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Rotary Awards 2013

Parsippany-Troy Hills Rotary Club “Distinguished Service Awards”

Vehicle Burglary in Lake Intervale


Officer Patrick McCarthy responded to a Lakeside Drive residence in the Lake Intervale section of the township to investigate a report of a theft from a vehicle.

Upon his arrival, he spoke with the caller who stated that between 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18 and 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

The unknown person(s) entered the unlocked vehicle and stole two Apple Ipods, a flashlight and five compact discs. The total value of the items stolen was approx. $1,120.00.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call the Parsippany Police Department at 973-263-4300 or email us at

Theft of Tools From Construction Trailer

Officer Brian Conover responded to a commercial lot located on Littleton Road to investigate a report of a theft at 8:38 a.m. on Monday, March 18. Upon his arrival, he spoke with the caller who stated that an unknown person(s) unbolted a locked fence and cut the lock off of a construction trailer that was parked on the property.

The caller reported over $6,000.00 worth of tools were missing from the trailer. The tools included a Dewalt Planer, a HEMA Mortiser, a Dewalt Chop Saw, a Eureka Straight Edge Cut guide and Saw and a Skil Circular Saw. The caller stated that the theft took place between 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and Monday, March 18 at 8:30 a.m. Anyone with information regarding the incident should call the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300 or email us at

Northvail’s Family Read Night


Students, parents, and teachers attended the annual Family Read Night on Tuesday, March 19 at Northvail Elementary School.   The main objective of the evening is to illustrate to students and parents the importance of reading.  The event began with a presentation by Marcie Aboff.  She has written many fiction and non-fiction books for children. Ms. Aboff talked about her life as an children’s author, how she gets her story ideas, the people that work together to make a book, and how editing can make a good story even better.

At the second session kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students and parents participated in an interactive Study Island demonstration in the classrooms.  Study Island is a software program available to students in the Parsippany-Troy Hills school district.   It is designed to help students practice responding to various reading skill questions.  The program allows students to work at their own pace.  Students receive immediate feedback regarding correct or incorrect answers.  Parents should encourage their children to use Study Island at home.

Fourth and fifth grade students participated in a mini-writing workshop, “What’s Your Story,” led by Ms. Aboff.  The author gave insights that will help students develop their own stories.  She discussed the beginning, middle, turning point and end of stories as well a vocabulary choices, description and dialogue.

The evening was a great success.

Town council Waterview zoning ordinance proposal March 19

Dear Editor:

Parsippany Township Attorney Inglesino didn’t know what he was saying concerning Highlands Conformance and how “the Block Lot” could have fit into the Highlands Master Plan. Don’t think for one minute these guys on the planning board took any effort to diminish the developers exceeding demands. Inglesino also seemed more worried about saving the town from “fantasy” lawsuits. Who would sue the town for not allowing 3 minutes because the attorney for dont rezone wished to argue the case?

In fact it is becoming clear why the developer went to the town; because he saw a weak spot of political liking where he thought he could overcome his obstacles. Obstacle one and foremost, when he purchased the property he knew it was zoned in the past for a purpose already. He also knew that he was in the Troy Brook watershed and dealing with Wetlands and aquifers. He should have been made aware of the Rutgers Study by the Township; in fact Mayor Barberio is aware of this study and has business program scheduled for April 17th with Doctor Obropta the very man who supervised it.

If the Township had opted for the Highlands Master Plan Conformance Petition this land would have been protected already. This also demonstrates our Township leaders’ lack of environmental awareness. Innovation, real caring for the future of the community is found here not in our vulnerability to be preyed on by developers. Lastly lots of talk about water and its amounts, well go the highlands website for the answer, but besides quantity of water there is quality. Waterview helps keep our waters recharged and clean.

Nick R Homyak
Lake Hiawatha


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RD Realty Attorney Sends Parsippany an Ultimatum

At the Parsippany-Troy Hills Council meeting of Tuesday, March 19, Board Attorney John Inglesino presented a letter he received from the RD Realty attorney regarding the redevelopment of Block 421, Lot 29, also known as Waterview Project.  You can come to your own conclusion.. Was this a threat? Approve the overlay zone, or this is what you are going to get instead?  Let’s hear your comments…



March 18, 2013


John P. Inglesino, Esquire

Inglesino Pearlman Wyciskaia & Taylor, LLC

600 Parsippany Road, Suite 204

Parsippany, NJ 07054-3715

Re: Block 421, Lot 29 – Waterview Boulevard and US Route 46, Parsippany-Troy Hills

Dear Mr. Inglesino:

This firm is counsel to RD Realty, LLP (“RDR”). RDR is the contract purchaser of certain property, located in the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills (the “Township”), identified on the Township Tax Maps as (the “Property”). The Property is located at the intersection of Waterview Boulevard and US Route 46, and consists of twenty-six and forty-eight hundredths (26.48) +/-acres.

