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Volunteers Needed to Help Keep Roxbury Clean

September 19, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Township's second annual town-wide Litter Clean-Up Day will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, and town officials are hoping people volunteer to participate.

The cleanup will take place 9 a.m. to noon, commencing at the Roxbury Department of Public Works (DPW) office at 96 North Dell Ave., in Kenvil.

"The goal of the day is for ...

Roxbury Officials Urge Everybody to Create 'Smart 911' Profile

ROXBURY, NJ - All Roxbury residents are being asked to sign-in to a new “smart” 911 database, especially those who rely solely on cell phones and do not have “copper-wire” home phones.

The new system, unveiled in May by Morris County, allows emergency first-responders to associate addresses with cell phone numbers. It also allows people to create profiles that can ...

Health Officer: If Roxbury Residents Work Together, the Rats Won't Win

ROXBURY, NJ – The rats being encountered in a Succasunna development will be a short-lived problem if residents remove sources of food and harborage for the animals, said Roxbury Health Officer Mark Caputo.

Discussing the matter this week with the Roxbury Mayor and Council, Caputo said he is confident the unwanted rodents will not over-run either the neighborhood or other areas of the ...

Yes, That Was the Mayor Bagging Stuff at Roxbury's ShopRite

September 20, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – When it comes to bagging groceries at ShopRite, today wasn’t Roxbury Councilman Dan Kline’s first rodeo, as they say.

Kline worked as a Succasunna ShopRite bagger while in high school. So his efforts doing so alongside Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley and state Assemblyman Anthony Bucco - for the annual ShopRite Partners in Caring Help Bag Hunger Day – came ...

Get in the Loop: Sponsors Sought for Lake Hopatcong Event

ROXBURY, NJ - The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is offering local businesses the opportunity to get their names in front of hundreds of community-minded people next month by becoming sponsors for the annual Lake Loop.

The Lake Loop, taking place this year on Oct. 7, is a fundraiser for the non-profit group. It is a bicycling, running and paddling "challenge" that starts at Hopatcong ...

Roxbury Firehouse Has High Hopes for Vendor Fair

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Fire Company 1 in Succasunna is hosting a vendor fair in November, something organizer Jennifer Markle hopes will be a successful fundraiser for the group of volunteer first-responders.

Markle, a Succasunna resident who has been a firefighter with Company 1 for almost 10 years, said the she and her colleagues would love to see at least 50 small businesses participate ...

Roxbury's New Gymnastics Team: Unofficially Undefeated

September 21, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury High School’s first gymnastics team is doing great, says its coach, Tara Liska. In fact, it’s doing better than its official record of 2-1 shows, she said.

“It’s a little confusing,” said the coach. “We are kind of 3-0. But technically we are 2-1.”

How’s that? According to Liska, the discrepancy relates to a ...

Roxbury Boys Soccer Aims for 5-0 With Pope John Game

ROXBURY, NJ - With Monday's 2-1 overtime win against rival Randolph, the Roxbury High School boys soccer team reached 4-0, its best season start in about five years.

The Gaels are so far living up to Roxbury High School Athletics Director Stu Mason's pre-season comment: "The team was rebuilding last year, he said. “This year, we have higher ...

Roxbury Girls Soccer Evens Record with Win Over Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The Roxbury High School girls soccer team reached 1-1 on the season Saturday by beating Chatham at Haas Field.

The Gaels beat the Cougars 2-0 in a game that left Chatham 0-2 so far this year. It hardly matters that the scoreboard at Haas Field is currently out of commission. The Chatham girls soccer team hasn't been able to light it up much recently.

Morgan Joyce ...

Roxbury Firehouse Has High Hopes for Vendor Fair

September 12, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Fire Company 1 in Succasunna is hosting a vendor fair in November, something organizer Jennifer Markle hopes will be a successful fundraiser for the group of volunteer first-responders.

Markle, a Succasunna resident who has been a firefighter with Company 1 for almost 10 years, said the she and her colleagues would love to see at least 50 small businesses participate ...

