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Bacteria in Water Closes Beach at Hopatcong State Park

July 24, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — It’s a beautiful day for the beach, but not the one at Hopatcong State Park in Roxbury.

The state, which owns and manages the park in Landing, has closed the popular summer swimming site until further notice due to elevated levels of bacteria in the water.

A representative would not say whether the closure is due to Escherichia coli (E. coli) a harmful algal bloom ...

Tell Roxbury Library Your Opinion, Maybe Win a Kindle

ROXBURY, NJ — Patrons of the Roxbury Public Library are being asked to participate in a survey that will help the library Board of Trustees plan for the future. As an incentive, the library will enter respondents into a raffle for an Amazon Kindle.

The survey is available online by clicking here. The deadline to participate is Aug. 16.

"Results of the survey ...

Berkshire Valley Road in Roxbury Opening as Rail Span is Fixed

ROXBURY, NJ — Berkshire Valley Road in Roxbury, closed to through traffic Tuesday after a truck damaged a railroad trestle, is being reopened to traffic.

Only one lane of travel will be available at the section near the trestle, with automatic traffic lights controlling the alternating flow.

“The road is essential for commercial truck traffic, especially to keep the commercial ...

Roxbury Swimmers Pound Out Laps to Help Social Services

July 17, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – Many generous people in Roxbury help Roxbury Social Services, but few burn as many calories doing it as do the members of the Roxbury Racers swim team.

Each summer, the youth swimmers conduct a “Swim-a-Thon” at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna. During their regular practice periods on Swim-a-Thon day, the Racers swim as many laps as they can on behalf of Social ...

Roxbury Community Benefit 5K Needs More Runners and Sponsors

ROXBURY, NJ — With about a week to go until race day, Roxbury Community Benefit 5K Race Organizer Jim Schulz is making a push for more runners and race sponsors.

The numbers of both sponsorships and pre-registered runners are “a little bit down this year,” for the July 18 event in Succasunna, Schulz said. That means less money to give back to Roxbury.

Proceeds from the ...

Roxbury Scout's Path to Eagle Includes Wooden Bridges on a Succasunna Trail

ROXBURY, NJ — Thanks to a Roxbury Boy Scout, people using a popular trail in Succasunna soon won’t have to traverse deep mud in the spring and after heavy rains.

For his Eagle Scout project, 17-year-old Alex Doty is installing a wooden walkway on the Blue Trail at Black River Park. The planks will carry the path above a flood-prone section.

Doty, of Roxbury Boy ...

Talk of No Buses Riles Roxbury Catholic School Parents

July 21, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Possibly breaking a longstanding practice, the Roxbury School District might stop busing students to St. Therese School in Succasunna.

The change is being mulled due to increased costs including fuel and drivers, said Roxbury Schools Business Administrator Joseph Mondanaro at the July 19 Roxbury Board of Education Meeting.

A group of residents with children attending the ...

Roxbury Middle Schooler Wins County Leadership Award

ROXBURY, NJ _ A middle school student from Roxbury who earned High Honor Roll every marking period was recently awarded a leadership award by the Morris County Association of School Administrators (MCASA), said the district.

The award, called the Morris County Superintendent’s Middle School Leadership Award (MSLA), was given to Kate McDougal, an eighth-grader at Eisenhower ...

Roxbury Honors Top Students in Graduating Class

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury High School this week honored the top ten students in the class of 2021.

“These students will graduate with the highest academic averages this year,” said the district. It also recognized the teachers the students felt contributed most to their educational success.

"Each year, families of the honorees are invited to accompany their ...

Police: Fake Check Scam Hits Roxbury Contractor

July 26, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Contractors should be wary about responding to text messages for home improvement projects, according to the Roxbury Police Department.

The department said it was notified Monday about "an old scam that has resurfaced." It said the scam targets house painters and other contractors.

Police said a house painter in Roxbury received a text message seeking an ...

