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Mayor Soriano would like to invite all Parsippany residents to Town Hall this September 11, as we honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11/01. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m., and will feature spiritual leaders and members of our township’s first responders.
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Vincent Xavier Bozza was named King and Rhaya Hope Lau was named Queen during Mt. Tabor’s Children’s Day Celebration held August 6 through August 8. Also, Braylon Moore was named the First Attendant.
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A Brand New School Year | 8
September always brings the excitement of a new school year. Whether we are 5-years-old or 55-years old, the conclusion of summer, the return of school buses to the roads, Friday night high school football games, and new clothing and school supplies always brings new energy to our lives.
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When one hears Mediterranean food, visions of Kebabs, hummus, baba ghanoush, baklava, and olive oil, at once come to mind. Of course, there is so much more to the various cuisines of the wide-ranging Mediterranean region than anyone usually realizes.
Back To School With Kiwanis | 16
Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany delivered backpacks filled with over $100 in school supplies to Parsippany Human Services, located at the ParsippanyCommunity Center.
Eagle Scout Recognition Ceremony | 18
On Sunday, August 8, Parsippany welcomed five Scouts who advanced to Eagle Scout, Anli Liu, Sreemanth Meka, Joseph Alessandro Messana, David Alexander Sinchi, and Matthew Steven Sinchi.
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Frank Cahill was officially sworn in as Lt. Governor Division 9 for a second term during the 104th Annual Kiwanis Convention. Division 9 serves, Greater Parsippany, Greater Roxbury, Denville, Randolph, Morristown, Chatham/Madisons, Montville and Tri-Town Kiwanis Clubs. The convention was held August 27 - August 29. #KidsNeedKiwanis
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Twenty Years After 9/11: A Time of Remembrance and A Call to Service “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred Rogers
Mayor Michael A. Soriano I would like to invite all Parsippany residents to Town Hall this September 11, as we honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11/01. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m., and will feature spiritual leaders and members of our township’s first responders. I hope you can all join me in marking this important occasion, in person or in spirit. Twenty years. It’s amazing to think that 9/11 – an event so life-altering, so devastating, and still so vivid for residents – happened a generation ago. Our high school graduates cannot look back on that fateful day with any memory, only through stories told by family, what’s taught in books, or what’s shown in video clips on TV and the internet. September 11, 2001 now lives on as an increasingly distant part of our country’s history. It’s truly unfathomable. Yet for so many of us, there are deep wounds that will never heal from time removed. 9/11 awakens the feelings of extreme loss, of trauma, of confusion and bewilderment, unearthing those feelings once again, and tasking us with trying to reconcile the unimaginable. We remember the images, the smoke in the air, the sounds of sirens, the endless memorials, and so many tears.
determined to do whatever they could to save lives and serve their community. They are the guiding light that reminded us all who we are, and what we’re capable of in times of crisis. And, of course, we must never forget the unity we felt as human beings, of all different cultures, creeds and backgrounds. We put aside our differences and squabbles – even for just a short time – to embrace and affirm our collective identity as Americans. We may have been deeply wounded, but all of us were steadfast, resolute, and determined to stand up, dust ourselves off, and move forward together. Here we are two decades later. We find ourselves divided by politics, by social injustice, and even by a health crisis that continues to hold its grip over our planet. It’s in this moment that we must remember we are one people. And it’s in this moment that we must remember that we have a duty and a responsibility to protect one another. To lift each other up. To find our most vulnerable and offer our hands, our hearts, and our minds to get back up and keep going. We’ve done it before, and with your help, we can do it again.
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Mt. Tabor Holds Annual Children’s Day Celebration Rhaya Hope Lau was named Queen and Vincent Xavier Bozza was named King Vincent Xavier Bozza was named King and Rhaya Hope Lau was named Queen during Mt. Tabor’s Children’s Day Celebration held August 6 through August 8. Also, Braylon Moore was named the First Attendant. The origin of Children’s Day in Mount Tabor grew out of the Sunday School activities. An early program promotes the Sunday School Anniversary held Saturday evening, August 1, 1885, with the instruction that cottages are to be illuminated as the procession of Sunday School students and a band pass through the principal streets of Mount Tabor halting at the new Tabernacle for a program of songs and recitations followed by ice cream and good cheer. A Sermon to Young People followed on Sunday.
