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Paper Shapers

If you are interested in origami, the art of paper folding, come to our “Paper Shapers” meetings on Saturday, February 16, March 9, April 13, or May 11, 2013  12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.   at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road.  You may come for any length of time.   Adults and children are welcome.  However, all children younger than 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.   FREE.   Please bring some square paper and a shoebox or other container to hold your finished models.   Come enjoy the magical experience of folding paper into something beautiful.  For more information, call Deanna Kwan at (973) 335-4531 or call the PAL at (973) 335-0555.

“Don’t Rezone Waterview” group is rapidly growing; Next Planning Board meeting February 11

 

Dave Kaplan was out early on a Sunday morning with his son Tyler, walking through the snow to area neighbors with flyers and signs from the group “Don’t Rezone Waterview.”  The group is spreading the word regarding the proposed overlay zone on the existing planned office development (POD) that is being proposed for the 132-acre tract currently zoned for offices on Waterview Boulevard and Route 46. RD Realty brought before the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board application No. 12-524 for a concept plan to develop the last undeveloped parcel of 26.6 acres in the Waterview tract but the “Overlay Zone” must be approved  to do so.

This tract would include a 137,000 square foot department store (rumored to be a Target); a 40,000 square foot Whole Foods (the company has a lease signed contingent on approvals) a 13,000 square foot convenient store (also rumored to be with a gas station) and 72 unit townhomes. It was presented the townhomes are two- and three-bedrooms with a selling price estimated between $450,000 to $500,000.

A survey of Target stores in New Jersey show store hours Monday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., although there were some stores open til 11:00 Monday to Saturday and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, while the Whole Food store in Madison is open seven days a week 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Kaplan’s back yard is directly behind the proposed complex. Kaplan states “Our number one concern is protecting our way of life and property values. There is absolutely no point to a supposed increase in ratables when the values of the homes in the area drop.” With the proposed 50-foot buffer, you will clearly see the complex from Intervale Road. At a recent Planning Board meeting, Scott Hoffman, a Parsippany resident, stated “scoffed at the utility of a 50 foot or 75 foot buffer, using his experience at his own home involving an office building currently standing near the proposed 27 acres on Waterview Plaza, “From November through March, I see the building clear as day with a buffer of 200 feet,” he insisted. “Explain how people are not supposed to see the development with a smaller buffer than I have.”

The next meeting to discuss the Waterview project will be held at Parsippany High School, 309 Baldwin Road at 7:30 p.m. on February 11. Kaplan urges all Parsippany residents to attend this meeting.  In a recent study done by Mountain Lakes Environmental Commission it was calculated using the ITE Trip Generation Report, 7th edition 2003, the proposed development can be estimated to generate over 23,00 daily trips per day.

For more information on the group or to donate to help with legal fees visit dontrezonewaterview.com.

 

Reminder that Unemployment Benefits are reported income

If you received any type of unemployment insurance benefits in 2012, a 1099-G was mailed to you between January 22 and January 25, 2013. Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments, is now available online.  This form provides important tax information that must be reported on your federal income tax return.

To view or print this tax information online, login to our website at www.njuifile.net using your normal login information, then select the 1099 tab.  You will have the option to view and print your tax forms.

The 1099-G documentation shows the total unemployment benefits paid and any tax withholding for the 2012 calendar year. If you have moved, the 1099-G form placed in the mail will NOT be forwarded to your new address, so this new online option should be helpful.

Please remember that unemployment insurance benefits are paid faster if you request your benefit payments using the Internet on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Also, please visit our Jobs4Jersey website at www.jobs4jersey.com.  This site will help guide you to some of New Jersey’s best online tools for finding work and connecting to our many

School Board Fields Work Session

The Parsippany Board of Education will hold an open work session on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. for public discussion on new approaches to deal with the athletic improvements needed at Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High Schools.

The meeting will take place at  the Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education, 292 Parsippany Road.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner-Dance

American Legion Parsippanong Post No. 249 will host a St. Patrick’s Day dinner-dance on Saturday, March 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Post Hall, 91 North Beverwyck Road, Lake Hiawatha.

