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Roxbury to Rename Park as Tribute to Former Councilman Zoschak

April 14, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The township will soon rename a park in honor of former Roxbury Township Councilman Richard Zoschak who died recently.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo during a somber tribute to Zoschak, who died March 31. Zoschak, a landing resident of 38 years, was on the Roxbury council for 17 years. He was 76.

DeFillippo said the township will rename ...

Roxbury Council Takes Heat But Approves Affordable Housing Zones

ROXBURY, NJ — Telling dozens of unhappy residents it was making the best of a bad situation, the Roxbury Mayor and Council on Tuesday approved several zoning amendments related to affordable housing.

The most controversial of the new zones is one that allows for the creation of 175 units of senior housing at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 10 in Succasunna, but residents near ...

Roxbury Planners Get 'Courtesy Review' of School Project Already Underway

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury school district is seeking a review by the township Planning Board of its proposed outdoor pavilion project behind Lincoln-Roosevelt School.

Here’s the rub: Work at the site — the former tennis courts between Lincoln-Roosevelt and Franklin School in Succasunna — has already started.

The $1.4 million project, approved by the ...

Roxbury Volleyball Enters State Tournament in 'Peak' Condition

April 12, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Updated version. Coming off a “very strong” practice on Saturday morning, the Roxbury High School volleyball team was ready for the state tournament, said its coach on Monday.

He was right.

The team began “states” play at home later in the day and handily defeated Wayne Hills 25-9 and 25-14 to move forward in the tournament. It marked ...

Roxbury Gymnastics Flies High Despite Big Challenges

ROXBURY, NJ — Despite losing to graduation three seniors, including powerhouse Tiffany Zieba, the Roxbury High School gymnastics team has yet to be beaten this season.

The team has a 3-0 record heading into its meet today against Indian Hills. So far, the Gaels have defeated Montclair, Clifton and Randolph.

“We were unsure of what to expect for the 2021 Roxbury ...

Roxbury Wrestling Hopes to Keep the Wins Coming

ROXBURY, NJ – Headed to Sussex County on Thursday to take on Newton, the Roxbury High School wrestling team hopes to bring its record on the season to 3-1.

Coming off a 66-9 trouncing of another Sussex County team, Lenape Valley, on March 19, the Gaels will take on the Braves at 6 p.m. Roxbury’s sole loss so far came on March 18 when it fell to Jefferson 40-33.

Coach Dan Roman ...

St. Therese Knights of Columbus Scholarships Available

April 12, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The Succasunna-based St. Therese Knights of Columbus (KOC) is accepting applications for three scholarships this year, the organization announced today.

The KOC Council’s 2021 Memorial Scholarship Program is open to children or grandchildren of current or deceased members of KOC Council 6320. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors who must accept and attend ...

Roxbury Children Spread Kindness with Cards


ROXBURY, NJ - Students from the Roxbury Day Care Before and After School Program have talked a lot about being kind during the COVID-19 pandemic, decided recently to put their talk into action.

The children made Valentine's Day cards that were sent to Merry Heart Nursing Home in Succasunna, Regency Nursing Home in Dover, Veterans in Lyons Hospital and soldiers overseas ...

Franklin School Kids Help Roxbury Social Services

ROXBURY, NJ — Students at Franklin Elementary School were busy in March helping Roxbury Social Services in several ways.

The school's Early Act Club, an elementary school arm of Roxbury Social Services, collaborated to design a digital flyer for a Franklin School Food Drive. Their efforts produced a total of 523 food items collected to help Roxbury families in need ...

Roxbury Firefighters Rescue Cat Stuck in Wind-Whipped Tree

March 31, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury Animal Control Officer Sue Blanchard is thanking township firefighters for rescuing a Succasunna cat that scrambled up a tree Monday and refused to budge even after a windy night aloft.

A cat that climbs a tree will usually find its way back down. But Blanchard said she and the cat’s owners were concerned about how long that would take, given high winds that ...

