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Serving 53,515 Households of Parsippany-Troy Hills

12 Real Estate Trends for 2022 from Jackie Scura | Cover, 7

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With 37 years experience helping people sell and buy their dream homes, Jackie Scura has a few ideas of things to watch for in 2022

Frank L. Cahill, Publisher Barbara Freda, Sales Manager Nicolas Limanov, Photographer Patrick Minutillo, Contributing Writer Christine Mercado, Contributing Writer Sharon Maroldi, Contributing Writer Luis A. Matos, Distribution Manager

Thank you, Parsippany | 6

I look back on my time in office with joy and accomplishment. As my tenure as mayor of Parsippany draws to a close at the end of this month, I look back and reflect on what an honor it has been over these past four years to be your mayor. It’s been a privilege to lead the community I have called home for 20 years.

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Empowering Children Through the School Conference | 8

How many parents have had the experience of sitting with their child’s teacher for one of the annual parent-teacher conferences, only to forget the teacher’s comments upon arriving home?

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Woman’s Club Welcomes New Members | 10

Betty Lagitch, Co-Chair for Membership, installed three new members: Veronica (Ronnie) Fagan, Diane Campbell, and Karen Phelps at the Club’s November General Meeting.

Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen: Authentic Thai Cuisine | 11 Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen, located on New Road, one of Parsippany’s newest additions, held their opening recently.

PARQ Groundbreaking Sets The Stage | 18

The stage is set for exceptional new beginnings as officials break ground on PARQ. Located at the former Lanidex Plaza PARQ is a distinctive, emerging multi-generational community that will encompass town homes, multi-family residences, on site retail, open green spaces and state-of-theart amenities.

CCM Winter and Spring Registration | 20

About Parsippany Focus Parsippany Focus was founded on October 1, 1989 by Publisher Frank Cahill. Parsippany Focus is the only dedicated newsource, publishing local news and information for the past thirty years exclusively for Parsippany-Troy Hills. Parsippany Focus Magazine is published monthly by Zoomus Marketing, LLC, 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 322, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054 (c) 2021 Zoomus Marketing, LLC.

Registration is now taking place at County College of Morris (CCM) for the Winter and Spring semesters and there is no better time than now to apply and enroll for classes at CCM. By registering early, students have the best chance of obtaining the classes that best fit their schedules. At CCM students can explore degree options and careers, all while graduating with little to no debt and more financial freedom.

“What Scouting Means to Me” | 22

Jonah Lance, 16, a member of Scouts BSA Troop 173 was a keynote speaker at “2021 Parsippany Good Scout Awards Dinner” on Thursday, December 2. Jonah read his inspirational speech.

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Thank you, Parsippany “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” - John F. Kennedy

Mayor Michael A. Soriano As my tenure as mayor of Parsippany draws to a close at the end of this month, I look back and reflect on what an honor it has been over these past four years to be your mayor. It’s been a privilege to lead the community I have called home for 20 years.

Boonton Reservoir Trails project, both of which will open up incredible open space and passive recreation opportunities for residents. We secured funds to beautify North Beverwyck Road and rebuild the Lake Hiawatha Library.

I look back on my time in office with joy and accomplishment. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, my administration fed hundreds of families with food every week. I got to see the faces of appreciation, and know that the work we did made a difference in families’ lives.

I will soon rejoin the ranks of private citizen, and as such I wish my successor the best of luck in his term ahead. I hope he does everything he can to honor all Parsippany residents, and is guided by doing what’s right for this community. Whatever political ideology you ascribe to, one thing we can all agree on: Parsippany truly is The Place To Be.

For public safety, we outfitted our police department with body cams, erected a state-of-theart communication tower, and worked to get the force accredited.

I will leave Town Hall with my head held high, reminded each and every day how many residents have touched my life, and how many memories I have made here. While this chapter may close for now, I promise I will continue to be an active member of our township. When I became an elected public servant, it changed me. The desire to help my neighbors live their best lives has become a deeply personal pursuit, and I hope each and every one of you can join me in that pursuit for all of us. When our community works together as a team, as neighbors, as friends, I believe that anything and everything is possible.

For economic development and eco-responsibility, we completed the township’s first Master Plan since 1976. We re-entered the Highlands Council, and for the first time in township history, achieved bronze status in environmental stewardship through Sustainable Jersey. We implemented a plastic bag ban, which the state has now adopted, and we’re exploring new solar paneling and efficiency standards for our sewers and wastewater treatment. We embraced Parsippany’s rich diversity through celebration. We raised the Indian flag in honor of Indian Independence Day, brought back the July 4th fireworks in 2021, raised the Italian flag for the Italian Food & Cultural Festival, and raised the pride flag for the entire month of June.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Thank you, Parsippany. May God continue to bless you all.

