Parsippany Focus Magazine - April 2024

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Dominique and Jackie Scura

Parsippany Celebrates Historic Achievement: Ananya Kasarla, First Female Eagle Scout

Parsippany joyously welcomes Ananya Kasarla as the First Female Eagle Scout, marking a significant milestone in the local Boy Scouts of America program. Historically, the prestigious Eagle Scout rank has been achieved solely by boys or young men. However, with the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to admit girls in 2019, Parsippany now celebrates its inaugural female Eagle Scout in Ananya. Ananya’s achievement also holds the additional distinction as she becomes the 101st Eagle within Parsippany’s Troop 72. With this honor, Ananya proudly assumes the

title of Parsippany’s first female Eagle Scout, a testament to her dedication and leadership within the community.

The Eagle Court of Honor was held on Sunday, March 10 at All Saints Academy.

The honor and distinction of the Eagle Scout rank can only be achieved through hard work and commitment to the ideals of the Scouting movement. The achievement is so rare, that only 6% of Scouts earn the Eagle rank. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million Scouts.

Once a Scout advances to Eagle Scout, they will remain an Eagle for the rest of their life regardless of age or participation in Scouting. Eagle Scouts are expected to set an example for other Scouts and to become the leaders in life that they have demonstrated themselves to be in Scouting. As such, they have disproportionately represented in the military, service academy graduates, higher education and academia, major professions, the clergy, business, and politics.

Ananya has been part of Scouts

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Parsippany Focus was honored to have the opportunity to engage in an insightful conversation with the dynamic mother-daughter duo, Jackie and Dominique Scura. Their collaborative efforts, fueled by years of experience and an unwavering passion, have profoundly influenced their extraordinary trajectory within the real estate industry. Through candid discussions, they shared invaluable insights, reflecting on their challenges, triumphs, and the lessons learned along the way.

Full interview appears on Page 19.

3 Parsippany Celebrates Historic Achievement: First Female Eagle Scout

Parsippany joyously welcomes Ananya Kasarla as the First Female Eagle Scout, marking a significant milestone in the local Boy Scouts of America program. Historically, the prestigious Eagle Scout rank has been achieved solely by boys or young men.

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“The Creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” The American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson gives us a moment of reflection when we consider that a single acorn can grow into a mighty oak, which in turn can produce hundreds and thousands of descendent trees.





Dr. Robert S. Sutter Music in Our Schools Month is celebrated annually throughout the country in March. While we celebrate music all year long in Parsippany, our PTHSD Music department was quite busy with a vibrant array of activities and performances, all in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month. 8

12 Community Growth: Kiwanis Club Adds Gessling and Cazzetto

New members joining community organizations like the Kiwanis Club is always nice. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany does great work in the community, so I’m sure Bonnie Gessling and Bridget Cazzetto will make valuable contributions as new members. And it’s always wonderful to see existing members like Doreen Brennan and Frank Cahill sponsoring new members.

14 Savoring the Flavors of Pasquale’s: Taste of Authentic Italian-American

As my group of foodie friends and I headed out for a casual lunch at a popular local pizzeria it came to mind that these wonderful little eateries, spattered throughout every town and city, are often overlooked when seeking out some of the most satisfying, comforting, family-friendly, reasonably priced food you’ll ever need.

26 Magnolia’s Dream: A Safe Haven Filled with Love and Companionship

Magnolia, a charming five-year-old female Yorkshire Terrier / Maltese Mix, seeks a nurturing home that can offer consistent companionship. Despite her past struggles, she eagerly craves affection and yearns to enchant you with her delightful personality. While adjusting to the comforts of a loving household, Magnolia battles separation anxiety sometimes resulting in minor destructive behavior when left alone.


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In the dynamic landscape of the business world, women have forged paths to success through a combination of empowerment, networking, innovation, resilience, leadership, balance, and ultimately, achievement. Empowerment lies at the heart of success for females in business. It’s about recognizing and harnessing capabilities, embracing confidence, and breaking through societal barriers.

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Dynamic Real Estate Duo: Jackie & Dominique Scura

“The Creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” The American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson gives us a moment of reflection when we consider that a single acorn can grow into a mighty oak, which in turn can produce hundreds and thousands of descendent trees. April is a month of new birth, growth and revitalization for nature. It is a time of revival after the cold winter season. There is an energy in the air that comes with the warmth of the sun and a season of endless possibilities. Perhaps that is why there are so many celebrations and days honoring the environment and the outdoors during this month.

