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Snowfall in Roxbury This Winter Beats 10-Year Average

February 23, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – The township today put some numbers behind what Roxbury residents already know: It’s been a tough winter in terms of snowfall.

For the past decade, Roxbury’s average annual snowfall total has been about 50 inches, said Mayor Bob DeFillippo. “This season so far, we have gotten 57 inches,” he said.

In fact, it snowed 21 days in the past month, ...

Slight Tax Hike in Proposed Roxbury Municipal Budget

ROXBURY, NJ – Taxes paid to the township by the average Roxbury homeowner would increase by about $32 per year under a municipal budget presented by township Manager John Shepherd.

The proposed 1.47 percent increase in the budget, if approved by the Roxbury Mayor and Council, would represent the first township tax increase since 2019. In a statement attached to the proposed spending ...

Roxbury Might End Free Beach for Out-of-Town Seniors

ROXBURY, NJ – Faced with rising costs due to minimum-wage hikes, Roxbury might bump up the fees it charges for recreation programs, especially for out-of-towners.

Among the changes being weighed: Elimination of free beach passes for non-resident senior citizens.

The proposed new fee structure was presented this week to the Roxbury Mayor and Council by Township Manager John ...

Roxbury Hockey Trounces Montville

February 16, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Having started the season with four consecutive wins, but then losing the next three games, the Roxbury High School ice hockey team needed a win. It got one Tuesday with an 8-1 pounding of Montville.

The 5-3 Gaels dominated the 1-2-1 Mustangs, barring any scoring until the final period when Montville's Owen O'Hara scored at 13:11.

Roxbury took charge early, scoring ...

Roxbury Boys Basketball Suffers First Loss

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School boy's basketball team lost its first game of the season Saturday, a loss in which its - West Morris High School - maintained its undefeated status.

Playing in Chester, the Gaels lost 42-37 to the Wolfpack. The defeat brings Roxbury's record to 4-1 and West Morris' record to 7-0.

Roxbury found itself trailing 16-24 after the first two ...

It's 4-0 for Roxbury Boys Basketball

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School boys basketball team on Tuesday maintained its undefeated record by beating Morristown. The team stands at fourth in the 39-team Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and first in its division. 

Playing away, the Gaels dominated the Colonials in a 44-29 victory. Roxbury outscored Morristown 14-7 in the second quarter and 15-7 in the ...

Girl Scout Partners With Roxbury Eye Docs for Free Childhood Exams

February 24, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – Girl Scout Katherine Gardner’s goal in pushing for early-childhood full eye assessments is not just to attain her Girl Scout Gold Award; it’s also personal.

Chances are good that Gardner, 18, would not be blind in one eye had she received a full eye assessment when she was an infant.

“I didn’t get taken to an eye doctor until I was ...

Kiwanis Club of Roxbury Joins in Distributing Food to Needy

ROXBURY, NJ - Members of the Kiwanis Club of Roxbury joined last weekend in a food distribution effort that involved more than 100 volunteers from Kiwanis Clubs in Northern New Jersey and local high school Key Clubs.

During the Feb. 13 effort, food was given to area residents struggling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Kiwanis Park in Succasunna, the Kiwanis Club of Roxbury ...

A Roxbury Teacher's Campaign Urges Vaccinations as Tributes to Life

ROXBURY, NJ – With help from her family, a Roxbury teacher who lost her husband to COVID-19 is spearheading a campaign that urges people to get vaccinated in honor of someone, or something, they care about.

Marla Sarrel, who teaches at Franklin School in Succasunna, said she and her family got the idea for the “This Jab’s For You” social media campaign after ...

'Adopt A Hydrant' Challenge Comes to Roxbury

February 10, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – They’re bright and colorful. Dogs find them irresistible. One might help save your life someday.

These are three good reasons to love fire hydrants and – if you’ve got the equipment and a strong back - to join the fledgling “Adopt a Hydrant Challenge” effort in Roxbury.

By doing so, you pledge to keep a nearby hydrant clear of snow, plants ...

Longhorn Steakhouse Fire Deemed 'Not Suspicious'

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - No evidence suggesting arson or other suspicious activity was found during a probe of the fire that destroyed the Longhorn Steakhouse in Mount Olive on Jan. 19, authorities said today.

However, although the investigation into the blaze is complete, a cause has yet to be determined, they said.

The news came in a statement  from Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert ...