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REAL ESTATE TIPS

12 Real Estate Trends for 2022 from Jackie Scura From a real estate perspective, 2021 was a busy year in Parsippany! Many people decided to make this bustling and beautiful town their home, while many other families moved into homes that better suited their changing needs - without changing their zip code. Thanks to low interest rates and increased demand, home prices in our area have risen in 2021. With 37 years experience helping people sell and buy their dream homes, I have a few ideas of things to watch for in 2022: Rising Prices: While there is some debate among Wall Street as to how high, most experts agree that home prices will continue to grow in 2022. This growth may be more in line with traditional years, and not the explosive growth seen during the pandemic. Mortgage Rates: Rates will rise modestly, but not enough to affect home prices. Low Inventory: Experts continue to predict a low inventory of homes, which will keep home prices growing, despite rising interest rates. No Home Gyms: During the height of the pandemic, everyone was exercising at home. But now people are running back to the gym and Pelotons are getting dusty and forgotten. But Yes to Home Offices: Many large companies have yet to call employees back to the office. And after 18 months of working at home, employees are looking for dedicated work spaces where they can spread out and be productive. Whole House Generators: With the increase in snowstorms, rainstorms and winds, a whole- house generator can give homeowners uninterrupted electricity and peace of mind. Buyers will pay more for this added benefit. Updated colors and finishes: The color experts at Benjamin Moore have picked “October Mist” a gray/ green with hints of silver, as their Color of the Year. This neutral shade really pops against marble and gold-toned finishes. Because it echoes nature, it looks at home in traditional, modern or transitional living spaces. Love where you Live: Many former commuters no longer have to make the daily trek to NYC. This continues to drive up interest in neighborhoods that December 2021

seemed too far from the City but have excellent schools, close to nature, more property or lower prices. Young Buyers: Millennial’s are choosing to buy homes, thanks to low interest rates and a continued desire for more space. These buyers are looking for turn-key houses that require little to no updating. If you have a home that could use a refresh before selling, Compass Real Estate offers a Concierge service, a no-interest, no-money down way to help finance home improvements before the home goes to market. 3-D Home Tours: Imagine touring a home checking out closet sizes and the condition of the hot water heater - all from your couch. The technology is becoming available for realtors to offer this level of service and buyers want it! Schools: Rankings from Great Schools and NJ Monthly only tell part of the story. If you are really interested in a home but have questions about the school system, your realtor can fill you in or connect you with a neighbor to answer your questions. Neighborhoods: My final prediction is that Parsippany will continue to be the best place to call home! About Jackie Scura Jackie Scura (www.jackiescura.com) is a real estate broker with over 37 years of experience serving the greater Parsippany area. Jackie has helped negotiate and smooth real estate transactions for thousands of sellers and buyers, enabling them to enjoy the excitement of selling or buying a new home. Even with her numerous awards and accolades, service is always Jackie’s number one goal.

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A Message From the Superintendent

Empowering Children Through the School Conference Dr. Barbara Sargent How many parents have had the experience of sitting with their child’s teacher for one of the annual parent-teacher conferences, only to forget the teacher’s comments upon arriving home? Or, worse, to be caught in a “he said, she said” discussion with their children when relating things the teacher said? As an educational leader and parent of three sons, I recognize how critical the school conference is for promoting positive student-parent-teacher relationships. The school conference provides an opportunity for children to become advocates for their own learning and to help them gain confidence in speaking with the most important people in their school lives - their teachers. One of the best decisions parents can make is to include their children in the parent-teacher conference. The Parsippany-Troy Hills School District offered opportunities for students in grades 4+ to participate in their Parent-Teacher Conference during the November conferences. While we have traditionally not offered high school conferences, this year the high school teachers invited some students and their families for meetings. Many teachers prepared students by having them self-assess about their transition back to school, set academic goals for themselves, and select work examples they are particularly proud of. Including students in teacher conferences reinforces the “village” concept by surrounding children with the important people in their school lives. Children need regular opportunities to speak with adults. The school 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

conference allows small, structured opportunities in which children can interact with teachers under the watchful and supportive eyes of their parents. Finally, high school students who can successfully conference with their teachers become adults who confidently engage with college professors or future supervisors about academic or work issues. Feedback from the November ParentTeacher Conferences has been extremely positive. Many of the teachers worked with students to prepare them for a successful conference experience. This included helping students to select a piece of writing to share with their parents, guiding students to develop academic goals for the year, and preparing notes to share during the conference. High school teachers noted that the conferences helped to establish a positive relationship with students and parents and provided an early intervention for students in need. Conferences are for all students – whether school comes easy to them or they are facing challenges in school. Teachers appreciate meeting with students to facilitate a successful school experience. And, should a teacher or parent wish to speak without the student present, the student can be excused to the hallway for the remainder of the meeting. Including students in the Parent-Teacher Conference is a critical step in promoting self-advocacy, leadership, and confidence in our students. We’re excited about this new opportunity!

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Woman’s Club Welcomes Three New Members

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Betty Lagitch, Membership Co-Chair, shown with new members Ronnie Fagan, Karen Phelps and Diane Campbell and Membership Co-Chair, Marilyn Zarzycki.