Roxbury Neighbors See Smoke, Alert Homeowners & First Responders

ROXBURY, NJ — A fire damaged a recently-renovated home in Succasunna on Tuesday, but the quick response of Roxbury police, fire and emergency medical workers likely saved the structure and perhaps its occupants, said a neighbor.

The fire took place at the 6 Alcott Way home of Catherine and Harry DelBosco, said Alcott Way resident Craig Heard, known for his annual ...

Donations Grow For Roxbury Residents Displaced by Fire

ROXBURY, NJ – People in the area, including members of the Roxbury Rotary Club, are chipping-in to help those displaced last week by a house fire in Ledgewood, an incident that nearly claimed several lives.

The March 12 fire was mentioned in a statement by Roxbury Police in which Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi praised three officers for likely saving the lives of two people at the ...

Roxbury School Officials Promise Better Communication with Planning Board About Outdoor Classroom Project

April 11, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury school officials promised last week to keep the township planning board in the loop when it comes to the construction of an outdoor classroom project in Succasunna.

The officials, including Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic, appeared — in remote fashion — before the board on April 7. The appearance was called a “courtesy review” ...

Roxbury Planners Get 'Courtesy Review' of School Project Already Underway

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury school district is seeking a review by the township Planning Board of its proposed outdoor pavilion project behind Lincoln-Roosevelt School.

Here’s the rub: Work at the site — the former tennis courts between Lincoln-Roosevelt and Franklin School in Succasunna — has already started.

The $1.4 million project, approved by the ...

Roxbury Schools Going Full-Remote for Week After Spring Break

ROXBURY, NJ — All Roxbury schools will return to remote learning during the week of April 12 to make sure students on Spring Break do not return to school with COVID-19, it was announced today.

The news came in a statement from Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic. She said she continues to hope Roxbury schools can return to normal school days by the end of April, but much will ...

Three Roxbury Councilmen Seeking Reelection

March 3, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – They’ve already served multiple terms on the Roxbury Township Council and this week Bob DeFillippo, Mark Crowley and Jim Rilee said they want more.

In a Tuesday statement, the trio of Republican incumbents announced a joint campaign for reelection to their three at-large seats on the 7-member council. The first step in that process is winning the GOP nomination in the ...

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

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 ...

Roxbury Visit on April Schedule for County's HOPE ONE Van

April 13, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The HOPE ONE van will be making several stops in Morris County this month, including an April 17 visit to Roxbury.

The remaining April schedule for the van is as follows:

April 14; Super Savor Liquor in Mount Arlington; 9 am - 2 pm
April 15; Jefferson Diner in Jefferson; 
April 17; Kiwanis Park in Succcasunna; 9 am - noon
April 19; QuickChek Plaza on ...

Community Donates $40.3 Million to Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Expansion, Renovation

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Community members have contributed more than $40.3 million toward the critical renovation and expansion of  Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, significantly exceeding the initial campaign goal of $38.5 million, announced the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.

Jennifer L. Smith, ...

Roxbury OKs Adding Extra Stores to Shops at Ledgewood Commons

April 7, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — A new building to be built at The Shops at Ledgewood Commons will have more retailers than originally anticipated.

The proposed 10,000-square-foot structure, to be built near the Red Lobster restaurant — will have five separate storefronts instead of the three shown in initial plans.

The Roxbury Planning Board, on Wednesday, gave unanimous approval ...

FLG X NJ Adventure Course in Roxbury is Hiring Staff Members

ROXBURY, NJ — FLG X NJ, the new zip-line and tree-top adventure course in Ledgewood, is hiring new team members.

FLG X NJ, a TAPInto Roxbury sponsor, said it offers “a fun and exciting work environment aimed at sharing our passion for the outdoors with guests.” The facility, which opened in September 2020, is situated at 59 Mt. Arlington Rd.

“The ...

