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School Board Hopeful Offers Suggestion for Making PHS Path Safer

Anthony DeInitinis says shared services could deal with the problem quickly and ensure residents' safety.

Parsippany Board of Education candidate Anthony DeIntinis has an idea regarding the path that leads from Parsippany High School's Jagged Rock to its football field.

At last Thursday's school board meeting, resident Robert Crawford said the path was unsafe, due to the presence of rocks and potholes. 

Crawford complained that the potentially unsafe conditions make it difficult for people, especially elderly and disabled persons, to travel across it. And he said the conditions have been ignored by school administration for more than a year.

At present, Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz said the gate offering access to the path path would be locked and closed to the public from 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday.

That gate, however, is broken.

DeIntinis suggested that the problem could be solved easily with some help from Mayor James Barberio's administration.

The candidate said he and school board member Michael Strumolo paid a visit to the path and did not like what they saw.

"I looked up the street and saw what deplorable condition it was in and I wondered, since the path was condemned by [Board President Frank Calabria] and Dr. Seitz, and [PHS Principal] Dr. Natalie Betz was aware of it, how come nothing has been done in over a year," he said.

He noted that township street crews are busy with projects and decided that they could help with a solution to the problem.

"I am sure there is extra tar left over at the end of the day," DeIntinis said. "Why can't the mayor direct the roads department to utilize the extra blacktop to patch and/or repair this path temporarily until final plans can be made? This would alleviate any further injuries and possible lawsuits."

DeIntinis and ticketmate James Carifi are pushing the issue of increasing shared services between the school district and the town in their campaign for the Nov. 6 election.

"Mr. Carifi and I feel that shared services would be beneficial to all taxpayers," he said.

DeIntinis said he has a call in to the mayor to discuss the matter but has not yet received a response.

Patch made an attempt to reach Mayor Barberio as well.

While the candidate said that he and his ticketmate are interested in talking with the mayor about the possibility of increasing shared services with the township, in terms of the path, he said it's time to take action.

"Talk is cheap," DeIntinis said. "It's been a year.

"Why hasn't anything been done yet?" 