Earth Day, April 22nd and Arbor Day, April 28th are two days that commemorate nature and recognizing the importance of protecting the environment. Earth Day began as a grassroots movement in 1970 to bring awareness to people for the need to protect the earth. This movement eventually went international in

Message from Mayor Barberio

1990 and is now recognized by over 190 countries. Arbor Day has a longer history beginning in 1872. A Nebraska newspaper editor was a tree enthusiast and advocate and strongly urged people to plant them. He proposed a tree planting holiday which he named “Arbor Day.” It has been estimated that over 1 million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day. It is with great pride that Parsippany can say they have been named a Tree City USA for 48 years. We are one of two municipalities in New Jersey that can boast of this accomplishment. Our Forestry Department does a wonderful job ensuring township trees are healthy and strong. They also replace any ill trees with new ones confirming Parsippany’s commitment to being a Tree City.

almost as a practical joke. Although no one really knows how April Fool’s Day began, it can be seen through the centuries as a date that always marked a time of foolish joking and innocent pranks. Perhaps the joke is that even though we are in anticipation of warmer weather, Mother Nature can still manage to sneak in a day or two of late winter temperatures. Whatever the weather, it is no joke that we know warmer weather will eventually be with us and that we can start to anticipate our summer concert series and Farmer’s Market.

There are two holidays that will be observed this month. EidAl-Fitr will begin on April 9th. I would like to wish a Happy Eid or Eid Mubarak to all of our residents that will be honoring the holiday. Additionally, Passover will begin on April 22nd. I wish a Happy Pesach to you and yours for those that will be celebrating this holiday.

Lastly, since April is a time for revitalization, I would like to mention that our Report a Concern module on our website has been updated and improved in order to assist residents in relaying any issues to our offices. We are always looking at ways to simplify our processes so our residents will feel comfortable and confident when using our portals. First and foremost is the importance of our residents and their concerns for you are the backbone of our community.

The month of April begins

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Mayor James R. Barberio Message from Mayor Barberio

District’s Music Program

I hope this article finds you well and in the “spring spirit.” In this article, I would like to reflect on the District’s Music Programs.

Music in Our Schools Month is celebrated annually throughout the country in March. While we celebrate music all year long in Parsippany, our PTHSD Music department was quite busy with a vibrant array of activities and performances, all in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month.

Student musicians at PHS and PHHS participated in concerts, festivals, and conventions! The PHS ensembles were all featured in their spring concert and showcased tremendous artistry in their performanc-es. A few of our advanced student vocalists performed with the All-Eastern Chorus in Rhode Island at the American Choral Directors

Message from Dr. Robert S. Sutter

hosted the North Jersey Schools Music Association Band Festival where bands

Elementary schools joined in the festivities by hosting Spirit Week activities, where students unleashed their inner “rockstars,” styling their hair in homage to music icons and donning attire inspired by country and pop legends. Additionally, some of our young student musicians participated in their school performances of HATS, and their MIOSM Concerts!

March also marked the beginning of Musical Season in the district, with a lineup that promised excitement and entertainment for all. Central Middle School delighted audiences with Pure Imagination, a musical revue featuring beloved numbers from Willy Wonka, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Seussical, Matilda,

and more! The PHHS Players took to the stage with a lively, touching rendition of The SpongeBob Musical, and PHS captivated audiences with their performance of The Addams Family. Both productions featured pit orchestras made up of our own student musicians and talented faculty members. Also, anticipation builds as Brooklawn Middle School prepares to enchant audiences with The Wizard of Oz in April!

As Music in Our Schools Month drew to a close, the district’s vocal music teachers orchestrated a grand finale—a Choral-extravaganza!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Parsippany Education Foundation, the professional a cappella group, Backtrack Vocals, came to PTHSD to perform alongside our 7th -12th grade student vocalists and conducted workshops, inspiring and empowering young voices to reach new heights of musical excellence.

My hat goes off to our wonderful District Music Program. Thank you to all of our students, our music teaching staff, our administrators, our parents, community members, and especially to our Coordinating Supervisor of K-12 Visual and Performing Arts - Mrs. Alison Caravano.

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Dr. Robert S. Sutter Message
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Arrival of Morris Golf Shop in Parsippany-Troy Hills

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, accompanied by Senator Anthony Bucco, Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen, Parsippany-Troy Hills Deputy Chief Brian Dowd, Councilman Matt McGrath, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman

Frank Cahill, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Rob Peluso, and Former Council President Mike dePierro, warmly welcomed Morris Golf Shop to Lake Hiawatha with a festive ribboncutting ceremony on Thursday, February 22nd.

Owner Phil Marshall and his wife Jill were also present to celebrate the grand opening of their new establishment.

The Morris Golf Shop takes pride in offering patrons a state-of-theart golf simulator and an extensive array of golf equipment to suit every golfer’s needs.

Mayor Barberio expressed his optimism for the shop’s success,

stating, “Your shop is a delightful addition to downtown Lake Hiawatha.”

