Parsippany Focus Magazine - December 2022

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Farewell to Barbara Krajkowski | 5

Mayor James Barberio presented Barbara Krajkowski with a Proclamation at the Township Council meeting. Barbara Krajkowski was one of the three original founding members of the Women’s Theater Company.

Message from the Mayor | 6

This is true not just for those celebrating Christmas, but for all celebrating the various holidays and festivals of their faiths. Holidays are a time for gathering with loved ones,exchanging gifts, and enjoying large feasts while looking around and appreciating all that we are fortunate to have.

Parsippany Schools Awarded for Outstanding Financial Reporting | 8

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials International.

Woodam Korean BBQ: An Exciting New Addition of Downtown Morris Plains | 10

There is a new player in the downtown Morris Plains dining scene, and it’s certainly a winner. Woodam Korean BBQ opened its doors to the public with a grand opening celebration. The restaurant is located at 650 Speedwell Avenue, a few doors down from the iconic Arthur’s Tavern.

Colors, Lights and Food Mark Joyous Diwali Celebrations at BAPS | 18

The Festival of Lights – was celebrated at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Diwali is the most widely celebrated festival by Indians and Hindus around the world. October is being celebrated as Hindu Heritage Month, and community leaders as well as policymakers, including US President Joe Biden, are participating in lighting lamps and offering best wishes for the festivities.

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Barbara Krajkowski Received Proclamation

From Mayor Barberio

Mayor James Barberio presented Barbara Krajkowski with a Proclamation at the Township Council meeting on Tuesday, November 1.

Barbara Krajkowski was one of the three original founding members of the Women’s Theater Company, a non-profit organization operating under a “Special Appearance Contract” with the Actors Equity Association, in 1993.

Under Barbara’s tutelage as Executive Director and Producing Artistic Director, the company evolved from a theater group that performed only original works by women to include a broader mission to produce original and established works by women, productions of interest to women, and productions by local playwrights.

Barbara earned a BA from Fairleigh Dickinson

University and an MA from William Paterson University where she served for many years as an adjunct professor.

Barbara’s honors include “2008 Outstanding Arts Advocate” from the Arts Council of the Morris Area, the “2009 Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment” award from Garden State Woman Magazine, and “2010 Female Legend of Morris County” from the Morris County Chamber of Commerce; and Barbara used her 30+ years of skill and experience in theater to guide this unique group to its accolades through many venues through the years, such as The Playwright Theater in Madison, The Bickford Theater in Morristown and, since 2005, it’s current home at The Parsippany Playhouse in the Senior Center.

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Yasin Azami with Irvin Charles, 82. Wide Receiver from University of Indiana, PA Jane Krajkowski, best known for her starring role as Jenna Maroney in the NBC satirical comedy series 30 Rock, hugs her mom, Barbara, after Mayor James Barberio presented her with a proclamation at Parsippany Town Hall on November 1

Message from Mayor Barberio

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection,” observed Winston Churchill.

This is true not just for those celebrating Christmas, but for all celebrating the various holidays and festivals of their faiths. Holidays are a time for gathering with loved ones, exchanging gifts, and enjoying large feasts while looking around and appreciating all that we are fortunate to have.

During this season it seems we go one step further, as we reflect on the past and revisit memories of those who may no longer be with us. It is during this time that we realize how life evolves.

While faces may change around the dinner table, we are reminded that we are still the same family, as we share the traditions that keep the cherished memories of holidays past alive.

As 2022 begins winding down, I have begun to look back at the past year and the people that have crossed my path. I can recall the anticipation of January 1 st and being sworn in once again as your mayor. The hope that showed on so many faces as a new era of leadership came in. I knew that I wanted to bring back good government and make every resident proud to call Parsippany home. I believe I have begun to do that and I have every intention of continuing that pledge in the years

to come. Being elected mayor again is kind of like coming home for me. It is being welcomed back after being away, and realizing how much being with family and friends means. What better time to express my gratitude to all of you than during this season of giving and goodwill.

