Parsippany Focus Magazine - May 2024

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Milestone Achievement: 70 Years of Impact for Woman’s Club

Members of the Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills (WCPTH) gathered at Bruno’s Bistro on Route 10, Parsippany, on Sunday, April 24, 2024, to celebrate 70 years of community service and camaraderie.

The event welcomed 43 members and five distinguished guests, including Parsippany Mayor James Barberio, President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club (NJSFWC) Shirley Holly, President-Elect Barbara McCloskey, Highlands District Vice President Lynn Webb, and Frank Cahill, Publisher of Parsippany Focus and Morris Focus.

As attendees entered the venue, they were treated to a beautiful display of club memorabilia, including pictures and pins. Mayor Barberio read a proclamation declaring April 21, 2024, as Woman’s Club of Parsippany Day.

Current and past club presidents presented a brief history of the club from 1954 to today. The club was chartered in 1954 and the first meeting was held at Fellowship Hall at the Parsippany Presbyterian Church on Route 46. In the 1960s the club spearheaded the drive for a public library and Day Care

Center. In the 1970’s the club initiated, “The Source”, a drug abuse control center in conjunction with the Morris County Department of Drug Abuse.

Throughout the years the club initiated many students awards starting with the Citizenship Award in 1955 given to a deserving 8th-grade boy and girl, high school scholarships began with Parsippany High in 1958, extended to Parsippany Hills when it opened in 1969 and expanded to Parsippany students attending Morris County Vocational School in 2023, Reading Awards for one 5th grader in each elementary school began in the 2000’s, and a Spelling Bee for 5th graders in was launched in 2016.

This is a brief overview of what the club is about. We participate in town functions (Memorial Day Parade, Fall Festival, Trunk or Treat), and donate to local organizations like the library, food pantry, ambulance and police squads, JBWS, and many more.

They also support projects

sponsored by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs such as the State Special Project, Operation Holiday Stocking, and Girl’s Career Institute.

Entertainment was provided by the very talented Parsippany Hills High School Viking Jazz Ensemble directed by Michael Iapicca. The ladies were dancing in their seats, enjoying a great musical treat from these gifted performers!

The Woman’s Club of ParsippanyTroy Hills is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) and the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC, which are the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the country/ state, providing opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service. New members are always welcome!

For more information call Ginny at (973) 887-0336, e-mail the club at womansclubofpth@gmail.com or visit www.parsippanywomansclub. org or follow the club on FACEBOOK, Twitter, or Instagram.

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Mayor Barberio read a proclamation declaring April 21, 2024, as Woman’s Club of Parsippany Day.

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Since joining Kiwanis in 1991, Frank Cahill has been dedicated to expanding the membership of this remarkable organization. His efforts came to fruition on April 23, at the Kiwanis Education Convention held at Mercer County Community College, where Howard Gordon, the Governor of the New Jersey Kiwanis District, officially inducted Cahill’s 100th member, Matthew O’Leary. O’Leary a member from the Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town, which serves Boonton, Mountain Lakes, and Boonton Township. Also captured in the momentous occasion is Nicolas Limanov, the very first member sponsored by Cahill in the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany. Cover design by Anthony Santangelo, A3Digital Media.

Full interview appears on Page 18 and 19.

3 Milestone Achievement: 70 Years of Impact for Woman’s Club

Members of the Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills (WCPTH) gathered at Bruno’s Bistro on Route 10, Parsippany, on Sunday, April 24, 2024, to celebrate 70 years of community service and camaraderie.

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“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” When he made this statement, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was speaking of the freedoms that we are blessed with as Americans.

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Message from the Superintendent: Dr. Robert S. Sutter

Superintendent Dr. Robert S. Sutter delves into the noteworthy achievements of our students, highlighting their accomplishments at both Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School throughout the winter season.

10 Commemorating Success: Eagle Scout Recognition for Two Exceptional Parsippany Youths

Tyler Geddes and Eashan Iyer were bestowed with the prestigious rank of Eagle during thevParsippany BSA Troop 173’s ceremony held on Sunday, April 13. The event was held at the Puddingstone Community Clubhouse. The Eagle Scout rank holds immense significance within the Scouting movement, representing the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program. It symbolizes honor and responsibility of the utmost degree.

12 Parsippany Proud: Riya Patel Takes First Place in Spelling Contest

The Annual Spelling Bee of the New State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) took place at the NJSFWC Headquarters in New Brunswick, on Saturday, April 20, 2024. Twenty-one 4th and 5th grade students, representing clubs from across New Jersey, participated in the event. Enthusiastic parents and club members watched as the students approached the microphone to spell each word.

14 Multi-Influenced Fine Indian Cuisine With a Punjabi Touch

Apna Swad, which translates to ‘Our Taste’, is a relatively small, but comfortable and cozy restaurant located on North Beverwyck Road in downtown Lake Hiawatha. The restaurant specializes in fine Indian cuisine is a familyowned and operated business, with Chef Resham (Bobby) preparing the made-to-order entrees, while his wife Kulwinder takes charge of the appetizers. Son, Suhil, a pleasant and amiable Parsippany High School student helps out, competently maneuvering the dining area, bussing tables, and serving customers.

