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Former Roxbury Official Honored for Environment Efforts

December 11, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – A former Roxbury town council member and mayor was honored this week by the state for her efforts to protect New Jersey’s environment.

The woman, Sandy Urgo, was one of 11 people named at the 19th Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony. The awards were presented by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Urgo was awarded ...

Brewery Proposed for Former Roxbury Roller Rink

ROXBURY, NJ - Are you ready for Ledgewood Lager? How about Port Morris Porter or Succasunna Summer Ale?

A former roller skating rink in Kenvil that hasn’t seen skaters in more than three decades is being eyed as a future haven for craft beer lovers, and the would-be proprietor said he would consider naming his creations after places in Roxbury.

Long Valley resident Steven Ashton wants ...

Up to $500 Fine for Passing Roxbury Firetrucks, Ambulances on Main Street

ROXBURY, NJ – Motorists who pass a firetruck or ambulance entering or leaving the firehouse in Succasunna will face fines of up to $500, thanks to a new Roxbury ordinance.

The ordinance, approved recently by the Roxbury Mayor and Council, is an attempt ensure the safety of fire and first-aid crews coming and going at the Roxbury Chemical Engine Co. 1 facility on Main Street.

The ...

Roxbury Veterans Remembered at Wreath Ceremony

December 16, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Family members and volunteers from Roxbury and surrounding communities placed wreaths on the graves of more than 600 veterans on Saturday as part of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony.

The Roxbury event was one of more than 1,400 similar events in all 50 states, at sea and abroad. Nationally, millions of wreaths were donated, said organizers.

Coordinated by the Ferro ...

Local Softball Players Give Back to Roxbury Community

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Rebels Travel Softball players recently delivered more than10 shopping carts full of food, health and hygiene products to the Roxbury Social Services food pantry. The players collected donations after receiving a list of most needed items from Janet Wald, director of  Roxbury Social Services.

The Rebels organization was established more than 15 years ...

The Little Gym of Roxbury Seeks Gifts for Less Fortunate Children

ROXBURY, NJ – The Little Gym of Roxbury is seeking toys and gift cards that it will give to less fortunate children through Project KIND.

The Little Gym, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, is collecting the items until Dec. 18, said owner Danielle Mikilay. “We have a collection box in The Little Gym lobby,” she said. “$15 or less is all that is needed.”

The gifts ...

Roxbury Varsity Ice Hockey Beats Mt. Olive

December 15, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ - The Roxbury High School ice hockey team on Saturday night beat Mount Olive 2-0 at Aspen Ice in Randolpn.

The Gaels jumped out to an early 1-0 lead two minutes into the game on a goal by Brendan Hartos with assists by Nick Thomas and Brian Westergaard.

After a scoreless second period, Roxbury got on the scoreboard again in the third period with a goal ...

Local Softball Players Give Back to Roxbury Community

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Rebels Travel Softball players recently delivered more than10 shopping carts full of food, health and hygiene products to the Roxbury Social Services food pantry. The players collected donations after receiving a list of most needed items from Janet Wald, director of  Roxbury Social Services.

The Rebels organization was established more than 15 years ...

Roxbury Competition Cheerleaders Win Regional Championship

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School Competition Cheerleading team took first place in the Super Varsity Division last weekend at UCA Regionals in Long Island, N.Y. 

The win earned the team the title of Super Varsity Regional Champions. The team also received two bids to attend the National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando in both, the Super Varsity Division ...

Authorities Reveal Name of Injured Mt. Arlington Officer

December 12, 2018

MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ - The Mount Arlington police officer struck by a vehicle Tuesday evening was identified today as Sgt. James DiStasio.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office revealed DiStasio's name in an afternoon press release, but added it is not going to say much else about the incident for now - including the extent of the sergeant's injuries or the names ...

Mount Arlington Officer Struck by Vehicle

MT. ARLINGTON, NJ - A borough police officer was injured Tuesday evening when he was struck by a vehicle, according to officials.

The incident took place around 7 p.m. on Howard Boulevard near the Exxon Station. A source said the officer was struck while directing traffic and suffered major head trauma, information that could not be confirmed. A tweet by the New Jersey Fraternal Order of ...

Roxbury Police to Help Seniors, Disabled With Smoke/CO Detector Checks

ROXBURY, NJ – Having dealt recently with the death of a senior citizen who succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning, Roxbury police today offered to help elderly and disabled residents check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

The police department said an officer will check the units’ expiration dates, assist with testing them and change their batteries if necessary.

Roxbury High School National Honor Society Inducts New Members

December 9, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School’s National Honor Society recently inducted 68 new members to add to the 58 already existing members.

