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Mayor Barberio Responds to ResidentPARSIPPANY, NJ - The October 11th meeting of the Parsippany-Troy Hills council left no sitting or standing room for late comers as hundreds of Union workers flooded the Municipal Building to show support for the Mayor's proposal to pass an ordinance mandating Public Labor Agreements.The ordinance was introduced at a previous council meeting which meant the public commentary session was held on October 11th.People spoke up and out about the pros and cons of such an ordin...
Mayor Barberio Responds to Resident
PARSIPPANY, NJ - The October 11th meeting of the Parsippany-Troy Hills council left no sitting or standing room for late comers as hundreds of Union workers flooded the Municipal Building to show support for the Mayor's proposal to pass an ordinance mandating Public Labor Agreements.
The ordinance was introduced at a previous council meeting which meant the public commentary session was held on October 11th.
People spoke up and out about the pros and cons of such an ordinance which would mandate that all Township construction jobs over $5,000,000 use Union workers
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The first person to speak up was Nick Kumburis who expressed concern of the impact of a PLA on property taxes and the taxpayer making it less affordable to live here. He went on to say that it wasn't an anti-Union thing, but it was an anti-Competitive thing. "There's going to be a time where me and my family is going to be priced out of here", he continued "One of my biggest concerns is me taking a look at the campaign contributions of Mayor Barberio. To me this looks like quid-pro-quo.......as a taxpayer I am shocked and can't stand by and see this quid-pro-quo".
Mayor Barberio responded immediately after, "It is NOT a quid-pro-quo. Don't ever accuse me again of a quid-pro-quo. You have no data to show me what the tax impact will be. Regarding my report, I take contributions. I would take them from ABC also if they want to give them to me". He went on to explain that "99% of constructions jobs currently go to non-Union. That is because most are below $5,000,000. The procurement process is simple." He continued to say that everyone can bid on all jobs.
Mike Pulsinelli of IBEW 102 spoke out saying "PLAs make sure Parsippany residents participate in the project. These agreements require that 25% of workers must be from Parsippany." He went on to say this is good for the local economy. The Parsippany ordinance reads that it requires "that twenty percent (20%) of the labor hours required shall be performed by the Parsippany-Troy Hills residents who are participating in the apprenticeship program and that one hundred percent (100%) of the apprentices shall be Parsippany-Troy Hill residents."
Although from Montville, Commissioner Tom Mastrangelo, who is running for re-election, sat in the front row of the meeting. He spoke out to state that the County already adopted a PLA resolution this past year and that he believes in PLAs, There is a difference between a resolution and an ordinance. A resolution is ceremonial and non-binding. An ordinance is binding. What is being proposed in Parsippany is an ordinance.
To further clarify the County's resolution: The Morris County resolution states that projects can be decided on a case by case basis. To date, no Morris County projects have incorporated a PLA.
Samantha DeAlmeida who is President of the Associated Builders and Contractors of NJ (ABC-NJ), was one of the attendees who spoke out against PLAs. She brought with her an enlarged photograph of the Parsippany water tower that was painted using Union workers yet appears to show significant rust despite the expectation that the paint job would last for several years. While she spoke there were jeers and boos from the crowd.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to voice their opinion at a meeting of a public body. This was a clear example of intimidation tactics, poor behavior and blatant disrespect by some in attendance, as well as by Mayor Barberio and Councilman Carifi. The Mayor and Councilman’s comments towards me at the end of the meeting emboldened members of the crowd to call me disgusting names and to make me fear for my safety upon leaving the meeting. This should never happen to any advocate. Period.”, De Almeida had to say.
Because of the anticipated large crowd that is expected at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, October 18th, the location has been moved to the auditorium at Parsippany Hills High School.
Friday marks the nation's 103rd observance of Veterans Day. Here's what will be open and closed around town.PARSIPPANY, NJ — Friday will mark the nation's 103rd celebration of Veterans Day, honoring those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.Parsippany has about 1,000 residents who are veterans, according to U.S. Census data. Census officials also found that the township had 64 veteran-owned businesses as of 2017. You can find some at veteran...
