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New Rectory Proposed for Roxbury Catholic Church Priests

July 14, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – The priests at St. Therese Church in Succasunna will have a new place to live if a plan receives approval from Roxbury officials.

The Catholic church is hoping to build a rectory on its property at 145 Main Street, the site of the church and the St. Therese School. It wants to construct the building on the spot in the southern corner of the property formerly ...

Floating Classroom on Lake Hopatcong Suspended due to Bacterial Bloom

ROXBURY, NJ - The harmful algal bloom (HAB) that continues to thwart summertime fun on Lake Hopatcong is also taking a toll on education: It has forced the Lake Hopatcong Foundation to suspend its new Floating Classroom program.

The non-profit organization, based in Landing, already canceled one of its planned educational trips on the craft (on July 8) and has pulled the plug on the one ...

Roxbury/Mt. Arlington Consolidation Idea Hits Tax Rate Sinkhole

ROXBURY, NJ – Consolidating Mount Arlington and Roxbury would result in almost $12 million per year in cost savings and cut about $1,000 per year from the tax bill of the average Roxbury property owner, according to a panel that’s been studying the matter for about four years.

Nevertheless, the idea is close to being scuttled because – due to an obscure part of state law - it ...

A Great Fellow; Roxbury's 91-Year-Old Lou Bizzari is Honored by Rotary Club

July 11, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Rotary Club today honored 91-year-old Roxbury firefighter Louis Bizzari for his lifetime of service to the community by presenting him with one of the organization's most important awards.

The club named the Ledgewood resident a Paul Harris Fellow, an award that bears the name of the first president of Rotary International.

“Traditionally, the Paul ...

A Charitable 'Stay-Cation' for Roxbury Presbyterian Youth

ROXBURY, NJ – Young members of The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna are keeping their missionary efforts close to home this summer, pursuing good deeds in and near Roxbury while spending their nights in the church.

It’s what the church’s pastor, the Rev. Carie Morgan, called a “stay-cation,” but there isn’t much relaxation taking place. Instead, ...

Roxbury's Tito Santana Will Wrestle to Help Wounded Vets

WAYNE, NJ – Roxbury resident, teacher and business owner Merced Solis - more widely known as WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana - is participating in a family-friendly live wrestling event in October to raise money for Semper Fi Fund, a charity that provides resources and support for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and ...

Planning Wiffleball Tourney, Roxbury Cop Dreams of Day It's Just for Fun

July 6, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Police Patrolman Brian Feeney enjoys organizing the Roxbury PBA Wiffleball Tournament, an annual event that raises money for sick children. This year’s installment, the 14th, takes place July 13 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna.

But you know what Feeney would really enjoy? Being able to plan a wiffleball tournament just for fun, not for ...

Roxbury's Kim Kruse to Represent North America in Fistball Discussions

ROXBURY, NJ - A Roxbiury woman will represent North America in “global initiatives” designed to promote the sport of fistball.

The woman, Kim Kruse, was elected to a 4-year term on the International Fistball Association (IFA), the governing body for the sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Kruse is a member of the Swim and Sport Club on Emmans Road in Roxbury.

New Field Project at Horseshoe Lake is On Schedule, says Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ – Improvements to athletic grounds at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna, including the creation of an artificial turf field, are on schedule, according to Roxbury Deputy Mayor Fred Hall.

Groundbreaking on the first phase of the project took place April 16. "Since that time, our contractor has made excellent progress toward completing this large and exciting ...

A Great Fellow; Roxbury's 91-Year-Old Lou Bizzari is Honored by Rotary Club

July 11, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Rotary Club today honored 91-year-old Roxbury firefighter Louis Bizzari for his lifetime of service to the community by presenting him with one of the organization's most important awards.

The club named the Ledgewood resident a Paul Harris Fellow, an award that bears the name of the first president of Rotary International.

“Traditionally, the Paul ...

Roxbury Police: Good Neighbors Don't Use Fireworks

ROXBURY, NJ – As it’s done in the past, the Roxbury Police Department today reached out on social media in an attempt to dissuade residents from using illegal fireworks in July 4 celebrations.

In a Facebook post, the department took an empathetic approach – acknowledging law-abiding citizens have been known to light off a firecracker now and then.

“We understand, ...

