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Frank L. Cahill Part of the transformation that we are witnessing comes from the many industries that are monetizing these modern-day, instant communications. Instant customer service, instant ride share, instant food delivery, instant delivery of products ordered online, and anything else that helps us to do things easier and faster are driving the momentum. For better or worse, Lyft and Uber have put a new face on the personal transportation industry. Within four to five years, the online food courier industry is expected to grow to over $220 billion and account for almost half of restaurant sales. Services that package ready-co-cook meals, delivered to your door with perfectly portioned
To me, it seems that the world around us is changing at the speed of light. I am unsure if technology - and the massive advances it has made in the last decade - is the sole culprit, but its DNA can be found all over these changes. I hail from the era when a facsimile transmission (better known as a “fax”) was the latest and greatest form of business communication, and mobile phones were strictly limited to, believe it or not, voice calls. Now, it’s easier to connect with the world through your fingertips then ever before. Personal communication devices like smartphones and watches, which are capable of much more than just voice calls, can also send instant messages like emails, texts, in-app chats and messaging, and video messaging. Move over fax machine!
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February in Parsippany
Mayor Michael A. Soriano The state of our township is strong, and growing stronger every day. On Friday, February 7, I will present my second State of the Township address, discussing both the progress and accomplishments weâ€™ve made together over the past two years, as well as the challenges we face as a community moving forward. Our township is large, complex, and diverse, from socioeconomic factors to our unique and vibrant array of neighborhoods. While we enjoy a rich fabric of community and deep pride in both our neighborhoods and the broader Parsippany, we also face similar challenges to so many New Jersey suburbs. I hope youâ€™ll join me on Friday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall to hear how we move forward in 2020. Last year, the Township Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning single-use, carry-out plastic bags from retail establishments. This new ordinance takes effect on February 6. I was proud to sign this ordinance, which will protect our environment and significantly reduce the amount of plastic litter polluting our streets, parks, and natural areas.
and paper bags that contain less than 40% post-consumer recycled content are, however, being banned. Retailers will be permitted to bag goods in compliant bags for a small fee, and customers may also bring their own reusable bags, which are generally built to last for hundreds of trips to the store. For more information, please visit www.Parsippany.net. Change is never easy, but often necessary. Keeping reusable bags on hand and remembering to bring them to the store will be an adjustment, but itâ€™s one that states and towns across the country are increasingly getting used to. Dozens of towns right here in New Jersey, including several along the shore, have already taken this important step towards cleaning up our communities. Like the use of asbestos and smoking indoors, plastic bags have had their time, and this new ordinance will move us towards a healthier, environmentally-sound future. With that, I am wishing a happy, safe, and prosperous month for all of our residents.
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A Message From the Superintendent Winter Athletics: Come in from the cold to see our students in action!
Dr. Barbara Sargent One of the amazing benefits of being a part of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District is the constant exposure to smart teaching, enthusiastic students, cultural and performing arts, and exciting athletics. Now that the fall season is over and the tennis rackets, cleats, shin guards, and marching band uniforms have been put away, our attention turns to winter activities. This means an opportunity for me to see wrestling practice, basketball games, and more on any given afternoon. How lucky am I? A dimly lit gymnasium, stealthy athletes eying each other, pinning your opponent on the mat... it must be wrestling! I’m learning more and more about wrestling every time I attend a match. Thanks to our coaches, Athletic Coordinators, and students, I now understand that the goal in wrestling isn’t to push the other wrestler out of the ring. (“It’s not marbles, Dr. Sargent,” offered one of our wrestlers.) Rather, there is a sophistication to wrestling that combines strategy, endurance, and power that is unsurpassed in other sports. If you’re looking for fast breaks, no-look passes, and 3-pointers, then basketball is your game! I get worn out just watching our players dribble the ball and race up and down the court. It’s exciting to see how the players communicate with their teammates on the court and to experience the school spirit as students cheer for their friends. Winter Guard competitions will begin soon and offers a neat opportunity to see lyrical dance, flag and other prop work, and great precision gathered into a beautiful indoor performance. For fans who are accustomed to Marching Band, Winter Guard offers a shorter performance and quick transitions between groups. There’s also the added benefit of being in a heated gymnasium and not on cold metal bleachers. Ice Hockey, Swimming, Winter Track, and Cheerleading meets all tend to take place off campus, so they’re a bit more challenging to get to – but no less dynamic. 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
