County Prosecutors Announces Scholarships

The County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey announces the availability of the Oscar W. Rittenhouse, Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr., Harris Y. Cotton and the John H. Stamler Memorial Scholarships. The County Prosecutors Association of the State of New Jersey Committee, a nonprofit corporation, annually awards scholarships to law students, college and graduate students.  Each scholarship is a one-year grant in the amount of up to $2,500.00 paid directly to the recipient.  Scholarship recipients from previous years are ineligible.

Fredric Knapp, Acting Morris County Prosecutor

To be eligible for the Oscar W. Rittenhouse Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school.  The applicant must have an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor.  The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

To be eligible for the Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school or graduate school.  The applicant must exhibit an interest in, and commitment to, enhancing the rights and well-being of children through child advocacy programs.  The applicant must also exhibit financial need.

To be eligible for the Harris Y. Cotton Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school.  The applicant must have an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor with an emphasis in Domestic Violence or Hate Crime prosecutions.  The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

To be eligible for the John H. Stamler Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident and sworn law enforcement officer seeking educational advancement on a college or graduate level to improve his or her effectiveness as a law enforcement officer.  The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

Applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2014.  Personal interviews of finalists will be conducted.  Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision in September, 2014.  Anyone interested in receiving an application can download same at

Join the Y for the summer and enjoy full privilege benefits

If you’re looking for family fun near home this summer, take out a Summer membership at the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA and get everything the Y has to offer for you and the whole family! Includes everything you want in a health and fitness facility – a 6-lane indoor pool, regulation-size gymnasium, a Health and Fitness Training Center, Group Fitness Classes, Swim Lessons, Nutritional Counseling, Personal Training and much more. Summer memberships are available now and are valid for four months from date of purchase through September 30, 2014. For more information and rates, stop by or call the Y at (973) 334-2820, or visit:

Morristown selected for site of 2014 New Jersey AIDS Walk

aidswalkNew Jersey AIDS Services, a local non-profit AIDS Service organization that provides housing and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS has been selected as the Morristown Hosts of the 2014 New Jersey AIDS Walk. The New Jersey AIDS Walk, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization which collaborates with several New Jersey cities that are home to leading HIV/AIDS service organizations. These cities unite to produce state-wide awareness and fundraising walks. This year’s walk, presented by Janssen Therapeutics, will be held on Sunday, May 4. On this day, at exactly the same time, thousands upon thousands of people will walk in solidarity throughout the state of New Jersey in effort to raise funds and awareness for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Walks in all five cities are open to the public and registration is free. Walks will take place in Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Morristown, Newark and Ridgewood. A unified step-off in all cities will be at 1:00 p.m.

“The NJ AIDS Walk is a model of how collaboration among social service organizations can raise awareness and leverage support, accomplishing so much more than working independently”, said Laurie Litt-Robbins, CEO of New Jersey AIDS Services which organizes and hosts the walk’s Morristown location.

New Jersey has the fifth highest rate of HIV infection in the country. With more than 35,000 people currently living with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey, we have never needed community support more. Join us in fighting this pandemic by supporting the thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Garden State by walking with us in the 2014 New Jersey AIDS Walk.

In addition to Janssen Therapeutics, Statewide Sponsors include Walgreens Pharmacy and Merck Pharmaceuticals. For more information on how to get involved as a walker or volunteer, please visit and click on the walk location you wish to support.

Parsippany man charged with robbing Boonton bank

boontonActing Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Town of Boonton Police Chief David J. Mayhood announce the arrest of Harry E. Schnitzer, 70, Parsippany, on a charge related to a robbery that occurred on Wednesday, April 30 at the Santander Bank in Boonton.

On April 30, 2014, at approximately 10:08 am, Harry E. Schnitzer is alleged to have entered the Santander Bank located at 405 Main Street, Boonton. Once inside, Schnitzer allegedly demanded money and at one point threatened to get his gun. Schnitzer then fled the bank on foot.

In response to this incident, the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Boonton Police Department began an investigation into the identity of this assailant.