Roxbury 'Student Unity Tour' Led by Injured Mount Arlington Sergeant

ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury school’s annual bicycling tribute to police took a particularly poignant turn this year: It was led by Mount Arlington Police Sgt. James DiStasio, an officer nearly killed while on duty in December.

The presence of DiStasio today at the fourth annual Eisenhower Middle School (EMS) Student Unity Tour nearly brought to tears Roxbury Police Chief Marc ...

Floating Classroom on Lake Hopatcong Suspended due to Bacterial Bloom

July 13, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - The harmful algal bloom (HAB) that continues to thwart summertime fun on Lake Hopatcong is also taking a toll on education: It has forced the Lake Hopatcong Foundation to suspend its new Floating Classroom program.

The non-profit organization, based in Landing, already canceled one of its planned educational trips on the craft (on July 8) and has pulled the plug on the one ...

Roxbury/Mt. Arlington Consolidation Idea Hits Tax Rate Sinkhole

ROXBURY, NJ – Consolidating Mount Arlington and Roxbury would result in almost $12 million per year in cost savings and cut about $1,000 per year from the tax bill of the average Roxbury property owner, according to a panel that’s been studying the matter for about four years.

Nevertheless, the idea is close to being scuttled because – due to an obscure part of state law - it ...

Retirees and Two Teams Recognized by Roxbury School Board

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Township Board of Education recently recognized 17 professional and support staff members who retired during the 2018/2019 school year. Collectively, they contributed more than 360 years to the education and support of the students in Roxbury and more than 440 years in education overall.

The retiring certificated personnel includes administrators, ...

Roxbury's Heather Darling Squeaks Out A GOP Primary Win for County Surrogate

June 5, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – Morris County Freeholder Heather Darling, a Roxbury lawyer, on Tuesday narrowly defeated state Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll for the Republican nomination to run for county surrogate.

She will face-off against Democrat Michael Thompson in November.

Another Roxbury woman, Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, also emerged a winner after votes were counted in ...

Eight in Roxbury Seeking Election to Township Council

ROXBURY, NJ - (Corrected version) Eight people will seek election in November to four seats on the Roxbury Township Council, according to campaign filings for the June primary.

Incumbent Republicans Richard Zoschak of Landing, Jaki Albrecht of Succasunna and Fred Hall of Succasunna are seeking re-election to 4-year terms. Their slogan will be "Regular Republican Organization."

The ...

Tony Bucco Launches Assembly Re-Election Campaign

ROXBURY, NJ – State Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, (R-25) who represents Roxbury and also serves as Roxbury’s township attorney, kicked-off his re-election campaign this week at an event in Boonton, where he lives.

He was joined by another Boonton resident, Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon, who is also seeking re-election.

Bucco, 56, was first elected in 2009. He is the son of ...

Two from Roxbury Make Dean's List at Springfield College

July 2, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury residents Mackenzie Miller and Megan Schneider were named to the 2019 Spring Semester Dean's List at Springfield College, according to the school.

Criteria for selection to the dean's list requires that the student must have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.500 for the semester.

Both Miller and Schneider are from Succasunna, and both are in ...

Coons of Roxbury Makes Felician Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury resident Rebecca Coons was named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List at Felician University.

Coons, of Succasunna, had a grade point average of 3.50 or above, qualifying her for the Dean's List. 

Coons was a student at Roxbury High School and graduated five years ago. She attended County College of Morris before transferring to Felician University in Rutherford ...

Roxbury's Jamie Irwin Makes Bryant Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury resident Jamie Irwin was named to the Spring 2019 Semester Dean's List at Bryant University, the Rhode Island school announced.

Irwin, a member of Bryant University class of 2021, is from Succasunna.

 

Stop the Lies About Walmart Plan Demise, says Roxbury Mayor

June 30, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo wants to make this clear to the rumor mongers in town: Walmart has not given up on its plan to stay in Roxbury, so stop spewing your baloney.

When he found out recently that somebody was saying the company was no longer interested in building a new store in Ledgewood, DeFillippo became incensed. The mayor said the claim - which he ...

Two in Roxbury Honored for Being in Business 25-Plus Years

ROXBURY, NJ – Two main goal of the Roxbury Township Economic Development Committee (EDC) is to attract new businesses to the township, but today it honored two old ones.

