Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter Acknowledged for Hands-On Student Experience Initiative

PARSIPPANY — Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter was honored at the annual breakfast of Parsippany-Troy Hills School District.

The shelter proudly supports the district’s incredible Work-Based Learning program, which provides students with invaluable hands-on experience and skills. The shelter extends a big thank you to the district for recognizing this important partnership and looks forward to continuing to nurture the next generation of compassionate, skilled professionals.

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter is at 194 Route 10 West, East Hanover. Their mission is to provide exceptional care for homeless animals, promote adoption, and support pet owners in the community. The shelter is dedicated to ensuring the well-being of all animals, finding loving homes for those in need, and educating the public about responsible pet ownership.

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John Georges Honored for 50 Years of Commitment to Parsippany Township

PARSIPPANY — During the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township meeting on Tuesday, June 11, Mayor James Barberio presented Parsippany Township employee John Georges with a plaque commemorating his astounding 50 years of service at Town Hall.

John, who began his tenure with the township on June 18, 1974, is often regarded as the unofficial Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Building and knows everyone by name. In addition to his role in the mailroom, John helps new employees acclimate by introducing them to everyone with a short story or anecdote.

“I’m so proud to be able to honor John tonight,” said Mayor Barberio. “What an amazing accomplishment this is! John has always provided me with interesting insights and advice. He always greets everyone with a smile and has truly impacted the community. Thank you for all that you do!”

Morris County Strengthens Veterans Support with Expanded Services

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County recently welcomed veterans and service providers at the Morris County Veterans Services Office for a meeting hosted by the New Jersey SOS Veterans Stakeholders Group. The event aimed to foster networking and better understand veterans’ support needs across the region.

The meeting saw over 60 participants, including representatives from the offices of U.S. Rep. Tom Kean, U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, and the N.J. State Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Organizations such as Catholic Charities Diocese of Paterson, Veterans Affairs Healthcare, Welcome Home Vets of NJ, Morris Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey, Inc., and the Mental Health Association of NJ were also present.

“Supporting our veterans is crucial to honor their sacrifices and ensure their well-being,” said Commissioner John Krickus, a Marine Corps veteran. “While holidays often spotlight their service, we want our veterans to know that Morris County is here throughout the year providing essential services for their transition to civilian life, whether it be access to healthcare, employment opportunities, training, or mental health support.”

Christine Hellyer, Director of the Office of Aging, Disabilities, and Community Programming, and Jessica Tomalo, Program Coordinator for the Morris County Office of Veterans Services, updated county veterans services. In the past two years, Morris County has expanded its Veterans Services Office to include a fourth full-time Veterans Services Officer position, which is currently being recruited, and a seasonal intern who recently joined and participated in the event.

“In 2022, Morris County allocated $350,000 to veteran services, and last year contributed an additional $300,000 to address the growing demand for mental health, shelter placement, transportation services, meal assistance, counseling, legal services, and other veteran services currently being provided by the Morris County Human Services Department,” Krickus said.

A new federal Veteran Center Community Access Point (CAP) opened in May at the Morris County VSO at 540 West Hanover Avenue in Morris Township. Morris County volunteered to share and improve its county VSO space to host the VA CAP.

Two VA counselors from the federal Bloomfield Vet Center are available to provide services every Thursday by appointment. Veterans interested in these services should call the Bloomfield Vet Center at (973) 748-0980 to schedule an appointment.

Additionally, a veterans appreciation event is being planned for later this summer at a park in Morris County. Sign up for the Morris County weekly email newsletter for updates about this and other veteran events throughout the county.

Community Backs Theo with Inspiring ‘Fight Like a Bear’ Pasta Dinner Event

PARSIPPANY — Theo is a 3-year-old Parsippany boy diagnosed in March 2024 with an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor, which is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is most commonly found in children under the age of three.

