Parsippany Focus Magazine - July 2022

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Abby Matheis Named Parsippany’s Mayor




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Message from the Mayor | 6

“I am apt to believe that it (Independence Day) will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival” predicted John Adams before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776.

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Congratulations to our graduating students and their families! Both Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School celebrated our senior students with beautiful outdoor ceremonies on their respective home fields.

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Sazon Latino Restaurant: Home-Style Prepared Authentic Latin Food | 9 At a time of hyperinflation and continuously rising gas costs, you might just be looking for a place to catch a reasonably priced, delicious home-cooked meal without all the fanfare.

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Eagle Scout Recognition Ceremony Honors Three | 10

On Sunday, June 12, Parsippany welcomed three Scouts who advanced to Eagle Scout, Tyler Catapano, Andrew Modin, and Matthew Rankel.

Erik Franklin Holmstrom Earns Degree from Widener University | 15

Graduates included Erik Franklin Holmstrom of Mount Tabor is a magna cum laude graduate who earned a bachelor of science in Accounting from the School of Business Administration.

Gourmet Cafe Celebrates 15 Years | 18

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 over thirty years exclusively for Parsippany-Troy Hills.

On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Mayor James R. Barberio, Council President Michael dePierro, Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Councilman Frank Neglia, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill, Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, Former Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso attended the 15th Anniversary Celebration for Gourmet Café.

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Santosh Peddi Elected President of Parsippany-Troy Hills Rotary | 24

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Santosh Peddi was elected President of the Rotary International Club of Par-Troy-Hills District 7475

Abby Matheis Becomes Parsippany’s Latest Mayor Abby Matheis became Parsippany’s Latest Mayor on Thursday, June 30. Mayor James Barberio issued a certificate proclaim “Abby Matheis” Mayor for a Day. Complete Story on Page 17. 4 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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Message from Mayor Barberio

Mayor James R. Barberio

“I am apt to believe that it (Independence Day) will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival” predicted John Adams before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776. It appears that the signers of this great document understood that history was being made and knew it would be commemorated in a spectacular way. The great men that envisioned a sovereign nation did it under the penalty of treason, knowing they were risking their lives and their fortunes by putting their names on record to this most notorious of papers. These men were the most prominent statesmen of their time and didn’t always agree with each other on exactly how the new government should operate. They were leaders united by one common cause and a belief in the idea of a new nation where freedom would be crucial to its core values. They were responsible for shaping 13 colonies into the United States of America. The ideals that they put forth during that summer of 1776 are still trusted and believed in 246 years later. Independence and freedom are often thought to be one and the same; however, they are not identical. Independence must be formed first in order to establish freedom. This is why the idea of independence was so crucial for the beginnings of our nation. To be independent, one must be autonomous and then freedom can follow. Freedom brings the ability to make choices, but with freedom and choice there comes responsibility. The responsibility of freedom falls on all of us as Americans. We must make 6 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

decisions that will ensure our nation is able to move forward and preserve democracy for future generations. The Founding Fathers knew this was crucial for a new nation to survive. The lessons that we can learn from these enlightened thinkers are numerous. Working together despite differences in opinions and ideas and being able to compromise while keeping the integrity of a vision was not an easy feat. Tolerance and patience were needed even during heated debates at the direction they wanted the fledgling nation to take. Without those elements discussion would have halted and perhaps even ceased. The Founding Fathers knew that in order to move forward ego and pride had to be put aside. Their sacrifices were enormous and yet they proceeded knowing the country they were creating was worth it. Their biggest fear was that future generations would not be able to uphold the legacy of liberty that they fought to obtain. As Americans we owe it to these heroic men to keep that legacy alive. We should embrace patriotism for our country not just on the 4th of July, but every day. We should honor this gift that we take as a birthright because if we do not it can easily be lost. So, as you enjoy watching the firework displays that honor our independence, remember the courageous Revolutionaries that had the fortitude to believe in something greater than themselves and see it through.

James R. Barberio

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Mayor’s Action Center Mayor James R. Barberio

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Listens: The Mayor’s Action Center welcomes any request for service or information. No matter what the problem or question, every effort is made to give a prompt response. Please use GovPilot to report a concern, the concern can be reported at any time via online form or through the Gov-Pilot App. Records: All requests for service, received through the Mayor’s Action Center, are automatically logged-in to ensure that every request is on file and can be easily retrieved. Requests are forwarded to the appropriate department and the requester will be updated along the process. Resolves: The Mayor’s Action Center attempts to address residents’ concerns in a timely manner. Every request for action is tracked from inception to completion. Upon completion, residents will receive notice that the issue or complaint was addressed.