29 Zag’s Tail-Wagging Adventures Await in a Forever Home

Zag’s journey began when she found herself in the care of WISE, a rescue organization dedicated to saving dogs from the grim fate of puppy mills. Zag was one of the lucky ones rescued from this cruel industry, where dogs were overbred and discarded for reasons as trivial as the color of their fur. For more information on how to adopt Zag, visit wiseanimalrescue.org/adoptables.

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“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” When he made this statement, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was speaking of the freedoms that we are blessed with as Americans. Men and women have paid the ultimate price for freedom since the birth of our nation. Wars have been fought by valiant men and women preserving that which makes our nation like no other on this earth.

We have heard that it is not the uniform that makes the man, but the man that makes the uniform.

Those that wear a military uniform deserve special recognition for their love and commitment to our country. A uniform when it starts out is not much to look at. Made up of heavy, dark material with various braids and brass,

Message from Mayor Barberio

it speaks of respectability, decorum and conformity. It is when a uniform is worn that it will tell the military story of the man or woman who wears it. The badges, stripes and pins will speak of individual bravery, honor and sacrifice. No two uniforms will be alike. However, that uniform will tell you nothing about the wearer’s life. A life that had hopes, dreams, family and friends. A life that meant the world to a family that waited patiently for a soldier to come home. A life that would leave a giant void when that soldier would not make it back. We can do nothing to fill that hole of emptiness or replace the life that was lost. The only thing we can do as Americans is to never forget these brave men and women and never stop honoring their memories.

Our world today is fragile. Wars are raging, and while we sleep safely in our beds at night there are men and women quietly protecting our nation. It is never too late to give gratitude to those who have fought and to those who are guarding us today. And while we express deep sorrow for the many we have lost we have hope for the future because of their selfless legacy. This Memorial Day take a moment to stop and think about the enormous sacrifice made by these heroes and say a quiet thank you to them and their families for giving all for their country.

On Monday, May 27th, in honor of the nation’s many heroes, our Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 10:00 a.m., followed by our Memorial Day Parade to be held at noon, along Route 202 from Rita Drive to Sylvan Way. I hope you will join me as we pay homage to our fallen heroes. Lastly, I would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to anyone called Mom. Gratitude for the responsibility of raising children should be every day, not just once a year. I would also like to send a heartfelt message of peace to those who may be missing their mother on this day and remembering her in their hearts.

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Student Achievements

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring weather. In this article, I want to celebrate the accomplishments of our students at both Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School during the winter season.

The Parsippany Hills High School Boys Basketball team finished with a record of 14-12; 5th Seed in the Morris County Tournament; made the state playoffs as the 11th seed. Two 1,000 Point Scorers - Julio Tatis, Simeon Washington. First 1,000-point scorers since 2007.

The Parsippany Hills High School Girls Basketball team finished with a record of 8-16. There was a young “varsity only” program, but higher participation numbers than in recent years. We hosted a clinic for the Brooklawn Middle School team, and the good news is, we are only losing two seniors!

The Parsippany Hills High School Boys Wrestling team were runners-up in the NJAC Liberty Blue Division, 5th at the Morris County Tournament, 3rd overall as a team at the District Tournament, qualified five athletes for the Region Tournament - three of which ended up qualifying for the larger state tournament in Atlantic City. James McGinty was able to earn his 100th win as a junior. Congratulations Jamesgreat work!

The Parsippany Hills High School Girls Wrestling team kicked off its first official season as a wrestling program with 24 girls on the team. They were third as a team at the NJAC Tournament. Kayla Mena is an NJAC Champion in her weight class and was 3rd at the Region tournament which qualified her to compete at the state tournament in Atlantic City where she placed 8th overall. Congratulations Kayla!

The Parsippany Hills High Winter Cheer team was a mainstay on our basketball sidelines this year. They were at most home basketball game for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. They put together a halftime routine and even organized numerous halftime t-shirt tosses. They truly make such a difference and our teams and crowd love their enthusiasm!

The Parsippany Hills High Winter

Guard competed well throughout their season. They placed 3rd in both their West Orange and Woodbridge competitions and won the Saddle Brook Competition. Congratulations on a successful winter season!

The Parsippany Hills High School Indoor Track team had many successful performances throughout the Drew Series where they collected several personal bests. In the Sectional Championships, Anya Sadowski (400m and 55m Hurdles), Kira Chebishev (800m), Daniel Janevski, and the girls 4x400m Relay all placed in the top six in order to qualify for the Group 2 Championships where they competed very well!

The Parsippany Hills High School Boys and Girls Swim teams had successful seasons, as well, and both teams qualified for the team state championships, with the boys making it to the Quarterfinal round. Several School Records were broken including Cooper Moffatt, Liz Duffy, and Connor Johnson. Cooper Moffatt and Liz Duffy both placed at the County Meet. The boys qualified for the 200 Relay and Connor Johnson qualified for two additional events. Connor put an exclamation point on the season by placing 2nd overall at the Meet of Champions in the 100 Back. Way to go Connor!

