Parsippany Focus Magazine - June 2022

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June 2022

David Zilinskis Receives 2022 Caring Student Award

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James R. Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Richard Pantina, and The Morris County Professional Counselor Association presented the 2022 Caring Student Award to David Zilinskis of Parsippany Hills High School. The Caring Student Award is the highest honor that MCPCA can award to a student in Morris County. David was nominated by his high school counselor for his service and kindness.



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Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James R. Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Richard Pantina, and The Morris County Professional Counselor Association presented the 2022 Caring Student Award to David Zilinskis of Parsippany Hills High School. The Caring Student Award is the highest honor that MCPCA can award to a student in Morris County. David was nominated by his high school counselor for his service and kindness.

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“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter” so stated Former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1949.

A Message From the Superintendent | 8

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When our senior graduates head off for new adventures later this month, we’ll also be saying farewell to the Strategic Plan that has guided the district for the past five years.

Mexican Antojitos: Offers a Wide Selection of Tantalizing Cravings | 9 We missed Cinco de Mayo by a day, but my group of adventurous gastronome friends and I headed to the newest Mexican restaurant in the area for a visit. This past April, Mexican Antojitos opened on North Beverwyck Road in Lake Hiawatha, in a previously owned building by a local pizzeria.

CCM President Anthony J. Iacono Named an Influencer in Manufacturing | 14

County College of Morris (CCM) President Anthony J. Iacono has been recognized by ROI-NJ on its 2022 ROI Influencers List for Manufacturing. From energy and electronics, to fabricated metal, to chemicals and food products, ROI-NJ recognizes the wide and deep impact of New Jersey’s manufacturing industry helping to drive the state’s economy.

Ajaco Towing Gives Back to the Community | 16 About Parsippany Focus Parsippany Focus was founded on October 1, 1989 by Publisher Frank Cahill. Parsippany Focus is the only dedicated newsource, publishing local news and information for the past thirty years exclusively for Parsippany-Troy Hills. Parsippany Focus Magazine is published monthly by Zoomus Marketing, LLC, 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 304, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054 (c) 2022 Zoomus Marketing, LLC. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission of the publisher.

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Marotta Controls, a rapidly growing aerospace and defense supplier, announces the opening of a second facility located at 20 Waterview Boulevard. The company will retain its Montville buildings, using the freed-up space to expand its production capacity, development labs, and testing facilities.

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Message from Mayor Barberio

Mayor James R. Barberio

“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter” so stated Former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1949. If you go back even further in time to the beginning of our nation, our Founding Fathers voiced the same concerns regarding the lack of involvement by the people in elections. Indifference to who is elected into any office, whether in a local election or a presidential election, threatens the future of all Americans. The most unscrupulous of people can get elected because of indifference. Our great nation is built on the foundation that no one shall be denied the right to vote. It took generations of protest and hard work to ensure the privilege that ALL Americans would have the right to have their voice heard by the casting of a ballot. People tend to think the only elections of importance are those that are presidential, gubernatorial, or mayoral in nature. The smaller less known elections for local, county or state officials seem to be forgotten or thought unimportant. Nothing is further from the truth, for those offices belong to men and women who will be making decisions on our behalves. They are representing us, and it is important to vote for a candidate who you feel will speak best for you. While signs for candidates running for Congress, Senate or Commissioner pepper the landscape, voters pass by without a second glance. Many potential voters do not research who is running for office and will cast a vote that is uninformed, thereby potentially voting for 6 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

someone they might not agree with. Not voting at all, because you think your vote does not count, can swing an election in a direction that you may not find ideal or agreeable. Many candidates have won an election because people chose not to come out and vote. Today, it is so easy to cast your vote. The days of going to your polling location on Election Day are a thing of the past. There are alternatives that make it convenient and easy to ensure your vote gets securely counted. Mail-In-Ballots and early voting at various locations in the County are both safe options that work with busy lifestyles and those who may be homebound. There really are no more excuses for not being able to vote. Voting is a privilege not an inconvenience. Many nations that do not have this advantage would surely state how fortunate we are to be able to choose our leaders and not have our leaders dictated to us. This is why it is so important to make sure your vote gets counted. The struggle to earn the right to vote for everyone was a long one, let us not toss it aside so lightly. Remember, the United States is a democracy and democracy is dependent on the voters. The future of a municipality, county, state and nation depends on your informed choices and your vote. The direction you want the future to go in is up to you.

