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Commerce Blvd one of Seven Succasunna Roads Being Resurfaced Next Week

August 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - The cracks and potholes on Commerce Boulevard near the Roxbury Mall - a pet peeve of shoppers who care about their vehicles' wheel alignments - will soon be a bad memory. The heavily-traveled thoroughfare is scheduled for repaving next week, said the township today.

The 2,000-foot road, which flanks the western edge of the mall and connects Route 10 to ...

New Problem in Old Roxbury Development: Rats Running Rampant

ROXBURY, NJ – One of the first subdivisions in Roxbury is being “overrun” by rats this summer, according to two residents who complained this week to the township Mayor and Council.

The problem is taking place in the Old Sunrise development south of Horseshoe Lake Park and east of Eyland Avenue, according to residents Mark Pontura and John Jones. Old Sunrise consists largely ...

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 ...

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

August 4, 2018

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 ...

A Sign to Honor 90-Year-Old Roxbury Firefighter, Still Going Strong

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury’s longest-serving firefighter, Lou Bizzari of Ledgewood, will be honored in May with a special sign on the road where he lives.

Bizzari is 90 and he’s been a Roxbury firefighter for 69 years. The erection of a “street blade” on Mt. Arlington Road would take place to coincide with him reaching 70 years of active ...

Knight's Automotive of Roxbury Seeks Humble, Local Heroes Needing a Car

ROXBURY, NJ – True heroes often take care of themselves last and they never go around talking about their good deeds. That’s the kind of person sought by Nancy Knight.

Knight, of Knight’s Automotive Repair in Ledgewood, is seeking nominations for this year’s Wheels to Prosper program. Each year, the shop refurbishes a used car and gives it to a local unheralded hero who ...

Annual Tri Harder Triathlon in Roxbury: Good Exercise & Good Fun

August 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Bikes lined the parking lot, balloons hung over the finish, water reflected eager faces and kids waited for the whistle to blow.

The sixth annual Tri Harder Triathlon in Roxbury took place Thursday at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna. Roxbury officials and employees organized the event, with other volunteers and sponsors helping.

It’s a triathlon without ...

Emergency Awakening of High School Diamond Allows Roxbury Royals to Win Championship

ROXBURY, NJ - Thanks to the Roxbury Board of Education, Roxbury High School Baseball Coach Greg Trotter and an energetic player, the Roxbury Royals summer league baseball team got to use the high school diamond Wednesday and win a league championship.

The game, featuring the Roxbury Royals and the Sussex Wizards - who play in the Morris County Majors Baseball ...

Fistball Championships Wrap Up With Action-Packed, Emotional Matches

ROXBURY, NJ - Under the hot Succasunna sun, players pushed themselves to their limits Sunday as the the U18 Fistball Championships closed out a 4-day run at Horseshoe Lake with Germany taking home the gold in the women’s division, and Brazil winning it in the men’s division.

Despite rain earlier on, players continued to play their game to the very end with great shows of ...

Police: Roxbury Woman Calls 911 More Than 20 Times, Assaults Cops

August 14, 2018

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - A Succasunna woman called 911 more than 20 times on Monday then spit on and kicked police who came to the Budd Lake apartment from which she made the calls, police said today.

The woman, Shealyn Curley, 27, faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, throwing bodily fluids at an officer, creating a false public alarm, lewdness and disorderly conduct, said ...

Roxbury Runaways Found OK in New Brunswick

ROXBURY, NJ – Two 15-year-old Roxbury boys with behavioral problems, who ran away from a residential facility last Friday, were found today in New Brunswick after they called relatives.

The boys, Jason Stevens and Matthew Canfield, left the Bonnie Brae residential school for boys in Basking Ridge on Aug. 10, said Stevens’ grandmother, Annette Vilagos, and Canfield’s mother, ...

Roxbury to Create No-Passing Zones at Firehouses

ROXBURY, NJ – In an effort to stop drivers from passing fire trucks and ambulances returning to firehouses, the township will establish official no-passing zones in front of the buildings, paint warning lines on the roads there and teach firefighters to use reflective “paddles” to hold traffic.

The measures, approved at a recent meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council, are ...

Roxbury Council Urges School Closings on Election Days

August 15, 2018

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 ...

Guards with Guns OK in Roxbury Schools

ROXBURY, NJ – Former law enforcement officers working as security personnel in Roxbury schools will be permitted to carry handguns on the job under a policy approved recently by the school board.

