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Roads, Parks and Buildings on Roxbury Council Agenda

January 29, 2023

ROXBURY, NJ - Plans for spending money on roads, parks and public buildings are expected to be reviewed Tuesday by the Roxbury Mayor and Council as the proposed 2023 Capital Improvement Program review continues.

Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd and Roxbury Department of Public Works Director Rick Blood are slated to discuss the new spending plan at the 7:30 p.m. meeting in Roxbury Town ...

Warehouse Proponent Wants Roxbury Councilman Gone

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury Councilman Bob DeFillippo’s public comments about the proposed construction of warehouses on the former Hercules explosives site do not mean he’s biased against the project and needs to recuse himself from township Planning Board hearings on the application, insists the board’s lawyer.

DeFillippo’s recusal from the Planning Board’s ...

Roxbury High School Aviation Student Earns Pilot's License

February 2, 2023

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury High School junior Tyler Benedetto on Wednesday became the first student of the school’s new aviation program to earn a private pilot’s license.

Benedetto completed his “check ride” to earn the license, according to Roxbury High School Aviation Instructor Michael Gottfried. Benedetto first flew solo on Sept. 2, 2022.

“This is ...

Roxbury School Board to Discuss Remote Meeting Access

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury School Board might return to offering remote access to its meetings, something that’s not been done in 18 months.

Board President Leo Coakley this week asked that the topic be discussed by the board’s Policy and Governance Committee. He directed the committee to come back to the full board with its findings.

At the meeting, several board members ...

Sad Farewells at Roxbury School Board Members' Final Meeting

December 13, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ – Two members of the Roxbury School Board who lost their bids for re-election last month offered emotional goodbyes Monday, farewells that were met with similarly heartfelt statements by the board colleagues they’re leaving.

The departing board members Dan Masi and Michelle Danielson fought unsuccessfully to refrain from choking up as they spoke about ...

Casendino Announces Primary Bid for Roxbury Council Seat

ROXBURY, NJ – Succasunna resident Ralph “RJ” Casendino today announced he will run against Roxbury Councilman Thomas Carey in next year’s Republican primary election.

The 38-year-old father of three made the announcement in a press release that included a long list of goals he would work for if elected. In an interview, Casendino acknowledged that primary ...

Kohl's Shoplifting Suspects Had $10K in Stolen Goods, say Roxbury Cops

January 20, 2023

ROXBURY, NJ - A response this week to a report of shoplifting at the Sucasunna Kohl's store resulted in the arrest of three suspects from Passaic County and the recovery of about $10,000 worth of stolen goods, according to the Roxbury Police Department. 

The incident began at about 2:43 p.m. on Jan. 17, said the department. It said police were called to the Kohl's store ...

Firefighting Drill Coming Sunday at Doomed Roxbury Building

ROXBURY, NJ - A fire training exercise will take place Sunday morning in Landing, said officials today, "alerting the public not to be alarmed by the sight of emergency first responders, flashing lights and even smoke."

The drill will take place at the former Lakeside Billiards building, at 105 Lakeside Boulevard near the Landing Road Bridge, from 9 a.m. to noon this ...

Castellano’s Late Goal Propels Roxbury Hockey Over Park Regional

February 4, 2023

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury High School senior Dan Castellano on Thursday scored the go-ahead goal with 3:48 left to lift Roxbury ice hockey to a 7-5 victory over Park Regional. The win, at Mennen Arena in Morris Township, brought the Gaels record to 11-4.

Senior Jake Calanni scored four goals to help Roxbury secure the victory.

In the first period, Park Regional (8-8-3) launched the ...

Stanich Leads Roxbury Wrestlers at County Tournament

ROXBURY, NJ - Three Roxbury High School wrestlers placed in this weekend's Morris County Tournament, where 22 teams battled over two days.

The Gaels were led by senior captain Luke Stanich who defended his title at 126-pounds by beating previously undefeated Michael Campanaro of West Morris Central 8-2 in the finals.

For his efforts, Stanich earned Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament ...

Now's the Time to Help Roxbury High School's Rox-THON

January 27, 2023

ROXBURY, NJ - With 42 days left until the annual Rox-THON charity dance marathon at Roxbury High School, the students involved in planning the event are in the home stretch of soliciting donations and sponsors.

The goal of Rox-THON is to raise money that will be donated to Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown and to Four Diamonds (Penn State Children’s Hospital) ...

Roxbury Woman’s Club Participates in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Roxbury Woman’s Club was one of nine clubs in the Highlands District of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) that participated in the Day of Service on Jan. 16.

It joined by eight other district clubs, including Booton, Denville-Rockaway, Hopatcong, Long Valley, Madison, Parsippany and Washington.

A total of 147 pre-designed kits: Dinner in a Bag, ...

Work Resumes on Rail Line Between Roxbury and Andover

January 22, 2023

ROXBURY, NJ – Preparations for the restoration of a 112-year-old railroad tunnel on the former Lackawanna “Cutoff” in Byram are taking place, marking an important milestone in the proposed re-activation of the long-dormant rail line that once connected Roxbury to Pennsylvania and beyond.

Work crews have been clearing trees in the vicinity of the Roseville Tunnel and at the ...