athletic games, singing, decorations, and a concert, along with religious instruction and the parade. By 1887, the Tabor Record notes that Children’s Day was a three-day event. A program from 1893 describes the day’s activities starting with a tennis tourney on Saturday morning, an afternoon parade accompanied by Voss’ Military Band to the Young People’s Park for music, children’s carousel, and balloon ascensions. A full schedule of field games, refreshments, prizes, and music was followed by an evening parade with illuminations and decorations and a Promenade Concert featuring Voss’ Band. The children growing up in Mount Tabor gain a healthy appreciation for service at a young age since every year they witness their parents,
The special festivities soon came to include
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A Message From the Superintendent
A Brand New School Year
Dr. Barbara Sargent
September always brings the excitement of a new school year. Whether we are 5-years-old or 55-years old, the conclusion of summer, the return of school buses to the roads, Friday night high school football games, and new clothing and school supplies always brings new energy to our lives. This is especially true after a year of hybrid instruction and COVID restrictions. The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools are ready and happy for students to return. As eager as we all are for a return to a more regular school year, however, some students may be a little worried about the transition back, particularly if they were fully remote students last year. Parents may find these strategies helpful to ensure a great first day, first week, and first month of school: Provide routine and structure. Getting students back into the habit of a regular bedtime, morning breakfast, brushing teeth, and being dressed for the day will re-introduce the home structures that support a positive return to school. Be positive. Keep in mind that anxiety is contagious, and parents should speak calmly with children about the return to school this year. Remind children that the adults in school are working hard to keep them safe. The school principals, counselors, 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
and educators are excellent resources for you and your family. Let your children know who they can talk with at school if they need assistance. Be proud of your children for their accomplishments, no matter how small. Some Back to School traditions in my family included cupcakes after dinner to celebrate the first day of school and a special card for each of my sons that I sometimes mailed to them or (during less-organized times) placed on their pillow at night with a note telling them how amazing they are and what a great year it’s going to be. Monitor your conversation with your children. Parents who greet their children with a hug, a smile, and ask “What was the best part of your day today?” will invite positive conversation and promote a happy recollection of the day. Compare that with a greeting like, “How many mask breaks did you get?” and children will quickly clamp down on sharing any of the fun things that occurred at school that day. We’re going to have an amazing, successful, and interesting school year. Our school community did an outstanding job last year of keeping students safe and engaged. We got this! We can’t wait to see you and to welcome your children back to school. Happy New Year!
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siblings, and neighbors come together to make this special event happen. They know that one day they will be the volunteers needed to make Children’s Day work, and therein lies the magic. One generation after another, caring enough to make sure Children’s Day happens. That the lanterns are displayed, the show goes on, the maypoles are ready and the ice cream is cold.
Vincent Xavier Bozza
Vincent Xavier Bozza is the fourth son of Dan and Alicia Bozza, a lifelong resident of Mount Tabor. Vincent is an upcoming Junior at Parsippany Hills High School who loves to sing, play video games and swim with his friends. Vincent enjoys being part of the Baseball Team
at Parsippany Hills and has been a part of the performing on the stage for many years at All Saints Academy (Edna in Hairspray, Peter Pan, & Annie) and with Mt. Tabor ARTs Collaborative, (Simba in Lion King, Jr & supporting roles in Seussical Jr and Once on This Island, Jr.) Vincent is looking to help others in the Automotive Industry as a mechanic. He is proud to be the 152nd King of Mount Tabor. It holds a special place in his heart and is proud to be a part of the neighborhood here in Tabor.
Rhaya Hope Lau
Rhaya Hope Lau is the daughter of Jim and Dawn Lau. She is currently a junior at Parsippany Hills High School. She loves singing, performing, and babysitting. (Continued on Page 10)
Rhaya Hope Lau was named Queen and Vincent Xavier Bozza was named King September 2021
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Congratulations Justin Musella and Courtney Pirone
Congratulations to Parsippany residence Justin Musella, son of Joseph and Angela Musella, and Courtney Pirone daughter of Carmine and Beverly Pirone, who recently was engaged. The couple will be getting married August 2022.
Justin and Courtney
Justin graduated from Emory University in 2013 and currently employed at Fintech Company. Courtney graduated from Seton Hall University in 2021 and currently pursuing her Masters Degree.
