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Interview with Parsippany’s New Township Attorney: Michael Lavery, Esq. | Cover, 18, 19

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In a new feature in Parsippany Focus Magazine, we had the opportunity to learn about Parsippany’s newly appointed Township Attorney, Michael Lavery, Esq.

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Mayor Barberio Talks About Township Committee Volunteers | 6

Many residents are not aware that the Township relies on a panel of advisory committees that offer suggestions to improve various aspects of our community. While these committees are advisory in capacity only, they have come up with many excellent ideas for enhancing and enriching our community.

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Dr. Sargent “Battle of the Books” | 8

A great chance to sneak a children’s novel into your reading life.

Parsippany Rotary Winter Coat Program was a Mega Success | 9

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Parsippany Rotary collaborated with community leaders who want to get to work on projects that have a real, lasting impact on people’s lives.

Rajni Indian Cuisine: “Food is Medicine, Medicine is Food” | 10

Rajni opened in 2011 and features truly authentic cuisine from the state of Tamil Nadu. Upon entry, you first encounter the shrine of Lord Ganesha, the Hindu elephant god who symbolizes wisdom, understanding, and a discriminating intellect that one must possess to attain perfection in life.

Parsippany’s Economic Development Advisory Committee | 14 Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee has elected officers for the new term.

Parsippany Hills High School Academic Decathlon Team | 16

The Parsippany Hills High School Academic Decathlon (AcDec) Team took third place in the New Jersey Region III Competition.

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Mr. Marra’s Music School and Studios Holds Ribbon Cutting | 23

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee Chairman Frank Cahill and members of Economic Development joins in celebrating Dean Marra with the grand opening of Mr. Marra’s Music School and Studio.

CCM President Iacono Named a 2022 ROI-NJ Influencer | 28 County College of Morris President Anthony J. Iacono ranks amongst highly esteemed leaders in New Jersey.

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Message from Mayor Barberio

Mayor James R. Barberio

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,” said the great orator Winston Churchill. Nowhere is this truer than when one volunteers. We tend to get what we put into things and volunteering brings a sense of self-satisfaction that cannot be duplicated. How many people have said that their lives have felt richer when they gave something of themselves to a cause they believed in. While our government operates with valued employees it also relies on the goodness of citizens who wish to make a difference in their community. We are fortunate to have many residents who care about Parsippany and want to make it even better. Many residents are not aware that the Township relies on a panel of advisory committees that offer suggestions to improve various aspects of our community. While these committees are advisory in capacity only, they have come up with many excellent ideas for enhancing and enriching our community. The Environmental Advisory Committee has helped with the implementation of various projects to clean up the Township and protect it for future generations. Their focus on pollution, waste, noise control and preserving water resources is analyzed and appraised by a team of residents with backgrounds in scientific fields that are relevant to environmental concerns. Many may not realize how many historic buildings we are privileged to have in Parsippany. The Historic Preservation Advisory Committee is key in recommending and promoting the safeguarding of these Township treasures. Preserving the past is just as important as advancing into the future. Traffic is a source of aggravation for all of us. Monitoring traffic management issues such as congestion, road safety and proper signage is the Traffic Advisory Committee. Their suggestions are brought to the attention of various departments within the Township and are taken into consideration especially with any new development that may occur in Parsippany.

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An issue that everyone has growing concern over is transparency in government. I have always been a strong proponent in making sure that residents have access to where and how their tax dollars are being spent. We always have room to make improvements and the Municipal Government Transparency Committee offers many suggestions for improvements to the Township website to make information more accessible to everyone. Many youth programs that the Township provides have benefited from the insight of the Recreation Advisory Committee which assists the Division of Recreation. These volunteers have contributed ideas and suggestions for the development of various recreational programs that provide an outlet for our youth to come together in a fun, sportsmanlike and safe setting. Instrumental to encouraging the growth and expansion of Parsippany’s business community is a group of resourceful members that make up the Economic Development Advisory Committee. This committee has become indispensable in promoting and attracting new business to our municipality. New businesses are warmly welcomed with grand ribbon cutting ceremonies and exposure to our residents. During these difficult economic times it is extremely important to support these entrepreneurs just starting out and ensure that they are given the best opportunity for success. The Township is all the richer because of these committees, selfless volunteers and their ideas. There are so many ways to volunteer and make a difference. The hardest part about volunteering is taking time out of our busy daily schedules to devote time to something other than ourselves. The feeling of satisfaction, a chance to pay it forward and the power to change lives are just some of the benefits of volunteering. When you give a little of yourself to your community you will in turn see just how much your community gives back to you.

