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Saved Again: Monument to Roxbury Explosive Plant's WW2 Victims Getting Second New Home

December 1, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – A monument at VFW Post 2833, honoring 15 Hercules Powder Company employees killed in World War II, will be saved by the township if the VFW building is sold.

The request to preserve the monument was made at Tuesday’s meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council by Nancy Bottona, a member of the VFW Post 2833 Auxiliary.

She questioned whether the commemorative ...

Gala Honors Heroes, Brings Money for Roxbury Library Expansion

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Library Foundation's inaugural gala, which took place Wednesday evening, was a big success both in raising money for a future expansion of the library and in honoring those who helped Roxbury during the worst days of COVID-19 mayhem.

A Who's Who of Roxbury officials, business owners, educators and first-responders attended the affair at The Windlass restaurant ...

No Timeouts Left for Ledgewood Dam Project in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ – Restoration of the historic Ledgewood Pond Dam – an expensive project that’s been discussed and postponed for about a decade - is likely to happen next year, said Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd.

The project is a thorn in the side of Roxbury officials. They question its necessity and, more adamantly, the fact that the state – while ...

Roxbury High School Yearbook Wins Gold Award

November 26, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School’s yearbook design team again took top honors in competition.

The team's 2021 yearbook publication, “Beyond the Mask,” was awarded the first place gold award in the Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA) annual yearbook contest.

Roxbury High School Advisor Scott Schilling worked with the Yearbook Production ...

A Few Extras For Roxbury Outdoor Classroom Pavilion

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury School Board this week approved spending about $45,000 more on the district’s new outdoor classroom pavilion along Meeker Street in Succasunna, money that will pay for a some new elements at the site.

“The change order for the pavilions was for additional site work,” said district Business Administrator Joseph Mondanaro. “We added an additional ...

Roxbury 8th Grade Students Invited to Learn About Vocational School Academies

ROXBURY, NJ – Eighth-grade students eligible to attend Roxbury High School may consider applying to a Morris County Vocational School District (MCVSD) Academy, such as the one about sports medicine taking place in Roxbury next month.

The MCVSD is urging students and parents to attend an information session to learn about this "unique high school experience ...

Roxbury High School Ice Hockey Charity Game a Success

November 25, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - A sold-out crowd on Wednesday greeted the Roxbury High School ice hockey team and its opponents from West Morris Central for the annual Coach Jason Tannenholz Memorial Charity Game.

Played at Sports Care Arena (Aspen Ice) in Randolph, the game raised money fund a scholarship for a graduating Roxbury senior ice hockey player that has played at least two seasons on the JV ...

Annual Roxbury High School Ice Hockey Charity Game on Nov. 24

ROXBURY, NJ - The 4th Annual Coach Jason Tannenholz Memorial Ice Hockey Game takes place this week and the public is invited to join the Roxbury High School Ice Hockey team as it takes on the West Morris Central Wolfpack.

The charity game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at at Sports Care Arena (Aspen Ice), 6 Aspen Drive in Randolph. Admission is $5 for ...

6th Grade Jr. Gaels Take Football Championship

ROXBURY, NJ - Undaunted by the brisk breeze that blew unrelentingly early Saturday at the Lakeside Recreation Complex in Jefferson, the 6th Grade Roxbury Jr. Gaels football team beat the undefeated Rockaway Rockets to win the Morris County Youth Football League (MCYFL) Championship.

The Roxbury sideline was packed with Roxbury fans wearing blue and gold as, late in the first quarter, ...

Unofficial Results: Incumbents Win in Roxbury Council and School Board Contests With Mail-ins Yet to Be Counted

November 2, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Election Day saw Roxbury's incumbent township council members easily glide to victory while candidates in the school board contest found themselves in a much tighter, more dramatic situation.

Five people were seeking election to three seats on the school board. With all districts reporting - but mail-in votes still to be counted - Roxbury School Board Members Leo ...

Lots of Local Choices for Roxbury on Election Day

ROXBURY, NJ – There are both school board and township council contests in Roxbury this Election Day, and voters have four ways of submitting their ballots.

Those choosing to vote by machine at their traditional polling sites can do so starting at 6 a.m. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Voters can also drop ballots, before 8 p.m., in the Secure Ballot Drop Box situated at the Roxbury Municipal ...

A 'Meet the Candidates Night' for Roxbury School Board Hopefuls

ROXBURY, NJ — Voters interested in learning more about the five people running for three, 3-year-long seats on the Roxbury Board of Education can do so this week at a session sponsored by the Lincoln/Roosevelt Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

The PTO has scheduled a "Meet the Candidates Night" for Tuesday, Oct. 12. The 7 p.m. event will take place in the auditorium of ...

