Parsippany Focus Magazine - October 2022

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Whole Foods Market opened its doors to the public on dnesday, November 6, 2019. Located at 60 Waterview Boulevard, the 47,000 square-foot store celebrated its grand opening with complimentary coffee from Allegro Coffee and pastries from local supplier, Balthazar Bakery. Since then the shopping Center has been 100% occupied. Other tenants include Home Sense, DSW, Ulta Beauty, Orange Theory, Old Navy, Shake Shack, Urgent Care and Santander Bank. Frank L. Cahill, Publisher Nicolas Limanov, Photographer Patrick Minutillo, Contributing Writer Christine Mercado, Contributing Writer Sharon Maroldi, Contributing Writer Luis A. Matos, Distribution Manager

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Trick or treating is the opposite of all we were taught not to do as children, because on Halloween those manners are left behind as ghosts, witches, super heroes and other apparitions appear at our doors commanding a treat unless we would like to be tricked.

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Message from Barbara Sargent | 8

Awesome STEM Opportunities in Parsippany Schools! If you haven’t taken a look at the STEM opportunities at Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools lately, you’re going to be really impressed with our offerings.

Parsippany Focus Celebrates 33 Years | 10

Publisher Frank Cahill talks about the history of Parsippany Focus and Parsippany Focus Magazine

Protect Parsippany Taxpayers: Reject Expensive Anti-Competition Mandate | 11

An Open Letter to the Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor and Council members from Samantha DeAlmeida, President and CEO of the N.J. Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors

About Parsippany Focus Parsippany Focus was founded on October 1, 1989 by Publisher Frank Cahill. Parsippany Focus is the only dedicated newsource, publishing local news and information for over thirty years exclusively for Parsippany-Troy Hills. Parsippany Focus Magazine is published monthly by Zoomus Marketing, LLC, 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 304, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054 (c) 2022 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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Looking for a slice of genuine, old time Americana? Look no further than Morris County’s own downtown Boonton. Incorporated in 1867, the Town of Boonton still manages to reflect that rare and wonderful charm of a time passed by. Built on a steep hill, the quaint, narrow, downtown main street is lined with an array of antique shops, boutiques, coffee shops, assorted storefront businesses, and most importantly, at least to me, a wonderful and eclectic selection of small, Independently owned, top notch eateries.

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Faith Leaders Share the Parsippany Fall Festival

Vicar Psomi Psomas-Jackloski of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Rabbi Moshe Rudin of Congregation Adath Shalom and Pastor Marissa van Der Valk of Parsippany United Methodist Church

Vicar Psomi Psomas-Jackloski of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Rabbi Moshe Rudin of Congregation Adath Shalom and Pastor Marissa van Der Valk of Parsippany United Methodist Church enjoy a stroll during the Parsippany Troy Hills Fall Festival.

in the township. The Interfaith Council fosters dialogue and works with civil leaders in serving the community in a variety of ways.

All three clergy are members of the Parsippany Interfaith Council along with other faith leaders


The Interfaith Council will be sponsoring an Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering at the Parsippany United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.


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Message from Mayor Barberio

Mayor James R. Barberio

“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly lit front porch.” declared American author Robert Brault. At what other time of the year is it okay to become someone or something else, go up to a stranger’s door and demand candy? Trick or treating is the opposite of all we were taught not to do as children, because on Halloween those manners are left behind as ghosts, witches, super heroes and other apparitions appear at our doors commanding a treat unless we would like to be tricked. A fun fact about the custom is that it actually dates back to medieval times in Scotland and Ireland where it was called “guising”. In exchange for money or food young people would perform various “tricks” such as reciting poetry or singing songs. Not until the 1950’s was candy given out instead of cakes, fruit, nuts or coins. A good thing for anyone with a sweet tooth. We all have Halloween traditions that we cling to, whether that means a good Halloween party or staying home with some popcorn and a scary movie. The fact that we all love a good scare is part of what makes Halloween so great. New Jersey has numerous haunts that will send a shiver down the back of even the bravest of its residents. Local legends have sent many teenagers on quests to hear the beating heart from an unlucky soul who met with misfortune on “Heartbeat Road” or more commonly known as Peace Valley Road, in Lincoln Park. While some say it is the water pump down the road that can be heard, many believers will vehemently dispute this. Others have braved 6 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