Theo, lovingly referred to as Theo Bear, is an energetic, playful, and loving little boy. He has been incredibly strong and brave through two craniotomies (brain surgeries) and two rounds of intensive chemotherapy thus far, with three more to come over the next three months.

Theo has been treated by a wonderful team of medical professionals from Morristown Memorial Hospital, The Valerie Fund of Morristown Memorial, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone in Manhattan.

Three-year-old Theo Nieglos

“The Nieglos family is extremely thankful for and appreciates the enormous generosity of the Blue Collar Worker’s Union of Parsippany, the Sons of Italy, and all of their family, friends, and acquaintances who have offered their support during this difficult time,” said Jenn Nieglos.

“When I got the news of Theo and his family, I knew I could count on my union members to make a difference. I didn’t know it would be this incredible. I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time, donated to the cause, and came to attend the event. I would also like to thank all the businesses in town who donated. A big thank you to my wife, Allison, who stepped up and worked alongside John Pirnie, his wife Dana, and Mike Smith to collect almost 90 baskets in a week and a half. And a special thank you to the Sons of Italy for providing the meal. It is moments like these that I am proud to be President of the Parsippany Blue Collar Workers Union. We worked hard to keep the Pride in Parsippany. Stay strong, Theo-Bear,” said Patrick Campbell.

The Sons of Italy are honored to support Theo Bear and his incredible family during this difficult time. Our community’s strength lies in our unity, and we are committed to doing everything we can to help. Together, we can make a difference and show that Parsippany stands strong with Theo,” said Joe Jannarone, Jr., President of Sons of Italy.

Members of the Parsippany Blue Collar Workers Union stand united in support of Theo Bear, holding a banner that reads, ‘Working hard to keep the Pride in Parsippany!’ Their dedication and solidarity are evident as they unite to support the Nieglos family during these challenging times.

“I was one of the union members in charge of the fundraiser. I want to thank residents and local businesses for their support, and a huge thanks to my wife, Dana Pirnie, and Pat Campbell’s wife, Allison Campbell, for all of their hard work and effort in running the fundraiser,” said John Pirnie.

Click here to donate to Theo Bear.

Community members gather in large numbers at a local event to support Theo Bear. The venue is filled with families and friends enjoying the event, adorned with silver balloons symbolizing hope and solidarity. The atmosphere is one of warmth and unity as everyone comes together to stand by the Nieglos family during their challenging journey.
Many dedicated volunteers supported Theo Bear, showcasing the community’s strength and solidarity. Their hard work and generosity have made a significant impact during this challenging time for the Nieglos family.
Many dedicated volunteers supported Theo Bear, showcasing the community’s strength and solidarity. Their hard work and generosity have made a significant impact during this challenging time for the Nieglos family.
A heartfelt display of generosity: an array of gifts donated by the community to support Theo Bear and his family during their challenging time. Each contribution represents the love and solidarity of the Parsippany community.
A heartfelt display of generosity: an array of gifts donated by the community to support Theo Bear and his family during their challenging time. Each contribution represents the love and solidarity of the Parsippany community.
A heartfelt display of generosity: an array of gifts donated by the community to support Theo Bear and his family during their challenging time. Each contribution represents the love and solidarity of the Parsippany community.
Theo Bear

A heartfelt gratitude to all the union members and their families who generously volunteered their time to ensure the success of this event. A special thank you goes to the Order Sons of Italy in America – Lodge 2561 for their incredible support in cooking and providing delicious food!

A special thanks to the following for stepping up to make this event a success.

•Par-Troy Little League East for sponsoring the 50/50.
•Eccola Italian Bistro for providing all the beverages.
•Red Barn Restaurant – Towaco and The Bread Gal Bakery for providing all the rolls and salad.
•Ferraro’s Italian Food Specialties, Jefry’s Pizzería, Baldwin Pizza, Valentino’s Pizzeria, and •Bruno’s Italian Bistro for providing food for the event.
•Pj Thurkauf from the UPS store for all the flyers and posters
•Landmark Floral for donating roses.
•Councilman Frank Neglia and Sandra Neglia, thank you for providing desserts and coffee.
•Mayor James Barberio for his support and his donations.

