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Northvail’s Read Across America Celebration

Many people in the United States, particularly students, parents and teachers, join forces in early March for Read Across America Day. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss, who is known for writing numerous children’s books. Its purpose is to promote reading.

To celebrate “Read Across America Day,” Northvail invited parents to come in and read to each class. The parents chose their favorite Dr. Seuss book for the read-aloud event and also talked about the importance of reading in their daily lives.

Parsippany’s Board of Education president, Mrs. Susy Golderer, read to her daughter Elizabeth’s fifth grade class. She told the class that, “Reading is the gateway to information.” Mrs. Golderer chose to read “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” Its theme focuses on facing life’s challenges and striving to achieve greatness. This was a truly inspiring book to read to the fifth graders as they prepare to embark upon the uncharted waters of middle school.

Family Read Night is the next reading event at Northvail which will take place on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.

“Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow” Alcohol Awareness Program at PAL

ncaddIn conjunction with “April is Alcoholic Awareness Month” the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills will present an open dialogue between parents, young people and community leads on alcohol and addiction on Monday, April 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Parsippany PAL Youth Building, 33 Baldwin Road.

The event will start with food and networking from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 and then speaker program with community leaders, question and answer session.

In addition resource tables are available.  If your organization is interested in providing a resource table at this event please contact Aaron Kucharski at

Paul Philipps Named Acting Chief of Police

Parsippany Police Chief Paul Philipps
Deputy Chief Paul Philipps was appointed serve as acting chief of the Parsippany Police Department.

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Mayor James Barberio stated “I am proud to announce that effective today I have appointed Deputy Chief Paul Philipps to the position of Acting Chief, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department.”

Chief Anthony DeZenzo announced he was retiring effective March 1.

He retired with an annual benefit of $131,951.76.  DeZenzo was sworn in on September 1, 2011 by Mayor James Barberio, to lead the department, which has more than 90 officers, making it the largest in Morris County.

DeZenzo, who served as chief after Michael Peckerman retired, also served as head of the Parsippany Office of Emergency Management.

DeZenzo said when he made the resignation announcement that he will take time to relax before deciding his next professional move.

DeZenzo, 52, was hired by Parsippany police in 1982 as a patrol officer and promoted to sergeant in 1987. He became lieutenant in 1991 and, in 1997, was promoted to captain, and then in 2010 he was promoted to Deputy Police Chief.


Attention Firefighters: This course could help you save yourself

The Morris County Public Safety Training Academy is holding a Rapid Intervention Crew Safety and Survival Weekend. This is a phenomenal course taught by the best in the business. I had the opportunity to watch portions of the last class and I was truly impressed. This course is a MUST. It could make the difference between life and death! said Director Jeffrey S. Paul, Morris County Office of Emergency Management.

The Rapid Intervention Crew / Safety and Survival Weekend will be held on Friday, April 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This intense, physically challenging weekend course will cover the latest techniques in rapid intervention and firefighter safety and survival skills and techniques developed by our nation’s Fire Service leaders; techniques developed to help us to save ourselves. Stations cover challenging subject areas including ladder bailout, window bailout, nance drill, mask confidence course, managing the mayday, below-grade rescue, upper floor rescue, SCBA proficiencies skills, hot cylinder change, specialized victim removal techniques, Rochester drill, Denver drill and Pittsburg drill.

Friday night will be a classroom session while Saturday and Sunday will be all hands-on stations and practical application of skills.

This course is consistently hailed as one of the best classes that participants have attended.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of firefighter 1 and no less than one year of experience in the fire service. Registration forms must be forwarded to the Academy’s Office.

Required equipment: Fully compliant PPE including SCBA Unit with one spare cylinder.

Recommended equipment: 25′ of 1″ tubular webbing and/or 25′ of personal rope.

Tuition; Morris County residents $150.00, out of county residents $200.00.

Click here to register. Registration is limited. If you have any questions, please call (973) 285-2979.

Dr. Seuss Day at Intervale School

Today marks Read Across America Day,  a day set aside to encourage every person in the nation to read or be read to for fun. This annual countrywide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the American writer best known for creating children’s books and inspiring the love of reading in four generations of kids.  Originally created as a one-day event to celebrate the joy of reading, Read Across America, sponsored by NEA and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., has grown into a nationwide initiative that promotes reading every day.

More than 45 million people young and old participate annually in the literacy program, now in its 16th year.