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Rhaya has performed with Mt Tabor ARTs Collaborative as well as Parsippany Hills Players. She was recently Ado Annie in Par Hills “Oklahoma” and the Acrobat in MTAC’s recent production of “Matilda Jr.” Rhaya loves video editing and hopes to make that a career someday. She is honored to be the 152nd Queen of Mt Tabor. When asked what her favorite thing about living on “the hill” is, she said the community and our activities for the community. 10 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
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Fasil Mediterranean Restaurant: Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine When one hears Mediterranean food, visions of Kebabs, hummus, baba ghanoush, baklava, and olive oil, at once come to mind. Of course, there is so much more to the various cuisines of the wide-ranging Mediterranean region than anyone usually realizes. Eastern Mediterranean cuisine includes regions such as Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and Israel; the Southern Med would include Italy, France, and Spain, and finally, North Africa, including countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya; and of course, this list of country’s is not all-inclusive, but you get the idea. We basically all use the same main ingredients wherever you may find yourself, but somehow every culture someone manages to produce something very distinct and unique relative to its own region. The fact is that Turkish food is remarkably like American food. All that differs is how it is cooked, some of the spices, and the name of it. Fasil Mediterranean Restaurant, located in the Walmart shopping center in Boonton Plaza, describes itself as specializing in Mediterranean food, grilled to perfection, specifically from Turkey. They go on to explain that their entrees are like Greek, Arabic, as well as other Mediterranean Country dishes. We in Morris County are fortunate to have several excellent Turkish restaurants where we can enjoy this cuisine and Fasil certainly fits into that select category. My neighbor, who is from
Turkey and goes back annually, told me that Fasil always makes her feel at home. That is a good enough recommendation for me to stop by. As stated earlier, Turkey is considered the eastern Mediterranean where foods are often made with a lot of yogurts and cheeses. In addition, spices such as parsley, sumac, mint, and lemon juice dominate dishes in this region. It is also known for its nuts, rice, pitas, chickpeas, and meat kabobs; it is the combination and preparation of these items that is at the heart of what makes this Mediterranean cuisine so incredibly unique, flavorful, and healthy, and as in every culture Turkish cuisine is a combination of the many other cultures that have left their influence over many centuries dating back to the times of then ever-expanding Ottoman Empire. Fasil Mediterranean, which translates to a suite in Ottoman classical music, exudes a classy, upscale-looking interior, yet the modern, yet rustic, ambiance is casual, comfortable, and welcoming. It is exceptionally clean and organized both inside and out. The beautifully tiled floors and walls, tasteful Turkish décor throughout, pleasant Turkish background music, bright but subtle lighting, soft black leather chairs, and nicely appointed wood grained tables, all helped to create a vibrant, enticing, and true (Continued on Page 12)
Fasil Mediterranean Restaurant is located at 308 Wootton Street, Boonton September 2021
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ethnic atmosphere that transports you to Turkey for the evening. The outdoor patio dining area is nicely covered, both overhead and along the sides for shade, privacy, and protection from the weather, along with well-spaced seating. There were several groups enjoying their meals al fresco on my arrival, but my guests and I dined inside. I arrived at Fasil a little earlier than my guests and was sincerely and warmly welcomed to the restaurant by the owner, Tülay, and several staff members. Yaşin, apparently our head waiter, offered me a choice of tables and I chose one with window seating. The wine was opened and water glasses were filled immediately, and Yasin graciously offered me a complimentary glass of Turkish tea as we discussed various Turkish wines. Since Fasil is a BYOB, I brought along a delicious 2012 Kavaklidere Öküzgözü d’Elazig dry red wine that my Turkish neighbors brought home from their recent trip to Turkey and gave to me as a gift, and which Yaşin immediately recognized from his homeland. My initial impression of Fasil was excellent, and I was looking forward to enjoying some of their fine cuisines. As my guests arrived and were seated our very attentive, pleasant, and helpful waitress, Özüm was spot on seeing that everyone was comfortable and helped explain any questions we may have had regarding the menu. For our appetizers, we started by sharing a selection of hummus, Baba ghanoush, Ezme, Stuffed Grape Leaves (Yaprak sarma), and a Tabouli Salad. The hummus was smooth, creamy, and oozing with rich umami flavors, while the Baba ghanoush tasted equally smooth while being luxurious, smoky, and savory. The Ezme served as the perfect spicy condiment to go with our fresh and flavorful homemade pita bread. The Tabouli salad was
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bright, fresh, flavorful, and refreshing and was a perfect complement to the hummus and the pita. The grape leaves with their citrusy, green, and tangy taste were a great kick-off for the entrees to come. As entrées, my guests settled on the Shrimp Kebab and the Iskender Kebab. I went with the Mixed Grill; one skewer each of lamb Adana kebab, lamb shish kebab, chicken and lamb kofte, lamb gyro kebab, and chicken kebab, which was an abundant dish and clearly a meal for two, so I knew I was going to be having it again for lunch the next day. Everything was prepared, presented, and plated perfectly. All the meats were tender, moist, juicy, expertly seasoned, savory, and satisfying. I thoroughly enjoyed my dish. The Iskender Kebab; sauteed buttered bread topped over sliced lamb gyro served with fresh tomato sauce and yogurt also looked delicious and my friend told me it was fantastic. The Shrimp Kebab; grilled jumbo shrimp marinated with garlic, black pepper, and olive oil, and served with rice and a side salad, was tender and full of flavor. The portion sizes of all our entrees were more than ample and everyone left with enough take-out so that they could enjoy it again the next day. As full and satiated as we were, we could not leave with trying some of Fasil’s desserts. I ordered the Kazandibi (Bottom of Cauldron), and my friends wanted to try the Baklava. The caramelized top of Kazan Dibi was fantastic and contrasted quite nicely with the sweet and milky flavors on the interior. It perfectly paired it with my cup of bright, fruity, sweet, hot Turkish tea. The baklava, the most popular dessert in this part of the world, a layered filo pastry dessert, filled with chopped nuts, and sweetened with syrup or honey, was a definite crowd-pleaser. Interestingly, Özüm (our waitress) explained to my friend that his fortune could be revealed by the residual coffee grinds left on the bottom of his Turkish coffee. After a first flawed attempt, and (Continued on Page 14)
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with the assistance of a phone app and Özüm, his fortune was revealed. Of course, it was very positive. Fasil Mediterranean Restaurant is highly recommended. The food was delicious, and the menu is extensive enough to meet anyone’s needs or tastes. Prices are moderate and you get a lot for your money. The gracious hospitality and service cannot be beaten. If you do not have the time or inclination to travel, there is no doubt that one great way to experience a different culture is not by necessarily by going, but through their cuisine. Experience a taste of Turkey, visit Fasil! Dine-in · Take Out - Curbside pickup · No-contact delivery; BYOB – Nearby Liquor Store - ample parking - outdoor dining; Closed on Tuesdays. Fasil Mediterranean Restaurant is located at 308 Wootton Street, Boonton, NJ 07005. Call (973) 917-3334 or visit www.fasil.us.