Roxbury Native Pushes Council to Allow Her Cannabis Shop

ROXBURY, NJ – A Landing resident, who wants to convert a former bank into a cannabis store, this week urged the Roxbury Mayor and Council to repeal its “placeholder” ban of such businesses.

The resident, Roxbury High School graduate Ariel Mizrahi, made her plea at the Jan. 10 council meeting.

Mizrahi wants to convert the former Fulton Bank building in Landing into a store ...

Roxbury Arts Alliance Holds Auditions for Steel Magnolias

February 1, 2023

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Arts Alliance is seeking actors and off-stage production helpers for the dramatic comedy Steel Magnolias, its next in-house production, said play director Michael Schroeder.

Auditions will be held on Feb. 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Feb. 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Schroeder said. Callbacks, by invitation, will take place on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

The show, to ...

Roxbury Pooch Pawsitively Loves Hamming it Up

ROXBURY, NJ – In a world where human workers are being replaced by robots, self-checkout terminals and artificial intelligence, few consider the career challenges facing animal actors.

Exhibit A: Stuffed animals.

For Chase Glaser, a 7-year-old Yorkshire Terrier from Ledgewood, there’s always a stuffed animal waiting in the wings to take his job.

So far, Chase has managed to ...

Roxbury-Based Lake Hopatcong Foundation Wins Enviro Award

December 25, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ - In recognition of its educational efforts, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) was recently named a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award winner.

The Roxbury-based, non-profit organization won the award in the category of “Environmental Education (Educator-Led)” for its environmental student field trip program.

The award was presented Dec. 22 ...

All Roxbury Schools Earn Sustainability Certification


ROXBURY, NJ - All seven schools in Roxbury recently met the requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

As leading examples of sustainability excellence, these schools provide outstanding learning opportunities for their students and join an established cohort of recognized schools across the state.

All Roxbury schools first earned bronze ...

Sheriff's Office Seargent Wins at Weightlifting

February 3, 2023

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - A sergeant with the Morris County Sheriff's Office last month won a weightlifting contest, according to the office.

It said Sheriff’s Sergeant Adam Zeich took the "top spot" in the Jan. 10 NYPD “1000 Lb. Club” weightlifting contest which took place at NYPD Health and Fitness.

"Many competitors entered the contest with ...

Morris County Sheriff's Office Swears in Three New Officers

MORRISTOWN, NJ - An official swearing in ceremony presided by Sheriff James M. Gannon, Sheriff’s Officer Sean Silvernagel, Sheriff’s Officer Dominick Nicastro and Sheriff’s Officer Joshua Acevedo were sworn in before their family, friends and fellow officers.

The officers received their Office identification, and were presented with their commissions ...

Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

January 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs in New Jersey Receive $10 Million Federal Grant

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NJHVIPs) received a big boost on Friday, in the form of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The programs launched three years ago using federal money with the mission of ending cycles of violence across the state by helping victims and their families.

“These innovative violence ...

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Hersh Children’s Center at Overlook Medical Center Marks 1st anniversary

February 4, 2023

SUMMIT, NJ – FEBRUARY 2023 – The Hersh Children’s Center, located at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, marked its first anniversary of providing pediatric emergency and inpatient services in one convenient, family-friendly space.

Following completion in late 2021, the 12,000 square-foot center opened in January 2022, combining the Meri and Sol Barer ...

Saint Clare's Health Takes a Look Inside a High-Tech Cath Lab

On Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m, Saint Clare’s Health online Facebook series, “Let’s Talk Health” hosted by Brian Finestein, Chief Executive Officer of Saint Clare’s Health, will discuss “A Look Inside a High-Tech Cath Lab,” with Dr. Barry Lowell.

“At Saint Clare’s Health, we have been performing emergency angioplasty for patients having ...

​Local Sports Club Celebrates Notable 2022 Season and Upcoming 2023

ROXBURY, NJ – After a very successful 2022, the Swim and Sport Club (SSC) Fistball Club located at 272 Emmans Rd. is gearing up for an exciting 2023.

For 2022, the SSC athletes were successful in many milestones. They were represented on both the Men's and Women's 2022 USA National Teams, playing at The World Games (Birmingham, AL) and the Pan American Fistball Games (Novo ...

Handling Market Volatility

Recent market volatility and news about the stock markets can be unsettling, and some investors might be worrying about the security of their financial future. Even the most experienced investors can get nervous when markets become volatile.

This is natural. It’s an emotional response that can affect your long-term decision-making. Of course, the news media often paints the worst-case ...

FirstEnergy Foundation Presents “Gifts of the Season” to Local Organizations in the JCP&L Service Area

The FirstEnergy Foundation has granted two New Jersey nonprofits with $20,000 "Gifts of the Season," aiding in their mission to make lives brighter within the Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) service area.

Cornerstone Family Programs, based in JCP&L's northern New Jersey region, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County, based in the central New Jersey ...

Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer


Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health ...

Students from Roxbury Area Make ESU Dean's List

January 31, 2023

ROXBURY, NJ -  Six students from the Roxbury area were among ,257 students named to the Dean's List at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) for the Fall 2022 semester of the 2022-2023 academic year, according to Margaret Ball D.M.A., interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Students eligible for the Dean's List are those who have attained a ...