James R. Barberio

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A Message From the Superintendent BATTLE OF THE BOOKS! Or, a great chance to sneak a children’s novel into your reading life. Dr. Barbara Sargent Looking for a new title to rekindle your love of a great story? Allow me to recommend some Young Adult and Children’s novels for your reading pleasure. These particular titles are part of this year’s Battle of the Books, books that some of our elementary students are reading to prepare for a literary contest in which they answer questions about characters and events in the stories. Gregor the Overlander Written by Suzanne Collins, the author of the amazing Hunger Games series, this first book in the series introduces readers to Gregor, a boy who embarks on a dangerous quest to find his father in a strange world beneath New York City. Even if you don’t commit to read the other books in the series, this first Gregor book is captivating and satisfying. For strong 4th grade readers and up. Tuck Everlasting This novel, written by Natalie Babbitt, is a staple in many 5th and 6th grade classrooms – and with good reason. Winnie Foster is a young girl who discovers a spring on her family’s property whose waters grant immortality. When she befriends members of the Tuck family who have remained remarkably youthful despite having experienced many historical events firsthand, Winnie must decide whether or not to keep the Tucks’ secret about the spring ―and whether or not to join them on their everlasting journey. The film version starring Sissy Spacek as the Tuck matriarch is equally wonderful. 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

Front Desk Based on the author’s real-life experiences, this novel by Kelly Yang features 5th grader Mia Tang who helps her parents manage the Calivista Motel in California. Mia has a lot going on, between keeping up with her studies at school, helping her parents hide immigrants at the motel, and dealing with a greedy motel owner. She’s a spunky and smart girl who saves the day for everyone. Great for Grade 5+. Riding Freedom This quick read (I finished it during our recent snowy Saturday) by fabulous children’s author Pam Munoz Ryan is a courageous and inspiring story about young Charlotte who escapes an orphanage to find work as a stable hand and becomes a stage-coach driver. This is a compelling real-life retelling of a girl who disguised herself as a boy to survive and be accepted in the world of horse care and stage coach travel. Wonderful, daring, and quick. For strong 3rd grade readers and up. I’ve read all of these titles and heartily recommend them to young and - not old veteran readers alike. It’s so important and comforting for us to read outside our age and grade levels. I began my teaching career as a middle school Language Arts teacher and still return to Young Adult novels for fast-paced, meaningful, beautiful stories. So, whether you prep for your own Battle of the Books or satisfy your literary soul, I encourage you to check out these books and tuck into a beautiful story. Read up!

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Parsippany Rotary Winter Coat Program was a Mega Success Parsippany Rotary collaborated with community leaders who want to get to work on projects that have a real, lasting impact on people’s lives. Due to the generous donors, the Parsippany Rotary International Winter Coat Program was a MEGA Success. The outpouring of donations from various families, businesses, Rotary’s Partnered organizations PAL, Gandhian Society, NRIVA, Vasavi Society, GOPIO, and individuals enabled us to provide Up to 400 winter coats and Up to 200 New Winter blankets to children, homeless, and adults and supporting three different organizations of Table of Hope, Hope1 and Hope Hub. This program is made possible because of great Teamwork and thorough planning and organizational efforts of all Individuals from Parsippany Rotary International, PAL, Gandhian Society, NRIVA, Vasavi Society, and GOPIO. A special thank-you goes to PAL for generously lending the space to drop off winter coats and accessories. Special thank you to the owners of Rishtaa Banquet Hall for hosting the Winter Coats donation event on February 12.

