Parsippany Focus Magazine - June 2024

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Hubotics’ 2024 STEAM FAIR: Inspiring Innovation & Leadership

The Human Robotics (Hubotics), a Parsippanybased non-profit organization, successfully hosted its 2024 STEAM FAIR, attracting an impressive array of presentations and projects from students across nine local schools on various topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The STEAM FAIR not only provided a stage for the brilliant minds of our community to shine and explore but also marked the launch of ConnectED, a free online education platform designed to empower students with valuable resources and opportunities for growth and collaboration.

The fair featured 28 captivating presentations and projects, representing the talents of students from five elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. With an audience of over 80 attendees, including guest Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Justin Musella and Mrs. Effner, Parsippany High School’s Robotics coach and Math lead teacher, the event highlighted the depth of passion and innovation within our youth.

Councilman Justin Musella expressed his admiration for the students’ projects and presentations, remarking, “Our next generation of leaders are already showing our township what they’re capable of! Thank you to Human Robotics for inviting me to see some of the great work our

Barberio TEAM FAIR 2024 participants - Aria Tamilselvam, Saavi Singh, Danyaal Pasha, Maanvik Singh, Kiara Patel, Krisha Movalia, Deanna Gandhi, Aarvy Patel, Ayaan Pasha, Saloni Rana, Aisha Patel, Arjun Jadhav, Tvisha Singh, Rishith Bhoopathi, Raayan Bodade, Azaan Shafi, Varun Shankar, Aniketh Chidella, Ujwel Potluri, Shiv Tamilselvam, Mujtaba Ahmed, Tanish Patel, Nikita Vijay, Prisha Munigala, Anvay Purnaye, Aarna Purnaye, Avni Vyas, Aarjun Bodade and Councilman Justin Musella.

students are doing.” Meg Bodade, Director of Hubotics, expressed her gratitude for the community support, emphasizing the crucial role of community involvement in nurturing future leaders and innovators.

Hubotics is thrilled to announce the launch of ConnectED, an innovative peer-to-peer platform conceptualized and developed by their Teen co-founder, Aarjun Bodade, a junior at Parsippany High School. ConnectED is a free platform designed to inspire and empower students by providing them with a wealth of presentations, videos, and reference links to explore and learn on various STEAM topics. By doing so, students can cultivate essential skills such as articulation, presentation, knowledge sharing, and the protégé effect, all while experiencing a profound sense of accomplishment and contributing to their community through service. After registering, volunteers

can choose a topic, create a 5-minute presentation video, and earn valuable volunteering hours recognized by the Hubotics Organization.

For more information and to get started on the volunteering journey, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the ConnectED website visit or the Hubotics website by sites.

The organization looks forward to witnessing the incredible impact that students will make through this transformative platform.

As the success of the 2024 STEAM FAIR is celebrated, the dedication and passion of the parents, students, and volunteers who made it possible must also be acknowledged. Their tireless efforts reflect the true spirit of the community, united in the pursuit of knowledge and empowerment.

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Client Success Stories: Ozzie Niazi’s Impact as a Financial Advisor

Parsippany Focus interviewed Ozzie Niazi, who joined Edward Jones in 2014. He values their unique approach, allowing him to serve his community independently while receiving support from the firm’s headquarters. He transitioned from accounting to financial advising to build intimate client relationships and offer comprehensive financial education and strategies. Niazi is proud of a letter from a client’s daughter, affirming the positive impact of his advice. He stays updated on market trends through continuous learning and industry engagement. Niazi prioritizes client needs through regular reviews, personalized plans, and transparent communication.

Photos by Toron Photography.

Full interview appears on Page 18 and 19.

Hubotics’ 2024 STEAM FAIR: Inspiring Innovation & Leadership

The Human Robotics (Hubotics), a Parsippany based non-profit organization, successfully hosted its 2024 STEAM FAIR, attracting an impressive array of presentations and projects from students across nine local schools on various topics related to Science, Technology,


Message from Mayor James Barberio

“June is the gateway to summer,” stated author Jean Hersey. A prolific author of gardening, Jean seems to have summed up the month of June in a basic sentence. Her words create the sense of anticipation and excitement that always comes with the launch of warmer weather.

Message from the Superintendent: Dr. Robert S. Sutter

As we end the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a special group of students who always make our district proud. Whether they are competing in local competitions or “State” competitions, the Parsippany High School Robotics Team is always on top of their game! A special thanks to their Advisors Ms. Kathleen Effner and Ms. Kimberly Graceffo for their passion and commitment to this fine group of students!

10 Community Heroes: Rainbow Lakes Firefighters Train for Vehicle Extrications

The Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Department conducted a multi-vehicle extrication training exercise. Auto extrication involves carefully removing a vehicle or its components from around a person trapped inside due to a collision. This process requires specific tools, equipment, and skilled precision to prevent any additional injuries to the occupants.

12 Troop 72 Celebrates David Smith’s Eagle Scout Achievement

David Smith recently attained the prestigious rank of Eagle. The Eagle Court of Honor occurred at All Saints Academy on Sunday, April 28. Earning the rank of Eagle requires dedication and a steadfast commitment to the principles of Scouting.

15 Tuscany Villa Ristorante: Where Italian Tradition Meets Elegance

Tuscany Villa Ristorante, an architecturally attractive building with salmoncolored stucco, stone facade, canopied windows, and decorative railings, provides a welcoming introduction to the business. Anchored at the end of a small strip mall on Changebridge Road in Montville, Tuscany Villa stands out with its modern exterior appearance that screams classy and upscale, but rest assured on entry, you will find an attractive, spacious, casual, cozy, and relaxing atmosphere.

