Parsippany Focus Magazine - May 2023

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Serving 56,162 Households of Parsippany-Troy Hills

May 2023

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Assemblyman Brian Bergen

In this issue, Parsippany Focus interviews Assemblyman Brian Bergen.

Brian talks about his time at West Point. After he graduated he became a commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and had the amazing opportunity to become an Apache helicopter pilot. He talks about serving in Iraq. He also morns fellow soldiers and friends he lost in the September 11 attack. We also asked Brian “What made him get into politics?”

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One of the most influential people in your life is your mother. She is the heart of the home and the backbone of the family. She is the one constant in your life who you know will always be there for you; the one person that will love you despite your flaws.

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Singing the Praises of our Award Winning Music Program! Parsippany students enjoy vocalmusic instruction beginning with in preschool, and continue with lessons and performances through their elementary, middle, and high school years. We’re quite proud of our music program and appreciate your support in attending student concerts and encouraging the young musicians in your family and neighborhood as they practice their instruments.

10 Mary Anne “Psomi” Psomas-Jackloski was Installed Pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church

Mary Anne “Psomi” Psomas-Jackloski was born and raised inthe Catholic tradition on Staten Island, New York. She was very involved in the church, and by the time she was in college, she was convinced that God was calling her to be a priest. From this time on, Psomi “flirted” with the Lutheran church. She founded an ELCA congregation in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, in college and almost moved toward ordination.

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About Parsippany Focus

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The theme for this year’s Earth Day Clean Up nationwide is “Invest in our Planet.” Every year, April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day, an annual event where people demonstrate their support for protecting the planet and its environment. Many Parsippany residents of all ages gathered at Smith Field and were transported to clean up around the Boonton Reservoir, downtown Lake Hiawatha and other areas of town. Parsippany’s Earth Day Clean up with organized by Parsippany High School graduate Noah Lustig.

Asahi Sushi Ramen: Sushi Paradise in Parsippany

Asahi Sushi Ramen, a family-owned and operated establishment, opened its doors for business on August 5, 2021, amid the COVID pandemic. A risky venture, but owners Lee Li and his wife, Tina Lin, felt they had much to offer the community with their high quality, traditional approach to this highly popular cuisine.

14 New Arrival: Kalaaz Indian Ethnic Wear Now Open

On Sunday, April 30, Kalaaz, a store specializing in Indian Ethnic Wear, held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1246 Route 46 West. Kalaaz is an Indian clothing store where traditional elegance meets contemporary style. Kalaaz is an effort to bring the Indian culture through our clothing in Parsippany. Kalaaz is a family-owned small business that offers a stunning range of Indian clothing that celebrates our rich cultural heritage and also caters to modern tastes.

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Anunknown author once said, “Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.” This month we celebrate and honor our moms.

One of the most influential people in your life is your mother. She is the heart of the home and the backbone of the family. She is the one constant in your life who you know will always be there for you; the one person that will love you despite your flaws.

As a child growing up, I remember coming home from school and if my mom wasn’t there it just didn’t feel the same.

She was always the first person I looked for to share what happened during the school day. She was the one who I would go to for comfort when things went wrong, knowing I would not be judged. Even as an adult I would still reach out to her first for her

Message from Mayor Barberio

advice on marriage, children and life in general.

We take for granted that our mothers will always be there until one day you have to visit her within your heart and you realize just how special that bond was.

I would like to wish all mothers and to those who especially may be missing their mother’s a very special Mother’s Day.

During this month of May, we will also be honoring the men and women who valiantly sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.

It seems appropriate that we honor these two special groups of valiant people in the same month. Courage comes in many forms, from those bravely going off to war to those who bravely watch their loved ones go off to fight a war in an unknown land. They are not fearless; they know the risks, but they rise to look fear in the face and stand boldly in defiance of it.

This month we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. There are no words that can thank them or their families enough. The best we can do is remember them on this and future Memorial Days.

Somehow it does not seem enough, but it is the only way we can pay our respects and speak of our admiration for their heroism.

Our nation is a better place because of their service and commitment to their country. It may be a small thing, but on Memorial Day look at our nation’s flag flying proudly and remember your freedoms and your blessings. And remember that it is a privilege to live here, in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Many mothers saw their children off to war and had to put on a brave front to keep their fears in check, so family life could go on.

