Parsippany Focus Magazine - November 2021

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Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany member Ilmi Bojkovic congratulates Justin Musella on being elected to the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council. Musella was the highest vote achiever in the Council race. Frank L. Cahill, Publisher Barbara Freda, Sales Manager Nicolas Limanov, Photographer Patrick Minutillo, Contributing Writer Christine Mercado, Contributing Writer Sharon Maroldi, Contributing Writer Luis A. Matos, Distribution Manager

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Once again, the holiday season is right around the corner, and I imagine all of us are eager to finally ring in some holiday cheer with each other once again. When it comes to gift-giving, so many of us continue looking for the best online deals, and a quick gift from a big box store for our loved ones.

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The district also has a Strategic Plan that guides our decision-making in the areas of academics,students’ social and emotional experiences, and professional learning. At the September 23rd Board of Education meeting, these key goals were presented and approved for this school year.

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Portugalo Barbeque, which opened in October 2020 under new owner, Kevin Hernandez, and Portugalo Barbeque: Authentic Wood Fired Portuguese Grille is located on a side street directly off Ridgedale Avenue in East Hanover on Ronald Drive.

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Parsippany’s Trunk or Treat featured a costume parade for kids, trunk decorating contests, and plenty of candy.

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A provision of New Jersey’s commitment to reduce plastics pollution statewide went into effect on Thursday, November 4 when food-service businesses may provide single-use plastic straws to a customer only upon request, the Department of Environmental Protection and NJ Business Action Center announced.

Parsippany Leaders’ Frontline Strategies and Actions During Pandemic | 20 About Parsippany Focus Parsippany Focus was founded on October 1, 1989 by Publisher Frank Cahill. Parsippany Focus is the only dedicated newsource, publishing local news and information for the past thirty years exclusively for Parsippany-Troy Hills. Parsippany Focus Magazine is published monthly by Zoomus Marketing, LLC, 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 322, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054 (c) 2021 Zoomus Marketing, LLC. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission of the publisher.

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As COVID was spreading in early 2020, his key challenges were maintaining the community’s health and enforcing the best sanitization practices in the most populous township in Morris County.

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Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano presented a proclamation to the family of the late Arthur W. Vespignani on Tuesday, October 5 at a council meeting.

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Support Our Local Businesses This Holiday Season

“What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -Jane Goodall Mayor Michael A. Soriano Once again, the holiday season is right around the corner, and I imagine all of us are eager to finally ring in some holiday cheer with each other once again. When it comes to gift-giving, so many of us continue looking for the best online deals, and a quick gift from a big box store for our loved ones. But as we slowly come back from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must remember that supporting our local businesses directly supports our community. This holiday season, let’s celebrate our local business owners. Now is the perfect time to explore our many local shops and indulge in our fabulous local restaurants. Our small businesses continue to be the lifeblood that drive our local economy. Our Township’s excellence and desirability is directly related to its healthy and vibrant small business community. Now more than ever, Parsippany’s small businesses need our help.

Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 as a way to help small businesses attract customers on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but that’s just one day in a season filled with deals, discounts, and door-busters. This holiday season, we need every day to be small business Saturday. Treat yourself to any of our fabulous local restaurants. Get your home improvement project going with a stop at the hardware store. Stock up on toys and games at a hobby shop. Get ready for spring sports at our athletic retail stores. Re-furnish your home with selections from our local furniture stores. Get more out of your car with the help of our local automotive stores. There are so many great small businesses here in Parsippany. We all need to do our part to keep them going – this holiday season and beyond.

According to a 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study by American Express, two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent in local small businesses remain in the local community. Additionally, every dollar spent at these businesses creates an additional $0.50 used in other local business activities, as a result of employee spending and businesses purchasing local goods and services. Suffice to say, buying locally helps our community in ways we may not realize. 6 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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New Goals for a New School Year! Dr. Barbara Sargent The beginning of every school year creates an opportunity to develop new goals. Of course, our primary commitment is to have a safe, healthy, and uninterrupted 2021-22 school year. The district also has a Strategic Plan that guides our decision-making in the areas of academics, students’ social and emotional experiences, and professional learning. At the September 23rd Board of Education meeting, these key goals were presented and approved for this school year. 1. Our district will create an innovative and rigorous educational experience in a borderless learning community that produces creative students who are problem solvers and self-directed individuals. • Revise and implement new curriculum in Literacy, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. • Continue our support for a 1:1 Chromebook initiative for students in Grades 5-12. • Continue to increase STEM opportunities at all grade levels. • Maintain the expansion of the district Strings program with the goal of providing strings instruction at the middle schools by September 2022. • Nurture the district’s partnership with NJIT with the prospect of expanding our students’ exposure to college-level instruction through additional courses. • Support the Transition Program special education students with work-readiness training. 2. All students will receive social and emotional support to become adaptable, confident citizens who embody selfawareness and strong interpersonal skills, capable of responsible decision-making and managing their emotions and behaviors. 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