21 The Eagerly Anticipated Moment has Arrived: Chick-fil-A is Now Open!

The new Chick-fil-A located at 1180 Route 46 officially opened on Thursday, May 2. Excited patrons eagerly lined up, anticipating the scrumptious breakfast offerings from Chick-fil-A. The new building is 5,338 square feet with 62 interior seats and 18 exterior seating. 81 total parking spaces, and eight electric charging stations. In addition, the drive-through will consist of two lanes with enough room to stack about 60 cars in each lane.

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“June is the gateway to summer,” stated author Jean Hersey. A prolific author of gardening, Jean seems to have summed up the month of June in a basic sentence. Her words create the sense of anticipation and excitement that always comes with the launch of warmer weather. June marks the beginning of a season that is filled with endless possibilities and adventures. And while we do get together with family and friends in the colder months for various holidays, the warm days of summer provide more gathering opportunities to enjoy in the outdoors with barbecues and pool parties. Best of all, June has that fresh vibe to it, the kind you got as a kid when the school year was coming to an end and you could just taste the freedom that awaited outside those doors.

As we welcome the summer season we also start a season

Message from Mayor Barberio

of patriotism. It begins with Memorial Day and ends with Labor Day. Each month has a day that honors our country in some way. This month we honor our national flag as we celebrate Flag Day on June 14th. This holiday commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for the first national flag. On the same day this year the United States Army will be celebrating its 245th birthday. The observance marks the date in history in 1775 when the Continental Army was formed by the Second Continental Congress and commanded under General George Washington to fight against Britain. Also, please remember to cast your vote on June 4th as we will be deciding the next president of the United States.

With the promise of summer comes numerous opportunities for our residents to gather together. Starting June 7th our successful Farmers Market will be returning. As always, this event brings neighbors together for some shopping and socializing. Our market will continue until October 25th so there is plenty of time to come stop by and see all of the offerings. Please keep a look out for the schedule for our upcoming concert series. Always a community favorite, we will be bringing you the quality bands you have come to expect and enjoy!

Lastly, I would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. They are the unsung heroes who always have our backs and who are one of our biggest supporters next to mom. Whether the strong silent type or the outspoken joking type our dads taught us what it takes to become a responsible grownup able to raise our own children. Many of us will be missing our fathers on this day but I hope as you look at the faces of your own children you will see the living legacy of your father’s dreams reflected back at you.

I hope to see you all soon as our summer events unfold and we come together as the close knit community that we are.

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Mayor James R. Barberio Message from Mayor Barberio
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Message from Superintendent Dr. Robert S. Sutter

Parsippany High School Robotics Program

As we end the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a special group of students who always make our district proud. Whether they are competing in local competitions or “State” competitions, the Parsippany High School Robotics Team is always on top of their game! A special thanks to their Advisors Ms. Kathleen Effner and Ms. Kimberly Graceffo for their passion and commitment to this fine group of students!

As background, Parsippany High School has a robotics program that spans both the school classroom and after-school activities. The Robotics class is based on VEX hardware and both block and java programming. Students learn how to plan, build, and program robots to meet a variety of challenges set before them. The challenges change each year based on the interests of the students.

The Parsippany Redbots Team (consisting of up to 15 students) has been competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge for the past eight years. In their second year of competing, the team qualified to go to Super Regionals in Pennsylvania. In prior years, the team has qualified to compete in the state competition. It should be noted that in past years, there has been a second team, the Techawks. The district also has a “Robotics Club” that works alongside the teams to learn and assist wherever they can.

The students are given a challenge

in September. Team members (all independently) plan, design, build, and program their robot. The team does have mentors that will help answer their questions, but the majority of the work is done by team members. Team members employ the engineering process and are expected to create and maintain an engineering notebook throughout the process.

The students have the opportunity to learn CAD, building, and Java. Existing team members (veteran team members) take great pride in teaching and working with new team members; this camaraderie has helped both the team(s) and the Robotics program flourish!

Finally, Robotics team members that have graduated from PHS have accomplished great things. In fact,

Message from Dr. Robert S. Sutter

our students have attended very prestigious universities like MIT, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, NJIT, Perdue, and Case Western. Team members have interned at NASA and some have joined the military concentrating on Cyber Security. Needless to say, we are ex-tremely proud of all our outstanding students.

In closing, I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe summer vacation. See you in the fall!

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Community Heroes: Rainbow Lakes Firefighters Train for Vehicle Extrications

On Sunday morning, April 21st, the Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Department (Parsippany District 2) held a multi-vehicle extrication drill in the parking lot of our firehouse.

Auto extrication involves carefully removing a vehicle or its components from around a person trapped inside due to a collision.

This process requires specific tools, equipment, and skilled precision to prevent any additional injuries to the occupants.

The Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company provides fire protection services to the residents and businesses within the boundaries of Parsippany-Troy Hills District #2. This district includes the northwestern portion of the township, bordering neighboring Denville Township and Mountain Lakes Borough. District #2 falls south of Route 46, west of Cherry Hill Road, until it runs into Denville Township. The eastern edge of the district runs along Cherry Hill Road from Route 46 south to Dartford Road. Included in the district is the section of Interstate Route 80 east and westbound, west of the Cherry Hill Road Exit until it reaches Denville Township.

If you’re interested in becoming part of our team, please send us an instant message or visit our website at for more information.

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The Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Department conducted a multi-vehicle extrication training exercise

Tabitha Gessling Completes Fashion Institute of Technology with Distinction

Tabitha Gessling of Lake Hiawatha is graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Her notable achievements include:

•Associate of Applied Sciences in Advertising and Marketing Communications (May 2022)

•Study Abroad in Milan, Paris, and London (2023)

•Bachelor of Science in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing (May 2024)

•Minor in Ethics and Sustainability

Beauty Director for FIT’s studentrun magazine “Blush,” Spring 2023 publication

•Senator for Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing in the Student Government Association, Fall 2023-Spring 2024 Member of Phi Theta Kappa

Tabitha graduated from Parsippany High School, Class of 2020.