With Tears and Laughter, Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi Says Goodbye

November 24, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Standing today before a crowd of well-wishers outside police headquarters, retiring Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi bid farewell.

He did so with a 26-minute-long, deeply emotional reflection on the many joys and sorrows experienced during 27 years in uniform. Repeatedly saying the difficult tasks encountered by a police officer "take a chunk out of you," Palanchi ...

Roxbury Police Seek Help in Hit-and-Run Involving Bicycle

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury police are asking the public to help them find the driver of a white business van that hit a bicyclist Thursday in Succasunna and left the scene.

Police said the incident took place at about 5 p.m. near the Beechwood Drive intersection with Hillside Avenue. They described the vehicle that struck the cyclist as having a business name on the side, but they did not ...

'Career Carnival for Kids' Coming to Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ -_ Elementary and middle school students and their families will have a special opportunity to explore the wide world of work, all while enjoying hands-on activities, games and giveaways, at an event taking place in Roxbury on Oct. 24.

The event, called Career Carnival for Kids, will take place at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. It will be a ...

Toy Train Returns with Four Roxbury Area Stops

November 30, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – Canceled last year due to COVID-19, Operation Toy Train is back this year with four Roxbury area stops scheduled on Dec. 5.

On that day, workers aboard a special train will collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. The toys will later be given - through the Toys for Tots program at Picatinny Arsenal - to underprivileged children in North ...

Consider Giving to Rox-THON on Giving Tuesday

ROXBURY, NJ - Nov. 30 is "Giving Tuesday," and Roxbury High School students involved in the annual Rox-THON fundraiser are hoping people consider making donations.

Rox-THON raises money for pediatric cancer, with 70 percent of money raised by the students earmarked for Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown and 30 percent for Four Diamonds THON at Penn State ...

Roxbury Cub Scouts Selling Holiday Luminary Kits

ROXBURY, NJ - A cub scout pack in Roxbury is hoping to raise money by selling kits to build luminaries.

Cub Scout Pack 54 is calling its fundraiser "Light up Roxbury." The pack, based in Succasunna, is allowing people to order the kits online and pick them up on Dec. 11, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Roxbury Senior Center situated at 72 Eyland Ave.

Alternatively, ...

New Jersey Judiciary Expunges More than 360,000 Marijuana Offenses

November 4, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- The New Jersey Judiciary has expunged more than 362,000 marijuana and hashish cases from court records since the Marijuana Decriminalization Law became effective July 1.

Eligible cases are expunged automatically by the Judiciary. Once a case is expunged, it is removed from the court’s public record and does not have to be reported on applications for jobs, housing, or ...

Roxbury Detective Among Those Praised in Cold Case Conviction

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury Police Detective Cpl. William Manisa was among several law enforcement officers praised this week by county prosecutors for helping solve a long-dormant case involving the sexual assault of children in Roxbury three decades ago.

Manisa and the others were commended by Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie ...

Roxbury Lawyer Marshall Gates Honored For Pro Bono Work

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury lawyer Marshall Gates was recently awarded by the Morris County Bar Association for his many years of offering free (pro bono) legal services.

Gates, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor whose office is in Succasunna, was presented with the Bar Association’s 2021 Pro Bono Award on June 17.

In accepting the award, Gates said he is sometimes asked why he does so much ...

Bayada Home Health Care Sponsors Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s

October 14, 2021

SUCCASUNNA, NJ — Bayada Home Health Care, an international nonprofit home health care provider with more than 360 offices in 23 states, is supporting the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter (AAGNJ) as an Elite Level sponsor in addition to being a National Team of the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk ...

Roxbury Mayor Disturbed as COVID Cases Approach 3,000

ROXBURY, NJ — About 3,000 Roxbury residents have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began in early 2020, with 80 new cases being confirmed in the past two weeks, said Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo on Tuesday.

The mayor reported the numbers as part of his bi-weekly “Community Update,” a statement he began reading before Roxbury Mayor and Council meetings early last year ...

Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s Virtual Lake Loop Challenge is Back

ROXBURY, NJ — The Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s annual “Lake Loop” fundraiser returns for a second year as a virtual challenge that will run from Oct. 8 -15. Participants can have fun, get active and win prizes, all while supporting New Jersey’s largest lake.

Walking, running, biking, paddling, doing yoga, jumping rope — any activity counts ...

Owners of Struggling Landing Shopping Center Agree to Meet With Roxbury Officials

November 23, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ ­– The owners of a largely vacant shopping center in Landing have agreed to meet with township officials to discuss their plans for the property, said Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd.