I hope that you will join me for the traditions that we still hold dear to the Township. Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the menorah have delighted residents for years. I look forward to seeing those that have been part of these traditions in the past, as well as those who are new to it.

I welcome all to the Parsippany family, for that is how I see us, as one family with the best interests of Parsippany at heart. And what better time of year is there for us to celebrate our community as a family, than the season of giving.

With those warm thoughts in mind, I would like to wish all of you and your loved ones, a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

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A Message

From the Superintendent

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools Awarded for Outstanding Financial Reporting

Dr. Barbara Sargent

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). ASBO International recognizes districts that have met the program’s high standards for financial reporting and transparency. The school district earned the Certificate of Excellence for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended 2021.

“The COE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in financial reporting,” ASBO International Executive Director David Lewis says. “The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report informs stakeholders about the financial and economic state of the district, making it an important communications tool for building trust and engaging with the school community.”

By participating in the Certificate of Excellence program, school districts demonstrate their commitment to financial transparency. Applicants submit their report for review by a team of financial professionals who provide feedback to improve future documents. If the report meets the requirements of the program, it may receive the Certificate of Excellence. A district’s participation in the COE program can facilitate bond rating and continuing bond disclosure processes.

Alison Cogan, Chairperson of the BOE Finance

Committee, acknowledged the award and stated, “This award confirms our District’s true commitment to being transparent with our finances and reporting. It is an affirmation of the hard work put into carefully balancing the needs of our students, facilities, and taxpayers while maintaining the high educational standards our community expects.”

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District prides itself on careful financial planning, oversight, and transparency. As a result of prudent financial decision-making from the Board of Education and district leadership, the district has succeeded in keeping within the state-mandated 2% allowable increase to the tax levy for the past five (5) consecutive years. Additionally, the district is able to manage a future expansion at Littleton Elementary School with Capital Reserve Funds. No referendum will be presented to the public.

Congratulations to our Interim Business Administrator Robin Tedesco, Comptroller Sue Dyskstra, and the smart members of our Business Department for their outstanding work and financial leadership. The school community is in strong hands.

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Woodam Korean BBQ: An Exciting New Addition of Downtown Morris Plains

were comfortable, and any questions we had about the menu politely answered.

MORRIS PLAINS — There is a new player in the downtown Morris Plains dining scene, and it’s certainly a winner. This past September 10th Woodam Korean BBQ opened its doors to the public with a grand opening celebration. The restaurant is located at 650 Speedwell Avenue, a few doors down from the iconic Arthur’s Tavern. The building had been dormant for the past ten years, previously the home of Cocoa Pazzo. During the past couple of years, I have had the privilege to visit a couple of outstanding Korean BBQ venues in the Parsippany area and I was anxious to check out this newest addition to what has become one of my favorite culinary treats.

My usual group of hungry epicures and I arrived at Woodam BBQ, an appealing, aesthetically pleasing colonial revival style building, in a busy, vibrant downtown neighborhood. An attractive two-story brick structure, with multiple, stylishly large, white wooden framed arched windows, decorative dental molding, ornate metal gratings, and symmetrical columns supporting an overhanging canopy. Architecturally beautiful building, and one that clearly reflects an equally impressive interior design.

Being the first from my group to arrive, I was warmly greeted by the smiling, pleasant, and genial David Oh, one of the co-owners of Woodam BBQ. Mr. Oh, who insisted I call him David, showed me to a comfortably situated table, sharply appointed along with the appropriate chopsticks, sealed in a paper wrapper displaying the restaurant’s name. As my group arrived a few minutes later, our personable, helpful, and friendly server, Suany, expeditiously addressed our needs. Water, menus, and wine glasses immediately appeared, and wine was uncorked. Both Mr. Oh and Suany could not have been more attentive or professional making sure we

