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Anthony Bucco, Roxbury's State Senator, Has Throat Cancer

February 8, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco, (R-25th Dist.), who represents Roxbury, has been diagnosed with a curable form of throat cancer, it was announced today.

Mike DuHaime, spokesman for the Bucco family, said the senator was diagnosed to have squamous carcinoma.  He said the cancer is localized and has not spread to any other parts of Bucco's body.

“Sen. Bucco ...

Revised Ledgewood Commons Mall Gets Green Light

ROXBURY, NJ – Developers’ plans to convert the former Ledgewood Mall into a new shopping center received a final thumbs-up Wednesday from Roxbury officials.

Meeting at Roxbury Town Hall, the township Planning Board unanimously approved an amended application for the new Shops at Ledgewood Commons. The board previously approved the project, but had to revisit the application ...

County to Improve Howard Boulevard near Roxbury Border

ROXBURY, NJ – Admitting that the section of Howard Boulevard in Mount Arlington between Seasons Drive and the Roxbury border is confusing and dangerous, county officials are asking highway engineering firms to come up with “potential improvements.”

The decision to issue a “request for proposals” from engineers was announced today by the Morris County freeholders.

Former Roxbury Scoutmaster Gets Kidney from Roxbury Mom

February 15, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – When she made a Facebook plea on behalf of her husband for a kidney donor, Succasunna resident Kathleen Whalen Williams stressed that time wasn’t on Bob’s side.

That might have been true, but Williams came to learn that something else was: The kind heart of Kim Lagitch Roumes, a fellow Roxbury resident.

On Tuesday, (Feb. 12) Roumes donated one her ...

Roxbury Woman Makes Blanket of Prayers for Injured Policeman

ROXBURY, NJ – Sue Lachenauer is pretty sure it was Mount Arlington Police Sgt. James Distasio who teased her grandson outside a liquor store one day last summer.

The Roxbury resident said she didn’t think about it until photos of Distasio appeared in the news two months ago, identifying the sergeant as the officer seriously injured Dec. 11 when he was struck by a car.

Lachenauer ...

A Roxbury Firefighter's Spouse Writes About Sacrifice, Urges Others to Help

ROXBURY, NJ – Landing resident Jennifer Schriever Skomail had been thinking for a while about writing something about the sacrifices made by volunteer first responders and their families. The 34-year-old mother of three, whose husband Christopher is a member of Roxbury Fire Co. 2, just never found the time.

But the Jan. 20 fire in Succasunna, one that displaced a young family on a ...

A Fun Time on the Court at Harlem Wizards-Roxbury All-Stars Event

February 2, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School gymnasium was on fire with some fantastic basketball fun recently when Jefferson School PTA sponsored the Harlem Wizards event that sold out the entire venue.

The event drew ia crowd from all around the district as the Roxbury staff put together a team representing all seven schools and even Central Office. The fun-filled family fun night proved ...

Roxbury Athletes Jarosz and Tucker are Morris County Champs

ROXBURY, NJ - Two Roxbury High School athletes were recently crowned county champions of their sports.

In wrestling, senior Scott Jarosz defeated Alex Winant of Mendham in the 145 lb. finals of the Morris County Wrestling Tournament at Mount Olive High School. 

In swimming, Autumn-Brook Tucker won the 100-meter butterfly in the Morris County swim finals at Morristown High School, ...

Record Turnout at Roxbury MLK Day Basketball Clinic

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School Basketball Coach Joe Ansaldi, along with Coach Drury, Coach Trotter and the boys varsity team, hosted nearly 50 boys from grades 4 through 8 for the team’s annual MLK Day basketball clinic at Roxbury High School on Jan. 21.

The boys participated in skills development, fun activities and scrimmage play. Proceeds from the clinic help pay for team ...

Former Roxbury Woman Facing Vehicular Homicide Charge is Directed to Treatment Center

February 14, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ – A former Roxbury resident facing a vehicular homicide charge for the death of her friend earlier this month was ordered today to attend a substance abuse treatment program, according to officials.

The woman, Samantha Viscardi, 22, appeared before Superior Court Judge Donald Collester in Morristown for a detention hearing. The judge ordered Viscardi to attend the ...