The Parsippany Regional Ice Hockey Team finished with a record of 7-11 and made the Charette Playoffs for the first time in several years. Robert

Message from Dr. Robert S. Sutter

Hemenway was named to the first team all division team and Kaden Bland was named Rookie of the Year for the division. A highlight of the season was the fundraiser for Cancer Research, as well as a Toy Drive for the Pediatric Oncology Group at Morristown Medical Center. We are so proud of this team for their drive and commitment to community service. Thank You All!

Meanwhile, on the other side of town --

The Parsippany High School Boys Basketball team finished the season 11-14 and qualified for the state tournament on the last weekend of the season. This was an excellent accomplishment. They had 4 players make the All-Conference team.

The Parsippany High School Girls Basketball finished with a 12-14 record. There were so many competitive

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Commemorating Success: Eagle Scout Recognition for Two

Tyler Geddes and Eashan Iyer were bestowed with the prestigious rank of Eagle during the Parsippany BSA Troop 173’s ceremony held on Sunday, April 13. The event was held at the Puddingstone Community Clubhouse.

The Eagle Scout rank holds immense significance within the Scouting movement, representing the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program. It symbolizes honor and responsibility of the utmost degree.

The statistic highlighting that only 5% of Scouts attain the Eagle rank underscores the demanding criteria necessary to reach this pinnacle. To ascend to Eagle Scout status, a Scout must exhibit leadership prowess, accumulate a requisite number of merit badges spanning diverse interests, undertake a substantial community service project, and embody Scouting’s core principles and values.

Upon achieving Eagle rank, a Scout retains this distinction for life, irrespective of age or continued

involvement in Scouting. This enduring designation serves as a testament to the exemplary character, unwavering dedication, and exemplary leadership qualities demonstrated by Eagle Scouts.

Eagle Scouts are encouraged to serve as paragons and mentors both within Scouting and their broader communities. As you rightly noted, many Eagle Scouts excel in various fields such as the military, academia, professions, clergy, business, and politics. The values and skills imbibed through the Scouting program often contribute significantly to their accomplishments in these spheres.

It’s important to recognize that while Eagle Scouts have achieved remarkable feats, not all follow identical paths. Some may discover success and leadership in alternative realms or industries, yet the principles and values instilled during their Eagle Scout journey continue to exert a positive influence on their lives.

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Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Vice-President Frank Neglia, Eashan Iyer, Tyler Geddes and Council Member Justin Musella

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Parsippany Proud: Riya Patel Takes First Place in NJSFWC Spelling Contest

The Annual Spelling Bee of the New State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) took place at the NJSFWC Headquarters in New Brunswick, on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

Twenty-one 4th and 5th grade students, representing clubs from across New Jersey, participated in the event. Enthusiastic parents and club members watched as the students approached the microphone to spell each word.

After several suspenseful rounds, a winner emerged, spelling the winning word, “silhouette”! Riya Patel from Northvail Elementary School clinched First Place, supported by her family and members of the Parsippany Woman’s Club. Riya’s journey to victory included triumphs in local and district bees. She secured Second Place in the Woman’s Club of Parsippany Bee on January 12, 2024, and claimed First Place in the NJSFWC Highlands District Spelling Bee on February 24, 2024. Participation

in the state bee requires success at both local and district levels. Congratulations, Riya – you’ve made Parsippany proud!

The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills, affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) and the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC, stands as one of the largest volunteer women’s service organizations in the state, offering avenues for education, leadership training, and community service.

New members are always welcome! Join the next General Meeting on Monday, April 29th, to discover if the club aligns with your interests.

For more information, contact Ginny at (973) 887-0336, email the club at womansclubofpth@ gmail.com, visit their website at www. parsippanywomansclub.org, or connect with us on FACEBOOK, Twitter, or Instagram.

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Riya Patel Basks in Spelling Bee Glory Alongside Proud Family Members

Aastha Jaggi Named to Fall 2023 Deans List at Widener University

Widener University congratulates Aastha Jaggi for achieving dean’s list status during the fall 2023 semester. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students with a grade point average of 3.50 and above for the semester.

Aastha served as a junior EMT with the Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad from September 2017 to August 2018. She graduated from Parsippany High School in 2018 and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University.

Widener University is a private institution known for its commitment to every student’s personal and professional success, where academic experiences are distinguished by excellence and students develop the leadership qualities employers seek.

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Recognized as one of the Philadelphia region’s leading universities, Widener offers programs and experiences that empower our community of learners to discover and create better futures as scholars, leaders, and globally engaged citizens.

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Multi-Influenced Fine Indian Cuisine With a Punjabi Touch

Resham “Bobby” Dhannapuneni departed his home in the Punjabi region of Northwestern India and arrived in the U.S. 22 years ago.  Among the things that Bobby, as he likes to be called, did take with him was a love of cooking and his family recipes, including some authentically wonderful Punjabi delicacies that are featured at his restaurant, Apna Swad.

