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New Path Through Roxbury Proceeds One Step at a Time

September 7, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - The developers of the new Shops at Ledgewood Commons are giving the township an easement along Righter Road that will become part of a paved path connecting Horseshoe Lake Park with Ledgewood Park.

The easement is one of many things the Roxbury Township Planning Board required in approving the new shopping center. It is something the builders are glad to give because the ...

Black Boxes Painted on Roxbury "Memory Lane" Trees

ROXBURY, NJ – Trees lining the picturesque Memory Lane path at Horseshoe Lake Park were recently defaced with black paint, markings that are likely to remain because removing them could do more harm than good, according to officials.

The glossy, black squares and rectangles were painted on eight cherry trees on both sides of the dirt walkway that features plaques in memory of ...

Planning Board Gives Final OK to New Roxbury Walmart

ROXBURY, NJ –The new Walmart Supercenter under construction in Roxbury received final site-plan approval from the Roxbury Planning Board on Wednesday and should open to the public Oct. 7.

The board’s action means the applicant, Ledgewood Investors, LLC, “complied with all procedural requirements, rules and regulations … and that all required provisions of procedural ...

Roxbury Officials Bag Groceries for Charity at Succasunna Shoprite

September 17, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Not everybody checking-out in “her” aisle Thursday at the Succasunna Shoprite knew who she was, so Jaki Albrecht got pretty good at her elevator speech.

As she bagged groceries as part of the annual Shoprite “Help Bag Hunger” event, Albrecht explained she was a member of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. And for some, she couldn’t help but express ...

Roxbury Area Elks Club Plans Pre-Halloween Concert

MT ARLINGTON, NJ - The Lake Hopatcong Elks is hosting a pre-Halloween fundraiser concert featuring four bands that will play live at its site on Mount Arlington Boulevard.

The Oct. 24 concert, titled "Monsters of Rock," will feature performances by Hopatcong Sound Machine, Road Machine, Sixx Seconds to Mars (Mötley Crüe tribute) and Obey Your Master (Metallica ...

Roxbury Cheerleaders Donate to Social Services

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School cheerleaders recently donated $600 of its fundraising money to Roxbury Social Services.

The donation was a gesture the organization said reflected the cheerleaders' belief in giving back to the community.

"When the Roxbury High School Cheer Program heard that our Social Services was in need, the program decided to step up and support our ...

Life-Saving Police Officers to be Thanked by Roxbury Mayor

September 11, 2020

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 Widower Moved to Praise Conduct of Sheriff's Officers

ROXBURY, NJ – A 76-year-old Roxbury resident, whose wife of 42 years died this summer, was really impressed with the conduct of two Morris County Sheriff’s Officers during his visit to the county building to probate his spouse’s estate, according to the Sheriff's Office.

In fact, the man - Kenneth Overby - was so impressed he presented ...

Police Investigating Death of Roxbury Man at Lake Hopatcong

ROXBURY, NJ — Police are investigating the Tuesday death of a Roxbury man who fell into Lake Hopatcong.

Roxbury Police Department Spokeswoman Jennifer Dillard said the department received a call at 5:53 p.m. about the incident. The caller reported "a male in the water" in the area of King's Road in Landing, she said.

"A preliminary investigation revealed an ...

Student from Roxbury on Returning CCM TV Program Team

September 20, 2020

RANDOLPH, NJ – A Roxbury resident is one of three County College of Morris students volunteering on a weekly television show about to begin its sixth season.

The student, Derek O’Leary, is on the production crew of “CCM: All Access,” a show presented by the college’s Alex DeCroce Media Center that airs on Morris Educational Television (METV).

O’Leary, a ...

Three COVID-19 Cases Confirmed at Roxbury Schools

ROXBURY, NJ — A person at Nixon Elementary School and two at Franklin Elementary School recently tested positive for COVID-19, but pupils at the schools were not in danger of exposure, according to school officials.

The Nixon case was announced in a Sept. 17 letter to parents and guardians from Nixon School Principal Danielle Lynch and Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic. The ...

‘Wheels on Bus’ Tradition Continues in Roxbury Despite COVID

ROXBURY, NJ - COVID-19 can’t stop some things. "Wheels on the Bus," a favorite tradition in Patti Klein's preschool class at Jefferson School, continued this year, whether in-person or virtually.

One of the favorite back-to-school activities Klein does with her class is to have the kids sing one of their favorite songs, “Wheels on the Bus,” while ...

Roxbury Man Who Owned Morristown Pharmacy May Face Prison

August 5, 2020

ROXBURY, N.J. – A Roxbury man who formerly owned a Morristown pharmacy faces up to five years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines for participating in a conspiracy that involved bribes and kickbacks, said authorities.

The man, Robert Fazzini, 53, of Succasunna, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday, admitting that — as a pharmacist — he illegally gained ...