The Winter Coats and Blankets event was attended by Elect District Governor-Sam Maddali, Parsippany Mayor James Barberio, Council President Michael dePierro, Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Councilmen Frank Neglia, and Justin Musella. Rotary Directors and Officers Santosh Peddi, Ravi Chhabra, Ravi Annadanam, Ylka Padilla, Venkat Bijjala. PAL Director Sam Yodice. Gandhian Society Founder and Directors Mr.Bhutala, Rajendar Dichpally, Mahesh, Vijaya Nadella, Dr.Asha Samant, Bhagavan Pingili, Jigar Shah, Anil Pulligala.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Rajni Indian Cuisine: “Food is Medicine, Medicine is Food” By Patrick Minutillo

On arrival at Rajni for the first time, you might think you had just entered a storefront, local eatery somewhere off the streets of Mumbai on your way to pick up an order of Chicken Biriyani. Rajni could certainly be described as a low-key, modest, unpretentious eatery where one would stop in for a casual, relaxing lunch or dinner, either alone, with family, or a group of friends. Nothing fancy, formal, or elegant here, just some genuine, delicious, homemade southern Indian cuisine. The kind of food craved by many discerning diners looking for that familiar taste from their homeland. Rajni opened in 2011 and features truly authentic cuisine from the state of Tamil Nadu. Upon entry, you first encounter the shrine of Lord Ganesha, the Hindu elephant god who symbolizes wisdom, understanding, and a discriminating intellect that one must possess to attain perfection in life. A perfect symbolic introduction to the culinary experience within. The restaurant is named after a Tamil movie star, producer, and screenwriter, “Rajni” Kant. According to Rajni’s website, their

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uniqueness lies in recapturing the flavor of homemade food and ambiance. They tout their belief in the three pillars of Quality, Affordability, and Impeccable Service.

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You may have passed Rajni a hundred times while traveling along Route 46 and never gave it a thought, as it is somewhat hidden alongside the rear of the small Meadow Plaza strip mall. Rajni does not face the highway, so you will have to keep an eye out for the blue signage leading into the parking lot. Once there you will find adequate off-street parking. As you pull up to their attractive brick and glass building you will see the cute little elephant in front. As my foodie group started to arrive, the very friendly and hospitable staff warmly welcomed us. Our table was immediately prepared while we joked and bantered with Moses, the manager, and Yoga (Doctor) Guna, brother of the owner Jey Guna, who unfortunately was not available on this visit. As we found our seats and perused the extensive and unfamiliar menu, we all had questions for the staff, which they were happy to address politely and patiently.

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LOCAL NEWS

Nate Hayes is earning a “Communication Badge”

Nate Hayes, a scout with Troop 39, attended the Parsippany-Troy Hills Council meeting on Tuesday, February 15 to earn his “Communication Badge.” Nate is in the sixth grade at Brooklawn Middle School. To earn a communication badge, the scout can select from a list of requirements. The scout can choose to attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) where several points of view are given on a single issue.Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Then the scout had to prepare an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed, and share this with their counselor.

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Rajni Indian Cuisine: “Food is Medicine, Medicine is Food” (Continued from Page 10)

well-spaced tables, covered with white plastic tablecloths arranged throughout the dining area. The offset tones of the yellow and brown walls, wood tiled floors, lofty ceiling lined with silver metal paneling, a few Indian pictures and artifacts, and a large screen TV complete the simple, casual, homey ambiance that is Rajni. Large glass windows along the full length of one side of the restaurant keep the interior bright and airy. A smaller secondary room is located adjacent to the main dining room and looks like it would be perfect for a small gathering or business meeting. Sadly, the once-popular buffet area, along the far wall, now sits unused because of pandemic concerns; hopefully, the buffet will once again become a feature of Rajni in the near future. Rajni’s focus is on South/North Indian specialties, with a primary focus on South Indian cuisine. They also offer Indo-Chinese cuisine, a distinct fusion culinary style combining aspects of both Indian and Chinese food and flavors. In fact, Indianized Chinese food is extremely popular throughout India. Spicy, rich, flavorful, and diverse is the way most people describe Indian food, regardless of which section of India we are talking about, but on my

