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On Lake Hopatcong: Big Weeds, Little Money to Yank Them

May 30, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – It’s not even June, but weeds are already reaching the surface in some parts of Lake Hopatcong, a situation caused by a mild winter and one that could be made worse due to a lack of money for weed “harvesting,” said officials.

In a statement addressing the weed growth, The Lake Hopatcong Commission (LHC) noted that the lake “never fully iced ...

Lake Hopatcong Algal Bloom Reports to Be More Nuanced, says State

ROXBURY, NJ – As area residents and businesses wait to see if Lake Hopatcong will be impacted by a harmful algal bloom (HAB) for the second consecutive summer, the state today announced a change in the way it will provide that information.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it will be using a new color-coded health alert index this year “to provide the ...

Roxbury Reopens Tennis Courts, Avoids Tricky Talk About Ball Etiquette

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury’s tennis courts, closed since March 16 due to concerns about COVID-19, reopened today with several restrictions, said Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd.

Roxbury has public tennis courts at Kiwanis Park and Berkshire Valley Park.

The manager’s announcement came three days after Nassau County N.Y. County Executive Laura Curran’s televised ...

Roxbury Student Receives Caring Student Award

June 5, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Victoria Gonzalez was recently selected as the recipient of the Morris County Caring Student Award (MCPCA) for Roxbury High School.

The MCPCA presents the award annually to one senior from each Morris County high school who has given selflessly to others, often being unrecognized.

Prior to COVID-19, students were awarded with this recognition at a luncheon with their family ...

Roxbury High School's Virtual Rox-THON Streaming Live on Friday

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School's sixth annual Rox-THON fundraiser for children with pediatric cancer, canceled in March a day before it was supposed to take place, is rescheduled to happen - albeit virtually - on Friday.

Starting at 7 p.m., the YouTube live stream will feature interactive trivia games, a live DJ, prize giveaways and live speakers impacted by ...

Patriotic of Roxbury and Mt. Arlington Pay Tribute on Memorial Day

ROXBURY, NJ – COVID-19 can be deadly, but so were the bullets and bombs faced by military personnel who died serving the country.

With that in mind, Roxbury area residents - determined to honor slain veterans despite the COVID-19 cancelation of it Memorial Day parades this year – did what they could.

In Kenvil, a small group gathered at VFW Post 2833 for a somber ceremony that ...

Alzheimer’s Association Calls for Action as NJ Nursing Home Crisis Grows

May 27, 2020

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — As COVID-19 continues to threaten the health of millions in New Jersey and throughout the country, evidence also continues to demonstrate that nursing homes and assisted living communities are being ravaged by the pandemic.

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released guidance urging lawmakers to implement new policies to address the nursing homes and ...

Lake Hopatcong Algal Bloom Reports to Be More Nuanced, says State

ROXBURY, NJ – As area residents and businesses wait to see if Lake Hopatcong will be impacted by a harmful algal bloom (HAB) for the second consecutive summer, the state today announced a change in the way it will provide that information.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it will be using a new color-coded health alert index this year “to provide the ...

Roxbury Policeman's Friendly Behavior Inspires a Mom

June 1, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Monique Ferguson, of Wharton, warned her son and husband they really shouldn’t be out on the Landing Park athletic field to practice the boy’s football throws.

It was Saturday. The weather was beautiful. But the field was closed.

Justin, 16, is the varsity quarterback at his high school in New York City, and he needed a place to throw some long spirals to his ...

Roxbury Makes Top 50 List of New Jersey Safe Cities

ROXBURY, NJ – Police this week said they were investigating “a possible attempted theft” in Succasunna and urged residents to lock their cars and homes. But that doesn't mean the town is unsafe, according to a new report.

Roxbury is one of the top 50 municipalities in New Jersey when it comes to being safe from crime, according to SafeWise, a company that researched ...

Phone Scammers Take $10,500 From Roxbury Woman, say Cops

ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury resident last week gave $10,500 in cash to a person who claimed to be a courier for a bail bond company but was actually part of a scam, police said today.

The incident, which took place April 24, was a prime example of something called the “Bail Bond Scam,” police said. The scam involves fraudsters, pretending to be bail bond providers, ...

Roxbury Parents Asked to Weigh-in on School Plans for Fall

June 4, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Parents of Roxbury students are being asked how they feel about having their kids ride on school buses and return to classrooms in the fall.

The opinions are sought in a 3-question survey that must be answered by tomorrow (June 5).

Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic said administrators “have begun designing multiple scenarios for the 2020-2021 school ...

Signs of Support for Roxbury High School Seniors Robbed by a Virus

ROXBURY, NJ – People driving down Bryant Drive to Roxbury High School are now greeted with a long line of signs showing the faces of the school’s 2020 graduating seniors.

It is a dramatic display that school principal Dominick Miller characterized as “a small gesture.” But it’s really not very small.