Students inducted pledged to continue to uphold the four pillars that make up the National Honor Society (NHS) which are scholarship, service, character and leadership. Once members, students are required to maintain involvement as well as ...

Back from Kuwait, a Soldier Visits His Patriotic Roxbury Pen-Pals

ROXBURY, NJ - When Pennsylvania National Guard Cpt. Joe McLaughlin visited youngsters at the Franklin Elementary School aftercare program this week, it wasn’t his first interaction with the kids.

The children and McLaughlin had been pen-pals during the captain’s 9-month-long deployment in Kuwait which ended Nov. 18. He said his main reason for visiting the pupils was to thank them ...

Seven Roxbury Students Accepted into National Honors Choir

ROXBURY, NJ - Seven Roxbury High School students successfully auditioned for and were accepted into the American Choral Directors Association National Honors Choir recently.

The prestigious ensemble is composedof the top high school and collegiate singers in the United States.

The students _ Seniors Bryan Gonzalez, Ian Hachey, Austin Kurbansade, Ivan Largo, and Jacob Wood ...

Roxbury Resident Becomes Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children

November 5, 2018

Morristown, NJ – A Roxbury woman was one of 19 community volunteers sworn-in recently to serve as advocates for children removed from homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

The woman, Gail Kross of Succasunna, was sworn-in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) by state Superior Court Judge Michael Wright. The event took place Nov. 2 at the Morris County Courthouse before a ...

34 Months in Prison for Roxbury Man's Partner in Strongarm Extortion

NEWARK, N.J. – A former fire inspector for several New Jersey municipalities, who conspired with a Roxbury man to commit a strongarm extortion, was sentenced today to 34 months in prison, said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

The man, Billy Donnerstag, 50, of Hackettstown, pleaded guilty earlier this year before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court.

Roxbury Landfill Owners & Lawyers, Hit With Conspiracy, Perjury, Theft Charges

ROXBURY, NJ – To hide their assets from creditors, the owners of the former Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury set up “sham” trust accounts for their children then illegally, and with help from their lawyers, raided the trusts to pay mortgages and legal fees, according to a state grand jury.

The allegations are made in a 33-count “superseding” indictment handed up Sept.

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 ...

Roxbury Chamber Picks Nick Wunner as Business Person of Year

December 12, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Civil engineer Nick Wunner was named the 2018 Earl J. Chrystal Memorial Business Person of the Year on Wednesday by The Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Wunner, who owns Wunner Engineering Associates, of Succasunna, currently serves as the Chamber's president. He was chosen by the Chamber's board of directors.

"We've had quite a few folks who ...

Super-Modern Supercenter Planned for Roxbury Walmart

ROXBURY, NJ - Walmart Inc. wants to upgrade and expand its store at the former Ledgewood Mall in Roxbury, converting it into a more modern “supercenter” that would include drive-through grocery pickup lanes.

The project would be aligned with the ongoing retrofitting of the mall into a new shopping center called The Shops at Ledgewood Commons, an effort that ...

Patriotism Spurs Roxbury Businessman to Raise Old Glory

ROXBURY, NJ – The owner of a Roxbury auto body shop is inviting the public to attend the dedication of a new flagpole he recently installed at his business.

Ed Korpos, who owns Ken’s Auto Body on Route 46 in Ledgewood (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor), will host the Dec. 1 event scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

The Roxbury native, who began working at the shop when he was 18, said he wanted ...

Former Roxbury Official Honored for Environment Efforts

December 11, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – A former Roxbury town council member and mayor was honored this week by the state for her efforts to protect New Jersey’s environment.

The woman, Sandy Urgo, was one of 11 people named at the 19th Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony. The awards were presented by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Urgo was awarded ...

Teamed Up and Cleaned Up; Volunteers Remove Trash from Lake Hopatcong

ROXBURY, NJ - Shortly after 8 o’clock on a misty Saturday morning recently, the collars of two green-plaid boots could be seen peeking up above the dark-gray muck just off Brady Road in Jefferson Township.

Barely a step away, Cora Haughney was desperately trying to find her balance on one foot, which she’d managed to plant on a friend’s clean boot while in a wobbly embrace.

Nixon School Green Fair Focuses on Renew and Reuse

ROXBURY, NJ - Nixon Elementary School had a beautiful fall day Oct. 19 for its second annual Green Fair. This year’s theme: Renew and Reuse.

Students were able to learn about renewable energy sources and finding ways to use household items so they don’t end up in the trash.

Students rotated between seven different sessions run by parent volunteers, staff ...

