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Interview with John Inglesino| Cover, 18, 19 In a new feature in Parsippany Focus Magazine, we had the opportunity to learn about Parsippany’s former Township Attorney John Inglesino, Esq. Frank L. Cahill, Publisher Nicolas Limanov, Photographer Patrick Minutillo, Contributing Writer Christine Mercado, Contributing Writer Sharon Maroldi, Contributing Writer Luis A. Matos, Distribution Manager

Message from Mayor James Barberio| 6

It doesn’t take a superhero in a cape to save the day, but simply an average person taking above average risks to help someone in need. It takes a special kind of person to become a first responder. They are men and women who knowingly enter places that most people are trying to get out of.

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Nearly five years ago a Strategic Planning Committee met to define and clarify a collective vision for the future of Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools. As a result, three Strategic Planning Goals were developed to inform our planning and decision-making.

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Morris County Hope One Celebrates 5th Anniversary| 9

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon led a day-long symposium celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Morris County Hope One, a ground-breaking support program to help people struggling with addiction that has inspired Hope One programs around New Jersey and the nation.

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The ongoing quest for the next great Parsippany dining experience continued as my foodie friends and I ventured out to Shan Shan Noodles. I had been to Shan Shan Noodles before, and I loved it, but it has been closed for indoor dining for most of the last two years because of the pandemic, so when I found out that the restaurant had resumed indoor dining a couple of months ago, I was anxious for a return visit.

Local Parsippany Volunteers Being Honored| 11 The 200 Club of Morris County will be honoring several volunteers from Parsippany Fire District #6 and Parsippany Rescue and Recovery on May 5, 2022 at the Legacy Castle.

Joe Jannarone Sr: Parsippany One of the “Best Places to Live in the Country”| 17 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 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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While most of us living in Parsippany today have visited one or more of the 31 parks maintained by the Township Parks and Forestry Department, very few of us appreciate, or know the history of when these parks were built and how this department was formed.

Parsippany Holds Ribbon Cutting Celebrating the Opening of Malan| 27 Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee Chairman Frank Cahill presented Ashley with a plaque welcoming Malan to Parsippany during their recent Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening Ceremony.

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Message from Mayor Barberio

Mayor James R. Barberio

Abraham Lincoln once stated, “Next to creating life, the finest thing a man can do is save one.” It doesn’t take a superhero in a cape to save the day, but simply an average person taking above average risks to help someone in need. It takes a special kind of person to become a first responder. They are men and women who knowingly enter places that most people are trying to get out of. They are men and women who will see things others will never see nor ever want to see. They don’t do this for the glory, they do it because they have a calling to help people in need. We never think about 911 until we need it and then we are so grateful to those who answer the call and come to our aid. First responders are unsung heroes out there doing their jobs every day hoping that they will not be needed because if they are it means that someone is in distress. Parsippany is so fortunate to have brave men and women that are willing to step up and volunteer their time and expertise as first responders to the Township. As the most populated municipality in Morris County, covering almost 25 square miles and with major highways crisscrossing throughout, the potential for an emergency is always prevalent. The ability to react quickly to a crisis is crucial and is the reason why the Township has six fire districts, two volunteer ambulance squads and a rescue and recovery unit. All these volunteer services are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays. The Township’s firefighters are based in six locations. The Mt. Tabor Volunteer Fire Department, the Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company, the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire 6 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

Company, the Lake Hiawatha Fire District, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Volunteer Fire Company and the Parsippany-Troy Hills Fire Association provide not only fire protection but vehicle rescue, elevator rescues, water rescue and reaction to hazardous material spills to the residents and businesses in their districts. Our two volunteer ambulance services have a combined total of 150 years of service to the town. Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad has been servicing the community since 1942 and Rockaway Neck First Aid Squad has been in existence since 1952. Both squads are staffed with NJ State certified EMTs and Certified Emergency vehicle operators and are ready to react to anyone calling in need of an ambulance and medical assistance. Joining our team of first responders in 1960 as a specialized division for heavy rescue and diving, is the Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Unit. Members are specially trained and outfitted with equipment specific to handling emergencies of a different caliber. Severe motor vehicle accidents, flooding and water rescue are just a few types of calls they receive. In addition, they aid our fire departments and ambulance squads when needed and assist our neighboring towns as well. The job of these volunteers isn’t easy. They are often pulled away from families, meals and holidays to rescue those in danger or need. They put their communities before themselves. We trust for them to be there when we need them most and in return we owe them the greatest of thanks and gratitude.