On Thursday, May 1 the Honorable Robert J. Gilson, J.S.C. authorized a warrant-complaint charging Harry E. Schnitzer with a crime related to this incident.

The defendant was charged with the crime of Robbery, a crime of the first degree.

Judge Gilson set bail at $200,000 full cash, bond or property without a ten percent option. The defendant was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

The investigation revealed that Schnitzer was formerly employed with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office where he retired in 2002 as a Lieutenant.

Schnitzer was born in 1943 and retired from Essex County in July 2002 after serving 17 years. Schnitzer collects a member pension that is funded by the PERS – Public Employee Retirement System. Schnitzer’s monthly pension payment of $3,112.54 – based off a salary of $76,057.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated “the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Detectives and the Boonton Police Department Detectives worked tirelessly to make this arrest. Classic and effective investigative efforts were successfully utilized to apprehend this alleged offender.”

Acting Prosecutor Knapp commended Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Troiano, Sergeant Steven Brylinski and Detective Kathryn Kutepow of the Major Crimes Unit along with Boonton Detective Leroy Harris.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Mayhood thank the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Parsippany Troy-Hills Police Department, the Boonton Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office-Criminal Investigation Section and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Any inquires regarding this press release may be directed to First Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas A. Zelante at (973) 285-6252 or

FREE Swim Safety Summit at the Y

It takes more than lifeguards to keep swimmers safe! If you are a parent of a swimmer, a swim coach, a lake or pool manager, join the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA on Saturday, May 17 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. for a Swim Safety Summit.

A variety of speakers will be on hand to cover important issues for the community concerning everything to do with swimming and water safety.

Programs include: Coaching Techniques, Search & Rescue Techniques, Understanding the Bathing Code, Ice Safety, plus a Summer Swim Officials Training Workshop.

For complete details, times, and to register, go to: The day is free, but preregistration is a must. For more information, contact Gwen McNamara at the Y, (973) 334-2820 ext. 22 or email:

Curious George and Live Animal Experiences at Stickley Museum

curious-george-rightsOn Saturday, May 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Stickley Museum celebrates spring with the second annual Family Fun & Games Day funded by Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany. The day’s activities are built around the theme “My Home” and will include bilingual components. Children of all ages are invited to learn about homes of all kinds, including the Stickley family’s home, the Log House at Craftsman Farms.

A Curious George appearance and activities will delight children and adults alike, courtesy of the Stickley Museum’s continuing partnership with PBS Kids Club THIRTEEN. The North Cottage will host a story time reading of The Best Nest by P. D. Eastman in both English and Spanish and other stories. Perennial favorite Animal Experiences returns again this year, and families are encouraged to reserve a spot ahead of time for one of their live animal programs at or by calling (973) 540-0311.

While focused on family fun, this program will also encourage children to consider concepts that Gustav Stickley held dear, like the value of nature and the meaning of home. The program will include scavenger hunts, both indoors and out, that encourage a fun exploration of the Log House and its beautiful natural environment, craft activities, games and snow cones from Kona Ice!

Admission to Family Fun & Games Day is $10.00 for Children and $5.00 for Adults. The event is free to Stickley Museum Members at the Dual/Family level or higher. Members of Kids Club THIRTEEN, a family membership at PBS THIRTEEN, will also receive free admission to this event with reservations. Admission includes all Family Fun & Games activities, including the live animal show, though families are urged to make a reservation for the animal show, as space is limited. Reservations can be made at or by calling (973) 540-0311.

For further information, call (973) 540-0311, email or visit the museum’s website by clicking here.

The museum’s regular hours are Thursday through Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. year round, with tours hourly from 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The entrance is located at the intersection of Manor Lane and Route 10 West, Morris Plains. Standard admission is Free for Members; $10 for Adults; $5.00 for Seniors and Students; $4.00 for Children.

