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Serving 53,515 Households of Parsippany-Troy Hills

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Members of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany and Kiwanis Club of Greater Roxbury prepare dinner for clients at Homeless Solutions. Story on Page 16.

www.ParsippanyFocus.news Frank L. Cahill, Publisher Barbara Freda, Sales Manager Nicolas Limanov, Photographer Patrick Minutillo, Restaurant Reviews Christine Mercado, Contributing Writer Sharon Maroldi, Contributing Writer Luis A. Matos, Distribution Manager

Elmas Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisine: “Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy” | 5

One such cuisine not uncommon to this area’s dining scene is Turkish-Mediterranean

Going Green: Directing Parsippany to Renewables and Becoming Defenders of Our Environment | 6

Design and Layout Zoomus Marketing, LLC 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 322 Parsippany, New Jersey 07054 (862) 295-1300

It goes without saying that the natural world is – by every measure – our most important resource.

Terrific Progress on District Goals | 8

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District continues its important work toward students’ academic experiences, social and emotional learning.

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Henry Liao Receives Honors Achievement Award | 14

Henry C Liao - Ameriprise Financial Services, has been selected for 2020 Best of Parsippany Award in the Financial Planner category by the Parsippany Award Program.

PACC Welcomes Member: Benjamin Koch | 15

Benjamin Koch, Newmark Associates, is the latest new member of Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Water Dive and Ice Rescue Drill at Lake Parsippany | 18

Parsippany Rescue and Recovery on the scene with their dive team practicing ice dives and ice rescue techniques in case of a real emergency.

Aimee Osterman Named to Dean’s List at York College of Pennsylvania | 24

Parsippany’s Aimee Osterman was named to the Dean’s List

Salmon with Lobster | 25

Chef Matt, Gourmet Cafe, shares his favorite recipe About Parsippany Focus Parsippany Focus was founded on October 1, 1989 by Publisher Frank Cahill. Parsippany Focus is the only dedicated newsource, publishing local news and information for the past thirty years exclusively for Parsippany-Troy Hills. Parsippany Focus Magazine is published monthly by Zoomus Marketing, LLC, 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 338, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054 (c) 2021 Zoomus Marketing, LLC. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission of the publisher.

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Parsippany Announces COVID-19 Testing Location | 27

Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills announced the opening of a new COVID-19 testing facility at the Knoll Country Club East

Nick Verducci Named to Montclair State University’s Dean’s List | 30

Nick Verducci was named to Montclair State University’s Fall Dean’s List.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Elmas Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisine: “Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy” By Patrick Minutillo

Pandemic, or no pandemic, if you are a true food lover, who genuinely enjoys the culinary variety and pleasures of delicious, diverse, and extraordinary international cuisine, then Parsippany is the place to be. There is no denying the benefits that can be derived by visiting the many, exciting, multicultural dining experiences, all easily and conveniently located within this community, simply by stopping in and enjoying the wonderful, and sometimes exotic varieties, of the many excellent gourmet fares available. One such cuisine not uncommon to this area’s dining scene is Turkish-Mediterranean.   A relatively recent and exciting addition to that mix is Elmas Turkish-Mediterranean Cuisine, which opened in August of 2019 and located in a small strip mall right off Route 46 East.  Elmas is a Turkish word that translates to “Diamond.” Even though a lot of these fantastic, unpretentious, culinary gems are frequently found among many nondescript strip malls, do not let that fool you, you will often be

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Elmas Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisine is located at 1561 Route 46, Parsippany. For more information call (973) 9174700

pleasantly surprised with what awaits you inside. I last visited Elmas with a group of foodie friends just prior to the pandemic. We all thoroughly enjoyed

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Going Green: Directing Parsippany to Renewables and Becoming Defenders of Our Environment

Mayor Michael A. Soriano

“It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.” Dalai Lama It goes without saying that the natural world is – by every measure – our most important resource. It provides us with food, energy, beauty, and of course life. We are totally and completely dependent on it. As we’ve all experienced, our actions have direct consequences on the overall health of our natural world as well. Whether we care to admit it or not, we’re at a dangerous crossroads. If we don’t change our habits soon, the natural world we know and cherish will be changed profoundly, and not for the better. But it’s not too late to take action right here in Parsippany. This month, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be signing the Sustainable Jersey Gold Pledge in Energy. I’m joining over 40 other mayors in the state who’ve signed onto the pledge to solve the global warming crisis. As part of the pledge, Sustainable Jersey will partner with our township to provide clear guidance and meaningful resources to help us achieve our sustainability goals. Our citizen Green Team, along with our administration, has done tremendous work to bring sustainability and environmental protection to the forefront in Parsippany. In pledging to continue our Township’s movement towards sustainable practices, 6 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

