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Roxbury Lifts Lid on Dock, Finds $100,000 Problem

January 20, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – One of the docks used for swim team races at Roxbury’s Horseshoe Lake Park is crumbling from below and needs to be replaced, a $100,000 proposition, according to township officials.

The dock in question is not the main dock at the Succasunna facility. That structure was repaired about five years ago, said Roxbury Department of Public Works Director Richard ...

24-Hour Workouts and Shopping Planned for New Roxbury Shopping Center

ROXBURY, NJ – The shopping center replacing the former Ledgewood Mall in Roxbury will have a 24-hour fitness center, its developers revealed yesterday.

Appearing before the Roxbury Planning Board, representatives of the proposed Shops at Ledgewood Commons said a 24-Hour Fitness plans to open in the mall, probably in space now occupied by Marshalls. They said Marshalls plans to remain, ...

Roxbury Plans to Pump Up the Paving

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury aims to spend about $1.6 million on township road paving in 2019, about $700,000 more than it did last year, according to officials.

The proposed extra spending would be possible without increasing municipal taxes because the township “paid off a significant amount of general fund bond debt,” in 2018, said Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd.

The ...

Roxbury Rallies to Help Family Impacted by House Fire

January 21, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - Concerned people from Roxbury and beyond are joining to help a Succasunna family ousted from their home Sunday by a fire.

The 39 Ridge Road home of Phil and Sheilla Bandari sustained significant damage. The blaze, deemed to be accidental by Roxbury Fire Inspector Mike Pellek, forced the couple and their two young children to escape and leave all their belongings.

Shortly ...

Township Honors New Roxbury Eagle Scout

ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury Boy Scout who recently became an Eagle Scout was honored this week by the Roxbury Mayor and Council.

As his Eagle project, Dylan Coons built bins to store dirt and mulch at the Mount Arlington Community Garden and a sign for the entrance.

“We have amazing Scouts in our community,” said Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo before presenting Coons with a ...

Roxbury Scouts Clean-up Ledgewood Pond

ROXBURY, NJ – Ledgewood Pond might not be as pretty as Horseshoe Lake, but it doesn’t have to be strewn with garbage.

With that in mind, four Roxbury Boy Scouts recently spent some time setting things right.

The four Scouts, Jack Demetris, Caleb Smith, Austin Christian and Van Krause, performed a clean-up of Ledgewood Pond on Dec. 29. The boys are members of Boy Scout Troop 163 ...

Roxbury Lifts Lid on Dock, Finds $100,000 Problem

January 20, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – One of the docks used for swim team races at Roxbury’s Horseshoe Lake Park is crumbling from below and needs to be replaced, a $100,000 proposition, according to township officials.

The dock in question is not the main dock at the Succasunna facility. That structure was repaired about five years ago, said Roxbury Department of Public Works Director Richard ...

USA Fistball Team Seeking Roxbury Athletes

ROXBURY, NJ - The United States Fistball Association (USFA) is seeking male and female athletes under the age of 18 interested in competing in the Youth European Fistball Championships in Austria.

The championships take place this summer July 13- July 19.

Tryouts are taking place Jan. 29 and Feb. 12, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Roxbury High School ...

Roxbury Girls Basketball Dominates Hopatcong

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School girls basketball team, having lost its prior three games, got on a better track Friday by easily defeating the team from Hopatcong High School.

The Gaels brought their record to 4-6 with the 50-30 victory over the Chiefs, a win that saw senior Melissa Murphy score 18 points and senior Emily Metje score 10.

Roxbury rolled over ...

People Warned to Stay off of Budd Lake

January 23, 2019

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - Police are warning anglers and others to "avoid a tragedy" and stay off the untrustworthy ice on Budd Lake.

The warning came this afternoon, a day after Mount Olive police responded to a report of five people "trapped on the lake," police said. They said the four officers who went to Budd Lake Municipal Beach at 2:02 p.m. observed five men fishing in the ...

Fire Rips Through Succasunna Home

ROXBURY, NJ - A Roxbury family was forced out of their home today when a fire tore through their house in Succasunna, a home they only recently occupied.

The fire started at around 4:45 p.m. at the 2-story house on Ridge Road in Succasunna and quickly spread. Neighbors said the owners, who escaped uninjured, told them the fire began in the garage.

The displaced ...

On Last Day in Uniform, Roxbury's Officer Valdes says Thank You and Goodbye

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Police Department on Friday said goodbye to Patrolman Silvio Valdes, one of its most beloved officers, who retired after 27 years in law enforcement.