James R. Barberio

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A Message From the Superintendent Concluding the Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Dr. Barbara Sargent When our senior graduates head off for new adventures later this month, we’ll also be saying farewell to the Strategic Plan that has guided the district for the past five years. The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District successfully strengthened student learning, enhanced student leadership, and promoted a professional environment for educators – all while keeping school doors open during extremely challenging times. Information about the district’s progress in these areas will be presented at the June 9th Board of Education meeting and posted on the district website. We’re especially proud of these achievements:  A Dual Admissions program with NJIT expands students’ exposure to college-level instruction. Students may take classes in Physics, Fundamentals of Engineering, AP Statistics, Calculus, and more with their Parsippany teachers, gain college credit, and have a pathway for admission to NJIT.  A STEM Pathways program that connects students with rigorous studies in Math, Science, Engineering, and Computer Science and partners them with expert mentors in the STEM field.  More Advanced Placement classes! The number of students participating in these advanced courses has grown by more than 50% in the past five years and several new classes were added, including AP Psychology, AP English Language and Composition, and AP Human Geography. 8 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

 The Strings Instrument program is growing by leaps and bounds. What began three years ago with just 3rd grade students is expanding into both Brooklawn and Central Middle Schools in September.  More rigorous math instruction that resulted in the creation of a special Geometry class for 8th grade students.  Many opportunities for student leadership, including student participation in Parent-Teacher Conferences, students serving on Principal Advisory and School Safety Committees, and student-produced news reports.  The new high school rotating block schedule lets students and teachers enjoy longer teaching periods, have a single unit lunch that can include club meetings and tutorials, and fewer transitions throughout the day.  A middle school Student Advisory period connects kids with a consistent educator and leader for lessons in time management, conflict resolution, student advocacy and more. We’re grateful to the many hearts and minds who worked on these exciting initiatives. A new Strategic Plan for 2022-2027 is on the horizon! Be on the lookout for more information in the coming months about the district’s continuing important work.

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Mexican Antojitos: Offers a Wide Selection of Tantalizing Cravings

Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso, Economic Development Committee member Thomas Williams, Chef Ana Ramirez, Fr. Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Parsippany-Troy Hills Council President Michael dePierro, Economic Development Secretary Raj Dichpally, Owner Roman Sanchez, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Frank Neglia, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani, Economic Development Committee Vice Chairman Dr. Bhagirath Maheta, and Morris County Commissioner Steven Shaw.

We missed Cinco de Mayo by a day, but my group of adventurous gastronome friends and I headed to the newest Mexican restaurant in the area for a visit. This past April, Mexican Antojitos opened on North Beverwyck Road in Lake Hiawatha, in a previously owned building by a local pizzeria. There is certainly no shortage of high-quality Mexican venues in the area, but as Mexican cuisine continues to grow in popularity there seems to always be room for one more. In fact, Mexican food is one of the most popular ethnic cuisines in the United States. Mexican Antojitos appears to focus primarily on antojitos (as in its name), but they offer a lot more. Antojitos, referring to “little cravings,” refers to a wide variety of popular street snacks or appetizers, often sold by street vendors in Mexico as a precursor to the big meal of the day, or after a few late evening cocktails, and considered by many as some of Mexico’s most enjoyable and beloved food. There are at least fifteen types of antojitos and regional specialties. Commonly known choices might include tacos, empanadas, tamales, nachos, and enchiladas, but there are many more selections to choose from. June 2022

