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A New Home for Roxbury's Forsaken Kiddie Train

January 13, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – The miniature train that last carried children around Horseshoe Lake Park about 40 years might live again, but not in Roxbury.

The locomotive, along with the narrow-gauge tracks and ties that once carried it, are being donated by the township to the Bergen County Parks Department for possible use at Van Saun County Park and Bergen County Zoo in River Edge.

The ...

Vaccine Info Evades Older Roxbury Residents Without Computers

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury officials will try harder to help older residents, especially those without computers, who have questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccination, they promised Tuesday.

The issue was raised at the meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council by Roxbury Councilman Mark Crowley. He said he received several calls this week by two people – one ...

Number-Crunching Labors of Roxbury's 'Hercules' Yields $250K

ROXBURY, NJ – Due to a “Herculean effort” by Roxbury Chief Financial Officer Lisa Spring and her staff, the township was recently reimbursed for nearly a quarter-million dollars of unanticipated COVID-19 expenditures, said Mayor Bob DeFillippo.

Slaying the Hydra and capturing the Cretan Bull were among Hercules' 12 Labors.

While Spring's work wasn't as ...

Roxbury Soccer Player Collects for Overseas Foundation

December 19, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - A Roxbury High School soccer player is collecting pre-owned soccer equipment to send to a soccer-oriented charity in the Philippines.

The player, Clarence Ong, has collected hundreds of items, including cleats, futsal shoes, jerseys, balls, shin guards and socks. He's sent multiple boxes to the PlayForAll Foundation in Payatas, Philippines, and he hopes to ...

A Virtual Comedy Night Fundraiser for Roxbury Rotary

January 11, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Rotary Club hopes to get at least 300 people to sign up for an upcoming "virtual comedy night" fundraiser that will feature four comedians.

The online event is scheduled to take place Jan. 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will cost $50. The show will be carried over the ZOOM platform, with registration starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets, as well as ...

Roxbury Early Act Clubs Spread Cheer and Raised Money

ROXBURY, NJ - The Early Act Clubs in Roxbury's Franklin School and Jefferson School recently completed various community service projects.

The clubs, two of four sponsored by the Roxbury Rotary Club, in Roxbury's elementary schools, are composed of third- and fourth-graders who volunteer to help the community and the world.

At Franklin School, the fourth-grade Early ...

New Kiwanis Club of Roxbury Gives Masks to Police

ROXBURY, NJ - The Kiwanis Club of Greater Roxbury purchased and donated 1,400 masks to four area police departments, according to a press release from the organization.

The newly formed club said it gave the masks to police in Roxbury, Wharton (Mine Hill), Mount Arlington and Dover. "It is important for our club to keep our front-line heroes safe and healthy," said the ...

Help Sought in Finding 13-Year-Old Girl Missing from Rockaway Twp.

December 28, 2020

Rockaway Twp., NJ - (UPDATE: The girl described in this article has been found and is unharmed, according to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office) Authorities are asking for the public's assistance in finding a 13-year-old girl from Rockaway Township who has been missing since Dec. 21.

The girl, Deris M. Avila-Ulloa, nicknamed Daisy, was last known to be at her family home on ...

Santa's Making Roxbury Rounds but Keep Your Distance

ROXBURY, NJ – Hoping to lift the COVID-dampened spirits of Roxbury residents, township fire and first-aid volunteers will be driving Santa around town, but the big guy won't be giving out hugs, handing ot toys or signing autographs.

All three fire and EMS companies in the township have announced plans to escort Jolly St. Nick through their neighborhoods. However, in an effort to ...

Roxbury's LaManna Becomes Mount Olive Police Officer

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury resident Anthony LaManna is Mount Olive's newest police officer, it was announced today.

LaManna is a 2011 Roxbury High School graduate and the son of Lawrence and Susan LaManna.

He was released from the 3-month-long Mount Olive Police Department Field Training Program and will "assume full patrol duties," said the department. LaManna was ...

A Return to Classroom Teaching in Roxbury

January 14, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury school district is re-opening its doors to "hybrid" in-classroom instruction on Jan. 19, with Roxbury Schools Superintendent begging parents to keep home any students showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The superintendent said the decision to return to at least some level of in-person instruction was made "after reviewing the district data" on the health ...

Roxbury Early Act Clubs Spread Cheer and Raised Money

ROXBURY, NJ - The Early Act Clubs in Roxbury's Franklin School and Jefferson School recently completed various community service projects.

The clubs, two of four sponsored by the Roxbury Rotary Club, in Roxbury's elementary schools, are composed of third- and fourth-graders who volunteer to help the community and the world.

At Franklin School, the fourth-grade Early ...

A Front-Yard Home for Historic Roxbury School Bell

ROXBURY, NJ – Work began last week on a new home for the school bell formerly housed in the rooftop cupola atop the Roxbury School Board building.