Members of the department lined up outside of the police station in Ledgewood at 4 p.m. to bid farewell to Valdes in a traditional police “walk out” ceremony. A group of friends, colleagues from other ...

Four Roxbury Band Students Accepted into Region Band

January 23, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - The North Jersey School Music Association held its annual Region 1 Band auditions on Jan. 5, where around 450 students competed to earn a seat in one of two honors bands.

Four students from Roxbury High School were accepted into one of the ensembles and will participate in three rehearsals before putting on a concert at Parsippany Hills High School on Jan. 27.

Zach ...

Roxbury Girl Scouts Tour Dezine Line

ROXBURY, NJ – Members of a local Girl Scout Troop recently took a tour of a Roxbury based company to see how customized T-shirts are made.

The girls, from Troop 6118, toured Dezine Line, Inc., on Jan. 18. The Troop is made up of fifth graders from Lincoln-Roosevelt School in Succasunna.

Dezine Line, at 1004 Route 46 in Ledgewood (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor), specializes in designing ...

Twelve Roxbury Students Earn Google Certification

ROXBURY, NJ - A dozen Roxbury students recently earned Google G-Suite Certification having proven their knowledge of the software.

The certifications were possible because, as a Google Reference District, Roxbury was afforded a pilot opportunity from Google to have students 13 years and older pilot a G-Suite Certification for Students.  The certification is designed to ...

Roxbury Man Gets Year in Prison for Extortion Conspiracy

December 19, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury man was sentenced Wednesday to a year and one day in prison for conspiring to use threats of violence to extort money, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

The man, Joseph Martinelli, 65, of Kenvil, had pleaded guilty in March to the charges. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo.

The government said Martinelli, between December ...

Roxbury Resident Becomes Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children

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 ...

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 Girl Scouts Tour Dezine Line

January 22, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – Members of a local Girl Scout Troop recently took a tour of a Roxbury based company to see how customized T-shirts are made.

The girls, from Troop 6118, toured Dezine Line, Inc., on Jan. 18. The Troop is made up of fifth graders from Lincoln-Roosevelt School in Succasunna.

Dezine Line, at 1004 Route 46 in Ledgewood (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor), specializes in designing ...

24-Hour Workouts and Shopping Planned for New Roxbury Shopping Center

ROXBURY, NJ – The shopping center replacing the former Ledgewood Mall in Roxbury will have a 24-hour fitness center, its developers revealed yesterday.

Appearing before the Roxbury Planning Board, representatives of the proposed Shops at Ledgewood Commons said a 24-Hour Fitness plans to open in the mall, probably in space now occupied by Marshalls. They said Marshalls plans to remain, ...

From Pizza Hut to Hair Cuts; Roxbury Salon Readies to Move

ROXBURY, NJ – A hair salon in the former Ledgewood Mall is changing its name and moving to a nearby building that last served as a Pizza Hut.

The Cutting Crew salon will become Lemon Tree Salon when it occupies the former restaurant at 301 Route 10 in Ledgewood in several months. Cutting Crew Manager Brenda Morales said the move is expected to take place in February or ...

Recycling Market Crash Hits Roxbury; Blue Diamond Bills Town

January 9, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – The company that collects garbage and recycling in Roxbury says it’s being financially crushed by the collapse of the recyclables market and it wants the township to help cover the cost.

The company, Blue Diamond Disposal, is paid $164,460 per month by the township for trash and recycling pick-up. However, in late December, it billed Roxbury an additional $6,377 - to ...

Roxbury Scouts Clean-up Ledgewood Pond

ROXBURY, NJ – Ledgewood Pond might not be as pretty as Horseshoe Lake, but it doesn’t have to be strewn with garbage.

With that in mind, four Roxbury Boy Scouts recently spent some time setting things right.

The four Scouts, Jack Demetris, Caleb Smith, Austin Christian and Van Krause, performed a clean-up of Ledgewood Pond on Dec. 29. The boys are members of Boy Scout Troop 163 ...

Former Roxbury Official Honored for Environment Efforts

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 ...

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 ...

Big Boom in Roxbury was Big News 30 Years Ago

January 14, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – (Note: Date was corrected) In the early morning of June 3, 1989, 20-year-old Ted Miller II - home on vacation from college – was fast asleep. He had a fun day planned: A trip to the shore.

Miller, now a Roxbury real estate agent and TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, sure didn’t plan on awakening at 5:05 a.m. But he - and many others in Roxbury - had a ...

