Sal Pocchia Honored for Lifetime Achievement of Five Gallons of Blood Donation

PARSIPPANY — Sal Pocchia, an employee of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, achieved the remarkable milestone of donating a lifetime total of five gallons of blood.

Mayor James Barberio honored this commendable act at the Township Council meeting on Tuesday, September 19, by bestowing upon him a certificate of recognition.

Mayor Barberio commended Sal’s altruistic contributions, noting, ‘Sal Pocchia’s generous donations have profoundly affected numerous lives over the years, especially benefiting neonatal patients who react to specific enzymes in Sal’s blood.’

The Mayor took this opportunity to inspire more individuals to emulate Sal’s spirit of giving and contribute by donating blood.”

Potential Tropical Storm: Parsippany Office of Emergency Vigilantly Monitors Developing Weather Conditions

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Office of Emergency Management continues to closely monitor the potential impacts of a developing Tropical Storm Ophelia off the Southeast Coast.

At the time of this update, there are currently no weather-related warnings for the Township of Parsippany.

The effects of this storm have been modified and are currently forecasted to be 2-4” of rain with locally heavier amounts possible, a slight chance of flash flooding, and winds between 10-20mph with gusts up to 30mph.

Step Up Family Services Celebrates the Inauguration of New Location with a Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting Event

PARSIPPANY  — Step Up Family Services Celebrates the Inauguration of New Location with a Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting event at 239 New Road, Suite A-302, Parsippany.

Staci Chmielewski, LCSW, Clinical Director, John Vitug, BCBA, co-founder Step Up Behavioral Services, Mayor James Barberio, Dr. David Timpanaro, founder and CEO, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member Nicolas Limanov cutting the ribbon

On hand for the occasion were Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member Nicolas Limanov.

During the ceremony, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill presented a plaque to Dr. David Timpanaro and said “Congratulations on your grand opening! We want to express our gratitude for selecting Parsippany as the location for your business. We wish you success and prosperity in your new venture. Thank you for being a part of our community!”

Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee presented a plaque during the celebration

Step Up Family Services is dedicated to serving communities throughout New Jersey by offering a spectrum of services including In-Home therapy, ABA services, outpatient counseling, social skills enhancement, and various other group programs. They hold a firm belief in collective empowerment and mutual growth, aiming to elevate each child, family, and individual they collaborate with, enabling them to achieve their set goals. Their philosophy is entrenched in the idea of stepping up together to face challenges and find solutions.

Everyone experiences moments when a listening ear is crucial, and at times, more structured support is needed. Their experienced team offers effective, individualized services, meeting individuals at their points of need with a unique and tailored approach. Every requirement is addressed with a collaborative strategy, ensuring the formulation of a suitable treatment plan.

They strive to assist individuals in discovering healing, revitalizing energy, and recognizing their innate strengths. They embrace an approach of a partnership involving children, families, providers, and community members, concentrating on listening to concerns and tailoring treatment plans accordingly.

Step Up Family Services Celebrates the Inauguration of New Location with a Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting event at 239 New Road, Suite A-302, Parsippany.

The organization is led by Dr. David Timpanaro, founder and CEO, Lia Timpanaro, the Program Director, John Vitug, BCBA, co-founder of Step Up Behavioral Services, and Staci Chmielewski, LCSW, Clinical Director. They vow to accompany you through every step of your journey, helping you evolve through your struggles, leverage your strengths, build a supportive network, and progress to where you aspire to be.

Step Up Family Services pledges to uphold values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, providing a protective and supportive environment for all staff and clients. They foster a culture where individuals are valued based on their skills and contributions, without discrimination based on race, nationality, sexuality, gender, or religion. By connecting on a deeper, empathetic level, they aim to empower one another and ascend collectively as a unified community.

Step Up Family Services can be reached by calling (973) 298-0763 or click here to visit their website.

Mount Tabor and Lake Hiawatha Fire Departments Conduct Joint Rapid Intervention Drill; Showcase Proficiency to Parsippany Town Council

PARSIPPANY  — The Mount Tabor and Lake Hiawatha Fire Departments engaged in a collaborative drill focusing on Rapid Intervention on Thursday, September 21. The concept of a Rapid Intervention Company (RIC) is pivotal in firefighting services; it’s a dedicated team whose primary responsibility is to assist if a firefighter is imperiled during a fire operation. This particular training is paramount within the firefighting community, with these departments being among the select few in Morris County proficient in RIC operations.