FRIENDLY REMINDERS FOR THE CHEERING SECTION Leave the coaching and officiating to the professionals. Consider how we behave during concerts and theater productions and carry that same behavior to athletic events. Audience members don’t yell at musicians when they miss a note, or jeer at actors for flubbing a line. Let’s bring that same decorum to our games and matches and cheer appropriately. What our student athletes need most after a game is a supportive parent and a positive car ride home. (Slurpees are optional.) Finally, both schools have added a Unified Bowling program and are planning to kick off the competition schedule with a match between Parsippany High School, Parsippany Hills High School and Morristown on January 28 at Rockaway Lanes. Why does all of this matter? The presence of athletics in a district places students in the public eye, bringing positive awareness to the school and the community. Students benefit physically from the training and build endurance. They learn sportsmanship and how to handle wins and losses with grace and style. And, what do I gain from this? I get to see our coaches guide young athletes with precision and maturity. I get to see athletes lose a match and walk away looking like they’re ready to cry, only to be greeted by a sideways hug or a gentle tousling of their hair from the coach. And, I get to see grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters in the stands cheering from the bleachers. Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools are a pretty amazing place. Come in from the cold and watch us!
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Kiwanis Club held Prestigious Awards Ceremony
Greg Elbin, Mo Abdelhadi, Silvia Cooper, Nicolas Limanov and Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President Frank Cahill Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany awarded three members and one local businessman with prestigious awards on Thursday, January 15, at the Hanover Manor. In 1983, the Kiwanis Children’s Fund established the George F. Hixson Fellowship, named for Kiwanis International’s first president. Hixon’s are given to Kiwanians who have contributed to the betterment of the club. The club is eligible to award a Hixson for each donation of $1100 to Kiwanis International Foundation. Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany was chartered on December 5, 1991, and has awarded 43 members with the Hixon honor. Club President Frank Cahill said “we are awarding two outstanding individuals with a Hixon, who not only gives back to our community in a meaningful 10 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
way and ensures that all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, successful lives. We believe in changing the world one child and one community at a time. I have the pleasure of honoring Parsippany IHOP co-owner Mo Abdelhadi and Kiwanis member, Silvia Cooper.” Silvia is a member who consistently works on projects and programs, including cooking for Homeless Solutions, Mission Partners, Wine Tasting, Touch-A-Truck and others. She is a member in good standing for at least two years, joining our club on November 9, 2017. She has attended at least 60% of the meetings. She has worked on a District project that has brought recognition to our club. She also attends many of our board meetings and adds valuable suggestions to every committee.
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Kiwanis Club Cooks at Homeless Solutions Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany cooked a homemade dinner at Homeless Solutions, on Saturday, January 25. The Kiwanis Club has been providing meals to Homeless Solutions for the past 19 years and have served over 8,000 meals. Members volunteer their time to shop, cook and serve the dinner. Special thanks to Costco and Chick-fil-A for donating to help purchase the food. Members Joe Jannarone, Jr., Laura Wohland, Julie and Karen DeChristopher cooked and served dinner for the clients of Homeless Solutions. One member shopped for food at Costco and then the group of volunteers met to prepare dinner for the guests in the transitional housing program. The crew cut fruit, prepared tossed salad, baked ziti with meatballs and rolls and served vanilla cheesecake for dessert. They also served iced tea and coffee. If you want to meet May, or learn how you can help our community, join Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany on Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46, Parsippany.
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Kiwanis Club held Prestigious Awards Ceremony (Continued from Page 10)
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Mo, although he is not a member, contributes to our club in many ways. During Touch-A-Truck he feeds all the volunteers; he has cooked and donated his time preparing food for our wine sips, makes many donations and supports projects of our club, is a mission partner. Mo, never says no. His generous contributions to our community are well appreciated.
Touch-A-Truck received recognition by New Jersey District Kiwanis in 2018 as the top Signature Project in New Jersey and was submitted to Kiwanis International. During the 2019 District Convention, Touch-A-Truck was again voted as the best signature project, based on the size of our club, by fellow Kiwanians throughout New Jersey.