For Roxbury Football: New Field, Fewer Fans

September 16, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury High School football team will be playing on sleek, new turf illuminated by new LED lights when it takes the field Oct. 9 for its first home game.

But it won’t be performing for many fans.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only about 100 spectators will be allowed on the Roxbury High School primary bleachers, said Roxbury Schools Business Administrator ...

Roxbury Cheerleaders Donate to Social Services

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School cheerleaders recently donated $600 of its fundraising money to Roxbury Social Services.

The donation was a gesture the organization said reflected the cheerleaders' belief in giving back to the community.

"When the Roxbury High School Cheer Program heard that our Social Services was in need, the program decided to step up and support our ...

Coming to Roxbury on Election Day 2020: Polling Sites Without Voting Machines

September 14, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury will have two polling locations on Election Day, but voting machines won’t be there.

The machines are among the many things erased from normal life in 2020 due to fear of spreading the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.

The Election Day polling places - one at Roxbury Town Hall on Route 46 in Ledgewood and another at the Roxbury Senior Center at ...

Murphy: Trump Is Trying to Delegitimize Our Elections as President Files Lawsuit to Prevent Vote-by-Mail

TRENTON, NJ -- Responding to the news that the Trump campaign is suing New Jersey over mail-in voting, Gov. Phil Murphy went on the offensive during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton today.

“Vote-by-mail is not new in New Jersey and takes on the added importance of protecting both public health and the right to vote during a deadly pandemic that has already taken more than ...

Drawing Lands Roxbury School Board Incumbents Top Ballot Spot

ROXBURY, NJ – A trio of Roxbury School Board members were randomly selected Monday to appear on the November election ballot above two challengers, giving them what some consider an advantage on Election Day.

A sealed capsule containing a slip of paper that bore the names of the three incumbents, Heather Champagne, Joseph Bocchino and Anne Colucci, was drawn for the top position by ...

Burlington to Battle Marshall's at New Roxbury Shopping Center

September 9, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ — The new Shops at Ledgewood Commons shopping center will be home to a Burlington store, the site developer confirmed today.

Based in New Jersey, Burlington Stores - formerly Burlington Coat Factory - operates 739 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico, according to its website. 

The Burlington store in The Shops at Ledgewood Commons ...

Planning Board Gives Final OK to New Roxbury Walmart

ROXBURY, NJ –The new Walmart Supercenter under construction in Roxbury received final site-plan approval from the Roxbury Planning Board on Wednesday and should open to the public Oct. 7.

The board’s action means the applicant, Ledgewood Investors, LLC, “complied with all procedural requirements, rules and regulations … and that all required provisions of procedural ...

Barnes & Noble Quits Roxbury After 26 Years in Ledgewood

ROXBURY, NJ — (Updated 5:57 p.m.) The Barnes & Noble bookstore in Roxbury closed Tuesday evening and will not be reopening nearby in The Shops at Ledgewood Commons as planned..

Although books remain on shelves inside, signs on the store’s doors and windows announce the closure and urge people to visit the Barnes & Noble store 12 miles east on Route 10 in Morris ...

Annual Roxbury 'Halloween House' Display Axed for 2020

September 21, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ — Add the Halloween House in Succasunna to the long list of traditionally annual events in Roxbury canceled this year due to COVID-19.

For the first time in more than three decades, Craig and Madeline Heard are not welcoming the public to their property at 2 Alcott Way for an over-the-top Halloween celebration that takes almost two months to build and features thousands of ...

Sun Shines on Last Chance to See Roxbury Mall Car Show in 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – 2020 has been a rough year for the classic car lovers in the North Jersey Street Rod Association, but the group is ending the year on a high note as it meets today at Roxbury Mall.

It’s the club’s final weekly gathering at the Succasunna site for 2020. Club President Tom Harvey said the car buffs will be there – in the parking lot adjacent to the ...

COVID-19 'Uncertainty' Means No Lake Hopatcong Block Party

ROXBURY, NJ — There will be no Lake Hopatcong Block Party this year due to "too much uncertainty and numerous hurdles," related to COVID-19, said Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) Communications Director Holly Odgers.

Originally scheduled to take place May 9, the annual festival at Hopatcong State Park was postponed by the Foundation in March as the coronavirus pandemic ...

Two Historic Roxbury Buildings In Line for County Grants

July 23, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Two historic buildings in Roxbury are among 28 across Morris County recommended by an advisory panel to receive historic preservation grants, the county said today.

The former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W) station in Landing and the King Homestead Museum in Ledgewood are on the list of projects the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund ...

Fight Against Lake Hopatcong Algae Blooms Continues with 'Biochar' Bags

July 5, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Several Lake Hopatcong inlets are the sites for an experiment that could help control harmful algal blooms (HABs), the green bacterial growths that shut down the lake last summer.