Roxbury Officials Urge Everybody to Create 'Smart 911' Profile

ROXBURY, NJ - All Roxbury residents are being asked to sign-in to a new “smart” 911 database, especially those who rely solely on cell phones and do not have “copper-wire” home phones.

The new system, unveiled in May by Morris County, allows emergency first-responders to associate addresses with cell phone numbers. It also allows people to create profiles that can ...

Roxbury Moving Company Among 29 Busted in Undercover Probe

ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury moving company was one of 29 named today by the state as the target of an undercover sting operation into unlicensed movers.

The company, Avelar Trucking & Moving of Landing, describes itself online as being “fully insured and licensed.” However, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the state Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) said Avelar ...

Roxbury Families and Community Invited for ‘Portrait of a Graduate’

September 21, 2018

ROXDBURY, NJ - As a progressive and cutting-edge district, Roxbury Township Public Schools take great pride in the continuous reflection of our vision and the educational experiences we provide for our children. This is evident in the collaborative way in which the Roxbury Board of Education and District Administration develop annual goals and support the professional growth of staff in order to ...

Seven Roxbury Schools Achieve Sustainability Certification

ROXBURY, NJ - Seven schools in Roxbury met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

These schools form part of a group of 111 schools that achieved the certification in 2018. A total of 779 schools and 303 school districts are participating in the program overall.

The seven Roxbury schools that achieved bronze certification are:

Franklin ...

Roxbury Public Schools Welcomes New Staff

ROXBURY, NJ - During the week of Aug. 28, 45 new eager educators attended Roxbury’s New Staff Orientation at Roxbury High School. 

The mix of new hires included general and special education teachers, guidance counselors, nurses and leave replacements. Organized by Maryann Gibbs, Roxbury’s human resources director, and the district administrative team, NSO is an ...

Grand Jury Indicts Owner, Wife & Associates of Smiles II Go-Go Bar in Roxbury

July 13, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Two years after they were arrested, the owners of the Smiles II go-go bar in Ledgewood, and seven associates, were indicted this week by a state grand jury, officials said today.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal today said the grand jury asserted Kevin Lipka, 63, of Livingston, the owner of the closed establishment, his wife, Shelly, 62, and the ...

Roxbury Resident Asks: Do Many Care About Voting in Schools?

August 28, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – Removing voting from Roxbury schools doesn’t seem very likely, although sub-committees of the Roxbury Township Council and the Roxbury School Board continue to discuss its feasibility.

But at least one Roxbury resident wants to know if most people in town really care.

Shawn Potillo, an alternate member of the Roxbury Planning Board, came to the microphone during ...

Roxbury Council Urges School Closings on Election Days

ROXBURY, NJ – To ensure the safety of students, the Roxbury school district should close schools on Election Day and the state should require the same thing at schools statewide when schools are used as polling places, says the Roxbury Mayor and Council.

The council, on Monday, passed resolutions calling for those actions. It did so even as some on the panel acknowledged they don’t ...

Coakley is Only Incumbent Running For Roxbury School Board

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury School Board President Leo Coakley will be the only incumbent on the ballot in the November board of education election, when voters will chose from four candidates for three seats on the board.

Board members Ron Lucas and Margaret Casola are not seeking re-election to the 10-member panel. Board members serve 3-year-long terms.

Joining Coakley on the ballot ...

Walt's Hardware, a Roxbury Icon in Kenvil, Demolished

September 19, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – It didn’t take long on Tuesday for the Caterpillar 336E hybrid hydraulic excavator to erase most of the former Walt’s Hardware store in Kenvil, a Roxbury icon that’s stood on Route 46 since the late 1940s.

In one day of work, the machine operator reduced the imposing gray structure to a pile of rubble. Only a portion of one wall remained standing ...

Get in the Loop: Sponsors Sought for Lake Hopatcong Event

ROXBURY, NJ - The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is offering local businesses the opportunity to get their names in front of hundreds of community-minded people next month by becoming sponsors for the annual Lake Loop.