Apna Swad, which translates to ‘Our Taste’, is a relatively small, but comfortable and cozy restaurant located on North Beverwyck Road in downtown Lake Hiawatha.  The restaurant which specializes in fine Indian cuisine is a familyowned and operated business, with Chef Resham (Bobby) preparing the made-to-order entrees, while his wife Kulwinder takes charge of the appetizers. Son, Suhil, a pleasant and amiable Parsippany High School student helps out, competently maneuvering the dining area, bussing tables, and serving customers. As Suhil puts

it, “I manage the “front room” responsibilities while my parents take care of the “back room” (kitchen).

Among the many little storefront eateries along North Beverwyck Road, it is easy to pass by Apna Swad without giving it much notice, but my foodie group and

I decided to stop in for a visit after hearing some rave reviews about the cuisine. Chef Resham took a chance, with this, his first restaurant, and acquired the street corner location in 2021 during the COVID shutdown. Previously the location housed a Japanese restaurant, Misaki Sushi. Following six months of extensive renovation Apna Swad was ready to open its doors. The brick and glass frontage, along with the bright red and white signage, and white and maroon curtains, makes for an attractive exterior. On entry, you will encounter a tastefully designed dining room with a limited number of comfortably spaced wooden tables, with cushioned seating and brown cushioned booths. Those large front windows, along with those aligning the side of the room, provide soft, comfortable ambient lighting.  Colorful curtains, soft woodwork, mauve walls, hanging ceiling lighting, some simple Indian artifacts, and soft Indian music playing in the background complete the dining room to create a relaxing and welcoming vibe.

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Goat Masala (pieces of goat cooked in a mild sauce with fresh tomato and Indian spices) Apna Swad boasts a tastefully crafted dining area featuring a select number of spacious wooden tables, each offering comfortable cushioned seating, alongside inviting brown booths for added comfort.

Garden Savings FCU Showcases Products at Staples “Small Business Showcase”

In a demonstration of its unwavering dedication to community involvement and member satisfaction, Garden Savings Federal Credit Union enthusiastically participated in the “Staples Small Business Showcase” hosted at the Parsippany location.

With a steadfast commitment to enhancing member experiences, Garden Savings Federal Credit Union eagerly seized the opportunity to exhibit its extensive array of financial solutions during this event on Thursday, April 25. From cutting-edge banking products to meticulously crafted lending services, the credit union proudly showcased its comprehensive offerings tailored to meet the unique requirements of local entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Garden Savings Federal Credit Union’s active participation in the “Staples Small Business Showcase” was made possible through a strategic partnership with the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce. By leveraging this collaborative platform, the Parsippany Area Chamber of

Commerce reaffirmed its steadfast commitment to fostering local partnerships and empowering small businesses to flourish not only in the Parsippany community but

also beyond its borders.For more information on “Staples Small Business Showcase” contact Frank Cahill, Executive Board Member, by calling (973) 559-6000.

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Sitting: AJ Parise, Branch Manager Garden Savinfs Federal Credit Union Stephanie Parise, Loan Manager Christine Russo. Standing Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Member Frank Cahill and Staples Manager Nick Kumak

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On arrival, the very personable and respectful Chef Resham warmly greeted our group.  Comfortably seated at a group of tables, already set up in an aesthetically pleasing arrangement, we were able to banter a bit with the Chef about his recommendations for our shared appetizers. Despite the fact that we’ve all been to many Indian restaurants before there’s always something new to learn and new tastes to experience.  I have always found Indian food to be both exciting and intimidating, filled with exotic ingredients, earthy spices, and distinct and tantalizing flavors, offering a wide and diverse range of tongue-tingling sensations. Needless to say, we were all looking forward to what promised to be a very flavorful dining experience.

Several of us started with a bowl of Mulligatawny Soup (a delicate lentil soup), which I have to say, was fantastic! The herbs and spices, along with the aroma made this creamy soup starter a home run. Delicious!  We all followed with a combination of Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian appetizers. Paneer Pakora (homemade Indian cheese

squares, batter dipped & fried till golden, and served with a choice of a red or green chutney). I’m on team green chutney. Onion Bhaja (onion fritters), Aloo Tikki (crisp potato patties, shallow fried, with mild spices), and the Chef made us a knock-your-socks-off Special Chicken dish (mouthwatering battered chicken, deep-fried, wonderfully spiced). The appetizers came accompanied by some freshly made, amazingly tasty Papad Bread and Garlic Naan.

Everything was thoroughly enjoyed and a great start to our individual entrée choices.

I should note, that everything is made to order with all fresh ingredients. It may take a few more minutes for your meal to arrive because of this, but believe me, it is well worth the wait.

For our entrees, I chose the Fish Tandoori (juicy pieces of salmon marinated in herbs and spices, baked over charcoal in a tandoor).  FYI: A Tandoor is a traditional cylindrical clay oven that can produce remarkably high heat that helps the food to char, while it cooks. The fats in the marinade drip on the fire/hot coal and generate smoke which imparts the tandoori foods with their characteristic smoky flavor. I loved it, the flavor and taste was delectable. Others in the group went with Lamb Curry (lamb in a light gravy), Lamb Vindaloo (lamb in a light gravy with red chilis, vinegar, and potatoes), Chicken Biryani (tender pieces of chicken

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Apna Swad is located at 81 North Beverwyck Road, Lake Hiawatha. Lamb Vindaloo (lamb in a light gravy with red chilis, vinegar, and potatoes)

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games along the way- which could have gone either way. They qualified for the state tournament and three players garnered All-Conference

honors. Amanda Dean was also honorable mention All-Conference.

