Parsippany Focus Magazine - August 2023

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Michael Mulhaul Elected Vice President Kiwanis International

Michael Mulhaul, an esteemed member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, has been elected to assume the role of Vice President of Kiwanis International, commencing on October 1, 2023. Throughout his remarkable journey, Mulhaul has dedicated over three decades to the Kiwanis organization, serving at various levels. His unwavering commitment to Kiwanis began in 1992 when he joined the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany. Notably, he has played a pivotal role in raising more than $500,000 in support of the children of Parsippany.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President, Nicolas Limanov, Treasurer Gordon Meth, and Lt. Governor Division 9, Frank Cahill, orchestrated a BBQ celebration in honor of Michael’s election. Special guests Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio and Morris County Commissioner Stephen Shaw presented Michael Mulhaul with a proclamation, with Mayor Barberio designating “July 9 as Michael Mulhaul Day” in Parsippany.

Kiwanis International stands as a global community comprising clubs, members, and partners united by their shared goal of enhancing the lives of children in individual communities. With a presence in over 80 countries and geographic areas, Kiwanis boasts a membership of more than 550,000 individuals spanning across diverse age groups, from K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K, Aktion Club to Kiwanis.

Mulhaul’s introduction to Kiwanis came through Parsippany Resident Dr. Joseph Weisberg, who invited him to attend a meeting. Instantly recognizing the value and impact of Kiwanis, Mulhaul eagerly embraced the organization and has been an active participant ever since. On February 6, 1992, he officially became a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

Looking ahead, Mulhaul’s illustrious Kiwanis journey will progress as he assumes the role of President-Elect in October 2024. Subsequently, in October 2025, he will assume the

prestigious position of President of Kiwanis International, with his inauguration ceremony taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Notably, Mulhaul’s appointment marks a significant achievement for the New Jersey District, as he will be one of only a few individuals from Parsippany to hold this distinguished position.

It is important to note that Michael Mulhaul has never resided or worked in Parsippany, and his children did not attend Parsippany Schools. Nonetheless, he has actively served in various capacities within the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, including Vice President, President-Elect, President, and President of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation. Additionally, Mulhaul has diligently fulfilled the roles of Lt. Governor of Division 9 and New Jersey District Governor. Moreover, his contributions have been acknowledged by his election to serve on the Board of Trustees at Kiwanis International.

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Kiwanis Lt. Governor, Division 9, Frank Cahill, Commissioner Stephen Shaw, Muhaul and Mayor James Barberio during the presentation of the Proclamations Laura and Michael Mulhaul proudly showcase the proclamations he received.


Did you know that your taxes have gone up over 18% in the two years since Mayor Barberio retook office? Did you know $3.3 million of your water and sewer fees have been raided to fuel further spending increases in the two years since Mayor Barberio retook office? Your hard-earned money is being wasted by this Mayor and Council.

Judy Hernandez, Bernard Clarkin, and Matt Kavanagh are running for Parsippany Council. They oppose Mayor Barberio’s tax hikes, and will focus on making Parsippany a more affordable and sustainable place for all residents. Only three new Councilmembers can form a pro-taxpayer majority on the 5-member Council. Stop the Mayor’s raids on your wallet. Read more about how Mayor Barberio led our community to this dangerous point.

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Michael Mulhaul, an esteemed member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, has been elected to assume the role of Vice President of Kiwanis International, commencing on October 1, 2023.



of Italy Holds Highly Successful Charity Golf Outing

The Order Sons of Italy In America - Lodge 2561 conducted their yearly Basil Ricci Memorial Charity Golf Outing at Parsippany’s Knoll West Country Club on Thursday, July 13.


Message from Mayor James Barberio

How easy is it to recall the heat and longer days of summer when you hear that lyric sung? It’s a reminder of summers gone by and the summer days of present. When August rolls in we sadly realize we have only four more weeks left to relax, soak up the sun and sit by a sparkly pool while working on a tan.

8 Message from the new Superintendent: Dr. Robert S. Sutter

Superintendent Dr. Robert S. Sutter embarks on a fresh journey. My shift to the role of Superintendent has been an active one. Throughout the summer, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District continues to offer various academic programs which are a tremendous benefit to our students.


