Friday, May 24, 2013
Friday is opening night for 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.'
More than 70 local youths will be performing in Morristown's Mayo Performing Arts Center first original production: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Andrew Lloyd Webber's famed musical. The kids have been rehearsing for weeks for this weekend's performances, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Check out the videos to see interviews with Parsippany Hills High School ninth-grader Justin Chinoff, who plays one of the brothers; Alexander Hamilton third-grader Sarah Crossford, who is in the children’s chorus; and LaGuardia High School ninth-grader Montana Byrne, who is one of the narrators. Click here to see the cast list. “Auditions were in February and we started rehearsing in March,” …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Alumni surprised Parsippany Hills High School choir teacher Linda Clark at her last concert before retirement.
Tears of joy and sadness were shed by chorus members, music staff, alumni and even attending residents at the conclusion of a very emotional Parsippany Hills High School choir concert held on Wednesday, May 22. Before the high school choir members were able to take their final bow, Central Middle School Choir Teacher Adam Aguanno stole the spotlight to introduce a special surprise for retiring high school choir teacher Linda Clark. Clark has taught at Parsippany Hills on and off since 1973 and has touched the lives of each and every student she has taught over the years. Clark was astounded as choir alumni filed onto the stage, one by one in a seemingly endless parade of beaming smiles and a few tears. More than 100 of Clark's former …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The student group gave its annual performance in an assembly last week.
On May 8, the Indian Cultural Club continued its annual tradition of putting on a show for classmates at Parsippany Hills High School. The show featured music, dancing and skits that delighted the student body and faculty members in attendance. Parsippany's Video on the Go was on site to capture every magical moment.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Middle and high schoolers from 10 NJ counties will be honored for courage and compassion in service to others.
The public is invited to see New Jersey's cream of the crop May 15 at Parsippany Hills High School when the Wallenberg Awards will be presented at a special ceremony. A select group of 26 middle school students and 28 high schoolers residing in Essex, Morris, Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Sussex, Passaic, Union and Hudson Counties will be honored for performing acts showing courage and compassion in their service to others, in the performance of an act of heroism or bravery or in promoting understanding, acceptance, tolerance and peace in their school or community. Nominations for the annual Wallenberg Awards came from faculty members at hundreds of area schools. The awards are named for Raoul Wallenberg, a young,wealthy Swede of…
Monday, April 8, 2013
The 2013-14 plan will raise the tax levy by 2.41 percent and keep a provision to reinstate five media specialists.
Editor's Note: This updated version includes comments from Board of Education President Susy Golderer. The 2013-14 budget for Parsippany schools won county approval April 4, according to a statement on the district website. The Board of Education cut the originally proposed spending plan by $1.5 million at its March 28 meeting, making the grand total for next year's budget $130,684,558. The plan does not include expenditures for athletic improvements at the high school, which led to last-minute scrambling by board members, who had to come up with a final plan to send to Interim County Executive Superintendent Rosalie S. Lamonte on the 28th. At the meeting, Parsippany Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz surprised board members and …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Tip-tapping teens bring the legendary Cole Porter musical to the stage.
If you love classic Broadway musicals, you'll surely find the Parsippany Hills Players' newest production de-limit, de-luxe, de-lovely. Parsippany Hills High School is staging Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," a story in two acts about an evangelist-turned-nightclub singer, a lovelorn stockbroker wooing a debutante (with a British lord for a fiancé), and a gangster disguised as a minister who sing, dance and find love on a luxury cruise liner sailing from New York to England. The original production of Anything Goes, which starred the bombastic Ethel Merman as singer Reno Sweeney, opened on Broadway in 1934 and ran for 420 performances with Ethel Merman. The Hills Players are performing the staging from the 1987 revival. Par Hills math …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The new plan removes extras such as lights, bathrooms, bleacher upgrades and disability access.
The Parsippany Board of Education's ad hoc committee on the high school athletic fields held its first meeting Saturday, March 16, to brainstorm ideas for making improvements to facilities at the township's high schools. BOE members and community volunteers holding a variety of points of view are part of the committee, which was formed after voters rejected the school board's $7.7 million fields improvement plan during the Jan. 22 referendum. At the gathering, the members determined that short- and long-term strategies were needed to accomplish the body's stated mission to make athletic refurbishments a reality. The group came up with what's known as Phase 1, a scaled back recommendation for improvements. In answer to the resounding "no" …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Bands of Par-Troy West struck a high musical note, and Video on the Go captured it.
School families in Lake Parsippany and Morris Plains enjoyed the musical talents of area school children in the Bands of Par-Troy West on March 13. Band students from Littleton Elementary, Brooklawn Middle and Parsippany Hills High School performed an interscholastic band concert that featured music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, and Avatar. And special guest Dr. Peter Boonshaft talked about the importance of music education.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Some friends and loved ones of Andrew Quinn took to the Internet to pay tribute.
The loss of 22-year-old Andrew Quinn, the Parsippany Hills High School and Cornell University graduate killed early Saturday after being struck by a vehicle driven by a still-unknown motorist on New York City's West Side Highway, is a difficult one for those who loved him. Many have taken to social media to recall a man who, according to his brother Jeff Quinn, who told NJ.com, "He excelled in all areas." One old friend posted a photo of her and Quinn from third grade on Instagram with a caption: "Thank you for everything you did for me during our wonderful friendship. You will never be forgotten. RIP Andrew" Other remembrances appeared on Twitter: Quinn served as president of Par Hills' senior class in 2008. His Legacy.com obituary …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Andrew Quinn, 22, was walking to his NYC home when struck by a car on the West Side Highway.
A 22-year-old man from the Morris Plains section of Parsippany was fatally struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run accident early Saturday along the West Side Highway in New York City, according to a report in the New York Post. At approximately 3 a.m., Andrew Quinn, a 2008 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School, reportedly was crossing West 23rd Street on foot when he was hit by a southbound car that kept going. He was taken to New York's Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. While at Parsippany Hills High, Quinn spent his senior year as class president. Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Bryan Crawford, who was a friend of the young man, told Patch that Quinn was a member of the school's marching band and …