Almost Time for the Annual Boy Scout Wreath Sale

November 7, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Members of Roxbury Boy Scout Troop 163 of Succasunna are getting ready for their annual holiday wreath sale, a major fundraiser for the group.

The troop will be selling festive, 14-inch wreaths, starting Nov. 23 at Roxbury Fire Co 1 on Main Street in Succasunna.

The wreath sale will run each Friday evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday, until ...

Work Begins on Habitat for Humanity Condos in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ – Ground was broken today on a 12-home Habitat for Humanity project in Roxbury, an event that was six years in the making, according to the organization’s CEO.

The project, at 119 and 121 Main Street in Succasunna, will have two buildings with each containing six condominium units. The first of the two buildings is expected to be ready for occupancy by this time next ...

Brewery Proposed for Former Roxbury Roller Rink

December 5, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Are you ready for Ledgewood Lager? How about Port Morris Porter or Succasunna Summer Ale?

A former roller skating rink in Kenvil that hasn’t seen skaters in more than three decades is being eyed as a future haven for craft beer lovers, and the would-be proprietor said he would consider naming his creations after places in Roxbury.

Long Valley resident Steven Ashton wants ...

Seeking Donations, Foundation Dangles Tabletop Roxbury Train Station

ROXBURY, NJ – Hoping to gather donations, the organization that restored the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad station in Landing is offering chances to win a tiny model of the old building.

For each $25 donated to The Lake Hopatcong Foundation on Nov. 27, contributors will receive one entry into a drawing for three “miniature” train stations, said the ...

Temporary Roof and Possible Tenant for Former Roxbury Schoolhouse

ROXBURY, NJ – A temporary roof will be installed on a 97-year-old former schoolhouse in Roxbury being eyed by the Canal Society of New Jersey for use as its headquarters.

The Roxbury Mayor and Council last week agreed with township Manager John Shepherd’s request to allocate $15,000 for a rubber membrane roof on the old Layfette School in Lower Berkshire Valley. The roof will be ...

Roxbury's Jim Cullen: A Soldier at 21, an Author at 95

December 14, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – On Dec. 16, 1944, the German army launched a surprise, but doomed, attack on Allied forces that came to be called the Battle of the Bulge.

Jim Cullen, 21, survived that nightmare. Tomorrow, 74 years beyond the eve of that attack, the Succasunna resident will be signing copies of a book he wrote about those days.

Cullen, 95, is scheduled to be at the Roxbury Public ...

Seven Roxbury Students Accepted into National Honors Choir

ROXBURY, NJ - Seven Roxbury High School students successfully auditioned for and were accepted into the American Choral Directors Association National Honors Choir recently.

The prestigious ensemble is composedof the top high school and collegiate singers in the United States.

The students _ Seniors Bryan Gonzalez, Ian Hachey, Austin Kurbansade, Ivan Largo, and Jacob Wood ...

Good Weather Fosters Holiday Spirit at Roxbury's 'Home for the Holidays' Event

ROXBURY, NJ – Decent weather and a good flow of visitors greeted vendors and other participants at the Home for the Holidays celebration in Succasunna on Saturday.

Although rain was predicted, none came. Instead, sunny skies blessed the event’s early hours. Clouds that rolled in during the afternoon did little to dampen the spirits of those strolling on Main Street.

Roxbury ...

Roxbury Veterans Remembered at Wreath Ceremony

December 16, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Family members and volunteers from Roxbury and surrounding communities placed wreaths on the graves of more than 600 veterans on Saturday as part of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony.

The Roxbury event was one of more than 1,400 similar events in all 50 states, at sea and abroad. Nationally, millions of wreaths were donated, said organizers.

Coordinated by the Ferro ...

Roxbury Presbyterians Dedicate Restored Church Spire, 'A Beacon to God'

ROXBURY, NJ – Worshipers at the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna today offered thanks to all involved in the restoration of their church’s steeple, a long-awaited project that took place this summer.

The steeple dedication service, part of the congregation’s 10 a.m. Sunday Worship, included a special expression of gratitude, and a certificate of appreciation, to ...

Tea & Fashion Show "Fun"-raiser Planned in Succasunna

ROXBURY, NJ - Calling all Red Hatters (and pink!), tea lovers and fashionistas! 

Here's a great opportunity to spend some fun time with friends, have a delicious lunch and support a good cause.

Come on down to 99 Main Street in Succasunna on Oct. 20 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and enjoy the Tea and Fashion Show Fundraiser at the First Presbyterian ...

Roxbury Police to Help Seniors, Disabled With Smoke/CO Detector Checks

December 10, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – Having dealt recently with the death of a senior citizen who succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning, Roxbury police today offered to help elderly and disabled residents check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

The police department said an officer will check the units’ expiration dates, assist with testing them and change their batteries if necessary.

