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Hundreds of Roxbury Trees to Get the Ax

October 23, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Some parts of Ledgewood and Succasunna will soon echo with the sound of chainsaws as two significant tree removal projects get underway.

The Roxbury Mayor and Council recently passed resolutions authorizing Tree King of Landing (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor) to remove trees at Ledgewood Pond Dam and Succasunna Fields.

The $30,000 Ledgewood tree removal project will ...

Roxbury Offers COVID-Wary Halloween Advice

ROXBURY, NJ - The township health department today released a list of “Halloween safety guidelines” designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 during trick-or-treating and other Halloween gatherings.

Predictably, the guidelines urge people to stick with social distancing guidance, to wear cloth masks and to wash their hands as much as possible on Halloween. They also suggest ...

Roxbury COVID Numbers Increase as Town Mulls Halloween Guidance

ROXBURY, NJ – The township will soon issue guidance relating to Halloween, advice that will come in the wake of an increase in local COVID-19 cases Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo characterized Tuesday as “totally unacceptable.”

Township Manager John Shepherd said Roxbury currently has no plan to ban or restrict trick-or-treating, but will likely remind people about the ...

A Fourth Loss for Roxbury Football

October 24, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Still seeking its first victory, the Roxbury High School football team suffered a 35-0 defeat Friday to Mount Olive.

Playing at home, the 0-4 Gaels were outgunned by the undefeated Marauders whose victory included a 44-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Gavin Lockwood to AJ McKay and a 62-yard run by Justin Schmidt.

Roxbury has two more opportunities to escape a winless ...

Roxbury Football Scores Twice But Falls to Morris Knolls

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School football team - shut out in its last two games - fared better Saturday, scoring 14 points against Morris Knolls in a competitive game eventually won by the Golden Eagles.

The Gaels had a fighting chance for much of the contest played in Denville under on a 60-degree day marked by a cloudless sky. Despite the final score of 31-14, which brought ...

Roxbury: Glad Indoor Sports Can Resume; How About Some Advance Notice, Governor?

ROXBURY, NJ - It's good Gov. Phil Murphy decided to allow indoor sports to take place again, to a degree, but it would have been nice if local officials were given some advance warning, said Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall.

Speaking at the Roxbury Mayor and Council's meeting on Tuesday night, Hall said township and school officials responsible for organizing the indoor sports were ...

Roxbury Business Hosts Alzheimer's Walk 'Promise Garden'

October 27, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Home Instead Senior Care of Succasunna, a longtime supporter of the Northwest Walk to End Alzheimers, is hosting on its yard a colorful memorial in honor of those affected by the disease.

The “Promise Garden” is situated at 109 Main Street, the company’s Morris County headquarters. It played a part in this year’s Walk as ...

Still Time to Order Fruit and Pies from Roxbury Rotary

ROXBURY, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic is making it a bit more difficult, but it's not stopping the Roxbury Rotary Club from selling fruits and pies, a Thanksgiving season tradition.

The annual Roxbury Rotary Club Fruit and Pie sale is a big fundraiser for the club. Pies and fruit are ordered in advance and handed out just in time for Thanksgiving. This year's distribution will take ...

Neighbor Launches Fundraiser for Roxbury Widower

ROXBURY, NJ - A Succasunna woman is trying to raise money to help a neighbor pay for the cremation of his wife who recently died.

The online GoFundMe site, launched Sept. 22 by Holly Campbell, seeks to raise $5,000 to be donated to Mike Kelsey. According to the fundraiser, Kelsey's wife, Kathleen, died earlier this week. She was 55 and died suddenly, leaving behind her husband and son, ...

Berkshire Valley Road in Roxbury Closed After Crane Hits Rail Span

October 9, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Berkshire Valley Road in Roxbury was temporarily closed to traffic Friday morning after a crane truck slammed into the Dover and Rockaway River Railroad overpass.