Cost is $17.00 per person. Cash bar available.

Advance ticket sales only by Saturday, February 23.

Purchase can be made at the American Legion Post or call (973) 335-6676. There will also be a 50/50 raffle at $5.00 a ticket.

For more information on Post No. 249, click here.

Dine for Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Parsippany Library will hold its first fundraiser of the year at Verde Ristorante, 1012 Tabor Road, Morris Plains, on Tuesday, February 26. The group will receive 10 percent of the day’s proceeds, including the purchase of gift certificates. Dine in or take out. For reservations call (973) 539.8100.

For more information on The Friends of the Parsippany Library, click here.

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the year of the snake at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road on Saturday, February 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join in paper cutting, pottery, origami, calligraphy, face painting, chop sticks, a dice game, Chinese songs and folk dancing. For more information call (973) 887-5150.

Support “A Day for Daniel” on February 17

Support Danny and Regina Gsaudreau, formerly of Lake Hiawatha, and their son, Daniel 17.

Daniel suffered a severe asthma attach on September 1, 2008. Due to oxygen deprivation, he suffered severe brain damage and is unable to walk or talk, and needs a feeding tube. He continues to suffer from other complications. A fundraising event will be hosted on Sunday, September 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mount Holleran Towne Tavern, 450 North Beverwyck Road, Parsippany. Donations are $20.00, cash bar.

For more information, call Jim at (973) 941-5654 or Barbara at (973) 768-1900.

Parsippany Loses to Mount Olive in Varsity Ice Hockey

 

Mount Olive High School beat Parsippany Regional in varsity ice hockey on Thursday, January 31. The final score was 5-4. The game was played at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township

The Mount Olive Marauders had pulled ahead 3-0 by the second period. But Parsippany Regional made a mighty comeback in the third period that fell short.

Parsippany Regional is participating in its inaugural season (2012/2013). The ice hockey team consists of players from Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School. It was decided to merge the two teams because of low turn out of eligible players at both schools. The Parsippany Hills Vikings and the Parsippany Red Hawks have a long storied rivalry but have learned to work together for the sport of ice hockey.

The coaching staff of Parsippany Regional contains personnel from both high schools.

Parsippany Regional’s record so far this season is 9-7-0.

Mount Olive’s record so far this season is 15-2-2. Mount Olive High School is located in Mount Olive Township in north west Morris County.

 

FEMA’s Sandy Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced this week that it has extended the deadline to register for disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  The new deadline is March 1.

The registration, which was supposed to end Wednesday, January 30, was extended to give storm survivors another month to register with the FEMA for federal aid. The extension was prompted by a request from New Jersey officials, according to FEMA.

More than 57,500 New Jersey residents so far have been approved for help through FEMA’s individual assistance program, the report said.

Saturday hours for New Jersey disaster recovery centers will change to 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday the hours will remain 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For additional information visit the FEMA website by clicking here.

School of Technology Offers Green Energy Technologies Program

The Morris County Vocational School District is offering a new Share Time program, Green Energy Technologies, for high school students.

Morris County students in 10th and 11th grade in high school and their parents are encouraged to consider this new program.

The Green Energy Technologies Share Time program is designed for students who desire to help solve our nation’s energy problems through coursework and numerous hands-on activities. Course work will include such areas as alternative energy, biofuels, climate issues, solar and wind energy.

Upon completion of the program students may advance toward a post-secondary degree to achieve industry credentials in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Building Performance Institute (BPI).

Applications for the 2013-2014 school year are now available online atwww.mcvts.org. The application deadline for a junior or senior to apply is February 22.

For additional information, call the Morris County School of Technology at (973) 627-4600 ext.277.

Students are provided the opportunity to receive daily career and technical training as part of their junior and/or senior high school program. Academic subjects are taken at the home school and students are transported to the Morris County School of Technology in Denville for specialized career and technical training.

The Morris County Vocational School District offers programs for Morris County high school students, including Career Academies, Share Time Programs, Share Time Programs for students with Special Needs and Adult Education programs.