The owner of the Property is Belle Meade. Belle Meade has made a final decision to sell the Property, and in furtherance thereof, has entered into an agreement of sale with RDR which provides RDR with substantial flexibility with regard to development options and time.

Prior to entering into the said contract, RDR and Belle Meade explored options for the development of the Property. RDR is in the business of real estate development and property management. It has extensive experience and a substantial portfolio. The current zoning of the Property, Planned Office Development (POD), allows for offices as the permitted use. After diligent investigation, RDR has determined that there is no current market for such use, and there is little likelihood that a market will exist for the indefinite future.

RDR would develop the Property in conformity with the existing zoning if that were possible. It is not. Effectively, the current zoning has zoned the Property into inutility. Since such development is out of the question, alternative uses must be explored and a realistic zone plan adopted.

Recognizing the futility of pursuing a development under the current zoning, RDR thoroughly and deliberately considered development options. In so doing, RDR assessed and acknowledged the. realities of the marketplace prior to entering into the said land contract Realistically, those options ranged from retail to residential, or some mix of the two.

The current market for exclusive residential use on the Property and at this location would be extremely profitable and would support a rental, apartment complex, at a realistic density of twenty (20) units per acre. This would achieve up to five hundred thirty (530) units. Higher densities could be achieved with a four (4)-story or greater product.

Such a development, of course, would be constructed as an inclusionary, affordable housing development and, as such, also would benefit the Township by providing up to a twenty percent (20%) setaside of the unitsthat would be affordable to low/moderate and work-force households. Given the inherently beneficial nature of such a development, regardless of municipal Mt. Laurel compliance, a municipal decision to rezone for such a use would be supported by recent precedent. Homes of Hope v. Tp. Of Eastampton, 409 N.J. Super. 330 (App. Div. 2009); and Estaugh Commons v. Bor. of Haddonfield L-2473-10 (Law. Div. 2011).

On the other hand, RDR is seeking an amicable resolution of the need to amend the zoning ordinance and does recognize the preference of the Township now to minimize additional multifamily, garden apartment development. In light of that, RDR determined, initially, to defer on the residential option. Instead, RDR sought what it believed would be the most appealing development product – a mixed use development of Class A retail and upscale townhouses. We believe this ‘establishes locational compatibility and supports adjoining land uses.

Thus, RDR determined to deliver a development that precisely fits the profile which it assumed that the Township and adjoining neighbors would have hoped to achieve. This is exemplified in the current proposal for the rezoning and development of the Property. As an indication of the desirability of the proposed use and the location, RDR now has a commitment from Whole Foods to anchor the retail space.

Frankly, while RDR recognizes that any proposal will face some resident opposition, it believes that this is the best development option for the Township and the regional area, one which will have significant tax benefits to the municipality and provide extremely desirable services to the region.

There should be no doubt as to RDR’s commitment to this site. It does not intend to simply make a proposal and terminate its land contract if that proposal is rejected. If this option is rejected, RDR will pursue alternative development avenues. Not developing the Property is not an option.

Please advise if you need anything additional from RDR in support of the Township’s consideration of the rezoning of the Property.

Very truly yours,



Carl S. Bisgaier


Councilman Michael dePierro asked questions at the end of the meeting regarding buffers on Intervale Road, and then requested the Council table the ordinance known as 2013:08, “An Ordinance of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Chapter 430 of the Township Code Entitled “zoning” to created an RCR Planned Retail/Commercial/Residential Overlay District for Property Identified as Block 421, Lot 29 on the Official Tax Map of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills which property is located within the Township’s POD Planned Office Development Zone and to Amend the Township Zoning Map to Reflect the Creation of the RCR Planned Retail/Comercial/Residential Overlay District.

The council approved to table the ordinance and will revisit the ordinance at it’s Tuesday, April 9 meeting which will be held at Parsippany High School, 309 Baldwin Road at 7:30 p.m.

RIP Sgt. Derek McConnell – October 8, 1989 – March 18, 2013

Jeanne Jenkins posted this comment on Facebook: “Your picture shows a man who was a hero when he signed up; a hero on the battlefield; and a HERO and inspiring when he has returned home. God bless you and your family.”