The panel presented Business Longevity Awards to Bristol Financial Services and to Zoschak Photography, naming them to its new Roxbury business “Hall of Fame.”

The goal of the awards was to honor the ...

It's Back to Muldoon's as Roxbury Pub Restores Irish Branding

ROXBURY, NJ – Just about two years after Muldoon’s Irish Pub got new owners and a new name evoking nothing about the Emerald Isle, it’s Gaelic time again at the Ledgewood landmark.

The Muldoon’s signs are back up at the place that became Iron Hills Tavern in July 2016. And longtime owner Doug Winch is back in the picture too.

“We just really weren’t ...

The Simple Surroundings of a Victorian Era Roxbury Teen

June 16, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – Visitors to Drakesville Historic Park in Roxbury can now get a glimpse of the quaint and simple bedroom of a typical teen during the late 1800s.

The “Victorian Girl’s Bedroom,” a new exhibit by the Roxbury Historic Trust, is inside the Theodore and Emma King Home, a house in Ledgewood that dates to 1883.

“Step inside this walk-through exhibit ...

Owners of Six Historic Roxbury Properties Awarded for Doing it Right

ROXBURY, NJ – The owners of six buildings in Roxbury were honored this week for improving their structures while maintaining the old buildings' historic authenticity.

The honors were awarded by the Roxbury Township Historic Advisory Committee and presented at Tuesday’s meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. The presentations took place after Roxbury Mayor Robert ...

Here's the Scoop: Grab a Friend and Join Investors Bank at These Ice Cream Shops

June 28, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - Here's a sweet tip for Roxbury residents on the road in North Brunswick or Atlantic Highlands today and tomorrow. It involves free ice cream from TAPinto Roxbury sponsor Investor's Bank.

To get a sweet start to your weekend, join the Investors Bank teams at these shops and enjoy some ice cream on them.

Friday, June 28, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Nicholas ...

It's Back to Muldoon's as Roxbury Pub Restores Irish Branding

ROXBURY, NJ – Just about two years after Muldoon’s Irish Pub got new owners and a new name evoking nothing about the Emerald Isle, it’s Gaelic time again at the Ledgewood landmark.

The Muldoon’s signs are back up at the place that became Iron Hills Tavern in July 2016. And longtime owner Doug Winch is back in the picture too.

“We just really weren’t ...

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Exploring Water’s Environmental and Cultural Impact Coming to Lake Hopatcong

June 19, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music.

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, in cooperation with New Jersey Council for the Humanities, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important ...

Chainsaws Coming for Dozens of Trees in Roxbury's Horseshoe Lake Park

ROXBURY, NJ - The Picnic Grove section of Roxbury's Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna is about to become substantially less shady, thanks to an incurable fungal infection that is attacking its oak trees.

The disease has killed a number of tall trees and is likely to kill more, said township officials. They agreed recently to spend about $30,000 to have a company remove more than ...

Earth Day Became Earth Month in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury's April 13 Earth Day observation turned into a month-long event as more than 100 volunteers from various groups fanned out in the township during the past 30 days to remove debris from parks, roadways and neighborhoods, said Roxbury Clean Communities Coordinator Kellie Ann Keyes.

 “We’ve had several groups who wanted to participate ...

Sunshine Predicted for Roxbury Town-Wide Yard Sale

June 20, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ - Sunshine (remember that?) is forecast for this weekend, a prediction welcomed by those planning to participate in the annual Roxbury Town-Wide Garage Sale.

The event is a fundraiser for the Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce. Last year's version, the sixth, saw more than 150 individual garage sales throughout the township "attracting hundreds of visitors ... for a ...

'Thrifty Threads' Sale At Roxbury Church - A Bargain Hunter’s Paradise

ROXBURY, NJ - Have you discovered the thrill of thrifting? Have you experienced the joy of buying a like-new designer dress for just a couple of dollars? Do you enjoy finding gently-used clothing that’s vintage, trendy, classic, designer and cheap?

Well, here’s your chance to get in the game (and support a Roxbury church’s fundraising event).

On Friday, June 21 ...

Port Morris/LandingTakes Brunt as Storm Glances Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ - A fast-moving storm that included a tornado strike in nearby Stanhope glanced Roxbury on Tuesday, mainly impacting Port Morris and Landing, where trees fell on several houses and power lines were snapped.