Parsippany is demonstrating its stature as a leader on these important issues for the region. New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Aligning with Sustainable Jersey’s Gold Pledge in Energy will put Parsippany on the path toward meeting these expectations. The Gold Pledge seeks to improve the health of our community by focusing on green initiatives: reducing carbon footprint and greenhouse gases, increasing renewable energy capabilities, and decreasing environmental waste, to name a few. As we embark on this new era in sustainability, I challenge everyone in our community to start rethinking routines: Eat local, and support local butchers and farmers. Practice energy conservation by turning off lights and using energy efficient appliances. Avoid single-use plastics in favor of reusable alternatives. And of course, get involved in our local climate action groups, like the Parsippany Green Team. These challenges won’t be easy, but they are important for the long-term health of our community and our natural world. The time is now to do our part.

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A Message From the Superintendent

Terrific Progress On District Goals

Dr. Barbara Sargent Even during an extremely challenging school year in which health conditions take absolute priority over other objectives and educators are working with students attending in-person and remotely, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District continues its important work toward students’ academic experiences, social and emotional learning, and staff professional development. Information about the district’s progress in these areas was presented at the January 21 Board of Education meeting and is posted on the district website at www.pthsd.k12.nj.us Our successes thus far include: New Advanced Placement classes are booming! More than 250 students are enrolled in new AP Human Geography and AP Psychology. More students are taking AP exams at Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School – and the district’s scores continue to be strong with more than 91% of students earning a score of 3 or higher. This is the minimum score required for students to receive college credit for classes. Research shows that the best indicator of Bachelor’s degree attainment is the rigor of courses a student completes in high school. A Dual Admissions program with NJIT will expand students’ exposure to college-level instruction. Students may take classes in Physics, Fundamentals of Engineering, AP Statistics, Calculus, and more with their Parsippany teachers, gain college credit, and have a pathway for admission to NJIT. Our elementary Strings Instrument program continues to grow. Students in 3rd and 4th grade may study violin, viola, or cello under the 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

instruction of our two talented Strings teachers. We have more than 250 children participating in this program and we can’t wait for them to hold a live concert! Several new classes have been proposed for 202122, including Algebra 3/Trigonometry, Grade 7 Algebra, Fundamentals of Engineering, Computer Programming in C++, and many Business classes like Entrepreneurship, Social Media Marketing, and Accounting I and II Honors. More 5th grade students have been recommended for Accelerated Math. These students have the opportunity to take Grade 7 Algebra and Grade 8 Geometry in middle school. A Cyber-Security Industry Certification program is running at both high schools and more than 40 students are taking Networking, the first of a 3-course sequence leading to certification. Many opportunities for student leadership, including student participation in Parent-Teacher Conferences, students serving on Principal Advisory and School Safety Committees, and studentproduced news reports. We’re grateful to the many hearts and minds that have worked on these exciting initiatives. Teachers, school leaders, and university partners are enriching the school experience for all Parsippany students. Together with our supportive parent community, dedicated staff members, intelligent school leaders, and thoughtful Board of Education members, we are creating an educational experience that produces creative, self-directed, and purposeful students.

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HEALTH AND FITNESS

Atlantic Health System receives NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

Atlantic Health System has prioritied sustainability, including recycling

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, recently received the New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, and was named among the organizations and individuals that have moved the state forward on significant issues, including climate change, recycling, clean drinking water, and environmental justice. “We are truly honored to be recognized among the leaders in our communities who are working to make our state environmentally sustainable,” said Nikki Sumpter, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Atlantic Health System. “Implementing sustainable strategies in the delivery of care not only has a positive impact on the environment, but also compliments our commitment to quality and diversity. The effect this has on the communities we serve is multi-fold.” Atlantic Health System was recognized in the Healthy & Sustainable Businesses category with the Murphy administration highlighting Atlantic Health System’s achievements in reducing the carbon footprints of its medical centers, implementing aggressive changes in high-waste areas such as ORs and finding new ways to reduce waste and reuse common medical materials. 10 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