Betty Lagitch, Co-Chair for Membership, installed three new members: Veronica (Ronnie) Fagan, Diane Campbell, and Karen Phelps on Monday, November 22 at the Club’s November General Meeting. Ronnie, Diane, and Karen join an enthusiastic group of volunteers brought together in fellowship and service to promote projects that produce positive outcomes in the areas of education, culture, and civic betterment of the community New members are always welcome to join the Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills, established in 1954. Our club is one of over 200 clubs that make up the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC. NJSFWC is the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the state, providing opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service. For more information call Marilyn at (973) 5393703, e-mail the club at womansclubofpth@gmail.com, check us out on the web www.parsippanywomansclub.org or follow the club on FACEBOOK, Twitter, and Instagram.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen: Authentic Thai Cuisine Unfortunately, despite having the opportunity to visit various parts of Asia in my youth, I never had the pleasure of visiting Thailand. I enjoy Thai cuisine and it would have been great to experience one of their open-air food vendors, storefront, or waterway eateries, or even try out an upscale Bangkok restaurant. I may not have been able to get to Thailand, but I can still enjoy a true sense of Thailand culture, as well as some of their authentic cuisines right here in Parsippany. Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen, located among a series of storefronts in a small strip mall on New Road, at the intersection of Route 46 East, one of Parsippany’s newest additions, held their soft opening this past September and their grand opening October 25. Previously, Hwang Bu Ja, a Korean restaurant had occupied the location. The exterior does not stand out from the other similar-looking glass front restaurants and shops that line the strip, but upon entering you encounter a small, but cozy-looking interior, with comfortably situated wooden tables, in a well-lit, sparkling clean, cozy, casual ambiance. The warm feeling interior is thoughtfully complemented with a soothing color scheme, simple décor (more will be coming), soft recessed lighting, and relaxing music playing in the background. I should mention there is a limited off-road, free, parking lot at the location, and there are also spots on the side of the mall that should be able to accommodate your needs.

Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen is located at 65 New Road

Tau, could not have been more cordial or welcoming. Service was prompt, attentive, and efficient. Water, menus, and cutlery were quick to arrive (interestingly, Thai cutlery generally consists of a fork and large spoon. The spoon is held in the right hand and used in place of a knife, and the fork helps to arrange the food on the spoon before bringing it to the mouth. As all ingredients in the dishes come already cut up, there is no need for a knife -of course, you can always use chopsticks), and we began to ponder over many mouthwatering choices. The

I arrived with a small group of friends, and we were made to feel immediately at home. Our server/manager,

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Spring Rolls (paw pia tod), fried thin wrappers, filled with carrots, cabbage, and bean thread noodles, fried to golden perfection and served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce; Shumai, minced shrimp and ground chicken wrapped in wonton wrappers and steamed till soft and fluffy and served with soy vinaigrette; Curry Puffs, puff pastry filled with curried chicken, caramelized onions, diced potatoes and served with cucumber relish on the side; and Wings, fried marinated chicken wings coated with enough honey-sweet chili sauce to stimulate your taste buds. The appetizers were satisfying enough, but being fans of Thai cuisine we were anxious for our entrees. My friend Mike F started off his meal with a small serving of Tom Yom soup. Small it was not! Generously sized serving of Thailand’s most famous soup, a light, spicy/sour soup simmered with mushroom, galangal, lemongrass, onions, cilantro, and lime juice. It got a serious thumbs up from Mike.

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menu was extensive enough to accommodate everyone’s individual tastes, so we were off to a good start. This is a BYOB, so I brought along some Thai LEO beer which perfectly complimented my dishes. Internationally renowned Thai Chef, and Corporate President, Punsak Puncharoen, known professionally as Chef Oudy visited us at our table and was kind enough to share his story with me. The amiable and courteous Chef, who assured me that Siam Heritage’s Thai food is truly authentic and is the same food and quality as one would find if in Bangkok, began his culinary journey at the age of ten when he was sent to live at a Temple to learn kae sa luk, the art of fruit and vegetable carving. Thai food is known for its artistic and beautiful presentation of food. Kae sa luk, which dates to the 14th Century, requires extreme dedication to learn to carve the food perfectly and intricately, as it was done primarily for royal families. That humble beginning began his journey, and his love of food, and his eventually acquiring a reputation recognized by the current Royal Family of Thailand. Chef Oudy, who came to the U.S. in 1990, along with three partners, oversees seven locations throughout the United States (one in Union) and three more internationally, under the corporate name of Noodlefan Thai. We are fortunate to have one of his world-class restaurants right here in Parsippany.