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A Message From the Superintendent

Celebrating our Parsippany 2022 Graduates Dr. Barbara Sargent

Congratulations to our graduating students and their families! Both Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School celebrated our senior students with beautiful outdoor ceremonies on their respective home fields. We wish the students a happy, healthy, and successful journey as they begin new adventures. My farewell address to the students is provided here for your reflection. “Welcome to our families, our faculty, Board of Education members, and our outstanding graduates. It is a privilege to recognize and celebrate the completion of your Parsippany-Troy Hills school experience today. What a marvelous journey you’ve had. I come from a hiking family. My father was an Eagle Scout and our family vacations consisted of camping and hiking. When I had my own children, three sons who were involved with Boy Scouts for years and who are Eagle Scouts, we hiked all over. Jenny Jump Mountain, Sunfish Pond, Hacklebarney, Acadia, the Smoky Mountains, the Rocky Mountains. And the number one rule in hiking – besides sturdy shoes and good snacks – is “Leave No Trace”. This is important because we want to keep our forests and mountains 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

beautiful and untouched; therefore, we carry out what we carry in. I was thinking what a contrast this is to the messages we give our students - and how completely wrong it would be to tell our graduates to leave no trace when they go out into the world. Can you imagine saying to high school graduates, “Don’t touch anything.” “Keep your ideas to yourself.” The message, in fact, should be quite the opposite. Graduates, what mark will you leave on the world? Upon whose heart will you leave footprints? In what hallways and communities will the echo of your strong and fierce voices repeat? I know many of you and am certain you will leave breadcrumbs of kindness, service, and friendship in your journeys. Those around you will be fortified by your enthusiasm, your gumption, and your clear sense of right and wrong. Leave a trace. Make your mark. Be your bold and beautiful selves. Because, while the forests should look untouched, the wake you leave as your travel through life should not be so pristine. Congratulations, be safe, and be kind. We will miss you.”

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Sazon Latino Restaurant: Home-Style Prepared Authentic Latin Food

Sazon Latino Restaurant is located at 209 Main Street, Boonton (973) 794-4121. By Patrick Minutillo

At a time of hyperinflation and continuously rising gas costs, you might just be looking for a place to catch a reasonably priced, delicious home-cooked meal without all the fanfare. If you are in such a mood and you enjoy Latin cuisine, I may have just the place for you. Sazon Latino; specializing in authentic Spanish, Latin American, Caribbean, and European cuisine; is a clean, tiny, no-frills, buffet-style eatery located at the end of Main Street and Myrtle Avenue in quaint, historic downtown Boonton, a couple of doors from the Boonton Train Station. Once you decide to try it, it might just end up becoming your go-to place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Sazon Latino is small, with approximately eight tables, with quite simple, unpretentious décor. Clearly, the emphasis here is on the food, and not on the frills, which in this case is a particularly good thing. There is a small free parking lot in the rear of the restaurant, and free street parking is available. Opened 17 years ago by a very friendly, cordial, and gracious Geraldo Lagos, who along with his family, wife Galdis, and daughter Marylinn, hail from Honduras. Sazon Latino provides one with a casual, July 2022

friendly, welcoming, uncomplicated, and relaxing dining experience. Nothing fancy here folks! This is a no-frills, casual and friendly venue offering fresh, good, hearty, tasty, home-style prepared authentic Latin food. The delicious and authentic selections of Hispanic-style food, served buffet style, allowing you to pick and choose what you want on your plate, were indeed fresh, flavorful, truly authentic, and very reasonably priced. Interestingly, there are no menus here, you simply go to the serving line, where from behind a large glass safety shield you choose from an assortment of the daily selections, the point at what you want, and your server happily loads your dish accordingly. Your selections, which are generous portions, will be quickly accommodated as you move along the line. The cost of your meal is based on your selections, and on the size of your order, but regardless of what you order the prices at Sazon Latino are surprisingly reasonable, with generously portioned dishes being priced between $6.95 to $8.95, and do not forget Sazon Latino is a BYOB if you are so inclined. I brought along some Modelo Especial Cerveza to compliment my meal. I do not know where you are going to find a better deal than that. One is truly

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Tyler Catapano, Matthew Rankel, and Andrew Modin