Mexican Antojitos, a family-owned and operated eatery, offers a wide selection of these tantalizing “little cravings,” as well as an impressive full menu complete with entrees of Pork Ribs, Grilled Steak, Fried Fish, and more. The menu also offers a selection of breakfast items, as they do open their door for business starting at 6:00 a.m. There are no desserts on the menu, but a variety of drinks (Bebidas) and coffee are available. The restaurant is also a BYOB, so for my first visit, I brought along some Cerveza Pacífico Clara, a Mexican pilsner-style beer, to complement my meal I have always found Mexican cuisine, which is a blend of Indigenous and Spanish dishes, to be hearty, savory, full of flavors and textures, with plenty of gusto. Distinguished by fresh and healthy tomatoes, chiles, traditional spices, beans, corn, meat, and cheeses, Mexican fare is a delicious and healthy cuisine that is certainly worth a try. Prior to their opening Mexican Antojitos renovated and updated the building’s interior to transform it from the

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pizzeria that occupied the location, to create a clean, cozy, comfortable, and casual atmosphere where one can relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The exterior windows and signage are enticing and welcoming, decorated with bright colors and a collage of mouth-watering Mexican treats. The interior is brightly lit, with cream-colored walls, a tile floor, and 12 to 14 tables. Apart from the red and green checkered tablecloths, Mexican motif chairs, and Mexican music playing in the background, the interior is simply decorated, with no-frills, and very unpretentious. Clearly, the emphasis is on the quality of the food and not the décor. I found it a nice feature that you could observe the cooks expertly preparing freshly made tortillas through a small open window allowing a view into the kitchen. As our group arrived, the friendly staff enthusiastically welcomed us. Our pleasant server, Cynthia, who immediately brought over a basket of corn chips with zesty, homemade salsa, was very attentive and helpful.

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After perusing the menu, we decided to choose a variety of antojitos to share among the group for appetizers to order individual entrées afterward. We agreed on a couple of servings each of Enchilada de Mole, Sopes, Quesadillas, Tacos Dorados, and Tostadas. The Enchilada de Mole (a corn tortilla stuffed with chicken or beef in a Mole sauce, topped with lettuce, onions, sour cream, and cheese) a highly popular and traditional Mexican street food, was savory and perfectly seasoned and was clearly enhanced by the rich, nutty, sweet, and earthy flavors of the Mole sauce. Sopes (a soft fresh Tortilla, with beans, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream, with a choice of beef, pork, or chicken) a homemade corn flour shell; thicker than a tortilla, the Sope shell has a rim around the edge with pinched sides to keep in all the toppings. The deliciously fried Sope was savory, and tender, and has a nice crunchy texture. Our Quesadillas (Corn dough with chicken, beef, pastor, or chorizo) were crispy, gooey, and flavorful. The Tacos Dorados (filled with lettuce, tomato, radish, cheese, crema y salsa, with chicken) were perfectly packed within a nicely textured shell, and generously sized; as were all our choices, and finally the Tostadas (Fried Tortillas, beans, lettuce, tomato, queso crema, avocado, and filled with a choice of chicken or meat}. Do not forget to try the assortment of sweet and hot sauces that are readily available. My personal preference was the Habanero sauce, but I do like hot, spicy food.

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Central Middle School Builders Club Plants Flowers

Central Middle School Builders Club and advisors Mrs. Lepre and Mr. Winick for planting beautiful flowers in front of the school. Builders Club is part of Kiwanis International. There are more than 1,500 Builders Clubs in middle schools around the world. No two are alike. Each club is an independent entity designed for its members, by its members. They work together to improve their schools and their communities. Their service also increases the visibility and enhances the reputation of both the club and the school or organization they represent. The program is designed to fit member and volunteer interests. Central Middle School Builders Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

