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Relay for Life seeks volunteers

relay-for-lifeThe American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to help plan the upcoming Relay for Life of Central Morris County which will take place on May 31 and June 1 at Smith Field. From organizing teams, to entertainment planning, to fundraising, there are many different ways to get involved and help make this cancer’s last century.

As the world’s largest grassroots fundraising program, the Relay for Life movement mobilizes friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, service organizations, and faith based groups in communities throughout the country, to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide everyone an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

To join the Relay for Life of Central Morris County as a volunteer, team captain, or participant, and to learn more about the program please join us on January 15 (snow date January 16) for a dessert reception at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road. The kick off event will teach you about relay and also honor cancer survivors so come out and join the fun.

Please RSVP by January 5, 2014 to brandie.engelberger@cancer.org or call (973) 285-8029.

Parsippany’s June Van Thoen and Wayne Walters are Christmas singers in Morris Choral

morrischoralThe 85-voice Morris Choral Society kicks off its Concert Season with the tenth Holiday Spectacular at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum on Friday, December 13 with a second performance on Sunday, December 15. Under the direction of Wayne Walters, the chorus will perform “Christmas: Broadway to Hollywood,” featuring show-stoppers and holiday favorites from Broadway Musicals and Movies.

Guest artists for the popular program include The Christmas Singers, best known for their regular appearances at Morristown’s Music at Noon concert series.The Christmas Singers are led by Parsippany resident June Van Thoen and include Wayne Walters also of Parsippany, Patricia Ruggles of Florham Park and Robert Long of Madison.

Express Male, a sextet of tenors, baritones and basses drawn from the chorus, will offer their own selection of stage and screen holiday numbers and will join the ensemble for a rousing rendition of Fredrick Silver’s The Twelve Days After Christmas. The members of the group are John Collins of Raritan, Bud Leppard of Morristown, Chip Wood of Basking Ridge, Wayne Walters of Parsippany, Rob Walters of Long Valley and Nicholas Schumacher of Randolph. Convent Station’s Ken Rapp will be the piano accompanist.

“The chorus looks forward to this annual holiday celebration,” said Mr. Walters. “In addition to traditional tunes such as Jingle Bell Rock and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, we will perform Professor Peter Schickle’s composition O Little Town of Hackensack and other lighthearted fare. We also will invite the audience to join in the much-loved sing-along.”

The Morris Choral Society has been a mainstay in North Jersey for more than 40 years and has performed alongside many famous musicians including jazz legend Dave Brubeck and beloved singer Judy Collins. The award-winning chorus has been recognized by Morris Arts as an Outstanding Arts Organization and founder and music director Wayne Walters has received the prestigious Outstanding Professional in the Arts Award. In addition to performing for enthusiastic audiences in New Jersey, the chorus has toured England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

These performances have been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Secretary of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Holiday Spectacular will take place at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Place in Morristown on Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m.Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for seniors and $15.00 for children under 18. Tickets are available at the Bickford Theatre box office, (973) 971-3706. For more information, call (973) 998-7239 or visit www.morrischoralsociety.org.

NAI Hanson Announces Lease at 181 East Halsey Road

181-East-Halsey-RoadNAI James E. Hanson, a leading New Jersey-based commercial real estate firm, announced the signing of two long-term leases at 181 East Halsey Road. Spaces of 28,300 square feet and 20,200 square feet were leased in the 69,365-square-foot facility.

NAI Hanson Managing Director Scott K. Perkins, SIOR, represented the landlord, Jofra Realty. Next Gen IV, LLC, a distributor of Paul Mitchell products, leased the 28,300-square-foot space.

As part of an expansion from its other Parsippany location on Pomeroy Road, Zimmer Trabecular Metal Technology Inc. leased the 20,200-square-foot space.

“Next Gen is relocating from Union County and chose this facility because it wanted more of a park-like atmosphere for its employees,” Perkins said. “The building has a superb location with easy access to interstates 280, 287 and 80, providing an easy commute no matter where employees live throughout the state.”

The building underwent recent renovations including the addition of new epoxy flooring and energy efficient lighting. The facility has ample parking with one parking spot for every 1,000 square feet of space.

Sheraton Client Appreciation and Holiday Party was a success

sheratonpajamaParsippany Sheraton Client Appreciation and Holiday Party was a huge success. Employees and clients brought pajamas and books which were donated to the Pajama Program.  The Pajama Program provides comfort and love in the way of new pajamas and new books to children-in-need, many waiting and hoping to be adopted.  Snuggling up in new, warm pajamas with their very own book to read gives lonely children a secure and nuturing bedtime environment. Pictured above is  Scott M. Behm,  Director of Sales & Marketing, Parsippany Sheraton Hotel, Doris Newman and Antoinette Van Wyck from the local chapter of Pajama Program, and  John DeHuff, Director of Catering, Parsippany Sheraton Hotel.