Only security officers who meet state qualifications, including State Police review, will be allowed to carry the concealed handguns and they will be placed on administrative leave any time they ...

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 Council Urges School Closings on Election Days

August 15, 2018

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 ...

No 2018 Congress Run for Roxbury's Craig Heard

ROXBURY, NJ - Asserting it's more important to keep Democrats at bay than to become a Congressman, Succasunna resident Craig Heard said Monday he will not wage a primary election challenge this year against U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.).

Heard, who unsuccessfully tried to beat Lance in the 2016 GOP primary, had been weighing another run against the 5-term ...

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

August 8, 2018

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 ...

Roxbury Gives OK to Merry Heart Annex

ROXBURY, NJ - The owners of the Merry Heart senior care center in Succasunna recently received township approval to build an annex on Commerce Boulevard.

After hearing extensive testimony, the Roxbury Zoning Board of Adjustment gave the nod to the plan, by Merry Heart principals Blanquita and Maximo Bonifacio, to build the new nursing home and assisted living facility on Commerce ...

WEIS Markets Opens New Store In Randolph

RANDOLPH, NJ – Weis Markets recently celebrated the grand opening of its new store in Randolph. The 54,000 square-foot supermarket, which anchors a vacant store front location in the Center Grove shopping plaza, is the company’s sixth location in New Jersey and second in Morris County. 

The store employs more than 140 full- and part-time associates and features a ...

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

July 11, 2018

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 ...

Roxbury's Kellie Ann Keyes Named County's Recycling "Rox-Star"

ROXBURY, NJ – Kellie Ann Keyes, who runs Roxbury's recycling program was honored recently by Morris County for her efforts, with the county dubbing her its “Rox-Star Recycler.”

Keyes was one of 10 people and businesses to receive a 2018 Environmental Excellence Award from the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA). The MUA gave her the award in ...

Roxbury Library Wants Your Old Books

July 18, 2018

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 ...

Clean Up at the Sixth Roxbury Town-Wide Garage Sale

ROXBURY - What better way to welcome the first weekend of summer than with a spring cleanup of the garage, basement or attic?

Summer arrives Thursday, June 21 and the Sixth Annual Town-Wide Garage Sale, a fundraiser for The  Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place June 23 and June 24.

On those days, bargain hunters will roam the township with cash in hand hoping to find ...

County Leaders Visit Roxbury to Help Dedicate Historic Marker and Sign

August 10, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - The Morris County Board of Freeholders joined with Roxbury’s Mayor and Council and the township’s and county historic community Aug. 8 to formally dedicate a historic bridge marker and interpretive panel that highlight the township’s Drakesville Historic Park and Morris Canal Greenway preservation efforts.

“The terrific work done here by the township to ...

County Freeholders Headed to Roxbury and History is on the Agenda

ROXBURY, NJ – The former Drakesville section of Roxbury literally drips with history, in large part because it was a busy hub on the former Morris Canal.

That history will be commemorated and celebrated Aug. 8 during a special visit to Roxbury by the Morris County freeholders – one of the county board’s “road meetings”– scheduled for 7 ...

After 64 Years, No More Roxbury Water Company

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Water Company, a family business that started in 1954 and currently serves nearly 3,900 homes and businesses in Roxbury, has agreed to be purchased by another entity, it was announced this week.

The Succasunna-based company signed an agreement to be acquired by New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, that has about 2.7 million customers, said ...

Vendors & Crafters Sought for Roxbury's Home for the Holidays Street Festival

August 3, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - It’s never too hot and humid to think “holidays.”

Vendor/crafter registration is now open for Roxbury’s 4th Annual Home for the Holidays street festival scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1. 

Go to www.roxburynj.us/holidays to get registration form. 

Vendors are encouraged to register early – see registration form for ...

Glad to Call Roxbury Home: Percussionist Emedin Rivera Makes a Record

ROXBURY, NJ – In a way, drums brought Emmy Award winning percussionist Emedin Rivera to Roxbury 28 years ago.

He was living in a Bronx, N.Y. apartment at the time, a place that didn’t have enough room for all his percussion equipment. Rivera, known for playing drums, congas and other instruments simultaneously,  has a lot of equipment.

“One day, the landlord came up ...