The Kiwanian of the Year award is presented to a member of our club who distinguishes themselves by exceptionally commendable participation in our club activities throughout the past year. Although our club is built on participation by all our members, some members stand above the crowd as a result of their exceptional contributions to our club. Since the inception of the club, they have honored 29 members as “Kiwanian of the Year.” Cahill said “As the most recent recipient of the Kiwanian of the Year for 2018, I have the distinct pleasure of presenting our clubs most prestigious honor to two people who have gone far above and beyond anyone’s expectations and have, in the opinion of the nominating committee, met or exceeded the criteria for the honor of being named Kiwanian of the Year.” Both of the recipients hold offices in our Club. Both have attended several District conventions. Both attend meeting regularly. Both are dependable and always involved in whatever the club is doing. Both have chaired major fundraisers for our club. The first Kiwanian of the Year was President of our Club in 2016. He is known for his witty remarks and challenging questions that have delighted our brains for the past seven years as chairperson and emcee of our Trivia Night. This year, after working with Ron Orthwein, he took over the Sponsored Youth and is heavily involved with our Key Clubs, Builders Clubs and K-Kids throughout Parsippany. I’m sure this person would continue on in our Club for many years as a leader, but a little girl in Michigan has stolen his heart.
He also co-chairs, Young Children Priority One, along with Dr. Judy Debrossy. He has become quite the food coordinator for our Wine Sips and any function that needs food. He consistently is involved and supports our club. “I am proud to present Nicolas Limanov with the Kiwanian of the Year Award for 2019,” said Cahill. Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany supports ten K-Kids clubs: Lake Parsippany Elementary School, Eastlake Elementary School, Intervale School, Mt. Tabor Elementary School, Littleton Elementary School, Lake Hiawatha Elementary School, Troy Hills Elementary School, Northvail Elementary School, Knollwood School and Rockaway Meadow Elementary School; two Builders Clubs” Central Middle School and Brooklawn Middle School; two Key Clubs, Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School; Circle K Club at Seton Hall University and one Aktion Club. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is the largest Kiwanis club in the State of New Jersey. Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46. For more information on Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany visit www.parsippanykiwanis.org.
“I am proud to present Greg Elbin the Kiwanian of the Year Award for 2019,” said Cahill. The second Kiwanian of the Year has made his mark in the club as chair of Touch a Truck. He too has taken on new responsibilities including this year as President of the Tri-Town Kiwanis Club serving 14 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
Nicolas Limanov, Mo Abdelhadi and Frank Cahill
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A Message From The Publisher (Continued from Page 3)
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I believe that we could all use some help with nurturing a healthy balance to stay in tune with the ones we love and do business with and with both our man-made and natural environments. Put down your “device” and take a break from the virtual world. Instead, spend some time reconnecting with the real world-it can be amazingly therapeutic. Making a difference in our community is as easy as shopping small. Because when you support your favorite small businesses throughout the year, you help our neighborhood thrive. See how you can make a big impact in our community today and every day. Every time you pick up a coffee at your local café, grab lunch at a mom-and-pop luncheonette, or buy a new bag from a local store, you’re making an impact in our community. In fact, for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community. We all have favorite small businesses we can’t imagine living without. However, fewer small businesses are opening and staying open. To be successful requires an abundance of grit, passion and determination.
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Austin Whiteman Named to Deans List at Lafayette College Austin Thomas Whiteman of Parsippany, has been named to the Deans List Fall 2019 at Lafayette College. Austin graduated from Mountain Lakes High School in 2018. Lafayette College encourages and recognizes superior academic work. Students who achieve a semester average of at least 3.60 in a term during which they have completed three or more courses are named to the Deanâ€™s List.
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In an environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas, Lafayette College seeks to nurture the inquiring mind and to integrate intellectual, social, and personal growth. The College strives to develop studentsâ€™ skills of critical thinking, verbal communication, and quantitative reasoning and their capacity for creative endeavor; it encourages students to examine the traditions of their own culture and those of others; to develop systems of values that include an understanding of personal, social, and professional responsibility; and to regard education as an indispensable, lifelong process. Lafayette College is located at 730 High Street, Easton, PA.
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FC Cincinnati of Major League Soccer Signs
Bobby Edwards FC Cincinnati of Major League Soccer announced the signing of goalkeeper Bobby Edwards of Parsippany recently.