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Eagle Scout Recognition Ceremony Honors Three 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 5% 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. The pathway to Eagle can be described as a steep trail leading up to three peaks, the highest being that of Eagle Scout. Officially, the trail starts with the Tenderfoot rank and continues through Second and First Class ranks. Then, mountain climbing begins. The path is marked by merit badges, leadership responsibilities, service projects, and the practice of Scouting skills and ideals. The first peak reached is that of Star Scout, the second is Life Scout, and, finally, Eagle Scout. On Sunday, June 12, Parsippany welcomed three Scouts who advanced to Eagle Scout, Tyler Catapano, Andrew Modin, and Matthew Rankel. Committee Chair Bruce Benson welcomed the guests to The Eagle Court of Honor. Opening remarks were presented by Senior Patrol Leader Nick Shatynski along with the Flag Salute, the Scout Oath. Special Community Presentations was presented by Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Jonah Lance. Advancement Chair Jaime Ackerman certified the Eagle Candidates. The Eagle Badge presentation was presented to Tyler Catapano, Andrew Modin, and Matthew Rankel by Tom Stearns.

On Sunday, June 12, Parsippany welcomed three Scouts who advanced to Eagle Scout, Tyler Catapano, Andrew Modin, and Matthew Rankel.

The Eagle Charge was presented by Past Scoutmaster Les Wu, and the Scoutmasters Benediction by Dave Franz.

Matthew Rankel Matthew started his journey through Scouting in Pack 142. He moved up to Troop 173 after receiving the Arrow of Light award. Matthew attended the National Jamboree in 2017, participating in BMX, mountain biking, and patch trading activities. He also attended Philmont this past summer, which was a 54-mile backpacking trek. He also attended many Troop 173 Big Trips such as Philadelphia, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C. Matthew took his first position as an Instructor, teaching younger Scouts the skills they would need while camping. As Patrol Leader, he led a small group of Scouts; eventually becoming an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, where he helped lead the entire troop. To improve his leadership skills, Matthew attended National Youth Leadership Training (NYL T) in 2018. He also returned to staff the program for two years. He has received the National Outdoor Award for camping, accumulating over 120 nights camping, and he has also received the Patriots Path Council Silver Community Service Award. For Matthew’s Eagle Project, he led a restoration of the Glacier Hills Monument located on Route 10. This included painting the structure, repainting the letters on its side, repairing the retaining wall, and installing a traffic bollard to prevent damage to that wall. Matthew was led to a successful project by his Eagle Coach Tom Stearns. Matthew is now a Senior at the Academy for Biotechnology at Mountain Lakes High School and plans (Continued on Page 12)

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Eagle Scout Recognition Ceremony Honors Three (Continued from Page 11)

Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, OA Representative, and Den Chief. Andrew has been active in many of the Troop 173 trips through his attendance in multiple Big Trips to places like Washington D.C. and Rhode Island; the 2017 National Jamboree; and two separate Philmont treks in New Mexico. Andrew also participated in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) in August of 2017 and is currently serving his fifth year on the NYL T staff as a Senior Patrol Leader of a June/July Troop. In addition, Andrew has accumulated 170 total camping nights; 285.5 total service hours; received four Gold and one Silver Camping National Outdoor Award; two 50 Miler awards; and the Den Chief Service Award. He has also earned the Patriots Path Council Gold Community Service Award.

Matthew Rankel and his mom Christine

on studying business at Clemson University. Matthew is a member of the Mountain Lakes Lacrosse team that won the County and State Championships this year. He was also involved in the National Honor Society, the World Language Society, and the DECA Competitive Business Club. Matthew was a founding member of DECA at Mountain Lakes High School and held several key leadership positions including the Vice President of Career Development, the Vice President of Leadership, and President in his senior year. He received many regional awards, placed third in the NJ State Competition, and was a four-time National Qualifier. Overall, in Scouting, Matthew has learned to love nature through his many trips and adventures with his friends. He also enjoys camping, hiking, backpacking, sports, and skiing. Boy Scouts has taught Matthew a lot about himself and what he is able to accomplish with focus, drive, determination, and support from his friends and family. Matthew has earned 22 merit badges: American Cultures Electricity, Camping*, Canoeing, Citizenship In Community*, Citizenship In The Nation*, Citizenship In World*, Communication*, Cooking*, Environmental Science*, Family Life*, Fingerprinting, First Aid*, Disabilities Awareness, Lifesaving*, Personal Fitness*, Personal Management*, Rifle Shooting, Metalwork, Swimming*, Wood Carving, and Shotgun Shooting.