Daylight Saving Time: Paying the Price for the Extra Hour of Sleep

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Helmut Zarbl, an expert in circadian rhythm and its influence on sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, eating habits and more, says we pay the price for that extra hour of sleep - daylight saving time disrupts our biological clocks and affects our health.

Daylight saving time was introduced in Europe and the United States after World War I as part of an effort to ...

Four Days of No Tech for Roxbury Students

ROXBURY, NJ – Teachers and students in the Roxbury School District will be asked to step away from technology on four days this year during what the district is calling “tech-free days.”

The goal of the initiative, in part, is to teach students how to develop enough will-power to resist the addictive urge of smartphones and computers.

“It’s not because I ...

Morris County Police Dogs Get On-the-Spot Medical Help

November 17, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County has developed a first-of-its-kind program to offer medical support and care for police dogs working with the county Sheriff’s Office in critical situations.    

The dogs will receive treatment from a specialized group of tactical medics who make up the Office of Emergency Management’s Special Operations Group.

“We have our ...

Missing Mountain Lakes Boy is Found

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Thomas Kolding, a 15-year-old from Mountain Lakes who left home Oct. 30, has been found, said authorities today.

In a brief joint statement that offered no details about the matter, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Mountain Lakes Police Chief Shawn Bennet and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of
Investigations Stephen Wilson Jr., only said the boy ...

Roxbury Veteran of Two Wars Honored by County

ROXBURY, NJ – The late Harold Weasner of Roxbury was one of seven U.S. military veterans honored this week by the Morris County Freeholders who awarded them with Morris County Distinguished Service Medals.

The medals were presented in a Wednesday ceremony, designed to bring attention to the arrival of Veteran’s Day on Sunday.

Weasner’s wife, Marie, accepted the medal while ...

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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, ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 23

On this week’s AtlantiCast, find out why it’s easier than ever to receive care at Atlantic Health System, the Morristown Medical Center’s Heart Success program reaches a milestone in the fight against heart failure, quality healthcare that protects the environment and kicking off the holiday season with the Festival of Lights.

 

AtlantiCast: Episode 22

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn how Atlantic Health System is accelerating the pace of medical breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, AHS and the New York Jets make a crucial catch, meet New Jersey’s only cardiac “Shock Team,” find out some key warning signs to know if you have Thyroid Cancer and much more!

 

Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

Looking for Answers

November 26, 2018

Dear Editor,

Regarding the deplorable condition of Mt. Arlington Boulevard through Landing, Roxbury Township, since APRIL.
The township informed months ago that the state is responsible for paving. The state had claimed it would be paved on October. 

We are on our way to December and still no paving, and its condition has further deteriorated.
My last email to the township remains ...

Roxbury High School National Honor Society Inducts New Members

December 9, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School’s National Honor Society recently inducted 68 new members to add to the 58 already existing members.

Students inducted pledged to continue to uphold the four pillars that make up the National Honor Society (NHS) which are scholarship, service, character and leadership. Once members, students are required to maintain involvement as well as ...

Roxbury High Announces First Marking Period Honor Rolls

ROXBURY, NJ -  Roxbury High School announces the students who have earned High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the first marking period of the 2018/2019 school year.

Students must have earned all grades 90 or above on their third marking period report cards to qualify for high honor roll and students must have earned all grades 80 or above on their third marking period report cards to ...

Roxbury's Pollison Makes Fordham Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury resident Kevin Pollison was awarded Dean’s List at the Fordham College at Rose Hill, according to the school.

The Fordham College Rose Hill Dean's List is a formal recognition of the academic achievement of undergraduate students in the college. Through the academic year 2017 – 2018, the Dean’s List is composed of ...

Press Releases

AHa!, Atlantic Health System’s Innovation Center Celebrates Strong First Year

December 12, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ  – One year after it was created, AHa!—Atlantic Health System’s innovation center and idea incubator—has led to improved ways to deliver care, multiple patents (more pending), and a robust idea pipeline.

At the end of 2017, Atlantic Health System launched Atlantic Health Advancements—AHa!—to inspire Atlantic Health System’s team of ...

Atlantic Health System Named a Best Workplace for Diversity For Third Year in a Row

Atlantic Health System has once again been recognized for its commitment to diversity by being named number 77 on the FORTUNE ‘Best Workplaces for Diversity’ list– the third year in a row Atlantic Health System has earned this recognition from the national publication. As a leading provider of health care in New Jersey with more than 16,500 team members, Atlantic Health System ...