event will provide you with the resources and information you will need to bring into your homes.

This is a family event – and all are welcome – please come and be part of the community that is fighting back to “save our kids”.

dePierro Receives Proclamation from Senator Pennacchio

Senator Pennacchio presented Councilman Michael dePierro with a Proclamation for Rotary Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Congratulations! Thank you for all you do for Parsippany.

Par-Troy West Little League 2013 Opening Celebration

The festivities started with the team introductions, dignitary introductions, short speeches and other introductions.  The teams were introduced and the children marched around the field.  Par-Troy West Little league is comprised of 750+ children in both the softball and baseball program combined.Par-Troy West Little League started the Little League season on Thursday night, April 18.  Macchu Pizza  was  there serving food for the crowd.

Woman’s Club Meeting

The Woman’s Club of Parsippany will meet on Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Building, 100 Centerton Drive.

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, a program on domestic violence and youth violence prevention will follow the business portion of the meeting at about 8:00 p.m. with speakers Bari Zell Weinberger and Dr. Douglas Baum.

For additional information send an email to Lora at womansclubofpth@gmail.com.

Religious Open House at Temple

The Temple Beth Am Religious School, 879 South Beverwyck Road will host a community-wide open house on Sunday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. to give all an opportunity to see the school in action and meet the staff.

Advance registration is preferred by not mandatory at office@tbaparsippany.org or by calling (973) 887-0046, ext. 10.

Ceremony to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

morriscountyprosecutorActing Prosecutor Knapp announces ceremony to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights WeekActing Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will recognize 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 21-27) with a Recognition and Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony, honoring victims and advocates of victims’ rights, will take place on Monday, April 22 at 12:00 noon in front of the County Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has been a time of national remembrance since 1981, an opportunity for communities, victims and their loved ones, and professionals serving victims to join together and reflect on the progress achieved in victims’ rights. The theme for 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “New Challenges * New Solutions”.

Thirty years ago, crime victims did not have rights, access to crime victim compensation, or services to help rebuild their lives. They were often excluded from courtrooms, treated as an afterthought by the criminal justice system, and denied an opportunity to speak at sentencing. Today, all states have enacted crime victims’ rights laws and established crime victims’ compensation funds.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp is proud of the outstanding team of capable and dedicated professionals in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office who assist victims of crime and advocate on their behalf.

All are invited to join the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at the ceremony.  For more information or to RSVP, contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Community Affairs Unit at (973) 285-6268 or e-mail rsvp@co.morris.nj.us

Any inquiries regarding 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.

Annual Historic Re-Enactment at the Livingston Benedict House

benedicthouseEach year in the spring a living history event is presented at the 250 year old Livingston Benedict House on Old Parsippany Road. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thirty-seven years after the American Revolution, the United States was divided about declaring war. The War of 1812, two hundred years ago now, was supposed to be “over in two weeks”, and it was said our armies would be greeted as “liberators” of Canada. After two and a half years of fighting, the burning of Washington DC, and the Battle of New Orleans, the war ended inconclusively, but with US control of lands west of the Mississippi and the end of Native American dreams of their own independent country.

Interesting stories linking Parsippany and Troy to this war will be presented on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

The house will be open for tours, and costumed volunteers will present stories of people who lived in Parsippany two hundred years ago.  The kitchen features hearth cooking. The barn will be open as well, and there will be demonstrations of old-time crafts and children’s activities.

The Livingston Benedict House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is protected from development by an easement held by the New Jersey Historic Trust.Governor William Livingston and his family lived in the house during the Revolutionary War, and it has been owned by members of the Benedict family since 1857.

This event is made possible by almost thirty volunteers: Girl Scouts, members of the Historic and Preservation Society, and friends. For more information, call (973) 887-2455. Free, donations accepted.

Parsippany Town Council Regular Meeting 04/16/2013

Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Brings Fifth Annual Job Fair

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Presented by the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Employment Outreach Program, the 5th Annual Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 707 Route 46 East, Parsippany. Last year, over 500 potential job seekers and 25 hiring organizations attended this annual event.

This year’s scheduled attendees included ADP, Atlantic Health Care, Care One, Coca Cola Refreshments, Liberty Mutual, Prudential, Provident Bank, Zoomus, Rite Aid, and Tiffany & Company.  A complete list of attending companies will be available at employmentoutreach.org on Sunday, April 20.

“Our Job Fair has a reputation for the last four years in providing outstanding service to our residents, businesses, and volunteers in the Parsippany Area at No Charge.  This is another example on how we strive to give back to our community!” stated Chamber President and Job Fair Chair Robert J. Peluso.  The job fair is a great opportunity for job seekers to connect with area employers while gaining new skills through the event’s free workforce development seminar. However, there is much more to the event. The job fair is part of the Chamber’s Employment Outreach Program which is the Chamber’s unique approach to drive community and economic growth in the Greater Parsippany Area through providing employers with a high quality workforce. However, the success of the Job Fair and Employment Outreach Program, which annually assists over 2500 job seekers and 75 area employers, demonstrates the success of Chamber President and Job Fair Chair Robert J. Peluso’s strategic partnership initiative.