While the group perused the menu, it gave me the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the restaurant. The décor was a tasteful blending of an older, more traditional Asian ambiance mixed in with a modern, upscale vibe. The soft cream-colored walls, adorned with tasteful Asian artifacts, were offset by the hues of the soft and comfortable chocolate brown paneling, wood beam floor, and ceiling tiles. The high vaulted ceilings, with a modernistic lighted globe hanging from the rafters, are an impressive feature. The room is bright, airy, and comfortably lit by the floor-to-ceiling windows, which perfectly accentuate the rest of the dining area, which can seat 80 guests. The atmosphere is sophisticated and elegant, yet casual, comfortable, and homey. Assorted Asian artifacts, such as assorted statues of Buddha, teapots, and artwork are carefully and tastefully placed throughout the room, along with calming, live potted, and flowering plants, which are all (Continued on Page 14)

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There is a 12-seat standalone bar at the rear of the house Chopsticks, sealed in a paper wrapper display the restaurant’s name, Woodam Korean BBQ

Parsippany Clergy Council Hosted Thanksgiving Gathering

The Parsippany Interfaith Clergy Council hosted its first Thanksgiving Gathering on Tuesday, November 22.

Parsippany United Methodist Church hosted the event. Clergy from seven houses of worship participated and shared greetings, music, and Thanksgiving reflections with the community.

Participating in the gathering were: Vicar Psomi Psomas-Jackloski (St. Andrews Lutheran Church), Rev. Dr. Stacie Turk (Parsippany First Baptist Community Church), Rabbi Moshe Rudin (Adath Shalom) Rev. Don Bragg (Parsippany Presbyterian), Father Joseph Garbarino (St. Ann Roman Catholic Church), Rev. Marissa van der Valk (Parsippany United Methodist Church), and Father Aaron Oliver (St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church).

Rev. Marissa van der Valk, Parsippany United Methodist Church

The Parsippany Clergy Council looks forward to making this an annual event.

Parsippany United Methodist Church is located at 903 South Beverwyck Road.

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Woodam Korean BBQ: An Exciting New Addition of Downtown Morris Plains

private party room that can accommodate 50 guests. The room provides the same polished elegance and aesthetics as downstairs. There is also an elevator available to accommodate guests who may have trouble (Continued on Page 16)

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nurtured by the restaurant staff. The meticulous atten tion given to even the smallest detail was evident and brilliantly done.

Granite-topped tables, each equipped with a flaming, smokeless grill in the center, are comfortably situated around the room. The polished chocolate brown wood work, distressed flooring, and cushioned black leather seats help ensure a comfortable and relaxing dining experience. Woodam does not possess a liquor license, and guests are welcome to BYOB; plus, there is a 12-seat standalone bar at the rear of the house, where you can sit, eat, or just relax if you prefer. Interestingly Woodam BBQ does offer wine by the bottle that you can purchase at the restaurant. New Jersey State law now allows restaurants that do not have a liquor license to partner with a New Jersey winery to serve their wines at their restaurant. So, you may still bring along your own bottle, but if you forget or prefer, wines from Villa Milagro Vine yards, a Warren County Vineyard, are available to enjoy with your meal.

The second floor of the two-storied restaurant offers a

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navigating stairs, as well as restrooms available on each floor.

While my friends debated over the appetizers, I took the opportunity to chat with both co-owners of Woodam BBQ, David Oh, and Chef Eleazar Martinez (aka Chef Eli). Theirs is a friendship that goes back 23 years, a friendship which brings experience and expertise to this, their newest venture, which is a combination hard to find. David Oh, who has opened about a half dozen restaurants in NYC, claims Woodam BBQ as his first venture into New Jersey. Mr. Oh explained that it was the pandemic that brought himself and Chef Eli together with a vision to open the now-renovated and reimagined Woodam BBQ. As for “Chef Eli” Martinez, he has a storied thirty-year-plus background in the culinary world. Somewhat of a celebrity Chef, he has been noted in such publications as the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. A Honduran native, whose resume includes working at several distinguished Michelin-rated NYC restaurants, including Jean-Georges, Daniel, Bann, and for the past decade, Executive Chef of Woo Lae Oak, in SoHo. Chef Eli’s commitment to his craft is evident, as he even spent time living in Korea to perfect the knowledge and skills that now enable him to create those authentic flavors that are true to traditional Korean cuisine, while still reflecting a modern aesthetic and sensibility. According to their website, Woodam embraces a unique and fresh approach to Korean cuisine by fusing the highest quality traditional and contemporary ingredients to their dishes, and that was obvious in the quality of the dishes we tried.