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Back To School With Kiwanis
Frank Cahill, Lt. Governor Division 9; Michele Picone, Director of Parsippany’s Human Services and Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Community Director Carol Tiesi
Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany delivered backpacks filled with over $100 in school supplies to Parsippany Human Services, located at the Parsippany Community Center, 1130 Knoll Road.
and Rockaway Meadow Elementary School, two builders clubs, Central Middle School and Brooklawn Middle School; two Key Clubs, Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School and one Aktion Club.
Resident needing help can contact Human Services at (973) 263-7163.
Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Our members, Kiwanians, are service-minded men and women who are united in their commitment and compassion for others.
They will be distributed to families with children who need the supplies to go back to school. Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany supports ten K-Kids clubs, Lake Parsippany Elementary School, Eastlake Elementary School, Intervale School, Mt. Tabor Elementary School, Littleton Elementary School, Lake Hiawatha Elementary School, Troy Hills Elementary School, Northvail Elementary School, Knollwood School, 16 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
Kiwanis members dedicate more than 6 million volunteer hours and invest more than $100 million in service projects that strengthen communities and serve children every year. For more information on Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany visit www.parsippanykiwanis.org.
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Eagle Scout Recognition
Anli Liu, Sreemanth Meka, Joseph Alessandro Messana, Matthew Steven Sinchi and David Alexander Sinchi
The honor and distinction of the Eagle Scout rank can only be achieved through hard work and commitment to the ideals of the Scouting movement. The achievement is so rare, that only 5% of Scouts earn the Eagle rank. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million Scouts. Once a Scout advances to Eagle Scout, they will remain an Eagle for the rest of their life regardless of age or participation in Scouting. Eagle Scouts are expected to set an example for other Scouts and to become the leaders in life that they have demonstrated themselves to be in Scouting. As such, they have disproportionately represented in the military, service academy graduates, in higher education and academia, major professions, the clergy, business, and politics.
The pathway to Eagle can be described as a steep trail leading up to three peaks, the highest being that of Eagle Scout. Officially, the trail starts with the Tenderfoot rank and continues through Second and First Class ranks. Then, the mountain climbing begins. The path is marked with merit badges, leadership responsibilities, service projects, and the practice of Scouting skills and ideals. The first peak reached is that of Star Scout, the second is Life Scout, and, finally, Eagle Scout. On Sunday, August 8, Parsippany welcomed five Scouts who advanced to Eagle Scout, Anli Liu, Sreemanth Meka, Joseph Alessandro Messana, David Alexander Sinchi, and Matthew Steven Sinchi. Assistant Scoutmaster David Franz welcomed the guests to The Eagle Court of Honor. The
Ceremony Honors Five invocation was by Rev. Joseph G. Buffardi. Opening remarks were presented by Dylan Franz, Senior Patrol Leader. The Flag Salute, the Scout Oath, and Law was presented by Ryan Schmidt, Bugler. Chris Modin, Advancement Chair certified the Eagle Candidates. The Eagle Charge was presented by Michael Catapano, Scoutmaster, benediction by Rev. Joseph G. Buffardi with the taps by Ryan Schmidt.