Workers from Princeton Hydro installed, at four places, tethered flotation bags containing “Biochar,” a material that might help remove dissolved phosphorous from ...

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 ...

Roxbury Rabbi Joins Clergy Meeting With County Recovery Task Force

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Rabbi Inna Serebro-Litvak, of Temple Shalom in Roxbury, recently joined a panel of local clergy that met with the county freeholders to discuss the county's new Recovery Task Force.

The Task Force was interested in learning how COVID-19 has affected religious organizations, the challenges they face and how the Morris County government ...

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

September 16, 2020

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 ...

Roxbury Commuter Alert: State Plans Major Upgrade to Routes 80/15 Connections

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury commuters who use Route 80 eastbound take note: The state is planning major upgrades to the interchanges between the interstate highway and Route 15 in Rockaway Township.

Although the project is likely have an impact on Roxbury motorists who travel Route 80 and/or frequently drive East Dewey Avenue through Wharton, the state Department of Transportation ...

Get Ready to Work Out: Gyms to Reopen Sept. 1 with Limited Capacity

August 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has issued an executive order for New Jersey's gyms to reopen Sept. 1 with a capacity level of 25 percent and a strong adherence to sanitary precautions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Masks must be worn at all times during workouts.

New Jersey's gyms have been closed for six months except for personal, individualized ...

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Tune In to The Todd Leonard Show about Overcoming Cancer

Click here to watch this past Sunday’s Show which aired on our Facebook live stream discussing overcoming cancer with guest Jim DeSimone. 

Jim’s remarkable courage and strength is truly inspirational!

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Tune In to The Todd Leonard Show Discussing Feeding the Hungry with Terry Connolly of Nourish.NJ

Click here to watch this past Sunday’s Show which aired on our Facebook live stream talking about feeding the hungry and all of the incredible programs Nourish.NJ provides to those in need.

For over 36 years, each and every day they help lift up our ...

Avoid Financial Mistakes During Retirement

When you retire, you’ve learned a lot about all sorts of things, helping you avoid some of the mistakes you made earlier in life. However, you may still be susceptible to financial missteps specifically related to your retirement years. How can you dodge these errors?

Consider these suggestions:

Manage your withdrawal rate carefully. You will likely need to tap into your ...

Sticking to Budget Can Boost Your Emergency Fund

During the coronavirus pandemic, our health concerns – for ourselves and our loved ones – have been at the top of our minds. But financial worries have been there, too, both for people whose employment has been affected and for investors anxious about the volatile financial markets. And one aspect of every individual’s total financial picture has become quite clear – the ...

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 ...

Hackettstown and Newton Medical Centers’ Community Advisory Boards Donate $20K to Foodshed Alliance

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new social needs and economic challenges in local communities, particularly for those who have been vulnerable to hardship. Food pantries have experienced increased demand and the need for food access is likely to continue to increase, including among families who have experienced job layoffs, furloughs, illnesses and deaths.

Recognizing this challenge, ...

Eleven Roxbury Area Students Make NJAC All-Academic Team

September 12, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Eleven Roxbury area student-athletes were among 1,109 named recently to the New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Academic Team for the 2019-2020 academic year, according to the NJAC.

"To be eligible for the squad, a student-athlete must be a sophomore, junior or senior who has competed in a conference-sponsored sport while achieving a minimum cumulative grade point ...

Students From Roxbury Area Make Montclair Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Montclair State University congratulates Red Hawks named to the Spring 2020 Dean's List who excelled during an unprecedented semester--including a transition to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dean's List, issued after the close of the Fall and Spring semesters by the academic deans, gives recognition to students with a 3.500 or higher semester GPA if a ...

Three From Roxbury Make Loyola Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Three students from Roxbury qualified for the spring 2020 Dean's List at Loyola University, according to the school.

The students, all from Succasunna, are Maria Alejandra Terrero, Angela Solazzo and Mackenzie Shelley.

In order to qualify for the Dean's List at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.5 for the term, provided that, ...

$20.20 admission to New Tree Top Adventure Course in Ledgewood

September 22, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ -With the approval from the state, Roxbury and Morris County completed, FLG X Adventure Course and Zip Line Course (pronounced “Flag Ex”) is now open in Ledgewood.

FLG X will be the activity of choice for tourists (in state and out of state) and residents of New Jersey. FLG X actively works with local businesses to cross-promote each other and contribute to the local ...

Atlantic Health System’s four ACOs saved Medicare more than $21 million, improved care for 75,000 patients in 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System’s four accountable care organizations saved Medicare a total of more than $21 million through efforts to improve quality and reduce health care costs in 2019, according to recently released performance data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The four ACOs - Atlantic ACO, HealthCare Quality Partners ACO, Care Better ACO ...