Theo, as you fight like a bear, we are all here by your side. An entire community is standing behind you, praying and fighting with you!!!! We ask that everyone keep the Nieglos family in their thoughts and prayers.

Parsippany Blue Collar Workers thank everyone from the bottom of their hearts who contributed to this amazing event. This is what Parsippany is all about. It is amazing how a community can work together for a worthy cause.

Stay strong, little man!!

Letter to the Editor: East Hanover’s Approach to Business Redevelopment Sparks Debate at Roundtable

Dear Editor:

My wife and I attended the Mayor’s Roundtable at the Sheraton in Parsippany. We have been following the controversial issue of the so-called Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program to redevelop the many empty office buildings in Parsippany.

We hoped to gain new insights from a moderated discussion among mayors of four nearby towns facing similar problems. What we got instead of an open discussion with an informed and neutral moderator was a pep rally led by a cheerleader, unanimous in their opinion that affordable, fair housing was an abomination led by horrible politicians in Trenton.

The mayors shared their tactics for fighting against court rulings meant to assure all New Jerseyans access to affordable housing in towns with good-paying jobs, but not one described their plan to provide good housing. One of them even likened his town to a business and low-income families as customers who would be money-losers for the town.

There was one surprising moment when the mayor of East Hanover said that his town never used a PILOT to redevelop business properties, as he found that businesses were willing to invest in his town without the extra tax break provided by the PILOT program. Parsippany’s Mayor Barberio has said that East Hanover would win the competition for business investment with Parsippany if we didn’t offer them a PILOT.

As promised, Monday night’s “roundtable” was not engaging or insightful. We learned that several local mayors were self-satisfied politicians devoted to keeping low-income people out of their towns and not interested in hearing the audience’s questions or opinions.

Mark Philhower and Gay Boyle

Letter to the Editor: Mayor’s Round Table or Barberbio Bail Out?

Dear Editor:

Parsippany Mayor’s most recent was an absolute farce and a waste of township time and money. By now, one should be surprised that Barberio is desperate to undo the 30-year damage he has caused the town and the schools after he and his attorney, Mr. John Inglesino, rammed through his Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) programs on December 28th.

The Mayor advertised that he was addressing PILOTs at the meeting with his out-of-town guests, who did not share his enthusiasm for PILOTs. Even one of the Mayor from East Hanover said that he did not do them, and another from Hanover said he put a split for the Board of Education.

But, very little about PILOTs was even addressed by Barberio’s out-of-town buddies. And rightly so, because almost none of the Mayors had much positive to say about them. And if that is not enough, Barberio has a slew of municipal employees sit in the audience of this event to project vast “support” for his bad policies and programs. Who is paying for all the employees’ time outside of work hours? How much did we spend on the Sheraton Ballroom to promote him and gubernatorial candidate Bill Spadea? How much comp time does the township have for these employees? Barberio seems to have a penchant for wasting people’s time and taxpayers’ money with John Inglesino playing the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain–who, by the way, had a controversial warehouse application being held at the planning board at the same time as this roundtable. Coincidence or intentional?

Bridget Cazzetto

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Meeting Scheduled for June 11

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will occur in the Council Chambers at 1001 Parsippany Boulevard within the Parsippany Municipal Building.

Formal action may or may not be taken.

Any individual who is a qualified disabled person under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request auxiliary aids such as a sign interpreter or a tape recorder to be used for the meeting. Auxiliary aids must be requested at least 72 hours before the meeting date. Please call (973) 263-4351 to request an auxiliary aid.

Click here to download the agenda.

Click here for the 2024 calendar.