Anli Liu Anli began Scouting in Parsippany Cub Scout Pack 142 with den leaders Mr. Kevin Wall and later Mrs. Jamie Wall. He earned the Arrow of Light award and crossed over into Troop 173 in February 2014. With the help of patrol leaders Danny Metcalf and David Albin, Anli quickly advanced through the first few ranks. Anli became a Den Chief to give back to Pack 142, where he mentored Tiger Scouts and helped run Pack events such as the Pinewood Derby. Later, Anli became a Patrol leader for two years, helping his patrol advance in ranks while also leading them in meetings and campouts. Anli has been active in Troop 173 attending Big Trips to Washington DC, Williamsburg, and Jamestown. He participated in many Klondike competitions, attended National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) in summer 2019, and enjoyed going to summer camp in Winnebago (either with the troop or in Provo) every year. Some of Anli’s most memorable experiences in Troop 173 were the West Point Camporee, playing football in trash bags in the rain in Stokes Forest, and food and toy drives. Anli was also elected into the Order of the Arrow by his peers. Anli is grateful for his time in Troop 173 and the important life lessons and skills he learned; especially thankful for all the friends and memories he has made. Through Scouting, he has gained an appreciation for the outdoors and
the importance of living by the Scout Oath and Law. Anli is thankful for all the help and support he has received over the years from Troop 173, friends, and family. He would like to specifically thank Mr. Benson, Mr. Catapano, Mr. WuJ. Mr. Franz, and Mr. Modin for their care and guidance in his Scouting career. For his Eagle Project, Anli worked with the Morris County Park Commission to construct three kestrel bird boxes to install in three Morris County Parks. The boxes served as homes for the American Kestrel Bird, a threatened species in New Jersey. He and his team constructed specifically designed boxes and then installed them in Central Park, Tourne Park, and Lewis Morris Park. Anli would like to thank the fellow Scouts and friends who volunteered for his project. and especially thank his Eagle coach, Bruce Benson, who was critical to his success as he guided Anli throughout the entire Eagle process during the pandemic, and Darrell Jones from the Park Commission. Thanks also to Jim and John from Cerbo’s Lumber who donated and guided Anli in selecting the correct materials for his project. Anli is a graduated senior from Montville Township High School. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and a commended National Merit Scholar. An active participant in his school’s debate team; he achieved awards at the local, state, and national levels. Anli also enjoyed volunteering at his local library, where he was a secretary for the teen advisory board, and in Pathways for Kids, where he mentored special needs children in various activities. Fully involved in his local church, he ushers, translates and creates weekly bulletins. In his free time, Anli enjoys being with his family and friends, playing piano, chess, basketball, and volleyball. Anli will attend college at UCLA and study mechanical engineering in the fall. Anli completed 22 Merit Badges: American Cultures, Basketry, Camping*, Citizenship in the Community*, Citizenship in the Nation*, Citizenship in the World*, Communication*, (Continued on Page 20)
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Cooking*, Emergency Preparedness*, Environmental Science*, Family Life*, Fingerprinting, First Aide*, Geology, Metalwork, Personal Fitness*, Personal Management*, Pioneering, Space Exploration, Swimming*, Weather and Wilderness Survival.
Sreemanth Meka Sreemanth first started his career in scouting when he joined Troop 173 in April 2014 in his 5th grade. With the help of the older scouts in the Troop and the Dan Beard program in summer camp, he quickly earned the first few scouting ranks. Sreemanth has been active in the Troop since he first joined it, going to many of the meetings, and enjoyed going to summer camp in Winnebago every year, and many campouts. Some of these memorable campouts included the trips to Gettysburg and West Point Camporee. Previously, Sreemanth was the librarian for the Troop as well as an instructor. He has earned 23 merit badges throughout his career in scouting. Sreemanth is very grateful for his time in Scouting and for all his friends, scoutmasters, and patrol leaders in Troop 173 who helped him become who he is today. For Sreemanth’s Eagle Project, he worked with his Eagle coach, Bruce Benson, and the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Bridgewater where he installed a set of wooden benches for the temple grounds. His reason for choosing this project was to let there be a place outdoors at the temple where people can sit and enjoy nature. Sreemanth is thankful for all the support from Troop 173, his friends, and his family. He would especially like to thank Mr. Benson, his Eagle Coach; Mr. Catapano, Scoutmaster; Mr. Franz, Assistant Scoutmaster; Hari Tummala, Sri Venkateswara Temple, Bridgewater; for all of their support; and all of his fellow Scouts and his cousins who volunteered hours to help him out with his 20 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
Sreemanth graduated from Parsippany Hills High School and will be going to North Carolina State University this fall to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering with a focus on Biology. He was also a commended National Merit Scholar. During his time in high school, Sreemanth was part of the school marching band, of which he was the librarian. As well as this, Sreemanth was the president of the Par Hills’ DECA club and the secretary of the school’s Science Olympiad club. Outside of school, Sreemanth volunteered at Saint Barnabas Medical Center up until the start of the Pandemic. Sreemanth enjoys playing basketball, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. While not much of an outdoor person, Sreemanth has gained an appreciation for nature during his time in boy scouts and now enjoys hiking as well. He is looking forward to going to college in North Carolina and can’t wait to continue pursuing his passion in chemistry and biology. Sreemanth completed 23 Merit Badges: Camping*, Citizenship in the Community*, Citizenship in the Nation*, Citizenship in the World*, Communication* Cooking*, Electricity, Electronics, Emergency
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Mt. Tabor Fire Department Open House and Wet Down Join the Mt. Tabor Volunteer Fire Department for their Wetdown and Building Dedication! Help them welcome their new Engine 13, a 2021 E-One Typhoon Pumper, and tour the brand new Tarn Drive Firehouse!
