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'Victoria Commons' Homes Coming to Main Street in Roxbury

September 15, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ ­– Crews are busy clearing trees and brush from a site on Main Street in Succasunna where a developer plans to build a townhouse project called Victoria Commons.

The developer, Equinet Properties of Morristown, is erecting two 2.5-story buildings that will contain five 3-bedroom townhouses and two "affordable" 2-bedroom “stacked flats,” according to ...

Virtual Meeting for Berkshire Valley Road & Trestle Upgrade in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ — Morris County and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) will hold a virtual public meeting this month on the “Berkshire Valley Road Truck Circulation Project” in Roxbury.

The project includes options to elevate the Chester Branch Railroad trestle that has been the scene of many collisions, including one this summer.

The trestle, which has ...

Roxbury Makes It Through Remnants of Tropical Storm

ROXBURY, NJ ­_ Roxbury was pummeled Wednesday evening with heavy rain and brisk winds from Tropical Storm Ida, forcing a number of flood-related road closures and some power outages.

As of Thursday morning, about 100 customers of Jersey Central Power & Light in the township remained without electricity, according to the company. JCP&L serves 10,260 buildings in Roxbury.

Despite ...

Room For More at Roxbury Rotary's Cornhole Fundraiser

September 9, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — There’s still room for more teams at Sunday’s Roxbury Rotary Club Second Annual Cornhole Tournament, said Roxbury Rotarian Steve Alford.

He also noted that, due to $1,000 contributions from Roxbury Rotarians Scott Fullerton and Kyle Kramer, the prize amounts for the tournament have increased. The first-place team will now receive $500, the second-place team will ...

Animal Rescue Fundraiser to Live Stream from Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ — Eleventh Hour Rescue (EHR), a Morris County-based no-kill dog and cat rescue, will participate in an on-site fundraiser this week that will be broadcast live from its adoption center in Roxbury.

The Facebook Live broadcast, in partnership with national animal rescue charity Jordan's Way, will take place Friday, Sept. 10, from 6 p.m. to ...

Former Roxbury Cop Among Three Car Lovers Remembered at Auto Show

ROXBURY, NJ ­_ Former Roxbury Police Lt. Gary Sweeney was one of three recently deceased members of the North Jersey Street Rod Association (NJSRA) fondly remembered Tuesday during a ceremony at the club’s car show in Succasunna.

Sweeney, who died in January, was a Succasunna resident and a Roxbury police officer for 25 years. The two other NJSRA members honored by the car ...

Roxbury Announces Protocols for Unvaccinated, COVID-Exposed Students

September 8, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ ­– Unvaccinated Roxbury students who tell the district they were exposed to COVID-19 by someone other than a “school-related close contact” must fill out a contact-tracing form and might be forced to take a day of unexcused absence, according to a protocol announced today.

The protocol was expressed in a letter to parents from Roxbury Schools Superintendent ...

Mask Rule Sparks Push-Back at Roxbury School Board

ROXBURY, NJ _ Parents and students who disagree with Gov. Phil Murphy’s mask mandate voiced their opinions, sometimes emotionally, at Monday’s meeting of the Roxbury School Board.

About 30 turned out for the meeting and about 10 took the opportunity to speak out against the governor’s Aug. 6 announcement that all school students and staff must wear masks while in school ...

JCP&L Empowers Love of Learning on Lake Hopatcong

ROXBURY, NJ — In the middle of Lake Hopatcong, a young family inspects phytoplankton, microscopic, plant-based organisms that form the base of the marine food chain, visible on a tablet thanks to a high-powered digital microscope. 

A few feet away, a group of friends tests the lake’s clarity using a Secchi disk. Others measure water temperature and pH levels, serving as ...

Lieutenant to Replace Retiring Roxbury Police Chief

September 14, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury Police Detective Lt. Dean Adone, a Roxbury resident since 1988 and member of the police department since 1999, will be the township’s next police chief.

Adone, who will replace current Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi when Palanchi retires, was chosen by Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd. The choice was announced at Tuesday’s meeting of the ...

Roxbury Business Owner Charged with Trying to Blow Up Ex-Wife's Boyfriend's Truck

ROXBURY, NJ ­– The owner of a Roxbury tree service attempted in April to blow up a pickup truck — owned by the boyfriend of his former wife — said authorities Friday. 

The man, Arbor Barber Tree Service owner Devin Markowitz, stuck into the truck's gas tank a fuse attached to a lit cigarette, but the cigarette went out before lighting the fuse, ...

Heavy Rain Forecast Sets Off More Flash Flood Warnings

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Exactly a week after Ida's remnants brought to New Jersey heavy rain, tornadoes and severe flooding, the SOMA area is bracing for more rain and the potential for further flooding and storm damage today.

SOMA and the surrounding areas are facing the threat of more severe weather even as the area continues to clean up the damage left behind by ...

Second-Half Scoring Shows Gridiron Grit for Roxbury Football

September 18, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - On a rainy Friday night in Montville, the Roxbury High School football team waged an impressive second-half attempt to win its first game but came up eight points short.