The Parsippany High School Boys and Girls Swim Teams had another good year; however, we continue to look for ways to expand our participation numbers.

Our Unified Bowling had very high participation numbers. Unified Bowling finished the season with a match with Parsippany Hills and a celebratory pizza party.

The Parsippany High School Winter Cheer had four enthusiastic and wonderful cheerleaders give everything they had for our basketball games. There were halftime mini games and t-shirt giveaways and performances throughout the games that lead to a successful season. Again, our Winter Cheer truly makes a difference and our teams and crowd love their enthusiasm!

The Parsippany High School Winter Guard competed well throughout the season. They had several top five

finishes and peaked at the right time. Congratulations on a successful winter season!

The Parsippany High School Winter Track had a very nice year for our winter season. The student athletes continued to develop throughout the season and are looking to build for an exciting spring season. One student athlete qualified for the group meet in Toms River!

The Parsippany High School Wrestling had a very nice season with participation numbers at very high levels. Frank DeMary took 5th place in the county tournament and 3rd in the district tournament. Malik Alzubi finished 3rd in the district. Congratulations to both Frank and Malik!

Finally, the individual All-Conference and All County Awards were celebrated at our April BOE Meeting.

In closing, I wish everyone a happy “extended” Memorial Day Weekend!

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Christine Mercado, a correspondent with Parsippany Focus, interviewed Kiwanis member Frank Cahill.

Q. How long have you been a member of the Kiwanis Club?

A. I became a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany during its exploratory phase. Upon the club’s chartering on December 5, 1991, I officially became the third member to join.

Q. What inspired you to join Kiwanis?

A. When Karen Gajewski and Rona Kron approached me to publish an article in Parsippany Focus about the upcoming club seeking members, I posed the question, “What is Kiwanis?” After hearing their response, I was captivated by the organization and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

Q. What are some of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had as a Kiwanis member?

A. Volunteering with the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany to prepare homemade delicious meals for Homeless Solutions has been a deeply impactful experience for me over the years. One particular moment stands out vividly: during one of my shifts serving meals, a little girl approached me with a sincere request for food.

Kiwanis Club Member Frank Cahill

Witnessing the genuine expression on her face stirred a profound sense of purpose within me, reaffirming the importance and significance of our efforts in serving those in need. This encounter served as a poignant reminder of the power of compassion and the transformative impact of community service. Through my involvement in volunteering and cooking for Homeless Solutions, I discovered a profound sense of fulfillment and purpose in serving my community. The opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of others fueled my passion for giving back, and I knew instantly that I wanted to continue dedicating myself to service in any way possible. This experience has underscored the invaluable role that community service plays in fostering empathy, compassion, and solidarity, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of others through my involvement with Kiwanis.

Q, Can you tell me about any community projects or events that the Kiwanis club has been involved in recently?

A. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is dedicated to serving the community through various initiatives, including participating in numerous food collections at ShopRite.

Gathering food donations to deliver to the Parsippany Food Pantry brings a sense of fulfillment, knowing that our efforts will provide nourishment to those who are less fortunate. It’s truly rewarding to contribute to ensuring that everyone in our community has access to food and support.

Q. What opportunities does Kiwanis provide for members to develop leadership skills?

A. Initially, my intention was simply to participate as a member of Kiwanis. However, as time progressed, I felt compelled to take on leadership roles within the organization. Starting as Vice President, then progressing to President-elect and eventually President, I embraced the opportunity to guide and unite our group. Together, we collaborated on ideas, focused on increasing membership, and successfully elevated Greater Parsippany to the top spot in New Jersey. Additionally, my dedication to service was recognized when our club was honored as a distinguished club for my service year.

Q. How does Kiwanis support youth development and education in the area?

A. Greater Parsippany is deeply engaged with Service Leadership Programs (SLP’s), demonstrating our commitment to nurturing leadership and service among youth. Currently, we proudly support ten K-Kids clubs, two Builders Clubs, and two Key Clubs. Through these initiatives, we empower young people to make a positive impact in their communities and develop essential leadership skills that will serve them well into the future.

Q. What role do fundraising activities play in supporting Kiwanis initiatives?

A. Through the fundraising endeavors, we harness the ability to provide crucial support to various organizations within our community and beyond. These activities serve as a vital source of empowerment, enabling us to extend our reach and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. By rallying together and leveraging our collective resources, we have the power to positively impact countless individuals and causes, strengthening our community and fostering a spirit of generosity and

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President Frank Cahill of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, along with Kiwanis Key Club members Kyle Meth and Jacob Meth, joined Gordon Meth in dedicating a day to preparing dinner for guests at Homeless Solutions. November 2017.

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Q. What are some upcoming projects or initiatives that Kiwanis is excited about?

