Rockaway River Cleanup

AAA - 7/21/2017 4:16:29 PM

The Rockaway River Cleanup will take place on Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 8:00 a.m.– 12:00 noon.  We will meet on River Dr. in Lake Hiawatha across from the Lake Hiawatha Swim Club.  If you should need further information, please call 973-263-7273.

Mayor Barberio Welcomes Second Group of Chinese Exchange Students

AAA - 7/20/2017 3:54:20 PM

Mayor Barberio welcomed the second of this summer’s group of Chinese exchange students. They were given a tour of the Municipal Building and an explanation of what government is like here in the United States. The growing wealth in China has allowed parents to send their children abroad to study. Attending summer camps before attending college has become a growing trend for these Chinese kids. Zhuhai TV has created a program to bring kids to the United States for summer camp. Once here, they follow the students with an interview team and cover their entire visit.

The Board of Education has worked with the Mayor’s Office to provide transportation, activities, learning sessions and entertainment for the Chinese students. Many of them speak English yet they are accompanied by a teacher and translator.

13th Annual Juvenile Accountability Leadership Program

Mayors Action Center - 7/14/2017 5:03:22 PM

Mayor Barberio made an unannounced visit to the Parsippany PAL where he went to check on how the JALP program was running.  He wanted to meet the students and see firsthand the methods used to achieve success.  And he was very impressed!!

The Parsippany PAL in conjunction with the Police Department began its 13th annual Juvenile Accountability Leadership Program (JALP) on June 27th.  This one-month long program is dedicated to supporting adolescents in the development of healthy and appropriate choices.   Children who have displayed unhealthy decision-making skills including at risk behaviors for entering the legal system are perfect candidates for this curriculum.

The JALP was designed for 14 kids between the ages of 13-16 years old as a way to enhance the development of leadership and healthy decision-making skills.  The group consists of children from the two high schools as well as the two middle schools. There is no charge to attend the camp which consists of a psycho-educational program in the morning and a recreational piece in the afternoon. The camp exposes children to lessons on leadership, accountability, stress management, anger management, forgiveness, coping skills, trust, responsibility, teamwork, patience, tolerance, self-confidence, and how to respect their values and make appropriate choices for themselves.

The camp welcomes speakers to present about Career Opportunities, Dating Safety, Grief, Legal Consequences, Sexual Health, and Substance use/abuse among many other topics.  The campers will also visit the local Detention Center and Youth Shelter.

The campers are also exposed to appropriate recreational activities that are affordable and convenient to reinforce their engagement in healthy activities.  Lastly, the camp is focused on building rapport and trust between counselor and camper to gain some insight into their difficult life circumstances and the choices that could make a positive difference in their lives. The team of counselors is hand- picked to create a comfortable, organized, educational, and fun environment for your child to be in throughout the summer.  In addition, there are 4 peer counselors, seniors in high school, that were hired to help with the camp.

Admission to the camp is based upon parent/guardian feedback and the completion of the potential at-risk behaviors form.  A personal interview with the child and parent/guardian will be conducted, if necessary.

Special Homes

AAA - 7/14/2017 4:57:46 PM

Mayor Barberio was proud to attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting of a new group home located at 1259 Littleton Road with Councilpersons Mike DePierro and Loretta Gragnani. The home is run by Special Homes of New Jersey located in Denville.  Terry McKeon, Executive Director, explained that the home is an “Olmstead” house which refers to the Supreme Court decision in Olmstead vs. L.C.

The Supreme Court case rejected the state of Georgia’s appeal to enforce institutionalization of individuals with disabilities.    The Court upheld that public entities must provide community-based services to people with disabilities.  It stressed that “confinement in an institution severely diminishes the everyday life activities of individuals, including family relations, social contacts, work options, economic independence, educational advancement and cultural enrichment.”  And so the concept of group homes was acted upon.

With the help of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, the group home that now houses four men, is up and running.

RIP Rabbi Mills

AAA - 7/11/2017 2:53:17 PM

July 2nd was a sad day in Parsippany when news that popular Rabbi Steven Mills, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am since 2014, had suddenly died. Funeral services were held at Beth Am on July 5th.

Rabbi Mills had a lengthy resume. Coming from Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines, the largest synagogue in Iowa, he was well known.  He left there to become regional director of the Union for Reform Judaism serving as rabbinic director of its Central Congregational Network and was the direct link between the Council and 70 synagogues in Ohio, Indiana Michigan and New York.  Rabbi Mills provided them with technical expertise, resources and counseling on issues that congregations face.

These were just a few of the many accomplishments of Rabbi Mills.  As I sat and listened to the eulogy delivered by his wife, who is also a rabbi, I found out many things about Rabbi Mills of which I was unaware like the fact that he was a lawyer prior to being ordained as a rabbi in 1993 and had 3 beautiful children.

Her eulogy made me reflect upon my personal experience with Rabbi Mills of whom I was very fond.  He was such an insightful man.  His enthusiasm was contagious and his intelligence, kindness and compassion were evident in the way he conducted his life and dealings with members of his congregation.  He was deeply involved with the community and always made me feel welcome when I was invited to attend services or special presentations.

My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and members of the Beth Am congregation.  He will be greatly missed.

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