Andrew Modin Andrew began his Scouting journey in Cub Scout Pack 5 where he earned the Arrow of Light award and crossed over to Troop 173 in Parsippany. He advanced and grew in his Scouting career under the guidance of Scoutmasters Les Wu, Mike Catapano, and David Franz. Andrew has attempted to give back to Scouting through his various leadership positions including Senior Patrol 12 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

For Andrew’s Eagle Scout project, he led several of his friends and fellow Scouts in the construction of a Rest Area at the Historical Parsippany Rock House under the mentorship of his Eagle Coach, Bob Moravsik. In this project, he cleared overgrowth and constructed a robust gravel area with benches and a table to allow anyone a place to admire the structure before enjoying the nearby hiking trails.

Andrew Modin with his parents, Christopher and Sara Modin

Andrew is currently a Senior at the Academy for Biotechnology in Mountain Lakes High School with ambitions to study chemical engineering in college. In school, he is involved with the track and field and cross-country teams while taking part in clubs like Key Club, National Honor Society, and DECA for which he earned three National Qualifications in Principles of Marketing, Food Marketing, and the Entrepreneurship Business Challenge. In Scouting, Andrew has learned to love the outdoors

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COLLEGE NEWS

David Michael Samuel III Graduates Drexel University David Michael Samuel III graduated from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University in Philadelphia on Monday, May 23,2022. He graduated with honors in Business and Entrepreneurship Law Concentration. David is a member of the Parsippany High Scool Class of 2014, and Monmouth University Class of 2018 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. David is the son of Dr. Cynthia Samuel, and the late Dr. David M. Samuel Jr.

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Eagle Scout Recognition Ceremony Honors Three (Continued from Page 12)

In Scouting, Andrew has learned to love the outdoors alongside friends through hiking, camping, and fishing with hopes to remain involved in the Scouting program in the future. Andrew has earned 21 merit badges: American Cultures, Basketry, Camping*, Canoeing, Citizenship In Community*, Citizenship In Nation*, Citizenship In World*, Communication*, Cooking*, Environmental Science*, Family Life*, Fingerprinting, First Aid*, Leatherwork, Lifesaving*, Personal Fitness*, Personal Management*, Rifle Shooting, Small Boat Sailing, Swimming* and Wood Carving.

Tyler Catapano Tyler began his Scouting experience in Cub Scout Pack 142 where he earned the Arrow of Light award. He joined Troop 173 in fifth grade and quickly advanced through the first few ranks with the help of Senior Patrol Leaders Rishi Konkesa and David Albin. He worked his way up the ranks starting as an Assistant Patrol Leader, soon after became a Patrol Leader, then Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and led the Troop as the Senior Patrol Leader. Over the years Tyler has been very active with Troop 173 attending Big Trips to Philadelphia, Rhode Island & Washington D.C., attending National Youth Leadership Training (NYL T), was a summer camp Senior Patrol Leader, and completed his ordeal to become a member of the Order of Arrow. In 2017, Tyler attended the BSA National Jamboree in West Virginia meeting and learned about Scouts from across the country. This past summer Tyler attended Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico where he was the Chaplains Aid for his Crew. During this capstone adventure, he was able to apply all the skills he learned throughout his time in Scouting. Tyler received the National Outdoor Award for camping accumulating over 120 nights camping. In addition, he has twice earned the Patriots Path Council Gold Service Award. For his Eagle project, Tyler worked with his Eagle coach and mentor, Tom Stearns, and worked with The Morris County Parks Commission where he constructed bird boxes for the American kestrel population of the Morris County Parks. The bird boxes were installed in parks across Morris County.

Tyler Catapano, with his parents Michael and Kimberly

team. Over the past ten years, Tyler has been part of Games with Friends where he has been a peer leader for special needs children from kindergarten to 8th grade. Tyler enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, skiing, sports, and time with his family at the beach. He has gained an appreciation and love for the outdoors through Scouting. This fall Tyler will be attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he aspires to become an officer in the United States Army. Tyler has earned 21 merit badges: Basketry, Camping*, Canoeing, Citizenship In Community*, Citizenship In Nation*, Citizenship In World*, Communication*, Cooking*, Environmental Science*, Family Life*, Fingerprinting, First Aid*, Kayaking, Lifesaving*, Personal Fitness*, Personal Management*, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Small Boat Sailing, Swimming*, and Wood Carving. A reception was held afterward, both inside and outdoors, to congratulate them and their families. Troop 173 was chartered by the Sedgefield Civic Association in 1957. Yet from the beginning, Troop 173 has included boys from all over Morris County in its programs. While most of our members come from the area of Parsippany from Lake Parsippany to Powder Mill and across the Township, we have had members as far away as Succasunna and Randolph. (*Eagle Required Badge)