We began this dining adventure with an assortment of shared appetizers. Our apps included Mandu (pan-fried, house-made, beef short rib dumplings), Pa Jun (traditional sizzling pancake, with scallion and mixed

peppers), O Jing Aw Ti Kim (tempura calamari, shitake, and chayote, tossed in a sweet and soy glaze), and Korean Fried Chicken (spicy honey chili and sesame, glazed with sweet and sour pickled daikon). All the beautifully plated dishes came with perfect accompanying dipping sauces that further elevated each dish. Every app was perfectly prepared, delicious, and quickly devoured by our group as we discussed our entrée. As I have found typical in this cuisine, the balance of intense flavors and textures hit all the taste receptors; sweet, sour, tangy, umami, and spicy.

The diverse menu, included many tempting and expected Korean dishes, including several rice standards, such as Bi Bim Bap (rice topped with carrot, zucchini, spinach, beansprouts, royal fern, daikon, crisp lettuce greens, and spicy gochujang mixed sauce is always a favorite). The selection of mouth-watering traditional entrees, as well as their soups and stews, were also hard to resist, but we agreed to share the traditional Korean Barbecue selections of Kal Bi (sweet and savory boneless beef short ribs) and Sam Gyup Sal (high-quality pork belly - an immensely popular, amazingly delicious Korean dish). All the barbeque entrees come marinated in the restaurant’s signature soy, sesame and garlic sauce, and are served with fresh lettuce wraps and miso paste, kimchi, shredded pickle daikon, namul with white or brown rice.

The arrival of our Kal bi and Sam Gyup Sal provided us the opportunity to try out Woodam’s tabletop flaming smokeless grills. (No exhaust vents are needed here) If you have not yet tried dining at a Korean Barbeque, you are missing out on a fun and exciting communal dining experience. This is a memorable way for family and/or friends to come together and participate in the cooking and sharing of a meal. And yes, if you prefer the staff will either assist you with the cooking or do it for you. Just relax and enjoy it. With some assistance and advice

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Preschool Advantage Annual Gala Funds Tuition for 40 Children

Preschool Advantage, a Morristown-based non-profit organization, held its 2022 annual Turning Leaves benefit dinner at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park on October 12. After a two-year hiatus, the event returned with great energy fueled by guest emcee Guy Adami of CNBC’s “Fast Money,” who challenged the 250 attendees to give generously in support of this important cause. They took note, raising over $200,000 to fund preschool tuition for children in our community. The event was sponsored by the William T. & Marie J. Henderson Foundation with additional support from Hackensack Meridian Health, Private Advisor Group, Wiley Malehorn Sirota & Raynes, and several other individual donor sponsors.

At this year’s event, Preschool Advantage honored its 11 past board presidents. Under their selfless leadership, the nonprofit has sent 1,300 local children to preschool since 1995. Special recognition was given to the trustee, Gail Reuther for her 40 years as a director at Mount Olive Child Care & Learning Center, a partner preschool of the Organization. Preschool Advantage Executive Director, Nancy Bangiola noted, “Gail has generously shared her decades of experience and expertise in early childhood education with Preschool Advantage. Her peers recognize her as a leader in the field, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have benefitted from her wisdom for so many years.”

Preschool Advantage also recognized a local family whose

twin daughters attend preschool with a grant from the Organization. The twins’ mother, Jillian, remarked “The cost of preschool turned out to be one of our biggest challenges.” Expressing gratitude to the supporters in attendance, Jillian shared that her daughters are thriving and will be ready for kindergarten in the fall. “It has been an extraordinary journey watching our children learn and grow,” she said with great emotion.

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Jillian (left) and Hector (right), Preschool Advantage parents with Nancy Bangiola, Preschool Advantage Executive Director (center). Photo by Baseline Productions

Colors, Lights and Food Mark Joyous

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, colors, lights, and food fused with joy and tradition, as Diwali – The Festival of Lights – was celebrated at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.  Diwali is the most widely celebrated festival by Indians and Hindus around the world. October is being celebrated as Hindu Heritage Month, and community leaders as well as policymakers, including US President Joe Biden, are participating in lighting lamps and offering best wishes for the festivities.