Freeholders Approve Additional Flood Buyout of Parsippany Properties

grossiThe Morris County Freeholders have given final approval for the buyout of 11 residential properties in Parsippany-Troy Hills under the county’s innovative Flood Mitigation Program, which helps municipalities purchase flood-prone residential properties from willing sellers and convert them to permanently preserved open space which acts as a natural flood storage area for the community.

The freeholders’ action authorizes the release of county grant funds totaling $540,510 to provide a 25 percent match for the Hurricane Irene Hazard Mitigation grant funds received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA’s 75 percent cost share totals $945,892 for these properties, said Jennifer McCulloch, coordinator of the Flood Mitigation Program.

The Parsippany properties are among 79 flood acquisition projects currently underway in Morris County under the Flood Mitigation Program, McCulloch said.

Parsippany received preliminary approval from the freeholders in May of 2012, at which point funds were encumbered for this project area. With this final approval, Parsippany may now proceed to closing on these properties.

Freeholder approval was based on the recommendations of the Morris County Flood Mitigation Committee, which reviewed the applications and due diligence materials provided by the municipality.

The freeholders established the Flood Mitigation Program last year in response to increased, repetitive flooding in the county, especially the excessive flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011, said Freeholder Ann Grossi, the program’s liaison.

Grossi noted this is the first county-level dedicated flood mitigation program in the state.

The Flood Mitigation Program is an expansion of the Morris County Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust, and is funded by the county’s open space tax. It is designed to move people out of harm’s way and reduce municipal costs, while also creating permanent, sustainable flood storage areas that protect the municipality’s remaining homes and businesses. According to McCulloch, the program is structured with two basic funding tracks.

The first is a “MATCH Program” which provides 25 percent match funding from the county for projects already underway with another agency such as FEMA, or the state’s Blue Acres Program.

The second funding track is the “CORE Program”, which is designed to catch homes that have fallen through other agency’s funding nets. In this case, Morris County will provide up to 75 percent of the acquisition cost, McCulloch said.

Grant applications are considered from municipalities only for the acquisition of residences, and lands associated with the residences, that have experienced either severe repetitive flooding or homes that have sustained over 50 percent damage from a single flood event, said McCulloch.

Costs for demolition, elevation or other non-acquisition mitigation techniques are not eligible under the county’s program.

The Flood Mitigation Program will work with willing homeowners only, with all funds going directly to the municipality, which in turn, purchases the land, holding and maintaining it as public open space in perpetuity.

Additional information is available online at www.MorrisPlanning.org, or by calling Jennifer McCulloch at the Morris County Department of Planning and Development at (973) 829-8120.

It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

Morris County’s health officer reminds you that it is not too late to get your influenza vaccine.

While flu season generally peaks in January, the season can extend into May, according to Carlos Perez, director of the county’s Office of Health Management.

Perez appeared before the Morris County Freeholders during their Jan. 23 work session to update them on the impact influenza was having on the county this year.

He said the incidences of flu in the county have been moderate to high, but that overall, Morris has fared well compared to other areas of the state.

The county has not experienced a vaccine shortage, according to Perez, who noted the Center for Disease Control recommends everyone aged six months and older get vaccinated. He added it is advisable to always check with your physician before obtaining the vaccine.

In addition to getting a flu shot, practicing preventative measures such as frequent hand washing, can also protect you against infection, Perez said.

Perez told the freeholders he has met with school superintendents and municipal health officers to discuss preventative steps they can take to help minimize the incidences of flu including the cleaning of frequently used or touched items such as telephones, light switches, toilet handles, doorknobs, faucets and handles.

Additional information about influenza can be found on the Morris County Office of Health Management website, www.MorrisHealth.org.