The incident, which happened at about 9 a.m., left the vehicle - owned by JK Crane of Kenvil - laying on its driver's side in the roadway. The driver might have suffered injuries, according to police radio ...

Roxbury EMS Preps for Football Season

ROXBURY, NJ - With football season about to begin, members of Roxbury Company #1 Fire and EMS participated in athletic injury training this week.

Roxbury High School Athletic Trainer Joe Koch met with members of the department for their yearly review of football injuries, said Roxbury Chemical Engine Co. #1 EMS Captain Ryan Fischlein.

"Both assistant trainers and members ...

Life-Saving Police Officers to be Thanked by Roxbury Mayor

ROXBURY, NJ – Mayor Bob DeFillippo plans to publicly commend two Roxbury police officers and one from Mount Arlington for joining to help a woman seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle this summer.

The actions of Roxbury Police Sgt. Kenneth Rocco, Roxbury Police Cpl. Erik Henriksen and Mount Arlington Police Sgt. Ryan Sherburne likely saved the life of Mount Arlington ...

Roxbury Students Petition for More Involvement

October 26, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury students should "have a voice” in their school schedule says an online petition created by two Roxbury High School sophomores.

The petition, published Sunday on change.org, is titled "Signatures of Roxbury High School to Hear The Students Voices." As of 11 a.m. Monday, it had received about 650 signatures.

The petition was created by students ...

Roxbury Teacher Receives Ambassador Award

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School Structural Design and Fabrication Teacher Frank Caccavale was recently presented the Technology & Engineering Education Ambassador Award from Millersville University.

The award was presented at the Technology and Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania’s (TEEAP) remote conference.

Caccavale was recognized along with four other ...

PTO Video Features Roxbury School Board Candidates

ROXBURY, NJ - A "Meet the Candidates Night" video made by some Roxbury parents allows voters to see and hear the five people seeking election to the Roxbury School Board.

The video, published online today, was created by the Lincoln-Roosevelt School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). It begins with a welcoming announcement by PTO Vice-President Michelle Stein, who says she ...

Boater Gets Jail for Death of Former Roxbury Student

October 24, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – A man responsible for a 2019 boating accident that killed his friend, former Roxbury High School student Jason Gil, must spend almost a year behind bars and then face three years on probation, officials said today.

The man, Nicholas Zarantonello, 25, was sentenced Friday by state Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor, according to the Morris County ...

Roxbury Voter Turnout OK, Could be Better says Mayor

October 28, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – When it comes to voter turnout, Roxbury is doing well so far. But there’s room for improvement, said Mayor Bob DeFillippo on Tuesday.

DeFillippo addressed the upcoming election during his “community update” comments preceding the virtual meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. He pointed out that Election Day is less than a week away and ...

PTO Video Features Roxbury School Board Candidates

ROXBURY, NJ - A "Meet the Candidates Night" video made by some Roxbury parents allows voters to see and hear the five people seeking election to the Roxbury School Board.

The video, published online today, was created by the Lincoln-Roosevelt School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). It begins with a welcoming announcement by PTO Vice-President Michelle Stein, who says she ...

Bucco, Mehta, Dunn and Draeger Facing Off in Virtual Debates

ROXBURY, NJ - Four people seeking to represent Roxbury in the state Legislature will participate Oct. 23 in virtual debates.

The two events are being hosted by the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and the Morris County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Two candidates are running for one state Senate seat representing Roxbury: Incumbent state ...

Alzheimer’s Association Thanks Gov. Murphy for Addressing Social Isolation in LTC Facilities

October 27, 2020

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — The Alzheimer's Association expressed gratitude toward New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this week after he signed a bill addressing social isolation in long-term care (LTC) settings.

The organization also publicly thanked legislative champions Sen. Vin Gopal, Sen. Nellie Pou and Assembly members Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Angela McKnight and Carol Murphy for ...