The score was 21-3 at the half with the only Roxbury points coming from the foot of senior kicker Luke Schabel who booted a 37-yard field goal.

The second half was a different story, as the Gaels ...

Roxbury Volleyball Beats Morristown for Season's Second Win

ROXBURY, NJ ­– The Roxbury High School Volleyball team on Monday bounced back from a Sept. 11 loss by defeating Morristown.

The Gaels shutout the Colonials 2-0 in an away game that saw Lorie Horta score 10 service points and make 16 assists. Maia McNeil helped the cause by making seven kills and three assists, while Tayla O’Connor, Isabella Chan and Horta each came up with six ...

Roxbury Football Plays Tough But Drops Game to Rival Randolph

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury Gaels football team took on its rivals from Randolph in front of a crowd of over 2,000 fans Friday night, played strong, but were defeated.

The score was close for three quarters, with Randolph holding a 7-3 lead. Randolph added one more score to make the final 14-3.

The Gaels offense once again was led by sophomore quarterback Anthony Skawinski, who led ...

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 ...

Three Ways to Vote in the November Election

August 28, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — The November General Election will not be conducted primarily by mail-in ballots like last year, announced Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi. However, in addition to the two traditional ways of voting, a new early voting option has been implemented, said the clerk.

2020 was an "all vote by mail election" as ordered by Gov. Phil Murphy. This year, only ...

Five Seek Election to Three Roxbury School Board Seats

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 ...

Roxbury Announces Protocols for Unvaccinated, COVID-Exposed Students

September 8, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ ­– Unvaccinated Roxbury students who tell the district they were exposed to COVID-19 by someone other than a “school-related close contact” must fill out a contact-tracing form and might be forced to take a day of unexcused absence, according to a protocol announced today.

The protocol was expressed in a letter to parents from Roxbury Schools Superintendent ...

Overdose is 'Man-made Plague' says Roxbury Rabbi at Addiction Awareness Event

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Families who lost loved-ones due to overdoses recently joined Morris County and state officials, along with community organizations, to observe the 20th anniversary of International Overdose Awareness Day.

The global event recognizes people who were lost to addiction and substance abuse and aims to raise awareness of drug overdoses and spread the ...

Visiting Roxbury Town Hall? Bring a Mask

ROXBURY, NJ — Visitors to Roxbury Town Hall will be again required to wear face masks starting Aug. 30, a measure being taken due to a “steady increase” in COVID-19 cases in the township.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo, who expressed empathy for those who thought they were done with masks.

We do not take these steps lightly, and we ...

Amtrak: Trains Through Roxbury Would Link N.J. and Pennsy Colleges

August 23, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Returning passenger service to the former Lackawanna Cutoff rail line through Roxbury would not only benefit commuters and vacationers but also college students, said Amtrak in a recent statement.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public company is hoping to run passenger trains between New York City and Scranton, Pa. The project would entail restoring the Cutoff, a dormant ...

Fancy Dog Hotel in Roxbury Back on Track

ROXBURY, NJ — The owners of a proposed luxury daycare/hotel for dogs, a project delayed last year, hope to have the place open by year’s end.

That might be wishful thinking, acknowledged Debbie Hom, a Berkeley Heights resident who, with her husband, Gary, is building the proposed K9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel. The facility is being erected at ...

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

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 ...

Coming Soon: 12th Annual Roxbury High School Marching Band Classic

September 19, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - The New Jersey Marching Band Director’s Association is proud to present the 12th Annual Roxbury High School Marching Band Classic on Sept. 25.

 After a very stressful few months, they are very excited to present live music again to Roxbury. Please join in cheering many local bands from all areas of New Jersey.

Ticket prices for this event are $12 for adults/$8 for ...

Olde Suckasunny Day is Here

ROXBURY, NJ - After skipping a year, thanks to you-know-what, Olde Suckasunny Day returns to Roxbury today. 

Visit Main Street in Succasunna from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy a down-home street fair that's been taking place since 1987.

To see today's schedule, click here.

Weird 'Halloween House' Means Roxbury Near Normal Again

ROXBURY, NJ — One more Roxbury tradition shelved last year by COVID-19 is back on track: the strange, creepy, weird and silly Halloween House of Succasunna.

Canceled in 2020, the hugely popular front-yard display by Alcott Way resident Craig Heard and his family will take place Oct. 31 with some modifications, said Heard. The biggest change: The 'surgical ward' and 'burial ...

Commission Hears Plan to Restore Historic Roxbury Fountain

September 17, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum is determined to get water flowing again through the century-old fountain at Hopatcong State Park in Landing.

That was the message from Museum Director Marty Kane to the Lake Hopatcong Commission at its Sept. 13 meeting, a presentation in which Kane took a look at both the history and future of the currently ...