A. Two of our flagship projects, TouchA-Truck and Wine Tasting, stand as shining examples of our dedication to serving the community. Our TouchA-Truck event delights attendees of all ages, offering an interactive experience with various vehicles while raising funds for important causes. Additionally, our Wine Tasting event has been a tremendous success, raising over $500,000 to support vital initiatives in our community. These projects exemplify our commitment to making a lasting and positive impact, showcasing the power of collective effort and generosity in service to others.

Q. How does Kiwanis engage with volunteers and recruit new members?

A. During my tenure at Kiwanis, I’ve had the privilege of sponsoring over 100 new members into the organization. When I’m asked the same question that sparked my initial curiosity – “What is Kiwanis?” – my passion for Kiwanis shines through in my response. It’s easy to convey my love for Kiwanis because when you’re genuinely passionate about what you do, sharing that enthusiasm with others comes naturally. Establishing four new clubs is vital for growth, but let’s not overlook the significance of bolstering existing ones. Given my track record of rescuing two clubs from charter termination, I’m committed to making that a priority as well.

Q. Have you won any awards?

A. Over the years, I have been recognized with numerous accolades, including Hixson Fellowships, a Carrington Swan Fellowship, Kiwanian of the Year, and “The Gift of Kiwanis Award - Gold Level” in 2019. My dedication to Kiwanis led to my election as Lt. Governor in 2021, a role I held for two additional terms, earning the distinction of Distinguished Lt. Governor.

Q. How can individuals in the community get involved with or support the work of Kiwanis?

A. I make it a point to continually extend invitations to prospective members to attend our meetings.

This provides them with firsthand insight into the meaningful impact that Kiwanis has on our community. By witnessing the dedication and contributions of our members firsthand, prospective members gain a deeper understanding of the value and importance of our organization’s work. These meetings serve as invaluable opportunities to showcase the spirit of service and camaraderie that defines Kiwanis.

Q. Have you served in any other clubs?

A. I proudly hold the distinction of being a charter member in multiple Kiwanis clubs, including the Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town, Kiwanis Club of Greater Rockaway, Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, and Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany. These memberships reflect my enduring commitment to serving communities across various regions and my dedication to the core principles of Kiwanis. As a charter member, I am honored to play a foundational role in establishing and shaping the vision and mission of each club, working alongside fellow members to make a positive impact and foster meaningful change.

Q. Do you work regularly with any Service Leadership Programs (SLP)?

A. Absolutely, I work closely with several SLPs, and one of my primary roles has been serving as the liaison to the Mountain Lakes High School Key Club for over six years. This

involvement allows me to mentor and support the next generation of leaders, fostering their passion for service and empowering them to make a difference in their community. Collaborating with SLPs is incredibly rewarding, as it provides opportunities to guide and inspire young people as they develop essential leadership skills and cultivate a lifelong commitment to service.

Q: What are your aspirations within Kiwanis moving forward?

A: Presently, I’ve submitted my candidacy for Governor-Elect in the forthcoming New Jersey District of Kiwanis International election. Upon securing victory in August and fulfilling a term as Governor-Elect, my aim is to ascend to the role of Governor for the New Jersey District of Kiwanis International.

Q: What are your upcoming goals?

A: My foremost goal remains membership expansion and enhancement. I’m dedicated to bolstering the ranks through increased recruitment efforts and fostering the establishment of new clubs. Having spearheaded the chartering of four clubs personally, I aspire to replicate this success to increase New Jersey’s Kiwanis presence. Furthermore, I aim to collaborate closely with existing clubs to invigorate membership and deepen engagement. Previously, I’ve intervened in two clubs on the brink of dissolution, and today, they operate successfully serving “One Child, One Community.”

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cooked in slow-steamed basmati rice, with nuts and raita), Goat Masala (pieces of goat cooked in a mild sauce with fresh tomato and Indian spices. Finally, Lamb Rogan Josh (cubes of lamb, marinated in Indian spices, and cooked in tomato sauce). We all chose to go with a spicier version of our chosen dishes (Note: Chef Resham can adjust the spice level of a dish to accommodate your particular taste). Along with our entrees, we all ordered a Mango Lassi as a side beverage. Mango Lassi, which originated in Punjab, is a creamy, frothy, yogurt-based drink, blended with water and various fruits or seasonings. It’s perfect to calm the heat of a very spicy dish, not to mention, it’s delicious. The meal ended with a serving of Gulab Jaman for dessert (a light pastry, made with milk and honey in a thick syrup.  If you have a sweet tooth this is right up your alley.

Apna Swad gave us a sensational dining experience with wickedly

good food, friendly and efficient service, and reasonable prices. We will be back. On a note, Apna Swad does not offer a buffet during regular dining hours but does provide a buffet-style setting when having a private party at the restaurant. They do have an impressive in-house menu offering Veg and Non-Veg appetizers, Cold Appetizers, Soups, Combo

Dinners, Chicken, Goat, Lamb, Seafood Specialties, Tandoori Kabab, Biryani, along with a large assortment of Tandoori Breads and Desserts. They also offer several Punjabi-style specials.