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Researchconsistently demonstrates a strong correlation between music education and academic performance. Specifically, music education influences learning in these areas:

•Improves recall and retention of verbal information

•Advances math achievement

•Boosts reading and communication skills

•Increases average SAT scores

In many schools across the nation, music and arts education programs have been reduced due to lack of funding. This is not the case in Parsippany-Troy Hills Schools. Music education is thriving and our educators are working hard with vocalists and musicians – from Preschool to high school – to prepare for concerts, musicals, and special ensemble performances.

For the 6th consecutive year, the district has been awarded

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“Best Communities for Music Education Award” by the NAMM Foundation. This award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, and students who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

This certainly comes as no surprise to the school musicians, vocalists, and music parents who faithfully attend concerts, competitions, holiday events, and other showcases throughout the year. They know that music education supports healthy social development and the quality of a young person’s life, and it prepares young people for success in a diverse community. The camaraderie that comes with being a part of a performing group, whether it be Marching Band or Pit Orchestra

or Concert Choir, is unmatched in other organizations.

Parsippany students enjoy vocal music instruction beginning with in preschool, and continue with lessons and performances through their elementary, middle, and high school years. Instrumental lessons begin with the recorder, or flutophone, in 3rd grade which leads to student selection of a band instrument for interested 4th grade students. Students wishing to play violin, viola, or cello may begin lessons in 3rd grade. The elementary orchestra program began in September 2019 with one very energetic and talented teacher and has grown to a department of three elementary and two middle school Strings teachers and over a hundred middle school Strings students.

We’re quite proud of our music program and appreciate your support in attending student concerts and encouraging the young musicians in your family and neighborhood as they practice their instruments. We welcome you to our Spring high school holiday concerts:

•Parsippany High School Jazz Café on May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

•Parsippany HS Choir Cabaret on May 17 at 7:00 p.m.

•Parsippany Hills High School Concert on May 23 at 7:00 p.m.

•Parsippany High School Spring Concert on May 24 at 7:00 p.m.

•District Orchestra Concert (Strings) on May 31 at PHHS at 7:00 p.m.

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Mary Anne “Psomi” Psomas-Jackloski was Installed Pastor of St. Andrew’s

Mary Anne “Psomi” PsomasJackloski was installed as the new Pastor at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. The Presiding Minister was The Rev. Tracie L. Bartholomew, Bishop of the Synod.

She was sponsored by The Rev. Wendy Abrahamson, Pastor, Our Saviour, Pompton Plains, and The Rev. Christa Compton, Pastor, Gloria Del, Chatham.

Mary Anne “Psomi” PsomasJackloski was born and raised in the Catholic tradition on Staten Island, NY.

She was very involved in the church, and by the time she was in college, she was convinced that God was calling her to be a priest. From this time on, Psomi “flirted” with the Lutheran church. She founded an ELCA congregation in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, in college and almost moved toward ordination.

In her 30s, she searched Staten Island for a good Lutheran Church. Her forties were filled with raising her daughter and doing youth ministry. Once Maire Frances

finished college, Psomi looked again.

Each time it became clearer to her that God was calling and patiently waiting.

Finally, in her late S0s, Psomi pursued spiritual direction with the purpose of figuring out how to make peace with this unrelenting God. Psomi began seminary at Drew Theological in Madison, then transferred to United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia, where Psomi could fully immerse herself in being Lutheran.

COVID had other plans, and Psomi never got to ULS. Despite this, through online classes and a group of seminarians from New Jersey, Psomi got steeped in the ELCA.

The good people of St. John’s, Summit, and St. Andrew, along with Pastor Gladys Moore, have taught Psomi how best to be a pastor.

The dream of ordination is finally

here, and Psomi thanks God and all God’s people for supporting her and affirming her in this call.

Live: We are a community of believers, caring for each other, sharing our lives and supporting each other in times of need.

Learn: We long to grow in Christ, understanding God’s plan for us, studying God’s Word (Holy Bible) and seeking God’s counsel in prayer.

Serve: We want to show Christ’s love by assisting those in need, embracing those who are outcasts, and advocating for the vulnerable and those who have no voice.

Share: We are called to intentionally share our experience of God’s grace and God’s presence in our lives.

St. Andrew Lutheran Church is located at 335 Reynolds Avenue. Sunday Worship is held at 9:30 a.m.