Police Seek Public Help in Probing Roxbury Hit-And-Run

ROXBURY, NJ - A 71-year-old man who was crossing Route 10 in Succasunna on Thursday evening was struck by a vehicle that left the scene, said Roxbury police.

The incident took place at about 6:30 p.m., said police. They said the man was using the crosswalk to traverse Route 10 West near South Street when he was hit.

The man suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital, ...

Roxbury to Murphy: School Workers Are 'Essential'

February 22, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – Public school personnel should be deemed “essential workers” and given priority over others for COVID-19 vaccinations, says the Roxbury School Board.

The board, on Monday, passed a resolution that sends that message to Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials. The resolution requests Murphy “to include public school district personnel in the official ...

$1.2 Billion for Schools to Address Educational and Mental Health Needs

TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Acting Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan on Friday announced “The Road Forward,” a series of coordinated policy initiatives that dramatically expand the Administration’s efforts to identify and address the academic and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on New Jersey students and ...

Kennedy School Celebrates National Pizza Day

ROXBURY, NJ - Kennedy Elementary School teachers Amber Davis and Lorey Deeb and their students recently had some fun with cross-curricular activities on National Pizza Day.

With help from a local pizzeria, the students participated in activities that all related to pizza for the day. The activities included math, writing, reading and science to make the day a unique and memorable ...

Two From Roxbury Sworn-in to County Young Republicans Executive Board

December 29, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Two Roxbury resident, Christopher Paz and Michael Frequenza, were recently sworn-in to serve on the 2021 Morris County Young Republicans Executive Board.

Frequenza is serving as the group's treasurer while Paz is a state committeeman.

The oaths of office were given at the organization's recent first-ever Zoom Christmas Party. More than fifty young ...

Bucco Declares Victory in State Senate Election

ROXBURY, NJ - State Sen. Tony Bucco, who also serves as Roxbury's township attorney, today declared an election victory over his Democrat opponent Rupande Mehta.

Although the Morris County Board of Elections has yet to finish counting votes, Bucco, R-25th Dist., said in a statement that he is confident about his decision to proclaim a win. His campaign also said Roxbury's ...

Incumbents Appear to Hold Seats on Roxbury School Board

ROXBURY, NJ – Three members of the Roxbury Board of Education appear to have warded off challenges by two newcomers and won re-election to their 3-year seats Tuesday, based on unofficial Election Day results from the Morris County Board of Elections.

As of 9:55 p.m., the challengers, Ralph Casendino and Sharon MacGregor, fell short of securing enough votes to oust incumbents ...

Girl Scout Partners With Roxbury Eye Docs for Free Childhood Exams

February 24, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – Girl Scout Katherine Gardner’s goal in pushing for early-childhood full eye assessments is not just to attain her Girl Scout Gold Award; it’s also personal.

Chances are good that Gardner, 18, would not be blind in one eye had she received a full eye assessment when she was an infant.

“I didn’t get taken to an eye doctor until I was ...

A Roxbury Teacher's Campaign Urges Vaccinations as Tributes to Life

ROXBURY, NJ – With help from her family, a Roxbury teacher who lost her husband to COVID-19 is spearheading a campaign that urges people to get vaccinated in honor of someone, or something, they care about.

Marla Sarrel, who teaches at Franklin School in Succasunna, said she and her family got the idea for the “This Jab’s For You” social media campaign after ...

Roxbury Tries to Stay Abreast of Changing Vaccination Sites

ROXBURY, NJ – Township officials are trying to help Roxbury residents find nearby places to get the COVID-19 vaccination, an effort proving to be tricky as sites open and close.

The township is endeavoring to provide, on its website, the latest list of vaccination sites. This can be found by clicking here.

An email to reporters, sent Friday by Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd, ...

Five Below Opens, Others Coming Soon, at Roxbury's Shops at Ledgewood Commons

February 18, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - The “soft opening” last Saturday of the new Five Below store in The Shops at Ledgewood Commons was the first in a flurry of Grand Openings expected to take place at the new mall in the coming weeks.

“They are the tip of the spear, post Walmart,” said Jared Minatelli, director of asset management for Advance Realty Investors, referring to the October ...

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Roxbury's ShopRite Pharmacy Staying Open

ROXBURY, NJ - Although Wakefern Food Corp. plans to shutter some ShopRite pharmacies in New Jersey, the Succasunna ShopRite pharmacy is not among them, said a spokesperson today.