The fire departments welcomed members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council to witness their crews in action during this drill, offering an in-depth view of their operational methods and readiness. They were also open to addressing any queries posed during the event. Council Vice President Michael dePierro and Councilman Justin Musella marked their presence at this event, enhancing its significance.

Council Vice President Michael dePierro had a hands-on experience as he participated in a demonstration during the joint drill focused on Rapid Intervention by Mount Tabor and Lake Hiawatha Fire Departments.

Bryan Crawford, Chief, of Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department, voiced the mutual sentiments, stating, “We frequently encounter each other at various dinners and fundraisers throughout the year; however, extending an invitation to the Parsippany Township Council for a live training session at the Morris County Fire Academy seemed mutually advantageous.”

Fire department members devoutly invest hundreds of hours annually in training, responding to emergencies, and participating in community events. Their dedication is not confined to the town’s boundaries as many Parsippany agencies routinely extend their support to neighboring towns during emergencies, enhancing mutual aid and cooperation.

For those interested in learning more about the efforts and operations of the Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department and the Lake Hiawatha Fire Department, additional information is available here for Mount Tabor and here for Lake Hiawatha.

This event not only served as a display of the departments’ capability and commitment but also as an educational platform for the community and council members, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the indispensable services provided by these departments.

Vincent P. Fox, Jr.: Pillar of Parsippany Community, Devoted Family Man, and Advocate for Public Service, Passes Away

PARSIPPANY  — Vincent P. Fox, Jr., 80, a beloved brother, father, grandfather, friend, and pillar of the community, passed away, surrounded by family, on Monday, September 18, 2023. Vincent was born in Pittsburgh, PA, to the late Gertrude “Sally” Fox Braun and the late Vincent P. Fox.

Vincent was a loving Brother to Barbara Bullwinkel, Susan Turner, and Maryann Fox (In Law). He is also survived by his former spouse and mother of his children, Patricia Fox. He was predeceased by his brothers, John and Robert.

The Fox Family moved to New Jersey settling in Parsippany where Vincent spent the majority of his 80 years. Vincent had fond memories of growing up in Lake Parsippany.

As a father, Vincent was exceptional, instilling in his children, Nicole Fox-Beadle (Jim), Vincent Fox (Ingrid), and Danielle Fox (Benjamin), the values of integrity, perseverance, and the importance of family. He was a source of wisdom and support, guiding them through life’s challenges and celebrating their triumphs. Vincent was a doting grandfather to Nathalia, Padraig, Brennan, and Jameson cherishing every moment spent with them. Affectionately known as Daideo to his grandkids, he loved playing with them in the pool, teaching them archery, and coin collecting, and working with them on Social Studies projects.

Vincent shared his heart and his wisdom with everyone. He acted as a father figure to many of his nephews and nieces. Vincent’s heart extended beyond his family. He leaves behind many close friends that he considered family. Equal parts confidant and storyteller, Vincent was engaging and loved his fireside chats as much as dancing the night away.
Vincent was an avid outdoorsman and a self-professed “student of politics interested in sharing his opinion.” Vincent’s calling was in public service, before opening up his own Consulting Firm, Environmental Strategies, he served as the President of the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter, Deputy Director of the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission, and Second Lieutenant in the National Guard.

Vincent also assisted many friends, including his late brother, John, in running for elected office at the local, county, and state levels of government.

Vincent was a long-time aid, and friend, to the late Assemblyman Alex DeCroce and the late Congressman Dean Gallo.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend his Liturgy of Christian Burial, a celebration of his life, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, at St. Christopher R.C. Church, 1050 Littleton Road, Parsippany.

Visiting hours are on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Par-Troy Funeral Home, 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany.

(In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Vincent’s memory to the Deidre House, 8 Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960.

200 Club of Morris County’s Second Annual First Responder Day Cancelled

MORRIS COUNTY — The 200 Club of Morris County has canceled its second annual “First Responder Day” which was scheduled for Saturday.

“Mother Nature threw us a curve ball! So it is with deep regret that we must inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our First Responder Day on Saturday, September 23. It has not been rescheduled at this time.

This decision was made due to the severe weather forecast predicting heavy rain and windy conditions for this coming weekend. The safety and well-being of our attendees are of paramount importance to us, and we could not risk putting anyone in harm’s way. We apologize again for the change in plans and appreciate your understanding during these challenging circumstances, ” said Dr. Robert C. D’Emidio, President.

Surrogate Darling of Morris County Designated as President of COANJ

MORRIS COUNTY — Surrogate Heather J. Darling, Esq. was named President of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ).