Examples of Atlantic Health System’s achievements include: -Overlook Medical Center’s tri-generation power plant has had the most significant impact on reducing the organization’s carbon footprint. It can generate electricity on site by harnessing the waste heat produced by the generators and substitutes steam formerly created by boilers -Atlantic Health System’s medical centers have exceeded national benchmarks for recycle rates, recycling between 19-26 percent or more of their total waste produced -Plastic straws have been replaced with biodegradable paper straws throughout all hospital retail sites -In early 2020, Atlantic Health System partnered with Green Vision, Inc., based in Randolph, a local environmentally friendly recycling company. The company picks up the health system’s electronic waste, or “e-waste,” such as used computer monitors, televisions, various pieces of medical equipment and other devices, and employs young adolescent students and adults with autism and teaches them how to properly dismantle and recycle e-waste. Green Vision operates 99% landfill-free, with all recycled materials going to federally licensed facilities. Atlantic Health last

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Elmas Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisine: “Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy”

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that visit, and I particularly enjoyed the delicious feast that we all agreed was something special. It was time for a long-overdue return visit. On entering the unassuming, simple, red brick and glass storefront, I was warmly and enthusiastically welcomed by the smiling and personable owner of Elmas, Abdul Syed, who guided me, and my guest, to a well-prepared, carefully appointed table of our choosing.  The dining room is aesthetically pleasing, spacious, sparkling clean, comfortable lighting and ambiance, and beautifully decorated to identify as an authentic Turkish restaurant.  Tasteful Turkish décor throughout, with a large, eye-catching, beautiful painting of Istanbul situated on the back wall.  It was also apparent that the seating, as well as the rest of the restaurant, was set up to be in full adherence with all current health safety requirements. I would be remiss not to mention that Elmas has a very pretty, spacious, private banquet room in the February 2021

rear of the restaurant, separated from the main dining room, that could comfortably accommodate family celebrations, business meetings, or any of a variety of get-togethers. This classy venue would normally accommodate up to 150 people, but naturally, that number has been greatly diminished for the time being due to health restrictions. Amazingly, Mr. Syed remembered me from my visit last year and stated that he never forgets his friends, which not only impressed me but made me feel very much at home.  Mr. Syed stated that his background provided him the opportunity to research and study the health benefits that are derived from eating properly prepared, highquality food; and it is that foundation that inspired him and his wife, Mina, to open Elmas, their first venture into the restaurant business.  When asked, he stated that what makes Elmas special is his commitment to serve only fresh, healthy, authentic ethnic cuisine, always with an emphasis on customer service. His motto, “Eat Healthy, Stay

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Elmas Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisine: “Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy” (Continued from Page 11)

Healthy” is reflected in the dining experience he provides. After A few minutes, the equally personable and genuine, Mina Syed, arrived and she could not have been more pleasant, accommodating, or helpful while discussing the menu with us.  As we pondered over that menu, our water glasses were filled, the wine was uncorked and poured (by the way did I mention that Elmas is a BYOB) and a basket of warm, pillowy, delicious bread quickly made its way to the table. Our Turkish feast began with a variety of Hummus (pureed chickpeas blended with tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice), Soslu Patlican (fried eggplant cubes sauteed with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and garlic), Ezme (Minced spicy tomatoes, onions, garlic, peppers and spices, tomato paste, olive oil, and lemon juice), and Yaprak Sarma (grape leaves stuffed with rice, onions, pine nuts, raisins, mint, parsley, and dill).  The arsenal of the different layers of tastes and textures among the various dishes was over the top delicious.  As different as each dish was, they all seemed to enhance the other. Every bite was packed with flavor and was quickly devoured by spreading it on that previously mentioned warm bread. As we finished off the last of the spicy Ezme I was beginning to wonder how I was going to finish the entrée I had ordered.  The appetizers could serve as a filling and satisfying meal in themselves. Nonetheless, out came our beautifully plated, hot, and succulent looking entrees. I ordered the Mixed Grill, as I was anxious to try the selection of Kebab’s offered on the menu. The generously sized platter of meats was visually impressive, and the large

