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Roxbury Library Seeks Focus Group Participants

January 17, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Public Library is asking residents to participate in some Zoom meeting focus groups this week that will help determine how the library can better serve the community.

“Ultimately, we are doing this so we can serve you and in the years to come,” said library director Radwa Ali in a statement. She said she was reaching out on behalf of the ...

Roxbury Announces Partial Reopening of Shippenport Road

ROXBURY, NJ - Continuous, full-road closures of Shippenport Road in Landing will no longer take place starting next week, according to the township.

In a statement, the township said the closures "will not be necessary" as of Jan. 17, but added a "weather permitting" caveat.

Between Jan. 17 and Jan. 21, motorists will encounter single-lane closures of the road, said ...

Rilee Picked for Ninth Term as Roxbury's Mayor

ROXBURY, NJ – Veteran Roxbury Councilman Jim Rilee on Tuesday was selected by his colleagues to serve as mayor, a role he's had eight times in the past. The governing body’s only woman, Councilwoman Jaki Albrecht, was chosen deputy mayor.

The appointments were made at the council’s annual reorganization session.

Rilee, a Republican, replaces Councilman Bob ...

Coakley, Purcell Take Roxbury School Board Oaths as Human Resources Chief Bids Farewell

January 6, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury School Board members Leo Coakley and Kathy Purcell were sworn-in to new 3-year terms Thursday evening, but the third person who won election in November, newcomer Brian Staples, did not make the meeting.

Staples, of Succasunna, will take his oath of office on Jan. 24, said Roxbury Schools Business Administrator Joseph Mondanaro. Staples, an elementary school ...

Roxbury Schools Stay Open as Super Says 'This is Not 2020 Part Two'

ROXBURY, NJ – Some school districts in New Jersey are returning to fully remote instruction due to increased numbers of COVID-19 cases, but Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic is staying steadfast in her resistance to going that route.

In a Wednesday message to parents and guardians, Radulic said that – for now anyway – she is intent on keeping Roxbury schools from ...

Roxbury SDF Students to be Featured on 'Plumber Stories' YouTube Channel

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury High School students building a house at the school will be featured on an upcoming segment of American Plumber Stories, a YouTube channel that promotes plumbing as a viable career option.

A crew from the series recently filmed the students as they worked on the house - part of the school’s unique Structural Design and Fabrication (SDF) Lab. The 17 ...

Roxbury Wrestling Powers Up at Quad Meet

January 16, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury High School wrestling team’s record reached 5-4 on Saturday with victories over Kinnelon, New Milford and Hackettstown at a quad meet in Succasunna.

The Gaels beat Hackettstown 39-36, Kinnelon 48-19 and New Milford 45-30.

The win by the Gaels over Kinnelon, a lopsided tally that was in large part due to five forfeit wins, left Kinnelon with a 0-12 ...

Roxbury Wrestlers Win Against West Morris Central

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury High School wrestling team on Tuesday defeated West Morris Central to win its second match of the season.

Competing in Chester, the Gaels defeated the Wolfpack 42-32, a victory that brought Roxbury’s record to 2-3 and left West Morris Central at 3-5.

Pins were achieved for Roxbury in the 150-pound class by Weston Edelman, in the 157-pound class by Jake ...

Roxbury Girls Tie with Chatham at County Relay Championships

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury High School girls indoor track team on Saturday tied the Chatham Cougars for first place at the Morris County Relay Championships.

Both Roxbury and Chatham left the event - which took place at Drew University in Madison - having scored 60 points.

Roxbury took first place in pole vault and shot put, second place in high jump and sprint medley and third ...

'Time for Family' Says Roxbury's Kathy DeFillippo

December 22, 2021

Morris County Commissioner Kathy DeFillippo, a long-time Roxbury resident, will not seek re-election to a fourth term on the county board in 2022, ending a political career that began as a Roxbury councilwoman in 2006.

“I have always enjoyed serving in all my elected positions and was always eager to roll up my sleeves. Now I want to take a step back and focus on my family and other ...

Unofficial Results: Incumbents Win in Roxbury Council and School Board Contests With Mail-ins Yet to Be Counted

ROXBURY, NJ - Election Day saw Roxbury's incumbent township council members easily glide to victory while candidates in the school board contest found themselves in a much tighter, more dramatic situation.

Five people were seeking election to three seats on the school board. With all districts reporting - but mail-in votes still to be counted - Roxbury School Board Members Leo ...

Lots of Local Choices for Roxbury on Election Day

ROXBURY, NJ – There are both school board and township council contests in Roxbury this Election Day, and voters have four ways of submitting their ballots.

Those choosing to vote by machine at their traditional polling sites can do so starting at 6 a.m. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Voters can also drop ballots, before 8 p.m., in the Secure Ballot Drop Box situated at the Roxbury Municipal ...