Intervale School had a special day of Dr. Seuss.  Members of the community were in school reading books to the individual classes.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Jamie Baberio started his day reading to the third students from classes of Mrs. Worthington, Ms. Hollingsworth and Ms. Kogen. Then he continued down the hall to the first grade classes of Ms. Maloney and Mrs. Petersen.

Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President, Robert Peluso was a guest reader  at the kindergarten class of Ms. Gurskin. Craig Schlosser, Exective Director, Parsippany Area of Commerce was found in the second grade class of Mrs. Tsakanais. Officer Christiano, Parsippany Police Department was also reading in the kindergarten classes of Ms. Gruskin and Ms. Ries.  Mrs. Garcia’s, second grade class had the opportunity to listening to Lou Valori, former Board of Education member, while Councilman Jonathan Nelson was reading to the fourth grade class of Ms. Boylan.

Other readers included Linda Didner, Kim Krall, Mimi Taylor, Karen Gaynor, Pegeen Lightner, Elaine Callahan, Rose Schuman, Pam Freund, Paul Sanon, Suzanne Olympio, Karen Gaynor, Gloria Balcom, Melissa Okerbloom, Sue Schoppert, Kitty Lucibello, Harriet Schwartz, Matt McGraft, Karen Levin and Parsippany Patch Editor Natalie Davis.

Dr. Seuss born Theodor Seuss Geisel  on  March 2, 1904  was an American writer, poet and cartoonist  most widely known for his children books.

Geisel published 46 children’s books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of anapestic meter. His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.

All students from first grade to fifth grade held an essay contest. The winner of the essay contest was announced at the end of the day.

He was a perfectionist in his work and he would sometimes spend up to a year on a book. It was not uncommon for him to throw out 95% of his material until he settled on a theme for his book.

For a writer he was unusual in that he preferred to only be paid after he finished his work rather than in advance.

Any one of the 44 books that Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated would be a perfect pick for younger kids.

Forty of them are written in rhyme. Rhyming forces the dissection of sounds and helps grow phonemic awareness, which is the ability to blend, unglue and manipulate sounds in a word.

A 10-year Institute of Health study found that  weakness in this area was the cause of 88 percent of all learning to read problems. Helping tots build that key cognitive skill now can help prevent problems when school starts, and keep them enjoying reading well into adulthood.

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. 

The Purpose of Read Across America

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

The Beginning

In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea. “Let’s create a day to celebrate reading,” the group decided. “We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don’t we do something to get kids excited about reading? We’ll call it ‘NEA’s Read Across America’ and we’ll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.”

And so was born on March 2, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen. 

In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers.

And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students’ reading.

St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser honoring Robert Keller

Robert Keller will be honored at the 16th Annual Democratic Committee’s St. Patrick’s Day scholarship fundraiser

The 16th Annual Parsippany Democratic Committee’s St. Patrick’s Day scholarship fundraiser will be held on Sunday, March 10 starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Mount Holleran Towne Tavern, 450 North Beverwyck Road, Parsippany. There will be a corned beef and cabbage luncheon, served with salad, vegetables, potatoes, soda bread, beverages, coffee, tea and dessert. There will also be a vegetarian and children’s menu available. Cash bar.

Tickets purchased before March 7 cost $30.00 per person, $20.00 for students under 21, $15.00 for children under 12.

This year’s honoree is Robert Keller. Bob actually started this event many years ago and used them to raise funds for scholarships to be given to one civic-minded high school student in each of the two Parsippany high schools each year. The Parsippany Democratic Committee continues this tradition. The Committee is honoring him for this and for his many years of service to the town and Committee.

Robert is past president of the Greater Parsippany Kiwanis Club and a member of the Parsippany Planning Board.

Tickets purchased after March 7 will cost $35.00 per person, $25.00 for students under 21 and $15.00 for children under 12.

For reservations mail name, address, phone number, email address, with number of people attending, with full payment enclosed to Julia Peterson, 25 Old Parsippany Road, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054. Or you can email

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Join Temple Beth Am for an Interfaith Seder

Temple Beth Am in Parsippany welcomes members of the community, especially interfaith families, to join us at an Interfaith Seder on Thursday evening, March 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Temple, 879 South Beverwyck Road. As the community prepares for Passover, the Festival of Freedom and the holiday of spring, the Temple invites participation from our interfaith family members and their extended families as well as unaffiliated interfaith families, friends and neighbors looking to explore the different symbolic foods and customs we associate with this holiday. In addition to the clergy and members of the Temple, three neighboring churches and their pastors will join in the Seder. This event is appropriate for middle school age students and older.

Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the Seder (meaning “order”) and a festive meal; prohibition on the eating of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews traditionally gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the Hagaddah, meaning “telling,” which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings and songs for the Passover Seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family.

The service will be lead by Rabbi Ronald Kaplan and Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak and is being organized by Sue Gann.

Help Temple Beth Am celebrate as they join together to become a richer community. (If you have a special recipe for charoset or marror, or would like to lend your assistance, please contact Kathy Decker at (973) 887-0046. There is no charge for this special event. Please RSVP to or contact the Temple office (973) 887-0046 ext. 10 by March 15.

Bella Rocco: One amazing girl; Join Bella’s Bunch this year for a 5K Walk/Run

bellaWhen Bella was seven years old her parents noticed she was pale, always tired and cold.

When they took Bella to the pediatrician they found out she was anemic. They didn’t think much of it since Mrs. Rocco was anemic. Some adjustments were made to Bella’s diet, gave her iron pills,  some additional supplements and thought that would be the end of it.

Thanks to an excellent pediatrician who decided to perform additional tests. The results of the test determined there were more to it and sent the Rocco’s to a Gastrointestinal specialist located at Morristown Hospital.

More tests were performed and the results were negative. Very long story short, thanks to the persistence of the Gastrointestinal doctor, she found that Bella had a tumor in her stomach.

What Bella has is called pediatric GIST (Gastro intestinal stromal tumor). This is very rare among children. The good news is they were able to remove it through surgery and she has never needed chemo or radiation.

The bad news is they told us the chances of it coming back were extremely high. Sure enough, less than two years later they found another tumor. This time, she showed no symptoms. They found the tumor because they were monitoring her every few months with MRIs and knew what to look for. This time the tumor was behind her stomach near her spine so they wanted to get it out before it caused any problems.

Another major surgery, but again thank God no chemo or radiation. Mrs. Rocco remembers in all honestly that despite the fact that she had moments of thinking “Why my kid?” and “How can this be any worse?” the truth is when you get off the elevator on the pediatric floor of a cancer hospital (and they’ve been to many at this point) reality smacks you in the face, you count your blessings and realize this is nothing compared to what other families are going through.

They have realized that they were so lucky that this hasn’t been worse. It is manageable. They are truly grateful for that. You would never know what Bella has been through. Bella is so full of life, strong, otherwise healthy and fearless!

Bella plays softball, field hockey, she’s a Parsippany cheerleader, goes to hip hop dance classes, amongst other events. Mrs. Rocco says, “she is my wild child and drives me crazy on a daily basis. One day my husband came home from work and asked as he usually does, how were the kids? It happened to be one of those days that Bella was not listening, misbehaving. I don’t remember exactly what so I said to him Bella drove me nuts today and he looked at me and said thank God she drove you nuts today and I smiled and said yes thank God she drove me nuts today.”

Bella heard about the Valerie Fund’s 5k walk/run when she was at the Valerie Fund in Morristown getting routine blood work shortly after her initial diagnosis.

She thought it would be a great thing to do, to give back to a cause that only months before they never knew existed, but now are so grateful for.

There were maybe ten of us that walked in Bella’s Bunch the first year.

The following year a few more. The third year Bella said she wanted to try to have the biggest team, so the Rocco’s sent out more emails — to family and friends. They had absolutely no idea what it would turn into.

Well, that year (2011) Bella’s Bunch was 100 members strong and that was just the people who participated. Many more donated online. Bella’s bunch has continued to take on a life of its own.

Last year (2012) they had 175 people on her team and donations continued even after the event. Bella’s Bunch raised over $9, 000 for The Valerie Fund! It really isn’t about Bella even though this is how it all started. It is about giving to a cause that helps families get through the worst of times. As I put on Bella’s team page, it has allowed our family to turn our pain into purpose and pay it forward. As Bella is getting a older you can see that she is truly starting to understand the importance of giving back. June 15, 2013 will be Bella’s 5th year participating in the 5K walk/run. People have been thanking The Rocco’s for inviting them to join Bella’s Bunch because once you attend you realize what a wonderful cause it is. Click here to watch a You Tube video of the event which was on CBS TV News.