Roxbury Woman Makes Blanket of Prayers for Injured Policeman

ROXBURY, NJ – Sue Lachenauer is pretty sure it was Mount Arlington Police Sgt. James Distasio who teased her grandson outside a liquor store one day last summer.

The Roxbury resident said she didn’t think about it until photos of Distasio appeared in the news two months ago, identifying the sergeant as the officer seriously injured Dec. 11 when he was struck by a car.

Lachenauer ...

A Roxbury Firefighter's Spouse Writes About Sacrifice, Urges Others to Help

ROXBURY, NJ – Landing resident Jennifer Schriever Skomail had been thinking for a while about writing something about the sacrifices made by volunteer first responders and their families. The 34-year-old mother of three, whose husband Christopher is a member of Roxbury Fire Co. 2, just never found the time.

But the Jan. 20 fire in Succasunna, one that displaced a young family on a ...

Roxbury Teens Can Learn About Careers in Aviation

February 13, 2019

Young men and women, ages 14-20, who are interested in careers in aviation are invited to join Aviation Explorer Post 523 on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:00 pm at Morristown Airport. 

The goal of the post is to help teens experience different career paths in aviation.  At biweekly meetings, youth meet professionals from different areas in the aviation industry. 

On ...

Volunteers Bring Colorful Words of Inspiration to a Roxbury School's Bathrooms

ROXBURY, NJ - Volunteers recently turned four bathrooms at Roxbury's Franklin Elementary School into "spaces of kindness and inspiration" by painting on their walls inspirational quotes and colorful murals.

The project was initiated in January by the Franklin School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The group's president, Lori Romano, used Facebook to request help from the ...

Paint and Pizza a Big Hit at Last SAIL Academy

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Schools' latest Student Academic Intervention and Learning (SAIL) Parent Academy for Franklin and Nixon families saw its biggest turn out yet, with more than 230 parents and children coming out for paint and pizza.

The families are afforded this opportunity through Title I funding which is based on the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced ...

Liquor License Limbo for Closed Roxbury Strip Club

January 28, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – The owners of the shuttered Smiles II go-go bar in Ledgewood are in jeopardy of losing their embattled liquor license, according to township officials.

The establishment, at the intersection of Route 46 and Route 10 in Ledgewood, has been closed since July 2016 when its owners and some employees were arrested on multiple criminal charges including racketeering, money ...

Roxbury Man Gets Year in Prison for Extortion Conspiracy

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 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 ...

Deep Wellness Center Owners: Happy to Be in Roxbury

February 15, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – Deep Wellness Center co-owner Naresh Mehta had to chuckle at the irony. Although he and his family lived in Roxbury for nearly two decades before moving to Rockaway in 2014, Mehta figures he and his wife Deepali will now be spending more time in Roxbury than they did before moving.

“We’ll be spending 12 to 14 hours here each day,” Mehta said.

Knight's Automotive of Roxbury Gives Car to Hard-Working Single Mom

ROXBURY, NJ – In past years, the owners of Knight’s Automotive Repair in Ledgewood had a tough time choosing the recipient of the car they gave away in their annual Wheels to Prosper program.

This year was different.

Peyton and Nancy Knight said their decision to give the car to Rockaway resident Latasha Lindsey was a no-brainer. “We always look for somebody that gives ...

Greater NJ Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association Welcomes New Regional Leader

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ), a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, will be among the chapters to benefit from the new leadership of Kristina Fransel, who joins the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research as head of “Region 13, which includes the Greater New Jersey, Delaware ...

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 ...

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 ...

Roxbury Woman Makes Blanket of Prayers for Injured Policeman

February 13, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – Sue Lachenauer is pretty sure it was Mount Arlington Police Sgt. James Distasio who teased her grandson outside a liquor store one day last summer.

The Roxbury resident said she didn’t think about it until photos of Distasio appeared in the news two months ago, identifying the sergeant as the officer seriously injured Dec. 11 when he was struck by a car.

Lachenauer ...

Volunteers Bring Colorful Words of Inspiration to a Roxbury School's Bathrooms

ROXBURY, NJ - Volunteers recently turned four bathrooms at Roxbury's Franklin Elementary School into "spaces of kindness and inspiration" by painting on their walls inspirational quotes and colorful murals.

The project was initiated in January by the Franklin School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The group's president, Lori Romano, used Facebook to request help from the ...

