Friday, December 21, 2012
Joanne Mancuso, who was elected to the Parsippany Board of Education in November, said she does not want to be sworn in.
Joanne Mancuso, who was elected to the Parsippany Board of Education Nov. 6, will not be taking the oath of office in January, according to a letter she sent to the district. Interim Business Administrator Mark Resnick announced Mancuso’s decision during the board’s Thursday night meeting. Resnick did not say whether Mancuso listed any reasons for her decision. Mancuso, who had previously served on the board, was one of three candidates—along with James Carifi and Dr. Frank Calabria, the current board president —to win seats on the board. Those three beat out Alison Cogan, Anthony DeIntinis and Frank Neglia, current board vice president. Mancuso had previously said she planned to get up to speed on board issues and, after her January …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Third annual Hanukkah observance at Town Hall brings joy, dancing and doughnuts.
Visible joy was in abundance as about 100 people gathered Wednesday night to celebrate Hanukkah at Parsippany's third annual Municipal Menorah Lighting. The purpose of the evening was to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights by lighting a huge candelabra in front of Town Hall on Route 46. Jews of all persuasions—Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and secular—along with members of the Township Council and other Parsippanians came together to remember the long ago miracle of a lamp that had only one day's worth of oil yet stayed lit for eight nights. That miracle gave hope to the ancient Maccabees, enabling them to achieve a victory in battle over their Greek-Syrian oppressors. Today, that miracle and the lights on the Hanukkah menorah give …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Traffic stop in Boonton leads to arrest of 20-year-old Parsippany man.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Santa Claus praised Parsippany's children during his visit to Town Hall.
The holiday season in Parsippany is officially underway. The milestone occurred Sunday with the arrival of the one and only Santa Claus to the Municipal Building for the annual Christmas tree lighting. The Parsippany High School choir sang songs of the season. Mayor James Barberio wished all in attendance a Christmas filled with joy and peace. Barberio's wife, Brenda, presented the annual reading of the classic "The Night Before Christmas." And then, Santa arrived, riding a Parsippany-Troy Hills Fire Association - District 6 hook and ladder. The mayor and Santa looked on as the township Christmas tree filled with dazzling lights of multiple hues. The jolly old elf then heard every child's Christmas wishes inside Town Hall, where cookies …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
State police said only minor injuries were reported.
Two lanes of I-80 traffic in Parsippany were shut down Saturday night while police responded to a three-car crash on the highway. The crash occurred at mile marker 43.1 around 7:30 p.m., a dispatcher for the New Jersey State Police said. Only minor complaints of pain were reported and the cause of the crash is still under investigation. Patch will have updates on this story.
Monday, October 8, 2012
A memorial to Christopher Columbus has meaning on the day when some remember his historic, if accidental, landing in what Europeans considered the New World.
It's Columbus Day, the national holiday that honors Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and what many consider his discovery of the land that became the United States of America. The day holds meaning for some in Parsippany, and the existence of a memorial to the explorer's accidental landing in the New World—he was seeking a trade route to India, but found this inhabited continent instead—attests to that fact. The statue at the municipal building stands as a testament to an accidental arrival that—for good or ill—led to the founding of this nation. A special ceremony will take place at Parsippany's Town Hall in honor of this day: Mayor James Barberio will welcome the visitors from Italy's national police at the site of the statue at 4 …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Final installment of Patch's three-part series with Dr. LeRoy Seitz on back-to-school 2012.
The 2012-13 school year begins Thursday, and controversial Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz says he wants to get the new year off to a positive start. In what is becoming a yearly tradition, Patch sat down with the superintendent Aug. 22 at the Board of Education building for a wide-ranging discussion on matters educational. In part one of our three-part chat with Seitz, we covered the continuing athletic field brouhaha, school maintenance, property taxes and making difficult choices. In part two, we talked about district initiatives, the teacher tenure law and student achievement. This final part focuses on stopping bullying and harassment in schools, controversies that have created district distractions and whether it is true that …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Former Parsippany Hills principal makes the leap to a senior position with the district.
Over the past four years, Parsippany public schools have gone through three different curriculum and instruction directors. Nancy Gigante, the newest administrator to fill the spot, wants it known: She intends to stay for a while. Already an experienced hand in working with curricula for the district, the former Parsippany Hills High School principal told Patch she has many plans for strengthening professional development for teachers, bringing technology into schools to prepare students to compete in the global economy and helping more students boost their performance in the classroom and, eventually, in life and the work world. "I've been lucky, because in my role as principal, I had gotten involved with many district initiatives," …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Second of a three-part series with Dr. LeRoy Seitz on back-to-school 2012
The 2012-13 school year begins next Thursday, and controversial Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz said he is focused on getting things off to a positive start. In what is becoming a yearly tradition, Patch sat down with the superintendent Aug. 22 at the Board of Education building for a wide-ranging discussion on matters educational. In part one of our three-part chat with Seitz, we addressed the continuing athletic field brouhaha, school maintenance, property taxes and the challenges—and consequences—that come from setting priorities. In part two, which follows, we focus on district initiatives, the teacher tenure law and improving student performance. Part 3 will appear Monday. Patch: At the end of the last school year, you put forth…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
First of a three-part series with Dr. LeRoy Seitz on back-to-school 2012.
Dr. LeRoy Seitz remains a lightning rod for Parsippany. As the chief executive officer of the township's public school district, he is focused on keeping Par-Troy's elementary, middle and high schools running smoothly. Arguably, he has overseen numerous successes during his tenure here. Most recently, Parsippany was ranked No. 15 on the CNN/Money Magazine list of Best Places to Live for municipalities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000, a feat fueled by the national reputation of the school system. And NJ Monthly Magazine honored Parsippany High School (No. 86) and Parsippany Hills High School (No. 15) for being among the top-100 high schools in the state. But all is not rosy. The superintendent appears to be the prime target of…