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Rev. Tracie L. Bartholomew, Bishop of the Synod and Mary Anne (Psomi) PsomasJackloski Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella with Mary Anne (Psomi) PsomasJackloski

Parsippany Residents Hold Earth Day Clean Up: “Invest in our Planet”

Thetheme for this year’s Earth Day Clean Up nationwide is “Invest in our Planet.” Every year, April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day, an annual event where people demonstrate their support for protecting the planet and its environment. Many Parsippany residents of all ages gathered at Smith Field and were transported to clean up around the Boonton Reservoir, downtown Lake Hiawatha and other areas of town. Parsippany’s Earth Day Clean up with organized by Parsippany High School graduate Noah Lustig.

Noah said, “I am excited to announce that I am once again hosting the Boonton Reservoir Cleanup on #earthday Saturday, April 22. This project is an ongoing effort to give back to the local ecosystem and establish a walking trail around the reservoir. He thanked all the volunteers who participated.”

“Respecting Mother Earth

should be our first priority,” said Mayor Barberio. “Keeping Parsippany clean ensures we are doing our part in that regard. I see a lot of Pride in Parsippany today! I thank you all for coming out!”

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG, including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

Build A Healthy Economy: Sustainability is the path to prosperity for humanity and businesses. Companies that developed strong Environment Social Governance (ESG) standards are seeing better

profitability, stronger financial performance, and happier employees. There is no longer a choice between going green and growing long-term profits. Businesses of all sizes must act now. If they don’t, climate change will cause even more catastrophic damage to our economies and NEGATIVELY IMPACT US ALL!

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Earth Day Clean-Up Organizer Noah Lustig with Mayor James Barberio. Matteo Cacciapaglia waiting to participate in the Clean-Up.

Asahi Sushi Ramen: Sushi Paradise in Parsippany

A truly authentic, traditional Japanese Sushi/Sashimi Restaurant

I must admit that I am an amateur at sushi/sashimi, but I have been to enough sushi restaurants to know good from mediocre sushi, and I know the signs when to turn around and run. One of my personal rules is to avoid fast food sushi places. There’s quality food, and then there’s fast food. Sushi is one food where quality is imperative. Fortunately for us, in the Parsippany area, we have, what I consider, a great sushi restaurant right on Halsey Road in the Lake Parsippany area of our township.

Asahi Sushi Ramen is another inconspicuous little eateries that one may pass numerous times and never really pay attention to. I know I have. This cute little, attractive, stand-alone building, with its canopy-covered patio, is your doorway to a wonderful Japanese dining experience. The site was previously occupied by Delizia Pizza.

Asahi Sushi Ramen, a family-owned and operated establishment, opened its doors for business on August 5, 2021, amid the COVID pandemic. A risky venture, but owners Lee Li and his wife, Tina Lin, felt they had much to offer the community with their high-

quality, traditional approach to this highly popular cuisine.

In my interview with a very personable and welcoming Tina Lin, I acquired an enlightening education in sushi/ sashimi history and preparation. Ms. Lin, who arrived in the U.S.A. from Fujian, China, in 2008 and settled in Lake Hiawatha in 2014, expressed her love for Parsippany and desires Asahi

Sushi Ramen to be a “valuable part of the community, not just a business.” Her dream is to create an environment where “people can come and enjoy themselves and put the world behind.” They already have plans to renovate and expand the restaurant next year.

The restaurant is small, with five booths along the walls and seven two-person wooden tables comfortably around the dining area. It is immaculately clean, warm, bright, cozy, and comfortable— lively, fun, well-thought-out Japanesethemed décor, with paintings, ornate light fixtures, and wall hangings.  Great ambiance and aesthetics, very friendly staff, warm color scheme, wood grain flooring, and open cooking station (where you can sit and watch Chef Frank Chen showing off his knife skills), well-spaced seating, all set the proper relaxed atmosphere and vibe for the wonderful meal to come. Oh, did I mention that it is BYOB? With that in mind, our group brought some imported Orion and Sapporo beer and a bottle of Saki, which they were glad

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Asahi Sushi Ramen is another inconspicuous little eateries that one may pass numerous times and never pay attention to. Asahi Sushi Ramen is located art 157 Halsey Road. Chef Frank Chen, Owner Lee Li, Jade Li, Tina Li, Hostess Coco Pan and Pat Minutillo

New Arrival: Kalaaz Indian Ethnic Wear Now Open

The experts are passionate about helping you find the perfect outfit that fits your personality and style.

They believe that fashion and style represent more than just superficial additions to our daily lives; they represent one’s individuality. Here, one can experience the timeless beauty of Indian fashion at the store.