Visitors were greeted with a festive and traditional welcome at the temple entrance by a colorful Rangoli, an ornate floor design made from colored powder, displaying various traditional Hindu symbols.

“It’s great to be starting the year off with family, friends, and community members, “said Dr. Raunaq Bhatt.

In preparation for the festivities, many devotees, young and old, gave their time to help create decorations, prepare for children’s Diwali, and set the stage for the most significant ritual of Diwali, ‘Annakut’. Annakut, which literally means

‘a mountain of food’, is traditionally offered to God to celebrate the beginning of the Hindu New Year.

“The preparation begins very early in the morning for us,” explained Seema Trambadia, a volunteer of BAPS. “The vegetarian food is traditionally arranged in tiers or steps in front of the sacred images of God. Today over 850 food items have been offered to God.”

“Diwali is my favorite festival because of the excitement that fills the air when the festival nears.  Having recently migrated to the US, I did not know what to expect,” said Kishan Patel, “However, after coming to the mandir, I felt like I was back in India. I experienced my culture while getting a taste of fine Indian cuisine. Every person I met had an expression of warmth and happiness on their face. I truly felt at home.”

At mandirs across North America, the glow of the lights, bright colors, and festive ambiance at the mandirs welcomed visitors as they took in the colors of the rangoli. Visitors joyfully offered prayers for the year ahead, and also had the opportunity to partake in prasadam (sanctified food).

Diwali Celebrations at BAPS

Diwali traditions are founded in deep spiritual meaning and encourage communities to reflect at each step of the celebrations. The ancient tradition of lighting diyas, or traditional lamps, symbolizes the transition from darkness to light. While the lamps lit on Diwali erase the physical darkness, the festival’s rich traditions, and rituals help individuals remove the darkness from within, in the forms of anger, envy, greed, arrogance, and resentment. The celebrations and traditions observed during the Diwali period present an opportunity to reflect and introspect on one’s personal, professional, and spiritual growth, and to start anew.

The multiple days of Diwali are steeped in traditions and rituals that symbolize new beginnings and a renewed commitment to family. The bright colors of Rangoli, the lamps, and the elaborate offering of vegetarian food (Annakut) to God, all mark a renewal of the good within and the goodwill towards all around us.

This year His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj celebrated Diwali and Annakut in Gondal, in the state of Gujarat in India. He blessed the devotees with a happy and peaceful new year. He also stressed that since this year is also the centennial celebration of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj, may all be blessed to live according to his virtuous life.

The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Its worldwide network of 3,800 centers supports these character-building activities. Under the guidance and leadership of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS aspires to build a community that is free of addictions as well as morally, ethically, and spiritually pure.

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BBQ: An Exciting New Addition of Downtown Morris Plains

while wrapping them in accompanying crispy lettuce wraps, along with some of that miso paste, kimchi, daikon, namul, and rice, was not only delectable but a truly pleasurable way to enjoy a meal. A burst of flavor in every bite!

We closed out our meal with a nice, enticing, treat of three large scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) placed atop an ice mold. Perfect ending to a great meal!

My recommendation: if you have not yet stopped in at the recently opened Woodam Korean Barbeque, put it on your calendar for the next time you are looking for that special dining experience, or to celebrate that special occasion. I am confident you will have a great time and a great meal. Thank you to Woodam Korean BBQ, Chef Eli, David Oh, and their staff for the cordial hospitality.

Woodam Korean BBQ is located at 650 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains. (973) 330-9112. Menu: Dine In – Curbside Pickup –No Contact Delivery. Street Parking and Municipal Parking Lot. Elevator Availability. Closed Monday.

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from our knowledgeable server, Suany, we chose to cook our own healthy (did I mention, Korean food is extremely healthy and nutritious) meats and vegetables.