Craftsman Farms, the former home of noted designer Gustav Stickley, is owned by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and is operated as The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms by The Craftsman Farms Foundation, Inc. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New Jersey. Restoration of the National Historic Landmark, Craftsman Farms, is made possible, in part, by a Save America’s Treasures Grant administered by the National Parks Service, Department of the Interior, and by support from Morris County Preservation Trust, The New Jersey Historic Trust, and individual members. The Craftsman Farms Foundation received an operating grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission. The Craftsman Farms Foundation gratefully acknowledges a grant from the New Jersey Cultural Trust. Educational programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Arts & Crafts Research Fund.

Curious George is a production of Imagine, WGBH and Universal. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. Television Series: ©2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Two Newark residents indicted in Parsippany bank robbery

MORRISTOWN — Two Newark residents were indicted by a Morris County grand jury today on charges they robbed banks in Parsippany and Springfield in December after threatening to use a bomb. The alleged robberies took place Dec. 18 at the Investors Savings…

Lake Hiawatha resident arrested for intercepetion of official communications

policecarParsippany Fire Districts 3, 4 and 6 as well as Parsippany Police and EMS-1 responded to a report of an electrical fire located at 10 Pomeroy Road at 11:24 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

While the firefighters were operating inside of the building, an individual began broadcasting on Parsippany’s Fire Frequency.

The nature of the broadcasts interrupted fire operations and caused confusion at an active fire scene. Det. Anthony Morelli of the Parsippany Police Department’s Investigative Division Charged Mr. John A. Weigel, 31, Lake Hiawatha with Interception or Use of Official Communications later that evening during an investigation into the incident. Weigel is a 2001 graduate of Parsippany High School.

Several scanning devices and two-way radios programmed with emergency frequencies from local municipalities were seized from Mr. Weigel and placed into evidence. He was released pending an appearance in court.

Anyone with information regarding this or similar incidents in the area should contact Det. Anthony Morelli at (973) 263-4312.

Parsippany Teachers’ Association Announces Scholarship Winners

Ryan Mao of Parsippany Hills High School and Aaron Wood of Parsippany High School

Two Parsippany seniors will each receive a $500 check from the Parsippany-Troy Hills Education Association (PTHEA), as winners of the 2014 John Capsouras Faculty Scholarship.

The annual award is funded entirely by individual teacher members of the PTHEA.

The grant was established by long time Parsippany Business teacher and Association President John Capsouras, as recognition of outstanding students of Business who are considering pursuing a career in teaching.

Since his passing in 2012, the annual award has borne his name.

The 2014 John Capsouras Faculty Scholarship award winners are Aaron Wood of Parsippany High School and Ryan Mao of Parsippany Hills High School. Both are seniors currently studying Business in their respective schools.

The students will receive their prizes at formal senior awards ceremonies at each school:  Aaron Wood, Parsippany High School, Thursday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.; Ryan Mao, Parsippany Hills High School, Wednesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.



Rockaway River spills on New Road

The Rockaway River overflows onto New Road. New Road from Route 46 to Route 280 is closed.
Rockaway River is almost touching the bridge on Route 46 just east of New Road

New Road from Route 46 headed toward to Route 280, in front of Partridge Run Apartments is closed to traffic to allow cars coming off Route 280 to use the lane going North on New Road. The section of New Road closest to Rockaway River is flooded and closed.

According to Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps, “At 3:00 a.m. Thursday the stage was 5.3 feet and flood stage is 5.0 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecasted. It is forecasted the river will continue rising to near 6.5 feet by this afternoon. The river will fall below flood stage by Saturday morning.”

Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas. The water may be deeper than you think.

Fire departments have been busy these past two days constantly responding to basement pump outs. Road Department crew and Office of Emergency Managment members are out putting barricades, cones and signage. Their is a small water main break that has been repaired in the Lower part of Hiawatha near Vail Road by Parsippany Water Utility.

The Police Department and Fire Department are on scene putting up barricades for the bridge.
Route 46 and New Road intersection where Police and Road crews set up a barricade blocking off New Road towards Route 280.
Lower Lake Hiawatha minor flooding from dam.
Rockaway River Level chart at 2:!5 p.m. Thursday, May 1.