The Lake Loop, taking place this year on Oct. 7, is a fundraiser for the non-profit group. It is a bicycling, running and paddling "challenge" that starts at Hopatcong ...

46 to Stay Open During 3-Month-Long Gas Line Project in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ – New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) is about to begin a major system upgrade in Roxbury, one that will double the diameter of a gas main running along more than a mile of Route 46.

The project - scheduled to begin Aug. 13 and last until the middle or end of November - will take place along the eastbound side of the road between Route 10 and Berkshire Valley Road, said ...

Volunteers Needed to Help Keep Roxbury Clean

September 19, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Township's second annual town-wide Litter Clean-Up Day will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, and town officials are hoping people volunteer to participate.

The cleanup will take place 9 a.m. to noon, commencing at the Roxbury Department of Public Works (DPW) office at 96 North Dell Ave., in Kenvil.

"The goal of the day is for ...

See What's Happening in Morris County's Community Gardens During "Open Gates" Weekend

MORRISTOWN, NJ –  On Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., explore what’s growing in your local community gardens at the Morris County Community Garden Open Gates Weekend.

The latest buzz surrounding food and health topics center on the growing number of community gardens across the country, as they foster civic engagement, offer support to local food ...

Health Officer: If Roxbury Residents Work Together, the Rats Won't Win

August 30, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – The rats being encountered in a Succasunna development will be a short-lived problem if residents remove sources of food and harborage for the animals, said Roxbury Health Officer Mark Caputo.

Discussing the matter this week with the Roxbury Mayor and Council, Caputo said he is confident the unwanted rodents will not over-run either the neighborhood or other areas of the ...

Registraion Begins for Annual Roxbury Community Yard Sale

ROXBURY, NJ – Vendor registration is now open for the 6th Annual Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Yard and Craft Sale.

The event will take place rain or shine Sept. 22 at the Horseshoe Lake Park fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open to all; Roxbury residency is not required.

“Do not let the name fool you,” said the Chamber in a press ...

Roxbury Library Wants Your Old Books

ROXBURY, NJ - You could try Craigslist to get rid of those old books that are cluttering your house. You can try e-Bay or set up a card table on your front yard.

But here's what might be a better idea: Donate them to the Roxbury Public Library and get a tax write-off.

The Friends of the Roxbury Township Public Library will be sponsoring a fall book sale from Sept. 6 ...

Walt's Hardware, a Roxbury Icon in Kenvil, Demolished

September 19, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – It didn’t take long on Tuesday for the Caterpillar 336E hybrid hydraulic excavator to erase most of the former Walt’s Hardware store in Kenvil, a Roxbury icon that’s stood on Route 46 since the late 1940s.

In one day of work, the machine operator reduced the imposing gray structure to a pile of rubble. Only a portion of one wall remained standing ...

Officials Welcome Roxbury's New Riggs Canal Park

ROXBURY, NJ – The township and The Canal Society of New Jersey on Sunday unveiled a small, but historically important, new park in the heart of Roxbury.

The new Riggs Canal Park, on Main Street in Ledgewood, preserves a 5.8-acre piece of the former Morris Canal that once housed a mansion built by Silas Riggs and a lock on the canal. It features a wide, shady walking path that takes ...

The Cemetery Tour is Back – Tickets On Sale at Suckasunny Day

ROXBURY, NJ - The Moonlight History & Mystery Cemetery Tour at First Presbyterian Church in Succasunna was such a great hit last year that it is back by popular demand. 

Church members are busily planning the tour which is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28 starting at 6 p.m. and running until 8 p.m.  The moon will be full so come on down to 99 Main Street and tour the ...

Tricky Tray Hosted by Roxbury Woman's Club -- Advance Tickets On Sale Now

September 11, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Presale tickets are available now for the Oct. 13 Tricky Tray hosted by the Roxbury Woman’s Club in the Roxbury High School cafeteria.  Doors open 5 p.m., calling begins 7 p.m.