the “Glowing Grave” found in a cemetery in Montville. The greenish cast to the stone belies the fact that a streetlight’s glow may have contributed to the eerie site. One of the most celebrated haunted sites used to be right here in Parsippany with the old Greystone Hospital. At one time it was considered one of the most haunted places in New Jersey, and the deteriorating structure did nothing to discourage the idea that hundreds of patients still roamed the halls aimlessly seeking help. The original facility is long gone but the legend remains to this day. Halloween is as varied as the colors that bring the holiday to life. Bright and dark blend together to create a scene that can be as spooky or as amusing as you may like. We, in Parsippany, like to offer our take on the celebration with our annual Trunk or Treat. Not only is this an opportunity for the little ones to show off their costumes and collect treats, it is also a chance for the community to come together in the spirit of Halloween and create new traditions that will forever “haunt” their memories. I look forward to seeing you on Monday, October 31 at Veterans Park from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and sharing a frightfully fun time!

James R. Barberio

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A Message From the Superintendent

Awesome STEM Opportunities in Parsippany Schools! Dr. Barbara Sargent If you haven’t taken a look at the STEM opportunities at Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools lately, you’re going to be really impressed with our offerings. The district has been working to enhance opportunities for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and we’re especially excited about these three amazing programs for our high school students: STEM Pathways: STEM Pathways provides high school students with the opportunity to concentrate their studies in the areas of STEM and exposes students to relevant authentic experiences through project work, conferences, and presentations to enhance their high school experience. All coursework is completed at our Parsippany schools and includes college level AP courses and rigorous study in subjects like Robotics, Computer Programming, CAD, Calculus, and Genetics. Students will interact with STEM professionals and learn about career opportunities in the field. In addition to building a high school transcript rich in math and science classes, students will cultivate transferable work habits such as perseverance, goal setting, and selfdirection. Students accepted to the program may complete a Regular or Distinction Pathway which requires a certain number of classes in Mathematics, Science, and STEM electives. Successful completion of the program after four (4) years results in a special STEM designation on the student’s transcript and diploma. Registration for our current 8th graders for the 2023-24 school year is underway. NJIT Joint Advanced Admissions (Early Admissions): This program provides our Grade 9 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

students the opportunity to obtain early guaranteed admission to NJIT’s Bachelor Degree program as long as the student meets and maintains NJIT’s general admission criteria throughout their high school career. Students are not obligated to attend NJIT if accepted into the program. The Advanced Admissions Program provides an opportunity for qualified 9th graders at PTHSD to apply to NJIT prior to the start of their sophomore year for early admission to NJIT. Students will be notified of their acceptance during the fall of sophomore year and will have opportunities throughout high school to learn more about NJIT’s programs. Advanced Academic Achievement (A.K.A. Dual Enrollment): This special program allows qualified Juniors and Seniors to earn college credits at Parsippany Hills and Parsippany High Schools during the academic year. Dual enrollment courses are taught by our own district’s supremely qualified high school teachers who have been certified by NJIT as adjunct faculty members in the related NJIT departments. Dual enrollment does not require students to attend any classes at NJIT. To receive the corresponding credits from a dual enrollment course, students must earn a minimum final grade of B. The tuition is $150 per credit, which is a tremendous discount from the over $750 per credit amount for undergraduate classes. There are no additional fees. We encourage you to connect with us to learn more! Please visit our district website at and go to the “Curriculum” tab at the top, then to “K-12 STEM Programs” on the left bar for more information or click here.

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Sal’s Haircutting Salon Celebrate Fifty Years

Shrimp with garlic sauce, a favorite at Bill & Harry Chinese Cuisine Cutting the celebration ribbon was Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, Lou Leone, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Sal Leone, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso

Cutting the 50th Anniversary ribbon at Sal’s Haircutting Salon was Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, Lou Leone, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Sal Leone, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso.