Savoring our now perfectly cooked meats and veggies,

We closed out our meal with a nice, enticing, treat of three large scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) placed atop an ice mold

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Korean David Oh, one of the co-owners of Woodam BBQ Interior of Woodham Korean BBQ

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Christmas Linguini

(feeds 4)

1 Pound of linguini, cooked, drained, and oiled. Save pasta water.

12 Jumbo Shrimp, deshelled, cleaned.

1 Cup of chopped roasted peppers

1 Bag of spinach

1 Can cannellini beans

2 gloves garlic, chopped

2 T Grated cheese

1 T Butter

2 T Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Reserved Pasta water

This is a super easy recipe and I love the colors in this dish, the spinach and red peppers are so festive. Start with a cold non-reactive sauté pan. Put a drop of oil and sear the shrimp on one side, flip and turn off the heat and

cover with a lid. The residual heat will cook the shrimp the rest of the way without over cooking. In a large skillet brown the garlic in the olive, add the spinach, stir, add peppers, and add the beans. Add the pasta water a little at a time and stir till spinach wilts. Add the pasta and stir, add butter and half the cheese. Add the shrimp and toss. Adjust the sauce with more cheese or more pasta water if needed, season. Serve with tongs into your favorite pasta bowl and enjoy with your favorite bread and more cheese!

Chef Matthew Pierone, Gourmet Café Restaurant 136 Baldwin Road Parsippany, New Jersey (973) 316-0088

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LaZeez by Dhaba Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

Frank Cahill presented a welcome plaque to LaZeez by Dhaba and thanking them for opening in Parsippany.

Creating a perfect melding of Indian dishes with popular street food from throughout the world with build-yourown rice bowls, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, pizzas, and more. The restaurant was conceptualized by the Fine Indian Dining Group, whose portfolio of restaurants includes Sahib, Dhaba, Chote Nawab, Malai Marke, Dhaba Express, Wok In The Clouds, Kebabs & Kurries by Dhaba and Jashan by Dhaba.

LaZeez by Dhaba is the first quick-service restaurant under the Fine Indian Dining Group’s umbrella. Spotlighting a unique combination of flavors, LaZeez offers its diners a true taste of Northern Indian cuisine with a Mexican flare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

LaZeez by Dhaba’s full menu is available for pickup and delivery with Toast Tab.

LaZeez by Dhaba

LaZeez by Dhaba is located at 745 Route 46. (973) 8780062. Click here for the website.

Open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and  Friday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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On Saturday, November 12, LaZeez by Dhaba held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio and the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee. Also attending was Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani and Councilman Justin Musella. is the new Indian fusion street food experience located at 745 Route 46 East. Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman

Kiwanis Club Donates Jackets to Covenant House

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Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany donated winter jackets to Covenant House on Thursday, November 17. Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President Nicolas Limanov, joined by NJ Kiwanis District Past Governor Gordon Meth and Lt. Governor Division 9 Kiwanis NJ District Frank Cahill delivered winter jackets to Jen Williams, Senior Development Director, Covenant House. Since 1972, Covenant House opened its doors to over 1.5 million young people experiencing homelessness and trafficking, one youth at a time. That’s half a century of believing in youth and nurturing their promise, talents, and courage.
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PAL: Outlet for Kids to Stay Healthy, Play, Learn and Socialize

The Police Athletic League is Parsippany’s foremost charitable, non-profit, youth organization. The PAL operates with the sole purpose to provide the community with an important outlet for kids to stay healthy, play, learn important life skills, and socialize in a safe environment. There is a common misnomer that the Parsippany PAL is simply an entity of the Township funded by tax dollars, when in fact, the PAL operates with a substantial degree of independence.