Roxbury Business Hosts Alzheimer's Walk 'Promise Garden'

ROXBURY, NJ – Home Instead Senior Care of Succasunna, a longtime supporter of the Northwest Walk to End Alzheimers, is hosting on its yard a colorful memorial in honor of those affected by the disease.

The “Promise Garden” is situated at 109 Main Street, the company’s Morris County headquarters. It played a part in this year’s Walk as ...

Coming Soon: Morris County Business Internship Info Session

October 18, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Morris County businesses will have the opportunity to learn how they can host an intern from the Morris County School of Technology at a virtual learning session scheduled for Oct. 23, at 8:30 a.m.

Internships are available in a variety of areas, including finance and international business, multimedia, design and computer and information sciences.

Internships can be paid or ...

Roxbury Officials Tour New Walmart on Eve of Grand Opening

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury officials on Tuesday night were given a tour of the new Walmart Supercenter in Ledgewood as workers in the expansive building prepared for its 7 a.m. Wednesday grand opening.

Led by store manager Anthony Moreno, members of the Roxbury Township Council and other invited guests strolled through most of the 170,000-square-foot department store that is the main anchor ...

Roxbury Rotary Club Adds Two New Members

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury Rotary club continues to expand its ranks and on Sept. 24 the club welcomed two new members.

At its weekly meeting, the club inducted Norman Lippmann and Sam Sarfaraz from Kingtown Diesel in Ledgewood. On hand for the induction were Roxbury Rotary Club President Bill Diamond, long time member Donald Schuld and past president Charles ...

St. Therese Black Friday Bonanza Raffle

October 21, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - St. Therese Church in Succasunna has announced its first "Fall Black Friday 50-50 Bonanza Raffle." The drawing will be held on Friday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. Only the first 2,000 tickets will be accepted, it said.

The tickets are $50 each entry, and $100 will get you three (3) entries to the raffle, increasing your chances by 50 percent. 

There will be ...

Roxbury Area Writers to Read Their Works in Virtual Event

ROXBURY, NJ - Some local writers, who have been making the most of their stay-at-home time, will share their literary creations at Roxbury Voices, a virtual, public reading taking place next week.

Members of Write On: Roxbury Writers’ Workshop will share their literary creations on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to virtually attend the free event, ...

Panel of Roxbury Women to Share Personal Stories

ROXBURY, NJ - A panel of mostly Roxbury-based women will share personal stories of leadership, growth and inspiration in “How She Leads,” a virtual program on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

One-hundred years ago, women in our country celebrated their newly approved right to vote, which, for many, was the first step in challenging convention and being able to participate equally in ...

Help On The Way for Historic Former Roxbury School

October 7, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Township officials recently took an important step toward the restoration and rehabilitation of a historic former schoolhouse in the Lower Berkshire Valley section of Roxbury.

The Roxbury Mayor and Council approved a capital ordinance appropriating about $64,000 to pay for “construction documents” needed to breathe new life into the building, known as the 1921 ...

$250K Fix-Up in Store for Morris Canal in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ – An important piece of the former Morris Canal, situated in Ledgewood and choked with weeds, will soon receive major restoration.

Known as Morris Canal Incline Plane 2 East, the 19th Century structure in Roxbury’s Morris Canal Park will see restoration of its stone-lined raceway, mule/towpath, foundations and support structures. The work will be funded by ...

Final Days for Cash-Strapped Roxbury VFW Post in Kenvil?

ROXBURY, NJ – Once a bustling hive of activity – especially on beer-splashed Friday nights - Roxbury’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post in Kenvil could soon be a thing of the past.

The members of Kenvil VFW Post 2833 will soon be deciding whether to put the building up for sale, said Jeff McDonald, a former Navy officer who is the post’s quartermaster. A group ...

Roxbury Ice Hockey Relies on Upcoming Shredding Fundraiser

October 8, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Pleased about the success of their yearly paper shredding fundraiser, the Roxbury High School ice hockey team is hosting the event again on Saturday, October 24th, from 10am to 1pm at Eisenhower Middle School to bring in some much-needed fundraising.