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consensus was that the food not only met but exceeded our expectations. The portions were generous, and everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection. The only problem we encountered was that “our eyes were bigger than our stomachs,” and despite our initial intention to follow up with a full entrée, we were all so satiated after our antojitos that none of us could eat another bite. I guess that the Bistek a la Mexicana I was planning to have will have to wait until my next visit. It was a very pleasurable, satisfying, and filling meal. This is the “real deal” for Mexican cuisine and certainly belongs on the revisit list. I did have the opportunity to speak with Roman Sanchez, who along with his wife Cynthia owns and operates Mexican Antojitos, expressed that “his goal was to offer the finest, most natural ingredients, including fresh-tasting organic meat to real Mexican herbs and seasonings, in the restaurants authentically made dishes. Mexicans take pride in serving you a dish of Mexican food that is packing the punch in taste, texture, and overall delightfulness in every bite you take.” One of my personal tell-tale indicators of an authentic ethnic restaurant is the ethnicity of the customers frequenting

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the venue. In this case, there were quite a few customers of Mexican heritage enjoying their meals, and when asked, responded that Mexican Antojitos food was as authentically Mexican as you can get. “A taste of home.” A nice compliment for a restaurant! Mexican Antojitos is another great new addition to our diverse restaurant community. Stop in, just by yourself, with friends, or with the entire family for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I believe you will be happy that you did. And as always, please continue to support all our local businesses. Mexican Antojitos, is located at 122 North Beverwyck Road, Lake Hiawatha. Phone: (973) 588-4047.

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Joseph Wentworth on Dean’s List at Lehigh University Joseph Wentworth attained Dean’s List in Spring 2022 at Lehigh University. This status is granted to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses. For more than 150 years, Lehigh University (lehigh.edu) has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation’s most selective, highly ranked private research universities. Lehigh’s five colleges - College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Health, and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science - provides opportunities to 7,000+ students to discover and grow in an academically rigorous environment along with a supportive, engaged campus community.

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CCM President Anthony J. Iacono Named an Influencer in Manufacturing

County College of Morris (CCM) President Anthony J. Iacono has been recognized by ROI-NJ on its 2022 ROI Influencers List for Manufacturing. From energy and electronics, to fabricated metal, to chemicals and food products, ROI-NJ recognizes the wide and deep impact of New Jersey’s manufacturing industry helping to drive the state’s economy. It is estimated that over the next decade, advanced manufacturing will need to fill 3.4 million jobs. To meet the ever-growing demand, Iacono successfully partnered with industry and local officials to open the college’s state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center (AMEC) on the Randolph campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The $11 million, 31,500-square-foot facility now provides a pipeline of a new generation of workers, while also enabling current employees to update their skills and create innovative solutions. “I am honored to be named by ROI-NJ to the Influencers List for Manufacturing and to be among such an inspiring and accomplished group of recipients,” remarked Iacono. “Along with our exceptional team of faculty, staff and administration, the college is supported by the community and business and industry partners, who help us achieve our mission of ensuring that students are equipped with the best education possible, including utilizing the right technology and 14 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

tools. AMEC “should be a model for every county college in the state,” according to ROI-NJ. Manufacturing in New Jersey isn’t just prevalent, it is a sprawling industry represented in all 21 counties with more than 9,000 manufacturing businesses, and nearly 2,000 more when including STEM and engineering firms. Manufacturing employs nearly 340,000 residents in New Jersey. In addition, statistics show the sector contributed more than $54 billion to the state’s GDP in 2021 — nearly 10 percent of the total. “In this facility, students learn cutting-edge technology and can earn an associate degree with the option to enter the workforce directly or transfer to any of our university partners to earn a bachelor’s degree. The apprenticeship pathway provides paid on-the-job training in two of the hottest fields today – engineering and manufacturing,” says Iacono. The apprenticeship program currently holds a 93 percent job placement rate. Along with excellent job prospects, the manufacturing field pays well with an average starting salary of $65,000 to $85,000 plus benefits after completing an apprenticeship. AMEC was awarded a $4 million CareerAdvance USA grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide this program to candidates at no cost.