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Bring the family, spend the afternoon, and celebrate with Parsippany’s Oldest Fire Department! The festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 25.
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The festivities begin with a building dedication ceremony, hosted by the Board of Fire Commissioners, followed by Live Music with DJ Josh Christie, delicious food by Chef’s Catering, beer and soda from High Grade Beverage, 50/50, plastic mugs, ceramic mugs, and limited edition Wetdown T-Shirts for Sale! Bring the kids along too as they will have a dunk tank, bounce house, and an inflatable slide! All parking will be on Moraine Road or Tarn Drive. Apparatus should enter via Tabor
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“I’m proud we brought fiscal responsibility to Parsippany by ending the corrupt practice of raiding the water and utility funds to cover budget shortfalls. But there’s more to do, which is why I need Cori Herbig and Judy Hernandez on Soriano Town Council.” –Mayor Michael Soriano
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Eagle Scout Recognition Ceremony Honors Five (Continued from Page 20)
Preparedness*, Environmental Science*, irst Aid*, Kayaking, Model Design and Building, Personal Fitness*, Personal Management*, Robotics, Small Boat Sailing, Space Exploration, Swimming* and Wood Carving.
Joseph Alessandro Messana Joseph began his Scouting career in Cub Scout Pack 142 under the guidance of his Pack Leaders, Brant Brisson and Kevin Wall and Den Leader, the late Elizabeth Dolch. In Cub Scouts, he most enjoyed the Pinewood Derby and rocket launches. Joseph earned his Arrow of Light Award, crossing over to Troop 173 in February 2014. As a member of Troop 173, Joseph served as Instructor and Patrol Leader. Joseph most enjoyed the Instructor leadership position since it allowed him to focus on the younger Scouts, providing encouragement and support on their Scouting journeys. Joseph’s most special memories were those made at summer camp at Camp Winnebago, including his first bear alert, earning the rifle and shotgun badges, and zip-lining many, many times across Durham pond. He participated in 104 community service hours in support of annual clothing and food drives, as well as service to his parish, St. Virgil, and hometown, Parsippany. Joseph is grateful to his Scoutmasters, Mr. Les Wu and Mr. Michael Catapano, for their life lessons and examples of service they imparted. For his Eagle Service Project, Joseph constructed and installed a double directory for Central Park of Morris County. The large (12’ x 8’) double directory allows the posting of event information for visitors at the park’s new cross-country track. This project was threatened by material supply shortages and unforeseen delays due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite these challenges, 22 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
Joseph, with the help of his family, friends, fellow Scouts, and Eagle Coach, John Worthington, was ultimately able to successfully manage its completion. Joseph is especially thankful to Mr. Gary Fletcher for his generous gifts of suitable workshop space, tools, carpentry expertise, and most importantly, time. Also, a special thanks to Mr. Russ Felter, project beneficiary, at the Morris County Parks Commission, for his patience and understanding. Joseph is receiving his Eagle Award in honor of his paternal grandfather who passed away last year due to COVID-19. Joseph recently graduated from the Biotechnology Academy at Mountain Lakes High School. He will be attending college in the fall pursuing a degree in Business/Finance. Joseph completed 23 Merit Badges: Basketry, Camping*, Citizen in the Community*, Citizenship in the Nation*, Citizenship in the World*, Communication*, Cooking*, Disability Awareness, Emergency Preparation*, Environmental Science*, Family Life*, Fingerprinting, First Aid*, Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Life-Saving*, Personal Fitness*, Personal Management*, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Swimming*, Weather and Wood Carving.
David Alexander Sinchi David began his Scouting experience at Cub Scout Pack 142. His Pack Leader was Mr. Kevin Wall, he proudly participated in many activities especially the Pinewood Derby, trips, and campouts. He crossed over into Troop 173 in February 2014. As his Scouting journey continues in Troop #173 in the position of responsibility as Den Chief for Pack 142, his dedication to his
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Cahill Officially Sworn in as Lt. Governor Division 9 Kiwanis
Frank Cahill was officially sworn in as Lt. Governor Division 9 for a second term during the 104th Annual Kiwanis Convention. Division 9 serves, Greater Parsippany, Greater Roxbury, Denville, Randolph, Morristown, Chatham/Madisons, Montville and Tri-Town Kiwanis Clubs. The convention was held August 27 - August 29. Frank is a Charter member of both Greater Parsippany and Tri-Town Kiwanis clubs.NJ Kiwanis District is broken down into 11 divisions, serving 79 Kiwanis Clubs. #KidsNeedKiwanis
Kiwanis Club of Greater Roxbury Member Ilmi Bojkovic places the Lt. Governor Pin on Frank Cahill, during the 104th Annual Kiwanis Convention held in Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA.