PARSIPPANY, NJ — Friday will mark the nation's 103rd celebration of Veterans Day, honoring those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Parsippany has about 1,000 residents who are veterans, according to U.S. Census data. Census officials also found that the township had 64 veteran-owned businesses as of 2017. You can find some at veteranownedbusiness.com.
No matter how you're celebrating or spending the day, it's important to remember what's closed that day. Here's a look at what will be open and what will close around Parsippany.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools will be closed.
Town Hall, Other Township Services
Town Hall will close for Veterans Day. There will be no garbage or recycling pickup, and the recycling center is also closed. See Parsippany's 2022 town planner for the pickup schedule.
Although Town Hall will be closed, the township will hold a Veterans Day ceremony. The event takes place at 11 a.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park (1839 Route 46).
Keep an eye on the forecast though, since rain could get heavy throughout the day. Check AccuWeather's New Jersey radar for local conditions.
Veterans Day is a state holiday. So New Jersey agencies, including the Motor Vehicle Commission, will be closed.
Morris County Offices
County offices will be closed.
The U.S. Postal Service will be closed. But if you need to ship, you can still do so through FedEx or UPS. Both facilities will keep their retail locations open to accept and deliver packages for customers.
Most banks, including Chase and Wells Fargo, are closed on Veterans Day, since they fall under the Federal Reserve, which is taking the day off.
Retail, Restaurants, Businesses
Outside of banks, private businesses tend to stay open. Some, especially smaller businesses, may opt to close or change hours for Veterans Day. So make sure you check before you go.
Military.com has also compiled Veterans Day discounts from restaurants and businesses around the nation.
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PARSIPPANY — If you happen to be a follower of these restaurant reviews, you are aware of the wonderfully eclectic abundance of diverse eateries that fortunately call home in Morris County. In the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills a bright new go to destination has joined that elite group of culinary institutions.This past September the Knoll West Bar & Grill celebrated their long-awaited grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Attending the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting ceremony was Mayor James Barberio, Council President...
PARSIPPANY — If you happen to be a follower of these restaurant reviews, you are aware of the wonderfully eclectic abundance of diverse eateries that fortunately call home in Morris County. In the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills a bright new go to destination has joined that elite group of culinary institutions.
This past September the Knoll West Bar & Grill celebrated their long-awaited grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Attending the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting ceremony was Mayor James Barberio, Council President Michael dePierro, Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Councilman Justin Musella, Councilman Frank Neglia, Former Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Morris County Commissioner Thomas Mastrangelo, Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Committee Chairman Frank Cahill, members Tom Williams, Drew Blind, Raj Dichpally as well as Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso.
The Bar & Grill will now be open to the public, for the first time, as a full-time sports themed, casual, comfortable upscale restaurant, offering a fine wine, cocktails, and gourmet food experience. I thought this would be a great for a visit to this new, highly anticipated, sports bar and reportedly “upscale continental” dining experience.
Once you ascend the steps to the Knoll West Country Club, which its majestically perched on the top of a hill, on entry one must be impressed with the grandeur of the foyer and sitting room. The attractive, stylish, elegance you initially encounter, with a giant bouquet of flowers, beautiful paintings, decorative fireplace, and perfectly accentuated seating and classy decor immediately creates an atmosphere that tells you that this venue is something special.
A quick left turn leads one into the newly renovated Bar & Grill where you enter a brightly lit, airy, spacious room, with high ceilings, multiple circular wood topped designed tables, thoughtfully spaced throughout the room, accompanied by beautifully matched upholstered white & brown seating, gray patterned carpeting which offset the soothing pale blue walls. Floor to ceiling windows, provide not only great lighting, but captures a picturesque panoramic view of the Knoll West course.
In fact, window seating overlooks both the 1st and 10th holes of the West course, as well as an enticing view of the perfectly manicured fairways. Along the back wall sits the lengthy marble designed bar, with ample seating to accommodate approximately fifteen or so people, and along with the usual selection of liquors, specialty cocktails, assorted wines, and nine beers on tap, including local craft beers from three different breweries, IPA’s, Strongbow Cider, Sierra Nevada Hazy, and of course your usual favorites. Four of the grill’s large screen T.V.’s provides those sitting along the bar with a clear and unencumbered view of the screens. In addition to those T.V.’s at the bar, there are an additional six T.V.’s spaced throughout the dining area, both on the back wall and decorative beams, so those visiting the restaurant can easily watch and enjoy their favorite sports team from any location. I guess I should mention that the Bar & Grill does offer the full “NFL Package.” Despite the obvious activity, the acoustics throughout are excellent and comfortable, allowing diners to easily converse without difficulty.