Tyler is currently a Senior at Delbarton School where he was the captain of the swim team, won the gold in the 200 Freestyle Relay at the Morris County Championships this year and earned all-conference recognition. Tyler was a part of the Golf team his junior year and was involved in a number of other activities. Outside of school and Scouting Tyler was an ocean lifeguard with the Beach Haven Beach Patrol for the past three summers, patrolling the beach and participating in lifeguard competitions for the Beach Haven Beach Patrol 14 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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SCHOOL NEWS

Erik Franklin Holmstrom Earns Degree from Widener University Widener University recently awarded degrees to undergraduate students who completed their studies. Ceremonies were held Thursday, May 12, and Saturday, May 14. The university provided two in-person, outdoor celebration options: A drive-through ceremony on May 12 where graduates were able to exit their vehicles and be recognized as they crossed a stage in front of the historic Old Main administration building. A traditional ceremony on May 14 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Graduates included Erik Franklin Holmstrom of Mount Tabor is a magna cum laude graduate who earned a bachelor of science in Accounting from the School of Business Administration. Widener University is a private institution known for its commitment to every student’s personal and professional success, where academic experiences are distinguished by excellence and students develop the leadership qualities employers seek. Core values of respect, integrity, and excellence are reflected in an outstanding student experience

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provided through an agile, innovative, and inclusive approach to learning. Industry-shaping faculty provide close, personal mentorship and share powerful connections that help students build professional networks. Recognized as one of the Philadelphia region’s leading universities, Widener offers programs and experiences that empower our community of learners to discover and create better futures as scholars, leaders, and globally engaged citizens. Visit the university website by visiting widener.edu.

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Sazon Latino Restaurant: Home-Style Prepared Authentic Latin Food (Continued from Page 9)

getting a so-called “bang for your buck” here! Geraldo, the proprietor, was kind enough to welcome me inside to visit his kitchen area where the magic was happening. The pride Mr. Lagos took in his restaurant, family, staff, and food was evident. A Chef must love what he is doing to create great food and Geraldo Lagos certainly exhibited that love. It was fun to watch Geraldo and Stiven, preparing the daily assortment of freshly prepared food that went directly out from the kitchen to the old-school style steam table serving area, where his wife, daughter, and staff were busy greeting and graciously serving their customers. All of Sazon Latino’s staff is comprised of either family members or former residents of Central America. It was reminiscent to me of a small storefront inner-city Dominican restaurant I recently visited and enjoyed. These places are a treat, and not easy to find. As my usual ravenous group of friends and I were finished loading up our plates with an assortment of BBQ Pork Ribs, Fried Chicken, Roasted Chicken, Empanadas, Yellow Rice and Black Beans, Plantains, Yucca, and French Fries, we made our way to one of the available tables, anxious to dig into our deliciously looking, colorful, and aromatic choices. The barbeque Pork Ribs were fantastic. Fall off the bone delicious, moist, juicy, perfectly seasoned, and savory. I quickly dispatched the four nice-sized ribs that I ordered. The beef-filled non-greasy Empanadas were fresh out of the deep fryer and were well filled with juicy, tasty beef

BBQ Pork Ribs

filling, with a nice, crunchy, crispy shell. Note, that on different days they may have different fillings. More about that later. I love Empanadas when they are made exactly right, and I must admit I did go back for seconds. I have been informed that Sazon Latino’s Empanadas are among New Jersey’s best. As we sat, Geraldo arrived at our table with several servings of Pico de Gallo, creamy Cole Slaw, potato salad, and a serving dish of chopped tomato, onion, and pickled Jalapeno to go with our meal, which was voraciously consumed. The yellow rice and black beans were exceptional, as what should be expected at a Latin American eatery, and Sazon Latino did not disappoint. I should note that the servings here are neither hot nor spicy, and the flavoring of the food comes from an assortment of herbs and spices, which is common to Honduran food, but there is hot sauce on the table if you like to punch it up a bit. The slightly sweet, plantains were full of texture and flavor, and the mild, slightly sweet, nutty flavor of the Yucca made a great side dish. Everyone in my party had no hesitancy in giving Sazon Latino a thumbs up! It should be noted that true to this style of homemade family-style cooking there are rotating daily entrees, selections will vary day to day. You may not always find what you want, but whatever the daily choice is you can be sure it will be tasty, well-prepared, homemade,

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COVER STORY

Abby Matheis Becomes Parsippany’s Latest Mayor

Sazon Latino Restaurant is located at 209 Main Street, Boonton (973) 794-4121.