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A local Parsippany business, Ajaco Towing gives back to Parsippany. AJACO provided vehicles and their facilities to Parsippany District 5 Fire Department to perform vehicle extrication training as they always extended a hand to emergency services. They work closely side-by-side during major incidents and continue to train together to learn each other’s jobs to work as one unit. Ajaco Towing has the highest experience in emergency recovery in the industry. Their on-site technicians inspect are available 24/7 and are prepared to immediately handle every Emergency Recovery Job. Their competitive rates enable us to provide you with the quickest and most efficient customer service. AJACO is located at 1029 Edwards Road; They are also located at 305 Manor Avenue, Harrison, and 1052 Route 10, Randolph. Interested in joining Parsippany District 5 Fire Department, visit parsippanyfiredistrict5.com/join-us 16 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

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Marotta Controls Opens

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio joins Patrick Marotta, President & CEO and other dignitaries and members of Marotta in cutting the ribbon on their newly occupied 50,000 square feet at 20 Waterview Boulevard

Marotta Controls, a rapidly growing aerospace and defense supplier, announces the opening of a second facility located at 20 Waterview Boulevard. The company will retain its Montville buildings, using the freed-up space to expand its production capacity, development labs, and testing facilities. Joining in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, Council President Michael dePierro, Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Councilmen Justin Musellaand Frank Neglia, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso. The move is driven by significant growth across Marotta Controls, which has operated solely out of its Montville location for more than seven decades. Hiring efforts over the last few years introduced more than 200 staff members to its

employee base. In parallel, the company’s solutions in markets outside its legacy valve offerings are shifting from the development phase to volume production, creating the need for exponentially more manufacturing and assembling capacity on site. “Demand for our advanced solutions is shifting from custom orders to large volume orders in several areas,” said Patrick Marotta , President & CEO, of Marotta Controls. “Notably, we needed to increase production capacity for our Control Actuation Systems and Power Systems as our expertise and innovations in these areas draw more attention from our customers. We are far from where we started nearly eighty years ago when we focused on a


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a valve-only portfolio. Our building resources simply needed to accommodate that evolution. It was an exciting problem to have.” The company’s executive and main business functions—including engineering, human resources, program management, marketing, and finance—will relocate to the Parsippany address. Spanning 50,000 square feet, the new office is structured as a modern, open workspace. The interior design intends to foster stronger employee collaboration and physical flexibility as Marotta Controls implements a formalized, hybrid work environment. The Parsippany space will also house a new development lab for Marotta’s power and control actuation technologies. Production of those solutions will still occur at the Montville location, which is now at 130,000 square feet.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill presented Patrick Marotta, President & CEO with a plaque welcoming Marotta Controls to Parsippany


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GAF Builds Home Structures for Morris Habitat for Humanity

On May 25 and May 26, GAF employees and Habitat volunteers built the framing of two two-story Habitat houses that will be deconstructed and moved to a local residential location in Perth Amboy for assembly. The project is part of GAF’s social impact initiative, GAF Community Matters, which is focused on making a positive difference as neighbors and partners in the community by leveraging roofing expertise, resources and products to help build resilient communities

GAF, North America’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, hosted a Habitat for Humanity building site on GAF’s Parsippany-Troy Hills campus. On May 25 and May 26, GAF employees, Habitat volunteers, and a Habitat homeowner, retired U.S. Army sergeant Sam Gonzalez, built the framing of two two-story Habitat houses that will be deconstructed and moved to a local residential location in Perth Amboy for assembly.

a result, Habitat for Humanity houses are affordable to low-income families around the world. In the fiscal year 2021, Habitat directly helped 4.2 million people secure decent, affordable housing, and an additional 8.5 million people now have the potential to improve their housing conditions through a range of indirect services.