In 2009, led by Peluso, the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce began focusing on creating strategic partnerships with other community based organizations. To date the Chamber has over eight organizations involved, which also assists in the Annual Job Fair. “A high quality workforce creates an advantage in attracting and retaining top companies to the Parsippany Area. We provide comprehensive services, including: a job posting board, quarterly newsletters (Workforce Morris), an active website (employmentoutreach.org), internship opportunities, scholarship programs, training events, career counseling, and workforce development opportunities for students. All of these services are provided free of charge by the self-funded and volunteer based organization, however we could not make this program a success without our dedicated partner organizations,” stated Chamber President Robert J. Peluso. For more information on the Employment Outreach Program and the job fair, please visit employmentoutreach.org.

Comedy Show at Temple Beth Am

Bret Bickley, Johnny Rizzo and Pat Ceasar will be featured at a fund raising Comedy Show at Temple Beth Am, 879 S Beverwyck Road on Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m.

An amazing line up of performers has been booked for the evening. Admission is $30.00 per person and can be purchased on line at by clicking here or by phoning (973) 887-0046.

Pre-show “table magic” tricks will be performed prior to the acts of the three comedians.

Where do you begin the task of trying to describe Johnny Rizzo?  The elastic faces, the flopping limbs, the silly, googly eyes…he’s got you in stitches and he hasn’t even opened his mouth yet!  And once that happens, you’re gone.  At the end of the night, your face hurts – literally – from the constant laughter.  He has earned the nickname, “The Rubber-Faced Comedian.”

Originally hailing from Boston, Pat Ceasar now makes her home  in Montclair. She has appeared in NYC in a number of Off-Off Broadway shows and is a regular at The Broadway Comedy Club, where she appears twice a month and is a featured comic at The Duplex in the Village. She has been seen on LAW & ORDER: SVU and on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. She was also in the Academy Award winning film, MONSTER with Charlize Theron.

Traveling the world before he was out of high school, Brett Bickley honed his comedy chops in every corner of the globe. Central America, the Middle East, numerous European countries and Cleveland. he has been seen on Comedy Central, Late Night with David Letterman and has shared the stage opening for such bands a The Allman Brothers, Huey Lewis & The News and The Beastie Boys. Now making his home in northern New Jersey, he is occasionally able to slip free from the chains of suburban home life to perform in NYC at such venues as The Boston Comedy Club, Caroline’s and the Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Now celebrating our 46th year, Temple Beth Am is a Reform congregation with a diverse membership living throughout Morris County, including the towns of Boonton, Denville, Lake Hiawatha, Mountain Lakes, Montville, Parsippany and Rockaway. They open theirdoors to adults and youth, singles and couples, Jews-by birth and Jews-by-choice, and interfaith couples. A warm and nurturing congregation, we welcome all who want to worship in an inclusive, egalitarian community led by Rabbi Ronald W. Kaplan and Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak.

 

CCM to Hold Spring Open House

ccmThe County College of Morris will be holding an Open House on Saturday, April 20, in the Student Community Center on its Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road.

The CCM Open House offers academic break-out sessions and the opportunity to speak with faculty and admissions, financial aid, career services and other student interest representatives.

Two sessions are being offered at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and those who attend will have the $30.00 application fee to the college waived.

High school students, their parents and others can learn about the college’s more than 70 associate’s degrees, athletic programs and student organizations. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to attend a “Financing Your College Education” workshop and view a show at the CCM Longo Planetarium.  There is also the option of taking a self-guided tour of campus.

Registration is required. To register or to obtain additional information, visit the www.ccm.edu/admissions, or call (973) 328-5101.

Health Fair and Education Forum

communityhopeCommunity Hope, in partnership with the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Morris County, will host the Annual Mental Health Learning and Wellness Fair on Thursday, May 16 beginning from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue.

The one-day health fair and educational forum is an educational event geared toward promoting wellness and recovery for health care professionals; individuals with mental illness; their family members and caregivers.  The Forum is also open to the public and is offered as a free public service of Community Hope and the MHA of Morris County.

The theme of this year’s event is “Putting the Pieces Together:   Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit” with the keynote address delivered by Eric Arauz, President of Arauz Inspirational Enterprises.  Arauz is an inspirational speaker specializing in such topics as trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder; suicide assessment and prevention; child abuse issues; veterans issues and addiction and mental health issues.

Following the key note address, the Expo Resource Hall will open and 40+ vendors will be displaying services pertaining to wellness and recovery.  Interactive workshops led by professionals will be offered throughout the day emphasizing the Eight Dimensions of Wellness.  Workshop topics include healthy telationships; Feng Shui; creative arts; STD prevention; a peer recovery panel; sound healing; tobacco awareness and identity fraud and scam prevention.

Interested healthcare vendors and participants can visit the events page of Community Hope’s website at www.communityhope-nj.org or contact Terry Carlson, Community Hope RN, at (973) 463-9600, extension 318, or Tracy Cappiecille at the MHA at (973) 334-3496, extension 112.

Last year, the Health and Wellness Fair drew more than 250 attendees and hosted 40 exhibitors.

Community Hope provides a continuum of housing with support services to more than 335  individuals in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse.  Community Hope is also the largest charity in New Jersey serving homeless veterans and veteran families. The agency will provide housing, services and case management to more than 500 individuals and veteran families this year.

The Mental Health Association of Morris County is a non-profit, charity organization dedicated to serving people with mental illness and their families. Incorporated in 1953, the Mental Health Association of Morris County (MHAMC) is a local chapter of the New Jersey Division of the National Mental Health Association, today known as Mental Health America.