Police: Budd Lake Hotel Placed Guests in Carbon Monoxide Danger

January 3, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ – The manager of a hotel in Budd Lake placed his guests “in imminent danger” Sunday by failing to call 9-1-1 to report elevated carbon monoxide levels in the building, an incident that eventually drew a number of first responders including some from Roxbury, and sent one guest to the hospital, police said.

The manager, Kushalkum Patel, 33, faces a charge of ...

No More Morris County Park Police as Members Become Sheriff's Officers

ROXBURY, NJ – The disbanding of the Morris County Park Police means the county's 24 county Park Police officers are now members of the county Sheriff's Office. They received their new badges this week.

The change was approved two months ago by the county commissioners and county Park Commission.

The move “will keep the 24 park officers on staff and enable an ...

Police Seek Info About Roxbury Route 80 Hit & Run That Killed Budd Lake Child

ROXBURY, NJ - A 6-year-old boy from Budd Lake died from injuries sustained Thursday evening in a multi-car crash on Route 80 in Roxbury and police are seeking help finding the driver of a vehicle that left the scene.

The incident took place at about 7:45 p.m., according to New Jersey State Police. They said a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, heading east on the interstate, was struck by a vehicle that ...

Rehab 'Scholarship' Launched in Memory of Roxbury Grad Who Died on New Year's Day

January 7, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ – The family of Anthony Accola, a 25-year-old Roxbury High School graduate who died on New Year’s Day, is collecting money that will fund enrollment into a substance abuse rehabilitation program.

Donations to the Anthony R. Accola Scholarship can be made with checks payable to Desert Cove Recovery, LLC and mailed to 58 Fox Chase Lane, Ledgewood, NJ 07852. Desert Cove ...

Fundraiser for Child Killed in Roxbury Crash Exceeds Goal

ROXBURY, NJ - An online fundraiser launched by the mother of a young child killed Dec. 23 in a Route 80 crash in Roxbury has far exceeded the goal that was set.

The effort, which can be found here, was created on Christmas Eve by Ashley Van Dine of Mount Olive to help her pay funeral costs. Her son, Lorenzo, 6, died from injuries suffered in a multi-vehicle hit-and-run ...

`Giving Trees' Benefit Roxbury Social Services

ROXBURY, NJ - Responding to "Giving Tree" programs - including one at Jefferson Elementary School and one at the Roxbury Township Recreation Center - people this year chipped-in to help make the holidays better for clients of Roxbury Social Services.

First-grade teachers and students at Jefferson Elementary School recently held their annual Giving ...

New Jersey Judiciary Expunges More than 360,000 Marijuana Offenses

November 4, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- The New Jersey Judiciary has expunged more than 362,000 marijuana and hashish cases from court records since the Marijuana Decriminalization Law became effective July 1.

Eligible cases are expunged automatically by the Judiciary. Once a case is expunged, it is removed from the court’s public record and does not have to be reported on applications for jobs, housing, or ...

Roxbury Detective Among Those Praised in Cold Case Conviction

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury Police Detective Cpl. William Manisa was among several law enforcement officers praised this week by county prosecutors for helping solve a long-dormant case involving the sexual assault of children in Roxbury three decades ago.

Manisa and the others were commended by Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie ...

Roxbury Lawyer Marshall Gates Honored For Pro Bono Work

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury lawyer Marshall Gates was recently awarded by the Morris County Bar Association for his many years of offering free (pro bono) legal services.

Gates, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor whose office is in Succasunna, was presented with the Bar Association’s 2021 Pro Bono Award on June 17.

In accepting the award, Gates said he is sometimes asked why he does so much ...

Alzheimer's Association Shares Highlights of 2021 Research and Advances

January 18, 2022

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — Although 2021 was an exciting year in Alzheimer’s research, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) accelerated approval of aducanumab and ongoing news surrounding COVID-19 caused many important Alzheimer’s and dementia science stories to go under-reported.

As a result, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ) shared the ...

Morris County COVID-19 Testing Center Booking Over 800 Appointments Daily

RANDOLPH, NJ - More than 800 people obtained free COVID-19 tests Monday in the first day of operations at the newly reopened Morris County Testing Center at the County College of Morris (CCM).

“It appears from the appointments already being made that we will be testing between 800 and 900 people each day for at least the coming week and beyond until we get past the peak of this ...

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Winter Safety Tips for New Jersey Caregivers

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — The arrival of snow reminds us that winter is here, and with it comes more potentially challenging situations for the 347,000 people who provide care for the 190,000 New Jerseyans living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.  

“Winter weather conditions, combined with the continuing pandemic and worries over wandering, can leave caregivers feeling ...