Rajni Indian is located at 296 Route 46 West, Parsippany

visit, I was interested in exploring the South Indian culinary style which is much spicier than its Northern neighbor. South Indian food is considered extremely healthy and is mostly vegetarian, but there are plenty of non-vegetarian accompaniments to deliciously complement your meal. The generous use of chili and tamarind helps to make Southern dishes spicy hot and tangy. Also, rather than naan or roti, rice is heavily favored in Southern Indian food. Northern Indian cuisine tends to be less spicy and uses milder to more moderate spices in their dishes. So, if you are new to this culinary style when ordering be mindful that the food can be quite spicy. Do not hesitate to inquire about the heat index of each dish and inform your waiter of your heat preference. Most novices to this cuisine, as am I, are generally much more familiar with Northern style Indian food, which leaves the Southern-style largely unexplored by most, which is too bad, as (Continued on Page 34)

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Parsippany’s Economic Development Advisory Committee

Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee has elected officers for the new term. Frank Cahill will serve as Chairman; Dr. Bhagirath Maheta will be Vice-Chairman and Raj Dichpally as Secretary. Other committee members include Robert Peluso, Michael Pulsinelli, Dr. Phil Santiago, Raviram Medapati, Adam Kandil, and Thomas Williams. The Committee shall consist of 11 members, five of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor, and six of whom shall be appointed by the Council. The purpose of the Economic Development Advisory Committee is to serve in an advisory capacity and shall, upon request of the 14 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

Township Council, provide information, advice, and recommendations relating to the promotion of Economic Development in the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. Members shall be Township residents or owners and employees of business establishments who have knowledge of or have demonstrated an interest in the economic well-being of the Township. Each member shall be chosen with a special view to qualifications and fitness for service on the Committee. Members shall serve without compensation. The committee meets once a month on the first Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held on April 6. For more information contrct Frank Cahill at (862) 213-2200.

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SCHOOL NEWS

Parsippany Hills High School Academic Decathlon Team receiving the highest overall score in the Region at the Varsity level. The team consisted of nine competitors and seven alternates. The competing members were: Katharine Arthur, Ram Gupta, Lindsey Lee, Adrina Livingston, Catherine Peng, Hrishikesh Reddy, Andrew Song, Ash Stone, and Danial Tanveer. Alternate team members who participated were: Waleed Alim, Kenneth Cheng, Dylan Chiu, Alexa Dela Cruz, Nishanth Makkithaya, Chaitanya Matrubai, and Adomas Vaitkus. The Parsippany Hills High School Academic Decathlon (AcDec) Team took third place in the New Jersey Region III Competition. Parsippany Hills was one of ten schools that competed virtually on Saturday, January 29, and earned over 45 awards and honors, including a scholarship awarded to Lindsey Lee for

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Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for high school students. The events include math, science, social science, literature, economics, art, music, speech, essay, and interview. This year’s theme is Water: A Most Essential Resource. Team coaches are Jaclyn Bevacqua, an Italian teacher, and Jacqueline Forte, a Spanish teacher.

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Meet Parsippany’s New Attorney: in 1989. He now lives in Hackettstown, where he served two terms as mayor from 2005 to 2011. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and its Election Law Committee; a member of the Warren County Bar Association, and former chairman of its District XIII Fee Arbitration Committee. He was an Executive Board Member for the New Jersey League of Municipalities, and also served on the board of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. Lavery is recognized as an expert in municipal land use law throughout northern New Jersey, and has represented corporations and individuals in a wide range of matters. He is also an accomplished litigator in civil and commercial matters, and has appeared before state and federal courts.