I personally never met Sgt. Derek McConnell.  I followed his story for months now. I emailed back and forth with his mom, Siobhan Mary Fuller, and his fiancee’ Krystina Dressler.  I felt like I knew the family for years.  I followed their posts and his progress on Facebook.  I am speechless for words.  Tonight, as I get in bed after a long day at work, I open up Facebook, like I been doing for months, looking for posts on “Team Derek.” I read the following post, which brought tears to my eyes. I am speechless. RIP Derek.

From the post on Facebook, posted at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18 by Krystina Dressler:

This morning, I went to wake Derek up at his normal time for the MATC and, he didn’t wake up…I tried everything I could think of. I held out hope when I listened for a heartbeat as I tried to wake him and there was none, and even still held out hope when they told me he was gone. I will miss you every day, Derek. For your shenanigans, for always making me laugh, for being an amazing person, for loving me and all my craziness, for your insanities that drove me up a wall, for being there for me through everything. You gave me the best 6 years I could have ever asked for with someone. I know you’ll always be with me. I tried everything I could to help you today. I hope you know that I’m so sorry. :[ I will always love you. You will forever be my toooots and I’ll forever be your crazy broad. Heaven gained an amazing angel today. I know you were greeted by my papa, my great-grandma, my uncle Richie, your amazing grandma, and great-grandma.

I love you, for always Derek



Krystina, Derek, and Derek’s mom, Siobhan Mary Fuller.

Derek passed away in his sleep at the Wounded Warrior Center, Bethesda/Walter Reed. Complications from wounds (double amputee) suffered in July 2011, Afghanistan.

On July 23, 2011, Derek McConnell was out on a dismounted patrol and hit 2 IEDs. The first one just knocked him out. He could have stood down, but he got right back up and that’s when he hit the second. He suffered from a left hip disarticulation (leg gone from the hip), right thigh above the knee amputation, skull fracture, TBI, jaw fractured in three places, missing teeth, broken ulna (arm in limb salvage and somewhat functioning), blast wounds and internal injuries. He battled serious infections and pneumonia for over three months, spent 53 days total in the ICU, and 7 months total as an inpatient.

A viewing for the soldier will be held Monday, April 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Par-Troy Funeral Home,  92 Parsippany Road, according to his mother, Siobhan Mary Fuller.

A funeral mass will be held in North Caldwell Tuesday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m., where he lived as a youth, at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 359 Central Avenue.

Burial will take place, not at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, according to the grieving mother’s post on the Team Derek Facebook page, but at the Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, she said her son “would have liked donations in his name to the following non-profits who gave him so much love and support”:

Cushman & Wakefield to Lease Offices on Interpace Parkway


MetLife recently purchased Morris Corporate Center IV Phase II, an interconnected two-building, 350,000-square-foot Class A office complex at 369 and 379 Interpace Parkway.

Commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. has been tapped by new owner MetLife to market and lease Morris Corporate Center IV Phase II, an interconnected two-building, 350,000-square-foot Class A office complex at 369 and 379 Interpace Parkway. The Cushman & Wakefield team will be comprised of Ken Flynn, Jr., Bill Brown and Jason Tenenbaum of the firm’s Morristown office.

“Morris Corporate Center IV Phase II is a Class A, award-winning office property,” said Robert Merck, Global Head of MetLife Real Estate Investors. “We are pleased to be collaborating with Cushman & Wakefield on a significant capital improvement and leasing enhancement program, which will begin immediately.” The program includes common area enhancements, upgrades to the cafeteria and fitness center, renovations of the main and side lobbies, and preparation of the buildings’ vacancies.

“MetLife is a strong owner with a great reputation and financial strength. With that combination, we anticipate a great deal of interest in this trophy asset,” said Flynn. “This is a highly prestigious property, and we look forward to working with MetLife on this important assignment,” said Flynn.

Acquired recently by MetLife, Morris Corporate Center IV Phase II is a high-end, Energy Star property situated at 369 and 379 Interpace Parkway and consists of two interconnected five-story buildings with immediate access to the multiple interchanges of I-80 and I-287. Constructed in 1999, the property has had a strong occupancy history, including such corporate names as Pfizer and Evonik Degussa. Currently vacant as the result of a corporate consolidation and a relocation within the submarket, the buildings offer prospective tenants 42,000-square-foot floorplates.