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Eagle Scout Recognition Ceremony Honors Five (Continued from Page 22)
position brought one of the highest recruitments to the troop. He attended five summer camps at Winnebago Scout Reservation and treasured many memories. All of the meals at the dining hall, spending time at arts & crafts and the trading post, zip-lining, archery, campfire shows, and participating in competitions when the Troop won the “greased watermelon”. David participated in long trips to West Point Camporee, NJ State Police Jamboree, and achieved a total of 65 camping nights, (20 cabin nights). He enjoyed Turkey in Can, long hikes, Pedal for Progress, working on the town rain gardens, Plant Sales, Parsippany Lake Opening Ceremonies, food, and toy drives, and assisting in projects for the Saint Virgil’s Church, Morris Plains Library, Interfaith Food Pantry, and Habitat for Humanity. David received several gold community service awards as he participated in over 111 hours of service. David is grateful to his past and present Scoutmasters, Mr. Les Wu and Mr. Michael Catapano. As well as Mr. Bruce Benson, Mr. Chris Modin, Mr. David Franz and Mr. Troy Adams for their guidance and support. Also, to Ms. VenCarpels for her assistance in his time extension request. David’s Eagle Project consisted of creating, printing, and posting trail maps for Grafton Park. The maps were placed on two kiosks, made by him, at each entrance of the park. The trail map was designed and made by him by taking precise measurements by walking each one of the trails by entering that data into Alltrails Application. David will always be grateful for the guidance and supervision of his Eagle Coach, Robert Moravsik. Special thanks to his project sponsor AllFence Company, FedEx Printing, Tabor Pizza, and the Fichter Family. As well as to Mr. Bob Weber for his important guidance. A 24 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
special thanks to Mr. Tony Bossi for donating the tools and the equipment for the project and continuing to be an example of strength, resilience, and strong faith. And a huge special thanks to all of his fellow Scouts, Troop Leaders, and Troop adults that came out to volunteer for his project and worked during a very hot summer. David graduated from Parsippany Hills High School, as a member of the National Honor Society. He enjoyed being part of the Marching Band for four years becoming State Champions. He was also part of the Ski Club, Men’s Ensemble, Fencing Club, and Spring Musicals. He achieved his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and received his certification in Weapons training in South Korea. David’s strong catholic faith grew as he participated as a chorister for over nine years at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown. He also helped in the choir for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Cedar Knolls and helped with the Christmas concerts at Saint Virgil’s Church and Margaret’s Church. During his free time, David continues to play electric guitar, drums, and piano. He will start his third year at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA pursuing a degree in Animation, as part of his Co-operative program; David is working with Kamp for Kids, a non-profit that offers services for children with Autism. It is his honor to share his Eagle Ceremony with his brother Matthew Steven Sinchi, and his fellow scouts Anli Liu, Joseph Messana, and Sreemanth Meka. David would like to dedicate his Eagle Scout Award to his mother Maria Helena Acevedo and his Eagle Scout Neckerchief is presented by his Godmother and cousin Dr. Carol Bibiana Mendez.
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Historic Walking Tours Returns This Fall Morristown to sites that tell the stories of the Continental Army’s two visits to the area in 1777 and 1779-80. The Morristown Green, the First Presbyterian Church and the Lewis Condict House are just a few of the stops along the way. Meet at the center of the Morristown Green for the 10:00 a.m. tour.
Historic Walking Tours from the Morris County Tourism Bureau will return this Fall beginning on September 18. Tickets are $20.00 and $25.00 and are on sale now through Eventbrite.com. Saturday, September 18: Tour Highlights include: Visit a number of buildings in the Morristown Historic District to learn about their architecture and history. $20.00. Guide Carol Barkin will lead a tour of downtown Morristown, visiting a number of civil, commercial and residential buildings that remain from the town’s 300-year history. Meet at 6 Court Street for the 10:30 a.m. tour.
Saturday, October 17: Tour Highlights include: Gilded Age Morristown-The Foote Mansion: The largest residence ever built in Morristown, Spring Brook Farm is an outstanding example of a Gilded Age mansion and former 1,000-acre gentleman farm from the early 20th century. Tour the interior and the Italian gardens out back. Enjoy beverages and snacks in the garden after a lecture about the home by Carol Barkin, a member of the Morristown Historic Preservation Commission and tour guided for the Morris County Tourism Bureau. Meet at Loyola Jesuit Center, 161 James Street for the 2:00 p.m. tour.