The Succasunna store - along with ShopRites in Byram, Flanders, Franklin, Mansfield, Netcong, Newton and Sparta - is owned and operated by RoNetco Supermarkets Inc., which has no plan to shutter its ...

Roxbury High School Yearbook Wins Award

January 18, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School’s 2020 Yearbook publication, “Home Grown,” was trecently awarded a first place gold award in the Garden State Scholastic Press Association’s annual yearbook contest.

Advisor Scott Schilling worked with the Yearbook Production class and the Yearbook Club - which was co-advised by Izzy Speronza - to create the ...

A Virtual Comedy Night Fundraiser for Roxbury Rotary

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Rotary Club hopes to get at least 300 people to sign up for an upcoming "virtual comedy night" fundraiser that will feature four comedians.

The online event is scheduled to take place Jan. 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will cost $50. The show will be carried over the ZOOM platform, with registration starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets, as well as ...

Roxbury Library Offers New App

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Public Library this week announced the availability of a downloadable application for Apple and Android devices.

The Roxbury Public Library App allows library users to store their Roxbury Public Library cards on their phones "and access a wealth of perks," said the library.

It said users of the new app are able to manage their accounts and renew borrowed ...

A New Home for Roxbury's Forsaken Kiddie Train

January 13, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – The miniature train that last carried children around Horseshoe Lake Park about 40 years might live again, but not in Roxbury.

The locomotive, along with the narrow-gauge tracks and ties that once carried it, are being donated by the township to the Bergen County Parks Department for possible use at Van Saun County Park and Bergen County Zoo in River Edge.

The ...

A Front-Yard Home for Historic Roxbury School Bell

ROXBURY, NJ – Work began last week on a new home for the school bell formerly housed in the rooftop cupola atop the Roxbury School Board building.

The bell, which once alerted the neighborhood that school was in session, is being placed in a display on the lawn in front of the 116-year-old building. It was removed from the cupola last summer when workers renovated the structure ...

Roxbury Plans Outdoor Classrooms for Rundown Tennis Courts

ROXBURY, NJ – They’ve been unused, overgrown and crumbling eyesores for years, but soon the former tennis courts between Lincoln-Roosevelt School and Franklin School in Succasunna will be removed and replaced with pavilions for outdoor classrooms and other uses.

The Roxbury school board, on Monday, approved spending $1.4 million for site preparation and installation of the ...

Balancing Waterfront Protection with Safe Winter Recreation on Lake Hopatcong

February 2, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Is Lake Hopatcong more fun in the summer or the winter?  The answer depends on who you ask. 

While this question might set your mind adrift to sunny days floating in the lake, for others ice hockey and hot cocoa come to mind.  Personal opinions aside, it’s important to keep Lake Hopatcong a safe place to recreate any time of year.

The idea of protecting ...

Roxbury Cub Scouts Aim to Make Town Glow for Holidays

ROXBURY, NJ - The Scouts in Roxbury Cub Scout Pack 54 want to see Roxbury's neighborhood walkways glowing for holiday season.

The Pack is hosting a "Light up Roxbury" fundraiser in which the Scouts are selling flameless luminary kits, hoping residents will use them to light their properties' walkways.

"The luminaries can be placed curbside or leading up a walkway for ...

Weed Boat Tragedy Hurt Hopatcong Algal Bloom Battle says Report

February 19, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – Only a fraction of the weeds normally yanked from Lake Hopatcong each summer were removed in 2020 due to the pullback of the program after harvester operator Curtis Mulch died when his machine capsized, according to a report.

One of the goals of weed harvesting is to remove phosphorus from the lake. Scientists say phosphorus reduction is important when it comes to battling ...

Roxbury Residents Among Those Eligible for Rain Garden Rebates

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury residents who live near Lake Hopatcong will be among 16 people chosen to receive rebates for building "rain gardens" on their property this year, said the Lake Hopatcong Commission (LHC).

A rain garden is a collection of native shrubs, perennials and flowers, planted in a small depression, designed to temporarily hold and soak in rainwater runoff from ...

The Angst of Post-Christmas Styrofoam Disposal in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ – That massive TV you got for Christmas is a delicate thing and that’s why it came packed in a thick shell of expanded polystyrene (EPS) surrounded by cardboard.