skewers of assorted meat looked delectable. The Mixed Platter offered a nice-sized portion of Shish Kebab, Adana Kebab, Chicken Kebab, and Doner Kebab, and all served over grilled peppers, tomatoes, and rice. All the different meats provided a great balance of tastes, were perfectly prepared, cooked exactly right, juicy moist, tender, flavorful, and easily exceeded my expectations. I normally finish what I order, but on this night, I could not meet the challenge, and as much as I enjoyed every bite, I had to take some of this meal home for the next day. I did not get to try my friend Lamb Sauté, but reportedly that was an equally delicious and enjoyable meal. As we sipped our complimentary Turkish Tea, we decided we had to try a couple of classic Turkish desserts. Ordered the Kunefe and Baklava to go along with a Turkish Coffee. The Kunefe, a traditional Middle Eastern dessert, a semi-sweet, filo pastry treat layered with cheese was savory, and the Baklava with its crunchy texture, nutty and honey-sweet taste was just the right finishing touch. An excellent, gastronomical dining experience, wonderful food, exceptional, friendly, accommodating service, and great atmosphere.  I would recommend visiting Elmas TurkishMediterranean Cuisine when you are up for a culinary trip to Adana, Turkey. Come out and support all our small, independent local businesses in any way you can. Halal Meat, Ample Parking, Dine In, Take Out, Delivery, BYOB, Banquet Hall, Catering. Closed Monday. Elmas Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisine is located at 1561 Route 46, Parsippany. For more information call (973) 917-4700 or visit their website, elmasnj.com.

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Atlantic Health System receives NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award (Continued from Page 10)

year recycled more than 7,000 lbs. of e-waste -Starting in 2019, Overlook has been repurposing surgical blue wrap – the material used to cover sterile surgical instruments and materials – into reusable tote bags, as well as ponchos and sleeping bags, some of which have been donated to Summit’s homeless. The wrap is made of polypropylene, which is lightweight and durable – and also incredibly non-biodegradable, and a large source of hospital waste. Overlook Medical Center uses – and discards – about 15,000 lbs. of blue wrap each year, much of which can now be repurposed

opportunities that will help us build a stronger, fairer New Jersey.”

These and other accomplishments have also been recognized by other organizations in recent years, including Practice Greenhealth, HealthTrust and Union County. In his opening remarks at the virtual awards ceremony, DEP Deputy Commissioner Shawn LaTourette noted that the 2020 “honorees exemplify the values that motivate us here at the Department of Environmental Protection and across the Murphy Administration: an abiding commitment to science and service, and a drive to confront our greatest challenges, and out of them create new

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BUSINESS BRIEFS

Henry C. Liao Receives Honors Achievement Award play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Parsippany Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Parsippany Award Program and data provided by third parties. About Parsippany Award Program The Parsippany Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Parsippany area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

Henry C. Liao

Henry C Liao - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. has been selected for 2020 Best of Parsippany Award in the Financial Planner category by the Parsippany Award Program. Each year, the Parsippany Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Parsippany area a great place to live, work, and

The Parsippany Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy. Henry C Liao - Ameriprise Financial Inc. is located at 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 106, and can be reached by calling (973) 265-1185.

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PARSIPPANY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

PACC Welcomes New Member: Benjamin Koch

Benjamin Koch joined Newmark Associates in 2019 as a Sales Associate. Beginning his career as a residential realtor with Realty One Group, he received his first commercial real estate client and his passion for commercial real estate was ignited. Coupled with an excellent work ethic and enthusiasm, Ben’s ability to create and maintain attentive, detail-oriented communications with clients allows for building the types of relationships key to managing realty transactions. A resident of Montville since birth, Ben has cultivated his hometown and the surrounding Morris County market where he offers buyer/seller agency and tenant/landlord representation. Future ambitions include developing property management expertise and investing in his own real estate. Benjamin attended the University of Delaware before deciding to obtain his real estate license at the School of American Business. When not handling real estate matters, he enjoys playing sports, such as soccer and golf, and living life with his newly adopted puppy, Milo. Newmark Associates was featured in Forbes magazine & once again cited by NJBiz magazine in 2013 as one of the “Top Real Estate Brokerage Companies” in New Jersey, Newmark Associates, Inc. is recognized as one of the most respected and successful commercial real estate providers in the state. Newmark fulfills the need for a company that focuses on New Jersey regional requirements of corporations, the healthcare industry, and entrepreneurial firms. Contact Ben at (973) 866-6883 or bkoch@newmarkrealestate.com. February 2021

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GIVING BACK

Parsippany Kiwanis Serves Meals to the Homeless Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany member Nicolas Limanov, Kiwanis Club of Greater Roxbury President Cain Pope and Frank Cahill, Lt. Governor Division 9, prepared dinner for the clients at Homeless Solutions. Due to the recent pandemic, our members were not able to cook on the premises. Since March, Kiwanis member, Nicolas Limanov, would pick up food that was donated by Restaurant Depot, and IHOP Parsippany would prepare the meals and then would be delivered to Homeless Solutions. Recently we resumed cooking on the premises. With a generous donation from Chick-fil-A Morris Plains and food donated by Restaurant Depot, Cahill was able to shop at Costco to purchase the items needed to prepare the dinner.