The PAL is a private, community foundation that needs the support of the community’s public resources to build successful sports and enrichment programs that will have a positive impact on the attitude and health of the area’s children. The PAL is a charitable, nonprofit sustained with funds and volunteers that embody the best of Parsippany.  Local funding sources have the clearest understanding of the communities needs, from local partners, the PAL receives substantial funding and support from the following:

-Township; Mayor Jaimie Barberio and Council

-PAL Program Registrations

-Ion Bank (formerly Lincoln First)

-Women’s Club of Parsippany -Individual Donations

-PAL Room Rentals (source of PAL to raise funds)

The PAL is looking to build on this base of support and the PAL must raise additional funds from program sponsors and other fundraising campaigns to help maintain and improve the facility (the PAL building) and sustain our programs. Cross-sector collaboration and partnerships between the PAL and local businesses as well as our government agencies are essential to create community solutions and improvements. Here in Parsippany, the Township depends on the PAL and other charitable nonprofits to provide efficient and effective services to residents that would be more costly if provided by others. Likewise, the PAL, as a whole, earns about a third of its total revenue by providing services under written agreements with the township.

The construction of the facility provided a way for the community to work together for the common good, filling a need, and transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action. The erection of the PAL/Youth Center gave shape

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Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, PAL Executive Director Sam Yodice and PAL Program Coordinator Jay Hersh
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Jefry’s Pizza Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee, and the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Parsippany’s newest pizzeria on Saturday, November 12.

Jefry’s Pizza is located at 355 Parsippany Road (formerly Frank & Son Pizzeria, which closed during COIVD and has been vacant since June 2020).

Attending the ribbon cutting was Mayor James Barberio, Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Councilman Justin Musella, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee Chairman Frank Cahill, Members Dr. Bhagirath Maheta, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member Nicolas Limanov and Patrick Minutillo.

Large assortment of regular, Grandma, and gourmet pizza’s to choose from, along with a large classic menu of appetizers, salads, soups, paninis, wraps, hot and cold sandwiches, pasta dishes, seafood dinners, chicken dishes, calzones, strombolis, desserts, and more.

Best of luck and success to the new owners, Juan

and Fredy, and welcome. Jefry’s can be reached by calling (973) 887-2181. Yes, they have free delivery.

Jefry’s is open Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 8:00 p.m.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee, and the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Parsippany’s newest pizzeria

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PAL: Outlet for Kids to Stay Healthy, Play, Learn and Socialize

“We are here to ensure that the PAL sports and activities continue to improve as a key way for our kids to grow while making sure this building remains is safe, clean, friendly place to go.”

The Mayor toured the PAL to see some of the recent upgrades made to the facility and also identified areas of the building that will require significant funds as nec essary capital improvements to an aging PAL building. Funds that the PAL will hope to raise through public and private funding.

“This building, the PAL is owned by the organization, not the township, the responsibility falls on the organization to fundraise to keep programs affordable and make the necessary improvements to this facility,” Yodice said.

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for our youth to develop their boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes right here in Parsippany.  Today, the PAL helps to educate, inspire, enlighten, and nurture kids and adults of every age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status. They foster civic engagement and leadership, drive economic growth, and strengthen the fabric of our community. Every single day.  They have completely redesigned the model in which they operate, from a facility that largely rents out the facility to devel op their own program offerings.

The Parsippany PAL is home for all things community, recreation, and enrichment - if you haven’t visited the facility before, come on by and take a tour!  The Parsip pany PAL is an amazing facility and you will find some thing fun and exciting for every member of your family!

The PAL is home to two full-sized basketball courts and gyms, perfect for all of your indoor sporting needs.  They have a large All-Purpose Room full of ideas, gatherings, meetings, and enrichment activities/classes.  The spe cialized sports and athletic development programs are incredible as we have our own PAL Hall of Fame Boxing Coach on staff, as well as athletic trainers from Parisi Speed School.  The PAL runs and organizes seasonal and recreational sporting programs, enrichment classes, and community events for youth and adults - there is some thing for everyone!

Recently, Mayor Barberio met with PAL Director Sam Yodice and discussed several topics including the num ber of Parsippany families that participate at the PAL as their primary source of physical activity. Also part of the discussion was a collaborative effort to move the PAL forward with new programming ideas that extend beyond traditional sports. “It was exciting to hear of all the new programming ideas,” the Mayor provided his continued support.

Youth sports and the PAL were put through the wringer, the pandemic had a major impact on the PAL, as they were not able to host programs or operate for nearly two years. While accessibility and participation are starting to rebound, there’s so much work to be done.