Many of these children have been abused or abandoned, and have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in with a story at bedtime. For information on the Pajama Program visit www.pajamaprogram.org.

Pita Grill to hold opening on Saturday, December 14

Positively Healthy in Morristown!

pitaThe Pita Grill located at 27 South Street in the business district of Morristown is set to have a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 14.

Joining in the celebration will be the mayor of Morristown, Tim Dougherty, along with other dignitaries and the owners. A Pita Grill T-Shirt will be given away to the first 100 customers.

Owned and operated by a partnership group based in New York City and Hoboken, this particular Pita Grill will be the 7th to exist.

The décor inside of the restaurant has a rustic look with its unique imported wood from Vermont giving it a classy appearance. They offer full service as well as takeout and free delivery. The towns which they deliver to are Morristown, Morris Township, Morris Plains, Cedar Knolls, Florham Park, Harding Twp., and any town in the Morris county area for a catering order only. The hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week.

The menu provides a healthier option to dining with all of the items being made fresh daily. All of the selections stem from Mediterranean roots with an American flare. Some of the choices are Paninis, pitas, salads, platters and many dips and spreads.

Everything is a healthier alternative for those whom like to eat delicious meats and more while keeping a balanced diet. You can visit their website here to take a look at their menu.

Obamacare is here to stay; What is the bottom line impact on your company

Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President, Robert Peluso

The Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Employment Outreach Program continues to assist the public in employment outreach.

An inspiring program for business owners called ‘Obamacare is here to stay. What is the Bottom Line Impact on You and Your Company?’ – A Workshop for individuals and companies will be held on Monday, December 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. We offer a panel of experts on Obamacare to answer questions and explain what you need to consider moving into 2014.

The program will be composed of short visual presentations explaining health care reform in simple easy-to-understand terms. It will follow with a 4-person panel to explain it and answer your questions in an open Q&A format.

Afterwards there will be ample opportunity for 1-on-1 conversation with the experts.

This workshop is presented to a live audience at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in the Chester Room located at 199 Smith Road, Parsippany. Advance registration is required by clicking here and space is limited to 50 registrations.

We will include information on the Exchanges and as well as offering the companies that participate in this event the opportunity to search our resume database of local qualified job seekers. We have quality people available for hire. “What does hiring a new person cost if anything in Obama Care?”

We will close with a networking session for the participants and you will get to meet the panelists.
The program will be highly interactive and your participation is strongly encouraged. “Employees are one of our most valuable assets in every organization. We recognize this fundamental concept and promote the Parsippany Area’s talented workforce though the Chamber’s Employment Outreach Program. Educated and skilled employees drive the economic success of our community in addition to retaining, expanding, and attracting businesses to create opportunities in the Parsippany Area. We encourage you to join the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce because with your support, we will continue to create success stories!” stated Chamber President Robert J. Peluso.

Gourmet Cooking in the Wild: Calzone

Gourmet Cooking in the Wild: Calzone

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Big Night 2013

Brooklawn Middle School  holds it’s annual B.I.G Night. This is day 2

Pennacchio Announces Funding for Parsippany School Projects



Senator Joe Pennacchio announced today that $6.2 million in state funding has been approved to support $15.5 million in school construction projects across the 26th District. The funding approved by the Christie Administration will go to support projects in 10 school districts throughout the 26th District.

“This funding will be put to good use making schools across the district a safer and better place for students and teachers alike,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic and Essex). “I thank the Governor for this investment in our students and communities.

These projects will add jobs and go a long way in helping districts meet the needs of all students.”

The funds awarded in the 26th District are part of a total $507.7 million in state funds to help fund the cost of 1,538 individual school construction projects in 331 school districts throughout the state and Parsippany will get $874,579 (state share of cost) for the total project cost of $2,186,448.

The grants represent at least 40 percent of eligible costs for projects and address health and safety issues, student overcrowding and other critical needs. The grants are contingent on local approval of the remaining cost to school districts.


Valley National Bank hosts successful PACC event

valleynationalbreakfastValley National Bank, 320 New Road, was the host of this mornings Holiday Networking Event hosted by the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC).  Members and non-members were able to enjoy a continental breakfast while networking with other members.  Pictured above, Ildiko Peluso, Branch Manage/Assistant Vice President Valley National Bank and Board Member, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce; Julie A. Merill, Director of Community Relations for Care One Morris; Lisa  Montalbano, Business Development Manager Employment Horizons, and Frank Cahill, Executive Board Member of Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and Publisher of Parsippany Focus.  Pictured below  is Patrick Selimo, Chiropractor at Selimo Chiropractic and Jeanmarie Dunn-Kane of Barli and Associates.


PHS vs. Sussex Tech Football 2013

PHS takes on Sussex Tech in their homecoming game.

