11th Hour Rescue Spay-ghetti Dinner

Every year, 11th Hour Rescue spays and neuters over 2,000 cats and dogs.

Please join for a fun-filled family night out to spread awareness and raise funds to prevent pet overpopulation at our spray-ghetti dinner on Saturday, March 23.  Pre-sale $15.00 adults, $10.00 children.

First seating 4:30 to 6:30, Second seating 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Each ticket includes salad, bread, spaghetti and meatballs and non alcoholic beverage. Additional meatballs and non alcoholic beverages as well as bake sale items.

This event will be held at Boonton Elks Lodge, 125 Cornelia Street, Boonton, Win a cruise, 50/50, bake sale and tricky tray.

For additional information please call Amanda at (973) 664-0865 or email [email protected].

Parsippany Resident Arrested for Warrants; Suspended Driver’s License

policecarWhile on patrol on Route 53 at 12:19 a.m. on Friday,February 15, Officer Michael Kimble conducted a random registration check on a passing vehicle and discovered that the registered owner of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license.

A motor vehicle stop was conducted and Gregg S. Pekmezian, 46, Parsippany, was discovered to also have active warrants for his arrest. Pekmezian was arrested on a New York City warrant for Possession of Stolen Property and an additional warrant from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.

He was transported to headquarters for processing and turned over to the custody of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Jigar Shah is Officially Special Liaison to Mayor’s Office

Jiger Shah at Parsippany Town Hall

On Sunday, February 17, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James R. Barberio officially proclaim, Jigar Shah, Special Liaison to the Mayor’s Office, Indian-American Community Outreach.

Barberio stated “During my Mayoral campaign in 2009, I promised the Indian-American community a special liaison to the mayor’s office will be appointed.  The Indian-American community is one of the largest and fastest growing cultures in Parsippany.  With places of worship, restaurants, dance studios, beauty salons, and an array of many more successful small businesses – Indian-Americans have become an essential part of Parsippany, and one of the reasons why Parsippany is ranked the #1 Township to live in New Jersey!”

For many years, Jigar Shah has been a tireless advocate and leader for the Indian-American community. Jigar’s work ethic and love for our Parsippany community makes him the perfect person for this opportunity. I thank Jigar for accepting this opportunity and volunteering to be the direct connection between the Mayor’s office and Indian-Americans throughout Parsippany.


Bag of Books Sales

The Friends of the Parsippany Library will hold a Bag of Books sale at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road, on Friday, March 1 until Sunday, March 31.

The hours will be the same as the library’s hours of operation.

Price for each bag of books purchased is $2.00. Plastic bags will be provided.

An Evening of Indian Classical Music

Featuring ALIF LAILA (Sitar) with Suryaksha Deshpande (disciple of Pt Arvind Mulgaonkar) on Tabla
Concert will begin with students short performance by Ken Einhorn (Sitar) and Tabla ensemble group on Saturday, February 16 starting at 4:00 p.m. at Sanatan Mandir, 16 Jean Terrace.

The concert is free however donations appreciated. To RSVP email [email protected] or call (862) 222-0105 or visit www.taalsadhana.com.

Easter Bunny to visit Municipal Building


The Easter Bunny is once again visiting the Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard, on Saturday, March 16 between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

The Recreation Department once again is arranging this fun event for your family. Don’t miss it!!

The Easter Bunny will greet and visit with the children. Bring your camera!  Parents will be able to take their child’s picture.

Candy will be given to each child.

Bring a basket or bag to hold the treats!!!

Safety, Smarts and the SLAP Program Keeping Parsippany Proud

 “Keeping Parsippany clean and educating the public on pedestrian safety is the easy part.  It’s not so easy to get the call when a pedestrian has been struck by a motorist and is severely or fatally injured,” stated Mayor Barberio.    Approximately four years ago, at a request of former Parsippany Mayor Michael Luther, the New Jersey Department of Transportation erected a fence, on the island between the East and West bound lanes of Route 46, beginning approximately at the Parsippany Shop Rite Plaza and extending to the Dunkin Donuts, following several motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, including one fatality.