Summers were spent playing in the USL II, with the first two spent locally with the Red Bulls before transferring to the South Carolina Bantams for his final two seasons.
The son of Sarah and Jeff Edwards, the pastor of the Parsippany United Methodist Church, Bobby began his life as a soccer player with the Parsippany Soccer Club with two years of rec soccer and then three years of travel soccer, a majority of which was spent with his father serving as his coach.
It was there in 2019 that Bobby was named the outstanding goalkeeper of the seventy-two teams nationwide.
After playing for Parsippany High as a freshman, Bobby transferred to St. Benedictâ€™s Prep in Newark, the leading high school for soccer in the country. Following high school Bobby played four years of Division 1 soccer for three different schools, overcoming injuries and seasons of losing soccer to steadily improve his skills as a keeper. 18 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
In July Bobby signed a contract with Portadown FC a professional football team in Northern Ireland with a rich tradition that reaches back nearly a century. For the six months Bobby played in goal Portadown gave up the fewest goals in the twelve team league and quickly took possession of first place. At six feet six inches tall Bobby established himself as a commanding presence in goal and up to the challenge of the highly physical style of football played in Northern Ireland. He quickly became a
Parsippany’s Bobby Edwards fan favorite, twice voted the team’s player of the month. In his time in Portadown Bobby wrote a weekly blog for the team about his experience playing with his teammates that was widely read by the team’s fans. With multiple articles appearing in local Belfast newspapers about the head-turning American keeper and two videos of Bobby making acrobatic saves going viral Bobby soon found himself receiving attention from several much higher level clubs in England and Scotland. In November and December Bobby was flown three times to England to spend weeks on trial, first with Shrewsberry Township in the third division, then Blackburn in the second division, and finally to Burnley in the internationally renowned English Premier League. In a recent BBC article Matthew Tipton, Bobby’s coach at Portadown referred to Bobby as the best keeper he has ever seen play in Northern Ireland. Challenges obtaining work permits to play football in the United Kingdom led Bobby to return to the states recently to accept a three year contract with Cincinnati FC in Major League Soccer League. Bobby flew with the team on to Arizona to begin three weeks of pre-season training. Later the team will travel to Bradenton, Florida to continue training and pre-season games. The regular season begins on Sunday, March 1 with an away game at Red Bulls Arena in Harrison, NJ. The upcoming season will be FC Cincinnati’s second in the MLS. The team is in the process of building a new stadium. The people of Cincinnati have enthusiastically embraced the team with their attendance the third highest in the league in their inaugural season.
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ON THE COVER
Interview with Stephen J. Roman, Jr., M.D. Interview with Stephen J. Roman, Jr., M.D., Founder of the RegeneSpine Regenerative Spine and Joint Institute Can you tell me about your practice? Many people are living in pain. They fear that they are missing out on life. Things like playing golf, lifting a grandchild, or even walking. I founded the RegeneSpine Regenerative Spine and Joint Institute as a place where people have access to the latest treatments including cellular therapy, so that they can make educated decisions on their care with the goal of getting back to their active lives. What is regenerative medicine? Regenerative medicine is a broad term used to describe many technologies used to restore or replace diseased or damaged tissues to return the body to its normal function. Why did you specialize in regenerative medicine? I spent many years using conventional treatments for painful conditions of the spine and joints, primarily steroids and surgery. It became apparent that steroid injections have negative side effects such as osteoporosis and an increased risk of fractures. Clinical evidence is now showing that steroids may actually worsen arthritis and tendon problems. On the other hand, when we deliver a cellular treatment to the source of pain, we aim to stimulate the body’s natural regenerative capabilities to accelerate healing. We are now able to use a patient’s