About Parsippany Focus

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Parsippany’s Diya Patel Honored at Scranton’s Stole Ceremony

Diya Patel participated in The University of Scranton’s Donning of the Stole Ceremony. This annual event celebrates the achievements of the class of 2023, specifically those from underrepresented backgrounds who obtained their undergraduate and graduate degrees despite facing various barriers, especially students of color.

Get ready, Parsippany! The Food Trucks are returning!

Pack your lawn chair and your hunger as more than 15 food vendors descend on Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, September 19 from 12:00 Noon to 7:00 p.m. This grand event marks the farewell to summer 2023 and supports fundraising efforts for The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

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Parsippany Focus Magazine features “The Passage of Time” highlighting a “then and now” photographic series. This curated series is managed by Parsippany resident and contributing editor Stephen Pellegrino. Readers are invited to send in their own photos for potential consideration by Mr. Pellegrino. Submissions can be emailed to This month Fairchild House is a charming Victorian house that stood on Littleton Road (Route 202) just east of Cerbo’s Garden Center.

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Sons of Italy Holds Highly Successful Charity Golf Outing

Order Sons of Italy In AmericaLodge 2561 held their Annual Basil Ricci Memorial Charity Golf Outing at the Knoll West Country Club in Parsippany on Thursday, July 13.  Mother Nature was generous and treated all in attendance to a gorgeous day, with bright blue skies and a slight breeze to offset the near 90-degree temperature. A little hot weather was certainly not enough to deter any of the maximum capacity 144 golfers, comprising 36 foursomes, from enjoying 18 holes on one of the most beautiful golf courses in New Jersey.

Lodge President Robert Adamo summed it up best with his message to the membership; “The culmination of all the work that started in February occurred yesterday at the Knoll West Country Club with the playing of the 23rd Annual SOI Golf Outing. Great weather, a beautiful course, and good friends and family all came together for a memorable day.”

“I just wanted to thank all our Golf committee members, all those members who volunteered their

time, and all those who donated prizes and sponsorships for a job well done.”

With all of us doing our part, no matter how small or large, it made the event a great success.”

The day included 18 holes of golf, golf cart, a buffet lunch, drinks, refreshments on the course, an open bar at dinner, numerous prizes, goodies on and off the course, and much more. The Lodge wants to thank all the hole sponsors, full and half Cart Beverage sponsors, and all the numerous Prize Sponsors who generously contributed to the event’s success.

The Sons of Italy is one of America’s largest and longest Italian American organizations. The Morris County Lodge was founded as a non-profit organization, which contributes thousands of dollars to worthwhile local charities and families. 100% of what the Lodge raises in events like this goes directly back to local needy families as gift cards and various

local charities, including but not limited to the Parsippany Food Pantry, High School Scholarships, the Valerie Fund, The Shelter for Battered Women, Alzheimer’s, and many more.

Lodge 2561 Golf Committee is already in the process of organizing next year’s outing: it’s 24th. If you want to become one of their sponsors next year, don’t hesitate to contact Bob Wilhalme, Lou Amato, Joe Jannarone Jr., Jim Torsiello, or Bob Adamo. You can also email or visit the Lodge’s website at

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James Elder, Councilman Justin Musella, Rob Van Fechtmann, and Julian Weinstein are pictured in a delightful photo, thoroughly enjoying a day of golf at the Annual Basil Ricci Memorial Charity Golf Outing. The event took place at the Knoll West Country Club, providing the perfect backdrop for a day of friendly competition and camaraderie on the golf course. The many cart bevverage girls serving drinks and beverages to the 144 golfers

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” sang the iconic singer/songwriter Nat King Cole. How easy is it to recall the heat and longer days of summer when you hear that lyric sung? It’s a reminder of summers gone by and the summer days of present. When August rolls in we sadly realize we have only four more weeks left to relax, soak up the sun and sit by a sparkly pool while working on a tan. As kids, summer meant enjoying almost three months of complete freedom with zero responsibility other than to make sure we enjoyed every minute of our vacation. The “dog days” of summer are upon us now. Those sultry, steaming days when no summer activities can help you beat the heat bring that strange saying to mind. While you might be picturing panting dogs trying to cool down, the term actually refers to the hottest days of the year which normally fall at the end of July to the beginning of August. A fascinating fact is that the phrase is a reference to Sirius, the Dog Star, which is the brightest star in the night sky and literally means “scorching.” So, the next time you are out at night looking up at the sky you might try finding that bright, scorching star and find the outline of Sirius, and I don’t

