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Kiwanis Club Parsippany Clean Up Day

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany held a “Parsippany Clean Up Day” on Saturday, April 13.  Members of the Kiwanis Club and local residents volunteered to clean up a number of locations in Parsippany. The locations consisted of Parsippany Municipal Building, Parsippany Community Center, Parsippany Day Care, Watcong Gardens and an grass area on Parsippany Boulevard outside Town Hall, bordering Route 46.  The members cleaned up garbage, planted flowers, spread mulch and other gardening chores.

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Members of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany and residents gathered at Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Building to start the first annual “Kiwanis Clean Up Parsippany Day”
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Kiwanis member Joyce Garrow cleaning out the “Toy Shed” at Parsippany Child Day Care during the Kiwanis Clean Up Parsippany Day.

Parsippany’s Rockaway Neck Volunteer First Aid Squad Fundraiser at Applebee’s

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Parsippany’s Rockaway Neck Ambulance Squad parked in front of Applebee’s, this morning, for their Pancake breakfast fundraiser.

“Keeping Parsippany One” on the campaign trail

“Keeping Parsippany One” members were out on Saturday campaigning in the nice Spring weather.  The trio, running under the slogan “Let’s Keep Parsippany Moving Forward” were seen on Ferndale Drive visiting the residents and discussing their platform for the upcoming Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, June 4. Mayor James Barberio is up for re-election as well as Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara.  Lifelong Parsippany resident Milan Shah, 26, joined their campaign and is seeking a seat on the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council.

Veterans Outreach Fair Draws Crowd at Parsippany PAL

Council on Veterans Affairs 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 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. They arranged the Veterans Outreach Fair to provide veterans with emotional support and services that can be tailored to their needs. The fair was held at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center and included many vendors such as 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; 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; Care One, Veterans Home Care of NYJ, LLC.; Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and the Slattery division of the Marine Corp League.

Kiwanis Family Day 2013

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Lake Parsippany K-Kids Stephanie Martinez, 11; Natalie Castellana, 11 and Kimbery Scott 10 proudly presenting their display at Kiwanis Family Day held recently at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Library.  During the presentation to Kiwanis members, family members and K-Club members, Builders Club and Key Club, Director of Sponsored Youth Programs for the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, Ron Orthwein was proud to announce the awards given to Division 19 during the New Jersey  District Key Club Convention held at Ocean Place Resort in Long Island.  Ron said “It was one of the most exciting, exhilarating and exhausting experiences of my life: The exhausting part came from being the Sergeant-At-Arms committee and having to do floor checks at 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.  There were a total of 656 Key Club members and advisors attending the convention and they occupied all twelve floors of the hotel.

This year the two Key Clubs that the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany sponsors, Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School walked away with a total of 23 awards, including:

Early Bird Dues (2). Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School.

Big Ten Award (1). 10% increase in membership. Parsippany Hills High School.

Video Award (1) – Parsippany High School. First Place Award to be submitted by the New Jersey District to the International competition at the Key Club International Convention to be held in July in Washington, D.C.

Golden Member Award (2) – General member with outstanding service and club participation. Sam Wu – Parsippany High School and Neenda Andican, Parsippany Hills High School.

Robert F. Lucas Distinguished Lieutenant Governor (1). Penny Xu, Parsippany Hills Lieutenant Governor District 19 New Jersey District Board.

Distinguished Presidents (2). Chirstina Hum, Parsippany High School; Selina Luong, Parsippany Hills High School.

Distinguised Vice Presidents (3). Judy Zhang, Parsippany Hills High School; Christine Yuan, Parsippany High School; and Alice Zhou, Parsippany High School.

Distinguished Secretaries (4). Julia Hong, Parsippany High School; Toobah Wali, Parsippany High School; Lina Estrada, Parsippany Hills High School and Lindsey Magbitang, Parisppany Hills High School.

Distinguished Treasurers (2). Shakti Gurikar, Parsippany High School and Eva Cavanaugh, Parsippany Hills High School.

Distinguished Editors (3). Aleena Kazmi, Parsippany High School; Elaine Lee, Parsippany Hills High School and Jasmine Thomas, Parsippany Hills High School.

Distinguished Webmaster (1). Amar Kakride, Parsippany High School.

New Jersey District Key Club Scholarship ($1,000.00) – Christina Hum, Parsippany High School.  This was one of 18 Scholarships that were given totaling $20,500.00.