James R. Barberio

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A Message From the Superintendent

District Begins a New Strategic Planning Process Dr. Barbara Sargent Nearly five years ago a Strategic Planning Committee met to define and clarify a collective vision for the future of Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools. As a result, three Strategic Planning Goals were developed to inform our planning and decision-making: • Innovative and rigorous educational experience in a borderless learning community that produces creative students who are problem solvers and self-directed individuals. • All students will receive social and emotional support to become adaptable, confident citizens who embody self-awareness and strong interpersonal skills, capable of responsible decision-making and managing their emotions and behaviors. • 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.

next steps for the 2022-23 school year and beyond. The district will gather information to identify areas of strength and areas of focus. Community Members without children in the public schools are invited to share their feedback through the online survey which can be accessed below. The survey window is open March 25 through April 14. Your voice matters a great deal as we work together to build upon the excellent programs in place in Parsippany-Troy Hills. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish and I’m excited about what we are about to do together! We look forward to hearing from you. Community

Significant progress has occurred in each of these areas to enrich students’ academic experiences, promote student leadership and advocacy, and support professional learning for district staff. At the close of this school year, we will highlight the work completed under the current Strategic Plan and begin to determine 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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Morris County Hope One Celebrates 5th Anniversary Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon led a day-long symposium celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Morris County Hope One, a ground-breaking support program to help people struggling with addiction that has inspired Hope One programs around New Jersey and the nation. The symposium, which attracted about 200 participants, included the Morris County Board of County Commissioners presenting a “Resolution of Honor” to Kevin and Robin Gannon of Toms River, who donated $100,000 to support the Morris Count Hope One program. Presenting the honor were Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen, Deputy Director John Krickus and Commissioner Deborah Smith during a morning segment of the program held at Saint Elizabeth University’s Dolan Hall in Convent Station. “Their generosity is literally unmatched. We are both very grateful and hopeful. We hope others will recognize this generosity and take note of the unique work being done by Hope One. This program has inspired the creation of Hope One programs around New Jersey and the nation,” said Selen.

Kevin Gannon is Sheriff Gannon’s brother. Kevin grew up in Boonton Township, and Robin grew up in Lake Hiawatha. “The sense of civic duty demonstrated by Kevin and Robin is something that clearly runs in the family. The sheriff has redefined the duties of law enforcement in Morris County by focusing not only on public safety, but also on crime prevention through human services outreach,” said Commissioner Krickus. Hope One sends professionals trained in addiction services into the community, via a mobile recovery unit, where they encounter people in need of addiction services and who are at risk of overdose. The Hope One team connects individuals they meet with treatment services and trains citizens in how to deal with someone who overdoses, specifically in the use of Narcan to revive overdose victims. Sheriff Gannon noted that Hope One was born in Morris County in April 2017, and credited Cpl. Erica Valvano on his staff with piloting the project and (Continued on Page 14)



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Shan Shan Noodles: Family-Owned and Operated Business By Pat Minutillo The ongoing quest for the next great Parsippany dining experience continued as my foodie friends and I ventured out to Shan Shan Noodles. I had been to Shan Shan Noodles before, and I loved it, but it has been closed for indoor dining for most of the last two years because of the pandemic, so when I found out that the restaurant had resumed indoor dining a couple of months ago, I was anxious for a return visit. Shan Shan Noodles, which opened in 2014, is another one of those nondescript, unassuming, humble-looking little storefront eateries, located in the small Pacific Pavilion strip mall, right off Route 46 East and Edwards Road. I have learned long ago that these simple, unpretentious, little locations can truly reveal one of those “hidden gems” people talk about. Shan Shan Noodles is one of those gems. The moment we entered the restaurant we were immediately and warmly welcomed by our hostess, Lili Lu, mother of owner Shan Lu. The personable, enthusiastic, and genial persona of Ms. Lu immediately made one feel comfortable and at home. Our group was