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City is a globally recognized institution known for its outstanding design, fashion, business, and technology programs. Established in 1944, FIT is part of

the State University of New York (SUNY) system and offers a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. The college is celebrated for its rigorous academics, industry connections, and hands-on learning opportunities. FIT’s location in the heart of New York City provides students unparalleled access to

the fashion and creative industries, fostering a dynamic learning environment that prepares graduates for successful careers in their chosen fields. The campus features state-ofthe-art facilities, including specialized labs, studios, and exhibition spaces, reflecting its commitment to innovation and excellence.

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Troop 72 Celebrates David Smith’s Eagle Scout Achievement

David Smith recently attained the prestigious rank of Eagle. The Eagle Court of Honor occurred at All Saints Academy on Sunday, April 28.

Earning the rank of Eagle requires dedication and a steadfast commitment to the principles of Scouting. This esteemed rank is so challenging that only about 6% of Scouts achieve it. Since its inception in 1911, over two million Scouts have reached this significant milestone.

David started his scouting journey at Lake Hiawatha Elementary School as a first grader.  He joined Parsippany Cub Scout Pack 215, where his father, Andy Smith, volunteered as a Den Leader, and his mom, Meg Smith, planned Cub Scout Pack meetings and events as the Committee Chairperson.  During his time in the Pack, he enjoyed the annual Cubelos campouts and Pinewood Derby events.  He enjoyed overnight overnights at Battleship New Jersey, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Teterboro Airport Museum. In February 2020, during the Cub Scout Pack Blue

and Gold Banquet event, David bridged to Troop 72 as an Arrow of Light Scout. He could attend regular troop meetings for a few weeks until the COVID-19 lockdown, at which point Troop 72 pivoted and started holding online meetings and events.

David’s first campout had a virtual campfire program, and he stayed overnight in a tent with his brother in his backyard. David used his downtime during COVID-19 to complete merit badges like coin collecting and woodworking. He also took advantage of online merit badge workshops the Patriots Path Council offered. His older brother, Andrew, worked with him on scouting skills and prepared him for upcoming in-person campout events.

In the fall of 2020, he attended his first real campout and was excited to attend his first in-person summer camp in the summer of 2021. David worked with other scouts on scout skills, earned ranks, and completed more merit badges.

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The Smith Family: Andy, David, Andrew and Meg Smith

SNHU Recognizes Daniel Rodriguez of Parsippany Academic Achievement

Daniel Rodriguez has been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s Winter 2024 Dean’s List. The winter terms run from January to May.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.500 to 3.699 for the reporting term are named to the Dean’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits over each 16-week term or paired 8-week terms grouped in fall, winter/spring, and summer.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with a 91-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 225,000 learners worldwide, SNHU offers approximately 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH.

Recognized as one of the “Most Innovative” regional universities by U.S. News & World Report and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU is committed to expanding access to highquality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each learner. To learn more visit

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Daniel Rodriguez of Parsippany Celebrated by SNHU for Academic Success

Troop 72 Celebrates David Smith’s Eagle Scout Achievement

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David’s accomplishments:

Scout        June 11, 2020

Tenderfoot      February 24, 2021

Second Class  March 15, 2022

First Class       June 9, 2022

Star Scout      October 11, 2022

Life Scout       April 19, 2023

Eagle Scout    January 31, 2024

David Achieves Notable Milestone with 26 Merit Badges Earned: Archery, Basketry, Camping, Citizenship in the

Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in Society, Citizenship in the World, Collections, Coin Collecting, Communications, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Family Life, Fingerprinting, First Aid, Mammal Study, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Pets, Reading, Scholarship, Small Boat Sailing, Snow Sports, Swimming, and Woodwork.

David volunteered for many troop community service events and

Eagle Scout projects of other scouts, including his brother’s Eagle Project, in October 2021. He attended summer camps and troop events to build his scout skills.  In the summer of 2023, he attended National Youth Leadership Training. He used these skills to lead others during his Eagle Scout Project, during which volunteers constructed and installed wooden puncheons (raised wooden walkways) and dug a drainage swale at Old Troy County Park in Parsippany. This project will prevent trail erosion and provide park visitors with a dryer passage.

As a Freshman at Parsippany High School, David continues to be an active member of Troop 72. He is a Patrol Leader and works with younger scouts, teaching them scout skills. David’s family has a strong connection to scouting, as his uncle, father, and brother have all earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Scouts hailing from various corners of Parsippany and beyond are represented. They attend schools such as Brooklawn Middle School, Central Middle School, Parsippany High School, Parsippany Hills High School, and other institutions beyond the Parsippany public school system.

Troop 72 is sponsored by Saint Peter the Apostle Church and meets in the cafeteria at All Saints Academy. They attend Scout Sunday at Saint Peter’s, and their annual food drive benefits the Saint Peter food pantry.

Troop 72 participates in community service work with multiple churches and civic organizations. They welcome any requests from the community and are always happy to help.

For more information on Troop 72 visit Troop72Parsippany

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Mayor James Barberio Honors David Smith at Eagle Scout Ceremony Cathy Cerbo, Cerbo’s Lumber” donated lumber to David to help him with his project

Tuscany Villa Ristorante: Where Italian Tradition Meets Modern Elegance

There’s no doubt the general Parsippany area can boast of being the home of numerous excellent Italian restaurants. Within a several-mile radius, one can probably find every style of Italian eatery you’re looking for, from a small local trattoria, an old school “Nonna” pizzeria joint, to an elegant, upscale dining experience.  A solid, if not great, Italian restaurant can be found in almost any of New Jersey’s 500-plus towns. But the bottom line is it’s not so much about quantity as it is about those deciding factors and small details that provide a truly satisfying, enjoyable, and memorable dining experience.