In addition to the awards Division 19, which is the division that both Key Clubs are members, won back the coveted Spirit Stick which they had lost to Division 15 in the Fall Rally. The Spirit Stick was awarded at the end of the Sunday session to the division that demonstrates the most Key Club spirit when they are called upon by the Governor.  It was an extreme decibel experience.

The 2012-2013 Key Club Board set a fund raising goal for the “Eliminate Project” to reaise $100,602.23 during their service year.

-100 – For the 100 million mothers that still need vaccinations

-60 – For the 60,000 mothers and infants that die each year from MNT.

-2 – For the two powerful organizations, the Kiwanis Family and UNICEF working together.

-23 – For the 23 amazing divisions in the New Jersey District joining together to eliminate MNT.

Unfortunately, due to the devastating effects of Super Sandy they were not able to achieve their goal this year. They were however able to raise approximately $65,000 during this service year. Using the UNICEF/KIWANIS formula 3 (inoculations) x $.60 (cost of medication) = $1.80 = 1 life, the New Jersey District of Key Club saved 35,975 lives during their 2012-2013 service year. The 2013-2014 New Jersey Board has already decided to continue to support the ELIMINATE project for the 2013-2014 service year.

The district also elected their 2012-2014 Executive Board at the convention.  The new executive board members are:

Governor – Ryan Clarkin – Vernon TownshipSecretary – Kelly Tran, Egg Harbor Township
Treasurer – Penny Xu, Parsippany Hills High School
Edior – Pak Chau, Egg Harbor Township

Free May Computer Classes at Parsippany Library

laptopThe Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library has free classes on Word, Excel, Powerpoint, selling on eBay, and more! Don’t know a thing about computers? Register for “Very Basics of Computers” and “Introduction to the Internet” to get started!  Want to increase your Internet search skills? Check out “Searching the Internet.”  Register for these free classes by calling (973) 887-5150 ext. 209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.orgRegistration is mandatory.  The Parsippany-Troy Hills Main Library is located at 449 Halsey Road.

Very Basics of ComputersTuesday April 30th at 2:30 p.m.

This class is for computer novices only. Learn about the elements of a computer, and get comfortable using a computer mouse. You will get hands-on practice in using a mouse to navigate the computer. Register for this free class by calling (973) 887-5150 ext. 209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.org

Introduction to the InternetThursday May 2 at 10:00 a.m.

Tailored to the new user, this program covers the basics of the Internet. Register for this free class by calling (973) 887-5150 ext. 209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.org

Excel 2010 BasicsTuesday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of creating spreadsheets and other functions of Excel. Class covers the basics of settting up a spreadsheet, creating formulas, printing, and saving. Please bring a flash drive with you. (If you do not own a flash drive, you may purchase one at the beginning of class for $5.00.) Register for this free class by calling (973) 887-5150 ext. 209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.org

Social Media and YouThursday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn about social media tools and how you can use them to connect with friends and family. Register for this free class by calling (973) 887-5150 ext. 209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.org

Word 2010 BasicsTuesday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Class covers the basics of creating a document, changing fonts, font sizes, margins, inserting pictures, and saving documents. Please bring a flash drive with you. (If you do not own a flash drive, you may purchase one at the beginning of class for $5.00.) Register for this free class by calling (973) 887-5150 ext. 209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.org

Searching the InternetThursday, May 16 at 10:00 am

You’ve learned the basics of the Internet (prerequisite is Intro to the Internet or equivalent skill level), now it’s time to kick up your Internet capabilities even more. This class covers the tips and tricks of searching the Internet. Register for this free class by calling (973) 887-5150 ext. 209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.org

Excel: Beyond the BasicsWednesday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m.  or  Thursday, May 30 at 2:30 p.m.

You’ve learned the basics, now get ready to explore even more of what Excel can do for you! Register for this free class by calling 973-887-5150 x209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.org

Selling on eBayThursday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn the ins and outs of selling your treasures on eBay, from staging items to pricing items to shipping items when someone purchases them. Prerequisite: Buying on eBay class or experience in buying items on eBay. Register for this free class by calling 973-887-5150 x209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.org

Powerpoint BasicsTuesday, May 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Class covers the basics of creating a presentation, inserting pictures, adding new slides, viewing a slideshow, and saving documents. Register for this free class by calling (973) 887-5150 ext. 209 or emailing mary.martin@parsippanylibrary.org

Fire at Shaya Ahavat Torah

Sgt. Bernard Hattersley, Officer Brian Conover and Officer Patrick McCarthy responded to the Congregation Shaya Ahavat Torah located on Hawkins Avenue to investigate a report of a structure fire after an individual entered the Temple at approximately 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 11  and noticed the smell of smoke.

