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Letter to the editor: Waterview Rezoned Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA)

lettersDear Editor:

It is quite disturbing to realize Parsippany’s senior most Councilman and most likely his allies and members of the present administration do not believe nor comprehend the situation and present dilemmas of sustainability concerning water and landscapes; statements made that no water problems exist in Parsippany and that somehow only land development needed or not is good for the township, because of tax ratables and jobs is where Parsippany should be in this time and place.

So they say any landscape any proposal dam the actual facts concerning that landscape. Waterview because of it being privately owned, and along Highway Route 46 is syllogistically condemned through a narrow minded induction away from its natural assets, character and proper place in the ecology of biodiversity, ground water recharge, flood control, steep slopes and forests that enhance a traditional neighborhood, and ensure long-term water health through, its unique features identified in a Troy Brook Storm water study. Loss of this landscape will spell long-term future costs in infrastructure and water health through injury to sustainability of which Waterview landscape is an aid and asset in our waters quality and quantity. It’s destruction for market speculation land development, will surely cost tax-payers later and would bring immediate demise of the quality of life here. No new land development of a corporate market nature is needed anywhere in the region or Parsippany-Troy Hills itself.

Let us examine our water situation and some facts most people and official ignore this information comes from the NJDEP and Highlands Council. “Water use restrictions are used routinely for conservation.  In the case of Parsippany, it is a buried valley aquifer with heavy drawdown during summer months and limited rate of recharge to the aquifer.  If you reference the deficit/surplus table you will notice that the system has contracts to purchase water from JCMUA & MCMUA.  Without these contracts in place, Par-Troy would have a shortfall in available water”.  Now examine this statement from NJ Division of Watersupply & Geoscience. “

The Division of Water Supply & Geoscience does not track discharge by watershed, we account for diversion not discharge.  Safe yield is a term associated with the yield of a surface water system through the drought of record. Parsippany-Troy Hills does not have surface water sources but they do purchase water from Jersey City which uses the Boonton Reservoir”

Here in lies the contradiction; notice Parsippany-Troy Hills does not have surface water sources; they purchase water. These sources are now privately owned and in the future especially when because of drought or excessive drawdowns water becomes less and shared by many sources, not only Parsippany water prices will surely increase. Homeowners will have to share in the costs for all water use, be it drinking water or water used for lawns or other desires not of a thirst or washing necessity. The thing to remember isWithout these contracts in place, Par-Troy would have a shortfall in available water” a water deficit which it does in fact have of its own without the sources.

Therefore we need to understand the limitations of the NJDEP water regulations. Just because we adhere to them, doesn’t mean we will have enough water. The regulations do not look at the sustainability of the aquifer.This explains how we have arrived at the present situation with conflicting viewpoints. The administration advises that the borough meets the NJDEP regulations and could continue to meet the regulations no matter what new developments.

Let us thanks to Highlands Council examine this contradiction further.

1. Sustainability: Let’s start with the basic assumption that our goal is to keep our aquifer at historic water levels by not withdrawing more water than the system can safely sustain over time. In other words we will not add to a water deficit over the long-term.

2. Water Deficit: Before we increase the demand for water, we need to determine whether current water withdrawals exceed the natural replenishment of the aquifer. We may decide to look into this further, but it appears that the experts are telling us that indeed we do have a water deficit. The Environmental Commission reported on March 10, 2014 that calculations by the New Jersey Highlands Council for the Regional Master Plan determined that our watershed has a significant water deficit.

The abstract of the Regional Master Plan states the following: “A central goal of the Regional Master Plan is to determine the amount and type of human development and activity that the ecosystem of the Highlands Region can sustain while still maintaining the overall ecological values thereof, with special reference to surface and ground water quality and supply. Based on an analysis of available methods and available data, the Low Flow Margin method was selected as the best scientific approach available at this time for estimating capacity of ground water supplies across the entire Highlands Region, to maintain both ecological flow needs and estimate sustainable levels of human consumption.”

Thus, as stated above, a central goal of the Regional Master Plan was to come up with data on the capacity of ground water supplies in the Highlands. Their 2007 Water Resources Technical Report on net water availability found a water deficit in our watershed and in many others. See map attached. 

3. NJDEP Water Regulations: Your next question might be to ask how has it come about that we have a water deficit when the borough has been meeting the water diversion limits and firm capacity* regulations of NJDEP.