Lake Hopatcong Foundation Moves Into Historic Roxbury Train Station

ROXBURY, NJ - A dream came true recently for The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, the non-profit organization restoring the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad train station in Landing: Staffers moved into the 108--year-old structure and began calling it "home."

"We at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation are thrilled to be ringing in the new year in our new home at ...

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 ...

Four Roxbury Band Students Accepted into Region Band

January 23, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - The North Jersey School Music Association held its annual Region 1 Band auditions on Jan. 5, where around 450 students competed to earn a seat in one of two honors bands.

Four students from Roxbury High School were accepted into one of the ensembles and will participate in three rehearsals before putting on a concert at Parsippany Hills High School on Jan. 27.

Zach ...

Roxbury Singing Competition Deadline Extended

ROXBURY, NJ - New Jersey vocalists take note: The deadline to apply for this year's "The Star Next Door" singing competition has been extended until Jan. 31, according to the Roxbury Arts Alliance (RAA).

"If you missed the opportunity to apply for the singing competition, you are in luck," said the non-profit group." It noted that thousands in prize ...

Roxbury Student Artists Shine at Wallkill Valley Invitational Art Show

ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury High School senior took first-place at a recent art show and was offered a $40,000 scholarship.

The student, senior Rebecca Weng, took first place in the color drawing/illustration category. She as one of four Roxbury students winning awards at the 8th Annual Wallkill Valley Invitational Art Show.

James Sullivan, a senior, won second place for his entry in the ...

St. Therese Confirmation Students Help Eleventh Hour Rescue

December 20, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – A group of confirmation class students at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Succasunna recently collected a big batch of pet food and toys that they donated to a local organization that helps find homes for unwanted dogs and cats.

The students, from Francine Vespucci and Susanne Simmerano’s confirmation class, engaged in the effort last weekend to complete ...

Roxbury Veterans Remembered at Wreath Ceremony

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 ...

Atlantic Health Waives Co-Pays, Offers Opportunities and Support for Those Affected by Government Shutdown

January 23, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System President & Chief Executive Officer Brian Gragnolati and the organization's Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Nikki Sumpter have issued statements and detailed information regarding initiatives Atlantic Health System is putting in place for federal workers affected by the current ...

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.

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 ...

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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Review Your Fixed-income Strategy as Interest Rates Rise

When interest rates rise, the value of your fixed-income investments, such as bonds, will typically fall. If this happens, how should you respond? 

First of all, it’s important to understand this inverse correlation between interest rates and bond prices. Essentially, when interest rates rise, investors won’t pay you full price for your bonds because they can purchase newly ...

Snow: Let Your Kid Drive in It!

ROXBURY, NJ - We are about to be walloped by a snowstorm. 

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, it's the perfect opportunity for parents to take the newest driver in their ...

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 ...

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!

 

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Four from Roxbury Make College Dean's Lists

January 23, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - Four college students from the Roxbury area made the fall Dean's Lists at their schools, it was announced this week.

Justin Johannessen, of Ledgewood, made the Fall 2018 list at Nichols College. In order to be included in the Dean's List, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.2 for at least 12 credit-hours and receive no grade below a C+ ...

Succasunna's Nick Pascua Named Presidential Scholar

ROXBURY, NJ - Ledgewood resident Nick Pascua was recently named a Presidential Scholar for the fall 2018 semester at Clarkson University.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours. Pascua is majoring in mechanical engineering at the University.

Roxbury's Hageneder Makes Castleton Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Conner Hageneder of Succasunna was recently named to the Castleton University Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year.

To qualify for this academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 3.5.

Castleton University is small enough to be a community where every student matters, yet offers more than 75 ...

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Emeritus Atlantic Health System Board Member Named Trustee of the Year

January 22, 2019

Robert E. Mulcahy III wins NJHA Healthcare Leader AwardRobert E. Mulcahy III wins NJHA Healthcare Leader Award

Atlantic Health System is proud to announce that Robert E. Mulcahy III was named 2019 Health System Trustee of the Year by the New Jersey Hospital Association. The Trustee of the Year honor, one of the Healthcare Leader Awards bestowed annually by NJHA, recognizes outstanding ...

Morristown Medical Center Decreased Readmissions by Over 10 Percent

Morristown, NJ –Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has been recognized by the New Jersey Hospital Association with the prestigious 2019 Excellence in Quality Improvement Award for its work to decrease readmission rates for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

“Morristown Medical Center has been diligently assessing and enhancing its ...