He exited the temple and spoke to a neighbor who saw flames towards the rear of the building. The neighbor ran to his house and returned with a fire extinguisher as 9-1-1 was being called to report the blaze. The neighbor was able to contain the flames with the extinguisher and a garden hose until Parsippany Fire Districts 5 and 4 arrived at the location and extinguished the blaze.

They then remained at the location to overhaul that area of the building to ensure it would not reignite. Officer David Cavaliere as well as Det. David Guth whose function as Arson Investigators for the Parsippany Police Department arrived as Arson Investigators from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office were responding.

The fire was determined to have been accidental in nature.. The motor of a sump pump that had been operating after the heavy rains on Wednesday evening seized up. The cord that supplied electrical power to the pump overheated and caused the fire to occur. Our department took the initiative to email the other Synagogues in the township to notify them of the incident as our patrol units were directed to increase their presence near the other two temples in Parsippany until the investigation was completed.

There were no injuries reported.

Parsippany High School Class of 1983 30th Reunion

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Parsippany High School Class of 1983 is hosting a 30th Reunion on July 27 starting at 1:00 p.m.

They are hosting an old-fashioned keg party at Volunteers Park. It’s located behind the ambulance squad on Beverwyck Road. They need a head count so they can hire a picnic company and accommodate for drinks, etc.

Please email Andrea Slansky-Geiger at andiehope65@yahoo.com with your response and how many attendees. Children are welcome if you choose to bring them. Please forward to any alumni you still keep in touch with. The more the merrier. This is only for PHS Class of ’83.

Girl Scouts and Brownies Beautify Parsippany

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Vice-President Vincent Ferrara and Mayor Jamie Barberio are joined by Girl Scout Cadet Troop #335 of Central Middle School (led by Arlene Sklow) and Brownie Troop # 5616 of Rockaway Meadow School (led by Bonnie Virk) in a campaign to beautify Parsippany. The girls are working towards badges. Any troops interested in participating in future efforts, call Councilman Ferrara at (973) 224-0683.

Letter to the Editor: Statement from Councilman Jonathan Nelson

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The U.S. Supreme Court has written that traditional public forums are those that “have immemorially been held in trust for the use of the public and, time out of mind, have been used for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens and discussing public questions.” Public streets and parks are the quintessential example.

The Court has also determined that Township Council meetings are not traditional public forums and may impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on expression. However, that does not mean the Township Council or it’s attorney may restrict the questions and opinions expressed by members of the public.

At the Tuesday, April 9 Parsippany-Troy Hills  Township Council meeting, the township attorney prevented a resident from asking questions that some may not have wanted to hear. At Township meetings the Council can restrict speech “as long as the restrictions are reasonable and are not an effort to suppress expression merely because public officials oppose the speaker’s view.”

I don’t believe the restrictions placed on the resident at the April 9 meeting were reasonable at all. The resident should have been able to speak during her allotted time.

It is no fluke that freedom of speech is the 1st amendment. The founding fathers knew that democracy would fail without it. The importance of free speech remains evident today. Countries that protect free speech thrive; countries that suppress it fail. Salman Rushdie wrote, “free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game, free speech is life itself.” Public officials have an unwritten contract with members of the public. I believe that contract was broken at the Tuesday, April 9 meeting by the Township attorney and his actions do not represent the opinion of this Councilman.

Jonathan Nelson
Councilman
Parsippany-Troy Hills Township

Parsippany Town Council Agenda Meeting 04/09/2013

Vigilante to “Lead By Example”

County Clerk Candidate will take 10% Pay Cut; Questions Grossi’s pattern of desperate tactics

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Jim Vigilante, file photo

Morris County Clerk Candidate Jim Vigilante, a small businessman and former Parsippany Councilman, told a crowd of supporters last night at the Randolph Republican Club Meeting that he would “Lead by Example” and pledged to reduce his salary by 10% if elected as Morris County Clerk.   I challenge my opponents to do the same.

His military background, his operational experience in a war zone, and small business experience has given him the skill set and work ethic to “Lead by Example”.  “These are still difficult economic times and one must ‘Lead by Example” commented Vigilante who has been in the Air Force Reserves for 18 years and the 9-time decorated Veteran who recently completed a tour of duty at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan last year.

I have managed people and solved problems. “In today’s struggling economy we are asking our workers to do more with less and contribute more to their benefits while they are making less.  As Morris County Clerk my salary cut of 10% will set the tone “My key goal as Morris County Clerk will be an efficiently run and highly motivated organization.  Government must find ways to deliver the same services at a lower cost.