The agreement to meet came in response to a Nov. 1 letter from Shepherd to Forsons Partners of South Orange, the owners of the shopping center at 175 Lakeside Blvd. In the letter, ...

Roxbury Rejects Office Proposed for Eyland/Route 10 Lot

ROXBURY, NJ – A proposal to put a small office building on a long-vacant, half-acre site at the corner of Eyland Avenue and Route 10 in Succasunna was shot down this week by Roxbury officials.

The proposal, by NYC Maintenance & Restoration of Staten Island, was rejected Wednesday in a 5-4 vote by the Roxbury Planning Board. Opponents on the board cited concerns about the effect ...

Roxbury to Get First Popeye's After Former Pizza Hut Gets Wrecking Ball

ROXBURY, NJ – The developers of The Shops at Ledgewood Commons shopping center plan to demolish the building that once housed a Pizza Hut and build a new structure that will be occupied by a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen.

Advance Realty Investors Director of Asset Management Jared Minatelli said the demolition of the structure will take place after its current occupant, Lemon ...

World-Class Rocker Bringing Songs for Kids to Roxbury

December 3, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – Musician Ray Anderson is no stranger to the adult side of the rock scene; he’s performed around the world with some of the genre’s most famous grownups – including Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Meatloaf and Chuck Berry.

But when he comes to Roxbury on Saturday to perform as “Mr. Ray,” Anderson won’t be singing about sex, drugs and rock ...

Holiday Movie Night (With Pizza and Popcorn) to Benefit Roxbury Social Services

(Note date change) ROXBURY, NJ – Members of the Roxbury Interact Club are hoping the high school auditorium is full of happy kids Dec. 16 for a “holiday movie night” to benefit Roxbury Social Services.

The film, being sponsored by Roxbury Public Library, will be the 2018 animated Christmas fantasy film The Grinch, produced by Illumination and distributed by ...

Roxbury Arts Alliance's Weekend Offerings: Music of Lionel Ritchie and Singing Bowl Meditation

ROXBURY, NJ - If variety is the spice of life, the Roxbury Arts Alliance is making life pretty spicy this weekend as it presents a concert featuring the music of Lionel Ritchie on one day and a crystal singing bowl meditation session on the next.

The Saturday show, at Investors Bank Theater in Horseshoe Lake Park, features Amani, a group of musicians who will perform Lionel Ritchie ...

County Seeks Info on Roxbury Soldiers Who Fought in Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars

December 4, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – The names of men from Roxbury who fought in the Spanish-American War and Philippine War are being sought by historians working for the county Office of Planning and Preservation.

The office “has compiled a growing list of those soldiers and sailors, and hopes to fill in many blanks on their history, as well as find others who served,” said the county in a recent ...

'Great Progress' Made in Restoring Life to Dormant Hopatcong State Park Fountain in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ – A team working on restoring the long-dormant historic fountain at Hopatcong State Park in Landing is making “great progress,” said local historian Marty Kane.

The century-old fountain was built in 1925 when the Morris Canal was abandoned. Its function was to maintain a pre-determined water level in Lake Hopatcong by governing the amount of water released into ...

Coming Saturday: The Roxbury History and Mystery Cemetery Tour

ROXBURY, NJ - The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna is inviting you to an evening guided tour of its cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 6.

During the Fourth Annual Historic Cemetery Tour, you will meet several "spirits" who will tell you about their lives in Roxbury.

You will learn from people who were instrumental in the Morris Canal, a teacher at the Alpaugh School, the wife ...

Roxbury Community Yard & Craft Sale is Saturday

September 24, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The 8th Annual Roxbury Community Yard Sale will take place tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 25) at Horseshoe Lake. The event is sponsored by the Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

This rain or shine event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., providing one-stop shopping right at the Horseshoe Lake pavilion area (far left rear of the park).

 The sale will feature ...

Roxbury Student at CCM Among 20 Inducted Into Prestigious Food and Wine Society

November 9, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ - A Roxbury resident was one of several County College of Morris (CCM) Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts students recently inducted as members of the world's oldest and most prominent international food and wine society: The Bailliage Joseph Donon chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.

The student, Patrick Lockman, of Succasunna, ...

Roxbury Rotary Club Sets Aside Pies and Fruit for Pre-Thanksgiving Fundraiser Sale

ROXBURY, NJ ­– The Roxbury Rotary Club has closed the door on pre-sales for its annual pre-Thanksgiving fruit and pie fundraiser, but those who want to participate should be at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna on Nov. 20.