Police: Roxbury Man Involved in Leonia Drugging, Beating and Robbery

ROXBURY, NJ — A Roxbury man, accompanied by a Paterson woman, robbed a Leonia resident who was beaten and knocked-out with a drug on June 27, according to police.

The man, Emin Goroveci, 35, of Succasunna, faces charges of first-degree robbery, third-degree theft and third-degree theft of a motor vehicle, said Leonia police.

Goroveci was accompanied in the crime by Paterson ...

Stop Trying to Pass Parking Fire Trucks, Ambulances says Roxbury Fire and EMS

ROXBURY, NJ — The creation of an official "no passing zone" on Main Street in Succasunna near the Roxbury Fire Co. 1 firehouse is not preventing some drivers from squeezing by emergency vehicles attempting to back into the building, according to the firefighters.

The signs were put up last year in an effort to stop motorists from passing fire trucks and ambulances ...

Roxbury Swimmers Pound Out Laps to Help Social Services

July 17, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – Many generous people in Roxbury help Roxbury Social Services, but few burn as many calories doing it as do the members of the Roxbury Racers swim team.

Each summer, the youth swimmers conduct a “Swim-a-Thon” at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna. During their regular practice periods on Swim-a-Thon day, the Racers swim as many laps as they can on behalf of Social ...

Canceled in 2020 & Delayed This Year, Roxbury Kids Triathlon Brings Smiles

ROXBURY, NJ — Originally scheduled for July 8, but postponed until Tuesday thanks to Tropical Storm Elsa, the Roxbury Tri-Harder Kids Triathlon was a big success, said Roxbury officials.

Roxbury Recreation Director Brett Douglas said the event at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna drew 115 participants between the ages of four and 14. The skies were gray, but at least they didn’t ...

Roxbury's Ripkin Baseball Kids Know How to Win

ROXBURY, NJ — It started with a little white lie.

In 2016, a member of the Roxbury Baseball Association (RBA) approached some coaches of the younger players and asked  if they would start a travel team to compete in the Cal Ripken, Jr 7U District Tournament.

The white lie? The RBA member promised that the only commitment for coaching the team was two weeks of practices in ...

Roxbury Detective Among Those Praised in Cold Case Conviction

July 9, 2021

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 ...

17 Years for Drunk Driver Who Killed Former Roxbury Student

MORRISTOWN, NJ — A Dumont man whose drunken driving on Route 80 caused a crash that killed three people, including a former Roxbury High School student, was sentenced this week to 17 years in prison, said authorities.

The man, Miguel Botero, 30, pleaded guilty last November to charges related to the Oct. 18, 2019 triple-fatality. Authorities said Botero, while intoxicated, drove a Jeep ...

Five Seek Election to Three Roxbury School Board Seats

July 27, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Five people are running for three seats on the Roxbury School Board, but board member Danielle McCabe is not one of them.

McCabe, of Landing, was elected in 2018 as part of a team that included incumbent board member Leo Coakley and fellow newcomer Kathy Purcell. McCabe could not be reached for comment.

Board members serve 3-year terms.

Both Coakley and Purcell will ...

Light Turnout in Roxbury for Uncontested Primary Elections

ROXBURY, NJ — About 4,000 of Roxbury's approximately 16,000 voters bothered to cast ballots in Tuesday's Primary Election, an unsurprising turnout due to the fact that none of the local candidates faced challengers.

Roxbury Councilman Jim Rilee, Mark Crowley and Bob DeFillippo secured nominations on the Republican side for their 3-year-long, at-large seats. Democrats Brian ...

Morris County Clerk Announces Extended Hours For In-Person Early Voting

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ — In person early voting for this year's primary election is available to Morris County residents until June 7 at 3 p.m. The in-person early voting will take place at the Morris County Clerk's Office located at 10 Court Street in Morristown.

The Morris County Clerk will have the following extended hours:

Tuesday, May 18 until 9 p.m.
Tuesday, June 1 until ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Ranked Best Hospital in NJ for Fourth Year

July 27, 2021

 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings.