Bella’s twitter is @bellasbunch4tvf and very shortly Bella will have her own website,

Anyone that wants to join Bella’s team for the 2013 Walk, click here.  Last year Bella’s teacher got the school involved, and one of the teachers at Central Middle School, where she wasn’t even attending yet got Central students and teachers involved.

Additional information about the Valerie Fund can be found on their website The Valerie Fund was started by a couple that lost their daughter, Valerie, to cancer. Their goal was to have centers closer to home so that families would not have to travel far distances for treatment. They have created a support system for the kids and families and created an environment that helps make dealing with a sick child a little bit easier. They treat children with cancer and blood disorders.

As soon as Bella’s new website is finalized, you will be able to find a link to become part of “Bella’s Bunch.”

Making Lessons Relevant at Northvail

The fourth graders at Northvail have been learning about various body systems and have just completed a study of the skeletal system.

In order to connect lessons to real life experiences, Dr. Paul Lewandowski, Chiropractic Physician of Boonton, visited Northvail and gave a presentation using anatomically correct plastic models of skeletal bones.

He discussed the origin of skeletal names as well as the shapes of the bones and how they correlate to different body functions.

The program ended with an overall discussion about how the students can keep their bodies healthy.

Scooby-Doo Takes Stage at Mayo Performing Arts Center


Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang take center stage in an all-new family musical, SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES. Featuring everyone’s favorite characters from one of television’s longest-running animated series, SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES is set to thrill audiences at Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, on Friday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $29.00 to $39.00.

In this exciting new production, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery.  A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Scooby-Doo are on their way in the Mystery Machine to crack the case.  With crazy ghosts, perplexing puzzles, and an abundance of Scooby Snacks, it’s Scooby-Doo and friends at their best, solving mysteries wherever they go.

SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES features big musical numbers including the evergreen Scooby-Doo theme song, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?,” alongside original groovy tunes including “Round Every Corner” and “We’re Mystery Inc.”  Filled with wacky new characters and uproarious antics, SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES has young audiences on the edge of their seats in traditional Scooby-Doo fashion from the moment the lights go down.

Babysitting Course Available


A class for youth ages 11 to 15 years who are interested in learning how to be responsible babysitters will be held on Friday, March 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Lakeland Hills YMCA, 100 Fanny Road, Mountain Lakes.

Youths will learn how to handle emergencies, how to supervise, as well as how to entertain children of different ages. Bring a snack.

All participants must be at least 11 years old on the day of the class. Register now in person or online at The fee is $55.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members.

For additional information, call BreAnne at (973) 334-2820, ext. 38.

Sons of Italy Donates to Valerie Fund

Sons Of Italy Morris County Chapter, Parsippany Lodge # 2561, President Joseph Jannarone, Jr., presented the Valerie Fund, with a check for $2,000 to support a walking team called “Bella’s Bunch.” Bella’s Bunch is named after 11-year-old Central Middle School student and two-time cancer survivor Bella Rocco, who is thriving today.

The group is a visible and vocal force in raising money to help the Valerie Fund.

The Valerie Fund was established in 1976 by Ed and Sue Goldstein in memory of their daughter Valerie after her battle with cancer.

Bella’s dad, Ralph said her well-being—and that of the whole family’s—is due in part to the assistance of the Valerie Fund.

Jackie Callandrello, the Fund’s Assistant to the Director of Communication and Special Events, said  $1,046,005.38 was raised in donations after last year’s walk, which was more than double what was earned in 2011. “We just continue to grow,” said Calandrello.

Bella Rocco, addresses the members of the Sons of Italy, thanking the members and telling them what the Valerie Fund means to her.

Bella’s goal in 2012 was to have the biggest team in the walk. She reached her goal with a host of friends and supporters having 175 participating in the Valerie Fund’s annual 5K Run/Walk fundraiser at Verona Park in Verona. The walk, co-sponsored by JAG Physical Therapy, provides families an opportunity to show support for loved ones and fight against childhood cancer in a fun-filled setting. Click here to watch a You Tube video of the event which was on CBS TV News.

The event will take place this year on Saturday, June 15, which coincidentally will be Bella’s 12th birthday, said her mom, Pat Rocco.

As long as the Roccos keep fighting and walking, the Sons of Italy will continue to help, said Jannarone.

“We’re happy to help the Valerie Fund,” he said. “That’s what we do, we help out.”