Message from Mayor Barberio

mean the satellite radio. Since homeowners will be receiving their new tax bills this month, I would like to take this time to explain exactly how your tax dollar is divided. Often there is confusion as to where your tax dollar goes. Most people think the entire payment goes to the Municipality. Contrary to this belief, it does not. The graphic below illustrates that the tax rate is made up of many budgets. For 2023, your dollar is distributed as follows: for every dollar that a resident

pays in taxes, approximately 63 cents goes to support the school budget, 25 cents goes to support the municipal budget, 11 cents goes to support the county budget, and 1 cent goes to support the library budget. As you can see, the portions are distributed among the differing budgets, which is why the Municipality must work so conscientiously each year to create a balanced budget based on our portion of the tax dollar.

I hope everyone has been taking advantage of our wonderful concert series that we offer to our residents at Veterans Park on Thursdays during the summer months. In addition to the evening concerts we will have bands, on occasion, entertaining shoppers while they wander through our Farmer’s Market, which is held every Friday from 2-7pm also at Veterans Park. Our new market has been quite successful with various merchants offering all kinds of wares and foods. These events are great opportunities for the community to come out and mingle with each other while enjoying some good food and entertainment. I hope to see you all at these events while the summer lasts!

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Message from Mayor Barberio
Mayor James R. Barberio
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Let me begin by thanking our Board of Education, the entire Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District Staff, and the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Community for the warm welcome they have shown me since taking over as the Superintendent of Schools. For the last seven years, I have worked as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and it has been one of the great pleasures of my educational career.

My transition to the Superintendency has been very busy; I have hit the ground running. Our maintenance team has been extremely busy with summer facility upgrades at various schools. These projects include paving, flooring, replacement windows, and painting. I am very impressed with the amount of work being completed in such a short time. I would be remiss if I did not thank Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Officials for helping us get our projects underway. Much appreciated!

Throughout the summer, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District continues to offer various academic programs which are a tremendous benefit to our students. These rewarding offerings provide opportunities for students to hone their skills, pursue courses for credit, explore a talent, and continue to develop as learners. The programs include

our ESL Summer Program, Elementary Stepstones and Elementary Summer Skills Boot Camp, Extended School Year, the Talented Art Program, Wide World of Summer, High School Geometry Honors and Personal Finance, the Juvenile Accountable Leadership Program (JALP), and the “Getting Ready For” courses designed to prepare students for middle and high school math. We are happy to report

that all these courses have been running smoothly.

As we plan for the start of the “New Pre-K Classroom Addition Construction Project at Littleton School, the district administrative team has met with the Construction Contractor (Benard Associates Inc.), and the district’s architectural firm (Parette Somjen) to finalize project scheduling, project responsibilities, project safety, project security, and a project completion timeline.

In closing, we will provide you with further updates and information in our September article. We wish everyone a happy and healthy summer!

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from Dr. Robert S. Sutter
Message from Superintendent Dr. Robert S. Sutter
Dr. Robert S. Sutter


Senthilnathan Dhanasekaran Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Senthilnathan Dhanasekaran was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Dhanasekaran was initiated at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dhanasekaran is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors

and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today,

the Society has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

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Parsippany’s Diya Patel Honored at Scranton’s Stole Ceremony

Diya Patel participated in The University of Scranton’s Donning of the Stole Ceremony. This annual event celebrates the achievements of the class of 2023, specifically those from underrepresented backgrounds who obtained their undergraduate and graduate degrees despite facing various barriers, especially students of color.

The ceremony, led by students and assisted by Jose Sanchez, the assistant director of the University’s Cultural Centers, was held on campus as part of Scranton’s commencement activities. It honored a diverse group of students, including those who received academic and leadership awards and

those pursuing careers in fields like medicine, therapy, counseling, accounting, business analysis, forensic chemistry, and nursing.