Cut down on Holiday work and get your gifts wrapped while you wait!

The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills will be wrapping customer purchases at Barnes & Noble, 1940 Route 10, Morris Plains from 9:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7.

Members will “wrap for tips” with the proceeds going to the club’s many community and federation activities.

The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills is a member of the General Federation and New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014.

Parsippany Annual Menorah Lighting

menorahTownship of Parsippany-Troy Hills and Mayor Jamie Barberio hosted the Lighting of the Menorah in celebration of Hanukkah on Tuesday night and welcomed Rabbi Baumgarten and Rabbi Herson from the Chabad Center of Northwest NJ, Rabbi Shalom Lubin from Congregation Shaya Ahvat Torah, Rabbi Howard Kosovske and Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak from Temple Beth Am and Rabbi Moshe Rudin from Adath Shalom.

Also present were Council President Brian Stanton, Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara, Councilman Jonathan Nelson, Councilman Michael dePierro and Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr.

Video-on-the-go filmed the event.

Driver in crash on Route 280 killed

A driver was killed after crashing into the back of a tractor-trailer on Route 280, near exit 1W for New Road, Tuesday afternoon, authorities say.

The tractor-trailer was going in the westbound lane of Route 280 in Parsippany when it apparently lost some of its carriage. The driver attempted to pull over when a car traveling behind the truck in the same lane crashed into the trailer.

The driver of the car, Steven Peltz, 51, of Flanders. was killed, authorities say. Police were on the scene investigating, and traffic was backed up over 10 miles during the evening rush.

Big Night 2013: Night 1

Brooklawn Middle School holds it’s annual B.I.G Night.

Veterans Day 2013

Watch Parsippany honor their veterans with this annual Ceremony at The Veterans Memorial Park

Zelda was found. Thank You.

Zelda, is a 10 month old female old English bulldog was who was lost near Longview Avenue, Lake Hiawatha.

She was in her yard with other dogs  but she was gone when the resident went to let them in. This was around 9:00 a.m.

She has a collar and tag on her. She is around 30 lbs and is brindle with a white chest. Sweet dog.

It was reported that the dog has been found and reunited with her family.  Thank you for helping find this dog.

Happy 50th Anniversary: Umberto and Luisa Carluccio


Mayor James Barberio presented a plaque and announced a proclamation to Umberto and Luisa Carluccio for their 50th wedding anniversary. Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara presented a certificate to the Carluccios on behalf of the Township council at the Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 26.

The Proclamation read:

Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Proclamation

Whereas, Umberto Carluccio of Conzadella Compania and Luisa Marano of Monteforte were united in marriage on August 11, 1963 and are celebrating their 50th anniversary; and

Whereas, Umberto and Luisa met through friends in Switzerland where they worked in a clothing factory – she sewing pants and he as a tailor; and

Whereas, Mr. and Mrs. Carluccio came to the United States in 1967 where they first settled in an apartment in Roselle and later bought a home in Hillside, moving to Union and then Parsippany where they now reside; and

Whereas, over the course of their marriage, Umberto and Luisa have raised a beautiful and loving family of two children, Maria Luigia and Eberto and two grandchildren, Giovanni and Brielle, who have brought them immense joy and pleasure; and

Whereas, August 11, 2013 marked their golden wedding anniversary of Umberto and Luisa Carluccio and is an important milestone in their lives marking fifty years of love, devotion and mutual support that enable them to be the strong, loving couple they are and the good friends and caring neighbors they have been to so many throughout the years.

Now, therefore, I, James R. Barberio, Mayor of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, do hereby offer my heartfelt congratulations to Umberto and Luisa Carluccio on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary and extend to them and their family every good wish for success, health and continued happiness in the years to come.

Dated this twenty-sixth day of November, 2013.

James R. Barberio, Mayor.


PHHS Girls Basketball Team fundraiser

PHSVikingsHelp us raise $450 for new basketball equipment!

The Parsippany Hills girls basketball program needs your help. Please help our mission of purchasing new team gear by purchasing a t-shirt for $20. All funds will go directly to the team. Thank you for supporting girls athletics.

For additional questions, email hillsladyviking@aol.com.  Shirts will ship approximately two weeks after campaign end date.

Click here for link to purchase.

Tree Lighting and Santa on Allentown Road


Twins Nicholas and  Joseph Cucinella, age five, from Lake Parsippany, meets Santa at the 1st Annual Tree Lighting at the home of The Sempier’s on Allentown Road.  The tree was a wedding gift to the Sempier’s in 1984 and grew to this big beautiful tall tree.  The tree holds 6,200 LED lights.  The event included the arrival of Santa Claus and free hot chocolate for everyone. The Sempier’s rented a cherry-picker to be able to reach the top of the tree. Pictured below is Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, William Sempier, Dawn Sempier, Santa, Zach and Josh Sempier.



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