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Freeholders Salute Mayo Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Morris County Freeholder Board has recognized the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown with a formal congratulatory resolution.

Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo and Freeholder Kathryn DeFillippo presented the resolution to Allison Larena, president and CEO of MPAC, at the center’s anniversary celebration Sept. 29.

Built in 1937 as the Community Theatre, it was once the crown jewel of Walter Reade’s chain of movie theatres in New Jersey.

By the 1980s, however, it closed, sitting dark and idle and falling into disrepair until 1994 when a dedicated group of volunteers came together and saved the Theatre from an uncertain fate.

It reopened as a performing arts center on Sept. 29, 1994, and was renamed the Mayo Performing Arts Center in 2011.

The freeholder resolution calls MPAC “a thriving and vibrant arts center” that has a yearly economic impact in excess of $14 million on the Morris County region.

Director Mastrangelo and Freeholder DeFillippo congratulated the center’s board of trustees, staff and volunteers for “helping to make the Mayo Performing Arts Center one of the preeminent arts and cultural organizations in New Jersey.”

Pictured, left to right, are Freeholder Director Mastrangelo, Ms. Larena and Freeholder DeFillippo.

Morris View Participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

Monday, September 29, 2014

Morris View Healthcare Center will join hundreds of communities and organizations across the nation in October and will conduct a Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on the Morris View campus in Morris Township on Saturday Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The walk will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, with the money raised being used to assist in the association’s initiatives of care, support and research.

The walkers at Morris View will include staff, families and friends of Morris View residents and anyone who wishes to use Morris View as his or her walk site to represent a loved one or friend who has suffered from Alzheimer’s.

The walk on the Morris View grounds is an all ages, all abilities event. Set up and registration will take place between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. In the event of rain, the walk will be moved inside to the Atrium.

While there is no fee to register, each walker is asked to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. Morris View will be handing out donation sheets for all participants to fill out and mail directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.

More information about the Morris View Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Oct. 18 can be obtained by contacting Morris View Director of Admissions Kathy Goldberg at 973-829-8023 or at

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Freeholders Support Prosecutorial Discretion in Atlantic County Gun Case

Friday, September 26, 2014

Morris County Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo is applauding Wednesday’s decision by the Atlantic County prosecutor to offer pretrial intervention to a Philadelphia woman who was facing prison time after bringing into New Jersey a gun she owns legally in Pennsylvania.
The Morris County Freeholder Board during its Sept. 22 public meeting approved a resolution presented by Mastrangelo that urged Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain to exercise prosecutorial discretion in the case of Shaneen Allen of Philadelphia.

The 27-year-old Allen was arrested by State Police last year when, during a traffic stop outside Atlantic City, she said she told a State Trooper she had a legally-purchased gun and a concealed carry permit from Pennsylvania. However, the Pennsylvania permit is not valid in New Jersey, and McClain was set to press for the mandatory prison sentence called for under New Jersey law for the single mother of two.

“Even the presiding Superior Court judge in Atlantic County called into question the appropriateness of a mandatory sentence in this matter,” Mastrangelo said.

The Atlantic County prosecutor changed his mind Sept. 24 and offered the pretrial diversion program to Allen after hearing from the New Jersey Attorney General who said exceptions to mandatory sentencing can be made in cases of legal out-of-state gun owners who are unaware of New Jersey laws.

Mastrangelo’s resolution adopted by the freeholder board Sept. 22 strongly urged McClain to divert Allen into a pretrial intervention program.

“I’m very glad the prosecutor decided to use his discretion in this case,” Mastrangelo said.

The Morris Freeholders also urged state lawmakers to approve and for the governor to sign a bill (A3608) to extend to judges the ability to exercise sentencing discretion in firearms cases of this nature.


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