Frank Cahill, the ParsippanyTroy Hills Economic Development Chairman, presented a commemorative plaque to Morris Golf Shop, underscoring their

commitment to providing a unique and personalized fitting experience that distinguishes them from larger golf retailers.

With a comprehensive selection of top-quality golf equipment, including clubs, balls, and accessories from leading brands, Morris Golf Shop caters to golfers of all skill levels. They are truly honored to become part of the vibrant Parsippany community.

Morris Golf Shop can be found at 96 North Beverwyck Road, where they look forward to serving the golfing enthusiasts of the area.


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The Governor’s STEM Scholars brings together New Jersey’s high-achieving STEM students, from grades Frank Cahill, Chairman Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development presents Phil Marshall with a plaque welcoming Morris Golf Shop to Parsippany.

Parsippany Celebrates Historic Achievement: Ananya Kasarla, First Female Eagle Scout

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BSA, Troop 72G since April 2019 when she was the first girl to join the troop. The troop slowly grew from a single girl to seven others over the last four years.

Ananya completed her Eagle project at Celebrate the Children in Denville. Her project involved building an outdoor classroom next to their environmental center so students would be able to work and learn outside in an open space. It consisted of three picnic tables that could fit six people each as well as an easel and chalkboard for teachers. The project was completed at the end of July 2023, and the area is currently used by students when classes are held outside.

Ananya was the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 72G for the last two years. She attended National Youth Leadership Training as a participant in 2021. Ananya was interviewed and asked to staff NYLT in 2022. Parsippany only has one Scout’s BSA female troop within the town. She graduated from the Academy of Math, Science, and Engineering at Morris Hills High School in June 2023, and is currently a freshman at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, majoring in Biology. Ananya has continuously demonstrated leadership in her school, scouting, and community activities.

Ananya earned 24 merit

badges, including the 14 that are required. First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Citizenship in Society, Communications, Personal Fitness, Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving, Environmental Science, Personal Management, Swimming or Hiking or Cycling, Camping and Family Life. She earned 10 additional merit badges, totaling 24 merit badges.

Ananya has exceeded the basic requirements to become an Eagle Scout, successfully passed her board of review, and thus, earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Troop 72 was founded in 1954

and served the boys of the Parsippany Area until March 12, 2019. On March 12, 2019, Rev. Msgr. Herbert K. Tillyer signed the Scouts BSA New Unit Application for a Scouts BSA linked troop, thereby creating two Troop 72’s. This opens a new chapter in Troop 72 history, where we can now provide the same outstanding program to both boys and girls.

Scouts from various corners of Parsippany and beyond are represented. They attend Brooklawn Middle School, Central Middle School, Parsippany High, and Parsippany Hills High, as well as other schools beyond the Parsippany school system.

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Ananya undertook her Eagle project at Celebrate the Children, focusing on constructing an outdoor classroom adjacent to their environmental center. The purpose of this project was to provide students with a conducive environment for outdoor learning and activities, fostering a connection with nature in an open-air setting.

Community Growth: Kiwanis Club Adds Bonnie Gessling and Bridget Cazzetto

New members joining community organizations like the Kiwanis Club is always nice. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany does great work in the community, so I’m sure Bonnie Gessling and Bridget Cazzetto will make valuable contributions as new members. And it’s always wonderful to see existing members like Doreen Brennan and Frank Cahill sponsoring new members and helping to grow the organization.

President Carol Tiesi said, “Kiwanis is something so good that each of us loves to share it. What better way to show our love for our club and community than to welcome a new member? Today we’re very pleased to welcome Bonnie and Bridget to our club. We welcome Bonnie and Bridget to our global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child, and one community at a time. She eagerly anticipates actively engaging with the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

Frank warmly welcomes Bridget to our club by placing the official Kiwanis pin on her. Bonnie is a skilled massage therapist, offering deep tissue, sports, oncology, hot stone, and cupping treatments. Additionally, she provides holistic healing,

metaphysical therapies, and non-surgical body treatments. She also serves on the Board of Lake Hiawatha Swim Club.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. It is not religious-based or partisan in any way.

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 and one Aktion Club.

If you are interested in learning more about the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, contact President Carol Tiesi. View the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany website at

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Bonnie Gessling, Doreen Brennan, Bridget Cazzetto, Frank Cahill and President Carol Tiesi

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An evening of profound significance unfolded as a gathering for Iftar, symbolizing the end of daily fasting during the sacred month of Ramadan, was held at the esteemed Islamic Community Cultural Center in Parsippany on Sunday, March 24.

The event served as a powerful platform, bringing together Muslims and esteemed community leaders in a display of unity and solidarity.

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Among the distinguished attendees were Mayor James Barberio of Parsippany, supporting of cultural diversity initiatives, alongside Councilman Justin Musella, and Parsippany Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso.