They aim to create a home far from home for our Indian community in Parsippany.

On Sunday, April 30th, Kalaaz, a store specializing in Indian Ethnic Wear, held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1246 Route 46 West in Parsippany.

Kalaaz is an Indian clothing store where traditional elegance meets contemporary style.

Kalaaz is an effort to bring the Indian culture through our clothing in Parsippany. Kalaaz is a family-owned small business that offers a stunning range of Indian clothing that celebrates our rich cultural heritage and also caters to modern tastes.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, along with Councilman Justin Musella, Councilman Frank Neglia, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, and Dr. Bhagirath Maheta, Vice Chairman, Raj Dichpally, Secretary, and members Scott Donnelly, Adam Kandil, and Jigar Shah were all present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kalaaz. Robert Peluso, President of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, and Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen joined the celebration.

Kalaaz’s collection includes exquisite sarees, dazzling lehenga cholis, vibrant salwar kameez sets, jewelry, and more.

They pay special attention to quality and craftsmanship; the finest fabrics and handcrafted designs will make you feel like royalty. The store is a one-stop shop for all Indian clothing needs, whether for weddings, festivals, or everyday wear.

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Kalaaz Indian Clothing held a grand open ribbon cutting on Sunday, April 30 During the grand opening ceremony, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill presented a plaque to Jignasa Zaveri, the owner of Kalaaz, to express gratitude for choosing Parsippany as the location for the store and to congratulate her on the successful grand opening.

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to heat up for us.

As we perused the menu for our appetizers, we were introduced to Asahi, sliced white Tuna with black Truffles in a tasty, sweet, spicy, hot truffle sauce. Our mouths were watering as we quickly made quick work of that fantastic, light, and fresh dish. The menu consists of a wide selection of soups, salads, appetizers (from the kitchen and/or the sushi bar, Sushi, Sashimi a La Carte, Vegetarian Rolls, Roll or Hand Rolls, Special Roll, Sushi Bar Entrees, Party Specials, Ramen, Kitchen Entrees, Bento Box, and special Lunch Menu.

We did start with the Chef’s Amazing Roll (Spicy Tuna, Avocado, Crunch Tuna, with a Garlic Sauce).  Superb! If this is available on your visit, I highly recommend it as an appetizer or an entree! Miso Soup (Soybean Soup) was next, followed by our shared appetizers of Haru Maki (Japanese Spring Rolls), Edamame (cooked Japanese Soybean), Shumai (Steamed Shrimp Dumplings), Tempura Appetizer (Shrimp, Chicken, & Vegetables), and Crispy Calamari (Lightly Fried Squid with sweet sauce. The delicate flavors (mild, sweet, savory, rich, and sour) and textures (flaky, meaty, tender, firm) were all delicious.

Entrees were up next. Didn’t know how we could beat those appetizers, but we were ready and willing to give it our best. I chose the Sushi & Sashimi Combo (Five pieces sushi, nine pieces sashimi, and one California roll). It was a fresh and generous portion of expertly prepared, magnificently presented, tasteful selection of salmon, tuna, yellowtail fish and perfectly balanced seasoned rice (not too soft or firm). After all, rice is the foundation on which sushi is built. The sushi had a light, fresh, umami-savory taste. At the same time, the thinly sliced sashimi had a texture that was delicate, firm,

slightly salty, smooth, and melted in your mouth.  Remember, Sushi and sashimi are not the same thing. Sushi is made with rice, while sashimi is not. Sashimi has a bold and savory taste, while Sushi is mild and neutral flavored, and no strong fishy flavors are involved. Of course, everything came with sides of that fantastic sinusclearing fresh wasabi and pickled ginger to clear your palate. It’s evident in the preparation and presentation that Sushi is as much a science as it is an art.

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Chef’s Amazing Roll (Spicy Tuna, Avocado, Crunch Tuna, with a Garlic Sauce) Sliced White Tuna with Black Truffles in a Tasty, Sweet, Spicy, Hot Truffle Sauce

Touch-A-Truck Returns on June 17

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is set to hold its annual Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, June 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Liquid Church, located at 299 Webro Road, Parsippany. Admission is $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family, with over 1,100 children having attended in 2019.

The event promises children of all ages a chance to get up close and personal with a variety of vehicles and engage with community support leaders, such as police officers, firefighters, first aid squad volunteers, sanitation workers,

and more. Each child will receive a drawstring bag filled with surprises and coupons.

