Parsippany Focus Magazine - May 2022

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James D. Nesci, President & CEO at Blue Foundry Bank


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Blue Foundry Bank Redefines What It Means to Be a Banker in Blue PARSIPPANY — Blue Foundry Bank is a different kind of bank. You feel it when you enter any of the Bank’s New Jersey branches — the buzz of collaboration and innovative ideas, conversations built on trust between bankers and customers, and a certain kind of gritty determination not found anywhere else. The Bank’s hardworking team members believe in rolling up their sleeves to forge

comprehensive solutions for customers every time they walk through the door with their “Blue Is Here For You” service. Blue Foundry Bank is able to meet both personal and business banking needs all in one place and help make customers’ financial dreams a reality, whether they are planning for the future or building a business.

Innovative Headquarters Located in Parsippany Blue Foundry Bank’s corporate hub at 7 Sylvan Way in Parsippany reflects the Bank’s reinvention and offers employees the opportunity to work collectively in a flexible workspace. The space provides a modern, technologically infused working environment aligned with the Bank’s growth strategy and plans for building teams, expanding products and services, and meeting the needs of its employees, customers, and communities.

“It was important to me that the design elements represent the brand, create a collaborative workspace, and are safe and welcoming for our team members,” said James D. Nesci, President & CEO at Blue Foundry Bank. “Creating this experiential and comfortable office area is key to fostering motivation among our employees so they can craft unique and personalized solutions for our customers.”

Building a Core of Talented Professionals Blue Foundry Bank is looking for team members to become a Banker in Blue. With opportunities for personal and professional growth along with competitive salaries, benefits, and programs, employees experience an environment that embraces a wide range of talent and backgrounds.

To learn more about career opportunities with Blue Foundry Bank, scan the QR code.

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This months feature photo is James D. Nesci, President & CEO at Blue Foundry Bank. Blue Foundry Bank is a different kind of bank. You feel it when you enter any of the Bank’s New Jersey branches — the buzz of collaboration and innovative ideas, conversations built on trust between bankers and customers, and a certain kind of gritty determination not found anywhere else. The Bank’s hardworking team members believe in rolling up their sleeves to forge comprehensive solutions for customers every time they walk through the door with their “Blue Is Here For You” service. Blue Foundry Bank is able to meet both personal and business banking needs all in one place and help make customers’ financial dreams a reality, whether they are planning for the future or building a business.

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This month we proudly remember and honor the men and women who served and fought for our country from its humble beginnings to now. We especially honor the brave warriors who never made it home. They paid the ultimate price in the name of freedom and country. Most wars and battles are fought to either obtain or maintain freedom. Freedom is a fragile thing.

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A Message From the Superintendent | 8

World Language Honor Society Inductions ... Earlier this month, we celebrated students from Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School as they were inducted into the Spanish, French, and Italian Honor Societies and received special recognition for achieving a Seal of Biliteracy.

Keo Ku Korean BBQ Restaurant: Authentic Korean Food | 10

Keo Ku BBQ, the first Korean restaurant in Parsippany opened its doors in 1993, owned and operated by the same family for the past 29 years.

Jack Summa Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi | 15

Jack Summa, a graduate of Parsippany Hills High School, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Summa was initiated at University of Rhode Island.

Morris County Delivers Grant to Parsippany PAL | 16 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.

Executive Director Samuel Yodice was joined by Controller Debra Golle, Program Coordinator Ashley Garofalo and Peggy Clayton, Vice President of the PAL board, in accepting a $15,000 check from Commissioner Douglas Cabana at the PAL. Parsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio joined the event with Council President Michael dePierro, Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani, and Councilman Justin Musella.

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The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School Denville share practical tips for families in honor of National Water Safety Awareness Month

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Message from Mayor Barberio

Mayor James R. Barberio

Ronald Regan, our 40th President once stated “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” This month we proudly remember and honor the men and women who served and fought for our country from its humble beginnings to now. We especially honor the brave warriors who never made it home. They paid the ultimate price in the name of freedom and country. Most wars and battles are fought to either obtain or maintain freedom. Freedom is a fragile thing. While we can’t touch it or see it we gently hold it in our hearts with the certainty that it will always be there. We take for granted what we are privileged to enjoy every day and that is the ability to speak freely, walk freely and think freely. If we ever wonder what it would be like to have our freedoms threatened or taken away, we need look no further than the Ukraine. Everyday we are a witness to the horrific sacrifices being endured to preserve the autonomy of a nation. Sacrifices that are heroically made by choice and love for a country to preserve the people’s right to liberty. We are so firm in our belief that freedom is our 6 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