Bella will be launching her new website in the near future,  Bella has also set up a twitter account,  @bellasbunch4tvf.

The Order Sons of Italy in America is the largest and longest established Italian-American organization in the country. There are 36 Lodges in the State of New Jersey.

Morris County Chapter, Parsippany Lodge # 2561 meets monthly to discuss fundraising, lodge business, and any charitable needs in our communities for the upcoming year. Some of these charities include: Cooley Anemia, Shop Rite foods (cards for needy families), St. Peter’s Church, St. Ann’s Church, St. Christopher’s Church, Battered Women Shelter of Morris County, the Valerie Fund as well as scholarships for Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School.

For more information on the Parsippany club, contact Joe Jannarone, Jr.  at (973) 632-2295.


Arrest nets $87,000 in drugs

Eight pounds of Marijuana, eleven grams of Cocaine, 11.5 ounces of MDMA or “Molly”, 15 syringes, a digital scale as well as packaging supplies commonly used in conjunction with distribution were placed into evidence. Photo courtesy of Parsippany Police Department.

Several weeks ago, the Parsippany Police Department’s Investigative Division initiated an investigation into information which they had gathered involving distribution of CDS within the Township of Parsippany.

On Friday, February 22, they executed a search warrant that was issued in relation to the investigation.

At 3:00 p.m. Mr. Justin Caron, 30, Parsippany was arrested at his residence and charged with Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of MDMA (a pure form of Ecstasy) with the intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute and the Intent to Distribute CDS within a School Zone.

He was transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where he was processed before his custody was turned over to the Morris County Jail. He is currently being held there in lieu of $175,000.00 bail with no 10% option. Eight pounds of Marijuana, eleven grams of Cocaine, 11.5 ounces of MDMA or “Molly”, 15 syringes, a digital scale as well as packaging supplies commonly used in conjunction with distribution were placed into evidence.

The estimated street value of the drugs that were seized is approximately $87,000.00.

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

Dover man charged with vehicular burglary

Officer Michael Sprung with Officers James Schicke, Jeffrey Magahan, Sgt. Thomas Pomroy, Sgt. Darren Theobald and Lt. John Wieners responded to the Intervale Gardens apartment complex at 12:27 a.m. on Thursday, February 21 located at 3379 Route 46 on a call received at headquarters on a male who was possibly burglarizing vehicles in the lot.

The reporting party described seeing a male suspect trying door handles of several vehicles, enter at least one of them and leave the area in a silver car.

Officer Sprung located the vehicle matching the description and conducted a motor vehicle stop on Waterview Boulevard.

After an investigation into the incident, Mr. Heri Abas, 18, Dover was arrested and charged with Burglary and Underage Consumption of Alcohol. He was transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where he was processed before being released pending an appearance in court. No items were reported stolen in relation to the incident.


Eight Arrested for Prostitution at local hotels

Alicia Dorsey, 24, Phoenix, Arizona was arrested at the Red Roof Inn and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.

Parsippany Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation regarding complaints that Parsippany Police Department’s Investigative Division received via email involving prostitution occurring in area hotels. The following arrests were made subsequent to the investigation:

On Friday, February 15, Melanie Tomasino, 20, South River and Heather Keen, 21, Rahway were both arrested at the Days Inn located on Route 46. Both women were charged with Solicitation of Prostitution and released pending an appearance in court.

On Thursday, February 21, Sharease Gary, 29, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Zhai Wen Yan, 40, Flushing, New York and Zhen Yu Gong, 44, Flushing, New York were all arrested at the Howard Johnson Express Hotel Located on Route 46. All three women were charged with Solicitation of Prostitution and released pending an appearance in court.

On Friday, February 22, Si Wen Zhang, 31, Flushing, New York was arrested at the Days Inn located on Route 46. She was charged with Solicitation of Prostitution and released pending an appearance in court.

On Friday, February 22, Alicia Dorsey, 24, Phoenix, Arizona was arrested at the Red Roof Inn located on Route 46. She was charged with Solicitation of Prostitution and released pending an appearance in court.

On Friday, February 22,  Lyndsay Grey, 31, Boston, Massachusetts was arrested at the Econolodge located on Route 10 in Hanover Township. She was charged with Solicitation of Prostitution and released pending an appearance in court.

The Parsippany Police Department would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as well as the Hanover Township Police Department and the Denville Police Department for participating in the investigation.