Mayor James Barberio
Council President Paul Carifi, Jr.
Council Vice President Frank Neglia
Councilman Justin Musella
Councilman Matt McGrath
Councilwoman Judy Hernandez

Evagelia Zois Named to the Spring 2024 Provost’s List at Hofstra University

PARSIPPANY — Evagelia Zois achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring 2024 semester, earning a spot on the Provost’s List at Hofstra University. Evagelia Zois attended Parsippany Hills High School, graduating in 2020.

Evagelia Zois had an active and distinguished high school career at Parsippany Hills High School. She held leadership positions and was involved in several honors and service organizations:

  • President of the French Honors Society
  • President of the E.R.A.S.E Club (End Racism and Sexism Everywhere)
  • Vice President of Student Advocates for Change
  • Member of the National Honors Society

These roles reflect her commitment to academic excellence and community service.

Her major at Hofstra is Video/TV And Business.

Hofstra University’s primary mission is to provide a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning. At Hofstra, new ideas take shape through collaboration, engagement, and interaction. Hofstra students create their success with small classes and dedicated faculty alongside a beautiful campus, plus all the opportunities of New York City within easy reach.

Reprinted from Parsippany Focus Magazine, July 2024.

Parsippany Starbucks Workers File For Union Elections, One of 18 in Massive Day of Filing

PARSIPPANY — Starbucks workers at the Parsippany-Troy Hills location filed a petition for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this month, joining 17 other Starbucks stores nationwide in this effort. This wave of union filings follows closely after Starbucks Workers United members concluded a second round of national bargaining with Starbucks, making significant progress towards establishing a foundational framework for store contracts.

“Our store’s decision to unionize comes from a place of deep personal investment and a desire to be here for the long run, not resentment for Starbucks corporate. We view our jobs as worth doing and are compensated fairly for them. We’re fighting as a collective to receive the support we need to continue giving our best daily for our community,” said Ness Perez, a barista for one year.

Letter to Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan Signed by 18 Organizing Stores: Click here.

James Nathanael Garavito (they/them), a one-year shift supervisor, added, “Our store is joining Starbucks Workers United because partners deserve a voice when our company makes decisions that affect our day-to-day lives. We are not a means of profit; we are not just partner numbers or coffee crafters; we enrich the lives of those in our communities and manifest joy every day. We are proud to stand in solidarity with thousands of partners who share our vision for a better Starbucks, which aims to restore respect and dignity for all.”

Through their election petitions, Starbucks partners seek to join a growing nationwide movement of over 10,500 baristas united to win justice at work, including protections on core issues such as respect, living wages, racial and gender equity, and fair scheduling.

Since Starbucks partners first joined to form a union in 2021, workers at more than 440 Starbucks stores have won union elections with the NLRB in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The historic organizing campaign hinges on peer-to-peer organizing led by workers, for workers – and has won election after election in stores nationwide. 

Redstock Engages the Community with Arts, Crafts, and Interactive Booths

Parsippany High School student Malik Alzubi applies a temporary tattoo on six-year-old Kendall Lapena during PHS’s Annual Redstock event.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio with PHS Senior Robert Spero

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany High School’s Redstock is an annual community festival that brings together local families, students, and businesses for fun and engagement. Held on the school’s parking lot, the event features a variety of activities, including sports, games, food, temporary tattoos, face painting, arts and crafts, a bounce house, and a dunk tank. Highlights from recent Redstock events include interactive booths from school clubs and vendor areas where local businesses showcase their products and services​.

Redstock provides entertainment and fosters community unity by creating a festive atmosphere where residents from all walks of life can come together to celebrate and support one another.

Aanya Sinha, Anya Patel, Devin Patel, Lithra Sankari, HOSA Healthcare Occupation Students of America
Shop Rite of Parsippany
Furry friends get the royal treatment at Wash N Wag, where every bath is a tail-wagging experience!
Parsippany PAL. Redstock at Parsippany High: A Celebration of School and Community Spirit.
Ozzy and Gianluca Fernicola from Parsippany’s Best Pizza live up to their name.