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immediately seated, like menus, water, tea, and chopsticks arrived (and for a couple of our group, forks were requested). Shan Lu also made it a point to come over to welcome us to her restaurant; you knew we were in for a pleasant dining experience. I should mention that Shan Shan Noodles is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in the authentic food of Northwestern China, specifically the Xinjiang Province, where Shan and her mother, Lili, were born. The food prepared and served at Shan Shan reflects that region of China and is unique due to the various cultural influences that together make Shan Shan’s food so special. Shan Shan is a comfortable, homey, exceptionally clean, and organized eatery. Though the dining room is small, (Continued on Page 12)

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Shredded Pork with Hot Pepper over Hand-Pulled Noodle

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Local Parsippany Volunteers Being Honored The 200 Club of Morris County will be honoring several volunteers from Parsippany Fire District #6 and Parsippany Rescue and Recovery on May 5, 2022 at the Legacy Castle.

the business community, as well as public safety officials from police, fire, emergency medical services and the New Jersey State Police.

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This 200 Club of Morris County scholarship program began in 1982 to provide college, post-high school education or vocational school assistance to children of active public safety personnel. Scholarship eligibility is limited to high school seniors serving in a Morris County branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving or retired from a public s afety capacity in Morris County.

Members from Parsippany Fire District #6 are Firefighter Bill MacStudy, Firefighter Stephane Meunier, Chief Vincent Petito and Lieutenant Michael Sanford. Members from Parsippany Rescue and Recovery are Lieutenant Paul Anderson, Ex-Captain Andrew Ludwig and Chief Louis Yuliano, Jr., These members performed well beyond the call of duty in a Swiftwater Rescue on September 1, 2021.

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Shan Shan Noodles: Family-Owned and Operated Business (Continued from Page 10)

with seven, four-person booths along both the sidewalls and five or six glass-covered, wood-grained tables thoughtfully placed around the room, one gets the feeling that it is more spacious. I did notice immediately that the interior had been renovated since 2019, and now offers diners a more modern, bright, and sleek appearance. The attractive Chinese-themed mural still covers one wall, and diners can still enjoy Chef Kegong Zhang (AKA John) pulling, stretching, and flapping freshly made noodles through a large window. That show alone is worth the visit, and you can see that the Chef enjoys what he is doing. Chef Zhang explained to me that he makes a variety of different shaped hand-pulled noodles that can vary in thickness to accommodate the variety of dishes served at the restaurant. The noodles range from “Skinny”, “Angel’s Hair”, “Regular”, “Second Skinny (Woodon)”, “Flat”, and “Belt” (AKA Biangbiang noodles); and each type of noodle marries perfectly with the accompanying dish. The rest of the interior is simple, with a casual, relaxing vibe, with two wall TVs (on quiet), and soft mood music playing in the background. Reminds me of a Chinese restaurant I used to visit on Mott Street in New York City, and that is a compliment. Shan Shan’s menu is not too extensive as Shan Lu prefers to concentrate on quality food, service, and keeping her customers happy. Though the menu might be considered limited by some, each dish seems more tempting than the next, and it was nice of both Shan and Lili Lu to walk us through the assorted items, and on our request offer some helpful recommendations. The menu does offer appetizers, Chef Specials, sauteed noodles and dishes, fried rice, cold plates, and hand-pulled noodle soup. After some fun conversation and bantering with our hosts, we finally decided to begin our meal with a

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selection of shared appetizers. We went with the Beef Pancake, Spicy Wonton, Scallion Pancake, and Pot Stickers. Both the beef and scallion pancakes were freshly and perfectly cooked to a golden brown; savory, light, chewy crepes that were nicely enhanced with the sauces that they were served with. Chinese pancakes are one of the quintessential popular snack foods found throughout China. The Pot Stickers, basically Chinese dumplings; lightly browned, golden crispy, folded, and pleated bundles looked as good as they tasted. Wonderful taste sensation as they melted in your mouth. They came eight to a serving, which is a lot of stickers. Our final appetizer was the Spicy Wonton. Wonton’s, another type of dumpling, sits in an oil-based hot sauce, well rounded with the flavorings developed from a myriad of herbs and spices. A sophisticated, flavorful broth that I was not ashamed to slurp down to the last drop. For an entrée I ordered the Shredded Pork with Hot Pepper over Hand-Pulled Noodle, others in the group chose the Black Bean Sauce over Hand-Pulled Noodle, (Ground pork, with black bean sauce), Cold Hand-Pulled Noodle with Hot and Spicy Chicken, Seafood with Fried Hand-Pulled Noodle, (Shrimp, fish ball, imitation crab meat), and the Pork with Fried Hand-Pulled Noodle. My dish of shredded spicy pork paired perfectly with the homemade hand-pulled noodles. A visually beautiful dish filled with tender pork, fresh ingredients and seasoned perfectly. This delectable dish had a nice mouthfeel to it, was not overly spicy hot, and the fusion of textures, (Continued on Page 34)