All in all, our group gave Apna Swad a unanimous thumbs up. When you’re in the area, stop in and give it a try. Whether an Indian food aficionado or just someone who just wants to experience something new, it is a great place to enjoy some of the world’s most diverse and flavorful food.

Apan Swad (Fine Indian Cuisine) is located at 81 North Beverwyck Road. Phone: (973) 588-3390. www.apnaswadnj.com;

Closed Mondays for Lunch. Dine In – Take Out. BYOB – Parking on the Side of Bldg. – Catering – Private Parties; Lunch: Tuesday to Friday – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Dinner: Monday to Thursday – 5:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday – 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Tyler Geddes

Tyler Geddes began his Scouting experience with Parsippany Cub Scout Pack 5 under the leadership of Mr. Ed Sheiffle. He was enthusiastic to join based on his brothers Alex and Ethan’s experience in Cub Scouts and his participation in their Pack meetings. Tyler completed all his achievements in Cub Scouts and earned the highest achievement in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light. During the Pack 5 Blue and Gold dinner in March 2017, he crossed over into Scout Troop 173.

Throughout Tyler’s time in Boy Scouts, he earned all the requirements to achieve all six Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ranks,

including the highest rank of Eagle Scout. While progressing through the ranks, he took on the roles of instructor, patrol leader in Troop 173, and den chief in Pack 5. As a den chief, Tyler assisted Wolf Scouts as they ranked up into Bear Scouts over two years.  As an instructor for Troop 173, Tyler taught and demonstrated new skills for incoming Boy Scouts. He valued the time in the patrol leader position as the most informative as he improved his leadership skills in guiding his patrol. His most important responsibility was to guide, lead, and ensure his patrol was prepared for each meeting and camping trip. Tyler is grateful to his Scoutmasters, Mr. Les Wu, Mr. Michael Catapano, Mr. David Franz, and Mr. Paul Lomelo, for the skills he learned along the way.

One of Tyler’s favorite memories in Troop 173 was during summer camp at Winnebago Scout Camp. While there, he enjoyed the fun aquatic activities and completed numerous merit badges. He also organized and participated in skits each night around the fire for his Communication merit badge. During the winter, Tyler enjoyed the Klondike camping trips where, as part of the senior sled team, they won 1st place.

Tyler achieved the rank of Eagle in October of 2023. Furthermore, Tyler earned 26 merit badges and the National Outdoor Award for Camping and completed 182 service hours assisting the troop and the community.

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The tradition continues with the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) hosting its monthly “Juice Up Your Morning” networking event.

Attendance is complimentary for both members and non-members, provided you pre-register at www.parsippanychamber.org. However, if you forget to register, there will be a $10.00 charge at the door.

The morning kicks off with thirty minutes of networking, followed by a sponsor presentation, PACC announcements, guest introductions, and more networking opportunities. The event commences at 8:30 a.m. and concludes when the last guest departs.

As a service organization catering to businesses, merchants, residents, and volunteers in the Parsippany Area, PACC offers education, information, and networking platforms. Collaborating with local and county governments, they actively pursue initiatives aimed at enhancing our community’s livability and business environment. PACC’s advocacy promotes a thriving economic landscape, providing newcomers with essential resources for business operations and service acquisition.

Chamber members demonstrate their commitment to community welfare through active involvement and leadership roles. Their dedication underscores a genuine concern for elevating the quality of life across the Parsippany Area.

For more information on Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, contact Executive Board Member Frank Cahill at (973) 559-6000.

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Tyler’s proudest accomplishment in Scouting was his Eagle project, where he assisted the Morris County Park Commission by building and installing four park benches at Tourne County Park in Denville. After getting his proposal approved, Tyler raised $600 for the materials he would need and led volunteers, including fellow Scouts, in constructing and installing the benches at four separate locations within the park. The new benches create a more comfortable park for visitors who come to bike, picnic, hike, etc. Bruce Benson, Tyler’s Eagle coach, was vital throughout the project as he shared his knowledge and understanding.

Tyler attends Morris Catholic High School in Denville and is on the varsity team in both winter and spring track. He participates in numerous honor societies, including the English Honor Society, the History Honor Society, and the National Honor Society. Tyler plans to attend Rowan University in the Fall of 2024 to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Tyler earned 26 merit badges: Archery, Environmental Science, Art, Family Life,* Basketry,

Fingerprinting, Camping,* First Aid, Canoeing, Communication, Forestry, Music, Citizenship in the Community, Kayaking, Citizenship in the Nation, Metalwork, Cooking,* Citizenship in Society, Citizenship in the World, Wood Carving Personal Fitness, Communication, Collections, Swimming,* Personal Management, Communication, Space Exploration, and Emergency Preparedness.* (*Denotes Eagle Required).

Eashan Iyer

Eashan began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub in Pack 142. As a budding scientist, he loved engineering his Pinewood Derby car to perfection. He earned his Arrow of Light and joined Troop 173 in March 2017.

As Eashan advanced in Scouting, he took on leadership roles through being an instructor and a patrol leader. Eashan is grateful for the help of past Scoutmasters Mr. Wu, Mr. Catapano, Mr. Franz, and present Scoutmaster Mr.