Edwin Black Will Speak at Temple Beth Am

Edwin Black, an award-winning New York Times bestselling international investigative author, will speak at Temple Beth Am, 879 South Beverwyck Road on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Black is this year’s distinguished Joseph Gotthelf Holocaust Memorial Lecture scholar.  His lecture is open to the public. Mr. Black is the author of 80 award-winning editions in 14 languages and 65 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in  leading publications in the United States, Europe and Israel. His work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropic abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation.

At Temple Beth Am, he will be speaking about his novel The Farhud which explores the relationship of the Nazi regime and the Arabs. In The Farhud, Mr. Black presents well-documented truths about Arab-Nazi collaboration during the Holocaust. It sheds new light on the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict. This book fills a long-standing gap in our  understanding of the terrible events of 70 years ago and their continuing impact on today’s Middle East.

With more than a million books in print,  Mr. Black’s editors have submitted his work for Pulitzer Prize nomination ten times, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies worldwide. Mr. Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts including Oprah, the Today Show, Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the U.S. and on leading networks in Europe and Latin American.

His works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. Many of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with two in active production. Mr. Black’s speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues including the Library of Congress in Washington and the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles in America, and in Europe, London’s British War Museum, Amsterdam’s Institute for War Documentation and Munich’s Carl Orff Hall.

He is a leading contributor to The Cutting Edge News, which receives more than 1.5 million visits monthly, as well as the Huffington Post, the Times of Israel, and many other on-line publications.

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

49th Annual Distinguished Service Awards Honorees

A Celebration of Service Above Self –  The Parsippany Troy Hills Rotary Club held its 49th Annual Distinguished Service Awards on Saturday, March 16, at Knoll Country Club West. The Master of Ceremonies, Peggy Mader, welcomed the audience and the honorees, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 9, but due to snow, was postponed to this evening. She did remind the audience that it snowed again today, just so everyone could remember the snow on February 9.

Among the honorees were, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Michael J. dePierro, being honored as Outstanding Citizen of the year. Outstanding Educators honors went to Nancy Dwyer and Thomas Nolan.

Outstanding High School students being honored was Jessica Chimoff, Nicolas Limanov and Danielle Rose Masteron.

The Outstanding Law Enforcement Award went to Bob Lenahan; Outstanding Health and Public Safety honoree was Dave Cavaliere; Outstanding Businessman Honoree was Dr. Alan Rauchberg and the Dean Gallo Memorial Vocational Award was presented to Maria Cataldo and Greg Schneider.

Nancy Dwyer is a fourth grader teacher at Lake Parsippany School where she demonstrates her commitment to her students, her school and the art of teaching. She establishes high standards for her students and in her classroom, where failure is not an option.

Thomas Nolan is the Principal of Lake Hiawatha School where his positive attitude is on display every day as seen through the enthusiasm of his students and staff. When visiting the school it is easy to see how well he interacts with everyone with kind words and a high-five for students and encouragement for his teachers. The Township and our children are certainly lucky to have a special principal the caliber of Thomas Nolan. He makes Lake Hiawatha School a very happy, friendly place to visit and work.

Jessica Chimoff is a student at Parsippany Hills High School.  As a student she is innovative, motivated and hardworking, placing academic excellence above other interests. This was shown when she was inducted into the National Honor Society. Outside of the classroom Jessica works with Big Brothers Big Sistes and at the Mayo Performing Arts Company. She has also served as President of the interact Club, the Rotary sponsored High School service club.

Nicolas Limanov during his speech at the award dinner.

Nicolas Limanov, a student at Parsippany High  School is considered an amazing community servant in both school and the community. At school he helps set up for every school event working with the custodial staff and administration making sure everyone has all they need. He has been a member of the Interact Club since he entered high school and is usually the first to volunteer for every project. On top of all this Nick has never missed a day of high school.

Danielle Rose Masterson is President of the Parsippany High School Interact Club. In addition to maintaining a high grade point average and the Interact she is a member of the National Honor Society, the Senior Class Steering Committee, Student and Varsity Tennis Team. She is a smart, determined and strong young woman.

Robert Lenahan was born in Parsippany and has been a member of the Police Department for nearly twenty years. He is the School Resource Officer for the district which means he handles juvenile cases and is available to be a police presence in both high schools. He has a reputation of being trustworthy developing that rapport with students that is so important in his work. He has one rule for the students, “Don’t lie to me.”