The answer to this inconsistency lies in the fact that the NJDEP regulations are based on a different set of criteria than are discussed above in items 1 and 2. NJDEP looks at past water use in the Borough and the adequacy of our wells’ pumping equipment. NJDEP is saying to us, if the water is there, these are the regulations for how much you can pump out. NJDEP is not addressing the important question of how much can safely be withdrawn from the system over time.

We must say to ourselves of these two facts concerning water which one should we all use in relation to deciding, actual need in new land development, where should the development go, what landscape should not be developed, and most importantly what criteria for water conservation and method of allocation should be allowed in local Planning Board Standards or revisions?

 It now should be obvious that any official claiming there are no problems with water and that Parsippany has plenty of it is not quite a truth but a fiction favoring corporate developers  in a short-term sense costing tax payers and residents in a long term outcome. Water first and foremost is a common public trust and belongs to us all. Parsippany being in the Highlands be it planning zone, or not has a responsibility to do what is best in landuse matters by ignoring its responsibility to long term water health and developers effects on water and landuse is simply adding to the accumulative sure to come future problems.

 Our new Master Plan update of 2014 has done little if anything to revise our community defenses in its long term quality of life our zoning, ordinances and regulations remain virtually unchanged. No new safeguards or proactive measures were incorporated; we still stand in a state of reaction rather than being proactive.  Our watershed is in deficit as many others now are. In 10 years the whole of New Jersey will be. New Jersey is going backwards is continued sprawl, in not being responsible for maintaining and repairing water infrastructure, 25% or more water is lost to leaks and seeps, and many sewer systems of the State suffer ‘combined source overflow” where sewage and stormwater runoff mixes as it empties into streams and rivers; one gallon of clean water and one of dirty equal two gallons of dirty water. We as a people have ignored water for too long; it is now catching up with us all.

Parsippany’s biggest mistake was and is not continuing the regional Master Plan Conformance as its benefits far outweigh any possible drawbacks. In fact regional Conformance has more transparency and encouragements in citizen participation and education. Corporate developers are given many opportunities, however best management practices and proper land use criteria are all in a higher state that in the long run preserves, protects and enhances any required land use.  Home Rule is developers rule; saving money while avoiding lawsuits is not in the best interest of our Township. Conformance also gives legal protections why would anyone deny the people in the here and now and the future this advancement? Ask our senior Councilmen; who says what is good for the region may not be good for Parsippany, absurd!  Unless one is powerless or in cahoots; which is it? Conformance would be instilling power, while “home rule” obviously is in cahoots with outside forces, caring less for anything less than their interest. The lessons of RD Realty and Waterview still unlearned.

Waterview Landscape can be saved by good leadership and using water as the element of salvation in being human not corporate.  One additional fact from Clean Water Action, right now in the US 1 in 3 and in NJ 1 in 2 people suffers either in additional costs or health issues associated with water supply. We are not exactly sure what is in our water supply. Besides pollution urban decline and sprawl are the main culprits.

Nick Homyak
Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034

Parsippany Lacrosse Day was celebrated on Saturday, May 9

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Lacrossee Club held “Parsippany Lacrosse Day” on Saturday, May 9 at Jannarone Park.

On Thursday, April 30,  the Parsippany-Troy Hills School budget was passed.  This means that the youth of Parsippany will have Lacrosse at both High Schools starting in the Spring of 2016!

This great news means that our children have a spring sport option that they can pursue up to, and possibly through college.  This program was started with the intention of teaching this great sport to our youth and showing them how it applies to life.  In 3 short years eveyone helped get this program going and now it’s being taken to the next level.

Lacrosse is a great metaphor for life.  We all “drop the ball” every once and a while, and when we drop it, every effort is made to pick it back up.  Once we have it in our possession again, we look to achieve our goal.  We know that doing it alone can be difficult, if not impossible, so we look to others for “help”.  In our family, when we see someone struggling to achieve their goal we let them know “ I got your back”, and “here’s your help”.  The pace of life is fast, and planning is important but often spontaneous creative thinking on the fly gets us to our goal faster.  “Dodging” the obstacles in life is often the most efficient way to get there.

Our program is going to grow with the news of Lacrosse at Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School.

To learn more about Parsippany Lacrosse Club, click here.