I settled on the Crying Tiger (seua rong hai); grilled marinated beef steak (flank steak) served with Tamarind chili dipping sauce. The steak was cooked a perfect medium as ordered, and the presentation was beautiful, it was moist, juicy, and savory. The steak came on a bed of lettuce and shredded carrots, and the Jaew sauce (on the side) was a spicy, savory, tangy, aromatic, pungent sauce that really made the steak pop. The exquisite dish that I would gladly have again. Take note, Thai food, though known to be spicy does not have to be. There are plenty of sweet and salty alternatives. Your server can help you with your decisions if you are new to this cuisine. I personally like very spicy food, but I ordered my meal “spicy” since it was my first time at this restaurant. It certainly had a mild kick but next time I will be going with the “X-spicy.” This restaurant offers your meal with No Chile, Mild, Spicy, X Spicy, and Thai Spicy. Do not go with the Thai Spicy unless you know you can really manage fiery hot food. My friend Mike Z ordered the Asian Eggplant with Seafood. A gorgeous dish of Asian eggplants, garlic, onions, chilies, basil, and bell peppers, mixed and cooked (Comtinued on Page 14)

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in a zesty house special soy sauce. Bob, went with the Spicy Goat Cumin, a goat stew with red and green peppers, garlic, and fried chilies, with cumin sauce; and finally, Mike, the Tom Yom guy, had Crispy Salmon Strips over Pad Thai (“ผัดไทย”), with rice noodles sauteed in pad thai sauce with eggs, dried bean curd, bean sprouts, and scallions, and served with Thai sauce, lime, and peanuts on the side. Every meal came with a side dish of your choice of rice. Everyone raved over their individual dishes, the consensus was that everything was delicious and that this restaurant certainly deserves another visit in the near future. Topping it all off, the house treated us to a Mango with Sticky Rice dessert. I love mango’s and I love sticky rice, so I do not think anything else needs to be said. I would say to someone not familiar that Thai food is like an exotic version of Chinese food. The two cuisines are similar in many ways. Give your palate a treat and give Thai a try, with its variety of dishes filled with thick noodles, fresh vegetables, chicken, lamb, goat, shrimp, and beef, all of which can be sweet, salty, spicy, or sour, I think you will be happy you did. Closed Monday - Kitchen Break 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dine-In - Take Out. Catering Services Available - BYOB Delivery - Off Road Parking. Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen is located at 65 New Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054. (973) 310-9127.

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PUPPY LOVE

Meet Athos, a Special Boy Who Wants a Home for the Holidays! Athos is a Sato” -- a mutt from Puerto Rico who is similar in body type to a Shiba Inu/Chihuahua mix! He is eight months old. Athos is searching for a loving, patient family who takes their time letting him adjust to their home as he can be a bit fearful. He craves affection but needs to be taught that it’s safe and ok! He would thrive with a canine companion to help show him the ropes. He gets along with other dogs but is not sure about cats. He is house trained and has good leash manners. He is smart with a happy personality. He is up to date on all of his vaccinations and is very healthy. Athos is five years old and weighs forty pounds. Athos likes children above the age of 16 because sometimes he gets spooked by loud noises or fast movements. Athos is currently being fostered in Parsippany. If you are interested in adopting Athlos visit www.wiseanimalrescue.org/adoption-application

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In Memory

Marceil “Mimi” Letts July 7, 1939 - September 15, 2019

Mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills from 1994 to 2005

A true friend is never truly gone. Their spirit lives on in the memories of those who loved them

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PARQ Groundbreaking Sets The Stage

The stage is set for exceptional new beginnings as officials break ground on PARQ. Located at the former Lanidex Plaza in Morris County, PARQ is a distinctive, emerging multi-generational community that will encompass townhomes, multi-family residences, onsite retail, open green spaces and state-of-the-art amenities.

County. “PARQ will forge us into the 21st century with state-of-the-art facilities, vast and welcoming green spaces for the community to enjoy, a recreational complex open to residents and sports programs to utilize, and enhanced revenue as a result of the site’s modernization,” Haidar added.

Emcee Joe O’Neill welcomed an enthusiastic crowd filled with local and state officials, as well as businesses and media representatives from Morris County and beyond. Anthony Milelli, Principal Director of PARQ, took to the podium to express how PARQ will instill a new sense of community and placemaking by celebrating the balance of health, happiness and well-being. “Urban renewal and revitalization projects are vital to stimulate the economy, enhance property values and instill a sense of civic pride,” he said.

The approved plan will be implemented in two phases, according to Haidar. The first phase includes Multi-Family Building 1, which features 275 multi-family residences, convenience retail, indoor and outdoor amenity space and ample parking. It will also highlight 75 clustered courtyard townhomes with two-car garages. The townhomes will feature contemporary farmhouse-style architecture with access to a clubhouse and outdoor pool. Convenient, master-down home designs are also available. An athletic field, concession building, restrooms and playground are also included in the first phase.