The club ordered a bunch of extra pies and fruit to be sold that day on a first-come, first-served basis, said Roxbury Rotarian Steve Alford. The direct sales ...

Lake Hopatcong Foundation & Commission Honored for Lake Management Efforts

November 20, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - The lake management efforts of the Lake Hopatcong Commission and the Lake Hopatcong Foundation were acknowledged this week by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS).

At its 2021 virtual conference, the organization honored the commission and foundation with a joint “Lake Management Success Stories Award" praising the work they do to ...

Lake Hopatcong Cove in Roxbury Targeted for "Floating Island Wetlands"

ROXBURY, NJ — When Lake Hopatcong is low, an island appears. If it’s low enough, you can practically wade from the backyards of the Lakeside Boulevard houses to the exposed ground.

The usually sunken island will get some neighbors in Roxbury’s Landing Channel next year as part of the efforts to reduce weeds and algae in the lake water: Artificial islands, called ...

Time for the St Therese Black Friday Bonanza Raffle

October 28, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - It's time for the St. Therese Black Friday Bonanza Raffle!

This benefit for St. Therese RC Church will make one lucky person a $25,000 winner and 25 others $1,000 more wealthy.

The drawing will be Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. at St. Therese Church, 151 Main St., Succasunna.

Only the first 2,000 tickets will be accepted.

Entries are $50 each or three for $100.

See the .pdf ...

Morris County To Honor Area Veterans

November 6, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Board of County Commissioners will honor local veterans during Veterans Day week by presenting Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals to several former service members and hosting the return of a long-lost Purple Heart issued to a Morristown solider during World War II.

With Rockaway Borough, the Commissioners also will honor the late four-star ...

Morris County Commissioners & Park Commissioners Approve Plan for Sheriff’s Office to Absorb Park Police

Morristown, NJ - The Morris County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution tonight authorizing the Morris County Park Police to be absorbed into the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, a move that will keep the 29 park officers on staff and enable an increase in overall park patrols.

The resolution followed a vote on Monday by the Morris County Park Commission to merge the ...

County Seeks Info on History Behind Roxbury Street Names

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Did you know Buddy Lane in Mendham Township was named for the first Seeing Eye Dog? And whatever happened to Devil's Punchbowl Road in Morristown and Florham Park?

There are histories, legends and mysteries surrounding the names given to the streets where we live in Morris County. Who still recalls that Shunpike Road in Chatham Township was so-named because it was an ...

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Sun, December 5, 12:00 PM

Roxbury High School Parking Lot, Succasunna

Roxbury Interact Club Pajama Drive

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Sun, December 5, 5:00 PM

Horseshoe Lake Park, Succasunna

Roxbury Tree & and Menorah Lighting Ceremony

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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 actually ...

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There’s nothing quite like the luxury of stepping onto a heated tile floor! All the timeless beauty of tile is combined with a comfort level you have to feel to believe. You may find a new tile floor a little too chilly for your toes, but adding under floor radiant heat to your home makes all the difference in the world. From reducing your overall carbon footprint to gaining some additional ...

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Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today announced that Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center all earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Fall 2021 Hospital Safety Grades.

“Our commitment to the safety of our patients and team members has ...

Eisenhower MS Announces First Marking Period Honor Rolls

December 2, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Eisenhower Middle School announces the students who have earned High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the first marking period of the 2021/2022 school year.

Students must have earned all A’s on their first marking period report card to qualify for high honor roll. Students must have a combination of A’s and B’s on their first marking period report card to earn ...

Roxbury Student at CCM Among 20 Inducted Into Prestigious Food and Wine Society

RANDOLPH, NJ - A Roxbury resident was one of several County College of Morris (CCM) Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts students recently inducted as members of the world's oldest and most prominent international food and wine society: The Bailliage Joseph Donon chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.

The student, Patrick Lockman, of Succasunna, ...

Vote for Griffin, Cooper, Borrero and Considine

October 26, 2021

My name is Dan Kline, I previously had the honor of serving on the Roxbury Town Council, and next Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, I'll be voting for Jen Cooper, Brian Considine, and Corine Borrero for the 3 at-large Council positions. If I was a Landing resident, I would also vote for Keith Griffin, who is running in Ward 1 (I live in Succasunna, so I can't vote for Keith).

Now ...

Festive Fun Planned for Saturday’s "Home for the Holidays" Festival in Roxbury

December 2, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - The program for this Saturday’s Home for the Holidays festival is available here and includes lots of entertainment and activities to help kick off the holiday season in Roxbury. 

The Dec. 4 event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m in. Succasunna, will be the sixth year the Township of Roxbury has offered this holiday festival which was started ...