• Initiate a comprehensive review of SEL and mental health programs for a middle and high school population. • Develop leadership and student voice opportunities at all schools. • Provide the necessary support to welcome all students back to classes in September 2021 and support children’s social-emotional well-being. • Guide all students to be independent learners. • Monitor, review, and revise the new School-Based Therapeutic Program. 3. Our community of adult learners will be fully engaged in professional growth experiences which enable them to continuously hone their craft and maximize student achievement. • Build the professional capacity of adult learners through collaborative and job-embedded professional learning. • Support the Danielson Teacher Evaluation Pilot and identify a single model for implementation district-wide in 2022-23. • Implement District Technology Plan, including providing equity and access to low-income and ESL students. We’re grateful to the many hearts and minds that are working on these exciting initiatives. Teachers, school leaders, and university partners are enriching the school experience for all Parsippany students. Together with our supportive parent community, dedicated staff members, intelligent school leaders, and thoughtful Board of Education members, we are creating an educational experience that produces creative, self-directed, and purposeful students. The full presentation of the 2021-22 District Goals can be viewed at

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Portugalo Barbeque: Authentic Wood Fired Portuguese Grille One would think that after just getting back from a trip to Kansas City that I would have had enough barbeque for a while. But let us not confuse Kansas City or any American ‘low and slow’ style with traditional Portuguese barbeque. The fact is, there are various global styles of BBQ, and each is unique in its own way. When I asked Portuguese Master Chef Tony Abilio about this he stated, “Portuguese BBQ, also known as a Churrascaria, certainly differs from American BBQ, all our meat is seasoned with a traditional, savory Piri-Piri marinade, consisting of African Bird’s eye Chili, garlic and spices; there is no sugar added. Throughout the several regions of Portugal, they all have their own unique coveted recipe, but most, if not all must include the Piri-Piri pepper. The meat is roasted over hardwood charcoal, and during the cooking process it is lathered with the Piri-Piri sauce, giving it a unique light smoke flavor and spicy tang.” Portugalo Barbeque, which opened in October 2020 under new owner, Kevin Hernandez, and

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Portugalo Barbeque is located at 3 Ronald Drive, East Hanover. (973) 577-2000.

is located on a side street directly off Ridgedale Avenue in East Hanover on Ronald Drive (look for the colorful six-foot rooster outside). Chef Kevin came to the U.S.A. in 2008 and decided to pursue his love of cooking. He found work in several area restaurants in Morristown and East Hanover, honing his skills and developing his talent, finally as a kitchen manager at Rezza Trattoria e Pizza Romana in Roseland prior to

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opening up Portugalo BBQ, his first venture. An exceptionally talented cook, intelligent, and amiable young man, I have no doubt of his continued success. Although a small venue, the restaurant is cozy, comfortable, casual, and sparkling clean. It exudes a friendly, family-style vibe inside, and even though it is small, it is nicely lighted and decorated. Take note, there are only three or four tables available for inside dining, along with some counter-style seating. There is plenty of comfortable seating outside with a protected overhang, and I understand they will have patio heaters in the cooler weather for those so inclined to dine outdoors. During my visit, I did eat al fresco because of the size of my group, and it was genuinely nice, beautifully decorated, and comfortable. The owner and staff are all very friendly, prompt, attentive, accommodating, and readily available to assist you with any needs or questions you may have. It did appear during my visit that Portugalo does do a vibrant take-out business. And Portugalo Barbeque is a BYOB, so I did bring along my favorite Portuguese vino. As I said earlier, I went with a large group during this visit and the staff clearly went above and beyond preparing and ensuring us an excellent overall dining experience. The outside