Tickets Still Available for Kiss Me, Kate RCS Bus Trip

ROXBURY, NJ - Tickets are still available for the Roxbury Community School Bus Trip into New York City on Saturday, March 2nd. Participants will be headed to two great 2:00 p.m. matinees on this day, Kiss Me, Kate and Aladdin.

Unfortunately, all the tickets are sold out for Aladdin but there are still some available for Kiss Me, Kate! Tickets are $106 per person and include the cost of ...

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 ...

Deep Wellness Center Owners: Happy to Be in Roxbury

February 15, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – Deep Wellness Center co-owner Naresh Mehta had to chuckle at the irony. Although he and his family lived in Roxbury for nearly two decades before moving to Rockaway in 2014, Mehta figures he and his wife Deepali will now be spending more time in Roxbury than they did before moving.

“We’ll be spending 12 to 14 hours here each day,” Mehta said.

Greater NJ Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association Welcomes New Regional Leader

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ), a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, will be among the chapters to benefit from the new leadership of Kristina Fransel, who joins the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research as head of “Region 13, which includes the Greater New Jersey, Delaware ...

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

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 ...

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Nine Facts About Retirement

Tip: Nearly 70% of workers expect to work for pay in retirement, but only 26% of retirees actually have done so. 
Source: 2018 Retirement Confidence Survey, EBRI

Retirement can have many meanings. For some, it will be a time to travel and spend time with family members. For others, it will be a time to start a new business or begin a charitable endeavor. Regardless of what approach ...

The Cost of Procrastination

Some of us share a common experience. You’re driving along when a police cruiser pulls up behind you with its lights flashing. You pull over, the officer gets out, and your heart drops.

“Are you aware the registration on your car has expired?” 

You’ve experienced one of the costs of procrastination. Procrastination can cause missed deadlines, missed ...

Financial Gifts for Valentines…of All Ages

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. This year, consider going beyond the flowers and chocolates and think about providing financial-related gifts to your loved ones of all generations. 

Here are some gift possibilities to consider:  

For your spouse or partner – Your income – both today and in the future – may be essential to the ability of your ...

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 ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 24

On this week’s AtlantiCast, meet the newest chairman of the American Hospital Association, learn about a breakthrough in heart surgery at Morristown Medical Center, celebrate a year of innovation at Atlantic Health System and see some tips to stay flu free.

 

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.

 

Will You Answer the Call? A Proud Family's Plea for Fire Service Volunteers

February 12, 2019

Dear Editor,

It is a bitterly cold evening and while the wind chill makes it -20, I’m nestled in our cozy home where I can hear the fireplace crackling from the other room. My three little girls are tucked into bed, and I’m too tired to worry about the mess of dinner, dishes and leftovers in the kitchen.

This is the time that my husband and I have set aside to spend ...

Roxbury's Sclar Makes Tufts Dean's List

February 12, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury resident Scott Sclar was named to the dean's list at Tufts University for the Fall 2018 semester. 

To make the list, Sclar, of Succasunna, was required to earn a grade point average of 3.4 or greater.

Three from Roxbury Area Make Hofstra Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Three studens from the Roxbury area earned placement on the Fall 2018 Dean's List at Hofstra University.

The students, who had to earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 during the semester to make the Dean's List, are:

Kolyn Ryan of Landing, Brianna Sparano of Landing and Julia Totaro of Mount Arlington.

Roxbury's Kelsey Joyce Makes Dean's List at Endicott

ROXBURY, NJ - Kelsey Joyce, one of several young women from Roxbury who play competitive rugby, was one of 300 Endicott College student-athletes named to the school's fall semester Dean's List.

Joyce, of Lower Berkshire Valley, graduated from Roxbury High School in 2017 and is now studying exercise science, with an emphasis on occupational therapy, and playing rugby at Endicott.

In ...

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Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 11th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

February 15, 2019

Morristown, NJ – Proving that being extraordinary matters, Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, was once again named to Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 87 in its 11th consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

“Our culture of innovation, trust and respect drives our success,” said ...

Roxbury Teens Can Learn About Careers in Aviation

Young men and women, ages 14-20, who are interested in careers in aviation are invited to join Aviation Explorer Post 523 on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:00 pm at Morristown Airport. 

The goal of the post is to help teens experience different career paths in aviation.  At biweekly meetings, youth meet professionals from different areas in the aviation industry. 

On ...