Sal made him an offer that day and two weeks later Sal’s Haircutting Salon was established. (Continued on Page 28)

Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill presented Sal Leone with a plaque congratulating being in business for fifty years. The plaque read “May the journey of your success continue even in the coming years! Wishing you and your team a happy anniversary!” In July of 1972 Sal responded to a barber wanted advertisement that was in the local newspaper. Sal made his way to the barber shop located in Lake Hiawatha. He was offered the position and the owner said, “If you like it here I’m looking to retire soon and we can talk about you buying the shop.” October 2022

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Parsippany Focus Celebrates Thirty-Three Years Parsippany Focus celebrated thirty-three years on October 1. Parsippany Focus was first published as a printed newspaper on October 1, 1989. On October 1, 2019, we published a special magazine, Parsippany Focus Magazine. With this issue, we are celebrating our third anniversary. “We wanted to create a positive piece for Parsippany, as well as supporting our local businesses” said publisher Frank Cahill. In addition, we recently released “MORRIS NOW” a free APP supporting all local businesses. The app also features local news, local events, classifieds, restaurant reviews, messaging system as well as deals and promotions from local businesses. When Parsippany Focus was first published it was named the “Official newspaper of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC)”. Publisher Frank Cahill, was named on the Board of Directors

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of PACC in 1989, eventually elected Vice President, and then President-elect (but due to commitments with Focus did not continue as President, just remained on the Board of Directors.) He also created a Retail Committee to work with area businesses. Parsippany Focus converted to a weekly newspaper serving the residents of Parsippany-Troy Hills in June 1991. Eventually Parsippany Focus was named the legal newspaper of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. This was the first weekly newspaper in many years appointed to serve the needs of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. Due to competition of newspapers in the late 90s, and the change of advertising markets of major companies devoting their advertising dollars to major newspapers, the advertising revenues of Parsippany Focus decreased to a point where it was not profitable to publish. Focus ceased publication in 1996. Due to the technology of the Internet, we have created a website for the people of Parsippany, to publicize the events that involve their everyday life. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, business briefs, honor rolls, club news, community announcements, school happenings (the same basic information the print version of Parsippany Focus featured from 1989 through late 1990s). “All Local, All Parsippany.” Parsippany Focus has limited website advertising space available. Banner ads, links, and sidebar ads can be purchased on a monthly basis, and are displayed on selected pages within the website.

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PROTECT PARSIPPANY TAXPAYERS: Reject Expensive Anti-Competition Mandate An Open Letter to the Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor and Council members: My name is Samantha DeAlmeida and I am the President and CEO of the N.J. Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (“ABC”). ABC is a national association representing 21,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 69 Chapters across the United States. With over 1,200 ABC members in N.J., Merit Shop contractors in N.J. employ in excess of over 400,000 workers and are responsible for over $19 billion in New Jersey construction annually. I am writing today to voice my organization’s strong opposition to the ordinance introduced this week mandating the use of project labor agreements (“PLA’s”) on all construction projects over $5M in Parsippany. As you know, a PLA is a form of labor contract that requires all contractors participating on a project to employ only union-represented labor, despite the fact that 73% of the construction industry workforce in N.J. have never opted for union representation. Thus, the immediate impact of mandating the use of PLA’s on all projects over $5M is that the pool of contractors available to work on any such project is vastly smaller than if a project were done so-called open shop – that is, regardless of a contractor’s affiliation with a union. Fewer options for Parsippany taxpayers in the choice of contractors is likely one of the reasons that the N.J. Department of Labor in its most recent study found that the use of PLA’s on construction projects increased the cost of construction by a staggering 33%, and led to significant delays in the completion of projects. There is no contrary evidence we have seen to suggest that the results would be any different for your taxpayers, thus making the proposed ordinance a very bad value proposition for Parsippany residents. October 2022

I invite you to educate yourselves about the realities of PLAs and welcome your questions. While you owe it to your residents to have quality contractors work on publicly-funded construction projects, enacting a mandatory PLA ordinance is not the answer. If enacted, the Ordinance will hurt merit shop contractors and their employees who live in Parsippany, raise their families, pay taxes, invest in the community, and possibly vote for you. In addition, all Parsippany taxpayers will pay the price through increased costs that have been well-documented, and which could ultimately drive taxes up. I and ABC’s members look forward to being an active part of the process as this ordinance is considered in upcoming meetings. Sincerely, Samantha DeAlmeida

President and CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors, New Jersey Chapter Concerned Taxpayers: Please attend Parsipanny-Troy Hills Council Meeting, October 18, 7 p.m. Town Hall, 1001 Parsippany Blvd, to make your voice heard!