Roxbury Moves to Limit Warehouse Size

ROXBURY, NJ — Concerned about impacts to Roxbury’s quality of life, particularly when it comes to truck traffic, township officials are close to limiting the size of warehouses in industrial districts.

An ordinance that imposes the size restrictions was introduced several weeks ago. It is scheduled for a public hearing, and potential adoption, on April 13.

The proposed ordinance ...

Roxbury Students Win Big in Art Invitational

April 4, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Students from Roxbury High School and Eisenhower Middle School placed in Wallkill Valley’s 10th Annual Art Invitational on March 26, with one student taking a first place and best in show.

The event included art submissions from 14 area high schools and five middle schools.

Winners from Roxbury included eighth-graders Jessica Phan and Rianna Attieh. Phan won second ...

Roxbury Choir Takes First Place in National Competition

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School’s Classic Sounds Honors won the Best Overall Choir Award at a recent virtual festival, according to the school.

The choir, under the direction of Patrick Hachey, won the award at the Worldstrides Virtual Choir Festival. Roxbury competed against choirs from across the United States.

In addition to winning the Best Overall Choir Award, the ...

Morris Arts Awards Grants to Roxbury Arts Organizations

ROXBURY, NJ - Three Roxbury-based organizations area among 28 recently awarded grants by Morris Arts. In total, Morris Arts doled out $61,200 in grants.

According to the organization, the grants help support visual arts, theatre, dance, instrumental and choral groups, museums and broad-based community arts programming which, in turn, enable thousands of people throughout Morris ...

Wanted: Photos of Roxbury Railroaders

April 9, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Like it or not, the blasts from locomotive horns still echo through parts of Roxbury as N.J. Transit trains, and those on the Dover and Rockaway River Railroad, traverse the township.

But rail activity in Roxbury these days is meager compared to the industry's heyday when Port Morris was a bustling hub on the Lackawanna Railroad, complete with a roundhouse, ...

Tom's Diner in Roxbury is Demolished

ROXBURY, NJ — The iconic but long dormant Tom’s Diner on Route 46 in Ledgewood was demolished today while its former owner, town officials and the property’s new owners watched.

A wrecking crew tore into the dilapidated structure and, piece by piece, deposited twisted metal, wood and cinder block into dumpsters. The demolition marked the end of many years of effort by ...

Roxbury Earmarks $15K for Morris Canal Site Preservation Planning

ROXBURY, NJ – An important section of the former Morris Canal in Roxbury would be preserved under plan endorsed by township officials.

The Roxbury Mayor and Council voted Tuesday to offer $15,000 toward the potential preservation of the remains of Morris Canal Inclined Plane 1 East, off Shippenport Road in Landing.

The money, which would come from the township’s Open Space ...

Roxbury Won't Toughen Stormwater Controls for Minor Projects

February 26, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Bucking a trend, Roxbury is not forcing stricter stormwater control practices on property owners doing minor outdoor projects, such as building patios.

The matter was discussed Feb. 23 by the Roxbury Mayor and Council.

Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd and township engineer Mike Kobylarz asked the elected officials if they wanted to “lower the threshold” ...

Million-Dollar Water Pipe Upgrade for Roxbury Neighborhood

ROXBURY, NJ - New Jersey American Water (NJAW) will begin this month replacing almost 4,000 feet of old water main in Roxbury, the company said in a statement.

The project will involve upgrading 8-inch-diameter water lines, installed in the 1960s, that run along Toby Drive in Succasunna between Parkview Drive and Holly Drive, said NJAW.

The old lines will be replaced with new, ...

Balancing Waterfront Protection with Safe Winter Recreation on Lake Hopatcong

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 ...

A New Director for Roxbury-based Lake Hopatcong Foundation

April 10, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ _ The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) has a new executive director, it was announced on Friday.

The Landing-based non-profit organization said it hired Kyle Richter to fill the post vacated last fall by its founding executive director, Jessica Murphy. The LHF said its decision followed “an extensive regional search” by a team of its board ...