Back in the late 60s, PARQ was formerly known as Olson’s Farm prior to being rezoned as an office park called Lanidex Plaza that served Parsippany for may years, according to Robert Garafolo, Principal Attorney of PARQ. “But just like Olson’s Farm, Lanidex Plaza became less active and less vibrant, and the owners decided it needed to be redeveloped or repurposed,” Garafolo. “After some negotiation, we have since created PARQ Parsippany. Now and in the future, PARQ is going to be a very valuable, magnificent asset to the town of Parsippany.”

The second phase includes Multi-Family Building 2, which features 250 multi-family residences, convenience retail, indoor and outdoor amenity space and ample parking. The residences will allow the Township of Parsippany to fulfill part of its state-mandated affordable housing obligations.

The two luxury multi-family buildings tout green design elements, as well as smart building and home features that promote wellness. These features include Energy Star® appliances and lighting fixtures; windows with Low-E coating; low flow water fixtures; programmable thermostats, and Haytham Haidar, Managing Director of PARQ, noted electric car charging stations in each building’s how this project will usher in a new era in Morris parking garage. Each multi-family building also


For Exceptional New Beginnings features an elegant welcoming lobby with motor court drop off; upscale club suite; private event room; children’s playroom; state-of-the-art fitness center; a resort-style pool with outdoor BBQ and lounging areas, and co-working alcoves. PARQ will ensure physical spaces reflect community values. “The result will be a compelling neighborhood that will transform Parsippany into a place where people are conveniently connected by foot, bike, car or public transport,” said Haidar. Located near I-287 and I-80, PARQ residents can be at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City in just over an hour via the NJ Transit® Parsippany-Troy Hills Park/Ride. For those who are up for more of an adventure, the world’s most admired cities are just hours away via Newark International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. PARQ’s vision is for the revitalization to seamlessly integrate the design of the project into the existing fabric of the community. The transformation of the 23-acre portion of Lanidex Plaza will conclude in 2025. “This new, authentic neighborhood will be upscale, welcoming and humble,” said Haidar. “At PARQ, the best is yet to come.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS

CCM Winter and Spring Registration Now Taking Place

Registration is now taking place at County College of Morris (CCM) for the Winter and Spring semesters and there is no better time than now to apply and enroll for classes at CCM. By registering early, students have the best chance of obtaining the classes that best fit their schedules. At CCM students can explore degree options and careers, all while graduating with little to no debt and more financial freedom. Winterim classes are offered in an online condensed four-week format. These classes are a convenient way to earn some extra credit and stay on track to graduate. Two Winterim sessions are offered at CCM, a four-week session that begins Wednesday, December 22, and a two-week session that begins January 3. The Spring Semester consists of seven different sessions, providing students with maximum flexibility to move forward with their higher education. The regular 15-week session begins Wednesday, January 19. Several mini-term sessions follow that date. Along with a wide range of degree options, CCM also provides numerous non-credit certificate 20 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

programs and professional development courses to fast-track a career. To view, those programs click here. The first step for all new students who want to take credit courses, whether degree-seeking at CCM or visiting from another college, is to submit an online application by clicking here. The Admissions office also can be reached at admiss@ccm.edu or (973) 328-5100. Walk-ins also are welcomed. The Admissions office is located in the Student Community Center, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. Once your application is completed, you will be notified by email on how to register for classes. Also, be sure to apply for Financial Aid to see if you might be able to attend college for free. Winterim and Spring Semester class schedules are available online through Titans Direct by clicking here. Titans Direct is frequently updated and offers the most up-to-date course information. Don’t delay. Get started today on becoming part of a nationally ranked community college committed to your success.

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Parsippany’s Christmas Tree Lighting

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the whole family’s invited! Saturday, December 11 at Town Hall, 1001 Parsippany Boulevardm the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills will celebrate the season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive at Town Hall on a Township Fire Truck to light up the Christmas tree and Township Holiday sprits! Santa will meet all the kids in attendance, so be sure to bring your cameras. Please follow Video-On-The-Go Channel 21, as well as the Township social Media Pages so see the tree lighting on-demand this weekend!