Roxbury Goes Back in Time as Teddy Roosevelt Comes to Town

DRAKESVILLE, NJ — Residents of this Morris Canal hamlet in Roxbury were treated Sunday to a visit from the 26th President of the United States on a sunny, warm afternoon.

The date was Sept. 12, 2021, but the Theodore Roosevelt one-man show transported the crowd back to a time before TR’s death in 1919. Hence, the Drakesville, rather than Ledgewood, dateline on this ...

Roxbury Will Honor WWII Soldier With October Ceremony

ROXBURY, NJ — Township officials have chosen a fitting place to honor, with a special street sign and ceremony, Hugh Mooney, a soldier from Roxbury who was killed in World War II: The corner of Kennedy Drive and Mooney Road in Ledgewood.

The "street blade ceremony" for Mooney, who died during the Battle of Normandy 77 years ago, will take place at 11 a.m. on Oct.

Roxbury Ice Hockey Sets Paper Shredding Fundraiser for Sept. 11

September 8, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury High School ice hockey team is hosting its bi-annual paper shredding event on Sept. 11.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eisenhower Middle School in Succasunna, helps bring in some much-needed fundraising for the team which faces high costs. It also allows local residents to clear clutter in their houses for the price of a ...

Morris County Named 'Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone'

ROXBURY, NJ – Morris County is joining a growing list of New Jersey counties that have been designated to the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone. 

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher announced on Monday that the department has added five counties to the zone. The counties new to the list are Morris, Monmouth, Middlesex, Essex, and Union. They join the previously ...

Sellers Sought for Roxbury Community Yard and Craft Sale

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce and the Roxbury Township Economic Development (EDC) committee are seeking sellers for the 8th Annual Roxbury Community Yard & Craft Sale.

The popular event will take place at Horseshoe Lake Park on Sept 25. The organizations began taking reservations Aug. 1 and will continue accepting them through Sept. 22.

Vendor ...

Roxbury Kiwanis Needs Food Giveaway Volunteers

August 8, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Roxbury is looking for volunteers to help with an upcoming food distribution event.

The non-profit organization has hosted several food giveaways and has scheduled its next one for Aug. 21. It will take place at St. Therese church, 151 Main St., Succasunna, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to help hand out the boxes, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Overdose is 'Man-made Plague' says Roxbury Rabbi at Addiction Awareness Event

September 3, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Families who lost loved-ones due to overdoses recently joined Morris County and state officials, along with community organizations, to observe the 20th anniversary of International Overdose Awareness Day.

The global event recognizes people who were lost to addiction and substance abuse and aims to raise awareness of drug overdoses and spread the ...

Morristown Man Accused of Killing 3-Year-Old is Arrested

MORRISTOWN, NJ – A Morristown man accused of beating to death a 3-year-old boy last week was arrested Tuesday, according to authorities.

They said the man, Edwin Urbina, 27, "was taken into custody without incident outside the Morris County Records and Administration Building" in Morristown. Authorities did not reveal the circumstances that led to Urbina's ...

Police Seek Info on Morristown Man Charged With Murdering 3-Year-Old

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County law enforcement personnel are asking the public to help them find a Morristown man who they believe beat to death his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son last week.

The man, Edwin Urbina, 27, faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree endangering the welfare of children, third-degree tampering with a witness and fourth-degree tampering with evidence, ...

Police Seek Help Identifying Man Found Dead in Ocean

September 6, 2021

SEA BRIGHT, NJ -- The New Jersey State Police Homicide South Unit and Missing Person’s Unit are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a deceased male in Monmouth County. The deceased man has a unique tattoo that can aid in identifying him. 

On Sunday, Aug. 29, at approximately 11:29 a.m., the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau responded to the ...

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What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

6 Cybersecurity Tips for Older Adults

Encouraging older adults to practice cyber safety can go a long way toward protecting their identity and sensitive personal information.

“Cybersecurity is about risk reduction,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “It’s difficult to achieve perfect security. But you can help older adults work to make themselves a more ...

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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 ...

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, ...

Rosado of Roxbury Among Centenary Dean's List Achievers

July 31, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury resident William Rosado was among the students who made the Dean’s List for Spring 2021 at Centenary University.

Rosado is majoring in Business with a concentration in Management.  Students must have a semester grade point average of 3.80 or above. 

The full list is available to view here.


University of Scranton Awards a Student from Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ – Emily Kale of Roxbury was among students at The University of Scranton who received Frank O'Hara medals, according to the Jesuit university.

Frank O'Hara medals were given to University of Scranton students with the highest grade-point averages in their first-, second- and third-year in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kania School of Management and the Panuska ...

Prime Healthcare's New Jersey Hospitals Announce Termination of Contract with UnitedHealthcare

September 19, 2021

Denville, New Jersey.

Prime Healthcare’s New Jersey hospitals announced its decision to terminate its contracts with UnitedHealthcare, citing that they are being significantly underpaid compared to the rates of neighboring facilities. The decision to terminate its contracts with United specifically impacts Saint Clare’s Health in Denville, Dover and Boonton, Saint Michael’s ...