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Chili Willie’s Mexican Restaurant: Fresh, Wholesome and Delicious

Chili Willie’s Mexican Restaurant, 702 Main Street Boonton. (973) 299-8775. By Patrick Minutillo

Looking for a slice of genuine, old time Americana? Look no further than Morris County’s own downtown Boonton. Incorporated in 1867, the Town of Boonton still manages to reflect that rare and wonderful charm of a time passed by. Built on a steep hill, the quaint, narrow, downtown main street is lined with an array of antique shops, boutiques, coffee shops, assorted storefront businesses, and most importantly, at least to me, a wonderful and eclectic selection of small, independently owned, top notch eateries.

on my part. The exterior façade is hard to miss, with its bright, colorful orange awning boldly displaying the restaurant’s name, whimsical Mexican statuary, potted plants, and a glistening storefront window, all enticing and welcoming you to come inside. As you walked through the front door you are greeted (Continued on Page 14)

There is no doubt that Mexican cuisine is well represented in the general Parsippany area, each offering their own take on the preparation of their dishes. Whether your preference be strictly authentic, fusion, or Tex-Mex, there is a great selection of quality restaurants within a several mile radii to meet your needs. Chili Willie’s Tex-Mex BBQ Family Restaurant certainly falls into that category of a quality choice when looking for your next great dining experience. I have passed Chili Willie’s a hundred times over the years and for some reason I have not stopped in. That was a big mistake 12 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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Chili Willie’s Mexican Restaurant: Fresh, Wholesome and Delicious

Chili Willie’s Mexican Restaurant, 702 Main Street Boonton. (973) 299-8775. (Continued from Page 12)

looking dining room. The 12 to 14 tables spaced comfortably throughout the room are accented with bright, colorful, glass covered tablecloths with utensils wrapped in white napkins. The color scheme, with bold, bright red and blue walls, adorned with a tasteful display of sombrero’s, antique Mexican photographs, old newspaper articles, plates, assorted ceiling hangings, and Mexican artifacts create a vibrant, fun, and cozy atmosphere. The vibe is exuberant, yet at the same time manages to remain casual, comfortable, and intimate. I thought the thoughtfully laid out interior was the perfect complement, setting the mood for the meal we were about to devour. Our very friendly server, Marianna, immediately welcomed us, and was very attentive to our needs. Water and menus quickly arrived, followed by Chili Willie’s complimentary very fresh, homemade salsa, along with equally freshly made red, white, and green chips (colors of the Mexican flag). You could easily taste the quality and freshness of the slightly chunky, lightly spiced salsa, 14 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

and along with the crispiness of the chips, they could have been a meal in themselves. I should note at this point that Chili Willie’s is a BYOB establishment, so feel free to bring along your favorite wine or beer. I brought (Continued on Page 16)

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Chili Willie’s Mexican Restaurant: Fresh, Wholesome and Delicious

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sauce that absolutely enhanced every bite. Always a nice appetizer, very tasty. The Chili Relleno was also very

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along a few Modelo Cerveza’s to accompany my Mexican dish

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As usual, appetizers were ordered. I asked Marianne’s for her recommendation, and she told me that a lot of customers prefer the Jalapeno Poppers, so who was I to argue with my server. My friend ordered the Chili Relleno for an appetizer while we continued to peruse the menu. Our visit fell somewhere between lunch and dinner time, so we were able to choose from the entire menu. The lunch menu offered a nice selection of choices, and was very reasonably priced, as was everything on the menu, but we opted for the dinner menu on this visit because of the more extensive choices. The six nicely sized poppers were appropriately crunchy and oozy, a nice pocket of melted cheese and fresh, crisp, snappy Jalapeno’s. They came with a delicious dipping 16 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

Homemade salsa, along with equally freshly made red, white, and green chips (colors of the Mexican flag)

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Parsippany’s Trunk or Treat Returns Parsippany-Troy Hills Annual Halloween traditional returns. Trunk or Treat will take place on Monday, October 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 1855 Route 46.

Registration for trunks and tables is required. The top three displays, trunks or tables will win a prize. Visit to register.

Trunk-or-treating is pretty simple. Instead of going from home to home, children collect candy from vehicles that are often festively decorated. It’s often regarded as a safer alternative to trick-or-treating and has grown in popularity around the nation in recent years. Parsippany’s event has no admission fee. But each child attending must supply a bag of factory-sealed candy in a factory-sealed bag, or non-food treats. The township is asking residents, organizations and businesses to attend with decorated vehicles and help make the event a success for the children.