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CCM Celebrates Class of 2022 as 1,200 Receive Diplomas, Certificates student life environment at CCM during a pandemic. Amongst many volunteer responsibilities, the individuals along with their peers reinitiated clubs and activities first online, then in hybrid format, and then back on campus with innovative events to provide a sense of normalcy, human connectivity and accomplishment.

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After two years of holding virtual commencement ceremonies due to the pandemic, CCM returned to the Mennen Arena to hold an in-person celebration for the Class of 2022 to recognize and celebrate its latest graduates. This year’s class consisted of approximately 1,200 graduates. Welcoming the graduates, Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, CCM president, commended student leaders Leann Benny and Peter Balluffi-Fry for developing a strong

Morris County Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen, who immigrated to the United States in 1996, praised the strong partnership CCM has with Morris County, working to integrate local educational programs with lucrative employment opportunities. “We built the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center … and are ready to build a new Entrepreneurship and Culinary Science Center.” Land is being allocated for a new Career and Technical Education Center on campus also. Selen recommended that the graduates embrace and own the unique opportunities for success and growth. Iacono surprised the audience by awarding an honorary degree to Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of Student Development & Enrollment Management who is retiring after many years of service to the college.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Benjamin Walek Graduates From Moravian University Moravian University held commencement exercises for the Class of 2022 on Saturday, May 7, 2022 inside the Timothy Breidegam Fieldhouse on the Main Street campus. The ceremony concluded the 280th academic year at Moravian. Moravian University President Bryon L. Grigsby conferred degrees to 493 bachelor degree

candidates, 213 graduate degree candidates and 11 doctoral degree candidates for the Class of 2022. Parsippany resident Benjamin Walek, a graduate of Parsippany Hills High School Class of 2018 was among the graduates. Moravian University is the nation’s sixth-oldest university, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. For more than 275 years, the Moravian University degree has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Moravian University is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NACU), a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit moravian.edu to learn more about how the Moravian University focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.

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Tanzania Davis, Parsippany’s Newest Postmaster

Tanzania Davis has been named Parsippany’s newest Postmaster.

modernizing our network, providing service excellence, and creating financial sustainability.

“This has been my first official week and it is a great honor to serve Parsippany as your new Postmaster. In my years with the United States Postal Service, I have seen firsthand the Postal Service’s role in connecting neighbors and our community to the nation. Our Post Offices serve as a lifeline for our small businesses to reach customers no matter where they are,” said Davis.

Our actions are already leading to concrete results. We had an exceptionally positive peak holiday season in 2021, learning from the failures of 2020, and followed that up by successfully delivering more than 350 million COVID-19 Test Kits to the American public this winter. And in the 2021 Fall election, we delivered completed ballots from voters to election officials in an average of 1.4 days. We’ll take that success into delivering this year’s midterm elections. All of this is on top of delivering mail and packages to more than 161 million addresses across our nation every day.

About a year ago, the United States Postal Service published an ambitious but achievable 10-year strategic plan, Delivering for America. The plan established a route to building a Postal Service that is financially strong and consistently delivers on time for the American public, our top customer. A year into our 10-year plan, and under the leadership of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, we are taking action on its four key pillars: investing in our most valuable resource – our people, 28 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

“On behalf of the 650,000 women and men of the U.S. Postal Service, I thank you for continuing to support the Postal Service. Providing reliable mail delivery while strengthening the future of this treasured institution is our commitment to you,” concluded Davis.

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FAVORITE RECIPES

Gnocchi with Shrimp & Sausage, Spicy Marinara Sauce

Serves 4 1 pound of Gnocchi 2 pounds of Sausage 16 Jumbo Shrimp, peeled and deveined 4 cloves of garlic, sliced thin 1 large onion, peeled and diced 4 large fresh basil leaves 3 cans of 20 oz plum tomatoes 1 pint Ricotta 1 heaping tablespoon of grated cheese

Shrimp: Put a tablespoon of blended oil in a nonreactive sauce pan (one with a fitting lid) on medium heat. Sear shrimp 4 min on one side, flip then turn off heat and place lid on top. The residual heat will finish cooking the shrimp and keep it moist. Gnocchi: Follow cooking instructions from the package and time the pasta to be done once the other ingredients are ready