I returned a couple of days after my initial visit to check out the vibe during the Giants/Packers game. The dining room, which seats approximately one hundred, was packed. The room was filled with a contagious energy, perfect for a sports bar, with many in the room sporting their blue Giants attire. It should be noted that the atmosphere was clearly family friendly as well, with a mixed and happy crowd, including some young ones, totally enjoying the experience. It appears to me that this new venue will be a wonderful new addition to the Township, and appears destined to become one of Parsippany’s shining stars.
A guest and I stopped in for lunch on a Friday afternoon, we sat by a window table overlooking the starter’s shack and enjoyed the golfers teeing off on the first hole as I enjoyed my cold draft Yuengling, and we discussed the menu items. For a starter I chose the Bavarian Knot; a Jumbo Pretzel (and I mean humongous), which came presented on a metal stand, and accompanied by Jalapeño Beer Cheese and Honey Mustard dipping sauces. I love hot pretzels, and this one was something I will certainly order over and over. The pretzel was just warm enough, had the right crispiness to the outside, and was nice and chewy inside. Delicious! This could have been my meal by itself. The dipping sauces were the perfect accompaniment, especially the Jalapeño Beer Cheese.
Then came my 10-ounce California Burger, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, mayo and cheese, and served on a Brioche Bun. I know it is only a burger, but it was tasty and very well done. Cooked to perfection and packed with toppings and a side of crispy French Fries. After the pretzel and burger (which even I could not finish) I surrendered. My friend chose the Classic Club; on Country White Roasted Turkey, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Mayo, which was also served with a choice of French Fries or Sweet Potato Fries. It too was a generously sized portion and easily satiated his appetite.
After finishing our dinner, I had the pleasure of having Kypros Andreou, General Manager, and Demetri Rotsides, Food and Beverage Director for the Knoll Country Club and Catering join us at our table to discuss the upcoming plans for the Bar & Grill (www.KnollCatering.com)
A little history, Mr. Andreou had been the long time General Manager of Knoll C.C. Catering prior to its two years and eight month hiatus due to the pandemic, and has now, after being awarded a new contract returned to resume those duties with the municipal utility. Both gentlemen informed me that the restaurant has now acquired two highly renown Chef’s with impressive resumes, both with training at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), and one trained at the French Culinary Institute of New York, as well as extensive culinary experience in some highly acclaimed restaurants, including such places as Ninety Acres. They were proud to note that everything in the Bar & Grill will be made from scratch, using local produce, and with a menu that will indulge your appetite.
The Bar & Grill’s new full menu will include “Brunch,” which offers such choices as Avocado Toast, The Classic Benedict, a Breakfast Burrito, as well as other great selections. “Starters,” include such tantalizing items as Crispy Firecracker Shrimp, Birria Tacos, Prince Edward Island Mussels, Jumbo Wings. “Handhelds,” offers a Duck Confit Sandwich, Short Rib Sandwich, Hole-in-One Burger, a well as many other delectable choices. The “On the Greens” section offers a choice of appetizing salads, and of course there is a lot more that is too extensive to cover in this review. You will have to check that out for yourself.
Other upcoming plans include opening the outdoor patio area, which overlooks the 18th hole. “Food and Drink Specials” will be offered throughout the season. “Game Day Specials” (buffets and reduced priced drinks), “Rotating Seasonal Menus” will be forthcoming, and after speaking with both Mr. Andreou and Mr. Rotsides I am confident the future holds many great things to come from the Knoll West Bar & Grill.
If you are a sports fan, or just looking for a new, and fun, dining adventure make sure to stop by the Knoll West Bar & Grill. I know I will be stopping in now and again to catch a game, and to try some more of those mouthwatering dishes.