Frank Cahill, Kiwanis Lt. Governor Division 9, removing a tray of baked ziti out of the oven

The guests enjoyed homemade Baked Ziti, Meatballs, Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad, Rolls, and dessert. The Kiwanis Club has been providing meals to Homeless Solutions for the past 19 years and has served over 7,000 meals. Members volunteer their time to shop, cook, and serve the dinner. Homeless Solutions, “Providing a Hand Up, Not a HandOUT.� They offer shelter, services, and supportive housing to the homeless and working poor in Morris County.

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Water Dive and Ice Rescue Drill

Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Captain/Dive Coordinator Andrew Ludwig, Dan Morgan, Andy Zaharopoulos, and Nicolas Limanov during an Dive and Ice Rescue Drill on Lake Parsippany


on Lake Parsippany It looked like a real disaster on Lake Shore Drive in Lake Parsippany recently but it was just the Parsippany Rescue and Recovery on the scene with their dive team practicing ice dives and ice rescue techniques in case of a real emergency. Lake Parsippany was solid ice and the volunteers first step upon arrival was to cut a triangular hole in the ice using a special chainsaw. The volunteers from both ambulance squads participated in setting up and staffing the staging area where divers checked their vitals and uniform to make sure everything is properly sealed, put on and tested the rest of the equipment such as the air bottles and head masks. If it was a real emergency, the volunteers can start getting into their gear inside the truck, which is equipped with all the uniforms and the necessary items. The truck is also fully ventilated to prevent any mold from forming inside, including all cabinets.

Becoming a member of the Rescue & Recovery requires a similar level of training and commitment found in firefighter certification. Rescue members often take some of the same classes at the fire academy that firefighters take, excluding courses specifically related to fighting fires. From there, rescue unit members enroll in classes specific to their roll in the emergency services. Throughout the year, members also participate in drill and training sessions together. A township-wide drill is organized annually in which all emergency responders participate. Parsippany Rescue and Recovery is in need volunteers of volunteers, especially in the Lake Parsippany area. Parsippany Rescue and Recovery also needs donations. It is expensive to train the members and maintain the equipment. You can send your donations to Parsippany Rescue and Recovery, Post Office Box 45, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey 07034.

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SCHOOL NEWS

Aimee Osterman Named to Dean’s List at York College of Pennsylvania Aimee Osterman, a senior, Early Elementary Education major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2020 semester. Aimee is a Parsippany Hills High School Class of 2017 and will gradute York College of Pennsylvania Class of 2021. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher. Aimee is involved with Hillel, Education Ambassadors, Student Alumni Council (and the senior committee). She has worked on-campus jobs. She is also part of two honors societies (Alpha Chi which is the National College Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi which is the International Education Honor Society).

Reading aloud to a group of first-grade students at one of Aimee’s field placements

A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,600 undergraduate students.

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Salmon with Lobster

1 side of Salmon with skin and bones removed. Portioned into four 6 to 8-ounce fillets 8 ounces of lobster diced (claw and tail meat) 2 scallions, minced. 1 ripe tomato, deseeded and diced. 1 small shallot, minced. 1 cup of heavy cream 1/2 cup of marinara sauce 1/3 cup Prosecco 1 t butter Salt and pepper to taste

make the sauce. In the same pan you seared the salmon, add a teaspoon of butter and the shallots, brown. Deglaze with prosecco (or champagne), reduce by half, add cream, simmer, add sauce.

Flour the salmon fillets, shake off execs and sear in a non- reactive pan. Remove filets and transfer to a baking pan, add a little vegetable stock place in the oven at 350 degrees.

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Simmer and reduce the sauce, add lobster meat, simmer 1 minute, add tomatoes and scallions, season to taste. Plate the salmon and spoon sauce over top. I serve this dish with wild or saffron rice and steamed broccoli.