Vigilante went on to state: “County residents will find that I am a very passionate, motivated and hard working person. I feel that I have to prove myself to the workers, and more importantly, the taxpayers of Morris County. My record of service to our community and our nation demonstrates my level of commitment.”

Vigilante also questioned a pattern of desperate tactics by another candidate, Ann Grossi, who falsely posted on her campaign website an endorsement from current County Clerk Joan Bramhall.  Until a few days ago Grossi’s website displayed the following text, “Ann Grossi recently kicked off her campaign event at the VFW post 3401 in Morris Plains where Joan Bramhall endorsed Ann and stated that Ann would be the best person for the position of County Clerk.”

Vigilante commented, “After seeing this quote I asked Clerk Joan Bramhall if she had endorsed Ann Grossi and she stated that she had not.  Shortly after that conversation the quote was removed from Grossi’s website.  We have a clear a pattern of deception from the Grossi campaign.  As reported last week she announced at a Mt Olive Republican Club meeting that as clerk she would create a Veteran’s ID Card, when in fact, as I demonstrated with my own card, that program already exists. Now she claims an endorsement from Joan Bramhall and is forced to take that off her campaign website.  Then there was her whisper campaign that I was lying about my service record” Vigilante concluded, “Could it be that after having spent most of her career in state government and working for the Newark school system, Ms. Grossi is desperate for a big pension payout and lifetime health benefits as her key priority in being elected County Clerk?  In contrast my priority will be the taxpayers of Morris County starting with a voluntary 10% pay cut.”

The Passing of Retired Lt. James Bradley

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of a friend and colleague, Lieutenant James Bradley. Lt. Bradley was sworn in as a member of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department on December 22, 1980 at the age of 23. Prior to that, he graduated from Parsippany Hills High School in 1975 before attending Farleigh Dickenson University where he majored in Chemistry. He graduated from the 172nd Municipal Police Class that was held at the New Jersey State Police Training Center in Sea Girt on July 1, 1981.

His first assignment was to the Patrol Division where he became a member of the elite Emergency Response Team and earned multiple Unit and Command Citations. He was transferred to the Traffic Enforcement Section in 1987 before earning an Exceptional Duty Medal on August 22, 1989 when he “displayed exceptional courage and professionalism in the capture and arrest of an individual wanted for homicide” – Chief Michael T. Filippello.

Shortly after earning the Exceptional Duty Medal, he was promoted to Sergeant. He remained in the Traffic Section where he received specialized training in Accident Reconstruction as well as Advanced Traffic Engineering for Police Officers. He was praised for his assistance in conducting traffic studies throughout our quickly expanding township.

Sergeant James Bradley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on January 21, 2003. He was at that time, assigned to the Patrol Division where he remained as a Shift Commander until retiring in 2005.

James Bradley passed away on Friday, April 5 at Morristown Medical Center after a brief illness. The men and women of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department are honored to have had the opportunity to serve with such an esteemed colleague.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral on Wednesday, April 10th 2013 at 9:00a.m. from the Par-Troy Funeral Home. 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany. (973) 887-3235 or visit www.partroyfuneralhome.com. With the Liturgy of Christian Burial to be offered at 10:00 a.m. at St. Christopher R.C. Church. 1050 Littleton Road, Parsippany. Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Boonton. Visiting Hours are on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Community Garden Almost Sold Out

There are only five plots left in the Community Garden sponsored by Saint Gregory’s Episcopal Church on Beverwyck Road. Area gardeners who want to reserve space to grow their own produce this summer should contact the church immediately. 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 in Parsippany.

“Bark for Life” Fundraiser

oliverThe American Cancer Society of Greater Parsippany’s Bark for Life will take place on Saturday, April 20 at Malapardis Park in Cedar Knolls starting at 10:00 a.m. Rain date, Sunday, April 21.

The Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Many sponsors will be present, as well as 105.5 WDHA FM’s Vanzilla.

Registration for Barks for Life is $20.00 per dog. All proceeds will go to the 2013 Relay for Life of Greater Parsippany.

For more information, click here.

So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.

The main Relay for Life event will be held on June 8 and June 9 at Volunteers Park. For more information click here.

New Road Pharmacy and Surgical Officially Opens

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New Road Pharmacy and Surgical held its official grand opening on Tuesday, April 2.