Tuscany Villa Ristorante, an architecturally attractive building with salmon-colored stucco, stone façade, canopied windows, and decorative railings, provides a welcoming introduction to the business.  Anchored at the end of a small strip mall on Changebridge Road in Montville, Tuscany Villa stands out with its modern exterior appearance that screams classy and upscale, but rest assured on entry, you will find an attractive, spacious, casual, cozy, and relaxing atmosphere. Relatively new, Tuscany Villa was constructed in 2016 and opened its doors in January 2017 as an independent, family-owned business.

Owner Elvis Mejia, a native of Guatemala, is not new to the restaurant industry. He and a few relatives were also partners in Delizia Pizza Kitchen in Boonton and El Rancho Restaurant in Morristown. Like many restaurant owners and chefs, Chef Mejia worked up the culinary ladder as a young man. Following his arrival in the U.S. in 2000, he found a job as a dishwasher at Frank’s Pizza in Lake Hopatcong. Eventually, Chef Mejia, following 10 years of hard work, studying, and honing his culinary skills, earned a position as a Sous

Chef. Deciding to pursue his dream and open his restaurant, and with the help of his relatives and friends, he was introduced to Montville, which he found was the perfect location for his Tuscany-themed restaurant, and where he gives back to the community by sponsoring local youth and High School sports.

Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and of the foundations of the Italian language. Creating an ambiance, vibe, and sense of Tuscany’s culture, lifestyle, and beauty would require some imagination.  Careful planning paid off, and Tuscany Villa creates just such a sense of a serene Italian villa, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere where one can relax and enjoy a delicious meal over a glass of wine. Did I mention that Tuscany Villa is BYOB, so feel free to bring along your favorite vino? Conveniently, there is a liquor store next door, just in case you forget. The interior is meticulously clean and spacious, with beautiful décor that

captures the essence of Italy and certainly reflects the restaurant’s theme. The color scheme is comforting and cohesively comes together with assorted cozy lighting, tasteful and thoughtfully placed artwork, Italian artifacts on the walls, comfortably spaced rustic wooden tables & booth seating, ceiling fans, and tiled flooring.  Aromas of freshly baked pizzas, savory tomato sauce, spices, and herbs, and all those scrumptious fragrances that tantalize your taste buds and make your mouth water as you peruse the menu.

I would neglect not to mention (especially now that the warm weather is upon us) that Tuscany Villa also offers outdoor patio seating. This is a gorgeous setting to dine and relax, reflective of the restaurant’s theme, complete with vine-covered trellises and soothing natural landscaping.

The menu offers the usual array of delectable Italian choices, including appetizers, soups, salads, antipasti, pasta, seafood, baked pasta, hot and (Continued on Page 20)

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Explore the Delectable Menu at Tuscany Villa Ristorante in Montville

Teacher Spotlight: Parsippany High School’s Mr.Kandil


Mr. Kandill has lived in Parsippany all of his life. After graduating from Parsippany High School in 1998, he attended Fairleigh Dickinson University.

At Fairleigh Dickinson, he would major in Marketing and later achieve his MBA in International Business.

He started teaching in 2005 at Parsippany Hills High School. He also would become the Parsippany Hills Soccer Coach From 20072012, winning the State Sectional Championship in 2007 and reaching the state sectional finals in 2012.

At Parsippany Hills High School he ran FBLA for 17 years while being state advisor of the year in 2015 & 2019 becoming the Advisor of DECA at Parippany High School.

In 2018 he won the YMCA Secondary Educator of the Year.

Finally he won the 2019 Junior Achievement of NJ Educator of the Year.

Mr.Kandil teaches Personal Finance, Business Organization and Management, and Business Computer Applications.


Q, Why did you become a teacher?

A: I wanted to inspire and influence my community’s youth. I wanted to be the teacher that I wished I had when I was in high school because a lot of the content I learned in school wasn’t applicable in the real world, and I wanted to be able to tie real-world concepts into the education system.

Q Favorite part of teaching?

A: Interacting and making connections with students and hearing about student’s success and knowing I have made a difference in their lives.

Q Favorite class and why?

A: Personal Finance because the need for financial literacy is so vital because no matter what major you take, you’re going to have bills, you’ll have to budget, you’ll buy a car, and here I can inform students the best way to do it.

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Ensuring Transparency in Client-Advisor Relationships:

Q. How long have you been with Edward Jones, and what drew you to this company?

A. For the first 10 years of my life, I was active in the accounting, audit, tax, and mergers & acquisition’s world. I joined Edward Jones in 2014. I had a unique opportunity to join a few other large firms, but I chose Edward Jones for their unique approach of bringing Wall Street to Main Street America. I always wanted to service the needs of my town on my terms without any push from the top. I can work independently in Parsippany while getting the support from our firms’ headquarters and my dedicated Branch Office Administrator, Debbie Antonowich.

Q. What inspired you to become a financial advisor?

A. I joined the financial industry with the mind-set of building intimate client relationships, offering education and comfort, knowing their financial and estate affairs are handled discreetly and professionally. My focus is working with business owners, folks nearing retirement, young families and other professional looking to be educated about their money. I wanted to have a large firm (Edward Jones is a Fortune 300 firm) backing to provide all the necessary products needed for my clients. I help my clients make smarter financial decisions in today’s uncertain political, economic, and social environment.

Q. Can you share a success story from your career that you’re particularly proud of?

A. There are too many to list, but without getting into too many details I am particularly proud of a letter I received from a client’s daughter in 2020 which helped me solidify that I am at the right place and the right firm. The letter stated that the client was able to live the last few years of her life in her home on her terms without any compromise due to the estate planning and investment strategy I helped her put together. All of her assets were distributed amongst the beneficiaries without any interruption.

Q. How do you stay updated on market trends and financial news?

A. I read a lot about the financial worlds both domestically and internationally. I am always listening to financial radio channels or Podcasts while driving. I attend a lot of Zoom meetings and in person meetings with financial industry leaders who look at historical events and make sense of the information for me to help make consistent long-term investment decisions for clients.

Q. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job, and how do you handle it?