Traditional Iftar customs were observed with reverence, as attendees partook in the consumption of dates and water, following the timeless teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

This solemn ritual was followed by a sumptuous feast, featuring an array of delectable dishes, symbolizing the spirit of abundance and gratitude.

Beyond the culinary delights, the Iftar gathering held a spiritual significance, providing a sacred space for Muslims to gather with loved ones, offer prayers, and engage in introspection, reflecting on the day’s fasting journey and reaffirming their commitment to spiritual growth and communal harmony.

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Savoring the Flavors of Pasquale’s: A Taste of Authentic Italian-American Cuisine

As my group of foodie friends and I headed out for a casual lunch at a popular local pizzeria it came to mind that these wonderful little eateries, spattered throughout every town and city, are often overlooked when seeking out some of the most satisfying, comforting, family-friendly, reasonably priced food you’ll ever need.

Our gathering brought us to one of vibrant downtown Boonton’s longest-lasting eateries, Pasquale’s Pizza Restaurant. Located at 307 Main Street, Pasquale’s stands out as an appealing, stylish building, with its large arched windows and yellow-painted frontage, welcoming you in. On entry, you are immediately immersed in an atmosphere that is reminiscent of an old-school-style pizzeria.  Reminded me of those small, wonderful pizzerias that I used to stop in at as a kid, and that’s an exceptionally long time ago.

As you walk in the door your

senses are immediately stimulated with that tantalizing aroma of freshly baked dough, tomato sauce, and all those herbs and spices that make Italian American food one of the most popular foods in America. There is a small dining area, with

a corner nook, and maybe room for five tables, yet spacious and airy enough to dine in comfort. The interior is pristine, and the black walls covered with paintings by a local artist, provide an eyecatching, distinctive, and whimsical motif. The black walls covered with cheerful photos of pizzas, food names, catchy expressions, and old family photos create a vibe that can only raise your spirit no matter how your day is going. Those large exterior windows allow for a welllighted and cozy atmosphere, and the Victorian-style tin-type ceiling, brick, and soft rustic wood accents are well thought out. Pasquale’s also boasts an immaculately clean open kitchen, where you can watch owner, and Pizzaiola, Tony Biago working the peel as he expertly shakes, turns, and prepares a fresh pie. When asked about the décor, Tony stated, “I wanted to create an old school feel, with a little pinkie of modern.” Congrats Tony, you did it!

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The black walls covered with cheerful photos of pizzas, food names, catchy expressions, and old family photos create a vibe that can only raise your spirit no matter how your day is going Pasquale’s Pizza Restaurant. Located at 307 Main Street, Pasquale’s stands out as an appealing, stylish building, with its large arched windows and yellow-painted frontage, welcoming you in.
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Meeting with Owner Tony Biago was a true pleasure. His joyful and exuberant personality filled the room. Being a top-notch chef is unquestionably important, but being able to relate to, care for, and connect on a personal level with your customers is to me what makes a restaurant stand out. Tony told me that he can recall all his regular customers by name, and what their favorite dishes are. I have never been to Pasquale’s, but after just a few minutes I felt like I had been a customer for years. That’s something special!

I was able to sit with Tony for a bit between orders to discuss his journey. He told me his dream was to become a golf pro, and that he once took a job as a breakfast cook at a golf course so that he could practice his game later in the day. Raised in a traditional Italian American household, where he watched and learned how to cook Italian dishes from his Mother, and where he claims to have developed

his taste for good food, he always had that as a backup if the golf thing didn’t work out. In 1989, with the golf career not looking promising, he happened across a newspaper ad for a pizzeria in a Town called Boonton. A ways from Belmar, where he was living, didn’t

stop Tony from checking out this prospect. Once introduced to the historic, lively, vibrant, eclectic community of Boonton, with its quaint rolling hills and wide range of restaurants, it wasn’t long before Tony opened the doors to Pasquale’s. That was 35 years ago, and Pasquale’s is still going strong and is more popular than ever.

In July of 2015, Boonton ran a Pizza throwdown, where 11,000 people came out to try slices from local pizzerias.  Tony is proud that despite some great pizzerias participating, Pasquale’s won bragging rights at the end of the day for “Best Crust,” “Best Sauce,” “Best Regular Sicilian,” Best Grandma’s,” and “Best Overall.” The newspaper article still hangs in his restaurant today. In June of 2020, Barstool’s David Portnoy visited Pasquale’s, famous for his internet pizza reviews. Now, I enjoy Portnoy’s reviews, but he was not

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Get Acquainted with Tony Biago: The Passionate Culinary Maestro Behind Pasquale’s Pizza Restaurant Delight in Pasquale’s Signature Garlic Knots: A Flavorful Twist to Your Dining Experience”

Seeking: Female Volunteers and Sponsors for Morris Habitat’s ‘Women Build’ Initiative

Ladies, are you 18 or older and ready, willing, and able to build houses from the ground up?

