Parsippany purchases Baldwin House

Anita Baldwin’s great great grandfather bought the house in 1833. Photo by Frank Cahill.

The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills purchased the historic Baldwin House on February 3. The property was purchased with open space money for the price of $676,681.75 which included several artifacts that were in the Baldwin family. Present at the closing were Mayor James R. Barberio, Gabe Yaccorino, Township Grant administrator, Councilman Michael dePierro (liaison to the Open Space Committee), Randy Tortorello (Town Historian), and Dean Donatelli, Esq.

The Baldwin House is located on 2.3 acres at 460 South Beverwyck Road and has been owned by the same family for 180 years.

Anita Baldwin’s great great grandfather bought the house in 1833. She is the sixth generation of Baldwins to live here.”

The house has been in the family for so long, the home is now called the Baldwin House. But Anita and her sister say it’s time for another family to come here and start creating their own traditions.”

The home has seven bedrooms and two and a half baths, plus a third floor large enough to be an apartment.

Many of her origins remain. Decades out of use, the old basement kitchen and dumbwaiter that sent meals to the dining room are still there. Two Franklin fireplaces do work.

The township is considering using the unheated garage space to house the ambulance for the paid EMT team and other outbuildings for storage.

Potentially the property could house an environmental center and be used for archaeological digs by local universities.

The future plans for the house, according to Barberio, include office space for the township and/or local non-profit groups. The reception rooms will be used for official township business and the public reception area can be rented out. The land could potentially be used for township displays and the house would be open to the public during municipal functions, such as the Harvest Festival.

Restoration of the house is eligible for State and County grants and also private grants. Preservation plans will be made through a county grant in 2014, and some restoration work could be made possible by Township workers.

Anita Baldwin was the last in a long line of Baldwins to reside there.

30th Annual Brunch Honoring dePierro was an Overwhelming Success

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce. Photo by Frank Cahill.

Friends, relatives and dignitaries attended a Sunday brunch at Parsippany Hilton, honoring Michael dePierro.

Assemblywoman BettyLou deCroce (representing the 26th District) read through a long list of accomplishments of Mike to the attendees.  deCroce said to the crowd “I have to read from the list because it is so long, I would need three people with me to help me memorize the list.” The list detailed Mike’s history in Parsippany:

Mike moved to Parsippany in February, 1965 when he began his career with Bell Telephone Laboratories. He eventually transferred to New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, which later became Bell Atlantic and then Verizon. Mike was named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” in 1979. This award is presented to one person per year out of 50,000 active and retired employees. Mike retired from the “Bell System” as a Systems Manager after 30 years of service. He then worked for the State of New Jersey as Manager of Telecommunications Billing in Trenton, retiring in 2001. Mike has an Electrical Engineering Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Mike and his wife Dee recently celebrated their 52nd Wedding Anniversary. They have three children and ten grandchildren. Since 1965, Mike has been dedicated to improving the quality of life in New Jersey by getting involved. As his three children moved through the school district, he was involved in PTA’s, Booster Associations, Soccer and Little leagues in support of youth activities. Mike also served as Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 215 at Rockaway Meadow School.

Mike was elected to the Parsippany Board of Education for two three-year terms (1975-81). He chaired the Policy and Management Study Committees. He also served as Director and Vice-President of the Morris County School Boards Association.

Mike was elected to the Parsippany Township Council for four 4-year terms (1982-97). He returned to the Township Council in August, 2000 and is now completing his eighth 4-year term. He served as President and Vice President of the Township Council at various times during those 30 years. He has been a member of the Township Planning Board, Open Space Committee, and the Knoll County Club Advisory Committee and many others. He served as President of the Morris County League of Municipalities (1990-91) and as a Director (1985-97).

Mike is the only Parsippany official to be inducted into the New Jersey State League of Municipalities “Elected Officials Hall of Fame”.

Mike was the co-founder and first president of the Township Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council (1977-96). He is a Charter Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mike is a two-time past president of the Parsippany Rotary Club and has been a member since 1974.  He was a charter member and Director of Parsippany UNICO (1978-93) and served as chairman of the scholarship committee.

Mike produced a weekly cable television show called “Parsippany Spot Light”. The objective of this CATV show was to highlight the positive and upbeat happenings in Parsippany like the Craftsman Farms Historical Landmark and the Mount Tabor Historical Area.

Mike supported the United States Olympic Committee by serving as a New Jersey State Committee Member (1980-92). As chairman of club services, Mike coordinated efforts to raise funds through service clubs such as Rotary and Kiwanis. He also supported the United Way of Morris County by serving as Parsippany fundraising coordinator (1981-87).

Mike is a Veteran from the Vietnam Era. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10184. He is also a life member of the American Legion, Post 249. He participates in “Americanism” activities and scholarship awards in those organizations.

Mike is also affiliated with several professional organizations. He is a member of the National Notary Association, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), the Fairleigh Dickenson Alumni Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and Phi Beta Gamma (a National Executive Honor Society). Mike has been listed in Who’s Who in New Jersey and numerous listings in Who’s Who in Technology. He has received numerous awards and honors over the years.

dePierro will be named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills at the Knoll Country Club West on Saturday, March 16.