Kevin Hernandez, Patrick Minutillo and Tony Abilio

tables were nicely appointed and arranged to ensure everyone’s comfort. After we were all greeted and welcomed to the restaurant by the owner the banquet we were about to experience began. We started with the appetizers; Portuguese Chouriço Sausage Buns right out of the oven; homemade sourdough bread, soft, chewy, and delicious, followed by Caldo Verde, an iconic traditional, hearty, and famous Portuguese soup. The soup is green in color and made with a particular dark green cabbage that is not widely available beyond Portugal’s borders. Ours was prepared using collard greens. (Some restaurants use Kale). Full of wonderful aromas and flavors from the combination of potato puree, slices of chouriço sausage, and Portuguese olive oil, completed this delicious and hearty soup. Next to reach our table was that Portuguese/ Spanish classic, perfectly prepared Chorizo and Shrimp and Garlic. The aromas themselves put your taste buds into high gear. That salty, smoky, slightly sweet flavor of the chorizo (Continued on Page 14)

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Parsippany College Student Leads Club Activities New York Institute of Technology is proud to recognize the students who serve as executive board members for the university’s many clubs and student organizations. This includes Jeet Vaishnav from Parsippany (07054), an executive board member for: Pre-SOMA Learn about the various clubs and student organizations at New York Institute of Technology’s Long Island and New York City campuses. About New York Institute of Technology New York Institute of Technology offers 90 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs in more than 50 fields of study, including computer science, data, and cybersecurity; biology and biomedical studies; architecture and design; engineering; health professions and medicine; IT and digital technologies; management; communications and marketing; education and counseling; and energy and sustainability. A nonprofit, independent, private, and nonsectarian institute of higher education, New York Institute of Technology welcomes nearly 8,000 students worldwide. The university has campuses in New York City (Manhattan) and Long Island (Old Westbury), New York; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as programs around the world. New York Institute of Technology embraces its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, give all qualified students access to opportunity, and support research and scholarship that benefit the larger world. More than 110,000 alumni comprise an engaged network of doers, makers, and innovators prepared to change the world, solve 21st-century challenges, and reinvent the future. For more information, visit November 2021

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Parsippany Trunk or Treat 2021 ~ – Jersey Family Fun Parsippany’s Trunk or Treat featured a costume parade for kids, trunk decorating contests, and plenty of candy for all the trick-or-treaters who attended. Parsippany’s Trunk-Or-Treat Extravaganza took place at the Onyx Equities Campus, 7 Sylvan Way, and 8 Campus Drive, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. Cars lined the parking lot with festively decorated “car trunks” to provide a fun place for children to come to trick-or-treat safely. Festivities also included a costume parade for kids, trunk decorating contests, and plenty of candy for all trick-or-treaters. “We’ve been looking forward to putting this event on for months, and we can’t wait to celebrate the holiday with all our trick-or-treaters,” said Mayor Michael Soriano. “Thanks to our continued partnership with Onyx and the support of our Municipal Alliance, we can put together an event that’s safe, spread out, and most importantly, exciting and fun for the whole family.”

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We had such a great time celebrating Fourth of July, and we’re excited to invite residents to our campus and help celebrate the spooky season,” said Kristen Pappas, SVP Property Management & Construction at Onyx Equities. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this event, and I can’t wait to see all the fun costumes, kids, and parents enjoying the day.”

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perfectly accompanied the divine flavor combination of olive oil, lemon, and garlic, all of which added to the vibrant taste of the shrimp, and which married perfectly with the savory chorizo. Always one of my favorite appetizers when dining out in a Portuguese/ Spanish restaurant. Portugalo Picadinho was the next to arrive. The combination of pork and shrimp served in a savory, yet slightly spicy sauce was a taste treat and was outstanding with right out of the oven-baked crusty Portuguese Grandma Rolls (Trinchado). Amazing flavors are incorporated into this dish. Also on the table by this time were sides of Spanish Potato Chips (thinly sliced potatoes, slow-cooked at a low temperature in extra virgin olive oil with an amazing crunch) and French fries. As we were enjoying our appetizers, wine, and conversation, our entrees, which included barbequed chicken and ribs, were being prepared on Portugalo’s authentic wood-fired grille. Servings were paced perfectly, allowing everyone the opportunity to fully enjoy each serving before moving on to the next. The portion sizes were generous, and after finishing the appetizers it was hard to imagine that the entrees were still to come. Someone from the table referred to the Portuguese Barbequed Ribs as heaven on the

Portugalo Barbeque, (Authentic Wood Fired Portuguese Grille), is located at 3 Ronald Drive, East Hanover.