Bob Crawford October 03, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Michael A year ago the Superintendent declared the path to be unsafe and I followed up with emails to the Superintendent and to the BOE President. When I got no response I expressed my concerns on at least two occasions at Board meetings. I raised the issue again, via email, after this year's first PHS home game a couple of weeks ago and when I did not hear back I raised it yet again at the last BOE meeting only to be told by the Superintendent that he had no immediate plans to address the issue other than to construct a barrier to prevent residents' and students' access to the field. As for being transparent, that's my goal and thanks for the compliment. As for having my cake and eating it too. It all depends upon the cake and who baked it .
gary martin October 03, 2012 at 12:37 AM
It would be a pleasure to serve on the board with a man like Tony that is thinking about saving money, if the board can do so without damaging any education. He appears to be a straight forward guy. He is not a man that would speak about you in mails behind your back. If the great people of the Township of Parsippany vote him in, I would like to work with him for the next two years. I always remember change can be good with good people leading the way. I met Tony four times in the past and he appears to be a nice man that wants to give up in time for children. This job on the board of education in a very hard for free. And sometimes, the people of this great township will ask me, " why gary, you give your time after 34 years to the government. I always say that God and my county give me to much. Maybe Tony feels the the same! In my heart, I believe that the children of this great township are worth my time. I hope everyday, I do right for them. Good luck Tony and anyone else that gets elected by the great people of the township, I love for over 40 years. Always, God bless the United State Navy and beat Army!
Todd M. Finchler October 03, 2012 at 12:47 AM
It is extremely easy to criticize and second-guess leaders. It is not as easy to lead. And when some people keep taking shots at various leaders - knowing full well that those leaders won't dignify the criticism with responses on this forum - it begs the question as to whether the criticism amounts to bullying.
clyde donovan October 03, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Get real Todd.
gary martin October 03, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Mr. Finchler You are Right, without question. The board of Education is a very hard job but it made me love the Township more. It is very rewarding ,when you see the children happy.
gina s. October 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I think what is really amounts to is that these people have to get a life. There are so many other pressing things that need to be looked at, yet we are sitting here talking about a path that needs repaving? I'm just as guilty because I am writing about it too! I am sure we all have more important things to talk about. Why don't we just see if there is a paving company who would be willing to donate his services and do a quick pave over?
George L. Blair October 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Natalie, Bob Crawford seems hell-bent on finding anything he can to sabotage the Parsippany BOE and Dr. Seitz. In the three years I have been paying attention to the BOE's meetings I have never heard him say one positive thing about the BOE or Dr. Seitz.. When he was on the Board he would criticize other Board members in public and chastise employees in an unprofessional manner. Now since he has unsuccessfully run for the city council he is back hassling the BOE and Dr. Seitz from the podium. Bob Crawford in my opinion, when he was on the Board was the most disloyal member of a governing body I have ever seen. He needs to get a life and stop bothering these people who are trying to move our school district forward. Additionally, Dr. Seitz is not the type of man who would let anything occur that would be unsafe for our kids. I am sure he is doing everything he can to improve safety hazards throughout the entire district. Our competitive statistics with other school districts remain exceptionally high, and are constantly improving. Dr. Seitz is directly responsible for that. He staff is very loyal to him, which is one method of judging a good administrator. Every time there is a controversy Crawford brings up Dr. Seitz salary dispute. If I didn't know how far fetch it would be, I would suspect that he thinks he could do a better job. Get a life Bob Crawford.
clyde donovan October 03, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Crawford must be running for election to something. He's becoming Roy Messmer #2.
Roman Hoshowsky October 03, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I don't think anyone is against fixing the athletic fields. It's the way we go about fixing the fields is where you will find disagreement.
Roman Hoshowsky October 03, 2012 at 07:47 PM
At least Bob isn't a back stabbing SOB like some some people at the BOE!
clyde donovan October 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
There aren't many, if any, positive things to say about the BOE and Seitz.
Stephanie October 03, 2012 at 10:25 PM
With all the field and path issues that this town seems to have, it is a wonder that environmental science is not taught in the schools and that the children are not taught how to take care of and work the school grounds. It would be a great learning experience and one that could benefit all with little to no cost.
Selene October 04, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Bob. you can't be serious. A walkway to the back fields of the school? This BS is politics at its worst. Get a grip.
Selene October 04, 2012 at 03:56 AM
DeIntinis is the worst we can vote in, so please keep him away from our schools....a tea bagger never has society and it's children in it's best interests.....they serve the corporate entity......
Selene October 04, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Any tea bagger is a threat to social reform. Social reform advocates educational reform and improvement. A tea bagger is self serving, go back to GOV Pol 101.
Selene October 04, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Dr. Seitz has done a great job in the district. I have seen the results as my children progressed from K through HS. The problem in Parsippany is that there are too many redneck uneducated a-holes that don't understand the value of education because they are blue collar workers who were lucky to graduate HS. Damn, our mayor is a HS grad, never attended or gained a degree beyond HS. Pathetic.
VietNam Vet October 04, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Gary I agree with some of the things you said here and I hope Tony does what he says he wants to do and continues to push the town for help. After all its not like we need 8 people out there to patch up a pothole someplace, most of them are just standing around drinking coffee, and we are paying them to do it, how smart are we? As for Salene she will never be happy about anything, unless everything is done her way, so you can't listen to the likes of someone like her and Carol M. and Monica S because they are just a few miserable people who have nothing else to do except to get people riled up about things. They like to start trouble unless you see things their way.