Fire Trucks Line Up in Roxbury For 10th Annual Antique Show

ROXBURY, NJ - With the smell of diesel in the air, fire trucks lined up this Saturday at Horseshoe Lake Park for the 10th Annual Antique Firetruck Show.

The event was hosted by the Antique Fire Association of New Jersey and it brought in faces old and new with trucks decades - for in some cases - centuries old.

Rich Briant Jr and Sr, Mine Hill and Randolph residents respectively, brought ...

First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna Hosts Mission Trip to Philly

August 1, 2018

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 ...

Vacation Bible School in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ - Succasunna United Methodist Church presents Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible School (VBS) and invites kids to experience the ride of a lifetime with God!

Join us as we take the kids on an action-packed adventure using relevant music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories to help kids know that God is always with them as they ride ...

New Problem in Old Roxbury Development: Rats Running Rampant

August 16, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – One of the first subdivisions in Roxbury is being “overrun” by rats this summer, according to two residents who complained this week to the township Mayor and Council.

The problem is taking place in the Old Sunrise development south of Horseshoe Lake Park and east of Eyland Avenue, according to residents Mark Pontura and John Jones. Old Sunrise consists largely ...

Roxbury Getting Cost Estimates on 'Shippenport Greenway' Trail

ROXBURY, NJ – A proposed trail that would connect Roxbury’s Orben Park to Lake Hopatcong would be a “poster child” for a federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant, said Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd.

Dubbed the “Shippenport Greenway Proposal,” the trail would go about two miles and would encompass sections of the Morris Canal towpath, ...

Roxbury's John Robbins is County Mental Health Advocate of the Year

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury resident John Robbins, manager of the nonprofit Morris Community Wellness Center, was recently named Morris County’s Terri Belske Consumer Advocate of the Year.

Robbins heads the Parsippany-based center that “promotes responsibility, recovery and wellness by offering supportive and respite housing, human rights advocacy and educational and innovative ...

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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Your Vehicle's Scary Noises Might Be Trying to Tell You Something

It’s that time of year for squealing and screeching sounds.

But if they are coming from your vehicle, don’t be afraid – just get your car to a certified mechanic.

Are Your Brakes Screeching?

Nothing makes your skin crawl like that sharp screeching sound emitted from worn-out brakes. Brakes don’t last forever, and when you can hear them screaming for ...

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, ...

Is Your Car Ready for Old Man Winter?

You know it’s coming: That first frigid morning when you discover your car is covered in ice. Old Man Winter has reared his ugly head once again to wreak havoc on your car and your ride to work. 

Well, I’ve got one thing to say about that: Let’s be ready for him this year!

Owning a repair shop for over 30 years, I have spent many harsh winters coaxing a dead ...

Renowned Breast Surgeon, Rebecca Yang, M.D., Joins Atlantic Breast Associates at Overlook Medical Center

Renowned breast surgeon, Rebecca C. Yang, M.D., has joined Atlantic Breast Associates at Overlook Medical Center and Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, part ofAtlantic Health System Cancer Care.  Dr. Yang, who is a board certified general surgeon and fellowship trained breast surgeon, joins Atlantic Breast Associates from her role as director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at ...

AtlantiCast

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!

 

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

Accident Waiting to Happen at Roxbury Mall

July 31, 2018

Dear Editor,

If you frequent the Roxbury Shoprite/Home Depot mall area you know that people crossing into the street in front of the stores is becoming more and more dangerous. As a driver, it seems that people, more often than not, just leave a store and without looking just jump into the street and begin crossing, even those with children.

I know that drivers are supposed ...

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.

Press Releases

FirstEnergy Foundation’s “Christmas in July” Campaign Donates $10,000 to The Seeing Eye in Morristown

August 11, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The FirstEnergy Foundation surprised The Seeing Eye in Morristown with a special $10,000 grant as part of its “Christmas in July” campaign, a giving initiative that supports deserving communityorganizations with unexpected gifts.

The Seeing Eye has provided seeing eye dogs for the blind since its founding in 1929. The organization is expanding, and ...

Jersey Central Power & Light Supports National Night Out Event in Morris County

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) will participate in the National Night Out event in Morristown next Tuesday, August 7, to help support local law enforcement efforts and promote the benefits of outdoor lighting in fighting crime.

As part of the event at Mennen Sports Arena, 161 East Hanover Avenue, JCP&L representatives will operate a utility line truck and offer a hands-on ...