 

Stickley Museum Family Fun Day attended by children of all ages

PARSIPPANY — The Stickley Museum held its third annual Family Fun & Games program on Saturday, May 9. The day’s activities were built around the theme “My Home.” Children of all ages attended to explore and learn about homes of all kinds, including the Stickley family’s home, the Log House at Craftsman Farms.

Birds are good architects – they choose soft natural materials when building nests for their eggs. The visitors took a bag and gathered nesting materials to take home to the birds in their yard – some moss or twine a colorful piece of ribbon, cotton. Birds will use them to build their nests.

Children visited the Education Room for a chance to get up close and personal with live animals from Animal Experiences, an outreach program developed by the Happy Tales Animal Sanctuary. Children had the opportunity to pet and ask questions about the animals and their homes in nature in a fun and safe environment.

To top off the day, Story Time was in the Log House, brought to you by the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library.

While focused on family fun, this program also encouraged children to consider concepts that Gustav Stickley held dear, like the value of nature and the meaning of home. Family Fun Day included scavenger hunts, both indoors and out, that encouraged a fun exploration of the Log House and its beautiful natural environment, craft activities, and games. To end the day, visitors had snow cones from Kona Ice!

Boy Scout Troop 72 serves up Mothers Day breakfast

PARSIPPANY —  On Mother’s Day, Troop 72 served its annual Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser. Scouts and Leaders were serving breakfast at the Applebee’s on 1087 Route 46.

Proceeds from the fundraiser help to sponsor scouts to attend National Youth Leadership Training, provide new equipment for the growing troop, and keep scouting affordable by helping pay for financially challenged families summer camp experience.

The breakfast consisted of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, tea or juice.

For more information on Parsippany’s Boy Scout Troop 72, click here.

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It is celebrated on various days mostly we seen in March and May. Firstly Mother Day has been started in 20th century in United States, mainly it celebrates because of two omens, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis. Make your  sweet mothers happy by greeting them. So we are providing some Mother Day wishes to greet you mom in different ways.

You can pick up the best Mothers Day Wishes and Latest Mothers Day Wishes what you feel about your mom in your heart. These messages are speechless words which are very apt to the thoughts.

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Kiwanis Club participates in “Staples Small Business Showcase”

PARSIPPANY — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany had a display table at “Staples Small Business Showcase” on Saturday, May 9.

The Kiwanis Club provided membership information as well as flyers for their upcoming events to the customers of Staples.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is hosting a Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, June 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany. Kids…your chance to climb on and explore fire engines, construction vehicles, army trucks, police cars and more.

Face painting, a Flying Drone, Music, Food provided by Shop Rite (for a small fee) and so much more! Goody bags for all children attending.

Admission is $5.00 per person, or a maximum of $20.00 per family.

For more details visit www.parsippanykiwanis.org.

Staples Small Business Showcase is a program offered by the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce to it’s membership.

Any Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce member interested in participating in this program, please contact Frank Cahill, Executive Board Member, at (973) 402-6400.

 

Police Unity Tour … and they’re off

PARSIPPANY — The Police Unity Tour 2015 started at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 in East Hanover and is heading to Washington D.C.,

Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps received some donations from several local businesses, organizations and invididuals to support his goals. Members of the Police Unity Tour, Chapter 1 will ride approximately 300 miles in the four days.

The schedule of the Police Unity Tour:

Saturday, May 9 – Police Unity Tour Send Off: Target / Ramada Inn, Route 10 West, East Hanover
Tuesday, May 12 – Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony, 2:00 p.m. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, E Street between 4th & 5th Street, NW Washington D.C.

Wednesday, May 13 – 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, 8:00 p.m. E Street between 4th & 5th St, NW Washington D.C.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps is riding in memory of Officer Justin Wayne McGrory,
California Highway Patrol. Officer Justin McGrory was struck and killed by a drunk driver while conducting a field sobriety test on I-15 in Barstow at 3:38 a.m., on Sunday, June 27, 2010.

He and his partner had stopped a suspected drunk driver and were administering the tests when he was struck. His partner was not injured. The drunk driver who struck him stopped a short distance away. He was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of marijuana.

On June 24, 2012, the suspect was acquitted after his trial resulted in a hung jury.