David Cavaliere has just finished a term as Chief of Fire District #5, Rockaway Neck Fire Department. In addition he is a member of the Parsippany Police Department. As Fire Chief, Dave served as Chairman of the Fire Prevention Bureau, a body made up of the Chief, Assistant Chief and one Commissioner from each district.  Under Dave’s leadership the bureau has become a more active body in serving both residents of the Township and all the volunteers who make up the six Fire Departments. Dave is truly someone who has the health and safety of everyone in Parsippany as his main concern at all times.

Dr. Alan Rauchberg, of Rauchberg Dental, was raised in Parsippany and now has his dental practice along with his father right here in town. Giving back has become an important part of the Rauchberg’s work.  They hold open houses where one can go in and get a free consult on various procedures. They annually have an open house where free dental service is provided to those in need including fillings, cleanings and extractions. Alan has been a member of the Parsippany Rotary for years as another way to give back to both his community and the world.

Maris Cataldo is the head custodian of Lake Parsippany School. Her commitment to the school, her diligence, and attention to detail, generosity and enthusiasm are part of  what make her so special. Maria has become known as “Mama Maria” because she is the self-appointed caretaker of the whole school community, remembering student’s names and is always there for the small things that others may neglect. To become Head Custodian, Maria, took her English as a Second Language to be able to pass her Boiler test to advance her career, which is no doubt only one of the great examples she sets for all who work with her and see her daily.

Greg Schneider is head of the Parsippany’s Road Department and Recycling and Sanitation. We all know all too well that we have all had a rough 18 months including Irene, the first Halloween snowstorm, and then Sandy. As rough as it was for all of us, Greg and his crews worked selflessly to get our roads open, flood damage cleaned up, fallen trees cleared and garage picked up. God willing, Greg has seen enough extremes, and can get back to the mundane job of keeping Parsippany, a safe, clean place to live.

Michael dePierro was honored as “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” by the Parsippany-Troy Hills Rotary Club.

Mike dePierro 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 is also a member of the Sons of Italy.

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.

The Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m, at Il Villaggio Restaurant, 22 Gibraltar Drive, Morris Plains. New members are always welcome to join.

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Easter Bunny Visits Parsippany


Seven Year Old Douglas Tran visits with the Easter Bunny at Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Building.  The Easter Bunny was there greeting the children and gave out Easter candy.   The Parsippany Recreation Department once again arranged this fun event for the children of Parsippany.

Rodney Frelinghuysen Announces 2013 Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen


Each spring, Members of the House conduct a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each Congressional district.

The 2013 Congressional Art Competition has arrived for students of our 11th Congressional District!

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, serving New Jersey’s 11th congressional district, is inviting all interested participants to visit the official website for a detailed description of the competition rules and policies, click here.

How to Enter the 2013 Art Competition:

1.   Review the 2013 Art Competition Guidelines for Students and Teachers.

2.   Complete the 2013 Student Information/Release Form.

3.   Follow the Art Submission Checklist.

4.   Submit your entry by the deadline of Monday, April 1.

Please contact Frelinghuysen’s Morristown Office at (973) 984-0711 with your questions regarding the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.

The annual Congressional Art Competition has been promoting America’s young artists for over 30 years.

How to foster kittens


Parsippany Animal Control Officer Jessica Suto will offer a free training classes on feeding and caring for kittens on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road.  The class will also be held at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 68 Nokomis Avenue, Lake Hiawatha on Wednesday, April 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Information and demonstration of what is involved, along with the important of socializing animals will be discussed.

For additional information, please call (973) 263-7083.

Literacy Volunteers Seek Volunteers

LVMCIn Morris County, one in five residents speaks a language other than English, and many are unable to work or are working at jobs beneath their capabilities. To help an adult improve their reading, writing or conversational English skills, join Literacy Volunteers of Morris County (LVMC) on the evenings of Monday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 20.

A tutor orientation will be held at the Morris County Library, 30 Hanover Avenue, Whippany,  from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 each evening of this two-part workshop. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have their high school diplomas, and be fluent in English.

No teaching experience is required. LVMC tutors work with their students one hour a week and pick the time and place that is most convenient for the tutors.

To register or for additional information, please call (973) 984-1998, or click here.

St. Gregory’s Applied for GreenFaith Certification

Saint Gregory’s Episcopal Church announced it has applied for greenfaith and has begun the rigorous two-year process of earning the accreditation.