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“What Scouting Means to Me” by Jonah Lance Jonah Lance, 16, a member of Scouts BSA Troop 173 was a keynote speaker at “2021 Parsippany Good Scout Awards Dinner” on Thursday, December 2. Jonah read the following inspirational speech: Good evening! I would like to thank the Patriots Path Council for giving me this opportunity to speak in front of all of you today. It is an honor to share my story of scouting with you. It all began ten years ago when I was a six-year-old boy who wanted to join scouts simply because I thought the uniform was cool. Little did I know then what an impact scouting would have on my life! As an only child whose father was not an active part of my life, being he lived in North Carolina, scouting became a second family to me. My fellow scouts became my brothers who I have enjoyed camping, hiking, and having fun with during all of our adventures. The leaders became my role models, who guided and taught me so much not only about scouting but more importantly about myself and life in general. Through scouting, I have gained strong leadership skills that have helped me find success in all aspects of my life including academics, athletics, church, and my community. For example, this past lacrosse season I received the Iron Man Award for dedication, determination, always giving 100%, and always being there for my teammates! I credit scouting for teaching me these important skills and helping earn this recognition. Scouting has also given me the opportunity to help and give back to others in need in my community through collections for the food pantry, coat and toy drives, and mowing lawns. Not only that, it also taught me basic life and survival skills I know I will carry with me throughout life, such as teamwork and collaboration. This past summer at the National Youth Leadership Training Camp I had to work with a diverse group of scouts to run a patrol by completing various tasks throughout the week. It was not always easy being we all had different ideas, strengths, and weaknesses 22 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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but together we overcame our differences and found success. Scouting has taught me how to set up camp, start a fire, and navigational skills (what other 16-year-olds do you know that can use a paper map to guide himself and his friend through mountain bike trails in the woods ... no help from Siri here. Through scouting, I have accomplished things I never thought I could do on my own like sleeping in a tent by myself in the middle of the woods for a week or cooking my very own meals over an open fire - At camp, I became known as Lunch Lady Jonah because I was the best cook there. As you can see, scouting has had a huge impact on my life. It truly has shaped me into the young man I am today and I could not be more thankful and could not imagine what my life would be like today if I didn’t join just so I could get the cool uniform! Jonah is a junior at Parsippany Hills High School and plans to be a Parsippany Police Officer upon graduating college.

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Parsippany Troop 173 Holds Eagle Court of Honor

Dylan Franz, Ethan Geddes and Alexander Geddes earned their “Eagle”

At the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Dylan Franz, Alexander Geddes, and Ethan Geddes on Sunday, November 21, Dylan, Alexander and Ethan were presented with the highest advancement of Boy Scouts, the “Eagle Scout.” The Eagle Scout Award is Scouting’s highest rank and among its most familiar icons. Men who have earned it count it among their most treasured possessions. Those who missed it by a whisker remember exactly which requirement they didn’t complete. Americans from all walks of life know that being an Eagle Scout is a great honor. The award is more than a badge. It’s a state of being. The Eagle Scout may have received the badge as a boy, but you earn it every day as a man. In the words of the Eagle Scout Promise, they do their best each day to make their training and example, their rank and their influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in the troop, in their community, and in their contacts with other people. And to this, they pledge their sacred honor. The pathway to Eagle can be described as a steep trail leading up to three peaks, the highest being 24 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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. Alexander Geddes Alex joined Scouting as a Tiger Scout with Pack 5 in Parsippany and completed all the achievements during his five years in Cub Scouts to earn the Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouting. He enjoyed his scouting experience so much that he crossed over into Boy Scout Troop 173 at the Pack 5 Blue and Gold Awards Dinner on March 10, 2013. During Alex’s years in Scouting, he earned the requirements to achieve all six Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ranks; Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and ultimately the highest rank of

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Dylan Franz, Ethan and Alexander Geddes earned their “Eagle” (Continued from Page 24)

Eagle Scout. Alex completed 29 Merit Badges and held several leadership positions within Troop 173 beginning as the Troop Scribe, a position he held for two years, then becoming a Patrol Leader, as well as an instructor for the troop. Alex’s most memorable leadership experience was in the position of Senior Patrol Leader at Camp Winnebago in the Summer of 2016 working alongside Mr. Franz, who was Assistant Scoutmaster at that time. Alex successfully worked with all the Scouts from Troop 173 that attended Camp Winnebago that week to ensure that each Scout was on top of their assigned tasks at camp, assisting them with work on their merit badges and making sure that all the Scouts were having a fun and relaxing time. Alex also attended training programs to gain life skills that would help him both while in Scouting and for his future which included: National Youth Leadership Training (NYL T), CPR/AED, and Wilderness First Aid. In addition, Alex earned many awards during his time in Boy Scouts: The National Outdoor Camping Award in 2017, the Pope Pius XII Religious Award in 2018, one Bronze Service award, and one Gold Service award. Alex also earned a Bronze Palm, for completing seven extra merit badges beyond the twenty-one merit badges required for Eagle Scout.

of the Patriot’s Path offering points of reference, trail routes, and markers to guide them. Alex is a graduate of Morris County School of Technology and is currently a sophomore at Caldwell University, New Jersey. Alex is pursuing a double major in Accounting and Financial Economics and has been inducted into The National Society of Leadership and Success Honor Society. Alex is also very engaged in campus life, where he is a college-athlete on the Cross-Country and Track and Field Teams, Treasurer of the Psychology Club, a member of the Accounting Club, an Orientation Leader, a Campus Ambassador, and works in the Admissions Office giving tours of the campus. Alex is very grateful for his scouting experiences, the adult Scout community, and several High School teachers and Cross-Country coaches who provided him with the guidance and confidence needed to begin a successful college career. 29 Merit Badges Earned: Archery, Athletics, Camping*, Canoeing, Citizenship in the World*, Citizenship in the Nation*, Citizenship in the Community*, Cooking*, Communication*, Disabilities Awareness, Environmental Science*, Family Life*, Fingerprinting Collections, First Aid*, Kayaking, (Continued on Page 31)