After completing her term as Vice President, a former Secretary of COANJ, and Section Chief of the Surrogate, Darling was nominated and elected to the new position by the organization and took the oath as President at the Annual Conference held in Galloway on September 21. COANJ is the formal organization of New Jersey Sheriffs, County Clerks, Surrogates, and Registers of Deeds and Mortgages who are elected directly by the people of each of the 21 New Jersey counties.

“It is an absolute honor for me to be selected to lead as the President of an organization
of offices so vital to our state and its 9.5M residents,” said Surrogate Darling. Darling
went on to thank former COANJ President Sheriff Mike Mastronardy for his leadership, enthusiasm, and support while she served as Vice President.

Surrogate Darling looks forward to continuing the traditions of COANJ along with newly elected Vice President – Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter, Secretary – Morris County Sheriff James Gannon and Treasurer – Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado, the new Section Chiefs, and the Executive Board; she will work to lead change in a way that will best serve local communities and the State of New Jersey.

COANJ was organized in 1920 and its members work in cooperation to improve services rendered to their respective counties. COANJ members meet regularly on matters of importance relating to the management of their offices; to provide feedback for legislation in relation to the conduct of all the statutory requirements and duties relating to the offices of the Sheriffs, County Clerks, Surrogates, and Registers of Deeds and Mortgages in the State of New Jersey and to encourage and maintain high standards of service.

For more information on the Morris County Surrogate, click here.

Abhinav Sai Kanduri Graduates from New York Institute of Technology

PARSIPPANY   — Abhinav Sai Kanduri was among the New York Institute of Technology students who received degrees as spring graduates of the Class of 2023.

Kanduri completed New York Tech’s Data Science, MS program.

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Rainbow Lakes Raises $475 and Van of Food for Local Pantry

PARSIPPANY  — Rainbow Lakes Neighbors and Parsippany residents came together to collect $475 in cash and checks, along with a van full of food donations for the Parsippany Food Pantry.

NJBIZ Education Power 50 Once Again Recognizes CCM President Anthony J. Iacono

MORRIS COUNTY — County College of Morris (CCM) President Anthony J. Iacono has been named to the NJBIZ’s 2023 Education Power 50 list for the fifth consecutive year. He has been instrumental in building partnerships in the community and in the college’s extraordinary advancement, acknowledging that the key to maintaining an edge in our interconnected world is a workforce that continually adds knowledge and expertise.

In its ranking, NJBIZ declares that Iacono is widely recognized as one of the most esteemed leaders in New Jersey higher education. Since his arrival in 2016, to serve as the third president of CCM, he has established and maintained robust relationships to help cultivate career education, including tie-ups with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program.

 ‘A community college graduate himself, Iacono believes the institution has the ability to strengthen lives and communities through affordable programs, as well as create a pipeline of highly educated workers for business and industry.’ — NJBIZ

“It’s an honor to be recognized by NJBIZ alongside my colleagues across New Jersey who have exceptional talent and are making a difference,” said Iacono. “The support CCM receives from our elected officials and communities, including our students, parents, faculty, administration, staff, and Board of Trustees, as well as our local officials and community leaders, county commissioners, state and national legislators, and industry, business and educational partners, we continue to position CCM as a powerhouse in New Jersey for changing lives and strengthening communities.”

In addition to involvement with various local, state, and national associations, both in education and business, Iacono has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, the Florida Department of Education, and numerous national educational reform organizations.

In its announcement, NJBIZ noted the Education Power 50 list profiles leaders of educational institutions who are “responsible for managing organizations, making policies that directly affect the institutions or are themselves directly responsible for imparting knowledge to students, apprentices and the citizenry at large.” Joining Iacono in recognition were other presidents of institutions, including Princeton, Rutgers, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rowan.

CCM continues to be consistently ranked as a Top Best College in New Jersey and is ranked the Best for Transfer Students by Intelligent. Many CCM students receive some form of financial assistance. Through scholarships, grants, financial aid, and generous donors, qualified students may attend CCM for free. According to Payscale, CCM graduates earn the highest salaries among community college alumni in New Jersey.

Amongst other accolades, CCM has also received a Good Neighbor Award from New Jersey Business Magazine for its Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center, confirming the college as a frontrunner in preparing students for successful careers. Millions in federal and state grants have been awarded for advanced manufacturing programs. Most recently, CCM has become one of New Jersey’s economic engines by offering industry-recognized credentials to provide a highly educated and skilled workforce for regional employment. The Center for Workforce Development also operates a highly successful apprenticeship program in advanced manufacturing with a 92 percent employment rate.