The Knoll West Bar and Grill is open 7 days a week to both members and the public for brunch, lunch and dinner! Current hours are 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with hours expected to expand during the first week of November from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Knoll West Bar & Grill – Catering, 990 Greenbank Drive, Boonton, NJ 07005 (Located in Parsippany) (973) 263-7110 www.knollcatering.com
PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ - The Council voted 4-1 to pass a resolution to adopt this year’s $86.9 million budget on Tuesday, with Councilman Justin Musella the only one to vote against it.The budget will increase the local tax rate per household by 3.3%. The municipal portion will increase by 14.3%, but when factored in with the decrease in school and county budgets, will leave residents with 3.3% rate hike over last year. This can be translated to $315 per homeowner based on an average home valuation of $312,397.That sam...
PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ - The Council voted 4-1 to pass a resolution to adopt this year’s $86.9 million budget on Tuesday, with Councilman Justin Musella the only one to vote against it.
The budget will increase the local tax rate per household by 3.3%. The municipal portion will increase by 14.3%, but when factored in with the decrease in school and county budgets, will leave residents with 3.3% rate hike over last year. This can be translated to $315 per homeowner based on an average home valuation of $312,397.
That same meeting, the council voted unanimously to exceed the state-mandated 2% cap on annual property tax increases.
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“Your taxes aren’t going up that much,” Mayor James Barberio said. Barberio, along with the rest of the Council, have maintained that homeowners will still see their total tax bill go up by 3.3%.
During Tuesday’s agenda meeting, Parsippany residents voiced their concerns regarding the budget. Resident Bernie Clarkin had bantered with Barberio over the increase in legal fees this year, which will be $217k.
“I would anticipate that legal fees would go down,” Clarkin said.
Another resident, Bob Venezia expressed disappointment that utility transfers were happening again, and said that this practice has “drained” the budget before. For this year’s budget, $1.5 million is being transferred from water and sewer utilities to ease the budget.
“I can’t believe we’re gonna make the same mistake again,” Venezia said, which prompted applause from the audience.
Councilman Frank Neglia blamed the previous mayor, Michael Soriano, for the town’s financial crisis, citing his “foolish spending” on eye scans and appointing people to “positions that never existed.”
“In my opinion, Soriano was inexperienced and doesn’t know how to run a town like Mayor Barberio does,” Neglia said.
The Council and mayor will begin to “accept responsibility,” Neglia said. “Today is the start of cleaning up this mess,” he added. “The budget will start tonight. It’s ours now.”
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PARSIPPANY — Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills recently held its “Annual Tricky Tray for Education” fundraiser at the Parsippany PAL. With a sold out crowd of over 300 attendees, and over 160 baskets, the evening was full of excitement and fun.Organized in 1954, the Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills (WCPTH) is an active member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the state, providing opportunities for educati...
PARSIPPANY — Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills recently held its “Annual Tricky Tray for Education” fundraiser at the Parsippany PAL. With a sold out crowd of over 300 attendees, and over 160 baskets, the evening was full of excitement and fun.
Organized in 1954, the Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills (WCPTH) is an active member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the state, providing opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service.
NJSFWC is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
Over the years, WCPTH has been honored at the District, State and National levels for our Club activities. WCPTH has demonstrated its commitment to the community through an impressively wide range of community service endeavors.
The Club has served the township and the state with initiatives to support education, home life, conservation and more. They are very proud to have been instrumental in the founding of the Parsippany Library and the Parsippany Child Day Care Center.
WCPTH supports the Parsippany Food Pantry, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Jersey Battered Women’s Service and Child Abuse Prevention – NJ. They also support Boatsie’s Boxes for the military serving overseas, UNICEF, Heifer International and other worthy, charitable causes.
The Annual Tricky Tray for Education funds the Club’s many educational opportunities for area students including a spelling bee, reading awards for 5th graders, citizenship awards for middle school students and scholarships for graduating high school seniors.
In addition, the Club will make a significant monetary donation to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Success for Survivors Scholarship which assists those impacted by intimate partner violence to pursue higher education.
The Club also has an active social side. They have fun helping others while making new friends. With Bunco nights, a Book Club, holiday parties, crafting sessions and more, Club members keep busy.
Please consider joining this dynamic group of women! For Club and membership information call Janice C. at (973) 713-6114 or Ginny S. at (973) 887-0336, e-mail the Club at [email protected], or visit www.parsippanywomansclub.org, or follow on Facebook.