own blood to make platelet rich plasma (PRP) as well as bone marrow and fat to obtain cells for these treatments. I recommend that patients consult with a specialist in regenerative medicine if they are considering steroid injections or surgery. What conditions do you see the most? Back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, we see a lot of arthritis, shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain, lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow, gluteal tendinitis or trochanteric bursitis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, avascular necrosis, just about any musculoskeletal disorder. Tell us about yourself and opening your office in Morris County. I love this area. I grew up in Parsippany and have a lot of great memories. I always had a great time 20 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
swimming at the Glacier Hills Pool, playing sports with my dad coaching in the Parsippany Soccer Club, CYO Basketball with Mr. Ward, and Mr. Bartoli, and Par-Troy Little League with coaches like Mr. Conway and Mr. Peia, and Mr. Carroll behind the plate umpiring. I always had a great time at the 4th of July fireworks and enjoyed Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons when they came to town. I used to mow lawns in the neighborhood when I was in high school. I attended Seton Hall University and New Jersey Medical School. I only spent one year out of New Jersey and that was for my fellowship at Emory in Atlanta. Many of my friends and family are still here in Parsippany. I’m proud to be from Parsippany and I’m so happy to be back. How do you decide which treatment is best for a patient? Many of the patients who come to see me are not candidates for cellular therapies. We perform a thorough evaluation of every patient and offer him or her the most appropriate treatment available today including the latest minimally invasive technologies such as peripheral nerve stimulation, percutaneous tenotomy, and radiofrequency ablation of the nerves of the joints. Does insurance cover cellular treatments? Generally, not at this time, but I believe that may change in the future as more clinical trials are performed. Are you currently involved with any clinical trials? Yes. I recommend visiting my website, RegeneSpine. com to check for current cutting-edge clinical trials, some of which may be available at no cost. RegeneSpine Regenerative Spine and Joint Institute is located 197 Ridgedale Avenue, Suite 210, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927. Dr. Roman can be reached by calling (973) 387-1044. www.regenespine.com. RegeneSpine Regenerative Spine and Joint Institute also has offices in Mercerville, NJ and Manhattan, NY.
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Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee welcomed Landmark Floral Shoppe to Lake Hiawatha. Pictured is Landmark Floral Shoppe owner Terry Checke, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council President Michael dePierro, Parsippany Economic Development Vice Chairman Frank Cahill, Chairman Robert Peluso and Mayor Michael Soriano. Landmark Floral Shoppe is located at 50 North Beverwyck Road.
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Hannah Ververs named to Dean’s List at Alvernia University Hannah Ververs of Mount Tabor has been named to Alvernia University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2019 semester. As a Sophomore in the fall, Ververs studied Occupational Therapy at Alvernia and is a graduate of Parsippany Hills High School. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 credits. Alvernia University is a thriving comprehensive university that empowers Hannah Ververs and Adam Giovanelli students to become ethical leaders with moral courage, while providing an intellectually challenging environment with real-world learning experiences. Operating on a scenic 191-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pennsylvania, the distinctive Franciscan university of nearly 3,000 students is conveniently located near Philadelphia (60 miles) and within an easy drive of New York, Baltimore and Washington, DC.
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Pinewood Derby a race to the finish for Scouts, Parents
Winners of the Grand Finale: First Place Neal Spickert-Fulton (Car #60, 185.89 MPH, 2.6592 average time, Webelos, Den 4); Second Place Jack Chazen (Car #41, 184.96 MPH, 2.6725 average time, Bear, Den 2); and Third Place Graeson Bonugli (Car #22, 184.73 MPH, 2.6759 average time, Wolf, Den 7 and 9).