Most recently, the Route 46 fence has generated some discussion regarding its poor condition in some areas and the litter and debris trapped by the fence.  Mayor Barberio contacted Sheriff Ed Rochford to request that the unsightly island be cleaned up by the Sherriff Labor Assistance Program (SLAP) workers.

Sheriff Rochford agreed to schedule SLAP workers to clean up the area in the near future.  Mayor Barberio will also be requesting that the NJDOT repair the fence and implement a plan to better manage the debris in the area.

Parsippany’s new program to save residents on their electricity bills

Mayor James R. Barberio’s proposal to save Township residents millions of dollars in energy costs was approved by the Township Council Tuesday night.  Mayor Barberio proposed that the Township engage the firm of Gabel Associates, at no cost to the Township, to take the steps necessary to implement a government energy aggregation program (“GEA Program”) for the purchase of electricity.  That program could save residents in excess of $150 annually on their individual electricity bills, resulting in yearly savings in excess of $3 Million for Parsippany’s residents.

This program has been a success in Plumstead Township, where participant residents saved an average of 10% off their overall electricity bills.  It is being picked up by more and more municipalities who, like Parsippany, are looking to provide added benefit to their residents in these tough economic times.

Mayor Barberio commented, “We are pleased to be able to provide this opportunity to our residents to reduce their monthly electricity bills.  Based on current estimates, the GEA Program could save over $3 million across the Township in the first year alone.”

The GEA Program provides an opportunity for savings without infringing on individual resident choices.  If residents are already using a third party supplier, they can continue to be served by that supplier, and any resident may opt-out of the GEA Program at any time through either a telephone call or short online form.  This program will only be offered if there is a savings to Parsippany residents.  It is required by law and it is in the Gabel proposal.

Residents would continue to contact JCP&L for any customer issues and will continue to receive a single electricity bill from JCP&L, as JCP&L will continue to own and operate the transmission lines and equipment.

For further information on the Government Energy Aggregation Program or the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, Business Administrator Jasmine Lim can be reached at (973) 263-4391 or [email protected].

Barberio Performs Stent Procedure at the Medicines Company


Although the synthetic exterior of Mayor Baberio’s patient didn’t quite resemble a typical one, its sophisticatedly engineered simulated heart attack was no different from what a cardiac specialist would face in the emergency room. Mayor Barberio successfully unblocked an artery and installed a stent through a vein in the “patient’s” arm. Mayor Barberio stated, “Not only was this an incredible experience, but also that this type of bio-technology offers doctors the opportunity to learn procedures and enhance their skills before they work on live patients.  It was also exciting to hear that The Medicines Company plans to further expand its business and it’s all happening here in Parsippany.”

The Medicines Company, located at 8 Sylvan Way, is a cutting-edge biotech/biopharma company and is first in the nation to have complex bio simulators that provide a real-life educational experience.  A few years ago, The Medicines Company made the decision to expand its space and move to a new building in Parsippany.  The company chose to move to Parsippany because it met all of their needs, including available Class A office space; access to all major highways and airports; proximity to premier hospitals, teaching facilities and a major city; a talent pool to carry out its mission; quality housing and responsive local government.  The Township of Parsippany is extremely proud to include The Medicines Company to its list of corporate neighbors.

Class A office space represents the highest quality of commercial buildings that are well located, have good access and are professionally managed.  Historically, Class A office space does very well even during challenging economic times.  Parsippany has the 2nd largest inventory of Class A office space in Northern NJ with 10.4 million square feet. The high renewal rates among current tenants and low vacancy rate for the Township’s Class A space are strong indicators of its continued demand and desirability.

Parsippany takes pride in welcoming new corporate neighbors and makes every effort to streamline processes and ensure the quality of its Class A office space.  With this in mind, Mayor Barberio has again offered Jennifer Collins, Director of Planning, Zoning and Construction, as a single source of contact for a development project.  The Township looks forward to working with The Medicines Company on the interior expansion of their existing facility.