Then Morris Habitat for Humanity, the major builder and advocate for affordable housing in the state, is looking for you to participate in this year’s “Women Build” benefit, to be held from Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 17.

The volunteers affiliated with the Morris non-profit serve as the heart and soul of the organization, dedicating numerous hours of assistance and support to facilitate families’ journey towards homeownership.

The program’s sustainability is attributed to the contributions of these volunteers, who generously offer their time and expertise across all facets of the


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Meet Parsippany’s Dynamic Real Estate Duo: Jackie & Dominique

Parsippany Focus had the privilege of sitting down with the dynamic mother-daughter duo, Jackie and Dominique Scura, whose combined experience and passion have shaped their remarkable journey in the real estate industry.

How long have you been working as a real estate agent?

Jackie: 38 years in the industry.

Dominique: I have had my license for 20 years but seriously worked for 10 years.

What motivated you to pursue a career in real estate?

Jackie: Many people influenced me to embark on my career in Real Estate. The love for people and the sales and negotiating is what I love most.

Dominique: Watching my mom in the business for my entire life. I learned from the best and she was my inspiration.

Can you describe your experience in the local real estate market?

Jackie : I came to Parsippany in 1960 and attended Central Junior High and Parsippany High School. I started my career in the Parsippany area and have worked here ever since. Growing up in the 1960’s I’ve watched so many changes come to Parsippany. Over the years I have seen the development of so much open land into homes and retail properties. I see Parsippany continuing to grow and stay strong.

How do you stay updated on market trends and changes in regulations?

Jackie: By being totally involved 24/7 of the listing and selling in Parsippany properties. It keeps me updated and sharp on the market trends. By reading and going to seminars to follow the scale of which way the market is going and our market has gone up considerably since Covid.

How has the current economic climate impacted the real estate market, particularly in terms of selling properties?

Jackie: In the Parsippany area there is no better time than now to sell with the shortage of inventory and the increase in demand of buyers wanting homes in this area has made a huge impact on our Real Estate market for the past few years and still today. At any given time in the past, Parsippany would have approximately 290-300 properties on the market and during COVID that number dropped to about 100 and then it continued to decrease to as low as I’ve seen which was 25 homes in Parsippany. Right now Parsippany is carrying about 40 homes on the market since COVID.

How do you advise sellers on pricing their properties competitively while maximizing their return on investment in the current economy?

Jackie & Dominque: Our suggestion to our sellers is to price the home lower than the market value to increase

buyer activity which will net them a higher return.

What sets you apart from other real estate agents in the area?

Jackie & Dominique: For sure we have the knowledge that we can guide our sellers into preparing their house to net the highest value. We have all the resources for them, there’s nothing that they have to do. We handle the transaction throughout and make sure we get our sellers the most money possible.

How do you handle challenges or conflicts that arise during transactions?

Jackie & Dominique: We like to get out in front of these things to make sure they don’t happen. But if something comes up we have to address it calmly and discuss with the attorney and all parties involved to come up with a resolution.

Do you have a network of reliable contractors, inspectors, and other professionals?

Jackie & Dominique: Yes we have people that we work with daily that are honest, do professional work and they would never take advantage of my clients. We trust them 110% percent. -

What is your approach to client communication and feedback?

Dominique: I’m available all day every day. There is never a time I can’t be reached. My clients would agree with that, I‘m always available to them.

What do you enjoy most about being a real estate agent?

Dominique: Being involved in the biggest decision in someone’s life. It’s reality exciting being a part of that. This business keeps you on your toes. No two days are the same and no transactions are the same in the business. It’s awesome to constantly be learning things in the field.

Jackie Scura can be reached by calling 973-214-9488 or office 973-5883222 or emailing

Dominique Scura can be reached by calling 973-219-8909 or office 973315-8180 or emailing

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in a good mood during the visit, complaining and annoyed that no one answered his phone call, he settled for a slice, went outside, and gave Pasquale a mediocre score. Not that he would ever read this, but Dave, I would suggest you make a return visit to Boonton and give it a fair shot.

Now we were anxious to sample some of the menu. Tony let us know that everything is fresh and made from scratch, and all his dishes are made to order. He says he tries to have something for everyone, and that kids particularly love his pizza. He let me know that the bulk of his business is take-out and that he feels honored that so many of his customers, who are like family, are returning customers. “Even people who move down to the shore still keep coming back.” The menu offered a nice variety of your usual pizzeria standards; appetizers, pizza, dinners (chicken, pasta, veal, eggplant, etc.), calzones and strombolis (buffalo, chicken,

spinach, sausage, etc.), cold and hot subs, wraps, grilled dishes (Italian Hot Dog, assorted burgers), kids meals (yes, even chicken fingers.), and don’t forget to bring along your favorite bottle of vino, as Pasquale’s is BYOB.