While at Scranton, Patel earned a Bachelor of Science in political science and criminal justice with a concentration in legal studies. She was an accomplished student, making the Dean’s List and serving as a class senator for Student Government. Additionally, she actively participated in various campus organizations, including the Prelaw Society, where she interned with the University’s Office of Community Relations. She also gained valuable experience as a communication intern for the City of Scranton Mayor’s Office

and as a summer intern for the Law Offices of Edward J Cuccia. Patel was also recognized with the Team Soriano 2021 Fellowship.

The University of Scranton, located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is a Jesuit institution.

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Pho Ninh Kieu: Enjoy the Authentic Tastes of South Viet Nam at Local Eatery

In January 2020, never anticipated three months later, in March 2020, an emergency declaration would cause the implementation of COVID shutdowns and the tremendous hardships that would create for the restaurant industry.

Pham Hieu took a chance and acquired ownership of Pho Ninh Kieu, a previously established Vietnamese restaurant, as his first venture into Parsippany’s diverse culinary scene. Fortunately for Mr. Hieu and Parsippany, the restaurant struggled through those tough days and is now a fixture in the community.

Pham Hieu, originally from South Viet Nam, arrived in America, along with his parents and siblings, several years ago.  Armed with his enterprising spirit, his mother’s

home recipes, and a desire to share his homeland’s cuisine, he renovated and redecorated the small eatery to create the ambiance and vibe specific to the cuisine. His mother’s recipe for Pho, where bone marrow is cooked for ten hours every day, is one of the highlight dishes of Pho Ninh Kieu.

Like so many wonderful little eateries in our area, Pho Ninh Kieu is tucked away alongside a row of other businesses in a small strip mall on New Road at the intersection of Route 46 West.  Look for the bright, glass front exterior, with the large white and red signage announcing Pho’ Ninh Kieu, Vietnamese Noodle and Grill Restaurant.

The interior, with approximately 12 tables spaced comfortably

throughout the dining area, establishes a cozy, casual, intimate, and warm atmosphere. It is immaculately clean, comfortable, and well-designed. Pleasant ambient lighting from the large front windows, aesthetically pleasing laminated wooden tables, matching chairs, accentuated with white brick façade walls over soft wood paneling, a brick hostess counter, appealing, bright tile flooring, and of course, ethnic artwork, ceiling hangings, architecture, and artifacts all help to enhance a great dining experience. One standout focal point that attracts the eye is a beautiful, large painting of the province of Ninh Kieu, carefully placed along the center wall of the restaurant.  Ninh Kieu is a waterfront district in Can Tho, in southern Vietnam, and was the home of the prior owner of Pho Ninh Kieu. Reportedly, when Pham Hieu saw the

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The interior, with approximately 12 tables spaced comfortably throughout the dining area, establishes a cozy, casual, intimate, and warm atmosphere.
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Eagle Scout Project Elevates Historical Awareness in Mount Tabor

Eashan Iyer, a member of Parsippany Troop 173, is in the final stages of a year-long Eagle Scout project designed to benefit both the Mount Tabor Historical Society and the Mount Tabor community at large.

Iyer has been hard at work creating new signs throughout the Mount Tabor neighborhood. His diligent efforts culminated last weekend when he, along with five volunteers, completed the final phase by installing 20 signposts for the Discover Historic Mount Tabor Walking Tour. This tour, enhanced with digital features, offers a selfguided journey through the historic district.

An official launch event for this walking tour is in the works, with a scheduled date sometime in August. This project showcases the dedication of young community members like Iyer in preserving and promoting local

history. This prestigious project, initiated by a young scout seeking to earn the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, aims to significantly contribute to the local community.

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2023 Socolowski Senior Citizen Award: Nominations Now Open

Recognize an exceptional senior Parsippany resident by nominating them for the “2023 Socolowski Senior Citizen of the Year Award.”

The award, initiated by Parsippany Township’s Office on Aging, is designed to honor two elderly volunteers, aged 60 and over, for their selfless commitment to projects, causes, or activities that positively impact the community. Although nominees can be employed, the award will only take into consideration their volunteer contributions. The award, financially supported by the Estate of Jean D. Socolowski, will present monetary prizes to the winning volunteers.