The display includes about 310 signs carefully installed ...

Roxbury High School's Virtual Rox-THON Streaming Live on Friday

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School's sixth annual Rox-THON fundraiser for children with pediatric cancer, canceled in March a day before it was supposed to take place, is rescheduled to happen - albeit virtually - on Friday.

Starting at 7 p.m., the YouTube live stream will feature interactive trivia games, a live DJ, prize giveaways and live speakers impacted by ...

Morris County Releases Inmates Early as Coronavirus Precaution

March 24, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, 28 inmates at the Morris County jail are being released before finishing their sentences, officials said today.

The freed inmates were described by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office as being “non-violent offenders." The release, which began today, is in compliance with a state Supreme Court order ...

Somerset Patriots Take the Field for First Practice of 2020 Season

June 5, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – One dozen local Somerset Patriots players and a few who'd like to join the team gathered at TD Bank Ballpark on a hot and humid Thursday for the first workout of 2020, an opportunity provided by Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order on May 26 allowing professional sports franchises to resume practices,

“Right now it is all about doing it the right way ...

A 'Virtual' Tribute for Roxbury Boys Lacrosse Seniors

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Boys Lacrosse team did not get a chance to compete on the field this season, thanks to COVID-19. But that didn't stop the program from celebrating its graduating seniors.

Coach Chris Blough and the Roxbury Lacrosse Parents Association (RLPA) put together a virtual senior day on May 16, the day the team was to play its last regular season home game.

The ...

Roxbury Reopens Tennis Courts, Avoids Tricky Talk About Ball Etiquette

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury’s tennis courts, closed since March 16 due to concerns about COVID-19, reopened today with several restrictions, said Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd.

Roxbury has public tennis courts at Kiwanis Park and Berkshire Valley Park.

The manager’s announcement came three days after Nassau County N.Y. County Executive Laura Curran’s televised ...

Poll Workers Sought for 2020 Primary Election

February 19, 2020

MORRIS COUNTY - Morris County is seeking poll workers for the Primary Election on Tuesday, June 2. The hours are 5:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In addition to receiving a stipend of $200 for the day, poll workers perform a valuable civic service by helping to ensure that every eligible voter can exercise their right to vote.

“Poll workers are on the front lines of our democracy, so we ...

Turkish Immigrant Gets Freeholder Seat Once Held by Roxbury's Heather Darling

ROXBURY, NJ - Tayfun Selen, aTurkish immigrant who came to America more than two decades ago and started his career pumping gas in Madison, was elected today to serve as a Morris County freeholder.

Selen's selection took place when the Morris County Republican Committee convened for a special election. The convention was called to choose someone for the freeholder board seat formerly held ...

Roxbury Gets a New Face in Trenton: Aura Dunn

ROXBURY, NJ – Mendham resident Aura Dunn was sworn-in Monday to the 25th District state Assembly seat that represents Roxbury, a position formerly held by Anthony M. Bucco.

Dunn, who lost a June Republican primary challenge to Bucco and Brian Bergen, was elected to the Assembly seat Nov. 21 in a special county GOP convention. The seat became open when Bucco was chosen by the party ...

Some Relief for Roxbury Restaurants: Outdoor Dining Can Start June 15

June 3, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Restaurants in Roxbury and around the state, continuing to suffer due to COVID-19 restrictions, will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining.

Gov. Phil Murphy, in announcing the executive order Wednesday, said he himself has a reservation for June 15, although he didn’t say where. “I hope folks with some ...

Union: Roxbury Shopping Center Construction is Irresponsible During COVID-19

ROXBURY, NJ – Did the construction of the new Shops at Ledgewood Commons in Roxbury really deserve a waiver from Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 clampdown on all but “essential” building projects?

That’s the question being asked by members of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transport (SMART) Workers union.

On Thursday morning, about a dozen SMART ...

Kenvil Deli's New Owners Have Deep Roxbury Roots

ROXBURY, NJ – Kenvil Deli and Market has new owners: A brother and sister who might be familiar faces to many Roxbury residents.

Siblings Carol Mulhearn and Carmine Todaro, who opened the deli March 16, ran the former Chappy’s Pizza in Kenvil from 1988 to 2008.

Todaro has lived in Roxbury for about three decades and Mulhearn is a longtime Hopatcong resident.

The duo, which ...

Roxbury Tuba Player Wins Music Scholarship

June 1, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Zachary Solano of Ledgewood, who just completed 11th grade at Roxbury High School, has won the prestigious Hanover Wind Symphony (HWS) summer music scholarship in the senior division.

He will appear as a tuba soloist with the renowned wind band in the fall.

Principal tuba player with the All-State Wind Ensemble and the North Jersey Region Orchestra, the scholarship winner will ...