Vigilante announces he will run for County Clerk

Jimmy Vigilante, former Parsippany Councilman announced he will seek the position of Morris County Clerk

James Vigilante, a former member of the Parsippany Township Council  and an Air Force Reserves veteran who served in Afghanistan, announced that he is running for the Morris County clerk’s position.

Joan Bramhall, who is a major force in Morris County GOP politics for decades, will not seek a fourth term as Morris County Clerk, opening the door to interest from at least these four Morris County Republicans.

“You know when its time to stop and I want to stop and smell the roses, so to speak,” Bramhall, 74, said from her Morristown office in early January when she made the announcement.

Vigilante operates a construction business, Dream Builders USA, and also continues to serve in the Reserves as first sergeant in the hospital at McGuire Air Force Base.

Vigilante recently completed a tour of duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was responsible for leading a squadron of airmen in the day-to-day operations at the Kandhar Airport as well as getting soldiers and civilian contractors in and out of the country safely.

In a statement, Vigilante said Bramhall “has built one of the most efficiently run county clerk’s offices in the State of New Jersey” and said he hopes to “improve upon the efficiencies.”

In addition to Vigilante, the following Republicans announced they will be running for the clerk’s office:  County Freeholder Ann Grossi, Jefferson Township Councilman Michael Sanchelli, who is employed by the road division within the county Department of Public Works, Denville resident Zbigniew Nowacki have announced. No Democrats have publically announced they will run for clerk. The filing deadline is April 1 to run in the primary.

The group will seek the position in June’s primary for the five-year position that currently pays $124,087.00.

The office of the county clerk, which currently has 36 employees, is required by law to have a County Clerk as an elected constitutional officer.  The population of Morris County is 494,976 residents.

In general, the Morris County Clerk’s office records and maintains land records, such as Maps, Mortgages, Deeds and other related legal documents.

The clerk’s office processes passport applications, issues I.D. cards to Morris County residents, and maintains Military Discharges (DD214) for veterans. All businesses and doctors are required by law to be recorded by the Clerks office, as is the administration and swearing in of Notary Publics.

The Clerk’s office administers several important election functions, and has responsibilities for general, primary, school board and special elections. Some of the election services provided include the preparation and mailing of election ballots, nomination petitions, and election night voting results.

Additionally, the office prepares the Morris County Manual, and the Clerk also performs over a hundred Marriage Ceremonies annually.

Vigilante said he will hold an official campaign kick-off event and release his political platform sometime in March.

Boating Safety Course Offered

A “Boat NJ” course will be offered by NJ Boating Safety Classes at St. Clare’s Hospital on Sunday, March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The “Boat NJ” course meets the needs of boaters and personal watercraft (PWC) operators for a basic overview of boat and PWC operation.

The boating safety class is required by the State of New Jersey – Division of State Police Marine Law Enforcement for boat safety education and is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). The course meets the NJ State law requirements for NJ boating safety certification. There will be a $75.00 fee which covers the cost of the course and all materials.

The course will be held at the St. Clare’s Hospital (Urban Auditorium), 25 Pocono Road, Denville.

For additional information please call Janet at (201) 291-5976 or visit their website by clicking here.

Christie Town Hall Meeting in Montville


Governor Chris Christie will be in Montville Wednesday. February 27 for a town hall-style meeting.

Residents are invited to the 10:30 a.m. meeting Wednesday at the Pine Brook Jewish Center, 174 Changebridge Road.

Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees are asked to RSVP at by clicking here.

Christie is scheduled to deliver the annual Budget Address to a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly Chamber in Trenton on Tuesday.

Parsippany purchases Baldwin House

Anita Baldwin’s great great grandfather bought the house in 1833. Photo by Frank Cahill.

The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills purchased the historic Baldwin House on February 3. The property was purchased with open space money for the price of $676,681.75 which included several artifacts that were in the Baldwin family. Present at the closing were Mayor James R. Barberio, Gabe Yaccorino, Township Grant administrator, Councilman Michael dePierro (liaison to the Open Space Committee), Randy Tortorello (Town Historian), and Dean Donatelli, Esq.

The Baldwin House is located on 2.3 acres at 460 South Beverwyck Road and has been owned by the same family for 180 years.

Anita Baldwin’s great great grandfather bought the house in 1833. She is the sixth generation of Baldwins to live here.”

