Monday, March 18, 2013
Dismissed Committee member Dr. Louis Valori believes move is '100 percent political retribution.'
Not long after Mayor James Barberio allegedly met at Town Hall with municipal officials on Sunday, Jan. 13, to discuss a possible job for Dr. Louis Valori—who's now running for council on the ticket opposing the mayor's re-election slate—he sent a letter dated Feb. 11 to Valori telling the longtime Municipal Alliance Committee member that his services, though appreciated, were no longer required. Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert J. Peluso, also running for council on the Paul Carifi Jr. mayoral ticket, said he received a similar letter from the mayor dated Jan. 15. The Valori-Peluso campaign was launched Jan. 26; the duo announced that they were joining the Carifi ticket Feb. 7. Barberio has yet to respond to questions …
Friday, December 7, 2012
MAC Drug Prevention Leadership Summit featured candid discussions about the reality of drug use and abuse in Parsippany.
A host of town officials, clergy, educators, law enforcement professionals and parents gathered Thursday night for the Parsippany Municipal Alliance Committee's Drug Prevention Leadership Summit. The event, which allowed attendees to brainstorm on ways to stop drug abuse in the township, took place at the Knoll East Golf Club. Mayor James Barberio kicked off the program, which he said was aimed at addressing "serious problems that can happen in the best of families." "The methods employed to get high are getting more creative," the mayor said. "It's imperative for us to know what kids are dealing with. We've seen firsthand what Parsippany families have faced and the destruction that drugs can cause. ... We have to relay the message that …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The local and national effort to combat drug and alcohol abuse reaches out to teens, families and seniors.
Red Ribbon Week kicks off Tuesday in Parsippany and throughout the U.S. In the township, Mayor James Barberio issued a proclamation last Tuesday marking the special week and hailing efforts by the Municipal Alliance Committee to bring attention to the problem of teen drug and alcohol abuse. MAC is sponsoring two events for Red Ribbon Week: There is also a nationwide contest as part of Red Ribbon Week to allow families to promote awareness in their neighborhoods and win a drug prevention grant for their schools. To participate: What can you win? The grand prize is $1,000 for your school and a new iPad to have at home. Ten winners will be chosen from across the country and announced at events at local schools in December.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
James Barberio brought attention to a veteran firefighter, library supporters, Red Ribbon Week and modern-day slavery.
Proclamations were awarded to honor citizens and events at the start of Tuesday's Town Council business meeting at the municipal building. Mayor James Barberio came forth to spotlight the achievements of a veteran firefighter and a group dedicated to the town's Parsippany Free Public Library. Clarence Ricker, of the Lake Parsippany Fire District #3, received a proclamation for his 50 years of service to citizens. Ricker, has served as the volunteer company's commissioner from 1970-79 and from 2002 to the present. The mayor commended Ricker "for consistently demonstrating bravery, professionalism and a commitment to the community." The audience in a packed council chambers, which included many firefighters in their dress uniforms, gave the…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
PHS seniors are living it up at The Venetian in Garfield. Meanwhile, Parsippany's Municipal Alliance Committee has a message for parents.
The Municipal Alliance Committee is a body appointed by Mayor James Barberio to educate the township of the dangers of underage drinking and destructive decisions. The poster shown comes from a campaign designed to remind parents that it is against the law—and potentially dangerous—to provide alcohol to those under the age of 21 or to allow teens to imbibe. MAC has signed on to the effort, which is also sponsored by the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Morris County Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention, the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, the St. Clare’s Health System, the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office; and …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Students present case before judge in Parsippany Municipal Court
Students from Parsippany Hills High School's Institute of Political and Legal Education presented "A Mock Trial: Exploring Consequences of Bullying" at Municipal Court Monday evening. The presentation featured students in the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a trial in front of the judge. The trial culminated with a judicial decision and a discussion of the issue of bullying and the factors considered in the judge's ruling. The Hon. Anthony Frese, chief judge of Parsippany's traffic court, presided over the proceedings. Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi, who provided guidance to the students, offered thoughts on the dangers of bullying after the trial's end. The event Monday night was organized by the Parsippany Municipal …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Dr. Mark Bellace brings his comedy tour and anti-drug message to the township April 25.
When Matt Bellace was in high school, he says he lacked confidence and had no sense of his own abilities. But as a teen, he received a precious gift: an opportunity to hear a positive message, to learn that he had something to offer and to do some good. A few years later, after earning his Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology from Drexel University, he was Dr. Matt Bellace, a psychologist, author and stand-up comedian. He was also a man with a mission—to keep kids away from drugs and alcohol. So he took his talents, returned to the place that opened his eyes to his own greatness, and paid his gift forward to other kids who needed to hear how special they are. Bellace gives that gift to Parsippany teens April 25 when he brings his 2012 Natural…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The body works to prevent alcohol and drug abuse in Parsippany.
The township's Municipal Alliance Committee held its first meeting of 2012 at the Parsippany Police Athletic League Center on Jan. 23. The group, comprised of members of the community appointed by the mayor, has a mission to prevent alcohol and drug abuse in Parsippany through community-based programs. At the gathering, the all-volunteer panel elected new officers and started planning the year's activities. This year's executive board is comprised of Chairperson Annelise Catanzaro, who was elected to her fourth term as chair, Vice Chair Louis Vallori and Secretary Sandra Neglia. "I'm especially eager to begin work for MAC this year because of the great group of people working on the committee," she said. "We have some veteran members who…