Advance ticket entry packet is $25.  At the door, the packet is $30, cash only.  All regular trays are $50 minimum value.  Other prizes include 50/50 raffle, golf foursome, ...

Clouds Don't Stop Suckasunny Day Crowds

ROXBURY, NJ - Cool air and overcast skies did little to dampen the spirits of people manning booths and strolling through today's Olde Suckasunny Day street fair in Roxbury.

A steady stream of visitors walked Main Street in Succasunna for the annual event. They enjoyed the regular fare - performances by the Roxbury High School band, food from the Roxbury Rotary ...

The Cemetery Tour is Back – Tickets On Sale at Suckasunny Day

ROXBURY, NJ - The Moonlight History & Mystery Cemetery Tour at First Presbyterian Church in Succasunna was such a great hit last year that it is back by popular demand. 

Church members are busily planning the tour which is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28 starting at 6 p.m. and running until 8 p.m.  The moon will be full so come on down to 99 Main Street and tour the ...

Kids Consider Homelessness at 'Cardboard City' in Roxbury

August 25, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – Beautiful weather blessed the young people who participated yesterday in the annual “Cardboard City” event at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Succasunna.

To Kevin Irving - a St. Therese Youth Group member helping organize the event - that was no accident. “We’ve been praying so much that this year’s weather would be ...

First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna Hosts Mission Trip to Philly

ROXBURY, NJ - This summer, a handful of youth and adults from First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna had the opportunity to spend a week in Center City Philadelphia with an outreach program called Broad Street Ministry. 

What was once Wylie Memorial Presbyterian Church has been reborn into a community center focusing on Radical Hospitality. Monday through Friday the doors of Broad ...

Roxbury to Host Walk to Raise Awareness and Funds for Alzheimer’s

September 4, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – Residents of Morris and Essex counties will have an opportunity to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease by participating in upcoming Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in Succasunna and West Orange on Sept. 9 and Sept. 29, respectively.

“Every step forward strengthens the Alzheimer’s Association vision of a world ...

Roxbury Community School Announces Upcoming Programs and Trips

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Community School, part of Roxbury Township Public Schools, announces its 2018/2019 programs and trips for little kids, big kids and adults too. 

Upcoming Adult Programs

Our adult programs are open to all Roxbury and non-Roxbury residents.

Aerobics with Annette Buzzelli – Register now for fall, winter, and spring Aerobic Dancing with ...

Roxbury Schools Announces New Family Fun Run

ROXBURY, NJ - A town full of community events is getting another in October: A run in Succasunna that will include stops at different "fitness stations."

The Oct. 16 event, announced this week by the school district, is being called the inaugural "FitnessRox Family Fun Run." It will take place at Lincoln/Roosevelt School at 34 North Hillside Ave.

"The course ...

Morris Residents Warned About Summer Motor Vehicle Burglaries and Thefts

August 6, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Over the past month, there has been a rash of early morning motor vehicle burglaries and thefts across Morris County, with the burglars and thieves at work while most residents are asleep, according to Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.

Most of these incidents are occurring between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., with criminals targeting cars parked in driveways or streets. In some ...

Sparta Kiwanis Helps Fund Quinlan's Hero Club Endowment for Child Grief Counseling

SPARTA, NJ — The Hero Club at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center is one step closer to reality having received a donation from the Sparta Kiwanis. John Quinlan, Director of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice foundation, presented the program to the club at their meeting at Homers restaurant. 

Kiwanis member Frank Cannistra introduced Quinlan and Diane Sebzda, Director of ...

See What's Happening in Morris County's Community Gardens During "Open Gates" Weekend

MORRISTOWN, NJ –  On Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., explore what’s growing in your local community gardens at the Morris County Community Garden Open Gates Weekend.

The latest buzz surrounding food and health topics center on the growing number of community gardens across the country, as they foster civic engagement, offer support to local food ...