The Parsippany -Troy Hills Town Council in January confirmed the appointment of Michael B. Lavery, Esq., as Township Attorney, serving alongside the newly elected administration headed by Mayor James R. Barberio. Lavery is considered one of New Jersey’s foremost experts in municipal government law, land use and zoning. A practicing attorney for more than three decades, he’s the founding partner of Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, with offices in Hackettstown and Morristown. His experience in government practice is extensive, and he currently represents municipal entities including appointments as Township Attorney for Hardwick, Lopatcong, Mansfield, Oxford, Greenwich and Washington (Warren County) Townships; the Chester Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Upper Delaware Conservation District, and is Special Counsel to Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon Counties. He previously served as attorney for the Frelinghuysen Township Land Use Board. Lavery was born in Point Pleasant, N.J., grew up in Connecticut, graduated from the University of New Haven in New Haven, Conn., and then returned to New Jersey to attend law school, earning his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law

He has been active in statewide Republican politics. Lavery is the former State Chairman for the New Jersey Republican Party, and served as General Counsel to the NJGOP from November 2017 through 2020. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to serve as a Commissioner for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission and a year later, he was elected Chairman of the Commission. Lavery served as Republican State Committeeman for Warren County, and as Legislative Aide to then-State Senator Leonard Lance (R-23), who went on to represent New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He recently served as a Republican member of the New Jersey Apportionment Commission, charged with recasting legislative districts after finalization of the 2020 census. The Democrats and Republicans on the Apportionment Commission agreed to the first consensus map in New Jersey history. Beyond his professional practice, Lavery has also been a dynamic community servant, working on boards of trustees for a university and a hospital and with various Chambers of Commerce. Lavery recently discussed his new role with the township and other aspects of his career with Focus. Parsippany Focus: What is the role of a township attorney? Michael Lavery: The short answer is that the township attorney’s function is like that of any


Michael Lavery, Esq. other lawyer: to ensure the best interests of the township and its citizens are represented, and that the township is not compromised legally or ethically. We serve as advisors to the municipal government and its leadership on any legal matters impacting the township, from human resources to contracts with the township, taxes and finance, planning and land use, among other areas. Township attorneys also must be well-versed in the law as it relates to public meetings and records. PF: What do you view as the most critical function of this office? ML: Providing the Mayor and Council with the best legal advice to avoid litigation whenever possible. PF: What drove you to specialize in municipal government law? ML: Every day is different, and you never know what issues might come up. Issues range from Constitutional, personnel, contractual and labor matters. I’ve been in practice for 33 years, and new issues come up every day. PF: The township attorney is appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Town Council. Have you worked with Mayor Barberio previously? ML: Yes, I had the privilege of serving as Special Counsel to the Township under the prior Barberio administration. PF: You are very active in the communities in which you work and live. Talk a bit about your community involvement. ML: Giving back to the community is incredibly important to me. I’ve been a member of the Hackettstown Medical Center Advisors Board, and president of the Center’s Foundation Board. I also served on the Centenary University Board of Trustees, which is based in Hackettstown but also has a campus in Parsippany. I was president of the Hackettstown Area Chamber of Commerce and am a founding member of the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce. PF: Tell us a bit about your personal life, what do you like to do in your down time? ML: My wife, Noëlle, and I have six adult children

and two grandchildren, so it takes a lot to keep up with them. I had the pleasure of coaching all of my children in various sports as they grew up, and coached youth lacrosse up until two years ago. I am an avid cyclist and a lousy golfer. PF: You’ve served in elected office as Hackettstown’s mayor, and have been quite active in statewide politics. It can be hard to put the excitement and rush of public office behind you — any thoughts of running for office again in the future? ML: I don’t think so. As the Mayor and Council Members will attest, elective office is a tremendous amount of work. Most people don’t see the amount of time that elected officials spend outside of meetings. I see firsthand the dedication and sacrifice that is required, and I don’t believe I would want to make that type of commitment in the future.


COMMUNITY NEWS

Painten’ Place Enters its 51st Year April 1, 1971, was no April Fools’ Day or Richard Yobs Sr. Yobs, who had spent five years working for a known paint retailer and was a quick learner, had a plan and followed it through. He bought a local, dying paint store in the A&P Shopping Center on Denville’s Route 53. He had his challenges, the size of the store his first: it was tiny, crowded, and packed. There was also the fact that Yobs had two young children, and no true financial backing. Then the questions surfaced. What if customers don’t come by? Will the store be noti ceable? Undeterred, Yobs went to work, removing walls and increasing the size of his store, and in addition to selling paint, expanded his products offered to include carpeting, window treatments, ladders, and other supplies. Painten’ Place was born. “Then Black Friday hit. What a jolt!” Mary Yobs says. “Downsize now and it was done.”