Lomelo.

Eashan fondly remembers his time in Scouting. His favorites are playing sharks and minnows and basketball at meetings. He also has fond memories of playing manhunt at campouts. During a campout, he built a circuit that powered an LED and recalls this as an inspiring experience. Eashan also enjoyed the many annual Turkey in a Can Campouts.

As a member of Troop 173, Eashan contributed to his community by collecting food donations at St. Christopher’s Church and participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive. He has a total of 225 service hours. He has also earned the National Outdoor Award for Camping and has camped for a total of 25 nights, including at Camp Winnebago.

Growing up near the unique

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Eashan Iyer, Commander Michael Poplawski American Legion Post 249 and Tyler Geddes

Rose House’s Golf Fundraiser: Help Disabled Individuals

Rose House, a nonprofit organization that creates forever homes for people with developmental disabilities throughout Morris County, announces its 8th annual “Day of Dreams” golf event.

The outing will be held on Monday, July 8, 2024, at the Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park. Funds raised from this year’s event will be used to purchase a van to transport Rose House’s clients with special needs to medical appointments, day programs and other places their caregivers need to take them to.

“We’ll be celebrating two special occasions at this year’s golf event,” said Rose House CEO Tom Mitchell. “Proceeds will enable

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us to get a new transport van at our Parsippany Group Home. This is significant because all 13 vehicles in our fleet across all six locations will have been replaced. In addition, it will commence the celebration of our organization’s 25th anniversary, which will occur less than a month after the event.”

Transport vans for special needs individuals are more costly than typical vans because they must be wheelchair accessible and include specific safety features. Rose House does not receive assistance from The State of New Jersey or Medicaid, which is why fundraisers including the golf event are essential.

The Day of Dreams event will feature a golf tournament with

contests and prizes, followed by a cocktail hour and luncheon which includes a silent auction and raffles. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. with the tournament starting at 8:30 a.m. Registration, which includes the luncheon, is $350 per golfer or $1,400 per foursome.

Registration for golfers, sponsorships, and general donations can be made at Rose House’s official golf event by visiting https://therosehouse. org/2024-golf-event.

Items for silent auction baskets are needed as well. Please call (973) 984-0006, x121, or email contact@therosehouse.org for more information about this event.

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neighborhood of Mount Tabor, Eashan was within a few miles of streets lined with ornate Victorian homes, octagonal structures, and gathering spaces with stories to tell at every corner. He saw the opportunity to bridge the gap between modern technology and the neighborhood’s historical treasures and approached the Mount Tabor Historical Society with his idea. He put together a diverse team with volunteers from Mount Tabor, his high school, his Scout troop, and others to create webpages and install physical signs. Eashan wholeheartedly thanks Mr. Matthew Enslow for his assistance in sign production, Mr. Bruce Benson for his valuable mentorship as an Eagle project coach, and Mrs. Michelle Munn for her support on behalf of the Mount Tabor Historical Society, and donors for their valuable monetary support. His perseverance paid off as the self-guided tour was unveiled to the community in a decidedly old-school ribbon-cutting ceremony—a gathering of the community and elected officials. It was a moment of pride for the entire neighborhood.

Eashan is currently a senior at the Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering. At school, he is a member of the golf team and co-president of the physics club. Outside of school, he is involved in scientific research and has co-authored a

paper with Dr. Christian Ferko in theoretical high-energy physics titled “Quantization of the ModMax Oscillator.” He also is an intern with Pfizer’s smart factory team under Digital Manufacturing and Global Services, developing and testing virtual reality simulations that will be used to cost-effectively train shop floor workers. Eashan loves to ski with his family and the school ski club. Eashan is passionate about origami; he is doing an independent study in the mathematics of origami in school. He delivered a lecture about golden venture folding at MIT in November 2023. He will be attending Brown University in the fall of 2024 to pursue

undergraduate studies in physics.

You can learn more about Eashan through his website at https://eashaniyer.com.

Eashan earned 22 merit badges: American Cultures, Environmental Science,* Art Family Life,* Camping,* Fingerprinting, Chess, First Aid,* Citizenship in the Community,* Game Design, Citizenship in the Nation,* Hiking,* Citizenship in the World,* Music, Citizenship in Society,* Personal Fitness,* Communication,* Personal Management,* Cooking,* Programming, Emergency Preparedness,* and Scholarship. (*Denotes Eagle Required.

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For the crust:

1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs (you can use storebought chocolate cookies or graham crackers)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

1 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

Fresh raspberries

Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions:

Prepare the crust:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

In a bowl, mix together the chocolate cookie crumbs and melted butter until well combined.

Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.

Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and let it cool completely.

Make the filling:

Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl.

In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat until it just begins to simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for 1-2 minutes.

Gently stir the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the chocolate filling into

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Refrigerate the tart until the filling is set, about 2 hours.

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Once the filling is set, arrange fresh raspberries on top of the tart. Dust the tart with powdered sugar for an elegant finish. Serve and enjoy!

Carefully remove the tart from the pan and place it on a serving platter.

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