Sausage: Lay the sausage out on a baking sheet and add a quarter inch of water, place in oven and roast 20 minutes on each side until browned. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Slice into quarter inch pieces. Marinara: In a large stock pot, brown the garlic and onions in olive oil. Add tomatoes, add ½ cup water to each can and get all the tomato from the side with a rubber spatula. Add to the pot, add fresh basil, stir with a wooden spoon. Add salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper and a pinch of sugar. Simmer for 20 minutes. Blend with a hand-held immersion blender. Continue to simmer for another 20 minutes. 30 l Parsippany Focus Magazine

Combine pasta, sausage and shrimp into stock pot. Ladle enough sauce to coat. Toss and season with black pepper and grated cheese. Serve right away. Plate in your favorite pasta bowl and garnish with a dollop of Ricotta! Chef Matthew Pierone, Gourmet Café Restaurant 136 Baldwin Road Parsippany, New Jersey (973) 316-0088 gourmetcafenj@comcast.net

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Morris Now app is more than just supporting our local businesses and their owners. It’s been fully dedicated and built specifically for all Morris County communities down to the local scale. For all the residents in it that make it a special place to call home! Everything from businesses, events, venues, news, weather, alerts, and push notification messages are all 100% locally sourced by only the local members within Morris County will keep you fully informed about everything going on. All in one, easy-to-use app on your mobile phone at absolutely no cost to Morris County residents and visitors. Our passion and purpose is supporting Morris County locally owned businesses! We encourage you to not only download the app but to locate and support the men and women who own them! By working together, we can keep the local revenue in Morris County by using our patented proximity-based beacon technology and watch the lives of our residents thrive and flourish. Stay engaged with our growing community. The new app is coming soon in June 2022. Join us in making our community a smarter, all while establishing and growing closer relationships with the people of our cities. Our mobile app is proudly owned and operated by Zoomus Marketing. For advertising information call (973) 559-6000

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Small Business Grants Available The Morris County Board of County Commissioners, in partnership with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, has dedicated $5 million of its allocated American Rescue Plan Act funding to support our community’s small businesses and nonprofit organizations as they struggle to meet the challenges posed by a persistent pandemic and the resulting, unpredictable fluctuations in our national and local economies. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations remain the economic backbone of our community. Morris County is providing this opportunity for direct financial assistance to ensure their survival, recovery and ultimate success. Through the Morris County Small Business Grant Program, financial support of up to $15,000 is to be provided for qualifying businesses, business owners and nonprofits that do not exceed $5 million in annual gross revenue and have experienced costly interruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information visit www.solixconsulting.force.com/MorrisCountySBG

Please join us for our annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast in Denville June 19, 2022 at the Pavilion in Gardner Field. Treat your dad and the whole family to pancakes, eggs, and sausage from 8:00 am – 12:00 noon. Only $8.00 per person !!

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PUPPY LOVE

Meet Milo, 4 Year Old French Bulldog Milo is a four year old French Bulldog/Pug, weighing approximately thirty pounds. Milo is a very friendly pup who loves to be his foster mom’s shadow. He also enjoys meeting new people that come to visit his foster home. He is a bit of a foodie and will happily show off his “sit” skills for a snack. Milo is very affectionate and a great kisser! Milo is a moderately energetic dog who is looking for a home that will walk and interact with him. After Milo’s walk, he loves a good massage and a snooze on his foster parent’s lap. He’d prefer his owners to be home more often than not because he just wants to love you all day! His is looking for a forever family experienced with brachycephalic dogs. Kids: 13+ Dogs: Milo may be able to live with a relaxed, tolerant female dog. For more information on the Milo: www.wiseanimalrescue.org/adoptables/ If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application on our website wiseanimalrescue.org/adoption-application!

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