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday that a tornado touched down in Stanhope, just across Lake Musconetcong from Port Morris. It did not say whether the twister ...

Roxbury Arts Group Thankful for Investor's Bank Support of Theater

July 15, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – Buoyed by the support of Investor’s Bank and other sponsors, the Roxbury Arts Alliance (RAA) is hoping to see its performing arts center at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna continue to grow, said RAA President Sarah Coraggio.

Investor’s Bank, which has a branch in Succasunna, has agreed to continue sponsoring the RAA’s facility at 72 Eyland Avenue. “I am ...

Roxbury's Tito Santana Will Wrestle to Help Wounded Vets

WAYNE, NJ – Roxbury resident, teacher and business owner Merced Solis - more widely known as WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana - is participating in a family-friendly live wrestling event in October to raise money for Semper Fi Fund, a charity that provides resources and support for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and ...

Roxbury Senior Kobylarz Receives Art Award

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School Senior Geena Kobylarz recently received the National Society of Arts and Letters Visual Arts award.

Judy Martorelli, the New Jersey Chapter president, presented the Lois La Boule Award for Excellence in Art to Kobylarz.

The National Society of Arts and Letters is a not-for-profit organization that encourages and provides financial assistance to talented ...

New Rectory Proposed for Roxbury Catholic Church Priests

July 14, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – The priests at St. Therese Church in Succasunna will have a new place to live if a plan receives approval from Roxbury officials.

The Catholic church is hoping to build a rectory on its property at 145 Main Street, the site of the church and the St. Therese School. It wants to construct the building on the spot in the southern corner of the property formerly ...

A Charitable 'Stay-Cation' for Roxbury Presbyterian Youth

ROXBURY, NJ – Young members of The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna are keeping their missionary efforts close to home this summer, pursuing good deeds in and near Roxbury while spending their nights in the church.

It’s what the church’s pastor, the Rev. Carie Morgan, called a “stay-cation,” but there isn’t much relaxation taking place. Instead, ...

At Carnival in Roxbury, a Popular Pastor Says Hello and Goodbye

ROXBURY, NJ – As always, the Rev. Marc Mancini was on hand today when the gates for the annual St. Therese Carnival opened at 6 p.m.

But always doesn’t always last forever.

Unless he makes a special trip from Totowa next year, Mancini won’t be strolling the Horseshoe Lake Fairgrounds for the 2020 version of the carnival; Mancini has about a week left as pastor of St.

Unhealthy Bacteria Levels Increase in Lake Hopatcong, says State

July 10, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – Having decreased for a bit, the levels of potentially harmful bacteria in Lake Hopatcong appear to be increasing again, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The DEP is using aerial sensing technology to detect the cyanobacteria involved in the ongoing “harmful algal bloom” (HAB) that prompted it last month to warn against ...

Lake Hopatcong Water Risk is 'Real' says Bucco at Roxbury Meeting

ROXBURY, NJ – People who continue to ignore warnings to stay out of Lake Hopatcong’s water due to an ongoing bacterial outbreak are engaging in risky business, said state Assemblyman Anthony Bucco tonight.

His comments came during a discussion at the Roxbury Mayor and Council meeting. Bucco (R-25th Dist.) also serves as Roxbury’s township counsel.

“I had a meeting ...

High-Tech Buoys to Monitor Algal Bloom at 'Out of Balance' Lake Hopatcong, says State

ROXBURY, NJ – The state is deploying special buoys in Lake Hopatcong that will help it monitor the ongoing harmful algal bloom (HAB) that has impacted the lake, “an ecosystem out of balance,” officials said yesterday.

Speaking Monday evening at Hopatcong High School before about 200 people crammed in the cafeteria, Leslie McGeorge. Administrator of the state Department of ...

For 44th Consecutive Year, Morris County Awarded Triple A Bond Rating; Announced Freeholders

June 2, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County has received the top-ranked Triple A bond rating from the nation’s two largest rating agencies, announced the Morris County Freeholders. Moody’s Investors Services, Inc., and Standard & Poor’s, which once again lauded the county’s stable management practices and fiscal policies, they said.

The Triple A rating, which has ...

Denville Principal Charged with Attempted Sexual Assault

DENVILLE, NJ - The principal of a Denville middle school is facing charges including attempted sexual assault of a student, according to authorities.