By now, the TV is probably set up and its huge cardboard box will go out to the curb for Blue Diamond Disposal. But what about the EPS, otherwise known as Styrofoam?

Although it probably has a symbol ...

Roxbury Church Hosting 'Souper Bowl of Caring' Event to Fight Hunger

January 28, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna will be hosting a "Souper Bowl of Caring" event on Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the church parking lot next door to the Roxbury Public Library at 99 Main Street, Succasunna. 

In 1990, a youth pastor decided to use the hype of the Super Bowl to encourage people to give just one dollar to a ...

It's Official: 2021 Morris County St. Patrick's Day Parade is Postponed

January 18, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The 2021 Morris County St. Patrick's Day parade has been postponed. 

In a Facebook post, St. Patrick's Day Parade of Morris County Publicity Coordinator Michael Leavy announced that, after consulting with local officials, the committee has decided to postpone the parade in Morristown.

"Our hope is to conduct the parade at a later date when existing ...

Morris County Modifying COVID-19 Testing Plan to Focus on CCM Center

RANDOLPH, NJ - Morris County will modify its no-cost COVID-19 testing efforts by next week to focus on the walk-up service provided by appointment-only at the County College of Morris and phase out at-home-tests for all but homebound, symptomatic residents.

Municipal leaders throughout the county were told of the modified testing plan in a conference call yesterday, and they were urged to help ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

February 22, 2021

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

$1.2 Billion for Schools to Address Educational and Mental Health Needs

TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Acting Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan on Friday announced “The Road Forward,” a series of coordinated policy initiatives that dramatically expand the Administration’s efforts to identify and address the academic and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on New Jersey students and ...

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Lost Dog in Port Morris

February 18, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - The public is being asked to look out for a dog that was last seen in Port Morris on Tuesday.

The dog, an Airedale terrier named Prima, escaped from her leash on Center Street and ran toward the railroad tracks, according to a social media post by her owner. The owner said the dog is very friendly.

The number to call, if you see Prima, is 862-268-3622.

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Timeless Subway Tile Flooring, Backsplashes & Patterns

When it comes to home renovation, many trends have a fairly short shelf life. Eventually what was once popular begins to fade and make way for the newest designs and subway tile colors. kitchen, and bathroom subway tile patterns, however, do not fall victim to that cycle. Its popularity stays constant and the tile itself remains timeless.

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How Luxury Vinyl Tile Can Transform Your Home

With the luxurious appearance of wood at a fraction of the cost, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) has become a popular residential and commercial flooring option. A durable, attractive product that’s easy to install and maintain, LVT can transform your home.

Here’s everything you need to know about this revolutionary new type of plank flooring.

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What Are the Tax Benefits of Charitable Trusts?

Americans give freely to support the causes they value, from churches, education and the arts to medical research. Fortunately, current tax laws encourage and even reward philanthropy.

Beyond the basic tax deductions for charitable giving, setting up one or both of the following types of trusts could provide financial advantages in addition to the personal satisfaction that comes from ...

Roxbury Area Students Make Fairleigh Dickenson Honors Lists

February 17, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Collegians from the Roxbury area made the Fall 2020 Semester Honors Lists at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus and Metropolitan Campus, according to the institutions.

The following students at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus, located in Madison were named to the Honors Lists:

Alan Anagnostos of Flanders 

Jenny Guo of ...

Roxbury's Hernandez Makes Miami President's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Landing resident Jazmin Hernandez was named to the President's List at Miami University in Oxford, OH, according to the school.

Miami University students who are ranked in the top three percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2020-21 have been named to the President's list recognizing academic excellence.

Hernandez is ...

Much Too Little and Far Too Late!

February 22, 2021

As the Governor sits on his platform of hierarchy and briefs the citizens of the State of New Jersey on the ongoing efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, he references the safety and well-being of our youth and their education.

While talking out of one side of his mouth, he is funding school districts with federal taxpayers' money and out of the other side - where the microphone ...

Saint Clare’s Health Addresses Pregnancy and COVID-19 During Online Series, Let’s Talk Health

February 24, 2021

On Thursday, February 4, Saint Clare’s Health online series, “Let’s Talk Health” hosted by Brian Finestein, Chief Executive Officer of Saint Clare’s Health, featured Dr. Daniel Ferrante, Chief of OB/GYN, discussing pregnancy and COVID, including strategies for keeping mom and baby safe.

 

The community is invited to register for the FREE events online, ...