Alex received the BSA Recognition of Service for completing his Eagle Scout rank on 10 December 2019, which consisted of finishing his Eagle Scout Service Project and included 110.5 hours of service, as well as, completing all the requirements to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Alex’s Eagle Scout Service Project was done in support of the Morris County Parks Commission by building and installing two trail kiosks at new locations along the Patriot’s Path Trail and building and reinstalling two trail kiosks that were in disrepair at specific sections of Patriot’s Path Trail to ensure trail awareness and safety. Alex coordinated with the Morris County Parks Commission to identify their needs, organized the project, raised funds, and managed the building and installation with other BSA volunteers of the four trail kiosks in the Troy Meadow and East Hanover sections of the Patriot’s Path Trail. The project assisted Morris County Parks Commission in maintaining their trail kiosks, so that visitors/hikers may have access to important trail information along with a detailed map December 2021

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Parsippany Wrestling Holds Successful Fundraiser luck, and by the end of the evening, there was a lot of smiling, happy winners. President/Commissioner, Robert Campbell Jr., and P.A.L. Board Member, Beth Caponegro, welcomed the crowd recognizing Mayor-Elect James R. Barberio and Councilman Elect Frank Neglia who came out to support the cause, as well as the new Board members of P.A.L. Wrestling. Ms. Caponegro proudly and optimistically reported that there are presently over seventy kids in the program, a supportive home base, a full schedule, and lots of new coaches. Deanna Fox, Julie Wallace, and Kellie Anderson were also noted for their hard work and efforts in making the event come together. Speaking to Ms. Caponegro later during the event, she stated, “We want to give the kids of Parsippany the opportunity to wrestle and compete. Most importantly, to learn the fundamentals of wrestling and learn how to win and lose with respect and dignity. We are proud to be a part of the P.A.L. Wrestling family.”

Robert Campbell Jr., President/Commissioner, Board Member Beth Caponegro, and June Madia, Founder of the Program

It literally takes hours to create the perfect tomato sauce, or gravy as some will argue, but that is a battle for another day. And being the Sons of Italy, you know that nothing less than a great sauce will suffice. On Saturday, December 4, hours before this year’s “Parsippany Wrestling Pasta Dinner Fundraiser” was set to begin, a group of the Sons of Italy’s crack team of Chef’s, led by John Gangone and Joe Jannarone, arrived at the Township’s P.A.L. building on Baldwin Road in preparation for the crowd’s arrival scheduled for 6:00 p.m. that evening. The Sons of Italy-Lodge 2561 who provided the food for the event was as anxious as everyone else to start the day. Someone was heard commenting that John’s sauce, “was as good as any sauce they ever had.” By 6:30 the spacious dining area, filled with over two hundred hungry wrestling supporters, was ready for an all-you-can-eat Italian dinner of salad, pasta, and meatballs, and of course, plenty of desserts. The energized room was filled with laughter and lively conversations, while the kids ran around obviously enjoying each other’s company. The back of the room is set up beautifully, with numerous decorated baskets, in preparation for the evening’s Tricky Tray raffle. 50/50’s, Lotto Wreath Tickets, and a Birthday Calendar raffle were also available to try out your 26 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

Also recognized was Head Coach Albert, warmly described as the backbone of the program, and l astly, June Madia, the founder of the program which began in 1996. At that time Ms. Madia was the head of the Parsippany Hills High School Booster club, and in 2003 started the town’s Junior Vikings. In 2010, the Junior Vikings merged with the Red Hawks and became the Wrestling club that was the focus of the evening’s fundraiser. As Ms. Madia stood, she was met with a well-deserved round of applause. An enjoyable time was had by all, and a great local youth program was enhanced by all those who came out to offer their support. Keep up the great work and “Go Parsippany Wrestling”!

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Dylan Franz, Ethan and Alexander Geddes earned their “Eagle” (Continued from Page 25)

Leatherwork, Lifesaving*, Metalwork, Music, Personal Management, Personal Fitness*, Pioneering, Reading, Robotics, Space Exploration, Sustainability*, Swimming* and Wood Carving. (*Eagle required). Ethan Geddes Ethan Geddes was interested in Scouting even before he was eligible to join due to the experiences his older brother Alex shared with him as a Cub Scout. Ethan joined Scouting as a Tiger with Parsippany Pack 5 Cub Scouts and his love of Scouting increased as he enjoyed the events with his brother and family as they participated in the family-oriented Den and Pack meetings. Ethan continued with Cub Scouts up until he earned his Arrow of Light in March of 2015 and following in his brother Alex’s footsteps, he crossed over from Cub Scout Pack 5 into Boy Scout Troop 173 on March 29, 2015. Over the course of Ethan’s time in Boy Scouts he met the requirements to earn all six Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ranks; Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and ultimately, the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Ethan Geddes received the BSA Recognition of Service on September 20, 2021, for completing his Eagle Scout rank, which was comprised of finishing his Eagle Scout Service Project, which included 117 hours of service, and completing all the requirements to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Ethan’s Eagle Scout Service Project was done in support of the Morris County Parks Commission by building and installing three nesting boxes in support of the American Kestrel Falcon. The American Kestrel is now a threatened species and does not build its own nesting sites so providing it with the resources it needs to nest will allow the species to repopulate to healthy numbers. Ethan led, organized, raised funds, and managed the building and installation with other BSA volunteers of the Kestrel Nesting Boxes in Greystone Park, Mount Saint Paul, and Loantaka Brook Reservation. Ethan, a Senior at the Morris County School of Technology is currently enrolled at the County College of Morris where he will complete his high school requirements for the Academy of Sports Medicine including starting an internship as an Athletic Training Assistant in December. December 2021