The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ranked, ...

Join a Zipline/Treetop Course Photo Shoot in Roxbury, Get 50 % Off

ROXBURY, NJ — Have you ever wanted to be part of a photo shoot? Looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday?

Grab your camera and join FLG X NJ on July 25 for a day dedicated to generating social media content!

Join our photographers up in the trees to create exciting videos and incredible memories and be part of a high-energy unique photo shoot opportunity. Photographers are ...

Atlantic Health System, NYU Langone Health Announce Organ Transplantation Partnership

SUMMIT and MORRISTOWN, NJ - New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System and New York-based NYU Langone Health -- two of the leading names in healthcare in the Tri-State region -- are joining together to give patients greater access to heart and liver transplants and the coordinated, high-quality care needed to stay healthy.

The health systems will coordinate transplant ...

Retail or Office Building Proposed for Small Lot on Busy Corner in Roxbury

July 22, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — A long-vacant corner lot on Route 10 in Succasunna would house a new commercial building if a developer’s plan is approved by Roxbury officials.

The half-acre site is at the northwest corner of Route 10 and Eyland Avenue across Eyland from the Dunkin Donuts/Mini Mart and BP station. It once was home to a little, drive-through farm stand that sold milk, eggs and other ...

A Happy Ceremony as Roxbury Heralds Mall Metamorphosis

ROXBURY, NJ — After moving to Roxbury to become township manager about four years ago, John Shepherd brought his family to the former Ledgewood Mall. At festivities today celebrating the new shopping center that replaced the old mall, Shepherd recalled that day.

He said his 16-year-old daughter, upon entering the rundown Ledgewood Walmart — since replaced with a new ...

Girl Scouts to Honor Roxbury Resident as a 'Woman of Achievement'

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury resident Nicole Licciardi will be honored early next month by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey as being a “woman of achievement.”

The organization plans to present Licciardi, of Succasunna, with its Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise award. The presentation will take place at a June 6 “Women of Achievement” event in ...

Roxbury Library Plans 'Makers' Carnival and Mini-Golf Event

July 19, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury Public Library will host in August a free carnival and miniature golf event, an outing that was supposed to happen last year but was canceled due to COVID-19.

The "Makers Day Carnival and Mini-Golf" event is slated for Aug. 14 from noon to 3 p.m. on the front lawn of the library on Main Street in Succasunna, said the library. Registration for the ...

New Ground for Roxbury Arts Alliance: In-House Plays and Musicals

ROXBURY, NJ — When performing arts veteran Michael Schroeder first found out about The Roxbury Arts Alliance (RAA), he was surprised to learn the organization had a theater but never crafted its own productions.

Thanks to Schroeder, that’s no longer the case.

The 52-year-old Randolph resident is now the RAA’s dramatic program director. He’s hard at work ...

Roxbury Arts Alliance Seeks Actors for Upcoming Play

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Arts Alliance (RAA) has announced auditions for roles in an October performance of Ivan Menchell’s play The Cemetery Club.

The RAA will be conducting the auditions on July 27 and July 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The play will be performed at Investor’s Bank Theater in Succasunna on five days: Oct. 8, Oct. 9, Oct. 15, Oct. 16 and Oct. 17.

The ...

A Plaque and a Check at Lake Hopatcong Foundation HQ in Roxbury

July 24, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The replica check was huge, the plaque was small and elegant. The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) appreciated both.

The plaque and check were presented to the non-profit organization July 20, at the LHF headquarters in the historic, restored Lake Hopatcong train station.

Bright sunshine illuminated the 1911 stone building as a backdrop to the two presentations.

The ...

Rail Bridge in Roxbury: A Century of Trouble with Trucks

ROXBURY, NJ — On the night before a dump truck crashed into a rail trestle spanning Berkshire Valley Road last week, a tractor-trailer almost did the same thing, said Morris County Engineer Christopher Vitz.