This event not only offers a fun day out for families but also supports the major initiatives of Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers committed to improving the world, one child and community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany sponsors and supports numerous community causes.

The Kiwanis Club is seeking additional vendors

and sponsors to take part in the event. For more information, contact Touch-a-Truck Chairman Nicolas Limanov at Ndlimanov13@gmail.com or (917) 499-7299. Interested in sponsorships? Please contact Frank Cahill at (862) 213-2200.

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Interview with Assemblyman Brian Bergen

pilot. I served in Iraq in 2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terror. Combat changed me. I lost fellow soldiers and friends in the wars that followed September 11, and my experiences there will be with me forever. When people ask me about war and global conflicts, I usually respond, ‘Those who have seen war will always be the last to advocate for war ever again.’”

Q. What made you get into politics?

everyone.”

Q. During the pandemic, there was a big uproar in Trenton that you led. Can you tell us about that?

“Yes. When Governor Murphy shut down our state and tried to prevent lawmakers from entering the Statehouse unless they followed his new rules, I was one of the few who stood up to him. He even had state police come intercede with me personally. If you don’t believe me, I have photos to prove it.

Q. How did your time at West Point and in the Army shape you?

A.“I was 17 just years old when I enrolled at West Point in 1997. Those four years were truly significant in shaping who I am today. It’s essentially a leadership laboratory. Every day presents an opportunity for you to develop the skills and qualities necessary to become a strong leader, capable of inspiring and motivating others in challenging situations. I’m thankful for everything it gave me and cherished my time there.

“After graduation, I was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and had the amazing opportunity to become an Apache helicopter

“I was working on my MBA when one of my classmates mentioned that he served on his local city council. As he detailed how he was working to make the lives of people better in his community, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do.

“New Jersey is headed on the wrong path. People and businesses trying to survive in this state are hurting. Someone needs to take a stand because it’s time for a new direction.

“Within two years I was elected to the township council in Denville and, shortly thereafter, the state Assembly. It was humbling to see how quickly everything came together, but the reward has been amazing. Every day, I get to help people and I get to work with amazing people to make our state and nation a better place for

“Some of my colleagues simply complied or hid in the Statehouse basement, but those policies didn’t last because we stood up.”

Q. It’s an election year, and you have a primary fight. What sets you apart?

“Unfortunately, some people want to go back to the old ways of doing things. They’re running ineffective politicians, who will only pursue their own selfish ambitions. What is best for our county and state takes a back seat to what’s good for them. We can’t let that happen.

“Right now, you and your family, your needs, your future, are my mission. I am the right person for the job and hopefully the voters send me back so I can continue to fight for them.”

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to heat up for us.

Others in the group chose either the Tuna Sushi or the Bento Box (Teriyaki, Nigimaki, Tempura, or Sushi), along with side orders of Spicy Mayonnaise and Fried Rice. Everyone agreed their choices were delicious and satisfying.  The Banana Tempura Special for dessert was a perfect closing statement for this meal. WOW! Decadently delicious is an understatement.

After dinner, I got to sit down with Tina Lin again to continue my education in the art of Sushi. Ms. Lin advised me that Asahi uses only the freshest, highest-grade sushi quality fish (not all Sushi restaurants do), which is picked up regularly (all Daily Specials are picked up that morning). According to Ms. Lin, “The best sushi restaurants take great care in sourcing their seafood, as well as all their sushi ingredients, from a reputable fishmonger or market.”  All of Asahi’s fish is acquired from a trusted Japanese company in South Jersey. She continued, “All Asahi’s sushi/sashimi is prepared by a highly

trained Chef using only those high quality, fresh items, and all their food is prepared in an authentic, traditional consistent manner.

Ms. Lin said that her mother was also a restauranteur and communicates closely with her restaurant-owning relatives in Japan to discuss the latest recipes and best seasonal options. Yes, Asahi’s menu does change seasonally to keep everything fresh and meet demands. I also learned, and something that most people do not realize, that skilled sushi chefs, those who prepare truly authentic Japanese sushi, must go through years of rigorous training, often up to ten years, to become an itamae, or sushi master and that Asahi Chef Frank Chen (a cousin) went through that demanding training. The result of that training is evident from your first bite.