bone. These savory treats were expertly cooked and seasoned, fall off the bone, fresh, soft, moist, juicy, and flavorful. It was a hard choice between the beautiful ribs and the Portuguese Barbequed Chicken. The seasonings and marinades used to prepare both these entrees were masterful. I had to do the right thing, so I decided to take a serving of both. In the end, it came out a tie as to which one was better. Of course, what would these great dishes be without the accompanying side dishes of rice, beans, and potatoes, and there were ample amounts of everything. Dessert was no slouch either. Several Pão de Ló, Portuguese Sponge cakes appeared, still warm from the oven, along with Serradura; whipped sweet cream layered with crumbled Portuguese cookies. I had never had this before, but I would never turn it down if offered again. Decadently delicious, and went great with espresso, with a dash of Cuarenta y Tres, to wash it all down. So, when you are in the mood for some Portuguese cuisine, give yourself a treat, and give Portugalo Barbeque a try. Obviously, I would recommend it. As someone who often finds myself traveling to Ironbound for a Portuguese/Spanish dinner, I can now satisfy that urge with a short visit to East Hanover. (Continued on Page 32)

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Plastic Straws To Be Provided Upon Request A provision of New Jersey’s commitment to reduce plastics pollution statewide went into effect on Thursday, November 4 when foodservice businesses may provide single-use plastic straws to a customer only upon request, the Department of Environmental Protection and NJ Business Action Center announced. Food-service businesses include all restaurants, convenience stores, and fast-food businesses, each of which must also educate their employees and customers about the restriction. Consumers will still be able to purchase packages of straws and beverages prepackaged with a straw, such as juice boxes, after November 4. The restriction on single-use plastic straws is part of a broader state law enacted in 2020 banning the sale or provision of single-use plastic carryout bags from stores and food-service businesses; single-use paper carryout bags from grocery stores larger than or equal to 2,500 square feet; and use of polystyrene foam food-service products. These additional provisions of the law take effect on May 4, 2022, and will supersede any established local laws at that time. “When we move beyond single-use plastics, we can reduce our reliance on the fossil fuels that create plastic, remove a source of litter from our communities, and protect wild and marine life from the harm of ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic products,” DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette said. The DEP, NJ Business Action Center, and the NJ Clean Communities Council are working together to help businesses and communities

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understand and comply with the law. A new website is available at https://www., includes helpful information for regulated entities, including a Frequently Asked Questions page, a list of establishments and how the law impacts them, a copy of the law, and more. “The ban was designed to address the problem of plastic pollution with solutions to protect the environment for future generations,” said Melanie Willoughby, executive director of the New Jersey Business Action Center. “To assist businesses with compliance, the NJ Business Action Center (NJBAC) has rolled out resources on our website and encourages businesses to keep track of important timelines.” Additionally, the NJ Business Action Center has created a clearinghouse by clicking here to aid businesses in identifying vendors and manufacturers who sell the reusable carryout bags permitted by the new law.

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Parsippany Leaders’ Frontline Strategies and Actions During Pandemic “In the last 14 months, we learned how to do more with less. We learned to listen to scientists especially while making policy decisions for people,” said Michael Soriano, Mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills. As COVID was spreading in early 2020, his key challenges were maintaining the community’s health and enforcing the best sanitization practices in the most populous township in Morris County. “As a team, keeping egos out and doing what’s best for the community was important,” Mayor said. He proudly mentioned an example demonstrating how help was extended to local businesses: “Working with the building department’s director, site plans were approved quickly and outdoor dining permit fees were waived for restaurants.” “Township community-supported leaders and the youth spirit was uplifting,” Mayor Soriano remembers. Residents and community organizations raised money, donated food, and created masks. This report focuses on how such local leaders outside the healthcare profession adapted during the COVID pandemic. At the Board of Education, superintendent Dr. Barbara Sargent prioritized transition to virtual classrooms to minimize interruption in learning. “To find out who had a device and internet connection, we conducted a survey and made the necessary equipment available.” To communicate the BOE’s decisions about school schedules consistently and regularly, during rapidly shifting information, she started a Friday Letter to all parents. As her proudest moment, Dr. Sargent notes, “Our teachers, principals, BOE members, and administrators — Wow! They rolled up sleeves and worked with sheer will, dedication, determination, innovation, and collaborative attitude!” “Post-pandemic,” she said, “instructional technology innovations, such as online interactions with classroom guests, will continue.” “Thinking ahead and planning for what we know today while anticipating the change was critical,” recalled Dr. Sargent. Police Department Chief Andrew Miller said, “Accurate inventory and sanitization of Personal Protective Equipment were critical.” The Police 20 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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Department managed budgets and secured emergency funds creatively. Community members provided help by sharing business contacts and donations. The Police Department reduced indoor staff interactions by minimizing overlapping schedules. He emphasized, “Until late 2020, there was no COVID positive case in the department!” Because people worked from home, burglaries went down and Calls-For-Service (CFS) was reduced by 70%. This provided additional time to officers for COVID-related training. “Officers read complex medical materials and routinely consulted with experts,” recalled Chief Miller. Sometimes, officers operated with full PPE gear for 10-12 hours which was stressful. “I am a proud Chief!” He continued with appreciation, “The officers showed great professional attitude in serving the community while overcoming stress.” In summary, by quickly adapting during the pandemic, these leaders continued to serve and help maintain the well-being of their communities. This article was written Aadit Tembe, a 5th grader at the Lake Hiawatha Elementary School (LHS). He enjoys singing as well as playing musical instruments. He was the winner of LHS variety show 2020 organized by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). Additionally, he enjoys playing cricket & soccer.