The bell, which once alerted the neighborhood that school was in session, is being placed in a display on the lawn in front of the 116-year-old building. It was removed from the cupola last summer when workers renovated the structure ...

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 ...

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

December 29, 2020

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 ...

Incumbents Appear to Hold Seats on Roxbury School Board

ROXBURY, NJ – Three members of the Roxbury Board of Education appear to have warded off challenges by two newcomers and won re-election to their 3-year seats Tuesday, based on unofficial Election Day results from the Morris County Board of Elections.

As of 9:55 p.m., the challengers, Ralph Casendino and Sharon MacGregor, fell short of securing enough votes to oust incumbents ...

Vaccine Info Evades Older Roxbury Residents Without Computers

January 12, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury officials will try harder to help older residents, especially those without computers, who have questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccination, they promised Tuesday.

The issue was raised at the meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council by Roxbury Councilman Mark Crowley. He said he received several calls this week by two people – one ...

Retro Fitness of Kenvil Celebrates New Year with 15 Cent Membership Sign-ups

ROXBURY, NJ – You can’t get much these days for only 15 cents, but Retro Fitness in Kenvil is one exception: Membership joins for just 15 cents.

The limited-time discount is being offered in honor of the 15th Anniversary of the Retro Fitness low-price, high-value health club brand.

An Ultimate Retro Fitness membership includes:

Unlimited Guest Privileges
Group Fitness ...

No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Begins at CCM

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury residents can receive free, in-person COVID-19 testing at the County College of Morris in Randolph beginning tomorrow, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Requirements:

You must present proof during the appointment that you live or work in Morris County.
You must schedule an appointment to get your test. No walk-ins.
You can get a test ...

TAPinto Recognized in 'Movers & Shakers' Small Business Competition

December 27, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - TAPinto.net, the online news network that includes TAPinto Roxbury, was recently chosen as one of the 10 finalists in the Movers & Shakers Small Business Competition.

The competition, organized by Investors Bank, the New Jersey Devils and WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM), recognized the grit, innovation and dedication of the companies to their clients and ...

Library Curator Named Roxbury Business Person of the Year

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury Public Library Adult Program Coordinator Karen Cerreta was named Wednesday as the township’s business person of the year.

The award, officially known as The Earl J. Chrystal Memorial Business Person of the Year Award, is made annually by the Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce. Cerreta is a member of the library’s board of directors.

Although Cerreta is ...

Thank You TAPinto Roxbury Sponsors

As this challenging year winds down, TAPinto Roxbury thanks the advertisers who are continuing to support the site. 

Despite the pandemic - and in some ways because of it - TAPinto Roxbury grew substantially in 2020, at one point drawing nearly a quarter-million monthly pageviews.

Its Facebook page also increased in popularity and is now closing in on 6,000 followers.

None ...

A Virtual Comedy Night Fundraiser for Roxbury Rotary

January 11, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Rotary Club hopes to get at least 300 people to sign up for an upcoming "virtual comedy night" fundraiser that will feature four comedians.

The online event is scheduled to take place Jan. 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will cost $50. The show will be carried over the ZOOM platform, with registration starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets, as well as ...

Roxbury Library Offers New App

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Public Library this week announced the availability of a downloadable application for Apple and Android devices.

The Roxbury Public Library App allows library users to store their Roxbury Public Library cards on their phones "and access a wealth of perks," said the library.

It said users of the new app are able to manage their accounts and renew borrowed ...

Morris Arts Offering Scholarships to High School Seniors

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris Arts is offering two merit-based arts scholarships to students pursuing the arts. The scholarships are awarded annually to graduating high school seniors who excel in the arts.

The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship for $5,000, and The Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship for $1,500, were created to recognize artistic excellence, encourage the artists of the future, ...

A New Home for Roxbury's Forsaken Kiddie Train

January 13, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – The miniature train that last carried children around Horseshoe Lake Park about 40 years might live again, but not in Roxbury.

The locomotive, along with the narrow-gauge tracks and ties that once carried it, are being donated by the township to the Bergen County Parks Department for possible use at Van Saun County Park and Bergen County Zoo in River Edge.

The ...

A Front-Yard Home for Historic Roxbury School Bell

ROXBURY, NJ – Work began last week on a new home for the school bell formerly housed in the rooftop cupola atop the Roxbury School Board building.

The bell, which once alerted the neighborhood that school was in session, is being placed in a display on the lawn in front of the 116-year-old building. It was removed from the cupola last summer when workers renovated the structure ...

Roxbury Plans Outdoor Classrooms for Rundown Tennis Courts

ROXBURY, NJ – They’ve been unused, overgrown and crumbling eyesores for years, but soon the former tennis courts between Lincoln-Roosevelt School and Franklin School in Succasunna will be removed and replaced with pavilions for outdoor classrooms and other uses.