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Several years later, property at 150 Route 53 became available, and Painten’ Place moved across the highway – and faced new challenges. The (new) home had to be remodeled, repurposed for retail, added on for tinting and the stock area, parking lot, and a handicap entrance with outside lighting. On its 25th Anniversary, Painten’ Place unveiled its new store. “A customer whom we had never seen rushed in, all excited. ‘A Benjamin Moore store wow! I’ve been looking for one!’ We looked at one another and declared, ‘We’re going to make it!” the Yobs family says. Richard’s daughter, Liz, became involved at the age of 10. “At that time, we got our first computer register,” she recalls. “Every item in the store had to be put into the computer, and given an IS number. There were no SKUs at that time.” The current Painten’ Place is approximately 2200 square feet, and the local store has a loyal following and clientele, and for good reason. Painten’ Place carries Benjamin Moore Paint, Sikkens Stains, (Contined on Page 22)

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Mayor’s Action Center Mayor James R. Barberio

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

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Painten’ Place Enters its 51st Year (Continued from Page 20)

and Old Masters gel stain. Then there’s the folks on-site. Painten’ Place, looking to add a full-time employee, boasts of an experienced team. “At this point in time,” Liz says, “in the store we have Chuck, myself and Andrew (third generation). Richard, Mary and Rich Jr., are all quietly behind the scenes helping with building maintenance, banking runs, and sounding board.” She adds, “We know our colors, and are able to help them put their combination together. We custom match paint till we are happy, not when the computer says its a match.” Painten’ Place also calls home the excellent community of Denville, and is in a great location. It is very close to Mount Tabor and Rainbow Lakes. Routes 46, 80, 202, and 287 are nearby, ensuring convenient access for their customers’ home needs. In addition to Denville, Painten’ Place clientele

come from Mountain Lakes, Rockaway Township, Rockaway Borough, Dover, Randolph, Boonton, Boonton Township, Kinnelon, Parsippany, Morris Plains and more. Painten’ Place recognizes the need to give back to a community that has given much to them in the past 50 years. “Since the beginning, we have supported many local organizations and multiple youth sports teams,” Liz says.

To learn more about what Painten’ Place has to offer, visit www.paintenplacedenville.com, or call (973) 627-4050. Reprinted from Denville Life, February 2022

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Saint Ann’s annual Fish and Chips Dinner will be held at the Parish Center, 781 Smith Road, Parsippany on Friday,March 25. Take-out dinners will be available from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sit-down dinners will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Advance sale tickets will cost $18.00 (Children $10.00). Tickets are available after Mass on March 12, 13, 19, and 20 and at the Church Office. Only limited tickets will be available on the day of the event, so please purchase tickets early. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to aid the people in the Ukraine . Please call (973) 884-1986 for more information.

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BUSINESS NEWS

Mr. Marra’s Music School and Studios Holds Ribbon Cutting

Mayor James Barberio, along with Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Advisory Committee cuts the ribbon at Mr. Marra’s Music School and Studio

Frank Cahill, Chairman Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee presents Dean Marra with a plaque welcoming Mr. Marra’s Music School and Studio to Parsippany

Mr. Marra’s Music School and Studio offer lessons on Piano, Drums, Woodwinds, Brass, Guitar, and Bass

Morris County Commissioner Stephen Shaw, Dean Marra, Mayor James Barberio, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee Chairman Frank Cahill

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee Chairman Frank Cahill, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso, Morris County Commissioner Stephen Shaw, including members of the Chamber and members of Economic Development joins in celebrating Dean Marra with the grand opening of Mr. Marra’s Music School and Studio. Mr. Marra’s Music School and Studio is located at 100 NorthBeverwyck Road, Lake Hiawahta. Bands can practice in one of the “Showcase Room” or use one of our many sound proof rooms March 2022