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WHAT IF YOU’RE THE ONE? If you’re holding this magazine in your hands right now, you ARE the one. You’re the one who knows the importance of a strong education. You value your environment. You hold doors for people and offer a smile when someone holds one for you. You know people deserve to be happy, healthy and safe. We know how you feel because we feel that way too. And we know you’re the one. You’re the one who can change the world. Right now. Right this moment. How do we know? Because we know that everyone has that power within them. Really. You do. One simple act of kindness toward another changes the world. Can you imagine the power you’d have if you joined forces with others who are also the one? You are the one. It’s you. This is an amazing world. Let’s continue to make it better by helping children and families live their greatest lives. Join Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46 East, Parsippany on Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. to learn how you can change the world. For more information visit

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Blue Foundry Bank Celebrates Opening of New Administrative Offices

Blue Foundry Bank, a financial institution that offers a full service, crafted banking experience, celebrated the opening of its administrative offices at 7 Sylvan Way in Parsippany on Thursday. Attendees included community officials, local nonprofit and business leaders, and Blue Foundry Bank employees and board members. The opening of the new corporate hub not only signifies the bank’s reinvention but also reinforces its commitment to its employees and communities. The fully integrated space was designed with the employee experience top-of-mind. Crafted to inspire ideation and encourage collaboration, the state-of-the-art Administrative Offices allows employees to build teams, expand products and services and provide customers with an outstanding banking experience personalized to their needs and goals. “In creating this collaborative workspace, our goal was to open doors to our employees and to reimagine how we can work together as a 22 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

team,” said James D. Nesci, president & CEO at Blue Foundry Bank. “This experiential and comfortable office space is the key to keeping our employees engaged and excited, so they can continue to provide the Blue Foundry Bank experience that our customers have come to recognize as a uniquely crafted banking relationship tailored to their needs.” Blue Foundry Bank’s new offices were designed to reflect current cultural context, supported by the addition of cutting-edge technology to keep team members connected, whether they are working in-office or at home. This forward thinking, technologically innovative environment reflects the bank’s culture of collaboration, flexibility and connectivity, offering a stimulating team-environment no matter how and where an employee chooses to work. To celebrate the opening of Blue Foundry Bank’s administrative offices, a donation was provided to the Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry by the Blue Foundry Charitable Foundation.

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St. Ann’s Church Hosting its Tenth Annual Fall Festival The Community of St. Ann Church in Parsippany is hosting its tenth annual Fall Festival (formerly the Craft Fair) on Friday, November 12 from 5:000 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. St. Ann’s has booked a number of new and repeat vendors, including Stitching Queens, Avon, and Pampered Chef who will be here along with numerous other vendors offering various handmade crafts. The fair will also include a Ministry Table, bake sale, Tricky Tray, and a 50 – 50.

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St. Ann’s is located at 781 Smith Road, Parsippany.

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Parsippany Honors the Late Arthur W. Vespignani Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano presented a proclamation to the family of the late Arthur W. Vespignani on Tuesday, October 5 at a council meeting. Vespignani began his 13-year service to the Township as an employee. He began his career in 1993 and was appointed as Director of Municipal Utilities in 1997 until his retirement in 2006. He served his community as a member of the Township’s Board of Adjustment and having been elected to the Township Council, serving as President from 1980 – 1981.