The paper shredding drive helps the team offset the high costs of playing hockey and allows local residents to clear the ...

Still Time to Order Fruit and Pies from Roxbury Rotary

October 22, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic is making it a bit more difficult, but it's not stopping the Roxbury Rotary Club from selling fruits and pies, a Thanksgiving season tradition.

The annual Roxbury Rotary Club Fruit and Pie sale is a big fundraiser for the club. Pies and fruit are ordered in advance and handed out just in time for Thanksgiving. This year's distribution will take ...

Hundreds of Roxbury Trees to Get the Ax

October 23, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Some parts of Ledgewood and Succasunna will soon echo with the sound of chainsaws as two significant tree removal projects get underway.

The Roxbury Mayor and Council recently passed resolutions authorizing Tree King of Landing (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor) to remove trees at Ledgewood Pond Dam and Succasunna Fields.

The $30,000 Ledgewood tree removal project will ...

A Big Turnout for Roxbury Paper Shredding Event

ROXBUR, NJ – The Sept. 26 paper shredding event hosted by Roxbury Township saw more participation than any other in the past four years, said township Recycling Coordinator Kellie Ann Keyes.

She said about 140 cars showed up at the Annual Shredding Day, which took place at the township Department of Public Works site in Kenvil.

“We have held shredding days over the past four ...

Mt. Arlington Trail Not Just a Mt. Arlington Thing

ROXBURY, NJ – There's a reason Roxbury Councilwoman Jaki Albrecht plans to attend tomorrow's ribbon-cutting ceremony for a trail system in Mount Arlington: The meandering pathways benefit Roxbury too.

Mount Arlington’s Lake Rogerene Trails system, to be celebrated 9 a.m. at the pathway's trailhead, interchanges deep in the woods with Roxbury's ...

New Rectory by Christmas for St. Therese Church in Roxbury

August 29, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ — Members of the St. Therese Catholic Church community were joined by government officials last week at a groundbreaking ceremony for the parish’s long-sought new rectory, scheduled to be finished before Christmas.

The Aug. 24 event took place at the site in Succasunna where the building is to be built, a piece of the St. Therese property at 145 Main St. that once held ...

Morris Freeholder Candidates Face-Off in Virtual Forum

October 13, 2020

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Republican incumbent Tayfun Selen and Democratic challenger Cary Amaro participated Oct. 12 in a virtual forum for candidates seeking election to the Morris County Freeholder Board.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) Morristown Area; Warren and West Morris Counties; and Mountain Lakes partnered with the Morris County branch of the NAACP and live ...

Morris County Officials and Citizens Recognized 64 Victims of 9/11 Tragedy

PARSIPPANY, NJ - This past weekend was a time to reflect on what it means to be an American, and honor victims of a great tragedy. And just two days after an infamous date, Morris County officials and resident came together to do just that.

Nineteen years ago, three hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, taking the lives of about 3,000 people. A fourth hijacked ...

Morris County Prosecutor Announces Retirement

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp has announced he is retiring from his current position effective Nov. 1, with his last day being Oct. 13, announced the prosecutor's office.

Knapp has held the position since 2012 after being appointed by then Gov. Chris Christie.

In his letter to Gov. Phil Murphy, Knapp stated: “Please accept my thanks ...

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Candidate Statement from Freeholder Selen

October 26, 2020

At a recent Morris County Chamber of Commerce candidate forum, Freeholder Tayfun Selen’s opponent, Cary Amaro, was asked what her criteria would be to decide what services the county truly needs to fund. Her first target for cutting costs was Public Safety, including the Hope One program and SERT.

Freeholder Selen hopes that everyone in Morris County to know that he stands with ...

Have You Seen Marcel?

October 15, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury residents are asked to keep an eye out for a cat that went missing from its home in Ledgewood on Oct. 7.