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Sat, September 22, 9:00 AM

Horseshoe Lake Fairgrounds, Succasunna

6th Annual Roxbury Town-Wide Garage Sale

Arts & Entertainment Home & Garden

Sun, September 23, 9:00 AM

Horseshoe Lake Recreation Complex, Succasunna

Oral Cancer Walk/Fun Run in memory of Christine ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Tue, September 25, 6:00 PM

La Strada Ristorante, Randolph

La Strada Dinner & Retirement Income Workshop

Business & Finance Food & Drink

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Wed, September 26, 6:00 PM

Black Forest Inn, Stanhope

Black Forest Dinner & Retirement Income Seminar

Business & Finance Food & Drink

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Before Heading to Campus, Be Sure to Schedule That Vehicle Maintenance

Campus life is about to start in a few short weeks.  While you may be thinking books, laptops and meal plans, don’t forget about scheduling the “family moving van” for some timely service.

Whether your college destination is 40 or 400 miles away, an oil change or new tires should be considered before getting on the road this semester.

Many college kids are heading to ...

Peyton Knight's Pointers for Safer Driving

Many customers ask my advice for ways to add more years of life to their vehicles. Here are a few pointers from my 35 years of experience in the auto repair industry, as well as some tips to keep you safer on the road.  

1.    Pull Through a Parking Spot.  Pull through to the other side of a parking space so your vehicle faces forward out ...

More Snow! Let Your Kid Drive in It!

ROXBURY, NJ - We are again about to be walloped by a snowstorm. These words, first written at the beginning of winter, need to be reiterated:

Many parents with a new driver at home will see the storm approaching and instinctively decide to not allow their kids to get behind the wheel until the snow's been cleared.

They might want to rethink that.

When it snows, ...

7 Warning Signs of Thyroid Cancer

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, and James J.S. Chen, M.D., FACHE, director of Atlantic Medical Group’s Thyroid Center at Summit and endocrinologist at Overlook Medical Center, believes it is critical that everyone know the warning signs of thyroid cancer.

“The most common form of thyroid cancer, papillary cancer, has a very high cure rate if detected early,” ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 20

On the 20th episode of AtlantiCast, find out which hospital is ranked number 1 in New Jersey by US News and World Report, hear the story of a teenager who had a limb saved by doctors at Chilton Medical Center, meet the nurse who jumped into action to save lives after a train crash thousands of miles from home, see how Atlantic Health System helped the Jets kickoff another great season and much ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 19

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find some can’t-miss back to school tips for parents and students, learn about a new treatment for brain injury, see which Atlantic Health System medical center is the only one in New Jersey to make a new, national list, find out how to avoid “avocado hand,” and much more!

 

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Among NJ Best Public Schools, Roxbury High School Drops 90-Points

September 9, 2018

Dear Editor,

This month, NJ Monthly published a ranking of New Jersey’s best public high schools. Unfortunately, Roxbury High School came in at 142, a 90-point drop from 2016. As we think about how we can move forward, serious issues regarding teacher retention and budget allocations should be considered.

According to the Learning Policy Institute, across the country there is a ...

Maksymowych, of Roxbury, Makes Union College Dean's List

August 6, 2018

 

SCHENECTADY, NY -- Steven Maksymowych, of Succasunna, was named to the 2018 Dean's List at Union College.

Maksymowych is a member of the Class of 2018, majoring in Leadership in Medicine.

The Union College Dean's List honors students who have a grade point average of 3.5 for the entire academic year and meet certain other requirements.

 

Roxbury Scout Troop 188 has New Eagle Scout - Christopher Merring Jr.

ROXBURY, NJ - Christopher Merring first joined the scouting organization as a Bobcat in 2008, where he rose through the ranks as a Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos. He earned many service awards and the Arrow of light.

When Merring crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 188 in Landing, he quickly started working on rank requirements to make Scout and Tenderfoot. When it came to work ...

Roxbury's Melissa Klein Makes Muhlenberg Dean's List

ALLENTOWN, PA - Melissa Klein of Succasunna was named to the Dean's List at Muhlenberg College for the Spring 2018 semester.

Students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for this academic achievement.

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