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Roxbury Officials Pledge Cash for High School Band's D.C. Trip

February 14, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury High School Band’s effort to raise money so it can play in Washington, D.C. in May got an unexpected boost this week when seven township officials pledged to donate $200 each.

The impromptu show of support came at the Tuesday night meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. At the meeting, two members of the band, Emma Wilk and Sara Wilson, asked the ...

Flags Flown in Combat Zones are Gifted to Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ – American flags flown inside military drones over combat zones in Africa were presented Tuesday to the township and its police chief by Roxbury Police Detective Jack Niemynski.

The detective, who is also a sergeant major in the New Jersey Army National Guard, presented the flags at a meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. The meeting was attended by about a ...

Paving Plans Bouy Some Hope for West Dewey

ROXBURY, NJ – One of the more bone-jarring, tooth-rattling and generally irritating sections of county-owned roadway in Roxbury – West Dewey Avenue – is finally getting fixed, according Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd.

Although a formal announcement has yet to be made, Morris County definitely plans to resurface the tattered pavement this year, Shepherd said ...

Roxbury Honors Volunteerism of Cushing and Wilkins

February 16, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury residents Bill Wilkins and Margaret Cushing, who were honored last week at the annual township Committee and Board Volunteer Awards Dinner, are the kind of people for whom the event was designed, said Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo.

“Marge Cushing and Bill Wilkins exemplify what the Volunteer Award was created for: To honor residents who have committed their time and ...

Services Scheduled for Roxbury's Maya Guberman

ROXBURY, NJ - Memorial services for Maya Claire Guberman, a 13-year-old Roxbury student who died Thursday, will take place Sunday at Temple Shalom in Succasunna.

The "celebration of Maya's life," is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the temple, situated at 215 South Hillside Ave.

It will be followed by a 1-hour period during which selected eulogies will be read by ...

Supplies for Puerto Rico Gathered by Roxbury After-School Program

ROXBURY, NJ – Donations made by parents of children attending after-school programs at Roxbury’s Franklin School were recently shipped to Puerto Rico to help those suffering from earthquakes and other disasters.

“Parents were very happy to donate all kind of supplies knowing they were going to the people of Puerto Rico,” said Anita Fehsal of the Franklin School’s ...

Roxbury Boys Basketball Defeats Montville

February 11, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School Boys Basketball team on Tuesday bested Montville 59-37 and advanced its record to an impressive 14-4.

In front of their home crowd, the Gaels got off to a great start and finished the first quarter with a score of 21-9. By halftime, they were up 33-22 and were ready to drain a few more baskets in the second half.

Junior Kyle ...

Roxbury Cheerleaders Take Ninth at National Cheer Competition

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School cheerleaders placed ninth in the nation last weekend at a prestigious competition in Florida

The team competed in the United Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National High School Cheerleading Championships which took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney Worlds.

For the first time in nine years, rallying from preliminaries to ...

Roxbury Boys Basketball Advances in County Tourney

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School boys basketball team on Saturday advanced in the Morris County Tournament by defeating Morris Hills.’

Led by senior Brian Nichols, who racked-up 18 points, the Gaels - seeded sixth - beat the Scarlet Knights, seeded eleventh - by a score of 51-43.

Roxbury junior Kyle Haegele helped secure the victory by scoring 16 points.

The win means the team ...

Worker Falls Through Hole in Roof at Roxbury Construction Site

February 15, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - A construction worker at the site of the new Shops at Ledgewood Commons in Roxbury was flown off the site in a medical helicopter today after he fell through a hole in a roof and suffered "major trauma."

The man, identified by colleagues at the scene as Jesus Garcia of New York City, sustained serious injuries but was alive when emergency medical personnel arrived at ...

A Retirement Send-Off for Veteran Roxbury Cop

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Police Department, on Friday, bid farewell to one of its beloved veterans as Detective Sgt. Kevin Carroll began his retirement.

Carroll was honored with a traditional police “walk out” ceremony that took place at the police station and was attended by a crowd of well-wishers. The departure of Carroll comes close on the heels of that of another ...

Snow Squall and Wind Warning

ROXBURY, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a "dangerous snow squall" warning for an area that includes Roxbury Township.

The NWS said the squall entails "extremely poor visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow" with wind gusts up to 30 mph. It is expected to pass by about 9:30 a.m.

"Consider avoiding or delaying travel until the snow squall passes ...

Death of Roxbury 8th-Grader Bringing Counselors to Middle School

February 13, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Parents of students in Roxbury are being asked to “pay attention” to their children’s reactions to news that a 13-year-old attending Eisenhower Middle School died today.