Officer McGrory had served with the California Highway Patrol for almost three years. He is survived by his expected wife and three small children. His fourth child, a daughter, was born on July 20, 2010.

Membership to Police Unity Tour is open to all full or part time law enforcement officers, whether active or retired. Civilians 18 years of age or older, who are employed or affiliated with law enforcement agencies and related organizations or possess specific training or skills required to safely and effectively assist the organization may apply. These requirements include, but are not limited to: dispatchers, first aid personnel, doctors, nurses, lawyers, mechanics (automobile and bicycle) and members of organizations such as the Concerns of Police Survivors, Domestic Violence Response Teams.

In May 1997 the Police Unity Tour, Chapter 1, was organized, by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department, with the hope of bringing public awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. What started with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Has grown into nine Chapters consisting of over 1,800 members nationwide who make the trip annually.

As the original / founding chapter of the Police Unity Tour, Chapter 1 is still based in Florham Park where Pat Montuore now serves as the Chief of Police.

Although based in New Jersey they welcome members from all other states as well as other countries. In addition to having members represent over 40 states they had members from Australia, England, Israel, Italy, India and Canada.

They are proud to be part of the many accomplishments of the Police Unity Tour in 2014 they were able to donate over 1.9 Million Dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing our total donations to nearly 16 Million Dollars.

Valley National Bank Hosted Free Identity Theft Prevention Event

PARSIPPANY — Valley National Bank hosted an Identity Theft Awareness Event on Saturday, May 9, at the Parsippany branch, located at 800 Route 46 West. This event was partnered with USA SHRED, which provided an on-site truck to shred personal and confidential documents, at no cost, to help customers avoid becoming victims of identity theft.

The branch also held a Fire Safety Tips event, hosted by the Parsippany-Troy Hills Volunteer District 5 Fire Department. Children were offered a free tour of the firetruck and a goody bag.

Residents from the community were encouraged to bring documents such as old bank statements, checks, income tax returns, credit card statements, etc., that were shredded on-site, for free. Staff members discussed effective measures that can be used to reduce the risk of fraud and identity theft.

For more information contact Branch Service Manager Elizabeth Haywood at (973) 263-0600 or by email by clicking here.

For information about similar events, visit Valley’s website by clicking here.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $19 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 224 branches serving 24 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and southeast and central Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 800-522-4100.

Cerbo Lumber brings vendors to demonstrate products and offer specials

PARSIPPANY — Cerbo Lumber recently held a “Spring Vendor Day.” The event featured over 20 vendors who offered demonstrations of new products and special show pricing.

Cerbo Lumber, located at 1855 Route 46, has been in business since 1948 and was found by Salvatore Cerbo and his sons. Currently, Cerbo Lumber is a third generation, family owned business.

Cerbo Lumber is one of the original members of the Parsippany Chamber of Commerce.

They are a  full-service hardware store and building supplier servicing contractors and homeowners.

Registration Open for 42nd Year of Intramural Soccer

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Soccer Club is accepting registration for boys and girls interested in playing Intramural Soccer this coming Fall 2015 season. You can sign-up through PSC’s website by clicking here now until  July 1.

PSC is very proud of the growing success of the intramural soccer program. In Fall 2014 they had almost 1200 players on over 80 soccer teams playing games weekly from September through November.

In April 2015, the spring intramural program expanded to 500 players and over 30 teams playing soccer from April through June. If your kid loves soccer, they have opportunities for them nearly year round!

PHHS Project Graduation hosts a 5K “Color-A-Thon”

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Hills Project Graduation committee sponsored a 5K “Color-A-Thon” on Sunday, May 3.

The “Color-A-Thon” featured many vendors, music, games, and a ton of colorful fun with this healthy, family-oriented fundraiser for the school. All proceeds go towards project graduation.

For over 25 years, the committee has planned an all-night, substance-free party for PHHS graduates. Statistically, graduation night has the highest number of vehicle accidents among seniors nationwide but schools with Project Graduation have statistics that are significantly less. The goal is to keep every Parsippany graduating senior safe on graduation night.  Project Graduation is being planned to ensure a fun and safe evening for all 2015 graduates.  Historically, it has in part been a graduation gift to them from the Parsippany community.  It is only through the generosity of parents, townspeople and the Parsippany business community and many other generous businesses surrounding Parsippany that we have been able keep the cost affordable.

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