A. I did a basic Financial Instruments and Market Update seminar at Parsippany Library 5 years ago and at the end of the seminar there was an 83

year-old female who stood up and said “Ozzie you are a myth buster”. When I asked her to elaborate, she basically said that most of the information she had about IRA (Roth and Traditional), 401ks, 529 plans, annuities and other topics that we discussed that day was false and she wishes she had attended my seminar when she was 20 years old. My largest challenge is that people are misinformed about a lot of financial instruments and in most cases are set in their ways so I am always providing education so people can make better financial decisions. I have done educational seminars at Millburn, Westfield, Rockaway, Denville, Boonton, Parsippany, Lake Hiawatha, Montville, and many other locations to educate the folks in community. I cannot take everyone as my client but I can help equip folks with the best knowledge so they can make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

Q. How do you balance risk and opportunity when making investment recommendations?

A. I start every single client with a Risk Tolerance Questionnaire, personal financial goals, and a time frame. I have a very simple 5 step process,

•Where are you today?

•Where do you like to be? Today- 10 Years from now and in retirement?

•Can you get there?

•How do you get there?

•How do we stay on track and not lose focus?

Based on the above information, every single client gets an individualized financial plan based on their needs, wants, and wishes. All investment decisions drive from above starting point.

Q. How do you prioritize your clients’ needs and preferences in your planning?

A. 24 years of professional work life taught me one thing and it’s a simple fact of life; Our needs and preferences are constantly evolving due to internal and external factors. All of my clients hear from myself or Debbie every quarter and I do an in-person annual review with almost every single client. During the onboarding of a new client, I get to learn about their lives, needs, wants and wishes, so I anticipate certain events before they materialize in a client’s life. Almost every single client makes a change to their needs,

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Building Successful Client-Advisor Relationships: Ozzie Niazi’s Key Strategies

Insights from Ozzie Niazi

wants, and wishes every few years, since we have an annual review policy, we can talk about it, document it and help implement it.

Q. What are your long-term career goals within Edward Jones?

A. Edward Jones is a 102-year-old firm and after being here for 10 years this is home for me, I feel that Edward Jones provides all the resources and tools required to make sure I am up to date on industry changes, new and amended law and more importantly well-equipped to perform my fiduciary duties to my clients without any pressure from external factors. I don’t experience a stock of the month or a product of the quarter syndrome like some advisors at other firms which keeps me focus on important things in the client’s lives. I truly get to serve clients with everything that they need and want from the most transparent, honest, and forthcoming firm on the street.

Q. How do you ensure transparency in the client-advisor relationship?

A. I help clients achieve their unique long-term goals through a comprehensive, holistic program of investments, estate planning, insurance, retirement planning and tax saving strategies. I want to make sure clients can afford to retire, travel, have money to put their children through school or be able to make sure their businesses are financially solid and in good hands

for the next generation. When it comes to transparency, it simply comes down to having an honest and forthcoming communication, full disclosure, and personal relationships. I always use the mom-dad test, where I ask myself would I do this if my mom or dad were sitting in front of me and asking me for advice.

Q. What do you enjoy most about working with clients on their financial strategies?

A. I work with multi-generational families to help them organize, build, protect, enjoy, and transfer their wealth effectively according to their wishes. I simply sit and listen to each need, want, and wish from every client and provide both long-term and short-term solutions based on their specific risk tolerance and financial situation. I have established processes that allow me to build personalized strategies to help clients achieve all their goals. My goal is to partner with clients for the rest of their lives, to keep them on track and to help achieve their life goals.

Q. How do you handle situations where your professional advice might differ from a client’s expectations?

A.This occurs all the time. We set aside the needs, wants, and wishes and after reviewing each item, clients’ expectations are usually met with the financial reality and some of the wishes might have to be modified to support the needs and wants. Needs

are the basic living expenses that we can’t live without for example, shelter, food, medication. Needs are often the #1 priority in most cases. Wants then comes next such as travel, vacation, buying a dream car. Third are the wishes i.e., European vacations, boats, or jets. If we can afford all items on our needs, wants, and wishes list, Hallelujah. If not then we simply go back to the drawing board and go over each item to address them individually.

Q. Outside of work, what are your personal interests or hobbies?

A. Beyond the world of finance, I find joy in cooking, reading, hiking, poker, golf, reading autobiographies, watching documentaries and quality family time. I am active in my community through volunteering at various causes close to my heart, coaching recreational youth football teams and involvement with inter faith events. I have been in this area most of my life, and I feel that it is my responsibility to contribute to the growth and development of this community that has been my home for so many years.

Q. What do you believe is the key to a successful client-advisor relationship?

A. Simple and straight forward communication, listening to the client in their authentic self without any frills and filters. I am here to address the changing needs of my clients in an ever-changing economic environment. I believe that your investments should be strictly tailored to your personal financial goals. I achieve that by being my authentic self and communicate openly with my clients and truly understand all their needs, wants, and wishes.

Q. You have been with Edward Jones for 10 years now, why stay and not become an independent broker?

A. We have a unique culture here at Edward Jones, and we are the largest standing private partnership in the industry. Edward Jones financial advisors can put their client’s interests first and collaborate with colleagues without the fear of losing business, and this is truly a difference maker in the industry. I am currently mentoring the next line of financial advisors. I believe when my kids are ready to join the firm in 10 years’ time, there will be support and training provided for them to be successful by someone I am training.

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Ozzie Niazi: Aligning Client Expectations with Financial Reality

Tuscany Villa Ristorante: Your Go-To Spot for Exceptional Italian Food

A Culinary Gem: Eggplant Rollatini at Tuscany Villa Ristorante

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cold subs, grilled dishes, chef specials, strombolis, wraps, paninis, calzones, and, of course, traditional, gourmet, and Sicilian pizza. A children’s menu is also offered, as are numerous specials. There is pretty much something for everyone. And don’t forget dessert!