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Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany participated in the 2022 Trunk or Treat

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Parsippany 19th Annual

The Martone Team made a tall appearance

The “19th Annual Fall Festival” returned after a three year hiatus due to COVID-19 pandemic drew large crowds on Sunday, September 25 on North Beverwyck Road. The rain held out most of the day and the fall weather made it a beautiful day to enjoy the many activities offered. The township canceled the Fall Festival for the past two years because of COVID concerns. Officials planned to hold one last year but canceled in early September because of a local rise in COVID cases. The town-wide celebration not only provided an opportunity to highlight township programs, services, organizations and businesses, but also encourages community spirit.

The generosity of the business community has played a large role in the success of the past festivals. Parsippany’s 19th Annual Fall Festival was one of the most successful festivals yet. There was entertainment for everyone, rides for the children, and other attractions.

Fall Festival Draws Large Crowd

American Cancer Society Bake Sale

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Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Wives selling freshly squeezed lemonade

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There was something to do for everyone

Where to Volunteer in Parsippany For Membership Info Contact or stop at the firehouse any Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Seniors 18 years and older. Juniors 16 to 18 years old. Stop in for an application onTuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Or call 973-887-9071 and leave a message.

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Mail-In Ballot Drop Box Now Open at Parsippany Municipal Building These are the current locations of the Ballot Drop boxes located in Morris County. Additional locations may be added before the next election. You can deposit your ballot approximately 45 days prior to each election. All Ballot Drop boxes will be closed at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

East Hanover: Municipal Building, 411 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover 07936 Florham Park: Municipal Building, 111 Ridgedale Ave, Florham Park 07932 Hanover Township: Municipal Building, 1000 Route 10, Whippany, 07981

The Ballot Drop boxes are all outside and under surveillance 24/7. They resemble a USPS Blue Mailbox, but are Red, White & Blue and display “Morris County – Official Ballot Drop Box.”

Madison: Public Safety Building: 62 Kings Road, Madison, 07940

The ballots will be picked up by county representatives. All security measures will be followed when collecting and transporting the ballots back to the Board of Elections.

Morris Plains Municipal Building: 531 Speedwell Ave, Morris Plains 07950 Town of Boonton: Municipal Building, 100 Washington Street, Boonton 07005

Parsippany: Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Blvd, Parsippany, 07054,

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Bo Campbell, 7, a student at Troy Hills Elementary School is examining the pumpkins at Cerbo’s Parsippany Greenhouse, 440 Littleton Road. (973) 334-2623. Cerbo’s is open Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4: 00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cerbo’s has hundreds of pumpkins available in all shapes and sizes.

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Buddy, Six Year Old, American Bulldog/Boxer Mix is Looking For a New Home Buddy, is a six-year old American Bulldog/Boxer mix who is homeless and looking for a new home. Buddy initially comes off shy but warms up very quickly and is a really people-focused dog. He is sweet and good with all handling. He lacks confidence and will need a patient family with a quiet home so he can feel safe and trust everyone. Once he is comfortable, Buddy is a 100% ham! He loves to lay upside down on every dog bed he can find (and the couch). He is a love bug. Buddy’s ideal home: Buddy is a shy dog who lacks confidence. He needs a family who has large breed rescue dog experience and are patient with him while he adjusts. He is a sweet boy who prefers to live without any ruckus-he’s just a chill dog who wants to relax! Buddy would do best with no young children in the home and no young children visitors. Buddy prefers a quiet home without any other dogs. Buddy walks beautifully on leash and does not pull! He loves to go for walks. One application per household. We will only consider your family for one of our available puppies so please apply for only one. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application on our website

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PTHSD Became the First NJ High School District to have a Chapter of NSTEM On the evening of September 28 the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District (PTHSD) inducted the first cohort of students into The National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Honor Society (NSTEM). Directed by STEM Supervisors Rachel Villanova and Kelly Curtiss, PTHSD became the first NJ high school district to have a chapter of NSTEM in 2021. In order to earn this prestigious honor, students must meet a set of rigorous expectations. Each of the students inducted completed a full year math, science and STEM elective courses during the 2021-2022 school year with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Additionally, the students completed a minimum of 120 STEM enrichment hours beyond their regular school day. In order to meet the challenge of 120 hours of STEM work outside of school, our inductees participated in school clubs like HACC, Space Club, HOSA, and Green Team Environmental Club. Students participated in various competitive leagues including Robotics, Math Competitions, and Science Olympiad. Many students volunteered their time serving the community by providing