Click here to download the application, or request them by calling (973) 2637163, or visiting the Office on Aging at the Parsippany Senior Center, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha. After completion, applications can be submitted via fax to (973) 299-1349, email to mpicone@, or handed in or sent by mail to the above address. The deadline for

applications is September 30, 2023.

Please note that Parsippany Township employees, previous winners, and elected officials are not eligible to apply. However,

applicants from previous years who did not win are strongly encouraged to reapply.

For additional details, please contact the Office on Aging at (973) 263-7163.

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Michele Picone, Parsippany Health and Human Services Director, stands with Karen DeChristopher and Mayor James Barberio. Karen was celebrated as one of the two distinguished honorees for the 2022 Socolowski Award.


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Mayor Barberio’s Massive Tax Hikes Must Be Stopped

When our all-Republican Mayor and Council campaigned to Parsippany voters, they ran on fiscal conservatism. The last thing anyone expected was a tax increase of over 18% in just two years. That is the result of the 2022 and 2023 budgets passed by the Mayor and Council, an out-of-control series of tax increases that have left our community less affordable.

We, Judy Hernandez, Bernard Clarkin, and Matt Kavanagh, have reviewed the Mayor’s budget and see several areas of alarm.

What is the Mayor Spending Your Money on?

In 2023 alone, this Mayor and Council passed a massive, undefined $750,000 salary adjustment, nearly four times the $200,000 salary adjustment included in the prior budget.

The Mayor has also budgeted $1,091,000 for salaries and expenses in his own office and the administrator’s office. That is a $264,000, or 32%, increase over the $827,000 paid just in 2022.

These two items alone combine for over $1 million in spending increases, adding up to bad news for taxpayers.

This year’s budget includes yet another raid on our sewer and water utility fees amounting to

$1.8 million, to further make up for this increased spending. That is in addition to last year’s $1.5 million raid. These raids have the same effect on Parsippany residents as tax increases: less money in your pocket and more for the Mayor’s runaway spending.

How Did the Mayor’s Spending Become This Out of Control?

It’s worth examining the long history of financial mismanagement that has led our community to a proposed tax increase of over 18% in just two years.

Even under the first Barberio administration, millions of dollars in water and sewer utility fees were raided to balance the township budget. Normally, taxes and other regular income sources cover general budget expenses, while utility fees are solely used to fund our water and sewer infrastructure. Due to these raids, the Mayor borrowed $15 million for long-term utility needs, with $2.5 million in interest. This degree of borrowing puts a financial strain on residents when the large debts need to be repaid.

Despite this self-manufactured fiscal crunch, Mayor Barberio chose to borrow from our future to fuel his reelection campaigns. In both 2013 and 2017, while up for reelection, the Mayor and Council passed budgets with a “zeropercent tax increase,” increasingly raiding your utility fees to cover the gap. The township’s operating

deficit grew rapidly, kicking the can down the road until the bill came due.

After Mayor Soriano took office in 2018, the Council voted to pass all four of his budgets, which began to reduce the long-term financial burden on our residents. Utility raids were eliminated by his final year in office. In all, taxes increased by 14% total under Mayor Soriano.

Mayor Barberio raised taxes by that same percentage just in 2022, his first year back in office.

What Can Parsippany Residents Do to Stop the Mayor’s Tax Hikes?

Today, Parsippany residents have weathered further tax increases and new utility fee raids. Our community needs to hold this Mayor and Council accountable before it’s too late. A tax increase of over 18% in two years is unacceptable. A $3.3 million raid on utility fees in two years is unacceptable. We need new leadership on our Council to block future tax hikes by this Mayor.

We are as sick and tired as you are of being overtaxed. It’s clear that this administration needs a check to keep spending down and put more money in our residents’ pockets.

We, Judy Hernandez, Bernard Clarkin, and Matt Kavanagh are asking for your vote on November 7 so we can be that check.

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painting, he was so impressed that he decided to retain the establishment’s name.