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CCM President Iacono Named a 2022 ROI-NJ Influencer

County College of Morris (CCM) President Anthony J. Iacono ranks amongst highly esteemed leaders in New Jersey as recognized by ROI-NJ on its 2022 ROI Influencers Power List in Higher Education. This is the fourth time Iacono has been selected as a leader and influencer in higher education by ROI-NJ. Iacono was credited for CCM’s investment in being a comprehensive college serving both degree seekers and workforce development students, as well as being the top community college in New Jersey for graduates who earn the best salaries as reported by PayScale for five consecutive years. “Being named by ROI-NJ as an influencer in higher education is an honor, especially when considering the exceptional depth of the many leaders across the State of New Jersey,” said Iacono. “CCM continues to grow because of the support from the local communities within Morris County, including students and parents, as well as our industry, community, business and educational partners throughout the state and nation. One of the greatest rewards of leading a community college is cultivating relationships that create impact and change lives.” Over the past year, CCM has been ranked as Best for 28 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Rajni Indian Cuisine: “Food is Medicine, Medicine is Food” (Continued from Page 12)

Indian food consists of a lot more than chicken tikka masala, vindaloo, and naan. With the help of our server’s advice, we chose a variety of appetizers to share as a group. One by one, out came the Melagai Podi Idli; (a soft, pillowy steamed savory cake made from rice and lentil batter and a perfect complement to the assorted chutneys that it was served with); Karimeen Tawa Fry (a full pomfret fish grilled with onion, chili, and ginger sauce) which tasted delectable, delicate and slightly sweet with a nice texture, tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, with a gentle kick of heat; Fish-65 (Tilapia pieces marinated with chili paste and curry leaves) this was a crispy and tasty treat with boneless marinated fish that was deep-fried; Onion Pakora (fritters with mild spices and served with assorted chutneys) pieces of onion, battered in spices and deep-fried; and Chicken Chettinadu (boneless chicken cooked with Chettinad special sauces and coconut). These were quite an interesting start to our exploration of this cuisine. The consensus of the group is that they enjoyed the interesting variety of tastes, textures, and spiciness of each of the individual dishes. All the dishes came with a selection of chutneys (dipping sauces that really enhanced every bite). Our gluttonous appetites were fairly satiated after our appetizers, but now it was time to order our entrees. I selected, on my friend’s recommendation, the Kothu Parota Chicken (a South Indian popular street food delicacy prepared using parotta, egg, and chicken in a spicy sauce), parotta shredded into small pieces, stir-fried, and cooked with shredded or minced chicken and served with raita, a yogurt-based condiment to cool the palate, as this is a spicy dish. It is definitely worth trying. That friend went with the Kothu Parota -Lamb, which he loved.

Melagai Podi Idli (Pomfret Fish Fry)

With no room left for desserts, the staff was kind enough to pack up some complimentary Gulab Jamun (Cheese balls in a honey sauce) a beloved Indian dessert, for us to take along and enjoy at home. There are plenty of non-alcoholic Indian beverages and on the menu as well, including Madras coffee, Nilagiri Tea, and Lassi’s, but as usual, since Rajni is a BYOB, I brought along a complimentary beverage, in this case, some Kingfisher Beer, the most popular beer in India, and it certainly did go perfectly with the spiciness of the assorted dishes. Overall, a fun, interesting, and enjoyable dining experience. Tasty food, friendly, hospitable service, and very reasonable prices. If you have not yet been to Rajni, and you enjoy Indian cuisine and a comfortable, casual atmosphere, I would suggest stopping by and giving them a try. “Food is medicine, medicine is Food” (Unavu maruntu, maruntu unavu); Dine-in - Curbside pickup - No-contact delivery - BYOB. Off-Street Parking. Closes 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extensive modern online menu. All poultry and meat products are halal. Available for on-site dosa parties and catering. Rajni Indian Restaurant Review is located at 296 Route 46 West, Parsippany. Phone: (973) 3968666. Website: http://www.rajnis.com/

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