Roxbury Seeks Lake Musconetcong Protection Grant

ROXBURY, NJ — Joining an effort to reduce harmful algal blooms (HABs) and weed growth in Lake Musconetcong, Roxbury officials are seeking an $89,500 grant.

The money would come from the Highlands Council. It would serve as a contribution to a proposed “stream stabilization and habitat creation” project involving the stretch of the Musconetcong River between Lake ...

Weed Boat Tragedy Hurt Hopatcong Algal Bloom Battle says Report

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 ...

Bishop Blesses New Rectory in Roxbury

March 15, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Bishop Kevin Sweeney on Sunday came to Succasunna to offer noon Mass at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church. Then, his vestments billowing in the gusty weather, the bishop strolled across the parking lot to bless the church's new rectory.

About 50 parishioners joined Sweeney and several priests at the ceremony that celebrated the new 3-story, ...

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

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 ...

County Commissioners Approve 2021 Budget

March 26, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously adopted the county government’s 2021 Budget, a spending plan that imposes no tax increase.

Commissioners stated the 2021 budget “holds the line on county taxes while maintaining spending on critical infrastructure projects, the continuing COVID-19 response, human services and public ...

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IRS Scams Can Target Seniors . . . What Family Caregivers Can Do

At first, 82-year-old Steve was alarmed by the message he discovered on his voice mail. “The caller said the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) was filing a lawsuit against me. I called the number back and they asked for my account number. I said they never gave me one so the man asked for my Social Security number, and I said I would never give that over the phone. He hung up on me. So, I ...

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 ...

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.

Ubiquitous, classic and easy to work with, colored ...

Atlantic Health System Oncologist Explores Role of Vitamin D in Treating Colorectal Cancer

Can vitamin D effectively treat colorectal cancer that has spread in the body? The answer is, we don’t know, but preliminary research has shown some promise.

Atlantic Health System is part of a nationwide phase 3 study on vitamin D’s impact in treating patients with stage 4 colorectal cancer. It will involve more than 1,000 patients enrolled through the spring of 2022. Participants ...

Tropical Storm Isaias Update

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) utilities continue restoration efforts for customers of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) who lost power as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias. Service has been restored to approximately 566,000 JCP&L customers – more than 72% of the 788,000 customers impacted by the storm.

More than 8,000 utility personnel from JCP&L, other ...

Roxbury High's January Students of the Month

March 13, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Eighteen students from Roxbury High School were named Students of the Month for January.

Teachers nominate students for their performance in any of the eleven departments: Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, World Languages, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Engineering Design and Technology, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Health/Physical ...

URI Students From Roxbury Area Named to Fall 2020 Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ -- The University of Rhode Island announced that 11 students from the Roxbury area made its Fall 2020 Dean's List.

Alexis Amendolaro of Flanders 

Ellie DeVos of Flanders 

Bridget Doherty of Succasunna 

Allie Kifyak of Flanders

Meghan Lance of Wharton 

Carly Longtine of Mt Arlington 

Jack Malczynski of Flanders

Ashley Pizza of ...

St Therese K of C Donates $2000 to Roxbury Social Services

April 9, 2021

Dear Editor,

When the COVID-19 crisis started to take its toll on employment in New Jersey in April 2020, St Therese K of C Council 6320 began to search for ways to help its neighbors.

Most of the food panties in the state were reporting record demands on non-perishable food and toiletry items. The Council began with joining the Diocese of Paterson Food Drive program, collecting from ...

From Civil War to Black Lives Matter: Roxbury Library Welcomes Lecturer on Black History

April 14, 2021

As we look for updates on the Derek Chauvin trial, the Roxbury Public Library will give us an opportunity on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. to understand the ways Black people and their allies have organized and fought for freedom, racial equality, and social justice from the periods of enslavement and Reconstruction to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements.

Partnering with Roxbury ...