The service was exceptional. On entry, our host/waiter, Kevin, the owner’s brother, was extremely friendly and welcoming. Immediately made our group feel at home. Menus, tableware, and water was brought expeditiously. As usual with this group, there was a lot of discussion and questions for our waiter, Kevin, who was happy to answer all our questions and seemed to enjoy talking with us. The restaurant was welloccupied, yet the service was quick, attentive, and professional throughout our meal. And don’t forget to bring your favorite beer or wine, as Pho Ninh Kieu is BYOB. For the occasion, I found a nice Saigon Lager Beer at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor

Outlet, a nearby liquor store.

When most people think of Vietnamese food, they think of Pho (pronounced “fuh”) and Bahn mi sandwiches.  Great examples for sure, but there is much more to Viet Nam cuisine, which like most cultural foods, can be distinguished by the region of the country where it originated. Plus, with the influence of China and France during their colonization, Vietnamese cuisine became even more enriched and diversified. Besides the cuisine’s deliciousness, most Vietnamese food is harmonious, healthy, light to eat, colorful, and very diet friendly.

The most well-known Vietnamese cuisine is pho (“fuh”), a hearty broth served with rice noodles and toppings that include bean sprouts, limes, fresh basil or cilantro,

and peppers, which was my choice for this visit. Additional fresh herbs, bean sprouts, basil, peppers, and limes arrived as a side dish to the Pho so that you can customize your dish to your taste. I added everything to the broth and loved it. The key to a good pho (besides the 10-hour cooking time I mentioned earlier), I am told, is a perfectly spiced, highly aromatic, simmering broth with deep, intense flavor. The texture and bite of the fresh noodles and vegetables, which filled my generously sized bowl, were perfectly complemented by those fresh herbs, bean sprouts, limes, Thai basil, and peppers. My choice of the House Combo came with a combination of an eye of round, flank, brisket, beef ball, tendon, and tripe, which, when cooked in the Pho, completed this flavorful dish and was a delicious and delicate culinary delight. Of course, you can customize your dish with your choice of pork, beef,

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Grilled Lean Pork Banh Mi

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Mayor James R. Barberio

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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.

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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Pho Ninh Kieu: Enjoy the Authentic Tastes of South Viet Nam at Local Eatery

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chicken, or a fish base, as well as the level of spiciness of your dish. As I’ve said many times, I prefer my food on the spicy side, so in this case, I added some hot pepper sauce, which is on the table, to kick it up a bit. You will find that the flavors of the broth deepen and intensify the further down you go in the bowl. This savory dish did pack a punch!

For appetizers, the group shared some shrimp summer rolls, pork dumplings, pork and chicken eggrolls, fried crispy squid (floured, lightly fried, with sweet and sour sauce), and grilled lean pork banh mi (a short baguette with a thin, crisp crust and soft, airy texture).

You won’t go wrong ordering any one of these; all savory and flavorful.

Entrees included Pork Chop & Shrimp Lemongrass (lemongrass imparts a flavor of lemon with hints of ginger, with floral and minty notes) with Bell Pepper, Eye of Round and Tripe Pho, Beef Lemongrass with Bell Pepper, and my selection of the House Combo Pho dish. Tableware included quality chopsticks (wrapped), Asian soup spoons for your pho, hot pepper sauce, and Hoisin Sauce (a sweet and slightly salty dipping sauce). Remember, the pepper sauce is hot, and try not to go overboard with the Hoisin Sauce, as a little goes a long way.

Whether you are a long-time fan of Vietnamese cuisine or trying it out for the first time, I’m confident you will enjoy adding Pho Ninh Kieu to your culinary journey for a new and exciting

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Pho: Eye of Round and Tripe
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From Stray to Star: Stills, the Enchanting

Shepherd, is Ready for a Loving, Forever Home

Meet Stills, a three-month-old Australian Shepherd puppy. Born on April 11, 2023, this vibrant, medium-sized male pup is brimming with energy and intelligence. Like a true Aussie, Stills is active and seeks a home that can cater to his mental and physical enrichment needs. Long walks, hikes, and learning new commands will be a delight for him.

Ideal for families with children aged 10 or older, Stills also mingles well with other dogs and cats. Although he is still very young, he is making steady progress with basic obedience and learning puppy manners. Continued training will undoubtedly help him grow into the best version of himself.

Stills has already shown significant progress with crate training and is doing well with wee-wee pads, showing a promising start to his training journey.