40th Year brings new look, new plan, new name and new mission to Arts Council of the Morris Area

Announcing its 40th Anniversary kickoff on January 24, 2013, the Arts Council of the Morris Area heralded its new name, new strategic plan, new logo and new mission at a gathering of nearly 100 at its 14 Maple Avenue headquarters.  Board President Alan Levitan and Executive Director Tom Werder shared some of the history of the organization which was formally incorporated on May 10, 1973.  Established by the Junior League of Morristown’s Arts Steering Committee in response to a scarcity of arts organizations and cultural activities in the area, the Arts Council received seed money from the Junior League of Morristown and from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts – to establish a new organization “which plans to promote all art forms through service to cultural and artistic groups and individuals in the community. The area to be served by the Council includes Morris County and parts of Somerset, Union and Sussex Counties.”  Its “Charter Members” featured leading corporations, foundations and large number of cultural organizations (from schools to museums, theaters to symphonies, arts organizations, choral and dance organizations and even the Morris County Park Commission!). These, along with many committed individuals, supported the fledgling efforts of the Arts Council.

Over the years, the Arts Council expanded and solidified its role as an arts leader, providing programs and services to the community, arts organizations, schools and individual artists.

Here are just a few examples of the impact the Arts Council has had on the quality of life in this area:

·       Local Arts Grants which, over the years, supported over 1,000 arts organizations  each of which, in turn, serve thousands of people annually

·       Arts in Education programs enhancing learning for nearly 100,000 K-12 students in public, private and parochial schools each year

·       Free exhibits at two galleries which showcase over 1,000 artworks by nearly 300 artists annually

·       21 years of artistic programming for First Night Morris County, bringing over 6,000 topflight artists to perform for nearly 200,000 people, making New Year’s Eve a culturally rich, family-friendly and memorable arts experience

·       Music Without Borders – which attracts over 1,000 people each summer to free lunchtime concerts that feature world cultures, broadens tastes and connect diverse segments of our community

·       3rd Saturdays at Morris View – bringing monthly performances to the elderly and infirm – to enrich their lives and promote healing

·       Scholarships for talented young people to pursue their artistic dreams

·       Mentoring program – to shepherd high school visual arts students to the next phase of training, fostering talents of the future.

Now, in its 40th year, the Arts Council approaches the next step in its evolution as an organization, with a recently completed strategic plan, a newly refined mission statement of “engaging and building community through the arts” and an updated identity – complete with new logo and the streamlined name of “Morris Arts.”

Its new strategic plan, carefully formulated with input from a wide variety of stakeholders, puts forth five main Goals:

·       Inspire  artistic expression and creativity in schools, the workplace, public spaces, and communities.

·       Connect  artists, residents, businesses, and community organizations interested in making Morris     County a more culturally rich, accessible and diverse community.

·       Engage the community in meaningful opportunities to make and appreciate the arts.

·       Advocate for the value and positive social and economic impact of the arts in Morris County.

·       Steward mission-driven public and private investments to ensure long-term financial viability.

These Goals are achieved following these Guiding Principles:

  • The arts enrich the lives of everyone in our community
  • The arts are vital to the social fabric and economic prosperity of Morris County
  • The arts are a catalyst for positive social change
  • Artists, arts organizations and creative professionals need community support to thrive.
  • All residents of Morris County should have equitable access to meaningful artistic experiences regardless of age, means, or background
  • High quality arts educational opportunities help children and youth learn and succeed in school and life
  • A culture of integrity and respect

Its new name, Morris Arts, highlights its focus on the arts and the geographic area served, while streamlining it and making it more manageable and contemporary.

And so, with a sense of renewed mission and purpose, Morris Arts begins its journey towards the next 40 years!

Dewberry Selected for Construction Inspection of Route 80 Roadway Improvements

Dewberry, a national professional services firm, was selected by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to provide construction inspection services for improvements to the Route 80 Parsippany-Troy Hills roadway in Morris County,  Milepost (MP) 41.42 to MP 45.63.