GreenFaith is a New Jersey-based organization that offers a two-year environmental leadership program for houses of worship from all faiths and throughout the nation.  The unique program helps religious institutions become environmental leaders by guiding them through green-facility upgrades, incorporation of environmental principles into worship and religious education, and participation in environmental justice efforts.  Only ten houses of worship have earned the certification to date.

“The Episcopal Church has a longstanding commitment to the environment,” said the Rev. Sica.  “Saint Gregory’s looks forward to joining the GreenFaith-certified institutions that have become environmental leaders in their communities”, she added.

Saint Gregory’s already boasts a community garden, which is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, giving area residents the opportunity to grow their own local organic produce.  The church recently installed energy-efficient windows and distributes eco-friendly palm branches on Palm Sunday.

To earn GreenFaith certification, Saint Gregory’s will build on those efforts by improving its South Beverwyck Road church building and grounds, reducing waste and energy use, and working environmental lessons into its worship and educational programs.

Rev. Sica emphasized that environmental stewardship is an important part of her church’s work.  “The preservation of earthly resources is not only consistent with religious teachings, but is essential to fulfilling our mission,” she said.

“We’re very excited about ‘greening our church’”, said Karen Stoia, a member of Saint Gregory’s who is leading the church’s certification efforts.  “We know that changing our practices and upgrading our facilities will be difficult, but our congregation is up for the challenge”, she added.

Anyone interested in joining Saint Gregory’s Church in its efforts to earn the environmental certification or interested in participating in its community garden can contact Rev. Sica at (973) 887-5879.  St Gregory’s Church is located at 480 South Beverwyck Road, Parsippany.  We are a progressive and inclusive community welcoming all God’s children.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Morristown


On Thursday, March 14  at approximately7:30 p.m., a 2011 black Dodge Durango struck John Pirres, 33, Hamburg.

The accident occurred while Mr. Pirres was crossing the street in the area of 65 Madison Avenue,  Morristown. The victim was transported to Morristown Medical Center. He died there shortly thereafter.

The driver of the Durango was identified by police at the scene.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking information from any member of the public concerning the accident.  Any person with information is requested to contact Lieutenant Stephen Wilson of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6212 or Sergeant Tyrone Jackson of the Morristown Police Department at (973) 538-2200. All calls will be kept confidential.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6252 or

Parsippany Town Council Meeting 03/12/2013

Fire at Emily Place Condo


Sergeant Thomas Pomroy, Officer Ronald Carrozzino, Officer Alfred Keiser, Officer Michael Sprung and Officer Jason Ferreira responded to an Emily Place residence to investigate a report of a residential fire on Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Officers Carrozzino and Keiser arrived quickly at the scene and observed visible flames coming from the first level in the rear of a condominium.

The fire appeared to be coming from the living room where a window had already been broken by the heat. Sgt. Pomroy and Officer Ferreira immediately began evacuating the adjacent condominiums as Officer Michael Sprung located a garden hose, turned it on and placed it through the window in order to attempt to contain the blaze.

Officers Carrozzino and Sprung then gained entry into the home through the front door to ascertain if there was anyone inside as Officers Keiser and Ferreira gained access through the back door of the home.

No residents were located inside by the officers, but they could only get approx. 10 feet into the home due to the heat and smoke. Parsippany Fire Districts 5 and 6 as well as Boonton Fire Department and Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance arrived at the location and were able to extinguish the fire within minutes. The home was then searched throughout by firefighters.

There was no one found inside of the home. Officer David Cavaliere of the Parsippany Police Department responded to the residence and conducted an arson investigation to determine the cause of the fire. The cause was found to be accidental and electrical in nature. An electric candle that had been plugged into a wall outlet in the living room was found to be the source of the fire subsequent to the arson investigation. There were no injuries reported.

Lake Hiawatha Resident Arrested for Distribution of Heroin

Mr. Tolga Gezer, 18, Lake Hiawatha was arrested on Knoll Road near the Knoll Gardens Apartments by Detectives of the Parsippany Police Department’s Investigative Division on Tuesday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m. after he was found to be in possession of thirty bags of Heroin.

Tolga Gezer photo on his facebook page.

Mr. Gezer’s arrest was part of an ongoing investigation involving the distribution of controlled dangerous substances within the township.

He was transported to the Parsippany Police Department where he was processed before his custody was turned over to the Morris County Jail where he remains in lieu of $10,000.00 bail with no 10% option.

He was charged with Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute. The Heroin was placed into evidence along with Mr. Gezer’s cell phone.

He was also arrested on December 9, 2012 on similar charges.

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