The driver, whose trailer was taller than the span’s 11-foot-5-inch clearance, saw the warning signs and avoided a mess. “He stopped,” said Vitz.

Too many truck ...

Roxbury Schools Offers Inscribed Pavers at Relocated Old Bell Site

ROXBURY, NJ - Residents are being given the opportunity to buy inscribed paving stones that will make up a walkway in front of “The Grey Building” next to Lincoln-Roosevelt School in Succasunna.

The walkway will go around a new structure that will hold the old school bell that once lived atop The Grey Building. The bell was removed during a 2020 restoration of the rooftop cupola ...

Dozens Remain Without Power in Roxbury After Tuesday Tempest

July 7, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — About 90 Roxbury residents remained without electricity Wednesday afternoon due to a strong storm that swept through the area late Tuesday.

More than 800 Roxbury residents lost electricity due to the storm, but Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) said it restored service to most today. Nevertheless, the utility said 89 of its 10, 267 Roxbury customers remained ...

Roxbury Animal Control: Fireworks Can Be Ruff for Pets

ROXBURY, NJ – While July 4 fireworks lighting up the sky are fun for many families, they can be particularly scary for furry family members like dogs.

In fact, the upcoming holiday is the one on which animals are most likely to go missing, according to lost pet finder PetAmberAlert which reports that there is a 30 percent to 60 percent increase in lost pets at animal shelters each year ...

8th Annual Roxbury Town-Wide Garage Sale

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its 8th Annual Town-wide Garage Sale during the weekend of Saturday, June 26 and Sunday June 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day, throughout the township.

In 2019, this fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce featured more than 150 individual garage sales attracting hundreds of visitors to the township ...

Grab-and-Go Meals Available this Summer in Roxbury

June 27, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Grab-and-go meals remain available from the Roxbury Township Public Schools this summer to all children 18 and under.

These meals are free of charge and consist of breakfast and lunch. They will be available at Roxbury High School located 1 Bryant Drive in Succasunna on Mondays and Thursdays beginning June 28 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Keeping Lake Hopatcong Blue Takes Lots of Greenbacks

July 23, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Clearing Lake Hopatcong of weeds isn’t easy. Or cheap.

The Lake Hopatcong Commission (LHC) projects it will cost almost $370,000 to reinstitute weed “harvesting” on the lake, a practice that came to a halt last June when a weed-removal vessel capsized.

The incident claimed the life of weed harvester operator Curtis Mulch, a Roxbury resident.

The ...

Roxbury Kids Help School Garden Come to Life

ROXBURY, NJ _ Students at Roxbury's Nixon Elementary School recently got some hands-on gardening experience.

The K-4 kids were paid a visit by Roxbury School District landscaper Mike Renzetti and Roxbury School District groundskeeper Nick Pinto. The men and the students got together to perform some upkeep on the school's “Husky Garden,” said the school ...

Lake Foundation Holds In-Person Sale of Native Plants

ROXBURY, NJ — The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) is winding down its fifth annual native plant sale on Saturday (May 22) with an opportunity for in-person purchases.

Customers will be able to purchase New Jersey native plants that are not only attractive, but also beneficial to the environment, said the non-profit group, headquartered in Landing.

“By choosing native plants for ...

Talk of No Buses Riles Roxbury Catholic School Parents

July 21, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Possibly breaking a longstanding practice, the Roxbury School District might stop busing students to St. Therese School in Succasunna.

The change is being mulled due to increased costs including fuel and drivers, said Roxbury Schools Business Administrator Joseph Mondanaro at the July 19 Roxbury Board of Education Meeting.

A group of residents with children attending the ...

Morris County Residents Enjoyed Biggest Average Weekly Wage Gains During 2020; Study

July 19, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Compared to their counterparts in New Jersey’s 15 largest counties, Morris County residents enjoyed the biggest average weekly wage gains during 2020, according to the federal government.

That’s the good news. The not-so-good: The county saw a decline of employment during the COVID-impacted year of nearly 8 percent, said the government.