Our group asked Tony to just bring out a Grandma and Sicilian Pie, Buffalo Chicken Roll, Sausage Broccoli Rabe Rol, and Sausage Roll to start. As usual, this was to be shared as a group as an appetizer, before we considered our entrees. I don’t know what we were thinking but enough food came out to feed our group three times over, and still leave enough to take home. Obviously, and somewhat sadly, entrees would have to wait until another visit.

The first to come out were the Grandma and Sicilian Pies. Frequently, I often hear people ask what’s the difference. To put it as simply as possible, a Sicilian pie is a thick crust pizza, with a nice crispy texture, thick fluffy crust, slightly oily, and baked in a square tray. Grandma pizza, on the other hand, has a crust that isn’t given that extra time to rise before it’s topped and baked, so while it may

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Savor the Perfect Balance of Textures in Pasquale’s Sicilian Pie: Crispy, Charred Crust Complemented by a Soft, Pillowy Base, and an Even Spread of Sauce and Cheese. Indulge in Pasquale’s Abundant Antipasto Salad: A Vibrant Array of Meats, Cheeses, and Fresh Greens, Accompanied by Crusty Italian Bread


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still be thicker than a standard New York slice, it’s still much thinner and less chewy than the Sicilian crust. Even though, all are made with the same dough, the cooking method is different for each style of pie.

Before visiting Pasquale’s, I had heard that his Sicilian pie was something special, so there was no way I was going to leave without trying it. It did not disappoint! Nicely cooked; crispy, crunchy, slightly charred crust, with a soft, spongy, pillowy base, covered with a perfect distribution of sauce to cheese. Beautifully textured Sicilian Pie! Tony explained that all his homemade tomato sauces are prepared differently to complement each style of pie. As I tried the thinner Grandma Pie, (also a square pie) which leans towards a more prominent sauce-to-cheese ratio, I could see what he was talking about. Each pie, delicious on its own, had its distinct taste, and in both cases, the sauce was vibrant, with a well-rounded flavor, tangy

and sweet. I enjoyed both equally.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the generously sized antipasto salad that preceded the meal. Lots of delectable, assorted meats, cheeses, roasted peppers, olives, arugula, and peppers, and course,

crusty Italian bread, just to kick off our appetites. Don’t forget the garlic knots!

Following the pizzas, out came the freshly baked entrees.  I don’t know how we could still be eating! Buffalo Chicken Roll, Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Roll, and Strombolis (sort of a rolled-up cousin of pizza), and whatever else Tony brought out.  Both the Buffalo Chicken (Chicken, Mozzarella, Blue Cheese, and Hot Sauce, wrapped in a beautifully baked crust), and Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Rolls, and Sausage Roll were all packed with flavor, and loaded with pleasurable, gooey goodness in every bite. Nice mouth feel, as I eagerly sank my teeth into that crunchy, subtle, textured dough to discover all those wonderful fillings of meats, cheeses, and vegetables inside. After a piece of each one, I had to surrender, as did my dining group. And there was still plenty for everyone in the

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Discover the Irresistible Flavor of Pasquale’s Buffalo Chicken Strombolis: Succulent Chicken, Tangy Buffalo Sauce, and Melted Cheese Encased in a Crispy, Flaky Dough. Patrick Minutillo Relishes a Conversation with Tony Biago, Pasquale’s Pizza Restaurant Owner, While Savoring a Delectable Slice of Grandma Pie.

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It was an enjoyable dining experience at Pasquale’s, and we have to thank Tony Biago for making us feel like family, and for his wonderful hospitality.

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Rep. Sherrill Launches Sixth Annual Congressional Art Competition

Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) launched her sixth annual Congressional Art Competition for NJ-11 students. The competition offers high school students a chance to showcase their creativity and artistic expression.

“I am excited to once again launch the Congressional Art Competition! Each year, I am so impressed by the creativity, passion, and talent of our high school students. The Congressional Art Competition provides a unique opportunity to celebrate young artists in our community,” said Rep. Sherrill.

“I strongly encourage each high school to participate and I look forward to seeing all of the artwork!”

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide

high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of judges select the winning entries. The winner’s artwork will be displayed alongside winners from across the nation for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

Artwork submitted for NJ-11’s competition will be displayed at an art show and reception at Montclair State University, where this year’s winners will be announced. Art teachers interested in submitting their students’ work can reach out to for additional information.

Due to limitations of gallery space, NJ-11 high schools will be able to select ONE piece of artwork to represent their school and their selected art must be dropped off to Rep. Sherrill’s District Office. The decision on which artwork is submitted by each school is at the sole discretion of the school.