The man, Paul Iantosca, 52, who is principal of Valleyview Middle School, was charged with one count of luring, one count of attempted sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, said Morris County Prosecutor ...

Social Media Threat Prompts Morris County Tech Lockdown

DENVILLE, NJ - A threat made on social media prompted authorities to place Morris County School of Technology in Denville under lockdown early today. The threat was subsequently deemed to be "not credible" and nobody was harmed, authorities said.

Denville Police said the incident began at about 7:35 a.m. when they "received information reporting that an act of violence was ...

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The Problems with Probate

Many people have heard they should avoid probate, but few understand what probate is and how the process works.

What Is Probate?

Probate is the legal process that wraps up a person’s legal and financial affairs after their death. During the probate process a person’s property is identified, cataloged, and appraised. In addition, probate makes certain any outstanding debts ...

A Bucket Plan to Go With Your Bucket List

The baby boomers have re-defined everything they’ve touched, from music to marriage to parenting and, more lately, to what “old” means—60 is the new 50! Longer, healthier living, however, can put greater stress on the sustainability of retirement assets.

There is no easy answer to this challenge, but let’s begin by discussing one idea—a bucket approach to ...

Life Events Can Lead You to See a Financial Advisor

Over the years, you’ll experience many personal and professional milestones. Each of these can be satisfying, but they may also bring challenges – especially financial ones. That’s why you may want to seek the guidance of a financial professional. Here are some of the key life events you may encounter, along with the help a financial advisor can provide: 
 

New job ...

Vacation and Retirement: Different Goals Require Different Investment Strategies

To achieve any of your financial objectives, you need to save and invest – that much is clear. But just how you save and invest may differ from goal to goal. Let’s look at two common goals to see the differences in your savings and investment strategies.

The first goal we’ll consider is a dream vacation – one lasting a couple of weeks or more, possibly to an exotic ...

Do You Need New Tires Right Now?

There are numerous indicators that mean it's time to buy new tires for your vehicle. However, attempting to figure out the precise time span for how long your tires last is nearly impossible.

Many elements factor into the longevity of a tire including weather, the tire's model and type, driving routines, how the driver maintains the tire and the area's road habitat.

What we ...

Some Thoughts on ‘Mindful’ Motoring

Maybe it’s because I’m a “car guy.” Or maybe it’s just because I’ve been around a while.

Whatever the reason, I notice a lot of things drivers do, or don’t do, that make me concerned.

These days, there’s a lot of talk about “mindfulness” and I can think of few activities that benefit as much from being mindful as does driving. Take ...

Fireworks on the Fourth of July is a Jersey First

As you watch the rockets glare and bombs burst into the New Jersey skies this weekend, share this little bit of Jerseyana with the people on the blanket or lawn chairs next to you.

The first “fireworks” display to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was ordered by George Washington himself along the banks of the Raritan River.

Yes, fireworks on the ...

Art Deco Buildings Turned Newark from Frankenstein Monster to Place of Refinement

The art deco movement in architecture came to Newark in a big way in the early years of The Depression, just as it did across the river. 

Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings are all shining bronze and marble examples of the movement, and the grandeur and wealth of America.

The irony, of course, all were built in the early days of The ...

Let Us Not Forget on This Fourth

July 3, 2019

Dear Editor,

As we pause to celebrate this Fourth of July as our independence of our country from England, I hope that we also respect those that helped to cause it to come about: The brave men who risked their lives to fight for and to create the great democracy we enjoy today. Men like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and many more.

These men - and men like ...

Election Policies for November 5, 2019 General Election

July 12, 2019

Election Policies for November 5, 2019 General Election

Candidate Statements:  Candidates can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos) at no charge. Statements can be submitted from Labor Day (September 2, 2019) until Saturday, November 2, 2019 at midnight EST (for publication on Saturday, November 2 or Sunday, November 3, 2019). Publication of candidate ...

101 Dalmatians Kids at Roxbury PAC

Faith Center for the Arts' 2019 Elementary Musical Theater Camp will be presenting Disney's "101 Dalmatians Kids" at the Investor's Bank Theater on Friday 7/12.

Twenty-five students ages 6-13 from all over northern NJ have spent half-days at the theater all week. Camp director, Jennifer O'Leary, says the focus is on building relationships while building the show.