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Parsippany Announces COVID-19 Testing Location The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills announced the opening of a new COVID-19 testing facility at the Knoll Country Club East, located at 50 Knoll Drive in Boonton (Parsippany). Residents and those who work in Parsippany will be able to get tested for COVID-19 safely. Testing will be available by appointment or walk-ins Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will not be testing on Saturdays or Sundays. Testing will be offered through limited availability early on, as the Health Department’s process is refined at the location. However, the Parsippany Health Department expects to be capable of conducting over 150 tests per day. The testing facility will use the PCR test, which can accurately detect active COVID-19 in a person’s body, returning results to the tested individual in as little as 48 hours. The site will capture medical insurance from those being tested, although there will be no costs incurred during the process. Funds from the CARES Act, Medicaid, and private insurance will cover the costs, ensuring residents and employees will incur no cost to be tested. “This is one of the first public testing operations that the state is rolling out in New Jersey, and it’s right here in Parsippany,” said Mayor Michael Soriano. “We want to thank the Department of Health for working with us on this. Testing remains vitally important in our efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, and we’re glad to take part in this health initiative.” The testing site was conceived in the hopes of containing the virus in the township, as well February 2021

as alerting residents and employees working in Parsippany of any positive test of COVID-19, to reduce the spread of the virus to others in the community. “The state is trying to enhance testing efforts in order to mitigate the spread,” said Carlo DiLizia, Health Officer for Parsippany’s Health Department. “Parsippany covers a large geographical area, and the more test results we get from residents, the more data we collect, the better understanding we have about active cases in the Township. The strike team is ready, and we want to make sure that everyone who needs a test can get it. It makes good public health sense.” The testing center is the first of its kind offered by the Township. Morris County offered drive-through testing at County College of Morris, while pharmacies throughout the community offer COVID-19 tests as well. To access the list of additional testing sites in Morris County visit https://health.morriscountynj.gov/morris-county-covid-19-testing-sites/ To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test, please call the Parsippany Health Department at (973) 263-7160. For more information on testing visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing.

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High School Scholarships Sponsored by the Woman’s Club Parsippany High and Parsippany Hills seniors are encouraged to apply for the $1,000 scholarships open to ALL graduating seniors. Multiple scholarships will be awarded. Apply through the school’s Guidance Department and follow their timeline and procedures. Scholarships have been awarded to hundreds of students over 65 years thanks to the club’s successful Golf Classic held each July at the Knoll Country Club. The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills is a member of NJSFWC, which is the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the state, providing opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service. Due to COVID-19, General Meetings are being

held via Zoom the fourth Monday of each month September through April at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to attend our next General Meeting call Marilyn at (973) 539-3703 or e-mail the club at womansclubofpth@gmail. com. Check the web www.parsippanywomansclub.org or follow the club on FACEBOOK.

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Sons of Italy Donates to Area Organizations township. They also purchased $1,000 in ShopRite Gift Cards and distributed them to Parsippany Food Pantry, St. Ann’s Food Pantry and St. Peter’s Food Pantry. Ending the year they donated another $1,000 ShopRite and $1,000 Walmart gift cards to Jersey Battered Women’s Services (JBWS) and other families throughout Parsippany. Order Sons of Italy In America - Lodge 2561 has been busy this holiday season with donating food and gift cards to local organizations and families. But the giving doesn’t stop there, they continue all year in their fundraising efforts so they can donate to those in need. They purchased 16 complete Thanksgiving dinners from ShopRite and distributed ten to families of Parsippany Day Care Center and the remaining to other needy families within the

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The Morris County of the Order of Sons of Italy Lodge 2561 is an affiliated member of the Order of the Sons of Italy In America Association. The Lodge was founded as a non-profit organization which contributes thousands of dollars to worthwhile local charities and families and awards many scholarships to outstanding men and women. For more information visit soi2561.org.

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Volunteers to Prepare Taxes for Low Income Households If you are comfortable with numbers, like solving puzzles, and enjoy helping other people, volunteer tax preparation may be just the thing for you. United Way of Northern New Jersey offers free tax preparation services to lower-income households throughout our communities. Last year volunteer tax preparers completed over 5,000 tax returns. Their efforts helped bring $6.3 million in refunds back into people’s pockets and the local economy! You do not need an accounting or financial background. Training will be provided, online, starting in December 2020. You will be working virtually as part of a collaborative team to assure that you will be able to pass the IRS certification at an appropriate level.

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