The deadline for schools to let Rep. Sherrill’s office know which piece they are submitting is Friday, April 12. Artwork must be submitted through the student’s school.

Rep. Sherrill’s office is located at 375 South Livingston Avenue, Suite 201, Livingston NJ 07039. To view more information about the Congressional Art Competition, visit congressional-art-competition/

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A Safe Haven Filled with Love and Companionship

Magnolia, a charming fiveyear-old female Yorkshire Terrier / Maltese Mix, seeks a nurturing home that can offer consistent companionship.

Despite her past struggles, she eagerly craves affection and yearns to enchant you with her delightful personality. While adjusting to the comforts of a loving household, Magnolia battles separation anxiety, sometimes resulting in minor destructive behavior when left alone. Yet, with patience and reassurance, she’ll come to embrace the security of everlasting love, cherishing tranquil moments for serene naps or cozy TV sessions.

With a heart as vast as her petite frame, Magnolia embodies an affectionate spirit that gradually warms the hearts of those around her. Though initially reserved, she flourishes

signaling the start of each day.

Magnolia warmly embraces households with children aged eight and above, though she may require patience during initial encounters due to her shyness. She extends her affection to both canine and feline companions.

Currently undergoing crate training to alleviate her anxiety, Magnolia benefits from durable chew toys and structured routines to ensure her comfort and prevent accidents. She shows promising progress in house training, demonstrating commendable consistency, and adeptly using pee pads.

in the presence of loved ones, eagerly seeking human interaction.

Despite her separation anxiety, Magnolia’s sole desire is to shower you with boundless love, deeply affected by your absence. Her ethereal blonde and silver coat glistens like precious metal under the moon’s glow, and her mornings begin with an endearing “morning snarl,”

While still mastering leash manners, Magnolia’s progress varies as she can be easily distracted by other animals or sudden stimuli.

Gentle guidance and patience are essential during walks.

Magnolia’s journey to WISE began with her rescue from a distressing puppy mill environment, where she endured years of exploitation for breeding purposes.

Saved from an uncertain fate, WISE granted her a second chance at a life filled with love and compassion.

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A New Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain Comes to Morris County: An Interview with Stephen Roman, Jr., M.D.

Frank: Dr. Roman, welcome back to Parsippany Focus!

Steve: Thank you Frank! I love the publication and I’m glad to be back.

F: Please tell us about this new treatment for chronic low back pain.

S: We are now offering a new treatment called Discseel.

F: What is Discseel and how is it different from treatments currently available?

S: It turns out that disc tears are the cause of many cases of low back pain, and until now, treatments were not geared toward treating these tears. The Discseel procedure identifies

and addresses these tears. This minimally-invasive non-surgical procedure involves performing an annulogram under x-ray guidance to identify disc tears. If tears are found, they are then sealed with a biologic glue called fibrin.

F: Who is this for?

S: Patients with chronic low back pain, which may or may not involve leg pain or sciatica. Even patients who have already had back surgery, including fusion surgery may be candidates.

F: How effective is it?

S: Most patients report significant improvement in pain. Improvement in symptoms

usually begins after several weeks.

F: What is the recovery like?

S: We recommend patients walk daily and increasing their exercise routine 10% at a time until they are able to reach their desired level of activity.

F: How do patients know if they are a candidate for this procedure?

S: They can stop by for a consultation at one of our offices, including our newest office, right here in Parsippany.

F: Thanks Dr. Roman

S: Thank you Frank. It’s great to see you again!

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These compassionate women captivated young minds with cherished Dr. Seuss tales, instilling a passion for reading. Their benevolent act extended beyond storytelling as they generously contributed books to the program, enriching the children’s literary experience. The Parsippany Women’s Club’s unwavering support over the years deserves heartfelt appreciation, as it continues to shape the educational journey of countless young learners. Through their dedication and kindness, they sow the seeds of lifelong literacy, nurturing brighter futures. Read

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The Evolving Business World: Women’s Influence and Prospects

As perceptions of traditional business practices shift, women are emerging as influential players shaping the future of the corporate landscape. With evidence pointing to their prominent roles, it’s a fitting topic for International Women’s Day 2023.

This article delves into the contemporary business scene, traces the historical trajectory of women in business, and forecasts future developments. Alongside examining pertinent data and evidence, insights from our partners enrich the discussion.

Contrary to common belief, women’s involvement in entrepreneurship dates back centuries. Documented instances, like the Assyrian women’s participation in ancient trade networks circa 1870 BC, debunk the notion of business as a maleexclusive domain.

Notable figures from more recent history further illustrate women’s entrepreneurial prowess. Margaret Hardenbroeck, a prominent figure in 17th-century New York, amassed wealth through transatlantic trade. Similar success stories abound, with women like Mary Katherine Goddard and Madam C.J. Walker breaking barriers in publishing and haircare respectively.