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tutoring in math and science, running technology needs for school drama productions, piloting products such as Neuromaker Robotic Hands, and helping younger students learn computer programming languages through various STEM outreach programs. Students spent time shadowing doctors, nurses, and medical technicians at local medical facilities including The Clinton Medical Center and The Morris County Surgical Center. There were even students that received state level recognition for leadership in the STEM fields. All of our students were further honored by New Jersey Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill. The NSTEM inductees received a State of New Jersey Congressional Certificate celebrating their accomplishments and induction into NSTEM. Many of the students inducted into the National STEM Honor Society were able to meet the NSTEM requirements as a result of their acceptance to the Parsippany Troy Hills School District’s STEM Pathways Program. Enrollment in the STEM Pathways Program provides students with opportunities to participate in presentations and hands-on STEM activities in addition to their regular school coursework. Our STEM Pathways Advisors at each high school work diligently to create enriching opportunities for students. Some of the presentations provided were professional panels from pharmaceutical companies, meteorologists from the National Weather Service, cybersecurity experts from the NJ Office of Homeland Security, and STEM alumni from PTHSD including Parsippany High School’s Astronaut Garrett Reisman. The Parsippany-Troy Hills School District is proud of the accomplishments of our students in the STEM fields and look forward to the continued growth of our students and STEM programs. Congratulations on an outstanding accomplishment!

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Sal’s Haircutting Salon Celebrate Fifty Years (Continued from Page 9)

In November 1992 Sal hired Robert Smith to a full time barber position. Robert has been a loyal employee ever since! In 2006 Sal’s son Lou Leone who was working in the sports industry, decided to leave corporate America and go into the family business.

Frank Cahill, Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee presents Sal Leone with a plaque congratulating the 50th anniversary celebration

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GYL Financial Synergies Parsippany Office Helps out at Table of Hope educational, and social needs while preserving the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area. The Spring Street CDC emerged to impact families throughout Morris County with over 100,000 meals served through the Table of Hope and over 400 kids mentored.

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On Thursday, September 15 GYL Financial Synergies members, Gary Herz, Bernice Ching, Debbie Molan, and Mary Ann Marchese of GYL’s Parsippany office helped with sorting food, carrying and loading bins of groceries into cars. Today over 300 families were served.

Spring Street Community Development Corporation (SSCDC) was founded in 2011 with the mission to improve the quality of life for Morris County families by addressing economic,

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Walking Tour at Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms The Morris County Tourism Bureau will host a walking tour of The Stickley Museum on Saturday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m. Morris County Tourism Bureau is headed to National Landmark Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, former farm and home of Gustav Stickley, the founder of the American Arts and Crafts Movement and designer of Mission furniture. Stickley lived here with his family and ran a school teaching building crafts. You’ll visit the log house and cottages and get an update on the restoration work happening at the site since Hurricane Isaias came through in 2020. The site has been mainly closed to the public, so this is a special opportunity available to us exclusively. To register visit atlas/events/walking-tour-meet-the-stickleys-atcraftsman-farms-10310/register Explore the collections and current online exhibition “Things Wrought by the United Crafts: An Expression of Modern Life.” Or check out a variety of ongoing classes (including many archived courses) and Member programs. This 30-acre National Historic Landmark is the