So, why is Stills at WISE? He is a victim of the cruel puppy mill industry, which often overbreeds, leading to more dogs than they can sell.

Dogs like Stills are discarded for a range of reasons, from birth defects and color variations to simply being unwanted. Unfortunately, it’s legal for these mills to destroy these innocent lives.

WISE has joined forces with a group dedicated to rescuing these overlooked dogs—healthy, sick, and/or with birth defects—from an undeserved fate.

If you feel a tug at your heartstrings for Stills, we urge you to consider adoption. Visit us at WISE ANIMAL RESCUE to meet Stills, who is eagerly waiting for a loving home.

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Linguini with Shrimp and Scallops Vodka Sauce

Makes Four Servings

1 Pound of linguini, cooked, drained, oiled and set aside.

•12 Jumbo Shrimp, deshelled, cleaned and cut in half.

• 6 Jumbo Sea Scallops, quartered.

• 1 Cups heavy cream

• 2 Cup marinara sauce

• 1.5 ounce Vodka • 1 T Butter

• ½ cup peas

Pepper to taste

2 T grated Parmesan

1 Vegetable stock as needed

In a cold, large deep sided saucepan place butter and seafood. Cook on medium high heat, siring until translucent. Add Vodka, away from the flame. Stir with wooden spoon, add marinara. Bring to a simmer add cream, continue to stir. Add pasta, stir, add

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peas, grated cheese and black pepper. Adjust thickness of the sauce with stock if needed. Serve with tongs into your favorite pasta bowl and enjoy with Fresh Italian bread.

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Get ready, Parsippany! The Food Trucks are returning!

Pack your lawn chair and your hunger as more than 15 food vendors descend on Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, September 9 from 12:00 Noon to 7:00 p.m. This grand event marks the farewell to summer 2023 and supports fundraising efforts for The Kiwanis of Greater Parsippany.

Expect not only a smorgasbord of delicious food and live music featuring Naughty Humphrey and Twisted Charm but also a variety of activities! Explore local craft vendors, try your hand at airsoft rifles, bounce on a bungee trampoline, get adorned with a henna tattoo, craft with sand art, and much more!

For attendees aged 21 and above, our bar will serve chilled beer, wine, or hard seltzer.

Entry is set at $6.00 for everyone older than six years. Avoid the lines by getting your FastPass tickets online by clicking here.

This event welcomes pets!

Please note: Bringing outside

food, drinks, or coolers is not permitted.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany picks its own service projects that we feel need our attention. We are all local people that volunteer our time and talents to make our community a better place to live. Like you, we are busy making a living, church, family, and many other activities. However, we have found that the Kiwanis Club of

Greater Parsippany gives us a meaningful chance to give back to our community and enjoy the fellowship, networking, and fun aspects.

Get involved in your community Make a difference in the lives of children.

The Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday at IHOP, 792 Route 46, Parsippany. First Thursday at 6:30 p.m., all others 7:15 a.m.

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Explore local craft vendors, try your hand at airsoft rifles, bounce on a bungee trampoline, get adorned with a henna tattoo, craft with sand art, and much more!


Littleton Road opposite Parsippany Road

This charming Victorian house stood on Littleton Road (Route 202) just east of Cerbo's Garden Center. The house was reputedly once owned by Drs. Stephen and Richard Van Wyck, two prominent physicians who practiced in Parsippany during the 19th century. In later years, Charlie Larcum lived here on the Dudley Dawson farm. Diana Bates is standing on the front steps.

Before Interstate 80 was cut through, Parsippany Road intersected Littleton Road about where Powder Mill Towing is now. The house stood on the opposite side, as seen in this photograph. It was demolished in the early 1960s when the Hills of Troy housing development was constructed.

Today, nothing is recognizable. Princess Street now intersects near where the Fairchild House once was. The present-day house on the right is a dental office, so the land is still being used by medical professionals to this day. (Early photos by Charles Bates, Sr.)

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Parsippany Graduate Wins Spencer Savings Bank Scholarship

A graduate from Parsippany Hills High School has received a scholarship from Spencer Savings Bank to support their college education costs.

This year, Spencer Savings Bank has provided $37,500 in scholarships to recent high school graduates in its service area, which includes Bergen, Passaic, Union, Mercer, Morris, and Essex counties.