Despite these achievements, societal norms relegated women to domestic roles during the mid19th century. This trend persisted until recent decades, marked by milestones like Katharine Graham’s appointment as the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company in 1973.

While progress has been made since, with women constituting 46.2% of the US workforce in 2019 and 53 female CEOs heading Fortune 500 companies, challenges remain. The disparity between female CEOs and their male counterparts underscores the need for continued efforts towards inclusivity and diversity in business.

Looking ahead, key statistics reveal both progress and obstacles that will shape the future landscape. Events like International Women’s Day and the trailblazing achievements of successful female entrepreneurs offer cause for celebration and optimism. As change unfolds, the ongoing pursuit of inclusivity and diversity promises further advancements in the business sphere.

When examining the factors influencing women’s engagement in traditionally male-dominated fields, a recurring theme

emerges: confidence and selfbelief. Often, women may hesitate to pursue such careers due to a reluctance to self-promote or advocate for themselves in professional settings, driven by a fear of encountering negative reactions. Surprisingly, research indicates that this hesitation persists even when there is no discernible gap in ability or performance between men and women. It’s crucial to acknowledge that identifying this confidence gap isn’t about assigning blame to women for their perceived lack of confidence. Rather, it serves as a societal critique, highlighting the systemic biases and disparities that can erode women’s self-assurance and hinder their pursuit of opportunities.

Many women in business are helping to break down harmful stereotypes and challenging the status quo. Today’s pioneers are shaping the future of business for years to come for the benefit of everyone.

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Morris County Celebrates Women’s History Month

The Morris County Board of County Commissioners closed out Women’s History Month by presenting a framed proclamation to the Morris County Advisory Committee on Women this week, who in turn honored this year’s “Seeds of Change” award recipient.

“Let us recognize the Advisory Committee on Women, which was established by the former Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2004 to promote the interests of women and recommend programs to help meet the needs of women in Morris County,” said Commissioner Director Christine Myers. “On behalf of the County Commissioners, I am honored to present this proclamation of Women’s History Month to your committee and thank you for your volunteerism in the service of all our residents.”

Commissioner Director Myers invited Donna Boyce, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Women, to accept a framed copy of the proclamation, which the board adopted by resolution on March 8. Ms. Boyce then announced the nominee for the Morris County 2024 Seeds of Change Award, which is presented annually to a woman volunteer who has improved the community through her leadership and inspiration to other women in the county.

This year’s recipient, Debby Seme, was chosen for her leadership as president of Impact100 Garden State since 2020. The Morris County-based all-women, allvolunteer organization combines member donations to give $100,000 grants. During Ms.

Seme’s tenure, she has led the organization in steady growth in membership and grantmaking despite the economic challenges for donors and nonprofits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Serving as president has provided me with countless opportunities to meet and work with our members, women who are kind and fun and hardworking, and who share my passion for Impact100. As president, I am also able to witness the amazing amount of work that gets done, all by women volunteers, to keep this organization thriving. Receiving this award is truly humbling and inspiring,” said Seme.

Over the years, Impact100 Garden State grants have supported many residents throughout the county, including those served by Cornerstone Family Programs, the County College of Morris Foundation, Family Promise of Morris County, Head Start Morris County, Homeless Solutions, Interfaith Food Pantry Network,

Roots & Wings and Zufall Health. Impact100 Garden State had a record 375 members and granted $375,000 to local nonprofits in 2023.

In total, Impact100 Garden State has donated more than $3 million since 2013.

The “Seeds of Change” Volunteer Award was inspired by the late Sen. Leanna Brown, who passed in 2016. The honor is intended to highlight and celebrate women who build up other women, including those who volunteer at the grassroots level in the community. This is the fifth “Seeds of Change Award” to be issued since 2018.

The Advisory Committee on Women was established by the former Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2004 to promote the interests of women and recommend programs to help meet the needs of women in Morris County.

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Delightful Easter Dessert: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar, packed 4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups grated carrots (about 3-4 medium carrots)

1 cup crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)

1/2 cup chopped nuts (such as pecans or walnuts) (optional)


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans, or line them with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking

soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In another bowl, beat together the vegetable oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

Stir in the grated carrots, crushed pineapple, shredded coconut, and chopped nuts until evenly distributed in the batter. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the oven

and let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition.

Stir in the vanilla extract until well combined.

Once the cakes have cooled completely, spread a layer of cream cheese frosting on top of one cake layer.

Place the second cake layer on top and frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining cream cheese frosting.

Optional: Decorate the cake with additional grated carrots, chopped nuts, or coconut flakes for a festive touch.

Slice and serve the Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese

Frosting to your guests for a sweet and satisfying Easter treat!

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