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Classic Meat Lasagna

1 large onion, chopped 2.5 pounds ground beef 5 cups homemade marinara, or your favorite red sauce 2 cups ricotta 30 slices mozzarella 1 cup grated parmesan cheese 2. 8 -ounce boxes of oven ready lasagna sheets 1 t Ground black pepper 1 T chopped fresh parsley or basil I usually make my lasagna a day or afternoon ahead of time. Brown the onions in a 6-quart pot with a splash of blended oil. Add the beef and brown, turning well for 5 minutes. Watch the onions and beef, don’t walk away. Add 4 cups of red sauce, stir, and let simmer 20 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool for an hour. Add black pepper and basil to ricotta. Use cold red sauce while assembling 32 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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Chili Willie’s Mexican Restaurant: Fresh, Wholesome and Delicious (Continued from Page 16)

tasty, flavorful, and generously portioned. A great start and now it was time to settle in on our entrees. It was difficult to pass on the Chef Specialty choices. One dish sounded better than the next, each a personal creation of Chef Jose Martinez, who personally named each dish in honor of either a Mexican State or a significant part of Mexican history. As Chef Jose advised me, “Don’t go to another Mexican restaurant and order any of these dishes by our name. They won’t know what you are talking about.” Specialty dishes include such choices as Pork Chop Durango Style, Steak Mariachi, Steak a la Veracruz, Chicken Breast Tijuana, Quest Flameado con Chorizos; you get the idea. The menu also included the traditional choices of tacos, fajitas, enchilada platters, jumbo burritos, vegetarian dishes, fried seafood, and “Real Pit BBQ” (which sounded good). I settled on the specialty combo Tipico Mexican Platter (Tamale, Enchilada, Burrito) along with a soft-shelled beef taco. A traditional Tex-Mex dish that appropriately came with rice, beans & Pico de Gallo salad. I was surprised at the beautifully plated, generously sized portions of my entree as it arrived. It was “muy grande!” Clearly enough for two or more people, but I was committed to finishing it. My friend had the Chili Willie platter, which was a similar combo. You have a choice of filling, beef, chicken, or mix and match. One may believe that if an entrée is generous in size, that it may sacrifice some taste. Not in this case, the dish offered a tantalizing depth of flavors; a savory, filling, and satisfying meal. The fresh herbs and spices were evident, and perfectly complemented the dish. There was nothing bland or boring about this dish. And yes, this gavone did finish, and enjoy every bite.

traditional menu and opted instead for a more American Tex-Mex approach to meet the public’s taste at that time. Today the restaurant serves authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex, and many of the Chef’s creative specialty dishes that are based on cherished recipes handed down from Jose’ grandmother, who fueled his interest in cooking, while as a young boy he attentively watched and learned as his Abuelita prepared the family meals. As Jose notes on their business page, “The secret to maintaining the flavor of grandma’s authentic native Mexican, “criolla,” recipes at Chili Willie’s are in the preparation of our dishes using only the freshest ingredients (no cans).” “My wife and I try to make people happy. We want people to taste Mexico in every dish,” stated Jose. Following my visit to Chili Willie’s I can attest to Jose and Jackie’s commitment to their customers. We did walk into the restaurant as strangers, and left feeling like old friends, ready for another visit in the near future in order to try one of Jose’ specialty dishes. It was evident why Chili Willie’s has been such a long time Morris County favorite. Do yourself a favor and the next time you up for some delicious Mexican cuisine give Chili Willie’s Mexican Restaurant a try. Chili Willie’s Mexican Restaurant, (Tex-Mex BBQ Family Restaurant), 702 Main Street Boonton, NJ 07005. (973) 299-8775. Dine In - Take Out – Curbside Pickup – No Delivery BYOB – Catering Menu – Online Ordering – Vegetarian Options - Gluten Free Options - Street Parking.

Jose and Jackie Martinez both stopped by my table for a chat as we were finishing our meal. Neither Jose or Jackie could be more cordial, hospitable, or genuinely friendly. It was a pleasure talking to them both about their personal stories, the history of the restaurant, and, of course, their food. We were also treated to some freshly made Mexican Flan as we sat and talked. The caramel flavored, milky, sweet, and slightly eggy dessert was a perfect ending to a great meal. I must admit, I have tried Flan from many different restaurants, and this was as good as, if not better, than any Flan I have ever had. When asked, Jose shared that this was also one of his grandmother’s special dessert recipes. Chili Willie’s is another example of those proud, unbeatable, independent, family owned and run establishments, that not only overcame the pandemic hardships, but continues to thrive despite them. Opened in 1988 (34 years) by Jackie, and shortly thereafter joined by Jose, Chili Willie’s has been a mainstay in downtown Boonton, and Boonton is lucky to have them. Jose, who hails from Guadalajara, Mexico, told me that in 1988 he and Jackie decided to veer away from a more 34 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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