Morris County ...

Morris County's Annual Memorial Day Observance Remains Virtual

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County's Annual Memorial Day Observance and Presentation of Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals to local veterans will take place virtually on Wednesday, May 26 at noon.

Members of the community are invited to observe the ceremony through Facebook Live as the event will be live-streamed from the front lawn of the Morris County Courthouse.

To ...

Morris County Clerk Announces Extended Hours For In-Person Early Voting

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ — In person early voting for this year's primary election is available to Morris County residents until June 7 at 3 p.m. The in-person early voting will take place at the Morris County Clerk's Office located at 10 Court Street in Morristown.

The Morris County Clerk will have the following extended hours:

Tuesday, May 18 until 9 p.m.
Tuesday, June 1 until ...

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Lost Dog "Sally" in Roxbury Area

July 22, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Area residents are asked to look for a small, black and white dog that went missing on Thursday in the Howard Boulevard area.

The "very friendly" Shih Tzu named Sally is owned by Samantha Gallo, who can be reached at (973) 722-6369. 

Gallo, in a Facebook post, said she is "not sure if she ran away or if someone took her, but we have looked ...

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Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

IRS Scams Can Target Seniors . . . What Family Caregivers Can Do

At first, 82-year-old Steve was alarmed by the message he discovered on his voice mail. “The caller said the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) was filing a lawsuit against me. I called the number back and they asked for my account number. I said they never gave me one so the man asked for my Social Security number, and I said I would never give that over the phone. He hung up on me. So, I ...

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What Are the Tax Benefits of Charitable Trusts?

Americans give freely to support the causes they value, from churches, education and the arts to medical research. Fortunately, current tax laws encourage and even reward philanthropy.

Beyond the basic tax deductions for charitable giving, setting up one or both of the following types of trusts could provide financial advantages in addition to the personal satisfaction that comes from ...

Why New Kitchen Floor Tiles Will Revive Your Kitchen

Don’t start ripping out those kitchen cabinets just yet. If you’re looking for a way to revive an old, dated kitchen, look to your kitchen backsplash and kitchen floor tiles first, because you might just need a new kitchen tile floor. 

Not only is tile kitchen flooring a more affordable flooring option and less involved process than ripping out and replacing all your cabinets, ...

Women’s Mental Health Hit Hardest during COVID Pandemic

We have all been adjusting to the reality that COVID is an infectious disease, but we now know that it is also a profound chronic stressor with serious implications for mental health. These stressors are impacting mental health for all of us, but women, and especially women of color, have been hit the hardest.

Recent studies have shown that one in ten women have had to quit a job due to a ...

Two From Roxbury Make Hofstra Dean's List

July 22, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Hofstra University recently congratulated two students from Roxbury for making the Spring 2021 Dean's List.

James Beale, of Kenvil, and Zachary Kohner, of Succasunna, made the list by earning grade point averages of at least 3.5 during the semester.

West Virginia University Lauds Students from Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ — Four Roxbury residents were recently lauded by West Virginia University for their academic achievements in the Spring 2021 semester.

Making the school's Presidents List were Sean Kenworthy and Caitlyn Valente, both of Succasunna.

Making the Dean's List were Austin Cummis of Succasunna and Joseph Pollio of Landing.

Outstanding undergraduate ...

Roxbury Government Meetings Should Have Virtual Attendance Option

July 25, 2021

Dear Editor,

Good government requires participation on both the elected and the public.

One of the few good things to come out of the past year and a half is that virtual meetings became a way to connect with people a lot easier than previously. Virtual meetings are far from perfect and certainly have some key downsides. Yet they offer a chance to connect in a way that was rare to ...

Morristown Medical Center Receives Reverification from the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Trauma Center

July 22, 2021

Morristown, New Jersey – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has been reverified as a Level I Trauma Center through 2024 by the Verification Review Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Morristown Medical Center’s dedication to providing superior care for the most seriously injured patients. This marks ...