Roxbury High Schoolers Plan Virtual Book Readings for Kids

ROXBURY, NJ – Some members of the Roxbury High School Interact Club will soon be offering virtual story-telling sessions during which they will read books to children.

The online video sessions, to take place via Google Meet, will occur at 1 p.m. on May 22, May 29 and June 5, all Fridays. “If they go well, we might do it through the end of June,” Interact Club President ...

Homemade Music Video Gives 'Thanks' to Roxbury Educators

ROXBURY, NJ –Roxbury School Board Member Dan Masi and his musically talented wife and children picked up their instruments during Teacher Appreciation Week and recorded a music video as a way of giving thanks to teachers and other school workers.

The YouTube video, which runs two minutes and 37 seconds, shows the Masi family performing the song “Thank You” by English ...

Native Plant Sale for Lake Foundation Goes Online

May 19, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ –The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) this year is using an online system to take orders for its annual native plant sale, but customers will still be able to pick up their purchases in person.

The non-profit organization, based in Landing, is offering more than 40 types of plants, all native to New Jersey. The sale runs until 6 p.m. May 21.

Those who order plants will be ...

In Roxbury, Virus Downtime Brings Property Upkeep and Project Progress

ROXBURY, NJ – The bad news related to the COVID-19 pandemic is unrelenting, but so are the aspirations of some Roxbury homeowners who are using this time to plan for home improvement projects, said a township official.

Forced out of work by government dictates that shut down many businesses, some people are tackling jobs that might have been on the back burner, said Roxbury ...

Some Relief for Roxbury Restaurants: Outdoor Dining Can Start June 15

June 3, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Restaurants in Roxbury and around the state, continuing to suffer due to COVID-19 restrictions, will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining.

Gov. Phil Murphy, in announcing the executive order Wednesday, said he himself has a reservation for June 15, although he didn’t say where. “I hope folks with some ...

Kenvil Deli's New Owners Have Deep Roxbury Roots

ROXBURY, NJ – Kenvil Deli and Market has new owners: A brother and sister who might be familiar faces to many Roxbury residents.

Siblings Carol Mulhearn and Carmine Todaro, who opened the deli March 16, ran the former Chappy’s Pizza in Kenvil from 1988 to 2008.

Todaro has lived in Roxbury for about three decades and Mulhearn is a longtime Hopatcong resident.

The duo, which ...

Roxbury Rescinds Closure of Community Garden

ROXBURY, NJ – Closed earlier this month as part of the township’s effort to thwart the spread of COVID-19, the Roxbury Community Garden will re-open tomorrow (May 1) with restrictions.

“As we promised at our last meeting, we have revisited our decision to close the Community Garden which we know provides a much needed outlet for residents as well as a source of fresh ...

Hazardous Waste Day Moved from Randolph to Parsippany

May 31, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County residents who planned to dispose of hazardous materials in Randolph on June 13 will now have to take the stuff to Parsippany.

The county Municipal Utliities Authority (MUA) initially said the June 13 waste disposal would take place at the County College of Morris. However, it recently changed that plan, moving the event to the Morris County Public Training ...

Projects Underway to Fight Harmful Algal Blooms on Lake Hopatcong

ROXBURY, NJ - Aeration systems, phosphorus-locking technologies, stormwater infrastructure upgrades and newly planted rain gardens are among the projects residents might see popping up in and around Lake Hopatcong this spring and summer.

The work will take place as the Lake Hopatcong Commission moves forward on implementing a variety of projects to help prevent and mitigate ...

Morris County Schedules June Date for Hazardous Household Waste Drop Off Event

PARSIPPANY, NJ - The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority has announced that a Hazardous Household Waste Drop Off Event will be held on June 13. 

The utility announced the cancelation of the May 16 date due to the coronavirus.

"The event is being cancelled out of an abundance of caution to protect the health of county residents and MUA staff, while adhering to state ...

Another Gift Card Donation by Roxbury Rotary Club

May 22, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Six days after it donated Shoprite gift cards to Roxbury Social Services, the Roxbury Rotary Club was at it again; this time giving a bunch of the cards to a group representing the township's houses of worship.

On Thursday, Roxbury Rotary Club President Steve Alford presented 43 Shoprite gifts cards to the Roxbury Interfaith Clergy Council. The cards were accepted, on behalf ...

County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Commended for Saving a Life While Off Duty

June 4, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County Prosecutor’s Office officials honored a prosecutor’s office detective on June 3 for saving the life of a woman who appeared to be trying to take her own life.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) Detective Luis Goncalves was traveling on Route 3 in Lyndhurst on May 20, returning from an investigation, when he observed a female sitting ...

Flanders Gas Line Work Might Affect Roxbury Drivers

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - A heads-up to Roxbury motorists who usually take South Hillside Avenue en route to Flanders: Road closures in that area are expected from next week through the end of July.