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Then … SWISHHHHH. The multicolored, handmade wooden cars zipped down the track as their owners — sitting or kneeling in their Scout uniforms — looked on from behind a taped line near the track. For the boys and their cars, every second mattered. They — with help from their parents — spent months making their four-wheeled wonders for grand finale of the Boy Scouts of America Pack 142 Pinewood Derby held at Littleton School on Friday, January 25. The rules were the same for each car. Among them: they had to be made from the block of wood in the approved kit and couldn’t weigh more than five 28 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
But color, body style and fenders were all up to each boy’s imagination. Only graphite could be used to lube up the cars before the grand finals. In the end, Neal Spickert-Fulton won for having the fastest overall time. His car averaged 185.92 miles per hour with an average time of 2.6592 to complete the track. Neal with part of Den 4 Webelos. Aiden Kane was honored with Mayor Michael Soriano’s best pick. Littleton Principal’s Choice Award was presented to Bryce Tizzoni, Tiger Den, (Car #16); Ayush
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Curcio Awarded Teacher of the Month at Central Middle School
In December, Central Middle School began an exciting new monthly recognition when they nominated Mr. Thomas Curcio to be their first “Teacher of the Month.” Teachers will now be nominated each month by fellow faculty members and the identified teacher will be acknowledged to the school and local community. Grade 8 English teacher Curcio was humbled and honored to learn he received the award during the school’s winter pep rally. CMS student Darren Spratley explained that Curcio is an extraordinary teacher because “he taught me to love to read!” Curcio expressed great appreciation for the award and for being at Central Middle School, a place he explained is “a very positive workspace, where administrators are always willing to assist and, most importantly, the kids are great!” When Curcio was asked about his favorite aspects of teaching, his eyes lit up as he shared, “one of my favorite parts of teaching is when a student gets it. Just when you think they may not get it, something lights up inside of them and it reassures me that I am doing something right.” Curcio further shared February 2020
that he thinks English can be incredibly empowering to students because “books are like mirrors that teach us how to be the right kind of human being” and “writing helps us communicate our thoughts, as sometimes we tend to share things in our writing we wouldn’t dare share through speaking with one another.” He also identified developing connections with students and collaborating with colleagues as two other reasons he loves being a teacher. Fellow CMS teachers cited Tom Curcio’s love for students, and his willingness to collaborate with colleagues as attributes. Fun facts Curcio shared about his life outside of the classroom walls include that he “enjoys going to gym, attending Broadway shows, and watching programs about home renovations, then trying to do some of those things to my own place.” He also shared that he “loves taking care of his two dogs,” and he’s been known to, “check on the dogs with a home camera in his free time pretty often.”
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Pinewood Derby a race to the finish for Scouts, Parents
(Continued from Page 28) Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano’s “Mayor’s Pick” was awarded to Aiden Kane, a member of Arrow of Light Den 3. (Continued form Page 28)
Ravikoti, Wolf Den (Car #33); Jack Chazen, Bear Den (Car #41); Spencer Tizzoni, Weblo Den (Car #61) and Michael Schletter, Arrow of Light (Car #71).
The Wolf (Den 7 and 9) race: First Place: Graeson Bonugli, Second Place: Hanna Chazen and Third Place: Zachary Hrobuchak. (Continued on Page 32)
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The Tiger (Den 8) race; First Place: Bryce Tizzoni; Second Place: Quinn Kavanagh and Third Place: Massimo Lagas. 30 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
May we act in a manner that we remember the winner is not only the one who crosses the finish line first, but everyone who crosses the finish line. www.parsippanyfocus.news
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Pinewood Derby a race to the finish for Scouts, Parents (Continued form Page 30)
Cub Scouts have been building and racing Pinewood Derby® cars since 1953. Partnered with a parent or adult mentor, Cub Scouts work together, strengthening bonds and building confidence – and their own custom race cars. The first Pinewood Derby® was run in Southern California in 1953 by Cub Scout Pack 280C at the Manhattan Beach Scout House, where Cubmaster Don Murphy introduced the idea to his pack. The derby was publicized in Boys’ Life magazine in October 1954 and was an instant hit. The rules set out for the very first race still stand today: “The derby is run in heats – two to four cars starting by gravity from a standstill on a track and run down a ramp to a finish line unaided. The track is an inclined ramp with wood strips down the center to guide the cars.”
Arrow of Light (Den 3) race: First Place: Justin Nguyen; Second Place: Chris Janevski; Third Place: Stratton Jelley
Siblings: First Place: Evie Kane; Second Place: Ayla Sims; Third Place: Daniel Martinez Bear (Den 2) race: First Place: Jack Chazen; Second Place: Ronav Sinha; Third Place: CJ Freund
Webelos (Den 4) race: First Place: Neal Spickert-Fulton; Second Place: Aanav Sinha; Third Place: Spencer Tizzoni. 32 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
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Grandparenting Class held at St. Clareâ€™s Hospital Saint Clareâ€™s Denville Hospital, 25 Pocono Road, Denville will hold a class for soon-to-be grandparents. This class introduces soon-to-be grandparents to the changes in hospital childbirth, advancements in prenatal care, hospital routines, newborn care recommendations, infant and child first-aid and safety tips and the important role grandparents play in child development. Cost: $25.00 per person or $35.00 per couple. The next class will be held in the Auditorium on Monday, March 23, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration required. For registration information call (973) 625-6387 or visit www.saintclares.com/Events-Calendar.
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