The new pharmacy is located at 69 New Road. Among other services, they offer free delivery, vaccinations, compounding, automatic refills, text and email alerts, organic vitamins and supplements, wond care supplies, canes, walkers and wheelchairs. All major prescription plans are accepted. You can reach New Road Pharmacy by calling (973) 227-3937 or on the web at www.newroadrx.com.

James Kim said he was knocked out by the presence of the mayor and the Chamber of Commerce’s representatives.

“I want to thank the Parsippany Chamber of Commerce!  Lisa, Robert, Ildiko, Frank, Craig, Ed Lee and the rest of the Chamber has been very supportive,” said Kim. “I want to thank the Mayor for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in the ribbon-cutting!”

New Road Pharmacy is open to customers seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.- to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00  p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The traditional patient care model at chain pharmacies are archaic and will become obsolete. They are there to help customers determine their health goals and develop a plan.  Managing any condition simply requires some understanding of the condition and basic guidelines to follow. Setting goals even for high blood pressure and diabetes is an integral part of better understanding and controlling any condition. Incorporating diet and exercise into every health condition can better improve outcomes and enhance overall well being far better than medication management alone. Take the NEW ROAD to Better Health!

New Road Pharmacy and Surgical are members of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

 

 

A Night with Captain Sig and Friends from Dangerous Catch

Get set for some salty tales from the high seas as Captain Sig Hansen and members of the Bering Sea’s toughest crews seen Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch speak at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $29.00 to $59.00.

In this live, interactive event, the Bering Sea’s toughest crew will swap stories as they take the audience through some of the most dangerous situations they have ever been faced with on the high seas. From the treacherous weather and crew conflicts, to the triumphs of the team, Captain Sig and Friends from Deadliest Catch will share the experiences of the world’s deadliest job with a live audience.

Deadliest Catch premiered on The Discovery Channel in 2005 and has been going strong ever since, making it one of the most popular shows in Discovery Channel history. For the first time, fans across the country have a chance to hear the stories behind the show, view never-before-seen personal videos taken by the Sig and the crew, partake in a question and answer session, and a survival suit contest with Captain Sig and friends.

Northvail Elementary 5th Graders Present Honk Jr!

 

On Thursday, April 4 the fifth grade students at Northvail gave two performances of the award-winning musical, “Honk! Jr.”  The musical is a warm and witty retelling of the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale “The Ugly Duckling”, with an uplifting message that everyone is deserving of kindness and respect, no matter what they may look like.The many hours and hard work during rehearsals paid off.  It was a remarkable performance. The show was well prepared and the production crew consisting of assisting directors, Kathy Serrao, Tara DeGeorge, and director Jim Caulfield, certainly new how to get the best out of the cast yet keep the fun aspect as well. There was plenty of talent on stage and everyone deserves congratulations on their individual performances, from cast to crew.   All concerned should be very proud to have achieved so much in a relatively short time.  Mr. Caulfield told the students, “You have met and exceeded our expectations!  Together, we made our dream of Honk! Jr. come true!

Morris County Historic Sites Opening Day

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The Factory, Historic Speedwell, Morristown — This is the building where Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail perfected the telegraph.

On Saturday, April 6, Historic Speedwell, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, and Cooper Gristmill will open their doors for the season!

Visit Historic Speedwell in Morristown from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., tour the brand-new, hands-on, state-of-the-art exhibit that continues the story of the electromagnetic telegraph from 1838 to present. Discover this 7.5 acre National Historic Landmark known as the ‘Birthplace of the Telegraph’ and Morristown’s special place in the Industrial Revolution. The landmark site preserves the restored estate of Stephen Vail, proprietor of the Speedwell Iron Works. Don’t miss a trip to the Factory’s lower floor to learn about the building’s industrial past. Enjoy activities and a specialized Vail House tour that incorporates this year’s theme, Wedding of the Century. Capture the flavor of life during the early to mid-19th century at Opening Day at Historic Speedwell.

Join in celebrating the 35th season at Cooper Gristmill located in Chester Township, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Learn the Gristmill’s history and watch as the Fitz waterwheel grinds grain seeds into flour.  The last tour of the Gristmill begins at 3:30 p.m.

Take a horse-drawn wagon ride at Fosterfields Living Historical  Farm  in Morris Township, from 10:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and explore the methods, equipment, crops, and enterprises of Fosterfields in the early 1900s. At 1:00 p.m., celebrate Caroline Foster’s 136th birthday with a slice of cake in the Farmhouse.

For additional information, or to request a Historic Sites calendar of events, please call (973) 285-6550, or visit morrisparks.net.