Roxbury Library Co-Sponsors AARP Free Income Tax Prep Program

January 18, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Public Library is once again pleased to be a co-sponsor of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) TaxAide program, providing free tax preparation to local residents. 

For the TaxAide program, there are no age or income restrictions. This program helps all low and moderate income taxpayers file their state and federal personal income tax returns. Taxpayers ...

Roxbury Officials Hope Company Will Bring Internet Choice

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury officials are hoping a Sussex County company will do what Verizon won’t: Offer more Roxbury residents an alternative to Optimum for high-speed Internet.

The company, Newton-based Planet Networks, is being courted by Roxbury Township Councilman Fred Hall, who said he met with its chief executive officer, Robert Boyle, at the New Jersey League of ...

Stores, Pharmacy Planned for Roxbury Garden Center Site

ROXBURY, NJ – A couple of lonely Christmas trees remain on the racks at Roxbury Garden Center in Succasunna and – given the site owner’s plan for the property – they could be the last ever for sale there.

Under a plan being reviewed by officials, the garden center at 125 Route 10 East will replaced by a multi-tenant retail center. The project would include a new home ...

Roxbury Band Students Make Region Ensembles

January 15, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ - Four student musicians from Roxbury High School were recently accepted into the prestigious North Jersey School Music Association Region 1 Band.

Auditions for the band took place Jan. 8. About 300 students competed to earn a seat in one of two honors, and the orchestra’s wind and percussion section. 

Four students from Roxbury were accepted into one ...

Roxbury Singers Make Region Honors Choir

ROXBURY, NJ - Six members of the Roxbury High School choir successfully auditioned recently for the North Jersey Music Association Region High School Honors Choir and will perform with it next month.

The ensemble is composed of the top high school singers from across Northern New Jersey.

“Congratulations to Katherine Becker (Grade 10), Rebecca Borda (Grade ...

Winner of Holiday Lighting Contest: 'Roxbury is a Great Town'

ROXBURY, NJ – The holiday lights display at the Succasunna home of the Katz family took the "gold medal" in this year's Roxbury Recreation Department holiday lighting contest, a competition decided by votes on Facebook.

The display at 56 Parkview Drive includes up to 60,000 lights, said homeowner Rob Katz. He said he, his wife Melissa, and their three children really enjoy ...

County Seeks Info on Roxbury Soldiers Who Fought in Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars

December 4, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – The names of men from Roxbury who fought in the Spanish-American War and Philippine War are being sought by historians working for the county Office of Planning and Preservation.

The office “has compiled a growing list of those soldiers and sailors, and hopes to fill in many blanks on their history, as well as find others who served,” said the county in a recent ...

'Great Progress' Made in Restoring Life to Dormant Hopatcong State Park Fountain in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ – A team working on restoring the long-dormant historic fountain at Hopatcong State Park in Landing is making “great progress,” said local historian Marty Kane.

The century-old fountain was built in 1925 when the Morris Canal was abandoned. Its function was to maintain a pre-determined water level in Lake Hopatcong by governing the amount of water released into ...

Coming Saturday: The Roxbury History and Mystery Cemetery Tour

ROXBURY, NJ - The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna is inviting you to an evening guided tour of its cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 6.

During the Fourth Annual Historic Cemetery Tour, you will meet several "spirits" who will tell you about their lives in Roxbury.

You will learn from people who were instrumental in the Morris Canal, a teacher at the Alpaugh School, the wife ...

Think Twice About Thwarting Ice says Lake Hopatcong Commission

December 28, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – People who live on Lake Hopatcong should think twice about installing “bubbler systems” to keep ice away from their docks and beaches, said The Lake Hopatcong Commission in a recent statement.

The commission acknowledged the devices can protect “in-lake structures” such as docks from ice damage. However, it said the bubblers have become increasingly ...

Experts Dig Plan to Dredge Landing Channel, Use Mud to Restore Floating Island, Roxbury's 'Freak of Nature' in Lake Hopatcong

January 13, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ – Scientists and officials are mulling the possibility of dredging the shallow Landing Channel section of Lake Hopatcong and dumping the material on nearby Floating Island, a dense clump of vegetation once described as a wonderful "freak of nature." 

Those interested in the idea say it might be a great way to deepen Landing Channel – helping prevent weed ...

Roxbury-Fall Litter Cleanup Remove More Than a Ton of Junk

ROXBURY, NJ - Volunteers from 24 different organizations helped remove 1.3 tons of trash, recycling, pieces of metal, tires and wood from various locations throughout Roxbury during the fall cleanup, according to Roxbury Clean Communities Coordinator Kellie Ann Keyes.

She said the cleanup crews' efforts yielded a number of unusual items including vehicle bumpers, bed liners, ...