due, we need to remember it is also a privilege. A privilege that has been handed down to us through generations of courageous men and women protecting what we as Americans value most – our freedom. We honor the loyalty and bravery of our fallen heroes, ordinary people who served our country in the most extraordinary of ways. They are people who have become part of the history of our nation. They are never to be forgotten. As we enjoy bar-be-ques and get together with family and friends on Memorial Day, we mustn’t forget the real reason for the day. We must remember why we gather together, not as an occasion to celebrate the onset of the summer season but to commemorate and pay tribute to our fallen heroes and those that serve our great nation. Never forget these courageous men and women who gave the greatest gift of all, their lives, so that we can remain free. We honor them, we remember them and most of all we thank them.

James R. Barberio

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A Message From the Superintendent

World Language Honor Society Inductions Dr. Barbara Sargent Springtime is that glorious time of year in schools when students are recognized for the years of study they have devoted to a world language. Earlier this month, we celebrated students from Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School as they were inducted into the Spanish, French, and Italian Honor Societies and received special recognition for achieving a Seal of Biliteracy. Requirements for the Honor Societies include maintaining a B+ or higher average in a French, Spanish, or Italian Honors course, having a GPA equivalent to a B or higher, and being enrolled in the language for the following school year. Students must also receive a teacher recommendation. Honor Society inductees receive a special cord to be worn at graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy is equally impressive. Senior students studying French, Italian and Spanish have the opportunity to earn the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy, an honor awarded to students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. The Seal of Biliteracy includes a certificate prepared by the New Jersey Department of Education, a notation on the student’s transcript, and recognition at graduation. This seal provides evidence of linguistic stills that are attractive to future employers and college admission officers. Students must take a rigorous exam that assesses fluency in speaking, reading, writing and listening in the target language. The special designation on a student’s high 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

school diploma provides employers and universities with a method of identifying bilingual candidates, students with 21st century skills, and those who have prioritized the study of other languages and cultures. Moreover, the State Seal of Biliteracy emphasizes the importance of both bilingualism, which facilitates improved communication and boosts the local economy, and cultural understanding, which promotes social acceptance. Imagine entering a new job with the incredibly valuable skill of being able to communicate with clients, stakeholders, and fellow employees in their native language. That’s exactly what the Seal of Biliteracy recognizes. Over one hundred students at each high school are members of the Spanish, Italian and French Honor Societies. This is both a reflection of our hard-working students and a celebration of the level of commitment and advocacy our World Languages teachers bring to their instruction. Students study a language because they love and appreciate the culture. More often, however, they stay with language study because they love and appreciate their teachers. Parsippany is blessed with outstanding, dynamic, and caring World Language teachers who guide students on a magical journey to other cultures and traditions. As our teachers often remind their students, “To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” Congratulations to our students and teachers for their outstanding accomplishments!

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Keo Ku Korean BBQ Restaurant: Authentic Korean Food

Japchae Noodles By Pat Minutillo

If you are a true Korean food aficionado seeking out that exceptional Korean BBQ restaurant, you might want to take the 30–40-mile trip to Bergen County or NYC, where you will find some outstanding venues. Luckily, if you reside in the general Parsippany area, do yourself a favor and skip the trip, and the gas, as Keo Ku BBQ Restaurant, located in a small strip mall on Route 46 East, provides comparable dining and cultural adventure to those more renown locations. Keo Ku BBQ, the first Korean restaurant in Parsippany opened its doors in 1993, owned and operated by the same family for the past 29 years. Current General Manager/Part Owner Brian Kim told me that his father, Jin Kim, and two Uncles, Seung Min and Mun are the initial owners of the restaurant, and now he has joined them to continue this great family business. On further inquiry, the extremely personable and humble Brian K. explained, “My purpose is to bring authentic Korean food to our guests, offering true, traditional, high quality, fresh, and wholesome food while trying to avoid fusion dishes, which are common in many places. Of course, we offer several creative new dishes to accommodate all our customer’s tastes.” From my point of view, he could not have done a better job of meeting his goals.