24 Merit Badges Earned: Art, Canoeing, Camping*, Communication*, Citizenship in the Community*, Citizenship in the Nation*, Citizenship in the World*, Cooking*, Cooking*, Environmental Science*, Family Life* Fingerprinting, Disabilities Awareness, Music, First Aid*, Kayaking, Leatherwork, Lifesaving*, Metalwork, Personal Fitness*, Personal Management*, Reading, Space Exploration, Swimming* and Wood Carving. (*Eagle required). Dylan Franz Dylan began his Scouting experience in Cub Scout Pack 218 in the 3rd grade. His first event with the Cub Scouts was their annual Halloween Party. His Den was led by Ericka Parker. In 5th grade, he attended Troop 173’s “Turkey in a Can” and he crossed over and joined the troop that spring. Dylan advanced with the help of Scoutmasters Mr. Wu and Mr. Catapano. In 7th grade, he was voted into the Order of the Arrow and completed his ordeal that summer. He attended NYLT in the summer of 2019. Throughout his years in the troop, he has also held a variety of positions of responsibility. His first position of responsibility was Scribe. For his Eagle Project, Dylan chose to create stage flats for his middle school, All Saints Academy. He was supported in this project by the principal, Mrs. Berg, his drama advisor, Mrs. Cattafi, and his Eagle Coach, Mr. Benson. Dylan was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend Philmont with fellow Scouts from Troop 173. On the trip, he made many great memories that will last a lifetime. He especially enjoyed seeing the landscape and the stars at night. In addition to the activities at Philmont, he enjoyed using his photography skills to capture the beauty of the environment. Dylan is currently a junior at Parsippany Hills High School. He is actively involved in the Drama Club and their productions. He is also a member of the Chamber Choir and is in the Marching Band. 23 Merit Badges Earned: American Cultures, Aviation, Camping*, Communication*, Cycling*, Cooking* Citizenship in the Community*, Citizenship in the World*, Citizenship in the Nation*, Disabilities Awareness, Emergency Preparedness*, Environmental Science*, Family Life*, Fingerprinting, First Aid*, Indian Lore, Kayaking, Personal Fitness*, Metalworking, Personal Management*, Rifle Shooting, Radio, and Small Boat Sailing. (*Eagle required).

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Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano, Robert Peluso, President Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Frank Cahill, Executive Board Member, Ildiko Peluso, Board member and residents helped celebrate the grand opening of Siam Heritage, a new Thai restaurant in the New Road Plaza. “I have been dreaming of putting up my own [restaurant] and now it is a reality,” said Punsak Puncharoen or professionally known as Chef Oudy. Born in Bangkok, Thailand and brought up in the deep traditions of Thai cooking, Chef Oudy left his home at 17 to commence his formal culinary career. Oudy has worked in some of the finest restaurants, creating innovative menus captivating the eyes as well as the 32 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

palate. Chef Oudy’s skills have been recognized by the Royal Family of Thailand who twice chose him to organize exclusive events for the Prince and Princess during official visits to the U.S. Siam Heritage brings authentic Thai cooking to Parsippany with delectable entrees, vegan cuisine, desserts and kids’ selections, all at a very nice price. Siam Heritage is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is located at 65 New Road. They can be reached by calling (973) 310-9127.

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Plaque for Vincent Ferrara Unveiled at Town Hall Mayor Michael Soriano presented AnnMarie Ferrara with a proclamation honoring her husband, the late Vincent Ferrara. After reading the proclamation, his son Enzo and Soriano unveiled a plaque in the hallway of Town Hall. Ferrara was born in Caposele, Italy, and immigrating to the United States in 1972, Vincent took great pride in both his American citizenship and his Italian heritage. He was instrumental in bringing the Polizia di Stato to America to march in Columbus Day parades in New York and New Jersey. Ferrara moved to Parsippany in 1996 and was involved with the Sons of Italy Lodge 2561, the Parsippany Republican Club, the Parsippany Republican Committee, the Parsippany Soccer Club, and a member of the Livingston Elks Lodge.

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