Robber Indicted in PNC Bank Robbery


A music recording engineer from Brooklyn, New York was indicted Thursday on a charge of robbing a PNC Bank in Parsippany of $4,410 in September, according to an article in Daily Record.

A Morris County grand jury issued a single-count indictment that charges Stephen L. Smith, 29, with robbery on September 5 by threatening a person. Smith, according to court records, allegedly walked into the PNC Bank branch at 1142 Route 46 West, at 10:48 a.m. with a note that demanded cash. Authorities have said he did not display a weapon.

A broadcast of the suspect’s description and the 2005 Audi A6 he was driving went out and Secaucus police stopped him on Route 3 shortly after the heist. Smith had been employed as a music recording engineer with the gospel division of Sony Music Entertainment in New York City for seven years when charged with the Parsippany robbery.

When Smith was interviewed by Little Falls police, he admitted he conducted the earlier robbery, which took place on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at TD’s Main Street and Paterson Avenue branch, Detective Sgt. James Briggs said. He’s been charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree theft, and his bail in that matter has been set at $100,000 with no 10 percent option, Briggs said.

The man, believed to have been Smith, returned at 5:57 p.m., just before the bank was to close, and passed a teller a note that read “For your safety and everyone here, calmly place the case in the bag. No Tricks. We are not alone, so do not attempt to follow once we leave,” Briggs said.

The man got away with $795 in case, he said.

Registration for Speed Reading

The Morris School District Community School program, Great Horizons has openings available for seats in the upcoming class, Speed Reading. Double your reading speed in just one class and improve your reading comprehension using the “Farrow” method. Beginning with an exercise to control your focus level, you will be amazed at how, with just a little training, your eyes can drift faster over the words with no loss of understanding.

The presentation will take place at the Morris Plains Community Center on Wednesday, March 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The course is open to the general public.

Online registration information is available at For more information call the Community School at (973) 292-2063.

Registration Open for Chocolate Challenge

The Morris School District Community School program, Great Horizons has openings available for seats in the upcoming class, Chocolate Challenge. Make sweet treats for Passover, Easter, or just for the fun of it! Join cookbook author and web TV series host, Rosie Battista, as she demonstrates how to make sweet treats without refined sugar to increase your pleasure and not your waist!

The presentation will take place at the Morris Plains Community Center on Thursday, March 21, from 10:00a a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The course is open to the general public. Online registration information is available at The cost is $28.00. For more information call the Community School at (973) 292-2063.

Barberio, Ferrara, Shah Kicks off Campaign at Parsippany Sheraton

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio officially kicks off his re-election campaign at the Parsippany Sheraton Hotel Thursday evening.

Former Mayor Joseph Weisberg opened the ceremonies with endorsements from 26th District state Senator Joseph Pennaccchio, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and Assemblyman Jay Webber.

A crowd of Parsippany township employees, supporters and dignitaries lend their support as Barberio announced a campaign ticket which includes, Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara and Milin Shah.

“Our campaign theme is all about moving Parsippany forward,” said Barberio.

The three will face the opposing team, Parsippany’s Future, during the June 4 primary election. Parsippany’s Future team includes Mayoral candidate Paul Carifi, Jr., and Council candidates Robert Peluso and Lou Valori.

Milin Shah, who ran as democrat in the 2007 council race, against Barberio, said “his move from the Democratic to the Republican party, where he said his values align, and how he has been a Barberio supporter since 2009.”

Ferrara earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education from Seton Hall University. He taught Italian at Seton Hall Preparatory School and later began his professional career in the hospitality industry, owning and managing full-service restaurants. Vincent currently works in sales and marketing.

Ferrara lives in Parsippany with his wife, Ann Marie and two children. They are members of St. Peter the Apostle Church. A former Planning Board member, Vincent volunteers as a coach for the Parsippany Soccer Club, is a proud member of the Sons of Italy and serves on the Republican Municipal Committee. He is also a member of the Parsippany Republican Club and Rockaway Meadow PTA, and volunteers his time to many Parsippany-based organizations and fundraisers.

Shah, 25, stated on a Facebook post, “I’ve grown and matured quite a bit since my last campaign in 2007 for Council. Currently, I am pursuing my Juris Doctorate as a night student at Seton Hall University’s School of Law, where I have maintained a top-10 class rank.”

His campaign is about bringing a fresh perspective to the Township Council. He wants to be a voice for all the Parsippany residents. As an outsider, I have the opportunity to challenge the status quo. I can stand up and say, “The way it’s always been done is not good enough anymore.”

If elected, his immediate priorities will be to 1) increase revenues for the Township, 2) cut unnecessary costs and expenses, 3) be accessible and available to listen to feedback from as many members of our community as possible, 4) generate small business growth in the Township, and 5) always put Parsippany and the residents first.

Professionally, he works in Manhattan for Earthbound LLC – a leading direct-to-retail and intellectual property licensing company. He heads Earthbound’s licensing division and leverage his client’s intellectual property rights to generate new streams of revenue.