The request was part of an 11 a.m.  “Honeywell” alert sent to parents by Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic. In the alert, Radulic informed parents that the ...

Roxbury Changes High School Graduation Date and Venue

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury High School's graduation ceremony - initially scheduled for June 24 on the football field - will instead take place June 19 at Mennen Sports Arena in a Friday afternoon event where seniors will not really graduate, said the school’s principal today.

Graduating seniors will have to return to school for three days the following week in order to fulfill ...

Donations Sought for Roxbury Band Performance at U.S. Capitol

ROXBURY, NJ – An online fundraiser has been launched to help the Roxbury High School Band participate in the 2020 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC.

The GoFundMe site, found here, was created Thursday by the Roxbury High School Band Parents Association (RHSBPA) which hopes to raise $10,000.

According to the RHSBPA, the Roxbury High School Band was nominated by U.S. Rep.

Former Roxbury Doctor and Accomplice Admit Fraud

January 29, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – A doctor who ran a clinic in Succasunna pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he conspired, with a co-defendant, to commit health care fraud, officials said.

The doctor, Parminderjeet Sandhu, 66, of Long Valley, and Paramjit Singh, 62, of Ohio, each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in federal court, said the U.S. Attorneys Office. It said the men ...

Motorist In Crash that Killed Former Roxbury Student Faces Homicide Charges

ROXBURY, NJ – A Dumont man was intoxicated when he drove the wrong way on Route 80 in October, causing a crash that killed three people including a former Roxbury High School student, said authorities today.

Thee man, Miguel Botero, 28, faces vehicular homicide charges as a result of his actions.

He was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the 1:45 a.m. crash, said the ...

Prosecutor: Corrections Officer from Roxbury Lied on Work Records

ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury man who works as a corrections officer in Essex County lied about doing his job on two days in March, according to authorities.

The man, Raymond Distasi, 52, faces a charge of tampering with public records, said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II. He said the charge is a third-degree offense.

According to the prosecutor, Distasi was working the ...

Turkish Immigrant Gets Freeholder Seat Once Held by Roxbury's Heather Darling

February 1, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Tayfun Selen, aTurkish immigrant who came to America more than two decades ago and started his career pumping gas in Madison, was elected today to serve as a Morris County freeholder.

Selen's selection took place when the Morris County Republican Committee convened for a special election. The convention was called to choose someone for the freeholder board seat formerly held ...

Roxbury Gets a New Face in Trenton: Aura Dunn

ROXBURY, NJ – Mendham resident Aura Dunn was sworn-in Monday to the 25th District state Assembly seat that represents Roxbury, a position formerly held by Anthony M. Bucco.

Dunn, who lost a June Republican primary challenge to Bucco and Brian Bergen, was elected to the Assembly seat Nov. 21 in a special county GOP convention. The seat became open when Bucco was chosen by the party ...

Carey Beats Kline as Roxbury Council Returns to All Republicans

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Mayor and Council will lose its sole Democrat in January when Roxbury Councilman Dan Kline will be replaced by Republican Thomas Carey, who beat the incumbent in Tuesday’s election.

Carey, a member of the Roxbury Planning Board, defeated Kline 866-751 in the race for the Ward 4, 4-year-long seat on the 7-member council, according to unofficial results ...

Jacob Dino of Roxbury Makes President's List at Western New England

February 11, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury resident Jacob Dino was named to the President's List at Western New England University for the fall 2019 semester.

Dino, of Succasunna, achieved a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Dino is working toward a BSBA in Sport Management.

Two From Roxbury Make University of Alabama President's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Two Roxbury residents were named to The University of Alabama President's List for the 2029 fall semester, an honor given to students with an academic record of 4.0.

The students were Lindsay Bartlett Warsaw, of Ledgewood, and Kathleen Mary Scerra, of Succasunna.


Natasha Chaparro of Roxbury Makes Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury resident Natasha Chaparro was named to the Fall 2019 Semester Dean's List at SUNY New Paltz.

Chaparro is a Landing resident. Dean's List designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

Luxury Hotel for Dogs Proposed for Roxbury

February 6, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – A Berkeley Heights couple hopes to open in Succasunna a luxury daycare facility and hotel for dogs, a place where some rooms will have plush beds and TVs tuned to Animal Planet.

If granted approval by the Roxbury Planning Board, the proposed K9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel will be built on property now housing the Iron Hills Animal Hospital on Route 10 East.