Expert knife skills are imperative to cut different types of fish expertly and precisely to bring out the best pieces of the fish. In sushi preparation, rice and the careful mixing of sauces and arrangement of other ingredients must also be very exact. Neatness and accuracy are crucial to present a visually stunning and deliciously

perfect piece of sushi for every guest. In addition, preparing sushi rice is a special process that requires precision and consistency.  Finally, knowing which ingredients work well together is crucial to a successful sushi dish.

Proper etiquette, eating techniques, freeze storage, and much more can add to your knowledge of this wonderful cuisine, but I am out of space for now. Possibly we can get to that at a future date. And the last thing is to compliment and thank the chef right after eating the sushi if you’re eating sushi in a traditional Japanese restaurant.

Thank you to Owner Lee Li, Tin Lin, our hostesses Coco Pan, Jade Li, and Chef Frank Chen for your gracious hospitality, making us feel like family, and especially for the wonderful dining experience.

Hours: Seven days per week. 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Monday – Thursday); 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 12:30 p..m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday) Note: The restaurant closes daily from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Delivery (within 5 miles) -   Catering  Dine In - Take Out. BYOB.

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Mayor’s Action Center

Mayor James R. Barberio

What The Mayor’s Action Center Does For You (973) 263-4262

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.

Examples of Requests: Repairing of potholes; Drainage problems; Requests for signs; Litter; Icy road conditions; Illegal dumping; Housing maintenance problems; Animal control and removal; Street lighting; Curb repair;

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Rescue and Recovery Conducted Drills Using “Jaws of Life” Extrication Tools

Parsippany Rescue and Recovery members went to Ajaco Towing, who donated vehicles and space to freshen up skills using the HURST Jaws of Life extrication tools and Paratech Fire & Rescue Equipment Rescue Struts.

For the first evolution, personnel stabilized the vehicle and then performed several different displacement and disentanglement operations, including full sidewall removals using hydraulic cutters and spreaders, dash rolls using traditional and modified methods using rams and spreaders, and finished a full roof removal, for the second evolution members worked on stabilizing a side resting vehicle traditionally with opposing struts and a tension buttress system. After stabilizing the vehicle, squad personnel performed a roof flap using the cutters and a modified dash push using spreaders and ram in the center console.

Members conducted the second of our regularly scheduled monthly rescue drill with a rolling response to a Motor Vehicle Crash with

Rollover and Entrapment. Members performed side wall removals and driver’s and passenger’s side dash rolls to extricate simulated trauma patients in a vehicle resting on all fours. On the side, resting vehicle

members stabilized with struts and performed a roof flap.

Our most common rescue operation is motor vehicle extractions; regular drills help stay proficient. Parsippany Rescue drills at least twice a month on various rescue disciplines. No matter how comfortable personnel is with an operation, there is always an opportunity to learn new techniques and cut down the time it takes to perform so that a patient can be carefully and quickly extricated and transported to definitive care as rapidly as possible. With severe trauma patients, minutes matter.

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Rescue and Recovery Members performed side wall removals and driver’s and passenger’s side dash rolls, to extricate simulated trauma patients in a vehicle resting on all fours.
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VSA Future Learning Center Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James R. Barberio and township council members, along with Frank Cahill, Chairman Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee, was present to commemorate this new chapter for VSA Future and the many students and families who have supported VSA’s educational mission.

“We’re beyond thrilled to invite the public to our grand opening and begin a new chapter in VSA Future’s mission to engage and motivate students with a growth mindset,” said Director Dr. Julia Guo. Our in-person courses will bear the trademarks of the VSA classroom: small class sizes and individualized feedback, interactive learning, and a

rigorous, custom-designed curriculum.”

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Grand Opening of VSA Future Learning Center, 2561 Route 10 VSA Future is located at 2561 Route 10.

Tempest Wants a New Home

Tempest, is a twelve week old female Rat Terrier and Yorkie mix. She is extra small.

Tempest is very young and is looking for an home who is home more often than not to spend time playing and training her. We’d prefer she go into a home with another adult dog to show her the ropes. She will be active as an adult so she will need a home that will be able to give her daily exercise!

Tempest is a social butterfly and brings the party wherever she goes! She is active and loves to play with people and other dogs. Rope and squeaky toys are her favorite! She loves to explore and go on adventures. After a long day of play, she will tucker out next to you on the couch for a nice long nap!

Kids 10+ due to her small size. She would love doggy friends who are small in size.

Working on being crate trained and doing well! Also working on being house trained and doing well!