The house has been in the family for so long, the home is now called the Baldwin House. But Anita and her sister say it’s time for another family to come here and start creating their own traditions.”

The home has seven bedrooms and two and a half baths, plus a third floor large enough to be an apartment.

Many of her origins remain. Decades out of use, the old basement kitchen and dumbwaiter that sent meals to the dining room are still there. Two Franklin fireplaces do work.

The township is considering using the unheated garage space to house the ambulance for the paid EMT team and other outbuildings for storage.

Potentially the property could house an environmental center and be used for archaeological digs by local universities.

The future plans for the house, according to Barberio, include office space for the township and/or local non-profit groups. The reception rooms will be used for official township business and the public reception area can be rented out. The land could potentially be used for township displays and the house would be open to the public during municipal functions, such as the Harvest Festival.

Restoration of the house is eligible for State and County grants and also private grants. Preservation plans will be made through a county grant in 2014, and some restoration work could be made possible by Township workers.

Anita Baldwin was the last in a long line of Baldwins to reside there.

30th Annual Brunch Honoring dePierro was an Overwhelming Success

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce. Photo by Frank Cahill.

Friends, relatives and dignitaries attended a Sunday brunch at Parsippany Hilton, honoring Michael dePierro.

Assemblywoman BettyLou deCroce (representing the 26th District) read through a long list of accomplishments of Mike to the attendees.  deCroce said to the crowd “I have to read from the list because it is so long, I would need three people with me to help me memorize the list.” The list detailed Mike’s history in Parsippany:

Mike moved to Parsippany in February, 1965 when he began his career with Bell Telephone Laboratories. He eventually transferred to New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, which later became Bell Atlantic and then Verizon. Mike was named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” in 1979. This award is presented to one person per year out of 50,000 active and retired employees. Mike retired from the “Bell System” as a Systems Manager after 30 years of service. He then worked for the State of New Jersey as Manager of Telecommunications Billing in Trenton, retiring in 2001. Mike has an Electrical Engineering Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Mike and his wife Dee recently celebrated their 52nd Wedding Anniversary. They have three children and ten grandchildren. Since 1965, Mike has been dedicated to improving the quality of life in New Jersey by getting involved. As his three children moved through the school district, he was involved in PTA’s, Booster Associations, Soccer and Little leagues in support of youth activities. Mike also served as Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 215 at Rockaway Meadow School.

Mike was elected to the Parsippany Board of Education for two three-year terms (1975-81). He chaired the Policy and Management Study Committees. He also served as Director and Vice-President of the Morris County School Boards Association.

Mike was elected to the Parsippany Township Council for four 4-year terms (1982-97). He returned to the Township Council in August, 2000 and is now completing his eighth 4-year term. He served as President and Vice President of the Township Council at various times during those 30 years. He has been a member of the Township Planning Board, Open Space Committee, and the Knoll County Club Advisory Committee and many others. He served as President of the Morris County League of Municipalities (1990-91) and as a Director (1985-97).

Mike is the only Parsippany official to be inducted into the New Jersey State League of Municipalities “Elected Officials Hall of Fame”.

Mike was the co-founder and first president of the Township Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council (1977-96). He is a Charter Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mike is a two-time past president of the Parsippany Rotary Club and has been a member since 1974.  He was a charter member and Director of Parsippany UNICO (1978-93) and served as chairman of the scholarship committee.

Mike produced a weekly cable television show called “Parsippany Spot Light”. The objective of this CATV show was to highlight the positive and upbeat happenings in Parsippany like the Craftsman Farms Historical Landmark and the Mount Tabor Historical Area.

Mike supported the United States Olympic Committee by serving as a New Jersey State Committee Member (1980-92). As chairman of club services, Mike coordinated efforts to raise funds through service clubs such as Rotary and Kiwanis. He also supported the United Way of Morris County by serving as Parsippany fundraising coordinator (1981-87).

Mike is a Veteran from the Vietnam Era. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10184. He is also a life member of the American Legion, Post 249. He participates in “Americanism” activities and scholarship awards in those organizations.

Mike is also affiliated with several professional organizations. He is a member of the National Notary Association, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), the Fairleigh Dickenson Alumni Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and Phi Beta Gamma (a National Executive Honor Society). Mike has been listed in Who’s Who in New Jersey and numerous listings in Who’s Who in Technology. He has received numerous awards and honors over the years.

dePierro will be named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills at the Knoll Country Club West on Saturday, March 16.