For $1 Deal Store in Roxbury, a David/Goliath Battle Approaches

ROXBURY, NJ – The owner of a popular “dollar store” in the Roxbury Mall is hoping he’s created enough loyal customers over the years to keep his operation in business when a Dollar Tree opens around the corner.

Sukah Singh, the 28-year-old owner of the $1 Deal store, concedes he was shocked to learn last month that Fidelity Land Management, which owns Roxbury Mall, was ...

Union Protests Shops at Ledgewood Commons Builder Wages

ROXBURY, NJ – Some motorists on Route 10 are tooting their horns as they pass the site of the upcoming Shops at Ledgewood Commons mall. But their beeps are not expressions of excitement that the long-awaited project is finally being built.

Instead, the honks are signs of support for a group of union carpenters protesting on the sidewalk.

Accompanied by large plastic rat statues, ...

2019: A Big News Year in Roxbury, From Green Turf to Green Algae

December 31, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – 2019 was eventful for Roxbury.

An unexpected “harmful algal bloom” destroyed the summer for many lovers of Lake Hopatcong
Big strides were made toward a rebirth of the former Ledgewood Mall as "The Shops at Ledgewood Commons"
A local woman donated a kidney to a beloved Scoutmaster
Two veteran Roxbury policemen ...

Water Rate Hike Possible for About 4,000 in Roxbury

December 16, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – Less than a year after it took over the former Roxbury Water Company and pledged it had no plan to raise rates, New Jersey American Water (NJAW) announced today it needs a rate increase.

The Camden-based company said it filed a petition with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) for new rates “based on the significant investment the company has made or will ...

Roxbury Mayor to New Project's Residents: You'll Like It Here

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo on Friday welcomed three families to town as Morris Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of a 6-unit condominium building on Main Street in Succasunna.

The homes are situated on property that formerly housed a township Department of Public Works building. The township donated the land to the non-profit ...

New Water Main Coming to Succasunna Street

ROXBURY, NJ - New Jersey American Water (NJAW) plans to begin next week installing a new water main on a street in Succasunna, a project that will cost about $140,000, said the company.

The new, 8-inch-diameter, ductile iron pipe will run about 475 feet along Sunset Lane from Oak Hill Drive to about the seventh house on the street, said NJAW. It said the project also includes installing one ...

Roxbury Officials Pledge Cash for High School Band's D.C. Trip

February 14, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury High School Band’s effort to raise money so it can play in Washington, D.C. in May got an unexpected boost this week when seven township officials pledged to donate $200 each.

The impromptu show of support came at the Tuesday night meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. At the meeting, two members of the band, Emma Wilk and Sara Wilson, asked the ...

Vendors and Sponsors Sought for Lake Hopatcong Block Party

ROXBURY, NJ - The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) is seeking vendors for the seventh annual Lake Hopatcong Block Party, scheduled for May 9 at Hopatcong State Park in Landing.

The LHF describes itself as a non-profit organization "dedicated to protecting the lake environment and enhancing the lake experience by bringing together public and private resources to encourage a culture of ...

Save the Date for Frozen Jr. Spring Musical at EMS and Upcoming Fundraiser

ROXBURY, NJ - Ticket Reservation forms are now being accepted for Eisenhower Middle School’s spring musical Frozen Jr. by Disney.

Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, ...

Hundreds Attend Roxbury Dedication of Memorial for Pittsburgh Synagogue Slayings

January 11, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Temple Shalom in Succasunna on Friday unveiled a glass sculpture depicting a "tree of life" crafted in memory of the 11 people shot to death Oct. 27, 2018 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The sculpture, created by Bedminster artist Maggie Green, depicts a colorful tree with 11 fallen black leaves representing the victims of the incident, the worst ...

Another Snow Squall is Upon Roxbury

January 16, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - A "dangerous snow squall" is bearing down on the Roxbury area and the National Weather Service (NWS) is urging caution.

The squall was located along a line extending from Wayne to Dover to near Hope, moving southeast at 50 mph shortly before 2 p.m.

It is bringing "poor visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow," with wind gusts greater than 30 ...

It's a Boy! Atlantic Health System Welcomes First Baby Born in 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The first baby of the new year to be born at Morristown Medical Center arrived at 7:58 a,m, on Jan.1, announced Atlantic Health System.

Baby Henry weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches. Baby Henry and his parents are doing well and resting comfortably.

Atlantic Health System is a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor.

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Carter Could Be Roaming Roxbury

February 4, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury and Mount Arlington residents are being asked to be on the lookout for a dog that went missing Sunday from his home on municipalities' border.