Now that our group of hungry travelers had a chance to sip some wine, unwind, admire the décor, and check out the menu, it was time to start ordering. Our server, Vasile, was on hand to help with any questions we may have had. As far

as service goes, Vasile was as good as it gets. Friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient, Vasile made us all feel like valued guests from the moment we sat down. His affable manner and sense of humor all contributed to a fun dining experience.

As always, the group chose a selection of appetizers to share.

Choices included tender and flavorful eggplant rollatini, a well-packed meat stromboli (Sausage, Ham, Pepperoni, Salami, Meatball & Mozzarella), and at the suggestion of Vasile, ginger calamari (Fried Calamari Tossed in Ginger Sauce with Roasted Peppers & Mango). Each appetizer was luscious, with generously sized portions. The freshness and high quality of the ingredients were evident and cooked perfectly. To me, the star of the show was Ginger Calamari. Delizioso!!!  Nice plump-sized calamari, tender and crisp, sweet and sour, with a bit of heat and lots and lots of flavors. An exquisite, sweet Italian treat with an Asian flair!

For my entrée, I ordered the Shrimp Fra Diavolo, which came in a spicy Marinara Sauce, over pasta.  As usual, I asked them to punch up the heat. Shrimp Fra Diavolo, a favorite of mine, is made with juicy, large shrimp cooked in a hearty, spicy tomato sauce with garlic, white wine, and fresh parsley, when it’s good it’s good. Others in the group ordered the Chicken Contadina (artichokes, mushrooms, onions & a touch of marinara sauce, and served

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A Spicy Treat: Shrimp Fra Diavolo Over Pasta

The Eagerly Anticipated Moment has Arrived: Chick-fil-A is Now Open!

The new Chick-fil-A located at 1180 Route 46 officially opened on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 a.m.

Excited patrons eagerly lined up, anticipating the scrumptious breakfast offerings from Chick-fil-A.

The new building is 5,338 square feet with 62 interior seats and 18 exterior seating. 81 total parking spaces, and eight electric charging stations. In addition, the drive-through will consist of two lanes with enough room to stack about 60 cars in each lane.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio said “This is a great company that always gives back, and Charlie Atie is a great, caring guy. I know they will be a great community partner with Parsippany. I wish you much success!”

Store owner-operator Charlie Atie is a former police chief for Prospect Park. He said he looks forward to becoming part of the Parsippany community by providing space for events, supporting local sports teams, and bringing people together.

“Chick-fil-A serves not only food, but it is also a place of community and belonging,” Atie said. “Great food brings people together, and I look forward to providing a space where our guests can foster meaningful connections.”

“Chick-fil-A Parsippany will be an integral part of my family, and I look forward to welcoming our team members, guests, and the Parsippany community as one of our own,” he said. “This isn’t just my restaurant – it belongs to the community as well.”

Addressing the crowd of 100 invited guests to the private grand opening, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill said “Chick-fil-A, holding the title of the largest quick-service chicken family-owned and operated restaurant chain in the United States, boasts over 2,000 locations across 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada. We’re thrilled to extend a warm welcome to Chickfil-A in Parsippany. With its arrival, we anticipate enjoying its renowned fare and foreseeing increased job opportunities and economic prosperity

for our community. It’s bound to be a resounding success in Parsippany!”

Mark Cathy, representing the third generation of Chick-fil-A leadership, warmly embraces store owneroperator Charlie Atie following the joyous ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the grand opening. The project had been underway for several years. Dr. Bhagirath Maheta, a graduate of Parsippany Hills High School, acquired the property in 2020. Originally comprising three outdated office buildings, the property was initially put up for sale in 2016. Dr. Maheta envisioned enhancing the area’s image and attracting a renowned tenant, ultimately securing Chick-fil-A for the location.

Dr. Maheta’s presence in Parsippany is a significant addition, bringing projects that contribute to increased revenue, huge ratables, expanded employment opportunities, and solid property tax revenues.

This property was in a state of decline and desperately needed revitalization. With only 30% occupancy and a troubling history including six robberies in the past three years, it had become a hotspot for illicit activities,

with evidence of drug abuse occurring on-site during nighttime hours. It had become a blight on the area.

The property could have been developed with a 24-7, 365-day Wawa or QuickChek, however, Dr. Maheta chose Chick-fil-A since it wasn’t a 24-7, 365-day business, and is also closed on Sunday.

“I would like to thank all the board members who supported the Chickfil-A application. I also would like to Thank Chairman Robert Iracane for thinking out of the box and having the vision for the last 27 years to understand the need to improve our community. Thank you to all Township representatives and Joe O’Neill, Robert Garofalo’s attorney, and people who supported the project,” stated Maheta.

Chick-fil-A has established its presence across New Jersey, with a location conveniently situated just beyond Parsippany in the Briarcliff Commons shopping center in Morris Plains. Renowned for its delectable offerings such as chicken sandwiches, nuggets, tenders, salads, waffle fries, and milkshakes, the chain continues to captivate customers with its delicious menu options.

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Chick-fil-A’s Mark Cathy is excited about the opening of the new location in Parsippany. Pictured is Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Frank Neglia, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso, Parsippany-Troy Hills Council President Paul Carifi, Jr., Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Chairman Frank Cahill, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio, property owner Dr. Bhagirath Maheta, Councilman Justin Musella, Former Council President Loretta Gragnani and Councilwoman Judy Hernandez. Photo by Matthew O’Leary, A3Digital Media.

Indulge in Italian Desserts at Montville’s Tuscany Villa Ristorante

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over pasta). I didn’t try this, but it was a phenomenal-looking dish and generously portioned. Linguini & Clam Sauce (comes with red or white sauce), and a couple of guys went with your traditional Veal Parmigiana (nice sized pieces of veal, covered in Tuscany’s

house tomato sauce and lots of melted mozzarella topping it off.

