Thursday, February 7, 2013
Littleton School students team up with a congressman and a war hero to send greetings to wounded military vets for the holiday of love.
Parsippany students had an opportunity Thursday to wish American soldiers a happy Valentine's Day. District 11 U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen and U.S. Air Force Reserves Master Sgt. James Vigilante visited Littleton Elementary School, where students created holiday cards for soldiers hurt in the line of duty. "These messages from students lift the spirits of veterans confined to a hospital on Valentine's Day," said Frelinghuysen, a Vietnam War veteran. Mayor James Barberio was also on hand for the special visit. The Valentines for Vets school visits are becoming an annual tradition for the congressperson and Vigilante, who said the card delivery is important because it shows veterans that they have not been forgotten. Frelinghuysen …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Parsippany soldier and former councilman rarely avoids an opportunity—however difficult— to serve.
Jim Vigilante likes praise as much as any other guy, but the man wearing camouflage gear isn't suited up in his Air Force Reserves uniform and collecting Valentine's Day cards from students at Eastlake Elementary School in early February to garner compliments. "That is all about the veterans," he said, referring to the ultimate recipients of the students' creations. "The ones still out there, the ones in the hospital [including wounded Parsippany vet Derek McConnell]... they are the ones we should be thinking about." He is equally determined to send glory into another direction when men and women throughout Parsippany offer their thanks for his 2011 five-month stint loading and unloading military planes in Afghanistan. When given a …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Students at Eastlake Elementary School got to meet a congressman and a war hero as they helped wounded soldiers.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Parsippany students had an opportunity Monday to brighten U.S. soldiers' Valentine's Day. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen and Master Sgt. James Vigilante, fresh from serving in Afghanistan, visited students at Eastlake Elementary School and inspired them to create holiday cards for those recuperating after being injured in the line of duty. "These messages from students lift the spirits of veterans confined to a hospital on Valentine's Day," said Frelinghuysen, a Vietnam War veteran. "It is also an important way for young people to learn more about the sacrifices made by Americans in uniform. Veterans made our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom." Vigilante, a 19-year member of the U.S. Air Force …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Hundreds gathered at All Saints Academy to receive thanks from a grateful town.
The township of Parsippany showed its thanks for the kindness of neighbors Friday evening. Mayor James Barberio and a host of community groups came together to put on a spaghetti dinner for all of the volunteers, township workers and emergency responders who played a part in getting Parsippany through the nightmare of Hurricane Irene's floods last August. The event was held at All Saints Academy on Baldwin Road thanks to the combined efforts of the mayor's office, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany (along with its Key Club youth group), the Rotary Club of Parsippany, the Woman's Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills, and the Morris County chapter of the Sons of Italy, Parsippany Lodge #2561 (whose members crafted meatballs worthy of the …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Most of us can remember where we were on that day. But for some, things were never the same.
There are moments we all share—nearly unimaginable in their grand impact, and profound in their personal effect. Sept. 11, 2001 was undeniably such a time. Patch—working in collaboration with the Huffington Post and the Action America project—has collected hundreds of stories about the ways the terrorist attacks of 9/11 affected the lives of people in the communities we serve. A small handful of those stories—focusing on residents of Morris, Somerset and Sussex Counties, but including more than two dozen others from throughout New Jersey—are told here through photographs. Starting Sunday morning, hundreds more are at the Huffington Post. If you'd like to share your own story about how 9/11 affected you, e-mail Louis@Patch.com (if you've …
Friday, June 17, 2011
Q&A with James Vigilante, just days before he deploys to Afghanistan.
Air Force Reservist Jim Vigilante, former Township Council member and current owner of Independent Construction Enterprises of Parsippany, recently received the call he knew was coming. On Father's Day, he must travel to Afghanistan, where he will work loading and unloading supplies for troops in the field. As he prepared to make his journey, Vigilante graciously sat down with Patch to talk about his trip, the effect on his family and his service. Patch: First, how is your family taking the upcoming deployment? Vigilante: It’s tough. My mom is here in Parsippany—we’ve always lived here. She’s recently been through gall bladder surgery and she has been going through shingles. My daughter, Ashlee, is 23 years old. She’s not happy about …
Monday, May 30, 2011
The annual holiday parade featured patriotism, diversity and pride.
The 2011 Parsippany-Troy Hills Memorial Day brought out young and old under the blistering sun for music, sun, memories... and lots of fire trucks. Organized by the township's Recreation Department, the event had residents lined along North Beverwyck Road. Many dashed into nearby stores to pick up bottled water and folding chairs in hopes of staying hydrated, rested and cool even as the mercury rose toward the 90-degree mark. In the end, though, the heat did not matter. The parade participants waved happily to the enthusiastic crowds who offered them warm rounds of applause. Kids scrambled into the street to collect pieces of candy tossed by civic officials or danced to music played by bands representing the local high schools. Beyond the …