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being the driving force behind Hope One. He described the program as a “use recovery and mental health initiative,” explaining that the Hope One team closely works with individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic, then shares the lessons learned to inspire other agencies to replicate the program. Morris County Hope One marks its five-year anniversary with over 27,000 community contacts and over 5,000 people trained in the use of lifesaving Narcan. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Mental Health Association and the Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES), staffs the Hope One unit with a plain clothes Sheriff’s Officer, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and a Mental Health Professional. Joining the symposium yesterday were the operators of Hope One programs that have developed in Newark and Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Director Selen, at the podium, greets Robin Gannon as she walks up to accept the Morris County “Resolution of Honor” for the $100,000 contribution she and her husband, Kevin, (pictured walking behind her) gave to Morris County Hope One

Hunterdon, Monmouth, Passaic and Warren counties. The symposium was moderated by Brian Thompson of NBC TV News, and he was joined by Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll, Dr. Gary B. Crosby of Saint Elizabeth University, Assistant Attorney General Craig Sashihara, who also serves as counsel to NJ CARES, and Kevin Coyle of the New Jersey State Police Drug Monitoring Initiative. Speakers throughout the day included people who experienced drug addiction and professionals who work in peer counseling, Hope One programs and mental health screening.

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Joe Jannarone Sr: Parsippany One of the “Best Places to Live in the Country”

Joe Jannarone, Sr, (JJ) on the field at Jannarone Park

While most of us living in Parsippany today have visited one or more of the 31 parks maintained by the Township Parks and Forestry Department, very few of us appreciate, or know the history of when these parks were built and how this department was formed. Fortunately, Mr. Joe Jannarone Sr. (referred to in this article as JJ) is the man that does know, and he has shared the following stories with me, that captures much of this history. Prior to 1972 the Township of Parsippany did not have a Parks and Forestry Department. JJ, recalls the events and reasons for this department to be formed, how it grew, and the roll it has played in helping make Parsippany one of the “best places to live in the Country,” according to Money Magazine In the late 1960’s the Township of Parsippany had depended on the “shade tree committee” to write the ordinances defining the procedures that property developers needed to follow in order to be April 2022

issued permits for the removal and replacement of trees. It also stipulated that the work done, needed to be inspected to insure they were in compliance, before they could receive C O O. The ordinance also defined the types of trees that would and would NOT be permitted to be planted on Township property. Unfortunately, the Commission did not have the authority, nor resources needed to enforce this ordinance, so in 1972, Mayor Henry Luther created the position of Township Forrester, who would be responsible for enforcing the ordinance. JJ was a member of the shade tree committee so the mayor offered him this position. JJ did not want to disappoint his current employer, so he did not immediately accept the offer, after some discussions with his wife Nicki, they agreed that it would be best for his family to have a job that offered retirement and health care benefits. Shortly after becoming the first Township Forester in 1972, the “shade tree ordinance” was