Everyone enjoyed their meals, and the dessert menus arrived (as if we needed them now, but why not).  I like pistachios, so the Pistachio Truffle quickly caught my eye. It turned out to be a great choice. The creamy

ganache, infused with chocolate and nuts, came generously loaded with pan-roasted pistachios. Every bite into this creamy, crunchy, decadent, indulgent dessert was delightful.  Others chose Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Glass. Along with our Cappuccinos, those sweet and creamy treats made for the perfect ending to a genuinely nice dining experience.

When you’re in the area I recommend stopping in at Tuscany Villa Ristorante and trying it. Not to be redundant, but good food, beautiful décor, reasonable prices, and great service are a winning combination. Plus, they make a tasty pizza.

Tuscany Villa Ristorante

Phone: (973) 334-1400

Banquet Room (Great for Special Occasions) Holds 50 People.

Outdoor Dining Patio. BYOB

Dine In – Take Out – Delivery -Catering. Monday Pizza Special.

Hours: Seven Days 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Delight in the Creamy Goodness of Chocolate Mousse at Tuscany Villa
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Ricotta Pistachio Cake: A luscious creation with creamy ricotta layered with nuts, generously topped with pan-roasted pistachios. Chef Elvia Mejia, Pat Minutillo, Vasil and Chef Tony Abillo
Changebridge Road Montville

Key Clubs Highlight Volunteer Work at Kiwanis Breakfast Meeting

Key Club board members and Advisors from Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School joined the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany during their breakfast meeting at IHOP on Thursday, May 30.

The Key Club members enthusiastically detailed their activities and fundraisers for the 2023-2024 service year. These events included reading at elementary schools, creating Valentine’s Day cards for hospital patients, organizing “Halloween at the High,” collecting food for local pantries, donating pet food to animal shelters, and making greeting cards for veterans.

The Key Clubs at Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School are proudly sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

Key Club is a student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership skills. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Key Clubs are found in high schools and aim to foster a sense of community involvement and civic responsibility among young people.

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Sophia Gillen’s Gold Award Paves Way for Expanded Pet Fostering in New

New Jersey is taking decisive steps to improve the lives of companion animals and humans who love them thanks to the efforts of a Girl Scout Gold Award, Phenomenal Foster Pets.

Governor Phillip D. Murphy has officially proclaimed June 2024 as “Foster a Pet Month.”

Sophia Gillen, an Ambassador with Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, successfully petitioned Governor Murphy to expand New Jersey’s dedication to saving shelter pets. Gillen attends Mountain Lakes High School in Morris County. Gillen’s Gold Award stresses increased pet fostering to reduce shelter overcrowding. When a shelter animal is fostered, more shelter space becomes available. Shelters cannot control when animals will be relinquished or rescued from the streets.

Phenomenal Foster Pets encourages children and teens to advocate for animals at every age. In middle school, 11th Hour Rescue gave Gillen her first chance to put

her love for animals into action as a junior volunteer.

Since 2023, Gillen has been a weekend pet attendant at Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society (BASS). She volunteers with BASS Treasurer Sherry Dally at PetSmart Willowbrook Adoption Days to find homes for cats and kittens on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month.

The Phenomenal Foster Pets fun patch lesson teaches scouts and adults how easy fostering and advocating for pets can be. The fun patch and lesson are available online for anyone to earn.

Families can often foster for a week or longer with no obligation to keep the pet.

Fostering gives a cat, dog, or other animal time to relax and socialize with humans. Foster families learn to understand animals’ personalities and needs.

Girl Scout Gold Advisor Marcy Pryor says, “Fostering saves lives. Sophia’s Gold Award is a first for shelter pet advocacy with a state

government.” Pryor volunteers with Dogs and Cats of Antigua (DACOA) in the travel buddy, fostering, and overseas pet adoption programs. “Foster families are essential in the pet adoption,” states Dr. Pryor. “I’m proud of Sophia for championing animals and taking it to the highest level in the state.”

Many New Jersey shelters have foster programs, including NorthStar Pet Rescue, 11th Hour Rescue, All Humane Animal Rescue, St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter, and Associated Human Society (AHS). Use www.petfinder. com to find a shelter and take the next step as a foster family. You won’t regret it! To learn about Phenomenal Foster Pet lessons and patches, contact

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Parsippany Hills High School Key Club Hosts Relay for Life

Parsippany Hills High School hosted “Relay for Life” on Saturday, May 18.

The event started with the opening ceremony and survivor celebration, which included a survivor dinner from The Miner’s Apron.

Followed by assorted activities, games, tournaments, and lap walking. At 6:00 p.m., a Frozen T-Shirt contest. At 6:30 p.m., Road-To-Recovery Car making, a race lap to follow which car makes it to the “Hope Lodge” the fastest.

Pure Barre of Morristown did a PopUp Class. then a water ballon toss; Kickball Tournament. At 9:00 p.m., the Luminaria ceremony and closing at 9:30 to 10:00 was the fight back.

Throughout the day, activities included collecting lap beads, Jail-n-Bail, Face Painting, Field Goal Kicks, Yard Games, and fun-themed laps!

The students raised $17,284.45.

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The three top teams were CerulloStrong, which raised $4,668; Answer For Cancer, which raised $4,054; and Team Morristown RotaryInteract, which raised $2,302.

The top three individuals were Matthew and Robert Hemenway, who raised $2,476; Cori Mastropolo, who raised $ 1,903; and Shari Botta, who raised $810.

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BrightPath Learning Center Opens New Child Care

Anew child care center has opened in Parsippany. It offers high-quality daycare, pre-kindergarten, and preschool programs to provide young children with an educational experience.

On Saturday, May 11, Parsippany officials officially welcomed BrightPath Learning Center to the township. The center operates at 70 Old Bloomfield Avenue.

BrightPath Early Learning and Child Care accepts children from six weeks to six years old, focusing on their cognitive, social, and physical development through structured activities and child-led play.