assorted banchan, sumptuous entrees, and a highly creative dessert, provided our entire foodie group with an exciting dining adventure. Our highly attentive and genial host, Brian K., took time from his busy day to patiently answer all our questions, explain each serving, and provide helpful recommendations on request. As well as being an exceptional meal, it proved to be an interesting and cultural educational experience enjoyed by everyone. Keo Ku BBQ is situated on the side of a small strip mall off Route 46 East, just West of New Road. One must watch the easily visible, large red signage leading into the strip mall. Once entering the attractive entrance, you are immediately impressed with the classy, casual, welcoming, and warm Asian atmosphere throughout the restaurant. It is immaculately clean and spacious, with beautifully arranged seating, decorative wooden partitions separating the rich-looking wooden tables, appointed with traditional Korean eating utensils called Sujeo (수저) (metal chopsticks and long-handled spoon). Unlike other Asian cultures, Koreans use metal chopsticks with squared ends, as opposed to the wooden ones we in the U.S. are familiar with. The interior is softly and comfortably lighted, with soothing-colored walls, furniture, floors, and adornments, perfectly complementing the thoughtfully laid out Korean décor and artifacts throughout the restaurant. You will even find a Koi Pond at the entrance to further enhance the

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Keo Ku Korean BBQ Restaurant: Authentic Korean Food Next out was the Banchan. Traditional Korean meals boast abundant side dishes, called Banchan, a term referring collectively to side dishes in Korean cuisine. Banchan accompanies every meal in Korea and can change daily based on the season, or on the meat or noodle dish you order. As is tradition, our table was quickly presented with a generous assortment of those side dishes, which included Kimchi, cabbage fermented in a brine of ginger, garlic, green onion, and chili pepper, and Korea’s National dish and served at nearly every Korean meal, assorted vegetables, pickled selections, seafood, bean sprouts, noodles, tofu, rice, dipping sauces and more, that are all part of banchan. Remember, banchan are not an appetizer, but small assorted dishes to complement the main meal. (Continued on Page 28)

General Manager and Part Owner Brian Kim (Continued from Page 10)

cultural ambiance, along with an interior design reflective of an ethnic, traditional Korean atmosphere. A fun and friendly vibe permeate the entire dining area.

Beautifully arranged seating, decorative wooden partitions separating the rich-looking wooden tables

My group of six was comfortably seated in a rear section of the restaurant, set up with nice, large tables, with gas grills in the center of each table with an unobtrusive smoke vent overhead. Each table could easily accommodate 8 to 10 people. As we perused and discussed the menu, deciding on our appetizers and entrees, we ordered some Terra and Kloud Malt beer (Korean Beers are usually light lagers) while discussing Korean food, culture, etiquette, and history with our knowledgeable host. Eventually, for our shared appetizers we decided on Panjeon (Scallion and Kimchi Pancakes), Soy Garlic and Spicy Goghujang (spicy red pepper paste) Chicken Wings, Scrambled Egg Korean Style (Gyeranjjim), and Japchae (Sweet Potato Glass Noodles Stir-Fried with Vegetables). The diversity of the tastes, textures, presentation, and aroma of the tangy, salty, sweet, spicy, and flavorful assortment of dishes was mouth-watering and were a tantalizing prelude to what was still to come. It was interesting and exciting to indulge in this satisfying and pleasurable dining experience. 12 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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In Memory

Marceil “Mimi” Letts July 7, 1939 - September 15, 2019

Mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills from 1994 to 2005

“There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to her sons that transcends all other affections of the heart.”

Happy Mothers Day May 2022

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Art In Bloom - June 5

Join for a magnificent art show of more than a dozen of Matilda Frelinghuysen’s original paintings accompanied by flower arrangement interpretations of her works of art. This year’s Art in Bloom will take place in the newly re-opened Frelinghuysen Mansion where Matilda spent her childhood. If you would like to participate as a flower arranger, call (973) 326-7601 for more information. Visit https://www.morrisparks.net/index.php/info-center/ special-events3#art-in-bloom1 for more information. Cost: $30.00 per person. Free for kids age three and under. Preregistration is required.

Now offering Sound Healing and Reiki Sessions with Michele Cavaliere of Feather and Rose Energy Arts LLC at 90 East Halsey Road, Parsippany. Sound Healing is a meditative and relaxing session using a variety of sound healing instruments such as singing bowls, gongs, and chimes that help to quiet the mind, clear the energy centers of the body and create a state of relaxation. The tones and frequencies of the instruments influence us physically and energetically to restore balance and reduce the effects of stress and anxiety. Reiki is an energy technique that helps clear your energy and bring balance to body, mind, and spirit. For more information and booking call Michele Cavaliere at 551-208-3062 or e-mail featherandrosearts@gmail.com 14 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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SCHOOL NEWS

Jack Summa Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Jack Summa of Parsippany, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Summa was initiated at University of Rhode Island.

States, its territories and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.