Carol M. October 04, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Great, just what we need; yet anothe who thinks that running to the press with some unique idea that chances are we've all is the way to run our schools. I guess having a conversation about doing something good with the people that can get the job done doesn't do any good by getting your name threaded in a news story or your picture out there so why take that appropriate path. In observing the elected we have in town I've come up with 2 categories that I like to use; those that quietly get things done because its the right thing to do for our schools or community & those that make sure the press is paying attention so that they can make sure the public THINKS they are doing something while accomplishing nothing other then making sure we see their names. Sadly for those who use media for their info, the readers are mislead by these media seeking sorts since they are only serving themselves and not us. I'd like to pose a question; when you do something good for your neighbor, do you do it so that you can go around town telling everyone you meet about what you did or do you do it because of your good heart? Do you ever like or trust the person who does go around town telling everyone about how they helped a neighbor & what a good person they are because of it? I'll take the one who does things for the right reason over the one who does it to make sure I know his name, & I surely wont trust the one that thinks knowing his name is more important then doing whats right.
VietNam Vet October 04, 2012 at 02:53 PM
George, if you took a moment to find out the type of guy Bob Crawford is you might have a different additude. You show me one good thing that seitz has done for this town, except be greedy and try taking as much money away from the kids and the taxpayers of Parsippany. He is being sued by the BoE to get back money that he was overpaid and refuses to give it back, this was all started because he and Mancuso try to beat the Governor and renew his contract 8 months before it was due. And for what reason? Just to screw the BoE and the poor taxpayers for more money. This guy is as crooked as they come and has a few other members on the board the same way and they are just trying to clean up the corruption, that these people don't want you to know about. So get smart and fine out more about who you are protecting here before you open up.
VietNam Vet October 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Carol, why don't you tell everyone here who you really are? Tell the taxpayers why you have such an interest in seeing the corruption continue in this town? You want honesty so much, how about being honest with the taxpayers so they can look you in the face and tell you what they think about you?
Monica Sclafani October 04, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Bob, while I admit it seems that the administration has dropped the ball on this project, I would ask where the Buildings and Grounds committee was during this past year. Mr. Martin is chair of the committee and Mr. Strumolo and Mr. Neglia are members of the committee. Shouldn't Mr. Martin have brought the condition of the path to the attention of the board with a recommendation? At the very least, after hearing your complaints, shouldn't Mr. Martin have called a B&G meeting on the subject? I believe that Mr. Strumolo looked at the area during the FOD controversy and has done so again recently. No comment from Mr. Strumolo as a B&G committee member? And, in all fairness, we have not heard from Mr. Neglia on the subject either. You have brought this to the attention of the board with your comments during the public portion of the meetings. Why are you laying this at the feet of the BOE candidates and the administration when there are seated BOE Committee members who are just as culpable? I would urge the Buildings and Grounds Committee, under the direction of Mr. Martin, to meet. Let's get the path fixed instead of playing the blame game.
Monica Sclafani October 04, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Carol - just an FYI - "VietNam Vet" is "Paul Brown".
Bob Crawford October 04, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Monica This really isn't an issue that should require BOE intervention. The safety issue regarding the path was identified and owned by the Administration a year ago. Once they had identified that type of problem and understanding that to patch the path and to put up a railing would require minimal time and effort and would cost relatively little the appropriate District staff should have been directed by the Administration to solve the problem. Problems like this are resolved everyday throughout the district without having BOE involvement. That is what well paid people like the Superintendent, Business Administrator and the Principals who are charged with ensuring the safety of the District are expected to do. Please remember it is the Superintendent's job to run the District and it is the BOE's job to make sure the District is well run and Board members who cross that line are subject to all types of difficulties. Over the past year I have followed the prescribed process by sending emails expressing my concern and by attending BOE meetings to ask for updates. Nothing has happened and the Superintendent for reasons, known only to him, continues to do nothing and by doing nothing lets a situation he declared to be unsafe become more dangerous by the day. Enough already! Superintendent Seitz let's get the path fixed immediately and move on to the larger and more complex issues that face the District. .
Monica Sclafani October 04, 2012 at 04:21 PM
You're right, Bob, let's get the path fixed! True - It is the BOE's responsibility to see that the district is well run, so why wouldn't they bear a responsibility in seeing that the path is fixed? But if, as you say, it isn't a BOE issue, why are you bringing the BOE candidates into it? Again, let's stop with the blame game and do what needs to be done.
Roman Hoshowsky October 04, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Selene I really don't think someone's education can tell you what kind of person they are. I know plenty of people with degrees who are ignorant. To me it doesn't matter how smart you are; if you lack integrity you're a drain on society. Whether the mayor has a degree or not matters less to me than what kind of person he is. I can tell you he does care, which is more than you can say about some other "educated" people who are "working" for Parsippany.
Carol M. October 04, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Thank you Mrs Sclafani, I see the resemblance now. Really, two different names? I guess everyone needs a hobby. I think I saw something similar on another article where someone signed in as two different names only they used caps and explanation points all over the place so it was a pretty obvious tell. Well I guess since everyone around here thinks I'm Mrs Obama, or Mrs Seitz or who ever else they think I am, it makes complete sense in their world to log in as two different people.
Roman Hoshowsky October 05, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Monica - just an FYI - "Carol M" is "JD Christian" and "JD Christian is.................
George L. Blair October 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Viet Nam Viet or Paul Brown, I am not in the least bit interested in getting to know Bob Crawford. I try not to judge people, other then how they react to me or how they behave in general. The Mayor is my friend, so was Mayor Luther who had a law degree. Both of them in my mind are gentlemen of the highest quality. Bob Crawford is a traitor to the Board. His constant complaining, looking for issues to hurt the Board, Dr. Seitzs and the Mayor is hurting our children. He must be stopped. I am going to call Dr. Seitz and find out why we can't get this path fixed. So Cry Baby Bob can go somewhere and sit down.
Bob Crawford October 05, 2012 at 08:32 PM
George Just wanted to thank you for offering to reach out to Dr. Seitz to see why the path can't be fixed. I appreciate and respect the fact that you disagreed with some of the positions I took and the views that I expressed while I was serving on the Board for seven years. I do recall a number of instances when you took the time to come before the Board to share your thoughts and and I always appreciated your interest in the work that the Board was doing on behalf of the school district If it's not too much trouble could you please share what you learn from Dr. Seitz by providing an update on Patch so that we can all better understand his reasons for not repairing the path. Again many thanks and have a great weekend
Angelina October 08, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I'm so amused by so many of you acting like children on here...all the time! So many of you are such bullies...

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