Construction on this project began in October 2012 and focuses on safety and operational and maintenance issues at several ramps and interchanges along Route 80. These improvements, also designed by Dewberry, address one of the busiest and most congested areas in northern New Jersey, and include:

·         Roadway realignment

·         Drainage

·         Signage

·         Traffic signals

·         Four miles of pavement rehabilitation

·         Ramp reconfiguration

·         Acceleration and deceleration lanes at interchanges along Route 80

These changes will improve traffic flow at the Route 80/ Route 287 interchange, two major conduits in New Jersey.

This project ties in to another contract recently awarded to Dewberry: Route I-287 South of South Street to Littleton Road pavement resurfacing and deck replacement over Eden Lane, in the townships of Morris and Hanover, New Jersey.

About Dewberry

 Dewberry is a leading professional services firm with a proven history of providing architecture, engineering, and management and consulting services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 40 locations and 1,800+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit www.dewberry.com.

U.S. History Through Postage Stamps at Mt. Tabor

Peter Cerrato, owner of the Charles Stamp Shop in Edison  will present a talk illustrated by postage stamps, from the first U.S. issue until the present. Cerrato has been using postage stamps for thirty-five years to teach about American history, and has written sixteen books on the subject.  Bring your interesting stamps  and your questions about philately.  Educators are especially welcome.

This event is ponsored by the Mount Tabor Historical Society and will be held on Thursday, February 14 at the Bethel, on Trinity Park in Mount Tabor. Refreshments will be served at 7:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For directions visit http://www.mounttabornj.org/ or phone (973) 625-8548. (Note: For GPS use 260 Simpson Avenue,  Mount Tabor.)

Jimmy Michel Joins Parsippany Police

 

Jimmy Michel was sworn in by Mayor Jamie Barberio as Parsippany’s latest police officer to join the force. Michel graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in 2007, worked as a Class 2 Special Police Officer in Point Pleasant Beach and comes to Parsippany-Troy Hills after serving five years as a police officer at Montclair State University. The Township is pleased to have another experienced, well-trained officer as part of the team. Parsippany Police Deputy Chief Paul Philipps joins the Mayor during the swearing in.

Ann Grossi Swears in Officers of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

grossiMorris County Freeholder Ann Grossi is swearing in the new officers of the Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce at their annual installation gathering at the Parsippany Hilton.

Metem will start construction on 20,000 sq. ft. new facility

An expansion of Metem Corp.’s manufacturing is expected to break ground this summer and add jobs to the facility, where 170 workers build parts used in gas turbines and the aerospace industry.

Metem now has about 66,000 square feet of production space in two adjacent Parsippany locations; the expansion adds 20,000 square feet to the main facility at 700 Parsippany Road. The company also has plants in Pennsylvania and Hungary, for a total of 280 workers.

Metem has its headquarters in Parsippany and has been manufacturing in New Jersey since it was founded in 1962. The company belongs to the advanced manufacturing sector, which experts contend manages to be competitive even in high-cost places like New Jersey by relying on technology and educated workers.

Metem provides continuing technical training to its workers, and participates in state work force training grants through the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. The company also said it is looking into various job-growth programs available through the New Jersey Business Action Center.

Parsippany Business Owner Pleads Guilty

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announced that Chester Ward of Wayne, 40, pled guilty to two counts of Maintaining a Gambling Resort. In his plea Ward acknowledged owning two businesses both of which were named “Connection’s Internet Café.”  The first businesses was located 85 New Road. The other business was located at 681 Route 23 South in Pequannock Township.

In both businesses, Ward accepted money from third parties with the understanding that the third parties would be participating in gambling activities.  Specifically, members of the public would place bets on games of chance. Ward owned both businesses from November 2011 through July 2012.

As part of the plea agreement to the fourth degree charge, Ward will be placed on probation, serve 200 hours of community service and pay a $2,000 fine.

Separately, in a related consent judgment, Ward agreed to forfeit monies related to the illegal activities in bank accounts and seized currencies totaling $89,062.56. He will also forfeit various electronic devices including 87 computers and flat screen monitors which were used in the businesses as part of the gambling activity.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp would like to commend Chief Anthony DeZenzo and the Parsippany Police Department, Chief Brian Spring and the Pequannock Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations and members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office who assisted in this matter.

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