Summa is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Morris County Delivers Grant to Parsippany PAL

Joining the Parsippany check presentation were: (left to right in the group to the left) Councilman Musella, Ashley Garofalo, Debra Golle, Samuel Yodice, Mayor Barberio, Commissioner Cabana. Group to the left, front row, (l-r) Peggy Clayton, Council President dePierro, and Council VP Loretta Gragnani. Rear row (l-r) Police Capt. Brian Dowd, Joe Plescia and Patrolman D’Alessandro

It’s National Small Business Week. The Morris County Board of County Commissioners observes the annual event by personally delivering checks to small businesses and nonprofits that qualified for grants of up to $15,000 under the Morris County Small Business Grant Program. Police Athletic League of Parsippany-Troy Hills Township was visited on Tuesday, May 3, and issued a check under a program designed to help small businesses and nonprofits cope with some of the setbacks caused by the pandemic. The Parsippany PAL, in operation since 1966, has been a staple as a community center in the township, but was forced to close through 2020. After partially opening last year, the PAL is back in action this year. Executive Director Samuel Yodice was joined by Controller Debra Golle, Program Coordinator Ashley Garofalo and Peggy Clayton, Vice President of the PAL board, in accepting a $15,000 check from Commissioner Douglas Cabana at the Baldwin Road PAL Club. Parsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio joined the event with Council President Michael dePierro, Council Vice 16 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

President Loretta Gragnani, and Councilman Justin Musella. Also attending were Dee dePierro, Superintendent of Recreation Joe Plescia, who also sits on the PAL National Board of Directors, Police Capt. Brian Dowd and Patrolman Remo D’Alessandro, the township community relations officer. The Morris County Small Business program launched on Valentine’s Day under the slogan “Morris County Loves Small Business,” has received over 575 applications to date. The grants are capped at $15,000 per applicant. However, business owners and nonprofits are encouraged to submit applications that include all costs they believe may qualify for the grant, even if the total amount of a single claim exceeds $15,000. The Commissioners dedicated $10 million to the effort. For more information visit http://morriscountysmallbusinessgrant.com

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PUPPY LOVE

Meet Frankie 1-Year Old Hound Mix Frankie is an Sato (Puerto Rican super mutt!). She is one year old. Personality: Frankie is an energetic, intelligent dog who will love an active home. She can even solve puzzle toys! Once Frankie’s burned off her energy, she will happily snuggle up with you on the couch. She enjoys being pet and getting her hair brushed. She’s our princess! Frankie needs a home that is home more often than not as she does get anxious. Her family also must be willing to play, train, run, hike, and adventure with her. Frankie is always up for fun and is very eager to learn. She enjoys playing with other dogs a lot. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application on our website wiseanimalrescue.org/adoption-application!

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Safer Summer Swimmers Start

The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School Denville share practical tips for families in honor of National Water Safety Awareness Month May is National Water Safety Awareness Month and as we head into pool and beach season, this is the perfect time for all families and caregivers to review essential swim and water safety basics and important statistics. -Drowning is the number one cause of injury-related death for children ages one to four -Drowning kills nearly 1,000 children every year -Formal swimming lessons reduce the

likelihood of childhood drowning by 88 percent -According to Total Aquatics Programming data, the summer months (May-August) account for two-thirds of annual childhood drowning incidents. The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School in Denville are sharing their essential water safety tips with families: -Enroll in Swim Lessons + Practice Basic Moves Before Returning to the Pool -Swap Out Floaties & Puddle Jumpers for U.S. Coastguard-Approved Lifejackets -Seek out Bright Colored Swimwear &


at Goldfish Swim School Denville Properly Fitted Goggles -Review rules together as a family before letting your kids loose to enjoy the water. -Designate an adult “Water Guardian” and be sure to change guardians every 30 minutes so he/she is alert and refreshed. Take the Safer Swimmer Pledge to Prepare for a Safer Summer with your Family Goldfish Swim School has launched a ‘Safer Swimmer Pledge’ campaign to bring greater awareness to water safety and drowning prevention. Throughout the month of May, families are encouraged to take the pledge and promote the importance of parent-child conversations around water safety. Throughout National Water Safety Month, Goldfish is encouraging families to take part in its second annual ‘Safer Swimmer Pledge’ campaign that reached

over 400 million people last year. Families are encouraged to take the pledge and promote the importance of parent-child conversations around water safety. Those who take the pledge will be entered to win Safer Swimmer Prize Packs, a year of free swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School and a grand prize all-expenses-paid Safer Swimmer Golden Family Getaway*. Additionally, for each pledge, Goldfish will donate $1 to the USA Swimming Foundation, providing access to swim lessons for children across the country.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Mayor Barberio Presents Proclamation to ICCC in Observance of Eid-Ul-Fitr especially for those persons who fasted and reaped the spiritual fruits of the holy occasion in accordance with the word of God in the Holy Quran.

Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., Councilman Justin Musella, Tajammul Khokhar, CEO, Islamic Community Cultural Center (ICCC), Council President Michael dePierro, Councilman Frank Neglia, and Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani

Mayor James Barberio presented a proclamation on Tuesday, May 3, to Tajammul Khokhar, CEO, Islamic Community Cultural Center (ICCC) since Eid-Ul-Fitr is observed after the last day of fasting and is a day of rejoicing and happiness,

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BUSINESS NEWS

Rauchberg Named One of NJ’s Top Dentists Dr. Alan Rauchberg was recognized by New Jersey Monthly as one of New Jersey’s Top Dentists for 2022. For over 55 years, Rauchberg Dental Group in Parsippany has worked tirelessly to provide dental patients with the dedicated, comprehensive, and compassionate dental care they need to live happy healthy lives.

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Keo Ku Korean BBQ Restaurant: Authentic Korean Food

Pat Minutillo, General Manager/Partner Brian Kim with Keo Ku Staff (Continued from Page 12)

While we were enjoying the apps and banchan, as well as the camaraderie of sharing this communal meal, our pleasant and accommodating server, Meerah Lee, began to oil and prepare the gas grill, located in the center of each table, for the continuing feast to come. Meerah expertly prepared the Bulgogi, and accompanying vegetables (불고기). Bulgogi is thinly sliced lean and tender beef, marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, sugar, green onions, and black pepper. Next came the Galbi, grilled beef short ribs, sliced a little thicker than

bulgogi. Both meat selections were nicely marbled and were, tasty, juicy, tender, and melt-in-your-mouth savory. The balanced sweet and savory marinade enhanced each bite. As traditionally eaten, I wrapped the marinated meat, along with the gochugaru paste, in one of the large, fresh, crispy, lettuce leaves provided with the meal, and proceeded to eat them in one bite: Korean style. The crunchiness and toothsome texture of the lettuce, with the spicy bite of gochugaru, along with the umami savoriness of the marinated meat was delectable. I should note that if you prefer, you can order and grill your own entrees instead of allowing the Keo Ku staff to do it. I was informed that is the preference of some guests. As for our group, we were more than happy to let Meerah do her thing, and she did it well. Not wanting to miss another popular Korean dish we ordered the Gopdol Bibimbap (비빔밥), mixed vegetables, ground beef, fried egg over crispy rice, and served in a hot stove bowl, and served with a dollop of chili pepper paste. Crunchy and luscious, spicy, and sweet, with pickled and fermented notes, delicious addition to the meal. Despite being more than satiated, we could not pass on

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Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library is now Fine-Free The Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library System will no longer charge overdue fines for items owned by Parsippany Libraries returned past their due date. In addition, all previously existing fines for the Main Library and/or Branch Libraries of items returned overdue will be waived. Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library is proud to join the hundreds of libraries nationwide that are ensuring free and open access to library materials by going fine-free. Parsippany is the third Library in Morris County to enact this policy. Fines have been proven to discourage and decrease library use, and disproportionately affect lowincome and minority communities. Libraries that have eliminated fines have seen library usage and material return rates increase. Books, DVDs, and audiobooks owned by Parsippany libraries will no longer accrue fines if returned late. All previous overdue fines on Parsippany Library materials will be forgiven, so any customer who has overdue items at home can return those materials to the library, and all accumulated late fees or book

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Keo Ku Korean BBQ Restaurant: Authentic Korean Food

Honey Butter Potato Chips and Ice Cream (Continued from Page 28)

a special dessert prepared by our host and guide, Brian Kim. Koreans are particularly fond of chips, according to Mr. Kim, so with a little creativity came his Honey Buttered Chip Dessert, which went amazingly well when dipped into vanilla ice cream. Perfect ending to a perfect meal. Korean food is not only delicious and full of flavor but also embedded in thousands of years of culture. Looking for your next dining adventure? Looking for an educational dining experience? Go no further than Keo Ku BBQ Restaurant.

Keo Ku BBQ also offers catering and can accommodate private parties in their Hak (Crane) Room, a private dining room that can seat up to thirty-two people. The Keo Ku Corner Bar is a bright open space that can accommodate up to forty seats and fifty-plus people for standing room. Keo Ku Korean BBQ Restaurant (Keo Ku Jang) is located at 245 Route 46 East, Parsippany-Troy Hills. (973) 2440032. Menu: KoreanbbqNewJersey.com.

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