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Arthur was a dedicated public official, serving as an assistant counsel to the New Jersey General Assembly in the mid-70’s, and as President of the Parsippany Republican Club. He was involved in community athletic programs for youth, serving for many years as a member of the Board of Directors for both the Parsippany Soccer Club and Par-Troy Little League East, and as coach and manager on all levels from minor league baseball to senior league all-stars, as well as travel team soccer.

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(5 minutes). Add spice and stir (5 minutes). Add the wine and reduce (5 minutes), add water and simmer ½ hour. Puree and add cream. Season with salt & pepper. Chef Matthew Pierone, Gourmet Café Restaurant 136 Baldwin Road Parsippany, New Jersey (973) 316-0088

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Kiwanis Club Holds Annual Wine Tasting Event The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany and Sons of Italy #2561 held the 25th Annual Wine Tasting Event.

event. The event included silent and live auctions; a delicious hot and cold buffet; wines and liquors; and an opportunity to help raise money and do good for others.

On Thursday, October 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., guests had the opportunity to help improve the lives of others and have fun while doing so by attending the Kiwanis annual wine tasting at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover.

In addition, Kane Brewing Company specializing in brewing American and Belgian-style ales will be sampling their products at the event.

This Wine Tasting is the Kiwanis Club’s largest fundraising event with the goal of supporting programs that benefit children and youth.

Tickets were only $65 each. Kiwanis is a 501(C)3 organization and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The local programs funded by the Kiwanis Club include sponsored youth programs in the Parsippany-Troy Hills school district, such as Key Clubs in both high schools, Builders Clubs in the middle schools, and K-Kids Clubs in all of the elementary schools; Parsippany Day Care Center; Parsippany Library; the Stickley Farms family fun day and numerous other 501(c)3 organizations that serve children and families. In addition to this financial support of children’s leadership development and service initiatives, the club meets the basic needs of the less fortunate families in our community by providing food and food cards, toiletry items, and blankets through a partnership with the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Community Center. The Club also supports state and national organizations that serve the needs of children and their families.

For more information on The Sons of Italy Lodge 2561 visit For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany visit

Sons of Italy Lodge 2561 was founded as a non-profit organization, which contributes thousands of dollars to worthwhile local charities and families. The lodge is proud to be able to serve a small portion of needs to our local communities. Donations include, but are not limited to, The Parsippany Food Pantry, High School Scholarships, Gift cards to families in need, The Valerie Fund, Alzheimer’s, and many others. Joe Canal is a major sponsor of the wine tasting November 2021

Kiwanis member Aysha Avalos Kiwanis Lt. Governor Division 9, Frank Cahill, sample cordials during the Kiwanis Wine Tasting event.

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Mayor’s Committee on Accessibility Seeks New Members

The Mayor’s Committee on Accessibility (MCA) is seeking members to join its ranks, and assist in advocating for residents with disabilities.

Working at the township government level, composed of Parsippany residents with personal or family experience of disabilities, an all-volunteer, the MCA evaluates public accommodations to ensure participation by all who live and work here; advocates for anyone encountering problems; and above all welcomes the involvement and input of our fellow Parsippanyans! Have trouble finding accessible parking spaces where they should be? Navigating sidewalks that could have more curb-cuts and level paving? Getting a scooter in a local store? The MCA would like to hear your perspective and your ideas for improvement. “The MCA of Parsippany-Troy Hills is open for business,” says Mayor Michael Soriano, “and dedicated to making sure all our neighbors can contribute to our economic and social life equally.” The MCA will be listening to residents, and pooling its own members’ individual experience on what works best. The Committee will spotlight the most accessibility-friendly businesses in town; work with township officials to ensure compliance with the ADA and other laws; seek to partner with all local organizations, services, and activities to advance full participation; distribute information; and in time, hold public events for learning and fun, with all being welcome and able to attend. “Please consider joining the committee,” says MCA Chair Lily Benavides. “There are open positions, and we could use the industriousness and imagination that makes Parsippany such a special place to live, work, and visit — and the ideas that can make that true for more people than ever!” 34 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

The Mayor’s Committee on Accessibility can be found on the township’s website at, and on Facebook at Please feel free to visit the site to learn more, and the Facebook page to leave us a message, ask a question, or bring an issue to our attention. If you are interested in joining, please send a direct message via the Facebook page.

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