Monica Zollo, the center director, was inspired to join the childcare field after her daughter’s birth, which made her realize the critical role of early childcare in development.

“With caring educators, our program is designed to provide children with quality care in a warm and nurturing environment,” Zollo stated. “Combining that commitment with our holistic approach to meaningful learning opportunities, BrightPath gives every child the best start in life.”

Robert Peluso, Councilman Frank Neglia, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development

Secretary Raj Dichpally and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member Ildiko Peluso and Buzz

BrightPath has numerous locations across North America, but this is its first center in New Jersey. It is part of the Busy Bees childcare network, which operates over 150 United States and Canada centers.

Parsippany-Troy Hills

Mayor James Barberio and Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board Chairman Frank Cahill were among those who welcomed Zollo and the BrightPath bee mascot. The center also presented a check to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

“Quality childcare programs are essential for our entire community,” Barberio remarked. “They are lifelines for working families, enabling parents to set their children up for success in a very meaningful way.”

Cahill said, “BrightPath is deeply proud of its dedicated team of educators, who are passionately committed to crafting a personalized learning environment for children while maintaining the highest standards of curriculum excellence. Thank you for being a part of our community!”

The child care center is licensed to care for 176 children. BrightPath offers financial assistance for families.

You can take a virtual tour online or request an in-person tour. Their operating hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

BrightPath Early Learning and Child Care is a member of Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Sweet and Smart Golden Retriever Sherlock Needs Your Love

Breed: Golden Retriever

Date of Birth: March 4, 2024

Sherlock Holmes, a playful and intelligent Golden Retriever, is eagerly looking for his forever home. Born on March 4, 2024, Sherlock has a vibrant and

outgoing personality, making him the perfect companion for an active and loving family.

Sherlock would thrive in a household where he can spend plenty of time playing and receiving training. His playful nature and sharp mind mean he would enjoy joining in on family adventures, whether it’s a hike in the woods or a game of fetch in the backyard. He’s always ready to learn new tricks and is eager to please.


This sweet, fun-loving boy spends his days romping around outside with his doggy friends, showcasing his curious and adventurous spirit. Sherlock is always seeking out the action, eager to explore his surroundings. After a day full of excitement, he loves to snuggle up for a long nap, preferably in your lap. He adores being around his

on his crate training and learning to walk on a leash. He is very smart and trainable, and with a consistent schedule, he will excel in his house training. His eagerness to learn makes him a quick study in any new routines or commands.

Rescue Story

Sherlock Holmes came to WISE Animal Rescue from a puppy mill, where overbreeding often leads to more puppies than can be sold. Dogs like Sherlock are often rejected for reasons such as birth defects, the “wrong” color fur or eyes, or simply because no one chose to purchase them. Unfortunately, unsold dogs in puppy mills are often destroyed. WISE Animal Rescue has partnered with groups to save these unwanted dogs—healthy, unhealthy, and those with birth defects—who are otherwise destined to be killed for no reason.

favorite people and relishes all the pets and attention he can get. His loving and sweet nature makes him a wonderful companion.


Dogs: Sherlock loves other dogs and currently enjoys playing all day with his siblings in his foster home.

Cats: He is comfortable with cats and would do well in a home with feline friends. Kids: Sherlock would be great with kids, bringing joy and energy to family life.

Training Sherlock is currently working

Adoption Information

If you’re ready to add Sherlock Holmes to your family, head to to start the adoption application process. Our adoption areas include New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maine, Vermont, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

Sherlock Holmes is waiting to bring joy, love, and a touch of adventure to your home.

Will you be the one to give him the loving forever home he deserves?

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Ginny Scala, Co-Chair for Membership, welcomed new members Nancy Choffo, Karen Landrigan, and Addie Burke Rufino on Monday, May 20, at the Elks Lodge on Parsippany Road during the Installation/Salad Supper for the Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Nancy, Karen, and Addie have already shown their commitment to the group by participating in several projects and activities that benefit the community. The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills is thrilled to welcome these three women into their growing group of enthusiastic volunteers, united in fellowship and service to promote projects that generate positive outcomes in education, culture, and civic betterment of the

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Shellfish and Celebrations: A Father’s Day Boil to Boast About

A seafood boil is a fantastic and festive way to enjoy a variety of seafood. It’s relatively simple to prepare and can be a fun, communal eating experience. Here’s a classic seafood boil recipe that you can try for Father’s Day:


4 quarts water

1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning

2 tablespoons salt

4 lemons, halved

1 head of garlic, halved horizontally

2 onions, peeled and quartered

8 small red potatoes

4 ears of corn, halved

1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 pound shrimp, deveined and shells on

2 pounds crab legs

1 pound clams, scrubbed

1 pound mussels, scrubbed and debearded

Fresh parsley, chopped (for


Melted butter for serving


Prepare the Broth:

In a large stockpot, bring water to a boil. Add Old Bay seasoning, salt, lemons, garlic, and onions. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Cook the Potatoes:

Add the potatoes to the pot and cook until they start to become tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Add Corn and Sausage: Add the corn and sausage to the pot. Cook for another 5-7 minutes.

Add Seafood:

First, add the crab legs and cook for about 5 minutes. Next, add the clams and mussels. Cover the pot and cook until most of them have opened,

about 5-8 minutes. Finally, add the shrimp and cook until they are pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes.

Check and Serve:

Discard any clams or mussels that haven’t opened. Drain the seafood mixture from the pot using a large colander. Spread out the seafood and veggies on a large table covered with newspaper or a disposable tablecloth for easy cleanup. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Serve with Sides:

Serve hot with small bowls of melted butter for dipping, extra lemon wedges, and your choice of dipping sauces like cocktail sauce or a garlic butter sauce.

This seafood boil is a surefire hit, providing a delightful mix of flavors and textures. Enjoy the preparation and the feast!

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