The single $1,500 scholarship recipient from Morris County was Kajal Sukhadia, a senior at Parsippany Hills High School.

“Spencer holds an unwavering commitment to assist our community members to flourish and to pave the way for a brighter tomorrow. Higher education plays a significant role in personal growth and fuels economic development, among other advantages,” said Jose B. Guerrero, Spencer’s Chairman and CEO.

According to the bank, school guidance counselors and scholarship committees

were responsible for choosing the scholarship recipients. The awarded students received certificates and participated in a scholarship ceremony at the Spencer Savings Bank financial center in Elmwood Park, accompanied by their families.

Since 2002, Spencer Savings Bank

has given more than $600,000 to “exceptional students” across the state, according to a news release.

“We are proud to continue our annual scholarship program that supports this mission of ours. Congratulations Class of 2023,” Guerrero said.

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Embrace the Future: Unleashing Parsippany Library’s Evolution!

The Parsippany Library is happy to announce the launch of its new logo, marking the start of a new chapter for our library!

Libraries have changed dramatically over the past several decades, and we have updated our logo to reflect that change and to symbolize our evolution into a 21st-century library. The new logo represents freedom, creativity, and letting your imagination fly.

At the Parsippany Library, they’re about more than just books. They are committed to being Parsippany’s best learning, entertainment, and community-building resource.

Did you know that the library has…

•Museum Passes that grant free admission to over a dozen area museums and cultural centers.

•The Library of Things, where you can

borrow items such as a microscope, telescope, metal detector, a variety of board games, and more.

•Streaming video (including the Great Courses) through Kanopy,

•Language Learning from Mango Languages,

•Online access to over 7,000 US and international newspapers from Pressreader, Thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines with Libby, •Personalized reading recommendations,

•Daily events, classes, and workshops for all kids, teens, and adults, Individual and group study rooms that can be reserved for quiet study, group projects, and meetings, •And so much more!

We hope you like the new look and will visit soon to check out all they offer! Visit the Parsippany Library at any of our three branches: Main Library, 449 Halsey Road, Parsippany; Lake Hiawatha Branch Library, 67 Nokomis Avenue, Lake Hiawatha; and Mt. Tabor Branch Library, 26 Simpson Avenue.


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The Mail Box Store Celebrates Grand Opening

of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development, Raj Dichpally, Secretary, and Robert Peluso, President of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Mail Box Store, conveniently located at 87B North Beverwyck Road, Lake Hiawatha, is the ultimate destination for all your packing, shipping, printing, and business service requirements. The team of skilled and dedicated professionals is committed to providing top-notch customer care, saving you time and money with a comprehensive range of products and services, all quickly and efficiently.

On Saturday, July 15, the Economic Development Committee of Parsippany-Troy Hills Township

proudly hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of The Mail Box Store.

“Congratulations on your grand opening! We want to express our gratitude for selecting Parsippany as the location for your business. We wish you success and prosperity in your new ventureThank you for being a part of our community,” said Chairman of Parsippany Economic Development Committee Frank Cahill.

In attendance at the ribboncutting event were esteemed guests including Ildiko Peluso, a Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, Councilman Frank Neglia, Mayor James Barberio of Parsippany-Troy Hills, Jonathan Goettich, the owner of The Mail Box Store, Frank Cahill, Chairman

They have you covered whether you need to ship items domestically or internationally. Their expertise enables them to pack and ship almost anything to almost anywhere in the world. But the assistance doesn’t stop there.

As Lake Hiawatha’s leading copy, print, and document services center, they offer a wide range of solutions to meet your needs.

The Mail Box Store has the expertise and resources to handle everything from small to large print jobs, black and white, or color printing.

They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member Ildiko Peluso, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella, Councilman Frank Neglia, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Jonathan Goettich, the owner of The Mail Box Store, Frank Cahill, Chairman Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development, Raj Dichpally, Secretary and Robert Peluso, President Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce. During the ribbon-cutting event, Frank Cahill, Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development, had the honor of presenting a plaque to Jonathan Goettich, the owner of The Mail Box Store, extending a warm welcome to him in Parsippany.
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