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John Inglesino, Esq.: law and litigation related to those practice areas. He has spoken on various economic growth subjects as a speaker before the State Planning Association and Morris County Bar Association. He has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer” since 2013, and was recognized in 2022 as a “Top Attorney in North America”. In addition to the practice of law, Inglesino had a long and distinguished career in public service, having served fourteen consecutive years in elective office. Inglesino was elected to the Rockaway Township Council in 1993. In 1995, he was elected Mayor of Rockaway Township at the age of 32, and was reelected Mayor by a landslide in 1999. Inglesino served on the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2001 – 2007. On the Freeholder Board, Inglesino was the leader in the creation of the Morris County Improvement Authority, which has saved Morris County Taxpayers millions of dollars. John Inglesino, Esq., is the Managing Partner and a founding partner of Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor, located in Parsippany. He is the past Township Attorney for Parsippany – Troy Hills under the previous Barberio administration, a position he held for eight years. Inglesino Webster was founded in 2010 under the name Inglesino, Pearlman, Wyciskala and Taylor. The firm is headquartered at 600 Parsippany Road. In 2021, Inglesino Webster was recognized as a “Top Law Firm In New Jersey Commercial Real Estate” by REALSTATE NJ. The Firm specializes in all aspects of real estate law, including development, zoning, redevelopment, tax appeals, insurance defense litigation, criminal law, corporate law, health care law, education law, aviation law and general litigation. The Firm represents a plethora of both public and private sector clients. John Inglesino is a recognized expert in the areas of land use (where he regularly appears before both planning boards and zoning boards on behalf of his clients), redevelopment, including project finance of complex redevelopment projects, complex redevelopment agreements, tax exemption agreements, complex real estate transactions, municipal law, affordable housing law, corporate

In the interview that follows, Inglesino discusses the importance of economic development. WHAT ARE THE ECOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRENDS YOU SEE IN NEW JERSEY? Inglesino: I see three broad trends. First is the redevelopment of our cities. New Jersey is the most urbanized state in our nation. When our cities cannot support themselves, our suburban areas pay more. The Abbot decision dramatically increased the obligation of suburban NJ to subsidize failing public schools in urban NJ. The redevelopment of our cities, and the enhanced revenue that comes from that will make the cities more economically self sufficient, which should lighten the financial burden on suburban NJ for subsidies. We are already seeing that in Hoboken, where there is discussion about taking Hoboken off the Abbot list. Second, affordable housing mandates will continue to drive much more development in suburban NJ. While most of this development may not be popular, it is a reality. How suburban municipalities plan for this development will shape their futures for decades to come. Third, there is a need to repurpose properties which are obsolete. Certain area malls and office parks, once producers of revenues and jobs, have become a blight on certain communities.

Proper Planning Will be Vital for Parsippany’s Success WHAT ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN MORRIS COUNTY DURING YOUR CAREER? Inglesino: On the public side, I was the architect behind the deal structure that brought UPS to Parsippany, providing millions in revenue to Parsippany for years to come. That deal structure and the leadership of Mayor Barberio influenced UPS to choose Parsippany over Marietta, GA. In Morristown, we most recently completed a series of complex transactions and approvals for the MStation project, which is bringing Deloitte to Morristown. In Florham Park, we performed all the legal work on the Green at Florham Park, resulting in the largest and most concentrated economic development project in Morris County over the past decade. In Nutley we performed the transaction that brought the Hackensack Medical School to the former Hoffmann-La Roche site. On the private side, we are attorneys for River Park in Hanover Township, the largest mixed use inclusionary development in the Morris/Sussex vicinage. We performed the first Redevelopment projects with tax exemptions in Morris County in Mt. Arlington, Wharton and Montville. We successfully renegotiated a tax exemption agreement in Dover. We also serve as developer lead attorney for significant developments in Harding, Morris Township, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Morris Plains, Randolph, Roxbury, Hanover Township, East Hanover, Montville and other locations. I can safely say that no firm has been involved in more significant development projects in Morris County over the past decade than Inglesino Webster. WHY IS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IMPORTANT FOR MORRIS COUNTY? Inglesino: Without development and redevelopment of real property, the county’s economy will atrophy, resulting in higher taxes and lost opportunities. As a former Mayor, I know that the costs of local government will continue to rise. Economic development is vital to providing increased revenue so that property taxes can be stabilized over the long term. Such development