While she has the occasional accident, she uses the wee wee pads and is learning to go outside.

As she is very young, her forever home must be experienced and ready to put her through training so she can become the well-behaved adult we know she can be. She came to WISE because puppy mills over breed to the point where they produce more dogs than they can sell. Dogs like Tempest were rejected for reasons ranging from birth defects, being born with the wrong color fur or eyes, or just simply because no one wanted to purchase them. When the dogs are not sold, the puppy mills destroy them, and it is legal to do so. WISE has recently partnered with a group to save these unwanted dogs. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application on www.wiseanimalrescue. org/adoption-application.

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Haley Brown selected to present at Annual Academic Symposium

Haley Brown of Lake Hiawatha who is a Junior at Centenary University was chosen as one of 19 students to present at its annual Academic Symposium on Thursday, April 6. Her presentation was: “Internship at Mount Olive High School”. The event showcases in-depth research and professional experiences conducted by students, alongside faculty researchers who are experts in their fields.

At Centenary, student researchers and interns are mentored by faculty who are experts in their fields.

“Independent research and professional experiences are hallmarks of the Centenary

University academic experience,” explained David Dauwalder, Ph.D., interim vice president for academic affairs. “Working alongside faculty members, Centenary students develop important career skills, including problem-solving, critical thinking, statistical analysis, and presentation.

Smaller universities like Centenary offer unique research opportunities that aren’t often available to undergraduates at larger universities. That sets our graduates apart on applications for graduate and veterinary school, as well as employers.”

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program

integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation.

This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, with its equestrian facility in Washington Township.

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Richard Yobs, Sr., Receives “Good Scout Award”

Denville’s Richard Yobs, Sr., was honored at the Patriots Path Council Boy Scouts of America

“Good Scout Awards Dinner” at Winnebago Scout Reservation, Rockaway.

The “Good Scout Award” is a recognition given by the Boy Scouts of America to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding community service, leadership, and support for Scouting. It is intended to honor individuals who serve as role models and inspire others to impact their communities positively.

Richard Yobs Sr. was honored as one of the deserving recipients of this prestigious award.

Kiwanis member Doug Gabel, Richard Yobs, Jr., Richard Yobs, Sr., and Mark Venis, Committee Co-Chairman of the Denville Boy Scouts “Good Scout Award.” On Thursday, April 27, Richard Yobs Sr. was honored as one of the deserving recipients of this prestigious award.

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Parsippany Comes Together to Celebrate Arbor Day

The Township of Parsippany celebrated being named “Tree City USA” for the forty-seventh year on Arbor Day.

Second-grade students from Northvail Elementary School read the poem “The Giving Tree,” Second-grade students from Rockaway Meadow School recited “Trees of the Fragrant Forest,” and the second-grade class students from Lake Hiawatha Schoool recited “Trees.”

Representative Mikie Sherrill presented a “Certificate of Congressional Recognition” to the Township.

Council President Loretta Gragnani presented the Arbor Day Flag to Mayor James Barberio, Director of Public Works Department James Walsh, and Township Council members.

Parsippany has thirty-one parks throughout the Township. The park

system has preserved over 800 acres ranging from the 0.32 Lake Hiawatha Park to the 352-acre Knoll Park. This total surpasses the nationally recognized standard of having one acre of par land for every 100 residents, The goal has been to provide

recreation within walking distance of every resident.

The origin of Arbor Day dates back to the early 1870s in Nebraska. The firstever Arbor Day, held on April 10, 1872, was a success.

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New Chapter Opens in Parsippany

New Chapter Faith Recovery is headed by Clinical Director Ann Gharib, MA, LPC, LCCADC, NCC.

NewChapter, a faith-based recovery, opened in Parsippany at 1915 Route 46.

New Chapter treatment programs rely on Christian principles and the power of surrendering to God to receive the serenity and strength to overcome the disease of addiction. It is a life-changing program that can help individuals find hope through developing or growing into

their relationship with God. Their program offers faithbased approaches integrated with evidence-based clinical approaches that help the individual receive freedom from addiction and maintain longlasting recovery.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of this new business, along with Council Vice President Michael dePierro, Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, and Economic Development members Jigar Shah and Nick Rafanello. Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi also attended the ceremony. Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso and Board members Nicolas Limanov and Ildiko Peluso were also in attendance.

New Chapter is located at 1915 Route 46 East. They can be reached by calling (551) 3532484 or clicking here for more information.

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