Mayor Barberio discussed with Sam Yodice the many effects that COVID had on the PAL.

“Financially, the pandemic decimated the organization, as a private nonprofit. The PAL’s operating reserves were depleted, just like so many other businesses, but still had financial obligations to meet mortgage payments, utilities, and service contracts. A 36,000 sq. ft. build ing to maintain, etc.” said Yodice. “Financially, from an organizational and capital structure perspective, the effects of COVID-19 will continue to have lasting effects on the PAL for years”

But they are BACK and rolling out more programs than ever! This year has been a wonderful year for the PAL as they have been able to establish several new and excit ing programs while continuing to grow and develop the core foundations. “We are so excited about all of the activity and new programming at the PAL - it’s GREAT to be back,” said Yodice. We hope to see you soon for a workout, a basketball game, or maybe some pickleball. Whatever it is, we have something for everyone - and can’t wait to see you!”

Some of the core programs include:

OPEN GYM: Youth Residents of all ages thru High School are FREE!

SPECIAL NEEDS: “Games with Friends” is a fun and fully inclusive program where kids with special needs learn to play fun and simple games while developing new friend ships with peers

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Mayor James Barberio talking to PAL Director Sam Yodice
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BASKETBALL: Recreation and Travel; The program incorporates K-High School students and last year soared past 650 kids in 13 different grade groups!

FLAG FOOTBALL: Spring and Fall Recreational leagues, an activity perfect for all skill sets!

WRESTLING: Popular program continues to see growth and excitement from our athletes and volunteer coaches!

CHEER: PAL Comp Cheer team competitions will power through the winter and end in late February/early March.

BOXING: Youth and Adult Contact/Non-Contact programs and instruction: Led by NJ Hall of Fame Boxer Ed Leahy!

The boxing fitness room will help get you in shape, improve your hand/eye coordination, and elevate all of your fitness levels!

ICE HOCKEY: Middle School Ice hockey at the PAL is for players grades 6-8 from both schools in Parsippany. They have worked really hard to continue to introduce new programs and activities to our community this year.

The goal is to continue the focus on different ways we can impact ‘mind’ and ‘body,’ for both youth and adults.

NEW programs in 2022 included...

INTRODUCTION TO CHESS Led by an experienced 30year instructor

ART Classes; Nurture your child’s interest in drawing and painting in this colorful workshop!

GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY - Clinics and Rec League. Coached and Led by our local Field Hockey High School Booster Clubs

PICKLEBALL: Youth and Adults; this new sport is excit ing and a popular activity for all to play (No experience required!)

FALL PARENT & ME MULTI SPORTS: Parent & Me Multi Sports Squirts program allows children to try a variety of sports with a helping hand from Mom or Dad Adult Men’s Basketball League

Introduction to CODING AND ROBOTICS...You don’t want to miss this one!

V-Team Tutoring and Educational Support...The partners from the V-Team are licensed educators ready to elevate your performance in the classroom

As Winter ‘22-’23 approaches, the PAL will soon host ‘Parents Night Out’ on select Friday evenings. They will ask Mom and Dad to take a much-needed night off and they will keep the kids busy with fun activities - be sure to look for this soon!

And please join the PAL’s Holiday Spirit Contest in December. They invite residents to register and then festively decorate their homes for the holidays! The most creative, festive, and highest tallied votes will win great PAL prizes!

They have recently revived the Sponsorship Program and have great ways for local businesses, organizations, and groups to get involved with the PAL...and help serve the local community.

Every year, they invite local businesses to sponsor a team, program, event, or much-needed capital improve ment that could include naming rights and exposure.

Sponsoring the organization is not only a great way to get involved with the community; it’s also an amazing form of marketing for your business. Their programs have over 1,000 families participating in programs.

That means your business will have branding in front of hundreds of people and generate thousands of impres sions in the Parsippany area. With that type of exposure, everyone will remember that your business supported the PAL.

If you have any questions, please contact PAL Executive Director, Sam Yodice directly at (973) 9173370 or

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