also creates jobs, enhances services, and provides retail and housing opportunities for our residents. The fact is that there is little virgin land left for development. Most development in the future will be the redevelopment of existing properties. The NJ Redevelopment law provides municipalities and developers with exciting financial tools that can create win win opportunities. Smart municipalities will find creative ways to use these tools to attract exciting projects that will bring jobs, revenues and amenities to their towns. Such developments should account for open space, environmental impacts, recreational opportunities and traffic mitigation where possible. WHAT SHOULD PARSIPPANY’S DEVELOPMENT GOALS BE? Inglesino: Parsippany is at an exciting inflection point. It has a large stock of antiquated office buildings that need to be repurposed. Many of these old buildings are a blight on the Township and serve no purpose. The market is ripe to redevelop these sites. There is incredible opportunity for next generation warehouse/light industrial users – which are producers of increased revenues and job opportunities. Increasing revenues from commercial users should lighten the burden on residential taxpayers. Many of Parsippany’s older office buildings are ideally located for such uses, especially those not in residential areas and that have good highway access. Parsippany also has an opportunity to use the financial tools in the Redevelopment law to keep this industry in Parsippany for the long term, to avoid the plight of the overbuilt office developments of the 1980’s. Given Parsippany’s significant affordable housing obligation, mixed use communities will likely blossom in Parsippany. Proper planning for these future communities will be vital for Parsippany’s success.


National Arbor Day is April 29, 2022 (Continued from Page 17)

challenged, by a developer that sued the Township and JJ, because they refused to return his deposit because he planted Silver Maples which were one of the “not allowed” species. The developer’s attorney grilled JJ for two days in court, asking the same questions, in different ways, trying to trap JJ, this (did not work) so the judge finally dismissed the case, and the ordinance remains in force today. After the ordinance was upheld, JJ proposed that a “tree survey” should be done, in order to identify and assess the viability of all the tress on township property. JJ was able to get a Rutgers University student, majoring in Forestry Management, that had been hired by the Recreation Department as a summer intern to help him complete this project. The survey reviled that there were over 600 dead trees and that the township might be liable if any of them fell down causing damage to property or personnel injury, and should therefore be cut down as soon as possible. During the next year’s budget process, JJ proposed adding a new employee do tree trimming and removal in the township, and operate the bucket truck that was being sold by a tree trimming company in PA, and would cost only $5,000. Once the purchase was approved, JJ went to Pa. so he could personally drive the truck back to Parsippany. This truck was used by the Township for 12 years and then given to the Township of Boonton, what a great investment. In the 1960’s the Bradford Callery Pear tree was recommended by the Shade Tree Committee and planted throughout the Sedgfiefld Development. These trees had attracted so many visitors to view their beautiful white blossoms every spring and grew so well, that the Forestry Department planted them in a number of additional areas of the Township. Unfortunately, even though very beautiful and fast growing, it was discovered after about 20 years that the Bradford species, was the only Callery Pear that had a self-destructive “fatal flaw” because the branch crouches grew to close together. Sadly, today, there are few if any of the Bradford Callery Pear trees that have survived, but many other Callery Pear species have survived. The National Arbor Society had a program where they distributed tree seedlings to communities around the country. In 1972, as the Township 20 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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Forrester, JJ established a program where Township distributed seedlings to EVERY third-grade student in Parsippany. He contacted some tree growers and nursery suppliers and learned different types of evergreen/pine trees would be the most reliable, easiest for planting and least expensive. JJ ordered seedlings from a grower in southern NJ, got plastic bags donated, plus going around and picked up discarded telephone wires from construction sites to tie the bags, and asked some local food stores if the could save some boxes. He then had some Cub Scouts and their parents, volunteer to put soil, water, and the seedlings in the bags and then packed them standing up into the boxes, that were then delivered on Arbor Day to ALL the elementary schools in Parsippany. This program is still going on today, and is credited with getting over 150,000 trees planted in Parsippany. During 1974 JJ noticed that a number of Township owned properties around town needed some manicuring, so JJ borrowed an older tractor from the Recreation Department and a lawn mower from the Board of Education, which he used on weekends to keep Township properties mowed and manicured. In 1986 the Forestry and Parks and Recreation Departments were merged and JJ was appointed as the Director of this new department. A few weeks (Continued on Page 22)