The dog, named Carter, ran away from his home on Bensel Drive in Mount Arlington at about 8 p.m., said Roxbury Animal Control Officer Sue Blanchard. She said the dog's family "has only been in their house a couple of ...

Have You Seen Little Rocky?

ROXBURY, NJ - Rocky, a West Highland Terrier, disappeared after chasing a fox near Shore Hills Beach in Landing recently. He is wearing a blue collar with his owners phone number.

Anyone with information is asked to call Roxbury Police at 973-448-2100 (prompt 0) or Roxbury Animal Control at (973) 584-4372.

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Tune In to The Todd Leonard Radio Show Featuring Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento discussing “Hands up for Haiti”

Click here to listen to this past Sunday’s Radio show on WMTR 1250AM, which featured Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento, who talked about her life-saving work as the co-founder of “Hands Up For Haiti.” 

This coming Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 8:00AM, we will have a very important and emotional ...

Tune In to The Todd Leonard Radio Show Discussing the Opioid Crisis and those Battling Addiction

Click here to listen to this past Sunday’s Radio show on WMTR 1250AM, which featured Lee Vartan, Esq. who is the VP on the Board at the Daytop treatment facility, which provides services to those battling addiction. 

 This coming Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 8:00AM, we have the great honor ...

Are Your Financial and Tax Advisors Talking?

Now that we’ve closed the book on 2019, it’s officially Tax Season.

As you prepare your tax returns for the April 15 deadline, you might already start looking for opportunities to improve your tax-related financial outcomes in the future.

And one important step you can take is to connect your tax professional with your financial advisor. Together, these professionals can help ...

Don’t Play Politics with Your Portfolio

You’re probably aware this is an election year. During the next several months, the candidates will discuss issues that should greatly interest you as a citizen. But as an investor, how concerned should you be with the results of the presidential and congressional elections?

Maybe not as much as you might think.

At different times, the financial markets have performed well and poorly ...

How Should I Manage My Retirement Plan?

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

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

What Is an IRA Rollover?

If you leave a job or retire, you might want to transfer the money you’ve invested in one or more employer-sponsored retirement plans to an individual retirement account (IRA). An IRA rollover is an effective way to keep your money accumulating tax deferred.

Using an IRA rollover, you transfer your retirement savings to an account at a private institution of your choice, and you choose ...

Commit to Good Health During February and American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and each year health care professionals across the country take time to raise awareness about heart disease. It’s the perfect opportunity to think about heart health, and the choices individuals can make that will lead to a lifetime of improved health.

Heart disease affects people in different ways and living a healthier lifestyle and knowing the signs ...

Share the Love: Recognize Extraordinary Caring

February 15, 2020

Our team members are at the heart of Atlantic Health System's Hackettstown Medical Center.

Each and every day we pride ourselves on delivering Extraordinary Caring.

On this Valentine’s Day and beyond, share the love by recognizing a nurse, physician or any team member who made a difference in your health care experience. We would love to hear about it, so we can celebrate them for ...

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Businesses can tap into our highly engaged local audiences on one or several sites with a variety of advertising options, including content marketing, email marketing, social media, sponsorships, banner advertising and more. 

TAPinto provides a trusted place for businesses to advertise their products and ...

Turkish Immigrant Gets Freeholder Seat Once Held by Roxbury's Heather Darling

February 1, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Tayfun Selen, aTurkish immigrant who came to America more than two decades ago and started his career pumping gas in Madison, was elected today to serve as a Morris County freeholder.

Selen's selection took place when the Morris County Republican Committee convened for a special election. The convention was called to choose someone for the freeholder board seat formerly held ...

Roxbury's DeFillippo to Head State Transportation Planning Authority

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury resident Kathy DeFillippo, a Morris County freeholder, was elected Monday to a 2-year term as chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).

The vote came at the NJTPA Board of Trustees meeting. DeFillippo, the wife of Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo, replaces Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada as NJTPA chair.

The NJTPA oversees regional ...

Morris County Reorganizes and Chooses Deborah Smith as Freeholder Director

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Deborah Smith was elected Freeholder Director by her peers while Stephen Shaw was elected Deputy Freeholder Director at Morris County's 2020 Reorganization meeting held on Friday, Jan. 3.

Morris County Freeholders Doug Cabana of Boonton Township, Kathy DeFillippo of Roxbury, and Tom Mastrangelo of Montville, along with Sheriff James M. Gannon and new County Surrogate ...