The Roxbury school board, on Monday, approved spending $1.4 million for site preparation and installation of the ...

Roxbury Cub Scouts Aim to Make Town Glow for Holidays

December 5, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - The Scouts in Roxbury Cub Scout Pack 54 want to see Roxbury's neighborhood walkways glowing for holiday season.

The Pack is hosting a "Light up Roxbury" fundraiser in which the Scouts are selling flameless luminary kits, hoping residents will use them to light their properties' walkways.

"The luminaries can be placed curbside or leading up a walkway for ...

New Meal Delivery Sites from Roxbury Schools

December 10, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury School District has enrolled as an open site through the National School Lunch Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which means the district can provide free meals (breakfast and lunch) to anyone under 18 whether you live in Roxbury or not through June 2021.

On Tuesday, Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic announced that the district would ...

The Angst of Post-Christmas Styrofoam Disposal in Roxbury

December 29, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – That massive TV you got for Christmas is a delicate thing and that’s why it came packed in a thick shell of expanded polystyrene (EPS) surrounded by cardboard.

By now, the TV is probably set up and its huge cardboard box will go out to the curb for Blue Diamond Disposal. But what about the EPS, otherwise known as Styrofoam?

Although it probably has a symbol ...

Roxbury Trail Funding Among Last Acts by County 'Freeholders'

ROXBURY, NJ – In one of their final acts under the name of "freeholders," the people in charge of Morris County government this week approved spending nearly $240,000 to build a mile-long trail in Roxbury.

Due to a law signed this year, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders - and all other freeholder boards in the state -will become county commissioners on Jan. 1.

Hundreds of Roxbury Trees to Get the Ax

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 ...

Morris County Modifying COVID-19 Testing Plan to Focus on CCM Center

January 1, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ - Morris County will modify its no-cost COVID-19 testing efforts by next week to focus on the walk-up service provided by appointment-only at the County College of Morris and phase out at-home-tests for all but homebound, symptomatic residents.

Municipal leaders throughout the county were told of the modified testing plan in a conference call yesterday, and they were urged to help ...

County Launches New Public Testing as COVID-19 Spikes

ROXBURY, NJ - At-home and mobile COVID-19 testing programs for residents and workers will be available within the next week, Morris County announced today.

The programs are a reaction to an increase in the number of new cases in the county, correlating with a spike in the virus statewide, said officials. Roxbury saw the number of COVID-19 cases increase by 57 since Oct. 27 and ...

Trees for Troops Allows Christmas Tree Donations to Military Families

ROXBURY, NJ - Morris County residents and businesses will have the opportunity to donate Christmas trees to military families for just $30 between Oct. 29 and Dec. 1.

The annual program is sponsored by Cerbo’s Parsippany Greenhouses and supported by Leadership Morris, a leadership mentoring program of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.

Donations can be made online at the ...

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How Luxury Vinyl Tile Can Transform Your Home

With the luxurious appearance of wood at a fraction of the cost, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) has become a popular residential and commercial flooring option. A durable, attractive product that’s easy to install and maintain, LVT can transform your home.

Here’s everything you need to know about this revolutionary new type of plank flooring.

What is Luxury Vinyl Tile?

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Time for New Year’s Financial Resolutions

Many of us probably felt that 2020 lasted a very long time. But now that 2021 is upon us, we can make a fresh start – and one way to do that is to make some New Year’s resolutions. Of course, you can make these resolutions for all parts of your life – physical, emotional, intellectual – but have you ever considered some financial resolutions?

Here are a few ...

What Are Some Tips for Managing My Money?

As with virtually all financial matters, the easiest way to be successful with a cash management program is to develop a systematic and disciplined approach. Spending a few minutes each week to maintain your cash management program, can help you keep track of how you spend your money and pursue your financial goals.

Any good cash management system revolves around the four A's — ...

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, ...

Roxbury Collegians Make Dean's Lists

January 15, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Local residents earned their way onto the fall 2020 Dean's Lists of The University of Scranton and Kutztown University, according to the schools.

Making the University of Scranton Dean's List were 

Emily Kale of Succasunna, a junior nursing major in the University's Panuska College of Professional Studies.
Matthew Kronenberg of Succasunna, a junior ...

Roxbury Students Make College Dean's Lists

ROXBURY, NJ - Four Roxbury residents made the Dean's Lists at their colleges, according to announcements by the schools.

Karly Forker made the fall semester Dean's List at Bucknell University, according to the school.

Forker, of Landing, met the Dean's List qualifications by earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0, said Bucknell.

Madison ...

Last Chance to Register for Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts

January 14, 2021

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. This virtual gathering is free for attendees, but registration is required. 

The panel, presented by Atlantic Health System and moderated by Communications Consultant Bruno Tedeschi, will feature Dr. Michelle Cholankeril, ...