That's how long it is expected to take NJ Natural Gas to install new gas lines in the Flanders section of Mount Olive, said police. They said the project will require 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday ...

Sounding the Alarm; Need for Nurses and Medical Professionals in Morris County

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Morris County is looking to hire registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and medical professionals immediately. The county has put out an emergency call for paid job openings during the COVID-19 health crisis

"Operation Save-a-Life", created by the County Office of Emergency Management will develop a roster of available medical ...

Widespread Testing Signals 'Enormous’ Progress for NJ’s Road Back

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak. 

But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on Wednesday that while numbers continue to fall the state, they’re still ...

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Little Dog Found in Succasunna

June 3, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - (Update: This dog and its owner have been reunited) A small female dog was found this morning in Succasunna and Roxbury Animal Control Officer Sue Blanchard is looking for its owner.

The gray and white female, with no collar or chip, was found by a newspaper delivery person on Unneberg Avenue, Blanchard said.

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Tune In to The Todd Leonard Radio Show Featuring Linda Graziano, Canvas of Hope

Click here https://toddleonardshow.com/2020/06/02/the-todd-leonard-show-featuring-linda-graziano-canvas-of-hope/ to watch this past Sunday’s Radio Show on WMTR 1250AM, which featured Linda Graziano, who founded Canvas of Hope to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which provides vitally important research, advocacy and support to those facing blood ...

Tune In to The Todd Leonard Radio Show Featuring NY JETS Legend Marty Lyons

Click here https://toddleonardshow.com/2020/05/28/the-todd-leonard-show-featuring-ny-jets-legend-marty-lyons/ to watch this past Sunday’s Radio Show on WMTR 1250AM, which featured NY JETS Legend, Marty Lyons.

He not only had a stellar college and NFL career, but in 1982 he created the Marty Lyons Foundation which has granted almost 8,000 wishes to very sick kids.

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Getting Through the Pandemic: You’ve Got Resources

As we go through the coronavirus pandemic, with its constant threat to personal health and its devastating impact on the economy, it can be hard to find a silver lining. But if there is one, it’s that government agencies, private businesses and nonprofit organizations have contributed, in one way or another, to helping relieve some of the stresses – financial, physical or emotional ...

Why Should You See a Financial Advisor?

The social distancing and stay-at-home orders necessitated by the coronavirus have led many of us to feel isolated. Still, we’ve fought back through social media, “virtual” gatherings and walks in the neighborhood, where we could greet friends and neighbors (from six feet away).

But when you’re dealing with the financial effects of the virus and you’re investing ...

The CARES Act and Your Retirement: What You Need to Know Now

"Rich, like many folks our age, my wife and I have been doing a lot of thinking over the past few weeks as this whole coronavirus situation has played out. It’s a scary time for retired folks like us: in our mid 70s and both with a few underlying health conditions. We’ve been managing our health just fine up until now, but with COVID-19 circulating so freely, we’re a lot ...

Why Do People Buy Annuities?

Annuities are insurance-based financial vehicles that can provide many benefits sought by retirement-minded investors. There are a number of reasons why people buy annuities.

Deferral of taxes is a big benefit, and so is the ability to put large sums of money into an annuity — more than is allowed annually in a 401(k) plan or an IRA — all at once or over a ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

FirstEnergy Deploys Internal Avian App to Streamline Bird Protection Efforts

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) has deployed an app that allows utility personnel to report avian issues in real time, streamlining the process to protect nesting birds and enhance electric service reliability. The app arms field workers with the ability to submit photos and answer key questions using a drop-down menu to report the locations of bird nests or other bird-related issues along the ...

Three from Roxbury Make East Stroudsburg University Dean's List

June 5, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Three studens from Roxbury were among the 1,802 students named to the spring semester Dean's List at East Stroudsburg University, according to Joanne Bruno, J.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The students are Marc Bain, an English major from Ledgewood, Gabrielle Keuscher, a Special Education/Early Child major from Ledgewood and Alexandra ...

Roxbury Students Named to Bucknell Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Three Roxbury residents made the spring semester dean's list at Bucknell University.

A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition. The students are Karly Forker, class of 2022, from Landing; Melissa Ocampo, class of 2020, from Landing and Vincent Antoniello, class of 2022, from ...

Garrett Temples Graduates from Paul Smith's College

MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ - Garrett Temples of Mount Arlington, graduated this month from Paul Smith's College.

Temples earned a bachelor's degree in fisheries and wildlife science from Paul Smith's located in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.

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May 20, 2020

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ROXBURY, NJ - Businesses and organizations using the TAPinto Roxbury do-it-yourself system to submit material for publication can now also use the system to post a promotion on the popular TAPinto Roxbury Facebook page.

The new feature enables businesses, nonprofits and others who purchase guaranteed publication of a press release, real estate listing, event listing, milestone, ...