Barberio’s seat for Mayor is up for election, and Council Members Ferrara and Jonathan Nelson are also up for election in the November General Election. Nelson, a democrat, was elected this past November to fill the seat vacated by John Cesaro, now a Morris County Freeholder. Ferrara was appointed, in January 2011, to fill the seat vacated by Ann Grossi, also now a Morris County Freeholder, and then he was elected in November 2011 to permanently fill the unexpired term.

The primary will be held on June 4. Filing deadline for candidates is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1.

Parsippany woman flips car in Mountain Lakes

A Parsippany woman is facing a variety of charges after she hit two cars and a bus shelter on Route 46, in Mountain Lakes, Tuesday, Mountain Lakes police reported.

Kelly Morgan, 38, Parsippany was driving her Toyota Rav4 west on Route 46 when the left tires of her car strayed onto the grass median just before the Boulevard and she lost control of the vehicle at approximately 9:00 a.m., said Police Detective Shawn Bennett.

She swerved back off the median and through the intersection, hitting a Jeep Liberty that was preparing to turn left from the eastbound lane. Morgan then continued eastbound, striking a Nissan Rouge before hitting a high curb.

The Toyota then flipped on its side and rolled through an NJ Transit Bus Station shelter before the vehicle finally stopped about 10 feet west of the shelter.

Morgan was trapped inside the vehicle, and needed help from rescue workers to be extricated.

The left eastbound lane was temporarily shut down by the state Department of Transportation so they could get a truck to tie down the flipped vehicle, preventing it from rolling further as officials worked to free Morgan from the vehicle.

Morgan was freed and the scene was clear by 11:00 a.m. Morgan suffered minor injuries and was taken to Morristown Medical Center for treatment. Drivers of the two struck vehicles also suffered minor injuries, but Bennett said he was unsure which hospital they were taken to, if any.

Mountain Lakes Fire Department, Denville Fire Department, Rainbow Lakes Fire Department, and Parsippany Rescue and Recovery were among the first responders.

Police are still preparing the report but Bennett said Morgan will be charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, a narcotics charge, driving with a suspended license, and possibly additional charges.

Knoll Country Club Worker Hospitalized After Struck by Tree

Sergeant Eugene Natoli, Officer Gerrit Tosh and Officer Christopher Cifaldi responded to the Knoll Country Club West at 6:49 a.m. on Thursday, February 21 in the area of the fifth tee to investigate a report of an employee who was injured.

The victim was being treated by Emergency Medical Technicians from Par-Troy EMS-1 who had just arrived on the scene. Witnesses stated that the victim was cutting down a large Ash tree when it split and twisted. The Ash tree struck the victim in the lower portion of his body. The tree trapped the lower part of his left leg between it and the trunk of another tree that was already lying beneath it. Members of Parsippany Rescue and Recovery utilized airbags and cribbing to stabilize and lift the tree allowing the victim to be extricated.

The victim was treated and transported to Morristown Medical Center for further treatment by Par-Troy EMS and Paramedics from St. Clare’s Hospital. The victim lost his leg from the knee down, as reported by a fellow friend. The victim remains hospitalized.

March Computer Classes at the Library

Parsippany-Troy Hills Main Library, located at 449 Halsey Road,  has free classes on Word, Excel, using Consumer Reports online, buying on eBay, and more! Don’t know a thing about computers? Register for “Very Basics of Computers” and “Introduction to the Internet” to get started!

Register for these free classes by calling (973) 887-5150 ext. 209 or emailing [email protected]. Registration is mandatory.

Classes include:

Very Basics of Computers

Tuesday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m.

This class is for computer novices only. Learn about the elements of a computer, and get comfortable using a computer mouse. You will get hands-on practice in using a mouse to navigate the computer.

Introduction to the Internet

Thursday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Tailored to the new user, this program covers the basics of the Internet.

Word 2010 Basics

Tuesday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Class covers the basics of creating a document, changing fonts, font sizes, margins, inserting pictures, and saving documents. Please bring a flash drive with you. If you do not own a flash drive, you may purchase one before class at the Information Services desk for $5.00.

Excel 2010 Basics

Wednesday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of creating spreadsheet and other functions of Excel. Class covers the basics of setting up a spread sheet, creating formulas, printing, and saving. Please bring a flash drive with you. If you do not own a flash drive, you may purchase one before class at the Information Services desk for $5.00.

Job Search Tools at Your Library

Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Learn about online databases and tools, such as Reference USA and Career Transitions, that can take your job searching to the next level. Time will be allotted for students to visit sites after the class.

PC Security

Monday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn to protect your computer, your online identity, and your data, using free and low-cost programs. Items that will be covered include: malware, backup, basic wireless security, Microsoft Security Essentials, software updates, MalwareBytes, Spyware Blaster, safe surfing, and email tips.

Buying on eBay

Saturday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Curious about eBay? Are you interested in searching for and bidding on eBay items? Then this class is for you. Learn tips for effective searching on eBay and see how to bid on and purchase items. This class will NOT cover selling on eBay.

Social Media and You

Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn about social media tools and how you can use them to connect with friends and family.

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

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.