Abby Matheis became Parsippany’s Latest Mayor on Thursday, June 30

Abby Matheis became Parsippany’s Latest Mayor on Thursday, June 30.

Cafe. Abby is a student at Central Middle School.

Mayor James Barberio issued a certificate proclaim “Abby Matheis” Mayor for a Day. Abby was greeted at Parsippany’s Town Hall by members of the Parsippany Police Department as she walked in with Mayor James Barberio. Once in Town Hall she entered the Mayor’s Office and took a seat at the executive empire. Then she had to get to work. She called a meeting with all of Parsippany’s department heads to give her an update on Parsippany’s happenings. The good news is no one was terminated today during the meeting. After the meeting she attended lunch at Gourmet July 2022

Mayor James Barberio issued a certificate proclaim “Abby Matheis” Mayor for a Day.

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Gourmet Cafe Celebrates

Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, Gourmet Cafe Owner Matthew Pierone, Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi and Mayor James Baberio displaying the plaque. On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Mayor James R. Barberio, Council President Michael dePierro, Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Councilman Frank Neglia, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill, Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, Former Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso attended the 15th Anniversary Celebration for Gourmet Café. Owner and Lead Chef, Matthew Pierone was presented with a plaque from Frank Cahill, Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee and kind words were spoken from local dignitaries. Gourmet Cafe is located at 136 Baldwin Road.


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792 Route 46, Parsippany (973) 396-8629 www.ihop.com Parsippany’s #1 Rated Pizzeria

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Emma Swan Named to Hamilton College Spring 2022 Dean’s List Emma Swan, of Parsippany, has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above.

alumni network. The College’s need-blind admission policy ensures access for talented students with limited financial means. Learn more at www.hamilton.edu.

Swan, a rising senior majoring in literature, is a graduate of Parsippany High School. Hamilton College, a leading liberal arts institution located in Clinton, New York, is where exceptional students explore passions through an open curriculum and robust research, internship, and off-campus study opportunities. Students graduate ready to lead purposeful lives thanks to highly regarded faculty mentors, generous resources that support each student’s interests, and a loyal

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Santosh Peddi Elected President of Parsippany-Troy Hills Rotary At an installation ceremony on June 26, was elected President of the Rotary International Club of Parsippany-TroyHills District 7475.

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Santosh Peddi was elected President of the Rotary International Club of Par-Troy-Hills District 7475 “I have been working as President-elect for past two terms (2019 to 2022) and also as Rotary Public Relations Director of District 7475. I am proud to be a Rotarian! It is an honor to see our club thriving and humbled to be part of the great initiatives and progress. Our Board members, advisors, and fellow Club officers and members, all have been working as a team, and we will continue to do our best to meet the next goals. Our club has been built on a strong,” said Santosh Peddi. “Team-ship foundation and I am fortunate to have a membership that is fully committed to the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self and continues to

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Funny Books Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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It’s official. Funny Books turned 30 on June 20. Mayor James Barberio, Council President Michael dePierro, Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Councilman Justin Musella, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, Parsippany-Troy Hills E conomic Development Vice-Chairman Dr. Maheta, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso and Gordon Meth stopped by to visit Steve Conte, and congratulate his for the success of Funny Books. Funny Books Comics & Stuff is located in a charming red-brick storefront at 98 North Beverwyck Road in the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany. Funny Books has a rich history – and so does our location! Formerly, a lone log cabin, the building was once the site of the original Lake Hiawatha Post Office! Steve Conte has been the owner and operator of Funny Books since the very beginning – back in 1992! Known as “Funny Steve” to all the locals, he often jokes, “If I knew naming the store would result in my own nickname, I would have called the store, “Handsomebooks.” Funnybooks’ owner doesn’t just sell comics; he also writes and draws them! Steve’s Self-published comic book series, Action Figure Kingdom (currently on issue #13) is really taking-off!

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