Lake Hopatcong Foundation & Commission Honored for Lake Management Efforts

ROXBURY, NJ - The lake management efforts of the Lake Hopatcong Commission and the Lake Hopatcong Foundation were acknowledged this week by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS).

At its 2021 virtual conference, the organization honored the commission and foundation with a joint “Lake Management Success Stories Award" praising the work they do to ...

Time for the St Therese Black Friday Bonanza Raffle

October 28, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - It's time for the St. Therese Black Friday Bonanza Raffle!

This benefit for St. Therese RC Church will make one lucky person a $25,000 winner and 25 others $1,000 more wealthy.

The drawing will be Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. at St. Therese Church, 151 Main St., Succasunna.

Only the first 2,000 tickets will be accepted.

Entries are $50 each or three for $100.

See the .pdf ...

Morris County COVID-19 Testing Center Booking Over 800 Appointments Daily

January 11, 2022

RANDOLPH, NJ - More than 800 people obtained free COVID-19 tests Monday in the first day of operations at the newly reopened Morris County Testing Center at the County College of Morris (CCM).

“It appears from the appointments already being made that we will be testing between 800 and 900 people each day for at least the coming week and beyond until we get past the peak of this ...

Morris County Reopening COVID Test Site at CCM

RANDOLPH, NJ - Morris County will reopen a COVID-19 testing site at the County College of Morris (CCM) on Jan. 10. The site will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

There will be no cost for the test. Testing will be done by appointment only. No walk-ins will be allowed.

To make an appointment visit ...

No More Morris County Park Police as Members Become Sheriff's Officers

ROXBURY, NJ – The disbanding of the Morris County Park Police means the county's 24 county Park Police officers are now members of the county Sheriff's Office. They received their new badges this week.

The change was approved two months ago by the county commissioners and county Park Commission.

The move “will keep the 24 park officers on staff and enable an ...

Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In For Second Term

January 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Governor Murphy Allocates Funding For School Security Systems in Dozens of Districts

NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems. 

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in 60 New ...

Former Senator Loretta Weinberg Looks Back on 30 Years in Public Service

TEANECK, NJ — “It’s great to see you, even though you look a little bit like Nanook of the North," said now former Senator Loretta Weinberg to First Lady Tammy Murphy with a smile and sparkle in her eye. “I’m really glad to see you out and about.”

Those were Weinberg’s opening remarks at the bill signing for The Freedom of Reproductive Choice ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

Now in New Jersey ...

VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to ...

VIDEO: Remembering Teenage COVID-19 Victim, City's Milestone and Restoring History

NEW JERSEY — As one New Jersey community mourns a COVID-19 victim, another is recognizing a new milestone.  Plus, a legendary figure in Trenton reflects on decades of service.  And a community spends months restoring history.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

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Have You Seen Shadow, the Missing Roxbury Ferret?

January 14, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ - The owners of a pet ferret that escaped from its home in Succasunna are asking people to keep an eye out for the wandering mammal.

"Shadow" has been missing from her home on Main Street since Jan. 10, said owner Jessica Delgado. She said the black critter somehow managed to make its way out a broken, but patched, window.

"We have a window that has been ...

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How Should I Manage My Retirement Plan?

Employer-sponsored retirement plans are more valuable than ever. The money in them accumulates tax deferred until it is withdrawn, typically in retirement.

Distributions from a tax-deferred retirement plan such as a 401(k) are taxed as ordinary income and may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty if withdrawn prior to age 59½. And contributions to a 401(k) plan actually ...

Four Incredible Benefits of Heated Tile Floors

There’s nothing quite like the luxury of stepping onto a heated tile floor! All the timeless beauty of tile is combined with a comfort level you have to feel to believe. You may find a new tile floor a little too chilly for your toes, but adding under floor radiant heat to your home makes all the difference in the world. From reducing your overall carbon footprint to gaining some additional ...

Two From Roxbury Make ESU Dean's List

January 18, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ - Two students from Roxbury were among 1,222 students named to the Dean's List at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) for the Fall 2021 semester of the 2001-2022 academic year, according to Margaret Ball, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The Roxbury students are Marc Bain, an English major from Ledgewood, and Gabrielle ...

Roxbury's Gonzalez Makes New Haven Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Victoria Gonzalez of Roxbury, a student in the Pompea College of Business at the University of New Haven, has been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2021 semester.

Victoria, of Succasunna, is working on a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing.

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Atlantic Health System and Vouched Partner to Improve Digital Access to Health Care

January 18, 2022


MORRISTOWN, NJ – Increased access and cybersecurity have never been more important to the delivery of care than in today’s health care environment. To help improve the patient experience while offering enhanced online safety, Atlantic Health System, a nationally recognized leader in innovative and high-quality health care, has partnered with Vouched, a leading developer ...