Saturday, September 25: Tour Highlights include: $20.00. Follow Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika on a walk through downtown Morristown to uncover “weird” and obscure local history. Ms. Nadzeika, the author of “Morristown-A Postcard History,” leads the tour. Meet at 6 Court Street for the 11:00 a.m. tour. Saturday, October 2: Tour Highlights include Victorian Morristown. If you love Victoriana, this tour is for you. Karen Ann Kurlander lives in Morristown in a Victorian home that she carefully preserves. She will stroll from the Starbucks on the Morristown Green into the area of the Morristown Historic District that features 100 Victorian homes and highlight the features, people and stories associated with these unique and exquisitely restored residences. Meet at the Starbucks by the Morristown Green at the corner of North Park Place and Market Street for the 11:00 a.m. tour. Saturday, October 9: Tour Highlights include Colonial Morristown. Patricia Sanftner, a member of the local D.A.R. and an expert on Colonial-era Morristown, will lead a tour of downtown September 2021
Saturday, October 30: Tour Highlights include Halloween in the Whippany Burying Yard: Dress up and come out for a tour of this 300-year old-plus graveyard, Morris County’s first in the township of Whippany in Hanover. This historic walking tour in Morris County takes place in the county’s first settlement of Hanover. Members of the local preservation commission will lead the Halloween tour. They will be in costume and you are encouraged to dress up, too. There are Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers buried here, along with Whippany’s founders. Meet at the Burying Yard, 325 Route Ten East for the 2:00 p.m. tour.
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Eagle Scout Recognition Ceremony Honors Five (Continued from Page 24)
David completed 25 Merit Badges: Archery, Art, Camping*, Citizenship in Nation*, Citizenship in the Community*, Citizenship In the World*, Communication*, Cooking*, Disabilities Awareness, Environmental Science*, Family Life*, Fingerprinting, First Aid*, Geology, Indian Lore, Kayaking, Leatherwork, Lifesaving*, Music, Personal Fitness, Personal Management*, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Small-Boat Sailing, Space Exploration, and Swimming*.
Matthew Steven Sinchi Matthew began his Scouting experience in Cub Scout Pack 142. His Pack Leader was Mr. Kevin Wall. He proudly participated in many activities such as the Pack campouts and the Pinewood Derby. Matthew earned his Arrow of Light and crossed over into Troop# 173 in 2014. His Scouting journey later continued into the position of responsibility as Den Chief for Pack 142, where his participation led to high recruitment for the Troop. He recently was elected for the positions of Librarian and Historian. Matthew attended five summer camps at Winnebago Scout Reservation and made many treasured memories such as enjoying the atmosphere of the camp, playing the multitude of card games after hours, and the outpost camp out. Matthew attended Troop big trips to Washington DC, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, and Jamestown. He took part in the West Point Camporee and NJ State Police Jamboree. Matthew received multiple community service awards, participating in over 121 hours of service within troop activities and outreach projects for Saint Virgil’s Church, Morris Plains Library, and Interfaith Food Pantry and he completed 69 (24 Cabin) camp nights. Matthew is grateful to his past and present 26 l Parsippany Focus Magazine
Scoutmasters, Mr. Les Wu and Mr. Michael Catapano. As well as the multitude of adult leaders that helped guide him in his Scouting journey. Matthew’s Eagle Project was a Riparian Restoration and installation of Wood Ducks located in Old Troy Park in Parsippany. The project focused on restoring the land along the pond located within the park, roughly 2,500 sq. ft. It was accomplished by removing invasive species that grew in the area and reintroducing native flora, as well as building and installing two wood duck boxes. The project aimed to improve the quality of life for aquatic and riparian flora and fauna while also decreasing or outright removing any damage that the invasive species had caused. Matthew was guided and supervised by his Eagle Scout Coach, Mr. Robert Moravsik. Mr. Darrell Jones from the Morris County Park Commission and Robert A. Weber, the District Eagle Advisor, also helped and guided him. He also was assisted by his fellow Scouts and Troop adults that came out to volunteer. He thanks all those mentioned above for their hard work and guidance throughout his project. Matthew graduated from the Morris County Vocational School of Technology with the Environmental Academy program located in Jefferson Township High School. He also was a member of the National Honor Society. During his senior year, Matthew worked in two internship positions: the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and the Madison Environmental Commission. While attending HS, Matthew completed 27 Merit Badges: American Cultures, Art, Camping*, Citizenship in the Community*, Citizenship in the Nation*, Citizenship in the World*, Communication*, Cooking, Disability Awareness, Environmental Science*, Family Life*, First Aid*, Fingerprinting, Geology, Indian Lore, Kayaking, Leather Work, Life-Saving*, Music, Personal Fitness*, Personal Management*, Reptile, and Amphibian Study, Rifle Shooting,
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Manya Sharma, Anika Arora, Prisha Khanna, and Riya Jain are four Girl Scouts from Troop 95750 in Parsippany, who worked towards their silver award by supporting Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter.
to spread awareness. By doing this, they were able to purchase receptionist chairs and more supplies for the shelter.
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