Thursday, January 24, 2013
High school senior named 'class actor' admits he's been acting for a long time.
As the equality march moves forward across the United States, a person deciding to come out as gay or lesbian is not news the way it was 10 or 20 years ago. It is, however, eye-opening when such a revelation is made by a high school student in front of her or his classmates. That's exactly what happened at Parsippany High School this week, according to NJ.com. With the support of his family, a teacher and a few close friends, Jacob Rudolph, an 18-year-old senior, put aside his fears of discrimination and harassment and made a speech in front of 300 of his fellow students after he was proclaimed "class actor." And his father, Jonathan, was so proud of his son's courage that he put a video of the speech on YouTube. An excerpt from the speech…
Monday, January 21, 2013
Parsippany residents go to the polls to decide if the township's high schools will get their Fields of Dreams.
Two months past Parsippany's last trip to the polls and more than a year after the town's Fields of Dreams debate began, residents are being asked to cast votes again: The Board of Education holds its special referendum Tuesday to decide the fate of its $7.7 million proposal for athletic improvements at Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School What's proposed is a package including the installation of artificial turf fields to replace ailing football fields at both high schools and necessary stormwater management systems, new six-lane tracks, 80-foot lights (reportedly designed to minimize light pollution), Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant bleachers, fencing and public restrooms. The cost of the project, which would…
Peter Bradley calls the lack of information for fields referendum deliberate and accuses the BOE of lacking 'managerial courage.'
The Parsippany Board of Education's $7.7 million athletic fields referendum is scheduled for Tuesday. And with one day prior to the special election, many residents say they still have not received sample ballots in the mail. One township man decided to take action to ensure that people can make an informed decision at the polls. Peter Bradley created a flyer that he distributed to his neighbors over the past weekend. He said concern over the lack of information moved him to act—and he accused the school board of being deliberately slow in getting information to voters. "I’m convinced the BOE believes the referendum would fail if more people knew the full story," he charged. "I’d prefer a fair vote and let the results be what they may be. …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Local scholars compete against Wardlaw-Hartridge School on Cablevision Feb. 1.
Thursday, January 17
The new season of MSG Varsity’s award winning high school quiz show, “The Challenge,” will feature a first round match-up between Parsippany High School and the Wardlaw-Hartridge School on Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. on Cablevision’s Optimum, channel 14. Par High will compete against 47 other New Jersey schools during the regional rounds as the team looks to qualify for the Tri-State Championship playoffs. Back for his fourth season as host of “The Challenge” is Jared Cotter, host of “MSG Varsity’s Talent Show” and a popular semi-finalist from American Idol. Cotter will serve as moderator, testing competing teams on their knowledge of history, arts and literature, current events, math and science in front of a live studio audience. “The …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Guy Bertola steps down from Par High helm after questions arise over his stated qualifications.
Parsippany High School needs a new football coach. Guy Bertola, the brash and spirited man hired to turn things around for the Red Hawks, who went two consecutive seasons without a win, resigned Friday. Bertola stepped down after the school district discovered an issue involving a qualification claimed on his resume. Bertola told Patch that he made "an error" on his resume. "The problem was that I had a couple dates on [the resume]regarding a post-grad program that I was in that I was not in," he explained. "So there was falsification on there, but it wasn't about a teaching [certification]. "I just hadn't started the program yet." He said that while he does not hold a teaching certificate, it is possible to serve as a head coach if one …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Students were given a look into an independent future in the work world on National Disability Mentoring Day.
Students with disabilities from Parsippany High School and other New Jersey high schools and colleges were guests at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in East Hanover Oct. 17 for the American Association of People with Disabilities' National Disability Mentoring Day. The purpose of the initiative was to share insights with special-needs young adults about career possibilities and to help build a diverse local future workforce. The teens and young adults had the opportunity to participate in interactive career sessions giving them insight into their potential futures as part of the state's workforce. Attendees also heard a keynote speech from Verona resident Scott Chesney, who stood before them as someone to emulate. Chesney is also disabled…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Teachers dye their beards and school raises $10K.
- BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Monday, November 12, 2012
It was a sight to behold. Classrooms filled with pink-clad students, cafeterias ablaze in pink, corridors a sea of pink in motion. Parsippany High School was transformed into a patch of pink Oct. 26, as students, teachers, administrators and staff joined forces in an effort to show concern and raise money for the fight against breast cancer. But the day was not the only thing that was painted pink. Some 30 male teachers put aside their razors in the weeks leading up to the occasion and cultivated full beards. The event, now in its second year, was billed as “Beards for Breast Cancer Awareness” and the transitional faces of the teachers drew the attention of colleagues and students alike. As the “pink-out” day approached, photos …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The warming center at Littleton School will now be open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. for as long as it is needed, according to Parsippany Police.
Parsippany now has two shelters to provide comfort to residents still lacking electricity due to Superstorm Sandy. Parsippany Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo said late Wednesday afternoon that an overnight shelter equipped with cots will be available at Parsippany High School located at 309 Baldwin Road starting at 6 p.m. It will remain open 24 hours a day for the duration of the post-storm recovery period, said Mayor James Barberio. If you plan on spending the night at the center, bring with you any bed linens, pillows, sleeping bags or air mattresses that you require, said the chief. You may bring your pet with you, he added, but pets will not be allowed inside of the shelter. Parsippany Animal Control will take custody of your pet and take…
Saturday, October 20, 2012
'The mayor was very supportive,' school board president said.
Improvements are coming for a potentially dangerous path leading from Jagged Rock to the Parsippany High School football field, said Board of Education President Frank Calabria at Thursday's school board meeting. Calabria announced that the township has agreed to partner with the school district to deal with the path, which was labeled as potentially hazardous by Parsippany resident Robert Crawford at the Sept. 27 BOE meeting. He said the repairs should be completed on or about Nov. 30 and should cost the district about $15,000. According to Crawford, the path is filled with rocks and potholes, is difficult to negotiate and is potentially dangerous, particularly for elderly and disabled people. "The mayor was very supportive and offered …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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…