Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Wednesday, May 15
You may be thinking, "Hey, Parsippany is a big town! I don't care if 26.6 acres of woods are knocked down to put in a Whole Foods, a big box retailer, 65 three-story townhouses, a strip mall and 1,100 parking spaces. After all, the area known as Waterview, where Route 46 meets Intervale Road, is several miles from my house." Well, maybe you do mind: Are you concerned about overcrowding in our schools? The children from these townhouses won't all neccessarily go to Intervale School. They will be farmed out to all Parsippany schools to average out class sizes, which are already maxed out. These large class sizes are with recent additions to several of our schools. So don't plan on seeing more additions being built anytime soon. Property …
Before council, John Inglesino hails Somerset County Prosecutor's finding that criminal charges were not 'viable' in Town Hall job-offer allegations.
Town attorney John Inglesino addressed the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office decision not to pursue criminal charges against Mayor James Barberio and associates at Tuesday's Township Council meeting at Parsippany High School. Inglesino claimed vindication over the decision, which was prompted by a probe based on claims by former Parsippany Police officer and current council candidate Dr. Louis Valori. The candidate had claimed Inglesino, Barberio and Council President Brian Stanton offered him a $50,000 police department public relations job to keep him out of the 2013 election race. Valori took his complaints—and a portion of a secret recording he made of the Sunday, Jan. 13, Town Hall meeting where the job was discussed—to law …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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I attended a special Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council meeting in December 2008, the week before former Mayor Michael Luther’s last year in office. In attendance were the five council members, the business administrator, the township attorney and former municipal clerk Judy Silver. I identify Judy Silver because to me, Town Hall's Council Chambers was her “house,” yet all documents that evening were prepared by Morris County Joint Insurance Fund administrators and distributed by District 26 Asw. BettyLou DeCroce, who then served as Roxbury's town clerk and as MJIF chair. On that evening, we witnessed a deal done before it even started. MJIF is a self-insurance fund comprising of townships mostly from Morris County. When one thinks of …
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Actavis, a $13 billion company in Parsippany, will not give us investors the opportunity to vote for or against any women to join its board at its annual meeting, which takes place Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel 199 Smith Road. Worse, there is only one woman on the whole board. Worst, there are no women executive officers at all. What man of moral merit or social integrity or possessing a scintilla of political consciousness would yield his name to a proxy, much less a board, on which there was such a poor gender ratio? What manager of a mutual fund or pension fund or bank or trust or foundation or school or church or 4-H Club would perpetuate this social horror by voting for these chauvinists either? None of the guys…
Sunday, April 28, 2013
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When it comes to giving gifts, there is none more precious and important than a second chance at life. April is Donate Life Month and both our departments – the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission — are working in partnership to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. We are encouraging individuals to register and help us save even more lives. In New Jersey, we are proud that more than 2.3 million adults are registered as organ donors, but we can and must do more to grow those numbers. But, sadly, eighteen people die every day in our country while waiting for an organ transplant and every eighteen minutes another name is added to the waiting list. Currently, nearly 5,000 of our …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Wednesday, April 10
To the Editor: The U.S. Supreme Court has written that traditional public forums are those that “have immemorially been held in trust for the use of the public and, time out of mind, have been used for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens and discussing public questions." Public streets and parks are the quintessential example. The court has also determined that Township Council meetings are not traditional public forums and may impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on expression. However, that does not mean the Township Council or its attorney may restrict the questions and opinions expressed by members of the public. At the April 9 Parsippany Township Council meeting, the township attorney …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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Wednesday, April 3
At the last “township” meeting concerning the threat of the proposed Waterview development, a paper dated March 18, 2013, and addressed to John P. Inglesino, the township attorney, was made privy to the public. The letter came from law firm Bisgaier Hoff LLC on behalf of developer RD Realty. This correspondence is quite revealing and stands as circumstantial proof of a consortium existing between the developer and the present township administration. It perhaps demonstrates a similar relationship between the township and the owner of the property, Belle Meade Development Corporation. From the letter: The owner of the Property is Belle Meade. Belle Meade has made a final decision to sell the Property, and in furtherance thereof, has entered…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Tuesday, March 26
I recently received a letter in my mailbox from Councilman Paul Carifi Jr., who is running for mayor in Parsippany. In his letter, Mr. Carifi strongly opposes the Waterview Plaza plan, which will tear down 26.6 acres of woods, that are filled with wildlife and a historic cemetery. The area borders Route 46 to the south and Intervale Road to the west. What will replace these woods? A Whole Foods Market, a big-box retailer, a strip mall with 1,100 parking spaces and 65 three-story townhouses. How will this development affect you? Area property values will likely drop, resulting in higher taxes for all Parsippany residents. Thousands of additional cars daily will be added to current Route 46 traffic. You'll also get more air pollution, …
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Tuesday, March 26
It appears that the residents of Parsippany are being deceived once again. The fact that Mayor James Barberio has refused to answer resident’s questions outright is testament to that. At the Town Council meeting of March 12, Councilman Brian Stanton verified the following: The Town Council meeting of March 19 also had its problems. Two residents asked Mayor James Barberio specific questions regarding the Jan. 13th meeting. The Mayor refused to answer, advising the residents to “wait” until the next day because he had sent out a press release to all the newspapers regarding this matter. The Mayor’s response of March 20 discussed the retirements of Lou Valori and Paul Carifi, but it did not address the questions that were posed to him at the…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
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The following is an open letter to Parsippany's Township Council from David Kaplan, president of a nonprofit citizens group standing in opposition to developer RD Realty's plan to construct a retail and residential complex including Whole Foods Market, a big-box retailer and a 60-unit townhouse community on 26.6 now-undeveloped acres on Waterview Plaza. On behalf of Citizens For Health, Safety, and Welfare, I am writing to let you know that we believe the Town Council did the right thing by tabling the draft overlay rezoning ordinance. You recognized the need to further investigate all of the available options in order to ensure that [any development gives] true benefits to the residents. We appreciate that you didn’t rush to judgment, …