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

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Knoll Park: The First Handicap Assessable Park in the State (Continued from Page 20)

after the departments were merged, JJ recognized that while the parks were being well maintained, most of them did not have adequate playground equipment and were very underutilized by families and kids. To address this issue, merry-go-rounds, slides, swing sets, and bouncy spring animals were purchased and installed in some of the parks, and JJ was very pleased to see a dramatic increase in the number of children and families using the parks. It was not long after that a women came into JJ’s office with one of her children who had some disabilities, she asked where she could find a park or recreation areas that were handicap assessable and had playground equipment that they could use? When JJ contacted the companies that manufactured playground equipment, he was shocked to learn that NONE of them made any such equipment. JJ then contacted a medical supply company and discovered that they made a swing that a wheelchair could be put on as well as a bouncy spring animal that had back rests and harness. These two items and picnic tables that are wheelchair assessable were ordered by JJ. Special soft materials were placed on the ground at Knoll Park, and the equipment installed, making it the first handicap assessable park in the state. The Star Ledger ran a story about the park, which was picked up by the Associated Press, sparking interest in this issue and bringing national attention for Parsippany. Shortly after this, a gentleman from Bergen County came to see the park and asked JJ if he could help him design a similar park, that he was willing to fund it, and would be the first such facility in that county. JJ also received numerous calls from officials of both large and small cities around the country, it appears that Parsippany and JJ can be credited with starting this wonderful and much needed initiative. Another story JJ likes to tell is how the “Victory Garden” came to be. One day a lady called JJ and asked him if there was any place in one of the parks, where she could grow some crops. Unfortunately, this could not be done, but as fate would have it, the Township had just bought some property on Route 202 where they planned to have the Engineering Department housed, and yes it had some garden area. JJ was able to expand this area by attaching his personal plow to a Township tractor and then tilled the soil. Paths were made to divide 22 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

the area into separate plots so people could get to their plot without walking on other people’s.vStreet signs were made and installed, so residents could locate the plot they had been awarded. When it came time to dedicate the gardens, JJ proposed that they be called the “Victory Gardens”, which was a common name given to community gardens built duringWorld War 2. Another story JJ likes to tell is how they were able to get flag poles illuminated at Smith Field. JJ observed that the American flag was not being flown on a regular basis and when he asked why this was the case he was told, because they were not able to be illuminated, so they had to be taken down every evening and it was too time consuming to put them up every morning and take them down every evening. JJ negotiated with the electric company to install a new 220-volt electric box, so lights could be installed, that would shine on the flags and therefor they could be displayed day and night. As the Parks and Forestry Department grew, most of their equipment and supplies stored at Smith Field, and offices for the staff were housed in a converted trailer on Baldwin Road. It was apparent that a facility was needed, where all the departments’ staff and equipment could be housed. JJ determined that the ideal location for such a structure was on the property next to the Knoll Park

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Jannarone is Proud that 18 of the 31 Parks were Built and/or Improved by Him (Continued from Page 22)

after the departments were merged, JJ recognized structure was on the property next to the Knoll Park which was included as part of the Knoll Country Club, purchased by the Township. Unfortunately, this property had been purchased with funds from the State’s Green Acres Fund, which restricted any NEW structures being built. JJ pointed out to the State officials, that equipment and materials are required to maintain all of park land in Parsippany, and without a proper storage and maintenance facility, they might not be able to keep them in good condition. After getting approval to build a structure on this site from the State, JJ asked the Township Architect design a building with offices for Management, common area for staff, and another large area for equipment storage and maintenance. The Parks and Forestry Building located at One Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha was opened in 1990 and is still in use today. The Department manages and maintains a total of 31 Township parks, with the goal of having recreation within walking distance for all Parsippany residents. These parks encompass over 800 acres of land, which far surpasses the nationally accepted standard of one acre of parks for every 100 residents.

The gazebo at Veterans Memorial Park

residents with such outstanding services and facilities. JJ also says that he was so blessed to have the job he had, when he had it, as he never had any budget or request for materials he made denied. I believe that it is the residents of Parsippany that are the fortunate ones to have had a Director of Parks and Forestry that saw things that needed to be done, and only did what he felt was best for us.