The cat, named Marcel, is a 3-year-old neutered male who was last seen in the Willow Walk development.

He is a gray, striped tabby with green eyes. He is not microchipped and he's an indoor cat, according to his owner, Roberta Groner.

Anybody with information ...

Advice & Opinion

Lessons from Experienced Investors

Those who have lived a long time have done a lot, seen a lot and can teach us a lot. And that’s certainly true when it comes to investing.

Consider some lessons you might learn from experienced investors:

Regulate your emotions. In the investment world, there’s always something coming at us that could sound scary: political flashpoints, economic news, and even those ...

Vote for a Solid Investment Strategy

Election Day is coming soon. As a citizen, you may feel the results will affect many aspects of life in this country. But as an investor, your situation probably won’t change after the votes are counted.

No matter who wins, the financial markets may well show some politically driven volatility, but that often happens around elections, and it typically doesn’t last long. But what ...

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% federal income tax penalty if withdrawn prior to age 59½. And contributions to a 401(k) plan ...

Will Social Security Retire Before You Do?

People have traditionally seen Social Security benefits as the foundation of their retirement planning programs. The Social Security contributions deducted from workers’ paychecks have, in effect, served as a government-enforced retirement savings plan.

However, the Social Security system is under increasing strain. Better health care and longer life spans have resulted in an increasing ...

Joe's Pizzeria: A Kenvil Icon for a Half Century

Joe’s Pizzeria has been in business in Roxbury for over 50 years, providing fine Italian cuisine for an uncountable number of customers. 

Joe’s Pizzeria has been a family owned and operated business in Roxbury since 1968 when it was opened by Joe Faraci and Antonio Dattolo, the father and uncle of the current owner Larry Faraci. 

Today Larry and his wife, Kristin, ...

Alex's Barbershop Aims for Six Decades in Roxbury

Alex’s Barber Shop has been a staple in Roxbury Township providing fine men’s grooming and hair products for 58 years. 

The business is a true example of the American dream. It was founded in 1961 by Hungarian Master Barber Sandor Stibinger who escaped from Communist Hungary. 

The business remains family owned and operated for three generations.

College Student from Roxbury Gets Scholarship for Overseas Study

September 29, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury resident attending Loyola University in Maryland was recently awarded a scholarship to help fund her plan to study in Greece, according to the university.

The student, Mackenzie Shelley, is a junior at the school. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship will support her “study abroad experiences for travel during spring or summer 2021,” ...

Two Dozen Roxbury Area Students Make Seton Hall Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Two dozen students from the Roxbury area qualified for the Spring 2020 Dean's List at Seton Hall University in South Orange, according to the school.

"After the close of every semester, undergraduate students completing all courses with a GPA of 3.4, with no grades lower than "C", qualify for the Dean's List," said the university.

The ...

Roxbury H.S. Senior Receives Art School Scholarship

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School Senior Alexa Hernandez was recently awarded the Artist of Promise Award to the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.

She was selected for this merit scholarship via collaboration between Roxbury High School art teachers and the Hartford Art School.

To acknowledge her creative potential, she was selected to receive an $84,000 scholarship to the ...

Alzheimer’s Association Thanks Gov. Murphy for Addressing Social Isolation in Long-Term Care Facilities

October 27, 2020

The Alzheimer's Association is grateful for Governor Phil Murphy's signing of bill S-2785 which addresses social isolation in long-term care settings.

We also would like to thank legislative champions - Senators Vin Gopal and Nellie Pou, and Assembly members Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Angela V. McKnight, and Carol A. Murphy for sponsoring the ...

JCP&L Supports Clean Ocean Action’s Annual Fall Beach Sweeps

Morristown, N.J. – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), supported the cleanup of New Jersey’s beaches on October 24 by participating in Clean Ocean Action’s (COA) fall 2020 Beach Sweeps, serving as site sponsor for cleanup work at Belmar’s 16th Avenue Beach in Monmouth County.

“This marks the company’s ...