JJ is proud of the fact that 18 of these 31 parks were built and /or improved during the time he was the Director of Parks and Forestry Department. He is particularly proud that the newest park is named in his honor and that Parsippany hosts the largest soccer tournament in the NE, thanks mainly because there are so many artificial turf fields, which were built under his leadership. While there is a story behind each park project and they all presented some challenges, it is great to see the look of joy on JJ’s face when he talks about the Reynolds Road soccer fields, construction of the band stand (gazebo) and Memorial at Veterans Field, and Jannarone Park. JJ is very modest and has always given credit for his accomplishments to the support he received from Township Mayors, Council Representatives, Township Administrators and members of his staff. He is quick to point out that he was fortunate to live in a community that had the resources to provide 24 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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Kiwanis Club Continues Free Food Distributions

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Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany was among a number of North Jersey Kiwanis Clubs participating in distributing over 40,000 pounds to those in need on Saturday, March 19. Over 1,500 families with 2,900 children in six towns received food containing fresh garden vegetables and other non-perishable items. The retail value of the food distributed was over $100,000. Kiwanis members seek donations from local residents and businesses to keep this initiative going.

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Connie Keller, President Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany said “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Kiwanis Clubs have donated over 475,000 pounds of food, feeding 12,000 families, over 23,000 children with a retail value of over $800,000. I am proud of all our members, especially the Key Clubs at Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School for their efforts in the ‘Feeding Our Neighbors’ program.”

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De-stem the shiitake and slice, then slice the domestic mushrooms. Mince the scallions. In a large non-reactive saucepan, sauté the mushrooms in butter. Add 1 cup of stock and reduce the heat. Add the par cooked rice, stir. Stir with a wooden spoon until the rice absorbs the liquid, then add the reserved porcini liquid. Season with salt and pepper, and add half the grated cheese. Add the rest of the stock and grated cheese, continue to stir, add scallions and truffle oil. Stir until creamy and moist. Add more stock if needed. Spoon into 4 pasta bowls, garnish with shaved parmesan, serve immediately and enjoy! Chef Matthew Pierone, Gourmet Café Restaurant 136 Baldwin Road Parsippany, New Jersey (973) 316-0088

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Shan Shan Noodles: Family-Owned and Operated Business (Continued from Page 12)

spices, and flavors, along with the luscious, freshly made springy and satisfying noodles made for a memorable meal. A wonderful fusion of meat, noodles, and broth; I thoroughly enjoyed it. Part of what makes eating this cuisine fun is that is comes with a pair of scissors so you can cut your very lengthy noodles to a manageable size. While I prefer to cut my own noodles while I devour my meal, others didn’t mind letting Lili Lu guide them on how to master this eating technique. There’s also chili oil and black vinegar on the table should you want to enhance the flavors of your meal. Personally, I didn’t need it. This dish also went well with my Beijing-based Yanjing beer, which I brought along as Shan Shan is BYOB. The consensus of the group was that everyone thoroughly enjoyed their individual meals and that Shan Shan Noodles was definitely a standout, and a location to add to our “must return” list. We ended this culinary feast with a variety of Asian desserts from Shan Shan Noodles’ own bakery, Sweet Sensations, which is a separate store located just a few doors down from the restaurant and which specializes

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in cakes, desserts, bubble teas, and more. The desserts we tried were very light, fluffy, not overly sweet, and very fresh. I found out that this style of Asian dessert, from the Xinjiang Province in Northwestern China, only uses fresh whipped cream (no buttercream) and is very health-conscious, diabetic-friendly, and unlike the heavy sweetness that is usually found in desserts here in America. Naturally, this led to a tour of Sweet Shansations by Shan Lu. Sparkling clean, attractive bakery with an interesting selection of tantalizing Asian baked goods. All those in my group enjoyed the education they received on the unfamiliar items and based on how delicious our desserts were everyone walked out with a bag full of tasty treats to take home with them. They also offer a choice of special occasion cakes if that is your interest. If you have not yet tried authentic Asian desserts, I would strongly suggest giving Sweet Shansations a try. Shan Shan Noodles is a true culinary treasure right here in Parsippany. Delicious cuisine, very reasonable prices, generous portions, wonderful family atmosphere, professional service, and a family that truly cares about their customers. Shan Shan Noodles is not one of your familiar run-of-themill Chinese eateries. Next time you are seeking out a different type of Chinese restaurant, do yourself a favor and give Shan Shan a try, and while you are at it, stop in at Sweet Shansations for dessert. Shan Shan Noodles is located at 333 Route 46 East, Parsippany. (973) 287-7399. Click here for the website. BYOB – No Reservations. Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Closed Mondays. Parking Lot.

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